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 Important dates, deadlines, and  information for fall 2012

August 29, 2012 

In this issue
Financial Aid
Cooperative Work Experience
Campus Alert System
Get involved in ASDVC
Become a DVC Student Ambassador
Join a club
Tutors needed
Book Center
Earn Extra Credit
San Ramon Campus
Study abroad in Florence
DVC garden
California state regulation
Commons update

Diablo Valley College events calendar

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Important admission and registration dates
August 17-30Late enrollment - space available basis
August 30Last day to add a full-term class; Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees
August 31Last day to request a refund for the student activity fee; Last day to drop a full-term class without a "W" appearing on transcript
September 1-3Holiday - Labor Day - college closed
September 4AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins now through December 3
AA/AS Application  or  Certificate Application
September 14Last day to request P/NP option for a full-term class
September 28Holiday - Native American Day - college closed (Saturday and Sunday classes are in session)

InSite portal and InSite mail 

Critical deadlines and essential class information
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite mail.
It's not too late to apply
Students can still apply for Financial Aid. To complete the Federal Application For Financial Aid (FAFSA) visit  www.fafsa.gov . To apply for the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver, which if eligible, waives the $46 per unit enrollment fee for students who are California Residents, visit www.CCCApply.org . 
Student Drop In Visits - Strictly for submission of non-verification documents during regular hours.
Financial Aid Check-In and Financial Aid Annex are available to answer general questions.  Student AppointmentsStudents who have been selected for verification by the Department of Education must schedule an appointment for submission of documents to the Financial Aid Office. Please call 925-685-1230 ext. 3000 for scheduling.
Cal Grant Awards - Update The State of California has reduced the Cal Grant B and Cal Grant C maximum award amounts by 5% for new and renewal Cal Grant recipients. Cal Grant maximum award amounts for the 2012 - 2013 academic year are as follows: 
Cal Grant B - $1,473, Cal Grant C - $547. Financial Aid updates are posted on the both the Financial Aid Web page  and Portal. Please view these sites periodically for new information.
Coop Earn college credit while you work 

Cooperative Work Experience has added one more orientation session for students who still need an orientation to meet Co-op course requirements. The new orientation will be held on 

Friday, August 31 from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., on the Pleasant Hill campus, H-110. Interested students should email [email protected] or call the Co-op Office at 925-685-1230 ext. 2540 to reserve a seat. Cooperative Work Experience (Co-op) is an academic course that allows you to earn elective credit for learning that takes place at your job or internship. You must have a paid or unpaid (volunteer) job to participate. For more information go to www.dvc.edu/coop .

4cd Alert
Campus Alert System
Your attention please... 

A loud siren will be heard throughout the DVC campuses the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. This will be a test of our Campus Alert System. There is nothing you need to do during a siren test. 

In the event of an actual emergency or crisis situation, the siren sound will continue for three minutes. Students and all campus personnel will be instructed to Shelter, Shut, and Listen.
For more details, please visit the Contra Costa Community College District website at  www.4cd.edu/alert.
Stay informed during an emergency! Sign up for emergency alerts
Student Union Want to make a difference?

Join the student government! The Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) is currently recruiting new members. To join, attend an info session where you will learn about what ASDVC does, what the requirements are, and  get a petition to join. For a list of info sessions, go to the DVC Events Calendar and click on Clubs and Organizations

The deadline to submit the completed petition is Thursday, September 6 at 4:30 p.m. There is a mandatory retreat Friday, September 7 from 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, September 8 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Meetings are every Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room, beginning September 11.    

Student Ambassador Become a DVC Student Ambassador!

DVC Student Ambassadors recruitment is under way. These student leaders work under the direction of the Relations with Schools Office/Welcome Center or San Ramon Student Services (depending on location assignment) to represent DVC to future, current and returning students and their families. They provide campus tours, answer questions about DVC, and assist students with enrollment steps. For more information and to download application materials, visit www.dvc.edu/ambassadors . Completed applications are due no later than 12 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19.  

Student Union Club Day is just around the corner! 

Come check out the variety of clubs this semester - it's a great way to get involved on campus and create friendships at the same time! Clubs will be promoting in the Student Union Quad from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. on September 11 and 12.   

Attention new and returning club officers! The Student Life Office is now offering officer trainings to help you develop your organizations. Please be sure to attend one of these valuable trainings, especially if your group is planning any event this term. For more details, please contact the Student Life Office at 925-685-1230 ext. 2095.     

