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2018 October - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

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:

Ward Virts Concert Series
CSM 60th Anniversary Concert with CSM Faculty,
CSM Faculty members Michael Santana and Stephen Johnson performing works for solo and duo piano
October 14, 3 p.m., Prince Frederick Campus


Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
Proof Perfect by Reni Gower
October 15 - November 8, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center


Benny C. Morgan Recital Series
Jenni Dunn, Soprano
October 20, 3 p.m., Leonardtown Campus

Children's Theatre
Frankenstein
A play in two acts by Victor Gialanella. Adapted from the novel by Mary Shelley.
October 25, 7 p.m., La Plata Campus
October 26, 7 p.m., La Plata Campus
October 27, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., La Plata Campus

Connections Literary Series Reading
Poet Alan King
November 2, 7:30 p.m., Prince Frederick Campus


Concert Band
Southern Maryland Concert Band
November 3, 8 p.m., La Plata Campus


Ward Virts Concert Series
Jones-Holton-Faulkner Jazz Trio
November 11, 3 p.m., Prince Frederick Campus

HawkTalk - October 2018 Edition

Fall Minisession II: Add One More Class

Hawk Hint

Need help completing your 2019-20 FAFSA?
Join us at one of our completion sessions!

La Plata Campus
October 21, 1 p.m.
Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology (ST Building), Room 143

Prince Frederick Campus
October 27, 9 a.m.
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 117

Leonardtown Campus
November 4, 1 p.m.
Building C, Room 214

RSVP at 301-934-7531, finaid@csmd.edu, or at a campus Financial Assistance Office

Fall Minisession II:
Add One More Class

Seasoned students who need to add another class to their semester, and who have financial aid ready, can register for Minisession II, which begins October 25. The seven-week Minisession is fast-paced, as it meets the semester’s credit requirement in half the time.

Check your progress to see if a Minisession will help you out by going to Student Planning in Online Services. That’s also the place to view a new program and check how your completed courses could work if you want to change to a different program of study. Use the Online Catalog for your catalog year to see the recommended sequence for taking classes. Still need help? Call Academic Advising for an appointment.

Important Dates

  • October 8
    Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit for the Minisession I
  • October 25
    Fall Minisession II begins
  • November 16
    Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit for the Fall 2018 Semester
  • November 19
    Last day to withdraw without a grade or change to credit/audit for the 12-week Session

October Events

October Events

At CSM, we want our students to be well-rounded individuals. That is why we provide a variety of events to enrich your student experience. Check out student service events we have in store for you this month:

90-Second Career Pop-Ups
Stop by the Career Services table and learn crucial tips on being successful beyond our campus.

October 9, noon-1 p.m., Campus Center (CC Building) lobby, La Plata: Learn how to create a professional narrative for your resume.

October 11, noon-1 p.m., Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology (ST Building) Atrium, La Plata: Learn how to spice up your LinkedIn profile.

October 15, 10-11 a.m., Community Education (CE) Building Lobby, La Plata: Learn how to sweeten your salary negotiation skills.

Take Care of Your Mind
CSM Counseling Services is sponsoring a panel discussion titled “Shattering the Stigma: Getting Real About Suicide Prevention and Mental Health,” starting at 2:30 - 4  p.m. October 16 in John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119, on the Prince Frederick Campus. The panel will share information on suicide prevention and impart messages of hope and resilience.

On October 31, counselors will be walking around each campus, dispensing treats and dispelling myths about getting support for life’s challenges, telling “The Not-So-Spooky Truth.”

Check out “Drug Education, Opioid Awareness, and Training” at 2:30 - 4 p.m. November 1 in Building C, Room 216 of the Leonardtown Campus. Participants will learn about the effects of alcohol and drugs, including the opiates that are fueling the opioid crisis. Anyone older than 18 can participate in free naloxone training.

Don’t Be Scared to Dress for Success
Dress up for your favorite career at the Halloween Dream Career Competition, noon-1:30 p.m. October 31 in the Campus Center (CC Building) Lobby in La Plata. Your career shouldn’t be a spooky horror show—make it a dream come true! Play Halloween games, get candy, and compete for prizes for Best Career Dressed.

