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President’s Weekly Briefing — October 3, 2013
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Soccer Kick About

All students are invited to play (or cheer) on the international, co-ed soccer team that meets weekly at the Indian Valley Campus. It’s a great way to get exercise and make friends with our growing global student population. Last semester, about 100 international students attended the Intensive English Program in Novato or credit classes in Kentfield. What an opportunity to meet friends from around the world! For more information, contact Brady Meyring who wrote an article about international students on campus in the Echo Times student newspaper.
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Soccer Field
Indian Valley Campus

September Data Nugget

Do you know these facts about COM’s enrollment data? What are the ages of the youngest and oldest students attending credit/noncredit classes at College of Marin this semester (fall 2013)?

Choices for youngest student:
12 years old or younger
13 years old
14 years old
15 years old
Choices for oldest student:
87 years old
88 years old
90 years old
91 years or older
Answers: Youngest: 13; Oldest: 91

Distance Education/Moodle Office Relocated

The Distance Education office has moved to LC 65, right next to Media Services. Help with Moodle is available for students and faculty on a drop-in basis. You can also contact for answers to individual questions, visit the Moodle update page or to set up an appointment for face-to-face assistance.

Upcoming Events

Reset Your Future: A Four-Week Workshop Series for Student Veterans

Student veterans are invited to take advantage of a unique offering – a free series of coaching workshops specifically designed to help veterans get clear about the steps they need to take for successful re-entry into civilian society. Professional life coaches, Ann V. Moreno and Marilyn Spoja, will lead the program. Each participant will get to set a goal, create a plan and learn strategies to navigate life challenges as well as receive a coaching session and access to an online supportive community 24/7. Register at the Office of Student Affairs, in the Vet Center, or online. More information is available at Reset-Go.

Thursdays, October 3-4
6 – 9 p.m.
Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus

A Streetcar Named Desire Opens Tonight

By Tennessee Williams
Directed by W. Allen Taylor

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. On Oct. 13, the director and members of the production will be available to speak to the audience after the show. For more information about upcoming events, visit the Drama Department seasonal calendar.

Thursday, October 3 at 8 p.m., First Dress Preview: $10
Fridays and Saturdays, October 4, 5, 11, 12, 1, 8 and 19 at 8 p.m.
Sundays, October 13 and 20 at 2 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
$20 general; $15 seniors; $10 students, COM employees, and alumni

Box Office hours: Tuesday through Friday, 2 – 6 p.m. and one hour before Saturday and Sunday performances; (415) 485-9385. Online purchases can be made at

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 27, October 4 and 11
9 a.m. – noon
Health Services Portable, parking lot 6
Kentfield Campus

Monday, September 30
10 a.m. – noon
AS 121
Indian Valley Campus

Jazz Ensemble Benefit Concert

The College of Marin Jazz Band will be sharing the stage with local saxophone master Mel Martin, who has been performing and recording with Bebop and Beyond, a group he founded and serves as artistic director. Martin has a rich history of collaboration with stars such as Frank Sinatra, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Carter, McCoy Tyner and Freddie Hubbard. He is equally at home playing rock and pop and has performed and recorded with James Brown, BB King and Santana. We hope you join us for this special event. Half of all ticket sales will benefit the College of Marin Music Department. For more information or to order tickets, contact the Fenix box office at (415) 813-5600.
Sunday, October 13, 6 p.m.
Fenix, 919 Fourth St., San Rafael

Board of Trustees Meeting

You can view the reports from the September 17 Board meeting online. They include the Fall Enrollment Report, the Midterm Report 2013 presentation and the Tech Plan Update/Action. The next meeting is:
Tuesday, October 15, 6:30 p.m.
Cafeteria, Student Services Building
Kentfield Campus

Resume Workshops

Twice a year the COM Job Placement Center sponsors seasonal job fairs for students, alumni and community members to meet the employers directly and network with others. We invite and encourage potential employees to attend with resumes in hand, dressed for success.

A Resume Workshop will be held in anticipation of the Annual Fall Job Fair. Registration is encouraged due to limited space. (415) 485-9410.
Wednesday, October 16
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Services Building, Conference Rooms A and B
Kentfield Campus
Career coach Joanne Yawitz MBA MCRP, founder of will be conducting a resume review workshop the day before our Annual Job Fair. Reservations are recommended. Contact the Job Placement Center for more information, (415) 485-9410.

Tuesday, October 22
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, room 206

Diebenkorn Lecture Series

College of Marin will host a series of free lectures in conjunction with the Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992 exhibit at the College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery. The three-lecture series will focus on this extraordinary exhibit of internationally acclaimed artist Richard Diebenkorn whose work is on display through November 14. The Fine Arts Gallery is open weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

Lecture Series No. 1: The Figuration of Abstraction

Anu Vikram, professor of Art History, College of Marin and San Jose State University
Thursday, October 17
6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, room 201 and Fine Arts Gallery

Lecture Series No. 2: Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years

Timothy Anglin Burgard, Ednah Root Curator of American Art for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Burgard was co-curator of Richard Diebenkorn: The Berkeley Years and author of a major essay in the accompanying artist’s Catalogue published earlier this year.
Friday October 18
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, Performing Arts Building
Kentfield Campus
* The Fine Arts Gallery will remain open until 5:45 p.m. preceding the lecture on October 18.

