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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Get Inspired by CGCC Dual Enrollment Grads

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Do yourself a favor and take a few moments to read this story by the East Valley Tribune about the extraordinary Begaye sisters-- Chandler-Gilbert Community College's 2016 superstar dual enrollment grads. 

It will likely inspire you to make the most of your day!

Congratulations Chenoa and Tanyka!


‪#‎mcccd‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎superstars‬

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

New Titles at the Rio Salado College Library

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Here is what’s new in the Rio Salado College Library!  This list is updated throughout the month as new additions arrive. To view the complete list of new titles from previous months, please see the Library New Titles Archive.

Fiction

Nonfiction
DVDs

Rio Salado Counseling Advice on Staying Positive

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“We don’t see things as they are,
we see them as we are.”
—Anais Nin
Perception is powerful!  Here's some advice from Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardenez to help you get over those rainy days and Mondays that get you down.

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As much as I’d like to write differently life is not always easy! Life brings stressors… illness, bad weather, irritating people, finances, work, and more. Often, when negative things are happening the only thing that is able to change is a person’s perspective.

As human beings it is impossible to remain a perfectly balanced, happy, upbeat, and positive 24/7. There are things, however, that you can do to help a negative become well…less negative.

It can take a while for an optimistic train of thought to take root, however, there are three questions to ask in any situation that can help.

1. Ask questions that allow you to see the optimistic viewpoint.
When a stressful and negative situation occurs an easy way to try to make it better is to ask yourself questions to promote a better outlook. For example:
● What can I learn from this situation?
● Are there any opportunities?
● Can I do anything about it?

It’s normal if answers do not come immediately but pondering and journaling can really help!

2. Start your day in a positive way.
Do you enjoy a cup of coffee and a brisk walk? I sure do! There cannot be enough said about exercise and the benefits it has on one’s body and mood. Watch something uplifting and fun. Let’s face it…the news is hard to watch at times and often negative. A positive beginning will carry through your entire day.

3. Choose positive people and activities.
While it may not be possible 100% of the time spending your time with positive and supportive people will lift you up. Learn from others. If you know someone who is genuinely a positive and upbeat person seek them out and simply ask “how do you do it?” Make a mental note of their answers and activities and give them a try. Lastly, do the activities you know you enjoy and that make you smile. Sometimes you will only have 30 minutes but that is 30 minutes of positivity that you didn’t have. There are ups and downs to lives, routines, and responsibilities…it’s up to you to find the positive and joy.


“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Maria Robinson

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Insurance Studies Program Successes

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Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, which is the first of its kind in Arizona and for community colleges, was developed in direct response to the insurance industry’s need for qualified workers. The new program, which launched in fall, is celebrating a couple of recent successes.

Rio Salado Welcomes First State Farm Scholarship Cohort
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State Farm has provided full scholarship awards to 18 students to complete the Insurance Studies Certificate of Completion (CCL). Half of the awardees are veterans and taking their courses at the East Valley Veteran Education Center. Congratulations to our scholarship winners!  Learn about scholarship opportunities.

Rio Salado Wins SITE Innovation Award

Rio Saldo was honored with the prestigious Lois A. Markovich Innovation Award from the Society of Insurance Trainers and Education (SITE) in recognition of its "creative and unique approach in meeting training needs for the insurance industry."

Rio Salado collaborated with Glendale and Mesa Community Colleges and 35 insurance professionals from 20 different insurance companies to develop the Insurance Studies CCL.  This collaboration demonstrates the effectiveness of higher education and industry partnerships.

To learn more about Rio Salado's new Insurance Studies program, visit: www.riosalado.edu/insurance

Check out this blog for additional backstory about the program, employment opportunities and needs of the industry.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Military & Government Collection Database

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EBSCO’s Military& Government Collection is designed to offer current news pertaining to all branches of the military and government. 

This database offers a thorough collection of periodicals, academic journals and other content pertinent to these areas.

