Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plan ahead, register now for "Massage Therapy" courses, this fall at MC Health Science CE

Massage Therapy can be a rewarding career with flexibility to work in settings such as medical office, sports clinics, day spa, and resort spa or a home business. Our Massage Therapy Program provides classroom instruction, clinicals and internship. The program is two semesters, with classes held in the evenings (T/W/TH) and weekend days.

Massage Therapy Courses
September - December
Instructor: Doris "Dolly" Thompson
more information, and register online ...



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

Matt Isbell to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Matt Isbell of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Isbell in performance, on a cigar box guitar ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf isbellXMAKE & PLAY: CIGAR-BOX GUITAR BUILDING
Made Possible by Wolf Energy
By Matt Isbell
2:30-3:30 PM, Ages: 8+
Doubletree Parlor 1109
Min: 1 Max: 6
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will assemble an acoustic cigar-box guitar from pre-prepped components the first half of the workshop and be led in a group jam the last half with furnished bottleneck slides. Attendees will keep both the guitar and the bottleneck slides, hand-built by Memphis-based slide and cigar-box guitar maker, Matt Isbell. No heavy or electric equipment will be used during the construction phase of the workshop.
What to Bring: An interest in handmade, simple instruments

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

REMINDER ... MC Offering Summer 2015 Travel Course to France


Midland College is pleased to announce another travel/study course scheduled for June 2015. The 9-day Humanities Trip, led by MC English Professor Dr. Pamela Howell, will include a tour of France with stops in Paris, Provence and Nice (Coté d’Azur region).

"Just a reminder that the June 2015 Trip to France is still open for you and friends," said Dr. Howell. "The prices listed on the website are good until August 1, 2014, and are billed. Friends from other cities can join ... they will just have a different departure point and adjusted fees to that departure city if they don't fly out of Midland."

The all-inclusive journey includes daily breakfast and dinner, Paris Metro Round-Trip Ticket, a French cooking lesson, a Seine dinner cruise and a Pétanque lesson.  In addition, the trip will encompass guided tours of Paris, the Louvre, Versailles chateau and gardens, the Eiffel Tower, Pont du Gard, Nimes Roman Arena and the Aigues-Mortes Ramparts.


Participants will depart Midland on June 1.  June 2-4 will be spent in Paris, June 5 in Provence and June 7-8 in Nice.  The trip concludes on June 9 with a flight back to Midland.

The tour cost is $4,629 per traveler. This rate includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and dinner, and all cultural activities and tours listed above; an automatic payment plan of $514 per month is offered. Optional extensions and extra nights are also available.

Optional college credit with some additional coursework is offered for English 2332 (World Literature I) and English 2333 (World Literature II).

Dr. Howell has been leading successful travel/study trips every-other summer for several years.  Her most recent trip included the British Isles in summer 2013.

Howell explained, “The trips are a fabulous way to experience the culture, literature, art and history of other countries.  While this trip does include many guided tours, there will also be ample free time for participants to enjoy the sights and sounds of France on their own.”

Those interested may contact Dr. Howell at (432) 685-4628 or prhowell@midland.edu

Merci!

Pamela R. Howell, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Midland College
Midland, TX  79701
(432) 685.4628

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn more about the Railroad Commission ... with help from the Midland College PPDC

From MC's Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) ... an opportunity to learn more about the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry.

Understanding and Filing of Railroad Commission Forms and Procedures
G193134Q
Instructor: Linda Derryberry
Tuesday, July 29
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This class is designed for the student whose business requires a working knowledge of the Railroad Commission of Texas forms and filing procedures. The class will cover an overview of the basic forms required for compliance with the Railroad Commission of Texas and will afford each participant opportunities to ask questions

Railroad Commission Gas Well Regulation
G196134Q
Instructor: Dorsey Tidwell
Wednesday, July 30
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Primary objectives of the course are to provide an overall understanding of the Commission's regulatory scheme related to gas wells while providing everyday examples of filing requirements. Providing practical applications of increased knowledge of gas proration requirements is the primary focus of the class. Online filing of completion forms and production reports will not be covered.



