Tuesday, October 21, 2014


Photo by MC Chemistry Club

It was a celebration of the “sweet side of chemistry!” This year, National Chemistry Week (NCW) is showcasing the chemistry involved in candy and confections. On Sunday, October 19, the Midland College Chemistry Department celebrated NCW with hands-on demonstrations at the Midland Park Mall near Dillard’s.

For more information about the MC Chemistry Club and its activities, please contact:

Pat Nandakumar Ph.D.
Chemistry Department, Midland College
(432) 685-7638

Electricians ... Time to register for "Residential Wiring" course at MC Workforce CE

Introduction to Residential Wiring

This course builds upon skills studied in our Introduction to Electricity course. The course covers fundamental residential wiring methods including topics such as: load calculations and safety,installation of wiring, load protection, ground fault, and other devices commonly used in electrical installations. The course also covers conduit bending and installation. All classes held at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 28 - November 20
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Continuing your education at Your College ...

Continuing Education is for non-traditional students who wish to further their education for personal or professional reasons. Whether you're looking to move up on the job ladder, delve into a new career path, or simply explore new ideas, each course will provide unique learning opportunities to help you achieve your goals.

With convenient class times, one-day live seminars, and a wide variety of online courses, students can tailor their educational experiences to accommodate their schedules.

Many courses offer the continued training and education you need to receive Continuing Education Units for your professional field

Workforce CE classes are always popping up so be sure to check out www.midland.edu/workforce for more details and information on Workforce CE classes.

On Tuesdays, we leave the light on for you

The weather may seem like autumn, but Midland College (MC) has Spring Fever. On October 20-24, MC is observing “Spring Fever Week” to remind students that Priority Registration for the spring semester began on Monday, October 20, and is continuing right 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.

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of William Hoyle McCright, Jr. Mr. McCright passed away on October 19. He was an original member of the Midland College's Board of Trustees and was actively involved in the location, planning and building of Midland College.

Visitation and celebration of his life and memories will be held 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle Welch Funeral Home on Wednesday, October 22. A public graveside funeral service will be at Resthaven Memorial Park at 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 23.

If you wish to contribute toward a brick in memory of William Hoyle McCright, Jr., you may send your contribution to the Office of Institutional Advancement, room 141 PAD or go online at https://www.midland.edu/foundation/how/gift/

Midland College Information Technology degree becomes a Texas Skill Standards Board-approved program

• Statewide advisory board approves Network Systems Administration credentials

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Wednesday, October 8, at the Texas Community College Instructional Leaders Conference in Austin, a representative of Governor Rick Perry’s office presented the Midland College (MC) Information Technology Department with a certificate of excellence for developing student learning outcomes that align with employer expectations and standards. MC Information Technology Program Chair Marty Villarreal was commended for her efforts to integrate the skill standards into MC’s curriculum.

Villarreal explained, “MC’s computer networking program has been a Cisco-approved academy for several years. In fact, I’m a former student of the program, and the Cisco status was one thing that attracted me to the program. The TSSB [ Texas Skill Standards Board ] designation is another credential that proves graduates possess the knowledge and skills necessary to meet industry demands. Del Mar College in Corpus Christi originally developed the statewide standards while working with industry professionals from throughout Texas. I used a matrix to compare MC’s student learning outcomes with those approved by the TSSB.”

Midland College now has authority to affix the TSSB gold seal to all diplomas received by students who graduate from the program. Villarreal explained that even though Del Mar College led the effort to establish curriculum for computer network administration, the actual skill standards were developed by industry front-line workers—those who actually perform the job—and their immediate supervisors. The standards were then validated with workers across the industry to ensure the content is representative of the work it describes.

According to Villarreal, several Midland companies offer internships to MC students while they are still enrolled in the program. Students who graduate from MC obtain entry-level jobs earning approximately $30/hour. MC Information Technology alumni are eligible to take the Cisco CCNA exam currently offered at Synetra in Odessa. Villarreal said that Midland College is in the process of becoming a CCNA exam center so that students will not have to travel to Odessa or the next closest location, which is Lubbock.

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly said, “Midland College is very proud of our Information Technology program. In order for our program to be recognized, Ms. Villarreal had to provide evidence that both the skill standards content and the student learning outcomes are valid and reliable. In the end, our students are the beneficiaries. TSSB-recognized program status means that MC’s Network Systems Administration graduates are immediately employable and will be successful in their careers.”

