Student Beehive – January 19, 2022

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Student Success Day
Therapy Services Offered
Phi Theta Kappa Invites to Arrive Soon
Weather and Emergency Closings
Student Printing
Scholarship Portal Closes in Less Than 30 Days
Academic Honors Achievement Lists
Library Orientation Tours
SHARE: 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! 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 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 (,, etc.) as spam and deleting them.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, you can visit or email Dr. Jamie Mahlberg at

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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 weather or another 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 6am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day. The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3pm.

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, that 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.

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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:

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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 4pm! 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 507-281-7771 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), 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, and a tour of the library.

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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 in 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, healthy 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 3pm-7pm. All sessions take place on campus and dinner is provided.

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