Friday, February 27, 2015

Support System for Success

Grid outlining elements of success: Collaborative Partnerships, Inclusive Leadership, Flexible Resources, Professional Development, complemented by: Academic Rigor & Support, Social Support, Data Use and P-16 Alignment.

This article by the Pathways to College Network, Social Support: An Essential Ingredient to College Success, offers some practical advice you can apply in all areas of your life.

No one creates success by themselves.
We all like to be independent and accomplish things on our own, but the truth is that you cannot achieve everything you want to accomplish in life on your own. No one can. You must be able to work with and receive help from other people in order to achieve the success that you desire in college and in life. One characteristic of successful people is that they look for others who can help them achieve the outcomes they want in life.

You attract help from others by keeping your commitments.
When you get help from other people, you are able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time while learning many new things in the process. One way to attract people into your life who can become part of your support system and offer you help is to keep your commitments. When other people see your strong commitment to achieving your goal of a college degree, they will be more committed to helping you reach that goal. For example, if you make an appointment with a counselor, advisor, or a tutor be sure to show up and show up on time. If you ask your family to help you with household chores or babysit your children so you can study, make sure you use the time wisely for your studies. Keeping your commitments also has the added benefit of improving your self-esteem and respect for yourself, two benefits which will attract more people to be part of your support system.

Get feedback from others. You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame.
Having a support system provides feedback from others around you so that you can see where you need to make improvements. This allows you to focus on the right things to improve instead of wasting time in unnecessary areas. For example, consider each teacher you have as part of your support group. If your English teacher keeps marking the same misspellings within your papers, recognize that you are receiving constructive feedback. Rather than focusing on yourself with such negative statements as “I never could spell” or “I don’t think she should be so picky,” take the feedback and insert an action step that will allow you to learn to spell those words correctly once and for all.

If you specifically ask the people in your support system for constructive input, their advice can help you grow and achieve your goals. For example, if you feel that you are not doing as well as you should in your college courses, you could make an appointment to go see a counselor to ask them what areas they think you could work on improving. You can also email your instructors for additional insight. If you have a family member who is part of your support system, you could share with that person a problem you are having and ask that person to help you think of a solution to the problem. For example, you might find that you are struggling to identify extra study time you need in order to prepare for a particularly challenging class. You could share this problem with your spouse and ask him or her to help you carve out additional time you can use for studying. The solution might be as simple as the two of you agreeing to eat canned stew and fruit for supper every Tuesday night as a way to simplify your meal planning and preparation time during the week. Or the solution might be as simple as taking your spouse’s feedback to heart when you recognize the truth within it. For instance, if your spouse points out that you tend to be a perfectionist, he or she may be right! Ironically, being a perfectionist can be a weakness. Perhaps the two of you could identify an area in your life that could be altered without negative consequences. Is it really so bad if you launder sheets every two weeks instead of every week? When you recognize a weakness, let constructive feedback lead you to be solution oriented.

Don’t be afraid to try new things that are suggested by people in your support system. For instance, if you meet with a counselor, she may ask you to describe how you study for a test. She may suggest that you try a new way of studying. This new way of doing something may be hard at first because it’s different, but you may find that the strategy becomes easier as you get more practice using it and even more importantly, you may find that your counselor was right: using the strategy helps you earn a higher grade. Trying new things means that you are learning and growing; this is often uncomfortable at first, but leads to success in the long run. Successful people are constantly challenging themselves to try new things and attempting to do things they haven’t done before.

Surround yourself with the right people to help you grow.
The most important part of your support system is the people within it that will challenge your thinking. These people are dedicated to helping you learn, grow and succeed in college and in life. It is your job to seek out and surround yourself with the right people who can help you grow. You might begin by joining an organization at college that will fuel your success by helping you meet other students who want to learn and grow such as an Honor Society. Another way to learn and grow is to look for a part time job or a volunteer position that is related to your college major. This will allow you to gain knowledge and experience, while flexing your thinking skills about course material above and beyond what you get from textbooks and lectures. This experience also allows you to start building a network of professional people who can help you launch your career by providing references for you or even by hiring you on a full-time basis when you are ready to enter the job market. Depending on your personal likes, hobbies, and beliefs, support can often come from attending church groups, social organizations, extended family, and friends.

