RCTC Student Beehive – February 8, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

HLC Question of the Week
Reminder: Scholarship Portal Closes on February 10
RCTC Accreditation Student Opinion Survey
Health Services
Graduation Application Deadline
Don’t Thumb it up Behind the Wheel
Shhhh… RCTC QUIET ROOM



HLC QUESTION OF THE WEEK
How would you describe RCTC’s mission? Do you know where you will find the official statement?

Four key words describe the mission of RCTC: accessible, affordable, quality, diversity. The full statement is the college will “provide accessible, affordable, quality learning opportunities to serve a diverse and growing community.” You can see the statement throughout the College and here on the College website.

Please visit rctc.edu/hlc or the HLC SharePoint site to access documents, evidence and other files.

College Relations and Marketing Department
Rochester Community and Technical College

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REMINDER: SCHOLARSHIP PORTAL CLOSES ON FEBRUARY 10
The RCTC Foundation’s scholarship portal is still open, but will close in 2 days on Friday, February 10 at 4:00 pm! All RCTC students are encouraged to apply if they need financial assistance to attend RCTC. The website for the portal is www.rctc.edu/foundation/scholarships. It is important to remember that these scholarships will be for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 and the portal will not open again until later this year.

Please contact the Foundation office at foundation@rctc.edu or (507) 281-7771 with any questions.

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RCTC ACCREDITATION STUDENT OPINION SURVEY
The Higher Learning Commission is the institutional accrediting association that comprehensively evaluates our college. Rochester Community and Technical College is going through the process this year. Your comments about your experiences are very important. A summary of your input will be provided to the team of representatives from the Higher Learning Commission who will be visiting our college, April 24-26. The answers you give on this survey are anonymous. The Higher Learning Commission and RCTC will not have access to your identity. Your participation is completely voluntary.

Thank you for taking five minutes to complete this short survey. The survey will be open through February 15, 2017.

Click here the link to begin the survey.  

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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 e-mail 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 at http://www.rctc.edu/services/health/ 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 Graduation application deadline for Spring Semester and Summer Session 2017 is Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  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 at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation_application.html.

Additional information regarding graduation details as well as frequently asked questions can also be viewed on the website at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html.

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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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