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lady Chap Volleyball gets non-conference win on the road

MRT File Photo by Tim Fischer
Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaps volleyball team defeated Ranger College in straight sets, 25-17, 25-23, 25-20, in its first match at a tri-match between MC, Ranger College and Brookhaven College ...
read the rest of this MRT report

The Lady Chaps will be on the road once again for their next matches when they take on New Mexico Miniltary Institute, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (MST), October 22, at Roswell, New Mexico.

BEWARE ... Coming to Your College ...

From Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports / Health & Wellness

RRUUUNNN ... They're Coming!!! Run To Survive, "The Infection" ... and NO, it's NOT Ebola ...

The course will take you through the Quick Sand of Death, into the Graves of the Unknown, through the Field of Flesh Eating Bacteria, and around the Greenhouse of Ghouls. You will travel the path of no end wandering aimlessly in hopes of surviving to see another day...and survive it as well.

Sound like fun??? Then join us for the 2014 "Infected Zombie Run" ... please see below for more details. You can register as either a Human or Zombie and costumes are encouraged.

And for those who will ask ... Yes, you can walk the course, but you will be considered a zombie.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports and Health & Wellness Coordinator
(432) 685-6467

MC's Cogdell Center among polling locations for November general election

The Bill Pace Cogdell Center, Midland College's south campus located at 211 W. Florida Avenue, will be serving as a polling location for the November 4, 2014 general election - in the weeks leading up to Election Day, and that day itself.


From Monday, October 20, through Friday, October 24, the polling location will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

On Saturday, October 25, the location will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

On Sunday, October 26, the location will be open 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

From Monday, October 27, through Friday, October 31, the polling location will be open from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.


On Tuesday, November 4 (Election Day), the location will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Frenzied weekend ahead for Lady Chap Basketball

REMINDER ... the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team will be hosting the 12th Annual Free Throw Frenzy on Sunday, October 26th at 2:00 pm in the PE building. Funds raised will help the Lady Chap basketball program with its many financial needs they encounter throughout the season and in the future. Please consider sponsoring a Lady Chap and thank you for your support in advance.

The Lady Chap basketball team has once again hit the court running and preparing for the 2014- 2015 season. The Lady Chaps look forward to the season and would like to ask for your support. Expectations are high and we are hoping that you will join us for the ch allenges and excitement that lie ahead.

The Free Throw Frenzy will be held in the P.E. Building at Midland College. Each individual Lady Chap player will be shooting a total of 100 free throws. Now here’s your challenge…you may make a pledge toward every made free throw that the player completes out of 100 attempts.  Please complete and return the form below right away!!!!! If you happen to miss the date and/or cannot attend the Free Throw Frenzy, we welcome any donation you would like to offer!

Donation form available at gochaps.com/docs/freethrowfrenzy.pdf

For more information, please contact:
Ginger Gatliff 

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
(432) 685-6469

Midland College receives grant for Energy Technology and Diesel Technology programs

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Because of the high demand for petroleum technicians and diesel technicians in the Permian Basin, Midland College has been awarded a Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) program grant. The $232,777.42 grant award has enabled MC to purchase a lab volt instrument and process control training system and a fork lift. Total cost of the equipment is $245,028.86. Per terms of the grant, MC provided a 5 percent match ($12,251.44) for equipment costs.

MC Dean of Applied Technology Curt Pervier explained, “The training system simulates a wide range of industrial processes including regulation controls for temperature, pressure, flow and level. In addition to using the hands-on simulator to learn and rehearse the use of practical applications as they are found in today’s oil and gas industry, MC is also be able to use the instrumentation and hydraulics simulator to teach theoretical concepts. The forklift allows students to further apply the theory and concepts learned on the simulator. We are able to use it to test students’ abilities to employ procedures in real-world circumstances.”

MC strives to work with area employers to keep a stream of qualified candidates in the pipeline ready to meet job demand. To this end, the college is committed to provide education and training at a level and of the quality and relevance required to make new employees job ready. A team of industry and community leaders sit on an advisory board to keep staff and faculty abreast of changes in the field, and course materials are consistently reviewed in order to be kept up-to-date. Business and industry partners refer their applicants to MC’s applied technology programs, and a high percentage of students receive tuition assistance, much of which is in the form of oil and gas industry scholarships. MC Energy Technology Program Chair Tracy Gandy estimates that more than 240 petroleum technicians will be needed over the next year by Permian Basin energy companies.

In a letter of support, Permian Basin Workforce Development Board Chief Executive Officer Willie Taylor wrote, “I can attest that training [for petroleum and diesel technicians] is needed in the emerging industry of Petroleum Technology as determined by the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board. Furthermore, I can personally attest that Midland College is committed to providing quality training for local youth.”

