2019 March - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts

Ward Virts Concert Series
See Brian Ganz perform on March 10 at 3 p.m. on the Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room, for the Ward Virts Concert Series. Ganz is on the piano faculty at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and the Peabody Conservatory. No tickets or reservations are needed to see this incredible pianist perform.


Benny C. Morgan Series
The Benny C. Morgan Series continues this month with the Creative Concert Group “Boldness of Beethoven.” Come to the Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium on March 16 at 3 p.m. to see this amazing chamber music group perform. The Boldness of Beethoven website says the group performs Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, plus fresh takes on other classics.


‘Hate Crime’
CSM’s Cause Theatre will present “Hate Crime” this month at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center (FA Building). The show will be presented on March 14 at 7:30 p.m., and March 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $5 for all seats.

This play by Vincent L. Scarsella includes heavy subject matter, adult language, and racial issues. It is not suitable for all ages. This timely and provocative play about race relations, in the context of a legal thriller, is being produced by special arrangement with the playwright.


Get Ready for Some Jazz
The 16th Annual Jazz Festival is coming to CSM! The festival begins with all-day clinics on April 4 and 5 on the La Plata Campus. Both days, a guest artist will rehearse with and critique jazz bands from local public schools. No tickets are required to see these performances.

Concerts will be held on April 5 and 6 at 8 p.m., featuring the Charles County Public Schools Jazz Band, plus performances by CSM’s Solid Brass Big Band Jazz Ensemble and a special guest artist. Tickets for these concerts are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, military, and youth of high school age and below.

HawkTalk - March 2019 Edition

One Application, 200+ Scholarships

Hawk Hint

Spring Break Reminder!

Take a break and relax. Spring break for credit classes is March 18 - 22. Offices will be closed March 20 - 22.

One Application, 200+ Scholarships

Don’t start your career saddled with loads of student debt. Our Scholarship Finder is a central location for more than 200 scholarships that can help you with tuition and books. All you have to do is fill out the application one time, and the Scholarship Finder automatically sends your application to every scholarship for which you qualify. Qualification is not always based on income. It’s really that easy!

Have your student I.D. handy, and make sure you’ve already filled out the FAFSA–remember CSM’s FAFSA School code is 002064. If you’re new to CSM, make sure you’ve applied for admission, so you’ll have a my.CSMD username and password. March 1 was the priority deadline for FAFSA, but if you haven’t filled it out yet, don’t let that stop you from filling it out now.

We are proud of your accomplishments and are excited to celebrate your success! We want to see you walk across the stage to accept your diploma and be recognized for your hard work at the Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 17.

If you plan to walk during the Commencement Ceremony, you must meet with an academic advisor before the March 15 deadline to submit a graduation application. It is free to graduate.

See deadline information for applying to receive your diploma by mail and other information on the graduation page.

Night of Engineering

Night of Engineering

Students in engineering programs at CSM can get more info on their next step after graduation during the Night of Engineering on March 6, 6 - 7:30 p.m., in the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Room 113 on the La Plata Campus. We have partnerships with University of Maryland College Park and the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, providing seamless transfer for the Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering programs.

RSVP and let us know if you’re interested.

It's Official!

It's Official!

Starting Spring 2019, all College of Southern Maryland credit students have an e-mail account and access to Microsoft Office 365 (O365). This e-mail address is now the official means of communication with the college as of March 4.

Students are expected to check their e-mail on a frequent and consistent basis in order to stay current with college-related communications.

Official e-mail communications are intended to meet the academic and administrative needs of the college community and may include but is not limited to:

  • Registration
  • Financial services
  • Financial assistance information

For more information on O365, view online here or you may, at any time, view the full CSM Student E-mail Policy online here.

Facts and Snacks in March

Facts and Snacks in March

Learn something new and have a snack! The campuses schedule Facts and Snacks presentations, meant to teach a variety of new topics and foster discussions.

March 7: How to Start a Nonprofit Organization; Prince Frederick Campus, John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119; 2:30 - 4 p.m.

March 7: Living and Eating Healthy; La Plata Campus, Campus Center (CC Building), 2:30 - 4 p.m.

April 2: Self Defense and Personal Safety; Prince Frederick Campus, John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119; 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Don’t waste those summer months. Take advantage of our summer classes, which allow you to take entire semesters within a few weeks. Summer registration for returning students opens March 11; new students can register beginning March 19. See your advisor today, or search for classes online.

Summer Session 2019 Dates

  • Summer Session I (6 weeks)
    May 28 – July 7
  • Summer Session II (12 weeks)
    May 28 – August 18
  • Summer Session III (9 weeks)
    June 10 – August 11
  • Summer Session IV (6 weeks)
    July 8 – August 18

View our academic calendar to help you map out the remainder of your classes.

Important Dates for Students

  • Classes end on March 10 for Spring Minisession I (7 weeks)
  • Classes begin on March 25 for Minisession II (7 weeks)
  • Last day to withdraw without a grade for the Spring Semester (15 weeks) is March 27, which is also the last day to change a credit to an audit or an audit to credit.

Tri-County Job and Career Fair

Tri-County Job and Career Fair

Save the date: Join us on April 9 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., for the Tri-County Job and Career Fair in the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) at the La Plata Campus.

You will be able to meet with employers throughout the region, so bring copies of your resumé, and come dressed for success.

For career services assistance or questions about the Job and Career Fair, e-mail

Culture Day

Culture Day

Get ready to be taken all over the world on March 12 for Culture Day! Join us at the Leonardtown Campus, Building C, Lobby between 1 and 4 p.m. Students with a valid CSM ID can stop by and sample a variety of cuisines while learning about a number of world cultures.

Student Health 101

Student Health 101

Did you know we have an awesome resource at CSM for nutrition, health advice, recipes, and even career help?  Check out the latest issue, and sign up to get Student Health 101 in your inbox.