Friday, April 18, 2014

A memorable evening at Your College ...

Exercise mind, body and spirit with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Tai Chi"

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The Sun-style Tai Chi routines are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. The benefits of Tai Chi include reduced stress, increase in balance and flexibility, helps you feel relaxed, and improves your overall mind, body and spirit. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life. This program is promoted by the Arthritis Foundation. Class will meet at COM Aquatics, 3003 N. ‘A’ Street (and activities are performed on land).

Tai Chi
Instructor: Bobby Raney
Mondays and Wednesdays, May 19 - June 25, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 

Newspaper offers preview of MC softball this weekend

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC SOFTBALL: MC healthier as it takes on rival Howard

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

When/Where: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today, Foundation Field, Big Spring; doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Midland College softball field.

As a sophomore on the Midland College Lady Chaparral softball teamShelby Weissenbach knows the importance of being that motivator for the younger players, especially when things get tough.

Without a doubt, Weissenbach and the Lady Chaparrals have had their share of tough moments this season with injuries and some sloppy fielding at times contributing to some tough losses.

But even with those bumps this season, the Lady Chaps (25-18 overall) find themselves in third place in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 12-8 record and are playing some good softball, thanks to a seven-game winning streak, heading into this weekend’s series against Howard College (36-10, 17-3).

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

And that's a wrap!

All Midland College campuses close Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
for the Easter Holiday. We will re-open and classes resume
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m.
Have a happy, safe and
blessed holiday, everyone!

Just another Tuesday at Your College ...

Online registration for MC Summer Sessions begins April 21

• Will continue through May 29 for Session 1,
July 9 for Session 2

ONLINE registration for the Summer Sessions at MC begins this Monday, April 21. Students who have not completed a Midland College application should do so prior to registering for classes. The MC application is available online at

• what you need to get started 

Advising and other student services for the Summer Sessions is taking place at the Scharbauer Student Center located on the MC main campus. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday.

PLEASE NOTE: The MC campus is closed Monday, April 21, for Easter break.

For more information about the Summer Sessions at MC, please contact the MC Admissions Office at (432) 685-5523.

So, what courses might you take?

 • Course Schedule Interactive Online Listing and Availability (on Campus Connect)

 • Course Descriptions (on MC's Online Catalog)

On Tuesdays, we leave the lights 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.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar

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

Hit the links with MC Continuing Ed

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Golf 101"

"Golf 101" is a course designed for any golfer with a desire to learn or review the basics of golf. Each class will include, introduction to golf, rules and etiquette, putting, chipping, pitching and sand play, full swing on the range and on course instruction. Students must have their own golf clubs. Range balls will be included. This class is located at Nueva Vista Golf Course, 6101 W. Wadley.

Golf 101
Instructor: Mike Crosser, PGA Professional
Wednesdays, May 7-28, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Free "First Aid, CPR & BBP" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"First Aid, CPR & BBP" is one of the 'workplace safety" topics that will be covered this spring in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

First Aid, CPR & BBP
Wednesday, April 30th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
more information

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, at or (432) 681-6303.

Midland College uses science to excite 6th graders about learning

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

Midland College (MC) hosted its annual Science Extravaganza, Friday, April 4. Sixth grade students from Midland County and surrounding communities came to the MC Campus and participated in science demonstrations from various departments.

Science Extravaganza is hosted by the Math & Science Department at MC, with the hope that students will get inspired to learn more about science after they get to see some of the experiments. The students visited exhibits from Biology, Math, Astronomy, Physics and many more!

Christian Bell, a Greenwood Middle School student, said, “It’s really cool! I am learning a lot!”

The event was held on the MC Campus in several classrooms, with some of the larger demonstrations outside. One of the most popular experiments was the Biology department’s dissection stations, with several parts of anatomy displayed.

MC strives to involve the community in various activities throughout the year, and Science Extravaganza is one of the events that the children of the community anticipate most.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from Science Extravaganza

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Next week ... "MC Students In Performance" is a GREAT way to begin a Friday afternoon!

