Thursday, June 30, 2016

New 50% Tuition Discount for Seniors 65+ at Maricopa Community Colleges Begins July 1

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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

Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Rio Salado College look forward to being of service to you at the Communiversity at QC!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Perception is powerful! Learn about the Art of Positive Thinking

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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

Rio Salado Insurance Studies Program Celebrates Successes

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Rio Salado College'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

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Dual Enrollment Grads Beat the Odds to Succeed!

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Get inspired!  Check out this terrific story about Chandler-Gilbert Community College dual enrollment grads and sisters, Chenoa and Tanyka Begaye by East Valley Tribune reporter Christina Fuoco-Karasinski!

We congratulate the Begaye sisters on this extraordinary achievement!

July 4 Holiday Closures

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The Communiversity at Queen Creek and Rio Salado Testing Center will be closed Saturday, July 2 and Monday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

As a reminder, the Communiversity at Queen Creek is closed on Fridays, until Aug. 12, 2016. The Rio Salado Testing Center will remain open.

We hope you enjoy a safe and happy July 4 weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Rio Salado College Welcomes New Vice President of Academic Affairs 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.”

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.

NEW! Rio Salado Offering Advising 101 Group Sessions In-Person and Online Summer!

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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” registration requirement 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.

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

Join Rio Salado for a 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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

New Rio Salado Library Resource: Driver Education Program

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The Rio Salado Library is announcing a partnership with Driving-Tests.org, a company dedicated to driver safety and education, to offer free DMV practice tests to library patrons. 

The new service includes free tests, written specifically based on the state DMV materials, and is the only site of its kind to include accessibility tools that allow users to hear selections read aloud, make them into MP3s, translate pages into other languages, magnify text, and mask sections of the screen for greater visibility on driving practice tests.

The Driver Education program contains the following state-specific information:
  • 11 car practice tests
  • 9 motorcycle practice tests
  • 11 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
  • 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
  • A FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions

Click here to get started

News courtesy of the Rio Salado Library.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Student Spotlight: Combs High School Dual Enrollment Grad Accepted to Six Prestigious Universities

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Check out this Queen Creek/San Tan Valley Independent story about Combs High School and Mesa Community College dual enrollment student Cydnee Colpaert who has been accepted to six prestigious universities. 

See related FOX 10 Phoenix story.

Dr. Kirk Bowden Expands Role as Leader in Addictions Field

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Rio Salado Faculty Chair for Addiction and Substance Use Disorders and lead for Ottawa University's Addiction Counseling program Dr. Kirk Bowden has served as a national leader in the addictions field for years (see related RioNews story).

Newly Appointed NASAC Chair 
NASAC logoBowden is expanding his role once again by serving as the newly appointed chair of the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC), the national organization that accredits college and university addiction studies programs.

The NASAC Board of Commissioners is made up of six members, including three members from NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals and three members from International Coalition for Addiction Studies Education (INCASE).

APA 2016 Teaching Resources Award
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This May, Bowden and Rio Salado Instructional Designer Joan Fay received the American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Associate Baccalaureate Education (CABE) 2016 Teaching Resources Award for their work in developing Rio Salado’s Beginning Clinical Documentation Skills course, Lesson 2 HIPAA and National Standards to Protect Privacy.

The APA contest was developed to recognize and encourage community college instructors to share high quality instructional and assessment techniques. Winners are chosen for original demonstration, an individual or group class activity, an interactive teaching/learning module or other pedagogy designed to illustrate a psychological concept or theory.
Latest Publication
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Bowden publishes regularly in Advances in Addiction & Recovery Magazine, which recently featured his article, Learning About the National Addiction Studies Accreditation Commission (NASAC) in the Spring 2016 issue.



Rio Salado College and Ottawa University are among Arizona’s top educators of addictions counseling professionals. Bowden is leading both colleges to help expand their efforts. 


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Reminder About Friday Summer Closures


As a reminder, the Communiversity at Queen Creek is closed on Fridays throughout the summer.

The Rio Salado Testing Center will remain open during this time.

We will resume regular hours beginning August 15.

Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Rio Salado Hosts Free Dental Clinic for Kids June 25-- RSVP Now!

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The Rio Salado Dental Hygiene Clinic will host a free dental clinic for children and young adults ages 17 and younger Saturday, June 25, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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. We still have the capacity to serve 40 more children!

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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

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Rio Salado Dental staff will also be available to talk about careers in the dental field and its programs.


This June 25 clinic is made possible in part by the American Dental Association and the Arizona Dental Foundation.


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The Rio Salado Dental Clinic provides quality preventive dental hygiene services at discounted rates for the public all year long. Fees range from $25-75 depending on the age of the patient. For more information, call 480-377-4100 or visit www.riosalado.edu/dentalclinic.