Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A GREAT mid-day break ...

... at McCormick Gallery
Texas Photographic Society International Competition Exhibition
May 18 - August 13, 2015

The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences. TPS supports its members and the community at large by offering exhibitions, publications, workshops and mentorship programs.

Gallery Summer Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Barrier-free Access

McCormick Gallery
Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield Street
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4651 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Midland College offers sports camps for children and youth

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

During July, the Midland College (MC) Athletics Department will host various camps for children and youth ages 5-18. The day camps include girls and boys basketball and girls volleyball as follows ...

Boys Basketball Camp
Grades K-8th
July 6-9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
visit the Chap Boys Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Basketball Beginners FUNdamental
Grades K-4th

July 13-16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Basketball FUNdamental and Competition Camp
Grades 5th-10th

July 13-16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Basketball Camp webpage

Boys Basketball Offensive Skills Camp
Grades K-8th

July 20-23, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
visit the Chap Boys Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Volleyball FUNdamental Camp
Grades 7th-8th

July 27-29, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
visit the Lady Chap Girls Volleyball Camp webpage

Girls Volleyball Advanced Competition Camp
Grades 9th-12th

July 27-29, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Volleyball Camp webpage

Camps will be led by Midland College coaching staff and assisted by MC athletic team members. Campers will receive individualized instruction, and all camps include skills competitions and drills.

Midland College Athletic Director Forrest Allen said, “Our girls and boys basketball camps provide a great opportunity for younger children to learn the basics of the sport. The volleyball and basketball camps for older youth offer an opportunity to learn new techniques and refine existing skills before school starts. Participants will also enjoy getting some exercise and fun in an air conditioned gym out of the summer heat. We look forward to having young people in our facilities. Chaps and Lady Chaps camps are always one of the highlights of our summer season here at MC.”

Campers should pre-register for all camps. Registration fees include a free camp t-shirt. Visit www.gochaps.com for more information.

MC Music Workshops at Tall City Blues Fest: Lisa Mann

Get your blues on with the help of some of the nation’s top blues artists, at a series of workshops offered by Tall City Blues Fest and MC Community Programs Continuing Education, with a variety of offerings for different interests and skill-levels.

All workshops are available to both Festival attendees as well as those not attending the Festival.They will be held inside designated rooms at the Doubletree hotel on Saturday, July 11. Registration is $20/workshop and is walk-up only. There is no pre-registration this year. 100% of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS’ College at Midland College.

Here is a look at one of the workshops being offered ...

Made Possible by
(Sponsorship Available)

Instructor: Lisa Mann (Portland, OR)
Start Time: 10 AM (90 minutes)
Min Enrollment: 4
Max Enrollment: 20
Location: Room 1113 (inside the Doubletree)

If you’ve ever wanted to sing the blues or add a blues sound to your singing in other styles, this workshop will give you the tools you need. This workshop will cover many technical and melodic aspects that are rooted in the blues, but not exclusive to it. Topics covered include note-bending, singing minor-over-major, belting, and growling, as well as learning about basic blues song forms such as 12 bar, 8 bar, and 16 bar blues. We’ll listen to examples of these techniques from the very best in blues music and you’ll be singing the blues in no time. Handouts will be provided along with a suggested listening list.

What to Bring: An interest in singing the blues or adding the blues to your repertoire.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Prospective Students: Find YOUR Place at Your College with Chap OnBoard

Prospective students are invited to find their place at Midland College through Chap OnBoard.

Weekly Chap OnBoard sessions - Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. - are going on now and will continue through July 30th at the MC Welcome Center in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

If the student is unable to make these times, they can call and make an appointment that works with their schedule.

Session attendees will receive a checklist taking them through the admissions process at Midland College ... and guidance from MC staff to get them through each step of that process, helping them get ready for Fall 2015 at MC.

The last Chap OnBoard session will take place
Thursday, July 30

For more information about Chap OnBoard, please contact:

Amy Huff, MC Welcome Center Coordinator
(432) 686-4816

Midland College students receive honors in math and music

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This past May, two Midland College (MC) students were honored for excellence in their quests to fulfill educational goals.

Ben Ortiz was named the top math graduate at Sul Ross State University (SRSU). Ortiz participated in the MC/SRSU cooperative program, whereby he was able to remain on the MC campus and take SRSU courses via computer and video conferencing. His hands-on labs were led by MC faculty.

