Monthly Archives: September 2007

September 14, 2007

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Kay Coder and her line dancing partners cut a rug Wednesday at the RLC “A Taste of Texas” Welcome Party. Students, faculty, and staff celebrated the beginning of the fall semester southern style with barbeque and music.

Robotics Team formed at RCHS

You won’t find any football jerseys or attend any pep rallies at the Richland Collegiate High School for Math, Science, and Engineering (RCHS). But that doesn’t mean a competitive spirit doesn’t exist. Though students at this charter school aren’t involved in UIL sports like football, basketball, or track, they find other ways to compete…with robots.

Several RCHS students have recently banded together to form a robotics team. Rather than a battle of brawn, this competition involves brains and many hours of technical skill. The students, with the help of coach and Richland College adjunct faculty member Jim Bradbury, will build a robot to serve a particular function or solve a specific problem. The robot should model a device that can be used in the real world. With equipment furnished by Texas Instruments, the team will have six weeks to build a robotic machine to compete against other teams from area high schools.

RCHS will compete in the robotic championships on Oct. 27 at the University of Texas at Dallas. Each robot in the competition will be judged on functionality, design, documentation, and even the team’s involvement in community service.

The RCHS team will be demonstrating the robot to local elementary and middle schools. This will give the team an opportunity to not only test their product before competition but to recruit future RCHS students and promote the importance of math, science, and engineering to a younger audience.

RCHS Robotics Team Schedule

“Kick off” day at TI Campus
9 a.m., Sept. 15

“Mall Day” at TownEast Mall
RCHS showcases their robot to public
9 a.m., Oct. 20

Competition Day at UTD
8:45 a.m., Oct. 27

News

Counseling Services at RLC

Richland personal counselors do not provide long-term therapy to students, but they do intervene in crisis situations and offer short-term personal counseling to help the student adjust to college life and deal with situations that may impede success in college. Counselors refer students and college employees in need of long-term counseling or therapy to professionals in the community.

Faculty and staff can page 972-297-9981 for emergency responses to an emotional crisis situation. This pager number is the most effective way to connect with a counselor under these circumstances.

For non-crisis situations, appointments can be made by students themselves via the Health Center, 972-238-6135, or by calling a counselor directly. For additional details, visit the Counseling Services web page.


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“Aqsa Shakil: I’ll be Outside” exhibit
Brazos Gallery (C140)
Sept. 14-Oct. 12
reception: 6-8 p.m., September 14
Visit artist Web site here


RLC student publication up for quality award

The Richland Chronicle, a student newspaper, is among the finalists for the 2007 Associated Collegiate Press Newspaper Pacemaker Award. The Chronicle is one of only 55 college newspapers in the country – and one of just 15 community college student newspapers – to be selected as a finalist for this award. The publication will be judged based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art, and graphics.

Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention, to be held Oct. 24-28 in Washington, D.C. For a list of finalists, click here.

This is the fifth time since 2000 that ACP has selected the Chronicle as a finalist for this award, widely recognized as the college equivalent of the Pulitzer. The Chronicle has won the Pacemaker twice, in 2000 and 2001, and also earned finalist status in 2003 and 2006.

Our friendly DCCCD competitors, the North Lake News-Register and the Brookhaven Courier, also merited recognition as ACP Pacemaker finalists this year.


Nominate a Wall of Honor student today

The Council on Community Building invites you to nominate current or former students for the Student Wall of Honor. 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 and by clicking on “Nomination Form.” The date of fall 2007 Student Wall of Honor ceremony will be announced soon.


Entertainment for less

The RLC Business Services office in Thunderduck Hall (T140) has several offfers on discounted tickets to local entertainment venues and attractions. You can find these deals at the cashier windows, 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, and Fridays, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Please note that ticket sales are not done on Saturday. Cash and major credit cards are accepted. Please see cashier for details on Richland’s personal check policy.

Six Flags Over Texas – Arlington only
One-day “Super Saver” pass: $20 each
Valid through October 28 during Fright Fest.
Present pass at admission booth to exchange for ticket.
Not valid for admission to haunted house exhibits or concerts.
For more info, click here.

2007 State Fair of Texas
Open from September 28 – October 21
Adults – $11.50 ($14 at the gate)
Children – $9 ($10 at the gate, 48″ and under)
Seniors – $9 ($10 at the gate, 60 years and older) Seniors admitted FREE every Thursday!
For more info, click here.

AMC Theater Pass
$5.75 each – no expiration date – valid seven days a week at any AMC Theater in the U.S. Present to theater box office to exchange for ticket. A few restrictions apply, including Special Engagements. Typically, AMC lifts the restriction on Special Engagements after the second weekend of the film’s release.


Have a Ball in the Fall!

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If you enjoyed throwing the giant beach ball at Convocation with us, the Council for Community Building (CCB) would love to see you at the first “15 Minutes of Fun” event!

Monday, September 17, 2007
1:30 – 1:45 p.m. (15 minutes only)
Fannin/Lavaca Breezeway
Parachute games and refreshments

Students and community members are welcome! CCB members will be on the look-out for those thunderducks having the most fun, and they’ll be rewarded with a free t-shirt! So, come out to relieve some stress and enjoy refreshments.

Professional

Facilities Services Employee of the Quarter

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Jerry Owens and Eddie Hueston present Juan Casas with the Facilities Services Employee of the Quarter award. This honor is bestowed on employees by a vote of their peers. Juan is the first employee to receive the award.


Faculty member featured in the Dallas Morning News

Tonya McMillan was featured in the Dallas Morning News on August 24 in the “Why I Teach” profile. View her submission here.

People

New Employees

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Carol Faulkner; Coordinator, Instructional Labs; Tutoring Center

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Ami Stovall; Coordinator, Instructional Labs; Tutoring Center

Heather Appleby, Physics Faculty, M/S/BS, not pictured

Thanks T-ducks

To: Ron Clark, Deborah Clark & Larry Grant, Business Office
From: Whitney Rosenbalm & Patricia Benter, Information Services

Thanks so much for expediting the P.O.’s for Graduation. Your quick and efficient service made it possible to provide a stellar experience for our graduates, and let us concentrate on producing the art. Much appreciated!


To: Ron Hill, Testing Center
From: Rick Garcia

Just a short note to say thank for your cooperation and allowing us to use the Test Center as a great resource for our TAKS retesters. We tested Tues – Fri of last week without a glitch…all went well. Please extend our “thank you” to Kellie and Joel as well. They and other staff members were extremely helpful and accommodating to our nervous examinees. Thanks again.

Letters

Dear Steve (Mittelstet):

I want to commend you and your staff, the students and parents of the Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering for achieving the state’s highest academic performance rating of Exemplary. This is extraordinary in your first year of operation. Clearly this recognition can be attributed to the culture of excellence that has been cultivated at the Richland campus. As we have struggled across the state with the issue of achievement at charter and regular public schools, your students and staff at RCHS have demonstrated what really can be done. Congratulations!

Sincerely,
John Carona


Dear RCHS Staff,

I wanted to tell you and the whole staff thank you for helping the “newbie” parents work through questions, forms, and anxiety with starting our son into your program. Beverly has been such a help and I want to single her out for all of her support and help along the way. I would not be surprised if the parents were more fearful than the kids. Josh is looking forward to attending the RCHS in the fall and was the one who kept pushing me. He is our youngest child and both his mother and I didn’t know if we were ready but he wouldn’t take no for an answer. . . .

Thank you,
Sidney Hathcock