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An aerial, black and white image of the northeast corner of Little Egypt in 1962. Dallas’ Lost Neighborhood, “Little Egypt,” is Focus of Free Presentation at African American Museum

When Richland College faculty members Clive Siegle and Tim Sullivan started collaborating on the joint project “Finding Little Egypt,” little did they know how far they and their students would delve into the history and anthropology of a Dallas neighborhood which disappeared decades ago.

The history of that missing community and where its residents went will be the subject of a free presentation by Siegle and Sullivan on Sat., Feb. 9, at the African American Museum of Dallas. “Lost and Found: Little Egypt, Fifty Years Later,” which starts at 1 p.m. in the museum’s AT&T auditorium, is free and open to the public. 

Siegle, the historian, lives on the cusp of the long-lost neighborhood, but the significance of that location wasn’t apparent until he noticed a subtle difference between the curb and streets of a nearby shopping center and the rest of his neighborhood.

Siegle started checking with his own neighbors and learned that the shopping center sat on the site of a black community whose residents and homes disappeared almost overnight in the 1960s. Founded by a former slave, Little Egypt was located on 30 acres of land along Northwest Highway – an area currently known as the Lake Highlands neighborhood of Dallas.

The rest, as they say, is history – and a past that the Richland College professor and his colleague began to track down and document three years ago. 

“We are excited to share our findings and the history of Little Egypt with the Dallas community,” said Siegle. “Preserving history is critical, and we want people to learn more about African American communities like Little Egypt. It’s particularly fitting that we are sharing our work at the African American Museum during Black History Month. With our students’ help and the support of family members who lived in Little Egypt, the project will continue to expand as we document the history of that community.”

Little Egypt, during its heyday, thrived for 80 years – even without city services and paved streets which surrounding neighborhoods enjoyed – and then almost mysteriously disappeared overnight in 1962 when a developer became interested in the tract of land. More than 200 residents sold their homes and moved out at the same time, using 37 moving vans; the neighborhood was torn down almost immediately.

Who were those residents? Where did they go? Where could Siegle and Sullivan start to trace the neighborhood’s history and relocation? Those are the questions that Richland College students have been working on with their professors, starting with the community’s Egypt Chapel Baptist Church and nearby McCree Cemetery, using old photographs, search grids, measurements, surface artifacts and documents to do some old-fashioned detective work.

That’s the story they will tell during their presentation at the African American Museum. Siegle and Sullivan also will share their most current work: locating, charting and excavating the home of the McCoy family whose house sat on the only piece of land that was never redeveloped after the neighborhood disappeared. They also are creating a computer-generated, 3-D model of the home.

Members of the McCoy family have been instrumental in assisting with the Little Egypt project, said Siegle, as well as providing crucial information about life in the settlement during the years prior to its demise.

Siegle, who came to Richland in 2003, earned his master’s degree in international affairs (with a specialty in African military studies) from George Washington University and his doctorate in history from Southern Methodist University. He spent more than 30 years in the business sector as a buyer, safari outfitter, magazine editor and creative director. 

Sullivan earned his master’s degree in conservation anthropology from SMU and spent many years teaching before he received his doctorate in transatlantic history from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has taught at UTA, Texas Christian University and, most recently, at Richland College, where he serves as lead faculty member and coordinator for the anthropology department. Sullivan’s research interests focus on intercultural and interracial interactions, plus their long-term consequences.

 For more information about the event, please contact W. Marvin Dulaney at 817-406-8443 or Jane Jones at 214-565-9026, ext. 328.

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


Military Friendly School Silver Logo Richland College Designated a Military Friendly School for Tenth Consecutive Year

Richland College has been recognized as a top college for veterans and active duty military members for the tenth consecutive year by receiving a 2019-2020 Military Friendly® Schools Silver Award. The Military Friendly® Schools program honors U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. A silver designation means that Richland College has programs that scored within 30 percent of the tenth ranked institution within a given category.

The Veterans Services office at Richland College works with veteran students and their families to help them complete their educational goals by maximizing their military education benefits. Many resources are available through Veteran Services, including assistance with benefits, financial aid and a variety of other support services for the college’s veteran and military students, dependents and spouses.

