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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.


This week’s RLC update – Plus 50 volunteer fair to connect seniors with opportunities

Sustainable Community Building — As part of Richland’s Emeritus Program ongoing services to the community, Richland and AARP Texas are hosting a Volunteer Connection Fair for Plus 50 adults on Aug. 12 to allow area senior citizens to learn about volunteer opportunities in our community. A number of community agencies will be present to recruit adult volunteers to serve in their organizations. Participants will be treated to agency information, refreshments, and door prizes.


Richland Sponsors Volunteer Connection Fair

If you’re a mature adult looking for volunteer opportunities in your community, attend the Richland College Volunteer Connection Fair. The fair is a joint effort between Richland’s nationally recognized Emeritus Program and AARP. Several organizations will be on hand to sign up volunteers.

Teresa Love, the Outreach Coordinator for Richland’s Emeritus Program, said the fair’s main purpose is to promote volunteerism for mature adults.

“This is for the person who is 50 years old or older who may be retired or their children are out of the house and they’re looking for a way to give back to the community,” she said.

This is the second year the fair has been held and the goal is for it to become an annual event. Last year’s fair boasted over 150 attendees, with 32 community agencies represented and rave reviews on evaluations.

Love said partnering with the AARP brings additional resources to the table such as a direct mail campaign to promote the event. She said it’s also a good thing for the Emeritus Program.

“This is really a win-win for us because our program received a grant, part of which includes providing training and re-training for mature adults. So we get the opportunity to recruit for that as well.”

The Volunteer Connection fair will be held from 4-7 p.m., August 12 in Richland’s El Paso Hallway and it’s free. For more information, call 214-265-4078 or log on to http://www.richlandcollege.edu/boomers/volunteer.


This week’s RLC update – Emeritus program kickoff attendance sets record with 365 participants

Sustainable Community Building — Richland’s Emeritus Program held its fall back-to-school kickoff on July 6 with a record-breaking attendance of approximately 365 seniors, most of whom were 65 and older. Analysis of participant feedback revealed that 95 were attending for the first time; 134 are planning to register for classes, with 98 undecided; 62 are planning to take both credit and non-credit classes; and 60 are planning to take non-credit classes only. The guest speaker Rosemary Rumbley presented “Laughing for the Health of It,” with 247 respondents rating her presentation the highest rating of 5. Richland Emeritus Program kickoffs are held twice annually, in July and December.


Long-time Richland College fitness instructor receives award from state representative

From left to right: Mitzi Werther, Emeritus Program Director; Bill Neal, Faculty; Carol Kent, Texas State Representative; Kay Eggleston, Interim President.

From left to right: Mitzi Werther, Emeritus Program Director; Bill Neal, Faculty; Carol Kent, Texas State Representative; Kay Eggleston, Interim President.

Today, state representative Carol Kent presented Richland College fitness instructor Bill Neal with a certificate of achievement for his years of service teaching physical education.

Kent said, “Richland College [and Bill Neal] take us through the very beginning of life to silver and golden years of life.”

Kent, a former Richland student and adjunct professor of 15 years, applauded Neal for teaching a variety of fitness classes from health to bowling to golf as well as coaching the wrestling, volleyball, baseball and women’s basketball teams over his 38-year tenure. He also facilitates the “Silverducks” Emeritus class; they nominated him for the award.

“Receiving the award on behalf of the emeritus program is an honor since they are the committed group that keeps it going,” said Neal.

Richland College interim president Dr. Kay Eggleston said, “It is through people like Bill Neal that we build community one person at a time.”


Richland reaches out to other Texas colleges to join Plus 50 Initiative

Richland College’s Boomers Program is helping other community colleges to engage the 50+ population.

In June, the college hosted a day-long Plus 50 Initiative Texas Expansion Conference for 14 community colleges, including DCCCD sister colleges. The conference, supported by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Atlantic Philanthropies, provided information for community colleges developing Plus 50 Initiative programs. Topics included collaboration between departments; marketing and promotion; obtaining college support; stakeholders; appropriate teaching styles; programs that work; and program challenges.

“We are excited to share information about the Plus 50 Initiative and to see the enthusiasm of other community colleges as they build or expand their Plus 50 programs,” Richland’s Boomers Program Outreach Coordinator Teresa Love said. “The conference included very informative panel discussions containing both students and faculty. During these discussions, the panelists addressed student motivation and effective teaching methods for Plus 50 students.”

AACC is expansion of the Plus 50 Initiative is to promote community colleges as the primary place where Plus 50s can learn, train, and find ways to contribute to society. Mary Sue Vickers, AACC Plus 50 Initiative director, said Richland is already a leader in reaching this age group and can help other colleges that are starting or adding to their programs.

“Two innovative topics on the agenda of Richland’s conference that I thought were most helpful for those beginning or expanding Plus 50 Initiative programming were on successful instructional practices for Plus 50 students and tips on assessing current administrative procedures from the point of view of the Plus 50 student,” Ms. Vickers said. “We are hopeful that the community colleges attending the conference will continue to work with Richland College and implement or expand upon their existing programming, providing additional options for plus 50 students at their community college.”

During the conference, Richland’s Boomers Program Director Mitzi Werther and Ms. Love discussed “How to Get Started” (obtaining institutional support, stakeholders, and assessing current administrative procedures). This segment included a panel of key, participating instructional department heads and a panel of Richland Plus 50 students and instructors. The panels addressed “What Works: Great Instructional Practices, Expectations, and Tips for Sustainability.” The afternoon concluded with Richland presentations on “Profiles in Excellence: Popular Class Topics;” “Volunteer Programs;” “Boomer News;” “Volunteer Connection Fair;” and “What’s Next?”

