Thursday, January 31, 2013

Addition to tonight's Homecoming celebration ...

As you know, Midland College is celebrating Homecoming this week. The festivities will culminate tonight with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen and King at halftime during the Chaps basketball game against the Howard College Hawks.

AND THAT'S NOT ALL ... Immediately following the basketball game (approximately 9:00 p.m.), the MC Student Activities Office will host a bonfire on the MC campus just east of Craddick Hall.

MC's Craig Records Coaching Milestone, Jones Nears 500 MC Wins

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Congratulations to Midland College men's basketball coach Chris Craig who picked up his 100th collegiate coaching victory in Monday's 76-71 victory versus Clarendon College. Craig, in his second year at MC, has amassed a record of 100-47 (.680) in his nearly five years as a head coach, including three years at the College of Eastern Utah (69-32) and one and a half seasons with Midland College (31-15).

Lady Chaparral basketball head coach Ron Jones is quickly approaching 500 wins at Midland College. Jones is currently at 497-124 (.801) in just over 18 seasons at MC. Coach Jones eclipsed the 500 career win plateau (collegiate career) last season. That total includes two seasons at Western Texas College (34-27). Jones' all time collegiate victory total stands at 532-151 (.779) in just over 20 seasons.


Midland College will celebrate their Homecoming Thursday, January 31, during that evening's basketball games against New Mexico Junior College!

The MC Lady Chaparrals take the court at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Chaparrals at 7:45.

Crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen will be during halftime of the men's game.

For more information, please contact the Midland College Student Government Association by email at or by phone 432-685-4543.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Kicking-off 2013 at the House of Chaps

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
Last Thursday, MC students were invited to come chill, drink some coffee, and listen to their fellow students perform at the first "House of Chaps" open-mic night for 2013.

The event was sponsored by the MC Student Government Association, and there will be more "House of Chaps" gatherings in the months ahead.

For more information, drop by the Student Activities Office (SSC 125), attend the weekly Student Government meetings (Fridays @ noon in SSC 135), or email

Globetrotters at Chap Center ... TONIGHT

CLICK HERE for more on tonight's game and a profile of Globetrotter rookie Ariel "Mighty" Mitchell, from Len Hayward, Sports Director at the Midland Reporter-Telegram

Known as innovators of the game of basketball for decades, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters are again introducing something unparalleled in the history of sports and family entertainment, taking kid participation and fun to a whole new level. See for yourself when the Globetrotters come to Chaparral Center in Midland TONIGHT, Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for more information about tonight's game, and tickets

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Midland College SGA hosting two evenings of Homecoming celebration Wednesday, Thursday

The Midland College Student Government Association is hosting a party from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer Student Center, for students to get pumped-up about the Homecoming game!

Activities will include a bonfire (pending fire inspection), hotdogs, a DJ, 'Messy Twister' (wear something you can get paint on), and the premiere of MC's version of "Gangnam Style!"

For more information, please email  or call 432-685-4543!

Midland College will celebrate their Homecoming Thursday, January 31, during that evening's basketball games against New Mexico Junior College!

The MC Lady Chaparrals take the court at 5:45 p.m., followed by the Chaparrals at 7:45.

Crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen will be during halftime of the men's game.

For more information, please contact the Midland College Student Government Association by email at or by phone 432-685-4543.

MC partners with Warren CAT to offer technical internship program

Diesel Technology student at MC’s Cogdell Technical Building located on Florida Street.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Using equipment manufactured by Caterpillar, Inc., and donated by Warren CAT, the MC Diesel Technology program is providing hands-on, state-of-the-art training to Warren CAT interns.

Pete Avalos, MC associate professor, stated, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. The connections that students who enter this program will be making with the industry are invaluable. These students will not only receive standard industry training in diesel technology, but will also gain hands-on experience using equipment manufactured by one of the world’s leading diesel power and machinery companies.”

Jim Nelson, dealer principal of Warren CAT, acknowledged the tremendous benefit to students to have the opportunity to work on real equipment. “While all engines are the same in their basic design, nothing can equal having an actual engine to take apart, troubleshoot and repair. We are extremely pleased to have this opportunity to partner with Midland College. We believe this program will help provide a portion of our workforce for the future – and for others in our industry as well.”

Curt Pervier, MC dean of Applied Technology, added, “Midland College is committed to working with local business and industry to provide in-demand training for the Permian Basin. Partnerships like this are what furnishes Midland with a trained workforce, thereby helping to promote economic development. We appreciate Warren CAT’s enthusiasm for this program and their trust in Midland College to supply them with a qualified pool of technicians.”

Monday, January 28, 2013

Latest issue of Tableau now available online

As the Fall 2012 semester was drawing to a close at MC, the latest issue of Tableau - an annual literary magazine featuring the works of student writers - was hitting the shelves.

