Friday, March 31, 2017

Got Teeth? Get Dental Cleaning Services at Rio

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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for Maricopa Community Colleges students, employees and the public while giving students practical educational experience. 

dental student examining child's teethComprehensive services include blood pressure screening, oral exam, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction and other selected services. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment.

Fees for a basic cleanings: Dental hygiene appointments for adults can range from $35 - $75. If it’s time for the kiddos to get their cleanings, those start at just $25.

Appointments are available Wednesdays from 12:30-4 p.m. and Fridays from 8-11:30 a.m.

Please call 480-377-4100 to schedule an appointment. Visit for additional details.

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Interested in a dental career? Visit this web page to learn about Rio Salado's Dental programs.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Take Advantage of Free Counseling for Students

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Have you been going through a bit of a rough patch lately? Maybe you need an outside perspective to help sort through your thoughts before making a serious decision.

The Rio Salado Counseling Team can help! Many students use Rio’s free counseling services when they feel stuck, overwhelmed, confused, or frustrated. Counselors are here to listen and help you get on your path to success.

Here’s what a few students had to say about how counseling services helped them:

“I have been looking to move in a new direction in my career. I was seeking a role that would give me a sense of meaning and purpose, a direction that would provide an opportunity to serve others in a creative function. My counselor was helpful in assessing my background and how I might use my skills, abilities, education and talents in a new ways and helped me recognize and remember strengths I'd overlooked. She was energetic, insightful and a real source of inspiration to me.”

“I have accomplished so much since the day I was in your office and thought my life couldn't be worse. During weekly sessions, my counselor helped motivate me and was able to bring a sense of encouragement to my life. She made me realize that I needed to keep fighting. Because of her and my awesome support system (my family), I am now a registered dental hygienist. I am proud to say things are looking brighter today. I have found peace in my life again and am I so excited about all of the great things life has in store for me.”

“I have been working full time and attending school full time for four years, all while adjusting to being a single parent. If I was unable to acquire the funds needed for the books required for my final courses, my window of opportunity to become a teacher would have closed. With that, the years of work I’ve put into achieving my goal of becoming a teacher would have been lost. Counseling helped by connecting me to the resources I needed. They have altered my life in such a positive way.”

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Rio Salado Counselors have helped many students to continue pursuing their dreams. If you are in need of counseling, call 480-517-8785 or contact us by email here.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rio Salado Featured for Offering Alternative Credit

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Rio Salado is featured in a recent Campus Technology article by Dian Schaffhauser that showcases how higher education institutions work with adult learners to apply alternative credentials earned through experiences outside of education.

The article draws on information in the Alternative Credentials Prior Learning 2.0 report, which shows how colleges like Rio Salado evaluate prior learning experiences (personal and professional) to issue college credit including ACE-evaluated credits

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To learn more about alternative credentials and how to receive credit for your experience, including military credit, please visit Rio’s Evaluation of Prior Credits page.

For additional assistance or questions call 480-517-8580.

Friday, March 24, 2017

President Bustamante Joins Higher Learning Advocates

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Rio Salado College is pleased to announce that President Chris Bustamante now serves on the board of directors for the newly-created Higher Learning Advocates (HLA).

A recent article by Inside Higher Ed mentions that HLA is a bipartisan policy-focused organization that announced its formation on March 15, 2017. The nonprofit group’s goals are to advocate for federal policies that are "equitable, outcomes-based and focused on educational quality" to increase post-secondary attainment.

This an exciting opportunity to strategically tackle federal educational policies that will affect students. To learn more about Dr. Bustamante and the HLA, visit his board member page.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Student Finds Success Through Counseling

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Have you ever wondered what the secret to student success is? 

While it is different for every person, Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown has a story to share about how one student’s success went hand in hand with positive thinking.

“Positive thinking is not a new concept, nor are the ways to implement it into your daily life—vision boards, positive self-talk, sticky notes. The premise remains the same - choosing positivity is healthy for you.

