Fall 2021 Orientation Newsletters

The following Orientation newsletters are designed to keep incoming cadets and their families informed about the preparations for Fall 2021.  These newsletters are also e-mailed to incoming cadets' Cal Maritime e-mail addresses.  

Welcome from Dr. Kathleen McMahon, Vice President for Student Affairs and Cadet Development

On behalf of the entire campus, I want to welcome you to the Cal Maritime community. 

Read Dr. McMahon’s entire message


Orientation Dates and Details

The campus is hard at work planning the Fall 2021 Orientation program.  Details will be shared throughout the summer, and you can always check our Orientation webpages for updates. 

  • August 31—Move-in day for on-campus residents
  • September 1-6—Orientation program (required for all incoming cadets)
  • September 7—First day of instruction

Go to our Orientation webpages


New Student Common Reading Program

During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and other cadets as part of our “New Student Common Reading Program” and discuss the Common Read Book.  In this program, all incoming cadets, along with participating faculty and current cadets, read the same book prior to arriving on campus.

Get more details on this year’s Common Read book


Class Scheduling

By June 30, the Registrar’s Office will schedule all incoming cadets into their first-semester courses, as indicated by the Curriculum Roadmaps for their respective majors.  This scheduling process takes into consideration AP scores and previous college work on file, so that cadets are not scheduled into courses for which they’ve already received credit.  Incoming cadets will have the option to edit their class schedules in mid-July. 

Additional details on class scheduling will be shared over summer.

View the curriculum roadmaps for all majors


Housing Information

In mid-June, all incoming cadets will be receiving instructions from Housing & Residential Life on selecting a future roommate.  On-campus housing and roommate assignments will be shared in early August.  If you have not submitted your StarRez application, the application is still open. 

Those requesting to live off campus will be notified by the end of June. 

General residential life information On-campus/Off-campus forms


Enrollment Documents and Deadlines

The Admission Office collects a variety of forms once a cadet has been admitted to Cal Maritime.  Most of these forms are accessible on our New Student Guide pages.  In addition, a list of forms, and their deadlines, can be viewed on your To-Do list on PeopleSoft, our student information system, accessible here.  As forms are received, those items are removed from your To-Do list.  Official transcripts and AP Scores are due by July 15.  Please contact Admissions with any questions at admission@csum.edu or (707) 654-1330. 

New Student Guide pages


Textbooks and Uniforms

Keelhauler Shops will be handling your uniform and textbook orders over the summer. 

Uniforms: The deadline to submit your uniform measurements online has been extended to June 20, or within three weeks of the date of your acceptance, whichever is later.  You will have the option to exchange items for fit upon arrival to campus.  All of your gear will be placed in your assigned room at Orientation. 

Textbooks: Faculty typically select books for their courses by August 1, and the bookstore has inventory of new and used books for purchase within two weeks of the selection date.

Submit uniform measurements


 

Welcome from Commandant David Taliaferro

Greetings from the Training Ship Golden Bear!

Nearly every summer we have cadets engaged in one of the many broadening opportunities at Cal Maritime. Cruise aboard the Training Ship Golden Bear, International Experience in Vietnam, Europe, or Africa, and multiple internships and co-ops across the world. These opportunities are earned every year by the performance of cadets who were new to Cal Maritime - just like you. The transition and transformation you will experience this year is significant and fellow cadets, faculty, staff, and administration are dedicated to supporting your journey.

Read Commandant Taliaferro's entire message


Vaccination Information

Please click here to read important information on Cal Maritime's vaccination efforts.


Orientation Schedule

An overview of the Fall 2021 Orientation schedule is being finalized and will be posted here, so please keep checking back if you would like to see what is happening during Orientation.


Class Scheduling

The Registrar’s Office is in the process of scheduling first-year cadets (both first-time freshmen and transfers) in their Fall 2021 classes, as indicated by the Curriculum Roadmaps for their respective majors.  Once that scheduling process is complete, the Registrar will be e-mailing you to let you know when and how you can edit your schedule.  Keep in mind that we are also entering AP exam credit and college transfer credit during the summer, so your schedules may change slightly once that credit is entered into the system. 

