Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Make it a safe, blessed holiday, everyone!

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of Edia Hernandez. Mrs. Hernandez passed away on Monday, November 24.

Edia worked at Midland College for 9 years and was an Admissions Advisor. Her obituary can be found HERE.

Visitation will be from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26 at the Nalley-Pickle & Welch Chapel, with a Rosary to be recited at 7:00 p.m. tonight by the Altar Society at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

Funeral Mass will be at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, November 28 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, with Reverend Swamy Lakkineni as the celebrant. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home and Crematory of Midland. The Midland College flag will fly at half staff through Friday.

If you wish to contribute toward a brick in memory of Edia Hernandez, you may send your contribution to the Office of Institutional Advancement, room 141 PAD or go online at

Christmas countdown ... getting ready for "Holiday Evening at Midland College"

Look ... up in the sky ... it's a bird ... it's a plane ... it's one of our Facilities & Grounds teams here, at Midland College, making an addition to our landmark Hodge Carillon Tower, getting it - and the rest of the campus - ready for next week's Holiday Evening at Midland College !!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

World AIDS Day Event - MONDAY at MC

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator


Monday, December 1, is World AIDS Day!

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the MHAB Amistad Atrium, Basin Assistance Services and the Department of State Health Services will be on campus giving information to students (and whomever would like information) about HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. There will be free testing in MHAB 111.

Basin Assistance Services recently has seen an increase in the number of new infections in younger groups - late teens to early twenties. (Exact stats are not available at this time.)

Please help us spread the word!

Thank you so much!


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

Chap Basketball offers help for that hectic holiday hustle

Thanksgiving is this week, Christmas is coming ... and the tempo around town is already starting to pick up. How about you? Looking for a little help to get you though the rush of the holiday season? The Midland College Chaparral basketball team, trainers and coaches invite you to drop off your kids to play the day away while you go Christmas shopping.

Chap Christmas Camp
  Saturday, December 13
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Midland College
Physical Education (PE) Building

CLICK HERE for more information and a registration form

You may also contact:

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

Please welcome ...

From Julia A. Vickery
Student Development & Students In Philanthropy Coordinator

The Student Development Office is excited to announce that Diana Ramos was offered, has accepted, and been approved by the Board to take the Midland's Legacy Advisor position at Midland College

Diana's experience as an advisor here at MC will be a great benefit to our Legacy students.

Diana's official start date is November 25th, so if you see her around, please give her a warm word of congrats!

From Alfredo Chaparro
Community Services Director

Please join me in welcoming Chuck Rivas as the Associate Director of the Midland College Business and Economic Development Center. Chuck previously worked as a Loan Officer in the Financial Services Division of the Amarillo Economic Development Corporation. Chuck provided lending services through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Certified Development Company (504) Program and helped to maintain the City of Amarillo's Community Development Micro-Loan program.

Chuck graduated from Southwestern University with a B.A. in Communication and Business. Chuck grew up in Amarillo and graduated from Amarillo High School. Chuck now lives in Big Spring, TX. He recently got engaged to his fiancé, Sarah Carman. Chuck's office is located at the Cogdell Learning Center and can be reached at 684-4309.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Fitness Center Closed Thanksgiving Break

Hey Everyone

I wanted to inform you all that the Midland College Fitness Center will be open on Wednesday, November 26th until 2:00pm and will be closed the entire Thanksgiving Break. We will resume regular hours of operation on Monday, December 1st.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ginger Gatliff
Fitness Center Director
(432) 685-6469

Deadline for MC Students In Philanthropy "Santa Letters" fundraiser is TOMORROW

From Julia A. Vickery
Student Development & Students In Philanthropy Coordinator

Santa has once again solicited the help of Midland College Students in Philanthropy to answer the huge amounts of letters he receives each Christmas Season!

If you have a young one in age or heart (child, grandchild, niece, nephew, friend, neighbor), and would like for them to receive some Santa Cheer, SIP would love to help. Our members will fill your child’s heart with the spirit of Christmas with a very special and personalized letter from Santa! Your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others will enjoy receiving a letter from Santa as he tells them how very special they are!

Please fill out the attached form (Adobe .pdf file) for each individual child, then bring or send your completed “Santa” form, and $5 per letter donation to Julia Vickery, 240 SSC, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 by ...

Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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

The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones. Santa Letters are one of many fundraisers that these students decide on, plan, and execute throughout the fall semester. All net proceeds are matched at $10,000 in the spring and granted back to our local non-profits. Last year, this group granted $18,000 to our community

For more information about this program, contact:
Julia Vickery, Student Development Coordinator
Midland College
(432) 685-4704

TONIGHT ... MC to host special lecture offering "Reality Check" on Russia, Ukraine and the West

Midland College Department of Government hosts special lecture ...

