Tuesday, October 30, 2018

KJZZ Holiday Storyfest Fun for All Ages!

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The KJZZ Holiday StoryFest & Authors Showcase at Glendale Civic Center is an old-fashioned celebration of the season through spoken and written word. On the Main Stage, KJZZ and partners, Arizona Storytellers Project and the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, will host a stellar line-up of witty and engaging storytellers and on-air hosts who will regale the audience with tales of food, family, home and holidays past.

Storyteller captivating children in audience

Children 12 and under receive free admission and will be treated to an amazing interactive Children's Stage manned by Studio 8's Rally Crew. Little ones will keep themselves busy with stories, crafts, games, prizes, and special character appearances. The Studio 8 crew is dedicated to creating fun and unforgettable memories.

The Author's Showcase & Stage hosted by KJZZ partner ASU's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing will be a delight for those who enjoy a good book. It's a unique opportunity to meet Arizona's talented writers in person, buy the books you love on the spot and get them signed by the author. Books make great gifts for any list!

group of attendees recording their story inside Soundbite booth

Before entering the event, visitors can record precious holiday memories at KJZZ's mobile production studio, Soundbite to share with family and/or friends. (Studio available on a first come first served basis.)

For many years, Arizonans have enjoyed Glendale Glitters, the award-winning lights event in the heart of Historic Downtown Glendale. This year, the entire family can enjoy the holiday festivities with StoryFest and then make your way through sixteen blocks of 1.6 million lights! Holiday StoryFest wristbands get you special discounts at the KJZZ Glendale Hotspots.

KJZZ Holiday StoryFest & Authors Showcase
Saturday, December 1, 2018
2-7 p.m.
Glendale Civic Center
5750 West Glenn Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301


News courtesy of KJZZ, a community service of Rio Salado College

Monday, October 29, 2018

Get Your Associate Degree with Reverse Transfer

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Maricopa Community Colleges students and alumni can combine their community college and university credits to meet the requirements for an associate degree! 

See if you qualify for our Reverse Transfer Program by visiting www.maricopa.edu/academics/university-transfer/reverse-transfer.

An official associate degree is a valuable credential, which can give you a competitive edge when you’re applying for internships and jobs! 

Finish What You Started-- and get the Credit You Deserve!

Nanotechnology: Where Small is Big!

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Sometimes you need to think small to do big things! With Rio Salado’s Nanotechnology program, you’ll get a chance to see how nanotech is a part of our daily lives—and how to pursue a dynamic career in the industry, which projects a need for more than two million technicians! 

Get a glimpse into the program now with Maricopa Community Colleges Television Reporter Lisa Acquafredda by watching this special Maricopa Now feature.

Snapshot from Youtube video featuring still image of Caitlan McGough in a lab setting

Included are interviews with Rio Salado STEM Faculty Chair Rick Vaughn and Rio Salado’s first Nanotech grad, Caitlin McGough.

Poster for Nano.  Text: Nano Knows No Limits

Learn more about the ways nanotechnology can improve your life with Rio Salado College—where Nano Knows No limits. www.riosalado.edu/nano.

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

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Rio Salado Hosts Free FAFSA Workshop Nov. 1

Banner featuring Rio Salado logo, a pink piggy bank wearing a graduation cap with a dollar sticking out of it.  Text: Financial Aid Workshop.  Rio Salado College hosts a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Workshop

Join Rio Salado for FAFSA Day, November 1-- where you can attend a free financial aid workshop that will help you complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)-- and explore funding options available to help you pay for college.

