Yearly Archives: 2013

October 2013

Bitten Arts Fest included the “Mourn the Monster” funeral parade and flash mob. Read story below.

2013 SECC Campaign well under way

The 2013 State Employee Charitable Campaign (SECC) Kick-off began earlier this month and continues through Nov 1. 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 $79,502 with 100% employee participation.

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$2 per month for one year, you can provide:
-vital cancer survivorship information and support to 80 cancer survivors.
-prescription glasses for five people in a Third World country.
-cost of planting of 100 tree saplings.

$5 per month for one year, you can provide:
-the registration fee for one patient or family member to attend the National Organization for Rare Disorders Patient/Family Conference.
-equipment and supplies for five people to spend a morning cleaning a beach or river bank.
-teaching materials for 30 at-risk students for one school year.

$10 per month for one year, you can provide:
-help to a family in crisis with their monthly utility or grocery bills.
-233 meals for hungry babies.
-the preservation and distribution of 120,000+ servings of nutritious produce.

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

Bitten Arts Fest provides taste of otherworldly traditions

Richland College celebrated the traditions and beliefs about death and the supernatural through “Bitten,” the 2013 Richland Arts Fest.

The festival honored cultures including Mexico, the Caribbean and New Orleans with events such as musical performances, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) face painting, sugar skull decorating and a New Orleans-style jazz funeral parade that transformed into a vampire flash mob.

“Bitten was a fantastic success,” said Jen Rose, event organizer and Richland College ceramics professor. “This event really grabbed students’ attention and increased awareness of the arts at Richland College.”

“Bitten” was a collaboration of several areas of study within Richland College’s School of Humanities, Fine and Performing Arts, including music, dance, art, ceramics, history and theatre.

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Richland presents Baldrige principles to New Zealand visitors

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Richland College hosted a New Zealand Performance Excellence Study Awards (PESA) group visit on Sept. 26. The PESA delegation included members from Otago Polytechnic, Otago University, Southern District Health Board and Business Excellence New Zealand. The PESA delegation presented their study tour objectives, then Richland College conducted an overview of its continuous improvement journey to the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The New Zealand PESA program is patterned after the U.S. Baldrige Program and uses the identical Criteria for Performance Excellence. A luncheon and Sabine Hall tour concluded the visit.

RLC continues efforts in sustainability


A host of Facilities Services employees and students from RCHS, the ACE Program, the Garbology Project and Rising Star helped to make the Sept. 21 Recycling Roundup a success. Richland served as the host site for the City of Dallas’ annual event and over 200 cars lined up in Parking Lot E to drop off a variety of recyclable materials including electronic items, paper, textiles, used cooking oil, scrap metal, tires, batteries and styrofoam.

Actions to Cool Global Warming

A GREENRichland tip

Green living tip-Compost

For more information on composting, click here.

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Upcoming Events

Fire + Blood
7:30 p.m., Oct. 17-19 and 24-26
2:30 p.m., Oct. 19 and 26
Fannin Performance Hall

Thunderduck Fall Golf Tournament
1:30 p.m. shotgun start, Oct. 24
Pecan Hollow Golf Course
Cost: $49, includes green fee, cart, range balls and lunch.

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

October 2013
Tandy Dollar, Richland College Garland Campus


Pictured from left to right: Karina Olivares, President, Garland Chamber of Commerce; Kay Eggleston, President, Richland College; and Tandy Dollar, Director of Community Programs, Richland College Garland Campus.

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Dear Tandy:

Congratulations on being selected as the Richland College Outstanding Employee for September-October 2013. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you provide to Richland College Garland Campus.

Tandy, you have been called the heartbeat of the Richland College Garland Campus by your colleagues. As the first Richland College loaned executive-in-residence at the Garland Chamber of Commerce, you helped guide the opening of the Garland Campus and the development of the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association (DCMA) and continue to advance business relationships and training partnerships with emphasis on Garland’s manufacturing community. You work hand in hand with the Garland Chamber of Commerce leadership and staff to promote economic development and workforce training. Paul Mayer, CEO of the Garland Chamber of Commerce, summarizes your contributions as follows: “From the minute Tandy came on board with Richland to work with the Chamber on deepening our relationships with manufacturers, we started getting better. Today, with the maturing of the Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association, that Tandy helped create, we see the results in millions of dollars in training grants that have been awarded. Additionally, the hundreds of lives that have been improved with the additional skills is the real payoff for Tandy’s work. Thank you, Richland, for the vision to create this unique partnership for the benefit of companies in Garland.”

T-ducks in the community

Sgt. Barry Orton, Richland College Police and Office of Emergency Management, attended the Grand Opening Reception and ribbon cutting of the Richardson Fire Training Facility & Emergency Operations Center on October 3.  Sgt. Orton toured the facility and met Laura Maczka, Richardson mayor, and Mistie Gardner, Richardson emergency coordinator, and discussed potential training and collaboration opportunities for Richland College’s Emergency Response Team.

New Employees

Sahera Ali
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: RCHS

Jennifer Crowe
Title: Administrative Assistant to the Instructional Dean
Department: Math, Science, and Health Professions

Shonda Johnson
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Jeffrey Szymanski
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Thanks, T-ducks

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 M Sosa, Tim Sullivan, and LaShawn Grant
From: Susan Wehe, School of 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.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks . . .


Mitzi Werther,

Having just returned this afternoon from another excellent Emeritus trip, I want to let you know what a fine service the Emeritus programs provide to those of us who are retired. We need and want to learn, to keep our minds active, and to have positive social interaction.

For me, and I believe for all of us, this trip today to Van Zandt County was very educational and interesting. The helpful commentary about the history of the towns we visited and the political figures for whom places were named taught us history in a memorable way. The visit to Roseland Plantation was another outstanding history lesson, made all the more remarkable because you had to set it up at a few hours’ notice due to unforeseen problems with the original schedule. You and your staff are amazing, Mitzi.

In addition, I want to mention the excellent American literature course, “Family Feud,” taught during the summer by Dr. Kendra Unruh. We tackled difficult dramatists and studied and analyzed work by authors including O’Neill, Williams, and Albee, as well as shorter work by a lesser-known female playwright. This was “heavy stuff” and hard to read — but everyone was eager to do the work, carefully reading the difficult plays, even watching extra DVDs at home (and staying late after class just so we could learn more). I think each of us completed this class with a better understanding of American drama and of human nature … and clamoring for another literature discussion class.

It is very evident that you care strongly about the senior students and about the quality of the programs that Emeritus offers. You fill a real need. Indeed, Richland fills a real need in the community by providing a strong program that thrives due to the dedication of you, Mitzi, your staff, your volunteer instructors, and the seniors who appreciate your work in Emeritus. The community benefits.

Thank you to Emeritus and to all of you who make it possible!

Emeritus Student

*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!