Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Determination key to MC alum attaining career goal

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Now a successful Physician’s Assistant in an orthopedic clinic

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

In 1992, Dawn Reeves was a pregnant teenager and high school dropout living in Andrews, Texas. Today, 41-year-old Reeves is assisting orthopedic surgeons with total joint replacement surgeries. During the past 24 years, she earned her GED, self-financed her way through an associate’s degree at Midland College (MC) and master’s degree at Texas Tech, and became a successful Physician’s Assistant (PA) working at West Texas Orthopedics in Midland.

“I started attending Midland College when I was 29,” explained Reeves. By then, I had been on my own for several years and had various responsibilities such as earning a living and paying bills. Education has always been important to my family, and I was determined to earn a degree.”

Reeves said she became interested in orthopedics while working as a physical therapy technician in a clinic in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 6 ½ years. During that time, she also obtained a massage therapy license and supplemented her $14/hour wage working in the evenings as a bartender. She researched various healthcare professions, and when she moved back to West Texas, Reeves was ready to start working toward her goal of becoming a PA.

“I loaded up on as many courses as possible at Midland College,” stated Reeves. “I continued to work as a bartender during the evening so that I could take courses during the day. I managed to stay on the Dean’s List the entire time I was at MC and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I knew that if I wanted to get into a PA program, high grades would be important.”

Reeves graduated from Midland College with an associate’s degree in Kinesiology and was accepted into Texas Tech’s PA program, which is located on the Midland College campus. Her last year in the program, she lived in Lubbock while she was participating in clinical rotations at various locations in Lubbock and the surrounding communities.

In 2009, at the age of 34, just 5 years after entering Midland College, Dawn Reeves graduated from Texas Tech University with a Physician’s Assistant Master’s degree and accepted a position at West Texas Orthopedics, where she is currently under the direction of orthopedic surgeons Dr. John Dean and Dr. Daniel Nelson. As the only PA in the busy orthopedic clinic, Reeves assesses patients, administers injections, prescribes medications and assists Dr. Nelson with knee and joint replacement surgeries.

“I really love what I do,” said Reeves. “Once I decided to go back to school, I’m glad I chose Midland College to begin my higher education. My teachers knew that I was focused and determined to earn a degree, and they gave me the support I needed to stay on track toward my career goals.”

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”

Midland College Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents
Apollo 13 Astronaut Captain James Lovell

TONIGHT, 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Courtesy Photo
Tonight, Midland College (MC) welcomes James Lovell, the legendary captain of the 1970 Apollo 13 space mission. Captain Lovell’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield in Midland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to a generous endowment established by the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, the event is FREE.

In an instant, the Apollo 13 spacecraft pivoted from a moon-bound landing unit to a crippled vessel. While the spaceflight stands today as a demonstration of NASA innovation saving lives on the fly, Apollo 13 vividly illustrated the dangers of people working in space.

At the time, Lovell, 42, was the world's most traveled astronaut. He had three missions and 572 spaceflight hours of experience. Lovell participated in Apollo 8, the first mission to circle the moon, and flew two Gemini missions — including a 14-day endurance run.

During the Apollo 13 mission, wires were exposed in the oxygen tank through a combination of manufacturing and testing errors before flight. On the evening of April 13, 1970, a spark from an exposed wire in the oxygen tank caused a fire, ripping apart one oxygen tank and damaging another inside the spacecraft. Although Apollo 13's design problems left a mark on NASA's reputation, today it also stands as a shining example of how NASA solved life threatening problems in space, thanks in large part to Lovell’s leadership.

In 1995, the Apollo 13 mission was chronicled in a Ron Howard movie starring Tom Hanks who portrayed Lovell. Lovell also appeared in several segments of Tom Hanks’ From the Earth to the Moon, the acclaimed HBO documentary miniseries that aired in the spring of 1998. In 2015, Lovell received the Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Hearkening back to the incredible early days of space exploration and the Apollo program, Lovell applies the “time when we did bold things in space to achieve leadership,” proving that even during challenging times, innovation and new heights of leadership can be attained and “failure is not an option.”

Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Chap Golf finishes second at tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaps finish 2nd at High Country Shootout

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS - A few bogeys down the stretch cost the Midland College golf team at the High Country Shootout on Monday at The Links at Sierra Blanca ...

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The Chaparrals will next play in the NJCAA National Golf Preview October 10-11 in Garden City, Kansas.

MC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter holding voter registration drive

From Dora Carey
Alpha Beta Phi Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa, Midland College

Friendly reminder ... today is the start of our Phi Theta Kappa "Voter Registration Drive," which starts today and continues through Friday!

TODAY, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., we will be by the Grill at the Student Center.

Please come out and volunteer. And, register to vote, if you have not yet done so. We only need people who can hand out questionnaires while those of us who are deputized can register people. This event is taking place to help our chapter with the international competition: Honors in Action.

Monday, September 26, 2016

MC offers 8-week and winter interim sessions

• Most courses are online via MC’s Canvas classroom management system

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The fall semester at Midland College (MC) officially started on August 29; however, it’s not too late to enroll in courses and get credit by the end of the calendar year. For those who didn’t have an opportunity to apply and register for classes, or for those who may want to take an additional course or two, MC offers an 8-week accelerated session beginning October 24 and ending December 15.

Courses offered during this session include Art Appreciation, Business Principles, Communications, Economics, English (composition and literature courses), Information Technology, Music Appreciation and Spanish (all levels). Most of the courses are online, and class instruction is web-based via MC’s Canvas classroom management system.

“We realize that late summer and early fall are busy times for many people, and they may not have had an opportunity to apply to MC and register for courses,” explained Liz Zenteno, dean of Enrollment Management. “We are hoping that this 8-week session will give them the opportunity to start their college studies or continue toward their degree and career training goals.”

New students should stop by the MC Welcome Center located on the east side of the Scharbauer Student Center. Staff at the Center will assist with completing the ApplyTexas application and will provide information about financial aid, advising and other items needed to begin their studies. Those students who are already enrolled at MC and want to add an additional course can call (432) 685-4501 to schedule an appointment to visit with an advisor.”

In addition, MC offers a two-week winter interim session December 19-January 2. This session mainly consists of online courses. College officials reported that this session is popular among students classified as “transient”—those who are enrolled at another college or university and want to earn college credit while they are on break between semesters. For a complete list of courses available during the 8-week session and the winter interim session, visit www.midland.edu/schedules

Zenteno also said that it’s not too late to begin thinking about spring semester courses. MC’s spring semester begins January 17, and students can start registering for spring classes on October 17. Advisors are now accepting appointments for spring semester advising. All students should meet with an advisor before registering to discuss their career pathway and make sure they are enrolled in appropriate courses.

MC student "drops" art for others

MC Photos by Rebecca Bell
• "You just found my artwork! It’s now yours to keep!”

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

September 6, 2016 marked World Art Drop Day, and Midland College (MC) student Allison Smith commemorated the day by leaving an original sketch at the Fasken Learning Resource Center (LRC) on the main MC campus.

World Art Drop Day began several years ago as a way for artists to feel more connected to each other and to create a bond among random strangers through the act of creating and giving. The idea of the day was the inspiration of freelance illustrator Jake Parker and came from his own experience in a cross-country art drop where he left sketches around the U.S. He said that he received tons of positive responses from the finders, and he wanted the rest of the world to experience that kind of happiness. Parker is a prolific illustrator based in Utah who has worked on animated films, comics and books. His illustrations have been featured in films like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Rio (2011) and Epic (2013).

Allison Smith said, “When I learned of Parker’s work and his idea for Art Drop Day, I couldn’t wait to participate. My career goal is to become a character concept artist for films. I mostly enjoy sketching people, but I also draw animals. When I draw people, I envision how they will look based on certain personality traits.”

The sketch Smith left at the LRC is about the size of a cell phone. It is a picture of a young woman with curly dark hair wearing a jacket and muffler looking into the distance with somewhat of a “Mona Lisa” smile and holding a cup. Looking at the sketch, one imagines the woman enjoying her cup of hot, soothing liquid on a crisp autumn day and being somewhat amused at something going on around her.

