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 <mailto:Edwin.Towle@marin.edu> , Single Stop coordinator, (415) 457-8811, ext. 7761 to schedule an appointment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Singer’s Choice Recital of the Advanced Voice Class
The Advanced Voice class, taught by Linda Noble Brown <mailto:linda.noblebrown%40marin.edu> , 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.
Drama Department Presents Western-Style Taming of the Shrew
By William Shakespeare
Cop's Corner—How to Contact Campus Police
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.
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
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
Swimming and Diving
Submissions to the Weekly Briefing
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Have a great weekend,
David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
President's Weekly Briefing Web Page