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Alicia.jpg RCHS student Alicia Reese (far left) received a phone call Tuesday from U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions congratulating her on her appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) senior Alicia Reese has been appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy. Richland College President Kay Eggleston and RCHS Principal Herman Jackson joined Ms. Reese and her parents when U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions called with the good news on Tuesday. Ms. Reese accepted the appointment and scholarship, which is valued at $500,000. Air Force Academy cadets commit to a minimum of five years of active duty military service after graduation.

RCHS is a unique charter school designed to provide a rigorous academic experience for high school juniors and seniors. Students can complete their last two years of high school at Richland College by taking college courses and earning college credits with a focus on mathematics, science, and engineering, or visual, performing, and digital arts. Students have the opportunity to graduate with both their high school diploma and an associate degree, prepared to transfer to a four-year university. For more information, visit

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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 three-day workshop as part of the event. The workshop will be at Richland College in Fannin Hall, Room F179 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on April 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 9.

The RACI show will be held April 5-18 at the Janette Kennedy Gallery Southside on Lamar in Dallas. A reception will be held from 6:30-8 p.m. on April 8.

Featured work from Dallas County Community College District students in the RACI show will include ceramic and 3D media. The criteria of the RACI show were set up to promote innovation by requiring only 20 percent of the total artwork to be made from clay. Functional and sculptural pieces were considered as long as the pieces displayed innovation in some form.

The RACI show, established in honor of Richland College Art Visiting Scholar Jen Rose, is funded through a DCCCD foundation grant given by an anonymous donor.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas. Southside on Lamar is located at 1409 S. Lamar St. in Dallas.


The Richland College Chamber Singers will join with the Texas A&M University-Commerce Chorale and Wind Ensemble to present the world premiere of "The Temptation of St. Anthony" by composer James Syler as part of the “Music at the Meyerson” series on March 25.

Richland College Chamber Singers, an auditioned 44-voice ensemble directed by Michael Crawford, is one of five choral groups in Richland College's vibrant music department. Choral ensembles from Tarrant County College, Kilgore College and Northeast Texas Community College will also be part of the combined choir for this premiere.

A&M-Commerce music department officials commissioned the Texas-based composer to write a piece for the university's Wind Ensemble and Chorale after premiering Mr. Syler’s "Symphony in Blue" at Carnegie Hall in 2012. Mr. Syler is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of the Incarnate Word.

"Music at the Meyerson" concert, will also include performances by the A&M-Commerce's Piano Division, Brass Ensemble and Wind Ensemble featuring trumpet soloist Daniel Kelly.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 25 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $20 for a limited number of seats in loge boxes. Tickets may be purchased at the door or online at

To learn more about Richland College Choral ensembles, visit

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MissouriS&T-1.jpg 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 sign a transfer agreement on March 19 between the two institutions.

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.

The signing was conducted by 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; and Debra Schatz, Missouri S&T’s assistant director of admissions, representing Missouri University S&T Chancellor Cheryl Schrader

A similar signing was held last month at Missouri S&T. Approximately 2,000 of Richland College's 18,500 students are enrolled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields of study, including 600 students in engineering.

Developing transfer agreements is an important part of Richland College’s mission to encourage student learning success and degree completion. Richland maintains transfer agreements for degrees ranging from journalism to engineering to photography to digital forensics with institutions including the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas A&M University-Commerce, Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology and the University of North Texas.

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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.

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From left: John Byrne, General Manager, Work Area Protection; Ramon Otero, Human Resources Manager, RHE Hatco, Inc.; Dr. Kay Eggleston, President, Richland College; Cindy Burkett, State Representative; Hope Andrade, Commissioner Representing Employers, Texas Workforce Commission; Reagan Francis, Human Resources Generalist, Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions LLC; Jeannie Hill, representing State Senator Bob Duell; Akylah Fuller, Human Resources Generalist, Sherwin Williams; Amy Mueller, representing County Commissioner Mike Cantrell; and Al Jackson, Training Manager, Sherwin Williams.

