Monthly Archives: July 2008

July 30, 2008

From left to right: Jeana Remington, Ambassador and UNA USA President William Luers, Noeli Piccoli Biggs and Diana Urrutia pose with the Earl Eames Award.
Richland College, LeCroy Center instrumental in Dallas UNA’s Earl Eames Award

United Nation Association Dallas Chapter in partnership with Richland College and the LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunication recently received the Earl Eames Award for its progress and contributions in the use of electronic communication technology. The award was received at the UNA USA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Business. The ambassador and UNA USA President William Luers presented to Noeli Biggs, Jeana Remington, Diana Bustillos, the UNA Dallas Chapter, Richland College and the LeCroy Center with certificates. Click here for photos of the ceremony.

The award is based on the chapter’s resourcefulness and creativeness of “Going Global with the UN.” The project consists of 52 half-hour videos covering the work of the UN toward accomplishing its Millennium Development Goals and addressing issues of health and environment education; poverty and development; war and peace; and gender and aging. The UNA of Dallas, through its partnership with Richland College and the LeCroy Center, made the videos available through Dallas broadcast television, streaming video online, and the DCCCD media center.

DART and Richland College partner for its ninth year of Poetry in Motion

Richland faculty Jerry McElveen reads his poem aloud at the annual Poetry in Motion kick-off.

Richland College and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) kicked off their ninth year of presenting Poetry in Motion, a celebration to support the love of literature featured in public transportation.

Fifteen poems will be highlighted this year including a poem excerpt by Richland College’s Poet Laureate, Professor Jerry McElveen. Richland Adjunct English Instructor Martha Heimberg’s poetry also will be featured in this year’s series.

Alone on the road home,
I saw a lady with bunioned big toes
That lapped at right angles
Across the others.
I slid down into my mother’s lap,
Saw my first girlfriend’s face
In the mist,
Shook against the cold,
And celebrated the solitude.

from “A Trip Home” by Jerry McElveen

DART brought Poetry in Motion to North Texas in 1998 as a way to give riders a chance to take a mental break from their day. The colorful, boldly designed posters appear in more than 600 buses and 60 light rail vehicles for more than 300,000 riders to enjoy each day. In 1999, Richland College partnered with DART in support of this national program coordinated by the Poetry Society of America.

Since its founding 10 years ago, the U.S. program, inspired by a similar program in the London Underground, has expanded to 14 cities across the country, reaching 13 million people daily.

For more information, visit

RLC in the News

D Magazine photo by Dave Shafer

Richland College president Stephen Mittelstet was featured in June’s issue of D Magazine. The article speaks of how he has brought business principles to the education, leading the way to a Baldrige Award appointment in 2005. Read the article here.

Raj Seekri, Math faculty member

Math faculty member Raj Seekri was recently named one of the recipients the 2008 Awards for Excellence in Community Service by The Dallas Historical Society. The award will be presented at a Nov. 10 luncheon at the Fairmont Hotel Dallas.

Selection committee chairperson Caro Stalcup had this to say about Seekri:

“….he is held in highest regard by administrators, colleagues and students.” “As one of his many admiring students has written, ‘His ability to translate the difficult subject of mathematics is surpassed only by his deep and devoted love for his students.’ ”

The Awards for Excellence luncheon provides substantial financial support for the stewardship and preservation of priceless artifacts and archives.

Click here to read the Dallas Morning News article featuring Seekri. To support the Awards for Excellence luncheon should call Nora Lenhart at 214-421-4500, ext. 106 or e-mail

Richland College presented the Paul Lewing China Paint Workshop on July 15-16. Lewing, the author of China Paint & Overglaze, describes china paint as a painting technique, not glazing.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

GREENRichland tips

greentduck-rgb.jpg Not sure to do with your old cell phone, computer, or household appliance? Recycle it! There are variety of e-waste collection sites in the DFW area. Visit to find a site near you. You may also take advantage of the United States Postal Service’s free e-waste recycling program. The Environmental Protection Agency and eBay provide lists of organizations that accept donations of used electronics.

Summer is the season of love with more weddings than any other time of the year. And the fashionable color for more and more weddings these days is green — as in, eco-friendly. Several resources can be found online to help you plan a green wedding and honeymoon, including and

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

Upcoming Events

Teacher Preparation Program Open House
Aug. 5, Two sessions: 1-2 p.m. and 5-6 p.m.
Crockett Hall, Room C150.

