Thursday, April 30, 2015

Helping Everest College Students Stay on Track

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Corinthian Colleges announced on Monday, April 27 that it was ceasing operations and instruction at its 30 locations. Campuses closed include Everest and WyoTech campuses in California, Everest College Phoenix and Everest Online Tempe in Arizona, the Everest Institute in New York and Heald College-- including 10 locations in California, one in Hawaii and one in Oregon. More than 16,000 students are now displaced as a consequence.

As of yesterday, Rio Salado began working with administration from Everest College Phoenix to help students affected by this closure to complete their educational goals.

Everest College Phoenix sent an email last night to students majoring in accounting, business and criminal justice, which encouraged them to contact Rio Salado about transferring.

Rio Salado is augmenting its student services teams to help these displaced students and dedicating phone lines and a new web landing page specifically to address their inquiries.

Students are encouraged to contact us by calling 1-888-423-2248 or submitting inquiries to and

Everest students majoring in accounting, business, organizational management and criminal justice have an excellent opportunity to transfer their credits to Rio Salado," said Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall.

“There are other options to explore if students cannot successfully transfer credits,” said Hall. “Our credit for prior learning assessments are one possibility.”

There are 33 College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) exams, which assess subject matter proficiency and provide an opportunity for students to receive college credit with qualifying scores. For example, Spanish CLEP test takers can earn up to 16 college credits. Qualified students are also eligible to seek departmental credit by examination or evaluation.

Students can begin the process of determining whether their credits will transfer by uploading transcripts to

A Rio Salado advisor will contact students within a few days to share the results of their evaluations.

Everest students should receive copies of their transcripts by mail within the coming days and can contact the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education ( about future transcript related requests.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Featured Library Resource: EBSCO eBooks

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Need a book for an assignment but don't have enough time to make a trip to the library? 

The EBSCO eBook collection contains more than 130,000 titles from leading university presses and academic publishers.

This collection is available to students 24/7 and has a built in-citation tool to help with your reference list or works cited page.

What are you waiting for? Check it out today!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Master the Art of Public Speaking

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Take Part in a Rio Copa Toastmasters 
Brown Bag Workshop
Wednesday, May 6
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.

Tempe, AZ 85281

Free and open to the public

  • Toastmasters will help you speak up with confidence
  • Provide constructive feedback
  • Teach you to organize well-run meetings and lead teams
  • Show you how to communicate clearly with customers

For more information email: or call: (480) 384-9865.

Download the Rio Copa Toastmaster guest packet

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Preparing for May 5 Commencement

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Congratulations Class of 2015!

We are pleased you will be joining us for Commencement 2015.  We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments. This downloadable, two-page fact sheet will help you and your guests prepare for this special day.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Program Timeline Overview
5:30 p.m.  Student Arrival Check-in at box office entrance on 4th Avenue.
6 p.m.       Assembly of Candidates Begins
7 p.m.       Ceremony Begins
8:30 p.m.  Recessional

For more information contact Eric Wibbing at 480-517-8156 or

Commemorative Video
DVDs of the ceremony can be purchased at the event for $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Orders can also be placed through email requests between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to DVD orders take 6-8 weeks to process.

Visit this web page for the latest updates. 


Monday, April 27, 2015

Last Chance to Vote for Mascot Name

You have until midnight to vote for your favorite mascot name! 

Join in the fun. It's quick and easy!  

Vote Now.

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the Spotlight: Rio Salado PTK

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Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had a lot to celebrate this spring.

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The PTK chapter attended the Arizona Regional Convention hosted by Paradise Valley Community College, March 27-28 and came home with several awards.

Chapter awards:
•    Five Star Level (highest level possible)
•    A Distinguished Arizona Chapter
•    Honors-in-Action Project Award
•    Honors-in-Action Award for Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
Individual Awards:
•    John Field - For serving as Arizona Region PTK President
•    Roberta Albinda  - Named an Outstanding Chapter Officer
•    Bethany Kartchner - Named an Outstanding Chapter Member
•    Melanie Abts - Outstanding Chapter Advisor

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On April 10, the PTK chapter hosted a reception and induction ceremony for 34 new students. Student President Lori Beasley presented open remarks and a program overview and then joined student leaders John Field and Jake Denison to induct the new members. You can view, upload and tag photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Image of Melanie Abts at podium.