Richland College offers eligible students and spouses NAVPA scholarships, Hazelwood and Montgomery G.I. Bill® services and opportunities, and the college also hosts events such as Military Appreciation Day, to support veterans. In addition, Richland College has many career and technical education programs designed for quick employment in the areas of business professions, computer technology, Allied Health and advanced manufacturing and engineering technology. These programs offer industry-standard training and certifications.

Military Friendly® Schools was created by Victory Media, Inc., a leading media outlet for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. To see how Richland College scored in various areas, visit www.militaryfriendly.com/schools/richland-college.

For more information about Richland College’s veteran services, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/services/veterans.


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.

Schedule

Time Event
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Attendee Check-in
10:30 AM – 10:50 AM Concurrent Session I
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM Concurrent Session II
11:30 AM – 11:50 AM Concurrent Session III
Noon – 1:00 PM Pizza, whole fruit, & beverage (El Paso Lounge)
12:30 PM – 12:50 PM Concurrent Session IV
1:00 PM – 1:20 PM Concurrent Session V

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 Methenitis, 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.
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.
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
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 Adventures in Literature
Presenter: Miguel Marrero
Location: Bonham Hall B-158
Learn about the exciting world of literature and creative writing in courses offered at Richland College. Will only be available 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
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.
Math
Mathematics at Richland College
Presenters: Praveena Dhayanithy, Jonathon Verwys and Polly Schulle
Location: Medina Hall M-216
Video and live student testimonials, followed by a tour of the Learning Center and support areas such as the College Algebra Corner.
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: Wichita Hall WH-147
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


Headshot of Dr. Raghunath Kanakala Dr. Raghunath Kanakala Appointed Richland College Executive Dean for Engineering and Technology

Richland College has named Raghunath Kanakala to the position of executive dean of its School of Engineering and Technology. Kanakala’s appointment was approved by the Dallas County Community College District Board of Trustees Dec. 4, and he will assume this role in early 2019.

Kanakala currently serves as dean of technical education at Aiken Technical College in South Carolina. While there, Kanakala has overseen 12 technical education program areas, including industrial maintenance, welding, HVAC, CNC, graphics, electrical technology, radiation protection, tower, nuclear fundamentals, pre-engineering, physics and chemistry.

Prior to his current role at Aiken Technical College, Kanakala was an assistant professor in the University of Idaho – Idaho Falls College of Engineering, a research scientist and lecturer for the Inamori School of Engineering at Alfred University in New York and a graduate research and teaching assistant in the Colleges of Engineering at the University of Nevada Reno and the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

His academic leadership has included management of a $2.5 million Individuals Safety Training to Achieve Climber Credentials grant to train and place low-skilled workers, Trade Adjustment Assistance-certified workers and others in high-demand jobs in the tower industry and to reduce fatalities in the industry. He also holds a U.S. Patent in “combustion synthesis method and boron-containing materials produced therefrom,” and has developed curriculum, published 16 articles in industry journals and delivered numerous conference presentations.

At Richland College, Kanakala will provide academic leadership for the School of Engineering and Technology, which offers programs in computer information technology, computer science, cyber security, engineering, engineering technology (advanced manufacturing and electronics technology), interactive simulation and game technology, multimedia, networking/authorized training (Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, UNIX), photography/imaging, PC support and semiconductor manufacturing technology.

The Richland College School of Engineering and Technology also supports the Technology, Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing Center, a learning space for relevant, hands-on experience and career-focused training with leading edge, industry-quality technology for engineering and manufacturing students.

Upon entering his new role, Kanakala hopes to advance Richland College’s student success initiatives, faculty development and community partnerships, particularly regarding apprenticeships, internships, curriculum development and articulation agreements.

“I would like to increase the awareness about engineering transfer degrees,” Kanakala said. “Also, I would like to work on improving the apprenticeship models for different programs.”

“Dr. Kanakala brings proven leadership experience in engineering and technology education, and I am very excited to welcome him to Richland College as our new executive dean,” said Shannon Cunningham, Richland College executive vice president for academic affairs and student success. “I know he will continue to advance the mission, vision and strategic direction for our School of Engineering and Technology as we continue to deliver programs that meet industry demand and promote student success.”

