Monthly Archives: March 2011

April 2011


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Richland College Receives EPA WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year Award

Richland College received the 2010 WasteWise College/University Partner of the Year Award from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). During 2009, Richland participated in RecycleMania for the first time, using thoughtful collection strategies to recycle more than 66 tons of materials and divert another 65 tons of waste from landfills during 10 weeks of competition. For it’s outstanding level of commitment to sustainability, Richland also received the 2009 Business and Industry Environmental Award from the Richardson Chamber of Commerce.

“By reusing resources Richland College is making sure our garbage isn’t going to waste,” said EPA Regional Administrator Al Armendariz. “Their efforts remind Americans of the importance of recycling and help transform our throw-away culture into a recycling culture.” Click here to read more.

Garland Mayor Meets With Alternative Education Students
Garland Mayor Ronald Jones and Richland Community Outreach Coordinator, Jean Carter

Garland Mayor, Ronald Jones and Richland Community Outreach Coordinator, Jean Carter

The City of Garland mayor’s office, Garland Independent School District and Richland College Outreach staff, recently met with students from the Garland Alternative Education Center to discuss ways to stay in school; graduate from high school; excel in reading, math and writing; and assist students in determining the best career choices over the next five years.

The Garland Alternative Education Center provides a quality education for all students in a way that:

– creates a safe and positive learning environment
– provides for the unique needs and capabilities of the individual student
– fosters student responsibility for their learning and behavior
– develops positive attitudes toward school
– community and family, fosters high self esteem in students and staff
– engages parents in a positive manner in their child’s education
– stimulates teachers to become partners in the students education process

In doing so students will be successful upon their return to the home and within the community. On average, students attending Garland Alternative School return to their home school within 3-6 weeks.

On March 9 in Austin, state representative Stefani Carter, HD 102, recognized Dr. Kay Eggleston for her years of service to the Dallas County Community College District. Carter later gave brief remarks at the tree-planting beautification event held at the Urban Tree Farm on Richland’s campus and was impressed by the beauty of the campus.

Humanities Happenings

Richland adjunct sculpture and ceramics instructor Eric Eley’s, latest art installation is on display at Suyama Space in Seattle, Washington. Click here to read the The Seattle Times review.

Former Richland College student Jeff Parrott, a graduate student at the School of Art Institute in Chicago, has been selected as a finalist in the Hunting Art Prize Exhibit to be held in Houston, Texas on April 30. Click here to read more.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Spring is here and it’s time for spring cleaning. Here are a few earth-friendly tips to get rid of your clutter.

– Recycle old glass, metal, and plastic containters
– Donate unwanted CDs, video tapes and DVDs to your local library
– Recycle used batteries instead of throwing them away

For more tips, read this article.

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

Upcoming Events

Ceramics Lecture
5:30–6:30 p.m., April 5
Fannin Hall, Ceramics Studio
Ceramicist Amy Halko will discuss her work.

Chinese Film Festival Series
12:30-2:30 p.m., April 7
Sabine Hall, Room 117
In the film “Crazy Racer,” a professional cyclist goes from riches to rags, setting off a domino effect of bad luck that lands him a job delivering seafood and running from various underworld bad guys. Free popcorn provided and TOLI credit available.

HIV Community Forum
6:30-8:30 p.m., April 7
Sabine Hall, Room 118
Find out what is going on in your community. Forum sponsored by Aids Arms, Dallas County Health and Human Services and Resource Center Dallas. Refreshments will be served and TOLI credit available.

Carnival of Steel
April 16
10 a.m.‑5:30 p.m., Steel Bands and Percussion Group Performances, free
5:45 p.m., Performance Demo Clinic , $5
8 p.m., Guest Artist Evening Concert, $15
For more information, visit

Richland Commons Dedication Ceremony
3:30–4:30pm., April 20
Alamito/Crockett Breezeway
Dedication ceremony honoring the 30-year leadership of Dr. Steve Mittelstet.

Annual Juried Student Photo Exhibition Opening Reception
12–1 p.m., April 21
Brazos Gallery
Exhibition runs April 21-June 5. Click here for more information.

