This week’s RLC update
Community and Economic Development â€“ Richland College will host more than 70 high school seniors and potential Richland College students from the Garland ISD Hispanic Mentoring Program on January 22nd, when they will complete admissions applications, learn about Financial Aid, and participate in a campus-wide scavenger hunt to collect helpful instructional and student services information and familiarize themselves with the Richland College campus. Departments included in the scavenger are Health Professions, Library, Fitness Center, Student ID Room, Academic Advising, Career Services, Financial Aid, Computer Labs, SPAR, and the Multimedia Learning Center.
Student Success â€“ This weekâ€™s Richland Student Wall of Honor features Gloria Jean Reckner, who prides herself in teaching senior citizens the latest in computer technology. Gloria was first affiliated with Richland College as a student in 1972 and over the years has had to juggle raising teenagers, working days, and taking college evening classes. Having originally learned word processing on an electric typewriter, Gloria now has 45 years of computer program experience. Since 2003, this Richland College adjunct faculty member has used her love of technology to teach seniors how to navigate and operate computer programs, such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Photoshop Elements, along with digital photography techniques.
Employee Success â€“ The Richland Council for Teaching & Learning sponsors a program that promotes exemplary teaching and learning practices, and recognizes individual instructors who share their innovative and successful teaching practices with the Richland College learning community. Instructors Young Choi, Lehman Marks, and Patricia Spence were recently selected and honored as the Fall 2007 Featured Teaching & Learning Practice Award winners. Youngâ€™s featured practice in English involves techniques to foster creativity through writing rituals and celebrating the power of the writing process. Lehmanâ€™s featured practice in government involves 12 projects he developed to get students directly involved in political proceedings, elections, and Supreme Court rulings in Austin and Washington. Patriciaâ€™s featured practice in speech involves on-line and small-group interaction in examining culture-specific communications behaviors and characteristics, and how to adjust through mediated communication when functioning in a different culture.
Institutional Effectiveness â€“ A group of 32 community college leaders gathered in Dallas on January 17th for a Learning Site Visit of the Strategic Horizon Network, comprised of eleven community colleges from across the nation. The group spent the morning at Southwest Airlines and the afternoon at Richland College learning about the strategic use of human resources as a means of supporting culture and values. President Mittelstet keynoted the Richland College session, which also consisted of presentations by Fonda Vera, dean of planning and research, Roy Bond, associate dean of organizational development, Bill Dial, assistant HR director, and Debra Lockhart, senior HR coordinator.
Richland Collegiate High School seniors continued their pursuit of excellence through the fall semester. Almost 10% of the class (13 students) achieved a GPA of 4.0 while taking 16-21 credit hours in subjects, such as calculus I and II, statistics, chemistry and physics courses for science majors, and upper-level computer programming courses. More than a fourth of the seniors made the Superintendentâ€™s or Principalâ€™s Honor Roll with a GPA of 3.5 or higher, while 46% of the seniors attained a GPA of at least 3.0. In total, 83% of the seniors (111 students) completed the semester with a GPA above 2.0, well on their way to earning an associate degree along with their high school diplomas in May. Those 23 students who did not meet the 2.0 GPA mark will receive additional support services this final semester to assure they complete their high school requirements and earn diplomas.