Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 2014

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Girls Inc. camp at Richland gives girls inspiration, opportunities in STEAM fields

Twenty middle school girls explored science, technology, mathematics, arts and engineering (STEAM) concepts and discovered the joy of learning at Richland College.

These Dallas-area 8th grade girls were selected to participate in Girls Inc. SMART Summer College Camp, a two-week learning experience designed by Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, Richland College and The University of Texas at Dallas – Science and Engineering Education Center (SEEC).

The first week of camp, held June 16-20 at Richland College, focused on “Water: Ubiquitous and Unique.” The girls learned about the various properties of Earth’s most important resource in the contexts of sustainability and ecology. The curriculum included experiential learning activities in the sciences as well as in 3-D art, learning strategies and college readiness skills. Each afternoon, the girls experienced the physics and fun behind the hula hoop.

Sherry Dean, Richland College speech communication professor and Girls Inc. board member, says the week was an amazing success and commended Richland faculty members Becki Williams and Libiya Shah (MSHP); Melinda Andrews and Doreen Stewart (LEAD); and Jennifer Rose (Humanities) for their work.

“We saw the girls grow a lot,” Dr. Dean says. “It was a very intense learning community. This week sets the stage for thinking routines and helping the girls see connections. The girls created ePortfolios to showcase their experiences. They will be able to look back on this week and realize how they’ve become stronger, smarter and bolder.” Read the full story.

APIASF scholars participate in summit

APIASFSana Hussein and Bhagawat Khatiwada, Richland College Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF) scholars, were selected to participate in the annual APIASF Higher Education Summit in Washington, D.C. On June 16, there were pre-summit activities facilitated for the student scholars while college and university administrators participated in an AANAPISI Technical Assistance workshop.

On June 17, the Summit offered a series of presentations, panels and breakout sessions centered around the theme, “Creating Meaningful Change for AAPI Students,” highlighting how the acceleration of student success, mobilization of communities and resources and advancement of institutional capacity contribute to broad scale change for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) students. Accompanying the students were Richland College’s Zarina Blankenbaker (Administration) and Bao Huynh (OPRED). Summit participation expenses for the college were funded collectively by the APIASF, an AANAPISI grant and the College Board.

Be a success coach

Success coaches are needed at Richland College for Journey to Success, (JTS) a DCCCD student retention initiative. JTS is open to all Richland students who are enrolled in at least one credit course. Students can be referred by instructors or they can join the program via self-referral.

Success coaches are volunteers who offer assistance and receive SEUs for this service. The goal of success coaches is to assist students in attaining skills and resources that will allow them to succeed.

A success coach training session will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 21. For more information, contact Illona Smith (Disability Services) at ext. 6373 or, or visit

‘That Student is You!’ debuts on YouTube

Distance Learning’s new orientation video is now live on YouTube. It features real Richland students and employees. The video helps prospective Distance Learning students know what to expect and gives tips for success. Check it out!

Students complete almost 10K volunteer hours

Richland College had 470 Service Learning completers this spring semester, totaling 9,956 volunteer hours in community service and an average of 21.2 volunteer hours per student. This community service learning effort translated into $72,181 in equivalent financial value. Service Learning is a teaching-and-learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich learning experiences, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Participating faculty make service learning a part of their course curriculum and offer extra credit to encourage their students to get involved in community service. Richland College is honored to be listed on the U.S. President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.

Gotta Dance

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Socially speaking

Did you know that Richland is active on all the hottest social media platforms? It’s an effective and fun way to reach current and future students and employees. Check out our accounts below, like the posts and let’s be friends!

Green Matters


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

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.

Summer classes begin
July 9

Richland Book Club
12-2 p.m., July 18
Room SH117, Sabine Hall
This month’s book is Mom & Me & Mom by Maya Angelou. For more information and/or to join, contact Michelle Navarro (Humanities) at

Continuing Education Fall registration begins
August 5

Fall classes begin
August 25

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Brown named to pharmacy commission

LiAnne Brown, MSHP, has been appointed as one of nine national members of the Pharmacy Technician Accreditation Commission (PTAC), to serve a three-year term. Brown has served as an accreditation surveyor with the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP), is an active member of ASHP and its state and local chapters and brings more than 20 years of industry experience in both pharmacy practice and technician education to the PTAC.

Collins creates art for local businesses

Adjunct art instructor David Collins (Humanities) recently completed commissions for Park Place Mercedes, Park Place Porsche and Maserati Fort Worth. His watercolor/graphite mixed media works showcase to the business community and the community at large the highly talented caliber of art professionals teaching at Richland College.


Thanks, T-ducks

To: Lisa Grippo and Sharon Wright, CCM
From: Megan Farmer, formerly of AANAPISI

I wanted to say ‘thank you” again for your help on April 24. I honestly do not know what we would have done without the tablecloths you loaned us for the event last night. Lisa — I am so grateful that you saw me in the hallway and were able to get into Marketing. Sharon — it was such a blessing that you were still in the office that late. After that little issue, the rest of the night went very smoothly. Thank you again!

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Condolences are extended to Tameca Minter (LEAD). Her father, John L. Henderson, Jr. of Dallas, passed away June 30 following a lengthy illness. A visitation was held on July 3 at Laurel Land Funeral Home and Memorial Park in Dallas.

Sympathy goes out to Kendra Unruh (WLCC) for the passing of her cousin, Spencer Unruh, as the result of a gas explosion at his home in Kansas on June 28. Kendra’s aunt and another cousin were severely injured in the blast and remain hospitalized.