Monthly Archives: March 2009

March 27, 2009


Tulips are in full bloom this spring. These flowers grace the banks of Thunderduck Lake yearly. Photo by John Pollock.
Richland College basketball team wins 2009 NJCAA Division III National Championship

By Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

“We made it this far why not finish it out” was a constant saying for the Richland College basketball players throughout their unforgettable journey toward winning the 2009 NJCAA Division III National Championship on March 14 in New York.

For coach Jon Felmet, the thought of winning Richland College’s second national basketball championship still hasn’t set in.

“It is slowly but not completely,” said Felmet, who was named the Gary Cole Coach of the Tournament. “The trip made many memories for me and the team that will last forever. I’m so happy for the assistant coaches, our student assistant and players for all of the work they have put in all year. And with these last three games, it was all worth it.”

Improbable title run

Entering the National Championship tournament with the momentum of winning the Metro Athletic Conference title, despite not being ranked among the top 10 NJCAA Division III teams, Felmet said that if his team picked up where it left off in conference play, it should be in a very good spot to win the national championship.



Richland College has a new “ThunderBus.” It will serve as transportation for Richland’s athletes and act as a “rolling billboard” to promote the college and its athletic programs.

Scholarship opportunity available for top DCCCD students

The DCCCD Foundation has created the MUSE Presidential Scholarship Program to recognize students who demonstrate community leadership, a strong sense of purpose, a deep work ethic, and clear educational goals.

The scholarship program will fully support the cost incurred by recipients including tuition, books, laboratory and supply fees required by the students program of study. The recipient may receive the scholarship for up to six semesters.

One scholarship will be awarded for each college location. The deadline for application submission is April 3, 2009. Completed applications should be returned to Alamito Hall, Room A206. Download application form here.

2009 Carnival of Steel set for April 18

cos-logowebFeel “da riddim” with the sixth annual Richland College Carnival of Steel on April 18.

Hear steel bands and steel drum performers from all over the world including renowned guest artists Shelly Irvine and Jose Aponte. The festival includes steel drum and drum set clinics as well as a Caribbean cultural presentation by Chris John.

Sample a variety of Caribbean food and clothing from the many vendors at the Carnival of Steel. Sway to the sounds of steel drum bands, world jazz groups, and drumming ensembles who will play outdoors all day.

The festival culminates with the evening guest artist concert on stage in Fannin Performance Hall featuring the Richland College Steel Band directed by Derrick Logozzo.

More Carnival of Steel details

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

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Lemons – a fruit with a wonderful fragrance, great in food and beverages, but also very handy for multiple purposes around the home:

Ant deterrent – Pouring lemon juice around areas that ants frequent is said to repel them.
Air freshener – An equal amount of lemon juice and water added to an atomizer will create a wonderful synthetic chemical-free green air freshener for your home.
All purpose cleaner – Again, an equal amount of lemon juice and water added to a spray bottle is an effective kitchen and bathroom cleaner and can also be used on walls (spot test first). A small amount of lemon juice can also be added to vinegar-based cleaner.

More useful lemon tips

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

Upcoming Events

17th Annual Computer Arts Festival
March 31-April 1
Thunderduck Hall
For more information, visit website or call 972-238-6001 or 972-238-6130.

Intramural Sports, Indoor Soccer League
12:30 to 1:50 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays thru April 16
Hosted by: Intramural Sports
For more information, call 972‑238‑6266.

“Footsteps” at the Richland College Planetarium
7-9 p.m., April 3
Sabine Hall, Room S116

Carnival of Steel Festival
11 a.m.-10 p.m., April 18
Fannin Performance Hall
Free concerts from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. $5/person for afternoon clinics, $10/person for evening concert.
For more information, visit or call 972-238-6254.

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

March 2009

Noeli Biggs
Multicultural Center

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Noeli:

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

Noeli, in whatever capacity you have served at Richland College, you have created lasting enhancements; and today we recognize your contributions. When you started as a part-time employee in 2001, you quickly learned the complex regulations and processes involved in serving our international students and helped create a model system to keep them in good standing with government agencies. Moving full-time to the Multicultural Center’s academic student services, you mastered that system and initiated registration process enhancements for greater efficiency and increased student participation and responsibility…

Other employee accolades


A group of Richland employees attended the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Joint Conference earlier this month in Austin. Pictured from left: Anitra Cotton, Melvin Pope, Tameka Williams, Dr. Stephen Mittelstet, Vickie Allen, Alisha Jones, Sharon Wright, Tyrone Hollins and Janice Bell. Mittelstet received the TABPHE Presidential Award for his efforts and support of the organization.

The Office of College Communications and Marketing (formerly Public Information) received three Admissions Marketing Awards. Patricia Benter received a a gold award for the Baby Boomer’s program newspaper insert and bronze award for her work on the Continuing Education class schedule. Artist Jennifer Curtiss received a bronze award for her design work on the music department’s recruiting poster.

