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Preview Day Richland College Preview Day! Join us Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019

Join us for a day of College Success Sessions, Job Outlook Info, College Tours, Food, and more! Check-in at Fannin Hall, East Side of Campus, at 10 a.m. and register to attend here.


Enter the East Side of Richland College from the Richland East Drive entrance off of Walnut Street and park in lot V or W for close access to Fannin Hall. (Look for our event balloons!) See our Campus Map for more detail.

Session Info:

Click on each to see details of session:

Admissions & Records
Admissions: The Doorkeepers for Richland College
Presenter: Mark Ammann
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-229
An overview of the role of the Office of Admissions and Student Records, the functional areas within, and the services provided.
Thunderduck Hall 223 will be open for individuals who wish to complete and submit an admission application on site.
Algebra Corner
Algebra Corner
Presenters: Staff
Location: Medina Hall M-119
Will be open for demonstrations
Anthropology/Geography
Think Like an Anthropologist!
Presenter: Tim Sullivan
Location: Bonham Hall B-156
A brief introduction to what Anthropology is and what it covers. It will be followed by a series of case studies with problems to be solved. These problems will be presented to the audience and a guided session, using key concepts from each sub-discipline of Anthropology (Biological, Archaeological, Linguistic, and Cultural) will lead participants to a better understanding of what Anthropology is, and how it can be applied to our everyday lives, as well as other careers.
Business
It’s Business Time
Presenters: Lamrot Bekele, M.T. Hickman, Chip Izard, Randy Mehtenitis, Angela Nino, Dwight Riley Location: Bonham Hall B-001
Video and instructor conversations about the career opportunities and program options available in the Richland College School of Business.
Comprehensive Advisement Placement Academic Advising
Building a Strong Foundation with CAP Success!
Presenters: Lori Piñón and Thales Georgiou
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-218
CAP Success Advising provides students with a strong foundation in support, encouragement, and resources necessary to complete the developmental education sequence in a timely manner. We support students on their journey to become independent learners while acquiring the necessary skills to be successful in college-level courses and achieve their educational and career goals
Career Services
Career Services
Presenters: Career Services Staff
Location: El Paso Hall E-090
Career Services will provide an area tour and summary of services offered. There will also be a demonstration of the interview software which helps job seekers develop a good interviewing presence.
Center for Success in Mathematics (CSM)
Utilizing the CSM to Achieve Success in Developmental Math and Co-Requisite College Level Courses
Presenters: CSM Faculty and Tutors
Location: Medina Hall M-227 (located inside The Learning Center, M-216)
This session will provide an overview of the services, tools, resources, and strategies the CSM provides for students during tutorials, test review sessions, and developmental math Snapshot Sessions.
Continuing Education Allied Health
Healthcare Careers 101
Presenter: Berna Thomas
Location: Wichita Hall WH-245
The Allied Health department produces job ready individuals to fulfill the needs of healthcare employers and the community. With so many healthcare options available for you, our Allied Health programs provide students with everything from advisement and enrollment to job placement.
Continuing Education Early Childcare
Rewarding Careers in Childcare Presenter: Karan Marshall
Location: Wichita Hall WH-145
Caring for young children is very important work because the first five years of life form a child’s future. In this session you will learn how to prepare for a career in childcare and the career ladder that is available to you.
Continuing Education Information Technology
Stay Ahead of the Curve: The Importance of Continuing Education in Information Technology in the IT Industry
Presenter: Kaylin Ortiz
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-224
There is always more you can learn. By pursuing continuing education, you will be investing in your value as an IT professional. By expanding your skills and knowledge base while ensuring that your existing skill-set remains current and up-to-date, you will be able to stand out among other professionals in your career field.
Continuing Education Pharmacy Tech
Pharmacy Technician For A Day
Presenter: Tiffani Johnson
Location: Wichita Hall WH-251
This session will provide a brief overview of the role of a Pharmacy Technician with hands-on demonstrations. Participants will have the opportunity to perform a simulated Pharmacy Technician task which may include: preparing medication capsules or diluting medications for IV bag preparations.
Criminal Justice
A  Career in Law Enforcement/Criminal Justice Starts Here at Richland College!
Presenter: Professor Rey Flores
Location: Bonham Hall B-137
This session will include a detailed overview of the Associate of Arts degree with a Field of Study in Criminal Justice. It will include a description of the course offerings, program activities, and career opportunities. The session will also address the benefits this degree offers in terms of transferability to a public university.
Developmental Reading & Writing
Integrated Reading and Writing – Co-requisite Choices
Presenter: Heather Jensen
Location: Bonham Hall B-218
