2020 February - HawkTalk e-Newsletter

The Arts

Music, Arts, Literature, and More

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

Ward Virts Concert Series
Takako Mato, Clarinet
February 9, 3 p.m.,
Prince Frederick Campus

Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery
"Sic Transit Gloria Mundi" by Beverly Ress
February 10  - March 19
La Plata Campus

Benny Morgan Recital Series
Timothy Hudson
February 15, 3 p.m.,
Leonardtown Campus

HawkTalk - February 2020 Edition

HawkTalk - February 2020 Edition - Grad Fest is Coming Up

Hawk Hint

Classes are back in session and campuses are abuzz with activity. Be sure to check out the CSM calendar to see what’s happening.

Important dates

February 24
Last day to withdraw or change to audit/credit for Spring Minisession I

March 9
Summer Registration Opens for Returning Students

Grad Fest is Coming Up

Are you ready to graduate? Spring 2020 graduation applications are now being accepted for students who will complete requirements this semester. 

Application Deadlines: 

  •       March 15 - to participate in the May commencement ceremony
  •       April 15 - for a diploma only

Whether you choose to participate in commencement or not, graduating is not automatic! You can apply online through Online Services, meet with an advisoror attend Grad Fest so you can apply for graduation.

GradFest is a one-stop-shop for graduates, you can:

  • Meet with an advisor to apply for graduation
  • Learn all about the commencement ceremony
  • Enter to win a prize basket
  • Pose for a free portrait in a cap and gown

February 17
Leonardtown Campus
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

February 18
La Plata Campus
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

February 26
Prince Frederick Campus
11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

RSVP to Grad Fest Today

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

If CSM is not your final educational destination, the Transfer Fair is the place for you. 

Visit with knowledgeable representatives from a variety of colleges and universities while you explore potential majors, discuss degree programs, and meet with CSM staff, all in one place.

On the La Plata Campus, the Transfer Fair will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. February 24, in Rooms 103 and 104 of the Center for Business and Industry (BI Building).

On the Leonardtown Campus, it will be from 10 a.m. to noon, February 25, in the Auditorium in Building A.

On the Prince Frederick Campus, it will be 2 to 4 p.m., February 25, in Building B. 

Check out the entire list of institutions that will be present at the fair on the CSM website. By mid-February, you’ll even be able to see a denotation of those schools that are offering Instant Decision that day. 

Scholarship Finder

Scholarship Finder

Let the biggest challenges of college happen in the classroom, not your bank account. Our Scholarship Finder is a one-stop-shop for the scholarships available to our students. 

Scholarships for the coming fall are posted now and the people who apply by March 31 will be given priority consideration. 

Ready to get started? First, apply to CSM, then fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Next, complete the Online Scholarship Finder application and you will be automatically matched with more than 200 auto-match and apply-to opportunities! It's that simple, and the next thing you know, you’ll be accepting your scholarship, sending a thank-you letter, and attending the CSM Foundation’s Scholarship Luncheon.

12-Week Sessions to Be Discontinued, Effective Spring 2020

12-Week Sessions to Be Discontinued, Effective Spring 2020

Dear Hawks,

The College of Southern Maryland is discontinuing its 12-week sessions for the fall and spring semesters, as of Spring 2020. This change does not impact the summer 12-week session.

If you’re a CSM student interested in taking classes in a shorter, condensed format, you still have options! The College offers seven-week minisessions, and there’s still time to register for Spring Minisession II. Classes start March 12th for Spring Minisession II, so register now!

Questions or concerns? Reach out to the academic advisors at Advising, Career, and Transfer Services. Visit the Academic Advising webpage for more information and to find the Advising Services office that’s most convenient for you.

Dr. Eileen Abel Vice-President, Academic Affairs

Ice Cream, Clubs, and Camaraderie

Ice Cream, Clubs, and Camaraderie

Enjoy an ice cream treat while you learn about the available clubs on the Leonardtown Campus during the Club Fair and Ice Cream Social from 2 to 4 p.m., February 6, in Building C. The fair is not just about existing clubs if you have an idea for a club, you can also find out how to start your own.

Your Vote. Your Choice. Your Future.

Your Vote. Your Choice. Your Future.

Join the Prince Frederick Student Association and the League of Women Voters of Calvert County for what may be one of the most important discussions of your adult life. Learn about the importance of your vote in both the primary and general elections from 2:30 to 4 p.m., February 11, in the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A), Room 119, Prince Frederick Campus. Every election counts and voting ensures that your voice will be heard. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

Make Your Personalized Stuffed Bear

Make Your Personalized Stuffed Bear

This is the month for CSM Love! Come and Build Your Bear from noon to 4 p.m., February 13, in Wellness and Aquatics Center (Building D) of the Leonardtown Campus. Students with a valid CSM ID can celebrate CSM Love by building their personalized stuffed bear while supplies last. Bears are provided free to students by the Leonardtown Student Association.