FAFSA Day Workshop
November 1, 2018
3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Rio Salado College Conference Center
North Room 2nd Floor
2323 West 14 Street
Tempe AZ 85281

Free and Open to the Public

What to Expect
Image of a calculator.  In display is the phrase: financial aid

  • Q & A’s about FAFSA 
  • Help completing and filing your 2019/20 FAFSA 
  • Laptops to help you complete your FAFSA online 
  • Information about the types of financial aid available to you: 
    • Grants
    • Scholarships
    • Direct Student Loans

What You Need to Bring
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  • Social Security Number: Students younger than 24 and classified as a dependent by their parents before Dec. 31 of 2019, will also need to bring their parent’s social security number.
  • 2017 Taxes: IRS 1040, 1040 A, 1040 EZ, and foreign tax return if applicable. If you are a dependent or married at the time you are applying, you will also need to bring your parent or spouses’ taxes. 
  • Records of Untaxed Income: For example, child support, interest income, non-education veteran benefits. Also records for parents if you are a dependent.'
  • Financial Records: Documentation of cash, savings and checking account balances, investments, stocks, bonds and real estate investments (not including your home where you reside), business and farm assets. Also records for parents if you are a dependent.
  • Driver License: If issued
  • Alien Registration Number: If you are not a U.S. citizen

If you want to complete the 2018/19 FAFSA bring your 2016 taxes as applicable along with all other information noted above.

Poster from Dept. of Ed.  Illustrated text: Do the FAFSA.  The Earlier the Better

Get Started on Your FAFSA Now-- for 2019/20!

To submit your application as a Rio Salado College student, use school code 0014483.

ALL-AZ Scholarship Deadline Now Oct. 29!

Shot of ALL-AZ seal over Maricopa Community Colleges Building and flag.  Text: Deadline Extended. All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship Applications Now Due Oct. 29, 2018

Regret missing the All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship application deadline? Here's your second chance to apply. We're extending the deadline to Oct. 29!

This generous scholarship includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities; Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, along with a cash award in the range of $500-1,000.

Tuition and scholarships will be issued as a two-year, full-time award or a four-year, part-time award. Candidates must have a 3.5 GPA during the past five years and have demonstrated leadership or community/school involvement.

For additional scholarship details, visit this web.

The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be well worth the investment-- at the very least, a good learning experience and practice at mastering the application process.

2018 ALL-AZ Scholars
Crystal Roberto and Jamie Peredo
If you are selected for the All-Arizona Team, you will have the opportunity to apply for more scholarships, including the prestigious All-USA Community College Academic Team.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and call on our Student Life team if you require assistance, have questions or simply want to talk about the process by emailing StudentLife@riosalado.edu or calling 480-517-8050.

We look forward to reviewing your application!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Most Rio Salado Services Closed Fri., Oct. 26

snapshot of Rio Tempe headquarters.  Illustrated closure sign hanging out front

Rio Salado College Tempe headquarters, locations and most in-person services will be closed Friday, Oct. 26 for staff meetings and training.

The following Rio Salado services will be available:


Services normally available 24/7 such as RioLearn, Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

The college will resume regular business hours on Saturday, Oct. 27.


*Edited 10/24 to remove Bookstore from services available on Friday. You can still order your books online and they will be shipped on Friday.

Monday, October 22, 2018

Ask a Librarian 24/7 Services for You!


Working on a paper and need help with research? The Rio Salado Library offers 24/7 Ask a Librarian help for times like these! 

Go ahead. Ask a Librarian now

With Ask a Librarian chat service, you can get live help anytime with:
  • Advice on how to start your research
  • Tips on how to research topics
  • Where to find examples of citations for different source types
  • How to check for bias in the books, articles or web pages you’re reading

Even in the middle of the night!

You’ll also find do-it-yourself resources like "How Do I?" video tutorials. Give it a try.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

All-AZ Scholarship Deadline Oct. 22!

Shot of ALL-AZ seal over Maricopa Community Colleges Building and flag.  Text: All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 22, 2018


Time is running out to apply for the All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship. The deadline is Oct. 22. Here is information about this scholarship and The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship for top community college students who have achieved academic excellence and plan to transfer to a university.  



Shot of ALL-AZ seal over Maricopa Community Colleges Building and flag.  Text: All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 22, 2018

All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship
Each year, Rio Salado College nominates two of its most distinguished students to receive the All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship, which includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities; Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, along with a cash award in the range of $500-1,000.

