Monthly Archives: November 2014

November 2014


2014 Ducktoberfest a Success

Photos by Paul Knudsen

Richland College’s 5th annual Ducktoberfest was a success, and it’s starting to become a favorite tradition with students!

Students were able to take a break from studying, and staff and faculty enjoyed it, as well. Volunteers handed out food such as cotton candy, shaved ice, bratwursts and more, and attendees got to participate in a lot of fun activities like riding a mechanical bull and hitting each other American Gladiator-style with giant padded sticks.

Check out the photo album above for a recap of some of the fun that was had!

Richland College Awarded $3.25 Million TAACCCT Grant from U.S. Department of Labor

Richland College was one of only two Texas institutions awarded a Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant from the U.S. Department of Labor on Sept. 29. The $3.25 million grant will help equip Richland College to train Texans who require new job skills for immediate employment.

Read more about the TAACCCT grant here.

Richland College Receives $449,988 Skills Development Fund Grant to Train Associa Employees in Richardson

Check-signing ceremonyRichland College recently received a $449,988 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant will be used by Richland College Garland Campus to train 222 new hires and 79 incumbent workers at Associa’s Shared Services Center in Richardson.

Representatives from Richland College, the Texas Workforce Commission, the City of Richardson and Associa were present at a check-signing ceremony at Associa’s Shared Services Center Oct. 15.

To learn more about the grant, click here.

Richland College Partners with Scottish University for Innovative Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program

Richland College president Dr. Kathryn K. Eggleston, right, signs an agreement with Richard Barnes, the head of global engagement for the Aberdeen Business School at Robert Gordon University.Richland College recently signed a four-year agreement with Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Scotland, giving business students the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree in Scotland upon completion of their associate;s degree at Richland College.

The program is open to students who meet minimum GPA requirements and graduate from Richland College with an associate degree in international business and trade.

Click here to learn more about Richland’s partnership with Robert Gordon University.

Richland College Named an Education Partner for CVS Pharmacy Technician Sponsorship Pilot Program

Richland College was recently named an education partner for the CVS Pharmacy Technician Sponsorship Pilot Program, a part of the CVS Health Valor campaign. For the spring 2015 semester, 10 veterans will be sponsored by CVS Health to attend Richland College and receive their community pharmacy technician certificate, administered through the School of Mathematics, Science and Health Professions.

Individuals who complete the program will be considered for employment positions within either CVS retail stores or their pharmacy benefit management business sector.

The CVS Health Valor campaign supports the nationwide efforts of recruitment, retention and development of military veterans.

Garland Campus’ Treats or Training Halloween Event

Fun was had by all who attended the Garland Campus Treats or Training Halloween Event! Check out some of the photos below:

People looking at a booth A costumed girl showing information to a prospective student Three people dressed in scary costumes

Adopt-A-School Fall Drive a Success

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Adopt-A-School Fall Drive! With the Richland community’s help, 443 items were collected for kids that attend Bullock Elementary School in Garland.

Hundreds of donated items piled on a desk.

Honors Academy Food Drive

Richland College’s Honors Academy Food Drive raised a total of 329 pounds for the North Texas Food Bank, which will provide access to 274 meals for chronically hungry children, families and seniors in need.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

Richland College Soccer Teams Make it to National Championship Games

A huge congratulations to the men and women’s soccer teams at Richland College. Both teams represented Richland with class and effort in the NJCAA national championship games. Both teams are runner-up national champions.

Way to go, Thunderducks!

2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign Results are In!

Richland College ended the 2014 State Employee Charitable Campaign with a total of $55,628 in charitable donations and 58% employee participation. This surpassed the college’s monetary goal of $54,856.38.

Thank you to all the Thunderducks who participated! Your gifts will make a huge difference in our community.

Salvation Army Angel Tree Now Up

If you are interested in adopting an angel from the Salvation Army Angel Tree, stop by the Office of Student Life at E040 as soon as possible. Gifts must be delivered to the Office of Student Life by Dec. 1 in order for staff to be able to drop off gifts with the Salvation Army on Dec. 3.

The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program provides new clothing or toys for children of needy families through the support of donors. Found in local companies and corporations, Angel Trees are decorated with numbered paper angel tags with the first name, age and gender of a child in need of presents. Contributors remove one or more tags from the tree and purchase appropriate gifts for the child or children described on the tags.

Continuing Education Collecting Gifts for Mesquite Tree Nursing Home Residents

Continuing Education is collecting gifts and other items for the residents of the Mesquite Tree Nursing Home. If you are interested in making a donation, bring items to the collection box in the continuing education office, room T160, Dec. 1-19. Santa will be delivering the items to the residents the weekend of Dec. 20.

