RCTC Student Beehive – August 23, 2017

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WELCOME
Welcome to RCTC!  Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities.  It’s wonderful to have our new and returning students fill the campus and online learning community again! 
We, in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management are committed to your success and begin each semester with this communication campaign called “RCTC Student Beehive” – named in recognition of our campus yellowjacket mascot Sting.   Each week on Wednesdays, we’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Last Day to Add and Drop Classes – FRIDAY!
Great News!  RCTC Awarded Reaffirmation of Accreditation!
New!!!  RCTC Mobile App!  Download it today!
Parking – Find out where you won’t get ticketed!
Free Bus Rides for RCTC Students!
Important Information From Financial Aid!
Student Life Block Party – TOMORROW!
Hungry?  Check out the
Food Service!
Hive Supply – Student Food Cupboard!
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication!
RCTC Emergency Alert!
Tobacco-Free Campus – Inside and Out!



LAST DAY TO ADD AND DROP CLASSES!

RCTC students can make changes to full term schedules through the 5th day of classes.  The final day to add and drop full term classes is this Friday, Aug. 25.  You can manage your class schedule via the RCTC eServices site: www.rctc.edu/eservices.

Students are responsible to verify that any change was processed correctly by printing a copy of their academic schedule whenever they make a change.  After the deadline to drop a course, refunds are issued only for complete withdrawals in accordance with the published RCTC refund schedule at: www.rctc.edu/eservices/registration-college-withdrawal.html.

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GREAT NEWS! RCTC AWARDED REAFFIRMATION OF ACCREDITATION!
I am proud to announce that the HLC Institutional Actions Council has reviewed our documents and awarded RCTC reaffirmation of accreditation!

Thank you to all faculty, staff, and students who worked on this effort preparing numerous reports and documents for the Comprehensive Site Visit that took place in April. It is because of this work, and the work all RCTC employees have done the last eight years that the College has received continued accreditation.

The Site Visit Team noted in their report the many positive initiatives we currently have in place and have accomplished during this accreditation cycle. The Team also noted the great work that has been done to create RCTC’s Institutional Assessment Plan. And, as accrediting bodies are placing additional focus on assessment at institutions across the country our continued efforts and progress on our assessment plan will be reviewed near the summer of 2019.

Thank you again to all employees and students who worked towards this outcome, and to everyone who makes RCTC the outstanding institution it is.

Congratulations!

Mary Davenport
Interim President
Rochester Community and Technical College

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NEW!!! RCTC MOBILE APP! DOWNLOAD IT TODAY!
Make sure to download the all new RCTC app!  You can find it in your app store or at rctc.campusapp.com.

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PARKING – FIND OUT WHERE YOU WON’T GET TICKETED!
Student parking is available in any lots designated “Student parking” and at parking meters (as paid).  The parking fee is included in your tuition.  Parking meters are monitored from 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Thursday and 8:00am to 3:00pm on Friday.

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FREE BUS RIDES FOR RCTC STUDENTS!
Using the bus system in Rochester is easy and convenient.  Students can access any part of the city using Rochester Public Transit as their mode of transportation.  The buses are clean, safe, and enjoyable to ride.  Rochester Public Transit services RCTC Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes from 6:55am to 5:55pm.  RCTC students ride for free starting this year, accessing any RPT bus route.  For additional information on routes, and more, visit their website at: http://www.rochesterbus.comMaps of bus routes are also available on the counters throughout the Student Services area. Show your RCTC Student ID and you can ride any route, anytime for free!  If you haven’t received your Student ID yet, visit the RCTC Library today!

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM FINANCIAL AID!
All Financial Aid disbursements and student payroll checks at RCTC are disbursed using a system called BankMobile Disbursements.  When your payment is ready to be issued to you, the funds will be sent to an agency called “BankMobile.”  BankMobile will then issue your financial aid change check and/or student payroll check using the disbursement method you designate.  You can choose to have your funding sent to your own bank account, to a BankMobile Vibe Account, or sent by paper check via mail.

You will receive a GREEN ENVELOPE containing a Refund Selection Kit in your mailbox after you register for courses at RCTC.  You will use this kit to make your refund/payroll selection at www.refundselection.com.  If you have questions, please contact the RCTC Cashier’s Office at (507) 285-7311.

