RCTC Student Beehive – January 15, 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.   We’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC each week on Wednesdays.  Students are also encouraged to visit The Hive for up-to-date information on all RCTC news, activities, and events.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:  Monday, January 20, 2020, Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO CLASSES

Last Day to Add and Drop Classes
Student Success Day – January 30
The Bandana Project
RCTC Relaunches Lecture Series
*Special Attention Required*
Parking Reminder
Free Bus Rides for RCTC Students
Important Information From Financial Aid
Tobacco Free Campus – Inside and Out
Food Service
Spring and Summer Graduates
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication
Student Achievements

RCTC students can make changes to Spring Semester full term schedules through the 5th day of classes.  The final day to add and drop full term classes is this Friday, January 17, 2020.  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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Plan to attend this year’s Student Success Day!  It’s loaded with all kinds of informative sessions, a keynote speaker on resiliency, a resource fair, a college fair and you’ll even get free lunch!  Check out the details below and we’ll see you on January 30!

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The Bandana Project is a new program to help share information about campus and community mental health resources and to reduce stigma around mental health. Students can sign up to become a Bandana Carrier and distribute resources about campus and community mental health resources while providing a visible sign of solidarity by tying a green bandana to their backpack. The green bandana is a sign that they are willing to help and can share information about mental health resources. Students who want to become a Bandana Carrier will be enrolled in The Bandana Project course in D2L where they will be asked to watch a brief video and complete a quick quiz (no score required for the quiz). Upon completing the training in D2L they will receive a certificate and can pick up their green bandana and resource cards from Student Health Services.

Students can sign up to be a Bandana Carrier using this form.

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Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce the launch of its new lecture series beginning in January 2020.  These initial four lectures feature RCTC faculty sharing their expertise and experiences in an array of topics from music to public service.  This initial series schedule includes one speaker per month, January through April, with the full lecture series resuming in September 2020.  All series events are free and open to the public and include light refreshments following the program.

January’s program features RCTC History Instructor Chad Israelson discussing the political world of Minnesota-native singer Bob Dylan.  Israelson is a noted expert on Dylan and co-authored a book with the same title about the musician in 2015.  Any fan of Dylan, music, history, or politics will not want to miss this event on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in the RCTC Hill Theater beginning at 7pm.

February’s program, Peace Corps: Service on Three Continents, features three RCTC English Instructors, Jason Meier, Mike Mutschelknaus, and Beth Heim de Bera, discussing their individual experiences in the volunteer service organization.  The program starts at 7pm in the RCTC Hill Theater on Thursday, February 27, 2020.

In March, RCTC Biology and Environmental Science Instructors Cory Rubin and Jennifer Rubin present Water Stories: A Discussion of Rochester’s Most Precious – and Vulnerable – Natural Resource.  Come see just how vital water is in creating and maintaining a healthy ecosystem on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 7pm, in the RCTC Hill Theater.

April is National Poetry Month, and to commemorate the month, RCTC English Instructor Scannell McCormick will read from his two collections of published poetry.  Join us for the program on Thursday, April 23, 2020 in the RCTC Heintz Center Commons at 7pm.

The re-launch of this program is an effort by the Community Engagement Strategic Committee including members Matt Bissonette (chair), Mike Lester, Mona Permann, Heather McEldowney, Beth Heim de Bera, Shelli Arneson, Jennifer Wilson, and Nate Stoltman.  The group will be soliticing volunteers for the full 2020-2021 series during Spring Semester.

For additional information and series updates, please visit www.rctc.edu/lectureseries.

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In general, your Financial Aid is based on the number of credits you are enrolled in, as of a “census date.”  For Spring Semester, the census date is Friday, January 17, 2020.

Financial Aid adjustments for late registrations are not allowed. Courses added after the census date will NOT be considered for Financial Aid.  This restriction applies even if the course being added is required for graduation.

What can you do to ensure you receive Financial Aid for all of your credits?

  • Finalize your Spring Semester registration on or before January 17, 2020.  If you plan to take late-start courses, you must be registered for them at the beginning of the term.
  • At any time, if you are considering a change to your registration (regardless of the reason), contact your Advisor first!  We want to make sure you understand how the change may affect your academic plan and your Financial Aid eligibility.

Please let your Advisor or the Financial Aid Office know if you have questions about this change.  Best wishes for a great Spring Semester!

