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Basketball Player Caleb Williams Named First Team NJCAA All-American

Congratulations to Richland basketball player Caleb Williams, who was recently named First Team National Junior College Athletic Association All-American! Caleb has played guard on the men’s basketball team under Coach Jon Havens for two years. For the 2018-19 season, he averaged 19.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

“Perseverance,” said Jon, when asked to describe one thing that sticks out to him about Caleb. “Caleb lost his memory after taking a hit in football his senior year of high school, and he had to re-learn most everything. He had to red-shirt and not play basketball his first year out of high school. He then transferred to Richland and has maintained a 3.0 GPA while here. He went from a player that averaged 8 points per game as a freshman to a player that averaged 19.9 points and 8.5 rebounds during his sophomore season, leading his team to a Region Championship and third place finish in the nation.”

After graduating with his associate degree from Richland this May, Caleb will attend East Central University in Ada, OK, on a full athletic scholarship in the fall. He will be majoring in kinesiology with the hopes of becoming a physical therapist after graduation.

Richland College offering a broad view of healthcare occupations, March 26-29

According to the 2010-11 Edition Occupational Outlook Handbook published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the economy half are related to healthcare. Additionally, about 26 percent of all new jobs created in this nation will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry, creating 4 million new jobs.

With this growth comes a greater need for training and education in health science fields. Aspiring healthcare workers can receive a broad range of information on the field from working professionals and healthcare educators at the Health Professions Information Days session March 26-29, 2012, at Richland College.

Guests will have the opportunity to explore a broad range of healthcare careers including radiology technology, sonography, occupational therapy, dental hygiene and more. Breakout sessions facilitated by Dallas-area university recruiters and program directors, as well as local doctors. Universities represented will include the University of Texas system, University of North Texas, Texas Christian University, Parker University and others.

To view a detailed schedule of events, click here http://www.richlandcollege.edu/medcareers/InfoDays.pdf.

For more information, please contact Mike Bell at mcbell@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6015.

Richland College Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Richland College has achieved a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of their sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.

Through its educational programs, services, processes and practices, Richland College is actively committed to the triple-bottom line of social equity and justice, economic viability and environmental vitality. Richland College students, faculty and staff are involved in instructional, service learning, social justice, recycling and waste minimization initiatives that help empower students to achieve their educational goals and become lifelong learners and responsible global citizens, building sustainable local and world community. The U.S. Green Building Council recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for Richland’s Sabine Hall science building and LEED Gold certification for Richland’s Garland Campus. It is Richland College’s intent that the systems and operations of these buildings function in ways that produce minimal impact to the environment and carbon footprint and provide daily, measurable lessons from which students, faculty, staff, and community visitors can learn and teach how a building can function in ways that are friendly, neutral, and sustaining to the environment.

“Richland College actively participates in AASHE STARS as an efficient, encouraging method for us to measure and track our performance excellence in various aspects of sustainability, as well as to benchmark data, processes and programs with other higher education institutions. Ever committed to our college vision to be the best place we can be to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community, we are committed to modeling practices that promote a robust natural environment and an abundant quality of life for future generations,” stated Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College interim president.

AASHE’s STARS program is the only one of its kind that involves publicly reporting comprehensive information related to a college or university’s sustainability performance. Participants report achievements in three overall areas: 1) education & research, 2) operations, and 3) planning, administration & engagement.
“STARS was developed by the campus sustainability community to provide high standards for recognizing campus sustainability efforts,” said AASHE Executive Director Paul Rowland. “Richland College has demonstrated a substantial commitment to sustainability by achieving a STARS Silver Rating and is to be congratulated for their efforts.”

Unlike other rating or ranking systems, this program is open to all institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada, and the criteria that determine a STARS Rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Because STARS is a program based on credits earned, it allows for both internal comparisons as well as comparisons with similar institutions.

“Completing our STARS assessment let’s us see both how far we’ve come and what distance we still have to go. And the ability to compare with other colleges helps us determine whether where we are is where we should be. Best of all, we can learn from other colleges as we move forward,” said Dr. Mary Jo Dondlinger, Richland College director of institutional effectiveness.

About AASHE:
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. It provides resources, professional development and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research. For more information about AASHE, visit www.aashe.org.

For more information about the STARS program, visit stars.aashe.org.

Richland College Receives EPA WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year Award

e50 copyThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced Richland College in Dallas has received the 2010 WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year Award. During 2009, Richland participated in RecycleMania for the first time, using thoughtful collection strategies to recycle more than 66 tons of materials and divert another 65 tons of waste from landfills during 10 weeks of competition. For it’s outstanding level of commitment to sustainability, Richland also received the 2009 Business and Industry Environmental Award from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

“By reusing resources Richland College is making sure our garbage isn’t going to waste,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “Their efforts remind Americans of the importance of recycling and help transform our throw-away culture into a recycling culture.”

