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President’s Weekly Briefing - September 22, 2011
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Kay Ryan Awarded MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant

Kay Ryan

Earlier this week, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation named 22 new MacArthur Fellows for 2011, including our former colleague, U.S. Poet Laureate, and Basic Skills Instructor Kay Ryan! The recipients learned, through a phone call out of the blue from the Foundation, that they will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore. The unusual level of independence afforded to Fellows underscores the spirit of freedom intrinsic to creative endeavors. The work of MacArthur Fellows knows neither boundaries nor the constraints of age, place, and endeavor. Congratulations, Kay, and thank you for your continuing advocacy of community colleges and the importance of Basic Skills education.


ASCOM Approves Funding for Textbook Loan Program

Kudos to the ASCOM board and its president, Scott Blood, for approving $5,000 to purchase extra books for the reserved books section of our library. Books were purchased based on those that were checked out most often. This will greatly assist students who need to access a book used in their class. A special thank you to Librarian Carl Cox, who highlighted the needed books and worked with the bookstore to have the books delivered to the library. This will be a great resource for our cash strapped students.

Microbiology Lab Tech Becomes Registered Nurse

College of Marin Microbiology Lab Tech Deirdre Martinez began working at COM as a work study student in the Biology Department in 2000. She was hired as the Microbiology Lab Tech in 2006. While at COM she has earned an AA in Natural Science and an AS in Biology. In fall of 2009 she began nursing school here at COM and graduated from the program and in May of this year she earned her Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN). She passed the NCLEX-RN exam and just received her RN license in the mail on Sept. 17. Martinez credits the quality education she received at COM for preparing her to take, and pass, the NCLEX-RN. Congratulations and best of luck in your future endeavors, Deirdre!

You Are Invited to COM's Transfer Day

College of Marin is hosting Transfer Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Services Building, located at 835 College Ave, in Kentfield, CA. All College of Marin students, their families, and friends are invited to the free event to learn more about transferring to a four-year university.

More than 35 colleges and universities will be on campus to meet with students, providing detailed transfer information in a convenient, one-stop format. University and college representatives will discuss student interests, academic goals, and answer questions on the application process. Students are encouraged to research scholarships and financial aid availability, what majors schools offer, what the campus life is like, along with other relevant topics to help make the transfer decision-making transition more successful and less stressful.

Many California schools will attend, including UCs, CSUs, and independent schools, along with schools specializing in art, design, and architecture. Out-of-state schools from Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, and Hawaii will also be at the event. A partial list of participating schools includes UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC Santa Cruz, CSU East Bay, CSU Fresno, CSU Sacramento, San Francisco State, Sonoma State, Humboldt State, Dominican University of California, University of San Francisco, Samuel Merritt College, Patten University, Mills College, Menlo College, Holy Names University, Woodbury University, Golden Gate University, Notre Dame de Namur, Prescott College-Arizona, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, University of Hawaii-Hilo. There will be a wealth of good information at Transfer Day, including expert help from COM's counseling staff . The Transfer and Career Center will provide Student Information Packets with the 'nuts and bolts' details on the transfer process, including a list of questions to ask school representatives, to help better prepare prospective transfer students. The COM Transfer Club will be assisting, to help make the event run smoothly for all.

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Seasonal Flu Shots $20

Influenza ("flu") is a contagious disease which can be spread by coughing, sneezing, and nasal secretions. The College of Marin Health Center will be offering seasonal flu shots for $20. Clinic dates are as follows:

Kentfield Campus:
Friday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon
Friday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon
Friday, Oct. 7, from 9 a.m. to noon

IVC Campus:
Monday, Sept. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon

The College of Marin Health Centers are not Medicare providers, nor do they bill insurance plans. Flu shots are available for everyone over 18 years of age.

Upcoming Events

COM to host the Marin College Access Network Fall Conference at IVC

College of Marin, as one of 22 community partners in the Marin College Access Network ("MarinCAN"), will host the first Fall Conference on Friday, Sept. 30, at the Indian Valley Campus. MarinCAN is a coalition of school districts, youth advocacy and development agencies, higher education institutions, scholarship organizations, and funders who work collaboratively to provide information, tools, resources, and support services to help students and families make informed decisions about their post-secondary pursuits. The conference will feature keynote speakers, workshop sessions, a networking lunch, and the presentation of the first annual MarinCAN Champions Award. For more information contact Anna Pilloton, or (415) 485-9663.

Circle of Champions

The College of Marin Department of Athletics and the Circle of Champions are honored to present a celebration of the career of Coach Cal Riemcke and the entry of his name into the College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame. Tickets are $49 each. Please make checks payable to College of Marin Athletics. For more information contact Diane Kukahiko at (415) 485.9580.

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
San Rafael Joe's Restaurant
6 p.m. No host cocktails
7 p.m. Dinner
8 p.m. Our program of speakers

Long recognized as one of California's most accomplished and influential basketball figures, Coach Riemcke's College of Marin teams (1957-1969) won seven conference championships, participated in six California state tournaments, and were ranked third in the state in 1961. Following his sterling COM career, Cal moved on to become head coach at Whitworth College from 1969-1976 and in his final year there was selected NAIA District One Coach of the Year. In 26 years of coaching his record was 384-292. He later served in athletic administrative positions in the state of Washington and retired in 1992. In 2001 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the California Community Colleges Basketball Coaches Association, which he helped organize and where he held several executive level positions, including president. He and his wife Eileen live in Spokane, Washington. Circle of Champions Advisory Board Members are Peter Arrigoni, Richard Nave, Jim Brovelli, Honor Jackson, and Al Endriss.

