Los Medanos College September 2012


Now that you're settled into your classes, your mind may be turning to transfer plans, scholarships for next year, or something fun or interesting to do outside of class. This month's issue provides information to help you with all that and more! 

Important Dates 

  • September 28 - Native American Day holiday, college closed
  • October 1 - Last day to apply for fall 2012 graduation
  • October 1 - First day to apply online for spring 2013 admission

More important dates 

Graduating in 2012?

Graduation News 


Graduating Fall 2012?

Finishing up your graduation requirements this semester? October 1st is the last day to apply for fall 2012 graduation. Students applying to graduate in the fall can expect to receive email notification of their status to their InSite account by November 15th. Students who are denied for fall may re-apply for graduation in spring 2013.  Please see Graduation Policies on the website for more information.


Diploma Update

If you applied and qualified for summer 2012 graduation, your diploma will be mailed by October 15th to the address you have on file in WebAdvisor.  If you have any doubt as to whether that address is correct, please log into WebAdvisor now and make any necessary corrections.

Safety Reminder


Always be aware Every day at LMC, items are lost. Most items are simply misplaced and may be found again later, but with thousands of people on campus, some thefts are bound to occur. Therefore, we'd like to remind you to take care to secure your personal property. Please take the time to consider the following safety tips while going about your daily routine:

  • Never leave any items of value in your car or otherwise unattended on campus.
  • If you need to leave a room, office, or classroom, take your belongings with you or ask a friend or colleague to hold or watch them for you, even if you are only going to be gone for a minute.
  • Do not leave items of value out in plain view. This includes items such as bags, purses, laptops, wallets, etc. Whether in your vehicle, the library, a classroom, the cafeteria or a lab area, secure items of value so they are not left out in the open.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. If you notice anything or anyone suspicious, contact Police Services for assistance at 925-439-2181, ext. 3333 (emergency) or ext. 3228 (non-emergency).

Even taking all these precautions, you may inadvertently leave your phone on an office counter or your jacket in a classroom. If you lose something, be sure to check Lost and Found, located in Police Services, CC1-132, or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3228.

Transfer Center News

Image of the Merced campus
UC Merced campus

Why not take a tour?

The Transfer Center sponsors visits to four-year universities each semester to offer students the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of transfer institutions. On these tours, students learn what each campus offers in terms of academics, student life and environment.

We will be touring San Jose State on September 21st and Sonoma State on October 9th. Transportation is provided free of charge. Stop by the Transfer Center to sign up or visit our campus tours web page for more information.


Meet with university reps
Representatives from 4-year colleges and universities visit the Transfer Center throughout the semester. Visiting schools include UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Merced, CSU East Bay, Mills College, St. Mary's College, University of the Pacific and more! Check out the schedule of upcoming university rep visits


For general transfer related questions or just to find out more information, visit the Transfer Center in CC3-434A or call (925) 439-2181, ext. 3124.


Transfer workshops

Are you interested in transferring but aren't sure where to start? Attend one of the upcoming Transfer Center workshops and learn more. For a list of September's workshops, check out the calendars on the Transfer Center Workshops and Events page.

Apply soon

Scholarship News


P.E.O. (Philanthropic Educational Organization)
P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization for women. Founded in 1869 as a small friendship society, P.E.O. quickly grew into a diverse, widespread sisterhood with one mission: promote educational and personal growth opportunities for women.


Scholarships for California Women Residents (only):

All P.E.O. California scholarships have specific eligibility requirements and restrictions. Application packets can be requested annually from September 1 through January 9.


For a list of P.E.O. scholarships, check out P.E.O. website.


AES Engineering Scholarship

AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study.


This $500.00 award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post-secondary educational facility. The application deadline is October 5, 2012. Apply


See more scholarships not administered by LMC on our Outside Scholarships page.


LMC Scholarship applications will be available in November. 

Financial Aid Updates


New Financial Aid Regulations 

New regulations regarding the Pell Lifetime Eligibility Limit and Ability to Benefit are in effect and may affect you. Details can be found on the Financial Aid home page.


Appeals Deadline and SAP Workshop

The deadline to submit an appeal for fall 2012 is Friday, October 19, 2012. Effective fall 2012, all students on suspension from Financial Aid must complete an online SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) workshop.


General Financial Aid Workshop

The fall 2012 general financial aid workshop dates are now posted on the Financial Aid website.


Financial Aid Lab Hours       

The Financial Aid Lab, located in the Financial Aid Office, PS2-27, is open: 

  • Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Fridays, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

At the lab, you can receive assistance with: 

  • Obtaining a PIN
  • New FAFSA or renewals
  • New e-mail access
  • Adding the school code
  • Web Advisor for financial aid purposes

Student Life News

  Leadership Symposium

UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium

The UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 14 from 7:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Cal Student Leadership Symposium is held annually at UC Berkeley to bring together and inspire student leaders in our community. Through workshops and networking opportunities, symposium attendees are connected with essential tools to be agents of positive social change and leaders on campuses and in their communities. The registration deadline is Friday, October 5 at 4:00 p.m. Space is limited so register today! For a registration packet, visit the UC Berkeley Student Leadership Symposium online.

  BBQ days


Student Life BBQ Days

Join us for a barbecue on Wednesday, October 3 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the Student Life Office. A barbecue is held on the first Wednesday of each month.


Women's Volleyball Spirit Event

The Office of Student Life will host the LMC Women's Volleyball Spirit Event on October 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the LMC Gym.  Come show your support and school spirit for our volleyball team. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life.


Student Club Chartering Deadline

The deadline to complete the club charter process is Monday, October 8. Download the club chartering packet


Blood Drive

Student Life and Blood Centers of the Pacific will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in L109. For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, contact the Student Life Office at 439-2181 ext. 3266 or sign up on line at www.bloodheroes.com (click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC). 


  Meet your representatives

Join the LMC Student Government!

The Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) has positions open for student government senators and representatives.  Join the student government and help plan fun events, provide valuable services to students, and most importantly, be the "voice" of your student body.  The fall application deadline is Monday, September 24 at 5:00 p.m. Download an application


LMCAS meetings are held weekly on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in L106.


Inter-Club Council Meetings

The Inter-Club Council (ICC) is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus and promotes engagement in community and college activities. Weekly meetings are held on Mondays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in L106. 

New Website for the Experience


Read our student newspaper  

The Experience staff is pleased to announce the launch of a new online version of the LMC student newspaper. The website, lmcexperience.com, was created with mini-grant support from the Los Medanos College Foundation. Experience web editor Jesus Chico, and the other student staff working with him, update the website regularly and it is available to readers 24-7. You will find the print edition distributed around campus most Fridays during the semester and at some community locations. In addition to the informative news, feature stories, and thought-provoking columns found in the print edition, the website contains more pictures - in color - as well as videos. Check out the Experience online today.

Great Software Offer for Students


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In This Issue
Important Dates
Graduation News
Safety Reminder
Transfer Center News
Scholarship News
Financial Aid Updates
Student Life News
New Experience Website
Great Software Offer
Quick Links