11/2015 - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

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HawkTalk - November 2015 Edition

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Want to know what activities are happening on campus? Check out the Student Life Calendar.

Register Now for Spring Semester and January Term!

It is still not too late to register for the 2016 Spring Semester and January Term courses! Academic advisors are available to help you plan your semesters.

Upcoming Academic Terms and Minisessions:

  • January Term: January 6 - January 20 (15-day session)
  • Spring Semester (Full Term): January 25 - May 10 (15-week full term)
  • Spring Minisession I: January 25 - March 15 (7-week minisession)
  • Spring Minisession II: March 28 - May 12 (7-week minisession)

Graduating this Fall? Be sure to make an appointment with Academic Advising to complete your graduation application before the deadlines below. 

December 15: Deadline to apply for a diploma

See the 2016 Commencement Guide or graduation web site for additional information.



Fall campus

Thanksgiving Break

The college will be closed November 25 – 29. Classes will resume November 30.



Find Your Program of Study on the New Website!

Having difficulty finding your program of study on the new website? Follow these three easy steps:

  1. Visit the main web page and select Programs and Courses
  2. Select Credit and Degree Programs.
  3. Click Academic Catalog on a list on the left navigation bar.

On this page, you can also find the schedule of classes, the general education requirements list, guaranteed transfer agreements, graduation information, and more!      



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See the World and Earn Credits Along the Way!

Tired of sitting in a classroom? Enjoy world-class music, food, and culture while earning college credits with CSM’s Travel Study courses! Register now for upcoming trips!

  • New Orleans | January 11-16, 2016
  • Africa | March 18-27, 2016
  • Belize | March 18-27, 2016

Scholarship opportunities are available. For more information, please visit our website or contact Heather Zeolla at


The deadline to audit or withdraw from a course is coming up fast. Be sure to keep the date below in mind if you are concerned about your grades affecting your transcript or GPA.

  • December 2: Last date to audit or withdraw from a 2015 Fall Minisession II (7-week minisession) class.

Note: If you are using financial assistance or veteran’s benefits, please check with those offices first before withdrawing from a course. Withdrawing could have an impact on future financial assistance and VA benefits.

CSM College Store

Textbook Buyback and Book Rentals

Textbook Buyback is going on December 8-11 and 14-16. Students may sell used books and supplemental materials back to the CSM College Stores on each campus. The college store does not buy back study guides, workbooks, or books containing CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or access codes. Your college ID is required. Visit the CSM College Store website for more information.

The last day to return book rentals is Friday, December 18. 


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New Transcript Fee

Beginning Monday, October 12, the CSM credit transcript will cost $5 per transcript. You may now request that your transcript be sent by e-mail (processed in a secure PDF format that will be received within minutes of the request). A student who requests that his/her transcript be mailed will have the request fulfilled within twenty-four hours, and a student may still request a transcript for pickup at any of our campus locations. Please note that students requesting Continuing Education transcripts will not be charged.



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Exercise your Body and Mind with CSM Resources!

You already know that CSM provides plenty of opportunities to help you succeed academically. Did you know that we can help you reach your wellness goals as well? Check out the resources below that are available to you as a CSM student:

Student Health 101: This online health and wellness magazine is designed and catered for students. Each issue provides a wealth of resources on nutrition, career advice, monthly recipes, contests, and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your inbox.

Fitness Centers: All students taking three or more credits have free access to the fitness facilities at all CSM campuses. View the current schedule for available hours at the campus closest to you!