Thursday, August 21, 2014

Business scam using Midland College’s name

Midland College (MC) has received information that an outside entity is issuing checks resembling those used by MC for student refunds. The checks are being sent to people in various states for participation in an "independent private evaluation" involving pre-paid Greendot Reload Pack cards sold at Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens stores. The checks contain a graphic of the MC seal and even have MC’s bank routing number on them. However, they are not valid MC checks, and if cashed or deposited will not be honored at Community National Bank, where MC’s primary checking account is located.

The organization or persons sending the checks and accompanying letter are seeking persons to be "Secret Store Evaluators." Once people receive the checks, they are instructed to call a telephone number, where they are then given further information for purchasing six $500 Reload Packs from the stores mentioned above. Midland College officials suspect that funds from the Reload Packs are then being electronically transferred to unknown persons.

The Midland College Police Department is coordinating an investigation with other law enforcement agencies. In the meantime, should anyone receive a check from Midland College that is accompanied with a letter from "Midland College Survey, Inc," please contact the Midland College Office of Administrative Services at 432/685-4530. Midland College is currently not participating in any outside surveys. Valid student refund checks are clearly identified with unique markings indicating that they are from a student refund account.

For more information, contact:

Rebecca Bell, MC Dean of Community Relations
(432) 685-4556
rbell@midland.edu

Notice on price change for MC food services

From Jennie Fuls
Food Services Director

The cost of meals has gone up. With tax, lunch will now be $5.55 ... that is up a 25 cents. The cost of food in the Coffee Shop (Marie Hall Academic Building) and Snack Bar (Scharbauer Student Center) have gone up also, an average of 10-20 cents, not including tax.

Thanks,

Jennie
 
For additional information contact:
Great Western Dining
(432) 685-4263

gwestern@midland.edu

"Bridge" at MC Continuing Ed ... pick your night

If you can count to 13, you too can play bridge! The game generates excitement through shrewd thinking and creativity. It is also a highly social experience, offering a combination of meeting new friends and competition. You don't have to have any previous exposure to the game, just a desire to learn it. You will learn how to evaluate hands, bid, keep score and more. After it's over, you will be able to play and practice with all your new bridge friends. Fee includes book. Class will meet at the Allison Bridge Center, just a very short drive from the MC campus.

So, pick your night!

Bridge (Tuesday night sessions)
9030141Q
Tuesdays, September 2nd - December 2nd, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Allison Bridge Center

Bridge (Wednesday night sessions)
9681141Q
Wednesdays, September 3rd - December 3rd, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Allison Brisge Center

For more information or to register, please call (432) 685-4518 or visit www.midland.edu/cpce

Busy week for Lady Chap Volleyball includes community service

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball team practiced a different kind of 'serve' this week, as they contributed to a Habitat for Humanity home construction project in Midland.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album

"Today, the Lady Chaps Volleyball team helped Habitat for Humanity build affordable housing in Midland," reported KOSA-TV/CBS7, one of the media outlets to cover the Lady Chaps' service. "The Lady Chaps came out during the spring semester to make a difference; Habitat was proud to have them back."

"Midland Habitat for Humanity currently has 4 houses under construction in the 1300 block of E. Hamby and another 3 beginning on N. Jackson. Since 1991 Midland Habitat has helped more than 124 families obtain the security of a decent home of their own providing shelter for more than 500 individuals."

MC Photo by Forrest Allen



REMINDER: MC Lady Chaparral Volleyball opens the 2014 season THIS FRIDAY at Chap Center...

