To see more photos from the Rochesterfest parade, check out our Facebook album!
Thought for the week: “Things do not change; we change.” ~Henry David Thoreau
PUBLICATION NOTICE: Final issue of College Crossings.
Congratulations to Jamie Mahlberg who has been invited by the Higher Learning Commission to become a member of the Peer Corps as an AQIP Reviewer. The Commission relies on the work of peer reviewers for its accrediting activities. The volunteers share their knowledge and experience to assure and advance institutional quality. In general, the Commission maintains approximately 1,300 faculty and administrators from institutions within the 19 state North Central region. These reviewers play an incredible role in all states of the accreditation process, including assuring the institutions comply with the accreditation criteria. Way to go, Jamie!
Mass Email Policy 5.22.3
As of Thursday, July 9, 2015, per the approved Mass Email Policy 5.22.3, the College will be using a moderated process for all emails sent to institutional distribution lists. Designated Moderators will have the responsibilities of review, recommendations and feedback, approval or denial of proposed mass (all college) emails to RCTC faculty, staff and/or students. All electronic communications are expected to comply with federal and state laws, MNSCU guidelines and policies, as well as College regulations and policies, including those governing public computing resources, security considerations, and ethics in computing.
Employees will still use the same process as before to send mass emails by selecting a distribution list(s) from their address book, at which point the email will be sent to a queue for review. Moderators will either approve, reject or reply with a recommendation for corrections, clarification or publication to an alternative forum (see below). The five distribution lists and their intended audiences are:
All.Employees@rctc.edu – All RCTC Employees (Faculty and Staff)
All.Faculty@rctc.edu – All RCTC Faculty only
All.Staff@rctc.edu – All RCTC Staff only
All.Students@rctc.edu – All RCTC Students
Campuswide@rctc.edu – (formerly UCR All) Internal and External campus entities/organizations
The intention of this policy is to reduce the overall number of All College emails employees receive, continue to follow MNSCU and State policies for appropriate use of electronic resources, and better utilize other college communication options such as Sharepoint (see Alternatives below).
Alternative Communication Channels: To assist with effective communication to the College community, Rochester Community and Technical College has many existing electronic communications or publications that are published or updated regularly. When employees want to disseminate an announcement to the College community, they should use one of these methods if it is appropriate to the publication rather than doing a mass email.
- Employee Portal/SWARM – All faculty and staff have access to the official Employee Portal (Swarm) Intranet resource. This includes departmental and team-based collaborative sites. http://swarm.rctc.edu – Also replaces College Crossings newsletter – departments and individuals are encouraged to submit short announcements and articles that are of general interest to faculty and staff.
- Student Beehive – Students are informed of updates and information through the weekly Student Beehive email and The Daily Buzz blog.
- Additional resources include the internal campus TV monitors, the RCTC employee public website and the D2L institutional homepage.
College Crossings Final Issue – Moving to Swarm
After four years in the blog format and 24 at the College, the Crossings Employee Newsletter is being laid to rest.
From this point forward, you can submit and read everything you are used to seeing in Crossings via Sharepoint, and it will be shown on the Swarm login page. There are many advantages to moving in this direction, one of the top being that you will be able to submit and view news items right away, versus once a week. The direct link to the submission page is: https://mbrctc-public.sharepoint.com/Lists/Posts/NewPost.aspx (you will need to login).
If you are unfamiliar with how to use SharePoint, Dennis Olson will be offering training sessions throughout the rest of the summer (next one will be on July 28) and fall semester. Watch the Swarm landing page - swarm.rctc.edu - for more information.
To make the best of Swarm/SharePoint, make it your homepage! That way, you will be updated with all College news every day, as well as keep updated with all the groups and sites where you are a member.
~RCTC Marketing & IT Departments
New Director of Admissions Hired
Alicia Zeone has accepted the Director of Admissions position and her start date will be July 13th. Alicia is coming from MacMuray College where she had served as Director of Admissions and more recently as the Admissions Communication Specialist. She has strong experiences in enrollment management and recruiting students. She will be joining us with her husband Bryon and two children, her daughter Avery (8) and her son Brennan (5). Please take a moment to welcome her to the RCTC Family.
Special thanks to Melanie Callister for stepping up to the challenge in the interim and keeping things moving forward. Thank you Melanie!
~Student Affairs and Enrollment Division
Hope everyone is enjoying this mild summer weather! As I wrap up my first three weeks at RCTC, after I ask myself “where did the time go so quickly?” I think about how much I have enjoyed these weeks and how appreciative I am to everyone for their warm hospitality and making me feel right at home. Thank you for this. I’m looking forward to giving you additional monthly updates through the Swarm.
