Thursday, February 28, 2013

TONIGHT: MC to host "Thurgood" screening as part of African American History Month observance

From Pervis D. Evans
Upward Bound Director at Midland College

COME OUT TONIGHT FOR FREE PIZZA, POPCORN AND A GREAT FILM! Midland College to celebrate African American History Month by hosting a screening of the film "Thurgood" on Thursday, February 28, at 7:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College.

Midland College to celebrate
African American History Month with
a screening of the film, Thurgood
Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
Carrasco Room, Midland College

For more information, please call Pervis Evans (432) 686-4221.

Midland College will host a screening of the film Thurgood in recognition of African American History Month TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, February 28,  in the Midland College Carrasco Room. Founded by Carter G. Woodson in 1926, African American History Month (originally established as Negro History Week), is intended to bring greater awareness of the contributions of African Americans to this country, to understand and overcome a legacy of oppression and racism, and, in so doing, to further racial harmony among us all.

Following its Broadway success, a film version of Laurence Fishburne’s performance in the one- man play Thurgood, premiered on HBO. In the film, Fishburne plays the legendary civil rights leader Justice Thurgood Marshall, who, through a present-day narration, revisits key turning points in his life and career from his life growing up in Baltimore to winning the landmark civil rights case, Brown vs. Board of Education.

Directed by Emmy Award winner Michael Stevens, the project was performed live at the Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theatre in Washington, DC. For the Broadway production of Thurgood, which ended its limited engagement in 2008, Fishburne was nominated for a Tony Award.

The film screening is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Education — a tool for life

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Angelica Olivas
She’s the first member of her family to attend college, and Angelica Olivas isn’t just attending college: In May the 31-year-old mother of three will have earned her second associate degree and a baccalaureate degree. Then, in August, she will begin taking classes for a second baccalaureate degree when she enters the Bachelor of Applied Technology program at Midland College (MC).

Olivas said, “I don’t want to struggle to earn a living the way my parents did. I want to establish a college-going culture for my children.”

Olivas has, indeed, already established that culture. Her 12-year-old daughter already knows she wants to attend Colorado School of Mines and major in engineering. In fact, she has already toured the campus!

Angelica started earning her first associate degree in 1998 when she was still in high school. During her senior year at Midland High School, she took advantage of MC’s early admission program and took her first three MC courses. Then in 1999, right after high school graduation, she attended MC as a full-time student on the Legacy Scholarship, which helped to fund her tuition and fees in exchange for volunteer service at a local nonprofit organization.

Her awareness of giving back to the community and nonprofit service continued throughout her college years, as Olivas was also actively involved in MC’s Students in Philanthropy club, which raises funds for annual nonprofit agency grants.

Today, Olivas is still very much focused on the community. She has been employed by the Midland Fire Department for the past seven years as an administrative assistant to Fire Chief Robert Isbell. While her main responsibilities are focused on providing secretarial and administrative support to the fire department, she also is on call to coordinate dispatching and telephone relief during times of major emergencies.

Despite working 40+ hours per week and raising three children, Olivas is also currently taking nine college credit hours—three from The Univeristy of Texas of the Permian Basin to finish a baccalaureate degree in child development studies and six from MC to finish an associate degree in information technology.

In August, Olivas will be enrolled as a full-time student in the organizational management program at MC, where in two years, she will complete her second baccalaureate degree.

“Eventually, I would like to open a daycare center,” explained Olivas. “While my degree in child development studies is helpful in relating to children, I also need some knowledge in finance and management to deal with the intricacies of owning and operating a successful business. The curriculum in MC’s organizational management program is designed for people who are already working. The classes are structured so that traditional classroom lectures are combined with online instruction, and the teachers are friendly and helpful.”

Olivas explained that she wouldn’t be able to begin working on this second baccalaureate degree had it not been for the City of Midland’s generous tuition reimbursement program and the $2,000 scholarship she is receiving from the Midland Chamber of Commerce.

Nellwyn Barnett, Midland Chamber of Commerce executive vice president of chamber relations, noted, “During the past year, the Midland Chamber of Commerce received approximately $1,000 in donations for a college scholarship. It is with great pleasure that the Chamber is matching that amount to provide a $2,000 scholarship for an MC first-generation-to-college student pursuing a degree in organizational management. Small businesses are the cornerstone of Midland’s business climate, and the Chamber wants to encourage people like Angelica to pursue their dream of business ownership.”

The scholarship will be presented to Olivas during Midland College’s See MC/Si, MC family event scheduled for Saturday, April 20.

