Monday, September 29, 2014

Chap Spirit ...


FREE "HAZWOPER" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"HAZWOPER 40-Hour" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this fall in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

This course provides a basis for understanding the nature of occupational hazard recognition, accident prevention, loss reduction, inspection techniques and accident investigation analysis.

HAZWOPER 40-Hour
(RM22141Q)
October 6th - 10th
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.

MC Student Publications revives online presence


From Bob Templeton
Adviser, MC Student Publications

Please take a look at Midland College's online publication that made its debut last Spring, but is now starting to take off. I invite you to view its contents that include as few videos along with student-written material. It will progress in quality and quantity as students become better prepared to produce more video segments.

We also invite suggestions for future stories and videos. Please continue to cooperate with our budding multi-media students as they seek out your quotes and photos for the Midland College Press newspaper and the online publication.

The link is: http://www.midlandcollegepress.org/

Also thanks for the best reception to our print version of the newspaper. For once, it has been taken off the stands more than I can remember in recent years. We are proud of our students' first 2014-15 effort. We also accept letters to the editor for opposition as well as proponent positions on any material published in the issue.

Thank You

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Our thoughts and our prayers ...

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events


Our thoughts and prayers are with North Central Texas College in Gainesville.  The NCTC softball team was involved in an automobile accident when a tractor-trailer hit their bus in Oklahoma on Friday.  Four of the team members were killed and several others injured. 
 
 
The MC flags are flying at half-staff.
  

Friday, September 26, 2014

Whetting apetites, raising funds


Hey everyone!

THANK YOU SO MUCH for your generosity at the Taco Lunch Fundraiser! Student Government sold out before 1:00 p.m., and we received several generous donations!

We have two upcoming events for the next two weeks:

Pet Food/Supply Drive: Student Government is partnering with the Bookstore for a pet food/supply drive next Thursday, Oct. 2. This is part of National Student Awareness Day. All donations will be given to the Lone Star Animal Sanctuary on Fairgrounds Road. More details on the drop off location and specific times will come on Monday.
Fall Car Show: Student Government is hosting a Fall Car Show on Saturday, Oct. 11 on the Midland College campus. I have attached the registration form and a flyer our students made. We are seeking donations of $20 per car, jeep, or truck and $10 per bike (2- or 3-wheels). We have several new categories for this show. Proceeds from all fundraisers will help send students to the Texas Junior College Student Government Conference in Dallas.
more information on the car show

Thank you so much for all your support of Student Government!

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

Better balance, clearer minds, increased energy through yoga at MC Continuing Ed

Realize the awesome benefits of "Yoga," one of the courses offered this summer by MC's Community Programs Continuing Education.


Yoga
(9303141Q)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 14 - November 20
9:30-10:30 a.m. 
COM Aquatics
more information



For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact Community Programs Continuing Education at Midland College, at ce.midland.edu/cp/ or (432) 685-4518.

Newspaper reports on road win for Lady Chap Volleyball

JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaparrals win in four over Western Texas College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team moved over .500 in district play with a four-set win over Western Texas College (25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22) on Wednesday night ...

read the rest of this MRT report

 The Lady Chaps' next match begins at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, when they host the Odessa College Lady Wranglers.

MC made it easy for sisters to transition to college

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Vanessa and Marilyn Samaguey always enjoyed school in Pecos, Texas, and did well in their studies. When older sister Vanessa graduated from high school, she knew she wanted to go to college, but had no idea what was necessary to enroll. Their father, a Mexican immigrant, only had a 6th-grade education, and their mother had just obtained a GED® certificate.

“Our parents were always very supportive of our attending college, but we were all a little overwhelmed at the college application process,” explained Vanessa.

In the spring of 2007, during Vanessa’s senior year at Pecos High School, the family toured Midland College (MC) and immediately felt at home. One reason for this overwhelming sense of “belonging” was the assistance of Student Support Services Advisor Isabel Jimenez.

Vanessa said, “Isabel was so helpful explaining about scholarship and financial aid opportunities and helping me choose my classes. We immediately knew that Midland College was the right choice for me to begin my higher education.”

