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Richland partners with “Hip Hop for HIV”

Hip-Hop4HIV-logo_smRichland College will host “Hip Hop for HIV,” on July 19, from 2 – 6 p.m. “Hip Hop for HIV” will provide free HIV testing as well as on-site medical counseling for all those tested. Get tested and receive a free ticket to the fourth annual hip hop concert, hosted by 97.9 FM The Beat. “Hip Hop for HIV” allows those tested to know their status, be further educated on the disease and be better informed on the social and medical services available to treat those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.

The concert will be held on Aug. 21 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Palladium Ballroom located at 1135 South Lamar in Dallas. Among this year’s featured performers are T. Cash, Yung Nation, B Hamp, Dorrough, Doughski G, BMC Boyz and more.

2011 partners and sponsors include the Dallas County Community College District, Rickey Smiley, City Councilman Dwaine R. Caraway, KBFB 97.9 The Beat, the city of Dallas and Project Re-Connect, the MLK Jr. Family Clinic, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Kaiser, AIDS Arms and Regional Resource Network Program – Region VI.

For more information contact Stephen Red Delasbour or Stephanie Nash at 972-331-5400 or visit the 97.9 FM web site.

Richland College Hosts Health Profession Information Sessions

The Richland College Department of Math, Sciences and Health Professions will host a series of free Health Professions Information Sessions in Wichita Hall, room 249. The sessions will be held every Wednesday at 3 p.m. throughout the year (unless the campus is closed) and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from May 5-26. Sessions on the following careers will be discussed:
• Billing and Coding for the Medical Office
• IT in Healthcare (Support Specialist, Programmer, Software Analyst)
• Certified Medical Assisting
• Medical Office Technician
• Medical Practice Manager
• Pharmacy Technician
• Phlebotomy Technician

Sessions begin promptly and late arrivals will not be admitted. For more information, go to or call 972-238-6950.

Richland places 1st in Texas in 2011 RecycleMania

Its third year in the national RecycleMania competition, Richland College came in first place among Texas institutions and ranked 15th nationally out of 288 colleges and universities in the Grand Champion division.

Other Texas institutions that competed in the Grand Champion division include, The University of Texas at Austin, Baylor University, Trinity University, Rice University, Northlake College, University of Houston, and former Grand Champion of Texas: the University of St. Thomas.

California State University – San Marcos was the RecycleMania 2011 Grand Champion.

Participating institutions tracked campus recycling and trash data which RecycleMania organizers ranked according to who collected the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or had the highest recycling rate.

RecycleMania started in 2001 as the brainchild of administrators at the Ohio University and Miami University to increase recycling in the residence and dinning halls on their campuses. RecycleMania’s mission of inspiring environmental and social consciousness fits perfectly with Richland’s vision to be best place to learn, teach, and build sustainable local and world community.

For more information, contact Jerry Owens, Assistant Director of Facilities Services, at 972-238-6173 or

Richland Collegiate High School Students Receive Princeton Prize

Four Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students recently received the Princeton Prize in Race Relations scholarship for the Dallas/Texas region. Ana Chavez, Samia Nasir, Kanwal Hamid and Aarzu Isa will receive a regionally awarded scholarship of $1,000 and will attend Princeton’s annual symposium on race.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations was created to identify and commend young people who are working to increase understanding and mutual respect among all races. It’s mission is to promote harmony, understanding, and respect among people of different races by identifying and recognizing high school age students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities.

RCHS is a unique charter school for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts.
For more information, contact Anitra Cotton, Manager of Public Information, at 972-238-6022 or

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

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 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.

Dallas Black Dance Theater to perform at Richland College

The Dallas Black Dance Theater (DBDT) will be performing as part of Richland College’s Black History Month celebration on Tues., Feb. 8, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at the Fannin Performance Hall.

Founded in 1976, the DBDT is the oldest, continuously operating professional dance company in Dallas. It’s mission is to create and produce contemporary modern dance at its highest level of artistic excellence through performances and educational programs that bridge cultures and reach diverse communities. The ensemble is a contemporary modern dance company, consisting of 12 full-time dancers performing a mix of modern, jazz, ethnic and spiritual works by nationally and internationally known choreographers. Under the direction of Founder/Artistic Director Ann Williams, the company employs a diverse, multi-ethnic troupe of dancers who reach an ever-expanding national and global audience by performing for audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Over the course of it’s history, the company has performed for 2.5 million arts patrons and 1.5 million children worldwide.

This free performance is sponsored by the Office of Student Life. For additional information call 972-238-6130.

Richland College Hosts Free Seminar On Proper Lawn Care

Many people maintain their lawns based on trial and error and these errors tend show up in water bills, creeks, rivers and lakes as well as lawns. Learn the proper techniques to having a healthy lawn, saving money and preventing water pollution at the “Lawn Care 101 Turf Seminar.” This free seminar, hosted by Richland College and Dallas Water Utilities, will be held from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 29 in the Richland College Performance Hall.

Join Dr. James McAfee, Turfgrass Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service in Dallas, to learn how to properly care for your lawn. Among the subjects to be covered are the proper height to mow, how and when to fertilize and how to water most efficiently. Two 60-gallon rain barrels, donated by, will be given away at end of the turf session.

Following the turf session, plan on attending each of the following 30-minute presentations:

Do It Yourself Sprinkler Repairs: Learn about proper controller programming, system components, sprinkler head selection, seasonal adjustments, minor repairs and repair parts.

Sustainable Landscaping: Learn how to sustainably use lawn chemicals and manage your yard waste for a nice, lush lawn, while keeping pollution out of our local creeks, rivers and lakes.

Space is limited, to make reservations, register online at or call 214-670-3155.

Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management Instructor Wins National Honor

The International Association of Expositions and Events (IAEE) named Christine Fletcher “Educator of the Year” at the IAEE annual conference on December 11. Fletcher is the executive producer of Encore Events and also teaches the Introduction to Expo and Trade Show Management class at Richland College. Exposition and Trade Show Management is one of the many career options included in the Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program.

“I truly enjoy sharing the endless possibilities of the expo industry with the next generation of trade show leaders,” Fletcher said.

The IAEE, was organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers. The IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. It includes approximately 1,300 organizations and over 8,000 individual members. Over 50 percent of IAEE members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of its membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry.

Financial Assistance Available For Health Information Technology Students

The Dallas County Community College District along with Temple College and Austin Community Colleges formed the I-35 Community College Consortia to provide approximately $1.4 million in assistance to students. This group is currently offering an intensive online continuing education program training for various health information technology (IT) workforce roles which can be completed in less than six months.

By 2015, health-care practitioners will be required to have electronic health record (EHR) capability. The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Education and independent studies indicate that over the next five years there will be a need for approximately 50,000 qualified health IT workers as hospitals and physicians move to electronic health-care systems. This training will prepare students for the competency examination offered through the American Health Information Management Association in June 2011. Qualified applicants must meet pre-assessment criteria and have a background in IT or healthcare with basic technology skills.

For more information, click here or contact Shannon Ydoyaga at 972-238-6376 or