Los Medanos College Student Services Enews
December 2011

In This Issue
  • Important Dates
  • Important Announcements
  • Admissions & Records Updates
  • Financial Aid Updates
  • Scholarship News
  • Bookstore Updates
  • Transfer Center Announcements
  • Center for Academic Support
  • ACE is the Place!
  • Student Life News
  • Counseling Support Services
  • Happy Holidays from Everyone in Student Services!

  • Winter Break is only two weeks away! If you're wondering when your final exams will be, the Final Exam Schedule can be found online (be sure to confirm your exam dates with your instructors, as well).

    It's also time to make plans for the spring semester. Registration is in progress for spring classes and they are filling up quickly, so be sure to register for promptly on your registration date, which can be found by logging into WebAdvisor. Please read on for more reminders, important dates and special opportunities you may not want to miss.

    Important Dates

    • December 12 - 17: Final Exams
    • December 12 - 16: Textbook buyback at LMC Bookstore
    • December 14: Begin registration on WebAdvisor for returning students and students who have completed orientation
    • December 16: Textbook rental returns due to LMC Bookstore
    • December 17: Last day of fall instruction
    • December 21 - January 2: Winter Break, college closed
    • January 4 - 6: Begin registration for new students on WebAdvisor
    • January 21: Spring semester Saturday classes begin
    • January 23: Spring semester weekday classes begin

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

    Important Announcements

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

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

    Admissions & Records Updates

    Course Repetition Policy Change
    Beginning with registration for spring 2012, students who have earned a grade of D, F, NC or NP (substandard grade) or received a W (withdraw) in a course that is normally not repeatable may repeat the course no more than two times, for a total of three attempts to earn a better grade. Students will receive notification when enrolling for the second time that they will only have one more attempt after this to pass the course. Students will be blocked from registration in the course and be required to submit a petition if attempting to enroll for the third time. 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 not repeatable, please refer to the college catalog. If you need further assistance, see a college counselor.

    Financial Aid Updates

    we are moving
    Relocation of Financial Aid Office
    The move for the Office of Financial Aid is scheduled to occur during Winter Break. Normal hours will resume on Tuesday, January 3, when 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.

    Excess Units Appeals
    Students who are on excess units can turn in appeals starting December 12. Suspension appeals will not be accepted. For more information or questions, call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Satisfactory Academic Progress Workshops
    There are no remaining suspension workshops for fall 2011. The suspension workshop dates for spring 2012 will be posted soon on the Financial Aid website.

    General financial aid workshop
    There are no remaining general workshops for fall 2011. The Financial Aid workshop dates for spring 2012 will be posted soon on the Financial Aid website.

    Financial Aid Lab Hours
    We offer assistance with PIN numbers, new or renewal FAFSA, new e-mail access, adding school codes, WebAdvisor for Financial Aid purposes:

    Lab hours:

    • December 14 (Wednesday), 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon
    • December 15 (Thursday), 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

    Lab hours are held in the Financial Aid Office, Room CC3-143. For more information or questions, call the Financial Aid Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3139.

    Get Ready! Get Set! Go!
    Are you ready to do your FAFSA for the next academic year? The 2012-2013 FAFSA form will be available after January 1, 2012. Apply for FAFSA online. It's EASY! The online FAFSA is available in English and Spanish, and has step-by-step instructions for you to follow. Make sure you have everything you need to complete your FAFSA.

    If you need assistance, please come to one of our financial aid labs or one of the financial aid general workshops!

    Cal Grant Deadline: March 2
    March 2 is the State of California deadline to apply for the Cal Grant. If you have not been awarded a Cal Grant already, you must complete both of these requirements:

    • A 2012-2013 FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) must be completed with the Federal processor by the March 2, 2012 deadline.
    • You must ensure that a certified Grade Point Average (GPA) Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by March 2, 2012.

    Do you know what the Chaffee grant is?
    If you are or were in foster care, you may be eligible for a Chafee Grant of up to $5,000 a year in addition to any other federal or state aid. To qualify for the Chafee grant, you must be enrolled at least half time and maintain good grades. A Social Security number is not required.
    More information about the Chaffee Grant can be found online.

    Scholarship News

    LMC Foundation Scholarship
    The 2012 - 2013
    LMC Foundation Scholarship Application
    is now available online. All LMC students, continuing or transferring next term are encouraged to apply! Deadline: February 8, 2012.

    For a complete list of the LMC Foundation Scholarships available, including outside scholarships, visit the Scholarship Office online.

    Scholarship ApplicationKennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund: $8,000
    The 2012 Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship undergraduate scholarship application is now available! Deadline: February 6, 2012. All required documents must be submitted to the Scholarship Office, Room CC3-440 no later than February 6, 2012. For more details visit the Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship online.

    Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards Program: $5,000
    Each Soroptimist region grants one first-place award for $5,000. Soroptimist has 28 geographic regions. Eligible applicants must be women who:

    • Provide the primary financial support for their families (including children, spouse, siblings)
    • Have financial need
    • Are enrolled in or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program

    Pittsburg residents may obtain an application form online at the Soroptimist International of Pittsburg website. Antioch residents may obtain an application form online at the Soroptimist International of Antioch website. Applications are due by December 15 to the address listed in Step 4 depending on where you reside. Please do not submit applications to the Scholarship Office.

    Soroptimist Int'l of Pittsburg/Marilyn McFaul Vocational Scholarship
    This scholarship is offered to a female student who is currently attending or has been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, trade school, or institute of technology program accredited by the State of CA. Scholarship amount is $2,000. Deadline: January 16, 2012. For more information and an application, visit the Marilyn McFaul Vocational Scholarship website.

    Bookstore Updates

    Textbook buyback
    It's almost time for the textbook buyback! Bring your used textbooks to the Bookstore December 12 - 15 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Remember to bring all CDs, DVDs and other supplemental materials that were included with your textbooks. Scholarship Application

    Textbook rental return reminder
    Remember to return your fall 2011 semester textbook rentals to the Bookstore no later than Friday, December 16.

    Spring 2012 textbooks
    Spring textbooks will be available for purchase or rent in the store and you will be able to purchase books online beginning January 17.

    Bookstore closure
    The Bookstore will be closed December 21 through January 8 for Winter Break.
    Please check our website for January Bookstore hours.

    Customer appreciation sale
    Don't miss our Customer Appreciation Sale from December 1 - 16. Get 20% off all LMC hats, mugs, clothing and other LMC logo merchandise!

    Transfer Center Announcements

    transfer center banner

    University Rep Visits
    Representatives from 4-year colleges and universities visit the Transfer Center throughout the semester. A list of upcoming transfer university representative visits can be found online.

    CSU-East Bay now offers 'On-the-Spot' Admissions
    What is "On the Spot Admissions"?

    If a student meets the following requirements he/she can be admitted to CSUEB on the spot for fall 2012:

    • You will have 60 or more transferable semester units completed by the end of spring semester 2012
    • You will have completed Areas A1 (Speech), A2 (English Composition), A3 (Critical Thinking) and B4 (Mathematics) with a grade of "C" or better by the end of spring semester 2012
    • Your overall GPA is at least 2.00
    • You have completed all of your transfer units at a community college located in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, or Napa
    • You have applied for admissions online prior to your appointment
    • You have paid the $55 application fee prior to your appointment
    • Bring a copy of the application confirmation page to the On-the-Spot appointment
    *NOTE: No On-the-Spot Admissions for impacted programs (Nursing or Business)

    CSU East Bay has scheduled two dates for 'On the Spot Admissions':

    Brentwood Center

    • December 8 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (by appointment only)
    Main Campus
    • December 15 (Thursday), 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (by appointment only)

    For more information, visit the Transfer Center or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3124 to schedule an appointment.

    Get advice on transferring from Transfer Center Advocate, Monica Hernandez!
    Monica attended Los Medanos College and then transferred to UC Berkeley in 2008. She graduated from UCB 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 CAL. 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.

    Center for Academic Support

    study slam
    Need some assistance studying for final exams or writing a final paper? The Center for Academic Support is staying open late to help! On December 7 (Wednesday) from 3:00 - 9:00 p.m., reading and writing consultations, as well as peer tutoring will be available on a drop-in basis only. No appointment necessary.

    End-of-semester schedule changes
    As the fall semester winds down, the Center for Academic Support has made some changes to the current schedule. Notably, peer tutoring will not be available during finals. Additionally, in order to give our tutors a chance to study for their own exams, tutors will be available December 5 - 9 by appointment only. Students must make an appointment 24 hours in advance. If tutors do not have appointments, they will not be here. Please call us at (925) 439-2181, ext 3176 if you have any questions.

    End-of-semester important dates:

    • Nov 28 - December 2: Last week for peer tutoring in the Drop-In Computer Science Lab and Photoshop Lab
    • December 7: Study Slam 3:00 - 9:00 p.m.
    • December 8: Last day for both Reading and Writing Consultants and Peer Tutors at the Brentwood Center
    • December 5 - 9: Last week for peer tutoring in the Drop-in ESL lab.
    • December 5 - 9: Last week for regular Reading and Writing Consultation schedule at Pittsburg campus.
    • December 9: Last Anatomy Lab with peer tutors
    • December 12 - 14: Limited Reading and Writing consultations available. See Center for Academic Support schedule.
    • December 14: Last change to submit papers online by 4:30 p.m. Any submissions received after 4:30 p.m. will not receive a response.
    • December 16: Center for Academic Support hours for Friday are 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    ACE is the Place!