After taking the Texas Success Initiative Assessment, many students find themselves reading and/or writing below the expected level for college courses. At Richland, we have implemented a co-requisite program to allow students to enroll in that college course from the first day of the semester, while also receiving support and basic skills instruction in reading and writing. This session explains what all students, parents, and others need to know about co-requisite courses and Developmental Integrated Reading and Writing opportunities at Richland College.
Disability Services
High School vs College: Students with Disabilities
Presenters: Keysha McCloud and Briaina Webster
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-219
Students and their families may find it difficult to understand exactly how disability laws apply to higher education. This presentation highlights the significant differences between K-12 and higher education services available to students with documented disabilities.
Engineering
Transfer Engineering at Richland College
Presenter: Dr. Kory Goldammer
Location: Wichita Hall WH-149
Students wishing to obtain a 4-year Bachelor’s degree in Engineering can complete the first two years of the degree at Richland College, and then transfer to a 4-year university as a Junior. This session will provide an overview of the Engineering profession and present the agreements we have with Texas universities that accept our students into their Engineering programs after the students complete their first two years of study at Richland College.
English
Fabulous Adventure in Literature
Presenters: Scott Branks del Llano, Miguel Marrero, Jessica Oxendine
Location: Bonham Hall B-158
Learn about the exciting world of literature and creative writing in courses offered at Richland College.
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
ESOL Corner
Presenter: Lisa Katzenstein
Location: Wichita Hall WH-259
English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Corner information session will focus on the services provided, The ESOL Corner Chat (a monthly newsletter), The Twelve Steps of Tutoring, expectations for the ESOL tutors and students, and tutoring for the Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Program.
Fine & Performing Arts
Fine and Performing Arts Tour
Facilitator: Diane Hilbert
Location: Fannin Hall Lobby, West End
Will only be available at 10:30 am, 11:00 am and 11:30am
Each tour will start in the Fannin Lobby, proceed to the stage, arena theater, shop, and end with art class demonstrations.
Gaming
Game Development
Presenters: Christopher Curra & Josh Carter
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-250
We’ll be showing off the game development program and talking about jobs in the game industry. Everyone will play-test one of our games made here at Richland College and give their input and feedback; see what a real game looks like before launch!
Garland Campus
Skills are the New Currency: Workforce training options from the Garland Campus
Presenters:  Kimberly Wilkins and Konley Kelley
Location: Wichita Hall WH-147
Will only be presented at 11:30am and 12:30 pm
Need new skills? Explore the wide variety of training, resources, and services available from the Richland College Garland Campus for new hires and current workers. Need a job? Learn about grant-funded workforce training and open enrollment classes designed to make you immediately job-ready.
General, STEM, & Health Academic Advising
Academic Advising Plays a Key Role in Student Success
Presenters: Cathy Robinson, Teresa Lynd, and Jaqueline Cervantes (General, STEM and Health)
Location: Sabine Hall SH-118
An overview of the need to work with an advisor, the services and supports offered, and a little about guided pathways. FAQs will be addressed in the presentation and time will be allotted for questions from the attendees. Information tables with various materials regarding advising and programs in each of these areas will also be positioned in the room for attendees to pick up.
Government
Who is “The Government” and what are they doing with all that tax money?
Presenters: Dr. Kacem Ayachi, Rey Flores, Patrick Moore, Rolanda Randle and Dr. Raymond Sandoval
Location: Bonham Hall B-111
The presentation will introduce participants to the basic structure of government and help them see how government courses prepare them to be full participants in American democracy by presenting real-life stories demonstrating the applicability of government concepts. Participants will be encouraged to recognize the value in each of several conflicting potential solutions to the scenarios presented and will gain appreciation for the value of what they learn in government classes.
History
Experience History:  Making History Work for You!
Presenters: Amy Bell, Dr. Ambronita Douzart, Michelle Navarro, David Robison, Dr. Clive Siegle, Curtis Thomas and Dr John Trickel
Location: Bonham Hall B-107
This session will include interactive activities where participants may experience some of the ways one can learn history. We will share information about our course offerings, department programs, and how these courses will help one gain the skills needed to advance in their career and community.
Honors Program
Honors Program
Presenter: Kathleen Stephens
Location: El Paso Hall E-055
Attendees will tour the Honors spaces and learn about Honors academic opportunities and benefits. This will include information about Honors course offerings, scholarships and membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society.
Learning Framework, EDUC 1300
The Critical Five: The 5 Most Important Skills Employers Want You To Have
  Presenter: Ron Stout
Location: Sabine Hall SH-117
Come learn the five most important skills employers want college graduates to know and be able to use. Learning Framework is the course that helps you learn how to succeed in college and be best prepared to get and keep a great job.
