Los Medanos CollegeMay 2012

May is a hectic month for students, but it's an exciting one, too. The end of the academic year brings graduation, celebrations, student government elections, and the ever-popular final exams. 


Read on for details about all of our year-end events and important dates.


Important Dates     

Spring Dates
  • May 25:  Graduation
  • May 28:  HOLIDAY - Memorial Day - College Closed
Summer Dates
  • May 2:  Registration for returning, matriculating and exempt students continues - WebAdvisor
  • May 14:  Begin registration for new, non-matriculating students - WebAdvisor
  • May 30:  Begin open/walk-in registration for all regular college students - WebAdvisor/In Person
  • May 31:  Begin ALL special admit/concurrent high school students registration - In Person
Fall Dates
  • May 3:  Continuing student registration continues - WebAdvisor
  • May 21:  Begin registration for returning, matriculating and exempt students - 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.


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 Updates



It's Graduation Time!   Graduation student


If you applied for spring 2012 graduation, you have been notified of your status.  Students who completed their academic program requirements in summer 2011, fall 2011, or are expecting to complete their academic program requirements in spring 2012 will be invited by e-mail to participate in the 2012 Commencement Ceremony by May 14.  Students who are completing their requirements in summer 2012 and have applied to walk in this commencement ceremony will also receive an invitation.  For more information on cap and gown purchase see Commencement Ceremony.


Transcript Ordering for Spring Classes


If you are transferring at the end of spring semester, check WebAdvisor to make sure your grades are posted before ordering your official transcripts.



Assessment Center News
We're moving

The Assessment Center is on the move! 


The Assessment Center is moving to room CC 256 Monday, May 14th. See our map of the college complex level 2 for details (PDF).  
Counseling Office News
We're moving

The Counseling Office is on the move! 


The Counseling Office will be moving to their temporary location as a result of the ongoing Student Services remodel on campus.  To accommodate the move, the office will be closed May 17, 18 and 21.  Counseling will reopen on Tuesday, May 22 in their new location in Room CC2-275 on the second level of the College Complex next to the English classrooms. 
Bookstore News 

Textbook Buyback 

Textbook buyback takes place during finals week at the Pittsburg campus:

  • May 21 - 25
  • Monday - Thursday:  9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bring all CDs, DVDs, and supplemental material purchased with your textbooks.


Summer Hours 

  • May 29 - August 3
  • Monday - Thursday 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Check our website for all the latest information! 


Financial Aid Updates







On 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. 

 *NOTE:  The repeat course policy for financial aid is separate from institutional academic polices regarding repeat courses. 


Satisfactory Academic Progress workshops


The summer 2012 workshop dates will be posted soon to the Financial Aid website.  


General Financial Aid workshops


The remaining spring 2012 and summer 2012 workshop dates are posted on the Financial Aid website.


Financial Aid Lab Hours

  • Financial Aid Office - PS2-27
  • Tuesdays, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 Noon

We offer assistance with:

  • Pin Number
  • New FAFSA or renewals
  • New e-mail access
  • Adding school code
  • WebAdvisor for Financial Aid purposes

Get Ready!  Get Set!  Go!


Are you ready to do your FAFSA for the next academic year? 

It's EASY!  You can apply online.  The 2012-2013 FAFSA form is now available in English and Spanish, and has step-by-step instructions for you to follow.  If you need assistance, please come to one of our financial aid labs or one of the financial aid general workshops.  Make sure you have everything you need to complete your FAFSA.


Chaffee Grant


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.



We're moving


EOPS, CARE & CalWORKS are on the move!


The EOPS, CARE and CalWORKs offices will be moving to Room CC2-257 as a result of the ongoing Student Services remodel on campus.  To accommodate the move, the offices will be closed May 24, 29 and 30 and will reopen on May 31. Here is a map of the new location (PDF)  


No summer admission for new EOPS students


Due to budget constraints, EOPS will not admit new students for summer 2102; however, from May 21 through June 21, EOPS will begin distributing and accepting new applications for the fall 2012 semester. For more information about EOPS and the application process, visit the EOPS office or go online.



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.


ACE students will be presenting on Thursday, May 24 at 4:30 p.m in the Library Community Room. Please join us for the student presentations and appetizers. 


Scholarship Opportunities

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. 

Transfer Center EventsIf you go let us know

"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 on Friday, May 11, 2012. Winner must be present to win.


Student Success Ceremony  Sign us for the student success


Are you receiving a scholarship this year or transferring to a 4-year college or university in 2012-2013?  If so, you are cordially invited to participate in and be honored at the Student Success Ceremony on Friday, May 11 at 3:00 p.m. in the LMC Recital Hall (Room MU-720).  The ceremony will be followed by a reception where you and your family can celebrate with fellow students, faculty and staff.


At the Student Success Ceremony, the Los Medanos College community will gather to celebrate your academic success and to honor students like you who have achieved these significant milestones on your educational journey.  We hope that you will join us for this event and take this opportunity to be recognized for all of your hard work and accomplishments.


To participate in the Student Success Ceremony, please RSVP online.

Campus Representative Visits


Additional appointments just added!


UC Berkeley

  • Wednesday, May 16
    • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (drop in only)

UC Davis

  • Thursday, May 24        
    • 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Stop by or call the Transfer Center to make an appointment today!  (925) 439-2181, ext. 3124


Student Ambassador Recruitment


Are you looking for a fun, challenging and leadership developing job on campus? The Transfer Center is accepting applications for student ambassadors. Please download, fill out and submit an application to Tara Dale Sanders in the Transfer Center by May 18. 


For more information about becoming a student ambassador at LMC, go online. 



Career Center News
The Career Center is located in Room 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
Upcoming Workshops


Interview Preparation

  • May 10 (Thursday)
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • Room CC4-473

Résumé Writing

  • May 15 (Tuesday)
  • 2:30 p.m.
  • Library, Room 214


Student Life Happenings   

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.


Academic Competition Winners


Congratulations to the winners of the 7th Annual LMCAS Academic Competition!  On Saturday, April 21, 23 teams of four students each participated in a day-long competition in the areas of math, science, social science and English.  Scholarships were presented to the winners.  The winners were:


  • 1st Place:  Filthy Peasants Being Repressed (Glen Rickered, Chris Orcutt, Nate Combs, Ashley Curry) - $750 per person 
  • 2nd Place:  The Fantastic Fours (Olivia Oanh Lee, Daniel Vits Buccellato, Thao Le Tran, Hoi Yan Crystal Tse) - $500 per person
  • 3rd Place:  Social Science What? (Gio Diokno, Teresa Datar, Gene Griffith, Ann Lawani O) - $250 per person
  • 4th Place:  What the Flux (Caleb Miller, Shane Devine, Nick Regennitter, Lucas Carter) - $150 per person
  • 5th Place:  Chubby Bunny (Callid Banks, Micheal Mikolajczyk, Ali Cameron, Jesse Alfred Villanueva) - $100 per person

The event was sponsored by LMCAS, Kaiser Permanente, LMC Foundation, La Salsa Fresh Mexican Grill and the Office of Student Life.  




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.

Drama Department Events

An LMC Student Project

'Road Block Confessions'Drama production


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 10, 11, 12, 14
  • Time:   8:00 p.m. nightly
  • 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.



Counseling Support Services
Healing Circle


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.


In This Issue
Important Dates
Admissions and Records Updates
Counseling Office News
Bookstore Updates
Financial Aid Updates
Academy for College Excellence
Scholarship Opportunities
Transfer Center Events
Career Center Workshops
Student Life Happenings
Drama Department Events
Counseling Support Services
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