Monthly Archives: October 2007

October 29, 2007

The Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) and the African American Connection (AAC) of Richland College hosted a “Town Hall Forum” on Oct. 25 in Brazos Gallery. The panel discussion addressed the recruitment and retention of African American males on college and University campuses. Pictured from right to left: Vivian Thomas, Albert Palmer, Zachary Shirley and Gregory Shirley II.


Consensus Reached on Community Colleges Funding

Last week Governor Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, and Speaker Tom Craddick announced an agreement to allocate $99 million for the state’s share of health benefits, a one-time $55 million transitional payment for FY09, and the development of an incentive funding program for community colleges. Additionally, leadership offices reached an agreement on the appropriate definition of proportionality to include only those community college employees actually paid with state funds.

For more details, read the Dallas Morning News story here.

On Oct. 24, Richland held its 17th peace pole ceremony. The new peace pole is located on the east side of campus, south of the swimming pool, where the lakeside sidewalk meets the jogging path near the tree.Visit or

Recital features RLC’s most talented musicians

Thirteen music students gave vocal and instrumental performances at the Music Scholarship Recital on Oct. 25 in the Brazos Gallery. Sandra Stoepel, Taylor Hankey, Mikal Karriem, Angela Cook, Jordan Huckabee, Christiana Vasquez, NaYoung Jeon, Roni Carrasco, Jeremy Hopkins, Yea-Lim Moon, Tiffany Reed, April Putman, and Chad McCall gave flute, french horn, piccolo, trombone, and viola performances as well as vocal solos.

Upcoming Events

“Eric Trich: I Do Not Exist” art exhibit
now thru Nov. 21
gallery hours: M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Brazos Gallery C140

Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing presentation
Sponsored by the Richland College Institute for Peace and SPAR.
Oct. 26
9:05-10 a.m.
Brazos Gallery C140
Journey of Hope is an organization that is led by family members of murder victims who conduct public education speaking tours and address alternatives to the death penalty.

Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Fair
Nov. 3
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Thunderduck Hall
View event flyer here

“JFK, The Dallas Police, and World Media” presented by Sixth Floor Museums’ Stephen Fagin
Nov. 6
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
Brazos Gallery C140
Sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa
The presentation covers the pivotal role the Dallas Police had displaying breaking news and updates to the world press.

First-year coach sets high expectations for young team

Thundersports Update by Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

With only three sophomores on his roster, Richland’s Jon Felmet knows he will be coaching a young team in his first year as the T-Ducks’ head coach.

Still, Felmet has high expectations for his squad.

“I expect our team to always compete and play hard all 40 minutes,” said Felmet, a former Metro Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year for the T-Ducks. “Thus far [in the team’s scrimmages], we have proven we are capable of that. I believe if we play hard and do the things we know how to do, we will be successful.”



Richland’s Information Services Office accepted two awards at the District IV National Council for Marketing & Public Relations Conference in Galveston, TX last week. Patricia Benter won the gold award for Class Schedule/Catalog in Division B and Leslie Wendling and Mark Murray won a silver level award for the category of Electronic Class Schedule/Catalog.

Dr. Jerry Wallace recently conducted a seminar for the Garland Music Teachers Association on the value of musicianship training for private piano instructors. Dr. Wallace shared pedagogical best practices to make student learning more effective and pragmatic. The program was held in the recital hall of the Music Store in Garland.


New Employees

Emia Williams
Title: Department Assistant IV
Department: Teacher Preparation

Maria Trebing
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: Multicultural Center

Nedal Elass
Title: Instructional Associate
Department: M/S/BS

Anna Lee Hynds
Title: Human Resources Specialist IV
Department: Human Resources

Crystal McWilliams (not pictured)
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: Career Services

Thanks T-ducks

To:Various Thunderducks and DCCCD staff members
From: Roy Bond

Recently, the Dallas County Community College District hosted the League for Innovation’s Learning College Summit 2007 at the Hilton Anatole. This international conference was attended by over 300 community college leaders—faculty, staff, and administrators. The event, by all accounts, was a rousing success, and showcased our District’s contributions to the Learning College movement. I want to thank all those members of our DCCCD community who presented or attended sessions, volunteered to work, or otherwise supported the effort to show the community college world what the DCCCD can accomplish with a little trust and collaboration. . . .

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Luz Villegas
I did not want to miss the opportunity to thank all those selfless Thunderducks and family members who came out last weekend to make sure Richland tables at the Latina Symposium and Viva Dallas were adequately staffed. We had a total of eight volunteers providing a combined total of 23 volunteer hours. Here are the names of these great Richland representatives:

Ray Canham
Cindy Castaneda
Aurora Flores
Martha Flores
Janine Kornegay
Mary Kornegay
Liliana Ponce
Monica Vazquez

Congratulations to Monica Vazquez for winning the beautiful tan & white Coach leather handbag at the Latina Symposium!


Dear Dr. Mittelstet,

Thank you for the beautiful flower arrangement and your accompanying congratulation message.

On behalf of St. Joseph Health System, I would like to congratulate Richland College for winning the 2006 Texas Award for Performance Excellence last year. We look forward to working with you in future.

I look forward to personally meeting you at the Award Ceremony And Banquet on June 25.

John J. Buckley, Jr., President and CEO

Hi Lisa (Graef),

I just wanted to send you an email to see how you were doing. I just wanted to let you know that I will actually be graduating from UNT on the 11th of August. I also wanted to thank you for everything you have done for me over the years. You have done more for me than you will ever know, and if you had not guided me in the right direction I would have probably been still searching. You were a WONDERFUL advisor, role model, and person and you deserve all the credit you receive. You get a lot of the credit for my success and I will always remember you for it. Thanks again.

Tim Haigwood


LiAnne Webster, Pharmacy Technology Program Administrator, has a new Thunderduckling. Cassidy Michelle Webster arrived Saturday, Oct. 20, at 9:53 am. She weighed 7 lbs., 14 oz., and is 20 inches long. She joins big sister, Chloe. All are doing well.


Bill McMullen’s father died Friday, Oct. 12. A private service was held for family members and close friends. Those wishing to honor the memory of Bill’s father may send contributions at the family’s request to:

The National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.
Office of Development
1501 NW 9th Avenue/Bob Hope Road
Miami, Florida 33136-1494

Mr. James Anderson, the father of Judy Anderson (The School of Engineering and Technology), passed away last Wednesday evening. The funeral service was held today at 10 a.m. at Restland located at Walnut and Greenville.