Los Medanos CollegeJanuary 2014

Happy New Year and welcome back to LMC for the Spring 2014 Semester!  


The semester's barely started, but there's a lot going on. You've probably noticed - and hopefully participated in - some of the Spring Fever activities taking place around campus. In this issue of the e-news, read about upcoming Spring Fever activities taking place through the end of the month.  Looking to enhance your job search and career skills?  The Career Center update this month features an upcoming workshop series designed just for you.


Please read on to learn about more events, activities and important dates coming up soon.

 Important Dates   
  • January 24 -- Last day to add full-term classes
  • January 31 -- Last day to drop full-term classes in person without a "W" appearing on transcript
  • February 2 -- Last day to drop full-term classes on WebAdvisor without a "W" appearing on transcript
  • February 7 -- Last day to request Pass/No Pass (P/NP) on courses marked SC (student choice)
  • February 14-17 Presidents' Birthday holidays, college closed

  More important dates      


Admissions Updates


Last day to add full-semester classes: January 24!

If you began attending a class after it started, you should have received a late add code from your instructor. In WebAdvisor, go to "Late Registration (using Add Codes)" to register for your class.  You must officially register by the last day to add classes. You do not need to stand in line if you have a late add code.


If your class is full-term (January-May), you have until January 24 to use your late add code. Always go to "My Class Schedule" to verify that the late add code worked and that you are officially enrolled in the class.


Check your email!  


All official communication from the college goes to your InSite email account. Don't miss out! You can forward your email to your personal email address through the InSite portal and never miss an important message again.


Fall and Spring Graduation 

If you applied for Fall 2013 graduation, you should have received notification of your status by now. Diplomas will be mailed no later than February 15 to students who completed graduation requirements. Make sure your address is correct in WebAdvisor so you can receive your diploma.


If you are planning to apply for Spring 2014 graduation, you may apply after you have registered for your spring classes.  The deadline to apply is March 1. Be sure to see your counselor to make sure you are ready to graduate. You can also run "Program Evaluation" in WebAdvisor to check your progress.



Early Petition for Summer 2014 Graduation 

Beginning January 15, you can submit an early petition for graduation if you plan to complete your academic requirements in Summer 2014.  Applying one semester early allows you to receive an early registration appointment for summer, giving you a much better chance of getting into the last classes you need for graduation. For more information, review the Graduation Policies page on the website. If you want to walk in the Spring 2014 commencement ceremony, an additional form will be available in mid-April. Watch the website for more details.


Got Questions? Check the Web!

Many students call the Admissions & Records Office to ask for information that is contained on the website.  We want you to have the information you need and that is why we have worked hard to make our website as complete and informative as possible.  So please check the Admissions webpages first -- before you call -- as most answers are contained there.

Career Enhancement Workshop Series  



The Career Center is sponsoring a series of four Career Enhancement Workshops on Fridays from February 21 through March 14 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in Room CC3-336. The focus of the series will be on career development, exploration and preparation.


Topics to be covered are:


February 21Career Development & Work Ethics
February 28Communication
March 7Conflict Resolution
March 14Resumes, Cover Letters and Interviewing Techniques


Register on the Career Center home page by February 13. Seating is limited to 40 students, so don't delay! Students who attend all four sessions will be eligible to participate in a raffle for various gift cards.  


Don't pass up this unique opportunity to develop and enhance your career skills! For further information, call Reginald Turner at (925) 439-2181, ext. 3110 or  email rturner@losmedanos.edu.


Plenty of Short-Term Classes Available!

Still need a class or two to fill out your schedule? No problem! LMC has plenty of short-term classes starting later in the semester.  Check out the complete list and get 'em now!
Don't Waste a Trip!
Everyone gets sick and encounters emergencies that interfere with life, and that includes college instructors.  That is why LMC's Office of Instruction maintains a Daily Class Cancellations page, updating it as cancellations are reported by instructors.  Save yourself an unnecessary trip to campus by checking Daily Class Cancellations before you leave home.
 Student Life Events 


Mustangs Got Spring Fever!

Spring Fever, our festive kick-off to the spring semester, continues through Friday, January 31! Check out the Student Life Activities & Events page for the schedule of fun activities. Sponsored by The Student Life Office and LMCAS.


Join the LMC Student Government!
The Los Medanos College Associated Students (LMCAS) has positions open for student government senators. 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 24, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  


Blood Drive

Student Life and Blood Centers of the Pacific will be hosting a blood drive on campus on Tuesday, January 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in L-109. For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, contact the Student Life Office at 925-439-2181, ext. 3266 or sign up online at www.bloodheroes.com, click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC. 


Inter-Club Council Meetings

ICC is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus. ICC promotes engagement in community and 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 first ICC meeting of the spring semester will be held on Monday, January 27, 2014 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. in L-106. 


 Scholarship News

Scholarship season is here!
Now is the time to apply for most Fall 2014 scholarships. Last year, over 200 LMC students received scholarships! To see the complete list of scholarships available to LMC students, visit the Scholarships webpages.  Here are a few great ones you can apply for now.


The Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship

The Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship application for 2014 is now available. This scholarship was founded in in 1968 in memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Senator Robert F. Kennedy. $8000 scholarships are awarded to students from minority groups under-represented at California's four-year colleges and universities with financial need, who have demonstrated academic success at one of the three community colleges in Contra Costa County.  The application is due February 3, 2014.   Application and information


Diablo Vista Scholarship Foundation-CalRTA Scholarships

The Diablo Vista Scholarship Foundation-CalRTA (California Retired Teachers Association) will award several $5,000 scholarships to LMC and DVC students transferring to four-year colleges or universities. At least one scholarship is reserved for a student pursuing a career in the teaching profession and at least one will go to a re-entry female student. The deadline to apply is February 13, 2014. Qualifications and Application


CalWORKs Portraits of Student Success

Portraits of Student Success is a publication of the CalWORKs Association designed to recognize the outstanding achievements of CalWORKs students as they overcome life's challenges. The CalWORKs Association is actively seeking the stories of current and former CalWORKs students for this annual publication. Scholarships in the amount of $500 to $1,000 are also awarded. Please complete the documents below and follow the directions for submission. Deadline is January 31, 2014. CCCWA-Portraits-of-Student-Success-Scholarship-Application


LMC Foundation Scholarships

LMC Foundation Scholarships are now open!  Visit the LMC Scholarships website for the complete list. The deadline for submission is February 13, 2014. 

 Services at Brentwood Center 
You probably know about the LMC Brentwood Center, especially if you attend classes there, but you may not know that Brentwood Center offers many of the same academic and student services offered at the Pittsburg campus.  
Student Services

The following student services are offered at the Brentwood Center:
  • Admissions & Records 
  • Assessment testing by appointment   
  • Bookstore services during the first two weeks of each semester
  • Academic and transfer counseling
  • Counseling workshops for probation and reinstatement
  • DSPS counseling and test proctoring
  • Financial Aid appointments
  • Library Services - textbook reserve, library book pick-up and drop-off
  • Transfer Center workshops

Academic Services 

These academic services are available at the Brentwood Center:
  • General tutoring
  • Reading and writing assistance through the Center for Academic Support
  • Math Lab, Room 15
For more information about student or academic support services in Brentwood,  stop by the Student & Administrative Services Office or call the Brentwood Center at (925) 513-1625. 
In This Issue
Important Dates
Admissions Updates
Career Enhancement Workshop Series
Short-Term Classes Available!
Don't Waste a Trip!
Student Life Events
Scholarship News
Services at Brentwood Center
Quick Links
Academic Dates
Financial Aid
Transfer Center
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