March/April 2014

The 2013-14 Richland College Student Wall of Honor recipients, from left: Karen Cuttill, Tsegazeab “TJ” Gebreyohannes, Martha Camarillo and Horacio Velador (Jorge Valderrama not pictured).

The 2013-2014 Richland College Student Wall of Honor recipients, from left: Karen Cuttill, Tsegazeab “TJ” Gebreyohannes, Martha Camarillo and Horacio Velador (Jorge Valderrama not pictured). Read the story below.


Students, faculty honored for achievements

Richland College recognized outstanding students and teaching practices in a ceremony on April 2. The 2013-2014 Student Wall of Honor recipients are Martha CamarilloKaren CuttillTsegazeab “TJ” GebreyohannesJorge Valderrama and Horacio Velador, who were honored for their outstanding academic achievements, perseverance through adversity and contributions to the community. Current and former students, in both credit and continuing education, are named to the Wall of Honor each spring. Read the recipients’ bios on the Wall of Honor webpage.


As part of the same ceremony, Richland College honored instructors (pictured above, from left) Vicki Mayhan, Gabe Edgar and Lesley Daspit with the 2013-2014 Student Engagement Awards. Professor Mayhan was recognized for designing an opportunity for her art students to create works for the Network of Community Ministries’ Clinic; Professor Edgar for his innovative use of iPhones and Foliotek e-portfolios with ESOL students; and Dr. Daspit for leading her Anthropology students in a Garbology research project. The Student Wall of Honor and Student Engagement Awards ceremonies were part of Richland College Faculty/Staff Appreciation Week, a series of collegewide activities held March 31-April 4.

Clubs to benefit from Chick-fil-A fundraiser

“Eat More Chikin” and help out Richland College students! Purchase food at the Chick-fil-A on Abrams Road and LBJ any (or every) Friday in April and a portion of your bill will be given to Richland and then split between three clubs: Richland College Student Government Association, Muslims for Humanity and the RCHS Prom Committee. If you dine inside, simply place your receipt in the box next to the counter. If you go through the drive-through, please tell them you’re with Richland College.

Employee group has sustainability idea in the bag

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A group of Richland College employees has formed a Sustainable Conversations group to discuss ways to reduce waste on campus and productively recycle and reuse discarded materials in creative ways.

Through their current project, the Subway Bag Special Re-Use Project, they are collecting clean, dry, used Subway plastic bags to create woven tote bags in which to carry various materials such as books or groceries. The team invites everyone to help make plastic yarn the week of April 7 in Wichita Hall, Room WH261, to prepare for crocheting soon.

According to group facilitator, Susan Wehe (WLCC): “We have begun the PYPS – ‘plastic yarn preparation stage.’ You can be one of our PYPS-geeks. Bring a pair of scissors to our table in Wichita and help make plastic yarn from all those bags you have helped gather. Next week, it’s time to start hookin’! Crochet, that is.”

As of April 7, the group has collected 2,500 bags — about 25 percent of its goal — and has rolled thousands of feet of plastic yarn. The group is still collecting bags, which can be dropped off 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 embodies Richland College’s vision to build sustainable local and world community.

Ceramicist to jury RACI show, give workshop at Richland

Richland College will host Amy Halko, successful Californian ceramicist, to jury the first annual Rose Award for Ceramic Innovation (RACI) show, a new Dallas County Community College District exhibit highlighting ceramics and sculpture. Ms. Halko also will conduct a workshop as part of the event on April 7-9. Read more.

Donate items for PSYC students to take to Terrell State Hospital

Visiting Scholar Zach Spencer (LEAD) is collecting items to take to Terrell State Hospital. Professor Spencer takes groups of his PSYC 2301 students to the psychiatric inpatient facility to interact with professional counselors, clinical social workers, psychologists, nurses and psychiatrists. They tour the historical facility as well as the current working wards. Students also get to interview a current patient at the hospital. In setting up their visit scheduled for April 23-24, Professor Spencer learned that the patients badly need new or used books, gently used jeans and tennis shoes, and hygiene items (especially bath soap, deodorant, toothpaste and lotion). If you would like to donate any of these items, Professor Spencer has a large collection box sitting outside of his office in Crockett Hall, Room C202.

Richland hosts GDAACC mixer

IMG_20140403_191009_826Richland College hosted a mixer on April 3 for the incoming leadership class of the Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce (GDAACC). Tony Summers, Richland College vice president for student development, gave the official welcome and Richland showcased the 10 students who received the spring 2014 Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund scholarships.

Pictured above from left, Tony Summers; Mai Huynh, APIASF/AANAPISI Scholarship recipient; Devang Jhaveri, GDAACC director; Gal Jumaoas, GDAACC president; Finney Varghese, Richland College associate vice president of Business/Financial Services and 2014 Leadership Tomorrow class member.

Richland College, Missouri S&T sign transfer agreement







Representatives from Richland College and Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) signed a transfer articulation agreement on March 19 to provide qualifying Richland students complete academic transfer access to Missouri S&T to earn a Bachelor of Arts/Science in engineering.
Read the full story.