Thunderduck Spring Golf Classic
8 a.m., May 13
Twin Creeks Golf Course, Allen, Tx.
$49 per person
Entry fee includes green fee, cart, range balls, fajita buffet lunch and a coupon for a free return round of golf. For more information, contact Don Partin at (972) 238-6381 or

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

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April 2011

Derrick Logozzo
Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

Derrick, the many curricular innovations and program efficiencies you initiated have touched every component of the Richland College Music Department. Your leadership in completely retooling the Richland orchestral, jazz, and world music programs has resulted in their being on par with a major university music program.

Your mastery of program outreach and promotion has resulted in Music Program growth of 600 students last spring and Percussion majors growth by 80%. Through your constant communication with all 220 Dallas-Fort Worth high schools via a multifaceted marketing and publicity campaign you have singlehandedly convinced a large contingency of high school music directors, students, and parents that a community college music program can and should be one’s first choice in the first two years of a four- year music degree–no small task!

New Employees

Kelley Catherine

Cathy Kelley
Title: Administrative Assistant
Department: Workforce Training

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Wendy Welch (Humanities)
From: Dean Keith (BOSS)

My wife and I are adjunct faculty in the BOSS department with Becky Jones. Yesterday afternoon after class, as sort of a spontaneous action, we decided to attend the musical. It was our first at Richland. Please pass on to your actors that we thoroughly enjoyed the show. Our favorite character was Riley as Snoopy. They did a great job of physically mirroring my images of the characters and bringing them to life.

Having been in a few productions in community theater, I know what it takes to put on a show like this. Despite the technical (I assume) glitch with Jimmy’s mic, (we did have our phones turned off), he did not react but stayed in character and went on. Good job! I also enjoy having live musicians and the group you had carried it off very well. I have some friends who are supposed to attend Saturday tonight. I told them it will be a great show and that they will be glad they go.

Looking forward to more productions!

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Earlen Bond (Center for Renewal & Wholeness in Higher Education)

To: Lennijo Henderson (Library)
Just wanted to let you know that Kenneth Hart and his helpers have moved everything out we had in the L256 office you so generously provided to us for storage. I wanted you to know how much we appreciate your kindness and patience with us in finding another location. Thank you again for the storage office space you shared with us.

To: Kenneth Hart (Facilities) and his helpers.
Thank you for the hard work from you and all of your helpers. I know this was a big job but you made quick work of it, above and beyond our expectations and with kind and pleasant attitudes. A thank you also to Charmayne Hightower for her help and coordination in achieving this move.

To: Carole Lester and Becky Driscoll (Academic Enrichment Programs)
Thank you for sharing your space beneath the stairwell for all of our supplies and more. I know it is a lot and I plan on being there next week to get it organized. Also, thank you for providing and sharing some of the shelves. We appreciate your kindness.

To: Sherry Dean (Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts)
From: Eddie Hueston (Facilities)

I had the opportunity to hear the guitar ensemble today in the new expanded dining area of El Paso Hall. Because of the extra large number of people in adjacent areas for the Career Fair, I estimate the number at 700-800 in the audience who were treated to an excellent concert.

The variety of music and enthusiastic performance by the students and faculty was acknowledged by a significant number of those present. Thanks for sharing the musical talents of your students and staff.

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Jean Carter (Educational Transitions)

On behalf of Girls Inc. students and staff, I would like to say THANK YOU to all who helped in making the Girls Inc. visit on last week – during spring break – a huge success!!

Our future leaders were very, very excited about visiting a college campus. During their visit, they received information on how to become role models in their communities, how to make their high school experience a rewarding one, transitioning from high school to college, how to make college choices that fit their current needs, how to succeed while in the classroom, and how to make career choices.

Special thanks to:
Lorrie Anderson
Nick McMinn
LiAnne Webster
Stan Katz
Dr. Kristyn Edney
Dr. Sherry Dean
Margaret Hinshelwood
Megan Farmer
Debbi Richards
Peter (Subway Mgr.)

Here’s a quote from Diana Parada, Girls Inc. Program Facilitator: “Thank you a million times! We Love Richland College ”


Ladies and Gentlemen (Wendy Welch),

I wanted to tell you how much fun my friend, her two children (ages 15 and 5) and I had at the show on Saturday night!

My friend and her 15-year-old have given me grief for years about my love for musicals….UNTIL Saturday night. As we got into the car both of them told me that they loved it and wanted to go and see another musical!….After the show, as we were getting into the car, he exclaimed, “That was the coolest thing ever! Can we do it again next year?”…..



*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!


Lisa Eades (Facilities) brother, Phillip Dale Eades, passed away Friday, March 25.