Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week

September 21-27 is Banned Books Week, an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. This event highlights the value of free and open access to information, even when the ideas expressed are considered unorthodox or unpopular.

The ten most challenged titles in 2013 were:
  • Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
    Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
  • The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
    Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
    Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
    Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
  • A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green
    Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
    Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
  • Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
    Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
  • Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
    Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence 

Learn more about this national initiative from the American Library Association.

Note: As a Rio Salado College and Chandler Gilbert Community College student, you have access to the collections of all ten Maricopa Community College Libraries. You can place a hold online in the catalog using your MEID and password. Alternately, you can present a government issued or student ID in person at any MCCCD Library to check out materials.

Consititution Week Trivia Continues

Here’s another Constitution Week brainteaser from the National Constitution Center. Can you guess this Founding Father?

“Though I originally voted against breaking from Britain on July 2, 1776, I later signed the Declaration of Independence—the only signer of that document to have voted against independence. I attended the Constitutional Convention to protect the rights of smaller states and afterwards led the campaign for ratification in my home state, the first to adopt the Constitution. I then served as a senator in the first Congress before resigning to serve as chief justice of my state’s supreme court.”

Check your answer here:

Friday, September 19, 2014

Free Parent Workshop Series

Victoria Diforte and Cindy Radebaugh, Shining Stars Learning Center owners.
Take part in a free community workshop series at the Communiversity at Queen Creek, Aug. 27, 2014 through June 23, 2015.

The monthly classes are based on a training program developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning at Vanderbilt University, which promotes the social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and school readiness by the age of five.

Rio Salado adjunct faculty member and co-owner of Shining Stars Learning Center Victoria Diforte will serve as the instructor. Learn more about Diforte at:

Participants will earn a two-hour training certificate upon completion of each class. The classes meet Arizona’s Children Association and A Place to Call Home training requirements.

Workshops take place 6-8 p.m.
Aug.27– Making a Connection
Sept. 24– Making it Happen
Oct. 21 – Why Do Children Do What They Do?
Nov. 18 – Recognizing and dealing with Childhood Trauma
Dec. 16 – Teach Me What to Do!
Jan. 20, 2015 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 1
Feb. 18 – Facing the Challenge, Pt. 2
Mar. 24 – Infant/Toddler development
April 21 – Kindergarten Readiness
May 19 – Health and Safety
June 23 – Community Resources and Services

Child care available through Shining Star for $20. Scholarships are available.

Register online at or call (480) 888-9545.

Child care provided by Shining Stars Learning Center, 21805 S. Ellsworth Road, Suite B101, across the street from the Communiversity at QC, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road.

By Annette Flores, manager of Rio Salado College media relations.

Consititution Week Trivia - Who Am I?

We’re sharing some fun facts from the National Constitution Center for the remainder of Constitution Week. Can you guess this Founding Father?

“I was unanimously elected to preside over the Constitutional Convention, but that wasn’t my most famous presidency. I actually never once spoke up or gave my opinion until the very last day of the Convention.”

Check your answer here:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Constitution Week: We The People

image of the U.S. Constitution
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 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

Friday, September 5, 2014

National Recovery Month Resources

September is National Recovery Month. In its 25th year, Recovery Month promotes the societal benefits of prevention, treatment, and recovery for mental and substance use disorders.

Image by E Weber under a CC-BY 2.0 license.
The Rio Salado Library has a wide variety of resources to support those who are affected by mental health and substance abuse issues.

Rio Salado College is one of Arizona's top educators of addictions counseling professionals. Click here for more information on the Behavioral Health/Addictions and Substance Use Disorders program or call Academic Advisement at 480-517-8580.


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

5 Tips for Book Advances

Need funds to purchase books? Take a look at Rio Salado’s Book Advance Program to see if you are eligible. Each semester, Rio Salado College initiates a one-time only book advance that eligible students can use to purchase text books and supplies for upcoming classes.

Here are five tips to follow if you opt to receive a book advance:

  1. Review the financial aid terms and conditions to ensure you qualify to receive a book advance.
  2. Use the Maricopa Student Refund Program for the fastest way to have book advance and financial aid funds delivered.
  3. Monitor your Gmail account for notification. Enrollment instructions for MSRP will be sent through the student center.
  4. Use caution when purchasing course materials from a third party. Advance funds are not restricted to the Rio Salado College bookstore, but investigate the options.
  5. Know that book advance funds may not be an appropriate option if you prefer to purchase books prior to the first day of class.
Here's a look at the typical Book Advance timeline:

  • Funds are posted to the Rio Salado College account 6-9 days prior to the start of class.
  • Funds can take 4-6 business days to be received by City Prepaid Services.
  • Funds that are deposited on a holiday or weekend may take even longer.
  • Remaining financial aid funds will not be available until two weeks after the start of class.
New to the Communiversity at Queen Creek? Want to learn more about financial aid opportunities, including book advances? Visit us on the web to read more about eligibility and additional financial aid resources.