Community Events

We host events and travel to conferences throughout the year to ensure that Rio remains a strong, vibrant thread woven through the fabric of our communities.

An Active Member In Your Community

Translated from the original Spanish, Rio Salado means "Salt River." Like a river, we're committed to being a life-giving force that flows through our communities. And like the humble salt crystal, we believe that a good educational institution helps preserve good things. That's why America's Online Community College™ is an active member of our local and national communities. We're committed to working with charities, putting on fun events that bring members of the community together with Rio students and faculty, and hosting feedback sessions with students and alumni across the country so we can continue to improve the Rio experience. We're also an active presence at academic and scholastic conferences across the nation.

Rio's Dash With Splash 5K

Rio Salado is putting on a fundraiser on Saturday, April 4, at Arizona Falls. Rio's Dash With Splash is a 5K Run/Walk event—the proceeds will go towards benefiting multiple charities on behalf of Rio Salado College. Our Dash With Splash will be a fun, family-friendly event—a great opportunity for folks looking to run their first-ever 5K or for veteran competitive runners eager to run on a new flat and fast course. All ages and ability levels are welcome! Please note that the event is both dog and stroller-friendly but the course does include a short trail section that is not paved.

All Dash With Splash participants will receive a custom finisher medal and a T-Shirt. Check-in will run from 6:30 -7:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 4. The race kicks off at 8 a.m. and is set to wrap up by 11 a.m. Water, Gatorade, popsicles, and other snacks will be provided. As part of the 5K, we'll be handing out awards and prizes in 14 categories. 

Arizona Falls is located at 5802 E. Indian School Rd. in Phoenix. Registration is $35 until 3/22, $40 on Race Day.

Virtual Runners: If you can't make the date or would like to Dash With Splash in another state, you can run your race virtually on any day, time, or course that you choose. Simply report back your finishing time using our Contact Us form at Race packets will be mailed to virtual participants during race week.

Dash With Splash


Rio Roundtables

Rio Salado College may be coming soon to a city near you! Representatives from the school regularly attend conferences and summits across the nation. Dr. Floyd Hardin III will be hosting Rio Roundtable sessions during these conferences—informal get-togethers where Rio students and alumni can share their experiences and offer their perspective on what it's like being a student at America's Online Community College™.

  • February 29, Seattle

    Hyatt Regency Seattle

    808 Howell Street, Seattle, WA 98101

    Saturday, February 29, 2020

    Time: 12-2 p.m.

  • March 7, Tampa

    Tampa Convention Center

    333 South Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33602 

    Saturday, March 7, 2020

    Time: 12-2 p.m.


  • March 14, San Diego

    InterContinental San Diego Hotel

    901 Bayfront Court, San Diego, CA  92101

    Saturday, March 14, 2020

    Time: 12-2 p.m.