Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pair of Chaps named All-Americans

• JC BASEBALL: MC’s Senior, Rattai garner NJCAA All-American honors

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Former Midland College baseball player Eric Senior received another big honor on Monday when he was named as an NJCAA First-Team All-American ...

... Fellow former Chaparral Nolan Rattai was also honored by the NJCAA as he was named as an Honorable Mention All-American ...

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midland College announces new travel course to Scotland

Castles and Holy Shrines of Scotland, May 29-June 6, 2018

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Dr. Margaret Wade, dean of Math, Science & Kinesiology at Midland College (MC), will once again lead an exciting travel course. The continuing education course, which will emphasize the archaeology and biology of Scotland, will be offered May 29-June 6, 2018.

In the past, Dr. Wade has coordinated various other MC travel courses, mostly to Central and South America. These courses have been very popular with the Midland community.

“I wanted to plan a trip that was a little different,” explained Dr. Wade. My husband and I were in Scotland not long ago; the country is absolutely breathtaking! While I was there, I kept thinking that it would be great to share the history and culture with other Midlanders. When I returned home, I contacted Dr. Edwin Barnhart with the Mayan Exploration Center, with whom I’ve partnered in the past on travel courses, and he was interested in working with me to plan the trip.”

Wade explained that the Scotland travel course will expose participants to the country’s rich biological and historical environment. It will also introduce them to the culture of the area.

The course is being offered as part of MC’s continuing education programming. Cost is $2,800 per person based on double occupancy. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Fifty percent of the balance is due February 29, 2018, and the final balance is due April 29, 2018. Cost includes lodging, private ground transport, ferry tour, private tour leader for the duration of the trip, all entry fees, local tour guides and breakfasts. Participants will be responsible to arrange for their own air transportation.

Once in Scotland, the trip will include guided tours of Edinburgh Castle and Palace, Holyrood Palace or Rosalyn Chapel, Holy Island, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument, Helensburgh, the Isle of Iona, the Oban Whiskey Distillery and St. Andrews. Dr. Wade has also planned the trip so that there is some time for participants to explore various sites on their own. Lodging accommodations are covered in the course fee and will include hotels as well as bed and breakfast inns.

Wade emphasized that everyone in the community is welcome to participate. Since this is a continuing education course, there will be no papers to write, exams, etc. Participants are free to explore and enjoy!

For more information, contact Dr. Wade at (432) 685-4615,

Monday, June 19, 2017

MC to host New Student Orientation sessions this summer

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
Student orientation is required for ALL NEW MC students! Students must be registered for classes to attend NSO and they must select a specific session when they register.

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and the dates are:

June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017
July 27, 2017
August 3, 2017
August 10, 2017
August 17, 2017

The sessions will be held in Room 101 (the Lecture Hall) of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB) on the MC main campus.

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 academic and career support services
     • and many other college survival skills!

This year we are incorporating a parent session as a part of New Student Orientation. Parents will receive information on navigating the first college year with their student through such topics as FERPA, Grade Notification Policy, Information Sharing, Billing, as well as a Q & A session with members of MC Student Services.

Here is the link for NSO 2017 registration

Questions? Contact us at

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend New Student Orientation?"

The REAL question is ...

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eclectic interests help guide career choice for MC student

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“Love what you do, and you’ll be doing what you love.” That is 20-year-old Tony Harris’ take on life.

So, what exactly does he enjoy?

“My interests are weird; I love using math to solve problems, but I also have hobbies in LEGO, fiction writing and the Second World War,” Harris answered. “God willing, I plan to use all of these things to make a career for myself in mechanical engineering.”

Harris and his siblings spent most of their school years as home school students. The family used curriculum from Texas Connections Academy at Houston, a tuition-free virtual school that gives students the flexibility to learn at home with online and video-synchronized instruction that meets rigorous state educational standards.

In the summer of 2015, he began taking classes at Midland College.

“I was originally looking into a career in law enforcement,” Harris stated. “My family encouraged me to take an advanced math class – just to see if I liked it. The class was Calculus 1 and my instructor was Joseph Severino. He was so good that I gave him a nickname: The Mathemagician!

