Monthly Archives: April 2009

April 23, 2009


Vice President Tony Summers (back, centered) is pictured with the Spring 2009 Wall of Honor recipients. The recipients are (from left to right) Brittnee Lee Edmonds, Ijeoma Emenalo Ibeh, Earlene Bond, Don Bratton and Cynthia Anderson (front). These current and former Richland and RCHS students have made unique contributions in learning and community building at Richland and the surrounding community. Read their profiles here. </div

Richland accepting applications for $500 writing scholarship

Students are encouraged to apply for the Ann Priest Writing Scholarship, which will be awarded to a deserving Richland College student this fall. The winner will receive $500.

Students should pay close attention to the GPA and credit-hour criteria, as well as the requirements the Scholarship Committee developed for the writing sample. A writing sample in the exact format described must accompany each scholarship application. Download instructions here.

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

Copies of the Ann Priest Scholarship announcement and the required DCCCD Foundation Scholarship Application forms may be picked up in the Financial Aid Office, located in Thunderducks Hall, Room T130. Applications, writing samples and faculty recommendation letters should be submitted to Janet James’ office located in Alamito Hall, Room A218, by Friday, April 24, at 5 p.m. Faculty recommendations may be e-mailed to

The scholarship committee will review applications and determine the recipient. Letters will be sent to all applicants announcing the name of the recipient.

RLC in the news

Richland College medical secretary student Angela England was featured on WFAA Channel 8 segment “Wanting To Work.” View the broadcast.

Interactive Simulation & Game Technology Program Director, Jeremy Roden, was quoted in a press release distributed by Noesis Interactive. View the release here.

ThunderValue in Action

Fairness: We treat students and employees justly and expect the same in return–applying rules with equity, giving all the benefit of the doubt, and providing opportunities for individual success.

The following is a note from Peter Hargrave demonstrating how an RLC student’s sense of fairness gives others the right of way:

During a period between classes when everyone is rushing to or exiting from one classroom or other, I was waiting by the coke machine to avoid the carnage. I stood there watching a student in a wheelchair among those hurrying to and fro. She was coming to a narrow hallway. The mounting storm of students converging on our small space seemed sure to spell disaster. A member of our tabloid society, I watched and waited for the train wreck. The student, of course, had accumulated a harried group behind her who were growing anxious and instead of just keeping her advantage and continuing down the hall, the student stopped and pulled off to the side by me. The congestion relaxed and the mob moved on. Since we were sharing the space now, I greeted the young lady to which she happily replied, “Nice to meet you, too. My name is Viki, but you can call me ‘Sunshine.’’’

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Ever consider how long it takes the products we use to decompose? gives us an estimate of how long it takes for these common items to break down:

Glass bottle – 1 million years
Monofilament fishing line – 600 years
Plastic beverage bottles – 450 years
Disposable diapers – 450 years
Aluminum can – 80-200 years
Boot sole – 50-80 years
Styrofoam cup – 50 years
Tin can – 50 years
Leather – 50 years
Cigarette filter – 1-5 years
Newspaper – 6 weeks
Orange or banana peel – 2-5 weeks
Paper towel – 2-4 weeks

To find out more, read “Waste Decomposition Rates”.

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

How Richland is helping the environment

Facilities reported that a total of 1,952 lbs. of plastic bottles and aluminum cans were collected and separated during Dallas Cup and the Sting Girls Soccer Tournament earlier this month. That amounts to about 48 large 50-gallon bags of mixed cans and bottles. This was a joint effort between Richland, the Classic Soccer League, Dallas Cup Inc., and employees of GCA, Richland’s custodial contractor.

Jerry Owens and Sonny McDonald of Facilities recently reported that Richland came in 2nd place for the Grand Champion of Texas and 43rd nationally out of 206 schools in the RecycleMania contest. This was RLC’s first year to participate. During the ten-week competition, the College recycled 66.6 tons of recyclables and decreased our waste (to the landfill) by 65.3 tons. Some of the other Texas schools that competed were UTD, Texas A&M, Rice University, University of Houston, Northlake College, Trinity University, University of North Texas, UTA and the Grand Champion of Texas for 2009, University of St. Thomas.

In observance of Earth Day, GREENRichland is conducting a survey to gather knowledge, views, and priorities on sustainability. Members of the group are visiting more than 60 classes to administer the survey, and it is now online. Please encourage your students to participate.

Upcoming Events

A Celebration of Cultural Diaspora
thru Fri., April 24
Hosted by: Ethnic Studies Programs
Learn, explore, discover, reflect and engage in a wide range of experiences and events that focus on the experience of America’s diverse populations.
For more information, visit or call 972‑238‑6260.

“Galaxy” Public Planetarium Show

7-9 p.m., Fri., April 24
S116 – Planetarium
Galaxy” is a family-friendly show about galaxies – what they are and how they form. Included is some discussion on research by famous astronomers. Following the show is a “What’s in the Dallas skies tonight?” live presentation followed by telescope viewing (weather permitting).
For more information, call 972-761-6728.