I discovered this for myself years ago, when I decided to wake up each morning and proclaim, ‘Today will be a good day.’ It was hard to believe at times, especially when trying to cope with a cranky kid in the morning or sitting in rush hour traffic. I kept repeating the phrase to myself even if I did not really believe it at the time. Eventually I did believe it, but this story isn’t about me; it’s about Britteny Schultz. 
Britteny is a student I met about a year and a half ago. She was moving past a tough period in her life and was ready to earn her GED diploma so Britteny began taking High School Equivalency courses at Rio Salado College. Last December, she came to my office to fill me in on what had been going on in her life. 

Britteny was nearly halfway finished with completing her high school diploma. After long days at work, she would find herself wanting to go home and rest. She decided to implement positive thinking into her life and would repeat to herself, ‘I can do this and I will do this.’ Despite her personal problems, Britteny became motivated to attend class and earn her GED, with credit to positive thinking and hard work.”

Want to learn how you can apply positive thinking to your life? Take Rio Salado’s online CPD150 course Strategies for College Success. Enroll now!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Let's Lounge Around -- Join RioLounge on Google+

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Sometimes it's nice to lounge around! Join RioLounge to connect with other students, network & make friends.

RioLounge is a great place to sell your books, get fellow students' perspectives on programs, find study mates and learn more about what's going on at Rio. Share photos and videos, plan and promote local events or just hangout. Here’s how to get started:

1. Log into or create a Google+ profile using a personal Gmail account.
3. Join the RioLounge Community on the right hand side of the page.

To stay in the loop, follow us on social! You can find the links to Rio Salado's social media pages including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter here

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Get the Financial Aid You Deserve $$$

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Have you completed your Free Application for Federal Student Aid yet? 

Don't miss out on your opportunity to potentially receive federal aid! The federal deadline to apply online is by midnight Central Time, June 30, 2017. Any corrections or updates must be submitted by midnight Central Time, September 9, 2017.

We know that June seems like a long time from now, but time flies when you're having fun so visit to get started. To submit your application as a Rio Salado student, use school code 014483.

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Need help? Call on our Financial Aid team at (855) 622-2332. Visit for additional contact information and resources. 

Monday, March 20, 2017

St. Mary's Mobile Pantry @ Rio 3/22 & 3/30

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Rio Salado College is proud to partner with the Maricopa Community Colleges and St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance® to host two Mobile Pantry special events at Rio Salado Northern and Southern locations-- to distribute free fruits and vegetables to people in need.

If you or someone you know is struggling with food insecurity, please join us for these free, community events:

Rio Salado – Northern
Wed. March 22, 2017 

10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
1715 W Northern, Ave. Phoenix AZ, 85021

Rio Salado – Southern
Thurs. March 30, 2017 

9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3320 S Price Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282

Open to the public.  No identification required.

You can make a difference in the lives of people in need-- and earn tax credits. Visit St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance to learn more.  Together we can work to end hunger!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

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Check out the latest at the Rio Salado College Library including Academy Award Winner for Best Picture, Moonlight. To request a title please call 480-517-8424.


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.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Shape the Future - Be a Teacher

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Do you want to positively impact your local community? 

Do you have a passion for learning and sharing knowledge? 

Do you believe that people deserve to be empowered by education to pursue their dreams? 

Text: Learn How To Be A Teacher with man in tie with hand on face and illustration of book, A+ and appleYou might be a teacher at heart if you said yes to any of those questions. Teaching is more than smartboards and books - it's about helping students succeed and shaping future generations. 

The need for preK-12 teachers is greater than ever, especially in Arizona. There’s an even larger shortage looming. Approximately 23%, or 26,000 educators, will be eligible for retirement by June 2018.

Ready to answer the call?

Rio Salado College offers Arizona Department of Education approved Educator Preparation programs that provide convenient and cost-effective ways for undergraduate students and working individuals with a bachelor’s degree transition into teaching.

Undergraduate Bachelor's Degree Pathway
This is a unique, innovative educator preparation program that allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.

Post-Baccalaureate Programs 
Designed for individuals who have a bachelor's degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to complete an educator preparation program that leads to certification.

