Category Archives: Events

Online security focus of forum co-hosted by Richland College and SMU, Sept. 28

Richland College and Southern Methodist University (SMU) will co-host a Cybersecurity Forum, 3-5 p.m., Sept. 28 at SMU’s Caruth Hall, room 147, located at 3145 Dyer Street in Dallas. This free event is for students interested in studying information assurance and members of the general public who are interested in learning about online safety.

This event is being initiated by the Department of Homeland Security as part of a national campaign to promote cybersecurity education. Richland College and SMU students, as well as industry professionals, will give cybersecurity presentations. The Department of Homeland Security will also give a presentation related to identity theft, phishing and fraud, cyber predators and cyber bullying. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions following all presentations.

Students who would like to learn about security research at four-year institutions may come as early as 1 p.m. to meet and talk to undergraduate and graduate students.

To register for this free event, please visit http://stopthinkconnect.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Zoltan Szabo, digital forensics professor, at Richland College, at 972-238-6059 or zszabo@dcccd.edu.

RCHS public hearing scheduled for Oct. 4

As required by the Texas Education Agency, Richland Collegiate High School will conduct a public hearing to report the school’s 2011 financial management report. The hearing is scheduled for 4 p.m., Oct. 4 at the Dallas County Community College District’s office located at 1601 South Lamar Street, Dallas, Texas 75215.

For more information, please contact the school’s superintendent, Donna Walker, at 972-761-6880 or DWalker1@dcccd.edu.

Richland partners with HCAT to reduce construction site fatalities

Richland College is partnering with the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) to host the Construction Safety and Health Summit, a regional event created to train, educate and promote heightened awareness of jobsite safety. The event will take place Sept. 15–17 at the Mesquite Convention Center Hampton Inn & Suites located in Mesquite, Texas.

The summit is a result of a collaboration among the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Region VI, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) OSHA Education Center, Compacion Foundation, U.S. Hispanic Contractors Association (USHCA) and Richland College. The goal of the event is to offer an exceptional opportunity to those employed in the construction industry to receive comprehensive training critical to their safety and survival on the daily job site.

“The Hispanic Contractors de Tejas has always been a leader in supporting safety in the construction industry, training more than 4,000 workers in OSHA 10 Certification. This conference is taking the next step in defining a unified approach of best practices to reach the goal of zero construction fatalities in Texas,” said Celes Oppedahl, associate dean of workforce training at Richland College.

Current industry safety statistics indicate that the construction industry is plagued by three deaths in the workplace every day. Hispanic contractors account for two of those three fatalities. Unfortunately, the state of Texas has one of the most dismal safety records in the country.

To provide the tools necessary for a safe workplace environment, the HCAT’s safety summit will provide relevant educational workshops, expert speakers, and numerous forums to address current deficiencies and discuss solutions for best safety practices. Major components of the summit’s agenda are the two, eight-hour accredited course offerings. The OSHA Education Center at UTA will provide “Introduction to Safety and Health Management” (OSHA 7500) and TEEX will provide “Fall Hazard Awareness in Construction” (OSHA 7405). These courses are included as part of the summit registration.

The summit will also feature an introduction to the HCAT/OSHA Marathon Training Seminar and a one-day expo featuring industry-related exhibitors. The expo will be open to the general public.

Registration and additional information can be found at www.construction-summit.com. For other details, contact Celes Oppedahl at celes@dcccd.edu or 972-761-6804.

About the HCA de Tejas
The HCAT is a non-profit organization based in Balch Springs, Texas. The organization’s mission is to promote and support the advancement and economic growth of Hispanic contractors in Texas and to provide advocacy of best safety practices in the construction industry with the goal to reduce accidents and fatalities. The HCAT is a contributing partner to the safety initiatives and efforts of the USHCA. A national schedule of touring safety conferences is being finalized by the USHCA and will be released in the near future.

Richland to host free summer camp for teens interested in science, technology, engineering and math

Richland College has partnered with the Texas Workforce Commission to provide an introduction to a variety of careers and occupations in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). There are two STEM camps to choose from: June 15-28, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. or July 13-26, 2011, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

These free camps are geared toward students ages 14-16 interested in potential career paths in STEM fields. Enrollment is limited to 50 students per session who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Students accepted to the program will receive a scholarship from the Texas Workforce Commission to cover all costs of attendance.