Ortiz not only prevailed in math, but also excelled as a participant in MC’s science research program. His MC research, which was mentored by MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum, involved population genetics and virology. Ortiz and Mangum conducted DNA testing of various people to explore similar genetic traits among several ethnicities.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, MC department chair of Visual & Performing Arts; Lyssa Bell, Wallace Winberly Music Scholarship participant; and Ruth Griffin, scholarship chair of Midland Music Teachers Association.
Lyssa Bell is another MC student receiving honors. Bell, who is taking piano classes at MC, received the Midland Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Wallace Wimberly Music Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Wallace Wimberly, who served as president of MMTA from 1961-1962. Bell is the first MC student to receive the scholarship. The scholarship was presented on Tuesday, May 19, during a luncheon at the Margaret Cowden Clubhouse at Manor Park.

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly said, “We are extremely proud of Ben and Lyssa. They, like many of our MC students, have worked hard to succeed. I’m sure they will continue to shine in their future educational pursuits and chosen careers.”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One week remaining in WRTTC's 2015 Scholars' Dollars campaign

The 2015 Campaign will continue through Wednesday, July 1st, though contributions are welcome throughout the year.

We are now entering the final week for the Scholars’ Dollars Scholarship Board's 2015 fundraising campaign benefiting students attending Midland College's Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) located in Fort Stockton, Texas.

The Midland College WRTTC Scholars’ Dollars Board is comprised of volunteers from the Fort Stockton community. The WRTTC director, chairman and board members raise funds yearly to meet the needs of students wanting to further their education in Fort Stockton and Pecos County. 

visit the Scholars' Dollars web page

It was developed to counter the lack of scholarship funding available to local students there. Scholars’ Dollars also reaches out to students in continuing education areas such as WRTTC's English as a Second Language program, the Certified Nurse Aide program, police academy and technical certificates. Scholars’ Dollars also extends special situation and emergency loans to students that are in need of short term funding due to special circumstance.

For more information, contact:
Matt Tarpley, Director, Midland College WRTTC
mtarpley@midland.edu / (432) 336-7882

About the Williams Regional Technical Training Center

Midland College established the WRTTC in 1996, and two years later, the WRTTC was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as MC’s first branch campus. In 2011, Pecos County voters approved a branch maintenance tax for the WRTTC in order to provide funding for increased technology and campus infrastructure so that it can remain a state-of-the-art facility providing education and training that enhances quality of life and supports Pecos County’s economic development efforts.

The WRTTC serves its students through university parallel courses, career/technical associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education opportunities and workforce training. In addition, the campus offers a wide variety of programs in collaboration with the Fort Stockton Independent School District. WRTTC courses are supported by advanced instructional technology, interactive television and computerized distance learning technology, which link to the main Midland College campus.

Midland College partners with Tall City Blues Fest for educational workshops

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC), in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest (TCBF), presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops on Saturday, July 11. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2015 Festival scheduled for July 10-12. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the workshop registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

“We are really thrilled to be able to offer these workshops to our community. All of the workshops are taught by performers on our line-up,” said Lisa Grissom, producer of Tall City Blues Fest. “The workshops are once-a-year opportunities for both kids and adults to learn from these performers and pick up something new that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.”

Seven different workshops are included in this year’s lineup. They include such topics as “Sing the Blues,” “Advanced Electric Blues Guitar” and “The Business of Blues,” just to name a few. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth, ages 14+. One workshop, “Kids Dig the Blues: Songs and Fun for Kids,” is specifically targeted to children ages 6-12. Registration is available at the door, and cost for each workshop is $20. Visit www.midland.edu/blues for detailed information about all seven workshops. Questions about the workshops can be directed to the Midland College Community Relations Office, (432) 685-4556 or by emailing Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu .

“Tall City Blues Fest has been donating to our KIDS' College scholarship fund since the Fest began,” said Brenda Cordero, associate director of Community Programs Continuing Education at Midland College. “They help children who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend MC’s summer enrichment program.”


Now in its fifth year, Tall City Blues Fest 2015, presented by Mazda Midland/Odessa, will be held July 10-12, 2015, in Centennial Plaza (downtown Midland, TX). The Fest is a multi-stage Blues music festival hosting award-winning performers across multiple stages. The Festival’s mission is to create irresistible fun in a family-friendly environment that contributes positively to the West Texas quality of life. For more information, visit www.tallcitybluesfest.com

Newspaper looks at MC Chaparral alums in 4-year school baseball programs

Former Chap Fagnan among key contributors at TCU from JUCO ranks

Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The TCU baseball team recently completed its run in the College World Series, and as I mentioned in a column over the weekend former Midland College standout Jeremie Fagnan played a big part in helping the Horned Frogs make it to Omaha for the second straight year ...

