College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee Solicits New Members
Seven committee members are being sought to serve on the College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Measure C bond program. The committee is seeking applications for members representing the community-at-large, a bona-fide taxpayers association, a student enrolled and active in a community college support group, a member of a senior citizens’ organization, a member active in a business organization representing the business community located in the district, and a member active in a college support organization. New members will be appointed by the College of Marin Board of Trustees at its April meeting. Applications are due March 29, 2013. Oversight committee members cannot be employees, officials, vendors, consultants, or contractors of the College of Marin. For application information contact the Department of Modernization at (415) 485-9518.
The College of Marin Board of Trustees passed a resolution on December 14, 2004, establishing the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The committee is responsible for ensuring the College of Marin’s financial accountability for projects funded by a $249.5 million bond earmarked for facilities modernization and passed by Marin County Voters in the November 2004 election with more than 63 percent voter approval. Measure C was a Proposition 39 bond that required the formation of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee.
Professional Development Update
The office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE), in conjunction with the Professional Development Committee, is pleased to announce the creation of the online professional development calendar along with several professional development opportunities that may be of interest.
Workshop participants will learn how Kurzweil 3000 can help students be interactive and engage readers using electronic study skills tools and text-to-speech support. Kurzweil can also be used to help students edit writing assignments using text-to-speech technology. The workshop will include hands-on practice with the Kurzweil 3000 software. Find out how this dynamic multisensory teaching tool can support student success. RSVP toMary Sage and specify if you would like to attend the morning or afternoon workshop session.
Preparing Word documents using Universal Design principles provides a framework for the document creator, a structure for navigation for the traditional reader, and makes the document accessible for screen reading tools. A document prepared using built-in styles maintains accessibility features when it is converted to PDF for uploading to a web-based learning environment. Workshop participants will learn how to use the tools in Microsoft Word 2010 including built-in styles and accessibility checker, and will convert their word document to an accessible PDF. This workshop meets objectives included in the College's Distance Education and Technology Plan.
Campus Safety Workshops
COM Police Sergeant Todd Kidder and Officer Dustin Ruiz will be presenting campus safety workshops for employees that will include general information about emergency guidelines as well as how to best prepare and respond should there be an active shooter situation on campus. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend this training. Faculty may use this workshop to fulfill Professional Development/Flex hours. The workshop is offered several different times and days in an effort to provide scheduling options.
Big River Final Performances
Directed by James Dunn
Classified Senate Newsletter Online
Emeritus Center Art Exhibit—Paintings by Kathleen Lack
If you have not already had a chance to see the current Emeritus Center art exhibit Making Faces, a collection of oil paintings by Kathleen Lack, the show will be up through March 28. Lack is an award-winning artist and teacher who works in oils and pastels, specializing in the portrait and the figure. The body language and environment in her work is informal, relaxed, and fluid. Lack is represented by and/or associated with Lyon’s Head Gallery in Carmel Valley; Portrait Society of America; Oil Painters of America; Marin Society of Artists, Ross; and Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Novato. The gallery is located on the Kentfield Campus, Student Services Building, room 146, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
COM Art Gallery Presents: Rubbings—Drawing on the Past
Fine and Visual Arts Instructor Bill Abright presents a retrospective exhibition of his drawings from 1990 and 2005. A reception for the artist will be held this evening from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the new Fine Arts Gallery located in the Performing Arts Building.
Vegetable Crop Succession and Rotation Planting Workshop
On Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. College of Marin, along with Conservation Corps North Bay and The University of California Cooperative Extension will offer a workshop on vegetable crop succession and rotation planting at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden. Crop succession refers to following one crop with another to maximize use of space. Rotational planting means not growing plants from the same plant family in the same place in consecutive years. Workshop presenter Wendy Krupnick will explain the details of both of these good gardening practices. The cost of the workshop is $40.
The farm stand will be open to the public for produce, fruit tree, and plant sales from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parking at the Indian Valley Campus is free on weekends. Please wear walking shoes with closed toes and be prepared for rain. For more information contact Liz Peer. Proceeds support the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden, pay for instructors, and public outreach by Master Gardeners.
Advanced Voice Class Recital
Vocalise – Art Songs of Sergei Rachmaninoff
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Testing
The Intensive English Program (IEP) will be offering TOEFL testing on Friday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Indian Valley Campus, Building 3, room 255. Students need to arrive by 8:45 a.m. Space is limited to 20 students, and students should be advised to register early. Students must also complete a noncredit/community services application for admission. Cost to take the test is $30 and can be paid to the Admissions and Records Office at Kentfield in the Student Services Building or at the Indian Valley Campus in Main Building 27. The receipt of payment must be brought to the test along with identification. Hand-scored results will be available by email Friday, April 5. Official score sheets are available for pick up at the IEP office 4 – 6 weeks later. A free practice test is available for checkout at the IEP office. For more information contact Sara Oser at (415) 883-2211 ext. 8579.
Deadline Approaching for College of Marin Scholarship Applications
Each year College of Marin awards a variety of scholarships to College of Marin students. The scholarships range from $150–$1500 and are awarded each spring for the next academic year. Awards are available for graduating students, students who will be continuing their studies at College of Marin, and students transferring to 4-year schools.
All application materials must be completed and received in the Financial Aid Office at either the Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus by 4 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013. The Scholarship Committee reviews applications. Recipients are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance and individual merit, in addition to the criteria that may have been specified by the scholarship donor. Criteria vary according to the wishes of the donor and may require that the recipient be enrolled in a particular major or meet other qualifications.
Students must submit all of the following to the Financial Aid Office at either the Kentfield or Indian Valley Campus by 4 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013:
Applicants will be notified of their status in early May. At the Awards Ceremony held on May 22, 2013, recipients will be notified which scholarship they have received, the amount, and the procedures for receiving the scholarship. If you have questions, contact the College of Marin Financial Aid Office at (415)-485-9409.
Applications may be obtained from the Financial Aid office at either campus or downloaded from the College of Marin website.
College Representatives on Campus in March
College representatives from CCA (California College of the Arts), Columbia University, Mills College, UC Berkeley, Dominican University, and The Art Institute of California will be coming to the Kentfield Campus in March. Representatives will be available to provide information about their programs and answer questions. For more information contact Cynthia Lavi at (415) 485.9671
Healthcare/Dental Employment Fair
The annual spring Healthcare/Dental Employment Fair will take place, Monday, April 22, in the Student Services Building, main 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 application.
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.
Free Tax Preparation Services Are Available at the Single Stop Office
COM’s Single Stop Office offers free tax preparation, financial counseling, legal advice, and benefits screenings to COM students, faculty, and staff. Free tax preparation services are available now through April at the Single Stop Office.
The goal of Single Stop is to provide students with additional resources to help increase retention and graduation rates. Single Stop also offers benefit screenings and application assistance, which can give students access to food services (CalFresh), low cost or free health insurance (Medi-Cal, CMSP and Healthy Families), child care services, affordable housing, CalWORKs, and cash aid programs (general assistance).
For more information about tax preparation or other services, please contact Edwin Towle, M.S., Single Stop Coordinator at the Student Services Center, Room. 124, call ext. 7761, or email Edwin.Towle@marin.edu
Baseball vs. Los Medanos College
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Have a great weekend,
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