Los Medanos CollegeDecember 2014

Fall semester is winding down and your long-awaited, well-earned Winter Break is near!  Before you go, though, please take a few minutes to browse this month's issue of the e-news.  You'll find a very special announcement about the new Student Services Center, along with opportunities, activities and important dates you won't want to miss.  So please read on.
Important Dates  
  • December 11-17 -- Final Exams
  • December 15-19 -- Student Services moving to new Student Services Center
  • December 23-January 2 -- Winter Recess, college closed
  • January 6 -- Walk-in registration for all college students
  • January 12 -- Spring 2015 classes begin


More important dates      


Extreme Weather Alert
As you are aware, there is a large storm that is anticipated on Thursday, December 11. This epic storm is expected to be very forceful and potentially damaging.

We recommend that you provide extra travel time to get to the campus on this day. We currently are planning that our classes will be held as usual and services will be available during open hours. Because there is a possibility of a power outage, we recommend you bring a flashlight with you as an added safety measure.

For additional information, visit http://goo.gl/sKrq8t 

Student Services Are Moving! 

Our new Student Services Center is finally finished!  No more long, winding detours to get to class. No more searching all over campus for the Transfer Center. All the services you need will be in one convenient location, at the top of the stairs overlooking the outdoor quad! 


During the week of December 15, most student services will move into the new LMC Student Services Center on the third and fourth floors of the College Complex. Several services will move each day. While service may be limited throughout this week, many services will be open throughout, reopening in the new center the day after they move. The Student Services Center will be fully operational in January.  


Services that will be moving:


Admission & Records
Assessment Center
Career & Transfer Services
Counseling Services
Financial Aid/Employment Services/Scholarships
Welcome Center
Welcome Desk (formerly Information Center)
SS3-320 (Center of 3rd floor lobby)


The President's Office, Student Services deans and Office of Instruction are also moving to new offices on the 4th floor of the Student Services Center. The Bookstore and Student Life Office will remain in their current locations.

Thanks for your patience during construction and through this time of transition. Come visit us in our beautiful new Student Services Center!

Student Services Move Timeline and Floor Maps  


 Admissions & Records News


Graduation Updates

If you plan to graduate in Spring 2015, you may 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

Registration appointments have been placed on your WebAdvisor account. 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 were new to LMC for Fall 2014 and did not complete orientation, assessment and a student educational plan, you did not receive a priority registration appointment for Spring 2015. If you have not completed these three items, however, you may do so during the Fall 2014 term and your registration time will be updated in about 2 working days. See Steps for New Students 


LMC Career Services is Open! 

Career services are once again available at LMC!  Career Counselor Kristen Freeman is available in CC2-224 at the following times to assist you with career exploration and preparation:



9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (By Appointment)

12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. (Open Lab & Drop-In)



9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (By Appointment)

12:00 noon - 3:30 p.m. (Open Lab & Drop-In)



10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (Open Lab & Drop-In)

12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. (By Appointment)


Make an appointment. Visit the Career Services website for more information.

Financial Aid News


It's not too late to apply for Financial Aid! 

Are you currently enrolled for the Fall 2014 semester and/or planning to enroll in the Spring 2015 semester? It's not too late to apply for financial aid! 

Apply online at FAFSA.ed.gov.   



Applied for financial aid, but unsure of your status?  

If you are currently enrolled for the Fall semester and completed the FAFSA, you may still be eligible for a Pell Grant. Check Insite for a an email about your financial aid status.You may also check your "Missing Information Letter" on InSite/WebAdvisor to see if there is information still needed to process your application. Contact the Office of Financial Aid if you have any questions at (925) 473-2575.


Looking Forward to 2015-2016

2015-2016 FAFSA 

Are you ready to do your FAFSA for the next academic year? The 2015-2016 FAFSA application will be available on January 1 and the priority deadline is March 2.  Apply online at FAFSA.ed.gov.


Cal Grant GPA Requirement

The deadline to file for the Cal Grant award is March 2. Download and print the appropriate Cal Grant GPA Verification form.


California Dream Act Application

The California Dream Act application will be available January 1, 2015. Visit the California Dream Act website for more information.  


Chafee Grant for Foster Youth 

If you are or were in foster care, you may be eligible for a Chafee Grant of up to $5000 per year in addition to any other federal or state aid.  To qualify for the Chafee Grant, you must be enrolled at least half time and maintain good grades.  A Social Security number is not required.  More information about the Chafee Grant 


Scholarship News 

LMC Scholarships Available! 

