Category Archives: Emeritus

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 or call 972-238-6972.

This week’s RLC update – Emeritus volunteers recognized for ESOL work

Student Success – Emeritus Program volunteers from the Conversation/Listening Partner Program were recognized at the recent Emeritus Volunteer/Student Reception for dedicating one to two hours each week to help Richland Engligh for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) students practice their English-speaking skills. More than 70 ESOL students attended with their Emeritus Conversation/Listening Partners. This award-winning program is widely known throughout the Dallas area, and the Emeritus volunteers were recognized for their time, effort, and faithful dedication to student learning success.