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Important dates, deadlines, and information for fall 2012

October 24, 2012 

In this issue
Important notice
Register to vote
Transfer Day PHC
Transfer Day SRC
Financial Aid
UC Application Labs
Scholarship program
Career in the trades
Flu shot
California State Regulation
Commons update
Campus Alert System
Check student email
Get college news
Diablo Valley College events calendar
Diablo Valley College events calendar
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Important admission and registration dates
October 26 
November 12 
November 16

November 22-23
November 24-25
Now - December 3 
December 11-17
December 17
December 20-
January 2
Student Services move POSTPONED
Holiday -  Veteran's Day - college closed
Last day to withdraw from full-term classes with a "W" appearing on transcript
Holiday - Thanksgiving - college closed
College closed - no Saturday/Sunday classes
Deadline to file AA/AS degree or certificate
Final exams
Last day of instruction
Winter recess

The Student Services Building move has been postponed
We will be open for business as usual October 26 - November 2. A new closure date will be posted as soon as possible. Please check www.dvc.edu or your InSite mail for updates. 
register to vote Remember to vote!

Election day is November 6, 2012. Make your vote count! Click here for voter information

Pleasant Hill Transfer Day! Representatives from over 60 colleges!

Tuesday, October 30  10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Library Quad
Over 60 colleges from California and all over the country. Students can meet with college representatives to discuss various programs and requirements. List of college representatives

UC Santa Barbara is offering a workshop for International Students on the UC application process from 2-3 p.m. in C-103 and 3-5 p.m. for all students in the Counseling Center.

UC Irvine will will be meeting with students in the Counseling Center from 2:30 - 3:40 p.m. To schedule an appointment, please call 925-685-1230 ext.  2278 or 2588.
UC Personal Statement informational workshop: 4-5 p.m.  Please register for this workshop through the  transfer web page or by calling 925-685-1230 ext. 2278 or 2588.
San RamonSan Ramon Transfer Day! Representatives from over 30 colleges!

Wednesday, October 31 (Halloween) 

10 a.m. - 1 p.m., Learning Commons 

Students can meet with college representatives to discuss various programs and requirements.  

LIst of college representatives

San RamonSan Ramon Campus announcements

Need help with personal statement for college applications? Come to our College Success Workshops - we offer many interesting topics also such as Writing a Thesis Statement, Sentence Structure and Introductions and Conclusions. For more info, click here


Want to see if you qualify for financial aid?  Specialists will be visiting SRC throughout the semester. Click here for the schedule 

Financial aid announcements
Document submission The Financial Aid Office has returned to accepting documents on a "Drop-In" basis. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,  and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Visit the  financial aid web page for more information.

It's not too late to apply for Financial Aid for the 2012-2013 academic year!  If you are eligible and meet all additional requirements, aid will be disbursed retroactively for fall as well as for the upcoming spring 2013 semester.  The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) determines eligibility for the Pell Grant, the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver and the Federal Direct Loan. Please apply at www.FAFSA.gov .
UC Application Labs and Workshops

UC Application Process Workshop for International Students This workshop is designed to give international students an overview of the UC application process and some information on how the personal statement relates to that process. Registration is required. 


UC and CSU Application Labs These labs allow students to get personal assistance on their UC and CSU applications. No registration required, first come, first served. 

UC Personal Statement Workshops These workshops allow students to get instruction on how to complete a personal statement for the UC application. Registration is required. 


UC Personal Statement Review Labs  These labs allow students to have a near final draft reviewed prior to submitting your UC application.  Registration is required.

scholarship Scholarship program

Scholarships are available for DVC students who are continuing or transferring to a four year college or university in fall 2013. One application and two letters of recommendation can qualify you for multiple scholarships. You must be enrolled in six units in the fall 2012 and six units in spring 2013. Thousands of dollars are available through the DVC Scholarship Program.  The application period is September 1, 2012 through noon on February 4, 2013.  Stop by the DVC Scholarship office for other opportunities.  

