2017 November - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts at CSM



Main Stage Theatre
La Plata Campus
Nov. 2-4, and 9-11

Michael Langlois, Pianist

Michael Langlois, Pianist

Benny Morgan Recital Series
Leonardtown Campus
Nov. 18

Expansion: Recent Works by Daniel Kaufmann

Expansion: Recent Works by Daniel Kaufmann

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery Exhibition
La Plata Campus
Nov. 14 - Dec. 7

Connections Literary Magazine Publication Reading

Connections Literary Magazine Publication Reading

Connections Literary Series
La Plata Campus
Dec. 1

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HawkTalk - November 2017 Edition

HawkTalk Student Newsletter - Don’t Fall Behind. Spring Forward!

Hawk Hint

Did you know that Academic Advising updates its web page monthly with timely information to assist you with academic planning, registration, and student success?

Check it out today!

Spring into Action for 2018!

As a CSM student, the more credits you have completed, the sooner you can spring into action and register for the 2018 Spring Semester. Gain priority access to the classes you need to complete your degree as soon as they are made available! Register in your classes, November 13 - 16, during Priority Registration! Register before classes open up for new students on November 17.

  • 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)

Be sure to register before classes open up for new students on November 17.

If you want your hats to fly as high as your dreams, complete your graduation application with an academic advisor by November 15 to walk in the 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony. If you are not participating in commencement, the deadline to apply for a diploma is December 15. You should receive your diploma in the mail after February 28.

Don’t forget! While it is free to graduate, there is a fee for your cap and gown if you plan to participate in the 2018 Winter Commencement Ceremony. Read more about graduation in the 2018 Commencement Guide.

Graduation Game Changers

Graduation Game Changers

If you like fast-paced work and want to supercharge your degree completion, take a class during the 2018 January Term, add a Minisession, or add a 12-week Session class to your 2018 Spring Semester schedule!

January Term
Classes during this condensed session are challenging, but you will be able to complete a college class in just three short weeks over your winter break!

Spring Minisession I or II
These 7-week sessions allow you to earn your credits in half of the time. You can choose to add a Minisession to your semester course load to complete the classes you need to complete your degree.

Spring 12-Week Session
Need more time to enroll, but still want to accelerate your degree? We’ve got you covered! This 12-week session makes it easy for you to move forward this spring.

Not sure which is the best for your plan? Make an appointment to speak with an academic advisor.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

CSM is thankful for all of the students, faculty, and staff that help the college grow each and every day. Just as a reminder, the college will be closed November 22 – 26. College operations will resume on November 27.

Academic Holds

Academic Holds

Don’t be caught by surprise by the mandatory Academic Advising “hold” message when you try to register for the spring semester! You will get a “time for your program review” error message if you 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. If you are on academic probation, you will also need to meet with an academic advisor each semester that you are on this restriction, in order to register.

Your Voice Matters

Your Voice Matters

The Institutional Equity and Diversity Office needs your feedback! Help us determine the ways we can maintain our commitment to the academic and leadership development of diverse student populations. We also want to discuss the role that students can play to ensure CSM provides a supportive environment for all student identities, cultures, and populations. Join us at a campus near you! Food will be provided.

La Plata Campus
Campus Center (CC Building), Room 206
November 14, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
November 15, 12-1 p.m.

Leonardtown Campus
Building C, Room 2016
November 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Prince Frederick Campus
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119
November 28, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Child Care Options at the La Plata Campus

Child Care Options at the La Plata Campus

Do you need childcare while you go to class or work? Check out the full-time and part-time enrollment options at the St. Charles Children's Learning Center (CLC) conveniently located on the La Plata Campus.

Current Services:
• Infants and Toddlers Program
• Two-year-old Program
• Preschool Program
• Before- and After-Care (ages 5-12)

CSM student discounts are available. For more information, call the CLC
at 301-934-7871 or visit

Actors Needed!

Actors Needed!

Want to experience the arts at CSM? Audition for the productions below:

Lockdown (Cause Theatre)
Amazing Grace (Children's Theatre)
Around the World in 8 Plays (Children's Theatre)

Auditions take place on November 13 and 14 at 6 p.m. at the Fine Arts Center Theatre on the La Plata Campus. Prepare a one-minute monologue. There are roles for performers ages 8 and up.

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.

Student Planning is a comprehensive planning tool to plan your academic future. To see what classes you still need to graduate, access Student Planning through Online Services. Click here to view the full PDF guide online on how to register through Student Planning.

2018 January Term and Spring Semester Dates

  • January Term (3 weeks)
    January 3 - 21
  • Spring Semester (15 weeks)
    January 29- May 20
  • Spring Minisession I (7 weeks)
    January 29- March 18
  • Spring 12-Week Session (12 weeks)
    February 19 - May 20
  • Spring Minisession II (7 weeks)
    April 2- May 20

Important Changes to CSM Payment Policy

Important Changes to CSM Payment Policy

You are no longer required to put 20% down at the time of registration. To avoid being dropped from your classes, use one of the following payment options before the payment due date:

  • Pay in full online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express.
  • Pay in full by cash, check, or money order in person by visiting a convenient campus location.
  • Have sufficient, approved, and processed financial aid to cover any outstanding balance.
  • Enroll in the CSM Tuition Payment Plan online. Modifications to an existing payment plan must be e-mailed to
  • Have approved and processed tuition assistance paperwork to cover the balance. Paperwork can be emailed to

If you register on or after the payment due date, you must pay in full, enroll in the CSM Tuition Payment Plan, or meet one of the other options listed above on the day you register or you will be dropped for non-payment.

Fall Textbook Buyback Dates

Fall Textbook Buyback Dates

Fall buyback dates are December 11-20 at each of the CSM College Store locations. Students (with a valid student ID card) can take advantage of the Textbook Buyback program. Visit for more details.

Non-semester College Store hours begin December 11, 2017 through January 13, 2018; from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at all three College Store locations.

Dream Big. Think Transfer.

Dream Big. Think Transfer.

If you are planning to transfer in order to take your knowledge to the next degree, check out the events below:

North Carolina A&T University Day
La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry, Room 113E
November 29, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Meet representatives from admissions, financial aid, student life, and the academic departments of North Carolina A&T University! They will be present to give you the information as to why you should transfer to the university. Any student who plans to transfer in 2018 will receive a waiver from the application fee.

UMBC Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) Program
Transfer Services is happy to announce a new partnership with UMBC. Students who participate in TSA not only have guarantee 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 (not to exceed a total of three discounted courses). Students who graduate with an associates degree and a minimum 3.5 GPA will receive a $1500 merit scholarship for each of the two years of full-time study, priority advising and registration and guaranteed on-campus housing in the upper class student housing community. 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 the famous Transfer Tours as we visit several colleges and universities throughout the remainder of the fall semester. All tours are free except where noted. Click here for a complete list of tours.

Planning to
Drop a Class?

Students who have stopped, or plan to stop attending classes this semester for any reason, should withdraw from their classes by the deadlines listed below. Don’t just stop attending!

November 10:
Last date to withdraw or change to audit/credit for 2017 Fall Semester (full term)
November 20:
Last date to withdraw or change to audit/credit for 2017 Fall 12-week Session

If you are using financial aid or veteran’s benefits, please check with the Financial Assistance Department or Veterans Affairs first before withdrawing from a course. Withdrawing could have an impact on future financial aid and veteran’s benefits. In addition, if you plan to audit a class, please check with these offices first, as most types of assistance will not pay for classes that are audited.