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Important dates, deadlines, and information

January 23, 2013 

In this issue
Courses to Consider
Construction Notice
Campus Alert System
Be a Good Neighbor
Scholarship Program
Financial Aid
California Dream ACT
Degree and Certificate filing period
Join a Club
Flu Prevention
Study Abroad
California State Regulation
Got e-Waste?
Check student email
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Diablo Valley College events calendar
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Important admission and registration dates
Now through
January 25
Now through 
March 29
January 25
January 25
January 25
February 1
February 3
February 8
Late enrollment - space available basis. Use online registration with late add code or in-person with signature of instructor or late add code.
AA/AS degree or certificate filing period ongoing through March 29 (for spring 2013)
Last day to add a full-term class
Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees.
Last day to request a refund for the student activity fee
Last day to drop a full-term class, in person, without a "W" appearing on your transcript. 
Last day to drop a full term class without a "W" appearing on transcript.
Last day to request P/NP option for a full term class.
enroll early
Got a hole in your schedule?
There is still time to add a class! Late enrollment period ends this Friday January 25. Use InSite/WebAdvisor with late add code or in person with signature of instructor or late add code. 
Open courses list 
Construction notice

The Contra Costa Water District is replacing and relocating a water pipeline that runs alongside Golf Club Road and crosses under Grayson Creek. This work will begin today, January 23 and will require street work to occur on Golf Club Road and the closure of one eastbound lane between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., Monday - Friday

The work is scheduled as follows:

Wednesday - Friday, January 23 - 25 

Week of January 28 - no work

Monday - Friday, February 4 - 8 (completion)


This project is likely to have an impact on traffic coming to campus. Please consider allowing extra time to arrive.

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
Please be a good neighbor and consider our surrounding neighborhoods.

Sometimes our neighbors report that some students who park in the residential areas surrounding the college are not respectful of those neighborhoods. Neighbors have reported students emptying ashtrays and garbage from their cars onto the streets, playing loud music, and engaging in similar types of disruptive behavior. We at DVC want to maintain an excellent reputation as a top notch institution of higher learning. Part of that means being a good neighbor. We understand that our students often have no other choice but to park on neighborhood streets, especially at the beginning of the semester and during heavy enrollment periods, but please show respect for our neighbors as you would your own. Help keep our neighborhoods clean, quiet and peaceful.  

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 have been enrolled in six units in 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 - February 4, 2013. Stop by the  DVC Scholarship Office for other opportunities.  

Financial Aid announcements

2013-2014 Financial Aid Application

The 2013-2014 FAFSA is now available at www.fafsa.gov. Priority filing date in order to be considered for the Cal Grant Program and other forms of limited federal aid is March 2, 2013. Students may complete the FAFSA after March 2 but will not be considered for the Cal Grant. 


Cal Grant GPA Verification Deadline Approaching!

Don't forget to complete the GPA Verification form if you are interested in applying for Cal Grant. Forms are available at www.csac.ca.gov and are due March 2, 2013. If you are enrolled for the spring 2013 term and have completed at least 24 units at DVC, the Admissions Office will submit your GPA electronically. 


Need Online Assistance with Financial Aid? 

Special Financial Aid lab available

Students may now also ask general questions at the Financial Aid Lab located at the Welcome Center in the Student Services Center. Lab hours for the month of January are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 3 - 5 p.m.  Please check the financial aid website

for spring 2013 lab hours starting the month of February.


Financial Aid will be providing FAFSA assistance and Loan Workshops for the 2013 Spring semester. 

Financial Aid drop-in and document submission

Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their file or submit documents may do so through a drop-in visit as specific information regarding a student's financial aid cannot be provided over the phone. Drop-in hours: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

California Dream ACT

State financial aid is now available to AB 540 students attending college. Students are eligible to apply for the following forms of aid and assistance after being determined as eligible for AB 540 by the Admissions and Records Office.


Types of aid include:

Board of Governor's Fee Waiver

College Transfer Entitlement Cal Grant and Cal Grant B Entitlement

Cal Grant C

Chafee Grant - Foster Youth Program

EOPS, CalWORKs and CARE Assistance

Private scholarships


Interested students should first visit the Admissions and Records Office to complete the California Nonresident Tuition Exemption RequestFor Eligible California High School Graduates.