Richland has made a concerted effort to reuse items ranging from inter-office envelopes to old classroom doors, which are turned into desks for use around the campus. In 2009, Richland focused particular attention on waste prevention surrounding campus construction projects. Rather than tearing down several buildings that were no longer in use, Richland moved the structures to another area of campus and turned them into carpenter shops, and a furniture and custodial supply center. During construction of Richland’s new LEED Platinum-designed-and-constructed science building, Sabine Hall, more than 87 percent of the construction waste was recycled, including 204 tons of concrete, 47 tons of metal, 600 tons of demolition debris, and more than 5,000 tons of sand, dirt, and soil. The soil was used to add height to berms on the north side of campus, which will provide a windbreak and reduce heating costs for buildings in the winter. Richland’s 2009 waste reduction efforts resulted in greenhouse gas emission reductions of nearly 2,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent or equivalent to 220,000 gallons of gasoline.

“Richland College is honored to accept the 2010 EPA WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year award as another significant accomplishment in our ongoing commitment to our Richland College vision to be the best place we can be to learn, teach, and build sustainable local and world community,” said Richland’s interim president Dr. Kay Eggleston. “We are committed to being leaders in our community and beyond by modeling ways to minimize global-warming emissions and educating our students and graduates to help achieve a future of climate neutrality resulting in a robust natural environment and an abundant quality of life for future generations.”

WasteWise is a free, voluntary EPA program through which organizations eliminate costly municipal solid waste and select industrial wastes, benefiting their bottom line and the environment. WasteWise members can join as partners, endorsers, or both. WasteWise helps its partners meet goals to reduce and recycle municipal solid waste and selected industrial wastes.

More information on EPA’s WasteWise program is available here.

More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available here.

EPA audio file is available here.

News about Richland’s sustainability efforts is available here.

Richland College Hosts Fundraiser to Renovate Planetarium Honoring Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
Buzz Aldrin

Buzz Aldrin

Aldrin presentation: “Landing on the Moon and Getting to Mars” October 30, 2009, Richland College, Dallas, Texas

Richland College, a college of the Dallas County Community College District, will host a fundraising event on Fri., Oct. 30 to modernize and rename its planetarium in honor of retired U.S. Air Force pilot and astronaut Buzz Aldrin, who in 1969 helped pilot Apollo 11 to the first landing on the moon. The new Aldrin Planetarium will be transformed into a hands-on learning environment for science, engineering, and arts students, while serving as an important resource for all North Texas communities.

“This landmark event will be an opportunity for people not only to meet Buzz Aldrin, but also to make a real difference in the lives of students and young people, who will be given a chance to explore and appreciate the wonder and beauty of space with this new, state-of-the-art, multi-purpose planetarium,” says Michael Gorton, former Richland College adjunct astronomy/physics instructor and successful local businessman. “The planetarium will encourage and inspire young people to follow in Buzz’s footsteps and Neil Armstrong’s famous words – “A small step for man and a giant leap for mankind”. Aldrin and the new facility will inspire and motivate community college students and tomorrow makers to pursue careers in science and engineering.

With the support of monetary donations, the Aldrin Planetarium will be transformed into a world-class multimedia facility serving the North Texas area – and beyond. It will raise the quality of education in the area to a new level by bringing together students, educators, corporations and organizations designed to build communities and enrich lives through celestial presentations that teach, entertain, and train.

The kickoff fundraising event on Oct. 30 will feature Aldrin’s presentation, “Landing on the Moon and Getting to Mars.”

4 p.m. at Richland College:
•$300 VIP admission includes: reserved seating, meet and greet with Buzz Aldrin, tour of planetarium to be restored, tour of Richland’s new LEED Platinum-designed and constructed science building, photo with Buzz Aldrin, copy of his book, Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon, and signed copy of the photo “Buzz on the Moon.”
5 p.m. at Richland College
•$150 general admission includes: general seating and signed photo copy of the photo “Buzz on the Moon”
•Later that evening, a private dinner will be hosted for corporate sponsors. For those interested in attending, please contact Heidi Boetsch-Loewinsohn at 469-831-2928.

“As one of the most respected, innovative community colleges in Texas, Richland College is the ideal institution for fostering this kind of advancement in education and technology,” Michael Gorton adds. “We’re not only honoring a great American hero in Buzz Aldrin – who ranks as a modern Christopher Columbus — but also creating a rich environment for developing great scientific minds and future explorers. We invite the entire city of Dallas to work on this remarkable opportunity and make it happen with excellence.”

New Richland College satellite campus to serve as a Gateway to Your Education with DCCCD while being ‘gold’ in energy efficiency

Richland College officially opened its Garland Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. The new facility, located on the corner of Walnut and Glenbrook, serves as a location for area companies, organizations, and individuals to obtain highly specialized, contract corporate and workforce training and also functions as an educational gateway for student intake and outreach services for area residents and businesses to access main campus college credit programs and courses at Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro colleges.

