Thursday, August 25, 2016

Midland College CE to offer conversational sign language

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is excited to announce a new continuing education program in conversational sign language. All courses will be taught by certified sign language instructors who are employed at the Highland Council for the Deaf. Classes will be taught at noon and in the evenings on the MC main campus.

Brenda Cordero, associate director of MC Community Programs Continuing Education, said, “We have received several inquiries regarding offering sign language courses, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Highland Council for the Deaf to meet the demand for these courses. Three courses will be offered this fall. The first course (“Foundations”) begins on Tuesday, September 6.”

Cordero explained that after students have completed the “Foundations” prerequisite course, they are then eligible to enroll in “Basic Signs 001” and “Basic Signs 201.” The cost of each course is $100.
To register or obtain more information, contact the MC Community Programs Continuing Education department at (432) 685-4518 or visit

Thanks for making Orientation 2016 a success!

From Ty Soliz
MC Student Life Director

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! I cannot say it enough!

To all who helped in some way, shape or form with New Student Orientation - whether it was behind the scenes, during the main session, or during the tours - we greatly appreciate your support/assistance/help. As of 9:00 p.m. last night we had 416 registered online, and we had 122 walk in and register this morning. We could not have done it without all of you. Thank you all again for your help in making this a successful event, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Thank You!

Snapshot of Ty celebrating a successful New Student Orientation ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Discover vintage aircraft - and a new career? - at weekend event

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Airsho16 will be held this weekend at Midland International Air & Space Port. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28. The MC Aviation Maintenance Technology department will have a booth in the main CAF Hangar.

Newspaper profiles Lady Chap Volleyball player, previews 2016 season

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Lohrke will set the tone for MC in 2016
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor

Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball coach Tammie Jimenez said with 11 freshmen on this year’s roster, the greatest challenge is for the young players to make the transition from high school to college.

Dana Lohrke knows very well what being a freshman was like.

The 6-foot middle blocker from Bandera, along with Midland Christian grad and setter Bailey Wright, were the only freshmen on last year’s team that was loaded with sophomores.

Lorhke said she leaned a lot on those sophomore because of their experience ...

read the rest of this MRT report

We're baaaa-aaack!

From Jeff McDonald
Website and Social Media Editor

The summer hiatus for eNews from Midland College is over, and the first issue for the 2015/2016 school year goes out today.

eNews offers a weekly review of the top news stories at MC, plus a look ahead at developing stories and coming attractions. Fast and efficient, timely and current, it's a great way to keep on top of the headlines, as well as a useful link to more detailed coverage of what's happening at Your College.

email me at the link below, if you would like your address added to our emailing list.


Jeff McDonald (432) 685-4540

Earlier today ... final prep's ...

... for New Student Orientation, going on NOW at MC. Welcome, new students ... and thanks for making Midland College - Your College!

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Back by popular demand ...

One last stop on the "Flower Power Tour" here, on the campus of Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Special "Back to School" hours, this weekend at the MC Bookstore

For the convenience of students, the Midland College Bookstore will be open this coming Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.

Hours are as follows:
Saturday, 08/27: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 08/28: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Regular hours for the fall semester will be the following:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The Midland College Bookstore is located in the north section of the Dororthy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, in the northwest quarter of the MC Main campus.

The Midland College Bookstore is operated by Texas Book Company

Telephone: (432) 685-4546

Cloudy with a (pretty good) chance of rain ...

... this morning, on the campus of Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MC Lady Chaps to host WTC, UTPB for volleyball scrimmages

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Western texas College Westerners and the UTPB Lady Falcons will travel to Midland for volleyball scrimmages against the Midland College Lady Chaparrals. The scrimmages will be at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on Tuesday, August 23rd, 3:00 p.m. for the WTC match, and 6:00 p.m. for the UTPB match.

The public is welcome to attend and get a free preview of the 2016 Midland College volleyball team in action!

• CLICK HERE for a complete volleyball season schedule ...

Monday, August 22, 2016

MC Computer Graphics Video Library, #14

Here is "Mouse Trap" ... created by MC computer graphics student Steven Alexander

Need help with registration? Next Chap Call is TOMORROW

• MC Student Services open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Classes for the fall semester at Midland College (MC) begin on Monday, August 29, and college offer opportunities for West Texans to apply to Midland College, register for classes and visit with advisors in order to obtain a degree plan/career pathway.

Today at 5:30 p.m., the MC Office of Enrollment Services will host Chap Call in the Scharbauer Student Center's Carrasco Room.

MC Director of Enrollment Services Jeremy Martinez explained, “Chap Call is targeted to those individuals who have applied and been accepted to Midland College, but haven’t yet registered for fall semester classes. This is an opportunity for them to find out the next steps to take in order to register. We will give them a brief overview of our Campus Connect student portal and how to use it for various purposes such as registering for classes, obtaining a student ID card, printing course schedules, checking grades and tracking the status of transcripts being sent to MC from other institutions.”

For the convenience of students who cannot make it to campus between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., MC Student Services offices are open until 7:00 every Tuesday evening. Staff are available to assist with registering for classes, obtaining degree plans, acquiring financial aid/scholarship information and paying tuition/fees. The MC Bookstore is also open late on Tuesday evenings. All of these offices are located in the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus. During the weeks of August 22 and 29, Student Services offices will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 6:00 p.m. Friday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Liz Zenteno, dean of Enrollment Management, reported, “Our enrollment continues to rise. As of today, we have approximately 200 more students enrolled than we did at this same time last year.”

