This week’s RLC update
Community and Economic Development – More than 600 DISD Conrad, Lincoln, and Skyline high school students and parents participated in a lively, informative exchange with Richland Interactive Simulation and Game Technology (ISGT) program faculty in the Conrad High School auditorium on Tuesday. Emily Gray, Richland adjunct theatre instructor and local professional voice-over talent, joined ISGT program faculty Jeremy Roden and Dan Dao in providing career information and demonstrating software and techniques employed in this growing career industry. Following the presentation, Vice President Jean Conway and Executive Dean Martha Hogan interacted with Conrad faculty and administrators, discussing ways in which Conrad and Richland can partner in tech prep, dual credit, and college recruitment efforts surrounding the program.
Student Success – Congratulations to four Richland instrumental music students who took top spots in competitive auditions at the 2008 Texas Community College Band Directors Association (TCCBDA) All-State Symphonic Band and performed in concert with the honor band in San Antonio last week. Clarinetist Chad McCall earned the coveted first chair position out of 18 clarinetists selected statewide for this ensemble. Richland Flutists Tiffany Reed and Nayoung Jeon respectively earned third and fourth chair positions in the flute section, and Jeremy Hopkins earned the fourth chair position in the French horn section. Congratulations are also extended to Richland Instrumental Music Director Joe Perea and applied music adjunct faculty members Lance Sanford (flute), Sharon Deuby (Clarinet), and Lesley Harkey (French Horn) for their dedicated work in preparing these student musicians.
Employee Success – Richland SACS Faculty Liaison Mary Frances Gibbons continues to host valuable student learning outcomes assessment visits and workshops for representatives from the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center, Collin College, Weatherford College, and the Wales, U.K. higher education system. Visiting vice presidents and deans from these various institutions requested and received in-depth looks at Richland’s assessment journey, assessment process, and how WEAVEonline supports Richland’s assessment efforts.
Institutional Effectiveness – In Richland’s continuing journey toward performance excellence, Richland actively participates in the Baldrige Award Recipient (BAR) organization. The group meets twice annually to discuss issues of common interest and to exchange best practices and ideas. Richland Dean of Planning and Research for Institutional Effectiveness Fonda Vera represented Richland at the most recent meeting at the Montfort School of Business in Greeley, Colorado. Peter Senge, noted author and founding chairperson of the Society for Organizational Learning, was the special guest speaker at the event.
Richland Collegiate High School (RCHS) seniors continue to receive good news relating to transfer offers to universities and four-year colleges. RCHS Senior Arun Mathew recently was accepted to junior-level status at Texas Tech University and Baylor University (with a $20,000 Baylor academic scholarship offer.)