Showing posts with label CafeNews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CafeNews. Show all posts

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops

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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Café at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's fall 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops. Your first lesson begins with Basic Knife Skills, Sept. 9.

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

Workshops will take place at the Café at Rio and the Garden at Rio at the Rio Salado headquarters in Tempe. No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen!  Get the latest details about upcoming events by visiting www.riosalado.edu/cafe.


Basic Knife Skills Class for Beginners 
set of knives
Thu., Sept. 9
6-8 p.m. 
$20 each or 2 for $35
This class is designed for beginners and those of you who want to brush up on your skills. Demystify terms like dice, brunoise, julienne and mince. Learn pointers for sharpening knives and keeping them sharp. You'll take everything you learned to whip together a few evening snacks for the group to enjoy!


Date Night Cooking
image of a couple cooking together
Fri., Sept. 23
6-9 p.m. 
$35 each or $60 per couple
Prepare and enjoy a romantic meal for two with the guidance of a professional chef. You will begin with a kale Caesar salad, followed by a chicken saltimbocca paired with a porcini mushroom risotto and lemon garlic brussel sprouts. 


Soil Building for Beginners
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Sat., Oct. 1
9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

Tired of your clay soil? Do your plants die every summer? Not sure when or how much to fertilize? This workshop will teach you how soil forms naturally and how you can facilitate the process. You'll learn about the benefits of microbes and how to employ no-till techniques to turn your hard clay into rich, loamy earth-- and how nature works in the process.


Sushi for Beginners 
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Thu., Oct. 6
6-8 p.m. 
$39 each or 2 for $65
This class is designed to teach you about essential sushi ingredients; how to properly steam and season sushi rice; how to roll a basic sushi roll, inside out roll and hand roll; how to make classic sushi rolls such as spicy tuna, California roll and vegetarian rolls-- and how to eat them!

Cooking From Your Farmer's Market Basket 
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Thu., Oct. 20
6-8 p.m.  
$25 each or 2 for $40
The Valley's farmers' markets provide a plethora of fresh vegetables and other goodies throughout the year. Not sure how to cook greens, squash, beets and other fall/winter vegetables from the market? This class will help you create a custom menu using ingredients from your local market.



Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
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Thu., Nov. 3
6-8 p.m. 
$25 each or 2 for $40
Demystify ravioli making. This workshop will start with a chef's demonstration on how to make fresh pasta dough. You and other participants will help roll the dough into long sheets and stuff with various fillings, learn how to trim, cook and garnish your dishes with special sauces and ingredients and then enjoy the fruits of your labor.


Perfect Pie Crust and Pumpkin Pie for Beginners 
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Tue., Nov. 22
5-8:30 p.m. 
$35 each or $60
Tired of ready-made pies and pie shells? This class will teach you the tricks of the trade-- with hands on experience making your own pie, which you can take home to enjoy during the Thanksgiving holiday. You'll learn how to make the dough and a scrumptious pumpkin pie filling and how to ensure a perfectly baked pie.


Tamale Fiesta 
Sat., Dec. 10
9 a.m.-12 p.m. 
$29 each or 2 for $50
Work with a professional chef to make green chile chicken and red chile pork tamales. This is a hands-on cooking class that includes a chef demonstration and a chance for you to enjoy your creations for lunch.





Proper kitchen attire is required including close toed shoes, long pants, long or short sleeve shirts and hair restraints.

Monday, June 27, 2016

July 4 Holiday Closures

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All Rio Salado locations and Testing Centers will be closed Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

As a reminder, most Rio Salado locations and services are closed on Fridays, until Aug. 12, 2016.

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the holiday weekend:


Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Services normally available 24/7 such as our Technology Support Helpdesk, Ask a Librarian and My.Maricopa.edu will remain available.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy July 4 weekend!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop June 22

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Rio Salado is hosting a series of monthly culinary workshops for students, staff and the public to enjoy!  Your next adventure in cooking is a...

image of a bowl of colorful pho

Vietnamese Culinary Workshop
June 22, 6-8 p.m.