This unique program allows individuals who already hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university to receive employment in a preK-12 classroom while simultaneously completing their teacher certification coursework.

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Join us for free orientation, in person and online to learn more.  Here’s a look at the next available sessions.

Teacher-In-Residence In-person Orientation
April 05, 2017
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Teacher-In-Residence Virtual Orientation 
April 26, 2017 
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Post-Baccalaureate In-Person Orientation 
March 27, 2017
Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 South Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

No need to wait.  Get started today!  For more information visit or contact a Rio Salado College Academic Advisor at (480) 517-8580. 

Check out this blog for expert advice on how to become a teacher.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Site Coordinator Wanted in Queen Creek

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Are you looking for a full-time position that puts your management skills to good use? 

Rio Salado College is looking for a full-time Site Coordinator at the Communiversity at Queen Creek to assist with management, planning, scheduling, evaluation and supervision of location staff and facility operations, including instructional programs and services, testing center, computer commons and community events.

A Day in the Life of the Site Coordinator:
  • 30% - Oversees the day-to-day operations of the center in collaboration with academic partners; assists in hiring, training, supervising, and evaluating assigned staff; resolves site operational issues in collaboration with other departments.
  • 30% - Administers educational programs; coordinates staff professional learning/training opportunities.
  • 20% - Schedules use of facility for classes and events; implements procedures for registration and assessment; maintains accurate program records; evaluates programs; prepares reports and invoices, analyzes data to inform decisions.
  • 10% - Assist with developing workplace revenue partnerships.
  • 10% - Functions as a liaison with other College departments and personnel; Communiversity education, business, government, and community partners; serves as site contact for area civic, school and community agencies/organizations.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Two (2) years' work experience in program planning, implementation and/or oversight
  • Demonstrated work experience preparing reports and tracking data
  • Demonstrated work experience initiating and expanding partnerships in the community
  • Excellent written communication skills

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To apply, please visit and search for Site Coordinator (Specially Funded) job posting 309520.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Meet Rio Salado’s 2017 All-AZ Honorees

Each year, participating Arizona colleges nominate two students for the All-AZ Academic Team. The honor includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities and a cash scholarship. Students are chosen for demonstrating academic excellence and leadership and service to the community.

Rio Salado’s 2017 All-AZ honorees are Diana Betts and Elena Kalina.

Diana Betts
Diana Betts chose to attend Rio Salado College because of the convenience of online classes.

“Rio offered me the flexibility that I needed in order to continue to work and care for my daughter while attending college,” Betts said.

Once enrolled, she found her teachers contributed to her academic success.

“My instructors are caring and helpful and have consistently gone out of their way to help me achieve the highest degree of success possible,” Betts said.

Betts has a 3.73 GPA, and is fundraising chair for Rio’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), the national honor society of 2-year colleges.

“My favorite part of being involved in PTK is getting to have the interpersonal connection that I felt was missing from online classes,” Betts said. “I wanted to know other students and have some social interaction to go along with my college experience.”

She added, “Being named to the All-AZ team means that everything I have been working so hard for has been worthwhile.”

In addition to PTK, Betts is a member of Rio Salado’s Honors Program, and a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship for continuing honors students who have demonstrated the highest academic achievement.

She plans to transfer to Arizona State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and then pursue a master’s degree. Betts hopes to work as a counselor one day.

“Being a counselor is something that plays well to my strengths and will help me to contribute something positive to society,” Betts said.

Elena Kalina
Elena Kalina is a senior at Desert Vista High School, one of Rio Salado’s partnering dual enrollment schools. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn both high school and college credit for select classes.

After reviewing her coursework with a Rio counselor, Kalina learned it would be possible to earn an associate degree at the same time she graduates from high school.

Kalina has a 3.79 GPA at Rio Salado College, and spends her free time tutoring students in chemistry in addition to being a member of PTK.

“I didn't know how reputable PTK was until I joined, and now I am so proud to be part of an international group of dedicated students,” Kalina said.

Being named to the All-AZ Academic Team is an honor for Kalina.

