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President’s Weekly Briefing — March 6, 2014
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Tomorrow's Topping Out Ceremony Marks Milestone in Construction of New Academic Center

Friday, March 7, 11 a.m.
New Academic Center
Kentfield Campus

Come join me in celebrating the work of our construction team at a traditional topping out ceremony for the new Academic Center at the Kentfield Campus. It’s a major milestone in the construction of the last major Measure C project, and a celebration for the entire team, from the tradespeople to the designers. Everyone is invited to share the accomplishment. Refreshments will be served. The event will include the signing and hoisting of a final steel beam, an evergreen tree, and American flag atop the 28-foot skeletal structure of the new Academic Center. School trustees, officials, construction workers, the design team, and members of the community will be on hand to sign the beam before a crane sets it in place. The symbolic ceremony celebrates the accomplishments of the workers, the community, and the campus; and signifies that the highest point of the structure has been achieved. The evergreen tree signifies that no building shall be higher than the tallest tree.

It’s also a thank you for the vision of our trustees, the rich involvement of the community, and the tremendous effort of our construction team, including Wright Contracting, Mark Cavagnero Associates, TLCD Architecture, Jacobs Project Management Co., Marin County Building & Construction Trades Council, and community leaders.

The Academic Center, located at the corner of College Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, will be the welcoming front door of the Kentfield Campus. At about 43,000 square feet, it will house 17 classrooms, two computer labs, faculty offices, and the president’s office. It is being built to surpass the highest standards of environmental sustainability and is expected to earn a Gold LEED Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The project is on schedule for completion in mid-2015.

Cop’s Corner: See Something, Say Something

If you see something suspicious taking place, report that behavior or activity to Campus Police at (415) 485-9696 or by calling 9-1-1. Becoming more aware of your surroundings and what is happening around you on campus is one of the best ways to keep yourself and others safe. Examples of suspicious behavior and situations that should be reported are things such as an unattended backpack in a public area or someone trying to break into a restricted area. Keep in mind that factors such as race, ethnicity, national origin, or religious affiliation alone are not suspicious. Campus safety is a top priority; at the same time, we want to remain respectful to the civil rights and liberties of our diverse community. Do not report an activity based only on beliefs, thoughts, ideas, expressions, associations, or speech unrelated to criminal activity.

Upcoming Events

Award-Winning Western-Style Taming of the Shrew Plays Two More Weekends; Encore Performance Honors 50 Years of COM Theater
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

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 at its usual time on the third Tuesday on the Kentfield Campus.

Tuesday, March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Building 5, room 188
Indian Valley Campus

Moodle Open Lab at the new SMN Computer Lab

You are invited to the Moodle Open Lab every Thursday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in SMN 130. Ask questions, share with colleagues, or update your skills. 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.

Dates of upcoming sessions:

  • March 6
  • March 13
  • March 20
  • March 27

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

Environmental Activist Marty Griffin to Visit Campus

The College community is invited to get to know one of the great environmental heroes of our time—environmental activist Dr. Marty Griffin, a leading figure in preserving much of the region’s natural beauty. Griffin will be on campus for the showing of “Rebels With a Cause,” an acclaimed documentary that portrays the challenges of fending off the construction of hundreds of miles of freeways, housing developments on Bolinas Lagoon and Tomales Bay—which would have more than doubled the population and required a dam on the Russian and Eel rivers—and a nuclear plant in Bodega Bay. We can all thank Dr. Griffin and his small band of conservationists for acting to protect our pristine West Marin and the Marin Headlands from development. You are invited to view the film and participate in the discussion to follow. Environmental Science Instructor Joe Mueller and his class are hosting the event.

Thursday, March 13
Documentary Showing: 3 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Open Discussion: 4:30 p.m.
Austin Center, room 133
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

Alumni Exhibit Celebrates the Work of Four Emerging Artists

The work of four extraordinary artists will be on display in the new College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Alumni Exhibit, a showcase of explorations in multiple mediums opening March 14. The alumni artists—Barbara Obata, Mary Huntsman, Evan Hobart, and Malena Lopez-Maggi—all studied art at the College and return at different places in their professional careers. The College Fine Arts Department has been a platform for each of the artists, who have have gone on to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees, and successful careers as professional working artists.

Obata’s work combines sculpture and performance into a hybrid drawing practice that explores and celebrates the power of mark making. Huntsman, uses traditional and modern materials and techniques to express ideas of sanctuary, strength, fragility and journeys. Hobart draws inspiration for his work in ceramics from the surrounding environment and a desire to create narrative, thought provoking pieces. Lopez-Maggi works with multiple mediums and is most intrigued by the intersection of art with other disciplines and the materiality of light and color.

Friday, March 14 – April 11
Artists Reception: Friday, March 28, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery
Performing Arts Building
835 College Avenue
Kentfield Campus
Fine Arts Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Alumna Establishes NABT Award in Honor of Professor Gordon Chan

Nominations for the 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 taught at the College for 28 years until his death in 1996. Alumna Sarah McBride, a physical therapist in the Portland, Ore. area, and her husband John Melville, a biology staff scientist and director of biology at Vernier Software & Technology, created the award to honor unsung heroes at two-year colleges. McBride describes Chan as a creative, inspiring and unforgettable professor. 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.

