Important dates, deadlines, and information


          February 26, 2014


In this issue
Important dates
Late-start classes
DVC Library
Work, Learn, & Earn
JFK Transfer Meetup
Speaker Series
More than a DREAM
Financial aid announcements
California Dream Act
College success
Join a club!
Student Ambassador
Book Center
Study in Paris
Social media
Be a good neighbor
Got e-waste?
Watch for construction trucks
Campus Alert System
Check student email
Get college news
Diablo Valley College events calendar
Quick links
Welcome Services

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Important upcoming admission and registration dates
Feb. 15 - Begin accepting applications for admission to summer and fall 2014
Feb. 28 - Last day to file for summer 2014 graduation with early registration option
March 1-April 15 - Graduation filing period for fall 2014 to be considered for early registration option
March 17-23 - Spring recess - no classes in session - no Saturday or Sunday classes
March 28 - Last day to file AA/AS degree and certificate applications for spring graduation
April 25 - Last day to withdraw from full-term classes with a "W" appearing on transcript
May 15 - 21 Final exams
May 21 - Last day of instruction - graduation ceremony
May 26 - Holiday - Memorial Day - college closed

Late-start classes begin March 24

This spring DVC is offering more flexible afternoon/weekend/late-start classes than ever before! These are full credit classes that fit your busy schedule and can be completed in just 12 weeks! 


Summer classes begin May 27 and June 16

The summer schedule will be available online March 24. Registration appointments will be posted March 28 (Check WebAdvisor for your specific registration date and time.)

Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.


Stay connected with DVC WiFi

Here are step by step instructions for obtaining wireless internet connection on the DVC campus. You will need your Portal ID and password. 

DVC Library has new morning hours

Good news! The DVC Library is now open 15 minutes earlier!  

The new hours are:

7:45 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday -Thursday 

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday

12 p.m. - 4 p.m Saturday, closed Sundays.

Work, Learn & Earn! Summer job and internship fair!

Wednesday, March 5, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. located in the Trophy Room and the DVC cafeteria.

Pin down your job! Over 35 employers will be on campus to speak with students about opportunities in their organizations. Stop by our photo booth for a professional photo to include in your social media outlets such as Linkedin and Facebook. No appointment needed, bring a friend!

Greetings DVC graduation candidates!

Excitement is in the air! Mark your calendars and save the dates of the upcoming deadlines listed below. This year's ceremony will be held on Wednesday May 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. in the Viking Stadium (weather permitting).   

Important graduation dates

Graduation application period: now - March 28

A.A. and A.S. Degree and Certificate of Achievement/Accomplishment


Student graduate speaker application period: February 10 - April 2

Student graduate speaker application forms are available in the Vice President of Student Services Office or online. Students may apply and must be a 2013-14 graduate/candidate (summer '13, fall '13, spring '14).  


Early graduation for priority registration 

February 28 - Last day to file for summer 2014 graduation with early registration option. 

March 1 - April 15 - Graduation filing period for fall 2014 consideration for early registration option. 


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. 

For more information and additional deadlines, visit:

JFK to host a transfer meetup

JFK University is hosting a transfer meetup in the Trophy Room on Thursday, February 27 from 12:30 - 2 p.m.  Food and refreshments will be served. Students will learn about financial aid and scholarships and will get to meet transfer alumni, program faculty, and transfer advisors. In addition, students will receive an application fee waiver and will be entered into a drawing for an iPad Mini!  Students can RSVP by emailing  

Spring 2014 Speaker Series: Education, Equity, and Inclusivity

The goal of the DVC Speaker Series: Education, Equity, and Inclusivity, is to provide safe space to identify, discuss and create solutions towards the academic and social challenges our disenfranchised low-income and communities of color face in order to gain access to equitable education and economic resources.


Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 510 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

BFL Community Conference Room

Christine Sleeter, Ph.D.

Tuesday, April 15, 1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  


Visit: www.dvc/edu/speakers for more information about the topics covered and a brief biography about each speaker.

