Friday, February 27, 2015

Support System for Success

Grid outlining elements of success: Collaborative Partnerships, Inclusive Leadership, Flexible Resources, Professional Development, complemented by: Academic Rigor & Support, Social Support, Data Use and P-16 Alignment.

This article by the Pathways to College Network, Social Support: An Essential Ingredient to College Success, offers some practical advice you can apply in all areas of your life.

No one creates success by themselves.
We all like to be independent and accomplish things on our own, but the truth is that you cannot achieve everything you want to accomplish in life on your own. No one can. You must be able to work with and receive help from other people in order to achieve the success that you desire in college and in life. One characteristic of successful people is that they look for others who can help them achieve the outcomes they want in life.

You attract help from others by keeping your commitments.
When you get help from other people, you are able to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time while learning many new things in the process. One way to attract people into your life who can become part of your support system and offer you help is to keep your commitments. When other people see your strong commitment to achieving your goal of a college degree, they will be more committed to helping you reach that goal. For example, if you make an appointment with a counselor, advisor, or a tutor be sure to show up and show up on time. If you ask your family to help you with household chores or babysit your children so you can study, make sure you use the time wisely for your studies. Keeping your commitments also has the added benefit of improving your self-esteem and respect for yourself, two benefits which will attract more people to be part of your support system.

Get feedback from others. You can’t see the picture when you’re in the frame.
Having a support system provides feedback from others around you so that you can see where you need to make improvements. This allows you to focus on the right things to improve instead of wasting time in unnecessary areas. For example, consider each teacher you have as part of your support group. If your English teacher keeps marking the same misspellings within your papers, recognize that you are receiving constructive feedback. Rather than focusing on yourself with such negative statements as “I never could spell” or “I don’t think she should be so picky,” take the feedback and insert an action step that will allow you to learn to spell those words correctly once and for all.

If you specifically ask the people in your support system for constructive input, their advice can help you grow and achieve your goals. For example, if you feel that you are not doing as well as you should in your college courses, you could make an appointment to go see a counselor to ask them what areas they think you could work on improving. You can also email your instructors for additional insight. If you have a family member who is part of your support system, you could share with that person a problem you are having and ask that person to help you think of a solution to the problem. For example, you might find that you are struggling to identify extra study time you need in order to prepare for a particularly challenging class. You could share this problem with your spouse and ask him or her to help you carve out additional time you can use for studying. The solution might be as simple as the two of you agreeing to eat canned stew and fruit for supper every Tuesday night as a way to simplify your meal planning and preparation time during the week. Or the solution might be as simple as taking your spouse’s feedback to heart when you recognize the truth within it. For instance, if your spouse points out that you tend to be a perfectionist, he or she may be right! Ironically, being a perfectionist can be a weakness. Perhaps the two of you could identify an area in your life that could be altered without negative consequences. Is it really so bad if you launder sheets every two weeks instead of every week? When you recognize a weakness, let constructive feedback lead you to be solution oriented.

Don’t be afraid to try new things that are suggested by people in your support system. For instance, if you meet with a counselor, she may ask you to describe how you study for a test. She may suggest that you try a new way of studying. This new way of doing something may be hard at first because it’s different, but you may find that the strategy becomes easier as you get more practice using it and even more importantly, you may find that your counselor was right: using the strategy helps you earn a higher grade. Trying new things means that you are learning and growing; this is often uncomfortable at first, but leads to success in the long run. Successful people are constantly challenging themselves to try new things and attempting to do things they haven’t done before.

Surround yourself with the right people to help you grow.
The most important part of your support system is the people within it that will challenge your thinking. These people are dedicated to helping you learn, grow and succeed in college and in life. It is your job to seek out and surround yourself with the right people who can help you grow. You might begin by joining an organization at college that will fuel your success by helping you meet other students who want to learn and grow such as an Honor Society. Another way to learn and grow is to look for a part time job or a volunteer position that is related to your college major. This will allow you to gain knowledge and experience, while flexing your thinking skills about course material above and beyond what you get from textbooks and lectures. This experience also allows you to start building a network of professional people who can help you launch your career by providing references for you or even by hiring you on a full-time basis when you are ready to enter the job market. Depending on your personal likes, hobbies, and beliefs, support can often come from attending church groups, social organizations, extended family, and friends.