Rio Salado Counseling Faculty Chair and PTK Advisor Dr. Melanie Abts was among 30 PTK advisors honored with a Paragon Award for New Advisors during the April 2015 NerdNation convention in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes advisors who have served less than four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of their chapter members.

On a side note, Arizona Regional PTK President John Field was chosen to serve as Rio Salado's 2015 Commencement student speaker on May 5

There are many benefits to joining PTK. It's a great way to engage in activities that will help you become more successful in the classroom and in life-- while you help others through service.

For additional details visit our PTK web page or contact PTK Advisor John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

2014-15 Officers
  • President – Lori Beasley
  • Chair of Administration and Hallmarks – John Williams
  • Chair of College Project - Vanessa Williams
  • Chair of Honors in Action – Roberta Albinda
  • Officer at Large – John Field

Early Childhood Ed Scholarship

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14th Annual Bright Futures Scholarship Provides Help to Aspiring Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers

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Bright Horizons® has launched its 2015 Bright Futures program and developed an award to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a program in ECE or related field. Students must also have completed a minimum level of coursework in their program. See application for complete requirements.

Get started  now. 

All applications are due June 10.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored early care, education and work/life solutions. With centers around the world, Bright Horizons is the partner of choice for hundreds of organizations, including more than 80 Fortune 500 firms and has been named fifteen times as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For."

Learn more about Rio Salado's Online Early Childhood & Human Development certificate and degree programs by visiting this web page.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4 Steps to Transfer Your Online Degree

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It literally pays to talk to your academic advisor-- especially if you're an online community college student transferring to a four-year online institution. 

This online story by U.S. News & World Report education reporter Ian Quillen emphasizes the steps you should take before transferring. Included are perspectives from Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall.

Rio Salado's articulation agreements with Arizona's three public universities and 40+ university partners make it easy to transfer. Call on an academic advisor now to see what you need to do to prepare.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mascot Name Contest - Vote Now!

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Three mascot name finalists have been chosen!

Vote for your favorite between now and April 27.

Cast your vote now!

Celebrate Earth Day in Tempe

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Check out the City of Tempe's Earth Day Expo today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe City Hall with Rio Salado Director of Sustainable Food Systems Michael Hodgins.

Hodgins will talk about the college’s Sustainable Food Systems program and share tips on how to make sustainable growing and eating a part of your lifestyle.

Image of Tempe Public Works Department Earth Day logo: globe surrounded by green arrows and flora

Here are some other City of Tempe Earth Day events to consider attending:

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge.  The college has incorporated sustainability as a core value and has developed several programs and practices that embrace the sociocultural, environmental and economic facets of sustainability.

It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable. Rio Salado strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout its daily operations.

We hope you join us in this effort.

Happy Earth Day.

Interested in a career in Sustainable Food Systems? Visit this web page for more details about our program. 

Mascot Naming Contest Update

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our mascot naming contest. We received 250 unique entries!

Our mascot selection committee is busily narrowing down entries to 3 finalists. Once announced, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite name. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RSC Bookstore Flash Sale, April 21-22

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Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore sale-- online and in-store, April 21-22.

Shop now and receive 25% off:
  • T-shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Bags
  • Totes
  • Drink-ware
  • Hats
  • Pad folios
  • Legal pads
  • School logo notebooks, binders and folders
  • Clearance items

Rio Salado Bookstore
at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Shop the Rio Salado online bookstore now.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation, May 12

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Join us for a free orientation session to learn how you can become an Art Education, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Education teacher-- and get paid while you learn to teach.

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career.

Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

When: Tuesday, May 12
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
RSVP now

Attendees will learn about:
  • Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process

Visit our Teacher-In-Residence web page or call (480) 517-8140 to learn more.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

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Join us for the Early Childhood & Human Development Program open house, on Thursday, April 23, at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

The open house will provide information about our certificate and degree programs and other professional development opportunities available.

