Showing posts with label RioGrad. Show all posts
Showing posts with label RioGrad. Show all posts

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, 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.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Celebrate Black History Month!

Image above from Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missour.
Black History Month or African American History Month is an annual celebration-- recognizing the sacrifices and achievements of black Americans throughout U.S. history.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to honor Black History Month by highlighting targeted library and web resources that can help you learn more about the lives, contributions and legacy of African Americans. Check out this Black History Month Topic Guide now.

To learn more about the rich legacy of African Americans-- and national events scheduled to celebrate their accomplishments, visit this Library of Congress web site:

Image 1: Library of Congress: Unidentified African American soldier in Union uniform at Benton Barracks, Saint Louis, Missouri. 

Image 2: Library of Congress: Civil rights march on Washington, D.C.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Singer needed for 2016 Commencement!

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  • Are you a talented singer?
  • Are you a Rio Salado College student or employee?
  • Are you interested in sharing your talents by singing the National Anthem at Rio Salado College's 2016 Commencement ceremony at the Orpheum Theater on May 11? 

If you said yes to all three questions-- then send us a link to an online video of you singing the National Anthem to this email address:

Please include the following with your submission:  

  • Full Name
  • Email address
  • Phone Number 
  • Students, please also let us know whether you plan to attend the Commencement ceremony as a graduate, when you began your studies at Rio Salado and what program of study you're pursuing or what kind of class(es) you are taking. 
  • Employees, please make note of which department you serve. 

Please submit your audition by Friday, Feb. 26 and include Commencement Singer in the subject line.

The Commencement committee will review all submissions and host final auditions this March. Please note this is a volunteer opportunity.

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 or call 480-517-8785 for more details about Rio Salado counseling services.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Time to Apply for Graduation Rio Waves!

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Many of you have recently completed certificate and degree programs-- or are getting ready to finish a program of study this spring. Congratulations Rio Waves

Celebrate your accomplishments with us during Rio Salado's 2016 Commencement ceremony on May 11 at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix

Graduation applications are due March 1, 2016.

Learn more about the ceremony and submit your graduation application online by visiting this web page.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬

Friday, January 8, 2016

Maricopa County StandDown for Vets Jan. 28-29

AZ Veterans StandDown Alliance logo: Coordinated by the AZ Coaltion to End Homelessness.
The 2016 Maricopa County StandDown for veterans will take place January 28-29. 

While the primary goal is to help homeless veterans access resources, including housing, its secondary goal is to bring community and service providers together in a collaborative format to build relationships throughout the year to benefit homeless and at risk veterans.

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We encourage you to attend if you need help as a veteran!

We also encourage our community to volunteer time and resources to help improve the lives of veterans who are in need of these services. 

Maricopa County StandDown
January 28 & 29
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Coliseum
1826 W. McDowell Road
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Please visit for additional details about the event, donating and volunteering.

The Arizona StandDown is an alliance of community-based organizations
that come together to provide annual, one to three day events that bring together the State's homeless and at-risk military veterans, connecting them with services ranging from: VA HealthCare, Mental Health Services, Clothing, Meals, Emergency Shelter, Transitional and Permanent Housing, ID/ Drivers License's, Court Services and Legal Aidea, Showers and Haircuts and myriad other services and resources. Learn more at the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness.

The February 2015 Maricopa County StandDown was the largest, singular outreach event for homeless veterans in the country.

Friday, December 18, 2015

New Veterans Club in 2016!

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Rio Salado College and the East Valley Veterans Education Center are joining forces to establish a Student ‪Veterans‬ Club.

The club is open to all veteran students and is free to join! Subscribe to our mailing list and let us know if you're interested in learning more.

Join the Club!

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Rio Visits Wilson Elementary Bearing Gifts

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Rio Salado staff visited Wilson Elementary School in Phoenix to drop off book and supply donations that were collected during the college's 2015 Valley of the Sun United Way Giving Campaign!

The group, which included Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. LeRodrick Terry, staff from the Teacher Education department and members of Rio Salado's United Way committee, met with 4th-8th grade teachers and students on Friday, Dec. 11 to share the donations.

Image of Rio staff with Wilson teachers and students after presentation.

 “As educators, we have a responsibility to serve our communities," said Dr. Terry. "Interacting with people from the community reminds me of why we do what we do. Our purpose as an institution and as people are made clearer when we take the time to serve.”
A big thank you to Rio Salado staff, students and members of our community who dropped off book donations and monetary gifts during our fall campaign.

Visit our Facebook page for additional photos.

United Way poster: Give. Advocate. Volunteer.  Live United.  Montage of images featuring volunteers and people who benefit from UW services.

To learn about ways you can give, advocate and volunteer with the Valley of the Sun United Way, visit

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 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, December 9, 2015

Traveling Stone Soup to End Hunger Begins Dec 10!

snapshot of Peppermint Jim and Chef Nick from Facebook page

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:

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.

State Farm is Hiring! Take Part in Dec. 15 Job Fair

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Explore part-time and full-time opportunities in Customer Service, Sales and Auto Claims at State Farm's Career Fair, Dec. 15.

Meet with State Farm recruiters and hiring managers.

Dec. 15, 2015
10 a.m. - 1 pm.
Phoenix airport Marriott
1101 N. 44th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

Search State Farm jobs and apply online now at

Learn how Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program can help you excel in this fast-growing industry! 

Enroll now, start Monday!

#‎insurance‬ ‪#‎jobs‬ ‪#‎employment‬ ‪#‎career‬

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!

