Sunday, November 29, 2015

Lady Chaps finish tournament on a winning note

• JC BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps race past Phoenix College

Staff Reports
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The No. 20-ranked Midland College women's basketball team finished the Sonic Thanksgiving Classic on a high note with a convincing 72-54 win over Phoenix College on Saturday at the OC Sports Center ...

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Chaps continue win streak on the road

•JC BASKETBALL: Chaps win Native American Classic, 12 straight game

Staff Reports
Midland Reporter Telegram

GLENDALE, ARIZONA - The Midland College men's basketball team won The Native American Classic and its 12th straight game late Saturday night with a 95-72 win over host Glendale Community College ...

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Lady Chaps open Odessa tournament with a win

• JC BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps close strong in win over Cisco

Staff Reports
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The No. 20-ranked Midland College women's basketball team used a strong second half to beat Cisco College 67-56 during Friday’s action of the Sonic Thanksgiving Classic at the OC Sports Center ...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

MC closed in observance of Thanksgiving

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

As a reminder, MC will close at noon on Wednesday for the Thanksgiving break. Vicki and I wish you safe travels and a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday.


MC Lady Chap Volleyball open tryouts ... next week

The Midland College Lady Chap volleyball program will hold open tryouts on Saturday, December 5, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon in the Physical Education (PE) Building, on the MC main campus.

The tryouts are open to all unsigned high school seniors who will be graduating in 2016.

CLICK HERE for more information, and links to forms you'll need for the tryouts

For more information, you may also contact:
  Tammie Jimenez
  Head Coach
  (432) 685-4650

  Holli Reyna
  Assistant Coach
  (432) 685-6747

Newspaper offers roundup of MC athletics on Tuesday

• MC BASKETBALL ROUNDUP: Chaps continue roll, Lady Chaps bounce back

Staff Reports
Midland Reporter Telegram

Daeshon Francis
MC men win 9th straight

TUCSON, ARIZONA - The Midland College men's basketball team won its ninth straight game on Tuesday with an 90-81 victory over Pima Community College.

Daeshon Francis had a game-high 22 points ...

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Sierra Dixon
Lady Chaps crush Wayland Baptist JV

PLAINVIEW, TEXAS - Sierra Dixon hit six 3-pointers to lead the No. 20-ranked Midland College women's basketball team to a 103-50 victory over Wayland Baptist JV on Tuesday.

Dixon finished with a game-high 22 points ...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Student . . . soldier . . . college professor

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

She remembers waking up on the couch in her parents’ living room to the sound of Febreze being sprayed over her head. Her two younger brothers decided to take matters into their own hands to “freshen up” the living room.

Jessica Saenz had just returned from deployment in Afghanistan as a soldier of the U.S. Army. She was exhausted and dirty. For the past 7 months, Saenz had averaged only 2 hours of sleep each night and had showered sporadically with a bucket of cold water from a nearby stream. She would use baby wipes in an attempt to clean the Afghan dirt and grime between showers. Now that she was home, her younger brothers wanted to awaken her so she could take a real shower (and not smell so bad), but their mother had told them to let her sleep.

Jessica, a young woman in her mid-twenties, was just thankful to finally be with her family in Midland for two weeks of “R&R” before heading back to the remote mountains of Nuristan Province that border Pakistan and Northeast Afghanistan. Having grown up enjoying a typical middle-class life in Midland, Saenz never imagined that less than 5 years after her high school graduation from Robert E. Lee High School, she would be the only female member of a military intelligence team assigned to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (L.I.).

In 1998, Saenz attended Midland College, and two years later became the first person in her family to graduate with an associate degree. She then transferred to Texas State University (TSU) of San Marcos and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Saenz said, “Like most students, my initial career goals after college graduation varied, and were a far cry from joining the military. I wanted to use my Criminal Justice degree to go into social services or work for a federal agency like the CIA or NSA to gather intelligence information. But then during my first year at TSU, 9/11 happened, and it changed my attitude. I felt a need to do what I could to protect Americans and our way of life.”

So, in 2003, at the age of 23, Saenz joined the U.S. Army. She was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division (L.I.) in Fort Drum, New York, near the Canadian border. During her 6 years of service, she participated in two deployments to Afghanistan totaling 27 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

“My role in Afghanistan was to talk to the local people to gather intelligence and, when necessary, interrogate detainees,” explained Saenz. “I established relationships with village leaders so that they would feel comfortable talking with me. I think being a woman helped. I found that people ‘opened up’ more with a woman than they did with some of my male colleagues. I was considered less threatening. It was nothing like the movies! It included LOTS of paperwork, at least three to four hours of paperwork for every hour of interviewing!”

