Friday, August 29, 2014

A special message, opportunity for parents ...

The Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center and The Midland College Child Care Center @ Manor Park are looking for a few preschool children to add to our program.

The HLGCC is looking for 4-year-old children.

The MPCC is looking for 3- and 4-year-old children.

For more information please call (432) 685-6855.

Tanya Primera, Director HLG-CC/MC/MPI Children's Center
Midland College
(432) 685-6855

Tom Braxton CD Release Concert - Saturday at MC

By Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director

Hope many of you have a chance to come out to the Allison Fine Arts Building tomorrow (SATURDAY) night (8/30/14) at 7:45 for the CD Release Concert of saxophonist, Tom Braxton.

His latest CD project, "The Next Chapter," was released this summer, and in the midst of his world travel, he will be sharing his music LIVE in Midland! Tom was a co-producer on my debut project, "Forever Worship," that was also released this summer, and I will have the honor of singing a couple of songs from that album with him tomorrow.

General Admission tickets are $25. Students can get tickets for $15. You may get tickets at the door. Part of the proceeds will go toward academic scholarships from the event organizers, Midland African American Roots Historical-Cultural Arts Council.

It’s not a “cute” job . . . but the rewards are great!

MC alum Halee Brown in Children's Enrichment Center at Trinity School of Midland
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Halee Brown takes her responsibilities as assistant director of the Children’s Enrichment Center at Trinity School of Midland very seriously. She realizes that she’s in charge of people’s lives—even if those lives are just beginning.

The 23-year-old recent Midland College Associate of Arts in Teaching (AAT) graduate said, “Many times when I tell people what I do, their response is ‘how cute,’ but this isn’t a ‘cute’ job. It’s rewarding, and I love it, but it can be difficult. The most valuable thing I learned in my classes at MC is that no two children are the same, so they can’t be treated the same. Each child needs to be considered an individual, and how I interact with these individuals varies from child to child.”

Brown graduated from Midland College in May 2014 and is now taking online courses at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) toward a baccalaureate degree in Child & Family Studies. She said that the degree is completely online, and all her MC classes transferred seamlessly to UTPB.

Brown explained that she always enjoyed working with younger children and even worked as a nanny for a while. However, when she graduated from Lubbock Monterrey High School in 2008, she enrolled at South Plains College as a dental assistant major. Her love of children soon prevailed. After her husband Chase graduated from Texas Tech University in 2012, the couple moved to Midland. Halee then followed her life’s passion and began taking classes in MC’s AAT program.

“I love to teach,” said Brown. “It’s a career with great benefits, paid holidays and provides a marvelous opportunity to get to know a community and its residents. I’ve met some wonderful people in Midland through their children.”

Brown credits many of her MC instructors with giving her the knowledge to be a successful teacher. She said that MC Director of Distance Learning Sylvia Gray, who taught many of Brown’s education classes, gave her great insight into being a teacher.

Brown stated, “My advice to students majoring in education is to take it seriously. Even though we get to play, color and sing, this is an important career. The people we work with are the future of our country. I always recommend that students register and get class schedules done early—education classes fill up quickly! My final piece of advice is to learn to be in a school with children. You’ll discover what’s like to be with children, and you’ll immediately start to see why this career is both challenging and fulfilling.”

At Trinity, Brown not only helps to coordinate daily activities, but also teaches. Children at the Enrichment Center range in age from 2- to 6-years old. In the afternoons, the center has an after-school program for Trinity students in kindergarten through third grade. Brown said that in total, 104 children are enrolled. The state-licensed center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

”The Children’s Enrichment Center at Trinity is much more than play,” explained Brown. “We incorporate quite a few Montessori activities into our curriculum. We have art activities and even cook with the children. As you can imagine, making homemade ice cream and baking cookies and cake are very popular activities! It’s so much fun to see the excitement on the young faces when we do a new project. It makes each day exciting, and a great reason to wake up in the morning.”

