RCTC Student Beehive – August 29, 2018

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.  DON’T FORGET!!!  SEPTEMBER 3rd IS LABOR DAY.  NO CLASSES ON MONDAY!!!!

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Last Day to Add and Drop Classes
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
Hungry?  Check Out The Food Service!
Hive Supply – Student Food Cupboard!
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication!
Tobacco Free Campus – Inside and Out
Library Tours in September
UPCOMING EVENTS – New this Year!  Check out our events category at the end of each Beehive!



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. 31.  You can manage your class schedule via the RCTC eServices site.

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.

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RCTC MOBILE APP! DOWNLOAD IT TODAY!
Make sure to download the 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, 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 by mail 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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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 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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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. Check out the Hive Supply Webpage for hours at our two locations:  CC406 on the fourth floor of the College Center and HB121D in the Heintz Center.  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 so check back to our website for the most current information.

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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 are provided with an email account through the College. This email account is the official means of communication from the college. Your campus email login format is: StarID@go.minnstate.edu – Example: rc1234tc@go.minnstate.edu. Email can be accessed at: https://www.outlook.com/ or on your mobile device.

Instructions to set up your mobile phone to access your email, calendar information, contacts and tasks can be found at: https://www.rctc.edu/services/technology/smartphone-support/.

If you have questions, please contact the Technology Support Center tech.help@rctc.edu or call (507) 536-5555.

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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.   You can view the full policy here.

There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.

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LIBRARY TOURS AVAILABLE IN SEPTEMBER
Goddard Library is hosting Library Tours for all students. Stop by for a tour of the Goddard Library and a short session about our online resources. The tours last under a half hour. Any questions, just email: Jen.Bruce@rctc.edu

Tues, 9/4             11:00am, 5:00pm
Wed, 9/5              8:00am, 1:00pm
Thurs, 9/6           9:00am, 3:00pm
Sat, 9/8                11:00am
Mon, 9/10            8:00am, 11:00am, 7:00pm
Tues, 9/11            Student Success Day Tours at 9:00am, 10:00am, 6:00pm
Wed, 9/12            9:00am, 10:00am, 6:00pm
Thurs, 9/13          11:00am, 6:00pm
Fri, 9/14                8:00

Monday tours at 11:00 from 9/17 to 10/22

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, August 30

STUDENT LIFE BLOCK PARTY – TOMORROW!
Student Life is excited to invite you to the Welcome Back Block Party happening Thursday, August 30, 5:00pm-7:00pm. Join us for a fun night of mini golf, inflatables, yard games, and a popcorn bar!  Questions? Reach out to the Student Activities Coordinator, Courtney Thoreson, at courtney.thoreson@rctc.edu or 507-285-7204.

Saturday, September 1

FOOTBALL vs. NORTHLAND at home
Come out and cheer on the Yellowjackets at the Sports Stadium on Saturday, September 1 at 1:30pm.

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