Thursday, March 5, 2015

Your College, connecting employers with job-seekers

Plans are underway for the 2015 edition of Job Fair at Midland College. Area employers are being asked to save the date, and make plans to participate in this year's event.

 The Job Placement Office (part of the Midland College Career Center) hosts an annual Job Fair each spring. This year's fair has been scheduled for Thursday, April 23, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Admission is FREE, and is open to the general public.

This event offers an avenue for employers to inform students about career opportunities within their organization. Employers can meet with graduates, first-year students and alumni to explore various career opportunities. All students (and job-seekers from the community) are encouraged to bring resum├ęs and dress professionally. Job Fair is an event that benefits students and employers alike.

For more information, please contact:

Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Job Placement Coordinator
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
Midland College Career Center
(432) 685-4716 

Lady Chap Basketball advances to regional semifinals

• JC BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps recover from bad start to beat Temple College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

BROWNWOOD, TEXAS - Things did not look good for the Midland College women’s basketball team after the first half against Temple College on Wednesday. In fact, things looked downright bleak.

The Lady Chaparrals shot just 12.5 percent in the first half and trailed Temple 24-11 at the break during an NJCAA Region V Tournament first round game at the Brownwood Coliseum.

But then the Lady Chaps started hitting shots and gained some confidence to turn things around and beat the Lady Leopards, 59-48 ...

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The Midland College Lady Chaparral women’s basketball team will meet the Thunderbirds of New Mexico Junior College in the second (semifinal) round of the NJCAA Region V Women's Basketball Tournament, Friday, March 6, 12:00 noon at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas.

tournament bracket (Adobe .pdf file)

watch the game live online, Wednesday

Good Luck, Lady Chaps!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

We're getting calls about tonight ...

REMINDER ... this coming Friday is "First Friday"

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

On the first Friday of each month, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. This Friday, March 6, 2015, we will be having our First Friday Science Seminar with David J. Entzminger at noon in the Carrasco Room. He will be giving a presentation on "The Life and Times of a Petroleum Geologist.”

Come and enjoy this lecture and encourage your students to attend. Please feel free to bring your lunch. We hope to see all of you there!

Event: First Friday Science Seminar (March)
Time: Friday, February 6th, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College campus
Speaker: David J. Entzminger
Title: "The Life and Times of a Petroleum Geologist"

David J. Entzminger, Permian Regional Geological Manager for Whiting Petroleum Corporation. Master's Degree, Geology, Idaho State University; Bachelor of Science Degree, Geological Engineering, University of Idaho

For more information about the "First Friday" Science Seminar Series at MC, please contact:

Tom Ready, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department
Midland College

Newspaper previews Lady Chap Basketball's entry into regional tournament

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC BASKETBALL: MC’s Ashton hopes injuries are behind her

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Morgan Ashton said she had never been hurt before. As a standout volleyball, track and basketball athlete, Ashton had a very busy and active athletic career at Midland Christian and never had to sit because of an injury.

That all changed this year in her first season with the Midland College women’s basketball team ...

... Now that Ashton, a 5-foot-6 freshman guard, is back on the court with her Lady Chaparral teammates, she hopes to help them win during this week’s NJCAA Region V Tournament in Brownwood. The Lady Chaps (19-10) play Temple College (21-8) at 2 p.m. today in a first round game at the Brownwood Coliseum ...

read the rest of this MRT report

tournament bracket (Adobe .pdf file)

watch the game live online, Wednesday

Good Luck, Lady Chaps!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Two days, four games of WJCAC baseball at MC

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC BASEBALL: MC splits with Frank Phillips on Day 2

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - On a day in which the weather made it hard for the Midland College baseball team to find its offensive groove at times, Shane Browning helped the Chaparrals salvage a split against Frank Phillips College on Monday afternoon.

Despite the split, the Chaparrals (8-7) still took three out of four games in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference opening series ...

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JC BASEBALL: Chaps sweep Plainsmen in WJCAC opener

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Going into the Western Junior College Athletic Conference opening weekend, Midland College sophomore pitcher Daniel Crooks wanted to help the Chaparrals get off to a good start, especially after last year’s 0-10 beginning in league play.

Despite having to wait two days because of the weather and then dealing with chilly 30-something degree temperatures on Sunday afternoon, Crooks did not allow Mother Nature or Frank Phillips College keep him from accomplishing his goal ...

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Helping children in our own backyard

TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie scheduled
to appear at Midland College,
Inspires student fundraiser for local children in crisis

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MIDLAND, TEXAS — Students in Philanthropy (SIP) groups throughout Midland and Odessa are supporting the One for One campaign to give new pairs of shoes to local charities who help children in crisis. The official announcement of the SIP gift will be held on March 24, when Blake Mycoskie, founder of TOMS, appears as the spring installment of the Midland College (MC) Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mycoskie founded TOMS in 2006 while he was traveling in Argentina and witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary—to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and could serve as a means to provide shoes for children in need. Today, Mycoskie is the person behind the idea of “One for One,” which has turned into a global movement. Since it began in 2006, TOMS has given 10 million pairs of new shoes to children.

