Richland College Honors Program coordinator Kathleen Stephens was recently named Region 3 Chapter Advisor of the Year by the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. According to NSCS, she was selected for her “strong leadership and unwavering support and dedication to the NSCS Chapter at Richland College.”
Stephens is the founding advisor for the Richland College NSCS chapter, which began in spring 2015. Colleague Patrick Moore, professor in the School of Social Sciences and Wellness, is also an NSCS advisor.
“It’s been a remarkable experience to watch our NSCS chapter grow from a new honor society in spring 2015 to have it achieve Gold Star status for the first time this year from the national office,” said Stephens. “I enjoy participating in the leadership development of chapter officers and helping them learn how to handle communication, responsibility and delegation. I’m very proud of them and all that they have achieved.”
In addition to her full-time duties as Honors Program coordinator, Stephens’ responsibilities as an NSCS advisor include attending new member induction ceremonies, meetings and events sponsored by the chapter; and sharing advice with officers and members.
“Your passion and commitment for student success are evident and you go above and beyond to support the chapter and encourage chapter officers to be leaders,” said Susan Kuper, director of Chapter Advisor and Campus Relations at NCSC. “We are impressed by the student leaders of your chapter and all that they have accomplished this year.”
As part of her award, Stephens will be awarded a $150 professional stipend. Her registration fee for the Leadership Excellence and Advisor Development certification online course, offered to NSCS advisors in June 2019, will also be waived.
Founded in 1994 at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., NSCS is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is a recognized organization at more than 300 campuses across the country. This nonprofit honors organization recognizes and elevates high achievers and provides career and graduate school connections, leadership and service opportunities, and awards one million dollars in scholarships annually¾more than any other honor society. For more information, visit nscs.org.
The NSCS chapter at Richland College is part of Region 3, which consists of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Hawaii. Richland’s chapter achieved Gold Star status for the first time in spring 2019, an honor that reflects the chapter’s highly engaged members. The officers have organized several community service events this year, including a mental health awareness event as part of NSCS’s partnership with Active Minds. For more information about Richland’s NSCS chapter, visit richlandcollege.edu/cd/instruct-divisions/rlc/mshp/honors-program/pages/nscs.aspx. Students who have earned at least a 3.4 GPA on 9 college-level credit hours may self-nominate to NSCS at nscs.org/self-nomination.
In keeping with its mission of teaching, learning and community building, Richland College, in collaboration with the Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution program, has hosted each fall since 2016 the Minority Serving Institution Convening, a conference dedicated to providing higher education professionals with tools to impact the academic success of students at minority-serving institutions. After attending the 2018 MSI Convening, “Minority Student Success: Using Data to Effect Change,” last October, many attendees left the convening with more than just insight on how to achieve minority student success: some also left with a zeal to put ideas learned into practice and provide education and encouragement for others to follow in those same footsteps.
As an MSI Student Fellow, Richland College student Camryn Morrow was nominated by a faculty member to participate in the 2018 MSI Convening. Of everything Morrow heard at the convening, one thing impacted her the most: the importance of showing empathy. “The MSI Convening helped Richland College because it emphasized that professors should go beyond just teaching¾even expressing an ounce of empathy ensures that all students have the same opportunity to succeed,” said Morrow.
Overall, Morrow was encouraged by what she learned at the MSI Convening. “I found the presentations to be reassuring,” she said. “They showed that despite what we don’t see, many things are happening behind the scenes to fix what students consider to be some of the most prevalent of issues, including race. I would highly recommend others attend a future MSI Convening to learn more.” Morrow will also be attending the 2019 MSI Convening, this time to share her experiences at the 2018 conference and as a student at Richland College.
Cassandra Himes, College Connections advisor at the College of the Mainland in Texas City, also attended the 2018 MSI Convening. Upon returning to their institution, Himes and her colleague, Stephanie Dilissio, used what they learned at the convening and put together a presentation for the COM Student Services Leadership Council to share their takeaways and actionable items. Now COM is using the practices and information Himes and Dilissio acquired to examine the college’s processes, including the way COM collects data, the need for all units at COM to collect and analyze quantitative data and the importance of initiating courageous conversations about equity, inclusive excellence and quality programs.