Pictured above, from left: Debra Schatz, Missouri S&T’s assistant director of admissions; Richland College President Kay Eggleston; Martha Hogan, executive dean of Richland College’s School of Engineering, Business and Technology; Richland College Engineering Professor Roderick Crowder.

Richland to offer dual credit at QALAM Collegiate Academy

Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland College vice president for teaching and learning, and Bonnie Hueston, dean of instructional support/dual credit, attended the grand opening of the QALAM Collegiate Academy, an accredited, girls-only, middle/high school Islamic academy, on March 1 in Richardson. City of Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka provided the keynote address and led the official ribbon cutting. Richland College has entered into a dual credit agreement with the academy providing students the opportunity to earn an associate degree simultaneously with high school graduation. QALAM Collegiate Academy is the first Muslim female school in the history of the western U.S. and first all-female secondary school in Richardson. Its mission is to be an educational institution where girls will acquire religious and academic knowledge as well as develop intellectually, emotionally, socially and morally.

More recycling bins added in response to Garbology data

Based on data collected and analyzed by Richland College students participating in the Anthropology 2302 Garbology service learning project, Facilities Services is adding additional bins to college recycling material to its collegewide Sustainability Program. Recycling bins for plastic bags of all types are being added and strategically positioned at seven of the campus recycling stations. Lesley Daspit, Richland College adjunct anthropology instructor, has her students conduct a five-week trash audit on campus as a part of her curriculum each semester to investigate the differences in recycling behaviors and examine ways Richland College can improve sustainability efforts. Students use archeological collection and data assessment methods and surveys to conduct the study using collection supplies, equipment and sorting tables provided by Facilities Services. Read a story about the very first Richland Garbology project.

Richland in the running for RecycleMania Grand Champion


As of March 22, Richland College ranked third nationally out of 252 colleges and universities participating in the 2014 RecycleMania competition in the Grand Champion division. The contest concluded on March 29 and final results will be announced on April 11. Richland was RecycleMania Grand Champion of Texas in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and finished in eighth place nationally in 2013.

Area high schoolers attend Richland’s ‘Engineering the Future’

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Richland College hosted 247 area high school students for “Engineering the Future,” a special event highlighting the engineering and technology fields of study. The event, held Feb. 17 and Feb. 19, coincided with National Engineers Week. Students from North Dallas, Garland, North Garland, Naaman Forest and Conrad high schools participated in various activities including a rocket launch, meetings with college and university representatives, special presentations by Richland College and Texas A&M University-Commerce officials and a campus tour. Many RLC employees, students and departments were instrumental in the event’s success. Visit Thanks, Thunderducks to read more!

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Upcoming Events
DCCCD Chancellor Joe May’s Visit to Richland College

9-11 a.m., April 11

Be the Change
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., April 12
Texas Trees Foundation at Richland College
Annual DCCCD day of service — deadline to register is 5 p.m., April 9

Richland Dance presents “Shazaam”
7:30 p.m., April 11-12
Fannin Performance Hall

Dr Pepper Dallas Cup XXXV Youth Soccer Tournament
Times vary — check here for schedule, April 13-20
Soccer Fields

Richland Jazz Ensembles
12:30 p.m., April 15
Fannin Performance Hall

Richland Jazz Showcase
7:30 p.m., April 15
Fannin Performance Hall
Featuring Faculty Jazz, Jazz Combo, Fusion Band, Jazz Singers and Jazz Ensemble

Intercultural Celebration
11 a.m.-2 p.m., April 17
Outdoor Breezeway

Richland Evening Jazz Ensemble
7:30 p.m., April 17
Fannin Performance Hall
Directed by Phares Corder

Spring Holiday — campus closed
April 18

Deadline for three scholarships
5 p.m., April 21
Applications for 2014-2015 Kim Holley Memorial Scholarship, 2014-2015 Priscilla Hayter-Hall Scholarship and the Fall 2014 Ann Priest Writing Scholarship due to Janet James in Alamito Hall, Room A218.

2014 Digital Media Festival
April 21-22 and April 25
Visit the Multimedia Learning Center’s webpage for info.

Afrohorn lecture and performance
11-12:30 p.m., April 22
Brazos Gallery

Richland Choral Ensembles
12:30 p.m., April 22
Fannin Performance Hall

Richland Guitar Ensemble
7:30 p.m., April 22
Fannin Performance Hall

Steel Band Carnival of Steel Week Performance
12-1 p.m., April 23
El Paso Hall

Jazz Combo
12-1 p.m., April 24
El Paso Hall

Richland Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., April 25
Fannin Performance Hall
Featuring Women’s Chorale, Richmen, Gospel Choir, Jazz Singers and Chamber Singers

Carnival of Steel Festival Guest Artist Performance Demo Clinic
5:30 p.m., April 26
Admission: $5

Carnival of Steel Festival Guest Artist Steel Drum Concert
8 p.m., April 26
Admission: $10

