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President’s Weekly Briefing — December 12, 2013
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Spring Convocation: Transformation and Change

We will have the opportunity to enjoy a creative keynote speaker for our spring Convocation next month when Jordan Wright explores the themes of transformation and change through the lens of magic. His passion is to stimulate innovation and creativity. For more than a decade, he has taken his unique style of surreal magic on tour from Las Vegas to Beijing, crafting original and tailored corporate presentations for Fortune 500 companies and nonprofit organizations. He will be creating an original presentation for the College exploring the world between fantasy and reality. Most College offices will be closed to allow all employees to attend. Updated program information will be sent via campus email as details are finalized and will also be posted on the Staff Development web page. Reminder to faculty: The Fall 2013 Flex Verification Form is due in Human Resources by Friday, December 20, 2013. Also, if you need special assistance to participate in Flex activities, including auxiliary aids or services, please contact the Human Resources Department at (415) 485-9340 as soon as possible. Notification at least three weeks prior to the activity will enable us to make reasonable arrangements to ensure workshop accessibility. An ASL interpreter will be provided for College Convocation.
Friday, January 10
9 a.m. – noon: Convocation
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
For information, contact Kathy Joyner, ext. 7502
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Flex department meetings
Contact your department chair or coordinator for your meeting location.

EOPS Giving Tree Is Filled With Holiday Hopes

You are invited to share the holiday spirit this year by answering a wish from a family in the EOPS, CARE, and CalWORKs programs. Many of our parents, particularly those who are receiving welfare to support their families, have expressed concern that they will not be able to afford any presents for their children this year. The College Giving Tree is decorated with stars that list the age and gender of a child in one of the low income families in a campus program. Some stars list specific wishes or needs. You can contribute by:

  • Visting the office in LC 160 and picking up a child’s star. Stars are labeled with the child’s age, gender, and in some cases, their wish. Bring your unwrapped toy to the office, along with the star you selected to ensure it is given to the right family. Please bring gifts no later than Monday, December 16, so they have time to distribute them during finals week.
  • If you don’t have time to shop and would like to make a monetary contribution, staff will be purchasing toys for the children whose stars don’t get picked up.
  • Contributions of wrapping paper and anything that would help towards a holiday meal are also appreciated.

For information, contact Becky Reetz <> , EOPS/CARE and CalWORKs coordinator, (415) 485-9633.

Information on Pertussis (whooping cough) from the Health Center

The Health Center was notified this week that a student on campus was diagnosed with pertussis, also known as whooping cough. Pertussis is highly contagious but is not usually serious in adults. Even if you have been immunized against pertussis, you should see your doctor right away if you have any of the symptoms. Answers to commonly asked questions are online. Please check the CDC website for more information.

Marin Promise Collaborative To Include Pre-K-12 Preparation

Trustees Voted Last Month For Groundbreaking Education Partnership
The new partnership agreement between College Trustees and Marin Promise focuses on educational excellence and equity for all children in Marin County. The regional collaboration will work to mold children’s education. It is an effort that includes increasing pre-k-12 readiness as a key component in assuring that students graduate high school college- and career-ready.


John Rapko, instructor of Art History for College of Marin and of Ethics for California College of the Arts, has published a review of Anywhere Or Not At All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art, a book by Peter Osborne (Verso, 2013). In it, Rapko says Osborne is the first “to have noticed and brought to rich articulation the problem of evaluating distinctively contemporary art, given the ‘crisis of mediations’ and the sense of any and all categorizations as non-binding.” The review appears in the e-journal of the Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

Cop’s Corner: Holiday Decoration Safety

Here are some tips on trees, lighting and decoration to ensure a safe holiday.

When purchasing a live holiday tree, check for freshness. Green needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The trunk cut of a fresh tree is sticky with resin and, when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.

  • When bringing a tree home, make sure it is securely fastened to your vehicle before driving.
  • In the home, place the tree away from fireplaces and radiators. Heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly. Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. Be sure to keep the stand filled with water.
  • Use no more than three standard sized sets of lights per single extension cord.
  • Always use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to decorate a tree.
  • If using artificial snow spray, follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in a fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.

More holiday decoration tipsare online.

December 2013 Data Nugget

The question: How many warm wishes for good health, happiness and wonderful holidays does the Office of Planning, Research and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) extend to you?                                                                                                                 

In COM’s Book of Research, the answer to this month’s data nugget is: an infinite number.

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.

  • COM employees who are struggling with family issues are encouraged to access the COM Employee Assistance Program for support.
  • Students with families in the Philippines seeking support may contact the COM Counseling Office at (415) 485-9432.