Cafe at Rio
2323 W 14th St.
Tempe, Arizona 85281

The focus will be on how to prepare Pho and Spring Rolls!

Enjoy demonstrations and hands-on instructions by a professional chef-- and tasting the fruits of your labor!

Tickets are $25 per guest-- or $40 for two.
Open to adults and teens, 13-years and older.


Attendees must RSVP in advance to Patrice Cervantes via email or phone: patrice.cervantes@riosalado.edu, 480-517-8532.

(RSVP to this event does not guarantee a spot until confirmed)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Friday Summer Closures Begin May 20

As a reminder, summer hours begin this week!  Most Maricopa Community Colleges and Rio Salado locations and services will be closed on Fridays, May 20 - Aug. 12.  

The following Rio Salado services will be available during the Friday closures:

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Please visit this web page for links and details about closures and special service hours for each location.

Students are encouraged to use self-serve enrollment options at My.Maricopa.edu.

This summer schedule is an effort to take advantage of cost-saving, energy benefits during the slower summer months.  We hope this does not pose an inconvenience for you!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

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Earth Day is celebrated each year on April 22 in support of environmental protection. The movement began in 1970 and is now celebrated by more than one billion people around the globe-- making it the largest civic observance in the world!

Learn more about the history of Earth Day, the impact it has had and what the movement is trying to do today by visiting www.earthday.org.

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 will join us in this effort.

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Here are some suggestions from azcentral on ways to celebrate this special day-- along with captivating images to remind you of how beautiful our landscape and natural wonders can be!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Enjoy Cooking Lessons from Rio Chefs!

Need an idea for dinner‬? Check out this Maricopa Now: Chef's Menu cooking demo from the MCTV team, featuring Rio Salado Chef Michael Hodgins preparing a yummy salmon and kale salad! 



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Get in-person cooking and gardening lessons from the Cafe at Rio chefs and Sustainable Food Systems team by taking part in Rio Salado's spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes.

Your next lesson: Indian‬ Cooking at Home for Beginners!

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This non-credit class is only $39 and be held at our state-of-the-art RSC Thomas demo kitchen this Thursday, 6-8 p.m.  Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice. Visit this class schedule page or additional details.

Please register in advance by calling 480-517-8000 or register now online at startatrio.com.

No test, no grades, just good old fashion fun in the kitchen! 

Check out this RioNews blog post for details about other cooking and gardening classes.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

RSVP for Pizza Lesson Feb. 18!

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It's national Pizza Day! The perfect day to sign up for the next Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems kitchen demo-- Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home!

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza!
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8 p.m. -  $39

Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and sampling delicious pizzas with classmates, co-workers, family and friends! This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion fun in the kitchen. Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

flier listing all spring cooking classes. Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sushi Social Feb 4! Edutainment for Foodies

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Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled cooking and gardening lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

image of students prepping pizzas at RSC Cafe @ Rio
Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and eating delicious dishes in the spacious, high-tech demonstration kitchen at RSC Thomas in Phoenix and in the heart of the Café at Rio in Tempe.

Get your hands dirty in the Garden at Rio in Tempe —as you learn how to apply Sustainable Food practices in your daily life.

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Your first class—
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Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281


This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more about upcoming classes in this blog.

Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Classes

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Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team is gearing up to launch its spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes. Your first lesson begins Feb. 4 with Sushi Basics for Beginners!

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Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000!

Locations:
Rio Salado College Tempe
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rio Salado College Thomas
3631 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019


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Sushi Basics for Beginners
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen - $39

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.

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Indian Cooking at Home
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice.

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How to Make Bagels at Home
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Did you know that the classic New York City style bagel is boiled before it is baked? Work with a professional chef to make yeast bagel dough from scratch and then cook them. Students will sample fresh cooked bagels and take home what they’ve made.

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Desert Gardening: Soil Building
Saturday, March. 26, 9-11 a.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally, how to fertilize and how to turn hard clay into rich, loamy earth. Closed-toe shoes are required.  Please call 480-517-8000 to register.

