The Richland College Anthropology Club is presenting guest speaker Sgt. Jim Huggins, deputy director of the International Consortium of Forensic Identification and esteemed Baylor University lecturer, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Jan. 30, on the topic of “Forensic Science in South Texas: Putting a Name to Those Who Died Crossing the Border.”
The lecture will discuss the steadily rising numbers of border crossing deaths of undocumented individuals, despite increased government enforcement and local landowner response. Through collaboration between universities in Texas and Indiana, identification of these unnamed individuals has become a reality with the “Reuniting Families Project,” and for the past three summers Baylor faculty and students have tasked themselves with the identification of those who passed while crossing the border.
“We are thrilled to host Sgt. Huggins at Richland College and hear more about his work on this project,” said Kaitlyn Smith, president of Richland College’s Anthropology Club.
Tim Sullivan, Ph.D., anthropology professor and sponsor of Richland College’s Anthropology Club, agreed. “This is a unique opportunity for people to hear a firsthand perspective on a less-discussed aspect of border crossings between Mexico and the United States, along with how the identification occurs.”
Sgt. Huggins is a retired Texas Ranger and was named one of the top 15 CSI professors nationwide. He is a court-certified expert witness in bloodstain pattern analysis, death investigation and shooting incident reconstruction. He has held state certifications as a master peace officer, forensic hypnotist, forensic polygraph examiner, special investigator and hostage negotiator. He has been a character in more than 12 fictional Texas Ranger novels and is a cast member of a proposed reality TV show about cold case homicides.
The lecture is free and open to the public, and it will be held in room WH115 of Wichita Hall on the Richland College campus. Richland College is at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 972-238-6015.
Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District is now accepting entries for its juried art show, “Water: More or Less,” which opens Jan. 30. The juried exhibition focuses on the role of water and sustainability within the environment. Entries are due by Sat., Dec. 5. Download prospectus.
All artists who apply must live in Texas or bordering states including Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Arkansas. All media will be accepted but must not weigh over 30 lbs. The entry fee is $15. For more details on eligibility and application instructions, visit www.callforentry.org.
New York City artist Paul Villinksi will be the juror for this show and $1,500 in awards will be given. His inventive use of recycled materials and found objects captivates viewers by revealing the creative potential dormant in the ordinary. Villinksi’s “Emergency Response Studio,” a repurposed FEMA trailer, utilizes green methods of construction to confront topics of local responsibility and art within the community.
“Water: More or Less” was developed in conjunction with the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium hosted by Richland College on Jan. 30. Acceptance notifications will be distributed on Dec. 20. Accepted works must delivered to Richland College by Jan. 15 and will be featured in a commemorative catalog.
For more information, contact gallery coordinator Ryder Richards at email@example.com or 972-238-6339 or visit http://www.richlandcollege.edu/artandscience/water.
11 universities promote science, technology, engineering and mathematics to tomorrow’s workforce
DALLAS – Richland College in Dallas has received a $48,256 grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) as part of the Texas Youth in Technology (TYT) Strategic Workforce Development initiative. Supported with federal Workforce Investment Act Statewide Activity Funds, the workforce development strategy supports job-growth opportunities that align with Gov. Rick Perry’s Texas Industry Cluster Initiative.
“Educating our youth in advanced skills is one of the greatest tools we have to continue positioning Texas as a national and global economic leader,” said Gov. Perry. “Through support from the Texas Workforce Commission, these initiatives provide the foundation for future high-tech workforce success.”
Through its participation in TYT, Richland College of the Dallas County Community College District has clear-cut goals for supporting the governor’s initiatives and Texas employers.
“We are pleased that the TWC recognized our unique partnerships with the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Texas at Arlington, and the University of North Texas to prepare students to enter those universities as juniors in their electrical engineering programs,” said Richland College president Stephen Mittelstet. “This funding will allow us to encourage and support even more students to enter that vital pipeline and succeed.”
The youth workforce development initiative will include an academic adviser to provide individual outreach to students earning Associate of Science degrees in engineering or computer science, helping to ensure successful completion of studies and transfer to the university level. Scholarships will cover tuition and textbook costs, and qualifying students will earn financial assistance. Faculty will mentor students, as well.
TYT and resulting projects will establish programs to increase postsecondary enrollments, retention, and graduates in engineering and computer science. Working with the Texas Engineering and Technical Consortium (TETC), the grant program also will increase collaboration among Texas employers, institutions of higher education, and collegiate engineering and science departments.
“A diverse workforce skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is critical to the future economic success and competitiveness of Texas,” said Arturo Sanchez III, TETC chair and Texas Instruments manager of Workforce Development.
TWC has awarded 11 TYT grants totaling $2,410,764 million. In addition to Richland College, recipients include:
• Prairie View A&M University, $312,137
• Sam Houston State University, $178,386
• San Jacinto College, $230,984
• Southern Methodist University, $211,155
• Texas Tech University, $241,449
• The University of Texas at Arlington, $272,162
• The University of Texas at Austin, $221,841
• The University of Texas at Dallas, $242,000
• University of Houston, $300,000
• University of North Texas, $152,393