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Richland College Hosting ‘Fall Recycling Round-Up’ Event

green recycling stampSpring cleaning may be a few months away, but Richland College and the City of Dallas Sanitation Services are encouraging community members to start that cleaning a little early and participate in the “Fall Recycling Round-up” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 15.

Residents can drop off recyclable items, big or small, including but not limited to electronic items, small appliances, used cooking oil, toys, light bulbs, batteries, textiles, medical equipment and tires. People may also drop off up to five legal boxes of documents for destruction, though boxes must be no larger than 15 inches by 20 inches, and binders will not be accepted. Other items not accepted include household hazardous chemicals or paint, building supplies, pharmaceuticals, furniture or mattresses.

“Richland College is looking forward once again to partnering with the City of Dallas Sanitation Services,” said Lisa Eades, Richland College assistant director of facilities support services. “This is an all-day, fun event that allows the community to safely and conveniently recycle items they no longer need.”

The “Fall Recycling Round-up” will take place on the Richland College campus, 12800 Abrams Road, in parking lot E located on the west side of campus off Abrams Road and Walnut Street. The event will occur rain or shine, and the first 50 cars in line to drop off recyclables will receive a pair of tickets to the Studio Movie Grill.

For more information on the event, contact the City of Dallas Waste Diversion Hotline at 214-670-4475.

Richland College Arts Fest ‘Moonstruck’ Celebrates All Things Lunar

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesRichland College will be looking to the night sky when it presents “Moonstruck,” the 2014 Richland Arts Fest, Nov. 3-7.

“The theme ‘Moonstruck’ is about the cultural celebrations of the moon and the madness the moon inspires,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College art faculty member. “We’re hoping visitors will not only have a great time, but that they’ll also come away with a greater sense of the moon’s importance throughout history and in current pop culture.”

Some of the festival’s highlight events include:

On Nov. 3, Humanities faculty member Aditi Samarth will be displaying student projects about mourning rituals in other cultures. Lois Parrot, Ph.D., Richland College’s 2013-2014 Excellence in Teaching honoree, will also give an informal lecture about the crescent moon in art.

On Nov. 4, visitors can get their faces painted in the style of calavera candy skulls that are used during the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) holiday. In the east breezeway, the crowd is invited to participate in a spontaneous tap and modern dance performance.

On Nov. 5, the Richland College String Orchestra will be performing in the cafeteria. Participants are also welcome to give back and donate blood for the American Red Cross during the Harvest Moon Blood Drive.

The highlight of the Nov. 6 events is the full moon viewing party when the sun goes down. The art department and science department will host the party.

Moonstruck will culminate on Nov. 7 with a samurai sword fight and two performances of the “Moonstruck” dance performance at 12:30 and 7:30 p.m., featuring dance students, faculty, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, guest choreographer Jamie Thompson and guest tap dancer Sean Smith.

Richland College’s social media channels are also hosting two contests that will run throughout the week: the “Crater-Quest Scavenger Hunt” and the “Man in the Moon Photo Contest.”

All Moonstruck events are free and open to the public. To learn more about Moonstruck and see a full schedule of events, visit To participate in the contests, visit or for more information on how to enter.

Richland College Dance Program Celebrates Moon Madness with ‘Moonstruck’

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesThe Richland College dance program will present “Moonstruck,” featuring the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, for two performances at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in Fannin Performance Hall on the Richland College campus. Both performances of “Moonstruck” will be free and open to the public.

The production will feature Richland College dance students and faculty, guest tap dancer Sean Smith and Dallas Black Dance Theatre II dancers performing a variety of dance styles, including contemporary modern, jazz, tap and hip hop. Richland College dance instructors Cheryl Callon, Julie Rowley and Gina Sawyer are contributing pieces to the show, as is guest choreographer Jamie Thompson.

“This is a great opportunity, not just for our students, but also for the public to experience what a powerful medium dance can be,” said Gina Sawyer, director of Richland College’s dance program. “Our guest artists have reputations for a high standard of excellence in performance, and we are thrilled to be able to share the stage with them.”

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

Jamie Thompson earned a B.F.A. in dance performance and choreography from Belhaven University in Jackson, Miss., and he received additional training from the Belize National Dance Company and Dramatic Forces School of Dance. Most recently, Thompson dances with the internationally acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Sean Smith received training from the Goh Ballet Academy, Ballet British Columbia and the Ailey School, and he has performed with companies including Mascall Dance in Vancouver, Ballet Creole in Toronto and the Bruce Wood Dance Project in Dallas. He is currently in his fifth season with Dallas Black Dance Theatre.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre II, directed by Nycole Ray, is a semi-professional company founded in 2000 and consists of 10 aspiring artists. Continuously growing in popularity, the dance company allows young artists the opportunity to develop their dance skills while serving the Dallas/Ft. Worth community and touring nationwide with diverse, quality artistic performances.

