Wednesday, October 30, 2013

KFYI 550 Live Broadcast from EVVEC Featuring Mike Broomhead and Barrel Boy

KFYI 550's Mike Broomhead and KNIX 102.5 local celebrity, Barrel Boy, will be broadcasting live from the East Valley Veteran’s Education Center Wednesday, November 6.  Please stop by between 4 and 7 to get your picture taken with Barrel Boy and help us spread the word about the amazing work being done in support of our military veterans at EVVEC.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Research Project Help Available 24/7

It’s research time! Visit Ask a Librarian for help finding the best sources for your projects

Have you been assigned a research paper or other project that requires you to use credible sources and you just don’t know where to start or what to do? This is very common college experience! 
The research process can be overwhelming when there are so many ways to find information. Even if you're familiar with library resources and especially if you aren't, you can still visit Ask a Librarian 24/7 Chat

Our 24/7 Chat service is available around the clock and every day of the year and connects you online with a professional librarian who can work with you one-on-one to help you locate, evaluate, and cite the best sources for your projects. 

The MCCCD Libraries also offer research help in-person and by phone. These services are freely available to all MCCCD students, faculty and staff. To get help from a librarian now, visit

Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 College Fair To Be Held Nov. 7

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is hosting the 2013 College Fair at Rio Salado College in Tempe. The goal of the fair is to help students overcome obstacles on their way to college completion.

The College Fair will take place on Thursday, November 7th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Rio Salado Conference Center (2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, 85281). You are welcome anytime between 5:00 and 9:00. Admission is free!

Highlights of the fair include the following:
  • Representatives from various Rio Salado departments (Advising, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Testing, Adult Education, Tutoring, and more) will be available to answer your questions. 
  • Rio’s Counseling Department will speak to students about strategies (time management, goal setting, etc.) for college success.
  • Representatives from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, and other schools will discuss transfer requirements.
  • Student groups (Phi Theta Kappa, the Student Public Policy Forum, the National Society of Leadership and Success) will share information.
  • A college completion commitment event will take place throughout the evening. Students can make a commitment to completing their program or degree.
  • Drawings and fun activities (including a drawing for a signed AZ Cardinals football!)
Please join us on Thursday, November 7th. RSVP if you can, though it is not required.

Contact John Bastian (; 480-517-8656) to RSVP or with any questions.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

SPOT127 Project Wins 2013 Student Production Emmy

SPOT127, KJZZ's youth media center in Maryvale has been awarded the 2013 Student Production Emmy by the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Rocky Mountain Chapter covers all of Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming, and El Centro California.

The winning project, "Teenagers Coming Out" was created by Jessica Garcia and Melissa Mancio who joined SPOT 127 last year. Both students attended Maryvale High School and neither had produced an audio or video project prior to their involvement in the SPOT 127 program. Garcia and Mancio both graduated from high school last May and are now attending college.

KJZZ is a listener-supported public radio station licensed to the Maricopa Community College District. It is a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service, featuring a mix of local, national and international news, jazz and blues — serving more than 306,000 weekly listeners.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Job Search Course Teaches Comprehensive Approach

Learn interview techniques with
CPD102AC Creative Job Hunting
Creative Job Hunting (CPD102AC) is a course offered through Rio Salado College's Counseling Services department. The two-credit elective teaches a comprehensive approach that will help job seekers improve the strategic elements of their job search and address the psychological strain of prolonged unemployment.

"There are very few experiences in life that are as painful as an unsuccessful job search," said Rio Salado College Counseling Faculty Chair Melanie Abts. "The mental and physical drain of what feels like constant rejection by potential employers can lead to anxiety and self-doubt."

The creative job hunting class was developed by adjunct faculty member Kamela Craig who said she believes the course material is best suited for recent graduates or job seekers who have an immediate desire to start working.

"This is not a career planning course. This class is for recent graduates or community members who already know what kind of work they want to do," Craig said. "We want our students to feel like they are prepared to find a job after they receive their degree. For our community members, it is an extremely tough job market and taking this course can provide some new ideas on how to tackle their search."

According to Craig, the course teaches students to be better communicators so that they can not only write better resumes and cover letters, but they can also perform better in an interview.

"A majority of my students state that interviewing is their biggest fear, so we want to address that head on. We discuss a variety of techniques to help calm the nerves and then we pinpoint a strategy that will work best for the individual student," Craig said. "Students review common interview questions and behavioral interviewing questions and devise personalized answers with written feedback from the instructor.”

Students gain confidence and become more comfortable with the interview process through simulated interviews. Craig said she believes this helps students identify their strengths and weaknesses in an interview setting.

"As with anything, practice makes perfect," Craig said. "For the final, students must set up a mock interview with an employer to practice their answers and receive feedback in a pressure-free environment." She added, “I think the mock interview can be an 'ah-ha' moment for many students."

