2020 August HawkTalk e-Newsletter

HawkTalk - August 2020 Edition

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Hawk Hint:

R u ok Hawks? Not sure how to answer when somebody asks how you’re holding up? That’s alright. There’s a lot going on. Connect anonymously with a CSM counselor with r u ok Hawks? for the support you need when you’re having a hard time.  

Give Blood, Save Lives! Blood Drive August 25 at Prince Frederick

Donate blood and help save lives! The CSM Student Government Association (SGA) is proud to partner with the Red Cross to host a blood drive at the Prince Frederick Campus.  The drive is scheduled for Tuesday, August 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held in Building B, Rooms 103-105.

To participate, you must schedule an appointment to donate blood! For safety, any potential donors without an appointment will be turned away.  

Blood Drive in August

In addition to the highest standards of safety and infection control, the Red Cross has implemented additional precautions due to COVID-19. Please note that all donors will be required to have their temperature checked prior to entering the building. During the donation process all donors must wear masks  (please bring and use your own if available); use hand sanitizer; and maintain physical distancing.   Guests and minor children of donors will not be able to attend the drive. 

All blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative, and B negative.  Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished.  SGA's goal for this blood drive is to schedule 81 donors.   

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or sign up online.

During the month of July, members of the college community accepted and participated in the CSM 30-Day Justice Challenge. Each day for thirty days, participants spent at least eight minutes and forty-eight seconds engaging with the critical and growing need to address anti-Black racism and systemic inequities in all aspects of our society. The thirty days are up, but the work to create a more just nation—for ourselves, for our neighbors, and for future generations—carries on.  

Challenge yourself to play a more active part in building and sustaining a community of infinite, breathtaking diversity that celebrates our differences. It’s a tall order, but each of us has to start somewhere. You can use the CSM 30-Day Justice Challenge as a starting point, and take advantage of the library of Racial Education Resources to continue improving yourself and your community.  

Racial Justice Education Resources

Racial Justice Education Resources 

Social transformation begins with personal growth. CSM has compiled a library of links and resources to further expand education beyond the syllabus. We hope that members of our college community will take full advantage of this opportunity to broaden their perspective in the midst of the public debate over social inequity and systemic racism in the United States.  

You will need to log in to my.CSMD to access the internal website. 

Fall 2020 Register Now

Registration Open for Fall 

Register now for Fall 2020! Log into Student Planning in my.CSMD and sign up for the course sections you want. Don’t wait too long, though—the sooner you register, the better your chance at getting your ideal schedule! Classes start August 26 for the Fall 15-Week Session and 7-Week Session I.  

If you have an academic hold, please make an appointment to speak with an advisor. 

Fall Sessions:

  • 15-Week Session: August 26 – December 14
  • 7-Week Session I: August 26 – October 19 
  • 3-Week Session I: September 28 – October 17 
  • 3-Week Session II: October 19 – November 7 
  • 7-Week Session II: October 20 – December 14

Payment is due upon registration for fall. You can pay in full or set up a Tuition Payment PlanClick here for more information.  

Fall 2020 Instruction types of classes

Distance Learning Options This Fall

CSM’s Fall 2020 course offerings will be primarily held online. Taking your classes in a virtual environment lets you advance toward your degree, expand your skill base, or discover a new interest, all without changing out of your PJs!

Course sections this fall will be available in one of three distance learning modes: Web-Based, Real-Time Technology, and Hybrid. We’ve put together an infographic that compares the different modes so that you can pick the best experience for your learning style! For more information, check out

Course Section Wait List

Course Section Wait List: A Second Chance at your First-Choice Schedule

Did someone snag the last spot in the course section you wanted? Don’t give up! When you register for your courses, you can sign up for the Wait List of a section that’s full. That way, if room opens up, you’ve got a second chance at your first-choice schedule!

Advising and Counseling

Counseling Services and Mental Health | CSM College Survival Guide

The College Survival Guide is a monthly feature that directs members of the CSM community to free resources and support for whatever challenges they may be facing. At CSM, no hawk has to fly alone.

FEELING OVERWHELMED? ISOLATED? YOU’RE NOT ALONE. Stress might be a normal part of life, but there’s not much in 2020 that’s been even remotely normal. It’s okay if you’re not feeling okay. The important thing to remember is that you’re not alone. You’re a member of a community, and we’re here to support one another as we face whatever comes next—together 

CSM Counseling Services are available to help students navigate and overcome a host of obstacles and personal struggles. Make your appointment at

“R u ok, Hawks?” is an anonymous tool to connect students with resources to support their mental health. Get started at 

Transfer Opportunities at CSM

Transfer Thursdays

Join us for Transfer Thursdays and connect directly with our transfer partners! 

Each week, we’ll talk to representatives from two colleges or universities that have signed transfer or matriculation agreements with CSM. This is your chance to ask your questions and get answers straight from the source!  

Transfer Thursdays are held every Thursday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., but you don’t have to stay for the full three hours! Space is limited, though, so be sure to sign up to reserve your slot. Visit to learn more and register for the sessions you’re interested in! 

This month, hear from: 

  • August 6: Salem University and York College of Pennsylvania 
  • August 13: Marymount University and Excelsior University 
  • August 20: Marymount University and University of Baltimore 
  • August 27: University of Maryland, College Park Army ROTC and Southern New Hampshire University 

Transfer Opportunities

New Transfer Opportunities!

Hawks who’ve got their eye on applying the credits earned at CSM toward their bachelor’s can take advantage of over 120 transfer opportunities at more than 50 institutions nationwide. 

We’ve recently signed new or updated agreements with Colorado State University - Global, Bowie State University, University of Baltimore. American Public University System, University of Arkansas Medical School, and Trinity Washington University.  

As part of the updated agreement with Colorado State University - Global, CSM graduates can receive a 10% tuition discount and an application fee waiver! 

For more information on how you can get started mapping out your route from associate’s to bachelor’s and beyond, visit Transfer Services.


One Application, 200+ Scholarships: Scholarship Finder 

There’s still time to submit your Scholarship Finder application! The CSM Foundation has awarded more than $3 million to more than 3,000 students in the last decade. Visit to get started. 

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. 

Talon Talks

Join Us for Talon Talks!

Student Life and Counseling Services is offering Talon Talks—weekly supportive sessions via Zoom, on topics like overcoming math anxiety, transfer options, and staying motivated with online learning. For more details,

Fall 3-week Sessions

Intensive 3-Week Sessions

CSM students can now take courses in intensive 3-week sessions! This new course format offers even more ways to fit your education into your life. 

The 3-week session is a perfect chance to catch up, get ahead, or branch out into something new, all in a more compact course format.