2020 News Listing

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Confused by Grant Submission Processes? The Nonprofit Institute at CSM’s Free Grant Proposal Course on Jan. 14 Can Help

December 30, 2020

The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) welcomes area nonprofit organizations to attend a free grant proposal writing seminar Jan. 14, 2021 to learn about the local, state and federal grant submission process. Participants will also learn how to determine their funding needs; search for grants; develop a grant schedule; write a grant; and how to review, submit and report on grants.

CSM Campuses Close Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 for Winter Break

December 23, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will close for winter break starting at 3 p.m. on Dec. 23 and will resume normal operating hours on Jan. 4. During Winter Break, online services are available at http://my.CSMD.edu and www.csmd.edu. Students enrolled in the Winter Session will have access to services and resources during this time.

CSM Marketing Team Earns Three National Awards

December 18, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been recognized for its talented marketing efforts by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) District 1 Conference

CSM Nursing Student Kia Smith Will Intern as Deputy Chief of Staff for Delegate Al Carr at 2021 Maryland General Assembly Session

December 17, 2020

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) nursing student Verkia (Kia) Smith will intern as the deputy chief of staff for Maryland Del. Al Carr, of Montgomery County, during the upcoming Maryland General Assembly session. A resident of Waldorf, Smith also serves as the CSM La Plata Campus Student Association Vice President. She will begin her service for Maryland’s District 18 on the assembly’s opening day, Jan. 13, 2021 and continue through Sine Die — or the assembly’s adjournment — April 12.

Cross-College Transfer Allows Montgomery College’s Dr. Rodney Redmond to Serve as CSM’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs

December 14, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announced that College-wide Dean of English and Reading at Montgomery College (MC) Dr. Rodney Redmond will serve as CSM’s Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs effective January 2021. Redmond stepping into the interim vice president position at CSM marks a unique cross-college transfer between community colleges in Maryland and sets the stage for professional development opportunities that build leadership pipelines across the state’s academic institutions.

Timothy Scott Moore Construction Management Memorial Scholarship Assists CSM Students Pursuing Construction Careers

December 2, 2020

The family of Timothy Scott Moore has established a memorial scholarship in his name to provide financial support to students in the Construction Management Technology program at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). Moore spent his entire career in the construction industry, specifically with Waldorf-based Beltway Paving, where he was a vital component of the company’s operations.

Join CSM Grads at Virtual Engineering ‘Meet and Greet’ Dec. 3 and Learn How to Start Your STEM Career Here in Southern Maryland

November 30, 2020

Lexington Park resident Bobbie Diedrich will tell you she didn’t think she was very good at math in middle school – in fact she didn’t think much of math, at all. But in her second year at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) she decided to take Calculus 1 and Engineering just to see if she could change her mind about her aptitude, or her overall opinion about the world of Science, Math, Engineering and Technology (STEM).

CSM"s Sixth Mobile Hawk Feeder Event Provides 725 More Pounds of Food to Students in Need

November 24, 2020

Maryland Sen. Arthur Ellis and his wife Rosalind joined the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Student Life team last Thursday afternoon at the college’s La Plata Campus to help with its sixth drive-thru food distribution event for CSM students experiencing food insecurities. Approximately 725 pounds of food were passed out to students who expressed a need and pre-registered to come to campus Nov. 19.

CSM Ranks 22 of Top 30 Colleges Nationwide Recognized for Disaster Management Plans

November 16, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has been named to the Great Value Colleges ranking of the 30 U.S. colleges that are best prepared for disasters. The only Maryland higher education institution to make the nationwide list – CSM ranked 22nd and was one of only three community colleges to earn the recognition.

CSM Dedicates Dec. 1 ‘GivingTuesday’ Fundraiser to ‘Help a Hawk’ Emergency Fund to Help Students Impacted by Pandemic

November 11, 2020

When the pandemic hit in March 2020 and Gov. Larry Hogan ordered Marylanders to stay home, Lisa Tolomei – a single mother of two – immediately settled into her Chesapeake Beach home office. Her daughters Caitlyn and Emily weren’t so lucky. The day after Lisa started working from home, Caitlyn was laid off. And the day after that, Emily lost her job. All three Tolomeis are part-time students at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM).

Nonprofit Institute at CSM to Host "Vision in Fundraising: Nonprofit Sustainability" Seminar Nov. 17

November 9, 2020

The Nonprofit Institute at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is hosting a free virtual seminar entitled “Vision in Fundraising: Nonprofit Sustainability” presented by RBW Strategy CEO Rachel Werner on Nov. 17. Regional nonprofit leaders will learn why building strong and long-term partnerships with funders, peer organizations, volunteers and other stakeholders is essential for organizational growth.

CSM to Conduct National Search for New Chief Academic Officer

November 5, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will launch a national search for a new chief academic officer to replace CSM Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Eileen Abel, who will leave Nov. 30, 2020 to become Executive Director of the University System of Maryland Southern Maryland (USMSM).

CSM Adjunct Faculty Member and Two Students Earn ESFCU Scholarships

November 2, 2020

Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (ESFCU) recently honored Benjamin Stoddert Middle School physical education teacher and adjunct faculty member at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Brittany Aley with a professional development award. Two Charles County class of 2020 graduates, Taylor Colbert and Camryn Fryer, also received scholarships from the credit union and now attend CSM. Educational Systems FCU honors educators and students annually through its Support Education Foundation. Teachers and students apply for the awards and must meet certain eligibility criteria.