When: April 23, 2015
The Communiversity at QC
21740 S. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Time: 5:30 -7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Meet the Rio Salado Early Childhood and Human Development program team
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Tour our Queen Creek facilities

Please RSVP by April 21 to 
or by phone at 480-517-8818.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ASU Transfer Workshop, April 21

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RSVP for the next ASU Transfer Workshop, Tuesday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Rio Conference Center.
Learn how you can make the move to Arizona State University in the easiest, most efficient way possible. The workshop will provide information on:

  • The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)— what it is, how Rio Salado guarantees admission 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 transfer specialist can support you before you even apply to ASU
Get answers to all your questions about transferring to ASU, and find out how we can be a helpful partner in your success.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Help Name the Rio Waves Mascot!

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Rio Salado has decided on a new mascot-- The Rio Waves!  
Now it's time to help us name it!

We’re seeking a name that represents our unique brand as pioneers, relates to our name – Rio Salado (Salt River), and represents us as a college that finds innovative solutions and cuts through barriers.

The mascot represents educational access for all through flexibility, adaptability, affordability and accountability.

The Rio Wave is gender-neutral, friendly, helpful, and most of all serves as an ambassador for all Rio students, staff and faculty.

Please submit your gender-neutral name suggestion for our new mascot to: by midnight, April 20.

Visit this RioNews blog for additional details and back story about our mascot search and visit this web page for the latest updates.

Are You Ready to Graduate This May?

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Rio Salado Commencement and Graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. Are you ready?

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

Rio Commencement
Tuesday, May 5, 2014
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Rio HSE Graduation
Monday, May 21, 2014
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Gowns, Caps & Tassels
Graduates participating in the ceremonies must wear the official RSC blue gown, cap and 2015 tassel. The $25 graduation fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover. 

Photos, DVDs and MCTV
Grad Images will be taking photos during the ceremonies, which you can be purchase online a few weeks after each ceremony. We will provide updates as soon as we know they're ready.

Image of 2014 graduate with President Chris Bustamante

Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to upload and tag.

You will have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the ceremonies. DVD sales will take place at the events. Cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Commencement DVDs orders can also be placed through email requests between now and Monday, May 25 by submitting to A Rio Salado representative will contact you to help you complete your order.

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremonies for broadcast, which will be sometime in late May or June.

We encourage you to share your graduation stories.
  • Use the #RioGrad hashtag in your posts.
  • Join us on Facebook to post photos and comments and to tag photos.
  • Use Google+ and Instagram to share photos and comments.

City of Mesa Councilmembers Visit EVVEC

City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).
On April 7, City of Mesa Councilmembers Kevin Thompson and Chris Glover visited the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) for an informational tour.

The City of Mesa is working to address veteran homelessness so the Councilmembers visited the EVVEC to determine if the city could help provide wrap-around resources and services that could augment their initiative.

Pictured above:
City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week is April 12 - 18. It's a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers-- and to promote library use and support.

From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

Check out the following video to see how libraries have changed in the Internet Age and to be mindful of the value that they continue to add to our communities.

We hope you take advantage of the services available at the Rio Salado Library.

We are pleased to be of service to you!

New Partnership to Serve International Students

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Rio Salado College is a leading provider of online learning in Maricopa County, and will soon be serving a broader student base thanks to a new partnership between the Tempe-based college and the World Education Group.

The World Education Group recruits foreign students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in the United States through its American University Pathway Program (AUPP).

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“Rio Salado pursued this partnership to reach out to international students and provide educational opportunities for those in underserved areas,” said Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Rio Salado’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

While in their home countries, students can earn up to 30 credits of general education studies online with Rio Salado. The students then have the option of taking more classes in person at a Maricopa Community College and transferring to a four-year institution, or transferring directly to an American university.

"Taking their first year of courses online with Rio Salado allows international students the time to get their affairs in order and prepare for moving to the United States while still earning college credit,” McGrath said.

