Friday, October 9, 2015

Transfer Q&A: Dallas Baptist University rep to visit MC Campus

Do you have questions about transferring to Dallas Baptist University?
Want to know more about our programs?
Not sure what’s required for admission?

A representative of DALLAS BAPTIST UNIVERSITY will be visiting YOUR area!

Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to DBU

For more information about transfer studies at Midland College, contact:

Tana Baker, Advisor
(432) 685-4781 

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

From Terry L. Gilmour
Professor of Government

On behalf of Student Government, a HUGE thank you to everyone that participated in our National Student Day pet food/toy drive benefitting the Lone Star Sanctuary. It was a big success with $592.00 being raised and a big Yukon filled to the top with food, toys, and supplies. They were overwhelmed with the collection. And, a couple of the doggies that they brought are being adopted!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A "Texas-size" appeal for helping hands

The following is a special appeal to Midland College students and student groups from Kathleen Kirwan-Haynie, Development Director of Senior Link Midland, as they prepare for the 2016 edition of the Texas-Size Garage Sale taking place next week in Midland.

Hello and Happy October,

The Texas- Size Garage Sale relies on the many student volunteers each year to make this a successful fundraiser and we hope that Midland College students will sign up to help us again this year!

Each weekday, 500 homebound elderly receive a hot nutritious lunch and a friendly visit from a Meals On Wheels volunteer…this happens over 130,000 times a year. To help fund about 1/3 of those lunches, Meals On Wheels benefits from the Texas Size Garage Sale. Throughout the year, folks drop off their ‘garage sale’ items and our team of 60 volunteers stocks them in our 25,000 square foot warehouse at 407 E. Scharbauer (just east of Super Mercado and has the ‘interesting’ mural).

This Oct. 16 –18, we will open the doors to the public for the 26th annual sale. As you know, volunteer students from local high schools and colleges have played a big role in helping make this event possible by serving as cashiers, asst. cashiers and with loading and carrying customer purchases.

There are several shifts each day to accommodate students’ schedules (copies attached). If you would like, I’d be glad to visit with the group about this opportunity to see philanthropy in action. And if some would like to sign up, please use the attached forms and return to me by Wednesday, Oct. 14th. If a student’s schedule changes and they are available, please encourage them to come on out! We can give Community Service hours for Texas Scholars and Teen Court as well.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thanks to you and your group for your consideration!

Kathleen Kirwan-Haynie, Development Director
Senior Link Midland
3301 Sinclair Avenue, Midland, TX 79707
(432) 689-6693

Advisory from the MCPD ...

From Midland College Police Chief Richard McKee ... “Flood Warning for the Midland/Odessa area until 4:00 p.m. CDT. Avoid areas prone to flooding.

Turn around don't drown.

Also the Midland College Police Department is available to assist with any issues on campus and can be reached 24/7 at (432) 685-4734.”

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

Transfer Q&A: University of Texas - Permian Basin rep to visit MC campus

Do you have questions about transferring to University of Texas for the Permian Basin?
Want to know more about our programs?
Not sure what’s required for admission?

A representative of UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR THE PERMIAN BASIN will be visiting Your College!

Date: Monday, October 12, 2015
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to UTPB

Lady Chap Volleyball drops home match to Frank Phillips College

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps in a funk after loss to Frank Phillips

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - It was evident that Midland College volleyball sophomore middle blocker Shelby Bartley is feeling the frustration of a three-match losing streak in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

She tried to hold back the tears after her Midland College volleyball team lost in straight sets to No. 18 Frank Phillips College 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 at Chaparral Center.

“It’s frustrating because I know we’re capable of winning,” said Bartley ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

CLICK HERE for a collection of photos from Wednesday night's volleyball match between Midland College and Frank Phillips College at Chaparral Center, by the MRT's James Durbin.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

MC to participate in National Moment of Silence Thursday

Midland College to participate in National Moment of Silence honoring victims of the shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon

Midland College (MC) will be joining with other institutions of higher education throughout the nation in a National Moment of Silence on Thursday, October 8, at 1:00 p.m. (Central Time). The moment of silence is being coordinated by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC).

AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s community colleges representing nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree–granting institutions and more than 13 million students.

Midland College President Dr. Steve Thomas is asking MC employees and students to observe the National Moment of Silence in classrooms and offices at all MC locations.

Thomas said, “We were deeply saddened to learn of the tragic events of last Thursday at Umpqua Community College. We want our colleagues at Umpqua to know that we stand with them as they begin the process of healing their campus community.”

Also as a show of solidarity and support, Midland College is participating in a nationwide social media campaign by using the #IamUCC hashtag via Facebook and Twitter.


MC Vocational Nursing Grads - 100% pass rate

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

For the second year in a row, all Midland College (MC) Vocational Nursing graduates have passed the National Council Licensure Exam for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN). These graduates are now ready for employment in the healthcare field; a few of them are also continuing their studies to become registered nurses.

Midland College offers Vocational Nursing Programs on the main campus and through the MC Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Ft. Stockton.

