Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
October 2010

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Do You Have inSite?
  • Student Services News
  • Financial Aid News
  • Scholarship News
  • Student Life Events
  • Umoja News
  • Announcements

  • Greetings!

    The fall semester is half over and, believe it or not, it's time to begin thinking about spring classes. Priority registration dates will be posted on WebAdvisor in the next week or two and the Spring Class Schedule is expected to appear on the website in late October. Counseling appointments are filling up fast, so make one now if you need help selecting your spring classes.

    Please read on to see what else is happening at LMC over the next few weeks.

    Important Dates

    • Friday, November 12 — Veteran's Day holiday, college closed
    • Friday, November 19 — Last day to drop a full-semester class
    More important dates

    Do You Have inSite?

    insite gateway
    Yes, you do! inSite is your portal to campus news, events and reminders, the LMC website, WebAdvisor, and even real-time local weather. Your class schedule appears on the calendar, with your classes for the week listed below. In the near future, clubs and committees will create workspaces on inSite for members to share ideas, make plans, post meeting notes, etc. Before long, inSite will become your gateway to all online resources in the Contra Costa Community College District.

    To log on to inSite, click the WebAdvisor icon on the LMC website. On the right side of the page, you will see "inSite Beta Portal". Just click the "Try it now" button and enter your WebAdvisor user ID and password in the box that pops up. Have fun exploring inSite now - and return often to stay current with what's happening at LMC!

    Student Services News

    Assessment Center Update
    Assessment testing will resume November 1, 2010. You can schedule your appointment online beginning October 23, 2010.

    Career Center News
    The Career Center home page got a face lift! Check it out - it's now easier than ever to explore college major and career goals.

    Counselor in the Library
    Great news! The "Counselor in the Library" program is back! Early this semester there were some long waits for drop-in counseling, and we apologize. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts, LMC has fewer counselors this year to serve more students than ever. Having a counselor in the Library will provide additional drop-in counseling and will accommodate those students who are taking classes in the newer area of the campus.

    Once a week from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, an LMC counselor is available in the foyer of the Library near the coffee kiosk to meet with students and answer questions concerning degrees, transfer, majors, careers, support services, and personal issues not requiring a confidential setting. (Of course, if you would prefer to make an appointment, you can still make one in the Counseling Center.) We're here to help and look forward to seeing you! Counselor in the Library schedule

    Financial Aid News

    2010-2011 Financial Award Notification Payment Calendar & Explanations
    For disbursement information including the payment calendar, please visit the Financial Aid submenu on 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. Payments for students who have been awarded Financial Aid after July 26, 2010 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 to 6:00 p.m.

    General Financial Aid Workshops
    These financial aid workshops will present all of the options available to college students. We'll have hands-on assistance applying for the student/parent PINs and completing the FAFSA on the Web. Held in Library Room L213. More information

    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. Please note that the absolute deadline for submitting an appeal for fall 2010 is Friday, November 19th.

    Transition from FFELP to the 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.

    Do you know what SAP means and how it affects you?
    Learn more about SAP and what the Office of Financial Aid looks at to determine your financial aid eligibility.

    Scholarship News

    Each spring, The Kennedy-King Memorial Undergraduate Scholarship Fund awards a number of two-year scholarships of $4,000 per year to minority students who transfer the following fall or spring from Contra Costa Community Colleges to junior standing in four-year accredited institutions. Qualifications and application forms can be found on the Scholarships web page. The deadline to apply is February 7, 2011. Submit the application and all required documents to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440.

    For a list of other scholarship opportunities, visit Scholarships.

    Student Life Events

    Social Justice Film Series: La Mission
    The Office of Student Life will be screening La Mission on Thursday, October 28, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room (L-109). Admission is free and there will be pizza, drinks and a discussion of the film.

    Club Day
    Join LMC clubs for fun, games, music and food on Wednesday, November 3rd, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. in the outdoor quad.

    LMC Bay Adventures: Oakland Museum of California
    Join other LMC students on Friday, October 29th, for a fun trip to the Oakland Museum of California for the Dias de los Muertos exhibition. The trip costs just $5 to attend and includes transportation, museum admission, and a special private group tour. However, space is limited and you must sign up in advance to attend. For more information or to register, see Student Life Activities and Events.

    Blood Drive
    The Office of Student Life will be hosting a blood drive with Blood Centers of the Pacific on Wednesday, November 17 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. Qualifications and application

    Umoja News

    3rd Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway
    The Umoja Scholars Program is having its 3rd Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. We are currently taking signups until November 8th. Current LMC students interested in receiving a basket can sign up on the sign posted on the door of MA-109 or email mamoore@losmedanos.edu. We are asking the LMC community to help us give generously to our own in need! There will be marked boxes around campus (cafeteria, math building, library, science building, admissions area, and the Center for Academic Support) for you to leave your unexpired canned goods.

    Limited Space Available For Spring
    Did you miss your chance to join the Umoja Scholars Program this semester? It's not too late! We have a few spaces available in the following cohorts (you must be eligible for both classes):

    • Sankofa Cohort: Math 34 & English 220
    • Sesa Cohort: Math 25, English 90 and Counseling 32 & 34
    Interviews will be held during the month of November. Space is limited, so get your applications in now. For more information and an application, visit the Umoja website or contact A'kilah Moore at 439-2181, ext. 3243.

    The Umoja Club is Here!
    Students in the Umoja Scholars Program have formed the Umoja Club. Have you wanted to be a part of Umoja but aren't in the offered math and English classes? Did you participate in BSU in high school and want to be a part of something similar at the college level? The Umoja Club would like to invite you to join. We need your ideas and help! We meet on Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Math Lobby.

    Upcoming Events:

    • October 27th – Bingo Night
    • October 29th – Scary Movie Night
    Contact Zenerica at (925) 783-3673 or Jenae at (925) 595-3243 for more information.


    Hwy 4 Construction – Closure Updates Available
    Highway 4 construction may result in entrance/exit ramp closures at both Loveridge and Somersville Road, main routes to and from Los Medanos College. See the LMC Parking and Transportation web page for a link to information about anticipated ramp closures.

    California Easy Voter Guide
    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"

    Bake Sale for Scholarships
    A bake sale will be held on Wednesday, October 27th from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the south entrance of the Science Building. Proceeds will go to the Betty Baldwin Memorial Scholarship for LMC students pursuing careers in the sciences. For more information, contact Jenifer Fay at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3377.

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