RCTC Student Beehive – January 24, 2018


Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Student Success Day
Phi Theta Kappa Invites to Arrive Soon!
Mental Health Forum – January 26th
Are you facing financial difficulty?  Check out Project Community Connect!
RCTC Winter Theater Production:  “The Bald Soprano”
Weather/Emergency Closings
RCTC Student Printing
Scholarship Portal Closes in Less Than 30 Days
Dean’s List – Fall 2017
Library Orientation Tours, Spring 2018
Outstanding Educators Named

Student Success Day is January 25 this semester.   Please mark your calendar for this special day!

There will be sessions to help you be successful at RCTC and beyond (time management, test taking, career planning etc.).  Not to mention a FREE LUNCH, free professional portraits, evening sessions, and opportunities to meet with your instructors!  You won’t want to miss it!

Transfer Fair
Students, plan to join us for the RCTC Transfer Fair!  This will be held during Student Success Day, Thursday, January 25th, from 10:00am to noon in CF206/208.  Students can visit with transfer reps from area colleges/universities.  A prize drawing will be held to give away a $25 gift card to the RCTC Bookstore.  For more information on Student Success Day visit our website.  For more information on the Transfer Fair, please contact Advising/Counseling at 507-285-7260, stop in SS133 or meet with your assigned advisor or counselor by scheduling a time through Advisortrac.

Reps planning to attend include:

  • Augsburg University
  • Concordia University, St. Paul
  • Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
  • Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • North Dakota State University
  • Presentation College (SD)
  • Mary’s University
  • South Dakota State University
  • University of Minnesota
  • UW – LaCrosse
  • UW – Stout
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Viterbo University
  • Winona State University

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Attention students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher! Be checking your email in the next few weeks for an invitation to join Phi Theta Kappa, the ONLY Honor Society officially recognized by RCTC. Phi Theta Kappa members make the most of their community college experience by being active members of our chapter and contributing their time and talents to activities related to PTK’s hallmarks of scholarship, leadership, fellowship, and service.

Invitations to join Phi Theta Kappa will come directly from Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, RCTC psychology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor. You can feel comfortable treating all other “honor society” invitations (honorsociety.org, honorsocietyinvite@gmail.com, etc…) as spam and deleting them.

To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa, you can visit ptk.org or email Dr. Jamie Mahlberg at jamie.mahlberg@rctc.edu.

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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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This is a fun and free event at Mayo High School on this Friday, Jan. 26 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

Services include:

  • Free lunch
  • The Shoe Bus will be there (shoes for $2, $3, $4, $5, but vouchers may be available for a free pair of shoes until funds run out)
  • Free hair cuts
  • Legal Services
  • Medical Services
  • MnSure Navigators
  • Flu Shots and Immunizations
  • Free HIV Testing
  • Employment assistance
  • Services for Veterans
  • Photo ID’s
  • Mortgage foreclosure resources
  • Tax Appointment information (reduced price or free tax prep)
  • Interpreters are available

FYI – RCTC Nursing Students volunteer at this great event.

For more information check out the Facebook page or the printable flyer!

This event is open to the public.

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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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As we continue in the winter season, now is the time to remind everyone of the policies and procedures followed should classes need to be canceled, or the campus needs to close, due to a weather or other emergency.

All students are encouraged to sign up for the RCTC Emergency Alert, an emergency alert text-messaging system that enables RCTC to notify subscribers of any campus-related emergency, such as potential campus safety hazards or campus closures due to weather.

During questionable weather conditions, a number of factors will be considered in making the decision on whether to delay the start of classes, or close the campus. These include, but are not limited to: Are state highways open and snowplows operating? Are local transit systems running? Is wind, cold, or ice a factor? Are power or heating systems affected?

During an emergency, an emergency alert email will be sent to all RCTC students and employees, and a phone call/text message will be sent to all subscribers of the RCTC Emergency Alert system. In addition, RCTC’s Facebook, Twitter, and website will have up-to-date information, the College’s main switchboard will have a recorded message with the status of any campus closing (507-285-7210), and the following media outlets will be notified:

  • Radio: KRCH/Laser 101.7; 102.5 (The Fox); KWEB; KROC AM/FM; Y105; KWWK, KLCX, and KDZZ
  • Television: KTTC-TV; FOX 47-TV and KAAL-TV

In the event of inclement weather, RCTC will make every effort to make an announcement by 6:00am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day. The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3:00pm.

Because weather and related road conditions are not the same in every area where students live, the decision as to whether it is safe to travel ultimately resides with each individual.

Please remember, the personal safety of the members of the campus community is RCTC’s number one priority in making any weather-related decision about campus operations. Check out the RCTC Weather/Emergency Policy.

Faculty individually canceling classes for personal or medical leave will be posted at Daily Faculty Absences.

Other Helpful Information

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RCTC implemented student print accounting to promote Green conservation, help control rising printing costs, and aid in keeping student technology fees down.  The following information on this page represents RCTC’s student printing guidelines.

RCTC students will receive 500 sheets/credits of paper into their print accounts at the start of each semester which can be used for either single sided or double sided (duplex) black laser printing.

Currently the Library Technology Center (LTC), located on the third floor of the library, and the Learning Center (AT 306), support duplex printing.  RCTC is continually expanding duplex printing services throughout campus and will keep updated changes on the RCTC Student Printing webpage.