Shared by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

Pathways to College Network. (2007) Boston, MA: Author. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Join Us at the Town of QC Block Party!

Poster for Block Party.  Feb. 28, 2-7 p.m. Ellsworth Rd. QueenCreek.org/BlockParty

We look forward to taking part in Saturday's Town of Queen Creek Block Party

Visit our information booth to learn about the in-person and online class options from ‪#‎CGCC‬, ‪#‎NAU‬, ‪#‎OttawaU‬, ‪#‎SCNM‬ and ‪#‎RioSaladoCollege‬... and the certificate-to-degree pathways we offer in Business Administration/Management, Communication and Liberal Arts, Early Childhood, Healthcare and Human Services, Justice Studies, and Teacher Education.

Saturday, February 28
2-7 p.m.
Ellsworth Road in Town Center
Parking Map

We can help you meet your ‪educational‬ goals close to home.

Rio Salado Featured in U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report: Consider Whether to Take an Online Course at Community College. Online community college courses can provide an affordable and accessible option for employees who want new skills.

Here's a story by Ian Quillen from U.S. News & World Report about the benefits online community colleges can offer working professionals.

It includes perspectives from Rio Salado Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Jennifer McGrath and former Rio Salado Retail Management student Nicki Schillhahn-Amos from Fry’s Food.

Learn how we can help you.  
Take the next step: www.startatrio.com

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rio Salado Advisement Closed Fri., Feb 27

Image of Rio Salado advisor with student

Please note, the Rio Salado Advisement office will be closed Friday, Feb. 27 so staff can attend the annual Maricopa Advisement conference.

We apologize if this poses an inconvenience. Please call our main line if you need immediate assistance at 480-517-8000 or 800-729-1197.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Veterans Resource Fair at EVVEC Feb. 28

Poster for Community Resource Fair and Celebration. Text in header: EVVEC is now Tempe's Official Resource for Veterans. Join us to Celebrate a New Community Partnership.  Other details outlined in text below.
The City of Tempe and the East Valley Veterans Education Center (EVVEC) have joined forces to provide benefits and services to local military veterans and their families at no cost. A community Resource Fair and Celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 at the EVVEC, 3320 S. Price Rd., Tempe.

Through this new partnership, the City of Tempe is able to host exciting new amenities including an on-site navigator to aid veterans in locating necessary resources, as well as individual and group counseling services for veterans and their family members. As additional programs and services come to fruition through the newly appointed Veterans Commission and the City of Tempe Human Services Division, more opportunities will be made available to military clientele.

The new services provided by the City of Tempe will complement the invaluable opportunities and resources already being provided by the EVVEC. Current services include: academic advisement for the Maricopa Community Colleges and Northern Arizona University degree pathways, assistance with college admittance and financial aid applications, assistance with applying for veterans educational benefits, access to the Rio Salado College Testing Center, access to current employment listings, computer-guided resume writing assistance, referrals for educational, employment, health, community and housing resources, as well as free printing, copying, faxing, scanning, Skype, Wi-Fi and computer resources.

Celebration festivities include remarks by Maricopa Community College District Chancellor Dr. Rufus Glasper, Rio Salado College President Chris Bustamante and Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell. There will also be ceremonial presentations from ASU ROTC Color Guard and Sun Devil Battalion, as well as a live musical performance by the Gililland Middle School Orchestra.

Visitors to the fair will have access to the following partnering agencies: Arizona Coalition for Military Families, Arizona Department of Economic Security, ASU Pat Tillman Center, ASU Veterans Upward Bound, City of Tempe, Disabled American Veterans, Ethos Group, Honor Walk, Maricopa Community Colleges District, Maricopa Corporate College, Maricopa Workforce Connection, Mesa Community College, Mesa Vet Center, Northern Arizona University, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College, Tempe Veteran's History Project, University of Phoenix, Veterans Administration, Veterans of Foreign Wars

For more information, please call 480.384.9850 or email troy.friedman@riosalado.edu.