Another benefit to students is cost savings. International students who remain in their home countries and take online classes through Rio Salado for the first two years can save thousands of dollars in tuition, and room and board fees.

“Online classes offer affordability because students don’t have expenses related to on-campus housing and living,” McGrath said.

AUPP operates centers in many countries, so international students have the benefit of a local learning community. Their “full-support learning” model provides mentoring, tutoring, advising, registration and application assistance to ensure student success before relocation to the United States.

During this time, Rio Salado College staff will work hand in hand with AUPP mentors to ensure a smooth advisement and registration process.

"International students can expect the same level of service and support as our students within the United States,” McGrath said. “They will receive the same quality online education which will prepare them for further studies when they arrive.”

AUPP targets high school graduates and senior-level students who have strong academic records and advanced English skills.

Once enrolled, students begin their college coursework with an online orientation followed by an English class. They can then choose from a list of 15-16 course options.

Because Rio Salado College has articulation agreements with 40+ universities nationwide, students can seamlessly transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

This story can also be found in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Please note, international students can register directly with Rio Salado College.  Visit this web page for more details about programs and services available to international students.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Military Veteran Women Commemoration

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Salute our military veteran women in a special commemoration on Thursday, April 16 at Glendale Community College.

Celebrate women who have served, are currently serving or have fallen with honor in service to this country.


Military Veteran Women Commemoration
Thursday, April 16
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
Student Union 104 D/E

Event will include food, refreshments and guest speakers.

Taking Notes from Live Lectures

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One of the biggest struggles students face is managing note taking while their instructor is lecturing. Is it necessary to write down every word? Can one pay attention and write at the same time? Can the instructor just hand out his/her notes?

In short: No. Yes. Absolutely not.

The biggest key to capturing the most important information in a lecture is by preparing beforehand. Believe it or not, there’s something to those colorful, expensive rectangles you are lugging around in your backpack.

First, those textbooks can do so much more for you than act as paperweights. Second, those reading assignments given by your instructor are not just archaic torture devices.

In all seriousness, completing reading assignments before class (rather than during and/or after)will do the best job of preparing you for taking notes. 

Think of the reading as a movie preview—reading gives you an idea of what your instructor will be discussing in class and it allows you to anticipate which information is most important.

Most instructors are not going to spend class retelling what is in the book, so if it is mentioned in the book and again in class this is a sign from the testing gods that the information is important.

The reading provides a roadmap for what is key information, but instructors typically have lots of ways they are subtly cluing students into potential test questions.

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The least subtle clue is when instructors write information on the board, put information in a Power Point presentation, or display the information in some way for the entire class to see. 

Things like changing voice inflection, vigorous hand gestures, or varying facial expressions can be more subtle, but still very important clues.

Most instructors have developed a pattern with such things and resourceful students can pick up those patterns within a few weeks of class starting.

Finally, adopt a positive position when it comes to taking notes. Look at it as a way to help you stay engaged with your instructor as well as the material during those extremely rare moments of boredom.

Part two of Taking Notes from Live Lectures will include tools that can be implemented immediately—and none of them involve recording the lecture!

Contributed by Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Tom Hanks on Community College

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Take Pride. Your in good company and on the right track!

Check out this inspiring New York Times article by Tom Hanks, I Owe It All to My Community College.

Hanks credits Chebot Community College with shaping his future and explains the importance of community colleges for students across the country.

We are delighted to help you on your educational journey and encourage you to take advantage of the programs and services we provide.

NAU Higher Education Information Session

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En route to higher learning with Northern Arizona University in mind?

Take advantage of NAU's Higher Education Information Session, Wednesday, April 22 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

Learn about NAU's 30-hour MCCCD Partnership Program and develop social entrepreneurship and leadership skills to thrive in new and changing environments in higher education.

NAU/MCCCD Information Session
M.Ed. Community College
Higher Education

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Wednesday, April 22
5-6 p.m.

For more information contact NAU Transfer Specialist, Gina Stephens at 602.776.4677 or by email at

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Enter Raffle for Chance to Win Power Toothbrush

March raffle winner Mary H. with Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Rachel E.

