Monthly Archives: January 2014

January 2014

Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade signs a $358,246 check as Dr. Kay Eggleston looks on. The TWC presented the funds to Richland College and five Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association companies for workforce skills training. Read more below.

Texas Workforce Commissioner Hope Andrade signs a $358,246 check as Dr. Kay Eggleston looks on. The TWC presented the funds to Richland College and five Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association companies to develop workplace skills. Read more below.

RLC awarded funds for additional workforce training

Richland College Garland Campus and Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association received a $358,246 check on Jan. 24 from the Texas Workforce Commission. Commissioner Hope Andrade presented the funds to Richland College and five Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association companies for workforce skills training. Companies included in the grant are Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, RHE Hatco Inc., Sherwin Williams (Garland, Arlington, Ennis and Waco plants), Unity Mfg. and Work Area Protection. The grant provides funding for Richland College to instruct 345 employees for a more than 9,250 training hours. Training under the grant includes “Lean Manufacturing,” programmable logic controls fundamentals, CPR/first aid, Six Sigma Green Belt, Microsoft Office, welding and forklift certification.

Digital Forensics program recognized, receives grant funds

Richland College’s Digital Forensics program has received recognition and a $20,000 Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) grant to further develop program curriculum. The TSSB recognized Richland College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Forensics for “being integrated with the industry-defined digital forensics technician skill standards.” Zoltan Szabo, Richland College’s lead faculty member in Digital Forensics, led the effort with employers to develop the skill standards, and then integrated the standards into the curriculum and applied for program recognition. He worked with a panel of experts from regional, state, national and international companies to develop the digital forensics technician skill standards. Participating companies included DFW Forensics, ERASE Enterprises, Stroz Friedberg, Accudata Systems Inc., Digital Discovery, CFSI Inc., Deloitte, Transperfect, Cyber Defense Lab, Shaw Digital Forensics Services, G-C Partners and the Federal Public Defender’s Office.

EBT Outreach

Richland College digital forensic faculty Zoltan Szabo meets with a prospective student.

Several faculty and staff members from Richland College’s School of Engineering, Business and Technology and Garland Campus attended “Find Your Path” Garland ISD College and Career Day on Jan. 14 at the Garland Events Center. The event was sponsored by the Garland Chamber of Commerce for Garland ISD high school students. Students learned about career opportunities in industries including healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, and hospitality.

Out and About

ACCESS hosted its Spring 2014 Professional Development day for faculty on Jan. 16. Please view a photo recap below.

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Upcoming Events

Spring Transfer Fair
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Jan. 31
El Paso Hall
More than 50 universities will be in attendance.

Faculty-Administrator Conference Day
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Feb. 6
Cedar Valley College
Day and evening classes will not meet.

Professional Support Staff Conference Day
7:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Feb. 6
Richland College
Please visit for details. Day and evening classes will not meet.

District Professional Development Day
Feb. 7
All college offices and services will be closed to the public. Day and evening classes will not meet.

Excellence in Teaching Nomination Deadline
Feb. 24
Click here to submit your nomination.

Engineering the Future
Feb. 17-19
Richland will be hosting students from area high school during National Engineering Week. Students interested in STEM-related programs will participate in various activities, including a campus tour, and will be able to interact with RLC faculty and staff, industry employers, and transfer universities.

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Outstanding Employee of the Month

December 2013-January 2014


Finney Varghese
Business/Financial Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for December 2013-January 2014. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you provide to Richland College and Richland Collegiate High School.

Finney, you provide sound financial leadership that emphasizes planning and good stewardship of public funds and demonstrates effective and meaningful communication of Richland’s financial status and recommendations for action. You have been the calm voice of assurance that Richland could develop a plan to deal with the years of recurring state budget cuts and balance the college budget without compromising Richland’s standards of excellence. Your enthusiastic support of the Richland Collegiate High School successfully nurtured RCHS through its first seven years of financial accounting and reporting.

Webster joins national pharmacy tech commission

LiAnne Webster, Richland College health professions program administrator, has been appointed to serve as one of nine national members of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), an entity of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) and the American Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) joint accrediting agencies for colleges/schools of pharmacy and pharmacy technician programs.  LiAnne’s appointment will increase her capacity to impact the strategic direction of pharmacy technician education throughout the country, particularly for nationally accredited programs like Richland’s.