Midland College Volleyball Looks for Answers at Temple College Tournament

MC Photos by Forrest Allen
By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

With only one returning member of the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team on this year's roster (Samantha Orta), Coach Tammie Jimenez knew the 2014 team would be on a steeper than ususal learning curve. However, the team's 0-4 start was not something anyone expected.

The Lady Chaps opened the season hosting the annual Midland College Kickoff Classic (August 22-23) at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center (Midland, TX). Joining MC was Laredo Community College, Vernon College and Wharton County Junior College in a round-robin format.

In their first matches of the season Midland College faced off against Wharton County JC falling to the Pioneers 25-27, 25-20, 11-25 and 13-25 (1-3). The second Lady Chap match on Friday, saw the Laredo CC Palominos defeat Midland College by scores of 22-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21 and 6-15 (2-3). In the Laredo match the Lady Chaps showed a bit of tenacity after falling behind in the first two sets, by taking the third and fourth games of the contest. However the Lady Chaparrals were slow out of the blocks in the fifth, falling behind early and the team never recovered its momentum in the match.

In Saturday's matches Midland College showed flashes of what could be, but their inconsistency in passing the ball, defensive sluggishness and blocking that was off and on, worked against the Lady Chaps. In their second match against Laredo, MC made efforts however those fell short in a 3-1 loss to the Palominos by scores of 17-25, 20-25, 25-22, 9-25. Their contest against Vernon College was more of the same in a 17-25, 22-25, 16-25 (0-3) loss, which dropped the Lady Chaps to 0-4 to start the season.

Samantha Orta

Team Huddle
Coach Tammie Jimenez
Next action will be Friday, August 29th and Saturday, August 30th at the Temple College Tournament in Temple, TX. MC will play on Friday at 11:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

mmmmmmmmm ... doooooonutssssss

By Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director

You know you deserve a "back-to-school" treat! Purchase some fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and help Upward Bound raise some dough, at the same time!

The Upward Bound Krispy Kremes Fundraiser is back! We are taking orders from now until close-of-business Friday, 9/5/14. You may order boxes of either glazed or chocolate (no mixed) for a donation of only $8 per dozen.

For pre-orders, please bring or securely send your funds to the Upward Bound Office at 3600 N. Garfield, Portable Building #5. Make checks or money orders payable to "Midland College Upward Bound Parent Coalition."

Pre-ordered donuts will be ready for pick-up in the Student Lounge area of the Scharbauer Student Center the morning of Thursday, 9/11/14.

We will also have a few extra boxes available for on-site purchase on Thursday, 9/11/14 at the Scharbauer Student Center and in the lobby of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

For more information, contact us at (432) 686-4215, or ... and as always, THANKS for supporting the BEST pre-college program around ... Upward Bound!

Lady Chaps beat West Texas heat with icy challenge, boost for medical research

The Midland College Lady Chaparral Basketball Team accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge from Coach Jones' daughter, Shelby ... and now challenge MC President Dr. Steve Thomas; MC Athletic Director Forrest Allen; and former MC graduate, cheerleader and CBS7 News Personality Tatum Guinn. Enjoy, and Go Chaps!

more about MC Lady Chap Basketball ...

more about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge ...

more about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) ...

In print and online, reach up and reach out through MC Communications and student publications

From Bob Templeton
Allison Chair of Journalism, Midland College

Join the rewarding team of students involved in student publications such as the print newspaper, magazines and the new online Midland College Time still exists to register for any of the communications classes and labs (Newswriting 1 and 2; Introduction to Mass Communications, Public Relations, Advertising, Media Literacy and Society; and TV, Radio and Film Writing). Significant scholarships are still available for the right classes.

For more information, contact the Midland College Academic Counselors, or Bob Templeton in Room 183 of the of the Allison Fine Arts Building, (432) 685-4655 or

McCormick Gallery to host artist lecture reception

Midland College invites the community to enjoy a free lecture and reception with artist Lahib Jaddo, whose "Crossing Media" exhibit is now showing at McCormick Gallery.

