Monthly Archives: May 2010

May 2010

Students eagerly await to hear their name at RLC’s graduation ceremony, held May 13 at the Garland Special Events Center. Click here to view photos from the event.

Conine named 2010 Piper Professor

r10Randy Conine, a Richland College professor of English and Peace Studies, has been selected as a 2010 Piper Professor, a statewide teaching award.
Conine says he strives to inspire students while teaching them to think critically.

“I’m mindful that when teaching to improve thinking and writing skills, I am also teaching about subjects that can nurture growth in ethical character,” he says. “I try to speak a ‘language of enthusiasm,’ calling students to critically but compassionately engage in matters of deep moral concern: human rights and social, economic, and environmental justice.”

Conine was selected in August for Richland’s 2009 Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-time Faculty. As part of that honor, Conine will deliver the commencement address at Richland’s graduation ceremonies on May 13.
Richland College traditionally nominates the Excellence in Teaching Award recipient for the Piper award. Every year, the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation chooses 15 college professors in Texas to each receive $5,000 honorariums.

New Summer Hours

There are new summer hours for the bookstore and Subway.  For the full listing click here.

Green News
Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

Looking for a way to reuse your old electronic equipment? Here are some recycling tips for your used gear.

-Turn an Old Computer Into a Home Theater
-Turn an Old Media Player Into a Portable Drive
-Turn an Old Web Cam Into a Security System
-Turn an Old Mac Into an Aquarium

For more tips, read this article.

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

Recycled Gravel Used as Service Yard Surface

Gravel removed from campus roofs is being recycled and finding new use as a surface in the expanded service yard. The yard, located behind the Pecos Building, is where Facilities Services equipment is kept. According to Glenn Child, Facilities Project Manager, once the gravel is removed from the roof it’s ready to use. “There is no recycling process that it goes through” he said. “Part of the roof is removed and the gravel is put down as a leveling surface in the yard. After it rains it’s nice, clean rock.” The roof refurbishing is part of the Roof III project, a four-month project estimated to be complete by mid-September, weather permitting. It includes the refurbishing of the roofs on the Wichita, Pecos, Crockett, Medina and Guadalupe buildings.

Upcoming Events

Hip-Hop4HIV-logo_smHip Hop for HIV
10 a.m. – 2 p.m., June 9
Sabine Hall, Room 117
“Hip Hop for HIV” will provide free HIV testing as well as on-site medical counseling for all those tested. Get tested and receive a free ticket to the Third Annual “Testing for Tickets” Hip Hop Concert, June 20, hosted by 97.9 FM The Beat. For more information, call 972- 238-6022 or click here.

New Mexico Student Exhibition, Workshop and Reception
12-1 p.m., June 13
Brazos Gallery C140

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

RLC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, advisor honored at convention

The Alpha Alpha Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) at Richland College received the Top 100 Chapter award at the 2010 PTK Annual Convention.  Chapter advisor Larry Polk received the award for Distinguished Chapter Advisor.  This year, more than 400 chapters competed for PTK’s most coveted awards. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,250 chapters on college campuses worldwide. To read more and get complete lists of awards winners as well as award category descriptions click here.

Humanities Happenings

Richards-RyderRichland College gallery coordinator, Ryder Richards, recently lectured at University of North Texas, Denton and East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma. He also co-jurored the Young American Talent 2010 at El Centro College. We also wish to congratulate 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.

The Richland College Galleries has been accepted into the Dallas Art
Dealers Association (DADA).

KERA Radio, 90.1 FM, interviewed artist Piotr Chizinski on his recent exhibition “Inhabited” at Richland College. Chizinski spoke with interviewer Stephen Becker about his photographs which deals with judging an individual’s class level according to the objects in their living room.

New Employees

Braun Jocelyn
Jocyln Braun
Title: Senior Academic Advisor
Department: Engineering Business & Technology

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Teresa Fee
Title: Associate Registrar
Department: Admissions & Student Records

Johnson Ollie
Ollie Johnson
Title: Secretary I
Department: Human Resources

Roderick E. Lamb
Roderick Lamb
Title: Program Administrator
Department: Engineering Business & Technology

Heather Lozano
Heather Lozano
Title: Assistant Dean, Continuing Education I
Department: Continuing Education

Olds Madeline
Madeline Olds
Title: Testing Assistant I
Department: Testing Center

Khadine Sterling
Khadine Sterling
Title: Department Assistant I
Department: Academic Advising

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Lennijo Henderson, Library
From: Fonda Vera, OPRIE

Now that we have completed the reviews for those departments participating in the 2008-09 cycle of our Administrative Support and Student Services Program Review, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work on the team of reviewers. Your input to the process, as leader of a Best Practice department, was very important and I know that it wasn’t easy to fit this additional work into your very busy schedule. Your tireless dedication to continuous improvement is a valuable asset to Richland College and the OPRIE staff wants you to know that you are much appreciated.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Aditi Samarth (School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts),

When I sought advice on pursuing an MBA, I contacted my former Professor Aditi Samarth. Professor Samarth was more than willing to assist me. She even made arrangements for me to speak with her husband — an MBA graduate. Thank you!

Ron Bland
Former student

*More letters . . .

*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. Thanks!


Kenneth Hart’s (Facilities) brother passed away in late April.

Anthony Leand’s (Facilities) brother passed away April 29.

Gordon Young’s life partner of 48 years, Mr. Peter Pitsh, passed away in early May.  A memorial service was held May 14 at Eastgate Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, Gordon has asked that donations be made in Peter’s name to Vitas Hospice at

Vallye Ezell’s (Humanities and Fine and Performing Arts) mother, Mrs. Margaret Ezell, passed away in early May in Atlanta, Georgia after suffering from a stroke.