From Nick Elderkin
Music Instructor, Department Chair

Dear Friends,

MC Student Recital - Friday, April 25 @ 12:30 p.m.
The Midland College Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Students in Performance recital. The recital will feature Midland College music students performing a variety of instrumental and vocal music.

Stop by the Wagner & Brown Auditorium next Friday, April 25 at 12:30 p.m. What a great way to begin a Friday afternoon!

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

MC Ensembles Concert - Tuesday, April 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
The Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Ensembles Concert featuring the MC Jazz Ensemble, and Choir. The concert is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts Building.

MC Guitar Recital - Thursday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m.

The Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Student Guitar Recital. The concert will feature MC Department of Music student guitarists performing a variety of music from classical to folk. The concert is FREE and begins at 7:00pm in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts building.


Midland College instructor to host book signing next Tuesday

From Joe Willis
Adjunct Instructor of Speech

I am pleased to announce that "Teaching Lessons" is now available for purchase at The book answers the simple question,"What can we do to improve achievement in public schools?" I wrote the book through the perspective of the teacher. A point of view that is missing from the current discussion of improving schools.

I want to invite all of you to the "Book Launch Mixer" for Teaching Lesson on April 22, 2014 at the Spring Hill Suites in Midland from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served and copies of Teaching Lessons will be signed. Come share my passion for great schools. Bring your colleagues and friends as well.

Looking forward to seeing you.

Commitment and caring — a career that makes a difference

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

They are committed to the community and their profession. They deliver care and understanding with a friendly smile. These superhuman people are nurses, and thanks to programs offered through Midland College at the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), Fort Stockton citizens are able to receive the many services that nurses provide.

Midland College (MC) has been offering vocational nurse training in Fort Stockton for over 25 years. Norma Luna and Adel Ramirez remember taking classes at the Butz School in 1998 from long-time MC nursing instructor Helen Dionne.

Luna said, “All of the students in our class really formed a close bond with one another. I was a single mother, as were a lot of my fellow students, and we offered each other support and encouragement.”

Once they completed their vocational nurse training and passed the state exam to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse, Luna worked in a nursing home, for a home health agency and in the state prison. Ramirez began working at Pecos County Memorial Hospital (PCMH), where she still works today as a nurse at the clinic. She provides nursing services for the five providers at the clinic and says that no two days are the same.

“I like the variety that nursing provides,” explained Ramirez. “I went into nursing because I wanted to work with people and make a difference in people’s lives. There are so many things you can do with nurse training. Nursing has certainly provided well for my family and me. It helped put my children through college. My son is now a lawyer working in Dallas; one of my daughters studied Speech Pathology at Baylor; and the other one has a great job in Midland. My nursing career has given me the resources to make a better life for my family. Sure, we had to make sacrifices during the year that I was in nursing school. I spent a lot of time studying, and there wasn’t much money for birthday and Christmas presents, but we knew that it would only be for one year, and the sacrifices would be worth it in the long run.”

Norma Luna
Norma Luna’s career took a different direction. She worked for a few years in the Fort Stockton area, and then decided to pursue courses toward becoming a Registered Nurse (RN). She was in the first group of students to graduate in MC’s Associate Degree Nursing Program at the WRTTC. After obtaining her RN license, Luna became a charge nurse for the med-surge floor at PCMH and a part-time clinical instructor for Midland College. In addition, she taught Certified Nurse Aide classes for MC at the WRTTC. Eventually, she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Texas at El Paso, and today, Luna is employed as a full-time nursing instructor at the WRTTC. She said that her next goal is to begin working on her Master’s degree.

While their careers may have gone in different directions, both Norma Luna and Adel Ramirez said that they wouldn’t have done it any differently. They both agree that nursing has opened doors for them and given them a sense of fulfillment. Both also recommend it as a career for young people who are interested in science and want to help others.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing is among the top 10 occupations in the United States with the largest job growth. The Midland College Vocational Nursing program at the WRTTC is currently accepting applications through May 15. Program personnel advise that those interested should apply soon, as there are new admission requirements. Contact Lisa Hernandez or Norma Luna at (432) 336-7882. The program takes one year to complete. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to take the state licensure exam. For more information, please visit .

