RCTC Student Beehive – October 10, 2018

Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities. We, in Student Affairs and Enrollment Management 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. Each week on Wednesdays, we’ll share the most relevant and important information about “Bee-ing” successful in accomplishing your goals at RCTC.

Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

Yellowjacket Pledge Reminder
Food Service Closed on Education Minnesota Conference Days – October 18-19
Campus Safety News
Meet With Your Advisor/Counselor
Comment Card
The TSC is Here to Help!
Spring 2019 Registration is Now Available!
RCTC to Host Mass Vaccination Exercise
UPCOMING EVENTS – New this Year! Check out our events category at the end of each Beehive!



YELLOWJACKET PLEDGE REMINDER!
As the heart of our college community, you are being asked to participate in the Yellowjacket Pledge. The Yellowjacket Pledge provides an opportunity for all community members to be a leader by carrying out the expectations of the pledge and assuming a responsibility to make our campus a more caring, collaborative, and positive environment. Participation in the Yellowjacket Pledge is voluntary allows you to show your support for the mission, vision, and values of Rochester Community and Technical College by committing to being a positive and engaged member of our College community. The pledge is not enforceable as a policy, but provides a shared understanding of what it means to be a Yellowjacket. 

If you are ready to be a leader and role model respect, integrity, civility, and responsibility to others and are ready to help make our campus a more caring, collaborative, and positive environment to support your success and the success of others then sign the pledge here.

Be on the lookout for more opportunities to demonstrate your commitment to our campus community with Yellowjacket Pledge events throughout this academic year.

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FOOD SERVICE CLOSED ON EDUCATION MINNESOTA CONFERENCE DAYS – OCTOBER 18-19
Due to MEA, the Fresh Stop Cafe located at Heintz Center and the 3rd Floor College Center Bldg. will be closed on Thursday and Friday Oct. 18 & 19th.
The Espresso Plus located in the HS Bldg will be open on Thursday Oct. 18th from 7:30 – 6:00 but will be closed on Friday, Oct. 19th.
The Espresso Plus will be providing sandwiches, grab-n- go salads, pizza slices, and other items for purchase. Starbucks Java Creations will also be available.

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CAMPUS SAFETY NEWS
RCTC’s emergency notification system makes it possible for students, employees, and community members to receive quick notifications by text, phone and email for campus emergencies that threaten life or safety and/or severely impact standard campus operations. The RCTC Emergency Alert system will only be used in emergency situations.

RCTC Students and Employees:
All current RCTC students and employees automatically receive RCTC Emergency Alerts at their RCTC email accounts. If you wish to receive alerts as a text message, a phone message, or at another email address, you need to set up an account by using either your RCTC email address or a personal email address as a user ID. You will need to establish a password for this account.

All Others:
Non-RCTC students and employees may sign up to receive RCTC Emergency Alerts. If you wish to receive alerts as a text message, a phone message, or at an email address, you need to set up an account by using an email address as a user ID. You will need to establish a password for this account.

All members of the college community are encouraged to contact the Campus Security Officer or Campus Security Coordinator personally with any concerns and questions regarding campus security and related issues at:

Andy Hamann, RCTC Campus Security Coordinator

851 30th Avenue Southeast

Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Office: CF102
Phone: (507) 529-2789
Email: 
andrew.hamann@rctc.edu

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MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR/COUNSELOR NOW SO YOU CAN GRADUATE LATER!
Graduation is closer than you think.  Get ready now. Have an advisor or counselor help you with your graduation plan.

Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor or counselor for help with your educational and career planning.  Appointments help you determine what classes to register for next semester and discuss your progress thus far. Counselors can also help with personal, career and transfer planning.  To make an appointment with either service professional, schedule online at https://advisortrac.rctc.edu or call 507-285-7260.

Remember to use these very valuable tools to assist you and your advisor/counselor in schedule planning for accurate and timely degree completion at RCTC:

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COMMENT CARD
As partners with you to accomplish your goals, we’re interested in conversations with you about our institution and services.  If you have a compliment or concern, you can share your thoughts about RCTC here.

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THE TSC IS HERE TO HELP!
The Technology Support Center (TSC) is available for student’s technical issues here at RCTC, which includes login and printing issues, installing free software for home use, and guided assistance with laptops and mobile devices.

Additionally, the TSC has digital equipment checkout items and provides traditional media supplies.  A complete listing of TSC checkout items, supplies and services can be found on the TSC website.

Educational discount tip: as a student if you plan on purchasing any new technology devices or software, ask for an educational discount! Most retailers offer discounts for college students which can save you quite a bit of money.

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 personnel information, or for you to send them money). It is most likely a SCAM!

Semester Hours:
7:30 am to 9:00 pm – Monday-Thursday

7:30 am to 4:30 pm – Friday
7:30 am to 4:30 pm – Saturday

Semester Break:
Hours may vary

The TSC is located in Goddard Library GL100 and can be contacted at (507) 536-5555 or tech.help@rctc.edu.

