Monthly Archives: February 2010

February 2010

Richland College holds Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium Jan. 30

Richland College hosted the Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium on Jan. 30 with over 250 faculty, staff, students and community members in attendance.

The event explored the role of water within the new model of sustainability. Attendees at the symposium heard lectures and panel discussions, participated in breakout sessions, toured the new science building, and experienced the “Water: More or Less” art exhibit.

Ignacio Bunster, lead architect on Dallas’ Trinity Lakes Park design project, served as keynote speaker for the symposium and the art exhibition was juried by New York City-based artist Paul Villinski, noted for his artist response studio built in a gutted FEMA trailer using green materials as a response to post-Katrina New Orleans. Regional artists were awarded over $1,500.

The Art, Science and Sustainable Community Symposium centered on several themes: The built environment’s response to preserving ecology; striking a symbiotic equilibrium between human development and nature; use of science towards creative responsibility; and an environmentally inspired the University of North Texas’ dance department performance, “Choking the Earth?”

RLC in the News

M.T. Hickman and the Richland College Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program were featured in an article in Tradeshow Week. Click here to read article.

A photo from our RCHS Senegal program is the cover page of the International Educator Magazine January/February 2010 “Women in Africa” issue. The photo is of RCHS student Faith Smith and her pen pals from the Ameth Fall Girl’s High School in St. Louis, Senegal. A brief description of RCHS’ work in Senegal is also included in the cover article entitled “The Unprivileged Child.”

The Richland Collegiate High School was featured in a recent article in the Dallas Morning News. Click here to view article.

Women’s, men’s soccer teams each have three players name NSCAA All-Americans

By Justin Jones, RLC Sports Information

Capping off a fitting end to a 2009 NJCAA Division III national championship season for the Richland College women’s soccer team is the fact that the T-Ducks will have three players recognized as National Soccer Coaches Association of American Division III Junior College All-Americans on Jan. 16 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Joining the women’s players in celebration will also be three players on the T-Ducks men’s squad, which lost in the 2009 national title game.

On the women’s side, freshman midfielder Chelsea Palmer, of Plano, sophomore forward Regina Martinez, of Garland, and freshman defender Letty Adame, of El Paso were each named first-team All-Americans.


Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

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Here are some things you may want to try before reaching for that can of insecticide:

– Pour lemon juice around areas ants frequent
– Sprinkle cinnamon or place in cheesecloth bags in affected areas
– Pour a solid line of baking soda in areas of activity
– Pour a ring of coffee grounds around sensitive plants
– Apply a blend of pureed orange peel and water


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

Upcoming Events

Wellness Line Dancing Classes
12:20-1:40 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays or
5:40-8:25 p.m., Thursdays
Guadalupe 140
For more information, contact Kay Coder at 972-238-6294.

“Water: More or Less” Juried Art Exhibition
Show runs through Feb. 27
Brazos Gallery
Click here for more information or call Ryder Richards at 972-238-6339.

Carter Bloodcare Blood Drive
2-7 p.m., Feb. 16 and
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Feb. 17
East Circle Drive
For more information, call 972-238-6135.
Hosted By: RLC Health Center
Photo ID required.

Coffee, Cake and Conversation
6:30-9 p.m., Feb. 18
Garland Campus located at 675 W. Walnut Street
For more information, call 972‑761‑6869 or 972‑238‑6161.
Hosted By: Richland College Garland Campus
During this community forum, hear presenters from Richland College, the Garland Independent School District and the Garland Chamber of Commerce. Topics include degree and certificate options, the GISD/Richland College partnership, how education affects the community and what’s new at Richland.

3-on-3 Basketball
12:30-1:45 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays
Feb. 23-March 11
For more information, call 972‑238‑6266.
Hosted By: Intramural Sports

3-Point Shootout
12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Tues., Feb. 23
For more information, call 972‑238‑6266.
Hosted By: Intramural Sports

African American Read‑In
12-1:30 p.m., Feb. 24
Sabine Hall 118
For more information, call 972‑238‑6130.
Hosted By: African American Connection and the Office of Student Life.
Sign up in El Paso 40 to participate.

“Crystal City, 1969” Lecture
9:45-10:45 a.m., Feb. 25
Sabine Hall 118
For more information, call 972‑238‑6260.
Hosted By: Mexican-American/Latino Studies Program
This lecture will be a presentation by Cara Mia Theater on the events surrounding the historic student walk‑out in Crystal City, Texas in 1969. This event commemorates the 50 years of the Mexican‑American Civil Rights Movement.

