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May 2018
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Happy Grads

You did it, Grads! 
It's time, once again, to celebrate all of the hard work and dedication that goes into accomplishing your academic goals.
Best of luck to you all as you move on to greet your future!

For the grads and for everyone who encourages and s upports them, this edition has information on all things graduation  - grad status notification, c ommencement ceremony, grad speaker, Cap & Gown purchase, and more -  to help you get ready for the big day.   Also included in this edition is plenty of news on LMC happenings, so read on and find out about what your college has  planned for the upcoming month!

  • April 27 - Last day to withdraw from semester-length classes with a "W" 
  • May 18 - Last day of regular classes, prior to finals
  • May 19-25 - Final Exams
  • May 25 - Commencement 
  • May 28 - Memorial Day Holiday - College Closed

Student sitting at graduation
2018 Graduation Ceremony

On Friday, May 25 beginning at 1:30 p.m., the 2018 Graduation Ceremony will be held at the LMC Football Stadium. This annual event brings the LMC community together - classmates, instructors, staff, friends, and family - to acknowledge the LMC graduates who have reached their academic goals. So join us in celebrating the LMC Graduates of 2018!

For complete information, see the Commencement Ceremony Webpage.

Graduation Status Notification
If you applied for Spring 2018 graduation, you will receive your notification letter in early May. Check your InSite email for details.

If you will be graduating in Summer 2018 and applied to walk in the Spring 2018 graduation ceremony with coursework remaining, you will be notified of your status in mid-May. 

For more information or if you have questions, contact Admissions & Records at (925) 473-7500.
Apply to be a speaker by April 25th

Seeking Grads to Share Inspirational Words
If you are you participating in the 2018 Commencement Ceremony, LMC is looking for graduates interested in giving a brief 3 minute speech to share their "pearls of wisdom," "words of encouragement," or "advice for the future" with their graduating classmates.  If interested, go to the Commencement Ceremony Webpage and apply before Wednesday, April 25.


Cap, Gown, & Tassel
You earned it, so now dress the part! Everyone participating in the graduation ceremony must wear the traditional regalia, and beginning May 14, approved graduates can go to the LMC Bookstore with a photo ID to purchase cap, gown, and tassel for under $20.

Honors Tassel
Students with a 3.5 GPA (including transfer units) as of Fall 2018, will be eligible for honors designation at graduation and may purchase an Honors Tassel at the LMC Bookstore, for an additional charge.

Say It with Flowers
Celebrate a friend or loved one's graduation with a flower bouquet or lei. To purchase these or other items prior to graduation, pre-order forms are available at the LMC Bookstore. Pre-ordered items will be available for pick-up in front of the Gym on graduation day. 

Check with the LMC Bookstore for all graduation pricing.

For more information visit the Commencement Ceremony web page, or contact the LMC Bookstore at (925) 439-2056.
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Textbook Buyback
In Pittsburg
Monday - Thursday, May 21 - 24, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
Friday, May 25, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
In Brentwood
Tuesday - Wednesday, May 22 & 23, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Remember to bring all CDs, DVDs, and other supplemental materials that were purchased with your textbooks.
Textbook Rental Returns
Spring 2018 textbook rentals are due back to the LMC Bookstore no later than Noon on Friday, May 25.
Regular Bookstore Hours
Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Friday 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  
**The Bookstore will close at Noon on Friday, May 25 for Graduation** 
** Closed Monday, May 28 for Memorial Day**
Summer Bookstore Hours
May 29 - August 3
Monday - Thursday, 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Closed Friday, Saturday, & Sunday

Visit the LMC Bookstore web page to order books online.  
Check out the LMC Bookstore on Facebook for other bookstore information. 
View the photos of the ground breaking

Breaking Ground for New Brentwood Center
LMC held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Brentwood Center on Wednesday, April 18, at 1:00 p.m. at the site of the future facility near the intersection of Vineyards Parkway and Marsh Creek Road, just off of Highway 4. 

This groundbreaking celebrates upcoming construction of a permanent Brentwood Center, which will expand and enhance learning opportunities for LMC students and Contra Costa County residents in the easternmost part of the College's service area. The new Center will feature classrooms, labs, student support services, library resources, bookstore and food service areas, and more than 700 parking stalls. 
Construction is expected to be completed in 18-24 months, with the new Brentwood Center projected to open in Spring 2020.

