Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
September 2011

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Important Announcements
  • Admissions and Records Update
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Transfer Center News
  • Career and Assessment Center News
  • Brentwood Workshops in September
  • Scholarships
  • Student Life Activities
  • Study Abroad Program
  • Cafeteria News

  • Greetings!

    Fall semester is well under way and you're probably settled into your classes now, busy with homework, and trying to squeeze out a little time to enjoy the last few weeks of summer. Exciting and important things, however, are going on at LMC this month, so take a few minutes to explore them! Please read on . . .

    Important Dates

    • September 9th
      Last day to drop semester classes to avoid a "W" on transcript
      Last day to petition for Pass/No Pass (P/NP) option for semester courses
    • September 15th
      Last day to apply for early graduation for priority registration appointment
    • September 23rd
      Native American Day - Legal Holiday Observed - CAMPUS CLOSED
    • September 27th
      Transfer Day/College Night
    • October 1st
      Fall 2011 Graduation Application filing deadline
      AA/AS Degree & Certificate filing deadline

    For more important campus dates, as well as to view all LMC home game sports listings, visit the campus calendar online.

    Important Announcements

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    Admissions and Records Update

    • September 9th - Important course deadlines

    • Last day to drop semester-length courses to avoid a "W" on transcript
      September 9th is the last day to drop semester-length courses to avoid a "W" appearing on your transcript. Short-term class deadlines will vary. Drop deadlines are shown on your WebAdvisor "My Class Schedule". Remember, it is your responsibility to ensure proper procedures have been followed when dropping a class. More information on dropping classes can be found online.

      Last day to petition for Pass/No Pass (P/NP) option for semester-length courses
      September 9th is also the last day to petition for the Pass/No Pass option for semester-length courses. Short-term class deadlines will vary. Drop deadlines are shown on your WebAdvisor "My Class Schedule". More information on the Pass/No Pass option can be found online.

    • September 15th - Last day to apply for early graduation for priority registration

    • Students who will complete their requirements during spring 2012 semester and who apply early will receive a one-time early registration appointment. The deadline to submit applications is September 15th. No applications will be accepted after this date. Application forms for early graduation for priority registration can be found online.

    • October 1st - Deadline to apply for fall 2011 graduation

    • Students who will complete their requirements for an AA/AS degree or certificate this fall 2011 semester should submit an application for graduation to Admissions & Records before October 1st, 2011. More information about graduation can be found online.

    Financial Aid Workshops

    General financial aid workshops
    Reserve your spot now money graphicto attend a general financial aid workshop. This workshop will highlight all of the financial assistance options available for students pursuing higher education. Hands-on assistance will also be available for completing the FAFSA on the Web. Unless otherwise noted, the workshops will be held at the main Pittsburg campus in the Library, 2nd Level, Room L-213 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the dates shown below:

    • September 20th, 2011
    • October 19th, 2011
    • November 10th, 2011

    Be sure to bring the following:

    • Student and parent Social Security number
    • If you are not a U.S. Citizen, bring your Alien Registration number
    • Your family's most recent Federal 1040 tax forms
    • PIN numbers for the student, and the parent to sign the FAFSA

    For more information or questions, call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139. Workshops will also be held at Brentwood Center; check back later for more information.

    Transfer Center News

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    Transfer Day & College Night
    Mark your calendar for Tuesday, September 27th, Transfer Day and College Night at LMC. Transfer Day is your opportunity to meet with transfer representatives from colleges and universities from around the State and country! You can speak with representatives and ask them questions about admission requirements for transfer students, majors, dorm accommodations, and college highlights. Transfer Day will take place in the College Complex quad and corridors from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    If your daytime schedule prevents you from attending Transfer Day, you can attend College Night. The night event will take place in the LMC Gymnasium from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. College Night provides LMC students, high school students, parents, academic advisors and the community an opportunity to meet and talk to over 50 representatives from 4-year colleges and universities, private colleges, vocational schools and out-of-state institutions. For complete information, see the Transfer Center News & Events webpage.

    Meet with university reps
    Now is the time to make an appointment to meet with a university representative during the fall 2011 semester. Reps from various California universities visit the Transfer Center to meet with students considering transfer to their institution. A rep can answer your questions about the university and help you plan the classes you need to take in preparation for transfer there. A complete list of fall 2011 rep visits can be found online.

    Career and Assessment Center News

    We have moved into a temporary location in Room CC4-486B (Nursing Area) for the fall 2011 semester.

    "Ask the Career Center"
    Been searching the web but haven't found the answer to your career questions? Ask the Career Center - we're here to help!

    FREE Career Guidance Services
    Discover your interests and how your personality matches your vocational plan through taking career assessments. The Career Center offers a variety of FREE career assessments by appointment to current students in the areas of interests, personality, skills, and values. FREE résumé writing and critique as well as interview coaching is also available to help prepare you for your next career.

    Career Center Workshops
    Transfer and scholarship essay writing workshops
    The Career Center will be facilitating two workshops on behalf of students, faculty, and staff for the month of September at both the main campus in Pittsburg and also at the Brentwood Center. Reserve your spot online now or by calling (925) 439-2181, ext. 3252.

    Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills
    Identify which résumé format is right for you. Learn to say what employers want to hear from their candidates. How do I answer the tough questions such as no experience, over-qualified, I haven't worked in years, etc.? No one is unemployable! Participate in this two-hour session to revamp your job search.

