May 2021 HawkTalk Student e-Newsletter

Important Dates for May
important dates for may

Find important dates for your Spring and Summer 2021 courses below.
May 10: Classes end for Spring 15-Week Session and 7-Week Session II
May 12: Classes begin for Summer 14-Week Session, 7-Week Session, and 3-Week Session I
May 25: Last day to withdraw without a grade or change a credit to an audit (or vice versa) for Summer 3-Week Session I
June 2: Classes end for Summer 3-Week Session I

Focus to Finish: Flexible. Focused. Successful.
focus to finish: flexible. focused. successful.

Focus is a vital part of achieving your goals. Being able to bring more of your effort and attention to bear on a challenge improves your chances of success and leads to better results.

Introducing Focus to Finish, coming this fall to CSM. Focus to Finish splits the semester into two 7-week sessions and offers an alternative to the traditional 15-week, semester-long course format.

You’ll take fewer individual courses at a time, while earning the same number of credits in a semester. You’ll receive the same high-quality, affordable education in a format that lets you apply your attention, energy, and dedication to what’s really important: achieving your goals.

Visit to see how Focus to Finish provides a structure for success.

Join us May 6 at 5 p.m. for our Fall 2021 Semester Town Hall to learn more about Focus to Finish and the benefits of taking your classes in the 7-week course format. Faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have. Be sure to RSVP to receive the Zoom link for the event.

Make Your Summer Count: Register for Summer Sessions

There’s still time to make your summer count with CSM’s Summer Sessions! Summer sessions are a great opportunity to get ahead, catch up, or try something new before the fall semester. Earn credits for transfer, take care of your general education requirements, or advance in your program. Register now; classes begin May 12 and July 6!

•  Summer 14-Week Session: May 12 – August 18

•  Summer 7-Week Session: May 12 – June 30
•  Summer 3-Week Session I: May 12 – June 2
•  Summer 6-Week Session: July 6 – August 16
•  Summer 3-Week Session II: July 6 – July 26

Registration Assistance Sessions
Registration Assistance Sessions

Need some guidance on how to get signed up for your classes? Attend a Registration Assistance SessionThe next session will take place on Thursday, May 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Register Now for Fall Classes
Register Now for Fall Classes

Registration is now open for the Fall 2021 Semester! Register now for your fall classes and get the schedule you want.

• Fall 15-Week Session: August 25 – December 13
• Fall 7-Week Session I: August 25 – October 13
• Fall 7-Week Session II: October 20 – December 10

Book Buybacks
cash for your books: textbook buyback

The CSM College Store in partnership with Nebraska Book Company is offering online textbook buyback until May 14

Textbook Rental Returns
Textbook Rental Returns

It’s that time of year again: textbook rental return season! Your rented textbooks can be returned from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., May 3 to 6, May 10 to 13, and May 17 and 18 in drop boxes labeled “Textbook Rental Returns” at the following locations:

La Plata Campus: College Store Foyer
Prince Frederick Campus: PFA Lobby
Leonardtown Campus: Building C Lobby

Take a Break With the Counselors

Take a Break With the Counselors

May 5, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
You deserve a break! Come unwind with the counselors and discuss how to manage the stress of final exams and other stressors. In addition, we will consider how to pivot from a semester to a summer mindset while maintaining momentum, wellness, and productivity.

Arts End of Season Performances

Arts End of Season Performances

You’re cordially invited to join the CSM community for the End of Season Performance Series. The talented performers of the Music and Dance programs will close out the spring semester with performances and events.

Chorale and Chamber Choir Virtual Spring Showcase
Thursday, May 6 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Student Honors Recital Watch Party
Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Jazz and Latin Ensemble Watch Party
Saturday, May 15 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Barbershop Chorus Watch Party
Saturday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP

Dance Ensemble “Our Way Back Home”
Available on CSM’s YouTube channel from May 15 to 29.

Provocations: CSM Faculty Excellence Lecture Series

Provocations: CSM Faculty Excellence Lecture Series

This spring, join us for the Faculty Excellence Lecture series:
May 6: “A Different Lens: Asian American Speech Communities, Mental Illness Narratives, and How Educators Can Help Increase Help-Seeking Behaviors of Asian American College Students” - Presented by Gina Johnson, Adjunct Professor of Communication. 

