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President’s Weekly Briefing — February 13, 2014
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Accrediting Commission Certifies and Accepts COM’s Midterm Report

Barbara Beno, Ph.D., president of the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC), wrote in a letter received last week that “based on the College’s report and documentation submitted, the College has met the Standards….” With the acceptance of the College Midterm Report 2013 by the commission, preparations will begin for the next Self Study Report, which is due in fall 2016. I want to thank all of the faculty and staff who worked diligently and enthusiastically in completing the report. I would like to include special thanks to our acting Accreditation Liaison Officer Sara McKinnon and PRIE Administrative Assistant Barbara David for their excellent work in finalizing the report and organizing the evidence. More information on College of Marin’s accreditation reports is available online

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.

You Can 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.

Cop’s Corner: Police Escorts

The College of Marin Police Department offers on campus escort services to walk staff and students to or 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, or call Dispatch at (415) 485-9696 to have police personnel contact you to make arrangements. Staff and students can also stop by the Police Department in building TB1 during normal business hours Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. to make arrangements in person for an escort. There is a possibility drop-ins may need to wait if Police Department personnel are busy with other calls for service of a priority nature.


Communications Instructors Patricia O’Keefe and Gina Stahl-Ricco are attending the 85th Annual Convention of the Western States Communication Association in Anaheim this weekend. O’Keefe, president-elect of the organization, planned the program and selected the theme of “Transfer.” More than 750 communication scholars will present in over 155 panels, seven workshops, and a basic course conference. O’Keefe invited Dr. George Lakoff, a distinguished professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at UC Berkeley, author and widely recognized expert in his field, to serve as keynote. O’Keefe will become president of the organization during the convention. Stahl-Ricco will present on three panels. She will help kick off the convention with a performance of “Still Slippin’ Mickeys,” an exploration of the complex personal and collective relationships to Disney and Disneyland. Later, she will discuss “(Re)Embodying Abortion: Interpreting Dominant Discourses of Reproduction” and “Trouble with the Transfer: Athletics, Fandom, and the Performance of Conflicting Identities.”

February Begins College Outreach and School Relations

High school and community application sessions will begin this month with visits to high school campuses to help students apply online through CCCApply. In preparation for the Student Success Steps —after-application testing, orientation, and meeting with a counselor to develop an education plan—test prep workshops will familiarize students with online testing, sample questions and learning strategies. COM will also be at high school college fairs and parent nights. Student ambassadors are available for campus tours at both campuses and to talk about COM programs and services. Contact the ambassadors by calling (415) 458-8811, ext. 7860 or by email Please provide your name, contact information, suggested times and dates, and the Outreach Department will set up a convenient time to contact you.

Upcoming Events

Jazz Ensemble at the Sausalito Seahorse Tonight

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. More information is available 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—Two Free Benefit Performances

Bay Area pianist and College of Marin Music Instructor Paul Smith will be joined by British pianist and frequent Marin County performer Ronald Cavaye in two FREE performances of works for two pianos by American composers. Soprano Eileen Morris will join them with love songs of Virgil Thomson and Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The program will open with turn of the century African American composer Nathaniel Dett’s exuberant “Juba Dance.” Frederic Rzewski’s “Winnsboro Cotton Mill Blues” is a virtuoso tour-de-force based on an early twentieth century union work song. The evening concludes with the lavish “Fantasy on Themes” from George Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess” by Percy Grainger. In between the piano duos, soprano Eileen Morris celebrates the Valentine’s Day weekend with Virgil Thomson’s song cycle “Mostly About Love” and Erich Korngold’s settings of four Shakespeare texts. The program lasts approximately 70 minutes and is performed without intermission. Donations support Contemporary Opera Marin and its upcoming premiere of “Aurora, A Community Opera in One Act” by Paul Smith (April 5,11,12, and 13).
Friday, February 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Dance Palace
503 B Street (on the corner of 5th & B)
Point Reyes Station
Saturday, February 15, 7:30 p.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA72
Kentfield Campus
Free admission; donations welcome
Free parking
For more information, contact College of Marin Music Department, (415) 485-9460.

College Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting

You are invited to attend the College Board of Trustees monthly meeting or watch the meeting live (or a recorded version) online. Viewers may watch on an iPhone, iPad, or Android  device. The 2014 schedule of meeting times and places is also online. Next month, the Board will meet on the Indian Valley Campus.
Tuesday, February 18, 6:30 p.m.
Cafeteria, Student Services
Kentfield Campus

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, (415) 485-9460.

Black History Month Celebration

Associated Students of College of Marin (ASCOM) is sponsoring a celebration honoring Black History Month. More information to come.
Monday, February 24, noon
Location TBA

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 anniversary (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

Painting Exhibit at the Emeritus Center

Boston-born painter Judith Klausenstock is the featured artist in the current exhibit sponsored by the Emeritus Students of College of Marin. She attended the Massachusetts School of Art and received her BFA at Harvard University. She also studied at San Francisco State University, the University of California, and here at COM. Klausenstock uses watercolor and pastel as her main media and focuses on rendering the essence of the subject matter as she uses light and shadows to emphasize space, color, and dimension. Her works have been shown throughout the country and many are now part of private and public collections.

Exhibit runs through March 28
Gallery hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Emeritus Center
Student Services Building, room 147
Kentfield Campus

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.

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. 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. 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 vs. vs. San Mateo
Thursday, February 13, 2 p.m. in San Mateo
Men’s Baseball vs. West Valley
Saturday, February 15, noon 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
Men’s Baseball vs. Modesto
Saturday, March 1, 1 p.m. in Modesto

Women’s Softball vs. Mission
Saturday, February 15, noon 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, noon 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
Kim Duyst Invitational
Friday, March 1, 10 a.m. at CSU Stanislaus, Turlock
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

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Have a great weekend,

David Wain Coon, Ed.D.


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