Monthly Archives: January 2009

January 13, 2009

Dr. Steve Mittelstet (center) presented two awards at the annual PSSA luncheon last month. Susan Wehe (left) received the PSS Employee of the Year award and Susan Husk (right) received the PSS Part-time Employee of the Year award. View a slide show of the event below.
RCHS students, administators impacted by Senegal trip

A group of six Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) students and three administrators journeyed to Saint-Louis, Senegal, in West Africa in December to meet Senegalese peers at Ameth Fall Girls High School and participate in a seminar on youth and women’s issues.

RCHS Superintendent and Richland College President Steve Mittelstet led the group and was joined by RCHS Principal Kristyn Edney, Richland Humanities Executive Dean Sherry Dean, and ESOL Instructional Specialist Alice Lee.

Dr. Mittlestet said the trip was a tangible example of Richland’s vision to be the best place to learn, teach, and build sustainable local and world community.

Read more on their experience in Senegal.

Thundervalue in Action

We work with students and employees to achieve common goals-looking beyond self-interests. We offer both support and challenge, remain helpful and forgiving in difficult situations, help build consensus toward positive results, and help one another shape meaningful lives.

The e-mail below was sent from Stephen Levine to the college’s WebTeam regarding the new He noticed an issue that needed to be taken care of, but didn’t rush to judgment. He suggested a change, succinctly explained the problem and how it affected his job and students, did not panic, and was friendly and courteous. This type of helpful feedback made our team want to help him. His e-mail request is the perfect example of cooperation.

I notice a change that I wonder if we could fix. On the “Schedules” section, we used to be able to click on “class description” right there along with the times, section number, etc. I found this quite helpful as I advised students on their schedules and they made choices between two similar classes such as SPCH 1311 and SPCH 1315, or to find pre-reqs. Now that click no longer exists, and when I click on the available tabs, all that it gives me is a course profile, usually not for the course that I am looking at.

Thank you,

-Submitted by Whitney Rosenbalm, College Communications and Marketing

Richland hosts its annual Professional Support Staff Luncheon

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg If you frequently buy bottled water or use throw-away cups for your coffee or tea, use a long-lasting water bottle or coffee mug instead. If you’re responsible for planning indoor campus events for which bottled water has typically been provided, either use a water urn, biodegradable cups, or campus water fountains.

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

Richland College in the News

On Dec. 8, KTVT-TV (Channel 11) featured our pharmacy tech program and the “adult learners” we serve. View the Channel 11 newscast here.

RLC hosts Russian teachers for professional development

Richland College continued its commitment to building sustainable local and world community by offering professional development classes this week to five English teachers from Saratov, Russia.

Educators from Saratov attended a series of workshops and seminars on contemporary methods of teaching English as a foreign language and participated in round table discussions with Richland faculty members about American and Russian educational systems.

Read more about the Saratov guests.

Upcoming Events

All Faculty Convocation
Thurs., Jan. 15
7-8 p.m.: Registration/Reception; El Paso Hall, Student Lounge, E076
8-9:30 p.m.: Breakout Sessions, various locations

Presidential Inauguration Ceremony Live Video Stream
for the 44th president, Barack Obama
10 a.m.-noon
Tues., Jan. 20
Performance Hall, F102
Free but tickets are required. Visit the SPAR office for tickets.

African American Read-In
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 12, 2009
Performance Hall, F102

Conference Day
7:30 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 19
Richland College campus, various locations

Outstanding Employee of the Month

December 2008/January 2009

Dr. Sherry Dean
School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Sherry:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for December 2008/January 2009. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

After serving Mountain View and Eastfield Colleges for many years, you came to Richland and hit the ground running. Today we recognize the many contributions you have made to Richland College in the short time you have been here, such as contributions to the quality of work life in Fannin Hall through obtaining new equipment and furnishings to beautify the surroundings and instilling new energy throughout the division.

