Monday, September 22, 2014

Chap Golfers - past and present - in the news

MRT File Photo by James Durbin
• LOCAL GOLF: Begnel wins Texas Mid-Am title

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HORSESHOE BAY, TEXAS - Former Midland College golfer Terence Begnel was the last man standing Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual Texas Mid-Amateur Championship.

Begnel, a 28-year-old Midlander, survived a four-hole playoff — during which he missed a one-foot putt that would’ve won it for him — to capture the Texas Golf Association championship at beautiful Escondido Golf & Lake Club ...

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Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ANDREWS, TEXAS - The final round of the 2014 Andrews Collegiate-Am at Andrews County Golf Club was rained out.

The first-round scores that were posted on Saturday will be the final round scores as Midland College's David Wicks (pictured at right) will be the tournament's medalist after shooting a 65 on Saturday.

Odessa College won the team title with a 271, and Midland College finished tied for third with Western Texas College at 278.

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

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

Social Media
Mondays, October 6th - 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Room 134, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

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

REMINDER ... Upward Bound @ MC info session for high school students and their parents THIS WEEK

On Thursday, September 25, MC will host an information session for high school students and their parents who are interested in applying to the Upward Bound at Midland College program. The session will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building located on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

MC Upward Bound Program Director Pervis Evans explained, “Upward Bound is a great college-prep opportunity for MISD students who may be challenged by finances and other obstacles. It is specifically targeted for low-income and first-generation-to-college students. Most of our students are recruited during their ninth-grade year. We provide them with support services, including tutoring, college tours and academic advising until they graduate from high school and begin college. There is no cost for the services.”

The program is funded to serve 50 students per year. In addition to the opportunities mentioned by Mr. Evans, Upward Bound also assists students with college selection and application, assistance in career planning, scholarships and financial aid to attend college.

Evans further stated, “The selection process requires an intense application, interview and 60-day probation period.”

For more information please visit , or contact:

Pervis D. Evans
Director of Upward Bound at Midland College
(432) 686-4221

MC faculty and students to attend research conference

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Five Midland College (MC) students and four faculty members will attend the annual Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Student Research Conference at The University of Texas at El Paso beginning this Thursday, September 25. Since 1993, LSAMP has sought to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

MC Chemistry Professor Dr. Thomas Ready explained, “Midland College has been participating in the LSAMP program for several years. There are only a few community colleges in the state that have student research programs. This week’s conference will highlight student research at major universities, as well as a handful of community colleges like MC. Each summer, several of our students are selected to attend LSAMP research academies, and three MC students will be presenting at this week’s conference.”

In addition to Dr. Ready, other faculty members who will be attending the conference are Chemistry Program Chair John Anderson, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Pat Nandakumar and Chemistry Professor Dr. Julio Valladares.

MC students Virginia Anderson and Marina Nagassa will present findings of their research projects. Matthew (Staley) Anderson, an MC student who was selected to attend a summer research program at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zϋrich, Switzerland, will present a report on the work conducted while he was in Switzerland. Other students attending include Xuan Ding and Modupe Adesemoye who are currently conducting research at MC.

Friday, September 19, 2014

So, what's next for DDLS?


Blake Mycoskie

Founder of TOMS; New York Times Best-selling Author; One of USA Today's "Five Best Communicators in the World"

Thursday, March 26, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. Since it began in 2006, TOMS has given ten million pairs of new shoes to children in need. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight to more than 150,000 people in need around the world.

In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives. The book became a New York Times best-seller.

Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers.

find out more about Mycoskie ...

Did we mention FREE admission?

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

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Meet and Greet

YOU ... the Microphone ... TONIGHT!

By Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

*** Calling All Performers ***

Hey everyone! MC's Student Government Association and House of Chaps presents an "Open-Mic Night" on Thursday, September 18 at 8:00 p.m. in the Student Center!

Music, dance, poetry. You name it! All performing artists are welcome to share your talents with your fellow students. ** All performances must be family friendly! **

Staging area and sound will be provided.

Don't forget FREE food, FREE coffee and DOOR PRIZES!

Please help us spread the word! As always, you are welcome to perform! To get your name on the list ahead of time or for more information, please email or call 432-685-4543!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Closer look at fine arts, at Your College

CLICK HERE for a photo album from Fine Arts Fest
The Midland College Fine Arts Faculty were the hosts for Fine Arts Fest @ MC ... a chance for students - and potential students - to enjoy food, fellowship, and learn what Your College has to offer through its Fine Arts Division.