Saenz was the only female at the Combat Outpost Keating and left the camp on a regular basis. Her responsibilities required that she venture into nearby villages to interview people and ask questions. The other female soldiers she encountered were medics or cooks who stayed at the larger bases.

Saenz laughed and said, “I was the first female soldier some of the Afghans had ever seen, and I guess I was a novelty. Everyone wanted their picture taken with me, but these were definitely NOT ‘glamour shots.’ During my first deployment, there was no running water in our camp, so my showers consisted of using a pail of ice-cold river water about twice a month. We also had to hand-wash our clothes. The water from the river had rocks and minerals in it that would make our uniforms ‘sparkle.’ Of course, after a few hours of traipsing through the Afghan forests and mountains, the ‘sparkle’ was gone.”

During her second deployment, conditions were more favorable. She was stationed at a U.S. military installation in Logar Province, south of Kabul, and she was able to enjoy running water and electricity. Her responsibilities included gathering information in support of 3-71 Cavalry and special operation groups. These are experiences she is able to share with her older brother, a Ranger with 2nd Ranger Battalion in Fort Lewis, Washington.

“Unfortunately, my brother and I did not get to work together, but I was fully aware that my work influenced men like my brother,” explained Saenz. “So the need to keep doing my job to protect others was always a priority.”

Saenz said that she was fortunate to actually be able to go on missions with special operations teams. Many times military intelligence support personnel gather the information, but do not get to participate in the actual missions; however, this was not the case for Saenz. She often accompanied the teams and was responsible for conducting the initial questioning of detainees and “searching” Afghan women for safety related issues.

In 2010, at the age of 29, Saenz was honorably discharged from the Army, but still worked for the military—this time as a civilian instructor teaching military intelligence courses at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, south of Tucson. In 2012, Saenz returned home to Midland and enrolled in graduate courses at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Saenz explained, “My years in the military made me rethink my career goals and reevaluate life. I’ve always been an avid reader, and I guess all that paperwork in the military proved that I was also a decent writer. I decided to work on a Master’s degree in English.” Today, 34-year-old Saenz is putting her graduate degree to good use. She has returned to her roots at Midland College and is teaching English composition courses. Saenz said that she still enjoys traveling, but she also appreciates being home with family.

On a world map in her office, Saenz has orange pins marked for each country where she has visited. In addition to her military service in Afghanistan, Saenz has also traveled to Spain, England, Greece, France, Holland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Canada and Mexico. Her office map also contains yellow pins marked on the countries she would still like to visit—at the top of her list are Australia and New Zealand.

Saenz explained that she is no hurry to resume her international travels since she is focused on teaching and encouraging students to set and achieve their personal and educational goals. When she does have time to travel, she prefers to visit her brother and her nieces in Tacoma, Washington. She isn’t sure what future destinations are in store for her. For now, Jessica Saenz is continuing to search for her next journey in life.

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

Yes! It is that time of year!!!

Midland College Students in Philanthropy will again be assisting Santa with writing letters to the boys and girls of the world.

For $10, the children (of all ages) in your life can get a personalized letter from Santa.

All net profits from money raised, fund our grant project in the spring.Students will review grants from local non-profits and award the money raised, plus the matching grant from our sponsors, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.

Last year, $20,000 was awarded.

Forms are attached and can be returned with payment to the Student Development Office in the Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC main campus ...
by Monday, November 30 ...

"Santa Letter" Form

Introduction to "Santa Letter" program

Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!

Julia Vickery, Student Development Coordinator
Midland College
(432) 685-4704

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

ΦθΚ@MC ... Phi Theta Kappa Profile Project ... Members

From Dora Carey
Treasurer, Phi Theta Kappa at Midland College

Here is the latest installment of the Phi Theta Kappa Profile Project at Midland College. Phi Theta Kappa would like to introduce you to some of our members ...

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Membership in PTK is by invitation to qualified applicants. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, you may visit their website at , or you may contact the Midland College sponsors listed below.

Ms. Lea Keesee
(432) 685-6440

Ms. Duberlinda Mauricio
(432) 685-4562

Midland College announces Continuing Education schedule for January 2016

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College (MC) Department of Continuing Education has just announced its lineup of classes to begin in January. In addition to the areas listed below, MC Continuing Education also offers accelerated programs for Pharmacy Technician training and Professional Truck Driving. Both programs are designed to provide convenient, hands-on skills training to prepare for exam licensure and career success. Visit for more information.

