Monday, April 28, 2014

Rio Grad Profile: Kaisi Balmer Finds Purpose

For Kaisi Balmer, graduation means a celebration of self and spirit. When she came to Tempe’s Rio Salado College four years ago, Balmer was homeless, jobless, addicted to drugs, and disconnected from family and friends.

“I was at the end of my ropes with no sign of a future ahead,” Balmer said. “I lost all hope and honestly forgot what it felt like to smile."

Balmer was sleeping in the stairwell of an apartment complex in Tempe when a local church made the rounds to deliver food to the less fortunate.

“Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a beautiful transformation in my life,” Balmer said.

An acquaintance turned Balmer on to Rio Salado College, where she reluctantly met with an academic advisor.

“The student advisor asked me what my dreams were,” Balmer said. “Sure, I had dreams, but they always seemed unattainable. I took a chance and shared with him my goal of becoming a doctor. He helped me plan my course of action to realize my dream.”

Thanks to faith, determination and the assistance of an academic advisor, Balmer mapped out a plan to get back on track. She began by taking online classes at Rio Salado.

“I still remember the nervousness and anxiety I felt about my first classes,” Balmer said. “I thought, ‘What if I’m not smart enough,’ and ‘Can I actually do this?’”

Balmer did it and more. She placed into an Honors English class and tested out of the entry reading class.

“It wasn’t a smooth ride,” Balmer said.

“Over the last few years I failed a few classes, passed a lot more, have grown a lot and stumbled at times. I went from being a lost child to a woman with a purpose.”

Within days of enrolling at Rio Salado, Balmer also managed to secure a job.

“I realized that in order to work I would need to become drug-free, and quit doing drugs that day,” Balmer said. “With the help of God, my church and an amazing support group, I have been drug-free since.”

Balmer will graduate with her associate in arts degree at Rio Salado’s upcoming commencement ceremony in May. She is also one of two students selected to speak at the commencement ceremony.

“I want to share my story with others to help inspire them,” Balmer said. “When life happens, people may give up on their goals, dreams, purpose, and even themselves. Then along comes hope in the shape of a person, or opportunity. Take it. You have nothing to lose.”

Balmer plans on continuing her studies this fall at Arizona State University to earn a degree in global health, and ultimately become a Missionary family practitioner.

Rio Salado’s commencement ceremony takes place Tuesday, May 6, at 7 p.m. at the Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington Street in Phoenix.

This story can also be found in the April 26, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Time Management Success Strategies

The topic of time-management is often stressed and emphasized to college students as an essential tool for success; however, time-management is not only imperative to acquire success as a college student but also is a required ingredient to achieve success in life. 

Randy Pauch, an inspirational professor, leader, and innovator, at Carnegie Mellon University, presented an entertaining and relevant lecture on time-management and can be viewed here

Pauch highlighted an effective approach to the countless tasks that not only college students encounter, but also we face as individuals in our day-to- day lives. The suggestion offered by Pauch entails the idea to work on the “ugliest” thing first, which means to dedicate time to the task that is the most undesirable. Moreover, Pauch discussed his battle with pancreatic cancer and integrated his life lessons as an educator throughout his invaluable lectures, until his death in 2008, and is known for his New York Time’s best-selling book The Last Lecture.

Additionally, Rio Salado College offers a course to assist students with time-management, among other valuable college and life skills called CPD150: Strategies for College Success, which outlines specific time-management tactics, among other essential tools, necessary to accomplish lifelong goals such as personal responsibility, self-exploration, study skills, and career research.

More importantly, students’ abilities to incorporate time-management strategies will enhance the productivity required to accomplish academic goals and improve the life-work balance necessary for overall well-being.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Federal Work Study Program 2014-15

Rio Salado will participate in a Federal Work Study program during the 2014-2015 academic year, which will offer part-time employment opportunities for students who have applied for financial aid and demonstrate financial need.

Awards are based on student need and do not have to be repaid by the student. The minimum enrollment is 6 credit hours. Employment positions should be related to a student’s program of study.

Stay tuned. More details are coming soon.

Rio Teacher Job Fair this Friday

Tomorrow is the big day!

