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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.

New Poetry in Motion collection launched

Two Dallas poets were among writers featured in a new set of poems for Poetry in Motion, presented by Richland College and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).

The new 15-poem collection was unveiled Friday at Richland College’s Garland Campus. The series features Farid Matuk and Susan Briante, both of Dallas, as well as literary greats Henry David Thoreau, William Shakespeare and William Wadsworth.

For 10 years, Richland College and DART have collaborated on Poetry in Motion, a celebration to support the love of literature featured in public transportation.

DART started Poetry in Motion to North Texas in 1998 as a way to give riders a chance to take a mental break from their day. The colorful posters appear in DART buses and light rail vehicles. In 1999, Richland College partnered with DART in support of this national program coordinated by the Poetry Society of America.

Since its founding in 1992, the national Poetry in Motion program, inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, has expanded to more than 20 cities across the nation.

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Alert: Richland and DART unveil new poems for Poetry in Motion

Richland College and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will host a kickoff event to launch a new set of poems in the Poetry in Motion program.

Time: 10 a.m.
Date: Friday, Dec. 4
Place: Richland College Garland Campus, 675 W. Walnut Street in Garland

Poetry in Motion features poems on DART buses and trains. The program was started in 1998 and Richland College has has been supporting Poetry in Motion since 1999.

New Richland College satellite campus to serve as a Gateway to Your Education with DCCCD while being ‘gold’ in energy efficiency

Richland College officially opened its Garland Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. The new facility, located on the corner of Walnut and Glenbrook, serves as a location for area companies, organizations, and individuals to obtain highly specialized, contract corporate and workforce training and also functions as an educational gateway for student intake and outreach services for area residents and businesses to access main campus college credit programs and courses at Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro colleges.

“We are eager for this first facility on Richland’s new 21-acre Garland campus to serve as a nearby gateway to Garland-area residents to learn more about the many educational opportunities the DCCCD has to offer, especially at the main campuses of Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro Colleges,” said Steve Mittelstet, Richland’s president for the past 30 years.

Innovative, eco-friendly design and construction

VAI Architects provided master planning for this new, state-of-the-art facility. It is the first public project built as part of the master planned redevelopment for downtown Garland. The building was designed to provide a new public plaza link to proposed urban redevelopment and nearby DART rail and bus stations.

It is also the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-designed/constructed project in the City of Garland. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures energy efficiency including energy savings, water efficiency, and CO2 emissions reduction. It is Richland’s intent that the systems and operations of this new building will function in efficient ways that produce minimal impact to the environment while providing lessons to its students and surrounding community on sustainability. It is hoped that the money saved on energy can be reinvested in workforce development instruction, student outreach services, and student learning success. Some of its “green” features include:

-It is located immediately adjacent to the Downtown Garland DART Rail Station to promote the convenient use of public transportation;
-A prominent single-slope roof that harvests rainwater in underground storage tanks for use irrigating all plant materials; its white reflection reduces the sun’s heating effects on the building’s cooling system;
-Motion-sensor faucets and double-flush toilet mechanisms in restrooms conserve water use; waterless urinals in men’s restrooms save up to 20,000 gallons of water per year per fixture; and
-Building construction materials contain low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) levels, reducing pollutants and improving indoor air quality for occupants.

g1-copyThe facility is organized into three functional building areas that consist of the main central gallery, a separate administration wing and a classrooms/computer lab wing for training opportunities. Each functional building area is oriented to take advantage of proper solar orientation in accordance with fundamental sustainability design concepts. Exterior and interior finish materials consist primarily of large blocks of split-face native Texas limestone, local brick similar to the main Richland campus, low E insulated glass and metal panels.

Programs offered

Career-related education, training, and services are the focus of the first phase of this new 21-acre campus. Dallas County companies will be able to access training for both new hires and currently employed workers to enhance their skills, which in turn will provide greater opportunities for advancement for individuals and strengthen companies and overall Garland-area economic development.