RCTC has a unique and exciting opportunity coming up next week. The afternoon of Monday, July 20th, RCTC will host a special international delegation of 19 Chinese colleges and polytechnics. The delegation, sponsored by the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE), seeks to collaborate with US colleges and universities to create articulation agreements that will allow Chinese students to begin their college education in China and continue their studies in the US to obtain American degrees and credentials.
The delegation is also looking to create partnerships with American institutions to enhance their programmatic offerings, heighten internationalization and global perspectives of faculty and staff from both countries, as well as create faculty exchange and student cultural opportunities. During the delegation’s two-week stay in Minnesota, they will be visiting a variety of two- and four-year MnSCU institutions across the state.
A few Chinese institutions participating in the CEAIE Delegation are: Hebei College of Industry and Technology, Rizhao Polytechnic, Quindao Technical College, Nigbo Polytechnic, Sichuan Post and Telecommunication College, Nanjing Vocational Institute of Science and Technology, and Nanjing Institute of Industry Technology. I have previously had the opportunity to work with a similar CEAIE delegation in the United States and travel to China to visit some of their sister institutions, and I am very pleased that this opportunity is coming to RCTC.
On July 20th, RCTC hosts the delegation, beginning at 3:00pm in the Heintz Center. Following the customary welcome and introductions, we will have the opportunity to tell the RCTC story, share the College’s rich history, and discuss program specific information where the delegation seeks areas for collaboration. These areas include: accounting, business, marketing, digital arts, graphic design, animation, computer science, automotive, environmental and natural sciences, and engineering.
Following the formal presentation, led by some of our subject matter experts, RCTC faculty will tour the delegates through classrooms and labs in the Heintz Center and on Main campus, discussing some of the special ways we educate and train our students. The afternoon will culminate with a dinner downtown where community and business leaders will also be able to share with the delegation some of the special things about the Rochester community and how Rochester Community and Technical College works together with community and business partners to provide a well-educated and trained workforce for the region.
If you happen to cross paths with the delegation during their campus visit, please take a moment to say hello! 您好! (Ni hāo)
~Greg Mosier, Vice President of Academic Affairs
Tuition Rates and Budget Approved by MnSCU
The MnSCU Board of Trustees approved tuition rates and a $1.9 billion annual operating budget for FY16. At MnSCU two-year colleges (including RCTC), the tuition freeze that has been in place since 2013 will remain in place for FY16, and tuition will decrease by one percent in FY17. At MnSCU universities, average annual undergraduate tuition for a full-time student in FY16 will increase by $233 (the first increase in three years), and freezes at that level for FY17.
Despite the modest tuition increase at the state universities, increases to the federal Pell Grant and Minnesota’s state grant program will actually cause student tuition costs to decrease for most students who receive state grants. At the state colleges, all students who receive state grants will see a decrease in student tuition cost. Chancellor Rostenstone stated, “For full-time students who receive state grants, the average annual student tuition cost is $2,153 at our state universities and only $1,017 at our state colleges. This is an absolutely outstanding value, especially when you consider the tremendous impact higher education has on the earnings potential of our graduates in the workplace.”
We are very appreciative of Governor Dayton and the legislature for their support and appropriation. Next week the RCTC Leadership Team will hold our final FY16 Budget meeting to make approvals for submitted requests under strategic, R&R, capital, and furniture. In addition, the operating budgets will be reviewed one last time for final approval. With the financial restraints of decreasing tuition one percent in FY17, the Leadership Team will begin reviewing the FY17 budget almost immediately upon completing the FY16 budget. More information will be shared on the progress of preparing a balanced FY17 budget when it becomes known.
Thank you, all, for the great work you do each and every day to ensure RCTC is providing an affordable, quality education to our students!
~Leslie R. McClellon, President
RCTC Receives Grant
RCTC recently received an inclusiveness grant from MnSCU in the amount of $10,000. We will be using the grant to create greater awareness across the College regarding the needs of low-income students at RCTC; and to provide direct services to those students through a program called Moving Forward.
~Janell Holter, Multicultural Advisor and Lisa Mohr, Dean of Student Success
Statway Statistics to be Offered
RCTC will be introducing Math 0990 Statway Statistics I in Fall 2015 and Math 1090 Statway Statistics II in Spring 2016. The normal sequence for Math 2208 Fundamentals of Statistics is the following:
Math 0093 - Math 0098 - Math 0099 or Math 1111 - Math 2208
The new sequence for Statway Statistics is as follows:
Math 0093 - Math 0990 - Math 1090
The completion of the Statway sequence Math 0990 and Math 1090 in consecutive semesters is equivalent to the completion of Math 2208. The Statway sequence covers the same material as Math 2208 at a slower pace and without the Algebra background. The prerequisite for Math 0990 Statway Statistics I is the same as the prerequisites for Math 0098 Elementary Algebra. So the students starting at the Math 0093 level or testing at the Math 0098 level would save one semester by taking the Statway sequence. The Statway sequence is also taught using active based learning model.
