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T-Duck in a Row #137 – Lockdown Process Test

WHAT?  A test of the campus lockdown process of the College Emergency Alert System will be conducted to confirm Richland College’s ability to: 1) automatically lock all exterior doors simultaneously, and 2) issue public address notifications for campus lockdown in the event of an actual emergency.

WHAT ELSE?  This is test, not a drill, so employees are not expected to act in response to the notifications during this test.

WHEN?  This test will be conducted on Thursday, August 15, at 1:00 p.m.

WHERE?  This test will occur college-wide in all buildings.

HOW?  All exterior doors will be automatically locked at 1:00 p.m., and a verbal notification on the fire alarm public address system will sound at approximately 1:01 p.m.  The message will be: Attention … Attention.  This is a drill.  Intruder lockdown at Richland College, this is an intruder lockdown.  This is the College’s Emergency Alert System.  Go to the nearest room and lock down.  I repeat, this is an intruder lockdown at Richland College.”  An additional announcement will be made on the telephone override system on all campus telephones.

 HOW LONG?  This notification will repeat for approximately 6 minutes.  At approximately 1:07 p.m., the “All Clear” notifications will be given, and exterior doors will be automatically unlocked.  If you need to exit your building during the test, you can push the red exit button to open doors from the inside.

WHO?  The test will be conducted by the Richland College Crisis Management Strategic Planning Team, College Police, Facilities Services, and College Emergency Response Team volunteers.

WHO ELSE?  During the test, all employees need to help assess the effectiveness of the emergency public address notifications in their respective classrooms or work areas. • Was the notification loud enough?  • Could you clearly understand the words?  • Did the notification provide useful instructions?

THEN WHAT?  Shortly after the test, an online survey will be sent to all employees to provide feedback on the effectiveness of the lockdown process.  Please take a few minutes to submit your feedback.

T-Ducks in a Row #135 – Reorganization of Academic Schools

The following reorganization changes will take place in areas supervised by Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success Dr. Shannon Cunningham.

With the August retirement of Executive Dean Dr. Ray Canham and the initiation of co-requisite classes in Mathematics and Developmental Mathematics, the timing is appropriate to re-align and balance the load responsibilities of the Academic Schools to enhance service to students.

The changes will be effective August 1, 2019.


  • The School of Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions will become two separate Academic Schools.
  • The new School of Mathematics, led by Executive Dean Mr. Thales Georgiou, will include the disciplines of Mathematics and Developmental Mathematics and will also retain the Comprehensive Advisement Placement (CAP) Success Advising Center for Developmental Education and the Learning Center.
  • The new School of Science and Health Professions, led by the new Executive Dean soon to be selected, will include the disciplines of Sciences and Health Professions.
  • The School of World Languages, Cultures, and Communications will become two separate Academic Schools.
  • The new School of Communications, led by Executive Dean Ms. Susan Barkley, will include the disciplines of English, Journalism/Mass Communication, Speech Communication, and Integrated Reading and Writing.
  • The new School of World Languages and Cultures, led by Executive Dean Ms. Diana Urrutia, will include the disciplines of Foreign Languages and ESOL, and the Intensive Learning Communities, American English and Culture Institute, Language Center, and Multicultural Center.
  • The new School of Social Sciences and Wellness, led by Executive Dean Dr. LaQueta Wright, will include the disciplines of Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Government, History, Psychology, Sociology, Fitness Center, Human Development, Kinesiology, Learning Framework, and Physical Education.

The names of the realigned Academic Schools will be changed so that the titles more clearly represent the instructional areas and services they encompass. The names of the Academic Schools will now be:

  • The School of Mathematics
  • The School of Science and Health Professions
  • The School of Communications
  • The School of World Languages and Cultures
  • The School of Social Sciences and Wellness

The instructional areas and services they encompass of the following Academic Schools will remain the same:

  • The School of Business
  • The School of Engineering and Technology
  • The School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

No faculty offices will be relocated as a result of these realignments.

For those employees who cannot attend our live Town Hall meeting on campus, there will be two additional Virtual Town Hall meetings conducted on Friday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m., and Monday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m.

Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at

T-Ducks In a Row #134 – College-Wide Town Hall Meeting Hosted by Boston Consulting Group

WHAT?  A college-wide Town Hall meeting is being held.

WHO?  The Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm contracted by District, is conducting individual Town Hall meetings at all seven network colleges.  All Richland College faculty, staff, and administrators are encouraged to attend our Town Hall meeting to share your perspectives in this dialogue relevant to all Richlanders and your important roles in advancing student success.

