December is PACKED with Arts concerts! See what's happening:

Big Band Holiday Jazz
Featuring Solid Brass

December 1 | 7:30 p.m.
December 6 | 8 p.m.

CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir Concert

December 4 | 7:30 p.m.

Holiday Season Reflection
Barbershop Music by Southern Mix

December 5 | 8 p.m.

Dance Performance

December 8 | 8 p.m.

View more events at www.csmd.edu/Arts


Things to Know:
How to Pay for College

Did you know that Maryland has the second highest student loan debt rate in the country? Find out more.

Learn more about 10 Ways to Pay for College.

December 2014 EDITION

Now is the Time to See an Academic Advisor!

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will close on December 22 at 3 p.m. for Winter Break and will reopen January 5. Now is the time to see your academic advisor to get ready for January/Spring classes! Schedule your appointment or come in during walk-in hours today!

If you are enrolling for your 18th or 36th credit, it is time for your program review. Advising holds will be removed when you meet with an academic advisor to review your program. We will go over your program evaluation and will work with you to choose appropriate courses for your program of study.

Register Now for:

January Term: January 6 - 15
Spring Semester (Full-term): January 20 - May 6
Spring Minisession I: January 20 - March 11
Spring Minisession II: March 23 - May 6

Happy Holidays from CSM!

CSM faculty and staff wish you happy holidays! Enjoy the time off from your studies.

Reminder: All three campuses will be closed December 22 at 3 p.m. through January 4.

Campuses will reopen January 5 at 8 a.m.

Get Cash for Your Books!

Textbook Buyback is going on December 8 - 16. Students may sell used books and supplemental materials back to the CSM College Stores on each campus. The College Store does NOT buy back study guides, workbooks, or books containing CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or access codes. Your college ID is required.

Visit the CSM College Store website for more information.

Preparing for next semester? Textbook Discount Day is January 14. Students can save 10% on new and used textbooks (e-books and rentals are excluded). Please visit the website to learn more.

Remember, buying books and supplies on campus from our College Store can save money, time, and hassle, not to mention our rental and used book options, which are easy ways for students to save money.

Last Call to Apply to Graduate in January!

The final day to apply to graduate in January and receive your diploma by mail is December 15.

See an Academic Advisor to apply now!

Haven't Picked Up Your Caps and Gowns Yet?

Pick them up from the CSM College Stores on the following dates:

  • La Plata Campus: Date has passed

  • Prince Frederick Campus: December 1-5
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • Leonardtown Campus: December 8-12
    Monday - Thursday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Friday: 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Contact the CSM College Store for more information about caps and gowns.

For more information about Winter and/or Spring 2015 graduation, check out the 2014-2015 Commencement Guide.

Meet our Spring Bloggers

We welcome the student bloggers for Spring 2015. At CSM, we believe our students are in the best position to represent the culture and daily life of the college because they are real students with real stories. Visit blogs.csmd.edu/realstories to meet the new bloggers, read their stories, and learn their views about the latest things going on at CSM.

Enter the Creative Expressions Contest for the Chance to Win a $500 Scholarship!

Entries are due December 8.

Tell your story by entering the Creative Expressions Contest, which is a partnership of the Diversity Institute and the Charles County NAACP. Students are asked to discuss or illustrate how the theme "All for Justice and Equality" relates to the legacy of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the following categories: essay, digital media, spoken word or poetry. The first place College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus winner will be awarded a $500 scholarship at the January 19, 2015 Charles County NAACP Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Prayer Breakfast. For contest rules and entry details go to www.csmd.edu/diversityinstitute.

Learn How YOU Can Get a FULL Tuition Scholarship to University of Maryland College Park

The University of Maryland College Park is proud to offer one of the most prestigious scholarships to Maryland community college students. The Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship (TAES) is a full tuition scholarship for transfer students awarded in the fall of each academic year to competitive transfer students.

Generally, Maryland community college students approaching the completion of 56 credits or an Associate's Degree and that have earned 3.5 or above cumulative GPA may be eligible to apply for the scholarship.

