Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Rio Salado English Language Workplace Training

Kate Packer, Director of Rio Salado's Adult ACE and College Bridge Pathways Workplace Education program spoke with reporter Eric Toll from the Phoenix Business Journal.for a story about customized training for workers who need help learning English. Read the story now: http://ow.ly/C8iVp

Learn more about Rio Salado's efforts to make education more affordable and accessible through our community development programs.

I2Teach Teacher Certification Scholarships

elementary school teacher in classroom with students
If you have a bachelor’s degree in any area, you are already on your way to becoming a teacher with the support of i2Teach, a 2-year teacher support program utilizing the Arizona Department of Education “intern” certificate through Rio Salado College’s Teacher in Residence program.

The i2Teach program is funded by a three-year $300,000 grant from the APS Foundation, and targets adults who want to transition into teaching careers.

“Teaching is such a rewarding career and is a great way to give back to the community while helping to make a difference in people’s lives,” said Jennifer Gresko, faculty chair for teacher education and elearning design.

Those who meet the program criteria must commit to teaching full-time for two years in an Arizona public, private or charter school while also taking classes as a full-time student.

“Program participants will be placed into small groups with a cadre leader to offer guidance and mentorship,” Gresko said.

“My cadre mentors were very helpful and supportive,” said Eric Failner, a student who earned a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1991, and recently completed Rio’s teacher-in-residence program.

Currently, about 300 students are participating in the i2Teach program. Gresko said the average age of participants is 38 years, but “we have people from all walks of life – stay at home moms and dads, recareering adults and those seeking encore careers.”

The first semester of the program includes 12 webinars (one per week) that introduce students to Rio Salado College and cover basic topics such as how to conduct parent-teacher conferences.

As part of their assignments, students are asked to film 3-5 minutes of classroom interaction and upload it to a secure site for group feedback, as well as write blogs on specific topics.

“Twice a semester, cadre leaders will observe students in their classrooms,” Gresko said. “This helps encourage discussion and identifies best practices.”

A majority of the i2Teach grant funding will help students by paying for 4-credit hours plus fees for each participant per semester.

“Rio Salado’s teacher certification program is already a great opportunity because of our affordable tuition,” Gresko said. “With the i2Teach grant providing scholarships for participants, it makes teacher certification financially viable because students are also receiving full-time salaries from their schools.”

The remainder of the grant funding is used to provide equipment such as cameras for student teachers to use in classrooms as part of their assignments.

To be eligible for i2Teach, participants must:
  • Have a bachelor’s degree
  • Attain an IVP fingerprint clearance from the Arizona Department of Education
  • Pass a subject-matter proficiency exam
  • Successfully complete an online Structured English Immersion (SEI) course (8 or 14 weeks in length)

It is up to the program participants to find and apply for an open teaching position.

“The tradeoff is that, in Arizona, and nationwide, there is a teacher shortage across the board, especially in the areas of math, science and special education,” Gresko said.

Rio Salado College is currently accepting applications for the i2Teach program.

For more information visit www.riosalado.edu/tir.

This story can also be found in the Sept. 27, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Forward March Speaker Series Oct. 14

Take part in the next MCC Veteran Services Forward March Speaker Series at the The East Valley Veterans Education Center on Oct. 14, 2014.

Representatives from Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College Troops to Teachers Program will provide you with information on how to pursue a career as an educator.

Pat Tillman’s Veterans Center representatives will talk about the services they provide.

Location: East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Date: October 14, 2014

Time: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

RSVP by September 29 via email to alisa.phillips@mesacc.edu

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New! Take Latin Classes Online

Rio Salado College will offer online Latin classes beginning October 20, 2014.

The first class, LAT101, will cover basic grammar and vocabulary, the influence of Latin on the English language, and Latin/English translation. Students will also study aspects of Roman life and the importance of Roman law and architecture for our contemporary society.

The college will roll out LAT102, 201, and 202 in coming semesters.

You may ask yourself, “Why would I want to take a Latin class?”
For starters, Latin fulfills language requirements at many universities. Maricopa Community Colleges’ Latin classes directly articulate to all three state universities. They fulfill the humanities and fine arts requirements at Arizona State University, the cultural understanding requirement at Northern Arizona University, and the Tier 2 humanities requirement at the University of Arizona.

