Monthly Archives: May 2014

May 2014

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2014 Intercultural Festival

Students carrying signs representing more than 40 countries of origin participated in the Intercultural Festival's Parade of Cultures.

Richland celebrated the rich cultural diversity of its students and employees on April 17 with our annual Intercultural Festival. The event included a lakeside dance performance, the planting of the 24th peace pole, the colorful Parade of Cultures and performances by Richland students and community members wearing traditional clothing. Read the full story and see more photos from the Intercultural Festival.

Canada geese capture attention, hearts this spring

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Hang around Richland College long enough and you’ll learn how important fauna and flora are to the Thunderducks.

We’re smitten, whether it’s tulips blooming along the shores of Lake Thunderduck, an opossum in a persimmon tree in the gardens, one of the myriad of friendly fox squirrels on campus, the lovely autumn leaves or, of course, our namesake mallard Thunderducks. Richland’s 243 acres and its inhabitants are a source of beauty, peace and contemplation for students, employees and community members alike.

This spring, we’re gaga for the gaggle of Canada geese that have made Richland their winter refuge and nursery. “Goose Watch 2014” kicked into high gear in April when eggs were spotted in two nests on campus. A special “Goose Cam” was even set up for an unobtrusive, real-time, peek at one of the nests. Many rejoiced when the first Thundergoslings appeared.

Dennis Griffin (Facilities Services), reports that nine Thundergoslings and their proud parents can be spotted around campus. Ten Thundergoslings originally hatched — one has since died. Dennis says this is the most Thundergoslings we’ve had at Richland.

Canada geese and hundreds of other species of birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, which makes it illegal for anyone to hunt, capture, harm, kill, take, possess, import, export, transport, sell, purchase or barter any migratory bird, or the parts, nests or eggs of such a bird except under the terms of a valid federally issued permit. Penalties for breaking this law include stiff fines and even imprisonment.

“Some people think the geese are a nuisance but you know, they chose us,” Dennis says. “Something good is going on here. They feel comfortable enough with us to stay.”

Dennis also says that Richland is home this spring to 17 mallard Thunderducklings. The Thundergeese and Thunderducks are keeping to the north end of campus.

Be cautious as the adult birds are understandably protective of their offspring. Learn more about Canada geese here and more about mallard ducks here.

Have you taken photos of the Thundergeese? Use the hashtag #thundergeese when you post to your social media accounts (such as Twitter, Facebook or Instagram). Here’s an example from Richland’s Twitter account:

Weaving together green ideas and actions

The Sustainable Conversations group, whose project was reported in the March/April edition of the ThunderBridge, has begun to crochet totes using thousands of feet of plastic yarn made from clean, dry, used Subway bags.

The group gathered a couple times in early May to put their green sensibilities into action with a crochet circle. Check out this video of Susan Wehe (WLCC), Lindsay DeMoss (Disability Services), Mercy Fernandes (WLCC) and Phyllis Williams (WLCC) as they crochet and discuss ways to encourage others to be “greener.”

Here are some photos from another crocheting session.

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The group would not have been ready to crochet without the help of Glenn Dillon (WLCC), who prepared a recycling table location for bag collection every day of RecycleMania.

Susan says that the group has collected 2,700 bags — about 27 percent of its goal. The project is ongoing and so is bag collection. Drop-offs are welcomed at Disability Services in Thunderduck Hall, Room T120; the Language Center in Wichita Hall, Room WH261; and in designated RLC collection bins.

The Subway Bag Special Re-Use Project dovetails perfectly Richland College’s vision to build sustainable local and world community. Sustainable Conversations started to brainstorm ways to reduce campus waste and productively recycle and reuse discarded materials. All who are interested are welcome to join the group — no crocheting experience necessary.

Print Shop/Mailroom open for business

160478485The Richland College Print Shop and Mailroom in Wichita Hall is once again in full operation.

​The space has brand new electrical wiring and is a one-stop solution for office management services. Services offered by contract vendor Administrative Resource Options include copying, printing, scanning, bindery, finishing and mail handling.

Request Forms are available in the Print Shop in hard copy, or this electronic form may be emailed to An online form will also be available soon. Watch email for details.

Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Contact Angela Scales, Print Shop supervisor, with questions. Call the Print Shop at ext. 6279 and the Mailroom at ext. 6913.

Nominate a fellow T-duck

Nominations are due May 15 for three of the annual awards given at our annual Convocation in August. Recipients for the Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award, Administrator of the Year Award and Innovation of the Year Award will be chosen from among your candidates. (Click on each award name to see a description and nominating guidelines.)