Tableau is published once each year during the fall semester. The work found in Tableau comes from the winners of the annual Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest and the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest.
Both of those contests are judged by professionals.
The advisors of the contests - the Dean of Fine Arts and Communications, the Allison Chair of Journalism, the student publications lab instructor - and the student editors all serve as the editorial board for the literary magazine, Tableau.

Now accepting submissions for MC student poetry contest

The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets — has been called one of the most prestigious competition of its kind in the state.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at Midland College in the last calendar year. Entrants may submit up to five poems. All entries must be submitted online by April 5, 2013. The entry form is available through the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest link on the English Department website.

Online contest entry form (secure online form)

The contest was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, and her love of poetry and Midland College. Hilda Simmons Levitt graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she also studied under poet Robert Penn Warren. In 1979, at the age of 62, Mrs. Levitt decided to pursue writing again. For the next seven years, until her death in 1986, she studied creative writing at Midland College. The contest is now underwritten by Mrs. Levitt’s daughter Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington, D.C.

This year's judge will be William Wenthe, whose third book of poems, Words Before Dawn, was published in October by LSU Press. Dr. Wenthe's poems have been published in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Southern Review and other journals, and have earned him numerous accolades including fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts, as well as the Natalie Ornish Poetry Prize, the Everett Southwest Literary Award, and two Pushcart Prizes. He teaches creative writing and modern poetry at Texas Tech University.

Wenthe will give a reading along with the winners of this year's contest at an Awards Celebration to be held Tuesday, April 16th at 6:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room of the Scharbauer Student Center on the Midland College campus.

For more information, you may contact:
Brendan Egan
Department of English, Midland College
(432) 685-4638 •

MC alum manages district office for Texas senator

Ellen K. Ramsey, Permian Basin office director, Texas Senate District 31
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Texas Senate District 31 spans 37 counties from Potter (Amarillo) to Glasscock (Garden City)—including Midland County—has 792,000 constituents and, thanks to a thriving economy based largely on the energy industry, continues to grow daily. It is no wonder, therefore, that Senator Kel Seliger depends on a smart, efficient, amiable woman to manage his Midland District office. And that woman is Ellen K. Ramsey, a Midland resident of 27 years and a former MC student.

“I attended Midland College in 1986,” said Ramsey. “My husband Scott and I had just married; Scott had already graduated from college and was working in Midland. The price of oil had dropped drastically, and Midland was experiencing one of its worst ‘busts.’ Thankfully, the quality of higher education in Midland didn’t suffer during that time, and Midland College was available for me to continue my college education that I had begun at Baylor University.”

Ramsey eventually transferred to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

Today, Ramsey serves as one of four district directors working for Seliger. In this capacity, she deals with constituents, represents Senator Seliger at various events, maintains the senator’s schedule when he is in the Midland District and helps with state issues. Seliger is chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee and serves on several other senate committees including, Education, Finance, Natural Resources and Open Government.

Ramsey’s responsibilities are not just limited to Midland County. Seliger’s Midland District office also covers the counties of Winkler, Loving and Gaines. Ramsey said that over the past year, the senator spent about two-thirds of his time in the area.

Ramsey chuckled and said, “I thought I knew a great deal about West Texas. However, in the past year that I’ve been working for the senator, I’ve learned a lot more—especially about water and the dunes sagebrush lizard!”

Speaking more seriously, Ramsey explained, “The Permian Basin is undergoing tremendous growth, and with that growth come unique problems, of which water conservation is just one. It’s my responsibility to keep Senator Seliger informed on the issues that Permian Basin residents are currently facing, such as housing, traffic and educational and employment needs.”

Ramsey said she has realized that her job requires life skills. Before going to work for Seliger, Ramsey called herself a “professional volunteer.” She was involved in PTA from the time her two children were in elementary school through their high school years and was a member of various athletic booster clubs and community boards and organizations. She serves on the board of directors of the George W. Bush Childhood Home and actively participated in eight fundraisers over five years for the historic house located on Ohio Street in Midland. She also volunteers at Midland’s First Presbyterian Church and is a member of Junior League, Midland County Republican Women and League of Women Voters.

Family is important to the Ramseys. Ellen and Scott have two grown children—Rachel, who is 24 and works for a marketing firm in Dallas, and Tucker, who is 21 and majoring in geography at The University of Texas at Austin. They are also proud dog parents of Buck, a rescue blue heeler, and grandparents of Dixie, a blood hound/lab mix, which belongs to Tucker, but Ellen said “somehow manages to live at our home quite a bit of the time.”

Ellen and Scott enjoy new adventures, cooking together, an active social life and hiking. Keeping true to their West Texas heritage, Ellen said that the Davis Mountains is one of their favorite hiking destinations.

Twenty-seven years after attending MC as a young bride from Abilene, Ramsey exclaimed, “Scott and I will be lifelong Midlanders. I love this community, and one of its shining stars is Midland College!”

