Monthly Archives: December 2009

December 2009

The Richland College Womens Soccer team celebrate after winning the NJCAA Division III championships.

The Richland College Womens Soccer team celebrates after winning the NJCAA Divison III championships.

Women’s soccer team captures third national title; men lose in championship game

by Justin Jones, Richland College Sports Information

When it comes to NJCAA Division III men’s and women’s soccer, Richland College is known throughout the nation as having powerful soccer programs that are always tough to beat.

Both the women’s and men’s soccer programs lived up to their reputation again this season as they advanced to the their respective NJCAA Division III National Soccer Championship tournaments.

The Lady T-Ducks went on to win their third national soccer championship with a 2-1 victory over Montgomery College while the men lost, 1-0, to Union County College in the national title game.

On the women’s side, Chelsea Palmer was named Offensive MVP of the national tournament while teammates Kaylyn Settle, Lilly Valero and Jessica Martin and Letty Adame all received All-Tournament honors. Women’s coach Scott Toups was also named Coach of the Tournament. Toups led Richland College to an 18-3-1 overall record.

On the men’s side, Brian Benitez, Damian Paralta and Victor Almendariz all were named to the all-tournament team. The men finished the season with a 13-6-1 record.

Fall 2009 Honors

The Fall 2009 Student Wall of Honor recipients were honored on Nov. 18 in Crockett Hall. These student have made unique contributions in learning and community building at Richland and the surrounding community:

Sobia Azhar Khan
Francis Lubuulwa
Gerald F. Napoles
Uyen Vo
Sara Weiss

Read their profiles here.

The Student Engagement Awards (formerly the Featured Teaching Practice Award) also were presented on the same day. Three faculty members were praised for effective strategies used to facilitate learning in the classroom:

Celeste Hernandez
Michael Iachetta
Mary Osentowski

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


Did you know?
Taking alternate transportation just one day each week constitutes a 20 percent reduction in carbon emissions for participants who typically commute five days each week.

The Office of Sustainable Community Building and the Office of Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness are implementing a voluntary Commute Trip Reduction Program for employees. Any employee who would like to voluntarily commit to reducing the number of trips to campus made in a vehicle is encouraged to participate.

You may take DART, use the district’s new rideshare service to find a colleague with whom to carpool, or dust off the bicycle and pedal in.

Join the program at any time by e-mailing Mary Jo Dondlinger with your name, your commitment (one day/week, two days/week, etc), and the number of miles you travel to get to campus.

Each month you’ll receive an e-mail asking you to answer two questions:
* How many trips to campus did you reduce?
* Did you meet, not meet, or exceed your commitment?

You’ll be able to see the impact of your efforts, along with those of your fellow Thunderducks, each month in the Thunion Report in a new measure detailing the number of miles saved and the carbon emissions reduced by Richland employees. Once again, participation is completely voluntary, and how you choose to reduce your single occupant trips to campus is up to you.

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

Upcoming Events

Clay Club Sale
9 a.m.-8 p.m., Nov. 30-Dec. 2 and
9 a.m.‑5 p.m., Dec. 3
Brazos Gallery
For more information, call 214-544-5577.

Holiday Lighting Party
6-8 p.m., Dec. 3
East Breezeway

Call for Entries Deadline for “Water: More or Less”
Sat., Dec. 5
For more information or to enter, click here or call 972-238-6339.
Download prospectus.

Emeritus Program Spring 2010 Back‑to‑School Kickoff
“Life is Definitely NOT Over at 65! Engaging the ‘Third and Fourth Age’ Older Adults in Higher Education”
Keynote speaker: Dr. Wright L. Lassiter
8:30-11 a.m., Dec. 8
Fannin Performance Hall
For more information, click here. Call 972‑238‑6972 to RSVP.

Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium
1-5 p.m., Jan. 30
For more details, click here or call Ryder Richards at 972-238-6339

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

Outstanding Employee of the Month

November 2009

Jerri Barron
Facilities Services


An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Jerri:

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

Jerri, since you first joined Richland College in Facilities Services three years ago, people have gotten to know you as the friendly clerk in the Work Order Center we speak to when we call about Facilities work requests. As the “voice” and manager of the work order system, you promptly and capably process requests and accommodate necessary changes. Because of your dedication and follow-up, Richlanders responsible for events throughout the campus can be confident that their set up will be as requested and on time. As we usher in a new computerized work order system in the near future, we also appreciate the key role you are playing in its planning and assisting in its becoming operational.

Employee Accolades

Young Choi (World Languages, Cultures and Communications) was named Who’s Who in America 2010. This award distinguishes her as one of the leading achievers from around the country.

Emily Gray was named “Best 2009 Best Local Actress” by the Dallas Observer. “Emily has a Streep-y blond beauty that she doesn’t mind disguising for a character role. Using her native Brit accent or an assortment of American dialects, she’s a total pro.”

New Employees

Deshong Rae
Rae DeShong
Title: Librarian III
Department: Library

Singleton Cassaundra
Cassaundra Singleton
Title: Coordinator Student Programs
Department: Student Development

Alvey Richard Scott
Richard Scott Alvey
Title: Electrician
Department: Facilities

Photo not available.
Amber Haddock
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Photo not available.
Barry Orton
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Photo not available.
Tonisha Johnson
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Thanks, T-ducks

To: All RLC staff and faculty
From: Louise Rogers-Keim, Accounting Services
I have been on this campus for the last 10 years at the on-campus bookstore. I have always loved being here at Richland College. I recently became an employee of Richland College and I am so happy to finally be a part of such a great group of people. Everyone has been so very nice and helpful. I look forward to being a Thunderduck for a long time.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dr. (Kristyn) Edney, RCHS:

I am following-up with my comments from the PTA meeting. I appreciate you forwarding this to the appropriate personnel.

I want to commend Officer (Vincent) Brooks on such a great job he does with our children. When my daughter started RCHS, I had some trepidation regarding her being on a college campus and who she would come in contact with on a daily basis. But as the year progressed, she would come home telling me about Officer Brooks and Corporal Moore (I realize he is no longer at the school). She felt very comfortable and safe with these officers and able to talk to them about issues she had/has and since she was school early and stayed late, she went and talked with them regularly. This has basically flowed over into this school year also.

I am most appreciative of this and it speaks volumes upon volumes about the job that Officer Brooks is doing for RCHS and the rapport he has with the kids. When he’s not there, the kids know it! Also, upon contacting Officer Brooks myself about an incident, he was able to answer my questions and make me feel more secure about my daughter’s safety.

I know you are already aware of what a great asset he is to the school, but I also wanted to ensure you knew about the wonderful job he is doing from a parent’s point of view. I realize Officer Brooks cannot be everywhere at once and things still can and do happen, but there is nothing better than peace of mind; knowing there is someone whose job it is to keep the students safe and that person is qualified, competent and truly cares about the welfare of our children. Thank you.

Venus Harvey
RCHS parent

*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 there, 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!


Suzanne Andres (Business and Information Technology) passed away Tues., Nov. 24. Services were held on Nov. 28 at the Bethel Lutheran Church in Dallas.