CSM Announces Dean’s List for 2020 Summer Sessions

November 2, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has released its dean’s list for the 2020 summer sessions. Students who have earned 12 or more credits at CSM are eligible to be considered for the dean’s list. At the end of the fall, spring and summer sessions, full- and part-time students who have completed at least six credits during the semester and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better will be included in the dean’s list.

CSM Foundation’s 29th Annual Golf Classic Raises More than $25,000 for ‘Help a Hawk’ Emergency Fund

October 28, 2020

The 29th annual College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation Golf Classic presented by Marrick Homes raised more than $25,000 for the CSM ‘Help a Hawk’ emergency fund and scholarship program established to support CSM’s most vulnerable students experiencing challenges from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place at Swan Point Country Club in Issue over a six-week span that began Sept. 3 and allowed golfers to safely play and record their rounds at different times to ensure physical distancing.

Connections; the Innocence Project w/ Huwe Burton; Dual Enrollment Parent Nights & a Nonprofit Sustainability Program are Just a Few of the November Events at CSM

October 27, 2020

CSM Connections Literary Series: Wayne Karlin. 1 p.m. Nov. 4. Zoom. CSM hosts Wayne Karlin who will be discussing and reading from his novel, A Wolf by the Ears. He is the author of seven novels and three non-fiction books, including Wandering Souls: Journeys with the Dead and the Living in Viet Nam. He is the recipient of two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Patterson Prize in Fiction, the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award, and the Juniper Prize in Fiction for A Wolf by the Ears. RSVPs are required to access Zoom information.

CSM’s Nov. 4 Connections Literary Series Features Professor Emeritus Wayne Karlin Sharing His Recently Released Novel, ‘A Wolf by the Ears’

October 21, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues its Connections Literary Series this fall with a reading from CSM Professor Emeritus Wayne Karlin during a free and virtual event Nov. 4, 2020. In the webinar, Karlin will discuss A Wolf by the Ears – his recently released novel that tells the story about thousands of enslaved people from plantations across the Tidewater who rallied to the British side, turning against an American republic that had barred them from the promises of freedom and democracy during the War of 1812.

New Agreement Allows PGCC Students to Transfer to CSM Medical Laboratory Technology Program with In-County Tuition Rate

October 20, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will now offer Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) students the opportunity to transfer to CSM’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program and pay CSM’s in-county tuition rate. The agreement builds on a 15-year model that has allowed CSM students to articulate to PGCC for Radiography and Respiratory Therapy classes and more recently, the PGCC Nuclear Medicine Technology program.

‘Liberty and Justice for All? The History of Voting Rights in America” is Explored in CSM’s Upcoming Free Voter Education Series Oct. 22

October 19, 2020

Registration is underway for the fourth segment of the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) 2020 ‘Informed, Engaged, Empowered = Ready – Set – VOTE!’ virtual series. The public is invited to join the free, interactive event, ‘Liberty and Justice for All? The History of Voting Rights in America,’ Oct. 22 from 7-8 p.m. and discover the evolution of American voting rights.

CSM Nursing Student Aniyah Gabriel Calls Educational Systems Federal Credit Union’s Community College Scholarship "Life Changing"

October 12, 2020

College of Southern Maryland nursing student Aniyah Gabriel, of White Plains, has been awarded an Educational Systems Federal Credit Union (FCU) 2020 Community College Scholarship. Gabriel’s $3,000 scholarship is provided by the Support Education Foundation, which was established in 2017 by Educational Systems FCU to help the credit union fulfill its core purpose of serving the education community.

Marrick Properties Donates Welding Equipment to Help Trade Students Perfect Their Skills

October 8, 2020

Marrick Properties recently donated a weld test bender that will give College of Southern Maryland (CSM) welding students an opportunity to evaluate the strength and integrity of their welds. The $1,316 piece of equipment is used by inspectors to bend weld specimens and provides immediate feedback to students as they perfect their skills. The equipment also allows instructors and students to see if there are weak points in welds.

CSM Chief of Staff Larisa Pfeiffer is Elected to Association of Community College Trustees to Represent Northeast Region

October 7, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that Chief of Staff Larisa Pfeiffer has been elected the Northeast Region Representative and Member-at-large for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Professional Board Staff Network (PBSN). In this capacity, Pfeiffer will provide leadership, facilitate communication and develop programs for the annual ACCT Congress.

CSM Hosts Virtual ‘Night of Engineering’ For Students Considering In-Demand, Local Engineering Jobs Oct. 27

October 1, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) invites potential students to a virtual ‘Night of Engineering’ via Zoom Oct. 27 to learn about the college’s mechanical and electrical engineering degree programs, how to transfer to the University of Maryland and also how to earn job experiences at the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.

Maestro Thomas Pandolfi Performs for CSM’s First Virtual Benny C. Morgan Recital Oct. 10

September 30, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recommences its 2019-2020 Benny C. Morgan Concert Series Saturday, Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. with a free virtual broadcast of American pianist Thomas Pandolfi. Maestro Pandolfi is recording a repertoire ranging from piano classics of Frederic Chopin to medleys of Broadway and popular songs of American composers Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin specifically for this series that will air on CSMDTube.

