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President’s Weekly Briefing - May 4, 2011
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Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon

Mark your calendars for the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Luncheon on Thursday, May 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m.  All faculty and staff are invited to attend. Awards will be presented honoring our outstanding faculty, staff and departments. The event is co-sponsored by College Council and the Academic and Classified Senates. Invitations and location information will be sent via campus email in early May.

Open Forum at Kentfield Today

Join me for another Open Forum today at 3 p.m. at the Kentfield Campus in the Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their ideas, questions and other subjects of interest.

During the last Coffee and Conversation forum at IVC there was a great turnout of enthusiastic Intensive English Program students.

IEP Students at Forum


Purchasing Office Announces Cutoff Date for Requisitions

May 6, 2011 is the last day for submitting requisitions for purchase orders and agreements for services for the 2010/2011 academic year and budget.  Please not that this applies to all areas regardless of funding sources.

Special Note for Office Supplies:

If you need to purchase office supplies from Office Depot or Corporate Express/Staples, after May 6, 2011 please complete an Open Purchase Order by Friday, May 6, 2011 and purchase any supplies prior to Friday, June 17, 2011, when all open purchase orders will expire.

Summer Session:
All purchases for summer session material fees supplies account 43020 that need to be purchased with FY 2010/11 funds must be completed by Friday, June 10, 2011 using summer program accounts. Summer session purchases must be made by June 10, 2011.


Please follow-up with all vendors to ensure that all invoices are received and that the invoices are dated prior to June 30, 2011. Please send all invoices to Fiscal Services prior to July 8, 2011 so that they may be recorded as 2010/11 expenses.  Invoices with materials received and dated after June 30, 2011 will be paid out of 2011/12 budget.
Claims for Reimbursement:
All Claims for Reimbursement must be completed, approved and received by Fiscal Services no later than Wednesday, July 6, 2011 to be paid out of FY 2010/2011 funds.  Claims for Reimbursement submitted after that date will be paid out of the FY 2011/12 budget per Board Policy 6.0009 item 13b.

Please Remember:

Purchase orders and agreements for services cannot be processed unless all over-drafted classified hourly, overtime, supply, other operating expenditures (i.e. contract services), and equipment accounts are corrected.

If you have any questions: please contact David Erlenheim at ext. 8162 or

May Distance Education Newsletter Is Now Available Online

To view the May DE@COM Newsletter visit For more information about DE@COM, please contact

College of Marin 2011 Public Summer Swim Program

The 2011 public summer swim program at the Kentfield Campus will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 14. The pool will be open Monday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Public swim will be extended to the fall on Saturdays and Sundays only Aug. 20 to Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $5 per day for adults and $3 per day for children under 13, seniors (55+) and the disabled. Lifeguards will be on duty. For additional information call (415) 457-8811 ext. 7587.
The Indian Valley Campus will open recreational and lap swimming beginning on June 20 through Aug. 11, Monday through Thursday, from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per day for adults or an 8-day pass for $35; and $3 per day for children under 13, seniors (55+) and the disabled or an 8-day pass for $21. Lifeguards will be on duty. For additional information call (415) 883-2211, ext. 8260.
Purchase swim tickets and passes at the pool with cash or check only. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver for minors to use the pool. Parking permits are required and are available for purchase from parking lot machines for $3. Recreational parking permits may be purchased in the Fiscal Services Office for $15 per month.

Upcoming Events

Performing Arts

Black Comedy, by Peter Shaffer

Directed by Jeffrey Bihr
May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at 8 p.m.
May 8 and 15 at 2 p.m.

College of Marin Studio Theatre at the Corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue in Kentfield
$15 general and $10 for students and seniors. VISA and MasterCard are accepted and group rates are available. For reservations call the Box Office at 415-485-9385.

The laughs begin when the lights go out! Dark is light and light is dark in this hilarious comic ballet of a farce! In an attempt to impress his future father-in-law and score a job with a wealthy European art dealer, our hero and his fiancée “borrow” some very expensive antique furniture and objects d’arte from his fussy neighbor to spruce up his apartment. When the power fails, the neighbor returns unexpectedly and the not-so-old girl friend shows up; chaos ensues! Great fun for the entire family! Seating is limited in the Studio Theatre so reserve early. This show is sure to be a sellout.

