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New Spaces for Students at Richland and Brookhaven

This article appeared in the Nov. 6, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.

Since the start of the Fall 2018 semester, two new spaces have opened their doors to DCCCD students: Richland's Honors Student Center and Brookhaven's HUB.

Both spaces were specifically designed with students in mind. The Honors Student Center at Richland College provides meeting rooms, quiet study areas and use of state-of-the-art computers to students who are enrolled in the Honors Program or who are members of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) or the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS).

Students Can Get Everything They Need at The HUB

The Academic Engagement and Support Center at Brookhaven — known on campus as The HUB — is a brand-new space that centralizes student services, including tutoring, advising, computer labs, meeting rooms and study areas.

The HUB also provides students with services that help them outside of school, such as access to child care, housing, medical care and food. These services, which used to be spread out in offices across Brookhaven's campus, are now located in one central location on the second floor of the "S" building (in S251).

The HUB really has it all. Students can use the space to study for exams, work on group projects or print an assignment before class. In addition to computers for individual use and pay-for-print printing services, students can make use of new technology in the seminar rooms, which allow multiple users to connect their wireless devices (laptops, phones, etc.) to a single screen for sharing and collaboration.

Students can also get tutoring help for classes in English, history, government, developmental math and non-STEM-related math courses. Check out the Tutoring Schedule for a complete list of Brookhaven's tutoring services offered in The HUB and at other locations on campus.

For more information about The HUB, just stop by! Students, staff and faculty are welcome to use the space any time it's open: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Fridays, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Richland's Honors Student Center Opens Its Doors

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, wasn't just Halloween; it was also the date of an Open House event that welcomed students, faculty and staff to tour the newly completed Honors Student Center. Located in El Paso Hall (Room 055 — it's next to Subway), the Honors Student Center occupies a space that was once an underutilized faculty lounge.

The new space houses the Honors Program offices, as well as meeting rooms for students, a kitchen and a quiet study area with the college's only touchscreen desktop computers.

The Open House provided members of the Richland community the opportunity to tour the space, talk with Honors Program staff and faculty, and learn about academic opportunities and benefits that come with being a part of the Honors Program.

One of the benefits for Honors Program students at Richland is access to Honors scholarships. Another benefit is getting to engage in cocurricular and extracurricular activities through the Honors Organization.

Each year, the Honors Program provides resources to help students learn about and apply for the Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship and the Asian and Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF).

Jack Kent Cooke Scholars receive awards of up to $40,000 per year to continue their education at an accredited four-year college or university. To help spread the word about this year's scholarship, the Honors Program hosted a special event featuring Muaz Abrar, a former Richland Honors student who was awarded the Jack Kent Cooke scholarship in 2015 and will graduate from Southern Methodist University in May. The event, which took place on Thursday, Nov. 1, also provided information to students interesting in applying for the scholarship. The deadline for 2018 applications is Tuesday, Nov. 27.

Any students, staff or faculty who are interested in learning more about the Honors Student Center or the Honors Program at Richland College should contact Dr. Kathleen Stephens, Honors Program coordinator, at 972-238-6938 or

Honors Program students, as well as members of PTK and NSCS, are welcome to use the new Honors Student Center any time. Just be sure to pay attention to the rules for the general and quiet study areas and fill out an agreement form before your first visit.