Nomination forms:
Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award
Administrator of the Year Award
Innovation of the Year Award

Richland’s recipients for these awards will then be reviewed along with those from other DCCCD colleges to determine a District awardee in each category to be announced at a special reception next spring. Email your Jean Sharon Griffith and Innovation nominations to Maria Chobany and your Administrator of the Year nominations to Dwight Riley. Act fast: Nominations will not be accepted after 5 p.m. on May 15.

2014 APIASF scholars at Richland College announced
From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

From left: Tung Dao, APIASF Scholarship Program Director Cecilia Marshall, Maria Louisa Ponsones, Richland College President Kay Eggleston, Damanta Adhikari, Lan Nguyen, Uyen Cao, Sana Hussein, Mai Huynh, Bhagawat Khatiwada and Damodar Dahal.

Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) Program Director Cecilia Marshall recognized nine Richland College student recipients of APIASF scholarships during a reception on April 24 hosted by Richland College and sponsored by the Walmart Foundation. The scholarships are the result of Richland’s partnership with APIASF. Richland is the only U.S. Department of Education-designated Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) in Texas, and one of nine U.S. higher education institutions chosen by the APIASF to participate in the AANAPISI Scholarship Program. Read the full story.

RCHS senior headed to Air Force Academy
RCHS student Alicia Reese (far left) received a phone call April 15 from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions congratulating her on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

RCHS student Alicia Reese (far left) received a phone call April 15 from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions congratulating her on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) senior Alicia Reese has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Richland College President Kay Eggleston and RCHS Principal Herman Jackson joined Ms. Reese and her parents when U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions called with the good news on April 15. Ms. Reese accepted the appointment and scholarship, which is valued at $500,000. Air Force Academy cadets commit to a minimum of five years of active duty military service after graduation.

Student Success Awards

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A wonderful evening was had by all at the recent Annual Student Success Awards, held April 29 at the Granville Arts Center in Garland.

Oncor visits campus, meets with students

The School of Engineering, Business and Technology hosted a visit from Oncor Energy on April 9. Oncor provided information about the company and about employment opportunities. Wayne Mints, Oncor major projects manager, presented two comprehensive information sessions that were attended by more than 25 Richland students. Mr. Mints explained that eligible candidates must have associate degrees to qualify for current openings at Oncor. Students attending the sessions arrived with resumes in hand and prepared to interview. Preliminary interviews were conducted and several RLC students were considered strong candidates for employment.

Body, Mind & Soul Week

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The Richland Counseling Center hosted Body, Mind & Soul Week, April 22-25, to build community, foster creativity and encourage relaxation. Activities included “Community Building With Art,” the Body/Mind/Soul Fair and free yoga classes.

Shazaam showcases electrifying dance performances

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Richland Dance presented “Shazaam” on April 11-12. The show featured innovative and diverse student and faculty performances that include contemporary modern, ballet, jazz, tap and hip hop dance styles. 8&1 Dance Company performed as guest artists.

Green Matters

Richland 1st in Texas, 3rd nationally in 2014 RecycleMania

RecycleMania_logo_2014Richland College was named the 2014 RecycleMania Grand Champion of Texas and ranked third nationally out of 461 participating colleges and universities.

RecycleMania’s mission of inspiring environmental and social consciousness fits perfectly with Richland’s vision to build sustainable local and world community. Richland has participated in RecycleMania since 2009, taking the Texas Grand Champion title in 2014, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Read more.

Water refill stations make a splash

Facilities Services recently installed five water bottle-filling stations throughout campus in response to a suggestion by RLC’s Student Government Association. The stations provide an automatically calibrated, metered method to refill personal water bottles, potentially sparing thousands of plastic bottles from landfills or energy-consuming recycling processes. During the first month in operation, the five stations have dispensed enough water to fill 1,629 plastic water bottles.

Visit our It’s Easy Being Green board on Pinterest to check out all our Green Living Tips plus other eco-friendly info! Have a Green Living Tip to suggest? E-mail them to

Upcoming Events

Final Exam Week

May 12-15

Textbook buyback and rental textbook check-in
May 12-16
RLC Bookstore

Exam Week Free Massages

9 a.m.-12 p.m., May 13-14
El Paso Hall

Deadline for three award nominations
5 p.m., May  15
Nominations for 2014-2015 Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award, 2014-2015 Administrator of the Year and the 2014-2015 Innovation of the Year due. See story above.

Thunderduck Spring Golf Classic
8 a.m., May 16
Riverchase Golf Course in Coppell
$47 includes green fee, cart, range balls and a lunch buffet

Maymester begins

May 16

Memorial Day holiday — campus closed
May 26

Maymester Informal Dance Concert
1:15-2:15 p.m., June 3
Fannin Performance Hall
Student and faculty choreography with guest artist Kali Boyd.

