2019 May - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts

Three of our 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 and beyond:

Music Student Honors Recital
Enjoy the talents and skills of CSM Music students during the Honors Recital on May 10 at 3 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center. The most accomplished students will perform, with diverse musical styles that range from classical instrumental music to modern styles.

Southern Maryland Concert Band
The Southern Maryland Concert Band will collaborate with our music program to perform on May 10 at 8 p.m. in the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center. Students can join members of the community and professional musicians for ensemble credit. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 on the day of the concert.

Pops Concert
Come check out the Pops Concert on May 11 at 7 p.m. at the La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center. Performances include Southern Mix Barbershop Chorus, Ritmo Cache Latin Ensemble, CSM Chorale, and Chamber Choir. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, military, and youth.

Jazz One: “Happening Now” will be presented on May 12 at 3 p.m. at the Prince Frederick Campus in Building B, Multipurpose Room. No tickets or reservations are needed. The performance is part of the Ward Virts Concert Series.

HawkTalk - May 2019 Edition

HawkTalk - May 2019 Edition - It Pays to Register Early

Hawk Hint

Avoid Being Dropped from Your Classes for Nonpayment.
Pay your summer 2019 bill by choosing one of several payment options before the May 22 deadline, or you will be dropped from all of your registered classes for nonpayment. 

The fall 2019 payment deadline is July 31.

It Pays to Register Early

Registering early for fall 2019 is the best way to seize your seat in the best classes for your schedule. Students registering by June 30 will be entered in a drawing to win a $500 scholarship or $200 voucher for books. Two winners will be drawn from each county.

Don’t delay—Register for Fall Semester 2019 today.

Fall Semester 2019 Dates

  • Fall Semester (15 weeks)
    September 3 - December 16
  • Fall 12-week Session
    September 23 - December 16
  • Fall Minisession I (7 weeks)
    September 3 - October 21
  • Fall Minisession II (7 weeks)
    October 24 - December 16

Register Now for Fall

The semester is winding down and that means it's time to recognize excellence and to see graduates off as they finish their studies at CSM.

On May 15, at 6:30 p.m. on the Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, top students will be honored during the 2019 Academic Excellence Awards Reception.

On May 17, Spring Commencement is set on the La Plata Campus. There will be two ceremonies, one at 10 a.m. and one at 3 p.m., split according to the degree or certificate being awarded.

  • 10 a.m. ceremony will be Certificates and Associate of Arts degrees
  • 3 p.m. ceremony includes Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees

Keep in mind that May 17 will be a high-traffic day on campus, so plan accordingly. If you need to buy your cap and gown, head to the CSM College Store as soon as you can.

Continue Your Studies Beyond CSM

Continue Your Studies Beyond CSM

CSM has added Goucher College’s new Bachelor of Professional Studies to our list of institutions with which we have an articulation agreement! The program’s articulation agreement is designed especially for Associate of Applied Science programs.

With the articulation agreement, all bachelor programs at Goucher College will be offered online. Also, courses will cost just $300 per credit, plus a technology fee in the fall and spring.

CSM has transfer agreements with many colleges and universities on the East Coast. These agreements make transfer seamless and easy.

Tour St. Mary’s College
And while we’re on the subject of transfers, we offer Transfer Tours. On May 10, travel with us to St. Mary’s College of Maryland for a campus tour, information session, and independent exploration. The tour leaves the La Plata Campus at 9 a.m. after meeting in the Administration (AD) Building, Room 103.

FAFSA Workshop and Pell Grants

FAFSA Workshop and Pell Grants

Join us for a FAFSA Workshop on May 16. We hold a FAFSA workshop on the third Thursday of every month at 2:30 p.m. in Administration (AD) Building, Room 110 on the La Plata Campus. Get one-on-one help from our staff on how to fill out the form and keep your information current.

Summer Pell Grant funds are also available for eligible students with a completed 2018-19 FAFSA on file. Complete the Summer Pell Request Form online or see the Financial Assistance Department on your campus to determine your eligibility.

For more information, e-mail or visit a campus near you.

Go Beyond the Classroom with Lacrosse!

Go Beyond the Classroom with Lacrosse!

