Student Beehive – November 18

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Check out the following links for important RCTC information:

RCTC Campus Closed for Thanksgiving
Severe Winter Weather Reminder
Chess Tournament – November 21
Special Theatre Presentation “All Is Calm” by Theater Latte Da
Centennial Art Exhibit Reception Reminder
Congratulations to RCTC Disc Golf Club on their National Championship Bid!
Congratulations to the RCTC Yellowjackets, National Volleyball Champions!!!!!

RCTC Music Presents:  Fall Preview Concert
Thanksgiving Meal – Free to All Students
Blue Man Group

This is a reminder that there are no classes next Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. The campus will be closed, the buildings will be locked and alarms set.  The campus will be OPEN on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 during regular weekend hours.

Enjoy your two days off!

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When emergency situations – severe weather, power failure, fire, loss of water, or other serious event – force the closing of the campus or the cancellation of day, evening, or weekend classes, local radio and television stations will be notified and announcements broadcast at frequent intervals. The decision to suspend operations and/or cancel classroom instruction and activities is made as early in the day as possible.

Snow/Storm Closings
Weather reports are monitored 24/7 by College officials. The decision to cancel classes is made after an assessment involving the following criteria:

  • Severity of the weather conditions
  • Expected duration of the storm
  • Vehicular travel conditions throughout the service area
  • Ability to render campus and outreach center roadways, sidewalks, and parking lots safely usable

If a decision is made to suspend morning classes, notifications will be sent prior to 6am or as soon thereafter as possible. A decision regarding evening classes may be made by 3pm or as soon thereafter as possible.

When inclement weather strikes the area, students are advised to first consider the conditions in their immediate area relative to traveling safely. Conditions may vary significantly within the service area of the College and its outreach centers. Decisions regarding College operations are made on the general status of the overall service area.

Students are ultimately responsible for their own safety and travel decisions. Coursework is also the continuing responsibility of students. A decision to be absent from a class for any reason does not exonerate students from their full responsibility to complete all prescribed coursework. If you decide not to attend class, please notify your instructor(s).

In the event that classes are cancelled, the following notification methods will provide timely information regarding campus status:

  • RCTC ALERT (free text message service)
  • TV Broadcast Channels/Radio Broadcast
  • College’s homepage
  • Student Email

Special Note: While a complete campus closure may occur on campus, because of the shared facility space agreement with the City of Rochester, the Regional Sports Center may remain open for scheduled community events.

Faculty individually canceling classes for personal or medical leave will be posted at:

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Mark your calendars for the Centennial edition of the RCTC President’s Cup, a chess tournament at RCTC on Saturday, Nov 21, 2015. RCTC Student Life has generously provided the space and chess equipment for this event. The tournament has three divisions: Novice, Junior Varsity, and Varsity based on rating. It is primarily for middle school, JV high school, and RCTC students. Participants may request ½ point byes for rounds they cannot make. The reigning Rochester Amateur Chess Champion Paul Kinion will be conducting a simultaneous exhibition and helping with notation. Algebraic boards will be provided.

  • Format: Four-round Swiss individual tournament.  You do not have to be a rated player to compete.
  • Time Control:  Game/30 plus a 5-second delay. Only the Novice division is excused from using a clock and recording their games with proper notation. Instruction provided.
  • Registration: Pre-register by contacting Dennis Mays:  or RCTC students contact Paul Kinion: Register at the event 11:00 – 11:15 AM, individuals arriving after 11:15 AM will be given a ½ point bye the first round and paired in the second round. More experienced players are encouraged to attend to help coach our developing players.
  • Registration Fee:  Free entry for all and there will be prizes!
  • Directions: Park in the main lot at the East side of the main campus. Enter in the Hill Theater entrance, it’s closest to the lot. Follow signs to restrooms and an elevator. Ride up to the third floor and it opens into the cafeteria.

Celebrate our 100th year with a fun day of community chess thanks to our sponsors: Rochester Chess Club, RCTC departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, & Art and RCTC President Leslie McClellon.

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Hello again,

We are pleased to invite you to a very special theatre presentation.  Theater Latte Da of Minneapolis will be appearing for one night only in Hill Theatre on Tuesday, December 1. They will be performing a very special musical/theatrical dramatization of the World War I Christmas Truce of 1914.  RCTC Drama Club is proud to be a co-sponsor of this event. We hope you can make time to join us.

Theater Latté Da and RCTC Drama Club Proudly Present:

“All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914”

All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 relives an astounding moment in history when Allied and German soldiers laid down their arms to celebrate Christmas together, sharing food and drink, playing soccer, singing carols and burying each other’s dead. In some places along the Western Front the truce lasted a single night and in others it endured until New Year’s Day. This dramatic re-telling weaves together firsthand accounts by thirty World War I soldiers and music including patriotic tunes, trench songs and Christmas carols. This moving ode to peace was created by Theater Latté Da’s acclaimed artistic director Peter Rothstein with musical arrangements by Erick Lichte and Timothy C. Takach, produced in collaboration with Hennepin Theatre Trust.

Visit  to see a comprehensive guide for supplemental reading, photos and more.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Hill Theatre on the University Center Rochester Campus

851 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55901
One Night Only!

$12.00 for Adults
$10.00 for Sr Citizens 65 and over, non-RCTC students.
RCTC Students receive one free ticket with valid student ID.

