Monthly Archives: February 2012

February 2012

In an effort to find new ways to build community, get to know more deeply our new co-workers, and reunite with long-time co-workers, Richland’s Council for Community Building (CCB) is introducing a new meet and greet social event. “Tea and Quackers” will be held following each time a Richland employee or department profile appears in a ThunderProfile like this one (see above.) These CCB events will occur four times per year, and give everyone a chance to meet and greet the person or department being profiled and be in community together.

So plan to join your Council for Community Building colleagues for the first CCB Tea and Quackers, featuring Charmayne Hightower from Facilities Services. To read Charmayne’s profile before the event, click on the photo, above.

Please treat yourself to a few minutes away from your desk for food, fun, and community building! See you at the first Tea and Quackers on Tuesday, February 14, at noon in SH118, Sabine Hall. Bring a brown bag lunch, coffee, tea and cake will be provided.

The RLC Garland Campus presents awards to training partners

Richland College Interim President Dr. Kay Eggleston and staff from Richland College attended the 80th Annual Garland Chamber of Commerce Banquet on Jan 26. Dr. Eggleston presented its first ever Richland College Garland Campus/Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) Partnership Award to Hatco, western hat manufacturer located in Garland. Ramon Otero and Dan Brown, from Hatco’s leadership team, accepted the award for the company’s collaboration with Richland College in training more than 250 employees in subjects such as safety, leadership, customer service, lean manufacturing and workplace communications.

The Community Partnership Award was given to Susan Bethel, Dallas County performance and training specialist, for working successfully with Richland College in training more than 200 Dallas County employees in diversity, business productivity and customer service.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Do you have a mound of greeting cards you’ve received from various holidays? Instead of throwing them away, send them a recycling center or consider donating them. Your local childcare facility or school will likely be able to use them for crafts and fun projects. For more information, click here.

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

Upcoming Events

India Lecture Series
12:30-1:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Feb. 1-March 7
Sabine Hall, room 118

Mardi Gras Celebration
11:30 a.m.–2 p.m., Tues., Feb. 21
Outdoor Breezeway

Professional Support Staff Development Day 2012
8:30 a.m., Thurs., March 1
Mountain View College map
Click here for more information and to register.

DCCCD Day of Service
Fri., March 2
Click here for more information and to register.

Spring Break, campus closed
March 12-16

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

February 2012

Zina Gardner
Academic Advising


An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Zina:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for February 2012. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Zina, your Academic Advising colleagues desire that we recognize you for your ongoing passion and commitment to student retention and success. In your role as Assistant Director of Academic Advising you consistently work to make Richland College the best place for students to be to attain their educational goals as you strive to improve current processes or develop new ways to further enhance our students’ experiences.

Music faculty accompany star students to TMEA conference

Richland College Music Co-Coordinator and Director of Instrumental Music, Derrick Logozzo, will travel with three Richland music major students to San Antonio to attend and participate at the Texas Music Educators (TMEA) Conference. Richland students Giovanny Arcibar (clarinet), Jordan Laurence (alto saxophone), and Tyler Creel (French horn) will perform with the Texas Community College Band Directors Association All-State Symphonic and Jazz Bands. Logozzo and fellow music faculty, Dr. Michael Crawford and Dr. Paul Bonneau will represent Richland at the TMEA College Night, a recruiting event including over 100 top U.S. collegiate music programs and 1,000 prospective students in attendance.

New Employees

Jennifer Baggett
Title: Faculty, Biology – Visiting Scholar
Department: MS/PH

Barbara Davis
Title: Information Desk Representative
Department: Registrar

Rymma Dudar
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: WLCC/AECI

Mrudula Ganga
Title: Faculty, Biology, Visiting Scholar
Department: MS & HP

Muhammad Habibullah
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: WLCC/AECI

More new employees here.

Thanks, T-ducks

From: Celeste Hernandez (School of Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions)

Heather Appleby (Physics faculty) and Celeste Hernandez (Team Leader, Assoc Dean in Math) participated in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K walk on Sat., Nov. 12, at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Their team, the Pink Dragons, raised over $1,000 to help “Make more birthdays”! Thank you to all who donated to such a wonderful cause!

To: Cheri Stanley (Facilities)
From: Jennifer Rose (Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts)

I would like to formally thank you and your electrical team for their excellent work installing our new kiln and updating the lighting in the Kiln Room. Your electrician team is always professional and easy to work with! The lighting has made the room much easier to navigate and yesterday I fired our new kiln for the first time. It was fabulous. Thank you for making these issues a priority before the Spring semester started. I know you all are extremely busy!

Cheers to a productive Spring!


Dear Jean Carter (School Alliance and Institutional Outreach),

Good morning! I wanted to thank you for suggesting Hollander taking time out of her busy schedule to spend with our students. They really benefitted from her positive message and passion for what she does. I look forward to staying in touch and inviting Richland College to future events at Richland Elementary.

Thanks again and happy holidays!

Laura Payne, Counselor
Richland Elementary

*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!


Becky Witherspoon (Admissions) lost her father, Mr. Morris Herring Jr., 92, of Goshen, IN. Click here to read obituary.

Physics adjunct instructors, Arnold “Arnie” Paddock passed away on Feb. 4. Services will be on Sun., Feb. 12 at 1 p.m. at Temple Shalom, located at 6930 Alpha Rd in Dallas.