2019 November - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts

Music, Arts, Literature, and More

There are plenty of ways to celebrate the Arts at CSM this month.

CSM Faculty Excellence Lecture Series: “Provocations”: Communicating and Confronting Trauma through Poetry by Veterans
November 7
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Room 104

Visual Arts
"the Lightness and the Dark" by Lisa Elmaleh
October 28 - December 12
La Plata Campus, Fine Arts Center, Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery

Theater and Dance
CSM Theater presents “Junie B. Jones The Musical”
November 15 - 16 and 22 - 23, 8 p.m.
November 17 and 24, 3 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater, Fine Arts Center (FA Building)

Ward Virts Concert Series: Southern Maryland Chamber Players
November 10, 3 p.m.
Prince Frederick Campus, Building B, Multipurpose Room

Benny C. Morgan Concert Series presents Holton Jazz Trio
November 16, 3 p.m.
Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium

Southern Mix with CSM Chorale and Chamber Choir
December 5, 8 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater, Fine Arts Center (FA Building)

Music Student Honors Recital
December 6, 3 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Brad and Linda Gottfried Theater, Fine Arts Center (FA Building)

Fall 2019 Connections Literary Magazine Reading
December 6, 7:30 p.m.
La Plata Campus, Center for Business and Industry (BI Building) Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room (Room 103)

HawkTalk - November 2019 Edition

HawkTalk - November 2019 Edition - Keep the Momentum Going Between Fall and Spring

Hawk Hint

Important Dates

[REVISED] All campuses will close November 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen on December 2.

November 15
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit for Fall Semester 2019 classes

November 18
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit for Fall 12-week 2019 classes

December 2
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit without a grade for Fall Minisession II 2019 classes

December 4
Winter Session payment due date or day of registration if registered after this date

January 8
Spring Semester 2020 payment due date or day of registration if registered after this date

Keep the Momentum Going Between Fall and Spring

The Winter Session will begin December 19 and continue through January 18*

Make the most of your winter break this year and earn additional credits in just four weeks. This accelerated session offers more than 30 courses to choose from and is the perfect opportunity to get ahead or explore an area of interest.

*The college is closed from December 20, 3 p.m. through January 1 and reopens January 2, but resources are available to students enrolled in the Winter Session.

Need Some More Time?
Take advantage of the Spring Semester. Priority registration for spring will open November 11-14 for current students. 

  • November 11: Returning students who have 45+ credits
  • November 12: Returning students who have 30+ credits
  • November 13: Returning students who have 15+ credits
  • November 14: Returning students who have 1+ credit(s)

Classes are viewable November 5. Be sure to register before classes open up for new students on November 15. 

If you are finishing up your final classes to graduate with a certificate or degree and you wish to walk in the January 16 commencement, be sure to see an academic advisor to complete the graduation application before November 15. Applying is free, but there is a fee for the cap and gown. Learn more on the Graduation page.

For students not participating in the commencement ceremony, December 15 is the deadline to complete the free graduation application to receive letters of recognition, certificates, and degrees by mail only.

Get the Word on FAFSA

Get the Word on FAFSA

Join CSM's Financial Assistance Department at 2:30 p.m., November 21 for one-on-one FAFSA help in Administration (AD) Building, Room 110 on the La Plata Campus. Students and parents need to bring their 2018 tax information and records of untaxed income, Social Security benefits, child support received or paid in 2018.

Events Going on Across CSM Campuses

Events Going on Across CSM Campuses

Let’s Talk Consent
Learn about the importance of consent and healthy relationships during a program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. November 5 in Building C, Room 302, on the Leonardtown Campus. You can learn to spot the characteristics of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships. You’ll better understand the concept of consent at this interactive workshop presented by Planned Parenthood of Maryland.

On November 12 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Building C, Room 302 on the Leonardtown Campus, join CSM Counselor Jennifer Fossell to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression, various treatments and resources, coping strategies, and how to seek help for yourself or a friend.

