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Friday, March 25, 2016

Rio Salado PTK Team 2016 Regional Awards

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Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron chapter participated in and co-hosted the 2016 PTK Regional Convention at Mesa Community College March 4-5, 2016 and took home several awards and recognitions.

Rio Salado students Vanessa Williams, Theresa Maheux, Evea Morrow, Oliva Mendez, Daniel Mott, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Dulce Penalosa, and Rodney Falberg attended the event with Rio Salado advisors Melanie Abts and John Bastian.

Awards and recognitions:
· Arizona Distinguished Chapter Award
· Outstanding College Project Award
· An Honors in Action Award
· Apex Award for membership growth
· Outstanding Chapter Officer - Theresa Maheux


As part of their 2015 student project, the chapter produced a video focusing on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome. We encourage you to watch this inspiration video.


 


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 or contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu and 480-517-8656.




Photo above, left to right: Dulce Penalosa, Joy Georgette Jimenez, Vanessa Williams, Evea Morrow, Melanie Abts and Theresa Maheux.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Honors Achievement Scholarship Opportunities!

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Attention Honors Achievement Scholars!  Did you know there are several opportunities to increase your honors award?

The Chancellor's Scholarship offers tuition support, up to 18 credit hours plus $250 for books per semester. To qualify, students must be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours. Students who receive this scholarship are not eligible for additional support through the Honors Achievement Award and Foundation Scholarships.

There are two, $500 Foundation Scholarships, which are distributed as $250 per semester. Students must be enrolled full-time to qualify. This scholarship is available to Honors Achievement Award recipients.

The application deadline is 12 p.m. March 14, 2016.

Please submit your applications to the Honors Program office, located on the first floor of the Rio Salado College Tower.

Visit this Honors Program web page to review and access the application.

Scholarship Recipients will be notified by the end of April 2016.  Good Luck!



News courtesy of the Honors Program at Rio Salado College.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

The 2016 ITC Outstanding eLearning Student is...

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Congratulations to Rio Salado College student Vanessa Williams who received the Outstanding eLearning Student award at the national Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning conference held in Scottsdale Feb. 15-17, 2016.
Williams with Rio Salado President Bustamante
“I have achieved what I thought to be impossible ten years ago,” Williams said of her award. “This honor means that I have exceeded my own expectations of balancing home, work and school, and being successful in doing so.”

Williams is currently the president of Rio Salado’s Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) student honor society chapter, and vice president of the college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

She was nominated for the eLearning award by Dr. Melanie Abts and John Bastian, PTK chapter advisors.

“I can’t think of anyone more deserving for this award than Vanessa,” Bastian said. “She is a reliable student leader now and shows great potential to do great things for our communities in the future.”

Williams credits Rio Salado’s online classes with her academic success.

“Online learning has been very beneficial to me,” Williams said. “It has allowed me the opportunity to go to school full-time while working full-time, and has taught me to manage my time more effectively.”

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Panel with Rio Salado Communications Faculty Chair Corey Pruitt

At the conference, Williams participated in a student panel with other Rio Salado students to discuss the online learning experience.

“Online courses also helped me to stay on track and achieve my goal of obtaining an associate degree,” Williams said. “And thank you to Rio Salado College, for going out of your way to support the students and their dreams.”

Photo of Rio Salado team with Dr. Bustamante and Faculty Chair Pruitt

“When we listen to our students and try to meet their needs, we are all more successful in our roles as higher education leaders,” said Dr. Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College.

Williams plans to transfer to Northern Arizona University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in management. In the future, she hopes to create a non-profit organization to assist peer support specialists in behavior health. When she is not working or with her family, she is an advocate for the homeless.

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Rio Salado College served as the host college for the ITC conference. The ITC is affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges. Its mission is to provide leadership and professional development in higher education by advocating, collaborating and sharing innovative practices in educational technologies.

