Student Beehive for August 27
Welcome to RCTC! Your education here opens doors to new, unexpected opportunities. It’s wonderful to have our new and returning students fill the campus and online learning community again! 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.
LAST DAY TO ADD AND DROP CLASSES
RCTC students can make changes to full term schedules through the 5th day of classes. The final day to add and drop full term classes is this Friday, Aug. 29. You can manage your class schedule via the RCTC eServices site: www.rctc.edu/eservices.
Students are responsible to verify that any change was processed correctly by printing a copy of their academic schedule whenever they make a change. After the deadline to drop a course, refunds are issued only for complete withdrawals in accordance with the published RCTC refund schedule at: www.rctc.edu/eservices/registration-college-withdrawal.html.
EDUCATION PLANNING TOOLS
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:
- DARS audits viewed through the eServices site at: www.rctc.edu/eservices
- Detailed information on what DARS is and how to understand what it all means at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/dars.html
- Course Transfer System at: www.transfer.org
Student parking is available in any lots designated “Student parking” and at parking meters (as paid). The parking fee is included in your tuition. Parking meters are monitored from 8am to 8pm Monday through Thursday and 8am to 3pm on Friday.
Using the bus system in Rochester is easy and convenient. Students can access any part of the city using Rochester Public Transit as their mode of transportation. The buses are clean, safe, and enjoyable to ride. Rochester Public Transit services RCTC Monday through Friday, every 30 minutes from 6:55 am to 5:55pm. For additional information on routes, bus fares, student discounts and more, visit their website at: http://www.rochesterbus.com.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM FINANCIAL AID
All students receiving Financial Aid (both new and returning students) must indicate HOW they want their Financial Aid disbursed – by Direct Deposit to your bank account or sent by paper check from our disbursement processing center called HigherOne.
All registered students should have received a “Yellowjacket Card” by mail, arriving in a bright green envelope. Using the Yellowjacket card, students must sign into the website, www.Yellowjacketcard.com, and select their disbursement preference. To avoid a delay in the receipt of your Financial Aid change, make your selection now!
For more information, visit http://www.rctc.edu/financialaid/html/DirectDepositInformation.html or contact the Cashier’s Office at (507) 285‑7311.
Open gym began the first day of the Fall Semester and runs through the last day of the Spring Semester. Daily hours are from 9:00am-2:00pm. For additional information, visit the website at: www.rctc.edu/studentlife/opengym.html.
Graduation applications are due within the first 30 days of the semester you intend on completing program requirements. The Fall Semester Graduation Application Deadline is Tuesday, October 7, 2014. Graduation applications are available at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html. Accurate and complete DARS Audits must be attached to the application. You can access your DARS Audit through the eServices site. Graduation details are available on our website at: www.rctc.edu/admissions/html/graduation.html
Lancer Hospitality offers fresh entrees and healthy food options at the UCR Campus four food service locations. Fresh daily entrees, gourmet subs and sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, pizza and your favorite foods from the grill. Enjoy fresh-baked pastries, tasty desserts and mochas, espresso, lattes and more at the Espresso Plus Café. MasterCard and VISA credit and debit cards welcome.
- Fresh Stop Café: third floor of the College Center building
- Espresso Plus Café: first floor of the Health Science building
- Heintz Center Café: first floor of the Heintz Center Commons area
- Snack Shack: Sports Center events
Sign up for a Lancer Rewards card which serves as a multi-function rewards and meal card, good at Lancer’s cafes and coffee kiosks. You’ll get a FREE COOKIE just for registering! Register your card online to accumulate points. Then use your Lancer Rewards card every time you make a purchase at any RCTC campus cafe or coffee kiosk, and earn points for free beverages, specials and discounts on food.
$1 Purchase = 1 Point
Points = Rewards
Plus, pre-load your Lancer Rewards card as a Meal Plan Card and save more $$$. There is no tax charged on your purchases when you use the Lancer Rewards card as a pre-loaded meal plan card. It’s easy and convenient to add value to your card. To sign up, visit the website at: http://caferewards4you.com/
E-MAIL ACCOUNTS – OFFICIAL MEANS OF COMMUNICATION
Did you know Campus E-mail is RCTC’s official means of communication with students?
All RCTC students receive a campus e-mail account through the college and each student’s campus e-mail account is the official means of communication at RCTC. Students are responsible for the information sent to their campus email account.
- E-mail can be accessed via the Internet at https://www.outlook.com/mb.rctc.edu.
- E-mail address format: firstname.lastname(4 numbers of StarID)@mb.rctc.edu
- StarID username and password are your student email credentials, and are also used for campus computer labs, D2L and eServices.
- If you’re not sure what your student login (StarID username and password) is, go to https://starid.mnscu.edu/. Click on either “StarID Self Service” to retrieve your username or reset your password, or click on “activate your StarID” to setup your account.
If you have problems, or just questions, please stop by the Technology Support Center in the first floor of the Goddard Library (GL100) or contact us by phone at (507) 536-5555 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TOBACCO FREE CAMPUS – INSIDE AND OUT
RCTC is a TOBACCO FREE campus. Smoking, tobacco use, and tobacco sales (including the use or sale of smokeless tobacco products) are prohibited on college owned, operated, or leased property, including all college owned vehicles. This includes any building or structure; athletic playing field, playground, parking lot or any other outdoor property owned, leased or contracted by RCTC.
The policy is not intended to deny individuals their use of tobacco products, and provides for an exception of tobacco use in private vehicles in college parking lots. To view the full policy, visit: www.rctc.edu/policies/administration/tobacco_use_policy.html.
There are cessation services available in Olmsted County.
- Mayo Nicotine Dependence Center (507) 266-1930
- Salvation Army Cessation Clinic (507) 529-4100
- Quitplan Services 1-800-354-PLAN
- To view the additional resources and websites, visit: www.rctc.edu/services/health/documents/TobaccoCessationResourcesOneSheetforRCTC.pdf
Rochester Community and Technical College wants to make sure that you’re recognized for your achievements. RCTC uses a platform called The Link to publicize your accomplishments like making the dean’s list, and graduating from RCTC. This platform allows us to send news items about your achievements back to your hometown newspapers.
When RCTC issues news stories about your accomplishments, you’ll receive an email to your RCTC e-mail account with a link to view your story online. You can connect with Facebook and share your achievement with friends and family.
You always have the option to “opt-out” of publicity about your success by following the College’s non-disclosure process as per Student Data Practices Policy which can be viewed on our website at: www.rctc.edu/policies/student/Student_Data_Practices.html. Students who do not want to disclose directory information must submit specific written requests to the Admissions and Records Office by contacting the office for additional information and/or to obtain a “Request for Non-Disclosure” form.
We look forward to celebrating your achievements with your local hometown media and online. Keep up the good work and be on the lookout for emails about your accomplishments!