2018 Scholarship Ceremony - Save the Date!
The LMC Foundation will be hosting their annual Scholarship Ceremony on Friday, May 18. More information coming soon.
LMC Foundation Applicants 2018 - 2019       
Students who applied for an LMC Foundation Scholarship will be notified via student InSite email in mid-April.
2018 Kennedy-King Receipients
Congratulations to the deserving LMC students who were awarded  $10,000 Kennedy/King Memorial Transfer Scholarships this year.  The recipients are:

Yessenia Aguilar Erika Cisneros
Jorge Guerra LeeAndra Matthews Alejandro Ruvalcaba
Sonia Bustos Baracio Rosanna Clark
Erika Gutierrez Leonard Perry Diana Sanchez
Alexander Chavez Laventa Green
Maika Jimenez Tabitha Romero Bothi Tannya Teran Vargas
For more information, go to the Kennedy/King Scholarship website.

Winner of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship
2018 Jack Kent Cooke Scholar
More congratulations to LMC student, Sonia Bustos Barocio has been selected as a Cooke Scholar!This nationwide, prestigious scholarship awards $40,000 a year to transferring students. A total of 47 scholars, out of 2500 applicants, were selected to receive the award. For more information go to The Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship website.  

Scholarship Opportunities
The following scholarships are accepting applications:
  • Contra Costa Association of Realtors - $1,000 and up
  • Edna Haywood Scholarship - amounts vary
  • Richard E. Arnason Court Scholarship Program - up to $2,500
  • The Point Community College Transfer Scholarship - up to $3,000 
For more information and to apply, visit the LMC Scholarship web page:


LMCAS Senator Election
The Los Medanos College Associated Student (LMCAS) Senate is the official student representative organization on campus. They are responsible for providing the official voice through which student opinion may be expressed and to advocate on behalf of students.  Play a role in deciding who speaks for you as an LMC student, and vote online in the upcoming election between May 8 - 10. 

For more information, go to the  Student Life web page. 

Student Life Associates Application
Becoming a Student Associate with the Office of Student Life is a great opportunity to serve as a student leader at the college. It is preferred that students interested in becoming Student Life Associates have been at LMC for more than a semester and have an understanding of, and passion for, providing leadership development opportunities that support students in becoming agents of social change.  Applications are due on Monday, April 30, by 5:00 p.m.

Contact the Office of Student Life at (925) 473-7554 for applications and more information.

Become the next district student trustee
District Student Trustee Election
The District Student Trustee serves as the official voice of students on the 4CD District Governing Board. The Student Trustee is responsible for representing students at Contra Costa, Diable Valley, and Los Medanos Colleges.  This year students from all three colleges will elect a Student Trustee from Los Medanos College.  Voting will be between May 8-10. 

For information on this and other Student Life activities, visit  Student Life, or contact John Nguyen at (925) 473-7553.
sexual violence awareness week

Sexual Violence Awareness Week
The LMC Associated Students presents a week of activities,  April 23-26,  that call attention to the  problem of sexual violence.  Events include a self-defense session, movie screening, cupcake fundraiser, and organized walk.

For information on this and other Student Life activities, visit  Student Life, or contact John Nguyen at (925) 473-7553.

Drama production Torn pages
Torn Pages
When a star performer is killed outside the legendary Speakeasy, "The Fallen Angel," it's up to her sister to navigate the dangerous environment of the club to track down and bring the killer to justice.
(Recommended for ages 13+)

April 26, 27, 28, & 30 
May 3, 4, & 5
7:00 p.m. 
May 2, Matinee
10:00 a.m.

The LMC Little Theater, Room CC3-322

$15 general admission
$12 with student or service ID
$10 with middle or mid or high school ID
$ 7 Matinee for all

Theater Box Office: (925) 439-2181, ext. 78206.
For more information on the production, go to  Dramatic Arts.
New Play Festival 2018
New Play Festival graphic
The LMC Drama Department presents three exciting evenings filled with brand new plays each night, so be sure not to miss any!

  • May 14: 9 New Plays (Evening run time 90 min)
  • May 15: 7 New Plays (Evening run time 90 min)
  • May 16: Improv Comedy Show
(Recommended for ages 13+)

May 14, 15, & 16 
7:00 p.m.

The LMC Little Theater, Room CC3-322

$ 7 General Admission

Theater Box Office: (925) 439-2181, ext. 78206.
For more information on the production, go to Dramatic Arts.


