Friday, January 31, 2014

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, 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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Math Placement Practice Assessments Now Available

Taking the math placement test can be stressful for students, especially when they do not know what to expect. Recent changes to District-wide placement scores have made it more challenging to place into college level courses. As a result, Rio Salado’s math department has created three practice assessments to help students better prepare for the placement test. The practice assessments cover each level of the Accuplacer: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College Algebra.

The assessments are particularly relevant to dual enrollment students who want to take Precalculus (MAT187), but are available to all students. Students can take the practice assessments as many times as desired, and each new version will contain new problems. They are intended for review only and hopefully will lead to better placement test scores and a more genuine assessment of student knowledge and ability. The assessments are now online and available at

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Financial Aid Tip: Submit Your FAFSA Early!

All Rio Salado students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), even those who don’t qualify for need-based aid. Student may submit the FAFSA as early as January 1, and sooner is definitely better than later!

The FAFSA is used to determine eligibility for a variety of student aid sources.  As time passes, financial aid sources are depleted of funds and are no longer available. Students who submit their FAFSA in January and early February have access to a significantly larger pool of funding sources than those who submit their application in June.

Students are encouraged to complete and submit their FAFSA as soon as they have completed their tax return for the year.  This provides students with the best opportunity to receive additional funds.

Note: The Rio Salado College school code for the FAFSA is 014483.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Get Cooking With Rio Salado College

Rio Salado College is offering a series of in-person cooking workshops that will help even the most health-conscious foodies jazz up their culinary repertoire. The 3.5 hour workshops cost $59 and are taught by a professional chef.  Sessions are held from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in the beautiful teaching cooking at RSC Thomas, 3631 W. Thomas Road, PHoenix AZ 85019. 

Spring 2014 Community Education Cooking Classes

Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 - Pasta Sauces from Scratch  

You never have to open a jarred pasta sauce again! Learn how to make the perfect meat sauce, amazing yet simple Pomodoro sauce, basil pesto and classic Alfredo. Then pair each sauce with seasonal ingredients and pastas for a late lunch. COMM_ED100-10038

Saturday, March 1, 2014 Cooking a Plant Based Diet
This workshop will feature three vegan recipes: Vietnamese Summer Rolls with mint dipping sauce, sweet potato and quinoa tacos with chipotle sauce and kale salad with faro, almonds, avocado and green goddess dressing.COMM_ED100-10037

Saturday, March 22, 2014 - Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Learn to make delicious pizzas at home. We will cover all the basics of making a great pizza including making and proofing dough, making sauce, how to properly stretch a pizza, loading a pizza into the oven and a pizza toppings discussion. - COMM_ED100-10039

Saturday, April 12, 2014 - Cooking with Quinoa
Want the health benefits of quinoa but don't know what to do with it? Workshop includes four amazing recipes: Warm quinoa breakfast drink with cinnamon stick and apples; quinoa and chard cakes; quinoa tabbouleh; and quinoa with Thai coconut curry. COMM_ED100-10040

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Summer Salads Workshop
Create light, refreshing and nutritious summer salads including Asian Chicken or Tofu
Salad with Chinese mustard vinaigrette and crispy wontons; Kale Caesar Salad; Summer
Panzanella Salad; and Arugula Salad with apples, endive, candied walnuts, blue cheese
and red wine vinaigrette. COMM_ED100-10041

Monday, January 27, 2014

RSC Subject Guides in the News!

Rio Salado College Library’s Accounting Subject Guide was recently featured in two accounting-related publications. The articles “Exploring a Hidden Gem of Professional Accounting Research: Online Library Guides” and “Accounting Pro-Tip: Channel Your Inner Scholar With Online Library Guides” both showcase Rio’s Accounting Subject Guide as a top resource for professionals conducting accounting research. Developed by Kirstin Thomas, Instructional Coordinator for the Library, each guide is designed to be a one-stop shop for discipline-specific research.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

EVVEC Is Moving

The East Valley Veterans Education Center will be moving to Rio Salado College Southern the week of January 27, and will re-open at its new location on Monday, Feb. 3. At this newly renovated facility, the EVVEC will continue to offer outstanding resources and services to veteran students and their families. The new address is 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

500 Volunteers Needed For GAZBF

Submitted by Dave Noble, Development Director for Sun Sounds of Arizona

The Sun Sounds Foundation is gearing up for an annual tradition that requires the help of a small army of volunteers-- the 2014 Great Arizona Beer Festival. This year marks the 26th year for the GAZBF, which will take place on March 1, from 2-6 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park at 54 W Rio Salado Pkwy. The event attracts thousands of beer enthusiasts, but more importantly increases awareness and much needed funds for Sun Sounds of Arizona, a community service that provides access to current news and information to Arizona residents who are blind, visually impaired or who have a disability which prevents them from reading print material. 

