Los Medanos CollegeApril 2012

It's springtime and we are abuzz with activity.  Not only are finals on the horizon, it's time to plan for the upcoming summer and fall semesters.  Registration for summer classes will be starting soon, so now is the time to plan your classes if you have not already done so.


If you are continuing at LMC in the fall, be sure to check WebAdvisor for your fall 2012 priority registration date. If you are graduating this spring semester, be sure to read the "Graduation Update" in this issue. To learn about some opportunities to make a difference in your life at LMC, please read on. . .  


Important Dates  

Spring 2012
  • April 27:  Last day to withdraw from full-term classes with a 'W' appearing on transcript
Summer 2012
  • April 16:  Begin priority registration for EOPS, DSPS, qualified veterans & qualified foster youth - WebAdvisor
  • April 17:  Special registration for DSPS note takers, early graduation applicants, qualified athletes  - WebAdvisor
  • April 18:  Begin registration for continuing students by appointment*  - WebAdvisor
  • May 2:  Begin registration for returning, matriculating and exempt students**   - WebAdvisor
Fall 2012
  • April 16:  Last day to submit early fall 2012 graduation application to receive early registration appointment for fall 2012
  •  April 30:  Begin priority registration for EOPS, DSPS, qualified veterans & qualified foster youth   - WebAdvisor
  • May 2:  Special registration for DSPS note takers, early graduation applicants and qualified athletes   - WebAdvisor
  • May 3:  Begin registration for continuing students by appointment*   - WebAdvisor
For more important campus dates, as well as to view all LMC athletic game listings, visit the campus calendar online.





Your financial aid eligibility may be affected by recent changes that the Federal government has made to financial aid policies.   Please read about these changes under the Financial Aid Updates section of this newsletter.


Want Macs?


LMC is interested in determining the level of Mac use by LMC students and the need for an open computer lab with Mac computers. We have put together a very short, 4-question survey. We are aware that this is a busy time with the end of semester approaching, but please take a moment to complete this computer survey.  Your input is very valuable to us.


All responses are anonymous. Thanks!

New to LMC? 

Please tell us about yourself so that we may better serve you. The College Student Self-Assessment Survey will only take about 15 minutes and is designed to find out about you and your college goals and plans. Your responses will be used by the college to help identify programs and services that best meet your needs and for conducting research to find out how to improve programs. 


Admissions and Records News



Graduation Update     

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Commencement ceremony

Students who have completed their requirements in summer 2011, fall 2011, or will be completing requirements in spring 2012, will be invited to participate in the 2012 graduation ceremony.  Graduation is May 25 (Friday) at 6:30 p.m. at the LMC Football Stadium.  Qualifying students will be receiving an email invitation in early May with information on the ceremony, or see Graduation Ceremony for up-to-date information.


Application to speak at commencement ceremony

Students whose graduation status is 'Pending' or 'Approved' may apply to be LMC's graduation speaker at this year's ceremony.  Please see Graduation Ceremony for more information and the application.  The deadline to apply is April 27, 2012.


Spring graduation applicants

Students who applied to graduate in spring term will receive an e-mail by May 1 to advise them of their status.  The e-mail will be sent to InSite e-mail accounts. Please do not call the Admissions and Records office for status updates before this date.  Graduation ceremony information will be posted soon. Please see Graduation Ceremony for more information.


Summer graduation applicants

Students who applied for summer graduation with an early graduation application may fill out an 'Application to Walk in Ceremony with Coursework Remaining' once you have registered for your summer classes.  This must be turned in between April 16 and May 1. A copy of your summer schedule must be turned in along with the form.


Fall 2012 graduation applicants

If you are completing your requirements in the fall term, you may now submit an Early Graduation Application which gives you an earlier registration appointment.  You may use this opportunity if you have not used the early application in a previous semester.  Students applying now for fall graduation will participate in the 2013 graduation ceremony.


For all the information above, please see the Graduation Policies webpage.     


Financial Aid Updates




class cancel bannerOn December 23, 2011 the Consolidated Appropriations Act was signed into law which significantly impacts Federal student aid programs effective July 1, 2012.  


Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit

Effective with the 2012-2013 award year, the duration of a student's eligibility to receive a Federal Pell Grant is 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent). The calculation of the duration of a student's eligibility will include all years of the student's receipt of Federal Pell Grant funding. Once a student has received a Federal Pell Grant for 12 full-time semesters (or its equivalent), the student will no longer be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant for future semesters.


High School Graduation Requirement

Effective July 1, 2012, students who do not have a high school diploma or a recognized equivalent (e.g., GED), or do not meet the home school requirements, will not be eligible to receive Federal student aid. Students may qualify for Federal student aid under one of the Ability-to-Benefit Test (ATB) alternatives IF the student was enrolled in a federal student aid eligible program prior to July 1, 2012. The ATB alternatives include the student passing an independently administered, approved ATB test or successfully completing at least six credit hours of postsecondary education.


Direct Loan Grace Period Interest Subsidy

Effective July 1, 2012, students with Direct Subsidized Loans originated/disbursed on or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014 will be responsible for payment of interest accrued during the six month grace period.


Financial Aid Repeat Course Policy

Effective July 1, 2011, the Department of Education required colleges to limit how many times students can repeat a course and still receive financial aid for that course. Once a student earns a passing grade for a course that student can only repeat the course one more time and still receive financial aid.   A passing grade is defined by the college as a D- or better. If a student enrolls in a previously passed course for a third time, this course will not count for financial aid purposes. 


The policy allows a student to receive financial aid under the following situations:

  1. To repeat any failed or withdrawn course until a passing grade is received. 
  2. To repeat one time any course in which you previously received a passing grade. 

 **Please note that the repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic polices regarding repeat courses.**  


Brentwood Center News      

Transfer Workshop 

Transfer:  The Next Step


I'm accepted, now what?

Received an acceptance letter?  Waiting to hear from the college of your choice?  What do you do in the mean time?  What should you be doing?  Come find out how to prepare for the move to a university: what questions you should be asking and the check list you should be preparing.  


Attend the transfer workshop, "Transfer:  The Next Step" and find out about financial aid, housing and orientation/registration.  

  •  Date:  April 17 (Tuesday)
  • Time:  11:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon
  • Room:  Brentwood Center, Room 7 


Academy for College Excellence (ACE)

Need English 90? Hate math? Interested in community issues and social justice topics? 


Our math 27 class will prepare you for statistics in just one semester. You don't need math 4, 12, 25, and then 30. Just take math 27 and you'll be more than ready for statistics!


ACE is academic, personal and professional. We team you up with great English and math instructors to give you every possible chance of success.  ACE also identifies your unique strengths and shows you how to use them to be successful in college and at work.  ACE was created by Diego Navarro, a Harvard MBA graduate who trained HP's top 500 executives. ACE teaches you high-level project management skills while you create an amazing PowerPoint presentation on a social justice research topic of your choice. You'll be amazed with what you can accomplish! 


To learn more about this national, award-winning program, e-mail Tue Rust .


Scholarship Opportunities

Congratulations 2012 Kennedy King Memorial Scholarship Winners!  

Out of the 60 students that were interviewed district-wide, five of the 17 awarded were from LMC. 


Please join us in congratulating the following students:

  • Erik Brown
  • Marisela Garcia
  • David Lopez
  • Guadalupe Martinez
  • April Romero
Automotive Hall of Fame Scholarship


The program has specific scholarships for incoming freshmen and upper-level undergraduate students. All of the scholarships are based on financial needs and with the usual minimum GPA requirement of 3.0.

To be eligible for a scholarship you must:

  • Submit a completed application form indicating a sincere interest in an automotive career
  • Provide an official transcript of all academic work
  • Submit two letters of recommendation supporting your automotive interests
  • Submit a letter of acceptance for an associate, bachelor, or masters program
  • Be accepted at an accredited college, university or trade school within the United States at the time of application
  • Students attending a technical training school may also apply (trade school should equal a two-year associate program)
  • Student must be a United States citizen or in the United States on a Student Visa
  • Must be enrolled full-time
  • Must have 3.0 GPA or higher
Click here to download the scholarship application.  Interested students can download the application and send it to:

Award and Scholarship Programs
Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Blvd.
Dearborn, MI 48124
313- 240-4000


Entries must be postmarked between February 1 and June 30, 2012. 


