Student Beehive for September 17

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The Flu Shot Clinic for students that was scheduled on Student Success has been cancelled due to a shipment delay in vaccines.  Students wishing to get a flu shot, please visit this website for more information:

Instructors may assign students the grades of FN and FW. The grade designations are for students who never attend a class and students who stop attending a class during the semester but do not officially withdraw. These grades carry the same weight as a Failing grade (F). Withdrawals from courses where students were assigned an FN or FW cannot be made using the eServices site. If students are assigned an FN or FW grade prior to the end of the withdraw date for a course, they can still elect to withdraw but must do so in person in Admissions.

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: 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:


What is SSD?
A day where you do not have regular classes but instead, you get to participate in other great events around campus, win prizes, learn useful things, and eat a free brunch.  This semester there is a healthy theme – there will be a health walk around campus, free brunch, as well as lots of sessions you can attend!  We also strongly advise that you meet with your instructors at 2pm (you should ask them about scheduling a time) so that you can ask questions, find out how you are doing in your courses, and so that they can get to know you also!

Timeline of events
Campus Health Walk,   9:00am
Brunch in the Sports Center,   10:00am
Door Prizes in the Sports Center,   10:15am
Speakers, Sessions, and Presentations,   11:00am
Speakers, Sessions, and Presentations,   12:00pm
Speakers, Sessions, and Presentations,   1:00pm
Meet With Your Instructors,   2:00pm
Health Walk,   5:15pm
Evening Session,   5:45pm
Evening Sessions,   6:50pm

What are these sessions about?
We will have a complete list of sessions soon.  There will be lots of topics to choose from.  For a complete list of sessions available, visit the website at You do not need to pre-register for the sessions.  Just show up!  Keep in mind that you won’t be allowed in the room if you are late and some rooms might fill quickly (so if you really want to attend a session, get there early).

What do I need to bring?
SSD does not cost anything but you will need your student ID card.  You should bring comfortable shoes for walking (for the health walk).

What about this health walk?  Why should I do it?
The health walk is a way to get some exercise, time outdoors, and meet new people.  Students who participate will be entered in a drawing for great prizes!  There will be booths along the walk that will give out prizes and information.  We would love to have staff and faculty members walk also – and we want students to help recruit them!  If you invite your favorite faculty/staff member to walk AND they show up, you will DOUBLE your chances at the door prizes.  Start bugging them now.  There is going to be a long and a short option for walking in case anyone walks at a slow pace.

Visit the website at:

eServices has a function which allows students to provide proxy (i.e. guest) access to most of the Bills and Payments features on the web. Designated individuals will be able to view account information (just as you would see it) and make payments on your behalf.

When logged into eServices you will be able to select an option from the Bills and Payments or the Profile web page to initiate the process for one or more people. Simply provide the name and email address of proxy bill payer(s) and the system sends the payer an email notice with instructions for activating their access. The payer must activate access within 5 days and it will remain active for 6 months. You can return at any time to add additional entries, or modify, re-activate, or revoke access to those already on your list.

To begin, select the “Give Someone Access to Pay My Bill” button from the Bills and Payments summary page. The first time you enter you will need to read and accept the terms and conditions of use. After that you just add the name and e-mail address and select the ‘Send or Renew Access Request’ button. That person will receive e-mail instructions on activating their access to your account. They will have access to nearly all ‘Bills and Payments’ functionality, but no other section of your eServices account. They will not be able to enroll in a payment plan, nor will they be able to designate anyone else to have this access. They will be able to view your class schedule through the Account Activity PDF form.

Important notes:

  1. You assume all responsibility for any potential financial aid and/or tax implications of someone making a payment on your behalf using this site. Only individuals who are either your parents or guardians should be identified as an alternate payer.
  2. Providing access to alternate payers is not a guarantee of payment. You are solely responsible for the timely payment of all outstanding balances. An unpaid balance will result in a hold that will impact your ability to register for classes and possible collection activity.

RCTC Yellowjackets Women’s Basketball is looking to fill 2 spots within their team.  We would prefer those who have played Post/Forward but are open to any who would like to try out.  Must have played in high school or participated at another institution and transferred to RCTC. Please contact Head Coach Steve Hucke ASAP at or 507-251-4984

Title: From Gang Member to Pediatrician…the Recycling and Cultivation of Human Purpose
Date: Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Location: Winona State University – East Hall Kryzsko Commons
Time: 7:00pm

Mr. Pacheco’s motivation comes from his own life experience. As a youth he was involved in a gang which took many things away from him. His best friend’s life was taken away by gang violence. He had a full time scholarship from the Early Identification Program in George Mason University that was also taken away. He spent some time in jail in which his human right of freedom was stripped away due to his actions. But this is where his motivation comes from! Mr. Pacheco changed his life around. Now he is at George Mason University attaining his Pre-Med degree. He wants to become a pediatrician in the future. Mr. Pacheco believes that dreams are worth fighting for and he has. His strategies for successful community and youth work come out of his own experiences as a gang member, and now as someone who is working to help other young people turn their lives around.