Friday, January 25, 2013

Remembering Jack L. Sherman, 1930-2012

MC auto tech students gain hands-on training at the ATC's automotive technology lab
Jack L. Sherman
Jack L. Sherman was a true friend to MC. He served on the Midland College Foundation Board from 1993-2008 and was a charter member of the MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC) Advisory Committee.

For 18 years (1985-2003), Sherman owned Jack Sherman Chevrolet in Midland and served in various civic organizations. After his retirement, Sherman moved to Michigan; however, Midlanders still fondly remember Jack’s charismatic personality and his pride in Midland.

MC and MISD students are still reaping the benefits of his sage advice for renovating the old Sears Building located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland into the state-of-the-art Advanced Technology Center. Sherman was also instrumental in helping to secure funds and equipment for the ATC’s automotive technology lab.

Rebecca Bell, former director of the ATC, recalled, “On several occasions during the ATC's first few years of operation, Jack would stop by to visit with students and offer practical tips for skills preparation. Current and future MC and MISD students will continue to be able to acquire hands-on training at the ATC because of Jack’s generosity and advocacy.”

Note from Dr. Nandakumar ... "I had a very exciting time judging the young scientists, and their enthusiasm is contagious!"

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

MC takes the classroom on the road!

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Travel courses offer an exciting learning laboratory full of experiences, opportunities and connections. They are also a great way to earn college credits.

This summer, Midland College (MC) is offering three exciting national and international travel courses in several disciplines. Those who do not necessarily want or need college credit are also invited to travel. It’s a great way to explore, experience different cultures and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow adventurers. 


May 25-June 1. Students can enroll for credit in Biology 2106, Environmental Biology Lab. Cost is $1,800 (includes ground transportation, hotels and guides). The trip includes visits to Lima, Cuzco, Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley. For more information, contact Dr. Margaret Wade,, (432) 685-4615.
Scotland and Ireland

June 6-17. Students can enroll for credit in English 2333, World Literature from 1800 and/or ARTS 1301, Art Appreciation. Cost is $5,085 (includes airfare, ground transportation, hotels, passes, guides, ferry and two meals per day). Places scheduled in Ireland include Killarney, Blarney, Rock of Cahsel and Dublin. Scotland sites include Holyhead, Lake District, Edinburgh, the Highlands, the Isle of Skye and Glasgow. For more information, contact Dr. Pamela Howell,, or Carol Bailey,, or call (432) 685-4628.

Northeastern United States

June 24-July 6. Students can enroll in one or two of several government and history courses. Cost is $1,995 (includes airfare, hotel, ground transportation and guides). The trip includes comprehensive tours in Washington, D. C., Philadelphia, New York City and Boston. For more information, contact Lee Almaguer,, or Dr. Todd Houck,, or call (432) 685-6823. .

MC launches alumni relations efforts

J. Don Wallace, Director of Alumni Relations & Development
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“We want to reconnect with MC alumni and build strong engaging relationships with former and current students, as well as with employees and retirees,” stated J. Don Wallace, MC’s new director of alumni relations & development.

During the past 40 years, approximately 16,000 students have graduated with an associate and, more recently, a baccalaureate degree from Midland College. MC’s new alumni relations office was created this past January in order to meet the needs of those MC graduates and create relevance to alumni, which will allow for relationship-building.

Wallace explained, “My office isn’t just here for MC graduates. The alumni relations office was established to serve all people that have ever been touched by MC. I want to include everyone in our alumni activities—those people who took a continuing education course for professional or personal enrichment; students who went to MC for one or two semesters, and then transferred to a university; former Kids’ College students; and even our College Classics students. The focus will, of course, be on those students who have received a degree and/or technical certificate from MC—but no one is excluded.”

One of Mr. Wallace’s first goals is to have a presence at the upcoming See MC outreach event scheduled to be held on the MC main campus on Saturday, April 20. The event is an “open house” for the community to visit with MC student services and instructional staff. Children’s activities and a hot dog lunch will also be included. Wallace said he hopes that former MC students and their families will stop by campus that day and see how the college has expanded over the years. Other events being planned are alumni tailgating parties at athletic games and an annual breakfast that will honor distinguished alumni.

For the past 16 years, Wallace has been employed in various capacities in MC’s Media Services Department, most recently as director. During this time, he assumed responsibilities for the McCormick Gallery and Dollye Neal Chapel. Wallace will continue leading these two important aspects of MC while serving as director of alumni relations & development.

Mr. Wallace is a native Midlander, having graduated from Midland High School in 1991. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and is currently working on a master’s degree at Kent State University. Wallace said that over time, he hopes to create an MC endowed scholarship with funds generated by MC alumni. He plans to form an advisory committee and has already launched a Facebook page.

The MC Alumni Relations & Development Office is part of Midland College’s Institutional Advancement Department. Mr. Wallace can be reached at (432) 528-2781. His office is located in Room 139 of the Pevehouse Administration Building on the MC campus.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

MC partners to host West Texas Conference on Aging

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College will partner with several other community organizations to host this year’s West Texas Conference on Aging.

