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 and 22.

Shop now and receive 25% off all:

  • T-shirts
  • Backpacks
  • Bags
  • Totes
  • Drinkware
  • Hats
  • Pad folios
  • Legal pads
  • School logo notebooks, binders and folders
  • Clearance items

Visit Rio Salado's bookstore now.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Teacher-In-Residence Orientation, May 12

image reads: I want to be a teacher now. graphic shows image of a young student.
Join us to learn about exciting opportunities to become an Art Education, Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education Teacher!

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
6-7:30 p.m.
Attendees will learn about:
  • Teacher-In-Residence Program requirements
  • Program expectations and support
  • Registration process
To register and for more information, please go to: www.riosalado.edu/tirorientation
For questions, please call (480) 517-8140

Friday, April 17, 2015

Early Childhood Open House, April 23

group of young children lie in a circle with their heads touching.

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 alyne.lijewski@riosalado.edu 
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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Help Name the Rio Waves Mascot!

illustration of new mascto to name.  Cute, blue character with pixalated round face and Rio waves for head of hair.  Holding card that reads: "My name is???"

Rio Salado has decided on a new mascot-- The Rio Waves!  
Now it's time to help us name it!

We’re seeking a name that represents our unique brand as pioneers, relates to our name – Rio Salado (Salt River), and represents us as a college that finds innovative solutions and cuts through barriers.

The mascot represents educational access for all through flexibility, adaptability, affordability and accountability.

The Rio Wave is gender-neutral, friendly, helpful, and most of all serves as an ambassador for all Rio students, staff and faculty.

Please submit your gender-neutral name suggestion for our new mascot to: mascot@riosalado.edu by midnight, April 20.

Visit this RioNews blog for additional details and back story about our mascot search and visit this web page for the latest updates.

Are You Ready to Graduate This May?

image from 2014 Commencement

Rio Salado Commencement and Graduation ceremonies are just around the corner. Are you ready?

Visit our Commencement and HSE Graduation web pages for more details about attending these special events.

Rio Commencement
Tuesday, May 5, 2014
Comerica Theatre
400 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Rio HSE Graduation
Monday, May 21, 2014
Orangewood Nazarene Church
7510 N 27th Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85051

Gowns, Caps & Tassels
Graduates participating in the commencement ceremony must wear the official RSC blue gown, cap and 2015 tassel. The $25 commencement fee includes the cost of these items, as well as a diploma cover.

Students can claim their cap and gown between April 8 and May 4, 2015, at the Rio Salado College Tower Building in Tempe during regular business hours. Caps and gowns will not be available onsite. For more information contact Eric Wibbing at 480-517-8156 or eric.wibbing@riosalado.edu.

Photos, DVDs and MCTV
Grad Images will be taking photos during Commencement, which you can purchase online a few weeks after the ceremony. We will provide updates as soon as we know they're ready.

Image of 2014 graduate with President Chris Bustamante

Rio Salado staff photographers will also be taking photos, which we will post to our Facebook page for you to upload and tag.

You will also have an opportunity to purchase a DVD copy of the Commencement and Graduation ceremonies. DVD sales will take place at the events. Cost is $20 and must be paid at the time the order is placed. 

MCTV Cox Channel 115 will be videotaping the ceremonies for broadcast, which will be sometime in late May or June.

We encourage you to share your graduation stories.
  • Use the #RioGrad hashtag in your posts.
  • Join us on Facebook to post photos and comments and to tag photos.
  • Use Google+ and Instagram to share photos and comments.

City of Mesa Councilmembers Visit EVVEC

City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).
On April 7, City of Mesa Councilmembers Kevin Thompson and Chris Glover visited the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) for an informational tour.

The City of Mesa is working to address veteran homelessness so the Councilmembers visited the EVVEC to determine if the city could help provide wrap-around resources and services that could augment their initiative.

Pictured above:
City of Mesa Councilmen Kevin Thompson (right) and Chris Glover (center) tour the EVVEC with Site Coordinator, Troy Friedman (right).

Monday, April 13, 2015

It’s National Library Week!

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National Library Week is April 12 - 18. It's a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers-- and to promote library use and support.

From free access to books and online resources for families to library business centers that help support entrepreneurship and retraining, libraries offer opportunity to all.

Check out the following video to see how libraries have changed in the Internet Age and to be mindful of the value that they continue to add to our communities.

We hope you take advantage of the services available at the Rio Salado Library.