Tuition and scholarships will be issued as a two-year, full-time award or a four-year, part-time award. Candidates must have a 3.5 GPA during the past five years and have demonstrated leadership or community/school involvement. For additional scholarship requirements, please visit this web. Apply before the Oct. 22, 2018 deadline.

If you are selected for the All-Arizona Team, you will have the opportunity to apply for more scholarships, including the prestigious All-USA Community College Academic Team.

still for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship poster.

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
This is a nationally competitive scholarship for students who have achieved academic excellence at community colleges. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is required, financial need is considered and school/community service typically is expected.

Chosen scholars will receive up to $40,000 per year in financial support to cover educational expenses and become part of a supportive network of educators and scholars.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online before the November 27 deadline by visiting this web page.

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and call on our Student Life team if you require assistance, have questions or simply want to talk about the process by emailing StudentLife@riosalado.edu or calling 480-517-8050.

Good luck with your applications!

Friday, October 19, 2018

Be a Leader College Fair is Sunday, Oct. 21!

Poster for Be a Leader event. Image of an illustrated calendar with an arrow pointing to 10/21 date. Black and white image of young people walking.  Text: Join Us at Civic Space Park 8:30 a.m..  Be a Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success.  FAFSA APPLICATION SUPPORT.  OVER 50 COMMUNITY PARTNERS.  OVER 200 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES.  Logos for sponsors: Cox, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Sullivan Foundation, Univision.

Don't forget about the Be A Leader Foundation Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair, Walk-a-Thon and College Fair on Sunday, October 21

Register now!

Students will have a chance to meet with representatives from 200+ colleges from across the country.

New This Year! Be A Leader and its partners will provide one-on-one support with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the event. If you need help completing the FAFSA, you should register online to receive further information on what to bring.

Rio Salado is a proud sponsor of this event.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

Collage of images featured below in blog of Rio Salado employee groups at volunteer events.

Our Rio Salado family is hard at work trying to fulfill 40 acts of community service as part of our 40th anniversary celebration. Here’s the latest progress report of our efforts.

Rio Salado Northern and Downtown College Bridge Pathways teams at Homeward Bound

Rio Salado Northern and Downtown College Bridge Pathways teams volunteered their services at Homeward Bound, an Arizona nonprofit that serves the needs of homeless families by providing housing and help getting them back on their feet. Both teams hosted a collection drive at their locations for in-demand items like household essentials, kitchenware and professional clothing. The teams then got together at Homeward Bound on Sept. 13 to sort and organize their donations for the clothing closet and food pantry. 

Among the participants were Charles Jarvis, John Van Meter, Marina Bilgin, Danielle Steely, Maxine Anderson and Robin Evans from our Northern team and Linh Smith, Danna Farney, Bianca Ramirez, Nicole Sabino-Coker and Andrea Vazquez from our Downtown team.

Collage of photos of Southern team collecting food and taking group shot photos.

Staff and students from multiple departments serving our Rio Salado Southern location in Tempe volunteered their time to collect 206 pounds of food for United Food Bank Sept. 9-27. The food drive was a large-scale collaborative team effort, which also included the help of Rio Salado Maintenance and Operations, which delivered the donations to United Food Bank. 