CSM Heads into Autumn Hosting Colorful Virtual Events with Monarch Butterflies, Readings, Music, a Night of Engineering – and Much More

September 28, 2020

Sign up to celebrate the annual fall migration of the Monarch butterfly from the United States to the Sierra Madres mountain region of Mexico. Like many pollinators, the Monarch population is declining and is at risk of disappearing. Join the Mystical Monarchs: Virtual Monarch Butterfly Festival Oct. 3 and learn about the importance of the Monarchs and other pollinators, and how we can be better stewards of this beautiful butterfly and the environment in which they live and share with us.

CSM Will Stay in Restricted Operations Through Academic Year; Operations at St. Charles Children’s Learning Center; the Fitness Centers; Libraries and Theater Remain Closed

September 22, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces it will remain in Restricted or Reduced Operations for the remainder of 2020-2021 academic year. Physical access to the campuses will remain limited and strict health precautions will continue to be rigorously enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at all of its campuses.

CSM MCET Assistant Director Tara Jones Takes the Helm as Region’s Water and Waste Operators Association President

September 21, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that CSM’s Maryland Center for Environmental Training (MCET) Assistant Director Tara Jones was sworn in as president of the Water and Waste Operators Association (WWOA) of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. She served as the organization’s president-elect for the past 12 months until the ‘gavel’ was passed to her Sept. 9, 2020.

Sen. President Emeritus Miller, Gov. Hogan and Students Discuss Bridging Political Divides During Launch of CSM’s Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership

September 16, 2020

Nearly 200 people tuned in Sept. 15 – International Day of Democracy – to participate in the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland’s (SMCM) leadership and voter education series entitled ‘Informed, Engaged, Empowered = Ready – Set – VOTE!’ to inaugurate the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership.

CSM’s Fall Connections Literary Series Opens Virtually with Poet, Editor, Essayist and Translator Martín Espada

September 15, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will present a virtual Connections Literary Series reading featuring Poet, Editor, Essayist and Translator Martín Espada Oct. 7 from 1-3 p.m. Espada will continue CSM’s long-standing tradition of connecting established and emerging authors with the Southern Maryland community by reading from his forthcoming book, Floaters, and other works during a free Zoom webinar.

Save the Date: All are Invited to Watch Velocity Center Ribbon Cutting and Dedication via Facebook Live Sept. 17

September 14, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Board of Trustees invites everyone to view the ribbon cutting and dedication of the Velocity Center in Indian Head this Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020 at 1:30 via Facebook Live on CSM’s Facebook page. The new CSM Velocity Center will be a place of innovation, learning and collaboration for academia, the Navy and our communities. The collaborative learning space at the center will support innovation and be a catalyst for workforce development and economic growth in Southern Maryland.

The College of Southern Maryland Equips Students with a Global View of the IT Industry — From Server Administration to Cybersecurity

September 13, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is the sixth-largest community college in Maryland, with an annual enrollment of more than 27,000. The school offers several IT-based degree programs (including computer engineering, computer science, cloud computing, and cybersecurity) designed for continuing education students as well as those fresh out of high school. With decades of experience in virtual teaching and partnerships with four-year institutions and regional employers, CSM is in an ideal position to help students acquire new skills and find job opportunities in the COVID era.

CSM Closes Sept. 5 - 7 in Observation of Labor Day Holiday

September 2, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces all CSM campuses will be closed Monday, Sept. 7, to observe the Labor Day holiday. In addition, CSM’s La Plata, Leonardtown, Prince Frederick and Regional Hughesville campuses — which are in Restricted Operations — will be closed Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6. Access to online services, including registration for credit and non-credit classes, remains available at www.csmd.edu.

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"Getting Southern Maryland Back to Work" Initiative Meets with Industry Leaders; Begins Addressing Employment Crisis Created by COVID-19

September 1, 2020

Southern Maryland industry leaders say a workforce trained in the essential skills of communication, customer service and office technology will be critical to their operational success in the post-COVID-19 environment. This was the common theme expressed by regional business owners during four virtual town halls sponsored this summer by the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) as part of its partnership aimed at Getting Southern Maryland Back to Work. The initiative is a joint effort to create a transparent, accessible and coordinated pathway to skills upgrade training and re-employment for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic.

Six Months Into Pandemic: Southern Marylanders Find Stress Relief, Social Interaction and Fun with CSM’s Personal Enrichment Classes

September 1, 2020

As Southern Maryland enters into its sixth month of battling the coronavirus, it is hard to find someone whose stress and anxiety levels have not been impacted by the pandemic. For that reason, more and more health experts are encouraging people to engage in self-care by being purposeful in creating social interactions for themselves and by engaging in both mental and physical exercises.

Indian Head’s Shekitia Walters Takes CSM’s National External Diploma Program to Earn High School Diploma During Pandemic

August 31, 2020

Shekitia Walters decided this was the year she was going to change her life – even before the word ‘coronavirus’ became a part of everyone’s vernacular. After a couple of failed attempts, the Indian Head mother of five decided to dig in and complete the Adult Education Program at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and attain something that she had desperately wanted for a long time: Her high school diploma.