General Admission

507-285-7200 for tickets and more information

What Others Are Saying About “All Is Calm”:

All is Calm—a theatrical concert—feeds our need for heroes, gives space to our dreams for human nobility, allows us to approach the enigma of Christmas and puzzle over the miracle that has stopped enemies from killing each other for one day.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

“It’s not only an outstanding piece of musical theater, but a brilliantly executed production that understands that its power comes from its simplicity.”
– St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Peter Rothstein, Erick Lichte and their charges have given us a great gift this season, reinvesting the words ‘Peace on Earth’ with their true meaning.”
– Minneapolis Star Tribune

All is Calm can transport audiences to parts of the heart rarely explored.”
-St. Paul Pioneer Press

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Please plan to attend the Opening Reception of the RCTC Centennial Art Exhibit on Thursday, November 19 from 2:30 pm – 4:00 pm.

A welcome and remarks will be shared at 3:00 pm.  Refreshments will be provided.


An invitation to:

A Proud Past – Centennial Exhibition

November 16 – December 11, 2015
RCTC Art Gallery (College Center Room 200 )

Opening Reception
November 19, 2015
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Welcome & Remarks
3:00 pm

Gallery Hours
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday-Friday
Closed Major Holidays

This exhibition will feature some never-before-seen artifacts and photos from the College’s past and is made possible with the support of the Rochester Community and Technical College Art + Design Department, Centennial Steering Committee and RCTC Student Life.

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The Rochester Community and Technical College Disc Golf Club recently won an automatic bid to the 2016 National Collegiate Disc Golf Championship. This fall, club members Clay Ebertowski, Dominique Whitehorn, Eric Jenneke, James Sandifer, Justin Kindle, Nate Zaske, Steven Gabrielson, Dan Seechan and Tim Bowe traveled to two different collegiate tournaments. On October 2-4, 2015, the club went to Ottumwa, Iowa for the Heartland Collegiate Disc Golf Championship. This was the club’s third year attending this tournament, and this time they missed qualifying for the nationals by only one throw.

Since they were so close and felt they had a solid chance, the club decided to try to qualify again by attending another qualifying tournament. This time they traveled to Burlington, Iowa to participate in the Burlington Collegiate Scholarship Championship, which was held on November 6-8, 2015. The club had excellent rounds in both the team and the individual competitions. RCTC landed a second-place win and automatic bid to the nationals, which will be held next April in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Club member James Sandifer also received special recognition for his outstanding individual play since he finished with the lowest number of throws overall. The club is very excited, and they are starting to prepare for next spring’s national tournament.

Please join me in congratulating these students and faculty advisor Richard Jordan on their accomplishments!


Michael J. Wenzel
Student President
Rochester Community and Technical College
Office CC403 | 507.285.7206

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The RCTC Volleyball team has made history – for the first time ever, the Yellowjackets Volleyball team, lead by Head Coach Amber Zitzow, Assistant coaches Tori Ristau, and Amberlee Dunagan, has won the NJCAA Division III National Tournament! We are champions!

The Yellowjackets went in to the tournament as the fourth seed on Friday, Nov. 13, taking on fifth seed Lorain for the first match in the quarterfinals. Last year, the Yellowjackets lost to Lorain, but stepped up this year, winning the first set 25-15 and the second 25-20. Lorain rallied for set three, winning 25-23. In the fourth game, after Lorain gained the lead, the Yellowjackets had a 7-point run to pull ahead, then won the set and match 25-23.

The Yellowjackets then took on number-one seed Madison, the defending NJCAA national champion, in the semifinals. Madison won set one 25-22, and the Yellowjackets responded with a win of their own with set two, 25-23. Madison took set three 25-15, and RCTC took set four 25-18. The fifth set would decide who went to finals. After trailing 8-11, the Yellowjackets came back to win 16-14.

On Saturday, Nov. 14, the Yellowjackets played number-two seed Brookhaven in the finals for the national title. RCTC took the first two sets 25-22 and 27-25, then lost to Brookhaven for the third set, 13-25. After regrouping, the Yellowjackets took down Brookhaven in the fourth set, 25-13.

Jessica Foster was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, and Ashley Bichel, Carly McCabe, Jesnasha Jamison and Tori Peterson were named to the all-tournament team. The team finishes the season 27-6.

Please join me in congratulating our students and coaches on their accomplishments!


Michael J. Wenzel
Student President
Rochester Community and Technical College
Office CC403 | 507.285.7206

“Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable longing to see the truth.”

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You are cordially invited to our Fall music concert! This concert is a preview of the 2015-2016 RCTC Concert Band, Concert Choir and the Aires. Each group will be performing a variety of music for your listening enjoyment. Please join us as we begin another exciting performance season at RCTC Music!

Wednesday and Thursday,
November 18 and 19, 2015
Hill Theatre
Light refreshments at intermission

$6.00 each
Cash or Check Only Please
RCTC students receive one free ticket with valid student ID
Reserved Seating

507-285-7200 for tickets and more information or just reply to this email.

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As the semester is nearing an end, we want to kick off the holidays with something special!

We humbly invite you, the Yellowjacket Community to join our Students and the Student Life department in celebrating this year’s very special Thanksgiving Meal here on our campus.  Please join us Wednesday, November 25th from 11-1:00p.m. in the RCTC Cafeteria or Heintz Center Commons. A free Thanksgiving Meal will be served to all students, faculty, and staff.

On behalf of our Students and the Student Life department we thank every one of you for all that you do!!

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Please join RCTC Student Life on Friday, December 18, 2015 as we travel to the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis to see the Blue Man Group. Price: $30.00 for RCTC students, $40.00 for non-student guests. Price includes bus ride to and from the venue, dinner on the bus, and event ticket. Pay by card, or cash at the RCTC Cashiers Office window. Immediately following purchase at the RCTC Cashiers Window, you must visit RCTC Student Life offices on the fourth floor of College Center to get your receipt STING stamped and have your name put on the event list. This process must be followed in order to reserve your seats for the event. Buses will load at 5:30 p.m. and depart from the Regional Sports Center parking lot at 6:00 pm.

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