Wednesday, July 27, 2016

MC Diesel Technology student receives employee award

• Summit Truck Group names David Mohr as “Employee of the Month”

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Summit Truck Group recently awarded Midland College (MC) Diesel Technology student David Mohr with their coveted “Employee of the Month” award for May 2016.

Summit Assistant Service Manager Maggie Armstrong said, “In the midst of a semi-hiring freeze, David Mohr walked into our office requesting to be hired. His exact words were ‘I will not let you down.’ He repeated those words 20 times in his interview; he wasn’t lying. He was hired on March 22, 2016, as a trainee tech, and from day one, he has hit the floor running, always going above and beyond!”

Mohr, who just recently completed MC’s Diesel Technology program , was still taking classes when he was hired for the Summit job. In addition to his MC courses, Summit also required Mohr to complete the Navistar dealer certification program within 90 days of being hired. Armstrong reported that Mohr completed all 97 Navistar classes during the first three weeks of his employment at Summit, and is now 100 percent Navistar-certified.

Before Mohr dedicated his life to diesel mechanics, he served six years in the Recon Mountaineer Infantry for the U.S. Army. Then, after three years of operating a boom truck for a local construction company, Mohr decided to acquire some technical skills in order to give his career (and paycheck) a boost. He has been married for six years and has three children.

According to Armstrong when he was hired as a trainee, Mohr mostly completed road tests, preventative maintenance service and other small jobs that were assigned. On April 18, Mohr asked Summit Service Manager Keith Crawford if he could perform an engine overhaul. He completed this in less than the time allotted.

Armstrong said, “We awarded David our REACH Coin award in April, and he is officially our Employee of the Month for May. He is our Summit Super Star!”

Midland College professor selected for research workshop

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
• Will be among topics of September seminar at MC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum participated in the Research Experience in Introductory Laboratories (REIL) workshop preceding the Council on Undergraduate Research Conference held in Tampa, Florida, June 25-28.

Dr. Mangum is currently conducting a project on plant barcoding in partnership with the I-20 Wildlife Preserve & Jenna Welch Nature Study Center. During the workshop, Mangum shared ideas with colleagues from higher education institutions throughout the U.S. He presented the research modules he has developed and explained their use in MC Biology courses.

The I-20 barcode project is especially noteworthy, as it involves the unique partnership with the wildlife preserve and its impact on West Texas plant species. Mangum is collaborating on the project with fellow MC Biology Professor Greg Larson.

The barcode project is just one of many research projects being conducted by MC faculty and students. On Friday, September 2, MC research projects will be the subject of the “Frist Friday Science Seminar” series led by MC Chemistry Professor Dr. Thomas Ready. The seminar will be held at 12:00 noon; the public is invited to attend and hear about the exciting research occurring at Midland College, and MC students will be able to learn how they can participate with faculty in these research efforts.

For more information about the upcoming September 2 seminar and Midland College research projects, contact the MC Math, Science and Kinesiology Division at (432) 685-4612.

New position at MC for Tana Baker

From Rita Nell Diffie
Vice President of Student Services at Midland College

Please join me in congratulating Tana Baker as she begins her new position of Title IX Coordinator and Compliance Officer. Her office is located in SSC 242.

We will all benefit greatly from her leadership in developing the Title IX Program, training faculty staff and students to meet compliance requirements and understanding our responsibilities for promoting a safe campus.



Members of the Midland College community, guests and visitors have the right to be free from discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.

Visit MC's Title IX web page

Visit the U.S. department of Education's Title IX web page

Midland College selected for Texas Success Center’s Pathways Project

• MC begins new initiative for student achievement

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is among 12 community colleges representing all regions of Texas that have committed to better serving their students through revisiting what it takes for students to succeed.

“We were pleased to have received competitive applications from community colleges across the state,” said Dr. Cynthia Ferrell, director of the Texas Success Center . “We were very impressed by Midland College’s application, and the efforts made to date to address the ways students experience higher education in Texas.”