Career and Employment Are you interested in a career in the trades?  

DVC has a new pre-apprenticeship program that can help you to prepare for the required exams for entrance into a variety of apprenticeship programs and to prepare for entry level employment with non-union employers, to research the many career opportunities in the trades, to learn construction basics and to develop successful work-readiness skills.  Attend an information session to find out more about the program on Wednesday, November 14 or Thursday, December 6. Both sessions will be from 6 - 8 p.m. in the Trophy Room at DVC. Contact Dona DeRusso, the project director, for more information and to register for the session or call 925-685-1230 ext 2716.

scholarship Flu Shot Clinic

Flu shots protect you and your family. A Flu Shot Clinic will be on site at Diablo Valley College on November 8 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Student Union Building Room 202. Cost: $20 for Flu shot, $25 for Preservative Free Flu shot, and $60 for Pneumonia shot.

non-repeatable courses
California state regulations have changed regarding the ability to repeat non-repeatable credit courses.

If you are thinking of dropping or withdrawing from a class that you have already unsuccessfully attempted in a prior semester, please  read this first!

Commons Project Updates Please watch for large vehicles on construction access road.
Get information on construction impacts and learn more about the project at www.dvc.edu/CommonsUpdates

4cd Alert
Campus Alert System
Your attention please... 

A loud siren will be heard throughout the DVC campuses the first Wednesday of every month at 11 a.m. This will be a test of our Campus Alert System. There is nothing you need to do during a siren test. 

In the event of an actual emergency or crisis situation, the siren sound will continue for three minutes. Students and all campus personnel will be instructed to Shelter, Shut, and Listen.
For more details, please visit the Contra Costa Community College District website at  www.4cd.edu/alert.
Stay informed during an emergency! Sign up for emergency alerts
e-waste Got e-waste? 
Free E-Waste recycling event at both Diablo Valley College campuses.
Drop off items Saturday, November 3 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill (DVC Overflow Parking Lot #7) and in San Ramon (back parking lot). Visit
www.noewaste.com for more information and list of accepted electronic items. 
The InquirerThe Inquirer, DVC's award-winning student newspaper is online!
Check us out in print or online at www.theinquireronline.com
Contra Costa Community College District Police Department Police Services silent witness tip line
Students, faculty and staff can call 925-685-1230, ext. 1999 to provide information without having to leave any personal information.

For more information in case of emergency:
Contra Costa Community College District Police Services

Police Services on the Pleasant Hill campus is located in the northwest corner of Lot 1. If you are having trouble locating us, please contact our office, at 925-685-1230, ext. 2338, 2339 or 925-686-5547 and we can have a police aide escort you there.

Police Services on the San Ramon campus is located in W-102. Please contact our office, at 925-866-1822, ext. 56212.
alerts Stay informed during an emergency!
Sign up to receive emergency email and/or text message alerts from DVC. These alerts will only be sent in the case of an actual emergency when the safety of our students and staff is at risk, or when we have to close campus for any reason. (At times, you may also receive a message as a test, at the same time that the monthly siren test is run. You will be notified that this is a test.) Please sign up at the following link:

Please create a new account, and fill out your contact information. To receive text messages, please click on the "Mobile device" tab behind the default "Email" tab.

Safety reminder

If you are faced with a potentially violent or dangerous situation on campus ...


First move to a safe location and then immediately contact Campus Police at: ext. 2333 from a campus phone, or 925-680-7000 from your cell phone. (Calling 911 from a cell phone will result in an unnecessary delay.)

Our Campus Police are highly trained to deal with a wide variety of situations involving students and visitors on campus.
Our mission statement
Diablo Valley College (DVC) is passionately committed to student learning through the intellectual, scientific, artistic, psychological, and ethical development of its diverse student body. DVC prepares students for transfer to four-year universities; provides career and technical education; supports the economic development of the region; offers pre-collegiate programs; and promotes personal growth and lifelong learning. Complete mission statement