Rio Salado College is hosting the 12th Annual Teacher Education Career Day—a free community job fair that connects public, charter and private schools with potential teacher candidates. The event takes place Friday, Apr. 25, 12-4 p.m. at the Conference Center at Rio, 2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281.

More than 60 Arizona schools and districts will be on hand to collect resumes, interview candidates and talk about open positions in 2014-2015.

"The Teacher Education Career Day is a great opportunity for schools and districts to connect with qualified candidates from Rio Salado College's Teacher Preparation Program,” said Paulina Ngo, Rio Field Experience Coordinator. It is also a great networking and learning opportunity for individuals who are thinking of entering the teaching profession"

Attendees will have a chance to learn about career opportunities as a Certified Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Teacher Intern Candidate and Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide.  

Isaac School District Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources Dr. Bob Fleischmann attended the event for the first time last year. He said the prospects are good for teachers right now. “We have numerous openings that we’d like to fill, especially in the areas of math and science. If you’re interested in teaching and you have a strong skill set and are highly qualified, you’re more than likely to be interviewed in the school district.”

When asked how attendees should prepare, Fleischmann said, “I think your first five minutes are essential in making a good impression. You need to bring your resume and several copies with a cover letter. You need to make sure your grammar and punctuation are right on and dress professionally.”

While the event is open to the public, Rio students who are teacher certified by 2015 and teachers in residence will have an exclusive opportunity to participate in pre-screening interviews during the event.

One of those students is Cari Martinez. “I hope to practice my interviewing skills, make connections with new districts, and ultimately find a teaching job.”

Martinez will complete her Early Childhood Education program in May. “My short term goals are to finish up my preschool internship, and gain as much knowledge over the next month. In the long term I would hope to have a teaching job within a great district, working with a great team and making a difference in our early learners."

Koren Bean will also attend. “I am hoping to find a job. If not, I hope to have the opportunity to interview and learn which schools are expecting to hire Special Education teachers for the next school year.” Bean completed her Rio Special Education Cross Categorical Elementary Education program on April 5 and she’s ready to go to work.

Bean said she chose a career in teaching “because I have seen what a huge difference a good teacher can make for a child. Likewise, I have seen how a bad teacher can change the course of a student forever as well. I want to make a positive difference and I think that being a teacher is an excellent way to do that.”

For the latest details, and to register for this event, visit or call 480-517-8140.

This story can also be found in the April 12 edition of the Tempe Republic.
By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ruby Miller: Rio Woman of Distinction

Congratulations to Ruby Miller, Rio’s WLG 2014 Woman of Distinction. She is pictured above, front and center among past Rio honorees.

Honorees are chosen for exemplifying outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership, innovation, service and contribution to women.

Ruby was nominated by her peers, who shared sentiments about how she embodies the qualities of a Women of Distinction. Here are a few excerpts from nominations submitted by Debbie Cloud, Angela Felix, Kerrie Specker, John Jensen, and Jennifer Shantz.

Ruby Miller, Associate Dean, Judicial Affairs
with Rio President, Dr. Chris Bustamante
Ruby demonstrates leadership not only in her role as Associate Dean of Students, but also in her interactions with faculty, staff, and students. She has the amazing ability to balance contradictory perspectives and arrive at fair-minded conclusions that support student success while upholding our institutional integrity. 

Ruby's collegiality, sense of humor, decision-making ability, and willingness to take responsibility for difficult decisions serve as a model for other Maricopa women. Ruby Miller is a valuable asset to the college and district.

Ruby knows her job inside and out. She is a valuable resource when questions of policies and procedures come into play. In difficult situations, Ruby is supportive, she helps determine possible options that may be available in a situation, she will not shy away from a confrontation. At the same time, Ruby holds the students' best interests at heart, she will hold them accountable but she'll do it in a very positive manner. 

The Maricopa Community Colleges WLG will honor Ruby and recipients from the other nine community colleges at a luncheon on Monday, April 28, 2014, at Paradise Valley Community College.