TRIO Tutors needed for fall 2012 and spring 2013 

We need to work with low income middle and high school students. Educational Talent Search seeks volunteer tutors to work on the DVC campus and Upward Bound seeks paid tutors to work at local high schools. Tutors are needed in math, English, science, history and Spanish to assist students with homework, Monday - Thursday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and Saturdays from 11 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. for fall and spring semesters beginning September 17. Future math and science teachers are needed to work as teacher assistants (TA) at local middle and high schools. Teacher assistants must be interested in becoming a math or science teacher at the secondary level after college graduation. This is a paid position for domestic DVC students only. Must be available between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a 2 to 3 hour block of time. Please contact Jackqueline Jones-Castellano at [email protected]  

book center DVC Book Center

Sell back your books for top dollar!  Online. Anytime.  
Missed buyback? Don't want to wait for the next one? You can sell your books online now!
 Visit our website: www.bookcenter.dvc.edu


workshops Earn Extra Credit!

Attend one or more of our workshops and get an opportunity to earn extra credit!
College Success Workshops address a wide variety of academically related topics, including issues with writing, note taking, study skills and preparing for exams. Please check out the College Success Workshop schedule.
Brown Bag lectures are more personal or developmental in nature and are Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room. Review the Brown Bag schedule

San RamonSan Ramon Campus
Transferring to CSUEB? Make an appointment today For more information click here
Want to know more about student services at SRC? Great info and assistance are  at your fingertips. 
Click here      
Study Abroad Study abroad in Florence!
Florence: Spring 2013 January 26 - April 26 
Meetings: The next meeting is Wednesday September 5 at 2:30 p.m. in LA117 or 6 p.m. in MA 101Click here for a list of schedule meeting dates in September.
For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office located in FO-219, by email, [email protected], or call 925-685-1230 ext. 2735. 
DVC garden Visit the DVC garden
The DVC garden will be open every Friday from 9:30 a.m.-noon, from August through November, for anyone who wishes to visit or harvest.
Nursery plants will be for sale -- herbs, fall vegetables, succulents, geraniums, miniature ivies, and much, much more.
To learn about our fall bulb sale or to request a bulb order form, send an email or leave a message at 925-685-1230 ext. 1554. 
For more information visit: www.dvc.edu/garden
non-repeatable courses
California state regulations have changed regarding the ability to repeat non-repeatable credit courses.

If you are thinking of dropping or withdrawing from a class that you have already unsuccessfully attempted in a prior semester, please read this first! 

Commons Project Updates Please watch for large vehicles on construction access road.
Get information on construction impacts and learn more about the project at www.dvc.edu/CommonsUpdates

e-waste Got e-waste? 
Free E-Waste recycling event at both Diablo Valley College campuses.
Drop off items Saturday, September 1 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill (DVC Overflow Parking Lot #7) and in San Ramon (back parking lot). Visit
www.noewaste.com for more information and list of accepted electronic items. 
The InquirerThe Inquirer, DVC's award-winning student newspaper is online!
Check us out in print or online at www.theinquireronline.com
Contra Costa Community College District Police Department Police Services silent witness tip line
Students, faculty and staff can call 925-685-1230, ext. 1999 to provide information without having to leave any personal information.

For more information in case of emergency:
Contra Costa Community College District Police Services

Police Services on the Pleasant Hill campus is located in the northwest corner of Lot 1. If you are having trouble locating us, please contact our office, at 925-685-1230, ext. 2338, 2339 or 925-686-5547 and we can have a police aide escort you there.

Police Services on the San Ramon campus is located in W-102. Please contact our office, at 925-866-1822, ext. 56212.
alerts Stay informed during an emergency!
Sign up to receive emergency email and/or text message alerts from DVC. These alerts will only be sent in the case of an actual emergency when the safety of our students and staff is at risk, or when we have to close campus for any reason. (At times, you may also receive a message as a test, at the same time that the monthly siren test is run. You will be notified that this is a test.) Please sign up at the following link:

Please create a new account, and fill out your contact information. To receive text messages, please click on the "Mobile device" tab behind the default "Email" tab.

Safety reminder

If you are faced with a potentially violent or dangerous situation on campus ...


First move to a safe location and then immediately contact Campus Police at: ext. 2333 from a campus phone, or 925-680-7000 from your cell phone. (Calling 911 from a cell phone will result in an unnecessary delay.)

Our Campus Police are highly trained to deal with a wide variety of situations involving students and visitors on campus.
Our mission statement
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. DVC prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning. Complete mission statement