Monthly Archives: January 2008

January 28, 2008


Reverend Clarence Golver, a local activist, speaks at the MLK day event held last week in the Brazos Gallery.
Remembering the legacy

To honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Richland Student Programs and Resources sponsored the appearance of Reverend Clarence Glover, a local diversity expert and civil rights activist who was involved with Dr. King’s initiatives. An overflow crowd of students, faculty, and staff filled the Brazos Gallery last Tuesday to hear Glover speak about Dr. King’s philosophy, activities, and marches to bring heightened awareness about injustices in our country. Glover asked students to discuss in small groups instances when they had experienced injustice and their responses to it, encouraging them to become involved in organizations whose missions are to eliminate injustice and provide equality for all individuals. A slideshow of the event can be viewed below.

RLC’s Fulbright scholar continues to educate RLC, community on Russian culture

a1_small.jpgFulbright Scholar Anastasia (Stacy) Klenova from Saratov State University (SSU) in Russia has started her second semester with Richland College.

The Fall semester was very busy for Klenova. Besides teaching ESOL, she was actively speaking about history, culture and contemporary life in Russia within the college and Dallas community. She delivered her presentations to about 150 Richland students in various classes. Klenova was also invited as a guest speaker to the Jewish Community Center, True Lee Missionary Church and English Speaking Union.

Klenova will also be busy in the Spring 2008 actively working on implementing three joint RLC-SSU online courses with Fred Newbury, Carole Lester and Matt Hinkley and making other presentations to RLC students and for employees of the Multicultural Center.

klenova-ppp.JPGAdditionally, as a part of the annual Russian Winter Festival in Dallas, Klenova will make a presentation about life in contemporary Russia for all RLC employees and students next month. The presentation will take place on Feb. 28 in C-140 during a reception and opening ceremony of a photo exhibition about her hometown and Dallas’ sister-city, Saratov.

Recognize an outstanding student

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. Share their story of overcoming significant obstacles.

The next Student Wall of Honor ceremony will be held on Wed., March 26 at 10:30 a.m.

Submit your online nomination form before Feb. 10.

T-Ducks get ‘W’ over Eastfield; Bishop hits stride at league midway point

by Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

Nearly midway through the Metro-Athletic Conference, Richland College’s basketball team is 11-10 overall and has a 2-3 league record, recently winning, according to T-Ducks coach Jon Felmet, a must-win home game against a tough Eastfield team.

The win, which snapped a two-game losing streak, is huge as the T-Ducks gear up to play on Wednesday against Brookhaven, the No. 2 ranked NJCAA Division III team.

After Wednesday’s road game, Richland will have a bye this Saturday before resuming play Wednesday, Feb. 6 on the road against North Lake College before hosting Mountain View College on Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

Who’s hot

Having hit his stride as of late for Richland is Tony Bishop of Garland, who in the past three games is averaging 26.1 points and 12.2 rebounds. He also leads the team in field goal percentage at 51.3 percent.

Antwan Mullins of Katy, Texas leads Richland in scoring at 13.5 points per game.

Did you know

Although the T-Ducks have lost some close games down the stretch, Richland is still one of the most-feared defensive teams in the NJCAA Division III.

Entering Wednesday’s game against Brookhaven, the T-Ducks will be the No. 18 ranked squad in team defense, only allowing 68.1 points per game.

The 68.1 points per game is also best in Metro-Athletic Conference play.

Upcoming Events

Focus the Nation
Various times and locations, January 30-31
Click here for a detailed schedule.
Focus the Nation is a national teach-in engaging millions of students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about Global Warming Solutions.

Portraits of Courage
noon-1:30 p.m., Wed., Feb. 6
Fannin Hall, room 102
This two-person show, produced by the nationally acclaimed Will and Company, highlights unsung black heroes and their contributions to American history.

African-American Read In
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Thurs., Feb. 7
Fannin Hall, room 108
This event will feature readings of African-American literature, dance performances and more.

