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Richland College seeking part-time faculty members

Richland College will host an adjunct faculty job fair to find qualified people who are interested in teaching part time. The job fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, in the Sabine Hall atrium. Park in Lots C & D for easy access.

Candidates should bring copies of their curriculum vitae and transcripts to the job fair. To teach credit classes at Richland College, adjunct instructors must hold a master’s degree that includes an 18-hour concentration in a specific teaching discipline. Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated based on U.S. standards before they are submitted.

Individuals interested in teaching developmental education courses must have a bachelor’s degree in the subject area or a bachelor’s degree and “significant course work” in the subject at the undergraduate level. They must also have high school or college teaching experience in the subject matter. Graduate-level courses in pedagogy related to the teaching field may be substituted for teaching experience. Additional certifications may be required to teach in certain specialized fields.

For more information, call 972-238-6240. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. Richland College is an equal opportunity institution.

Richland College Garland campus now registering for machine operator course

Richland College Garland Campus is now registering for its next Machine Operator course. This 12-week program was developed to equip students with manufacturing-related skill sets for entry-level jobs. The course consists of 10 weeks of classroom instruction and a two-week, unpaid internship. Subjects include:

• Shop math
• Blueprint reading
• Machine shop lab using lathes, mills, grinders, and measuring devices
• Shop safety
• Forklift training and certification

Potential students for the Machine Operator program must be at least 18-21 years of age, have a high school diploma or GED, and be willing to work in a manufacturing setting.

For additional information, call Claralyn Jefferson at 214-360-1201.

Richland College hosts APIASF community reception

Nation’s Largest Scholarship Organization for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Raises Awareness About the Need to Support Local Students

From left to right: Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland College; Michael Fung, APIASF; Kay Eggleston, Richland College; and Neil Horikoshi, APIASF.

From left to right: Zarina Blankenbaker, Vice President for Teaching & Learning, Richland College; Michael Fung, Chairman of the Board, APIASF; Kay Eggleston, President, Richland College; and Neil Horikoshi, President & Executive Director, APIASF.

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, held a special community reception hosted by Richland College in Dallas on Feb. 4. Guests from around the greater Dallas area attended the event to learn more about APIASF’s work to support local students, as well as the programs and services Richland College is providing as a designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI).

“With as many as 50-65 percent of Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander adults 25 or older not enrolling in any form of postsecondary education, AANAPISI institutions like Richland College are playing a critical role by increasing access to higher education for students and the programmatic support to help ensure success,” said Neil Horikoshi, APIASF president and executive director. “Our collaboration with Richland College and other AANAPISIs around the country allows us to maximize our impact for students and help strengthen local communities.”

Richland College received a five-year AANAPISI grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2010 that will total more than $1.4 million in funding. With 14-16 percent of Richland’s student population comprised of Asian American students and at least half demonstrating financial need, the AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students. Richland’s AANAPISI funding is focused on three initiatives: creating a collegewide understanding of the effects of poverty on students; adapting the principles of “Achieving the Dream” to Richland’s culture and capabilities resulting in improved student success in developmental education and gatekeeper courses; and operating a textbook lending library supporting 50 minority, low-income male students annually.

“The community reception was a great way for us to launch our partnership with Richland College and we are looking forward to continuing this collaboration to provide greater access to higher education for Dallas students and the resources that will develop future leaders who will excel in their careers, serve as role models in their communities and contribute to a more vibrant America,” Horikoshi said.

In addition to the leadership of APIASF and Richland College, many local business and community leaders attended the event. Guests included representatives from the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce, the Dallas Network of Indian Professionals and the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of Asian American Professionals.
For details about APIASF’s work to strengthen communities and its scholarship programs, visit APIASF’s website at

Based in Washington, D.C., the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). APIASF works to create opportunities for students to access, complete, and succeed after post-secondary education; thereby developing future leaders who will excel in their career, serve as role models in their communities, and will ultimately contribute to a vibrant America. Since 2003, APIASF has distributed more than $60 million in scholarships to deserving AAPI students. APIASF manages two scholarship programs: APIASF’s general scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars/Asian Pacific Islander Americans funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Richland Students Can Buy Discounted DART Passes

Students throughout the Dallas County Community College District will be able to purchase discounted semester regional DART passes, beginning in spring 2013.

During its regular monthly meeting in December, members of the DCCCD board of trustees approved a contract with DART that will provide all DCCCD students at Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland colleges with an opportunity to buy a five-month regional DART pass this coming spring at a cost of $200. Students who are eligible must either be taking three semester credit hours or be enrolled in 48 continuing education contact hours in order to purchase the semester DART passes from the business office at the college where they are enrolled; they also must provide proof to the business office that they have registered and paid for their classes.

The new discounted regional DART pass for the spring semester will provide students with access to DART, the TRE, DCTA and Fort Worth public transportation from Jan. 1 to May 31, 2013, for $200 — that’s $40 per month, or 75 percent less than others pay. Currently, DCCCD has a contract with DART for the spring 2013 semester and is working with the agency on a contract for the next academic year, 2013-2014, to cover the fall and spring semesters, said DesPlas. “We are pleased to offer these discounted passes to our students, who always must balance budgets, classes, tuition, jobs and other demands,” he added.

Students who have questions should contact the business office at the college where they are enrolled. DCCCD’s colleges will begin selling the new discounted regional semester passes in January 2013.

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 College Awarded Military Friendly Schools ® Title from Victory Media Inc

Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Richland College to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Richland College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Sean Collins. Complete survey methodology is available at

The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“Richland College is committed to honoring the service and sacrifice of our returning veterans by assisting them in the smoothest transition or re-transition possible from military life into academic life. Our Richland College faculty and staff are dedicated to providing our veterans with the learning tools, techniques, and support services necessary to encourage and enhance their student learning success and in attaining their educational goals,” said Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston, Richland College President.

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The Guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools ®.