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President’s Weekly Briefing — February 20, 2014
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Alumna Establishes NABT Award in Honor of Professor Gordon Chan

Nominations for the First Award Will Be Accepted Until March 15

The National Association of Biology Teachers will be presenting the first “Professor Chan Two-Year College Award for the Engaged Teaching of Biology” this year thanks to a former student whose decades-old memories of her professor still inspire and illuminate her career.

Professor Gordon Chan was much loved for his engaging teaching style and unflagging love of biology. He taught at the College for 28 years until his death in 1996 from Lou Gerhig’s disease. He was 66. Alumna Sarah McBride and her husband John Melville, a former college biology professor who is a biology staff scientist and director of biology at Vernier Software & Technology in Portland, Oregon, created the award to celebrate the unsung heroes at two-year colleges who make such a huge difference in the lives of their students. McBride described Chan as a creative, inspiring and unforgettable professor.

As someone who wasn’t a stellar math or science student in high school, McBride felt that the education Professor Chan provided his students in a two-year college setting was a remarkable feat of dedication and ingenuity. McBride left Chan’s class to earn a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis on cellular biology from Sonoma State University and a master’s degree in community health and physical therapy from Old Dominion University. Professor Chan is remembered and deeply honored by those fortunate enough to have had him as their teacher.

The award will be presented to a two-year college faculty member who has successfully developed and demonstrated an innovative, hands-on approach in the teaching of biology and has carried their commitment to the community. Online nominations will be accepted for the NABT award until Saturday, March 15.

College Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations Accepted This Month

We are seeking nominations to the fifth class of the College of Marin Athletic Hall of Fame by February 28. Please consider recommending former COM athletes for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 so we may celebrate their legacy and the rich history we build upon. You can find information about previous celebrants online and find the nomination form online as well. Nominations and questions may be emailed to Lindsay Bacigalupi, administrative assistant, College of Marin Athletics and Kinesiology Department, or you can contact her by phone at (415) 485-9580. Nominations may also be mailed directly to: College of Marin Athletics and Kinesiology Department, 835 College Avenue, Kentfield, CA 94904.

College Police Department Offers Digital Fingerprinting Services

The College Police Department now offers Live Scan fingerprinting services for staff, students, and the general public. The service is for anyone who requires a certified provider to electronically capture and submit fingerprints for licensure, certification, volunteer positions, business permits, record review, immigration clearance or licenses, or employment purposes. Please fill out a request for Live Scan prior to your appointment and provide valid, government-issued photo identification such as a driver license, passport, or other ID card.

Monday – Thursday, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
College of Marin Police Department
TB-1, room 105
Kentfield Campus
Services are by appointment only. Schedule an appointment in-person or by calling (415) 485-9455. 
Cost: $20, plus any fees charged by Department of Justice or Federal Bureau of Investigation. Checks only. Please make checks payable to: College of Marin.

Upcoming Events

Singer’s Choice Recital of the Advanced Voice Class

Students of the Advanced Voice class, taught by Linda Noble Brown, present 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, contact the Performing Arts Office at (415) 485-9460.

Black History Month Celebration

Associated Students of College of Marin (ASCOM) is sponsoring a celebration honoring Black History Month. Refreshments will be served and music will be provided. There will also be a blood drive in front of the Student Services Building. All are invited to attend.

Monday, February 24, noon—2 p.m.
Learning Resources Center Quad
Kentfield Campus        

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

Free Thursday Brown Bag Theatre: “Contemporary Comedy”

You are invited to enjoy the Brown Bag Theatre’s free student-directed scenes. On select Thursdays only, Actors Without Lines (A.W.O.L.) students from both beginning and advanced improv classes perform in the drama classroom. Auditions for the next show—“Anti-Naturalism”—will be on Thursday, March 13, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, March 13, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
PA 134/136
Kentfield Campus

Jazz Ensemble at the Sausalito Seahorse

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

Ongoing Events

Emeritus Student Center Features Watercolor and Pastel Artist

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

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.

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, at (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

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

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 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.


Men’s Bay Valley Conference Basketball Tournaments

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. Laney
Friday, February 21, 5:30 p.m. in Oakland


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
Men’s Baseball vs. Consumnes River
Tuesday, March 4, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Delta
Thursday, March 6, 2 p.m. in Stockton


Women’s Softball vs. Chabot
Saturday, February 22, noon and 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Women’s Softball vs. Solano
Thursday, March 6, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Kentfield

Track and Field

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
49er 5-Way Meet at Yuba
Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. in Marysville

Swimming and Diving

Las Positas Invitational
Friday, February 21, all day in Livermore
Mariner Invitational
Saturday, March 8, all day at the Indian Valley Campus in Novato

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.


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