Los Medanos CollegeOctober 2014

Believe it or not, it's time to begin thinking about spring classes. Priority registration dates for Spring 2015 will be posted on WebAdvisor and the Spring Schedule of Classes will become available online in early November. Now is a good time to  make a counseling appointment
to plan your classes for next semester.

Read on and learn about major scholarhips, a possible expansion of the women's athletic programs, Dia de Los Muertes activities, a visit from an award-winning author, and much more!
Important Dates  
  • November 10 -- Veteran's Day holiday, college closed
  • November 21 -- Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"
  • November 27-29 -- Thanksgiving Day holidays, college closed
  • December 11-17 -- Final Exams
  • December 23-January 2 -- Winter Recess, college closed


More important dates      


Want to win a $150 Amazon Card?

Would you like a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card AND help Los Medanos College (LMC) out at the same time? LMC invites you to participate in a survey about how you use various media (as in radio, social media, etc) and spend your time. Your participation in the survey will help LMC with its future marketing plans.


When you go to the survey link, you'll see the name of Interact Communications, the company that our college district hired to conduct the survey. All responses are confidential. Your name will not be connected with your answers and we will not know if you participated in the survey. If you decide to enter the drawing for a $150 Amazon gift card, you will be directed to a different web site to leave your personal information (required so we know who wins!!)

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 Admissions & Records News


Graduation Updates

If you applied for Fall 2014 graduation, you will receive notification of your status to your InSite email by November 15. If you have completed all graduation requirements, you will receive your diploma or certificate by February 15.


If you plan to graduate in Spring 2015, you can apply once you have registered for spring classes. The deadline to apply for spring graduation is March 1. See your counselor to make sure you are on track.


Spring 2015 Priority Registration

Priority registration appointments begin on November 24. Registration appointments will be assigned by the second week of November. Be sure to check "My Priority Registration Appointment" on InSite/WebAdvisor for the earliest date you can register.  For the best selection of classes, register on your registration date! 


Priority Registration Requirements  

If you are new to LMC this semester and have not completed orientation, assessment and a student educational plan, you must do so to receive a priority registration appointment for Spring 2015. Failing to complete these requirements means that you will have to enroll late and will probably not get the classes you need.  See Steps for New Students 


Registration Appointment Appeal 

Students who have over 100 degree applicable units or who are on second semester probation or dismissal will receive a later registration date. Students who qualify may file a Registration Appointment Appeal. See instructions on the form.


Financial Aid News

Important Fall 2014 Deadlines 


All appeals (Excess Units and Financial Aid Suspension)
November 3, 2014
SAP Online Quiz
November 3, 2014
Direct Loans - all required supporting documents for loans must also be submitted by this date
October 24, 2014
Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOGW) 2014-2015
May 20, 2015
FAFSA Application 2014-2015
June 30, 2015


Fall 2014 General Financial Aid Workshops

Paying for college can be a big challenge. That is why the Office of Financial Aid is here -- to help you take advantage of all the financial assistance resources available to you.  


The general financial aid workshop will provide you with information about all of the FREE Federal and State grants available to students pursuing higher education.  Our staff will also assist you to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web. We welcome you to join us! Workshops are held in our FAFSA Lab, PS2-27 from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:   

  • Wednesday, November 12
  • Wednesday, December 10

Sign up on the Financial Aid workshops page. 


Scholarship News 
Are you an aspiring appliance technician, mathematician or artist? Or a mother, father, woman, Latino or transfer student?  Here are some scholarships to help you achieve your dreams!
  • Pan American Roundtable offers several awards for Latino students. Deadline: November 7, 2014   
  • Soroptimist "Live Your Dream" offers scholarships for women. Deadline: November 15, 2014 
  • California Community College CalWORKS Association. Deadline: December 1, 2014
  • Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation offers several awards up to $1,500. Deadline: December 1, 2014
  • Verizon is awarding $1,000 for a winning infographic. Deadline: December 15, 2014
  • Plumberstock offers several awards of up to $2,000 for HVAC majors. Deadline: March 31, 2015

For Transfer Students

  • AFCEA Educational Foundation offers several scholarships for STEM majors. Deadline: November 15, 2014
  • Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers up to $4,000 a year for two years. Deadline: February 2, 2015
  • Blackhawk Women's Scholarships offer several scholarships for women. Deadline: March 1, 2015
  • Assistance League of Diablo Valley offers $4,000 scholarships. Deadline: March 25, 2104

Check out the Scholarships website for more information or to find out about other scholarship opportunities.


Transfer Services News
Transfer Day and College Night:  

Meet with representatives from over 50 universities nationwide on Monday, October 27.Transfer Day is in the indoor quad on the third level of the College Complex from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. College Night 

will be held in the LMC Gym from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Don't miss these once-a-year event and the opportunity to meet with your top schools!