Harris cited his older sister Rachel as a tremendous source of help as he continued taking math and science classes on campus.

“I took a physics class last summer and really enjoyed it,” continued Harris. “It was then that I realized that I really ought to look into becoming an engineer.”

Harris credits his MC professors with teaching him how to solve a problem and also with explaining the reason for solving the problem. He said the small class sizes and one-on-one instruction enabled him to see how a problem in the classroom can relate to real-world situations. He feels confident about continuing his studies at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin because of the excellent background he received at MC. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Midland College and takes 12 to 14 credit hours each semester.

“You may as well do your best, or don’t do them at all,” explained Harris with a laugh.

Not only is Harris an accomplished student, but also is a hard worker, who has managed to pay his entire tuition at MC over the past two years himself. He has earned a good bit of his money working in the college’s math lab.

“Working in the Math Lab is the best job I ever had,” said Harris.

His previous jobs included helping his grandfather with his side business of picking up brass casings and melting them down for scrap metal. During his high school years, he worked for his stepfather’s lawn business and did some janitorial work at a warehouse in Odessa.

Family is important to Harris, who has 6 siblings—3 older sisters, two younger sisters and one younger brother.

“The way we spend time together is entirely unique,” explained Harris. “My siblings and I used to play with LEGOs when we were young and we haven’t ever stopped. Of course, we’ve moved on from building forts and cars; now we play a kind of sit-com. One of us will start with a basic idea, and then everybody begins to add to it. We end up with these wild adventures that you’d have to hear to believe. Over the last ten years, we’ve come up with well over 500 characters and made a fairly continuous story out of all of it!”

Harris said that the LEGO stories serve as inspiration for one of his other hobbies – writing fiction. He has taken Creative Writing at MC, and last fall he won first place in the Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest.

His favorite pastime centers around World War II, a passion he inherited from his grandfather. He collects WWII memorabilia, including clothes, equipment and arms.

“I have always loved the 40s,” stated Harris. “It gives me a sense of reference for all the wonders of the modern world.” Harris listed It Happened One Night and Key Largo among his favorite movies.

“But more importantly, my interest in the past gives me a standard to for which to strive,” he explained. “I have read a lot about the Normandy campaign in 1944. The average soldier hitting the beach or dropping behind enemy lines was only 19 or 20 – guys my age. I think about all the terrors and grief they endured to win a foothold in fortress Europe, which led to the liberation of France and eventually victory on the Western Front. I know why they are called ‘the greatest generation,’ and this gives me the motivation to do whatever work God puts before me – academic or not – and do it well.”

Harris is certainly living proof of a young man destined to achieve great things.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Three Chaps drafted by Major League Baseball

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Senior leads 3 former Chaps drafted on final day

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team had three former players drafted during the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Heading the list was outfielder Eric Senior, who was drafted in the 13th round (403 overall) by the Washington Nationals.

Former Chaparral catcher Bryndan Arredondo was a 23rd round selection (698 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles, while former MC outfielder Yahir Gurrola was a 27th round (803 overall) pick by the Philadelphia Phillies ...

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An early, colorful start to the day ... at Your College

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lady Chap Basketball girls summer camps month at MC

• July 17-20 at MC Physical Education Building

From Ginger Gatliff
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Hello Everyone,

I hope this finds you all doing well. We are looking forward to our annual Women’s Basketball Summer FUNdamental Camps on July 17th-20th and would like to invite your children/grandchildren to attend.

Session I: Beginners FUNdamental Camp
Grades 1st-5th
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost-$75.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

Session II: FUNdamental & Competition Camp
Grades 6th-11th
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cost-$125.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

If you would like to sign up for our camp please download and fill out this brochure and make checks payable to Ron Jones. Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have in regards to our camp. We look forward to seeing you there.