We appreciate your sound judgment and skillful and fair ways of resolving issues that have led to win-win decisions that benefit all concerned. Your effective leadership skills encourage individual and team efforts to accomplish common goals and are always focused on student and employee success. Your positive, open-minded, “can-do” attitude serves as an inspiration to others, bringing out the best in people, considering all viewpoints and options, and striving for the optimal outcome. . . .

Outstanding students and faculty honored for their achievements and innovation

The Council for Community Building held its annual Wall of Honor ceremony last month. The event honors current and former students that have overcome major obstacles, excelled in the classroom, and displayed talents that help their fellow students and community. This semester’s recipients are:

Joann Dao
Lauren Davis
Jennifer Foster
Samie Sabet-Sarvestani
Tara Thompson

For a biographical sketch of each recipient, visit the Council for Community Building web site.

Additionally, the Council for Teaching and Learning also held its Featured Teaching and Learning Practices awards ceremony last month. The award recognizes Richland College instructors and shares their innovative and successful teaching practices with the Richland learning community. This semester’s recipients are:

Deborah Davis
Rachel Maverick
Douglas Wilson
Deborah Scally

For a biographical sketch of each recipient, visit the Council for Teaching and Learning web site.

Humanities Happenings

Dru Bookout, Speech Faculty, spread the Richland ThunderValue of “Joy” in presentations to the Allen Sunrise Rotary and the National Association for the Education of Young Children. She encouraged both audiences to incorporate laughter and play into their workplace in order to combat stress, increase productivity and build community.

Congratulations to our Richland students, faculty, and staff whose images were selected for the cooperative exhibition exchange with Saratov State University in Russia. A student committee from Saratov exhibition organizers chose the 27 photos from Richland.

Art adjunct faculty member Keith Williams is exhibiting his work on the main wall of the Cerulean Gallery’s exhibition “Unearthed”. The show features five established artists who use the land and earth as inspiration in their works. The Cerulean Gallery is located at 6609A Hillcrest Ave in Dallas. The exhibit continues through Feb. 16.

Dr. Michael Crawford, Associate Dean of Performing Arts and Choral Director, was invited to speak at a recent meeting of “Leadership Richardson” at the Eisemann Center in Richardson on Dec. 12. Crawford highlighted the performing arts programs at Richland and introduced two music scholarship students, April Putman, a vocal music major from Wylie; and Robert Hackett, an instrumental music major and french horn player from Garland. The two student musicians performed selections for the attendees.

New Employees

Nathaniel Albers
Title: Coordinator of Media Distribution
Department: Media Tech

Zahra Ghacemi
Title: Coordinator, Science Learning Lab
Department: Math, Science and Health Professions

Karen Cuttill
Title: Professional Counselor
Department: Human and Academic Development

(not pictured)
Montrease Outlaw
Title: Division Secretary
Department: Ethnic Studies, Social Science & Physical Education

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Herlinda Martinez Glasscock, President, North Lake College
Thank you for sharing this excellent work with a strong research base in the analysis. I congratulate you, Gary, Celeste, and the RLC Math faculty on developing this very deliberate, well-thought-out approach to student success.


Dear Dr. Mittelstet,

We are pleased to announce that Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society at Richland College received special commendation during the Texas Regional Convention. Your Phi Theta Kappa chapter fulfilled all requirements to the distinction of being named a “5 Star Chapter.” This commendation recognizes your chapter’s successful attainment of goals as presented in the Society’s Five Star Chapter Development Program….

Your support and the support of your administration and faculty are key to unleashing the potential success of your Phi Theta Kappa members. On behalf of the outstanding chapter members and advisors of the Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter, we express appreciation for efforts given toward providing rewarding educational experience inside and outside the classroom.


Rod. A Risley
Executive Director of Phi Theta Kappa

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!


Sharon Wright (College Communications and Marketing) welcomed twin grandchildren on Dec. 30. Kaden Isaiah (boy, 5 lb., 12 oz.), Kalee Sheriah (girl 5 lb., 9 oz), and parents Marquis and Kenetra Wright are doing well.