“After attending the MSI Convening, I have a clearer understanding of equity, inclusive excellence and quality, and how to translate those into campus practice,” said Himes. “I approach my work with the guiding question: ‘How can we, at College of the Mainland, continue to improve the way we collect and use quantitative data to design, evaluate, modify and improve programs and initiatives to address the success of minority and underserved students?’ On a personal level, the MSI Convening reignited my commitment to the statement ‘all means all.’”
Himes plans on returning to Richland College to attend the 2019 MSI Convening, and she encourages all higher education professionals to do the same.
Jennifer Baggett, professor of biology at Richland College and MSI Convening faculty program chair, said, “By working hard to provide a high-quality, free conference with nationally recognized speakers, we have created an affordable opportunity for community colleges and other minority-serving institutions to convene, collaborate and learn about research and programs in a data-focused way to improve minority student success. The feedback we’ve received from attendees has been overwhelmingly positive, especially about the quality of presenters, both invited and those selected from breakout session proposals.”
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. The 2019 MSI Convening will be at Richland College Oct. 18-19. Proposals to present are being accepted now through June 7. The MSI Convening is made possible in part through a grant from the AANAPISI program of the Department of Education.
Richland College serves as more than just the host college¾it completely plans and executes the conference each year. The planning team is led by convening chair and executive dean for the School of Social Sciences LaQueta L. Wright, faculty program chairs Baggett, Michael Puente and Rolanda Randle, and faculty logistics chair M.T. Hickman. This team identified the theme and created the structure for a four-year series of conferences, “Using Data to Effect Change”; secured funding support from community partners; invited and guided nationally recognized keynote and plenary speakers; solicited and selected breakout session proposals; oversaw the creation of the conference website, call for proposals and registration system; organized and planned facilities, food and host hotels for the convening, including the evening networking reception and breakfast and lunch on both days; and oversaw the advertising and marketing of the convening, both locally and nationally.
“As the final year of our four-year, grant-funded MSI Convening series approaches, we look forward to seeing what Richland College does from here,” added Baggett. “We have built new relationships with community colleges and four-year minority-serving institutions over the last few years, and we look forward to cementing those relationships into collaborations that lead us all forward in our efforts to improve student success through data-informed programs and initiatives.”
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 16% 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.
For more information about the 2019 MSI Convening, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/msi-convening.
Richland College dual credit high school students Samuel Flanagan and Paige Smith helped the Dallas County Community College District win the Division III Most Environmental Impact Award at the EarthX conference, held at Fair Park April 26-28, with their unique project that was part of DCCCD’s “Sustainable U” exhibit.
The Most Environmental Impact Award is given to a group with an outstanding presentation that inspires others to adopt a more sustainable lifestyle. Flanagan and Smith’s project was a boat made entirely out of plastic water bottles. During one month, the students collected a total of five hundred used water bottles from two families of four. Flanagan and Smith then designed and built a boat that holds a capacity of three hundred pounds and floats on water, which they tested by paddling out on White Rock Lake. The project took them one year to complete.
“Samuel and Paige were motivated by their passion to bring environmental awareness and consciousness to our community about how much bottled water we consume and the impact of these bottles, not only on our landfills, but also in our oceans,” said Sonia Ford, Sustainability Project Coordinator at Richland College.
The water bottle boat was very popular among the patrons of EarthX, including elementary school students, seniors, alumni, environmental groups, EarthX judges and DCCCD students. There were also many Richland College representatives at this event, including faculty members Tara Urbanski, Daniella Pezzo, Tiffany Savage and Michael Li; staff members Ford and Cindy Hood, and 35 student volunteers.
“In addition to fulfilling Richland College’s vision to learn, teach and build sustainable local and world community, this project also exemplified Richland’s culture of creativity, innovation, competitiveness and leadership,” added Ford.
All other DCCCD colleges attended EarthX to promote DCCCD’s 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Read more about these goals and how they can be used to achieve a better and more sustainable future for everyone at www.dcccd.edu/au/sustainability/initiatives/un-sdgs/pages/default.aspx.
EarthX is an international nonprofit organization whose purpose is to educate and inspire people to action toward a more sustainable future. It hosts the world’s largest environmental expo and conference sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the world. Learn more at https://earthx.org.
Richland College has tracked energy consumption since 1975, and it records and assesses key performance indicators for energy and water usage and recycling. In 2017, Richland College became the first and only educational institution to be awarded the City of Dallas Zero Waste Management Gold Level Green Business certification for its efforts in preventing waste, incorporating recycling and promoting reuse and compost in its operations. In 2010 and 2011, Richland College was awarded the Environmental Protection Agency WasteWise Award for University and College Partner of the Year. Richland College also won the national Recyclemania Grand Championship in 2016 and the Texas Grand Championship each year from 2010 to 2018. For more information about Richland College’s green initiatives, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/greenrichland.
Richland College TRIO Student Support Services honored six students as TRIO Achievers at the 2019 TRIO Day Student Success Celebration, attended by Rep. Colin Allred (TX-32), Apr. 24. The students honored were Whitney Boyer, Nick Gjonaj, Felicia Keto, Christian Lara, Cedrick Munongo and Brytha Nkrumah.
“The federal TRIO programs are a set of educational opportunity programs established in 1964 that enable either first-generation-to-college or low-income students and underrepresented special needs populations to earn college degrees,” said Kathryn K. Eggleston, Richland College president. “The Richland College TRIO Student Support Services program is a component of the federal TRIO programs.”
At the event, Rep. Allred addressed the students and other guests, praising the accomplishments of the TRIO Achievers and encouraging the students not to give up on their version of the American dream.
“I want to congratulate the students here at Richland College, and the families who supported them, who succeeded in part because of this wonderful TRIO program,” said Rep. Allred. “This program, and really the charge of Richland College generally, provides opportunities for so many students throughout north Texas.”
Following Rep. Allred’s remarks, students Keto, Lara, Munongo and Nkrumah each told their personal stories of hardship and ultimate success in a TED Talks-style format. Keto, Munongo and Nkrumah are immigrants to the U.S. and outlined the paths they took not just to arrive in the U.S., but to succeed at Richland College. Lara, a first generation American, shared his story of his troubled past, showing a determination not only to succeed, but thrive.
“Success is the biggest thing that we should strive for, and we should never let anyone take that away from us,” Lara said. “The only person that can stop us is ourselves.”
The presentation, recorded by Richland Student Media, is available in its entirety at www.richlandstudentmedia.com/videos/trio.
TRIO programs assist students in overcoming the obstacles they face as the first generation in their families to attend and graduate from a college or 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 www.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 several 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 www.richlandcollege.edu/sss.
Richland College and New England College recently partnered to offer an easy transition for Richland students interested in earning a bachelor’s degree in cyber security. Students can transfer their A.A.S. in Cyber Security from Richland College to a bachelor’s degree from NEC without having to leave Richland College.
Interested students can learn more about this partnership at an information session from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Apr. 30, in Sabine Hall, room SH117.
This unique partnership will allow students to get into a bachelor’s degree program by continuing to take classes on the Richland College campus. NEC faculty will teach bachelor-level courses on-site at Richland, and NEC will accept all 60 credits students earned in their Dallas County Community College District associate degrees. Additionally, there is a potential for transferring up to 30 more credits through additional coursework or prior learning assessments.
This hybrid program is designed for busy schedules and will only meet at Richland College one night per week. More information about this program is available here.
For additional information about Richland College’s cyber security program, click here.
Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas. A map of Richland College is available here. Sabine Hall is most easily accessible by taking the Abrams Rd. entrance of Richland College and parking in lots A, B, C or D.
Register now for Maymester, Summer and Fall 2019!
Registration is now open for all current and incoming Richland College students!
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Don’t forget Richland College also offers online classes and eight-week flex term classes with start dates throughout the fall semester!
