Los Medanos CollegeFebruary 2013


Now that you're settled into your spring routine, it's time to take a look around LMC and see what's going on besides classes and homework ---- and there's plenty! In this month's issue, we talk about exciting university tours, fun events, an introduction to the Welcome Center, vital graduation information and more. Read on to see what we have for you.

Important Dates
  • February 8 ---- Last day to request Pass/No Pass (P/NP) on courses marked SC (student choice)
  • February 15 ---- Lincoln's Birthday Holiday, college closed
  • February 16-17 ---- College closed, no Saturday classes
  • February 18 ---- Washington's Birthday Holiday, college closed
  • March 18-23 ---- Spring break, no classes

Important graduation deadlines: See Graduation in Admissions News below.


More important dates 


New Short-term Classes Are Almost Here!

graphic More than 30 new classes will be offered and BEGIN IN MARCH! THAT'S LIKE......NEXT MONTH!
Have space in your schedule? Make the most of this special opportunity to move forward in your educational career. Now is YOUR time.
These courses will take place during a 9-week session and are scheduled to start the week of March 25, 2013.
We're still putting the finishing touches on these courses, and will announce far and wide what they are and when you can register soon!

Admissions News


Correction: Last Day to Request Pass/No Pass 

The January issue of the Student Services e-News contained an error regarding the last day to request Pass/No Pass for a course marked SC (Student Choice). Please note that the correct deadline for requesting Pass/No Pass is February 8. Students may fill out the Pass/No Pass form at the Admissions and Records office. 
If you plan to graduate this May now is the time to apply. Your graduation date is determined by the semester you complete your requirements and the semester you apply for graduation.


There are several different options for students to graduate this year:


Fall 2012 Graduates 
Fall diplomas will be mailed to students who have applied for fall graduation by February 15,2013.


Spring Graduates 
Students who are graduating in spring must apply for graduation by March 1st. Please make sure to see your counselor and apply by that date.


Summer Graduates

  • If you are planning to graduate at the end of Summer Session, you may file an Early Graduation Applicationno later than February 28. The huge benefit of doing this is that you receive an earlier registration date for Summer 2013 classes.
  • If you will be graduating this summer and wish to participate in the 2013 commencement ceremony, you may fill out an "Application to Walk with Coursework Remaining", which will be available on the Admissions and Records Forms web page soon and must be completed by April 26th.
  • All students planning to graduate at the end of summer session may file a regular  Application for Graduation once they have registered for their summer classes.

All applications for graduation can also be found on the Admissions and Records Forms page. 


Commencement, the ceremony to celebrate your scholastic achievement, is held once per year at the end of spring semester. The 2012-2013 commencement will be held on Friday, May 24. Students who complete their requirements in Summer 2012, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 will be invited to participate in the ceremony. 
Change in GE Pattern for 2013-2014 

Many students have been asking about the changes in the LMC General Education pattern for 2013-2014. The changes will go into effect for Summer 2013. Students who wish to take advantage of this new pattern, but who finish their degree in Spring 2013, may fill out a Summer 2013 graduation application along with an Application to Walk With Coursework Remaining.   


Transfer Center News


We've Moved
The Transfer Center has relocated to the second level of the College Complex. Come check out our new space at CC2-225!


Campus Tours
Are you interested in touring a college or university? The Transfer Center offers more than five tours every semester for free! That's right! Stop by the Transfer Center soon and sign up for the trip(s) you are interested in. All tours are free and most include lunch.  

 Tour information  

  Tour 5 colleges in 5 days

Spring Break Southern California University Tour
Join us over Spring Break for an exciting tour of five Southern California universities. For $200, LMC students will visit UC Riverside, CSU Northridge, UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. All tours, lodging, travel and most meals are included. Applications are now available and may be submitted to the Transfer Center on Monday, February 11. Pick up an application at the Transfer Center or  print one out online.


What Does the Welcome Center Do?


The LMC Welcome Center, located in Room CC2-255, provides new students a supportive entry into Los Medanos College and offers continuing students assistance in utilizing support programs with which they are not yet familiar.  


At the Welcome Center, students receive personal assistance with completion of the LMC admissions application, registration for classes, and navigation of WebAdvisor. The Welcome Center also offers help to better understand and utilize the many support programs and services offered at LMC (e.g. EOPS, Financial Aid, Career Center, MESA, the Math lab, etc.). Support is provided in both English and Spanish. Individual appointments are available.


For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Welcome Center Coordinator,   Carla Rosas, at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3989 or email  crosas@losmedanos.edu.


Financial Aid Reminders  


Apply now for FAFSA 2013-2014  
The 2013-2014 FAFSA application is now available online. To make sure you have everything you need to complete your FAFSA, visit the Federal Student Aid webpage.


The online FAFSA is available in English and Spanish, and has step-by-step instructions for you to follow. If you need assistance, come to one of our financial aid labs 


Don't forget! File for the Cal Grant by March 4th!    

Due to March 2 falling on a Saturday this year, the March Cal Grant award deadline is extended to the following Monday, March 4. The paper GPA Verification form must be postmarked no later than March 4, 2013. Information and forms   


Student Life Activities 


Bay Adventures: Museum of African Diaspora

Join other LMC students for a fun trip to the Museum of African Diaspora on Saturday, February 9 in San Francisco. The trip costs $5.00 to attend and includes transportation, museum admission, and a special private group tour. However, space is limited and you must sign-up in advance to attend. Applications are available in the Student Life Office or online.  


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.  Weekly meetings are held on Mondays from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in L-105. Applications for the spring semester are now available online. Application deadline: Monday, February 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m.  


IMPACT Student Leadership Retreat 

The IMPACT Retreat is an annual leadership development event open to all LMC students. Through workshops, speakers and fun activities, students gain insight into their personal leadership styles, meet and connect with other LMC student leaders and gain essential tools to be leaders in their clubs, programs and communities.   


The retreat will take place on Saturday, March 2 in the Community Room (L-109). Admission is free and includes all of your retreat materials and lunch. However, space is limited, and you must sign up in advance by turning in the registration form to the Office of Student Life. The deadline to register is Thursday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m.


Club Day: Wednesday, February 13

Join LMC's student clubs for a festive day of activities, bake sales, music and more on Wednesday, February 13, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the indoor quad.


Inter-Club Council Meetings  

The Inter-Club Council (ICC) is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus. ICC meetings are held Mondays from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in L-106. Each club may be represented on ICC, which promotes engagement in community college activities. If your club is a member of ICC, it is imperative that your ICC representative attend the meetings on a regular basis. 
The Chili Cook Off is Coming!

Chilli The 8th Annual LMC Chili Cook Off

will take place in the Indoor Quad this March. We are hoping this year's event is even TASTIER than the past years. Bring your competitive spirit and be the next one to win the LMC Chili Man Trophy! Proceeds from the Chili Cook Off are used for scholarships to benefit LMC students. 



Look for more information about the upcoming event in your future emails and around campus. Pick up an entry application at the Information Desk (next to the Cafeteria).


Volunteers are always welcomed to assist in all phases of working on this event. If you have a few hours and would like to join in the fun, contact Sylvia Benzler, (925) 439-2181, ext. 3133.  


In This Issue
Important Dates
Important Dates
Admissions News
Transfer Center News
What does the Welcome Center Do?
Financial Aid Reminders
Student Life Activities
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