“We are eager for this first facility on Richland’s new 21-acre Garland campus to serve as a nearby gateway to Garland-area residents to learn more about the many educational opportunities the DCCCD has to offer, especially at the main campuses of Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro Colleges,” said Steve Mittelstet, Richland’s president for the past 30 years.

Innovative, eco-friendly design and construction

VAI Architects provided master planning for this new, state-of-the-art facility. It is the first public project built as part of the master planned redevelopment for downtown Garland. The building was designed to provide a new public plaza link to proposed urban redevelopment and nearby DART rail and bus stations.

It is also the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-designed/constructed project in the City of Garland. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED is an internationally recognized certification system that measures energy efficiency including energy savings, water efficiency, and CO2 emissions reduction. It is Richland’s intent that the systems and operations of this new building will function in efficient ways that produce minimal impact to the environment while providing lessons to its students and surrounding community on sustainability. It is hoped that the money saved on energy can be reinvested in workforce development instruction, student outreach services, and student learning success. Some of its “green” features include:

-It is located immediately adjacent to the Downtown Garland DART Rail Station to promote the convenient use of public transportation;
-A prominent single-slope roof that harvests rainwater in underground storage tanks for use irrigating all plant materials; its white reflection reduces the sun’s heating effects on the building’s cooling system;
-Motion-sensor faucets and double-flush toilet mechanisms in restrooms conserve water use; waterless urinals in men’s restrooms save up to 20,000 gallons of water per year per fixture; and
-Building construction materials contain low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) levels, reducing pollutants and improving indoor air quality for occupants.

g1-copyThe facility is organized into three functional building areas that consist of the main central gallery, a separate administration wing and a classrooms/computer lab wing for training opportunities. Each functional building area is oriented to take advantage of proper solar orientation in accordance with fundamental sustainability design concepts. Exterior and interior finish materials consist primarily of large blocks of split-face native Texas limestone, local brick similar to the main Richland campus, low E insulated glass and metal panels.

Programs offered

Career-related education, training, and services are the focus of the first phase of this new 21-acre campus. Dallas County companies will be able to access training for both new hires and currently employed workers to enhance their skills, which in turn will provide greater opportunities for advancement for individuals and strengthen companies and overall Garland-area economic development.

Currently, the campus is providing a machine operator program in response to a need voiced by the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association through the Garland Chamber of Commerce. A medical office specialist program is also underway to train skilled, non-clinical support specialists in a medical setting as front office staffing, scheduling clerks, patient coordinators, and individuals to verify insurance. Specific programming will continue to evolve as the needs and demands of the local workforce expand.

Garland Chamber of Commerce and community partnerships

This remote campus also provides a separate lease space for use by the Garland Chamber of Commerce, with its own identifiable entry. This unique arrangement further solidifies Richland’s commitment to partnering with area businesses, particularly with the Garland-area manufacturing industry, to build relationships and stimulate the economy.

“The mission of the Garland Chamber is taking primary responsibility for a sustainable economy in Garland. To that end, a marriage between the Chamber and the Richland College Garland Campus is an ideal fit. This relationship along with the existing partnership of the Garland Independent School District, the City of Garland and the Chamber makes us one of the most competitive communities in the country,” says Garland Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Mayer.

The 6,000-square-foot, two-story glass gallery space at the Garland Campus links both the Chamber’s lease space and college administration wing to the education wing. The gallery will serve a variety of functions including career fairs, university/college fairs, intercultural festivals, and neighborhood association celebrations.

Mittelstet added, “We look forward to future expansion of our new Garland campus with other potential area partners, such as the Garland Independent School District, to help young students from GISD move successfully into college and on into universities and careers, with lifelong learning opportunities to meet the dynamic demands of a rapidly changing economy and workforce that are requisite in building and maintaining a robust, sustainable community.”

For more information, please contact Anitra Cotton at anitracotton@dcccd.edu or 972-238-6022.

Richland Gaming students help develop “Serious Games” for iStation
Richland Gaming students Don Massey (left) and Clint Werth (center) brainstorm on a project with Dan Kuenster, Vice President of Creative Services at iStation.

Richland Gaming students Don Massey (left) and Clint Werth (center) brainstorm on a project with Dan Kuenster, Vice President of Creative Services at iStation.

The primary objective of students attending college is to receive an education that will prepare them for whatever career choices they aspire to have.