With an online delivery format and flexible monday start dates, attending the creative job hunting classes does not have to interfere with the actual job hunt. Participants can expect to learn how to create a job search plan, write a compelling resume and cover letter, use social networking to find job leads, deal with stress to stay motivated, and stay calm during an interview.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Economics Subject Guide

The Rio Salado Library is proud to introduce the Economics (ECN) Subject Guide. The guide provides links to key library and Web resources for Economics students. These resources are arranged by topic so that students can instantly access the information they need the most:
  • Easy Like Wikipedia!
  • Articles
  • Books and eBooks
  • Reports & Profiles
  • Countries, Cultures & Customs
  • Research Paper Help
  • Citation Help
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Web Resources
  • Tutoring
Developed by Kirstin Thomas, Instructional Coordinator for the Library, this subject-specific guide is designed to be a one-stop shop for all of your ECN related research needs.

Questions/comments about the guide? Contact

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

RSC Mobile App Available Now


The Rio Salado College mobile app is now available on both Android and iPhone. Stay connected with Rio Salado social media networks, news updates and local events. The app can also be used for convenient access to RioLearn, RioLounge and My Maricopa.Windows and Blackberry users can visit for a browser-based version.  Be sure to check it out!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Like Buttah!

KJZZ Host/Reporter Steve Goldstein made the Phoenix Magazine, 2013 Best of the Valley list.

The editors included Steve in the People and Media category for having the Most Buttery Local Radio Voice. Here’s a look at the listing:

The KJZZ personality is a public-radio reporter with commercial-radio pipes. Providing the Valley-news bumper segments on NPR’s All Things Considered current events program, Goldstein makes “congestion on the I-10” sound like the sweetest of lullabies, with a warm, dulcet delivery that never fails to soothe. Physicians should rent this guy out for bad post-operative news and such. 3-6 p.m. weekdays on 91.5 FM.

Congratulations Steve!

Story submitted by KJZZ Public Relations Coordinator Annette Flores.KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College’s Division of Public Service.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Library Used Book Sale

Rio Salado College Library Used Book Sale will take place Tuesday, Oct. 22 & Wednesday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center, 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281.

Shoppers will find all sorts of treasures, and great bargains too, including thousands of music CDs (Classical & Jazz),novels, crafts, reference, non-fiction, DVDs, VHS, magazines and more!
  • Hardbacks $1
  • Paperbacks $.50
  • Music CDs & DVDs $1
  • VHS & Cassette tapes $.25
  • Magazines $.25
This is a CASH ONLY sale. Funds raised will support purchases for the library collection. Contact Melanie Fritz at the Rio Salado College Library for details. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scholarship Applicants Wanted For Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is looking for high-performing community college transfer students with financial need who plan to transfer to a top four-year college or university to apply for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009)
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2014
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Note: While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

Selected students may use the award for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees, may pursue any area of study, will have the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community, and will receive up to $30,000 each year, making this scholarship the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. Students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership and desire to help others, should visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application is open from September 12 to November 7, 2013.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Get Cooking This Holiday Season with Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College’s sustainable foods department recently announced a series of in-person holiday cooking workshops. Participants will work with a professional chef in a beautiful new teaching kitchen at the college’s RSC Thomas location. The 3.5 hour workshops cost $49 each and will cover seasonal favorites like made-from-scratch soups, holiday pies and three different kinds of tamales.

Workshop participants can expect a hands-on experience where they will learn much more than ingredients and cooking times.
  • From Scratch Soup - (Oct. 26) Discover different categories of soups and their importance as a staple in diets throughout the world. Participants will learn to make butternut squash soup, tortilla soup, New England clam chowder, and Tom Yum Soup.
  • Holiday Pie Workshop – (Nov. 16) This class will cover gluten-free pie crust in addition to traditional pie crust, and cookie crumb crust. Participants will learn to make classic apple, French apple pecan and pumpkin pie. Each student will leave class with one pie.
  • Tamales, Tamales, Tamales – (Dec. 14) Get the do’s and don’ts of making tamales from a professional chef and have a late lunch enjoying the results. Participants will learn to make green chile chicken tamales, red chile beef tamales and green corn tamales.

Michael Hodgins, Director of the Sustainable Food Systems program at Rio Salado said he is very excited to be offering these classes.

"Cooking and baking brings families and communities together,” Hodgins said. “It’s unfortunate that cooking and baking, to some extent, are becoming a lost art as folks get busier and busier.”

According to Hodgins, the holiday cooking workshops will teach students more than just cooking skills.

“We have a fantastic for-credit Sustainable Food Systems program with cooking and baking classes, but it is still important to reach out to the community and provide education for those that don't necessarily want to cook for a career. We want to help them enrich their lives and the lives of those around them through great food."

All three workshops will be held from 11a.m. until 2:30 p.m. RSC Thomas is located at 3631 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix, AZ 85019. For more information, and search “community education.”

