Friday, March 27, 2015

Personalized Learning Trumps All

March/April 2015 cover of eCampus News

The March/April 2015 edition of @ecampusnews features a column entitled, College Presidents Predict New Institutional Models, which includes perspectives from Rio Salado President Dr. Chris Bustamante. 

You can read Dr. Bustamante's article about the subject, Personalized Learning Trumps All on page 10 of the online issue.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Featured Library Resource: History Magazine

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History Magazine features stories of exploration, invention, innovation and conflict. It also examines the development of government, medicine, technology, trade, the arts, and the art of war.

If you consider history to be a dull and dry topic, give History Magazine a chance. The stories reveal little known facts about historical figures and events that shine a light on our shared humanity and connect us in a meaningful way to the past.

Check it out!

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

GULP to Improve Memory

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College students often mention that it is difficult to retain the academic content taught in their courses due to the significant amount of information assigned by their instructors. Frequently, students reference their ineffective memorization skills as one of their weaknesses and challenges during studying and exams.

One technique offered by Pepperdine University called GULP, offers a structured way to assist students with improving their memorization abilities.

G stands for “Get It” and involves applying active listening, awareness, and attention to the present.

U signifies “Use It” and pertains to utilizing the information you just learned by replicating the material through, writing, singing, acting, and/or sheer repetition.

L applies to “Link It” and refers to connecting the information with something currently familiar to you at the present time such as a person, place, or thing.

P pertains to “Picture It” and requires you to visualize the concept coming alive and incorporate the five senses, touch, smell, hear, sight, and taste.

The GULP technique allows you to begin to personalize the information you are learning and create an engaging learning environment with material that may seem uninteresting at first.

Students often quote a link to dull or unexciting coursework with the inability to focus and retain the information they are required to learn. GULP introduces a fun strategy for college students to try to enhance their memorization abilities.

Written by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals. Reference: Pepperdine University. (2015)

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation April 1

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Rio Salado’s Teacher-In-Residence intern program provides a convenient and cost-effective way for students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree to transition into and launch a teaching career—with paid employment opportunities in the classroom— so students can apply what they learn and earn an income while they complete their certification coursework.

Are you ready to follow the calling?

Join us for our Teacher-In-Residence Orientation April 1 
Rio Salado College Conference Center
2323 West 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281
6-7 p.m.

RSVP: Click here to let us know you will attend! 

You will have a chance to learn about:
  • Rio Salado Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process
  • Answers to any other related questions you may have

We look forward to meeting you there! 

Eager to learn more now? Visit our web page and give us a ring at 480-517-8140.

ASU Transfer Webinar March 30

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Learn about transferring to Arizona State University in our 30-minute webinar.

You’ll get information about ASU, including admission requirements, pathway programs (MAPP), and important dates and deadlines for fall and spring.

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You can ask ASU Transfer Specialist Ally Archer questions during the webinar through live chat. 

Here is the link to the webinar:

To view the presentation you’ll need to create a login. We recommend making it firstnamelastname.

Webinar: Transferring from Rio Salado to ASU
Monday, March 30, 2015
12 – 12:30 p.m.

News courtesy of Rio Salado Academic Advisement

Rio Announces Choice for New Mascot

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After weeks of reviewing entries, tallying votes and deliberation, Rio Salado College has decided on a new mascot concept.

“We are the Rio Waves,” announced Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante at today’s college wide meeting for staff at the Tempe headquarters.

While the actual Rio Wave mascot and name are still in development, the inspiration is clear.

The Rio Waves will help us tell our story by representing the water of the Salt River and how the college cuts through barriers and navigates around obstacles in order to find innovative ways to serve non-traditional students,” said Bustamante.

The process has drawn quite a bit of community engagement.

The college invited the public to submit mascot concepts last January, which motivated 134 people to submit more than 200 ideas, including things like the Salty Dogs, Sun Storks, Rio Salt Shakers, Rip Tides and Beach Buoys.

After sorting through the most popular entries, the college Mascot Committee chose seven finalists: Beaver, Mouse, Raven, River Rat, Roadrunner, Surfer and Wave/Splash.

The college called on the public to choose the final three. More than 1,300 people responded and narrowed the search to: Raven, Roadrunner and Wave/Splash.

The college Mascot Committee and Executive Team decided the Rio Waves was the clear choice.

 Bustamante receives top secret briefcase with final decision.

The committee was comprised of faculty, staff and students. Their primary objective: to find a mascot that relates to Rio Salado’s unique mission, flexible learning format, innovative practices and college culture.

Artists from the college’s Institutional Advancement creative services unit are already drafting design concepts for a Rio Wave mascot. Once complete, the college will call on the public once again to help name the mascot.

One thing is likely certain, the mascot will be responsible for leading event attendees in the wave!

Rio Salado employees practicing the wave at college wide meeting today.

This clever video highlights Rio Salado staff predictions and President Chris Bustamante's declaration of what the mascot will be.

Monday, March 23, 2015

What’s your story? We invite you to share it.

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Each year, we feature some of our best and brightest graduates in commencement ceremonies, social media channels, videos, publications, advertisements and news stories we share with local media. Why? Because they’re engaging, informative and inspirational.

We invite Rio Salado 2015 grads to share their stories.

Interested? Then submit a photo, a 250-500 word narrative that highlights your life and educational journey-- and how people can benefit from hearing your story. We would also like for you to include your favorite quote.

We will review entries and call on the top 10 students who have shared the most compelling stories to take part in a photo shoot and interview on Friday, April 10. Students will be scheduled sometime between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

You can submit your entries via email to  Please include Rio Salado 2015 Grad Story in headline.