Images of students.  Alt text: Instructional Technology Council (ITC) eLearning Conference, Feb. 14-17, 2016 Rio Salado College Student Panel Bios    Ashley (Dani) Cross took her first class at Rio Salado College in the spring of 2011 and currently works as a part-time peer mentor there. She is on the waiting list for the nursing program through Maricopa Community College District. She plans to continue on with her education and earn a Master of Science in Nursing while working as a nurse. As single mother of her 7-year-old son, Eli, she finds e-learning to be a convenient way to complete her coursework while at the same time juggling life’s responsibilities.  Nathan Errington is a Rio Salado College student and an active duty member of the United States Air Force assigned to Luke AFB. He graduated with his Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology, Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Web Design, and CCL in Computer Usage and Applications through Rio Salado in spring 2015. Nathan is currently pursuing an Arizona General Education Curriculum associate degree. He is scheduled to spend a year at Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea for his next assignment and then a follow-on assignment to Misawa AB, Japan. He plans to continue his studies with Rio Salado College while being deployed overseas.  Samra Hausey started as a student at Rio Salado College in fall 2011 and became a part-time peer mentor in the Advisement department in 2014.  E-learning is a better fit for her than a traditional campus setting with flexible scheduling and delivery methods that meet her learning style. She currently is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with the goal to teach 4th grade and earn master’s degree through Arizona State University.  Samantha Hill is studying healthcare innovation at Arizona State University (ASU) and is on the waiting list for the medical radiography program at Gateway Community College. Before going to ASU, she took e-learning classes at Rio Salado to earn college credits while deciding upon her educational and career goals. She is employed at Rio Salado College as a peer mentor and volunteers at the Maricopa Integrated Health System in the radiology department. In the future, she hopes study radiography and work at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital or the Mayo Clinic.  Daniel Mott is a student at Rio Salado College and member of its Phi Theta Kappa. He is the father of two boys, a small insurance business owner and part-time student. He started taking classes with Rio Salado in spring 2014 and is working on an Associate in Arts. He sees his mother as an inspiration to complete his education and finds e-learning convenient for his schedule. He appreciates that he can take classes in topics he can apply to all areas of his life. Daniel plans to transfer to an Arizona university to pursue a bachelor degree in marketing or communications.  Vanessa Williams started with Rio Salado College in fall 2013. She is Rio Salado College’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter president and vice president of the college’s chapter of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Vanessa works as a supervisor at Warm Line, a non-emergency peer-supported telephone hotline through the non-profit Crisis Response Network. She plans to earn an associate degree and transfer to Northern Arizona University to pursue a bachelor degree in management. In the future, she hopes to create a non-profit organization to assist peer support specialists in behavior health. When she is not working or with her family, she is an advocate for the homeless.Meet the ITC Panel
We appreciate the time and effort of the Rio Salado students who volunteered their time to take part in the ITC panel. Their input is invaluable. Learn more about who they are in this bio sheet.




By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

PTK Student Project - Why Go Back to School

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Students from Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter decided to produce a video as part of their 2015 student project, which focuses on why working adults are returning to school and the obstacles they have overcome-- in an effort to inspire other adults to go back to school.

This video is the culmination of their efforts and we hope it inspires you to embark on your educational journey. 



photo of Ms. Williams

Students also contributed written testimonials about their experience.

This personal narrative by Rio Salado PTK Chapter President Vanessa Williams beautifully encapsulates the struggles and triumphs she has encountered on her educational journey.

Milton Berle, once stated that “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” 

A few years ago, I felt that there were no opportunities for me to advance. After spending years on the street homeless and addicted, I made the first step by getting clean and sober. I found a job and was living in my own place. Life was great, but something was missing. 

I loved my job, however, I knew I wanted to build a better financial future for myself. I looked around and saw that other people were attending college and working. I did some research and found that Rio Salado would be the perfect fit for my schedule.

It wasn’t easy going back to college. I was in default on my student loans and I didn’t know how I would afford to pay back the loans with my part-time job. I spoke with the Department of Education’s ombudsmen and found out that I could make payments that would be based on my income. I was ecstatic. I began the process of applying to Rio as soon as I was out of default.