Nurses promote health, prevent disease and help patients cope with illness. They have a unique scope of practice and collaborate with all members of the healthcare team to provide the care needed by each patient. Nurses are hands-on health professionals who provide focus and highly personalized care. They possess the hands that know what to do and the hearts big enough to do it.

Opening Today ...

... at McCormick Gallery

mhubbard student
Spring Student Art Show

An exhibition of works by students currently enrolled in
Fine Arts courses at Midland College

April 15 - May 2

Opening Reception:
 Thursday, April 24, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours
Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Barrier-free Access
Barrier Free Access
Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield Street
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4651 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Poetry contest awards ceremony to be part of special evening of the arts at MC

The Awards Ceremony for the the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest will be held Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

The event will be part of a colorful celebration of the arts at Your College, as the Opening Reception for the Spring 2014 MC Student Art Show will also be taking place in the Allison Fine Arts Building later that same evening, and guests are cordially invited to attend and enjoy BOTH events.

quillThe Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets — has been called one of the most prestigious in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, and her love of poetry and Midland College. Hilda Simmons Levitt graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she also studied under poet Robert Penn Warren. In 1979, at the age of 62, Mrs. Levitt decided to pursue writing again. For the next seven years, until her death in 1986, she studied creative writing at Midland College. The contest is now underwritten by Mrs. Levitt’s daughter Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington, D.C.

This is the 26th year of the contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at Midland College in the last calendar year.

This year's judge, Michael Shewmaker, will give a reading along with the winners of this year's contest at the Awards Celebration.

Selected writings from  will be published in Tableau, an annual student publication produced through cooperation of the Departments of English and Journalism, and may also appear on the Midland College website. The material published will be selected by the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Committee, and approved by the president of Midland College.


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

MC Automotive, Diesel Technology programs to host annual fundraiser

Automotive/Diesel Technology
Annual Fundraiser

When: Thursday May 1, 2014
Where: ATC Automotive Shop
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
3200 W. Cuthbert Street, Midland, Texas

Directions, call Pete Avalos at (432) 681-6344

$10 for Brisket, Sausage, Potato Salad,
Beans and Dessert

Donations are appreciated !!!

$2 Raffle Tickets

Raffle Prizes

Two $50 Gift Cards to Lowe’s
Two $25 Gift Cards to O'Reilly Auto Parts Store

$25 Gift Card to each of the following:

Michael’s Grill
Texas Road House
Olive Garden
Johnny Carino’s
Genghis Grill
McAlister’s Deli
Bahama Buck's

Student Appreciation Day at the Bookstore

From Walter Waller
Textbook Manager, Midland College Bookstore

Hi, Everyone

It is Student Appreciation day at the bookstore.

All day is 10% off all imprinted items for students(cups, shirts, and hats, etc.).

Easter egg hunt in the bookstore for prizes.

Cookies and punch form 1 to 3.

We have started book buyback today, so you don't have to wait until finals to sell them.

Thank you.

P.S. For every buyback, you get a scratch off game for a chance to win money and in store discounts.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cry 'Havoc!', and let slip the jugs of water! *

The campus of Your College will once again be the site of an annual onslaught by tribes of smart, young Visigoths hoisting their home-made siege engines into place, and competing with one another in a contest of brains and brawn. It's nothing less than the 2014 West Texas Milk Jug Chuckin' Championship, featuring full-size trebuchets designed, built and operated by area high school and junior high school students.

This year's event takes place Saturday, April 26, at 2:00 p.m. at the northeast corner of Garfield and Siesta streets, on the MC main campus. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Bring a towel ... just in case ...

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English wet!

* ... with apologies to William Shakespeare

Lunch with BEDC, and learn all about insurance

From Betsy Fredericks
Associate Director, Midland College Business and Economic Development Center

The Business and Economic Development Center at Midland College (BEDC) will celebrate Financial Literacy Month in April by hosting a weekly Lunch & Learn in the meeting room of the Jack Brown Dining Hall. The half-hour classes are free to the public. There is a $5.30 charge for lunch at the dining hall.