Weather and Mathematics – Mathematics Awareness Month Lecture
1-2 p.m., Mon., April 27
Hosted by: Mathematics Department, Developmental Mathematics Department, and the Council on Community Building
Gary Woodall, warning coordination meteorologist from the National Weather Services in Fort Worth, will be the guest speaker.
For more information, call 972‑669‑6680.

Cryptography: How to Keep Secrets Secret (and How Not To) – Mathematics Awareness Month Lecture
2:30-3:30 p.m., Tues., April 28
B 137
Hosted by: Mathematics Department, Developmental Mathematics Department, and the Council on Community Building
Rick Kreminski from Texas A&M Commerce will lecture on applied mathematics.
For more information, call 972‑669‑6680.

Free STD testing
10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tues., April 28
Hosted by: The Dallas County Health and Human Services Department and the Richland Health Center
No appointment necessary.
For more information, call 972-238-6135.

Richland College Commencement Ceremonies
7:30 p.m. each evening, Fri., May 8, and Sat., May 9
For more information, visit

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

April 2009

Mary Savage
Richland Collegiate High School

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Mary:

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

When you started full-time at Richland College 13 years ago, you were hired as an Administrative Assistant in the Skills Training Center at Washita. For several years you were the pleasant voice on the other end of campus calls to the Annex, and you patiently traveled back and forth from the Annex to the campus to process HR documents, handle mail, coordinate refreshments for Annex training events, and take care of Annex employee needs.

Your transition back to the campus brought you to Alamito as an important member of the Administrative support team. You ably assisted the vice presidents for Resource Development and Workforce Training and for Institutional Advancement by coordinating meetings, arranging travel, and coordinating refreshments for training and grant programs. You efficiently and thoroughly handled purchasing needs not only for all of your vice presidential departments but also for Administration. You creatively organized department luncheons and celebrations, including Souper Bowls and the college-wide Baldrige luncheon in conjunction with our receiving the award in Washington…

Humanities Happenings

Sherry Dean, executive dean of the School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, was a guest lecturer at the Tarrant County College Women’s History Month Speaker Series, April 1 at its south campus. Dr. Dean addressed the status of women in developing countries, with particular emphasis on investing in campaigns to promote health, literacy and poverty reduction among young girls.

The Jazz Ensemble, directed by Ron Jones, performed at the prestigious UNT/Addison Jazz Festival April 17-18 in Addison. The ensemble participated in a clinic by Rod Booth, former member of the Woody Herman Big Band.

On April 17, the Music Department presented “Spring Sing” in Fannin Hall featuring three choral ensembles, Women’s Chorale, Chamber Singers and Gospel Choir. The choirs were led by Ronald Julian and Michael Crawford.

Richland College hosted the Carnival of Steel on April 18. Nine guest steel drum bands performed outside on two stages. Guest artist/clinician Shelly Irvine performed at the evening concert with a massed steel band that included the Richland College Steel Band I and II along with invited band members.

The Richland College Jazz Singers took part in the Fourth Annual Vocal Jazz Exchange at Collin College in Plano. Groups from Collin, Southeastern Oklahoma University and Richland participated in a vocal improvisation clinic given by guest artist/jazz singer Rob Hyatt from Las Vegas. Each ensemble then sang in an informal evening concert.

Parallax get plenty of praise

Parallax, Richland’s literary magazine, won eight awards at the 2009 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association annual convention. Revised judging categories placed Parallax in more direct competition with larger school publications. Parallax received two first-place awards, three second-place awards, one third-place award, and two honorable-mention awards.

Tony Bishop named NJCAA Division III Player of the Year

By Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

tony-bishopOver the course of his two years with the Richland College basketball team, Tony Bishop has accomplished a lot, most notably helping lead the T-Ducks to a NJCAA Division III national championship this season.

As of April 14, you can add NJCAA Division III Player of the Year to the Garland native and Rowlett High School graduate’s long list of accomplishments.

“Tony has meant a lot to the program but really [it has been] this sophomore class,” Richland College Coach Jon Felmet said. “They started something special here last year and we will continue building on that for years to come.”

Read more about Tony’s accomplishment.

New Employees

Sonia Ford
Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Business Services

Christopher Downs
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Lindsay DeMoss
Title: Interpreter I
Department: Health Center

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Sharlee Jeser-Skaggs, Cynthia Clements, Gary Duke, Alice Fulbright, Amy Ferguson, Doris Smith, and Jeanetta Burnham, Library
From: Richland Adjunct Faculty Association (RAFA)

A big Thunderduck thank you from RAFA to the Library staff who presented a wealth information about databases now available to Richland students and faculty at our recent meeting.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Good morning (to Dorian Barton, School of Engineering, Business & Technology),

On March 9, Robin Turner made a presentation to my Property Management call. Her presentation was interesting and informative. Prior to her presentation, most of my students had most likely given little or no thought about summer and fall registration. She did an excellent job of answering their questions and encouraging them to act as soon as possible.

Have a super Spring Break,
RH Kaye

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