The Women's Leadership Group provides for the continuous development of a strong and supportive work environment for the diverse women of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Photo of Rio Women of Distinction - Front row: Angela Ambrosia, Ruby Miller, and Kishia Brock. Back row: Pat Case, Hazel Davis, Dana Reid, Beatriz Cohen, Sheila Barham, Janine Adkins and Earnestine Harrison.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Dive into the Deep Web

No matter how good you are at using web search engines (e.g., Google, Bing, Yahoo, etc.), there are valuable resources on the web that commercial search engines will not find for you. These resources, often referred to as the Deep Web, the Hidden Web, or the Invisible Web, contain a variety of content, including databases of articles, data, statistics, and government documents.

Check out the Deep Web Subject Guide to learn more about the Deep Web and the tools that will take you there.

Image by fearthemelon under a CC-BY-SA 2.0 license.

Rio Grad Profile: Becky Capps Reimagined

Becky Capps spent most of her professional life as an artist. She had a successful business and in 2000 was selected to collaborate in a nine-foot-long canvas installed at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital. She was doing well, until 2008, when everything changed.

“I still had one of my three children at home, was recently divorced and was alarmed at the rate my business phone had stopped ringing,” Capps said. “For several years I was very busy painting murals indoors and out, creating wall treatments and faux finishing. Then the recession hit and knocked my feet out from under me without much warning.”

Capps could have chosen an early retirement, but instead found work with the US Census bureau, painting part time and taking temp jobs when they were available.

“I have reimagined my life several times, and at 58 years of age, it was time to do it again,” Capps said.

Like many, Capps relied on her faith to help her though the rough times of the recession.

“I was praying, asking God for direction, when I literally bumped into a Rio Salado sign at Paradise Valley mall,” Capps said. “Immediately, I began thinking about what a new career would like if I had a degree.”

Capps decided to visit the Rio Salado College and Maricopa County Community College District websites where she found career counseling resources and took a couple of interest assessments. With a goal of eventually working in hospice, Capps enrolled in classes.

“From the first class I took, I was hooked on online learning,” Capps said. “I learned early on to think critically and discovered how to apply deep learning to my studies. I enjoyed doing my lessons on my own time and my instructors were amazingly helpful. Some of the instructors have impacted my life in ways they will never know. Their words of encouragement spurred me on right when I needed it most.”

Capps excelled in her classes and became highly involved in the student community.

“I saw straight A’s for the first time in my life and it became a challenge to keep them. Being on the President’s Honor Roll every semester has been such a reward along with being a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society,” Capps said. “Who would have known a right brained artist could make the adjustment of left brain learning?”

Halfway through her program, Capps discovered her true passion and changed her major to Family Life Education.

“I may still do hospice work on the side,” Capps said, “but I have formed my own organization called Pathways in Aging where I facilitate five different workshops that help adults in their retirement years.”

“The recession brought my full time mural painting business to a close,“ Capps said, “but instead of crumbling, I allowed my life story to continue, adding chapters that will surprise me with new beginnings.”

Capps will receive her AAS in Family Life Education with an emphasis on Adult Development and Aging in May 2014 and plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in human services online at Ottawa University.

“Ottawa offers a fantastic scholarship for Rio students who have graduated with an associate degree,” Capps said. “And they accepted more of my transfer credits than the other universities I considered.”

“Retirement does not look like it will happen for me for a very long time,” Capps said. “And my 60s will be anything but boring.”

This story can also be found in the April 19, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. Contributed by Patricia Moore on behalf of Rio Salado College.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Rio 2014 Graduation Speakers Inspire

Congratulations to Kaisi Balmer, Patrick Valenzuela, Jr. and Gloria Bauerle-- Rio Salado College 2014 graduation speakers. You'll hear more about their accomplishments during the May 6 Commencement and May 13 HSE Graduation ceremonies. Here’s a glimpse into their extraordinary lives.

For Kaisi Balmer, graduation means a celebration of self and spirit. She came to Rio Salado College four years ago, on the recommendation of a friend. At the time, Balmer was homeless, jobless, addicted to drugs, and disconnected from family and friends. Thanks to faith, determination and the assistance of an academic advisor, Balmer mapped out a plan to get back on track in pursuit of her true dream: becoming a doctor.

Balmer will receive her Associate in Arts diploma at commencement and plans on continuing her studies this fall at Arizona State University to earn a degree in global health, and ultimately become a Missionary family practitioner. “When life happens, people may give up on their goals, dreams, purpose, and even themselves,” Balmer said. “Then along comes hope in the shape of a person, or opportunity. Take it. You have nothing to lose.”