Key Publications Include:
  • Air Force Comptroller
  • JFQ: Joint Force Quarterly
  • Military Technology
  • Combat Edge
  • FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
  • Defense Studies
  • Foreign Affairs
  • Naval Forces

Check it out today!   Please note, you must be logged into your RioLearn account to access.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

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!

Friday, June 24, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Power Restored


We are happy to announce APS has restored power to the Rio Salado Downtown location.  

We plan to resume normal business hours on Monday. 

Latest Valley-wide Group Advising 101 Sessions

(POSTER FOR ADVISING 101) ILLUSTRATED IMAGES OF BOOKS, LAPTOP AND GRAD CAP.  tEXT:  Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. The Advising 101 sessions are held in person and via webinar. The sessions are free and open to all students. RSC Northern, Tuesday, July 5, 10 a.m. RSC Southern, Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m. RSC Lifelong Learning Center, Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m. Communiversity at Queen Creek, Thursday, June 30 6 p.m. RSC Downtown, Tuesday, July 12 6 p.m. RSC Avondale, Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. RSC Thomas, Monday Aug. 1, 10 a.m. RSC Tempe, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.

Take advantage of group Advising 101 sessions at Rio Salado valley-wide locations this summer!

You can also take part via webinar!

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details.


Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rio Salado Downtown Closed due to Power Outage

Attention, we are closing the Rio Salado Downtown location until further notice due to a power outage. We will share updates as soon as possible. 

Please call the Rio Salado College main line at 480-517-8000 for assistance.

Last Chance to RSVP for Free Dental Clinic 6/25!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic still has a few openings for this Saturday's free dental clinic for kids!  

Rio Salado College Dental Hygiene students, instructors and support staff will volunteer their time and expertise to provide comprehensive dental hygiene care to more than 100 children at the free clinic.  The clinic is for children and young adults ages 17 and younger and will take place Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Services Include: Exams, X-rays, Cleaning, Fluoride Varnish, and Fun Educational Tips on Staying Healthy. Each child will also receive a wellness goodie bag to take home.

Walk-ins are welcome and will be accommodated if time and space permit.

Please RSVP in advance for guaranteed service by calling 480-377-4100 or send an email to dental.hygiene@riosalado.edu.

Rio Salado Free Dental Clinic for Kids
Saturday, June 25, 2016
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Rio Salado College Dental Clinic
2250 W. 14th Street
Tempe, Arizona 85281
480-377-4100
www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic

The FOX 10 Arizona Morning team plans to join us as we kick off this event-- to help increase awareness about the importance of dental hygiene.  Tune in at 8 a.m. for live coverage.

  
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Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease in children, but is almost entirely preventable!
This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rio Salado Welcomes New VPAA Kate Smith


Please join us in welcoming Kate Smith-- Rio Salado's new Vice President of Academic Affairs

Smith, who begins her tenure this week, will be responsible for the oversight of Faculty, academic support services, Community Development, Dual Enrollment, Educational Service Partners, Institutional Research, Curriculum, and Institutional Integrity.

“I am excited to welcome Kate to the Rio Salado College team and to Maricopa,” said Chris Bustamante, president of Rio Salado College. “I have every confidence that she will provide meaningful contributions to our important work of serving students.”

Smith brings a depth of experience to her new role with more than 20 years of experience in education. Most recently she served as the Dean of the Academic Foundations division at Monroe Community College in Rochester, New York. In that role, Kate had direct oversight of developmental education, college success courses, the English for Speakers of other Languages program, Dual Enrollment, writing centers, learning centers, tutoring, grant funded initiatives, and more.

Smith is a collaborative and supportive educator and leader. She is also well known in New York and across the nation as a speaker on topics ranging from active learning strategies to leading change through collaborative practices.

“I am thrilled to join Rio Salado College,” Smith said. “I am humbled and honored to be joining such a progressive and hard-working team. I appreciate the opportunity to support and contribute to the excellent work of the faculty and staff at Rio and look forward to working with my new colleagues.”