Currently, the campus is providing a machine operator program in response to a need voiced by the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association through the Garland Chamber of Commerce. A medical office specialist program is also underway to train skilled, non-clinical support specialists in a medical setting as front office staffing, scheduling clerks, patient coordinators, and individuals to verify insurance. Specific programming will continue to evolve as the needs and demands of the local workforce expand.

Garland Chamber of Commerce and community partnerships

This remote campus also provides a separate lease space for use by the Garland Chamber of Commerce, with its own identifiable entry. This unique arrangement further solidifies Richland’s commitment to partnering with area businesses, particularly with the Garland-area manufacturing industry, to build relationships and stimulate the economy.

“The mission of the Garland Chamber is taking primary responsibility for a sustainable economy in Garland. To that end, a marriage between the Chamber and the Richland College Garland Campus is an ideal fit. This relationship along with the existing partnership of the Garland Independent School District, the City of Garland and the Chamber makes us one of the most competitive communities in the country,” says Garland Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Mayer.

The 6,000-square-foot, two-story glass gallery space at the Garland Campus links both the Chamber’s lease space and college administration wing to the education wing. The gallery will serve a variety of functions including career fairs, university/college fairs, intercultural festivals, and neighborhood association celebrations.

Mittelstet added, “We look forward to future expansion of our new Garland campus with other potential area partners, such as the Garland Independent School District, to help young students from GISD move successfully into college and on into universities and careers, with lifelong learning opportunities to meet the dynamic demands of a rapidly changing economy and workforce that are requisite in building and maintaining a robust, sustainable community.”

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

This week’s RLC update – RLC poet featured in DART Poetry in Motion series

Community and Economic Development – Richland Poet Laureate English Professor Jerry McElveen and approximately 22 Richland colleagues and friends, including President Steve Mittelstet, recently boarded a DART bus to travel downtown to view and celebrate the featured appearance of one of Jerry’s poem excerpts, A Trip Home, appearing as part of this year’s Richland/DART Poetry in Motion series. His poem is displayed among the other colorful, boldly designed posters featured in more than 600 buses and 60 rail cars for the more than 300,000 daily DART riders to enjoy each day and to draw attention to liberal arts offerings at Richland.

This week’s RLC update

Institutional Effectiveness – Bao Huynh, Office of Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness, helped identify 81 randomly selected Fall 2008 classes to participate in the national field test of the Survey of Entering Student Engagement (SENSE). Richland was one of 22 colleges selected nationally to participate in the fall 2007 SENSE pilot. The SENSE survey focuses on effective practices in areas strongly affecting new students’ success and will provide Richland with a systematic way to understand the critical early student experience.

Community and Economic Development – Richland joined more than 150 exhibitors at the sold-out 2008 Richardson Business Trade Show hosted by the Richardson Chamber of Commerce on May 29 at the Richardson Civic Center. Several Richland employees representing a wide range of course disciplines shared information with attendees and toured exhibit booths during this annual event. Richland Digital Forensics Instructor Zoltan Szabo showcased Richland’s new Digital Forensics program equipment, and Delores Elder-Jones of Community Outreach and Konley Kelley of Corporate Services coordinated Richland’s participation in the event.

Student Success – Richland student Beth Eckel recently was selected as the Ann Priest Writing Scholarship recipient for Fall 2008. The scholarship selection committee determined Beth’s submission to be deserving of this distinguished, talent-based writing scholarship to encourage creative expression, joy in the written word, and the value of writing as a way to learn and communicate.

Employee Success – Richland’s Poet Laureate, Professor Jerry McElveen, and Richland Adjunct English Instructor Martha Heimberg were recently selected to read their poetry at the 2008-09 DART/Richland Poetry in Motion kick-off event in Richardson’s Eisemann Center Main Lobby. Their poems will be displayed among the colorful, boldly designed posters featured in more than 600 buses and 60 light rail vehicles for the 300,000+ daily riders to enjoy each day during this year’s series.

