Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Meet the AZ Students Who Met Bill Gates

Get a glimpse into the lives of the Arizona students who had a chance to visit with Bill Gates and leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Nov. 6-- including Rio Salado students Brenda Moore, Samantha Hill, Angelique Michel and Shawn Lee.

Check out this foundation web page for more details and these RioNews stories for more insights about their visit: 


Thanksgiving Closure, Nov. 27-28

Happy Thanksgiving. The college will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28.

We will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 27-28. 
Special services will be available on Saturday, Nov. 29. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/EPinD

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy holiday.

Finish What You Started! Graduation is in Reach.

Image of Finish Line with caption: You are closer than you think.  Finish what you started at one of the ten Mariocpa Community Colleges.

If you received a postcard in the mail with a finish line like the one above, congratulations are in order! You're closer than you might think to graduating. Let us help you finish what you started at Rio Salado College.

It’s YOUR time! Here are your next steps:
Counseling Services: Find the right career path, explore jobs, get help with your resume and more.

Tutoring: Experienced tutors are ready to assist you with course materials, critical thinking skills and mastery of concepts.

Veterans Services: Rio Salado is committed to helping active service military, veterans and their families. Take advantage of Rio Salado's Military Advisement and the East Valley Veterans Education Center.
You can also fill out this online form and a Rio Salado representative will contact you to help you get started.  

Take the next step!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Dual Enrollment Benefits for Students & Parents

While many area high school students might be planning holiday activities, a few are getting a head start on their college careers through Rio Salado College’s dual enrollment program.

Dual enrollment allows students to earn college credit while still in high school. Research shows students who participate in dual enrollment programs have higher college GPA’s, are more likely to complete their freshman year when nearly 30 percent drop-out and are more likely to graduate from college than those who don’t.

“We have had dual enrollment students start medical school at age 20, and others who were admitted to prestigious third-year college programs at age 18,” said Dr. EJ Anderson, director of community partnerships at Rio Salado College. “Dual enrollment enhances the rigor of the high school curriculum, while introducing students to college expectations.”

Rio Salado’s dual enrollment program began in 1987 with Xavier College Preparatory as the first partner. Today, the college partners with 41 Arizona high schools. In the last year, more than 6,700 students earned high school and college credit simultaneously.

Dual enrollment classes are taught in person at each partnering high school, and are designed to meet both high school and college proficiencies. Instructors undergo special training to teach the college-level classes.

“I took my first dual enrollment class as a sophomore in high school at Desert Vista,” said Faith DeMent, now a freshman at the University of Arizona. “I chose the dual enrollment so my credits would transfer to the University. I was interested in Spanish and was excited to get a head start.”

With parental permission, high school students can take online classes through Rio Salado College to supplement their associate degree even if their high school does not have a dual enrollment partnership established.

“We love seeing the success and excitement of our students who earn an associate degree from Rio Salado and three weeks later graduate from high school,” Anderson said.

DeMent applied her associate degree credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

“With the amount of credit I have received, I can take higher level classes as a college freshman,” DeMent said. “It was worth it in the end. It saved my parents a lot of money, and helped me get ahead. I think I can now earn my master’s degree in four years.”

In 2004, Rio Salado was one of four colleges and universities to earn accreditation with the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP), the sole accrediting body for high school dual enrollment programs. Rio Salado was reaccredited by NACEP in 2011 and is still the only college in Arizona to have earned this distinction.

“Dual Enrollment program has really flourished in the past few years as students, parents, teachers and administrators see the incredible benefits of students earning college credits while still in high school,” Anderson said.

Dual enrollment credits transfer to all Arizona public colleges and universities, as well as many public and private colleges and universities outside of Arizona.

Registration for spring dual enrollment classes begins in January. To learn more visit www.riosalado.edu/dual.

This story can also be found in the Nov. 15, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Photo: Rio Salado Dual Enrollment Site Coordinator Claudia Bermudez (left) and Director of Community Partnerships EJ Anderson (right) stand alongside dual enrollment graduates from May 2014.  Learn more about this 2014 class in RioNews.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

ABC 15 Sonoran Living Features Rio Grad

photo of Ken in the kitchen cooking

Ken Leonard, a graduate of Rio Salado's Sustainable Foods Systems Program, runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association, a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. 

You can learn more about Ken in the latest issue of Maricopa Matters.

Ken was featured on ABC 15's Sonoran Living Live Monday, Nov. 24, with Director of Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems Program and Cafe @ Rio Michael Hodgins. 

View the full video, and read more about Rio Salado's Sustainable Food System Program on the Sonoran Living Live website.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Fastest Way to Process Your Refunds

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Take advantage of the Maricopa One Card-- an easy way to speed up the processing of your financial aid awards, book advances, cash payments, check payments, payment plan payments and scholarships.  

Learn more and enroll online right now. 

International Ed Week Documentaries & Photos

still image from Destination America documentary, image of 18th century immigrants on a ship

We're wrapping up International Education Week with a series of documentaries from the Rio Salado College Library, which will be shown in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Destination America: The People & Cultures that created a Nation

Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio

9 to 5 No Longer

You can also access these films online right now if you're logged into RioLearn.

