Monday, September 24, 2018

Hispanic Heritage Month Library Guide

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The Rio Salado Library is helping us celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with an online guide to help you learn about the lives, contributions and legacy of Hispanic and Latin Americans. 


Learn about Hispanic Heritage Month activities at Rio Salado College in this RioNews blog.

Mural Artist, Daniel Galvez. Learn more about this mural.
Photo of mural by Fabrice Florin. Learn more.


Friday, September 21, 2018

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

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Rio Salado staff members have been hard at work fulfilling 40 acts of community service as part of our year-long 40th anniversary celebration!  Check out the latest updates from our teams.


This summer, the Café at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams purchased, prepared and served dinner for families with sick kids staying at the Mesa Ronald McDonald House. The team volunteered their services on several Friday nights to provide heartwarming, nutritious food. Pictured here (L to R): Miana Spradlin, Katelynn Roles, Teresa Romero, Cameron Yazzie, Michael Hodgins, David Reyes, Demetrius Franklin and Dominic Romero.


Members of the Institutional Advancement Marketing team volunteered their services at St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix on Friday, Aug. 31. The team helped pack Emergency Food Boxes, which are distributed to the elderly, children, working families and the homeless. The foodbank distributes approximately 45,000 emergency food boxes a month. Pictured here are (L to R): Annette Flores, Edward Calderon, Tina Miller and Mira Radovich.


Six members of the Business Services team also volunteered their time to St Mary's Food Bank on Sept. 19 to help pack and sort food. The Food Bank provides 250,000 meals across Arizona to needy families each day. The team also saw pallets of food ready to be shipped to Hurricane Florence effected areas. Pictured here (L to R): Cecilia Vilanueva, Cindy Ming, Kimberly Abeyta, Nancy Garabedian, Rose Smith and Peggy Melzer.

Visit this Facebook album to see more photos.

We encourage participants to share their photos and stories of service using these hashtags: #RioServes, #RioGivesBack #RioSaladoCollege40th.

40.riosalado.edu


Constitution Essay Contest Deadline 5 PM Today!

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You still have time to enter our Constitution Day Essay Contest. The deadline is 5 p.m. this evening. The prize, a $75 gift card!

The challenge? Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.


Check out our web page for contest details www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

We hope you take pause to think about what the Constitution means to you and share your thoughts by entering our contest!

Thursday, September 20, 2018

AZ Town Hall Criminal Justice Discussion 9/21


Take part in an Arizona Town Hall discussion about Criminal Justice in Arizona at Estrella Mountain Community College, Sept. 21.  

Register now!

The discussion will focus on what is the best way to create and maintain safe, productive communities.

Registration is FREE and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students, staff, alumni and the public. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

West Valley Community Town Hall 
Criminal Justice in Arizona
Friday, September 21, 2018

8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Estrella Mountain Community College Conference Center
3000 N Dysart Rd, Avondale, AZ 85392


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If you plan to participate or you’re interested in more information about Arizona’s criminal justice system, please review this Arizona Town Hall Background Report and fact sheet

The Background Report for the 111th Arizona Town Hall was prepared by the Morrison Institute, in partnership with Arizona universities and the Arizona Town Hall Research Committee.

Additional support for this event is made possible by FWD.us and the Maryvale Revitalization Corporation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

20% CLEP Exam Discount & Contest Ending Soon!

Rio Salado Tempe Testing Staff Member Angelina Valencia
                                                     
Take advantage of a 20% discount on all College Board College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) proctoring fees and enter CLEP’s Back-to-School Student Success Story Contest!  Discounts expire Sept. 30.

What are CLEP exams? 
Purple poster: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning with CLEP
They test a student’s proficiency in a field of study and give students a chance to earn college credits for what they already know. For example, Spanish CLEP test-takers can earn up to 16 college credits.  There are 33 different examinations, which are accepted by more than 2,900 colleges and universities.

Learn more about CLEP exams and the services available to you at Rio Salado’s Testing Centers at www.riosalado.edu/testing.


The College Board has recognized Rio Salado as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center since 2002.

Take Part in Student Success Story Contest!
CLEP will award a $500 gift card to a test-taker with the most unique student success story during this back-to-school celebration! CLEP student success story submissions, which can include narratives, images and videos, should be sent to clep@collegeboard.org by Friday Oct. 5, 2018. To learn more about this contest, visit this CLEP web page.

CLEP will also recognize college testing centers which achieve the highest number of CLEP exams administered nationally, the highest number of CLEP exams administered to DANTES funded candidates and other achievements.

Take Part in College Transfer Fair Today!

