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Monday, June 6, 2011, 7:17 am

Marin: New Domincan head starts July 1

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    Also: token for Fairfax; Circle Bank report on social responsibility; tobacco-free at Marin General

    Jenna V. LoceffDominican University of California will be led as of July 1 by Dr. Mary Marcy, who is succeeding Dr. Joseph Fink as president of the university.

    “I am honored to lead Dominican and become part of the rich legacy of the Dominican culture and community,” said Dr. Marcy. “There are many factors that drew me to Dominican, in particular that it offers the personal engagement of a small institution while providing a rich array of options and opportunities inherent in a large university. It is both global and local, having programs across the world while engaging actively with Marin County and the broader Bay Area.”

    Dr. Mary Marcy

    Dr. Marcy was most recently chief operating office, vice president and provost of Bard College at Simon’s Rock in Massachusetts. She will be the ninth president of Dominican since the school opened its doors 121-years ago.

    “Dominican University is at a pivotal point in its history,” said Andrew Barowsky, chair of the presidential search committee and vice chair of the board of trustees. “We have built a unique position as a comprehensive university with a grounding in the liberal arts and a strong array of professional programs. In Dr. Marcy, we have identified a strong leader who can build on our strengths and take the university to a new level.”

    “We will define future success [at Dominican] as more than simply growth,” said Dr. Marcy. “Success will mean holding steadfast to the values of study, reflection, community and service while tapping the creativity of our people to amplify our position as an educational environment of vision and excellence.”

    Dr. Marcy is a political scientist with a master’s degree and doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford. She conducts ongoing research on women in American politics, and has also published extensively on issues of diversity, leadership and strategy in higher education. She was born and raised in western Nebraska, and received her bachelor of arts with honors from the University of Nebraska.

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    Fairfax will launch the FairBuck at its 34th Annual Fairfax Festival & EcoFest on June 11 and 12. The FairBuck is a trade token worth $3 and will be accepted like cash at participating Fairfax businesses with the goal of keeping retail spending local.

    The FairBuck Project is sponsored by the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, Sustainable Fairfax and the Fairfax Town Council. The project was initiated and is supported by members of the Environmental Forum of Marin’s 2010 Masters Class in Sustainability.

    Over 40 businesses in Fairfax, including Good Earth and Fairfax Lumber have committed to and expressed strong support for the FairBuck.

    The 2011 FairBuck is a locally designed 1¼-inch brass token which will have a limited production of 5,000 for the initial launch. The head side of FairBuck will feature a buck, borrowing an image from the town Seal of Fairfax standing for strength in community. On the tails side is a snail celebrating the community’s commitment to home and paying homage to Fairfax becoming the second CittaSlow certified community in the U.S.

    Participating Fairfax businesses will have a “FairBuck Accepted Here” decal in their windows.

    For more information, visit: www.fairbuck.org, www.sustainablefairfax.org or www.fairfaxfestival.com.

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    Novato-based Circle Bank published a Corporate Social Responsibility report, covering its community activities and practices.

    “While it is a time-consuming process to compile the information, we believe that it provides an important look at how we do business and what we stand for,” said Kim Kaselionis, president and chief executive officer of the bank. “As community bankers and as a local business, we believe that our customers have the right to know how we operate and the degree to which we fulfill our obligations.”

    The 32-page report, compiled under the direction of Circle Bank Senior Vice President Alan Gaul, provides information for 2010 about employment, contributions, community activities and policies and procedures that relate to governance and regulatory requirements.

    “We reviewed reports issued by much larger, global institutions to make sure that we understood what should be reported to and that we covered a broad range of ‘reporting categories,’” Mr. Gaul said

    The report is available online at https://www.circlebank.com/pdfs/CSR_2011.pdf.

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    As part of a national No Tobacco Day on May 31, Marin General Hospital announced plans to implement a new tobacco-free policy at all facilities beginning this fall.

    The new policy bans the use of all tobacco products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes and smokeless tobacco, within all properties owned, leased, or occupied by Marin General.   That includes parking lots, hospital vehicles, and employees’ personal vehicles parked on the premises, according to the hospital.

    Tobacco use is the number one cause of preventable disease worldwide and is responsible for approximately one in five deaths in the United States, the hospital said.

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    Submit items for this column to Jenna V. Loceff at jloceff@busjrnl.com, 707-521-4259 or fax 707-521-5292.

     

     

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