Important dates, deadlines, and information

 

           August 13, 2014

 

In this issue
Important dates
Construction
Road work
Fall classes
InSite/WebAdvisor
Good neighbor
Book Center
New food services
DVC Viking Days
Social media
DVC WiFi
Roadmap to success
Student Union
Student Clubs
Financial aid announcements
California Dream Act
CalWORKs
Upward Bound Program
EOPS/CARE
Be watchful
Study in Florence
DVC WiFi
Campus alert system
 
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Important upcoming admission and registration dates 
Fall 2014 Important Dates (pdf)
August 15 - Fall classes begin
August 15-28 - Late enrollment - space available basis. 

August 28 - Last day to add a full-term class

August 28 - Last day to drop a full-term class and be eligible for a refund of fees
August 28 - Last day to request a refund for the student activity fee

Pardon our dust!

As part of the ongoing Commons Project, the construction zone and accessible routes to buildings have changed. Contractors have begun the final phase of the DVC commons project and access to and from the PAC and the Student Union Building are significantly impacted.
 

 

From lot 8, visitors can primarily access the PAC, the Student Union Building and the Art Building. The Student Services Center and all other buildings are better accessed from other parking lots. For accessible entry (ADA) - please park or drop off in lot 7 or 1. If you need mobility assistance from the lot 8 bus stop to a building on campus, contact DSS Mobility Services at 925-969-2173. Please view the campus map  page and plan your route before arriving on campus.

Road work may cause delays

Significant work on Golf Club Road and Contra Costa Boulevard will cause further impact and we are advising students to take alternate routes to campus to avoid the construction zones. 

Work is expected to continue until December 2014. 

Fall classes begin August 15 - There's still time to enroll! 

There are a lot of great classes still available! You can also visit our courses to consider page for a list of available open classes  updated daily, as well as other course recommendations. 
Critical deadlines and essential class information are 
ONLY available through the InSite portal and InSite email.
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.  
 

Book Center open Saturday August 16

The Book Center will be open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday August 16. 

Book Center fall hours: Monday-Thursdays, 7:45 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Fridays, 7:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Last day for refunds on fall books is Friday, August 22nd at 3:00 p.m.

The new food services facility will be open August 18

Hungry? Stop by the BRAND NEW food services facilities, located on the 1st floor of the HSFC building (next to the Student Services Center).
Open for breakfast 7:00 a.m. on August 18

DVC Viking Days fall 2014!

Want to get involved on campus? Are you accessing the services and resources that DVC offers? Come find out about student services, clubs and resources that are available to you.

Join us on September 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Pleasant Hill Campus: Library Quad

San Ramon Campus: Learning Commons
Sponsored by Student Life and the Student Services Division
 

 

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Stay connected with DVC WiFi

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

Create your roadmap to success! 

Beginning fall 2014, all community college students in California are required to have an education plan. We have developed an online planning tool to help you create the best plan to meet your academic goals. You can track your progress in your chosen program, as well as plan, schedule, and register for classes. You can even make an appointment with a counselor, all from your education plan. Create your roadmap now! 

Student Union Announcements

Student ID Cards
Visit the Student Union Building to get your Student ID card! Current registration in a DVC class is required, and please wait one business day after you register to obtain your Student ID.

Student Life Office Hours
Monday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Wednesday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

ID cards are also available in the Library and the San Ramon Campus.
 

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% of the class time for a short-term class. Refund checks will be issued monthly after the first two weeks of instruction each semester.

 

Want to make a difference? Join student government!

Extended library hours, DVC student scholarships, Fall 2013 Halloween Festival, and Spring 2014 Festival - These are just a few of the things your student government accomplished last year. The Associated Students of DVC (ASDVC) is currently seeking new members. Mandatory information sessions for potential members will be held the first two weeks of the semester in the Student Union Conference Room. Come learn about what ASDVC does, what the requirements are, and how to petition to join the board. Visit the Student Life Office for specific dates and times. ASDVC meetings are held Tuesdays from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Student Union Conference Room.

Join a student club or start a new one! 

Join a student club on campus this fall! 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! Once the semester gets going, check out our student club website frequently for more details on club workshop days/time, lists of clubs, and how to join! A list of renewed clubs for fall 2014 will be posted during the second month of the semester.

