Monthly Archives: March 2012

April/May 2012

DCCCD Names New Richland College President

Tbridge Eggleston KayDuring its regular monthly meeting, the Dallas County Community College District’s board of trustees approved the appointment of Dr. Kathryn Eggleston as the new president of Richland College. Eggleston has served as Richland’s interim president since January 2010, following the retirement of Dr. Stephen Mittelstet.

“When we began this national search process many months ago, I shared with the search committee that the next president of Richland College should have a proven track record in academic leadership, management of a successful and complex institution, governance structure skills, resource management, external leadership, multicultural commitment and personal effectiveness,” said Dr. Wright Lassiter Jr., DCCCD’s chancellor. “Before making my recommendation to the board, I also considered institutional ‘fit.’ I believe that Dr. Kay Eggleston meets all of those qualifications and is the best leader for Richland College at this time in its history.” Read More

Spring 2012 Thunderprofile


Present position at Richland?
Department Assistant III

Favorite Richland memory?
Being selected as Employee of the month

Interesting fact about you?
I played the piano on a TV talent show when I was 10 years old

Any hobbies?
Sewing, nintendo and Wii. I can play all night!

What is your favorite movie/book or all time?
Harry Potter books

Have any pets?
I have two cats, Klinger and Radar.

What did you have for dinner last night?

Favorite Smell?
Turkey cooking on Thanksgiving Day

Your favorite thing to do on a Saturday?
Watch football when it is on or play with my grandson Brady

Richland College Takes 1st in Texas in 2012 RecycleMania

For the third consecutive year, Richland College has been named the Grand Champion of Texas in the RecycleMania competition. Richland College ranked ninth nationally out of 266 colleges and universities in the Grand Champion division.

Institutions participating in RecycleMania tracked campus recycling and trash data for eight weeks. RecycleMania organizers then ranked participating institutions according to which institutions: recycled the most materials on a per capita basis; achieved the best recycling rate as a percentage of total waste; and generated the least amount of combined trash and recycling.

Other Texas institutions that competed in the Grand Champion division included Lone Star College – Kingswood, Mountain View College, North Lake College and The University of Texas Medical Branch. Read More

Festival Fun

The Office of Student Life held it’s annual Intercultural Festival on April 18. The is always held in conjunction with the Peace Pole ceremony. For photos from the event, please view the slide show below.

Upcoming Events

Richland College Graduation
7:30 p.m., Thurs., May 10
Special Events Center, 4999 Naaman Forest Blvd., Garland

Thunderduck Spring Golf ClassicTwin Creeks Golf Course, Allen
8 a.m., Fri., May 11
Fee is $49 and includes the green fee, cart, range balls, the fajita lunch and a coupon for a free return round of golf.

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

April 2012

Bill Matter
World Languages, Cultures, and Communications

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Bill:

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

Bill, you are recognized as an exemplary professor who engages students in your classes and motivates them to write creatively. Students consistently rate you as an excellent instructor, and one student wrote, “You, William, have a way of making this course fun and demanding at the same time. For that, I must say thank you.”

In coordinating Richland College’s League for Innovation Student Literary Competition and as sponsor of Richland College’s Parallax Student Literary Magazine, you provide opportunities for students to publish their poetry and short stories. Under your direction, guidance, and mentoring Parallax recently received seven awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association for photographs, illustrations, essays, feature stories, and overall excellence.

May 2012

Corine Burnett
Continuing Education

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Corine:

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

Corine, in the eleven years you have registered students in Continuing Education, you have been a consistent source of information and assistance. You especially work closely with our students with learning differences. These students often check in with your before their classes start and stop off to say good-bye at the end of the day—gestures that recognize the student service excellence for which you are known.

The Council for Teaching and Learning recently awarded three faculty members with the Student Engagement Award (formerly the Featured Teaching Practice). These awards recognize professors who demonstrate exemplary student engagement practices and strategies. This semester’s recipients were (from left to right) Bonnie Blackman (ACCESS), Sue Jones (World Languages, Cultures and Communications), and Jeanetta Brunham (Library)

Pham named Employee of the Quarter

20080821-Pham, Kristine LeRichland facilities clerk Kristine Pham was recognized as the Richland College Facilities Services Employee of the Quarter by her fellow employees. Kristine was recognized for her dedication to the Facilities Department and its employees as the “front-line face of Richland Facilities.”

