Monthly Archives: September 2007

September 28, 2007

The 2007 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) begins.

Find Your Passion.

SECC provides a way for employees of state agencies to donate to many of their favorite charities through the convenience of payroll deduction. SECC forms are distributed to workgroup division heads with booklets that include a listing of charities so that you can find your passion and make a donation to a cause that has made an impact on your life, or you can give to a variety of District and Richland-specific scholarship funds to impact another life. By payroll deduction, you can donate a specific amount from each paycheck, and make a more significant impact on causes you wish to help.

For $2/month for one year you can:
-provide one day of food and shelter to a homeless person

For $5/month for one year you can:
-pay for 10 trees to be planted in an inner city neighborhood

For $10/month for one year you can:
-provide 233 meals for hungry babies

Early Thunderduck Deadline: Meet your monetary goal with 75% full & limited full-time staff participation by Friday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m. and receive 50% matching funds plus a workgroup celebration lunch. Drop off your form before Oct. 12, and come by for free donuts and coffee on Oct. 12 starting at 9 a.m.

50% Matching Funds Deadline: Meet your monetary goal with 75% full & limited full-time staff participation by Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5 p.m. and receive 50% matching funds.

HINT: Matching funds will be based on your workgroup’s total donation, not just your goal. The more your workgroup gives, the more you will receive.

– You can pay with cash, check, or payroll deduction.
– You can donate to a specific Foundation scholarship by writing the name of the scholarship in the margin of your form.
-Several scholarships were established honoring Richland.

Please visit to learn more about RLC scholarships. Or, donate to the district foundation at

Tell us your passion.
If donating to an SECC charity has special meaning for you, we’d like to know! Please send a brief description about how giving to a charity has changed, shaped or impacted your life to Whitney Rosenbalm at


RCHS, Senegal collaboration in the works

Photo by John Pollock. From left to right: Dr. Artist Thornton, Kristyn Edney, Dr. Carole Lester, Olga Ivanova-Nuss, Aminata N’dieye, Dr. Sherry Dean, Barbara Thomas, Donna Walker, Larry Polk.

Professor Aminata N’dieye of the Ameth Fall High School in St. Louis, Senegal, visited Richland Sept. 14 to discuss a possible partnership between RCHS and Ameth, and a two-week Senegal Seminar for RCHS students slated to take place June 2008. Professor N’dieye visit was hosted by Dr. Sherry Dean, Executive Dean, Humanities.

RLC Council for Community Building hosts first “15 Minutes of Fun”

Photo by John Pollock

The Council for Community Building (CCB) hosted its first ” Have a Ball in the Fall: 15 Minutes of Fun” on Sept. 17 in Lavaca/Fannin breezeway. Employees and students joined together to keep balls aloft on colorful parachutes, and inspire the Thundervalue of joy for a quick 15 minute break.

CCB was formed in fall 2002 and is designed, along with the Council for Teaching and Learning, to enhance ongoing college-wide communication among all divisions and work groups in Richland’s large, complex organization. The Council functions as a forum to offer input and feedback on major issues and policies within the institution.

Each spring and fall the CCB also coordinates the Student Wall of Honor to build community. The council is currently accepting nominations for current or former students through Mon., Oct. 8. It is an opportunity to recognize students with outstanding achievements and those who have made a difference in our community. All students, including credit and non-credit, can be nominated. Nomination forms can be accessed here. The fall 2007 Student Wall of Honor ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thurs., Nov. 15.

For more information on the next CCB activity, visit or watch your e-mail for dates and times.

Mary Osentowski and Jeannette Walls, author “The Glass Castle,” posed for a picture at the Meet the Author event on Sept. 18 at Richardson High School. The event was sponsored by the Richardson Public Library. Walls’ book was the 2007 selection for the Richardson Reads One Book program and the fall selection of the RLC Uncommittee group. The Uncommittee is an interdisciplinary reading-discussion group for Richland employees. Meetings are held once a month either at participants’ homes or on campus, depending on the afternoon/evening one prefers to meet.

Knitting for a cause

Members of the RLC Knitting Club from left to right: Claudia Goodson, Sandy Groom, Mercy Fernandez, Babs King, and Afaf Abughazaleh along with Delores Elder-Jones (back).

The RLC Knitting Club will have its first organizational meeting at 11:30 a.m. on Fri., Sept. 28 in C-150. Beginning in October, the group will meet on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The club will be knitting baby hats, blankets, and booties for infants born at Parkland Hospital. Over the past year the group has delivered more than 250 items. Members will also be delivering fleece blankets for the “Blankets of Comfort” project to benefit the residents of Garland’s Nursing and Rehab Centers. For more information, contact Claudia Goodson at 972-238-3784 or

Subs and more now available for campus catering

Subway is our new contracted Food Service vendor at Richland. Manager Peter Roberts can assist employees with catering services for events on campus. Familiar Subway menu items can be ordered including a healthy selection of salads and soups and new items as they become available. Breakfast and reception options such as muffins, cookies, coffee, and tea are also available. Subway is currently updating their corporate menu and Food Service will be receiving copies soon. For more details and information on the new catering procedures, contact Terry Lefler at 972-238-6036

Upcoming Events/Deadlines

Sabbatical application deadline
Monday, October 1
Alamito 216
Contact: Sarah Gardenhire at 972-238-6383