“It was a warm West Texas day in early September, and I was thinking about cooler weather and Starbucks pumpkin-spiced lattes,” explained Smith. “I began doodling with sharpies and markers and then decided to leave the piece to commemorate World Art Drop Day. I hid two other art pieces on campus, as well. I put one in Beal Plaza and the other one on a bench near the Abell-Hanger Science Building. Unfortunately, I never heard back from anyone on those two pieces.”

Josh Knight who works in the MC Learning Resource Center found the sketch when he was working late one evening. It was accompanied with a note that read “Happy World Art Drop Day! You just found my artwork! It’s now yours to keep!”

“I thought the sketch was quite good. I was intrigued about the concept of World Art Drop Day and impressed that Allison was interested in sharing her creativity with others,” said Knight.

Allison Smith is a 2015 graduate of Greenwood High School. She took several dual credit courses while in high school and then enrolled full-time at MC in fall 2015. Her art courses at MC include drawing and design classes with art instructor Dagan Sherman and ceramics classes with instructor Michael Richardson. Smith will graduate from MC this coming December and plans to transfer to Sul Ross State University where she will major in Fine Arts.

Chap Golf has good first day at tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaparrals lead High Country Shootout

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS - The Midland College golf team is in first place after the first two rounds of the High Country Shootout at The Links at Sierra Blanca on Sunday ...

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The Chaparrals continue play today in the High Country Shootout at The Links Course in Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 25-26.

NASA legend touches down at Midland College ... TOMORROW

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents ...

An Evening with Captain James Lovell
NASA Legend and Apollo 13 Commander

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Midland College, Midland, Texas

Admission is FREE, and the public is invited.

Captain James Lovell ... A great American hero, astronaut Jim Lovell is most famous for his role in the American space age and for his calm and careful command of Apollo 13. Lovell stoically articulated the five-word message, “Houston, we have a problem,” which quickly became a part of the American lexicon. Through teamwork and decisive leadership, Lovell and his crew modified the lunar module into an effective lifeboat to safely return to Earth. As captain, he was instantly transformed into an inspiring national hero.

Captain Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety School, and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He has earned many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Today, he is president of Lovell Communications, a business devoted to disseminating information about the U.S. space program.

Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lady Chap volleyball drops road match to OC

JC VOLLEYBALL: Odessa College tops Lady Chaps in 4

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - Odessa College topped visiting Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball 25-21, 25-27, 25-14, 25-18 in a Western Junior College Athletic Conference match, Wednesday at the OC Sports Center ...

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MC returns to MC's Al G. Langford Chaparral Center for their next match when they host New Mexico Military Institute at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28.

The first day of autumn

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
From Jeff McDonald
Website Editor, Midland College

Sure, I could go on and on about the first day of autumn, and the changes that season brings to the campus of Your College. But I will instead turn to the late Roger Ebert, who had a great influence upon me as a wordsmith and a film reviewer ...

There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth.
Roger Ebert (from brainyquotes.com)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball road match

JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview capsule for today’s MC match

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The biggest rivalry in the WJCAC resumes today when the Midland College Lady Chaparrals and the Odessa College Lady Wranglers meet in a key early conference match this evening ...

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Upcoming intramural events at MC

From Colten Ryan
Intramural Coordinator/Spirit Squad Sponsor

Good morning all,

Just wanted to fill everyone in on events coming up this semester in Intramurals. May add some things as well but this is what is planned so far.

Men’s and Coed Flag Football registration is open until Wednesday September 21st. There will be captains meetings on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd to hand out schedules and rules. Anyone interested in playing can come as well.

Indoor Coed volleyball registration is open until Wednesday, October 26th. Captains meetings will be Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th to hand out rules and schedule, and again anyone interested in playing is welcome to come.

There will also be Game Room Tournaments going on this semester, including a Ping Pong tournament Friday September 30th at 5:30 pm, a pool tournament Friday October 14th at 5:30 pm, and an air hockey tournament November 11th at 5:30 pm. All of these will be held in the Game Room in the Student Center.

To register for these events, come by my office in the Scharbauer Student Center, room 101.

Colten Ryan
Intramural Coordinator/Spirit Squad Sponsor, Midland College
(432) 686-4828

Craft classes through Community Programs Continuing Education

• Classes for beginners, advanced and the rusty

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, Continuing Education

Community Programs Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of craft courses in the weeks ahead.

