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Richland College to host workshop on choosing major

Studies show that college students who file degree plans are the ones who graduate on time. To help area high school students get on track before they begin college, Richland College is hosting a “Choosing Your College Major” workshop on Nov. 13.

The session designed for high school juniors and seniors and their parents will be conducted from 6:30-9:15 p.m. in room WH115 in Wichita Hall. Richland College’s workshop aligns with the Texas Completes initiative, a statewide community college program focusing on students completing their college degrees or certificates before transferring to a four-year university or entering the workforce.

Helping students select a program of study before they even enroll in college can make a huge difference in their path to college goal completion, says Deborah Somero, Richland’s associate dean of student support services.

“Soon-to-be recent high school graduates will be asked to declare a college major early in their college experience,” she says. “The rationale is that students who have a clear idea of where they are headed tend to persist and complete their degrees and certificate programs on time, and those with a college road map can maximize how they use their 12 semesters of federal financial aid eligibility to the fullest.”

The role of community colleges in producing tomorrow’s workforce has increased dramatically in recent years. The recent recession forced many people to return to college for additional education and training to help enhance their job skills or pursue entirely new careers. The mission of community colleges is strategically positioned to address this educational need.

Increasing college success and completion rates is important for students, the economy and our country. A recent report by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce stated that, by 2018, 63 percent of all jobs will require at least some post-secondary education, and the labor market will see a shortage of approximately 3 million educated workers over the next eight years.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information about the “Choosing Your College Major” workshop, call 972-238-6161.

Richland Dance presents fall dance concert: “Danse Macabre”

The Richland College Dance Department presents “Danse Macabre” at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Nov. 2, in the Fannin Performance Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

“Danse Macabre” showcases innovative and diverse student and faculty performances that include contemporary, modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop styles. Contemporary Ballet Dallas will appear as guests at Richland for the first time performing repertoire from “Excerpt from leave her…loving” choreographed by Tabor and “Elegant Ghosts Part II” choreographed by Danielle Georgiou. Gina Sawyer, director of the dance program, will debut a contemporary modern piece “Vociferous” starring international guest artist Sung Hun Lim. Sung Hun Lim will also be performing a solo to “Red Poppies” choreographed by Canadian artist Nika Stein. See additional dance works created by Richland dance faculty Cheryl Callon, Deb Jones and Julie Rowley.

Sawyer invites everyone to gather for an evening of “Danse Macabre,” which is sure to provoke frightful suspense.

For more information, call Gina Sawyer at 972-238-3775.

Nov. 1 event planned to support troops in Afghanistan

The Richland College Lakeside Resource Center along with the Blue Star Club and RLC Student Government will be holding a “Support the Troops” event from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Nov. 1. There are a variety of ways you can take part:

– Write a letter or note to thank the troops currently serving in Afghanistan. Supplies will be provided and letters will be mailed out for you.

-Donate $2 to have Green Beans Coffee deliver a fresh brewed cup of coffee to one of the troops.

– Bring in your leftover Halloween candy to be shipped with the letters.

For more details, please contact Julie Hanson at 214-890-3825 or

Students sign pledge to complete degrees on Oct. 24

completion8 Statistics show the best way to land a job is to finish college and earn a degree or certificate. And that’s exactly what Richland College students promised to do by signing a mass pledge to complete their degrees and certificates before transferring to a four-year college or enter the job market.

On Wed., Oct. 24 students gathered for a commit to complete rally in the West Breezeway to sign a completion pledge, as part of a national community college movement. The event was hosted by the college’s Office of Student Life.
In April 2010, leaders of six national organizations representing the nation’s 1,200 community colleges signed The Call to Action, a pledge to increase student completion rates by 50 percent over the next decade. In

October 2010, the first White House Summit on Community Colleges was hosted by Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a community college professor. President Obama, philanthropist Melinda Gates and a host of speakers praised community colleges for serving almost half of the nations college students and playing a pivotal role in educating the workforce. The President has called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degrees and certificates in the next 10 years, part of his goal to restore the United States as the worlds leader in college graduates.

For more information, please contact the Office Student Life at 972-238-6130.

Storm-chasing photographer Mitch Dobrowner to speak at Richland College

Arm of God, Galacia, Kansas  2009Richland College will present photographer Mitch Dobrowner at 7 p.m., Thurs., Oct, 25 in the Fannin Performance Hall for an artist lecture and image presentation. This free event will be hosted by Richland’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts photography program. A reception, art sale and signing will follow the lecture.

Growing up on Long Island, N.Y., Dobrowner pursued photography out of a passion for the discipline. Inspired by the work of Minor White and Ansel Adams, he traveled the American Southwest at a young age to “see it for himself.” He left home at age 21, equipped with an Argus rangefinder, a gift from his father, and began tracking storm systems and capturing evocative images of thunderstorms.

Dobrowner travels with friend and storm-chasing expert Roger Hill, following super cells across the landscape. He explains, “I’m out there for days or weeks at a time…In order to capture the true feeling of these scenes, I’ve got to be there in more than a physical way. I wait for that internal, spiritual connection to come. It also makes for a more tangible, physical challenge. Once I’m in that ‘place’ I only wait for those moments that are just the right moments.”

