RCTC Student Beehive – February 12, 2020

Check out the following links for important RCTC information: Monday, February 17, President’s Day – NO CLASSES

Join us for the Mental Health Awareness Night – TONIGHT
Scholarship Portal Closes Friday
RCTC Theatre Production: “The Siegel”
Health Services
Graduation Application Deadlines
Don’t Thumb it up Behind the Wheel
Rochester Amateur Chess Tournament
Student Effort to Promote Upcoming Census


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The online scholarship application portal will close on Friday, February 14 at 4:00pm. Please be sure to apply or finish the application you’ve already started. If you have questions or you need assistance with your application please contact Heather in the Foundation office at ext. 7771 or heather.mceldowney@rctc.edu.

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By: Michael Mitnick
Directed By: Jerry Casper

PLOT: Ethan Siegel is in love. Tonight, he’s going to ask Alice’s parents for permission to marry her. There’s just one tiny problem–Ethan and Alice actually broke up two years ago and she’s seeing someone else! An irresistible comedy about modern day love and how sometimes we need to go back in order to move forward. DISCLAIMER: Not recommended for viewers under 16: Adult Language, Situations. 


  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 13, 14, 15 at 7:30pm
  • Thursday, Friday, February 20, 21 at 7:30pm
  • Saturday Matinee, February 22 at 2:00pm


  • $10.00 Adults
  • $8.00 Sr. Citizens 65+ and non-RCTC Students
  • 507-285-7200 For Tickets and More Information

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At RCTC Student Health Services, we are here to assist all current students with their health, illness, and injury concerns while on campus.  A registered nurse is available daily and a nurse practitioner is available weekly. Services we offer on campus include assessment and treatment of acute illness (cold, sore throat, skin rash, etc.,) physical exams for academic and athletic programs, blood pressure screening, and TB (tuberculosis) tests. Lab tests for strep throat, urinary tract infection, pregnancy, blood sugar, cholesterol, and mononucleosis are also available. We have Bandaids, condoms, and a variety of over-the-counter medications for colds, pain, and stomach problems, too. If other services are needed, we can assist with referrals to community healthcare providers.

Student Health Services is funded by the Health Service fee included in the tuition statement, so most of the services we offer are free. Yes, FREE! (There is a small fee for a few services, but most really are free.)

But that’s not all! Since we understand that students learn better when they are feeling well, at Student Health Services we don’t just care about illness, we also want students to learn how they can stay well and improve their overall health and wellness. Nutrition and physical activity challenges, health screenings, flu shots, and health-related events are just some examples of these opportunities. Look for announcements and more information in your student email or on RCTC’s Facebook page.

Student Health Services is located at HS140 in the Health Sciences building. Walk-in appointments are available, but appointments are preferred. Stop by or call us at 285-7261. Visit the Student Health Services website for hours, services available as well as links to valuable resources.

The RCTC Student Health Services does not give excuses or notes for missing class or practice. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his/her instructor or coach if class or practice must be missed.

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The Spring 2020 Graduation Application Deadline is February 26, 2020 and Summer 2020 Graduation Application Deadline is March 23, 2020.  Students seeking to graduate should complete the application and attach a DARS audit that reads “All requirements complete” before submitting it to the Admissions Office for processing.  If your audit states that you are missing a requirement, please meet with your advisor or counselor ASAP for resolution.  Graduation applications and instructions are available online.

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Are you putting lives at risk while illegally texting and driving?  Are you a headbobber? Do you text and drive while holding the phone down low only rarely glancing up at the road? Or are you a sneak peeker?  Do you check for texts at stop lights or while stuck in traffic?

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device — including when stopped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

This emoticon #:’-( could be what texting drivers experience after crashing, while this one  >:-(  is how texting drivers will feel after getting ticketed for “thumbing it up” behind the wheel.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesotans ages 1-34.  Here’s what you can do to stay focused behind the wheel:

  • Cell phones — turn off cell phones or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.
  • If making/receiving a call to/from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.
  • If you are a passenger, speak up to stop the driver from becoming distracted.
  • Music and other controls — pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling or ask a passenger to assist.
  • Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.
  • Eating and drinking — try to avoid food/beverage (especially messy foods) and have drinks secured.

Rochester Community and Technical College is promoting this important lifesaving message on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  We want our students to STAY SAFE!


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The 2020 Rochester Amateur Chess Championship will be held at RCTC on Saturday, February 22, 2020 from 9:00am-5:00pm in the RCTC Health Science Building. RCTC has generously provided the space and chess equipment for this event. The co-sponsor Rochester Chess will provide trophies, directorship, and instruction. Additional funding is provided by youth enrichment grants to Rochester Chess from the Mayo Clinic Office of Community Relations, the Rochester Area Foundation, and US Bank. The tournament is open to all. Competition will be in three section​s based on playing experience: Amateur (U1800), Reserve (U1000), and Novice (U400 or unrated). The winners of each section will be awarded the titles of Rochester Amateur Champion, Rochester Reserve Champion, and Rochester Novice Champion, respectively. The Amateur and Reserve sections will be USCF-rated requiring a USCF membership:

https://new.uschess.org/home/. Participants in these sections must record their moves.

