Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Special Event - Over 100K Opportunities March 1

Snapshot of 100K Opportunities for Youth web page.  Image of Phoenix Valley.  Text: One out of five Phoenix area youth, aged 16-24 is disconnected from school or work.

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Opportunities for Youth for the second annual 100k Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum.

Image of a young man smiling into camera with a book in hand.  Text: The Solution. Opportunities for Youth will address this challenge in the following ways: 1. Build public support to help disconnected youth reengage in school and work. 2. Build a system of support that ensures all youth-serving organizations serving this population have the principles, standards and processes that will help youth be successful.  3. Build a system of collaboration and alignment to avoid duplication and to effectively serve as many youth as possible.

Fair & Forum 
March 1, 2017 
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
424 N Central Ave., Phoenix 85004 

The event is designed to help young adults, ages 16-24, prepare for and find gainful employment—with guaranteed interviews for participants who attended the pre-fair training session on Feb. 27.

100K Fair & Forum. Are you between 16 and 24 years old? Are you out of school and out of work? SAME DAY INTERVIEWS  & ON THE SPOT OFFERS!  LOOKING FOR A JOB? YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE! We will have education, legal, job readiness, and other services available in addition to opportunities to interview with employers on the spot to potentially receive job offers. WE HELP YOU... GET A JOB GET CONNECTED GET STARTED.  Blog contains remaining details.


Opportunities for Youth will have education, legal, job readiness and other services available for participants. Learn more about this event at opp4youth.org.

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

Photo of cover with tom hanks in suit and tie and airplane text: Tom Hanks "Suspenseful and riveting" 5 stars "Nail biting" 4 stars "A triumph" 5 stars. Sully Miracle on the Hudson

Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!

Fiction
Nonfiction
DVDs

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, February 27, 2017

Spring Break Closure March 16-18


Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed for Spring Break, Thursday - Friday, March 16 - 17.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk phone service and Ask a Librarian will remain available.

Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

Please take note that some Rio Salado departments at the Tempe headquarters will have special office hours preceding the break, Monday - Wednesday, March 13-15:

Saturday, March 18 Services Available:
  • The Rio Salado Testing Centers at Northern, Queen Creek, LLC and the Tempe headquarters will be open for regular business hours.
  • The Tempe Computer Lab will be open 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • The Tempe Tutoring Center will be open 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • The Northern Computer Lab will be open 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

Image of Rio Waves mascot Splash wearing a baseball outfit and cap, holding a baseball bat in a field, sun shining.

We hope you'll take this time to relax and rejuvenate Rio Waves!

Geeks Unite for Tempe's Geeks Night Out March 3!

Sunglasses with one yellow lens and one blue. Black text below stating Geeks Night Out

Join the City of Tempe for Geeks Night Out-- the ultimate, family-friendly gathering for people who love exploring the wonders of science, technology and innovation!

The annual event combines science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) in a way that makes learning fun. There will be interactive and informative STEAM booths, live performances, food trucks and more!

Geeks Night Out
March 3
Tempe Community Complex
3500 S. Rural Road
4:30 - 8 p.m. 


Rio Salado is proud to be a sponsor of the City of Tempe's Geeks Night Out. Be sure to stop by our booth and join STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Faculty Chair of Applied Technology Richard Cuprak to learn about some of the latest trends and technologies that are improving our world.

black banner with AZ SCITECH festival and a gecko next to image of a person taking notes next to lab equipment

Geeks Night Out is part of the AZ SciTech Festival. Check out this list of 30 + MCCCD events that are included in AZ SciTech Festival and see what sparks your scientific interests.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Nina Mason & MCCCDF Scholarship Apps Due 3/1

Image of 2016 Nina Scholars with MCCCDF logo

Waves - you only have FIVE DAYS left to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation​ (MCCCDF) scholarships-- including the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship.‬ 

The Nina Mason scholarship is designed to provide unique opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in which they can obtain the resources and financial support needed in order to successfully complete their college education.

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
  • Adults 25 years or older with dependents
  • College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support

Apply now!

The Nina Mason scholarship is one of hundreds of scholarships available through the MCCCDF scholarship fund. Learn more about the Nina Mason program and MCCCDF​ scholarships.  See related blog.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Time to Apply for Graduation! Deadline March 1.

photo of two students in caps and gowns taking a selfie

You're almost at the finish line! Don't miss the March 1 deadline to apply for Rio Salado's May graduation ceremony.

We look forward to joining you at the May 3, 2017 commencement ceremony at Comerica Theatre in Phoenix to celebrate your academic achievements-- and to honor the sacrifices you and your loved ones have made to make your educational journey a success.

Learn more about the ceremony and submit your graduation application online by visiting this web page.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

EdRising@Rio Book Drive Until Tomorrow!

blue background with white teddy bear reading

EdRising@Rio needs YOUR help with collecting new or gently used books for Sacaton Elementary for Pre-K through 4th grade. Donations can be dropped off on the third floor of the Rio Salado College Tower Building in Tempe through Feb. 24.