More than 500 volunteers are needed to help in every aspect of running the event.

“The volunteers might pour beer, deliver ice, set-up tents and tables, hang posters and banners, work as host or hostess in our special pavilions, or help take tickets and put on wristbands,” said Andrea Pasquale, Sun Sounds volunteer coordinator.

Companies are encouraged to get a group together and have fun.

Volunteers are still needed for the following shifts:
  • Noon – 6 p.m. - Duties may include front gate ticketing, VIP hosting, designated driver services, wrist banding, t-shirt tent, brewer/vendor check-in, beer pouring, volunteer tent, tickets sales, and other tasks as needed. 
  • 3 p.m. – 8 p.m. - Duties may include brewer and vendor check in, tear down and other tasks as needed. 
The GAZBF is a tasting extravaganza, showcasing more than 250 brews from as many as 60 breweries from across the state, country and around the globe. The breweries are part of the charity-work too; each provides samples of their proudest brewing achievement as a donation to the event. 

General admission and VIP tickets include 24, 3-ounce samples. No additional tickets for samples may be purchased. VIP ticket holders enter at 1 p.m. (an hour early) and also are provided a meal inside the VIP pavilion overlooking the stage. Last call is at 5:30 p.m., last pour at 5:45 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older. 

Sun Sounds of Arizona is a part the Division of Public Service at Rio Salado College, one of the Maricopa County Community Colleges. Based in Tempe, Sun Sounds provides its services at no cost to Valley and State residents. This year, Sun Sounds is a finalist for the Tempe Chamber Business Excellence Awards recognizing the advancement of responsible business leadership in the community. 

For more information about reading services for eligible persons, visit or call 480-774-8300. To volunteer for the Great Arizona Beer Festival visit For group volunteers contact Andrea Pasquale at 480-774-8300.

This story can also be found in the January 25 edition of the Tempe Republic. 

Friday, January 24, 2014

College Connect Workshops Help Prepare Students

The City of Tempe teamed up with Tempe Union High School District, ASU, Mesa Community College and Rio Salado College to create College Connect. The community-based program has been specifically designed to assist our youth in fulfilling their dreams of a post-secondary education.

Attend one of the free College Connect workshops on Saturday, Jan. 25 or Feb. 1 to learn the answers to your questions and receive guidance on many topics including scholarship searches, essay writing, FAFSA form completion and more!

Learn more:

Financial Aid Available For Students Who Attend Multiple Colleges

It's not unusual for students to take online classes at Rio Salado College (RSC) while attending another Maricopa County Community College District college, state university or other educational institution.

Students who would like to use financial aid to pay for classes at two colleges during the same semester must complete a consortium agreement. The consortium agreement allows students to receive financial aid based on the combined enrollment at multiple colleges.

Here are some things students should know about consortium agreements
  • Students will only receive financial aid from one institution
  • The college where you receive your financial aid is referred to as the parent school or home institution
  • If RSC is the home institution, a 6 credit minimum RSC enrollment is required for student loans. 
  • The school where you attend classes but do not receive aid is called the participating school or host institution
  • Students are responsible for making payment arrangements at the participating school. 
  • If RSC is the participating school the account balance must be paid by the first day of class. 
  • The consortium agreement form can be found in the Financial Aid Forms Center
  • A consortium agreement typically takes 5-7 business days to process. 
  • Not all schools will qualify for a consortium agreement with Rio Salado College. 
Note: Coursework from the participating school that overlaps from one semester to the next at the parent school could cause adjustments or delays to current and future disbursements of student aid funds.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Full-Tuition Scholarship Opportunity Available Now

The Nina Scholars Program is available to students at all Maricopa County Community Colleges. This program provides students from disadvantaged backgrounds with an opportunity to obtain the resources and financial support needed to successfully complete their college education.

