Monthly Archives: June 2008

June 16, 2008


RCHS head shaving event. Photography by John Pollock.
Bald is beautiful: RCHS seniors earned $2.5 million in scholarships, deputy superintendent shaves head

David Canine, former deputy superintendent for the Richland Collegiate High School of Mathematics, Science and Engineering (RCHS), never imagined how cold air would feel on his bare head. He went bald last month after he promised to shave his head if the RCHS class of 2008 applied for and received $1 million in scholarships to colleges or universities in Texas and across the United States. Those students took him seriously, and their cumulative scholarship total to date is $2.5 million.

“$2.5 million is so far beyond anything I could have imagined! That’s almost $20,000 per student,” says Canine.

RCHS, housed at Richland College, was first opened in the Fall of 2006 as a unique program where 11th and 12th graders could complete their last two years of high school by taking college courses. Potentially, students could earn their high school diploma and their associate’s degree simultaneously. This spring, RCHS graduated its first class of 129 seniors. Of those students, 122 also received their associate’s degree.

With the $2.5 million in tow, many of these students will be transferring to major colleges and universities, both in and out of state, with at least 60 credit hours from Richland.

“The scholarships, the school’s [TEA] “exemplary” rating, and the 122 associate degrees the graduates earned demonstrate the quality of our students and success of the RCHS. More than half of the graduates earned a grade point average of “B” or better taking nothing but college courses. I am glad that the four-year universities recognized how hard our students worked to earn these grades and rewarded them for their efforts,” says Canine.

rchs.jpgRichland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students completed their school year with the end of May Term. The 129 graduating seniors and their parents were honored on May 29 at the Senior Celebration held at the Atrium in Garland. In addition to congratulations from Board Chair Jerry Prater, RCHS Superintendent Steve Mittelstet, and RCHS Deputy Superintendent David Canine, the group heard from Valedictorian Caitlin Taylor and recognized Salutatorian Julio Molina. More than 70 RCHS seniors received Distinguished Achievement high school diplomas at the event. For a slideshow of the event, click here.

Applications for fall 2008 incoming juniors are now being accepted. For additional information, visit or call 972-761-6888.

City of Dallas and Richland College partner to facilitate “green” talk

The Dallas City Council was hosted by Richland College for their second special community quadrant meeting on May 7, with a focus on sustainability. Mayor Leppert presented President Mittelstet a proclamation honoring Richland for its local and national leadership in sustainable community building through its performance excellence strategy, as recognized by the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Prior to the City department presentations on progress with their sustainability initiatives, Dr. Mittelstet welcomed the Council on behalf of the students, faculty, and staff of Richland College and RCHS and introduced GREENRichland co-chairs David Henry and Eddie Hueston.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpgTake a Green Vacation! The U.S. Travel Data Center estimates that 43 million American travelers are “ecologically concerned” when planning trips. One resource to help get started is This site has a list of eco-friendly hotels in the U.S. as well as some internationally. Another source that’s broader in scope is

Have a global warming action to suggest? E-mail them to

Room scheduling now online

RLC Rooms now has a new Web page to request conference rooms and classrooms for meetings and special events. Included on the page is helpful information on what to do once a room is confirmed, rooms that can not be reserved through the RLC Rooms Web page, a calendar of events for some of the most requested conference rooms, and more. Those who are requesting rooms for credit and CE classes do not have to use this page. For additional details, contact Bethany Wright at 972-238-6061.

RLC in the News

mcmillion-tonya-copy.jpgIn the spirit of Richland’s vision to build sustainable local and world community, Journalism/Student Media Program Coordinator Tonya McMillion was recently featured on KTVT-TV Channel 11 in a story about her new green lifestyle. She recently sold her car and now commutes everyday to work via DART bus, DART rail, and her bike. View the Channel 11 story on her commute to work here. She has also initiated a GREENRichland blog for the college where bloggers can share stories of their green lifestyles and practices.

Richland College administrator named to Baldrige award board of examiners

Fonda Vera of Richland College has been appointed by Dr. James M. Turner, Acting Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to the 2008 Board of Examiners for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Award, created by public law in 1987, is the highest level of national recognition for performance excellence that a U.S. organization can receive.

As an examiner, Vera is responsible for reviewing and evaluating applications submitted for the Award. The board is composed of approximately 500 leading experts selected from industry, professional and trade organizations, education and health care organizations and government.

Those selected meet the highest standards of qualification and peer recognition. All members of the board must take part in a preparation course based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence and the scoring and evaluation processes for the Baldrige Award. More

RLC faculty/staff achievements

Congratulations are in order for Cindy Castaneda. On May 10, she won a seat on the Garland ISD school board, At Large Position 4. Cindy is Richland’s Dean of Ethnic Studies, Social Science, and Physical Education.

lee-alice-copy.jpgIn May, Alice Lee (World Languages) was installed as the 2008-2010 president of Richardson’s Delta Pi chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. The Society is a professional honor society of women educators that promotes professional development and excellence in education.

New Employees

Ashley Franklin
Title: Circulation Assistant
Department: Library

Lawrence Chamberlin
Title: Carpenter II
Department: Facilities Services

James Seyer
Title: Groundskeeper
Department: Facilities Services

Shelly Key
Title: Director of Admissions/Registrar
Department: RCHS

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Sharon Wright, Information Services
From: Institutional Research Office

We want to thank you, Sharon, for helping the Research Office complete an important printing project when we recently had a toner snaffu. You came through for us with a team spirit and an “always” friendly smile/great attitude. The PI office and all of us are blessed to have you here at Richland. Thanks again dear lady!!!

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Kay (Eggleston):

Thank you for your company’s sponsorship of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce 51st Annual Banquet, which featured Marin G. Foster of Blue Cross and Blue Shield as our keynote speaker. The event was attended by almost 500 people and we have received favorable feedback on the overall program. This would not be possible without the generous of you, our sponsors.

Support such as your enables us to continue our efforts to constantly improve the value we offer our members and to serve our member companies and community in effective and innovative ways. Thank you for joining us in working to create a business climate which benefits us all.


William C. Sproull

*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!


Congratulations to Laura and Matt Hinckley (Human & Academic Development) on the birth of 6 lb. 12 oz. Ian Archer Hinckley born Tuesday, May 20 at 10:38 p.m.


Doug Simoneaux’ s father, Malcolm Simoneaux passed away on May 14 at his residence in Groves, Texas. Funeral services were held May 16, at the Levingston Funeral Home in Groves.

Anna Engert’s (Humanities) father, Mr. Marko Gjenero, passed away in New Orleans on May 12.