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President’s Weekly Briefing - January 25, 2012
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Welcome Back!

It was very gratifying to see so many of our dedicated faculty and staff together in one place at last week’s Convocation. Thank you for attending and I hope that the experience will in some way provide an inspiring springboard for our work together this semester. We have much to celebrate and look forward to, including the hiring of new full-time faculty and staff. So that you may get to know your new colleagues better, I am including in this week’s Briefing photos and brief bios of all who have been hired this academic year. I want to thank the team effort of all who helped organize and set up Convocation this year, including the Professional Development Committee, Maintenance and Operations, and Media Services.

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff

Welcome New Full-Time Faculty!

Maria_Allis.jpg The new Children’s Center Site Supervisor is Maria Allis who has most recently been site director at the San Francisco Unified School District Child Development Division where she oversaw the Presidio Child Development Center, a Reggio Emilia-inspired school, and the Jean Parker After School Program. She was a preschool and elementary school teacher in Brazil where she earned her teaching credential and has worked in the region as a child development teacher, a toddler and preschool teacher, and a French teacher. She also studied at the Sorbonne in France and then at Sonoma State University. She has also had several fellowships to study Language Arts Instruction and Literacy Development at UC Berkeley.
Gina_Cullen.jpg Counselor Gina Cullen is a former high school guidance director in Richmond and adjunct counselor and instructor at Santa Rosa Junior College and Berkeley City College. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara, a Pupil Personnel Services credential from St. Mary’s College, and a master’s degree in Counseling from San Francisco State University.
John_Erdmann.jpg Librarian John Erdmann has been with the college as the Academic Reference Librarian since 2007. At Belvedere-Tiburon Library, he was the resident Mac expert and technology librarian and at College of Marin helped create the Distance Education Librarian position to assist students. He also worked part-time at several other libraries, served as an editor for research publications at Washington University, and as a book buyer and seller at a Seattle bookstore. He served in the U.S. Navy as a paralegal as well as the librarian of his ship. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Religion with a Philosophy minor and a bachelor’s in English Literature at the University of Washington before earning a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the same school.
Dave_King.jpg English Instructor David King, who has been teaching English at the college for the past year, as well as at other community colleges, earned a bachelor’s degree in Literature and History from UC Santa Cruz, attended Santa Rosa Junior College’s Intensive Spanish Language and Biology Summer Program in Costa Rica and earned a master’s degree in Comparative Literature from San Francisco State University. He has taught reading and writing at several colleges in the area. His new position begins in fall 2012.
Alisa_Klinger.jpg English Instructor Alisa Klinger has helped spearhead the college’s implementation of Moodle and has been a part-time distance education instructor at the college for several years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Toronto, a master’s degree in English from Queen’s University and a doctorate in English, emphasizing twentieth century American and British Literature and Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Teaching Rhetoric and Composition from UC Berkeley. Dr. Klinger also has taught women’s studies courses at Arizona State University and UC Santa Barbara and presented on diversity topics in numerous venues.
Karen_Koenig.jpg English Skills Instructor Karen Koenig has been teaching at College of Marin since 1989. A news reporter for several publications, radio and television, she has taught English skills, journalism, and served as faculty adviser to the student newspaper. She has taught at several other community colleges in the area and in New York as well. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Binghamton in New York, a master’s in Education from the University of Buffalo, and a master’s degree in Journalism from UC Berkeley.
Christine_Li.jpg Accounting Instructor Christine Li has worked as a consultant for the private sector, the chief financial officer for BioArts International (the first company to commercialize pet cloning) as well as large publicly traded companies such as Oracle Corp., Bear Stearns Co. and Deutsche Bank. Li also is a former part-time COM instructor. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, studied in Japan at the Waseda University, Graduate School of Commerce, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Michele_Martinisi.jpg Spanish and Italian Instructor Michele Martinisi earned the Outstanding Part-Time Faculty Award last year and has been teaching at Santa Rosa Junior College and College of Marin for about 10 years. Prior to that, he was a teaching assistant at UCLA. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Italian and Spanish from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Italian from UCLA.
Emily_Monsour.jpg Emily Monsour, a new Children’s Center Instructor, has been with College of Marin for almost two years as a teacher and substitute at both the Kentfield and Novato Campuses. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies from UC Davis and later studied early childhood education at Santa Rosa Junior College and College of Marin. She is also a professional mezzo soprano and was a member of the University Chorus.
Steve_Newton.jpg Steven Newton, Geology Instructor, has been an adjunct teacher at College of Marin and numerous other community colleges in the region while serving as Programs and Policy Director for the National Center for Science Education in Oakland. He has worked as a hydrologic technician for the U.S. Geological Survey and published numerous articles on science, evolution, and creationism. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History from UC Berkeley where he focused on early twentieth century pseudoscience and a master’s degree in Geology from CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay).
Meg_Pasquel.jpg Meg Pasquel, who has taught English, GED, and college prep courses at College of Marin for more than a decade, is a now a full-time English Skills Instructor. As an instructional specialist she has developed curriculum in English skills and has been active in several campus committees. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from UC Berkeley and a law degree from San Francisco Law School. She passed the California Bar Exam in 1995.
Byron_Ramey.jpg Byron Ramey, a former adjunct counselor at the college, is now a full-time Counselor, a position he formerly held at Cañada College. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Geography/Resource Management from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in Educational Counseling from San Jose State University.
Cara_Statucki.jpg English Instructor Cara Kreit, who has been teaching English and College Skills at College of Marin for several years, earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and master’s degrees in Education and English (concentration in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from San Francisco State University. She taught English and ESL at several other campuses as well. Previously, she was a Health Education Instructor for the U.S. Peace Corps in Guyana.

