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President’s Weekly Briefing - October 19, 2011
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Accreditation Update

The College’s accreditation-related Follow Up Report 2011 was hand-delivered to the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (the Commission) on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and copies were sent to the three visiting team members the same week

Background: At its meeting Jan. 11 through 13, 2011, the Commission took action to reaffirm the College’s accreditation based on its Self Study Report and the report of the evaluation team which visited Oct. 25 through 28, 2010, with a requirement that the College complete a Follow Up Report addressing eight recommendations. The deadline for submission of the report was Oct.15, 2011.

Part of this requirement also includes hosting another visit by accreditation team members. The scheduled one-day visit by the three-person team led by Dr. Jose Ortiz, Superintendent/President of Allan Hancock College, will take place on Oct. 31, 2011 and will include both the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses. The other team members include Ms. Nancy Meddings, Interim Dean, Library Resources and Community Education of Allan Hancock College, and Ms. Rhea Riegel, Institutional Research Coordinator of Fresno City College. (All three team members were participants on the team which visited Oct. 25 through 28, 2010, with Dr. Ortiz also serving as the Chair.)

It is requested that all responsible parties for the recommendations be available Monday, Oct. 31, (yes, on Halloween) to provide the opportunity for the team members to discuss the submitted report. As soon as specific meeting requests are received from the team, they will be communicated to allow everyone involved to better schedule their day.

If you have not already done so, I recommend you review the report Once again, I thank all responsible parties for their significant teamwork and accomplishments.

College of Marin Adaptive Computer Center Services in New Location

The public is invited to tour the relocated Individualized Technology Computer Program (formerly the COM High Tech Computer Center) at an open house and continental breakfast hosted by the Marin Brain Injury Network near the college campus in Larkspur. The open house will take place Friday, Oct. 21, 2011, from 10 noon at the Marin Brain Injury Network, 1132 Magnolia Avenue, Larkspur. More information, including directions is at RSVP by Wednesday, Oct. 19, to Operations Manager Therese Jacobson at (415) 461-6771, ext. 102. Class registration takes place Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The program will continue to provide cognitive retraining to individuals who have experienced a stroke or head injury, as well as learning skills development for students with learning disabilities. Computer and word processing training will also be provided for learning and physically disabled students to meet their academic needs and to prepare them for competitive employment.

For more information, contact College of Marin Disabled Students Programs and Services at (415) 457-8811, ext 7701.

New COM Officers Take Oath of Office

The College of Marin Police Department invites you to attend the Oath of Office Ceremony for Sergeant Todd Kidder, Officer Mike Kessler, and Officer Dan Quirk. The ceremony will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge. Light refreshments will be served.

Circle of Champions Event Brings a Legend Back to COM

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, the College of Marin Athletics Department and its Circle of Champions celebrated the career of former men’s basketball coach Cal Riemcke along with the entry of his name into the COM Athletic Hall of Fame. Almost 100 attended the event to honor the induction of the 11th member into COM’s Hall of Fame. Special thanks to Matt Markovich and the Circle of Champions Advisory Board and Committee for organizing this event. It was an honor to be in the presence of an individual who influenced the lives of many student-athletes during his 12 seasons at COM. The Hall of Fame serves as a great model for our current student-athletes giving them examples of individuals who have gone on and become business owners, county supervisors, and other important community members.

Announcement from Financial Aid:
New Regulations Regarding Repeating Courses

The Department of Education has recently published new regulations which impact students who repeat courses. Beginning in the spring 2012 semester students may only receive federal financial aid funding for one repetition of a previously passed course. Repeated coursework may be included if the student received an unsatisfactory or failing grade. There is no limit on the number of attempts allowable if the student does not receive a passing grade.

Term                      Course       Result                                                      Full-Time Eligibility Status

Fall 2010                 Auto 114    Fail                                                              Eligible

Spring 2011             Auto 114    Pass                                                            Eligible

Summer 2011         Auto 114     Pass 1st repeat of previously passed course    Eligible

Fall 2011 (future)    Auto 114     2nd repeat of previously passed course          Not Eligible to count toward full-time enrollment status.

For more information contact Financial Aid Specialist Andrea Hunter at (415) 485-9422.

Dance…In Tent

The College of Marin Dance Department presents their annual fall dance concert Dance In…Tent Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 28 and 29, and Nov. 4 and 5, at 8 p.m. Performances will be held in the tent located on the central lawn of the Kentfield Campus.