“Reality Check: Russia, Ukraine, and
the West in Crisis and Conflict”

TONIGHT • Monday, November 24
7:00 p.m.
Carrasco Room • Scharbauer Student Center

On Monday, November 24 (TONIGHT), the Midland College (MC) Government Department will host a special lecture presented by Matthew Rojansky, Director of the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. An expert on U. S. relations with the states of the former Soviet Union, especially Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, Rojansky has advised governments and intergovernmental organizations on conflict resolution and efforts to enhance shared security throughout the Euro-Atlantic and Eurasian region.

His lecture at MC on Monday evening is entitled “Reality Check: Russia, Ukraine, and the West in Crisis and Conflict.” It will be held on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street, in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room at 7:00 p.m. Thanks to funding provided by Will R. Green, Green Energy Resources, Henry Resources LLC and Parsley Energy, the lecture is FREE and the public is invited to attend.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “We are very fortunate to have Mr. Rojansky lecture at Midland College on this timely topic. Thanks go to MC Board Trustee Will Green who brought Mr. Rojansky to our attention after hearing him at a lecture in Steamboat Springs this past summer. Midland College is pleased to be able to offer various lectures and moderated discussions like this that focus on current global events to our students and the Midland community.”

In addition to his responsibilities at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Rojansky travels throughout the United States, Russia and Europe lecturing at colleges and universities. He is also an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins SAIS and American University, and a participant in the Dartmouth Dialogues, a track-two U.S.-Russian conflict resolution initiative begun in 1960. Rojansky is frequently interviewed on TV and radio, and his writing has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, the Washington Post and Foreign Policy. He holds an A.B. from Harvard College and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.

Tickets are not required for this free lecture. For more information, contact the Midland College Office of Community Relations at (432) 685-4556.

Seasonal change on the campus of Your College

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

You are here ...

Newspaper reports on Lady Chaps' bid for WNIT chmpionship

JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Injuries, slow start derail Midland College's WNIT title bid

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS -The day for the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team began with starting point guard Tajanay Veiga standing on the sideline with a walking boot on her left foot.

The day didn’t get much better from there for the Lady Chaparrals.

Playing without their floor leader, the Lady Chaparrals struggled on both ends of the floor and Iowa Western College took advantage in a 79-58 victory during the championship game of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at the Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Honoring the written word ...

Newspaper reports Lady Chaps headed for Midland College WNIT finals

JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Midland College advances to finals of WNIT

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - One day after the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team upset the No. 1 team in NJCAA, Trinity Valley, it continued to roll with a 66-62 win over McLeannan Community College on Friday night.

The Lady Chaps (7-3) advance to the championship of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at the Chaparral Center with the win.

Midland College was led by Mary Savoy, who poured in 29 points, which included a 13 of 15 effort on the free throw line. Savoy also had a team-high 18 rebounds. Both Sierra Dixon and Tajanay Viega joined Savoy in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively ...

read the rest of this MRT report

The Lady Chaps' next game in the tournament is this afternoon at 4:00 p.m., at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, when Midland College (7-3) faces Iowa Western Community College (5-0).

Friday, November 21, 2014

Just in time for the holidays ...

Scholastic Book Fairs Holiday Warehouse Book Sales is coming to Midland College on Wednesday & Thursday, December 3 & 4, 2014!

Wednesday, December 3; 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, December 4; 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Carrasco Room • Scharbauer Student Center
Midland College3600 N. Garfield Street

For more information, contact:

(800) 792-2002, ext. 314

Irma Moreno
(432) 685-4530

Midland College Golf Ends Fall Semester, Finishes 4th at Odessa Invitational

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral golf team finished their fall semester schedule with a fourth place finish in the Odessa College Invitational. The 54 hole tournament was played at the Odessa County Club Links Course (par 72, 7,389 yards) with a five team field and individual competitors from various four-year universities.

Lucas McCubbin
Odessa College won the team title with a three round total of 872, while the Chaps shot 926 finishing in fourth place behind Western Texas College and Ranger College. The individual champion was Josh Radcliff of UT-Arlington who shot 209. Midland College's Lucas McCubbin finished tied for 13th followed by MC's David Wicks who tied for 15th place.

Team Scores:

Odessa College, 281-294-297--872 (+8)
Western Texas College, 291-291-291--873
Ranger College, 302-300-302--904
Midland College, 304-300-322--926
New Mexico Military Institute, 312-309-320--941

David Wicks
Individual Scores (Top 5 and Midland College):

1st: Josh Radcliff, UT-Arlington, 66-69-74--209 (-7)
2nd: Daniel Nielsen, Ranger College, 71-70-72--213
T-3rd: Freddy Anderson, Baylor University, 73-70-73--216
T-3rd: Elliott Fullalove, Western Texas, 71-71-74--216
T-3rd: Conner Bjugstad, Odessa College, 69-75-72--216
T-13th: Lucas McCubbin, Midland College, 72-75-76--223
T-15th: David Wicks, Midland College, 73-71-80--224
24th: Chase Pearcy, Midland College, 80-75-81--236
T-30th: Levi Bryand, Midland College, 84-75-83--242
34th: Jarid Larson, Midland College, 82-82-80--244
35th: Blake Roberson, Midland College, 78-90-77--245
36th: Zarek Crowder, Midland College, 82-79-85--246

Special time and service for "Night Writers"

From Stacy Egan
MC English Department

The Language Hub is located in TC 182 and offers FREE tutoring in writing for all subjects by trained faculty, staff, and peer tutors. Bring your writing assignment, your research, and your draft to TC 182, and let our tutors help you to improve your writing.