The conference, which will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on March 7 at the Midland Center, will include presentations by several renowned professionals practicing in the area of geriatrics. Breakout sessions include “Ethics, Aging and Boundaries: The Balancing Act” by Dr. Pat Gleason-Wynn who is a licensed clinical social worker and a registered nurse; “The Alzheimer’s Journey: Behavioral & Communication Tips” by Janet Cross, program coordinator for the Alzheimer’s Association STAR Chapter-West Texas Region; and “Emergency Preparedness and Planning for People with Access and Functional Needs” by Dr. Alex A. Landesco, state training officer for the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

The keynote speaker is Suzie Humphreys, a former television talk show host who now tours the country as a motivational speaker and inspirational humorist.

Maryanna Houston, director of Midland College’s Health Sciences Continuing Education, said, “The conference is for anyone who wants to know more about the process of aging and how to work with senior citizens. Our target audience includes healthcare professionals, social workers, marriage and family therapists, activity directors, long-term care administrators, licensed professional counselors, law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel. Midland College and the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) will award professional continuing education units and credit.”

Pre-conference registration fee is $50 before February 28. After that date, conference registration fee is $75. To register, please contact Margie Grimes in the Midland College Health Sciences Continuing Education office at (432) 681-6354.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Endowed scholarship honors long-time Midland nurse

Billie G. Ruppe
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Billie G. Ruppe was especially proud of her career as a registered nurse and served as a member of the advisory board for Midland College's Vocational Nursing program. In 1951, she began working at Midland Memorial Hospital and was past President of the Women's Hospital Auxiliary.

She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Co-founder and CEO of We Care Home Health Agency and past board member of The Allison Bridge Center. In 1981 she traveled to Saudi Arabia to open new hospitals as the head of nursing.

Nursing and caring for others was always an important part of Ruppe’s life until her death in February of 2011.

This past July, Mrs. Ruppe’s daughter Coletta Ruppe Ivy established the Billie G. Ruppe Nursing Endowed Scholarship with a gift to the Midland College Foundation of over $150,000. The scholarship will be awarded each semester to offset costs associated with tuition, fees, living expenses, books and supplies.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A hands-on, creative opportunity for MC students

From Michael Hubbard
MC Painting Instructor

Announcing OUT OF BOUNDS, a one of a kind art exhibition taking place in February in the McCormick Gallery.

Four experienced professional artists from different parts of the country will join us at Midland College from February 5 - 8. Each artist will work with a group of MC students to create a wild and unique piece of installation art designed specifically for this exhibition!

All MC students have the chance to sign up and work with one of these artists. They will have the opportunity to gain hands-on creative experience with an innovative art professional. This special insight into teamwork, creative communication and problem-solving would be a valuable learning experience for art students as well as those from other departments.

There will be an informative meeting Tuesday, January 22, at noon in AFA 180. I will explain all aspects of the exhibition and the volunteer process for interested students or anyone who wants to learn more.

Any students interested in volunteering but unable to attend the meeting can contact me personally.

Please help to spread the word!

Michael Hubbard
Painting Instructor

REMINDER ... February 1st Application Deadline for 2013 Commencement Speaker

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The graduation committee is now accepting applications for the 2013 Commencement speaker. Applicants should be planning to graduate with an associate degree or certificate in December 2012 or May 2013 and have a 3.20 grade point average.

The application can be found on the MC website at and the deadline for application submission is February 1.

All interested applicants must complete this form. When form is complete, please click on "Submit." A selection committee will review all forms and choose three applications for submission to the Midland College Executive Vice President who will make the final speaker selection by March 1. The speech will need to be submitted to the Midland College Dean of Community Relations & Special Events by April 5, 2013. Midland College Speech faculty will review the speech and contact the speaker with changes/suggestions.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

MC Basketball TONIGHT

REMINDER: Midland College Basketball is back in action TONIGHT at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center:
@ 5:45 p.m. Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen vs Midland College Lady Chaparrals
@ 7:45 p.m. Frank Phillips College Plainsmen vs Midland College Chaparrals

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Welcome to the MC Family

By Rex Peebles
Midland College Vice President of Instruction

Please welcome to Midland College two new employees in Instruction: Dr. Bob Dent, Acting Dean of Health Sciences and Kathryn Zimmerhanzel, Assistant to the Vice President of Instruction. I am delighted to have both on board. They can be found at:

Kathryn Zimmerhanzel
office: 230 LRC
phone: 686-4227

Bob Dent
office: 140 TC
phone: 685-4589

MC Students invited to step-up, speak-up on "Community College Day"

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Midland College Student Government Association (MCSGA) is hosting a trip to Austin for Community College Day 2013.

Students have the opportunity to speak with legislators about issues surrounding Midland College.

Cost: $75 all-inclusive, per person
Covers: Travel to and from Austin, 1 night hotel stay, and 3 meals

For more information or to sign up contact Stephanie VanCuren, MCSGA Advisor, at 432-685-4543, or drop by SSC 125.