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rio Congratulates Horizon H.S. Dual Grads!


A shout out to Rio Salado 2016 dual enrollment grads from Horizon High School-- Connor Little, Matthew Thomas and Peter Godfrey-- who were recently featured in this Scottsdale Independent story.

They were among a record-breaking 64 dual enrollment grads who earned associate degrees from Rio Salado College-- before graduating from high school.

Congratulations!

See related RioNews stories about the extraordinary dual enrollment class of 2016:
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Learn more about Rio Salado's dual enrollment program: www.riosalado.edu/programs/dual.

#‎RioGrad‬ ‪#‎dualenrollment‬ ‪#‎Arizona‬

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Counseling Summer Time Advice for Students

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Rio Salado Counselor Autumn Cardott has a few tips-- to help you make the most of your summer.

Woo Hoo! It’s summertime! Time to lounge by the pool, visit a beach, read a fluff book, hang out with family and friends, and maybe even get a haircut?

All of the above summer activities are highly recommended for sure but there are students who would like to also accomplish academic goals and utilize the summer months to do just that. Here are a few ideas to get started.

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1. Research and find college clubs, organizations, student life activities, and even future alumni opportunities. Networking is huge and will play a huge role in landing a future job. Being actively involved in college activities will not only help a resume, social life, and academic successes but will also grow networking opportunities. Rio Salado College’s Student Life and Leadership Department engages students in leadership, service, and fellowship. You can locate all the information you need via this web page or by calling Student Life and Leadership at 480-517-8050.

2. If you are finished with your degree or program become an active alum. I promise it’s not just about donations! Your college alumni network is one of your best networking opportunities as a graduate. You can contact your specific degree/program department for more details. Reaching out to fellow graduates, instructors, and current students will grow your network and really encourage your career search and path.

3. Summer time is a great time to visit Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services! Put us on your schedule…you will be so glad you did. Counseling and Career Services (for free) resources, resume assistance, mock interviewing, one-on-one career counseling, and more. Take advantage of all the assistance and opportunities provided to you.

4. Take a summer course. Summer school isn’t a punishment…it’s an opportunity to get a class done quickly. Take two summer courses! It’s such a unique benefit having your course work online. You can study while catching that tan.

Summer time goes quickly and I know you want to have fun and relax but if you also want to accomplish some academic goals go for it! Regardless of your choice… don’t worry! Be happy!

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

Check out Rio Salado's online catalog for a look at courses available to you this summer. Classes start Monday!

June is Men’s Health Month!

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Men’s Health Month is a time to celebrate men and raise awareness of the preventable health problems that affect males. It is an opportunity to encourage men to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

The Rio Salado Library is proud to participate in Men’s Health Month by pooling together relevant resources from the library and the web to support the goals of Men’s Health Month. 

Rio Salado Library Resources
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Men’s Health Magazine: Articles for men on fitness, exercise, nutrition, grooming tips, fashion, new products, and men's health questions.

Harvard Men’s Health Watch: Contains men's health news and advice directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. Puts the reader in closer touch with everything that's happening now in cutting edge medicine, new prevention strategies, and new medicine.

Men’s Health Advisor: Direct from the renowned Cleveland Clinic, this monthly publication discusses important and vital issues facing men concerned about their health.

(Note: Access the resources above by using your RioLearn username/password)

Online Resources
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Men’s Health Fact Sheets & Information: Sponsored by the Men’s Health Network, this site contains the latest data sets and statistics on men’s health issues, including the top causes of death, life expectancy by sex and race, and prostate cancer facts, among others.

Men’s Health Online Resource Center: Search through the various disease categories at this site to learn more about different maladies that affect men and what you need to know about them.

