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President’s Weekly Briefing — February 6, 2014
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College of Marin Trustee Resigns

In a letter dated February 4, 2014, Trustee Dr. James Namnath announced that he has recently relocated to the Sacramento area for work related purposes and therefore is resigning from the Board of Trustees effective immediately. Dr. Namnath was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2007 and served as board president in 2013. On behalf of our students, faculty, and staff, I want to thank Dr. Namnath for his commitment to students and his contributions to the College and the community. The College of Marin Board of Trustees has 60 days to appoint a replacement.

Campuses Closed for Presidents Day Weekend

In observance of Presidents Day weekend, there will be no classes Friday, February 14 – Monday, February 17. All College offices will be closed for the long weekend.

Free On-Campus Tax Preparation at Single Stop

Get help with tax preparation services, learn about benefits you might be eligible for, and improve your financial skills at Single Stop, an on-campus center that provides FREE services to students, student family members, faculty, and staff. A host of services are available, including certified tax preparation services through April 15. Services also include: health coverage information, grocery assistance, affordable housing options, and utility discount assistance. Single Stop also provides referral information for childcare services, cash assistance, financial advising, and legal consultation. To learn about the many services that Single Stop offers or to become eligible to win a Kindle Fire or backpack full of supplies (including an 8 GB flash drive, note book, and index cards), stop by the Single Stop office to participate in raffles during the spring 2014 semester. Contact Edwin Towle <> , Single Stop coordinator, (415) 457-8811, ext. 7761 to schedule an appointment.
Mondays – Thursdays, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Student Services building, room 124
Kentfield Campus

Online Writing Center Open for Students 24/7

The Online Writing Center (OWC) is open 24/7 to help students with writing assignments for all college subjects until the end of the spring semester. The OWC offers free help with grammar, idea development, organization, research, and essay writing. In addition to self-help materials, the site provides instructional specialists (tutors) who respond to student posts within 24 hours. The OWC also assists students with applications for transfer, scholarships, and jobs, and helps with resumes and cover letters. Students can register for the OWC by logging into their MyCOM account and clicking on the Distance Education tab.
Instructors: To best support students with their writing needs, help us get the word out so we can customize the OWC for students. The OWC can provide in-class orientations. Instructors are also invited to submit their writing assignments for posting in the OWC so instructional specialists can better guide students. A course forum folder can be created for a particular course. Please contact Alisa Klinger, OWC coordinator, to set up an orientation, online course folder, or for questions. Thank you for your support of the OWC.


The complex issue of competitiveness in youth sports was examined in a cover article featuring a lengthy Q&A with Brent Zeller, College tennis instructor and author of Evolutionary Education: Moving Beyond Our Competitive Compulsion (2008). Zeller, who encourages changes in how we introduce competitive systems to children, advocates a more cooperative culture throughout society to accelerate performance. The path to peak performances is a more relaxed, more joyful journey rather than the current pressure situations generally associated with competitions, he said.

Upcoming Events

In Search of My Father...Walkin’ Talkin’ Bill Hawkins

College of Marin Drama Professor W. Allen Taylor is bringing his 90-minute award-winning solo show back to the stage for a special fundraising event honoring the 50th anniversary of the College Drama Department. Winner of the Best Solo Performance of 2006 by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, the show explores the intimate story of Taylor’s life-long search for his father, Bill Hawkins, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland, Ohio. Taylor portrays several characters in a bittersweet journey of self-discovery. He celebrates the rich cultural legacy of black radio with rhythm and blues, gospel, and jazz music serving as a rich backdrop. More information is available online, or call the Drama Department at (415) 485-9555. Donations may be made by cash, check, or charge. Proceeds benefit the Drama Department.

Thursday, February 6, 8 p.m.
Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8, 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 9, 2 p.m.
Suggested donation for preview performance on February 6 is $10: Suggested donation for all other performances is $25.
Studio Theatre, Kentfield Campus (Corner of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Laurel Avenue)
Advance Reservations: Drama Department, (415) 485-9555. Unclaimed reservations will be released 15 minutes prior to the performance. On the day of the show, unreserved seats will be available at the door 45 minutes prior to the performance.

