Monthly Archives: June 2009

June 2009


Two Richland graduates pose as they enter the gym for the commencement ceremony last month. For more graduation photos, visit Richland’s Flikr page. Photo by Joseph Vongsombath.
Coach Joe Wharton leads Richland College baseball team to World Series title; T-Ducks win fourth championship in past seven years

by Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

Your job as a leadoff hitter is to get on base.

In the biggest game of the season for the Richland College baseball team, Matt Williams did just that on Wednesday night, opening the T-Ducks’ NJCAA Division III World Series championship game against Montgomery with a double before later scoring the first of two key runs in the frame.

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Richland College places 2nd in Texas in RecycleMania

Its first year in the national RecycleMania competition, Richland College came in 2nd place among Texas institutions and ranked 43rd nationally out of 206 colleges and universities in the Grand Champion division.

During the 10 weeks of competition, Richland recycled 66.6 tons of recyclables and decreased its waste (to the landfill) by 65.3 tons.

Other Texas institutions that competed in the Grand Champion division include Texas A&M University (203rd place), Trinity University (175th place), Rice University (169th place), Northlake College (105th place), University of Houston (72nd place), and the Grand Champion of Texas for 2009: the University of St. Thomas in Houston (21st place).

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Albanian writer visits RLC to study diversity

Richland hosted Albanian-born author, Shefqet Dibrani, who conducted research on the diversity among students and faculty in American colleges. Mr. Dibrani came in search of new ideas and experiences to incorporate into his writings. He is a well-known poet, prose writer, journalist, and literary critic. Mr. Dibrani, author of nine books in Albania, is a member of the Writers Union of Switzerland, where he currently lives. His works have been translated into German, Italian, French, Turkish, Romanian, Slovakian, and is being translated into English. Gjeke Marinaj, Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, interpreted and conducted a tour with Shannon Ydoyaga, Mathematics, Science and Health Professions.

Shefqet Dibrani, left, with Health Professions Program Director Shannon Ydoyaga


Students from many different cultures celebrated their unique heritage during Richland’s annual Intercultural Festival in April. The event included traditional dance performance, food and costumes. To see a slide show of the event, visit Richland’s Flikr account. Photo by John Pollock.
RLC in the News

The Richland College Boomers Program was featured in an article in the Dallas Morning News. Read article here.

Richland College’s Emeritus program director, Mitzi Werther, was quoted in an article on the Wisdom of Rich Dad blog about going back to work in the golden years.

President Steve Mittelstet and Richland College were featured as a success story in American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment’s (ACUPCC) 2008 annual report on pages 24-25. The ACUPCC solidifies commitments from college and university presidents to contribute to a more eco-friendly world, both locally and globally. Richland was the first higher education institution in North Texas to form such an agreement.

Artist and Richland College student Jennifer Sereno is receiving high-profile notice for her recent private and public art commissions. Sereno’s most recent finished work was featured in The Dallas Morning News (March 21, 2009) in an article that included three color photographs of the fireplace that Ms. Sereno designed and constructed for art patron Lisa Taylor.

Ms. Sereno proved her mettle when she was invited to become the public artist for the new Lake Highlands DART Rail Station. Projects such as these are very competitive and usually secured by long-time professional artists. Ms. Sereno is one of the youngest to serve in this capacity with DART.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

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You can reduce the number of environmentally harsh and toxic chemicals used around your home by replacing them with more earth friendly, cheap and common substances such as vinegar.

Handy vinegar tips

– To remove calcium buildup on kettles and electric jugs, boil the kettle with half a cup of white vinegar and leave to soak for a while. Rinse with fresh water, re-boil with same and your kettle should now be calcium deposit free.

– Place a small container of vinegar in your toilet and bathroom to eliminate odors.

– A half cup of vinegar added to a toilet bowl left overnight removes bowl odor. The smell of the vinegar will also dissipate overnight.

– A cotton ball soaked in vinegar and applied to bruises for an hour is said to speed up the healing process.

More vinegar tips

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

Upcoming Events

Garland Campus Community Open House and Education Fair
5:30 – 9:30 p.m., Tues., June 30
675 W. Walnut Street, Garland, Texas 75040
Located on the corner of Walnut and Glenbrook, across from the DART rail Downtown Garland station.
For more information, visit

Outstanding Employee of the Month

May 2009

Bonnie Hueston
Educational Transitions


An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Mittelstet:

Dear Bonnie:

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

Since arriving at Richland from Mountain View College over four years ago, you have committed yourself and encouraged your staff to provide connections and pathways for current and future students. You have devoted many hours of counseling and supporting dual-credit home-school students and their families, resulting in a doubling of enrollment. You then included charter and private school students, tripling the enrollment of one private school and coordinating classes on its campus for fall, spring, and both summer terms.

Since assuming the role of Dean of Educational Transitions two years ago, you have molded a dynamic team who visit our public schools and are out in the community every day to spread the good word about Richland College. You developed cross-training for Educational Transitions team members to enable each of them to lead tours and speak knowledgeably about the college’s programs, thereby responding to many more requests for visits to and field trips from schools and community groups.

