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President’s Weekly Briefing — March 20, 2014
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College Board of Trustees to Hold Two Special Meetings

The Board of Trustees will meet twice prior to their next regular monthly meeting related to filling the vacancy for the open board seat. On March 25, the Board will select the candidates to be interviewed, review the interview format and develop interview questions. On April 1, selected candidates will be interviewed and the successful candidate appointed. All of these proceedings are open to the public. Meeting materials will be available online at the College of Marin Board of Trustees webpage. The public is invited to attend College Board of Trustees monthly meetings or watch meetings live online.

Special Meetings:
Tuesday, March 25, 6 p.m.
Student Services Building
Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus

Tuesday, April 1, 5 p.m.
Student Services Building
Deedy Staff Lounge
Kentfield Campus

The next regular Board meeting is:
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 p.m.
Student Services Building, Cafeteria
Kentfield Campus

Question Challenge from the Governance Review Council

Can you correctly answer the following question below about the College’s Participatory Governance System (PGS)?

Question: How do committee recommendations move forward through the PGS?

You will find the answer and more on the PGS website. Navigation tip: To get to the Participatory Governance main page, hover your cursor over the “About the College” button on the College’s home page to access the drop-down menu; then click on “Participatory Governance.”  A detailed answer is included below (after athletic events) or on the PGS organizational chart.

Documentary Film Screening with Professor as Discussant Leader

Social Sciences Professor Walter Turner will be the discussant leader at the upcoming screening of the film The Trials of Muhammad Ali directed by Bill Siegel. The film is a feature-length documentary covering Ali's toughest bout, his battle to overturn a five-year prison sentence he received for refusing U.S. military service. The screening is part of the California Film Institute Community Cinema Series.

Monday, March 24, noon – 2 p.m.
Christopher B. Smith San Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street
San Rafael 94901

Alumni Exhibit of Four Emerging Artists

The work of four extraordinary artists is on display in the College of Marin Fine Arts Gallery Alumni Exhibit, a showcase of explorations in multiple mediums. 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.

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.
Fine Arts Gallery
Performing Arts Building
Kentfield Campus
Fine Arts Gallery Hours: Weekdays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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.
Performing Arts Building, Lefort Recital Hall, PA 72
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.

Free Thursday Brown Bag Theatre: “Anti-Naturalism”

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—“Director’s Choice”—will follow the performance on Thursday, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, April 10, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.
PA 134/136
Kentfield Campus

College Jazz Ensemble Plays 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, April 10, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sausalito Seahorse
305 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden Spring Plant Sale

Come explore the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden annual sale and celebration with farm tours, bouquet-making, tastings, face painting, live music, free mini workshops and, of course, delicious Marin Organic Certified plant, produce, and flower sales. The farm is producing vegetable starts, culinary and tea herbs, annual and perennial flowers, berries, fruit trees and native plants and seasonal produce. Topics of mini workshops include: reducing water use in edible gardens, tomato growing, and choosing summer garden varieties. All proceeds support the operation of the Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden.

Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Indian Valley Organic Farm and Garden
Indian Valley Campus
Information: (415) 720-2051, Amy Ridout, or contact the Conservation Corps North Bay.

Dedication of the Humiston Reading Room

You are invited to the dedication of the Humiston Reading Room, a beautiful location on campus 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.
Student Services Building, Emeritus Center, room 146
Kentfield Campus
RSVP by calling (415) 485-9648 by Thursday, April 10.

Annual Healthcare and Dental Career Fair

Skilled nursing facilities, hospitals, dentists and dental labs from the Bay Area will be on campus to take applications for employment at the annual Healthcare and Dental Career Fair. Also attending are universities presenting transfer opportunities in the healthcare field. This is an excellent opportunity for nurses, CNAs, RDAs, dental assistants, and homecare employees to network. Our job fairs and employment resources are open to community members as well as College of Marin students and alumni. You are invited to call the number below to schedule a resume review or individual job coaching appointment. And, don’t forget about NACElink, a free online job search platform for students interested in local, national, and international positions and employers.

Monday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.  
Student Services Building
Kentfield Campus
Information: Job Placement Center, (415) 485-9410

Ongoing Events

Moodle Open Lab at the 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 27
  • April 3
  • April 10
  • April 24
  • May 1
  • May 15

Final Week to See Klausenstock’s Art 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 146
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 Single Stop 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


Bay Valley Conference Games
Men’s Baseball vs. Napa
Saturday, March 22, 1 p.m. in Napa
Men’s Baseball vs. Los Medanos
Tuesday, March 25, 2 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Los Medanos
Thursday, March 27, in Pittsburg
Men’s Baseball vs. Los Medanos
Saturday, March 29, 1 p.m. in Kentfield
Men’s Baseball vs. Laney
Tuesday, April 1, 2 p.m. in Oakland
Men’s Baseball vs. Laney
Thursday, April 3, 2 p.m. in Kentfield

Track and Field
Bob Rush Invitational
Friday, March 21, 10 a.m. at College of San Mateo
American River Invitational
Saturday, March 29, 10 a.m. in Sacramento
Stanford Invitational
Friday and Saturday, April 4-5, 8 a.m. in Palo Alto

Answer to the Governance Review Council Question Challenge:

  • Planning and Resource Allocation Committee (PRAC) subcommittees make recommendations to PRAC for consideration. Approved recommendations are sent to College Council for recommendation to the College superintendent/president.
  • The Governance Review Council (GRC) sends its recommendations related to changes in the governance system directly to College Council.
  • College Council provides recommendations to the superintendent/president, who makes the final decision or forwards the recommendation to the District Board of Trustees as appropriate.
  • Click link for PGS Committee Organizational Chart.

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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
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