Jeannie O'Connor
Los Medanos College Art Gallery
April 17-May 17
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday
12:30 - 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Library and is wheelchair accessible. 
The event is free. 

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BOG 2017-18 Application Deadline Coming Soon!
If you haven't applied for the BOGW, and you have a balance for Spring  2018, now is the time to apply. After the May 26 deadline, we will no longer be able to waive your fees.

BOG Renamed to California College Promise Grant
The Board of Governors Fee Waiver (BOGW) program will soon be renamed the California College Promise Grant. Though the name will change, the fee waiver program, including the application process and eligibility requirements, will remain the same. The change will take effect in the 2018-2019 academic year. View the Promise Grant Press Release for more information.

2017-2018 FAFSA/Dream Act  
The deadline is fast approaching to apply for financial aid for the upcoming academic year! If you haven't already done so, make sure you complete an application by June 30. 

2018-2019 Financial Aid Processing
The 2018-2019 FAFSA or Dream Act cover the upcoming Summer, Fall and Spring terms. The Financial Aid Office will soon send email notifications regarding application status. Information and status updates will be sent to your InSite email.  Remember to check your Financial Aid Checklist on InSite and submit all requested documents to help speed-up the application process.

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements
All students must meet SAP requirements to continue to receive financial aid. The Financial Aid Office will be verifying requirements at the end of the Spring 2018 semester. Please look out for an InSite email once Spring semester grades have been posted.  For more information, view the SAP Policy

Summer Pell Grant
You may be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant in the Summer Term! The Financial Aid Office will begin reviewing students enrolled in Summer classes to determine eligibility. You will be contacted via InSite email regarding your status in mid-May. Special drop-in hours will be offered to discuss your Summer options.

For more information go to the  Financial Aid web page.   

Academic Standing Update
LMC follows district academic standards, established in July 2017, of Probation and Dismissal, which are determined at the end of the primary, Fall and Spring terms. Upon completion of these terms, students will receive their updated academic standing. Students who do not complete more than 50% of their courses, and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher, may be placed on Probation and/or Dismissal.  Students who do not meet Satisfactory Academic or Progress Standards for two or more primary terms are not eligible for priority enrollment or the California College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors' Fee Waiver).
Academic Standing Policy

This academic standing update does not affect the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy of federal financial aid regulations. 

Questions? Contact the Student Success and Retention Programs Office at (925) 437-7483.

Counseling Available
Ready to register for Summer/Fall classes?  Ed Plan up to date? If not, it's time to meet with a counselor!  The Brentwood Center has both day and early evening appointments, but they book up quickly. You can book a counseling appointment online or just stop by or call our office at (925) 513-1625.
Assessment and Ed Planning
Assessments and Ed Planning Workshops are available at the Brentwood Center through t he spring and summer months in preparation for Summer and Fall term registration. For information and links to the  registration steps, go to the Enrollment web page.
Our Disabled Students Programs & Services Program (DSPS) provides support services and accommodations to students with disabilities to allow them to fully participate in college courses.    
Counseling appointments, tutoring, and accommodations are available at the Brentwood center. 
Call the DSPS office at  (925) 473-7471   to schedule an   appointment.  

Note:The deadline to request testing accommodations for Spring 2018 finals is Monday, May 14!

To learn more about services provided and how to apply to the DSPS program, please see the DSPS web page
Tutoring Services  
Prepare for finals by taking advantage of free tutoring services in the Center for Academic Support, Room 13.  We offer drop-in peer tutoring in many subject areas, one-on-one reading and writing support by English faculty, and tutoring for DSPS students in English and Math.  To schedule a one-on-one appointment for reading and writing services or DSPS tutoring, just stop by the office or call (925) 513-1625. 

Textbook BuyBack in Brentwood
Get cash for your books!  Tuesday & Wednesday, May 22 - 23, Room 13, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.  For more information, including Textbook buy back information for the Pittsburg campus, visit the LMC Bookstore webpage .

Scantron Sales
Be prepared for your upcoming exams , and  buy your Scantron forms today!  A Scantron machine is available at the Brentwood Center, outside of Room 3. The machine takes cash only in $1, $5, &  $10 bills. 
"New!"  Student ID Cards 
The Brentwood Center now issues LMC Student ID cards to students enrolled in the current or upcoming terms.  ID Card processing is located in the Brentwood Student Services office during the following hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.