Kanakala holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno. He also earned a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Nevada Las Vegas and a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Gandhi Institute of Technology and Management.


A group of people pose on a set of stairs together, holding a banner with Korean writing on it. Richland College Welcomes Students and Faculty from the University of Gyeongnam Geochang in South Korea

The Richland College English for Speakers of Other Languages program and Richland College Continuing Education recently welcomed 28 students and one faculty member from the University of Gyeongnam Geochang in South Korea to Richland College.

During the visit, which took place July 2-25, the students participated in English language and American culture learning experiences, comprised of integrated reading and writing courses, cultural awareness sessions, listening and speaking master skill set learning, language exposure activities and excursions.

“Part of Richland College’s vision is to build world community,” said Gabe Edgar, a co-team leader for the UGG Korean Delegation. “There are more than 1,100 international students currently learning at Richland; however, not everyone can commit to spending years away from home. This sort of program opens a middle space for our international partners, whose students want more than a few superficial days. It’s for those that want to dive into the deep end of American culture and language.”

With the Korean Peninsula being at the forefront of many news stories in recent months, the timing of this visit allowed the Richland College community the opportunity to grow in their cultural awareness as they interacted with the South Korean delegation, who in turn were able firsthand to experience American education and culture.

Each day, the South Korean students had approximately six hours of instruction in a non-traditional classroom setting. These lessons included learning line dancing, comic book creation, playing board games and holding guided conversations with American students from the Richland College Honors Program who volunteered to help. In addition, the students joined other international students at Richland College for English classes through the ESOL program, which gave them a chance to practice English with learners from other countries.

The UGG students also went on four cultural excursions during their time with Richland College. These included Fair Park for fireworks on July 4, Whole Foods for a lesson on sustainability and food, Southern Methodist University for a look at a four-year university and the Dallas Museum of Art and Nasher Sculpture Center. In addition to the four main excursions, the students were also invited to dinner in groups of four and five at American homes, not just for a home-cooked meal, but also to give the students an intimate view of American life.

“The program was an absolutely unqualified success,” said Edgar. “We received tremendously positive feedback from the students, both in person and on anonymous surveys they completed. We even had one student begin paperwork to become an international student and study nursing in the U.S. If we counted all the people who had a hand in making the program so successful, they would outnumber the 28 South Korean students by three-to-one!” said Edgar. “That sort of effort is only possible when we’re all in it together.”

This cultural and language exposure summer program was made possible by Richland College’s administrators, the School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications, the Continuing Education division, the Multicultural Center, the ESOL staff and faculty, the Health Center, the Richland College police, the Honors program, the Office of Student Life and others.

Richland College offers courses, programs and services to empower students to achieve their educational goals and become lifelong learners and global citizens, building sustainable local and world community. For more information, visit richlandcollege.edu.


illustration of hamlet classical theater actor playing character Richland College Theatre Students Receive Prestigious Internships with Shakespeare Dallas

Richland College students Lacedes Hunt and Will Frederick recently received prestigious summer internships with Shakespeare Dallas. Hunt will work with directing and Frederick will work with lighting.

“An internship with Shakespeare Dallas means that our students have the opportunity to work at one of the largest, oldest and most respected regional theatres in Dallas,” said Gregory Lush, theatre faculty member at Richland College, who will be portraying Iago in Shakespeare Dallas’ production of “Othello” this fall. “They work all summer alongside the top professionals in our field. At the end of a successfully completed internship, our students will receive personal recommendation letters.”

Internships at Shakespeare Dallas provide students the opportunity to work with top artists, designers and technicians in a professional working environment and to connect with many different theatre companies in North Texas. These unpaid internships last eight to 12 weeks and require 20-25 hours of work per week.

The Richland College Theatre program provides a well-balanced curriculum of classroom instruction and concurrent professional employment that challenges students and fosters their success in the world of drama and theatrical production. Students learn on a cutting-edge sound system and robotic lighting, giving them real-world training in all phases of production. The award-winning faculty and staff also offer in-depth classroom study and hands-on practical experience in acting, musical theatre, design and technical arts and improvisation. For more information, visit richlandcollege.edu/theatre.