The series will continue Friday, April 25th, at 12:00 noon, with "All About Insurance."

Betsy Fredericks
(432) 684-4309

End this weekend on a high note, at Your College ♪

“Fantasies & Illusions”
presented by Midland College Department of Music
Sunday, April 13
3:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Allison Fine Arts Building

On Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m., Midland College (MC) will present an interdisciplinary show integrating visual art, dance and music starring pianist Eugenio Zapata and dancer Yelena Konetchy. This unique show features works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Earl Wild, William Bolcom, Amy Beach and Clarence “Pine Top” Smith. The performance promises outstanding piano music, flowing dance movements and a multimedia presentation. The performance will be held on the Midland College main campus in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. It is FREE and open to the public; tickets are not required.

MC Program Chair of Visual & Performing Arts Dr. Nicholas Elderkin explained, “I have been visiting with Eugenio Zapata for several months about the possibility of performing at MC. The Midland audience will absolutely love how this show integrates classical and jazz piano performances with dance and a beautiful visual arts interpretative program. The concert promises to be a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a Sunday afternoon.”

Fantasies & Illusions highlights works that show the trials and tribulations of our human conditions, as well those that make the audience want to tap their feet and smile. Music is at the foreground, while dance and images alternate to create a fantasy world. Audiences will experience a wide palette of sound, images and movements that will hopefully touch their hearts.

About Eugenio Zapata, pianist

Eugenio Zapata is a native of Colombia, South America. He completed undergraduate piano studies at the Andes University in Bogota. After performing and teaching for several years he traveled to the United States where he completed a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Pennsylvania State University. He then traveled to Texas where he completed doctoral studies at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Dr. William Westney, who has also performed at Midland College.

At Texas Tech Zapata was able to integrate his training in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts into the interdisciplinary fine arts doctoral program. His research brings findings in cross-modal theories of music perception into piano pedagogy. His creative work explores themes such as gender, race, religion, culture, war and social justice. These themes are integrated into the shows he designs that include dance, theatre, video, acting, photography, poetry and animation.

He has over 20 years of teaching experience with positions at Penn State University, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech University, Mount Marty College and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In the summer of 2013 he joined the Piano Faculty at The Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, Texas. He has published several articles on piano pedagogy and recorded several CDs. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

About Yelena Konetchy, dancer

Yelena Konetchy is a Russian born dancer who immigrated to the United States at an early age. Her dance studies include extensive training in The Vaganova Technique under Andrei Petrovitch Bossov (18-year soloist with the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre). In addition, she has worked and studied under Sally Bliss of the Tudor Trust, Monnette Garcia of The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Grace Holmes from The San Francisco Ballet and Lori Belilove of The Isadora Duncan Dance Company in New York City.

Yelena's professional performance experience includes dancing in works from early modern and contemporary to ballet. She has performed with The Illinois Ballet, The Charleston Ballet Theatre and The Thel Dance Theatre (acting as company manager).

Ms. Konetchy is also a prolific choreographer who has created works for numerous shows in a broad range of dance styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Modern and Broadway. Some of her creative work includes choreographies for The Big Range Dance Festival 2012, Austin Shakespeare, Sea Born Cruises and Crank Collective’s musical ‘Cabeza De Vaca’ at the Long Center in Austin, Texas.

Currently residing and performing in Austin, Texas, she teaches ballet and modern dance at Tapestry Dance Studios.

Newspaper offers preview of MC softball, baseball this weekend

JC SOFTBALL: This weekend’s MC preview capsule

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

When/Where: Doubleheaders beginning at 1 p.m. today, Midland College softball field.
When/Where: Doubleheaders beginning at noon Saturday, Midland College softball field.

The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team will look to overcome injuries this weekend when they host both Frank Phillips and Clarendon College this weekend. MC coach Tommy Ramos said his team continues to be dealing with injuries and dealt with a new one during Thursday’s practice as sophomore INF Savannah Koke took a ball to the face and is questionable to play today.