Lahib Jaddo
"Crossing Media"

Showing now through October 4

Lecture and Reception:
 Thursday, September 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE

Midland College (MC) invites the community to enjoy the first exhibit of the Fall 2014 season at McCormick Gallery, in the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus. "Crossing Media," will feature the works of Lahib Jaddo.

MC Art Instructor and Gallery Director Michael Hubbard said, “Lahib Jaddo is an Iraqi-born visual artist based in Lubbock Texas, where she teaches Architecture at Texas Tech. Her paintings and mixed-media works span nearly three decades and explore the condition of identity, loss/belonging, and the cultural imaginary of the “homeland” through the specific lens of the Middle Eastern Diaspora artist.”

McCormick Gallery is located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main MC campus and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary; admission is free.

Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Barrier-free Access
Barrier Free Access
Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield Street
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4651 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

UPDATE ... MC Fall Club Fair

MC Student Activities will host "Discover MC" ... the Spring Club Fair on Wednesday, September 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Beal Plaza, outside the Scharbauer Student Center (in case of bad weather, we will move into the Scharbauer Student Center).

Registered student organizations and community non-profits will be on site offering information about how to get involved in Your College and your community. Free food will be provided to students with a valid Midland College ID.

Here is AN UPDATED/EXPANDED LIST of organizations who have registered so far:
(we'll be adding to this list as more organizations sign-up)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, Texas, Inc.
Casa de Amigos
Choice Life Midland
Gideons International
Girl Scouts Desert of the Southwest
MC Alumni Association
MC Anime Club
MC Art Guild
MC Chemistry Club
MC Education Society
MC Engineering Club
MC International Student Club
MC Respiratory Care Club
MC Student Publications
MC Student Support Services
Midland Health Department
Midland Need to Read
Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center
Palmer Drug Abuse Program
Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Teen F.L.O.W. Outreach
The Life Center
U.S. Army Reserve

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator
(432) 685-4543

FREE "First Aid, CPR & BBP" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"First Aid, CPR & BBP" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this fall in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

Describe the principles of basic life support used to manage the adult patient experiencing airway obstruction or cardiac arrest, and demonstrate the emergency skills used in airway obstruction and cardiac arrest.

First Aid, CPR & BBP
Tuesday, September 9th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online

First Aid, CPR & BBP
Tuesday, September 23rd
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, at or (432) 681-6303.

MC fine arts faculty to host "Fine Arts Fest" open house

The Midland College Fine Arts Faculty invites you to come join them for Fine Arts Fest @ MC ... a chance for students - and potential students - to enjoy food, fellowship, and learn what Your College has to offer through its Fine Arts Division.

The event takes place Thursday, September 4th, beginning at 12:00 noon. There will be free pizza for students in the McCormick Gallery, a perfect time to enjoy the "Lahib Jaddo: Crossing Media" exhibit now showing at the gallery. The event will also feature guided tours of MC's various Arts, Drama and Music facilities.

Fine Arts Fest @ MC will also have THREE prize drawings. The first drawing will be a general drawing ... all students who attend Fine Arts Fest @ MC and participate in a guided tour, will be entered to win a pair of "BEATS by Dr. Dre" headphones.

The second drawing will be for currently-enrolled Fine Arts students who have helped to "recruit a friend" (a current MC student) into an ARTS studio course, MUEN music ensemble, or DRAM acting course. The prize will be a pair of "Dr. Dre" earbuds.

The third drawing will be for those friends who were recruited into any of the above mentioned Fine Arts courses. The prize will be a Starbucks gift card.

Fine Arts Fest @ MC Schedule
 12:00  - 1:00 pm ~ FREE pizza in the McCormick Gallery
12:15 - 1:00 pm ~ GUIDED TOURS, Allison Fine Arts Bldg
1:00 pm ~ DRAWINGS in McCormick Gallery

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, Department Chair, Arts & Humanities
Allison Fine Arts Building, Rm. 147
(432) 685-4644

THIS THURSDAY: State Senator Kel Seliger holding town hall meeting at MC

Texas State Senator
Kel Seliger
To my friends in Midland County,

I would like to personally invite you to a town hall meeting I am holding on Thursday, August 28, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at Midland College. I look forward to hearing your input and thoughts on the upcoming regular session of the 84th Legislature. Feel free to extend this invitation to any of your family, friends and co-workers who may also be interested in attending.