During the two-week STEM camp, students will explore numerous career options, including:

• Biomedical Engineering
• CAD/CAM Manufacturing
• Computer Science
• Civil Engineering
• Digital Forensics
• Electrical Engineering
• Engineering Technology
• Mechanical Engineering
• Web Design/Multimedia

Students will participate in tours and attend seminars with Richland College experts in areas related to student success in higher education, such as financial aid, academic advising, career exploration and planning, learning support services, and student activities. Students will be presented with options and will then select a program track they wish to explore in greater detail for the remainder of the camp. They will work together along with Richland College faculty to complete an integrated project related to an overall camp theme.

To register, contact:

Jean Carter, Director, School Alliance & Institutional Outreach
972-761-6736
jcarter@dcccd.edu

or

Megan Farmer, Student Services Assistant
972-238-3784
mfarmer@dcccd.edu

For more information, call 972-761-6713 or visit www.multimedia.richlandcollege.edu/stem.

MEDIA ALERT: Richland College courtyard to be dedicated to former president

To honor his more than 30 years of dedicated service as Richland College president, the *GREEEN*Richland Commons will be dedicated to President Emeritus Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet on April 20. The *GREEEN*Richland Commons, immediately adjacent to Richland College’s LEED Platinum-designed-and-constructed science building, will be named in tribute to Dr. Mittelstet’s legacy of leadership in teaching, learning, and community building. Click here to view Dr. Mittelstet’s biography and history of accomplishments.

Who: Richland College

What: *GREEEN*Richland Commons Dedication honoring Richland College President Emeritus Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet
*GREEENing Richland through the social Equity & justice, Economic viability, and Environmental vitality Nexus.*

When: Wed., April 20, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Outdoor Green Space between Sabine Hall and Wichita Hall; 12800 Abrams Road; Dallas, Texas 75243

Contact: Anitra Cotton at anitracotton@dcccd.edu or 972-693-1712

The Richland College Music Department Honors Retiring Music Educator Dr. Jerry Wallace

The Richland College Music Department will honor the retirement of Dr. Jerry Wallace with a concert entitled “A Tribute to Dr. Jerry Wallace,” Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., in the Fannin Performance Hall. Dr. Wallace, a much respected music educator, plans to end his 39-year career at Richland at the end of the 2011 spring semester.

The concert will feature three large ensembles at Richland: Chamber Singers (Dr. Michael Crawford, conductor), Wind Symphony (Derrick Logozzo, conductor) and String Orchestra (Dr. Paul Bonneau, conductor). Dr. Sherry Dean, Executive Dean of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies with testimonials given by Jerry McElveen, retired professor of English at Richland; Dr. Paul Bonneau, a past student of Dr. Wallaces’ and Dr. Alex McDonald, past student and music professor at the Julliard School of Music.

Tickets are $10 and are available at the door prior to the concert. All funds will go to the establishment of the “Richland College–Dr. Jerry Wallace Music Scholarship.” Scholarship funds will be awarded to future outstanding music students at Richland College. Patrons unable to attend the concert are invited to contribute by mailing checks to the Dallas County Community College Foundation, made payable to Dallas County Community College Foundation Inc. Contributions can also be made online at www.foundation.dcccd.edu.

A reception will be held in the Fannin Hall foyer directly following the concert.

Richland College Hosts 2011 Carnival of Steel Festival

Richland College will host the 2011 Carnival of Steel (COS) Festival, Saturday, April 16. This year, the COS Festival will feature steel bands, percussion ensembles and bands using various steel drums from around the country, performing all styles of music including Caribbean, Latin, classical and rock. Attendees will enjoy free concert performances from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. World renowned steel drum artist, Andy Narell will perform a demo clinic at 5:45 p.m. and an evening concert at 8 p.m.

Also appearing will be internationally acclaimed Trinidadian calypso singer and composer, Lord Relator; steel drum artist, Festival Tuner; Massed band leader, Shelly Irvine; and drum set and world percussion Guest Artist, Jose Aponte, from the University of North Texas.

Daytime concert performance spots are open for groups and soloists. The entry deadline is April 1. Vendors in music and Caribbean cultures will be on-site with food, clothing and other items for sale. Shelly Irvine, master tuner and builder, will be on hand to provide steel drum tuning service.

Tickets for the demo clinic are $5 and tickets for the guest artist evening concert are $15. To purchase tickets, contact Derrick Logozzo, COS Festival Host, at (972) 238-6254 or derricklogozzo@dcccd.edu. Tickets may also be purchased at the door at Richland College’s Fannin Performance Hall on the day of the performance. For performance enrollment forms, vendor information or general information about the COS Festival, click here. The deadline for vendor applications is April 14.

