RCTC Student Beehive – February 7, 2018

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:
Free Online Tax Filing
Scholarship Portal Closes in 9 Days
Black History Month Events
LIVE@Lunch Featuring a Different Artist Each Week
RCTC Winter Theatre Production – “The Bald Soprano”
Health Services
Graduation Application Deadline
Don’t Thumb It Up Behind the Wheel
Shhh… RCTC Quiet Room



FREE ONLINE TAX FILING WITH MYFREETAXES.COM
If you made less than $66,000 in 2017 you can file your taxes for free with MYFREETAXES.com.

Coaches are available:

  • Wednesdays 5-8 PM
  • February 7 – April 11
  • Public Library Computer Lab

Rochester Public Library
101 2nd Street SE
Rochester MN 55904

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SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL CLOSES IN 9 DAYS
The scholarship portal to apply for RCTC Foundation Scholarships for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters is closing on Friday, February 16. Please make sure that you have completed all of the necessary steps and submitted your application. If any of the scholarships you are interested in have additional requirements, these must also be completed by February 16.

As a reminder, the portal cannot be reopened after February 16 and the Foundation cannot accept paper copies of applications.

If you have any questions, please contact the Foundation office at 281-7771 or send an email to foundation@rctc.edu

We look forward to seeing your applications!

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BLACK HISTORY EVENTS
“Of Ebony Embers – Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” – Monday, February 12 from 11:00am-12:00pm in Hill Theater
The Diversity Council, RCTC, Winona State University, and UMR are proud to present “Of Ebony Embers – vingnettes of the  Harlem Renaissance.” A chamber music theatre work for actor and trio (cello, piano & percussion) celebrating the lives of the great African-American poets, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claurde McKay as seen through the eyes of the great muralist and painter Aaron Douglas.  Text is by Akin Babatunde.  The musica score includes works by jazz giants Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Mortan, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk an dCharles Mingus as well as concert music by Jeffrey Mumford and George Walker.

“Love Yourself” Fashion Show – Wednesday, February 14 from 11:45am-12:30pm in the Cafeteria
This is Me’- a student fashion show, will be held on February 14, 2018 at Rochester Community and Technical College. ‘This is Me’ is a bid to showcase the diversity of humanity represented by the student body at the college, whether by gender, age, ethnicity, religious background or sexual orientation. We want to present, honor, embrace and respect the diverse cultures and values summed up in our student body. We also want to emphasize that we promote love of others, and love of Self. Please join us on February 14th 2018 at noon (3rd floor cafeteria) for this informative and fun event!

Film Showing – “Chisholm ’72” – Friday, February 23 from 12:00pm-1:30pm in Hill Theater
In 1968, Shirley Chisholm becomes the first black woman elected to Congress. In 1972, she becomes the first black woman to run for president. Shunned by the political establishment, she’s supported by a motley crew of blacks, feminists, and young voters. Their campaign-trail adventures are frenzied, fierce and fundamentally right on!

Diversity Day – Heintz Center Commons – February 28 from 10:00am-12:30pm
We end our Black History Month event series with Diversity Day. We want to honor, embrace and recognize the cultural diversity and values summed up in our student body. ​There will be a variety of activities to help students to celebrate the richness of the world’s cultures.

Black History Month Read In
Come to the Read In to celebrate Black History Month! Bring your favorite African American or African story, poem, children’s book, novel, or essay to read aloud. Open to all students and the community. All are welcome to read or listen. Please share with your contacts as well Dee and Kate. I will be kicking things off on February 12th at noon!

Schedule for Black History Month Read In, RCTC Goddard Library Reading Room:

  • Monday, February 12 @ 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 13 @ 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 14 @ 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 15 @ 12:30 pm
  • Monday, February 19 @ 12:00 pm
  • Tuesday, February 20 @ 12:30 pm
  • Wednesday, February 21 @ 12:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 22 @ 12:30 pm

In the Learning Center Literacy room:

  • Tues., Feb. 13 @ 3:00 pm
  • Tues. Feb. 20 @ 3:00 pm

Contact Sandra.Aaby@rctc.edu or call 507-280-5500 to sign up for times.  If you have an idea how long and what you would like to read, that would be good to know as well. You can also just show up to listen and/or read.

Resources:  National Council of Teachers of English

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LIVE@Lunch Featuring a Different Artist Each Week
LIVE@Lunch is our new music series at RCTC! This series is intended to provide local artists an opportunity for exposure within the community and provide entertainment to students and staff over the lunch hour in the RCTC Cafeteria.

Our artist schedule is:

  • February 8:  David Davis
  • February 15: Brian Archer
  • February 22: Sterling Haukom
  • March 1: Bailey Williams
  • March 15: Angie Keilhauer

Come enjoy these local musicians as you take your lunch break!