2019 Term Dates:
Maymester: May 17 – June 5
Summer I: June 6 – July 3
Summer II: July 8 – Aug. 8
Fall: Aug. 26 – Dec. 12
Questions? Contact the Richland College Admissions Office at 972-238-6948.
Richland College is offering multiple sections of the Amazon Web Services Academy Solutions Architect class during summer and fall 2019. These AWS curriculum courses are designed to prepare students for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification exam.
For students who need flexible class scheduling, online and evening courses are being offered, in addition to daytime courses.
The classes being offered are as follows:
May 20 – July 3 — 12:30-4:15 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
May 20 – Aug. 7 — 5:45-9:20 p.m. Mon. and Wed.
May 20 – Aug. 8 — Online Course
Aug. 26 – Oct. 16 — 1:00-3:45 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
Aug. 26 – Dec. 12 — 5:45-8:40 p.m. Mon. and Wed.
Sept. 9 – Nov. 27 — Online Course
Oct. 22 – Dec. 12 — 1:00-3:45 p.m. Mon.-Thur.
In these classes, students will develop technical expertise in cloud computing and will have access to course manuals, online knowledge assessments, a free practice certification exam and a discount voucher for the actual certification exam.
With AWS being the industry leader in cloud computing, AWS certification holders are extremely relevant and valued in the IT job market. According to the Global Knowledge 2018 IT Skills and Salary Survey, the average salary of AWS-certified professionals is 29 percent higher than average certified staff.
For information on registering for these classes at Richland College, contact Kaylin Ortiz at 972-238-6069.
Exercise your right to vote! Richland College and Richland College Garland Campus are early voting locations for Dallas County residents through Apr. 30, 2019.
Early voting at Richland College is on the main floor of Guadalupe Hall.
Hours for both locations are as follows:
Now-Apr. 27 – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Apr. 28 – 1 to 6 p.m.
Apr. 29-30 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For additional information about early voting in Dallas County, including other early voting locations, click here.
Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.
Richland College Garland Campus is located at 675 W. Walnut St. in Garland.
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.
Celebrate outstanding literary works and cultural diversity at the two festivals Richland College is hosting: The Literary Festival April 9-11 and the Intercultural Festival April 10. These free events are open to all faculty, staff, students and the community.
The 36th Annual Richland College Literary Festival will be held in the Lago Vista Gallery of the Richland College Library. This festival introduces students and the community to local talent and the DFW literary scene through distinguished authors, panel discussions, student and faculty readings and related activities.
This year’s theme, “Go Local!”, celebrates Texas artists and local literary forces. The exceptional line-up of speakers includes:
Tuesday, Apr. 9:
- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Octavio Solis – Author of more than 20 plays, who is considered one of the most prominent Latino playwrights in America. His latest is the acclaimed book, “Retablos: Stories from a Life Lived Along the Border.”
- 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Michael Federico – playwright/author of “The Manufactured Myth of Evelyn Flynn” and “On the Eve,” which achieved great success and were produced in New York, San Diego and other locations.
Wednesday, Apr. 10:
- 10:10-11:05 a.m.: Sandy Petersen – Game designer famous for a board game titled “Cthulhu Wars,” based on the mythos of H.P. Lovecraft.
- 11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m.: CARVE Magazine – Cameron Maynard, Joe Milazzo and Mag Gabbert of CARVE Magazine – Panel presentation and readings by published authors.
- 12:20-1:15 p.m.: Kim Horner – Dallas Morning News former social service reporter and current author of “Probably Someday Cancer,” Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Series.
Thursday, Apr. 11:
- 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: Joe Stanco Faculty Readings – original works read by Richland faculty.
- 12:30-1:50 p.m.: Student Readings – students read their creative work.
In addition, the Intercultural Festival will be held in the east breezeway from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. April 10. The Intercultural Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural diversity at Richland College! Attendees are invited to sign up for the showcase to model clothing from countries all around the world, sing native songs, play an instrument or perform a dance routine from their home countries. Everyone else can watch the showcase to learn about other cultures while eating delicious food, including Mexican-inspired treats.
Richland College is located at 12800 E. Abrams Rd. in Dallas.