Monthly Archives: February 2009

February 23, 2009


Delores Elder-Jones (Community Outreach) recites a poem during Richland’s African American Read-In on Feb. 12. The event included dance and music performances, prose, and reflections in celebration of Black History Month. See more event photos in slide show below.
DART in to work with a discounted annual pass

If you have been considering reducing your carbon footprint, buy a DART 2009 Annual Employer Bus Pass. In order to receive the pass, you must be a full-time or part-time Richland or LeCroy employee. If you are interested, e-mail Susan Wehe with your name and employee ID number. A local monthly pass for an individual costs $50, but with this program, the cost is just $20 per month. You must pay the entire bus pass amount (with a pro-rated amount for April) at cashier window by Fri., Feb. 27. Passes will be available by the end of March for use starting in April.

Out and About

Actions to Cool Global Warming

GREENRichland tips

greentduck-rgb.jpg From Chlorine bleach is a chemical that most of us have in our homes. It’s very handy for multiple applications including cleaning and disinfecting; but may not be all that earth friendly. A good alternative to consider is hydrogen peroxide.

-Dip your toothbrush in a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide solution to help kill bacteria on the brush after brushing.
– A tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution in a cup of water can be used as a mouthwash. This can also help whiten teeth.
– Half fill a spray bottle with a 3% solution and then top it up with water for use as a bathroom and toilet disinfectant and cleaner.
– Mix a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution with two parts water in a spray bottle and use on areas affected by mold.

More green-friendly hydrogen peroxide tips.

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

Richland host to recycling forum

Richland College hosted the North Texas Corporate Recycling Association Recycler’s Forum, Tues., Jan. 11 in the Brazos Gallery. More than 70 corporate and government representatives gathered to discuss strategies for weathering the current downturn in recycling commodities. The forum was moderated by Cedar Valley College adjunct professor of humanities, Carlos Rovelo. David Henry, Richland’s Chief Sustainability Officer and Dr. Sherry Dean, Executive Dean, School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, welcomed NTCRA members.

RLC in the News

On Jan. 30, Richland’s director of instrumental music Derrick Logozzo appeared on the Kidd Kraddick Show on 106.1 KISS-FM radio station, performing an on-air steel drum demonstration, interacting with radio personalities in a steel drum lesson, and sharing information with listeners about Richland’s variety of steel drum and instrumental music programs. View webcam video here.
Mark your calendar: Richland’s Sixth Annual Steel Drum Music Festival will be held on Sat., April 18.

Gerald Suggs with Richland’s School of Engineering and Technology program was quoted in a Feb. 15 Dallas Morning News article regarding careers in engineering. The special classified section was produced in recognition of National Engineering Week. View article here.

Upcoming Events

Mardi Gras Celebration
Tues., Feb. 24
11:30 a.m.: Mardi Gras program in the East Breezeway
noon: Cajun lunch in the cafeteria/student lounge
Sponsored by SPAR

Lecture and Image Presentation by Keith Carter, Photographer
7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 27
Arena Theater, F108

26th Annual Richland Literary Arts Festival (TOLI Credit will be available)
All events, with the exception of the theatre production, will be in C140.
Tues., March 3
9:30-10:30 a.m., Performance by HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam comedic poet, Rock Baby
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., performance by poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher, Joaquin Zihuatanejo
9:05-10 a.m., readings from the Texas Poetry Calendar Anthology

Wed., March 4
10:10-11:05 a.m., performance by accomplished educator, writer, performer and director, Thomas Riccio
11:15 a.m.-12:10 p.m., faculty readings
7:30 p.m., “URINETOWN, The Musical“. Runs through March 7 (Preview on March 3). Free admission. Make reservations at 972- 238-3733. Not recommended for young children.

Thurs., March 5
9:30-10:30 a.m., student readings
11 a.m.-12:20 p.m., performance by poet, playwright, short fiction writer, and translator, Afaa Michael Weaver (Michael S. Weaver)

Emeritus’ Spring Event – “Music: The World’s Storyteller”
9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Thurs., March 12
$25, lunch included
Call 972-238-6147 to register.

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

Lecture, presentation by photographer Keith Carter
"Bubble" by Keith Carter, 2003

Works by Mr. Carter, an internationally recognized photographer and educator, have appeared in many museum collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Amon Carter Museum, the Menil Collection, The Getty Museum and the Art Institute in Chicago.

Mr. Carter’s presentation at Richland College is in conjunction with an exhibition at the Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery entitled, “Keith Carter: A Certain Alchemy.” The exhibit will run from Feb. 28 to April 25.

For more information, contact Wayne Loucas at

Employee Awards and Honors

newbury-fred-copyRichland College professor Fred Newbury was named the 2008-09 Miles Production Company Full-Time Excellence in Teaching Award recipient at an awards dinner last Friday. He received a framed certificate and $1,500 from the Chancellor’s Fund of the Dallas County Community College District Foundation.