Olivas said, “I tell my children that they can do anything they want with their lives. They just need the tools to do it. A college education is one of those tools.”

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Chap Baseball Improves to 9-4, Splitting with Colby and Sweeping Seward

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral baseball team took three of four games versus visiting teams from Kansas, splitting two games against Colby County Community College on Saturday and sweeping a double header with Seward County Community College on Sunday.

In the Colby series the Chaps took game one 14-10 with freshman pitcher Clay O'Dell picking up the win in relief for sophomore Jake Bateman. In the second game Colby took advantage of eight Midland College errors in the 11-9 MC loss. In Sunday's games against Seward County CC, Midland College put on a tremendous offensive display, pounding the Saints for nine hits in the 8-0 Chap win. Jeremy Filipek recorded the complete game victory in the first game, scattering six hits by the Saints.

The offensive assault continued in the second game a 16-3 Midland College win, including solo home runs by Hunter Redman and Steve Withrow. MC collected 12 hits including seven extra base hits against SCCC pitchers. Midland's Thomas McIlreath picked up the win on the mound going five innings before Keanu Ramos entered the contest going two innings for the save.

The Chaparrals travel to Borger on March 1st and 2nd for a four-game, conference opening series versus Frank Phillips College.

Monday, February 25, 2013

MC Linksters Pick Up Tournament Title in Roswell

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Due to expected adverse weather, including high winds and cold temperatures, the format of the NMMI Invitational in Roswell, NM was changed. The tournament, originally scheduled for February 25th and 26th, was changed to February 23rd and 36 holes.

The event was played at the New Mexico Military Institute Invitation (par 72, 6269 yards) and included teams from four WJCAC teams (New Mexico JC, NMMI, Clarendon College and  the Midland College Chaparral golf team ).

The Chaps shot a 36-hole total of 558 (-18) for an impressive twelve stroke win over second place New Mexico JC. The Chaparrals received outstanding play by Russell Lara who won medalist honors, while Sean Lawrie finished tied for second, Blake Brorman and David Ryan finished the tournament in a tie for sixth place.

Team Scores:

1st: Midland College, 280-278/558 (-18)
2nd: New Mexico Junior College, 283-278/570
3rd: New Mexico Military Institute, 286-300/586
4th: Clarendon College, 288, 304/592

Individual Scores (Top Five and Midland College):
1st: Russell Lara, Midland College, 67-65/132 (-12)

T-2nd: Dan Young, Western New Mexico University, 71-66/137
T-2nd: Sean Lawrie, Midland College, 69-68/137

T-4th: Elliott Whitley, New Mexico Junior College, 66-72/138
T-4th: Truman Haeny, New Mexico Military Institute, 69-69/138
T-6th: Blake Brorman, Midland College, 69-71/140
T-6th: David Ryan, Midland College, 73-67/140
T-9th: Sean Nee, Midland College, 69-72/141
13th: Stephen Gage, Midland College, 74-69/143
T-15th: Jake Boggus, Midland College, 71-76/147
23rd: Tyler Brown, Midland College, 73-77/150

Complete Scores:  

MC Basketball Entertains Clarendon College in Final Home Game of Season

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

While the post-season fortune of the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketeball team is sealed, having earned a spot in the upcoming NJCAA Region V Basketball Championships (Lubbock, TX February 6-9th) the MC Chaparral men's basketeball team is hanging by the thinnest of threads heading into Monday's final home game and a trip to NMJC next Thursday.

In the current WJCAC standings the MC Lady Chaps 22-6 (10-2) are tied with rival Odessa College for the top spot in the race for the conference title and the top seed in the Region V Tournament. Midland College and Odessa College are a game ahead of South Plains College and New Mexico Junior College. OC only has one conference game left to play, Monday at New Mexico JC, while the Lady Chaps, South Plains College and NMJC each have two games remaining in the regular season.

On the men's side Howard College, Odessa College and New Mexico Junior College each currently sit in a tie for first place, while South Plains College and the Chaparrals remain one game behind in the standings. The top four teams in the WJCAC advance to the Region V Tournament, so the Chaps narrowly hold a ticket to the dance and will need to win their final two regular season games and have some help along the way in order to qualify for the post season. The Chaparrals are 18-7 overall and 9-5 in the WJCAC going into Monday's home contest with Clarendon College and a make or break game at New Mexico JC on Thursday.

Sophomore Night

Tonight's game versus Clarendon College will mark the final home appearance of a talented trio of Lady Chap sophomore basketball team members. Meghan Braeuer (sophomore, guard from Belton, TX), Darnetta Jackson (sophomore guard from Humble, TX and Achiri Ade (sophomore forward from Baltimore, MD) will say goodbye the faithful on Monday night.