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Don't forget about our Maricopa Community Colleges Transfer Fair for students and employees at our Tempe conference center today! 

Check out the list of 20+ universities, including Arizona State University, The University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University, which will have representatives present to talk to you about bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs:

The colleges represented include:
  • Argosy University
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashford University 
  • A.T. Still University 
  • Benedictine University 
  • Mesa Columbia College 
  • DeVry University 
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 
  • Grand Canyon University 
  • Huntington University
  • Midwestern University 
  • Northern Arizona University 
  • Ottawa University-Arizona 
  • Park University 
  • Prescott College 
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of Arizona 
  • University of Dubuque 
  • University of Phoenix 
  • Wayland Baptist University

Education & Transfer Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 19

4-6:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

This event is free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students and employees.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018

MCCCDF Scholarships = Free Money!

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The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) has awarded thousands of scholarships through the years! It literally pays for you to apply! Choose from dozens of scholarship opportunities now at mcccdf.academicworks.com.

There are several scholarships specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections degree programs at Rio Salado and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms. There are also scholarships just for veterans.

Group photo of MCCCDF scholars


Poster with text: Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the Foundation will award more than $2.5 million in scholarships during the 2018-2019 school year.
Do the Math!
The streamlined process, which only requires one general application, will make it well worth your time! Don't discount those small scholarships. The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment. At the very least, you'll gain valuable practice in mastering the application process.

How to apply
Students must have a valid MEID and password to apply and complete a General Scholarship Application to be considered.


Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Join Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month with food, music and fun-- September 15-October 15! Here’s a look at what we have planned for you!

Rio Café Lunch Specials
  • Thursday, Sept. 20 – Mexican food and Pan Dulce at Coffee Bar
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 – Puerto Rican food
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 – Peruvian and Salvadoran food
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 – Cuban and Mexican food and Pan Dulce at Coffee Bar

Upcoming Events

ASU Latin Guitar Performances
  • Wed., Sept. 26 - Daniel Torres (ASU Master's degree student) and Gibran Souza (ASU DMA student)
  • Thu., Oct. 4 - Philip Zweig (ASU DMA student) and Alex Sanders (ASU undergrad student) 
Guitar performances will take place 12-1 p.m. at the Rio Salado Tempe headquarters amphitheater, just outside of the Café @ Rio.

Loteria lunchtime game in Rio Café private dining room – Date TBD

Salsa and Latin music in Rio Café patio – Date TBD

We take pause each year to celebrate this month by recognizing the dynamic history, cultures and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.

Recognition of Hispanic Heritage Week began under President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 and was expanded to a month-long celebration by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.  ¡Que siga la tradición!

Mural Artist: Daniel Galvez Photo by Fabrice Florin under a CC-BY-SA license.

Learn more intriguing facts and insights by exploring this Rio Salado Library Hispanic Heritage Month Topic Guide.

Take part in these other events hosted by the Maricopa Community Colleges


Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Constitution Day, America!

Rio Salado mascot Splash taking a selfie of the Signing of the Constitution by Louis S. Glanzman, 1987. Visit this web page and click on the image of a delegate to see his biography: teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/glanzman/

To commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 Rio Salado College is hosting a variety of activities and discussions, including an essay contest!

Constitution Day Essay Contest!

To enter the contest, students should address this topic with a written or multimedia reply: 

Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.

The deadline to enter the contest is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept.21, 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

Check out our web page for contest details, thoughtful essays, a library guide and more: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday.

Pictured above is Rio Salado mascot Splash taking a selfie of the Signing of the Constitution by Louis S. Glanzman, 1987. Visit this web page and click on the image of a delegate to see his biography: teachingamericanhistory.org/convention/glanzman/

Friday, September 14, 2018

20+ Universities at Education & Transfer Fair, 9/19

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Interested in advancing your education or transferring to a university after you complete your program of study with Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges? 

Talk to representatives from 20+ universities about bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs during our Education & Transfer Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4-6:30 p.m. at the Rio Salado College Conference Center.

This event is free and open to Maricopa Community Colleges students and employees.
The colleges represented include:
  • Argosy University
  • Arizona State University
  • Ashford University 
  • A.T. Still University 
  • Benedictine University 
  • Mesa Columbia College 
  • DeVry University 
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising 
  • Grand Canyon University 
  • Huntington University
  • Midwestern University 
  • Northern Arizona University 
  • Ottawa University-Arizona 
  • Park University 
  • Prescott College 
  • Southern New Hampshire University
  • University of Arizona 
  • University of Dubuque 
  • University of Phoenix 
  • Wayland Baptist University

Education & Transfer Fair
Wednesday, Sept. 19
4-6:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281


Thursday, September 13, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2006-2008

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Welcome to the past! The next stop on our 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2006-08!

