Monthly Archives: February 2013

January/February 2013

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, held a special community reception hosted by Richland College in Dallas on Feb. 4. From left to right: Zarina Blankenbaker, Vice President for Teaching & Learning, Richland College; Michael Fung, Chairman of the Board, APIASF; Kay Eggleston, President, Richland College; and Neil Horikoshi, President & Executive Director, APIASF. For more information about this event, click here. See slideshow below.

STEM camp receives $15,000 grant

20130117-0830-large-300x199Richland College received a $15,000 grant from the National Tooling and Machining Foundation to provide the college’s annual science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) summer camp for young students.

During the three-week camp, held in June and July, middle and high school students explore fields of study including aerospace, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering; CAD/CAM manufacturing; engineering and manufacturing technology; and Web design and multimedia.

Campers also are introduced to the instructional opportunities and student services at Richland College. STEM camp culminates with a rocket launch competition beside Lake Thunderduck on campus.

Brian Fleming, Richland STEM camp director and engineering technology professor, worked closely for a year with Karla Chandler at the North Texas Chapter of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) on the grant proposal.

“We worked hard for it,” Mr. Fleming said. “We lost our original funding for the camp. This grant will make it possible for us to provide the camp for the third year.”

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Richland College APIASF Community Reception Slideshow
Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip


From cleaning and cooking to cosmetic care, baking soda has long been hailed as a go-to product in the household. Here are five uses you may not have thought of:

1. Fill a pair of old socks with baking soda. Tie a knot in the top of each sock and place in a pair of shoes to deodorize and freshen.
2. Put under sinks and along basement windows to repel cockroaches and ants.
3. Make a sports drink by mixing it with boiled water, salt, and Kool-Aid.
4. Make a paste with baking soda and water to remove the smell of onions from your hands after cooking.
5. A mixture of baking soda, lavender essential oil and water made into a paste is great for bug bites. Mix into a paste and apply on bite.


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

Upcoming Events

Employee Development Day
8 a.m., Feb. 21

United We Serve (Day of Service)
8 a.m., Feb. 22

Carter Blood Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m., Feb. 19 and 27
East Circle
Give blood and enter to win Dallas Stars tickets.

Spring Break, campus closed
March 18-22

Thunderduck Spring Golf Classic
8 a.m., May 17
Riverchase Golf Course in Coppell
Cost: $47. Includes your green fee, cart, range balls and the hamburger lunch buffet. Every player will receive a $5 golf shop gift card and a month of free 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

February 2013

Ms. Rainey Agent


An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Rainey:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for February 2013. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you have provided Richland College.

Rainey, since joining Richland in 2006 from the District Service Center, you quickly became an indispensible member of the college administration’s support team as Senior Administrative Assistant and in your current position as College President Administrative Assistant.

With the myriad of responsibilities you have in coordinating the President’s Office appointment schedules, phones, visitors, reports, requests, professional travel, presentations, and events, you skillfully balance each day’s agenda with polished professionalism and an exceptional service-oriented approach. Not only are your organizational skills exemplary, your warmly genuine smile is welcoming to all who come to the president’s office.

RLC students lending a hand

Twenty-three Richland College Service Learning students spent their holiday participating in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service held at Brookhaven College on January 21. The students contributed to a community challenge project to assist and provide service to a local Dallas County agency. Dr. LaQueta Wright, Richland College sociology professor, delivered the keynote address, and Kyle Barron, Richland College coordinator of community engagement programs, helped organize the Richland College team’s participation

Richland’s speech faculty celebrated the New Year with chocolate mustaches at their spring convocation, Saturday, January 12. From left to right (front row) Trudi Swedlund, Patricia Spence, Jennifer Millspaugh, Barbara Oakes, Jamie Kyrish, Dr. Mary Osentowski. (back row) Dr. Sherry Dean, Dr. Artist Thornton, Ken Rhymes,Dru Bookout, Carol Kent, Dr. Patsy Totusek, Dr. Karl Krayer and Sara Holmes

Carter receives lifetime membership

Jean Carter (Educational Transitions) was named the recipient of the Vickie Lynn Allen Life Membership Fund Scholarship from the Texas Association of Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE). Jean will receive a lifetime membership to the organization and will be recognized at the 2013 TABPHE state conference on February 14-16 in Austin, Texas.

New Employees

Andrew Clayton
Title: Dean, Resource Development
Department: OPRI

Griselda Flores
Title: Sr. Academic Advisor
Department: Enrollment

Luke Luu
Title: HVAC Technician
Department: Facilities

Kyle Roland
Title: HVAC Technician
Department: Facilities

Ania Garcia-Gongora
Title: Admissions Specialist
Department: Admissions

More New Employees


Hilda Della-Sera (Rising Star) lost her mother, Nubia Cajina, recently to cancer after a 20-year battle. Services were held on Mon., Feb, 11, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church.

Bill Foy (School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development) lost his father, Thomas Daniel Foy, recently. Memorial services were held on Sun., Feb. 10, at the D. O. McComb & Sons Lakeside Park Funeral Home in Fort Wayne, IN.