Shared by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Pathways to College Network. (2007) Boston, MA: Author. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Rio Featured in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.

Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals.

It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.

Learn how we can help you.

Take the next step:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Yummy Benefits from Café at Rio

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Take advantage of the great food and benefits from the Café at Rio.

The Café at Rio is open to the public-- and so is our Café at Rio Gift Card, which can save you 10% on all of your purchases. Talk to one of our friendly staff for details.

Rio Salado Advisement Closed Fri., Feb 27

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Please note, Rio Salado Advisement offices will be closed Friday, Feb. 27 so staff can attend the annual Maricopa Advisement conference.

We apologize if this poses an inconvenience. Please call our main line if you need immediate assistance at 480-517-8000 or 800-729-1197.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Top Three Mascot Finalists Are...

Rio's new mascot will be announced March 24!  Images of other Maricopa Colleges Mascots surrounding Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper

Rio Salado's new mascot will be a Roadrunner, Raven or a Wave! 

Many thanks to all of the students, faculty, staff and other members of our community for taking part in the search-- especially the 134 people who submitted more than 200 mascot ideas and the 1,300 voters. 

We'll announce the finalist March 24.

Early Registration Begins March 9

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Attention current students. You can begin registering as early as March 9 for summer and fall classes.  

If you’re new to Rio Salado and plan to enroll, you can begin registering for classes as early as March 23. 

Take advantage of the benefits of early registration and start mapping out your class schedule today at

Rio Honors Boys & Girls Clubs of East Valley

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Rio Salado Student Affairs staff attended the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley 23rd Annual Youth of the Year Banquet to honor and recognize high school students who have emerged as outstanding members of their individual branches, including Ny'Quenta Strong of the Boys & Girls Ladmo Branch in Tempe.

Rio Salado staff presented Strong with a $1,000 scholarship for the 2015-16 academic year at last night's gathering.

Strong is a senior at Tempe High School and an ACE student at Mesa Community College who plans to transfer to Arizona State University to study engineering, psychology and sociology with the goal of working in law enforcement. Read her bio.

We congratulate Strong and all of the students who took part in last night's celebration.

We encourage you to learn more about the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley and their efforts to help teens realize their potential and dreams. 

Pictured above: Rio Salado Director of Student Services Richard Conchos, Rio Salado Director of Advisement David Hall, NyQuenta Strong and Rio Salado Community Outreach Specialist Laura Miquirray.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Veterans Resource Fair at EVVEC Feb. 28

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The City of Tempe and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) have joined forces to provide benefits and services to local military veterans and their families at no cost. A community Resource Fair and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe.

Through this new partnership, the City of Tempe is able to host exciting new amenities including an on-site navigator to aid veterans in locating necessary resources, as well as individual and group counseling services for veterans and their family members. As additional programs and services come to fruition through the newly appointed Veterans Commission and the City of Tempe Human Services Division, more opportunities will be made available to military clientele.

The new services provided by the City of Tempe will complement the invaluable opportunities and resources already being provided by the EVVEC. Current services include: academic advisement for the Maricopa Community Colleges and Northern Arizona University degree pathways, assistance with college admittance and financial aid applications, assistance with applying for veterans educational benefits, access to the Rio Salado College Testing Center, access to current employment listings, computer-guided resume writing assistance, referrals for educational, employment, health, community and housing resources, as well as free printing, copying, faxing, scanning, Skype, Wi-Fi and computer resources.

Celebration festivities include remarks by Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. There will also be ceremonial presentations from ASU ROTC Color Guard and Sun Devil Battalion, as well as a live musical performance by the Gililland Middle School Orchestra.

Visitors to the fair will have access to the following partnering agencies: Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona Department of Economic Security, ASU Pat Tillman Center, ASU Veterans Upward Bound, City of Tempe, Disabled American Veterans, Ethos Group, Honor Walk, Maricopa Community Colleges District, Maricopa Corporate College, Maricopa Workforce Connection, Mesa Community College, Mesa Vet Center, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College, Tempe Veteran's History Project, University of Phoenix, Veterans Administration and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information, please call 480.384.9850 or email 

In the event of rain, the program will be held inside RSC Southern; in the same complex as the East Valley Veterans Education Center. 

