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President’s Weekly Briefing - February 2, 2012
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Temporary Parking Available in Lot #16

Please be advised that now through Feb. 25, 2012, an additional 11 parking spaces will temporarily be available to students, faculty, and staff in Parking Lot #16 on Laurel Avenue at the Kentfield Campus:

  • 11 spaces are partitioned off to the left side as you enter Parking Lot #16 from Laurel Avenue
  • A barricade will separate college from contractor parking
  • Park only where you see the signs that say “College of Marin Parking”
  • You must have either a daily or semester parking permit to park there.

This parking is available on a temporary basis for approximately four weeks to help offset the parking pressures during the beginning of the semester. Work is being done to provide additional parking; more information to come. Thank you for your patience.

For questions, please contact Laura McCarty at (415) 485-9343 or Maridel Barr at (415) 485-9518.

Moodle Updates:
Shells, Online Writing Center (OWC), and Training Dates

Helping your students get to Moodle
All spring 2012 classes now have Moodle shells associated with them.

If you are NOT using your Moodle shell for instruction or web-enhancement, it would be helpful to your students to put a brief note in your Moodle shell indicating that the shell is not in use, or redirecting your students to MyCOM's Course Studio, if you are using it for your course(s).

Instructors who ARE using their Moodle shell(s) should put a note in MyCOM's Course Studio to redirect their students to Moodle. For example, this is the note Ali Klinger puts in MyCOM's Course Studio:

"This class meets in Moodle. Please select the Distance Education Tab after clicking the Back to Student tab in the top left. Then, click on the link to Moodle at the top right of your screen. In the future, log on to MyCOM and select the DE Tab to get to our course. See you in Moodle!"

MyCOM's Course Studio
MyCOM's Course Studio will be disabled at the end of summer 2012. Please undertake Moodle training in advance, since all courses will only have Moodle for instruction and web-enhancement as of fall 2012.

The Online Writing Center (OWC)
All registered COM students and faculty have access to the OWC in Moodle.

  • The OWC is open 24/7 to help students with writing assignments for all college subjects.
  • Students can get help with grammar, idea development and organization, as well as with research and essays.
  • The OWC also assists students with transfer, scholarship, and job applications, including resume and cover letters.

NOTE TO INSTRUCTORS: If you would like a separate forum folder for your students with your course name and number associated with it and/or you would like course assignments uploaded to the OWC forum folder for your course, please email your request to

Please encourage your students to self-register so that they can receive free writing help.

  • To get to the Moodle homepage, simply log on to MyCOM, select the Distance Education Tab, and click on the Moodle logo on the right side of your screen.
  • To enter the OWC, simply click on the self-registration option on the left side bar block on the Moodle homepage.

If you would like a brief, in-person orientation to the OWC for you or your students, please email your request to Alisa Klinger.

If you or your students have technological or pedagogical questions or comments about Moodle, please contact Moodle Help.

Moodle Training
Spring Moodle Training sessions are listed below. Each session will comprise 30 minutes of instruction and 20 minutes of implementation. All trainings meet in the COM Library Computer Lab at the back of the Learning Resources Center.

If you are a faculty member, you have a Moodle shell associated with each of your spring 2012 courses, so you may wish to practice attaching documents and images during the training. You can also update your Moodle Profile and set up messaging. Please bring your MyCOM logon information and a flash drive with some of your materials; for example, you may wish to bring a headshot, a syllabus, and an assignment.

RSVP to Alisa Klinger if you plan to attend.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Moodle Basics: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012
Moodle Basics: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Friday, February 10, 2012
Moodle Open Q & A Session: 11 a.m. to noon

Friday, February 24, 2012
Moodle Communications: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2, 2012
Moodle Grade Book: 1 p.m. 2 p.m.

Friday, March 16, 2012
Moodle Open Q & A Session: 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 29, 2012
Moodle Basics: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Cop’s Corner
When confronted with an emergency, such as a fire or gas leak, remember these general guidelines:

  • Remain as calm as possible. Take a few deep breaths, look around and evaluate.

