Wednesday, April 23, 2014

$50,000 Runyan scholarship benefits single mothers

MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher (left) and Marilee Runyan
“It’s time to give back to the community and help young women achieve their dreams,” said Marilee Runyan. “My husband Ed and I recently celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary, and we have lived in Midland for 53 of those years. We raised our children in Midland, and we love this community.”

Their desire to help others and their love of community are what prompted Marilee and Edward (Ed) Runyan, Sr., to establish a $50,000 MC scholarship. The Marilee H. Runyan Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to deserving single mothers to help with tuition, books and supplies.

Marilee explained, “Ed and I have been very blessed. We have traveled all over the world—to New Zeland, Australia, Tokyo, Spain and Italy. However, it’s always nice to come back to our home in Midland.”

The Runyans moved to Midland in 1960 from Oklahoma. Their three children, Edward Runyan, Jr., Laurie Kidwell and Leigh Ann Runyan, attended Midland schools. The family continues to make Midland home. Today, Edward, Jr. and Laurie still reside in Midland and are now raising their families in the community. The Runyans have four grandchildren and an 18-month-old great grandchild also living in Midland.

Marilee said that their adventurous days of traveling overseas have ended. They now enjoy quiet days at home in Midland reading and spending time with one another. They also have a second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher said, “It is so heartwarming to know the Runyans and see their love for the Midland community. There are a great deal of single mothers attending Midland College trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. This generous scholarship will definitely be appreciated by those women who, like the Runyans, want to raise their children in this community.”

Midland College to host Texas Tribune, "Conversation with Mike Conaway"

The Texas Tribune invites the Midland community to attend "A Conversation with U. S. Rep. Mike Conaway" on Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room.

Conaway, R-Midland, is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents the 11th Congressional District, which consists of 29 counties in Central and West Texas and includes Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. He is a deputy Republican whip, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services and Intelligence committees. Conaway also serves as chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, and as chairman of the Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence Subcommittee.

This event will be held in the Carrasco Room of the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the Midland College main campus. It is free and open to the public, and a complimentary lunch will be served.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m., with the Conversation beginning at noon. 


The Tribune's Conversation Series features in-depth discussions with prominent elected officials and newsmakers moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief, and other expert journalists from The Texas Tribune.

This series of conversations is generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and this event is co-presented with Midland College and supported by Texas Mutual Insurance, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, AT&T, BP, Christus Health and Texas A&M University.

Questions? 
Please email the Texas Tribune, or call them at (512) 716-8691

Chap golfers earn berth in national championship tournament

JC GOLF: Chaps take 3rd at NJCAA District 2 tourney

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

DENNIS, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team shot a final round 289 and finished in third at this week’s NJCAA District 2 Championships at Sugar Tree Golf Club.

The Chaps shot a 293-291-389--873 over the past two days and were three strokes behind Odessa College and 25 strokes behind first place McLennan Community College.

Midland College also qualifed for the national tournament as their six-round total of 1,753 put them in second place during the 108-hole tournament, which included the NJCAA Southwest Championship two weeks ago and this week’s tournament.

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TODAY ... Midland College ONCE AGAIN conducting lock down/shelter-in-place drill

By Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

Just a reminder that on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m., we will conduct a lock down/shelter in place drill at the Midland College main campus of the college. The drill is designed to familiarize the MC community in what to do in the event of an emergency. Advanced notice is being given to minimize disruption to classes.

The purpose of this drill is to test the college ability to lock down quickly and effectively if faced with a potential dangerous situation, such as a person with a gun on campus.

The drill will begin with a text message notification along with an audible message over the emergency notification system. The messages will state: "This is a shelter in place drill for Midland College Main Campus. Please shelter in place at this time, THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. All persons on campus should immediately seek shelter in the nearest location, lock doors, windows, etc. and wait for further instructions."

The main goal of this drill is to see how quick the campus can be locked down.  What that means is that everyone on campus needs to be behind a locked door as quickly as possible.  Faculty and staff are urged to take lead roles and get people out of hallways and common areas and into rooms that can be locked.  We will have some visitors on campus, please direct these individuals to a safe location.  We will have evaluators stationed throughout campus to assess the drill.  We will be utilizing the on campus emergency alert system to activate the drill as well as the  text message alert.  There will be an all clear message broadcast at the conclusion of the drill.

This event should be short and last 5-10 minutes.  Once you are in a secure location I urge you to take a moment and consider what else you would do in the event of an actual active shooter situation.  How could you further secure your location.  What additional means are available to defend your location should you come face to face with a shooter.

I anticipate there will be some issues.  After the drill I would appreciate your feedback on what went well, what problems you may have encountered, and any suggestions you may have to make the campus safer.

If there are any questions about this exercise or what should be done feel free to contact me.