Emeritus Center Exhibit

The College of Marin Emeritus Center is hosting an exhibition of works by artist Nancy Pollack. Please join us at the Kentfield Campus, 835 College Avenue, in the Student Services Building, room 146. The show will be up through Sept. 27. Emeritus Center hours are Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call (415) 485-9652.

Arabian Nights

The College of Marin Drama Department presents Arabian Nights. Sept. 29 is a pay-what-you-will preview. Performances are Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 9 and 16 at 2 p.m. at the Performing Arts Tent on the central lawn of the Kentfield Campus. Ride a magic carpet into the minareted world of ancient Baghdad. The evening will unfold with the legendary tales of Sheherezade. COM Professor Molly Noble will direct Tony-Award-winning playwright Mary Zimmerman's re-telling of the mystical 1001 tales. (The tent will serve as performance space during renovation of the Performing Arts Theatre).Tickets are $20 general; $12 seniors; $10 students, COM employees, and alumni. The box office opens Sept. 20. Please call 415-485-9385 for tickets.

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Opening Night Gala Fundraiser for Performing Arts is Next Week!

On Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, beginning at 6 p.m., the College of Marin Foundation and the Performing Arts Department will hold an opening night gala of their current production of Arabian Nights. There will be a wine reception and sumptuous buffet from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. followed by the production starting at 8 p.m. In keeping with the exotic theme of the evening's festivities, the Arabian Nights extravaganza will take place in the Performing Arts "Big Top" Tent Theatre located on the central lawn adjacent to the new Fine Arts Building at the Kentfield Campus. The evening will unfold with the legendary tales of Sheherezade. Seats are limited so order your tickets early. Tickets are $60 per person or $40 per person for season ticket holders. Parking is available on Circle Drive, and at the corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Dr. Contact the College of Marin Foundation for reservations at (415) 485-9657. Proceeds will benefit the COM Performing Arts Program.

Singer's Choice Recital—Art Songs and Arias

COM Advanced Voice Class
Linda Noble Brown, Instructor
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011, 11:10 a.m.
Olney Hall, room 96
Free admission

Webinar: Your Retirement Application and Options
CalPERS is inviting all members to attend a free live webinar on Oct. 7, 2011, from 11 a.m. to noon. Step-by-step instructions on filling out the service retirement application and an explanation of the different retirement options available will be covered in the one hour session.
Get more information or register for this event at If you have any questions please contact the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at 888 CalPERS (or 888-225-7377).

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Road to Success Helps Students Learn About COM Services

For the first time, this year's Road to Success event took place on both campuses. More than 100 staff, faculty, and students participated this year in the production of the event, or at one of the 11 stops along the road at the Kentfield Campus, or the three stops at the Indian Valley Campus. COM student Eun Pyo Lee won the grand prize of $250. Three students from KTD and three students from IVC each won prizes of $100 or $50. Many additional students from both campuses won flash drives and calculators. Special thanks to ASCOM for donating the prize money, the Basic Skills Initiative Steering Committee, Reprographics, Maintenance and Operations, and the faculty members who gave walking the Road as an assignment to their students.

Thanks to all of this year's Road to Success Volunteers!

Susan Andrien
Vaughn Ariano
Jim Arnold
Jan Arrick
Janice Austin
Cole Aviles
Noel Bartholomew
Raymond Bergstrom-Wood
Barbara Bonander
Olga Borissova
Linda Burnett
Jeff Cady
Gabe Carsillo
Harris Casper
Sam Chavez
Jian Chen
Shook Chung
Katherine Comstock
Geri Cooper
Win Cottle
Tashi Cowan
Melody Creel
Nicole Cruz
Paul DaSilva
Alice Dieli
Caroline Doyle
Lucas Drisdell
Erik Dunmire
Annahita Fallah
June Farmer
Dianne Faw
Dee Fraites
Lizdey Garcia
Candice Garretson
Patrick Garretson
Anne Gearhart
Marie Goff-Tuttle
Andy Haber
Jesse Harbison
Mike Irvine
Robin Jackson
Rose Jacques
Patience James
Patrick Kelly
Mike Klein
Karen Koenig
Linda Koffman
Kristi Kuhn
Diane Kukahiko
Vickie Lamke
June Lee
Lan-Ling Long
Thuyn Liu
Gina Longo
Gloria Lopez-Gutierrez
Dave Mahoney
John Marmysz
Matt Markovich
Kay Marshall
Michele Martinisi
Miles Mayo
Holly Middleton
Nancy Morales
Faye Mueller
Joe Mueller
Trang Nguyen
Laurie Ordin
Julie Oyle
Sara Oser
Meg Pasquel
Beth Patel
Carol Perez
Anna Pilloton
Margie Pratchenko
Kuniko Prince
Marvin Ramirez
JoAnn Reisinger
Annie Ricciuti
John Rodriguez
Monica Rudolph
Fred Schmitt
Sue Scott
Nanda Schorske
Pat Sirianni
Paula Sontay
Cara Statucki
Marti Sukoski
Daniel Sulaiman
LouAnn Sutter
Sandra Tachihara
Kathy Takemoto
W. Allen Taylor
Joann Teer
Liz Terplan
Juliann Tumamait
Leyca VanSoest
Sienna Villarreal
Dusja Wagner
Wendy Walsh
Andrea Wang
Camilla Webb
David White
Debbie Wiebers
Julia Woods
Emily Yepez

Cheo Massion and Becky Reetz—2011 Road to Success Co-Coordinators

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COM Athletics

Men's Soccer vs. Merritt College
Friday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m. in Oakland

Women's Soccer vs. Butte College
Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m. in Kentfield

Women's Soccer vs. Los Medanos College
Friday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Volleyball vs. Laney College
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m. in Oakland

Volleyball vs. Napa College
Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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