June 2021 HawkTalk Student e-Newsletter

Class of Spring 2021!
Congrats to the Class of Spring 2021!

The College of Southern Maryland honored 466 graduates during our 62nd Spring Commencement Ceremony, held May 14.

Visit www.csmd.edu/csmgrad2021 to enjoy and relive the best moments from the 62nd Spring Commencement.

CSM’s Class of Spring 2021: Students before, graduates now, Hawks always.


Important Dates for June
important dates for June

Find important dates for your Summer 2021 courses below.
June 11: Last day to withdraw without a grade or change a credit to an audit (or vice versa) for Summer 7-Week Session
June 30: Classes end for Summer 7-Week Session
July 3 – 5: College closed for Independence Day
July 6: Classes begin for Summer 6-Week Session and 3-Week Session II

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

Textbooks and Course Materials
Textbooks and Course Materials: Order Online, Pick Up In Store

Textbooks and course materials are now available for purchase or rental online only, through the CSM College Store website at www.csmcollegestore.com.

In-store pickup is free and available now at the La Plata Campus; in-store pickup will be available at Leonardtown and Prince Frederick beginning July 19.

Free shipping is also available for textbooks and course materials through June 30. Orders placed on or after July 1, 2021, will have a shipping fee.

Register for Summer Sessions
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 July 6!

•  Summer 6-Week Session: July 6 – August 16

•  Summer 3-Week Session II: July 6 – July 26

New Transfer Agreements

More Opportunities to Go Farther: New Transfer Agreements

The college recently finalized six new articulation agreements, providing our CSM Hawks with even more choices for continuing their higher education beyond their associate degree. CSM students can take advantage of new partnerships with Frostburg State University (mathematics); George Mason University (business administration and mechanical engineering); St. Mary’s College of Maryland (history); Stevenson University (film and moving Image); and the UK’s Swansea University in Wales (physics).

FCC Emergency Broadband Program
The FCC Emergency Broadband Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit is an FCC program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. This new benefit is a temporary subsidy that will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. Learn more at www.fcc.gov/broadbandbenefit.

Career Conversations Series
career Conversations Series

Join the Advising and Career Services team as we hold our next sessions in our Career Conversations series! This month, hear from employers in our area in our Meet the Employer event. Use the button to register for the Zoom session you’re interested in.

Career Conversations: Meet the Employer

June 16, 12 – 1 p.m. 

June 30, 12 – 1 p.m.


Social Justice Scholarship Competition Winners
A Keen Eye for a Brighter Future: Social Justice Week Scholarship Winners

Thirteen outstanding scholarly and creative works by CSM students have won Social Justice Week Scholarship awards totaling over $4,000! Beatriz Gonzalez won the Grand Prize, as well as taking First Prize in the Academic Research category, with her presentation “Anti-Asian Racism and COVID-19.” See the winning entries and view the list of winners in each category!

Registration Assistance Sessions
Registration Assistance Sessions

Need some guidance on how to get signed up for your classes? Attend one of our Registration Assistance Sessions in June and July!

Sign up for June 17, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sign Up for June 24, 3 – 5 p.m.

Sign Up for July 1, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sign Up for July 8, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


LGBTQ+ Pride Awareness Challenge
LGBTQ+ Pride Awareness Challenge

Join CSM’s 5-Day LGBTQ+ Pride Awareness Challenge! All this month, engage the lived experiences, perspectives, and concerns of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) people.

Pride Month is celebrated each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a tipping point in the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Since the first pride parades in 1970, it has expanded to encompass a month-long series of parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia, and concerts. Today, LGBTQ+ Pride Month honors the local, national, and international contributions and impact of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other individuals.



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 www.csmd.edu/FocusToFinish to see how Focus to Finish provides a structure for success.

Transfer Thursdays Lineup

Transfer Thursdays Lineup for June

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 www.csmd.edu/TransferThursdays to learn more and register for the sessions you’re interested in.

This month hear from:
June 10: Salisbury University,* Shenandoah University,* Notre Dame of Maryland University (Education Programs)*
June 17: Capitol Technology University,* University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC),* Towson University (2+2 Elementary Education Program)*
June 24: Temple University,* University of Baltimore,* University of Arkansas Medical School (MLT-MLS Online Program)*
July 1: North Carolina State University,* University of Maryland, College Park (UMD),* Swansea University*
July 8: Old Dominion University and Old Dominion University Online,* West Virginia University,* Missouri State University (Hospitality Leadership Online Program)*

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

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 www.csmd.edu/scholarshipfinder to get started!

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 courses 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.

Weekend Wi-Fi Cafés

weekend wi-fi Cafés

Weekend Wi-Fi Cafes will be closed for the summer beginning June 11 and will reopen August 20.

For more information, visit www.csmd.edu/WiFiCafe.


ADVISING | Veteran and Military Support | 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 is proud to serve those who’ve served. Veteran and Military Support can guide you through your college experience, from readjustment to civilian life to getting the most out of the benefits you’ve earned.


Student Health 101

Student Health 101

This online health and wellness magazine is your resource on nutrition, career advice, articles like The cost of unnecessary bank fees and how to avoid them, and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive the Student Health 101 email each month.

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