This program covers full tuition, fees, and books. It also provides each student with an academic advisor and mentor. The Nina Scholars program includes a $2,750 annual living allowance, and is highly focused on all aspects of the success of its student participants.

March 1 is the application deadline for the Nina Pulliam Scholarship program. For additional details, visit 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Form 1098-T Now Available Online

Students planning to receive tax credit for their educational expenses will need to download their 1098-T from the Maricopa County Community College District. Here’s how:
  • Visit the Vangent TRA Service website at http:// 
  • Choose the First Time Student button. 
  • Enter your Student ID or the last five digits of your social security number. 
  • Note: Rio Salado Student ID numbers are eight-digit numbers starting with the number 3 
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to complete your registration.
  • Access your account from the confirmation email and change your password. 
  • Log into your account to view or print your 1098-T
For more information on form 1098-T, visit

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

News from the Rio Salado Library - January 2014

Reading at Rio Book Club

Please join the Reading at Rio Book Club for this month’s discussion of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic novel "The Hobbit." If you need a refresher the Rio Library has a copy of the book and a DVD of the first part of the film (the second part of the film is in theaters now). Everybody is welcome! Cupcakes and other treats will be served!
  • Date: Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014
  • Time: Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Where: Hohokam, 2nd floor faculty area
RSVP to Chris Orf by Tuesday, Jan. 21.

New Library Titles

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library! To request a title please call the Library at 7-8424.

Blowback by Valerie Plame
Critical Mass by Sara Paretsky
Dust by Patricia Cornwell
Fallen Women: A Novel by Sandra Dallas
The Gods of Guilt by Michael Connelly
The Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler White
Innocence: A Novel by Dean Koontz
Mrs. Poe: A Novel by Lynn Cullen
Sins of the Flesh by Colleen McCullough
Stella Bain: A Novel by Anita Shreve

Amglish in, Like, Ten Easy Lessons: A Celebration of the New World Lingo by
Arthur E. Rowe and John G. Doherty
Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty by James M. Lang
Clothing Through American History: The Federal Era Through Antebellum,
by Ann Buermann-Wass and Michelle Webb Fandrich
Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver: How to Care for Your Loved One
Without Getting Overwhelmed
by Ruth K. Westheimer
Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling
Town, and the Magic of Theater
by Michael Y. Sokolove
The Food and Feasts of Jesus: The Original Mediterranean Diet, with
Menus and Recipes
by Douglas E. Neel and Joel A. Pugh
Learning to Be Old: Gender, Culture, and Aging by Margaret Cruickshank
No Better Time: The Brief, Remarkable Life of Danny Lewin – the Genius
Who Transformed the Internet
by Molly Knight Raskin
Rethinking College Student Retention by John M. Braxton
Women Still at Work Professionals Over 60 and on the Job by Elizabeth F.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

RSC Offers Spanish Medical Interpreting Class

Angela Felix, Languages Faculty Chair
at Rio Salado College
When does “bad eye” mean that you need glasses, and when does it mean you were cursed? Saying “mal de ojo” in Spanish is literally translated as "bad eye." However, when you take cultural expression into consideration, it can also mean you are very sick.

The difference between the two translations can have important consequences.

“Communication is key, especially in an emergency room situation where there are life and death situations,” said Angela Felix, Rio Salado College’s faculty chair for languages. “This is where cultural knowledge is critical because there is an increase in the number of people needing quality medical care, and receiving the correct information in Spanish.”

Providing the correct information is the basis for two classes offered by Rio Salado College: SPA205 - Spanish for Medical Interpretation I, and SPA206 - Spanish for Medical Interpretation II

The content from the two classes just received accreditation from the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters (CCHI).

SPA205 introduces Spanish interpretation for medical interpreters and covers a code of ethics, national standards and medical interpreter's responsibilities as well as cultural awareness and legal issues.

In SPA206, students learn medical vocabulary relating to human anatomy and physiology.

“There is no real degree for medical interpreters, yet employers are looking for workers with some academic validation,” Felix said.

The course content was originally developed by the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which partnered with Rio Salado in 2007 to make its curriculum available online for both hospital staff and the public.

