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CSM Appoints Ellen Flowers-Fields as Vice President of Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development

May 25, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces that CSM Associate Vice President Ellen Flowers-Fields will be appointed vice president of CSM’s Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development (CWD) effective July 1. The establishment of the Division of Continuing Education and Workforce Development – which separates the CWD department from the Division of Learning – is part of a strategic organizational change approved May 18 by the CSM Board of Trustees to better serve the region’s workforce pipeline needs.


CSM Commemorates 64th Spring Commencement with 471 Candidates Receiving 389 Degrees, 142 Certificates

May 24, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) returned to its La Plata Campus’ Physical Education (PE) Building for the first time since 2020 to celebrate its time-honored graduation ceremonies in front of a packed house during its 64th Spring Commencement May 12. Four-hundred, seventy-one candidates for graduation were recognized for earning 389 degrees and 142 certificates – included among them – 62 Charles County Public School (CCPS) seniors who participated in the inaugural Early College program to earn their General Studies Transfer certificates.


CSM Professors Recognize Exceptional Students at Academic Excellence Award Reception

May 24, 2023

Exceptional students from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently gathered with their mentors, family and friends at the La Plata Campus 10 to celebrate their academic achievements. Professors heaped praise on their students—with passion and even, at times, poetry — sharing that the students they were introducing “gave [them] hope for the future,” “is the kind of student we all want to have,” and “made CSM a better place by being here.”


CSM Names Hometown Hero David Hupp 2023 Distinguished Alumni

May 23, 2023

Lusby resident and College of Southern Maryland (CSM) alumnus Dr. David Hupp ’07 credits the lessons he learned at CSM with inspiring his impressive work ethic, drive to achieve and his commitment to his community. For his many outstanding achievements and contributions to southern Maryland, The Quality Improvement Team Leader for The John Hopkins Hospital, community first responder, and lifelong learner was recognized as CSM’s 2023 Distinguished Alumni during the college’s May commencement ceremony.


CSM Announces 2023 Spring Commencement Candidates for Graduation

May 12, 2023

The following students will be recognized as candidates for associate degrees, certificates, or letters of recognition at the College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) 64th Spring Commencement ceremony held Friday, May 12, 2023, at CSM’s La Plata Campus.


CSM Recognizes Professor Kimberley Donnelly With 2023 Faculty Excellence Award

May 11, 2023

CSM Professor Kimberley Donnelly is committed to every student's academic growth -- and has been on her own path of growth as well, continually looking for ways to improve her teaching, her department, and the entire CSM community. Her contributions to CSM have earned her CSM's 2023 Full Time Faculty Excellence Award.


CSM MLT Coordinator Tiffany Gill to Serve as Commencement Speaker at Immaculata University

May 10, 2023

Tiffany Gill has attended many commencements at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) in her role as CSM’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) program coordinator, looking on proudly as her students accept their degrees or certificates and head off to begin professional lives as medical laboratorians. But on May 12 when CSM celebrates it candidates for graduation during its 64th Spring Commencement ceremonies, Gill will be on a different stage performing a different role. She will be serving as the commencement speaker for the graduate program ceremonies at her alma mater, Immaculata University.


CSM Inducts Seven Nursing students into Alpha Omega Chapter of the Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society

May 3, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) recently inducted seven nursing students into Alpha Omega, CSM’s chapter of the Organization for Associate Degree Nursing (OADN) Alpha Delta Nu Honor Society. The nursing students selected for this honor earned Bs or better in all of their nursing courses without repeating the courses and together completed a scholarly project related to the advancement of nursing as a profession.


Bureau of Land Management Eastern States, CCPS, Chesapeake Conservancy and CSM Join to Introduce Students to Careers in Environmental Science and Stewardship

May 2, 2023

The Bureau of Land Management Eastern States (BLM), Charles County Public Schools, Chesapeake Conservancy and College of Southern Maryland (CSM) hosted “Creating an Environmental Foundation for Success,” a career symposium for high school and college students in Charles County, Maryland. The symposium took place at CSM’s Velocity Center in Indian Head on April 25.


UMGC Universities of La Plata Opens at CSM Campus, Makes Transfer to Four-Year Degree Even More Seamless

April 28, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is continuously looking for new ways to partner with four-year universities throughout the state and beyond to make it as easy as possible for students to continue their education after they complete their CSM degree. As part of that effort, CSM has partnered with University of Maryland, Global Campus (UMGC) to open a UMGC location at the La Plata Campus.


