RCTC Student Beehive – October 17, 2018

Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information: EDUCATION MINNESOTA CONFERENCE on October 18 and 19… NO CLASSES
Scholarships Available
Learning Center
Outstanding Educator
Study Tips
Quiet Room
UPCOMING EVENTS – New this Year! Check out our events category at the end of each Beehive!


The RCTC Foundation offers a variety of scholarships to incoming, returning, and graduating students. All scholarships offered through the RCTC Foundation are made possible by generous donors supporting the effort to provide scholarship and program support to students?who might not otherwise have the resources to pursue higher education. Most RCTC students juggle multiple responsibilities — balancing work, family and career preparation. Especially in difficult times, a scholarship can make all the difference.

Many students leave RCTC less in debt, thanks to a Foundation scholarship!

  • More than 200 students receive scholarships each year.
  • Most scholarship awards start at $500 and range as high as $3,000?with $1,000 being the most common award.
  • You will receive a higher score on your application if you follow the directions and have written, thoughtful and articulate statements or essays.

The online scholarship application portal will be open for the 2019-20 academic year from December 28, 2018 through February 15, 2019.

For additional information, please contact the RCTC Foundation Office at foundation@rctc.edu or (507) 281-7771 Heintz Center, Room HC101.

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The Learning Center will be open modified hours on October 18 and 19. Tutor availability varies by discipline. Fall Tutor Schedule on October 18 and 19

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Nominate a Faculty Member Today!?
Do you know instructors who demonstrate extra effort in classes, exemplary service to RCTC or Rochester and have a great attitude? If so, please consider nominating them for RCTC Outstanding Educator. Check out past winners and nominate a faculty member here.


  • Teaching strategies and materials
  • Content expertise and professional growth
  • Service to students, institution, profession
  • Standards for assessment of student learning and performance
  • Models RCTC values

Guiding Principles:
Nominations can be made by any student, faculty, staff or administrator and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on October 30, 2018. No self-nominations and/or solicited nominations are permissible. Winners will be announced the second week of January, 2019. Please direct any questions you have to any of the committee members.

Committee members:
Faculty: Randal Renken, Kimberly Rowley, Brendan Shea, Jaime Tjossem
Student: Cora Casper
Administration: Michelle Pyfferoen

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We all have the ability to concentrate sometimes. Think of the times when you were “lost” in something you enjoy: a sport, playing music, a good game, a movie. Total concentration.

But at other times,

  • Your mind wanders from one thing to another
  • Your worries distract you
  • Outside distractions take you away before you know it
  • The material is boring, difficult, and/or not interesting to you.

You can prepare yourself to succeed in your studies by developing and appreciating the following habits:

Take responsibility for yourself

  • Recognize that in order to succeed you need to make decisions about your priorities, your time, and your resources

Center yourself around your values and principles

  • Don’t let friends and acquaintances dictate what you consider important

Put first things first

  • Follow up on the priorities you have set for yourself, and don’t let others, or other interests, distract you from your goals
  • Avoid your cell phone or telephone

Discover your key productivity periods and places

  • Morning, afternoon, or evening?
  • Find spaces where you can be the most focused and productive. Prioritize these for your most difficult study challenges

First understand others, then attempt to be understood

  • When you have an issue with an instructor (a questionable grade, an assignment deadline, etc.) put yourself in the instructor’s place.
  • Now ask yourself how you can best make your argument given his/her situation

Look for better solutions to problems

  • For example, if you don’t understand the course material, don’t just re-read it. Try making flashcards and take them with you wherever you go. When you have free time’study them!
  • Try something else! Consult with the professor, a tutor, an academic advisor, a classmate, a study group, or the Learning Center


  • Before you begin studying, take a few minutes to summarize a few objectives, gather what you will need, and think of a general strategy of accomplishment

Take notes as you study

  • Write notes in the margins of your notebook/textbook, etc.
  • Read captions, footnotes, graphs, charts, maps, pictures, etc. They are often on exams or quizzes
  • Answer study questions at the end of chapters
  • Know the vocabulary
  • Summarize the material in the chapter
  • Draw pictures, charts, diagrams, and highlight with various colors if it will help you remember the material
  • Refer to your syllabus

Change topics

  • Change the subject you study every one to two hours for variety

Vary your study activities

  • Alternate reading with more active learning exercises
  • If you have a lot of reading, try the SQ3R method
  • Ask yourself how you could increase your activity level while studying. Perhaps a group will be best? Creating study questions?
  • Ask your teacher for alternative strategies for learning. The more active your learning, the better.

Take regular, scheduled breaks that fit you

  • Do something different from what you’ve been doing (e.g., walk around if you’ve been sitting), and in a different area

Consider yourself in a win-win situation

  • When you contribute your best to a class, you, your fellow students, and even your teacher will benefit. Your grade can then be one additional check on your performance

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Did you know that RCTC has set aside a room for quiet meditation? It is located in Memorial Hall (MH212). Students are invited to use the Quiet Room whenever they?d like according to the following guidelines

  • This space is intended for meditation or quiet reflection.
  • Respect that this is a quiet space. Please take conversation, music, game playing, electronics and any noisemakers to other locations on campus.
  • This is a cell phone and electronics free zone.
  • Bring in what you need, but leave nothing behind.
  • Please keep this area clear and free of messages. There are appropriate message boards for your use located on campus.
  • Study space is available in the library. Please do not study in the Quiet Room.
  • So that all may have access to the Quiet Room, please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • General capacity should be limited to ten (10) individuals
  • Please respect each individual who uses this space.
  • Please communicate any questions or concerns via the comment cards.

If you haven’t already visited the Quiet Room, come check it out.

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Thursday, October 18

  • Education Minnesota Conference-NO CLASSES

Friday, October 19

  • Education Minnesota Conference-NO CLASSES

Saturday, October 20

  • Football vs. Ridgewater, AWAY, 1:30pm
  • Women’s Basketball, MCAC scrimmage Jamboree, AWAY, TBA

Monday, October 22

  • Library Tour, 11:00am

Tuesday, October 23

  • Happy Hour: The Science of Happy?
  • Volleyball vs. WTC, HOME, 6:30pm
  • Soccer, NJCAA Region 13 Championship, TBA
  • Tunnel of Terror, CF Tunnel

Wednesday, October 24

  • Volleyball vs. WTC, HOME, 6:30pm
  • Tunnel of Terror, CF Tunnel

Events can be found on the Student Life Events Calendar and on the Athletics Sports Schedules.

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

Events Coming in October and November

Date Event
October 22: MN Vikings Game Tickets Available Starting Today
Library Tour
October 23: Happy Hour: The Science of Happy
Tunnel of Terror (10/23-10/31)
October 25: Therapy Dog Thursday
October 26: ValleyScare Student Life Off-Campus Trip
October 27-November 3: Fall Children’s Play
October 31: Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga Session 1 and Session 2
Halloween Spooctacular
November 4: Vikings Game – Off-Campus Trip
November 8: Fall Band Concert
November 12: Veterans Day Holiday – NO CLASSES
November 20: Thanksgiving Meal, Cafeteria
November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday – NO CLASSES
Soccer, Volleyball, Football and Basketball games either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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