Native American Heritage Celebration
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on November 14 in the lobby on La Plata’s Campus Center (CC Building). See a special presentation by the Piscataway tribe, whose ancestry is indigenous to Southern Maryland. Learn about the history behind the tribe, participate in cultural dances, and get a new perspective of history of this region.

Snowcoming: Hollywood Edition
Feel like a star! Get on the VIP list for Snowcoming: Hollywood Edition from 7 to 10 p.m. November 22 in Building B, Multipurpose Room, of the Prince Frederick Campus. You’ll have paparazzi snapping photos of you on the red carpet and check out the most exclusive after parties! Party like a rock star all night long with a DJ, photo booth, hors d’oeuvres, tasty beverages, and more.

Attire is semi formal; celebrity costumes are optional and welcome.

Thank a Veteran!
Stop by and write a thank you note that will be delivered to veterans at the Charlotte Hall Veterans Home (CHVH) in St. Mary’s County. 

Write the notes and cards between 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., November 5 in the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Lobby, Prince Frederick Campus; or from 9 a.m. to noon, November 11 in the lobby of the Campus Center (CC Building) on the La Plata Campus.

Your notes will be delivered to CHVH on Veterans Day, November 11.



After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, there’s Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to charitable donations. You can make the most of Giving Tuesday by choosing the College of Southern Maryland Foundation on December 3.

Your support helps CSM students who are working toward degrees, certificates, or the mastery of a new skill set. Gifts of all sizes contributed on #GivingTuesday by people like you will help change lives right here, maybe even on your own street!

Campus Well by Student Health 101

Campus Well
by 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 Campus Well by Student Health 101 in your inbox.

If you have reached 18 or 36 credits, you will encounter a Mandatory Advising hold at registration.

The hold is lifted when you meet an academic advisor for a program review. In order to self-register during priority registration, meet with your advisor before your priority registration day.

Walk-in advising sessions will be available November 11 to 15 at the La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses and the Waldorf Center for Higher Education to assist students with registration for the Spring Semester. No pre-scheduled appointments will be available during this week.

Hours for Advising Week

La Plata, Leonardtown, and Prince Frederick campuses
Monday through Thursday: from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Friday: from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Waldorf Center for Higher Education
Monday and Thursday: from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

***Please note that wait times may be longer this week due to registration***

R U Okay, Hawks? We Can Help

R U Ok, Hawks? We Can Help

New from CSM Counseling services is r u okay, Hawks? This is an anonymous, interactive screening program to connect students with counseling and resources to support their mental health. Complete the confidential stress and depression questionnaire to receive a personalized assessment from a CSM counselor. 

You can also schedule an in-person appointment at your preferred campus by calling or e-mailing one of the counselors listed below:

La Plata Campus
Kellie I. Jamison MSW, LCSW-C
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205F
Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Leonardtown Campus
Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building C, Room 207D
Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday from 8 am. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Prince Frederick Campus
Natasha Miller, LCPC
Building A, Room 214
Office hours are Monday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New Resources for Our CSM Veterans and Their Families

New Resources for Our CSM Veterans and Their Families

The Mobile Vet Center from the Department of Veterans Affairs will now offer PTSD and readjustment counseling to veterans and their families free of charge.

The Mobile Vet Center will offer its services at the La Plata Campus every first Wednesday of each month. The Mobile Vet Center will be located in Lot 2 with additional resources available in the Campus Center (CC Building), Room 100. The Leonardtown Campus will offer these services every third Wednesday of each month. The Mobile Vet Center will be located in parking lot D, and tabling resources will be available in Building C, Room 104. The services will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Mobile Vet Center can assist with:

  • VA disability claims
  • Employment assessments and referrals
  • Individual, group, and family counseling
  • Community outreach and events
  • Confidential counseling

George Hawley, a local veterans employment representative and disabled veterans outreach program specialist with the Maryland Department of Labor, will offer a range of community resources for veterans, dependents, and the regular population.

Veterans will learn about community events in the tri-county region such as:

  • Unemployment and underemployment assistance
  • Disability priority of service
  • Job source
  • Resumé and career choice assistance