Thursday, December 8, 2016

"I'm dreaming of a white ..." Campus?

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
"The first fall of snow is not only an event, it is a magical event. You go to bed in one kind of a world and wake up in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment then where is it to be found?"

• J. B. Priestly

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Flags at all MC Locations to Fly at Half-Staff

From Rebecca Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events, Midland College

Flags at all MC locations will fly at half-staff today, December 7, in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. See the U.S. Presidential proclamation below:

A Proclamation by Barrack Obama
President of the United States of America

"Seventy-five years ago, Japanese fighter planes attacked the United States Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of our Pacific Fleet and killing more than 2,400 Americans. The following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt called on the Congress to declare war and "make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us." In that spirit, Americans came together to pay tribute to the victims, support the survivors, and shed the comforts of civilian life to serve in our military and fight for our Union. Each year on National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we honor those whose lives were forever changed that December morning and resolve to uphold the legacy of all who stepped forward in our time of need."

"From the docks of Pearl Harbor to the beaches of Normandy and far around the world, brave patriots served their country and defended the values that have sustained our Nation since its founding. They went to war for liberty and sacrificed more than most of us will ever know; they chased victory and defeated fascism, turning adversaries into allies and writing a new chapter in our history. Through their service and unparalleled devotion, they inspired a generation with their refusal to give in despite overwhelming odds. And as we reflect on the profound debt of gratitude we owe them for the freedoms we cherish, we are reminded of the everlasting responsibilities we have to one another and to our country."

"In memory of all who lost their lives on December 7, 1941 -- and those who responded by leaving their homes for the battlefields -- we must ensure the sacrifices they made in the name of liberty and democracy were not made in vain. On this solemn anniversary, there can be no higher tribute to these American patriots than forging a united commitment to honor our troops and veterans, give them the support and care they deserve, and carry on their work of keeping our country strong and free."

"The Congress, by Public Law 103-308, as amended, has designated December 7 of each year as 'National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.'"

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim December 7, 2016, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. I encourage all Americans to observe this solemn day of remembrance and to honor our military, past and present, with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I urge all Federal agencies and interested organizations, groups, and individuals to fly the flag of the United States at half-staff this December 7 in honor of those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor."

"IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixth day of December, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first."

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Photo Albums ... MC students volunteer as science fair judges

MC Photo by Paul Mangum
Earlier, we told you how Midland College biology and engineering students were once again serving as science fair judges at MISD’s Washington Math/Science Institute. So how did it go?

Enjoy a photo album from the fair ...

Enjoy another album from the MRT's Tim Fischer ...

Lot's of C's at MHAB this morning

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
Cocoa, Cookies and Candy Canes ... all for a good Cause

The Catholic Student Association of Midland (CSAM) group is selling hot chocolate today in the Amistad Atrium of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. today.

All proceeds will be donated to a mother in need of funds to take her child out of town for a serious medical condition. Donations will be gladly accepted, and THANK YOU!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Welcome Back!

From Rita Nell Diffie
Vice President of Student Services, Midland College

Our Upward Bound TRiO Program has a new director. Please join me in welcoming Brandi Grismore to this position. Brandi has previously served Midland College through the GEAR UP Grant Program and as a part-time instructor for Upward Bound. She comes to us at this time from Midland ISD.

We are so glad to “Welcome her Back” to Midland College.

Chap Basketball offers help for that hectic holiday hustle

Christmas is coming ... and the tempo around town has definitely picked-up. How about you? Looking for a little help to get you though the rush of the holiday season? The Midland College Chaparral basketball players and coaches invite you to drop off your kids - boys and girls, K -10th grade - to play the day away while you go Christmas shopping.

Chap Christmas Camp
  Saturday, December 17
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Midland College
Physical Education (PE) Building

CLICK HERE for more information

You may also contact:

Jordan Dreiling, Head Coach
MC Men's Basketball
(432) 685-4577

Extended Hours this week for MC Library and Computer Lab

From Jennifer Harris
Public Services Librarian, Fasken LRC

The Murray L. Fasken Learning Resource Center (the Library on the MC main campus) will be staying open late for studying the last week before finals.

Monday – Thursday, December 5-8, we will extend our hours in the Library and the Computer Lab (on the send floor) until 12:00 midnight.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Chap, Lady Chap basketball get first conference wins

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN'S BASKETBALL: Campbell leads Chaps to 1st WJCAC win

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - Devin Campbell scored a team-high 27 points to lead the Midland College men's basketball team to a 94-90 win over Clarendon College on Saturday.

The Chaparrals (8-6, 1-1 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference) shot 52.5 percent from the floor and held off a late Bulldogs’ charge to get their first conference win of the season ...

Read the rest of this MRT report ...

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Whittington leads MC past Clarendon

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - ’Nyah Whittington came close to a double-double to lead the No. 11-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team to 59-53 win over Clarendon College on Saturday.

Whittington, a freshman guard, finished with 11 points and nine rebounds for Midland College (7-3, 1-1 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference), which snapped a three-game losing streak ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Friday, December 2, 2016

MC's boys of summer to host winter camp

Coming up January 14-15, 2017 ... it's the 2017 edition of the Texas Pro Scouts Winter Showcase at Midland College, featuring instructors from three area universities and three Major League Baseball teams.

The camp is open to any and all baseball players in grades 9-12, and there is a registration fee.

