RCTC Student Beehive – January 22, 2020

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Student Success Day – January 30
Therapy Services Offered
Phi Theta Kappa Invites to Arrive Soon
Weather Emergency Closings
RCTC Student Printing
Scholarship Portal Closes in Less Than 30 Days
President’s List/Dean’s List/High Academic Achievement List
Library Orientation Tours, Spring 2020
Sexual Health and Relationship Education

Student Success Day (SSD) is an opportunity to connect with friends, faculty and staff while attending sessions designed to help you succeed at RCTC and beyond! Mark your calendars; Student Success Day returns on January 30, 2020! Don’t miss this FREE one-day event designed just for you! All activities will take place on Main Campus and the Sports Center Field House.

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RCTC and Zumbro Valley Health Center have partnered to provide on-site psychotherapy services to our students.  Sheri Pearson, LICSW, is available by appointment in Student Health Services, HS140.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri, go to https://healthservices.rctc.edu or call (507) 285-7261.

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Attention students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher! Be checking your email in the next few weeks for an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, the ONLY Honor Society officially recognized by RCTC. 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.

Invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa will come directly from Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, RCTC psychology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. You can feel comfortable treating all other “honor society” invitations (honorsociety.org, honorsocietyinvite@gmail.com, etc.) as spam and deleting them.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, you can visit ptk.org or email Dr. Jamie Mahlberg at jamie.mahlberg@rctc.edu.

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As we continue in the winter season, now is the time to remind everyone of the policies and procedures followed should classes need to be canceled, or the campus needs to close, due to a weather or other emergency.

All students are encouraged to sign up for the RCTC Emergency Alert, an emergency alert text-messaging system that enables RCTC to notify subscribers of any campus-related emergency, such as potential campus safety hazards or campus closures due to weather.

During questionable weather conditions, a number of factors will be considered in making the decision on whether to delay the start of classes or close the campus. These include, but are not limited to: Are state highways open and snowplows operating? Are local transit systems running? Is wind, cold, or ice a factor? Are power or heating systems affected?

During an emergency, an emergency alert email will be sent to all RCTC students and employees, and a phone call/text message will be sent to all subscribers of the RCTC Emergency Alert system. In addition, RCTC’s Facebook, Twitter, and website will have up-to-date information, the College’s main switchboard will have a recorded message with the status of any campus closing (507-285-7210), and the following media outlets will be notified:

  • Radio: KRCH/Laser 101.7; 102.5 (The Fox); KWEB; KROC AM/FM; Y105; KWWK, KLCX, and KDZZ
  • Television: KTTC-TV; FOX 47-TV and KAAL-TV

In the event of inclement weather, RCTC will make every effort to make an announcement by 6:00am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day. The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3:00pm.

Because weather and related road conditions are not the same in every area where students live, the decision as to whether it is safe to travel ultimately resides with each individual.

Please remember, the personal safety of the members of the campus community is RCTC’s number one priority in making any weather-related decision about campus operations. Check out the RCTC Weather/Emergency Policy.

Faculty individually canceling classes for personal or medical leave will be posted at Daily Faculty Absences.

Other Helpful Information

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RCTC implemented student print accounting to promote Green conservation, help control rising printing costs, and aid in keeping student technology fees down.  The following information represents RCTC’s student printing guidelines.

RCTC students will receive 500 sheets/credits of paper into their print accounts at the start of each semester which can be used for either single sided or double sided (duplex) black laser printing.

Currently the Library Technology Center (LTC), located on the third floor of the library, and the Comprehensive Learning Center (AT 306), support duplex printing.  RCTC is continually expanding duplex printing services throughout campus and will keep updated changes on the RCTC Student Printing webpage.

Each student that logs on to a campus computer will be able to track and purchase additional sheets/credits of paper through the print management account icon on the computer desktop.