The other colleges chosen to participate in the Texas Pathways Project are Amarillo College, Austin Community College, Brazosport College, Dallas County Community College District, Grayson College, Houston Community College System, Lone Star College District, McLennan Community College, South Texas College, Southwest Texas Junior College and Temple College. Selected colleges will participate in biannual institutes designed to assist participants in implementing structured pathways.

The Texas Pathways Project is geared toward transforming the way students transition from public education into community colleges and on toward meaningful careers. MC’s new Pathways initiative provides students with options for certification, associate degrees and/or transfer into four-year institutions.

MC President Steve Thomas, Ph.D., explained, “Pathways at Midland College were designed to enable students to have a better understanding of what is required to meet their career goals. Each pathway is contained in eight areas of interest. Advisors and faculty will assist students to choose the area of interest that fits their talents, skills and career goals.”

The Texas Pathways Project received its seed funding from the Bryan, Texas-based Greater Texas Foundation .
“Texas Pathways could not be more aligned with Greater Texas Foundation’s mission to ensure all Texas students are prepared for, have access to, persist in and complete a postsecondary credential,” said Wynn Rosser, president and CEO for the Greater Texas Foundation. “We are proud to support this work.”

Dr. Thomas stated, “Over the past 18 months, all academic areas and every support department at MC has been working diligently to create our new Pathways initiative. The project has been planned systematically, and our students’ best interests have been at the forefront of our discussions. I am proud of the work we have accomplished so far and look forward to working with our colleagues from throughout the state on this important Texas Pathways Project.”

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Midland College student accepted into summer research academy


• Clarissa McMillar currently performing research in recreational math

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Clarissa McMillar has joined the growing list of MC students who have previously been accepted into the prestigious University of Texas (UT) System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Partnership (LSAMP) Summer Research Academy. Summer research academies are held at all UT campuses, with each campus conducting several research projects.

McMillar will be participating right here in West Texas at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) in Odessa. She will be doing work in recreational math and mentored by Dr. Paul Feit, UTPB Mathematics department chair.

“Recreational mathematics is a term for ‘entertainment’ mathematics, like mathematical puzzles and games,” explained McMillar. “For example, it involves such things as magic squares, fractals, logic puzzles and mathematical chess problems, just to name a few.”

McMillar is majoring in Mathematics and said she would possibly like to pursue a career in operations research or economics.

“I also enjoy traveling and studying languages, so ideally something involving those areas as well,” said McMillar.

Since 1993, the University of Texas System LSAMP program has sought to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM careers). The alliance has also encouraged these individuals to earn baccalaureate degrees and pursue a graduate education in the state of Texas through valuable research opportunities. The LSAMP Summer Research Academy at UTPB takes place June 6-August 5. Campus director for the academy is UTPB Assistant Professor of Chemistry Milka Montes, Ph.D.

Midland College offering FREE food handler certification classes


• ServSafe® Food Handler’s Certification is now mandatory for all Midland restaurants and food service personnel

Thanks to funding from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Midland College (MC) is offering FREE food handler certification classes.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has passed legislation requiring all food workers to have a valid food handler certificate by September 1, 2016. MC and Texas Mutual are partnering to meet the needs of local restaurants and food service personnel by offering the training on various dates throughout the summer and fall. The required 4-hour training includes the following:

Basic Food Safety
Good Personal Hygiene
Controlling Time and Temperature
Preventing Cross-Contamination
Cleaning and Sanitizing

All classes are held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the convenient location of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria on the corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert. Upcoming classes will be offered on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, August 2
Tuesday, August 23
Tuesday, September 6
Tuesday, September 27

Midland College is also offering the ServSafe® Manager’s Certification training. Course fee for this special managerial certification is $204, which includes book and exam fees.

For more information and a complete list of classes, visit ce.midland.edu/wf/courses/food-service or contact Elizabeth Wall, ewall@midland.edu , (432) 681-6301.

