MARCH 2015 EDITION
BE READY FOR MID-TERMS!
Student Success Center tutoring services and other student success workshops and essay paper review services are free for students! Access free self-help PDF’s and online workshops on Test-taking Skills, Time Management, Plagiarism Review, and more!
On-campus tutoring is walk-in, no appointment necessary. Check the schedule often for the most current tutor availability.
Spring Break is Near!
Spring break is March 16-22. Offices and campuses will close at 5 p.m. March 17 and remain closed March 18-22.
Snow Dates for Transfer Fairs
Meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, explore college majors, degree programs, and meet with CSM faculty all in one place. Get your questions answered and plan your future. This is a must-attend event for all students motivated to realize their potential!
March 31, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus
March 31, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Register for Spring Minisession II and Summer Sessions!
There is still time to add another spring course to your schedule. Courses for Spring Minisession II start March 23 and end May 6.
The last day to register for a Minisession II class is three days after the start of a class. If you need assistance planning your spring/summer schedule, please see an Academic Advisor.
Summer Registration begins March 4!
• Summer I May 26-July 2
• Summer II July 6-August 14
Important Dates for Spring Semester
Last day to withdrawl without a grade or to change a credit to an audit/audit to a credit for the Spring Semester is March 30.
Last day to withdrawl without a grade or to change a credit to an audit/audit to a credit for Minisession II is April 22.
Don’t forget to complete your FAFSA!
It’s not too late to complete your FAFSA. Although the priority application date was March 1, students can submit their FAFSA at anytime, but the sooner the better if you wan to be considered for federal grants or college and outside scholarships. Look for CSM Scholarship Finder to open soon. For more information, visit the Financial Assistance web site.
Enter Drawing for $50 Visa Card
Enter a drawing for a $50 Visa Card by participating in the Pulse of Southern Maryland Opinion Poll. All students who participate in the opinion telephone poll will be entered into a drawing to win one of four Visa Cards worth $50 each.
Participating in Pulse is a great opportunity for students to gain self-confidence and obtain skills 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.
You may be able to receive extra credit from your instructors. Instructors will be given data on the number of calls attempted and number of surveys completed by each of their students.
The results of the survey will be published in Southern Maryland Newspapers. We need as many students as possible because we will need to place over 3,400 calls. The more students we have, the fewer calls anyone will need to make. For more information, contact Pat Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org
Graduating in Spring?
See an advisor to complete your graduation application. It is free to graduate; however, if you plan to participate in the ceremony, there is a fee for cap and gown. For more information, see the 2014-15 Commencement Guide.
Deadline to participate in Spring Ceremony
Deadline to apply for a diploma
Diplomas are received in the mail after this date
Student Health 101
Student Health 101 is now available to CSM students. This monthly online health and wellness magazine is designed and catered for students. Each issue provides a wealth of resources on nutrition, career advice, monthly recipes, contests and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your inbox.
Smoking Policy Now Includes
At the College of Southern Maryland, we want our students, faculty, and visitors to have the most comfortable environment possible.
We know that smokers want to have a place to go for an occasional cigarette, but non-smokers also need to be assured of clean air, free of second-hand smoke.
Since 1988 the college has had a smoking policy in place that dictated all indoor areas off-limits for smoking. The policy was revised in 2008, when gazebos were provided for smokers, making all other outdoor areas off-limits as well. A recent revision, effective January 15, 2015, includes electronic cigarettes in that policy.
E-cigarettes will be treated the same as regular cigarettes, and anyone using one is asked to do so in the smoking gazebos or inside personal vehicles. Smoking is not permitted in any indoor areas. E-cigarettes include any electronic oral device that creates a vapor when used. It might look like a cigarette, cigar or pipe, and the college’s ban on usage includes inhaling, exhaling, or burning the cigarette or e-cigarette in areas that are off-limits.
E-cigarettes are part of the policy now because their use has become more and more popular, especially among young people. The devices are very new, and their health effects are still untested and unknown, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Each device contains a vial of nicotine, flavoring and unregulated, undisclosed chemical compounds.
“These devices haven’t been around long enough for us to know how harmful they are in the long term. We don’t know that it’s safe for the user or the people around the user,” said Linda Smith, coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Education in CSM’s Safe Communities Center, located in the Physical Education Center (PE Building), Room105. “We don’t know what the public health consequences might be.”
Anyone who violates the policy will first receive a verbal warning, but multiple offenses can result in disciplinary action. Students can be reported to the Student Affairs coordinator or vice president of Student and Instructional Support Services. Frequent offenses can result in disciplinary action. Visitors can be asked to leave the campus if they refuse to comply with the policy.
CSM discourages the use of tobacco, in any form, and is willing to help members of the campus community who want to stop smoking. Information on quitting and smoking cessation programs in the community is available at all campuses through CSM wellness and tobacco use prevention programs.
Are you ready to quit smoking?
Here are some resources in your community.
Maryland Quit Line
Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW (1-800-784-8669)
Or visit the website at:
FREE Local Quit Smoking Programs:
Charles County Department of Health
Free 10-week Smoking Cessation classes include: quitting aids, information on preparing and making a plan to quit, stress management, physical activity, and education on tobacco dangers. Contact: Mary Beth Klick at 301-609-6932 for more details or to request a quit smoking packet.
Saint Mary’s County Health Department
Free eight-week Smoking Cessation classes with free medications to help you quit. To learn more visit www.smchd.org or to enroll call 301-475-4316 or
Calvert County Health Department
Free eight-week Smoking Cessation classes use behavioral counseling and free cessation products. Registration is required; point of contact is Patrick O’Malley at 410-535-5400, ext. 359. To order a Quit Kit call 410-535-5400 or 301-855-1353, ext. 359.