There were some challenges along the way, but with the help of a great support system, I have been able to keep up in school. I even joined some student activities such as Phi Theta Kappa and the National Society of Leadership and Success. I have been able to travel and meet new people. I have had the pleasure of working with the wonderful staff at Rio Salado during some of our student activities.

Going back to school has opened the door for me. When opportunity didn’t knock – I built the door. I am thankful every day that Rio Salado College opened that door to a better life for me.

Are you ready to go back to school?  Visit this web page for an introduction on how Rio Salado can serve you.  

To learn more about PTK and other student life initiatives, visit this Rio Salado Student Life web page.

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.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rio PTK AZ College Transfer Night - Nov 19

Image of student standing in front of chalk board that has words like: Education, Success, Graduate, University

Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society chapter is hosting a College Transfer Night with Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, the University of Arizona and Grand Canyon University on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015.

Learn how you can transfer seamlessly to one of these schools and prepare for your next step in higher learning.

This event is open to all Rio Salado students.

Rio Salado PTK College Transfer Night 
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015
6-7:30 p.m.
Rio Salado Conference Center in Tempe

2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Representatives from each school will share briefs about their college and programs with all attendees and then provide you with an opportunity for one-on-one discussions, so you can address your unique questions.

Complimentary pizza and soft drinks provided.  

We would appreciate an advanced confirmation of your attendance.  Please email StudentLife@riosalado.edu by 12 p.m., Thursday Nov. 19. We encourage you to bring family members and friends.

We look forward to seeing you there! 


To learn more about our transfer options, visit www.riosalado.edu/advisement/university-transfer

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

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.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

PTK Service Project Benefits Homeless

Image of Rio Salado Student Life leadership and PTK students holding up a thank you sign.

Every year, Rio Salado's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) International Honor Society – Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter, organizes a community service project.

This year, PTK students collected hygiene products and assembled care packages to benefit homeless individuals. Donations were collected on behalf of the Tempe Community Action Agency, located at 2150 E. Orange St. in Tempe, Arizona, which will distribute the products to those who need them most.

"The generosity of Rio Salado staff and visitors to the college's various locations, who supported this year’s project mission and help make it a great success -- we are so thankful,” said student volunteer and Rio Salado PTK organizer, Theresa Maheux.

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Kevin Bilder, dean of student affairs, said, “I was extremely proud to be a part of and witness the initiative of our PTK students. Their commitment to address a social issue to help make a difference in other peoples’ lives was very inspiring.”

The volunteers were led by PTK chapter president Vanessa Williams, and community service chair Theresa Maheux. Students and volunteers assembled 350 care packages.


“I am very impressed by all of the hard work and dedication the PTK student participants demonstrated for this year’s project,” said John Bastian, coordinator of student life and leadership at Rio Salado. “The generosity of our students, as well as Rio Salado staff and volunteers was very much appreciated and helped make this project a great success.”

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.

To learn more the about the Tempe Community Action Agency and how you can make a difference, visit: http://tempeaction.org/get-help/.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Commencement & HSE Graduation on MCTV

photo of Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and HSE Graduate and Student Speker Tera Gomez
Tune into MCTV to watch Rio Salado's Commencement and HSE Graduation ceremonies on COX Channel 115.

Commencement
Wednesday, June 24 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, July 10 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

HSE Graduation
Friday, June 19 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 25 - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, June 26 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 8 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 9 - 1:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

A special thank you to our good friends at MCTV for covering these events and for making these broadcasts possible! We appreciate your support.


Congratulations and thanks once again to Commencement student speaker John Field and HSE Graduation speaker Tera Gomez for their outstanding presentations.

You can still purchase individual photos from GradImages at www.gradimages.com


Photo 1: Rio Salado President Chris Bustamante and Tera Gomez.
Photo 2: John Field.

