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November 2018
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NOVEMBER AT LMC

Only a little more than a month remains of the fall semester and you are undoubtedly focused on projects, papers, and exams.  Just keep up the hard work and before you know it, you'll be enjoying a well earned Winter Recess!

Fall Finals 
If you are wondering when your finals are, they will be held during the last week of instruction, during regular class time. Make sure you 
confirm the dates with your instructors. 

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Plan for Spring 2019

This is also the time to plan for Spring 2019 classes and the 
 Spring Class Schedule is now available online! If you haven't checked InSite for your Spring 2019 priority registration appointment date, now is the time to do so.

Check out some college information below, along with news about some great events and important dates. 
THE 4CD COLLEGE PROMISE
First time_ Full time_ Free Tuition

Find Out if You Qualify for Free Tuition
Have you heard? Los Medanos College is offering tuition-free college for all first-time, full-time students for a whole year! As a part of our College Promise effort, the district launched the FTprogram for the Fall 2018 term* and is offering it again for Spring 2019. 

Here's how it works: 
  •     Be a first time college student 
  •     Enroll in a minimum of 12 units for the Spring 2019 term 
  •     End the term with a GPA of 2.0 or higher 
  •     Complete a short FT3 application/pledge  
  •     Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or Dream Act Application 
  •     Have an educational plan on file 
Once all the above are successfully fulfilled, you will  r eceive a full refund of all of your enrollment fees!!! 

NOTE*: Students who successfully complete FT3 for the fall 2018 semester, will automatically be enrolled in the program again for spring 2019.  

For more information, go to the FT3 web link, or contact the Welcome Center at 925-473-7434 or lmcquestions@losmedanos.edu
 
Important Academic Dates_ Don_t forget_

IMPORTANT ACADEMIC DATES


November
  • November 12 - Veteran's Day HOLIDAY - College Closed
  • November 16 - Last day to withdraw from full-term classes with a "W"
  • November 19 - Spring 2019 Priority Registration begins - Check InSite for registration date/time
  • November 22-24 - Thanksgiving Break - College Closed

December
  • December 16 - Last day of instruction
  • December 17-19 - Student Services open - Limited hours - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • December 20 - Jan 1 - Winter Recess - College Closed

January
  • January 2 - Student Services open - Extended Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • January 15 - First day to submit Early Summer 2019 Graduation Application
  • January 21- MLK, Jr. HOLIDAY - College Closed
  • January 28 - Spring classes begin
 
STUDENT SUPPORT  & RETENTION SERVICES
LMC Connect powered by Starfish
Have you CONNECTed with LMC?

LMC Connect (also known as Starfish) is a communication tool used by the whole campus to help you be successful at LMC. With LMC Connect, you can see your Success Network, which is a group of instructors, counselors, programs, resources, and many more who are all invested in your journey here at LMC.

LMC Connect allows your instructors to let you know how you are doing in their class by sending you feedback in the form of Kudos or Flags through email.

Accessing LMC Connect is easy and something you can do by signing in to your Canvas, clicking on any of your classes, and finding Starfish on the left hand navigation bar. If you haven't done so already, sign in to LMC Connect and create your profile, with a picture (selfies welcome), and CONNECT with LMC!

We can't wait to see you be an LMC Superstar!

For more information, go to the LMC Connect web page, or email lmcconnect@losmedanos.edu .
THE CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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Brain Food Helps Students Study
The Center for Academic Support now offers nutritional support to students through The Brain Food Project, which is a program that provides food to students during tutoring sessions and is supported by a training system called EASe (Empathy, Awareness, & Sensitivity for equity). Through EASe training, the Center will offer Brain Food to students in a sensitive and inclusive manner, and students will participate in something that is just another of the many services that the Center for Academic Support provides to LMC Students.

The goal of the Brain Food Project is to provide students with food during study sessions, to increase their efficiency and success. Often, students get hungry and end up lacking focus or leaving a study session early. By providing healthy, nutritious food items to students as they study, the Center for Academic Support  hopes to help students improve their chances of academic success.

For information contact the Center for Academic Support at 925-473-7591.
EQUITY & INCLUSION EVENT

Equity Speaker Series
This semester, we are inspired by the values of compassion, humility, inclusion, civility, empathy, and respect. Thank you to the faculty, students, and staff who contributed to the Equity Speaker Series. In association with the efforts of the Contra Costa Community College district office, we combine to offer the LMC community the Fall 2018 Equity Speaker Series. 


Empathy in Our Lives - Lora Groppetti
Tuesday, November 27, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. in room CC2-256
The event will expose students to the concept of empathy and explore that ways in which empathy is tied to respect, power and community, hosted by Marie Arcidiacono Kaufman and Star Steers

For more information, go to the Equity & Inclusion web page.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Fall is Scholarship Application Season
The scholarship application season is just around the corner! Check out a listing of current and upcoming application cycles. Be sure to check the LMC Scholarships web page  often for updates. Applications will be posted online once they are made available.

For students transferring in fall 2019:

Name of Scholarship
Application Timeline
Award Amount
Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
Open Sept. 13 - Nov. 27   CLICK HERE TO APPLY! 
Up to $40,000 per year
Kennedy King Memorial Scholarship
Opens mid-October
$10,000 to transferring students
LMC Foundation Scholarships
Opens early November
Varies
CAL RTA Diablo Vista Scholarship
Opens November
$5,000 to transferring students
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Opens November
Varies

For LMC students continuing in fall 2019:

Name of Scholarship
Application Timeline
Award Amount
LMC Foundation Scholarships
Opens early November
Varies
Assistance League of Diablo Valley
Opens  November
Varies
Live Your Dream Award
Opens fall 2018
Up to $2,000







Need help? Scholarship Workshops are available!  