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Thai Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39
Learn to make Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish; Tom Kha Gai, a sweet and savory chicken soup; and vegetarian green curry with steamed Jasmine rice.

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Aquaponics for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What is water cycling? What types of fish work best in an aquaponic environment? Learn about different types of growing media and how bacteria function in a closed loop system. Class is held in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended

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Brunch Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Work with a professional chef to make brunch classics such as perfect Eggs Benedict including creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch. Bake Glorious Morning muffins and learn to carve a watermelon wishing well.

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Seed Saving for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What are the easiest seeds to save? What is the difference between hybrid and open pollinated seeds? Learn the fundamentals of saving your own seeds with examples in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended.

Proper kitchen attire is required: closed-toe shoes, long pants, long or short-sleeved shirt, with hair restrained.

Want a quick cooking lesson now?  Check out this MCTV Chef's Menu segment featuring Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems Director Michael Hodgins, who will show you what to do with that butternut squash that's been sitting on your counter!


Explore other learning opportunities with Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program by visiting www.riosalado.edu/food.

Bon Appétit!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Traveling Stone Soup to End Hunger Begins Dec 10!

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The preparations for 2000 bowls of stone soup has begun!

Rio Salado College and its Sustainable Food Systems team is busily preparing for tomorrow's Traveling Stone Soup kickoff. Enjoy the fruits of their labor at the Sun City Farmer's Market!  Stop by for a bowl of stone soup, bring canned or dry foods and help feed a million!

Traveling Stone Soup events will also take place Friday, Dec. 11 at Mesa Farmer's Market; Saturday, Dec. 12 at Scottsdale Old Town Market and Sunday, Dec. 13 at Ahwatukee Farmer's Market.

Visit this event web page for additional details.

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue and to invite your friends and family to participate by directing traffic to the Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/feedamillion/

Rio Salado is proud to serve as an official co-sponsor of Traveling Stone Soup 2015! We hope you’ll join us in supporting this community effort to end hunger with Peppermint Jim, Chef Nick and the Tiger Mountain Foundation.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Traveling Stone Soup 2015 Begins Dec.10!

Image of Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team at Cafe @ Rio holding up a Traveling Stone Soup sign

Rio Salado College and its Sustainable Food Systems team is proud to serve as an official co-sponsor of Traveling Stone Soup 2015! We hope you’ll join us in supporting this community effort to end hunger with Peppermint Jim, Chef Nick and the Tiger Mountain Foundation.

Image of a Stone Soup attendee with a child making a donation
Traveling Stone Soup Feed a Million events will take place Thursday, Dec. 10 at the Sun City Farmer's Market; Friday, Dec. 11 at Mesa Farmer's Market; Saturday, Dec. 12 at Scottsdale Old Town Market and Sunday, Dec. 13 at Ahwatukee Farmer's Market. Visit this event web page for additional details.

Stop by for a bowl of stone soup, bring canned or dry foods and help feed a million!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cafe @ Rio Chef Hodgins Squash Cooking Demo

snapshot from Maricopa Now with Hodgins preparing for demonstrartion.

Check out MCTV's December edition of Maricopa Now, which includes a special cooking demonstration with Rio Salado College's Sustainable Food Systems Program Director Michael Hodgins.

Watch Hodgins prepare a winter dish of sauteed local greens with garam masala roasted butternut squash and pomegranate seeds.

Bon Appétit!

Dec. Community Cooking Class: Holiday Cookies!

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Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is wrapping up its fall/winter community education cooking classes with a lesson on how to make holiday cookies!

Holiday Cookies
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Tuesday, December 8
6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen
Class fee: $39


What says the holidays more than fresh baked cookies? Learn how to make four different holiday cookies including gingerbread, thumbprint peanut butter jam cookies, Chai tea eggnog cookies and chocolate peppermint cookies.

Proper kitchen attire is required. Please come prepared with close toed shoes, long pants and a long or short sleeved shirt. Hair must be pulled back.