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Mesa Republic Oct. 6, 2007
                              
In 2007, RioLearn, the college’s online learning platform created in 2004, was going full steam ahead. It won the national 2007 Campus Technology Innovators Award in the "portals" category and became the standard for other institutions of higher education to follow.

Snapshot of Arizona Republic article about textbook savings program
Arizona Republic Oct. 29, 2007
                                             
Also in 2007, Rio Salado began offering 50 start dates a year on 373 general-education courses, more than any other public college in the nation.

In 2008, Rio launched its Textbook Savings Program to help reduce the cost of books for students. Faculty members decide what materials are needed for a course and the textbooks are “designed” to align with the course. Students pay for only the materials they need, reducing the cost of a textbook by an average of 50%.

Do you remember this time?
Share your photos, stories and memories via email to RSCmemories@riosalado.edu or social media using the hashtag #RioSaladoCollege40th.

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Visit our 40th anniversary website to learn more about our year-long celebration 40.riosalado.edu.



Join Us for Constitution Day & Essay Contest!

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We invite you to celebrate Constitution Day, September 17-- and enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest for a chance to win a $75 gift card!

Constitution Day commemorates the inception and signing of the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The holiday serves as a strong reminder that our rights as citizens and the structure of our government were founded upon the guiding principles in this document—and that freedom and liberty require civic engagement and sacrifice.

We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the United States Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us.

Image of Splash dressed as a Founding Father

Express Yourself! 
Enter the Rio Salado Constitution Day Essay Contest!

The contest is open to all currently registered online students at Rio Salado, and all GED® test prep, English as a Second Language (ESL) and English Language Acquisition for Adults (ELAA) students who take classes at the Rio Salado locations.

To enter the contest, students should address the Constitution Day topic in either written or multimedia form.

TOPIC: Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.

The deadline to enter the contest is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept.21, 2018. Winners will be announced on Monday, Oct. 1.

We created this web page, which includes details about the contest, a resource guide, thoughtful essays and more to get you into the Constitution Day spirit: www.riosalado.edu/constitutionday.

It also includes a music video featuring Rio Salado Library Assistant Christopher Orf performing a song he wrote called The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues-- to inspire you to read and think about how the Constitution affects your life.

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Get in the Spirit with Chris Orf singing The U.S. Constitution Talking Blues

Stay Safe with Free Rave Guardian Mobile App

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Safety at your fingertips!

Take advantage of our free Rave Guardian mobile app. Let’s work together to create the safest possible environment at our Maricopa Community Colleges.

Register now: getrave.com/login/maricopa-community.
Download the Rave Guardian app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Rio Salado staff, faculty and students are automatically opted in to receive RAVE Alert Text Messaging about college incidents. Please take the time to confirm that your current mobile phone is listed and that it is tagged as a cell/mobile device to ensure you receive messaging. Students should use My.Maricopa.edu and staff should use HCM to confirm their status and to make updates.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Constitution Day with Maricopa Recorder Fontes

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Join Rio Salado and the Maricopa Community Colleges as we celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17 with Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes, who will host a discussion about the Constitution via live stream from the Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center.

Recorder Fontes will share information about the U.S. Constitution and field participant questions. You can join us as a member of the audience or tune in for the discussion 10 - 11 a.m., via this Youtube channel.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to join in on the conversation. 

Celebrate Constitution Day
with Maricopa County Recorder
Adrian Fontes
September 17
10 - 11 a.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution and also serves as a day to recognize those taking steps towards U.S. citizenship. 

We take pause each year to honor and reflect upon the importance and meaning of the Constitution and to encourage students and the communities we serve to join us.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

#RioSaladoCollege40th AZ DBacks Celebration

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Rio Salado College is hosting a 40th anniversary celebration at the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Colorado Rockies game on Friday, Sept. 21 at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and we want you to join us! 

Tickets are $16 (discounted from $22). To purchase the discounted tickets, go to dbacks.com/Rio40th and use the discount code RIOFORTY.

Game time is 6:40 p.m.

Join Rio Salado staff, students, alumni, family and friends for this family-friendly gathering. We will be sitting together in a reserved section.

Show your Rio Salado School Spirit! 
We encourage Rio Salado staff to wear their 40th Anniversary t-shirts or other college attire. Nothing to wear? Visit our Bookstore for options: www.riosalado.edu/bookstore.

We sure hope you’ll take lots of photos and share them with us using #RioSaladoCollege40th.