Pervier projects that over the next 6 years, 900 students will be trained on the new equipment.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Midland College Art Department partnering with West Texas Food Bank, Jason’s Deli for “Empty Bowls” fundraiser

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, November 6, the Midland College Art Department will host “Empty Bowls” to raise funds for the West Texas Food Bank. Donations of $10 will entitle participants to purchase a handcrafted bowl and enjoy a light meal, courtesy of Jason’s Deli. The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the McCormick Gallery section of the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

“Empty Bowls” is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Its basic premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal, and in exchange for a cash donation, they may keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Michael Richardson, MC art instructor, is serving as event coordinator and said, “I started working with the West Texas Food Bank on this endeavor this past summer. It’s a great way to get Midland College students involved in giving back to the community. Many of the bowls were made by MC students, and you will see that they are quite beautiful. They make great holiday gifts that are especially meaningful because the money used to purchase them is used to help those in need.”

Richardson stressed that the community is invited to participate in the event. Reservations are not required.

For more information about this event, and how you can be part of it, please contact:

Michael Richardson
Midland College Art Instructor
(432) 685-4652

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

"CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support" is an 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, November 1st
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 ce.midland.edu/hs/ or (432) 681-6303.

Midland College celebrates National Chemistry Week

Hands-on Exhibit/Demos
Sunday, October 19
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Midland Park Mall
(near Dillard’s)

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

It’s a celebration of the “sweet side of chemistry!” This year, National Chemistry Week will showcase the chemistry involved in candy and confections. On Sunday, October 19, from 1:00-5:00 p.m., the Midland College Chemistry Department will be celebrating with hands-on demonstrations at the Midland Park Mall near Dillard’s.

MC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Pat Nandakumar explained, “NCW [National Chemistry Week] is coordinated by the American Chemical Society and is an annual event held in the U.S. to raise public awareness of the importance of chemistry in everyday life. In addition to Sunday’s mall exhibit, we have also scheduled week-long activities planned on the Midland College main campus and in various elementary schools in Midland and Odessa. Our goal is to emphasize the importance of chemistry and how it can be fun.”

Throughout the year, Nandukumar actively promotes science in the Permian Basin and organizes various community outreach events to increase the awareness of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) disciplines. On October 27, she will participate as a panel member in Basin PBS’ Community Cinema event of “MAKERS: Women in Space.”

For more information about this weekend's activity, please contact:

Pat Nandakumar Ph.D.
Chemistry Department, Midland College
(432) 685-7638

Lady Chap Volleyball gets another win on the road

Midland College's Shelby Bartley goes for a kill during a match with Trinity
Valley Community College                              MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC VOLLEYBALL: MC rolls by Clarendon in three sets

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaps volleyball team didn’t waste any time on Wednesday in dispatching Clarendon in three sets, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 at Bulldog Arena, in a Western Junior College Athletic Conference match.

The Lady Chaparrals (9-16, 4-2 in WJCAC play) had three players with double-digit kills as Deeann Greehey, Shelby Bartley and Yahelis Villegas each had 10 kills in the victory ...

read the rest of this MRT report

The Lady Chaps will be on the road once again for their next matches when they take on Brookhaven College and Ranger College in non-conference competition, beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Odessa College.

Chap Golf wins dual match in Abilene

                                                                                  Lucas McCubbin                                   MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC GOLF: MC wins match with Ranger College

Staff Report

Midland Reporter-Telegram

ABILENE, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team won a three-man dual match with Ranger College on Wednesday at Diamondback Golf Club ...

read the rest of the MRT report ... 

The Chaparrals' next match is set for Monday, October 13, in the West Texas-New Mexico Invitational at Gaines County Golf Course in Seminole, Texas.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Blog Action Day 2014: "The impact of a legacy"

MC's "Your College" Blog is joining with blogs across the nation and around the world participating in Blog Action Day 2014, a free annual event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds for not-for-profits associated to the theme issue. Blog Action Day 2014 is taking place on Thursday, October 16, and will focus on the topic Inequality. "Your College" Blog will look at how community colleges address inequality in education.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was composed to mark the passing of one of our community's great benefactors ... but it still serves today to illustrate the roles individuals can play in assuring equality in educational opportunities for all Americans ...

Dorothy and Clarence
Scharbauer, Jr.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The recent passing of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. has caused the Midland College (MC) family to pause and reflect on the impact that the Scharbauer family has made on the Midland community. The Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center on the MC main campus will forever stand as a testimony to the generosity of this great family.

