Monthly Archives: September 2010

September 2010

Richland was well represented at the NAACP-Garland Branch's annual brunch. Pictured from left to right: Jean Carter, Beverly Gaither, Tameika Williams and Keysha McCloud. Photo by RLC retiree Delores Elder-Jones.

Richland was well represented at the NAACP-Garland Branch's annual brunch on Sept. 11. Pictured from left to right: Jean Carter, Beverly Gaither, Tameika Williams and Keysha McCloud. Photo by RLC retiree Delores Elder-Jones.

Richland history professor and wife of 40 years revisit the place that brought them together

Forty years ago a young sailor fell in love. He was one of many young boys falling for the beautiful European girls they met while in ports along the way.

But last week, his story landed him in Mount Pleasant. Alongside him was his bride of 40 years–that same lovely English girl he met in November of 1969.

The couple came to visit the USS Yorktown, the same ship that brought them together 40 years ago. Steven and Anita Butler were here last week celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary. They were married Sept. 3, 1970.

Read more here.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


When life gives you lemons…use them to replace chemical-based cleaning products! Here are a few earth friendly tips, using lemons to clean up around the house:

Heat a bowl of water and lemon slices in your microwave for 30 seconds to a minute; then wipe out the oven. Stains will be easier to remove and old food odors neutralized.

A teaspoon of lemon juice added to your dishwashing detergent can help boost grease cutting power.

Glass and mirrors
Four tablespoons of lemon juice mixed with half a gallon of water makes an effective window cleaner.

For more tips, read this article.

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

Upcoming Events

Women’s Soccer Game
7-9 p.m., September 24
Richland College Soccer Field, East Campus

Men’s Soccer Game
2-4 p.m., September 26
Richland College Soccer Field, East Campus

Texting & Driving Simulator
10 a.m.-4 p.m., September 30
East Breezeway
Students will text and drive in a simulator, similar to a drunk driving simulator, to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving.

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

September 2010

LeeAnne Scott

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

So many qualities come to mind when colleagues think of you and the assistance you provide. You are responsive to all faculty and staff who contact you with a problem. You consider and offer suggestions for solutions, quickly finding the right Facilities Services employee to send to investigate and resolve the problem. We have heard you say of your working in Facilities Services, “It’s the only place where I can tell people what to do all day, and they do it!”

New Employees

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Ronald Foster
Title: Coordinator of Facilities Services
Department: Facilities

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Margaret Hinshelwood
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Dept.: MS/HP

William Huff
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

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Lisa Smithart
Title: CE & Workforce Development Coordinator
Department: MS/HP

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Diana Urrutia (School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications)
From: Susan Wehe (School of World Languages, Cultures and Communications)

In the midst of the insanity that is the first week of class, you took care of us in the ESOL Lab with a lovely, delicious, and nutritious tray of goodies. Nicole Goode, Diana Izumi, Anna Biryukova, and I enjoyed it very much. Thank you for thinking of us.

To: Teresa Lott, Koe Jones, Michael Iachetta (School of Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education)
From: RLC PSSA Officers

You truly exemplified Richland’s value of cooperation and joy at the PSSA Burger Bash on August 20. When some of our facility plans did not go as planned, you three jumped in and helped us by providing tubs and ice to hold the sodas, chairs, and access to electrical outlets for our much need fans. You even helped us set up and clean up afterwards and sent e-mails inviting campus faculty and staff to drop by and have a burger. Without hesitation, you offered your help and did it joyfully! Thank you for all you did for us. Our success is in part due to you three. Thanks–RCL PSSA 2010-2011 Officers

To: Austin Longacre and Dennis Griffin (Facilities)
From: Jay Wooldridge (Office of Student Life)

Your crew did a good job cutting around the Bluestem, and Indian grass in the T-duck habitat, they even spotted some Indian grass I had missed. We planted the Bluestem, but unless you threw out some grass seeds with the wildflowers, the Indian grass is indigenous and part of the original tall grass prairie that existed here for hundreds of years. How it got there I don’t know for sure, but thanks for cutting around it, it is the state grass of Oklahoma and is a light blue-green grass that is important to wildlife, quail, dove, turkeys and I suppose T-ducks, thanks again.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Dwayne Carter (School of Engineering, Business, and Technology)

I have been meaning to thank you since our students participated in the custom tour of Richland’s Multi-Media Department on July 22, 2010. You and your faculty deserve a round of applause for meeting with these students and sharing with them your services! Our students certainly benefited greatly from this experience!

Please do not let my long overdue thank you color your opinion of how much these students received from the tour and the experience because they received a lot! I am most grateful to you for stepping in and sharing all you did with them!

Please convey my deep appreciation to the instructor who allowed them to sit in on his class. I am so appreciative of this opportunity they had. I am also aware they spent time in the computer lab and were exposed to some programs. Please share with your media staff my appreciation for taking time to allow our students to see some of the software and other items in the lab as that is what I was led to believe they did.

In short, they all had a very positive, rewarding, and enriching experience with you, your staff, and at Richland college. We will be sharing a certificate with you soon to express our appreciation more tangibly. Until then, Mr. Carter, please know I am deeply grateful to you for arranging the experience for them. I know they had a most rewarding experience.

Thank you!


Joseph Noland, M.Ed.
Transition Counselor
Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services
Division for Blind Services

*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!


Jerri Barron’s (Facilities) father passed away August 24.

Tyrone Hollins‘ (Accounting) son, Alexander B. Travis passed away September 20.
Services will be held Sept. 24, 1 p.m. at the Greenville Avenue Church of Christ, located at 1013 S. Greenville Avenue in Richardson. Graveside service to follow at Carver Memorial Park, located at 8100 Fireside Drive in Dallas.

Michael Li’s, (Facilities) grandmother passed away.

Marcus Rojas (Mathematics, Science and Health Professions) passed away August 6. Memorial Services will be held Sept. 27, 7 p.m. at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, located at 6306 Kenwood Avenue in Dallas.