FREE HIV Testing for students and employees
10 a.m.-6 p.m., February 7 and 28
Health Center, Thunderduck Hall
Other dates: March 6, 20, April 3, 17 and May 1

Reinventing Conference Day at Richland College 2008
Thursday, February 21
8-9 a.m. – Registration check-in and continental breakfast in the small gym
9-10 a.m. – General session in the large gym
10:30-11:30 a.m.- Breakout sessions
11:45-3 p.m. – Lunch and activities in the large gym
Attendance at Conference Day completes three hours of mandatory ThunderWater credits.

RCHS Townhall Meeting

10-11:30 a.m., Sat., February 23; registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
El Paso Lounge
This free information session will provide interested students and parents with details about the high school and the application process. Attendees should call 972-761-6888 to reserve a seat.

If you have any other events you’d like to have publicized in the ThunderBridge, click here.


t2-copy.jpgAliene Pylant in Disability Services was recently awarded third prize in a national poetry contest. Her submission, “Girl in the Fire,” can be accessed here. In addition to writing poetry, Aliene writes one-act plays.

New Employees

Claudine Spearman
Title: Instructional Specialist III – Temporary
Department: WLCC

Jasmine Nguyen
Title: Department Assistant I
Department: HR

Andrew Lazo
Title: Human Resources Specialist III
Department: HR

Adam Gordon
Title: Instructional Specialist III – Temporary
Department: WLCC

Jesus Hinojosa
Title: Groundskeeper
Department: Facilities Services

Thanks T-ducks

To: Sherry Dean
From: Mike Crawford

I want you to know how much I appreciate the work that Catrina Tobias does on behalf of the Music Department. Her help in generating time-sensitive purchase orders for me insures prompt delivery of needed materials. She is very adept at handling many varied tasks and remains calm and pleasant in the midst of a very busy office!

To: Information Services
From: Steve Mittelstet

You guys do a terrific job on the ThunderBridge . . . with all its lively e-connections . . . how inspiring it is to read/view/hear/feel the Richland College/RCHS heartbeat with each edition. Please pass along my compliments to your entire staff!

To: RLC Theatre Department
From: Sherry Dean

Congratulations to our theatre department faculty and staff for a successful run of Eugene Ionesco’s absurdist play, “Rhinoceros,” October 10-13. The show was produced by Debi Ruiz Esparza and involved many late night practice hours by a devoted student crew and production staff including Chuck Sheffield, Jennifer Owen, and Cris Bay-Andersen. We are especially proud of our student actors who gave stellar performances.

Theatre production work is grueling business, folks, and Debi, Chuck, Jennifer and Cris make it look easy. Kudos for a Rockin’ production of “Rhinoceros”! You are the BEST!

To: Michael Crawford
From: Vickie Allen
Was that a choir I heard yesterday afternoon? I was leaving campus around 1 p.m. to go and take care of some business and thought I had stop by heaven.


Dear Kristyn (Edney),

I am writing this to let you know how much I enjoyed teaching this class. The students were all wonderful. They completed all their work and were excited about learning. I taught in public schools for 15 years and became very frustrated because of uncaring students, behavior issues, etc., etc., etc. This class has renewed my faith in teenagers and “our” future! These students are still chatty teens, but WHAT A JOY THEY ARE!

Shirley Hawkins

Howard (Clapper),

Thank you very much for helping me with financial aid. I truly appreciate it. There are not a lot of people who would have helped me like you did. Thanks!

Catalina Muñiz

Dr. (Tony) Summers,
Thank you so much for your help with registration advising today! You went out of your way to help me and I appreciate your kindness! There are also some other people I would like to commend for their thoughtfulness. The nice lady at the information desk (I unfortunately don’t have her name) and Edna at the advising desk both went the extra mile to point me in the right direction.

Thanks again and God bless you!
Lindsey Teel