College Bridge Pathways Adult Education staff members included: Jana Reisslein, Aliza Dodell, Simin Kia, Marci Lowe, Patricia Camden, Shamima Mushtaq, Leah Baguet, Mike Scrivener, Carrie Bernardi, Susan Hockley, Thomas Amans, Evelyn Lunt, John Osegueda, Lana Lewis, Ann Tebo, Ellina Muravyova, Amineh Darmani, Latifa Ray, Melissa Faubus, Haleh Azimi, Renee Roelants, Maryanne Patterson, DeAnna Springer, Sue Lange, Allison Hawn, Deqa, Ken Smith, Darius Perry, Jessika Swaenepoel, Kimberly Saw, Rachael May, Barbara Skurtovich, Regina Morales, Catherine Gupta, Veronica Casares, Richard Molina, Vince D'Aliesio, Chris Darr, and Cynthia Smith. Adult ACE team members included Kate Packer, Tiffany Hilstrom and Gabrielle Duran. Workplace team members included Paula Baker, Michael Turner, Darla Sebenik, Jocelyn Dustan, Katherine Ward., Gary Goldie, Deanna Beach, Jean Teisberg, Stephanie Berry, Michael Racine, Gail Kimzin and Glenda Lambert. Military Veteran and Success Center staff included Troy Friedman, Sherri Moore, Angela Ambrosia, James Brew, Mike Cuthbertson and Nicole Johnson. Science Lab/Kits team members included Ephraim Morris, Sharon Kilpatrick, Jim Kilpatrick, and Joyce Campman-Keegan. Testing members included Inna Severe, Bret Keating and Edwin Jose.

Group shot of faculty team at Feed My Starving Children

Members of the Faculty Instructional team volunteered two hours to Feed My Starving Children to pack 48,000+ meals for starving children in Rwanda, which will provide nourishment for 113

Group shot of Surprise team at St. Mary’s food bank.

The Rio Salado Life Long Learning Center in Surprise team volunteered two hours of their time to St. Mary’s Food Bank on Sept. 10. The team packed a variety of produce into family-size bags for the food bank to distribute to community members needing food assistance in Surprise. Included in the team effort was Jennifer Shaffer, Elizabeth Martin, Mary Hamilton, Josie Herrera, Mark Compton and Carlos Carnero. 

Visit this Facebook album to see more photos.

Meet the 2018 Constitution Contest Winners!

background with Constitution header "We the People" with photos of the winners, Margie Munoz and Damian Robinson. Vintage ink well and quill in view

The results of our 2018 Constitution Day contest are in!

The contest called on students to answer this question: “Describe how the First Amendment of the Constitution enhances diversity in the United States.” The prize—a $75 gift card!

Congratulations to the winners:

We thank all of the Constitution Day contest winners and participants for sharing their thoughtful and poignant narratives.

We encourage you to take pause to think about what the Constitution means to you!

Pictured above are Margie Munoz and Damian Robinson.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Take a Selfie Stand Against Cheating Today!

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Today is International Day Against Contract Cheating! We’re calling on #RioWaves to show their support for academic integrity and ethics in their studies-- and to take a stand against cheating by sharing a selfie with a statement that completes this sentence: 

“I don’t contract cheat because ___________.” 

Share your statements via social media using hashtags #RioSaladoCollege #defeatthecheat #excelwithintegrity.

Look for shares on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts later today.

Rio Salado is a proud member of the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI), which is leading the International Day Against Contract Cheating effort.

Banner for International Day of Action against Contract Cheating, featuring illustrated images of two young bandits exchanging answers to test in a clandestine alley.

Excuses, Excuses 
While there are no excuses and the consequences are great, the stress and pressures of school can make it tempting and sometimes irresistible for students.

What is Cheating?
photo of a student holding up white board with her statement, I don't cheat because a smart student doesn't need anything else but themselves to answer
Most of us are familiar with cheat sheets and copying homework, but there’s a new kind of cheating called Contract Cheating.
Contract Cheating is a “form of academic dishonesty where students get academic work completed on their behalf, which they then submit for academic credit [and/or advantage] as if they created it themselves,” according to www.contractcheating.com.

Examples of contract cheating include:
  • Purchasing an assignment from an online site 
  • Sharing answers to an assignment on a file sharing site 
  • Posting or purchasing answers to an exam, assignment, or other assessed work 
  • Paying someone to write a test or exam 

photo of a student holding up white board with her statement, I don't cheat because the struggle is part of the journeyWe Want You to Succeed! 
We encourage you to take advantage of our Resources for Academic Success toolbox, Student Success videos, Tutoring services and Counseling teams.