It’s not just buildings, however, that stand as Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.’s legacy—it is also people, particularly those who have been fortunate enough to reap the benefits of higher education, thanks to the Scharbauer family’s investment. The Scharbauer generosity has helped to fund Early College High School @ MC, and for the past two years, the Scharbauer Family Foundation has united with Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust and the Chaparral Foundation to fund Midland’s Legacy Scholarship.

The Legacy Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to $1,050 per semester for Midland County high school graduates to attend Midland College. The scholarship requires students to complete 40 hours of community service before entering Midland College. Students wanting to continue to receive the scholarship for their sophomore year must complete another 40 hours.

Michaela Grant
Of course, the Legacy Scholarship has helped to enhance quality of life for many MC students by providing assistance with college tuition; however, another important benefit of the scholarship is that it has also caused recipients to incorporate volunteerism as a commitment in life. Legacy scholarship student Michaela (Kayla) Grant fulfilled her volunteer hours at several local nonprofit agencies, including the Soup Kitchen, Christmas for Our Troops and Habitat for Humanity.

Grant said, “How often do you get to build a house? That was pretty awesome!”

“Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to attend college immediately after high school. This scholarship is allowing me to go to school full-time. I made all ‘A’s’ my first semester at Midland College, and I plan to keep it that way.”

Grant, who graduated from Midland High School last May, said that her main interest lies in science. She currently is participating in one of MC’s undergraduate research projects with Chemistry Instructor John Anderson. The research team is testing fluoride levels in drinking water, which is a constant source of concern to Midlanders because of the high mineral levels in West Texas water supplies.

Mara Bland
Another science-minded Legacy student is Mara Bland, who graduated last May from Midland Christian School. Mara plans to take the science knowledge she is learning at MC and apply it toward a teaching career. She is currently enrolled in MC’s Associate of Arts in Teaching program, and after graduation from MC plans to transfer to Sul Ross State University or The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to work toward a baccalaureate degree in education.

Bland stated, “I completed my community service hours at the Petroleum Museum assisting with their educational programs. After I finished my hours, I was offered a job as the education assistant at the museum. I’m still employed there, and I strongly believe that without this scholarship, I would have not been so blessed to obtain this job. It is truly amazing to have that opportunity presented to you initially because of the scholarship.”

James Avampato
Legacy scholarship recipient James Avampato said, “One of the big reasons I chose Midland College was the Legacy Scholarship. I am employed during the summer and do odd jobs during the school year, but school has kept me much too busy to focus on a job. With the Legacy Scholarship, I don’t have to worry about maintaining a job to pay for my education. The scholarship has helped me tremendously in achieving my goals, and I was able to finish the fall semester with a 4.0.”

Avampato’s long-term goal is to obtain a degree in petroleum engineering. The 2013 Midland Classical Academy graduate loves being outdoors. He completed his community service hours volunteering at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve, Christmas in Action, Habitat for Humanity and the Sibley Nature Center. Avampato is also very much involved in student activities on the MC campus. He is a member of the Geology Club and the Engineering Club.

Countless other students have similar stories about how the Legacy Scholarship has shaped their lives. Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., and the other amazing men and women who helped build Midland into the great community it is today knew that it takes more than bricks and mortar to ensure a city’s success—it also takes people. What better way to invest in people than through education.

Blog Action Day 2014: "Dual credit courses can make difference for families"

MC's "Your College" Blog is joining with blogs across the nation and around the world participating in Blog Action Day 2014, a free annual event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds for not-for-profits associated to the theme issue. Blog Action Day 2014 is taking place on Thursday, October 16, and will focus on the topic Inequality. "Your College" Blog will look at how community colleges address inequality in education.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following following column, composed by MC President Steve Thomas, first appeared in the pages of the Midland Reporter-Telegram earlier this year ...

Dr. Steve Thomas
By Steve Thomas, Ph.D.
President, Midland College

In a previous article, I shared my viewpoint that college is for every GED and high school graduate if one broadens the definition of college to mean a post-secondary experience leading to a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond. I agree with Dr. Ryder Warren: With the passage of HB 5, parents and their students now have more choices for education and career pathways starting in the ninth grade, and that is just the beginning.