Community Programs
Whether looking to continue a hobby or try something new, MC Community Programs Continuing Education courses offer something for everyone at an affordable price. Personal enrichment courses are open to learners of all ages and backgrounds. The classes are taught by highly-qualified instructors and are scheduled at convenient times. Midlanders are encouraged to start the New Year by learning a new hobby, getting healthy or just resolving to have a little fun. Below is a sampling of courses. For a complete list, visit or call (432) 685-4518.

Open Water Scuba Class, January 19-February 10, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Couples Country & Western Dance, Beginning and Intermediate classes available on Tuesday evenings starting January 26 (Beginning) and Wednesday evenings starting January 27 (Intermediate), 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Ai Chi Water Movement and Relaxation, January 26-March 3, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Class, January 26-March 3, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Fitness Hula Hoop, January 15-March 4, Fridays, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Let’s Dance, January 25-March 2, Mondays & Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Restorative Yoga, January 26-March 3, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.

Petroleum Professional Development Center
The MC Petroleum Professional Development Center provides quality continuing education for the Permian Basin energy industries. The center is located at the corner of Main Street and Illinois Avenue in downtown Midland and is one of seven mid-career training centers worldwide recognized by the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG). January courses include the following:

Fundamentals of Directional Drilling, January 13-15, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
New Developments and Best Practices: CO2, EOR and Residual Oil Zones, January 26-29, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

For a complete schedule of courses, visit or call (432) 683-2832.

Workforce Continuing Education
The MC Workforce Continuing Education office is located at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC), 3200 W. Cuthbert. The facility houses 80,000 square feet of hands-on equipment designed for accelerated training for career advancement, professional development, or even a career change. Individuals, small businesses and large corporations will find many opportunities offering high return on investment for both employers and employees. Classes beginning in January include the following:

Quickbooks, January 19-28, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Excel, basic and intermediate classes available starting January 26, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Real Estate, January 25-April 21, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Intro to Electricity, January 25-February 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Back by popular demand will be the Lunch & Learn Professional Development series of seminars. The first seminar will focus on improving employee performance and will be offered on January 25 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Fee is just $89, and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

For a complete schedule of all Workforce Continuing Education courses, visit or call (432) 681-6301. Staff can also assist with designing customized training to meet an organization’s specific needs.

Risk Management Institute & Safety Program
Thanks to a grant from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, MC is able to offer these courses FREE to individuals and organizations. Registration is required. Contact Leticia Ramos,, (432) 681-6335. January’s classes include the following:

CPR First Aid and BBP, January 12, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
H2S Certification, January 12, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Drug Alcohol Awareness, January 13, 8:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
Confined Space, January 20, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
HAZWOPER Refresher, January 26, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A note on "Campus Safety" from the Midland College PD
From Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

The recent events in Paris, France, have once again brought our attention to the topic of domestic terrorism and public safety. While there is no credible intelligence of any direct or impending threat to the City of Midland or Midland College, this is a good time to review emergency procedures. Terrorist events such as those recently witnessed can occur at any location where large groups of people have gathered at any time. When such events occur there will likely be no advanced warning; that being said we must be vigilant in our preparedness.

Midland College strives to maintain the safest campus possible. We have provided training to all faculty and staff on how to respond should an active shooter event occur. Midland College has several emergency alert methods to disseminate information to the campus quickly in the event of an emergency. Despite the best efforts put forth by Midland College it will ultimately be up to each individual to decide what action to take should a terrorist type event occur.

In order to better prepare the Midland College community, a domestic terrorism exercise has been scheduled for Midland College on January 27, 2016.

The exercise will simulate a domestic terrorism event somewhere on the Midland College campus. Individuals on campus will be provided the details of the event as if it were occurring in real time. Information will be given through the on campus warning system, Chap Alert Text messages, and social media. The exercise will require those near the event to follow the shelter-in-place guidelines, while those not near the simulated danger area to evacuate the campus. The decision to shelter-in-place or evacuate MUST be made by individuals based on their location. Additional information and reminders will be sent out as the date approaches.

This exercise will cause some disruption of normal activities but is necessary to evaluate Midland College’s level of preparedness. Participation in this exercise is mandatory by everyone on campus during the exercise. Emergency response procedures may be reviewed at the Midland College Police Department web page. MCPD officers are always available to discuss safety concerns or response procedures at any time by simply calling MCPD at 685-4734.

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

MC Fitness Center hours for November 23-27

Hello Everyone,

Below will be the hours of operation at Fitness Center this week.