Learn More


SGA Election winners

SGA Election Winners' Announcement

🎉 Congratulations to our 2021-2022 Student Government Association Officers! 🎉

La Plata
President - Kia Smith
Secretary - Reanna Robinson
Treasurer - Jovahnie Toussaint
Representatives - Reanna Robinson and Taylor Dean

Prince Frederick
President - Rhey Gelly Mesowski
Treasurer - Sofia West
Representative (Clubs & Organizations) - Abigail Sellner

Scholarship Finder

One Application, 200+ Scholarships: Scholarship Finder

The 2021 - 2022 Scholarship Finder application is now open! The CSM Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 3,000 students in the last decade. Visit to get started!

Student Life Events
Student Life Events for MaY

What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking
Thursday, May 6, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Join Kevin Flemens, CSM instructor and former lead human trafficking awareness instructor for the Federal Law Enforcement Center, for this presentation on what constitutes human trafficking, the organizations that combat it, and how to report suspected incidences. Attendees will also observe recorded testimony from actual human trafficking survivors and have a chance to get answers to their questions about human trafficking.

Register Now

Mobile Hawk Feeder

Mobile Hawk Feeder: Pick Up Your Hawk Feeder FOOD Care Package 

CSM Student Life will be distributing Hawk Feeder care packages at the Regional Hughesville Campus on Thursday, May 6, from 1 to 4 p.m. Be sure to register on or before May 5 to help us ensure we have enough care packages on hand. Complete pickup instructions will be provided after you submit the form.

CSM Partnerships

Blueprint to Your Future: New Engineering Transfer Partnership

CSM has finalized an articulation agreement with George Mason University for its Mechanical Engineering program! Students can transfer from our Engineering, AS program to George Mason University to earn their bachelor’s.

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Look Ahead, Start Ready: 7-Day Preview in myLearning

Begin your summer and fall courses prepared by logging into myLearning before the first day of class! You’ll have access to your course modules seven days prior to the class start date. Log into my.CSMD, go to myLearning, and get the info you need for a strong start to a successful semester. Peruse the syllabus, check off materials, familiarize yourself with days, times, locations, and more.


Transfer Thursdays Lineup for May

Join us for Transfer Thursdays and connect directly with our transfer partners! Every Thursday, you’ll hear from three representatives from colleges and universities with transfer opportunities for CSM students, including program-specific opportunities. This is your chance to ask your questions and get answers straight from the source! 

Visit to learn more and register for the sessions you’re interested in.

This month, hear from:

May 6: High Point University, Regent University, Towson University (Elementary Education)
May 13: Bloomsburg University, Virginia Wesleyan University, University of Maryland, College Park (A. James Clark School of Engineering)
May 20: Harris-Stowe State University, Marymount University, North Carolina State University (Engineering)*
May 27: East Carolina University, North Carolina A&T State University, Salisbury University (Social Work)*

*Institutions that have signed a transfer or matriculation agreement with CSM


Spring Commencement: Celebrate New Beginnings

Spring Commencement: Celebrate New Beginnings

Come together with the entire CSM community to celebrate your fellow Hawks’ achievements! Join us on May 14 at 1 p.m. for the watch party of our Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremony, hosted on the CSM Facebook page (@CollegeOfSouthernMaryland).

Ward Virts Concert Series: David lai
Ward Virts Concert Series: David lai

CSM continues its’ Ward Virts Concert Series from May 9 - 10 with a free virtual piano performance by Jiajun (David) Lai. Despite losing his sight at birth, Lai become distinguished in various degrees, and has now gone on to pursue his doctorate from the Jacobs School of Music. As well as being the recipient of the second prize, he also had the audience favorite distinction at Boulder Bach Festival's World Bach Competition 2020.

Learn more


Weekend Wi-Fi Cafés

weekend wi-fi Cafés

Don’t let spotty Internet or noisy neighbors get in the way of your education. Take advantage of Weekend Wi-Fi Cafés every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses.

Bring your device, plug in your charger, and connect to the campus wireless network in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

For more information, including hours, locations, and occupancy limits, visit


ADVISING | COUNSELING | CSM College Survival Guide

The College Survival Guide is a monthly feature that directs members of the CSM community to free resources and support for whatever challenges they may be facing. At CSM, no hawk has to fly alone.


It’s that time of year again: registration. Finding the schedule that fits your needs and academic goals can feel like playing the least-fun version of Tetris ever. CSM’s academic advisors are here to help you pick the classes that will get you where you want to go.


CSM offers free online tutoring and academic support for whatever you need help with through the Learning Support Services Center. Visit to get started.

Student Health 101

Student Health 101

This online health and wellness magazine is your resource on nutrition, career advice, articles like Why and how to spend more time in nature for your health, and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive the Student Health 101 email each month.

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