Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
September 2009

In This Issue
  • Upcoming Holiday
  • Admissions Updates
  • Something New at Brentwood Center
  • Financial Aid & Scholarship News
  • Transfer Center News
  • Student Life Events
  • New Electronic Library Resources
  • Umoja Event
  • Welcome Day Activities

  • Greetings!

    With fall semester well under way, you're probably settled in to your classes, busy with homework, and trying to squeeze out a little time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. There are a lot of important and exciting things going on at LMC this month, so we hope you can find a few moments to check them out.

    Upcoming Holiday

    September 25 - Native American Day holiday, no classes

    For more important dates, click here.

    Admissions Updates

    Fall 2009 Enrollment Fee Deadline Correction
    Information has been distributed to students from various sources indicating that Friday, August 28 was the last day for you to pay for your classes without being dropped for non-payment. This information is incorrect. LMC does not drop students for non-payment of their fees. We like students to pay their fees as soon as possible, but you may continue in your classes after today if you have not yet paid.

    Around mid-semester, students will receive a billing letter advising that all student fees must be paid before registration will be allowed for the spring term. Once spring registration begins, all students who have not yet paid will be blocked from registration. To avoid this situation, students should try to pay as soon as possible.

    Please do not hesitate to contact Admissions and Records at (925) 439-2181, ext. 7500 if you have questions.

    If You're Planning to Graduate This Year
    If you are planning to graduate this year, be sure to look at Graduation Information on the LMC website. Students who are completing associate degree or certificate requirements in the fall 2009 semester need to apply for graduation by November 1, 2009. Download the application online or pick one up at the Admissions & Records Office.

    Something New at Brentwood Center

    bookshelf Faculty and staff have generously donated books for students to read and enjoy at the Brentwood Center's "Read and Return" area. We have a bookshelf filled with a variety of books for you to select from. A list of books is attached to the bookshelf to make it easier for you to browse through the assortment of literature. In each book we have placed a "Read and Return" bookmark to remind you that you are more than welcome to read a book and return it at your convenience.

    Financial Aid & Scholarship News

    Not Too Late to Apply for BOG Fee Waiver and FAFSA
    Enrollment fees have increased but there's still time to apply for the 2009-2010 Board of Governor's (BOG) Fee Waiver. Stop by the Office of Financial Aid or complete the BOGFW application online.

    To apply for Federal Financial Aid, fill out the 2009-2010 FAFSA application. For assistance with the FAFSA process, sign up for a financial aid workshop on one of the following dates:

    • Tuesday, September 22nd from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., room L213
    • Wednesday, October 21st from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., room L213

    The Office of Financial Aid will process your BOG Fee Waiver and handle general financial aid questions at the front counter. To sign up for a Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Workshop, call the Office of Financial Aid at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Federal Work Study Program
    Federal Work Study is a federally-funded program designed to help students meet their educational financial obligations and gain valuable work experience while attending college. This program is now administered by the Office of Financial Aid. For more information stop by the office, room CC3-431, or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Applications for Frank H. Buck Scholarship Available!
    Now is the time to apply for the 2010 Frank H. Buck Scholarship. Typically, individual scholarship awards range from $9,000 to $50,000 per year. Race, creed, gender, sexual orientation, age and national origin have no influence in the selection of scholars or in the administration of scholarships.

    In order to qualify for the Frank H. Buck Scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

    • Be enrolled in twelfth grade or higher
    • Reside or attend school within Napa, Solano, Yolo, Sacramento, San Joaquin, or Contra Costa counties
    • Apply in the fall prior to the school year you intend to use the scholarship
    • Possess strength of character and ambition, as well as the potential for leadership
    • Be well-rounded in school and community activities, making a contribution to society
    • Have satisfactory academic standing (no specific GPA is required)

    Financial need is not necessarily a requirement. The Buck Foundation awards scholarships to qualified applicants regardless of financial resources. Applications may be obtained through the Frank H. and Eva B. Buck Foundation by request to the Foundation or you may download an application here. Please note: The last day you will be able to download the application is Wednesday, November 11, 2009. All materials are due December 1, 2009.

    Transfer Center News

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    Transfer Day & College Night
    Mark your calendar for October 14th, Transfer Day and College Night. These two events offer LMC students, high school students, parents, academic advisors, and the community an opportunity to meet and talk to representatives from 4-year colleges, universities, private colleges, vocational schools and out-of-state institutions. For complete information, see the Transfer Center News & Events web page.

    Meet with University Reps
    Now is the time to make an appointment to meet with a university representative during the fall semester. "Reps" from various California universities visit the Transfer Center to meet with students considering transfer to their institution. A rep can answer your questions about the university and help you plan the classes you need to take in preparation for transfer there. We are especially happy to welcome UC Merced to our Transfer Center for the first time, and to welcome UC Santa Cruz back! For a complete list of fall 2009 rep visits, click here.

    Student Life Events


    Kaiser Permanente Healthy Lifestyle Event
    Join us for a fun and informative event on Tuesday, September 15th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the outside quad near the library. This event features free blood pressure, glucose and cholesterol screenings, vision essentials, sexual health education, cooking demos and healthy eating tips, and free chair massage!

    Fall 2009 Student Leadership Retreat Saturday, October 3, 2009
    The LMC Fall Student Leadership Retreat is an annual retreat held on the LMC campus. Through workshops, speakers and activities, students gain insight into their personal leadership styles, meet and connect with other LMC student leaders and gain essential tools to be leaders in their clubs, organizations, and programs. Space is limited; registration deadline is Thursday, September 24th. Sign up at the Student Life Office.

    Inter-Club Council
    The first Inter-Club Council (ICC) meeting of the year will be held on Monday, September 14th from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in room L105.

    LMC Associated Students
    LMCAS weekly meetings take place on Fridays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in room L109.

    New Electronic Library Resources

    The LMC Librarians are pleased to announce many new electronic resources to aid you with your research, including African American Experience, American Indian Experience, American Women's History Online, and Latino American Experience. For descriptions of these and other electronic resources, click here.

    Additionally, the LMC Library now subscribes to EBSCO Host, an information search tool which provides access to 26 full-text article databases covering a wide range of subjects including business, health, behavioral & social sciences, education, vocational education, literature, physical & biological sciences, newspapers and more.

    All electronic resources are available to LMC students both on and off campus through the LMC Library website. Remote users will be prompted to log in using their last name and student ID number.

    Umoja Event

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    Guest Lecturer Toni Blackman, U.S. Department of State Ambassador to Hip Hop, will be speaking in the library community room, L109, on Wednesday, September 16th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This event is being sponsored by the Umoja Scholars, Pathways, and Puente programs. For other upcoming Umoja events, click here.

    Welcome Day Activities

    studentsLMC Learning Communities and Special Programs Welcome Day
    On August 10, 2009, LMC kicked off the semester with its second annual Welcome Day for students in several learning communities and programs. A total of 163 students participated in the event. These included students from the Honors Program, Puente Program, Umoja Scholars Program, LMCAS, and Student Ambassadors. Welcome Day activities encourage students to build community within their individual programs and across other programs, to motivate students to become active leaders on campus, and to develop a better understanding of their specific learning community or program.

    The day began with a welcome from Dave Belman, Director of Student Life, and the coordinators for each of the participating programs. The keynote address on Leading the LMC Community was delivered by Glenn DeGuzman, Director of Leadership Development for the Center for Student Leadership at UC Berkeley. During the morning, students participated in community building activities, team challenges, and a campus scavenger hunt. After lunch, participants attended program orientations for each of their programs.

    We welcome you to visit the Office of Student Life to get involved on campus!

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