Dobrowner’s awards include the Sony World Photo Award, The Jacob Riis Award, B&W Spider Award, numerous IPA/Lucie Awards and The National Geographic Society Visions of Paradise Award. His work can be viewed in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Portland Art Museum and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. His work has been exhibited in national and international venues including New York, San Diego, Chicago, Santa Fe, Paris, London and China.

Richland continues its commitment to excellence in photography by bringing world-class photographers to campus to interact with students over the course of a day concluding with a free public lecture, reception and folio signing. Past par¬ticipants in this distinguished series include Mary Ellen Mark, Jock Sturges, Ralph Gibson, Jerry Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, Joyce Tenneson, Keith Carter, and Arno Minkkinen.

For more information, contact Wayne Loucas at 972-238-6078 or Michael Mazurek at 972-238-6339. Images and additional information can be found at

Richland College hosts City of Dallas recycling drive, Sept. 29

Richland College, in conjunction with the City of Dallas Department of Sanitation Services Waste Diversion Unit, will host the Fall Recycling Round-Up from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 29 in parking lot E on the northwest corner of the campus, accessible by Walnut Street.

The City of Dallas Waste Diversion Team is encouraging Dallas-area citizens to drop off a variety of recyclable items. Items include:

• appliance, televisions and electronics
• used books
• scrap metal
• used oil, including both cooking and automotive oil
• packing items such as packaging foam and bubble wrap

Hazardous chemicals or paints, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture and mattresses will not be collected.

For more information, call Richland College at 972-238-6194 or the City of Dallas Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475.

Richland to host Info Sessions on Deferred Action for DREAMers

Richland College will host four free information sessions about the Obama administration’s DREAM Act that became effective on June 15, 2012. This act grants undocumented students “deferred action” from deportation. Local attorney Luis Rojo will conduct each session at 6:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room 118 on the following dates:

• Tues., Sept. 11 (Spanish)
• Thurs., Sept. 13 (English)
• Tues., Sept. 18 (Spanish)
• Tues., Sept. 25 (English)

Rojo will explain the criteria required to qualify for deferred action, how to request consideration for deferred action, related costs, and how to avoid possible scams.
These sessions are available in English and Spanish, but are not limited to Hispanic students.

This program is facilitated by Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. and is sponsored by the Richland College Rising Star Program and the Richland College Achieving Latino Academic Success (ALAS) student organization.

For more information, call 972-761-6874 or 972-761-6729, or visit

For a 2nd year, Richland hosts summer camp for teens interested in science, technology, engineering and math

20120626-0134_webRichland College is offering summer camps to introduce young students 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 13-26, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuition: $275 before May 31; $300 after); or, July 11-24, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Tuition: $275 before June 18; $300 after).

These camps are geared toward students ages 14-17 interested in potential career paths in STEM fields. Enrollment is limited to 80 students per session who must be U.S. citizens or documented residents. Requirements include a current school grade report and passing TAKS scores and a math or science teacher nomination.

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

•Aerospace Engineering
•CAD/CAM Manufacturing
•Civil Engineering
•Electrical Engineering
•Engineering Technology
•Manufacturing 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:

Teresa Lynd


Jocyln Hanson

For more information, call 972-238-3797 or visit

Richland Music Announces 2012 Carnival of Steel

Richland College’s Music Department announces the date of the 2012 Carnival of Steel, North Texas’ premier steel drum festival featuring steel bands and steel drum performers from all over the world.

The festival will be from 10 a.m.–10 p.m. on April 14 at Richland College. This event is open to the public; all daytime concerts from 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m. are free, the clinic is $5 and the evening concert is $10.

The Carnival will feature steel bands and percussion ensembles performing all styles of music, from Caribbean and Latin to Classical and Rock. World-renowned steel drum artist Tracy Thornton will be the guest performer at the performance demo clinic and evening concert. Guest steel drum artist Shelly Irvine will perform and serve as festival tuner and massed band leader. Drum set and world percussion steel drum artist Jose Aponte from University of North Texas will also perform.

In addition to performances, the festival offers a taste of Caribbean culture with exhibitors including organizations, companies, clothing and food vendors, and Caribbean cultural groups. Steel drum tuning service will be provided by Shelly Irvine; steel band directors and steel drum owners can schedule a tuning appointment with one of the finest innovators in the world.

Started in 2003, the Carnival of Steel showcases the many genres of music played on the steel drum instruments, which were invented and designed from 55-gallon oil drums in Trinidad in the early 20th century. The festival, hosted by Derrick Logozzo, Richland College’s director of Instrumental Music, brings people together from many Caribbean cultures. Steel drum bands, world jazz groups, and drumming ensembles play outdoors all day.

Day-time festival performances, free, East breezeway: 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Performance Clinic, $5, Performance Hall: 5:30 p.m.
Guest Artist Evening Concert, $10, Performance Hall: 8 p.m.

Contact Derrick Logozzo at 972-238-6254, or purchase at the door.

MEDIA ALERT: RLC and UTD to sign transfer agreements, Mon., March 26

The Richland College School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions and the University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) Erik Jonsson School of Natural Sciences & Mathematics will sign five articulation agreements on March 26. These agreements will further enhance the transfer process for Richland students pursuing an associate of science degrees in the following areas: biology, chemistry, geosciences, mathematics and physics.

Who:Richland College and the University of Texas at Dallas

What: Articulation agreement signing between Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas

When: 3 p.m., Mon., March 26

Where: Richland College College, Sabine Hall, Room SH205

For more information, contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022 or