Time Control:  Each player gets 30 minutes (or 45 minutes for Amateur) plus a 5-sec delay to make all their moves.

Registration: Registration: online registration (required). You are encouraged to register early as participation is limited to 60. Players checking in after 9:30 will not be paired in round 1. Play starts at 9:30 AM (10:00 for Novice).

Registration Fee:  Free entry for all and there will be prizes!

Volunteers are needed to help set up and monitor the playing site. Please let us know if you can assist. Experienced players are encouraged to attend to help coach our developing players.

Instruction: Experienced Chess Coaches will provide game analysis for players who record the moves of their game.

Directions: Rochester Community and Technical College, Health Sciences Building, Room HS 128, 851 30th Ave SE, Rochester, MN 55904. Park in the main lot on the East side of the main campus. Enter through the Atrium (main entrance) and follow the signs to the playing site.

Celebrate a fun day of community chess thanks to our sponsors: Rochester Chess and the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Rochester Community and Technical College. RCTC President, Dr. Jeffery Boyd deserves a special thank you.

​Schedule will vary: 9:00-9:30 AM Onsite check-in; 9:00-10:00 Warm-up games & notation instruction; 9:30 & 10:00 – Round 1

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Student Government is teaming up with LeadMN to actively participate in a Census awareness project. LeadMN is an organization that represents the 180,000 two-year students in Minnesota. In this effort, faculty may be receiving communication from our Student Government or from LeadMN requesting to share information about the Census during your class time.

​There is another event on Wednesday, February 19th in the cafeteria ​from 11:30am-1:00pm. This is a Census Pledge Event where students can learn the importance of the upcoming Census.

The reason it is important: The federal government uses census numbers to allocate more than $675 billion in federal funds annually for community programs and services, such as education programs, housing and community development​. This includes food assistance programs, medical assistance programs, and the federal p​ell grant program.

This event will be a great opportunity to students to learn the importance of the Census.

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Thursday, February 13

  • African American and African Read-In, 9:30am-12:30pm, Reading Lounge in the Goddard Library
    Come to the Reading Lounge of the RCTC Goddard Library and join us for our African-American and African Read-In to celebrate Black History Month.
  • Sweetheart Gifts! 11:00am-1:00pm, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
    Buy your sweetheart a gift for Valentine’s Day! This is a fundraiser for the International Student Club for their culture trip.
  • Art Gallery Exhibit and Reception, 4:30pm, Art Gallery (2nd Floor College Center)
    RCTC Art Faculty Member, Suzanne Szucs is exhibit her work created in part during her sabbatical

Friday, February 14

  • Sweetheart Gifts! 11:00am-1:00pm, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
    Buy your sweetheart a gift for Valentine’s Day! This is a fundraiser for the International Student Club for their culture trip.

Saturday, February 15

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Minnesota State CTC, 3:00pm, Home

Monday, February 17

  • President’s Day – NO CLASSES

Tuesday, February 18

  • Door Decorating Contest, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Multiple Locations
    Check out the decorated doors around campus based on Civil War influential figures to celebrate Black History Month. 

Wednesday, February 19

  • Census Pledge Event, 11:30am-1:00pm, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
  • Door Decorating Contest, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Multiple Locations
    Check out the decorated doors around campus based on Civil War influential figures to celebrate Black History Month.
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Anoka-Ramsey CC, 7:00pm, Away

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

Events Coming Spring Semester

February 18-21, 2020 Door Decorating
February 20-22, 2020 Winter Theatre Production: “The Siegel”
February 22, 2020 Rochester Amateur Chess Championship
February 25, 2020 Precinct Caucus – NO CLASSES AFTER 6:00pm
February 26, 2020 Zuzu African Acrobats
February 27, 2020 LECTURE SERIES: Peace Corps on Three Continents
February 28, 2020 Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
Ebony Night
March 3, 2020 Relationships and Success
March 4, 2020 Construction/Trades/Manufacturing Job Fair
March 9-13, 2020 Spring Break – NO CLASSES
March 18, 2020 Customer Service/Retail/Hospitality Job Fair
March 24, 2020 Building Leadership
March 26, 2020 Spring Choral Concert
March 31, 2020 LECTURE SERIES: Water Stories: A Discussion of Rochester’s Most Precious and Vulnerable Natural Resource
Health Care/Dental/Veterinary Job Fair
April 7, 2020 Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
April 14, 2020 Stress Management
April 15, 2020 Guest Lecture Series: What Do We Do If The Canary Stops Singing? Dr. Tyrone B. Hayes, Ph.D.
April 23, 2020 LECTURE SERIES: Poetry Reading by Scannell McCormick for National Poetry Month
April 23-25, 2020 Spring Theatre Production
April 28, 2020 Scholarship Award Ceremony – Graduating/Transferring Recipients
April 29, 2020 All Industry Job Fair
April 30-May 2, 2020 Spring Theatre Production
May 4, 2020 Calculus the Musical Performance
May 5, 2020 Student Creativity Recital World Drum Ensemble
May 9, 2020 Spring RCTC/RCB Combined Band Concert
May 12, 2020 Student Creativity Recital World Drum Ensemble
May 13, 2020 Spring Semester Ends
May 14, 2020 Commencement – 6:00pm in the Regional Sports Center
Men’s Basketball competitions either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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