“This recognition and award is the best representation of all the hard work I put into school,” Kalina said. “I am so humbled to be on this team, and excited to inspire other community college students to persevere and go for this same goal!”

She plans to transfer to Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree in anthropology to become a researcher.

“I decided to pursue anthropology due to my love of people and societies,” Kalina said. “I've always been very interested in how people interact with each other in different situations and environments.”

Kalina also remains dedicated to volunteer work for organizations like the American Cancer Society, Feed My Starving Children and Ahwatukee's Relay for Life.

*Pictured above: Rio Salado staff with 2017 ALL-AZ honorees Diana Betts and Elena Kalina. From left to right: Coordinator of student life John Bastian, Associate Dean of Enrollment Management Ruby Miller, Vice President of Academic Affairs Kate, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services David and Vice President of Student Affairs LeRodrick Terry.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Free Job Fair at RSC Downtown March 15

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Need a job? Rio Salado Downtown is joining forces with Chicanos Por La Causa, United Healthcare, Dress for Success and St. Joseph the Worker to host a job fair Wednesday, March 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Get on-the-spot interviews with companies like Starbucks, Fry’s, Lowe’s and more!

Hiring Event
Rio Salado Downtown
619 N. 7th Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Call 480-377-4050 for additional details.

Acrobatiq Discussion About Personalized Learning

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Michael Medlock, associate dean for instructional design and technology at Rio Salado, was recently interviewed by Acrobatiq for this March 2 article, Designed for Diversity: Lessons in Instructional Design at Rio Salado.

“We want to move students to early actions that we know are successful,” said Medlock. “If we could just get them to complete their first set of assignments on time, that really is a head start for the most part toward being successful in the end.”

Medlock and his team of instructional designers map the intended course outcomes to individual learning objectives using learning science to create practice activities, and assessments aligned with student needs.

“Even though it’s the same set of competencies, the same set of learning objectives in any given module, the way a student moves through that learning experience is different from other students taking that same course, because of the dynamic nature of the platform,” said Medlock. “That takes it even farther away from that awful ‘canned course’ term.”

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Rio & State Farm Partner to Train Bilingual Scholars

Poster with Text: Ensure Your FutureRio Salado College now offers a Certificate of Completion in Insurance Studies to help accelerate your insurance career. This certificate is designed to prepare individuals for entry-level jobs in the growing insurance industry, and enhance the skills of current insurance employees. Classes provide an overview of property, liability, personal and commercial insurance. Rio Salado College is dedicated to providing access to training and career-path programs that provide employees with the skills and knowledge they must have to succeed in today’s competitive environment. Your Insurance Career is Waiting ... Register Today! 480-517-8580 www.riosalado/edu/insurance. Rio Salado College Logo. Maricopa Community Colleges Logo
Rio Salado College partnered with State Farm® to fill a void in the local insurance job market by creating a specialized program to train the next generation of bilingual insurance professionals.

Rio Salado launched its Insurance Studies certificate in 2016 to help prepare students for entry level jobs in the insurance industry. State Farm decided to help by providing program scholarships to help students pay for the certificate—specifically for veterans and bilingual Spanish-speakers.

Among the bilingual students who have successfully completed the program are Kailey Burns and Paula Loyola.

Kailey Burns - "I was interested in applying for the State Farm® Insurance Studies scholarship because of the additional job opportunities that would be available to me with the received accreditation,” said Burns. " My experience with the Insurance Studies program was eye-opening to just how intricate the insurance system is."

Paula Loyola  - "The State Farm® Insurance Studies scholarship helped with my decision to pursue a career in the insurance field,” said Loyola. “I plan to use what I have learned throughout the program in the near future since I received an employment offer in the industry. I plan to continue my insurance studies and obtain several designations. Thank you to the amazing instructors, the guest speakers and State Farm for the opportunity, knowledge and support you have given me."

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"The certificate was created to assist the insurance industry in filling both current job vacancies as well as shortfalls projected in the future" said Gina Pinch, interim faculty chair for business at Rio Salado College.