Newbury has been teaching at Richland for 34 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University and a doctorate degree from the University of North Texas (UNT). He served as the assistant registrar and the director of extension at UNT and also was a visiting professor at the University of West Florida. Before teaching economics at Richland, Newbury was the college’s registrar and director of admissions. He’s been the president of the Richland Faculty Association twice, among serving on many other councils and committees at Richland and on the District level. Last fall, Newbury was awarded Richland’s Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award, making him eligible for Miles’ award.

Newbury says that the “classroom can be one of the most exciting places in the world or one of the most boring.” To counteract this fact, he believes deeply in creating a nurturing classroom environment built on mutual respect and trying new methods and ideas.

dscn2330Professor Bill Slonecker of Richland’s Engineering Technology and Emerging Professions program was honored as the 2009 Outstanding Humanities Educator by the Community College Humanities Association, Southwestern Division, during the North Texas Community College Consortium’s 16th Annual Humanities Spring Conference on Feb 6. Mr. Slonecker was honored for his years of service in promoting the humanities and in recognition of the History of Dallas course he has taught at Richland for years.

flowersThe Plano Independent School District (PISD) honored Dr. Jana Flowers (School of Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education) with their first Diversity Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award on Jan. 22. This award was in appreciation for her dedication in promoting cultural awareness for the children of Plano and the school district personnel. Jana was a PISD school board appointee to its Diversity Advocacy Committee and served on the committee for 12 years.

Richland College nurse Valerie King was selected as one of the Dallas‑Fort Worth Great One Hundred Nurses for 2009. This award is sponsored by the Texas Nurses Association, Districts 3 & 4, and the Dallas‑Fort Worth Hospital Nurse Administrators Forum. King will be recognized at the nineteenth annual Great One Hundred Nurses Celebration at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center on April 19. King works part time for Richland and full‑time as a school nurse for the Richardson Independent School District.

Sherry Freeland, part‑time nurse for Richland, was recently honored in Austin, Tx with the “Outstanding Award” at the Awards for Excellence in Texas School Health Program. The award recognizes and promotes effective school health programs and initiatives that strive to improve the lifelong health of students, staff and the community. Freeland developed the “Super Stars Fitness Program” an elementary school in the Richardson Independent School District, where she works as the full‑time school nurse.

New Employees

Priscilla Palacios
Title: Financial Aid Student Services Specialist
Department: Financial Aid

James Hubener
Title: Financial Aid Student Services Specialist
Department: Financial Aid

Megan Farmer
Title: Student Services Assistant
Department: Educational Transitions

Amanda Whitten
Title: Student Services Specialist
Department: Educational Transitions

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Mitzi Werther, Richland Emeritus Program.
From: Arnie Paddock, Richland Emeritus Program

Teaching classes where the students are in their 70s, 80s, and above is a blast…. I love teaching these classes where we have no idea how the life experiences of our students will weave into the fabric of our presentations. Thank you!

To: Tony Summers, Administration
From: Barry Smith, Richland Adjunct Faculty Association

The Richland Adjunct Faculty Association would like to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to address our February meeting on legal issues involving the Student Code of Conduct which adjunct faculty may face. Your thorough, informative, useful treatment of this timely issue evoked numerous questions and many positive comments from those present, and requests for summaries for those who couldn’t come. It should also help keep us out of trouble. We appreciate this example of cooperation, and considerate, meaningful communication.

To: Randy Jensen, College Communications and Marketing
From: Sherry Dean, Humanities

I know you are slammed with a lot of different projects right now. Thanks for helping us create the RCHS Senegal site and for helping us update the Humanities page. You are worth your weight in gold! Thanks for all you are doing. You are wonderful, and I mean it.


Thanks for the update Mrs. (Beverly) Gaither (RCHS),

I have to say word travels fast today with all of our online gadgets. However, even with this inclement weather, I would just like to commend the RCHS Staff for really making our environment among our peers here like a family.…Coming from a small close-knit high school community, I felt like no matter how social or involved I became in my new school here, I wouldn’t have that feeling of family. However, throughout the year I feel that the staff has made a conscientious effort to stress to our students how important that is. So I just wanted to thank, and congratulate you and the rest of the RCHS staff for succeeding in your efforts.

Yours truly,
Delaney Michelle Sparks
Richland Collegiate High School Junior Class Vice President

Dear Ms. (Young Eui) Choi (World Languages),

Thank you so much for reading your poem [“When you are pregnant with words”] in class today. As I was leaving school with tear-filled eyes, I was overwhelmed with thoughts.…Your words were so powerful, it was almost like you knew how I feel from time-to-time. Wow!! I never thought that writing would take my breath away like it did today. I have always dreamed that it would be an awesome experience to have that “breakthrough”. I think I had mine today. As I am writing this, I am filled with mixed emotions, just like a pregnant woman. Wow! Between tears and laughter, nothing can stop me now. I am finally doing it Ms. Choi, I am writing! I feel the connection between my brain and the paper. All I need to do now is to let my pencil do the dance.…

Thanks again,

Annette Murley
English 1301, Spring 09

*If you would like for a letter of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear here, please use this convenient online form. Letters from outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the office of College Communciations and Marketing. Thanks!