There are 51 men and 65 women living at the nursing home. Items needed include socks, gloves, hats, scarves, house shoes, Kleenex, crossword puzzles, picture puzzles, books, shampoo, deodorant, hair combs and brushes, nail polish, lipstick and lip gloss, shower caps, toothbrushes and toothpaste, baby powder, hand lotion and finger nail files (no metal tips).

Green Matters

Print less! Use email instead of paper to send important documents, reports and records.

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

Intramural Turkey Trot
12:30 p.m., November 25
Richland College Gym, South Side
Join your fellow Thunderducks for Richland College’s 41st annual Turkey Trot! It’s free, and all participants receive a Thunderduck t-shirt. Walk two miles or run three, and stick around for a door prize raffle at 1:15 p.m. There are no advanced entries, so just show up a few minutes early to pick up a ticket for your free t-shirt.

Talent Show
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., November 26
Cafeteria, El Paso Hall
The Environment and Charity Club is hosting a talent show to help raise money to buy toiletries, food and sleeping bags for homeless people in the area.

Thanksgiving with Bill Neal
Noon, November 27
The Neal Residence
If you do not have Thanksgiving plans, Bill Neal is opening up his ranch for fellow Thunderducks to enjoy a day of food, relaxation and football. Dress casual and bring your appetite. Contact Bill Neal at 214-686-1039 or by November 24 to RSVP.

World AIDS Day
December 2
S117 and S118, Sabine Hall
Jessica Chester, the HIV Program and Communications Coordinator for the Women and Infants’ Specialty Health department at Parkland Health & Hospital System, will speak at noon about HIV. Concurrently, there will be free rapid HIV testing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

World Mediation Organization Symposium
8 a.m.-5 p.m., December 4-6
Richland College
This three-day symposium will consist of 50 percent interactive training and 50 percent panel discussions and lectures that will highlight local experts regarding global disparities and current conflict of international interest. For more information or to register, click here.

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Free Yoga
2:30-3:30 p.m., Thursdays
C110, Crockett Hall
Join a free weekly yoga group for students, staff and faculty, every Thursday through Dec. 10. For information, contact Julie Hanson at or 214-890-3825.

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New Employees

Stephen Salle, Senior Academic Advisor

Diana Lugg-Brown, Administrative Assistant

Kristoffer Stauning Truelsen, Economics Faculty
Engineering, Business and Technology

Kathleen Stephens, Honors Program Coordinator

Steven Manley, Visiting Scholar (Economics)
Engineering, Business and Technology

Melinda Franklin, Instructional Lab Coordinator

Chau Tran, Senior Academic Advisor

Billy Clark, Senior Academic Advisor

Aurora (Teri) Place, Department Assistant IV
Information Technology

Jason Alvarado, Visiting Scholar (Digital Forensics/Information Assurance)
Engineering, Business and Technology

Jiajun Bracewell, Chinese/Japanese Faculty
World Languages, Cultures and Communication

Rose Smith, Program Services Specialist
Veterans Services

Crucita Treadwell, Science Learning Lab Coordinator
Mathematics, Science and Health Professions

Peggy Autry, Department Assistant IV
Disability Services

Larry Couch, Senior Academic Advisor
Engineering, Business and Technology


Kym head shotEach month, Admissions and Student Records picks one staff member to recognize as a Totally Awesome Duck. Fellow coworkers share that person’s strengths, positive actions taken and affirmative statements about what that person has contributed to the office.

Congratulations to Kym Crisp, the October 2014 Totally Awesome Duck! Kym’s coworkers have expressed how she is knowledgeable, creative, hard-working and a team player. “Kym is very capable and good at her job. She takes pride in her work and is very focused on helping students.”

Trina Ho photoAdditional congratulations go out to the November 2014 Totally Awesome Duck, Trina Ho! Trina’s coworkers love how she always has a smile on her face. They say she is friendly, considerate, loving, sweet and kind–a gracious lady who is always willing to help when needed.

Congratulations, Kym and Trina!



Our sympathies go out to Pat Ellens and her extended family. Pat’s father, Henry Zylema of Brandon, South Dakota, passed away recently after a lengthy illness.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Hong Tran and Mike Hau from facilities. Hong’s mother and Mike’s mother-in-law, Te Muoi Thieu, passed away recently.

We are keeping Anson Ngo from facilities in our thoughts and prayers. Anson’s mother passed away recently.

Our sympathies go out to Jose Resenes from facilities, whose mother passed away recently.

Dan Collins, Richland College’s director of media prior to his retirement in 2000, passed away Nov. 12 at the age of 80. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

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