March 2015


Richland College Honors Current and Former Students in Wall of Honor Ceremony

Photos by Paul Knudsen

Five current or former Richland College students were honored during Richland College’s 2015 Wall of Honor ceremony on March 26 for their outstanding academic achievements, perseverance through adversity and contributions to the community.

This year’s Wall of Honor recipients were Linda Dao, a former student who overcame adversity as a child in Vietnam and came to Richland College with virtually no English; Claudia Graves, a former student who entered and won a beauty pageant in her native Peru for a chance at a better education in the U.S.; Bill Holston, a Richland College graduate and lawyer who did pro bono work to assist those in need and is now the executive director of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas; Quentin Rhoads-Herrera, a current student and military veteran who now volunteers his time to help others; and Audrey Self, a former student who has not let a near life-ending automobile accident get in her way of success in college and in life.

Read the rest of the story here, or stop by Crockett Hall to view the photos and complete bios of each Wall of Honor recipient.

Richland College Basketball Team Wins NJCAA National Championship
Richland College basketball team posing with their trophy.

Photo courtesy of NJCAA.

The Richland College men’s basketball team clinched the 2015 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III men’s basketball title after defeating the defending national champion team Rock Valley College (Illinois) in Loch Sheldrake, N.Y.

Despite facing a double-digit deficit in the second half, Richland College pulled ahead for a 67-64 win against Rock Valley, earning the Thunderducks their third national title in the program’s history.

Read more about their win here.

Richland College Receives $629,602 Grant from Texas Workforce Commission in Check-Signing Ceremony

Congleton and Kay Eggleston sign a large check.Richland College, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA), Garland Chamber of Commerce and local business representatives were present at a check-signing ceremony Friday morning at Richland College Garland Campus to award Richland College with a $629,602 Skills Development Fund Grant from the TWC.

The grant will be used by Richland College Garland Campus to train 334 employees at DCMA member companies including Ecolab, General Dynamics, J&A Manufacturing, Kraft Foods, Karlee, Marlow Industries and Micropac Industries, Inc., equating to a total of 12,320 training hours.

Read more here.

Richland College Professional Development Day

Thanks to all who attended Professional Development Day!

Richardson Mayor speaking An instructor helping an employee in a session Four employees posing Five employees posing Three employees posing Richland College employees in a buffet line Richland College employees in a classroom


Dr. Sobia Khan Meets with Dr. Jill Biden at Achieving the Dream Conference

Sobia Khan and Jill Biden posing.Dr. Sobia Khan was able to meet with Dr. Jill Biden in February as part of the Achieving the Dream Institute on Student Success.

Richland College is an Achieving the Dream Leader College, a national designation awarded to only 16 community colleges nationwide that are committed to improving student success and closing achievement gaps.

Green Matters


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Upcoming Events

Literary Arts Festival
March 30-April 3
Lago Vista Gallery, Lavaca Hall
Stop by the Literary Arts Festival for events featuring novelists, a nonfiction writer, a playwright, word poet, and a voice artist among other events. For more information, call 972-761-6825.

Around the Globe Read-In
12:30-2 p.m., April 15
Lago Vista Gallery, Lavaca Hall
In celebration of Multicultural Week, the library will host its first annual “Around the Globe Read-In.” Listen as campus community members read excerpts in their native language while wearing traditional garments.

Spring Recycle Round-Up
9 a.m.-3 p.m., April 18
Parking Lot E
Drop off recyclable items including electronic items, small appliances, toys, documents, cardboard, used cooking oil, hardback books, scrap metal, batteries, tires, textiles and more. Also, Dallas Animal Services will be collecting new or gently used clean towels or blankets, tennis balls, dog/cat toys, dry and canned pet food and new or gently used leashes/collars. The first 50 cars will also receive two free tickets to Studio Movie Grill! For information, call 214-670-4475.

Man-Up Conference
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., April 24
Join the Office of Student Life for the fourth annual Man-Up Conference, featuring guest speaker and facilitator Harry Everett, the coordinating director of student services at Richardson I.S.D. Participants will enjoy activities that promote leadership scholarship, self development and leadership. For information, contact the Office of Student Life at 972-238-6130.