Are you an athlete attending CSM next spring? Then it’s time to check out the men’s lacrosse team. The men’s lacrosse coaches are hosting a Prospect Day on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the La Plata Campus athletic field, behind the Physical Education Center (PE Building).

Meet the men’s lacrosse coaches, learn about our programs, our division, and potential scholarships to play for us.

Later in the day, be ready to practice, do drills, and end the day with a scrimmage. Athletes need to bring cleats, sticks, helmets, and pads, and goalkeepers should bring all of their equipment.

For more information, contact Steve Campbell, the head coach of the men’s lacrosse team, at

View the event page for full details and RSVP online today.

Code Green

Code Green

In an effort to decrease energy costs during the summer months, CSM will be running a Code Green initiative beginning May 24 and continuing each Friday through August 9. All administrative offices at the college close at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays during this time

All classes, Kids’ and Teen College, and CSM’s St. Charles Children’s Learning Center programs operate on a normal schedule. Public Safety and Preparedness personnel also stay on campus.

Don’t forget to bring your used textbooks to the CSM College Store to get cash back to use for summer fun. Spring Textbook Buyback runs May 6 - 17 at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses. Check out the times below at a store nearest you.

La Plata College Store

  • May 6 - 9 and May 13 - 16
    10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • May 10 and 17
    10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Leonardtown and Prince Frederick College Stores

  • May 6 - 9 and May 13 - 16
    10 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • May 10 and 17
    10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Keep in mind that the CSM College Store does not buy back study guides, workbooks, or books containing CDs, DVDs, flash drives, or access codes. CSM Student ID Required.

Take a Stress Break

Take a Stress Break

Finals week can be tough, but we’re here for you! Take a stress break on May 8 at 10 a.m. on the Prince Frederick Campus, noon on the Leonardtown Campus, and 1 p.m. on the La Plata Campus. On May 9, take another break at 1 p.m. on the La Plata Campus, 2 p.m. on the Prince Frederick Campus, and 2:30 p.m. on the Leonardtown Campus

This year Veteran Services will partner with Student Life to show our appreciation for the sacrifices of our military families. During the stress breaks on May 8 and May 9, relax with your fellow students, take advantage of the stress break activities, enjoy a doughnut, some cake, grab free t-shirts to celebrate Military Appreciation Month, and get information related to our military service members and their families!

Online Services Gets a Makeover

Online Services Gets a Makeover

Online services has a new look! The current student menu got a facelift on April 17, so when you log on you’ll complete two screens of questions before being taken to a “myServices” page. From there, you can get to all of your usual online services, from financial aid to your grades. Be sure to check out the important directions at the top of Plan and Schedule in Student Planning if you want to drop a class or manage “myWaitlist.”

Looking for Work? CSM Veterans Affairs is now hiring

Looking for Work? CSM Veterans Affairs is now hiring

CSM students who are enrolled at least 3/4 time and who use veterans’ benefits are eligible to apply for jobs with the Veterans Affairs office. Students are being sought to work up to 25 hours each week, helping out with administrative duties related to VA.

Candidates must be willing to commit to at least two consecutive semesters working for the office.

Interested students may fill out the online questionnaire here. Once you’ve filled out the online questionnaire you will be automatically emailed a PDF application to fill out.

After you complete the application, e-mail it to:, with the subject line “VA Work Study Applicant. If you do not receive the application after your online questionnaire, check your spam folder or reach out to

Jobs in the VA office are designed to be flexible for student schedules, and allow you to "earn while you learn." Employees are paid the federal minimum wage rate.

Feed Your Body While You Feed Your Mind

Feed Your Body While You Feed Your Mind

Do you get hungry between classes? Need a place to sit and enjoy a snack or meal while you study? Check out our campus dining options.

We’ve expanded our options at the Leonardtown and Prince Frederick campuses. Now you can get microwaveable meals, snacks, candy, ice cream, and cold beverages in the CSM College Store at each site.

On the La Plata Campus, stop by the CSM Café on the first floor of the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), where you can get hot meals and snacks, from sandwiches to french fries.

Student Health 101

Student Health 101

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