Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
October 2009

In This Issue
  • Stay Informed About H1N1 (Swine) Flu
  • WIFI Hot Spots at LMC
  • Student Services News
  • Financial Aid Updates
  • Student Life Events
  • New Metered Parking
  • Occupational Education News
  • Umoja Scholars Program

  • Greetings!

    October is an exciting month at LMC! Transfer Day and College Night, as well as LMC's first Cultural Arts Festival, will take place this month. This issue contains details about these events, important information about the new parking meters and class schedules, a special article for students who are veterans, and more.

    Stay Informed About H1N1 (Swine) Flu

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    According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if you are using soap and water, you should wash your hands for 15-20 seconds (the time it takes to sing Happy Birthday to yourself twice). If you are using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, remember to wash your hands with soap and water if they are visibly soiled.

    fluTo prevent others around you from becoming sick, please remember to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing (you can use a tissue or your elbow) and if you have a temperature over 100° F and a cough or sore throat, please stay home and take care of yourself.

    Test your knowledge about H1N1 flu and check out our H1N1 updates

    Stay healthy and stay informed.

    WIFI Hot Spots at LMC

    wireless logoYou may be aware that WIFI is available on campus, but do you know where? Follow our link to the latest information: WIFI hot spots

    Student Services News

    Important Fall Semester Dates

    Admissions & Records Updates
    Spring Class Schedule and Priority Registration Appointments
    The Spring Class Schedule will be finalized late in October and be posted on the website at that time; look for the printed schedule in mid-November. Check WebAdvisor for your spring semester priority registration date later this month, too. For Spring 2010 Semester registration dates, click here.

    Information for Student Veterans
    Several things are happening for LMC student veterans this fall term.

    • If you have not yet received your check from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA has authorized emergency advance benefits up to $3,000. Click here for more information. To apply, you will need a copy of your Fall 2009 schedule and your certification. If you need assistance, please contact Diane Ferguson at (925) 439-2181 ext. 3129.
    • Now is the time to schedule your counseling appointments for Spring 2010 classes. Priority registration for veterans is November 23, so make sure you are ready to register for classes by then.
    • DVC is hosting a Veterans Conference on November 13th. Representatives from LMC and many veteran-related organizations will be there. For more information click here or call (925) 685-1230 ext. 2637.

    If you are a veteran and are interested in getting together with other veterans in a club setting, please send an email to rarmour@losmedanos.edu or dferguson@losmedanos.edu.

    Have a great term, and let Admissions & Records know if we can assist you in accomplishing your educational goals. You may call us at (925) 439-2181 ext. 7500.

    EOPS News

    The State Chancellor's Office has declared October 2009 to be Extended Opportunities, Programs and Services Month, honoring the mission and purposes of EOPS and in recognition of the 40th anniversary of the program. This proclamation was made as a result of a legislative resolution (SCR 34) that was recently signed by Governor Schwartzenegger. Congratulations EOPS!

    Transfer Center News
    Transfer Day and College Night
    Come and meet college and university representatives from public and private universities in California and out of state. On Wednesday, October 14th, over 50 college and university representatives will be on campus to provide information and answer questions about their schools.

    • Transfer Day — 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, 3rd floor, College Complex
    • College Night — 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Gym

    For complete information about Transfer Day and College Night, see the Transfer Center News & Events web page.

    Applications for CSU and UC
    California State University (CSU) is accepting transfer admissions applications through November 30th. Apply on CSU Mentor — the Transfer Center is available to help.

    The University of California (UC) will accept transfer admissions applications from November 1st through November 30th. Submit your application on the UC website.

    LMC Counselors can answer your questions about transferring. Call the Counseling Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3334 for drop-in hours or to make an appointment.

    Financial Aid Updates

    Not Too Late to Apply for BOG Fee Waiver and FAFSA
    Need help paying the increased enrollment fees? You still have time to apply for the 2009-2010 Board of Governors (BOG) Fee Waiver. Stop by the Office of Financial Aid or complete the BOGFW application online. It's not too late to apply for Federal Financial Aid, either. Just fill out the 2009-2010 FAFSA application online. For assistance with the FAFSA process, sign up for a financial aid workshop on one of the following dates:

    • Wednesday, October 21st from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m., room L213
    • Thursday, November 19th 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.

    Student Life Events

    Social Justice Films Series: Darfur Now
    On Wednesday, October 28, 2009 the Student Life Office will present the second film of the Social Justice Films Series, "Darfur Now" in the Library Community Room (L109) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join us for a viewing of the film followed by group discussion. Admission is free and refreshments will be served!

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    Skool House Rox Presents: Cultural Arts Festival
    Skool House Rox, the LMC performing arts club, will hold a Cultural Arts Festival on the Football Practice Field Saturday, October 17, 2009 from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m. Come for a daylong exhibition of performances, food and arts & crafts from various cultures. This event is free, open to the public and features a kids' zone with jumpers and coloring stations. The food and arts & crafts items will be for sale. You might want to bring a chair or blanket to enjoy the stage performances. Read more about the event

    Join LMCAS (Student Government)
    Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) is the official student government of LMC. There are still openings for positions as senators and representatives. Use your voice and become a part of your student government! Learn more or apply here

    Blood Drive
    The Student Life Office is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, November 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, please contact the Student Life Office at 925-439-2181, ext. 3266 or sign up online at www.bloodheroes.com, click on "Donate Blood" and enter Sponsor Code + losMC.

    New Metered Parking

    As you may have noticed, LMC now has parking meters for students and visitors needing to make a quick stop at the college. Eight meters have been installed, four in Parking Lot A and four in Lot B. The meters take nickles, dimes and quarters, and cost five cents for each six minutes. Be sure to feed the meter! Staff and student parking permits will not be accepted in metered parking spaces.

    Occupational Education News

    Information sessions about the Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Appliance Technology Program will be held in the Library Community Room, L109, on the following dates. Anyone interested in a career in one of these fields is encouraged to attend.

    • Fire Technology and EMS — Wednesday, Nov. 4th, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
    • Appliance Technology Program — Thursday, November 5th, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

    Umoja Scholars Program

    The Umoja Scholars Program is sponsoring a costume party you don't want to miss! Come dressed in your best costume for a chance to win great prizes! No props, backpacks, bags or large purses allowed! This event will take place in the cafeteria on Thursday, October 29th from 8:00 to 11:30 p.m. Your LMC ID card is required for entrance.

    See any Umoja scholar to purchase your $10 tickets throughout the month of October. For more information, visit the Umoja web page or contact A'kilah Moore at 439-2181 ext. 3243. We look forward to seeing you there!

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