Monthly Archives: June 2014

June 2014

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Perfect formula for summer fun at Richland College

Summer + Richland College camps = tons of fun and learning! Richland College is offering two types of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camps for children ages 7-17 this summer.

Three sessions of a Programming & Game Design camp will be available through a partnership with The University of Texas at Dallas, and five sessions of a robotics camp will be available through Robots-4-U. The first session for both camps starts in June. Class sizes are limited, so campers need to register early. Read the full story here.

Document shredding now handled by Iron Mountain

Richland College is contracting with Iron Mountain Shredding for disposal of all sensitive documents. Liabilities are lessoned by using this professional company and shredding costs reduce because the need to purchase department shredders goes away.

By now, sensitive document storage totes have been distributed. These totes will remain locked at all times. The contract with Iron Mountain states that one person per campus be the keeper of the combination to the locks on these totes. At Richland, this is Lisa Eades (Facilities). When the tote is full, Facilities will replace the tote with an empty one. Employees will be required to submit a request to replace a full tote.

If something was placed in a tote by mistake and needs to be retrieved or if a large quantity of material needs shredding, employees must make an appointment with Lisa. For questions and concerns, contact Lisa at ext. 6359 or

Our Beautiful Campus

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Photos by Paul Knudsen

Summer Institute to explore uses of technology

Registration ends June 13 for the DCCCD’s Technology Summer Institute, “College 2020: Global Connections,” hosted by Richland College. Sign in and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. on June 20 in Room SH118 of Sabine Hall. The program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

TechSummerInstituteTopics include technology learning concepts, contextualized learning, virtual student services, myPortal, interactive technology, maximizing e‐Campus, emerging technologies, digital media and cloud computing.

Read more and learn how to register. For more information, contact Karen Lee at 214-378-1748 or

Be a ‘main character’ in new book club

152139409Michelle Navarro (Humanities) is organizing a book club for all interested employees. Decisions about which books the club will read as well as when and where the club will meet are taking place now. For more information and/or to join, contact Michelle at

Fannin Performance Hall usage requests due soon

Requests are due June 21 for use of Fannin Performance Hall for the 2014-15 academic year. All requests are evaluated by a committee that includes the rooms coordinator, Theatre coordinator and the dean/executive assistant to the president. Notifications as to the status of requests will go out by the end of July. Download the form here. Request forms maybe submitted electronically to Jennifer Owen (Humanities) at or printed and sent via campus mail to Humanities.

Refresh, refocus with Renewal Week

Employees are invited to apply to participate in the DCCCD’s Renewal Week 2014. The annual retreat will be held July 27-Aug. 2 in Colorado. Cost for Renewal Week is $425 plus transportation. Space is limited and the deadline to apply is June 27. The Renewal Week contact at RLC is Judy Cline (ACCESS), ext. 3732. Learn more by visiting the Renewal Week information page.

Richland featured in Baldrige blog post

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 3.41.12 PMPresident Kay Eggleston was quoted in a recent post on Blogrige, the official blog of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, on the vital role community college play in training a vibrant workforce. Read the post here.

Green Matters

Speaker to explore water harvesting, cisterns

It’s still a desert out there in north Texas. Lake levels are shockingly low. Water restrictions have become even more stringent. That’s what a drought is all about.

CES-state-logo-final-200x160Caught in the grip of a four-year drought which blankets the entire north Texas region and beyond, the current water crisis is rated “​severe” to “exceptional.” Without enough water, Texas and its residents face a bleak future agriculturally, economically and ecologically. Even with a few recent soaking rains, area residents, businesses and cities are facing the fact that water is a scarce and precious resource.

How can individuals fight a drought when they face extreme temperatures, water restrictions, empty lakes and brown grass everywhere they look? The idea of using active water harvesting and cisterns is a philosophy that author and permaculture expert Nate Downey of New Mexico will share with audience members during two programs he will present on June 27-28 at Richland College – the final feature presentation in the DCCCD’s 2013-14 Clean Economy Series. See the “Upcoming Events” section below for details.

Mr. Downey kicked off the DCCCD’s series last September when Texas was struggling with a drought; unfortunately, he returns to the same situation nine months later. Active water harvesting involves a number of principles that Downey will explore as he explains a system based on storage tanks that enable users to conserve water. Learn more and find out how to register here.

Crochet group makes national news

bulletin-logo_altThe Richland College Sustainable Conversations Group’s Subway Bag Special Re-use Project was featured in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) online May 20 issue of the AASHE Bulletin.

To date, the group has collected 2,800 Subway bags in designated collection bins throughout campus and is crocheting the plastic material into tote bags to reduce campus waste and productively recycle and reuse discarded materials. The tote bags will eventually be sold by the group to raise funds for student scholarships. See the Bulletin here.

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Upcoming Events

Yoga for Relaxation
12:30-1:30 p.m., Thursdays through Aug. 14
Room C110, Crockett Hall
Free yoga group for all Thunderducks hosted by the RLC Counseling Center. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a mat or towel. For more information, call 214-890-3825.

Priority registration for Fall begins
June 10

Beyond 3B training
5:45–8:45 p.m., June 11
Room SH117, Sabine Hall
Last session to complete mandatory professional development requirements for 2013-14.

Registration ends for DCCCD Technology Summer Institute
June 13

Regular registration for Fall begins
June 16

Carter BloodCare Blood Drive
10 a.m.-3 p.m., June 17-18
East Circle

DCCCD Technology Summer Institute
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 20
Room SH118, Sabine Hall

Monthly French movie: “De Bon Matin”
7-8:45 p.m., June 26
Room SH118, Sabine Hall
Screening in cooperation with Alliance Française in Dallas.

DCCCD Clean Economy Series
“Water Use in the Bold, New American Landscape, Part 1: Water is the New Solar”
7-9 p.m., June 27
Room SH118, Sabine Hall
Cost is $10.

DCCCD Clean Economy Series
“Water Use in the Bold, New American Landscape, Part 2: Active Water Harvesting with Cisterns”
9 a.m.-5 p.m., June 28
Room SH118, Sabine Hall
Cost is $99.

Independence Day holiday — campus closed
July 4

Summer – Session 2 classes begin
July 9

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Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 4.37.16 PMCE professor talks investing on CNBC

David Wozniak (Continuing Education), who teaches entrepreneurship at Richland, made an appearance on the “Retail Investor Roundup” on CNBC on May 30. David shared his thoughts on investing, stocks and bonds. See the video from CNBC here.


New Employees

Domitila Gayapershad
Title: Accounting Clerk A
Dept.: Business Services

Asa Randolph

Title: Program Services Specialist
Dept.: Upward Bound

John Spriggins

Title: Instructional Specialist III
Dept.: Humanities

Justine White
Title: Coordinator, Instructional Lab
Dept.: WLCC

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Condolences go to Doug Simoneaux (Educational Computing), whose wife, Robin, passed away May 20 after a brief illness. Robin was a former Thunderduck. A memorial service was held May 31 at the First United Methodist Church in Rowlett. In lieu of flowers, the family has selected organizations for donations. Contact Martha Hogan for more information about donations.

Care & Concern

Well wishes are extended to Sue Jones (WLCC), who was hospitalized after an accident and subsequent surgery in early May. She is recuperating at home.


Congratulations to Nathan and LiAnne Brown (MSHP) on their wedding on April 5. The couple was married at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney.