Monday, July 25, 2011

Save Pell Day: It’s GO time

The following comes to us from savepell.org, "a coalition of civil rights, social justice, education, and youth organizations dedicated to protecting college opportunity for low-income and working-class students."

Game on. It’s Save Pell Day.

Visit our online action center and send a clear message to politicians in Washington: Cutting funding for Pell Grants is not an acceptable option!
Here’s how you can help today:
  • Send an e-mail to the President and Congress.
  • Tweet using the #SavePell hashtag.
  • Change your Facebook profile image to the Save Pell logo and update your status to spread the word.
  • Follow the #SavePell hashtag on Twitter to keep up with the day’s events.
Don’t wait — act now.  And when you’re done, ask five friends to do the same.
Together, we can raise our voices and tell Washington to Save Pell.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

History On Wheels

In 1920, Ford Motor Company produced 135,002 Model TT pickup trucks, and thanks to the generosity of Midlander Charles Priddy, Midland College now owns one! Priddy recently donated the “fire engine red” truck to MC’s Automotive Technology department.

MC Dean of Technical Studies Curt Pervier, states, “We are so appreciative of Mr. Priddy’s donation. The truck will be a great teaching tool to demonstrate a historical perspective of automobiles.” Pervier further explains that the college also plans to use the truck in parades and for displays to promote college programs and events.

The 1920 Model TT truck was based on Ford’s classic Model T automobile, but with a heavier frame and rear axle. It was very durable for the time, but won’t win any NASCAR races! With standard gearing, the truck can attain a speed of not more than 15 mph; with special gearing, a speed of not more than 22 mph is attained. The truck is definitely reflective of a time when life was simpler and things were taken at a slower pace — yet another history lesson for MC’s students!
CLICK HERE for a photo album of the truck's arrival on the MC campus

Monday, July 18, 2011

South Plains Sunrise

On a drive north of Midland, MC Athletic Director Forrest Allen stopped to take this photo, confirming what all West Texas drivers know ... the perk's of those long hours we spend on the road include some awesome views like this, especially at day's beginning, and day's end.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Memorial Service Set for MC Professor

Dr. Jeffrey Crain
"A memorial service for Dr. Jeff Crain, MC Professor of Organizational Management, will be held on Monday, July 18, at 10:30 a.m. on the MC campus in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room," writes Rebecca Bell, MC's Dean of Public Information. "Dr. Crain passed away on Monday, July 11."

"During the service, Dr. Crain's friends and colleagues will have an opportunity to offer a few words of remembrance. Amme Cole, who also teaches in MC's Organizational Management program, is assisting the family with arrangements."

"Dr. Crain was respected and loved by his students. We have received numerous comments on MC's Facebook page from students offering their condolences and talking about how much he will be missed. CLICK HERE to view these."

"Memorial contributions in Dr. Crain's memory may be made to the Midland College Foundation and sent to Maricela Dominguez in the Office of Institutional Advancement, located in the Pevehouse Administration Building on the MC Main Campus, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705."

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Loss to the MC Family

Dr. Jeffrey Crain
"We extend our sympathy to family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Jeff Crain, Organizational Management Professor in MC's Bachelor of Applied Technology program," writes Rebecca Bell, Dean of Public Information at Midland College. "Dr. Crain collapsed [Monday] morning while working in his yard and passed away en route to the hospital. Preliminary reports indicate he suffered a heart attack."

"As we get further details, we will update the MC family on this devastating loss of one of our own."

"The MC flag will be flown at half-staff. Memorial contributions in Dr. Crain's memory may be made to the Midland College Foundation and sent to Maricela Dominguez in the Office of Institutional Advancement located in the Pevehouse Administration Building."

There is also this write-up and tribute to Dr. Crain in today's issue of the Midland Reporter-Telegram

Thursday, July 7, 2011

A Letter to the Editor

A letter written to the editor of the Midland Reporter-Telegram, appearing in the newspapers July 6 issue, offered a hat tip to Kids' College at MC, and those responsible for its operation ...

"Kids College at Midland College is an amazing enterprise," Jane Wolf writes, "from chess to crafts to creative writing to sports to science and math, to arts, music and even cooking. Boys and girls who have completed first through sixth grades can enroll in any of 50 courses. And more than 1,000 kids have taken advantage of that experience this summer. What wonderful opportunities for enrichment and good fun. The cost is reasonable and the experience outstanding."
CLICK HERE to read the complete letter