Effective April 17, 2014, the Information Technology Department, under the leadership of Patrick Ekoue-totou, Chief Information Officer/Director of Information Technology, reports to Greg Nelson, Vice President of Finance and College Operations. Please join me in thanking Jonathan Eldridge, Vice President of Student Services for providing interim leadership and administrative oversight to IT during a very critical period of transition.
Students Elect 2014 ASCOM Officers
Congratulations to our newest slate of student government representatives elected last week in an election with 242 ballots cast.
Our sincere gratitude to the students who served as officers in the 2013-14 academic year!
Saturday Parking To Be Impacted by Kent School Century Celebration
Weekend faculty, staff, and students should be prepared for more activity than usual on campus this Saturday due to a community event celebrating the history of Greenbrae, Kentwood, and the 10 year anniversary of Kent School. We are allowing our parking lot to be used for the event on Saturday, May 3.
Congratulations to Coach Berringer and the College of Marin Baseball Team for winning the Bay Valley Conference for the second year in a row. The College will host a regional playoff series this weekend against Consumnes River College from the Big Eight Conference. The series will be a best of three. Game one starts at 2 p.m., Friday, May 2. Game two starts at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 3. Game three, if necessary, starts 30 minutes after game two ends.
Annual Student Art Show Opening and Reception Tomorrow
Come by and celebrate the creative vision of our students in the annual Student Art Show. This show includes extraordinary work in many mediums.
Asian Pacific Heritage Festival
The College is co-hosting the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Festival this Sunday, a rich cultural feast that honors Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Come by and enjoy a lion dance, Chinese martial arts and Qigong, Korean and Taiko drum performances, Aikido, and Filipino and Hawaiian dance. Indoor Japanese tea ceremonies will take place at 11 a.m., noon, and 1 p.m. A Korean lunch will available for purchase. The events are co-hosted and sponsored by the Asian American Alliance of Marin, Marin Chinese Cultural Association, Associated Students College of Marin (ASCOM), Filipino Americans of Nor-Cal Organization, the Korean community, Marin Vietnamese American Association, and Dominican University Service Learning Program. All ages are welcome to these events to observe and learn about the rituals. Participation in the ceremony is limited.
Drama Department Presents Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
Come enjoy an irreverent, funny, and a wonderfully entertaining play written by Alan Ball (“Six Feet Under” and “American Beauty”). The show follows five reluctant bridesmaids and a male usher who hide out in an upstairs bedroom during an elaborate southern wedding. Each woman has her own reasons for avoiding the festivities. Unlikely bonds emerge, touching secrets are revealed, and hilarity ensues. There will be a talkback with the director and members of the production following the performance on May 4.
Fridays and Saturdays, May 2, 3, 9 and 10, 8 p.m.
Discussion Series on Students, Safety and Sexuality
Safe Space Training
Join us in learning about creating a welcoming and safe environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students. National studies show that LGBT students currently experience bullying and harassment daily while at school and they are four times more likely to attempt suicide than their straight peers. There is a direct correlation between students feeling safe and welcome on campus with student retention and persistence. Greg Miraglia, dean of career technical education, LGBT studies program coordinator and Safe Space Program coordinator for Napa Valley College, will be the key presenter in this series sponsored by ASCOM and members of the Students, Safety and Sexuality Series Committee. Flex Hours are available to faculty who participate in the Safe Space Training.
Jazz Ensemble and the Music of Miles Davis
The College Jazz Ensemble will be performing with Miles Ahead, a Bay Area Miles Davis tribute band.
Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m.
College of Marin Chamber Music Players
Enjoy music performed by College of Marin chamber music students under the direction of instructor Jessica Ivry. Small ensembles of trios and quartets will be performed featuring our fine woodwind, string and piano players. Works include Prokofiev’s Overture on Hebrew Themes, Thuille’s Sextet for Piano and Wind Quintet in Bb, Op. 6, Beethoven’s Viola Quintet, Op. 29, Gordon Jacob’s Sextet in Bb Major, Beethoven’s Wind and Piano Quintet in Eb Major, and Bach’s Trio Sonata for Two Flutes, BWV 1039. A different repertoire will be performed each evening.
Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Drama 2014 Speaker Series
To Be or Not to Be; When and If to Join the Union
Moderator: Dale Albright, Director of Field Services for Theatre Bay Area
Drama Department: (415) 485-9555
Classified Senate Governance Monthly Meeting
The Classified Senate represents the voice of the classified staff in participatory governance matters. All meetings are open to the public. You may contact any of the Classified senators listed online to ask questions or get information about the Senate.
Symphonic Band Spring Concert
Please join the College Symphonic Band for their spring concert. Repertoire selections include a world premiere performance of a brand new piece by Bay Area composer Adrian Quince, who will also guest conduct, as well as music by Richard Wagner, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alfred Reed, Morton Gould, André Waignein, and John Phillip Sousa.
Wednesday, May 7, 7:30 p.m.
College Success Saturday
Saturday, May 10, 8:30 a.m. – noon
COM Symphony Orchestra
The spring concert features favorite works from the classical repertoire such as Bach’s playful and energetic Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 for flute, oboe, violin, trumpet and strings; and the beautiful suite from Pelléas et Mélisande by Fauré. The concert concludes with the cheerful and light-hearted Symphony No. 8, by Beethoven.