MC to host entrepeneurship discussion, September 12

Come learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur from Midland mayor and business owner Jerry Morales, in a free event, September 12 at Midland College.

For more information, contact:

Alfredo Chaparro
Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC)
(432) 686-4910

tick, TICK, TICK ... MC Fall Semester begins in ONE week

You can register for fall classes NOW!

CLICK HERE to get started at
Midland College ... Your College!

Friday, August 19, 2016

In the News ... Hitchcock-Hall picked for Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

MRT Photo by Cindeka Nealy
• Community service includes term on MC performing arts series committee

By Stewart Doreen, Editor-in-Chief
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Governor’s Commission for Women on Thursday announced that Midland’s Susie Hitchcock-Hall will be part of the next induction class into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

The businesswoman, who has turned Susie’s South Forty Confections into a Midland institution, is one of five women slated for induction into the hall, which is located on the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Midland College CE to host College Classics Meet-and-Greet

There was once a popular saying ... something about "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" ... at Midland College, WE BEG TO DIFFER ...

College Classics is perhaps the most interesting of all Midland College classes to area senior citizens. The program, which was initiated in the spring of 1989, includes a series of courses designed especially for local residents who are 50 and older.

Classes are offered through a registration fee of just $25.00 per semester. Payment of this fee entitles the student to enroll in as many classes as he or she chooses. As a special service to the students for which the program is designed, many of the classes are scheduled between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. The spring semester consists of three sessions and the fall semester consists of two. Sessions are four weeks in length.

The instructors of College Classics are recruited from among the Midland College faculty, continuing education teachers and community volunteers. With their areas of expertise and years of experience, these teachers truly bring to life each course. The generosity of these instructors allows the college to offer this unique program to a special segment of the community.

For more information about MC’s College Classics program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518. The next series of College Classics courses will begin in September. Email or to request to be added to the mailing list for fall classes.

MRT Editorial: Henry Foundation celebrates decade of Midland philanthropy

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Midland College among many, MANY beneficiaries

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Henry Foundation marked its tenth anniversary after just contributing its 10 millionth dollar to the Bush Tennis Center in late July. The $30,000 grant will be use for program services to provide the sport to all. The foundation’s first contribution was made to Casa de Amigos. Over the years, the foundation has supported more than 120 nonprofit organizations with 256 grants. The largest was given to Midland Shared Spaces in the amount of $1,110,500. Jim and Paula Henry, who founded the foundation, have actively been involved with the nonprofit community as well. He is a a trustee for the Midland College Endowment Board and she serves on the board of governors for Midland Memorial Hospital ...

read the rest of this MRT editorial ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Invitation to Accept PTK @ MC

Please help support Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and their efforts to build membership. PTK is the international honor society for two year colleges. Typically, 300 Midland College students meet the eligibility requirements (3.5 GPA & minimum 12 hours towards an associate's degree) each semester.

Several people in highly visible areas will be wearing "Accept PTK" t-shirts during the next two weeks, on move-in days, at New Student Orientation, during Club Fair, and Fridays. Additionally, instructors of many of our core courses will be wearing the "Accept PTK" shirts and sharing information about PTK and reasons to accept membership during their classes.

Students are encouraged to accept invitation for membership ... a student who feels like he/she belongs stays long and is more likely to finish strong!

Lea Keesee RN, MSN, CHSE
Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, the Alpha Beta Phi Chapter
(432) 685-6440

Homebuyer Education at the Midland College BEDC

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) provides free counseling to get you mortgage ready. Whether you want to improve your credit score or better understand the home buying process, we can help. You may reach the MC-BEDC at (432) 684-4309 or .

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Community colleges spotlighted in article Photo
• "Community College Graduates: Assets, Not Liabilities For Employers"

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

There is a great article on about community colleges. The article is written by Rufus Glasper, President and CEO of League for Innovation in the Community College and Chancellor Emeritus of Maricopa Community College.

CLICK HERE to read the article ...

MC honors Vocational Nursing grads tonight

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

Midland College (MC) 2015-16 Vocational Nursing students will receive their graduation pins at a ceremony tonight, August 17. The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing students, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice.

Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, MC main campus

The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools.

MC 2016 Vocational Nursing graduates are Melissa Brito, Amanda Daly, Florencia Hernandez, Sierra Johnson, Sherri Kaufman, Anita Kavosi, Janet Kimuge, Yvonne Marquez, Monica Mendoza, Silhouette Olivier, Danielle Romero, Nichole Sweeney and Liza Valdez.

Director of the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College Lea Keesee said, “We are extremely proud of these graduates. Vocational nursing was one of the first career/technical programs implemented at Midland College, and like those who have graduated from the program in the past, these students have demonstrated academic excellence and skill proficiency. They will make wonderful professionals as they begin their careers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations.

Reminder from the Midland College PD ...

From Midland College Police Chief Richard McKee ... “Just a few reminders as we begin a new fall semester.

Please watch for pedestrians, especially in parking lots and crosswalks.
Speed limit on all MC roadways is 20 mph.
Parking lot speed limit is 10 mph.
Fire Lanes are now up to code. Fire lane violations are enforced through City of Midland Municipal Court and carry a minimum fine of $500.00. If a vehicle is in a fire lane it MUST have a licensed driver with the vehicle.
Handicap parking is also enforced through Municipal Court and has a minimum fine of $500.00. Vehicles must have a state issued handicap permit to park in a handicap space. AND handicap permits and license plated can only be used by the person the permit has been issued. Unauthorized use of handicap permits or plates can result in a citation as well as immediate seizure of the handicap permit.

Thanks for your cooperation and have a great semester.”

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department