CSM and SMCM Kick Off Virtual Voter Education Series on International Democracy Day Sept. 15 with Inauguration of the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership

August 28, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) are partnering to kick off a five-part leadership and voter education series entitled ‘Informed, Engaged, Empowered = Ready – Set – VOTE!’ on Sept. 15 – International Democracy Day – with the inauguration of the Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. Center for Leadership. The series of virtual community-focused events to promote voter education, civic engagement and personal empowerment are a collaboration between the center, CSM’s Equity and Inclusive Diversity Office and Student Life Department; and SMCM, the Center for the Study of Democracy and SMCM Student Activities Department. The events are aimed to prepare students and the Southern Maryland community for the upcoming elections.

CSM Hosts Virtual "Meet-and-Greet" Aug. 20

August 19, 2020

Join the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) team Thursday, Aug. 20, at 5 p.m. for Meet CSM, a virtual meet-and-greet. Attendees will hear from CSM students, professors and leadership and see what makes CSM the right choice to help students, the workforce and all members our of Southern Maryland community reach their goals.

Maryland Community Colleges Rank Third in the Nation; CSM Ranks Third Best in State and 51st in U.S.

August 19, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) received top national and regional ratings from personal finance gurus WalletHub for providing students with affordable and accessible education while maintaining good teacher-student ratio, transfer rates and outcomes. Maryland’s 16 community colleges ranked third best overall in the nation while CSM ranked third best in the state and landed in the number 51 spot out of 698 community colleges across the United States.

Nonprofit Institute at CSM Celebrates National Nonprofit Day; Announces 15th Annual Grants Training Seminar Transitions to Webinar Sept. 25

August 17, 2020

The Nonprofit Institute (NPI) at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recognizes National Nonprofit Day today by announcing it will transition its annual grant seminar to a webinar Sept. 25. Showcasing the “Nonprofit Roadmap to Success,” the 15th annual free grant training program will feature guest speaker Jennifer B. Jones, president, chief executive officer and founder of KyJour International.

CSM"s Amaya Yancey Wins NJCAAE NBA2K Tournament

August 13, 2020

Former CSM women’s basketball student-athlete Amaya Yancey has another award to add to her trophy case for her time at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The standout point guard won the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) NBA2K Tournament in April and earned $1,500 in scholarship prize money for her victory.

CSM"s Athletics Team Announces "Return to Play" Plan; Remains Flexible for Fall to Prepare for Spring

August 12, 2020

Adhering to the recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Athletics Department has announced its ‘Return to Play’ plan. CSM men’s and women’s cross country and women’s lacrosse will be suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year and the nine remaining athletic programs will be permitted to hold up to eight hours of training sessions per week in the fall semester beginning the week of Sept. 14 through Nov. 21 to prepare for spring competition.

The National Endowment for the Humanities Awards CSM’s Southern Maryland Studies Center $25,500 to Transcribe Local History

August 11, 2020

The Southern Maryland Studies Center (SMSC) at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) received $25,500 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to support the center’s “Stories of Southern Maryland Oral History Transcription Project” – an effort involving the transcription of 40 oral interviews documenting the history and culture of Southern Maryland.

American Red Cross Will Distribute Storm Cleanup Kits from CSM"s Leonardtown Campus Parking Lot August 11-12

August 10, 2020

The American Red Cross is supporting St. Mary’s County residents affected by Tropical Storm Isaias by distributing free cleanup kits Tuesday, Aug. 11 and Wednesday, Aug. 12 from the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Leonardtown Campus parking lot. Each cleanup kit includes a bucket, mop, push brooms, scrub brush, sponge, squeegee, hard surface cleaning solution, trash bags, work, Nitrile gloves, a tarp and face masks.

Broad Horizons and Bright Futures: CSM Secures 126 Transfer Agreements with 52 Universities for Their Students Pursuing Four-Year Degrees

August 7, 2020

When the fall semester at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) begins later this month, CSM students who want to further their education will have the benefits of 126 transfer and articulation agreements with 52 partners based in 16 states across the country, as well as in Paris, France. These agreements offer students a seamless transfer experience from CSM to four-year colleges and universities and empower them to broaden their horizons—intellectually and geographically.

Arts are Alive at CSM: Fine Art Instructors Take Creativity to New Levels for Online Art, Music, Theater, Dance and Digital Media Classes

August 5, 2020

Embracing the adage “the show must go on,” the Fine Arts instructors at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) have come up with creative ways to keep students learning and engaged in a mostly virtual learning environment. With a couple notable exceptions, every art, music, theater dance and digital media class will be held this fall semester.

Wynne Briscoe is Named Southern Maryland Regional Director of Small Business Development Center at CSM

July 30, 2020

The Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that Wynne Briscoe has been appointed director for the Southern Maryland regional office. The Southern Region SBDC at CSM provides free, confidential business consulting and low-cost business training to aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners in Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties.

Ceremony Brings Students Together Virtually to Celebrate CSM"s 2019-2020 Athletes

July 29, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) held its Athletics Banquet virtually last month to recognize student-athletes and their accomplishments during the 2019-20 school year. Coaches, members of the Student Life and Athletics Department and faculty congratulated student-athletes in a video shared on CSM Athletics’ Facebook page and handed out the annual Male Athlete of the Year, Female Athlete of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year awards.