This story can also be found in the October 12 edition of the Tempe Republic.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Withdrawal From Class May Impact Financial Aid

Students earn their financial aid by attending class and completing coursework. Students who withdraw from class may be asked to return all or a portion of the financial aid they used to pay for that class.

The amount to be returned is based on how much of the course the student completed. Because Rio Salado allows students to customize their schedule with the block calendar system, it can be difficult to understand the mathematical formula used to determine what percentage of the student's financial aid must be returned.

Students who are considering dropping a class or withdrawing from college should contact the financial aid office to see what impact that decision will have on their financial aid eligibility.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Library New Titles: Humor That Works

Andrew Tarvin presents a collection of ways to reap the proven human and corporate benefits of humor at work. Organized by core business skill and founded on his own work as a business speaker and coach with the consulting company, Humor That Works.

Check out the complete list of new titles below.

The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

The Quest: A Novel by Nelson DeMille

Building Tomorrow's Talent: A Practitioner's Guide to Talent Management and Succession Planning by Matthew Gay and Doris M. Sims

Culture & Identity: Life Stories for Counselors and Therapists by Anita Jones Thomas and Sara Schwarzbaum

E-business Success: Using Technology to Take Your Business to the Next Level by K.L. Graham

501 Ways to Use Humor to Beat Stress, Increase Productivity, and Have Fun at Work by Andrew Tarvin

Incredible Edibles: 43 Fun Things to Grow in the City by Sonia Day and Barrie Murdock

Love First: A Family's Guide to Intervention by Jeff Jay and Debra Jay

Multicultural Marketing and Business Consulting by Thaddeus Spratlen

Nourishing Meals: Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family by Alissa Sergersten and Tom Malterre

Time Management: Tips, Tools &Techniques by Raymond LeBlanc

The Ultimate Guide to Twitter for Business: Generate Quality Leads Using 140 Characters, Instantly Connect with 300 Million Customers in 10 Minutes, Discover 10 Twitter Tools than Can Be Applied Now by Ted Prodromou

Emergency Preparedness: Awareness and Survival Updated

Yoga for the Rest of Us: Heart Healthy Yoga

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.

Monday, October 7, 2013

How To Avoid Resume Pitfalls

Submitted by Rio Salado College Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown
The first impression an employer receives of a new employee is his or her resume. Writing a solid resume that accurately and succinctly portrays the applicant's professional background and applicable skills is critical. 
Entrepreneurs who advantage of the difficulty of this task may charge high fees to produce mediocre-quality resumes. There are also a variety of free resume writing tools available on the Internet. 

Paying to have a resume written or using an online template may seem like a good solution, but they are rarely an adequate substitute for taking a career explorations class or meeting one-on-one with a career counselor. Unique situations that do not fit the standard template are left with a lot of questions and a lot of white space.

It's important to learn how to construct a high-quality, customized resume that highlights the knowledge and skills required by a specific open position. 

Some of the most common resume writing mistakes include:
  • Using the same resume to apply for different positions.
  • Grammatical and/or typographical errors.
  • Using terms that are cliché, such as “I am a team-player.”
  • Providing no email address or one that is cute or inappropriate, such as “
Students who would like to update their resume and avoid common pitfalls are encouraged to enroll in Career Exploration CPD102AB at Rio Salado College. 

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Financial Aid Tip: Maximum Time Frame

In order to maintain financial aid eligibility, students are required to show Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Those who take too long to complete their degree may lose their financial aid eligibility, even if they didn't use financial aid to pay for their previous classes.

An appeal process is available for students who can demonstrate extenuating circumstances that caused them to exceed the maximum time frame criteria. The appeal must adequately explain and document why the student was unable to graduate in a timely manner.

A maximum time frame appeal must also include an academic plan created with the help of an advisor. The academic plan outlines the course of action that the student agrees to take to ensure that the student can progress toward completion at an acceptable pace.

The appeal process does not include an in-person presentation. It's important for students to provide complete documentation of the circumstances that caused them to exceed the maximum time frame. All appeal decisions are final, so students are encouraged to be thorough when compiling the evidence for their appeal.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sociology Subject Guide Now Available

The Rio Salado Library is proud to introduce the Sociology (SOC) Subject Guide. The guide provides links to key library and Web resources for Sociology students. These resources are arranged by topic so that students can instantly access the information they need the most:
  • Easy Like Wikipedia!
  • Books and eBooks
  • Newspapers & Magazines
  • Scholarly Journals
  • Pro/Con & Viewpoint Articles
  • Countries, Cultures & Customs
  • Research Paper Help
  • Citation Help
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Web Resources
Developed by Kirstin Thomas, Instructional Coordinator for the Library, this subject-specific guide is designed to be a one-stop shop for all of your SOC related research needs.

Questions/comments about the guide? Contact