Monday, September 24, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide

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The Rio Salado Library is helping us celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with an online guide to help you learn about the lives, contributions and legacy of Hispanic and Latin Americans. 

Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Rio Salado College in this RioNews blog.

Mural Artist, Daniel Galvez. Learn more about this mural.
Photo of mural by Fabrice Florin. Learn more.

Friday, September 21, 2018

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

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Rio Salado staff members have been hard at work fulfilling 40 acts of community service as part of our year-long 40th anniversary celebration!  Check out the latest updates from our teams.

This summer, the Café at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams purchased, prepared and served dinner for families with sick kids staying at the Mesa Ronald McDonald House. The team volunteered their services on several Friday nights to provide heartwarming, nutritious food. Pictured here (L to R): Miana Spradlin, Katelynn Roles, Teresa Romero, Cameron Yazzie, Michael Hodgins, David Reyes, Demetrius Franklin and Dominic Romero.

Members of the Institutional Advancement Marketing team volunteered their services at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix on Friday, Aug. 31. The team helped pack Emergency Food Boxes, which are distributed to the elderly, children, working families and the homeless. The foodbank distributes approximately 45,000 emergency food boxes a month. Pictured here are (L to R): Annette Flores, Edward Calderon, Tina Miller and Mira Radovich.

Six members of the Business Services team also volunteered their time to St Mary's Food Bank on Sept. 19 to help pack and sort food. The Food Bank provides 250,000 meals across Arizona to needy families each day. The team also saw pallets of food ready to be shipped to Hurricane Florence effected areas. Pictured here (L to R): Cecilia Vilanueva, Cindy Ming, Kimberly Abeyta, Nancy Garabedian, Rose Smith and Peggy Melzer.

Visit this Facebook album to see more photos.

We encourage participants to share their photos and stories of service using these hashtags: #RioServes, #RioGivesBack #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Constitution Essay Contest Deadline 5 PM Today!

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You still have time to enter our Constitution Day Essay Contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. this evening. The prize, a $75 gift card!

The challenge? Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.

Check out our web page for contest details Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

We hope you take pause to think about what the Constitution means to you and share your thoughts by entering our contest!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

AZ Town Hall Criminal Justice Discussion 9/21

Take part in an Arizona Town Hall discussion about Criminal Justice in Arizona at Estrella Mountain Community College, Sept. 21.  

Register now!

The discussion will focus on what is the best way to create and maintain safe, productive communities.

Registration is FREE and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students, staff, alumni and the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

West Valley Community Town Hall 
Criminal Justice in Arizona
Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Estrella Mountain Community College Conference Center
3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392

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If you plan to participate or you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review this Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet

The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by the Morrison Institute, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

Additional support for this event is made possible by and the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

20% CLEP Exam Discount & Contest Ending Soon!

Rio Salado Tempe Testing Staff Member Angelina Valencia
Take advantage of a 20% discount on all College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) proctoring fees and enter CLEP’s Back-to-School Student Success Story Contest!  Discounts expire Sept. 30.

What are CLEP exams? 
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They test a student’s proficiency in a field of study and give students a chance to earn college credits for what they already know. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.  There are 33 different examinations, which are accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities.

Learn more about CLEP exams and the services available to you at Rio Salado’s Testing Centers at

The College Board has recognized Rio Salado as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center since 2002.

Take Part in Student Success Story Contest!
CLEP will award a $500 gift card to a test-taker with the most unique student success story during this back-to-school celebration! CLEP student success story submissions, which can include narratives, images and videos, should be sent to by Friday Oct. 5, 2018. To learn more about this contest, visit this CLEP web page.

CLEP will also recognize college testing centers which achieve the highest number of CLEP exams administered nationally, the highest number of CLEP exams administered to DANTES funded candidates and other achievements.