The following link takes you to student testimonial who have taken Statway at other schools around the country. Statway video
The completion of the Statway sequence Math 0990 and Math 1090 in consecutive semesters will transfer as an introductory Statistics course to the following schools:
- Metropolitan State University (Metro State) – STAT 201
- Minnesota State University, Mankato – STAT 154
- St. Cloud State University – STAT 193
- University of Minnesota – STAT 3011
- Winona State University – STAT 110
~Ginny Boyum, Dean of Liberal Studies
Thank you for the thoughts, prayers, flowers, cards, memorials, and caring words during the recent loss of my mom. Because all of my family lives far away, I am especially grateful for the kindness and support of my RCTC family. How fortunate I am to work with such terrific people. Thank you.
~Nikka Vrieze, Instructor
- Theresa Iverson (Veterinary Technician College Lab Assistant) on the passing away of her mother, Alice Snater on June 17, 2015.
- Kim Peters (Human Resources) on the passing away of her grandfather, Roland Peters on Sunday, July 5, 2015
- Doreen Johnson (English Instructor) on the passing away of her brother, Nestor Alexander Johnson on July 11, 2015.
Our thoughts are with these employees and their families.
~Judy Kingsbury, President’s Office
“Why Treaties Matter”
Student Life invites you to view the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit currently being hosted in our campus art gallery. “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a new traveling exhibition that explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit is open to the public at Rochester Community and Technical College’s UCR Art Gallery (adjacent to Hill Theater and East Hall) from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. through July 15th. This exhibition is part of a statewide tour with visits throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system under the auspices of the Minnesota Humanities Center and its partner, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. RCTC Student Life along with faculty member Steve Juenemann will also be hosting a presentation by Jim Jones entitled “Tribes, Connections, and Treaties” taking place in conjunction with the gallery exhibit. Please join us at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 14th, in our Hill Theater to learn more about “Why Treaties Matter”. Jim L. Jones, Jr. is the Cultural Resource Director for the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.
~Scott A. Krook, Director of Student Life
RCTC and WSU-R Leadership invites you to a summer social on Thursday, July 16th from 9am to 10am in AT302. Join us for coffee, juice and rolls as we meet and greet new administrators for both Winona State University-Rochester and Rochester Community and Technical College. Stop by and say hello – we’d love to see you!
~RCTC and WSU-R Leadership
RCTC Student Life invites all of you to join us at our summer parades!
- Byron Good Neighbor Days Parade, July 19 at 3 p.m.
- Hayfield Fire Department Chicken Fry Parade July 25 at 2 p.m.
- Chatfield Western Days Parade, August 8 at 1 p.m.
- Plainview Corn-on-the-Cob Days Parade, August 16 at 1:30 p.m.
~Scott Krook, Student Life
French Club Sponsored Event
- Join us on Saturday, August 1 for our last French Club sponsored event for the summer. French-speakers of all levels are welcome to attend. Free, all are welcome to attend! Attendees may purchase the beverage and treat of their choice from the Co-op.
- Saturday, Aug 1, from 9:30 to 11:30 am
~Connie Larson, French Club Advisor
Lancer Hospitality/Blue Bell Enterprises Food Service Hours:
Beginning Monday, May 18th, the Fresh Stop Café at Heintz Center will be closed for the summer. The Expresso Plus in the HS Building is also closed. The Fresh Stop Café – Main Campus 3rd floor will be open Monday – Friday from 7:30 am – 1:30 pm. Catering will also be available.
Until further notice, Lancer (3rd floor College Center Bldg.) beginning today Monday June 15th, will begin closing at 1:30 instead of 2:00.
RCTC Bookstore summer hours will begin Monday, June 8, 2015. Monday – Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. We will be closed Tuesday, June 30, 2015 for inventory.
~Shelly Danielson, RCTC Bookstore
Learning Center Hours
Math: 8-4 Monday-Friday
Writing: 10-4 Monday-Friday
Science: 8-6 Monday-Thursday
No Computer Applications Help
Drop-In tutoring also has various hours in various disciplines. Check out drop-in hours here.
~J.T. Goh, Learning Center