Classes are geared to students who already have Spanish language skills but need the medical terminology and medical interpretation training.

“This training is perfect for students who are bilingual but don’t know what career path to follow,” Felix said. “The most important thing to know is that students don’t have to have a medical background to take these classes. We will teach them the terminology and how to manage interpretive encounters.”

Students who successfully complete SPA205 and SPA206 as part of the Certificate of Completion in Spanish Medical Interpreting through the Maricopa Community Colleges’ Southwest Skill Center will qualify for an externship opportunity.

“Externships are typically done in hospitals because they have the greatest need and are the largest employers of medical interpreters,” Felix said. “Students will often get hired at the place of their externship.”

In addition to the externship opportunity, Felix said the online classes benefit students by being affordable and accessible, and most importantly, because the content has been vetted by local and national medical professionals.

“People don’t think of coming to a community college for this level of training, which would normally be offered at a graduate level at a university,” Felix said. “There is nothing locally that is comparable to what Rio Salado is offering, at this cost and with the flexibility of our Monday start dates.”

Students who take SPA 205/206 can also apply those credits to Rio Salado’s Academic Certificate in Language Studies or the Academic Certificate in Spanish and Spanish Culture.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Library New Titles: The Speech

In recognition and honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Rio Library is showcasing TheSpeech: The Story behind Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream, which provides fascinating details behind “The Speech” and events surrounding the march on Washington. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

RSC Avondale, RSC Thomas Discontinue Saturday Testing

Saturday testing services are no longer available at the testing centers at RSC Avondale and RSC Thomas. Saturday testing services are still available at the following locations:
  • RSC Tempe
  • Communiversity @Surprise
  • RSC Northern
  • RSC Southern
Testing Center locations and service hours are available on the testing center website

Saturday, January 11, 2014

IBEST Offers Two-For-One Education Option for Valley Adults

College Bridge Pathways students participate in the
STAR-PATH Student Success Seminar at RSC Northern.
Rio Salado College is recruiting Valley adults to earn their High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma and college certificate in early childhood education through a new adult education program.

The Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) pathway offered through the College Bridge Pathways department provides students with an opportunity to earn their HSE diploma and obtain occupational training at the same time.

The four month program begins February 3 and offers 16 college credits and an 80-hour internship that lead to academic certification in child and family professional development: preschool specialization.

“We’re excited to offer the IBEST Early Childhood pathway,” said Dena Herrera, STAR-PATH project coordinator at Rio Salado College. “The current job market is extremely unfriendly to those without a high school diploma. With IBEST, students have the opportunity to earn college credits in addition to their high school equivalency diploma. They gain work experience through a required internship and get assistance with resume writing and job seeking skills.”

The Early Childhood Education IBEST pathway is offered through partnerships with Walmart and the League for Innovation in the Community College.

The program cost of approximately $1,800 can be covered through financial aid, grants and scholarship opportunities. Students will be required to pay for a fingerprint and background check, and show proof of immunization.

“Cost is not typically a limiting factor for this program,” Herrera said. “Students in previous IBEST classes used Rio Salado College scholarships and grants provided through the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation to help cover the costs.”

Participants in the program will attend early childhood education classes for three and a half hours in the mornings Monday through Thursday. The HSE exam prep portion of the program is held Tuesdays and Thursdays for three hours in the early afternoon.

“This is an excellent option for students who are able to commit to this four-month program, but it’s not for everyone,” Herrera said. “Attendance is mandatory due to the high level of class activity, so students who need more flexibility may want to consider one of our other High School Equivalency options.”

Because IBEST is a pathways program, students who successfully complete the program are able to apply their 16 credit certificate toward an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Administration and Management.