Patrick Valenzuela, Jr. had three goals in life when he left high school 10 years ago: graduate college, join the U.S. Navy, and become a police officer. He put college on the back burner to join the Navy, and upon completion of his service, was hired as a police officer in the city of Glendale. At 22, he had accomplished two of his three goals. Then life happened. Valenzuela got married, had three daughters, and even continued watching over his younger siblings when his father was deployed to Afghanistan.

Valenzuela credits his children with helping him reach that third goal. “I wanted to be a role model for them and to prove that as long as you persevere, are patient, and put in the work, you can succeed,” he said. Valenzuela will accept his associate degree in law enforcement technology diploma during commencement. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies at Northern Arizona University.

Gloria Bauerle had an unstable and traumatic childhood but found the strength and courage to break free from her past and help others coping with abuse as a community organizer and mentor. She has also had her share of adversity as an adult. In June, after mourning the loss of her son, she decided it was time to move forward once again--starting with an education. She successfully completed Rio’s High School Equivalency (HSE) Preparation  program and passed her GED test. Now she’s preparing to take the next step as a college student at Rio. Bauerle says she has many dreams she wants to pursue, including a degree in communications and to serve as a life coach.

“I have come to understand that just when I think I might have figured something out a whole new world of possibilities opens up. Every dream has mountains and waste lands, but every dream also has a promised land and if we do not give up and lose heart in the waste lands we will be better because of them and the lessons we learn while we are there become the stepping stones to our dreams being realized.” -- Gloria Bauerle

We look forward to celebrating the accomplishments of all Rio Salado College students at the upcoming commencement and HSE graduation ceremonies.

Visit Rio Commencement and Rio HSE Graduation web pages for more details about attending these special events.

Rio Commencement
Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(the corner of 4th Ave. & Washington St.)

Rio HSE Graduation
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003
(the corner of 4th Ave. & Washington St.)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Stressed out? Read on…

The month of April is Stress Awareness Month. The Rio Salado Library has a wide selection of materials to help with stress management: 

Featured Book
The Tao of Stress: How to Calm, Balance, and Simplify Your Life, by Robert Santee.

“Like most emotions, stress is a natural part of life, but there are ways to manage it and stay balanced. In The Tao of Stress, an expert in Taoist psychology presents daily meditative skills and movement exercises that can help readers simplify their lives, fight fatigue, and calm a busy mind. In addition, the meditation practices outlined in this book will show readers how being in harmony with the changes around them, rather than in conflict, can greatly reduce their stress. The book is simple, fun, and practical for everyday use" (provided by publisher).
More stress management books

Featured DVD
Yoga for Beginners with Desi Bartlett

“Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise, benefiting body and mind. It can also seem mysterious, and even intimidating. Thanks to Desi Bartlett, anyone can get started and get results fast. Includes two unique practices, one an active, easy flow for complete body toning, the other slower and deeper for building long, lean muscles. Even if you’ve never done yoga before in your life, this is for you” (provided by publisher).
More yoga DVDs 

Featured Audio Book
Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing, by Andrew Weil.

“Dr. Andrew Weil's Breathing: The Master Key to Self-Healing is a double-disc set that comprehensively explains and demonstrates different forms of therapeutic breathing and their benefits”  (from publisher).
More relaxation audio books

ASU Transfer Specialist Tuesday Visits

ASU Transfer Specialist Erika Camarillo is now visiting Rio Academic Advisement on Tuesdays to meet with students interested in completing their studies there after graduating from Rio Salado. To make an appointment to meet with Erika, visit this link.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Financial Aid Widgets and Calculators

RSC's Financial Aid Department offers several automated tools to help students budget educational expenses. Here's a look at what you have at your disposal:

Financial Aid Calculator - Find an estimated monthly student loan payment by entering the loan amount, annual interest rate and loan duration.

Net Price Calculator - Estimate the total annual cost of attending Rio Salado College including things like books, transportation and housing.

Block Calendar Calculator - Determine your next available start date.

Disbursement Calculator - Estimate the arrival of your financial aid refund. (Note: this tool provides an estimate only and does not provide a guaranteed disbursement date.)