Kristi Kuhn’s My Tribe explores what happens when different dance styles are mixed with drum sticks and music by the Glitch Mob.

David Jones’ Tres Gotas celebrates the power of holy water through the mesmerizing rhythm of the salsa and Raise Your Glass playfully toys with the lively spirit of youth and rebellion.

Sandra Tanner and her dancers are Swept Away into a world where dreams and reality ebb and flow.

Alan Scofield’s Adele is about the heartbreak when love comes abruptly to an end and The Gift explores the compensation of fate that suddenly blocks our way, only to reveal a better path.

Sandi Weldon’s Move Something, is a fun-filled nod to the high energy of a school dance and in 99 Red Balloons, an innocent child plays with 99 red balloons, but are they balloons or something else?

Christopher Leon DiBiase, student choreographer, presents Under Pressure, a playful dance commentary on the connectedness of all things.

Lindsey Herrera, student soloist, presents Llunga, about a woman caught in a struggle between what she wants and what she knows is best.

Tickets are $15 general, $10 for students and seniors. Contact the Box Office at (415) 485-9385 to purchase. Choreography by the COM dance faculty with production design by e. “Ernie” Ernstrom.

An Evening with Kay Ryan

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate and COM Basic Skills Professor Kay Ryan will be reading her poetry and signing copies of her books on Friday, Nov.18, at 7:30 p.m. at Dominican University of California, Angelico Hall, 50 Acacia Avenue in San Rafael. Student tickets can be purchased from the College of Marin Bookstore for $20 with a valid student ID card. Tickets for the general public are $25 and can also be purchased at any Marin County Free Library branch. Proceeds from the event will be used to support arts and poetry programming at all branches of the Marin County Free Library.


Former COM Drama Instructor Peter Tamaribuchi won third place in the Cynosure Screenwriting contest for Undiscovered Country, a film about an inner city teen hoping to find refuge from street violence. At his new elite school he soon discovers that under the seemingly perfect suburban facade, new dangers await that he is not yet ready for.

Tamaribuchi started out as a playwright, taking screenwriting here at COM from Instructor Sandy Handsher, then earned an M.A. at Boston University, as well as an M.F.A. from UCLA. His plays have been produced at a wide range of theaters and venues and his screenplays have received accolades from many contests and festivals. In addition to screenwriting, Tamaribuchi has been a drama and film teacher for over a decade, working with a cross-section of youth, from the inner city, to the suburbs.

Upcoming Events


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

Get Ready for the Great Shake Out

On Thursday, Oct.20, at 10:20 a.m. millions of people will participate in the 2011 Great California Shake Out! Are you prepared at home or work for an earthquake or any other disaster? Do you have an emergency kit, water, food, and other items in case there is an earthquake? There is much helpful information at It’s never too late to get ready!

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.

Modernization Program to hold Community Forum

Please join us on Oct. 27, 2011, for a meeting to bring the community up to date on the progress of the modernization program. There will be a question and answer period following the presentation. The forum is open to the public and is free of charge.

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

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to access the meeting 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.

World Diabetes Day at COM

ASCOM and Lift for Teens will be sponsoring World Diabetes Day at College of Marin’s Kentfield Campus on Sunday, Nov.13, 2011, from noon to 5 p.m. in Fusselman Hall, rooms 110 and 120; the Student Services Building; and Learning Resources Center Quad. Join in the fun for an afternoon of health screenings, multi-lingual/multi-cultural information, educational performances, giveaways, nutritious food, Yoga and Zumba workshops, and more! Activities will be free of charge to the public. More information at

COM Athletics

Men’s Soccer vs. Napa Valley College
Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m. in Kentfield

Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba College
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m. in Marysville

Women’s Soccer vs. Los Medanos
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 3 p.m. in Pittsburg

Volleyball vs. Laney College
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

Retired Dance Instructor Diagnosed with ALS

Catherine Sim, who taught ballet, dance history, and ballroom for twelve-and-a-half-years part time and twelve-and-a-half-years years full time here at COM was recently diagnosed with ALS. In addition to running the dance department for six years, Sim created over 50 dance pieces, reviewed for Dance Magazine for three years, published two autobiographical articles, and just completed a booklet on renaissance dance. Cathi now resides in the Sierra Foothills where she continues to volunteer for the Audubon Society as a part of the wildlife rehabilitation group. A fund has been established to help with medical expenses through the College of Marin Foundation. Checks can be made out to COMF/Cathi Sim Fund.


Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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