View flyer

UCLA TAP Conference

Take a trip to UCLA for the Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) Conference on Friday, November 14. Twenty-four lucky students will be chosen to attend this fascinating annual conference aimed at giving students interested in UCLA the "inside perspective" on this top-notch university. The TAP Conference hosts workshops on a variety of topics including:

  • How to be admitted to UCLA
  • Scholarship opportunities at UCLA
  • Special programs at UCLA for first generation and low income transfer students
  • And much more!

The conference also includes campus tours and an information fair with many UCLA departments and clubs. Honors Director Jennifer Saito, Honors Counselor Luis Morales and Transfer Academy Counselor David Reyes will be leading the LMC delegation.   


More information about the conference is available on the LMC University Tours webpage and the TAP Conference website 


Apply online by Friday, October 24 at 12:00 noon. Selected students will be notified by Friday, October 31 and will be required to pay the $40 fee by November 5 to hold the spot.

Transfer workshops
The Transfer Center offers workshops throughout the semester on a variety of topics, including how to fill out transfer applications, guidelines for writing essays for applications and scholarships, and Transfer Admission Guarantees (TAGs). Check out upcoming workshops on the Transfer News & Events calendar.

University Rep appointments
Now is the time to make appointments with representatives of the universities you are considering for transfer. Representatives from at least 11 different 4-year institutions will be visiting LMC this semester to meet with students.  Check out the schedule and make appointments.


Puente Learning Community Presents 

Dia de Los Muertos Festival  

Join the Puente Learning Community at their Dia de Los Muertos Festival on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the indoor quad. More information and flyer 


Author Sonia Nazario to visit LMC  

Puente and the Title V HSI EXITO Grant are thrilled to announce that Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario, author of the national bestseller "Enrique's Journey", will visit LMC on Wednesday, November 5 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m in the LMC Gym. Ms. Nazario will sign books from 11:00 to 11:30.  More information 


Brentwood Center News


CSU East Bay kiosk   

CSU East Bay will have a kiosk at Brentwood Center on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon from October through December.  Stop by, ask questions, pick up an application and get information about the application process. 


Catch a university tour bus in Brentwood! 

University tour buses will now pick up and drop off students in Brentwood. Buses will stop first at the Brentwood Center, and then continue on to Pittsburg. After the tour, students will be dropped off at both locations. View the 2014-2015 tour schedule and register for tours on the University Tours webpage. Pick-up and drop-off times will be posted there as soon as they are available.


Meet university reps in Brentwood

A CSU East Bay representative will visit Brentwood Center several times this fall to meet with students by appointment. View schedule and make an appointment  


You may see a representative from Brandman University at a table in Brentwood a number of times this semester.  Stop by, pick up information and ask questions. View the schedule of Brandman University visits  


CSU application workshop

Transferring soon? Think you might need help with your CSU application? A CSU Application Workshop is scheduled at Brentwood Center on Thursday, November 13, from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. in  Room 9.


Tutoring services 

Drop-in tutoring is offered by the following peer tutors in Brentwood this semester.    


Douglas Perry
Biology, Chemistry, Engineering & Physics
Mondays: 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. & Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Kevin Letterman
Anthropology, Economics, Music, Philosophy, Physics & Sociology
Mondays: 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. & Wednesdays, 2:30 - 5:00 p.m.


More information about tutoring in Brentwood 


Reading & writing assistance  

Need help with reading or writing assignments? Thirty-minute appointments are available with faculty consultants for assistance with  reading and writing assignments in any subject. Consultant schedules 



Services & labs at Brentwood Center   

  • Admissions & Records 
  • Academic counseling
  • Computer Lab
  • Counseling workshops for probation and dismissal
  • DSPS counseling and testing accommodations
  • Financial aid appointments 
  • Library Services - full textbook reserve, online library services so books can be ordered and sent to Brentwood for check-out and check-in
  • Math Lab
  • Science Lab
  • Transfer advising, services and workshops

For more information about student support services in Brentwood, please call the Brentwood Center at (925) 513-1625 or visit our website, www.losmedanos.edu/brentwood.  


Mustang Athletic Program News

Calling all Female Athletes!

LMC Athletics is exploring the possibility of adding a women's track and field or swimming and diving team. If you think you might be interested in participating in either of these sports, please attend a meeting on Thursday, October 23 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in CC3-365.  No appointment or reservation is necessary.  For further information, contact the LMC Athletic Director, Richard Villegas at [email protected], (925) 473-7605; or Senior Dean of Student Services, Gail Newman at [email protected], (925) 473-7421.


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