The College of Marin Trustees approved a resolution last month honoring September 17 as Constitution Day to commemorate the signing of the nation’s Constitution on that day in 1787. The trustees said in a declaration last month that it is important all students be aware of the nature and function of this living document. The resolution is also a response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005, which established a statutory mandate that educational institutions receiving federal funds should recognize the special day.
The student labs in the new College of Marin Science, Mathematics, Nursing and Central Plant Complex have earned top design honors from the American School & University, a national trade publication that showcased educational interiors in its August issue. The especially noteworthy 25,000-square feet of lab space is located in the three-story, 77,000 square foot complex that was designed by San Francisco-based ED2 International Architects/Planners. About five years in the making, the project grew out of ongoing collaborative discussions with instructors, trustees, neighbors and designers and earned a LEED-certified gold rating for its use of natural lighting, recycled materials, locally sourced materials and energy conscious systems. The labs have appropriate ventilation and improved safety systems as well as moveable cabinetry, storage and furnishings and modular mechanical systems. Partitions accommodate different class sizes. The flooring, ceiling and building’s exterior are made of recycled materials. Peter W.T. Wong, Senior Principal for Planning and Design at ED2, said, “If you had a checklist of what you’d like to see in a 21st century building, it would all be there.”
HR Helpful Hint: Conference Leave Requests
New editable online forms are available for faculty requesting conference leaves. Requests are handled by the Professional Affairs Committee, which makes recommendations about faculty requests for reimbursement expenses to the vice president of student learning. If you would like more information about the process, please visit the Faculty Handbook Section XI on Professional Opportunities. Applications must be time-stamped by HR at least 15 days prior to a requested leave to be eligible for approval and funding.
Personnel Actions from the August 20, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting
Appointments of Academic Personnel
Welcome our International Students This Afternoon
Please join me, along with the Center for International Education, in welcoming our new and returning international students. Enjoy complimentary coffee and pizza while socializing with our students.
Drama Club Carwash and Bake Sale
Come support the College Drama Club this Sunday by getting your car cleaned while enjoying fresh baked goods. All proceeds will go to the club, which is hosting an exciting October performance and workshop by the Moradokmai Theatre Troupe Thailand.
Local Vendors on Campus for Welcome Week
Vendors offering services to our students and staff will be on both campuses next week to help us all learn about local businesses and discount programs. Vendors include: Marin IJ/San Francisco Chronicle, Comcast, Verizon, Redwood Credit Union, Riley’s Art Supplies, Gideon Bible, Blue Cross/Allstate, KMEL, Live 105, Lobo’s Ice Cream, Marin Education Fund, Union Bank, Citibank, Wells Fargo, and many wonderful art and jewelry vendors. Take a break and join in the festivities. To learn more, contact Vickie Lamke in Student Affairs, at (415) 485-9376.
Health Center Flu Shots
Flu shots will be available on both campuses to anyone over 18 years of age for $20. The Health Center does not bill insurance plans and is not a Medicare provider. Call (415) 485-9458, for more information.
Fridays, September 20 and 27, October 4 and 11, 9 a.m. – noon
Monday, September 30, 10 a.m. – noon
Fall Plant Sale: IVC Organic Farm & Garden
Come stock up on the freshest organic produce, herbs, flowers and plants – all while enjoying live music, tastings, face painting, bouquet-making and farm tours at the IVC Organic Farm & Garden Fall Plant Sale. There will also be a Native Feast Day Celebration, Sunday, Sept. 29, Noon – 3 p.m. The Native Feast Day is a collaboration with the Cultural Conservancy, Seventh Native American Generation and other native youth groups. It will include an afternoon of seed saving, native food tastings, storytelling and tours of the future ethno botanical garden at IVOF&G. Guest speakers include Coast Miwok and Jenner Pomo Jacquelyn Ross, a fisherwoman, native food gatherer, educator and writer; and Kiowa Lois Ellen Frank, a Sana Fe, NM-based chef, culinary anthropologist, photographer and author of Indian Foods of the Southwest Nations. All proceeds support the operation of the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden. For more information, contact Jennie Pardi at (415) 720-2771 or, or visit the Conservation Corps website.
Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery Opens This Fall with Diebenkorn Works on Paper
The artistic mastery of internationally revered artist Richard Diebenkorn will be presented in a premier exhibit at the Fine Arts Gallery beginning Monday, September 30, 2013. The seven-week exhibit features 40 pieces, 38 of which have never been publicly viewed. The selected works on paper portray a richly intimate glimpse into the artist’s evolution spanning more than 40 years. The show, which includes pencil and ink drawings on paper, collages of torn paper and watercolors, is the first show to be produced by the Diebenkorn Foundation.
Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department at College of Marin, a painting instructor and artist, curated the exhibit. He sifted through hundreds of drawings, many of which were unframed in flat files in storage at the Foundation. Some of them were created in lean times for the artist on the back of old advertising posters for Mother’s Cookies and Pennzoil.
The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992
Advanced Voice Singers Choice Recital: Canzoni Preferiti
Under the direction of instructor Linda Noble Brown, the Advanced Voice class at College of Marin presents a fall concert recital of favorite art songs and arias. It will be a program of songs by the likes of Mozart, Schumann, Wolf, and Faure, as well as arias from the traditional canon by Bizet, Puccini, Verdi and Bellini, and perhaps even a couple songs from traditional musical theatre to round off the program.
Monday, September 30, 11:10 a.m.
COM Drama Department Presents A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams
When it made its Broadway debut in 1947, A Streetcar Named Desire paved the way for a whole new genre of theatrical experience steeped in the technique of “method acting.” Emotionally fragile Blanche DuBois, struggling to hang on to her stability and the disappearing world of Southern gentility, arrives in the hot, steamy, squalid French Quarter of New Orleans where her pregnant sister Stella is living with her husband Stanley Kowalski. Stanley is a force of nature, primal, brutish and sensual. When Blanche sets up court in his house, Stanley becomes infuriated and the collision between the two causes Blanche to draw deeper into the world of illusion and fantasy. One of Broadway’s most celebrated plays of all time, “Streetcar” won the 1948 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and New York Drama Critics’ Circle award for Best Play and has enjoyed many awards and nominations throughout several revivals since its premiere.
Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m. (Pay what you will preview)
The Box Office opens September 26 and is open Tuesday through Friday, 3:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. and one hour before performances on Saturday and Sunday. (415) 485-9385.
Receive immediate text messages of campus closures and emergencies by signing up for AlertU, College of Marin’s emergency notification system. Marin Community College District Police Department, with sponsorship from alertu.org, has an emergency SMS messaging platform to enhance communication services during crisis situations. The program allows campus police to broadcast critical information in real time to mobile devices of employees and students. This is particularly important for those who may be in or near a crisis zone. Subscribers can also relay emergency information to our AlertU account manager or administrator from inside a crisis zone. Friends and family members are also able to subscribe to receive updates. To sign up, go to AlertU and follow directions. There is no cost to sign up for this service. Standard text message rates may apply.
Evening Administration Information
Evening administrators are available on both campuses Monday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you need assistance, please contact an administrator at the number listed below:
Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Is Hiring Students
Students are invited to learn principles and practices of organic farming through a hands-on work-study program at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden. Students will learn cultivation, propagation and marketing as part of a unique experience that is created through the College of Marin and Conservation Corps North Bay. Eligible students must be enrolled in at least six units, qualify for financial aid and be able to work about 22.5 to 25 hours per week. For more information contact Aurea Tanchoco at (415) 454-4554, ext.142 or apply online.
Accreditation Progress Report Available for Your Review
You are invited to read our accreditation progress report and provide feedback through your respective senate presidents. The draft report, available online, responds to nine recommendations made earlier this year by a visiting accreditation team as well as 26 planning agenda items included in the Institutional Self Study Report 2010. I think you will be impressed with what the College has accomplished in recent years. The final draft is due in mid-October.
Midweek and Weekend Hours for IVC Farm & Garden
Buy fresh organic produce at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden. To learn more about what’s growing on the Farm, sign up for the Farm Bulletin.
Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
New Food Truck Cooking Up Organic Meals at IVC
Drop-in food service by M Woodward Catering via a mobile restaurant – The Retro Wagon Gastro Grub Express – is now available at the Indian Valley Campus. The menu includes delicious comfort food and weekly specials with a modern twist. All food items are locally sourced and organic. Gluten-free bread choices are available on request.
Mondays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
ESCOM Sponsors Petaluma Artists Exhibit
The Emeritus Students of the College of Marin are sponsoring an exhibit of Petaluma artists Muriel Sutcher Knapp and Medley McClary. Knapp studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design from the University of Illinois. She worked as an elementary school teacher for 21 years, devoting herself to art upon her retirement. She paints still lifes and portraits in oils and acrylics and works in textiles as well. Her work has been shown regionally and in the Midwest. She is a founding member of the Petaluma Arts Council and a member of the Sebastopol Center of the Arts and the Petaluma Arts Association where she chaired the program committee for seven years. McClary, who spent most of her childhood in Asia, works in various mediums, creating acrylic landscapes on canvas, commissioned portraits in pencil, and clothing design in leather as well as jewelry, and photography. “When I draw a portrait, I search for that particular look or gesture that will give me a glimpse into the subject’s personality and which expresses their unique beauty and grace,” she says. Her portraits have been featured at the Petaluma Gallery One, Apple Box Café, and Copperfield’s Books.
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
For more information, contact ESCOM at (415) 485-9652.
Women’s Soccer vs. Skyline
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