Who better to talk about the student experience than you?

Your stories provide invaluable advice, guidance and inspiration for other students-- and our staff here at Rio Salado, who can apply what they learn from you to help other students succeed.

We appreciate your participation and look forward to reading your submissions.


Featured Library Database: Britannica Image Quest

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It contains fast access to millions of images that can be used for educational purposes.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Rio Testing Centers Serve as CLEP Leader

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The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) helps you receive college credits for what you already know through exams that assess subject matter proficiency-- for a fraction of the cost of a college course.

Rio Salado’s nine Testing Centers offer all 33 CLEP exams. Learn more about ‪#‎CLEP‬ and Rio Salado Testing Centers in this online profile by the College Board, which has recognized Rio Salado since 2002 as a Top 100 CLEP® testing center.

Pictured above is Angie Valencia from our Tempe Testing Center who is ready to help you get started.

Here's another blog post to provide you with additional details about Rio Salado's Testing Centers and how we can be of service to you.

Free Workshops for Veterans in April

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Take advantage of these Free workshops at the East Valley Veterans Education Center this April.

RSVP Required. Reserve Your Seat Now.

Financial Literacy Workshop
Wednesday, April 8, 5:30 p.m. 
Presented by Five Rings Financial to help you set financial goals, manage credit and debt, protect yourself against identify theft and find ways to save and invest while managing risk. Group and individual Q&A sessions will follow presentation. Complementary literature and workbooks provided free of charge.

Employable Skills & Readiness Workshop

Thursday, April 16, 4 p.m. 
Presented by the Maricopa Workforce Connection to provide strategies on how to improve your resume, enhance your interviewing and networking skills and capitalize on your military experience as part of the civilian workforce.

VA OEF/OIF/OND Veteran Informational Presentation
Wednesday, April 22, 5 p.m. 
Presented by VA patient advocates, who will provide information about VA benefits, vocational rehabilitation, filing disability claims, medical care and more. They will also help you register with the VA Medical Center and set appointments with counselors. Complementary literature provided free of charge

Where: EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Road, Tempe, AZ 85282

More Information: 480-384-9850 /

Classes available free of charge to veterans and their families.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Summer & Fall Registration Begins Monday

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New students can begin registering for summer and fall 2015 classes on Monday, March 23. 

Explore our online catalog now to see which of our 600+ online classes work with your schedule.

Not enrolled yet, get started at

Read & Learn More Effectively

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Inundated with facts and having difficulty with retention?  You're not alone. The SQ3R reading method is designed to help you read and learn more effectively.

Visit Study Guides and Strategies and Mind Tools for details on how to apply and make SQ3R strategies work for you.

Shared by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Free ASU VUB Classes for Veterans @ EVVEC

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The Veterans Upward Bound Project (VUB) at Arizona State University (ASU) is a federally funded educational program designed to motivate and assist veterans as they pursue higher education.

Among the benefits available through this program are free, in-person classes to help strengthen academic skills-- with one-on-one instruction and tutoring-- and help with college planning, financial literacy, career guidance and more.
Take advantage of free in-person classes that will help you with the fundamentals of English, computers and mathematics at the East Valley Veterans Education Center in Tempe, 2-4 p.m.

3rd Friday of each Month
English and Computers
English and Computers
Workshops.  Topics Vary.

Classes are non-graded with open-entry start dates.

Here is a listing of all ASU VUB classes available across the Valley:

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

EVVEC and RSC Southern Remain Closed 3/18

UPDATE: Due to the earlier situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will remain closed today, Wednesday, March 18.  

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – to benefit fully from the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system.  Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Alert: RSC Locations in Lockdown

UPDATE: Due to the ongoing situation in Mesa, the Rio Salado College Southern location and EVVEC will be closed for the remainder of the day, Wednesday, March 18.  

Rio Salado College Southern and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are in lockdown due to a police situation in Mesa. Please avoid the area until further notice.

Keep your contact information updated in – especially mobile devices and e-mail addresses – in order to fully utilize the Maricopa Emergency Messaging System (MEMS) Alert system. Manage your alerts through Rave here.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

SIS Down March 19, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

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We apologize for the short notice but there will be a Student Information System (SIS) outage on Thursday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., to facilitate upgrades.

This will affect all student self-service options including adding/dropping classes, resetting passwords and more-- so please plan accordingly.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and RioLearn will be available for use.

Please also take note of our scheduled RioLearn outage on Friday, March 20 and Spring Break college closures. Visit this blog page for additional details. 

We appreciate your patience during this necessary maintenance. 

3/26 Future Leaders Town Hall: Transportation

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Take part in a lively discussion about transportation in Arizona during the next Future Leaders Town Hall at the Rio Salado Conference Center March 26.

Join other student leaders from across our state to address problems and potential solutions to Arizona's ever-changing transportation needs.

Keynote Speaker:  

Deron Lozano 
Senior Transit Planner & Project Manager

Future Leaders Town Hall #8:
Transportation & Arizona
Friday, March 27
3:30-5:30 p.m.
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Discussions will also be hosted at satellite locations throughout the state. Check this event page for the latest listings and updates:

We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with university, college and high school students. Your solutions can change Arizona-- for the better.

This event is made possible by Arizona Town Hall and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

Rio Salado Mascot Announced March 24

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T-minus one week until we announce what the Rio Salado mascot will be! 

Survey participants and our mascot committee have narrowed down the search to three finalists: a Roadrunner, Raven or a Wave

Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante will make the official announcement during a college-wide meeting on Tuesday, March 24 at 10:15 a.m.

We will share the verdict immediately afterward via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, RioNews and this web page.

We look forward to sharing this exciting news with you!