For more information about these and other
Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

Tas Cru to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Tas Cru of New York is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Cru in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf cruXWRITE YOUR BEST SONG SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
By Tas Cru
Made possible by Roger & Lynne Clark
1-2 PM, Ages: 10+
Min: 2 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will learn about developing meaningful song topics, utilizing traditional and non-traditional blues song structures and making words work with rhythm and rhyme. Performance and song content are only part of what makes a good song, so 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive recipient, Tas Cru, will help songwriters craft lyrics that make their songs engaging and memorable in this interactive workshop. Participants will leave with a solid working draft of their own blues song.
What to Bring: Song ideas and drafts of working lyrics. Participants that also play guitar or use a guitar as a songwriting tool are welcome to bring their guitar, but not required

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

What a difference a week can make ...

Here's what I saw this morning, walking past the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building on the way to my office. It's the same spot I photographed and shared with you seven days ago. What a difference seven days can make ... I think that rain we had last week really helped things along ...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ted Drozdowski to perform - AND TEACH - slide guitar at Tall City Blues Fest

Ted Drozdowski of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Drozdowski in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf drozdowskiXSLIDE GUITAR BASICS
By Ted Drozdowski
Made possible by Peyton's Bikes
11:15 AM -12:15 PM, Ages: 14+
Min: 2 Max: 20
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Ever wonder how Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Son House and other greats make their guitars whinny like horses on the Brazos or cry like a lost calf in the back 40? Learn how to play slide guitar in a few easy steps. This workshop will cover slide selection and materials, the two traditional styles of open tuning and essential tips for using a slide along with basic finger picking. Designed for beginning slide players and fans who want to know more about the magical sound of slide. A handout on basic open tunings will be provided.
What to Bring: An electric or acoustic guitar and a slide

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops
CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)


Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Free "HAZWOPER" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

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

HAZWOPER 40-Hour
I069134Q
July 28 - August 1
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
more information, and register online

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



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.

Take a closer look at Your College, tomorrow night

Midland College offers open house for Biology and Health Sciences

Tuesday, July 22
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Midland College Campus
Davidson Lecture Hall, Davidson Family Health Sciences Building
(enter near the ambulance)

Midland College (MC) is hosting a special night to showcase biology and health sciences programs. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the public is invited to visit MC and learn more about the exciting careers available in both biological sciences and health sciences. The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Davidson Family Health Sciences Building Lecture Hall (building closest to the tennis courts), and then participants will have an opportunity to meet the instructors, tour the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center and visit the state-of-the-art MC anatomy and physiology lab and microbiology lab.

MC Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade explained, “We are doing so many exciting things in our sciences programs. For example, we are one of only a handful of community colleges in the nation who allow students to participate in faculty-led research projects. We also have articulation agreements with major Texas universities, and through the generosity of the Midland community, there are wonderful Midland College scholarships available for students pursuing careers in biology and health-related fields.”

Those attending the event will get to see demonstrations in MC’s high-tech medical simulation center. The center has the look and feel of a hospital and allows students who are enrolled in nursing, respiratory care, sonography and emergency medicine programs to perform real-life clinical situations on highly sophisticated manikins that breathe, talk and even give birth!

High school students, incoming Midland College students and family members are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Margaret Wade, Dean of Mathematics and Science
(432) 685-4615
mwade@midland.edu

Carmen Edwards, Associate Degree Nursing Director
(432) 686-4822
cedwards@midland.edu

Notice on MC food services for July 21

From Jennie Fuls
Food Services Director

The Snack Bar in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center will be opened today, Monday, July 21st!.

Thanks, Jennie

SUMMER HOURS at the Snack Bar:

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
 
For additional information contact:

Great Western Dining
(432) 685-4263

gwestern@midland.edu

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Castro Coleman to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Castro Coleman (aka: Mr. Sipp) of Mississippi is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Mr. Sipp in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf colemanXFINDING JOY IN THE BLUES
Made possible by D.L. Taylor's Consulting
By Castro Coleman, aka: Mr. Sipp
11:30 AM -12:30 PM, Ages: 6-12
Min: 2 Max: 24
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants in this workshop will learn the fun, happy side of the blues, how it has come full circle, including how it started and where it is today. Taught by the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner, Castro Coleman, he will also show participants how the music of today has evolved from the blues. This workshop will include both a presentation, as well as an interactive follow-along jam.
What to Bring: A curiosity about the blues

