College of Marin’s Drama Department was highlighted recently in the spring 2014 Practitioner Primer, Practically Speaking: Community College Practices That Help (Re)define Student Support, published by the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges. The booklet provides examples from California community colleges around five themes: student motivation, teaching students to succeed in a postsecondary environment, providing support structures, supporting historically underserved students, and integrative approaches. One section describes how Drama Professor W. Allen Taylor created Major Meetings, an annual event for declared and interested Drama students to learn about services and supplemental activities. There are a few steps to get you to his page, but it’s a quick read. Please click on the link below then click on the publication link. Once the booklet loads, scroll down to page 59. Kudos to Allen and all of the COM team who help make our program a success. http://www.rpgroup.org/projects/student-support
Aloha! Get in the spirit by putting on your favorite aloha shirt and celebrate the year’s achievements with friends and colleagues at the annual Faculty and Staff Recognition Lunch. The event, sponsored by the Professional Development Committee, will include presentations by the Academic and Classified Senates. To establish headcount and vegetarian preference, RSVP required by Friday, May 16, at noon. Click here to RSVP or email Dianne Faw.
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
Marin Oratorio Plays Johannes Brahms Liebeslieder-Walzer and Ein deutsches Requiem
Boyd Jarrell, 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.
Monday, May 19, 11:10 a.m.
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 Board of Trustees Monthly Meeting
You are invited to attend College Board of Trustees monthly meetings or watch meetings live on Justin TV. The 2014 schedule of meetings and Board packet materials are also online. The next scheduled meeting is:
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; RSVP Today
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.
Golden Bell Awards to Honor Marin County Educators
The Golden Bell Awards honors outstanding educators in Marin County. The event is sponsored by San Rafael Elks Lodge No. 1108, Marin Association of Superintendents, Marin County School Boards Association, and Marin County Office of Education.
Registered Nursing Program Pinning Ceremony
Family and friends of the newest graduates of the registered nursing program will be gathering for the annual Pinning Ceremony.
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 for Betty M. Wilson, Former Art Instructor
A celebration of life honoring artist and former College instructor, Betty Wilson, will take place on what would have been her 94th birthday. Betty died in her home in Ross, February 20.
A prolific artist, Wilson created over 150 works of art, with incredible range of color and style. Her work was shown at the Burnaby Art Gallery in British Columbia, Canada, Mill Valley City Hall, Marin County Fair, and frequently at the Marin Society of Artists. Throughout her years at College of Marin, she contributed works to many of the annual faculty shows and was very proud of her one woman retrospective shows in 1998 and 2008. Wilson is survived by her domestic partner, Gloria Pettersson, niece Lou Anne Wilson of Putney, VT, and nephew James Wilson Blasquez of Redding. Donations in her honor may be made to the College of Marin Art Department or the Marin Society of Artists.
Saturday, May 24, 11 a.m.
Memorial Day—Campuses Closed on Monday, May 26
The campuses 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
Update Your Skills at Summer Flex Workshops
You are invited to update your skills at Flex workshops for the new Moodle version 2.6. For the latest schedule of upcoming and archived trainings, visit the Faculty Support Services web page. For more information, call (415) 485-9540.
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.
Find Fresh Produce and Flowers at the Indian Valley Organic Farm & Garden Stand
The IVC Organic Farm and Garden Farm Stand are open every Wednesday and Saturday—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.
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
Track and Field
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