MassMutual Scholars Program


A national scholarship program for high-achieving African American, Asian, and Hispanic students interested in careers in the insurance and financial services industry. Students of all majors will be considered, but preference will be given to students pursuing a career in the insurance and financial industry and those who demonstrate leadership and participation in extracurricular activities.


Apply online.   Application deadline is May 4, 2012.   



Center for Academic Success Workshops

Transfer and Scholarship Essay Writing Workshops 


Want to go through college using other people's money?


Plan on attending one of the following workshops to be presented by Barbara Austin in the Center for Academic Support:

How to Use Your Transfer Story to get $5,000 More a Year
  • April 17 (Tuesday)
  • 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Room CCO-304

How & Where to Find Fantastic Scholarships

  • May 2 (Wednesday)
  • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Room CCO-304  
Call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3176 to reserve your spot today!
Transfer Center News

Spring Transfer Fair
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The Transfer Center is excited to announce its Spring Transfer Fair. Come meet with admission representatives from all over California. This event will be held on Thursday, April 26 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Indoor Quad.


Campuses include, but are not limited to:

  • CSU East Bay
  • UC Davis
  • Sacramento State University
  • Chico State
  • Mills College
  • St. Mary's College
  • University of the Pacific
  • CSU, Chico
  • UCSD
  • And many more!


We invite you to join us for a day of transfer information and fun. Please contact the Transfer Center at (925) 439-218, ext.3124 with any questions.


Southern California Tour


Announcing for the first time ever, the Transfer Center will be hosting a Southern California Campus Tour! The Transfer Center will be taking 40 LMC students on a trip across the state to visit south state campuses.


Dates: May 29 - June 1  


Schools on the tour include:

  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • CSU Los Angeles
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • UCLA


Please stop by the Transfer Center for an application. Applications will be accepted beginning April 23. This is a first-come, first-served tour. Space is limited!


"If You Go, Let Us Know" for a chance to win an IPAD!


Are you transferring to a 4-year college or university this fall 2012? 

Bring your acceptance letter to the Transfer Center and submit a copy. The winner will be announced at the Student Success Ceremony, Friday, May 11. Winner must be present to win.


Campus Tours


The Transfer Center sponsors visits to 4-year universities each semester in order to allow students to become more familiar with the different campuses and what each campus can offer in terms of academics as well as student life. Transportation is provided and it's FREE. Stop by the Transfer Center to sign up or visit our webpage for more information.


  • UC Berkeley Cal Day, April 21(Saturday)
    • Depart 9:00 a.m., return 4:00 p.m.
  • CSU Sacramento, April 24 (Tuesday).
    • Depart 8:00 a.m., return 4:00 p.m.
  • CSU Fresno,  April 27 (Friday)
    • Depart 7:00 a.m., return 5:00 p.m.


Transfer Workshop

Transfer:  The Next Step 


I'm accepted, now what?!

Received an acceptance letter?  Waiting to hear from the college of your choice?  What do you do in the mean time?  What should you be doing?  Come find out how to prepare for the move to a university: what questions you should be asking and the check list you should be preparing.  


Attend the transfer workshop, "Transfer:  The Next Step" and find out about financial aid, housing and orientation/registration.  

  • Date:  April 18 (Wednesday)
  • Time:  1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Library, L-213
Career Center News
We've reopened in a new location! 

The Career Center has reopened! Come visit us in our temporary location in CC4-486B.  Students and alumni can make free appointments with the career counselor to get help with:

  • Developing career and college major goals
  • Résumé writing and review
  • Cover letters
  • Preparing for interviews
  • Job search and networking strategies

Career Center Workshop


Résumé Writing

Unsure what goes into a winning résumé?  Learn how to make an effective and targeted résumé that gets noticed.  Then produce your own under the guidance of a career specialist.  You will create a résumé using a Microsoft Word template or you may bring an existing résumé to edit.  Bring a flash drive to save your file to or be prepared to e-mail it to yourself.

