Monthly Archives: April 2010

April 2010

News
Combined Carnival of Steel and Dia de la Familia
events offer multicultural family fun

COSDiaRichland College presents the 2010 Carnival of Steel and Dia de la Familia on April 17 on the college campus grounds.

For the first time, RLC is combining these events in a huge, multicultural, free, family-friendly festival. Carnival of Steel will be from 10 a.m. to 9:55 p.m. (with a fireworks show at 10 p.m.) and Dia de la Familia will be from 12-4 p.m. The combined event will feature music and entertainment, free food, kids activities, health and public service booths, and college programs and services.

Dia de la Familia, which means Day of the Family, is an outdoor festival aimed at generating Hispanic interest in going to college. The Carnival of Steel features steel bands and percussion ensembles or bands using any number of steel drums from around the U.S. performing all styles of music from Caribbean and Latin to classical and rock. For more information, call 972-238-6194 or 972-238-6254.

New science facility recognized by Dallas Business Journal

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Richland College’s new science building was recently named the “Best Green Project-Public” at Dallas Business Journal’s 18th Annual Best Real Estate Deals of the Year awards ceremony.

The new facility, which opened in January 2010 and is named Sabine Hall, houses Richland’s science labs, Science Corner tutoring center, computer lab, student study areas, bookstore, coffee shop and conference rooms. Richland will officially dedicate Sabine Hall in a ceremony at 1 p.m. on April 22.

Click here to read more.

Richland recognized for commitment to volunteerism

honorroll_logo_8x8_smallRichland College has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

“Congratulations to Richland College and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities,” said Patrick Corvington, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Click here to read more.

Model UN, Going Global with UN honored by Dallas mayor
First row, from left: Noeli Biggs, Jeana Remington and Diana Urrutia from Richland College; Beth Pirtle from from UNA USA Dallas Chapter; and Pam Quinn from the LeCroy Center. Back row: Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.

First row, from left: Noeli Biggs, Jeana Remington and Diana Urrutia from Richland College; Beth Pirtle from from UNA USA Dallas Chapter; and Pam Quinn from the LeCroy Center. Back row: Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert.

The Model United Nations at Richland College and Going Global with UN videos initiative led by Richland College, the LeCroy Center and UNA USA Dallas Chapter received special recognition from Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert in a ceremony on Feb. 3 at Dallas City Hall.

Team Chair Noeli Biggs and members Jeana Remington and Diana Urrutia from Richland College; Emilio Ramos and Pam Quinn from the LeCroy Center; and Beth Pirtle from UNA USA Dallas Chapter were honored with a certificate of appreciation from the City of Dallas.

To learn more about the Model United Nations at Richland College, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/modelun.

Green Cleaning Workshop a success

RLC’s Green Cleaning Workshop on Feb. 26 had a great turnout. Facilities’ Jerry Owens coordinated the training session with Larry Singleton, director of Sustainability for Pollock Paper. Thirty-five attendees from 10 institutions (listed below) took part in a tour of Sabine Hall at the close of the workshop. Representatives of Richland included Charmayne Hightower, Fermin Portillo, Anthony Leand, Cheri Stanley, Jerry Owens and Phil Davies of the Garland Campus. RLC is working with Pollock Paper to develop a Green Cleaning Workshop for Purchasing buyers.

Attendees of the workshop:
– Richland College
– University of Texas at Dallas
– Garland Independent School District
– Lovejoy Independent School District
– Brookhaven College
– Cedar Valley College
– Southern Methodist University
– Richland College Garland Campus
– LDS Property Management Company (Fort Worth)
– DCCCD (DSC), Risk Management and Purchasing

Student Success
Congratulations to the Spring 2010 Student Wall of Honor recipients! From left, Interim President Kay Eggleston; Jude Ayozie; Judith Cayle Dumont; mother of Jeffrey Qualls, posthumous recipient; and Landon Gregory.

Congratulations to the Spring 2010 Student Wall of Honor recipients! From left, Interim President Kay Eggleston; Jude Ayozie; Judith Cayle Dumont; mother of Jeffrey Qualls, posthumous recipient; and Landon Gregory.


chairsThree RLC design students participated in a fund-raising event for the Dallas Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Children’s Council. CASA is an organization of volunteers who are voices for abused children in court. For the luncheon on March 26, local artists were asked to design and decorate a children’s chair, which was provided by CASA. Richland students Vanelly Mora, Bethany Phillips and Austin Sizer decorated chairs, two of which are shown to the right: Chairy Blossom and Rock ‘n’ Roll.


