Thursday, October 23, 2014

UNITE with Rio Salado to End Hunger

Who's hungry in Maricopa County?  82,000 Valley households don't know where their next meal is coming from.  That's enough refrigerators to reach rim-to-rim and back again at the Grand Canyon.  Enough Dinner Tables to reach the top of Camelback Mountain, 130 Times!  According to a 2010 US Census Bureau, the average houehold in Arizona has 2.63 occupants.  That's enough people to fill a city almost as big as Scottsdale or fill Chase Field-- Five Times.  Sign up to end Hunger at
We are pleased to announce that the United Way has already reached its volunteer capacity for the World Record Event to End Hunger! We truly appreciate your participation.

You're welcome to join us as a spectator at the event to cheer us on and celebrate this momentous occasion. We cannot, however, guarantee you a spot inside of the official Guinness "attempt area" for the backpack assembly.

The event takes place Sat. Oct. 25 from 12-3 p.m. at ASU's Band Practice Field at 511 S. Rural Rd. The event starts at noon, and the attempt happens 2-3 p.m. (parking will be limited, please car pool).

Other Ways to Help:
The goal of this year's United Way fall campaign is to end hunger once and for all in Maricopa County, which effects 82,000 Valley households.  

Food Drive
Drop off food donations at Rio Salado locations across the Valley by Friday, Oct. 24. Suggested Items: Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables or Fruit, Rice, Pasta, Beans. No glass please. 

Make a monetary contribution that works with your budget.

Be the One to make a difference.  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

SIS Access Update and Outage Oct. 23

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You maybe experiencing issues logging into SIS or experiencing intermittent access issues. Our Maricopa Colleges ITS teams are working to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.

Please note, SIS will not be available Thursday, Oct. 23, 7-9 p.m. for maintenance and repairs.

We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this.

College Connect Workshop for High School Students

Attention high school students: register for the next City of Tempe L.I.F.T. workshop at the Tempe Public Library on Saturday, November 1. This community-based program is specifically designed to help you fulfill your dream of a post-secondary education.

The next session will focus on funding your college career. 

Visit for more details.

Students attending the workshop will be entered in a drawing to win one of five $250 scholarships.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Rio Salado Bookstore Sale Oct. 21-22

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The Rio Salado College Bookstore sale takes place online and in-store, October 21-22. 

Save 25% on all hooded sweatshirts, sweatpants, blankets, writing instruments, tailgate merchandise, tech accessories and even earbuds! 

Help End Hunger in Maricopa County

United Way logo for World Record to End Hunger event, 10/25/14.
Join Rio Salado, the Maricopa Community Colleges and Valley of the Sun United Way to help end hunger in Maricopa County.

Whether you GIVE, ADVOCATE or VOLUNTEER—every action you take will make a difference.

On any given day in Maricopa County, 82,000 households struggle with chronic hunger, which means they may not know where they’re going to get their next meal. Valley of the Sun United Way and partners like the Association of Arizona Food Banks, the Arizona Diamondbacks and Rio Salado are working together to help families meet their daily food needs-- while creating change to end hunger once and for all.

We hope you'll join us in tackling this bold goal by taking part in one of the following activities during the remainder of Hunger Action Week, October 20 - 24.

Food Drive - October 20-24
Look for the white United Way food boxes at Rio Salado locations across the Valley and drop off non-perishable food items the rest of this week, until Oct. 24.

Suggested Items: Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables or Fruit, Rice, Pasta, Beans. No glass please.

Guinness World Record to End Hunger for Local Kids Volunteer Event October 25, 12-3 p.m.
UNITE with Rio Salado College, Valley of the Sun United Way and 2,000 of our closest friends as we try to break the Guinness Book of World Record® for the most Weekend Hunger Backpacks assembled in three minutes.

The assembled hunger relief kits will be distributed to more than 500 children each week. These children have been identified as chronically hungry, and face even greater hardships when school is out of session and on weekends.

You MUST register in advance with Valley of the Sun United Way to take part. 

Give – Any time!
Make a donation that works with your budget. It’s quick, easy and may come with tax benefits—while creating profound change in your community.