Monday, April 14, 2014

RSC Dental Clinic Open House April 15

Join us for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, tour the facility, meet the staff and students and learn about the dental hygiene clinic services available to you.

When: Tuesday, April 15
Time: 3-6 p.m.
Where: RSC Dental Clinic, 2250 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281

The clinic is located across the street from the Conference Center @ Rio.

Free Screenings and Discounted Cleanings:
Rio Salado’s dental hygiene students are looking for clinic and clinical board patients. A screening appointment is free and takes about 30 minutes to identify your individual need and type of cleaning. Make an inquiry about this during the open house or schedule a screening appointment by calling the clinic at 480-377-4100.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mission Completed: Veteran Convocation

The Maricopa Community Colleges and Maricopa Veterans Education TaskForce (MVET) are pleased to invite veteran students and their families to attend the 2014 MVET Student Convocation on May 1, 4:30-6 p.m. at Phoenix College.

This celebration will include remarks by guest speaker Carl G. Schneider, Maj. Gen. USAF (Ret.)

The program includes light refreshments and a ceremony for all graduating veteran students.

Regalia is encouraged, but not required for students or faculty.

2014 MVET Student Convocation
Thursday, May 1, 2014
4:30 - 6 p.m.
Phoenix College North Gym
1202 W. Thomas Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85013

Please RSVP by the April 25 at

Contact Darcy Breault at or 480-384-9862 for more information. For the latest event details, visit

All convocations are open to all graduates from all ten Maricopa Community Colleges. Employees, family and friends of graduates are welcome to join in these celebrations.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Summer 2014 Financial Aid Instructions

Students are welcome to use financial aid to pay for summer classes but there are a few things you should know, especially by way of semester blocks.

Federal student aid is determined on a yearly basis so students who have already used their full award for the 2013-14 school year will not have funds available for the summer term.

Federal regulations require that:
  • Your summer classes must begin and end within your chosen summer 2014 semester block.
  • Coursework for the 2014 fall term cannot begin until after the official end date of your chosen summer term.
  • Students in a spring semester block that ends after June 23, 2014 will not be eligible for the 2014 summer term. The next available semester block will be Fall Block 1 which begins Aug. 25, 2014. 
Review the summer 2014 financial aid instructions and filing deadlines web page for more details.

Rio Library April Additions

The Oscar winning film 12 Years a Slave is now available at the Rio Salado Library

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty at the hands of a malevolent slave owner, as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.

In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Below is a complete list of new April additions. 




To request a title please call the Library at 480-517-8424.

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

Monday, April 7, 2014

East Valley Veterans Center Gets New Home

Former U. S. Congressman Harry Mitchell leads ribbon cutting ceremony
at the new East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

“Our military men and women leave their families, their jobs, and their civilian lives, placing themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life. This center is just one way we can honor and serve these brave men and women when they return home.”

President of Rio Salado College Dr. Chris Bustamante spoke those words during a March 26 ribbon cutting ceremony for the new East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) at 3320 S. Price Road in Tempe, AZ.

The remodeled 4,000-square-foot facility at the southwest corner of Price and Southern is a one-stop center for active duty service members, veterans and their families to take advantage of academic advisement; assistance applying for VA educational benefits; educational, employment and workforce development workshops; Internet, computer and Skype access. 

Zeny Stuart, a veteran of the Iraq War, understands first-hand how beneficial this kind of center can be. She said discovering the EVVEC was like uncovering a gem. “The staff recognizes that I have a unique set of life experiences as a combat veteran. I am so glad to know that the center is truly benefiting students and veterans as they discover new paths and opportunities for the future.”

The skill assessment, financial aid and college orientation services help veterans use their Post-9/11 benefits by mapping out an education plan that fits their unique needs and goals. Academic advisors also assist with course and degree selection, class registration and information about resources that help students succeed, while counselors help students set personal, educational, and career objectives.

The center also serves as an access point for Maricopa and Phoenix Workforce Development and has a comprehensive referral service program, working closely with community-based agencies that can provide assistance with employment, health and housing services.