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 City of Tempe, 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.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ask a Librarian Online, Anytime!

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Watch Live Broadcast with Debbi Fields Feb. 24

Photo of Debi Fields and NSLS logo.  Text: Video Speaker Broadcast featuring Debbi Fields, Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015, 5-615 p.m. at Conference Center at Rio

Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields' Cookies will be the next guest speaker for the National Society of Leadership and Success 2014-2015 Broadcast Speaker Series, which will be transmitted live across the country on February 24, 2015.

Rio Salado's NSLS chapter will host a live telecast of her presentation at the Conference Center @ Rio, 5-6:15 p.m. 

Fields is a New York Times best-selling author, TV personality and motivation speaker who uses these guiding principles in her recipe for success:

Capitalize on your passion
Good enough never is
The biggest failure is never trying
Stick to your beliefs and follow your heart

This free event is open to students, staff and the public. 

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter? It's a great way to engage with other students while developing important life skills.  Check out this blog feature and visit this web page for more details.

About The National Society of Leadership and Success
The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members. For more information, please visit

Conference Center @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Vote for Mascot Finalists by Midnight

Your chance to vote for the top three mascot finalists ends tonight, Feb. 20 at midnight. 

Come on, join in the fun! 

The finalist will be announced March 24, 2015.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Meet Jordan Sherwood. Leading by Experience

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Check out this Maricopa Matters profile about Jordan Sherwood, who serves as a Rio Salado Student Services Specialist at the East Valley Veterans Center.

As a veteran and Maricopa Community Colleges student, Sherwood is using his experience to help other veterans and their families transition from military to civilian life by taking advantage of the educational benefits they deserve.

We're proud to have you on our team.
"The EVVEC is literally the one place you can walk into and find out exactly what you need to know to not only make a successful transition but also to live a comfortable life. Students don’t always know what they need until after they realize they need it. We know what questions to ask, and what conversations to have to prompt these kinds of consultations so that’s the biggest thing. We want students to recognize that, by coming into the EVVEC, we’re going to help them be successful – academically, professionally, and personally." -- Jordan Sherwood
You can meet Sherwood and learn more about the programs and services offered at the EVVEC during a special celebration with the City of Tempe on Saturday, Feb. 28. Visit this blog entry for more details.

March Scholarship Deadlines

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There are countless scholarship opportunities for students. Do yourself a favor, take the time to investigate and apply. It will be well worth your effort.

Here are a some opportunities due to expire in March.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has dozens of scholarships for fall 2015 and there's only one, convenient general application to complete.  

Deadline is March 22.  Apply Now.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2015-2016. The program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance. It is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
  • Adults 25 years or older with dependents
  • College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support
Deadline is March 1. Apply Now.

Need help? Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page to watch a video tutorial about successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications. You can also call on our counseling services team for help.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

State of the District Address at Rio Salado

Photo of attendees from today's State of the District Address

The Tempe Chamber of Commerce presented the State of the District Address with Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema at Rio Salado's Conference Center this morning.

The Congresswoman provided an update on federal issues and shared her vision for the future of our district, state and country with community, educational, political and civic leaders.

You can view photos from today's event on our Facebook page.

We appreciate your participation.

New AZ IBEST Energy Systems Program

Flier for Energy Systems Technology Through Arizona IBEST.  Text: Rio Salado College now offers a certificate in Energy Systems Technology through the Arizona IBEST program for those who want a career in building energy management. You will learn how to control building operational systems including computer, electrical, HVAC and security. Classes also cover energy management, conservation concepts and building codes. What is IBEST? Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) is for students who are studying for the high school equivalency (HSE) exam while also receiving career-specific training to help with future employment opportunities. Learn more at one of the upcoming information sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 18 9-11:30 a.m. or 5:30-8 p.m.   Start your career in energy systems technology today. Classes begin March 2, 2015 Call now to reserve your seat. 480-377-4050 Sessions take place at Rio Salado College Downtown, 619 N. 7th Ave., Phoenix.  Made possible by Rio Salado College, Maricopa Community Colleges and Phoenix Workforce Connection.

Rio Salado now offers a certificate in Energy Systems Technology through the Arizona IBEST program-- to help students launch a career in building energy management,  while preparing for the ‪GED‬ ® test. 

