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.

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, please contact Rio Salado Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

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of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.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

Your Internet Portal into Global Awareness

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

National Recovery Month Resources

September is National Recovery Month. In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.

Image by E Weber under a CC-BY 2.0 license.
The Rio Salado Library has a wide variety of resources to support those who are affected by mental health and substance abuse issues.

Rio Salado College is one of Arizona's top educators of addictions counseling professionals. Click here for more information on the Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Schedule for MCCCD Gov Board Forums

Get involved! Employees, students, and community members are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming candidate forums for MCCCD Governing Board elections.

Forums are scheduled at various Maricopa Community College locations as listed below. The Conference Center at Rio Salado College in Tempe is the site of the Sept. 26 forum.

The election is on Nov. 4, 2014. Districts 3, 4 and 5 will be up for election along with two At-Large positions. The Governing Board is currently made up of five persons, elected from geographical districts. Board members are elected in staggered years to four-year terms.

Don't know your district or candidates? See below. More resources are available here

All forums are from 6 - 8 p.m.

District 3
Greater Phoenix, Paradise Valley, New River, Desert Hills and Anthem
Candidates: Johanna Haver, Reyes Medrano, Sr., Fred Zook
9/3/14 Paradise Valley Community College East KSC‐1000B
9/4/14 Phoenix College Dome Conference Room

District 4
Avondale, Buckeye, Circle City, El Mirage, Glendale, Goodyear, Litchfield Park, Morristown, Peoria, Sun City, Sun City Grand, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg, Wittmann and Youngtown.
Candidates: Jean McGrath, Randolph Lumm
9/10/14 Estrella Mountain Community College Estrella Conference Center
9/12/14 Glendale Community College Student Union—Palm Court

District 5
Avondale, Buckeye, Gila Bend, Gila River Indian Community, Glendale, Goodyear, Guadalupe, Phoenix, Tolleson
Candidate: Alfredo Gutierrez
9/17/14 South Mountain Community College Library Community Room

All of Maricopa County
Candidates: Mario Diaz, Tracy Livingston, John Heep, Eddie Tiggs
9/26/14 Rio Salado Community College RIO Conference Center
9/24/14 Scottsdale Community College Student Center

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Training for Addictions Professionals

Rio Salado College is one of Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals, offering online classes, certificates and an associate degree in addiction and substance use disorders.

The classes meet continuing education requirements for professionals in the addictions counseling field.

Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair
“Rio Salado is the only community college in Maricopa County designed to offer classes that meet academic requirements for licensing through the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners,” said Dr. Kirk Bowden, faculty chair for the college’s addictions and substance use disorders program.

While the program is geared to professionals in the field, Bowden said many students are simply interested in the subject matter.

“A large number of our students are parents, teachers and social workers, who, through their daily lives and jobs, encounter people with addiction issues,” Bowden said. “They take our program because they want to know more about addiction.”

No matter the reason for choosing Rio Salado’s program, Bowden said all students benefit from the quality of instruction.

“We have a lot of highly-qualified faculty who are experts in the field,” Bowden said. “For example, one adjunct is the author of a textbook that is used nationally and another works as a policy writer for President Obama.”

Bowden himself is well known in the field, and begins a term as president of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals, in October.

“I hope to interact with professionals in the field to support them and work with legislators to help establish standards for addictions counselors and educators,” Bowden said, noting the importance of making change at both the policy and grass roots levels.

“There is an ongoing problem with addiction in this country, and that is why addictions counseling remains one of the top growth professions,” Bowden said. “We are committed to educating the next generation of addictions counselors.”

Rio student Angelique Michel
Rio Salado student Angelique Michel has already earned two certificates in addiction and substance use disorders, and is studying for her associate degree.

“I chose to attend Rio Salado because the staff is fantastic, especially the peer mentors,” Michel said. “Because of the program, I have learned about the kind of counselor I want to be.”

Michel plans to transfer to Arizona State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work.

“As for my future, I see eventually opening my own practice in order to help those who are suffering from substance abuse,” Michel said.

The desire to help others is a common trait among people who enter the field.

Rio student Louise K. Wilson
“Studying the human mind and behavior is one of the most fascinating subjects on earth,” said Louise K. Wilson, a recent Rio Salado graduate who decided to go back to school at age 61. “To be able to communicate and help people is something I have been committed to for as long as I can remember.”

Wilson put her education on hold after high school to raise her family, which now includes four children and eight grandchildren.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in my life,” Wilson said. “I am so grateful that my college certificate will aid me in assisting others through their pain, especially those who have been affected by the rise in addiction and substance abuse.”

For additional information about Rio Salado’s Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program, visit www.riosalado.edu/ASD or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.

By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College