It has become an annual tradition for Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges to take part in a fall fundraising campaign on behalf of the Valley of the Sun United Way and in support of the many programs and services it provides. This year, we’re focusing our efforts in support of the United Way's mission to Help End Hunger in Maricopa County. 

Be the One to make a difference.  

Monday, October 20, 2014

How to Sell Yourself & Your Company Workshop

Header for Workshop: How to Sell Yourself and Your Company: a Breakfast Discussion with Nancy Sanders.  A Rio Salado College Business Education Seminar

What comes to mind when you hear the word “salesperson”?  Last year’s Gallop poll ranked “car salespeople” among the least honest professions in the country, a step above members of Congress and lobbyists. How can ethical business professionals put their customers at ease about the sales process?

Valley entrepreneurs, business owners and sales professionals will have an opportunity to learn key skills to effectively market or “sell” themselves and their organizations during a community breakfast and workshop led by award-winning marketing expert, author and business owner Nancy Sanders on Thursday, Nov. 6, 7-9 a.m. at Rio Salado College Southern in Tempe.

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Sanders, who is also serving as the newly appointed Regional Center Director for the Maricopa Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will focus her hour-long discussion on developing a personal sales plan, creating value within your network and effective use of non-verbal communications.

Sanders has generated millions of dollars in revenue and profits for both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies by building strong relationships, creating value for her clients and implementing simple marketing strategies.

“Marketing and sales can be easy,” said Sanders, who is the founder of Galaxy Consulting Services and Three Dog Marketing. Her goal now is to help guide Valley businesses toward success.

This is the second in a series of four workshops presented by Rio Salado College, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce and the Maricopa Small Business Development Center as part of Rio Salado’s 2014-15 Business Education Seminar Series, which is designed to address topics that are important to Tempe small business owners and entrepreneurs.

“We chose this topic in particular because many businesses overlook the importance of sales in their operations,” said Rio Salado’s Director of Business and Industry Partnership Mike Crusa. “A lot of new start-ups think the product or service will sell itself. You can have the best product on the planet but if you don’t have solid sales principles, practices and strategies in place-- you’re setting yourself up for failure.”

Crusa said Sanders will impart tips and success strategies that work, and that most people can use. “Everyone sells something or another-- but not everyone does it well. Nancy will show how easy and fun it can be—when you have the right mindset and intention.”

How to Sell Yourself and Your Company
Breakfast Discussion with Nancy Sanders

November 6, 2014
7-9 a.m.
Rio Salado College - Southern

3320 S Price Rd., Tempe, AZ 85282

7 - 7:30 a.m. Registration
7:30 - 8 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8-9 a.m. Program (ends promptly at 9)

Open to the public. Cost: $10 (cash only, please)
Free to students and lifelong learners 55+

For event details and to reserve your seat, contact Mike Crusa at or 480-377-4167.

Image with Rio Salado College, Tempe Chamber of Commerce, SBDC logos and illustrations of brainstorming

Complete Survery & Enter to Win $150 Gift Card

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Take part in our annual Maricopa Community Colleges Media Preferences Survey and enter to win one $150 Amazon gift card.  Deadline is Nov. 7.

Visit for details.

Featured Library Database: Films on Demand

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Films on Demand is a database that provides access to nearly 20,000 streaming videos appropriate for academic research. Videos can be watched in their entirety, or as individual segments, on your computer.

Check out the recently added title Ebola: The Search for a Cure for a compelling look at efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

5 Successful Time Management Tips

5 Steps to Successful Time Management 1. Create a semester calendar to record when all of your exams, quizzes, papers and finals are due. 2. Choose specific times each day to work on each class. 3.Keep your classwork with you.  If you find yourself with extra time, you can get something done.  4. Prioritize your time.  Sometimes you have to learn to say no. 5. Take time for yourself.
Here are some simple steps to help you manage your time effectively. 

Share your student success strategies.

#timemanagement #5steps #prioritize #organize #plan #iwillgraduate

Cyber Security Awareness Month Lesson 2

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Today's National Cyber Security Awareness Month lesson: 

Be careful about sharing personal data when participating on social networks.

