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Friday, February 5, 2016

Free Business Writing Course for Vets

Header for event flier: Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills? Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC).

Do You Want to Improve Your Business Writing Skills?

Sign up for a no-cost Veterans Community Learning Hub featuring high-impact business writing at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC). 


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Veterans Community Learning Hubs give you the opportunity to build your skills through a combination of online learning and in-person sessions.

Participants will be required to complete a course module online every week, and then attend an in-person session at the EVVEC to discuss the material with other students-- and to hear from experts in the field.

Transitioning service-members, veterans, and their spouses will receive a course certificate co-issued by Coursera and the University of California Irvine upon successful completion of the course.

To register, email: christine.gannon.ctr@calibresys.com. Please include “Veterans Community Learning Hub” in the subject line and your name and city in the body.


Veterans Community Learning Hub:

Improve Your Business Writing Skills
Beginning Friday, February 12, 2016
9-10 a.m.
East Valley Veterans Education Center

3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

All in-person sessions will be held at 9 a.m. every Friday, through March 4, 201.

Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

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What do successful students do? They plan ahead!
 

Create a semester calendar
Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.

Plan for study time
1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.

Prioritize your time
Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.

Stay informed
Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student center at my.maricopa.edu, your student email and our social media channels.

Need help?
Call on Rio Salado's Counseling & Career Services team. A counselor can assist you with personal and educational goals. When should you call? When you need help with issues such as a lack of motivation, relationship issues, study skills, test anxiety, time management, stress, goal setting, and access to community resources such as alcohol and drug abuse prevention resources.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Rio Salado Veterans Club Luncheon-- Feb. 3!

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We appreciate the awesome response to join Rio Salado's new Student ‪Veterans‬ Club and we look forward to seeing new members at the first official meeting/luncheon, Feb. 3 at the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) in Tempe.

This luncheon will give you a chance to meet fellow veterans and veteran support staff, tour the EVVEC and learn about its resources, discuss future club activities and learn about Student Veterans of America.

Rio Salado Veterans Club Meeting/ Luncheon
Wednesday, February 3
Beginning at 11:30 a.m.

East Valley Veterans Education Center
3320 S. Price Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282

For more information and to confirm your attendance, please call 480-384-9851.

If you would like to attend but aren't available to make the drive you can call in by dialing 480-517-8900 and entering the meeting I.D. 9850#.

The club is open to all veteran students and free to join!

Not a member yet? Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Benefits include networking, ready access to scholarships, travel opportunities, job fairs, programs and resources designed to assist veterans and more!

Monday, January 25, 2016

Helping Adults Achieve a College Education!


This inspiring video will provide a glimpse into the lives of adult students who have overcome many obstacles to pursue a college education-- and found help and guidance through Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program. 


Rio Salado staff are committed to help you succeed! 
Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help!

Visit this web page to learn how Rio Salado's AACE program can help you!


#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

Nina Scholars logo

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance.

The scholarship is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
● Adults 25 years or older with dependents
● College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
● Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support


"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting http://bit.ly/applynina.  Visit this page to begin the application process now: ow.ly/XvOWl

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Free Resume Writing Workshop in Queen Creek

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The Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services department is hosting a free Resume Writing Workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

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This workshop will cover:
● Networking
● Job search tips
● Interviewing skills
● Creating up-to-date resumes
● How to write cover letters

Thursday, Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m.
Communiversity at QC
21740 South Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142


For additional details about this workshop, call (480) 384-9301.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785 for more details about Rio Salado counseling services.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Enjoy a Rewarding Career as a Peer Mentor!

Photo of Peer Mentor Group: Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek
Rio Peer Mentors (left to right): Samra Hausey, Dani Cross, Shira Charyn, Chris Kreschollek (front)
Rio Salado is looking for a select few students to join the Academic Advisement team to serve as peer mentors. This feature, written by Academic Advisor Alyssa DeMember will provide some insights into the enriching work they do.

The peer mentor program at Rio Salado College assists students seeking college degrees through the perspective of a fellow student.

While peer mentors work for Rio Salado College, they’re students as well, taking classes and pursuing their own educational goals. With a bit of school experience under their belts, these mentors reach out to other Rio Salado students and guide them through their college careers, answering questions and providing resources along the way. As they encounter the same challenges and questions, peer mentors seek to provide help, important information and a sense of camaraderie among the student population.

Samantha Hill
Peer mentors help connect students with resources like tutoring, counseling services and the book store, and urge students to get in contact with their academic advisors, says Samantha Hill, a peer mentor at Rio Salado College.

They assist students in navigating RioLearn, the platform students use to access and participate in classes, and answer questions students may have about contacting their instructors or requesting extensions on assignments.

