Homecoming brings festivities to Richland

The second-annual Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Homecoming will take place on all district campuses Oct. 11 to 25.  Richland alumni are invited to come and celebrate along with the rest of the surrounding community.

Regina Harris, administrative assistant in the Office of Planning, Research, Effectiveness and Development (OPRED), said the event is still in its infancy. The Richland homecoming took place for the first time last year. 

“It could have been better,” said Harris. “But, it’s a new idea, a new initiative.”

The Richland homecoming will consist of a series of events over several days designed to give students a break from classes. The main focus will be on athletics.

“Faculty and staff can have a good time and celebrate our athletic department,” as well as students and non-Richland members. “That’s the purpose of it,” said Harris.

Oct. 11 will open with Richland College Color Day where students, faculty and staff wear their college colors. The Lane Banks exhibit, located in the Brazos Gallery, opens the same day. It will be on view through Oct. 25. The exhibit is free and open to the public. 

The Alumni Homecoming Tailgate Party takes place Oct. 12. It’s a specific event for Richland Alumni. Refreshments, music and activities will be held in the Fannin breezeway from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All are welcome to join the fun.

Also on Oct. 12, Richland’s volleyball team will play Paul Quinn College at noon. The Richland men’s soccer team takes on Cedar Valley at 7 p.m.

The Richland Symphony Recital Series will also be featured during Homecoming. A special presentation will take place at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 15 in Fannin Hall.

The next day, Richland celebrates its 10th annual Ducktoberfest from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the east breezeway. Harris said music and food would be an important factor. 

“You know, you have everything except the beer,” she said. TJ the DJ, Richland’s music facilitator, will be playing the tunes. 

“He had a nice variety of music and I like that. He had your Latino, your hip hop. He had your old school. It was very good and I’m very excited,” Harris said. 

The Richland Fusion Band will perform at noon, Oct 17 on the cafeteria stage in El Paso Hall. 

Oct. 18 and 19, the Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Convening comes to Richland. The Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving-Institution (AANAPISI) will host the conference aimed at discussing and developing student success programs for minorities. Those interested in attending should register in advance. The event is free.

The last event will be a percussion and steel band performance at 12:30 p.m., Oct. 22 in Fannin Hall. Harris stressed getting Richland’s community involved in the activities provided.

The main objective is to raise awareness of Homecoming among students, faculty and staff. Harris said the event involved coordinating with Richland’s athletic department and alumni via coaches on campus. She noted that getting the alumni involved wasn’t the difficult part. The coaches were interested too.  “Sure, we would love to do something like that,” Harris recalled one of the coaches saying. 

“I really wanted to do something kind of fun where you bring out the grills and things of that nature,” Harris said. “Still, we’re going to have a good time with what we got.”

For more information about Homecoming, visit www.richlandcollege.edu/alumni or email alumnirlc@dcccd.edu.