The books collected will be delivered to Sacaton Elementary School. You are invited to join EdRising and participate by reading to the students in grades Pre-K through 4th on March 2 from 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the volunteers.


EdRising greatly appreciates your support in making this a successful community outreach project! If you have questions regarding the event or transportation please contact Dawn Fitzhugh, Rio Salado College EdRising@Rio Coordinator at dawn.fitzhugh@riosalado.edu.

four children huddled around a book reading
Educators Rising is a professional association that focuses on providing students with enhanced teacher-readiness tools to promote academic excellence, discovering relevant career and life skills that will heighten their classroom effectiveness, and affording significant opportunities for them to network with fellow educational professionals. Learn more about EdRiding@Rio here.

FREE Teacher Ed Job Interview Workshop TONIGHT

Man holding resume and woman pointing to resume
   
Rio Salado's Teacher Education Team and Noyce Scholars are hosting a workshop TONIGHT to help students prepare resumes and cover letters, and practice job interviewing skills. 

Join us on Thu., Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center. Students who attend the workshop have the option to participate in mock interviews with local school district partners at a separate event on March 30.

Students will learn about:
  • Writing effective cover letters
  • Developing eye catching resumes
  • Preparing for interviews & tips
  • 1-2 Minute Elevator Speech
  • Resources for successful job interviewing
Save your seat now! 

Questions? Contact Dawn Fitzhugh, Rio Salado College EdRising@Rio Coordinator at Dawn.Fitzhugh@riosalado.edu or Karen Nave, Noyce Scholars Program Manager at Karen.Nave@riosalado.edu for further details.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Online Advising 101 Session Thursday Feb. 23

Advising 101 sessions! visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 illustration of computer with graduation cap and books

Rio Salado is hosting a series of webinar Advising 101 sessions to help you complete your Initial Advising Session requirement! The next online session is Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

Sessions are free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students. Learn how to:
  • Work with an advisor to reach your educational goals
  • Choose appropriate classes and programs
  • Apply prior college classes to your program
  • Transfer credits to a university program
  • Find helpful college resources and tips for college success
Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu. Additional online Advising 101 sessions will be held in March. The first session will be held March 9 at 12 p.m.

Contact Academic Advising at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu for more details. Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for more details.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Liberation Theology Discussion Feb. 21

photo of reverend dr. warren stewart smiling

Take part in an engaging discussion about Liberation Theology with Reverend Dr. Warren Stewart of the First Institutional Baptist Church, Feb. 21 at Rio Salado Tempe.

What is Liberation theology?  Here’s a brief from Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies Dr. Wanda Tucker, who is helping to facilitate this discussion:
Liberation theology is a movement in Christian theology that originated from the Catholic Church in Latin America during the 1950s and 1960s. It grew out of the needs of the poor to view Jesus’ message of social justice and economic equality as central to Christian theology.

The term 'liberation theology' was coined by the Peruvian priest Gustavo GutiĆ©rrez in 1971. However, the theme of liberation in African-American history and culture was already evident in some black protestant churches as Black Christians understood God as ‘on the side of those in need of freedom from oppression and social injustices.’ Liberation theology grew out of a spiritual revolution that was happening simultaneously in Latin America and North America.

We encourage you to take part to learn more!

Liberation Theology Discussion 
with Reverend Dr. Warren Stewart
Tuesday, Feb. 21
12:30-1:30 p.m.

Rio Salado College Conference Center

Free and open to the public.

black and white illustrated text: Black history month

This event is sponsored by Rio Salado's Religious Studies Department in celebration of Black History Month.

Visit this page to learn about other Maricopa Community Colleges Black History Month events.

Friday, February 17, 2017

100K Job Fair & Forum for Youth 2/27 & 3/1

Snapshot of 100K Opportunities for Youth web page.  Image of Phoenix Valley.  Text: One out of five Phoenix area youth, aged 16-24 is disconnected from school or work.

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Opportunities for Youth for the second annual 100k Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum.

Image of a young man smiling into camera with a book in hand.  Text: The Solution. Opportunities for Youth will address this challenge in the following ways: 1. Build public support to help disconnected youth reengage in school and work. 2. Build a system of support that ensures all youth-serving organizations serving this population have the principles, standards and processes that will help youth be successful.  3. Build a system of collaboration and alignment to avoid duplication and to effectively serve as many youth as possible.

The two-day event is designed to help young adults ages 16-24 prepare for and find gainful employment—with guaranteed interviews for participants who attend a pre-fair training session.

Get connected! Register now!

Pre-Fair Training Sessions
Feb. 27, 2017
12-5 p.m.