WHEN?  The Town Hall meeting is scheduled on Wednesday, March 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

WHERE?  The meeting will be held in the Fannin Hall Performance Hall.

WHY?  The goal of this Town Hall meeting is to collect your feedback, hear your perspectives, and capture your questions on the overall Student-Centric Transformation and the specific initiatives that are underway, such as the Policy Initiative and the Load and Schedule Management Initiative.  The on-campus Town Hall meeting will be dedicated to hearing in person from attendees.  The majority of the meeting time will be dedicated to an open mic opportunity for you to express your perspectives, limited to three minutes per person.

HOW?  Before the Town Hall meeting, please visit the website and FAQ’s page to learn more.  Several days prior to the event, a survey will be sent requesting your input to ask a question you have yourself or to express the topics that interest you the most.  The most frequently asked questions will be addressed via a short presentation at the beginning of the Town Hall meeting.  Others will be synthesized into additional FAQ responses on the website or responded to during he Virtual Town Hall meetings.

WHAT ELSE?  For those employees who cannot attend our live Town Hall meeting on campus, there will be two additional Virtual Town Hall meetings conducted on Friday, March 28, at 4:00 p.m., and Monday, April 1, at 4:00 p.m.

WHY ELSE?  The two Virtual Town Hall sessions will be held to recap what was heard at the seven colleges’ Town Hall meetings and to answer outstanding questions that were raised.  These sessions will be hosted via webinar.  Details, such as how to access the virtual session, will be published on the website events section in the coming days.

T-Ducks in a Row #129 – New Shredding Service and Procedure

WHAT? The Iron Mountain shredding service is being replaced by Data Shredding Services.

WHEN? The transition is effective immediately, and the Iron Mountain bins are being replaced with Data Shredding Services bins

WHAT ELSE? There are now only two bin size options available, 65-gallon or 95-gallon. The security console size is no longer available.

HOW? The previous process remains the same. If a shredding bin is close to being full, input a SchoolDude work order to have it exchanged for an empty bin.

HOW NOW? Unlike the previous procedure, Data Shredding Services employees will not be out and about on campus moving shredding bins when they are full.

WHO? All full bins will now be exchanged and moved by Richland College custodial services staff.

WHERE? The bins will be moved to a secure building within the fenced-in area in the Pecos yard. A Data Shredding Services truck will come to that location on a two-week rotation basis and shred all the discarded materials on site under the watch of a security camera.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at

T-Ducks in a Row #128 – Replacement of Copier/Printers in College Offices

WHAT? New copier/printers are scheduled to be installed to replace all old machines.

WHY? The replacement of these machines is a result of a new District lease agreement contract with Konica Minolta, an auxiliary service provider, approved by the DCCCD Board of Trustees to provide printer/copier services at all DCCCD colleges.

HOW? Each installation will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes, and no office staff will need to be present during the installation as Police, IT, and Facilities Services staff will be present for security purposes. There may instances when there will be two machines (old one and new one) in the same area during this transition. Pickup of old machines for the Saturday installations will not occur until Tuesday, August 15. To prepare for the pickup of the old machines, departments are asked please to leave toner cartridges in their boxes next to the old equipment. Konica Minolta will also pick up the toner cartridges.

WHERE/WHEN? Installations at Richland College will begin on Saturday, August 12, in the following areas:
·School of Business
·College Communications, Marketing & Outreach
·School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development
·Office of Student Life
·Lakeside Resource Center
·Career Services
·Facilities Services
·School of Mathematics, Science & Health Professions
·Library (delivery only)

Installations will continue throughout the college on Tuesday, August 15, and Wednesday, August 16.

WHEN ELSE? Due to fall registration, installations in Thunderduck Hall locations are scheduled for August 21 through August 25.

HOW ELSE? During this transition period, if you experience any copier/printer problems or have any additional questions or concerns, please contact Tyrone Hollins, x6276, or Barbara Thomas, x6342 in the Business Services office, T140. Business Services staff will work to ensure your needs are met during this transition.

WHAT ELSE? Future updates about training, additional features, and services will be announced soon.

T-Ducks in a Row #127 – Richland College Authorized Concealed Carry Exclusion Zones

WHAT? There are permanent and temporary concealed carry exclusion zones permitted by the state law enacting that licensed concealed carry holders can carry concealed handguns onto the campuses of all public Texas community colleges, including all Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) colleges.

WHO? The DCCCD concealed carry policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, guests, visitors, and individuals and organizations who do business with or on behalf of the DCCCD or its property.

WHEN? The law takes effect on Tuesday, August 1, 2017.


