Friday, October 31, 2014

Preview of "Empty Bowls" fundraiser at MC

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Midland College to host annual Empty Bowls event

By Steve Kuhlman
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland’s annual Empty Bowls event will for the first time be held at Midland College on Thursday. Benefiting the West Texas Food Bank, the event will feature soup, bread and drinks donated by Jason’s Deli.

“It’s great that we have the community support (from Jason’s Deli) to be able to do that,” said Tina Corbett, development director for the West Texas Food Bank. “We’re just thrilled to be a beneficiary of this program. I think that it’s just a great way for the community to come out and support the food bank” ...

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On Thursday, November 6, the Midland College Art Department will host “Empty Bowls” to raise funds for the West Texas Food Bank. Donations of $10 will entitle participants to purchase a handcrafted bowl and enjoy a light meal, courtesy of Jason’s Deli. The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the McCormick Gallery section of the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Reminder: Halloween Events TONIGHT

Hello!

Please help us spread the word about our Zombie Run and Halloween Dance this evening!

Zombie Run: Registration from 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the Club Room, SSC134. Race begins at 6 p.m.

Halloween Dance: Dance begins at 8 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. Games and free food will be provided. And no Student Activities Halloween Dance is complete without a costume contest with cash prizes! (Costume contest is for MC students only.)

Thank you so much!

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

MC Honors Program meets, plans for new year

Friday October 17, MC Honors Program students gathered for a pizza party and discussed their individual honors projects for the Fall of 2014. After student introductions, and the introduction of Brendan Egan as the co-director of the group, Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray, the Honors Program director, announced that three honors students will be chosen to attend the Great Plains Honors Council Conference in April of 2015 to present their projects.

Currently the Honors Program has 30 students each of whom are working under the guidance of MC faculty toward project completion. If you are interested in participating in the Honors Program at Midland College please contact Dr. Marshall-Gray at pgray@midland.edu or Brendan Egan at began@midland.edu

For more information, you also can visit the Honors Program page on the Midland College website, under Academics.

Lady Chap Volleyball's next match will be "Sophomore Day"


Earlier this fall, at the start of the junior college volleyball season, the Midland Reporter-Telegram profiled Samantha Orta, the Lady Chaparrals' sole sophomore. Now, the 2014 regular season is drawing to a close, and team's are vying for position in post-season play.

With that in mind, there will be a traditional gathering to recognize Orta in her last regular-season home appearance on Saturday, November 1st, at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, prior to the start of MC's 2:00 p.m. match with the Lady Plainsmen of Frank Phillips College.

Lady Chap volleyball goes the distance in road match loss to OC

JC VOLLEYBALL: OC outlasts MC in five sets

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ROSWELL, NEW MEXICO - The Midland College Lady Chaparrals volleyball team had a chance to close out rival Odessa College in four sets on Wednesday night.

But the Lady Wranglers, who were undefeated in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play entering the match, rallied for wins in the fourth and fifth sets to beat the Lady Chaparrals, 25-20, 21-25, 16-25, 25-21, 15-13 at the Odessa College Sports Center.

It was the second time this season that Odessa College beat Midland College in five sets ...


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For their next match, the Lady Chaps return home Saturday, November 1st, 2:00 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, when they host Frank Phillips College. There will be a traditional "Sophomore Day" observance prior to the start of the match.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Newspaper previews 2014/2015 Chap Basketball season

MRT Photo by James Durbin
MC MEN’S BASKETBALL PREVIEW: Guzonjic ready to lead Chaps back to prominence

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A couple of years ago, Kenan Guzonjic left his family behind in Sarajevo, Bosnia, to pursue his dreams of playing basketball and getting an education in the United States.

While the decision to leave his family and country behind was tough, he considers going through a trying season in his first year at Midland College one of the toughest challenges he’s had to face.

Last season in the first year under head coach Jordan Dreiling, the Midland College Chaparral basketball team went 11-18 overall and 3-13 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. It was the first losing season for the program since the 2002-03 season ...

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You are cordially invited ...

From Nick Elderkin
Department Chair, Arts & Humanities

On Monday, November 10th at 7:00 p.m., the campus will be treated to an evening concert of gorgeous cello music when the Midland College Department of Music presents Amy Huzjak (cello) and Shari Santorelli (piano), both members of MC's music faculty. The concert will take place in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts Building.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. I hope you can attend!



MC-SGA to hold Taco Lunch Fundraiser

Hey everyone!

MC Student Government is raising funds for the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in April 2015.

Please support them by purchasing your Taco Lunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until sold-out) on Tuesday, November 4 in the Amistad Atrium, Marie Hall Academic Building(MHAB).

For more information, please contact the Student Government Association at sga@midland.edu or 432-685-4543.