Classes begin March 2 at RSC Downtown.

Through this program, you will learn how to control building operational systems including computer, electrical, HVAC and security. Classes also cover energy management, conservation concepts and building codes.

What is IBEST? Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) is a program designed to provide students who are studying for their GED® test an opportunity to receive career-specific training to help with future employment opportunities.

Interested in learning more? Join us for two, free information sessions: Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
  • Meet the Rio Salado Faculty Chair who created this exciting new program.
  • Learn how industry leaders participated in the formation of the program.
  • Share in a discussion about the opportunities for employment and potential career pathways.
For more details, contact Student Success Coach Salina Bernal at 480-377-4074 or

To learn more about our new Energy Systems Technology certificate, check out this blog post or visit

Friday, February 13, 2015

New Titles at Rio Salado Library

Image of book Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
This list is updated throughout the month as new books arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.



Vote for Your Favorite Mascot Entry

Image of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Colleges mascots.  Text: Help Choose Rio Salado's New Mascot!
The ballots are in! Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest. The field has been narrowed down to seven candidates and we want you to help us make the final decision.

Vote for your top three favorite mascot entries right now.
Please note: One vote per person!

Voting ends midnight on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
The winning mascot will be announced March 24, 2015.

We look forward to tallying your votes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

2015 MEN Student Conference Feb. 20

Photo of MEN members posing for group photo.  Caption: The Male Empowerment Network (MEN) is committed to working collectively and responsibly to meet the lifelong learning needs of our diverse males student populations.

The Male Empowerment Network (MEN) is designed to improve the retention and degree completion rates of minority male students. Interested?  Then take part in the 2015 MEN Student Conference on Friday, Feb. 20 at Paradise Valley Community College.

2015 MEN Student Conference
Connect. Commit. Complete.

Friday, February 20, 2015 
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Paradise Valley Community College
18401 N 32nd Street
Phoenix, AZ 85032
Kranitz Student Center

Register Now

Visit for additional details about this event and for information about Rio Salado's MEN chapter.

Reminder: SIS Outage, Feb. 13-16

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As a reminder, our Student Information System (SIS) is being upgraded and will not be available Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16.

Please make sure you complete all time sensitive transactions before 5 p.m.

The outage will affect all student self-service and staff-assisted transactions, including:
  • Viewing your To Do List
  • Adding and dropping classes
  • Viewing your Class Schedule or Textbook Info
  • Running a Degree Progress Report
  • Viewing your Message Center
  • Viewing financial aid information
  • Making payments and setting up payment plans
  • Printing unofficial transcripts and requesting official transcripts
Please note, this will also affect book advances.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use. For additional details, tips on how to prepare and the latest updates, visit

Microsoft Office 365 Data Sync Issues

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On January 27, 2015, MCCCD IT Communications sent a notification concerning issues that prevent students from downloading Microsoft Office 365. The issues have not been resolved but the IT team is working on a solution.

The IT team is busily working on activities associated with this weekend's SIS (CS9) upgrade. As such, there is no estimated time on when students can resume downloading this software.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Please visit for the latest updates.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New University Transfer Guide

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The Maricopa Community Colleges District has released an updated University Transfer Guide for 2015-16.

The guide includes helpful information about: 
  • Where to Start
  • Degree Pathways
  • Ten Steps to Transfer
  • Transfer Checklist
  • Academic Advisement
  • Strategies for Undecided Students
  • University Transfer Myths
Take advantage of Maricopa Community Colleges university transfer fairs across the Valley, February 17 - March 25. Visit this University Transfer page for the latest dates, times and locations for these events.

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

RSC Faculty Chair Stars in New Video

Check out this new video from the City of Tempe, featuring Rio Salado's Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak.

Forget what you think you know about science, Geeks' Night Out is all about discovering what makes science fun!

 To learn more about Geeks' Night Out, please visit this City of Tempe webpage. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

President's Day Closure, Feb. 16

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Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President's Day. 

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Visit this page for more information about holiday closures and hours.

Counseling Stories: Volunteering

Graphic image with the word "Volunterr" across the top, and hands reaching up to volunteer.

Students are often undecided what major or career goal they want to pursue once they begin college. As a counselor, a common suggestion I give to those students that are ambivalent about their long-term professional goals is to take courses in a variety of different subjects.