Students will learn to basic crochet stitches and make a pot holder, a dish cloth, a hat and a scarf, if time permits. Students will need to provide yarn and crochet hooks. For the first night students need only bring a skein of Vanna's Choice (Lion Brand Yarn) and a size H crochet hook. Additional yarn will be purchased as needed.

Details are:

• Course # 9060 161Q
• September 27 – November 7
• Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:20 – 6:20 p.m.
• Cost is $40

Sewing for beginners or for folks who have become “rusty”, including instruction fitting a basic pattern using the Palmer and Pletsch method. Purchase the pattern directly from the instructor. Items needed for class: Sewing machine, sewing kit (purchase after first class). This class is located in Marie Hall Academic Bldg, room 201.

Details are:

• Course # 9200 161Q
• September 26 – November 2
• Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Cost is $80

Students will learn to measure & customize PDF patterns to make a tunic and leggings that fit for $35 or less. Students need to bring a sewing machine with a stretch or zig/zag stitch, scissors or a rotary cutter and a tape measure. Students will purchase their fabric and patterns after the first class. Nothing is needed for the first night except for the tape measure and a pen. Instructor has 3 loaners.

Details are:

• Course # 9061 161Q
• September 27 – November 3
• Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Cost is $40

If you or anyone you know is interested, please come see us in the CPCE office located at SSC 214 or go online at https://ce.midland.edu/cp/index.php?option=com_cexpress&view=courses&category=16&Itemid=349.

For more information about MC’s CPCE program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office ...
(432) 685-4518

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years at Midland College WRTTC

MC Photo by Andres Madrid
This fall marks 20 years of operation of Midland College’s branch campus, the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), located in Fort Stockton, Texas. Several 20th-year anniversary events were held this past weekend to celebrate the successful educational partnership between Midland College and Pecos County and to thank those who have made the WRTTC a success — students, alumni, Pecos County residents and Scholars’ Dollars Scholarship Fund donors.

CLICK HERE for a photo album of the celebration

Midland College offering FREE food handler certification classes

• ServSafe® Food Handler’s Certification is now mandatory for all Midland restaurants and food service personnel

Thanks to funding from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Midland College (MC) is offering FREE food handler certification classes.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has passed legislation requiring all food workers to have a valid food handler certificate by September 1, 2016. MC and Texas Mutual are partnering to meet the needs of local restaurants and food service personnel by offering the training on various dates throughout the summer and fall. The required 4-hour training includes the following:

Basic Food Safety
Good Personal Hygiene
Controlling Time and Temperature
Preventing Cross-Contamination
Cleaning and Sanitizing

All classes are held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the convenient location of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria on the corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert. Upcoming classes will be offered on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, September 27

Midland College is also offering the ServSafe® Manager’s Certification training. Course fee for this special managerial certification is $204, which includes book and exam fees.

For more information and a complete list of classes, visit ce.midland.edu/wf/courses/food-service or contact Elizabeth Wall, ewall@midland.edu , (432) 681-6301.

Constitution Day a celebration for all ages at MC

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
CLICK HERE for a photo album

This year's Constitution Day celebration at Midland College was held Friday, September 16, in the Amistad Atrium of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

There was free coffee and donuts - and more! - for students who stopped in on their way to and from classes.

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The day also serves to recognize all who - by birth in the U.S. or by naturalization - have become citizens. Learn more about this day and what it commemorates at constitutionday.com

MC Chaparral Golf announces Fall 2016 Schedule

• Fall season has begun for the Chaps

Staff Report
Midland College

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf program has announced its Fall 2016 schedule. That schedule got underway this past weekend, and will continue through the fall

visit the MC Golf/Schedule web page...

get a downloadable/printable .Adobe .pdf file of the schedule ...

Next for the Chaparrals: the High Country Shootout at The Links Course in Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 25-26.

New Culinary Foundations CE course ... register now!

• Class is limited to first 10 registrants

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, Continuing Education

Community Programs Continuing Education is pleased to offer ‘Culinary Foundations’ with Chef Timm of Lori’s Café! The course begins Monday September 26 and ends on Tuesday, November 1. CPCE has received numerous calls to offer cooking classes, and without a location on campus I approached Timothy Rogers with Lori’s Café. Both Chef Timm and I are extremely excited about this partnership!

