Monthly Archives: October 2009

October 5, 2009

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The 2009 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Kick-off began this week. SECC provides a way for employees of state agencies to donate to many of their favorite charities. SECC forms have been distributed to workgroup division heads with booklets that include a listing of charities of which you can make a donation to, or you can give to a variety of District and Richland-specific scholarship funds. With payroll deduction, you can donate a specific amount from each paycheck, and make a more significant impact on the causes you wish to help.

For $2/month for one year you can:

  • provide one day of food and shelter to a homeless person
  • provide three days of parenting classes to teach effective discipline and stress/conflict management

For $5/month for one year you can provide:

  • teaching materials for 30 at-risk students for one school year
  • 10 trees to be planted in an inner city neighborhood

For $10/month for one year you can provide:

  • 233 meals for hungry babies
  • school supplies for one child for an entire school year
  • a student with lunch each day of the school year

If divisions meet their monetary and participation goal, they receive 50 percent matching funds from the college which can be used to purchase departmental supplies.


  • Early Thunderduck Deadline: Meet your workgroup’s monetary goal with 80 percent full and limited full-time staff participation by Friday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m. and receive 50 percent matching funds plus a workgroup lunch celebration.
  • 50 percent Matching Funds Deadline: Meet your workgroup’s monetary goal with 80 percent full and limited full-time staff participation by Friday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m. and receive 50 percent matching funds.
    HINT: Matching funds will be based on your workgroup’s total donation, not just your goal. The more your workgroup gives, the more you will receive.

  • You can pay with cash, check or payroll deduction.
  • You can donate to the DCCCD Foundation (Note: the new charity code is #283076 on page 25 of your SECC booklet).
  • You can donate to a specific Foundation scholarship by writing the name of the scholarship in the margin of your form.
  • All of Stephen K. Mittelstet scholarship funds will be used for scholarships at Richland College in which our students will benefit.

If you need additional forms or booklets, please call Sharon Wright at x6224 or Nancy Gomez at x6194.

Emeritus Program Volunteer Spotlight

h28 copy“The door to education should always be open,” says Henry Pauly, Richland College Emeritus student and volunteer. He will be celebrating his 90th birthday in January 2010.

Pauly was born in Buffalo, New York, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo. He is a retiree from the City of Buffalo Civil Service and is an Army Veteran of World War II. He left “Yankee country” in 1994 and moved to Dallas. He refers to himself as a “perpetual student,” which explains why he was drawn to the education environment at Richland College and to the Emeritus Program, in particular.

His first impressions of Richland, he said, were the beauty of the campus, the scope of subjects presented and the quality of the teaching offered. The Emeritus Program was a new concept to him and after enrolling in classes, he realized how the courses were wonderfully planned, presented and socially successful.

Pauly began as a volunteer in the Conversation Partner Program during the fall semester 2004, and when he finds a good thing, he says, he stays with it. Currently he is working with ESL students in the Reading Assistance Program, benefiting the students with his teaching ability and knowledge.

His dedication to learning is ongoing. By taking advantage of free time, he is now studying subjects that have always interested him, such as physics and calculus. Along with his constant desire to give and learn, he takes special care to spend time with army buddies each week.

RLC in the News

WFAA Channel 8 ran an “Aging in America” segment featuring Richland College Emeritus Program instructor Mimi Witcher. Click here to view story.

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. The following price changes will be effective beginning with October 2009 Dart bus passes.

Dart local monthly pass $65
Dart reduced monthly pass $32
Dart paratransit $30

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

Social marketing part of grant implementation to promote sustainability among students

Richland received a $42,000 grant from the Kohlberg Foundation to fund a student-focused climate action project. This came about as a result of Richland’s participation in the Rocky Mountain Institute’s Accelerating Campus Climate Change Initiatives program – one of only 12 institutions of higher education nationwide to be selected. The initiative will be carried out in three phases: 1) a social marketing study of students’ commuting habits, perceptions, and motivators; 2) a district-wide Student Sustainable Transportation Summit to develop a social marketing campaign; and 3) a social marketing campaign coupled with a student-managed Climate Action Fund.

Richland applauded for its Green efforts

Facilities Award 8-09Sonny McDonald represented Richland at the 12th Annual Texas Recycling Conference this week in Galveston. He accepted two awards for the college for our first Recyclemania effort.