Space is limited. Deadline to sign up and pay is Wednesday, January 30.

2012 Community College Day Visit

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

MC honors teaching excellence

TEA winners Kim Bezinque and Mike Makowsky
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Kim Bezinque and Mike Makowsky epitomize teaching excellence, and their dedication to their profession was honored on Thursday, January 10, at MC’s annual Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) ceremony.

The TEA are the most prestigious awards MC gives its faculty. Each year, the ceremony honors a faculty member from the academic/transfer area and one from the career/technical area. The award carries with it a cash honorarium, an individual plaque and a permanent listing in the Pevehouse Administration Building.

During the fall of 2012, seven faculty members were nominated by their peers. Each nominee was required to submit information about his/her professional experience as well as an essay describing individual teaching philosophy. The peer selection committee then interviewed all nominees.

Bezinque is assistant professor of nursing in the Associate Degree Nursing program, and Makowsky is associate professor of geography and international studies. MC Vice President of Instruction Dr. Rex Peebles noted, “Kim and Mike represent commitment to their profession in everything they do. They are both excellent teachers—they maintain compassion and integrity while instilling in their students a desire to excel. They truly are the ‘best of the best.’”

Lady Chaps subdue Lady Wranglers, Chaps Search for Answers

CLICK HERE for a photo album
By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

In the first of their annual two game WJCAC games versus rival Odessa College, the Midland College Lady Chaparrals displayed command from the opening tip. Midland College 13-5 overall and 2-1 in the WJCAC, jumped out to a 44-25 halftime lead and outpaced Odessa College (13-4, 3-1) by a final score of 75-60. In the process the Lady Chaps drew first blood in the rivalry game played at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center in Midland.

Midland College once again received balanced scoring from several players led by Achiri Ade's 22 point, 13 rebound and two blocked shot performance. Also scoring in double digits were Catherine Kruschke with 17 and Tia Dixon with 11. Sophomore guard Darnetta Jackson chipped in with a near double-double, scoring nine points and pulling down nine rebounds.

As a team the Lady Chaps out-rebounded the Lady Wranglers 45-32, recorded more assists 14-7 and shot nearly 55% from the three point line, compared to Odessa's 24% shooting from behind the three point arc. The MC bench also outscored OC by 33-18 in the contest.

The men's game may have shown those in attendance, one of the most unattractive halves of basketball in recent history with neither team seeming capable of finding a way to score. At the intermission, the score was tied at 16-16 with the Wranglers shooting 22% from the floor, matched only by the Chaps' dismal 20% shooting in the first half. The second half proved to be a bit more exciting for those who decided to stay as Odessa defeated Midland College by a score of 56-54. The loss dropped the Chaparrals to 10-4 this season and 1-2 in conference. Odessa College improved to 14-3 and 4-0 in the WJCAC race.

Midland College's Corey Hilliard was the only Chap player to reach double figures, scoring 14 in the match up. Tiegbe Bamba pulled down 10 rebounds to lead everyone in the category. The game was contested throughout and included 14 lead changes and eight ties. Additionally, MC won the free throw contest 14-13, Midland also narrowly won the rebound battle 38-37. MC recorded a season low in turnovers, with 11 in the game. But it was the Chaparrals inability to score that spelled the difference in the game.

The Chaps played the game without three players who were recently released from the team. Brandon Maclin and Kiwi Gardner were dismissed for violations of school rules while sophomore Anthony Norris, Jr. was declared academically ineligible for the spring semester, thus ending his Midland College career.

Both teams will return to WJCAC play on Thursday, January 17th when the Lady Chaps and Chaps host Frank Phillips College at the Chaparral Center. The Lady Chaps vs. Lady Plainsmen will tip off at 5:45 p.m. and the Chaps and Plainsmen are scheduled to begin at 7:45 p.m.

Represent Your College and serve your community

The Midland College Ambassador Program is looking for you! MC Ambassadors are students actively involved in campus activities. They attend sporting events, lecture events, and performing arts programs; promote campus leadership; and meet new people. Their duties include volunteering for campus events, gaining leadership skills, and having a great time while promoting Midland College.

CLICK HERE for a downloadable/printable MC Ambassadors Scholarship Form (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, contact: Julia Vickery, MC's Student Life Director, at (432) 685-4704 or  

Monday, January 14, 2013

In memory of Alex Andrew

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

We extend our sympathy to the family of Alex Andrew. Mr. Andrew was a retired MC employee, having served as an MC custodian from April 7, 1975, until his retirement on October 31, 1985.

Mr. Andrew is survived by his daughters Peggy Silmon, Shirley Lee and Ada Mae Shorter.

Memorial services are scheduled for tomorrow, January 15, at 1:00 p.m. at Thomas Funeral Home.