Richland College Garland Campus and Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association received a $358,246 check on Jan. 24 from the Texas Workforce Commission. Commissioner Hope Andrade presented the funds to Richland College and five Dallas County Manufacturers’ Association companies for workforce skills training. Companies included in the grant are Atlas Copco Drilling Solutions, RHE Hatco Inc., Sherwin Williams (Garland, Arlington, Ennis and Waco plants), Unity Mfg. and Work Area Protection. The grant provides funding for Richland College to instruct 345 employees for a more than 9,250 training hours. Training under the grant includes “Lean Manufacturing,” programmable logic controls fundamentals, CPR/first aid, Six Sigma Green Belt, Microsoft Office, welding and forklift certification.


Richland College announces the creation of a new Honors Academy for highly motivated, intellectually curious college students.

The Honors Academy is designed for students who desire to transfer to four-year institutions and who seek an exceptional learning experience in an enriched and challenging academic community in small, discussion-oriented classes with great teachers.

“Richland College created the Honors Academy to provide opportunities for students who desire to distinguish themselves in a globally competitive world,” said Zarina Blankenbaker, Richland College vice president for teaching and learning. “The Honors Academy is a natural step toward achieving Richland’s vision of being the best place we can be to learn, teach, and build a sustainable local and world community.”

Students who meet the Honors Academy requirements are being enrolled now for spring 2014 in sections of core courses including Biology 1407, English 1302, Government 2305 and Psychology 2301.

Honors Academy students will be exposed to higher levels of learning and will spend more time on application and analysis of course material.

In the co-curricular s part of the program, Honors students will participate in local community activities and cultural events that incorporate learning experiences beyond the classroom.

Honors scholars will receive a special designation on their Richland College transcripts upon successful completion of Honors Academy requirements.

The Honors Academy’s faculty fellows for spring 2014 are: Dr. Ricardo Azpiroz, biology; Dr. Kacem Ayachi, government; Miguel Marrero, English; Ifeoluwa Togun, psychology; and Dr. Kendra Unruh, English. In addition to teaching Honors courses, these Richland College professors will attend Honors Academy events and will sponsor co-curricular and extracurricular activities.

The Richland College Honors Academy is open to all qualifying credit students, including new-to-college and transfer students. The Honors Academy will offer merit-based, partial scholarships of $500 to qualified students. To learn more about the application requirements, application process and contact information, please visit


Richland College’s Digital Forensics program has received recognition and a $20,000 Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB) grant to further develop program curriculum.

The TSSB recognized Richland College’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Digital Forensics for “being integrated with the industry-defined digital forensics technician skill standards.”

The skill standards-enhanced program benefits employers and graduates. Graduates can be confident they are gaining skills and knowledge valued by employers in the digital forensics industry, and employers gain a more qualified workforce.

Zoltan Szabo, Richland College’s lead faculty member in Digital Forensics, led the effort with employers to develop the skill standards, and then integrated the standards into the curriculum and applied for program recognition.

Mr. Szabo worked with a panel of experts from regional, state, national and international companies to develop the digital forensics technician skill standards. Participating companies included DFW Forensics, ERASE Enterprises, Stroz Friedberg, Accudata Systems Inc., Digital Discovery, CFSI Inc., Deloitte, Transperfect, Cyber Defense Lab, Shaw Digital Forensics Services, G-C Partners and the Federal Public Defender's Office.

In September, Richland College was awarded a grant of $510,894 from the National Science Foundation to support and develop the college’s Digital Forensics program. Richland College is Texas’ only Center of Academic Excellence for Information Assurance 2-Year Education and Training.

Richland College has been developing its Digital Forensics program in response to a critical nationwide need for as many as 65,000 new specialists in cybersecurity to prevent and investigate threats to the United States’ cyber infrastructure.

To learn more about Richland College’s Digital Forensics program, visit To learn more about the TSSB, visit

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Scan the shelves or peruse the website of any bookseller and you’ll find a plethora of published works on business writing. However, you will find very few books on the art of persuasive business writing.