Midland College Kick-Off Classic
August 22-23, 2014

Teams


Midland College
Vernon College
Laredo Community College
Wharton County Junior College

Friday, August 22, 2014
Chaparral Center, Midland College


  1:00   Vernon College vs. Laredo Community College

  3:00   Midland College vs. Wharton County Junior College

  5:00   Wharton County Junior College vs. Vernon College

  7:00   Midland College vs. Laredo Community College



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chaparral Center, Midland College
 
  8:00   Laredo Community College vs. Wharton County Junior College

10:00   Wharton County Junior College vs. Vernon College

12:00   Midland College vs. Laredo Community College

  2:00   Midland College vs. Vernon College




ALL MATCHES WILL BE THREE OUT OF FIVE SETS. WE WILL PLAY RALLY SCORE TO 25, WITH THE DECIDING SET BEING PLAYED TO 15.

Forrest L. Allen
Midland College Athletics

3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705-6399
www.gochaps.com

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

"Opera 101" returns to MC Continuing Ed schedule



Have you been to an opera and wished you knew more about opera to enhance your experience?

In this course we will study the four operas to be presented by The Metropolitan Opera in their "Live in HD" transmissions to the local movie theaters this fall. The operas are Macbeth composed by Verdi, Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart, Carmen by Bizet, and Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von NĪ‹rnberg.

The purpose of this course is to enhance the student’s opera experience through education about the composer, history at the time of the composition, the opera libretto (story), drama and music – vocal and instrumental. Opera is a story told through the unique union of singing action, and music – which, together, evoke varying emotions.

Opera 101
9450141Q
Mondays, September 8th - November 10th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Room 2021, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

For more information or to register, please call (432) 685-4518 or visit www.midland.edu/cpce

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 fall in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

Describe the principles of basic life support used to manage the adult patient experiencing airway obstruction or cardiac arrest, and demonstrate the emergency skills used in airway obstruction and cardiac arrest.


First Aid, CPR & BBP
(RM08134Q)
Tuesday, August 26th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online

First Aid, CPR & BBP
(RM12134Q)
Tuesday, September 9th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online

First Aid, CPR & BBP
(RM18134Q)
Tuesday, September 23rd
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information, and register online



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

"Optical Assistant" Course at MC Health Science CE

This course is an introductory overview of the optometric field. Topics included definition of optometric field; terminology relating to the visual system; terminology relating to the devices used to correct vision and the equipment of the optical field. This course is approved by the American Optometric Association.

OPTS 1092 - OPTICAL ASSISTANT TRAINING COURSE I

HO00141Q
Mondays/Wednesdays, September 22 - November 19
7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
more information, and register online



For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact Health Science Continuing Education at Midland College, at ce.midland.edu/hs/ or (432) 681-6303.

MC alum is new assistant manager for City of Midland

A former student of criminal justice and law enforcement at Midland College and Sul Ross State University, will be returning to West Texas in October as a new assistant manager for the City of Midland, overseeing development in the community.

• City creates assistant city manager position to deal with development

Joseph Basco, Reporter
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - City Hall’s next step in handling Midland’s growth is the acquisition of a city manager from the greater Austin area that will oversee key departments related to development.

The city of Midland announced that Bee Cave City Manager Frank Salvato will be the city’s second assistant city manager starting Oct. 1, making him the fourth person on the City Manager’s Office team alongside Assistant City Manager Robert Patrick, Deputy City Manager Tommy Hudson, and City Manager Courtney Sharp.

“With the growth that we’re seeing, we want to make sure the growth is managed properly and orderly,” Sharp said.

As assistant city manager, Salvato will be tasked with overseeing the development services, airports and engineering services departments. Within those departments include several divisions that tackle the rapid growth of Midland such as the planning, transportation and downtown development divisions ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This week is a BUSY one for MC Lady Chaparral Volleyball

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball team will play their final preseason tune up match on Wednesday, August 20th @ 9:00 a.m. when they take on UTPB. The match will be played in the Physical Education Building (not the Chap Center). The Lady Chaps return only one player from last year's squad, setter Samantha Orta. This year's team features players from as near as Odessa, Monahans and Pecos and as far away as Mongolia, Ukraine, Estonia and Puerto Rico.