Library
The Library: Not Just a Quiet Space to Study
Presenters: Richland College librarians
Location: Lavaca Hall L-126 (Located inside Library, L-102)
Come check out the Richland College Library and learn about the library’s resources, services, and student-centered events (Therapy dogs! Late nights! Human Library!) Find out how our resources, librarians, and staff can help you succeed in college and beyond. Take a tour of our study spaces, collection, and computer lab.
The library will be open for tours from 10am-2pm.
Manufacturing Technology
ThunderDUCKS of CNC
Presenter: Brian Fleming
Location: Wichita Hall WH-187
Demonstration of 3-D printer
Mass Communications/Journalism
Exploring Broadcast Journalism
Presenters: Erica Edwards, Meg Fullwood, Jack Fletcher
Location: El Paso Hall E-020
Get behind a microphone or camera as you learn how Richland’s Journalism classes in both print and broadcasting can develop the essential marketable skills you need to be employed in the field of journalism.
Multicultural Center
Multicultural Center Bridging ESOL Student Services and Second Language Learning
Presenters: Multicultural Center Academic and International Advisors and ESOL instructors
Location: Wichita Hall WH-265
This session will focus on the services provided in the Multicultural Center and the ESOL programs offered at Richland College. In addition, information will be shared highlighting the ESOL to STEM, Health Professions and International Business pathways. Students and their family members will have the opportunity to meet with ESOL instructors and to experience language learning through a kaleidoscope of cultures.
Multimedia
Multimedia in Motion!
Presenters:  Chris Rasch, Noah Parker
Location: Thunderduck Hall T-252
Come play in the Multimedia Department! Do you like movies such as The Avengers and The Jungle Book? These movies use state-of-the-art motion capture technology that captures the actors’ motion and then uses it to animate the characters that you see on the screen!  Come out to the Multimedia Department and get a chance to use our own Motion Capture Studio! Come see why Multimedia is a place to create and turn your imagination into reality!
Physical Education
Physical Education: Let’s Get Physically Fit
Presenters: Zelda Smith & Roderick Thomas
Location: Guadelupe Hall G-102
An overview of the role of the Department of Physical Education, programs offered, and services provided. The Fitness Center will be open for the general public and students to view and ask questions.
Psychology
Grit Your Degree: The Psychology of Perseverance
Presenters: Dr. Jennifer Jones, Dr. Jana Flowers, Dr. Tom Taulbee and Dr. Kyle Edens
Location: Bonham Hall B-147
Faculty will start by defining psychology and showing the variety of careers in the field. The presenters will express the importance of being able to persevere in order to succeed in college and get a psychology degree. They will then discuss the Psycducks briefly, provide a summary of Grit and the theory behind this work, ending with a video of Angel Duckworth’s TED Talk regarding Grit.
Science Labs
Tour of Science Labs
Presenters: Faculty
Locations: Biology: Sabine Hall 131; Chemistry: Sabine Hall 233; Physics: Sabine Hall 229 Interactive exhibits will be on display in the Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs. Biology labs are on the first floor; Chemistry and Physics labs are on the second.
Sociology
Develop your Sociological Superpower!
Presenters:  Dr. Patrice Lockett and Professor Kay Coder
Location: Bonham Hall B-145
Presenters will provide a sample of sociology in three parts. “What is Sociology?”, “Doing Sociology”, and “Taking Sociology”. Participants will receive an overview of the subject of sociology and how it can be used in any profession in Part 1. Participants will experience sociology through two interactive activities (i.e., The Matrix – Red vs Blue Pill and Cross-cultural Circles) in Part 2.  Participants will receive a brochure, and learn about the courses offered and the program in Part 3.
Speech
The Importance of Communication Skills in the Marketplace Presenter: Gil Castillo
Location: Bonham Hall B-217
Whatever profession you enter communication skills are listed by employers as the #1 essential skill. Learn about networking, interviewing, team work, and organizational communication as you participate in ice-breakers and communication games.
The Learning Center
The Learning Center (TLC)
Presenter: John Daniels
Location: Medina Hall M-216
The Learning Center is your “one stop” for the help you need in Accounting, Government, Math, Reading, and Writing. TLC also provides workshops and other programs designed to enrich and strengthen the skills you need to succeed.
The Science Corner
The Science Corner (TLC)
Presenter: Dat Tran
Location: Sabine Hall SH-287
Learn about the great resources and support available to help you succeed in Science at Richland. Skilled facilitators are ready to assist you on-campus or online in Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Geology & Environmental Science, and Physics.
Transfer Center
Transfer Center
Presenter: Kim Herman
Location: El Paso Hall E-081
Transfer Services will provide a summary of services offered and share information on the many relationships and transfer agreements Richland College has with area 4-year institutions.
World Languages
Hey, I can speak _____(fill in the blank: Spanish, French, Arabic, Portuguese…)
Presenters: Hasmik Gharaghazaryan, Natalia Vargas
Location: Wichita Hall WH-261
Experience Richland College’s outstanding foreign language program by practicing phrases in one of the nine languages we offer.  Learn the value of taking a foreign language and get information about the requirements of foreign language at transfer institutions.