#RioGrad #MCTV

Friday, April 24, 2015

In the Spotlight: Rio Salado PTK

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Rio Salado's Alpha Theta Omicron chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society had a lot to celebrate this spring.

group shot of Rio Salado PTK advisors and members accepting chapter award

The PTK chapter attended the Arizona Regional Convention hosted by Paradise Valley Community College, March 27-28 and came home with several awards.

Chapter awards:
•    Five Star Level (highest level possible)
•    A Distinguished Arizona Chapter
•    Honors-in-Action Project Award
•    Honors-in-Action Award for Ideas and Ideologies as Frontiers
 
Individual Awards:
•    John Field - For serving as Arizona Region PTK President
•    Roberta Albinda  - Named an Outstanding Chapter Officer
•    Bethany Kartchner - Named an Outstanding Chapter Member
•    Melanie Abts - Outstanding Chapter Advisor

group shot from induction ceremony.  Above on screen is a quote: "Never stop looking for opportunities for personal and professional development, and pass on the wisidom you've learned.

On April 10, the PTK chapter hosted a reception and induction ceremony for 34 new students. Student President Lori Beasley presented open remarks and a program overview and then joined student leaders John Field and Jake Denison to induct the new members. You can view, upload and tag photos from the event on our Facebook page.

Image of Melanie Abts at podium.

Rio Salado Counseling Faculty Chair and PTK Advisor Dr. Melanie Abts was among 30 PTK advisors honored with a Paragon Award for New Advisors during the April 2015 NerdNation convention in San Antonio, Texas. The award recognizes advisors who have served less than four years and have made significant contributions to the growth of their chapter members.


On a side note, Arizona Regional PTK President John Field was chosen to serve as Rio Salado's 2015 Commencement student speaker on May 5

There are many benefits to joining PTK. It's a great way to engage in activities that will help you become more successful in the classroom and in life-- while you help others through service.

For additional details visit our PTK web page or contact PTK Advisor John Bastian at John.Bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.


2014-15 Officers
  • President – Lori Beasley
  • Chair of Administration and Hallmarks – John Williams
  • Chair of College Project - Vanessa Williams
  • Chair of Honors in Action – Roberta Albinda
  • Officer at Large – John Field

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Live Telecast with Arianna Huffington March 17

Photo of Ariana Huffington and NSLS logo.  Text: Video Speaker Broadcast featuring Ariana Huffington, Tuesday, March, 17 2015, 4-5:15 p.m. at Conference Center at Rio

Arianna Huffington, founder and editor in chief of The Huffington Post and #1 New York Times best-selling author of Thrive will be the next guest speaker for the National Society of Leadership and Success 2014-2015 Broadcast Speaker Series, which will be transmitted live by Rio Salado's NSLS chapter on Tuesday, March 17. 

Arianna Huffington's is one of the most well recognized names in modern journalism. She will share advice on redefining success, and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.

This free event is open to students, staff and the public.

Arianna Huffington Live Telecast
 
Tuesday, March 17
4-5:15 p.m. 
Conference Center @ Rio
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

This social gathering is also a great way for you to learn more about Rio Salado's NSLS chapter, which provides opportunities for students to engage with other students while developing important life skills.  

Questions? Please contact:
Otis J White
480 517-8107
otis.white@riosalado.edu


About The National Society of Leadership and Success
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. For more information, please visit http://www.societyleadership.org.

Monday, March 2, 2015

PTK Info Sessions March 3 & 5

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Rio Salado is hosting two, student information sessions about joining Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges-- and the benefits of joining Rio Salado’s Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter.

Session 1 - Tuesday, March 3, 2015
6 – 7:15 p.m.
RSC Avondale
420 N. Central Ave.
Avondale, AZ 85323

Session 2 - Thursday, March 5, 2015
6 – 7:15 p.m.
RSC Tempe - Conference Center
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Event Schedule
6 p.m.: Meet and greet reception with food and drinks.
6:20 - 7:15 p.m.: Discussion about benefits, scholarships and more.