Lecture Series No. 3: Diebenkorn and Drawing

John Rapko, professor of Art History and Ethics, College of Marin and UC Berkeley
Wednesday, November 6
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, room 201
Kentfield Campus

Annual Fall Job Fair

Employers from various growing Bay Area companies will be on hand to meet prospective employees among the student population, alumni and community members. Come explore entry-level, technical and professional positions in full-time, part-time, temporary and volunteer situations. Bring your resumé for on-the-spot advice and immediate job applications. Don’t forget to check the free online job search provided by COM, powered by NACElink. It has local, national, and international positions available for students, alumni and community members. Participating employers include Macy’s, AT&T, Jamba Juice, Home Depot, Target, UPS, Subway, Cedars of Marin, Wells Fargo, After College, Urban Outfitters, Susie Cakes, Mountain Mikes Pizza, Nelson Staffing, Express Employment Professionals, Legal Shield, and the U.S. Army. For more information, contact the Job Placement Center, (415) 485-9410.

Wednesday, October 23
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Student Services Building, first floor
Kentfield Campus

College of Marin Yard Sale of Surplus District Property

The best way to recycle is find new uses for old things. Come by and discover great deals on hundreds of items looking for new homes. On sale are file cabinets, desks, couches, chairs, thousands of books, and a variety of equipment such as hospital beds, stretchers, computer-related items and audio-visual equipment. Items will be sold for pennies on the dollar and prices are negotiable. Sales are final. All items have been approved as surplus by the district Board of Trustees. Proceeds will benefit the College general fund. For more information, contact Melinda Molloy(415) 884-3101.
Thursday, October 24, Preview for COM staff for departmental usage of surplus
12 – 4 p.m.
Friday, October 25, Public sale
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Parking lot 3
Indian Valley Campus

Transfer Day

Students, their families and members of the community are invited to meet with representatives from more than 30 colleges at the annual College of Marin Transfer Day. The free event is an opportunity to explore transfer options to a four-year college or university such as a University of California, California State University, or an independent, on-line or out-of-state institution. School representatives will be available to discuss admission requirements, academic programs, fees, housing, scholarships and financial aid. They will also highlight majors they offer and provide an overview of campus life. College of Marin counselors and staff will be on hand to make this a special event. For more information, visit the Transfer and Career Center to see scheduled workshops hosted by Counseling Services and call (415) 485-9671 to reserve a spot.

Monday, November 4
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Student Services Cafeteria
Kentfield Campus

Advanced Voice Recital: Feminine Musique

Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Although not as often celebrated as their male counterparts, women have a long history of composition, particularly for the voice. From Sappho’s divine songs 500 years before Christ’s birth to composers such as Maria Malibran in the early 1800s and present day composers like Libby Larson and Judith Weir, we will celebrate the strength and beauty of feminine musique.

Monday, November 4, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
Kentfield Campus

Ongoing Events

The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992

Come by the new Fine Arts Gallery and experience this extraordinary exhibit of internationally acclaimed artist Richard Diebenkorn. On display are 38 pieces that have never been publicly viewed. It is a unique and celebratory exhibit offering an intimate glimpse into the artist’s evolution spanning more than 40 years. The seven-week exhibit has been curated by Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department, in collaboration with the Diebenkorn Foundation . After its debut at the new College gallery, it will travel to other educational and community venues throughout the country. The show is open to the public free of charge.
Through November 14, 2013
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery
Kentfield Campus

Cop’s Corner

Preparedness: Beyond Dialing 9-1-1
Prepare yourself to provide the best emergency assistance in times of crisis by reviewing the 20-page Emergency Guidelines Handbook, a quick reference for campus staff. In the handbook you will learn about campus emergency response centers, evacuation areas, emergency phone numbers for campus police and first responders as well as find suggestions for dealing with suspicious or disruptive people. Fire, earthquake, other environmental threats and utility blackouts are also discussed, and there is a good list for your basic emergency supply kit. As a staff member of the Marin Community College District and as a designated government Disaster Service Worker in California Government Code Section 3100-3109, you have the responsibility to be prepared to provide emergency assistance in support of the students and your fellow employees.

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:
Kentfield Campus (415) 747-0699
Indian Valley Campus (415) 747-0658
If you would like a campus police officer to contact you, call dispatch at ext. 7696 or (415) 485-9696. For life- or property-threatening emergencies, call 911.

Midweek and Weekend Hours for IVC Farm and 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
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indian Valley Campus

IVC Food Truck Hours

Monday through Friday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Building 27, near the bus loading area
Indian Valley Campus


Women’s Soccer vs. Solano
Friday, October 4, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa
Tuesday, October 8, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Yuba
Friday, October 11, 3:30 p.m., away TBD
Women’s Soccer vs. Napa
Tuesday, October 15, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Folsom
Friday, October 18, 3:30 p.m., away TBD
Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa
Friday October 4, 1 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Napa
Tuesday, October 8, 4 p.m. in Napa
Men’s Soccer vs. Merritt
Friday, October 11, 4 p.m. in Oakland
Men’s Soccer vs. Santa Rosa
Tuesday, October 15, 4 p.m. in Santa Rosa
Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba
Friday, October 18, 4 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Napa
Friday, October 4, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Yuba
Wednesday, October 9, 6 p.m. in Marysville
Women’s Volleyball vs. Laney
Wednesday, October 16, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Los Medanos
Friday, October 18, 6 p.m. in Pittsburg

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Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

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