Register to attend here.

Preview Day Spring 2019


Many red ceramic poppies are displayed, "planted" in the ground. Richland College to Honor Veterans Day with ‘The Blood of Heroes Never Dies’ Poppy Exhibit Rededication

For several weeks in November 2015, Richland College was home to a sea of red ceramic poppies—5,171 to be exact—one poppy for every Texas soldier killed in World War I. A lone white poppy represented the single Texas nurse who also perished. This year, Richland College is honoring Veterans Day with a rededication of its poppy exhibit, “The Blood of Heroes Never Dies,” at noon Nov. 12 on the east side of Lake Thunderduck near Fannin Hall.

The original exhibit was dedicated during Richland College’s 2015 Veterans Day ceremony. After being on display on campus, some of the ceramic poppies traveled to Georgetown, Tex., where they were installed as part of the city’s annual Red Poppy Festival. The poppies were offered for sale in both Dallas and Georgetown for $10 each, with proceeds donated to Puppies Behind Bars, a nonprofit group that trains inmates to raise service dogs for wounded veterans. The organization received more than $25,000 from the poppy sales.

Since 2015, a small collection of the original poppies has been on permanent exhibit at Richland College. This year, students created 100 new poppies to replace those that have broken, and veterans will symbolically plant these fresh poppies in the display during this year’s Veterans Day event.

The permanent display, a striking patch of red along the lake that flows through campus with a recently installed plaque explaining its significance, has elicited both curiosity and pride when students, campus visitors and community members discover the meaning behind it. It is pride and the belief in the importance of this display that have inspired the volunteers who helped create the new poppies and who will be giving their time at the rededication event.

“In 2015, ‘The Blood of Heroes Never Dies’ challenged the Richland community to create a memorial honoring Texas soldiers killed in World War I,” said ceramics faculty member Jen Rose. “This educated the participants about the historical importance of the war and allowed people of different backgrounds, ethnicities and ages to share an experience together. In the process of uniting to honor veterans, we discovered our humanity and remembered their sacrifice.”

“I wanted to volunteer in the ‘Blood of Heroes Never Dies’ event because I wanted to help everyone understand the things we take for granted each day,” said Jesus Porras, Richland College graduate and administrative clerk for Richland College Veterans Services. “We wouldn’t be here if it was not for the brave women and men that take an oath to serve the country in protecting us from threats to our union. These poppies that we plant here are a sign of remembrance and hope.”

“The Blood of Heroes Never Dies” was a collaboration between Rose and history professor Clive Siegle. The original exhibit was the only one of its kind in the U.S. and was modeled after the iconic “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” poppies exhibit at the Tower of London in 2014, during which 888,246 ceramic red poppies were on display in the tower’s moat to commemorate the British and colonial servicemen killed in World War I.

“The genesis of the symbolic connection of the poppy with commemorating veterans arose from a 1915 World War I poem, ‘In Flanders Fields,’ which emphasized poppies in its theme, and has become one of the most well-known war poems to emerge from any modern conflict,” said Siegle. “The 2015 ‘Blood of Heroes’ project was meant not only to honor veterans of all wars, but to coincide with a centenary anniversary year of both World War I, and the year the Flanders Fields poem with its iconic poppy references was written. This year has particular significance for revisiting and reaffirming the ongoing vision of the ‘Blood of Heroes’ project because this Veterans Day marks the one hundredth anniversary of the end of that war, which cost this nation more than 323,000 casualties, and this state 5,171 of its heroes.”

Remembrances or memorial poppies have been used since 1921 to commemorate soldiers who have died in wars. “In Flanders Fields” was penned by Lt. Col. John McCrae. Regretfully, McCrae did not survive the war and perished in January 1918. However, his poem lived on and inspired YMCA volunteer and teacher Moina Belle Michael always to remember those who died in the war and to write her pledge in the form of a poem, “We Shall Keep the Faith.” Rose and Siegle chose the passage from the ninth line of Michael’s poem, “The blood of heroes never dies,” as the theme for this memorial art installation project.

In addition to the rededication of “The Blood of Heroes Never Dies,” Richland College will be honoring Veterans Day with several other events. These include: a Richland Wind Symphony Tribute Concert, 11 a.m. Nov. 9 in El Paso Hall on the cafeteria stage; “Thank-A-Vet” card party, during which participants create thank you cards for veterans, 2 p.m. Nov. 12 in El Paso Hall student lounge area; and a benefits chat hosted by Richland College Veterans Services, 2 p.m. Nov. 14 in El Paso Hall, room E081. All events are free and open to the public.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. For more information about Richland College Veterans Services, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/services/veterans.


Two students dance in the fall 2017 Richland College production of "Thriller" Richland College Dance Program Presents ‘DANCE–Take a Walk on the Wild Side!’ Fall Dance Concert

The Richland College dancers may not have moves like Jagger, but they will have moves like jaguars! The fur will be flying at the upcoming fall dance concert, “DANCE—Take a Walk on the Wild Side!,” at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2.

Directed by Richland College dance director Gina Sawyer, “DANCE—Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” will involve both students and faculty in choreography and performance roles, with dance genres including contemporary modern, lyrical, jazz, tap and hip-hop.

“DANCE—Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” is a creative endeavor to bring awareness and to inspire a passion for nature and wildlife with a zoological theme, and audiences are invited to attend and engage in a “zoo-rific” opportunity to appreciate dance.

