SB 1456, Student Success Act of 2012, Introduced
In its March Update the California Community Colleges Student Success Taskforce reported on the legislation that Senator Alan Lowenthal has introduced. SB 1456, the Student Success Act of 2012 would amend the current matriculation program to frame the Task Force’s vision of student success and support services. More information on the bill is at the Task Force website.
Personnel Recommendations from the March 13, Board of Trustees Meeting
Appointment of Classified Personnel
Resignation of Classified Personnel
Appointment of Academic Personnel
Resolution Passed in Support of March as Women’s History Month
The role of American women in history has been and is dynamic, inspiring, and transformational. College of Marin continues its commitment to teaching and studying this important topic for the benefit of current students and future generations. At its March 13, 2012, meeting the Board of Trustees passed a resolution supporting March as Women’s History Month.
At a ceremony held March 7, 2012, in Sacramento Student Trustee Raemond Bergstrom-Wood and Liberal Arts/Language major Lori Davis were recognized as part of the All-California Academic Team. Student Affairs Administrative Assistant Vickie Lamke accompanied the students to the event. The All-State Team is co-sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations. Students are nominated for this special recognition based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.
Lori Davis, GPA 3.83, with a major in Liberal Arts/Language was selected for the second team, and Raemond Bergstrom Wood, GPA 3.78, with a major in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science was selected for the third team.
Twenty-two California community college students were selected for the All-California Academic First Team, 22 students for the Second Team, and 24 for the Third Team. The selection of the All-California teams were determined by the scores nominees received from Phi Theta Kappa judges at the national level selecting winners for the national academic teams. The 68 students selected represent some of the best of the 2.9 million students enrolled in California’s community colleges.
Echo Times wins General Excellence Award
The Echo Times campus newspaper won the General Excellence Award at the annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges Conference held in Burbank, CA last weekend. The last time COM’s journalism department won this award was in 2005. Competing against 120 community colleges statewide, with much larger journalism programs, the school’s paper distinguished itself as one of the top community college newspapers in the state.
Submissions were judged by professional journalists based on the strength of the news stories, features, copyediting, headline writing, design, photography, art, and graphics. More than 500 journalism students and faculty were present for the awards ceremony at the Burbank Marriott Hotel auditorium. Designer Jim Gessner and Editor Nick Madden also received honorable mention for their inside page layout on the student march on Sacramento spread, which ran last spring.
Three students attended the conference, which was funded by COMET, the journalism club. Editor-in-chief Chelsea Dederick, Managing Editor Gustavo Goncalves, and Design Director/Photo Editor Jim Gessner went to workshops, and participated in contests, while editing, designing, and producing the March issue.
Campus Police News and Views
When preparing for disasters, remember that floods are the most common type of disaster in this country. Heavy rains and high tides in this area can cause flooding on and around the Kentfield Campus and occasional mud slides at the Indian Valley Campus. Never try driving or walking through deep or fast moving water covering roads or sidewalks.
The most common problems we have during storms are loss of power. Please check the Emergency Guidelines Handbook on page 16 for further information. More information on what to do in a flood is on FEMA’s website.
Choreography by the COM Dance Faculty
March 30 and 31 at 8 p.m.
Sustainable African Blackwood: Harvesting the Music Tree
College of Marin Music Department presents a lecture-performance by Brenda Schuman-Post: Sustainable African Blackwood: Harvesting the Music Tree on Monday, April 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Olney Hall, room 96, Kentfield Campus.
Virtuoso oboist Brenda Schuman-Post has been studying and teaching about the music tree since 1992. In 2008 she won a Global Connections grant from Meet the Composer to create, via improvisation, a new piece of music. The music was intended to bond the people in whose forests African Blackwood grows with the people who play instruments made from that tree. She also became the first musician in history to witness every detail from finding and harvesting an African Blackwood tree, to the making of a top-of-the-line instrument.
Brenda will play the oboe, show slides and video, exhibit authentic Makonde sculptures, and present a hands-on display of the wood. Her talk will discuss the characteristics, uses, searching for and harvesting of the tree, and her experiences in East Africa. Attendees will learn about what’s currently being done to lift destitute East Africans out of poverty by preserving, conserving, protecting, and replanting African Blackwood.
Track Commemoration Ceremony
You are invited to attend a ceremony held on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Diamond Physical Education Center to commemorate the completion of the college’s new track. Join me for light refreshments and a victory lap around the track with students, faculty, staff, and trustees. All are welcome to attend.
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.
For more information email Jenna Brager or call (415) 720-2051.
Spring Healthcare Employment Fair
The annual spring Healthcare Employment Fair will take place Monday, April 23, in the Student Services Building, first floor from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. Medical and dental recruiters from all over the Bay Area will be in attendance to present employment and continuing education opportunities. Healthcare agencies will be accepting resumes and applications. Resources are open to community members as well as College of Marin students and alumni. Anyone interested in a position in nursing or dental assisting should plan on attending. Contact the Job Placement Center at (415) 485-9410 for more information.
Baseball vs. Napa Valley College
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