During Spring Break, the Richland Jazz Singers performed on the Carnival Cruise Lines Ecstacy for a five-day cruise in the western Caribbean. The ensemble, composed of 12 student vocalists and three instrumentalists held two on-board performances in the ship’s Blue Sapphire Theater. The Jazz Singers held fund-raising events during the fall semester to help defray the cost of the trip. The vocal ensemble was also part of the choir singing for “Star Wars in Concert” at Cowboy Stadium last October and performed at the Texas Music Educators Conference in San Antonio in February 2010.

RLC in the News

Richland College student Addissou Andabo made the local news with his brave actions on Feb. 22. According to KTVT-TV (CBS 11), on his way to class that day, Addissou saw a burning car under a bridge at I-635 and Abrams Road after it collided with an 18-wheeler. The car flipped on its side and burst into flames, leaving a 39-year-old woman trapped inside. Addissou sprang into action, breaking the car’s window with his bare hands. Click here to read more.


KERA Radio, 90.1 FM, interviewed artist Piotr Chizinski on his recent exhibition, “Inhabited,” at Richland College. Piotr spoke with interviewer Stephen Becker about his photographs which delve into the quandary of judging an individual’s class level according to the objects in his or her living room. Piotr also was a speaker at the Richland College Computer Arts Festival. Click here to read more.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Controlling slugs and snails tips from www.greenlivingtips.com.

Here are some earth friendly tips for controlling these often unwelcome garden visitors:

– Conduct a late-night snail and slug hunt to initially thin the numbers down.
– Snails and slugs are repelled by the reaction of the slime on their bodies and copper. Create a barrier with copper strips or use copper tape on larger plants.
– Sprinkle a barrier of crushed eggshells, pine needles, straw, sawdust or shredded bark in the affected areas.
– Plant “repellent” species, such as lavender, thyme, sage, geraniums and mint, amongst your other plants.
– Snails and slugs love beer. Use beer traps (a shallow dish with beer) or spray beer on weeds so the snails eat those instead of your plants.

More

Have a global warming action to suggest? E-mail them to greenrichland@dcccd.edu.

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
Free
For more information, contact Kay Coder at 972-238-6294.

2010 Carnival of Steel Festival
10 a.m.–9:55 p.m. (fireworks show at 10 p.m.), April 17
Richland College grounds
Guest Artist Steel Drum Concert at 8 p.m. in Fannin Performance Hall

Dia de la Familia
12–4 p.m., April 17
Richland College grounds

Jazz Showcase: Jazz Combo, Lab Band, Jazz Singers and Jazz Ensemble
8-9 p.m., April 20
Fannin Performance Hall

Intercultural Festival
10 a.m.–2 p.m., April 21
East Breezeway
Celebrate Richland’s rich cultural diversity

Earth Day Celebration
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m., April 22
West Breezeway

LEED Platinum Science Building Dedication
1-2 p.m., April 22
New Sabine Hall Science Building

Evening Jazz Ensemble
8-9 p.m.,, April 22
Fannin Performance Hall

Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra, and Chamber Ensembles
7:30-8:30 p.m., April 27
Fannin Performance Hall

Student Success Awards Banquet 2010
7-9 p.m., April 28
Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St. in Garland
Annual student banquet honoring Richland students and their achievements.

“The Princess Test”
7:30-8:30 p.m., April 28-29
11:15 a.m. April 30-May 1
Arena Theatre
New children’s play by RLC employee, Aliene Pylant. Reservations required.

Student Exhibition Digital Art and Multimedia
Through May 3
Lago Vista Gallery (Library)

Mischief and Mayhem, An Evening of Improv
7:30-8:30 p.m., May 4
Arena Theatre
Adults only. Open seating — no reservations required.

Student Composer Concert
7:30-8:30 p.m., May 4
Fannin Performance Hall

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
May 5
Richland College grounds
Celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexican fiesta music and famous Tex-Mex cuisine.

World Beat Percussion Concert
7:30-8:30 p.m., May 6
Fannin Performance Hall

2010 Graduation Commencement Ceremony
May 13
Garland ISD Special Events Center
4999 Naaman Forest Boulevard in Garland

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

Professional
Outstanding Employee of the Month

EOM2April 2010

Catrina Tobias
School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Catrina:

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

Catrina, you start the day with a positive attitude and solve problems with a smile. You are most often the first person people meet in the Humanities Division office, and you exude professionalism and warmth in interacting with people whether in person or by telephone or e-mail. Regardless of the circumstances, you make a person feel like he or she is the most important person in your day.


