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CSM Leases St. Charles Children’s Learning Center to Charles County Public Schools for Prekindergarten Programing

November 22, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will lease its former St. Charles Children’s Learning Center (CLC) to Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) to add additional availability for full-day prekindergarten programing in Charles County. Under the agreement unanimously approved by the CSM Board of Trustees at its Nov. 17 monthly meeting, CCPS will lease the CLC for two years starting Jan. 1, 2023 with an option for two additional years after June 2026.


CSM Welcomes Valarie Burks as Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer

November 16, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that Valarie Burks has joined the college as associate vice president of information management and chief information officer (CIO). Burks comes to CSM with more than 26 years in the private and public sector handling the successful delivery of IT programs and operational services.


“Help a Hawk” at CSM During 'Giving Tuesday' Nov. 29

November 15, 2022

Help the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation kick off a season of giving by participating in the college’s “Giving Tuesday” event as part of the world’s biggest day of generosity on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The 24-hour online event is part of an international movement that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, to highlight a season and spirit of kindness that focuses on giving to others after three days fixated on consumerism.


CSM Chief of Staff Larisa Pfeiffer is Elected President of ACCT Professional Board Staff Network

November 14, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that Chief of Staff Larisa Pfeiffer has been elected to serve the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN) as its president. In this capacity, Pfeiffer will provide leadership to all four of the network’s regions, represent and coordinate the work of the PBSN, and serve as the network’s liaison to ACCT.


Happy Veterans Day From CSM

November 11, 2022

CSM takes pride in partnering with active-duty military, veterans, and military-dependent students to make sure every student gets the most benefits available to them as they pursue their education. This year, CSM was recognized as a top post-secondary school for veterans and their spouses for the seventh consecutive evaluation period. CSM also ranked in the top 10 for small community colleges in the nation in the latest listing determined by VIQTORY, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business.  


CSM Invites Public to Celebrate President Dr. Maureen Murphy’s Legacy of Change and Empowerment Dec. 3

November 9, 2022

Join friends, supporters, and alumni of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022 to celebrate CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy, who is retiring after five years with the college. This “graduation” into a well-earned retirement marks the capstone of Murphy’s more than 35 years of work in public higher education, transforming lives and strengthening communities.


Media Statement: CSM Mourns Loss of Students

November 7, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is profoundly saddened to share that three CSM students were involved in the tragic murder-suicide that occurred in La Plata Nov. 4. This is a tragedy that is felt by our entire community, and we extend our deepest condolences to all those impacted. Our hearts are heavy and the CSM family is grieving. We will make every effort to help our students, staff and faculty cope with this tremendous loss.


College of Southern Maryland Appoints Dr. Yolanda Wilson as its Next President

November 3, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Yolanda Wilson as the college’s sixth president following an extensive nationwide search. The board voted unanimously in support of Wilson’s appointment during a public meeting held Nov. 3. Wilson will become the first African-American president to lead the college in its 64-year-history.


Artist Margaret Dowell’s First CSM Exhibition Opens Tomorrow, Highlights our Human Connections and Her Family Farm

November 3, 2022

Artist and former College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Adjunct Art Professor Dr. Margaret Dowell will return to the La Plata Campus tomorrow, Nov. 4, to share her artistic view of her family's 300-year-old Calvert County farm. Her art exhibition kicks off with Dowell hosting a gallery talk at the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery in the Fine Arts Building at 2 p.m.


CSM Men of Excellence Attend Maryland Male Students of Color Summit

October 25, 2022

Members of the College of Southern Maryland Men of Excellence participated in the Maryland Male Students of Color (MMSOC) Summit at Montgomery College Oct. 18. The student leaders were able to attend sessions on career readiness, social activism, critical mentoring and leadership, and mental wellness.

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Dust Off Your Resume, Plan to Attend Tri-County Job and Career Fair at CSM Oct. 20

October 18, 2022

Eager and qualified job seekers are encouraged to attend the Tri-County Job and Career Fair at CSM’s La Plata Campus Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This fair is a great way to learn about companies and positions that may be hiring in your field of interest. Even if you aren't currently looking for a job, attending a job fair can help you prepare for your future job search.


Inspiring Production of “These Shining Lives” Based on True Story of ‘Radium Girls’ Opens Tonight at CSM’s Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater

October 14, 2022

“This isn’t a fairytale, though it begins like one. This isn’t a tragedy, though it ends like one.” So opens the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) production of “These Shining Lives,” Melanie Marnich’s play about the “Radium Girls” – the famed female factory workers who contracted radiation poisoning after being told by their bosses that the self-luminous paint they were handling was safe in 1920s Illinois.


College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees Names Three Finalists for Next President

October 7, 2022

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Board of Trustees announced today that after an extensive nationwide search, three finalists have been named as candidates to become the next president of the college. CSM’s current president Dr. Maureen Murphy announced earlier this year that she will enter retirement Dec. 31, 2022 after a lauded 35-year career dedicated to community colleges, students and equity.


Oct. 8 Benny C. Morgan Concert Series Features CSM Faculty Trio

October 5, 2022

The public is invited to enjoy the stylings of Violinist Paul Bagley, Cellist Emily Doveala and Pianist Stephen Johnson as part of the Benny C. Morgan Concert Series presented at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Leonardtown Campus Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Admission is free.


CSM Honors Professor Carolin McManus Posthumously with Professor Emeritus Title

October 3, 2022

Beloved College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Professor Carolin McManus was honored posthumously by her colleagues and the CSM Board of Trustees with the title of Professor Emeritus by a unanimous vote during the trustees’ September meeting. McManus died in a tragic underwater diving accident off Newfoundland July 27 while performing research on the SS PLM 27 shipwreck as a member of the Battle of the Atlantic Research and Expedition Group.

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