RLC Accolades

Richland College student James Ebot was admitted to the Medical Component of the summer Medical and Dental Education Program (SMDEP) at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York. The program runs June 19-July 31. It’s designed to make students a more competitive applicant to medical or dental schools. The program’s lectures, small group problem solving, reading/writing workshops, study skills sessions, medical and dental seminars, and clinical experiences, will give Mr. Ebot a sample of modern medicine and dentistry at a major academic medical center.


From left to right – Winnie Widjaja (secretary), Robert Morris (senator), Joey Totusek (senator), Josh Dowsey (president) and Maly Chea. Photo by SGA Advisor Wilfred Manyango

Representatives of the Richland College Student Government Association attended the Texas Junior College Student Government Association Convention in Austin, April 2-5. Richland College Student Government Association Senator Robert Morris was elected president of Region II of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association. Region II comprises more than 10 community colleges in our area.

The Excellence in Teaching (EIT) Selection Committee has selected the 2009-2010 Richland semifinalists and finalists for the Excellence in Teaching Awards. Nominations were collected and sorted into teaching categories by the Richland Student Government Association Committee (SGA). After the forms were sorted, the SGA Committee selected semifinalists in each category and submitted this list to the EIT Selection Committee. From the list of semifinalists in each category, the EIT Selection Committee chose three finalists:

Full-Time Faculty Semifinalists
Randy Conine*
Matt Henry*
Raj Seekri
Sam Tinsley*

Adjunct Faculty Semifinalists
Elizabeth Pickett*
Doreen Stewart*
Ted Yeager*

Continuing Education Faculty Semifinalists
Soni Cecil*
Ann DuVal*
Donna Noonan
Lisa Smithart*

Associate Faculty Semifinalists
No nominations were submitted.

* denotes finalists

The award recipient in each category will be announced during Convocation in August.

Barbara Dogger (World Languages, Cultures and Communication) made a presentation entitled “ESOL COMPASS Testing and Placement at Richland College” at the 13th Annual Southwest Regional ACT Assessment Conference in New Orleans on April 22-24. Her presentation included accuracy of placement and end-of-course grade information regarding the current placement practices for our ESOL students at Richland.

Men’s soccer coach, Sean Worley, participated as an exhibitor for the International Children and Youth Soccer Workshop 2009 last March at the Centro Universitario Franco Mexicano de Monterrey A.C.

Humanities Happenings

Dr. Michael Crawford, Associate Dean of Performing Arts and Choral Director at Richland College recently served on the judging panel for the Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival Budding Talent Vocal Competition. Young singers from Richardson competed for trophies in four categories, first to third grade, 4th to 6th grade, 7th to 9th grade, and 10th to 12th grade. The competition was sponsored by Richland College.

Richland art student Betty Levy won 3rd place in this year’s National League For Innovation Competition. Levy was one of five winners in the DCCCD League exhibition at Mountain View College in January, which placed her work in the national competition. Her work may be viewed here .

New Employees

Lupe Hinkle
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: MCC

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Heather Morrison
Title: Coordinator, Continuing Education & Workforce
Department: Continuing Education

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Kristyn Edney, RCHS
From: Trudi Swedlund, World Languages, Cultures & Communications

I was surprised at how many RCHS students enrolled in my May Term Speech 1311 class. There are about 19 or 20 of them out of 25. I admit I had some trepidation because I had not had much experience with that huge percentage (a few scattered here and there in regular term classes) except to substitute for a colleague when her mother was dying. After the first day of class and somewhat shell shocked, I wondered if I could make it through until June 4.

Then yesterday: a great day. Today: a greater day (most made As and Bs on their first exam and their speeches blew me out of the water). Enthusiasm, idealism, humor, smart, quick, kind, helpful… the list goes on. And then in looking over this crop of juniors and hearing their speeches about their transformations this last year, I realized why your high school is exemplary and deserves to be so. These students are “getting it” on a deeper level than most of my college students. Know that you and your staff (and of course the teachers) are making a huge difference in their lives. With this booster rocket and the trajectory you have set them on, they will make our world better for their having been in it, I am sure now.

I told Sherry Dean on the first day of class that I felt like I was in the midst of stepping over a bunch of frisky puppies while corralling kittens. True, with this lot. But they are thoroughbred puppies and kittens.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Ms. (Martha) Hogan (Engineering, Business & Technology),

Jeremy Roden and Casey came to our career day at Weaver Elementary last week and they were the hit of the day. Jeremy did an excellent job of explaining to our 5th graders his presentation and they really enjoyed it! They also like seeing the “game in progress” that Casey explained to them. It is obvious that Jeremy is a great teacher and he was able to pull the students into his presentation. Our teachers knew he must have been trained as a teacher as it was so evident as he spoke with our students. We are so thankful that Richland allows opportunities for their faculty to speak outside of the campus setting.

Stacey Dupree
School Counselor, Weaver Elementary

*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 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!