Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Independence Day Closure

Image shows a portion of the Declaration of Independence.
On behalf of all staff and faculty at Rio Salado, we wish everyone a safe and happy Independence Day weekend!

This special holiday marks the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and our independence from Great Britain on July 4, 1776!

Looking for a way to celebrate? Here are 29 Fourth of July celebrations around the Valley from azcentral.com!

All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

#IndependenceDay

TouchNet Service Outage June 30 & July 10


The Maricopa Community Colleges student payment system TouchNet will not be available between 10 tonight and 7 tomorrow morning while staff complete year-end processing. 

Students will not be able to view their accounts or make payments during this time.

There is also an outage scheduled for July 10, 12-4 a.m. 

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Conquer Your Test-Taking Fears

Image of Rio Salado's testing center in Tempe

Taking tests is a given in college life and for many people, this can strike fear and cause self-doubt. The best way to conquer those fears is by being prepared and by using tried and true test-taking strategies.

This Test Taking Tips video produced by Rio Salado’s Testing Center can help you prepare.

For more study skills and college success strategies, consider taking a Rio Salado College and Career Success class.

If you have an overwhelming fear of taking tests, you may be experiencing test anxiety. Wikipedia defines text anxiety as “a physiological condition in which people experience extreme stress, anxiety, and discomfort during and/or before taking a test. This anxiety creates significant barriers to learning and performance.” If you think test anxiety maybe an issue for you, please contact our Counseling department at 480-517-8784.

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

Rio Salado Bookstore Summer Clearance!

Summer Sale poster

Stop by the Rio Salado Bookstore to take advantage of sale prices on already reduced merchandise!

June 29 - July 26
Additional 30% off already reduced items

July 27 - August 2

Additional 40% off already reduced items

The Rio Salado Bookstore is located on the second floor of the Conference Center @ Rio. The bookstore is open Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Congressman Gallego Veterans Resource Fair

Congressman Ruben Gallego banner for Veterans Resource Fair July 1

Join Congressman Ruben Gallego for a Veterans Resource Fair July 1!

Staff from the Phoenix VA Regional Benefit Office, VA Medical Center and other organizations will be on hand to answer your questions.

Veterans Resource Fair
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
South Mountain Community College Student Union

Register now.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Noyce Scholar Transitions to Geometry Teacher

Image of Noyce Scholar Danny Brady
"My experience as a Noyce Scholar has been fun, exciting and educational," said Danny Brady, one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado's Noyce Scholars Program.

"After spending 20 years in engineering in the semiconductor business, it was a difficult decision to enter into a new teaching career and the Noyce program definitely made the switch easier and more rewarding."

"The Noyce Scholars staff at Rio Salado did an outstanding job helping with the transition as well as setting up valuable conferences and workshops throughout the entire teaching certification program."

Brady teaches algebra and geometry classes at Chandler High School.

There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates in the program, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Friday and July 4 Holiday Closures

image of Rio Salado College headquarters in Tempe

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, until Aug. 14. We will resume week-long operations on Aug. 17.

Testing Centers at Tempe, Northern, the Communiversity at Surprise and Communiversity at Queen Creek will remain open.  Please visit our locations pages for additional details www.riosalado.edu/Locations.

All locations and Testing Centers will be closed July 2 - 4 in observance of Independence Day, except for the Testing Center at Tempe, which will be open July 2-3, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Please plan accordingly.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Rio Salado Ranked #1 by CorrectionalOfficer.org



CorrectionalOfficer.org chose Rio Salado College as its number one pick for U.S. schools Preparing Correctional Officers to Answer the Call top 50 list for 2015.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide flexible and affordable higher education options in the corrections field,” said Rio Salado Public Safety and Paralegal Faculty Chair Angela Kwan, who plays a key role in the development of the college’s Law Enforcement Technology programs.

Angela Kwan
Kwan said the corrections industry, like other industries, is facing challenges with recruitment and retention of qualified personnel. The competition with other criminal justice fields such as law enforcement or private security make the challenge even greater.

“Rio Salado is committed to helping the corrections industry meet the demands of finding qualified employees, the success of its Basic Corrections program and ultimately, degree completion for all students,” said Kwan.

The college is doing that in great part through its Academy Based Partnerships program. Among its leading partners is the Arizona Department of Corrections (DOC). The DOC educational service partnership has helped more than 13,000 employees earn a certificate of completion in Law Enforcement Technology Basic Corrections.

image of a DOC badge

DOC Basic Corrections students receive on-the-job instruction and earn 21 college credits upon completion of the program, which they can apply toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Corrections degree. Rio Salado has an appointed staff member called a “navigator” to further assist corrections officers in reaching that goal.