We are pleased to be of service to you!

New Partnership to Serve International Students

Image from World Education Group web home page, students meeting together on a campus.

Rio Salado College is a leading provider of online learning in Maricopa County, and will soon be serving a broader student base thanks to a new partnership between the Tempe-based college and the World Education Group.

The World Education Group recruits foreign students who are interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in the United States through its American University Pathway Program (AUPP).

image of Dr. McGrath

“Rio Salado pursued this partnership to reach out to international students and provide educational opportunities for those in underserved areas,” said Dr. Jennifer McGrath, Rio Salado’s Vice President for Academic Affairs.

While in their home countries, students can earn up to 30 credits of general education studies online with Rio Salado. The students then have the option of taking more classes in person at a Maricopa Community College and transferring to a four-year institution, or transferring directly to an American university.

"Taking their first year of courses online with Rio Salado allows international students the time to get their affairs in order and prepare for moving to the United States while still earning college credit,” McGrath said.

Another benefit to students is cost savings. International students who remain in their home countries and take online classes through Rio Salado for the first two years can save thousands of dollars in tuition, and room and board fees.

“Online classes offer affordability because students don’t have expenses related to on-campus housing and living,” McGrath said.

AUPP operates centers in many countries, so international students have the benefit of a local learning community. Their “full-support learning” model provides mentoring, tutoring, advising, registration and application assistance to ensure student success before relocation to the United States.


During this time, Rio Salado College staff will work hand in hand with AUPP mentors to ensure a smooth advisement and registration process.

"International students can expect the same level of service and support as our students within the United States,” McGrath said. “They will receive the same quality online education which will prepare them for further studies when they arrive.”

AUPP targets high school graduates and senior-level students who have strong academic records and advanced English skills.

Once enrolled, students begin their college coursework with an online orientation followed by an English class. They can then choose from a list of 15-16 course options.

Because Rio Salado College has articulation agreements with 40+ universities nationwide, students can seamlessly transfer their credits toward a bachelor’s degree program.

This story can also be found in the April 11, 2015 edition of the Tempe Republic. By Mira Radovich, Communications Coordinator at Rio Salado College. 

Please note, international students can register directly with Rio Salado College.  Visit this web page for more details about programs and services available to international students.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Military Veteran Women Commemoration

image of the American flag.
Salute our military veteran women in a special commemoration on Thursday, April 16 at Glendale Community College.

Celebrate women who have served, are currently serving or have fallen with honor in service to this country.

RSVP to geeva@gccaz.edu

Military Veteran Women Commemoration
Thursday, April 16
10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Glendale Community College
6000 W Olive Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
Student Union 104 D/E

Event will include food, refreshments and guest speakers.

Taking Notes from Live Lectures

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One of the biggest struggles students face is managing note taking while their instructor is lecturing. Is it necessary to write down every word? Can one pay attention and write at the same time? Can the instructor just hand out his/her notes?

In short: No. Yes. Absolutely not.

The biggest key to capturing the most important information in a lecture is by preparing beforehand. Believe it or not, there’s something to those colorful, expensive rectangles you are lugging around in your backpack.

First, those textbooks can do so much more for you than act as paperweights. Second, those reading assignments given by your instructor are not just archaic torture devices.

In all seriousness, completing reading assignments before class (rather than during and/or after)will do the best job of preparing you for taking notes. 

Think of the reading as a movie preview—reading gives you an idea of what your instructor will be discussing in class and it allows you to anticipate which information is most important.

Most instructors are not going to spend class retelling what is in the book, so if it is mentioned in the book and again in class this is a sign from the testing gods that the information is important.

The reading provides a roadmap for what is key information, but instructors typically have lots of ways they are subtly cluing students into potential test questions.

image shows an unseen person taking notes in a notepad.
The least subtle clue is when instructors write information on the board, put information in a Power Point presentation, or display the information in some way for the entire class to see. 

Things like changing voice inflection, vigorous hand gestures, or varying facial expressions can be more subtle, but still very important clues.

Most instructors have developed a pattern with such things and resourceful students can pick up those patterns within a few weeks of class starting.

Finally, adopt a positive position when it comes to taking notes. Look at it as a way to help you stay engaged with your instructor as well as the material during those extremely rare moments of boredom.

Part two of Taking Notes from Live Lectures will include tools that can be implemented immediately—and none of them involve recording the lecture!

Contributed by Amberly Lebeck-Brown on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.