Monthly Archives: August 2009

August 20, 2009


New Richland employees received the traditional Thunderduck welcome to campus at the annual campus convocation, held Tuesday. Photo by Jennifer Curtiss.
RLC gathers for its annual kickoff of a new academic year

“LEEDING” the Way to Our *GREEEN*Richland Commons for Sustainable Community Building” was the theme for Convocation 2009. Several employee received awards at the annual event:

Innovation of the Year – Teaching Learning Circles – Paula Eschliman
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Jean Sharon Griffith Award – Lorrie Anderson
Anderson Lorrie

Administrator of the Year –Mary Darin
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2008-09 Full-Time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year – Susan Wehe
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2008-09 Part-Time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year – Susan Husk
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Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching – Randy Conine
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Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching and Continuing Education Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching winners will be announced at the August 20 faculty convocation.

New Richland College Garland Campus to serve as a Gateway to Your Education with DCCCD


Read Garland Center media coverage in the June 30 issue of the Dallas Morning News here.

Richland College officially opened its Garland Campus on June 30 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The new facility, located on the corner of Walnut and Glenbrook, serves as a location for area companies, organizations, and individuals to obtain highly specialized, contract corporate and workforce training and also functions as an educational gateway for student intake and outreach services for area residents and businesses to access main campus college credit programs and courses at Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro colleges.

“We are eager for this first facility on Richland’s new 21-acre Garland campus to serve as a nearby gateway to Garland-area residents to learn more about the many educational opportunities the DCCCD has to offer, especially at the main campuses of Richland, Eastfield, and El Centro Colleges,” said Steve Mittelstet, Richland’s president for the past 30 years.

Read more

Volunteer with the Emeritus Program

The Richland College Emeritus Program offers many volunteer opportunities in tutoring. Here’s how you can help:
• Conversation Partners – help ESL students practice speaking English 1 hour/week on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. or Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. or 6-7 p.m. Call Dee Ann Benson at 972-761-6734.
• Reading Assistance Program (RAP) –help ESL students practice reading English 1 hour/week on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Call Chris Sanders at 972-761-6743.
• Tutor/Mentor Program – tutor Richland students in these major subjects: math, accounting, science, English writing, and history/government. Coordinate your schedule with the Center for Tutoring and Learning in Medina Hall. Call Chris Sanders at 972-761-6743 or visit Room C120 for more details about all programs.

RLC in the News

Richland Collegiate High School employees Donna Walker, Dr. Kristyn Edney, and Debbi Richards participated in Citizen Advocacy Day for Charter Schools on Capitol Hill. Read story here.

Richland College was mentioned in a June 15 article in the Dallas Morning News regarding dual credit. Read article here.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Reduce your carbon footprint by purchasing a DART Employee Annual Pass program for Richland College employees. There are two options:

1) A pass for October-December. Payment deadline is Fri., Aug. 28 and is open to the first 22 respondents.

2) Join next year’s annual contract for 2010 by purchasing a pass for January thru December 2010. Payment deadline is Wed, Nov. 25 and is open to the first 50 respondents.

For additional details, contact Susan Wehe at 972-238-6901 or .

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

Upcoming Events

Thunderwater Organizational Learning Institute Convocation Week Activities
various times and locations, Aug. 17-21
Click here for a detailed schedule.

Fall Term Begins
Mon, Aug. 24

Daytime Outpost
10-11 a.m., Thurs., Sept. 3
Alamito Hall lobby
This is an opportuntity to meet with Ron Clark, VP of Business Services; Curtis Davis, Richland College Bookstore Manager (Follett); and Finney Varghese, Dean of Financial Services, regarding textbook questions and concerns.

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

Humanities Happenings

The Bath House Cultural Center presented “Art Beyond the Stage,” an art exhibition featuring a collection of renderings, costumes, art, and other theater objects. Regional designers for Dallas theatrical productions, including the work of Jennifer Owen, created the collection Richland College Coordinator of Technical Theatre Services. The exhibit ran at the Bath House July 11- August 8.

