This week’s RLC update

Institutional Effectiveness – Oscar Lopez, Dean of Admissions, Advisement, and Registration, served on an AACC Convention panel presentation, “Putting into Practice: Hispanic Community College Success.” The session focused on research and campus practices that lead to student success, as well practices that cause barriers to retention for Hispanic students. Oscar was joined by a university researcher and another community college administrator, and together they offered hands-on experience in increasing and promoting success and retention among Hispanic students. Also at the AACC Convention, Richland’s Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness Kay Eggleston described Richland’s Baldrige-based practices toward becoming a diversity-competent institution in a presentation entitled, “Diversity: Meeting Multiple Expectations.”

Community and Economic Development – Thomas Adams, Multicultural Center, and Jean Carter, Educational Transitions, recently spoke to about 30 Conrad High School refugee students and staff from the Dallas ISD Fair Oaks Youth and Family Center about the advantages of a college education. The refugee students in attendance represented countries including Thailand, Eritrea, Malaysia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Iraq, China, and Hasasimari. Richland’s Teacher Preparation Institute recently hosted 120 GISD high school students, all interested in becoming educators, who participated in an information session covering the Educational Personnel program and a tour of the campus.

Student Success – Richland student Doris Brogan was named winner of the 2008 Eleanor Fordham Jones Award in Creative Writing, presented annually to an outstanding DCCCD student who excels in prose or poetry composition. Doris has twice served as editor of Richland’s award-winning Parallax literary magazine and has been honored nationally by Phi Theta Kappa for her poetry. The staff, writers, and artists of Richland’s Parallax also collected seven Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) awards during the recent TIPA convention, with revised judging categories placing Parallax in more direct competition with larger school publications in which they received three first place awards, two second place awards, one third place award, and an honorable mention. The Richland Chronicle and KDUX Web Radio students also won 18 awards at the TIPA convention in categories in which four-year universities compete. The awards include Amy Michelle Leverett’s third place for a KDUX Web Radio story on Richland’s Gaming program, (the only reporter from a community college to earn an award in a previously broadcast radio category). The online Chronicle staff, led by Editor Robin Everson, earned an honorable mention for best interactivity. Chronicle reporters also earned two first place, one second place and three third place awards, and ten honorable mentions, competing in a division that includes UT-El Paso, UT-Brownsville, UT-Pan American, Texas State, Stephen F. Austin, and Sam Houston State universities.

Employee Success – Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland’s Dean of Adjunct Faculty and Teacher Preparation, was appointed to the Board of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council (NAPIC) as President-Elect during the AACC Convention in Philadelphia this week. Richland is a founding member of NAPIC, an affiliate of AACC serving as a national body within which Asian/Pacific Islander constituents of community colleges can affiliate and identify in the interest of more effective leadership and education for Asian/Pacific Islanders. Also, Richland Academic Enrichment Dean Carole Lester served as an AACC Convention session panel member on the topic of Contemporary Film & Curricula for a Diverse World: Discover ITVS Community Cinema & Classroom, a new resource for community colleges in which Independent Television Service’s (ITVS) Community Classroom video content from the PBS series Independent Lens is incorporated into innovative curriculum modules to support service learning and community outreach.

The following Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students have been accepted to SMU with junior status: Fatima Quadir, Mariam Abushanab, Razan Hamideh, Cindy Trujillo, Alaha Khalil, Mafaz Sadoun, Justin Pham, Melanie Weiler, and Ishan Yassine. These students were awarded a total of $1.1 million in SMU academic scholarships, bringing the total to date to $1.8 million in RCHS student university transfer scholarships.