John Britt Lecture
7-8 p.m., Feb. 26
Sabine Hall 118
For more information, call 972‑761‑6837.
Hosted By: RLC Clay Club
The Richland Clay Club is proud to present John Britt, the author of “The Complete Guide to High‑fire Glazes.” John will be discussing his recent research in glazing techniques. This lecture will correlate with his week‑long glaze chemistry workshop at Richland College with an emphasis in Cone 6 reduction.

Conference Day 2010
8:30 a.m., March 4
Large Gym
Register at by Wed., Feb. 24 at 5 p.m.

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

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Eddie Hueston
Facilities Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Eddie:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for February 2010. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Eddie, since assuming Director of Facilities Services responsibilities five years ago, you have distinguished yourself in your leadership of the many facets of Richland’s physical plant. Your role as Richland’s point person in interacting with DCCCD Bond construction project architects regarding LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) initiatives has resulted in outstanding science and Garland facilities that provide efficiency, comfort, and beauty while our students learn. Your extraordinary penchant for details and vast knowledge of landscaping are invaluable contributors to the success of the many concurrent construction and renovation projects at Richland and at the Garland Campus.

Employee Success

Werther MitziAltrusa International of Richardson named Mitzi Werther (Emeritus Program) one of the “Six Outstanding Women of Today…Builders of Tomorrow” at their sixth annual luncheon hosted by Altrusa International, Inc. of
Richardson. Other winners included:

Corporate—Julie Nielson, CommScope
Government—Yolanda Medina, Richardson Public Library
Health Care—Elizabeth Fagan, M.D., Methodist Richardson Medical Center
Nonprofit—Elizabeth Hart, RISD Excellence in Education Foundation, Inc.
Small Business—Lynn Handrigan, Opportunity Bank

New Employees

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Ofori Asante
Title: Faculty – Human Development – Visiting Scholar
Department: HAD

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William Barr
Title: Student Program Development Specialist
Department: OSL

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Donnell Bivens
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Advising

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Pamela Bratcher
Title: Administrative Assistant II
Department: School of EBT

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Erik Glaser
Title: Intern
Department: Administration

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Yoo Nan (Judi) Heo
Title: Faculty – DMAT- Visiting Scholar
Department: HAD

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Tamesha Hilliard
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Advising

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Michael Li
Title: HVAC Technician
Department: Facilities

More New Employees

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Mary Darin, Michael Crawford, Jennifer Owen, Luz Villegas, Maria Chobany, Noeli Biggs, and various departments
From: Global Education & Development Advisory Council

Thanks to all who assisted so ably during the recent visit of the Russian students and faculty. Particular thanks to Mary Darin for providing food and refreshments and the faculty who welcomed students into their classes. We appreciated so much the assistance from Sherry Dean and Michael Crawford in making room for some “last-minute” performance requests from the visiting musicians and a very special thank you to Jennifer Owen for the outstanding technical assistance.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Kay Eggleston (Administration),

Congratulations on receiving the Environmental Award from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce at their Business and Industry Awards Luncheon. I applaud your outstanding work in our community. I wish your school continued success. As Sam Houston said, “The benefits of education and of useful knowledge, generally diffused through a community, are essential to the preservation of a free government.” It is an honor to serve you in the Texas Legislature. Do not hesitate to contact me whenever I can be of assistance.


Representative Angie Chen Button
Texas House of Representatives

*More letters . . .

*Thanks Thunderducks and Letters 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 College Marketing and Communications office. Thanks!


Nancy Gomez (College Communications and Marketing) gave birth to a baby boy on Jan. 19. Emiliano Eduardo Gomez was 19.5″ long and weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces. Mom and baby are both doing well.


Cris Bay-Andersen (Humanities), the RLC theater technician, passed away in his sleep this past weekend. Funeral service will be held at Ted Dickeys Funeral home in Plano on Sunday, Feb. 14. The viewing is from 3-4 p.m. and the service begins at 4 p.m. The address is:

2128 18th Street
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 424-4511

In addition, a special tribute to Cris’ life will be held at Richland College on Mon., March 8 at 3:30 p.m. in Fannin Performance Hall.