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President’s Weekly Briefing — October 17, 2013
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Board of Trustees Meeting

Board of Trustees meeting information from October 15, 2013 is available online.
The next meeting regular Board meeting is:
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, Cafeteria
Kentfield Campus

Upcoming Events

Environmental Activist Marty Griffin to Meet Students

The College community is invited to join Instructor Joe Mueller and his Environmental Science students in welcoming celebrated environmental activist Dr. Marty Griffin who is visiting the class after a showing of the documentary Rebel With a Cause, a film about Marin conservation efforts in which he is featured. Griffin, 93, fought against numerous developments that would have brought hundreds of miles of freeways to the area. He defended against housing developments on Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay that would have more than doubled the population and required damming the Russian and Eel rivers and the erection of a nuclear plant in Bodega Bay. He is the author of Saving the Marin-Sonoma Coast: The Battles for Audubon Canyon Ranch, Point Reyes, & California's Russian River.

Thursday, October 17, 4:30 p.m.
Austin Center, room 133
Kentfield Campus

Diebenkorn Lecture Series Begins Tonight

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

Schedule a Low Cost Flu Shot

The flu season is upon us. You can get a flu shot on either campus through the College Health Center which will be available at various times throughout the week. Anyone wishing to receive a shot must be at least 18 years old. The Health Center is not a Medicare provider and is not able to bill insurance plans. The cost is $10 for students, faculty, and staff and $20 for others.
Mondays, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – noon, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Wednesdays, 4 – 6 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. – noon
Health Services Portable, front parking lot off of College Avenue
Kentfield Campus
Please call and confirm avaiability. (415) 485-9458
Mondays, 9 a.m. – noon
Administrative Services, room 121
Indian Valley Campus
Call in advance. Appointments only. (415) 485-9458

A Streetcar Named Desire

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.

Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 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

Hooked on Marin Speaker Series

Hooked On Marin, a community-based partnership of Marin County public service agencies and educational districts, have come together for a second year to celebrate the region with a four-part winter lecture series on a broad range of interesting local topics. Each event focuses on one aspect of what makes Marin County a unique place to live. Terry McGovern, College of Marin instructor and one of the Bay area's most versatile performers, will be the moderator. Sign up early. There are a limited number of seats available for each event. Admission is $15 per event or $40 for the full series. To order tickets, visit Hooked on Marin, or call (415) 945-3730. The four events are:

Discovering California Native Peoples with The Miwok Archeological Preserve of Marin (MAPOM)

Speakers: Betty Goerke, author of Chief Marin: Leader, Rebel and Legend (2007) and Discovering Native People at Point Reyes (2012) and Ralph Shanks, author of Indian Baskets of Central California: Art, Culture and History (2006) and California Indian Baskets (2010).
Wednesday, October 23, 7 p.m.
Drake Little Theater
Tamalpais Union School District
1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo

Inside the Star Wars Model Shop

Speaker: Lorne Peterson, visual effects artist for the entire Star Wars saga and for many other films, including Indiana Jones, Men in Black, and ET, gives an inside look at the science and secrets behind the artful models and sculptures of Star Wars.
Wednesday, November 20, 7 p.m.
Drake Little Theater
Tamalpais Union School District
1327 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, San Anselmo

Trains in Marin: Past and Future

Speaker: Richard G. Torney, a Marin native and rail fan, will discuss the 40-year era of green electric trains connecting Fairfax, San Rafael, San Anselmo, and Mill Valley with a ferry terminal in Sausalito. Torney will share historic photos of Marin trains from the 1870s–1960s and compare them with recent photos of the same locations.
Wednesday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Corte Madera Community Center Hall
498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera

Marin County Rock ’n’ Roll Music History

Speakers: Richie Unterberger, rock historian and College of Marin instructor, will share rare archival video and audio footage from the 1960s and 1970s and Ben Fong-Torres of Rolling Stone magazine will join the panel to share stories from living legends of rock ’n’ roll.
Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m.
Corte Madera Community Center Hall
498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera

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

Meet the COM Board Candidates

You are invited to meet the candidates for the College of Marin Board of Trustees at a public forum sponsored by the Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM) and the League of Women Voters of Marin County. Three of seven trustee seats are up for election on November 5. Incumbents Barbara Dolan, Diana Conti, and Wanden Treanor and challenger Brady Bevis will be at a the forum. You can also view the candidates during a League of Women Voters Debate, an event that was filmed September 17, at the Community Media Center of Marin and is now posted online at the League of Women Voters website. For more information, contact Dr. Arnulfo Cedillo, director, Student Affairs/Health Center, at (415) 485-9375; or Vickie Lamke at (415) 485-9376.
Thursday, October 24, 6 p.m.
Student Services Building Cafeteria
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

Immigration Reform Forum: Film and Discussion

The Canal Alliance and the College are co-hosting a “No Dumb Questions” forum featuring young Arizona immigration activist, Erika Andiola, who appears in a heartwarming documentary, The Dream is Now. The forum includes a showing of the 30-minute film about people affected by the broken immigration system by Davis Guggenheim, Academy Award-winning director of Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth. Following the film, Andiola and one of the youths also featured in the film, will discuss struggles that immigrants face and what she hopes for her future. Expect to be inspired! For information, call (415) 306-0443.

Friday, October 25
Noon – 12:30 p.m. – Film: The Dream is Now
12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. Erika Andiola, immigration activist, Q&A
Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus
Open to the public and free of charge

Thai Dance Troupe to Perform National Epic

The Moradokmai Dance Troupe will be on campus teaching a Thai dance workshop and performing the Ramakien, the national epic, which is an interactive contemporary Thai musical play addressing themes of mankind’s role in the universe. It is a unique opportunity to experience Thailand from performers who have studied theater, dance and western art under the leadership of Jana Prakal Chandruang (Khru Chang), a leading Thai actor. The performers live communally, growing their own crops to sustain a simple way of life and art. The Moradokmai Dance Troupe has performed all over the world.

Friday, October 25
, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Thai Dance Workshop
Performing Arts Building, PA32
Kentfield Campus
Space is limited. Reservations required. (415) 485-9555
Saturday, October 26,
7:30 p.m.
Ramakien Performance
College of Marin Studio Theatre
Physical Education Building, PE 30
Kentfield Campus
Open to the public and free of charge

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

Soccer Kick About

All students are invited to play (or cheer) on the international, co-ed soccer team that meets weekly. 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 .
3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Soccer Field
Indian Valley Campus

Evening Public Service Information Has Changed

Evening public service assistants are available on both campuses Monday through Thursday. On the Kentfield Campus, they are available 4 – 8 p.m. On the Indian Valley Campus, they are available 4 – 7:30 p.m. If you need assistance, please contact an administrator at a 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.

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


Women’s Soccer vs. Folsom
Friday, October 18, 3:30 p.m., away TBD
Women’s Soccer vs. Los Medanos
Tuesday, October 22, 3:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Mendocino
Friday, October 25, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Solano
Tuesday, October 29, 3:30 p.m., away TBD
Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba
Friday, October 18, 4 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa
Tuesday, October 22, 4 p.m. in San Pablo
Men’s Soccer vs. Napa
Friday, October 25, 4 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Merritt
Tuesday, October 29, 4 p.m. in Kentfield

Women’s Volleyball vs. Los Medanos
Friday, October 18, 6 p.m. in Pittsburg
Women’s Volleyball vs. Solano
Wednesday, October 23, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Contra Costa
Friday, October 25, 6 p.m. in San Pablo
Women’s Volleyball vs. Mendocino
Wednesday, October 30, 6 p.m. in Mendocino

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Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

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