Details are:

• Chef Timm will teach students how to apply basic culinary skills at home to create appetizers, main meals and desserts. This class will be held at Lori’s Café at 210 W. Longview, in Midland.
• Course # 9240 161Q
• September 26 – November 1
• Mondays/Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
• Cost is $100
• Class is limited to 10

If you or anyone you know is interested, please come see us in the CPCE office located at SSC 214 or go online at https://ce.midland.edu/cp/index.php?option=com_cexpress&view=course&id=276&Itemid=230.

For more information about MC’s CPCE program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office ...
(432) 685-4518

Monday, September 19, 2016

Grammar workshops kick-off this week at The MC Language Hub

From Stacy Egan
English Faculty

The The Language Hub at Midland College is proud to announce an expansion of our workshops for this semester. Workshops will all be held in TC182 (the Language Hub). To foster more personal attention, each workshop will now be limited to 30 students. Students may sign up in advance at the Language Hub, or they may call Sara Peterson at (432) 685 4718 to sign up. All workshops are FREE and open to any currently enrolled Midland College student.

The The Language Hub at Midland College is the school's reading and writing center, where you can get help with any paper that you write for any class. You can also work on computer-based interactive tutorials in reading and writing. The Hub staff look forward to meeting students this week, and to working with them throughout this semester.

Chap Golf begins 2016/2017 season at Andrews tournament

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC GOLF: Chaps, Cronje finish second in Andrews College AM

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ANDREWS, TEXAS - The Midland College golf team finished in second place at the Andrews College AM on Sunday at the Andrews County Golf Course ...

MC sophomore Stefan Cronje finished second in the medalist standings after shooting 64-70--134 ...

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The Chaparrals next play in the High Country Shootout at The Links Course in Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 25-26.

LitFlix Movie Nights series kicks-off this week

English Movie and Pizza Parties
Free Pizza, BYOB
Free to all MC students

MC students are invited to join the Midland College English Department for a movie night featuring a film inspired by literature ...

Thursday, September 22
O Brother, Where Art Thou
(2000, rated PG-13, based on Homer’s The Odyssey)

All movies begin at 7:00 p.m.
in AFA 138 (Choir Room)

For more information, contact:
Allison Brown, MC English Instructor
(432) 685-4648

Writers' Workshop -- Thank You!

Good morning,

Thank you to all who helped make this weekend’s Permian Basin Writers’ Workshop a great success! We hosted nearly 100 presenters and participants and nearly a third of these visited us from beyond the Permian Basin. In fact, some came from as far away as New York and Pennsylvania. All of them had fabulous things to say about our campus and staff. We could not have pulled it off without the help of the following individuals:

Adelle Dowling / Angelina Dolaptchieva / April Kennedy / Chelsea Burch and the MC Students In Philanthropy Students / Damon Kennedy / Denise Stripe / Dennis Sever / Deonne Presley / Dr. Thomas / Ema Rivera / Great Western Dining Services (HUGE thank you to Connie, Rudy, and Tamara -- who braved the rain!) / Irma Moreno / Ken Riley and the Custodial Team / Lesley Isaacs / Rebecca Bell / Richard McKee and the Midland College Police Department / Thomas Ross

The Midland College English Department also had a huge part in the Writers’ Workshop. Three English faculty served as volunteer guest editors — Dr. Pamela Howell, Brendan Egan and Stacy Egan.

Thanks to all who helped to make this event a positive experience for our community

Thanks again,

Wendy Gilbert
Director of Development & Alumni Relations
Midland College Foundation, Inc.

Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations
Midland College

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Updates on Lady Chaparral Volleyball at Lee College Invitational

09/18/16: JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps drop two in Baytown

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

BAYTOWN, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team ended a 2-2 weekend at the Lee College Invitational after dropping two matches to nationally-ranked teams ...

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09/17/16: JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps win two in Baytown

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

BAYTOWN, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team won two matches at the Lee College Invitational on Friday ...

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MC returns to Western Junior College Athletic Conference action at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday with a match at rival Odessa College.