Each student that logs on to a campus computer will be able to track and purchase additional sheets/credits of paper through the print management account icon on the computer desktop.

Check out the Printing Webpage for frequently asked questions and additional details.

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The RCTC Foundation’s scholarship portal is still open, but will close in less than one month on Friday, February 16 at 4:00 pm! Students, be sure to apply if you need financial assistance to attend RCTC. Check out the Scholarship Portal today! It is important to remember that these scholarships will be for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 and the portal will not open again until later this year.

Please call the Foundation office at 281-7771 with any questions.

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Each semester, recognition is given to full-time students who achieve academic excellence by inclusion on the Dean’s List. To qualify for the Dean’s List, a student must:

  • Successfully complete 12 or more letter-graded credits, in the same semester
    • Credits for P (Pass) are excluded from the count
  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or better for the semester credits
    • Grades of I (Incomplete), W (Withdrawal), AU (Audit), and NC (No Credit) are excluded from the calculation

Emails of congratulations are sent to students receiving a 3.0-3.49. Letters of congratulations are sent to students receiving a GPA of 3.5 and above. Certificates are sent out to students earning a 4.0.  The Dean’s List is posted in the Admissions and Records area and at the Heintz Center, can be downloaded from the RCTC website, as well as distributed to local media.

Congratulations to all who made the list! There are 1,069 students who made the Dean’s List for Fall Semester, 2017 which ended in December.

  • 4.0 GPA: 280 students
  • 3.5 – 3.99 GPA: 350 students
  • 3.0-3.49 GPA: 439 students

Questions regarding the Dean’s List can be directed to Jeanne Wilson in the Office of Student Affairs at (507) 285-7127 or by email at:  Jeanne.wilson@rctc.edu.

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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.

Following is the Spring 2018 schedule. No registration is required; students should meet at the Reference/Information desk.  Tours take approximately 30 minutes.

Monday, January 29                          9:00am, 1:30pm, 6:00pm

Tuesday, January 30                          10:00am, 1:00pm, 5:00pm

Wednesday, January 31                   8:00am, 2:00pm, 7:00pm

Thursday, February 1                       11:00am, 4:00pm, 6:00pm

Friday, February 2,                            8:00am, 2:00pm

Saturday, February 3                        11:00am

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RCTC is proud to announce Jaime Tjossem, Brendan Shea, and Peter Karnilaw have been selected to receive the College’s 2018 Outstanding Educator Award. Instructors were nominated by faculty, students, and staff, and completed an extensive portfolio of their work and accomplishments at RCTC in order to be considered for the award. RCTC will celebrate these remarkable faculty at a reception on Thursday, April 26, from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm in Coffman Building, room CF 206/208.

The Outstanding Educators’ teaching portfolios are statements about who they are as instructors and makes visible their work in planning coursework, teaching, and improving student learning. Nominees’ portfolios are reviewed for teaching philosophy; content expertise and professional growth; teaching strategies and materials; standards of assessment of student learning and performance; and service to students, profession, institution, and the Minnesota State system.

Joining RCTC in fall 2002, and with her prior teaching experience, Jaime Tjossem has been teaching biology for 21 years. Always working to explain difficult concepts in a manner that is more easily understood and incorporating her own experiences in her instruction, Jaime excels at making learning engaging and impactful. Students emphasize her talents in these areas and say she ‘never lets a question go unanswered’.  Along with Jaime’s ability to explain difficult concepts, she is always available to answer student concerns. As one student stated, “Jamie is an excellent teacher who knows how to make anatomy fun! She’s a great role model, and I always thought of her like my really cool aunt…”

Previously at Winona State University, Brendan Shea starting teaching at RCTC in 2013. Along with leading a number of philosophy courses including Logic, Ethics, Bioethics, Business Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion, Brendan has been published in over 15 books and magazines. In his classes, he emphasizes structured practice, expectations and goal setting, and building a philosophical community. Students emphasized how Brendan wants everyone to do well in his classes but does not lower the bar to make it easy. “He provides material in multiple forms to give everyone access to the learning mode that works well for them.”

Along with recognizing outstanding full-time faculty, RCTC also recognizes and appreciates the great educational experiences the College’s adjunct and part-time faculty offer students. This year’s Adjunct Faculty of the Year is Peter Karnilaw. Teaching a number of chemistry classes each semester since January 2014, Peter was nominated by multiple students. Students consistently stated how he is willing to make sure every student understands the material and how he is eager to help anyone who needs it. “Every small thing he does matters a lot to the students” and he “teaches every class with a smile and makes the information fun.”

Portfolios for both full-time instructors, Jaime Tjossem and Brendan Shea, will be forwarded to the system-wide Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Teaching Review Committee. Up to 70 portfolios from Minnesota State’s 31 colleges and universities will be reviewed by the committee, which will recommend up to six Educator of the Year award recipients from the portfolios submitted. RCTC’s Outstanding Educators, their colleagues from across the state, and the Educator of the Year award recipients will be honored at a system-wide reception in April.

The Minnesota State Educator of the Year recognition program was initiated in 2007. To date, RCTC has had six of its faculty members honored with this prestigious, system-wide award.

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