Summer – Session 1 classes begin
June 4

Priority registration for Fall begins
June 10

Regular registration for Fall begins
June 16

Independence Day holiday — campus closed
July 4

Summer – Session 2 classes begin
July 9

Click through to the Publicity Request Form to have your event publicized in the ThunderBridge, on flat panel displays, marquees and/or on the Web Calendar.


Outstanding Employee of the Month

May 2014
James Thomas
Developmental Mathematics Testing Room

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:

Congratulations on being selected the Richland College Outstanding Employee for May 2014. Your award is well-deserved recognition of the exemplary service you provide to Richland College.

James, as director of the Developmental Mathematics Testing Room, you have distinguished yourself in many ways. You came to Richland College after serving many years in the Army, including serving in Operation Desert Storm as Gen.Colin Powell’s radio security officer. The entire Developmental Mathematics faculty, staff, students and administrators will tell you how very grateful they are to have you with them and that your student-focused, knowledgeable, and considerate style is in the best tradition of Richland College.

Longevity celebrated at Snowy White Fillet Awards

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Seventy-two employees were honored at the Snowy White Fillet Awards on April 25. The annual luncheon celebrates longevity of employment with Richland and the DCCCD. Years of service of this year’s honorees ranged from 10 to 40 years. Congratulations, all!

Owens earns energy credentials

Jerry Owens (Facilities Services) is one of only 100 individuals in Texas to have earned the Accredited Texas Energy Manager credential as awarded for his successful completion of the certification course and examination. The Accredited Texas Energy Manager designation indicates that he has demonstrated basic knowledge of energy management concepts and strategies, basic knowledge of the energy market in Texas and basic skills in energy conservation. Jerry leads the energy conservation and sustainability initiatives at Richland, as well as serving as the DCCCD Energy Committee chairperson and Richland’s representative on the DCCCD Green Team.

Vera selected for Baldrige judges panel

Fonda Vera (OPRIE) was appointed by U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker to serve as a member of the judges panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The term of appointment extends to Feb. 28, 2017. The judges panel has the responsibility to ensure the integrity of the Baldrige Award’s examination and selection process.


New Employees

Leanne Burck
Title: Program Services Specialist
Dept.: Dual Credit

Barb Golightly
Title: Sr. Administrative Assistant
Dept.: OPRIE

Susan Holloway-Snider
Title: Coordinator, CE & Workforce Development
Dept.: Emeritus

Adam Kocian
Title: Faculty Contract & Load Specialist
Dept.: Continuing Education

Tram Nguyen
Title: Department Assistant II
Dept.: Multicultural Center

Rudolph Obregon III
Title: Admissions Specialist I
Dept.: Admissions

Thanks, T-ducks

To: All Thunderducks
From: Kay Eggleston, Administration

Please accept my sincere appreciation for extending a warm and enthusiastic Thunderduck welcome to DCCCD Chancellor Joe May during his first, brief introduction to our instructional programs at Richland College and the Garland Campus.

Dr. May thoroughly enjoyed meeting students, faculty, and staff at each point in his tour, and your exceptional commitment to student success and service excellence for all our students was visibly evident every step of the way.

We have invited him to return to visit us again soon so he will have another opportunity to engage with more students, faculty, and staff, experience a broader range of our instructional programs, and encounter even more of our exceptional Thunderduck spirit. Thank you for helping to make his first visit such a successful one.

*More Thanks, Thunderducks…

*If you would like for a note of thanks to a fellow T-duck to appear here, please use this convenient online form. Letters from people outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the College Communications & Marketing office. Thanks!


Dear College Communications & Marketing staff,

Thank you for sharing the news with us about the APIASF scholars! We will definitely feature it on our website. Congratulations to the students and hats off to Richland College and their faculty/staff for partnering with APIASF to encourage and motivate these students.

Chinmayi Ghatrazu

*More Letters…


Retired Thunderduck Judy Teel (Continuing Education) passed away on May 4 after a lengthy battle with cancer. Services were May 10 at American Funeral Home in Denison.

Carolyn Chapman, wife of retired Thunderduck Sid Chapman (Humanities), passed away on April 27. Services were May 3 at Eastgate Funeral Home in Garland. Gifts to charity in celebration of Carolyn’s life are appreciated.

Adjunct history faculty member William (Bill) Turner (Humanities) passed away on April 21. Services were April 25 at First United Methodist Church in Richardson. Donations to KERA 90.1 FM radio station, National Public Radio or Operation Kindness are welcomed in Bill’s memory.

Sympathy is extended to John Daniels (The Learning Center) and his family after the death of his mother on April 8. Services were held on April 19 in Michigan.