The Vocational Nursing Program is a one-year (12 month) program leading to a certificate. Satisfactory completion of the program qualifies the individual to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN), which in turn, allows the individual to become licensed to practice as a vocational nurse. The curriculum prepares graduates to work in an acute or long term care facility, nursing agency or physician’s office.

Darla Poole, chair of MC’s Vocational Nursing program, said, “More and more people are going into the nursing field these days, and for many of them seeking licensure as Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) is a good way to get into nursing. However, to become an LVN, a person must first pass the NCLEX test. This test is given all over the country, and all 50 states require vocational nursing graduates to pass it before being licensed. It is a rigorous test of nursing skills and can take up to five hours to complete. We are very proud of our 2015 vocational nursing class and know that they will all enjoy successful and rewarding careers as healthcare providers.”

Poole stated that the Class of 2016 is also on track for a great year with 20 nursing students that began the program in August—10 students are on the main MC campus and 10 students are at the Fort Stockton campus.

For more information about the Vocational Nursing program, please visit or call (432) 685-4600.

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: No. 18 Frank Phillips at Midland College today

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball looks to bounce back after losing straight sets in WJCAC play, including a five-set thriller to Odessa College one week ago. ... Frank Phillips comes in with the best overall record in the WJCAC but trails by a match to OC in district standings ...

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From Forrest Allen, MC Athletic Director: Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 7th is our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night event at the MC volleyball match.

Midland College will host Frank Phillips College in a 7:00 p.m. contest, so we need everyone there by 6:40 p.m. for our commemorative group photos, including the competing teams. We want to start the match by 7:00 p.m. or as close as possible in order to avoid inconveniencing our friends from Borger (FPC) and the match officials.

Wear pink and join us
on Wednesday
at 6:40 p.m.

One of the perqs to coming in early ...

... is a chance to enjoy a West Texas sunrise over the campus of Your College ...

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Midland College Volleyball, Breast Cancer Awareness Night

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Just a reminder that Wednesday, October 7th is our annual Breast Cancer Awareness Night event at the MC volleyball match.

Midland College will host Frank Phillips College in a 7:00 p.m. contest, so we need everyone there by 6:40 p.m. for our commemorative group photos, including the competing teams. We want to start the match by 7:00 p.m. or as close as possible in order to avoid inconveniencing our friends from Borger (FPC) and the match officials.

Wear pink and join us
on Wednesday
at 6:40 p.m.

MC to observe National Student Day this Thursday

From Terry L. Gilmour
Professor of Government

I know how many of you love your furry, 4-legged friends – so, please help the students in Student Government collect items to benefit the Lone Star Sanctuary this week. Items collected benefit those animals waiting for a permanent home. There is a collection area for dog/cat food, toys, collars, blankets (gently used is fine) in the MHAB atrium. Lone Star will be here on Thursday morning with a couple of their animals and we will be collecting cash donations that morning from 9-12:30. Thanks so much!

October 8 is National Student Day, a day for students to give back to the community.

Midland College Student Government has chosen the Lone Star Sanctuary as the organization they would like to help. Between now and Thursday, October 8 they will be collecting blankets, collars, toys and food for dogs and cats. The drop off location is in the Marie Hall Atrium by room 101 – there is a huge poster, you can’t miss it!

On Thursday, Oct. 8 between 9:00-1:00, they will also be collecting cash donations and Lone Star should have some of their furry friends there between 9:00-11:00.

If you are an animal lover, we invite you to help in our collection/fundraising. If you would like to donate before next Thursday, you can drop off your check to Jan Johnston in the Student Center or give it to me here in MHAB #160 and the toys, etc. can be dropped off anytime. Last year we raised over $350, so we would like to break our record!


Terry L. Gilmour
Professor of Government / Honors Program - Director
(432) 685-6816

Monday, October 5, 2015

Get a touch of PINK at MC

MC File Photo

From J. Michael Fields 
Program Chair of Cosmetology

The MC Cosmetology Program is once gain offering temporary pink hair extensions for a five dollar donation to Breast Cancer awareness, exact change would be appreciated.

We offer them Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If these times do not work for you just contact me through email or call me 685-6723 and we will work out a time. We brought in $1,000.00 dollars last year and would like to bring in $1,500.00 this year.

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

Let's get frenzied ... and boost Lady Chap Baketball

Dear Lady Chap Supporter –

The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team has once again hit the court running and preparing for the 2015-2016 season. The Lady Chaps look forward to the season and would like to ask for your support. Expectations are high and we are hoping that you will join us for the challenges and excitement that lie ahead.

While the Lady Chap Basketball Program has enjoyed great success, this annual fundraising effort helps to enhance our program. It is not only the players and the coaches on the court, but people like YOU that make a difference. The Lady Chaps will be hosting the 13th Annual Free Throw Frenzy on Sunday, October 25th at 2:00pm in the PE building. Funds raised will help the Lady Chap basketball program with its many financial needs they encounter throughout the season and in the future. Please consider sponsoring a Lady Chap and thank you for your support in advance.

