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THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018!

Join us for Spring Student Success Day! Connect with Faculty, Staff, and Friends while attending exciting sessions that are designed to help you succeed at RCTC and beyond! Below you will find an outline of the schedule along with detailed session information.

8:00am: Check-in begins in the Atrium

You will receive an overview of the day along with a morning snack! Attendance cards will also be handed out at check-in which are needed for extra credit if being offered by your professor.

8:30am-10:30am: FREE Professional Portraits

Are you looking for a professional portrait? Come get your photo taken for FREE in EA101. You will be provided with an unedited digital copy of your photo for personal use. Recommended attire is a nice blouse or shirt for a professional appearance.

9:00am, 10:00am & 11:00am: Educational Sessions

Attend your choice of session during each of these hours. Over 35 sessions are available to choose from! Details are below.

10:00am-12:00pm: Transfer Fair
Stop by CF206/208 to learn about transfer opportunities available for RCTC students. Meet with representatives from 14 area colleges and universities. Learn about transfer college majors, offerings and services.

12:00pm-1:00pm: FREE LUNCH!

Head over to the Fieldhouse in the Regional Sports Center for a free lunch and Keynote Speaker Ujay Green!

A little bit about Ujay...

  • Born in Liberia during the civil war and my mother made the decision to send me to the United States at the age of 4. 
  • Transitional to foster care system at the of age 15 and played high school football. 
  • Graduated from high school Spring 2011. 
  • Attended Rochester Community and Technical College Spring 2012. 
  • RCTC football player for 2012 and 2013 season. 
  • Inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society and former member of student senate committee. 
  • Graduated from RCTC with Liberal Arts and Sciences degree Spring 2014. 
  • Transferred to the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota Fall 2014. 
  • Interned for Ernst & Young LLP. Summer 2016.
  • Graduated from Carlson with B.S. degree in Management Information Systems Spring 2017.
  • Currently an IT Analyst at the Royal Bank of Canada.

1:00pm: Individual College Presentations (Optional)

Interested in transferring to a specific college or university? Check the educational session schedule below to see if they are offering a session!

1:00pm-4:00pm: Virtual Reality Lab Open House

Learn more about Virtual Reality here at RCTC and interact with some fun games! Located in EA138 and EA102.

Special Off-Campus Session Offering: Histology Technician Program Laboratory Tour (7am-10am)
The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Histology Technician (HT) Program in conjunction with RCTC will be offering an interactive session highlighting the field of histology that will take place at the Mayo Clinic. This one hour session will begin with a brief overview about the field and the program specific admissions requirements. Then learners will take part in hands‐on laboratory activities where they will be introduced to the skills and techniques performed in a routine histology laboratory. These activities will be facilitated by current students within the HT program.

Tours are being offered at 7am, 8am & 9am. Each session is limited to 10 students and you must register by emailing nelsen.michelle@mayo.edu

5:30pm & 6:30pm: Education Sessions (Night Session)

If you are unable to attend earlier in the day, try to catch one of the offered night sessions! Details of sessions are below.

 

Educational Session Detailed Descriptions!

 

