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March 2016
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11th Annual Academic Competition

11th Annual LMC Academic Competition

Get ready for for the Academic Competition! This year's event will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Team up with four of your friends to show off your scholarly excellence and compete for scholarships, while having fun with other students. Teams answer four rounds of multiple-choice test questions provided by LMC professors.  The winners of the competition will be announced at the end of the event.

Pick up your application at the Office of Student Life or download one on the Academic Competition web page. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 4.
  • April 1 - May 2 -- Fall 2016 registration appointment appeals accepted for students with more than 100 degree-applicable units or who are on second-semester probation or dismissal.
  • April 4 -- Begin Summer 2016 priority registration for continuing students, by appointment
  • April 13 -- Begin Summer 2016 registration for new matriculated and returning students, by appointment
  • April 14 -- Spring Transfer Day
More important dates
StudentLingo is Here!

We are excited to share a new tool that can help support your success at LMC! StudentLingo is a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans and valuable resources to assist students in achieving their academic, personal, and career goals. The Student Success and Support Program (3SP) is sponsoring 41 online workshops in the following areas:
  • Academic & Career Exploration
  • Reading & Writing Strategies
  • Learning to Learn
  • Personal Management
  • Online Learning
Each workshop is broken down into topic areas for easy viewing! Check out our On-Demand Student Success Workshops web page to access StudentLingo.
2016 Graduation Ceremony
Are you graduating this spring? If so, the 2016 graduation ceremony will be your opportunity to celebrate your hard-earned achievement with your classmates.

This year's graduation ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27 at the football stadium. If you have applied for graduation and completed the requirements during the Summer 2015, Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 semester, you will be invited to attend the ceremony. Watch the
Commencement Ceremony webpage for more information coming soon!

Spring 2016 Graduates
If you applied for Spring 2016 graduation, you will receive an email notifying you of your status no later than May 2. Be sure to check your InSite email so you don't miss this important notice!

If you missed the deadline
If you missed the application deadline for Spring 2016 graduation, you may fill out an Application to Walk in Graduation Ceremony with Coursework Remaining and a Graduation Application indicating Summer 2016 graduation. Check the box that indicates completion in the spring. This form will be accepted from March 2 through April 18, 2016. Approved degrees will be posted in the summer. 
Summer 2016 Graduates
If you will be taking your last classes in Summer 2016 and wish to participate in the spring Commencement Ceremony, you can fill out an Application to Walk In Graduation Ceremony with Coursework Remaining after you register for your Summer 2016 classes. Be sure to check the box that indicates completion in the summer and list the courses being taken during the summer. This form will be accepted from April 4 through April 18, 2016.
Early Application for Graduation
If you plan to complete your certificate or degree requirements in Fall 2016, you may submit your Early Graduation Application between now and April 15 and receive an early registration appointment for fall. Students completing academic requirements in the fall will not participate in the Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony. For more information, review Graduation Policies.

Priority Registration Dates on WebAdvisor
Now is the time to check "My Priority Registration Appointment" on InSite/WebAdvisor to see when you are eligible to register for summer and fall classes.  Summer priority registration begins April 4 and fall priority registration begins May 2. For the best selection of classes, it is recommended that you register on your priority registration appointment date.

Registration Appointment Appeals
Students who have more than 100 degree-applicable units or those on second semester probation or dismissal received a later registration date.  Students who qualify may file a Registration Appointment Appeal (please see instructions on the form).

Beginning Fall 2016, students on second-semester probation will also lose their Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW). T
he Registration Appointment Appeal must be completed to qualify for reinstatement of the BOGW for Fall 2016. 

Summer registration appointment appeals are being accepted from now through April 15.  Fall appeals will be accepted from April 1 through May 2.  An explanation and an educational plan must be attached.   

From awesome LMC alumni reflecting on their experiences, to a fabulous poet, to practical information about transferring, Disability Awareness Week (April 10 - 17) is something you should not miss!