The New York Times best-selling book Start Something That Matters offers Mycoskie’s story of inspiration and the power of incorporating giving in business. Area SIP organizations have joined together to do something in conjunction with the event in order to provide shoes for local children. Each SIP organization is challenged to raise $500, which will be matched by a grant from Katy & Paul Morrow, to give pairs of TOMS Shoes for local children’s charities.

Through the Students in Philanthropy program, students at Midland College, Odessa College, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and all public high schools in Midland County and Ector County learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations in the community. As part of their regular programs, students raise funds throughout the school year, which are matched by Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Then in the spring of each year, students provide grants to local nonprofit organizations. This year, the fundraiser to support the One for One Campaign is being done in addition to their regular grant funding efforts.

MC employees are also assisting with the fundraiser by purchasing blue “bracelets” from SIP members for $5 each. The “bracelets” allow employees to dress casual and wear jeans to work each day during the week of March 2.

Midland College student and SIP Treasurer, Celina Adame explained, “We are selling bracelets to meet our goal of $500 for TOMS. Meeting our goal means that there will be shoes donated to children in our own backyard.”

Blake Mycoskie

Founder of TOMS; New York Times Best-selling Author; One of USA Today's "Five Best Communicators in the World"

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS Shoes, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. Since it began in 2006, TOMS has given ten million pairs of new shoes to children in need. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight to more than 150,000 people in need around the world.

In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives. The book became a New York Times best-seller.

Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers.

find out more about Mycoskie ...

Did we mention FREE admission?

Tickets are not required for GENERAL ADMISSION seating. PREFERRED SEATING is available for Friends of the Series and MC Distinguished Donors. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Midland College Foundation Office at (432) 685-4526, or

Monday, March 2, 2015

Results of Student Government Book Drive at MC

From Terry Gilmour
Professor of Government

Thanks to all who contributed to the MC Student Government Association Book Drive last week. According to our Community Affairs chairman, Elizabeth Daniels – we collected 404 books that are being delivered to Bush, Scharbauer, Bowie and Crockett schools. Great job!

Terry L. Gilmour, Ph.D.
Room #160, Marie Hall Academic Building, Midland College
(432) 685-6816

Lady Chaparral Basketball begins post-season play Wednesday

The Midland College Lady Chaparral women’s basketball team will meet Temple College in the first round of the NJCAA Region V Women's Basketball Tournament, Wednesday, March 4, 2:00 p.m. at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas. ...

tournament bracket (Adobe .pdf file)

watch the game live online, Wednesday

Good Luck, Lady Chaps!

MC father/daughter team

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Father and daughter Michael and Moriyah Gutierrez are often seen side by side on the Midland College (MC) campus, especially at Veterans Association (VA) meetings and events. Michael (age 38) is an Army veteran and commanding officer of the organization, and Moriyah (age 14) volunteers countless hours with the VA as a dependent of a military veteran.

Their story begins in 1995 when, after high school graduation at the age of 17, Michael left O’Donnel, TX, for U.S. Army basic training. He remained in the Army Infantry Division until August 2000 and was assigned to various posts including Fort Benning, GA; Fort Irwin, CA; and Fort Hood, TX. His commitment to his family caused him to request an early discharge so that he could care for his mother who had kidney failure and was on dialysis. “Transitioning from military life to civilian life was a bit of struggle,” explained Michael. “However, I didn’t have much time to dwell on the changes because less than a year after I returned, Moriyah was born. In fact, she was born right before Father’s Day. I realized that being a dad was now the most important job in my life.”

Little did Michael know how much would be required of him as a father. Within 28 days after Moriyah was born, his first wife left the young family, and Michael was left with an infant daughter to raise on his own.

Michael said, “I thought I had been through everything during my time in the military, but army training had not prepared me for this! I had started college courses, but I had to drop out. At the time I thought all babies were like Moriyah, but now I realize that Moriyah was a wonderful infant. She didn’t cry much and was talking in full sentences by 18 months and reading at the age of 3!”

During this time, Michael was employed at a car dealership in Odessa. In 2001, the single father met a coworker named Carrie, and less than a month later, the two were married. Michael said that Carrie instantly felt a kindred bond with infant Moriyah and took over the role of mother effortlessly. The family relocated to Georgia and later Florida. Carrie and Michael had two other children—Faith (age 8) and Tristan (age 6). Eventually, they found their way back to Midland. Michael now owns and manages Army Ants, a local construction company, and Carrie works at Golf Course Road Church of Christ Children’s Center. Even though Michael and Carrie are busy with their careers, Michael quickly explains that the couple’s first commitment is to their children.

One of the things that is extremely important to the couple is their children’s education. Last spring, after an extensive application process, Moriyah was accepted into Early College High School at Midland College (ECHS@MC), a rigorous, comprehensive program where MISD students attend high school on the MC campus and take college courses in conjunction with high school courses. Many of these students obtain an associate degree at the same time they earn a high school diploma.