The EVVEC is hosted by Rio Salado College in partnership with the Maricopa Community Colleges District, Scottsdale Community College and Mesa Community College. Other partners include the City of Tempe, Arizona Department of Labor, Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services, Disabled American Veterans, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Phoenix VA Healthcare System and Phoenix VA Regional Office.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ask a Librarian Online, Anytime!

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Is there a librarian in the house? You bet there is. Ask a Librarian is a free service that connects Maricopa Community Colleges students with librarians who can help online, anytime!

Get help with:
  • Starting your research
  • Finding journal articles, books, and media
  • Creating effective research strategies
  • Citing sources
  • And more!

What are you waiting for? Ask a Librarian now.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Register for March 26 Gluten Free Diet 101

Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for a 3-week natural health and wellness course in Gluten Free Diet 101, beginning Thursday, March 26, 12 -1 p.m., at the Communiversity at Queen Creek.   REGISTER NOW!  In this program, you will learn how to shift to a gluten free and/or dairy free life easily by discovering: 1. How to manage breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks when gluten and dairy are no longer options. 2. Tips and tricks on how to make healthy, family friendly dishes. 3. How to read labels to find where gluten and dairy are hiding. 4. Creative ways to cook without gluten and dairy without sacrificing flavor. 5. Easy and delicious gluten free and dairy free recipes.  Meet Your Instructors: CHEF DAN SANTOS has 25 years of experience in the kitchen, including Executive Chef positions at The Flying J, Compass Group, the Surgical Specialty Hospital of Arizona and Freschef, which furthered his knowledge and interest in personal health as it relates to food, nutrition and diet. He also trained at SWIHA’s Herbalism program. He has been Executive Chef at Nourish since its inception in 2010.    KIRSTIN CAREY is the founder and owner of Nourish. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who works diligently to help people find which foods work best for their bodies, their goals and their lives.  After learning that she had food allergies and Celiac Disease, she learned everything she could about true wellness through food, closed her successful consulting company, and opened Nourish, a gluten free, soy free restaurant that focuses on delicious dishes to help people optimize their mind, body and soul.  Nourish will be opening at the SCNM in Tempe in the spring. To learn more about Chef Santos, Kristin Carey and Nourish, please visit Nourish123.com.

Register now online.

March Scholarship Deadlines

Image of graduates standing alongside of one another.  Caption: Pursue Your Dreams

There are countless scholarship opportunities for students. Do yourself a favor, take the time to investigate and apply. It will be well worth your effort.

Here are a some opportunities due to expire in March.

The Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation has dozens of scholarships for fall 2015 and there's only one, convenient general application to complete.  

Deadline is March 22.  Apply Now.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship Program is accepting applications for 2015-2016. The program covers full tuition, fees and books, while providing each student with an academic advisor and mentor. It also includes a $2,750 annual living allowance. It is available to all Maricopa Community Colleges students who meet one of these criteria:
  • Adults 25 years or older with dependents
  • College-age youth and adults living with physical disabilities
  • Incoming freshmen ages 18-25, raised through the child welfare system and have no form of financial support
Deadline is March 1. Apply Now.

Need help? Visit this Maricopa Colleges web page to watch a video tutorial about successful tips and strategies to consider in all of your scholarship applications. You can also call on our counseling services team for help.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Vote for Your Favorite Mascot Entry

Image of MCCCD Chancellor Rufus Glasper surrounded by Maricopa Colleges mascots.  Text: Help Choose Rio Salado's New Mascot!
The ballots are in! Thanks to everyone who submitted an entry for the Rio Salado College Mascot Contest. The field has been narrowed down to seven candidates and we want you to help us make the final decision.

Vote for your top three favorite mascot entries right now.
Please note: One vote per person!
 

Voting ends midnight on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.
The winning mascot will be announced March 24, 2015.


We look forward to tallying your votes.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Reminder: SIS Outage, Feb. 13-16

illustration of connected cogs

As a reminder, the Maricopa Community Colleges Student Information System (SIS) is being upgraded and will not be available Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16.

Please make sure you complete all time sensitive transactions before 5 p.m.