RLC music students make All-State Band

Congratulations go to various Richland instrumental music students for earning spots in the 2013-2014 TCCBDA Texas College All-State Symphonic Band that will perform at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in San Antonio in February under the direction of Mathew McInturf, director of bands at Sam Houston State University. These students competed against instrumentalists at two-year colleges from all over the state in a 1-round competition. Student earning spots in the College All-State Symphonic Band include:

Briana Perez-flute 2nd in the State
Kerri Shomette-flute, 3rd in the State
Wladimir Herrera-flute, 12th in the State
Jorge Gaundique-bassoon, 2nd in the State
Desiree Gonzalez-clarinet, 17th in the State

PSS Employees of the Year named

Kimberly Wilkins

Congratulations to Kimberly Wilkins, Richland College Garland Campus workforce training coordinator, on being honored as the 2013-2014 Richland College Professional Support Staff Employee of the Year. Kimberly was recognized for the quality of her Texas Workforce Commission grant documentation, management of Trade Adjustment Assistance classes, and Corporate Services outreach/recruitment activities.

Gayle McAllister

Gayle McAllister

Gayle McAllister, Richland College ESOL grammar instructional support associate, was honored as the 2013-2014 Professional Support Staff Part-time Employee of the Year. Gayle was recognized for creating engaging ESOL support lab grammar assignments, assisting students with her eCampus expertise, and supporting ESOL writing faculty with the student portfolio assessment process. Kimberly and Gayle were honored during the annual Professional Support Staff Holiday Luncheon on December 4.


New Employees

Amy Keepes
Title: Department Assistant IV
Department: Enrollment

Herman Jackson
Title: Principal, Richland College Charter High School
Department: RCHS

Craig Hinkle
Title: Assistant Principal, Richland College Charter High School
Department: RCHS

Binh Tran
Title: Accounting Clerk C
Department: Accounting

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Ronnie Hickey
Title: Instructional Specialist III
Department: RCHS

Sha-Shonda Porter
Title: English Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: WLCC

Jana Miller
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: WLCC

Cristina Moreno
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Enrollment

Debra Ratcliffe
Title: Academic Advisor II
Department: Enrollment

Wilma Carroll
Title: Department Assistant IV
Department: Humanities

Jessica Oxendine
Title: English Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: WLCC

Mary Wood
Title: English Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: WLCC

Martha Burgess
Title: College Nurse I
Department: VPSIE

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Ken Dunson and Lisa Eades, Facilities
From: Michelle Navarro, History Faculty

I wanted to take a moment to thank you and all of the facilities crew for their help yesterday with my office move. I had not expected my move to happen so smoothly and by 11 a.m. everything in my office was packed up!

Thank you for taking a potentially stressful experience and making it such a positive one. I am reminded just how wonderful our facilities staff really are and they always go above and beyond what we need. I don’t think we recognize their efforts enough.

Lisa, thank you for helping me pack up all of my boxes.


Dr. Wright Lassiter:

I want to thank you for the consistent, OUTSTANDING performance by two leaders in your Dual Credit program at Richland. Bonnie Hueston is the Dean of Dual Credit, Lisa Graef is the Dual Credit and Pathways Advisor. Both are excellent higher education professionals – accomplished, razor sharp, dedicated, and most importantly, they care deeply about providing the best education possible to DCCCD students.

My oldest daughter, Nicole Hartman, is a President’s Scholar at SMU, thanks in large part to the great job by Bonnie and Lisa. Nicole had over 60 credit hours when she entered SMU as a freshman, and she is now a college sophomore. She’s had a great experience at SMU thanks to the outstanding preparation of Dual Credit.

My younger son Brendan is a senior in high school and in his final year of dual credit at Richland. He will finish with over 40 hours, and he has likewise had a great experience thanks to Bonnie and Lisa’s excellent work. This past weekend, Brendan and I visited with the director of UTD’s McDermott Scholarship program, and she was impressed with Richland’s Dual Credit program. We look forward to hopefully getting a good scholarship for Brendan as well, thanks to you and your team. You’ve given both my kids a great education and a great start toward success in their lives, my wife and I are so grateful.

Thank you for having such great leaders like Bonnie and Lisa!

All the best,
Don Hartman, father of Brendan Hartman

*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!


Mike Crawford’s (Humanities) wife, Joan passed away on Jan. 18 after a year-long battle with cancer. Services were held on Jan. 21 at Creekwood United Methodist Church in Allen.

Greg Thomas’ (Educational Infomation Technology) wife Lori passed away in early December. Funeral services were held at New Birth Baptist Church in Dallas on Dec. 14.

Charmayne Hightower (Facilities) lost her father in late December.