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MC Chap, Lady Chap summer athletic camps through next week, next month

Summertime is here! Looking for something to keep the kiddos active, occupied and having fun?

Girls Volleyball

From the Midland College Volleyball program ... Let the summer fun begin! Campers may register up until the first day of the morning or afternoon camps. What to bring: Athletic clothing, kneepads, water, and a good attitude! Visit our web page (linked below) for more information, and an online registration form.
CLICK here for more information

Boys Basketball

From the Midland College Chaparral Basketball program ... Midland College Boys Basketball Camps are back! The first camp take place July 6th-9th, with and "Offensive Skills" camp set for July 20th-23rd.
CLICK HERE for more information ...

Girls Basketball

It is that time of year again for Lady Chaparral Basketball Camps. We will have 2 camp sessions on July 13th-16th. Session 1 will be our Beginners FUNdamental Camp for grades K-4th and Session 2 will be our FUNdamental & Competition Camp for grades 5th-10th. Please see this camp brochure for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you and hope to see your kiddos there. GO CHAPS!!!

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of MC retiree, Dr. Richard (Dick) Ballard Lodewick. Dr. Lodewick passed away on April 14, 2015. He was Chairman of Math and Science Division from 1990 until his retirement in August 1998.

CLICK HERE for his full obituary ...

If you wish to contribute toward a brick in memory of Dr. Richard Ballard Lodewick, you may send your contribution to the MC Office of Institutional Advancement, Room 141, Pevehouse Administration Building, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705; or go online at midlandcollegefoundation.org/gift.

Kids helping kids through Kids’ College ...

Session II of Kids' College @ MC is now underway, and the Kids Helping Kids Book Drive is continuing!

From Ashley Garrett
Resource Specialist, Community Programs Continuing Education

Please bring a new or gently used book to help stock the new elementary schools in Midland. We will be accepting books during Session II of Kids’ College, June 22 – July 2. Drop off locations: Kids’ College carpool area (outside the Allison Fine Arts Building), and Room 214 of the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Garrett
(432) 685-4744

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dog Days of Summer @ MC is THIS Saturday

One of the winners from 2014 "Dog Days"
From J. Don Wallace
Director of Alumni Relations

The Midland College Alumni Association is hosting the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ - a dog-walking tour of the MC campus on Saturday, June 27.

TIME:9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: Beal Plaza (located near the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center)
COST: $5 fee for each canine

There will be contests for: Best costume, Prettiest, Friendliest, Dog/Owner look alike, and many more!

Also, there will be drawings for different PRIZES!

Upward Bound Fundraiser Discount Cards at Bookstore NOW!

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

If you didn't get your MC Upward Bound Fundraiser Discount Card, you can still get one! The cards will available again at the Midland College Bookstore for a donation of $10. With these savings, you'll get a return on your investment in no time, Plus, it's for a priceless cause! All proceeds will support activities of the Upward Bound Student Scholars.

This year's 18 participating vendors include following:
Dickey's Barbecue      IHOP
CiCi’s Pizza                 Wing Stop
Double Dave’s             Cinergy
Baskin Robbins           Sedona Grill
Arby’s                          Your Way Yogurt
Pizzeria Venti              Midas
Palio’s Pizza                Jack in the Box
TCBY                          Pizza Hut
Jersey Mike’s Subs     Smoothie King

Make checks payable to "Midland College Upward Bound Parent Coalition." For more details contact the Upward Bound office in Portable Building #6, on the MC main campus, open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Or call us at 686-4215.

Thanks for your support!!!

Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College
(432) 686-4221

MC student ponders career in real estate while enjoying life “playing in the plants”

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“I love playing in the plants,” said Leticia (Lety) Martinez who thoroughly enjoys her job in the garden center at the Midland Lowe’s Home Improvement store. However this past January the paralegal and mother of three decided to enroll in Midland College’s four-month Real Estate program. Today, Martinez is studying for the Texas Real Estate Commission exam to become a licensed realtor.

