Student Beehive – April 1

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:  Reminder:  NO CLASS on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

Stop!  Don’t get Dropped!
Spring 2015 Withdrawal Deadline Approaching
Financial Aid – Apply Early for 2015-16
Comment Card
Student Life Club Day – TODAY
Ecology Club Events
Updated RCTC Policies

Summer 2015 tuition and fees are due Friday, May 8, 2015.  Be sure to check your account on eServices ( and get your summer balance paid.

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Please take note the withdrawal deadline for Spring Semester is approaching on April 20th. The published withdrawal deadlines for short term courses that start late or end early in the semester are available on the RCTC web site at:

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It’s time again to apply for financial aid. Although we accept applications throughout the year, the PRIORITY DEADLINE for Fall Semester 2015 is April 15, 2015. Students who complete their files by this deadline will have an award letter prior to the first disbursement date.

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (or FAFSA), is the application all RCTC students are required to complete to be considered for any type of Financial Aid Grants, Work Study or Loan funding. Students must complete a new FAFSA for each year they wish to apply for Financial Aid.

We encourage all students to complete their FAFSA online. Visit to begin your application for financial aid. RCTC’s Federal school code is #002373. The application is also available in Financial Aid Office.

The Department of Financial Aid at RCTC is ready to assist you with any questions or guidance in filling out forms. Office hours are 8:00am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday and the phone number is (507) 285-7271.

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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 to share your thoughts about RCTC.

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Today is our Spring semester Student Life Club Day. Every April, our clubs gather in the Atrium to advertise their events and benefits of club membership to our student body. Club Day will be held from 9:00am to 1:00pm. Please stop by and join in the fun!

At 1:00pm, our candidates for Student President will be offered the opportunity to address our student body. At 2:00pm, the Student Senate will conduct elections for the 2015-2016 Student Presidency. The results of the election will be shared this afternoon.

Be sure to check out the tables in the Atrium today!

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Come out and join the Ecology Club in the following events:

Make RCTC a Litter Bit Better
Please join the Ecology Club to pick up around Mayo Run (large pond to west of Regional Sports Center on Main Campus) as part of Rochester’s “A Litter Bit Better” campaign.

When:  Friday April 17th at 1pm
Where:  Please meet at 1 pm at the red maintenance garage that is directly west of Endicott Hall (EH building) to get grabbers, buckets, and bags. (If you come a little late, stop by the garage to get your grabber and bucket, then join the group by the pond.) We will tidy up the prairie area around Mayo Run. Please bring gloves if you choose.

Dr. Eric Singsaas to Speak
For the past five years, the Environmental Science Program has hosted guest lecture series on campus, bringing in speakers who present and talk about current events and problems society faces in the environmental science community.

This year, Dr. Eric Singsaas will be visiting RCTC on Tuesday, April 7, for his presentation of “21st Century Technology Innovations to Sustain People, the Economy, and Planet Earth.”

Dr. Singsaas applies plant biochemistry to create green energy products using sustainable technologies that support the efficient use of natural resources.

He will discuss his research on bio-based sources of chemicals, materials, and fuels, comparing the non-renewable products and fuels we currently use to renewable bio-products that are being developed. He will also discuss what technology platforms he thinks will inspire development of these new products as well as the economic impact they will have.

Dr. Singsaas’ research includes photosynthesis, heat stress, and global change effects on plants and ecosystems. He’s working to use plant biochemistry to create new bio-based products. From his research and development, he holds patents for renewable energy technologies that enable a generation of sustainably sourced fuels that don’t impact the food supply.

Dr. Singsaas got his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in botany. Currently he’s an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Join the Environmental Science program on Tuesday, April 7, at noon in Hill Theatre to learn from Dr. Singsaas about steps forward into renewable products and fuels.

For more information, contact

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Two RCTC policies were recently updated to reflect alignment to federal mandates/regulations. They are Return to Title IV Refund (7.4.1) and Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (2.9.2). The Return to Title IV Refund updated policy can be viewed by clicking here, and the Financial Aid SAP policy may be viewed by clicking here.

Reminder: It is every RCTC students’ responsibility to familiarize themselves with, and adhere to, state, system, and college policies. All policies are available through the RCTC website at

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