The outage will affect all student self-service and staff-assisted transactions, including:
  • Viewing your To Do List
  • Adding and dropping classes
  • Viewing your Class Schedule or Textbook Info
  • Running a Degree Progress Report
  • Viewing your Message Center
  • Viewing financial aid information
  • Making payments and setting up payment plans
  • Printing unofficial transcripts and requesting official transcripts
Please note, this will also affect book advances.

Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and Riolearn will be available for use. For additional details, tips on how to prepare and the latest updates, visit my.maricopa.edu.

Student Profile: Sharon Bowers

Image of Sharon Bowers
Meet Sharon Bowers. Bowers is a Rio Salado College student who is taking advantage of what the Communiversity at Queen Creek has to offer.

Bowers recently made the decision to return to school and complete her undergraduate degree. She emphasized how helpful it is to have a higher-education location within her community.

“I’ve been coming to the Communiversity to do my online school work and to get help. It’s been a blessing,” said Bowers. “I take advantage of the location and its hours. I can come in before work or after work, it's very convenient.”

Bowers is currently taking advantage Rio Salado’s online courses to meet general education requirements. She will complete her associate degree and plans to transfer to Arizona State University.

“Because I’ve been out of school for several years, I want to take my core classes in-person and have that interaction with an instructor,” said Bowers.

Bowers explained how friendly and helpful the staff has been. She frequently reserves study rooms and uses the space to work on projects or prep for exams.

"It's important to have a quiet, clean space for homework. Coming here allows me the chance to shut everything else off and just focus on the task at hand," said Bowers.

The Communiversity offers a variety of in-person seminars and classes. Call on one of our student services specialists to learn how we can serve you. Give us a ring at 480-384-9000 or drop us a line at  CommuniversityQC@riosalado.edu to schedule a tour and meet.


Microsoft Office 365 Data Sync Issues

Image of hands typing on a keyboard from the perspective of the computer.
On January 27, 2015, MCCCD IT Communications sent a notification concerning issues that prevent students from downloading Microsoft Office 365. The issues have not been resolved but the IT team is working on a solution.

The IT team is busily working on activities associated with this weekend's SIS (CS9) upgrade. As such, there is no estimated time on when students can resume downloading this software.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Please visit my.maricopa.edu for the latest updates.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

New University Transfer Guide

Image of the cover of the new university transfer guide. Features pictures of MCCD students.
The Maricopa Community Colleges District has released an updated University Transfer Guide for 2015-16.

The guide includes helpful information about: 
  • Where to Start
  • Degree Pathways
  • Ten Steps to Transfer
  • Transfer Checklist
  • Academic Advisement
  • Strategies for Undecided Students
  • University Transfer Myths

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

President's Day Closure, Feb. 16

Image of Mt. Rushmore.

Rio Salado College and the Maricopa Community Colleges will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16 in observance of President's Day. 

Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, Feb. 17. 

For more information on holiday closures and hours, please visit Rio Salado on the web.   

Counseling Stories: Volunteering

Graphic image with the word "Volunterr" across the top, and hands reaching up to volunteer.

Students are often undecided what major or career goal they want to pursue once they begin college. As a counselor, a common suggestion I give to those students that are ambivalent about their long-term professional goals is to take courses in a variety of different subjects.

Another recommendation I offer frequently is take a career assessment to learn what occupations may coincide with your interests and personality. But one of the best ideas I propose is to immerse yourself into the real-world environments of potential careers to obtain a realistic perspective of the profession you are exploring. One of the ways to do this is through acquiring volunteer experience.

Volunteering provides a realistic picture for a student to assist professionals with the duties and responsibilities required by their occupation. It also affords you the opportunity to learn how specific individuals obtained their current profession, as many professionals embark on different paths that lead them to the same occupation.


A helpful website to find countless volunteer openings in numerous industries such as advocacy and human rights, animals, arts and culture, and the environment in your area is http://www.volunteermatch.org/.

Donating your time to volunteering provides a less intimidating way to network with individuals, which can lead to internship opportunities, mentoring relationships, and even employment.

Remember- college is the time to take advantage of all the opportunities available to you to help you reach your career goals.

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

New ASU & NAU Transfer Specialists

Meet your new transfer specialists from Arizona State University (ASU) and Northern Arizona University (NAU). 

They will be available at Rio Salado Tempe headquarters Academic Advisement offices to help you take the next step in your educational journey.

Image of Ally Archer
Ally Archer is your new ASU transfer specialist. She is available for in-person meets on Tuesdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. To reach her directly, call (480) 965-1286 or email ally.archer@asu.edu. You can schedule an appointment and learn more about ASU transfer options by visiting transfer.asu.edu/contact.

image of MacGarret Becker
MacGarret Becker is your new NAU transfer coordinator. He is here Thursdays, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. You can make an appointment to see him by contacting Rio Advisement at (480) 517-8580. You can reach Becker in between visits at (602) 776-4609 or macgarret.becker@nau.edu. Visit nau.edu/admissions/getting-started/transfers/ for more details about transferring to NAU.


While appointments are advisable, Archer and Becker will also do their best to help unscheduled walk-ins if they are available.

Visit this Rio Salado web page to learn more about our academic partners and transfer options available to you.  

Monday, February 9, 2015

Big Savings for College Students

Image of a Rio Salado student at bookstore

As many college students can attest, discovering “hidden” discounts and savings is like making the 3-point shot at the buzzer! It’s exhilarating and game-changing at the same time. While some students take advantage of movie theater and museum savings, they might be surprised to learn that student discounts are also available almost every industry imaginable.

Whatever the favorite pastime- be it shopping or catching up with the Morris twins at a Phoenix Suns game- there are countless opportunities to save on many activities and products.

In need of electronics? Surf the likes of Best Buy or the Apple store for savings on laptops, tablets and other gadgets, or head over to Amazon for student discounts and free two-day shipping.

Maybe you’re more interested in computer software. Visit Journey Ed, an online retailer specializing in student software. The site offers savings of up to 85% off retail prices for registered students, and pricing is even better when accessed through partner institutions, such as Tempe-based Rio Salado College. 

Educational partnerships exist to save students money while they pursue certificates and degrees. For example, Maricopa County Community College students are eligible for substantial savings on Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office 365, which they can download for free through their My.Maricopa.edu student portal.

As the cold months drag on, wanderlust may set in and students can find themselves checking websites to plan that all important spring break trip. While traveling poses budgetary challenges for many students, discount options do exist.

EF College Break is designed to bring college students between the ages of 18-28 to some of the most exciting and exotic destinations around the world. Trips are scheduled to coincide with major holidays or school vacations: summer, spring break and New Year. Prices are guaranteed to fit any budget, with the company also offering monthly payment plan options.

If students would rather plan their own trips, the website Student Universe is another travel option, offering cheap flights, hotels, tours and rail options.

Students with good grades can parlay their academic success into discounts. Many auto insurance companies, such as Geico, State Farm, Allstate and Esurance, will dramatically cut monthly rates for students who succeed academically. Just ask for the “good student discount.”

Additional online resources for student discounts can be found at studentrate.com, or, for a yearly fee, students can join discount clubs like Student Advantage or Edhance, which provide access to thousands of worldwide discount opportunities.

What are you waiting for? If you’re a college student (or know one), it’s about time you took advantage of all of the great discounts and savings opportunities. Next time you visit a favorite restaurant, retail shop or engage in a favorite activity, don’t be shy - ask about any “hidden” student discounts.

By Aubrie Artiano, PR Coordinator at Rio Salado College. This story was also featured in the February 7 edition of the Tempe Republic.

Planned SIS Downtime: Feb. 13-16


The Student Information System (SIS) system will be down for an upgrade Friday, Feb. 13, through Monday, Feb. 16.  Make sure you complete all time sensitive transactions before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 12.

This will affect all student self-service and staff-assisted transactions. Other support systems such as email, Canvas, and Riolearn will be available for use.

We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this downtown may cause.

Please visit My.Maricopa on the web for a detailed list of affected student services.

New Writing Help Guide


Are you tired of being penalized on your assignments because of your writing? Are your grades suffering, but you don't know where to turn or what to do?

The 20 grammar error patterns featured in this guide are the most likely to cause you trouble.

Each error is explained briefly and simply. A YouTube tutorial, as well as two short practice quizzes, follow each example.


What are you waiting for? Check out the
Writing Help Guide today!

NAU at The Communiversity at QC

Northern Arizona University Logo
Are you interested in obtaining your undergraduate or graduate degree from Northern Arizona University? The Communiversity at QC can help!
 
Students can complete an undergraduate degree in public administration or pursue a graduate degree in educational leadership.
 
Why choose NAU at the Communiversity at QC for your undergrad?
 
  • NAU accepts up to 90 credits from a community college.
  • Possible to earn the 90-30 Public Administration degree for less than $15,000 in tuition costs
  • Local classes and online to offer convenience and flexibility
  • Classes are offered in the evenings to accommodate the schedule of working adults
  • Courses taught by faculty with real world experience
  • NAU offers one of the lowest tuition rates in the state, making it a great value
 
Why choose NAU at the Communiversity at QC for your graduate degree?
 
  • Program designed for teachers considering administration
  • Program is only 36 hours to become certified as a principal
  • NAU offers one of the lowest graduate tuition rates in the state
  • Courses taught by current and former school district administrators
 
 
To learn more about NAU's programs at the Communiversity at QC, please contact NAU Transitions Coordinator Gina Stephens, at gina.stephens@nau.edu or by phone at 602.776.4677

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Register Now! Gluten Free Diet 101


Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for a 3-week natural health and wellness course in Gluten Free Diet 101, beginning Thursday, March 26, 12 -1:30 p.m., at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. 

REGISTER NOW!

In this program, you will learn how to shift to a gluten free and/or dairy free life easily by discovering:

  • How to manage breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks when gluten and dairy are no longer options
  • Tips and tricks on how to make healthy, family friendly dishes
  • How to read labels to find where gluten and dairy are hiding
  • Creative ways to cook without gluten and dairy without sacrificing flavor
  • Easy and delicious gluten free and dairy free recipes

Meet Your Instructors

CHEF DAN SANTOS has 25 years of experience in the kitchen, including Executive Chef positions at The Flying J, Compass Group, the Surgical Specialty Hospital of Arizona and Freschef, which furthered his knowledge and interest in personal health as it relates to food, nutrition and diet. He also trained at SWIHA’s Herbalism program. He has been Executive Chef at Nourish since its inception in 2010.  
KIRSTIN CAREY is the founder and owner of Nourish. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist who works diligently to help people find which foods work best for their bodies, their goals and their lives.

After learning that she had food allergies and Celiac Disease, she learned everything she could about true wellness through food, closed her successful consulting company, and opened Nourish, a gluten free, soy free restaurant that focuses on delicious dishes to help people optimize their mind, body and soul.


Nourish will be opening at the SCNM in Tempe in the spring. To learn more about Chef Santos, Kristin Carey and Nourish, please visit Nourish123.com.

Black History Month: Library Topic Guide

Image credit: By Steve Snodgrass under a CC-BY 2.0 license.

Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements of black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of African Americans in 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 legacies of African Americans.

Check out the Black History Month Topic Guide to learn more.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Counseling Stories: New Eyes

image of glasses sitting on top of a book

One of Rio Salado’s talented counselors, Amberly Lebeck-Brown, experienced a recent victory for one of her students at Rio Salado’s Northern location. She noticed the student using two pairs of glasses and this provoked concern. Subsequently, the student disclosed her vision impairment and Lebeck-Brown intervened.


This is Ancita! She has been enrolled in the Community Bridge Pathways high school equivalency classes since August 2014, despite personal challenges. Her income is limited, she has health issues, but she has been diligent about her studies. In order to read her textbooks, Ancita was using two pairs of glasses she purchased from a dollar store. Thanks to a Rio Salado Counselor and the New Eyes organization, Ancita no longer needs two inefficient pairs of glasses!

Lebeck-Brown's inspiring story exemplifies how critical it is to remove barriers to a student’s educational journey through networking with community agencies and organizations. 

This is one example of how Rio Salado’s counselors seek to make the lives of their students better. In addition, it demonstrates the significant role counselors play within student success. Counseling and Career Services connect students with a variety of vital resources, not only career and academic related, that can make a profound impact on their overall well-being.

The HSE prep program is part of Rio Salado’s College Bridge Pathways initiatives, designed to help adult learners transition back into the classroom, strengthen academic skills, build confidence and begin a college career. Services include personalized advisement; start-up scholarships; assistance with financial aid registration as well as orientation to college life and online learning.

For more details about Rio Salado’s HSE prep program, GED® testing services and other college bridge pathway programs and services, visit riosalado.edu/programs/abe or call 480-517-8110.

Rio Salado college counselors are available to students by phone, email and in person appointments at various locations. Check out www.riosalado.edu/counseling for more information.
Contributed by Rio Salado's Counseling Services, helping students with their personal, educational and career goals.

KJZZ Discussion: Challenges of Home Ownership

Panel discussion at Rio Salado Conference Center
Group 91.Five, KJZZ’s Young Professionals and the Arizona Community Foundation will host a free community symposium, "What I Wish I Knew about the Challenges of Home Ownership" with some of the Valley’s most successful entrepreneurs. The event is the next installment in the group's recurring What I Wish I Knew...discussion series.

We hope you will consider joining us Friday, Feb. 20, 6-7:30 p.m. at the RSC Conference Center.

What I Wish I Knew About The Challenges Of Home Ownership brings together experts in real estate, urban living and community planning to explore home ownership and a variety of home buying decisions.

Potential topics include financial and lifestyle considerations, current trends in urban and suburban living and changing attitudes toward homeownership. KJZZ's Mark Brodie will serve as moderator.
 
 Panelists include: 
 
This event is free but reservations are required. Please RSVP at Group91Five@rioradio.org and visit kjzz.org for more details.
 
Light refreshments will be available after the panel discussion.

The discussion will be recorded and uploaded to the KJZZ Community YouTube channel located here.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Attend a Free San Tan Toastmasters Session


Do you communicate with confidence? The San Tan Toastmasters can help! Join Toastmasters every Tuesday, 7 p.m. - 8:15 p.m., at the Communiversity at Queen Creek. Sessions are free to attend.

Toastmasters are a non-profit community service focusing on developing communication and leadership skills.
"We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth." - Toastmasters
Participants will have the opportunity to learn in a self-paced atmosphere of fun and fellowship.

Toastmasters will help you:
  • Develop better speaking and presentation skills.
  • Learn to think quickly and clearly on your feet.
  • Build strong leadership abilities.
  • Hone your listening skills.

For more information, or to attend a session, please contact the Communiversity at QC at 480.384.9000

Monday, February 2, 2015

This Week! Mediterranean Diet Class

image of several food items, including vinegar, pepper and tomatoes.

Join the Communiversity at Queen Creek and the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) for a 3-week natural health and wellness course in Mediterranean diet.

  • Day/time: Thursdays from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. (beginning Thursday Feb 5th – Feb 19th)
  • Location: Community Room at Queen Creek Communiversity, 21740 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek, AZ 85142
  • Fee: $69 (includes book and lunch on the first day of class)

Taught by Dr. Paul Mittman, ND, SCNM President and CEO, this class is based on the now famous findings of a Spanish study published in The New England Journal of Medicine involving more than 7,000 people at high risk of having heart attacks and strokes.

Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts significantly reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events. The Mediterranean diet is rich in fish, grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables and is low in dairy products, red meat and processed food consumption. Learn the basics of this healthy diet and significantly improve your health!

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 During the Mediterranean Diet 3-Week Course, you will:
  
  • Attend weekly 90 minute classes on eating a Mediterranean diet
  • Learn successful dining out and shopping strategies
  • Discover important research on the relationship of diet and disease
  • Gain insight on how to replace addictive food habits with those that promote health
  • Learn how to plan delicious and healthy menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • After the first week, enjoy a weekly potluck where everyone shares recipes.

For additional information on this course, please visit SCNM on the web.