Monthly Archives: December 2008

December 1, 2008

Richland College students, faculty, and staff enjoy a quick break during November’s 15 Minutes of Fun. The next event will be on Wed., Jan. 28. For details, visit Richland’s Council for Community Building web site. Photo by John Pollock.
Richland College web site gets face lift

The Richland Web team recently completed a major redesign of The new homepage has been slightly rearranged into intuitive groups or categories, making it more convenient for all target audience members.

Additionally, the new site incorporates a link called “Online Tools.” One click will bring the menu down, and allow you to access eConnect, eCampus, GroupWise and other services. A second click will close the menu. This header is not only accessible from the homepage, but from every page inside the website. For a guided tour of the site, view video below:

Below are helpful links that have not changed. Bookmarking these links (by selecting Bookmark in your browser’s toolbar) will allow you to easy access.

Online Staff Directory:
Publicity Request Form:
Room Reservation Form:
Promotional Item Order Form:

If a Web page needs updating, please e-mail 8WebTeam and include the problem link.

Talented student writers have chance at $500 scholarship

Applications are now being accepted for the Ann Priest Writing Scholarship. The award goes to a deserving Richland College student each fall and spring semester. Encourage your writing students to apply for the $500 scholarship to be awarded this spring. Download scholarship form.

Please notice the GPA and credit-hour criteria, and encourage your students to pay particular attention to the requirements the scholarship committee developed for the writing sample. A writing sample in the exact format described must accompany each scholarship application.

If your students would be willing to have their submissions considered for publication in Parallax, applicants need to indicate their permission in writing.

Students may obtain copies of the Ann Priest Scholarship Announcement and the required DCCCD Foundation Scholarship Application forms in our Financial Aid office, Room T130 in Thunderduck Hall. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Dec. 1. Applications, writing samples and faculty recommendation letters should be submitted to Janet James in room Alamito Hall, Room A218, or emailed to Once the scholarship committee reviews the applications and determines the recipient, letters will be sent to all applicants.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


According to an article on, there are several ways to get fit while conserving your environment. Tips include:

Walk or jog. Burn calories instead of gas by walking or jogging around your neighborhood instead of taking your car to the gym.

Riding your bike. If you have a greater distance to travel, consider cycling to work or to run errands.

Join a green gym. While the popularity of green gyms is still largely overseas, consider turning your home gym into a energy-making machine. To discover more from this YouTube video or read about human-powered gyms in Hong Kong.

For more fit and green tips, read more of the “Keeping fit and the environment” article.

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

RLC in the News

Richland College was mentioned in Valve Magazine, a national publication, in an article with quotes by former Richland College student Glen W Spielbauer.

The article states that two-year community colleges are the emerging training schools for the workforce of the future, not four-year schools.

Valve is published by the Valve Manufacturers Association and read by more than 27,000 engineers and managers in the valve, pump and flow actuator industry.

Shannon Ydoyaga and Jan Parrish of Richland’s Health Professions program were quoted in an a Nov. 18 issue of the Dallas Morning News. The article, titled “Growing health industry needs variety of workers”, cites the growth of the healthcare industry and its subsequent need for qualified employees.

Upcoming Events

Salvation Army Angel Tree
Now through Dec. 8
Room E040
The Salvation Army Angel Tree Program provides holiday assistance for needy children and senior citizens. Stop by the SPAR office and adopt an angel (teen, senior or forgotten). Once you select an “Angel,” you make a promise that you will provide a gift for that person.

“David Kirkland: Milk and Honey” Exhibit
Lago Vista Gallery (Library)
Now through Dec. 12
Gallery hours: M-Th, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. 12-4 p.m.

Mischief and Mayhem, An Evening of Improv
7:30 p.m., Dec. 1
Arena Theater (F108)
Adults Only
For reservations, call ext. 3733.

World AIDS Day
10 a.m. -2 p.m., Dec. 1
El Paso Hall
Wear a red ribbon. Sponsored by RLC Health Center.

ClayArts Pottery Sale
9 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 1-4 (closes at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4)
Brazos Gallery
Pottery is handmade by Richland College students.

NAFTA Discussion
12:45-1:30 p.m., Dec. 4
Rod Johnson, Counsul and Senior Trade Commissioner, will speak about U.S./Canadian Relations specifically related to NAFTA. For more details, contact to Chip Izard at

Holiday Lighting Party
6-8 p.m., Dec. 4
East Breezeway

Kwanzaa Celebration
11 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 5
Brazos Gallery, Room C140
Event includes history of Kwanzaa, free African food, African martial arts demonstration and singing.

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

Outstanding Employee of the Month

November 2008

Erin Boltrushek
World Languages, Cultures, and Communications

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Erin:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for November 2008. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

We recognize your service in several departments on campus, including Administration, Continuing Education, and now World Languages, Cultures, and Communications. Your supervisor cites your invaluable assistance, excellent problem-solving skills, and initiative in improving processes and procedures. Your colleagues know you as a delightful, conscientious, customer-service-oriented individual who supports their needs and lends a gracious, caring, and pleasant attitude to everything you undertake….