CSM"s August Calendar: Learn How to Dual Enroll, Register for Class, Transfer, or Participate in a Blood Drive at the Prince Frederick Campus

July 26, 2020

Dual Enrollment Information Session 5 – 7 p.m., Aug. 3. Zoom. CSM designed virtual sessions that will provide information to parents and their high school students on the Dual Enrollment program. Have your questions answered by the CSM enrollment team. Dual enrollment allows students to take classes at CSM for college credit, while satisfying their high school graduation requirements. RSVPs are required to access Zoom information. Free. https://www.csmd.edu/apply-register/credit/steps-to-enroll-credit-courses/highschool-student-admissions/dual-enrollment-student-admissions/

CSM"s Grants Provide Tuition Support and More to Students Pursuing Essential, In Demand STEM and Cybersecurity Jobs

July 24, 2020

STEM jobs – in science, technology, engineering and math – are still among the most in demand in today’s ever-changing job market and despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. And the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has a way forward for students seeking careers in those fields thanks to a $953,243 award from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Scholarships in STEM (S-STEM) program, and a second NSF grant for $257,912 to help students pursue degrees in cybersecurity.

CSM to Host Red Cross Blood Drive August 25

July 15, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will again partner with the American Red Cross this summer to sponsor a third blood drive at its Prince Frederick Campus Aug. 25. The CSM Student Government Association is leading this third effort that also coincides with the recent #SleevesUpMD challenge issued by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland State Police asking all Marylanders to help replenish the area’s blood banks.

Seven CSM Student-Athletes Make NJCAA All-Academic Teams

July 13, 2020

Seven student-athletes from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) were named to the 2019-20 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Academic Teams for maintaining a grade point average (GPA) above 3.6, the NJCAA announced last Friday.

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"[Students] Inspire Me - How They Find a Way to Achieve Their Goals with Grace" - CSM President Talks with Southern Maryland Woman Magazine

July 10, 2020

The following article is reprinted in its entirety with permission from the July 2 edition of Southern Maryland Woman Magazine, in which College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Maureen Murphy reflects on the American experience during a global pandemic and the important role community colleges have always played in closing social equity gaps.

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"Humans of Calvert County" Facebook Page Features CSM Registrar Sharing Powerful Message about Community Colleges - and CSM

July 9, 2020

The following post is reprinted in its entirety, with permission, from the Humans of Calvert County Facebook page. The Humans of Calvert County is modeled after Humans of New York, which doesn’t share names as a general rule, with the thought that it helps make the story being shared the most important piece of what is being discussed, rather than who said it. (Although we think the person who said this is pretty darn important.)

CSM and Tri-County Council Partner to Launch ‘Getting Southern Maryland Back to Work’ Initiative in Response to COVID-19 and Rising Unemployment Numbers

July 9, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland (TCCSMD) announce a new regional workforce development collaboration set to immediately respond to the economic catastrophe caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. TCCSMD’s Workforce Development Division and CSM’s Continuing Education & Workforce Development Division have partnered to launch the Getting Southern Maryland Back to Work initiative – a joint effort that creates a transparent, accessible and coordinated pathway to skills upgrade training and re-employment for individuals who are unemployed or underemployed as a result of the crisis.

CSM Closes in Observance of Independence Day

July 3, 2020

In observance of Independence Day, all College of Southern Maryland remote operations will be closed July 3-4. Access to online services, including registration, remains available at www.csmd.edu and through my.CSMD services.

As a Pioneer of Distance Learning, CSM Continues 20-Year Tradition of Offering Flexible Online Choices this Fall Semester

June 25, 2020

Class registration for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is open for the fall semester, and free virtual workshops designed to help students understand the registration process are underway. With more than 20 years of distance learning experience under its belt, CSM has easily moved its fall 2020 semester class offerings to a virtual environment, breaking classes into three categories designed for flexibility – and able to pivot with safety requirements driven by the status of the COVID-19 virus.

CSM Trustees Approve FY21 Budget, Freeze Tuition, Waive Online Fees

June 19, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland Board of Trustees at its June 18 meeting approved the college’s Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) budget of $60,556,232, which reflects an 8.6 percent decrease from FY 2020 based on projected tuition, and approved funding by the state and by Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties’ boards of county commissioners.

Buzzworthy: CSM Celebrates National Pollinator Week, Earns Recertification as a Bee Campus

June 17, 2020

Bee City USA® renewed the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Bee Campus USA certification following a rigorous application process, and just in time for National Pollinator Week June 22-28. The college was recognized for collective efforts at its four campuses to conduct pollinator education and outreach, and sustain pollinator health and habitat with a least-toxic integrated pest management plan.

CSM"s Medical Lab Tech Grads Get Salute from American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science

June 9, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Program Class of 2020 was recognized by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS) as part of their “Salute to Seniors” campaign. Graduates from medical laboratory programs in the United States and Canada are being celebrated in order to spread awareness of the profession’s critical role in the healthcare team.

CSM Ceremony Celebrates 58 Nursing Graduates; Themes of Resiliency, Compassion and Battling COVID-19 Resonate Throughout

June 8, 2020

The Spring 2020 College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 58 nursing candidates for graduation crossed their final hurdle of an unforgettable life season June 5 when they attended their nursing recognition and pinning ceremony. Like most of their final months together this semester – they gathered in a virtual environment – this time to share the time-honored tradition that included speeches, showing off their decorated caps and the pinning.

CSM Honors Dr. Tracey Stuller with Faculty Excellence Award

June 3, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) honored Biology Professor Dr. Tracey Stuller with the college’s Faculty Excellence Award. The award honors faculty for outstanding achievement in classroom teaching, contributions both to their department and the college, professional development and community commitment. Stuller has distinguished herself among the science and engineering division through her engagement with her students and her service to the college.