The Free Throw Frenzy will be held in the P.E. building at Midland College. Each individual Lady Chap player will be shooting a total of 100 free throws. Now here’s your challenge…you may make a pledge toward every made free throw that the player completes out of 100 attempts. Please complete and return this form right away (downloadable/printable Adobe .pdf file) ! If you happen to miss the date and/or cannot attend the Free Throw Frenzy, we welcome any donation you would like to offer!

Ginger Gatliff

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
(432) 685-6469

Midland College now accepting submissions for history publication

• Final date for paper submission is January 11, 2016

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The West Texas Journal of History is now accepting submissions for its 2016 edition, volume 1, number 4. Chosen papers will be presented April 2, 2016, at the West Texas Symposium of History on the main campus of Midland College. The journal subsequently will be published in May.

Papers may cover any subject in a historical perspective—traditional history, political science, literature, archaeology, philosophy and the teaching of these areas. The West Texas Journal of History and accompanying symposium are designed to showcase faculty at community colleges and lower-division branches of universities in Texas, as well as graduate students at universities. The journal is refereed.

The journal and symposium were established in 2011 through an endowed gift from Paula and Jim Henry. In addition, the Henry gift also established the Midland College Henry Chair of History—a position originally held by Dr. William Morris until his retirement this past spring.

In January 2011, Paula Henry stated, “The gift is our way of honoring Midland College and Dr. Morris for their tireless efforts to keep academic standards first rate.”

For the past three years, Midland College has published the West Texas Journal of History, and papers in the journal are presented at the West Texas Symposium of History. The new Henry Chair of History is Paula Marshall-Gray, Ph.D., who teaches history, anthropology and archaeology at Midland College.

Marshall-Gray said, “We plan to continue the tradition established by Dr. Morris so that community college faculty and staff from across Texas and New Mexico will have an opportunity to publish and present articles of historical significance.”

Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray, or 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705. Authors of the articles chosen for presentation and publication will receive expenses and an honorarium. Final date for paper submission is January 11, 2016.

Last call for donuts!

The Upward Bound Krispy Kremes FUNdraiser is in its final day! There's still time for you to order donuts and raise funds for Upward Bound ... BUT NOT MUCH !!!

By Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director

You know you deserve a "back-to-school" treat! Purchase some fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and help Upward Bound raise some dough, at the same time!

Once again, it’s time for the Upward Bound Krispy Kremes FUNdraiser! We are taking orders from now until noon Monday, 10/5/2015. You may order boxes of either glazed or chocolate (no mixed) for a donation of only $8 per dozen.

For pre-orders, please bring or securely send your funds to the Upward Bound Office at 3600 N. Garfield, Portable Building #6 (next to tennis courts). Make checks or money orders payable to "Midland College Upward Bound Parent Coalition."

Your donuts will be ready for pick-up in the Student Lounge area of the Scharbauer Student Center between 8:30-10:00 am on Monday, 10/12/15, and if you need delivery on campus, please let us know in advance.

For more information, contact us at (432) 686-4215, or ... and as always, THANKS for supporting the BEST pre-college program around ... Upward Bound!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

In Memory ...

American flags at all MC locations will fly at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday, October 6, to honor the victims of the shootings at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

The U.S. Presidential proclamation is below:

Presidential Proclamation: Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon


As a mark of respect for the victims of gun violence perpetrated on October 1, 2015, in Roseburg, Oregon, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, October 6, 2015. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of October, in the year of our Lord two thousand fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth.


Friday, October 2, 2015

MC to co-host Sexual Assault Investigation Conference

• October 21st event to take place at MC's Advanced Technology Center

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Statistics indicate that 6.3 million Texans have experienced some form of sexual assault in their lifetime. In an effort to inform the Midland community about crimes of sexual assault and domestic violence, Midland College (MC) is partnering with the Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center for a one-day conference. Attorneys, law enforcement personnel, social workers, psychologists, counselors, health professionals and others are invited to this professional development opportunity.

The Sexual Assault Investigation Conference will be presented by Anne Munch, who is an attorney with 27 years of experience as a career prosecutor and advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. As a subject matter expert for the U.S. Air Force, the U. S. Army and the U.S. Navy, Munch has worked extensively on the development of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs in the military.

Lyndolyn Pervier, MC director of Workforce Continuing Education, said, “We have been working with the Midland Rape Crisis and Children’s Advocacy Center for several months to bring a speaker who could relate to a wide group of professionals regarding sexual assault. We chose Ms. Munch because of her enthusiasm and passion for her work. She understands the complexity of crimes involving violence against women and the inherent challenges faced by victims.”

The following topics will be covered:

Sexual Assault: Naming the Unnamed Conspirator
Sex Offenders: Who They Are and How They Operate
“When Fear is in the Room, Consent is Not”: The Basics of Trauma
How Trauma Affects the Victim, the Investigation and the Interview
The Trauma Informed Interview
Meeting the Consent Defense in Sexual Assault Cases

The conference will be held on Wednesday, October 21, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 W. Cuthbert (corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert in Midland). Pre-registration is required. Conference fee is $15, which includes lunch, handouts and professional continuing education credits provided by Midland College and Midland Memorial Hospital. Attorneys and law enforcement personnel should register at or call (432) 681-6335. All others may register at or call (432) 681-6305.