College Park will hold a TAES workshop on Thursday, December 11 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in BI 009 (La Plata Campus), A 208 (Leonardtown Campus) and PFA 108 (Prince Frederick Campus). Students must RSVP at transfer@csmd.edu.

For additional questions, please contact James Spence, Coordinator of Transfer Services and Articulation at jamess@csmd.edu or 301-934-7574.

Support Scholarships and Programs and WIN Prizes!

The CSM Foundation will be joining thousands of nonprofits around the world for the third annual #GivingTuesday, a 24-hour international online event that celebrates giving and kicks off the holiday giving season.

Join the movement! #ChooseCSM on #GivingTuesday and help us reach our goal of $30,000 in support of CSM Scholarships and Programs: Arts, Athletics, Career Starters, Health Sciences, and STEM. This year we are thrilled to announce that donors can double their impact through CSM Foundation donor matching gifts. The first $30,000 raised will be matched. Any administrative fees will be paid for by the CSM Foundation, so 100% of your dollars will go to your project of choice.

Donate during the #GivingTuesday
Prize Hours for your chance to win!

Visit www.csmd.edu/Foundation for full prize details. Winners will be drawn throughout the day. Check our Facebook page to see if you have won!

  • • 7–8 a.m. | The Early Bird: A CSM Wellness Package

  • • 10–11 a.m. | Morning Delight: Golf Foursome and Lacrosse Tickets

  • • 2–3 p.m. | Solomons Island Power Hour: Dinner for Two and a Family Pack of Tickets for the Annmarie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center and the Calvert Marine Museum

  • • 7–8 p.m. | Dinner Dash: Holiday dinner for four from McKay's Food Stores to include their award winning stuffed ham

  • • 11–11:59 p.m. | Last Call: GoPro Hero3 Camera

With your support on #GivingTuesday, we can continue to change lives, inspire success, and launch careers in our Southern Maryland community and beyond!

Are You Ready for Winter?

Winter is fast approaching, and with the season will arrive inclement weather and the chance for delayed openings, early closings, and full closings. The college's decision to alter the normal operating procedures is based on the safety of students, staff, and faculty. CSM has a dedicated team involved in gathering information on road conditions and weather forecasts and the team strives to make the best decision as early as possible.

Once a decision is made, the decision is communicated to the CSM community as quickly as possible using a variety of resources:

  • College Hotline - The college's emergency hotline is among the resources immediately updated with any information that relates to altering the normal schedule. For the CSM Emergency Hotline, dial 301-369-1999 or 800-650-4023.

  • CSM.TXT - CSM.TXT is CSM's alert service provided through e2Campus. This service will send instant alerts and time-sensitive messages, including up-to-date information on emergencies and campus closings. Messages can be sent via text message to your cell phone or via e-mail. Registration is free. All text messaging fees will apply. For information or to register, visit ready.csmd.edu/CSM.TXT.

  • CSM Website - The CSM web site displays emergency conditions at several locations including the main page at www.csmd.edu and ready.csmd.edu.

  • School's Out Notification - This service provides e-mail notification of closings and delayed openings. Register at www.schoolsout.com.

  • Media Outlets - The college notifies major Washington, DC media networks, both radio and television, about closings and delayed openings.

Most importantly, employees, visitors, and students are asked to use common sense. CSM covers a large area within Southern Maryland, and the weather can be dramatically different in each of the three counties. Individuals must evaluate the road conditions unique to their own commute and should avoid driving in dangerous conditions. If classes are cancelled for the day, faculty are asked to use their Blackboard course shells to communicate with students about any upcoming assignments, discussions, readings, or homework that can be completed before the next class meeting. A number of frequently asked questions and their responses regarding weather communications are posted at ready.csmd.edu.

World AIDS Day and Free HIV Testing

Join us for upcoming events to bring awareness to and provide education about AIDS and HIV:

Open Enrollment for Health Coverage

Maryland Health Connection will offer open enrollment now until February 15 for individuals needing health coverage required by the Affordable Care Act.

December 18 is the deadline for all Marylanders who would like coverage starting January 1, 2015.

For more information, call 1-855-642-8572 or go online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.