Monday, February 8, 2016

Make plans NOW to tackle credit confusion, next week at MC

Midland College partners to host the eighteenth annual West Texas Conference on Aging

Annual workshop advancing the care and promoting issues of senior citizens

Thursday, March 3
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Yucca Theatre, 208 N. Colorado, Midland

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, March 3, Midland College (MC) will partner with several other community organizations to host the annual West Texas Conference on Aging. The one-day conference will be held at the Yucca Theatre on Colorado Street in Downtown Midland from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Noted experts in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nursing, emergency management, speech-language pathology and social work will present topics to include the following:

· Geriatric Pharmaceutical Issues, presented by Josh Ward
· Nursing Care of the Geriatric Patient, presented by Dr. Rebekah Powers
· Aphasia, presented by Beth Crawford
· EMS DSRIP Project, presented by Johnny L. Flitton
· Advanced Directives, presented by Lettie England

Wendy Wood-Collins, director of MC Health Sciences Continuing Education said, “We are delighted to once again be partnering to host this worthwhile conference for West Texans who work with and provide assistance for our senior citizens. Not only will the conference be informative for healthcare, social services and assisted living professionals, but also will provide helpful information for those who care for elderly family members.”

Midland College will award 7.5 continuing education hours, and Midland Memorial Hospital will award 6.0 units of continuing nursing education hours. The portion of the conference presented by Dr. Rebekah Powers focusing specifically on nursing issues of the geriatric patient has been approved by the Texas Board of Nurses continuing education requirements for nurses whose practice includes the older adult or geriatric population.

Organizers explained that the conference is being underwritten by St. Joseph’s Home Health and Amerigroup RealSolutions with support from First Care, Region 9 Family & Protective Services, the Area Agency on Aging, Superior Healthplan, Hospice of Midland and Midland Health. Because of the generous support from these organizations, an affordable registration fee of $50 is being offered to those who register by February 19. Those who register later will be required to pay $75. The fee includes all conference materials and lunch.

Registration is available online at or in person at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland, Room 138. For more information or to register via telephone, contact Kimberly Daw, 432/681-6338 or email

MC Bookstore to return unsold textbooks


It is that time again and I just want to give everyone heads-up that we are sending back books we did not sell and have overstock in.

We are not going to send back books being used for Flex classes.

Students that have still not purchased their books and need more time ... please come in to the Bookstore and we will make sure we do not send back the books you need.

Thank you. Have a great week.,

Walter Waller, Text Book Manager
Midland College Bookstore
(432) 685-6460

Student is passionate about autos and helping others

MRT Photo by Rebecca Bell
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

It’s amazing what kind of car wrecks people have!” exclaimed Midland College (MC) student Edgar Rey.

Rey is learning first-hand how to fix those wrecks in Midland College’s Automotive Technology program, where he is specializing in Auto Collision & Repair. Rey is a high school junior and started the program as a dual credit student in fall 2015. As such, he will be able to receive both high school and college credit for his coursework. He will also have the opportunity to receive industry certification by the time he graduates from high school! After high school, Rey plans to continue his studies at MC and obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Automotive Technology.

Rey said, “I’ve always enjoyed dealing with cars. I discovered that I could take these courses through Midland College while I’m still in high school, and it’s been awesome! I really like the hands-on training we get. Even though along with the hands-on stuff, there is some textbook reading we have to do, the teachers use lots of humor and make it fun.”

Rey is, in fact, enjoying the program so much that this summer he has chosen to take more MC courses on his own through the Early Admissions program. This program allows high school juniors and seniors to enroll in college courses provided they meet admission requirements. Because of his enthusiasm and affinity for the program, Rey was awarded a scholarship from the Permian Basin International Oil Show (PBIOS) for his Early Admission courses.

“I’m so thankful for the scholarship,” stated Rey. I wasn’t sure I would be able to afford to take classes through Early Admissions; the scholarship will definitely help!”

In addition to his passion for all things automotive, Rey also mentors his fellow students who are being bullied. He recently was a leader in Robert E. Lee High School’s “Challenge Day” activities, a program designed to build connections and empathy among young people. As a former victim of bullying and a leader in the “Challenge Day” program, Rey volunteers his time to talk to and listen to other teens who are being bullied.

MC Advisor Dawn Finley said, “Edgar is truly a remarkable young man. When I told him about the scholarship, he was so grateful and wanted to write a thank you note. Not many young people ask to do this on their own. He is attempting to learn everything he can about the automotive industry. He knows what he wants to do with his life, and I have a feeling that Edgar has a very bright and promising future ahead of him.”

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lady Chap softball closes tournament with pair of wins

• JC SOFTBALL: MC wins 2 to close out Cowtown Tournament

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - The No.15-ranked Midland College Lady Chap softball won both games of its doubleheader to conclude action at the Cowtown Tournament on Saturday ...

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Introducing the Official MC Homecoming T-Shirt

Hello All!

We are days away from the kick off of Homecoming Week 2016: The Roaring 20’s!

CLICK HERE for a schedule

We are accepting pre-sale orders of our official homecoming t-shirt beginning today! Shirts are $15, and come in size Small-2X. Order yours today as quantities are limited!

Please contact me for more information!

In Service,

Taneekwa Hurdle, Student Activities Coordinator

Lady Chap softball goes has mixed first day of tournament

• JC SOFTBALL: No. 15 MC drops two in Fort Worth

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

FORT WORTH, TEXAS - The No.15-ranked Midland College Lady Chap softball went 1-2 during the first day of the Cowtown Tournament on Friday ...

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Friday, February 5, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Still time - though not much - to enter Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off

Hello All!