Learn more about Contract Cheating by visiting www.contractcheating.com or contacting Rio Salado’s Academic Integrity team academic.integrity@riosalado.edu.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Date Night idea: Soap Making Workshop 10/18

bars of colorful soap wrapped in a variety of ribbon and paper.

Any plans this Thursday? Why not make it a date night and take a Soap Making 101 workshop Oct. 18 with the Cafe at Rio team!

Register now: www.riosalado.edu/CAFE.


Use code FALLSOAP for 15% discount.

No tests, no grades-- just fun!

Free Orientation: Learn How to Be a Teacher!

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Take part in a free orientation session to learn about the educational pathways and employment opportunities available to help you succeed as a teacher!

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

Our Post Baccalaureate courses are designed for individuals who have a bachelor’s degree or higher (in any area) from an accredited university and would like to become a teacher.

Orientation Agenda: 
  • Rio Salado College's Educator Preparation Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process and requirements
  • Answers to questions you may have

Hand writing on a green chalkboard.  Text: Make a Difference Become a Teacher.  Learn more about Rio Salado College's Teacher Education Programs.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos


Choose an in-person or virtual session that works for you!

Post-Baccalaureate Orientation Schedule:
November 5 - Virtual
November 28 - In-person
December 10 - In-person

Post-Bacc sessions take place 6-8 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Teacher-in-Residence Orientation Schedule:
November 29 - In-person
December 10 - In-person

TIR sessions take place 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. In-person session will take place at the Rio Salado College headquarters Conference Center in Tempe.

Eager to learn more now? 
Check out this RioNews blog, Expert Advice on How to Become a Teacher by Rio Salado Teacher Ed Field Experience Coordinator and Coordinator of Marketing Paulina Ngo.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/teachers or call 480-517-8140 for additional information about our Teacher Education programs and services.


Friday, October 12, 2018

Culinary Workshops Begin with Soap Making 10/18

Poster for Fall Culinary Workshops featuring images of tamales, pizza, appetizers, soap and tortellini

Looking for a culinary adventure? Join the Café at Rio and Sustainable Food Systems teams for a series of community education workshops to learn how to make soap, tortellini, pizza, holiday appetizers and tamales!

Register now: www.riosalado.edu/CAFE.

Your first adventure begins Oct. 18 with a lesson on how to make soap! Use the code FALLSOAP for a 15% discount on this workshop!

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun!

Join Us for Be a Leader College Fair, Oct. 21!

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The 10th Annual Be a Leader Taking Steps Towards College Success Resource Fair, Walk-a-Thon and College Fair is Sunday, October 21!
The event kicks off with the college Resource Fair, 8:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Civic Space Park in Phoenix.

The College Success Walk-a-Thon begins at 11:30 a.m., starting from Civic Space Park and ending at the Phoenix Convention Center, where the College Fair will take place.

Students will have a chance to meet with representatives from 200+ colleges from across the country during the College Fair, 12-3 p.m.

Snapshot of Be a Leader FAFSA registration form at www.tfaforms.com/4689370

New This Year! Be A Leader and its partners will provide one-on-one support with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the event. If you need help completing the FAFSA, you should register online to receive further information on what to bring. Register here: www.tfaforms.com/4689370.

Photo of walk-a-thon from past years featuring dozens of students holding a banner that reads "I'm taking steps towards college success because..."

This event is great for parents and teens who want to explore their college options-- and educational advocates who want to support a good cause.

Rio Salado is a proud sponsor of this event. Stop by our information booth to say hello!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Scholarships for Top Community College Students

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Here are two scholarship opportunities for top community college students who have achieved academic excellence and plan to transfer to a university: the All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship and the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. The time you invest in these scholarship applications will be well worth your while!

Shot of ALL-AZ seal over Maricopa Community Colleges Building and flag.  Text: All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship Applications Due Oct. 22, 2018

All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship
Each year, Rio Salado College nominates two of its most distinguished students to receive the All-Arizona Academic Team Scholarship, which includes tuition to one of Arizona’s three state universities; Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona, along with a cash award in the range of $500-1,000.