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JC BASEBALL: This weekend’s MC preview capsule

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

When/Where: Doubleheaders beginning at noon today at Christensen Stadium,
and then at noon Saturday at American Legion Field in Odessa

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Chaparral baseball coach David Coleman doesn’t know for sure if his team has turned the corner during its current four-game winning streak, but hopes his Chaparrals have gotten over some mental obstacles heading into this weekend’s series with rival Odessa College.

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MC Nursing School Graduate fulfills SimLife Center vision

Jessica Luzadder
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

Jessica Luzadder came to Midland College to pursue an education but found lifelong mentors and friends and a passion to help others.

Jessica was born in Carlsbad, New Mexico but raised in Del City, Texas. She graduated from high school and immediately went to Sul Ross University in Alpine, Texas. During her third year of college, Jessica’s family faced a terrible tragedy when her older brother Jason was involved in a fatal accident. The experiences that came from the accident may have shaped Jessica in ways she could have never imagined.

Seeing the way her family was treated after the accident by nurses and doctors allowed her to be aware of ways she could help families going through similar situations. This inspired her to be the best nurse she could with the hope that she has the ability to leave a lasting impact on the families she touches. Following the tragedy, Jessica took a break from school to help her family. She got married to long-time friend, Todd, and later had two girls, Adrienne and Cody. Soon the girls were going to school and Jessica decided to complete her education so she could help contribute more to her family.

“Midland College was accessible and affordable, so I enrolled in my pre-requisites before I applied to the nursing program,” said Jessica.

Graduating from the Associate Degree Nursing program in 2008, Jessica received her first job at Odessa Medical Center. She worked on the telemetry floor for almost a year before she moved to the ICU, where she has remained.

She enjoys being a nurse in ICU, saying, “You’re constantly learning something. Things are changing all the time and no two patients are alike.” Jessica also works with Dr. Lavi Oud, TTUHSC-Permian Basin Director of Simulation-based training, in the simulation exercises that are performed at the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College. Every couple of weeks, Dr. Oud brings Jessica and several residents over for training exercises so they can learn in an environment that encourages safe and realistic behaviors in a setting that allows for mistakes. Jessica is considered a “confederate,” which is an individual scripted into a simulation to provide realism in the exercises.

From left, Lea Keesee, Jessica Luzadder and Dr. Lavi Oud
Following in her footsteps to earn a college degree is her oldest daughter who is currently attending Midland College. Jessica said, “I encouraged her. She had a few different options in mind but she decided to be close to home. She is studying Early Childhood Education and hopes to become and Elementary School Teacher.”

As someone who went back to school after having experienced that thing called “life,” Jessica’s advice for anyone looking to go back to school is to “try your hardest and be open to any opportunity that may become available. You never know what might happen or what you might learn.” MC is a community college that has often been described as a big family. Jessica feels the same, saying, “I’m really appreciative to have the opportunity to further my education, for it to be easily accessible and small enough for adults coming back to school to not feel really out of place. It’s kind of like coming home.”

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Gladys Knight to take the MC Stage Friday night

Gladys Knight
Empress of Soul

Midland College (MC) is pleased to announce that Gladys Knight will be appearing in a special performance of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Knight’s performance is just one of the many FREE opportunities at MC for an exciting spring of cultural enrichment, entertainment and fun.

On Friday, April 11, the Midland College Foundation will host a special evening of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series featuring Gladys Knight. General Admission tickets are not required; doors will open at 7:00 p.m., first come, first seated.

Individuals who have donated $1,000 during 2014 to the Midland College Friends of the Series will receive VIP tickets to Gladys Knight’s performance. Friends of the Series VIP tickets include table seating on the floor with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Please contact the Midland College Foundation at (432) 685-4526 to request Friends of the Series tickets (limit 2) or to find out more about this special opportunity.

MC-BEDC to host free "Start Your Own Business" Seminar next week

From Betsy Fredericks
Associate Director, Midland College Business and Economic Development Center

Is business ownership for you?