Four IBEST information sessions will be held throughout January at RSC Northern, 1715 W. Northern Ave., Phoenix. Morning sessions will be held 9 a.m. - noon, Jan. 16 and 23. Evening sessions will be held 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jan. 15 and 22. Call 480-377-4228 for details.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Understanding Financial Aid Disbursement

Waiting for a financial aid disbursement is not fun. Here are a few things students should know to help avoid anxiety and frustration:
  • Monitor financial aid status - Students should regularly check theirMaricopa Gmail account or visit the student center to check for notifications. If any action is needed, it will be listed in the student center to-do list. 
  • Review Disbursement Eligibility Requirements - Step 6 of the Financial Aid Steps outlines disbursement eligibility requirements. These include a federally-required 30 day waiting period for first-time borrowers and two-weeks of confirmed class participation before financial aid can be applied to the student's account. 
  • Email the Cashier's Office - Students with anticipated aid will not be dropped from class for nonpayment. Students who are concerned about insufficient financial aid funds may contact the cashier's office to make alternate payment arrangements or to confirm a satisfactory account status. 
  • Take advantage of self-serve options- the financial aid department receives a high volume of phone calls throughout January. The student center and the Rio Salado College financial aid website are there to help find answers without standing in line or waiting on hold.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Job Search Tip: Writing a Cover Letter

Submitted by Amberly Lebeck Brown, Rio Salado College Counselor

Although job postings may not specifically state its need, a cover letter is an important piece to an applicant’s submission for employment. A cover letter provides an opportunity to demonstrate passion for the company or position and to express a professional personality in a way that cannot be expressed in the resume.

Cover letters are often more difficult to compose than resumes. The opportunity for pitfalls is exponentially increased. Although templates for cover letters do exist, using them is not recommended.

Templates are designed to make documents look uniform. Although, the professional look provided by a template can be useful, it is critical that the ideas are unique to the applicant. The goal is to get an application to stand out above the rest (without going overboard). Templates do not serve this purpose very well.

Some other things that job seekers should be aware of when writing cover letters include:
  • A cover letter is not a one-line email, but it should also not be a novel covering the applicant's entire life history. Aim for three or four short paragraphs. 
  • A formal business letter format is preferred.
  • Applicants should write a unique cover letter for each potential position; using the same letter over and over will only ensure that the application ends up in the circular filing bin.
There is no easy way to compose a cover letter. Remember, though, that the time invested will eventually pay off in the form of that coveted position! Rio Salado’s Career Exploration (CPD102AB) course can help students navigate through the process of creating a winning cover letter to go with their attention getting resume. Visit the Rio Salado College Counseling and Career Services page to learn more.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Psychology Subject Guide Available Now

Featured image by Danny O'Connor under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.
The Rio Salado Library is proud to introduce the Psychology Subject Guide. The guide provides links to key library and Web resources for PSY students. These resources are arranged by topic so that students can instantly access the information they need the most:
  • Where Do I Start?
  • Books & eBooks
  • Newspapers & Magazines 
  • Scholarly Journals
  • Pro/Con & Viewpoint Articles
  • Biographies
  • Countries, Cultures & Customs
  • Research Paper Help
  • Citation Help
  • Videos
  • Images
  • Web Searching Tips
  • Student Requests
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 psychology related research needs.

Questions/comments about the guide? Contact

Monday, January 6, 2014

Advisement Tips for Spring Registration

The first Spring 2014 start date is January 13. Here are a few tips to help students avoid the last-minute rush and get the classes they want:
  • Come prepared. Before you call or come in to see an advisor, review your program at Find out which classes you'll need and look for options you'd like to discuss. If you've had prior coursework evaluated by Advisement, take a moment to review the classes you still need to complete your degree.
  • Call early. Peak-time phone calls are busiest in the middle of the day. Try to call before 10 a.m. if possible. If needed, you can also leave a message requesting a callback.
  • Come early. The same rule applies if you prefer to meet with an advisor in-person. Come earlier and avoid midday when wait times may be longer. You might also stop by on your way home from work.
  • Call or come midweek. Try to avoid calling or coming in on Mondays, which are usually very busy.
  • Schedule an appointment. Although the advisement office at the RSC Tempe location is walk-in only, academic advising is now available by appointment at several Rio locations around the Valley. Visit to find the address and hours of a location near your home or work. 
  • Check your class start dates. Most RSC classes have sections starting every Monday, but there are exceptions. Some science classes. for example, only start on specific dates, so register for these as far in advance as possible to get your preferred section. 
For a step-by-step guide to getting started at Rio Salado College visit

This article was submitted by Michael Murphy Assistant Director of Advisement Locations

Friday, January 3, 2014

How To Avoid The Back-To-School Rush

Avoid the wait with self-serve information available at and
Rio Salado College students don't HAVE to follow a traditional academic schedule, but many do.