Mr. Pacheco has invested his life working and volunteering (since 2005 Barrios Unidos East Coast has not received formal funding) as the East coast Representative for Barrios Unidos, a youth violence prevention/intervention and community awareness organization. Barrios Unidos believes that drawing upon the resources of adults and older youth that have made it out of the “street life,” youth are helped to choose life-affirming behavior, positive self-esteem, constructive goals, supportive community, and cultural pride. Mr. Pacheco worked as community Liaison for World Vision’s Community Mobilization Initiative (CMI). His role in World Vision helped the CMI Program attain the title of “Best Practices in Gang Prevention Program” highlighted in the study “Dare to Care – Community-Based Responses to Youth Gang Violence in Central America and Central American Immigrant Communities in the United States.

RCTC French Club Presents: Les Intouchables, an uplifting comedy about friendship, trust and human possibility.  Based on a true story of friendship between a handicap millionaire (Francois Cluzet) and his street smart ex-con caretaker (Omar Sy). Les Intouchables depicts an unlikely camaraderie rooted in honesty and humor. FREE to all RCTC students. In French with English subtitles. Showing on Thursday, September 25 from 4-6pm in CF202.

Career Workshops
RCTC Counselors Gregg Wright and Deb Vang will teach you how to use our SIGI 3 Career Development program. All RCTC students are welcome! No advanced sign-up needed. All workshops will meet in AT210.

Thursday, October 2, 2:00pm-3:00pm
Tuesday, October 7, 11:00am-12:00pm
Tuesday, October 14, 11:00am-12:00pm
Wednesday, October 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Thursday, October 23, 11:00am-12:00pm
Monday, October 27, 10:00am-11:00am
Wednesday, October 29, 1:00pm-2:00pm
Wednesday, November 5, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Friday, November 7, 9:00am-10:00am

On behalf of RCTC Student Life, I would like to announce the GRAND OPENING of the RCTC Student Food Cupboard. As many of you know, the RCTC Campus Lions Club started an on-campus food shelf a few years ago. Due to the high student demand and strong Lions Club support, the food shelf became a widely-used resource for many of our students. In late June, Student Life began a review of similar food shelf operations throughout the MnSCU two-year college system, a process that eventually led us to conduct campus visits and student, faculty, and staff meetings at Normandale Community College, Minneapolis Community and Technical College, North Hennepin Community College, and Century College. All of these institutions had slightly different food shelf operations, but there were also key similarities: all of the food shelves were directly overseen by a member of the College staff; all food shelves had partnerships with external food agencies; and all of the food shelves were able to easily and concisely collect information outlining the number of visitors, average number of items received, and total visits on a daily, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.

After reviewing the practices followed by each of these Colleges, RCTC Student Life was able to create its own model to use for the operation of our Student Food Cupboard. Our goal is to provide an easily-accessible, conveniently-located, and well-stocked Student Food Cupboard and to assist our students in combatting hunger. We will work with our student users to determine which products we should carry and we are establishing a partnership with area food banks in order to appropriately stock, oversee, and manage our inventory. We will also continue to host food drives during Homecoming Week, Fan Appreciation Nights, Student Life Activities, and other events when possible.

The RCTC Student Food cupboard will be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:00am–4:00pm. All Student Food Cupboard openings will be posted on the Student Life Events Calendar at

I invite all of you who have a “built-in” audience of students—faculty, coaches, counselors and advisors, Welcome Center, etc.—to bring your students to the fourth floor of College Center (Room CC406) to tour our space. Additionally, I would like to extend a special note of thanks to former Campus Lions Club Advisor Joe Schlichenmeyer and student member Betty Truitt, both of whom were instrumental in the founding of our campus food enterprise and are responsible for generating much of the goodwill that surrounds this effort.

Thank you all for your support and I welcome any questions or suggestions you may have. For more information, contact Cody Pogalz at

Beginning the third week of fall semester, Goddard Library will offer orientation tours designed to introduce students to the library.  Topics include library services, navigating the library website, a tour of the library.  Librarians are prepared to document attendance for extra credit or as a class requirement.  We can also schedule an orientation for individual classes.  Tours are also included in the 2014-2015 Student Handbook.  There is no need to register; students can simply meet at the Reference/Information Desk.  Tours take about 30 minutes.

“Thoughts, Ideas, and Dreams” new work by Jeff Jacobsen opened on September 15th in the UCR Art Gallery.  An opening reception will be held on September 18th from 3:00-6:00pm with artist talk at 4:00pm.  CLICK HERE for more information.

Music Tech Club Presents: Open Mic
Every Wednesday
11:30am – 1:00pm
RCTC Third-Level Café
Sign up each week to sing, play your guitar, recite a poem… Express Yourself!
Sound, Video, and Lights provided by the Music Tech Club… all we are missing Is YOUR TALENT!

Mayo School of Health Sciences is hosting an educational Open House for prospective students on Thursday, October 9, 2014.  The Open House will be held from 5:30-7:30pm in Phillips Hall, first floor of the Siebens Building.  Come learn about the many programs within MSHS.  You’ll have a chance to meet with program staff and current students.  The event is open to the public and no registration is required.  For more information, go to, call 1-800-626-9041, or email



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