The event included free pizza for students in the McCormick Gallery, an opportunity to enjoy the "Lahib Jaddo: Crossing Media" exhibit now showing at the gallery, one-on-one visits with MC faculty and staff, and guided tours of MC's various Arts, Drama and Music facilities.

For more information, please contact:

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

CLICK HERE for a Fine Arts Fest photo album

Newspaper offers preview of tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Midland College - NMMI Preview Capsule

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparrals look to stay unbeaten in WJCAC play when it hosts the Lady Broncos tonight ... The Lady Chaparrals had to hold off Clarendon College last week after the Lady Bulldogs came back from a 2-0 deficit in the match to force a fifth set. MC won the fifth set 15-13 in the evenly-played match ... MC coach Tammie Jimenez said the Lady Chaps showed fight and determination in the win against the Lady Bulldogs but added that her team still has a long way to go to be more consistent ...

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 The match begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet the press ...

Press conference at MC's Fasken Learning Resource Center, with former President of Mexico Vicente Fox ... part of a full and colorful day at Your College ...

WEATHER NOTE ... celebration moving indoors

With the prospect of rain in the forecast, MC's Hispanic Heritage celebration has been moved inside Scharbauer Student Center. The college will host mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers and a complimentary light lunch. The public is invited to attend this FREE event.

• MC to host Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Tuesday, September 16, MC will host a Hispanic Heritage Celebration in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The festivities will include mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers and a FREE light lunch.

All MC employees and students, and the Midland community, are invited to join in the celebration. We have just heard that Vicente & Marta Fox, former President & First Lady of Mexico, will be our guests at this noon time event. As you know, on Tuesday evening, they will be the guest lecturers for the fall 2014 installment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series to be held at 7:30 p.m. at Chap Center.

We also invite you to view the special Diez y Seis art exhibit, which will be set up in the Scharbauer Student Center on Tuesday. Midland College is proud to be an Hispanic Serving Institution.

Midland College Student Government to presents Fall Car Show Fundraiser

The Midland College Student Government Association is excited to announce their Fall Car Show Fundraiser!

Saturday, October 11
 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Show will be in the parking lot just east
of the Scharbauer Student Center,
on the Midland College campus.

CLICK HERE for a registration form and to view the list of categories.

Registration: 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Show: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Awards: 2:00 p.m. til close

There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for each category as well as an overall Best in Show.

For more information, you may also contact ...

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

Monday, September 15, 2014

REMINDER ... Workforce CE's "Lunchtime Learning" series launches Wednesday

From Robin Loewen
Workforce CE Marketing/Advertising Coordinator

Hello ... Please join us for our September Lunchtime Learning Class: "Generations Training." Class will be held Wednesday, September 17th from 11:30 am - 1:30 pm at the Advance Technology Center, Room 140. Cost is $29 per person and pre-registration is required. Please see flyer below for more information ... Thanks!


Robin Loewen
Workforce Continuing Education
(432) 681-6302

We're going to need a bigger calendar ,,,

Tomorrow - Tuesday, September 16 - will be a full and colorful day of discussion and celebration, business development and academic advancement, offering something for just about everyone in the Midland community. We hope that YOU will come and join us for at least some of tomorrow activities here, at Your College.

• Midland College BEDC Small Business Networking Breakfast

On Tuesday, September 16, at 8:00 a.m. the Midland College Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC) will host the quarterly Small Business Networking Breakfast in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street. Cost is $5 at the door.

Willie Taylor, CEO of the Permian Basin Workforce Development Board, will deliver the featured presentation entitled “Hiring and Retaining Employees.”

The Midland College BEDC partners with the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the UTPB Small Business Development Center and the West Texas District Office of the Small Business Administration to bring these breakfasts and information sessions to Permian Basin businesses. The quarterly breakfasts always include a presentation on a topic of particular interest to small businesses. In addition, businesses owners and employees are provided with an opportunity to share ideas and exchange information.

Local businesses are also invited to set up a table-top display at no additional charge. Anyone wishing to have a display should contact the Midland College BEDC at (432) 684-4309.

CLICK HERE for more information, and a downloadable/printable form for requesting a table-top display for your business.

• MC to host Hispanic Heritage Celebration

Next Tuesday, September 16, MC will host a Hispanic Heritage and Diez y Seis Celebration in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The festivities will include mariachis, ballet folklorico dancers and a FREE light lunch.

