4/2016 - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

Upcoming Events

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The Arts at CSM

Latin Music Festival Ensemble Concert

Latin Music Festival Ensemble Concert

Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
April 15-16 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Festival Concert

Jazz Festival Concert: The Randy Runyon Trio

Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
April 8 at 8 p.m.

Jazz Festival Concert: Gregg Bissonette

Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
April 9 at 8 p.m.

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HawkTalk - April 2016 Edition

Job and Career Fair

Hawk Hint

Are you nearing your 18th or 36th credit and haven't touched based with an Academic Advisor? Schedule an appointment today to avoid encountering a registration hold.

Contact an Academic Advisor Today!

The Tri-County Job &
Career Fair is Tomorrow!

April 5, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building)

Make connections with area employers and businesses from throughout Southern Maryland, and learn how to rise up the job ladder at this annual event!

Attendee Benefits:

  • Network with area professionals for current/future job openings
  • Walk-in resumé assistance
  • Elevator pitch practice

Tips For Success:

  • Dress professionally
  • Bring plenty of resumés to distribute to employers
  • Smile more to make a good first impression
  • Make an effort to meet with every employer that has the potential to hire you
  • Check for an updated list of participating employers.

The event is free to all students, alumni, and community members, but registration is requested.
Have questions? Contact Career Services at

Register Today!

As of April 4, the Academic Advising walk-in hours for the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses have changed. Please take note of the dates and times now available:

All CSM Campuses
Walk-in hours: Monday only, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 3 - 6:30 p.m.

Appointments can still be made with an Academic Advisor during the following days and times:
Tuesday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Friday,  9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The walk-in hours at the Waldorf Center for Higher Education will remain the same:
Monday and Wednesday, 3 - 6:30 p.m.

Please call Academic Advising for appointment availability.

Student Life Spring Fling

Take a Break with Spring Fling Events!

As the spring semester winds down, we know you have so much on your plate. Take a break from the daily grind and join us for CSM’s annual spring fling events at a campus near you!

April 14: Prince Frederick Campus
Come to the Flagship Building, Room 219, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of food, music, and great entertainment!

April 18 - 21: Leonardtown Campus
Join us throughout the week for a taste of culture! Enjoy a variety of ethnic cuisines and live music performances, Monday through Thursday.

April 21: La Plata Campus
Meet us outside on the HT lawn from 12 to 3 p.m. for the biggest Student Life event of the year! Get ready for a full day of food, prizes, rides, and more!

For more information, or to see a full calendar of events, visit the Student Life website.

Textbook Buyback

Bucks For Books!

Don’t forget to bring your used textbooks to the CSM College Store to get a few Hamilton’s back in your wallet to use for summer fun! Spring Textbook Buyback runs from May 5 to May 12 at all CSM campuses. Check out the times below at the store nearest you!

La Plata Campus
10 a.m. – 7 p.m.  
(May 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)

Leonardtown and Prince Frederick Campuses
11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
(May 6, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Keep in mind that the CSM College Store does not buy back study guides, workbooks, or books containing CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or access codes.

Classroom Maintenance and Care

Classroom Maintenance
and Care

CSM classes are not held in your kitchen, so we ask that you don’t snack in our classrooms. In the coming weeks, signs reminding students and faculty not to eat or drink in classrooms will be posted in all CSM classrooms. All faculty, staff, and students are asked to adhere to this rule to help eliminate potential spills, messes, and allergic reactions in our learning environments.


Help us make
my.CSMD work
for you!

CSM is continuously working to better serve our students, faculty, and staff. In September 2015, we launched our new redesigned website, which streamlined information and made it easier to browse the website, especially on mobile devices. Now we are working on refreshing the look and feel of my.CSMD, making it mobile-ready, easier to use, and more in line with our website's fresh new design and branding.

Along with these changes, we will also be making the switch from Blackboard to myLearning as our learning management system. Starting with Summer Session I, faculty and students will be able to access all of their courses through More information on this switch will be available later this spring.

Before any changes occur, we want to know what you think and how YOU use my.CSMD as a student or college employee. All submissions are anonymous. Thank you for your time!

Take the Survey!

We know you want to have fun in the sun this summer. Why not choose to have it made in the shade as well? Spend some of your summer earning the credits you need to graduate by taking advantage of our summer sessions! With four sessions and a variety of classes designed to accommodate your schedule, we make it easy for you to have the summer you want and earn the credits you need to succeed!

2016 Summer Session Dates

  • Summer Session I – 6 weeks
    (May 23 - July 3)
  • Summer Session I – 12 weeks
    (May 23 - August 11)
  • Summer Session II – 9 weeks
    (June 13 - August 14)
  • Summer Session III – 6 weeks
    (July 5 - August 14)

If you need help planning your summer and fall class schedule, please call and make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Academic Advisor

The Early Bird Gets The Right Class

Priority registration for the Fall 2016 Semester begins later this month for current students. Do not throw away your shot to register for classes early before new students snatch them up! Check out the dates below to see when you can start registering classes.

Priority Registration Dates for Fall 2016 at CSM
April 25: Students with 45+ credits
April 26: Students with 30+ credits
April 27: Students with 15+ credits
April 28: Students with 1-14+ credit(s)

If you have questions about fall planning or transfer preparation, please make an appointment with an Academic Advisor.

Diploma Graduate

Last Chance To
Apply For Your
Spring Diploma! 

If you have not completed your graduation application, be sure to schedule an appointment with Academic Advising before the April 15 deadline to receive your diploma by mail. All diplomas will be mailed after June 30.

More information about spring graduation may be found in the 2016 Commencement Guide.

Personal Counselors

Meet Your
New Personal

CSM Counseling Services has recently expanded to two counselors! Stop by the Learning Resource Center (LR Building), Room 221, at the La Plata Campus and say hello to Ann Penick, LCPC, NCC. She is available Monday through Friday and can be reached at 301-934-7577.

You can visit Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C at the Prince Frederick and Leonardtown campuses.

Prince Frederick Campus:
Mondays and Tuesdays in Building B, Room 109B

Leonardtown Campus:
Wednesday – Friday in Building A, Room 204-E

For more information on our services, please visit the Counseling Services page.


Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Travel back to a time when kings ruled and peasants pleased, all in the language and costumes of Shakespeare, at CSM’s fourth annual Renaissance Festival! Lords and ladies are welcomed to join us April 21-24 at the La Plata Campus to enjoy madrigal performances and merry revelry! Check out the festival schedule for the times and locations of the festivities.

Remembering the Holocaust: Peter Gorog

Remembering the Holocaust: Peter Gorog

La Plata Campus:
April 14, 2:45- 3:30 p.m. 
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113E

Join us for the unique opportunity to hear a Holocaust survivor's firsthand account of this tragic time in history. Mr. Peter Gorog will recount his extraordinary experiences and remarkable story. For more information about Peter, please visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum web site.  

Student Health April Issue

April's Issue of
Student Health 101

Student Health 101 is an online health and wellness magazine designed and catered for CSM students—just like you. 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!