Register now online or call our main line, 480-517-8100 for assistance.

Happy Holidays... and Happy Cooking!

Friday, November 20, 2015

International Ed Week -- Touch of Japan!

banner for Internation Ed Week: Image from Japan.  Text: Touch of Japan

We conclude International Education Week with a Touch of Japan!  Join us for these activities.


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Origami Demonstration
See a demonstration of the art of Japanese paper folding and try your hand at it! (See attachment for do-it-yourself instructions). Café Dining Room, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Café at Rio Lunch Special
Sushi Bento with spicy tuna roll or California roll, wasabi, soy and pickled ginger - $5.99

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Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Japanese-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

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Last chance for Selfie Contest
Send us a selfie of yourself participating in an International Education Week activity, wearing an item of clothing that celebrates your heritage, or visiting an international destination and email it to the Wave (thewave@riosalado.edu) by noon on Friday.


We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  We will post photos on Facebook soon!  Feel free to download and tag yourself!

We hope you enjoyed Rio Salado's International Education Week festivities. Learn more about this national, annual celebration by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Thursday, November 19, 2015

International Ed Week -- Native American Day!


International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Thursday, Nov. 19 – Native American Appreciation.

Cultural Performances
Enjoy Native American cultural performances in the Rio Amphitheater, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Café at Rio Lunch Special
Native American Indian Taco - Traditional fry bread topped with refried pinto beans, seasoned ground beef, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheddar, salsa and sour cream - $5.49.


Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Native American literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

International Ed Week -- Indian/Spanish Fusion Day

International Ed Week poster

International Education Week - Schedule of Events for Wednesday, Nov. 18 – Indian/Spanish Fusion Day!

Kathak and Flamenco Dance Performances
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Kathak (Indian) and Flamenco (Spanish) performance by professional dancers. Come and see the similarities between the dances. Takes place outside between the Rio Tower and Hohokam buildings, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. (Photo: Left to right: Performers Carlos Montufar and Anjali Shah).
 

Café at Rio Lunch Special
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imag of curry dish Spanish tortilla with vegetable curry, local olives and prosciutto - $6.99



Books and Documentaries
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The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of Indian and Spanish-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.



Click the links to watch now online by logging into RioLearn. To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.edu/International_Education_Week.

International Education Week at Rio Salado College takes place Nov. 16-20, 2015. We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Ed Week - Wear Your Beret Day!

International Ed Week 2015 poster, image of someone wearing a beret.  Text: Wear Your Beret Day!

Here's today's International Education Week itinerary for Monday, Nov. 16 – Wear Your Beret Day!

Coffee and Pastries
Stop by the International Education Department (ground floor, Tower building) from 9:30 a.m. to noon to enjoy coffee and pastries.

Café at Rio Lunch Special
Chicken Cordon Bleu - Chicken breast stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese, topped with sauce mornay. Accompanied by rice pilaf and green beans amandine - $7.99

Books and Documentaries
The Rio Salado College Library will have a table of French-themed literary materials available to browse, and will show the following documentaries/videos in the Café at Rio dining room from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.:



To view all Library recommendations visit http://libguides.riosalado.ed/International_Education_Week.

ALL WEEK: Snap a Selfie/Participation Contest
All week long, snap a selfie of yourself participating in an International Education Week activity, wearing an item of clothing that celebrates your heritage, or visiting an international destination and email it to the Wave thewave@riosalado.edu by noon on Friday. Photos will be posted on Rio’s Facebook page. You are also invited to fill out ticket entries at each day’s event to be entered into the drawing. Winners will be selected at random to win participation prizes.


Visit this blog post to get a glimpse of other activities we have planned for the rest of the week!

We encourage you to share your stories and photos on our Facebook and Twitter accounts and the InternationalEdWeek Facebook page using #Rio2015InternationaEdWeek, #IEW2015 and #RioSaladoCollege.  

Learn more about International Education Week by visiting the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs