Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 2013

The Student Wall of Honor ceremony was held on April 24. The event is hosted annually by the Council for Community Building and recognized outstanding students. From left: Jeremiah and Sharon Wright accepting on behalf of D.J. Wright (posthumous award), Collins Asongwe, Abiezer Cristales, Josiah Geffie and Melinda Fitts. See below for more information.

Students recognized with 2012-13 Wall of Honor ceremony

Richland College’s Council for Community Building recognized five outstanding students during the 2012-13 Student Wall of Honor ceremony on April 24. Collins Asongwe, Abiezer Cristales, Melinda Fitts, Josiah Geffie and D.J. Wright were honored for their outstanding academic achievements, perseverance through adversity, and contributions to the community. Current and former students, in both credit and continuing education, are named to the Wall of Honor each spring. Read their stories here.

Faculty members honored for student engagement practices

student-engagement-2013Richland College recognized faculty members who support and enrich learning cultures, climates and contexts with the annual Student Engagement Award Ceremony on April 24.

The 2012-13 recipients were Sherry Dean and Jennifer Millspaugh, speech communication professors; Ed Luter, English professor; and Clive Siegle, history professor. Read descriptions of each student engagement practice here.

Cute Alert!

Here is a short video of a baby raccoon that was trapped in the ceiling of one of our buildings here on campus. Dr. Rick Hamlin of Mercy Animal Clinic, a local veterinarian that rescues wildlife, is caring for him until he is old enough to be released.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

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Upcoming Events

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.

Adjunct Faculty Recruitment Fair
9 a.m.-noon, May 18
First Floor Sabine Hall
For more information, call 972‑239‑6240.

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

Slide show: Annual “Snowy White” longetivity awards held April 26

Fifty-seven recipients were honored on April 26 for their years of service to Richland College and the DCCCD. Years of service of the honorees ranged from 10 to 45 years. For a look into the event, please view slide show below.

Engineering faculty members recognized by ASME

ASME-award-recipients1Brian Fleming and Roderick Crowder, Richland College engineering professors, have been named recipients of a new award from the North Texas Section of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. The award was presented on May 14 in Dallas. In addition to teaching engineering classes at Richland College, Mr. Fleming and Mr. Crowder also organize and conduct Richland’s annual STEM Camp during the summer for middle and high school students. Last year’s STEM Camp earned an award from the ASME and a nomination for the Metroplex Technology Business Council’s 2012 Tech Titan Award.

Dollar honored for leadership skills

20050504-Dollar TandyTandy Dollar, director of Workforce and Corporate Training, was recently selected as the 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Leadership Award presented by Leadership Garland Alumni. The award honors a Leadership Garland graduate who has actively participated in leadership within the community following graduation from the program. The award develops community awareness of the contributions of both the individual recipient and the Leadership Garland program as a whole. Since her graduation from LG Class 16, Tandy has served the community in a variety of capacities. Tandy is a graduate of the Garland Citizens Police Academy, she has served on the board of Garland Summer Musicals for 13 years and recently was awarded Chairman of the Year for her service on the 25th Annual Leadership Garland Prayer Breakfast committee.

New Employees

Josip Maric
Title: Program Services Specialist
Dept.: Upward Bound

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Dwayne Carter, School of Engineering, Business, and Technology

The 2013 Digital Media Festival was a great success in its 21st year. We had crowds ranging from 45-110 for the events and great public interest in the terrific work that our students do here at Richland. I want to express my appreciation for the support and great efforts from Bobbie Harrison, Kim Deng, Jay Wooldridge, Christopher Curra, Colette Copeland, Steve Dupuis, Jenni Gilmer, Whitney Rosenbalm, Michael Mazurek, Debbie Smith, Erica Edwards and the Chronicle, Raymond Pronk, and many others along with all the great Multimedia Adjuncts we are so lucky to have working with us. A very special thanks to Joe Vines and Noah Parker for taking charge of printing Capstone Posters and many important tasks while keeping cool heads in the middle of the frenzy.


Dear Dr. Eggleston:

The City of Dallas’ Waste Diversion Unit of the Department of Sanitation would like to express our sincere appreciation to your staff and student volunteers for assisting with our Spring Recycling Roundup. The event was a tremendous success and allowed residents to drop off recyclables that are not normally included in residential and other citywide recycling programs.

The success of our event was achieved in no small part through the cooperative efforts of Richland staff members Jerry Owens and Lisa Eades. With their professionalism and guidance of their staff, contractors and student volunteers, Dallas’ Spring Recycling Roundup was among the highest attended city-sponsored collection events we have hosted. We will convey the amount and weight of the materials collected to you once this information has been compiled.

The support for our program by Richland College is greatly appreciated and we look forward to working with your school again in the future.


Sheila Overton
Manager, Dallas Waste Diversion Unit

*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!


Debbi Richard’s (Richland Collegiate High School) mother, Rubye Wade Drinkwater, passed away on April 9. She was 88. A visitation was held on April 12 at the Sparkman Funeral Home in Richardson. Graveside services were held on April 13 at Restland Memorial Park.