According to Bill Hammond with the Texas Association of Business, at least 60 percent of the jobs being created now require some kind of post-secondary degree or certificate. Midland College offers a variety of career and technical programs to support a quality workforce for business and industry, and now students in the secondary schools can jumpstart their careers with marketable skills. When combined with programs of study at MC, students have the necessary credentials to enter the workforce. The opportunities for connections between secondary and post-secondary education in Midland are better than ever, which means that students on this path are becoming the high-skilled workforce we need in the Permian Basin.

In addition to career and technical education, Midland College also offers undergraduate education for transfer to a university. To give families a head start while their students are still in high school, MC and both public and private secondary schools offer dual credit courses. Dual credit courses are just as the name implies—courses that award credit for high school and college simultaneously. Students enrolling in dual credit courses receive the benefit of meeting their high school requirement for graduation and credit that counts toward a college degree. The added advantage for families is that students pay Midland College tuition, which would cost three to four times more at a university.

Dual credit courses are an effective way for families to leverage their education dollars and downsize the overall costs of a college education. As an example, my daughter completed 18 semester credit hours through dual credit courses. When she graduated from high school she was a second semester college freshman, and we saved over $3,000 in tuition. She went on to have a successful college career, and I believe much of her success was due to her gaining confidence in performing college-level work while still in high school. Dual credit courses are also available for career and technical courses offered at Midland College. Whether academic or technical, dual credit courses are one of the best investments families can make in their student’s education.

With unprecedented growth in Midland and the region, we need teachers, engineers, physicians, and the list goes on. We also need a high-skilled workforce for jobs that are increasingly technical and complex. The exciting news is that with the passage of HB 5 and the strong partnerships between Midland College and the public and private schools, the education system in Midland is offering more choices for students to pursue viable careers and a bright future.

Blog Action Day 2014: "Celebrating the U.S.A. and an American innovation — the community college"

MC's "Your College" Blog is joining with blogs across the nation and around the world participating in Blog Action Day 2014, a free annual event that aims to unite the world’s bloggers by posting about the same issue, on the same day, in order to raise awareness and trigger a positive global discussion around an important issue that impacts us all, raises awareness or even funds for not-for-profits associated to the theme issue. Blog Action Day 2014 is taking place on Thursday, October 16, and will focus on the topic Inequality. "Your College" Blog will look at how community colleges address inequality in education.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The following was posted to the "Your College" Blog on July 3, 2013 ... but it still speaks to the issue today, of a uniquely American institution addresses inequality in educational opportunities for all Americans ...

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Each July, as we celebrate the birth of our nation, we’d also like to celebrate a unique American institution — the community college.

In 1901, the world was celebrating the beginning of the 20th century, and two major events occurred which would shape the future of Midland: Oil was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas, and the first community college was formed in Joliet, Illinois.

Community colleges are a true American innovation — a product of twentieth-century American higher education. In 1947, President Harry Truman called for the establishment of a network of public community colleges that would charge little or no tuition, serve as cultural centers, be comprehensive in program offerings, emphasize civic responsibility and serve the areas in which they are located.

Sixty-six years later, 36 percent of Midland County high school graduates attend Midland College, and nationwide, over 40 percent of all American undergraduate students attend community and junior colleges.

In a recent Midland Reporter-Telegram editorial, MC President Dr. Steve Thomas wrote, “From the start, our goal has been to contribute to Midland’s quality of life and economic development by providing programs and services for students to meet their needs. To that end, MC provides academic/transfer courses, career and technical education, continuing education and workforce training, and adult basic education. Our graduates are the backbone of the workforce in Midland working in fields like nursing; emergency medical medicine and other health science occupations; law enforcement; energy technology; paralegal; aviation maintenance; automotive and diesel mechanics; welding; truck driving; computer systems installation and maintenance; and many others. We also help prepare students for professional careers in our transfer curriculum and many of them become lawyers, engineers, teachers, doctors, geologists, accountants and other professionals."

In today’s economy, American careers have undergone immense and dramatic changes. The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that college graduates will have 13 careers in their lifetime. Five of those careers don’t even exist yet!

In 2013 — over 100 years after Spindletop and the founding of Joliet Junior College — the Permian Basin produces one-fifth of the nation’s total petroleum and natural gas output, and Midland College remains steadfastly committed to providing programs dedicated to the needs of Midlanders and Midland’s ever-growing economy.

On Independence Day - and EVERY day! - we celebrate all things American, especially community colleges!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Midland College student publications win sweepstakes

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

All three of Midland College’s (MC) student publications were recognized for overall excellence and a sweepstakes plaque at the Texas Community College Journalism Association convention in Tyler, Texas, last weekend (October 10).

