Lamp of Knowledge Award Nominations

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Name: Lamp of Knowledge Award Nominations

Date: December 22, 2017

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The Lamp of Knowledge Award is a partnership between Greater Rochester Advocates for Universities and Colleges (GRAUC), the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. 

The award is given to an individual, business, or organization associated with the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce that actively supports higher education partnerships in Southeast Minnesota. Recipients have shown a commitment to foster higher education opportunities through:

  • Volunteer work in helping to enable or encourage students to pursue higher education,
  • Partnerships connecting the local school system students to the education and training needed to be successful in the workplace,
  • And/or partnerships connecting employees to the education and training needed to be successful in an ever-changing workplace.

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All nominations are due by Friday, December 22nd

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RCTC Student Receives Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award and Scholarship

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Nate Stoltman, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, and College Relations

Nate.Stoltman@rctc.edu | 507-536-5604 | 507-358-0740

 

 

RCTC Student Receives Mark M. Welter

World Citizen Award and Scholarship

 

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce RCTC sophomore Lydia Hansen was selected to receive the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award and Scholarship. From Racine, Minnesota, Ms. Hansen is planning to complete her associate’s degree from RCTC and then transfer next fall to Hamline University to complete her bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and International Journalism.

 

Ms. Hansen was one of 20 students from Minnesota State selected to receive this honor. Through the generosity of Dr. Mark Welter, this award provides an annual tribute to Minnesota State students who exemplify an understanding of the interconnected nature of the world, its nations and all people; who are in good academic standing; and who demonstrate financial need. Ms. Hansen was nominated for this award by RCTC Communications Studies instructor, Annie Clement.

 

For more information on the Mark M. Welter World Citizen Award or to contribute to the RCTC Foundation contact DebWard@rctc.edu or 507-281-7770.

 

 

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

 

The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

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RCTC To Offer Concurrent Computer Science Courses

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Nate Stoltman, Executive Director of Communications, Marketing, and College Relations

Nate.Stoltman@rctc.edu | 507-536-5604 | 507-358-0740

 

 

RCTC To Offer Concurrent Computer Science Courses

 

(Rochester, MN) Rochester Community and Technical College is excited to announce students attending Rochester Public Schools (RPS) and the Career and Technical Education Center at Heintz (CTECH) will now have the opportunity to take college-level computer science courses from RCTC beginning in the fall of 2018. RPS juniors and seniors can take the RCTC courses concurrently at CTECH facilities while also completing their other high school courses.

 

“RPS and RCTC have been building bridges for Rochester’s students for a long, long time, and we will continue to do so because it is the right thing to do. RPS and RCTC are natural partners, and we always have students at the center of this partnership,” states Dale Amy, RCTC’s Director of High School Collaborations.

 

The computer science courses will be taught by RPS teacher, John Bartucz, who holds a master’s degree in computer science. Mr. Bartucz currently teaches computer science courses at CTECH. The RCTC courses include COMP 1741 JavaScript and COMP 1751 Mobile Application Development. Students will have the opportunity to explore HTML, CSS, web programming, native device programming, and database interaction.

 

For further information about RCTC concurrent enrollment opportunities, contact RCTC’s Director of High School Collaborations, Dale Amy at 285-7332 or dale.amy@rctc.edu.

 

 

Established in 1915, RCTC is the largest higher education provider in the fastest-growing city in Minnesota, serving more than 8,000 students a year in credit courses and nearly 3,700 in non-credit continuing and workforce education programs. RCTC combines the best in liberal arts, technical, and life-long learning with more than 70 credit-based programs and over 100 credential options. RCTC’s expansive 518-acre campus includes university partnerships, a diverse student body, and a vibrant student life program. RCTC provides a unique learning environment that offers the feel of a four-year university campus with the commitment to access and opportunity of a two-year college.

 

The Minnesota State system consists of 37 colleges and universities with over 16,000 employees offering nearly 4,000 educational programs to nearly 400,000 students. It is the fifth-largest higher education system in the United States.

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RCTC is a member of the Minnesota State system.