Presenter Session Session Description
9:00 AM
Deb Vang and Gregg Wright Transfer Workshop RCTC's Counselors will help you learn what factors to consider when choosing a transfer college and help you make a map to get where you want to be.
Cathy Ellstrom Learning Center Roundtable Learning Center: Overview of each area, student testimonials, how to get the most out of your visit. 
Mike Mutschelknaus How to Write Quickly Without Trying so Hard In this session, students will achieve tools necessary to achieve academic success at RCTC. For example, It's OK to use Wikipedia. It's also fine to look up free college essays online. There's a cookie-cutter thesis statement that always works. Use a colon in your essay title so your professor will be impressed and not really read the rest of your essay very closely. MLA and APA style aren't hard, if you know the internet sites that do all of the work for you. Write one essay, and then use it over and over again in different classes without cheating. These secrets, and many others, will be revealed in this engaging session. 
Jamie Mahlberg Honors- RCTC's Honors Program Session to provide information about RCTC's new AA in Liberal Arts: Honors. Interested students can learn about how to register, what to expect from an Honors class, and how being an Honors student can benefit them as they prepare to transfer. 
Savita Katarya; Martha Thomford Do your future goals include high-demand careers? Join us to learn about resources available at Workforce Center to help you get there!!! 
Mike Lester Yellowjacket Pride- What it means to be a student athlete at RCTC Athletics at RCTC including student-athlete and team past success, balancing athletics and academics, time management, and expectations
Steve Juenemann RCTC, Compassion, and You Compassion is generally defined as the awareness of suffering and the wish to alleviate it. In this interactive session, you will have an opportunity to learn more about compassion, as well as related initiatives at RCTC and in Rochester. How does compassion relate to success—for you, your college, your communities?
Suzy Finck Protecting Your Identity Learn how to protect your personal information including using credit cards, social security numbers, and online hacking
Natasha Boe Financial Aid Jeopardy Topics will be financial literacy related such as budgeting, student loans, stretching your financial aid dollars, etc. 
Matt Haack Using Campus Technology Logging onto campus computers, reset StarID password, Download Office 365 apps, D2L Access, Email access, onedrive, setting up email on mobile device, RCTC mobile app, reporting phishing/junk, printing (quota), location of labs, checkout devices, etc 
Lori Halverson-Wente Humans of RCTC This presentation will introduce you to the "Humans of RCTC" and "Human Library" projects as well as diverse members of your RCTC Community. These two initiatives are helping RCTC students, staff and faculty learn more about each other. Each of us has a story to tell - come hear a few of ours! Meet a few of the individuals who will share their stories that lead to compassion. Learn how you can become involved. Become inspired and leave better tooled about how you can learn more about other cultures on our own campuses!
Library Staff Tour the Goddard Library Want to familiarize yourself with the library on campus? Come by for a tour!
Tom Kerr How to Use D2L Brightspace Want to learn more about D2L Brightspace? Come to this presentation for answers to all of your questions! We'll meet in a computer lab so you can get some hands-on experience. 
10:00 AM
Mary Davenport Chat with the President- Student Edition Do you wonder what factors are considered when closing the College during bad weather? Have a suggestion for improving services or a new program? This session is your opportunity to meet the RCTC Interim President, Dr. Mary Davenport, and Chat with the President on issues important to you. 
Tierre Webster Next Chapter Will discuss the challenges that those face after incarceration and how to best serve them and those that love them
Michon Rogers Resume Writing Helping students prepare a resume.
Jamie Mahlberg Honors- What is Phi Theta Kappa and Why Should I Join? This session will provide information on joining the only recognized international honor society for two-year colleges. We'll discuss the activities RCTC's chapter of Phi Theta Kappa conducts, the Hallmarks of Scholarship, Leadership, Fellowship, and Service, and the various scholarship and leadership benefits of becoming a member. 
Michele McCaughtry Learn more about plagiarism and what you need to know when writing for college What sources can be used and how they should be used when writing a college paper. Resources for identifying plagiarism. Good resources for students to use to avoid having to copy other people's work. 
Louis Garcia Finding Jobs Through Social Media A presentation on how social media -- from Twitter to LinkedIn -- can help in the job search, provide job opportunities, but also hinder you as a candidate. How to use the tools effectively, and how a good old search via a company's web page or social media handles can help you find new roles (Nintendo posts its jobs constantly on Twitter). Also searching hashtags for jobs, setting up notifications.
Natasha Boe Financial Aid Jeopardy Topics will be financial literacy related such as budgeting, student loans, stretching your financial aid dollars, etc. 