Agathe Bennich, Selected Works; Exhibit Ends Tomorrow

You are invited to experience the current exhibit in the Fine Arts Gallery featuring the work of Agathe Bennich whose work has been shown extensively nationally and internationally. Born in Sweden, Bennich (1939–2012) lived in France, Austria, Italy and Mexico before settling in San Francisco. She attended San Francisco Art Institute where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in fine arts. Her investigation into painting began while living in Italy in the early ’60s. The arc of her early work evolved from the painted exploration of the Italian and Mexican landscapes to complex shaped canvases driven by meditations on the human condition, a theme that would recur later in her work. Bennich pursued an intense, psychological form of portrait painting and, in 1995, she moved to Wales to immerse herself in her process as a painter. It was a period of immense growth for her work. In addition to the exhibit, there will be an in memoriam gathering on Friday, January 24.
Exhibit: Weekdays through Friday, February 7, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Kentfield Campus
Free admission. Donations welcome.

Benefit for Teens Injured in Christmas Eve Car Accident

Louie Vaccaro, son of DSPS Program Technician Miles Mayo, suffered major injuries from a car accident on Christmas Eve and remains in long-term care at Kaiser Hospital. His condition is improving; however, his recovery will be long and difficult. Louie sustained three damaged vertebrae in the accident and was on life support for the first three weeks after the accident. He is now on and off a ventilator and working towards the goal of breathing on his own. He is currently paralyzed from the chest down and has a long road ahead of rehabilitation. Five other teenagers were also injured in the accident that night. All six teenagers in the vehicle received injuries of varying severity and the emotional trauma is extensive. In support of these students and their families, the town of Fairfax is hosting a huge fundraising benefit with dinner and music by Drake High School bands followed by performances of 15 bands at three locations.
Saturday, February 8, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Buffet dinner and drinks
The Steakhouse at Deer Park Villa
367 Bolinas Road, Fairfax
$30 adults; $20 kids (4-12). Limited seating.
Purchase tickets online, at Revolution 9 (14 Bolinas Road, Fairfax) or email Dianne Zellers for will call tickets or for more information about the benefit.
8 p.m. – closing
15 Bands to Play at Three Locations in Fairfax

Performers include:
Danny Click
Members of Monophonics
Swoop Unit
Elephant Listening Project
Fiver Brown
Mark Karan
Elliot’s Evil Plan
Tommy Odetto

All-access wristbands ($20) will be sold at each music venue. Note: only Sleeping Lady is open to all ages; 19 Broadway and Peri’s are 21 and over venues.

Jazz Ensemble at the Seahorse in Sausalito

Cayce Carnahan, director

The COM Jazz Ensemble performs the second Thursday of each month at the Seahorse in Sausalito. Enjoy great music, great food, and great atmosphere. Bring your dancing shoes and swing the night away. There is no cover charge. For more information, go online or call (415) 485-9460. To receive performance notices electronically, subscribe by email.

Thursday, February 13, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sausalito Seahorse
305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

American Music for Two Pianos

Duo pianists Ronald Cavaye and Paul Smith, a College instructor and conductor, will join soprano Marcia Gronewold in presenting British art songs in a benefit recital for Contemporary Opera Marin. Donations accepted.

Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Dance Palace
503 B Street (on the corner of 5th & B)
Point Reyes Station
Donations welcome.
Parking is free.
For more information, call the Performing Arts Office at (415) 485-9460 or email Joanna Pinckney.

Singer’s Choice Recital of the Advanced Voice Class

The Advanced Voice class, taught by Linda Noble Brown <> , presents a recital of their favorite art, gospel, and musical theater songs. Each singer will choose a song, within the parameters of classic vocal literature, to perform. Allow them to regale you with art songs by the likes of Handel, Giordani, and Tchaikovsky, as well as songs from the traditional musical theater by Rodgers, Gershwin, and Webber. It will be a melodic feast.
Monday, February 24, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall (PA 72)
Kentfield Campus
Free admission. Parking is $3.
For more information, call the Performing Arts Office <>  at (415) 485-9460.

Drama Department Presents Western-Style Taming of the Shrew

By William Shakespeare
Directed by James Dunn

Yee haw! We’re back in the saddle again with Director James Dunn’s iconic Wild West take on courtship gone wrong. Remounted to celebrate the Drama Department’s 50th year (1964–2014), the western Shrew won the “Best of the Fringe” at the Edinburgh Festival in 1971 and was presented in a command performance to Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret and her family. This show is great fun for the whole family and is a terrific way to introduce youngsters to Shakespeare. Note that there will be a talkback with the director and members of the production following the March 9 performance.

