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Why RISE - Rio Salado Education

Want to learn to paint with watercolors? Are you curious about acupuncture or angels? Are you interested in traveling to the National Parks or the Faroe Islands? These choices and more are yours for only $50 per year. Join in the excitement at RISE where we offer classes from Arizona Law to Psychology in the Light of Spiritual Science. There’s something special happening at RISE. Come be a part of it!



Rise Summer Semester Monday, June 9 Through Thursday, July 29

12:00 AM


Rise & Rio Closed For Independence Day Holiday July 5th

12:00 AM

RISE Celebrates 25th Anniversary
(1996 - 2021)


The Rio Salado Surprise building remains closed until further notice and RISE classes will continue to meet via Zoom until the fall of 2021.


Rio Salado College and RISE, as a student organization of the college, have set a policy that NO classes are allowed to meet in person through the Spring Semester and possibly through the Summer Semester.  This includes the Non-Fiction Book Club and Hooked on Books Book Club. (The Book Clubs should not meet off campus in a private setting and Rio/RISE will not accept responsibility or liability for any in-home affair that appears to be a Rio/RISE event.) 


All classes must be scheduled and held via Zoom during this period of time.  Additional information regarding in-person classes will be posted when received from Rio Salado.


Please click the "download catalog" button to view the Summer 2021 classes.


Summer Semester 2021 Additions/Corrections/Cancellations:


Ancient Goddess Religions Around the World with Dr. Bonnie Saunders is
4 weeks only - June 9, 16, 23 and 30.  No sessions in July.


What's Up on Mars? - Tuesday, June 8 at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. Tanya Harrison

Coffee and Global Slavery in the 1700s and 1800s - Thursday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m.
with Dr. Stephen Davis



RISE uses eight learning tracks:


*Finance and Law*

*Health and Wellness*

*Natural Sciences/Mathematics* 

*Social Sciences*

*Spirituality and Religion*



Mission Statement :  Founded in 1996, RISE is a grass roots community based educational organization created for and by adults to afford them the opportunity for stimulation, enlightenment and interaction with peers in an environment which encourages life-long learning. 

Goals:  To attract people with varied talents who are willing to share as Presenters and thereby give individuals the opportunity to use their talents in a meaningful way. To provide diverse classes in a variety of curriculum areas reflecting the wishes of the membership. To encourage participation in leadership roles by as many of the members as is practical so that RISE truly represents all of the members. To offer forums for exchange of ideas and knowledge in a comfortable and friendly environment. To expand membership and member participation in RISE. To utilize state of art technology to improve RISE classes and administration of the organization.

RISE classes for the week beginning Monday, June 21st


Monday, June 21st


10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 


Current Events, Class #413



1 - 3 p.m.


The Mason-Dixon Line with Gary Loeb, Class #418


Tuesday, June 22nd


10 - 11 a.m. (one hour class)


Gratitude Group with Diane Lukich, Class #405 


1 - 3 p.m.


Mastering Personal Change Part 1 with T. Falcon Napier, Class #419


Wednesday, June 23rd


1 - 3 p.m.


Ancient Goddess Religions with Dr. Bonnie Saunders, Class #414 


Thursday, June 24th


10 a.m. - 12 noon


Common Nutrition Myths Debunked with Dr. Scott Timko, Class #407


1 - 3 p.m.


Positive Psychology with Diane Lukich,, Class #416 **


No classes on Fridays

Information on how to join RISE and to view the class descriptions and instructor bios, click on the Download Catalog button at the top of the page.

Important Information re: Cancellations and Changes

During our in-person classes when we have to cancel or change a class date, it is very difficult to get the message to everyone. The process we follow is first of all to  email everyone who has registered for the class and call the people who do not have an email listed.  If the class cancels at the last minute, we call everyone who has registered for that class. We then send an email blast about the cancelled class to those who have email and note the cancellation on the home page of the RISE website,

If the class cancels ahead of time, a sign is printed and posted on the RISE bulletin board and on the windows by the classroom.

Currently, when a Zoom on-line class cancels, we will notify the class of the cancellation, and also send an eBlast to all members who may be considering registering for the class.

"Guided Autobiography is the BEST class I have taken at RISE.  I absolutely love the class!" ~Carolyn Pakan, RISE Member
"I found Dr. Timko, and my essential oils person, my acupuncturist and my reflexologist at RISE!  Through them, I've been led to other fantastic practitioners and have done a complete turnaround;  well, really a work in progress, as I'm not 180 degrees yet, but could never be where I am today without RISE!" ~ Michele Holiday, RISE Member

“I am a relative newcomer to art and exploring all types of art design.  I love my RISE Painting with Watercolor Zoom sessions.  Allen Reamer’s classes are about landscapes, and I have very little experience in that area.  I hope he continues teaching into the next semester!” ~ Julie Manthei, RISE Member
"Caren Marshall presented such a FANTASTIC class this morning.  The content was exceptional, her presentation style and involvement of class participants (including exercises) was superb!!! And...the length of the class was PERFECTION!!" ~ Maurine Dyer Stevens

Do you know someone you think would make a great presenter for RISE? Do you have an idea for a subject that we haven’t touched on yet?  We would LOVE to hear from you!

Contact information is:


Cathy Sheredy, Coordinator

Saundra Stanley, Assistant Coordinator


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