2017 September - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

HawkTalk - September 2017 Edition

HawkTalk Student Newsletter - Welcome Back, Hawks!

Hawk Hint

There is still time to add a class for the Fall 12-Week Session and Fall Minisession II!

Fall 12-Week Session
September 25 – December 18
Fall Minisession II (7 weeks)
October 26 – December 18

Welcome Back, Hawks!

We are so glad to see you back on campus. If you want to make the most of your college experience here, check out the resources that are available to you as a CSM student:

Student Services
Feel confident with your academic goals by taking advantage of our free student success services including Academic Advising, Career Counseling, Tutoring, and more! Visit the Student Services webpage to see what is available for you!

Campus Life
Getting involved with our student organizations, athletic teams, and the arts are great ways to make new friends, gain leadership skills, and discover your passions! Whether you are playing on the field or making a difference on campus, we have opportunities for you!

Commit to Better Health
We believe a healthy student is a successful student. Whether you need to work on your physique or talk through issues in your personal life, our fitness centers and personal counseling allow you to exercise your body and mind.

Lost Something on Campus?
Visit the Lost & Found webpage to see if your item has been turned in!

Connect with CSM
Want to stay on top of everything happening on campus? Download the CSM App through the Apple Store or Google Play and connect with us on social media!

Don’t run the risk of obtaining the wrong books for your classes through discount web sites. Buying your textbooks from the CSM College Store is the best way to ensure you have the right books for your classes. If you do need to save bucks on your books this semester, check out the solutions below:

Financial Assistance
Log into my.CSMD to see if you have additional financial assistance available after tuition and fees are paid. If funds are available, you can use those funds at the College Store toward required books and supplies until September 18, with a valid CSM Student ID.

Used or Rented Textbooks
At the CSM College Store, you can choose to purchase a used textbook at a discounted rate, rent a textbook, or buy digital format of the textbook. Be sure to visit the College Store exactly 10 days prior to class if you are interested in this option because the used books selection is the first to be depleted.

Students Helping Students
If the options above are not enough, visit your student success coordinator, an academic advisor, or the Financial Assistance Department at the campus near you to obtain a "Students Helping Students" grant request form. If approved, you may receive enough funding to obtain textbooks for your classes.

Keep in mind, the College Store at each campus offers a discount day where you can purchase your books for 10% off before the semester begins! Check out the CSM College Store website for more information.

Let’s Talk Transfer

Let’s Talk Transfer

Planning to transfer after you’ve completed your associate’s degree? Take advantage of the resources provided by Transfer Services at CSM:

Transfer Fair
Join us at the La Plata, Leonardtown, or Prince Frederick campus for our Transfer Fairs! This is your chance to meet representatives from a variety of colleges and universities, explore degree programs, and get your questions answered--all in one place.

This year, several institutions will be offering an Instant Admissions Decision. Show up with a copy of your completed online application and your transcripts and receive your admissions decision on the spot. Want to be prepared? Attend our Transfer Fair Workshop on September 13 to learn what to ask the representatives to make the most of your time!

Transfer Awareness Week
Transfer Services will offer a week of transfer-related workshops and activities that will educate our students about the transfer process and encourage them to consider all of their transfer options.

Transfer Success Academy                          
Transfer Success Academy is your chance to meet other transfer students and develop your academic transfer plan so you can seamlessly graduate and transfer to the school of your choice. The Academy is FREE! Click here to register.

Free College Tours
Visiting a college is the best way to get a feel for the campus--from classes and dorms to the cafeteria menu. Join Transfer Services on a road trip as we visit several colleges and universities throughout the fall semester.

The Arts

The Arts

All three CSM campuses present a variety of artistic expressions, from pottery to stage productions. Our rich blend of offerings can satisfy any appetite for art. Check out what is happening this month:

Visual Arts
Un-Easement by Rachel Schechtman
September 5 - 28, La Plata Campus Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Theatre Arts: Main Stage
The Voice of the Prairie by John Oliver

September 21 and 28, 7:30 p.m., La Plata Campus
September 22 and 29, 8 p.m., La Plata Campus
September 23,  8 p.m., La Plata Campus
September 30, 2 p.m., La Plata Campus

If you plan to complete your degree this fall, be sure to register for Destination Graduation. This event is your one-stop shop for all of your commencement needs. Apply for graduation, receive information on the commencement ceremony, win prizes, and get all of the details you need to make a smooth transition!

Destination Graduation Dates

La Plata Campus
September 21, 12 – 6 p.m.
RSVP: 301-934-7574

Prince Frederick Campus
October 4, 12 – 6 p.m.
RSVP: 443-550-6026
Leonardtown Campus
October 9, 12 – 6 p.m.
RSVP: 240-725-5320

Graduation is not automatic. Unable to make it to one of these events? Schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to apply for graduation.

5th Annual Holiday and Part-Time Job Fair

5th Annual Holiday and Part-Time Job Fair

September 14, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Room 103, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), La Plata Campus

Career Services invites you to the Holiday and Part-Time Job Fair! This event is a great way to meet with prospective employers, apply for jobs, and earn a little cash in your pocket before the holidays! Want to prepare beforehand? Visit our Ready Room on September 12  to update your resumé and practice interviewing skills before the Job Fair!

The event is free to all students, but registration is requested. Bring plenty of resumés, and dress professionally, as interviews may be conducted on the spot!

Want to see other ways that Career Services at CSM can prepare you for your future career? Our career counselors are ready to help you become #CSMReady for the future!

Get in on the Fun at Fall Fest

Get in on the Fun at Fall Fest

Kick off a brand new semester with CSM! Check out the fall festival events we have planned for you at all three campuses on the following dates:

Prince Frederick Campus
September 18

Leonardtown Campus
September 19 - 21

La Plata Campus
September 20

Visit your Student Life office for more information!

Get Ahead with Tutoring

Get Ahead with Tutoring

Get ahead of the game and conquer early challenges with CSM’s Student Success Center (SSC). The SSC offers free tutoring in a variety of course subjects. Never turn in another lackluster paper when you can use in-person and online resources to make your writing assignments shine! Additional resources on test-taking, goal setting, and learning styles are available here.

Revised Refund Policy

Revised Refund Policy

Students may be eligible for a refund if they drop classes during the published refund period. Students will not be eligible for a refund if they withdraw after the published refund period ends.

Consult the revised tuition refund policy for specific timeframes and information.

Student Health 101

Student Health 101

This online health and wellness magazine is your resource on nutrition, career advice, monthly recipes, and more. View the current issue now and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your e-mail inbox.