Thursday, October 18, 2018

Meet the 2018 Constitution Contest Winners!

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The results of our 2018 Constitution Day contest are in!

The contest called on students to answer this question: “Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.” The prize—a $75 gift card!

Congratulations to the winners:

We thank all of the Constitution Day contest winners and participants for sharing their thoughtful and poignant narratives.

We encourage you to take pause to think about what the Constitution means to you!

Pictured above are Margie Munoz and Damian Robinson.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Take a Selfie Stand Against Cheating Today!

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Today is International Day Against Contract Cheating! We’re calling on #RioWaves to show their support for academic integrity and ethics in their studies-- and to take a stand against cheating by sharing a selfie with a statement that completes this sentence: 

“I don’t contract cheat because ___________.” 

Share your statements via social media using hashtags #RioSaladoCollege #defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity.

Look for shares on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts later today.

Rio Salado is a proud member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), which is leading the International Day Against Contract Cheating effort.

Banner for International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, featuring illustrated images of two young bandits exchanging answers to test in a clandestine alley.

Excuses, Excuses 
While there are no excuses and the consequences are great, the stress and pressures of school can make it tempting and sometimes irresistible for students.

What is Cheating?
photo of a student holding up white board with her statement, I don't cheat because a smart student doesn't need anything else but themselves to answer
Most of us are familiar with cheat sheets and copying homework, but there’s a new kind of cheating called Contract Cheating.
Contract Cheating is a “form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit [and/or advantage] as if they created it themselves,” according to

Examples of contract cheating include:
  • Purchasing an assignment from an online site 
  • Sharing answers to an assignment on a file sharing site 
  • Posting or purchasing answers to an exam, assignment, or other assessed work 
  • Paying someone to write a test or exam 

photo of a student holding up white board with her statement, I don't cheat because the struggle is part of the journeyWe Want You to Succeed! 
We encourage you to take advantage of our Resources for Academic Success toolbox, Student Success videos, Tutoring services and Counseling teams.

Learn more about Contract Cheating by visiting or contacting Rio Salado’s Academic Integrity team

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Date Night idea: Soap Making Workshop 10/18

bars of colorful soap wrapped in a variety of ribbon and paper.

Any plans this Thursday? Why not make it a date night and take a Soap Making 101 workshop Oct. 18 with the Cafe at Rio team!

Register now:

Use code FALLSOAP for 15% discount.

No tests, no grades-- just fun!

Free Orientation: Learn How to Be a Teacher!

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Take part in a free orientation session to learn about the educational pathways and employment opportunities available to help you succeed as a teacher!

Rio Salado offers Arizona Department of Education approved Teacher Education programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into teaching.

Our Post Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

Orientation Agenda: 
  • Rio Salado College's Educator Preparation Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to questions you may have

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Choose an in-person or virtual session that works for you!

Post-Baccalaureate Orientation Schedule:
November 5 - Virtual
November 28 - In-person
December 10 - In-person

Post-Bacc sessions take place 6-8 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation Schedule:
November 29 - In-person
December 10 - In-person

TIR sessions take place 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Eager to learn more now? 
Check out this RioNews blog, Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher by Rio Salado Teacher Ed Field Experience Coordinator and Coordinator of Marketing Paulina Ngo.

Visit or call 480-517-8140 for additional information about our Teacher Education programs and services.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Culinary Workshops Begin with Soap Making 10/18

Poster for Fall Culinary Workshops featuring images of tamales, pizza, appetizers, soap and tortellini

Looking for a culinary adventure? Join the Café at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams for a series of community education workshops to learn how to make soap, tortellini, pizza, holiday appetizers and tamales!

Register now:

Your first adventure begins Oct. 18 with a lesson on how to make soap! Use the code FALLSOAP for a 15% discount on this workshop!

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun!