Friday, January 29, 2016

Student Success Tip: Plan Ahead!

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What do successful students do? They plan ahead!

Create a semester calendar
Keep a record of when your exams, quizzes, papers, and finals are due.

Plan for study time
1 hour of class time = 2 hours of study time.

Prioritize your time
Don't overextend yourself, it's OK to say no sometimes.

Stay informed
Ask questions and check for student news by way of your student email and our social media channels.  Maricopa Community Colleges students should regularly check their student center at

Need help?
Each our of program partners at the Communiversity at QC can help you with counseling and career services.  Call our main line 480-384-9000 so we can direct you to the right team member. 

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Sushi Social Feb 4! Edutainment for Foodies

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Take a break from the daily grind and take part in a series of fun-filled cooking and gardening lessons this spring with classmates, co-workers, family, friends and the entertaining and informative Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems team!

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Get hands on experience prepping, cooking and eating delicious dishes in the spacious, high-tech demonstration kitchen at RSC Thomas in Phoenix and in the heart of the Café at Rio in Tempe.

Get your hands dirty in the Garden at Rio in Tempe —as you learn how to apply Sustainable Food practices in your daily life.
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Your first class—
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Sushi Basics for Beginners - $39
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m.
Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen 
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

No tests, no grades-- just good old fashion edutainment.

Register now online or by calling 480-517-8000.

Learn more about upcoming classes in this blog.

Rio Salado’s Sustainable Food Systems and Café at Rio teams are committed to championing sustainable food practices. They support local food suppliers by featuring their products in daily specials and seasonal menu options-- and they employ sustainable food practices to better serve you and the environment.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Free Ottawa University Workshop Feb. 11: How to Improve Your Diabetic Foot Care!

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Take part in a free community workshop hosted by Ottawa University Nursing: A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with Healthy Feet! - How to Improve Your Diabetic Foot Care.

This workshop is designed for diabetic patients and their family members, nursing students and interested healthcare professionals.

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Thursday, February 11
6:30- 7:30 p.m.
Communiversity at Queen Creek

Register online now:

Contact Mary Colosimo for more information. 602-749-5176,

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Presented by Kathy Kump - Ottawa University Director of Nursing, RN, MSN, MHSA, CWOCN, FNP-C. Kathy Kump has been a registered nurse for over 28 years and completed her academic degrees at the University of Kansas, including Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Health Services Administration, and a Master of Science in Nursing, and she is presently enrolled in the University of Kansas Doctor of Nursing Practice program. She is a certified family nurse practitioner, as well as a certified wound, ostomy, and continence nurse. Kathy serves on the Board of Directors of the Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing Certification Board. She also assisted in the development and the first successful accreditation of a local hospital outpatient diabetes education department.

Learn more about Ottawa University's Nursing program at

Monday, January 25, 2016

Apply for Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy ‪‎Scholarship!‬

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The Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholarship‬ application deadline is March 1, 2016!

This scholarship 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.

The scholarship 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

"The Nina Trust has profoundly impacted my life by empowering me through their support to expand my goals and given me the self-confidence to reach them." -- Idalia Beltran, cohort 14
Learn more about this program and the application process by visiting  Visit this page to begin the application process now:

It will be well worth your while to investigate.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Explore Naturopathic Medicine with SCNM

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Do you know what it takes to change careers and become a naturopathic doctor?

image of Dr. LucilleThe Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine encourages you to register for the Association of Accredited Naturopathic Medical Colleges (AANMC)'s free Career Changer Webinar featuring media sensation and SCNM alumna, Dr. Holly Lucille.

Register now

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Attend a Free Resume Writing Workshop, Feb. 4!

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The Rio Salado College’s Counseling and Career Services department is hosting a free Resume Writing Workshop at the Communiversity at Queen Creek!

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This workshop will cover:
● Networking
● Job search tips
● Interviewing skills
● Creating up-to-date resumes
● How to write cover letters

Thursday, Feb. 4, 3-5 p.m.
Communiversity at QC
21740 South Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

For additional details about this workshop, call (480) 384-9301.

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Financing Your Post High School Education Workshop Feb. 4

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Need help figuring out how you're going to pay for college? Join Rio Salado College for a free financial aid workshop to learn about the options available to you. 

Financing Your Post High School Education
Thursday, Feb 4, 2016
6-7:30 p.m.

Communiversity at Queen Creek
21740 S. Ellsworth Rd.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 480-384-9000

Participants will learn:
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• Where to find funding resources for college

• How to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid Application (FAFSA)

• How to estimate the amount of financial aid needed

Free and open to the public. 

Presenter: Rio Salado College’s Associate Dean and Financial Aid Director Nanci Regehr.

Registration required. Please call (480) 384 - 9303 or email to make your reservation.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Class cancelled or full? No problem!

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Many of you are on a time schedule-- to complete your program of study by a specific time.  Rio Salado can help pick up the slack and keep you on track if you discover your class is full or cancelled.

Many of our online courses transfer directly to our 40+ partners including Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and The University of Arizona.

Classes start most Mondays. Enroll today!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Rio Salado Hosts 2016 Community Cooking & Gardening Classes!

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Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems team is gearing up to launch its spring 2016 Community Culinary & Gardening Classes. Your first lesson begins Feb. 4 with Sushi Basics for Beginners!

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These non-credit classes are 2-hours long and taught by a professional chef or gardening instructor.  Sign up for one class to learn a new skill, or take all the classes for a well-rounded culinary experience!

Register now online or call 480-517-8000!

Rio Salado College Tempe
2323 W. 14th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Rio Salado College Thomas
3631 W. Thomas Rd.
Phoenix, AZ 85019

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Sushi Basics for Beginners
Thursday, Feb. 4, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Kitchen - $39

This class covers how to steam and season sushi rice, how to roll sushi and how to make tuna, California, and vegetarian rolls.

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Cooking the Perfect Pizza at Home
Thursday, Feb. 18, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn to make delicious pizzas at home from a professional chef. This hands-on workshop covers how to make and proof dough, make sauce and properly stretch a pizza.

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Indian Cooking at Home
Thursday, Mar. 3, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Learn the basics of making Indian curries and demystify exotic Indian ingredients. Work with a professional chef to create and sample dishes such as chicken tikka masala, chana masala, lentil dhal and steamed basmati rice.

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How to Make Bagels at Home
Tuesday, Mar. 15, 6-8p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Did you know that the classic New York City style bagel is boiled before it is baked? Work with a professional chef to make yeast bagel dough from scratch and then cook them. Students will sample fresh cooked bagels and take home what they’ve made.

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Desert Gardening: Soil Building
Saturday, March. 26, 9-11 a.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

Join us for a soil building workshop. Learn how soil forms naturally, how to fertilize and how to turn hard clay into rich, loamy earth. Closed-toe shoes are required. Please call 480-517-8000 to register.
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Thai Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39
Learn to make Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish; Tom Kha Gai, a sweet and savory chicken soup; and vegetarian green curry with steamed Jasmine rice.

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Aquaponics for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 13, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What is water cycling? What types of fish work best in an aquaponic environment? Learn about different types of growing media and how bacteria function in a closed loop system. Class is held in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended

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Brunch Cooking at Home
Tuesday, Apr. 26, 6-8 p.m. - Rio Salado Thomas Kitchen - $39

Work with a professional chef to make brunch classics such as perfect Eggs Benedict including creamy hollandaise sauce from scratch. Bake Glorious Morning muffins and learn to carve a watermelon wishing well.

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Seed Saving for Beginners
Wednesday, Apr. 27, 5-7 p.m. - Rio Salado Tempe Garden - $20

What are the easiest seeds to save? What is the difference between hybrid and open pollinated seeds? Learn the fundamentals of saving your own seeds with examples in the Garden @ Rio in Tempe. A hat and/or sunscreen is recommended.

Proper kitchen attire is required: closed-toe shoes, long pants, long or short-sleeved shirt, with hair restrained.

Want a quick cooking lesson now?  Check out this MCTV Chef's Menu segment featuring Rio Salado Sustainable Food Systems Director Michael Hodgins, who will show you what to do with that butternut squash that's been sitting on your counter!

Explore other learning opportunities with Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program by visiting

Bon Appétit!

SCNM Awarded MLK Diversity Award!

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The City of Tempe recently awarded the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM) one of eight MLK Diversity Awards-- an honor given to individuals and organizations deeply committed to diversity.

SCNM has a diverse student body representing six countries and 25 states; more than 30 percent of students self-identified as ethnically diverse. The college shows an ongoing commitment to diversity by providing access to naturopathic medicine at local community clinics and by supporting public health.

On an international level, the college engages with Naturopaths Without Borders, with their students traveling to Rocky Point, Mexico, to provide care to the under-served. The students have also established other initiatives such as providing medical support to veterans and other at-risk groups.

SCNM will be recognized for the award at the 18th Annual MLK Diversity Awards dinner on January 16.

About SCNM: The Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine trains future physicians to focus on prevention, wellness and lifestyle changes, which addresses the root cause of the majority of the problems plaguing Americans. Located in Tempe, and founded in 1993, SCNM is an accredited higher-learning institution offering a four-year medical program. Adjacent to the college, the SCNM Medical Center is the largest naturopathic medical center in the Southwest and offers family and primary care using integrative modalities such as acupuncture, homeopathy, clinical nutrition, botanical medicine, manipulation and pharmacology. It has more than 40 doctors and more than 200 student clinicians. For more information, visit

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closure Jan. 18

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The Communiversity at QC will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

We will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

We hope you'll take pause during this national holiday to reflect on Dr. King's contributions to the Civil Rights Movement-- and how you can serve as a steward of this cause.
The Gale Biography in Context database offers current and archival multimedia resources that will provide you with insights into Dr. King's life, achievements and legacy.  This service is available free of charge to many college students.   
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable. Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 8, 2016

SCNM Thrive Hosts Spanish for Health Care Course Beginning January 11

Learn the basics of Spanish including how to ask about pain, symptoms, medical histories, and more at Thrive's Spanish for Health Care course. 

The course begins January 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Register now

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Launch Your Sustainable Food Systems Career in 2016 with Rio Salado College!

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If you have a passion for food, fair trade and sustainable practices that can benefit our environment-- then consider Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program!

This program of study will teach you about ways to create sustainable food practices, the real food movement, how food is produced and purchased as well as preparation techniques. 

This new video will introduce you to the concept and history of the sustainable food system industry and how you can make a positive impact in this ever-growing field.

Rio Salado's Sustainable Food Systems program is designed for students who work in the food service industry as well as newcomers who do not have a culinary background!

We also encourage you to watch this video, which includes testimonials from recent graduates who talk about the convenience, flexibility and affordability of this program. 

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Included in the video are remarks from Chef Ken Leonard who runs the kitchen at Madison Street Veterans Association (MSVA), a transitional living facility for homeless veterans. Learn more about Leonard's story in this Maricopa Community Colleges student profile.

Classes start most Mondays!  Get started on your new career path now.  Visit to learn more.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Still Time to Register for SCNM Jan. 16 Thrive Class: The Basics of a Mediterranean Meal!

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Learn how to make quick, simple and healthy Mediterranean dishes with SCNM Thrive Chef Jason Taylor.

The menu will include fresh hummus with vegetable crudités. The hummus comes loaded with protein, and the fresh vegetables provide our cells with vitamins, minerals, fiber, healthy oils and phytonutrients.

12 - 2pm
Saturday, January 16, 2015
Instructor: Chef Jason Taylor
Price: $39

Register now: 480.222.9620

College Prep Night for Teens - Jan. 11, 2016!

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The Queen Creek Library and the Communiversity at Queen Creek are hosting a College Prep Night for Teens-- Monday, January 11, 6-7:30 p.m. at the QC Library.

Participants will have a chance to explore a variety of educational options and learn how to prepare for a college career. Included are light snacks and a tour of the Communiversity at QC.

Visit this web page to access the online registration form and the latest details about this event.

Queen Creek Library
21802 S. Ellsworth Road
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Phone: 602-652-3000