Students Tackle Global Warming at VelocityX: Climate Innovation Hackathon, Earn $12,000 in Prizes

April 27, 2023

As climate change impacts our lives and environment, how will we share the information that people will need to make decisions? This was the question that 25 participants from the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), local high schools and other colleges recently grappled with as they competed for prizes from a $12,000 pool at the VelocityX: Climate Innovation Hackathon at CSM's Velocity Center in Indian Head.

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From Minimum Wage, to HVAC Specialist, to Top Naval Civilian Ranks, James Thompson Inspires with Story of How CSM Trades Program Changed his Life

April 26, 2023

“Not to be dramatic, but when I started at CSM I had two options: Give it all I had, or I wasn't going to be around much longer,” recalls James Thompson. At the time, he was working a minimum-wage fast food job and living without stable housing when his now-wife inspired him to think bigger. Today, Thompson is deputy public works officer for Naval Support Activity South Potomac, Indian Head -- the top civilian in the public works department.


CSM Associate Vice President of Marketing Admissions and Recruitment Avis McMillon Joins JBA’s 2023 Honorary Commanders Program

April 11, 2023

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Associate Vice President of Marketing, Admissions, and Recruitment Avis McMillon was recently inducted into the Joint Base Andrews (JBA) 2023 Honorary Commanders Program. McMillon is one of 16 community and civic leaders welcomed into the program which promotes communication and partnerships between key leaders of the base and surrounding communities.


Children’s Theater Burrows into CSM’s Theater This Weekend with “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”

April 6, 2023

Children’s theater returns to the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) this weekend with a production of “The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wood),” Roald Dahl’s much-loved story of vain attempts of three farmers, “Boggis, Bunce, and Bean, one fat, one short, and one lean,” to get rid of the fox who regularly steals food from their farms. With audience participation, lively music, a colorful cast featuring local children, and a kid-friendly runtime, the play is sure to appeal to young audiences.


Experience the Energy and Excitement of Live Performances at CSM This Spring

April 5, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) is in the midst of a vibrant spring arts season that is bringing the best in theater, music and visual arts to the tri-county area. Whether you’re an old friend of the arts at CSM or attending your very first performance, you will be sure to find something in our first fully in-person season in three years, which brings back perennial favorite offerings while introducing new talent.


CSM Presents a Conversation with Author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai on National Vietnam War Veterans Day

March 27, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) invites the community to a reading and conversation with award-winning author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai at the La Plata campus March 29 at 1 p.m. The discussion with the author – who was born in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and through her writing explores the conflict and its aftermath – will take place on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, giving attendees the opportunity to reflect on how this period of history echoes through communities at home and abroad.


CSM President Dr. Yolanda Wilson Testifies on Capitol Hill, Requests Congress Extend Pell Grant Eligibility to Part-Time Students, Workforce Programs

March 24, 2023

College of Southern Maryland President Dr. Yolanda Wilson appeared before a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee March 23 to ask members of Congress to extend Pell Grant eligibility to quality, short-term workforce development programs. During the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Subcommittee Public Witness Day, Wilson explained that support of Workforce Pell Grants for students in short-term programs is critical.


CSM and Calvert County Public Schools Partner to Offer High School Seniors Early College

March 22, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) and Calvert County Public Schools (CCPS) have partnered to launch a tuition-free early start to higher education by offering Early College for rising high school seniors. The pilot program in Calvert County is open to 20 students – five students from each of the county’s four high schools for the 2023-24 academic year.


CSM Closes March 13-17 for Spring Break

March 12, 2023

All campuses of the College of Southern Maryland will close March 13 for the college’s Spring Break and reopen Monday, March 20, 2023. Access to online services, including registration for credit and non-credit classes, remains available at


Join Coders and Inventors to Transform Problems into Solutions at the CSM Velocity Center’s Climate Change Hackathon March 30-31

March 8, 2023

Registration is now open for College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Velocity X Climate Innovation Hackathon where participating teams will solve real world challenges by inventing, designing and testing solutions to solve the impact of climate change. Held at the Velocity Center in Indian Head, coders and inventors are invited to join community partners for a day of solving community problems March 30 and 31.


‘Provocations’ Lecture Series Returns to CSM March 9; Explores Impact of Pandemic on Educators

March 6, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) 2023 Faculty Excellence Lecture Series ‘Provocations’ returns March 9 to an in-person format for the first time since the start of pandemic. The lecture, aptly titled ‘Looking back: The Impact of COVID-19 on Teaching Practices, Student Relationships and Mental Health of College Educators,’ will be presented by CSM Communication Adjunct Professors Nikki Phillips and Gina Johnson.