MC Health Sciences CE to host information session for Massage Therapy program


During the 2016-2017 academic year, Midland College (MC) will once again offer its popular Massage Therapy program. Classes start August 29. Interested participants are invited to attend an informational session to be held from 6:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 11. The information session will be held on the main MC campus in the Davidson Family Health Sciences Building, F. Marie Hall SimLife Center.

MC’s Massage Therapy program is a Continuing Education 9-month program. When students complete the program, they are eligible to take the MBLEx exam in order to become licensed massage therapists. Classes meet in the evenings and on weekends.

MC Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education Wendy Wood-Collins said, “This is an excellent opportunity to train for a career with great potential. In our fast-paced society, relaxation treatments and techniques are in demand more than ever. If you’ve ever had a massage, you know exactly how rejuvenating the experience can be. Beyond being a relaxing experience, however, massage therapy is also now widely recognized as a reputable healing method in many hospitals, clinics and health centers. Massage therapists play an important role in caring for a variety of medical issues, from rehabilitation of injuries to clinical depression. Their role is to listen to their clients’ needs and provide a massage experience to treat these issues.”

Cost of the program is $2,996.50 plus textbooks and supplies. Partial scholarships are available. The information sessions are FREE, and there is no need to register prior to attending one of these sessions. Interested participants may also contact the MC Health Sciences Continuing Education department at (432) 681-6305 or visit ce.midland.edu/hs/courses/massage-therapy

FAFSA assistance, verification for MC students ... today and this evening

From Yasmin Galvan
Midland College Financial Aid Specialist

This is a friendly reminder that the Midland College Office of Financial Aid will be offering FAFSA verification assistance today, July 26, from 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Club Room of the Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC main campus.

The federal government randomly chooses students that have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to verify information they provided on their application through the submission of additional documentation. Colleges are required to confirm any data that was reported on a students and their parent(s) FAFSA.

In order to better serve our students with the verification process, or assistance with the FASFA, we are providing assistance with these processes. Students, please come to the Club Room, located in the Scharbauer Student Center, and we will be happy to assist you.

For more information about scholarships and financial aid at MC please contact:

Midland College Financial Aid Office
(432) 685-5511
finaid@midland.edu

Monday, July 25, 2016

MC Computer Graphics Video Library, #10

Here is "Mario Bomb" ... created by MC computer graphics student Rance Taylor


MC the site for Wellness Tour Lunch "Plant Based, Whole Food Nutrition"


In September 2015, the Wellness Tour was the beginning of a long-lasting relationship between Midland Health, the City of Midland, Midland College and Midland ISD. Together, we can achieve the goal of making Midland the healthiest community in Texas. For more information, call (432) 221-4510 or visit www.midlandwellnesstour.com

COMING-UP IN AUGUST ... Friday, August 12, at 11:30 a.m. in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, MC main campus ... Enjoy a plant-based lunch and learn about the benefits of plant-based nutrition from Dr. Padmaja Patel, internal medicine, Dr. Staton Awtrey, cardiothoracic surgeon and Blythe Awtrey, RN, MSN, and certified in plant-based nutrition. Spots are limited and registration is required. Price of tickets covers lunch and biometric screenings.

Location: Midland College, Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room
Tickets need to be purchased IN ADVANCE.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-is-medicine-lunch-n-learn-tickets-26485942166

This event is part of the 2016 Wellness Tour, a city-wide health and wellness event from August 10th through 13th. To learn more, visit www.midlandwellnesstour.com or call our Community Relations Department at 432-221-1185.

REMINDER: This is a PAID event - $5.00 per ticket.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/food-is-medicine-lunch-n-learn-tickets-26485942166

Poetry Reading today at 12:00 noon

AURAK Photo
REMINDER ... Dr. Larry Griffin, former MC employee, will be reading original works of poetry today at 12:00 noon in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery.

On Monday, July 25 - TODAY - Dr. Larry Griffin will be reading recently published poetry. Dr. Griffin joined the MC faculty in 1981 and served six years as Division Chair of Fine Arts and Communications. He has recently published two new books of poetry: Cedar Plums and Jane Compleat.