“This accomplishment recognizes the tremendous effort by Rio Salado College to offer a high-quality program to meet the unique needs of corrections professionals,” said DOC Director Charles Ryan in a letter about the CorrectionalOfficer.org recognition. “The Arizona Department of Corrections places high value on education, and for 18 years our partnership has helped many corrections staff reach their academic goals.”

The DOC is one of several U.S. law enforcement agencies that work with Rio Salado to provide similar educational opportunities for employees.

Rio Salado offers several certificate-to-degree pathway programs in the criminal justice field and credit-for-prior learning opportunities for graduates from authorized academies, law enforcement officers and former officers to earn a Certificate of Completion in Law Enforcement Technology. 

For more information, visit www.riosalado.edu/programs/law_enforcement or call 480-517-8580.

CorrectionalOfficer.org based its choice on published surveys from government sources such as the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (2013) and National Center for Education Statistics. Other factors included the types of programs colleges offered and the percentage of student graduates in the field of corrections compared to the total number of graduates for each college.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Rio Salado Announces Mascot Name Today!

Meet Splash, the new Rio Waves Mascot!

The next phase of Rio Salado College’s adoption of a new mascot is now complete— choosing a name. By popular vote from employees, students and the public, the college has decided on Splash!

Some back story. Rio Salado set out to adopt a mascot in January, calling on college supporters to submit suggestions for ideas. Nearly 150 people submitted more than 200 ideas and more than 1,300 people voted for their favorite submissions.

The ultimate goal was to find a mascot that represents the college’s mission, flexible learning format, innovative practices and college culture.

The college chose the Rio Waves as a concept, which was announced March 24 by Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante during a college wide meeting for employees. 

Bustamante announces mascot concept, March 24, 2015
“The Rio Waves will help us tell our story by representing the water of the Salt River and how the college cuts through barriers and navigates around obstacles in order to find innovative ways to serve students,” said Bustamante during the announcement.

With concept in mind, Rio Salado designers went to work right away to create a 2-D character, which came to life just a few weeks ago.

The college called on the community once again to come up with a name. More than 250 participants submitted ideas.

“Splash was the clear winner,” said Bustamante. “Rio Salado has been known for making a ‘splash’ in higher education through our innovative strategies, programs and services which provide educational opportunity to a greater number of people.”

While profound in concept, the new mascot is unique and already has a passionate fan base, which is eager to see Splash decals, screensavers, t-shirts, plush toys and the like.

The next step is creating a costume to help Splash fit in with the other Maricopa Community Colleges mascots. Designers are already on the task.


The college plans to introduce Splash to the public this fall.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/mascot for additional details.

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

dvd cover for Selma.
Here is what’s new in 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.

Fiction

Nonfiction

DVDs

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Noyce Program Paved the Way for Mesa Teacher


image shows photo of Noyce Scholar recipient Tom Hagen.
Tom Hagen recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped him prepare for a new career as an algebra teacher at Mountain View High School in Mesa.

"The Noyce Scholar program made a huge difference on my journey to my teaching certification," said Hagen. 
"Not only did they provide a stipend which helped on the tuition end, but they provided a learning community that made a huge difference in support and encouragement."

"Both my fellow Noyce Scholars and the faculty and staff at Rio Salado and the Noyce Scholar program provided many learning opportunities and much-needed support. It made the process an exciting and joyful event."

Hagen is one of 28 scholars who have completed the program. There is an opportunity for 15 more qualified candidates, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Commencement & HSE Graduation on MCTV

photo of Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and HSE Graduate and Student Speker Tera Gomez
Tune into MCTV to watch Rio Salado's Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies on COX Channel 115.

Commencement
Wednesday, June 24 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 10 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

HSE Graduation
Friday, June 19 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 26 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

A special thank you to our good friends at MCTV for covering these events and for making these broadcasts possible! We appreciate your support.


Congratulations and thanks once again to Commencement student speaker John Field and HSE Graduation speaker Tera Gomez for their outstanding presentations.

You can still purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com


Photo 1: Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and Tera Gomez.
Photo 2: John Field.

#RioGrad #MCTV

7 Steps For Seamless University Transfer

Transferring from a community college to a 4-year university is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Make the process as seamless as possible by preparing now.
 
Check out this helpful NAU blog, 7 Steps To Make Transferring From Community College Painless.