Midland College Volleyball
Community Service with Habitat for Humanity
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Lady Chaps will also be in action tomorrow afternoon when they lend a hand to Habitat for Humanity. The Ladies and coaches will be working on a project in the 1300 block of East Hamby (east of Lamesa Road) in Midland. This will be the third such project for the team in as many years.



Midland College will be hosting the 2014 Midland College Volleyball Kickoff Classic August 22nd and 23rd (see the schedule below.

We're hoping to find a few highly energetic, youth volleyball players who can help shag balls during matches. 

Basically they would help round up the volleyballs when the teams warm up, and would place them in the carriers. This allows the teams to conduct warm-ups without having to run all over the Chap Center to collect the balls.

We would also use ball shaggers during each of the eight matches (four on Friday, four on Saturday). This may be a great opportunity for club teams to watch collegiate vb up close as well as lending a hand during the tournament.

6-8 shaggers during warmups and 4 during the matches. Let me know if you have someone or some people in mind.

Forrest L. Allen
Midland College Athletics
(432) 685-6436
fallen@midland.edu



Midland College Kick-Off Classic
August 22-23, 2014

Teams


Midland College
Vernon College
Laredo Community College
Wharton County Junior College

Friday, August 22, 2014
Chaparral Center, Midland College


  1:00   Vernon College vs. Laredo Community College

  3:00   Midland College vs. Wharton County Junior College

  5:00   Wharton County Junior College vs. Vernon College

  7:00   Midland College vs. Laredo Community College



Saturday, August 23, 2014

Chaparral Center, Midland College
 
  8:00   Laredo Community College vs. Wharton County Junior College

10:00   Wharton County Junior College vs. Vernon College

12:00   Midland College vs. Laredo Community College

  2:00   Midland College vs. Vernon College




ALL MATCHES WILL BE THREE OUT OF FIVE SETS. WE WILL PLAY RALLY SCORE TO 25, WITH THE DECIDING SET BEING PLAYED TO 15.

Forrest L. Allen
Midland College Athletics

3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705-6399
www.gochaps.com

New Student Orientation at MC is This Week


NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!

A student orientation required for all NEW MC students!

Thursday, August 21, 9:30 a.m.
at Chap Center


register now

Students who attend are more likely to succeed!

At New Student Orientation, you will learn how to:
  • Navigate campus technology
  • Access your student email
  • Locate your courses
  • Utilize the many academic and career support services
  • ... and many other college survival skills!

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend orientation?"

... when the REAL question is ...

"Why WOULDN'T I attend?!?!"


Questions? Contact us at ...
orientation@midland.edu


Thanks for making New Student Orientation at Midland College a great success!
________________________________________

Online • In Person • Your College • www.midland.edu


MC Health Sciences CE to host open house for Massage Therapy program

On Thursday, August 21, Midland College Health Sciences Continuing Education will host an open house of its Massage Therapy program. The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland.


Massage Therapy can be a rewarding career with flexibility to work in settings such as medical office, sports clinics, day spa, and resort spa or a home business. Our Massage Therapy Program provides classroom instruction, clinicals and internship.

For more information about about the Massage Therapy program at Midland College, please contact:

Health Science Continuing Education
(432) 681-6303
• ce.midland.edu/hs/

Wendy Wood-Collins BSN, RN
(432) 681-6364
wwoodcollins@midland.edu

It's quiet around here now ... but ...

... that will change in less than a week, as we begin the Fall Semester at Midland College!


The time to register, to find YOUR place at Your College, is NOW ... with a variety of sessions that fit your calendar.

The first day of class for the Fall Semester's full 16-week session, and the first 8-week session, is Monday, August 25. The Fall Semester's 12-week session begins Monday, September 22. And the Fall Semester's second 8-week session begins Monday, October 20.
check out a complete 2014/2015 Academic Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)

Helpful links to get you started ...

 • Online Courses - Canvas
 • Campus Connect (Register for Classes)
 • MC Student Life


For more information about admissions at MC, contact:
(432) 685-4501
 enroll@midland.edu 



On a related note ... we know your daytime schedules can be a little hectic ... and so can the lunch hour traffic. That makes it hard for some of us to stop in at MC during the day - during 'normal' business hours - to register for a class.