The Rio Salado student chapter of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association (ADHA) is conducting a monthly raffle for an Oral B Vitality Power Toothbrush as part of its fundraising efforts.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or you can purchase six for $5.

Ticket sales help the students pay for their pinning ceremony in December. The remaining proceeds will go to ADHA.  As part of their program, Rio Salado Dental Hygiene students are required to make a charitable contribution. This year, the students chose to raise money on behalf of ADHA, which is a non-profit, charitable organization that "believes in helping dental hygienists achieve their full potential as they seek to improve the public’s oral health."

You can contact any dental hygiene student or come by the Rio Salado Dental Clinic to purchase your tickets.

Students will also be available to sell tickets at the Café @ Rio on Thursday, April 9.

Happy brushing.

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Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how you can begin your dental career.

Pictured above, March raffle winner Mary H. with Rio Salado Dental Hygiene student Rachel E.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ten Ways to Reduce Math Anxiety

Feeling overwhelmed by the math learning curve and anxiety of taking math tests? You're not alone. Here are some great tips from Rio Salado's Counseling Services.

1. Learn to relax when you are nervous and tense. Reduce math anxiety by using meditation and deep breathing techniques in stressful situations.

2. Change negative thoughts like “I can’t do this," "I’ve never been good at math," and "I won’t finish in time” to positive thinking. You can do this!

3. Imagine yourself succeeding. Visualizing is a technique used when preparing for a performance. See yourself relaxed and successfully completing math problems.

4. Tackle the easy problems first. Scan your assignment to see which problems you can easily solve. This will help you build confidence and help you relax in preparation for more challenging problems.

5. Employ physical activities. In addition to deep breathing, try squeezing a stress ball and consider a walk or run

6. Prepare for exams early. When cramming for an exam you are likely to quickly forget. Build a study plan where you practice material over a period of time. This will ensure you have a better mastery of the material and less chance of forgetting when under stress.

7. Be good to yourself. Balancing school, as well as, your personal activities can be challenging. Your body and mind function best when we practice good eating and sleeping habits.

8. Learn the “why” of concepts. Under stress, short-term memory is usually the first to go. Math is not just a set of rules but one where concepts build on what came before. Understanding the “why” behind the rules will help you solve multiple types of problems.

9. Use support services.  Take advantage of tutoring and counseling services. These services are available free of charge to students. Also consider joining a support groups for adults with math anxiety. Don’t try to do it along. Reach out!!

10. Reward yourself when completing a difficult assignment or an exam. This is the time to take a break, stop, relax and pamper yourself.

There many more strategies at your disposal.  Visit our Academic Success Toolbox for more self-help techniques.

Contributed by Dr. Jean Tease on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Communiversity at QC Class Schedule

Here's a handy, online listing of in-person classes that will be available to you this summer and fall at the Communiversity at Queen Creek:

Check for the latest updates at

Ready to get started?  Contact the Communiversity at QC team now.

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Here are the latest additions in fiction, non-fiction and DVDs from the Rio Salado College Library.




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.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Rio Salado Hosts Free Dental Clinics for Kids!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host two, free dental clinics this summer, for children and young adults ages 17 and younger. 

Twenty Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to 100 children during each of the free clinics.

Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Friday, June 12, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- all year long. Fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient. Learn more.

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Visit this web page to learn more about Rio Salado's dental hygiene and dental assisting programs, and how you can begin your dental career.

Rio Salado Honors Outstanding Educators

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"When work becomes play, and play becomes your work, your life unfolds." 

That Robert Frost quote rings true for Scottsdale resident Holly Harper and Phoenix resident Kishia Brock. As recipients of the 2014-15 John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards, these educators prove that when you love what you do for a living, it is easy to make a difference in the lives of others.

The national award is given to community college educators who demonstrate excellence in community college teaching and leadership. What makes it even more special is that recipients are nominated by their colleagues.

Harper is the faculty chair of Rio Salado’s dental programs. Among her duties is managing the college dental clinic, which provides discounted preventive dental hygiene services to the public.