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STUDENT LIFE BLOCK PARTY – TOMORROW!
Student Life is excited to announce an inaugural Welcome Back Block Party happening Thursday, August 24, 5-7 p.m. There will be inflatables, miniature golf, yard games, popcorn, music and more outside on the Sports Center Lawn! Please encourage your students to attend; this is a great opportunity for community building and connection!

Questions? Reach out to the Director of Student Life, Laura Engelman, at laura.engelman@rctc.edu or 507-285-7206.

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HUNGRY? CHECK OUT THE
FOOD SERVICE!
Hungry? You’ve come to the right place. The cafés on the RCTC campus feature a variety of tasty meal options including Aldo’s Burgers, Sabino’s Pizza, World Tacos, Salad Bar, Mac n’ Cheese and much more! Visit our Lancer Hospitality website to see the hours and location of each cafe.  You’ll also find the nutritional information supported by SmartSpoon.

Don’t forget to sign up for Cafe Rewards!  Students, faculty and staff who use the Cafe Rewards app to pay at the cafe throughout the year get exclusive access to special deals and offerings within the cafe!

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HIVE SUPPLY – STUDENT FOOD CUPBOARD!
The Hive Supply is RCTC’s on campus Food Shelf. Current RCTC students can visit the Hive Supply once per week and take up to 15 food items when needed. Some other health and wellness items are also available; non-food items vary throughout the year and are based on donations. Hive Supply is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00am-3:00pm and is located on the fourth floor of the College Center above the Cafeteria. Donations are also always welcome! For more information, please contact the Student Life Department at (507) 285-7204. Please note: dates and times are subject to change.

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EMAIL ACCOUNTS – OFFICIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION!
Did you know Campus Email is RCTC’s official means of communication with students?

All RCTC students receive a campus email account through the college and each student’s campus email account is the official means of communication at RCTC.  Students are responsible for the information sent to their campus email account.

  • Email can be accessed via the Internet at https://www.outlook.com/mb.rctc.edu.
  • Email address format: lastname(4 numbers of StarID)@mb.rctc.edu
  • StarID username and password are your student email credentials, and are also used for campus computer labs, D2L and eServices.
  • If you’re not sure what your student login (StarID username and password) is, go to https://starid.mnscu.edu/. Click on either “StarID Self Service” to retrieve your username or reset your password, or click on “activate your StarID” to setup your account.

If you have problems or questions, please stop by the Technology Support Center in the first floor of the Goddard Library (GL100) or contact us by phone at (507) 536-5555 or by email at tech.help@rctc.edu.

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RCTC EMERGENCY ALERT!
In the interest of promoting the safety of our campus community, Rochester Community and Technical College has implemented an emergency notification system, RCTC Emergency Alert.

What is RCTC Emergency Alert?
RCTC’s emergency notification system makes it possible for students, employees, and community members to receive quick notifications by text, phone and email for campus emergencies that threaten life or safety and/or severely impact standard campus operations. The RCTC Emergency Alert system will only be used in emergency situations.

How do I sign up for alerts?
RCTC Students and Employees:  All current RCTC students and employees automatically receive RCTC Emergency Alerts at their RCTC email accounts. If you wish to receive alerts as a text message, a phone message, or at another email address, you need to set up an account by using either your RCTC email address or a personal email address as a user ID. You will need to establish a password for this account.

All  Others:  Non RCTC students and employees may sign-up to receive RCTC Emergency Alerts. If you wish to receive alerts as a text message, a phone message, or at an email address, you need to set up an account by using an email address as a user ID. You will need to establish a password for this account.

Password Settings:  Passwords must be at least 8 characters, include 1 lower-case letter, 1 capital letter and 1 number. Spaces and special characters are not permitted.

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TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS INSIDE AND OUT!
RCTC is a TOBACCO FREE campus.  Smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco sales (including the use or sale of smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on college owned, operated, or leased property, including all college owned vehicles.  This includes any building or structure; athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or any other outdoor property owned, leased or contracted by RCTC.

The policy is not intended to deny individuals their use of tobacco products, and provides for an exception of tobacco use in private vehicles in college parking lots.   To view the full policy, visit: www.rctc.edu/policies/administration/tobacco_use_policy.html.

There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.

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