RCTC Student Beehive – October 4, 2017

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:
Next Week is Homecoming Week!
Yellow Jacket Pledge Reminder
Campus Safety News
Think you can’t be an Honor Student? Think Again
Meet with your Advisor/Counselor Now so you can Graduate Later!
Comment Card
Ipads for Student Use
Did you Receive an Email Offering to Write Your Essays?
Don’t Thumb it up Behind the Wheel



NEXT WEEK IS HOMECOMING WEEK!
Join us the week of October 9 for the following Homecoming events.  Wear your NAVY and GOLD all week for a chance to win prizes from the SWAG WAGON!  Visit here for more information!

Monday, October 9

  • 12:00pm – Homecoming KICK-OFF! Free cupcakes, spirit giveaways and team rally!  (Amphitheater)

Tuesday, October 10

  • 10:00am – STUFF-A-“STING” Pillow! Limited to the first 300 students!.  What’s Homcoming without a cool souvenir?  Stuff your favorite “Sting” pillow!  (Atrium)

Wednesday, October 11

  • 10:0am-1:00pm – Video Game Madness! Got Game?  Game On!  Super Smash Bros, Mario Kart, Guitar Hero, and Madden will be available. Snacks at the Power Up Station!!  (Cafeteria)
  • 6:30pm Volleyball Game! Cheer on the RCTC Women’s Volleyball team as they take on Western Technical College! (Sports Center)

Thursday, October 12

  • 11:30am: Homecoming @ Heintz — Free cupcakes!  Spirit Giveaways! (Heintz Commons)
  • 7:00pm: Movie on the Big Screen! – Remember the Titans – Get pumped up for the big game Saturday, October 14!  Come watch the inspiring football drama with Academy Award winner Denzel Washington!  (Cafeteria)

Friday, October 13

  • Monday, October 9, 2017 – Have office/department area fully decorated.
  • Friday, October 13, 2017 – Judging between 10:00am and 12:00pm.
  • Winner announced by 1:00pm – Pizza party for the winning office or department!
  • Judging criteria:
    • Display of School Colors
    • Presence of Yellowjackets
    • Music/ambiance (during judging period)
    • Overall energy and creativity

Saturday, October 14:

  • 12:00pm – Volleyball Game vs. St. Cloud Technical and Community College (Sports Center)
  • 12:00pm – Pre-game tailgate! (Stadium)
  • 12:00pm – Free Lunch (Stadium)
  • 12:00pm – Spirit Wear Competition – Win Vikings tickets for best Spirit Wear! *Must be a current RCTC student to win. Spirit facepainting, inflatables, swag wagon (Stadium)
  • Homecoming Football Game – Cheer on the RCTC Football team as they take on Itasca Community College. $8 adults, $5 kids, RCTC Students FREE with Student ID. (Stadium)

All alumni, families and friends are invited to return to campus to enjoy the festivities planned for Homecoming 2017!

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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.

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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: GL204
Phone: (507) 529-2789
Email:  andrew.hamann@rctc.edu

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THINK YOU CAN’T BE AN HONOR STUDENT?  THINK AGAIN!
As you register for your spring 2018 courses, consider enrolling in RCTC’s Honors Program. Completing the Liberal Arts & Sciences: Honors AA degree provides students with a unique learning experience that will not only challenge you academically, but will distinguish you as an exceptional student when you apply for transfer and scholarships. RCTC’s Honors courses are smaller “stand-alone” classes where students explore traditional content in a unique way.

Register today for our spring 2018 Honors courses:

INFS 2915: Introduction to Information Literacy: Honors

HIST 2925: US History 1865-Present: Honors

For more information, visit our website http://www.rctc.edu/academicaffairs/honors/ or contact Dr. Jamie Mahlberg, Honors Program Coordinator at 507-280-5074 or jamie.mahlberg@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, please go to www.rctc.edu/commentcard to share your thoughts about RCTC.

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IPADS FOR STUDENT USE
The Technology Support Center (TSC) now has iPads for RCTC students to check out and use throughout the campus on a daily basis.  The iPad must be returned to the TSC before the end of the scheduled business day.

The TSC also has other digital equipment checkout items and provides traditional media supplies.  A complete listing of TSC checkout items, supplies and services can be found on the website at: www.rctc.edu/technology/PDFs/TSCCheckoutItemslist.pdf.

In addition to these services, the TSC is also available for any of your technical issues as a student here at RCTC. From login issues, to printing, installing free software for home use, and guided assistance with laptops and mobile devices.

Remember: 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.

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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DID YOU RECEIVE AN EMAIL OFFERING TO WRITE YOUR ESSAYS
The college was notified of an email sent to approximately 1,000 students that promoted the use of an essay writing service. It is important to understand use of a customized writing service or commercial term paper company is a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy. Submitting work prepared by others is a violation not only of college policy but undermines the educational process and learning experience for the entire college community.  Being found responsible for a violation of the Academic Integrity Policy could result in a wide range of outcomes including lowering the grade of the assignment/exam or the failure and/or dismissal from the course. The library has a helpful site with resources related to avoiding plagiarism which can be found here.

Students who may be struggling with specific assignments are encouraged to reach out to their course instructors or utilize resources found in the Learning Center. Cheating may seem like a quick and easy solution to reach a specific grade, but engaging in this behavior deprives students of the full benefits of the learning process.

Questions about the policy or procedures for responding to an incident of Academic Integrity can be directed to Rebecca Peine, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, at rebecca.peine@rctc.edu

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DON’T THUMB IT UP BEHIND THE WHEEL
Are you putting lives at risk while illegally texting and driving?  Are you a headbobber? Do you text and drive while holding the phone down low only rarely glancing up at the road? Or are you a sneak peeker?  Do you check for texts at stop lights or while stuck in traffic?

In Minnesota, it is illegal for drivers to read, compose or send texts/emails, and access the Web on a wireless device — including when stopped at a traffic light or stuck in traffic. It is also illegal for drivers under age 18 to use a cell phone at any time.

This emoticon  #:’-(  could be what texting drivers experience after crashing, while this one  >:-(  is how texting drivers will feel after getting ticketed for “thumbing it up” behind the wheel.

Traffic crashes are the leading killer of Minnesotans ages 1-34.  Here’s what you can do to stay focused behind the wheel:

  • Cell phones — turn off cell phones, or place them out of reach to avoid the urge to dial/answer or read or send a text. If a passenger is present, ask them to handle calls/texts.
  • If making/receiving a call to/from someone driving, ask them to call back when they are not driving.
  • If you are a passenger, speak up to stop the driver from becoming distracted.
  • Music and other controls — pre-program favorite radio stations and arrange music in an easy-to-access spot. Adjust mirrors and AC/heat before traveling, or ask a passenger to assist.
  • Navigation — designate a passenger to serve as a co-pilot to help with directions. If driving alone, map out destinations in advance, and pull over to study a map or program the GPS.
  • Eating and drinking — try to avoid food/beverage (especially messy foods) and have drinks secured.

Rochester Community and Technical College is promoting this important lifesaving message on behalf of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.  We want our students to STAY SAFE!

TAKE ACTION TO STOP THE DISTRACTION!

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