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8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Community Outreach

Southern Maryland Pulse

CSM student volunteers take the Pulse of Southern Maryland each fall and spring semester, surveying Southern Maryland residents on various issues and trends. Since fall 2008, CSM has provided the Southern Maryland community with feedback and trends on subjects such as military presence in the region, healthcare, recreation, energy, transportation and Internet access.

The Spring 2015 Pulse will be conducted from the La Plata Campus, BI Building on April 6, 7, 8 and 9. Participating in Pulse is a great opportunity for students to gain self-confidence and a beginning skill set for dealing with the public as a professional. Participants will be provided with scripts, pre-printed surveys, and sheets of telephone numbers. Complimentary pizza and drinks will be served.

Student may also be able to receive extra credit from their instructors. Instructors will be given data on the number of calls attempted and number of surveys completed by each of their students. All student volunteers will entered into a drawing for one of four Visa cards worth $50 each.

To register to volunteer, visit here. more information, contact Pat Schroeder at

The results are provided to local media for reporting in the Southern Maryland Newspapers as well as the executive summary is published here. For a deeper look into how the Pulse comes together each semester, read more here.

The college has earned bronze recognition from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, District I for its work on this initiative.

Previous Pulse Surveys are available by clicking on the links below:


Fall 2014 Security Summary Fall 2014 Local Elected Officials

Spring 2014 Minimum Wage Spring 2014 Healthcare

Fall 2013 Confidence in Government

Fall 2012 President Election Fall 2012 Presidential Outlook

Spring 2012 Taxes Report

Fall 2011 Weather, Climate Report Fall 2011 Shopping Report

Spring 2011 Schools Report Spring 2011 Budget Report

Fall 2010 Economy Report Fall 2010 Expectations for Elected Officials Report

Spring 2010 Internet Access Report Spring 2010 Elected Officials Report

Fall 2009 Recreation Report Fall 2009 Economy Report

Spring 2009 Healthcare Report Spring 2009 Military Presence Report

Fall 2008 Energy Report Fall 2008 Economy Report

Spring 2008 Election Report Spring 2008 Economy Report

Fall 2007 Slots Report Fall 2007 Diet Report

Southern Maryland Perspectives

Join CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried on Sunday mornings as he interviews and highlights local newsmakers on Southern Maryland radio with SOMAR Communications. “Southern Maryland Perspectives,” is a half-hour talk show that airs at:

  • 7 a.m. on WKIK 102.9 FM
  • 7:30 a.m. on WYRX 97.7 FM
  • 8 a.m. on WSMD 98.3 FM

The schedule for upcoming interviews includes:

April 5: Jennifer Hamilton- Getting Started with Social Media

April 12: Chef Roland Mesnier- "Lifetime White House Pastry Chef & Beyond"

April 19: Jennifer Foxworthy, The Clothesline Project

For a sample of previous interviews, please click the photos below.

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Connections authors were featured as part of the Southern Maryland Perspective radio show. Barbara Hurd, left, and Frederick Reuss, right, joined CSM President Dr. Gottfried to discuss their literary efforts. To view the current Connections schedule, please visit here.
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CSM-TV is the cable access station serving the College of Southern Maryland, its faculty, staff, and students, and community viewers.

Cable studio photo   CSM-TV strives to provide high-quality educational and informational programming which showcase the College of Southern Maryland and in support of its events and projects. As a part of the local educational access cable system, CSM-TV produces original shows and acquires a vast array of public interest programming. Additionally, the channel provides an outlet for programming produced by students enrolled in CSM's Digital Media Production program of study.
CSM-TV is simulcast on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 16 in Charles County. In St. Mary's County, the college shares content with other higher education institutions on Metrocast Channel 98. Additionally, many of CSM-TV programs may be viewed on demand at CSM's YouTube channel, at

Questions, comments or concerns may be addressed to the Executive Producer/Station Manager Patricia Christofaro, at:

P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646
301-934-7702 or


Charles County Public Access Station

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Charles County's Local Public Access Channel is made available through funding from the Charles County Government to residents of Charles County on a non-discriminatory basis. A user must be an individual, organization or institution that has a legal address in Charles County. Public access programming airs on Verizon Channel 11 and Comcast Channel 99 in Charles County.

The studio is physically located at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD Center for Science and Technology, Room ST-139. Equipment and facility reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis to certified users with a Statement of Compliance on file.

For information on use of the Charles County Public Access channel, contact Station Manager Patricia Christofaro at 301-934-7702 or

CSM In The Community

As a community partner, CSM participates in and supports events happening throughout Southern Maryland. Some upcoming events where you'll find CSM involved are:

April 17-19: Charles County: Lincoln 150 On the Trail of  the Assassin

April 19: Leonardtown Business Association, Earth Day on the Square

April 22: United Way of Charles County, Golf Tournament, Swan Point

April 25: Team Fire Elite (TFE) Organization, Inc., MD AAU Division III (D3) Regional Tournament

April 25: Diversity Institute at CSM: Forum, Unity in OUR Community: Shaping A Stronger Charles County Together

April 25: Town of La Plata: Celebrate La Plata

April 25: Calverton School, Auction

June 13: Charles County Arts Alliance, ArtsFest

June 20: 12th annual Juneteenth African American Heritage Celebration, Unified Committee for Afro-American Contributions

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series feature college and community experts on current trends and topics throughout the year at each of the college's campuses. Programs are free and include a presentation as well as a question-and-answer format for the audience.

Solomons Plein Air Festival

The Solomons Plein Air Festival is an Open Air Painting Extravaganza held annually with proceeds to benefit a scholarship for CSM students through the CSM Foundation as well as community events through the Solomons Business Association. For information about the event, see here.