Monthly Archives: September 2012

August 2012

“Learning Power Unleashed” theme of 2012 Convocation

Richland held its annual convocation on August 21. This year’s theme “Learning Power Unleashed at Richland College” marked the start of the 2012-2013 academic year. Like in past years, several faculty, staff and administrators were honored for their contribution to teaching, learning and community building here. Here are this year’s recipients:

Jean Sharon Griffith Award

Urrutia Diana
Diana Urrutia, Multicultural Center/American English and Culture Institute/The School of World Languages, Cultures, and Communications

PSS Full-Time Employee of the Year Award

Gardner Zina
Zina Gardner, Academic Advising

PSS Part-Time Employee of the Year Award

Howard Ora
Ora Howard, The Learning Center

Innovation of the Year Award

Expansion of Campus Sustainability/Reduction of Energy Use and Cost
Team Leader: Jerry Owens
Team Members: Ron Foster, Kenneth Hart, Lucio Hernandez, Anthony Leand, Anson Ngo, and Fermin Portillo

Facilities Services Employees of the Quarter

William Martin (1st quarter)

Dennis Griffin (2nd quarter)

Kristine Pham (3rd quarter)

Silvano Saucedo (4th quarter)

Administrator of the Year Award

Martha Hogan, Executive Dean, The School of Engineering, Business, and Technology

Excellence in Teaching Award

Full Time: Dr. Sam Tinsley, Mathematics

Associate Faculty: Dr. Michael Iachetta, Government

Adjunct Faculty: Patrick Simpson, History

Continuing Education Adjunct Faculty: John Brown, Health Professions

Richland to host Info Sessions on Deferred Action for DREAMers

Richland College will host four free information sessions about the Obama administration’s DREAM Act that became effective on June 15, 2012. This act grants undocumented students “deferred action” from deportation. Local attorney Luis Rojo will conduct each session at 6:30 p.m. in Sabine Hall, room 188 on the following dates:

• Tues., Sept. 11 (Spanish)
• Thurs., Sept. 13 (English)
• Tues., Sept. 18 (Spanish)
• Tues., Sept. 25 (English)

Rojo will explain the criteria required to qualify for deferred action, how to request consideration for deferred action, related costs, and how to avoid possible scams.
These sessions are available in English and Spanish, but are not limited to Hispanic students.

This program is facilitated by Catholic Charities of Dallas, Inc. and is sponsored by the Richland College Rising Star Program and the Richland College Achieving Latino Academic Success (ALAS) student organization.

For more information, call 972-761-6874 or 972-761-6729, or visit

Emeritus celebrated their volunteers with an appreciation lunch on Aug. 15 in Crockett Hall. The Emeritus program relies on its volunteers for programs such as Conversation Partners, the Reading Assistance Program (RAP), Reading Enhances Academic Development (READ), and the Tutor/Mentor Program.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Often we only think to use vinegar for cooking purposes. But this clear, inexpensive liquid has tons of household uses as well. Try some of these cleaning alternatives to avoid the use of harsh chemicals. Here are just a few:

-To remove calcium buildup on kettles and electric jugs, boil the kettle with half a cup of white vinegar and let soak. After rinsing with fresh water and reboiling, the kettle should be calcium deposit free.
-Place a small container of vinegar in your bathroom to eliminate odors.
-Spray a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water onto soap scum on shower screens. Let sit, then wipe or rinse off.
-Use a 50/50 vinegar and water mix to clean your iron. Add the mixture to your iron and allow it steam itself clean.
-Pour boiling white vinegar down a clogged drain to remove an obstruction.

Sources: Versatile vinegar tips on

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

Upcoming Events

Info Sessions on Deferred Action for DREAMers
6:30 p.m. Room 188 on the following dates:
•Tues., Sept. 11 (Spanish)
•Thurs., Sept. 13 (English)
•Tues., Sept. 18 (Spanish)
•Tues., Sept. 25 (English)

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

Swedlund explores Native American culture

Trudi Swedlund (World Languages, Cultures and Communications) was one of 50 individuals from 20 states who attended a workshop June 17-22 in Columbus, Nebraska focusing on the culture and history of three Plains Native American tribes. Central Community College-Columbus served as host for the workshop, which was part of the National Endowment for the Humanities summer program for community college faculty. Participants explored the culture of the Pawnee, Ponca, and Omaha tribes and discovered how their way of life was altered by Western expansion.

New Employees

Melinda Andrews
Title: Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: LEAD

Glenn Child
Title: Coordinator of Facilities Services
Department: Facilities

Judith Cline
Title: Department Assistant III
Department: ACCESS

Christopher Curra
Title: Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: EBT

Kimberley Deng
Title: Multimedia Graphics Designer
Department: Media

Praveena Dhayanithy
Title: Faculty, Visiting Scholar, Mathematics
Department: MS & HP

MacKenzie Dowdy
Title: Attendance Coordinator
Department: RCHS

Click here for more new employees.

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Charles Wells, Information Technology
From: Lennijo Henderson, Library
Charles, many thanks to you and Don (Partin) for the Herculean early morning effort to get 39 library computers moved in preparation for our renovation. We really appreciate your skill, hard work, and willing attitude; and library users are so grateful to have some computers still up and running.

To: Greg Thomas, Educational Information Technology and Jimmy Lopez, Information Technology
From: Sue Jones, WLCC

Yesterday Richland College and Region 10 completed a four-day training in conflict resolution education. We had 3 guest facilitators and 23 participants in SH-118. The A/V can be a little confusing in there especially since the facilitators used an iMac with the system.

Jimmy Lopez came by the room on both of his days off (Saturday and Sunday) to check on the A/V and make sure we weren’t stranded! It was very reassuring knowing that he would be checking with us in the event that something wasn’t working correctly.

Jimmy’s work ethic exemplifies the ThunderValue of “cooperation.” He went the extra mile to ensure the success of our training event. It’s great to have him as a colleague!

Please congratulate Jimmy on a job well done!

To: Gary Hearn, Facilities
From: Phil Key, School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development

I just wanted to say thank you to your crew for such an excellent job repainting the tennis backboard. That wall has been in use since 1972 and has served a countless number of students and the community sector that use it to improve there skills in tennis. Thanks for keeping the wall looking new again. It takes a beating but it keeps bouncing back.

*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!


Maurice Poublan (WLCC) died last month while visiting his family in the south of France. Funeral services were held in Pau, France. A Dallas memorial service is pending.