If you are planning to continue at LMC or transfer to a 4-year university in Fall 2015, don't miss out on the opportunity to apply for scholarships!  If you are enrolled in at least 5 units, take a moment to look at the LMC Scholarship website. You're sure to find something! And you only need to fill out one general scholarship packet to apply for all of the LMC Foundation Scholarships for which you qualify. The deadline to apply for LMC Foundation scholarships is February 12, 2015.  See the complete list of LMC scholarships online.  




Kennedy King Scholarship

The prestigious Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship is available for students of minority groups under-represented at California's 4-year colleges, who are transferring to a 4-year institution in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016.  A scholarship writing workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 20 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Center for Academic Support (CORE).  For more information, call (925) 473-7590.  Deadline to apply: Friday, February 2, 2015. Application     

Student Life News 


Toys for Tots

Contra Costa Community College District Police Services and Student Life are hosting a toy drive for US Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots. Help make this holiday season special for children in our community who are less fortunate. Bring donations of new, unwrapped toys to the Student Life Office (GA Building, next to Child Study Center) or Police Services no later than Wednesday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m.


FREE Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for Students

Microsoft is providing LMC Students, faculty and staff with the ability to download Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus for FREE. You must be currently enrolled. For more information contact Student Life at (925) 473-7684 or drop by the Student Life Office.


Spring Fever 2015

Mustangs got Spring Fever! Join us during the first two weeks of school for festive activities to kick off the spring semester. Check out the  Student Life Activities & Events page for more information. Sponsored by The Student Life Office and LMCAS.


Bone Marrow Drive   

The LMC chapter of Alpha Gamma Sigma State Honors Society (AGS) will continue their work to help save the lives of those living with blood cancers by partnering with the National Bone Marrow Registry during the week of February 9 through 12, 2015 for the AGS Heroes Challenge. AGS will be collecting bone marrow donation kits throughout the week at both the Pittsburg and Brentwood campuses.


Register at http://join.marrow.org/agslosmedanos, using promo code "agslosmedanos", to have a bone marrow swabbing kit sent to your home. Simply, swab your cheek and send it back. Perhaps you will be someone's hero! More information 


Join the LMC Student Government!

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. Application deadline: Tuesday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m. Applications for the spring semester are now available online.



Inter Club Council Meetings

ICC is the coordinating body for all clubs and organizations on campus. Each club may be represented on ICC, which promotes engagement in community college activities. The first ICC meeting of the spring semester is Monday, January 26 from 3:00  to 4:00 p.m. in L-106.


Club Leader Orientations

Club leader orientations will be held in during the first two weeks of the spring semester for students wishing to charter a club. Check the Student Life Activities & Events page for more information.


Blood Drive

Student Life and Blood Centers of the Pacific will host a blood drive on campus on Wednesday, February 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in L109. For more information or to schedule your donation appointment, sign up online at www.bloodheroes.com; click on "Donate Blood" and enter sponsor code = losMC. 


Bookstore News

Textbook Buyback

Thursday, December 11 -- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Friday, December 12 -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Monday/Tuesday, December 15 & 16 -- 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 17 -- 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 


Fall 2014 Textbook Rental Returns 

Fall 2014 textbook rentals are due back to the store no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 17.


Regular Bookstore Hours

Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Friday, 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Post-Semester Hours   

Dec. 18,  7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Dec. 22,  7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Spring 2015 Textbook Sales 

Spring 2015 textbooks will become available on Wednesday, January 7.


Brentwood Center News

Angel Tree Toy Drive 

The LMC Brentwood Center Holiday Angel Tree Toy Drive is now in its 13th year, collecting toys for the more than 60 children served by the Village community Resource Center in Brentwood.  Students, Faculty and Staff have always been very generous, ensuring that  each child at the Community Center's Holiday Party receives a special gift.  You'll find information about our toy drive next to our Angel Tree located in the campus entryway.  The last day to donate gifts is Thursday, December 18.


January Counseling Hours  

Brentwood Center will have additional counseling hours and drop-in Group Educational Planning sessions during the week of January 5.  Call the office at (925) 513-1625 or check the Brentwood Center website for more information.


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Important Dates
Student Services Are Moving
Admissions & Records News
LMC Career Services is Open!
Financial Aid News
Scholarship News
Student Life News
Bookstore News
Brentwood Center News
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