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Student parking is available in any lots designated “Student parking” and at parking meters (as paid).  The parking fee is included in your tuition.  Parking meters are monitored from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 3pm on Friday.  Learn more about parking on campus on the RCTC Parking 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 6:55am to 5:55pm.  RCTC students ride for free, accessing any RPT bus route.  For additional information on routes and more, visit the RPT websiteMaps of bus routes are also available on the counters throughout the Student Services area. Show 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 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.   View the full Tobacco Policy.

There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.

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Lancer Hospitality offers fresh entrees and healthy food options at the three campus food service locations.
Fresh daily entrees, gourmet subs and sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pizza and your favorite foods from the grill. Enjoy fresh baked pastries, tasty desserts and mochas, espresso, lattes and more at the Espresso Plus Café. Mastercard and VISA credit and debit cards welcome.

  • Fresh Stop Café: third floor of the College Center building
  • Espresso Plus Café: first floor of the Health Science building
  • Fresh Stop Café: first floor of the Heintz Center Commons area

Sign up for the Café Rewards program and save!

The Cafe Rewards app allows you to pay with your phone and earn rewards! Download the free secure app on any iPhone or Android device.

For every $50 dollars you spend, you earn $3 of credit that will automatically apply to your next purchase.

Students, faculty, and staff use the Café Rewards app to pay at the café throughout the year. Gain exclusive access to special deals and offerings in the café with Café Rewards!

Don’t own a smart phone? See any Café cashier to get a plastic card for the new Café Rewards program and start earning your rewards!

Visit Café Rewards for more information!

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Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Spring 2020 Graduation Application Deadline is February 26, 2020 and Summer 2020 Graduation Application Deadline is March 23, 2020.  You can find the Graduation application online. Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site.

Graduation information is available on our website at:

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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.

Instructions to set up your mobile phone to access your email, calendar information, contacts and tasks can be found online.

If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center tech.help@rctc.edu or call (507) 536-5555.

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Rochester Community and Technical College wants to make sure that you’re recognized for your achievements. RCTC uses a platform called The Link to publicize your accomplishments like making the dean’s list and graduating from RCTC. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements back to your hometown newspapers.

You always have the option to “opt-out” of publicity about your success by following the College’s non-disclosure process as per Student Data Practices Policy which can be viewed on our website.  Students who do not want to disclose directory information must submit specific written requests to the Admissions and Records Office by contacting the office for additional information and/or to obtain a “Request for Non-Disclosure” form.

We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online. Keep up the good work and be on the lookout for emails about your accomplishments!

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Saturday, January 18

  • Wrestling, Worthington Open, 9:00am, Away
  • Men’s Basketball vs. St. Cloud Tech, 3:00pm, Home

Monday, January 20

  • Martin Luther King Day – NO CLASSES

Tuesday, January 21

  • Club Expo, 11:00am, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
    Come learn about what clubs RCTC has to offer and see if you want to get involved! Enjoy some free coffee and donuts in the Hive!
  • Lecture Series:  Political World of Minnesota-Native Singer Bob Dylan, 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    January’s program features RCTC History Instructor Chad Israelson discussing the political world of Minnesota-native singer Bob Dylan.  Israelson is a noted expert on Dylan and co-authored a book with the same title about the musician in 2015.  Any fan of Dylan, music, history, or politics will not want to miss this event on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 in the RCTC Hill Theater beginning at 7pm. Light refreshments following the program.

Wednesday, January 22

  • Campus Connection Fair, 11:00am, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
    Come and gt connected with resources that all students have on campus. Enjoy free candy in our cafeteria. 
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Anoka-Ramsey CC, 7:00pm, Home
    Come cheer on our Men’s Basketball Yellowjackets and watch the Chatfield youth at halftime!

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

Events Coming Spring Semester

January 30, 2020 Student Success Day – Non-Class Opportunities
February 13-15, 2020 Winter Theatre Production: “The Siegel”
February 17, 2020 President’s Day – NO CLASSES
February 20-22, 2020 Winter Theatre Production: “The Siegel”
February 25, 2020 Precinct Caucus – NO CLASSES AFTER 6:00pm
February 27, 2020 LECTURE SERIES: Peace Corps on Three Continents
February 28, 2020 Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
March 9-13, 2020 Spring Break – NO CLASSES
March 26, 2020 Spring Choral Concert
March 31, 2020 LECTURE SERIES: Water Stories: A Discussion of Rochester’s Most Precious and Vulnerable Natural Resource
April 7, 2020 Employee Development Day – NO CLASSES
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 30-May2, 2020 Spring Theatre Production
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
March 9-13, 2020 Spring Break – NO CLASSES
Men’s Basketball, and Wrestling competitions either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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