Also welcome to:

(Photo was not available at time of publication.) Kathleen Rooney has been hired as the Dental Assisting Program Coordinator/Instructor. Rooney began teaching in the College of Marin Dental Assisting Program in 2002 and has worked as a dental assistant, oral surgeon assistant and as an instructor at several other colleges in the region. She studied Dental Assisting in Bakersfield, graduated as a certified oral surgery assistant from the University of the Pacific and went on to earn both a bachelor’s degree in Business and a master’s degree in Leadership from Saint Mary’s College.

Welcome New Staff!

Lindsay_Bacigalupi.jpg Lindsay Bacigalupi, newly hired Administrative Assistant in the Athletics and P.E. Department, has worked as the head Women’s Volleyball Coach at COM since 2009. She also has been coaching teen girls at the Empire Volleyball Club in Sonoma and working as a fund development associate with the Healthcare Foundation Northern Sonoma County in Healdsburg. She has served as head coach for the varsity and junior varsity volleyball girl’s teams at El Molino High School in Forestville. Among numerous accolades for volleyball, Bacigalupi won the Most Valuable Player in the North Bay League and High School team. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Sonoma State University and received a master’s degree in Sports Administration while at the U.S. Sports Academy.
Susan_Beutler.jpg Before stepping into her new position as Health Services Assistant, Susan Beutler worked as a patient services manager for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Prior to that, she worked as a business manager for Centocor, a Johnson & Johnson division, and with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals as an oncology specialty manager. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from California State University, Northridge.
Xuan_Bui.jpg Xuan Bui, a new custodian, earned an associate’s degree in Auto Technology from the College of Marin and a certificate of Custodial/Building Maintenance from City College of San Francisco. Most recently he owned and managed First Nails Salon in San Rafael. Previously he worked as a mechanic at Toyota Marin, and for Treemasters and Imperial Automotive in San Rafael. He emigrated from South Vietnam where he served as a second Lieutenant for the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, leading a platoon of 42 soldiers before moving to a Refugee camp in Bataan, Philippines where he served as Assistant Social Leader for the refugee community.
Abner_Diaz.jpg Abner Diaz, who has worked as a substitute custodian for the college since 2010, is now a full-time custodian.
Lisa_LaScala.jpg Lisa La Scala, Laboratory Technician in Health Sciences, brings her experience as owner/manager of two full-service laboratories and ceramist in several labs in Massachusetts and California. She graduated from the Dental Technology Institute in Orange, CA, attended the pre-dental program at Massachusetts Bay College, and completed pre-requisite coursework for the nursing program at College of Marin last year.
Mike_Kessler.jpg Police Officer Michael Kessler, formerly a high school math teacher, graduated top in his class from the Napa Valley College Police Academy. In addition to achieving class valedictorian at the academy, he was recognized with the Bruce Beckler Memorial Scholarship Award and for his outstanding achievement in communication, learning ability, and physical fitness. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Mathematics from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from San Francisco State University.
Todd_Kidder.jpg After about 25 years of service with the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, Todd D. Kidder has joined the College of Marin Police Department as Sergeant. During his tenure at the sheriff’s department, he worked in Marine Services, Health Services, Professional Standards Unit-Internal Affairs, Detention, and Investigation. He attended Los Medanos College, Solano Community College, and American River Community College in addition to numerous focused courses on law enforcement issues.
Mike_Smith.jpg Custodian Mike Smith has joined us from Vallejo where he maintained the campus and helped with custodial duties at Touro University College of Science. He also has experience as a manager in the lumber department at Yard Birds, and as a custodian at Vallejo Unified School District.

