Friday, April 20, 2018

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library for April

video cover for Loving Vincent, featuring self portrait of Vincent Van Gogh

Check out the latest in fiction, nonfiction and DVD releases from the Rio Salado Library, including blockbuster movies like Get OutLoving Vincent and Murder on the Orient Express!

This is a free service for Rio Salado students and staff. You can arrange for free pick up and drop off at Rio Salado locations across the Valley. Let us know if you have a special request by calling 480-517-8424.




This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list
of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

College Savings Tips from @azcentral

banner featuring Maricopa Community Colleges students and logo and logo.  Text: From today's healines at AZ Central: "Go to Community College for as long as possible."

Check out this azcentral story and discussion with news staff about how to get an Arizona university degree for less money. 

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges are ready to help you make the most of your time, money and passion-- with online options, flexible Monday starts, seamless transfers and more. We look forward to being of service to you!

Rio Salado proudly provides distance-education to students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information about programs and classes available in your state, please visit

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Your Graduation with Us!

New social media banner featuring Rio Salado 2018 student speaker Jamie Peredo in graduation attire.  Text: Congratulations Rio Salado College Class of 2018.  Maricopa Community Colleges logo and 2018 grad badge.

Here's to Rio Salado College 2018 grads! We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments at our 2018 commencement ceremony on Wednesday, May 9, at Comerica Theatre.

Pictured above is this year's student speaker, Jamie Peredo, an honors graduate of Rio Salado’s dental hygiene program. You'll be hearing more about her soon!

Check out this event page for the latest details on how to prepare for our commencement ceremony and to download your 2018 Grad Badge.

images of three different grad badges to choose from.

We also encourage you to join us for Maricopa Community Colleges convocations to celebrate your accomplishments. 

What is a convocation? Watch this video to learn more and then visit

snapshot from convocation video.  Image of grads walking through a procession.  Text: Is a cultural celebration of your success as a student.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Free Urban Nocturnes Performance Today at Noon!

Image of Karen Sinclair and Christopher McKay standing in front of downtown Phoenix skyline

Join Rio Salado's Honors Program for a free concert performance featuring Urban Nocturnes at the Rio Saldo Conference Center today, April 17 beginning at noon.

Urban Nocturnes is a chamber group with the Phoenix Symphony, founded by Karen Sinclair, violin, and Christopher McKay, viola. They are Artists-in-Residence at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Phoenix as well as full-time members of The Phoenix Symphony.

We hope to see you there!

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Thursday, April 12, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 1988-90

Welcome to the past! Our next stop on the 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 1988-90.

Rio Salado College celebrated its 10th anniversary in 1988. At the time, it was noted that Rio was the first community college in the Valley, and often the first in Arizona or across the nation, to try a new service or unique program:
  • First mail registration 
  • First telephone registration 
  • First automatic computer registration 
  • First to distribute class schedules via Circle K Stores 
  • First to try modem delivered instruction 
  • First to provide a radio reading service for the visually-impaired 
In an effort to create alternative course delivery systems to meet student needs, the college began offering classes via audio teleconference on the SUNDIAL Network. “The network allows students to participate in credit classes from the privacy of their homes.”

In 1990, Dr. Charles Green departed Rio, and Dr. Linda Thor (pictured above) was named the new college president. At the time, she said, "The Maricopa District in Phoenix is one of the premiere community college districts in the nation, and this was a once-in-a-decade opening for a college president."

Do you remember this time? Share your photos, stories and memories via email to or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.