Curriculum Roadmaps


 Financial Services

Our goal in Student Financial Services at Cal Maritime is to provide students and parents with the information and tools necessary to understand and fulfill their financial responsibilities with Cal Maritime.  Student Financial Services maintains all student financial accounts.

All financial information and communications will be geared toward the student, rather than a parent or guardian unless an Authorization to Release Information is on file with the campus.

Get more information on billing dates and deadlines, online payments, installments and more.


 Keehauler Family

Welcome to Cal Maritime! We are delighted that you have chosen to become part of our extended family.

The Keelhauler Family program, KFam, is designed to give you the tools to support your student at Cal Maritime. We invite you to join us in promoting student engagement both within and outside the classroom. Your active involvement is integral to making your student's college experience a success.

Learn more about being involved in KFam to support your cadet

Submit the supplemental information form to provide contact information for family members.


 

Cadet-Community Connection

As an incoming student for the 2020/21 academic year, we would like to extend a special invitation to you to join our Cadet-Community Connection program.  We just completed our 7th successful year of the program and hope you will join us for our 8th to help us make it even better!    

More information on the Cadet-Community Connection


 

Swim Assessment

All cadets are required to complete a swim assessment during Orientation.  We encourage you to practice your strokes prior to Orientation, particularly if you have concerns about your swimming ability.  If you do not pass the assessment, you will be enrolled in a swim class.  

Please review the swim assessment information and instructional videos.


Orientation Dates and Details

Mark your calendars! Important dates for Orientation have been posted:

  • August 31—Move-in day for on-campus residents
  • September 1-6—Orientation program (required for all incoming cadets)
  • September 7—First day of instruction

Go to our Orientation webpages


Vaccination Requirement

In keeping with the CSU system’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement policy announced yesterday, Cal Maritime is requiring all cadets, staff and faculty to certify that they are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The deadline for certifying your fully vaccinated status is Aug 31st, the beginning of our academic year. Cadets requiring accommodation should contact Siobhan Case in Disability Services at scase@csum.edu.

COVID-19 Webpage


Fall Class Scheduling

Enrollment in your required courses has begun based on your major curriculum roadmap. We will notify you when your class schedule is available for viewing. Students will have a window to adjust courses prior to the start of the drop/add period. We will announce those dates mid-August.

View the curriculum roadmaps for all majors


Brightspace Academic Orientation

On August 9th the online portion of your academic orientation will launch through Brightspace! Learn more about your major, instructors, tutoring, and key academic resources to help you get prepared for the fall term! We’ll also post some important announcements! Be sure to complete this before arriving on campus for your in-person Orientation.


Passport Navigate App

Exciting news! You now have access to an app designed just for cadets - download today! You will learn more the app during your online orientation, but feel free to start exploring! Your class schedule and study buddies will be available once the fall term begins.

Two ways to download:

  • Scan the above QR code with your smartphone’s camera – this works on both iPhone and Android!
  • Visit the app store and download the Navigate Student app

Once you’ve downloaded the app, search for “Cal Maritime” and use your Cal Maritime credentials to sign in.

Two ways to view:

Don’t have a smartphone, or want to view on a bigger screen? Use the below link to view the desktop version!


Keelhauler Families

Are your parents excited too? The Keelhauler Family program (KFam) is the Cal Maritime parent community. We invite your parents to join us in promoting student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Find Keelhauler Families on Facebook today!

Encourage your parents to sign up to receive important information directly from campus. Have them sign up for parent/supporter communications online.

Want to join the conversation? We welcome you to join the first informational Zoom session for parents on August 4th from 5:30-6:30pm PST. The topic of the day is Financial Aid, featuring members of the Financial Aid and Student Financials teams.