Harper at Rio Salado Dental Clinic with volunteer instructors
“What I love most about my job is working with the students in the dental clinic and interacting with patients,” Harper said. “I am also proud to see the students graduate and realize their dreams.”

Harper can relate to her students on another level. She earned a bachelor’s degree in health science 26 years after receiving her associate degree in dental hygiene.

“I know first-hand what it is like to return to school as an adult learner working full-time,” said Harper. “So, to be nationally recognized for teaching excellence leaves me at a loss for words.”

Rio Salado Faculty Senate President Kerrie Specker said Harper was instrumental during the college’s recent successful re-accreditation process of both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs.

“Holly has a focus on student success, which is evidenced by the success of the dental program,” Specker said. “Last year, both graduating classes had a 100% pass rate on the national and clinical board exams.”

Fellow honoree Brock serves as the newly-appointed vice president of strategy and compliance at the Maricopa County Community College District.

She accepted the post after 17 years at Rio Salado College, where she started her career as a bilingual academic advisor and worked her way up to vice president of student affairs.

“One thing I am most proud of is the development and implementation of Rio’s electronic student file advisement tool,” Brock said. “This system is the backbone for ‘RioCompass,’ which is an online platform for tracking a student’s degree progress.”

RioCompass enables students to set academic and career goals, and mark their progress toward these goals, and instructors to monitor their progress.

“I am also very proud of the online student success helpdesk, which assists 1,000 students each year in pursuing their educational goals,” said Brock.

Both of Brock’s initiatives have received national recognition as effective student success models.

Kishia Brock, left of Bill Gates, during Nov. 2015 visit.
(c) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation/Mark Makela
“It is an incredible honor to be nominated by my colleagues and wonderful to be recognized for doing work that I absolutely love and feel so fortunate to be involved in every day,” Brock said.
The John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Awards are made possible by the League for Innovation in the Community College. Visit for more details.

This story can also be found in the April 4, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic.  By Rio Salado staff writers Annette Flores and Mira Radovich.

Friday, April 3, 2015

April is National Poetry Month!

Image of an abandoned building, a still from the film Poet of Poverty.

The Rio Salado Library features Filmakers Library Online, a great resource for documentaries on a variety of cultural and historical issues. 

Included is the tragic and inspirational film Poet of Poverty, a Rio Salado Library recommendation to help you awaken your poet’s heart in celebration of National Poetry Month.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Note Taking Tips for Online Learners

Image of a young ma at a computer taking notes

Organized notes should be a concise and complete outline of the most important points and ideas in the lesson.

Why is Note Taking Important?

The process of taking notes helps you to:
  • Clarify ideas not fully understood in the text or in the lessons
  • Comprehend and memorize important information
  • Develop quality assignments
  • Prepare for exams
  • Achieve the course objectives

1. Prepare for your Study Session
Explore different Note Taking Methods. Your method should vary according to the subject and learning materials. For example: Are you reading about literature, social issues or communication skills or are you reading scientific information, formulas or terms?

You can choose traditional methods such as:
Cornell method
Mind maps

You can also explore computer applications for note taking.
Macworld® Magazine Tips
Business News Daily Tips

2. Focus on the Topic
  • Reflect on what you already know about this topic. Review the previous lesson and skim the text. How does this lesson relate to what you knew before?
  • Identify and write the main ideas and supporting details. You can use the outline method or a mind map.
  • Identify unfamiliar terms and concepts and look up for the definitions in the textbook or in the dictionary.
  • Identify material that is unclear or difficult and develop questions to send to your instructor.
3. Summarize
  • Write a summary of the ideas and facts.
  • Use abbreviations, key words and short phrases.
4. Recite
Using your own words repeat what you have learned in this lesson.

5. Assignments and Exams
Review instructions and if necessary clarify with instructor. Following instructions will contribute to relevant assignments. Respond the questions that are being asked.

6. Save your notes
  • Review notes and add comments. Think about your opinions. Reviewing contributes to more effective memorization.
  • Create a folder in your computer to save your notes. You can organize them by lessons. You could also keep them in a three ring folder.

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