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President’s Weekly Briefing — October 31, 2013
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COM to Commemorate Veterans Day with Special Film Screening
In commemoration of Veterans Day the College of Marin Veterans Association will present a special screening of the documentary film Bravo! Common Men, Uncommon Valor chronicling the 77-day siege of Khe Sanh. The event includes a catered reception and will be followed by a panel discussion. The screening will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at 6 p.m. in the James Dunn Theatre, at the Kentfield Campus. The catered reception begins at 5 p.m. in the theatre lobby. The event will be open to the public and is free of charge, with priority seating given to veterans and their guests.

Don’t Forget: Clocks Go Back One Hour on Sunday
Daylight Savings ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, November 3.  Make sure to set your clocks back one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

Final Two Weeks to Experience Diebenkorn Exhibit
If you haven’t had a chance to visit the new Fine Arts Gallery, you have just two weeks to go by and view The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992, an extraordinary exhibit of internationally acclaimed artist Richard Diebenkorn. On display are 38 pieces that have never been publicly viewed. It is a unique opportunity to witness an artist’s evolution spanning more than 40 years. The seven-week exhibit was curated by Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department, in collaboration with the Diebenkorn Foundation. It will soon travel to other educational and community venues throughout the country. The show is open to the public free of charge.

Through November 14
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Fine Arts Gallery
Kentfield Campus

EdwardBoone” Green, who teaches Boxing For Fitness, at College of Marin, was featured in a Marin Independent Journal article last month for his dedicated work as a fitness and boxing trainer at the Marin City Boxing Club. The program started outdoors about 20 years ago and utilizes the boxing facilities within the Marin City Community Service District. It serves youth and adults.



Employee Discount For Cirque Du Soleil
College employees are invited to buy discounted tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s performance of Amaluna in San Francisco. Amaluna is also the name of the mysterious island where the story unfolds. The show’s mostly female cast and an all-women band is a tribute to the work and voice of women. Reflecting on balance from a woman’s perspective, the show is less about feminism and more about reconnecting to our world in a different way. Note that there may be use of pyrotechnics and stroboscopic lights during the show. Employees will receive discounts and special access to seating not available to the general public. To find out more, visit, or call (800) 331-6483. The company code is MARIN.

Tuesdays – Sundays, November 15 – January 12, times vary
Under the Big Top at AT&T Park
Corner of third Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard
San Francisco, 94158

Cops Corner
Emergency Evacuations: How to Prepare

In the event of a disaster or major emergency, evacuations may be necessary and all staff and faculty in each building should agree in advance on an outdoor meeting place away from the building. A building evacuation will occur when a fire alarm sounds or upon notification by Campus Police or emergency personnel. Here are some helpful guidelines to help you prepare:

  • Always be aware of marked exits from your area and building. Know the routes from your work area.
  • Once outside, move to a clear area that is at least 100 feet away from the affected building. Keep streets and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Do not return to an evacuated building unless directed to do so by Campus Police or emergency personnel.
  • If an extended evacuation is necessary, go to the college’s emergency assembly areas where information and assistance will be provided. Location of the emergency evacuation areas can be found on campus maps located on the last two pages of the College of Marin's Emergency Guidelines Handbook.
  • You can find more information about evacuations on page 17 in the College of Marin Emergency Guidelines Handbook. Handbooks are available online and attached to the walls just inside College of Marin building exits.


Upcoming Events

Reset Your Future: A 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.

Tuesdays, November 5, 26, and December 5
6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus

Drop-in Moodle Workshop

Faculty and staff are invited to bring any questions you might have about navigating Moodle, the College online learning management system. This drop-in open lab on Friday provides a time to learn to post files and videos, organize class pages, insert images, combine files in folders, use new Moodle tools, books and student-created glossaries, learn to drag ’n’ drop items, set up the grade book and any other ongoing issues you may have. For more information, visit the Moodle site or contact Kathleen Smyth, Distance Education Coordinator,  ext. 7578 or Alice Dieli, Instructional Technologist, ext. 7540.

Friday, November 1, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
SMN 130
Kentfield Campus

Physical Graffiti: A Fall Dance Concert

Choreography: College of Marin Dance Faculty
Production design: e. “Ernie” Ernstrom
Featuring Guest Performers:

  • Branson Dance Performance Ensemble, directed by Georgia Ortega (Nov. 1 and 2)
  • San Domenico Dance Ensemble, directed by Erica Smith (Nov. 8 and 9)
  • Primus Ballet Theatre presents the world premiere of Allegory of the Cave, choreographed by Cole Companion (Nov 1, 2, 8 and 9)

Fridays and Saturdays, November 1, 2, 8 and 9, 8 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
(Corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue)
College Box Office (415) 485-9385
$15 general; $10 students/seniors

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

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

New Date and Time for Final Diebenkorn Lecture

Diebenkorn and the Philosophy of Drawing

John Rapko, who teaches Art History for College of Marin and Ethics for California College of the Arts, will be on campus to discuss the drawing of artist Richard Diebenkorn. It is the last in a series of lectures complementing The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992, an extraordinary exhibit on display through November 14. The Fine Arts Gallery is open weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Thursdays until 8 p.m.

Friday, November 8, 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, room 201
Kentfield Campus

Jazz Ensemble at the Seahorse

Come swing in Sausalito with the College of Marin Jazz Ensemble directed by Cayce Carnahan. Great music, great food and a great atmosphere. Bring your dancing shoes.

Monday, November 11, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sausalito Seahorse
305 Harbor Dr., Sausalito
For more information, please call (415) 485-9460.

