RCTC Student Beehive – November 8, 2017


Check out the following links for important RCTC information: NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 10!

RCTC’S Commitment to Supporting/Honoring Those Who Serve
RCTC Music Presents: An Opera Journey
Fall 2017 Withdrawal Deadline

Student Life Activities Calendar
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Fall Financial Aid Loan Acceptance Deadline
RCTC Weather Emergencies
Mayo Clinic Educational Open House

Rochester Community and Technical College has a long history of supporting and honoring heroes. We take pride in honoring veterans and active duty servicemen and women. RCTC has the distinction of being designated a veteran friendly school and is one of the first Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Campuses in the State of Minnesota. We’re proud to house a Veteran’s Resource Center on campus to support our veteran students as they transition into College as it is of upmost importance to do everything we can to make our veterans feel welcome and comfortable.

RCTC actively supports our campus veterans’ organization and proudly offers Purple Heart and Hero reserved parking for those who have been injured in the line of military service, as well as active duty military, emergency response, fire, and law enforcement personnel.

In observance of the Veteran’s Day Holiday, RCTC will not be holding classes on Friday, November 10th, and we ask our campus community and greater Rochester community to join us in taking a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our brave women and men have made to help protect and defend our country?both today and in the past. Chances are you have family or friends who have served this nation, and we thank them all for their service.


Mary Davenport
Interim President

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You are cordially invited to experience a rare treat. RCTC piano instructor and virtuoso, Ainhoa Urkijo, will accompany powerful and versatile soprano, Carla Thelen Hanson, at a recital on Friday, November 17 at 11:00am in Hill Theatre. Ths recital will be a study of the various operatic musical styles through history. Taketime if you can, even if only for a few minutes, to stop by and listen’to what will be a truly awesome?performance..

Ainhoa Urkijo–Ainhoa Urkijo holds a Doctorate in Collaborative Piano from the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Urkijo has had the opportunity of studying in Europe and in the US with many great pianists and leaders in the Opera and Art Song field. She made her debut at the Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 2012. Mrs. Urkijo is passionate about a broad range of musical styles and performs regularly with vocalists and instrumentalists alike. Mrs. Urkijo has performed at festivals throughout Europe and the United States with great success. Mrs. Urkijo is currently a faculty member of the Music Department at RCTC. She has been also the lead Vocal Coach at the Italian Operatic Experience program in Montecatini, Italy. Aside from her work in those institutions, she keeps private studios in Rochester, MN and Minneapolis, MN where she works with pianists, singers and instrumentalists.

Carla Thelen Hanson–Carla Thelen Hanson is an American soprano who is garnering attention for exciting and vocally thrilling performances of opera’s leading heroines throughout the country. She has won international critical acclaims too numerous to mention here. On the concert stage, Ms. Hanson performs with noted symphony orchestras across the country including acclaimed performances of Barber’s Hermit Songs, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Handel’s Messiah and Orff’s Carmina Burana to name but a few.Upcoming she sings as soloist for a series of concerts and recitals throughout the United States and abroad.

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November 22 is the last day to withdraw from Fall Semester 2017 full-term classes. Students unsure if they should withdraw from a course are encouraged to consult an academic advisor or counselor.

You can withdraw on the eServices site (www.rctc.edu/eservices ) until 11pm or withdraw in person at the RCTC Admissions and Registration counter until 5pm. Students with “holds” on their record must withdraw in person.

The published withdrawal deadlines for short term courses that start late or end early in the semester is available on the RCTC web site at: www.rctc.edu/eservices/registration-dates-windows.html

PLEASE NOTE: Withdrawals do not impact a student’s GPA, but they impact a student’s completion rate and may impact your ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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Check out the Student Life Activities Calendar at: http://www.rctc.edu/events/. The webpage lists student life activities that are happening, on and off campus, in a calendar format or a list format. By clicking on an event title, you can view additional details such as location, time, website and contact information.

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You can receive your 2017 1098-T and W-2 tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U. S. mail.

Some of the benefits include:

– Quicker access to year-end tax forms

– Reduce printing and mailing costs

– Environmentally friendly

Visit your eServices site at www.rctc.edu/eservices/ before the end of the semester and indicate that you?d like to receive your forms electronically. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 507.280.2953 or the Cashier’s Office at 507.285.7311.

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Students receiving Financial Aid for the Fall semester only have until December 1, 2017 to accept their Federal Direct Loans for Fall Semester. If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (507) 285-7271 or financialaid@rctc.edu.

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As we approach 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 need 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 (www.rctc.edu) 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 6:00 am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day. The decision to cancel?evening classes will be made by 3:00 pm.

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. For the complete RCTC Weather/Emergency Policy, click here.

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Join us for the upcoming Mayo Clinic Educational Open House on Monday, November 20, 2017 from 5:30-7:30pm in Phillips Hall, Siebens Building at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. For more information, click here.

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