RCTC Student Beehive – January 10, 2018

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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, 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.   We’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC each week on Wednesdays.  Students are also encouraged to visit The Hive for up-to-date information on all RCTC news, activities, and events,

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Last Day to Drop Classes
Parking Reminder
Free Bus Rides for RCTC Students
Important Information from Financial Aid
Special Announcement from the RCTC Foundation
January Jump Start to Wellness Challenge
Mental Health Forum – January 26th
Join Band and Choir Students, It’s Not To Late to Sign Up
Tobacco Free Campus Inside and Out
Food Service has a new $5.00 Value Menu
Spring and Summer Graduates
Email Accounts Official Means of Communication
Student Achievements



LAST DAY TO DROP CLASSES
RCTC students can make changes to Spring Semester full term schedules through the 5th day of classes.  The final day to add and drop full term classes is this Friday, January 12, 2018.  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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PARKING REMINDER
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 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 3pm on Friday.  Learn more about parking on campus on the RCTC Parking Webpage.

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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 the RPT websiteMaps 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
RCTC has contracted with a company called “BankMobile” to assist with the release of excess balance/change checks. After a student’s first registration at RCTC, the student will receive a refund preference packet by mail from “BankMobile.” Students are required to sign into the website, yellowjacketcard.vibeaccount.com, to designate HOW they want their funds released to them. Students can choose to have funding sent by direct deposit to their own bank account (funds available in 3-4 business days), by direct deposit to a “OneAccount” (funds available the next business day) or by paper check via mail (funds available in 6-8 business days). Learn more about the refund preference packet which should arrive by mail in a GREEN ENVELOPE. To avoid delays in receiving your funding, please declare your disbursement preference as soon as possible after receiving your packet.

During completion of your Financial Aid file, you have the opportunity to give the College permission to apply your Financial Aid funds toward any unpaid balance you may have.  These items may include, but are not limited to, tuition, fees, textbook charges, library fines, parking tickets, returned check charges, etc.

Students who receive their award notification after the initial disbursement date for the term can expect their funds to be prepared for disbursement within one to two weeks.

For more information, click here or contact the Cashier’s Office at (507) 285‑7311.

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FORM THE RCTC FOUNDATION!
Students, the scholarship portal for the RCTC Foundation is now open through Friday, February 16. If you are returning to RCTC in the fall of 2018 and would like to apply for scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition, please go to https://rctcfoundation.awardspring.com, complete your application and apply for the scholarships that you are eligible for by the deadline. You can also find information about the scholarships at this website.

If you have any questions, please call the Foundation office at 281-7771 and we will be happy to help you!

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JANUARY JUMP START TO WELLNESS CHALLENGE
RCTC Student Health Services invites all current RCTC students to boost their health and wellness by participating in a simple 12-day challenge.  Beginning January 17, January Jump Start to Wellness participants will complete a daily activity from one of these categories: Fitness, Nutrition, Well-being, and Social.  Participants will receive a list of activity suggestions to choose from.  The activities are all fun and none are too difficult.  The goal is to get started toward improving personal health and wellness.  At the end of the challenge, one lucky student who completes the challenge will win a Fitbit!

To participate in the January Jump Start to Wellness challenge:

  1. Before January 17, send an email to HealthServices@rctc.edu with you name and Star ID number.
  2. You will receive a reply confirming that you are signed up for the challenge.  A tracking sheet will be attached to the email.  You can either print the tracking sheet or stop by Student Health Services (HS140) to pick up your copy.
  3. Complete a daily challenge activity and record it on the tracking sheet beginning January 17 through January 28.
  4. Turn in the completed tracking sheet to Student Health Services (HS140) or scan it and email it to HealthServices@rctc.edu between January 29 and February 1, 2018.  Early or late submissions will not be eligible for the drawing.
  5. One Fitbit will be awarded to one randomly drawn student from all eligible entries.

The challenge begins January 17, so be sure to sign up and get your tracking sheet before then!

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MENTAL HEALTH FORUM – JANUARY 26TH
Listen to Our Experienced Panelists Dispel Common Myths about Mental Illness, the Minnesota Security Hospital, and how Law Enforcement Interacts with People Experiencing a Crisis. Bring Your Questions!

Featuring: DHS Commissioner Emily Piper, Sergeant James Schueller (Olmsted County), Psychologist Ray Knutson, and Rep. Duane Sauke (District 25B).

All audience members will have a chance to win a BRAND NEW IPAD!

Join Us on January 26th at 10:00am
Attending? Email:  rctcmentalhealthforum@gmail.com
Location: Hill Theater @ RCTC
Brought to you by the RCTC Mental Illness Awareness Club!

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JOIN BAND AND CHOIR – STUDENTS, IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP
All skill levels are welcome. Be a part of a great organization, make new friends, meet fellow musicians! Contact Director Michael Mangan for more information. Michael.Mangan@rctc.edu.



TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS – INSIDE AND OUT
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.   View the full Tobacco Poicy.

There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.

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FOOD SERVICE HAS A NEW $5.00 VALUE MENU
Lancer Hospitality offers fresh entrees and healthy food options at the three campus food service locations.
Fresh daily entrees, gourmet subs and sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pizza and your favorite foods from the grill. Enjoy fresh baked pastries, tasty desserts and mochas, espresso, lattes and more at the Espresso Plus Café. Mastercard and VISA credit and debit cards welcome.

  • Fresh Stop Café: third floor of the College Center building
  • Espresso Plus Café: first floor of the Health Science building
  • Fresh Stop Café: first floor of the Heintz Center Commons area

Sign up for the Café Rewards program and save!

The Cafe Rewards app allows you to pay with your phone and earn rewards! Download the free secure app on any iPhone or Android device.

For every $50 dollars you spend, you earn $3 of credit that will automatically apply to your next purchase.  Students, pay with the app and save on tax — 7% on average! College staff receives 5% off food and beverage purchases.

Don’t own a smart phone? See any Café cashier to get a plastic card for the new Café Rewards program and start earning your rewards!

Visit Café Rewards for more information!

NEW $5.00 Value Menu
Lancer is now introducing their new $5.00 value meal for the spring semester.  Entrees include a bacon cheeseburger, cheeseburger, morning burger, chicken bacon ranch sandwich and chicken tender sandwich.  French fries, soda or water are included with each of the previously mentioned sandwiches.

Stop by the cafeteria today and take advantage of these great deals!

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SPRING AND SUMMER GRADUATES
Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements.  The Spring 2018 Graduation Application Deadline is February 21, 2018 and Summer 2018 Graduation Application Deadline is March 26, 2018.  You can find the Graduation application online. Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application.  You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site.

Graduation information is available on our website at:

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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.minnstate.edu/. Click on either “What is my StarID” to retrieve your username or “Reset my password,” or “Activate my StarID” to set up 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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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.

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.  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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