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Snow Closings Extend CSM's Spring Semester to May 12

Spring Break, Commencement, Summer Sessions Remain Unchanged

The College of Southern Maryland is extending its spring semester through May 12 to make up for canceled classes due to weather-related delays and closings. The extension does not affect Spring Break, Spring Commencement events or the start of the Summer I Session.

End dates for Spring 2014 full-term, Minisession I classes and start and end dates for Minisession II have been changed.

The Spring 2014 full-term classes that were scheduled to end on May 7 are now ending on May 12. Spring 2014 Minisession I classes that were scheduled to end on March 12 are now ending on March 29. Spring 2014 Minisession II classes that were to begin on March 24 are now starting on March 31 and are now ending on May 12. Textbook buyback days will be May 5-13.

Credit students at CSM will be on spring break March 17-23.

During spring break, the college stores will close at 5 p.m. on March 17 and18. Administrative offices at all campuses will close at 5 p.m. on March 18. The St. Charles Children's Learning Center will operate on a normal schedule on March 17 and will close on March 18 for staff professional development training. All other areas will operate on a normal schedule on March 17 and 18, including continuing education courses, the fitness centers, pools, athletics and public safety.

All campuses and facilities will be closed for spring break March 19 through March 23. During this time, access to the college's online services remains available at through my.CSMD services.

The college's normal schedule will resume on March 24.

Summer I Session registration opens for returning students March 4 and opens April 1 for new students; Summer II session registration opens April 21 for returning students and June 2 for new students. Registration for summer continuing education classes begins on March 26.

Spring Graduation ceremonies are not affected by the extended semester. Honors Convocation will be May 14, and Nursing Recognition and Commencement ceremonies will be May 15.

Summer I session starts on May 19 and Summer II session starts on July 7.

For complete spring and summer academic calendar, visit

CSM Robotics Team Finalists in REC Foundation Competition

Talons Create Videos to Raise Awareness of STEM Education

The College of Southern Maryland's Robotics Team, the Talons, were named finalists in the Robotics Education and Competition Foundation (RECF) 2014 Online Challenge.

To raise awareness of their team and upcoming competitions, the Talons created two videos. The video, "Autonomous Selector Switch," was part of a challenge to teach a new robotics team something about robotics engineering that the Talons team learned from experience. Talons who participated in the making of the video are David Farrell of Newburg, Jonathan Frank of Indian Head, John Hamel of Mechanicsville and Emily Subocz of Waldorf.

The video, "An Electrifying Evening with the Arts & Sciences" was created with the help of CSM Digital Media Production student Lacy Davis, of Accokeek, and showed how the team is involved in community outreach. Both videos are posted on the VEX Robotics Competition's website and can be viewed at

Online Challenge winners will be announced March 5.

The Talons will be competing at the World Championship VEX U Robotics Challenge in Anaheim, Calif., on April 23 through April 26.

For information on CSM's Robotics Team, visit

To view photos of the Talons in action, visit

St. Charles Running Festival Supports Women’s Lacrosse

College Raises Funds to Field Team in Spring 2015

St. Charles Companies presented $1,500 in proceeds from the 2013 St. Charles Running Festival to support establishing a women’s lacrosse team at the College of Southern Maryland. Due to outstanding support from community partners and the CSM Foundation, the college has been able to launch lacrosse at the NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) collegiate level in Southern Maryland, with a men’s team set for its season home opener March 9. The CSM Foundation is seeking to raise $25,000 to launch the women’s team in spring 2015. St. Charles Companies offered the proceeds from the 2013 running festival, which was also sponsored by Lennar and Chick-fil-A, as a matching donation to support the college’s student athletes during #GivingTuesday in December.

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