So ... on Tuesdays, we leave the light 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.


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

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fall 2014 MC Student Club Fair set for September 3

MC Student Activities will host "Discover MC" ... the Spring Club Fair on Wednesday, September 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Beal Plaza, outside the Scharbauer Student Center (in case of bad weather, we will move into the Scharbauer Student Center).

Registered student organizations and community non-profits will be on site offering information about how to get involved in Your College and your community. Free food will be provided to students with a valid Midland College ID.

Here is a list of organizations/non-profits who have registered SO FAR:
(we'll be adding to this list as more organizations sign-up)

Teen F.L.O.W. Outreach
Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center
Midland Health Department
Casa de Amigos
Rotaract
Girl Scouts Desert of the Southwest
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, Texas, Inc.
The Life Center
Gideons International
Palmer Drug Abuse Program
Engineering Club (at MC)
Petroleum Museum
U.S. Army Reserve

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator
(432) 685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu

Dual credit courses can make difference for families

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

In a previous article, I shared my viewpoint that college is for every GED and high school graduate if one broadens the definition of college to mean a post-secondary experience leading to a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree or beyond. I agree with Dr. Ryder Warren: With the passage of HB 5, parents and their students now have more choices for education and career pathways starting in the ninth grade, and that is just the beginning.

According to Bill Hammond with the Texas Association of Business, at least 60 percent of the jobs being created now require some kind of post-secondary degree or certificate. Midland College offers a variety of career and technical programs to support a quality workforce for business and industry, and now students in the secondary schools can jumpstart their careers with marketable skills. When combined with programs of study at MC, students have the necessary credentials to enter the workforce. The opportunities for connections between secondary and post-secondary education in Midland are better than ever, which means that students on this path are becoming the high-skilled workforce we need in the Permian Basin.

In addition to career and technical education, Midland College also offers undergraduate education for transfer to a university. To give families a head start while their students are still in high school, MC and both public and private secondary schools offer dual credit courses. Dual credit courses are just as the name implies—courses that award credit for high school and college simultaneously. Students enrolling in dual credit courses receive the benefit of meeting their high school requirement for graduation and credit that counts toward a college degree. The added advantage for families is that students pay Midland College tuition, which would cost three to four times more at a university.

Dual credit courses are an effective way for families to leverage their education dollars and downsize the overall costs of a college education. As an example, my daughter completed 18 semester credit hours through dual credit courses. When she graduated from high school she was a second semester college freshman, and we saved over $3,000 in tuition. She went on to have a successful college career, and I believe much of her success was due to her gaining confidence in performing college-level work while still in high school. Dual credit courses are also available for career and technical courses offered at Midland College. Whether academic or technical, dual credit courses are one of the best investments families can make in their student’s education.

With unprecedented growth in Midland and the region, we need teachers, engineers, physicians, and the list goes on. We also need a high-skilled workforce for jobs that are increasingly technical and complex. The exciting news is that with the passage of HB 5 and the strong partnerships between Midland College and the public and private schools, the education system in Midland is offering more choices for students to pursue viable careers and a bright future.

MC to welcome "The Rookie" for festival kick-off

"Books in the Basin"
October 10-11, 2014
Midland, Texas

The Books in the Basin festival is being spearheaded by the Midland County Library and the Ector County Library. The two-day event, in which area colleges are also participating, will feature numerous authors who will give talks and sign books. Every type of book will be represented: romance authors, Texas fiction, Texas history, gardening and nature, true crime, science fiction, sports, and children's books. Events will take place in both Midland and Odessa at various libraries, including the Midland College Fasken Learning Resource Center.

The festival will kick-off at 11:30 a.m. on October 10 at the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room with a complimentary light lunch and lecture by Jim “The Rookie” Morris. After lunch, the Midland College Fasken Learning Resource Center will host various authors for panel discussions and book signings.

