RCTC Student Beehive – August 24, 2016

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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
Educational Planning Tools
Parking
Bus Information
Important Information From Financial Aid
Fall Graduates
Food Service
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication
Tobacco-Free Campus – Inside and Out
Student Achievements



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. 26.  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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EDUCATIONAL PLANNING TOOLS
Remember to use these very valuable tools to assist you and your advisor/counselor in schedule planning for accurate and timely degree completion at RCTC:

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PARKING
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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BUS INFORMATION
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.  For additional information on routes, bus fares, student discounts and more, visit their website at: http://www.rochesterbus.com.

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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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FALL GRADUATES
Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Fall Semester Graduation Application Deadline is Tuesday, October 3, 2016.  Graduation applications are available at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html. Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site. Graduation details are available on our website at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html

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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 café. You’ll also find the nutritional information supported by SmartSpoon.

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

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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.

  • E-mail can be accessed via the Internet at https://www.outlook.com/mb.rctc.edu.
  • E-mail address format: lastname(4 numbers of StarID)@mb.rctc.edu
  • Example: smith1234@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 just 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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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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STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
Rochester Community and Technical College wants to make sure that you’re recognized for your achievements. RCTC uses a platform called The Link to publicize your accomplishments like making the dean’s list, and graduating from RCTC. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements back to your hometown newspapers.

When RCTC issues news stories about your accomplishments, you’ll receive an email to your RCTC e-mail account with a link to view your story online. You can connect with Facebook and share your achievement with friends and family.

You always have the option to “opt-out” of publicity about your success by following the College’s non-disclosure process as per Student Data Practices Policy which can be viewed on our website at: www.rctc.edu/policies/student/Student_Data_Practices.html.  Students who do not want to disclose directory information must submit specific written requests to the Admissions and Records Office by contacting the office for additional information and/or to obtain a “Request for Non-Disclosure” form.

We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online. Keep up the good work and be on the lookout for emails about your accomplishments!

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