Zoom link: https://csum.edu/zoom.us/j/83094635102

 

Vaccinations & COVID Information

Cal Maritime Academy continues to adjust and respond dynamically to support our academic mission and cadet success during the COVID-19 pandemic. Changes continue to happen rapidly, from vaccinations to masks and testing. Please stay informed by regularly visiting

https://www.csum.edu/alert/covid-19/ 

Vaccinations are required for all incoming students. Medical and religious accommodations are available, see your CSUM email for further details.  Take steps to send a copy of your proof of vaccination to the Student Health Center by August 31st:

Fax (707) 654-1171 or  healthcenter@csum.edu

In the event that you are not able to be fully vaccinated by August 31st, we will require you to wear a mask at all times until you are fully vaccinated. We will also require that you provide a negative Covid test within 72 hours of arriving on campus, as well as proof of both vaccinations received.

Cal Maritime COVID General Information Page


Roommate Selections

Are underway, continue to monitor your CSUM email for details. In the meantime, visit the Cal Maritime YouTube channel to view mini video-tours of the residence halls.

Residence Hall Mini Video-Tours


Question About Financial Aid?

Please visit the FAQ page of the Financial Aid website for questions about where to find bills, pending financial aid, how to view your financial aid package, summer school questions, refund questions, and much more!

Visit the Cal Maritime Financial Aid Website


Port Pass Photos

All incoming cadets are required to upload a headshot to be used for their Port Pass (used to access buildings, residence halls, meals, etc.) All submissions must meet photo guidelines. See Port Pass website for photo guidelines and upload instructions. 

 

The deadline to submit your headshot is August 12th.

Go To Port Pass Website


New Student Common Reading Program

All students were mailed a complimentary copy of the Common Read book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot. During Orientation, you will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and other students as part of our “New Student Common Reading Program” to discuss this book.

This award-winning bestseller is a true story of Henrietta Lacks, her family, and her immortal cell line, known as HeLa, that came from her cervical cancer cells in 1951 and has since helped lead many important scientific advances in understanding cancer, virus, and other gene research.

Please finish reading the book by Sep 3rd.  If you have any questions, email Dr. Aparna Sinha, Chair Common Read. asinha@csum.edu

 

 

Orientation Dates and Details

Make your travel arrangements now!

  • August 31—Move-in day for on-campus residents
  • August 31—Parent Activities & Capping Ceremony
  • September 1-6—Orientation program (required for all incoming cadets)

 Go to our Orientation webpages


Parent Info Sessions

Parents are invited to attend informational zoom sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in August 5:30 – 6:30.

Zoom link: https://csum.zoom.us/j/83094635102 


Port Pass Photos

All incoming cadets are required to upload a headshot to be used for their Port Pass (used to access buildings, residence halls, meals, etc.) All submissions must meet photo guidelines. See Port Pass webpage for photo guidelines and upload instructions. 

Please submit your photo for your Port Pass ASAP.

Go To Port Pass Website


Vaccinations & COVID Information

All cadets must be fully vaccinated to access campus. The deadline to submit your vaccination record is August 31. Please send proof of your vaccination to the Student Health Center:

fax at #707-654-1171 or email healthcenter@csum.edu

To request an exemption from the requirement, contact Health Services for medical exemptions (healthcenter@csum.edu) or Disability Services Office (scase@csum.edu) for a religious exemption. The deadline to request an exemption is August 16.

Even if you are in the middle of a two-dose regimen of the vaccine, documenting everyone's status by this date will help us plan for fall. All vaccination and exemption information will be kept confidential.

If you plan on getting vaccinated by the August 31 deadline but have not yet (or have not completed your second shot), please indicate your status/plans with Health Services. Upon completion, upload proof of your vaccination record. Until you are fully vaccinated, you will need to do the following:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Submit to random Covid testing
  • Bring a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of coming to campus (submit to Health Services to be cleared to be on campus).

If you are not vaccinated and would like an exemption, please declare your exemption as directed above to be approved for an exemption. You will also be required to:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Submit to random Covid testing
  • Bring a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of coming to campus (submit to Health Services to be cleared to be on campus).

Cal Maritime Student Health Center Page


Housing & Residence Life

Residential halls, room numbers, roommate selections and swim assessment schedules were sent to all incoming cadet on Thursday, August 5 by the Office of Housing & Residential Life to your CSUM e-mail address. Be sure to note the times on your calendar!

