Monthly Archives: May 2008

May 12, 2008


RLC faculty, staff, and students celebrated various cultures last month at the Intercultural Festival. The annual event featured an eclectic mix of diverse foods, music, and art. Photo by John Pollock.
Richland receives grant to re-train boomer population

Richland College (RLC) was recently selected as one of 15 colleges to participate in the three-year PLUS 50 initiative, which will develop and benchmark models for innovative programs for students 50 years of age and over. The project is funded with a $3.2 million dollar grant from The Atlantic Philanthropies and is led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

The grant money will be used to further develop RLC’s Boomer program, a series of new and unique courses specifically for baby boomers, which kicked off in January 2008. Courses on relationships, retirement planning, computer skills, and parent care-giving are a few examples of the courses that have been offered.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to collaborate with other colleges as we all expand and enhance our programs,” says Mitzi Werther, Boomers program director. “We look forward to the challenge of discovering and fulfilling the unique needs of this diverse group.”

For more about the PLUS 50 initiative, click here.

Thunderduck baseball team advances to national championship tourney

by Justin Justin, Richland College Sports Information
Photo courtesy of the Richland Chronicle

img_2106.jpgCongratulations are in order for Joe Wharton and his Richland College baseball team as his squad will have a chance to play for its fourth NJCAA Division III national championship since 2002 on May 17-22 in Tyler after the T-Ducks won their district tournament over the weekend.

Richland opened the tournament with a 12-3 win over North Arkansas College, which entered the tournament ranked No. 1 in the NJCAA Division III poll.

The T-Ducks, who didn’t drop a game during the double-elimination tournament, then beat Eastfield, 6-4, and Tyler, 12-3, in the championship game.

Tyler beat Richland four times in six games this season and was ranked No. 4 while Eastfield was No. 6. The T-Ducks entered the weekend ranked No. 4.


Visit the thundersports page for continued updates.

Graduation Slideshow


The Richland Student Media Group held an Open House on April 23. The event included tours of the KDUX Web Radio and Richland College TV studios. Attendees learned about opportunities in journalism for students in print, radio, television and the Web. KDUX Web Radio, Richland College TV, and the Chronicle have collaborated to form a two-year transferable degree program. Photo courtesy of the Richland Chronicle.

Nominate campus innovators and leaders today

Nominations are being accepted now for the Richland College 2008-09 Innovation of the Year Award and Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award. Winners (or teams) of each award will be announced at Convocation in August and will receive $1,000 in the respective college budget.

Richland winners then will be reviewed along with other DCCCD winners to determine Districtwide recipients to be announced at District Conference Day.

Nominations for the Innovation of the Year are due by Friday, May 16. The Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award applications are due Friday, May 23. Please submit completed nomination forms to Maria Chobany. For forms and additional details, contact Maria at 972-238-6384 or

Richland Jazz Singers make impressive showing in Colorado


The Richland College Jazz Singers performed on April 24 at the prestigious 38th Annual University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colo. The Jazz Singers competed in the college division. Richland student Thomas Nanthavongduoansy won a Special Citation for outstanding musicianship in the vocal solo category.

In addition to the performance and clinic, the singers attended a concert given by “Take Six,” a renowned male professional vocal jazz group.

Members of the Richland Jazz Singers include Kathryn Adams, Michael Berry, Roni Carrasce, Angela Cook, James Gonzalez, Taylor Hankey, john Johnsen, Molly Lunch, Joshua Miller, Yealim Moon, Thomas Nanthavongduangsy, April Putman, Victor Rimasch, Janscel Rivas, Dennis Vaden, and Susan Vaden. Michael Crawford directs and Bilianna Dimitrova accompanies the group.

Upcoming Events

Time to Shine
3 p.m., May 12
East Breezeway
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PTK receives high honors

Twelve members of the Richland Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa brought home top honors from the International Convention to Philadelphia in early April. Once again, the RLC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa had an impressive year and came home with top honors.

In their bid for International President, Keome Rowe made the finals but was defeated in the final ballot. He also received the “Most Distinguished Regional Officer Award.”

Other chapter awards include:

-Being named to the top 100 chapters in the international organization out of 1250 chapters

-Being named a Distinguished Chapter (Top 25)

-The Leadership Hallmark Award

-Aliene Pylant’s Paragon Award for New Advisors

-Larry Polk’s election as Secretary to the Association of Chapter Advisors. He’ll serve a three-year, rotating upward term. He is the only advisor in the history of the organization to be elected twice to this position.

Humanities Happenings

Fred Sweet, Richland 3-D Art Coordinator, and advanced ceramics students Nathan Portnoy and Mark Westbrook participated in a special weekend clay and kiln wood-firing workshop in Edom, Texas sponsored by Tyler Junior College, April 11-13. Fred, Nathan and Mark helped fire more than 200 clay artworks, alternating stoking shifts through the entire weekend. The weekend event was a collaboration between the ceramics departments at Richland, Tyler Junior College and Montgomery College.

Richland Chronicle Photo Editor Tambra Sanders recently won Best of Show in the photography department’s Student Photo/Imaging Exhibition. In addition, Tambra and Tasleem Khan won Third Place in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Two-Person Photo Essay live competition on April 3, competing against junior and senior photojournalism majors from every major public and private university in Texas. While at the TIPA convention in College Station, Tambra was elected TIPA’s parliamentarian.

Randall Garrett, Gallery Coordinator at Richland College, built a solo installation as part of NFO-XPO, an art fair in Chicago held last month. Based on the Mahasukha (“Great Bliss”), a concept in Tantric art, the installation was a hybrid shrine, alleyway, and refuge to souls descendent, and adapts iconographies from various traditions. Garrett has curated, performed and shown work in Texas, Miami, New York, Puerto Rico, and Chicago.

New Employees

Jack Fletcher III
Telecommunications Tech II

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Whitney Rosenbalm and the Information Services staff
From: Kristyn Edney, RCHS

Dianna is awesome! I really appreciate all the work she has done for the RCHS program. Thank you for assigning her to work on our program needs.

I also appreciate everything you, Suzy, Anitra, Lisa, John, and the Web Team have done throughout the past two years. Your teams are great, and they have helped us to improve and grow.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


To: President Mittelstet,

I want to thank you for the kind words of support and congratulations for my recent appointment. It is an honor to serve the school children and education community of Texas. As we begin the new year, I look forward to working with you in 2008 and beyond. Please feel free to contact me if I may be of assistance in the future.


Robert Scott
Commissioner of Education

*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!