Sincerely,

Stephanie VanCuren
Student Activities Coordinator, Midland College
432-685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 


Newspaper offers preview of tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball road match

MRT File Photo by Tim Fischer
JC VOLLEYBALL: Midland College-Odessa College preview capsule

Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball looks to stay in at least a tie for second place in the WJCAC standings with a win tonight ... Odessa College not only stayed unbeaten in league play but clinched its second consecutive WJCAC title on Saturday with a straight set win over Frank Phillips College ... With OC already having clinched, MC coach Tammie Jimenez said it’s a matter of playing for pride and position for the Region V West Tournament ...

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 The match begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Odessa College Sports Center, Odessa, Texas.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Newspaper previews 2014/2015 Lady Chap Basketball season

MRT Photo by James Durbin
MC WOMEN’S HOOPS PREVIEW: Savoy, Veiga steady forces for Lady Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball players Mary Savoy and Tajanay Veiga may play different positions and may come from opposite ends of the country, but they seem very united in their goal of helping the Lady Chaparrals make a run at the national tournament this season.

Savoy, a 6-foot small forward from Salem, Oregon, and Veiga, a 5-6 point guard from Boston, are two key returners from a Lady Chap team that went 18-12 and lost in the first round of the NJCAA Region V Tournament to Weatherford College last year.

Both Savoy and Veiga, who join Marielka Garate as the only returning players from last year’s squad, not only believe they are better all-around players in their natural positions, but they believe that they are surrounded by a young but talented group of freshmen ...

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"House of Chaps" presents: A Halloween Dance Party


MC Student Government and "House of Chaps" present ...
A Halloween Dance Party

Thursday, October 30. Dance begins at 8:00 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. Games and free food will be provided.

And no Student Activities Halloween Dance is complete without a costume contest with cash prizes! (Costume contest is for MC students only)

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

LWV Forum on "Payday and Title Loans" set for Monday at MC

A forum regarding Payday and Title Loans in Texas will be hosted by the League of Women Voters on Monday, November 3, at 7:00 p.m, in the Carrasco Room at Midland College. Alfredo Chaparro, Director of Community Services for Midland College, and Keith Stretcher, Midland City Attorney, will be the speakers. John Ohnemiller, the attorney succeeding Mr. Stretcher after his upcoming retirement, and Steve Gates, author of the City ordinance affecting Payday and Title loans will also be present. Admission to the forum is free, and the public is encouraged to attend.

The League of Women Voters of Texas has adopted this study and will explore the current regulations on payday and auto title loans and the economic impact on the industry and on communities who deal with this. The League will also determine the typical interest rate charged and the usual length of time it takes to pay back loans.



The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. The League of Women Voters of Texas, a nonpartisan political organization, was formed on October 19, 1919, at San Antonio. The League of Women Voters of Texas is made up of all of the local Leagues in the state, including the Midland League of Women Voters.

A PINK update ...

From J. Michael Fields
Program Chair of Cosmetology

The Cosmetology Department, with help from the Massage Therapy students, have currently gathered $800.00 in donations for breast cancer awareness. Our goal this year is $1000.00.

Please help us reach our goal. We still have pink hair extensions for a $5.00 donation, or if you would just like to make a donation that would be greatly appreciated. Thanks to everyone who has donated already.



From J. Michael Fields 
Program Chair of Cosmetology

Starting this Thursday, October 3rd, the MC Cosmetology Program will once again offer pink hair extensions to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Each extension is $5, which includes a donation to the Susan G. Komen fund for breast cancer education, research, advocacy and social support programs in the U.S.

Appointments should be scheduled by contactiong the Cosmetology Program at  685-6721.

The MC Cosmetology Program is located in Room 159 of the Technical Center (Adobe .pdf file), on the MC Main Campus (Adobe .pdf file).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Ladies and gentlemen ... let's get ready to recycllllllllllllle !!!

Keep Midland Beautiful / Texas Recycles Day
Saturday, November 15, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Parking Lot, Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, MC

Keep Midland Beautiful will participate in Texas Recycles Day on Saturday, November 15, 2014 by accepting a wide variety of recyclables at their annual Texas Recycles Day collection site, the parking lot for the Al G. Langfod Chaparral Center, on the Midland College main campus.

Volunteers will be collecting tires (6 only per vehicle), paper, newspaper, phone books, cardboard, plastic (bottles and grocery bags) and aluminum for recycling at that time.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to bring their old computers (waiver must be signed if you have not removed your hard drive), printers, TV’s, cell phones, stereos, fax machines and other electronics.

Secured Document Shredding will be taking up to three standard size boxes of personal papers for shredding.

WE WILL NOT COLLECT PAINT AND BATTERIESPaint can be taken directly to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore – 305 E. Texas. Batteries can be taken to Mid -Tex Battery Company – 1410 W. Front.

