Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
March 2010

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Reminder
  • Financial Aid & Scholarships
  • Student Services News
  • EOPS/CARE News
  • Student Life News

  • Greetings!

    Outside the trees are blooming, the sky is blue, the promise of spring is in the air and — best of all — Spring Break is only three weeks away! Before leaving on break, though, be sure to check WebAdvisor for your priority registration dates for summer session and fall semester. As always, there are lots of great events coming up, as well as updates you won't want to miss, so read on.

    Important Dates

    • April 2 — Final deadline to apply for spring 2010 graduation
    • April 3-9 — Spring Break, no classes
    • April 12 — Summer 2010 priority registration for EOPS, DSPS and qualified student veterans on WebAdvisor and TREG
    • April 13 — Summer 2010 registration for continuing students by appointment (enrolled at LMC Summer 2009, Fall 2009 or Spring 2010) on WebAdvisor and TREG


    Student Services that experienced reduced hours due to State budget cuts will resume normal office hours on April 12th, following Spring Break. Through the end of spring semester, Admissions & Records, Counseling, EOPS/CARE and Financial Aid will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. More office hours

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Financial Aid News
    Summer Pell Grant Information
    If you are planning to enroll in summer classes be sure to file a 2009-2010 FAFSA application. The required number of units for summer will be the same as for fall or spring semester. For more information about how awards are disbursed, see Financial Aid.

    American Opportunity Act
    Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), more parents and students will qualify over the next two years for a tax credit, the American Opportunity Credit, to pay for college expenses. Visit the American Opportunity Act website for more information.

    Although the March 2nd Cal Grant deadline has passed, there is still time to apply for the 2010-2011 FAFSA. For tips on completing the FAFSA, watch the video, "10 Tips to complete the FAFSA".

    Scholarship News
    Soroptimist International of Pittsburg Scholarship
    This scholarship will be awarded to a female student who is currently attending or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, trade school, or institute of technology program accredited by the State of California. The scholarship award amount varies from $1,000 to $2,500. The application must be postmarked by April 1, 2010. Application and eligibility requirements

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    Comedy Night
    The Los Medanos College Foundation and Into the Fire Film and Theatrical Productions LLC present "One Great Night of Comedy: Two Guys + One Gal = Three Very Funny Comedians" Friday, May 14, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the Los Medanos College Drama Department and the Carla Zilbersmith Performing Arts Scholarship. For more details, visit El Campanil Theatre.

    Student Services News

    Assessment by Appointment
    Because of increased enrollment at LMC, students are now required to make appointments for assessment testing on the main campus in Pittsburg. Testing by appointment is expected to reduce the long waits experienced in the past and will guarantee a spot for each student to take the assessments on a date and time that accommodates the student's schedule. Testing at the Brentwood Center will continue to be done on a drop-in basis. Assessment testing for summer and fall 2010 will begin on March 22nd. See the Assessment website for more information or to schedule an appointment.

    Career Center News
    Special Event - Free Resume Writing Workshop graphic
    In preparation for the Annual Job Fair to be held at LMC on May 5th, the Career Center is offering a free resume writing workshop. Learn how to market yourself in your resume and on an interview. This workshop will be held twice and is free to the entire community. Call the Career Center at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3252 to reserve a spot on either April 23rd from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. or April 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

    DSPS Reminder
    Priority registration for DSPS students for summer and fall semesters is coming soon so make your appointments with a DSPS counselor now, before appointments fill up. Lilia Chavez and Stephanie Foley are the new DSPS counselors who are available to meet with you. Check Web Advisor for your priority registration date and time.

    Transfer Center News
    "If You Go Let Us Know" Campaign
    if you go let us knowAre you transferring to a university in the fall? The Transfer Center wants to know! Enter a free drawing to win a free iPod Nano or Nikon Digital Camera by bringing your acceptance letter from any 4-year college or university to the Transfer Center. Winners will be announced at the Student Success Celebration.

    UC Transfer Workshop March 30th
    A UC transfer workshops will be facilitated by a representative of UC Merced in the Library Community Room on Tuesday, March 30th. from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Drop-in appointments will be available after the workshop in the Transfer Center, Room 434. Bring your questions about transfer, the UC system, admissions requirements, housing and more.