In the fall of 2007, Vanessa began taking classes at MC and received financial and academic assistance through the college’s TRiO Student Success Services (SSS) office.

“Isabel helped me arrange my schedule so that I had Tuesday and Thursday classes only,” explained Vanessa. “Our father was disabled due to an oilfield accident, so every Tuesday and Thursday, he accompanied me to Midland. While I was attending class, he worked on property that my parents owned in Midland. The plan was that our family would move to Midland as soon as my younger sister Marilyn graduated from high school.”

The spring of 2010 was a monumental time in the life of the Samaguey family. Vanessa graduated from MC with an associate degree; Marilyn graduated from Pecos High School; and mom Josefina who, after having obtained her GED® certificate, graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Sul Ross State University. Their new home was also completed, and the family moved to Midland.

Marilyn followed in her older sister’s footsteps and enrolled in MC, also receiving support from Isabel Jimenez and the SSS program. Both sisters enjoyed and had an aptitude for science and math.

Marilyn (left) and Vanessa (right) Samaguey
This past May, Vanessa obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Cell & Molecular Biology from Texas Tech University. Marilyn, who was 13th in her class at Pecos High School, graduated from MC in May 2012 and is currently working toward a bachelor’s degree in math. Her ultimate goal is to become a secondary math teacher.

Marilyn said, “I’ve always loved tutoring and volunteering with children.” When I was a student at MC, I was a peer tutor for other students in the SSS program and the Math Lab.”

After graduating from Midland College, Marilyn went to Texas Tech for two years and majored in engineering, but soon decided that teaching is her true calling.

Vanessa has taken a slightly different career path. She recently obtained a job as a lab technician for Catalyst Oilfield Services. After she gains some experience, Vanessa plans to become certified as a clinical laboratory scientist.

Both young women credit Midland College for giving them the foundation needed for their careers.

Marilyn said, “When Vanessa made that first tour at MC, we knew it was where we belonged. Student Support Services made us aware of the many opportunities available and helped us decide where we needed to be.”

Vanessa agreed and said, “My family didn’t know anything about the college experience. Thanks to the SSS program, Isabel Jimenez and wonderful MC faculty, our college experiences were successful. Both Marilyn and I are looking forward to rewarding careers.”

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sweet start to fall semester activities for MC Chemistry Club


"It went very well," Dr. Pat Nandakumar, faculty advisor for the MC Chemistry Club, reports. "We are hosting bimonthly meetings. Our next meeting is on October 10th, Friday at noon. We are having a pasta cookout!"

"We are organizing the National Chemistry Week (like every year) event in Midland Park Mall on October 19th, 2014, from 1:00-5:00 p.m. If you can get the word out, we really appreciate that."

For more information about MC's Chemistry Club and it's activities, please contact:

Pat Nandakumar Ph.D.
Chemistry Department, Midland College
(432) 685-7638
pnandakumar@midland.edu

Learn more about 'fracing' ... with help from the Midland College PPDC

What is a hydraulic fracture? Why do we fracture wells? How do we fracture wells? What materials do we use? What constitutes a successful job? These are the questions answered - with FACTS - in these courses offered by MC's Petroleum Professional Development Center.

Fundamentals of Hydraulic Fracturing
G009141Q
Instructor: Dr. Ali Daneshy
Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This course is designed for beginners as well as people already familiar with hydraulic fracturing. This workshop has two main objectives; a sound fundamental understanding of the mechanics and techniques of hydraulic fracturing, and, how to apply them in day-to-day operations.

Comprehensive Hydraulic Fracturing
G010141Q
Instructor: Dr. Ali Daneshy
Monday - Friday, October 6-10
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

This is a combination of two classes. The first course ("Fundamentals of Hydraulic Fracturing," 2 days) establishes the essential technical and operational aspects of fracturing, while the second course ("Advanced Horizontal Well Fracturing," 3 days) extends the discussion into horizontal wells. Emphasis in both courses is on day-to-day application of hydraulic fracturing. While each is a separate and independent course on its own, more comprehensive understanding of fracturing is gained if they are taken back-to-back.