For frequently asked questions and additional details, visit the website at:  http://www.rctc.edu/technology/printing/

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The RCTC Foundation’s scholarship portal is still open but will close in less than one month on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 4:00 pm! Please apply if you need financial assistance to attend RCTC. Check out the Scholarship Portal today! It is important to remember that these scholarships will be for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Please call the Foundation office at 281-7771 with any questions.

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Excellence in scholastic achievement is recognized by compiling three lists of students.  The qualifications for each list are as follows:

  • President’s List: Students must have completed 12 credits or more for the same semester with a 4.0 GPA. Students on the President’s List will receive a hard copy letter and certificate signed by the President.
  • Dean’s List: Students must have completed 12 credits or more for the same semester with a 3.5-3.99 GPA.  Students on the Dean’s List will receive an email of recognition signed by the VPs of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.
  • High Academic Achievement: Students must have completed 9-11 credits for the same semester with a 3.5-4.0 GPA. Students on the High Academic Achievement List will receive an email of recognition signed by the VPs of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

Additionally, the credit courses completed must have earned grade points.  Credits for P (Pass) and grades of I (Incomplete), AU (Audit), and W (Withdrawal), and NC (No Credit) are excluded from the count. These lists are posted in the Admissions and Records area and at the Heintz Center, as well as distributed to local media.  A listing can also be downloaded from the College website.

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This spring, Goddard Library will once again offer orientation tours designed to introduce students to the library.  Topics include library services, navigating the library website, a tour of the library.

Following is the Spring 2020 schedule. No registration is required; students should meet at the Reference/Information desk.  Tours take approximately 30 minutes.

Monday, January 27, 11:00am, 5:00pm
Tuesday, January 28, 9:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 6:00pm
Thursday, January 30, 9:00am, 10:00am, 5:30pm
Friday, January 31, 8:00am, 11:00am, 2:00pm
Saturday, February 1, 11:00am

Also, every Monday at 11:00am.

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We are excited to share with you about SHARE: Sexual Health and Relationship Education a new program at Rochester Community and Technical College that gives students an opportunity to learn about real-life issues related to sexuality, sexual health, and relationships. SHARE is 24-hour in-depth training facilitated by Planned Parenthood educators who provide content that is always comprehensive, medically accurate, and age-appropriate. Upon completion of the program you will receive a certificate of completion.

The SHARE program is a great opportunity for students to learn more about sexual health and relationships and the resources and information to keep themselves and others safe. It is a great resume builder for students aspiring to work within healthcare, human services, education, etc.

Students who participate in SHARE will learn about sexual health and relationships, build new connections, and participate in fun activities. Content covered in the training includes abstinence, anatomy, birth control, communication skills, health relationships, responsible decision-making, sexual violence, and STIs & HIV/AIDS.

Students who participate in SHARE are committing to completing the entire training program which includes 6 hours at Student Success Day followed by five Thursday evening sessions from 3:00pm to 7:00pm. All sessions take place on campus and dinner is provided.

  • Thursday, January 30th:          9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Thursday, February 6th:          3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 13th:        3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday February 20th:         3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday, February 27th:        3:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 5th:               3:00pm to 7:00pm

Students can join SHARE by completing this form. Please sign up by 12:00pm on Monday, January 27th.

Questions about SHARE? Contact Student Health Services at healthservices@rctc.edu

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Thursday, January 23

  • Popcorn with the Student President, 11:30am-12:30pm, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
    Come meet and discuss issues with your Student President! Free popcorn in the cafeteria. 

Saturday, January 25

  • Men’s Basketball vs. MN State CTC, 2:00pm, Away

Monday, January 27

  • Library Tour, 11:00am, 5:00pm, Goddard Library

Tuesday, January 28

  • Library Tour, 9:00am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 6:00pm, Goddard Library
  • Financial Literacy Workshop, 2:00pm-2:55pm, HS128
    Come and learn a few ideas to improve your money management skills. Food will be provided.

Wednesday, January 29

  • Men’s Basketball vs. Minnesota West, 7:00pm, Home

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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