International Education Week

You are invited to participate in International Education Week to be held Tuesday, November 12 through Thursday, November 14. This is the college’s first time participating in the nationwide event sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and will include three days of cultural events including speakers, music, dance, demonstrations, and panel discussions on the Kentfield Campus. For more information, contact the International Education Office at (415) 485-9316.

Tuesday, November 12

  • 9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.: Kick-Off Ceremony and Breakfast with Parade of Nations
    Student Services Building, in front of grassy knoll behind building (bad weather backup is the gym)
  • 10 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.: Friendship Games
    Student Services Building, in front of grassy knoll behind building (bad weather backup is the gym)
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.: International Potluck ($3 a plate) With Music
    Student Services Building, Cafeteria (near mural)
  • 12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m.: Traditional Hawaiian and Capoeira Dance
    Student Services Building, Cafeteria (carpeted area)
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: International Education Information Fair
    Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
  • 2:45 p.m.– 4 p.m.: International Fashion and Cultural Show / Coffee and Tea Tasting Rituals
    Learning Resources Center, Quad

Wednesday, November 13

  • 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Crossing Cultures, A workshop on cross-cultural communication, gestures, immersion, and culture shock.
    Student Services Building, A-B Conference Room
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1 p.m.: International Cooking Demonstration: Cold Spring Rolls
    Student Services Building, Cafeteria, near mural
  • 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.: International Dance Class: Learn Hawaiian and Bollywood Styles
    Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge

Thursday, November 14

  • 10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m.: Adjusting to Life in a Foreign Country, a Student Panel Moderated by Valerie Marckwordt
    Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
  • 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.: World Trivia Challenge
    Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge

Perennial Propagation in the Autumn Garden

Come enjoy the bounty of the autumn garden. November is the ideal time to divide plants and increase your perennial and fruit gardens. This hands-on workshop will cover basic principles and practices of vegetative propagation including bulb culture, perennial division and the art of taking strong cuttings and starting perennials from seed. Everyone will take home a wealth of free garden-ready plant material. Wear good walking shoes and be prepared for rain. Register online by November 13. Class size is limited to 25 participants. Master Gardeners receive three continuing education hours. For more information, contact Liz Peer.

The class is taught by Wendy Johnson, Environmental Landscape instructor at the College of Marin and advisor to the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden program. She is one of the founders of the organic Farm and Garden Program at Green Gulch Farm Zen Center and is the author of Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate (2008). Vic Stavig, an organic gardening student specializing in propagation, will be assisting the class. She heads the Farm Club and volunteers at the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden.

Saturday, November 16, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden
Indian Valley Campus
Cost is $30. Parking is free.

Board of Trustees Meeting

Board of Trustees meeting information from October 15, 2013, is available online. You can also see the meetings online at The next meeting regular Board meeting is:

Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, Cafeteria
Kentfield Campus

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

This is the second lecture of Hooked on Marin, an exciting four-part speaker series celebrating the region. Hooked on Marin is a community-based partnership of Marin County public service agencies and educational districts. Each event focuses on one aspect of what makes Marin County a unique place to live. Terry McGovern, College of Marin Drama instructor and one of the Bay area's most versatile performers, will be the moderator. Sign up early. A limited number of seats are 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. Next in the series:

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

Chamber Music Recitals

Jessica Ivry, director
Please enjoy music performed by our college chamber music students. Small ensembles of trios and quartets will be performed. Different repertoire will be performed each evening. To receive performance notices electronically, e-mail the Music Department.

Friday, November 22, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
Kentfield Campus
Donation suggested: $10

Free parking for weekend events; Monday – Thursday evenings, please park in student parking only. Weekday parking passes ($3) may be purchased from the machine in parking lot 2. For more information, go online or call (415) 485-9460.

Ongoing Events

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

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

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.

Fresh Organic Produce at the 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, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indian Valley Campus


Women’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa
Friday, November 1, 3:30 p.m., away TBD
Women’s Soccer vs. Yuba
Tuesday, November 5, 1 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Soccer vs. Napa
Friday, November 8, 3 p.m., away TBD

Men’s Soccer vs. Modesto
Friday, November 1, 3 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Yuba
Tuesday, November 5, 3 p.m. in Marysville
Men’s Soccer vs. Contra Costa
Friday, November 8, 3 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Soccer vs. Napa
Tuesday, November 12, 3 p.m. in Napa          

Women’s Volleyball vs. Alameda
Friday, November 1, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball vs. Napa
Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m. in Napa
Women’s Volleyball vs. Yuba
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. in Kentfield

Men’s Basketball vs. CCSF Tournament
Friday ­– Sunday, November 8 – 10, TBA in San Francisco

Women’s Basketball vs. Las Positas
Thursday – Saturday, November 14 – 16, TBA in Livermore

In Memoriam

Yolanda Herda Petrus van Ecke, Ph.D, a licensed marriage and family therapist and adjunct Psychology professor at the College of Marin, passed away recently. Yolanda, a recipient of the Golden Bell Teachers Award, was recognized in 2008 for exemplary education. She worked at City College of San Francisco, CalWORKs, and had a private practice. After a private ceremony, she was placed at Fernwood Cemetery in Mill Valley. A Celebration of Life will be held this weekend. To RSVP or if you would like to speak at the celebration, please contact Wes Patton, (415) 335-5615. Correspondence may be sent to: 270 Judson Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network or Doctors Without Borders.  

Sunday November 3, 2:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Conservatory        
236 Monterey Boulevard        
San Francisco

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Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

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