For more information about these and other PPDC courses, please contact:

Joan Brooks, Program Coordinator
MC Petroleum Professional Development Center
221 N Main Street (Entrance: 105 W. Illinois), Midland, TX
(432) 683-2832, extension 200
jbrooks@midland.edu

Newspaper previews one of the writers coming to MC for "Books In the Basin" festival

• Former Wink resident gets nod to appear at ‘Books’ event

By Don Munsch
Odessa American

ODESSA, TEXAS - Leila Meacham hated greasy hamburgers back in high school. They were the kind of burgers one could find in a mom-and-pop restaurant. They’re the kind of burgers eaten by high school band students on a road trip on cold, late Friday nights in the fall, when they were traveling home after performing at a high school football game in sprawling West Texas, Meacham remembers.

Meacham was that band student in the 1950s. She recalls a fellow student from those days at Wink High School would encourage her to make the best of the situation. “He would say, ‘Leila, get yourself a Coke and order French fries and forget the hamburgers and hot dogs,’” Meacham said.

Many years later, Meacham became a best-selling author. That fellow student, described as “sweet” and “unassuming” by Meacham, crafted a successful music career before he died in 1988 ...

Meacham shared the story in a recent telephone interview from her home in San Antonio. She is one of around 60 authors appearing at the Books in the Basin festival October 10-11 ... Meacham will appear at 2:00 p.m. October 10 in the Carrasco Room at Midland College, with a book signing at 3:00 p.m. in the first floor of the Fasken Learning Resource Center on the campus. (Meacham said the schedule is subject to change.)

read the rest of this OA report



"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 12:00 noon 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 film, “The Rookie,” starring Dennis Quaid.

Tacosssssss, my precioussssss .... NOW, yesssssss

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
Thursday, September 25 ... MC Student Government Association is hosting a fundraiser! You can get two pulled-pork tacos on corn tortillas, with chips and homemade hot sauce for the low, low price of $5. We're in the Amistad Atrium of F. Marie Hall Academic Building - come join us!

Yessssssss .....


Last call for "Crossing Media" exhibit at McCormick Gallery

Just one week left for you to enjoy the works of Lubbock artist and educator Lahib Jaddo, now showing at McCormick Gallery, in the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.
Lahib Jaddo
"Crossing Media"
 
Showing now through October 4


Midland College invites the community to enjoy the first exhibit of the Fall 2014 season at McCormick Gallery, in the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus. "Crossing Media," will feature the works of Lahib Jaddo.

MC Art Instructor and Gallery Director Michael Hubbard said, “Lahib Jaddo is an Iraqi-born visual artist based in Lubbock Texas, where she teaches Architecture at Texas Tech. Her paintings and mixed-media works span nearly three decades and explore the condition of identity, loss/belonging, and the cultural imaginary of the “homeland” through the specific lens of the Middle Eastern Diaspora artist.”

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 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Next truck driving course begins October 20 at MC

The Midland College Transportation Training Program provides individuals with the proper training in order to obtain a CDL License to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely within the rules and regulations set by the Department of Transportation. We offer a four-week program that is 160 hours and consists of instruction in the classroom. Training is provided in pre-trip, post-trip,and backing. The last 80 hours involve actual hands-on driving by the student.


Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Class A License with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples and Tankers.

Midland College's Professional Truck Driving program is an intensive four-week course scheduled from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The program is a total of 160 hours and is comprised of the following sections:


  • Orientation
  • CDL written test preparation
  • Control systems
  • Basic control
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Turning
  • Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Communications
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Cargo handling & documentation
  • Environmental issues
  • Accident procedures
  • Up to 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training
The next course begins Monday, October 20, 2014.
 
 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, October 20 - November 14, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
more information

Class enrollment is limited!

Applications for admission are accepted on a first-come, first-served bases according to the date of application.

Midland College Transportation Training
 Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue
Midland, Texas 79701
(432) 681-6318
(800) 474-7164 (toll-free)

Dennis McCampbell, Director of Transportation Training
(432) 681-6317
dmccampbell@midland.edu

Leticia Ramos, Data Specialist
(432) 681-6318
lramos@midland.edu

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 Thursday, September 25 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 


Treatsssssss, my precioussssss .... NOW, yesssssss

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
Wednesday, September 24 ... The Chemistry Club is hosting a bake sale with brownies, cup cakes, and other goodies. The bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. Proceeds will be used to help with conference costs.