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:

Upcoming Events

Open Labs for all Moodle Users—Last Session at Noon Today

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 and drop functionality; setting up and viewing the grade book, etc. For more information, contact, Distance Education Coordinator at ext. 7578 or, Instructional Technologist at ext. 7540.
Thursday, December 12, noon – 1:30 p.m.
SMN 130
Kentfield Campus

Today! 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.
Thursday, December 12, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Performing Arts, rooms 134/136
Kentfield Campus

The Drama Department Presents The Importance of Being Earnest

Lisa Morse, director
This is a classic example of the well-made play and frequently described as perhaps the most famous of all English language comedies. This well-mannered 19th century farce by Oscar Wilde has been keeping audiences in stitches ever since it appeared on the scene on Valentine’s Day in 1895. Filled with Wilde’s delicious witticisms, the playwright said that he wrote Earnest in response to a request for a play “with no real serious interest.”

Friday, December 13, 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 14, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2 p.m.
COM Studio Theatre
Kentfield Campus
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 staff, students and alumni (free weekend parking)
Box Office: Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and one hour before Saturday and Sunday performances. (415) 485-9385.
Online tickets: Brown Paper Tickets.

Marin Oratorio Presents Mass in B minor - Johann Sebastian Bach

Boyd Jarrell, director
Bach’s last major composition, Mass in B minor, is widely regarded as one of the supreme achievements of classical music and a monumental synthesis of every stylistic and technical contribution that he made to music. Guest vocal soloists Christa Pfeiffer, Katherine McKee, Michael Belle, and Jeffrey Fields will join our 110-voice chorus and full orchestra. Don’t miss this work of universal and timeless significance. All proceeds support the programs of Marin Oratorio.
Saturday, December 14, 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 3 p.m. SOLD OUT
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus  
Box Office (415) 485-9385
Admission: $20 general; $15 students, staff, seniors, and alumni

Advanced Voice Class Recital: Isn’t it Romantic—The Songs of Richard Rodgers

Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Richard Rodgers, an American composer (1902-1979) of more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals, is best known for songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II. His compositions have had a significant impact on popular music to the present day and have an enduring broad appeal. Unlike some more contemporary musicals these are meant to be sung in a more classical style and we are delighted to be able to perform these for you!
Monday, December 16, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
Kentfield Campus

Beginning Voice Class Recital: Waiting in the Wings

Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Our beginning singers have been working all semester to perform their first time for you. Always a wonderfully exciting experience, please join in sharing the thrill and courage of singers stepping in front of a real audience. You will hear a lovely mix of folk songs, art songs and maybe even a short aria as singers are allowed to choose from within the class repertoire. Come celebrate the fullness of life with us.
Monday, December 16, 2:10 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
Kentfield Campus

College Chorus: Classical Masters

Boyd Jarrell, director
Jeffrey Paul, accompanist
Join us as the College of Marin Chorus presents an intimate look at the masters of classical music. Come enjoy the songs, anthems and novelty numbers of Mozart, Beethoven, and Brahms.
Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus

College Holiday Party

You are invited to celebrate the season with colleagues at the College of Marin Holiday Party.
Wednesday, December 18, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Woodlands Café
799 College Avenue, Kentfield

Contemporary Opera Marin: Amahl and the Night Visitors

Directed by Paul Smith
Contemporary Opera Marin, the opera program of the College of Marin, presents this Gian Carlo Menotti holiday favorite in a fully staged, English language production performed in locations throughout Marin County. The hour-long production is free and suitable for the entire family. For more information, call the Music Department at (415) 485-9460.

Friday, December 20, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 21, 2 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
Kentfield Campus
Saturday, December 21, 6 p.m.
Toby’s Feed Barn
11250 California 1
Point Reyes Station

Sunday, December 22, time and location to be announced.
To see the full calendar of the College of Marin Music Department online . To receive performance notices electronically, email

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.
Wednesday, January 15, 7 p.m.
Corte Madera Community Center Hall
498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera
Admission is $15
To order tickets, visit Hooked on Marin, or call (415) 945-3730.

Ongoing Events

New and Returning Students Can Enroll Now for Spring Semester

Priority registration for continuing, new and returning students is underway for the spring semester classes that start January 13. The spring class listings are available online and printed schedules are found at locations throughout the campus.

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.

Kentfield Campus
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
Please call and confirm avaiability. (415) 485-9458

Indian Valley Campus
Mondays, 9 a.m. – noon
Administrative Services, room 121
Call in advance. Appointments only. (415) 485-9458

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, through January 12, times vary
AT&T Park
74 Mission Rock Street
San Francisco


Women’s Basketball—Allan Hancock Tournament
Thursday-Saturday, December 12-14, TBA in Santa Maria
Women’s Basketball vs. Skyline
Tuesday, December 17, TBA in San Bruno
Women’s Basketball vs. Gavilan
Saturday, December 21, TBA in Kentfield
Men’s Basketball—Skyline Tournament
Friday – Sunday, December 13 – 15, TBA in San Bruno
Men’s Basketball—Santa Rosa JC Tournament
Thursday – Saturday, December 19 – 21, TBA in Santa Rosa

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Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.

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