August 2021 HawkTalk Student e-Newsletter

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Important Dates for August
important dates for august

Find important dates for your Summer and Fall 2021 courses below.

August 2: Last day to withdraw without a grade or change from audit/credit for Summer 6-Week Session

August 16: Classes end for Summer 6-Week Session

August 18: Classes end for Summer 14-Week Session

August 20: Return deadline for summer textbook rentals

August 25: Classes begin for Fall 15-Week Session and Fall 7-Week Session I

September 4-6: College closed for Labor Day Weekend holiday

Return of the Hawks
this fall: the return of the hawks

CSM Student Life will be hosting events this fall to celebrate the Return of the Hawks! With the college moving into Phase 4 of our Return to Campus Plan, we’re celebrating our CSM community—coming to campus, coming together, and welcoming our newest Hawks. Check the Student Life Events Schedule often and join us for the Return of the Hawks! 



COVID Protocols for Fall
covid protocols for fall: safe, smart, and healthy at csm

With the rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and the state, CSM is adapting our health and safety guidelines to help ensure our community’s well-being. As we move to Phase 4 of the college’s Return to Campus Plan, some COVID-19-related restrictions will remain in place, including mask requirements as noted below.

Masks must be worn in the following spaces, regardless of vaccination status:

  • CSM College Stores, libraries, computer labs, testing centers, and other student support spaces
  • Classrooms, labs, and other instructional spaces
  • Office areas when in the presence of others
  • Any space where 6 feet physical distancing cannot be maintained

If you are not fully vaccinated, you are strongly encouraged to wear a mask or face covering at all times for your protection and the protection of others. For more information, visit our public safety portal at


looking to the horizon: pre-transfer agreements

Did you know that CSM has pre-transfer agreements with five institutions throughout the region? These are programs designed to provide CSM students access to opportunities and benefits at four-year institutions while you are still enrolled at CSM. These programs are free and you do not commit to these institutions by participating in them, so if you change your mind about where you want to transfer there are no repercussions.

These programs include:
St. Mary's College of Maryland's STEP Program

Temple University's Dual Admission Program

University of Baltimore's BeeLine Program

University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)'s Transfer Student Alliance (TSA)

University of Maryland College Park's Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP)


Go Farther and Achieve More, with 18 New Transfer Opportunities

go farther and achieve more, with 18 new transfer opportunities

The college recently finalized 18 new articulation agreements with four different four-year institutions,  providing our CSM Hawks with even more choices for continuing their higher education beyond their associate degree.

University of Maryland Global Campus: Business Administration; Communication Studies; Criminal Justice; English; General Studies; Graphic Communication; Homeland Security; Management Studies; Public Safety Administration

Old Dominion University Online: Accounting; Computer Science; Criminal Justice; Finance; Human Services; Management; Marketing

Stevenson University: Medical Laboratory Sciences

Purdue University Global: Guaranteed admission agreement with a guaranteed tuition discount for CSM graduates


Mobile Hawk Feeder
MOBILE HAWK FEEDER: august 19 at laplata

Mobile Hawk Feeder food packages will be available on Thursday, August 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the La Plata Campus.

Please sign up to receive yours no later than Wednesday, August 18, so that we can ensure we have enough on hand.




Looking for Student Leaders: Join SGA Today and Earn a Scholarship
looking for student leaders: join sga today and earn a scholarship

The Student Government Association is seeking student officers for the 2021-22 academic year. Officers earn scholarships while representing the interests of the student body, strengthening their resumes, developing interpersonal skills among a diverse population, meeting new people, and having fun!

Contact the Student Life Coordinator at your campus location for a complete list of student officer positions and opportunities.

La Plata Campus: Melissa Chambers,

Leonardtown Campus: Jennifer Van Cory,

Prince Frederick Campus: Erika Fisher,


New Lactation Pod at the Leonardtown Campus

new lactation pod at the leonardtown campus

CSM is excited to offer a Mamava lactation pod at the Leonardtown Campus to meet the needs of our working and student mothers for a private, clean place to pump breast milk or nurse a baby. The Mamava pod installed on the first floor of the C Building at Leonardtown (closest to the B Building) is wheelchair accessible and boasts two comfortable benches, power outlets/USB port, as well as a table surface for a breast pump and other items. Moms can customize their experience by dimming the lights and adjusting the pod’s airflow with the easy-to-use app. The pod’s easy-to-clean, food-grade surfaces provide a sanitary and comfortable space for busy moms.

Access the pod with the free Mamava app, which opens the pods via Bluetooth. CSM Public Safety or Campus Operations can also provide a code to type into the keypad.

Lactation Rooms are available at the Prince Frederick Campus in Building B, Room 216, and at the La Plata Campus’s Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 131.

Learn more at



Fall 7-Day Preview and Simple Syllabus in myLearning

fall 7-day preview and simple syllabus in mylearning

Don’t forget that you can access your fall courses in myLearning starting seven days before the first day of class. Check out the syllabus, get a head start on reading or assignments, and more! Get started by logging into myLearning the week before your class begins.

Coming to myLearning this fall: Simple Syllabus! Each of your classes’ syllabus in one convenient location, starting August 18. Log into myLearning and click or tap Syllabi to see the syllabus for each of your currently enrolled classes. 

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 August 5, 3 – 5 p.m.

Sign Up for August 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Sign Up for August 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


 Transfer Thursdays Lineup

Transfer Thursdays Lineup for august

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:

August 5: Towson University,* Troy University,* Notre Dame of Maryland University (School of Pharmacy)*

August 12: Bowie State University,* Colorado State University Global,* Trinity Washington University (BSN Program)*

August 19: Excelsior College,* University of Maryland Eastern Shore,* Bowie State University at University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland (USMSM)*

August 26: George Mason University,* Wilmington University,* State University of New York Delhi Online (RN to BSN)*

September 2: University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC),* University of Maryland, Eastern Shore,* University of Maryland, Eastern Shore (Pharmacy)*

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



Student Health 101

Student Health 101

This online health and wellness magazine is your resource on nutrition, career advice, articles like Are you your own worst critic? How to practice self-compassion, and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive the Student Health 101 email each month.

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Registration Live

August 2 to 4

Meet with an advisor, register for fall classes, and discuss financial aid at CSM’s same-day enrollment events. RSVP today!




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

Payment is due immediately upon registration if registering after July 28. You can pay your bill in full through my.CSMD; sign up to pay in monthly installments with the CSM Tuition Payment Plan; and/or apply approved financial aid to your balance.

For more information on the Payment Policy or the CSM Tuition Payment Plan, visit



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.




Textbooks and Course Materials

online-only ordering for textbooks and course materials

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

In-store pickup is free and available now at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick Campuses. Shipping is also available for textbooks and course materials for a flat fee of $7.99.


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



academic ADVISING | couseling services and mental health | 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.


It’s okay if you’re not feeling okay. The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. You’re a member of a community, and we’re here to support one another as we face whatever comes next—together.

CSM Counseling Services are available to accompany and support you in a wide range of emotional and mental health areas.

R u ok, Hawks?” is an anonymous tool to connect students with resources to support their mental health.



Pride Block Party
12:00 PM
La Plata Campus, Lawn
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