4th Annual AB540 "More than a DREAM" Conference

On Saturday, April 5 DVC will be hosting a FREE district-wide conference for undocumented high school and college students, parents, and their allies to learn about the opportunities and resources available. Topics include: applying to college, financial aid, deferred action, community resources, and personal motivation and advocacy.  Register online by March 31. For more information about the conference visit us online .

Financial aid announcements

2014-2015 FAFSA now available!

If you plan to enroll for the 2014-15 academic year, the 2014-15 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. The Financial Aid Office will be having financial aid workshops in March if you need additional help applying. For more information about these grants please visit DVC Financial Aid.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form is due March 2. 
If you are interested in applying for the Cal Grant Program, GPA Verification Forms are due March 2. If you are a continuing DVC student,  your GPA will automatically be submitted to the California Student Aid Commission by DVC. If you attended other colleges in addition to DVC, you must meet with an academic counselor for your GPA to be calculated and certified on the GPA Verification Form. To be considered for a Cal Grant, you must also submit your 14-15 FAFSA by the priority filing deadline of March 2.  


Are you currently attending or plan to attend DVC in the spring 2014 or summer 2014 terms?  We are still processing 2013-2014 FAFSAs. If you haven't already, please complete the 2013-14 FAFSA at to apply for financial aid for the 2013-14 academic year.  If you have already applied, please check your InSite email to determine if you have a Missing Information Letter and require a drop-in appointment to submit additional documentation. For assistance please visit the Enrollment Lab.


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 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 2013-14 fee waiver application is May 21.


Financial aid lab assistance  

Financial aid staff are providing online assistance in completing the 2013-14 FAFSA and 2013-14 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. 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 or the DVC library. 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 US passport as acceptable forms of identification. 

California Dream Act

2013-14 and 2014-15 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. The Financial Aid Office will be having financial aid workshops in March if you need additional help applying. If you have questions regarding your application status or need assistance, please visit the Financial Aid Office to meet with a financial aid coordinator.  

Gain valuable college success skills 
Did you know the Student Life Office hosts weekly Brown Bag and College Success Workshops? These informative events open to all students cover a wide range of useful and informative topics. All sessions are held in the Student Union Conference Room. Extra credits slips for attendance are available at the end of each workshop. 
Join a club at DVC!
It's not too late to enrich your DVC experience by getting involved with the campus student club program! To find the current updated listing of spring 2014 student clubs, including club meeting days and times, please check out our student clubs list.


For more information about clubs and club-sponsored events, including dates and times for the next Club Day, please visit the Student Life Office.


Become a DVC Student Ambassador!  
Are you a leader? Do you want to represent DVC? Become a DVC Student Ambassador! We are now choosing Student Ambassadors for the 2014-15 academic year.

Student Ambassadors provide information to future and current DVC students and their families from a peer perspective. They attend and participate in open houses, college nights, workshops, and high school enrollment presentations. Ambassadors also give campus tours and assist new students with the necessary steps to enroll at DVC. Student Ambassadors work in Welcome Services, Assessment, and Enrollment Lab on the Pleasant Hill Campus and in Student Services on the San Ramon Campus.

If you are interested in learning more about the program, please visit for details regarding minimum qualifications, responsibilities, and the application process and deadlines. 

Book Center announcements 

NEW! Swap books with other students with the help of the DVC Book Center List your textbook today!

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

Study in Paris!

Study abroad one of the best-know cities in the world, home to countless historical monuments and museums! 

Apply now for the Paris Program for the fall 2014 semester!

Attend the next  information meeting: Thursday, February 27, 6-7 p.m. in LA 115
For more information visit
 the Study Abroad Office
in FO-219 or call Harue Takanashi at 925-969-2507. 



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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, walking across private property, 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.   
Got e-waste?
Free e-waste recycling event at Pleasant HIll Diablo Valley College campus. Drop off items Saturday, March 1 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.  



Please watch for large vehicles in construction access areas

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

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

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. 23000 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, 925-551-6212. 
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