"We Must Do Better" - an Open Letter from the CSM President

May 29, 2020

This morning we celebrated the College of Southern Maryland’s 61st Spring Commencement virtually. I watched from my living room, wearing our Men of Excellence cord, which honors our graduates who are men of color. Commencement is a ceremony that represents hope, and in the names of the graduates that scrolled across the screen, I saw the potential for a better world.

CSM Announces 2020 Spring Commencement Candidates for Graduation

May 29, 2020

The following students were recognized as candidates for associate degrees, certificates or letters of recognition at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 61st Spring Commencement ceremony held Friday, May 29, 2020 during a virtual celebration held in social media.

CSM Commemorates 61st Spring Commencement During Virtual Graduation Ceremony and Watch Party

May 29, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) celebrated 470 candidates for 462 associate degrees and 214 certificates during its 61st Spring Commencement Ceremony, held May 29. The 2020 graduating class boasts several unique characteristics, chief among them that they are the first CSM graduates to turn their tassels in a virtual ceremony shared on social media.

CSM to Host Two Red Cross Blood Drives in June; Joins Governor"s Call for #SleevesUpMD

May 24, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and sponsor two blood drives at its Prince Frederick Campus June 17 and 30. The blood drives coincide with the recent #SleevesUpMD challenge issued by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan and the Maryland State Police asking all Marylanders to raise pledges for blood donations.

Letter from CSM President Dr. Maureen Murphy: "CSM is Here for You"

May 22, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland is open! As our community adapts to the changes brought on by the pandemic, CSM is here. Our campuses may be shuttered right now, but the college has never stopped. One example is CSM’s 61st spring commencement on May 29. All are invited to celebrate as our students receive 462 degrees and 214 certificates in a virtual, online ceremony shared on CSM’s Facebook page!

There is Plenty to Choose from at CSM’s Kids" and Teen College This Summer

May 21, 2020

Registration for Kids’ and Teen College at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has opened to offer 150 virtual enrichment programs for children ages 5 to 17 years old. These programs allow kids and teens to design a fun, online summer experience specific to their interests, from home.

Virtual Student Government Elections Shine a Light on Campaigning via Social Media for CSM’s New Student Leaders

May 21, 2020

National and regional politicians looking to hone their skills in the cyber world of election campaigns could learn a thing or two from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) students who spent the end of their spring semester stumping for votes online. The cast of new leaders who were just elected as the 2020-21 CSM Student Government Association (SGA) officers will tell you they felt very connected to their constituents – almost too connected – as they navigated CSM’s first virtual student election process via a phone app.

CSM Holds Virtual "White Coat Ceremony" to Celebrate Next Generation of Laboratory Healthcare Heroes

May 19, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) held a virtual “White Coat Ceremony” May 18 to recognize and applaud its five Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) students who will soon graduate with their associate of applied science degrees. The students will join the nation’s MLT healthcare workers on the front lines where lab work has never been more important as it is today in helping the world identify and cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

CSM Taps Soccer Coach Charlie Raphael to Lead Women Hawks

May 11, 2020

Raphael comes to CSM after most recently serving as the head coach of the girls varsity soccer team at Huntingtown High School. The Hurricanes went to the playoffs every year during his five-year stay from 2015-2019, making it to the state semifinals in his first year and the state championship game in 2017.

Nonprofit Institute at CSM Refocuses to Help Leaders Navigate COVID-19 Relief Loans and Grants

May 4, 2020

During emergencies, Southern Maryland’s most vulnerable populations turn to the same familiar faces they interact with routinely from their area community-based nonprofit organizations. That’s why when the news of the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, the Nonprofit Institute (NPI) at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) immediately heightened its operations to help local nonprofit leaders maintain their critical services as well as navigate the many applications for desperately needed COVID-19 relief loans and grant money.

As Weather Warms, CSM Readies to Launch #GivingTuesdayNow, Holds First Virtual Commencement, Open House and Night of Cybersecurity in Zoom

April 30, 2020

“Giving Tuesday Now” May 5: All day, online. May 5. The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation will join the global movement #GivingTuesdayNow. #GivingTuesdayNow is a day of giving and unity that will take place on social media May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by COVID-19. Follow CSM Alumni and Friends on Facebook throughout the day. All proceeds will go to the CSM Hawks Student Emergency Fund to aid vulnerable students experiencing challenges from the pandemic. csmfoundation@csmd.edu. 301-934-7647.

CSM Foundation Joins #GivingTuesdayNow to Raise Money for Students Impacted by COVID-19

April 29, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Foundation will join the global online movement #GivingTuesdayNow to aid CSM’s most vulnerable students experiencing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic. #GivingTuesdayNow is a day of giving and unity that will take place on social media May 5, 2020 as an emergency response to the unprecedented needs caused by the coronavirus.

CSM"s Medical Laboratory Technicians Join National Virtual 5K Race To Support Lab Workers

April 28, 2020

The Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) Program at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) joined the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science by participating in the National Virtual 5K race to highlight and celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals week, April 19-25. While the nation’s Medical Laboratory Technician healthcare heroes are on the front lines every day, their work has never been more important as they help the world identify and cope with the current COVID-19 pandemic.

