2018 January - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts at CSM


Cause Theatre
Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
Feb.  1 - 3

Tall Tales: Ceramic Sculpture Culture

Tall Tales: Ceramic Sculpture Culture

Tony Hungerford
Memorial Art Gallery
Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
Feb. 5 - Mar. 1

Tanya Langlois, Mezzo-Soprano

Tanya Langlois,

Ward Virts Concert Series
Building B,
Multipurpose Room
Prince Frederick Campus
Feb. 11

Amazing Grace

Children's Theatre
Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
Feb. 16 - 17

Antony Zwerdling

Antony Zwerdling

Benny C. Morgan
Recital Series
Building A, Auditorium
Leonardtown Campus
Feb. 17

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HawkTalk - January 2018 Edition

HawkTalk Student Newsletter - Avoid Being Dropped from Your Classes for Nonpayment!

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Avoid Being Dropped from
Your Classes for Nonpayment!

Pay your Spring 2018 bill by choosing one of the options below before the January 11 payment deadline, or you will be dropped, from all of your registered classes, for nonpayment.

#1 Pay In Full
Log into my.CSMD to pay by credit card or pay in person at the campus closest to you.

#2 Sign up for CSM’s Tuition Payment Plan
Log into my.CSMD. In Online Services, click on “Current Students” and under Student Finance, choose “View Account and Make Payments.”

#3 Receiving Financial Aid?
Log into my.CSMD to view your award to ensure you have no outstanding balance. If your aid has not been awarded or there is a balance, you must pay in full or sign up for the tuition college’s payment plan.

If you register Register on or before January 10, your payment is due January 11.
If you register Register on or after January 11your payment is due immediately.

We hope that your new year is off to a great start and that you are relaxed, refreshed, and ready to learn! Be sure to register for your spring courses before the semester begins on January 29!

2018 Spring Semester Dates

  • 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

Register today and we will see you on campus starting January 29!

Avoid Being Frozen Out of Your Classes

Avoid Being Frozen Out of Your Classes

If you still need to grab some classes, sit by the fireside and go to Online Services to see what courses you still need. Check out the “New! Plan, Register, and Pay” link in Online Services to see your “Progress,” which shows completed and needed courses.

View the suggested sequence of courses for your program in your catalog year to see which classes to take for Spring. If you need help, bundle up and visit Academic Advising during a walk-in period!

Use the new “Registration Guide” to help you register in Student Planning. Keep in mind that planning classes in Student Planning does not mean you are registered. You must select the green “Register Now” button in Student Planning and your registered classes will then be visible in green. You will receive a confirmation e-mail that you registered.

Hitting a normal Academic Advising hold?
Don’t catch a chill from a “Time for Your Program Review” hold! If you are registering for your 18th or 36th credit, you must meet with an academic advisor to go over your program of study. Then, you may register and stay toasty by the fire, until the payment due date on January 11.  

On probation?
Students on academic restriction will need to meet with an academic advisor to register.

Get Psyched for Career Meet-Ups!

Get Psyched for Career Meet-Ups!

Interested in pursuing an education and career in psychology? Drop in and join the discussion! Explore the world of career options for those who enjoy working with people and plan to build a career in the helping professions. Enjoy lunch while you learn. 

All meetings are in the Business (BU) Building, Room 202, 12 - 1 p.m.

Upcoming Meetings:
January 31
February 22
March 16
April 24

To learn more, call Chloe Hiland at 301-934-7511.

Attention Prospective Nursing Students!

Attention Prospective Nursing Students!

Beginning in June 2017, students petitioning for admission to the nursing program will need to submit ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS) scores rather than ACT/SAT. If you have any questions, visit our nursing page.

A Smart Start to the New Year

A Smart Start to the New Year

Now that the ball has fallen and the last confetti has been swept away, you’re likely left with at least one New Year’s resolution. To increase the chances that your good intentions outlast the month, consider translating your resolution into a SMART goal: one that is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-based. For assistance with setting goals like this, visit CSM Counseling Services.

Due to peak registration, Academic Advising offices at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses, as well as at Waldorf Center for Higher Education move to an all walk-in status, January 2 – February 5, to maximize the number of students that advisors see during this busy time. We appreciate your patience.

Graduation Information

Graduation Information

Sign up for Destination Graduation! This one-day event allows you to complete everything you need to graduate from CSM, including:

  • Filling out your graduation application with an academic advisor
  • Receiving commencement information
  • Signing up for door prizes
  • Taking a free professional portrait in a cap and gown
  • And much more!

If you cannot attend the event, see an academic advisor during walk-in hours after February 6 to complete the graduation application. It is free to graduate, however, there is a fee for a cap and gown if you plan to participate in the ceremony. More information about Spring Commencement and Destination Graduation dates may be found in the 2018 Commencement Guide.

Graduating this Winter?
Get all of the details for Winter Commencement on January 18 in the 2018 Commencement Guide! Be sure to pick up your cap and gown at the CSM College store at the campus closest to you!

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 PlataLeonardtown, or Prince Frederick campus on February 21-22 for our Transfer Fair! 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.

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 spring semester.

UMD Pre-Transfer Advisor:
Planning to transfer to the University of Maryland College Park? You can now receive academic advising directly from the pre-transfer advisor from College Park at any of CSM campuses. The advisor is able to provide you advising concerning transferable courses; however, she is not be able to make any admissions decisions. To make an appointment to see Lee Ann Lewis, contact her at

Student Success

Student Success

Use Student Success tutoring and online skill-building workshops, like study skills, test-taking skills, and time management, to help you score a touchdown this semester! Free online or in-person essay paper review services are also available.

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.