 

 

 

 

MICHELLE MESSENGER

RCTC Marketing Specialist

Rochester Community and Technical College

College Relations and Marketing Department
851 30th Avenue Southeast, Rochester, MN 55904 | 507-536-5602 |

michelle.messengerherber@rctc.edu | www.rctc.edu | blog.rctc.edu | rctc.edu/marketing/

UMR pays $2.66 million for VFW Post building

As it stands, the former Benny's R-Tic drive-in on the corner of Sixth Street Southwest and First Avenue would be demolished if the University of Minnesota Rochester acquires the VFW property.

Jay Furst, furst@postbulletin.com

The University of Minnesota Rochester paid $2.66 million on Thursday to buy the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1215 at 16 Sixth St. SW and the adjacent 24 Sixth St. ex-drive-in building.

The VFW post stands within the proposed campus area bordered by South Broadway, Sixth Street Southwest and First Avenue Southwest as well as Soldiers Field Park.

Olmsted County estimated the market value of the post property at $438,900 for 2016-2017.

UMR is using $3.1 million of the $14 million in local-option sales tax money earmarked for the creation of a 10-acre college campus at the edge of downtown. Chief of staff Jay Hesley explained the difference between the price and the sales tax amount — $434,000 — will be used to cover "closing costs and other related expenses."

This is same process UMR used when acquiring and demolishing other buildings within the proposed campus. The university pays directly for the property or demolition and then it is reimbursed with the sales tax money by the city.

Now that the post deal is done, the VFW is expected to wrap up its purchase of the former Golden Corral/Gorilla's Bar and Grill building at 2775 43rd Ave. NW. The veterans organization previously signed an agreement to acquire the about 10,000-square-foot ex-restaurant to renovate it to serve as a future new home for the group.

Meanwhile, the 7,900-square-foot VFW and the small 82-year-old drive-in will be demolished or possibly moved to clear the way for UMR's future campus. However, it still might be years before any UMR buildings are constructed on the site.

Since 2010, the university slowly has been acquiring and clearing properties in the area, including two former fast-food restaurants, the 4th Street Boxing Gym, the former KTTC-TV station building, small office buildings and a halal grocery store.

The university still has several properties to acquire, including Scharf Auto Supply at 620 First Ave. SW, the former Hentges Glass Co., the Running Room store and the Point of View condominiums at 728 First Ave. SW.

While acquiring the pieces of land needed for the proposed campus, UMR will continue to occupy the top two floors of the University Square mall and several floors in the 318 Commons public-private complex. UMR also recently announced its intentions to build classrooms and labs in Destination Medical Center's first building in the Discovery Square subdistrict. Mortenson, the developers of the complex to be anchored by Mayo Clinic as a tenant, are breaking ground on that downtown project on Thursday.

Rebranding GRAUC

GRAUC Logo Form

We chose a mark that feels strong yet fresh. The ame connects with a classic education symbol, speaking of light, wisdom, discovery, and blazing a trail. The forward leaning letters speak of moving forward, and the connected RA speak of doing this together (this particular element owed naturally during font exploration and we decided to embrace it).

As you can see, the G can optionally stand alone, for versatile use on pins, awards (lamp of knowledge) or any other place you may wish to have a singular icon.

GRAUC Colors

Our original color recommendation was more of a true blue and yellow, but it ended up too close to RCTC’s colors. It was determined to avoid a color scheme which could be too closely associated with any one particular higher ed institution.

GRAUC used teal tones in the early days of existence. The darker teal stands for strength while the bright teal will be used for accent through out the new website and future branding materials.

Check out brand reveal presentation (pdf)

National ranking says Rochester is a top-20 college town

Boulder, Colorado, is the top-ranked college town in the US, according to a new list from the American Institute for Economic Research.

The city of roughly 200,000 (for its metro area population) earned the top spot thanks to its accessibility — more than 20% of commuters take public transportation or cycle around Boulder Creek Corridor — and diverse and educated population. Boulder also has an active bar-and-restaurant scene, with plenty of coffee shops and microbreweries.

AIER compiled its list using nine economic, demographic, and quality-of-life factors. It defines college towns as having fewer than 250,000 residents.

Read more

Information about the study included in Inside Business:
http://www.businessinsider.com/best-college-towns-in-america-2017-1

Specifics about the American Institute for Economic Research findings:
https://www.aier.org/cdi-2017/boulder-colo

Specifics from the findings for Rochester, MN and sign up page for more detail:
https://www.aier.org/cdi-2017/rochester-minn