The event will be in conjunction with the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, taking place Nov. 3-7 on campus. The theme for the festival is “Moonstruck,” and it will focus on cultural celebrations of the full moon and the madness that the moon inspires.

Richland College Partners with Woodbridge Neighborhood for “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” Event

Four drawings of the moon in various cyclesRichland College is partnering with Woodbridge, a neighborhood adjacent to the campus, to host “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” an outdoor art exhibition created by Richland College art students, Oct. 25 from 2-5 p.m. at the intersection of Shadow Way and Woodlake Drive.

The artwork highlighted at “Moonstruck at Woodbridge” will involve painted wood surfaces, clay and wood sculptures. A jury of Woodbridge residents will award three scholarship prizes totaling $700 to participating students who show exemplary achievement in 2D and 3D art categories.

“We are so excited to partner with the Woodbridge homeowners association for this unique event and showcase some amazing artwork created by our talented art students,” said Jennifer Rose, Richland College humanities faculty visiting scholar. “We are really looking forward to this event and cultivating an ongoing relationship between Richland College and the Woodbridge community.”

The event will be in conjunction with the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, taking place Nov. 3-7 on campus. The theme for the festival is “Moonstruck,” and it will focus on cultural celebrations of the full moon and the madness that the moon inspires.

For information on the 2014 Richland College Arts Fest, contact Jennifer Rose at To keep up-to-date on Woodbridge and “Moonstruck at Woodbridge,” follow @WoodbridgeHOA on Twitter.

Richland College Honors Academy Class to Host Food Drive, Oct. 21-Nov. 14

Grocery bag of canned goodsStudents in Visiting Scholar Mary Wood’s Honors English class at Richland College will make real-world connections between their coursework and the local community when they host a food drive Oct. 21-Nov. 14.

The food drive will kick off with a screening of “A Place at the Table,” a documentary film that investigates hunger in America and proposed solutions to the problem. The screening will be at 4 p.m. Oct. 21 in room SH118 in Sabine Hall and is free and open to the public.

“In class, I want to focus on how we can use writing to address and remedy social issues in America,” said Wood. “I am using the film to highlight the national issue of food insecurity while also opening a discussion of how this insecurity affects the Dallas area. Students will also look into other local issues to gain a better understanding of our local community and how they can use their writing to enter a dialogue about these issues.”

Richland College’s Honors Academy and the Office of Student Life will be assisting the students in the food drive that will benefit the North Texas Food Bank.

“It’s important to keep in mind that many people in our community are struggling to feed themselves and their children,” said Honors Academy Coordinator Kathleen Stephens. “The food drive is one way to help reduce food insecurity in our area and be mindful of those who need help. The Honors Academy and the Office of Student Life are delighted to partner with Mary Wood on this important project. Richland College students and the surrounding community can really help make a difference.”

Food drive organizers are hoping to meet a goal of collecting at least 250 non-perishable, nutritional food items during the drive. Acceptable donation items include granola bars, low-sodium vegetables and soups, canned tuna or chicken, peanut or almond butter, fruit rolls, whole grain crackers, brown rice and more. Glass containers will not be accepted.

Anyone interested in donating items may drop them off at one of the following locations on the Richland College campus: Honors Academy offices (El Paso Hall, room E056); Access Office (Alamito Hall, room A110); World Languages, Cultures and Communications office (Lavaca Hall, room L208); Multicultural Center (Thunderduck Hall, room T150); Richland Collegiate High School office (Crockett Hall, room C179); LEAD office (Crockett Hall, room C243) or the Office of Student Life (El Paso Hall, room E040).

Richland College to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Federal TRIO Programs

Richland College is hosting an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Federal TRIO Programs (TRIO) from 9 to 11 a.m., Aug. 21, in room W201 of Wichita Hall on the Richland College campus.

A symposium from the U.S. Department of Education’s Student Services Area in Washington, D.C. will be streamed via live video feed during the event. The symposium, “Celebrating 50 Years of Promoting Excellence by Providing Hope and Opportunity for Success,” will celebrate, review and discuss the impact of TRIO. Refreshments will be available, and Richland College’s event is free and open to the public.

“TRIO has provided Richland College students with a variety of tools and services to help them succeed in their educational pursuits,” said Noeli Biggs, Richland College TRIO director of community programs. “We are proud to be able to make such a positive impact in students’ lives, and we hope everyone who attends our 50th anniversary event will come away with a better awareness of how much TRIO benefits the community.”

Established in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, TRIO includes eight federal outreach and student services programs that serve individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, including low-income individuals, first-generation college students and individuals with disabilities, helping these students progress through the academic pipeline from middle school through college.

For more information on TRIO at Richland College, visit

Perfect formula for summer fun at Richland College


Summer + Richland College camps = tons of fun and learning!

Richland College is offering two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for children ages 7-17 this summer.

Three sessions of Programming & Game Design camp will be available through a partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas. This camp features several levels: Level 1 (3rd graders and up) – animations using Scratch and animations using Logo and advanced Scratch; Level 2 (Level 1 graduates and 6th graders) – programming using JavaScript: and Level 3 (Level 2 graduates) – introduction to programming in Java and introduction to programming in C++.

Five sessions of robotics camp will be available through Robots-4-U. During this camp, youngsters ages 7 to 17 will learn about science, problem solving, teamwork and technological skills, gaining valuable hands-on experience and knowledge as they build robots.

The first session for both camps starts in June. Class sizes are limited, so campers need to register early.

For more information, visit or contact Heather Lozano at 972-238-6918 or

Intercultural Festival 2014

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Richland College celebrated the rich cultural diversity of its students and employees on April 17 during its annual Intercultural Festival.

The event opened with “Transformation,” an outdoor, lakeside dance performance choreographed by Richland College Dance Professor Gina Sawyer, followed by the planting of Richland College’s 24th peace pole.

The newest pole on Richland’s campuswide Path for Peace bears the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” in English on one side and in Kyrgyz, Telugu and Yoruba on the other three sides. Learn more about Richland’s peace poles by visiting

Richland College President Kay Eggleston encouraged those gathered for the peace pole planting to reflect on the deeper meaning of the ceremony.

“This moving tradition provides us with an opportunity to unite together and reflect on our shared commitment to promoting peace for those among us and throughout the world who face fear, injustice, hunger, loss, suffering and unrest,” Dr. Eggleston said. “In the words of revered former United States First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, ‘It isn’t enough to talk about peace. One must believe in it. And it isn’t enough to believe in it. One must work at it.'”

Susan Barkley, executive dean of Richland College’s School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, also addressed the group and challenged the audience to learn more about the cultures of their fellow students and colleagues.

“I always look forward to this glorious day at Richland as we celebrate the unique talents and gifts that our students bring to our campus and honor the diversity which enriches our community,” Ms. Barkley said. “Whether you come from Dallas, Texas, the Cote D’Ivoire or Dubai, at Richland you are becoming a global citizen with an appreciation of other cultures, an ability to work with diverse teams, and an understanding of the interdependence of nations around the world.”

The celebration continued with the colorful Parade of Cultures, led by Chinese lion dancers and featured students carrying signs representing more than 40 countries of origin.

After the parade, Richland students and community members wearing traditional clothing performed dances and songs from their home countries. The Latin Dance Team, special guests from Berkner High School in Richardson, performed a spicy mix of salsa and bachata.

Intercultural Festival attendees also enjoyed Texas barbecue and a variety of global wares sold by artisan vendors.

2014 Richland College Carnival of Steel to be April 26

Richland College announces the line up for its 11th annual Carnival of Steel (COS) Festival on April 26.

The 2014 COS Festival will be from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature performances by Jeff Narell, steel pan recording artist; Jose Aponte, drum set and world percussionist; and Shelly Irvine, steel pan and percussion artist.

The Richland College Steel Band and high school, elementary school and college steel bands from around the state will also perform.

Vendors in music and Caribbean cultures will be on-site with food, clothing and other items for sale. The Carnival of Steel is presented by Richland College in partnership with the Caribbean Association of Texas and Dallas West Indies United.

Admission to the day concert at 11 a.m. is free. Tickets for the performance demo at 5:30 p.m. are $5 and tickets for the guest artist evening concert at 8 p.m. are $10.

To purchase tickets in advance, contact Derrick Logozzo at or 972-238-6254. Tickets may also be purchased on-site the day of the performance.

For more information, visit Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

2014 Health Professions Info Days

hp2To address the increasing demand for training and education in health science fields, Richland College is hosting its 2014 Health Professions Information Days, March 24-28.

During the week-long event, students and aspiring health care workers will receive career advice and insights from medical professionals and educators. Participants can explore a broad range of in-demand health careers, including nursing, imaging technology, physician assistant, occupational therapy, clinical nutrition, dental hygiene, pharmacy and other allied health programs. Breakout sessions and panel discussions will be facilitated by university and medical school professors, recruiters, program directors and leading local physicians.

Click here to view a detailed schedule of events during Health Professions Information Days. Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. For more information, call 972-238-6248.