Also welcome to:

(Photos were not available at time of publication.)

Single Stop Coordinator Lisa DiCarlo earned both a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in English from California State University (CSU), Chico. She earned a master’s degree in Psychology, focusing on Marriage and Family Therapy, from CSU, Chico as well. DiCarlo worked as a counselor and social worker for children and teens in foster homes in Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties, as a mental health counselor and a county social worker within a child protective services program and, most recently, as an academic adviser and coordinator of the First Year Experience Program within the CSU, Chico Educational Opportunity Program.
Custodian Ramiro Perez has been working for the last two years as a custodian at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, CA. He will be working at the Indian Valley Campus.
Accountant Mariya Rohde was formerly an accountant with the St. Anthony Foundation in San Francisco and an assistant state auditor with the state of Washington. She has worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies in Washington, New York, and California. Rhode has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accountancy from California State University, Sacramento.


Welcome to our Newest Manager!


Jason_Lau.jpg Dr. Jason Lau, Director of Community Education, Lifelong Learning and International Education, comes to the college with an extensive background in teaching, tourism, and camp management. He has a diploma in Social Work from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in Hong Kong and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of Leisure, Youth and Human Services Administration from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Later, he studied School-Age Care Leadership and earned a doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa. He was recently selected as the recipient of the prestigious University of Northern Iowa (UNI) 2011 Young Alumnus Award.


For Evening Assistance and Supervision Call (415) 747-0699

Raul "Bo" Botello will oversee evening supervision and assistance at both the Kentfield (KTD) and Indian Valley Campuses (IVC) Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. If evening assistance is needed please call (415) 747-0699.

PLEASE NOTE: If there is a medical emergency or crime in progress, please call 911 first and then notify the evening supervisor.

What to Do In Case of an Emergency

The College of Marin Police Department and Campus Safety Office has published a new Emergency Guidelines Handbook that is now available online. The handbook provides faculty and staff with important information on how to respond in the event of emergencies or disasters.

In the event of a life threatening emergency please call 911.

For services that do not require immediate assistance please contact the College of Marin Police Department at 415.485.9455 or call ext. 7455 from on campus.

Cop’s Corner

The College of Marin Police Department is working to improve our campus emergency preparedness. As a staff member of Marin Community College District and as a designated government Disaster Service Worker (California Government Code Section 3100-3109), you have the responsibility to be prepared to provide emergency assistance in support of the students and your fellow employees.

Please review the Emergency Guidelines Handbook to become familiar with its contents.

Tell Us What You Think!

Tell College of Marin what classes and services you're interested in and what matters to you. Your opinion is very important to us! Tell us what you think by completing this important online survey. Survey closes February 1, 2012.


College of Marin Communication Instructor Patricia O’Keefe was elected First Vice-President of the Western States Communication Association (WSCA). This honor is a four-year commitment to one of the professional organizations she is involved with. During the next year she will focus on learning the ropes and preparing to select the convention theme for 2014. She will then be responsible for planning the 2014 conference as the president-elect by selecting a keynote speaker and coordinating all interest group panels. In 2015 she will step into the role of organization president. Congratulations, Patricia!

Community Education Preview Day a Success

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Community Education Department along with ESCOM held a preview day. The event allowed attendees to sign up for community education classes onsite. COM employees were on site to help with registration. It was a great opportunity for potential students to discuss classes with instructors and learn about one of our student groups, the Emeritus Students College of Marin (ESCOM). The event was well received by both our students and instructors. Over 150 students and 40 community education instructors attended the event. Approximately 41 registration forms (a total enrollment of 60 courses) were received. Kudos to Director of Community Education, Lifelong Learning, and International Education Dr. Jason Lau for jumping right in and making the community aware of the wide array of classes Community Education has to offer!