Upward Bound Director Honored

Spigner, JamesJames Spigner, Upward Bound director, was honored for her dedication and commitment to the Texas Association of Student Special Services Programs (TASSP) at the 39th Annual Conference “Evolution Through Innovation” in Houston, Texas. TASSP members have great passion and a long-lasting history for serving low-income, first-generation and disabled students throughout the Texas. For over 30 years, TASSSP has been consistently celebrated in our region for providing advocacy for, and dedicated service to, learners of all ages. Spigner served as the North Zone Representative for TASSP 2010-2012.

New Employees

Lindsay Berreondo
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: WLCC

Corey Browder
Title: PC Support Specialist I
Department: IT

Chandra Ellis
Title: College Nurse II
Department: Health Center

Corey Loverson
Title: VA Specialist
Dept.: Financial Aid

Alma Martell
Title: Sr. Academic Advisor
Department: RCHS

Briaina Webster
Title: Sr. Rehabilitation Specialist
Department: Disability Services

Genevieve Williams
Title: Secretary II
Department: Disability Services

Michael George
Title: Circulation Assistant
Department: Library

Thanks, T-ducks

To: All Thunderducks
From: Hilda Della-Sera

Last Saturday, we hosted our annual Hands-on Financial Aid Workshop. We meet with students and families from GISD, RISD, and DISD. Approximately 160 people received information about financial aid and 50 students were able to submit on-line applications. I want to extend a sincere THANK YOU to everyone who gave up their Saturday to assist us with this event. Thank you very much to the Room Coordinators (CE computer lab, Credit computer lab, and class rooms), Media Distribution Center, Career Center, and the crew from Facilities Services for their assistance.

A list of staff members and volunteers includes: Deb Somero, Marisol Sena, Luz Villegas, Martha Flores, Cristina Moreno, Tess Lynn M Leal, Nekita Sanders, Bushra Saleem, Bridget Condra, Sylvia Holmes, Jessie Candela Leos, TJuana Simmons, Cedric Merritt, Leighann Ruiz, Mariela Rodriguez, Ximena Hobbs (GISD), Koni Kawai (GISD), Javier Solis (GISD), John Kawai (GISD), Luz Padilla (GISD) ,Carol Rosales (GISD), Martha Baeza (Rising Star student), Monica Charrez (Rising Star student), Josue Cruz (Rising Star student), Tannia Garcia (Rising Star student), Silvia Garcia (Rising Star student), Susan Gonzales (Rising Star student), Esbeida Jaimes (Rising Star student), Karla Martinez (Rising Star student), Maria Peinado (Rising Star student), Jorge Perdomo (Rising Star student), Sonia Saldaña (Rising Star student), and Tahir Ahlaam (Rising Star student).

To: Heather Appleby, Cindy Berry, Bonnie Blackman, Ambronita Douzart, John Drezek, Mercy Fernandes, Adam Gordon, Judy Guerra, Becky Jones, Walid Hassan, Carol Kent, Christopher Manes, Jennifer Millspaugh, Lea Ann Munkres, Renee Pervaiz, Li Anne Webster, Susan Wehe, and Mitzi Werther
From: Kay Coder

Thank you and the Council for Teaching and Learning team for ALL your hard work and energy this last week. What an awesome task of providing great treats, surprises, activities, and events all week long! The whole week was very SPECIAL- and made us feel very APPRECIATED, too! Hats off to ALL of you – and a BIG THANK YOU! Council for Teaching and Learning Team:

To: Jeremy Haldeman
From: Dr. Sherry L. Dean

The speech faculty want to give you and James Warde a “Thunder-sized Thank You!” for the dedicated support you provided to our classes this semester. You made it possible for us to film almost all our speech students in a two-week period. That meant a lot of running around campus and delivering cameras and other materials. We so appreciate your energy, effort and great service!

*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!


Mike Hau’s (Facilities) mother passed away in early March in Vietnam.

Terrick Tu (Facilities) lost his mother on May 1.