Rio Salado collaborated with the Maricopa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 insurance companies to create the Insurance Studies certificate program. The certificate prepares individuals for entry-level jobs in the insurance industry and enhances the skills of current insurance employees.

For more information about Rio Salado’s insurance studies program visit

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Intl.Women's Day March 8 #BeBoldForChange

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Rio Salado invites you to celebrate International Women's Day. Through bold action, we can create a better working world that is gender inclusive!

March 8 is International Women's Day-- a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

At Rio Salado, nearly 60% of the student population is female. We are committed to help women succeed in school, prepare for successful careers and create positive change in their communities.

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Here are some ways we can #BeBoldForChange, get involved and champion women's education:

Learn More!
Be sure to check out the Rio Salado Library's recommended reads for International Women's Day, which include multiple New York Times best-selling authors like Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling as well as biographies of influential women such as Rosa Parks and Maya Angelou.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

International Women's Day Special Library Features

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International Women's Day (IWD) is Wednesday March 8, 2017— a global celebration recognizing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action to champion gender parity. 

Here are some recommended reads from the Rio Salado Library that feature inspirational stories of women who have shaped history and are helping to shape the future.

Women’s Rights Features

Women’s Studies Features

Autobiographies & Biographies
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    Women Authors - Nonfiction

    Award-Winning Women Authors - Fiction

    Monday, March 6, 2017

    EvoLLLution Discussion About Student Success

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    Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante was interviewed by The EvoLLLution team for this March 3 article, Student-Centric and Data-Driven: Designing the Institution to Support Success.

    The feature discusses the ever-changing needs of students and how Rio Salado is helping students succeed by adapting to the shifting landscape of higher education.

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    "Helping people obtain meaningful jobs that matter for your community is one major reason why we are here, so if we can connect all those dots, it is really about investing in our students and our communities. Sometimes that takes a lot of restructuring, refocusing and retooling, but if you’ve got your sights set on the right things, and you learn a lot along the way, and you do more of what works, you will succeed." - Chris Bustamante

    Stay Relevant in the Legal Field with New Courses

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    Rio Salado has added three new electives to its online paralegal program. The classes include environmental law, immigration law, and legal investigation

    A class in e-discovery is coming soon. These classes will offer students more specialized course content that is socially relevant and can help established paralegals meet continuing legal education requirements.

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    “The new class options provide students with areas of interest to explore and may help them focus their career paths,” said Angela Kwan, Rio Salado’s faculty chair for Administration of Justice Studies and Paralegal.

    Rio’s curriculum prepares students for the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) certification exam.

    Classes focus on fundamental skills such as legal research, writing and analysis, IRAC writing, Bluebook legal citation and Westlaw training.

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    In addition to the substantive coursework, Rio Salado’s program offers professional development opportunities through partnerships with private law firms, governmental agencies, non-profit organizations and corporate businesses.

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    Qualified candidates have the opportunity to intern and apply their legal education in a legal setting. For more details, visit

    Thursday, March 2, 2017

    Dual Enrollment Helps High Schoolers Get Ahead

    Are you a high school student looking to get ahead? Rio Salado College is looking for ambitious students like you to earn college credits while still in high school.

    Rio Salado gives high school students the opportunity to work towards their diplomas and degrees at the same time in a familiar environment. Classes are taught by certified instructors at several high schools in Maricopa County to help students get ahead in their academic careers.

    For more details about Rio Salado’s Dual Enrollment Program, including scholarship opportunities, please visit

    Advisement Closure March 3, 2017

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    The Academic Advisement Department will be closed Friday, March 3 for staff training. 

    Please plan accordingly.

    We will return to normal business hours Monday, March 6. For your convenience, the department is also available during normal business hours on Thursday, March 2 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, March 1, 2017

    Information Services Outage March 2, 3-6 a.m.

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    Attention, Rio Waves!

    Please be advised, Rio Salado will be performing server maintenance this Thursday March 2, 3-6 a.m.

    Many Rio Salado student interfaces such as RioLearn,, RioCompass and RioLearn will not be available.

    Please plan accordingly.

    We appreciate your patience!