Thursday, February 27
, 8 p.m. (Final dress preview $10)
Fridays and Saturdays, February 28, March 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, 8 p.m.
Sundays, March 9 and 16, 2 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
Tickets: $20 general; $15 seniors; $10 COM employees, students and alumni (free weekend parking)
Box Office: (415) 485-9385. Open Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and one hour before Saturday and Sunday performances.
Online tickets: Brown Paper Tickets


Ongoing Events

Cop's Corner—How to Contact Campus Police
In the event of a life or death emergency, to report a crime in progress or suspicious activity, or for urgent police assistance, you can get immediate help by calling Campus Police at 9-1-1 or the 24-hour dispatcher at extension 7696 from a campus phone, or at (415) 485-9696 from a cell phone.
For services that do not require an immediate response, please call (415) 485-9455 from a cell phone, or extension 7455 from a campus phone. As this is a business line, there may not be someone in the office available to answer the phone. It may be two hours or more before messages are received.
Campus Police business hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Fridays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Building TB1, Kentfield Campus
Building 11, room 106, Indian Valley Campus*
* Please note that the Indian Valley Campus Police Office has moved from Building 22 and is in a new location.

Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Stand Open Wednesdays

The produce and flower stand for the flagship organic farm and teaching garden is open for business every Wednesday, rain or shine. Bring your own bag and select your favorite fresh produce and flowers. Launched in the spring of 2009, the farm and garden is part of an initiative developed from a countywide commitment to teach Marin residents about the valuable role of agriculture in Marin County and to promote local food systems. It is the only teaching farm in Marin County.
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indian Valley Campus

Evening Assistance

Evening public service assistants are available on both campuses Monday through Thursday. If you need assistance, please call one of the numbers listed below:

Kentfield Campus, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., (415) 747-0699
Indian Valley Campus, 4 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., (415) 747-0658

If you would like a campus police officer to contact you, call dispatch at extension 7696 or (415) 485-9696. For life- or property-threatening emergencies, call 911.

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 participate 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.


Men’s Bay Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments
Men’s Basketball vs. Merritt
Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Basketball vs. Solano
Wednesday, February 12, 7:30 p.m. in Fairfield
Men’s Basketball vs. Contra Costa
Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Basketball vs. Yuba
Wednesday, February 19, 7:30 p.m. in Marysville
Men’s Basketball vs. Alameda
Friday, February 21, 7:30 p.m. in Alameda
Women’s Bay Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments
Women’s Basketball vs. Merritt
Friday, February 7, 5:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Basketball vs. Solano
Wednesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. in Fairfield
Women’s Basketball vs. Contra Costa
Friday, February 14, 5:30 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Basketball vs. Yuba
Wednesday, February 19, 5:30 p.m. in Marysville
Women’s Basketball vs. Laney
Friday, February 21, 5:30 p.m. in Oakland
Men’s Baseball—College of Sequoias Tournament
Thurs-Sat, February 6-February 8, TBA, in Visalia
Men’s Baseball vs. Cabrillo College
Tuesday, February 11, 2 p.m. in Aptos
Men’s Baseball vs. vs. San Mateo
Thursday, February 13, 2 p.m. in San Mateo
Men’s Baseball vs. West Valley
Saturday, February 15, 12 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. San Mateo
Tuesday, February 18, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. San Francisco
Thursday, February 20, 2 p.m. in San Francisco

Women’s Softball vs. CCSF
Tuesday, February 11, 1 pm., in San Francisco
Women’s Softball vs. Mission
Saturday, February 15, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Softball vs. Santa Rosa
Tuesday, February 18, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Softball vs. Chabot
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Kentfield

Track and Field
Run For the Dream
Tuesday, February 18, time TBA at Fresno State–Save Mart Center
Sacramento City College Opener
Saturday, February 22, time TBA at SCC in Sacramento

Swimming and Diving
DVC Pentathlon
Friday, February 17, 11 a.m. in Pleasant Hill
Las Positas Invitational
Friday, February 21, all day in Livermore

Submissions to the Weekly Briefing

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

Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


President's Weekly Briefing Web Page
Technical Contact: Nicole Cruz, Administrative Assistant to the Executive Director of Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement, (415) 485-9648
Content Responsible: Cathy Summa-Wolfe, Executive Director, Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement, (415) 485-9528