  • Athletic Fields
    • Baseball Field
    • Fenced-In Soccer Fields #9, #10, #11, #12, #13, #14, #15, #16, #17, #18
  • Crockett Hall
    • Richland Collegiate High School Office Suite
    • High School Dual Credit Office Suite
  • El Paso Hall
    • Lakeside Resource Center
  • Fannin Hall
    • Theater Scene Shop
    • Art Studios F175, F177, F179, F187
  • Guadalupe Hall
    • Entire Building
  • Pecos Hall
    • Police Office Suite
    • Facilities Services Yard
    • Chiller and Boiler Plants
  • Sabine Hall
    • Science Labs and Prep Areas
  • Thunderduck Hall
    • Health Center
  • Wichita Hall
    • Advanced Manufacturing Lab
    • Hydraulic Lab
    • Allied Health Sciences Labs
  • All DCCCD-Owned Vehicles

WHERE ARE TEMPORARY EXCLUSION ZONES AT RICHLAND COLLEGE? Temporary exclusion zones can only be authorized on a situational, as-needed basis.

  • Alamito Hall
    • Administrative Suite – Disciplinary Hearing Rooms
  • Fannin Hall
    • Specific Events Involving Minors
  • Garland Campus
    • Atrium – Election Polling Places
  • Hondo Hall
    • Human Resources – Disciplinary Hearing Rooms
  • Kiowa Hall
    • Richland Collegiate High School-Specific Events

WHAT ELSE? Any internal or external activities or events scheduled on campus requiring establishment of a temporary concealed carry exclusion zone must be submitted in writing two full business days in advance of the event. Written requests must be submitted, using the attached Concealed Carry Temporary Exclusion Form, to Bethany Wright, Richland College room coordinator, A200, and approved by the division supervisor, Facilities Services director, college president designee, and DCCCD Police commander.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at

T-Ducks in a Row #126 – Active Crisis Tool Installations

WHAT? An Active Crisis Tool security, door-barricading device will be installed on main entrance doors of 300 classrooms, labs, and strategically located suites on both the Richland College main campus and Richland College Garland Campus.

WHY? During times when a shelter-in-place or lockdown event is necessary, this door-barricading device will help keep an intruder from entering the space.

HOW? An Active Crisis Tool will be installed at the base of each door, requiring only a simple push down by foot of the floor-penetrating rod to activate the device and a simple push by foot of the release button to disengage the device.

WHEN? The installations have been completed at the Garland Campus, and the installations currently in progress on the main campus will be completed by October 14.

WHO? This Richland College Office of Emergency Management safety and security project is being installed by Richland College Facilities Services staff.

WHAT ELSE? Demonstrations of this device will be conducted during upcoming Facilities 101 professional development sessions.

WHEN ELSE? The demonstrations will be held Thursday, October 13, at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in H132.

HOW ELSE? These Active Crisis Tools were purchased through the Richland College Fund Balance.

WHERE ELSE? Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at

T-Ducks in a Row #125 – Update on College Organizational Changes in Progress

WHAT?  As we create greater alignment between academic affairs and student services to increase student engagement, retention and timely completion, and incorporating the Guided Pathways, meta-majors model, the following organizational changes are in progress in various areas of the college.  Additional updates will be provided as we continue to hire for the 2016-2017 academic year.

WHEN?  These organizational changes become effective fall semester 2016.


 Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Geography, Government, Psychology, and Sociology will report to an instructional dean in the newly formed School of Social Sciences.  The search to fill the position of instructional dean is underway.

 Journalism and Speech will report to Executive Dean Susan Barkley, School of World Languages, Cultures, and Communications.

 Accounting, Business Administration, Business Office Systems and Support, Economics, International Business, Management, and Travel Exposition, & Meeting Management will report to Interim Instructional Dean Dwight Riley in the newly created School of Business.

 Computer Information Technology, Computer Science, Networking, Digital Forensics, Engineering, Engineering Technology (Manufacturing, Electrical Engineering Technology, and Electronics Technology), Multimedia, and Interactive Simulation & Game Technology will continue to report to Executive Dean Martha Hogan.

 In addition to Art, Dance, History, Humanities, Music, Philosophy, Photography/Imaging, Religion, and Theatre, the re-instated Teacher Education (Associate of Arts in Teaching) program will report to Executive Dean Diane Hilbert, School of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts.

 The Center for Success in Mathematics, Developmental Education Advising, Developmental Math, Developmental Reading, Developmental Writing, EDUC 1300 Learning Framework, Fitness Center, Integrated Reading & Writing, Human Development, and Physical Education will report to Instructional Dean Thales Georgiou, School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development.