Please see the invitation below for more details, and do not hesitate to call Lauren Bradford in my Midland District Office at (432) 620-0436 for additional information. Thank you and I hope to see you soon.


Kel Seliger

Last night, Chap Center was THE place to be

The open floor that allowed fans to stand around the stage and get even closer to the music, was especially popular during last night's free concert by The Avett Brothers at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, part of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series at Midland College.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"Social Media" on MC Continuing Ed course schedule this fall

Learn the basic fundamentals of popular social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram. In this course, you will learn how to use each program, how each differs from the other, and how to share your material. Additionally, you will learn how to blog and share your posts.

Social Media
Mondays, September 8th - 22nd, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Room 134, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

For more information or to register, please call (432) 685-4518 or visit

FREE "OSHA 30 General Industrial Outreach" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"OSHA 30 General Industrial Outreach" - providing an understanding of OSHA policies, procedures and standards - is is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this fall in FREE continuing education courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

Identify the OSHA regulations which apply to general industry, and demonstrate proficiency in retrieving specific information from Title 29. C.F.R. Part 1910 regulations

OSHA 30 General Industrial Outreach
Monday-Friday, September 8th - 12th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, at or (432) 681-6303.

MC professor to appear in documentary film

MC History Professor Dr. Todd Houck will appear in a documentary film entitled “Lone Star Holy War.” The film gives an in-depth look into the pride, passion and politics of what fueled a century-old rivalry between The University of Texas and Texas A&M. The documentary mainly focuses on football; however, it also features an historical review of the two schools. It includes gripping game footage and intimate interviews from former football coaches and players to fans, sports analysts and historians.

Dr. Houck was asked to participate in the project because of his research and published works concerning University Lands. The lands now total 2.1 million acres, most of which are located in West Texas.

Houck explained, “In 1839, the Republic of Texas set aside these lands for the establishment and endowment of a university. Since this beginning, a total of $6.44 billion has been deposited into the Permanent University Fund (PUF) from oil and gas royalties, lease bonuses and rentals generated from the exploration and development of the University Lands. Investment income from the PUF is shared by The University of Texas System and Texas A&M University System.”

The film, not only focuses on football rivalry between the two flagship universities, but also depicts the history of how these schools were established and have come to depend on income generated through the PUF.

The documentary is produced by Mendelson Entertainment Group and Texas 28 Films, located in Dallas. The premiere is scheduled for later this fall. More information about the film can be found online at

MC launching "First Friday" Science Seminar series for Fall 2014

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

On the first Friday of each month, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. There will be a "First Friday" Science Seminar next Friday, September 5th.

Event: First Friday Science Seminar (March)
Time: Friday, September 5th, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College campus
Speaker: Midland College Science Faculty & Students
Title: "Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Midland College"

Faculty will describe ongoing research projects at Midland College that students can participate in. Midland College students who have spent the last Summer doing research at other campus will give an overview of their experience.

The free lecture will be held at 12:00 noon in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center. Guests are invited to bring their lunch ... BUT ... there will be free pizza served at the event!

For more information about the "First Friday" Science Seminar Series at MC, please contact:

Tom Ready, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department
Midland College

Monday, August 25, 2014

On Tuesdays, we leave the light on for you

The semester's full 16-week session, and the first 8-week session, are now underway ... but there is STILL time for you to find YOUR place at Your College this fall. The Fall Semester's 12-week session begins Monday, September 22. And the Fall Semester's second 8-week session begins Monday, October 20. Registration for both of those sessions is going on NOW.

check out a complete 2014/2015 Academic Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)

Helpful links to get you started ...