More Reasons to take Latin:
  • It is the root of many English words
  • Assists with learning Romance languages
  • Help you understand a word’s origin
  • Can lead to success in other classes
  • Can lead to an increase in SAT scores
  • Prepares you for a variety of careers such as medicine, law and science
In addition, Rio Salado College students also enjoy the flexibility of taking online classes anywhere and anytime!

Enroll now. 

Pictured above, Latin inscription from the Colosseum or "Colosseo" in Rome, Italy 

Constitution Week Self-Reflection

We end Constitution Week with this quote from Founding Father Thomas Jefferson in hopes that it inspires you to keep learning and to stay actively engaged as a citizen.
“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power." 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Take Advantage of Veteran Discounts

Take advantage of the veteran benefits you so rightfully deserve! Start by having a “Veteran” designation listed on your driver’s license. Learn more about the process and benefits from the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.

With that designation, you can receive some really great discounts at local and retail establishments.

If you don't see information about whether an owner offers veteran discounts, just ask. Many businesses don't advertise veteran discounts but proudly offer this benefit.

Image by ADOT's MVD as an example of a "Veteran" designation.

Information Drives EVERYTHING. Sign up for IFS201 Today!

Information Drives EVERYTHING.  Register for IFS201 Today
Do you ever feel like you're drowning in a sea of information? Do you want to become more skilled at locating and evaluating information to improve your papers and to make better informed decisions about important issues in your personal or professional life? IFS201 is the course for you!  

IFS201: Information Skills in the Digital Age (3 credits)
Development of skills and competency in accessing, evaluating and using information resources while examining the social and historical context, as well as the technological implications of the use and organization of information. General Education Designations: L

Prerequisites: ENG101 or ENG107.  No textbooks required. 

IFS201 is your gateway to becoming an informed citizen. Enroll now.

Image by Saad Faruque under a CC-BY-SA license.

SIS Maintenance Reminder Sept. 27-28

The Maricopa Community Colleges District SIS system will be unavailable from noon Saturday, Sept. 27 through 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 28 for regularly scheduled maintenance. Please note the maintenance will start at noon rather than normal 6 p.m start time.  

Services impacted and unavailable during the bundle upgrade include:
  • Login to student and faculty centers
  • Class and catalog searches 
  • Password reset tools
  • Student self-service payment processing (Via TouchNet service) 

MCCCD’s help desk has been notified and will be contacted once maintenance is complete.

We appreciate your patience as we complete this maintenance.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This event highlights the value of free and open access to information, even when the ideas expressed are considered unorthodox or unpopular.

The ten most challenged titles in 2013 were:

  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  • Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence 

Learn more about this national initiative from the American Library Association.

Note: As a Rio Salado College Student, you have access to the collections of all ten Maricopa Community College Libraries. You can place a hold online in the catalog using your MEID and password. Alternately, you can present a government issued or student ID in person at any MCCCD Library to check out materials.

Consititution Week Trivia Continues

Here’s another Constitution Week brainteaser from the National Constitution Center. Can you guess this Founding Father?

“Though I originally voted against breaking from Britain on July 2, 1776, I later signed the Declaration of Independence—the only signer of that document to have voted against independence. I attended the Constitutional Convention to protect the rights of smaller states and afterwards led the campaign for ratification in my home state, the first to adopt the Constitution. I then served as a senator in the first Congress before resigning to serve as chief justice of my state’s supreme court.”

Check your answer here: http://bit.ly/1prrXjz

MCCD At-Large Candidate Forums Sept. 24 & 26

Take part in the next set of MCCCD Governing Board candidate forums, Sept. 24 and 26 with At-Large candidates at Scottsdale Community College and Rio Salado College.  

At-Large Candidate Forums, 6-8 p.m.
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center 

Two candidates will be selected to serve. The candidates are: 
Mario Diaz
John Heep
Tracy Livingston
Eddie Tiggs (Mr. Tiggs has indicated that he will not attend the forums).

The Board is elected from geographic districts within the county. To determine your voting district, visit the County page and enter your address. Connect to the website at http://recorder.maricopa.gov/pollingplace/getdistrict.aspx.

Visit this site for the latest details.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Consititution Week Trivia - Who Am I?

We’re sharing some fun facts from the National Constitution Center for the remainder of Constitution Week. Can you guess this Founding Father?