Other faculty/staff achievements

Richland College College Communications & Marketing staff received silver awards from the National Council for Marketing & Public Relations (NCMPR) District 4 Medallion Awards competition. Congratulations go to Richlanders Lisa Henson, John Pollock, Whitney Rosenbalm, and Kay Eggleston – Viewbook category; Patricia Benter – Class Schedule/Continuing Education category; and Leslie Wendling, Anitra Cotton, Randy Jensen, and Whitney Rosenbalm – Innovation in Technology category for their online gas campaign.

Raj Seekri, professor of mathematics at Richland College, was among 11 individuals and organizations that were recognized as the 2008 recipients of the Dallas Historical Society’s Awards for Excellence in Community Service. Seekri received the honor on Nov. 10.

The Awards for Excellence in Community Service recognize community leaders in several fields who have made singular contributions to the quality of life in Dallas and the surrounding area. Outstanding individuals are selected for this honor from nominations solicited from the Dallas community. Mr. Seekri is this year’s recipient in the field of education. Other honorees include renowned chef Dean Fearing and DISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.

To read more about Mr. Seekri and his award, view the press release on the Richland College news/media page.

On Nov. 6-8, several Richlanders participated in the 2008 Texas Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TexTESOL) State Convention. Some 650 participants arrived at the Renaissance Dallas/Richardson Hotel for the event. Jean Conway, Diana Urrutia and Mary Peacock spoke at the conference. Zarina Blankenbaker was awarded the Outstanding TexTESOLer of the Year award. Jeana Remington served as the Equipment Chairperson for the conference and Barbara Dogger served as the Program Chairperson for the conference.

Barbara Dogger, WLCC, has been asked to serve on the Computer-adaptive Placement Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) Advisory Committee. This group will be comprised of post-secondary practitioners that have demonstrated a series of “good practices” and initiatives associated with the implementation and utilization of the COMPASS Internet system in order to help improve on institutional effectiveness.

Academic Enrichment Dean Carole Lester, was honored at the recent Community College Humanities Association (CCHA) conference on Nov. 6-8. Dr. Lester was named Regional Distinguished Humanities Educator for the Southwestern Division for 2008. CCHA is the only national organization that exclusively created to support and strengthen the humanities in U.S. community colleges.

New Employees

Photo not included
Mathew Ybarra
Title: Student Services Specialist
Department: Upward Bound

Photo not included
Trent Price
Title: Senior Academic Advisor
Department: RCHS

Iaan Lucero
Title: Student Services Assistant
Department: Admissions

Shantra Dotson
Title: Financial Aid Assistant I
Department: Financial Aid

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Steve Mittelstet, Administration
From: Tom McClellan, Adjunct Faculty

Thanks for the birthday card. I’m grateful for the opportunity to tell you how very happy I am to be teaching at Richland College. Thomas Jefferson believed in the uncommon potential of the common man, and Richland College of the DCCCD continues that Jeffersonian tradition. Dallas once had the motto, “City of Excellence,” and the Dallas County Community Colleges in general, and Richland in particular, embody that goal of excellence, remaining one of the best community college systems in the U.S., if not simply the best. I do not need a Malcolm Baldrige Award to tell me Richland is a great place to work. I have first-hand experience with the Library, the Media Center, the Tutoring Center at Room M224, and my immediate supervisors Paula Eschliman (WLCC) and Andy Tubbs (ACCESS) to tell me how fortunate I am to be teaching, learning, and community building at Richland College.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Dr. Steve Mittelstet (Administration),

Many thanks to you, Kay (Eggleston), and the entire Richland team for your unsurpassed hospitality and thoughtfulness in connection with our student visit to Richland. They came away very impressed with the quality array of services that Richland provides both students and your larger community constituency, I think every one of our Blockers would love the opportunity of being on the Richland team. They enjoyed every minute of their time with you and your hard-charging Thunderducks. Thanks again for your continued interest and support of our efforts to prepare the next generation of community college leaders. We appreciate your many gifts to us.

John E. Roueche
Professor and Community College Leadership Program Director, Sid W. Richardson Regents Chair
University of Texas at Austin

*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!


Jada (Mathematics, Science & Health Professions) and Devin Hill announced the arrival of their son, Scott McMullen Hill. Scott was born on Nov. 4, weighing 7 lb 1 oz. Mom and baby are doing well.

Congratulations to Ricky Hoyle (Facilities) and his wife on the birth of the newest thunderducklings, William Reed and Samuel Reece, who were born Sunday morning at 7:02 a.m. and 7:03 a.m., respectively. All are doing well.


Jennifer Plock, who worked in the Richland library for seven years until she moved to a position with Information Technology at the District Service Center, passed away suddenly in early November. Funeral Services were held on Nov. 7 at the Anderson Clayton Funeral Home in Mesquite.