Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Enter Our Sustainability Contest and Win a Scholarship

Are you passionate about sustainability? Do you have creative talents? Enter the Art to the 3rd Power Sustainability Contest to win a Rio Salado scholarship!

Rio Salado students are encouraged to enter a work of creative writing or media that integrates the three “Rs” of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

While submissions must be original works, how you address the three “Rs” is up to you, so get your creative juices flowing!

Three winning entries will be selected. Winners will receive Rio Salado scholarship vouchers of $350, $250 and $200 respectively. The deadline to enter is September 29, 2010.

For a list of the contest rules and an entry form click HERE.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Chris Bustamante Named President of Rio Salado College

Chris Bustamante, Ed.D. has been named President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the 10 colleges within the Maricopa Community College District (MCCD). The appointment, which was recommended by Chancellor Rufus Glasper, was approved by the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board at its June 22 meeting and is effective immediately.

Dr. Bustamante has been serving as Rio Salado’s Interim President since February 16, 2010, when former Rio Salado President Linda Thor assumed the Chancellorship of California’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District. President Bustamante’s prior executive positions at Rio Salado include Vice President for Community Development and Student Services, and Dean of Academic Affairs. Earlier in his career, he held senior-level government affairs positions in the Maricopa Community College District.

“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Bustamante as President of Rio Salado College,” Dr. Glasper said. “He has a long history of outstanding service to the college, and I’m sure he will do an excellent job as President.”
Dr. Bustamante graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership, both from Northern Arizona University. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for NAU in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program/Maricopa cohort.
Before joining the Maricopa Community Colleges, Dr. Bustamante was Assistant to the Superintendent for Community and Government Relations at Phoenix Union High School District. He also served as a Legislative Aide to the Arizona House of Representatives from 1984-87.

At Rio Salado, Dr. Bustamante is known as an advocate for increased access to higher education opportunities. He has forged transformational partnerships with business, government and other education providers, leading to innovations such as the Communiversity @ Surprise, the first communiversity west of the Mississippi.

His work at Rio Salado also has included oversight of Arizona’s largest dual enrollment program, serving 6,700 students annually; oversight of eight major capital projects for the college; securing capital funding for Adult Learning Center projects throughout Maricopa County; directing educational partnerships for the military with Luke Air Force Base and with the U.S. Army for GoArmyEd; and launching Rio Salado’s Adult ACE/Puente Program.

Headquartered in Tempe, Rio Salado College serves more than 64,000 students annually, including 51,000 credit and approximately 13,000 non-credit students.

Monday, June 21, 2010

June Education Forum: Green Marketing

June Education Forum: Green Marketing
Monday, June 28th at 5:30 to 7:30pm
5:30 - 6:00pm Networking
6:00 - 7:30pm Presentation

Summary:

This month we will explore best practices for promoting your company as a green organization. In a society that has a growing interest in only supporting businesses that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability, your messaging is critical to your success. Everything from what you say to how you say it demonstrates how your principles align with those of your audience. Join us and learn about effective strategies to maximize the return of your marketing campaign while minimizing the impact on the environment.  

Topics Covered:
  • Embracing social responsibility
  • Branding your company as green
  • How to avoid green-washing
  • Social media marketing strategies
Speakers:
Lisa Barnard is the founder and EcoMind of Brain Lab, a sustainability and branding consultancy. Lisa's strengths lie in helping companies understand the relevancy of the "green" or "sustainable" movement and positioning brands in this space through authentic communications and cost-effective strategies. Lisa is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Certified Green Auditor, and has 15 years under her belt working at some of the best advertising agencies in the Phoenix and Albuquerque areas.

Dave Cooke, a nationally recognized revenue strategist and development counselor, is the Founder and Chief Growth Officer of Strategic Resource Group, LLC. Popularly referred to as "The Sales Cooke," Dave leverages over 25 years experience creating profitable selling strategies to transform companies and ignite their revenue engines. His approach brings refreshing insight and enthusiasm to the current trends and complexities of a growing global business environment.

