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President’s Weekly Briefing - October 6, 2011
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COM Students Will Host Debate for Trustee Candidates

Candidates for the College of Marin Board of Trustees have been invited by student government leaders to participate in a debate on Oct. 20, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Deedy Staff Lounge located in the Kentfield Campus Student Services Building, 835 College Ave., Kentfield, CA. The event is open to the public and is free of charge.

The following candidates have confirmed their participation: incumbent Philip J. Kranenburg, Joan Lisetor, incumbent Dr. Eva Long, Stephanie O'Brien, Peter Romanowsky, and Jack Wilkinson. Incumbent Dr. James Namnath is unable to attend the debate. Candidates will be asked a variety of questions by a three-person panel, which will include a member of College of Marin faculty senate, an Associated Students of College of Marin (ASCOM) member, and a community at large member. A moderator and timekeeper will be provided by the Marin League of Women Voters. For more information contact Student Trustee Raemond Bergstrom-Wood at

Modernization Program to Hold Community Forums

Please join us on Oct. 12 and 27, 2011. These meetings are intended to bring the community up to date on the progress of the modernization program. There will be question and answer periods following the presentations. The forums are open to the public and are free of charge. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to access the meetings or to otherwise participate at this meeting, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact Human Resources at 415.485.9342. Notification at least 48 to 72 hours prior to the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the meeting.

Novato Forum
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Indian Valley Campus
Building 9, AS 101
1800 Ignacio Boulevard
Novato, 94949

Kentfield Forum
Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011
7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Kentfield Campus
Olney Hall Auditorium, Room 96
835 College Avenue
Kentfield, 94904

Open Forum with the Superintendent/President Today

I will host an Open Forum today, Oct. 6, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge, Kentfield Campus. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to bring their ideas, questions, and other subjects of interest.

New York Times Best Selling Author Neal Stephenson at COM Tonight

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.


I'm pleased to share with you that the University of Northern Iowa Alumni Association has just announced the winners of this year's Heritage Honours Awards. Director of Community Education, Lifelong Learning, and International Education Jason Lau, Ph.D. has been selected as the recipient of 2011 Young Alumnus Award, which recognizes graduates of 40 years of age or younger who have excelled in their professions at a young age. Congratulations on your amazing range of accomplishments!

Modern Languages Instructor Featured in Marin IJ

College of Marin Italian Instructor Lido Cantarutti was featured in local newspaper the Marin IJ in a write up about the Italian Film Festival. Taking place now through Nov. 12, it is the longest running film festival in Marin County. The festival began as an informal screening of Italian films here at the college and is now in its 35th year. Cantarutti is the festival's founder and has been honored as an outstanding part-time faculty member here at COM. He is also a former Cristoforo Club of Marin Italian-American citizen of the year. Congratulations and grazie for bringing a little piece of Italia to Marin County!

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.

Kentfield Campus
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.

Upcoming Events

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

The College of Marin Drama Department presents Arabian Nights. Performances are Oct. 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.

Annual Fall Job Fair

The Job Placement Center at College of Marin is hosting the Annual Fall Job Fair in the Student Services Building on the Kentfield Campus. The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Employers and resource agencies from the Bay Area will be present to provide employment opportunities and resources to College of Marin students, alumni, and community members. This event is open to the public and free of charge. A detailed list of the employers who will be in attendance is posted online at or you may contact the Job Placement Center at (415) 485-9410.

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. Yuba College
Friday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m. in Kentfield

Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa College
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 4 p.m. in San Pablo
Women’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa College
Friday, Oct. 7, 3:30 p.m. in San Pablo

Women’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
Tuesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m. in Marysville

Volleyball vs. Contra Costa College
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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