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RCTC THEATRE WINTER PRODUCTION: “THE BALD SOPRANO”
Join RCTC Theatre for an evening of ABSURDITY! Jerry Casper will be directing the Bald Soprano, written by Eugene Ionesco. Performance dates are February 8, 9, 10, 15, 16 at 7:30pm with a Saturday matinee on February 17 at 2:00pm in Hill Theatre.Tickets are now available. Cost is 10.00 for adults/ 8.00 Sr Citizens 65+, and non-RCTC Students. RCTC Students get in free with a valid student ID. RCTC faculty and staff receive 2 tickets at 8.00 each with additional tickets at above prices. Cash or check only please. General admission. Phone 507-285-7200 or email rhonda.jensson@rctc.edu for tickets.

PLOT: A hilarious, unique satire on the ordinary English middle class, in which “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” talk to each other at cross purposes, while their guests, “Mr. and Mrs. Martin” fail to understand and the Maid and Fire Chief enter the absurd fray, getting nowhere at all….” Director Jerry Casper sums it up like this: “When communication breaks down, all relationships and understanding become unrecognizable. When that is perceived through the extreme microscope of an absurdist writer, we laugh in discomfort of truth.”

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RCTC STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES
At RCTC Student Health Services, we are here to assist all current students with their health, illness, and injury concerns while on campus.  A registered nurse is available daily and a nurse practitioner is available weekly. Services we offer on campus include assessment and treatment of acute illness (cold, sore throat, skin rash, etc.,) physical exams for academic and athletic programs, blood pressure screening, and TB (tuberculosis) tests. Lab tests for strep throat, urinary tract infection, pregnancy, blood sugar, cholesterol, and mononucleosis are also available. We have Bandaids, condoms, and a variety of over-the-counter medications for colds, pain, and stomach problems, too. If other services are needed, we can assist with referrals to community healthcare providers.

Student Health Services is funded by the Health Service fee included in the tuition statement, so most of the services we offer are free. Yes, FREE! (There is a small fee for a few services, but most really are free.

But that’s not all! Since we understand that students learn better when they are feeling well, at Student Health Services we don’t just care about illness, we also want students to learn how they can stay well and improve their overall health and wellness. Nutrition and physical activity challenges, health screenings, flu shots, and health-related events are just some examples of these opportunities. Look for announcements and more information in your student email or on RCTC’s Facebook page.

Student Health Services is located at HS140 in the Health Sciences building. Walk-in appointments are available, but appointments are preferred. Stop by or call us at 285-7261. Visit the Student Health Services website for hours, services available as well as links to valuable resources.

The RCTC Student Health Services does not give excuses or notes for missing class or practice. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his/her instructor or coach if class or practice must be missed.

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GRADUATION APPLICATION DEADLINE:
The Spring 2018 Graduation Application Deadline is February 21, 2018 and Summer 2018 Graduation Application Deadline is March 26, 2018.  Students seeking to graduate should complete the application and attach a DARS audit that reads “All requirements complete” before submitting it to the Admissions Office for processing.  If your audit states that you are missing a requirement, please meet with your advisor or counselor ASAP for resolution.  Graduation applications and instructions are available online.

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DON’T THUMB IT UP BEHIND THE WHEEL:
Are you putting lives at risk while illegally texting and driving?  Are you a headbobber? Do you text and drive while holding the phone down low only rarely glancing up at the road? Or are you a sneak peeker?  Do you check for texts at stop lights or while stuck in traffic?

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device — including when stopped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

This emoticon  #:’-(  could be what texting drivers experience after crashing, while this one  >:-(  is how texting drivers will feel after getting ticketed for “thumbing it up” behind the wheel.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesotans ages 1-34.  Here’s what you can do to stay focused behind the wheel:

  • Cell phones — turn off cell phones, or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.
  • If making/receiving a call to/from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.
  • If you are a passenger, speak up to stop the driver from becoming distracted.
  • Music and other controls — pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling, or ask a passenger to assist.
  • Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.
  • Eating and drinking — try to avoid food/beverage (especially messy foods) and have drinks secured.

Rochester Community and Technical College is promoting this important lifesaving message on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  We want our students to STAY SAFE!

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE DISTRACTION!

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SHHHH…RCTC QUIET ROOM
Did you know that RCTC has set aside a room for quiet meditation?  It is located in Memorial Hall (MH212).  Students are invited to use the Quiet Room whenever they’d like according to the following guidelines:

  • This space is intended for meditation or quiet reflection.
  • Respect that this is a quiet space. Please take conversation, music, game playing, electronics and any noisemakers to other locations on campus.
  • This is a cell phone and electronics free zone.
  • Bring in what you need, but leave nothing behind.
  • Please keep this area clear and free of messages. There are appropriate message boards for your use located on campus.
  • Study space is available in the library. Please do not study in the Quiet Room.
  • So that all may have access to the Quiet Room, please limit your visit to no more than 30 minutes at a time.
  • General capacity should be limited to ten (10) individuals
  • Please respect each individual who uses this space.
  • Please communicate any questions or concerns via the comment cards.

If you haven’t already visited the Quiet Room, come check it out.

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