Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Midland College partners with area nonprofit agencies for West Texas Conference on Aging


• Early registration discount offered through February 24

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Tuesday, March 7, Midland College (MC) will once again partner with various nonprofit agencies to offer the annual West Texas Conference on Aging. MC is licensed to offer 7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to participants. The conference will be held at First Baptist Church, 2104 W. Louisiana, in Midland from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Early registration fee of $50 is available until February 24. Registration fee after February 24 is $75.

The keynote speaker is Scott Abel, who will bring his perspectives of “Ethical Leadership” to the audience. Abel, who lives in the Austin area and works for state government, is a published author and public speaker. He has a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Texas Wesleyan University, but says he is “a rabid, life-long fan of the TCU Horned Frogs.” In his spare time, he is assisted by his wife and two daughters in “searching for the perfect combination of chocolate and peanut butter.”

Scheduled breakout sessions include:
    Aphasia, presented by Beth Crawford
    Leading a Multi-Generational Workforce, presented by Scott Abel
    Life after Menopause?, presented by Leslie Chupp, M.D.
    Savvy Shopper, presented by Heather Massey

“This is our 19th year to host this one-day conference for Permian Basin residents,” said Wendy Wood Collins, director of MC Health Sciences Continuing Education. “The conference is for anyone who wants to know more about the aging process, how to communicate with senior citizens and issues facing older Americans. We especially encourage social workers, marriage and family therapists, professional counselors, chemical dependency counselors, long-term care activity directors, certified nurse aides and other geriatric-centered healthcare professionals to attend.”

Registration is available online at www.midland.edu/hsce or by phone, (432) 681-6354. For more information, contact the Midland College department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at kdaw@midland.edu

Book Returns Have Started ... Pass It On

Hi,

This is just to let everyone know that the Midland College Bookstore has started to return books and get ready for Summer and Fall.

Please pass this on so students know this has begun and can come get any books they may still need.

If a student still needs a book but does not have the funds right now they can come to the bookstore and we will hold it for them.

We are not returning Flex class books.

Thank you,

Walter Waller, Text Book Manager
Midland College Bookstore
(432) 685-6460
wwaller@midland.edu

FREE Tax Preparation Clinic at MC


By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC is partnering with Casa de Amigos and United Way of Midland to offer FREE tax preparation services at the Cogdell Learning Center and the main campus. The services are available to MC students and employees who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a federal tax credit for low and moderate-income working people (households with income of less than $53,000).



Visiting artist Jim Arendt to present mid-day lecture at MC

Jim Arendt Artist Talk
Thursday, February 23, 1:00 p.m.
Room 140, Allison Fine Arts Building (AFA)

Visiting artist Jim Arendt, whose work is currently on view in the McCormick Gallery, will offer a free public lecture, Thursday, February 23. If you've passed through the gallery in recent weeks and found yourself impressed or baffled by the art on view there, please join us Thursday afternoon to learn more about this artist's work.

The lecture will take place in the Choir Room, AFA140 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

REMINDER ... Arendt will also be on hand for a reception closing his "Something from Nothing" exhibit, Thursday evening at McCormick Galley. CLICK HERE for more information about the reception.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

REMINDER ... Transfer Fair is TOMORROW at MC

Midland College has invited 4-year universities to attend our Transfer Fair on Wednesday, February 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Amistad Atrium of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), on the MC main campus.

Free pizza for students that attend.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Elsa Barrandey
(432) 685-4370
elsa@midland.edu

MC students participate in Community College Day at state capitol

Courtesy Photo
• Community colleges are the largest sector of Texas higher education

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Tuesday, February 7, Midland College (MC) was well represented at the Texas Legislature in Austin as 17 students participated in Community College Day.

MC students were among the approximately 2,000 representatives from the state’s 50 community colleges who were greeted by state legislators. Students were welcomed inside the Capitol, where they had the opportunity to visit the House and Senate galleries and meet with lawmakers about the impact community colleges have made on their lives.

“Each of our students has a story tell and it is important for our legislators to see that first-hand,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “Community colleges have no better advocates than our students.”

MC students spoke to state legislators, including Representative Tom Craddick (at left in the photo below) and Senator Kel Seliger (at right), about the need for community college funding to meet the state’s growing demand for a community college education.

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Community colleges are the largest sector of Texas higher education with more than 700,000 students enrolled in Texas public community colleges in Fall 2016. This includes approximately 125,000 Texas high school students who are enrolled in dual credit courses at community colleges. Seventy percent of first-time college students in Texas begin their college education at a community college.

According to the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), Texas taxpayers see a 6.9 percent rate of return on their investment in community colleges, and 95 percent of community college students remain in the state, keeping taxpayers’ investment in Texas.