Jim Morris will also be present to sign his autobiography in the Scharbauer Student Center after his presentation. His published autobiography was the inspiration behind the Walt Disney blockbuster film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid.

Morris' childhood dream of becoming a major league baseball player was derailed by injuries and, admittedly, a lack of maturity. Eleven years after his retirement from baseball, Morris' dream was re-ignited by his then rag-tag high school team, when he was trying to inspire them to follow their dreams. They made each other the following bet: If they won a District Championship, Morris would have to try out for a major league team.

Morris' team won the District Championship, and Morris followed through on his promise, going to a tryout where he threw 12 consecutive pitches at 98 mph! Three months later in front of family and his high school team, Morris achieved his dream of pitching in the big leagues by striking out all-star Royce Clayton with a 98 mph fastball!

In a world lacking in real-life heroes, Morris' message will focus on following your dreams and keeping your promises.


Friday, August 15, 2014

MC-ATC to host open house for CTE Dual Enrollment

On Thursday, August 21, Midland College (MC) will host an open house of its dual credit career/technical programs for high school students and their parents. The event will take place from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland.

MC Dean of Applied Technology Curt Pervier explained, “MC offers many of our technical programs to high school students. Students receive both high school and college credit and obtain valuable skills using high-tech equipment. As a result, they are more marketable once they join the workforce.”

Career and technical education has evolved enormously over the past few decades. Programs that were once known as “vocational” now require hands-on training using highly sophisticated equipment that requires students to use analytical skills, as well as technical skills. MC applied technology programs are designed to prepare students for successful careers that meet the demands of a growing Texas economy—particularly the economic demands of the Permian Basin.

Pervier said that the purpose of Thursday evening’s open house is to acquaint high school students and parents with the various options in career/technical dual enrollment. Visitors will be able to visit with instructors, see the equipment and tools used in applied technology courses and get information about job opportunities and starting salaries in various fields.

Thursday, August 21, 2014
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
3200 W. Cuthbert, Midland, Texas 

For more information:
Dawn Finley
(432) 681-6310
dfinley@midland.edu

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Student Orientation at MC is Next Week


NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!

A student orientation required for all NEW MC students!

Thursday, August 21, 9:30 a.m.
at Chap Center


register now

Students who attend are more likely to succeed!

At New Student Orientation, you will learn how to:
  • Navigate campus technology
  • Access your student email
  • Locate your courses
  • Utilize the many academic and career support services
  • ... and many other college survival skills!

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend orientation?"

... when the REAL question is ...

"Why WOULDN'T I attend?!?!"


Questions? Contact us at ...
orientation@midland.edu


Thanks for making New Student Orientation at Midland College a great success!
________________________________________

Online • In Person • Your College • www.midland.edu


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

TCU Energy Institute programs for mineral owners, coming to Midland College

TCU Energy Institute has joined with the National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO) to offer programs to existing and prospective royalty owners who want to acquire the knowledge and skills to manage their mineral assets more effectively.  This program is also open to attorneys, accountants, realtors, financial advisors, and certified mineral managers who work closely with mineral owners.

Courses include: The Foundation of Energy Law; Leasing the Mineral Estate; and Critical Issues after Production Begins.

Cost is $525 per course, or $1425 for all three courses.  Price includes all classroom materials, snacks, and lunch.  The three-day program also includes a one year membership to NARO, one year access to Drilling Info software, and Continuing Education credit. 

Visit www.energyinstitute.tcu.edu and click on "Energy Programs" or call 1.800.255.1261 to register or for more information.  Classes are held at the Midland College Advanced Technical Center at the Blankenship Lecture Hall, 3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue.  Class time is 8:30-4:30.


TCU Energy Institute, upcoming dates at Midland College ...



August 26-28

December 9-11



For more information, contact:
Ashley Landers, Consultant

TCU Energy Institute

(972) 741-7700

(800) 255-1261