Please RSVP at John.Bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

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PTK induction ceremony 2014

PTK will give you a chance to engage in activities with other students and provide experiences to help you become more successful in the classroom and in life-- while you help others through service.


Please note, there is a one-time PTK membership fee of $89.00 (scholarships are available). To qualify, you must be a current Rio Salado student with a 3.5 GPA or higher and have completed at least 12 or more college-level credits. For additional details visit our PTK web page or contact John Bastian.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Constitution Week: We The People

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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 for You?
Thomas Jefferson, founding father, and third President of the United States stated that in order for the country and its citizens to maintain their freedoms, people need to be educated and informed.

As an educational institution, Rio Salado College not only prepares students for successful careers—it also helps them learn about government and their role as citizens. The college offers political science classes focused on the U.S. Constitution and government, which can also satisfy elective credits for students seeking degrees or fulfilling general education requirements.

“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.”

Make a Change
We think you will quickly discover that being actively engaged in your community through civic or volunteer work can be life-changing.


“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said John Field, a Rio Salado student  and the Arizona Regional President for Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges.

“These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me."


Student Public Policy Forum
Rio Salado's Student Public Policy Forum (SPPF) is a 2-semester academic program that provides an overview of local, state, and national public policy making, and promotes citizen influence and involvement. SPPF gives students an up-close experience of how government works and culminates in travel to Washington, D.C. in the spring semester.

As part of the program requirements, students select a policy issue on which they conduct research, create an advocacy plan, and develop a final poster presentation.

For more details about SPPF and other civic engagement opportunities, contact Rio Salado Student Life and Leadership Coordinator John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Call to Action!
The Constitution guarantees that people are free to assemble for a cause, free to speak and express themselves, and to work for the improvements they may seek in their own life or in their community.

Let’s put these initiatives to work this Constitution Week and get busy making helpful and positive changes in our own lives and communities!

Arizona Constitution Day Events

Thursday, September 11, 2014

AZ PTK Works to End Domestic Violence

Rio Salado PTK team members with family, friends and supporters of Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night at Chase Field.
The Diamondbacks vs. Rockies game at Chase Field on August 30 had an additional draw for Arizona members of Phi Theta Kappa; an international honor society of two-year colleges. It was Sexual and Domestic Violence Awareness Night— dedicated to a cause the team has decided to champion in 2014-15— the perfect time and place for members to gather with advisors, family, friends, other advocates and survivors.

“The Arizona regional team for Phi Theta Kappa (AZ PTK) has been working together for the last six months to research domestic violence, teen dating violence, bullying, and violence in the home,” said John Field, AZ PTK president.

Photo of John FieldField began his term as AZ PTK president March 2014. Until recently he had also been serving as Rio Salado Alpha Theta Omicron PTK chapter president since May 2013.

As AZ PTK president, he’s collaborating with other college chapters in Arizona to provide support with group projects, encourage leadership development and respond to student concerns and needs. For this group project, the team is examining causes of and solutions to reduce violence—and ways to improve victim’s lives.


“The major focus of our research has been to determine what, if anything, can we do as students to assist in reducing violent actions, and bring relief to victims and/or their children,” said Field.

The team has met with police, city council members, family advocacy centers, prosecutors, Maricopa Association of Governments and the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence-- which inspired them to participate in Saturday’s event.

The students are thinking about gathering donated items such as diapers, personal hygiene products and other important items for victims in crisis. “We are also considering a campaign on many college campuses to raise awareness of healthy relationships and what people can do to avoid being assaulted,” said Field.

Field was appointed to his post during the PTK regional convention in March, where he and other Rio Salado PTK students received a Distinguished Arizona Chapter Award, Honors-in-Action Award and College Project Award for their research, community service and efforts to improve student life during the 2013-14 academic year.

Field was also one of three Rio Salado PTK students to receive a Civic Leadership Medallion award in May from the Maricopa County Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, for demonstrating outstanding achievements in educational advancement, civic engagement and community outreach.

