Important dates, deadlines, and information


             September 25, 2013


In this issue
Important dates
New classes added
Take a survey
Smoking policy
InSite portal
Good neighbor
Educational Talent Search
Join a club!
Financial Aid Announcements
California Dream Act
San Ramon Campus
DVC Library
Study abroad
Plant Sale
Got e-Waste?
State regulations
Watch for construction trucks
Campus alert system
Check student email
Get college news
Diablo Valley College events calendar
Quick links

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Important admission and registration dates
Sep.  27
Nov. 11
Nov. 22
Nov. 28-29
Nov. 30-Dec 1
Holiday - Native American Day - college closed (Saturday and Sunday classes are in session)
Holiday - Veterans 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

NEW full-credit six-week classes just added!

DVC has just added a variety of two, three and four-unit classes condensed into a six-week format! This is a great way to take care of a general education or certificate requirement, or to just learn something new.


Classes are taught in Pleasant Hill, San Ramon or online, and most classes:

  • begin in mid-October and end before Thanksgiving!
  • are taught in late afternoon or early evening
  • are held four days a week (about 2 hours per class)
Check out the online schedule  or visit  www.dvc/CoursesToConsider for a complete listing of courses and descriptions, and then go to Insite/WebAdvisor to enroll. Note:
The InSite Portal and WebAdvisor will not be available until Tuesday, Oct 1.

Take this survey and enter to win a $150 Amazon gift certificate!

Participate in an online survey and be entered into a chance to win!  It will take you about 20 minutes to complete. The survey will only be available for a short amount of time! Visit: SURVEY and type in the password: college

Reminder: DVC no smoking policy

In recognizing the serious health risks associated with smoking, wishing to discourage both students and staff from becoming smokers, and recognizing the rights of non-smokers to a reasonably smoke-free environment, the following policy applies: smoking is allowed only in the parking lots for both Pleasant Hill and San Ramon Campuses. 

InSite Portal and WebAdvisor will be temporarily unavailable Friday September 27 through Monday September 30.
Insite/WebAdvisor will be unavailable Friday, September 27 - Monday, September 30 while our technicians upgrade the system. It is scheduled to become available on Tuesday, October 1.
Please be a good neighbor and consider our surrounding neighborhoods
Our neighbors have reported that some students who park in the residential areas surrounding the college are not respectful of those neighborhoods. Our students have been reported emptying ashtrays and garbage from their cars onto the streets, playing loud music, and engaging in other 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.  
Educational Talent Search and
Upward Bound Programs

The Educational Talent Search Program seeks paid Teacher Assistants (TA) and volunteer tutors for fall 2013.


We are looking for DVC students interested in becoming math and science teachers at the secondary level. The Teacher Assistants (TA) will be paid to work with students in classrooms at local middle/high schools or at DVC. Work schedule will be based upon school site assignment. 


The volunteer tutors will work at DVC helping middle and high school students with completing homework assignments, Monday- Thursday, 3:30-5:30 p.m.


The Upward Bound Program seeks paid and volunteer tutors to work with students at Mt. Diablo or Ygnacio Valley High Schools: Tuesday - Thursday,  2:30- 6 p.m. and at DVC Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.


Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano at

Join a student club! Enhance and enrich your DVC experience by getting involved with the campus student club program. Clubs offer a great opportunity 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. Check out our student club web page for more details on club meeting days/time, lists of clubs, and how to join. A list of renewed clubs for fall 2013 will be available the first part of October.
If you are interested in learning more about DVC's clubs or joining a club, the Inter Club Council, with the assistance of the Student Life Office, hosts monthly Club Days for students to meet and talk directly with club representatives. A variety of clubs will be available on these days to share information about their clubs.  
Financial aid announcements

2013-2014 FAFSA

The Financial Aid Office is now processing 2013-2014 FAFSAs.  Complete the  2013-2014 FAFSA Form to apply for financial aid for the 2013-2014 academic year.  If you have already applied, please check your InSite Portal email to determine if you require a drop-in appointment to submit additional documentation.  For assistance please visit the Enrollment Lab during Financial Aid Lab hours (see below) for more assistance.


2013-2014 Board of Governor's Fee Waiver application

It's not too late to apply to have your fees waived for the summer 2013, fall 2013, and upcoming spring 2014 terms! You may apply online or by submitting a paper application to the Financial Aid Office during drop-in hours.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.  


Financial aid lab assistance

Online assistance for completing financial aid forms is available by visiting the Enrollment Lab in the Student Services Center, Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.


Financial aid drop-in and document submission 

Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their application or to 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 are 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Student IDs

Students visiting the Financial Aid Office are required to show picture ID when checking in at the window.  Preferred form of identification is a Diablo Valley College Student ID card. The Financial Aid Office will also accept state-issued identification cards, driver's license, or U.S. Passport as acceptable forms of identification.

California Dream Act

The 2013-2014 California Dream Act Application is currently available. Visit our website for links and valuable information about the California Dream Act. You must be classified as an AB540 student with the Admissions and Records Office to qualify for a Board of Governor's Fee Waiver through the California Dream Act application. If you have questions regarding your application status or need assistance, please visit the Financial Aid Office to meet with a financial aid coordinator.  

San Ramon Campus

Transferring to St Mary's?

Come and meet the representatives in the Learning Commons. Thursday, September 26 at 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.  Other events coming up: Time Management Workshop: September 26, 2-3:15 p.m.  or September 30, 11-12:15 p.m.

DVC Library

Read a banned book!

What do "The Great Gatsby", "The Color Purple" ,"Song of Solomon", "The Satanic Verses", and "To Kill a Mockingbird"  have in common? This fall, the library is celebrating the freedom to read by putting on a  list of banned books available . Stop by the library and check out a book from the list!

Study Abroad in Florence!

Florence: spring 2014 January 21 - April 25

Next meeting: Wednesday, October 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. LA 114. 

For more information, contact the Study Abroad Office located in FO219, by email,, or call 925-969-2507.

DVC plant sale!

Plan to attend our fabulous DVC plant sale on Friday, September 27 from 2-5 p.m., and Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Horticulture Greenhouse located at the edge of parking lot 9. Choose from a large array of plants including clearance and half price items. For more info contact Stew Winchester at 510-685-7024.  

Got e-waste?
Free E-Waste recycling event at both Diablo Valley College campuses. 
Drop off items Saturday, October 5 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. in Pleasant Hill (DVC Overflow Parking across from Lot #7) Visit for more information and list of accepted electronic items.  



New state regulations

Effective fall 2013, state regulation governing California community colleges will change with respect to repeatable courses. Read more
Please watch for large vehicles in construction access areas

Get information on construction impacts and learn more about the project at

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, 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
The InquirerThe Inquirer, DVC's award-winning student newspaper is online!
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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. 23330 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.
Police Services silent witness tip line
Students, faculty and staff can call 925-229-6464 to provide information without having to leave any personal information.

For more information in case of emergency:
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 925-969-2785 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 925-551-6212. 
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