MEDIA ALERT: EPA to present Richland College with top award among colleges and universities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery will present Richland College with its 2010 WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year award.

A fundamental part of Richland’s visionary commitment to building sustainable local and world community and promoting environmental vitality includes participation in the EPA’s WasteWise program, the country’s first national voluntary solid waste reduction program. Richland College will be recognized for establishing three new waste prevention activities, expanding and improving its current recycling efforts, and using products with recycled content. Involvement in this EPA program complemented the successes of established waste prevention and recycling efforts employed on the Richland College campus and resulted in a reduction of purchasing costs and waste disposal fees.

Who: Richland College and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

What: EPA WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year Award Presentation

When: 1 p.m., Tues., March 22

Where: Richland College Sabine Hall Atrium

Contacts: Anitra Cotton, Manager of Public Information
Richland College
972-238-6022 (office)
anitracotton@dcccd.edu

Richland College Presents the 2011 Richland Literary Arts Festival

Richland College is proud to announce the 2011 Richland Literary Arts Festival, February 28-March 4, presented by the School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications. The festival will include special events centered around this year’s Dallas County Community College book selection, “Catcher in the Rye”, as well as panel discussions, readings, and special guest speaker Tony Daniel, a noted science-fiction author. All events are free and will be held in the library unless otherwise noted.

Monday, February 28
Writer’s Garret of Dallas Forum
12:20–1:40 p.m.
The Writer’s Garret of Dallas: Members will discuss workshops offered by the Garret and provide advice on developing and sustaining a writing practice.

“Catcher in the Rye” Forum
7:05–8:25 p.m.
Campus wide discussion of this year’s common book: “Catcher in the Rye.” Share your experiences, interpretations, opinions and favorite passages from this classic American novel.

Tuesday, March 1
“Catcher in the Rye” Forum
12:30–1:50 p.m. and again at 5:40–7 p.m.
Campus-wide discussion of this year’s common book: “Catcher in the Rye.” Share your experiences, interpretations, opinions and favorite passages from this classic American novel.

Wednesday, March 2
Tony Daniel lecture
11:15 a.m.–12:05 p.m.
Tony Daniel is the author of five science fiction books, the latest of which is “Guardian of Night”, as well as an award-winning short story collection, “The Robot’s Twilight Companion”. He was a Hugo finalist in 1996 for his short story “Life on the Moon,” which also won the Asimov’s Reader’s Choice Award. Daniel’s short stories have been much anthologized and have been collected in multiple year’s best compilations.

Spring Theatre Production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
7:30 p.m.
Fannin Performance Hall

Thursday, March 3
Literary Journals Panel
11 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Editors of literary journals from Richland College, the University of North Texas and The University of Texas at Dallas will discuss their journals and offer advice to aspiring writers.

Student Readings
12:30–1:50 p.m.
Richland’s brightest will share their original work.

Spring Theatre Production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
7:30 p.m.
Fannin Performance Hall

Friday, March 4
Faculty Readings
10:10–11:05 a.m.
Richland English Faculty share their own original works of poetry and prose.

Spring Theatre Production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown”
7:30 p.m.
Fannin Performance Hall

For more information, contact Patrick D. Murphy at 972-238-6212.

Media Alert: RLC to assist community through GenTex’s new Go Center

Pastor Derrick Bowman Sr. of Faithway Fellowship Baptist Church and Empower DFW, will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Dallas’ very first GenTX ROOTS College Go Center this Thursday. The GO Center will provide college readiness tools to North Dallas. Richland College is a partner in setting up the GO Center and will be providing students from its Service Learning program to provide tutoring and guidance to high school students.

The primary purpose of Go Centers are to provide access to college admissions information, financial aid information, tutoring, mentoring, and other college access programs to communities who do not have access to necessary resources. The GenTX ROOTS Go Center Network of Texas will establish 25 new faith-based technology centers across Texas over the next year.

Created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, GenTX is a new statewide initiative that will organize and mobilize entire communities to help Texas students and their families pursue the path to college and career education beyond high school.

Who: Richland College and the GenTX Roots College Go Center
What: Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening
When: 4:30 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 17, 2011
Where: 8219 Bunche Drive, Dallas Texas 75243

Contact: Luz Villegas, Director of Community Programs, 972-761-6874, luzv@dcccd.edu