Monday, December 7, 2015

MCCCD Chancellor Announces Retirement

After nearly 13 years as Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, Rufus Glasper, Ph.D. will retire to accept a position as President and CEO of the League for Innovation in the Community College (League).

Dr. Glasper has served The Maricopa Community Colleges, one of the nation’s largest community college systems, for more than 29 years in a variety of roles from director of finance, CFO and Vice Chancellor. He was named Chancellor in 2003.

The League, based in Chandler, Ariz., is an international nonprofit organization that provides strategic insights and undertakes policy work for the more than 800 institutions holding memberships in its League Alliance. The Maricopa Community Colleges is a member of the League.

“This decision was not an easy one,” Dr. Glasper wrote in a memo to Maricopa employees today. “I believe that the many organizational and academic initiatives that are now in motion throughout the Maricopa Community Colleges are well on their way to enhancing the District’s position as a leader among community colleges nationally.”

“As I have had the privilege to provide vision for initiatives impacting student success and innovation for our colleges, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to now provide leadership in the community college arena on a national scale,” Dr. Glasper added.

Learn more in this official press release.

We join our community in thanking Chancellor Glasper for his years of service and leadership. We wish you well on your new educational journey.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Get Linkedin to Network

image of a group of people standing in front of a giant chalk board with images and words relating to social media and networking

Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig about the benefits of joining a social media networking group like LinkedIn while in college.

logo for LinkedIn

Many college students are avid users of social media such as Facebook and Twitter but they should also consider LinkedIn. LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network and provides access to people, jobs, news and more.

Students may think that LinkedIn is better used after graduation but college counselors think you should stay ahead of the competition by building your profile early. By starting your profile while still in school you have time to develop your LinkedIn account and become an expert on how best to use it.

Networking is the key to landing a great job. Start now by linking with your friends, co-workers, classmates, professors, and family members. Call on your contacts for recommendations on your profile and start following the companies you may be interested in working for in the future. The information you learn and connections you make today may have a pay off in the future. Plus by having a profile on LinkedIn, an employer can find you!

Review these resources for tips on how to start or improve your LinkedIn profile:

Contributed by Rio Salado Counselor Kamela Craig on behalf of Rio Salado's Counseling Department.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Cybersecurity Employment Oppty for Veterans!

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PwC has committed to hiring 60 veterans into Cybersecurity roles by February 2016.

Learn about PwC, this recruitment initiative, eligibility requirements, the application process and more by visiting this web page.

Program Overview: Individuals selected during the Cybersecurity Hiring Initiative will join the Firm in various full-time cyber positions across the country and will begin their PwC experience in early 2016.

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!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Attend Free Teacher Ed Orientation Sessions

poster for teacher ed.  Text: Make a Difference.  Become a Teacher!  Learn more about Rio Salado's Teacher Ed Programs

The Rio Salado Teacher Education team hosts free orientation sessions to provide details about its Bachelor Degree Pathway and Post-Baccalaureate programs!

Please join us for one of these orientation sessions in December!

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Bachelor Degree Pathway Orientation
Learn how this educator preparation program allows students to complete 90+ credits at the community college level and then transfer to Northcentral University for the remaining courses toward earning a bachelor's of education degree.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m
Rio Salado Tempe
Rio Tower - Disney Room #4 (6th floor)

Register now

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Post- Baccalaureate Orientation Sessions
Learn about the convenient and cost-effective ways students and working professionals with a bachelor’s degree can transition into a K-12 teaching career. Applicants can receive certification in Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary (content specific) and Special Education.

Traditional Pathway
Learn about the traditional pathway model for certification which includes completion of all coursework, testing, and 12 week student teaching experience.

  Monday, Dec. 14, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 8 p.m.

Communiversity at Surprise

Register now

Teacher in Residence Pathway
Post-Baccalaureate Teacher-in-Residence Orientation

Learn about paid employment opportunities in the classroom available to students while completing certification coursework. Visit this blog post for additional insights about this program and Arizona's pressing need for teachers.

Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015
6:30 - 8 p.m.

Rio Salado Tempe Conference Center

Register now

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Rio PTK AZ College Transfer Night - Nov 19

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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 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

Contact John Bastian at or 480-517-8656 for more details about this event. 

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Live Google+ Hangout with White House Nov 18!

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Rio Salado College Adults Achieving a College Education (Adult ACE) staff will be taking part in a live discussion about college access with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics and other Bright Spot organizations via Google + Hangout on Wednesday, November 17 from 12-1 p.m. Arizona time (2-3 p.m., EST).

The Initiative named Rio Salado’s Adult ACE program a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education last month. Bright Spot organizations are recognized for using data-driven approaches, promising practices, and effective partnerships resulting in increased educational completion opportunities for the Hispanic community.

Tomorrow's Google + Hangout is one of several conversations the Initiative will host throughout the coming year, to give educators and the public a chance to learn what Bright Spot organizations are doing to help close the achievement gap for Hispanic students-- and to learn ways in which we can continue helping Latino students and families progress forward. It's also a chance for you to pose your questions and concerns about the future of education and access for Hispanics.

We encourage you to engage in the dialogue via Google+ and Twitter using #BrightSpots and #CollegeAccess.  You can begin posting questions and comments now.

About the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics
The Initiative was established in 1990 to address the educational disparities faced by the Hispanic community. To learn more visit

See related blog story.

Monday, November 16, 2015

International Ed Week - Wear Your Beret Day!

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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 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