“It’s neat to work with them, share ideas and see what works and what doesn’t,” Hill says.

Hill says time management is the most frequent topic that comes up when students reach out to her. Often, students come to her to express their concerns, looking for support and advice.

“I’ll look at their schedules and say things like, ‘Okay, what if we got up early in the mornings, would that give you more time to study?’” Hill says.

images of Rio Salado students looking at the camera

“I like that it feels like a support system because we ultimately have the same goals,” Hill says. “We’re all helping each other out. I know their struggles and they know mine. Working together gives us confidence that we really can do it.”

She tries to help students develop a schedule where they have time for studying, time for family, and time for work.

Angelique Michel
Angelique Michel, a former peer mentor at Rio Salado College, says seeing students grow and become more confident in themselves was one of her favorite aspects of the job.

She says she felt particularly lucky to have worked with a student who had just gotten out of prison and was determined to make something of himself.

“Nothing is better than seeing someone come from low self-esteem to feeling like they can conquer the world,” says Michel.

According to Michel, the peer mentor position helped her build the career skills to move on to her new job as a career advisor at Goodwill.

“Everything I did at Rio totally made this job possible,” says Michel.

For more information about applying to become a student peer mentor, please visit this employment web page

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Contributing writer Alyssa DeMember has served Rio Salado's Academic Advisement team since 2014. She is one of several academic advisors available to help you along your educational journey.

Visit this web page for details about advisement services available to you.


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Mental Health Awareness & Maintenance Tips

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Finals and the holiday season are here and the end of the year is near-- which means some of us maybe feeling a bit more stressed and overwhelmed. Here are some perspectives, insights and wellness tips about mental health from Rio Salado Counselor Amberly Lebeck Brown to consider-- all year long.

In the scope of health and wellness, the focus is often on physical well-being while forgetting the important component of mental wellness.

Struggles with physical illness and disabilities are discussed openly and tend to be met with empathy while issues of mental health—including maintaining good mental health and battling with various degrees of mental illness—may be treated in the exact opposite way to the point of being stigmatized.

Of course, many of the things designed for physical health—exercise, a balanced diet—also contribute to maintaining a balanced mental health profile. Sometimes, however, these things are not sufficient and help should be sought.

Just like a minor physical issue, such as a cold or a sprained ankle, certain emotional stresses can be adequately dealt with by speaking with supportive friends and/or family members. Similarly, a more significant physical issue, such as a broken leg, would require the professional intervention of a medical doctor. A more significant behavioral health issue, such as persistent anxiety or depression, requires the assistance of a professional counselor, therapist, or psychologist.

In fact, even mental health professionals seek out other mental health professionals from time to time. Think of it like a maintenance plan; just as cars need periodic oil changes so does one’s mental health. Spending an hour talking, processing (positive or negative) stressful events, and allowing yourself to be centered on self is a great way to exercise those mental health muscles.

image of  a young women getting cousnel from a mental health professional
Some may think mental health services are out of reach, but finding care is easier than one might think.

First, many health insurance policies—including ACCCS—provide a mental health benefit. The easiest way to find a care provider is to contact your health insurance provider and ask for a list.

Second, many providers offer a sliding scale fee for potential clients who do not have health insurance. In these cases, fees are typically based on one’s income and can be as low as $25 per session.

A third, slightly less expensive option is seeking assistance through one of the university counselor training programs. In these settings, counselors are university students and they are supervised by licensed clinicians. ASU’s Counselor Training Center is located on the main campus in Tempe and provides weekly counseling sessions during the fall and spring semesters at a cost of $80 for community members. The University of Phoenix provides free counseling at their Counseling Skills Center in Tempe.

Another option is reaching out to a crisis hotline or a warm line. There are several options within Maricopa County, including the Behavioral Health Crises Line, which offers a 24-hour crisis line at (602) 222 -9444 as well as a warm line at (602) 347-1100 that is available seven days a week.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender National Hotline (www.glbthotline.org) offers an online chat option through its website as well as a warm line (888) 843-4564 with limited availability.

Veterans can access help through a 24-hour hotline at (877) 424-3838 and/or live chat offered by the National Call Center for Homeless Vets (www.va.gov/homeless).

The only mistake is not asking for help.

The fear of being stigmatized has prevented many people who are struggling with significant mental health issues from seeking the help they need.

Untreated mental illness is just as significant as any physical illness going undiagnosed and/or untreated and it can be just as debilitating.