Location:
Rio Salado College, The Conference @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St, Tempe, AZ 85281(map)

Getting there:
Light Rail
Parking is ample and FREE
Cost:
$10 Members
$20 Non-Members
Additional $5 required when paying at the door

RSVP:
Required by 5:00 p.m., June 27th (Click Here)

Rio Salado GED Graduate: ‘Just Do it’

By David Staudacher, Rio Salado College PR Manager

“Students who complete the ABE (Adult Basic Education) program through Rio Salado generally experience higher self-esteem, an increase in job opportunities and more choices in many areas of life,” said Blair Liddicoat, associate dean of Adult Basic Education at Rio Salado College. “Approximately 7,500 students attended ABE classes with us this past year.”

Among those students was Ebaristo Ortega, who understands what Liddicoat is talking about. In May, he did more than proudly earn his GED. Ortega, who dropped out of high school nearly 14 years ago, was selected as the student speaker at Rio Salado College’s 2010 GED Graduation ceremony.

Deciding to return to school for his diploma was a difficult decision for Ortega. In October he was laid off from his job and school didn’t seem like a priority – until he started looking for jobs.

“From that point on I tried to get jobs and they would ask for my GED or evidence that I had it,” said Ortega. “It was like a light bulb going on and saying ‘It’s time to get your GED.’ And it’s something I’ve been wanting to get for a very long time, too.”

Besides being unemployed with very few opportunities in sight, Ortega was inspired to earn his GED after seeing a relative graduate from college.

“Seeing my niece graduate from Arizona State University, at 22-years-of age as an engineer really motivated me,” said Ortega. “When I saw her graduate, it reminded of my parents, who came to this country to give us, their children, a better future. When I saw my parents’ eyes filled with pride when they looked at my niece is the moment when I said ‘this is the reason my parents came to this country.’ My family is important to me and I want to be a role model to my family members who don’t have their diploma or GED, just like my niece was to me.”

While his family inspired him to return to school, it was the staff a Rio Salado College that kept him motivated to graduate and built his self esteem to the point where he didn’t shy away from speaking in public to nearly 200 of his graduating peers.

“The staff at Rio Salado College was excellent,” said Ortega. “Linda Putnam is a great director, and Maria Minor, who was my teacher, helped me out a lot. There was a lot of encouragement there.”

Rio Salado’s Adult Basic Education (ABE) helps students improve their basic reading, writing and math skills. These classes will help them become more self-sufficient, improve job skills and lay the foundation for a better future.

For Ortega, the future is continuing his education.

“I’m already enrolled in college and started in June,” he said.

According to the U.S. Census, nearly half a million adults in Maricopa County are neither enrolled in school nor have a high school credential. Ortega used to be one of these students, but found the encouragement he needed at Rio Salado College. Now, he is encouraging others to earn their diplomas.

“Go back to school,” said Ortega with a proud laugh. “Don’t let anything hold you down. It’s important to just do it, and it will be worth it in the long run.”

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Adult Basic education program, visit http//www.riosalad.edu/ABE.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Bustamante Recommended for Rio Presidency

June 15, 2010-Tempe, AZ -- Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Rufus Glasper today announced that he is recommending Chris Bustamante, Ed.D. to be President of Rio Salado College, the largest in headcount of the 10 colleges within the Maricopa County Community Colleges District.

The appointment is subject to approval by the Maricopa Community Colleges Governing Board at its June 22 meeting. The appointment would take effect immediately.


Dr. Bustamante was appointed as Rio Salado’s Interim President in February 2010 after serving as Vice President for Community Development and Student Services, and prior to that, as Dean of Academic Affairs. Earlier in his career, he held senior-level government affairs positions in the MCCD.

“I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Chris Bustamante as President of Rio Salado College,” Dr. Glasper said. “He has a long history of outstanding service to the college, and I’m sure he will do an excellent job as President.”

Dr. Bustamante graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He earned his Master’s Degree and Doctorate in Educational Leadership, both at Northern Arizona University. He currently serves as an Adjunct Professor for NAU in the M.Ed. in Educational Leadership Program/Maricopa cohort.

Before joining the Maricopa Community Colleges, he was Assistant to the Superintendent for Community and Government Relations at Phoenix Union High School District. He also served as a Legislative Aide to the Arizona House of Representatives from 1984-87.