An Oklahoman, Griffin has one book of short stories, nine books of poetry and more than four hundred poems, hundreds of essays and thirty-six short stories in journals to his credit. His art appears in private collections in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. For the past four years, Griffin has lived in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, where he serves as Professor of Languages and Literature and English Program Director at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. In the fall of 2016, he will join the faculty at the American Institute of Malta.


On Monday, August 1, Dr. Leslie Williams will be reading from When Anything Goes, her latest non-fiction book. She is an English professor, national speaker and author of novels, non-fiction and poetry. Her latest book, The Judas Conspiracy is a thriller, which won Honorable Mention for the national Eric Hoffer Award. Other works include the novel A Deadly Thing They Say and the non-fiction works When Women Build the Kingdom, Night Wrestling and Seduction of Lesser Gods. She has a biography of Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, to be published soon.

Dr. Williams served as Division Chair of Fine Arts and Communications at MC from 1997-1999 and was a member of the English faculty from 1999-2001. Her art collection “Anatomy of Hope” is currently on exhibit in Midland College’s McCormick Gallery located in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Visitors of Dr. Williams’ reading on August 1 will also be able to enjoy her beautiful original artwork.

Williams currently lives in Kerrville, Texas, with her husband Stockton, near her two children and five grandchildren.

For more information about these two upcoming Monday events at McCormick Gallery, please contact Rebecca Bell, MC dean of Community Relations, (432) 685-4556, rbell@midland.edu .

The public is invited to both readings and may bring a lunch. Iced tea and water will be provided.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

MC Volleyball to host summer camps ... NEXT WEEK

Beginners Camp
(for campers entering 4th-6th grade)
July 25-27, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Fundamentals Camp
(for campers entering 7th-8th grade)
July 25-27, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Advanced Competition Camp
(for campers entering 9th-12th grade)
July 28-30, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Let the summer fun begin, at the Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball summer camps.

Camps will be held in the Physical Education Building (across the street from Chap Center), on the Midland College campus.

Cost of the camp is $80.00 per camper, and includes a camp t-shirt. Campers may register up until the first day of camp.

CLICK HERE for more information
and to register online

You may also contact:

Tammie Jimenez, Head Coach
(432) 685-4650
tjimenez@midland.edu

Holli Reyna, Assistant Coach
(432) 685-6747
hreyna@midland.edu

MC to host readings by former English faculty


At 12:00 noon on Monday, July 25, and Monday, August 1, former Midland College (MC) English faculty will visit the campus and read from original works. The community is invited to attend and enjoy these accomplished writers and teachers in McCormick Gallery located in the Allison Fine Arts Building.

On July 25, Dr. Larry Griffin will be reading recently published poetry. Dr. Griffin joined the MC faculty in 1981 and served six years as Division Chair of Fine Arts and Communications. He has recently published two new books of poetry: Cedar Plums and Jane Compleat.

An Oklahoman, Griffin has one book of short stories, nine books of poetry and more than four hundred poems, hundreds of essays and thirty-six short stories in journals to his credit. His art appears in private collections in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. For the past four years, Griffin has lived in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates, where he serves as Professor of Languages and Literature and English Program Director at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah. In the fall of 2016, he will join the faculty at the American Institute of Malta.

On August 1, Dr. Leslie Williams will be reading from When Anything Goes, her latest non-fiction book. She is an English professor, national speaker and author of novels, non-fiction and poetry. Her latest book, The Judas Conspiracy is a thriller, which won Honorable Mention for the national Eric Hoffer Award. Other works include the novel A Deadly Thing They Say and the non-fiction works When Women Build the Kingdom, Night Wrestling and Seduction of Lesser Gods. She has a biography of Thomas Cranmer, Henry VIII’s Archbishop of Canterbury, to be published soon.

Dr. Williams served as Division Chair of Fine Arts and Communications at MC from 1997-1999 and was a member of the English faculty from 1999-2001. Her art collection “Anatomy of Hope” is currently on exhibit in Midland College’s McCormick Gallery located in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Visitors of Dr. Williams’ reading on August 1 will also be able to enjoy her beautiful original artwork.

