Category Archives: Sustainable Community Building

Richland College Garland Campus Receives Workforce Solutions Partner Award.

Sustainable Community Building–Richland College Garland Campus was awarded the Workforce Solutions Partner Award at the Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas Annual Awards Ceremony on October 21.  Dr. Joe May, chancellor, Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, Ron Clark, vice president for business services, Mehrdad Haroutunian, chief corporate and workforce development officer, and Celes Oppedahl, associate dean of workforce training, accepted the award for Richland College.  KraftHeinz was also recognized as Employer of the Year for its collaboration with Richland College Garland Campus, Rescare, and Workforce Solutions of Greater Dallas in training the more than 400 new employees KraftHeinz will hire at its Garland plant. 


Richland College Host U.S. India Chamber of Commerce Financial Planning Seminar
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Photo by Paul Knudsen

Sustainable Community Building–Richland College served as the host site for the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW’s Money Matters as You Near Retirement financial planning seminar on October 21.  This event is one in a series of informational seminars about financial planning, employment and supplemental income opportunities, estate planning, and volunteer opportunities for senior citizens that the U.S. India Chamber of Commerce DFW provides for members of the local Indian community.  Dr. Kay Eggleston, Richland College president, welcomed the participants to this event organized by Richland College’s Emeritus Program under the direction of Cindy Berry, program director.   


Richland College Police Department Participate in U.S. DEA’s Drug Take Back Initiative Program
Richland College Police Department. Photo by Paul Knudsen

Richland College Police Department. Photo by Paul Knudsen

Sustainable Community Building–The Richland College Police participated in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Drug Take Back Initiative during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on September 26.  Assisted by College Police, community members safely discarded 107 lbs. of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs to be disposed safely through incineration.  This nationwide event is a significant policy action of the White House Office of National Drug Control’s prescription drug abuse prevention strategy slated to reduce the number of Americans who abuse controlled prescription drugs.


Richland College Hosts Dr. Octavio Quintanilla Poetry Reading

Dr. Octavio Quintanilla

Sustainable Community Building–In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and as part of Shaping Our Nation, Richland College’s Visiting Writers Series, students, faculty, and staff attended a poetry reading by Dr. Octavio Quintanilla, Our Lady of the Lake literature and creative writing post-graduate professor, on October 13.  The Visiting Writers Series will continue on November 10 with a poetry reading by Phinder Duali, a Canada-based poet. Both poets are sharing their personal immigrant experiences in North America, dealing with memory, violence, and immigration, which are timely and relevant issues for students and faculty to explore and understand throughout today’s global society.   


Richland College Host Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – Mexican Mitote
Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – Mexican Mitote. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – Mexican Mitote. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Sustainable Community Building–In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Richland College Office of Student Life, in collaboration with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, hosted a performance and interactive presentation, Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli – Mexican Mitote, on October 8.  Mexican Mitote in the Aztec language, Nahuatl, means Aztec Party.  This interactive presentation showcased tribal dancing, drumming, and an introduction to the Mexihca-Nahuatl philosophy.  Participants learned cosmological association with the dances, steps, and songs and a brief history of the dance regalia and musical instruments.


Richland College Garland Campus Host 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day Appreciation Breakfast
More than 100 attendees

More than 100 attendees at the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day Appreciation Breakfast

Sustainable Community Building–Richland College Garland Campus was the site of the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day Appreciation Breakfast on October 2.  The Garland Chamber and Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association hosted this annual Manufacturing Day event that attracted more than 100 attendees, representing 40 manufacturing companies, city officials, legislators, educators, and other Garland-area businesses.  Richland College Garland Campus was a supporting sponsor and offered attendees and participating North Garland High School students demonstrations of training programs including Solidworks, Virtual Welding, and Machining.  The day concluded with tours of two participating manufacturing companies, Silverline by Anderson and Karlee Company.


Richland College Professors to be Featured in Lake Highland Advocate

Sustainable Community BuildingFinding Little Egypt, a Richland College honors learning community taught by Dr. Tim Sullivan, anthropology professor, and Dr. Clive Siegle, history professor, was featured in an article by Christina Hughes Babb in the Lake Highland Advocate, on September 21.  Little Egypt was one of Lake Highland’s earliest neighborhoods, located north of Northwest Highway between Ferndale and Audelia in the 1950s and 1960s, and had no running water or sewer system.  Students in this learning community are digitally and virtually reconstructing Little Egypt by amassing historical documents, census data, and oral histories of people who lived in and near Little Egypt to help tell its history.


Richland College Office of Student Life Partners with Mi Familia Vota to Boost Voter Registration
Sondra Tavor speaking on the Importance of youth in civic engagement. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Sondra Tavor speaking on the importance of youth in civic engagement. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Sustainable Community Building–In observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Richland College Office of Student Life partnered with Familia Vota Education Fund (MFVEF), a national non-profit & non-partisan organization, to host Building the Importance of Youth in Civic Engagement presented by Sandra Tovar, Dallas area coordinator of Mi Familia Vota, on September 28.  MFVEF works to unite the Latino community and its allies and to empower youth in promoting social and economic justice through increased civic participation.  The presentation also included a discussion about the importance of voter registration, increasing public support for civic participation in minority and immigrant communities, and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative. 


Richland College Office of Student Life Host Latinos Shaping the Nation
Scene from Latinos Shaping the Nation. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Scene from Latinos Shaping the Nation. Photograph by Keenan Cobb

Sustainable Community Building–Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month, the Richland College Office of Student Life hosted two performances of Latinos Shaping the Nation, a play that addresses social justice issues historically shaped by Hispanics that still form a challenge.  The issues students face today include:  injustices in the justice system; same-sex marriage; gender equality; immigration; reproductive rights; and social justice for Latinas.  A discussion session followed the performance to provide students an opportunity to address these challenges and discuss potential solutions.


Richland College to Receive $1.5 million Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution Grant by U.S. Department of Education
2014 - 2015 AANAPISI award receptionist. Photograph by Paul Knudsen

2014 – 2015 AANAPISI award recipients. Photograph by Paul Knudsen

Student Success/Sustainable Community Building–Richland College received Congressional notification that is has received a five-year, $1.5 million Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant, one of only ten awarded by the U.S. Department of Education, to allow Richland College to continue its outreach and educational work with this growing population in our region.  Currently serving 4,680 Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) students, the goal is to increase the three-year graduation rate for low-income AAPI students who are academically challenged or academically high-performing and experience risks to success and completion.  In collaboration with the Organization of Bhutanese Society DFW, the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF), local feeder high schools, and local minority chambers of commerce, grant initiatives will expand effective outreach and access and offer leadership development opportunities for AAPI students.