History, Culture, and MLK

History, Culture, and MLK

The Student Government Association is celebrating Black History Month with a bus trip to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture and the MLK Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Students will leave the La Plata Campus at noon on February 28, and return about 7 p.m. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. It is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial honors one of our country’s most iconic figures. Tickets are limited, so check the Student Calendar website to find out how to reserve your spot.

CSM will soon issue 1098-T tax forms for use in filing 2019 taxes.

To expedite the process and get the information to you as quickly as possible, CSM asks for your consent to receive your 1098-T tax form electronically. If you would like to receive the form electronically (instead of a paper copy), give your consent by logging into your account, selecting “Receive my 1098-T only in electronic format”, and then clicking on the blue Save button. If you opted-in for electronic 1098-T information in a prior tax year, your 2019, 1098-T will soon be available electronically.

If you would prefer to receive a paper copy of your 1098-T when forms are mailed on January 31, no action is required. A follow-up e-mail will be sent out once 1098-T forms have been issued. 

Have a Slice, Make Some Friends

Have a Slice, Make Some Friends

Enjoy a slice of pizza during Mozzarella Monday from noon to 2 p.m. on February 3 in Building B of the Leonardtown Campus. CSM students can attend for free on the first Monday of every month. Mozzarella Monday is sponsored by the Leonardtown Student Association in conjunction with the Hawk Feeder.

Expression Through Art

Expression Through Art

Share an evening of self-styled and expressive art through a variety of mediums during Connect Cafe from 6 to 8 p.m., February 7 in Building A, Auditorium of the Leonardtown Campus. Students will share their music, writing, painting, poetry, and other types of art in a relaxed and safe environment. This event is offered in partnership with Counseling Services.

Success Can Be Oh, So Sweet

Success Can Be Oh, So Sweet

Learn about the Prince Frederick Student Association and much more from 3:30 to 7 p.m., February 12, or from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., February 13, in the John E. Harms Academic Center (Building A) of the Prince Frederick Campus during Sweet Success! CSM students can get free sweet treats while finding out how to get involved on campus, learning about the Hawk Feeder initiative, and hearing how the Student Association is helping students succeed.

Show Off Your Talents

Show Off Your Talents

Do you have an amazing talent that you cannot wait to share? Come to the talent showcase from 6 to 9 p.m., February 13, in the Campus Center (CC Building) of the La Plata Campus. Auditions are not required; you just need to sign up at the Student Life Desk in the CC Building.

Stay Safe Everywhere You Go

Stay Safe Everywhere You Go

Bill Bessette, CSM’s Executive Director of Public Safety and Preparedness, will give a presentation on how to stay safe in emergencies on campus and the community from 2:30 to 4 p.m., March 5, in the Campus Center (CC Building), Lobby of the La Plata Campus. Bessette will teach about emergency preparedness and active shooter protocols. 

Can't attend? We’re still accessible through the CSM Safe App.

CSM Safe is a product of the Public Safety and Preparedness department. It provides students, faculty, and staff with added safety on campus by sending important safety alerts and offering instant access to campus safety resources.

The app can get you to Public Safety and local law enforcement for the CSM area in case of an emergency or a non-emergency concern. You can report safety or security concerns right to Public Safety, and even let friends know you’re OK if there’s an emergency. The app also gives you instant access to notifications and instructions from Public Safety if there is an on-campus emergency, and has emergency plans that you can access even when you don’t have Wi-Fi or cellular data.

Clarity Coffee House at CSM

Clarity Coffee House at CSM

Clarity Coffee House of Indian Head has opened a second location on campus! Located on the La Plata Campus, Bookstore (BK) Building next to the College Store, Clarity at CSM features an array of coffee drinks and house specialty beverages, including in-house specials such as the Clarity Latin Latte, Cinnamon Roll Latte, Café Mocha, and hot chocolate. It serves espresso beverages with cappuccinos, shot-in-the-darks, and macchiatos, as well as a rich assortment of teas, iced coffees, chai lattes, iced teas, and refresher drinks that are all made fresh in-house. Seasonal drinks include lemonade and hot apple cider. Pour-overs, cold brews, smoothies, and frappes are also on the menu. 

Campus Well by Student Health 101

Campus Well
by Student Health 101

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