“I was unanimously elected to preside over the Constitutional Convention, but that wasn’t my most famous presidency. I actually never once spoke up or gave my opinion until the very last day of the Convention.”

Check your answer here: http://bit.ly/1gRHFLw

Reminder ASU Transfer Workshop Sept. 23

The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist.

Join us for an ASU Transfer Workshop Sept 23 and learn:
  • about MAPP — what it is and how it can save you money and time toward your bachelor’s degree
  • how to prepare for a smooth transition to ASU
  • how your ASU transfer specialist can support you before you even apply to the university
Whether you’re close to making the move to ASU, or just starting at a community college, you’ll benefit from an ASU Transfer Workshop.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
South Room, 2nd floor

Make your reservation at https://visit.asu.edu/transferworkshop.

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit www.riosalado.edu/mapp or call 480-517-8580.

Can't make this event? Transfer specialist Erika Camarillo
is available for in-person meetings on Tuesdays,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Tower at Rio in Tempe.

In-Person CPD150 & PSY101 Classes at EVVEC

Rio Salado offers 8-week, in-person classes designed specifically for veterans and their family members at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe.

Classes are offered in a cooperative learning environment, where the teaching from one course will build on the teachings from the other course. Rio Salado College personnel will be on hand to provide support and guidance.

Take advantage of these classes this October:

Course# Title Section Day Time
CPD150  Strategies for College Success   43611 M,W    12:30- 3:20 p.m.  
PSY101  Introduction to Psychology  43614 M,W      4-6:50 p.m.      

Classes begin October 20, 2014!

These classes are in-person at:  
East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Road
Tempe, AZ 85282

Register Now! 

Trust your ability to learn new things
Reach for self-awareness and master self-management
Utilize strategies for goal setting
Speakers to enlighten and strengthen self-motivation
Transition into college life and connect with fellow veterans

CPD 150 is designed to help students succeed in their educational career and personal growth. Students will learn about college support resources, how to develop an educational plan, time-management strategies, goal-setting strategies, effective communication skills and note-taking, strategies to improve memory, test-taking tips, career planning resources and more.

Here's a look at what students are saying about CPD 150
I am very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed taking this class. I wish there was a way to tell everyone attending Rio Salado the importance of taking this class.

I just wanted to say thank you, for everything! This class has been an amazing guide and I have recommended it to my brother and best friend who are both undecided.

I have learned many valuable time-management skills that have resulted in working smarter rather than harder. I have also learned that no matter how “mature” and “wise” you think you are, you can develop new skills that will result in new experiences. I have developed new skills that are making my classes more enjoyable. 

This EVVEC CPD 150 class is geared toward veterans, but open to the public. It is also available online.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Celebrate Constitution Day

Celebrate Constitution Day with a virtual tour of the National Constitution Center-- the first and only American institution established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.”

Engage in a national dialogue on Facebook.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Be a Leader College Resource Fair Sept. 28

Be a Leader Foundation is sponsoring a college resource fair on Sunday, Sept. 28 from 9-11 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, followed by a walk-a-thon from 11 a.m. to noon.

The 6th annual Taking Steps Toward College Success walk will lead to the Phoenix Convention Center where representatives from more than 200 universities will be on hand looking for future college students.

This family-friendly event is perfect for teens who want to explore a variety of college career options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

The Be a Leader Foundation promotes personal development and higher education opportunities for students in grades 7-12.

If you're interested in attending this event, or making a donation to the foundation, please contact Sheila Barham at 480-517-8402, sheiila.barham@riosalado.edu or John Bastian at 480-517-8656, john.bastian@riosalado.edu.

Constitution Week: We The People

image of the U.S. Constitution
On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean for You?
Thomas Jefferson, founding father, and third President of the United States stated that in order for the country and its citizens to maintain their freedoms, people need to be educated and informed.

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also helps them learn about government and their role as citizens. The college offers political science classes focused on the U.S. Constitution and government, which can also satisfy elective credits for students seeking degrees or fulfilling general education requirements.

“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

Make a Change
We think you will quickly discover that being actively engaged in your community through civic or volunteer work can be life-changing.

“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said John Field, a Rio Salado student  and the Arizona Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges.

“These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me."