Martinez was one of 14 students who took real estate classes in January through April at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center. The program runs for four months and consists of five courses totaling 180 clock hours. Courses are taught in the evenings by three experienced realtors who bring with them a diverse perspective to the program, including home real estate, commercial real estate and ranching/farming real estate.

“The class discussions were my favorite part of the program,” stated Martinez. “It was so interesting to hear about what the instructors had encountered during their careers. All of the students had full-time jobs and were either interested in making a career change or just wanted to learn more about the real estate business. The instructors encouraged us to ask questions and think through solutions. When I was researching real estate training programs, I found several that were offered online; however, I’m so glad I decided to go with the traditional classroom approach because of the interaction with the teachers and other students. I’ve lived in this area for over 40 years, and I had no idea how diverse it was until I took this course!”

Martinez grew up in Andrews, TX, and graduated from Andrews High School. She moved to Midland with her husband Tony who is a chemical engineer, and the couple have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Midland/Odessa area. Their youngest child Julliana is a student at Midland High School.

Martinez has held various volunteer positions in numerous organizations, including PTA president. She said that she always enjoyed gardening, and so as her children got older, she decided to take her love of plants and go to work for Lowe’s. When she isn’t “playing in the plants,” Martinez teaches volleyball at the YMCA and is a volunteer volleyball referee for the Midland Boys & Girls Club.

Martinez explained, “I’m a paralegal and took the real estate courses because I wanted to know more about real estate law. Eventually, I’d like to use my legal background and real estate skills to volunteer to help people who are purchasing their first home. Of course, I want to keep ‘playing in the plants.’ In fact, I’m thinking about enrolling in some botany courses at Midland College. I’m not sure what my future holds as far as a career, but it’s amazing because I’ve already received job offers from real estate agencies!”

For more information about Midland College’s Real Estate program, visit the Midland College Workforce Continuing Education website, ce.midland.edu/wf or call (432) 697-5863.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Still time to be a part of Kids' College @ MC

Session 1 of Kids' College at MC wrapped-up this afternoon. There's still time
- though not much! -  
to register for Session 2, which kicks-off
Monday, June 22nd.

Online registration for Session 2 has closed, but walk-in registration is still open. You can register at the MC Continuing Education office, located in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, room 214. The Midland College campus is closed on Fridays during the summer, but you can walk-in register Monday, June 22nd, until 5:00 pm.

For more information, please contact:

Brenda Cordero, Associate Director
Ashley Garrett, Resource Specialist
(432) 685-4518 / Fax: (432) 685-6412

MC and MISD discuss college options for Midland youth

At the June 12 meeting, Midland College presented a “Legacy Scholarship Quiz” to MISD counselors to highlight the opportunities of Midland’s Legacy Scholarship and requirements.
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Friday, June 12, Midland College (MC) and Midland Independent School District (MISD) staff met to discuss post-secondary pathways provided by MC. The meeting, which was held in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the MC campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., included presentations about dual credit, documentation needed for college admissions, testing requirements, Midland’s Legacy Scholarship, financial aid and MC’s high school senior On-Track program.

MC Dean of Enrollment Management Liz Zenteno said, “MISD does a wonderful job in helping to promote college for their students. When a student first starts to think about college, his or her first point of contact is often the school counselor. So, we planned the meeting so that Midland College staff could better inform MISD counselors about college opportunities and MC enrollment procedures. In the course of our presentations and discussions at the meeting, MC and MISD staff did some ‘brainstorming’ and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking on ways to further encourage college participation among MISD students. After all, MC is Midland’s community college, and we want all MISD students to have some connection with Midland College, whether through high school dual credit courses, career and technology training at the MC Advanced Technology Center or enrollment at MC after high school graduation.”

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly explained that Midland College will continue to host similar meetings with MISD staff. He also said that plans are underway to meet with staff of other school districts and Midland private and charter schools.

Chap Baseball alum gets the call

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• PRO BASEBALL: MHS grad, former Chap Beck signs with Rays

By Will Korn, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

Blair Beck was starting to worry as the third and final day of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft was winding down. The possibility that baseball just wouldn’t be in his future became more likely with every name called that wasn’t his own.

“I knew I wasn’t going to go early,” Beck said. “Once it got the to the 35th (round), I said, ‘I’m going to have to go finish my degree and face the real world.’”

While he waited to see what his future might hold, Beck decided to go hit at the Midland College Baseball batting cages. And on the way, he got the most important phone call of his life ...

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