Ginger Gatliff
MC Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
(432) 685-6469

Midland College honors scholarship recipients

• Midland College recognizes recipients of the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Monday, June 12, Midland College (MC) hosted a “Recognition & Awards Ceremony” honoring recipients of the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship. The event was held in the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Fifty-one students were honored for being on the Dean’s List or President’s List at Midland College or University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and graduating with baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and/or technical certifications during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The scholarship funds tuition, fees and books for students at Midland College. Once a student has graduated from MC, the scholarship continues to provide funds for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at MC or for students who wish to transfer to UTPB.

Hector Villareal with MC President
Dr. Steve Thomas
Keynote speaker was Hector Villareal, who first entered MC’s Cogdell Learning Center as a high school dropout taking classes in order to earn a GED equivalency diploma. After receiving his GED diploma, Villareal continued taking courses at MC and received an associate degree. In December 2016, he graduated from UTPB with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is now working on a master’s degree. Villareal said he often had to walk to classes because he couldn’t afford a car. The Cogdell scholarship enabled him to obtain both associate and bachelor degrees. During his presentation, he also praised the encouragement and support he received from staff at the Cogdell Learning Center.

“For many of these students, the Cogdell Learning Center has been their first encounter with higher education,” explained Karely Noriega Villanueva, associate director of the Cogdell Learning Center.

“Some of them came to Cogdell to complete their GED; others first came here to brush up on computer skills in our free computer lab. Once they meet with an advisor and realize that a college certificate or degree is within their grasp, they are eager to begin to take classes, and we are so delighted that the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust believes in helping these students.”

About Bill Pace Cogdell

Bill Pace Cogdell didn’t have an opportunity to attend college until he was in his 70s. However, when he did, he took many courses at MC. In 1992 after his retirement, Cogdell helped fulfill MC’s dream of establishing a presence in South Midland by donating buildings on Florida Street to house what is known today as the Cogdell Learning Center. Mr. Cogdell passed away in 1994 at the age of 82. In 1999, the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust was established, making possible the dream of attaining a college education for many individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of MC retiree Donna Hill. Donna passed away on Friday, June 9.

Donna retired from Midland College in 2007 as a secretary in the Continuing Education department. Her entire obituary is at

A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13) at 10:00 a.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Chapel. The MC flag will fly at half-staff on June 13.

Memorial contributions may also be made to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund and can be directed to the Midland College Foundation, c/o Deonne Presley, Room 141, Pevehouse Administration Building, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705; or online at

Midland College softball program information

• Athletic programs facilities, history, budgets

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is proud of all its athletics programs, of which there are six men’s and women’s teams. The men’s teams include basketball, baseball and golf. Women’s teams include basketball, softball and volleyball. Recent press regarding MC’s softball program has prompted college officials to release the following information.

The MC softball program began in 1999, and played its first game on February 2 of that year. On August 23, 1999, Tommy Ramos was promoted from his position as the college’s intramurals director to head softball coach and currently still holds that position.

Softball team home games were originally played at the Bill Williams softball complex at Hogan Park. In 2001, the team moved to Ulmer Field operated by the Midland United Girls Softball (MUGS) Association, which is located at 2900 W. Kentucky. In 2009, Midland College purchased a portable building and located it at the MUGS complex so that the team could have its own locker room facilities. The portable building with locker room facilities was then moved to the MC main campus in January 2011, and on February 16, 2011, the softball team played its first game on the new field located on the Midland College main campus next to the Leona G. and John E. Fox Science Building. The field is near the residence halls, where all team members live during the school year. In 2014, MC renovated the main campus softball field in order to add a press box and public restrooms. Total cost of the softball field, locker room facilities and renovations was $1,108,352 provided through the college’s annual operating budget.

In addition, the Midland College Foundation awarded the softball program two separate institutional grants –one in October 2014 for $20,000 to purchase a radar gun, helmet/bat rack for both dugouts and softball field flag poles and another one in October 2016 for $39,545 to purchase and install two double stall batting cages and cement border for practice/warmup use.