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Annika Chambers to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Annika Chambers of Houston is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Chambers in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf chambersXUNLEASHING THE POWER OF STAGE PRESENCE
By Annika Chambers
Made possible by Printer Solutions
12:45-1:45 PM, Ages: 10+
Min: 4 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

This workshop is not theory, chock-full with silly tips and tricks, but rather an interactive workshop where you will learn simple changes that can bolster your confidence while performing and help you better understand how to engage your audiences. Designed for those that are already performing and would like to hone their stage presence skills or for those contemplating performing and need some basic pointers.
What to Bring: Enthusiasm and an open mind

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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

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


CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support

(HC11134Q)
Saturday, August 2nd
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.

Ted Drozdowski to perform - AND TEACH - the diddly bow at Tall City Blues Fest

Ted Drozdowski of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Drozdowski in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf drozdowskiXMAKE & PLAY: DIDDLEY BOW BUILDING
By Ted Drozdowski
Made possible by Midland Root Beer
10-11 AM, Ages: 8+
Min: 1 Max: 6
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will assemble a primitive one-string diddley bow made from a can, a piece of wood, nails and a wire. Muddy Waters, Jessie Mae Hemphill and countless other blues greats learned to play on an instrument like this. After constructing the instrument, which participants will keep, they will get a lesson in playing one-string Mississippi twang with slides provided by Rocky Mountain Slides. Strings are furnished courtesy of GHS Strings.
What to Bring: An interest in roots instruments

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

YOU can be an important part of the 2014 MC Volleyball season

From Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball season is approaching and as usual I am always looking for individuals who can help with our home events. The first event of the year is the Midland College Kickoff Classic [August 22-23] and we'd like to start getting people in place to help out. Anyone who has knowledge of volleyball is highly valued as we are looking for people who can work as linesmen, scorers, libero trackers and statisticians for this season.

These are paid positions which are primarily on weekends (two tournaments) and a few week nights.

Forrest Allen, MC Athletic Director
(432) 685-6436
fallen@midland.edu

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

REMINDER - Campus CLOSED Friday, July 25, for Emergency Response Drill

The Midland College main campus will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

The Midland College (MC) Police Department, in conjunction with several local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting an emergency response drill on Friday, July 25, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The drill will take place on the MC main campus located at 3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland.

No live ammunition will be used during this event; however, law enforcement officials will be setting a perimeter around the school for the safety of all involved and ask that the public avoid the area during the drill. The City of Midland will notify residents in the area of the school prior to the drill.

“We engaged in a similar drill at Midland High School last summer,” explained MC Police Chief Richard McKee. “This year the participating law enforcement agencies decided to run the exercise on the MC campus, which encompasses more acreage and several buildings. Our goal is to run through simulated emergency response exercises. We will then immediately initiate our emergency alert system and shelter-in-place procedures throughout the campus. The drill will involve containment and apprehension, securing all buildings and tending to the injured as quickly as possible.”

Other local law enforcement agencies participating in the drill include the Midland Police Department, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Midland Independent School District Police Department, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department, the Midland Fire Department and the Midland County Emergency Management & Fire Marshall’s Office.


Adam Gussow to perform - AND TEACH - blues harmonica at Tall City Blues Fest

Adam Gussow of Mississippi is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Gussow in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf gussowXBEGINNER BLUES HARMONICA
By Adam Gussow
Made possible by Susan, Bill & Pancho Blair Armstrong
10-11 AM, Ages: 14+
Min: 2 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

If you've always wanted to learn how to play blues harmonica, commonly referred to as a “harp” for its reference to being a mouth harp, this workshop will open the door and walk you through. You'll learn how to hold the harp, how to make single notes and chords, how to play a basic train rhythm and how to bend and warble. Handouts will be provided. Beginner harmonicas in the key of C provided courtesy of Hohner Harmonicas. Participants are also welcome to bring their own harmonicas, as long as they are in the key of C.
What to Bring: An interest in playing harmonica.

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Standing tall ...

Sunflowers under "The Learning Tree" ... another spot of summer color on my walk across the MC campus each morning, passing the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building on the way to my office ...


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do.”

― Helen Keller