The MC flag will fly at half-staff today and tomorrow in memory of Mr. Andrew

Students ... find YOUR place at Your College

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Internationally renowned piano duo's video filmed at MC

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Known for their adrenalized performances, inventive programming, original compositions and refined artistry, Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Roe have been described as “Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers transposed from the dance floor to the keyboard.” This past April, the duo performed at Midland College (MC) through a grant funded by the FMH Foundation

In addition to their dazzling live performances, the duo is also known for producing innovative videos. One of their videos, in which the duo performed Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida,” was filmed on the MC campus while they were in Midland last April. The video has now been posted to YouTube, and is also available via the MC website.

It was Anderson & Roe’s YouTube videos that first made MC Associate Professor of Music Dr. Nicholas Elderkin aware of the duo when he was searching for piano videos to show his classes.

“I instantly took notice of this duo,” stated Elderkin. “Greg Anderson produces the videos himself, and they are outstanding. The ‘Viva La Vida’ video is one of their best, and they were thrilled to be able to film it on our beautiful campus.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

MC degree leads to successful business ownership

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Kathy Hughes is a smart, independent businesswoman, who always knew she wanted to manage her own company helping people. So, in June 2012, Hughes, along with her business partner, started Moxie Insurance Agency in Odessa.

Hughes said, “I was in banking for nine years prior to getting into the insurance business. I enjoy owning a business and helping people with assets and protection.”

She discovered that Midland College’s (MC) baccalaureate program in organizational management definitely helped her succeed in the more intricate aspects of business management. The 33-year-old single mother of two graduated from Odessa High School in 1997 and immediately enrolled in Odessa College; however, simultaneously starting a family and going to school was difficult at the time. She dropped out of college until 2007, when she resumed pursuing a business degree at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB).

“While I was taking classes at UTPB, I heard about MC’s bachelor program,” explained Hughes. “I liked the idea of the flexible ‘hybrid’ classes, and the instructors were friendly and really wanted to help me succeed. So, I enrolled at MC. I can honestly say that Dr. Jeff Crain was the BEST teacher I ever had. He made it worthwhile to make the trip from Odessa to Midland. Dr. Crain’s lectures were ‘down-to-earth,’ and he made things fun!”

Crain passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in summer 2011; however, students still fondly remember the one-time lead instructor in MC’s baccalaureate program. Today, his legacy continues at MC, as one of his former students, Amme Cole, has assumed the lead instructor position.

Cole was also one of Hughes’ instructors in the program and fondly recalled, “Kathy was always a joy to work with and really personifies what we look for in our students. She was eager to learn, engaged and a good teammate.” Today, under Hughes’ keen business management skills, Moxie Insurance Agency is thriving. Hughes and her partner have recently expanded their business by purchasing another Odessa independent insurance agency. Hughes said she owes a great deal of her company’s success to the training she received in MC’s organizational management program.

“The courses taught me how to manage day-to-day operations,” said Hughes. “Instead of just reading and memorizing a textbook, we participated in team simulations that focused on real-world scenarios. Those simulations helped me with planning. Also, the flexible class schedule made it easy for me to finish my degree.”

Besides owning and managing her own business, the single mother stays busy with her two children—6-year-old Tyler and 4-year-old Tinley. She also enjoys riding her Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle and plays golf.

Hughes stated, “I believe in working hard, but still having time to enjoy life. Thanks to MC’s baccalaureate program, I am able to have a successful business that allows me resources to enjoy my family and have fun.”

Lady Chap, Chap Basketball Takes WJCAC Openers in Big Spring

Lady Chap Catherine Kruschke scores
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By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chap conference opener at Howard College was the a tale of two halves. In the first half MC seemed to struggle finding their continuity and rhythm going into the intermission with a ten point deficit (36-26). However in the second half, Midland College, 13-4 overall and 1-0 in the WJCAC, stepped up defensively to outscore the Lady Hawks 30-18 securing the 56-54 road victory.

With the game tied at 54 apiece Lady Chap post Catherine Kruschke banked in a short layup with a half second left to provide the final margin of victory for Midland College.

Midland College's Meghan Braeuer led the Lady Chaps with 12 points and Femke Vaandrager chipped in with nine points. Achiri Ade and Kruschke pulled down 13 and 11 rebounds respectively. The win was also the Lady Chaps tenth win in their last eleven contests. Midland dominated on the boards recording 44 to Howard's 27.

The men's contest mirrored the women's in some respects with the Chaps falling behind by 15 points in the first half. However unlike the women's game, the Chaps made their move to get back into the contest with five minutes left in the first half. With Howard College leading 30-15 with 5:11 remaining before halftime, MC went on an impressive 20-4 run to go into the break with a 35-34 lead.

The game had a total of eleven lead changes and six ties. In the second half Midland College was in control early, however the Hawks surged to tie the game at 56-56. Midland College continued their offensive pressure to salt away the win by a score of 81-69. The Chaps improved to 10-2 and 1-0 in conference play.

