Monthly Archives: September 2011

August/September 2011

The crowd applauds as Becki Williams, Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, walks to the stage to receive her Excellence in Teaching Award at Convocation 2011. For more photos, view the slideshow below.

The crowd applauds as Becki Williams, Mathematics, Science and Health Professions, walks to the stage to receive her Excellence in Teaching Award at Convocation 2011. For more photos, view the slideshow below.

Richland partners with HCAT to reduce construction site fatalities

Richland College is partnering with the Hispanic Contractors Association de Tejas (HCAT) to host the Construction Safety and Health Summit, a regional event created to train, educate and promote heightened awareness of jobsite safety. The event will take place Sept. 15–17 at the Mesquite Convention Center Hampton Inn & Suites located in Mesquite, Texas. Click here to read more.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


As the Texas drought continues, water conservation is important. Here are a few simple, yet effective, earth-friendly tips to help conserve water inside and outside your home.

– Only run the dishwasher or washing machine with a full load.

– Turn the water off when you brush your teeth. This simple step can
save up to 8 gallons of water per day.

– Don’t mow your lawn too short. Soil shaded by taller blades of grass
holds moisture longer.

– Adjust sprinklers so only your lawn is watered and not the house,
sidewalk, or street.

– Use a bucket to catch the condensation from your AC unit and use
it in your garden.

For more tips, click here.

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

Convocation 2011

Richland College Receives STARS Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Richland College has achieved a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of their sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. Click here to read more.

Konley Kelley takes flight during summer vacation
Konley Kelley in B-29 bombardier seat

Konley Kelley in B-29 bombardier seat

For nine days In August, Konley Kelley, assistant dean of Corporate Services at RLC’s Garland Campus, served as a crew member for “FIFI,” the world’s last flying B-29 Superfortress. This World War Two “warbird” is maintained and flown by members of the Commemorative Air Force Squadron based in Addison, Texas.

During his time with “FIFI,” Kelley had the opportunity to meet several veterans and their families.

“We cannot thank these men and women enough for their sacrifice. I met a veteran who took a ride on (FIFI) in the bombardier’s seat, a position he manned over 66 years ago on 18 combat missions,” said Kelley.

Kelley continued his training to serve as an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) operator and Left Scanner on the aircraft. One of the highlights was the trip home from Memphis.

“Between the cockpit and AFT compartment is a long crawl tube,” said Kelley. “Mid-flight I crawled through the narrow tube to the cockpit and enjoyed some time in the bombardier’s seat in the nose of the aircraft. What a view!”

The B-29, and other rare, flying “warbirds” are based at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas. While the aircraft are not on tour, you can visit the museum and see these aircraft up close. Squadron members will greet you at the hangar that houses the bombers and you can take a guided tour of the interior of the aircraft.

New Employees

t20110822-Askins, Barbara
Barbara Akins
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Department: World Languages, Cultures and Communications

t20110811-Arredondo, Ricardo
Ricardo Arredondo
Title: Journeyman Electrician
Department: Facilities

t20110801-Edwards, Erica
Erica Edwards
Title: Faculty – Journalism
Department: Learning Enrichment and Academic Development

Click here for more new employees.

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Eddie HuestonFacilities
From: Jack Fletcher (Learning Enrichment & Academic Development)

I just wanted to tell Kenneth Hart and his crew thank you very much for mopping and waxing the TV and Radio studios. They did an excellent job and the place looks great.

I appreciate being able to work with such professionals. Thanks again


Dear Jean Carter, (Educational Transitions)

On behalf of all of us at Education is Freedom, I would like to thank you for your support of the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program this year. Your generous support of our organization has helped to provide young people, who would not otherwise, have the opportunity to visualize their futures, and gain a full appreciation of the world of work.

For the past four years, we have prepared in excess of 300 high school students for the opportunity to intern. Education is Freedom is committed to continuing its important work to achieve successful placements, through the help of supporters like you.

Thank you again for your commitment to students in the Dallas Independent School District and the Mayor’s Intern Fellows Program.


Marcia Page
Education Is Freedom

Adam Powell
Director, Strategic Planning
Education Is Freedom

Dear Dean Z. Jackson (Executive Dean Liberal Arts North Lake College)

Hi this is one of your students, Michael Thompson I do not know if you recall me from the Spring 2011 semester when I emailed you on the great job you did placing instructor Ivan Dole on your staff. Well here I am again, having to commend you on instructor Winona Whited. One of two teachers whom I’m a current online student at the present moment for Summer 1. I’m instructor Whited’s online student in POFT-1329-8420 and she has been such as a great blessing to me and the students around myself. A true attribute that made me feel not as a student of her’s but as a grandson being taught by his guiding grandmother. When I felt that all was lost, as much as I have pushed myself to strive and succeed in college a few stumbling blocks came my way, and instructor Whited was like mending hands helping to rebuild, refocus and direct me onto a continuous successful path. It is an instructor like herself and Dole who make seeking a higher education worth while. I appreciate them so much, and especially instructor Whited, who I cannot thank enough. The words I know I am trying to say is “She is the best.”


Your student,
Michael. J Thompson, Sr.

*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!


Larry Lehman (Adjunct Faculty) passed away on July 29. Services were held August 11 at 2 p.m. at the Perkins Chapel on the campus of SMU.

Jude Ayozie’s (Adjunct Faculty) son passed away. Services for baby John were held August 1.

Randy Barnes’ (Facilities) brother passed away on August 17.