For more details about Rio Salado counseling services, visit www.riosalado.edu/counseling or call 480-517-8785.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Rio PTK Hosts Healing Arts Day for Kids Dec. 19

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter is hosting Healing Arts Day for youth as part of its Honors-in-Action (HIA) project for 2015!

Students who take part in PTK HIA projects are charged with conducting research, evaluating results and taking action on a topic of interest. This year, Rio Salado’s PTK team focused on this question: “How do the arts foster hope and well-being?”

After researching and evaluating their results, Rio Salado PTK students decided to take action by sponsoring a Healing Arts Day for youth at the Temple Public Library.

Their goal is to give young people a chance to experience the positive effects of the arts-- whether it be dance, music, painting, poetry, scrap-booking, writing or the spoken word.

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We encourage you to join Rio Salado’s PTK team for this free, family-friendly event!

Healing Arts Day 
December 19, 2015
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
 

Tempe Public Library

3500 S. Rural Road
Tempe, Arizona 85282


Contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details about this event.

PTK actively promotes scholarship, leadership, service and fellowship. To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

NSLS Recognizes Rio Student Life Coordinator!

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The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS) has recognized John Bastian, coordinator of student life, for his outstanding achievements on behalf of the Rio Salado chapter and its student members.

"Through dedication and commitment, John has effectively motivated society members to attain individual goals, demonstrate leadership and prepare for the real world by continually striving for success," said the award letter sent by NSLS President Charles Knippen.

photo of John Bastian at spring 2015 PTK induction ceremony, engaging attendees

The letter goes on to say that Bastian has "inspired students to serve as a powerful force of good by encouraging and organizing action that results in positive impacts" in our community.

"The National Society of Leadership and Success is an organization that presents positive opportunities for Rio Salado students," said Bastian. "I am grateful to the NSLS for this recognition."

We hope you will join us in congratulating him for his exceptional service.

Interested in learning more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter and other student life programs? Visit this web page or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656 for more details.

Photo of John with Rio students at a widerness retreat The National Society of Leadership and Success is the nation’s largest leadership honor society. It was founded in 2001 to build a community of like-minded, success oriented leaders who come together to help one another succeed. The Society offers interactive broadcasts with the nation’s best speakers, training in goal setting, and team meetings in which students set and hold each other accountable for achieving goals. These benefits, which aim to help members personally and professionally, are offered for the rest of their lives. Today, the Society has chapters on more than 400 college and university campuses nationwide and serves more than 350,000 members.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Effective Studying & Note Taking Tips

Image of an A+ circled

Some students seem to achieve A’s in classes easier than others. What’s the secret? More than likely effective studying and note taking techniques

Here are some tips from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott to help you make the most of your study time, course materials and note taking-- so you can retain the information you’ll need to ace your exams.

Active Reading
This is a great technique to help you memorize information and to make the most of your note taking. Active reading is when you process and output the information as you read it. Passive reading is how you normally read; trying to learn the information just how it’s written.  Active reading techniques include:


  • Highlighting important text.
  • Writing down thoughts next to passages read.
  • Asking questions about the material.

Here are some commonly asked questions about reading and note taking:

What should you read?
  • Review your syllabus and concentrate on the assigned materials.
  • Before diving into the materials, get an overview by reading summaries and conclusions for a big-picture view.
  • Test your understanding as you go along. Many textbooks include questions for this purpose.

What notes should you take, based on your reading?
  • Focus on the big ideas, relevant details and pay special attention to the introduction and conclusion.
  • Look for visual cues. If text is highlighted or in bold, it’s likely to be important.
  • Take note of information that’s repeated and reinforced.

I realize some topics are easier to get than others. How in-depth you go with textbook note-taking will be based on your level of knowledge on the subject and how hard it is for you.

Here are some additional tips to follow:

1. Read the chapter before the lesson.
2. Divide the chapter into readable chunks.
3. Schedule your note-taking sessions on your “to do” list.
4. Don’t do it all at one time. It’s good to space your reading out so it is stored in your long-term memory.
5. Go over the material and review what you’ve read right away.

We hope you find these tips helpful!

Study hard and take those notes! 

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott on behalf of Rio Salado Counseling, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

New! Ferguson’s Career Guidance Center

image of a computer keyboard, return key reads "careers"

The award-winning Ferguson's Career Guidance Center is now available to students via the Rio Salado Library.