John Field, Associate Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs
Felicia Ganther, J.D. and John Bastian
“John Field is a great leader for PTK,” said John Bastian, Rio Salado PTK Chapter Advisor and Coordinator of Student Life and Leadership. “He has really flourished-- along with our group. I couldn’t be more proud.”

Bastian, who received a Paragon Award for outstanding achievement as an advisor at the national PTK NerdNation annual convention in April said, “PTK plays a significant role in helping students find their leadership potential and put it to good use.”

“I never would have thought that I liked community service, public policy, public service, and advocating for those who cannot represent themselves,” said Field. These are gifts that I will treasure forever, and will hopefully make a difference in the lives of those around me.

To learn more about Rio Salado’s PTK team, visit www.riosalado.edu/PTK and contact John Bastian at john.bastian@riosalado.edu or 480-517-8656.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

RSC Students Selected for All Arizona Academic Team

Rio Salado College students Roberta Albinda of Goodyear and Shawnie Cahuya of Tempe were recently selected for the All-Arizona Academic Team.

Students are selected and ranked based on academic achievement, leadership, school participation, service, and a significant endeavor essay. The All-Arizona team is broken up into three teams—first, second, and third. Cahuya was chosen for the first team, and Albinda was chosen for the second team.

First team students receive a $1,000 cash award, with students on the second and third teams receiving $750 and $500 respectively. All team members also receive a two-year tuition waiver at any one of Arizona’s state universities. The recognition is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, the Arizona Board of Regents and the Arizona Community College Presidents’ Council.

Albinda said she was following her daughter's example when she joined Phi Theta Kappa.

"My daughter Sarah was an officer in her chapter at Phoenix College and went on to win the Coca Cola scholarship," Albinda said. "By participating in PTK, she was able to network and lay the groundwork for her career. She definitely inspired me to join."

Being chosen for the 2014 All Arizona Academic team is particularly rewarding for Albinda who said she has struggled with her return to academics.

"The most exciting part for me is the honor of being chosen," Albinda said. "Education was not an easy path for me, so this stands as a high achievement and an encouragement to never give up."

According to Albinda, interacting with other students who are driven and energetic is the highlight of her PTK experience.

"The best part of being a PTK member is the opportunity to engage with like-minded people who are purpose-driven and motivated," Albinda said. "People like the ones in PTK are the people who change the world."

After she completes her associate degree at Rio Salado, Albinda plans to transfer to Arizona State University to study nonprofit development.

“I was impressed by ASU's Edson Business Initiative and wanted to have something similar for people who need a second chance. I was also impressed by Bio-Excel's program to offer office space and support to technology start-ups,” Albinda said. “I want to start a non-profit that's somewhere in the middle of the two that also offers educational training to help breed success.”

Cahuya, who is currently in the dental hygiene program at Rio Salado, said PTK has helped her to become a leader in her community and to get involved.

"PTK has allowed me to portray leadership outside of my program," Cahuya said. “It has inspired me to get the best grades and to get involved in my community."

Cahuya said she appreciates the service learning elements of PTK membership and its focus on volunteering.

"PTK provides opportunities to learn and grow as an individual while helping others and providing a service to those in need," Cahuya said.

Cahuya said she plans to continue her education at Northern Arizona University where she will pursue a bachelor's degree after completing the Dental Hygiene program at Rio Salado College.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/PTK to learn more about Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Rio Salado College.

This story can also be found in the March 1 edition of the Tempe Republic. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

2013 College Fair To Be Held Nov. 7

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is hosting the 2013 College Fair at Rio Salado College in Tempe. The goal of the fair is to help students overcome obstacles on their way to college completion.

The College Fair will take place on Thursday, November 7th from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. in the Rio Salado Conference Center (2323 W. 14th St., Tempe, 85281). You are welcome anytime between 5:00 and 9:00. Admission is free!

