Monthly Archives: February 2008

February 28, 2008


The ThunderDavas were new but not-so-improved, making a grand appearance at this year’s Conference Day held on the RLC campus. The group performed a rendition of “Start Spreading the News” to top off an eventful day. A full recap of the event, complete with a slideshow and video, will be published in the next issue of the ThunderBridge.
RLC meets SECC challenge

The Thunderducks stepped up for a good cause in the 2007 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC). Donations totaled $114,624 with 84 percent employee participation, the highest ever for the College. Workgroups that reached their monetary goal will receive a workgroup party from Café Max or Papa Johns and 50 percent Matching Funds from the District. Winners can be found here.

Remember, workgroups parties begin March 3 thru April 30, 2008. If your workgroup won an SECC luncheon, please have your designated workgroup leader submit your preferred top three times, dates and food preference via the SECC Luncheon Workgroup web form before or no later than March 15, 2008.

A message from our President:

Thanks to the dependable generosity of Richlanders and our colleagues throughout the DCCCD, many people less fortunate in our community will have happier holidays and a happier New Year throughout 2008. Thank you, everyone, for this and the many other ways day-in and day-out you serve our community. It remains a warm pleasure to work with and be inspired by you.


Focus on the Nation a success

greentduck-rgb.jpg“Focus the Nation,” a national teach-in engaging students and citizens with political leaders and decision makers about global warming solutions, was well received and made quite an impact on the RLC campus last month. GreenRichland sponsored the event, which included panel discussions and webcasts.

* An estimated 1,500 students and staff attended the panel discussions (soon to be available for viewing at, where they heard presentations by and posed questions to leaders from across the Metroplex.
* Almost 700 cast ballots on campus in the “Choose Your Future” referendum, along with many more who voted online.
* Dozens of instructors, from a variety of disciplines, incorporated the panels, referendum, or the “2% Solution” webcast (viewable at into their courses.

GreenRichland representative David Henry said, “I think the quantity and quality of Richland’s participation speaks loudest about the event’s success. Both faculty and students thought it important enough to devote class time to attend the panel discussions and the students submitted thoughtful questions about global warming.”

For more information on Focus, click here to visit their Web site.


The NAACP Garland Branch recognized Richland’s longtime contributions to community building through education at its Winter Ball on Feb. 15. Pictured from left to right: Alhaji Saccoh, Fillis Anthony Hughes, Tony Summers, Delores Elder-Jones, Marcia Hines Parrish, Steve Mittelstet, and Jada Hill.

Upcoming Events

“Gennadiy Savkin: Sister City Saratov” exhibit
Gallery hours: M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; running through March 13
Reception/Gallery Talk: noon-1:30 p.m., Thurs, Feb. 28
Brazos Gallery (C140)
Gallery Webpage
Exhibition Photos

25th Anniversary of the Annual Richland College Literary Festival
Feb. 26-28
This festival celebrates the diverse literary works of the Richland writing community.
Sponsored by: SPAR and WLCC

Richland Theatre presents “Guys and Dolls”

7:30 p.m., Feb. 27-March 1
Fannin Performance Hall
Free admission. Reservations required.
Call 972-238-3733 to reserve seats.

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

If you have any other events you’d like to have publicized in the ThunderBridge, esigns, marquees and/or Web Calendar click here.

RLC faculty, staff and students make a showing in local art scene


RLC administrators, faculty, and students attended a reception held at the Latino Cultural Center last Wednesday. Pictured from left to right: Alejandrina Drew, Executive Director, Latino Cultural Center; Sherry Dean, Executive Dean, Humanities; Linda Downs, Executive Director, College Art Association; Jean Conway, Vice-President Student Learning.

More than 125 Richland College art faculty and students and participants from the College Art Association National Convention gathered for a reception at the Latino Cultural Center (LLC) last Wednesday. As part of Richland’s 35th anniversary celebration, an exhibition of recent work from Richland art students was presented. The exhibition showcased 45 works from current students in drawing, painting, design, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and digital art. The closing buffet reception was held in conjunction with the 96th Annual Conference of the College Art Association, and in tandem with the LCC exhibition “Cardinal Points.”

Jan Ryberg, Richland professor of guitar studies, and the Richland classical guitar ensemble provided musical entertainment. Jean Conway, Vice-President of Student Learning and Sherry Dean, Executive Dean, Humanities were among those giving remarks.

goad-copy.jpgIn other news, two RLC art students took top honors in the 2008 League for Innovation Exhibition last week at Mountain View College. Jeff Parrott won first place and a purchase award for his work, “Nothing Is What it Seems,” while Mary Goad won fourth place for her work, “Double Stuff.”

RLC graphic artist wins national awards

Patricia Benter (Information Services) won two national-level Admissions Advertising Awards from Admissions Marketing Report for her work on the Continuing Education “Your Training Source” Class Schedule (Bronze) and a Workforce Development magazine advertisement (Merit).

The Admissions Advertising Awards is the largest educational advertising awards competition in the country. This year, 2,000 entries were received from more than 1,000 colleges, universities and secondary schools from all 50 states and several foreign countries.

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Web Team (Leslie Wendling and Mark Murray) and spring credit schedule contributors
From: Sarah Gardenhire, Administration

The Richland Spring 2008 online schedule is now up and available to the public. Thanks to all who work so diligently in their efforts to provide students access to Richland class schedules as early as possible.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dr. (Cindy) Castañeda,

I am writing to thank you for the superb talk you gave at the Alcatel-Lucent Hispanic Heritage Event. I enjoyed hearing about your own life experiences. Your ability to weave them into a warm, informative, historical and clear message was outstanding. Your words on the importance of mentoring also struck a chord with me. Through mentoring, each of us can make a difference. (Not to mention – what we can learn from our mentees.)

Over the last week I have run into other coworkers who attended the event, and without exception, they all made very positive remarks about your talk. In our culture, the fact that people are still talking about you or your presentation, days later … is a real sign of success.

I also wanted to tell you that I appreciated your invitation to the Nov. 3 Adjunct Faculty Fair. I look forward to meeting you again some time in the future.

Best regards,

Alana Oldenburg
Project Manager

*More letters . . .

*Thanks Thunderducks and Letters now has its own special page. If you would like for a letter of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear there, please use this new, convenient online form. Letters from outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the Information Services office. Thanks!


Don Partin’s (Educational Information Technology) father passed away early Feb. 26. The funeral will be Mon., March 3, in Longview, Texas, at Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. with the funeral service following at 1 p.m.

Rose Marie Pilcher’s (School of Business and Information Technology) sister, Evelyn Saleh, passed away Monday morning, February 25. Her rosary will be at 7 p.m., Wed., Feb. 27 at the Stewart Funeral Home in Tyler, Texas. Services will be Thurs., Feb. 28, at Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Tyler.