MC students attending the 2017 Texas Legislature Community College day were Anna Alarcon, Matt Abplanap, Jessica Cardenas, Avery Carrasco, Andrea Despain, Jaycee Fisher, Sergio Gonzalez, Cinthya Herrera, Kayleigh Loftin, Isabel Luna, Alehandra Madrid, Mallory Matthew, Rebecca McAdoo, Amy Pertile, Jolene Senters, Rebecca Turner and James Wooten. They were accompanied by Dr. Thomas, as well as MC Government Professor Dr. Terry Gilmour and MC Student Activities Coordinator Taneekwa Ross-Hurdle.

MC now accepting applications for 2017 graduation speaker

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
• Deadline for applications is March 3

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Graduation Committee at Midland College is seeking applications for graduating students to be this year’s speaker at MC’s 44th Commencement Ceremony.

The link to the online application is available at www.midland.edu/graduate .

Only those students who complete an application will be considered for this honor. Deadline is Friday, March 3.

We appreciate your help in spreading the word to our students about this opportunity.

Chaps fall to Frank Phillips College

• JC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Chaps’ woes continue in loss to last-place FPC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball coach Jordan Dreiling admits he never thought his team would struggle like it has during Western Junior College Athletic Conference play.

The Chaparrals continued their downward spiral when it fell 79-74 to last-place Frank Phillips College at Chaparral Center on Monday ...

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MC offers travel/study course this summer in Washington, DC

• Hands-on experience at sites associated with U.S. government and development

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This summer, Midland College (MC) students will have an opportunity to earn six hours of college credit while studying history, government and/or geography in the Washington, DC area. From July 10-15, MC will provide students with an opportunity to tour sites in and near the nation’s capital such as The Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings, the White House, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian and other areas of interest.

Students may enroll in one or two of the following courses for this unique hands-on travel/study opportunity:
GEOG 1303: World Regional Geography (7020613F)
GOVT 2305: Federal Government (7044163F)
HIST 1301: United States History I (7030163F)
HIST 1302: United States History II (7035163F)

In addition to the travel component, students will also be required to participate in online instruction and complete online assignments, quizzes and exams. The online classes run June 5-July 27.

“In previous summers, we have offered similar travel/study courses, and we are happy that we are able to provide this experience once again,” explained Mike Makowsky, MC department chair of Social Sciences. “The purpose of the Geography/Government/History travel course is to provide students with hands-on experiences at some of the principal sites associated with U.S. development and government.”

Trip cost is $1,500, which includes airfare, lodging and museum/exhibit entry fees. A $500 deposit is required by March 23, with full payment for the trip payable by April 23. Students will also need to be responsible for meals, ground transportation, insurance and other personal expenses, plus applicable Midland College tuition, fees and textbooks.

For more information, contact Mr. Makowsky at (432) 685-6828, mmakowsky@midland.edu.

Lady Chaps win final home match of the season

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps roll over FPC, clinch regional berth

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The No. 21-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team had a little extra incentive playing Frank Phillips College on Monday night.

It not only was the last home game of the season and last game for the sophomores ever on the Chaparral Center court, but it was an opportunity to clinch a postseason spot ...

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Monday, February 20, 2017

MC offers EPA/HUD lead paint certification for building trades

• Friday, February 24, at the MC Advanced Technology Center

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

New this semester, the Midland College (MC) Workforce Continuing Education department is offering professional development opportunities for painting contractors, floor installers, window installers, renovation contractors and supervisors that meet requirements and certification guidelines of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Texas Department of State Health Services Toxic Substance Control Division and the Environmental Protection Agency.

On Friday, February 24, Lead Paint Initial Certification is scheduled from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. at the convenient location of the MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC), 3200 W. Cuthbert (corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert, next to Furr’s Cafeteria). Course fee is $365.

“This course is just one of several certification courses that we will offer through May,” explained Elizabeth Wall, open enrollment coordinator for MC Workforce Continuing Education. “Previously, workers had to travel to Houston or El Paso for the requirements and would incur travel costs, hotel costs and daily expenses. We are finding that people are responding positively to having the opportunity to receive this mandated training locally in Midland, and we have had specific requests from City of Midland officials to offer the training.”

Wall said that the courses contain information such as medical requirements, air monitoring and AHERA (Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act of 1986).

The certification courses and seminars will be offered at various times through the middle of May. Tuition and fees range from $265 to $800 depending on course/seminar length.

To obtain more information, visit www.midland.edu/wfce or contact Elizabeth Wall at (432) 681-6301, ewall@midland.edu.

