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President’s Weekly Briefing - March 9, 2012
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Puente Project’s Spring Speaker

On Wednesday, March 21, 2012, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Austin Science Center, room 101, Dr. Francisco Reveles will present Amor, Ánimo, y Apoyo: Learning from the Corazón. Dr. Reveles’ presentation highlights the value of our history and family as important sources of strength and direction in achieving our academic and career goals.

Dr. Reveles is a Professor and Department Chair at California State University, Sacramento, in Educational Administration and Policy Studies and has served as a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies. He recently completed a motivational video titled Latino Youth: From Survival to Success and is the author of a life management textbook titled Encuentros: Hombre a Hombre (Encounters: Man to Man) specifically written for adolescent Latino males.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Puente/Basic Skills Counselor Luz Moreno or call (415) 485-9666.

March Data Nugget

Did you know that… the most popular disciplines in which our concurrent high school students have enrolled this spring 2012 are psychology and American Sign Language? For more information about the spring 2012 concurrent students, see Data Nugget web page.

College of Marin Foundation Scholarship Deadline Extension

The College of Marin Foundation scholarship deadline has been extended from Monday, March 5, 2012, to Wednesday, March 28, 2012, by 4 p.m. Applications are available at the Financial Aid Office and online and should be turned in to the Financial Aid Office. For more information contact Victoria Saltariche or call (415) 485-9657.

The College of Marin Foundation is proud of its 48-year partnership with College of Marin. Last year, the Foundation awarded $431,340 in grants, scholarships (226), and program support.


The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle (SFBATCC) announced this week that COM Drama Instructor James Dunn is the recipient of the Jerry Friedman Award, named for the KGO Radio theatre critic who served as SFBATCC president for 22 years. This is a lifetime achievement award given to an individual who has furthered the creativity and growth of theater in the Bay Area throughout his/her career. The award will be presented on Monday, April 2, 2012, at SFBATCC’s 36th annual award ceremony.

Social Sciences Instructor Robert Ovetz, Ph.D. just published a book review of Laurence Shoup's recent book Rulers & Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901 in the March 2012 issue of Z Magazine.

Spring Plant Sale at the IVC Organic Farm and Garden

Come to the Indian Valley Campus Organic Farm and Garden Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and purchase spring plants, get gardening information, and enjoy live music.

  • Plant Sales: vegetable starts, herbs, annual and perennial flowers, perennial shrub and berries, fruit trees and more
  • Produce Sales: seasonal varieties
  • Live music by the old-time trio Wagon (Saturday only)
  • Backyard Composting information session. (2 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
  • Tours led by Marin Master Gardeners
  • Bouquet-making
  • Tastings

For more information email Jenna Brager or call (415) 720-2051.

Cop’s Corner

Power Failure/ Blackout
If a blackout or power failure occurs during daylight, the college will remain open. The phone and emergency systems will continue to operate and most rooms on campus will have enough ambient light to continue activities.

If a blackout or power outage occurs at night, classes may be excused after 15 minutes. When the lights go out, please remain calm, use whatever light sources you have, and wait in your room or area. Wait for 15 minutes. If the lights have not come back on, students and staff should make their way to their cars and leave the campus. Please remind people to:

  • Walk to their cars in groups and use caution.
  • Look out for other people walking to their cars when driving out of the parking lots.
  • Treat any intersection without working signal lights as a four-way stop.

For more information on what to do in a power failure, please check the Emergency Guidelines Handbook (PDF) on page 16 for further information. More information on outages from PG&E.

As You Like It

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jim Dunn

March 1 (pay what you will preview), 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17 at 8 p.m.
March 4, 10, 11, 17, and 18 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre (PA 32)

The Drama Department’s first performance since moving back into the Studio Theatre is one of Shakespeare’s most popular comedies. As You Like It is as bubbly as a glass of champagne, filled with gender-bending disguises, misplaced love, silly sequences, a nod to Robin Hood and his Merry Men, a wrestling match, and some slightly evil villains who really aren’t so bad after all. Indeed, “All the world IS a stage…” and all the players on it bring this visit to the Forest of Arden to life in a charming production that will please the entire family. Call the box office at (415) 485-9385 for reservations. Tickets are $20 for general admission; $12 for seniors; and $10 for students, COM employees, and alumni. Contact the box office at (415) 485-9385 for more information.

COM Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Paul Smith

March 24 at 7:30 p.m.
Fusselman Hall, Room 120
Kentfield Campus
March 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Unity in Marin, Hamilton Center
600 Palm Drive
Novato, CA 94949

FREE admission and parking.
For the first two concerts this spring the orchestra performs the Firebird Suite by Igor Stravinsky, symphonic suite from Porgy and Bess: Catfish Row by George Gershwin, and The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns with the London-based piano duo Valeria Szervánsky and Ronald Cavaye.