Richland College Graduation Ceremony
7:30-10 p.m., May 14
Curtis Culwell Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland
Honor the fall 2014, spring 2015 and summer 2015 graduates of Richland College at the 2015 Richland College graduation ceremony.

Free Yoga
2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays
C110, Crockett Hall
Join a free weekly yoga group for students, staff and faculty, every Thursday through May 14. For information, contact Julie Hanson at or 214-890-3825.

Thunderduck Spring Golf Classic
8 a.m., May 15
Riverchase Golf Course, Coppell
Mark your calendars for the Thunderduck Spring Golf Classic. A $49 rate includes your green fee, cart, range balls and a lunch buffet. Each player will also receive a $5 golf shop gift card and a month of free golf that includes green fees (twilight only), free practice range balls and all special events and clinics not he driving range for the month. For information or to register, call 972-238-6381.

IRS 501(c)3 and 990 Tax Form Nonprofit Workshop
9 a.m.-4 p.m., May 19 and 20
Richland College
This introductory workshop held by the IRS is designed for nonprofit organization administrators and volunteers who are responsible for tax compliance and nonprofit practitioners. Registration is $30. Preregistration is required, and seating is limited. For information, call 972-238-6918.

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New Employees

Casey Martin, Visiting Scholar
Engineering, Business and Technology

Casandra Toler, Visiting Scholar
Engineering, Business and Technology

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Erwin Spears, College Police Officer
College Police

Felicia Porras, Department Assistant III

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Melissa Jacobs, Lieutenant
College Police

Raquel Saavedra, Accounting Clerk B
Business Office

Felicha Stanley
Sr. Academic Advisor, Enrollment

Cameron Maynard, Tutor Coordinator
World Languages, Cultures and Communication

Lindsay Parks, Academic Advisor II
Multicultural Center

Paula Spivey, Purchasing Manager

Linda Patzke, College Nurse I
Health Center

Matthew Williams, PC Technician I
Computer Lab

Fillis Anthony Hughes, Grants Program Coordinator
Continuing Education

William Henson, Landscape Services Apprentice

Thanks, T-Ducks

To: Claudia Goodson and the Richland College Knitting Club
From: Lisa P. Little, Director and Liaison to the Parkland Auxiliary

Dear Claudia,

The staff of Parkland Hospital, Dallas County’s only public hospital, thanks you for you generous donation of knitted hats for our patients. Gifts such as yours show patients and their families that someone in the community truly cares about them.

Mere words cannot express our deep appreciation for your kindness. If we can ever do anything for you, please do not hesitate to let me know.

You are all angels on this earth!

Warmest regards,

Lisa P. Little


Baby photoDonny Le and his wife Donna became the proud parents of Daisy Le this past December. Congratulations to the Le family!

Marquese posingEach month, Admissions and Student Records picks one staff member to recognize as a Totally Awesome Duck. Fellow coworkers share that person’s strengths, positive actions taken and affirmative statements about what that person has contributed to the office.

Congratulations to Marquece Roach, the December 2014 Totally Awesome Duck! Marquette’s coworkers say that he’s always kind, a gentleman, upbeat, polite, good-natured and cheery. He always has a lovely smile on his face and exemplifies great customer service. Congratulations, Marquece!


Our sympathies go out to Latrenda Thomas, who recently lost her brother.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Susan Mathews, who lost her husband recently.

Our sympathies go out to Dru Bookout. Dru’s mother recently passed away.

Dr. Bill J. Priest, DCCCD’s first Chancellor, passed away Dec. 31 at the age of 97. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Dr. Charles Norrell, a former advisor and adjunct faculty member, passed away Feb. 6. Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

Kerry Landguth, a long-time Richland College employee in the admissions office and later the degree audit/graduation office, passed away Feb. 8. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Did you know? Personal information is never shared in the ThunderBridge without permission. Approval was given to share all information.

*If you would like for a note of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear here, please use this convenient online form. Letters from people outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the College Communications & Marketing office. Thanks!