Another recommendation I offer frequently is take a career assessment to learn what occupations may coincide with your interests and personality. But one of the best ideas I propose is to immerse yourself into the real-world environments of potential careers to obtain a realistic perspective of the profession you are exploring. One of the ways to do this is through acquiring volunteer experience.

Volunteering provides a realistic picture for a student to assist professionals with the duties and responsibilities required by their occupation. It also affords you the opportunity to learn how specific individuals obtained their current profession, as many professionals embark on different paths that lead them to the same occupation.

A helpful website to find countless volunteer openings in numerous industries such as advocacy and human rights, animals, arts and culture, and the environment in your area is

Donating your time to volunteering provides a less intimidating way to network with individuals, which can lead to internship opportunities, mentoring relationships, and even employment.

Remember- college is the time to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you to help you reach your career goals.

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.

New ASU & NAU Transfer Specialists

Meet your new transfer specialists from Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU). 

They will be available at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters Academic Advisement offices to help you take the next step in your educational journey.

Image of Ally Archer
Ally Archer is your new ASU transfer specialist. She is available for in-person meets on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To reach her directly, call (480) 965-1286 or email You can schedule an appointment and learn more about ASU transfer options by visiting

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MacGarret Becker is your new NAU transfer coordinator. He is here Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can make an appointment to see him by contacting Rio Advisement at (480) 517-8580. You can reach Becker in between visits at (602) 776-4609 or Visit for more details about transferring to NAU.

While appointments are advisable, Archer and Becker will also do their best to help unscheduled walk-ins if they are available.

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big Savings for College Students

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As many college students can attest, discovering “hidden” discounts and savings is like making the 3-point shot at the buzzer! It’s exhilarating and game-changing at the same time. While some students take advantage of movie theater and museum savings, they might be surprised to learn that student discounts are also available almost every industry imaginable.

Whatever the favorite pastime- be it shopping or catching up with the Morris twins at a Phoenix Suns game- there are countless opportunities to save on many activities and products.

In need of electronics? Surf the likes of Best Buy or the Apple store for savings on laptops, tablets and other gadgets, or head over to Amazon for student discounts and free two-day shipping.

Maybe you’re more interested in computer software. Visit Journey Ed, an online retailer specializing in student software. The site offers savings of up to 85% off retail prices for registered students, and pricing is even better when accessed through partner institutions, such as Tempe-based Rio Salado College. 

Educational partnerships exist to save students money while they pursue certificates and degrees. For example, Maricopa County Community College students are eligible for substantial savings on Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office 365, which they can download for free through their student portal.

As the cold months drag on, wanderlust may set in and students can find themselves checking websites to plan that all important spring break trip. While traveling poses budgetary challenges for many students, discount options do exist.

EF College Break is designed to bring college students between the ages of 18-28 to some of the most exciting and exotic destinations around the world. Trips are scheduled to coincide with major holidays or school vacations: summer, spring break and New Year. Prices are guaranteed to fit any budget, with the company also offering monthly payment plan options.

If students would rather plan their own trips, the website Student Universe is another travel option, offering cheap flights, hotels, tours and rail options.

Students with good grades can parlay their academic success into discounts. Many auto insurance companies, such as Geico, State Farm, Allstate and Esurance, will dramatically cut monthly rates for students who succeed academically. Just ask for the “good student discount.”

Additional online resources for student discounts can be found at, or, for a yearly fee, students can join discount clubs like Student Advantage or Edhance, which provide access to thousands of worldwide discount opportunities.

What are you waiting for? If you’re a college student (or know one), it’s about time you took advantage of all of the great discounts and savings opportunities. Next time you visit a favorite restaurant, retail shop or engage in a favorite activity, don’t be shy - ask about any “hidden” student discounts.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College. This story was also featured in the February 7 edition of the Tempe Republic.

Planned SIS Downtime: Feb. 13-16

The Student Information System (SIS) will be down for an upgrade Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16.  Make sure you complete all time sensitive transactions before 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12.

This will affect all student self-service and staff-assisted transactions. Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and Riolearn will be available for use.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this downtown may cause.

Please visit My.Maricopa on the web for a detailed list of affected student services.

