2019 September - 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:

CSM Theater auditions will be held at the La Plata Campus on September 6 - 7 for:

Junie B. Jones the Musical (children's musical), performing in November

Prepare a one-minute comedic monologue and 16 bars of an upbeat song with music for the accompanist. Come dressed to move. 

If necessary, call backs will be September 9, 6 - 9 p.m.

Visual Arts
"When Our Rivers Collide" by Wesley Clark"

September 3 - October 17, La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

HawkTalk - September 2019 Edition

HawkTalk - September 2019 Edition - Welcome back Hawks!

Hawk Hint

The La Plata Campus Learning Support Services Center (tutoring, academic support) has moved to:

Francis P. Chiaramonte, M.D. Center for Science and Technology (ST Building),
Room 100. All services will be available beginning September 3.

The Learning Support Services Center is also hosting open houses the first two weeks of the Fall Semester with free food and giveaways.

Welcome Back Hawks!

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 the diversity, student life, arts, and student success events we have in store for you this month:

September 3 - 4
Welcome Back Events
Stop by and meet your campus Student Association Officers, enjoy some delicious treats, and get to know more about your Student Government Association.

September 10
Club Fair and Cookout
2 - 4 p.m., Leonardtown Campus Great Lawn
Stop by the Club Fair to check out the Student Association Clubs on the Leonardtown Campus or receive information on how to start a club. Free refreshments provided. 

September 11
9/11 Remembrance
We remember 9/11 and honor the victims and first responders through the display of flags on  our campuses.

September 17
Constitution Day
John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Lobby, Prince Frederick Campus

Life. Liberty. Freedom. Prosperity. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Stop by our information table to learn more about the Constitution and get your free, “pocket size” copy of one of the most influential legal documents in existence (limited availability).

September 17 - 19
Fall Festivals, Traveling Carnival Theme
Step right up and join the fun! CSM’s Traveling Fall Festival is hitting the road this fall. With a carnival theme, games, and tasty foods galore, this is sure to be one of the best events of the year.  You won’t want to miss it.   

To see a full listing of the events going on this September and beyond at CSM, visit

Now is your opportunity to speak with over 50+ college representatives in one space! It is never too early to start exploring your transfer options. Representatives will be present from in-state and out-of-state institutions. As well, registration for our Fall Transfer Tours will open at the Transfer Fair.

Transfer Fair Dates:

September 16
10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus
Center for Business and Industry (BI Building),
Room 103/104

September 17
2 - 4 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus
Wellness and Aquatic Center (Building D), Lobby

September 19
2 - 4 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus
Building B, Multipurpose Room

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jacqui Rogers, Coordinator of Transfer and Articulation, at

Engineering Internship Fair

Engineering Internship Fair

All students benefit from internships. Engineering students can find a wealth of information at the Internship Fair for Engineering Students on September 12 from noon to 7 p.m. at the University System of Maryland at Southern Maryland, previously known as the Southern Maryland Higher Education Center.

CSM and the University of Maryland work together to offer a seamless pathway to a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Once a student completes the Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering curriculum at CSM, he or she can transfer with junior status to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering in Southern Maryland.

Students also do an internship with the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD), a division of NAVAIR, with a possible job opportunity after graduation and completion of all pathway program requirements.

For more information contact Jehnell C. Linkins, Pre-Engineering Program Coordinator, at or 301-934-7747.

FAFSA Workshop

FAFSA Workshop

2:30 p.m., Third Thursday of the Month, La Plata Campus, Administration (AD) Building, Room 110

Join CSM's Financial Aid Department every third Thursday of the month for one-on-one FAFSA assistance.

The Financial Assistance Department will provide one-on-one assistance to students and parents as they complete their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the primary application for federal, state, and institutional financial aid programs. Students and parents will need to bring the following information with them:

  • 2017 Tax Information (W2 forms for parents and student and federal tax form 1040, 1040A, or 1040 EZ)
  • Records of untaxed income, social security benefits, child support received or paid in 2017

Workshop Dates:

  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 19

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

October 1, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Building B, Room 104 and 105, Prince Frederick Campus

September 15 - October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Join us to learn more about this month and Hispanic-Americans who have enriched our nation and society. Hispanic cuisine will be featured.

Will fall be your last semester? If you’re about to complete your degree, it’s time to get registered for Grad Fest.

At Grad Fest, you can:

  • Apply for graduation
  • Speak to an academic advisor
  • Receive information about announcements, caps, and gowns
  • Pose for a free graduation portrait
  • Win prizes and more…

Grad Fest Dates

October 1
12 - 6 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), 

October 7
12 - 6 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building C, Lobby

October 9
12 - 6 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room 

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

Have a Night at the Ball Park

Have a Night at the Ball Park

Join CSM Alumni and Friends Connection for an evening of fun with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on September 13 at Regency Furniture Stadium in the Legends Club. The first 200 tickets are free; however, you must reserve tickets online before the game. The doors open at 6 p.m.; game begins at 6:35 p.m. The entire CSM family -- faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends – is encouraged to come out for the game and see the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs take on the Long Island Ducks.

Voter Registration Drive

Voter Registration Drive

September 24, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A) and Building B Lobbies, Prince Frederick Campus

September 24 is National Voter Registration Day. Make sure that your voice is heard in the 2020 primary and general elections. Stop by tables in the lobbies of Building A or B to register to vote and grab some snacks provided by the Prince Frederick Campus Student Association.

Voter Registration Drive
October 2, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A) and Building B Lobbies, Prince Frederick Campus

Make sure that your voice is heard in the 2020 primary and general elections! Stop by tables in the lobbies of Building A or B to register to vote and grab some snacks provided by the Prince Frederick Campus Student Association.

Hawk Feeder Food Drive

Hawk Feeder Food Drive

Did you know that 30% of college students lack reliable access to sufficient quantities of food? Help us stock the Hawk Feeders on each of the college’s four campuses during the month of October. These micro-pantries help address short-term basic needs that are sometimes experienced by CSM students and operate on the simple concept of take what you need.

  • La Plata Campus: 
    Campus Center (CC Building), Lobby,
    Student Association Office 

  • Leonardtown Campus:
    Building B, Student Lounge

  • Prince Frederick Campus:
    John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Lobby and Student Association Office, Building A, Room 208

  • Regional Hughesville Campus
     CT Building, Corridor next to Room 124

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