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September 2013

Fall 2013 Convocation a Success

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Richland held its annual convocation on August 20. This year’s theme “We are Richland” marked the start of the 2013-2014 academic year.  As customary, several employees were honored during the event for their outstanding contributions to the College and its mission. This year’s recipients are:

PSS Full-Time Employee of the Year Award
Maria Solis Houg, Multicultural Center
Maria Solis Houg, Multicultural Center

PSS Part-Time Employee of the Year Award
Julie Phillips, Business Office Systems & Support (BOSS)
Julie Phillips, Business Office Systems & Support (BOSS)

Facilities Services Employees of the Quarter
Pictured from left: John Racek, Pedro Escobar, Matthew Kirchmeier, and Jason Gonzales

Administrator of the Year Award
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Dr. Michael Crawford, School of Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts

Innovation of the Year Award
Center for Success in Mathematics
Team Leader: Jaime Hurtado/Thales Georgiou; Team Members: Scot McClain, Donny Le, Saeid Darabadey, Patricia Ellens, Dr. Barbara Branum, Dr. Sam Tinsley, Jerry Matlock, Eleanor Browne, Nekeith Brown, Judi Nam, Yolanda Manzano

Jean Sharon Griffith Award
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Dr. Gary John, School of Learning Enrichment and Academic Development

Excellence in Teaching Award
Associate Faculty
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Chip Izard, School of Engineering, Business, and Technology

Full-Time Faculty
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Lois Parrott, School of Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts

Richland College receives NSF grant for Digital Forensics

Richland College has been awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s growing Digital Forensics and Information Assurance program.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

Richland College, the state’s only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training, currently offers an associate degree and a technical certificate in Digital Forensics and Information Assurance. Read More

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip
Think you can’t make use of your old gym shoes, dingy carpet, or broken hair dryers? Well guess again. Mother Nature Network’s web site clues you in on 20 items you never thought  you could recycle. Click here to read more.


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Upcoming Events

Ex. 11 Exhibit
Thru Oct. 4
Brazos Gallery

Photographer John Sexton: Lecture and Image Presentation
1 p.m., Sept. 7
Fannin Performance Hall

Community Service Fair
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 10
El Paso Hallway

Recycling Round-Up
9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 21
Paking Lot E
Presented by the City of Dallas Sanitation Services. Download flyer.

College Completion Rally
10 a.m.-noon, Sept. 27
West Breezeway

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

Richland art faculty help form partnership with local cultural center
Pictured clockwise: David Collins, Vicki Mayhan, and Jen Rose

Pictured clockwise: David Collins, Vicki Mayhan, and Jen Rose

Artwork created by Richland College art faculty members David Collins, Vicki Mayhan, and Jen Rose, along with nine other DCCCD art faculty, was featured in the Art-Cademia exhibition at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. This  exhibition, which ran late this summer, marked the first collaboration between the Oak Cliff Cultural Center and the DCCCD. Collins, Mayhand, and Rose attended a public reception on August 9.

RLC faculty member contributes to book on peacebuilding

Scott Branks del Llano, Richland College Peace Studies faculty/coordinator, is a contributing author to David Smith’s newly published book, Peacebuilding in Community Colleges, containing a chapter on Richland College’s work in Mozambique as a part of its institutional commitment to promoting peace in the global community. “A framework for teaching global peace,” an article detailing the book and effective ways to globalize the learning environment, appears in the current issue of the AACC’s Community College Times.

New Employees

Eric Eley
Title: Ceramics Faculty
Division: Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts

Shahab “Shaun” Danesh
Title: Visiting Scholar, Biology
Division: Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions

Phyllis Camara
Title: Visiting Scholar, Computer Science
Division: Engineering, Business, and Technology

Van Laughlin
Title: Visiting Scholar, Computer Science
Division: Engineering, Business, and Technology

Gregory Lush
Title: Visiting Scholar, Theater
Division: Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts

Zachary Spencer
Title: Visiting Scholar, Learning Framework
Division: Learning Enrichment and Academic Development

Tara Graham
Title: Visiting Scholar, Geology
Division: Mathematics, Science, and Health Professions

Carol Kent
Title: Visiting Scholar, Speech
Division: Humanities, Fine, and Performing Arts

Hasmik Gharaghazaryan
Title: Visiting Scholar, French and Spanish
Division: World Languages, Cultures, and Communications

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Kris Hyttinen, LeCroy
From: Ron Stout, School of Learning Enrichment & Academic Development

Just a quick note to again thank you for all of your wonderful work on the EDUC 1300 video, Kris. Everyone loves it, says it is the perfect solution, and I couldn’t have done it without you and your great creative/editing work. So, kudos to you and thanks again!

To: Anitra Cotton, College Communications and Marketing
From: Zarina Blankenbaker, Administration

I want to thank you for the wonderful job you do each year with the Faculty Convocation Program. I appreciate your patience as I provide you with multiple edits which you always so graciously incorporate. You are a consummate professional and I admire your talents!

To: Bonnie Blackman, Sue Jones, Jane Huang, Nancy Post, Wally Good, Liem Le, Jawad Ali, Jee, Janice Fallen, John Lewis, Janie Mehta, Ambronita Douzart, Angelica Sosa, Tim Sullivan, LaShawn Grant
From: Susan Wehe, World Languages, Cultures, and Communications

Thank you! Because of your help, the Language Center was able to orient 40 ESOL and foreign language classes during the first week of the semester, which is nearly 700 students logging into the new eCampus server and resetting passwords, correcting email addresses, calling the Help Desk, and checking their eConnect accounts to make sure their information is correct in the school’s database.

Without your help, this task would have been much more difficult. With your help, we showed that Thunderducks help each other through any budget adversity.

The Language Center appreciates your kindness and dedication.


Dear Claudia Goodson, Marisol Sena and John Millemon,

Thank you so much for organizing and guiding the Project Transformation student interns through a tour of Richland last week! The students had a wonderful time and learned so much about educational opportunities offered through Richland and the DCCCD. They raved about their experiences. As a retired Richland faculty member, I know when students are impressed, and these students were genuinely impressed! Over and over I heard comments such as: “Wow – this place is awesome – I never knew it was here”, “I think I could be a Rising Star and start college right away”, “Up to $4,000 – imagine that – sick” (which I learned means great).

Your dedication to students is so appreciated. For many of the students, this trip will prove to be a life-changing experience. Thank you!

Best Regards,
Lori Anderson