 • Online Courses - Canvas
 • Campus Connect (Register for Classes)
 • MC Student Life

For more information about admissions at MC, contact:
(432) 685-4501 

On a related note ... we know your daytime schedules can be a little hectic ... and so can the lunch-hour traffic. That makes it hard for some of us to stop in at MC during the day - during 'normal' business hours - to register for a class.

So ... on Tuesdays, we leave the light on!

For your convenience, MC Admissions, Advising, Registrar and Financial Aid offices will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

These offices are located in the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the MC Main Campus, at 3600 N. Garfield Street, in Midland.

PLEASE NOTE: This does not include Tuesdays where the campus is closed during the day as part of holiday observances.

Coming to Midland TOMORROW! ...

A few weeks back, I had a chance to enjoy a preview of a group that will be coming to the Tall City TOMORROW. Midland College is pleased to announce that a special back-to-school FREE concert by The Avett Brothers will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26, at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The special evening is part of MC’s Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series.

I was watching a repeat of a 2012 episode of CMT Crossroads, "pairing country artists with musicians from other genres, playing together, swapping stories and sharing their common love of music." In this episode, "folk rock band the Avett Brothers and legendary country singer Randy Travis join together to perform songs of life, love and truth. Collaborations included versions of Travis' most famous hits, along with memorable singles from the Avett Brothers." One of the songs performed was the "Murder in the City."

The show left me wanting to hear more from the Avett Brothers ... and I will DEFINITELY be at Chap Center TOMORROW NIGHT for their FREE concert!

The Avett Brothers – FREE concert
Sponsored by the Phyllis & Bob Cowan
Performing Arts Series at Midland College

The Avett Brothers’ music has roots in traditional folk and bluegrass, but also captures the high spirits and no-boundaries attitude of rock & roll—which is appropriate, since rock is where Scott Avett and Seth Avett first cut their teeth as musicians. The Avett Brothers combine bluegrass, country, punk, pop melodies, folk, rock and roll, honky tonk and ragtime to produce a sound described by the San Francisco Chronicle as having the “heavy sadness of Townes Van Zandt, the light pop concision of Buddy Holly, the tuneful jangle of the Beatles, the raw energy of the Ramones.”

MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher said, “Because of the generous endowment from Mr. & Mrs. Cowan and the additional support from our special Friends of the Series members, we are able to provide concerts such as this one by The Avett Brothers free to the entire community. Thanks to some ‘behind the scenes’ work by the great guys at Tall Townes Entertainment, we managed to book The Avett Brothers right before their Labor Day weekend Las Vegas concert.”

Tickets are not required for general admission seating. Preferred seating is available for Midland College Friends of the Series and Distinguished Donors. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the MC Foundation Office at (432) 685-4526.

General information about The Avett Brothers’ Midland concert is available at

Two to four times each year, the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents FREE cultural and artistic performances of International interest and scope to stimulate and inspire the Midland arts community, which prides itself on a rich tradition of excellence in the performing arts.

"CPR / American Heart Association Basic Life Support" Course at MC Health Science CE

"CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support" is and American Heart Association affiliated Health Care Provider Course, taught by an AHA-certified instructor, and available through MC's Health Science Continuing Education program.

EMSP 1019 - CPR / American Heart Association Basic Life Support

Saturday, September 6th
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
more information

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact Health Science Continuing Education at Midland College, at or (432) 681-6303.

A warm - and delicious! - welcome

MC Photo by Amadomo Saye
Saturday was Dorm "Move-In" Day for the Fall 2014 Semester at Midland College. Among those on hand to offer a warm - and delicious! - welcome the new arrivals was the Baptist Student Ministry at First Baptist Church of Midland.

CLICK HERE for a photo album from Saturday

CLICK HERE for more info about BSM@MC

MC Photo by Amadomo Saye

MC students 'come clean' ...

It's the first day of classes for the Fall 2014 semester at Your College ... it's busy ... and it's FOAMY ... overnight activities apparently included a visit to the fountain on Beal Plaza by person-or-persons unknown!