LMC Foundation Scholarship:
Application Workshops
Wednesday, October 17, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Room SS3-314
Monday, October 29, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Thursday November 15, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Monday, November 19, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Thursday December 6, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Room SS3-314 
 
Essay Workshops
TBD
 
Kennedy-King Scholarship:
Application Workshops
Tuesday, October 23, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Friday, November 9, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Tuesday, November 27, 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., Room SS3-314 
Friday, December 14, 1:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., Room SS3-314 
 
Essay Workshops
TBD

Select Scholarship Workshops, to register.
 
For more information contact the Scholarship Office at (925) 473-7519.
FINANCIAL AID NOVEMBER NEWS

Get Help During Special Evening Lab Hours:
Tuesday, November 20, from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
At the lab, you can get assistance with:
  • Creating an FSA ID and password
  • New FAFSA/CA Dream Act or renewals
  • Adding our school code
  • InSite for Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid

FAFSA Goes Mobile
The notoriously difficult-to-fill-out federal financial aid form, known as FAFSA, is going mobile!  While the questions remain the same, the FAFSA website has been redesigned to be mobile responsive and more user friendly. 

FAFSA has also created a myStudentAid app which is now available for download to all mobile devices!, It's recommended that students and parents start using the app with the 2019-2020 FAFSA, so  they can use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to import their 2017 tax information.

To download the app, visit Google Play or the Apple App store 


2019-2020 FAFSA 
If you plan to attend college during the 2019-2020 academic year, complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA to learn if you are eligible to receive various types of federal and state grants, work-study funds, and loans.
To apply, go to the FAFSA website. This application asks for 2017 income and tax information. If you've already filed for 2017, you may be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval tool to transfer tax data  automatically.
 
Your right to dream

2019-2020 CA Dream Act - Apply Now
The California Dream Act allows AB 540 eligible students to apply for and receive several types of financial aid, including:
  • CA College Promise Grant (formerly known as the Board of Governors Fee Waiver).
  • State financial aid like Cal Grants and Chafee Grants
  • Assistance from EOPS, CARE or CalWORKs
  • Privately-funded scholarships
Complete a  CA Dream Act application or for  more information on AB540 eligibility, visit the Financial Aid
 web page. 


Satisfactory Academic Progress Requirements (SAP)
To continue to receive financial aid next semester, students must meet minimum academic and progress requirements. The Office of Financial Aid will be verifying minimum academic and progress requirements at the end of the Fall 2018 semester, according to the college Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy. Once the fall semester has concluded and final grades are posted, students may receive an email regarding SAP status.


Follow us on Social Media @LMCFinancialAid
We have Twitter and Instagram accounts!!  Follow us for updates on deadlines, general financial aid info, and scholarship opportunities. We post regularly to keep you as up to date as possible.
        
For more information, go to the Financial Aid web page or call 925-473-7525. 

    
LMC ART GALLERY
 
J BRAMAN
Stalking Sentient Text and Restless Forms: A Year's Journey in the Alchemical Studio
November 8 - December 6
Reception:  Thursday, November 8, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. / Artist Talk at 5:00 p.m.
Exhibition Dates: Thursday, November 8 - Thursday, December 6.
Admission: FREE and open to the public 

Gallery Hours: 
Monday - Thursday
2:30 - 2:30PM
4:00 - 6:00PM
The new Brentwood Center coming in Spring 2020
    
BRENTWOOD CENTER NEWS  
 
Student Services for Fall
The Brentwood Center offers Student Services Office hours  Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Brentwood's Student Services office is located just inside the front entry. Services include: 
  • Academic counseling
  • Admissions & Records 
  • Bookstore during the first three weeks of each semester
  • DSPS counseling and accommodations
  • Financial Aid
  • Library Services - textbook reserve
  • Technical Support for the Computer lab, Student Printing and WIFI
  • Wellness Counseling (beginning spring 2019)
 For more information go to the Brentwood Center Student Services web page.


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Get Help with Coursework
Instructional support services are offered for Brentwood students through the Center for Academic Support, located in Room 13. The Center for Academic Support is a quiet, comfortable space where students can get guidance and practical advice on essay organization and study skills, as well as gain a sense of collaboration and community.  Services include drop-in tutoring and one-on-one reading/writing consultations by appointment.  Hours of services are posted outside Room 13 , and on the Brentwood Center for Academic Support  web page. To schedule an appointment with a Reading & Writing Consultant, call  925-513-1625,  or stop by the Brentwood Center front office.


Math Support at Brentwood
The Brentwood Center's Math Lab is a place to get help with lab assignments, course concepts, computer software, the use of graphing calculators, and a variety of other math assignments. Located in room 15, the Math Lab's hours are  Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. and  Friday,  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. For more information call (925) 473-6925 during lab hours.
 
LMC Transfer Center Reps at the Brentwood Center

Catch a University Tour from Brentwood
Visiting other 4-year colleges gives students the opportunity to become familiar with a variety of transfer institutions and experience what each has to offer.  All tours now have pick up and drop off times for the Brentwood Center, as well as the Pittsburg Campus, and t ransportation FREE, unless otherwise stated. Visit the Transfer & Career web page for the tour schedule and  registration information, or call (925) 473-7444.