Events at LMC
Tuesday, April 12: Michelle Hernandez, PhD, From LMC to PhD to Ms. Western Wheelchair USA:  living and learning with a physical disability 
Brentwood: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m., Room 3
Pittsburg: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., CC3-336
Wednesday, April 13: Jason Watkins, Success in Transferring for DSPS students, by Skype  
Brentwood: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Room 2
Pittsburg: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Room TBA
Wednesday, April 13: Diego Kusnir, PsyD., Pieces of Vision: using poetry to understand blindness and disability
Brentwood: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m., Room 2
Pittsburg: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., CC3-336

EdRev (Education Revolution) Day at AT&T Park
Equity funds will sponsor ten LMC faculty and staff to attend EdRev Day at AT&T Park in San Francisco on Saturday, April 16.  Students can attend for free!  Come learn more about learning and attentional disabilities and enjoy a day at the ball park.  For funding inquiry, contact Nina Ghiselli at

New Ways to Receive Financial Aid Funds
LMC has partnered with BlackboardPay to offer financial aid recipients a variety of ways to receive their funds. Students will be given an opportunity to choose how they want to get their financial aid funds once they are released by the school.

The funding options are:
  • Money Network Enabled BlackboardPay Card: A reloadable prepaid account; funds are delivered within one day
  • ACH/direct deposit: Funds are delivered to your checking account three to seven business days after the funds are disbursed.
  • Paper check: Takes up to 14 days after funds are disbursed
To learn more before selecting a funding option, attend an information session on April 12 at one of the following times:
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
 Pre-registration is not required. Both sessions will be held in the Assessment Center, SS3-314.
It's not too late to apply for financial aid!  
Are you planning to enroll in classes for the 2016-2017 academic year?  Although the March 2nd priority deadline has passed, you can still complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.  Apply online at Video: How to Apply for Federal Financial Aid
If you are an AB540 Student, you can apply for state aid through the 2016-2017 California Dream Act Application.

September 2 Cal Grant GPA Deadline
If you missed the March 2 priority deadline, you have a second chance to submit your Cal Grant GPA Verification form to be considered for a 2016-2017 Cal Grant award. You must complete the following requirements by September 2, 2016 (postmark deadline): 
  1. Submit a 2016-17 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  2. Submit a certified Cal Grant Grade Point Average (GPA) form to the California Student Aid Commission.
Please note that the commission will not process any GPAs that have been submitted in prior years. In order for a student to be considered for a 2016-2017 Cal Grant award, a new GPA form must be received by the commission by the stated deadline.
For more information, visit the California Student Aid Commission website. 
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Financial Aid workshops

You have the power to shape your future! Attend a free financial aid workshop and learn about all of the financial aid options available for students pursuing higher education, including the various state and federal grants. Then receive hands-on assistance to create your FSA ID and password and to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application. All workshops will be held in the FAFSA LAB, Room 309 in the Student Services Center from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. on the following dates:
  • Wednesday, April 20
  • Wednesday, May 25
Financial Aid Workshop schedule

Financial Aid Labs in Pittsburg & Brentwood
Did you know that the Office of Financial Aid provides assistance to students at the Financial Aid Labs at both the Pittsburg Campus and the Brentwood Center?  The Pittsburg lab is located in the Financial Aid Office, Room SS3-309 and the Brentwood lab is located in the Brentwood Financial Aid Office, Room C-2. At the labs you can receive assistance with:
  • Creating an FSA ID and password
  • Completing a new FAFSA or renewal
  • Completing a California Dream Act Application
  • Adding the school code
  • WebAdvisor for Financial Aid
Pittsburg Campus Lab Hours:
  • Tuesday, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Brentwood Center Lab Hours 
The Brentwood Center Financial Aid Office, located in Room C2, is open for drop-in during the hours listed below. Lab assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis and two students will be taken at a time. 
  • Monday & Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon & 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Scholarship Opportunities 
Students who applied for the 2016-2017 Los Medanos Foundation Scholarships will be notified of their status via Insite email in mid to late April.

There are still scholarships available!  Here are a few of them:
  • Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC) Scholarship: $1,000 for an LMC student majoring in music.
  • K-2 Lupe Martinez Memorial Scholarship: $1,000 for an LMC student majoring in electrical/instrumentation technology
  • East Contra Costa County Republican Women Federated (ECCRWF) Scholarship: $1,000 - open to female students.
  • Carla Medina Memorial Scholarship: $750 for an LMC student majoring in Child Development.
For more information on how to apply for these scholarships and more, see Scholarships on the LMC website or contact the Financial Aid Office.