Highlights of the fair include the following:
  • Representatives from various Rio Salado departments (Advising, Financial Aid/Scholarships, Testing, Adult Education, Tutoring, and more) will be available to answer your questions. 
  • Rio’s Counseling Department will speak to students about strategies (time management, goal setting, etc.) for college success.
  • Representatives from Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University, the University of Arizona, Grand Canyon University, and other schools will discuss transfer requirements.
  • Student groups (Phi Theta Kappa, the Student Public Policy Forum, the National Society of Leadership and Success) will share information.
  • A college completion commitment event will take place throughout the evening. Students can make a commitment to completing their program or degree.
  • Drawings and fun activities (including a drawing for a signed AZ Cardinals football!)
Please join us on Thursday, November 7th. RSVP if you can, though it is not required.

Contact John Bastian (john.bastian@riosalado.edu; 480-517-8656) to RSVP or with any questions.





Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Scholarship Applicants Wanted For Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is looking for high-performing community college transfer students with financial need who plan to transfer to a top four-year college or university to apply for its Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements
  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009)
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2014
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.

Note: While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:
  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.

Selected students may use the award for tuition, living expenses, books, and other required fees, may pursue any area of study, will have the opportunity to network with the larger JKCF Scholar community, and will receive up to $30,000 each year, making this scholarship the largest private scholarship for community college transfer students in the country. Students who stand out for their exceptional academic abilities and achievements, persistence, leadership and desire to help others, should visit the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s website to learn more. The application is open from September 12 to November 7, 2013. http://www.jkcf.org/scholarships/undergraduate-transfer-scholarships/


Saturday, February 25, 2012

Rio Students Place on All-Arizona Academic Team

Rio Salado College students Jennifer Papworth and Amanda Carrero were among 69 community college students from across the state who were recently recognized as members of the All-Arizona Academic Team. The students were honored, Feb. 22 at the 17th annual All-Arizona Team Celebration banquet held at the Phoenix East Mesa Hilton.
 The All-Arizona Academic Team is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges. Team members are ranked on first, second and third place teams based on academic performance, extracurricular activities and written responses to several essay questions.
Jennifer Papworth
First team students receive a $1,000 cash award, with students on the second and third team receiving $750 and $500 respectively. All team members also receive a tuition waiver at any one of Arizona’s state universities.

 First team member Jennifer Papworth is studying public administration at Rio Salado. She managed to balance her studies with the responsibilities of raising her three boys, while still maintaining a 3.86 GPA.

“I honestly didn’t know if I would be able to finish my bachelor’s degree. When I found out that I had been selected, I felt relief, excitement and pride,” said Papworth.

Papworth is a fourth generation Arizonan and attended ShowLow High School. She has been involved in many college and community activities including: the Student Public Policy Forum, La Leche League and the Avondale Elementary School District Governing Board, where she served as a board member. She is currently a government relations intern for the Maricopa Community College District, and has received numerous college honors including: a Pfister Family Scholarship, a Women’s Philanthropy Circle Scholarship and a scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa.
Amanda Carrero

Amanda Carrero is a member of the second team. She is working toward an Associate of Applied Science degree in computer technology with a GPA of 4.0. She has three children, including twin daughters.

Carrero, who plans on transferring to ASU said, “This is especially great news since ASU has an online web development Bachelor’s degree, I won’t have to pay for childcare.”

Carrero has been involved in Phi Theta Kappa as the chapter secretary and recording officer. She is an active church volunteer and a volunteer member of the Arizona Modified Motorcycle Association. Carrero is a recipient of the Foundation Scholarship, and is on the President’s Honors List.

 “This award means that I will be able to continue my education and provide for my kids, it means that not only will it give me the financial ability to continue, but it will also give me the confidence that I’ve done good work, and I can show my kids that hard work and dedication pay off.”

As a member of the All Arizona First Team, Papworth will be eligible to compete for placement on the All-USA Academic Team sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges. Members of the national team will be announced later this spring.