Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Self-improvement. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Mask You Live In, Screening & Discussion 8/25

Poster for event: Text: The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definaition of masculinity.   When: Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MST) - Where: ASU Downtown Phoenix campus - 555 N Central Ave Cronkite Building, Room 122, Phoenix, AZ 85004 6-9 p.m.

Join Arizona State University's Project Humanities for a screening and discussion of, The Mask You Live In, a documentary film that follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America's narrow definition of masculinity.

Thursday, Aug. 25
6-9 p.m.
ASU Downtown Phoenix campus.

Free and open to the public.

Register now

Project Humanities brings together individuals and communities, within and around ASU, to instill passion and knowledge of humanities study, research, and humanist thought. By exploring shared ideas and experiences, Project Humanities facilitates conversations across diverse communities to build understanding through talking, listening, and connecting.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead

Image of a hand holding a mobile device and a book.  Rio Salado and Maricopa Community Colleges logos.  Text: Semester Planning.  Image of Rio Salado mascot Splash holding books and back pack.

Successful students plan ahead!
  • Create a semester calendar to record due dates for all exams, quizzes, papers, and finals.
  • Plan to study! 1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.
  • Plan to succeed: prioritize your time and stay informed.

#‎Iwillgraduate‬ ‪#‎studentsuccess‬ ‪#‎RioWaves‬ ‪#‎StudentSuccessTips‬

We Can Help You Transition Back to School

photo of Carlos Nunez

Meet Carlos Nuñez, a successful student who has benefited from Rio Salado's Adults Achieving a College Education (AACE) program, which helped him transition into college.
"The AACE Program has given me strength, determination, and much knowledge to move forward in my education," said Nuñez. "This incredible experience is highly recommended to everybody interested in success. The only thing you can lose is your lack of knowledge."
Are you interested in college and ready to commit to completing a degree, certificate, or a workforce training? Whether you need assistance preparing for the GED® test, learning English as a second language, finding financial aid or meeting any of the other challenges of returning to school-- we're ready to help.

Visit this web page to learn how we can help you.

#‎GED‬ ‪#‎ESL‬ ‪#‎ABE‬ ‪#‎YouGotThis‬ #NewToCollege

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Community Cooking & Gardening Workshops

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

Enroll now by calling 480-517-8532.

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


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


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


Soil Building for Beginners
image of a man in a garden, smiling
Sat., Oct. 1
9-11 a.m.  
$15 each

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


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

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



Pasta- Making Ravioli From Scratch for Beginners 
plate of ravioli'

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


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


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





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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Federal Work Study Information Booth Aug 23-25

illustrated image of a hand holding up a sign that reads 'looking for a job."

Looking for employment and workforce experience? We can help. Join Rio Salado's Financial Aid team to learn about Federal Work Study (FWS) opportunities and benefits, Aug. 23-25, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Tempe headquarters.

Staff will be available to share insights about current openings, the application process and some of the financial benefits that are available to students who choose to take on a FWS position. They will have an information booth near the front lobby on the first floor of the Tower at Rio.

In the meantime, visit this job page to view current openings.

photo of financial aid team near welcome center

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program and joining Rio Salado's team!

Photo: Rio Salado Financial Aid specialists Maribel Carlos, Traneice Bradley and Maria Gomes Ruelas will be among the staff available to help you apply.

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Differences Between Advisors & Counselors

Young woman in a virtual world, looking up at a road sign pointing to: Counselors, Advisors, Admissions and Recruiters.

Not sure whether you need to see an advisor or counselor? You're not alone. This subject comes up quite a bit. Rio Salado Counselor Elena Matus McDonald provides a distinction between the two in this RioNews blog.

Similar but Different: Academic Advising & Counseling

Have you ever heard a student refer to a recruiter, financial aid technician, admissions & records specialist, or academic advisor as a counselor? The answer is likely yes.

The term counselor is often inaccurately used by many to refer to various roles in higher education and can create confusion and frustration. One of the most common misconceptions is the difference between a counselor and academic advisor. While academic advisors and counselors work closely together, they fulfill different roles for students, staff, faculty, and administration.

An academic advisor’s position is multifaceted, as advisors assist students with many crucial questions. On the other hand, a counselor’s role is also multidimensional, and relates to educational planning, yet, in a different way.

Here is a table to help clarify some of the distinguishing duties of these important roles.


Counselors
Advisors
Helps students decide on major

Evaluates transcripts
Assists students in their career exploration
Provides necessary coursework for specific programs and degrees

Administers career assessments
Assists with the understanding of how college credits transfer 

Supports students and makes referrals for personal concerns such as homelessness, mental health, and domestic issues

Explains various degree options and differences between two-year and four-year degrees
Contributes to the development and attainment of educational and career goals

Delivers information regarding specific courses and course requirements
Provides job leads and related resources
Interprets placement test scores and makes appropriate course recommendations

Resume help
Recommends suitable academic plan to meet educational and career goals

Coping with crisis situations as a result of balancing roles of student, parent, and/or employee

Provides information on college graduation requirements

It is recommended and encouraged that students seek academic advising and career counseling throughout their college journey to increase the momentum needed to reach professional goals, as well as to begin building a solid, supportive, and reliable team to facilitate the guidance needed to graduate with a college degree.