Choreography will include original pieces by Cheryl Callon, Cooper Delgado, Kaley Jensen and Lauren Schieffer-Holley. Repertoire will include a tap piece from Dallas legend Buster Cooper, recreated by his granddaughter, guest artist Keira Leverton and performance by her company Choreo Records. Guest artists include Kaley Jensen and Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Encore!

Leverton comes from a dance background—her grandfather was Buster Cooper, an influential tap dancer who founded the dance program at the Hockaday School. Much of her exposure to the tap community was through tap festivals such as the Chicago Human Rhythm Project and the Third Coast Rhythm Project, and she trained with a variety of professionals, including Gregory Hines and Yuji Uragami. Leverton has performed worldwide at venues such as Radio City Music Hall and Wembley Stadium in London.

Jensen was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in dance and minor in business. While at BYU, Jensen performed and toured with the Theatre Ballet Company all four years. Jensen has trained on multiple scholarship programs, including the San Francisco Conservatory of Dance and Ballet West, as well as achieving academic and international talent awards at the World Dance Movement in Italy. Last May, Jensen completed her M.F.A. in dance at the University of Arizona, where she also deepened her passion for performing, educating and choreographing. Currently, Jensen dances professionally as a company member with Ballet North Texas.

Dallas Black Dance Theater’s Encore!, under the direction of Nycole Ray, is a professional company that consists of eight aspiring artists from around the nation. Since its inception, Encore! has grown in popularity and thrilled audiences with its fresh allure. Encore! provides an opportunity for young artists to develop their dance skills while serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and touring around the world with dance performances of the highest artistic quality.

The Richland College dance program provides a challenging teaching and learning environment for students who value diversity. The program develops artistic excellence, fosters creative and collaborative practices and encourages personal agency and social responsibility in appreciating dance.

“DANCE—Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” is free and open to the public in the Fannin Performance Hall on the east side of the Richland College campus. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road.


Two students hold a "special event" sign on the Richland College campus. Richland College Hosts Inaugural Homecoming with Events from Oct. 27-Nov. 9

Richland College is hosting an inaugural homecoming celebration, which will offer events from Oct. 27-Nov. 9 for current students and employees, alumni and the community. The various events will include live music, a dance performance, an alumni workshop, basketball games and more.

“Richland College Homecoming Week is a wonderful opportunity for more than 45,000 alumni to come back to our beautiful campus and see their old friends and favorite professors,” said Garth Clayton, Richland College dean of resource development. “We’re also offering some terrific events at no cost to our alumni. On Nov. 1, we will host leaders from local companies coming to help Richland College alumni learn the best strategies for resumes and interviews. These are experts who know how getting a job—or a better job—really works. And on Nov. 2, it’s ‘Let’s Dance!’—a brilliant performance by our current dance students.”

Richland College’s Homecoming 2018 is part of the Dallas County Community College District’s first district-wide Homecoming. To launch the festivities, DCCCD is hosting a Homecoming Kick-Off Celebration/Block-Party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Eddie Deen’s Ranch, located at 944 S. Lamar St. in Dallas. This free event is open to the community and will include music, games, food trucks, door prizes and more.

The two alumni-specific events at Richland College are “Creating Your New Career: Richland College Alumni Workshop” from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 1 in El Paso Hall, and “Let’s Dance Alumni ‘Night Out’ Engagement Event” from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 in Fannin Performance Hall.

The alumni workshop will feature industry executives who will show attendees how to make a best impression on paper through resumes, cover letters and in-person interviews. Attendees will also learn about Richland’s free job resources.

The dance event will be a chance for alumni and Richland College professors to connect and engage. The night will start with a reception and meet and greet from 6-7:15 p.m., which will include a light meal. Afterward, everyone is invited to the “Take a Walk on the Wild Side!” dance performance, starting at 7:30 p.m. An R.S.V.P. for both events is required to Regina Harris, development assistant at Richland College, at ReginaHarris@dcccd.edu.

Other Homecoming 2018 events include: Richland Steel Sound Steel Band, from 11 a.m.-noon Oct. 31 on the cafeteria stage; Richland Jazz Combos, from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 1 on the cafeteria stage; men’s basketball: Thunderducks vs. IQ Hoops, at 6 p.m. Nov. 5 in the gymnasium; men’s basketball: Thunderducks vs. Texas Wesleyan JV, at 6 p.m. Nov. 6 in the gymnasium; Richland Fusion Band and Jazz Improv Ensemble, from noon-1 p.m. Nov. 8 on the cafeteria stage; Richland Wind Symphony Veterans Day Tribute Concert, from 11 a.m.-noon Nov. 9 on the cafeteria stage; and the DCCCD Sustainability Summit, from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 in locations throughout campus.

Click here for additional information on all homecoming events.


