Beehive Blog–January 31, 2024

RCTC Student Blog

Check out the following links for important RCTC information

Black History Month
RCTC Bookstore Sale
Phi Theta Kappa
Olmsted County Family Support and Assistance
Athletic Events


Each February, we celebrate Black History Month, recognizing and honoring the invaluable contributions of African Americans to the rich tapestry of American history. This observance also sheds light on the enduring struggles for Freedom, Equality, and Equity faced by the African American community. The impact of this history resonates in contemporary America, influencing discussions on race and confronting issues of racism. In this ongoing journey, Rochester Community and Technical College remains dedicated to fostering a secure and inclusive environment while providing pathways to academic success for all.

In celebration of Black History Month, let us join together and attend the upcoming Student Life events!

Talk about It Tuesday!

  • Time/Date: Tuesday, February 13th from 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • Location: 3rd floor cafeteria
  • Event Description: Student Life will be collaborating with MOCSI to host a Black History Month Trivia game. We will be providing free food at this event for the students that attend. (haven’t decided what kind of food yet)

Just Mercy Movie Showing

  • Time/Date: Tuesday, February 20th from 12:00pm-2:30pm
  • Location: CF 206/208
  • Event Description: Student Life will be showing the movie Just Mercy to celebrate Black History Month. Free snacks and beverages will be provided for the students that attend.

Common Read Author Visit with Erin Sharkey 

  • Time and Date: Wednesday February 21st 11am-12pm
  • Location: Hill Theater
  • Event Description: Erin Sharkey author of “Breath: A Meditation in Uprising” featured essay in the common read “We Are Meant to Rise will be on campus to share about their lived experiences with intersecting identities, the inspiration behind their essay, and their current work.

Black History Month Painting with a Twist

  • Time/Date: Tuesday, February 27th at 2:00pm
  • Location: In the Art Room
  • Event Description: For this event Student Life will be collaborating with the Art Club and MOCSI to celebrate Black History Month by painting canvases of influential Black Americans. We will be providing free snacks and beverages for the students that attend.

For more monthly updates of events and activities please visit the student life website.  

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The RCTC Bookstore is having a Groundhog Day sale on Friday February 2.

If the groundhog sees his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter, you get 30% off sweatshirts. If he doesn’t see his shadow predicting an early spring, you get 30% off long sleeve and short sleeve t-shirts!

The sale is in-store only.

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Are you one of the 655 students that received the spring 2023 PTK invitation?

Check your email!

Phi Theta Kappa members make the most of their community college experience by being active members of our chapter and contributing their time and talents to activities related to PTK’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service. To be eligible, students must complete a certain number of credits (between 9-12 depending on their program) and earn a GPA of 3.4 or higher.

PTK sends out invitations each semester and summer. Please note that invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa will come directly from Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, RCTC psychology instructor. You can feel comfortable treating all other “honor society” invitations (,, etc.) as spam and delete them.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, you can visit or email Dr. Jamie Mahlberg at

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RCTC Advising and Counseling Department has invited Olmsted County Family Support and Assistance to campus to help serve our students. They will be assisting in their Public Assistance programs:

  • Food Support (SNAP)
  • Cash Assistance (MFIP, GA)
  • Medical Assistance (MA, MnCare, MnSure)
  • Emergency Assistance (EA)
  • Referrals to other community and Olmsted County resources (such as childcare assistance, WIC, and more)

To schedule an appointment, stop in Advising and Counseling (SS133-143) or call 507-285-7260.

Olmsted County Family Support and Assistance will be on campus from 1:00pm-4:30pm:

  • February 21st
  • March 20th
  • April 17th

Drop-ins are welcome.

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RCTC offers nationally renowned varsity athletics. Women’s basketball, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Men’s baseball, basketball, football, and wrestling. Athletic events are free for students; just bring your Student ID!

Congratulations to our Yellowjackets for a productive season play! The defending national champion and #1 ranked Women’s Basketball team continued its path toward fending its title, moving to 14-2, with convincing victory over #3 ranked MN West and MN State Fergus Falls. They will be playing ranked Anoka-Ramsey this weekend this weekend. The Men’s Basketball team has moved to 10-8 overall and 5-1 in the conference as they wone their fifth straight game this past week. They will travel to Anoka-Ramsey this weekend.

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