Saturday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Advanced Voice Class Recital: From the Garden—Flower-Themed Songs
It is one of poets’ and composers’ favorite topics, in any style—the beauty of the flower. Our Advanced Recital students will explore the repertoire of art song, aria, musical theatre, and contemporary music to bring you a beautiful musical bouquet.
Sunday, May 11, 3 p.m.
Monday, May 19, 11:10 a.m.
College of Marin’s A.W.O.L. Presents Free Lunchtime Improv
You are invited to enjoy the last College of Marin’s Brown Bag Theatre’s free student-directed scenes of the year: “Director’s Choice.”
Intensive English Program Graduation
COM faculty and staff are invited to this end-of-semester event to celebrate with our international students from all over the world. We will have student speakers, presentation of certificates and awards, and distribution of a collection of student writing, followed by an international potluck.
Jazz Ensemble/Dance Band With Santana’s Tony Lindsay and Juke Joint
An evening of classic soul and R&B with the College Dance Band, featuring Tony Lindsay of Santana and special guest Juke Joint.
Friday, May 16, 7:30 pm
The Groundwork of Organic Gardening; A Series For All Seasons
Weekend parking is free.
Marin Oratorio Plays Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer and Ein deutsches Requiem
Boyd Jarrell, director
Beginning Voice Class Recital: Just Offstage
Our beginning singers have been working all semester preparing for their first performance. This is always an exciting experience, sharing the thrill and courage of singers stepping in front of a real audience. You will hear a lovely mix of folk songs and art songs, and maybe even a short aria as the singers are allowed to make their own choice from within the class repertoire. Come celebrate with us.
Monday, May 19, 2:10 p.m.
College Chorus: Songs of the Sea
Ever since humans first set off to sea, music has been our constant companion: songs of travel, songs to assist our labors, and songs to remember our loved ones far away. Join College Chorus as we present our delightful survey of sea songs from around the world. Music of Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Mary Lynn Lightfoot, and Alan Ridout will be featured. Bon voyage!
Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Transfer Recognition Reception
You are invited to honor our students as they celebrate their transition from College of Marin to a four-year institution and the next stage of their educational and professional goals. The Transfer Recognition Reception is hosted by the Transfer and Career Center. Students are invited to stop by the Transfer Center with a copy of their acceptance letter. A catered reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP by May 15.
Congressman Huffman to Speak at 87th Commencement Exercises
Come celebrate our students’ achievements at the 87th commencement exercises. Congressman Jared Huffman will be the keynote speaker. Sara McKinnon is the Faculty Grand Marshall. Your participation makes a great difference to our campus community as we honor the Class of 2014. For more information, visit our Commencement 2014 page.
Friday, May 23, 6 p.m. Reception to follow ceremony.
Fifth Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Honors Athletic History
The rich history of our Athletic Department is celebrated each year at the Athletic Hall of Fame banquet, which honors the student athletes and coaches who have contributed so much to the College. Get your tickets early to be part of the induction of our newest class:
Saturday, June 7
The Lodge at Tiburon
Tickets: $65 each. RSVP by Friday, May 30. Seating is limited.
Contact: Lindsay Bacigalupi, Athletics & Physical Education Department, (415) 485-9580
Tour a College or University or Meet with a Representative on Campus
Students are invited to meet with representatives from nearby colleges and universities or visit an upcoming tour of their campuses. Contact the Transfer Center, (415) 485-9671, for an appointment, or drop by and learn about student transfer and career resources in Student Services Building, room 202.
Join a Student Tour of University of San Francisco
Learn more about Western New England University
Learn more about UC Berkeley
Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Stand Open Wednesdays
The IVC Organic Farm and Garden Farm Stand is open every Wednesday rain or shine. Come by and select the freshest produce and flowers available. Please bring your own shopping bag.
Support COM Programs, Student Scholarships, Departments, or Special Projects Using Payroll Deduction
As a result of several requests from faculty and staff, the College Advancement Office is now accepting payroll deduction contributions for the support of departments, programs, student scholarships, and special projects. To start payroll deduction, please complete and submit a Payroll Deduction Form. If you would like to use payroll deduction to establish a student scholarship, please also complete a Scholarship Donation Form. For more information call the Communications, Community Relations, and Advancement Office ext. 7648.
Moodle Open Lab at the SMN Computer Lab
You are invited to ask questions, share with colleagues, or update your skills at the Moodle Open Lab selected Thursdays from noon to 1:30 p.m. in SMN 130. To see the latest schedule, check out the Faculty Support Services webpage. No registration is necessary, just drop in. For more information, call (415) 485-9540.
Thursday, May 15, noon to 1:30 p.m.
Police Escorts Available for Staff and Students
The College of Marin Police Department offers on-campus escort services to walk staff and students to and from their vehicles and classrooms. To arrange for an escort, contact Campus Police Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at (415) 485-9455, call Dispatch at (415) 485-9696 to have police personnel contact you to make arrangements, or stop by the Police Department in building TB1 during normal business hours.
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
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