Illustration of locks that appear digital in nature Richland College to Host BSidesDFW, Information and Technology Unconference, Nov. 3

Security BSides Dallas – Fort Worth, an information security and technology unconference, will take place at Richland College from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 3 in Sabine Hall. This free event is organized through the cooperation of BSidesDFW, corporate sponsorships and volunteers from the hacker/maker communities.

BSides DFW fosters communication and collaboration while increasing the level of involvement and investment in the information security field. This unconference explores the fringe of information security conversations and highlights the next big thing. This event will include two speaker tracks covering various security and technology related topics. Activities include instructional workshops, a Capture-the-Flag competition and a hacker scavenger hunt.

BSidesDFW is a nonprofit organization that prepares professionals and the public with applicable data to mitigate the ever-increasing number of information security threats that permeate our modern lives. BSidesDFW’s participants are comprised of current and budding information security professionals, business executives, industry thought leaders, hobbyists and those simply curious about the hacker community. For more information, visit bsidesdfw.com.

The Richland College cyber security program brings the latest technology and a vendor-neutral education where instructors break away from traditional information technology training methods. For more information, click here.


Illustration with "8th annual DCCCD sustainability summit, Friday, Nov. 9 - Richland College" DCCCD Sustainability Summit Will Focus on Partnerships, Sustainability Goals

Partnerships help cement relationships and cooperative efforts to reach sustainability goals in schools, businesses and communities. Those partnerships will be the focus of the 2018 Dallas County Community College District Sustainability Summit.

The free event, which is open to the public, will be held on Fri., Nov. 9, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. Interested participants must register by Mon., Nov. 5, to receive lunch during the event at no charge. To register, visit www.dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit.

“As DCCCD moves forward with its goals for sustainability – inspired by 17 guidelines suggested by the United Nations – we want to focus on goal #17, partnerships,” said Georgeann Moss, the district’s executive director of sustainability and outreach initiatives. “One person can’t do it all, but one person – or one organization – can pick one sustainability project or goal and make it their call to action.”

Moss added, “Every person in every community can get involved in activities or sustainable practices, even at home, in partnership with others. Our keynote presentations and breakout sessions during the summit will offer ideas that can help us achieve sustainable goals which benefit everyone.”

Two keynote speakers headline the day’s activities: Marianella Franklin, chief sustainability officer for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, will be the first featured morning speaker; and Kevin Wilhelm, CEO of Sustainable Business Consulting, will address the group at 10 a.m.

Check-in will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m., followed by the general session at 8:30 a.m. Dr. Joe May, DCCCD’s chancellor, will welcome participants, along with Dr. Kay Eggleston, president of Richland College, and Ken Dunson, Richland’s director of facilities. Franklin then will deliver the first keynote address.

Morning activities also include two sets of breakout sessions and lunch (at noon). Three sets of breakout sessions are scheduled for the afternoon before the summit adjourns at 4 p.m.

Franklin, who joined UT in 2003, started managing projects for facilities, planning and operations; she then transitioned to the role of director of the office for sustainability shortly after she earned her certification as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional). In 2008, Franklin founded one of the first sustainability offices in the UT system. She earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture from Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon, Monterrey N.L., Mexico, and a certificate in global sustainability from the University of Vermont.

Wilhelm, a sustainability thought leader, has taught at seven universities and is the author of four books, including: “Return on Sustainability: How Business Can Increase Profitability and Address Climate Change in an Uncertain Economy”; “Making Sustainability Stick”; and “An Introduction to Sustainable Business.” He teaches online and has developed online multimedia materials and videos that make learning more student-friendly. He has more than 20 years of experience working with at least 120 businesses; some of his clients are Amazon, Nordstrom and Expedia.

A total of five breakout sessions are scheduled. Some of the topics include: Climate Leadership in Higher Education; The Impact of Our Food; Why an Energy Master Plan?; Sustainability in Dallas: What Is the City Doing?; Wildlife in DFW; State of the State: Aquatic Invasive Vegetation; U.S. Water Services; 21st-Century Policing: Building Communities of Trust; Richland College Sustainability Program Model; Lake Clean-Up; Recycle/Waste; Texas Trees Foundation Campus Tree Farm Education Center Tour; and many others.

Sponsors include: Trane (platinum); Enviromatic Systems (gold); Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas-ERS, ELS Light and Double M Plumbing (silver); and U.S. Water Systems, Dallas Water Utilities, GreenSource DFW, Sierra Club, Natural Awakenings Dallas, Women in the Environment and Greater Dallas Planning Council (green), as of this date.

For a complete schedule of sessions/topics and other information, please visit www.dcccd.edu/SustainabilitySummit.

(Article courtesy of Ann Hatch, Dallas County Community College District)


America Ferrera headshot America Ferrera, Alicia Keys and Zoe Kravitz to Visit Richland College to Encourage Student Voting

Richland College is working hard to impress upon students to get out the vote for the midterm elections, and America Ferrera (actress, “Ugly Betty”), Alicia Keys (musician, “Fallin’”, “Girl on Fire”) and Zoe Kravitz (actress, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, “Big Little Lies”) are joining the effort!

