Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
November 2011

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Important Announcements
  • Admissions & Records Updates
  • Financial Aid Updates
  • Scholarship News
  • Brentwood Center Workshops
  • Transfer Center Announcements
  • Career and Assessment Center Workshops
  • Tutoring Services
  • Academy for College Excellence
  • UMOJA Scholars Program News
  • Student Life Events
  • Counseling Support Services
  • Campus Events

  • Only six weeks left of the fall semester! The holidays will soon be here, along with a well-deserved break from all your hard work, so hang in there! The spring 2012 course schedule is available online now, so this is a good time to begin planning your spring classes. See a counselor if you have any questions about what classes you should take.

    Want to get a head start on spring enrollment?

    Priority registration dates are now available on WebAdvisor.

    The state budget woes continue to challenge the community college system and LMC is no exception. Seats in classrooms are limited. As a continuing student, you've earned the ability to register early, so be sure to take advantage of your registration date to get the classes you need. Registration appointments will be available on WebAdvisor the week of November 14. Check WebAdvisor to find your scheduled registration date and time for spring 2012.

    Important Dates

    Registration for spring 2012 begins this month. For the best selection of courses, we recommend you register early. See dates below.

    • November 11 - Veteran's Day Holiday, college closed
    • November 18 - Last day to withdraw from fall full-term classes with a "W" appearing on fall transcript
    • November 21 - Begin priority registration for EOPS, DSPS, & qualified veterans
    • November 24/25 - Thanksgiving Holiday, college closed
    • November 26/27 - College closed, no Saturday/Sunday classes
    • November 28 - Registration for continuing students begins by appointment; check WebAdvisor for your registration date.

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

    Important Announcements

    Cafeteria closed on November 4
    The LMC Cafeteria will be closed on Friday, November 4 due to a conference. No food will be available through the Cafeteria, so please plan ahead for your food/beverage needs. NOTE: the vending machines and the LMC Bookstore will be open for snacks/beverages.

    go to insite
    Do you have InSite e-mail? Yes, you do!
    As a student at Los Medanos College, you have access to Microsoft's InSite e-mail where you can access tons of online storage, shared calendars, blogging tools, and more. Additional information regarding the benefits of InSite e-mail can be found on our website.

    Be sure to check your InSite e-mail page daily, your one-stop source for LMC news.

    Admissions & Records Updates

    Registration for spring 2012
    Registration begins November 21. For best choice of classes, it is recommended you register at the time of your registration appointment. Registration appointments will be available on WebAdvisor the week of November 14.

    Fall graduation results
    Students who applied for graduation in fall 2011 will receive official notification of their status on November 15 by email through their InSite e-mail account. Students will be advised that graduation is approved if all requirements are complete, graduation is pending if you are in your last classes for graduation, and it will be denied if you are not in your final classes. If your application is denied, you may re-apply for spring 2012. More information about graduation requirements can be found online.

    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 in the course 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.

    Financial Aid Updates

    Relocation and temporary closure of Financial Aid Office
    The Office of Financial Aid will be closed from December 5 through 9. On Monday, December 12, Financial Aid will reopen in new, temporary quarters in the Public Safety Building (PS2) just northwest of the LMC Cafeteria (outside and left). This is due to the upcoming remodeling of the entire Student Services area in the College Complex, scheduled to begin early next year.

    Your patience during this transition is appreciated and we apologize for any inconvenience.

    General financial aid workshop
    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 workshop 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 date shown below: money graphic

    • November 10 (Thursday)
    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; visit Financial Aid online for more workshop information.

    Scholarship News

    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

    Visit the Vanguard Minority Scholarship Program online for an application or more information.

    Application postmark deadline is November 30, 2011.

    Brentwood Center Workshops

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    UC Application Workshop
    If you are thinking about transferring to a university and are ready to apply, then don't miss out on this workshop! Come learn about the application procedure and what you'll need to do to successfully complete this process.

    • November 9 (Wednesday), 11:00 a.m. -12:00 Noon, Brentwood Center, Room 12
    Transfer Writing Workshop
    Questions about where to start? What to say? Find out how to write that winning personal statement to help you get into a 4-year university.
    • November 21 (Monday), 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Brentwood Center, Room 12

    Transfer Center Announcements

    Need advice on transferring?

    Introducing Transfer Center Advocate, Monica Hernandez!
    Monica attended Los Medanos College and then transferred to UC Berkeley in 2008. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010 with a double major in Chicano Studies and Practice of Art. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and has been extremely active in the community. Currently she is the facilitator for both a women's empowerment group and an undocumented women's group at UC Berkeley. She strongly believes in the power of role models and the positive influence they can have in a student's future. Stop by and visit Monica on Tuesdays from 2:00 -4:00 p.m. and on Wednesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Transfer Center.

    Visit the UCLA Campus!
    UCLA TAP Transfer Conference 2011
    November 18 (Friday)

    This event is open to all LMC students; the cost is $45 per student and includes airfare & ground transportation in Los Angeles. Application deadline: November 8 (Tuesday)

    For more information and an application, visit the Honors Program online.
    *Co-sponsored by the Inter Club Council, LMCAS, Transfer Center, the MESA Program and the Honors Club.

    Transfer Center Workshops

    • November 9 (Wednesday), 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon, Brentwood Center
    • November 15 (Tuesday), 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Library, L-213
    • November 21 (Monday), 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Library, L-213
    • November 29 (Tuesday), 12:00 - 1:00 p.m., Library, L-213

    UC/CSU Application Deadline
    The deadline for applying to UC/CSU is November 30 (Wednesday). The Transfer Center has scheduled workshops during November to assist students through the UC/CSU application process in addition to learning about some very important deadlines. For more information, visit the Transfer Center online.

