Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
October 2011

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Important Announcements
  • Center for Academic Support News
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • East Bay Career Advancement Academy
  • Transfer Center News
  • LMC Drama Department Presentation
  • Scholarships
  • Student Life Activities
  • Study Abroad

  • The fall semester is almost half over and, believe it or not, it's time to begin thinking about spring classes. Be sure to check WebAdvisor in early November for your priority registration date. You are encouraged to register promptly on your priority registration date as classes will fill quickly. The spring 2012 schedule will be available online in early November also, with the printed version available by mid-November.

    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

    • October 1 - Begin accepting online applications for admission from new students for Spring 2012.

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

    Important Announcements

    Course Repetition Policy Change

    Effective summer 2012, students will be limited to enrolling in the same non-repeatable class a maximum of three times. This applies to students who have earned a substandard grade (D, F, NP/NC) or who have dropped with a "W."

    Starting with registration for spring 2012, students will be notified if they are enrolling in the same course for a second time. Students will be blocked from registration and required to submit a petition. Students are urged to manage course load, be aware of the number of enrollments for a specific course, carefully consider dropping courses, and understand all deadlines. In addition, students are urged to take advantage of tutoring and other support services to achieve successful completion of all courses.

    If you are unclear if your class is repeatable or non-repeatable, please refer to the college catalog. If you need further assistance, see a college counselor.

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    Center for Academic Support News

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    Need a helping hand with your studies?
    Visit the Center for Academic Support

    Located on the main campus in Room CO-300, the Center for Academic Support is here to assist you with an array of free services designed to strengthen your academic skills in multiple disciplines.

    Fall 2011 workshop schedule:

    How to use your transfer story to get $$$

    • October 12, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.*

    How to write the U.C. transfer essay

    • Date: November 3, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.*

    * Unless otherwise noted, all workshops will take place inside the Center for Academic Support.

    You can find additional information about the Center for Academic Support and the services they offer on the LMC website.

    Financial Aid Workshops

    General financial aid workshops
    Reserve your spot now to 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, Level 2, Room L-213 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. on the dates shown below: money graphic

    • October 19, 2011
    • November 10, 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.

    East Bay Career Advancement Academy

    Become qualified for employment as an assistant teacher in just one semester - with no cost to you!

    Presented to you by the East Bay Career Advancement Academy, this program fulfills the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Child Development Assistant Teacher Permit requirements.

    Spring 2012 Semester:

    • January 23 - May 24, 2012
    • Monday thru Thursday
    • 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    No cost to qualifying students for:

    • Books and materials
    • Student fees (Tuition and Student Union fee)
    • Parking

    Early Childhood Education required courses:

    • Child Development 1 - Introduction to Early Childhood Studies - 3 Units
    • Child Development 10 - Child Growth and Development - 3 Units
    • English 90 - Integrated Reading/Writing/Critical Thinking - 5 units
    • Human Services 110 - Academy for College Excellence (ACE) Foundation - 1.5 units
    • HMSRV-111-ACE Team Self Management - .5 unit

    Total units required: 13

    *There is a maximum 30 students, so enroll early.

    Be sure to attend one of these two public information sessions to be held on the main campus in the Library, Room L-109:

    • October 26, (Thursday), 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
    • October 29, (Saturday), 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

    Refreshments will be served.

    Go online for more information and to RSVP, or call (925) 439-2181, x3214.

    Transfer Center News

    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.

    LMC Drama Department Presentation

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    "How I Learned to Drive"

    Written by Paula Vogel
    Directed by Barbara Norris

    Dates & Time:

    • October 7, 8, 10 at 8:00 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 general, $7 for students
    Box Office: 925-439-2181, ext. 805

    * More information about the LMC Dramatic Arts Department can be found on our website.


    Environmental Leadership Pathway Program (ELP)

    Interested in transferring to a 4-year university in a science major?

    Want a $7,400 scholarship to prepare at UC Berkeley?

    Attend an informational session to be held at the main campus on the date and time shown below:

    • DATE: October 17
    • TIME: 3:00 p.m.
    • LOCATION: Science Bldg., Room 225
    ELP (Environmental Leadership Pathway) is a one year program sponsored by UC Berkeley and the National Science Foundation to prepare 25 Bay Area community college students to successfully transfer to and thrive at competitive universities in science majors. Classes, training and research are conducted at the UC Berkeley campus.

    The program includes:

    • UC Berkeley course in Environmental Science Case Studies (3 units) - spring
    • 8-week paid summer internship in a UC Berkeley Lab - summer
    • UC Berkeley course in Teaching Environmental Science (4 units) - fall
    This program seeks students with excellent GPAs from underrepresented communities and with financial need that are interested in science majors.

    More information and an application regarding the ELP program can be found online.

    Pan-American Round Table of Contra Costa and Alameda Scholarship
    The 2011 scholarship application is now available!

    • One of the applicant's parents must have been born in a Latin country.
    • Speaking of the Spanish language is preferred, although not a requirement.
    • The applicant must be a college or university student.

    For additional eligibility requirements and for an application, click here. The application deadline is October 21, 2011.

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    Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund
    The Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund each spring awards a number of two-year scholarships of $4,000 per year to students who transfer in the fall or spring following the award from Contra Costa County community colleges to junior standing in four-year accredited institutions. Undergraduate Scholarship Applications for 2012 will be available in October. More information can be found on the Kennedy-King website.

    Be sure to visit our scholarship page for more information on available scholarships.

    Student Life Activities

    Inter-Club Council Meetings
    Inter-Club Council meetings are held on Mondays from 3:00 - 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.

    LMCAS Student Government Elections
    The Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) will be holding elections October 17 - 19. Information on each candidate and polling locations can be found on the web.

    Club Day
    Join LMC's Student Clubs for a festive day of activities, bake sales, music and more on Tuesday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the outdoor quad.

    posterSocial Justice Film Series - October 26
    Free screening of the film, " The Color Purple", on Wednesday, October 26 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room, (L-109).

    Blood Drive
    Student Life & Blood Centers of the Pacific will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Wednesday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. in the Library Community Room (L-109). For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, contact the Student Life Office at 925-439-2181, ext. 3266 or sign up online and enter sponsor code = losMC.

    Study Abroad

    Celebrate a Joyous New Year's Eve in CUBA!
    Celebrate a joyous New Year's Eve in Cuba with the sizzling rhythms and passion of music and dance - the soul of the Cuban people.

    Cuba graphicAfter the U.S. travel ban to Cuba was tightened, doors are slowly opening and there are now limited opportunities to visit the island. Be among one of the first U.S. groups to visit Cuba.

    The trip is led by Lenore Gallin, Professor of Anthropology, who has directed DVC's five previous study abroad trips to Cuba.

    Travel dates: December 27, 2011 - January 11, 2012

    For more information and an application form, visit the Study Abroad website, contact Lenore Gallin at (925) 685-1230, ext. 2772 or by email.

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