The Chaps were led Justin Coleman's 24 points and four rebounds, followed by Kiwi Gardner's 14 points. Also scoring in double digits were Aly Ahmed and Tiegbe Bamba with 12 and 11 points. Bamba led all players with eleven rebounds followed by Ahmed's eight boards.

NEXT: Both Midland College teams will travel to Levelland, TX for games versus the South Plains Lady Texans and Texans. Those games are scheduled for Thursday, January 10th @ 5:45 and 7:45 p.m. respectively.

Aly Ahmed of the Chaps scores over a Howard College player
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Lady Chaps dump #16 Weatherford, Chaps dispense Coyotes in Preconference Tune-up

Midland's Kiwi Gardner scores the "and one" on the Coyotes
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 By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

The MC Lady Chaps returned to the hardwood after a much needed break from school and competition. Midland College 12-4 overall achieved redemption against #16 Weatherford College with a convincing 78-99 win over the Lady Coyotes on a cold, Thursday night at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Midland College used a very balanced scoring attack in the contest, with five Lady Chaps scoring in double figures. MC was led by sophomore standout Achiri Ade who recorded a "double-double" (13 points, 11 rebounds) in her first game in five weeks. The hiatus was due to a foot problem that needed rest in order to properly heal. In addition to Ade's performance, freshmen Catherine Kruschke and Tia Dixon scored 12 points each, while fellow freshman Danieshka Canales and sophomore guard Darnetta Jackson chipped in with 10 points each.

In the men's match up the Chaps looked impressive after a one month layoff in putting away the Weatherford Coyotes by a score of 98-51. The win lifted the Chaparrals to 9-2 this season. For the Coyotes the 47-point loss was better than the 61-point beatdown imposed on them by the Chaps late in December.

Like the women's contest, MC saw a very balanced scoring attack with six players scoring in double figures in the contest. Sophomore guard Willis Nicholson led the Chaparrals with a 17 point, six assist outburst. MC's Justin Coleman and Gary Akbar recorded "double-doubles". Coleman recorded 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Akbar chipped in with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow Chaps Kiwi Gardner, Colan Weasby and Ede Egharevba scored 14, 11 and 11 respectively. Midland's Aly Ahmed pulled down 12 boards to tie him with Coleman as the game leader in the category. Gardner also dished six assists in the game.

Both teams return to Chap Center on Monday, January 14, in another double-dip versus the Odessa College Wranglers. The Lady Chaps will tip off against the Lady Wranglers in a 5:45 p.m. start, while the Chaps and the Wranglers square off in a scheduled 7:45 p.m. contest.

Darnetta Jackson drives past a Weatherford College defender
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Monday, January 7, 2013

"College Classics" announces Spring 2013 schedule

College Classics offers 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.

Registration for the Spring 2013 schedule of courses begins Monday, January 14.

 • Complete College Classics Schedule
 • Registration/Cancellation Procedures
 • Courses
 • Instructors
   (all of the above are downloadable/printable Adobe .pdf files)

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 such subjects as Political Geography where students have an opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and politics of others countries; Movies in Review where the class will view segments of various films and discuss the director's techniques and intentions; United States Presidents and their impact on our heritage; and virtual tours of foreign lands to name a few. The generosity of these instructors allows the college to offer this unique program to a special segment of the community.

For more information, contact:
Brenda Cordero, MC Continuing Education
(432) 685-4724
fax (432) 685-6412

Make YOUR club, group a part of student activities at YOUR college

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Join us for a Winter Wander-land Club Fair!

Students, find out how to get involved in Your College and your community by signing up for a Midland College Club or by volunteering for a local non-profit!

The fair will be in the Student Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free food will be provided with a valid Midland College ID!

Deadline to register for your table: January 9.

Clubs and organizations, help our wandering students get oriented with their college and their community.

For more information or for a table registration packet, please contact Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator, at or 432-685-4543.

Friday, January 4, 2013

MC welcomes four-legged, tail-wagging stress-relievers

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By Lesley Isaacs
MC Media Specialist

On Monday and Tuesday, December 10 & 11, MC Student Government Association hosted “Smooch-A-Pooch” from 10 a.m. -12 noon.

Thanks to dogs provided by Midland Animal Services, MC students were able to enjoy the company of adorable canine companions to relieve final exam stress. The event was held in F. Marie Hall Academic Building. Dan Wright, a Senator for MC Student Government, said they got the idea during a regional student government retreat in El Paso, Texas.

On December 11 Midland Animal Services brought an American Staffordshire terrier mix and a Pit Bull mix. “She’s a sweetheart,” said Hailey Hopkins, MC student, about Tiny, the American Staffordshire terrier mix.

The next day, Midland Animal Services brought Tiny back and a Chihuahua mix. “You are so adorable,” said Stephanie Garcia, MC student, about the small Chihuahua mix. Ms. Garcia, vice president of Student Government, said, “Yes, it helps! Students come in thinking about their finals and then see the puppies. It really helped me yesterday with my finals!”