More than 214 students have currently applied to enroll as incoming Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) juniors for the upcoming academic year. As students continue to apply, they are being added to an RCHS admissions waiting list. RCHS also was recently notified that five RCHS students are being considered as National Honor Merit Scholars.

New ‘Poetry in Motion’ series unveiled

A Trip Home by Jerry McElveen

Richland College and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) are kicking off their ninth year of presenting Poetry in Motion, a celebration to support the love of literature featured in public transportation.

Fifteen poems will be highlighted this year including a poem excerpt by Richland College’s Poet Laureate, Professor Jerry McElveen. Richland Adjunct English Instructor Martha Heimberg’s poetry also will be featured in this year’s series.

DART brought Poetry in Motion to North Texas in 1998 as a way to give riders a chance to take a mental break from their day. The colorful, boldly designed posters appear in more than 600 buses and 60 light rail vehicles for more than 300,000 riders to enjoy each day. In 1999, Richland College partnered with DART in support of this national program coordinated by the Poetry Society of America.

Since its founding 10 years ago, the U.S. program, inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, has expanded to 14 cities across the country, reaching 13 million people daily.

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This week’s RLC update

Institutional Effectiveness – DCCCD Chancellor Wright Lassiter recently received a letter from Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas commending Richland for its responsible and competent performance on its 2007 Youth Services Contract for programs and services benefiting disadvantaged youth in Dallas County. The commendation urged Richland to submit a proposal for the continuance of its innovations, program enhancements, performance deliverables, and expenditure benchmarks for comprehensive youth services to be provided to Dallas County youth in 2008.

Community and Economic Development – Richland and the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas partnered in hosting 531 participants in Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)-10 Certification last Saturday on the Richland campus. Students from manufacturing, construction, and other industries attended 10, one-hour sessions learning safety techniques for the workplace, and approximately 369 of the participants were trained in Spanish. Students, volunteers, and trainers came from Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana to support the venture of saving lives. OSHA and Texas Engineering Extension Services representatives were on-site approving, verifying, and preparing OSHA certification cards. Currently in Texas, an average of 1.7 construction workers die per day from construction-related injuries.

Student Success – Richland Thunderduck student-athletes in the following sports achieved grade point averages of 3.25 or higher this spring, qualifying them for Metro Athletic Conference Academic Awards. There were four in women’s soccer; one in women’s volleyball; one in men’s basketball; and seven in baseball.

Employee Success – In the spirit of Richland’s vision to build sustainable local and world community, Richland Journalism/Student Media Program Coordinator Tonya McMillion was recently featured on KTVT-TV Channel 11 in a story about her new green lifestyle. She recently sold her car and now commutes everyday to work via DART bus, DART rail, and her bike. View the Channel 11 story on her commute to work here. She has also initiated a GREENRichland blog for the college where bloggers can share stories of their green lifestyles and practices.

Richland and DART create Poetry in Motion

A trip on DART becomes a poetic adventure as Richland College and Dart launch this year’s Poetry In Motion series. Fifteen poems will be on display on DART buses and light-rail vehicles giving commuters a more pleasurable and enlightening experience.

Featured poems include writings by recognized poets, such as William Shakespeare’s “Othello” and Samuel Menashe’s “Promised Land.” Riders will also enjoy the work of local poets including Shin Yu Pai’s “Stones.” To view all 15 selected poems please visit

A distinguished committee of local publishers, editors, educators and booksellers selected the poems, which are placed in advertising spaces in more than 600 buses and 115 light rail vehicles, with five new poems going up every three months over the next year.

Inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, Poetry In Motion is a national program coordinated by the Poetry Society of America and was brought to North Texas by DART in 1998 to enhance public exposure to poetry in the agency’s service area. Since then, it has gained support from local businesses across North Texas and is enjoyed by thousands of riders daily.