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President’s Weekly Briefing - September 29, 2011
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Spirit of Marin Awards Recap

Last Friday, Sept. 23, I was much honored to be one of the keynote speakers at the Spirit of Marin Awards. I shared the stage with my former colleague and friend Dr. Mary Marcy who was recently appointed to serve as president of Dominican University. I was truly impressed by the community spirit of giving that was expressed and supported by so many businesses and individuals in Marin County. The event was co-sponsored by Bank of Marin and 12 Marin County-based Chambers of Commerce. I commend Bank of Marin President Russ Colombo and other organizers for their good work in planning an event that truly captures the meaning of community and the true spirit of Marin.

Superintendent/President to Hold Open Forum

I will host an Open Forum next Thursday, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge, Kentfield Campus. (Please note that this forum was previously scheduled on Wednesday, Oct. 5). Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their ideas, questions, and other subjects of interest.

Monthly Data Nuggets—September and October 2011

September's Monthly Data Nugget is enrollment information. There are three links to various data perspectives about COM's enrollment statistics provided at

October's Monthly Data Nugget is placement test results (also found at Where were students placed according to the Accuplacer test results? Check it out.

(As a reminder, to address WASC Recommendation #4 regarding strengthening the role of research through broad institutional dialogue and critical analysis, PRIE is posting and disseminating a targeted piece of data each month. These nuggets are also disseminated to PGS committees for discussion and use in meetings as applicable.)

New York Times Best Selling Author Neal Stephenson at COM

College of Marin and Book Passage will host acclaimed writer Neal Stephenson, who will read from and discuss his novel, Reamde, (a spoonerism pronounced as Read Me). This special event will take place in Thursday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Olney Hall. A limited number of FREE tickets are available for students, faculty, and staff by contacting Nicole Cruz,

Stephenson, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Anathem, is continually tripping the literary world with his brazen and brilliant fictional creations—whether he's reimagining the past (The Baroque Cycle), inventing the future (Snow Crash), or somehow doing both (Cryptonomicon). This visionary author's work has been compared to Pynchon, DeLillo, Vonnegut, and David Foster Wallace.

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. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon
Friday, Oct. 7, from 9 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.

October Issue of DE@COM Available Online

DE@COM Issue 14 is available on the newly designed Distance Education homepage or view the newsletter directly at

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.

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Arabian Nights—Preview Tonight

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. 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.

Opening Night Gala Fundraiser for Performing Arts

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. 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.

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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COM Athletics

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

Men's Soccer vs. Napa College
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m. in Napa

Women's Soccer vs. Los Medanos College

Friday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Women's Soccer vs. Napa College
Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. in Napa

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

Volleyball vs. Solano College
Wednesday, Oct. 5, 6 p.m. in Fairfield

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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