CSM Basketball Players Earn Postseason Honors

April 22, 2020

Thanks to Southern Maryland Newspapers, the following article is reprinted, in part, from their sports section with permission. While the College of Southern Maryland men’s and women’s basketball teams may have fallen short of their collective team goals, members of both squads were recently selected for postseason honors.

CSM Takes Steps to Brace for Financial Hardship Caused by COVID-19 and Continues to Support Current and New Students

April 21, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that it has taken a number of actions that will affect college personnel as it continues to address the operating environment and financial impact caused by COVID-19. In addition, CSM will freeze tuition for the fall semester, and waive summer and fall semester course fees to help current, returning and new students impacted by the pandemic.

CSM Donates College’s Medical Supplies and Equipment; Nursing Students Volunteer for the Front Lines of the Pandemic Response

April 16, 2020

When the national call to action sounded for public donations of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in mid-March, College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Health Sciences Division Chair Dr. Laura Polk rallied CSM colleagues in her division, the Science and Engineering Division and CSM’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development healthcare programs – and got to work. She immediately organized staff and faculty to gather the college’s PPE and medical supplies for local health care providers who were preparing for the surge of COVID-19 patients in the nation’s battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

CSM Waives Online Course Fees for Credited Summer Classes, Registration Underway

April 15, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that it will waive the $20 per credit online course fee for its 2020 Summer Sessions to help current and new students ease the pressure associated with transitioning to an online learning environment. Registration for the 2020 Summer Sessions is currently underway.

CSM Extends Remote Operations and Online Learning Through May 31; Campuses Remain Closed

April 9, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announced that it will maintain a virtual learning environment for its students for the rest of the spring semester and faculty and staff will continue to operate remotely through May 31. CSM’s campuses remain restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel. This date may again be extended as CSM stands united with the nation in the fight against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

CSM Updates Operational Status: Online Classes Will Continue through April 30; Campuses Remain Closed

March 30, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that it will maintain a virtual learning environment through April 30. Access to CSM’s campuses remains restricted to pre-approved and authorized personnel and all CSM work functions will continue to operate remotely through April 24. These dates may be extended as CSM joins its fellow Marylanders in the battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

UPDATE: CSM Takes Additional Steps to Limit Spread of Coronavirus

March 12, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that it is taking additional steps to help in the national response to reduce the spread of COVID-19. As a precaution, the college is on track to begin reduced operations Monday, March 16, when it moves the majority of credit and non-credit classes to a virtual environment.

CSM and SMADC Invite Students to Cultivate Skills in Agriculture and Animal Science

March 9, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and the Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission (SMADC) are joining forces to highlight exciting career opportunities in agriculture and animal science. Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus and plan to attend a six-hour course that will help students identify and compare different segments of agricultural and farming industry specializations.

Second Hawk Feeder Location on College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

March 4, 2020

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues growing an initiative to support students, staff, and faculty who experience food insecurity by recently placing a second Hawk Feeder station at the La Plata Campus in the atrium of the Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD, Center for Science and Technology (ST) Building.

CSM Men of Excellence Mentoring Program Points Black Male Students Toward Success

February 28, 2020

Every fall for nearly a decade, the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has welcomed its African American students to join its Men of Excellence Program – a college-wide initiative aimed at improving the recruitment, success, retention, graduation and transfer rates of black men who enter as first-time, full- or part-time students at the college. The program was recently highlighted at a ‘Lunch and Learn’ as part of CSM’s 30-Day Justice Challenge that has had CSM communities spending the month of July learning about racial injustices against black people in America.

Artist Beverly Ress Shares: "Drawing Is A Way To Pay Attention." Her Exhibit "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" Continues at CSM"s Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery Through March 19

February 19, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) presents the exhibition ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ featuring the work of artist Beverly Ress through March 19 in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. From her website, Ress describes her work as the exploration of the connection between the physicality of memento mori and the enduring abstraction of ideas.

Beyond CSM: Upcoming Transfer Fairs Help Students Make Decisions About the Next Step in Their Education

February 10, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will host three transfer fairs in February — Feb. 24 at the La Plata Campus; Feb. 25 at the Leonardtown Campus and Feb. 25 at the Prince Frederick Campus. These events are a valuable opportunity for CSM students to meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, explore college majors, degree programs and meet with CSM faculty to gather information about planning the next step in their education.

CSM Holds Dual Enrollment Information Night for Parents of High School Students Feb. 18, 19 and 20

February 7, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) invites area parents of high school students to attend an informational Dual Enrollment Parent Night at one of three of the college’s four campuses, Feb. 18, 19 and 20 to learn more about the opportunity that allows high school students to take classes at CSM for college credit while satisfying high school graduation requirements.

Community College Students Spontaneously Chant “No BRFA” as Advocacy Day Rally Concludes

February 6, 2020

Community college students and presidents from around the state rallied in Annapolis on Feb. 4 before meeting with elected representatives to advocate for more robust state fiscal support of Maryland’s community colleges. The enthusiastic group of about 300 students, including 14 representatives from the College of Southern Maryland, came ready to both thank legislators for previous support, and to discuss their grievances related to the harmful effects anticipated from Governor Larry Hogan’s 2020 BRFA (Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act) legislation, SB 192/HB 152.

