Author Archives: Jenni Gilmer
Institutional Effectiveness — Richland College’s senior leadership team is engaging in a modified Delphi Technique to reach consensus on proposed revisions to the 2014-2015 Richland College ThunderDocuments, a guiding document that contains the vision, mission, ThunderValues, organizational practices, core competencies and Strategic Planning Priority Goals for Student Learning. This technique advances progress in discussion and potential revisions that will culminate during the senior leadership team’s annual Strategic Planning Retreat on July 30.
Sustainable Community Building — Richland College’s engagement in meeting the needs of underserved and non-consumer individuals in its community was showcased in AACC’s July 15 online issue of Community College Daily. The article featured how Richland College is reaching out to one of the fastest-growing refugee communities in the U.S., the Burmese and Bhutanese refugee communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. As a grant-funded Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI), Richland College and partnered with the Organization of Bhutanese Society of Dallas-Fort Worth to identify needs and implement ways quickly to address them. Richland College’s Multicultural Center is providing English assessment, registration assistance, referrals to resources and advising, specialized tutoring and a lending library to assist Burmese and Bhutanese students in getting started and succeeding in their learning.
Student Success — Congratulations to Quynh Pham who begins her term as the 2014-2015 Richland College Student Government Association (SGA) president and Nariman Al-Matari who will serve as SGA vice president. Quynh is a biochemistry major who plans to transfer to UTD to study for a career as a medical doctor and medical researcher. Nariman is a biology major who intends to transfer to a four-year university to study for a career as a physician’s assistant and ultimately as a medical doctor. Quynh and Nariman, elected during the general election last spring, will lead the 15-member SGA as they study, deliberate and vote on all the issues brought before the group. SGA members are required to work two hours each week and attend all meetings and Office of Student Life events and are given the opportunity to participate in the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Convention in the spring.
Employee Success — Congratulations to Tony Summers, Richland College vice president for student development, who has been named a director at large to the 2014-2015 National Council on Student Development (NCSD) board of directors. NCSD promotes knowledge, expertise, and professional development opportunities; supports decision-making based on empirical and ethical principles; and demonstrates commitment to the personal and professional advancement of student development professionals.
Institutional Effectiveness — Carol Kent, Richland College QEP faculty director and speech communication professor, led the Developing Learning Power (DLP) Summer Workshop for the professional development faculty champions, discipline coaches and assessment team on June 25. During the workshop, participants reviewed data from surveys and focus groups collected from DLP in-training and implementing faculty and students involved in targeted Developing Learning Power EDUC 1300, history, English and government classes. This data analysis will inform continuous improvement to the 2014-2015 DLP faculty professional development and student assessment measures.
Sustainable Community Building — Richland College and the District Facilities Services Council and Sustainability Team welcome Tommy LaPoint, LEED Green associate and Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps fellow. Tommy is studying for his master’s degree in environmental management and sustainability at St. Edward’s University in Austin, and plans to pursue a career in energy efficiency upon graduation. Tommy, mentored by Jerry Owens, Richland College assistant facilities services director, is interning with facilities services directors and assistant directors, sustainability coordinators and Energy Management Team and Sustainability Team members from the seven colleges. Together they will create and implement a unified energy reporting and accounting process, conduct preliminary energy audits, inventory large physical plant equipment such as boilers, chillers and cooling towers, and assist in the collection and analysis of greenhouse gas reporting data.
Student Success — Nima Kapadia, a 2006 Richland College graduate and South Garland High School journalism teacher, was recently honored with a 2014 Rising Star Award from the Journalism Education Association, a 2,500-member scholastic journalism association for high school teachers and publications advisers, media professionals, press associations, adviser organizations, libraries, publishing companies, newspapers, radio stations and journalism departments throughout the country. The award recognizes teachers with one to five years of journalism teaching and/or advising experience who demonstrate a commitment to excellence in journalism education. Following her graduation from Richland College, Nima earned from SMU a bachelor’s degree in journalism summa cum laude in 2008 and master’s degrees in education and educational leadership, in 2010 and 2013 respectively.
Employee Success — Susan Wehe, Richland College instructional labs coordinator, was commended in a July 1 letter from Mary Suhm, former Dallas city manager, for her volunteer work in assisting with the recent 82nd Annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. This year’s Conference of Mayors set an attendance record with 1,600 attendees that required the time, energy, and courtesy of a number of citizen volunteers for its success.
Institutional Effectiveness — The Office of Planning, Research, Effectiveness and Development has completed and submitted Richland College data to the National Community College Benchmark Project (NCCBP), hosted by Johnson County Community College. Richland College has participated in the NCCBP since 2005 which offers community colleges one site where trend data such as student outcomes, cost analysis, effectiveness measures, student satisfaction and other related data can be benchmarked among approximately 270 community colleges nationwide.
Sustainable Community Building — Continuously committed to its vision to build sustainable local and world community, Richland College hosted the DCCCD’s Clean Economy Series on June 27 -28 with two presentations by Nate Downey, permaculture practitioner and award-winning author of “Harvest the Rain: How to Enrich Your Life by Seeing Every Storm as a Resource.” In his presentation, “Water is the New Solar,” on June 27, Downey proposed that the water-harvesting industry will soon join solar energy as an economic engine driving us toward real sustainability. His June 28 presentation, “The Bold, New American Landscape, Part 2: Active Water Harvesting with Cisterns,” described the five functions of cistern systems: collection, conveyance, filtration, storage, distribution, tank type options and accessories.