The EVVEC had been serving Tempe from a leased space near Broadway and Price for more than three years. The move to this location provides a permanent home for the center, which is now adjacent to Rio Salado College Southern—a new location that offers Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, English Language Acquisition classes and testing services.

The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College. Other partners include the Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System, and Phoenix VA Regional Office.

Former U. S. Congressman Harry Mitchell, who served as a key advocate and partner in helping the EVVEC open its doors in 2010, took part in last week’s ceremony and shared a few remarks with guests before cutting the ribbon.

“I firmly believe this: no one can be successful without a lot of people wanting them to be successful. This is true of individuals as well as programs. All of the participating colleges and other partners of this education center want all of you veterans to be successful.”

For more details about the EVVEC, visit or call 480-384-9850.

This story was published in the April 4 edition of the Tempe Republic and at By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Community Job Fair for Teachers - April 25

Take advantage of this FREE community job fair, which connects public, charter, and private schools with potential teacher candidates. 

More than 60 Arizona schools and districts will be on hand to collect resumes, interview candidates and talk about open positions for 2014-2015.

Students and people thinking about a teaching career are also encouraged to attend. It’s a great networking opportunity for anyone interested in teaching. 

Learn about career opportunities as a:
  • Certified Teacher                      
  • Substitute Teacher
  • Teacher Intern Candidate
  • Paraprofessional/Teacher’s Aide 

Rio Salado College Teacher Career Day
Apr 25, 2014
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 West 14th StreetTempe, AZ 85281
12 – 4 p.m.

Free and open to the public. 

For the latest details and to register for this event, visit or call 480-517-8140.

To learn more about Rio Salado College’s Teacher Education Programs, visit
*Note: Pre-screening interviews are available exclusively for Rio students who are teacher certified by 2015 and teachers in residence.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Awaken Your Inner Poet

Behold.  I do not give lectures or a little charity.  When I give, I give myself
The Rio Salado Library is proud to celebrate National Poetry Month and has a number of poetry collections that will awaken your inner poet:

 · Books

 · eBooks (requires RioLearn username/password)

 · Streaming films (search the collection using poetry-related keywords—requires RioLearn username/password)

Interested in learning more about poetry? Sign up for CRW160: Introduction to Writing Poetry today!

Image by Gisela Giardino under a CC-BY-SA license. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Get Cooking With Rio Salado College

Our special series of in-person cooking workshops ends with Summer Salads.
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 

The fee is $59. 

Saturday, May 3, 2014 - Summer Salads Workshop  
11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 

RSC Thomas: 3631 W. Thomas Road, Phoenix AZ 85019. 

Register now

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SPOT 127 Earns Top Prize at SVP Fast Pitch 2014

SPOT 127 Executive Director Greg Pereira holding $10,000 check from SVP
SPOT 127 Executive Director Greg Pereira earned $10,000 in three minutes at Social Venture Partners Fast Pitch 2014. The annual event, hosted by Social Venture Partners Arizona, includes training and mentoring for innovative non-profit administrators and culminates in a high-energy, rapid-fire presentation event in which participants compete for more than $25,000 in grants and prizes.

“Fast Pitch was a completely unique experience, “Pereira said. “It was an incredible opportunity to collaborate with exceptionally smart and talented individuals. I received guidance and resources that will prove invaluable as SPOT 127 continues to grow.”

Pereira and 19 other non-profit leaders were handpicked by a selection committee to participate in this year’s event. Eight finalists moved on to the final competition, which took place March 26 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Pereira’s three-minute presentation won the Investee Award and secured $10,000 a year in funding for up to five years for SPOT 127.

“The award money will be a great asset to our program,” Pereira said, “but the real value of participating is far greater than the financial award, it is the intensive mentorship and resources that the SVP network provides.”

SPOT 127 is a youth media center in Phoenix hosted by KJZZ 91.5 and Rio Salado College. The center empowers local high school students by teaching state of the art digital media skills and by connecting students to mentoring and resources that will help them succeed in future endeavors like college and career.

“The students are thrilled that SPOT 127 has been recognized for its innovation and sustainability,” Pereira said. “They take great pride in the program and are proud to see the community support that SPOT 127 receives as a result of their incredible work.”

Check out this SVP Arizona interview with Greg to learn more about his Fast Pitch journey.