Ron Jones, adjunct music professor at Richland, will performed tunes from his new CD “INITIATIVE” on June 8 at the prestigious 55 Bar in New York’s Greenwich Village. The renowned 55 Bar is the spawning ground for jazz legends like Mike Stern and Wayne Krantz. “INITIATIVE” is a collection of originals merging jazz, blues and classic rock influences into an upbeat, enjoyable listening experience.

Jones, a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Steinhardt School of Music at New York University, teaches jazz improvisation and directs the jazz Ensemble at Richland.

RLC Multimedia faculty/staff showcase work in the community

Subtext Projects, a group of Fort Worth area curators and writers including RLC multimedia lab supervisor Mary Benedicto, presented “Everything Must Go.” The exhibition, which ran July 23-Aug. 6 2009 at the Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Center, is a storefront approach to the traditional art gallery experience. The works showcased address the prevalence of our society’s increased addiction to commodities and the marketing industries’ goal of eliciting desire, bringing to the forefront the idea that the language of marketing and advertising is part of the fabric of contemporary art.

Multimedia adjunct faculty member Robert Flowers’ newest project, “35mm: a collection of five digitally manipulated films,” was presented at the University of Texas at Dallas’ Centraltrak from June 20-July 6.

New Employees

Heather Morrison
Title: Coordinator, CE & Workforce
Department: CE

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Kimberly Bishop
Title: Administrative Assistant II
Department: HR

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Steven Coleman
Title: Facilities Maintenance Assistant
Department: Facilities/Garland Campus

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Lanette Moss
Title: Secretary II
Department: Health Center

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Marissa Sanchez
Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Workforce Training

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Fonda Vera, Bao Huynh, and Mary Jo Dondlinger of Institutional Research
From: Zarina Blankenbaker, Associate VP of Teaching & Learining/Acting Chief Academic Officer

On behalf of Academic Council, I would like to express a special thank you for the outstanding job you do each day. You are indeed the epitome of servant leadership. You are obliging, accommodating, and exemplify excellence in responding to the myriad of requests/questions/thoughts/ideas that come from us. More importantly, you ask the hard questions that cause us to reflect on our role in how we affect student success and improve performance. Please know how much we appreciate you!


Dear Ms. Bonnie (Hueston),

How are you?

My daughter Grace graduated from RCHS last week. She not only got her high school diploma but an Associate’s degree. During the graduation celebration, photographs of the past two years were projected on the big screen and signaled the end of her high school years. At that moment, my eyes filled with tears as memories came to mind. Time flies. I recalled the Grace took her Accuplacer because she wanted to take Government during Summer 1 at Richland College two years ago. She took her exam results to your office for course enrollment. At that time, we saw a lot of students lining up across the hall and asked you why they were there instead of enrolling for a summer class. You then introduced the concept of RCHS in a detailed way to us even though some students were waiting outside your office for summer classes enrollment. We were pretty amazed by such a new concept. At that time, I struggled a lot in deciding if RCHS was the right fit for my daughter. I asked you a question: Do you think a 16 year old girl can finish 2 years of classes and simultaneously get her Associate’s degree? Your answer was, “If she is determined to do it, she can make it.” Now Grace has proven your words to me by graduating with an Associate’s degree. She has even been admitted to Rice. I am taking this chance before the school closes to express our sincere thanks to you. If you had never provided your words of encouragement, I don’t think Grace would have had a chance to get into her dream university. Even though you are not lecturing in classes, you still provide good guidance to students. Thank you once again.

Samuel Chow

Jennifer Owen, Cris Bay‑Andersen, and Scott Kelly:

I want to thank you for giving us the best sound we’ve ever had on stage. We’ve had good and we’ve had bad; but you are the best. I feel the program went real well, and we had high CD sales. I hope I have the chance to work with you again sometime in the future. Also, tell your assistants they were great.

Lu Mitchell (Community Performer for Emeritus Kick Off)

*If you would like for a letter of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear here, 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!