In 2008, Richland was one of 15 college chosen to pilot the Plus 50 Initiative. Since then, the program has grown to include dozens of colleges across the United States. From 2009 to 2014, the Plus 50 population in Richland’s service area is projected to grow by more than 102 percent, from 89,000 to 180,000. The Plus 50 population currently makes up 14 percent of Richland’s service area, and is projected to comprise 28 percent by 2014. To learn more about Richland’s Boomers Program (part of the college’s Emeritus Program), visit www.richlandcollege.edu/boomers.


This week’s RLC update – Emeritus program hosts Plus 50 Initiative conference to reach lifelong learners

Sustainable Community Building — Richland’s Emeritus Program hosted a day-long Plus 50 Initiative Texas Expansion Conference for 14 community colleges, including DCCCD sister colleges, on June 24. This professional development conference, supported by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Atlantic Philanthropies, provided information addressing areas such as collaboration between departments; marketing and promotion; obtaining college support; stakeholders; appropriate teaching styles; programs that work; and program challenges. The overall goal of AACC’s expansion of the Plus 50 Initiative is to promote community colleges as the primary place where Plus 50s can learn, train, and find ways to contribute to society. From 2009 to 2014, the Plus 50 population in Richland’s service area is projected to grow by more than 102 percent, from approximately 89,000 to 180,000. The Plus 50 population currently comprises 14 percent of the total population in Richland’s service area, and is projected to comprise 28 percent of the total service area population by 2014. AACC Plus 50 Initiative Director Mary Sue Vickers presented a general program overview, and Richland’s Emeritus Program Director Mitzi Werther and Associate Director Teresa Love discussed “How to Get Started” (obtaining institutional support, stakeholders, and assessing current administrative procedures). This segment included a panel of key, participating instructional department heads and a panel of Richland Plus 50 students and instructors. The panels addressed “What Works: Great Instructional Practices, Expectations, and Tips for Sustainability.” The afternoon concluded with Richland presentations on “Profiles in Excellence: Popular Class Topics;” “Volunteer Programs;” “Boomer News;” “Volunteer Connection Fair;” and “What’s Next?”


This week’s RLC update – Emeritus’ Werther recognized by Altrusa of Richardson

Institutional Effectiveness – Altrusa International Inc. of Richardson recently named Richland Emeritus Program Director Mitzi Werther its 2009 Outstanding Woman of Today/Builder of Tomorrow–Education Sector. Altrusa also recognized Richland Chemistry Professor Becki Williams as a finalist in the education sector. More than 100 women leaders in the Richardson area attended the Altrusa Outstanding Woman luncheon to honor this year’s recipients in the fields of business, health care, education, and the public sector.


Emeritus Program hosts Spring 2010 Kickoff

Richland College’s Emeritus Program hosts the Spring 2010 Back-to-School Kickoff, “Life is Definitely NOT Over at 65!” The free event will be from 8:30-11 a.m. on Dec. 8 in Richland’s Fannin Performance Hall.

Wright L. Lassiter, Jr., chancellor of the Dallas County Community College District, will be the Kickoff’s keynote speaker, discussing “Engaging the ‘Third and Fourth Age’ Older Adults in Higher Education.” Dr. Wright will remind attendees of the four ages of life: Achievement, Preparation, Fulfillment and Completion.

The Kickoff also features a preview of Spring 2010 classes and an opportunity to register. Free coffee and muffins will be provided.

The Kickoff is free but a reservation is required. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information or to make a reservation, call 972-238-6972.


Richland College and the Dallas Symphony pair to enhance lives of older adults this March

Plenty of research confirms that integrating art into the lives of senior citizens can improve the quality of mental and physical well-being. Numerous studies have been done proving that music, poetry, theater, and visual arts can help the aging process, from reducing the number doctor visits or medications taken to lessening the chance of depression and dementia among older adults.

This March, the Richland College Emeritus Program and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra (DSO) are teaming up to present two special events in hopes of enriching seniors’ lives through music. On Thurs., March 12 a seminar titled “Music: The World’s Storyteller” will be held from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in Richland’s Fannin Performance Hall. The cost of the course is $25 and includes morning coffee and a box lunch. This one-day seminar will feature the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s director of education, Jamie Allen; lecturer and world traveler, Gayle Ross; and Dr. Michael Crawford and Dr. Cindy Castañeda of Richland College. Attendees will hear performances by the Richland College Chorale group and DSO musicians including a group of minority students called Young Strings.

A special Dallas Symphony Orchestra class will be held on Thursday, March 19 and 26. Attendees will discover the ins and outs of Dallas’ world-class orchestra during this two-week series. The course costs $20. Starting at 10 a.m. on March 19, Jamie Allen will provide an in-depth lecture about the DSO and at 10:15 a.m. on March 26, attendees will tour the Meyerson Symphony Center for a behind-the-scenes look and sit in on a DSO rehearsal.

“Music is the universal language of mankind and is your own experience, your thoughts and your wisdom. As you listen to the performers, the stories and the music, allow yourself to be inspired and delighted as the music touches your heart strings,” says Mitzi Werther, director of Richland’s Emeritus Program.

To register for these courses, call 972-238-6147. For questions and additional details, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/emeritus or call 972-238-6972.