Piano Repertoire and Interpretation Class Concerts
Paul Smith, instructor
Wednesday and Thursday, April 27 and 28, noon
Performing Arts Theatre
Donation suggested, parking $3

The class will perform solo compositions by Franz Liszt, Percy Grainger, Anton Arensky, J.S. Bach and others in two concerts. Different repertoire each day.

Jazz Ensemble

Douglas Delaney, director
David Jones, choreographer
Tuesday, May 10, 7:30 pm
Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield
Donation suggested, parking $3

Latin music for the jazz band will be a big part of this concert. Livin’ Larger Than Life, Alan Baylock’s Afro-Cuban work, and Forward Mo, a Brazilian Samba by Shelton Berg will be featured. Pat Metheney and Lyle Mays’ Minuano (Six Eight) is another great work in this idiom. Our singers will also offer some of the best vocal jazz, and David Jones’ Jazz Dance class will join us again with their spirited performance.

Concert Band

Douglas Delaney, director
Wednesday, May 11, noon
Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield
Donation suggested, parking $3

Music from the ballet Sylvia by Léo Delibes opens this concert, starting with the famous trumpet fanfare followed by the March and Procession of Bacchus. Two works composed specifically for concert band, Fanfare and Allegro by Clifton Williams, and Clare Grundman’s Hebrides Suite are also to be performed.

Marin Oratorio
Nachtmusik — Franz Schubert (1797–1828)

Boyd Jarrell, director
Saturday, May 14, 8 pm
Sunday, May 15, 3 pm

Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield
Donation suggested: $20 general,
$15 students, seniors, staff, and alumni. or (415) 485.9687

The rich contrasts of this young genius are explored in a “Schubertiad” of familiar sacred music and rarely performed secular delights. The tuneful Mass in G is paired with lieder, piano music, and part-songs for male, for female, and for mixed-voice groupings. Pianists Paul Smith and Jeffrey Paul will provide the accompaniment for the lieder and part-songs. The hauntingly beautiful Nachtgesang im Walde (Nightsong of the Forest) calls for the atmospheric scoring of horn quartet to accompany the male chorus. Also featured will be the masterful narrative of Der Erlkönig and, of course, the eternally beautiful Ave Maria. Soloists Christa Pfeiffer, Edward Betts, and Robert Stafford will join maestro Boyd Jarrell, the chorus, and the Marin Oratorio orchestra for this unforgettable musicale.

College Chorus and Chamber Singers—Spring Concert

Boyd Jarrell, director
Jeffrey Paul, accompanist
Tuesday, May 17, 7:30 pm
Performing Arts Theatre, Kentfield
Donation suggested, parking $3

College Chorus and Chamber Singers return to the main stage this spring for a well-rounded program of choral delights.  College Chorus will sing music by Handel, humorous settings of Mark Twain texts, and Jay Althouse’s stirring Like the Beat of a Drum. Chamber Singers will present madrigals from renaissance France as well as modern expressions of the madrigal idiom by Anders Edenroth, Eric Whitacre, and Samuel Barber. Be prepared for the birds and the bees. For the grand finale, the two choirs will join forces for some operatic favorites. If you can’t join the choir, you can still join the fun.

COM Symphony Orchestra

Tara Flandreau, conductor
Saturday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
St. Hilary Church, Tiburon
Sunday, May 8, 4 p.m.
Unity in Marin, Novato

Donation suggested: $20 general, $10 students, seniors, staff, and alumni.
The May concerts feature performances by three winners of the 2011 COM Concerto Competition. Two interesting 20th century works are included: soprano Emily Bender will perform Samuel Barber’s evocative work Knoxville: Summer of 1915, and bassoonist Karen Wright will play the seldom heard Ciranda das Sete Notas for bassoon and strings by Heitor Villa-Lobos. In a more classical vein, tenor Peter Tedeschi sings the aria Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön from The Magic Flute. The program will also feature two orchestral favorites, the Classical Symphony by Prokofiev and the Unfinished Symphony by Franz Schubert.