Tuition and scholarships will be issued as a two-year, full-time award or a four-year, part-time award. Candidates must have a 3.5 GPA during the past five years and have demonstrated leadership or community/school involvement. For additional scholarship requirements, please visit this web. Apply before the Oct. 22, 2018 deadline.

If you are selected for the All-Arizona Team, you will have the opportunity to apply for more scholarships, including the prestigious All-USA Community College Academic Team.

still for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship poster.

Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship
This is a nationally competitive scholarship for students who have achieved academic excellence at community colleges. A GPA of 3.5 or higher is required, financial need is considered and school/community service typically is expected.

Chosen scholars will receive up to $40,000 per year in financial support to cover educational expenses and become part of a supportive network of educators and scholars.

Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply online before the November 27 deadline by visiting this web page.

We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities and call on our Student Life team if you require assistance, have questions or simply want to talk about the process by emailing StudentLife@riosalado.edu or calling 480-517-8050.

Good luck with your applications!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Explore New Math Emporium with eCampus News

Snapshot of ECampus News web feature.  Text: Does your college have a math concierge.  The Math Emporium at an Arizona community college pairs technology with human help to increase student success

Learn about our new Math Emporium in Phoenix in this eCampus News story featuring Rio Salado's Faculty Chair of Mathematics John Jensen.

The Emporium is free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who are eager to improve their math skills.

Learn more: riosalado.edu/math-emporium.


Monday, October 8, 2018

Get Your Share of $2.5 Million in Scholarships

Poster featuring a pink piggy bank wearing a graduation cap.  Text: Spring 2019 scholarships available.  Deadline Oct. 14, 2018.  Rio Salado mascot Splash standing near by in graduation cap and gown. Text: Thanks to the generosity of our donors the Foundation will award more than 2.5 million in scholarships during the 2018-19 school year
Time is running out to apply for spring 2018 Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation (MCCCDF) scholarships!  The deadline-- Oct. 14.  The prize-- more than $2.5 million in scholarships.

Apply now: mcccdf.academicworks.com.


Look for exclusive opportunities for Rio Waves like the James P. Hornburg Memorial Scholarship for students majoring in Law Enforcement and Corrections and the Dr. Linda M. Thor Scholarship, which is geared toward helping single moms. Veterans, there are also exclusive scholarships for you.

Do the Math! 
The few hours you spend on a scholarship application will be a good investment.  Don't discount those small scholarships!



Friday, October 5, 2018

Voter Registration Deadline Oct. 9!

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Last call! October 9 is the registration deadline to vote in the 2018 General Election. 

It's quick and easy at www.ServiceArizona.com– if you have an Arizona Driver License or an Arizona non-operating I.D. card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division (MVD).

Be an informed voter!
Check out this azcentral.com story for voter resources and tips!

Here are additional resources from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and our Maricopa County Recorder's office:
azcleanelections.gov
recorder.maricopa.gov/elections

Rio Salado Luke A.F.B. Closed Columbus Day 10/8

Poster for Columbus Day, featuring a sketched vintage ship. Text: Rio Salado Luke A.F.B Closed Oct. 8, 2018

Our Rio Salado Luke Airforce Base location will be closed Monday, Oct. 8 for Columbus Day, a federal holiday observed by the Air Force. 

New MCCCD Tuition Payment Requirements

Photo of a student registering with a college staffer. Text: New Payment Requirement: Tuition is due on the day that you register

Please take note of new tuition payment requirements for Maricopa Community Colleges students. Tuition is due on the day that you register. 

Rio Salado students are an exception and should check their student center to confirm due dates. 

For more information, including payment options, visit www.maricopa.edu/payment-options

Please also note, the registration processing fee is non-refundable.

Room Change for Domestic Violence Conference

poster featuring a montage of words about domestic violence with a no sign over it.

Room Change Notice! Today's Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Awareness Conference sessions are being held at the Hohokam faculty collaboration area.