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SPRING 2019 REGISTRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE
For RETURNING, Degree-seeking students according to the schedule below:

Current and Returning Students:

Selective Admission* Web Tuesday, September 25
Earned 45 or more credits Web Thursday, September 27
Earned 30-44 credits Web Monday, October 1
PSEO Earned 30 or more credits Counter See Brooke Kosok to register
Earned 1-29 credits Web Thursday, October 4
PSEO Earned 1-29 credits Counter See Brooke Kosok to register
Earned 0 credits Web Monday, October 8
Current and returning degree-seeking Counter Tuesday, October 9

New Admitted/Degree Seeking Students:

RCTC New Students Orientation Will receive enrollment information once application is processed.

 

Visitor and Non-Degree Seeking Students:

Non-Degree Seeking Web Beginning November 2
Visiting Students Web Beginning November 2

 

Web windows open at 7:30am. You can check your window by logging in to the eServices site, selecting the ‘Registration’ tab and the proper year/term, then clicking on the ‘Registration Window’ link. If you have any questions regarding registration, email the Admissions Office at registration@rctc.edu or call us at (507) 285-7268 or (800) 247-1296 ext. 7268.Transfer students may register by participating in an orientation session or by completing the online orientation.

All students are strongly encouraged to meet with their academic advisor or counselor prior to registering for any term.

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RCTC TO HOST OLMSTED COUNTY MASS VACCINATION EXERCISE
Olmsted County Public Health Services along with local and regional partners will be providing influenza vaccinations to City and County staff, spouses and retirees on October 11, 2018 through a mass vaccination clinic.  The event will take place in the Sports Center–specifically the Field House–beginning at 7am with a majority of the visitors coming to campus beginning at 10am.

You will notice a large law enforcement presence on campus as this is also an emergency management exercise.  There is no danger and no emergency.

DIRECT RCTC CAMPUS IMPACTS:

  • The Gravel Parking Lot directly adjacent to the Sports Center will be closed the evening of Wednesday, October 10, through the afternoon of Thursday, October 12
  • Buses will drop off count/city employees in the Gravel Lot who will then enter the Sports Center via the South Doors
  • The East (Main) Doors to the Sports Center will be closed and inaccessible beginning Thursday morning at approximately 7am.  Access to the Sports Center will be available through the South Doors
  • The Field House will be closed to campus and public activities beginning Thursday morning with access resuming later Thursday afternoon (3-4pm)
  • SC248 (All American Room) will be closed and unavailable during this time
  • The Weight Room, Performance Court, Classrooms, and Faculty Offices will be open and accessible.  However, due to the large number of people who will be in the Sports Center lobby, navigation will be more difficult
  • The driveway in front of the Rochester Regional Stadium will be closed as it will be used as the pick up site for employees returning to work

This exercise is not for RCTC students or employees.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Andy Hamann, RCTC Campus Safety Director.

Providing large scale vaccinations to the public is a responsibility of Public Health and partnering with the City and County’s wellness programs provides the opportunity to practice and test current plans, policies and procedures and helps prepare staff, partners and volunteers to quickly and effectively respond when called upon.

The last time the mass vaccination plans were fully tested using seasonal influenza was in 2008. At that time, over 1000 vaccinations were provided in a 2-hour timeframe.

Exercises like this are part of a nationwide effort to improve local public health’s response to a major emergency and is funded, in part, by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

​The exercise is a coordinated joint effort between Olmsted County, local law enforcement, city and county administration, Rochester Community and Technical College, Rochester Public Transit, and volunteer groups. ​​

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, October 11

  • Therapy Dog Thursday, Atrium, 10:30am

Friday, October 12

  • Volleyball vs. St. Cloud Tech, AWAY, 6:30pm

Saturday, October 13

  • Football vs. Itasca, AWAY, 3:00pm

Monday, October 15

  • “The Stress Test” Keynote Presentation, 11:00am, Hill Theatre
    Today’s college students are facing unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety. From social media to student loans, the pressure to adapt and succeed comes from every angle, and without the proper coping skills, students can easily feel overwhelmed and suffocated.This is not a lecture! this is a discussion customized to the specific needs and objectives of each campus with one goal in mind; for every student to know that they are not alone.Designed by writer, comedian, and educator Mike Finoia, The Stress Test takes a refreshingly interactive approach to addressing the ever-present stressors of collegiate and early adulthood life.
  • Library Tour, 11:00am

Wednesday, October 17

  • Volleyball vs. Minnesota West, HOME, 6:30pm

Events Coming in October and November

Date Event
October 18-19: Education Minnesota Conference – NO CLASSES
October 22: MN Vikings Game Tickets Available Starting Today
Library Tour
October 23: Happy Hour: The Science of Happy
Tunnel of Terror (10/23-10/31)
October 25: Therapy Dog Thursday
October 26: ValleyScare – Student Life Off-Campus Trip
October 27-November 3: Fall Children’s Play
October 31: Glow-in-the-Dark Yoga Session 1 and Session 2
Halloween Spooctacular
November 4: Vikings Game – Off-Campus Trip
November 8: Fall Band Concert
November 12: Veterans Day Holiday – NO CLASSES
November 20: Thanksgiving Meal, Cafeteria
November 22-23: Thanksgiving Holiday – NO CLASSES
Soccer, Volleyball, Football and Basketball games either at home or away every week
Intramural Sports every week
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