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Thales Georgiou
Human and Academic Development

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Thales:

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

When Mary Darin was called upon to take on a crucial temporary post, you stepped in to assume Interim Dean responsibilities for the School of Human and Academic Development. You knew the developmental math area well, and you have worked diligently to learn and fully represent all the programs under the H.A.D. umbrella.

Employee Success
Congratulations to the PSSA Employees of the Year 2009-10. From left, Barth Loe, Full-Time Employee of the Year; and Mary Ellard, Part-Time Employee of the Year.

Congratulations to the PSSA Employees of the Year 2009-10. From left, Barth Loe, Full-Time Employee of the Year; and Mary Ellard, Part-Time Employee of the Year.


On March 22, RLC Music Professor Mark Carlson gave a recital of Finnish music for euphonium and piano at Western Illinois University. The program was a contrast between instrumental works from the turn of the 20th century and new works for euphonium. A related radio interview was taped for the local public radio affiliate Tri States Public Radio (WIUM 91.3 and WIUW 89.5 FM).


Congratulations to Richland’s College Communications & Marketing staff Patricia Benter and Deborah Wells on being selected as the winning designers of the Richardson Chamber of Commerce Live Healthy Kick-off Luncheon centerpieces. Patricia and Deborah designed two displays with Richland promotional items and healthy foods arranged in a variety of glass jars to decorate Richland’s sponsor tables. The Live Healthy 100 Day Wellness Challenge is a team-centric weight loss and physical activity program that assists in making positive changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle. The centerpiece win helped to motivate the Richland Live Healthy Team.


Ryder Richards, RLC gallery coordinator, recently lectured at University of North Texas and East Central University in Ada, Okla. He also co-jurored the Young American Talent 2010 at El Centro College. In April, Richards will conduct portfolio reviews and workshops for the ISAS Fine Arts Festival 2010 at St. Marks College Preparatory in Dallas before lecturing at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania as a guest artist. Congratulations to Ryder on his inclusion to “Texas National 2010,” a national exhibition jurored by artist Judy Pfaff at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas.


People
New Employees

Lynd TeresaTeresa Lynd
Title: Sr. Academic Advisor
Department: School of Engineering, Business and Technology

Drezek John copyJohn Drezek
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Multicultural Center

Fobert Charlotte copyCharlotte Fobert
Title: Secretary II
Department: School of Engineering, Business and Technology

Kertesz Bohdana copyBohdana Kertesz
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: Multicultural Center

Thomas McArthurThomas McArthur, Jr.
Title: HVAC Technician
Department: Facilities

Not pictured
Maho Kaping
Title: Program Services Specialist
Department: Upward Bound

Jesica Lopez-Cyrus
Title: HR Specialist III
Department: Human Resources

Thanks, T-ducks

To: The Grounds Crew, Facilities
From: President’s Cabinet members

h42 cropThanks to the Grounds Crew for the beautiful landscaping and particularly the tulips. We are lucky to have such a beautiful place to work.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .

Letters

IMG_1722Dear Sean Worley (School of Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education),

I would like to personally thank you for donating the t-shirts to my program, Angels of Medellin. All the boys loved having the T-Ducks shirts and especially the soccer clinic that you held for them.

As you know, all the boys and their families are displaced children from the Colombian civil wars, and to have an American soccer coach visit and demonstrate different drills was truly a special day for them. They are still talking about how much fun it was to play soccer with you and are constantly asking, “When is Señor Sean returning?” For them, living high up in the Andes and not getting much opportunity in life to meet other people, it was a special day for everyone.

Thank for your kindness and I hope you might have the chance to return to visit my children and help me in my program.

Sincerely,

Mark L. Kaseman
Marcos De Medellin
Director – Angels de Medellin y Leon XIII Project

*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 anitracotton@dcccd.edu or hard copies may be forwarded to the College Marketing and Communications office. Thanks!

Sympathy

On March 15, John Millemon was involved in a car accident in which his wife, Celia, and his sister, Mary Jane Merrill, died. A memorial service was held for Celia on March 24 at North Park Presbyterian Church.