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.
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:
For information, contact Becky Reetz <mailto:Becky.Reetz@marin.edu?subject=Giving%20Tree%20Question> , 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
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.
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Distance Education Coordinator at ext. 7578 or Alice.email@example.com, Instructional Technologist at ext. 7540.
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.
The Drama Department Presents The Importance of Being Earnest
Lisa Morse, director
Marin Oratorio Presents Mass in B minor - Johann Sebastian Bach
Boyd Jarrell, director
Advanced Voice Class Recital: Isn’t it Romantic—The Songs of Richard Rodgers
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
Beginning Voice Class Recital: Waiting in the Wings
Linda Noble Brown, instructor
College Chorus: Classical Masters
Boyd Jarrell, director
College Holiday Party
You are invited to celebrate the season with colleagues at the College of Marin Holiday Party.
Contemporary Opera Marin: Amahl and the Night Visitors
Directed by Paul Smith
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.
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.
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—Allan Hancock Tournament
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,
President's Weekly Briefing Web Page