Highlights:

  • Industries and Careers: covers 94 different industries and career fields and thousands of professions.
  • Launch Your Career: offers solid advice on writing résumés and cover letters, interview skills, applying to apprenticeships and internships, workplace etiquette, and other important area.
  • Career Advice Blog: regular new blog posts "From Our Career Experts" with an archive of more than 2,300 posts.
http://fcg.infobase.com/default.asp
  • Career Interest Assessment: ranks users' work interest areas and suggests related occupations and industries.
  • Links to Outside Jobs and Internships: searchable, current, live job and internship postings.
  • Videos: more than 300 tablet/mobile-friendly videos covering jobs, industries, and career development skills, including "Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight" videos.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by GotCredit under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Introducing the New RioCompass!

image of online interface before and after RioCompass upgrades
Rio Salado is preparing to fully integrate the latest version of RioCompass into its college operations so that all students, faculty and staff can use this newly updated academic planning tool to help track student educational goals and progress. The deployment is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 29.

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RioCompass is an online interface that gives students a way to monitor their progress toward degree completion, access valuable student success resources and communicate with staff-- who can in-turn use the system to get a holistic view of student progress by having access to their course enrollments, online check sheet, a semester by semester plan-- and much more.

A new and improved version of RioCompass was launched in March of 2014 as part of RioAchieve, a grant-funded pilot program made possible by a Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) grant. NGLC is a partnership led by EDUCAUSE, which is primarily funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. (see related story). RioAchieve students have been using and enjoying the newly revised planning tool since last year.

view of new RioCompass interface

Starting this week, all Rio Salado students will have access to the new version, which has a new look and a few new features including a status bar showing student progress, career and transfer goal, program plan in SIS along with a semester block and block history.

For RioCompass login instructions please visit www.riosalado.edu/advisement/Pages/progress.aspx. For additional details, please contact Rio Salado’s advisement department at 480-517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Job Fair for Youth & Maricopa Students!

logo for 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Project Fair & Forum Phoenix

Rio Salado is proud to join the Maricopa Community Colleges and Starbucks in the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum at the Phoenix Convention Center this Friday, October 30 to help young people between the ages of 16 and 24 find employment and educational opportunities. 

http://www.100kopportunities.org/phoenix/

Starbucks will be joined by 20 other companies to recruit, hire and provide support services at the event.

While the event is designed specifically to help young people who are not currently employed or in school and who have had difficulty finding jobs and educational opportunities, Starbucks is inviting all Maricopa Community Colleges students to take advantage of the workshops, services and interviewing opportunities available during the free community event.
  • Meet and interview with more than 20 companies 
  • Practice interview skills with one-on-one coaching 
  • Create or improve resume with personalized support 
  • Get resources to complete high school degree and explore college 
  • Get help with job applications 
  • Attend workshops on how to set career goals 
  • Tap into legal resources and immigration services 
  • Find a mentor and job training programs, open a bank account and more!
Participants will also have access to bus passes, food, haircuts and other services to help them prepare for on-site interviews.

100,000 Opportunities Initiative Fair & Forum 
Friday, October 30 
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. Third St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

To register, visit 100KOpportunities.org/phoenix.

Register and Schedule Your Interviews Now!
Participants can pre-schedule up to two interviews online and should plan to dress for success to meet with various employers during the event.

logo for 10K opporunities initiative

About the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative:
The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is a coalition of leading U.S.-based companies committed to training and hiring 100,000 Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 who are out of school and not working by 2018. Launched in August of 2015 to create more pathways to economic opportunity for young Americans, the 100,000 Opportunities Initiative aims to be the largest employer-led coalition in the country. The Initiative creates pathways for youth with untapped talent and potential to build skills, gain credentials and employment, and reclaim the American Dream. The 100,000 Opportunities Initiative is an employer-led coalition that will leverage the Aspen Institute’s Forum for Community Solutions. It is supported by many of the country’s youth and opportunity-focused nonprofit organizations, local governments, and participating funders.

#StartSomewhere #100kOpportunities

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Job Opportunity to Help Students Succeed!

Rio Salado Student and Peer Mentor Samantha Hill
Here's an employment opportunity that will give you a chance to change lives! Rio Salado College is seeking a part-time Peer Mentor to serve students at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters.

Job Duties: Peer mentoring requires being a knowledgeable, experienced guide and role model. Mentors are responsible for assisting students achieve their goals by providing structure, support, feedback and referrals, as well as assisting students with basic information regarding advisement, admissions, registration and financial aid.

Read the full job description and details about how to apply.

Visit our Employment Page for additional information about other part-time and full-time opportunities.

Pictured above is Sam Hill, a dedicated Rio Salado Peer Mentor and student who understands first-hand how valuable a peer mentor can be. “As a peer mentor and student, I’m able to relate directly with students I work with and share my experiences with them,” said Hill. “I can help share some of the mistakes I made early on and what I wish I had known first starting out. I believe so many students could benefit from a model like this and by having a peer mentor.”