Mike Rubin, Richland College ESOL Adjunct Reading Instructor, was selected to receive the CREST Award from the Texas School Counselor Association in recognition of having an outstanding school counseling program. Mr. Rubin is the guidance counselor at Hunt Elementary in the Plano Independent School District. His school was one of 23 chosen from the whole state to receive the award. CREST stands for Counselors Reinforcing Excellence for Students in Texas and demonstrates effective communication and a commitment achieving results.

Humanities Happenings


Several Richland College All-State Students attended and performed at the Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) Convention in San Antonio last February. The group performed on Sat., Feb. 14. Pictured from left to right: Robert Hackett (French Horn), Hayley Mida (Clarinet), Chad McCall (Clarinet) and Derrick Logozzo, director of Instrumental Music.

Richland College clay students participated in the 10th Annual Empty Bowls Project held at the Meyerson Symphony Center on Feb. 20. Students Michael Anderson, Cindy Kueny, Paula Haynes, John O’Brien, Michael Garner and Ignacio Gonzalez donated their work. They were joined by faculty member Fred Sweet. More than $150,000 was raised, benefiting the North Texas Food Bank.

douzart-ambronita-rHistory professor Ambronita Douzart successfully defended her dissertation for a Ph.D. in Psychology and Counseling from Louisiana Baptist University. Dr. Douzart’s dissertation explored spiritual counseling in the African-American community. She is also currently completing a dissertation for another Ph.D. in Humanities/History of Ideas at the University of Texas at Dallas. The scope of this dissertation explores the history of the Choctaw Freedmen.

New Employees

Michael Williams
Title: Director, Financial Aid
Department: Financial Aid

Kendra Bradford
Title: Student Services Specialist
Department: TRIO/Upward Bound

Phillip Davies
Title: Location Operations/Maintenance Specialist II
Department: Facilities

Dennis Griffin
Title: Horticulture Tech
Department: Facilities

Carol Barker
Title: Circulation Assistant
Department: Library

Gerald Suggs
Title: Associate Dean/Technical Programs
Department: ETEP

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Zainab Yousafi
Title: Circulation Assistant
Department: Library

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Dianna Kozlowski, College Communications and Marketing
From: Sherry Dean, Humanities

Thank you for the outstanding work you did on the Humanities banners that are hanging in the Fannin Performance Hall foyer. This was a time-consuming, large-scale project, and the result is truly first-class. These artistically rendered, colorful banners represent the fine and performing arts well. The foyer has been transformed into a welcoming student/patron space that celebrates the arts. Thanks again for a job well done!

To: Gary Duke, Library; Becki Williams, School of Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions; and Mary Peacock, School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications
From: Rachel Wolf, School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications

Thank you all so much for sharing your time and expertise with the American English and Culture Institute instructors for our Back-to-School Workshop Week.

Gary’s Google class was so informative and fun. The instructors had much to discuss after learning so much more about what Google can do! Becki’s Introduction to Learn Labs and Cooperative Learning Take-Aways provided the AECI instructors with an exciting peek at the techno-enhanced classroom and with several wonderful cooperative learning techniques for ESOL students. Mary’s eCampus Refresher workshop was a wonderful start to e-enhanced semester in the AECI.

Thank you all so much for freely giving your time, professionalism, and knowledge to the AECI faculty. You are wonderful!

To: Leslie Wendling, College Communications and Marketing
From: Dru Bookout, Speech

Please tell the team how much I enjoyed the presentation. It’s reassuring to know that we have a savvy group, twittering and flickering and all of the other googlygook computereese – keeping us techno current!

Now… to go explore Myface and SpaceBook… did I get that right???

*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 Information Services office. Thanks!


Ed Luter’s (World Languages, Cultures and Communications) son-in-law, Christopher Fitzgerald Bryant, passed away. A memorial service was held on March 28 at the Memorial Chapel at Restland. Contributions may be made in his honor to the Carson and Augustus Bryant Scholarship Fund, Inwood National Bank, 7621 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75209.

Bobby Benjamin, stepfather of Dianne Duncan (Print Shop and Mail) and grandfather of Donte Hoover (Facilities), passed away March 12. Funeral services were held March 19 at the Black & Clark Funeral Home.

Don Thompson’s (Multicultural Center) mother Vivian Virginia Ellis Thompson of Niagara Falls, New York, passed away on March 12.

Cathy Roffino Fox of Mesquite passed away March 11. Ms. Fox is the youngest sister of Rosalie Conoly (Corporate Services) and sister-in-law of David Canine (Resource Development). Funeral services were held March 16 at St. Pius X Catholic Church.

Suzy Hogue’s (College Communications and Marketing) mother, Virginia Hogue, died March 11 in Fort Myers, Florida.