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HawkTalk - July 2019 Edition

HawkTalk - July 2019 Edition - Creative Design Competition

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Creative Design Competition

The theater in the Fine Arts Center has a new name, but now it needs a new plaque, and we want you to help us find the perfect design. CSM students are invited to participate in a competition for the design and creation of a plaque to recognize our generous donors, CSM President Emeritus Brad Gottfried and Linda Gottfried, for naming the theater.

The Gottfrieds wanted more than a conventional naming plaque, so they and the CSM Foundation are holding the competition so it will be student-created and totally unique. Current students, in either credit or workforce training programs, can participate in the competition by creating an original design within the set parameters. The winning designer will need to show their progress at various stages of production with an image slideshow or video, so record the process as you design.

Submission deadline is November 1, 2019; the winner will be announced November 8. The final product must be completed and delivered by January 15, 2020. The design must be functional, using a medium of the designer’s choice, whether that’s paper, plastic, clay, wood, etc. It must incorporate the following words: Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater. The final product can’t be larger than 25” x 19” x 1” and it must weigh less than 10 pounds.

All submissions must be submitted digitally as a 300 dpi JPG or PDF.

E-mail if you have any questions about the competition.

The region’s male lacrosse players have the opportunity to join us July 27, for LAX Prospect Day. Learn more about the college and our men’s lacrosse team on the Athletic Field behind the Physical Education Center (PE Building) on the La Plata Campus. The cost is $65 and includes a CSM men’s lacrosse pinnie.

The day will start with check-in from 8 to 9 a.m., then lead to a 9 a.m. welcome, campus tour, and presentations from Admissions, Advising, and Financial Assistance. Bring a bagged lunch and then we’ll have a basic pre-game warm-up, stretch and ball drills, followed by workouts and then a scrimmage. Bring your lunch, stick, helmet, pads, and cleats for a grass field; goalkeepers should bring their equipment.

History Comes to Life at CSM

History Comes to Life at CSM

It’s time for the annual Chautauqua series in the Fine Arts Center of the La Plata Campus. Actors portray historical figures, giving performances, and answering questions as the person they portray. This year’s educational Chautauqua series starts with a portrayal of Charles County’s own Matthew Henson, the namesake of Matthew A. Henson Middle School, on July 9. See Jacques Cousteau, the oceanographer and scientist, on July 10; and Grace O’Malley, a 16th century Irish Pirate Queen, who commanded ships, men, and the respect of Queen Elizabeth I, on July 11.

All performances are at 6:45 p.m. in the Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater.

New Advising Location

New Advising Location

Need an advisor on the Prince Frederick Campus? Check out the advising team's new home: The John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A) in Suite 101. The team is ready to provide students with the tools they need to register for classes, or offer transfer and career advice. Service hours are located on the advising web page and you can reach the office by calling 443-550-6026 between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Course Troubles?

Having trouble finding a course time that fits your schedule? Consider looking in the minisessions or the 12-week session. Enter your desired course in the search bar at the right of the screen in myPlanning and your options will appear. Please note, many courses that begin after 5 p.m. are offered in the minisessions.

Introducing the CSM Safe App

Introducing the CSM Safe App

CSM's Public Safety and Preparedness Department has a new safety app called the CSM Safe App. The app is designed to help public safety minimize response times during both emergency and routine security/safety situations.

App Features:

Campus Alerts
Persistent in-app notifications and push notifications for location-specific emergencies to keep you informed. An additional bulletin board feature is available for ongoing crises.

Offline Emergency Plans
Action plans for active shooter, evacuation, and weather emergencies are available in your hand.

Emergency Contacts
Listing of all pertinent phone numbers for on- and off-campus assistance with emergencies.

Report a Tip
Tips can be reported either via form, phone call, or text. Video or photos can be included where applicable. You may choose to identify yourself or be anonymous.

Support Resources
Quick access to the support resources available to help students such as counseling, academic advising, or sexual assault help.

The Prince Frederick Student Association needs student officers for the 2019-2020 academic year, and scholarships are available for those who step up.

Student government officers earn scholarships while strengthening their resumes, developing interpersonal skills among a diverse population, representing the interests of the student body, meeting new people, and always having fun.

The Prince Frederick Campus has open positions for the Secretary, Events Representative, and Clubs and Organizations Representative. Get involved by contacting the Prince Frederick Campus Student Life Coordinator Erika Abell at or 443-550-6022 or by stopping by the Student Association Office in the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 208.

Finishing Your Degree This Summer?

If summer classes will get you the last credits you need for a certificate or degree, then it’s time to meet with an academic advisor. Get it done by August 1 to fill out an easy graduation application. You are almost to the finish line, but remember, graduation is not automatic!

Tell your advisor if you wish to participate in the graduation ceremony. Commencement and degree mailing information is available online.

Important Dates

Important Dates

July 8
Classes begin for Summer Session IV (6-week session)

July 18
FAFSA workshop in Administration (AD) Building, Room 110 on the La Plata Campus, 2:30 p.m.

July 22
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade for Summer Session III (9-week session)

July 23
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade for Summer Session II (12-week session)

July 29
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade for Summer Session IV (6-week session)

July 31
Tuition payment due for Fall Semester 2019

Tuition Increase

Tuition Increase

The College of Southern Maryland (CSM) prides itself on offering the highest quality education at an affordable price and we are very cognizant of the economic impact the cost of education has on our students and their families. While we would prefer to maintain the current tuition rates, unfortunately economic realities dictate that we increase our tuition to continue offering the breadth and quality of classes and services necessary to meet the education standards you expect for the investment you make in your studies at CSM.

Therefore, beginning Fall 2019 semester, CSM will increase its in-county tuition by $3.50 per credit hour for residents of Calvert, Charles, and St. Mary’s Counties. Tuition for out-of-county residents will increase by $7 per credit hour and for out-of-state residents it increases by $8 per credit hour. In addition, the combined fee remains at 25% of the tuition rate per credit.

If you have any questions or concerns,  contact the Student Account Services Office at