    Need English 90? Want help with math?
    The Academy for College Excellence (ACE), is recruiting for the spring semester.

    ACE is an advanced learning community that not only sets you up with a great English and math instructor, but also helps to develop your personal and professional growth. To learn more, send an e-mail to Tue Rust or simply come to an orientation meeting in the Math building (just follow the signs) on Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. -12:00 Noon, Wednesdays from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., and Fridays from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon. You can also check out the ACE Program online.

    Presentation to the Community
    ACE cordially invites you to their "Fall 2011 Presentation to the Community" on Thursday, December 15 from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. in the Library Community Room.

    ACE students will present their findings on the following social justice topics:

    • Child Abuse
    • Foster Youth
    • Homelessness
    • Racial Profiling

    In our Social Justice class, students learn how to conduct primary research on local community issues. This includes administering 100+ surveys in an attempt to find our community's needs, determining possible out-of-the-box solutions and developing a 20-30 minute PowerPoint presentation based on the above-mentioned research questions.

    Student Life News

    we are moving
    Office Move
    The Student Life Office is moving!

    The office will be closed December 12 - 19 to accommodate the move. Come visit us in the spring semester in our new home, the GA building, located near the entry to the Child Study Center!

    Student Activity Fee
    Beginning spring 2012, a $5.00/semester (fall & spring only) student activity fee will be charged to students during registration.

    The Student Activity Fee will allow Los Medanos College Associated Student Senate (student government) to provide scholarships, leadership opportunities, cultural programs, and other co-curricular programs for college students. Benefits of the activity fee will mean continued sponsorship in campus activities such as Mustang Madness, Textbook Reserve Program, Academic Competition, and scholarships.

    Students may request a refund of the fee by submitting the Student Activity Fee Refund Form by the refund deadline. The refund form can be found online or you may obtain one at the Student Life or Admissions and Records Office.

    Basketball Spirit Night
    Come watch the Lady Mustangs play the Monterey Lobos on Basketball Spirit Night on Tuesday, December 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Gym. Join us for music, free food and prizes!

    Go Mustangs!!

    UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium
    The UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 7:15 a.m. -5:00 p.m. The Cal Student Leadership Symposium is an annual student leadership conference at UC Berkeley dedicated to bringing together and inspiring student leaders in our community. Through workshops and networking opportunities, Leadership Symposium attendees are connected with essential tools to be agents of positive social change and leaders on campuses and in their communities. Space is available on a first come, first served basis so register today! Registration deadline: Friday, January 27, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. For a registration packet, visit the UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium online.

    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. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays from 1:00 -3:00 p.m. in Library Conference Room 2 (L-106). Application deadline: Monday, February 27, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for the spring semester are now available online.

    Inter Club Council Meetings
    The first ICC meeting of the spring semester is Monday, January 23, 2012 from 3:00 -4:00 p.m. in Library Conference Room 2 (L-106).

    Club Leader Orientations Club leader orientations will be held in the Library Conference Room #2 (L-106) from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. on the following dates:

    • January 25 (Wednesday)
    • January 27 (Friday)
    • February 1 (Wednesday)
    • February 3 (Friday)
    • February 8 (Wednesday)
    • February 10 (Friday)

    HMSRV 049: Social Justice Leadership Seminar, 1 unit
    HMSRV 049 is a class focused on student leadership topics and social justice issues. The course is an introductory class to social identities, privilege, and oppression and how they manifest on individual, group, and community levels. The class will explore where privilege and oppression comes from, why it exists, and how it impacts our lives and our society. This course is a short-term one month class.

    HMSRV 049: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 12:00 - 1:20 p.m., February 14 - March 22, 2012.

    Counseling Support Services

    graphic banner
    Online Advising
    Online advising can provide you with the following services:

    • Information regarding LMC classes, programs, and services
    • Transferability and articulation agreements for LMC courses
    • General academic advisement
    • Pre-requisites, co-requisites, and course content information
    • Certificate, degree, and transfer requirements
    • General education options
    • Referrals to campus and community resources
    • College procedures and academic policies
    • Admission and registration information

    The following services are not available when using online counseling:

    • Transcript evaluations
    • Verification of graduation, certificate, or transfer eligibility status
    • Review grades
    • Student Educational Plans
    • Review placement test scores or grades
    • Personal or career counseling

    To obtain these services and others that are not available online, students are encouraged to schedule a phone or an in-person counseling appointment by calling (925) 439-2181, ext. 3334.

    For more information on e-advising and/or to use this service, visit Counseling Services online.

    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 Office at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3334 to set up an appointment or stop by.

    healing circle
    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. Join us every Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon in Room CC4-473 (upstairs above the Admissions Office).

    For more information about the Healing Circle group, contact Phil Gottlieb, Counselor, at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3382.

    Everyone is welcome.

    Happy Holidays from Everyone in Student Services!