For accessible seating or groups of 10 and larger, please contact Kris Morrow at (602) 462-4243 or kmorrow@dbacks.com.

Additional questions? Please email Murray Inman, murray.inman@riosalado.edu.



#NeverForget911

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We join you in remembering 9/11, in memory of the victims and in honor of the compassion and courage that has helped our nation heal. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

#RioGivesBack as Part of 40th Anniversary

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Our Rio Salado family is working to fulfill 40 acts of community service in the next few weeks as part of our year-long 40th anniversary celebration

Look for the latest news and photo shares about our efforts via this RioNews blog, our social channels and our 40th anniversary web page. We encourage participants to share their photos and stories of service using these hashtags: #RioServes #RioGivesBack #RioSaladoCollege40th.

Here’s a look at what staff members have done so far!

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Our executive team and support staff volunteered their services to Paz de Cristo kitchen on Aug. 23 to prepare dinner and make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and others in need. The group also served the meal and cleaned up the kitchen. More than 180 people were served a hot meal that evening. Pictured here: (L to R) David O'Shea, Tamara Rinck, Todd Simmons, Bill Shedd, Cortney Mesaros, Delynn Bodine, President Kate Smith, Patti O'Brien, Lisa Widowski, Kevyn Miller and guests.

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The Maricopa Corporate College team volunteered at Feed My Starving Children to pack meals for children in Cambodia. They helped pack 30,000 meals in less than two hours. Pictured here: Emilio Cabrera, Patti O’Brien, Kendall Washington, Vanessa Plummer, Alex Coleman, Sumy Joy and Dana Macke-Redford.


The Computer Technology team volunteered on Aug. 28 with Feed My Starving Children to pack 128 boxes, which provided 27,648 meals for children in the Philippines. Pictured here are Mimi Planas, Zhi Kistler and Nate Korp.

Linda Pastori and police officers Steven McGhee & Michael Cole standing in front of Soundbite truck holding up a certificate of participation.

The KJZZ Soundbite team took to the road this summer to serve those who serve us by visiting police and fire stations across the Valley with #PressCoffee and #RolloverDonuts. Visit kjzz.org/weserve to learn more about this initiative and to hear the conversations the crew had with first responders. Pictured here is KJZZ General Manager, Development KJZZ/K-BACH & Sun Sounds Arizona Linda Pastori with police officers Steven McGhee & Michael Cole.

Check out other event photos in this Facebook photo album.

Here's to Super Teacher Lennon Audrain!

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Here's a thoughtful student profile by Maricopa Community Colleges Television featuring Rio Salado Brophy College Preparatory dual enrollment graduate Lennon Audrain, who is making a difference in the classroom-- and as a passionate advocate for teachers! 

Learn more about Lennon in this RioNews story.

Visit these web pages for more information about our Dual Enrollment and Teacher Education programs:
www.riosalado.edu/dual
www.riosalado.edu/programs/education





Thursday, September 6, 2018

Save with Perkspot Student Discount Program!

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Looking for a bargain? Check out our new Perkspot Student Discount Program!

Perkspot provides all Maricopa Community Colleges students with access to thousands of exclusive discounts and offers! Learn more about this program at my.maricopa.edu/tools/student-perks.

It's free! Sign up and start saving now: maricopastudents.perkspot.com.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Full, Canceled or Dropped Class? No Problemo!


At Rio Salado College, we help thousands of students all across the country and around the globe stay on track with 600+ online classes, flexible Monday start dates, 8-week and 16-week options and credits that easily transfer. 

Explore your options now www.riosalado.edu/Schedule

The seating capacity is unlimited and we never cancel an online class—ever!

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Rio Salado provides distance-education options to students in all 50 states as a proud member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). 

Learn more about SARA and the classes available in your state, by visiting this web page.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Create New Possibilities with Nanotechnology!

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Nanotechnology is everywhere! Learn how to use it—to create new possibilities for yourself and your community with Rio Salado’s Nanotechnology program! 

Classes start most Mondays and we can arrange for you to apply what you learn at Arizona State University's NanoFab and other ASU research facilities-- at a time that’s convenient for you!

Learn more and enroll today at www.riosalado.edu/nano.

Current projections indicate the need for more than two million entry-level technician positions in the nano/micro-fabrication industry and related manufacturing industries. This is a cross-disciplinary program combining elements of material science, chemistry, physics, engineering and electronics. The multidisciplinary design of this program will provide graduates with the skills to enter a wide range of materials-based industries in Arizona and across the United States.

Learn more about ASU's NanoFab: nanofab.engineering.asu.edu

Monday, September 3, 2018