Suzy Finck Let's Go Phishing Interactive session identifying phishing & ransom ware
Mike Mutschelknaus How to Write Quickly Without Trying so Hard In this session, students will achieve tools necessary to achieve academic success at RCTC. For example, It's OK to use Wikipedia. It's also fine to look up free college essays online. There's a cookie-cutter thesis statement that always works. Use a colon in your essay title so your professor will be impressed and not really read the rest of your essay very closely. MLA and APA style aren't hard, if you know the internet sites that do all of the work for you. Write one essay, and then use it over and over again in different classes without cheating. These secrets, and many others, will be revealed in this engaging session. 
Library Staff Tour the Goddard Library Want to familiarize yourself with the library on campus? Come by for a tour!
Lori Halverson-Wente Humans of RCTC This presentation will introduce you to the "Humans of RCTC" and "Human Library" projects as well as diverse members of your RCTC Community. These two initiatives are helping RCTC students, staff and faculty learn more about each other. Each of us has a story to tell - come hear a few of ours! Meet a few of the individuals who will share their stories that lead to compassion. Learn how you can become involved. Become inspired and leave better tooled about how you can learn more about other cultures on our own campuses!
Matt Haack Using Campus Technology Logging onto campus computers, reset StarID password, Download Office 365 apps, D2L Access, Email access, onedrive, setting up email on mobile device, RCTC mobile app, reporting phishing/junk, printing (quota), location of labs, checkout devices, etc This can be offered every session since lab is limited to 28 students per session
Ginny Boyum, Tricia Olinger, and Jean Hoth Learn the Essentials
What do you hope to learn while at RCTC? Bring your smart phone and share your thoughts at this interactive session. (For once, use of your phone in the classroom setting is going to be enouraged! If you don't have a smart phone, no worries, we will have an iPad for you to use.) We will be using a free app called Padlet to gather your input about what we call the Essential Learning Outcomes. To get a jump on the session, download the app before you attend, then join us to learn more!
Guy Hamernik MediaSpace Learn more about this video streaming service free to MN State students, much like YouTube. Students going into healthcare or taking an online class may find this service useful for presenting tapings for clinical procedures, online speeches, etc.
11:00 AM
Jennifer Rubin and Cory Rubin Biology and Environmental Science at RCTC and Beyond Information about biology and environmental science programs at RCTC will be presented, including career opportunities, course offerings, and transfer pathways to four-year universities.
Matt Haack Using Campus Technology Logging onto campus computers, reset StarID password, Download Office 365 apps, D2L Access, Email access, onedrive, setting up email on mobile device, RCTC mobile app, reporting phishing/junk, printing (quota), location of labs, checkout devices, etc 
Lori Halverson-Wente Humans of RCTC This presentation will introduce you to the "Humans of RCTC" and "Human Library" projects as well as diverse members of your RCTC Community. These two initiatives are helping RCTC students, staff and faculty learn more about each other. Each of us has a story to tell - come hear a few of ours! Meet a few of the individuals who will share their stories that lead to compassion. Learn how you can become involved. Become inspired and leave better tooled about how you can learn more about other cultures on our own campuses!
Deb Ward Scholarship Q and A This session will cover the current scholarships offered by the RCTC Foundation, an overview of the application process, and tips for writing question responses on the application.
Bonnie Robinson Parents, How Reading can Change Your Child's Life (and yours) This session would connect to the Personal Success category. Many of our students are parents who are striving to be successful in a range of areas, including parenting. This session would inform students of the research indicating the enormous impact reading aloud to a child can have on his/her academic, social and emotional development. Additionally, it would provide students with resources and suggestions for how to implement this new ritual into their daily lives. Lastly, students would learn how reading to their child can positively affect the parents in surprising ways.
Barb Fritz Science-related Careers: Ask RCTC Alumni About Their Pathway Alumni and/or current students will have an open forum addressing some science-related careers.
Othelmo da Silva Managing Test Anxiety “Hacks, tips, and strategies to help you handle your nerves during quizzes, tests, and exams”
Mary Kaye Peterson Phlebotomy Presentation PowerPoint presentation regarding Phlebotomy as a profession and training included.
Deb Vang and Gregg Wright Get Your Career in Gear RCTC Counselors will teach you how to use our SIGI 3 Career Development Program.
Vanessa King Respiratory Therapy The presenter will describe the respiratory therapy profession, career opportunities, and education requirements . 