All MC employees and students, and the Midland community, are invited to join in the celebration. We have just heard that Vicente & Marta Fox, former President & First Lady of Mexico, will be our guests at this noon time event. As you know, on Tuesday evening, they will be the guest lecturers for the fall 2014 installment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series to be held at 7:30 p.m. at Chap Center.

We also invite you to view the special Diez y Seis art exhibit, which will be set up in the Scharbauer Student Center on Tuesday. Midland College is proud to be an Hispanic Serving Institution.

• On Tuesdays, MC Student Services leaves the light on for you

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

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

Helpful links to get you started ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Former President of Mexico speaking at Midland College on Tuesday

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents ...
A Conversation with Vicente & Marta Fox

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Moderated by Ruben Navarrette, Jr.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.
in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

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

Vicente Fox was born in Mexico City on July 2, 1942, the second of nine children, fruit of the marriage between José Luis Fox, a farmer by trade, and Doña Mercedes Quesada. As a child, he and his family moved to the San Cristóbal ranch in the state of Guanajuato municipality of San Francisco del Rincón, where he would have the opportunity to live and play alongside the children of the local communal farmers, to share his childhood with them and, in his own words, see for himself "one of the avoidable ills of our country: poverty."
learn more about Vicente Fox ...

Marta de Fox, the wife of Mexico's former President, rejects the title of "First Lady", because she says Mexico has no Second Ladies. Her working agenda revolves around the axis of the fight against poverty, support for education and health through connectability, and uniting efforts among government institutions and civil society organizations to support vulnerable groups.
learn more about Marta de Fox ...

Ruben Navarrette Jr. is a nationally syndicated columnist with The Washington Post Writers Group whose twice-a-week column appears in nearly 150 newspapers. This makes him the most widely read Latino columnist in the country, known for his unpredictability and provocative thinking. He challenges both political parties with equal enthusiasm, and his column is required reading for anyone who wants to better understand the nation’s 52 million Latinos.
learn more about Ruben Navarette ...

Sharpen those quills, those pencils, those pads ... MC creative writing contest issues call for entries

Entries for the 2014 Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest are now being accepted.

Entry deadline: Sunday, October 26, 2014, 11:59 p.m.

Awards ceremony: Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 12:00 noon, McCormick Gallery, Allison Fine Arts Building.

Midland College began its Creative Writing Contest in 1975. The contest was given a new name in honor of Professor Rebecca T. Watson, who retired from Midland College’s English Department last spring. Ms. Watson judged the first contest when she was an adjunct instructor, and then she guided the contest to maturity over many years of teaching creative writing classes and directing the contest. The English Department is grateful for her years of dedicated service.

Download a copy of the following information
    (Adobe.pdf file)

Online contest entry form
    (secure online form)

The contest accepts entries in three categories: poetry, short fiction, and essay. Contestants may submit a maximum of 3 fiction pieces, 3 essays, and/or 3 poems (three of each category).

Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time since September 1, 2013 is eligible to compete. Any past first-place winner is eligible only in a category in which that student has not previously won.

The deadline is Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m.

All the judges are published writers FROM THE COMMUNITY, STATE AND/OR REGION, and/or teachers of writing from colleges or universities other than Midland College.

First place: $150 and Certificate of Award
Second Place: $100 and Certificate of Award
Third Place: $75 and Certificate of Award
Honorable Mention: Certificate of Award
Note: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries in a category are lacking in sufficient quality.

Awards Celebration
The REBECCA T. WATSON CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST Awards Celebration will be held Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at noon in the McCORMICK GALLERY at the Allison Fine Arts Building. Winners will not be notified in advance. Contestants are asked to attend the awards ceremony, TO PRESENT THEIR WORKS AND RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS AND PRIZES, except in extenuating circumstances.

Selected writings from the contest will be published in Tableau, an annual student publication produced cooperatively through the Departments of Communication and English. They may also appear on the college website. The writings published will be selected by the contest committee and approved by the president of Midland College. Visit the Student Publications Office, AFA 185, to look at previous copies of Tableau.

Submitting Your Entry
You will submit your entry online. To do this, go to the Midland College English Department webpage at . Click on the Creative Writing Contest link. You will be able to fill out a submission form and upload your file containing your entry.

Brendan Egan
Department of English, Midland College
(432) 685-4638 |

Department of English | Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield • Midland, TX • 79705
Phone: (432) 685-4624
E-mail: Fine Arts & Communications Division