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‘Music, Magic and Movies’ on March 14

Experience memories and magic as Richland College Emeritus plus 50 Program presents “Music, Magic and Movies,” a special event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 14 in Fannin Performance Hall.

This one-time event will feature Dallas’ own The Levee Singers (Ed Bernet, Dick Bernet, Ralph Sanford and Ralph Lindsey), who will thrill the audience with the melodies of yesteryear. Magician and motivational speaker David Hira will amaze and inspire guests with dazzling illusions and words of wisdom. Film critic and humorist Larry Ratliff will highlight unforgettable cinematic moments as well as serve as the the master of ceremonies for the event.

The admission price to “Music, Magic and Movies” is $15, which includes box lunch. Call 972-238-6147 today to register. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Richland, SMU to host peace educators’ forum

The Richland College Institute for Peace and the SMU Embrey Human Rights Program are hosting a gathering of peace/justice/human rights educators to discuss available programs in the area and collaboration opportunities. The event will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Feb. 23 in room SH118 of Sabine Hall at Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

Rais Bhuyian, 2011 Peacemaker of the Year, and Karen Blessen, artist and art/peace educator, will give presentations. Light refreshments will be served. The event is free but registration is required. To register, contact Scott Branks del Llano at or 972-238-6369.

Earth-friendly lawn care seminar offered

Richland College and the City of Dallas are offering a seminar on the most effective and earth-friendly way to care for your lawn. The event will be from 9-11 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Fannin Hall on the Richland College campus. Subjects covered will include basic care for your lawn, common turf problems, how to water most efficiently and much more. There also will be a question-and-answer session with licensed irrigators on minor sprinkler system repairs and a drawing for bags of Green Sense organic fertilizer donated by Rohde’s Nursery & Nature Store. Reservations required. Register online at or by calling 214-670-3155.

Dance Jam to feature various genres, guest performers

Dan Jam PosterCelebrate the joy of movement at Richland College with the 4th annual Dance Jam from 12-1 p.m. on Dec. 4. The free event will be held on the outdoor stage in the breezeway between Lavaca and Fannin Halls.

Dance Jam, directed by Gina Sawyer, will include performances by Richland College students in genres including modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop. The event also will feature 30 guest performers from the Thomas Jefferson High School Dance Company, under the direction of Richland’s Crysta Caulkins- Clouse. Audience participation is welcome during the final performance.

For more information, call 972-238-3775 or visit Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

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.