Be sure to visit Rio Salado’s Counseling and Career Services and Academic Advisement web pages for additional details on how to connect with specialists to help you with your educational and career goals.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Meet Rio Salado’s PLUS Grant Team


In May, Rio Salado College launched its First in the World grant-funded project, the PLan for Undergraduate Success (PLUS). The goal of the project is to increase student persistence, successful course completion, student GPA, degree completion, and university transfer rates for high-need, at-risk students.

The PLUS model is based on three components:
  • A group of introductory courses identified with high student success rates
  • A student success seminar
  • Strategic interventions delivered by a PLUS facilitator

Meet the PLUS Team!

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Heather Bennet serves as a student support specialist for the PLUS grant and as an adjunct faculty member teaching communication courses at Rio Salado. She previously served as a college academic advisor for 10 years. She earned a B.A. in Communication from Arizona State University, and an M.E. in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University.

Jennifer photo
Jennifer Rhodes works as an adjunct faculty in Rio Salado’s counseling department in addition to her work as a student support specialist for the PLUS grant. Originally from Erie, PA, Rhodes earned a B.A. in in Psychology from Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, and an M.A. in Counseling from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Rhodes has 14 years of experience working in student affairs, including four years as a career specialist at Arizona State University.

Marlene photo
Marlene Bamberg is a research associate for the PLUS team.  She is responsible for data monitoring, analyses, and interpretation to gain insight about student success, persistence, and how to best support students. Her background is in geo informatics, statistical data analyses, and data interpretation. Before coming to Rio Salado, Bamberg worked in the geography department at the University of Potsdam in Germany, and at the German Aerospace Center at the Department for Planetary Science.

Jessica photo
Jessica Yi is one of two instructional designers working on the PLUS grant. She started her career in the elementary classroom and eventually moved into higher education as an instructional designer in teacher preparation.


Karina photo
Karina Whetstine brings 8+ years of instructional design experience to the PLUS team. She also spent five years as an adjunct faculty member in higher education. Whetstine has a B.A. in Communication and an M.A. in Training and Learning Technologies from the University of New Mexico.

Timothy photo
Timothy Provenzano serves as the project coordinator for the PLUS grant. He has a library background having previously worked for Mohave Community College as campus librarian. Provenzano has a B.A. in Philosophy from Arizona State University, and an M.A. in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Contributed by Timothy Provenzano on behalf of the Rio Salado PLUS team.


See related blog story about Rio Salado's First in the World grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Finding Peace & Restoration Discussion July 21

image of a group of people standing in a circle with hands joined in the center.

Take part in a free community discussion Finding Peace & Restoration During a Time of Social Tension, Thursday July 21 at the Rio Salado Conference Center.

TOPIC: Current events such as the Stanford rape case and recent shootings elevate social tensions and impact all of us. This discussion provides students and employees a chance to share perspectives about recent events and issues that are most pressing to them-- and a Safe Place for all to join together in peace and restorative circles for dialogue and perhaps, action.

Finding Peace & Restoration
During a Time of Social Tension

Thursday, July 21st
2 - 4:30 pm

Rio Salado Conference Center
2323 W. 14th Street
Tempe, AZ 85281

Facilitated by Rio Salado Faculty Chair of Psychology, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Dr. Wanda Tucker and MCCCD Coordinator of Employee Learning Jacque Starks.

Free and open to all Maricopa Community Colleges students and staff.

For more information please contact Dr. Wanda Tucker at (480)-517-8268 or Jacque Starks at (480) 731-8974.  For disability services or other accommodations, please call (480) 731-8659.

Presented by the Maricopa Community Colleges Center for Employee and OrganizationalDevelopment (CEOD) and Employee and Organizational Learning Team (EOLT)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New 50% Tuition Discount for Seniors Begins July 1


We are delighted to announce that the Maricopa Community Colleges are offering a tuition discount for credit classes to Maricopa County lifelong learners age 65+! 

The discounted rate is 50-percent of the current County Resident tuition.

Learn more at www.maricopa.edu/senior-citizen-tuition-rate

We look forward to being of service to you at Rio Salado College!

Get Inspired by CGCC Dual Enrollment Grads

snapshot of EVT headline.

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

Book cover for Dinner Made Simple.  35 Everday Ingredients, 350 Easy Recipes.  By the Editors of Real Simple

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

Image of a cat, with the shadow of a lion
“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.

illustrated image of stressed out person

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.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

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.

  
students and patient looking at the camera from clinic station.
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.