Please plan to tag your bags with your full name and assigned Residence Hall name.

Anxious about what to pack? Check out the handy lists on the Orientation webpage!

Questions? Email housing@csum.edu

What to Bring webpage


Computers at Cal Maritime

Bringing a laptop or computer to Cal Maritime? Check out our recommended resources and FAQ’s online. Don’t forget, there are 2 computer labs for your convenience as well!

IT’s Computer Recommendations webpage


IPads Through CSUSuccess Program

Attention incoming cadets! Cal Maritime is thrilled to be one of eight CSU campuses participating in CSUCCESS, a program that provides a free iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio to all incoming first-year cadets and new transfers for the Fall 2021 semester! To register for an iPad bundle and learn more about the program, visit: www.csum.edu/csuccess


Financial Aid: Special Topic

Did you know it’s important to keep in good academic standing to keep your financial aid? Make sure to review the information about the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy and the Return of Title IV Funds Policy on the Financial Aid webpage.

Visit the Cal Maritime Financial Aid Website

 

Orientation Dates and Details

Make your travel arrangements now! As a reminder, you are required to attend the full Orientation:

¨ August 31—Move-in day for on-campus residents

¨ August 31—Parent Activities & Capping Ceremony

¨ September 1-6—Orientation program (required for all incoming cadets)

 Go to our Orientation webpages


Vaccinations & Mask Information

As you are aware, all cadets must be fully vaccinated (meaning 14 days past the final vaccine dose) to access campus. The deadline to submit your vaccination record is August 31. Please send proof of your vaccination to the Student Health Center:

fax at #707-654-1171 or email healthcenter@csum.edu

Cadets not complying with the CSU policy will not be permitted to move on campus and may be disenrolled from their classes. If you have not notified us of your status, you will not be permitted to move into the residence halls and may be disenrolled from classes.

To request an exemption from the requirement, contact Health Services for medical exemptions (healthcenter@csum.edu) or Disability Services Office (scase@csum.edu) for a religious exemption. You must do this ASAP.

Partially vaccinated cadets who are planning on receiving their 2nd dose before the August 31st deadline will still need to indicate their status/plans with Health Services. Upon completion, upload proof of your full vaccination record.

Partially and exempt cadets must do the following (until you are fully vaccinated if applicable) :

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Submit to random Covid testing
  • Bring a negative Covid test result within 72 hours of coming to campus (submit to Health Services to be cleared to be on campus).

Masks are required for all cadets, regardless of vaccination status, when indoors unless unsafe or impractical to do so (see attached letter from VP McMahon.) Masks are also required in the residence hall common spaces as well.

If you have not already done so, please review President Cropper’s letter to the campus community from August 18th

For ongoing information and updates about Cal Maritime’s COVID policies and plans, please visit:

Cal Maritime Student Health Center Page


Academic (Online) Orientation

 As a reminder, all incoming cadets should review the online material that their major (e.g. programs) have posted in the 2021 Academic (Online) Orientation on Brightspace prior to coming to campus.  It has information about faculty, course roadmaps, registration, advising, and more.  You can use the link above or login at csum.brightspace.com.   Use the same CSUM login as your email and other campus services. 

 If you have questions or problems accessing the materials or Brightspace, please email academictechnology@csum.edu

Access Brightspace using your CSUM log-in information:

https://csum.brightspace.com/d2l/home 


On-Campus Student Employment

 On-Campus employment is avaliable to cadets in many departments. Find a job that fits your schedule and apply online. 

https://www.csum.edu/hr/student-employment/


IPads Through CSUSuccess Program

Attention incoming cadets! Cal Maritime is thrilled to be one of eight CSU campuses participating in CSUCCESS, a program that provides a free iPad Air, Apple Pencil and Apple Smart Keyboard Folio to all incoming first-year cadets and new transfers for the Fall 2021 semester! To register for an iPad bundle and learn more about the program, visit: www.csum.edu/csuccess


Parent Info Sessions

Parents are invited to attend informational zoom sessions every Tuesday and Thursday in August 5:30 – 6:30.

Zoom link: https://csum.zoom.us/j/83094635102