Updates for September 20, 2013

The latest Echo Times articles are finally up online. We have updates on campus construction, plus a COM budget story on the site’s main page (below).  We’re happy to welcome our new librarian, David Patterson, who we’ve written about on the “Faculty” page, and there is also a feature on our international students on the “Students” page. Lastly, there are two new additions on the “Visual Arts” page, featuring paintings by world renowned artist Richard Diebenkorn, and local artists Muriel Sutcher Knapp and Medley McClary.

Well done to all our latest writers. We’re planning for our next issue, Vol. 12 Issue 2, to be printed around September 30. In the meantime, copies of the latest issue can be found around campus.

2013-2014 campus budget increases to $47.6 million

The increase in COM’s budget is attributed to the increase in local property taxes.

The increase in COM’s budget is attributed to the increase in local property taxes.

By Nash Kurilko

After several semesters of less-than-positive campus news, there is finally a development that everyone can be happy about. College of Marin’s new operating budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year stands at $47.6 million. That’s a 1.5 percent increase from the 2012-2013 budget of $46.9 million. The boost was achieved after the Board of Trustees set new guidelines designed to maximize existing sources of revenue and discover new avenues of moneymaking.

The chief purpose of these guidelines was to balance the budget, increase funding for accreditation, maintain investments in unfunded liability reserves, to close the structural deficit gap, and to maintain a reasonable fund balance, all while maintaining the core schedule of classes and student services that give COM its respectable reputation.

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Construction disruption: Staff, students excited about new buildings but tired of the inconvenience

 

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The former site of Harlan, Olney, the Business and Management Center, and the Administration Building, (top), was cleared to make room for the new Academic Center (above).

The former site of Harlan, Olney, the Business and Management Center, and the Administration Building, (top), was cleared to make room for the new Academic Center (above).

By Roddy Heckelman

Construction is a continuing theme at College of Marin, as it enters it’s ninth year of the Modernization Project. Funded by a $250 million measure C bond acquired in 2004, the modernization project is all about modernizing old classrooms, providing new technology for smart class rooms, and creating a more fire safe campus. The most recent work done on College of Marin Kentfield campus, since Spring 2013, was the demolition of Olney Hall, Harlan Center, the Business and Management Center, and Taqueria Mexican Grill de Marin. These buildings were demolished to make room for the new Academic Center, which will include new smart classrooms, lab classrooms, and new offices. Although the construction has created short term issues, it is hoped the long term benefits will outweigh the frustration of waiting.

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