The Chaparral (general interest) magazine won first place in the open division magazine category and won the rare sweepstakes honor. The Tableau (literary) magazine won second place in the open magazine category, and the Midland College Press newspaper won second in the Division II newspaper category.

“It’s been a long time since we won a sweepstakes award, but it sure was well earned by the industrious students we’ve had over the last year,” Allison Chair of Journalism Bob Templeton said. “A lot of credit also goes to Kristen Covington, MC student publications/art lab instructor.”

The sweepstakes resulted from the largest combined points earned by students in the individual competition categories among the 18 member colleges of the association. MC students won 14 individual or staff awards at the convention.

Another highlight was the third-place “live” contest editorial award won by MC Press Editor Alana Edgin. The live events are held on location. Entries must be completed under tight 45-minute writing periods after reviewing prompt sheets or witnessing live action such as this year’s staged car wreck resulting from texting while driving. Edgin argued that texting is not permissible, but calling can be if modern hands-free devices are used.

The remaining awards represent material published during the 2013-2014 academic year.

The Chaparral awards included a first place to Kristen Mitchell for photography of a homeless man in an article entitled, “The Deep Down, Dirty Side of Midland.” She also won a third place photography award for “Scream (Mixed Media).”

Taylor Isararraz, Anthony Rodriguez and Julie Gomez won a second place award for the “The Deep Down…” homeless article. Edgin received her second award for third place in the journalism story category for the cover-story article, “There and Back Again,” about a student who toured the world on a dangerous mission trip.

The MC Press newspaper awards included a second place to the staff for overall headline writing in the April 11, 2014 issue. Troy Pardue won third place for his “Lady Chaps Bounce Back” sports news story. Third places also went to Mitchell for a cartoon about prime ministers; Mary Margaret Peterson for a Midland Ballet feature photo; Cole Hanson for his “Midland Cartoon Controversy” news writing entry; and to the overall staff for the “Festival Ballet” picture page/panel entry.

The Tableau awards were as follows: Rae Lynn Fulton for her “Behind These Lion Eyes” non-photo illustration entry; Blake Rackley for his “Marriage by the Hour” non-journalism story (essay) entry; and the overall staff for the cover design of the 2013 Tableau issue.

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

Make plans NOW to take advantage of a free opportunity, coming up in two weeks, to make sure your workplace is meeting occupational safety and health standards.

"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, November 3rd - 7th
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 ce.midland.edu/rmi/ or (432) 681-6303.

Get rolling in a BIG way, right now at Your College

TODAY from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bumper Balls (AKA Bubble Soccer) will be here for everyone to enjoy! They will be located on the grassy area just west of the Hodge Carillon Tower.

Here is a video so you can see what Bumper Balls is all about ...

Please help us spread the word!

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

MC Intramurals now registering for dodgeball, indoor soccer tournaments

From Ginger Gatliff
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach / Fitness Center Director

Hey Everyone,

I wanted to inform you all that Intramural Indoor Soccer and Dodgeball Tournament Registration will be from now until October 30th. We would love to get both employees and students involved over here at the Fitness Center. Come join us. Please view the flyers (below) and contact Ty Soliz for more information.

Have great day.

MC Intramurals now registering for dodgeball, indoor soccer tournaments

Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports and Health & Wellness Coordinator
(432) 685-6467

Sweet reminder ...


As you all know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Several of our fellow MC co-workers are ready to use their baking talents, to support the cause, and have volunteered to bring some PINK-alicious desserts!

Mark your calendars ... because we are having the annual "donation only" Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Bake Sale - Wednesday, October 15th, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., in the Student Center.

That's Right Now!

All proceeds will be donated to a Breast Cancer Foundation. I hope you come by and show your support. Let's not just talk about finding the cure, let's help make it happen!

Thank you.

Elsa Barrandey
Secretary to Student Development/SIP Coordinator
(432) 685-4730

Newspaper offers preview of tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball road match

MC's DeeAnn Greehey gets low for a ball in match at Chap Center                         MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC VOLLEYBALL: MC vs. Clarendon preview capsule

Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparrals are coming off a five-set win over Frank Phillips College in a match that coach Tammie Jimenez believed shouldn’t have been that close in the first place. MC lost the first two sets before coming back to win the last three. “In typical Midland fashion, we gave away points, let then win free balls and let a team toy with us,” Jimenez said. “Finally by set three, we were finally ready to play. It was a frustrating match, not only for myself but for the girls, who know they could have played better” ...

read the rest of this MRT report

 The match begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Bulldog Arena, Clarendon, Texas.