CLICK HERE for more information, and a link to a downloadable/printable registration form (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, you may also contact:

Coach David Coleman, MC Chaparral Baseball
(432) 685-5561

From our friends just up the road, at the Midland County Public Libraries ...


The Midland County Public Libraries are embarking on a county-wide children’s book drive benefiting Casa de Amigos and High Sky Children’s Ranch with a goal of collecting 5,000 books between December 5 and 17. Residents are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to the children’s department at either the Downtown or Centennial Library. The libraries are open Monday through Saturday between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Downtown Library
301 W Missouri Ave
Midland TX 79701

Centennial Library (next to Best Buy)
2503 W Loop 250 S (just a couple blocks away from the MC campus)
Midland TX 79705

Edward McPherson
Midland County Public Libraries

MC Art Guild Hallway Arts Sale continues today in Allison Fine Arts Building

The Midland College Arts Guild's annual Hallway Art Sale, which kicked-off last night during Holiday Evening at MC, will continue today in the arts classroom/studio hallway of the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

You can pay by cash or check. The sale will run through 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

The sale offers a selection of hand-crafted works of art - in a variety of media, in all shapes and sizes - that would make a wonderful addition to your home's decor, or make for a special, personalized Christmas gift.

And while you're there ... it would be a great time to enjoy the Fall 2016 MC Student Art Exhibition (part of it in the photo below), showing now in the McCormick Gallery, right next to the Hallway Art Sale in Allison Fine Arts Building.

Deadline for Letters to Santa fundraiser is TODAY

Yes! It is that time of year!!!

Midland College Students in Philanthropy will again be assisting Santa with writing letters to the boys and girls of the world.

For $10, the children (of all ages) in your life can get a personalized letter from Santa.

All net profits from money raised, fund our grant project in the spring.Students will review grants from local non-profits and award the money raised, plus the matching grant from our sponsors, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.

Please fill out the attached form (below) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $10 per letter donation to Chelsea Burch, SSC 234, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 ...
by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Santa Letter Form (Adobe .pdf file)
Introduction to the Santa Letter Program (Adobe .pdf file)

Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!

Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528

Midland College Students in Philanthropy (SIP) is a project of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Students are trained in non-profit board membership, fundraising, volunteering, and grant making. A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.

The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones. Santa Letters are one of many fundraisers that these students decide on, plan, and execute throughout the fall semester. All net proceeds are matched at $10,000 in the spring and granted back to our local non-profits.

For more information about this program, contact:
Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528

Join “The Search for Asteroids” in a pair of events, TODAY at MC

• Not one, but TWO free lectures

Midland College (MC) and Museum of the Southwest will once again partner to host two FREE lectures by Dr. Patrick Miller, professor of Mathematics at Hardin Simmons University and founder of the International Astronomical Search Collaboration. Both lectures are entitled “The Search for Asteroids.” The lectures are part of Museum of the Southwest’s Relativity Lecture Series made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation.

Friday, December 2 ... TODAY!

The lectures will be held on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street and will last approximately one hour. The community is invited to attend one or both.

The first lecture will be held at 12:00 noon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or purchase one in the Scharbauer Student Center grill. Iced tea, water and dessert will be provided.

Dr. Miller’s second lecture will occur in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101, at 6:00 p.m.

Miller will be discussing solar system debris, known as asteroids. He states that this debris consists of rock and ice boulders ranging in size from inches to miles. On occasion, these boulders wander into near-Earth space—posing a very real risk to life. Miller’s lectures will focus on the origin of asteroids, their location, how they make their way to earth and how they are discovered.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Museum of the Southwest to present these lectures to our students and the community,” said Dr. Tom Ready, MC professor of Chemistry. “We offer various lectures to our students as part of our ‘First Friday’ lecture series, and this lecture fits perfectly with our plans to close out the fall semester with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our solar system from an expert in the field.”

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Reminder ... Holiday Evening at Midland College is TONIGHT

Crews at MC are putting on the finishing touches for a special evening, when Midland College, the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite the community to a “Holiday Evening” on Thursday, December 1 ...

 ... that's TONIGHT! 

Events begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “Holiday Evening is Midland College’s ‘gift’ to the community. In addition to the popular events from previous years, we have planned several new activities, including hayrides provided by our Students in Philanthropy club and a children’s craft corner courtesy of the MC Student Activities office. Most importantly, we have received word that Santa will be our honored guest at the evening’s festivities and will be available between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to visit with children.”

MC Regents' holiday bake sale continues today

Courtesy Image
The Midland College Regents Club provides students the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills through involvement in student recruitment and community outreach events for the college.

For more information about the MC Regents, contact:

Jeremy Martinez, Club Advisor
(432) 685-5523

Rough start to conference play for Chap, Lady Chap basketball

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN'S BASKETBALL: No. 5 SPC too much to handle, tops Chaps

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team knew going into Wednesday's game against No. 5 South Plains College that it would have to do a lot of things right to pull off the upset.

The Chaparrals did a lot of good things against the Western Junior College Athletic Conference juggernaut, but the Texans had too many weapons in an 81-65 win in the league opener at Chaparral Center ...

Read the rest of this MRT report ...

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Big 2nd half lifts SPC over No. 11 MC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Emotions were running high in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference opener between No. 11 Midland College women’s basketball and South Plains College, but it was a second-half surge by the Lady Texans that proved to be the difference.

South Plains scored 47 points in the second half to come back and beat the Lady Chaparrals, 69-61, at Chaparral Center on Wednesday night ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...