    Main campus:

    • September 16th
      10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

    Brentwood Center:
    • September 13th
      3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Room C1

    • RSVP: (925) 513-1625

    Choosing a Major
    Are you undecided on your major or future career path? Would you like to know what you can do with a degree in _________? How much you can make as a _________? Will there be employment waiting for you after graduation? Through participation in this session, you will be able to take an interest inventory and personality profiler test to identify potential major and career goals that may be just the right fit. You will also be able to learn about all the valuable tools and resources offered by the Career Center to support you in your exploration and research to get you started. If you have already decided on your path, this can help you, too. It can confirm you are headed in the right direction or it may give you a chance to consider potential career options to apply your transferable skills. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!

    Main campus:

    • September 19th
      11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    Brentwood Center:
    • September 21st
      10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
      Room 9
      RSVP: (925) 513-1625

    English/math placement testing
    English/math placement testing at the main campus in Pittsburg is officially over for the fall 2011 semester. English/math assessments will resume in November for the spring 2012 semester. English/math placement testing at the Brentwood Center has ended and assessments will resume again in November for the spring '12 registration cycle.

    The English/math placement tests will now be offered by appointment only when testing resumes. Test dates are scheduled to begin in mid-November and may be scheduled online via the Los Medanos College website. The on-line appointment feature will be available to students beginning November 1st for spring 2012. Be sure to check back at that time to use this new on-line appointment feature.

    Brentwood Workshops in September

      Résumé Writing and Interviewing Skills
      September 13th
      3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
      Room C1
      (SEE description under Career Center Workshops)

      TAG Time!
      September 14th
      10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
      Room 9

      September is the Transfer Admissions Guarantee (TAG) month. Come learn about requirements, deadlines, and how to complete the TAG for the university of your choice. RSVP to Brentwood Center Student Resources at (925) 513-1625. More information about TAG can be found online.

      Choosing a Major
      September 21st
      10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
      Room 9
      (SEE description under Career Center Workshops)


    The Vanguard Minority Scholarship
    The Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program provides merit-based scholarships of up to $10,000 to students entering their junior or senior year of college during the 2012 school year.
    Applicants of the Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program must:

    • Be a member of a racial or ethnic minority
    • Be entering their junior or senior year of college in the fall of 2012
    • Be currently enrolled full-time in a four-year accredited college or university in the United States and remain enrolled for the entire 2012-2013 academic year
    • Be pursuing studies in business, finance, economics or accounting
    • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States

    For an application or more information, visit the Vanguard website. The postmark deadline is November 30th, 2011. Be sure to visit our scholarship page for more information on available scholarships.

    Student Life Activities

    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. Fall application deadline is Friday, September 16th, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Applications are now available.

    Blood Drive - September 13th
    Student Life and Blood Centers of the Pacific will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Tuesday, September 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room (L109). For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, contact the Student Life Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3266 or sign up on line, click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC.

    Inter-Club Council Meetings
    Inter-Club Council meetings are held on Mondays from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Library, Room L-106 (Conference room #2). ICC is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus. Each club can be represented in ICC, which promotes engagement in community college activities. If your club is a member of ICC, it is imperative that your ICC Representative attend the meetings on a regular basis.

    Constitution Day - September 16th
    Each year, LMC observes Constitution Day, a day dedicated to the original day that the U.S. Constitution was signed. Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17th, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the U.S. or by naturalization, have become citizens. More information on Constitution Day can be found online. If you have any questions regarding the event, call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Kaiser Healthy Lifestyle Fair - September 20th
    Join us in the outdoor quad on Tuesday, September 20th for a fun and informative event designed specifically for LMC. Free health screenings and chair massage. Booths include cooking demos, sexual health and vision essentials.

    Social Justice Film Series - September 21st
    Free screening of the film, "Waiting for Superman", at 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Library Community Room, (L109).

    IMPACT: LMC Student Leadership Retreat - October 1st (Saturday)
    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 will be held in the Library Community Room, L-109. It 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 22nd. Registration forms are now available online.

    Study Abroad Program

    Suffering from Wanderlust?

    Study abroad in Florence, Italy during the spring 2012 semester!

    Wanderlust = a strong desire for or impulse to wander or travel and explore the world.

    People from all over the world visit Florence's museums and churches, but the city is more than just a constant reminder of art history. It is a busy city throbbing with Italian vitality, a city for young people with cafés, shops and cinemas. Whether reliving the renaissance, indulging in opera or feeling the passion of an Italian soccer match, Florence is an experience worthy of discovery.

    Contra Costa Community College District invites you to participate in our study abroad programs. Courses are taught by our own community college professors and may be UC and CSU transferable. Students can enjoy and learn from their valuable experiences in a foreign country, while accumulating course credits from their host college. Financial aid is available to students that qualify.

    Plan now to attend the informational meeting on Wednesday, September 21st from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Diablo Valley College in the Language Arts Bldg., Room LA-107. LMC will also have an informational meeting on campus at a later date. If you cannot attend or have questions about the program, please contact the Study Abroad Office, 925-685-1230, ext. 2735 or contact them by e-mail.


    Cafeteria News

    Do the taste bud Boogie-Woogie!
    Taste buds everywhere on campus are dancing excitedly to the music about the great food being served up in our own LMC Cafeteria by Fresh & Natural. Have you checked out their daily and weekly menus recently? Be sure to do so. You are in for a pleasant surprise. Menus are available online as well as the Cafeteria hours. Also, be sure to check out the current Peet's Coffee promotion at the Tazza Café, located in the Library.

    Boogie yourself right on down to the LMC Cafeteria today!

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