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MacGarret Becker is your NAU transfer coordinator. He is here this summer on Thursdays, 8 a.m. - 6 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 macgarret.becker@nau.edu.



Visit nau.edu/admissions/getting-started/transfers/ for more details about transferring to NAU.

While appointments are advisable, Becker will also do his 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.  
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Rio Salado Teacher Orientation June 17!

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Join us for a free orientation session to learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher-In-Residence program-- a fast-track re-career option that includes paid employment opportunities!

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation

The 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.

Check out this blog post, visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program outreach specialist for additional details.

Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 HSE Graduation on MCTV


Get inspired!  Tune into MCTV to watch the Rio Salado 2015 HSE Graduation Ceremony-- Friday, June 19 at 8:30 p.m. on COX Channel 115.

#RioGrad #GED

Friday, June 12, 2015

Rio Salado Dental Clinic for Kids Underway!

photo from dental clinic. Volunteer staff and students providing care to child while KPHO photographer videotapes the procedure.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic for kids is underway!

A big thanks to all of our community partners for helping us get the word out about this event, for donating services and volunteering their time! Thanks to you, we will serve 100 children today and 100 more on July 8. Please note, both clinics are full.

A special thank you to CBS 5 AZ - KPHO for helping us increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene! Watch tonight's newscasts to learn more.

Check out this blog post to learn more about the significance of this event.

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides services to the public all year long. Learn more now.

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.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Noyce Scholar Recareers as Math Teacher


Lindsey Buckles is one of 28 scholars who recently completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program, which helped her quickly transition from an actuary career to become a middle school teacher in Prescott Valley.

“Being a Noyce Scholar has been such a great experience for me,” said Buckles. “I have received so much support and additional resources from the program and other scholars that I would not have received otherwise. It is such a great program that has made me the teacher I am today.”

Buckles teaches 8th grade math at Bradshaw Mountain Middle School.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce Scholarship applicants, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

This story by Prescott Valley Tribune Reporter Sue Tone provides additional insights into Buckles journey into teaching.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Rio Salado a Top 30 Online Community College


360 Career named Rio Salado as a top 30 online community college for 2014-15!

We are pleased to share this recognition with Mesa Community College and the Maricopa Community Colleges. Together, we're making education affordable and accessible to a greater number of people.

Thank you for the recognition.

Feed Your Brain with New Films on Demand

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Did you ever wonder if you're left-brained or right-brained? 

One of the latest new releases from Films on Demand, Our Amazing Brain, demonstrates how to test whether you are left or right brain dominant. The results may surprise you!

In addition, check out the dozens of interesting new titles that explore optical illusions, auditory illusions, and more. 
Please note: You may be prompted to enter your RioLearn username/password to access these films.

Looking for streaming films on a different topic? Search Films on Demand to see what’s available. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by ZachBaranowski under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.

Monday, June 8, 2015

Free Teacher Ed Orientation June 17

image of a young man looking at camera.  Text: I want to be a teacher (one day text crossed out) now.

Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Offers Fast-Track Re-Career Option. Includes Paid Employment Opportunities for Candidates with a Bachelor’s Degree. 

Have you considered a teaching career but hesitated because you’re not in a position to give up a paycheck to go back to school? Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program was designed with your needs in mind.

Want to learn more?  Join us for an in-person orientation session this June.

Date: June 17
Time: 6 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
RSVP: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation


The 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.

TIR candidates are paired with a partnering Arizona school district, to work full-time and receive the same salary and benefits of fully-certified classroom teachers. The average beginning salary for teachers is nearly $32,000.

The opportunities for post-program employment are also in favor of Rio Salado TIR program completers. Arizona school districts actively seek Rio Salado TIR candidates specifically because the program requires two years of classroom training, provides intensive mentoring and meets their instruction quality standards.

Rio Salado’s TIR programs are approved by the Arizona Department of Education (ADE).

“The need for teachers in Arizona is greater than ever,” said Director of Community Partnerships and Programs Kim Tobey. “Our state has had an ongoing shortage of science, math, special education and kindergarten teachers—especially in rural communities.”

The need has been so great that 938 teaching positions were filled by substitute teachers during the 2013-14 school year, according to the Arizona Department of Education.

“Although substitute teachers meet an immediate need, TIR candidates benefit from full-time employment, while receiving consistent and strong instruction that may not always be afforded to substitute teachers,” said Tobey. 