Richland String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles
12:30 p.m. April 29
Fannin Performance Hall

Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2
7:30 p.m., April 29
Fannin Performance Hall
Featuring Symphonic Instrumental Music Concert 2: Wind Symphony, String Orchestra and Chamber Ensembles

Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Singers
12-1 p.m., April 30
El Paso Hall

Richland Theater presents “A Year With Frog and Toad”
7:30 p.m., April 30-May 3
2:30 p.m., May 3
Fannin Performance Hall

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., May 5
Outdoor Breezeway

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

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

Outstanding Employee of the Month

March 2014

Ruby Davis
Business/Financial Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:


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

Ruby, you have been a friendly face at the cashier’s window for the past 14 years. It is evident to all you serve that you truly enjoy your work, and many students and employees have affirmed this to be true! You are appreciated, Ruby, because you are efficient and genuinely caring, giving each person you assist special consideration, making them feel welcome, and leaving them wanting to return to your window the next time. You are also sensitive, caring, and observant in your interactions with fellow employees who come to your window for services, often offering words of encouragement when they need them.

April 2014

Dennis Griffin
Facilities Services

An excerpt from a congratulatory letter from Dr. Eggleston:


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

Dennis, your expertise in overseeing both external campus landscaping and internal plant maintenance is evident in the thriving and well-maintained grounds in spite of extremes in current weather patterns. Your outstanding service was most recently evidenced on Feb. 6 when you and a colleague were the only two Facilities Services employees on hand to clear icy campus sidewalks after a severe ice storm.

Employees with five years of service honored

Richland College hosted its 2014 Employee Five-Year Recognition Ceremony on March 20 to recognize and celebrate 27 Richlanders who have provided dedicated service to students and the community for at least five years. President Kay Eggleston, Richland’s vice presidents and the immediate supervisors of those recognized participated in offering introductions and presenting a brief biography and a commemorative memento to each of the Class of 2009 honorees.

Gary John, Barth Loe receive top DCCCD honors

Congratulations to Gary John (LEAD) for receiving the DCCCD Jean Sharon Griffith Student Development Leadership Award and to Barth Loe, retired Richland assistant registrar, on being named to the DCCCD Retiree Hall of Honor – Professional Support Staff!

Students, professor honored at PTK conference

Richland students and a faculty member were honored at the recent Texas State Regional Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Conference. Chapter Officers Vinosha Silvaraman, Katy Bauer and Adolfo Hernandez, and members Dave Edlund, Gabriela Estrada, Tam Nguyen, Nini Sterling and Joshua Valdez attended. Vinosha and Tam received 5-Star Competitive Edge completion pins. Tam was also recognized with a medallion for the distinguished chapter member category. Gabriela received a certificate for Texas Hall of Honor status. Also at the conference, PTK advisor and Richland faculty member John Millemon (The Learning Center) was recognized as a Texas Hall of Honor inductee for his service with the organization and the Gateway homeless advocacy organization in Dallas.

New Employees

Michael Gross
Title: Head Athletic Coach
Department: PE

Glenda Scales
Title: Administrative Assistant to Instructional Dean
Department: LEAD

Shaniqua Neal
Title: Department Assistant IV
Department: BTE

Soni Cecil
Title: Office Support Services Specialist (Temporary FT)
Department: MS/HP

Denecia Spence
Title: Speech Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: Humanities

Marian Lefeld
Title: Art Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: Humanities​

Contreras Berrios-Marisela
Marisela Contreras Berrios
Title: Nutrition Faculty, Visiting Scholar
Department: MS/HP

Randell Fultman
Title: Research Associate
Department: OPRIE

Lynita Cook
Title: Senior Administrative Assistant
Department: Business Services

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Jeffrey Dudley
Title: College Police Officer
Department: College Police

Thanks, T-ducks

To: Various Thunderducks
From: Nancy Kammerer, Thunderwater Organizational Learning Institute

Thank you all again for supporting PSS Conference Day! In spite of the bad weather, the day was a tremendous success with more than 1,000 participants from across the district. Your efforts definitely made the day exceptionally smooth and seamless for everyone. It was truly heart-warming to see everyone cooperating to make our guests feel welcome, and I am more proud than ever to be a part of this awesome Richland family. We would like to give a special thanks to those of you who were stationed outside most of the day in the cold and snow.

*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 outside Richland may be e-mailed to or hard copies may be forwarded to the College Communications and Marketing office. Thanks!


Dr. Kay Eggleston (Administration),

Leadership Garland Class 33 was richly blessed by the tour and information we received at Richland College. Keep up the great opportunities that are being offered to all in our communities.

Leadership Garland
Class 33

*More Letters…


Jim Henderson, former Richland choral director, passed away in late February. Services were held at First Methodist Church in Garland.

Randy Barnes‘ (Facilities Services) mother passed away on March 19.

Retired Thunderduck Eddi Hoeser passed away on March 11. Funeral services were held on March 17 at Restland in Dallas.