HAWK HINT of the month

Still feeling like you need some extra help? Check out the new "Cup of Success" Tuesdays to be held at the Student Success Center on the Prince Frederick Campus. These sessions will be held on the dates below in the Flagship Building, Room 125, 9-11 a.m. or 4-5:30 p.m. Students can stop by for refreshments and some academic success coaching to help them obtain their academic goals!


Children's Theatre presents
A Thousand Cranes!

A Thousand Cranes

October 10 at 7 p.m.
October 11 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Help Sadako fold 1000 cranes!

Bring your cranes to the Box Office. All collected cranes will be donated to Children's National Health System. Learn more.


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.

October 2014 EDITION

FALL into Success

Meet with an advisor if you need help determining your degree program and career options.

We are here to help you succeed at CSM. Take advantage of the many resources we offer to help you be a success!

Academic Advising Appointments are Now Available!

Now is the perfect time to work with an advisor to create a semester-by-semester plan of your coursework at CSM. Let's review your evaluation for your program of study and discuss other CSM and transfer opportunities.

If you are graduating at the end of the fall semester, meet with us to complete an application for graduation. The deadline to apply to walk in the winter commencement ceremony is November 15. The deadline to apply to receive your diploma is December 15.

Please make your appointment today! Visit our advising page for office hours, upcoming events, and other information.

Student Success Resources

The Student Success Center offers a number of resources during the semester to help you succeed.

Visit the Student Success Center to learn more, or click here for an overview of the services CSM offers students.

Take Over the CSM Instagram Account and Win a $25 Gas Card!

To enter, take as many of the following photos on Instagram as you would like, tag them with #CSMfalltakeover
by October 21:

  • • A selfie showing your CSM pride
  • • Attending a CSM event
  • • Your Fall semester textbooks
  • • A scenic campus portrait
  • • Your favorite campus study spot
  • • You and friends on campus
  • • Your favorite meal to eat on campus
  • • You taking a class

The College of Southern Maryland will share your photos on Instagram and CSM Facebook page. The photo with the most likes will win CSM swag and a $25 gas card. Two winners will be selected.

This contest is open to CSM students. Remember to set your account to public and include #CSMfalltakeover on your pictures.

Click to learn more!

Upcoming Events in Diversity

October is a busy month in the Institutional Equity and Diversity Office! Click on an event below for details.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations:

National Coming Out Day Celebrations:

  • Intersection of Faith and Sexuality with Pastor Chris Glaser
    Tuesday, October 7, 2:30-4 p.m., Prince Frederick Campus and 6-7:30 p.m., La Plata Campus

  • Jeans Day
    Tuesday, October 7, All campuses, all day
    Show your support for members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning community by wearing blue jeans to celebrate National Coming Out Day. Stickers symbolizing support will also be provided on each campus through the Student Life coordinators.

  • Through My Eyes - Documentary Screening and Discussion
    Thursday, October 16, 2:30-4 p.m., Leonardtown Campus

Disabilities Awareness Month Events:

  • When I Walk - Documentary Screening and Discussion
    Monday, October 27, 7-8:30 p.m., La Plata Campus

  • Disabilities and the Inclusive Society
    Tuesday, October 28, 6-7:30 p.m., La Plata Campus

Go Global with CSM!

These courses provide an exciting opportunity to earn credits outside the traditional classroom. The courses are a blend of classroom education with foreign travel for a chance to gain knowledge, experience, and memories.

2015 trips include:

Istanbul: March 13-20, 2015

Belize: March 13-22, 2015

The Gambia: June 1-8, 2015

United Kingdom: July 23 - August 4, 2015

Learn more on our website.

Attention Students with Disabilities!

Join us for the following upcoming events!

Engaging Young Adults on the Spectrum (EYAS)

This group aims to provide resources and strategies to assist students diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder in their transition to college. The EYAS Support Group will meet once every other week. The day and time of the Leonardtown Campus EYAS meetings are:

  • • Thursday, October 9, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • • Thursday, October 23, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • • Thursday, November 6, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Interested in finding a federal job or internship?

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) may be able to help! The WRP connects federal sector employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities. This is done by conducting annual interviews with students who are interested to gain work experience through internships or part-time or full-time employment.

If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Disability Support Services.

Important Registration Dates

Last Chance to Register for
Minisession II

Get ahead this semester and earn credits toward your degree in half the time. Register now for Minisession II. Add an additional class or take multiple classes to save money and get closer to completing your degree. Minisession II classes start on October 23.

Priority Enrollment for Spring 2015 Opens in October

Priority Registration for Spring 2015 for current students begins the week of October 20. See registration dates below:

  • • Returning students with 45+ credits: October 20
  • • Returning students with 30+ credits: October 21
  • • Returning students with 15+ credits: October 22
  • • Returning students with 1+ credits: October 23

Spring 2015 classes will be available for browsing in myCSMD starting October 13.

A PDF of scheduled classes will be available by October 9 at www.csmd.edu/Academics/Schedule to help you plan your semester.

Want to Be Published?

The deadline for submissions for the Fall 2014 Connections literary magazine is October 31. Poetry, short stories, and black-and-white photography are accepted for consideration. Click here for submission guidelines.

Connections Literary Magazine is a regional literary journal published twice a year that features poems, stories, artwork, and photography. Some issues feature material from visiting writers. Publication readings take place in December and May each year.

Don't Miss the Next Connections Literary Series Reading with Novelist Lydia Netzer

CSM's 2014 Fall Connections Literary Series will showcase novelist Lydia Netzer beginning at 7:30 p.m., October 10, at the La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry in the Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room, Room 103.

Netzer's latest work, How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky, follows the lives of cosmologist George Dermont and scientist Irene Sparks. They have everything in common, but their attraction was not fate. In fact, their mothers raised them separately to become each other's soulmates. Netzer's third novel is described as a mind-bending, heart-shattering love story that explores the conflicts of fate and determinism and asks how much of life is under our control and what is pre-ordained. Learn more.

Veteran-Only Class Available Spring 2015

Veterans and family members of veterans are invited to enroll in a new course offering in Spring 2015, ENG-2970: Writing Workshop for Veterans and/or Family Members of Veterans.

It will be available on the La Plata Campus on Tuesdays from 5:45 to 8:35 p.m. and on the Leonardtown Campus on Wednesdays from 5:45 to 8:35 p.m.

Led by veterans who are published writers and who hold MA or MFA writing degrees, the workshops provide veterans, active duty members, and family members with the support, the encouragement, and the skills to tell and develop their stories through fiction or non-fiction.

Click here to learn more.

CSM also offers veterans the opportunity to get involved through our Veterans Organization. The organization has representation on all campuses. Learn more by contacting La Plata Veterans Organization faculty advisor William Moroney or the Leonardtown Veterans Organization faculty advisor Wayne Karlin.

Student Volunteers Needed for the Pulse of Southern Maryland Opinion Poll

CSM is looking for student volunteers to participate in the Pulse of Southern Maryland public opinion telephone poll. 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.

Telephone surveys will be conducted as follows:

November 17, 18, 19 and 20
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113E

Participants will be provided with scripts, pre-printed surveys, and sheets of telephone numbers. Complimentary pizza will be served. Due to a limited number of spaces, electronic pre-registration is required at: www.surveymonkey.com/s/R9F6V8J.

The results of the survey will be published in Southern Maryland Newspapers. For more information, contact Pat Schroeder at patsc@csmd.edu.