New Writing Help Guide

Image of student studying with text: The Top 20 Writing Errors Made by College Students
Are you tired of being penalized on your assignments because of your writing? Are your grades suffering, but you don't know where to turn or what to do? 

The Top 20 Writing Errors Made by College Students provides the guidance you need. Each error is explained briefly and simply. A YouTube tutorial, as well as two short practice quizzes, follow each example.

What are you waiting for? Check out the
Writing Help Guide today!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Black History Month: Library Topic Guide

Image of a Power and Equality poster from the 70s

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements of black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions, and legacies of African Americans.

Check out the Black History Month Topic Guide to learn more.

Image credit: By Steve Snodgrass under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Counseling Stories: New Eyes

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Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck-Brown experienced a recent victory with student Ancita Yazzie, who attends Rio Salado’s Northern location.

She noticed Yazzie using two pairs of glasses, which provoked concern. Yazzie revealed that she was using the set of non-prescription glasses because she could not afford the glasses she needed. Lebeck-Brown intervened.

Ancita Yazzie
Lebeck-Brown tried traditional resources used to assist students with discounted rates but they were also beyond Yazzie's financial means.

Lebeck-Brown found New Eyes, a non-profit organization that purchases new prescription eyeglasses for U.S. residents in financial need. Lebeck-Brown helped Yazzie acquire a voucher and now she has a new pair of glasses.

Lebeck-Brown's intervention exemplifies how critical it is to remove barriers in students' lives and to network with community agencies and organizations. 

It is just one example of how Rio Salado’s counselors seek to make the lives of their students better as they go through their educational journey. It also demonstrates the significant role counselors play in student success.

Rio Salado's Counseling and Career Services connect students with a variety of vital resources that can make a profound impact on their overall well-being.

Yazzie is enrolled in Rio Salado's High School Equivalency program, which prepares individuals for the GED® exam. Despite her personal challenges she has been diligent about her studies.

The HSE prep program is one of several Rio Salado College Bridge Pathways initiatives, which are designed to help adult learners transition back into the classroom, strengthen academic skills, build confidence and begin a college career. Services include personalized advisement; start-up scholarships; assistance with financial aid registration as well as orientation to college life and online learning.

For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED® testing services and other College Bridge Pathway programs and services, visit or call 480-517-8110.

For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit or call 480-517-8785.

KJZZ Discussion: Challenges of Home Ownership

Panel discussion at Rio Salado Conference Center
Group 91.Five, KJZZ’s Young Professionals and the Arizona Community Foundation will host a free community symposium, "What I Wish I Knew about the Challenges of Home Ownership" with some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs. The event is the next installment in the group's recurring What I Wish I Knew...discussion series.

We hope you will consider joining us Friday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the RSC Conference Center.

What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership brings together experts in real estate, urban living and community planning to explore home ownership and a variety of home buying decisions.

Potential topics include financial and lifestyle considerations, current trends in urban and suburban living and changing attitudes toward homeownership. KJZZ's Mark Brodie will serve as moderator.
 Panelists include: 
This event is free but reservations are required. Please RSVP at and visit for more details.
Light refreshments will be available after the panel discussion.

The discussion will be recorded and uploaded to the KJZZ Community YouTube channel located here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rio Designated ‘Veterans Supportive Campus’

Pictured left to right: Dean Kevin Bilder, Bryan Durham from the Arizona Dept. of Veterans Services, and Associate Dean Mike Pattarozzi.
Rio Salado was officially designated as an Arizona Supportive Campus by the Arizona Department of Veterans Services this last December.

The award recognizes Rio Salado’s commitment to providing support to its student veterans, faculty and staff by instituting veterans’ programs, resources and awareness throughout the college.

To learn more about Rio Salado's Veteran services, please visit us on the web.

Pictured left to right: Dean Kevin Bilder, Bryan Durham from the Arizona Dept. of Veterans Services, and Associate Dean Mike Pattarozzi. 

Monday, February 2, 2015

Graduation Applications Due March 1

photo of 2014 graduation ceremony, femail student standing to be acknowledged.

If you're close to completing the coursework for your certificate or degree at Rio Salado College, then it's time to apply for your diploma-- and to register for graduation

Graduation applications are due March 1, 2015

Submit your applications now online.