Open Forums with the Superintendent/President

Please join me for one of two open forums scheduled on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to attend with their ideas, questions, and other topics of discussion.

Indian Valley Campus
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Building 17, room 100

Kentfield Campus
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Deedy Staff Lounge, Student Services Building

Free, Anonymous STD Testing Available

The College Health Services Office is offering free, pain-free, anonymous testing of sexually transmitted diseases. Tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea are provided on a drop-in basis. Tests for HIV are provided by appointment only.

Wednesday, March 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Health Services Portable
Kentfield Campus
(415) 485-9458

College of Marin Measure C Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee Solicits New Members—Applications Due March 28

Committee members are being sought to serve on the College of Marin Citizens’ Oversight Committee for the Measure C bond program. We especially need a member from a business organization located in the District. The committee is seeking applications for members to represent various interests such as:

  • a community at-large resident
  • a bona-fide taxpayers association member
  • a student enrolled and active in a community college support group
  • a member of a senior citizens organization
  • a member representing the business community located in the district
  • a member active in a college support organization

Applications are due Friday, March 28. College of Marin Board of Trustees will appoint new members on Tuesday, April 15. Oversight committee members cannot be employees, officials, vendors, consultants, or contractors of the College of Marin. For application information, contact the Department of Modernization at (415) 485-9518.

Measure C was a Proposition 39 bond that required the formation of a Citizens Oversight Committee to ensure the financial accountability for projects funded by a $249.5 million bond earmarked for facilities modernization. More than 63 percent of Marin County voters passed Measure C in November 2004. College of Marin Board of Trustees established the independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee on December 14, 2004.

The Looking Glass Quarterly Seeks Submissions

The College Literary Magazine Student Club is gearing up for a new issue of The Looking Glass Quarterly, a magazine that supports the literary and artistic creativity of College students, faculty, and staff. The club is seeking submissions this month of fiction, non-fiction, art and poetry. Named after Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, the publication strives to be an open-minded venture dedicated to the promotion of art and culture in and around the College of Marin. Submission guidelines can be found at the club website. Submit your work by Tuesday, April 1 to

Spring Dance Concert—Earthly Flight

Choreography: College of Marin Dance Faculty
Production design: e. “Ernie” Ernstrom

You are invited to celebrate dance at the annual spring dance concert, Earthly Flight, directed by the College Dance Department faculty, with guest artists to be announced.

Friday and Saturday, April 4, 5, 11, and 12, 8 p.m.
James Dunn Theatre
Kentfield Campus
$15 general, $10 students, seniors, employees, and alumni
Box Office: (415) 485-9385. Open Tuesday through Friday, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and one hour before Saturday performances.

Advanced Voice Class Performs Liebesjahre
Art Songs by Robert Schumann

Instructor: Linda Noble Brown

Arguably one of the greatest composers of the Romantic era, Robert Schumann was thoroughly committed to the idea of music being composed to register the feelings, thoughts and impressions garnered by a sensitive spirit on its journey through life. Prior to 1840, Schumann had written almost exclusively for the piano. In 1840 alone, however, the year he finally married his bride Clara, Schumann wrote 168 songs. Biographers have attributed the sweetness, the doubt and the despair of these songs to the varying emotions aroused by his love for Clara and the uncertainties of their future together. Please join us as we explore these beautiful, heartfelt songs.

Monday, April 7, 11:10 a.m.
Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72, Performing Arts Building
Kentfield Campus
Parking $3. Please purchase daily parking pass from machine in Parking Lot 2 (across Sir Francis Drake Boulevard) and park in student lot.
For more information, please call the Performing Arts Office at (415) 485-9460.

Dedication of the Humiston Reading Room

You are invited to the long-awaited dedication of the Humiston Reading Room, a beautiful reading room in which to enjoy the pleasures of the written word. The room was made possible through a generous bequest by the Thomas Frederic Humiston Trust. Humiston believed that community colleges offered everyone a chance to obtain a college education and pursue their dreams. He attended Santa Ana Community College and transferred to Stanford University where he earned a bachelor’s, a master’s and a doctorate degree. He served as an officer in WWII and during the Korean War and later worked for many years as a counselor at San Francisco City College. After retiring from City College in 1975, he delighted in taking classes at College of Marin. It was his wish to provide College of Marin Emeritus College students with just such a place to experience literature. There will be hors d’oeuvres and a ribbon cutting.

Tuesday, April 15, 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Emeritus College, room 146, Student Services Building
Kentfield Campus
RSVP by calling (415) 485-9648 by Thursday, April 10.

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

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. Drop in to schedule an appointment or call (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.

Support Scholarships, College Programs, Departments, and Special Projects Through
Payroll Deductions

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 Baseball vs. Delta
Thursday, March 6, 2 p.m. in Stockton

Bay Valley Conference
Men's Baseball vs. Yuba
Tuesday, March 11, 2 p.m. at Marysville
Men’s Baseball vs. Yuba
Thursday, March 13, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Yuba
Saturday, March 15, 1 p.m. in Marysville
Men’s Baseball vs. Napa
Tuesday, March 18, 2 p.m. in Napa

Track and Field

49er 5-Way Meet at Yuba
Saturday, March 8, 11 a.m. in Marysville
Hornet Invitational
Friday, March 14, 9 a.m. at CSU Sacramento

Swimming and Diving

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.


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