Children’s Art Show

The IVC Children’s Center will present their annual Children’s Art Show on Tuesday, May 10 and Wednesday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Building 12, room 100.   The Kentfield Children’s Center will present their first annual Children’s Art Show on Thursday, May 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the campus crossroads (by the big tree where Harlan Center, the Business Center and the Learning Resources Center meet).

Please stop by to pick up a beautiful matted drawing or painting to decorate your office or some special gift-wrap created by the children.  Fresh, homemade treats will also be available.  Donations are welcome and will support the children’s arts program.

Children’s Centers Annual Butterfly Parade

The Kentfield and IVC Children’s Centers will be holding their annual Butterfly Parades on Tuesday, May 17, at 10:30 a.m. at IVC on the campus green and on Thursday, May 19, at 10:30 a.m. at Kentfield on the campus green next to the Fine Arts Building. The Butterfly Parade celebrates the preschooler’s transition to kindergarten and the metamorphosis of our student parents and student teachers who have completed their COM training and will be embarking on new vocations or transferring to a four-year university to continue their education. The children will be releasing the butterflies they have been raising since the caterpillar stage, singing, and flying special kites in honor of this occasion. All are welcome to join in the fun!

Transfer Recognition Reception

The Transfer/Career Center will be hosting its Fifth Annual Transfer Recognition Reception to honor and recognize our students who are transferring on to four-year universities. The event will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at the Kentfield Campus, Student Services Building, first floor. The evening will begin with a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. to formally acknowledge our students, followed by a reception. You are invited to celebrate and honor our students as they make their transition from the college to attain their educational and professional goals.

Paintings by MaryAnn Nardo

A new exhibit sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin is on display in the Student Services Building, room 146 through June 27. A reception for the artist will be held Monday, May 2 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. featuring live music by Jon Mitguard.

2011 COM Student Film Festival

College of Marin presents the 2011 COM Student Film Festival on Friday, May 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Olney Hall 96. Come and watch short films written, produced, directed, shot and edited by student filmmakers. Prizes and scholarship money will be awarded. There will be a brief reception prior the screenings. Admission is free. Bring family and friends to watch these rising stars of film debut their works.

Student Art Show

This year’s student show, Last Call, will be featured in the Fine Art Gallery through May 13, 2011. Stop by and take a look at a variety of artwork by our talented student artists.

COM Athletics News

College of Marin swimming and diving team member Jenny Garanina took 14th place in the butterfly at the Community College State Championships at East L.A. College on April 30. Her time is under consideration for All-American status.

Softball Coach Nicole Hartfield was named BVC Coach of the Year. Pitcher Kayla Tate was named Second Team All-Conference, and Zoe Ades was also named Second Team All-Conference for infielders.

Our baseball team will be going to the state playoffs this Friday and Saturday: They received the 11th seed in Northern California and will travel to Merced College for a best-of-three series.

College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame

College of Marin will be hosting its second Athletic Hall of Fame ceremony and banquet on Saturday, June 4, at the San Geronimo Golf Course, 5800 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Geronimo. There will be a no-host social hour beginning at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and the induction at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. For more information please contact Diane Kukahiko at (415) 485-9580 or

The 2011 College of Marin inductees include:

Harry Pieper (football and Track 1948-1983)
Joe Morello (baseball 1949-1950)
Peter Arrigoni (baseball, football, and track 1949-1951)
Honor Jackson (football 1967-1968)
Al Endriss (baseball 1982-1997)

Educational Excellence Innovation Fund—Proposals Due This Friday

For last minute information and proposal instructions please email

All proposals should be submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office by May 6, 2011. Awards will be announced in June. Faculty Proposals submitted to the Superintendent/President’s Office will be forwarded to U.D.W.C. per Article 8.3 of UPM contract.

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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