We are open Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Friday 8:00 a.m. to noon. (Closed Wednesday-Friday of Thanksgiving Week. Last day of Fall semester is Tuesday, December 9th).

And ... for those late-night writers, join us for "Late Night at the Language Hub" on Tuesday, December 2nd. On this night, the Hub will extend its hours until 10:30pm to help serve students with end-of-semester assignments. All attendees will receive a free gift! 

For more information, contact:

Stacy Egan
(432) 685-6700

"MC Students In Performance" ... TODAY ... join us?

From Michael Jordan
Professor, Music Theory and Studio Voice

A reminder from the Midland College Department of Music ... Come out and enjoy our student recital today at 12:30 PM in the Wagner Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building. Everyone is welcome!

Admission is FREE and open to the public. We hope to see you there! 

Newspaper reports great start for Lady Chaps at Midland College WNIT

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Midland College knocks off No. 1 Trinity Valley CC

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Mary Savoy knew that if her Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team was going to knock off No. 1-ranked Trinity Valley Community College on Thursday, the Lady Chaparrals had to believe they could do it.

While things didn’t look good when MC trailed 32-20 at the intermission, the Lady Chaparrals rallied in the second half to upset the Lady Cardinals, 65-59, in the first round of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Chaparral Center.

“What kept us going was making a change in our minds that we really wanted this,” said Savoy, who had 10 of her 15 points in the second half. “We all wanted this so we put in the effort, got down on defense, made good decisions with the ball, and went ahead and played basketball” ...

read the rest of this MRT report

The Lady Chaps' next game in the tournament is this evening at 7:00 p.m., at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, when Midland College (6-3) faces McLennan Community College (3-5).

Thursday, November 20, 2014

International Student Club Food Fair Feedback

From Amadomo Saye
Sponsor/Advisor of the International Student Club

The Midland C International Student Club would like to say thank you for coming out and supporting the club food fair. The event was a success. Thank you for your help and generosity. We have raised $484.68. See you next time.
Thank you!

Midland College's Quay King, Named NJCAA Men's Division I Player of the Week

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO - The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national office announced the Men’s Basketball Players of the Week of all three divisions Wednesday for games played between Nov. 10-16. This week’s awards were earned by sophomore guards Naquavious King from Midland College (Texas), Willie Gilmore of Wake Tech (North Carolina) and Finger Lakes College (New York) freshman guard Kievonn Banks.

Midland College announces Legacy Scholarship essay contest winners

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Community service is the basis for the Legacy Scholarship Essay Contest, sponsored by the Abell-Hanger Foundation. The purpose of the contest is to honor students’ community service and to let the students tell their stories of how that service has enriched their lives. Any Midland College (MC) student who is currently attending MC on the Legacy Scholarship may write an essay about their required community service—an integral component of the Legacy Scholarship award.

This fall, five Midland College (MC) students received scholarships for essays written about their community service. Award recipients are Victoria Brooke Chadwick, Joseline Corral, Marisa Gonzales, Miranda Nhoy and Ashley Turner. In addition to the standard Legacy scholarship of $2,100 per year, each of these five students will be awarded an additional $500 and will be honored at a luncheon in the spring.

The students’ essays focused on how volunteering changed their lives and how the Legacy Scholarship enabled them to begin their collegiate experience. In many cases, the students’ volunteer experiences have led to discovery of career goals.

Essay winner Victoria Brooke Chadwick wrote, “Without my Legacy volunteer experience, I would never have been able to discover this passion that had been hidden inside of me. Legacy has truly been a blessing to me as well as my family; my future seems so much brighter than it could have ever been without it.”

In her essay about volunteering at Midland Memorial Hospital, Miranda Nhoy wrote, “At the beginning of this volunteer experience, I walked in hopeful that I would gain some knowledge about the different careers that the medical field possesses, but I got so much more than that. I learned that community service is about making an impact and is about paying it forward.”

The winning essays can be found at

Newspaper previews women's basketball tournament at MC

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Midland College ready for WNIT challenge on home court

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team is anxious to finally play at home this season, but the Lady Chaparrals are not expected to catch any breaks this weekend.

For the fifth consecutive year, Midland College is hosting the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, which is usually a showcase of some of the best there is in women’s junior college basketball ...

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