Spring Transfer Day
Spring Transfer Day
Save the date! LMC's Spring Transfer Day will be held on Thursday, April 14th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.! Meet representatives from public, private, and out-of-state universities; many are still accepting applications for Fall 2016 transfer! There will also be transfer workshops, UC Davis TAG program workshops and more! More information

Transferring Students Workshops
Transferring in Fall 2016? Attend a "Next Steps" workshop with a representative of the university you've been accepted to. See the transfer workshops web page for more information about workshops with UC Davis, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, UC San Diego or CSU East Bay.

Public Utilities Commission Industry Tour
Career Services is happy to announce our first industry tour! Find out what it's like to work in business/finance, communications, engineering, information technology, government policy, or science at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on Friday, April 29th. See Career Workshops & Events or come to Transfer & Career Services on the upper level of the Student Services Center to find out more!

Start preparing to transfer now!
Did you know the transfer application process can take a year? If you're planning to finish your LMC coursework next academic year, schedule a meeting now with Transfer Services to discuss your transfer options. Call us at (925) 473-7443 or come to the Transfer & Career Services desk on the upper level of the Student Services Center.

Alpha Gamma Sigma 5K Run
Alpha Gamma Sigma presents Never Leave a Comrade Behind, a 5k Run/Walk to benefit veterans, on Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More information and registration

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Latina Leadership Network Conference

The Office of Student Life is now accepting applications for the 29th Annual Latina Leadership Network Conference. All fees will be paid by Student Life.

The Latina Leadership Network Conference is an annual conference geared towards Latinas in the California community college system -- students, educators, staff, administrators, and trustees. Their dedication brings together diverse individuals to promote higher education and the professional development of Latinas.

Deadline to apply: Wednesday, April 30. Check the Student Life Leadership Programs page for more information. 

Financial Aid Services now available all week!
Financial Aid Services are now available at Brentwood Center Monday through Friday. With the end of the school year fast approaching, now is the time to start thinking about reapplying for financial aid for the next school year. If you have any questions about the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), BOGW (fee waiver) or student loans -- or if you just want to know more about what Financial Aid can do for you, Brentwood Financial Aid Representative, Phyllis Molina is available to assist you. Drop by to meet with Phyllis at the Brentwood Center, email her at, or call her at (925) 473-6917.

Library Services
Textbook Library Reserve
Textbooks are expensive! The Textbook Library Reserve allows on-campus check-out of textbooks for most of the courses offered in Brentwood. Just stop by the front office during regular business hours to check out the book you need. You will need to show your LMC ID card or your driver's license/state ID. Books may be checked out for three hours, must remain on campus and must be returned before the front office closes at 7:00 p.m. (2:00 p.m. on Fridays).

Electronic Library  
Did you know you can use the LMC Electronic Library to order any library book from any college in the district and then pick it up at the Brentwood Center? Learn more by browsing the LMC Library website or come to the Brentwood Center during our drop-in "Ask a Librarian" hours, Monday from 12:00 noon - 2:00 p.m. in the Computer Lab, Room 9. Our librarian, Rhonelle Pillsbury will be happy to walk you through online library resources and/or to assist you with research projects using electronic resources and databases. In addition, we recommend you attend one of the following workshops scheduled in the Computer lab, Room 9.
CQ Researcher and Academic Search Complete Workshop 
Learn how to use two of the databases available through the LMC library for research. CQ Researcher is a steadily growing collection unbiased reports on controversial issues and topics in the news.  Each report is researched and written by an experienced journalist and provides complete coverage of an issue. Academic Search Complete includes articles from newspapers, trade journals, magazines and academic journals, plus links to Associated Press and other news videos.  It covers topics in many different disciplines.
Workshop times:
  • Monday, April 4, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 7, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Mango Languages Workshop 
Mango Languages is an Interactive, self-paced, language learning software covering 71 world languages, 17 ESL/ELL courses, grammar and cultural information.

Workshop times: 
  • Monday, May 2, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 5, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
There are lots of ways to get help from an LMC librarian online. See Contact a Librarian
Transfer Counselor and Workshops   
Thinking about transferring to a four-year college or university?  Informational transfer workshops are open to everyone, whether you're just starting out at LMC or getting close to transferring. Join transfer counselor, David Reyes, in the Computer Lab, Room 9, on one the following dates:   
  • Wednesday, April 20, 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, May 3, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
You may schedule a one-on-one appointment with Mr. Reyes before or after your workshop to review your educational plan and make sure you're on the right track. Schedule your appointment online or simply call or stop by the Brentwood Center office and ask to see David Reyes.