Monthly Archives: August 2010

August 2010


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RLC gathers for its annual kickoff of a new academic year

Richland held it’s annual Fall Convocation last week. “Exceptional People, Exceptional Focus, Exceptional Success” was the event’s theme. Attendees heard about plans for the upcoming academic year, welcomed new employees, celebrated QEP and more. Several employees received awards for outstanding performance and leadership:

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Jean Sharon Griffith Award – John Millemon

Timberlake Martha
Administrator of the Year – Martha Timberlake

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Full-Time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year – Barth Loe

Ellard Mary
Part-Time Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year – Mary Ellard

Cortina Joe
Full-Time Faculty Excellence in Teaching – Joe Cortina

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Associate Faculty Excellence In Teaching – John Carmichael

Wozniak David
Continuing Education Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching – David Wozniak

Cline Judith

Adjunct Faculty Excellence in Teaching – Judith Cline

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Innovation of the Year – R.E.A.D (Reading Enhances Academic Development)
Learning Technology Innovation of the Year – eCampus-onCampus Organization

Long-time Richland College fitness instructor receives award from state representative

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State representative Carol Kent presented Richland College fitness instructor Bill Neal with a certificate of achievement for his years of service teaching physical education.

Kent said, “Richland College [and Bill Neal] take us through the very beginning of life to silver and golden years of life.”

Kent, a former Richland student and adjunct professor of 15 years, applauded Neal for teaching a variety of fitness classes from health to bowling to golf as well as coaching the wrestling, volleyball, baseball and women’s basketball teams over his 38-year tenure. He also facilitates the “Silverducks” Emeritus class; they nominated him for the award.

“Receiving the award on behalf of the emeritus program is an honor since they are the committed group that keeps it going,” said Neal.

Richland College interim president Dr. Kay Eggleston said, “It is through people like Bill Neal that we build community one person at a time.”

RCHS celebrates its fourth consecutive TEA “Exemplary” rating

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) gears up for its fifth school year on the heels of its recent “Exemplary” rating from the Texas Education Agency (TEA). The four-year-old charter high school is housed on the Richland College campus. To earn an exemplary rating, at least 90 percent of a school’s students must pass the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) and 95 percent of the students must graduate on time or continue high school for a fifth year.

Students in this unique program can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses with a focus on mathematics, science, engineering or visual, performing, and digital arts. RCHS students can graduate from Richland College with an associate of arts degree at the same time as earning their high school diploma.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Here are a few earth-friendly tips to consider before washing that next load of clothing.

– Handwash small amounts of items.

– Wash clothes in cold water.

– Use non-toxic detergents.

– Use natural pre-wash treatments to eliminate stains such as baking soda and vinegar.

For more tips, read this article.
Have a global warming action to suggest? E-mail them to

Upcoming Events

Alumni Reunion Improv Show
7:30 p.m., August 30
Arena Theatre
Come celebrate the start of a new year of theatre production at Richland College with alumni from the theatre’s past. Several Richland alumni will perform including Dean Lewis (The Addison Improv, Last Comic Standing and The Ellen Degeneres Show) and veteran of stage, screen and television, Oliver Tull. Also, writer, actor, and musician, Alum Jim Kuenzer and Dave Little, actor, comedian and musician will perform. For reservations call 972-238-3733.

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Tribute held to honor Dr. Stephen Mittelstet

Mittelstet_Hooker22Former Richland president Dr. Stephen K. Mittelstet was recently honored by the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association at their 25th Anniversary Celebration. As the founding chairman of Leadership Richardson, Dr. Mittelstet sought to identify and motivate emerging community leaders. From 1985 to 1986 his leadership and vision led in the planning, development and launch of the Leadership Richardson Inaugural Class. Leadership Richardson is an organization that strives to strengthen and transform the Richardson community through a program of leadership development, community study and involvement. Participants have the opportunity to develop personal and organizational leadership skills as well as to identify and address community needs, issues, and problems.

Former Richland Chronicle editor wins journalism award

Donna Koehn, former editor of the Richland Chronicle, has received one of Florida’s top journalism awards for the second time. Koehn, a Tampa Tribune reporter, received the Paul Hansell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Florida Journalism. It’s the second time she has received the highly coveted award, which recognizes overall excellence in reporting and writing based on body of work. The award was presented in June at the Florida Society of Newspaper Editors conference in Sarasota.

Koehn’s work last year varied from serious topics such as violent crime, cancer and unemployment, to a lighter look at a carnival retirement community and the evolution of the Super Bowl as a holiday created by men for men. Koehn, 52, who also won the award in 2006, submitted 13 articles for consideration.

“I don’t write about famous people,” Koehn said. “I write about ordinary, everyday people who find themselves in extraordinary situations.”

In addition to newspaper reporting, she does online reporting for and television reporting for WFLA News Channel 8, the NBC affiliate in the Tampa Bay market.

New Employees

Bekele Lamrot
Lamrot Bekele
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Engineering, Business and Technology

Benton Lesley
Lesley Benton
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Mathematics, Science and Health Professions

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Anna Biryukova
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Dept: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

Bonneau Paul
Paul Bonneau
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Humanities

Bryant Jacqueline
Jacqueline Bryant
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

Dreier Kelly
Kelly Dreier
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Human & Academic Development

Ellens Patricia
Patricia Ellens
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Human & Academic Development

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Vasant G Gadre
Title: Faculty Visiting Scholar
Department: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

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Curtis Garrett
Title: Faculty
Department: Mathematics, Science and Health Professions

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Kory Goldammer
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Engineering, Business and Technology

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Kara Johnson
Title: Instructional Lab Support
Dept: Mathematics, Science and Health Professions

Jones Jennifer
Jennifer Jones
Title: Visiting Scholar
Department: Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education

Martinez Juan
Juan Martinez
Title:Visiting Scholar
Department: Engineering, Business and Technology


Raymond Choice’s (FACILITIES) brother passed away, July 28.