March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.
April 6 and 7 at 8 p.m.

Performing Arts Theatre
Kentfield Campus
The Dance Department presents their spring dance concert Shift. Come and join the COM dancers as they shift into spring. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. This performance is supported in part by the College of Marin Foundation, Dancers’ Guild, and the Saragay Stetson Memorial Dance Fund. Contact the box office at (415) 485-9385 for more information.

In Search of my Father Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins—Performance Dates Extended

March 10 and 17 at 8 p.m.
East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
339 11th Street, Richmond 94804

Tickets are $15 for general admission; $10 for students and can be purchased at Brown Paper Tickets.

After 13 years, College of Marin theater instructor W. Allen Taylor is bringing his widely acclaimed, personal theatrical journey, In Search of My Father...Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins, to a close. However, due to popular demand there will be two additional performances Saturday, March 10 and 17, 8 p.m.

The 90-minute one-man show, initially commissioned in 1998 by the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts in Richmond, is an intimate portrayal of Taylor’s search for the father he never knew, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland. The coming-of-age tale also honors radio and the legacy of the entrepreneurial early black disc jockeys who bridged the races through music.

The two-act play features a cast of 23 characters dating back to the 50s. It spans the arc of forgiveness in a family bound by secrets extending beyond the grave. Taylor recounts, through family stories, being born to a single mother who had a brief affair with a married man but refused to tell him his father’s name. It wasn’t until he was 22, three months after the celebrated Hawkins died, that his mother revealed his identity. Taylor later understood that this was the same man who had interviewed him for his first job when he was 18. It was a ruse interview set up by his parents so Hawkins could meet his son without revealing his identity.

The production won the Best Solo Performance of 2006 Award from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle and earned enthusiastic reviews when it has played across the country. The last time Taylor performed the show was in New York in 2008.

Data Dashboard Training

The Data Dashboard is a dynamic menu-driven system developed by the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE). This enables you to access live COM data to research and study various student success factors including student achievement, enrollment, student demographics, cohort tracking for sequential classes, student persistence, course success, and degrees/certificates awarded. It’s available to all COM faculty, staff, and administrators via the COM Intranet.

Data Dashboard Training Final Workshop

No registration is necessary. Just bring your curious mind and your questions! Open to all faculty and staff. Flex credit available. All workshops will be held in BC 101 on the Kentfield Campus.
Thursday, March 22, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information feel free to contact PRIE Director Dr. Chialin Hsieh, Kathleen Kirkpatrick, Melody Creel , or Barbara David.

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.

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

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

Campus Police News and Views

On Monday, March 5, 2012, an early morning earthquake shook the East Bay with a magnitude of 4.0. This is just another reminder that we do live in “earthquake country” and should be prepared.

 During an earthquake:

  • If indoors, seek cover under a desk or table, duck and hold. Stay away from glass windows, shelves, and heavy equipment. After the shaking stops, leave the building.
  • If outdoors, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles, and other structures. Always avoid downed power or utility lines because they may be energized.

After the initial shaking stops:

  • Evaluate the situation and if emergency help is necessary, call 911. Protect yourself at all times and be prepared for aftershocks. Stay off phones unless calling for help. In a major quake, expect the phones to not work.
  • If the building evacuation/fire alarm is sounding or if you are told to leave by campus police or emergency personnel, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area at least 100 feet away from the building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel. Listen for instructions from college police. If it is necessary, you will be instructed to go to an emergency assembly area where you will receive further information about local conditions and exit routes from campus.
  • Be alert for hazards such as building damage, gas leaks, fires, broken utility lines, spilled chemicals, and other potentially harmful materials.

More information on earthquakes is in the Emergency Guidelines Handbook. A step-by-step guide to preparing for a major disaster will help you develop your plan.

COM Athletics

Baseball vs. Napa Valley College
Saturday, March 10, 1 p.m. in Mendocino
Baseball vs. Contra Costa College
Tuesday, March 13, 2 p.m. in Kentfield

Softball vs. College of San Mateo—doubleheader
Saturday, March 10, noon and 2 p.m. in San Mateo
Softball vs. Mendocino College—doubleheader
Tuesday, March 13, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Ukiah

Swimming and Diving—Mariner Invitational
Saturday, March 10, all day in Novato

Track and Field—Jack Albiani Invitational at Modesto Junior College
Friday, March 9, all day in Modesto

Have a great weekend!

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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