Thursday, November 29, 2018

40th Anniversary Throwback Thursday 2015-17

40th anniversary banner with 40th logo and text: An innovative leader in higher education.  Image of Rio Waves mascot Splash.  Text: Meet Splash, the new Rio Waves Mascot!

Our 40th anniversary trip down memory lane is heading toward the final stretch, to revisit 2015-17.

Splash attends a Maricopa Community Colleges Board meeting to say hello
In 2015, the college introduced its first, official mascot, Splash, which was chosen by popular vote from students, faculty, staff and the public. See related story.

Image of new Hermosillo newsroom

Rio Salado headed south of the border in 2016 to help KJZZ open its international business desk located at the Tecnol√≥gico de Monterrey’s Mexico City campus. 

The news bureau was designed to help the KJZZ Fronteras Desk team expand its coverage of the fast-growing market between Arizona and Mexico-- providing listeners with information to help them better understand economic globalization and its impact on the Southwest. See related RioNews story.  

KJZZ is a community service of Rio Salado College.

Luke A.F.B. Brigadier General Brook J. Leonard and Maricopa Community 
Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick leading ribbon-cutting ceremony

On Nov. 9, 2017, Rio Salado opened a new Military and Veteran Success Center at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale. The center is the nation's first community supported, case-managed, holistic support center for transitioning military, veterans and their spouses. Check out this related Maricopa Now feature by MCTV and this related RioNews story to learn more.

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