Photo of participants dressed in colorful traditional dress from India and dancing

Enjoy snapshots from our week-long festivities on Facebook

This has been an enriching cultural week. Thank you for your participation. 

Federal Work Study Jobs at Rio Salado

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Rio Salado College has several, part-time student Federal Work Study (FWS) job opportunities.  We hope you will consider joining our winning team.

To be eligible, you must:
  • Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 
  • Complete a verification process (if required) 
  • Complete all “to do” items in your my.maricopa.edu Student Center section 
  • Demonstrate financial need (Awards are based on the student need and can vary. Maximum award for 2014-15 is $2,500/semester)
  • Have U.S. citizenship, U.S. national residency or permanent residence with an Alien Registration card 
  • Enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours
  • Work a maximum of 20-hours per week while school is in session
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Enroll as a degree-seeker at Rio Salado College   

Federal Work Study opportunities are based on student need and do not have to be repaid.

For a list of job openings, visit www.riosalado.edu/jobs and look for listings under Part-Time Student Federal Work Study Opportunities.

For more information, contact Jose Robles at jose.robles@riosalado.edu.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

New Titles at the Rio Salado Library

Book cover for China Dolls by Lisa See
Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!



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.

Culture of India Brown Bag Presentation

Join us as we celebrate the fourth day of International Education Week. Today, we journey to India for a brown bag presentation, Indian food specialties and a selection of international documentaries.

Culture of India Brown Bag Presentation
Join Rio’s own Harpreet Maan and her friend Rashmi Kwatra for a “Celebration
of India” cultural presentation. The brown bag takes place from 11:30 a.m. –
1 p.m. in the Café at Rio Dining Room.

Indian Food Specialties in the Café @ Rio:
Curried vegetable kabobs with lamb meatballs, rice Birianni, and cucumber yogurt salad.

International Documentaries:
The following Rio Salado College Library documentaries will be shown in the Café @ Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m:

•    A Most Unlikely Hero
•    My Mother India
•    Geronimo and the Apache Resistance

They are also available online to staff and students who are logged into RioLearn.

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Immerse yourself in culture this week and take advantage of all the unique activities. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Bill Gates Reflects on Visit with Rio Students

image of Shawn Lee and Bill Gates

Bill Gates visited Rio Salado earlier this month to learn about the college's progress with a student success initiative called RioAchieve-- and to meet with students to learn about their successes and challenges.   

Gates took to his blog today to reflect on that visit and his meetings with Rio Salado students like Shawn Lee. This heartwarming video profile produced by the Gates team features Lee as he discusses his life, his hardships, his inspirations-- and what he hopes to achieve as a Rio Salado student. 

You can learn more about the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation visit to Rio Salado in this RioNews feature.

International Flair Day & Salsa A’Fare Contest!

image of flags from different countries displayed in the front reception area of Rio Salado Tempe headquarters
Bring your own culture to life by dressing in the traditional style of your heritage during today's International Education Week celebration.

Then join us for our Salsa A’Fare Contest!
Sample salsas made by Rio Salado employees and vote for your favorites! The top three vote getters will receive prizes.

image of colorful yummy salsa
Tasting takes place from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Café at Rio dining room.

Café at Rio Mexican Food Specialties
“Torta Del Rey” jamon, citrus roasted chicken, queso fresco and jalapeno aioli ($5.95)

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Special Thanks to German School Phoenix

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A special thank you to Dierk Seeburg and Doris Neyestani of the German School Phoenix for an engaging presentation about German history and culture.

image of workshop with Rio Employees at the Rio Conference Center
We appreciate your participation in our International Education Week festivities.

For more information, visit germanschoolphoenix.org.

Enjoy a 10% Discount at the Cafe @ Rio!

Talk about a bargain! 
Enjoy a 10% discount on all of your purchases with the Café at Rio Gift Card. 

It's a quick and easy way to save money. 

Check out the latest Café specials and news by visiting our online menu and Café Facebook page. 

Day Two: International Education Week

Join us as we begin day two of our International Education Week celebrations. Today, we explore the many wonders of Germany through an engaging presentation and trademark lunch special.

German Culture Brown Bag Presentation
Join Dierk Seeburg and Doris Neyestani of the German School Phoenix, for a  presentation on German culture. The brown bag takes place from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Rio Amphitheater, outside the Café at Rio.

Dierk Seeburg, director of the German School Phoenix, grew up in Marburg, Germany, and came to the U.S. via the German American Exchange Student Club scholarship program. He attended Bowling Green State University (BGSU) where he received an M.S. degree, and also holds a college teaching certificate from Maricopa Community Colleges.

Doris Neyestani comes from Hamburg, Germany. She recently joined the German School Phoenix faculty. She has an M.A. in German from Arizona State University and an M.A. in Professional Clinical Counseling from Ottawa University.

German Food Specialties in the Café @ Rio:
German style brats, sauerkraut, caramelized onions, potato salad ($5.95)

International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide, and is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education.

Immerse yourself in culture this week and take advantage of all the unique activities.