There is still time to enter the MC Gumbo cook-off! If you are interested participating, please submit the attached entry form to me by 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, February 5. Entry is open to all MC students, staff, faculty, and friends!

Cook-off information is as follows:

Event: Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off
Date: Tuesday, February 9th (Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Day)
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Student Center Lounge
Entry Fee: $10

CLICK HERE for an entry form (Adobe .pdf file)

CLICK HERE for cook-off rules(Adobe .pdf file)

Please contact me for more information!

In Service,

Taneekwa Hurdle, Student Activities Coordinator

Newspaper offers preview of tonight's reception, artist talk at McCormick Gallery

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The new exhibit in McCormick Gallery, “Strangely Familial” by Nathan Barnes, is definitely worth viewing. There will be a reception and gallery talk this evening (Thursday, February 4) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Read more about the exhibit as well as other exhibits in the Midland area at the link below (from ...

MRT Photo
• Arts Notes: Local artists open shows near and far

Trent Johnson, Reporer
Midland Reporter Telegram

McCORMICK GALLERY, MIDLAND COLLEGE - In the gallery’s current show, Barnes’ portraits aren’t your typical look at family portraits. His works are a vibrant combination of sculpture, painting and mixed media that are sometimes whimsical and sometimes shocking ...

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Be a Hero ... and get free pizza ... TODAY at Your College

Here's an opportunity for you to step-up TODAY and 'Be a Hero!' ... and enjoy some free pizza in the process.

From Dianne Scott
Donor Recruitment, United Blood Services

Our next blood drive ar Midland College is Thursday, February 4th, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. at the the girls' dorm [I.A. O'Shaughnessy Residence Hall, for Women, on the northwest quarter of the MC campus]. We will be in the UBS Bloodmobile, and we will feed pizza to all the donors!

If you have any questions, anyone can call my number at (432) 296-8755.



All donors will receive points that can be redeemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at

And did we mention pizza ... hmmmm ???

Chap Basketball wins close road match

JC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Chaps stave off late run by Clarendon College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team held off a late charge by Claredon College and escaped with an 85-82 victory in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play at Bulldog Arena on Monday night ...

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The Chaparrals are back home for their next match, Monday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. at the Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Lady Chap basketball gets win on the road

JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps cruise to road win over Clarendon College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - The No. 10-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team was in control from the onset during a 79-56 victory over Clarendon College in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play at Bulldog Arena on Monday night ...

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The Lady Chaparrals are back home for their next match, Monday, February 8, 5:45 p.m. at the Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CONTRA-TIEMPO to take the MC stage, TOMORROW

The public is cordially invited to come to the campus of Your College, and enjoy a FREE workshop presented by the urban dance troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO on Thursday, February 4 - TOMORROW - 12:00 noon, in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fina Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

A complimentary light lunch will also be served, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the McCormick Gallery, AFA. The workshop is FREE and NO tickets are required.

The event is sponsored by Midland College and the Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council, Inc.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Bell
(432) 685-4556

From the CONTRA-TIEMPO website ...

"Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, our unique Urban Latin Dance Theater brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage."

"Our work is rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban and draws from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater. We create an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form. We are taking Salsa back to its roots as a mode of expression for the struggles of the working class, and are therefore committed to making our high quality, professional performance work accessible for all, regardless of race or class. CONTRA-TIEMPO exists inside of and embodies the 'in between' space: leader/follower, immigrant/American, English/Spanish, performer/listener. We fully embrace that liminal experience as artists within communities, both on and off stage. CONTRA-TIEMPO is a rich tapestry of professional dancers and performers from varied styles, many of whom are immigrants or first generation North Americans, and exist within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that we address in our work."

"Resident composer and co-founder, César Alvarez, approaches the music for the group as if it were a new genre. CONTRA-TIEMPO's movement narrative calls for a complete rebuilding of "dance music" using a sonic vocabulary as far-reaching and diverse as the company members' backgrounds. In the original music he composes for CONTRA-TIEMPO's performances, César deconstructs salsa, collaging Americana with hip-hop, poetry with clave, industrial and found sound with the powerful rhythmic traditions of the African Diaspora."

more about CONTRA-TIEMPO ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

MC students receive aviation maintenance scholarships

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) students Joseph Garcia and Logan Whitten each received a $750 scholarship from the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B29/B24 Desert Squadron at the squadron’s annual banquet in Odessa on January 21, 2016. Garcia received the Marie Pearson Memorial Scholarship, and Logan received the Tom Cloyd Memorial Scholarship. Both students are currently enrolled in their last semester in MC’s Aviation Maintenance program and are targeted to graduate in May with two industry-recognized certificates—Aviation Maintenance Airframe Certificate and Aviation Maintenance Powerplant Certificate.

Joseph Garcia (at left, in the above photo) is a 2014 graduate of Crosbyton High School in Crosbyton, Texas. He said that he had always been interested in aircraft mechanics, and the MC Aviation Maintenance program’s excellent reputation prompted him to relocate to Midland for training. When he graduates, he plans to remain in the area and work for a private aviation maintenance/charter organization.

Logan Whitten (at right, in the above photo) graduated from Robert E. Lee High School in Midland in 2013. He plans to work in the aviation maintenance field while continuing his studies in flight training in order to become an airplane pilot.

MC Aviation Maintenance Program Chair Tommy Branon said, “These students have done an outstanding job in the program. Both have very promising careers ahead of them. We are very grateful to the B29/B24 Desert Squadron for recognizing our students and the importance of our program.”

Garcia and Whitten said that the scholarships will assist with books and tools required during their last semester and for their FAA certification test.