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department
(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Next truck driving course begins May 5 at MC

The Midland College Transportation Training Program provides individuals with the proper training in order to obtain a CDL License to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely within the rules and regulations set by the Department of Transportation. We offer a four-week program that is 160 hours and consists of instruction in the classroom. Training is provided in pre-trip, post-trip,and backing. The last 80 hours involve actual hands-on driving by the student.

Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Class A License with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples and Tankers.

Midland College's Professional Truck Driving program is an intensive four-week course scheduled from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The program is a total of 160 hours and is comprised of the following sections:

  • Orientation
  • CDL written test preparation
  • Control systems
  • Basic control
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Turning
  • Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Communications
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • H2S Certification
  • Hazard perception
  • Emergency maneuvers
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Diagnosing malfunctions
  • Cargo handling & documentation
  • Environmental issues
  • Accident procedures
  • Trip planning
  • Oilfield Preparation
  • Up to 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving 
The next course begins Monday, May 5, 2014.
 
(TT19133Q)
 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, May 5 - 29
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
more information

Class enrollment is limited!

Applications for admission are accepted on a first-come, first-served bases according to the date of application.

Midland College Transportation Training
 Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue
Midland, Texas 79701
(432) 681-6318
(800) 474-7164 (toll-free)

Leticia Ramos, Data Specialist
(432) 681-6318
lramos@midland.edu

Lunch with BEDC, and learn about insurance

From Betsy Fredericks
Associate Director, Midland College Business and Economic Development Center

The Business and Economic Development Center at Midland College (BEDC) will celebrate Financial Literacy Month in April by hosting a weekly Lunch & Learn in the meeting room of the Jack Brown Dining Hall. The half-hour classes are free to the public. There is a $5.30 charge for lunch at the dining hall.

The series will continue Friday, April 25th, at 12:00 noon, with "All About Insurance."

Betsy Fredericks
(432) 684-4309
bfredericks@midland.edu



Update/preview of Chaps' play in NJCAA district golf championship

                                                                               Ryan Skillern                                         MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC GOLF: Chaps move one step closer to national berth

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

DENNIS, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team shot a two-round total of 584 on Monday at Sugar Tree Golf Club during the first day of the NJCAA District 2 Golf Championships.

The Chaps shot 293and 291 in the two rounds on Monday and are now tied for second overall in the District 2 Championship and are six strokes behind McLennan Community College. McLennan shot a 278-284--562 on Monday to take the overall lead in the six-round tournament.

The three rounds from this week’s tournament will be combined with the NJCAA Southwest Championships two weeks ago to determine qualifiers for the NJCAA National Tournament. The top five teams in the district tournament earn berths in the national tournamente.

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THIS MORNING ... Midland College to conduct lock down/shelter-in-place drill

By Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

Just a reminder that on Tuesday April 22, at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m., we will conduct a lock down/shelter in place drill at the Midland College main campus of the college. The drill is designed to familiarize the MC community in what to do in the event of an emergency. Advanced notice is being given to minimize disruption to classes.

The purpose of this drill is to test the college ability to lock down quickly and effectively if faced with a potential dangerous situation, such as a person with a gun on campus.

The drill will begin with a text message notification along with an audible message over the emergency notification system. The messages will state: "This is a shelter in place drill for Midland College Main Campus. Please shelter in place at this time, THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. All persons on campus should immediately seek shelter in the nearest location, lock doors, windows, etc. and wait for further instructions."

The main goal of this drill is to see how quick the campus can be locked down.  What that means is that everyone on campus needs to be behind a locked door as quickly as possible.  Faculty and staff are urged to take lead roles and get people out of hallways and common areas and into rooms that can be locked.  We will have some visitors on campus, please direct these individuals to a safe location.  We will have evaluators stationed throughout campus to assess the drill.  We will be utilizing the on campus emergency alert system to activate the drill as well as the  text message alert.  There will be an all clear message broadcast at the conclusion of the drill.

This event should be short and last 5-10 minutes.  Once you are in a secure location I urge you to take a moment and consider what else you would do in the event of an actual active shooter situation.  How could you further secure your location.  What additional means are available to defend your location should you come face to face with a shooter.

I anticipate there will be some issues.  After the drill I would appreciate your feedback on what went well, what problems you may have encountered, and any suggestions you may have to make the campus safer.

If there are any questions about this exercise or what should be done feel free to contact me.

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department
(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week at Your College ... an annual celebration of the written and spoken word


Online registration for MC Summer Sessions begins today

• Will continue through May 29 for Session 1,
July 9 for Session 2

ONLINE registration for the Summer Sessions at MC begins today. Students who have not completed a Midland College application should do so prior to registering for classes. The MC application is available online at www.applytexas.org

• what you need to get started 

Advising and other student services for the Summer Sessions is taking place at the Scharbauer Student Center located on the MC main campus. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

PLEASE NOTE: The MC campus is closed today, Monday, April 21, for Easter break.