At Rio Salado, Dr. Bustamante is known as an advocate for increased access to higher education opportunities. He has forged transformational partnerships with business, government and other education providers, leading to innovations such as the Communiversity @ Surprise, the first communiversity west of the Mississippi.

His work at Rio Salado also has included oversight of Arizona’s largest dual enrollment program, serving 6,700 students annually; oversight of eight major capital projects for the college; securing capital funding for Adult Learning Center projects throughout Maricopa County; directing educational partnerships for the military with Luke Air Force Base and with the U.S. Army for GoArmyEd; and launching Rio Salado’s Adult ACE/Puente Program.

Headquartered in Tempe, Rio Salado College serves more than 64,000 students annually, including 51,000 credit and approximately 13,000 non-credit students.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Faculty Chair Elected to Teacher Association Board

By David Staudacher, Public Relation Manager at Rio Salado CollegeRio Salado College’s Faculty Chair of the Education department Janet Johnson was recently elected to serve a two-year term as the Secretary of the Executive Board of the National Association of Community College Teacher Education Programs (NACCTEP).

“This is a tremendous honor for me and Rio Salado College,” said Johnson, whose term starts in July. “I was a part of the original team who created this organization nine years ago. We wrote the bi-laws and now, as an executive board member, I have the opportunity to be at the forefront of change in teacher education throughout the nation.”

Johnson has served as a NACCTEP Member at Large for the past two years, where she participated in the annual board meetings in Washington, D.C., each fall as well as all the board meetings and the annual conference each spring. While one of her duties as the secretary is to take the minutes at meetings, she believes she can take on a much larger role.

“I was a Member At Large for the last two years, and I had ideas about how to make a difference and how to expand membership, but my two year term was up,” said Johnson. “So I decided to run for secretary to help the organization expand.”

Johnson has been the faculty chair of Education at Rio Salado, 2323 W. 14 St., Tempe, since 1999, and said that her participation as secretary of the NACCCTEP also will benefit the Tempe-based college.

“NACCTEP membership consists of community colleges across the United States who offer or are interested in offering teacher education courses,” said Johnson. “Being a member and secretary of NACCTEP allows me to collaborate, share, and learn from other community colleges and their experiences related to teacher education.”

Johnson is not the only person excited about her new role. NACCCTEP Executive Director Ray Ostos believes she will be a key member in the organization.

“NACCTEP promotes the community college role in the recruitment, preparation, retention, and renewal of diverse PreK-12 teachers and advances quality teacher education programs in the community college,” said Ostos. “As the Secretary, Dr. Johnson will serve a significant role in shaping the future of NACCTEP and advocating for the crucial work of community colleges in the area of teacher education.”

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education programs, please visit http://www.riosalado.edu/education. To learn more about the NACCTEP, visit http://www.nacctep.org.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tuesday's Gardening Advice

Rio Salado College Instructor Peter Conden was on Tram Mai's Valley Dish program on Tuesday with his gardening tip for the day. Peter will have more advice today at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 12. Conden's class, Gardening Practices and Techniques, is part of our Susntainable Food Systems program. More information about the program can be found HERE.



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Horticulture Instructor On Valley Dish

Rio Salado College instructor Peter Conden was on Tram Mai's Valley Dish program Monday offering gardening advice. Conden will be offering tips all week on the program, which airs at 4:30 p.m. on Channel 12. Condon's class, Gardening Practices and Techniques, is part of our Susntainable Food Systems program. More info can be found HERE.


Friday, June 4, 2010

ACE Puente Program Featured on MCTV

Rio Salado College's Ace Puente program was featured on the June edition of MCTV's Enfoque En Tu Futuro, which is in Spanish with English subtitles.


ACE (Achieving a College Education) Puente is Rio Salado College's scholarship program that assists at-risk high school students with getting a head start on college. ACE Puente participants are recruited in their sophomore year of high school, and take hybrid and online college courses while in their junior and senior years, allowing them to graduate with up to 24 college credits.

To learn more, visit http://www.riosalado.edu/acepuente.



To see more MCTV programs, visit http://www.maricopa.edu/mctv.