For more information, call Keep Midland Beautiful at (432) 688-7745, or visit their website at keepmidlandbeautiful.org 



Texas Recycles Day is an annual statewide public awareness campaign to promote the environmental and economic benefits of the Four R’s - reduce, reuse, recycle, rebuy. 

Remember, it’s not just a place to live, it’s where we live.  Together we can Keep Midland Beautiful.

Keep Midland Beautiful educates and engages Midlanders in litter prevention, waste management and beautification. 

Fall or Spring ... On Tuesdays, we leave the light on for you

The weather may seem like autumn, but Midland College has Spring Fever. Priority Registration for the 2015 Spring Semester at MC is going on RIGHT NOW, and it's a great opportunity to get a jump on the new year, beat the rush and avoid long lines.

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.

New service for students at MC Testing Center

From Craig Balch
Coordinator, Midland College Testing Center

The Testing Center is pleased to announce a new service for students who need to schedule a make-up exam or other proctored test. Students can go to the MC Testing Center website when they need to schedule a course exam with the center. Upon submission of the completed Proctored Exam Reservation Form, the student will receive a reference copy of the appointment information once it has been scheduled by our office.

For the time being, the TSI Assessment will still be administered on a walk-in basis.  CLEP and TEAS examinees do not need to use the form as those tests are scheduled at predetermined times.

 See the Testing Center calendar here (Adobe .pdf file)

We are excited to offer this service for our students and believe the flexibility of being able to see testing days and times will benefit our students when managing their busy schedules. If you have any questions about this service or need any additional information about the Testing Center, please let me know.

Craig Balch, Coordinator
Midland College Testing Center, Scharbauer Student Center, Room #260
(432) 685-4504
testing@midland.edu

No tricks ... ALL treats

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hello everyone!

MC's Geology Club is hosting a Bake Sale in the Scharbauer Student Center. They are here now with baked goodies, pet rocks, and jewelry. Prices vary. They will be here until about 12:30 or until sold out!

And always, THANK YOU so much for participating in Student Activities!

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


Midland College adds water quality monitoring to list of student research projects

• Grant will fund MC's newest faculty-led research project

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Thanks to a $22,500 grant provided by ExxonMobil Foundation, Midland College (MC) has established a water monitoring center, directed by Greg Larson, faculty member in Biology. Mr. Larson is an authority on water quality in the Pecos River having worked for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) as a field biologist for 23 years. The research will consist of collecting surface water samples and then analyzing them for temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity (salinity) and water flow rate. Once analyzed in the field, these samples will be sent for laboratory analysis at the International Boundary Water Commission. MC will partner with the TCEQ to establish a database on water quality in the Pecos River.

ExxonMobil is providing the funding through its 2013 Educational Matching Gift Program. The donation represents a 3-to-1 match of donations made to the Midland College Foundation by ExxonMobil employees, retirees and surviving spouses.

MC Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade said, “The water monitoring project is our newest faculty-led research project. During the past several years, Midland College students have had the opportunity to participate in several projects centering on genetics, plant biology, microbiology, materials science, environmental chemistry and geology. The funds provided by ExxonMobil will enable us to add another important research component to our curriculum.”

Other MC research projects include the following:

Plant Biology
  Flavonoid Compound Analysis within the Genus Quercus (oaks), led by Tomas Hernandez

Genetics
  (1) Explorations of the PTC Taste Gene and (2) Genetic Phenotyping/Characterization of West Texas Plant Life, led by Dr. Paul Mangum

Microbiology
  Characterization/identification of Bacteria Carried by Field Mice Lice, led by Joseph Shenkman, Marlana Mertens and Ethel Matthews
  (1) Information Exchange Between Species in Bacterial Biofilms and (2) Detection of Cryptosporidium Species in Soil Using Nested PCR. led by Marlana Mertens
  Identification of Readily Available Bacteria which Consume Heavy Hydrocarbons, led by Ethel Matthews and Dr. Miranda Pogue

Materials Science
  Photoactivity of Doped TiO2, led by Dr. Julio Valladares
  (1) Layered Spinel High Capacity Cathode Material in Lithium Ion Batteries, (2) Silver Doped Superionic Conducting Electrolyte Material, (3) Nitrogen Doped Zinc Oxide Materials for Solar Cell Application and (4) Cellular Uptake of Silver Nanoparticles, led by Dr. Pat Nandakumar
  (1) Synthesis of New Fluorescent DNA probes, (2) Synthesis of New Antibiotic Drugs and (3) Optical Detection of Sulfides with Application Toward the Detection of H2S Gas, led by Dr. Thomas Ready

