Monthly Archives: December 2007

December 13, 2007

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RLC and DCCCD administrators, faculty, staff, and students participated in a special ground-breaking ceremony last week to mark the construction of RLC’s new science facility.
Richland College seeking top tier among energy-efficient buildings in the U.S.

newb1_web.jpgRichland College held a special ground-breaking ceremony last week for its new science building. The event marked the construction of a $40 million, 114,000-square-foot facility that will house Richland’s science programs, Science Corner, bookstore, coffee bar, and conference rooms.

Features will include special sustainable construction to include the ability to harvest sunlight, underground cisterns to collect and irrigate rain water to other parts of the campus, as well as interactive devices in restrooms that users control to save water. Some building and furnishing materials will be made of recycled materials, such as the carpet and furniture, and local vendors will be utilized as often as possible to minimize exhaust fumes and excess fuel consumption from lengthy transports. A hands-on geology pit, green terrace roof, and monitoring stations to showcase energy efficiency will also be integrated, providing “field learning” for students.

The décor will even be eco-friendly, including building integrated science-learning art. World-renowned science artist Larry Kirkland, with the help of Richland science and art faculty and students, is designing science-learning art to illustrate scientific principles and be aesthetically inspiring.

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News
Nominate a deserving student today!

The Council on Community Building invites you to nominate current or former students for the Student Wall of Honor. This is your opportunity to recognize students with outstanding achievements and those who have made a difference in our community.

Please consider all students, credit and non-credit, RCHS, Emeritus, etc.; those currently enrolled as well as any previous students. Brag about their achievements. Share their story of overcoming significant obstacles.

We have amazing students whose personal experiences and accomplishments are powerful and inspiring. Join us Wed., March 26 at 10:30 a.m. for the Spring 2008 Wall of Honor Ceremony. You’ll want to attend and bring your students!

Submit your online nomination form now.

RLC in the News

Richland’s labyrinth was mentioned in an article posted on insiderhighered.com about meditation spaces on college campus around the U.S. Click here to read.

Out and about

November and December have been busy months for RLC. Check out this slide show featuring pictures from the many events that have taken place on campus over the past few weeks.

Professional
Outstanding Employee of the Month

December 07/January 08

Joel Weiner, Test Center

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An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet

Dear Joel:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for December 2007/January 2008. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Joel, you have been nominated by two faculty members who credit you as a consistent source of information and assistance as the Test Center experienced changes in leadership in the past few years. It is obvious to them that you take seriously your role in serving our students and take the extra steps to provide excellent service. . . .


Richland’s Baldrige principles observed world-wide

Richland’s Baldrige-based practices are reaching an international audience in an article entitled, “Wondering about Excellence…” published in the Autumn 2007 international publication of BROADCAST: The Journal of the Scottish Further Education Unit. The article’s author, John McCann, Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Further Education Unit, writes of the experiences and impressions of the team of Scottish Colleges who participated in a highly successful benchmarking visit at Richland College last May. Read the article here.


RLC music students earn all-state spot

Four members of the Richland College Symphonic Wind Ensemble were selected to perform in the Texas Community College All-State Symphonic Band. These students are Tiffany Reed (flute), NaYoung Jeon (flute), Chad McCall (clarinet), and Jeremy Hopkins (french horn). They were selected amongst a statewide pool of over 180 players from 33 different community colleges who submitted recorded auditions for adjudication. These students will travel to San Antonio for the Texas Music Educators Association convention in February, where they will rehearse for three days under the direction of Dr. Robert McElroy, director of bands at Houston Baptist University. The performance will occur on Feb. 16.


Richland College’s faculty bring holiday cheer to the Dallas/Fort Worth theater scene

Theatre Three’s production of “Season’s Greetings” is directed by Richland Theatre faculty Kerry Cole and stars Richland Theatre faculty member Emily Gray and former RLC student Sara Lovett. “Season’s Greetings,” the uproarious tale of a dysfunctional British family Christmas gathering, is described by Dallas Morning News theater critic Lawson Taitte as a “zippy trip into holiday hell.” The show runs through Dec. 16. Call 214-871-3300 for ticket information.

The Dallas Theater Center opened its third annual production of “A Christmas Carol” Wednesday starring Richland faculty member Matt Gray. This production is billed as an extravagant musical. Taitte described Matt’s performance as “a marvel throughout.” This production runs through Dec. 24. Call 214-522-8499 for ticket information.

Richland theater faculty member Wendy Welch stars in the North Texas Premier of Casa Manana’s “A Christmas Carol” at the Fort Worth Bass Performance Hall. This adaptation of the Dickens classic is a Broadway musical extravaganza and runs from Dec. 21-29. For ticket information, call the CMT box office at 817-332-2272.


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PSS award winners
From left to right: Dr. Mittelstet; Victoria Glass, Part-time Employee of the Year; and Philip Key, Full-time Employee of the Year.

People
New Employees

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Name: Chinweolu Greer
Title: Dept. Assistant II
Dept.: TRIO/SOAR

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Name: Cindell Glapion
Title: Academic Advisor II
Dept.: CE

Thanks T-ducks

To: Eddie Hueston and Lee Anne Scott
From: Susan, Scarlett Hill, and ILC 8204

Howdy, Folks!! Thanks so much to both of you, Lee Anne for scheduling and Eddie for presenting a short, interesting, and informative talk about Fair Park to our ESOL Intermediate Intensive Learning Community students. You did a fantastic job of presenting the information in a way the students were able to relate to. (And they really loved the nice brochures!)

When you left, they were so bursting with stories and questions that it was difficult to steer them!

Scarlett, the students, and I were honored that you were able to take this bit of time to speak from personal knowledge about the history and architecture of this great Dallas landmark which we will visit as a class in October.

Thank you, thank you! When we get to the fair, we’ll be sure to have a corny dog in your honor.

To: Robert Baker, Whitney Rosenbalm, Mary Savage, Cesar Sena, Scott Sprouse, Joanne Vaillancourt, Jay Wooldridge
From: Patricia Benter and John Pollock

Thank you for helping one of the Thunderducks – the feathered kind!

It took three days, a loaf of bread, loads of compassion, fishing nets and a sister campus, but we finally caught the little guy. Now the two-inch fish hook is removed, he’s been returned to our lake and is paddling happily with his pals.

Thanks so much to all of you! Each one of you helped make this happy ending.

Letters

Dear Stephen (Mittelstet),

Thank you for the wonderful flower arrangement and word of congratulations for our selection of the TAPE award. Needless to say we are thrilled and our staff is very exited. We are still buzzing here- of greater significance is the company of great organizations we find ourselves and we hope to continue our journey in the same outstanding fashion that Richland College has accomplished.

Thank you again for the encouragement and your thoughtfulness. Richland College has set the bar highs and we would appreciate any word of advice.

Sincerely,
John J. Buckley, Jr. FACHE
ST. Joseph Services Corporation
President and CEO