Student Success Day

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! ​ This year SSD will be held virtually through Zoom to support social distancing guidelines.

 

Schedule and Program Session Registration

Please select a program session and use the registration link to sign up. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

9:00am to 9:50am: Program Session One (Personal Health and Wellness)

COVID 19 Q&A with Olmsted County Public Health

Presented by Olmsted County Public Health

Learn more about and ask questions you may have regarding COVID-19 and the new vaccine from Olmsted County Public Health staff.

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Radical Self Love

Presented by Victoria Vandecreek, Community Engagement and Education, Planned Parenthood North Central States

Radical self-love stems from the idea that everybody and everybody is worthy of love. We are going to talk about what it is, how you can practice it and how radical self-love can change the world for the better.

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Understanding the Core Learning Outcomes

Presented by Robin Fruth-Dugstad, RCTC Faculty

This session will outline the four core learning outcomes RCTC strives to instill in our students and how we assess each outcome to continue to improve the student experience. The process of assessment and how assessment of the core learning outcomes affect the student will be discussed.

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Yoga and Mindfulness for College Students

Presented by Jennifer Monsos, RCTC Faculty
We will practice some simple yoga poses and mindfulness exercises to help you manage the stress and anxiety that may come along with taking online courses or managing family and work commitments. You will receive handouts so you can do these practices yourself after this session! Most of the practices will be 5-10 minutes, so they will fit between the tasks of your busy day.

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10:00am to 10:50am: Program Session Two (Academic Success)

D2L Tutorial

Presented by Craig Narveson, RCTC D2L Administrator

Learn about how to successfully navigate and use D2L.

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Degree Audit Reports and Useful E-Service Tools

Presented by Jennifer Dahle, Academic Advisor, and Deb Vang, College Counselor

Take control of your educational journey. Learn the tools to make your academic plan to reach graduation.

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How to Study Science

Presented by Heather Sklenicka, RCTC Faculty, and Jaime Tjossem, RCTC Faculty

Science educators often hear that our courses are the hardest ones that students need to take as they pursue their goals. Although demanding, these courses are not impossible and hundreds of students succeed in them every semester. In this session, we will share with you the skills and habits that successful science students have whether you are taking courses online or in-person.

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Researching Academic Success at Goddard Library

Presented by Jen Bruce, RCTC Librarian

An introduction to research resources at Goddard Library.

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Secrets revealed! How to talk to your professor and write quickly.

Presented by Mike Mutschelknaus, RCTC Faculty

Find out how to write essays and research papers without typing. Learn how to push one button and create a reference list. Discover how to visit a professor in her office without being nervous. Explore ways to write emails to professors that they want to read. These, and other secrets, will only be revealed at this fun and informative session!

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Success in Online, Hyflex, or Hybrid Math Class

Presented by Amanda Swintek, RCTC Faculty

In this session we will share tips and tricks from the RCTC Math department that will help you get the most out of your chosen delivery method for your mathematics courses. An emphasis will be on online, hybrid and hyflex models but many general ideas will apply to the traditional classroom environment as well. We will discuss how to engage in your class, interact with D2L, prepare for an exam, and access extra help and resources.

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11:00am to 12:30pm: Keynote Grit is Greatness with Saul Flores

Grit is Greatness

by Saul Flores

From getting accepted to college to landing your dream job, grit is what makes us truly great. Regardless of our background, status, or intelligence, grit is the great equalizer. In this program, Saul explains how students can harness the power of grit to work toward purpose-driven goals. Using storytelling, discussion, and practical exercises, students will feel empowered to develop gritty habits and use grit as a tool for navigating the college journey.

As a first-generation college student born into a family of sugarcane workers, Saul learned the power of grit at an early age. Upon arriving in America, his mother would juggle multiple jobs, and his grandmother would trade aluminum cans for coins to provide for Saul and his family. From experiencing personal hardship to navigating how to get into college, grit became key in Saul’s journey to achieving his goals.

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Keynote Information  

Grit is Greatness with Saul Flores

From getting accepted to college to landing your dream job, grit is what makes us truly great. Regardless of our background, status, or intelligence, grit is the great equalizer. In this program, Saul explains how students can harness the power of grit to work toward purpose-driven goals. Using storytelling, discussion, and practical exercises, students will feel empowered to develop gritty habits and use grit as a tool for navigating the college journey.

As a first-generation college student Photo of Saul Floresborn into a family of sugarcane workers, Saul learned the power of grit at an early age. Upon arriving in America, his mother would juggle multiple jobs, and his grandmother would trade aluminum cans for coins to provide for Saul and his family. From experiencing personal hardship to navigating how to get into college, grit became key in Saul’s journey to achieving his goals.

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Student Success D2L Program Sessions

Not able to attend program sessions during the day? You can participate in previously recorded sessions through D2L Brightspace. Watch the announcements on D2L Brightspace for more information and how to self-register for program sessions.

Students can self-register in D2L for the following program sessions starting January 20th through January 29th:

  • Tips for Success in Online Learning
  • Keys to Success: Confident Communication
  • How to Talk to Your Professor

D2L Program Sessions and content will be accessible starting at 6:00am on January 27th through 11:59pm on January, 31st.

 

What Past Attendees Have to Say

“I felt like I was part of something great, and that we are all trying to grasp the same goals to have a better future.”

“It made me feel proud to be a student at RCTC. It’s nice to see how much the teachers and staff care about the students and how much they want everyone to succeed.”

“I am a returning student and I have attended all past student success days. I found every single one of them helpful in making me a better student.”

“I enjoyed the different seminars that were held including the ones offered at night! All the ones I chose to listen to really helped me seek out for help, to being confident in making a student group along with making new friends!” 

Contact Information

SSD Committee Chair: Rebecca Peine

E-mail: rebecca.peine@rctc.edu

Phone: 507-285-7195