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery to Feature "Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" by Beverly Ress

February 6, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) presents an exhibition – ‘Sic Transit Gloria Mundi’ – featuring the work of artist Beverly Ress Feb. 10-March 19 in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery. From her website, Ress describes her work as the exploration of the connection between the physicality of memento mori and the enduring abstraction of ideas.

CSM"s Benny C. Morgan Concert Series Features an Afternoon with Timothy Hudson on the Trumpet Feb. 15

February 4, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) continues its 2019-2020 Benny C. Morgan Concert Series Feb. 15 at its Leonardtown Campus with a free 3 p.m. performance by Trumpeter Timothy Hudson. He will be accompanied by CSM’s Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Education Division Chair and Professor of Music and Coordinator of Music, Theater, and Dance Dr. Stephen Johnson on the piano.

CSM Awards Tenure to Two Faculty Members

February 3, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Board of Trustees at its January meeting awarded two full-time faculty members tenure. CSM Associate Professor of Physics, Engineering and Mathematics Dr. John Short, who teaches at the Leonardtown Campus, and CSM Professor and Coordinator of Psychology Dr. Suzette Wright, who teaches at the La Plata Campus, have met or exceeded the standard set forth in the tenure review policy as established jointly by college administrators and CSM Faculty Senate.

Erik Koch to Take Over as Men"s Golf Head Coach at College of Southern Maryland

January 31, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) welcomes Erik Koch as the new head coach of its Men’s Golf program. Koch comes to CSM after working at Lackey High School for 23 years. While at Lackey, he coached golf from 2003 to 2007 and took the Chargers to two state championships. He also coached Lackey’s girl’s varsity basketball, football and softball teams.

CSM Professor Sarah Hand Earns Dale P. Parnell Faculty Distinction Recognition

January 30, 2020

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Associate Professor of Math Sarah Hand has been awarded the prestigious 2020 Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty Recognition from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). This national award recognizes instructors who demonstrate a passion for learning, a willingness to support every student inside and out of the classroom and who participate in college committees to go beyond what is required to ensure student success. Named in honor of AACC’s former president and CEO, this designation has been established to recognize individuals who make a difference in the classroom.

Learn How CSM Provides Classes for Homeschooled Students at Feb. 7 "Homeschool Experience Day"

January 30, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will host homeschool students at its Prince Frederick Campus Feb. 7 to share how CSM can help them jump start their college education. Participants can tour the campus; experience a CSM class; learn about dual enrollment, support services and transfer information and talk to current homeschooled dual enrollment students.

Concerts, Homeschool Experience Day, Dual Enrollment Seminars, College Transfer Fairs and 10th Annual Nonprofit Institute Conference Highlight Busy February at CSM

January 27, 2020

CSM Homeschool Experience Day. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 7. College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, 115 J.W. Williams Road, Prince Frederick. CSM will host homeschooled students at its Prince Frederick Campus to share how the college can provide these students an early college education.

CSM Announces Fall Dean’s List

January 24, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) has released its dean’s list for the fall session. Students who have earned 12 or more credits at CSM are eligible to be considered for the dean’s list. At the end of the fall, spring and summer sessions, full- and part-time students who have completed at least six credits during the semester and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better will be included in the dean’s list. For information about CSM, visit www.csmd.edu,

CSM Student Micah Kay Wins AKA Sorority"s MLK Day of Service Essay Contest

January 22, 2020

Micah Kay, a second-year psychology major at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), is the 2020 collegiate-level winner of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®, Nu Zeta Omega Chapter’s MLK Day of Service Essay Contest. Results of the contest were announced Jan. 20 during the MLK Day of Service Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

CSM Announces 2020 Winter Commencement Candidates for Graduation

January 16, 2020

The following students were recognized as candidates for associate degrees, certificates or letters of recognition at the 21st Winter Commencement ceremony on Thursday, January 16 at the College of Southern Maryland’s La Plata Campus.

‘Vision 2020: Roadmap to Clarity’ Guides Nonprofit Institute at CSM’s 10th Annual Conference Feb. 20

January 15, 2020

Regional nonprofit organizations will learn to map a road to clarity at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 10th Annual Nonprofit Institute (NPI) Conference Feb. 20. Representatives from the region’s nonprofit organizations are invited to attend this event that is designed to spark ideas of how organizations can derive greater values from their resources. Registration opens today, Jan. 15.

CSM Closes January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 15, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The college will resume its normal schedule Tuesday, Jan. 21. The first day of classes for the spring 2020 semester and minisession I is also Jan. 21.

Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development Awards $500,000 for CSM Velocity Center at Indian Head

January 15, 2020

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) through the Division of Neighborhood Revitalization has awarded $500,000 to the Charles County Chamber of Commerce Military Alliance Council (MAC) for the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Velocity Center at Indian Head. Funded through DHCD’s Strategic Demolition Fund, the college’s project is the only project from Charles County among the 58 Neighborhood Revitalization Awards totaling $6 million across the state announced in December.

CSM Announces Keynote Speaker for 21st Winter Commencement Jan. 16

January 8, 2020

The College of Southern Maryland will recognize 508 candidates for 465 degrees and 255 certificates during its 21st Winter Commencement Jan. 16 at the La Plata Campus. The graduates range in age from 19 to 62 with nearly 33 percent from Charles County, 32.5 percent from St. Mary’s County, 26 percent from Calvert County and the remainder from out of the area. Of the associate’s degree candidates, more than 18 percent will graduate with honors.

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