Friday, April 24, 2015

In the Spotlight: Rio Salado PTK

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Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had a lot to celebrate this spring.

group shot of Rio Salado PTK advisors and members accepting chapter award

The PTK chapter attended the Arizona Regional Convention hosted by Paradise Valley Community College, March 27-28 and came home with several awards.

Chapter awards:
•    Five Star Level (highest level possible)
•    A Distinguished Arizona Chapter
•    Honors-in-Action Project Award
•    Honors-in-Action Award for Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
Individual Awards:
•    John Field - For serving as Arizona Region PTK President
•    Roberta Albinda  - Named an Outstanding Chapter Officer
•    Bethany Kartchner - Named an Outstanding Chapter Member
•    Melanie Abts - Outstanding Chapter Advisor

group shot from induction ceremony.  Above on screen is a quote: "Never stop looking for opportunities for personal and professional development, and pass on the wisidom you've learned.

On April 10, the PTK chapter hosted a reception and induction ceremony for 34 new students. Student President Lori Beasley presented open remarks and a program overview and then joined student leaders John Field and Jake Denison to induct the new members. You can view, upload and tag photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Image of Melanie Abts at podium.

Rio Salado Counseling Faculty Chair and PTK Advisor Dr. Melanie Abts was among 30 PTK advisors honored with a Paragon Award for New Advisors during the April 2015 NerdNation convention in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes advisors who have served less than four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of their chapter members.

On a side note, Arizona Regional PTK President John Field was chosen to serve as Rio Salado's 2015 Commencement student speaker on May 5

There are many benefits to joining PTK. It's a great way to engage in activities that will help you become more successful in the classroom and in life-- while you help others through service.

For additional details visit our PTK web page or contact PTK Advisor John Bastian at or 480-517-8656.

2014-15 Officers
  • President – Lori Beasley
  • Chair of Administration and Hallmarks – John Williams
  • Chair of College Project - Vanessa Williams
  • Chair of Honors in Action – Roberta Albinda
  • Officer at Large – John Field

Early Childhood Ed Scholarship

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14th Annual Bright Futures Scholarship Provides Help to Aspiring Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teachers

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Bright Horizons® has launched its 2015 Bright Futures program and developed an award to encourage students of great promise to continue pursuing their dreams of teaching young children.

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled in a program in ECE or related field. Students must also have completed a minimum level of coursework in their program. See application for complete requirements.

Get started  now. 

All applications are due June 10.

Bright Horizons Family Solutions is the world’s leading provider of employer-sponsored early care, education and work/life solutions. With centers around the world, Bright Horizons is the partner of choice for hundreds of organizations, including more than 80 Fortune 500 firms and has been named fifteen times as one of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For."

Learn more about Rio Salado's Online Early Childhood & Human Development certificate and degree programs by visiting this web page.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

4 Steps to Transfer Your Online Degree

Snapshot from U.S. News web landing page for this story: "4 Steps to Transfer Online Associate Credits to a 4-Year Online Program.

It literally pays to talk to your academic advisor-- especially if you're an online community college student transferring to a four-year online institution. 

This online story by U.S. News & World Report education reporter Ian Quillen emphasizes the steps you should take before transferring. Included are perspectives from Rio Salado Director of Academic Advisement David Hall.

Rio Salado's articulation agreements with Arizona's three public universities and 40+ university partners make it easy to transfer. Call on an academic advisor now to see what you need to do to prepare.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Mascot Name Contest - Vote Now!

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Three mascot name finalists have been chosen!

Vote for your favorite between now and April 27.

Cast your vote now!

Celebrate Earth Day in Tempe

Image of Hodgins in the Rio Salado sustainable garden

Check out the City of Tempe's Earth Day Expo today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe City Hall with Rio Salado Director of Sustainable Food Systems Michael Hodgins.

Hodgins will talk about the college’s Sustainable Food Systems program and share tips on how to make sustainable growing and eating a part of your lifestyle.

Image of Tempe Public Works Department Earth Day logo: globe surrounded by green arrows and flora

Here are some other City of Tempe Earth Day events to consider attending:

Rio Salado College is committed to its Sustainability Pledge.  The college has incorporated sustainability as a core value and has developed several programs and practices that embrace the sociocultural, environmental and economic facets of sustainability.

It’s not just a matter of teaching others how to be sustainable. Rio Salado strives to be a leader in environmental responsibility by incorporating earth-friendly practices throughout its daily operations.

We hope you join us in this effort.

Happy Earth Day.

Interested in a career in Sustainable Food Systems? Visit this web page for more details about our program. 

Mascot Naming Contest Update

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Thanks to everyone who participated in our mascot naming contest. We received 250 unique entries!

Our mascot selection committee is busily narrowing down entries to 3 finalists. Once announced, you will have the chance to vote for your favorite name. Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

RSC Bookstore Flash Sale, April 21-22

Graphic reads: 25% off, two days only. Flash sale!
Take advantage of the Rio Salado Bookstore sale-- online and in-store, April 21-22.

Shop now and receive 25% off:
  • T-shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Bags
  • Totes
  • Drink-ware
  • Hats
  • Pad folios
  • Legal pads
  • School logo notebooks, binders and folders
  • Clearance items

Rio Salado Bookstore
at the Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Shop the Rio Salado online bookstore now.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation, May 12

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Join us for a free orientation session to learn how you can become an Art Education, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary or Special Education teacher-- and get paid while you learn to teach.

Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence (TIR) intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into a K-12 teaching career.

Through paid employment opportunities in the classroom, students can earn an income while completing the certification coursework. The program can be completed in two years.

When: Tuesday, May 12
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
Time: 6-7:30 p.m.
RSVP now

Attendees will learn about:
  • Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process

Visit our Teacher-In-Residence web page or call (480) 517-8140 to learn more.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

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Join us for the Early Childhood & Human Development Program open house, on Thursday, April 23, at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

The open house will provide information about our certificate and degree programs and other professional development opportunities available.

When: April 23, 2015
The Communiversity at QC
21740 S. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Time: 5:30 -7 p.m.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Enjoy appetizers and non-alcoholic drinks
  • Meet the Rio Salado Early Childhood and Human Development program team
  • Network with your colleagues
  • Tour our Queen Creek facilities

Please RSVP by April 21 to 
or by phone at 480-517-8818.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

ASU Transfer Workshop, April 21

You're invited: ASU Transfer Workshop. Image shows girls making an ASU devil fork symbol.
RSVP for the next ASU Transfer Workshop, Tuesday, April 21, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Rio Conference Center.
Learn how you can make the move to Arizona State University in the easiest, most efficient way possible. The workshop will provide information on:

  • The Maricopa to ASU Pathways Program (MAPP)— what it is, how Rio Salado guarantees admission and how it can save you money and time toward your bachelor’s degree
  • How to prepare for a smooth transition to ASU
  • How your transfer specialist can support you before you even apply to ASU
Get answers to all your questions about transferring to ASU, and find out how we can be a helpful partner in your success.