Special Board of Governor Fee Waiver applications for AB 540 students interested in tuition assistance are also available.

All Dream Act applications can be found at "I Can Afford College"

San Ramon A.A./A.S. degree and certificate of achievement/accomplishment filing period

January 22-March 29 (for spring 2013)


May 24, 2013, 7 p.m. - Graduation ceremony at Viking Stadium (weather permitting). The commencement ceremony and celebration are open to students who earned a degree or certificate for summer or fall 2012, or spring 2013. Students who have applied for and who have met the requirements for a degree or certificate will be sent detailed information in early May about graduation.


Early graduation for priority registration - In order to give students who are close to graduation an advantage in registering for the remaining classes needed in their last semester, students may apply for an early registration appointment by submitting an Early Application to Graduate in the semester before their planned graduation date. Students taking advantage of this opportunity will receive early registration (one time only) for the semester they intend to graduate. Click here for more information.

Application period for summer 2013 graduation: January 15 - February 28, 2013. Application period for fall 2013 graduation: March 1 - April 15, 2013

Below are links to the appropriate applications.

AA/AS degree (pdf)

Certificate (pdf)

Early registration (pdf)

For more information (pdf)  

Join a student club! 

Enhance and enrich your DVC experience by getting involved with the campus student club program! It gives you wonderful opportunities to: develop valuable leadership skills, participate in entertaining events and programs, connect with peers who share your personal interests and/or career goals, and have an overall AMAZING time! Join a student club on campus this spring! Check out our student club website for more details on club workshop days/time, lists of clubs, and how to join! A list of renewed clubs for spring 2013 will be posted shortly. 

If you are interested in learning more about DVC's clubs or joining a club, then mark your calendars for Club Day! A variety of clubs will be tabling on these days to share information about their clubs. Club Days for spring will happen on February 5 and 6 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Student Union Quad. Additional Club Days will be scheduled throughout the semester, so please check with the Student Life Office for those dates.

Want to make a difference?

Join the student government! The Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) is currently recruiting new members. To join, attend an info session where you will learn about what ASDVC does, what the requirements are, and get a petition to join. For a list of info sessions, go to the DVC Events Calendar and click on Clubs and Organizations. 

The deadline to submit the completed petition is Friday, February 1, 2013 at 12 p.m. There is a mandatory retreat Friday, February 1, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday, February 2,  9 a.m.- 4 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room, beginning February 5.


Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is committed to meeting the unique educational needs of students hindered by language, social, and economic challenges. Eligible students may receive a wide variety of services including, but not limited to, individualized counseling, peer support, book vouchers, and academic and transfer assistance.  EOPS is currently accepting a limited number of applications for new spring 2013 EOPS students. The application period will close on February 1, 2013, or until we have received 200 eligible applications, whichever comes first. The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis based on need and state guidelines for EOPS eligibility.

In order to apply for EOPS, you must complete the following steps during the application period and before submitting an application:  

1. Enroll in at least 12.0 units (Note: DSS students may submit a DSS certification to enroll in fewer than 12.0 units. Also, parent students or former foster youth may enroll in 9.0 - 11.9 units)
2. Submit and be deemed eligible for the Board of Governors Enrollment Fee Waiver (BOGW) by the Financial Aid Office
3. Submit official (sealed/unopened) transcripts from other colleges attended to the DVC Admissions and Records office

For an application, please stop by the EOPS office or visit us online at 


Flu season is upon us!

We have continued to take extra steps to prevent the spread of flu at Diablo Valley College as much as possible, but we need your help. Please wash your hands frequently, using soap and water, use the sanitizing stations around campus often, and stay home if you are sick.

Visit www.cchealth.org for more information. You can also watch this short video on flu prevention.

San Ramon Study in Guatemala this summer or London this fall 2013 
Apply now for the London Program for the fall 2013 semester: September 5 - December 6, 2013  
London, England Click here for a list of meeting dates where you can find out more information.
Enjoy the combination of learning and culture of Antigua, Guatemala.

For more information visit the Study Abroad Office
in FO-219 or call Harue Takanashi at 925-658-1230 ext. 2735.
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!

Got e-waste?

Free E-Waste recycling event at both Diablo Valley College campuses.
Drop off items Saturday, February 2 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill (DVC Overflow Parking Lot #7) and in San Ramon (back parking lot). Visit 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.

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.
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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