Data Dashboard Update—COM Statistics at your Fingertips

Did you know that now you can access College of Marin’s live data using the College’s new state-of-the-art Data Dashboard which contains enrollment and student achievement statistics−with the ability to select several different perspectives (e.g., term to term comparisons, educational goals, age groups, gender, ethnicity, division, department, subjects, high school graduation year, campus, student city, degrees/certificates awarded, cohort tracking, course retention, student persistence and course success)?

The Data Dashboard is menu-driven and available to all College of Marin faculty, staff, and administrators who have access to the Intranet (but only available when people are signed in to the college network on campus due to security issues). Look on the left side of your Intranet selection screen for the Data Dashboard choice.

Training sessions are available to you on either Wednesday, Feb. 22, or Thursday, Feb. 23 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (in BC 101)–no registration necessary.

For more information, a training handout, or to schedule a brief one-on-one training session, contact either PRIE Director Dr. Chialin Hsieh, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Melody Creel or Barbara David (although you are welcome to use the software without training since you cannot break it!). Check it out and see if it can assist you in your work or make your life easier!

Monthly Data Nuggets—January 2012

Did you know thatof the college’s concurrent high school students in fall 2010, ninety percent of them attended the College of Marin Kentfield Campus? (Extracted from January 2012 Monthly Data Nugget: Concurrent Enrolled Student Information)

Survey Results

Do you know the top and bottom five ranked results from the 2011 Faculty Staff Survey?

Highest-ranked (showing agreement with):

  • The superintendent/president is providing effective leadership to achieve the mission of the college;
  • Feeling safe (combined results from multiple questions);
  • Making Banner (i.e., Finance, HR, etc.) work more effectively should be a college priority;
  • The college supports academic freedom;
  • Content classes that require writing essays should be paired with English, English Skills or ESL classes to provide additional support for basic skills students

Bottom-ranked (showing disagreement with):

  • The college provides adequate resources to maintain its new and existing facilities;
  • Matriculation services (placement, orientation, counseling, etc.) are adequate for new students.
  • The college monitors at-risk students and provides early intervention.
  • Managers receive adequate training and professional development opportunities;
  • Classified professionals receive adequate training and professional development opportunities.

These and other results from the 2011 Faculty/Staff Survey (to which President Coon recently referred in his recent President’s Forum) and the 2011 Student Survey can be found under the Internal Reporting column of the Institutional Research chart at the Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) website.

College of Marin Spring 2012 Welcome Week

Kentfield Campus
Through Thursday, January 26
Time: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Learning Resources Center Quad

This is a wonderful opportunity to purchase from local businesses that will be offering their products and services, many at a discounted rate. A partial list of vendors includes: Marin IJ/Chronicle, Comcast, Redwood Credit Union, Riley’s Art Supplies, Gideon Bible, Blue Cross/Allstate, Live 105, Marin Education Fund, Union Bank, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and many wonderful art and jewelry vendors. Make sure to take a break and join in the festivities.

For more information call Vickie Lamke in the Student Affairs Office at (415) 485-9376.

Mileage Reimbursement Rate

Effective January 1, 2012 the mileage reimbursement rate is 55.5 cents per mile. There was no change from the reimbursement rate for July through December of 2011.

COM Athletics

Men’s Basketball vs. Solano College
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Men’s Basketball—Bay Valley Conference, Mendocino College
Monday, Jan. 30, 7:30 p.m. in Mendocino

Men’s Basketball—Bay Valley Conference, Contra Costa College
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 7:30 p.m. in San Pablo

Women’s Basketball —Bay Valley Conference, Solano College
Wednesday, Jan. 25, 5:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Basketball—Bay Valley Conference, Mendocino College
Monday, Jan. 30, 5:30 p.m. in Mendocino

Women’s Basketball —Bay Valley Conference, Contra Costa College
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:30 p.m. in San Pablo 


President's Monday Briefing Web Page
Technical Contact: Nicole Cruz, Assistant to Director of Communications and Community Relations, (415) 485-9648 x7648
Content Responsible: Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Director of Communications and Community Relations, (415) 485-9528