Yessssssss .....


Newspaper offers preview of tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

JC VOLLEYBALL: MC vs. Western Texas College preview capsule

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparrals Midland get back into WJCAC play tonight after going 2-1 against non-conference opponents over the weekend ...

read the rest of this MRT report

 The match begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Western Texas College gymnasium, in Snyder.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Book Notes ...



Meet an Author


By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events


Many of you may have heard that Midlander Jimmy Patterson wrote a book about Midland that has just recently been published.

The book, entitled A History of Character: The Story of Midland, Texas, is now available at the MC Bookstore. Next Wednesday, October 1, Mr. Patterson will be in the foyer between the Carrasco Room and the Bookstore between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. for a book signing.

The public is cordially invited to come and meet Patterson, and join the celebration of his latest work. The Midland College Bookstore is located in the Dorothy and Clarence Scaharbauer, Jr. Student Center, in the northwest quarter of the MC main campus.


Save Some Money


From Walter Waller
Textbook Manager, Midland College Bookstore


Hello everyone,

We are giving 10% off to all MC students, faculty, and staff on Jimmy Patterson's book. The book is going to be $22.50 with the discount.

Please pass it on ... Thank you.


Meet Another Author, Have Lunch

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 12:00 noon 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.


"CPR / American Heart Association Basic Life Support" Course at MC Health Science CE

"CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support" is an American Heart Association-affiliated Health Care Provider Course, taught by an AHA-certified instructor, and available through MC's Health Science Continuing Education program.


EMSP 1019 - CPR / American Heart Association Basic Life Support

(HC01141Q)
Saturday, October 4th
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
more information



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.

Fundraisers this Week - Please Support Our Students

Hey everyone!

There are two fundraisers this week, and we need your help to spread the word.

Wednesday, September 24 ... The Chemistry Club will host a bake sale with brownies, cup cakes, and other goodies. The bake sale will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. Proceeds will be used to help with conference costs.

Thursday, September 25 ... The MC Student Government will host a Taco Thursday fundraiser. They are asking $5 per plate with tacos, chips and salsa. To-go containers will be available if you need a "carry-out." Taco Thursday will start at 11 a.m. in the MHAB Amistad Atrium. Proceeds will be used to send students to the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in Dallas, Texas.

Thank you so much for your support of Student Activities!

Sincerely,

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

In Memory ...

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The MC flag will fly at half staff through 12:00 noon on Wednesday in memory of Barbara O'Shaughnessy. Barbara and her husband Donald have contributed generously to MC and the Midland community. O'Shaughnessy Residence Hall and the O'Shaughnessy Presidential Suite in the Pevehouse Administration Building are named in recognition of their contributions.

Barbara passed away on Saturday, September 20. Her memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 24, at St. Ann's Catholic Church.

A tribute to Barbara can be found online at the Midland Reporter-Telegram.

Memorials may be directed to Midland Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund, Midland College Endowment Fund, Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas, or any entity involving the betterment and care of animals. You can make an online gift to MC in her memory at www.midlandcollegefoundation.org/gift .

MC Volleyball wins two of three matches on the road

JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps take two matches at Wharton

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

WHARTON, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball team won a pair of non-conference matches in straight sets on Saturday at Wharton County Junior College.

The Lady Chaps (5-12) opened the day with a 26-24, 25-20, 25-18 victory against Coastal Bend College, and then defeated Victoria College 25-15, 25-20, 25-20.

Midland College will return to Western Junior College Athletic Conference action at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday at Western Texas College in Snyder.

JC VOLLEYBALL: Wharton beats MC in 4 sets

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

WHARTON, TEXAS - Wharton County Junior College handed the Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball team a 25-13, 21-25, 25-15, 25-19 road defeat Friday in non-conference action.

Midland College falls to 3-12 this season. Deeann Greehey and Anne-Mari Kaur led the Lady Chaps with eight kills each. Sam Orta added 14 assists.

