2017 October - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

HawkTalk - October 2017 Edition

HawkTalk Student Newsletter - Complete to Compete

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Complete to Compete

At CSM, we want you to feel confident in your academic goals while you prepare for your future career. That’s why we provide plenty of free resources to ensure you complete your degree so you can be a competitive member of the workforce. Take advantage of the valuable assets below at our campuses today!

Our academic advisors are here to assist you with changing your program of study, transferring to another college, preparing for your career, and staying on track to complete your degree. They are available by phone, e-mail, and in person!

The Student Success Center provides tons of services available to students, including peer and online tutoring, skills improvement workshops, learning labs, and services to students with disabilities.

All students are encouraged to use myPROGRESS. This early alert system, within Blackboard, is used by faculty to communicate with students to provide flags or guidance about grades, attendance, and offer kudos related to the class. Check frequently to see if you have any flags in Blackboard.

Graduating soon? Want to complete all of your graduation needs in one day? Attend Destination Graduation at a campus near you to:

  • meet with an academic advisor to apply for graduation
  • receive information about the commencement ceremony
  • have a chance to win a free cap and gown

Destination Graduation Dates

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

Unable to make it to Destination Graduation? Meet with an academic advisor to complete your graduation application before the deadlines below:

November 15: Deadline to participate in Winter Ceremony
December 15: Deadline to apply for a diploma

Priority Registration

Priority Registration

Be ready for your priority registration day! Now is the perfect time to make an appointment with an academic advisor who will will review your program of study with you and help you to create a plan for spring and beyond. Registration opens up for new students on November 17, so don’t delay.

Priority Registration Dates for 2018 January Term and Spring Semester

  • November 13: Returning students who have completed 45+ credits
  • November 14: Returning students who have completed 30+ credits
  • November 15: Returning students who have completed 15+ credits
  • November 16: Returning students who have completed 1+ credit(s)

October Events

October Events

Talking About the “T” in LGMTQIA: Understanding Transgender Concerns
Thursday, October 12, 6-8 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Room 206

This presentation, by psychotherapist and transgender advocate Sean Lare, LCSW-C, will explore unique challenges for individuals who are transgender and how you can support transgender and gender nonconforming people across the lifespan and in a variety of settings.

TAES/MTAP Information Session
October 10,1:30- 2:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus: Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 009
Leonardtown Campus: Building A, Room 208
Prince Frederick Campus: Building A, Room 108.

Are you planning to transfer to the University of Maryland College Park in fall 2018? You don't want to miss out on this information session if you want to make yourself more competitive for the most sought-after scholarship at College Park and discuss the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program as well.

La Plata Campus
October 19, 2:20-3:50 pm, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 103
October 25, 2:20-3:50 pm, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113E
Student Health and Wellness is screening a portion of and discussing END THE STIGMA, The Heroin and Opioid Crisis in Maryland.

La Plata Campus
October 31, 12 - 2 p.m. Campus Center (CC) Building, Lobby
Dress for success as if for your dream job and stop by for Halloween games, Horror-scope readings, and prizes for the Best Career Dressed.

For more information on the events happening on campus this fall, visit our online calendar.

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.

Our athletes range from accomplished student athletes looking to move on to four-year schools to students enjoying a particular sport to lead active lives. Interested? Get started by filling out a short survey at We look forward to you becoming part of the team!

Get Ahead with Minisession II!

Get Ahead with Fall Minisession II

Fall Minisession II begins October 26. Register for this accelerated session to finish a complete course in half of the time. Be advised--this session is fast-paced and meant for the seasoned student! Our academic advisors are available by appointment if you need assistance!

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Don’t be caught by surprise by the mandatory Academic Advising hold message when you try to register for Spring! You will get a “Time for your program review” error message if are trying to register for your 18th or 36th credit. The hold will be lifted once you meet with an academic advisor to go over your program requirements. Then you will be able to self-register during your priority registration period.

O’ the Places You Will Go with Transfer Services

O’ the Places You Will Go with Transfer Services

Check out how Transfer Services can assist you in taking your knowledge to the next degree this fall:

UMBC Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) Program
Transfer Services is happy to announce a new partnership with The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Students who participate in this program not only have guaranteed admissions once they have completed 12-35 credits with a 3.0 GPA, but they can be concurrently enrolled at a 25% tuition discount for one UMBC course per semester. Each student who graduates with an associate's degree and a minimum of a 3.5 GPA will receive a $1500 merit scholarship for each of the two years of full-time study, priority advising, and registration as well as guaranteed on-campus housing. For more information, contact James Spence, Assistant Director of Transfer Services, at

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. All tours are free except where noted. Click here for a complete list of tours.

MTAP Information
The application form is now available for the Maryland Transfer Advantage Program (MTAP) at the University of Maryland College Park (UMD). This program offers guaranteed acceptance and a 25% discount to take courses at UMD for each CSM student who completes at least 30 credits or earn an associate's degree with at least a 3.0 GPA. Check out the program details and apply before the deadline on November 15.

Course Withdrawal Dates

Course Withdrawal Dates

If you need to withdraw from a class so that your grade does not affect your GPA, the dates are swiftly approaching:

October 9: Last date to audit/withdraw from Fall Minisession I classes
November 10: Last date to audit/withdraw from Fall Full Semester classes
November 20: Last date to audit/withdrawal from Fall 12-week classes

The Arts at CSM

The Arts at CSM

Benny C. Morgan Recital Series:
Bruce Swaim Jazz Quartet

Leonardtown Campus
October 7, 3 p.m.

Cause Theatre:
Your Role: A One-Act Dramedy by Brandi Owensby

La Plata Campus
October 12, 7:30 p.m.
October 13, 8 p.m.
October 14, 2 p.m.

Connections Literary Series Reading:
Playwright, Jake Shore

Leonardtown Campus
October 13, 7:30 p.m.

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery Exhibition:
Painters Be Like

October 9 - November 2