Monthly Archives: January 2011

January 2011

Richland faculty start the year off at the Faculty Professional Development Program.  Pictured are:  Dan Dao and Liem Le.

Richland faculty start the year off at the Faculty Professional Development Program. Pictured are: Dan Dao and Liem Le.

Meet Richland’s New Baseball Coach Guy Simmons

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For the first time in more than a decade, the Richland College baseball team will begin a season with a new baseball coach at the helm after long-time coach Joe Wharton retired with four national championships and more than 500 wins. Coach Simmons said he is excited about having the opportunity to join an athletic program that expects excellence.

“I want to come in and continue the tradition and build upon it,” said Simmons. My goal is to bring in outstanding student athletes who want to be a part of the best (NJCAA) DIII baseball program in the country.”

Before joining Richland College, Simmons coached at Frank Phillips College in Borger, Texas, where in 2003 he led a baseball program that didn’t have a winning record in years, to the best record in the schools history at 31-20. During his tenure at Frank Phillips, Simmons had two 30-plus win seasons but despite his previous success, Simmons understands that there is a different mindset at Richland College.

“Here, everyone wants you to succeed and because of the tradition, the student athlete will expect to succeed also,” Simmons explains. “There is a pride that comes with being a ThunderDuck. You see it and feel it every day. I am extremely proud to now be able to say I am a part of that.”

As for what his players and Richland College can expect to get from Simmons as the new coach, he says they can expect him to work hard, put the best possible team on the field and develop his players to be the best students possible.

“My goal for each of them is to earn an associate’s degree as well as continue their baseball careers,” Simmons concluded. “When a player leaves Richland College, I want him to be prepared for the university, be a well-rounded athlete ready to compete at the highest level and be a person who understands that giving back is important.”

The T-Ducks open the regular season with a double header at home, Sat. Feb. 5 at 2 p.m against Eastern Oklahoma.

RLC in the News

Richland gallery director Ryder Richards is interviewed in D Magazine about how colleges are changing the Dallas art scene. Click here to read more.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


If going green is one of your New Year’s resolutions, there are easy ways to get started. Here are some simple tips that can help you save money as well as save the environment:

-Purchase a reusable aluminum water bottle
-Lower the temperature in your refrigerator
-Check your toilet for leaks
-Use reusable shopping bags

For more tips, read this article.

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

Upcoming Events

Wellness Fair
11 a.m. – 2 p.m., January 26
El Paso Hallway
Showcase of area organizations and agencies devoted to healthy bodies, minds and spirits. Fair is open to students, staff and faculty.

Lawn Care 101 Turf Seminar
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., January 29
Performance Hall
Learn how to properly care for your lawn, save money and prevent water pollution from Dr. James McAfee, Turfgrass Specialist with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service. Space is limited. To reserve space or for more information, call 214-670-3155.

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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Ms. Latrenda Thomas
Test Center

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

Your colleagues in the Disability Services Office submitted a nomination to recognize you for your efforts on behalf of the students they serve. They cite your willingness to go out of your way as director of the Test Center to meet the needs of their students.

Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management Instructor Wins National Honor

The International Association of Expositions and Events (IAEE) named Christine Fletcher “Educator of the Year” at the IAEE annual conference on December 11. Fletcher is the executive producer of Encore Events and also teaches the Introduction to Expo and Trade Show Management class at Richland College. Exposition and Trade Show Management is one of the many career options included in the Travel, Exposition and Meeting Management program.

“I truly enjoy sharing the endless possibilities of the expo industry with the next generation of trade show leaders,” Fletcher said.

The IAEE, was organized in 1928 as the National Association of Exposition Managers to represent the interests of trade show and exposition managers. The IAEE is the leading association for the global exhibition industry. It includes approximately 1,300 organizations and over 8,000 individual members. Over 50 percent of IAEE members are directly involved in the planning, management, and production of exhibitions and buyer-seller events. The remainder of its membership consists of those who provide products and services to the industry.

New Employees

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Shawntae Minyard
Title: Administrative Assistant to Instructional Dean
Department: School of Engineering, Business, and Technology

Thanks, T-ducks

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

From: Sherry Dean (School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts)

You did a marvelous job in organizing and executing a very meaningful awards ceremony for Richland ESOL students last week. You made everyone feel that they were an important part of the college community. Students were happy and honored to be there – that was very evident.

I also learned that you gave the “Outstanding Student” scholarship award out of your own pocket. That is so like you. You are so giving and caring in all that you do to grow and mentor our ESOL students.

Congratulations again for an outstanding ceremony. It was a special day in the life of Richland College.


To: Jerry Owens (Facilities)
From: LiAnne Webster (Pharmacy Technology Program Administrator)

I wanted to send a note to thank you for the wonderful job that your folks did on the flooring in our classroom! It is such a dramatic improvement, and I saw earlier today that many of the floorboards are being placed as well. So, here is much deserved positive feedback–please extend my appreciation to your men for their efforts and contributions.

Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.

To: Jerry Owens (Facilities)
From: Janet James (Administration)

Please let me join in LiAnne’s praise and appreciation of your work. During the Adaptive Remodel Project final punch list walk through yesterday, I got to see the floor. It is remarkable what you and your team were able to accomplish in restoring it. The entire lab looks brand new now. Thanks, as always, for all that you and your team do, day in and day out, to enhance the instructional experience throughout the campus.

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