 The Honors Academy, Institute for Global Citizenship, Integrative Learning, International Education (GEDAC), The Learning Center, Learning Communities, Peace Studies, Service Learning, Studies in Cultural Diversity, and Study Abroad, will report to the newly created Center for Integrative Learning and Teaching Innovation (CILTI). Leadership for the CILTI is in the process of being identified.

 Health Professions Advising for pre-med/allied health science majors will report to Executive Dean Ray Canham, School of Math, Science & Health Professions. These advisors will be housed in Wichita Hall.

 Executive Dean Becky Jones who provides leadership to Educational Partnerships, comprised of Dual Credit, Rising Star, College Connections/Grants, the University Transfer Center, and coordination of Richland College’s new partnership with Conrad High School’s Collegiate Academy, will report to Donna Walker, associate vice president for enrollment management and superintendent, Richland Collegiate High School.

  Health Center, Counseling, Disability Services, the CARE Team, and Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT) will report to a new associate dean of learning support services. The search to fill this new position with a candidate with licensed professional counseling credentials, reporting directly to Donna Walker, is commencing.

• College Testing Center, Office of Student Life, Male Achievement Program, and coordination of student engagement/retention initiatives such as Journey to Success, Faculty in Support of Advising, Commit to Complete, and others to be identified will report to an associate dean, learning support services. The search to fill this new position reporting to Dean of Student Services Janita Patrick will commence soon.

The search for a new position of associate dean, learning support services for Advising and Career Services, reporting to Dean of Student Services Janita Patrick, will also commence soon.


T-Ducks in a Row #123 – Tornado Relief Efforts to Assist Students, Employees, and Our Community

WHAT? Our Richland College Human Resources office has compiled a list of local resources to provide information for avenues of relief assistance and opportunities for others wanting to volunteer to assist in the ongoing recovery.

WHO? This list is provided to assist Richland College students, colleagues, and service area community affected by the recent, devastating tornadoes.

WHERE? Here is the link to the Richland College Tornado Relief release.

The Dallas Morning News resource site also contains faith-based organizations should individuals in need desire this type of assistance.

T-Ducks in a Row #121 – ALERT: Campus Safety Video to Be Videotaped on Campus

WHAT?  Please be aware that a series of emergency response scenarios will be videotaped at various locations around campus the week of June 23-27, as detailed below.

WHY?  Our Thunderwater Organizational Learning Institute (TOLI) will be launching in August a new comprehensive Keeping Safe in a Campus Emergency video and online training module for Richland employees to view to fulfill the campus safety portion of our 2014-2015 professional development requirements.

WHO?  Our College Police and Office of Emergency Management have worked very closely with the TOLI staff, theater faculty, student actors, and our videographer to create a compelling, informative video presentation.

WHY?  All Richland College faculty and staff need to be informed, trained and prepared to respond to help keep our students and colleagues as safe as possible in the event of any one of these various types of emergencies.

WHAT ELSE?  Specific faculty and student actors and participants have been identified and rehearsed for these video segments, so please do not be alarmed or join in or impede the simulations as they are being staged and videotaped.  Thank you for your cooperation.

WHERE AND WHEN?  Here are the dates, times, and locations of the specific video scenarios:

·         Monday, June 23, 10:30 a.m. in Business Office – Tornado/Shelter-in-Place

(Business Office employees will take shelter in response to a Tornado Warning.  There will not be an actual siren sounded.)

·         Wednesday, June 25, 2:00 p.m. in C249 – Active Shooter Lockdown

(A faculty member and students will hide in the classroom during an active shooter incident.)

·         Wednesday, June 25, 3:00 p.m. in C249 – Fire Evacuation

(A faculty member and students will evacuate the classroom and building during a fire alarm.  There will not be an actual fire alarm sounded.)

·         Wednesday, June 25, 4:00 p.m. in Crockett Stairway – Wheelchair User Evacuation

(Wheelchair user and ERT member will call for assistance.)

·         Friday, June 27, 2:00 p.m. in Sabine Hall Foyer – Active Shooter

(An actor will enter Sabine Hall foyer at the north side and remove an unloaded gun from his backpack.  Employee and student actors run to exit the building.)

·         Friday, June 27, 2:30 p.m. in C249 – Active Shooter

(An actor with an unloaded gun will attempt to enter the classroom.)

·         Friday, June 27, 3:30 p.m. Sabine Hall – Active Shooter/Police Response

(College Police Officers with weapons will arrive at Sabine Hall and perform a sweep of the first floor hall.)

WHERE ELSE?  Previous editions of T-Ducks in a Row may be found at