Since 1971, Shakespeare Dallas has provided North Texas residents the opportunity to experience Shakespeare in a casual park setting, as well as providing cultural and educational programs to audiences of all ages. For more information, visit shakespearedallas.org.


Headshot of Kay Eggleston Richland College President to Serve on American Association of Community Colleges Board of Directors

Richland College president Kathryn K. Eggleston was recently elected to serve on the American Association of Community Colleges board of directors, with her three-year term beginning July 1.

Eggleston will be one of 32 community college representatives serving on the AACC board of directors. The board acts on behalf of AACC institutional members to create and maintain a vision for the association and to determine and ensure it is adhering to appropriate standards of performance.

As a newly elected AACC board member, Eggleston says she “looks forward to advancing key national strategic initiatives to help the more than 1,100 member community colleges to serve better their students and achieve greater success outcomes.”

Eggleston has previously served AACC in multiple capacities, including with the Commission on College Readiness, Commission on Leadership and Professional Development, Commission on Communications and Marketing and the AACC 21st Century Initiative Implementation Team 9: Faculty Engagement and Leadership Development.

Each year following its annual August board meeting, AACC solicits nominations for board seats from CEOs and presidents of institutional members. In November, the Committee on Directors and Membership Services reviews the nominations and develops the slate, which is approved by the board. Election ballots are then sent to AACC member CEOs in February to vote on the board nominees. Upon development of the slate, AACC received 19 letters of recommendation from community college representatives nationwide in support of Eggleston’s nomination to the board of directors.

“[Eggleston’s] previous and continuing service on AACC commissions, the Baldrige Foundation board, multiple chambers of commerce and the North Texas Community College Consortium are well-documented and noteworthy,” wrote Brookhaven College president Thom Chesney in his letter of recommendation to AACC. “I would add to that the deep and caring commitment she has given to employee development at Richland College by creating career pathways and support for her team members to excel at every level.”

As the primary advocacy organization for community colleges in the U.S., AACC represents nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions and more than 12 million students. The association promotes community colleges through five strategic action areas: recognition and advocacy for community colleges; student access, learning and success; community college leadership development; economic and workforce development; and global and intercultural education.

For additional information about AACC, visit aacc.nche.edu.


A group of students hold awards and pose with Richland president Kay Eggleston and the TRIO director Anita Jones. Richland College TRIO Student Support Services Celebrates 25 Years

Richland College TRIO Student Support Services recently celebrated its 25-year anniversary during an on-campus reception. The TRIO-SSS program at Richland College is a component of the federal TRIO programs funded by U.S. Department of Education, and it serves approximately 270 students annually.

“TRIO programs are part of a legacy of educational equity stemming from the Civil Rights movement and established from the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964,” said Anita Jones, director of community programs for TRIO-SSS at Richland College. “Each year, Richland’s TRIO-SSS program contributes data on persistence, good academic standing and certificate and transfer rates to the U.S. Department of Education. The 2016-17 academic year, we exceeded 22 percent above the baseline in our certificate completion reporting.”

TRIO is a set of federally funded college-based educational opportunity outreach programs that equip and support students from low-income backgrounds — including military veterans and students with disabilities. Currently serving more than 828,000 students from middle school through post-graduate study, TRIO provides academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance and other support necessary to promote college access, retention and graduation.

TRIO programs assist students in overcoming the obstacles they face as the first generation in their families to attend and graduate from a four-year university. Today, an estimated 5 million students have graduated from college with the support and assistance of TRIO programs across the country. For more information about TRIO programs, visit ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html.

Since 1993, The TRIO-SSS program at Richland College has assisted eligible students in achieving their academic pursuits by offering a number of customized academic components designed to increase college retention and graduation rates. These free services include academic advisement, tutoring, assistance in financial aid application, university field trips, college success workshops and cultural enrichment opportunities. For more information, visit richlandcollege.edu/sss.


Shannon Cunningham, M.T. Hickman and Dwight Riley pose together, with M.T. holding her award from MPI. Richland College HEEM Lead Faculty M.T. Hickman Honored with Leadership Award from MPI DFW Chapter

M.T. Hickman, lead faculty of Richland College’s Hospitality, Exhibitions and Event Management program, was honored with the Colleen Rickenbacher Leadership Award at the 16th annual Certified Meeting Professional and Certificate in Meeting Management Recognition Event, hosted by the Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter of Meeting Professionals International April 26.