Our final session, Domestic Violence: The Psychology of Relationship Abuse, Coercion and Violence takes place 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Presenters: Dr. Jon McCaine, Clinical Psychologist for Bayless Health Care Group and Program Director of Bayless Health Care’s Lighthouse Project for High Risk Teenage Youth.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2009-11

Rio Salado 40th anniversary banner with text: An innovative leader in higher education. Collage of photos of Communiversity at Surprise ribbon cutting ceremony, featuring former President Linda Thor and guests.

Welcome to the past! The next stop on our 40th anniversary Throwback Thursday timeline is 2009-11!

April 10, 2009 story about the Communiversity in Northwest Valley News.  Headline: Economic Reality Molding Communiversity. Image of construction workers building new location

In 2009, Rio Salado celebrated the grand opening of the Communiversity at Surprise, an innovative approach to learning. The Communiversity joined higher education partners together in one location to offer students the opportunity to earn progressive degrees all under one roof. 

Snapshot of Arizona Republic story announcing WCET award.  Headline: Rio Salado College is Recognized for the Use of Technology

In 2010, interim president Chris Bustamante was appointed president of Rio Salado by the Maricopa Community Colleges, succeeding Dr. Linda Thor who left to become chancellor of California’s Foothill-De Anza Community College District.

Also in 2010, Rio Salado was one of four colleges in the country to win an Outstanding Work award from WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), which recognized Rio Salado’s Peer-to-Peer Plagiarism Detection System.


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

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

#RioGivesBack Progress Report

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We’re celebrating our 40th anniversary with 40 acts of community service! Here are the latest developments from Rio staff members.

Group photo of Partnerships team

The Rio Salado Partnerships department chose Project C.U.R.E. as its volunteer project. Each month Project C.U.R.E’s Phoenix warehouse sends multiple 40-foot shipping containers filled with life-saving medical supplies to hospitals in need in more than 130 countries. The Partnerships team volunteered for three hours to sort and package medical supplies for shipment, stock inventory, prepare shipments and load containers. In the process, the team learned how Project C.U.R.E. investigates the needs of countries and ensures that there is a clinic which can use the supplies—including difficult to get to remote areas. According to Project C.U.R.E, they have never lost a container to theft or stopped delivery within a country.  Pictured here are Susan Lawrence, Robyn Sheppard, Darcy Breault, Cheri Land and Michael Turner.


Group shot of Avondale team

The Rio Salado Avondale Instructional Team volunteered their services at the Agua Fria Food & Clothing Bank on September 12. The team collected food and clothing that will be offered to families and individuals in the Southwest Valley who are hungry, in need or facing crisis. The team spent their afternoon sorting through food shipments and organizing clothing donations. Pictured here are Michelle De Poy, David Contreras, Jessica Alvarado and Monica Garcia.


Group shot of Thomas team standing in front of St. Mary’s Food Bank wall.

Ten members from the Rio Salado Thomas team volunteered at St. Mary’s Food Bank in Phoenix for two hours on Wed., Sept. 12. Some team members worked on production lines packing food boxes while others helped St. Mary’s with administrative duties. Pictured from right to left: Tommy Kukic, Elizabeth Kerr, Rosa Zepeda, Tom Clark, Cristina Rivera, Julie Jorgensen, Nomar Celaya, Sam Canelake.  Jaime Cruz-Gama and Tanya Mijares also took part in this activity.


collage of group photos at Feed My Starving Children

Members of the Educator Prep Program volunteered their services at Feed My Starving Children in Mesa on Tue., Sept. 25. The team helped pack 283 boxes, which will feed 167 children for an entire year! Food boxes, containing vegetables, soy, rice and vitamin mix are distributed to diverse locations around the world for children in need. Team members included Mary Jo Krog, Julie Ferin, Christine Burke, Paulina Ngo, Jennifer Gladis, Renee Manning, Beth Hoffman, Bryan Arseneault, Diana Betts, Liz Taber and Regina Holzbaur.

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.

Here’s to human kindness!