RCTC Student Beehive – October 23, 2019

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

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Hands-Free Cell Phone Use in the Car

It’s important to keep your mailing address current, so that you receive essential college communications. Keeping your address current also helps us all by lowering costs of returned and re-sent mail.

If you have moved from your initial application to RCTC, you can update your address in person at the admissions office or in the eServices site section of demographic information.


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In April of this year, Governor Tim Walz signed Chapter 11, H. F. 50?into law which went into effect on Thursday, August 1, 2019. The Hands-Free law bans the use of hand-held cell phones while driving in order to prevent distracted driving accidents. Preliminary statistics from 2014 2018 reveal that more than 60,000 crashes were related to distracted driving and contributed to nearly one in five crashes in Minnesota. These crashes result in an average of 45 deaths and 204 life-changing injuries each yea?r between 2014 and 2018.

The Hands-Free law does not allow drivers to hold a phone in their hand or use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone. The Hands-Free law expands on current Minnesota statutes that ban texting, using email, and browsing social media while driving. Minnesota joins 16 other states and Washington, D. C. in banning handheld cell phone use while driving.

Although the law requires drivers to be ‘hands-free’, it does allow use of voice-activated commands in a ‘hands-free mode’ for calls and other functions like GPS navigation and music applications. GPS and other systems that can only be used for navigation are exempt. In both cases, most of these systems lock when the vehicle is moving.

The Hands-Free law does not apply to drivers outside of traffic or in emergency situations, however. Hand-held phone use is allowed to obtain emergency assistance, if there is an immediate threat to life and safety, or when in an authorized emergency vehicle while performing official duties.

For more information and additional resources go to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety website, https://dps.mn.gov/divisions/ots/hands-free/Pages/default.aspx.


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Thursday, October 24

  • Lunchtime Jazz, 12:30pm, The Hive (3rd Floor College Center)
  • Career Workshop, 1:00pm, AT210
    RCTC Counselors Nancy Nixa and Deb Vang will teach you how to use our SIGI3 Career Development program. All RCTC students are welcome! No Advanced signup needed.
  • Safe Harbor Training, 2:00pm, HS136
    Safe Harbor provides services and support for youth (defined as 24 years old and younger) who are victims and survivors of sexual exploitation and sex trafficking and protects youth from being arrested or prosecuted for prostitution. The training will be facilitated by the Safe Harbor Specialist. Participants will learn about Minnesota’s Safe Harbor law and program, red flags for sexual exploitation and trafficking, and how to support and connect victims to appropriate resources.

Friday, October 25

  • ValleySCARE, 5:30pm, Off Campus
    At ValleySCARE, enjoy a Halloween fun-filled family experience at The Great Pumpkin Fest or brave the horrifying streets of Halloween Haunt.
  • Volleyball vs. Anoka-Ramsey CC, 6:30pm, Away

Saturday, October 26

  • Volleyball vs. St. Cloud Tech, 12:00pm, Away
  • “The Wind in the Willows,” RCTC Fall Children’s Production, 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Hill Theatre
    Phone the Box Office at 507-285-7200 for tickets and more information. Box Office open Monday through Friday and one hour prior to scheduled performances.

Wednesday, October 30

  • Career Workshops, 9:00am, AT210
    RCTC Counselors Nancy Nixa and Deb Vang will teach you how to use our SIGI3 Career Development program. All RCTC students are welcome! No Advanced signup needed.

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

Events Coming this Semester

October 31 Lunchtime Jazz
November 1 5th Annual Fright Night
November 2 “The Wind in the Willows” RCTC Fall Children’s Production
November 4 Career Workshop, 10:00am
November 6 Career Workshop, 10:00am
November 7 Lunchtime Jazz
Fall Choral Concert
Career Workshop, 2:00pm
November 8 RCTC Theatre Presents: Peg Lynch, The Lady Who Invented Sitcom”
November 11 Veterans’ Day – NO CLASSES
November 12 Career Workshop, 11:00am
November 14 Lunchtime Jazz
Mind Your Mental Health event
November 18 Career Workshop, 12:00pm
November 19 Career Workshop, 1:00pm
November 21 Lunchtime Jazz
WILD Game – Off-Campus Trip
November 23 Fall RCTC/RCB Combined Band Concert
November 28-29 Thanksgiving Break – NO CLASSES
December 5 Lunchtime Jazz
December 8 Vikings Game – Off-Campus Trip
December 10 Student Creativity Recital
December 12 Lunchtime Jazz
December 13-14 Christmas Concert
December 19 Lunchtime Jazz
December 20 Last Day of Classes
December 23-January 12 Winter Break – NO CLASSES
Football, Soccer and Volleyball games either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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