Moriyah said, “ECHS is challenging, but I love it when I have what I call ‘Eureka Moments,’ and everything seems to fall into place. My dad always taught me to have a ‘game plan,’ so I do. When I graduate from high school, I plan to transfer to a university and become a biomedical major. My ultimate goal is to go into pediatrics or obstetrics.”

Moriyah continued, “I started helping my mom on a volunteer basis at her job at the children’s center, and I found that I love working with children.

Now, they actually pay me to work part-time there. I’ve managed to save $1,000 already for my college education.” In addition to keeping up with her ECHS@MC studies and her part-time job, Moriyah also volunteers at Casa de Amigos, Honor Flight, the MC Veterans Association and the SHARE Program. Moriyah said that the SHARE program, which provides assistance to families with learning and physically disabled children, is very dear to her heart because her brother Tristan is autistic.

Michael beamed at his teenage daughter and stated, “I am so proud of Moriyah. Carrie and I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation with God, and we have instilled that in our children. With so much ugliness in the world now, we are very proud first and foremost of the person Moriyah is and is growing into every day. We pray it is a constant reminder to her that amid all of the terrible in the world, there can always be light.”

Michael explained that it was Moriyah who challenged him to go back to school. Now the entire family has “reading hour” every night. Michael said, “Family time is very important to us, and most evenings we spend at home. During dinner we each have to come up with a ‘Smart Question.’ This is just a small question each of us asks at the dinner table, such as ‘Who’s the 5th President of the United States?’ or ‘What fruit has seeds on the outside?’ Even Tristan comes up with a fun fact. He loves dinosaurs and oceanography, so his questions usually involve those topics.” Michael continued, “After dinner, Carrie and I help the younger children with their homework. Everyone but Moriyah is in bed at 8:00. She usually stays up until 9:00 or 10:00 studying.”

For fun, the family loves to go to Barnes & Noble bookstore. Good report cards are rewarded with books. All “A’s” result in two new books and a combination of “A’s” and “Bs” mean the child gets one new book.

Michael said that even though life has thrown him a few “curve balls,” God has made sure that his life is rewarding and purposeful. When he graduates in December, he plans to transfer to Sul Ross State University and continue his geology studies. No matter what the future holds for Michael and Moriyah Gutierrez, one thing is for certain: This father and daughter will never lose their faith in and love for one another, their country, their family and God.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

MC/Frank Phillips baseball series postponed

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


Midland College Chaparral Baseball
WJCAC Opener
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Christensen Stadium
@ 1:00 p.m. Frank Phillips College vs. Midland College (DH)

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Monday, March 2, 2015
Christensen Stadium
@ 12:00 p.m. Frank Phillips College vs. Midland College (DH)

NOTE: Midland College has postponed their games with Frank Phillips College until Sunday, March 1st and Monday, March 2nd. Sunday's doubleheader is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. and Monday's doubleheader is scheduled for a 12:00 p.m. first pitch. All games at Christensen Stadium in Midland

Go Chaps!

Forrest L. Allen

Friday, February 27, 2015

Transfer Fair Success

Thursday, in the Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building, we had over 100 students visit with 19 different University representatives from across the state as well as, New Mexico and Alabama.

A special thanks to all those who helped with set-up, welcoming, handing out pizza and the numerous other details that made this year’s Transfer Fair a success.


Diana Ramos & Tana Baker

UPDATE: A weather note for Monday ... Midland College Closed Today

Chap Alert! Update! All Midland College campuses in Midland County are closed today, Friday, February 27, due to winter weather conditions.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Winter weather concerns moving MC/Frank Phillips baseball series to Midland

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
WJCAC Opener
Saturday, February 28, 2015
Christensen Stadium
@ 1:00 p.m. Frank Phillips College vs. Midland College (DH)

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Sunday, March 1, 2015
Christensen Stadium
@ 12:00 p.m. Frank Phillips College vs. Midland College (DH)

NOTE: Due to a very strong likelihood for snow and precipitation in the Borger (TX) area, the four-game series has been moved to Midland and will be played on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, the expected high temperature is 51 degrees (early morning precipitation, possibly light snowfall) while Sunday the expected high is 65 degrees.

Go Chaps!

Forrest L. Allen

Getting ready for TONIGHT ... installing Changing Winds at McCormick Gallery

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Installation time at McCormick Gallery, with visiting artists Ellie Honl and Taryn McMahon, and MC art students installing the "Changing Winds" exhibit, which will run February 26 - April 17 at the gallery, in the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus. Admission is free.

“Changing Winds”
Hanging February 26-April 17

Opening Reception

Thursday, February 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m

Thank you to the Midland College Foundation
for their generous support of this exhibition.

Admission to the gallery is free
 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 

What a difference a day can make ...

It got colder overnight ... and windy ... and there's a thick, gray overcast in the skies over Your College. It's hard to believe that just yesterday, for one brief and glorious afternoon, it looked like THIS ...