5:30AM - 8:00AM and 10:00AM – 8:30PM

5:30AM - 8:00AM and 10:00AM – 8:30PM

5:30AM - 8:00AM and 10:00AM – 1:30PM

We will be CLOSED the rest of the week for Thanksgiving Break. We hope you all have a wonderful time with your loved one's. Be safe.


Ginger Gatliff
Fitness Center Director
(432) 685-6469

Midland College honors winners of the Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest

From left to right, Marisol Mendoza, Amber Wood, Lyric Jones, Kristina Herod, Rebekka Wollaston, Ashley Hearn, Janeth Ruiz Garcia, Victoria Hernandez, Christin Covington and MC English Professor Brenden Egan.  Not pictured are Alex Christian, Kathryn Herd and Sebastian Walter.
• Selected writings from the contest will be published in MC's Tableau

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, November 19, the Midland College (MC) English Department hosted the Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest Awards Celebration at 12:00 noon in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery.

Awards were presented in three categories—Non Fiction, Fiction and Poetry. Alex Christian one first place in Non-Fiction for his work entitled Princess Diana Papers Rhetorical Analysis. In the Fiction category, Janeth Ruiz Garcia won for My Uncle’s Funeral. Christin Covington won first place in Poetry for her poem entitled The Paper Piano. Second-place winners included Sebastian Walter for How to Solve a Rubik’s Cube, Ashley Hearn for Jailbird, and Rebekka Wollaston for Dear Society. Other winners were Kathryn Herd, Victoria Hernandez, Kristina Herod, Lyric Jones, Marisol Mendoza and Amber Wood.

MC began the creative writing contest in 1975, and in 2012, the contest was renamed in honor of retired MC English Professor Rebecca T. Watson. 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.

MC English Professor and current contest coordinator Brenden Egan said, “We are grateful for Rebecca’s years of dedicated service to MC and her commitment to fostering creative writing among MC students. Participation in the contest continues to grow. This year 46 students submitted entries, with some submitting more than one. Judges were very impressed with the quality of the entries and commended all contestants on their efforts.”

Selected writings from the contest will be published in Tableau, an annual MC student publication produced cooperatively through the departments of Communication and English.

The Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest is one of two writing contests hosted by the MC English department for students. The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest is held each spring. Egan encourages all students enrolled in an English class to participate in this contest when the call for submissions is announced during the spring semester

MC-SGA's canned goods drive begins TODAY

File photo from the start of last year's drive.
From Terry Gilmour
MC Government Professor, Honors Program Director

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Midland College will be holding its annual Canned Food drive to benefit the Memorial Christian Church Food Pantry beginning this week - TODAY - on Monday, November 23.

If you notice some good sales on canned goods, please pick up a few and bring them to MC. There will be boxes in the MHAB Atrium, Fox, AFA and the Student Center. The drive will continue for two weeks, unril Friday, December 4, and then the proceeds will be picked up during the week of finals.

All food pantries seem to be experiencing shortages this year so we really appreciate your support!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Lady Chaps lose final round of tournament

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC WOMENS BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps fall flat in WNIT final

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball coach Ron Jones refuses to use Friday’s double overtime game and the possible fatigue that came against Iowa Western as an excuse with how the Lady Chaparrals played on Saturday.

He said they were just out-competed and out-played by a very good Salt Lake City Community College squad ...

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MC Chap Basketball continues winning road series

• JC BASKETBALL: Chaps notch eighth straight win

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

LIBERAL, KANSAS - The Midland College men’s basketball team team won its eighth straight game on Saturday night with a 93-89 victory over host County Community College at the Days Inn Classic ...

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Next: Midland College next heads to Tucson, Arizona, to play Pima Community College at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 24.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Lady Chaps win second round of tournament, in the finals TODAY

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMENS BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps exact revenge, reach WNIT final

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Behind 20 second-half points by Walnatia Wright and a gritty effort from her teammates, the No. 20-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team upended Iowa Western Community College, 80-70 in a double overtime victory in the semifinals of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament, Friday at Chaparral Center.

With the win, MC (9-1) advanced to the tournament’s championship game, in which it will face Salt Lake Community College (6-0) at 6 p.m. today ...

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Pull on a sweater and Walk with a Doc, TODAY at Your College

According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
Enhance mental well-being
Improve blood lipid profile
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise1! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

The Midland Walk with a Doc program is part of a nationwide initiative funded in Texas by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.

Join Dr. Manoher L. Gurru and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk With A Doc event.

Date: Saturday, November 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: Allison Fine Arts Building,
                 Midland College
                 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas
Who can attend: Anyone!