For more information about the Summer Sessions at MC, please contact the MC Admissions Office at (432) 685-5523.


So, what courses might you take?

 • Course Schedule Interactive Online Listing and Availability (on Campus Connect)

 • Course Descriptions (on MC's Online Catalog)



On Tuesdays, we leave the lights 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.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar


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




Burn calories, increase strength with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Shallow Water Aerobics"

Enjoy the benefits of a high calorie-burning workout in the comfortable environment of the water. The buoyancy of the water reduces the impact on your joints and at chest level depth, removes 75% of your body weight! You can utilize the pool floor and add power to your moves, which will increase intensity and caloric expenditure. This class is designed to burn calories increase your endurance, and improve muscular strength. The instructor, Tammy McAlister, is certified with Aquatic Exercise Association. Class will meet in the Mabee Pool located at the COM Aquatics, 3003 N. 'A' Street.

Shallow Water Aerobics
9355133Q
$45.00

Instructor: Tammy McAlister
Tuesdays and Thursdays, May 20 - June 26, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

Friday, April 18, 2014

A memorable evening at Your College ...


Exercise mind, body and spirit with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Tai Chi"

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The Sun-style Tai Chi routines are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. The benefits of Tai Chi include reduced stress, increase in balance and flexibility, helps you feel relaxed, and improves your overall mind, body and spirit. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life. This program is promoted by the Arthritis Foundation. Class will meet at COM Aquatics, 3003 N. ‘A’ Street (and activities are performed on land).

Tai Chi
9359133Q
FREE
Instructor: Bobby Raney
Mondays and Wednesdays, May 19 - June 25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:


Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

Newspaper offers preview of MC softball this weekend

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC SOFTBALL: MC healthier as it takes on rival Howard

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram


MIDLAND COLLEGE vs HOWARD COLLEGE
When/Where: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today, Foundation Field, Big Spring; doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Midland College softball field.

As a sophomore on the Midland College Lady Chaparral softball teamShelby Weissenbach knows the importance of being that motivator for the younger players, especially when things get tough.

Without a doubt, Weissenbach and the Lady Chaparrals have had their share of tough moments this season with injuries and some sloppy fielding at times contributing to some tough losses.

But even with those bumps this season, the Lady Chaps (25-18 overall) find themselves in third place in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 12-8 record and are playing some good softball, thanks to a seven-game winning streak, heading into this weekend’s series against Howard College (36-10, 17-3).

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

And that's a wrap!

All Midland College campuses close Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
for the Easter Holiday. We will re-open and classes resume
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m.
 
Have a happy, safe and
blessed holiday, everyone!

Just another Tuesday at Your College ...


Online registration for MC Summer Sessions begins April 21

• Will continue through May 29 for Session 1,
July 9 for Session 2

ONLINE registration for the Summer Sessions at MC begins this Monday, April 21. Students who have not completed a Midland College application should do so prior to registering for classes. The MC application is available online at www.applytexas.org

• what you need to get started 

Advising and other student services for the Summer Sessions is taking place at the Scharbauer Student Center located on the MC main campus. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

PLEASE NOTE: The MC campus is closed Monday, April 21, for Easter break.

For more information about the Summer Sessions at MC, please contact the MC Admissions Office at (432) 685-5523.


So, what courses might you take?

 • Course Schedule Interactive Online Listing and Availability (on Campus Connect)

 • Course Descriptions (on MC's Online Catalog)



On Tuesdays, we leave the lights 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.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar


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




Hit the links with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Golf 101"

"Golf 101" is a course designed for any golfer with a desire to learn or review the basics of golf. Each class will include, introduction to golf, rules and etiquette, putting, chipping, pitching and sand play, full swing on the range and on course instruction. Students must have their own golf clubs. Range balls will be included. This class is located at Nueva Vista Golf Course, 6101 W. Wadley.

Golf 101
9572133Q
$60
Instructor: Mike Crosser, PGA Professional
Wednesdays, May 7-28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:


Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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 spring in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.


First Aid, CPR & BBP
(I039133Q)
Wednesday, April 30th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
more information



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

Midland College uses science to excite 6th graders about learning

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

Midland College (MC) hosted its annual Science Extravaganza, Friday, April 4. Sixth grade students from Midland County and surrounding communities came to the MC Campus and participated in science demonstrations from various departments.

Science Extravaganza is hosted by the Math & Science Department at MC, with the hope that students will get inspired to learn more about science after they get to see some of the experiments. The students visited exhibits from Biology, Math, Astronomy, Physics and many more!

Christian Bell, a Greenwood Middle School student, said, “It’s really cool! I am learning a lot!”