The Richland College Student Government Association, along with the Student Voter Initiative and Voto Latino, is hosting “RLC Votes with America,” a youth voter rally featuring Ferrera, Keys and Kravitz, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23.

Leading up to this event, the SGA, with assistance from local nonpartisan groups, has been leading voter registration and education campaigns to encourage civic responsibility and get first-time voters excited about the midterm elections. Prior to the voter registration deadline, nearly 1,000 new voters were registered on campus.

“RLC Votes with America” festivities will begin at 11:45 a.m., including a brass ensemble and dance performance. The event will culminate with featured speakers Ferrera at 12:50 p.m., Keys at 1 p.m. and Kravitz at 1:10 p.m., to be immediately followed by Ferrera, Keys and Kravitz leading students on a “parade to the polls” to Richland College’s early voting location in Guadalupe Hall.

The Student Voter Initiative, part of Texas Student Civic Engagement and an initiative of Texas State Board of Education District 1, aims to engage students in civic participation and remind youths that their voices matter, their votes matter and that voting and jury duty are social obligations. Providing students the opportunity to voice their opinions in their society is a milestone that must be recognized. For more information, visit https://www.txstudentcivics.org/student-voter-initiative.html.

Voto Latino is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a primary aim of encouraging young Hispanic and Latino voters to register to vote and become more politically involved. Through innovative digital campaigns, pop culture and grassroots voices, the organization provides culturally relevant programs that engage, educate and empower Latinos to be agents of change and build a stronger and more inclusive democracy. For more information, visit http://votolatino.org.

 

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A pile of patriotic voting buttons that say "vote 2018" Richland Student Media to Live Stream Candidate Forums, Oct. 19 and 25

The Richland Student Media team is partnering with the League of Women Voters, the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater East Dallas Chamber to live stream and record their upcoming candidate forums in October.

 Coverage includes: 

  • Oct. 19, 7:30-8:30 a.m. – Dallas County Commissioner – Wini Cannon and J.J. Koch, moderated by Lee Kleinman, Dallas City Council Member, District 11
  • Oct. 19, 8:15-9:15 a.m. – Dallas County District Attorney – John Creuzot and Faith Johnson, moderated by Lee Kleinman
  • Oct. 25, 7:30-8:30 a.m. – U.S. Congress District 32 – Colin Allred and Pete Sessions, moderated by Scott Orr, Chairman Elect, North Texas Commission

The live streams can be viewed at www.RichlandStudentMedia.com.

For more information, contact Meg Fullwood at MFullwood@dcccd.edu.


Graphic with the words "Minority Serving Institution Convening, Registration for 2018 is Now Open!" Registration Still Open for 2018 Minority Serving Institution Convening at Richland College

Richland College, in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program, will host the Minority Serving Institution Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” Oct. 19-20. At this two-day conference, higher education administrators will discuss effective research, initiatives and programs that impact the academic success of students at minority-serving institutions.

Attendance to the MSI Convening is free, and the deadline for registration is Oct. 8.

The MSI Convening provides an opportunity for educators and other higher education professionals devoted to student success to gather and participate in presentations and discussions about using data to modify and improve programs and initiatives that address the success of minority and underserved students.

This year’s event will kick off Friday morning with a keynote address from Tia Brown McNair, president for diversity, equity and student success at the Association of American Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C. Elva LeBlanc, executive vice chancellor and provost for Tarrant County College District in Texas, will be giving the plenary address Saturday morning. The conference will also include panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Registration is available online at richlandcollege.edu/msi-convening. The website also has additional information, including but not limited to featured speaker biographies, the schedule of events, lodging information and details about past MSI Convenings.

The MSI Convening is made possible in part through a grant from the AANAPISI program of the Department of Education and by State Farm®.

Holding two designations by the U.S. Department of Education as an AANAPISI and a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), Richland College is one of only nine higher education institutions in the U.S. awarded the AANAPISI grant in fiscal year 2015. With approximately 15 percent of Richland College’s student population comprised of Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander students and at least half demonstrating financial need, AANAPISI funding impacts many of the college’s underserved students. The program helps Richland College to increase the three-year graduation rate for AAPI students who have one or more risks to success and completion, such as financial need or academic challenges.


four women from russia are at the front of a classroom, addressing students who are not pictured. Richland College Hosts Presentations from Russian Women to Further Mission of Teaching, Learning and Community Building

Richland College students, faculty and staff had the opportunity to engage in discussions and hear the stories of four women from various regions of Russia during two presentations hosted by the Richland College Institute for Peace, Richland College Honors Program and the Global Education Development Advisory Council on March 29.

The women were Lena Novomeyskaya of Yekaterinburg and born in west Ukraine, Elena Ivanova of St. Petersburg, Tatyana Bukharina of Yalta in Crimea and Natalie Ivanova of Krasnodar. They came to the U.S. as part of the first Russians Meet Mainstream America (RMMA) program developed by the Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI), an organization dedicated to reducing tensions between the U.S. and Russia and debunking misunderstandings through citizen-to-citizen exchanges, public relations and social media efforts in both countries.

