Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
June 2010

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Parking Changes
  • Student Services News
  • Bookstore Update
  • New Online Resource
  • Child Care Openings
  • Athletics News

  • Greetings!

    Now that the weather has finally warmed up, it's time for fun and relaxation - vacations, swimming, hiking, barbecues or just lounging on the deck with a good book. It may also be time to squeeze in a class or two. There are some important changes taking place and opportunities to be aware of at LMC this summer, too, so please take time to read through this newsletter as you sip your lemonade.

    Important Dates

    • Monday, June 21 — Six-week summer session begins
    • Thursday, July 1 — 4-week summer session begins
    • Monday, July 5 — Independence Day Holiday, college closed

    Parking Changes

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    Purchase Parking Permits Online
    Purchasing parking permits has just become more convenient! Full-term permits can now be purchased online through WebAdvisor on the Academic Services menu. Permits will no longer be available for purchase on campus. Summer parking permits are already available online and fall permits will go on sale three weeks before the start of fall semester. If you prefer to pay cash for your permit, you can order it on the computer kiosk outside of the Cashier's Office and then pay at the Cashier's window. EOPS students can order their permits at the kiosk located in the EOPS Office.

    Upon payment, you will be emailed a 7-day temporary parking permit that can be printed out and used until the permanent parking permit arrives at your home in two to three business days. Your permit is valid at any campus parking lot in the district. Permits are required during the following hours: 7:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Friday. For more information, see Parking and Transportation.

    Parking Fees Increasing
    On June 1st, the cost of daily parking permits increased from $2 to $3. Summer session parking permits are $20 for automobiles, motorcycles and mopeds. Beginning with the fall 2010 semester, parking permit fees will increase from $35 to $40 for automobiles and from $20 to $25 for motocycles and mopeds. Students who qualify for the Board of Governors Fee Waiver will continue to pay $20 for the automobile parking permit. Fines for parking citations will increase from $35 to $40. Parking Fees Q&A

    Parking Lot B Closure and Expansion
    If you have had difficulty parking at LMC this past year, you will be happy to to know that 400 parking spaces will be added to Parking Lot B this summer. Lot B will be closed for construction from July 6th through August 12th. Current plans are to reopen in time for the start of fall semester on August 13th. Parking Lots A and C will remain open and provide plenty of parking for students taking summer classes or conducting business on campus.

    We will send an update right before classes begin regarding Lot B status if, for some reason, the lot construction delays the opening of Lot B.

    Student Services News

    Admissions Update
    The deadline to apply for summer graduation is July 15. This deadline is for students who complete their requirements for an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement during the summer term. Students who graduate in summer will be invited to participate in the Spring 2011 Graduation Ceremony. For more information about eligibility and how to apply, visit the Spring 2011 Graduation web page.

    Financial Aid News
    Lab Hours and Financial Aid Workshop for Summer 2010
    This summer look for the Financial Aid Lab in its new location on the second floor of the CORE in the Computer Science Lab. FA Lab hours will remain the same: Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Financial Aid Workshops will continue to be held in Library Room L213. Workshop schedule

    Summer Pell Grant Information
    If you are planning to attend classes this summer, be sure to file a 2009-2010 FAFSA application by June 30th. The required number of units for summer is the same as for the fall and spring semesters. For more information about how awards are disbursed, see the Enrollment Status Chart.

    Transition from FFELP to Direct Loan Program
    On March 30, 2010, President Obama signed the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (HCERA) which makes significant changes to Federal Student Loan programs. One of the provisions of the HCERA is the elimination of the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP) and implementation of the Federal Direct Loan Program. Therefore, effective July 1, 2010, all new Stafford, PLUS and consolidation loans will be funded and disbursed under the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program. The transition will be, for the most, part seamless; students and parents will obtain a Direct Loan in essentially the same manner as they would have under the FFELP loan program. Read more about the Federal Direct Loan Program.

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    Student Life News
    Blood Drive July 15
    Student Life and Blood Centers of Pacific is sponsoring a blood drive on July 15th 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.

    Bookstore Update

    Regular Summer Hours
    Monday – Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday

    Extended Hours June 21-24
    Monday – Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    Closed July 1st for Inventory

    Next Textbook Buyback
    July 28 & 29, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. textbook buyback

    Purchase books online at www.lmcbookstore.net

    New Online Resource

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    When logging on to WebAdvisor, you may have noticed a button labelled "Try it Now!" on the right side of the page. Clicking on this button will take you to the new inSite Beta portal, a valuable new resource for students. If you haven't checked it out yet, why not log in to inSite now, using your WebAdvisor user name and password, and see what's there?

    On the left side of the page, you'll find a calendar that contains your class schedule information, with your classes for the current week listed below. Campus events appear on the lower left. In the middle of the page, you'll see important reminders for students, including holidays, add and drop dates, registration start dates, etc. On the right side of the page are links to the LMC home page, the Library and Bookstore pages, and Blackboard, followed by LMC news and photos. At the top of the page you'll see real-time weather in Pittsburg and Brentwood, as well as a WebAdvisor icon that will take you to all of your academic records - transcripts, grades, educational plans, test scores, class schedules — anything you currently look for on WebAdvisor.

    Currently in the Beta stage, inSite has not been fully implemented. In the near future, clubs and committees will be able to create workspaces on inSite for members to share ideas, make plans, post meeting notes, etc. Our intention is for InSite to become your gateway to all online resources in Contra Costa Community College District.

    Child Care Openings

    Child Study Center Still Has Available Openings for Summer and Fall
    Did you know the Child Study Center is open for the six weeks of summer school? We still have a few places available for children age 3 years through first grade entry. Come to the Child Study Center (8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.) for enrollment information or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3189 to speak to the receptionist.

    Enrollment for fall is in progress and there is still room at this moment - don't wait! For more information visit the Child Care Services web page.

    Athletics News

    Summer Football Practice and Game
    The LMC Mustang Football Program has begun summer practice. We will be practicing at the football stadium on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All practices are open to LMC students and faculty, and attendance is encouraged and welcome.

    The annual Summer Football Game on will take place Thursday July 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free and will include a program so you can watch and root for our student athletes.

    Summer Car Wash Fundraiser
    carwashOn Saturday, July 10th, the LMC Mustang Football Program will hold a car wash fundraising event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the drive-through next to the Child Study Center. Tickets will be on sale for $10 from Mustang Football players and coaches. To purchase tickets, ask football players you know or contact Head Coach Van Boschetti at vboschetti@losmedanos.edu or Spencer Gilford at sgilford@losmedanos.edu. All proceeds will benefit the LMC Mustang Football Program.

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