The event was held on the MC Campus in several classrooms, with some of the larger demonstrations outside. One of the most popular experiments was the Biology department’s dissection stations, with several parts of anatomy displayed.

MC strives to involve the community in various activities throughout the year, and Science Extravaganza is one of the events that the children of the community anticipate most.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from Science Extravaganza

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Next week ... "MC Students In Performance" is a GREAT way to begin a Friday afternoon!

From Nick Elderkin
Music Instructor, Department Chair

Dear Friends,


MC Student Recital - Friday, April 25 @ 12:30 p.m.
 
The Midland College Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Students in Performance recital. The recital will feature Midland College music students performing a variety of instrumental and vocal music.

Stop by the Wagner & Brown Auditorium next Friday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. What a great way to begin a Friday afternoon!

Admission is FREE and open to the public. I hope to see you there! 

MC Ensembles Concert - Tuesday, April 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
The Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Ensembles Concert featuring the MC Jazz Ensemble, and Choir. The concert is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts Building.

MC Guitar Recital - Thursday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m.

 
The Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Student Guitar Recital. The concert will feature MC Department of Music student guitarists performing a variety of music from classical to folk. The concert is FREE and begins at 7:00pm in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts building.

 

Midland College instructor to host book signing next Tuesday

From Joe Willis
Adjunct Instructor of Speech

I am pleased to announce that "Teaching Lessons" is now available for purchase at joewillis.net The book answers the simple question,"What can we do to improve achievement in public schools?" I wrote the book through the perspective of the teacher. A point of view that is missing from the current discussion of improving schools.

I want to invite all of you to the "Book Launch Mixer" for Teaching Lesson on April 22, 2014 at the Spring Hill Suites in Midland from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and copies of Teaching Lessons will be signed. Come share my passion for great schools. Bring your colleagues and friends as well.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Commitment and caring — a career that makes a difference

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

They are committed to the community and their profession. They deliver care and understanding with a friendly smile. These superhuman people are nurses, and thanks to programs offered through Midland College at the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), Fort Stockton citizens are able to receive the many services that nurses provide.

Midland College (MC) has been offering vocational nurse training in Fort Stockton for over 25 years. Norma Luna and Adel Ramirez remember taking classes at the Butz School in 1998 from long-time MC nursing instructor Helen Dionne.

Luna said, “All of the students in our class really formed a close bond with one another. I was a single mother, as were a lot of my fellow students, and we offered each other support and encouragement.”

Once they completed their vocational nurse training and passed the state exam to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Luna worked in a nursing home, for a home health agency and in the state prison. Ramirez began working at Pecos County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), where she still works today as a nurse at the clinic. She provides nursing services for the five providers at the clinic and says that no two days are the same.

“I like the variety that nursing provides,” explained Ramirez. “I went into nursing because I wanted to work with people and make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many things you can do with nurse training. Nursing has certainly provided well for my family and me. It helped put my children through college. My son is now a lawyer working in Dallas; one of my daughters studied Speech Pathology at Baylor; and the other one has a great job in Midland. My nursing career has given me the resources to make a better life for my family. Sure, we had to make sacrifices during the year that I was in nursing school. I spent a lot of time studying, and there wasn’t much money for birthday and Christmas presents, but we knew that it would only be for one year, and the sacrifices would be worth it in the long run.”

Norma Luna
Norma Luna’s career took a different direction. She worked for a few years in the Fort Stockton area, and then decided to pursue courses toward becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). She was in the first group of students to graduate in MC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program at the WRTTC. After obtaining her RN license, Luna became a charge nurse for the med-surge floor at PCMH and a part-time clinical instructor for Midland College. In addition, she taught Certified Nurse Aide classes for MC at the WRTTC. Eventually, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and today, Luna is employed as a full-time nursing instructor at the WRTTC. She said that her next goal is to begin working on her Master’s degree.

While their careers may have gone in different directions, both Norma Luna and Adel Ramirez said that they wouldn’t have done it any differently. They both agree that nursing has opened doors for them and given them a sense of fulfillment. Both also recommend it as a career for young people who are interested in science and want to help others.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is among the top 10 occupations in the United States with the largest job growth. The Midland College Vocational Nursing program at the WRTTC is currently accepting applications through May 15. Program personnel advise that those interested should apply soon, as there are new admission requirements. Contact Lisa Hernandez or Norma Luna at (432) 336-7882. The program takes one year to complete. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the state licensure exam. For more information, please visit www.midland.edu/nursing/vocational .


Nurses promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focus and highly personalized care. They possess the hands that know what to do and the hearts big enough to do it.

Opening Today ...

... at McCormick Gallery

mhubbard student
Spring Student Art Show

An exhibition of works by students currently enrolled in
Fine Arts courses at Midland College

April 15 - May 2

Opening Reception:
 Thursday, April 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

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