Student Senate Leaders Get Involved on Campus!  Learn about getting involved on campus through clubs, activities, and Student Senate
Simona Baias, Tricia Olinger and Jenny Pettinger Learn the Essentials
What do you hope to learn while at RCTC? Bring your smart phone and share your thoughts at this interactive session. (For once, use of your phone in the classroom setting is going to be enouraged! If you don't have a smart phone, no worries, we will have an iPad for you to use.) We will be using a free app called Padlet to gather your input about what we call the Essential Learning Outcomes. To get a jump on the session, download the app before you attend, then join us to learn more!
Guy Hamernik MediaSpace Learn more about this video streaming service free to MN State students, much like YouTube. Students going into healthcare or taking an online class may find this service useful for presenting tapings for clinical procedures, online speeches, etc.
1:00 PM
Andrew Tanem #NextStopNDSU Meet with a college representative about transferring to NDSU
Laurie Roy Finish what you started at Saint Mary's University Rochester Meet with a college representative about transferring to St. Mary's University Rochester
Katie Asfeld Transfer Opportunities at Augsburg University Meet with a college representative about transferring to Augsburg
  U of M BS in Nursing (Rochester Cohort) Application Workshop  
Nate Bostrom The "Concordia Transfer Advantage" Meet with a college representative about transferring to Concordia
Paula Carlsen and Trent Dernbach Path to Purple: RCTC/WSU-R and WSU-W This presentation will include staff from both RCTC and WSU (Rochester and Winona campus) The goal is to share with students the partnership benefits of RCTC and WSU majors, the transfer process including admission criteria for different majors. We will wrap up with information on the unique student services available for our Path to Purple students. 
Ponloeu Chim Opportunities and Available Resources for Foreign-Born Students  
Kyle Aure Interview Skills This presentation will be a comprehensive look at types of interviews, the interview process, and the ever prominent dos and do-nots of interviewing.  In addition, we will be performing mock interviews in pairs so that you can get instant feedback for perfecting your interview skills!
5:30 PM
Tierre Webster Next Chapter Will discuss the challenges that those face after incarceration and how to best serve them and those that love them
Savita Katarya; Martha Thomford Do your future goals include high-demand careers? Join us to learn about resources available at Workforce Center to help you get there!!! 
Jesse Krusmark; Thomas Ramboldt Protecting Your Identity Learn how to protect your personal information including using credit cards, social security numbers, and online hacking
Deb Ward Scholarship Q and A This session will cover the current scholarships offered by the RCTC Foundation, an overview of the application process, and tips for writing question responses on the application.
Ed Duda Bouncing Back…Your Chances of Finding Work Improve When… Remember that your chances of finding work improve once you take the label off yourself and begin to think in terms of your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments! Join Ed as he helps you realize and remember that looking for work need not be any more difficult than looking for information!
Library Staff Tour the Goddard Library Want to familiarize yourself with the library on campus? Come by for a tour!
6:30 PM
Bonnie Robinson Parents, How Reading can Change Your Child's Life (and yours) This session would connect to the Personal Success category. Many of our students are parents who are striving to be successful in a range of areas, including parenting. This session would inform students of the research indicating the enormous impact reading aloud to a child can have on his/her academic, social and emotional development. Additionally, it would provide students with resources and suggestions for how to implement this new ritual into their daily lives. Lastly, students would learn how reading to their child can positively affect the parents in surprising ways.
Jesse Krusmark Using Campus Technology Logging onto campus computers, reset StarID password, Download Office 365 apps, D2L Access, Email access, onedrive, setting up email on mobile device, RCTC mobile app, reporting phishing/junk, printing (quota), location of labs, checkout devices, etc 
Louis Garcia Finding Jobs Through Social Media A presentation on how social media -- from Twitter to LinkedIn -- can help in the job search, provide job opportunities, but also hinder you as a candidate. How to use the tools effectively, and how a good ol' search via a company's web page or social media handles can help you find new roles (Nintendo posts its jobs constantly on Twitter). Also searching hashtags for jobs, setting up notifications.
Ed Duda Bouncing Back…Your Chances of Finding Work Improve When… Remember that your chances of finding work improve once you take the label off yourself and begin to think in terms of your skills, qualifications, and accomplishments! Join Ed as he helps you realize and remember that looking for work need not be any more difficult than looking for information!

 

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