Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
September 2010

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • New Online Service
  • Student Services News
  • Transfer Day/College Night
  • Financial Aid News
  • Scholarship News
  • Student Life News
  • California Voter Assistance

  • Greetings!

    This month's e-news is packed with information about helpful new services, useful workshops and fun activities! Please take a few minutes to read about these, as well as some important updates and announcements.

    Important Dates

    • Friday, September 24 - Native American Day Holiday, College Closed
    • Friday, October 1 - Admissions begins accepting applications for spring semester for new and returning students

    New Online Service

    Have you ever driven to college, spent ten minutes or more hunting down a parking spot and rushed to your classroom only to find out that your instructor had called in sick? If so, you will be happy to know that class cancellations are now posted online. Before leaving home, just pull up the Daily Class Cancellations web page and see if any of your classes are listed. Bookmark it on your computer for daily check-ins! While it's possible that some absences may be reported too late to be posted on the web page before you leave home, we think you'll find this new service very useful.

    Student Services News

    Planning to Graduate This Year?
    LMC GradIt's time to start thinking about graduation for the 2010-2011 academic year. If you will be completing your requirements for an associate degree or certificate of achievement in the fall 2010 term, your deadline to apply for graduation is October 1st. More information can be obtained at www.losmedanos.edu/graduation/.

    Assessment Center Update
    Assessment testing is officially over for the fall 2010 semester. However, students interested in taking the English and/or math placement tests may still drop in at the Brentwood Center. To check availability at the Brentwood Center or to schedule an appointment, call (925) 513-1625.

    Career Center News
    "Ask the Career Center"
    chat graphicThe Career Center chat feature is up and running. Been searching the web but haven't found the answer to your career questions? Ask the Career Center – we're here to help!

    Career Center Workshops
    Fall career workshops are now posted on the Career Center Workshop Calendar. Check out what we have to offer and reserve your spot for upcoming events online.

    Re-entry Students Reception
    Re-entry students are invited to a reception on Tuesday, September 21, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Representatives from the Career Center, Employment Center, Transfer Center, CORE - Center for Academic Support and the Scholarship Office will be available to provide the latest information about their programs and to answer your questions. If you are at least 25 years old, are enrolled in six or more units, and are new to LMC or have been away from LMC for over a year, stop by for information, a slice of pizza and a drink.

    Transfer Day/College Night

    Here is your chance to meet with representatives from colleges and universities from around the country! On Tuesday, October 5th, LMC's annual Transfer Day and College Night will offer LMC students, high school students, parents, academic advisors, and the community an opportunity to explore the offerings and admission requirements of 4-year colleges, universities, private colleges, vocational schools and out-of-state institutions. See times, locations and participating institutions

    Financial Aid News

    Financial Aid Disbursement Information
    For 2010-2011 disbursement information, including the payment calendar, please visit the Financial Aid page in WebAdvisor.

    Please note that students awarded Financial Aid on or before July 26, 2010 will receive 25% of Financial Aid based on the number of units enrolled in and will receive the remainder of Financial Aid eligibility on the Second Payment Date, which will be adjusted based on the number of units enrolled in. For students who have been awarded Financial Aid after July 26th, payments will be based on the number of units enrolled in on the Award Calculation Date.

    Financial Aid Lab Hours
    This fall, the Financial Aid Lab is located in Room CO-200. During lab hours, students can receive assistance obtaining a FAFSA PIN, completing a new FAFSA or renewal FAFSA, setting up new e-mail access, adding the school code, and using WebAdvisor for financial aid purposes. Lab hours are Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and Thursdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    General Financial Aid Workshops
    Come to a general financial aid workshop for a presentation of all of the financial assistance options available for students pursuing higher education. We'll have hands-on assistance applying for the student/parent PINs and completing the FAFSA on the Web. This fall, financial aid workshops are being held in the Library, Room L-213. Workshop dates and times

    Financial Aid Suspension Workshops
    Students who are on financial aid suspension due to their course completion rate or GPA may enroll online for a Suspension Workshop. After completing the quiz, select a date from the workshops available.

    Transition from FFELP to Direct Loan Program
    The Direct Loan process has begun! If you have a need for further financial assistance and you are interested in a student loan, please contact the Office of Financial Aid. Read more about the Federal Direct Loan Program.

    Cal Grant Status
    If you applied for the Cal Grant by the September 2, 2010 deadline and have not yet created an account on www.WebGrants4students.org, please do so today! This will give you the ability to monitor your Cal Grant award status.

    Questions About Financial Aid Terms?
    Is there a financial aid term you don't know? See Financial Aid Terms to Know.

    Scholarship News

    The Vanguard Minority Scholarship
    The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to minority students pursuing studies in business, finance, economics or accounting. Applications must be postmarked by November 30th. Qualifications and application

    Soroptimist - Women's Opportunity Awards
    The Soroptimist - Women's Opportunity Awards Program is Soroptimist's major project. Through the program, clubs in 19 countries and territories assist women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Applications must be e-mailed by December 1st. Eligibility requirements and application

    Alumni Association Scholarship Fundraiser
    The LMC Alumni Association is teaming up with the Oakland Raiders to offer fantastic deals for all of the 2010 home games while raising scholarship money for LMC students. Seats are on the north side of the stadium (opposite the end zone from the "Black Hole"), levels 100, 200 and 300. Tickets for the 100 and 200 level are only $45 each (the non-season ticket price is ordinarily $71) and tickets for the 300 level are only $40 (regularly $56 each). For each ticket sold, $20 will go to the LMC Alumni Association Scholarship Fund.

    Contact Claudia Acevedo at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3130 or email cacevedo@losmedanos.edu for updated information.

    Student Life News

    Social Justice Film Screening: "Whale Rider"
    Join Student Life for a screening of "Whale Rider" on Thursday, September 23, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in L-109. Admission is free! We will have pizza, drinks, and a discussion of the film.

    Blood Drive
    The Office of Student Life will be hosting a blood drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific on Tuesday, September 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the Student Life Office at 925-439-2181 ext 3266 or studentlife@losmedanos.edu with your preferred time or sign up online at www.bloodheroes.com. Click "Donate Blood" and enter Sponsor Code: losMC You may also walk in and donate without an appointment.

    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 the application.

    IMPACT: LMC Student Leadership Retreat Saturday, October 2, 2010
    The LMC Student Leadership Retreat is an annual leadership development event open to all students on the LMC campus. Through workshops, speakers and fun 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, programs and communities.

    The retreat is free and includes all of your retreat materials and lunch. However, space is limited, and you must register in advance by turning in the registration form to the Office of Student Life (Next to the Cafeteria). Deadline to register is Thursday, September 23rd. Download registration form

    California Voter Assistance

    The California General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd. To vote in the General Election your registration must be postmarked by October 18th. A valuable resource for California voters is the Easy Voter Guide.This free booklet provides guidance through the registration and voting process for new voters, as well as non-partisan information about political parties, candidates and propositions. Download the Easy Voter Guide

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