Student Public Policy Forum
Rio Salado's Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is a 2-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement. SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring semester.

As part of the program requirements, students select a policy issue on which they conduct research, create an advocacy plan, and develop a final poster presentation.

For more details about SPPF and other civic engagement opportunities, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Call to Action!
The Constitution guarantees that people are free to assemble for a cause, free to speak and express themselves, and to work for the improvements they may seek in their own life or in their community.

Let’s put these initiatives to work this Constitution Week and get busy making helpful and positive changes in our own lives and communities!

Arizona Constitution Day Events

ASU Transfer Workshop Sept. 23

The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP) helps students transition to and complete their bachelor’s degree at ASU through a prescribed sequence of coursework, specialized academic advisement and guidance from an ASU transfer specialist.

Join us for an ASU Transfer Workshop Sept 23 and learn:
  • about MAPP — what it is and how it can save you money and time toward your bachelor’s degree
  • how to prepare for a smooth transition to ASU
  • how your ASU transfer specialist can support you before you even apply to the university
Whether you’re close to making the move to ASU, or just starting at a community college, you’ll benefit from an ASU Transfer Workshop.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014
4:30-5:30 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center
South Room, 2nd floor

Make your reservation at https://visit.asu.edu/transferworkshop.

Rio Salado and ASU grad Andrew Allred took advantage of MAPP. Learn more about his story in RioNews http://ow.ly/zIXaJ

For additional details about MAPP and to begin the enrollment process, visit www.riosalado.edu/mapp or call 480-517-8580.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Rio Salado Honors Outstanding Adjunct Faculty

Rio Salado College honored 43 adjunct faculty members and college bridge pathways instructors at its 2013-14 Outstanding Adjunct Faculty awards reception on August 27.

“Rio’s adjunct faculty members and instructors fill a critical role in student success,” said Chris Bustamante, Rio Salado College president. “In addition to upholding high academic standards, their excellence is demonstrated by a value-added approach to teaching.”

Adjunct faculty members and instructors are nominated for the awards based on criteria in two categories: teaching and learning and assessment of student learning.

The honorees include Dr. Michael Crudder, Teresa Carman, Kelly Devenney, and Thomas Clark.

Dr. Michael Crudder, an adjunct in Rio Salado’s education department since 2007, uses his experience as a full-time public school principal to enhance his work supporting students.

Dr. Crudder focuses on assessment, and providing his students with detailed feedback on their lesson plans and offering suggestions, resources, and strategies to address any challenges they are facing in the classroom.

Teresa Carman has been an adjunct instructor with the clinical dental assisting program since 2006. Carman was honored for her dedication to the students and for earning a commendation during a visit from an accreditation team.

Dental assisting faculty chair Holly Harper said, “Teresa is so dedicated to her students’ success that she is known to have contacted them daily via text, email, and telephone even while in labor!”

Kelly Devenney, an adjunct faculty member in mathematics, has taught algebra and basic arithmetic at Rio Salado since 2008, and has served as a dual enrollment instructor at Mountain Ridge High School since 2011.

Devenney was praised by faculty chair John Jensen for developing the new MAT122 online course that incorporates new features and design. “Kelly has made a great difference for our programs in just a short amount of time.”

Thomas Clark is an instructor for Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways program. He teaches at RSC Avondale, where he exemplifies the definition of a team player and is always willing to share his expertise and best practices.

Associate Dean Blair Liddicoat noted that Clark’s “can-do” positive attitude helps staff and student morale. “Tom contributes greatly to Rio’s core value of innovation,” Liddicoat said. “He created a tool for ELAA students to track their scores throughout the year.”

The complete list of honorees:

Outstanding Contributions to Assessment of Student Learning
Deborah Carey, Michael Crudder, Cindy DeBoer, Francine Martyn and RuthAnn Miller.

Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning
Kenneth Alexander, Natasha Alston, Keith Benjamin, Elisabeth Borchers, Teresa Carman, Don Chelini, Irfan Choudhery, Martha De La Torre, Richard De Mark, Kelly Devenney, Don Dumais, Robert Falk, Michelle Garland, Bill Hickman, Devin Howe, Melinda Kolker, Shawn Korman, Ivonne Kroman, Georgeanna Lass Drew, Holly Lickwala, Kim McIntosh, Alison Mead, Pamela Miller, Magda Nelson, Mary Ann Petkus, Daniel Sager, Margaret Smith, Adam Sonstroem, Jonathan Titley, Kim Urbanc, Kimberly Ware, Steven West, Robert Wilson, Christen Wolcott and Birgit Zimmermann.