During the sessions at Richland College, the women addressed the audience and told stories about their histories and what it has been like to live in Russia, including how their lives changed when the Soviet Union was dissolved. Discussion also included their perceptions and opinions of Americans, the Russian economy, Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian annexation of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and other timely issues. The purpose of the discussions was not to argue or debate, but to share different points of view to educate the citizens in both countries.

“I was brought up on the idea that America is a friend of Russia,” Natalie Ivanova told the audience during the second presentation. “My father participated in the Stalingrad battle in 1942 during the second World War. He was wounded in this battle, and when I was a child he told me a lot of stories about the war, and he told me that he was very grateful to the United States.”

Bukharina’s story received particular interest from many audience members when she discussed her home in Crimea, a peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea in Eastern Europe that, while previously a Russian province, became a Ukrainian territory in 1954. In 2014, Russian troops captured strategic sites across Crimea and annexed the territory, a move that was generally condemned by many world leaders because it was considered to be a violation of both international law and Russian agreements that safeguarded the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

Bukharina told the audience about how, despite international opinion to the contrary, many Crimean citizens supported this annexation by Russia for many reasons, including Ukraine’s violation of Crimean human rights, such as cutting the water supply to many citizens, including farmers.

“This morning I checked my [e]mail, and my friends know that we are here with the program Center for Citizen Initiatives, and that we’re working as volunteers, and friends from Sevastopol wrote, ‘give a big thank you to the American people for returning Crimea back to Russia,’” Bukharina said. After a pause, she added, “Are you surprised?”

Honors English student Ryan Morrow participated in the question-and-answer session, and later he commented on what he learned about the effects the dissolution of the Soviet Union had on the Russian people, a common thread discussed by all four women.

“I didn’t realize how much of an economic effect the end of the Soviet Union had on the Russian economy and how much work, or how much damage, it actually did that is still persistent in their society,” said Morrow.

Similarly, Morrow’s classmate Victoria Patterson felt the presentation opened her eyes more because the women discussed many issues that are generally not mentioned by the American media.

“I think it’s really interesting how they’re saying Americans really aren’t portrayed negatively over there, yet our media typically demonizes them so much,” said Patterson. “I didn’t know most of the stuff about what happened in Crimea that Tatyana [Bukharina] was talking about, so I think it’s interesting how much we have kind of been allowed to hide.”

“What is most valuable about this meeting between Richland College students and our Russian visitors through CCI is face-to-face dialogue that brings authenticity and honesty to the forefront and dissolves the barriers created by second- or third-hand news and simple ignorance,” said English faculty member and Richland College Institute for Peace and Human Rights coordinator Scott Branks del Llano, Ph.D. “Conversations are wonderful equalizers, and this event offered humane and compassionate conversations where empathy and peaceful understanding rose above the suspicion and divisiveness that permeates much of the media regarding Russian and U.S. relations. We need to engage in many more such forums of hospitable dialogue.”

In addition to Dallas, this first RMMA delegation’s itinerary includes Atlanta, Fort Worth, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

CCI was founded in 1983 with the hope that ordinary Americans could help bring about a constructive relationship with the Soviet Union. A CCI travel program soon became a reality, with American citizens visiting Russia and Soviet republics, with the travelers developing Soviet contacts. In 1988, Soviets Meet Middle America (SMMA) was the first program that brought non-party member Soviet citizens to the U.S.

Other past CCI successes include helping bring Alcoholics Anonymous to Russia; creating an economic development program in 1989 to train young English-speaking Russian entrepreneurs in how to start a business by organizing internships for them in American companies; shipping both cold-tolerant seeds and emergency food boxes when the Soviet Union dissolved; founding programs to train Russian small business owners and to train young Russian women in the apparel industry to encourage self-employment; and teaching orphanage children computer technology skills. In 2010, CCI closed its doors after funding had evaporated during the prior several years.

CCI was revived in 2015 by its founder and president Sharon Tennison, and a travel program was restarted for Americans to visit Russia. RMMA was then initiated in 2018 in response to the growing tensions between the U.S. and Russia, with the intent of bringing Russian citizens to the U.S. to discuss major issues between the countries and reduce stereotypes and misinformation.

The Richland College Institute for Peace is committed to educating for peace, justice and the abolition of conditions that give rise to violence and war. It fosters an interdependent community that actively pursues peaceable living, resolution of conflict and respect for human dignity, contributing to the goal of global peace, justice and friendship among peoples. Programs for students, employees and the community are offered through the traditional academic curriculum, continuing education, professional development and teleconferences.

The Richland College Honors Program provides highly qualified students with an enriched and challenging academic community where they develop the capabilities necessary to excel in their educational and career goals.

For additional information, visit ccisf.org, richlandcollege.edu/peace and richlandcollege.edu/honors.