2018 February - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts at CSM

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

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

Fleda Brown, Poet

Fleda Brown, Poet

Connections Literary Series Reading
Building B,
Multipurpose Room
Prince Frederick Campus
Mar. 2

Around the World in 8 Plays

Children's Theatre
Fine Arts Center
La Plata Campus
Mar.  2 - 3

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HawkTalk - February 2018 Edition

HawkTalk Student Newsletter - Focus on Your Future—Think Transfer

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Share the #CSMlove!
The CSM culture and tradition of appreciation and celebration of our values continues in 2018 as we share the #CSMlove throughout February. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Instagram, and Twitter, and help us spread #CSMlove with our students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners, and supporters.

Focus on Your Future—Think Transfer

It is never too early to start planning your future. In fact, transferring to a four-year college or university is the plan for many CSM students. If earning a bachelor’s degree—and saving $29,000 in the process—is a part of your plan, check out the resources below:

Pre-Transfer Fair Workshop
Are you interested in attending the upcoming Transfer Fair at your campus? Don’t know what to ask the admissions representatives? This workshop will prepare you with actions you can take before, during, and after the fair to make the most out of the event. Get the “five must-ask questions” for transfer admissions reps and other tips to make this a successful first step in your transfer plan!

Transfer Success Academy
With CSM’s Transfer Success Academy, you can meet and join other transfer students in developing your academic transfer plan to seamlessly graduate and transfer to the school of your choice!

Transfer Fair
If you have no clue where you want to transfer to, and don't have time to visit all of the colleges/universities that are out there, our Transfer Fair is your solution. Join Transfer Services February 21-22 to speak directly with representatives from colleges and universities from across the nation!


If you want to continue to save money, apply for the scholarships available to our transfer students:

Transfer Awareness Excellence Scholarship
The University of Maryland College Park awards the Transfer Academic Excellence Scholarship (TAES) to a transfer student each fall semester. The scholarship covers full tuition for four consecutive semesters. The deadline to apply is March 1.

Maryland 2+2 Transfer Scholarship
The Maryland Higher Education offers the 2+2 Transfer Scholarship to Maryland transfer students. Qualifying students may be awarded up to $2,000 annually and the scholarship can be renewed. The deadline to apply is August 31.

UMUC Completion Scholarship
With the Completion Scholarship, the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers Maryland transfer students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree at a significantly reduced cost without completing a separate application.

UMBC Transfer Student Alliance (TSA) Program
Receive guaranteed admissions after you’ve completed 12-35 credits with a 3.0 GPA. You may also be concurrently enrolled at a 25% tuition discount for one UMBC course per semester. Students who graduate with an associate’s degree and a minimum 3.5 GPA will receive a $1,500 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

Are you interested in graduating sooner? Add a 12-week Session or Minisession II course to your current course load! These accelerated sessions will help you spring forward on your degree completion. The 12-week Session starts February 19, and Minisession II starts April 2. The last day to register for either session is three days after the start of class. Visit Academic Advising if you would like for us to work with you to select courses for your program!

But First, FAFSA

But First, FAFSA

The priority deadline for submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to be considered for federal and state financial assistance during the 2018-2019 academic year, is March 1.

For more information and to learn about upcoming FAFSA workshops, contact the Financial Assistance Department by phone at 301-934-7531 or e-mail

Amazon Price Match Guarantee

Amazon Price Match Guarantee

Don’t overpay for textbooks. CSM is proud to introduce its latest textbook affordability initiative—Amazon Price Match. Purchase your textbooks at the CSM College Store, compare prices on Amazon, and we’ll refund the difference.

For terms and conditions, click here.

Academic Advising on the Go!

Academic Advising
on the Go!

Did you know you could e-mail an online academic advisor to get guidance on some advising issues by writing to You can also visit the Academic Advising web page for monthly announcements and many links to campus resources, including:

  • Advising hours/contact information
  • Math and English pathways guides
  • Health Sciences competitive admissions programs
  • Faculty advisor list
  • Testing Center information
  • Disability Support Services
  • VA and Military Support Services

A Smart Start to the New Year

Personal Counseling

CSM Counseling Services offers free, confidential counseling to all enrolled students. To schedule an appointment at your preferred campus, call or e-mail one of the counselors listed below:

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Tel: 240-725-5328

Prince Frederick Campus:
Monday and Tuesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Building B, Room 109B
Leonardtown Campus:
Wednesday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Building A, Room 205
La Plata Campus: Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
AD Building, Room 205F

Tatiana Rodriguez Vrem, LCPC, LCADC
Tel: 301-539-4805
La Plata Campus:
Monday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tuesday 12-2 p.m.; Wednesday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
AD Building, Room 205F

Get Back on Track with Student Health 101

Get Back on Track with Student Health 101

The new semester is the perfect time to get your body and mind back on track with Student Health 101. This online health and wellness magazine is designed and catered for CSM students. 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 each month to your inbox.

Sign up in Academic Advising for a special day for upcoming graduates! At Destination Graduation, you can:

  • Fill out your graduation application with an academic advisor.
  • Receive commencement information.
  • Get a free professional portrait in a cap and gown.
  • Win prizes and much more!

Destination Graduation Dates
February 13
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B
12 - 6 p.m.
RSVP at 443-550-6026

February 19
Leonardtown Campus
Building C
12 - 6 p.m.
RSVP at 240-725-5320

February 21
La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 103 - 104
12 - 6 p.m.
RSVP at 301-934-7574

If you cannot attend the event, please see an academic advisor to complete the graduation application. You must see an academic advisor to complete your graduation application. Find more information about spring graduation in the 2018 Commencement Guide.

Prevent the Spread of the Flu

Prevent the Spread of the Flu

The flu is reported as being widespread in most of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the number of states experiencing “high” influence activity has increased to 32 states, including Maryland, with flu activity likely to continue for several more weeks.

Since the flu can be spread easily from person to person, CSM has updated its policies in keeping with CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of flu on our campuses.

CSM is adopting the same approach for students as with all CSM employees — zero tolerance.

Any CSM employee or student who is exhibiting flu-like symptoms should not come to campus. We will be requiring anyone reporting to work or to a classroom with these symptoms to leave immediately.

Library Closure

Library Closure

Due to the limited use of the college's libraries on Saturdays, effective with the Spring 2018 Semester, CSM's libraries are closed on Saturdays. However, CSM's library resources remain available online at any hour of the day or night. Access to these databases is available to students through my.CSMD or by using the link for "Off-Campus Database Access."

Additionally, students who are seeking a quiet place to study or library resources may want to consider visiting one of the 11 public library branches located across Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary's counties, with each of them available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.

Start Smart with Free Tutoring

Start Smart with Free Tutoring

The Student Success Center provides face-to-face tutoring free of charge. Tutoring is offered in a variety of subjects including English, math, and biology. Check out the tutoring schedule at a campus closest to you.

Do you need tutoring services but have a tight schedule? Our online tutoring services, through SmartThinking and Thinking Storm, provide flexible hours of operation that can accommodate even the busiest agenda.