COM Scholarships Get Major Boost from Anonymous Donor
Challenge Grant Earmarked for Academic Scholarships and Support of Older Students
An anonymous challenge grant of $200,000 administered through the Marin Community Foundation will fund a record number of academic scholarships for eligible College of Marin students over the next two years and also will support lifelong learning for older students through the Community Education Emeritus College Program.
The anonymous donor established the Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund as a means of inviting other donors in our community to support student academic scholarships at College of Marin.
The Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund will benefit approximately 100 eligible College of Marin students with awards of $1,000 per student given over two semesters for college-related expenses.
We are very grateful to our anonymous donor for this extraordinarily generous gift to our students and we hope that others in our extended community will help us meet the challenge.
Donations to the Haddie Academic Scholarship Fund may be made through the College of Marin Advancement Office. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to contribute to the fund. Interested donors also may establish their own named scholarship as part of the Haddie Academic Scholarship challenge. More information about donating is available online or by calling Executive Director of Communications and Advancement Cathy Summa-Wolfe at (415) 485-9648.
Dean of Enrollment Services Diane Traversi sent the Haddie Academic Scholarship application information to eligible students yesterday. The deadline to apply is July 15, 2014, for students planning to enroll in the fall 2014 semester. The Haddie Academic Scholarship application form and more information are available online.
Lifelong learning students interested in College of Marin Community Education classes will also benefit from the anonymous donation. The donation provides $50,000 to establish the Haddie Emeritus College Scholarship Fund for older adults interested in enrolling in Community Education classes and $50,000 to offer additional free or nominal-fee Emeritus College classes.
Dr. Jason Lau, director of community education, lifelong learning and international education, expects to begin offering grants in fall 2014 and new classes in spring 2015. More information about Community Education and Emeritus College is available online.
The very first Korean Cultural Day at the Kentfield Campus last week was a tremendous success. Thank you to all of the individuals and organizations who helped to make it happen. The event included a moment of silence in honor of the people affected by the South Korean Ferry Sewol disaster. There was also a joyful celebration of music, dance, food, and culture, including the serving up of about 300 Korean kimchi hamburgers to faculty, staff, students, and community members. You can see photos of the event at the College’s international students Facebook page. This special event was co-hosted and sponsored by the Asian American Alliance of Marin, Marin Chinese Cultural Association, Associated Students College of Marin, Filipino Americans of Nor-Cal Organization, the Korean community, Marin Vietnamese American Association, and Dominican University Service Learning Program.
College of Marin’s baseball team won again last weekend in two games against Cosumnes River College (11-2 in game one and 3-2 in game two in 10 innings). They advance to the Super Regionals and will play Delta College this weekend in Stockton. This is the first time the Mariners have advanced to the second round of the California Community College State Baseball Playoffs since 1994! The games are scheduled for:
College Library Calls For Gently Used Books, CDs, and DVDs
Faculty, staff, and administration are invited to donate gently used books, music CDs, audiobooks, and DVDs to the College library for possible inclusion to our collection. The items will bolster our offerings as we join MARINet this summer. All donations are tax deductible. For more information, contact the library at (415) 485-9656.
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress—Final Weekend
College Success Saturday
We will be welcoming prospective students and parents to the campus this weekend as part of our annual Outreach and School Relations program. The outreach team has been traveling to high schools to talk with students about programs and services at the College and help them apply. A testing coordinator and counselors have helped them develop student education plans and they are ready for College Success Saturday. The Saturday morning event is an interactive orientation for students and parents including a light breakfast; priority registration; English/Spanish parent orientations; campus tours; and meetings with faculty, staff, and student ambassadors. For more information email the College Career Specialists or call (415) 457-8811, ext. 7860
COM Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert
Tara Flandreau, director
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.
Cops Corner: Safety Forum
College staff and students are invited to learn more about a wide variety of health and safety issues that affect us on and off our campus at the College Police Safety Forum. The lunchtime event will include presentations on campus safety and how to deal with an active shooter, consequences of driving under the influence, wildlife safety, education and prevention of sexual assaults, and prevention of summer fires. Presenters include representatives from College Police, Alert U, California Highway Patrol, Marin Humane Society, Sexual Assault Response Team and the Novato Fire Department. A light lunch will be served. Individuals seeking special assistance to accommodate a disability may call the Student Affairs Office, (415) 485-9376.
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
Grammy award winner Tony Lindsay of Santana and Juke Joint, a six-piece horn band, is joining the College Jazz Ensemble for an evening of classic soul and R&B. Don’t miss this dance-able show at the Seahorse.
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.
Memorial Day—Campuses Closed on Monday, May 26
The campus will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.
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
Annual Student Art Show
Come by and celebrate the creative vision of our students in the annual Student Art Show. This show includes extraordinary work in many mediums.
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 final Moodle Open Lab of the semester. For the latest schedule of upcoming and archived trainings, visit the Faculty Support Services web page. No registration is necessary, just drop in. And, note, that there will be Flex Workshops for the New Moodle version (2.6) on August 13 and 14. 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. For life- or property-threatening emergencies, call 911.
Kentfield Campus, 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., (415) 747-0699
Memorial for Betty M. Wilson Will Be Held at COM Fine Arts Gallery
A celebration of Betty’s life will take place on what would have been her 94th birthday—Saturday, May 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. in the COM Fine Arts Gallery.
Jerry Muehe of Rohnert Park, CA passed away at home on April 25, 2014. He was born in Albert Lea, MN on May 19, 1946, and moved at a young age to the Denver, CO area. After graduating from high school he served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years as an electronic technician and following his discharge in 1969, made the Bay Area his home. Jerry earned his master’s in psychology at Sonoma State University and retired from College of Marin in 2003 after 22 years as a video communication specialist. In his retirement he enjoyed home improvement projects, bowling, traveling, and having Wednesday lunches with his retired friends from College of Marin. Jerry was predeceased by his daughter Rhea and is survived by his loving wife Angela; son-in-law John Beltz; and his grandsons Liam, 12 and Aiden, 9 of Lodi, CA. Services will be held at St. John's in Ross on May 24, 1 p.m. with a memorial gathering to follow at Samuel P. Taylor Park in the Redwood Grove site in Lagunitas from 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. The family has asked that donations be made to Guide Dogs for the Blind, San Rafael in Jerry's name in lieu of flowers.
Submissions to the Weekly Briefing
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Have a great weekend,
David Wain Coon, Ed.D.
President's Weekly Briefing Web Page