There’s a greater shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

A 2015 report by the ADE’s Educator Retention and Recruitment Task Force cites that, “Arizona will not be able to ensure economic prosperity for its citizens and create the workforce of tomorrow,” if it cannot fill these vacancies.

“We also have a 6.6 percent unemployment rate, about one percent above the national average,” said Tobey. “With this program, we can help shrink that gap by putting people to work right away.”

Image of teacher writing on chalk board.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.

Visit this Teacher Education web page or call 480-517-8140 to speak to a program Outreach Specialist for additional details.

June 12 Dental Clinic Full. Still Room July 8!

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Many thanks to our community partners and friends for sharing the news about the free Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinics on June 12 and July 8!  

Thanks to you, the June 12 clinic is full and will provide dental wellness services to 100 children and young adults. There are still a few openings for the July 8 clinic, which will accommodate 100 more patients.

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
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu

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

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable. You can help us combat this problem by referring a child in need.

Rio Salado College dental hygiene and dental assisting students, instructors and support staff will donate their services during the summer clinics. Dental students are required to volunteer at least 10 hours of service during their program of study and take part in a variety of community outreach programs throughout the year.

This free clinic is also made possible by the generous support of the Arizona Dental Foundation, Delta Dental of Arizona and Xlear. Thank you!

Rio Salado Dental Clinic flier.  Full text featured in blow, below image.  Shots of a young child patient being cared for by Rio Salado Dental students.


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.

image of dental clinic students providing service to a young patient.

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.

Take Part in a Student Marketing Survey!

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Your input is valuable! 
We hope you'll take part in a Maricopa Community Colleges marketing survey for students. There are only five questions.

Take the survey now.  

We appreciate your participation.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Rio Noyce Scholar Fulfills Dream of Teaching


“As a Noyce scholar I have been given a tremendous opportunity to pursue my dream to be a secondary math teacher. I have received enormous support in this rigorous program, which is preparing me well for a teaching career,” said Robert Upham.

Upham is one of 28 students who have completed Rio Salado’s Noyce Scholars Program.

“Being a Noyce scholar has given me access to conferences and training seminars from master teachers from across the country. These opportunities have exposed me to the methods, ideas and strategies to become an effective teacher in a STEM field.”

Upham will begin his career as a math teacher this fall at a San Tan Valley middle school.

There are fifteen more openings for qualified Noyce scholars, who will have an opportunity to earn a Secondary Arizona Teaching Certificate in math or science for grades 6-12—along with a generous 16.5K stipend to help with expenses.

The program also provides mentoring, assistance with job placement and first-year classroom support. The 15-month, post-baccalaureate program is online, making it accessible and convenient.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree, three or more years of experience in a non-education STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career-- and a passion for teaching.

Classes begin the first week of September.
Please note, the application process usually takes about a month to complete. 

For more details, visit www.riosalado.edu/noyce or call 480-517-8066.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Study Abroad in Spain This Fall!

image of the Guggenheim museum, in Bilbao, Spain

KJZZ 91.5 General Manager and Rio Salado Vice President of the Department of Public Service Jim Paluzzi is hosting a for-credit study abroad communications class titled Public Speaking for International Audiences at the Instituto Hemingway in Bilbao, Spain, September 13-25, 2015.

The one-credit Public Speaking for International Audiences class offers 12 student the opportunity to deliver presentations at an advanced level to a challenging audience in a foreign setting, while developing a heightened sense of audience orientation.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity on KJZZ's website.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 22.  
Apply now

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College. 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

June is Men’s Health Month!

Men’s Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males.

image of a man on a treadmill.

It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury. The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month.

Rio Salado Library:
  • Men’s Health Magazine: Articles for men on fitness, exercise, nutrition, grooming tips, fashion, new products, and men's health questions.
  • Harvard Men’s Health Watch: Contains men's health news and advice directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. Puts the reader in closer touch with everything that's happening now in cutting edge medicine, new prevention strategies, and new medicine.
  • Men’s Health Advisor: Direct from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, this monthly publication discusses important and vital issues facing men concerned about their health.
Please note, you must be logged into RioLearn to access Rio Salado Library resources.

Online Resources:
  • Men’s Health Fact Sheets & Information: Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this site contains the latest data sets and statistics on men’s health issues, including the top causes of death, life expectancy by sex and race, and prostate cancer facts, among others.
  • Men’s Health Online Resource Center: Search through the various disease categories at this site to learn more about different maladies that affect men and what you need to know about them.
  • 30 Stay-Healthy Tips for Men: This resource provides a month-long plan for disease prevention. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.


Image by CarlosNewsom under a CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.