If you are instructed to evacuate a building (i.e. for a fire alarm)

  • Cooperate with emergency personnel. If no emergency personnel are at the location, exit the building.
  • Move at least 100 feet away from the building or as far away as possible.
  • Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • DO NOT re-enter evacuated buildings until those in charge of the evacuation say it is safe to do so.
  • If requested, assist emergency personnel.
  • An emergency command post may be set up near the emergency site. Keep clear of the command post unless you have information to report.

Watercolor Basics and Beyond Group Show
A group show featuring students from COM’s Watercolor Basics and Beyond class will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center, 6350 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, 94963.

This show came about after Marty Meade’s College of Marin class began to meet at the San Geronimo Valley Community Center. Surrounded by beautiful art each week in the Maurice del Mue Gallery, several of the students expressed a desire to exhibit their work, and so it evolved.

Participating in the exhibit are Cherie Daly, Sandy Dickson, Megan Isador, Holly Biedul, Karen Hooper, Jacqueline Haber, Natalie Sandell, Carrie Fisher-Coppola, Dorie Mohr, Sherri Ortegan, Janet Pigot, Marcelline Mansir, Jerry Richardson, Courtney Jensen, Marilee Rogers, and Marty Meade.

Coping with a Smoke-Free Campus
Bay Area Community Resources will be offering two workshops at the Kentfield Campus on coping with a smoke-free campus. The first workshop will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Olney Hall, room 105. The second workshop will be held Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Learning Resources Center, room 39. Both sessions will cover tips on getting through the day, resources for quitting, and explanations of how cessation medications work. Snacks and prizes will be provided. Contact Alissa Ralston at (415) 755-2331 or for more information.

Call for Submissions KUDOS Section

Please help recognize the exemplary work and outstanding achievements of our faculty, staff, and students by submitting information for the KUDOS section of the President’s Weekly Briefing.

DEADLINE: Submit the information in the format described below by noon Wednesday for publication in the following week’s briefing. Submit information by e-mail to Nicole Cruz and Cathy Summa-Wolfe, with the word KUDOS in the subject area.

Please include the following information:

Awards recognition
If the individual has won an achievement award, please include the name of the recipient, their COM title, the name of the award, the name of the organization bestowing the award, the date that the award was given, where the award was given, and why the award was given.

For books, please include the title of the book, the name of the author, their COM title, the name of the publisher, and date of publication. Also, include a brief description about the book and any special recognition that the book and/or the author has received.

For articles, please include the name of the author, their COM title, the title of the article, the name of the periodical, the volume number, the date of publication, and a brief description of the article, and any special recognition about the article and/or the author.

Art shows
For fine arts shows, please include the name of the artist, their COM title, the location of the show, the name of the show, the title of the work, the medium in which the work was created (oils, ceramics, water color, metal sculpture, etc.), a brief description, and any special recognition that the artist or work has received.

Professional presentations
For presentations at conferences or other events, please include the name of the employee, their title, the name of the conference, the date of the conference, the title of the presentation, and a brief description of the presentation.

Performing Arts
For performing arts events including theater, dance, and music, please include the name of the faculty or staff member, their COM title, the name of the performance, date of the performance, time of the performance, location, fee, contact information, and description.

Athletics achievements
Include the name and title of the coach or coaches, name of team, and a complete description of what they have achieved.

You may also submit recognition of faculty and staff for other reasons at your discretion, including appointments to statewide or local professional organizations, grant awards, development of new program or class, or other acknowledgements.

Call for Submissions: Events and Community Calendars

The Office of Communications and Community Relations would like to help you promote your special event. Please submit information four weeks in advance by email to Nicole Cruz and Cathy Summa-Wolfe. Include the title EVENTS in the subject area. Please indicate if the public is or is not invited to attend. If the public is invited, the information also will be distributed to local media outlets.

Please forward the information using the following format:

Name of the event
Contact name and phone number
Ticket sales information

Also, include a paragraph describing the event, biographies of performers, and other pertinent information.

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.

COM Athletics

Men’s Basketball—Bay Valley Conference, Merritt College
Friday, Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Basketball — Bay Valley Conference, Merritt College

Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m. in Kentfield

Have a great week!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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