Student Beehive for October 8

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Goals + Planning is the Formula to Accomplish Your Success
Comment Card
iPads for Student Use
Don’t Thumb it up Behind the Wheel
Proctoring Center Moved to AT209
French Club Film
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Mental Health Awareness Week
Cambodia Trip Filling Fast
Business Seminars Offered in Rochester

Schedule a meeting with an academic advisor or counselor to make steps to educational and career planning. Appointments with them can help you determine what classes to register for next semester and discuss your progress thus far.

Academic advisors are professionals trained to advise students seeking technical and online degrees.

Counseling serves all students with emotional and personal issues, career and academic issues, and students seeking the following degrees:

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences,
  • Transfer majors, and pre-majors (Nursing, dental hygiene, radiography, engineering, surgical tech, computer science)
  • Undeclared and Undecided
  • Path to Purple majors, Associate in Science Transfer majors

To make an appointment with either service professional, contact Rose Conway via email 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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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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The Technology Support Center (TSC) now has 3rd generation 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:

Semester Hours: 7:30 am to 10:00 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

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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!


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The UCR Proctoring Center has moved to AT209.  Please send students to this new location. We’ll have signage in place in the near future to direct students. If you need to drop off a test, the drop box has also been relocated just outside the door of AT209.

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Join the RCTC French Club for Cocteau’s la Belle et la Bete on October 20 in CF202 from 4:00-6:00pm.  All are welcome – free to all students.

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Did you know that, on average, one Minnesotan died as a result of an act of domestic violence once every 10 days in the last year?

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

This year, RCTC Student Life, in coordination with the Family Violence Coordinating Council, the Rochester Women’s Shelter and Olmsted, Dodge, and Fillmore County Victims Services, is sponsoring informational tables, displays, and presentation on the RCTC Campus.

Every Wednesday this month, a table with information regarding resources for victims of domestic violence will be in either the Atrium or Heintz Center Commons from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

From October 1-31 tombstones commemorating the 38 domestic violence fatalities in Minnesota in the last year will be present on the lawn in front of the Atrium. All students, faculty, staff, and community members are welcome to view the names and read the stories of the women, men and children who lost their lives in Minnesota as a result of Domestic Violence last year.

A commemorative “Remember My Name” display including pictures of the 38 victims of fatal acts of domestic violence will be in the Atrium during the month of October. On Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. a ceremony honoring the 38 Minnesotans that died last year as a result of Domestic Violence will be held in the Atrium. We will also celebrate the survivors of Domestic Violence. Informational booths will be available from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

On behalf of RCTC Student Life, I ask you all to take a moment to remember those Minnesotans who have been victim of this type of terrible crime and encourage all of you to attend the October 30th Ceremony.

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Depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues among college students can affect their relationships, GPA, and overall well-being. The stigma that still surrounds mental health can mean that students suffer in silence and do not utilize available resources.

RCTC’s Counseling Center, Student Health Services, and Student Life Department want to raise awareness and encourage students and others to openly discuss mental health and wellness issues.  Please see a list of our Mental Health Awareness Week events, below. All students and employees are welcome to attend and participate.

Wednesday, October 8

Health Fair See below for what will be available
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Atrium/CF206-208

  • MNsure
  • Health Care Screening and Campus Services
  • Suicide Prevention
  • NAMI
  • Academic Support for Reducing Anxiety
  • Disability Support Services
  • Student Life
  • Test Anxiety
  • Resources Available in the Library
  • Kindness Messages
  • Learning Center
  • Veterans Services
  • Other Campus Resources
  • Snacks Available!

Thursday, October 9
Movie:  Silver Linings Playbook with brief intro about services.
Popcorn provided.
1:00-3:00pm  Cafeteria

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Our award-winning Cambodia Travel Study Service Trip is filling fast – we have our group ready to go and are placing deposits on our flights soon — BUT – if you are interested, we can still take one or two more students if you join us before the flight is filled. Have you seen our video?

You could be traveling with us this winter break – seeing amazing sites as well as helping others. Did we mention it is tropical there while it is winter here!?

Again, we are only accepting additional participants as space is available on the flights, so if you have been considering this wonderful opportunity, call or email Lori Halverson-Wente asap: or 285-7553.

More about the program:
Spend this winter break “in class” while you travel, serve and learn in Cambodia. American and Cambodia college students work “elbow-to-elbow” building bathrooms for rural school children with our RCTC initiated “One Toilet at a Time” program. Help provide safe water for rural villages. Teach conversational English workshops. Craft your own service project to develop your portfolio and resume. Work on issues of human rights, child-trafficking, international development, and education. All while gaining COLLEGE CREDITS! Our sustainable partnership with Cambodian college students has received awards for excellence from the US State Department, the MN Department of Education and internationally by the Mercy Corps. Last year we were named the best international service program in the nation!

We do more than work hard, we play hard! Try new food! Visit miles of ancient temples, cultural sites and rural villages. Experience city life.

During this trip of a lifetime, we will learn about Intercultural Communication together as we experience it….together.

  • Trip Dates: Dec. 26/29, 2023 – Jan. 12, 2014
  • Transferable College Credit — Internships and Independent Study May be Arranged
  • Open to all students – from post-secondary to adult learners with audit or grade options.
  • For more details email

*final dates/price will be determined once flights are locked in.

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SCORE chapter #406 invites RCTC students interested in business to attend free of charge (just show RCTC  ID when entering) the following courses which are held at the Northrup Building (about 1 block west of Broadway and just a couple blocks north of 7th St. NW).  Room is scheduled to be 112, but may change.  In the event of a room change, signs will direct you to new room.  All classes are on Tuesday evening.

  • Keeping Track of Costs and Minimizing Taxes, Your Accounting System, October 14, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Financing Options for Small Businesses, October 21, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Reducing Your Business Risk with Commercial Insurance, October 28, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
  • Protect Your Ideas With Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights, November 11, 7:00pm – 9:00pm  (Room Change to 307-A)
  • Understanding Addiction in the Workplace, November 18, 7:00pm – 9:00pm (Room Change to 307-A)

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