Richland College was also selected as the first-place award winner of the Radical Recycling on Campus category in the 2009 North Texas Corporate Recycling Association’s Gr3een Awards at a luncheon on Sept. 18 in Grand Prairie.

Upcoming Events

Rebecca Coffey art exhibit
Gallery hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Friday; and noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays
Exhibit runs now thru Oct. 15
Lago Vista Gallery
For more information, contact Ryder Richards at 972-238-6339 or

Intramural Sports Co‑ed Flag Football League
12:30-1:45 p.m. on Thursdays
Fields behind tennis courts
For more information, call 972‑238‑6266 or visit
Free and open to all students with IDs, faculty and staff. Participants receive free T‑shirts and CLIF Bars.

Knitting Club
2 p.m. on the second Friday of each month (Note: October meeting rescheduled to Oct. 16)
Crockett Hall, Room 150
For more details, contact Claudia Goodson at 972-761-6869 or

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

May 2009

Tim Vaughan
Employee Services and Professional Development

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An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Tim:

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

Tim, since becoming a Thunderduck six years ago, you have made a notable positive impact on human resources services. You are always willing to provide the highest level of customer service, exceeding expectations, and your diligence and accuracy ensure that employees of Richland College are paid “on time and accurately.” Your attention to detail and focus on finding solutions result in capable and reliable responses as you handle various situations that arise.

Humanities Happenings

Headshot-Shirin-AskariRichland College alumna Shirin Askari, who is currently a contestant on Lifetime Network’s “Project Runway,” spoke about her experiences on Sept. 11. Askari talked with students about being in a season-long television program as well as auditioning and working with a camera, crew, and director.

Read more on Askari on the RLC News/Media page, on or

Richland College adjunct art faculty Bryce Lafferty was selected as an exhibitor in the annual New Texas Talent hosted by Craighead Green Gallery. Lafferty was one of 43 artists selected out of 370 entrants.

Conceived in 1994 by Craighead Green Gallery, New Texas Talent is designed to introduce and promote emerging visual artists in the commercial market. Through their participation in the show, some artists have been offered representation by galleries and/or have been extended invitations for inclusion in future exhibitions. The exhibition and its participants have also received media exposure in such publications as D Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Emily Wendy headshotRichland College adjunct theatre faculty Emily Gray and Wendy Welch are both recipients of the Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum 2008-2009 Outstanding Actress Award.

Gray teaches voice and articulation, introduction to theatre and improvisation at Richland. She has most recently worked at The Trinity Shakespeare Festival, Stage West and as Myra in “Hay Fever” for Oklahoma City Rep where she has also played Frosine in “The Miser”.

Welch teaches musical theatre and oversees Richland’s growing musical theater program. She directed “Into the Woods,” “Seussical,” “Guys and Dolls,” and “Urinetown”. This spring she will direct “Bye Bye Birdie.”

New Employees

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Bryan Gibbs
Faculty – Visiting Scholar
Mathematics, Science and Health Professions – Geology

Carol Grinage
Instructional Specialist III

Willie Holmes
Faculty – Visiting Scholar
Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education – Government

Donna May
Instructional Specialist III

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Larry Polk, HAD; Aliene Pylant, Disabilities Services; Randy Conine, WLCC; and Bill Matter, WLCC
From: Erin O’Brien, student

This past Thursday, on my birthday no less, Columbia called me to let me know I have been accepted! I have since received my acceptance packet, and I am still finding out about scholarship payments, but I am definitely going to New York, one way or another! I just wanted to write to you all to let you know that every one of you was vital in helping me make this dream a reality. Thank you for all the inspiration, advice, guidance, and support. I could not have done this without help, and I will always remember my time at Richland with happiness and fond memories. As I journey forward into this new realm, I will never forget how I got here, and who helped me. Thank you all! New York or bust!



Dear Martha Hogan (School of Engineering, Business and Information 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 fifth 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 teacher’s 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
Weaver Elementary


*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 College Communications and Marketing office in A104. Thanks!


Charmayne Hightower’s (Facilities) grandmother, Katherine Hightower, passed away at 96 years old. Services were held Aug. 28 in Chandler, Texas.