Monthly Archives: December 2010

December 2010

The Richland Connections Club raised over $4,000 for the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance to support their efforts toward homeless care and assistance. Funds were raised at the Walk, Run & Fight to End Homelessness event held in conjunction with the Richland Turkey Trot on Nov. 23. To view a video recap of the event, click here.

Renowned artist visits Richland
Photographer Mary Ellen Mark at her artists lecture.

Photographer Mary Ellen Mark at her artists lecture.

Internationally known photographer Mary Ellen Mark presented a free lecture, reception, book sale and signing on Oct. 28. Through her numerous books, exhibitions and editorial magazine work, Mark has become recognized as one of the most respected and influential photographers worldwide. Her images of our world’s diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Mark has published photo-essays and portraits in various publications including LIFE, New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker and Vanity Fair. For over four decades, she has traveled extensively to take pictures that reflect a high degree of humanism. Mark has received numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, the Matrix Award for Outstanding Women in the field of film/photography, and the Dr. Erich Salomon Award for outstanding merits in the field of journalistic photography. She was also presented with honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees from her alma maters, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of the Arts.

Richland College Among Top Producers of Fulbright Scholars

The Chronicle of Education has listed Richland College among the top producers of U.S. Fulbright Scholars for 2010-2011. The Chronicle, which presents news and information for college and university faculty members and administrators, lists Richland as one of the top producers for its type of institution, on a list that includes community, bachelor’s, master’s and research institutions. Recently, Richland English Professor Matt Henry was selected as a Fulbright Scholar to teach in Germany for the 2010-2011 academic year at the University of Potsdam in Potsdam, Germany.

The Fulbright Program, is a program of grants for international educational exchange for scholars, educators, graduate students and professionals and is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in over 155 countries. Candidates recommended for Fulbright programs are people with outstanding achievements in their fields. Over 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists have participated in the program since it began.

For more information, contact Dr. Zarina Blankenbaker at 972-238-6364 or


Richland’s Council for Community Building hosted it’s Fall 2010 Student Wall of Honor Ceremony on Nov. 17. The awards celebrate current or former Richland students who have made unique contributions in learning and community building to Richland or the surrounding community. Click here to view each recipient’s biographies.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

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1. Shop online. Sometimes online retailers will have better pricing than bricks and mortar stores, plus you’ll save fuel in travelling from store to store, time and stress! Items purchased online are often shipped straight from the factory to you, so it can also cut down on the overall freight impact.

2. When heading out to do your Christmas shopping, take your own reusable bags rather than using the plastic ones provided by stores.

3. When purchasing gifts, try and think “earth-friendly” and socially conscious every step of the way; from the product itself to the packaging. If you buy green gifts, make a special effort to let the person know of its environmental benefit as you may just help set the receiver on the path to a greener life; or at least sow the seeds.

For more tips, click here.

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

Upcoming Events

Final Exams
Dec. 7-9

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

November 2010

Ms. Teresa Lott
School of Ethnic Studies, Social Science, and Physical Education

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

You have served Richland College exceptionally since 1984, first as the capable Counseling Division secretary in the then hub of all campus advising activities and subsequently as division secretary for the Physical Education division, where you have resided since. Your expertise in the history of Physical Education programs and course offerings is matched by your incredible organizational skills.

December 2010/January 2011

Austin Longacre
Facilities Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for December 2010/January 2011. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Since being hired in 2004, you have progressed from entry-level positions to Grounds Supervisor and now to your current position as Project Coordinator/Fleet Services Supervisor. Along the way you have demonstrated outstanding leadership as you undertook ever-increasing responsibilities and successfully accomplished your duties.

New Employees

Craig Draydent
Craig Drayden
Title: Academic Advisor
Department: GED Transitional Program

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Charles Hairgrove
Title: Librarian III
Department: Library

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Shaniqua Neal
Title: Health Occupations Admissions Coordinator
Department: Health Professions

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Eddie Hueston (Facilities)

From: Phil Key (Ethnic Studies, Social Science and Physical Education)

I just wanted you to know what a great job Matt did on fixing the golf cart.
He also went out of his way to help the baseball coach in getting his four wheeler
running again.


Dear Nancy Gomez (Communications and Marketing),

Thank you for helping to make this year’s Health & Wellness Day a success. We appreciate your support in providing give-a-ways to the Hamilton Park United Methodist Church congregation and the surrounding community at this annual health fair. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your generosity. We will stay in contact with you regarding next year’s event.


Don Yancy, Chairperson
Health & Wellness Ministries

To Richland College,

I just wanted to take a moment to thank you all for the wonderful tree planting on Saturday. We planted over 200 trees in the West Dallas neighborhood. That is an awesome accomplishment. Whether you were there as a part of a group, or a citizen wanting to help, I thank you.

Thanks to the City of Dallas Housing (NIP) and the Texas Trees Foundation for bringing together the funds to get it done, and all your hard work leading up to and on the day of the event.

Thank you to Parks Maintenance District V, for getting the area prepped for the park tree planting, irrigation installed and your help on Saturday was invaluable.

A special thanks to the 12 Citizen Foresters who stepped up to lead the volunteers, I couldn’t have done it with out you. And to the Citizen Forester 2010 class, you are the best! I know this counted as your last class before graduation, but not only did you show up but you worked incredibly hard and made us all proud!

Please forward our thanks to all the groups and individuals who participated but that I don’t have contact information for: Southwest Airlines, Home Depot, Texas Trees Foundation Volunteers, UBS, Lancaster High School students, Richland College students and Park District V maintenance crews for all your hard work!


Karen Woodard
City Forester
City of Dallas

*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!


Isabel Ramirez’s (Continuing Education) sister, Ampraro Smith, passed away on Monday, Nov. 22.

Last Wednesday, Cassandra Singleton’s (Student Development) husband passed away. Services will be at 1p.m., Sat., Dec. 4 at the Golden Gate Funeral Home located at 5701 E Loop 820 South in Fort Worth. The wake will be from 7:15-8:15 p.m., Fri., Dec. 3.