Teacher Education Open House
Education majors of all grades, or people with different majors who think they might be interested in teaching, will find a wealth of information at the Teacher Education Open House, 5-7 p.m. October 25 in Rooms 104 and 105 of Building B on the Prince Frederick Campus. Local education partners and human relations departments from the local school systems have been invited to participate.

Facts and Snacks
The Student Association and Student Life are hosting a series of “Facts and Snacks” activities for students in the Campus Center (CC Building) Lobby of the La Plata campus. Learn something new while having fun! Events are 2:30-4 p.m.

How to Cook Budget Meals: November 8


Don’t Wait Until You’re On Registration Hold! See an Advisor Now!

Don’t Let the Advising Hold Prevent You from Registration; See an Advisor Now!

If Spring 2019 is going to be your second or third semester, you may have reached a normal mandatory advising hold at registration. When you have registered for your 18 or 36 credits, the system automatically restricts your ability to self-register until you meet with an academic advisor for a program review. Advisors will review program requirements with you and verify that you’re on the right track or make recommendations to get you on track to meet your academic goals.

The hold is lifted when you meet the advisor, so you can self-register on your priority registration day. Use the appointment to plan your entire program to see the earliest semester you could graduate. Don't delay! Call your closest campus for appointment availability now.


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 and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your e-mail inbox.

RSVP Today for Grad Fest

RSVP Today for Grad Fest

Is this your last semester at CSM? Get all of your graduation needs met and questions answered at Grad Fest! This is a one-stop shop for grads.

  • Meet with an academic advisor to apply for graduation
  • Get info about the commencement ceremony
  • Enter to win a free cap and gown
  • Pose for a free graduation portrait

Learn more about graduation and deadlines to apply for it on the Graduation page.

Grad Fest Dates

Leonardtown Campus
October 8, 12 - 6 p.m.

La Plata Campus
October 16, 12 - 6 p.m.

Prince Frederick Campus
October 17, 12 - 6 p.m.

RSVP online for a Grad Fest at a campus near you


Map Out a Health Pathway

Map Out a Health Pathway

Are you wondering if a career in the health field is right for you? Do you know it’s what you want, but still have questions? Then join the Health Sciences Division and Continuing Education and Workforce Development at a Health Pathway Information Session in the coming months. The sessions will offer info on all of CSM’s Health Pathway programs, plus competitive admissions and the petition process.

Register online for a free session, and be sure to select your program of interest.

La Plata Campus
All sessions will be 1-2 p.m. in Community Education (CE) Building, Room 101

  • October 19
  • November 16
  • December 7

Leonardtown Campus
1-2 p.m. in Building B, Room 315

  • November 2

Prince Frederick Campus
1-2 p.m. in John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 236

  • October 26
  • November 30

Theatre Auditions

Theatre Auditions

Get your monologue ready for auditions! The CSM theatre groups are having auditions for African American Folk Tales: The Tails of Br’er Rabbit performed by the Children’s Theatre and Hate Crime performed by Cause Theatre. Join us on November 12 and 13, starting at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center (FA Building) Theatre on the La Plata Campus. Potential actors should prepare a one-minute monologue; roles are available for performers aged eight and older.


Let’s Clean Up Together!

Let’s Clean Up Together!

The CSM Environmental Sustainability Committee is inviting faculty, staff, and students to don their favorite CSM spirit wear and help out for a CSM trash clean-up.

Meet up and get your gloves and trash bags at 2:30 p.m. October 16, at all campuses.

Volunteers on the La Plata Campus will meet in front of the College Store (BK) Building; Leonardtown Campus volunteers will meet in front of Building C; Prince Frederick Campus volunteers will meet in front of the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A); and Regional Hughesville Campus volunteers will meet in front of the Center for Trades and Energy Training (CT) Building.


CSM Cafe' Survey

CSM Cafe' Survey

Food Services is currently conducting a CSM Cafe' Survey from October 5 - October 26. Let us know how we are doing.

Participants will be entered in a drawing to win a CSM t-shirt!