As the rest of the Maricopa County Community College District ramps up for the first day of class, Rio Salado student services prepare for the back-to-school rush. This unavoidable season of high call volumes, long queues and mild chaos is lovingly referred to as "Peak."

Peak starts around the second week of January and lasts pretty much the entire month. Here are a few insider tips to help students avoid standing in line or waiting on hold.

Financial Aid
  • Phone support is available 24/7 during peak. Call after 6 p.m. if possible.
  • Financial aid is busiest at lunch time (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.).
  • Take advantage of self-serve options like the financial aid steps and to-do list
Cashier's Office
  • Midweek is the best time to call or visit the cashier's office. 
  • The cashier's office is busiest during lunch and at the end of the day. 
  • Self-serve account information can be found in the student center.

  • Call before 10 a.m. if possible to avoid the midday rush.
  • In-person support is less crowded in the mornings and at the end of the day.
  • Advisors are available by appointment at seven RSC locations. (Walk-in only at RSC Tempe)

Enrollment Services
  • Midweek is the best time to call or visit enrollment services.
  • Registration is busiest during lunch and at the end of the day. 
  • To avoid long lines, it's best to arrive as close to 8 a.m. as possible. 
Computer Lab
  • The computer lab at RSC Tempe can get crowded in the evenings.
  • Computer labs are available at five different RSC locations.
  • Mornings are typically very quiet in the RSC Tempe computer lab.
Testing Centers
  • Peak seasons for RSC testing are in April, October and December. 
  • Testing on a weekday is recommended. 
  • The test centers are busiest on Saturday. 
In order to address the increased demand for student services during peak season, the admissions and records department as well as the financial aid and advisement offices will be open 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, January 11 and Saturday, January 25. Visit the Rio Salado College Service Hours webpage for details.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Student Group Supports Minority Males

Kickkoff event keynote speaker
Michael Kelly. 
Rio Salado College is launching the Male Empowerment Network (M.E.N.), a brand new student group designed to improve enrollment, retention and completion rates among male students of diverse cultural backgrounds.

An official kickoff event will be held January 15 from 5-8 p.m. at the Conference Center at Rio, 2323 W. 14th Street, Tempe. Michael Kelly of Phoenix-based Kelly Consulting Alliance will serve as the keynote speaker.

“We’re very excited to introduce this new opportunity for students to connect with each other and with the college,” said Kishia Brock, vice president of student affairs and advancement at Rio Salado College. “It’s important to us to provide a socially inclusive academic environment, especially for minority males who are currently underrepresented among college graduates.”

The new student group is one of ten chapters formed in support of the Maricopa County Community College District’s Minority Male Initiative and is intended to enhance the college experience by connecting minority students to people and resources within the Maricopa District and Rio Salado College communities. Members will have access to workshops, discussion forums, webinars and other in-person networking events.

District-wide support of M.E.N. members goes beyond occasional get-togethers and moral support. For example, MCCCD is currently sponsoring a Professional Men’s Clothing Drive that will provide members of M.E.N. chapters with professional attire. New and gently used professional clothing, such as suits, ties, dress shirts and slacks is being collected at all ten Maricopa Colleges and the District office through January 17.

Members of the Rio Salado M.E.N chapter are also able to participate in district-wide events such as the 2014 M.E.N. Conference featuring Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and CEO of the Student African American Brotherhood. The annual conference includes an hour long mentoring and networking session, multiple workshops and closing remarks by MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper.

“Participants in M.E.N will have access to a variety of resources that will promote personal development, academic achievement and provide the needed support to stay in college and achieve success,” Brock said.

In order to participate, students must be enrolled in at least three credits at Rio Salado College. Members should also be available to attend in-person club meetings and occasional volunteer opportunities.

Upcoming M.E.N. Events:
  • Rio Salado Chapter Kickoff Event
    • January 15, 5-8 p.m.
    • RSC Tempe Conference Center at Rio
  • Men’s Professional Clothing Drive
    • Now through Jan 17
    • RSC Tempe Tower at Rio (main entrance)
  • 2014 M.E.N. Conference
    • Feb. 21, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    • Glendale Community College
For more information on the Rio Salado College M.E.N. chapter visit

This story can also be found in the December 28 edition of the Tempe Republic.