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Richland College Makes Top 10 List for Junior and Community Colleges
Richland College west breezeway. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Richland College west breezeway. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Employee Success–Richland College was recently rated 10th in the Rate My Professor 2014-2015 Top Lists for Junior and Community Colleges across the U.S., Canada, and the U.K.  The online rating system allows students to rate colleges on the quality of their professors, reputation, location, career opportunities, library, campus grounds, common areas, internet speed on campus, food service, clubs, events, social activities, and whether or not students are pleased with their decisions to attend the college.  By equally weighing professor ratings and campus ratings, the overall rating acknowledges that the school scores high in both academics and campus life. 


Richland College Instructional Specialist, Anna Biryukova, to Give Presentation to International Association of Russian Language and Literature Teachers
Anna Biryukova

Anna Biryukova

Employee Success–Congratulations to Anna Biryukova, Richland College instructional specialist III, on receiving an invitation from the International Association of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (MAPRYAL) XIII Congress to present her article, The Use of Fictional Literature in Russian as a Foreign Language Class in a Non-Native Speaking Environment:  between denotation and language at the University of Granada in Spain.  Her article is part of her dissertation in Teaching Methodology of Foreign Languages, and it will be published to assist further research in the linguistic and literature fields. 


Richland College Students, Faculty, and Staff to Commemorate the Texas Soldiers of World War I
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Richland College students, faculty, and staff creating ceramic poppies to commemorate each Texas soldier killed in WWI. Photograph by Paul Knudsen

Employee and Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–Richland College art professors are collaborating with history professors in The Blood of Heroes Never Dies art installation to create one ceramic poppy to commemorate each Texas soldier killed in WWI, totaling 5,171 poppies.  To date, student, faculty, and staff volunteers have created 3,044 poppies to be installed in and around Lake Thunderduck for a Veteran’s Day dedication ceremony on November 11 and to be sold to raise money for Puppies Behind Bars, a project that helps prison inmates train service dogs for wounded veterans.  Under the creative leadership of Jen Rose, Richland College art professor, students and volunteers are creating poppies in weekly ceramics sessions. 


Theater Professor, Gregory Lush, to Perform in Shakespeare Dallas Production of King Lear
Gregory Lush

Gregory Lush

Employee Success–Gregory Lush, Richland College theater professor, is performing in the Shakespeare Dallas production of King Lear at the Samuell Grand Amphitheater, September 16-26, and at the Addison Circle Park, October 1-11.  Gregory is playing the role of Edmund the Bastard.  Productions of King Lear have fascinated audiences for more than 400 years, as one of the deepest artistic explorations of the human condition.    


Dr. Michael Crawford Receives the 2015-2016 Richland College Excellence in Teaching Award for Associate Faculty
Dr. Michael Crawford

Dr. Michael Crawford

Employee Success–Congratulations to Dr. Michael Crawford, Richland College associate dean/choral director in the School of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts, on being honored with the 2015-2016 Richland College Excellence in Teaching Award for Associate Faculty during the college’s annual Convocation on August 27.  Dr. Crawford was recognized for being an outstanding choral director and mentor and a student success-centered supporter whose music passion, musical knowledge, choral directing, energy, and performance excellence are contagious. 


Biology Professor, Jackie Reynolds, Receives 2015-2016 Excellence in Teaching Award at Convocation
Jackie Reynolds

Jackie Reynolds

Employee Success–Congratulations to Jackie Reynolds, biology professor, who was honored with the 2015-2016 Excellence in Teaching Award for Full-time Faculty during Richland College’s 2015 Convocation on August 27.  Jackie was recognized as a professor who consistently puts her students first through her mentorship and advising, exposing and helping transition large numbers of students to area medical and academic institutions and into health-related careers.  For the past 18 years, she has organized the annual Richland College Health Professions Information Days into a week-long event that sponsors more than 60 notable speakers from surrounding research facilities and university medical and health professions programs.     


Richland College Music Theory Professor Appointed Composer-in-Residence with Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet
Jordan Kuspa

Jordan Kuspa

Employee Success–Congratulations to, Richland College instrumental music/lead composition and music theory professor, who has been appointed composer-in-residence with the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet (DNCB).  Jordan and DNCB previously collaborated on the premiere of Whirlwind, and this year are undertaking the creation of a new ballet based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red Death.  This hour-long score will be premiered by SYZYGY, the SMU new music ensemble, in March, and the complete production with DNCB will be premiered at the Majestic Theater downtown on April 7.  DNCB and SYZYGY artists will also speak to Richland College music students as part of Jordan’s composition seminar during the year.


Richland College Faculty Attend Carnegie Pathways National Forum Sessions

Employee Success/Student Success–Twelve Richland College faculty members participated in the Carnegie Pathways National Forum Sessions, July 16-19, and will be implementing in their fall classes the student learning success strategies they learned.  The training sessions included strategies about how to increase student engagement and motivation for math learning and how to help students “start and stay strong” in persisting throughout a semester.  The Statistics Pathway has been cited as a new game-changer for students and aligns well with most non-STEM programs of study. 


Richland College Professional Support Staff Association Collects School Supplies for J.E. Rhodes Elementary School

Employee Success/Student Success–The Richland College Professional Support Staff Association collected 182 school supply items for the elementary school students at J.E. Rhodes Elementary School in Van, Texas.  Van was hit with a devastating tornado in May, and the elementary school was so damaged it had to be demolished and is being rebuilt.  Many of the students’ families lost everything in the storm, and the students will be attending classes in temporary classrooms until new construction is completed.


Richland College Art Professor Contributes Review to Well Known Contemporary Art Website

Employee Success–Tom Motley, Richland College art professor, recently contributed a review of On the Wall and Beyond, art by Seymour Fogel, pioneer of modern and abstract art in the mid-20thcentury, on exhibit at The Grace Museum in Abilene, Texas.  The submission appeared in Eutopia, a website for contemporary art reviews and concise means to accessing contemporary art.