    Transfer Academy
    The LMC Transfer Academy is accepting applications for spring 2012. The Transfer Academy provides a dynamic academic experience with strong support in and outside of the classroom from faculty and staff who are working together to keep the student on target to transfer to a four-year university! For more information or to apply, visit the Transfer Academy online.

    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 Workshops

    Career Development WeekYour education and experience can contribute to getting you the life you are looking for!

    November is National Career Development Month and the Los Medanos College Career Center will be celebrating this event from November 14 -18. This year's theme is "Inspire Your Career - Develop Your Dreams".

    The Career Center will be facilitating a series of workshops and activities to support you in your career development to include: Major/Career Exploration, Résumé Writing, Interviewing Skills, and Job Search Techniques. Visit the Career Center online or contact the Career Center Office (925) 439-2181, ext. 3252 for more information.

    Tutoring Services

    Get the help you need!

    LMC provides an array of tutoring services to help students become critical thinkers as well as independent, self-reflective lifelong learners. Peer tutors are students at LMC who have success in the classes and disciplines for which they tutor. Subject specific tutoring is available in various labs on campus including the Center for Academic Support, the Math Lab, the Music Lab and at the Brentwood Center.

    Visit Tutoring Services online for more information.

    Academy for College Excellence

    "ACE is the Place"

    The Academy for College Excellence (ACE) is a nationally recognized, award-winning program that helps you develop personally, academically and professionally. ACE is fun! You'll learn self-knowledge and success strategies, reconnect with your motivation and learn effective communication and stress-management techniques. Academically, you'll discover how you learn best, have strong support from some of our best teachers on campus, and learn research skills that will help you tremendously in spring semesters' English 100 and Math 34 (statistics) classes. Perhaps most unique to ACE, you'll also learn professional skills. We'll show you teamwork, leadership and communication techniques usually reserved for only the wealthiest few in America.

    Visit the ACE Program online for more information. You may also contact Tue Rust by e-mail or at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3474.

    UMOJA Scholars Program News

    "Where Goals and Dreams Are Realized"

    The Umoja Scholars Program is now accepting applications. The Umoja Scholars Program will address your needs through academic support services and an African-American focused curriculum. If you are seeking to fulfill your academic dreams, come and be part of a supportive learning environment that fosters cultural unity and academic success.

    We are currently accepting applications for a new spring cohort. You must enroll in Math 12 and either English 70, 90, 100, or 221 in spring 2012.

    For more information and to print out an application, visit Umoja online or contact A'kilah Moore by e-mail or at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3243.

    We look forward to meeting you soon!

    Student Life Events

    Social Justice Film Series: The Visitor
    movie posterFree screening of the film "The Visitor" on Wednesday, November 16 from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. in Library Community Room (L-109). Light refreshments will be served.

    Blood Drive
    Blood Centers of the Pacific and Student Life will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Wednesday, November 9 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in 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 to donate blood online, click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC.

    LMCAS Senate Meetings
    Los Medanos College Associated Students is the official student government at LMC. Their primary purpose is to advance the welfare of all students. They meet weekly on Mondays from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in Library Conference Room 2 (L-106).

    Inter-Club Council Meetings
    Mondays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. in L-106 (Library 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.

    Counseling Support Services

    Having Problems Coping with Life's Challenges?
    Help is available.

    Be sure to check out the list of local resources available to you on line. Also, LMC counselors are available to meet with you at any time to discuss issues of a personal nature. Please contact the Counseling Center Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3334 or stop by.

    healing circle

    In addition, the LMC Counseling Department is again offering our Healing Circle for all students and staff. The Healing Circle group is a comfortable and safe place for sharing feelings related to the many stresses of life and/or being a college student. We meet every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon beginning October 18 in Room CC4-473 (upstairs above the Admissions Office).

    Everyone is welcome.

    Campus Events

    LMC Dramatic Arts Department Presentation


    Written by Federico Garcia Lorca
    Directed by Nick Garcia

    • Dates: November 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21
    • Time: 8:00 p.m.
    • Ticket Prices: $10 general admission, $7 for students
    • Matinee Showing: November 16 (Wednesday), 11:00 a.m. ($5 for matinees).

    Brief Description
    Blood Wedding is a twisted play of the story of a bride, on the day of her wedding, who leaves her groom to reunite with a past lover, a married man by the name of Leonardo. There are three nail-biting acts that lead the audience to the final scene of the "Blood Wedding".

    Box Office: 925-439-2181, ext. 805.

    * More information about the LMC Dramatic Arts Department can be found online.

    Classified Senate Scholarship Fundraiser
    2nd Annual Soup Cook Off

    What's your favorite soup? Chowder, Wonton, Tortilla, Vegetable, Mulligatawny?

    Bring your appetites to campus on Tuesday, November 8 for the 2nd Annual LMC Classified Senate Scholarship Soup Cook-Off.

    • Time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (or until the food is gone)
    • Location: Indoor Quad (by the Cafeteria)
    • Price: $4.00 includes bowl of soup w/slice of French bread (or soup shots at $1.00 each)

    soupEnter for a chance to win one of several terrific raffle prizes, too! (Need not be present to win).

    For more information or to volunteer your time and resources, please contact Linda Maniscalco at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3111 or by e-mail on or before Monday, November 7.

    *All proceeds go directly to the Classified Senate Scholarship fund to benefit Los Medanos College students.

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