RCTC Student Beehive – August 26, 2020

Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities. It’s wonderful to have our new and returning students fill the campus and online learning community again! We, in Student Affairs are committed to your success and begin each semester with this communication campaign called “RCTC Student Beehive” – named in recognition of our campus yellowjacket mascot Sting. Each week on Wednesdays, we’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC. Also, “The Hive” is an online blog where all of this information is stored and is available to you 24/7. Bookmark The Hive and visit it often to find all the Beehives and other helpful information.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Last Day to Add and Drop Classes
Updates on COVID-19 and RCTC
Connect With Us on Social Media
Parking – Find Out Where You Won’t Get Ticketed!
Free Bus Rides for RCTC Students!
Important Information From Financial Aid
Hungry? Check Out The Food Service!
Hive Supply – Student Food Cupboard!
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication!
Learning Center is Here for You!
Tobacco Free Campus – Inside and Out

RCTC students can make changes to full term schedules through the 5th day of classes. The final day to add and drop full-term classes is this Friday, Aug. 28. You can manage your class schedule via the RCTC eServices site.

Students are responsible to verify that any change was processed correctly by printing a copy of their academic schedule whenever they make a change. After the deadline to drop a course, refunds are issued only for complete withdrawals in accordance with the published RCTC refund schedule.

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Everyone around the world is working to find normal life amidst COVID-19 and RCTC is no different. Faculty and staff have been working hard all summer to create the best environment for students to succeed. What do students need to know?

  • COVID-19 Screening Tool/Masks Required: There are a couple of requirements for students to gain access to campus. Falling in line with the State mandate, masks are required while on the RCTC campus. Students who have exemption due to a disability, should contact our Disability Services Office before coming to campus. 507-280-2968. Students are also required to complete the. Students who do not receive a green screen after completing the tool, should stay home.
  • Course Delivery Formats: There are a variety of different course delivery formats for students to choose from in order to continue their education while staying within their comfort level of safety. You can find a description of all the Course Delivery Formats on the RCTC website.
  • CARES Act: Money was provided through the CARES Act to assist students financially who have been affected by the COVID-19 virus. There are still some funds available in the CARES Act Student Emergency Fund for eligible students to apply. Eligible students will:
    • be enrolled in the term for which they are requesting assistance
    • provide an explanation of the expenses incurred related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (i.e.: courses moved online, etc.)
    • meet Title IV eligibility requirements (completion of a FAFSA, meeting SAP standards and enrolled in an eligible major)

If you are a student who meets these criteria, even if you have already received an emergency grant, you can apply here for consideration.

For all updates on COVID-19 information at RCTC, please visit our COVID-19 website.

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Stay connected with us on our social media accounts so you stay informed of all the activities and events available to you. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat and stay “in the know!”

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Student parking is available in any lots designated “Student parking.”  The parking fee is included in your tuition.  For more information on parking on the RCTC campus, check out our Campus Safety webpage.

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Using the bus system in Rochester is easy and convenient.  Students can access any part of the city using Rochester Public Transit as their mode of transportation.  The buses are clean, safe, and enjoyable to ride.  Rochester Public Transit services RCTC Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes from morning til evening.  RCTC students ride for free, accessing any RPT bus route.  For additional information on routes, times and more, visit the RPT websiteShow your RCTC Student ID and you can ride any route, anytime for free!  If you haven’t received your Student ID yet, visit the RCTC Library today!

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All financial aid disbursements and student payroll checks at RCTC are disbursed using a system called BankMobile Disbursements.  When your payment is ready to be issued to you, the funds will be sent to an agency called “BankMobile.”  BankMobile will then issue your financial aid change check and/or student payroll check using the refund preference you select.

If you have questions, please contact the RCTC Cashier’s Office at (507) 285-7311 or visit https://bankmobiledisbursements.com/refundchoices/.

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RCTC offers tasty “grab-n-go” meal options in two locations on campus. The Food Service can be found on the 3rd Floor of the College Center and at Heintz Center. Hungry? Come grab some food to go!

Don’t forget to sign up for Café Rewards! Students, faculty, and staff who use the Café Rewards app to pay at the café throughout the year get exclusive access to special deals and offerings within the café!

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HIVE Supply is RCTC’s on-campus food pantry. Currently enrolled RCTC students have access to the HIVE Supply which is stocked with non-perishable food items, personal hygiene products, and other items such as toilet paper, laundry soap, pans, and utensils. Inventory varies based on time of year and donations. Be sure to check out the Hive Supply website for the most up-to-date information.

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Did you know Campus Email is RCTC’s official means of communication with students?

All RCTC students are provided with an email account through the College. This email account is the official means of communication from the college. Your campus email login format is: StarID@go.minnstate.edu – Example: rc1234tc@go.minnstate.edu. Email can be accessed at: https://www.outlook.com/ or on your mobile device.

You can find instructions to set up your mobile phone to access your email, calendar information, contacts and tasks on the RCTC website.

If you have questions, please email the Technology Support Center or call (507) 536-5555.

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The Learning Center provides FREE tutoring for all RCTC and WSU-R students to help them build the skills and confidence needed to be successful in their coursework and reach their academic goals. Our tutors are specialists in their content areas and are eager to help you.

For the Fall 2020 semester, the Learning Center will be open for both in-person and online tutoring.  There are many different options for getting help:  drop in help, scheduled appointments with a tutor, email questions and essay review, scheduling workspaces.  Check out the Learning Center website for hours and services and find what is best for you.

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RCTC is a TOBACCO FREE campus.  Smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco sales (including the use or sale of smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on college owned, operated, or leased property, including all college owned vehicles.  This includes any building or structure; athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or any other outdoor property owned, leased or contracted by RCTC.

The policy is not intended to deny individuals their use of tobacco products and provides for an exception of tobacco use in private vehicles in college parking lots.   You can view the full policy here.

There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.

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Wednesday, August 26

  • Leave Your Mark, 10:00am-2:00pm
    Students will be provided chalk and a space of sidewalk to “Leave Your Mark.” In this time of social distancing, it is important to make a physical connection to campus. Please find the Student Life Truck and Trailer to get your chalk, to talk, or to pick up some free giveaways! We will be parked in between Main Campus and the Sports Center.
  • RCTC Swag Hunt, 10:00am-2:00pm
    Student Life will drop different clues on their Instagram on Tuesday and Wednesday. It is up to you to put the clues together and find the hidden pom-poms! Bring your pom-pom to Student Life and pick out your Yellowjacket drip.

Friday, August 28

  • At Sunset Drive-In Movie: Just Mercy, Sunset, Gravel Lot
    If you’re looking for an easy social distancing event, a movie drive-in helps people socialize while keeping everyone safe. Bring your vehicle, chairs, blankets, or just yourself and enjoy a movie on the big screen!

Intramurals information can be found on the Yellowjackets Athletics website for RCTC.

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