Monthly Archives: October 2012

October 2012

The Richland College Humanities, Performing and Fine Arts division held a variety of events last week during the “The Week of the Macabre.” On Wednesday, dance and theater students combined to perform a zombie flash mob on the bridge. Visit Richland’s YouTube channel to view a video of the dance. View slide show below.



SECC deadline Oct. 31

The 2012 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Kick-off began earlier this month and continues through Oct. 31. SECC is the only statutorily authorized campaign for state employees throughout Texas. SECC forms have been distributed to workgroup division heads with booklets that include a listing of charities of which you can make a donation to, or you can give to a variety of District and Richland-specific scholarship funds. Richland’s current goal is $85,000 with 100% employee participation.

For $2/month for one year you can provide:
• three days of parenting classes that teach effective discipline and stress/conflict management
• provide one day of food and shelter for a homeless person

For $5/month for one year you can provide:
• equipment and supplies for five people to spend a morning cleaning a beach or riverbank
• 12 students with an interactive CD on college-age depression and suicide

For $10/month for one year you can provide:
• a family in crisis with their monthly utility or grocery bills
• one mammogram for an uninsured woman
• physical therapy for Multiple Sclerosis or Muscular Dystrophy patients.

• You can pay with cash, check or payroll deduction
• You can donate to the DCCCD Foundation (Note: the new charity code is #283552 on page 28 of your SECC booklet).
• You can donate to a specific Foundation scholarship by writing the name of the scholarship in the margin of your form.

For assistance, please call Sharon Wright, Richland SECC Coordinator, ext. 6224 or Nancy Gomez, Assistant SECC Coordinator, ext. 6194.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

greentduck-rgb.jpg Did you know that it takes 85 times more energy to recycle a plastic bag than it does to create one? Instead of throwing them out, try reusing them to save energy. Here are a few ideas:

-Keep bags in the glove compartment to use as trash bags on road trips.
-Donate them to food pantries, libraries, day-care centers.
-When packing a suitcase, use them to keep shoes from soiling clothes and dirty things from clean ones.
-Protect work surfaces at arts and crafts projects. Slit bags up the sides, spread them out flat, tape them together, and lay them across any table or surface.


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

Upcoming Events

Night of the Living Dead
7:30 p.m., Oct, 19 and 20
Fannin Performance Hall

Pledge to Completion Rally
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Oct. 24
West Breezeway
Click here for details.

Thunderduck Fall Classic
noon, Oct. 25
Los Rios Golf Course, Plano.
Cost: $42, includes green fee, cart, range balls, barbecue lunch and taxes

Mitch Dobrowner Photography Lecture and Presentation
7 p.m., Oct. 25
Fannin Performance Hall
Click here for details.

Halloween Costume Party and Contest
noon–1:30 p.m., Oct. 31

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

September 2012

Montrease Outlaw
School of Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

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

Montrease, you have ably served as division secretary for the School of Ethnic Studies, Social Science, and Physical Education and now as administrative assistant to the instructional dean for the School of Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions. A colleague noted in your nomination, “She strives for excellence in all that she does at Richland—answering student questions, assisting faculty with eCampus and classroom matters, and staying late to complete a project;” and another added, “In my 45 years of experience in this District Montrease is one of the very best at managing the endless questions and problems of faculty and students.”

Fund created in Richland College employee’s name

Vickie AllenOn March 1-3, 2012 the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE) held its 39th Annual State Conference in Dallas. Dr. Steve Mittelstet, retired Richland College President, attended the state board meeting with a proposal. Mittelstet and his family have been longtime supporters of TABPHE. He wanted to create a fund in honor of TABPHE life member and Richland employee, Vickie Lynn Allen. Allen is a former Richland college student and has worked at Richland for 33 years in various capacities. She has played a huge role in encouraging both Mittelstet and other Richland employees to participate in TABPHE. After several meetings with DCCCD’s Foundation, TABPHE received the seal of approval and the Vickie Lynn Allen TABPHE Lifetime Membership Fund became official.

This fund covers TABPHE lifetime membership dues for two DCCCD employees. The first membership will be awarded to a Richland College employee and the second membership will be available to other qualified DCCCD employees. The award will be dispersed before TABPHE’s 2013 Annual Conference to be held in Austin, Texas in February 2013. The funds raised will ultimately provide annual TABPHE scholarships to deserving community college, undergraduate and graduate students across Texas.

Those interested may make donations through this year’s SECC campaign. For more information on how to make your SECC donation, click here.

For additional questions, contact the TABPHE Dallas Chapter President Lakisha Wooden at 214-860-2728 or

New Employees

Monique Benatar
Title: Sr. Administrative Assistant
Department: HR & PD

Heather Frost
Title: Instructional Support Associate
Department: WLCC

Donny Le
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: LEAD

Michael Mazurek
Title: Instructional Specialist III/Gallery Coord. – Temporary
Department: Humanities

Mark Murray
Title: Web Developer/Programer II
Department: College Communications and Marketing

Illona Smith
Title: Intrepreter I
Department: Disability Services

Angelica Sosa
Title: Department Assistant II
Department: MCC

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Zhujun Li, Physics
From: Diana Urrutia, WLCC

My sincerest thanks for your assistance today. Your willingness to serve as an interpreter for one of our AECI students allowed us to have a successful and meaningful meeting.

To: Jeremy Haldeman, Media Technology
From: Lamrot Bekele, Accounting Faculty

I just wanted to let you know how grateful I and my students are for a wonderful job you have done on the Lecture videos. My students can’t stop talking about them. I would like to share few of them in their own words.

Thank you for providing these videos. They are an amazing resource and asset to this class! -Tanya McMahon

Hello Lamrot, I’m checking in to let you know I’ve completed all Chapter 2 assignments. So far I’m understanding everything. The lecture videos are great. -Venessa King

Thank you for providing the video lectures. They were very informative, clearly stated, and highly organized.-Ganesh

Your lecture videos have been tremendously helpful; you are very gifted at explaining the material!-Erin

To: John Harwood, Academic Advising and Anitra Cotton, College Communications and Marketing
From: Gina Sawyer, Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts

Thank you for performing as an advocate for what we do here in the arts in the Humanities division. We appreciate you. I also want to thank Anitra Cotton for creating the advertisements for the dance program to be published in the Dance Council magazine. Again, I appreciate your efforts and recognize that it takes many of us here at Richland to meet the needs of our students.


Dear Mr. (Tyrone) Hollins,

It is with profound gratitude and pride to inform you that I have been accepted to the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a graduate degree in international affairs and economics. On behalf of many students that you have touched over the years, I want to say thank you for your dedication. I’ll always be grateful for your kind words of advice and my time spent with you at Richland College.

Alhaji Saccoh

*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!


Jay Wooldridge’s (Office of Student Life) mother passed away in early September. Funeral services were held on Tues., Sept. 4 at Sacred Heart Cemetery in Rowlett.

Dr. Jana Flowers’ (School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development) mother, Mrs. Patricia Nolcox, died recently in California following an extended illness. Funeral services werebe held in Los Angeles, CA.

Testing Assistant, Mauro Rodriguez’s (Testing Center) mother, Elisa Rodriguez, passed away Sept. 4 after a prolonged illness. The mass for Mrs. Rodriguez was held on Sept. 7 at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, near Love Field.