Williams currently lives in Kerrville, Texas, with her husband Stockton, near her two children and five grandchildren.

For more information about these two upcoming Monday events at McCormick Gallery, please contact Rebecca Bell, MC dean of Community Relations, (432) 685-4556, rbell@midland.edu .

The public is invited to both readings and may bring a lunch. Iced tea and water will be provided.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Flags at half-staff for victims of Baton Rouge attack


Staff Report
Community Relations & Special Events, Midland College

Flags on MC property will fly at half-staff until sunset on Friday as a in honor of the victims of the attack in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Below is a proclamation from President Obama.


A Proclamation by Barrack Obama
President of the United States of America

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack on police officers perpetrated on Sunday, July 17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 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, July 22, 2016. 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 eighteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first."

Monday, July 18, 2016

MC Computer Graphics Video Library, #9

Here is "Architectural Project" ... created by MC computer graphics student Steven Alexander


MC hosts robotic surgery seminar

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Local surgeons, MMH employees attend demonstrations

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Friday and Saturday, June 17 and 18, the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College (MC) was the site of exciting demonstrations in surgical procedures involving da Vinci robotic technology.

CLICK HERE for a photo album of the seminar

The da Vinci System represents the latest in surgical and robotics technologies. The surgeon is 100 percent in control at all times. The technology translates the surgeon’s hand movements into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the human body.

The da Vinci Surgical System is used for cardiac surgery, colorectal surgery, gynecologic surgery, head and neck surgery, thoracic surgery, urological surgery and general surgery. The da Vinci System features a magnified 3D high-definition vision system and tiny wristed instruments that bend and rotate far greater than the human hand. As a result, da Vinci enables surgeons to operate with enhanced vision, precision and control, and only a few small incisions are needed.

At Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH), the da Vinci System is already being used by local surgeons for a variety of procedures including hysterectomies, prostatectomies, colectomies and rectal resections.

MMH surgical technician Scott Brown, who assists with robotic surgeries, said, “Using robotic technology means that patient recovery time is dramatically shortened. Surgeries such as hysterectomies are no longer considered ‘invasive’ because only a few incisions are made. Patient recovery is reduced from approximately 8 weeks to less than 2 weeks.”

The da Vinci System demonstrations at MC were part of a regional nursing perianesthesia conference coordinated by Jeannette Frantz, nurse educator at MMH. The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College is used regularly for professional development by MMH employees and other area healthcare providers.

For the two-day conference, one of the simulated operating rooms at the college’s training facility was equipped with the da Vinci equipment. Saturday, June 18, seminars and demonstrations were focused on training for nurses. However, Friday evening, June 17, local surgeons participated in demonstrations of the equipment.

Delnor Poss named GCAA Coach of the Year

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Delnor Poss, longtime head coach of the Midland College Chaparral golf team was named the 2016 NJCAA Men’s Division I Coach of the Year by the Golf Coaches Association of America.

The GCAA in conjunction with Golf Pride Grips today announced the six outstanding collegiate golf coaches receiving the Dave Williams National Coach of the Year Award presented by Golf Pride Grips. Golf Pride Grips will present the coaches with their awards during the Hall of Fame Banquet at the GCAA National Convention on December 12.

Delnor Poss guided Midland College to eight victories this season, and his team was runner-up in every other event they played. The Chapparals finished the regular season ranked second in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll. The Chaparrals wrapped-up an exciting season with a 3rd-place finish at the NJCAA Division I Men's Golf National Championship.



Congratulations, Coach Poss!

Flags at half-staff for victims of terrorism in France

newschannel20.com Photo
Staff Report
Community Relations & Special Events, Midland College

Flags on MC property will fly at half-staff until sunset on Tuesday as a remembrance of the victims of terrorism in Nice, France. Below is a proclamation from President Obama.


A Proclamation by Barrack Obama
President of the United States of America

"As a mark of respect for the victims of the attack perpetrated on July 14, 2016, in Nice, France, 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, July 19, 2016. 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 fifteenth day of July, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first."