CSM Partnership Meets St. Mary’s Nursing Center Workforce Needs; Sees Impressive Results, Student Success

March 3, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) Continuing Education and Workforce Development team and the St. Mary’s County Nursing Center (SMNC) mark a three-year partnership in 2023 that outlasted the crisis that inspired it. “There isn’t just one significant piece of the program that gets students to the finish line,” said CSM Healthcare Program Manager Sarah Butler. “This partnership is a true team effort.”


CSM Theater Presents “How I Learned to Drive”

March 2, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland’s (CSM) wildly funny and surprising production of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, “How I Learned to Drive” opens this March 3 at the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater on the La Plata campus. Performances run through March 12.


Night of Engineering Introduces Students to Seamless, Affordable Path from CSM to USMSM And Engineering Careers in Southern Maryland

March 1, 2023

Building awareness around the College of Southern Maryland's (CSM) engineering pathways and workforce development partnerships continues in March when CSM hosts 'Night of Engineering' at its Leonardtown Campus. During ‘Night of Engineering,’ CSM spotlights its Electrical and Mechanical Engineering majors and the Southern Maryland ENTRY Program – a partnership with the University of Maryland that offers a seamless path to an engineering bachelor’s degree and allows students to stay close to home by attending the University System of Maryland Southern Maryland (USMSM).


CSM Seeks Nominations for Distinguished Alumni Award

February 27, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Alumni and Friends Connection is currently accepting nominations for the 2023 Distinguished Alumni Award. This award honors former students who have distinguished themselves through outstanding professional achievements, exemplary service to the community and/or exceptional service to CSM.


CSM Inducts Students into Region’s Newest Chapter of Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society; Changes Business Pathway to Better Serve Students and Community

January 31, 2023

It is no longer “business as usual” at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM). The college has reimagined its Business Management Program by offering new curriculum; inducted business students into the college’s very first chapter of the Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society; and formed a new Business and Accounting Club so that students can better connect with one another and local businesses.

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CSM Nursing Students Revel in Accomplishments, Prove Hard Work Pays Off

January 30, 2023

Fifty-seven new nurses received their nursing pins during a Nursing Recognition Ceremony Jan. 12 as part of the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) 2023 Winter Commencement. The graduates chose the Nelson Mandela quote, “It always seems impossible until it is done” as their theme, and speakers returned to that idea again and again throughout the ceremony.


CSM Celebrates Graduates Pursuing Health Care Careers

January 29, 2023

College of Southern Maryland (CSM) students who have chosen to pursue careers in health care were celebrated Jan. 12 at the Health Career Readiness Recognition ceremony. In total, 73 students completed programs to become Certified Nursing and Geriatric Nursing Assistants, Clinical Medical Assistants, Certified Dental Assistants, Phlebotomy Technicians, Nutrition Coaches, Personal Trainers and Paramedics.

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CSM Presents Honorary Degree to Harry Shasho

January 18, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) presented Harry Shasho, one of the college’s champions and an outstanding community member and business leader, with an honorary degree during the college’s 24th Winter Commencement ceremonies Friday, Jan. 13.

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CSM Business Instructor Jeffrey Hunt Becomes College’s First Endowed Faculty Member for Innovation

January 10, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) announces Instructor of Business Jeffrey Hunt ’95 has been named the college’s first Endowed Faculty for Innovation. In this role, the CSM alumnus will work to catalyze the unique opportunity to collaborate with military partners at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Indian Head by engaging students, faculty, businesses and the scientific community in activities supporting the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem efforts.


CSM Early College Expands to Include all Seven Charles County High Schools for Rising Juniors and Seniors; Info Sessions Underway

January 9, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Early College partnership with Charles County public schools will expand to include all seven high schools in the next academic year and will include rising juniors, as well as rising seniors. The tuition-free program for the 2023-24 academic year offers an opportunity for high schoolers to experience being a full-time college student, save money and complete college credits while still in high school.

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MACC Executive Director Dr. Brad Phillips to Deliver Keynote Address at CSM’s 24th Winter Commencement

January 6, 2023

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) will recognize 532 candidates for 428 degrees and 226 certificates during its 24th Winter Commencement ceremonies Friday, Jan. 13 at the La Plata Campus. The graduate’s range in age from 18 to 67 with 40 percent from Charles County, 27 percent from St. Mary’s County, 28 percent from Calvert County and the remainder from out of the area. Of the associate degree candidates, more than 23 percent will graduate with honors. The most attained degrees are Arts and Sciences, Nursing, Cybersecurity and Business Administration.

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