Gateway Community College
108 N 40th St Phoenix AZ 85034

Goodwill of Central Arizona Career Center
5836 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85031

Fair & Forum
March 1, 2017
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.


A.E. England building
424 N Central Ave., Phoenix 85004

100K Fair & Forum. Are you between 16 and 24 years old? Are you out of school and out of work? SAME DAY INTERVIEWS  & ON THE SPOT OFFERS!  LOOKING FOR A JOB? YOUR FUTURE STARTS HERE! We will have education, legal, job readiness, and other services available in addition to opportunities to interview with employers on the spot to potentially receive job offers. WE HELP YOU... GET A JOB GET CONNECTED GET STARTED.  Blog contains remaining details.


Opportunities for Youth will have education, legal, job readiness and other services available for participants. Learn more about this event at opp4youth.org.

Still Time to Apply for Nina Scholarship

Image of 2016 Nina Scholars
  
The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2017!

This program is designed to provide unique opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds in which they can obtain the resources and financial support needed in order to successfully complete their college education.

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
  • Adults 25 years or older with dependents
  • College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support

Apply now

Learn more about the Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Rio Gets Grant to Support Veterans Education

 Pictured left to right: S.E.E.4Vets Vice Chairman of the Board Vern "Rusty" Findley, Dean of Instruction & Community Development Greg Pereira, EVVEC Site Coordinator Troy Friedman, S.E.E.4Vets Executive Board Member Joanna Sweatt, S.E.E.4Vets Chairman of the Board Ray Torres holding a grant check for $5000

Support Education Employment for Vets (S.E.E4Vets) awarded a $5,000 grant to Rio Salado College to fund a new initiative designed to help veterans succeed in college.

The grant will be used to fund on-site math tutors and tutoring programs at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) as part of a specialty program designed for veterans returning to college.

The program will consist of two, eight-week courses – CPD150 Strategies for College Success and MAT 122 Intermediate Algebra, supplemented by on-site tutoring, math development programs and video conferencing.

CPD150, will provide two weeks of developmental math curriculum designed to improve Accuplacer exam scores. On-site math tutoring will be available for 10 weeks to aid veteran students in the developmental math class. To ensure these veterans succeed with class requirements, MAT122 will be offered simultaneously at RSC-Luke Air Force Base and the EVVEC using video conferencing technology.

Veterans will have an opportunity to enroll in the fall 2017 program soon!  Contact the EVVEC for the latest details.

Pictured left to right: S.E.E.4Vets Vice Chairman of the Board Vern "Rusty" Findley, Dean of Instruction & Community Development Greg Pereira, EVVEC Site Coordinator Troy Friedman, S.E.E.4Vets Executive Board Member Joanna Sweatt, S.E.E.4Vets Chairman of the Board Ray Torres.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Don't Miss Online Advising 101 Session Feb. 15

Advising 101 sessions! visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 illustration of computer with graduation cap and books

Rio Salado is hosting a series of webinar Advising 101 sessions to help you complete your Initial Advising Session requirement! The next online session is Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m.

Sessions are free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students. Learn how to:
  • Work with an advisor to reach your educational goals
  • Choose appropriate classes and programs
  • Apply prior college classes to your program
  • Transfer credits to a university program
  • Find helpful college resources and tips for college success

Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

Contact Academic Advising at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu for more details. Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for more details.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Presidents' Day Closure, Monday Feb. 20

photo of Mt. Rushmore in the daytime

Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed Monday, Feb. 20 in honor of Presidents' Day.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk and Ask a Librarian will remain available. Visit this web page for the latest updates about college closures.

Presidents' Day originally celebrated the anniversary of George Washington's birthday (February 22) but now encompasses Abraham Lincoln's birthday (February 12) and remembrance of all past presidents.

Explore the colorful history of our nation's presidents by visiting these White House and History web sites, where you'll find biographies, videos, trivia and more.


Friday, February 10, 2017

My.Maricopa SIS Maintenance Feb. 11-12

Image of a MCCCD campus, Maricopa logo.  Text: Student Information Systme (SIS)

The My.Maricopa Student Information Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, Feb. 11 at 5 p.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12.

The following online student services will not be unavailable during this time:

  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.
  • Please plan accordingly.

Your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available during this outage. You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.

Visit this web page for the latest updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

We Are Rio Scholarship Inspires Student Success

photo of Abdul Ahmed

Abdul Ahmed has found a new source of inspiration-- and the support he needs to achieve his educational goals. He is a 2015-16 recipient of the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign, a part of a Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) employee giving initiative to help raise funds in support of scholarships for Rio Salado students.