Watch this video for helpful tips.
Stop. Think. Connect.  

One Application for Multiple Scholarships

Maricopa Scholarships One Application Poster for Spring 2015. More details below and at
Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is now accepting applications for Spring 2015. Complete one application for multiple scholarships.

Apply now. Applications close November 15th.

Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation Scholarships are privately funded and open to all Maricopa Community College students. A Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is not required to apply.

Foundation scholarship applications open twice a year. Students are able to create an account and apply for scholarships online during two application periods, once during the Fall semester and once during the Spring semester. An email notification with specific application dates will be sent to students, staff and faculty each term prior to the application period.

Foundation scholarship applications are reviewed by Maricopa Community Colleges faculty, staff, scholarship donors and community volunteers. Award and denial notifications are sent via email. Awards are generally posted at the start of each semester.

Check the status of your Fall 2014 applications. 

Volunteer to be a scholarship application reviewer.

Learn more at

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Improving Student Information Literacy Skills

High five to the Rio Salado Library team for its efforts to improve students’ Information Literacy skills!

In 2010, when Information Literacy was formally adopted as a college-wide student learning outcome, the Library Faculty Chair began collecting baseline data on students’ online research proficiency by administering the Research Readiness Self-Assessment (RRSA). This test measured how well students could obtain and evaluate online information, as well as their understanding of plagiarism.

Baseline data indicated that students were performing below college-level (college-level is defined as 70% or better). Armed with these data, the Library Program developed and initiated several interventions to help improve Information Literacy student outcomes.

In cooperation with Faculty Chairs, all online course syllabi were modified to include links and information for library resources and services. Additionally, the Library Instructional Coordinator assisted with the design or modification of content and assignments in 31 online courses across disciplines to require more rigorous research, and the use of qualitative, validated library materials in lieu of “Googling.”

After the interventions were in place, Rio Salado students scored higher in all Information Literacy categories. 

The overall score of the pre-intervention cohort was 67.87%, while the post-intervention cohort scored 71.1%. This score exceeded the college-level benchmark, and demonstrated that the interventions were a success!

The library team continues to explore ways to further develop students’ information literacy skills and to prepare them for success in college and beyond. 

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.  

Image by rdubois under a CC-BY-NC-SA license.  

Monday, October 13, 2014

Affordable Dental Clinic Services for You

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When was the last time you had a dental exam and cleaning?

The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public-- while giving students practical educational experiences.

The clinic opened in late spring at its new location in Tempe, AZ. It features 20 patient chairs, six X-ray units, an instrument processing room and serves as an instructional lab where dental hygiene and dental assisting students gain hands-on experience working in a clinic setting.

Photo of Holly Harper
“Patients are very happy when they leave our clinic because they know they have had the best treatment possible,” said Holly Harper, Rio Salado’s Faculty Chair of Dental Programs.

“Rio Salado has one of the best dental hygiene programs in the nation. Our Clinical Dental Assisting Program is a unique combination of online and in person. It is one of three programs in the State of Arizona that is accredited."

The clinic can accommodate as many as 20 patients, with an equal number of dental hygiene students and dental assisting students during clinic hours. The students work under the supervision of licensed dentists, registered dental hygienists and certified dental assistants.

Services offered include: blood pressure screening, oral examination, X-rays, cleaning and polishing, fluoride application, gum disease screening, oral hygiene instruction, and other selected services, including sealants and dietary counseling. Services are available to adults and children 4-years of age and older.

Patients should visit their family dentist for other needs such as major restorative work and surgeries. The clinic can provide patients with a list of community dental clinics if they do not already have a dentist.

In addition to the quality services provided by students, patients benefit from an affordable pricing structure.
“Rio Salado's dental clinic provides the best dental hygiene treatment possible, at a reduced fee for the patients,” Harper said. Currently, fees range from $25-35 depending on the age of the patient.

The Rio Salado College Dental Clinic is located at 2250 W. 14th Street in Tempe. Clinic hours and appointments may vary. All new patients must have a screening visit prior to a dental hygiene appointment. To schedule a screening appointment, call (480) 377-4100.

For more information, visit 

This story can also be found in the October 11, 2014 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.