  • April 16 (Monday) 
  • 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Library, Room L-214

Register online or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3252 to reserve your spot today!


Student Life News   

Office Move
The Student Life Office has moved!  
Come visit us in our new home, the GA building, located near the Child Study Center entrance to the campus.


Student Ambassadors


Apply now to become a student ambassador for the 2012-2013 academic year. Student Ambassadors serve as student leaders at LMC.  They provide information and support to LMC students, assist with high school outreach, lead campus tours, plan campus activities, help with events and have a lot of fun!  Apply at the Student Life Office or Transfer Center.  Applications are also available online. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, May 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Social Justice Film Series

Join us for free screenings of the following films to be held in the Library Conference Room, L-109 on the following Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.  There will be a discussion of the films and refreshments.

  • 50/50 - April 17

Inspired by a true story, a comedy centered on a 27-year-old guy who learns of his cancer diagnosis, and his subsequent struggle to beat the disease.

  • Amazing Grace - May 8

The inspiring story of William Wilberforce and his passion and perseverance to pass a law ending the slave trade in the late 18th century. Several friends, including Wilberforce's minister, a reformed slave ship captain who penned the beloved hymn, Amazing Grace, urge him to see the cause through.    

Drama & Art Department Events

LMC Student-Devised Project: 'Road Block Confessions'


This production is written and produced by students currently enrolled in LMC's Drama department. This setting takes place in rural setting in New Mexico at a roadside gas station that is, "out of gas...". The plot of the story involves a diverse set of stranded patrons after patrons who rage, ally, and resolve complex problematic situations that seem to have no end. This play has comedy, tragedy, conflict, and camaraderie; it will keep you at the edge of your seat with a thirst for more.  

  •  Dates:  May 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14
  • Time:   8:00 p.m. nightly/ matinee on May 9 at 11:00 a.m.
  • Ticket prices: General admission, $10; $7 students, $5 matinees

 Contact the Box Office at (925) 439-2181 ext. 805 for more information.


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


LMC Art Students to attend 23rd Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art


With support from the Los Medanos College Foundation, LMC ceramics students will participate in the 2012 Annual California Conference for the Advancement of Ceramic Art in Davis, California from April 27 - 29.  


Due to a mini-grant from the LMC Foundation, several students will receive scholarships to attend lectures and workshops, and LMC will also participate as a school by having a showcase of student, instructional aide, and faculty works on display during the conference.


Forty-five schools will be attending this year, including DVC, so the district will be well represented.  Student shows are set up in venues all over Davis, in addition to five professional ceramic sculpture shows, so it's a great weekend to see almost unlimited creativity in clay!


For more information about where to attend, please visit the conference website.




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This exhibition features artwork by R. Parker Blackburn, Dana Davis, Frances Lerner, Fred Nocella, Philip Ringler, and M. Louise Stanley, local Bay Area artists who incorporate the narrative figure, realized in painting, photography, and mixed-media.   

  • Dates:  March 13 - April 19
  • Reception: Thursday, April 12, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Hours: Tuesday - Thursday 11:00 - 1:00 p.m. & 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.


* More information about the LMC Art Gallery can be found on our website. 


Study Abroad Fall 2012/Spring 2013


Voi apprezzate italiano?  ¿Usted gozáis de España?

Enjoy 'la dolce vita' while studying abroad in
Barcelona, Spain during the fall 2012 semester or in Florence, Italy during the spring 2013 semester.

The Contra Costa Community College District provides international education opportunities for our students and communities through its colleges: Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa College and Los Medanos College.  Since this program began in 1986, more than 1,000 students have had the opportunity to study in London, Paris, Florence, Spain and China. College courses are taught by our own community college professors and most courses are UC and CSU transferable.  Financial aid assistance may also be available.  


Join us for a once in a life time experience!




In This Issue
Important Dates
Admissions and Records News
Financial Aid Updates
Brentwood Center News
Academy for College Excellence
Scholarship Opportunities
Center for Academic Success Workshops
Transfer Center News
Career Center News
Student Life News
Drama & Art Department Events
Study Abroad Fall 2012/Spring 2013
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