Outstanding College Bridge Pathways Instructors
Todd Burke, Graciela Wilkerson and Thomas Clark.

For more information about teaching at Rio Salado College visit our Faculty Services web page at www.riosalado.edu/facultyservices and this Outstanding Adjunct Faculty web page.

Visit our Facebook page to see photos from the event.

This story can also be found in the September 13, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic.  Highlights are also featured on this azcentral.com community page: http://ow.ly/BwRMr.  By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Free Veteran Workshops Sept 23 and 30

The The East Valley Veterans Education Center offers free services to veterans and their family members, including educational and career outreach, academic advisement, community referrals and in-person workshops and classes.

Here’s a look at workshops and presentations for September.

September 23, 1- 3 p.m.
VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Information Session

Presented by VA patient advocates who will share information about benefits, vocational rehabilitation, disability claims and medical care. Attendees will have an opportunity to register and schedule appointments with VA Medical Center and VA counselors for one-on-one consultations.

September 30, 2-4 p.m.
Financial Literacy Workshop

This hands-on workshop presented by the USAA Educational Foundation will explore the foundations of financial management, with a focus on setting financial goals, managing credit and debt, protecting against identity theft, saving, investing and risk management. There will also be opportunities for individual consultations.

Contact the EVVEC team for more details by calling 480-384-9850 or visit EVVEC on Facebook for the latest updates.

IFS210: Research in a Global Society

Explore the global culture developing around the Internet with IFS210: Research in a Global Society.

This highly interactive course is perfect for digital technology and social networking enthusiasts who are curious about how people around the globe live and communicate.

No textbook purchase required!

Prerequisites: None.

Enroll now

IFS210 can be used to satisfy your Global Awareness Requirement.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AZ PTK Works to End Domestic Violence

Rio Salado PTK team members with family, friends and supporters of Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks vs. Rockies game at Chase Field on August 30 had an additional draw for Arizona members of Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges. It was Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night— dedicated to a cause the team has decided to champion in 2014-15— the perfect time and place for members to gather with advisors, family, friends, other advocates and survivors.

“The Arizona regional team for Phi Theta Kappa (AZ PTK) has been working together for the last six months to research domestic violence, teen dating violence, bullying, and violence in the home,” said John Field, AZ PTK president.

Photo of John FieldField began his term as AZ PTK president March 2014. Until recently he had also been serving as Rio Salado Alpha Theta Omicron PTK chapter president since May 2013.

As AZ PTK president, he’s collaborating with other college chapters in Arizona to provide support with group projects, encourage leadership development and respond to student concerns and needs. For this group project, the team is examining causes of and solutions to reduce violence—and ways to improve victim’s lives.

“The major focus of our research has been to determine what, if anything, can we do as students to assist in reducing violent actions, and bring relief to victims and/or their children,” said Field.

The team has met with police, city council members, family advocacy centers, prosecutors, Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence-- which inspired them to participate in Saturday’s event.

The students are thinking about gathering donated items such as diapers, personal hygiene products and other important items for victims in crisis. “We are also considering a campaign on many college campuses to raise awareness of healthy relationships and what people can do to avoid being assaulted,” said Field.

Field was appointed to his post during the PTK regional convention in March, where he and other Rio Salado PTK students received a Distinguished Arizona Chapter Award, Honors-in-Action Award and College Project Award for their research, community service and efforts to improve student life during the 2013-14 academic year.

Field was also one of three Rio Salado PTK students to receive a Civic Leadership Medallion award in May from the Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, for demonstrating outstanding achievements in educational advancement, civic engagement and community outreach.

John Field, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs
Felicia Ganther, J.D. and John Bastian
“John Field is a great leader for PTK,” said John Bastian, Rio Salado PTK Chapter Advisor and Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership. “He has really flourished-- along with our group. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Bastian, who received a Paragon Award for outstanding achievement as an advisor at the national PTK NerdNation annual convention in April said, “PTK plays a significant role in helping students find their leadership potential and put it to good use.”