The softball field is the only MC sports area used solely by one Midland College sports team for practice and home games. All other college sports facilities are used by high school teams, tournaments, MC classes and community events. Personnel employed in the college’s Physical Plant department maintain the softball field, which includes mowing three times a week during season play and once a week during the off-season, replacing sprinkler heads and performing other necessary maintenance functions.

The MC baseball team played its first home game in fall 2000 at Christensen Stadium located on Lamesa Road. The stadium was previously used by Double-A affiliate teams--the Midland Cubs and Midland Angels. Midland College leases the Christensen facility from the City of Midland for $1 per year. MC has upgraded the facility to include major plumbing repairs, press box roof repairs and other necessary leasehold capital improvements at a cost of $632,967.

Midland Christian School baseball team plays all home games at Christensen Stadium, and the school provided new turf for the infield. Midland High School and Lee High School also use the field for tournaments. Recently, the MC baseball team began sharing Christensen facilities with the college’s Transportation Training instructional program. Truck driving classrooms and offices are located on the south side of the complex, and the parking lot is used for truck parking and for hands-on truck maneuver instruction.

Unlike the softball field, which is maintained by the MC Physical Plant department, the baseball field is maintained by the college baseball coaching staff. Head coach and assistant coaches mow, replace sprinkler heads and perform all other routine maintenance functions for the actual playing field. Midland College physical plant personnel maintain the grounds outside of the field.

The MC volleyball team and men’s and women’s basketball teams use the gyms at the main campus Physical Education Building for off-season practices and use Chap Center for practices during the playing season. All home games for these sports are played at Chap Center. In addition to volleyball and basketball team use, the Physical Education Building gyms are used for instructional purposes by the MC Kinesiology and Continuing Education departments. Chap Center is used for Midland High School and Lee High School home basketball games, area sports tournaments, numerous community cultural events, college lectures, MISD and MC employee convocations and various college and high school commencement ceremonies.

The MC golf team uses the golf courses at Hogan Park, Ranchland Hills, Green Tree Country Club and occasionally Midland Country Club for its activities.

The annual operating budgets, excluding salaries and benefits, for all Midland College women’s athletic programs in 2016 was $928,094 and $844,946 for men’s programs. In 2017, the annual budget for women’s programs is $972,389 and $897,777 for men’s. The softball program comprises approximately 19 percent of the total athletic operating budget, and the baseball program comprises another 19 percent. This includes equipment and facility maintenance, medical expenses, uniforms, recruitment, advertising, all travel expenses and scholarships.

During the 2016-17 school year, full and partial scholarships total 49 for female athletes and 48 for male athletes. Twenty-three women athletes received softball scholarships, of which eighteen were full scholarships for tuition and room and board. Twenty-four baseball players received scholarships; however, only six of those were full scholarships.

MC athletic team travel is provided in Midland College vehicles with college personnel driving. Teams use charter bus transportation for long-distance travel to out-of-state tournaments, usually during playoff and/or national championship games. Normally, the MC coaching staff handle payment for meals, lodging and other travel-related expenses so that players do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses while traveling for college/team-related events.

During the past 20 years all MC athletic teams have placed in regional, state and national championship games and tournaments. The college looks forward to additional winning seasons in 2017-2018.

Keep Calm ... Fire panel testing begins tomorrow on MC campus

From April Kennedy
Assistant to the Physical Plant Director

Please be advised starting tomorrow (Tuesday), Black Watch Systems will be here to start inspecting all the fire panels in the buildings. This will cause the fire alarms to go off for a short period of time, so please do not be alarmed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Chap Baseball Tryout Camp is TODAY

• Set for June 12 at Christensen Stadium

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Baseball will be hosting a pro-style walk-on tryout camp. For those graduating high school seniors that are interested in joining the MC Baseball team, this will be a great opportunity to be evaluated by the coaching staff.

For 2017 and 2018 grads only.

WHEN: Monday, June 12th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Midland College's Christensen Stadium, on N. Lamesa Road, near the intersection with Loop 250

COST: There is NO charge for the camp.

For more information, you contact:
Hector Rodriguez, MC Baseball Assistant Coach
(432) 685-5562

MC Photo by Forrest Allen