Environmental Chemistry
  Fluoride Content in Permian Basin Water Tables, led by John Anderson

Geology
  Well Core Description, led by Joan Gawloski

Additional information is available by contacting:

Dr. Margaret Wade
Dean of Math & Science, Midland College
(432) 685-4615
mwade@midland.edu

Friday, October 24, 2014

MC Massage Therapy students help raise breast cancer awareness, funds

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On Saturday, October 18, Midland College (MC) joined the Midland YMCA in support of breast cancer awareness. MC Cosmetology students and MC Massage Therapy students set-up shop at the YMCA located at 800 N. Big Spring Street near downtown Midland. During that time, Cosmetology students cut hair for donations to Locks of Love. Those who donated received a free massage from the Massage Therapy students.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada suffering from long-term medical hair loss due to cancer treatments.

MC Cosmetology Program Chair Michael Fields stated, “We have been participating in the Locks of Love program for several years. Any person who comes to our lab and wants to donate will receive a free haircut. The added bonus for donating on October 18 was that a free massage was also included.”


Fields later noted, "the Massage Therapy department was a huge part of the breast cancer awareness event at the YMCA and brought in a large amount of the money donated. It was a pleasure working with them."

For more information about the Massage Therapy Program at MC, please contact:

Wendy Wood-Collins, Director
Health Sciences Continuing Education
Midland College
(432) 681-6354
wwoodcollins@midland.edu

Meet-Greet-Lunch with the Chaps before scrimmage with UTPB Falcons

From Jordan Dreiliing
Head Coach, MC Chaparral Men's Basketball

Please join the Midland College Chaparral basketball team for our Sneak Peek MC Men's Basketball Scrimmage and Luncheon at the Midland College P.E. Building beginning at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25th. The Luncheon will take place in the Chaps team room #131 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. MC Players and Coaches will attend as well as UTPB Head Coach Andy Newman for a brief meet and greet before the scrimmage begins at 1:30 p.m.

The Chaps are looking forward to the scrimmage with our local University and hope to continue to improve from what has already been a very successful pre-season. The Chaparrals represented well in the 72 Team Dallas Blowout Oct. 10th and 11th winning 4 of 5 scrimmages and defeating two pre-season Top 20 teams in Kilgore CC and Hutchinson CC.

Free "Accident Investigation" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"Accident Investigation" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered during the month of November in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.


Accident Investigation
(RM32141Q)
Wednesday, November 12th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
more information



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.

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

From Michael Jordan
Professor, Music Theory and Studio Voice

A reminder from the Midland College Department of Music ... don't miss our student recital today in the Wagner-Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, at 12:30 p.m.

The concert will feature Raya Hope Struck, Soprano and Caleb Thornton, Baritone. Shari Santorelli will accompany both students on the piano. Raya will perform "Look to the Rainbow" and Caleb will perform "Nel cor piu non mi sento."


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

MC to host Harlem Globetrotters in January

Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7:00pm
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Midland College, Midland, Texas

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet, will bring their unrivaled family show to the Chaparral Center in Midland on Wednesday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m., during the Harlem Globetrotters 2015 “Washington Generals’ Revenge” Tour.

The Globetrotters will face a great challenge this year, as the infamous Washington Generals are more determined than ever to match the franchise’s historic last victory over the Globetrotters nearly a half century ago. It has been five years since the Globetrotters and Generals have faced off, as the Generals have been searching far and wide for the best players to retool their roster and have been preparing for one thing: victory over the Globetrotters.

In addition to the highly-anticipated matchup on the court, the Globetrotters, known worldwide as the Ambassadors of Goodwill, will honor a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at each of their 310-plus games in North America. The team is searching for active, wounded or retired members of the military who have made their community proud with their brave service and exemplary character. Fans can nominate a Harlem Globetrotters Hometown Hero at www.harlemglobetrotters.com . The Globetrotters will also play a portion of each game with a camouflage basketball as a sign of respect to all who protect our freedom.

With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard, Firefly Fisher and Moose Weekes – plus female stars TNT Maddox, T-Time Brawner and Sweet J Ekworomadu * – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. With incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction, this must-see event is guaranteed to entertain the whole family. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans. ^

Tickets start at $20 and are now available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com, www.boxofficesolutions.net, or by phone at 1-800-514-3849. Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at www.harlemglobetrotters.com

Sponsored by World Vision, Greyhound Lines and Baden Sports, The Harlem Globetrotters are celebrating their 89th consecutive year, continuing a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment that continues to thrill fans of all ages. Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Family Entertainment Corporation, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S.

Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans - among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents - over more than eight thrilling decades. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, and to purchase tickets and team merchandise, visit the Globetrotters' official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com

* Rosters will vary in each city and are subject to change.
^ Subject to availability.