Closing reception for "Something from Nothing" art exhibit at McCormick Gallery

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
• Exhibit will close on Friday, February 24

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, February 23, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., the public is invited to the closing reception for the art exhibit currently hanging in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery on the main Midland College (MC) campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

Mr. Arendt’s unique work is primarily composed of cut denim combined with other material and is a collection of narrative figure painting, drawing, prints, fabric and sculpture. He describes his work as being influenced “by the radical reshaping of the rural and industrial landscapes in which he was raised.”

In his artist statement, Arendt writes, “Art making is a way for me to explore our changing relationship with labor. My research focuses on transitions in macroeconomic structures through the lens of their effects on individual lives, communities and worker’s relationships to the structures of labor itself.

“I’ve paid witness to the demise of opportunities to engage in meaningful work and seen cities ravaged by the absence of industry. As the landscape of work and labor continue to shift around us, I use art making as a way to investigate how the division of labor and alienation from work has impacted individual lives. My early engagement with work that was whole and undivided has left me with a persistent feeling that our present economic configuration has alienated most of us from the finest use of our skills.”

Arendt’s work has been exhibited internationally in numerous group and solo shows. Recently Arendt was short-listed for the 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art and received the South Carolina Arts Commission Visual Artist Fellowship. His work was awarded the $50,000 top prize at Artfields, Best in Show at Hub-Bub Gallery’s Emerging Carolina and was included in the 701 Contemporary Center for the Arts 701 CCA Prize 2012. He was also awarded Best in Show during Fantastic Fibers at Yeiser Art Center in Paducah, KY, and his work was included in Fiberarts International 2013 and 2016 and the 2013 Museum Rijswijk Textile Biennial, Netherlands.

The exhibit has been on display in McCormick Gallery since January 17; it is scheduled to close on Friday, February 24.

Chap Baseball wraps-up winning weekend

Chaps beat Seward County to complete 3-0 weekend

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The No. 10-ranked Midland College baseball team completed a perfect weekend at Christensen Stadium with a 7-2 victory over Seward County Community College on a wet and chilly Sunday afternoon ...

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... and from earlier this weekend ...,

Saturday: Senior’s bat propels Chaps past McLennan CC

A free "Taste of Soul" ... TODAY at MC

For more information, contact:
Taneekwa Hurdle
(432) 685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Newspaper previews tonight's basketball games at Chap Center

• Preview capsules for MC's Feb. 20 games against Frank Phillips

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball has put itself in position to make the Region V Tournament again as three straight wins has the Lady Chaparrals a game and a half up on Western Texas College for fourth place with three games left for MC. The Lady Chaps are also just a game back of third place New Mexico JC ...

read the rest of this MRT preview ...

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball looks to get out of a slump that has seen the Chaparrals lose two straight and six of their last seven ... Like MC, FPC is struggling, having lost nine of its last 10 games ...

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REMINDER ... Transfer Fair set for THIS WEDNESDAY at MC

Midland College has invited 4-year universities to attend our Transfer Fair on Wednesday, February 22, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., in the Amistad Atrium of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), on the MC main campus.

Free pizza for students that attend.


Please let me know if you have any questions.

Elsa Barrandey
(432) 685-4370
elsa@midland.edu

Monday, February 13, 2017

Credit confused? Midland College BEDC can help!

• Offering FREE credit classes, THIS WEEK

How about YOU? Credit confused? Learn how to understand your credit report and how to build a good credit score in one of these free classes from MC's Business & Economic Development Center.


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Be a Hero, make a difference at the MC Blood Drive ... TODAY

Have a heart for helping? United Blood Services' Bloodmobile will be pulling into MC's Advanced Technology Center for a blood drive ... and a chance for YOU to Be a Hero.

All donors will receive points that can be redeemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at unitedbloodservices.org !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at unitedbloodservices.org/


Monday, February 6, 2017

Credit confused? Midland College BEDC can help!

• Offering FREE credit classes, next week

How about YOU? Credit confused? Learn how to understand your credit report and how to build a good credit score in one of these free classes from MC's Business & Economic Development Center.


Be a Hero, make a difference at the MC Blood Drive ... this week

Have a heart for helping? United Blood Services' Bloodmobile will be pulling into MC's Advanced Technology Center for a blood drive ... and a chance for YOU to Be a Hero.

All donors will receive points that can be redeemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at unitedbloodservices.org !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at unitedbloodservices.org/


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Storytelling event to celebrate Black History Month ... TODAY at MC

Singer, songwriter, playwright and storyteller Sue Roseberry (a.k.a. Mama Sue) will be on the MC campus - TODAY - for a free performance of Writing That Paints a Picture. The public is cordially invited to join us for this event.