COM Trustee Barbara Dolan to be Honored for 28 Years of Service
On December 10, 2013, at 5:30 p.m., preceding the regular monthly meeting of the College of Marin Board of Trustees, Barbara Dolan will be honored for her 28 years of service to the District. Barbara was first elected to the Board in 1985. Newly elected Trustee Brady Bevis and newly re-elected Trustees Diana Conti (second term) and Wanden Treanor (fifth term) will be sworn in at the December 10 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Student Services Building Cafeteria at the Kentfield Campus.
Trustees Support Marin Promise, a Collaborative Partnership
In other Board business, the Trustees approved a new partnership agreement with Marin Promise, a collaborative program focused on educational excellence and equity for all children in Marin County. As a partner, College of Marin will have an important impact working with K-12 partners to mold children’s education and prepare them for college.
Trustees Vote to Support Changes to Corporate Tax Assessment Law
The governing board of the Marin Community College District has voted to encourage changes in the way commercial property values are assessed for taxes. In a Board resolution passed November 19, the Trustees said they hope to encourage other elected officials to consider the modernization of assessments for commercial properties to benefit local schools, which have suffered a drastic decline in per pupil support. Because corporations often avoid reassessment of property by limiting the portion of ownership that changes hands to ensure that no single party owns more than 50 percent, they frequently skirt higher tax assessments that could benefit schools under Proposition 13. The Board voted to protect current tax assessment limits on residential properties.
College Holiday Party
You are invited to celebrate the season with colleagues at the College of Marin Holiday Party.
Cop’s Corner: Suspicious Persons or Activities
If you witness a criminal act, or notice a person acting suspiciously on campus, immediately call campus police. You can dial either 911 or ext. 7696 from a campus phone, or call 415-485-9696 from a mobile phone. You will be asked by the dispatcher what the suspicious person is doing, what they look like, and where are they located.
We would like to thank everyone who took part in the annual Harvest Day Luncheon last month, which not only brought us together for a wonderful holiday feast, but resulted in the generous collection of canned goods and cash for the needy. The event, held November 20 on the Indian Valley Campus, provided time to gather and share stories and holiday spirit over a meal that included turkey and all the trimmings prepared by our own Fresh and Natural Café. Through the generous support of the IVC students, faculty, and staff we were able to collect and distribute:
Thank you to ASCOM for its continued sponsorship of this luncheon, to all who participated and gave contributions, and to the folks behind the scenes who prepared the location and served the food.
Personnel Actions from the November 19, 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting
Appointments of Classified Personnel
Temporary Reassignment of Classified Management Personnel
Resignation/Termination of Classified Personnel
Appointment of Academic Personnel
Helping Survivors of Typhoon Haiyan
The far-reaching effects of the storm have hit a number of people close to home, including members of our staff and students who have family and friends living in the Philippines.
In addition to our deepest condolences, consider helping to alleviate the suffering of those struggling in the Philippines. A number of organizations are providing help:
Club Mud Holiday Pottery Sale
Our pottery students and instructors have created beautiful items for every purpose and budget for the holiday sale. There will be cups, bowls, vases, plates, decorative vessels and unique sculptural works with prices ranging from $5 to $100. All proceeds will benefit the Ceramics Program. For information, contact Jason Dunnmailto:Jason.Dunn@marin.edu?subject=Club%20Mud%20Sale at (415) 485-9471.
Through Saturday December 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Express Transfer Workshop
Junior and senior high school students and their parents are invited to attend a workshop to learn strategies for college success and to transfer to a four-year college or university. Come hear the latest information on the Transfer Admission Guarantee (TAG) Program, find resources for transfer, and hear student success stories. The workshop will feature the UC Berkeley Transfer director, a College of Marin counselor and Transfer Center specialist, and a student panel of COM graduates who successfully transferred to a UC. Light refreshments will be served starting at 5 p.m. Please reserve a spot by emailing Outreach, with the following information:
Thursday, December 5, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Jazz Ensemble with Tommy Igoe Big Band—Tonight
Cayce Carnahan, director
The Drama Department Presents The Importance of Being Earnest
Lisa Morse, director
COM Symphony Orchestra
Jessica Ivry, director
Advanced Voice Class Recital: Isn’t it Romantic—The Songs of Richard Rodgers
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Deborah Loft Lecture: Unfamiliar Landscapes; Big and Small; and Luminous Worlds
Art History Instructor Deborah Loft will be lecturing on the work of selected California artists, juxtaposing the work of Marin visionaries with artists from other times in history. Learn about the luminous visionary landscapes that appear in the paintings of the late Marin artists Gage Taylor and Bill Martin, who taught briefly at the College. See how meaning can change in smaller scale works on paper by Albrecht Dürer and enormous exhibitions by contemporary artist Anselm Kiefer. The talk will include a view of Kiefer’s 2007 exhibition, “Sternenfall,” which inaugurated the re-opening of the Grand Palais in Paris, as captured in Loft’s photographs.
Open Labs for all Moodle Users—Final Session of Fall 2013 Next Week
Drop-in to discuss any Moodle questions including uploading and downloading files; organizing class pages; inserting images; combining files in folders; using Moodle tools, books, and student-created glossaries; drag ‘n’ drop functionality; setting up and viewing the gradebook, etc.
Thursday Brown Bag Theatre: Non-Realism
Come enjoy free student-directed scenes presented in the drama classroom on selected Thursdays. Improvisational shows feature Actors Without Lines (A.W.O.L.) students from both beginning and advanced improv classes.
Marin Oratorio Presents Mass in B minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
Boyd Jarrell, director
Beginning Voice Class Recital: Waiting in the Wings
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
College Chorus: Classical Masters
Boyd Jarrell, director
Hooked on Marin Speaker Series
Marin County Rock ’n’ Roll Music History
In the final lecture of the Hooked on Marin speaker series, Richie Unterberger, rock historian and College of Marin instructor, will share rare archival video and audio footage from the 1960s and 1970s rock era. Ben Fong-Torres of Rolling Stone magazine will also be on hand to share stories from the local living legends of rock ’n’ roll. Terry McGovern, College of Marin Drama instructor and one of the Bay Area’s most versatile performers, will moderate the event. Hooked on Marin is a community-based partnership of Marin County public service agencies and educational districts celebrating the region.
Parking Information for All Campus Events
Parking on campus is $3. Please park in student parking only. Passes may be purchased from machines located in parking lots 2, 6, 7, and 9.
New and Returning Student Enrollment Begins For Spring Semester
Priority registration for continuing students is underway and new and returning students may begin registering December 10. Spring semester 2014 classes start January 13. The spring class listings are available onlinespring class listings are available online. The printed class schedule is on campus and in the mail.
Conversation Partners Program
Practice your language skills and meet our interesting global students through the Conversation Partners Program, which matches individuals for informal language exchange. Faculty and staff are invited to consider participating in this innovative program developed by the International Education Office. It’s a wonderful way to promote international friendship and cross-cultural understanding while practicing a language that interests you. You may sign up online any time. For more information, contact Rebecca Freeland program coordinator, at ext. 7740.
Low Cost Flu Shots on Campus
You can get a flu shot on either campus through the College Health Center at various times during 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 community members.
Indian Valley Campus
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 TicketsAtWork.com, or call (800) 331-6483. The company code is MARIN.
Tuesdays – Sundays, through January 12, times vary
Women’s Basketball vs. Monterey
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