Important dates, deadlines, and information

 

           January 8, 2014

 

In this issue
Important dates
Spring at DVC
InSite/WebAdvisor
Stay up to date
Book Center
EOPS
Financial aid announcements
California Dream Act
CalWORKs
Scholarships
ASDVC announcements
Join or start a club!
Low cost dental care
Watch for construction trucks
Be a good neighbor
Watch your belongings
 
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Get college news
Diablo Valley College events calendar
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Important upcoming admission and registration dates

Jan. 6
In-person open registration
Jan. 13
Spring classes begin
Jan. 13-24Late enrollment - space available basis
Jan. 15
Graduation filing period begins for summer 2014 graduates
Jan. 20
Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr Day - college closed
Jan. 21
AA/AS degree or certificate filing period begins through March 28
 

Welcome to spring at DVC! 

There's still time to add a class to your schedule!  

Check out the online schedule now, visit Insite/WebAdvisor, or visit our  courses to consider page for ideas!

 New more flexible choices!

We also offer flexible afternoon/weekend/late-start classes this spring. These are full credit classes that fit your busy schedule! Classes start January 13, February 2, and March 24. 


Need help registering for your spring 2014 classes?
 
Come to the Enrollment Lab on the first floor of the Student Services Center for one-on-one assistance with the registration process. The lab is open Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., and Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 
Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.

 

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Book Center announcements 

The Book Center will be open this Saturday, January 11 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. This is the only Saturday the Book Center will be open all semester.

NEW! Swap books with other students with the help of the DVC Book Center.

Beat the lines and order your books online. They will be shipped to the address you specify.  

 

Refund period for books is January 8 through January 17. The last day for a refund is January 17 at 3 p.m. Receipt is required.

EOPS

New Spring 2014 EOPS applications currently being accepted
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) will be accepting a limited number of applications for new spring 2014 EOPS students. 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. 

 

The application period closes Friday, January 24. The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis. For an application you can visit us online or stop by the EOPS Office.

  

Limited number of paid tutoring positions available in EOPS
The EOPS program is seeking students who are interested in applying for paid or volunteer peer tutoring positions in a wide variety of subject matters. Interested students should stop by the EOPS Office to submit an EOPS tutoring application and learn about the requirements for becoming a tutor. 

Educational Talent Search and 
Upward Bound Programs
The Educational Talent Search Program seeks paid teacher assistants (TA) and volunteer tutors for spring 2014.

 

We are looking for DVC students interested in becoming math and science teachers at the secondary level. The TA's 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.- 3 p.m.

 

Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano at jjonesca@dvc.edu

 
Financial aid announcements

2014-2015 FAFSA now available!

If you plan to enroll for the 2014-2015 academic year, the 14-15 FAFSA is now available. The priority filing deadline is March 2, 2014 to be considered for Cal Grant and campus-based programs such as Federal Work-study and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant for the next academic year. For more information about these grants please visit DVC Financial Aid.

 

Are you attending planning to attend DVC for the spring 2014 or summer 2014 terms? We are still processing 2013-2014 FAFSAs

The Financial Aid Office is now processing 2013-14 FAFSAs. If you haven't already done so, please complete the  FAFSA at www.fafsa.gov to apply for financial aid for the 2013-14 academic year. If you have already applied, please check your InSite Portal email to determine you if have a Missing Information Letter and require a drop-in appointment to submit additional documentation. For assistance please visit the Enrollment Lab  during financial aid lab hours.  

 

2013-14 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 submit a paper application. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing. You must be a California resident or AB540 student to qualify for a fee waiver. The deadline to submit a 13-14 fee waiver application is May 21.

 

Financial aid lab assistance  

Financial aid staff are providing online assistance completing the 2013-14 FAFSA and 2013-2014 Online Board of Governor's Fee Waiver applications, checking your financial aid status in WebAdvisor, and reviewing your financial aid award letter.  Visit the  Enrollment Lab in the Student Services Center, Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., to receive online assistance. 

 

Financial aid drop-in and document submission 
Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their 2013-2014 financial aid file 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: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Special extended hours January 13 - January 23  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday. 
The Financial Aid Office is closed on Fridays and official holidays.