On Wednesday, April 16th, the Midland College BEDC will host its monthly "Start Your Own Business" Seminar. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Conference Room of the Midland College Cogdell learning Center. This a FREE seminar, and will cover topics related to starting, purchasing or expanding a business. The event flyer is below.

Please call the BEDC to reserve your place!

Betsy Fredericks
Midland College Business and Economic Development Center
(432) 684-4309

REMINDER ... Upward Bound Fundraiser wraps-up this Saturday

From Kimberly Ontiveros
Upward Bound Academic Coordinator, Midland College

The MC Upward Bound Students and Parents are selling discount cards for their big fundraiser this year. For only $10, you can receive varied discounts from the following local merchants:

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Papa Murphy's Pizza
Wing Stop
Jack in the Box
Logan's Roadhouse
AMF Midland Park Lanes
Sedona Mexican Grill and Cantina
Torino's Pizza
Bahama Bucks
Pizza Hut
Souper Salad
Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies
Smoothie King
Shogun Steak House

With rising costs, a discount here and there certainly helps, and with this card, you will save well over $10. Plus, you'll be supporting some really great students with their college prep activities. The attachments show you what the card looks like and the specific discounts you will receive.

Call or email Pervis Evans , Kim Ontiveros or Lovelia Gomez if you'd like one, and we will arrange the exchange. The Upward Bound office is in Portable Building #5 (behind the PE Building), and our number is 686-4215.

Thank you!

MC students chosen for research programs

Midland College science, engineering students chosen for participation in University of Texas summer research programs

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Two Midland College (MC) students have been chosen to participate in The University of Texas Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) summer research programs. Matthew (Staley) Anderson and Alberto Lozano were selected through an in-depth application process to participate in intensive research experiences, working alongside nationally- and internationally-recognized professors. Each student will be spending 10 weeks this summer conducting supervised research, attending research group and lab meetings and participating in special meetings designed to help them with future educational and career goals.

Alberto Lozano will be at the University of Texas at Austin doing research in mechanical engineering. Staley Anderson will be among a select group of ten students conducting research in biochemistry at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zürich, Switzerland (ETH Zürich). He is one of only two community college students selected for the international research program. Last summer Anderson participated in the LSAMP summer research program at The University of Texas at El Paso.

Both Lozano and Anderson are considered non-traditional students being a few years older than most college students. Lozano is a U.S. Navy veteran. He has been attending Midland College for two years and will graduate with an associate degree in May. He plans to transfer to The University of Texas at Austin where he will major in mechanical engineering.

Anderson, age 32, spent 8 years working in the oil and gas industry before enrolling in Midland College. He is married to Amber who teaches English and history at Howard College in Big Spring. They have two children, Liliana, age 7, and Alex, age 3.

Anderson is currently participating in the Midland College-Sul Ross State University (SRSU) Science Initiative. He will be able to complete a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in chemistry from SRSU while staying in Midland. His goal is to graduate in December 2014 or May of 2015. Anderson’s future plans include attending graduate school and eventually obtaining a doctorate in chemistry.

Anderson stated, “MC is a really great school with a tremendous amount of opportunity. All of the teachers have shown a genuine interest in my success. I can honestly say that the trajectory of my life has been completely altered—in a good way—by my attending Midland College.”

This summer, Anderson will be working with Dr. Markus Aebi at ETH Zürich’s Institute of Microbiology. The focus of the research will be N-linked protein glycosylation and the interaction of fungi with predators and parasites.

During his time at MC, Anderson has been a leader in various student organizations. He is currently president of Midland College’s Chemistry Club and just presented his last summer’s research at the American Chemical Society Conference in Dallas. Also at MC, Anderson participates in undergraduate research with Chemistry Professor Dr. Thomas Ready on sulfonium salts and antimicrobial agents.

Ready said, “I am extremely proud of both of these students. These summer research opportunities are the result of discipline and hard work. I know that their summer experiences will prove to be extremely valuable and help them succeed at rewarding careers.”