Hickman was one of three finalists for the award, and her selection was based on her impact on enhancing the relationships with meeting professionals and students in Richland College’s HEEM program. Her efforts have not only raised the visibility of the program, but she has a history of actively engaging students at industry events and encouraging them to join professional organizations and pursue industry certifications.

“M.T. is passionate about the industry and works hard to provide hands-on learning opportunities for Richland College HEEM students,” said Dwight Riley, dean of the Richland College School of Business. “She is a leader who inspires her students and colleagues to pursue their dreams.”

The Colleen Rickenbacher Leadership Award recognizes a member of the MPI Dallas/Ft. Worth chapter who makes a difference in the meetings industry through leadership contributions, commitment to education and advocacy in the cause of professional certifications.

Hickman, a CMP and Certified Protocol Etiquette and Civility Professional, is also a co-founder and current co-chair of the IMEX America and IMEX Frankfurt Faculty Engagement Programs that are part of the annual IMEX America and Frankfurt exhibitions for incentive travel, meetings and events. The Faculty Engagement Programs bring together faculty from around the world to discuss issues in meetings and events related to preparing students for careers in the industry.

In addition, for 16 years Hickman has brought together industry leaders and students to plan and produce the HEEM Scholarship Luncheon and Silent Auction, an annual event that has now raised more than $50,000 in scholarship funds for HEEM students at Richland College.

The Richland College HEEM program offers courses in the hospitality industry that prepare students for jobs as a marketing coordinator, show director, sales administrator, meeting manager, special events coordinator and event planners. Students can complete the Meetings and Events Management certificate, Hospitality and Tourism Management certificate or the Hospitality, Exhibitions and Event Management Associate of Applied Sciences degree.

MPI is the largest meeting and event industry association worldwide. Founded in 1972, MPI provides innovative and relevant education, networking opportunities and business exchanges and acts as a prominent voice for the promotion and growth of the industry. MPI has a global community of 60,000 meeting and event professionals and more than 90 chapters and clubs in 19 countries.


Natalie Tran stands at a podium, smiling and addressing a crowd behind the photographer. Eight Richland College Students Recieve APIASF AANAPISI Scholarships

Eight Richland College students recently received the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution 2018 scholarships. These students include Tran (Jenni) Tran, Joe Cung Tha Lian, Khiem Huynh, Ngan (Natalie) Tran, Roshan Karki, Suhail Sabharwal, Tha Blay Paw and Tho Trieu. They were honored at a scholarship reception on campus May 2.

“I am happy to see students using resources offered to them,” said Michelle Nguyen, AANAPISI program services coordinator at Richland College. “I am so proud of all of the students who received the APIASF AANAPISI scholarship, and I know this means a lot to them. I have seen that they are more confident and motivated since receiving this recognition.”

Jenni Tran, originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, is majoring in business. Lian, originally from Chin, Myanmar, is majoring in education. Huynh, originally from Vietnam, is majoring in computer science with a minor in software engineering. Natalie Tran, originally from Vietnam, is majoring in hospitality management. Karki, originally from Nepal, is majoring in computer science. Sabharwal, from Dallas, is majoring in healthcare administration. Paw, originally from the refugee camp Umphiem in Thailand, is majoring in accounting. Trieu, originally from Chau Phu District, An Giang Province, Vietnam, is majoring in accounting.

The APIASF AANAPISI scholarship is given to students attending APIASF AANAPISI partner colleges and universities, who live at or below the poverty level, are the first in their families to attend college, are representative of the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community’s diversity and have placed strong emphasis on community service, leadership and academic achievement. For more information, visit apiasf.org/aanapisischolarship.

Richland College is the only higher education institution in Texas that has been awarded an AANAPISI grant due to its large percentage of APIA student population. It was awarded a second five-year, $1.5 million grant in 2015. The AANAPISI program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Office of Postsecondary Education for five consecutive years. The AANAPISI program at Richland College aims to recognize and support the needs of our growing APIA student population by providing resources and opportunities for degree attainment and advancement. For more information, visit richlandcollege.edu/sliferlc/aanapisi.