RCTC Student Beehive – November 14, 2018

Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:
IT Service Announcement (Phishing Attack – Fraudulent Employment Offers)
Withdrawal Deadline
Student Life Activities Calendar
Receive Your Tax Forms Electronically
Fall Financial Aid Loan Deadline
Weather Emergencies
Application Workshops
Drop in Session for Radiography
UPCOMING EVENTS



IT SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT (PHISHING ATTACK 0 FRAUDULENT EMPLOYMENT OFFERS)

There is currently an email phishing scam going around that attackers are using in an attempt to defraud students with fraudulent employment offers.

Anyone who replies to one of these messages will be lead through a multi-stage e-mail “hiring” process which eventually includes disclosure of highly sensitive personal information, such as social security and banking account numbers.  After being “hired”, the victim will be mailed a “certified check” to deposit and be asked to purchase items for the “employer” (such as gift cards).  The check is bogus and will bounce, but by the time the victim knows that, it will be too late; plus, the victim has disclosed all of the information needed to perform additional identity theft. 

Here is an image of a sample fraudulent employment offer e-mail:


If you receive this or any other suspicious email in your RCTC email inbox, Do Not Respond or Click on Links, and please report it to tech.help@rctc.edu.

Remember: always be very careful when someone contacts you that you were not expecting (with an offer of employment, a free prize, your password has expired, etc., and asks for your personal information, or for you to send them money) it is most likely a SCAM!

Thank you.

Technology Support Center

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WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE

November 28 is the last day to withdraw from Fall Semester 2018 full-term classes. Students unsure if they should withdraw from a course are encouraged to consult an academic advisor or counselor

You can withdraw on the eServices site until 11pm or withdraw in person at the RCTC Admissions and Registration counter until 5pm.  Students with “holds” on their record must withdraw in person.

The published withdrawal deadlines for short term courses that start late or end early in the semester is available on the RCTC web site.

PLEASE NOTE:  Withdrawals do not impact a student’s GPA, but they impact a student’s completion rate and may impact your ability to maintain satisfactory academic progress.

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STUDENT ACTIVITIES CALENDAR
Check out the Student Life Activities Calendar. The webpage lists student life activities that are happening, on and off campus, in a calendar format or a list format.  By clicking on an event title, you can view additional details such as location, time, website and contact information. 

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RECEIVE YOUR TAX FORMS ELECTRONICALLY
You can receive your 2018 1098-T and W-2 tax forms electronically, rather than receiving a paper copy by U.S. mail. 

 Some of the benefits include:

  • Quicker access to year-end tax forms
  • Reduce printing and mailing costs 
  • Environmentally friendly

Visit your eServices site before the end of the semester and indicate that you’d like to receive your forms electronically.  If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at 507-280-2953 or the Cashier’s Office at 507-285-7311.

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FALL FINANCIAL AID LOAN ACCEPTANCE DEADLINE

Students receiving Financial Aid for the Fall semester only have until December 7, 2018 to accept their Federal Direct Loans for Fall Semester.  If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (507) 285-7271 or financialaid@rctc.edu.

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WEATHER EMERGENCIES

As we approach 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 need 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 6:00 am whether the campus will be closed or have a delayed start for the day.  The decision to cancel evening classes will be made by 3:00 pm.

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.  For the complete RCTC Weather/Emergency Policy, click here.

Faculty individually canceling classes for personal or medical leave will be posted here.

Other Helpful Information

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APPLICATION WORKSHOPS

RCTC Counseling Department Presents two Application Workshops. Learn how to apply and be an outstanding applicant!

  • U of M Twin Cities School of Nursing BS in Nursing (Rochester Cohort): Wednesday, December 5, 2018, 12:00 – 12:50 pm in SH 205
  • U of M Rochester Campus Bachelor of Science in Health Professions* (BSHP): Thursday, December 6, 2018, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

(*BSHP includes Echocardiography, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography and Sonography)

No sign-up necessary. All RCTC students are welcome.

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DROP-IN SESSION FOR RADIOGRAPHY

Are You Planning for a Career as a Radiologic Technologists?

A drop in session will be held on Monday, November 19th from 8:00am -12:00pm in Health Sciences HS100-C for all students who are interested in future application to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program.  Radiography Program faculty and advisors from RCTC and UMR will be available to discuss what courses students must complete before applying to the Radiography Program.  To make the most of this drop-in session, students are encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts or DARS report.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, November 15

  • Men’s Basketball vs. DCTC, HOME 7:00pm

Saturday, November 17

  • Wrestling, Augsburg Open, AWAY, 10:00am
  • Fall Concert, RCTC Music and Rochester Community Band, Hill Theatre, 7:00pm
    The RCTC Concert Band in collaboration with the Rochester Community Band will be presenting their fall concert at Rochester Community and Technical College – Hill Theatre. Also featuring music from the RCTC Jazz Band. A wide variety of music will be on hand–there’s something for everyone!  Michael Mangan, Tony Boldt, Jonathon Knutson, and Nathan Davidson, Conductors.  Free Admission.  Doors open at 6:30pm.  No reservations needed.

Monday, November 19

  • Thanksgiving Meal, Heintz Center Commons, 12:00pm
  • Drop-in Session for Radiography, HS100C, 8:00am-12:00pm
    A drop in session will be held for all students who are interested in future application to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Radiography Program.  Radiography Program faculty and advisors from RCTC and UMR will be available to discuss what courses students must complete before applying to the Radiography Program.  To make the most of this drop-in session, students are encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts or DARS report.

Tuesday, November 20

  • Thanksgiving Meal, Cafeteria, 12:00pm
  • Women’s Basketball vs. Madison College, AWAY, 5:30pm
  • Men’s Basketball vs. Madison College, AWAY, 7:30pm

Events can be found on the Student Life Events Calendar and on the Athletics Sports Schedules.

Intramurals information can be found on the Yellowjackets Athletics website for RCTC.

Events Coming in November and December

Date Event
November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday – NO CLASSES
December 3: WILD Game Tickets Student Pre-Sale
December 5: U of M Twin Cities School of Nursing BS in Nursing (Rochester Cohort)
December 6: U of M Rochester Campus Bachelor of Science in Health Professions* (BSHP)
December 4-January 14: WILD Game Tickets on Sale
December 7: World Drum Ensemble Concert
December 11: DeStress Fest
December 12: DeStress Fest
Bookstore Balloon Sale
December 14-15: Christmas Concert
December 17-20: Stress Relief
December 18: Student Creativity Recital
December 22-January 13: Winter Break
Basketball games and Wrestling matches either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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