30 Stay-Healthy Tips for Men: This resource provides a month-long plan for disease prevention.

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Image by Carlos Newsom under a CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0 license.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

My.Maricopa Student Center Outage June 18-19

My.maricopa.edu will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance, 7 a.m., Saturday June 18 to noon, Sunday June 19.

The My.Maricopa Student Center will be down for planned maintenance beginning Saturday, June 18 at 7 a.m. until Sunday, June 19 at noon.

The following online student services will be unavailable during this time:
  • Maricopa Enterprise ID account creation
  • Enrollment for classes
  • Grade reports
  • Transcripts
  • Financial aid information
  • Student message center.
Please plan accordingly.

During this outage, your student email, Canvas and RioLearn portals will still be available.  You will also have the option to search for classes, research programs and degrees or contact an advisor.  Visit this web page for the latest updates.

Advising 101: New Group Advising Sessions!

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Rio Salado College is offering group advising sessions this summer to help students meet registration requirements and get started on the right track. These Advising 101 sessions will be held in person and via webinar.

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Advising 101 satisfies Step 3 of the "Initial Advising Session” to complete registration in my.maricopa.edu.

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Students will learn how to:
● Work with an advisor to reach their educational goals.
● Choose appropriate classes and programs.
● Apply prior college classes to their program.
● Transfer credits to a university program.
● Find resources and tips to help them succeed.

In-Person Group Advising 101 Sessions
RSC Northern - Monday, June 20, 10 a.m.
RSC Southern - Tuesday, June 28, 11 a.m.
RSC Lifelong Learning Center - Wednesday, June 29, 11 a.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek - Thursday, June 30, 6 p.m.
RSC Downtown -Tuesday, July 12, 6 p.m.
RSC Avondale - Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m.
RSC Thomas - Monday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Rio Tempe - Wednesday, Aug. 10 6 p.m.
RSC Northern - Monday, July 5 10 a.m.

Webinar Group Advising 101 Sessions
Wednesday, July 27, Noon
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.

Visit www.riosalado.edu/advising101 for the latest details about Advising 101 sessions.

Students do not need to register in advance for in-person or webinar sessions.

Students will be provided details on how to report their mandatory advisement requirements during the session they choose.

The sessions are free and open to all students.

Students may continue to seek advisement individually by phone, in-person or email.

For more information contact Academic Advisement at (480) 517-8580 or academic.advisement@riosalado.edu.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Billboard Inspires #RioGrad to Reevaluate Life


Imagine driving down the street, minding your own business, when you look up at a passing billboard and it hits you. The face is familiar. Could it be? You go back for a second look and confirm your suspicion.

Photo of Mercado at Rio Salado 2015 Commencement

“I was shocked today to find out that my picture was used on a Rio Salado College billboard,” said 2015 Rio Salado graduate Joseph Mercado, in an email to the college. “I want to thank you for selecting my photo because it help me to confirm spiritually that I am on the right path.”

Mercado attended Rio Salado part-time from 2010-15, and earned a certificate in addictions and substance use disorders.

Since graduation, he has been working as a counselor and behavior coach. He also decided to return to school to earn a college degree to further his career.

“I had recently applied to a university to continue my education, but was slow in my steps,” Mercado said. “After seeing the billboard, I felt that it was more than just a sign but a ‘sign’ for me to continue my education.”

Mercado’s journey to Rio Salado hasn’t been easy, but other signs pointed him in the right direction.

“I choose a career in chemical dependency after the path became apparent while working at a treatment center,” Mercado said. “I saw that my own life experiences were very helpful in connecting with at-risk youth.”

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He also combines his DJ talents with the behavioral health experience to benefit others.

“I use my music background as therapy, whether it’s teaching youth how to DJ, or using music as a coping skill, Mercado said. “Music is a great healing tool.”

Mercado was going through a period of personal turmoil in the late 90s, which caused him to fall into addiction as a means of comfort.

In 2003, Mercado was in New York City when he blacked out one day, and fell head first to the ground. He split open his forehead and needed more than 300 stitches to close the wound.

