Monthly Archives: October 2010

October 2010

Nancy Gomez, Whitney Rosenbalm and Sharon Wright donned their pajamas for the 2010 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Early Duck Appropriate Pajama Party. The Thunderducks stepped up for a good cause with donations currently totaling $54,202 with 47 percent employee participation. Meet your workgroup’s monetary goal with 80% full & limited full-time staff participation by Friday, November 5 at 5 p.m. and get entered into a drawing to win free prizes (a parking pass, movie tickets, Richland travel mugs and other items). For more information on how you can make a difference click here.

Richland College receives grant from the Texas Workforce Commission

c101-copy-300x201Texas Workforce Development Director Larry Jones presented Richland College and the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) with a Skills Development Fund (SDF) grant check for $311,495. The check was presented today during a presentation at Richland’s Garland Campus. The funding will be used to provide training in leadership development, lean manufacturing, computer skills, language training, and inventory management to participating DCMA partners’ employees. Approximately 378 individuals will be trained during the next 12 months.

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Former Richland soccer player elected to 2010 NJCAA Hall of Fame

Former Richland College men’s soccer great Alex Opoku will join five players and three coaches as 2010 NJCAA Men’s Soccer Coaches Association Hall of Fame honorees.

Opoku was a major contributor to helping establish the T-Ducks into a Division III soccer powerhouse, scoring 30 goals during the 1997-1998 seasons. Opoku also played at Midwestern State University, where he scored 27 goals and was an NSCAA All-American.

Opoku officially gets inducted into the Hall of Fame in November, when he will join 59 other members.

RLC in the News

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Students recently participated in a text and drive simulator, similar to a drunk driving simulator, to raise awareness of the dangers of texting while driving. The event was recently featured on WFAA-TV (ABC, Channel 8). Click here to read more.

Richland Collegiate High School was recently featured in a Dallas Morning News article on charter schools.
Click here to read more.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


Excessive water consumption is not only harmful to the environment, it can be costly too. Here are a few simple tips to save water and save you some cash as well.

-Fill a dishwasher completely before washing a load.

-Water gardens just after sunrise or sunset to reduce evaporation.

-Turn off the water while brushing your teeth or shaving.

-Set washing machines at the lowest possible water level for the load.

For more tips, read this article.

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

Upcoming Events

Relaxation Group
12:30-1:30 p.m., Every Thursday through December 16
Sessions will begin with a 20 minute yoga practice followed by discussion of other relaxation techniques.

The 2010 Travel Training for Employee Success
9:30-11 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., October 27
Sabine Hall, Room 118
For more information, contact Sonia Ford, Financial Services, 972-238-3788,

Grants Management Workshop
1-4 p.m., October 28
Sabine Hall, Room 118
For more information, contact Sonia Ford, Financial Services, 972-238-3788,

Professional Support Staff Association Craft Fair
10 a.m.-2 p.m., November 3
El Paso Hall
Craft fair sponsored by RLC PSSA to support scholarship fund. For more information, call 972-238-6980.

Managing Your Budget and Purchasing
9:30-11 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., November 11
Seating is limited. For more information, contact Sonia Ford, Financial Services, 972-238-3788,

2010-2011 Wall of Honor Ceremony
10 a.m. November 17
Crockett Hall Lobby
RLC recognizes students with outstanding achievements and those who have made a difference in their community.

HigherOne, Catering and Professional Services Contracts
9:30-11 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m., November 18
Sabine Hall, Room 118
For more information, contact Sonia Ford, Financial Services, 972-238-3788,

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

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October 2010

Lee Ann Munkres
Richland Collegiate High School

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

Lee Ann, you serve as the Lead RCHS Academic Advisor with distinction, training all RCHS academic advisors to ensure that students succeed and graduate from high school and college on-time. The students you advise consider you one of the best advisors at Richland because you are meticulous about detail and willingly go above and beyond to assist them with their needs. You not only care about each student’s academic progress but also engage the Richland ThunderValue of Wholeness every time you work with a student, parent, or faculty member.

Full Time & Part Time Advisors Of The Year Recognized

On September 23, 2010 at the annual Richland Academic Advising Professional Development function, the full time and part time advisors of the year were recognized.

Victoria Glass was nominated by her co-workers in advising as the full-time advisor that exemplifies amazing compassion for students and a commitment to her responsibilities as a general, career & technical, and suspension advisor that will frequently find her working long hours to insure success for her students. Victoria’s dedication to Richland College in the various roles she has played demonstrates her commitment to Richland and the students we serve. Victoria’s recognition as full time Advisor of the year resulted in her nomination for the 2010-2011 Jean Sharon Griffith award.

Joanne Terry was the recipient of the 2010-2011 Part Time Advisor of the Year. Joanne is a relatively new member of the Richland Advising team. She joined us in April, 2009. Over the last year Joanne’s years of experience in the Richardson public education system have provided her with a wealth of knowledge to draw from in supporting our students to learn the importance of being autonomous learners. Along this path, Joanne has thrown herself head first into learning herself as much as possible, as quickly as possible about higher education and advising in particular. She has become a very value added employee in our Academic Advising department.

New Employees

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Thomas Acevedo
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

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Heather Albuquerque
Title: Assistant Principal
Department: Richland Collegiate High School

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Ronda Glasser
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

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Judith Jewell
Title: Financial Aid Assistant II
Department: Financial Aid

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Guy Simmons
Title: College Director, Athletics & Recreational Programs
Department: Physical Education

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Chrystal Woodard
Title: Associate Director, Financial Aid
Department: Financial Aid

Thanks, T-ducks

Jerry and Eddie,
Thursday morning, at 7 a.m., Kenneth Hart brought over a crew of guys to unload a mini mobile that was stuffed with our new shelving parts for Central Supply. Kenny and I ran the fork lifts and the guys listed below worked like an absolutely, well oiled machine in getting the pallets offloaded and the shelving parts stacked up in our Central Supply building.

These guys formed a line and in perfect unison, tossed the boxes to each other and stacked them up. It was amazing to watch, I wish I had filmed it so everyone could see just how in sync they were in their efforts. Something that would have taken me five to six hours to do alone, they accomplished in less than an hour.

Even though these guys are GCA workers, they truly embodied the Thunderduck spirit this morning and I greatly, greatly appreciate the coordination efforts of Kenneth Hart and these hard working guys. I just wanted you to be aware of their contribution.
Kenneth Hart
Erick Sanchez
Alfredo Munos
Fedenco Mendoz
Eugenio Siva
Tony Rivera
Silvestie Amador
Manuiel Marroguin

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Dear Megan Farmer (Student Services),

Thank you so much for a wonderful presentation you gave to my seniors at LHHS recently. I know they enjoyed hearing about Richland College and all the programs offered there. Your handouts were a big hit with everyone.

I found the material you presented to be extremely informative and applicable for all college-bound seniors. Thanks again for the important work you do. Richland is fortunate to have such a capable, personable student services assistant.


Carol Valentine
Sr. English Teacher
Lake Highlands High School

*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!


Vickie Allen’s (Admissions) mother, Mrs. Superior Allen, passed away September 21.

Felicia Nunez (Financial Aid/Business Services) passed away.