If you are interested in learning more about DVC's clubs or joining a club, then mark your calendars for DVC Viking Day! A variety of clubs will be present sharing their club information on September 3 and 4 at 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Library Quad. Additional Club Days will be scheduled throughout the semester, so please check with the Student Life Office for later semester dates and times.

Start a new student club!
Interested in starting a club that you feel would benefit the student body? A club that is not already being offered? Great! Check out the steps to start a new club at DVC, and be sure to attend one the following two mandatory "Starting a New Club" workshop offered during the fall semester:
Wednesday, August 20, 2 - 2:30 p.m., Student Union, Room 210
Thursday, August 21, 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., Student Union, Room 210
Financial aid announcements

Paying $46 a unit four your enrollment fees? Would you like to see if your fees can be waived?
 
You can apply for a fee waiver and if eligible, may have your course fees for the summer 2014, fall 2014, and spring 2015 terms eliminated through the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver Program. The application deadline is May 20, 2015. For more information and to apply, please visit DVC Financial Aid .


 

2014-15 FAFSA now available!

To see if you qualify for financial aid for the 2014-2015 academic year, please visit www.fafsa.gov and complete your application today. For more information about all financial aid programs please visit  DVC Financial Aid.

Cal Grant GPA Verification Form for Community College Students is due September 2 
If you are interested in applying for the Cal Grant Program and are a continuing community college student that has completed at least 24 units, GPA Verification Forms are due September 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 and 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. 

Have you already applied and need to know you financial aid status?
All financial aid related communication and notifications are being delivered to your InSite Portal email account. Students must regularly check your InSite Portal email account in order to receive important financial aid information. You may also check your financial aid status by checking your WebAdvisor account accessible through the InSite Portal.

Financial aid drop-in and document submission
Students who wish to see a financial aid coordinator for general inquiries about their 2014-15 financial aid file, or to submit documents may do so through a drop-in visit. Specific information regarding a student's financial aid cannot be provided over the phone. Financial Aid will be offering extended office hours and drop-in hours August 11th through August 28th . For more information about our hours and services, please visit  DVC Financial Aid.

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 U.S. passport as identification. 

California Dream Act

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. 

CalWORKs announcements

If you are receiving TANF/county cash aid, you may be eligible for DVC's CalWORKs program Contact the CalWORKs Office for more information about eligibility. 

Do you need books or supplies for your fall 2014 classes? Be sure to submit your CalWORKs book and supply vouchers right away for processing.

Students visiting the CalWORKs Office are required to show a picture ID when checking in at the front counter. The 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 bring a photo ID and a copy of your fall 2014 class schedule to ASO to obtain a DVC Student ID card. The CalWORKs Office will also accept a state or federally issued photo identification card, a driver license or a U.S. passport as identification when requesting information about their file.

All written communication to and from the CalWORKs Office will be sent through WebAdvisor/InSite Portal, the official email address for all DVC students. For help forwarding your InSite email to your personal email, visit the Enrollment Lab.

Upward Bound Program at DVC

The Upward Bound Program seeks paid and volunteer tutors for fall 2014 and spring 2015 to work with students at Mt. Diablo or Ygnacio Valley high schools (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Wednesdays from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.) and at DVC (Saturdays from 11-2 p.m.). Tutors are needed in math, English, science, history and Spanish. Please note that this position requires travel to the aforementioned high schools.

Interested students should contact Jackie Jones-Castellano at jjonesca@dvc.edu or Pablo Soto at psoto@dvc.edu.
 

New fall 2014 EOPS applications currently being accepted

Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is currently accepting a limited number of applications for new fall 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, August 29, 2014. The EOPS program is a highly impacted program. Only eligible students will be offered a space on a first-come, first-served basis. Students must meet state-mandated income and educational eligibility guidelines in order to enter the program.

For an application, please stop by the EOPS/CARE Office. Complete applications must be submitted in person to the EOPS Office.
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.
Be watchful...

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.


 


Study in Florence!

Study abroad in one of the best-known cities in the world, home to countless historical monuments and museums! Apply now for the Florence program for the spring 2015 semester!


Attend  the next information meetings located in LA 119: Wednesday, September 10, 3- 4:30 p.m.
 
NEW! Now we are offering a Study Abroad Prep Course! Social Science 155B. This 1 unit, 8 week course will fully prepare you for a successful Study Abroad experience!
For more information visit the  Study Abroad Office in FO-219 or call Harue Takanashi at 
925-969-2507.

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.

A loud siren will be heard throughout the DVC campus 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.

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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