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President’s Weekly Briefing — November 7, 2013
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Final Week to Visit the Diebenkorn Exhibit

You have just two weeks to see The Intimate Diebenkorn: Works on Paper 1949–1992, an extraordinary exhibit of internationally acclaimed artist Richard Diebenkorn. On display at our new Fine Arts Gallery are 38 pieces that have never been publicly viewed. The exhibit, curated by Chester Arnold, chair of the Fine Arts Department, in collaboration with the Diebenkorn Foundation, is traveling to other educational and community venues throughout the country. The show is open to the public free of charge. For additional information there is an article about the exhibit in this week’s SF Chronicle by Art Critic Kenneth Baker.
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

An impressive 95 percent of the College of Marin nursing students who graduated in spring 2013 and went on to take the National Council of State Board of Nursing Exam between July and September have passed the test, according to recently released scores. It is an exceptional achievement and we are proud of our graduates’ hard work and dedication—both to our Registered Nursing Program and to the nursing profession. In addition, two other 2013 graduates who took the exam outside of that period also passed and another graduate, from the 2011 class, passed the July exam as a first-time exam taker. Congratulations are also in order for our dedicated and talented Nursing Department faculty and staff. The great success of our nursing students can be attributed both to their hard work and to the great quality of instruction that they received in the classroom and the excellent support services that they received outside the classroom. Kudos to our nursing students, faculty and staff for your outstanding achievements!

Upcoming Events

Final Lecture in Series This Week: 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 discuss the drawings 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, 4:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, room 201
Kentfield Campus

The Last Weekend of Physical Graffiti: A Fall Dance Concert

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

Featuring guest performances by the San Domenico Dance Ensemble, directed by Erica Smith; and Primus Ballet Theatre, which is presenting the world premiere of Allegory of the Cave, choreographed by Cole Companion.
Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
College Box Office (415) 485-9385
$15 general; $10 students/seniors

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

Veterans Center Screening Of Documentary On Battle of Khe Sanh

Filmmakers To Join Local Veterans For Panel Discussion
In commemoration of Veterans Day, the College Veterans Association is hosting a catered reception and film screening of “Bravo! Common Men Uncommon Valor,” a documentary about the 77-day Battle of Khe Sanh in 1967. The event begins with a catered reception. Following the film, filmmakers Ken Rodgers, who was in the battle, and Betty Rodgers will be present to discuss production of the documentary with a panel of local veterans. The event is free and open to the public. There will be priority seating for veterans and their guests. For more information, contact Craig Wheeler at (415) 306-4963.

Thursday, November 14
5 p.m.: Catered reception
6 p.m.: Film
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus

Back By Popular Demand: Moodle Open Labs

Thursday, November 14, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Kentfield Campus
SMN 130

Faculty and staff are invited to drop-in and discuss any Moodle questions including those regarding posting files, videos; organizing class pages; inserting images; combining files in folders; using Moodle tools, books, and student-created glossaries; drag ‘n’ drop functionality; setting up the grade book, and more.

For individual help, please send an email
For more information, contact Alice Dieli, instructional technologist, at ext. 7540 or 415.485.9540.

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.

Hooked on Marin Speaker Series

Inside the Star Wars Model Shop

Speaker: Lorne Peterson, visual effects artist for the entire Star Wars saga and for many other films, including Men in Black, ET and Willow, gives an inside look at the science and secrets behind the artful models and sculptures of Star Wars. Peterson received an Academy Award and a British Academy Award for Visual Effects for his work on Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. He is the author of Sculpting a Galaxy: Inside the Star Wars Model Shop.

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

College Chamber Music students will perform in small ensembles of trios and quartets, under the direction of Jessica Ivry. A different repertoire will be performed each evening. To receive performance notices electronically, email the Music Department or join the mailing list online. For more information, go online or call (415) 485-9460.

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.

Reset Your Future: A Workshop Series for Student Veterans

Student veterans and their dependents are invited to participate in an ongoing series of free coaching workshops specifically designed to help them 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 26 and December 5, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Student Services Building, Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus

Ongoing Events

Preparing for a Campus Power Failure

Blackouts or power failures can happen at any time. If a power failure occurs during daylight, the college will remain open. Phone and emergency systems will continue to operate and most rooms on campus will have enough ambient light to continue activities. During a nighttime power failure, however, classes may be excused after 15 minutes. During a night outage, remain calm. Use whatever light sources you have and wait in your room or area. If lights have not come back on after 15 minutes, have your students or staff make their way to their cars and leave the campus. Updates about the power failure and affected areas will be sent out through AlertU, the campus texting service for emergencies. To sign up for AlertU, go to, or text “MCCD” to 253788 and reply with “Y”.  There is no charge to sign up; standard text message rates may apply.
Please refer to page 16 in the College of Marin Emergency Guidelines Handbook to start preparing in the event of a power failure. Handbooks are available online and attached to the walls just inside College of Marin building exits.

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

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 .
Tuesdays, 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. Napa
Friday, November 8, 3 p.m., away TBD
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. Yuba
Friday, November 8, 6 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Volleyball v. Laney
Friday, Nov. 15, 6 p.m. at Oakland
Women’s Volleyball v. Los Medanos
Tuesday, Nov. 19, 6 p.m. at Kentfield
Men’s Basketball vs. CCSF Tournament
Friday ­– Sunday, November 8 – 10, TBA in San Francisco
Men’s Basketball vs. West Valley
Friday, November 22, 5 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Basketball vs. Las Positas
Thursday – Saturday, November 14 – 16, TBA in Livermore
Women’s Basketball vs. Skyline
Thursday, November 21, TBA at Skyline

Submissions to the Weekly Briefing

Please submit information no later than Friday for the following week. Submissions received later than Friday will be included in the next week’s edition.


Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

President's Weekly Briefing Web Page
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