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, which can be obtained through the Associated Students Office (ASO) in the Margaret Lesher Building. Students must take a picture ID and a copy of their current class schedule to ASO to obtain a DVC Student ID card. The Financial Aid Office will also accept state-issued identification cards, a driver's license, or a U.S. passport as acceptable forms of identification. 

California Dream Act

2013-2014 and 2014-2015 California Dream Act applications available now!
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.  

CalWORKs

CalWORKs is designed to help current DVC students who are also participating in county CalWORKs complete the academic and career training they need to successfully become economically self-sufficient. If you are currently participating in county CalWORKs, stop by the CalWORKs Office located on the first floor of the Student Services Building to see if you are eligible for additional student services and benefits. 

Scholarships are available
Scholarships are available for DVC students who are new, continuing, or transferring to a four-year college or university in fall 2014. One application and two letters of recommendation can qualify you for multiple scholarships. 
Thousands of dollars are available through the DVC Scholarship Program. The application period ends noon on February 4, 2014. Stop by the DVC Scholarship Office  to learn more about other scholarship opportunities. 
Want to make a difference? Join student government!
Extended library hours, DVC student scholarships, fall 2013 Halloween Festival - These are just a few of the things your student government has accomplished last semester. The Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) is seeking new members. Mark your calendars to attend an info session early in the spring semester where you will learn more about ASDVC, what the requirements are, and learn how join.   
 
The current info session schedule is as follows:
Tuesday, January 14, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 15, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. 
Thursday, January 16, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. 
Tuesday, January 21, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. 
Wednesday, January 22, 2-3 p.m. and 3-4 p.m. 

The deadline to submit the completed petition is Friday January 24, 2014 at 12 p.m. All returning and new ASDVC members must attend the mandatory ASDVC retreat on Saturday, February 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Student Union Building. Meetings are held every Tuesday from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room, beginning February 4, 2014.  
 
Student activity fee
The student activity fee is a voluntary fee that allows the ASDVC (student government) to contribute funding to programs such as the textbook on reserve program, which allows students to check out course textbooks for use in the library. The fee also allows ASDVC to provide co-curricular programs for students, cultural activities, leadership opportunities and scholarships. The fee is charged at the time of registration but students may request a refund of the fee each semester. Forms are available at the Cashier's Office, the Student Life Office or online. The form must be submitted in person or by mail to the Cashier's Office within the first two weeks of instruction for a full semester class, or before 10 percent of the class time for a short-term class. Refund checks will be issued monthly after the first two weeks of instruction each semester. 
Join or start a club at DVC!
Start a new student club!
Interested in starting a club that you feel would benefit the student body that is not already being offered? Great! You can get started today by filling out this form and be sure to attend one of the mandatory "Starting a New Club" workshops offered during the spring semester. There are two workshops available to choose from. 
1) Thursday, January 16, 2 - 2:30 p.m. (Student Union, Room 210)
2) Wednesday, January 22, 11:30 a.m .- 12 p.m. (Student Union, Room 210) 
 
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! 

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. 
Low cost, high quality dental care 

The DVC Dental Hygiene Teaching Clinic offers a wonderful opportunity for members of the public to receive dental hygiene services provided by dental hygiene students. Fees in the clinic range from $10 (cleaning for a child 12 and under) to $55 for a "deep cleaning" for an adult. Regular maintenance cleanings for adults are $25. Radiographs (x-rays) range from $10 for check-up films, to $25 for a full set.

The clinic is in the Life Sciences Building, LHS-102. Please call 925-969-2643 to schedule an appointment for an initial evaluation to see if you might qualify to be a teaching case.

Please watch for large vehicles in construction access areas

Get information on construction impacts and learn more about the project at www.dvc.edu/commonsupdates

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.   
Watch your belongings...
Just a reminder to use extra vigilance in watching over your personal belongings. Thefts are common at this time of the year and we don't want it to happen to you. Please keep your belongings safely under watch at all times.
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 are 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 are located in W-102. Please contact our office at 925-551-6212. 
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