“Afterwards, I sunk deeper into depression, substance abuse and high-risk behaviors,” Mercado said. “I didn't know it at the time but this was the start of a spiritual experience that lifted me from the pain.”

About 9 months later, Mercado made the decision to change.

“Each day now I live my life based on my new foundation,” Mercado said. “I have repaired some relationships. I am grateful for each and every experience, whether positive or negative. And even though I still face troubles, the doors continue to open.”

One of those doors was Rio Salado College.



“I chose Rio Salado because the program fit into my schedule,” Mercado said. “At the time I was working very long hours so being flexible with my time was very important.”

In addition to the at-risk youth he works with, Mercado hopes to inspire others who may be facing challenges in life.
“If you are struggling in life, know that change can happen when you realize that pain is temporary,” Mercado said. “Having self-awareness leads to making better choices.”
Mercado’s next choice is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Seeing the billboard has lifted and inspired me to continue my education and finish strong,” Mercado said, although he still gets a chuckle from it.

“It is still an unreal experience to see my face up there,” Mercado said. “I get messages from so many people I know in Phoenix. When I have a visitor from out of town, I take them to the billboard and we get a super kick out of it!”

By Rio Salado Communications Coordinator Mira Radovich 


Are you ready to begin your educational journey? Classes start Monday! Visit www.startatrio.com for a step-by-step guide on getting started at Rio Salado College.

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...

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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)

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Free Summer Workshops for Educators

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Join Rio Salado College's Teacher Education team for a series of free, educator workshops this summer!

A to Z Web 2.0 (Karen Guerrero) 
image of a smiling teacherJune 28, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
Explore some innovative H.O.T. (H=Handy; O=Outstanding; T=Time-saving) Web 2.0 Tools, such as: wikis, Google sites and digitized interactive notebooks, integrated with empowering Active Engagement Instructional Strategies that will help you connect with students and create a challenging and energized classroom environment. Design your course around outcomes, teach with passion and develop some Web 2.0 Tools that assist in checking for understanding as your students engage in the lessons.

Strategies of Engagement: Supercharging Your Math and Science Classrooms Part A (David Hill)
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July 11, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
Many teachers become the “sage on the stage” rather than the “guide on the side”. This workshop will help teachers develop activities and techniques that will actively engage their students in the learning experience. Workshop participants will see active learning techniques demonstrated and perform actual hands-on math and science activities as models for their classrooms. Everyone will come away with some high tech and low tech activities that are both fun and challenging for students. These techniques will help promote both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for math and science teachers. Implementing these ideas with students will “supercharge” the learning that goes on in virtually any classroom. This is a part one of the workshop (each workshop will stand alone if you cannot make both dates).

Strategies of Engagement: Supercharging Your Math and Science Classrooms Part B (David Hill)
image of a smiling teacherJuly 18, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
This workshop is a continuation of the Strategies of Engagement Part A elevating participants’ strategies for actively engaging students and diversifying classroom management techniques. Through demonstration and hands-on activities, teachers will be motivated to examine how the mode of presenting classroom demonstrations can affect student learning and make learning fun. Discover new techniques which promote both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards for math and science teachers.

Moving at Risk-Students Forward (Dr. Schavon Waggoner) image of a smiling teacherJuly 26, 6-9 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Tower, Room 515
This workshop will help teachers bring true hope to at-risk youth, adolescents who are less likely to transition successfully into adulthood and achieve economic self-sufficiency. Workshop participants will engage in activities and discussion to better understand the at-risk students’ emotional or behavioral problems, truancy, low academic performance, showing a lack of interest for academics and expressing a disconnection from the school environment. Learn how to build and motivate student resilience to have a strong sense of purpose and a belief in success; including goal direction, education aspirations, motivation, persistence, and optimism.

Register now at www.riosalado.edu/workshops


For more information call 480-517-8140

News courtesy of Rio Salado Teacher Education