We encourage Rio Salado students to apply!

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Scholarship time!

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Scholarships are great way to receive funding for your education but are often not easy to find. However, there is good news!

The Maricopa Colleges Faculty Foundation has created a scholarship fund students can use as early as Spring 2016.


A few of the criteria requirements include:

● Must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA
● Must be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours at one of the Maricopa Community Colleges
● Must obtain at least two faculty signatures to submit with complete application


The application deadline to apply is October 15 and interested applicants need to visit maricopacollegesfacultyfoundation.wildapricot.org to learn all the details and how to apply.

Please note applicants will need to submit their application online, with a copy of an official or unofficial transcript, and a typed essay describing how the funds would benefit the applicant’s educational goals.

Be sure to review the additional scholarships available through the Maricopa Community College District that allow you to submit one application for multiple scholarships at mcccdf.academicworks.com.

This feature allows you to save time with the convenient one-time application and the deadline to apply is October 12.

Remember to take the time to have a colleague, mentor, teacher, or someone you trust review your applications and essays, if applicable, to search for grammar, punctuation, and/or spelling errors. Failing to thoroughly review your application packet can be the deciding factor to whether or not you receive the funding available to you.

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Apply for MCCDF Scholarships by Oct. 12!

image of graduates. text: Pursue Your Dreams

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation scholarship deadline is quickly approaching.  You have until October 12, 2015 to submit your application! 

There are several scholarship opportunities specifically for Rio Salado College students and employees, including the We Are Rio Employee Scholarship fund, the Dr. Harry E. Whyte Memorial Scholarship for Dental Hygiene students and the Rio Salado College/Helios Foundation Teacher Certification Scholarship Program.

Visit maricopa.academicworks.com and enter “Rio Salado” into the search engine to find opportunities unique to the college.

One general application, hundreds of scholarships.



Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page for successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications.

Rio Salado students who need additional help are encouraged to reach out to our Counseling team for assistance.

Scholarships are one of the best ways to cover expenses because you don’t have to pay them back, yet so many students don’t take advantage of them, leaving thousands of dollars unclaimed. It will be well worth your time to apply!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Friday, September 25, 2015

Apply for All-AZ Scholarship by Oct. 26

2015 ALL-AZ Scholars Rex Moore and John Field with President Bustamante
Each year Rio Salado names two of its students to the All-Arizona Academic Team. The prestigious honor includes a tuition award to one of Arizona’s three state universities along with cash scholarships in the range of $500-$1,000.

The top scholars will also have an opportunity to apply for membership on the All-USA Community College Academic Team and additional awards.

The Rio Salado scholarship committee is seeking students who are engaged and making a difference in their communities.

Field at 2015 Commencement
The committee is looking for students who demonstrate some or all of the following qualities:

● Outstanding academic rigor and grade point averages (3.6 or higher)
● Participation in honors programs
● Awards, honors, and recognition for academic achievement
● Service to the college and community

A major focal point of the application process is an essay, which students must submit to chronicle one significant endeavor or achievement as a community college student. The scholarship judges look for innovative, creative, original and lasting achievements or undertakings.


Interested?
Please contact Rio Salado College Student Life & Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at StudentLife@riosalado.edu or by calling 480-517-8050 to secure criteria guidelines and the official application.

If you meet the criteria and want to be considered for the All-Arizona Team, please complete and submit your application via email to StudentLife@riosalado.edu by 8 a.m., Monday, October 26.

Learn about Rex Moore and John Field, last year's ALL-AZ scholars in this azcentral.com story.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

We the People: Celebrate Constitution Week

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On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine of this country’s founding father’s signed into action what would become perhaps the most important document in American history: The United States Constitution.

Constitution Week serves to commemorate the inception and signing of the U.S. Constitution—and as a strong reminder for citizens to educate themselves about the importance of this historical document and civic engagement.

What Does Constitution Week Mean to You?

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“Constitution Week is significant because it reminds us that this important document established our rights as citizens as well as the long standing structure of our government," said Patricia S. Case, Ph.D., Faculty Chair, Social Sciences and Faculty Development Co-Coordinator at Rio Salado. "It has a profound influence on our daily life.”

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also provides opportunities for students to learn about  government and their role as citizens-- through political science classes, which can also satisfy elective credits, student civic programs and events.We encourage you take advantage of these opportunities and to become a more active and engaged citizen.


Know your rights!  
We encourage you to pick up a free Constitution pocket guide at any Rio Salado location and to visit the National Constitution Center for an all-new, interactive Constitution experience!