Midland College Statistics:

Kills: Anne-Mari Kaur 8, Deeann Greehey 8, Yahelis Villegas 7, Shelby Bartley 5.
Assists: Sam Orta 14, Sam Furtmann 13.
Digs: Orta 3, Greehey 5, Villegas 2, Aleana Crow 4, Ashley Rocha 3, Miya Price 1, Furtmann 2
Blocks: Orta 0.5, Greehey 1, Bartley 1.5, Villegas 2.5, Kaur 2.5, Reina Ray 1.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Chap Golfers - past and present - in the news

MRT File Photo by James Durbin
• LOCAL GOLF: Begnel wins Texas Mid-Am title

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HORSESHOE BAY, TEXAS - Former Midland College golfer Terence Begnel was the last man standing Sunday afternoon at the 31st annual Texas Mid-Amateur Championship.

Begnel, a 28-year-old Midlander, survived a four-hole playoff — during which he missed a one-foot putt that would’ve won it for him — to capture the Texas Golf Association championship at beautiful Escondido Golf & Lake Club ...

read the rest of this MRT report ... 




• LOCAL SPORTS: JC Golf

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ANDREWS, TEXAS - The final round of the 2014 Andrews Collegiate-Am at Andrews County Golf Club was rained out.

The first-round scores that were posted on Saturday will be the final round scores as Midland College's David Wicks (pictured at right) will be the tournament's medalist after shooting a 65 on Saturday.

Odessa College won the team title with a 271, and Midland College finished tied for third with Western Texas College at 278.


"Social Media" on MC Continuing Ed course schedule this fall

Learn the basic fundamentals of popular social media platforms of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Google+, and Instagram. In this course, you will learn how to use each program, how each differs from the other, and how to share your material. Additionally, you will learn how to blog and share your posts.

Social Media
9682141Q
Mondays, October 6th - 20th, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Room 134, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

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

REMINDER ... Upward Bound @ MC info session for high school students and their parents THIS WEEK


On Thursday, September 25, MC will host an information session for high school students and their parents who are interested in applying to the Upward Bound at Midland College program. The session will be held at 6:00 p.m. in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building located on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

MC Upward Bound Program Director Pervis Evans explained, “Upward Bound is a great college-prep opportunity for MISD students who may be challenged by finances and other obstacles. It is specifically targeted for low-income and first-generation-to-college students. Most of our students are recruited during their ninth-grade year. We provide them with support services, including tutoring, college tours and academic advising until they graduate from high school and begin college. There is no cost for the services.”

The program is funded to serve 50 students per year. In addition to the opportunities mentioned by Mr. Evans, Upward Bound also assists students with college selection and application, assistance in career planning, scholarships and financial aid to attend college.

Evans further stated, “The selection process requires an intense application, interview and 60-day probation period.”

For more information please visit www.midland.edu/upwardbound , or contact:

Pervis D. Evans
Director of Upward Bound at Midland College
(432) 686-4221
pevans@midland.edu



MC faculty and students to attend research conference


By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Five Midland College (MC) students and four faculty members will attend the annual Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Student Research Conference at The University of Texas at El Paso beginning this Thursday, September 25. Since 1993, LSAMP has sought to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

MC Chemistry Professor Dr. Thomas Ready explained, “Midland College has been participating in the LSAMP program for several years. There are only a few community colleges in the state that have student research programs. This week’s conference will highlight student research at major universities, as well as a handful of community colleges like MC. Each summer, several of our students are selected to attend LSAMP research academies, and three MC students will be presenting at this week’s conference.”

In addition to Dr. Ready, other faculty members who will be attending the conference are Chemistry Program Chair John Anderson, Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Pat Nandakumar and Chemistry Professor Dr. Julio Valladares.

MC students Virginia Anderson and Marina Nagassa will present findings of their research projects. Matthew (Staley) Anderson, an MC student who was selected to attend a summer research program at Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule in Zϋrich, Switzerland, will present a report on the work conducted while he was in Switzerland. Other students attending include Xuan Ding and Modupe Adesemoye who are currently conducting research at MC.