Student Life also had MC Massage Therapy students give 5 minute chair massages for students.

The “stress-free” zone was created to help students relax before and after their finals.

Dual credit enrollment at Your College

Community colleges are the smart choice for dual credit ... that's the message of a new spot coming to television sets in the Permian Basin. Here's a preview of the new spot ...

Dual-credit courses are college courses taken by a high school student for which the student earns both college and high school credit at the same time. All courses are taught at the high school campus during high school hours. Most academic dual-credit courses are fully transferable to public colleges and universities in Texas and generally transferable to other colleges and universities throughout the United States.

CLICK HERE for more information about Dual Credit at MC 

A White (ten days after) Christmas

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From Jeff McDonald
MC Website Editor

The start of my morning - Friday, January 4, 2013 - was spent getting a few shots on the grounds of MC's Main Campus, in Midland, Texas.

Look at those sidewalks. MC grounds crews did a great job clearing the overnight snowfall in time for the start-of-business today.

And look at the big fellow keeping an eye out for breakfast, from one of the best vantage points on campus!

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tonight at Chap Center

A reminder from MC Athletic Director Forrest Allen ...

"Midland College Basketball (Tonight)
@ 5:30 p.m. Weatherford College Lady Coyotes vs. Midland College Lady Chaps
@ 7:30 p.m. Weatherford College Coyotes vs. Midland College Chaparrals
General admission tickets are $2.00 for everyone. Free of charge with a current Midland College ID card."

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

“Turning wrenches” and small-town living

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) definitely feels like “family” for 24-year-old Bubba Youngblood. He was the second sibling in his family to attend MC — his older sister Jessica graduated from Midland College, and his younger sister Jacie plans to attend MC starting in the fall. In addition, Youngblood met his fiancĂ©e Tiffany Bagwell at Midland College. The couple plan to marry in June.

“Tiffany and I met during our freshman year,” explained Youngblood. “We were both in the Student Ambassador program and living on campus at Craddick Hall. We are both from small towns — I’m from Wink, and Tiffany is from Crane. I guess that is one thing that attracted us to each other.”

Youngblood, a 2007 Wink High School graduate, completed MC in May 2009 with an associate degree in Air Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration. Today, he has a successful career managing T. W. Compressors in Wink. He said that his job keeps him busy; however, he is once again back at MC — this time taking classes in MC’s bachelor of applied technology program.

As Youngblood prepares to graduate with a bachelor’s degree this coming May and marry the love of his life, he explained that the newlyweds will make Wink their home. Youngblood said that the couple enjoy small-town living. Youngblood has lived in Wink since he was in the 4th grade and stated that there were 21 people in his graduating class.

He laughed and said, “On my high school football team, most of the players played both offense and defense. I played left tackle on the offensive line and then turned around and played defensive tackle. We were all pretty tired after the games, but I wouldn’t trade those days for anything. Small towns are a great place to live.”

In addition to enjoying the benefits of small-town living, Youngblood is also extremely happy with his responsibilities at T. W. Compressors. He said, “I intend to make a career out of it, but the oil patch is up and down. I figure that a bachelor’s degree in management not only will help me with my current responsibilities, but also will be good to have in case I ever need to look for another job.”

Youngblood has worked in the oil industry for several years, even while working on his MC associate degree when he worked at Tommy White Supply in Midland. Currently, at T. W. Compressors, Youngblood supervises two people and is responsible for 125 rental compressors used in the oil and gas industry.

He stated that he could never see himself in an office: “I like to ‘turn wrenches.’ My job takes me from Snyder to Fort Stockton, and I love every minute of it!”

“MC’s organizational management classes have certainly helped me to become a better manager,” continued Youngblood. “I would advise anyone who wants to be in a management position, regardless of the field, to go through this program. The classes have helped me in financial management, leadership, customer service and employee relations.”

Youngblood credits a great deal of his success to his MC instructors and advisors. He explained that Robert Isbell, Ryan Peckham and Amme Cole have been “awesome instructors” in his baccalaureate courses.

“The classes are ‘hybrid,’ which means that while there is classroom instruction, there is also an online component, so we attend classes every-other week,” explained Youngblood. “Ocassionally, I get to class a little late because I’ve been out in the field all day. I have yet to come across a teacher in the program that isn’t understanding and accommodating with my 12- to 14-hour workdays.”

In addition to his organizational management instructors, Youngblood also spoke highly about Student Development Coordinator Julia Vickery.

“Julia is in charge of the Ambassador program, and she was like a second mom to all of us,” he said. “She also serves as advisor to the baccalaureate students. I couldn’t have gotten this far without her.”

Vickery feels the same way about Youngblood: “Bubba is the type of person that I would love for my son to become. He is kind, happy, hardworking and never gives up. When Bubba was an Ambassador, I knew I could always count on him to be present, and more importantly, be joyful. He made an event fun! He is bright and capable, and I have been honored to serve as his advisor all these years!”