    EOPS/CARE News

    CARE Activities for 2009-2010
    Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state-funded categorical program that offers academic and social support to students who need additional support to succeed. In order to be eligible for the CARE program, an LMC student must be a single head of household, enrolled in EOPS, receive TANF/CalWORKs assistance, and have children under 14 years old. To enroll in CARE, students must submit an application.

    Although CARE sustained a nearly 40% budget cut for 2009-2010, the program has served 54 students so far this year. CARE is promoting the success, retention and persistence of its students by offering:

    • Monthly meal tickets
    • Educational grants
    • Automotive repair services
    • Childcare assistance
    • Life workshops
    For more information about CARE, contact Kendra Carr, CARE Program Coordinator, at 439-2181, ext. 3114.

    New Collaborations in Extended Opportunity Program and Services (EOPS)
    EOPS is collaborating with the Honors Club and Academy for College Excellence (ACE, formerly known as the Digital Bridge Academy) on creative ways to continue to support student success.

    Scholarship Opportunity for EOPS-DSPS Students
    This spring, EOPS is collaborating with the LMC Honors Club to offer scholarships to EOPS students who are also enrolled in Disabled Students Program and Services (DSPS). EOPS Program Assistant George Mills and Interim Honors Director Jeannine Stein worked closely to develop this scholarship. The deadline to apply for the Honors Club Scholarship is April 2, 2010. See the Scholarship website for more information about this opportunity.

    ACE/EOPS Collaboration
    Math Instructor Tue Rust, who heads ACE at LMC, is very enthusiastic about engaging students with educational disadvantages, the students EOPS serves. The goal of the collaboration between ACE and EOPS is to prepare high school students with educational disadvantages for statistics (Math 34) and social change after one semester of coursework at LMC. The core classes ACE students take are English 90 and Math 909, a highly innovative course otherwise referred to as StatPath, a degree-applicable course designed by veteran LMC math instructor Myra Snell.

    EOPS director Jeffrey Benford says of the ACE/EOPS collaboration, "I am especially delighted to help forge this opportunity because of its potential to transform students' lives, to redirect and enliven their sense of agency, put analytical and verbal skills in their hands, and place them in arenas that will ask them to be accountable for presenting solutions and insight to pressing social justice issues".

    Student Life News

    Join the LMC Student Government!
    The Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) has positions open for student government senators. Join the student government and help plan fun events, provide valuable services to students and, most importantly, be the "voice" of your student body. Download an application.

    LMC Bay Adventures promo for tour

    • Mar. 20 — SF MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) Visit & Tour, $5
    • May 8 — Alcatraz Island Tour, $15
    Join groups of LMC students on these fun trips around the Bay Area and enjoy some of the cultural attractions our area has to offer. All trips include transportation and admission. Space is limited and you must sign up in advance! For more information or to sign up for a trip, contact the Student Life Office, room 800A, or call (925) 439-2181 ext. 3266.

    Club Day Wednesday, March 17
    Join LMC Clubs from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. for fun, games, prizes, music and food.

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    Social Justice Film Series: A Day without a Mexican
    The Office of Student Life will be screening "A Day without a Mexican" on Thursday, March 25 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Room L109. Admission is free and there will be pizza, drinks, and a discussion of the film.

    Social Justice Film Series: America the Beautiful
    The Office of Student Life will be showing the film "America the Beautiful" on Wednesday, April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Room L109. Admission is free and there will be pizza, drinks, and a discussion of the film.

    Blood & Bone Marrow Drive, April 20
    Student Life is sponsoring Blood Centers of the Pacific and the Asian American Donor Program on April 20th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. 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).

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    5th Annual Academic Competition
    Applications are now available for student teams to compete in this year's LMCAS Academic Competition, to be held on Saturday, April 24th! All participants receive free lunch, an event t-shirt, and a $10 gift certificate to the LMC Bookstore. The top five winning teams receive scholarships of $400-$3000!!! The application deadline is Thursday, April 15th. More information and application

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