1-17 Weekly HawkTalk Student e-Newsletter

IMPORTANT DATES

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Jan. 17: College closed for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan. 18: Classes begin for Spring 15-Week Session and 7-Week Session I

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SPRING SEMESTER CHECKLIST

Classes start Tuesday, Jan. 18 for CSM’s first spring sessions! Here are some quick tips and reminders to help you start the spring semester feeling confident and prepared.

check markRent or buy your textbooks and course materials online from the CSM College Store and pick up in store or have your books shipped to you. (Please note that textbooks and course materials are only available to be ordered online.)
check markCheck your classes’ course shells in myLearning and peruse the syllabus. Course shells for your classes open seven days before the first day of class.
check markFine-tune your schedule during the Add/Drop period. You can add or drop a 15-week course in the first seven calendar days of the class, or the first three calendar days for 7-week courses. Meet with an advisor before adding or dropping a class to make sure it won’t negatively impact your eligibility for financial aid or veterans benefits!

COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT IN EFFECT JAN. 18

Effective Jan. 18, 2022, CSM is requiring all students to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with the exception of individuals with approved exemptions. You can find all the details on our COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement webpage, including instructions on verifying your vaccination status and applying for an exemption.


NEW TRANSFER OPPORTUNITIES: WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY

Engineering students looking ahead to a bachelor’s degree now have even more options for continuing their studies! CSM recently finalized new transfer pathways with West Virginia University for its bachelor’s programs in aerospace, civil, industrial, and mechanical engineering. Visit Transfer Services for the full list of more than 220 articulation agreements and search by institution or program of study!

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RENEW YOUR LEONARDTOWN WELLNESS CENTER PASS

Don’t forget that your student pass for the Leonardtown Wellness and Aquatics Center will need to be updated each semester, under the agreement between CSM and St. Mary’s County Government. 

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

CSM Hawk logoRETURN OF THE HAWKS

Join us Tuesday, Jan. 18 as we celebrate the Return of the Hawks with a day of fun, games, and prizes! Win cash prizes in our game show events and first-ever karaoke contest, and enter the drawing to win great giveaways, including a $1,000 gift certificate to the CSM College Store.

TRANSFER THURSDAY

Connect directly with our transfer partners and get answers, straight from the source! Learn more and register for the Jan. 20 sessions you're interested in.

 

You're Invited to E.X.I.T.O.

E.X.I.T.O. (which means success in Spanish) is a new club at CSM where you can learn about the liveliness of Latin American culture. The club also provides resources for CSM's Spanish-speaking students. Join us for our Jan. 18 meeting.

NEXT WEEK'S EVENTS

TRANSFER THURSDAY

Connect directly with our transfer partners and get answers, straight from the source! Learn more and register for the Jan. 27 sessions you're interested in.

REAL STUDENTS, REAL STORIES: IN THEIR OWN WORDS

This week, hear from primary education student Riley Minner:

I grew up on the Eastern Shore with almost everyone in my family being a teacher or working in the school system. All my life, I’ve been surrounded by amazing teachers, and I want to give children the same opportunity I had. Education is my passion; teachers are the backbone to society.

My experience has been great here. At first, I was having trouble trying to figure out my major, but I got so much help from the staff and Christina Thompson [Academic and Career Advisor] and decided to change my major to primary education. And with the 2+2 program, I can complete both my associate and bachelor’s degree in primary education at CSM while also being a Towson student, too.

Getting my degree is important to me, but working is, too. I came to College of Southern Maryland so that I can work while being a full-time student. It’s very tricky being a full-time student and working two jobs, but I am determined to succeed and reach my goals. CSM is a great opportunity to get your education without struggling with student loans and debt.

After I graduate, I plan on continuing to work with kids and getting a teaching job with the Calvert County public school system.

STUDENT RESOURCES

CSM COLLEGE SURVIVAL GUIDE

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

LIVING WITH A DISABILITY? Disability Support Services is here to ensure equitable access to education for all of our students. DSS assistance isn’t limited to physical or “obvious” disabilities, either; students living with “invisible disabilities” like dyslexia or ADHD can also get the support they need.

If you’re having trouble studying and retaining information, try out the alternative file formats available for your course materials in myLearning!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

VanGo is Fare-Free Until June 30

Good news for Charles County residents: VanGO—the county’s public transit system, serving the La Plata Campus—will be fare-free for six months, from Jan. 3 to June 30, as part of a pilot program.

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