RCTC Student Beehive – January 11, 2017

beehive-image-postWelcome 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 Add and Drop Classes
Parking Reminder
Bus Information
Important Information From Financial Aid
Tobacco Free Campus – Inside and Out
Food Service
Open Gym
Athletic Activities
Spring and Summer Graduates
Email Accounts – Official Means of Communication
Student Achievements
Library Orientation Tours



LAST DAY TO ADD AND 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 13, 2017.  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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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.

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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: www.rochesterbus.com.

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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 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, visit www.rctc.edu/financialaid/DirectDepositInformation.html or contact the Cashier’s Office at (507) 285‑7311.

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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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FOOD SERVICE
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

www.rctc.edu/services/html/food_service.html
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 www.caferewards4you.com for more information!

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OPEN GYM
Open gym began during the Fall Semester and runs through the last day of the Spring Semester. Daily hours are from 10:00am-2:00pm if supervision is available. For additional information, visit the website at: www.rctc.edu/studentlife/opengym.html.

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ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES
It’s free to attend the games with your stinger ID! Support the intercollegiate athletic teams at RCTC!  Check the athletics site for upcoming home games www.rctc.edu/athletics/

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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 and Summer 2017 Graduation Application Deadline is Friday, February 23, 2017.  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 information is available on our website at:  www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html

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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.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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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 email 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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LIBRARY ORIENTATION TOURS, Spring, 2017
This spring, Goddard Library will once again offer orientation tours designed to introduce students to the library.  Topics include library services, navigating the library website, a tour of the library.  Librarians are prepared to document attendance for extra credit or as a class requirement.  We are also happy to schedule an orientation for individual classes.

Librarians will continue to meet with classes for library instruction aimed at a particular assignment.  Students who have attended a library tour are more likely to use library services on a regular basis, and are better prepared to focus on the research skills taught during these classes.

Please share the attached schedule with your students, and encourage them to participate.  No registration is required; simply instruct students to meet at the Reference/Information desk.  Tours take approximately 30 minutes.

  • Thursday, January 19 (SSD),10:00am, 7:00pm
  • Monday, January 23, 9:00am, 6:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 24, 11:00am, 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 25, 10:00am, 6:00pm
  • Thursday, January 26, 12:00pm
  • Saturday, January 28, 10:00am
  • Monday, January 30, 1:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 31, 10:00am, 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, February 1, 9:00am, 12:00pm
  • Thursday, February 2, 12:00pm, 6:00pm

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