Ahmed is a Rio Salado customer service representative and a full-time student who is pursuing a degree in Public Administration through Rio Salado’s 90/30 university transfer program with Northern Arizona University.
“By awarding me the We Are Rio scholarship, you have lightened my financial burden, which allows me to focus more on the most important aspect of school-- learning,” said Ahmed. “Your generosity has inspired me to help others and give back to the community. I hope one day I will be able to help students achieve their goals just as you have helped me.”
Rio Salado employees come together every spring to raise funds for the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign. During the 2016 campaign, the college raised more than $22,000 for student scholarships.

group shot of Rio Salado Employees

“The level of participation and success of this campaign exemplifies the generosity of Rio Salado employees and their commitment to making education affordable and accessible,” said Rio Salado Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Information Services, and Chair for the We Are Rio Employee Giving Campaign David O’Shea.

If you would like to make a donation, please visit this web page to learn how you can make a difference.

group shot of MCCCDF scholars and MCCCDF logo

The We Are Rio scholarship is one of several exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado students, and one of hundreds of scholarships that are available through MCCCDF.

MCCCDF fall applications will be accepted Feb. 1 – March 10. Visit mcccdf.academicworks.com to view opportunities available to you.

Check out this blog post for tips on how to apply.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Time Ticking to Apply for MCCCDF Scholarships

Photo of maricopa community colleges foundtation logo with the amount of days and house and money left

It's almost time to apply for Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarships! Applications are due March 1. 

There are hundreds of scholarships to choose from-- including exclusive opportunities for Rio Salado College students and employees-- and veterans!

The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time!

Visit mcccdf.academicworks.com to view opportunities available to you. For tips on how to apply visit this blog post.

Need help with your application? Don't hesitate to call on Rio Salado’s Counseling Services team! 

Engaging Dialogue on Liberation Theology Feb. 21


Image of speaker with attentive crowd

Join us Feb. 21 for a discussion with Reverend Dr. Warren Stewart of the First Institutional Baptist Church who will speak on Liberation Theology, a movement in Christian theology that originated from the Catholic Church in Latin America. 

Image of Reverend Stewart
Free and open to the public. Engage in the dialogue!

Tuesday, Feb. 21
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Rio Salado College Conference Center

This event is sponsored by Rio Salado's Religious Studies Department.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Feb. New Titles at the Rio Salado Library


Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library including "Cross the Line" by New York Times Best Selling Author, James Patterson. 

Fiction

Nonfiction

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.

A Big Welcome to NY, NJ & CT Students

Blue circle text: National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement. White inner circle Text: Approved institution with four colored triangles in two shades of blue, pink and orange Text: NEBHE, SREB, MHEC, WICHE, In the middle NC-SARA

New Jersey, New York and Connecticut are now members of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) -- meaning residents in those states can enroll in Rio Salado online courses.

This brings the current total number of SARA states to 47 as well as the District of Columbia. The National Council for SARA defines SARA as, "a voluntary agreement among its member states and U.S. territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of post-secondary distance-education."

SARA makes it easy for students to take online college courses in another state and also helps with improving consumer protection.

hand holding a card that says welcome aboard

Rio Salado is proud to be a SARA participating institution. 

Rio Salado provides distance-education to students in other SARA states to help them achieve their educational goals. As more states partake in SARA, Rio can increase its efforts to help students learn, grow, prepare, and kick-start their careers.

For more information about SARA or the programs and classes available in your state, please visit riosalado.edu/about/research-planning/state-authorization.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Rio Library Black History Month Topic Guide

Library of Congress: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.  
 



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

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

Image of Katherine Johnson

Above is a vintage photo of Katherine Johnson-- a mathematician, physicist and scientist who worked for NASA and calculated trajectories for John Glenn during his orbital flight in 1962. She is among the heroines featured in the new film Hidden Figures.  Learn more about her story at nasa.gov.

To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

FREE Teacher Ed Job Interview Workshop

photo of man in tie with gadgets and text in black saying job search

We know that Rio Salado's Teacher Education program can prepare you to be a teacher, but are you prepared to share your resume with potential employers and stand out during interviews? 

Rio Salado's Teacher Education Team and Noyce Scholars are hosting a workshop to help students prepare resumes and cover letters, and practice job interviewing skills. Join us on Thu., Feb. 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado Conference Center. Students who attend the workshop have the option to participate in mock interviews with local school district partners at a separate event on March 30.

Students will learn about:
  • Writing effective cover letters
  • Developing eye catching resumes
  • Preparing for interviews & tips
  • 1-2 Minute Elevator Speech
  • Resources for successful job interviewing

Questions? Contact Dawn Fitzhugh, Rio Salado College EdRising@Rio Coordinator at Dawn.Fitzhugh@riosalado.edu or Karen Nave, Noyce Scholars Program Manager at Karen.Nave@riosalado.edu for further details.

Celebrate Black History Month Tonight!


Celebrate Black History Month tonight with an open mic night! Simply bring canned goods or a new children's book for admission and prepare to be entertained. We look forward to seeing you there tonight from 6 - 8:30 p.m.