That is what led Royce Murcherson, a professor of technical writing at Richland College, to pen a new book that helps workers in any industry at any level produce concise and compelling communications.

“There were a bazillion books on business writing out there but none were persuasive,” Dr. Murcherson said. “We’re surrounded by so many messages and they are coming so quickly. In business, we need to make a good impression just as quickly. This new model for persuasive writing is needed now more than ever to help us write documents that get results.”

Dr. Murcherson’s book, The Guide to Persuasive Business Writing: A New Model That Gets Results (Kendall Hunt, 2013), outlines a “common-sense model” for business writing based on the ideas of Stephen Toulmin, a British educator who wrote about and taught methods for developing practical arguments.

Toulmin’s ideas were quite familiar to Dr. Murcherson, who earned a Ph.D. in composition and rhetoric and has taught at Richland College since 1997. In her book, Dr. Murcherson invites readers to think of every business document – whether it is an email, memo, letter, job application or report – as an argument. She outlines Toulmin’s model and provides multiple examples of various forms of business writing.

Dr. Murcherson also gives an overview of business ethics and the importance of tone and professionalism in workplace writing.

“What I teach are puzzle pieces, not a formula,” she said. “You learn how the elements work and adapt them to the kind of communication needed.”

The Guide to Persuasive Business Writing started because Dr. Murcherson knew her students needed to learn these skills but she quickly realized it was more than a college textbook.

She has offered professional development sessions based on her book for faculty and staff members at Richland College and at other institutions in the Dallas County Community College District. Dr. Murcherson’s “Writing to Win” sessions have been received enthusiastically.

“I thought we would do one ‘Writing to Win’ session but it turned into four this fall and another in the spring,” she said.

Dr. Murcherson aims to help people create a successful “narrative” through their excellent business writing.

“On the first day of the job, every day on the job, you will be creating your own narrative, writing your story, creating an image,” she said. “And the quality of your story will depend on how you communicate it. Good persuasive writing will have much to do with this. Make your narrative a bestseller.”

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Richland College will present a pair of art events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

On Nov. 21, Richland will host a lecture by Chicago-based artist Lou Mallozzi on his latest exhibit, Peers. The live-performance piece is comprised of Lee Harvey Oswald’s statements made from the moment of Kennedy’s assassination until the moment of his own death. The 33-minute text is recited by 12 people in unison -- “a stand-in for the jury Oswald never had.” The performance will take place at 6 p.m. on Nov. 22 at the artist-run space Beefhaus and will coincide with the exhibition “The Artists’ Commission” on display at Gray Matters Gallery. Mr. Mallozzi will discuss Peers at 3 p.m. on Nov. 21 in Room WH103 of Wichita Hall at Richland College.

On Nov. 22, Richland College will open an installation in the Brazos Gallery by Los Angeles-based artist Vincent Ramos entitled, Plum Pudding Peanut Island (Gilligan’s Squaw Fire Island II). The work is inspired by the collective sense of loss and confusion surrounding President Kennedy's assassination. Mr. Ramos recruited volunteers from the Richland College student body to "utilize dialogue, movement and various character and plot lines" from a handful of network television shows that were preempted as a result of the Kennedy assassination. The performance piece will be intertwined within a site-specific installation inspired by various facets of Kennedy’s biography. Mr. Ramos describes Plum Pudding Peanut Island as "a body of work steeped in a disjointed pictorial and verbal language: a labyrinth of non-linear actions, narratives and emotions." The exhibition opens on Nov. 22 and performances will take place at various points during its run through Dec. 20.


About the artists
Lou Mallozzi is a sound artist based in Chicago who makes performances, installations and recorded works. He is on the faculty of the Sound Department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is executive director of Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.

Vincent Ramos received a BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 2002 and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2007. Mr. Ramos lives and works in Los Angeles. Mr. Ramos' solo and two-person exhibitions include, Motown Took Us There and Motown Brought Us Back, Crisp London/Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include, Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum and LAXART, and, In the Good Name of the Company, ForYourArt, Los Angeles and See Me Gallery, New York.