“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said Field. These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s PTK team, visit www.riosalado.edu/PTK and contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MVET Picnic Honors Veteran Students

Inviation for MVET Picnic, details featured in text below
Join the Maricopa Veterans Education Task-force (MVET) for a celebration in honor of veteran students during a family-friendly picnic on Sept. 13.

Enjoy free food, barbeque, volleyball, basketball, children’s playground, Dog Park and family fun!

Who: All veteran students, veteran supporters, Veteran Student Club Members, advisors, certifying officials and families.

When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Where: Steele Indian School Park – 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85012

Directions: Enter through the Central Avenue entrance (just north of Indian School Road). Park in parking lot A. The event will be located in the northwest corner of the park near the basketball & volleyball courts.

Please RSVP by e-mail to maryhelen.rosales@estrellamountain.edu

Learn more at http://www.m-vet.org/

*Bring a blanket

Monday, September 8, 2014

Rio Salado Scheduled to Reopen Sept. 9

Photo of Rio Salado College headquarters in Tempe
All Rio Salado locations are scheduled to reopen tomorrow, Sept. 9.

We will keep you posted if that changes.

Visit maricopa.edu to check the status of all Maricopa Community Colleges.

We hope you are safe and sound.

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Sept 8 College Closure Due to Weather

Due to the extreme weather conditions and flooding, all Maricopa Community College campuses and locations are closed, and all in-person classes are cancelled today, Monday, September 8. This includes evening classes.

Maricopa Community College Department of Public Safety employees are asked to report to their regular posts if they can get there safely. Other (“non-essential”) employees should avoid travel to work if possible. 

Employees who are currently at locations are advised to leave once they are able to get home safely.

All Rio Salado locations are scheduled to open tomorrow, Sept. 9. We will keep you posted if that changes.

Maricopa Community Colleges include:
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Estrella Mountain Community College
GateWay Community College
Glendale Community College
Maricopa Corporate College
Mesa Community College
Paradise Valley Community College
Phoenix College
Rio Salado College
Scottsdale Community College
South Mountain Community College

Please be safe out there.

Stay Tuned for Updates:
We will use this RioNews feed, Facebook, Twitter, RioLearn and other platforms to keep you informed.

The Maricopa Community Colleges District is sharing the latest updates about all of the colleges. Visit maricopa.edu.

Red Cross Relief Update: 
The American Red Cross is opening a shelter at Copper Canyon High School, 9126 W. Camelback, Glendale, AZ for those displaced by flooding. There is also a shelter at Betty Fairfax High School, 8225 S. 59th Ave. in Laveen.  A shelter team is standing by in La Paz County, in case a shelter is needed in Wenden or Salome.

Red Cross volunteers staff shelters and ensure anyone coming in has a safe, dry place to sleep, food, water, emotional support and information.

Any one who needs help from Red Cross due to the flooding should call 1-800-842-7349. Download the free Red Cross flood app from your app store or from www.redcross.org to learn what to do before, during and after a flood.  

Red Cross is always in need of trained disaster volunteers. Start the application and training process today at www.redcross.org/gcc.

Trudy Thompson Rice
American Red Cross Arizona Region

Weather Alert - Avoid Travel to College

Weather Alert – Due to potentially dangerous driving conditions caused by the storm, Rio Salado is advising staff, faculty and students to avoid travel to the college or locations until noon. 

If severe weather persists, further instructions will be sent. Please check local news and weather to determine if your route to Rio is safe before leaving your home.

Friday, September 5, 2014

New Online Student ID Verification

There are two new changes to the Student Identity Verification process, one of which will make it easier than ever to submit your ID.

Here are the changes:
  • You now have an option to submit verification by way of a secure, online fillable form made available by Dynamic Forms.

  • All identification related documents must be sent in color. Black and white photocopies or electronic files will not be accepted.

The entire process is outlined on our Student Identity Verification web page: http://www.riosalado.edu/current/pages/student-identity.aspx

Please note: you must create a Dynamic Forms account to access the application. You’ll find step-by-step instructions on the web page.

We will continue to accept verification in-person and by mail.

Rio Salado is the only Maricopa College to have an online Student Identity Verification option at this time.

Please contact Admissions, Registration and Records at admission.info@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8540.

We hope you enjoy the ease and convenience of the new online option.