Thanks to the education they are receiving from the Interactive Simulation and Game Technology (ISGT) program at Richland College, Don Massey and Clint Werth are already accomplishing that as they both currently work full time at iStation in Richardson, Texas.

iStation, where Massey and Werth were interns before becoming full-time employees while still in college, is a revolutionary Internet-based, gaming-like education network and integrated reading and intervention program. Founded in 1998, iStation individualizes instruction for each student, recommends individual and small group instruction and provides reports, which enable educators to meet state and federal reporting and accountability requirements.

At iStation, Massey and Werth have been helpful in building the company’s online training programs, mini movies/tutorials and Web-based training modules for teachers and administrators. Additionally, they produce games for iStation’s earth science, life science, physical science and advanced reading programs.

“These ‘games’ are being used in all levels of education for instructing and assessing students in many different subject areas,” Jeremy Roden, ISGT program director and professor at Richland College, said. “Don and Clint are using what they learned in our program at Richland to help develop and improve learning technologies.”

In addition, public and private schools across the country are beginning to completely understand how research backed ‘serious gaming’ will help improve educational toolsets. The faculty and administration at Richland College are very proud to see Don and Clint help evolve learning strategies in today’s digital classroom.

Gaming program preparing Richland College students for jobs

Richland College’s Gaming educational track focuses on applying interactive simulation technology to develop educational software for schools, like iStation, and businesses, where digital games and simulations can be used to make learning engaging, interactive and self-directed.

Don Massey works on digital components that will become part of a full-scale, computer-generated learning game.

Don Massey works on digital components that will become part of a full-scale, computer-generated learning game.

Also, the educational game design specialization is applicable for:

  • Game designers and programmers creating educational games or instructional software;
  • Teachers interested in innovative learning technologies for the classroom and as ongoing professional development;
  • Educational personnel wanting to learn more about using digital games and animation technology as learning tools; and
  • Marketing professionals wanting to create promotional learning materials for a company’s products or services.

“Having that broad spectrum of everything, from photo manipulation to video editing, has really helped out,” Massey said about the ISGT program. “When I came here [iStation], whenever they have a problem that needs to be fixed, I say, ‘hey I know how to do that.’ ”

And since their arrival at iStation, the company’s upper management has had nothing but positive things to say about them and the education they are receiving from Richland College.

“They are kicking in real work that is being directly used in what is going out with our professional products. They are making a large contribution,” Marc Gilpin, Art Director and Authoring Manager at iStation, said. “Within the first two weeks of Clint coming to the company, he helped me dramatically. I was impressed with Clint immediately. The education he got at Richland helped him do that.”

Richland College receives $15k for engineering scholarships
Dr. Stephen Mittelstet (left) and Dr. Kristyn Edney (center) receive a check from Cindy Keiths (right), co-chair of the Tech Titan Awards.

Dr. Stephen Mittelstet (left) and Dr. Kristyn Edney (center) receive a check from Cindy Bond Keith (right), co-chair of the Tech Titan Awards.

Last week, Richland College President, Dr. Stephen Mittelstet, and Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science, and Engineering (RCHS) Principal, Dr. Kristyn Edney, accepted a $15,000 check from the Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC). The check was part of RCHS’ winnings for the Tech Titan of the Future Award (University Level) received last September during the MTBC’s eighth annual awards gala. RCHS was recognized for its inventive approaches to “closing gaps in the K-16 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) student pipeline in its region’s engineering technology-related workforce.”

Cindi Bond Keith, Tech Titan Awards co-chair, presented the check and had this to say about the award, “Overall what we were looking for were places to go and give money where they are trying to make an impact on the future and to what’s going on in engineering in our own market.”

The Tech Titan of the Future Award was created to recognize innovative programs in higher education that prepare students for future careers in engineering technology-related fields. The $15,000 will go toward scholarships for RCHS engineering students who have not completed their engineering course sequence when they receive their RCHS diploma. Scholarship funds will also be available to other Richland College engineering students.

For more information about this award, contact Anitra Cotton at 972-238-6022. To read other RCHS news, visit the Richland College news and media page.

Richland to host its 25th Annual Literary Festival featuring renowned poets and composers

World-renowned poet, painter, composer and translator Alvaro Cardona-Hine will be the keynote speaker for the 25th Annual Richland College Literary Festival, Feb. 26-28. The three-day series of events includes:

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Alvaro Cardona-Hine, 9:30 a.m., F108
Readings of original works by RLC students, 11 a.m., F108
Poet Jonathan “GNO” White, 7 p.m., C140

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Poet Jerry McElveen, 10:10 a.m., F108
Poet and translator Susan Briante, 11:15 a.m., F108
Poet Joe Stanco, 7 p.m., S116
Richland College Theatre’s “Guys and Dolls,” 7:30 p.m., F102

Thursday, Feb. 28
Poet and essayist Sheryl St. Germain, 9:30 a.m., F108
Author Shin Yu Pai, 11 a.m., F108
Readings of original works by RLC faculty members, 7 p.m., C140

For more information, call 972-238-6194.