All-Faculty Convocation
Aug. 21
5:45-6:45 p.m., Registration and Reception, El Paso Hall
7-7:50 p.m., Program, Fannin Performance Hall
8-9:30 p.m., Breakout Sessions, various locations

RLC Convocation
Friday, Aug. 22

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Blankenbaker honored by Texas ESOL organization

Zarina Blankenbaker, 2008 TexTESOLer of the Year

Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TexTESOL), Region V honored Zarina Blankenbaker as its 2008 recipient of the TexTESOLer of the Year Award. Zarina is a long-term and loyal supporter of the organization, having served as the Region V board newsletter editor (1997-1999) and as president (2004-2007). Among her many accomplishments, she led an important revision of the organization’s constitution and by-laws, initiated discussion of revisions to the TexTESOL V website, promoted the professionalism of the organization, and assured the affiliate’s compliance with TESOL policies. Currently, although she is not serving on the board, Zarina continues to advise the 2008 TexTESOL State Conference planning committee.

Richland Music Students Celebrate Transfer Success

The Richland Music Department announces the largest number of transfer students to four-year institutions in many years. Music students accepted to the University of Texas Arlington music program include: Jasmine Xavier, voice; Gary Beavers, oboe, (music scholarship); Matt Jones, bass violin, (music scholarship); Jason Lloyd, composition; and Drew Lawes, music theory. Composition student Chris Grow was accepted into the University of North Texas music program.

Many of these students have also earned scholarships. Voice students receiving scholarships include Roni Carrasco (Texas A&M Commerce, $12,000) and Taylor Hankey (Stephen F. Austin, $3,000). Instrumental students receiving scholarships include Charlie Gonzalez, (tuba, Southeast Oklahoma State, $41,000); Jeremy Hopkins (french horn, Louisiana Tech, full scholarship); Rafael Restrepo (percussion, Berkelee School of Music, $5,000); and NaYoung Jeon (flute, California Baptist University, $8,000).

New Employees

Name: Flavia Caramori
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: Multicultural Center

Name: John Butler
Title: Classroom Technology Specialist
Department: Media Technology

Name: Erinn Farrell
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Academic Advising

Name: Scott Toups
Title: College Director of Athletic Programs
Department: PE

Name: Carl Lord Jr
Title: Electronic Tech II
Department: Media Technology

Not pictured:
Name: Jennifer Russell
Title: HR Specialist III
Department: HR

Name: Vicki Goux
Title: Secretary II
Department: Financial Aid

Name: Gregory Wright
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Name: Blake Walker
Title: Info Systems/Lan Support Specialist II
Department: IT Support Center

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Patricia Spence, Humanities

I cannot let the academic year get too far behind me without acknowledging, again, what a debt of gratitude I owe to Steve Dupuis and Joe Vines for being such a huge help with the videos sent by the online speech students.

The computers in the Multimedia center have software that is just magic when it comes to opening up videos that are sent to me and to the other online SPCH instructors. Joe and Steve add the support that is necessary to know how to use this software, so even the most “strangely” of formatted files can work. Deb Smith is also great about getting back to me whenever I have a question about the lab and what I can do there.

Also, I periodically have to use the digital cameras to play videos and, again, both Joe and Steve make themselves available to spend time with me to do this. The other SPCH online faculty know that they are there, too.

It is also invaluable to be able to have the link to the MM center on the SPCH online website and to be able to tell all SPCH online students that they can go to the MM center for assistance, if they need it, to transfer video to CDs/DVDs that can be sent to online faculty. That gives such great peace of mind to me and to the other SPCH online faculty. It gives our students a place to go for tech support the faculty cannot provide them. Thanks to your great staff!

More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Oscar (Lopez), Cindy (Berry) and Zina (Gardner),

We sincerely thank each one of you for all that you did for our visit to your campus. Oscar, many thanks for coordinating and organizing our time with you and your staff. We also appreciate your care and concern for each detail and especially for the great food! We send our sincere appreciation to Vice President Summers for taking time out of a very busy schedule to inspire us with insightful words and welcoming us to Richland College. Many thanks as well to your staff who took the time to present and to interact with us. It was great to see their enthusiasm and joy.

Thank you once again and we look forward to building this exciting new relationship with all of you.

Best regards,

Matthew S. Hebbard
Director of Admissions and Registrar
South Texas College

More letters . . .

If you would like for a letter of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear in Thanks T-ducks, please use this online form. Letters from outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the Information Services office.


Dan Dao’s (School of Business and Information Technology) mother passed away on July 8 in Plano Presbyterian Hospital. The funeral was held on July 11 at Restland Memorial.