Monthly Archives: October 2011

October 2011

Dr. Sherry Dean presented a lecture entitled “Mexico’s Mictlan: El Dia de los Muertos” on Oct. 13. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated in early November and focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away. Click image for photos from the event.

Dr. Sherry Dean presented a lecture entitled “Mexico’s Mictlan: El Dia de los Muertos” on Oct. 13. Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday celebrated in early November and focuses on the gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have passed away. Click image for photos from the event.

Make a difference through SECC — campaign ends Oct. 31

The 2011 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) is more than halfway through! Congratulations to the following workgroups, who met their monetary goal with 80 percent employee participation by the EarlyDuck deadline of Oct. 14:
1) A.C.C.E.S.S. (met monetary goal with 80% employee participation)
2) College Communications & Marketing (met monetary goal with 100% employee participation)
3) Educational Transitions (met monetary goal with 100% employee participation)
4) Richland Collegiate High School (met monetary goal with 80% employee participation)

Workgroups who meet their monetary goals with 80 percent participation by the Oct. 31 deadline will be eligible for prizes! SECC provides a way for employees of state agencies to donate to many of their favorite charities. Every workgroup division received a booklet that includes a wide variety of charity listings to which employees can make donations. Employees can give to various District scholarship funds and Richland-specific scholarship funds as well. The booklet also can be accessed online.

Click here for more information on filling out for the SECC form. Please remember:
– You can pay with cash, check or payroll deduction.
– You can donate to the DCCCD Foundation (Note: the charity code is#283076 ).
– You can donate to a specific Foundation scholarship by writing the name of the scholarship in the top margin of your form.

SECC ends at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 31. For assistance, please call Sharon Wright at ext. 6224 or Nancy Gomez at ext. 6194.

Former T-duck playing European professional basketball

Tony Bishop, former Richland Thunderduck student athlete, recently signed a contract to play professional basketball with the Aalborg Vikings in Denmark. Mr. Bishop, a 2009 Tony BishopRichland graduate, was a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honoree. He was also named Metro-Athletic All-Conference/All-Region Player (including Most Valuable Player) in 2009; 2009 NJCAA Division III Player of the Year; and was a key contributor on Richland’s 2009 National Championship team. Mr. Bishop earned an Associate in Sciences degree from Richland in May 2009, and transferred to Division I Texas State University (TSU) on a full athletic scholarship. This past season, he was voted team captain by his teammates and coaches, and led the TSU Bobcats to the Southland Conference Tournament. He finished his collegiate career on the All-Conference Team Second Team.

Student visits to Science Corner skyrocket

Richland’s Science Corner has reported phenomenal growth in the assistance it provides to students. Student visits to the Science Corner increased from 2,440 in 2009-10 to 6,333 in 2010-11 — a 160 percent increase in tutoring support for students in biology, chemistry, geology, and physics during a one-year period. The Science Corner is a specially equipped tutoring area located on the second floor of Sabine Hall. Students who visit the Science Corner have access to study tools and resources, tutors from The Learning Center, and science faculty whose offices surround the periphery of the Science Corner. Each semester a schedule is posted listing the tutor/faculty hours for assistance in each science discipline. The Science Corner also enhances students’ learning by providing periodic tables, biology, geology, physics, anatomy and physiology, and microbiology related-posters, and related study materials. Learn more by visiting

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpgAs the temperatures drop, make more eco-friendly choices for your home and your body. Here are some green living tips for fall:

Weatherize Your Home for Winter
When it comes to energy efficiency, one of the easiest and least expensive green practices you can do is to weatherize your home by plugging and sealing leaks air leaks.

Manage your indoor air quality
Many of us never consider all the chemicals and toxins found in our furniture, carpets and rugs, walls, and cleaning products. All of these are toxins can harm our respiratory systems and affect our breathing. Make sure you change your air filters every three months.

Make Healthy and Sustainable Water Choices
Did you know that over 2 million plastic bottles are thrown away in the U.S. every hour? To avoid all of that waste, use a stainless steel, reusable water bottle instead.

For more detailed information on these tips, click here.

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

Richland celebrates Ducktoberfest

On Oct. 13, Richland faculty, staff and students enjoyed a beautiful fall day on campus while celebrating “Ducktoberfest,” an event put on by the Office of Student Life. Guests enjoyed free food, inflatable games and mechanical bull rides in the grassy area between Thunderduck Lake and El Paso Hall. View the slide show below with photos from the event.

Upcoming Events

Relaxation Breaks
12:30-1:30 p.m., every Thursday
El Paso Hall, Room E081
Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Opening reception of Regional High School Art Show Exhibition
4-7 p.m., Thurs., Oct. 27
Brazos Gallery

Halloween Costume Party
12-1:30 p.m., Mon., Oct. 31

Recital Series: Richland College Percussion Group and Steel Bands
12:30-1:30 p.m., Tues., Nov. 1
Fannin Performance Hall

DCCCD History Symposium
10 a.m., Sat., Nov. 5
Brazos Gallery
For more information or to register, contact Ambronita Douzart at or 972-238-6990.

“Places We Have Been” Veterans Art Show
Nov. 8-Dec. 1
El Paso Rooms 82 and 83
Reception: noon‑1 p.m., Nov. 8, El Paso Hall, Room 82

Veterans Day Program
12:30-1:30 p.m., Fri., Nov. 11
Student Lounge

13th Annual American Indian Pow Wow
1-10 p.m., Sat., Nov. 12
Guadalupe Hall, Room G101 (Gymnasium)

If you have any other events you’d like to have publicized in the ThunderBridge, esigns, marquees and/or Web Calendar click here.

RLC police officers sworn in

With the addition of several new campus police officers, ThunderTeam held a special Swearing-In Ceremony for the Richland Police force in late September. Officers Arnel Nodado, Thomas Acevedo and Christopher Downs took an oath of office to faithfully execute the duties of a peace officer and to preserve, defend and protect the laws of the United States and the state of Texas.

New Employees

Janice McCann
Title: Interpreter I
Department: Disability Services

Dawn Aldana
Title: Asst. Director, Admissions
Department: Admissions

Calandra Harris
Title: Testing Clerk II
Department: Testing Center

John Altom
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: LEAD

Christopher Chavers
International Student Specialist
Department: MCC

Jane Huang
Librarian III
Department: Library


Dear Ms. (Luz) Villegas,

On behalf of the Garland Independent School District, thank you for presenting at the 2011 Garland ISD College Night. Your presentation on the financial aid for college was an integral part of the programs presented at College Night. The facilitator for your session spoke very highly about your presentation. She admired the energy and knowledge level in which you presented the information.

The Special Events Center staff reported that 2,744 parents and students attended the event. It is special people like you that make our programs shine. The Garland School District is fortunate to have the support from the Dallas County Community College District on a regular basis. Please let us know if you recognized ways we can improve our efforts to keep the parents and students informed about the various college and career opportunities.

Again, thank you, We look forward to collaborating with you and the Dallas County Community College District in future projects.

Respectfully yours,
Ruby Armstrong

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Debbi Richards’ father, Bob Drinkwater, passed away on Oct. 9. Funeral services were held on Oct. 14 in Richardson.

Kenneth Hart’s sister passed away on Sept. 22.