“What Al Gore Won’t Tell You (The Real Inconvenient Truth): Why Our Food Choices Matter”
A presentation by Cardiologist John J. Pippin, M.D., Senior Medical and Research Adviser for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
12:30-2 p.m., Mon., Oct 1 in C140 and again at 7-8:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 2 in E070
Contact: Neal Abramson at 972-238-3767

Depression Information Sessions
10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 2 and Thurs. Oct. 4
Crockett 140
Contact: Angelique Starr at 972-761-6768

Student Wall of Honor nomination deadline
Mon., Oct. 8.
Submit your online nomination at

Richland Theatre presents “Rhinoceros” by Eugene lonesco
7:30 p.m.
Oct. 10-13
Fannin Performance Hall
Contact: Debi Ruiz Esparza at 972-238-6256 or Chuck Sheffield at 972-238-6255

Sixteenth Annual Fall Thunderduck Classic Golf Tournament
Thurs., Nov. 1
Riverchase Golf Course in Coppell, located 16 miles from Richland in the Valley Ranch area of Coppell
Cost: $32
Contact: Paul Baldwin at 972-238-6264

Fall 2007 Student Wall of Honor Ceremony
10:30 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 15
Crockett Hall
Contact: Whitney Rosenbalm at 972-238-6023

Need publicity for your upcoming events? Information Services has a variety of outlets to help you get the word out including the ThunderBridge, RLC Web calendar, and campus electronic signage. Submit information online at

Defense, mistake-free play winning games for the men’s soccer team

by Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

When it comes to comparing last year’s men’s NJCAA Division III championship soccer team with this season’s squad, T-Ducks head coach Sean Worley said this year’s team is younger.

However, as quickly as Worley talked about the youth of this year’s team to start the season, he was equally prompt in saying his squad is learning rapidly and the T-Ducks are becoming a quality team that’s mistake free.

“We have given up only one goal in the last three games [as of Thursday, Sept. 27] and that’s how I like it,” Worley said. “I like for us to play defense and be mistake-free.”

Following the T-Ducks 3-0 shutout victory over Cedar Valley College in Metro-Athletic Conference action Wednesday, Sept. 16, Worley said his team had outscored its opponents 12-1 in the last three games.

He also said the victory at home was against a quality team. “Every time we play a league match against a team from the Dallas Community College District, it’s always a good match,” Worley said. “They were a quality team and we went out there and won.”

The win was the third in a row and second shutout of the season for the T-Ducks, who are ranked No. 3.

“If we play defense and mistake free first then we can score some goals,” said Worley, whose team was 8-2-1 after the T-Duck victory over Cedar Valley College. “We have only allowed one goal and have scored 12 goals [in the last three games]. That’s a sign … we may be a young team but we are growing rapidly.”

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RLC staff and administrators attend Chicago conference

Members of the Richland College Upward Bound staff including Vanieca Jones, Eloise Pinckney, Dehamus Sallis, Tanisha Shorter, James Spigner, and Associate Dean Deb Somero attended the 26th Annual Council for Opportunity in Education Conference held Sept. 5-8 in Chicago. Spigner was the moderator for the Pell Institute’s “How Does Your State Measure Up in College Opportunity” workshop. Conference topics included “Encouraging Student Success in Math & Science,” “College Selection: Making the Match that Endures,” and “Building a College-Going Culture.”

Richland receives grant to host Fulbright scholar

Richland recently received a grant to host Fulbright scholar, Anastasia Klenova, from Russia. Klenova began her work at RLC in mid-August and will work through May 2008. She is currently teaching several courses including an advanced-level Grammar and Reading course for ESOL students.

Klenova, a professor from Saratov State University, will be involved in many academic community activities to fulfill her scholar’s obligations. She will be speaking to several student and community groups such as the English Speaking Union of Dallas, Dallas Jewish Community Center, and others. She will also give a presentation about contemporary Russia and Russian society to the Dallas-Saratov Sister-Cities Committee. She previously worked on this committee and was instrumental in developing a joint partnership between Richland and Saratov State to offer online courses.

RLC staff member contributes to national educational assessment

Barbara Dogger (WLCC) has completed her work on the Planning Committee for the National Assessment of Educational Progress Writing 2011 Project. For the past 18 months, she has met on a quarterly basis with the committee, ACT staff, and the Executive Secretary of the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) in Washington, D.C. During this process, the group developed the writing framework, specifications, and background variables for this large group assessment, which will be utilized (K-12) in states across the country from 2011 to 2020. NAGB unanimously approved all three parts of the project in August 2007.

Information Services print and web design applauded at regional level

Members of Information Services and the RLC Web Team are up for two Medallion Awards from National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for their work on the Continuing Education Summer ’07 Catalog and the online Class Schedule/Catalog. Winners will be announced at the NCMPR district conference held Oct. 22-24 in Galveston.

Janice Fallin named the September 2007 Outstanding Employee

Photo by John Pollock

Janice Fallin, Humanities

Excerpt from Janice’s congratulatory note from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Janice:Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for October 2007. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.Your colleagues honor you today for you ongoing commitment to the success of Humanities students, faculty, and staff, and they extensively rely your expertise and skills in assisting everyone in the Humanities Division, especially the Executive Dean, with whom you work closely in supporting various functions of the division office. . .