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8730 Mitchell Road
PO Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Community Outreach

CSM In The Community

As a community partner, CSM participates in and supports events happening throughout Southern Maryland. Some upcoming events where you'll find CSM involved are:

Aug. 8: Kent Avenue Corridor Block Party

Aug. 8: Rotary Club of Leonardtown, Running of the Balls

Aug. 8: Town of Leonardtown Beach Party

Aug. 15: Charles County Chamber of Commerce Business, Home and Health Expo

Sept. 12: St. Vincent de Paul Walk for the Poor

Sept. 15-20: Solomons Plein Air Festival

Sept. 20: St. Mary's County Chamber of Commerce: A Taste of St. Mary's

Oct. 4: La Plata Rotary LobsterFest


Southern Maryland Perspectives

Join CSM President Dr. Bradley Gottfried on Sunday mornings as he interviews and highlights local newsmakers on Southern Maryland radio with SOMAR Communications. “Southern Maryland Perspectives,” is a half-hour talk show that airs at:

  • 7 a.m. on WKIK 102.9 FM
  • 7:30 a.m. on WYRX 97.7 FM
  • 8 a.m. on WSMD 98.3 FM

For a sample of previous interviews, please click the photos below.

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Connections authors were featured as part of the Southern Maryland Perspective radio show. Barbara Hurd, left, and Frederick Reuss, right, joined CSM President Dr. Gottfried to discuss their literary efforts. To view the current Connections schedule, please visit here.
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CSM-TV is the cable access station serving the College of Southern Maryland, its faculty, staff, and students, and community viewers.

Cable studio photo   CSM-TV strives to provide high-quality educational and informational programming which showcase the College of Southern Maryland and in support of its events and projects. As a part of the local educational access cable system, CSM-TV produces original shows and acquires a vast array of public interest programming. Additionally, the channel provides an outlet for programming produced by students enrolled in CSM's Digital Media Production program of study.
CSM-TV is simulcast on Comcast Channel 98 and Verizon Channel 16 in Charles County. In St. Mary's County, the college shares content with other higher education institutions on Metrocast Channel 98. Additionally, many of CSM-TV programs may be viewed on demand at CSM's YouTube channel, at

Questions, comments or concerns may be addressed to the Executive Producer/Station Manager Patricia Christofaro, at:

P.O. Box 910
La Plata, MD 20646
301-934-7702 or


Charles County Public Access Station

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Charles County's Local Public Access Channel is made available through funding from the Charles County Government to residents of Charles County on a non-discriminatory basis. A user must be an individual, organization or institution that has a legal address in Charles County. Public access programming airs on Verizon Channel 11 and Comcast Channel 99 in Charles County.

The studio is physically located at the College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus, Francis P. Chiaramonte, MD Center for Science and Technology, Room ST-139. Equipment and facility reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis to certified users with a Statement of Compliance on file.

For information on use of the Charles County Public Access channel, contact Station Manager Patricia Christofaro at 301-934-7702 or

Southern Maryland Pulse

CSM student volunteers take the Pulse of Southern Maryland each fall and spring semester, surveying Southern Maryland residents on various issues and trends. Since fall 2008, CSM has provided the Southern Maryland community with feedback and trends on subjects such as military presence in the region, healthcare, recreation, energy, transportation and Internet access.

The results are provided to local media for reporting in the Southern Maryland Newspapers as well as the executive summary is published here. For a deeper look into how the Pulse comes together each semester, read more here.

The college has earned bronze recognition from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations, District I for its work on this initiative.

Previous Pulse Surveys are available by clicking on the links below:


Fall 2014 Security Summary Fall 2014 Local Elected Officials

Spring 2014 Minimum Wage Spring 2014 Healthcare

Fall 2013 Confidence in Government

Fall 2012 President Election Fall 2012 Presidential Outlook

Spring 2012 Taxes Report

Fall 2011 Weather, Climate Report Fall 2011 Shopping Report

Spring 2011 Schools Report Spring 2011 Budget Report

Fall 2010 Economy Report Fall 2010 Expectations for Elected Officials Report

Spring 2010 Internet Access Report Spring 2010 Elected Officials Report

Fall 2009 Recreation Report Fall 2009 Economy Report

Spring 2009 Healthcare Report Spring 2009 Military Presence Report

Fall 2008 Energy Report Fall 2008 Economy Report

Spring 2008 Election Report Spring 2008 Economy Report

Fall 2007 Slots Report Fall 2007 Diet Report

Speaker Series

The Speaker Series feature college and community experts on current trends and topics throughout the year at each of the college's campuses. Programs are free and include a presentation as well as a question-and-answer format for the audience.