As for the sophomore members of the Midland College men's basketball team, they include: Tiegbe Bamba (forward from Sarchelles, France), Justin Coleman (forward from Richmond, VA), Corey Hilliard (guard from Kansas City, MO), Brandon Lucas (forward from Moore, OK), Willis Nicholson (guard from Philadelphia, PA) and Colan Weasby (guard from Houston, TX).

Oppa MC Style

With thanks to stephyyknows, MC's very own Stephani Garcia ...

Saturday, February 23, 2013

5 Days, 11 Games ... Lady Chap Softball Survives Brutal Test

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By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Thanks to the scheduling of head coach Tommy Ramos, the freshman-laden
Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team has accelerated the maturation process for the 2013 season. After splitting their season opening double-header with Coastal Bend College and after taking more than a week off to fine tune the fundamentals, the MC softball team was run through a gauntlet of tough opponents, emerging with an 8-3 record for the week, including going 4-1 in the Midland College Spring Softball Classic (February 15-16th).

The week of action began with a Wednesday (February 13th) afternoon double-header against Cisco Junior College on the Lady Chap softball field. Midland College successfully defended the home field with wins of 7-1 and 12-11 over the Lady Wranglers. On the following afternoon, the Lady Chaps squared off against Trinidad State Junior College (CO) in another double-header and again the Lady Chaps took both games 3-1 and 3-0.

On February 15th and 16th the Lady Chaps hosted the Midland College Spring Classic and faced five opponents over the two day event. On Friday the Lady Chaps went 2-1, losing their opener to Otero Junior College (CO) 9-6 and defeating Dodge City Community College (KS) and Garden City Community College (KS) by scores of 10-2 and 8-0. In Saturday's games Midland College defeated Vernon College 13-5 and the University of Chihuahua 5-0 to go 4-1 in the round robin tournament.

To finish the week's action Midland College faced Western Nebraska Community College in a rare, Sunday double dip. The long week of play coupled with key injuries in the Lady Chap infield, helped WNCC defeat the Lady Chaps in both games by scores of 5-3 and 6-3 to close out a long week on the diamond.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Midland College's Jones Records Milestone Win

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Congratulations to
Midland College Lady Chaparral Basketeball head coach Ron Jones who recently recorded his 500th win as head coach of the Lady Chaps. Jones, the only coach in the history of the women's basketball program at Midland College, reached the milestone in a 60-51 win over South Plains College. He holds the record for most basketball wins in a career at the college and currently sits at 502-125 (.801) in this his 19th season at MC.

Under Jones' leadership, the Lady Chaps have won nine Western Junior College Athletic Conference titles with a 203-49 (.805) overall conference record. This season the Lady Chaps have qualified for their 19th NJCAA Region V Tournament appearance having won it on five occasions. In his five NJCAA Women's Division I Tournament appearances, Jones and the Lady Chaps finished in the top eight in 2010, 5th in 2008, 3rd in 1999 and 2003 and as the National Runner Up in 2001.

Congratulations to Ron Jones on win #500 at Midland College!

Chap Golf Finishes in Fourth Place at Split Rail

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

In their inaugural event of the spring semester, the Midland College Chaparral golf team managed to shake off a slow start, to finish in fourth place overall in the 2013 OC Wrangler/Split Rail Invitational, which was played at the Split Rail CC in Aledo, TX (par 72, 7353 yards). The 36 hole event was won by Odessa College who recorded a team score of 611. The Chaps recorded a 36 hole total of 629, 18 strokes out of first place.

The tournament field was comprised of teams from the WJCAC and NJCAA Region V, including Western Texas College, McLennan Community College, New Mexico Junior College, Ranger College and New Mexico Military Institute in addition to Midland and Odessa Colleges. Tyler Junior College and Paris Junior College of NJCAA Region 14 rounded out the field.

The individual title went to Felix Moesmang and Frederik Andersen of WTC who each recorded scores of 147. Sean Nee of Midland College was the top individual finisher for the Chaparrals, with a score of 152 good for fifth place.

Team Scores (Top Five Only):

1st: Odessa College, 314-297--611 (+35)
2nd: Western Texas College, 318-299--617
3rd: Tyler Junior College, 332-292--624
4th: Midland College, 328-301--629

5th: McLennan Community College, 325-309--634

Individual Scores (Top Five and Midland College Only):

T-1st: Felix Moesmang, WTC, 76-71--147 (+3)
T-1st: Frederik Andersen, WTC, 73-74--147
3rd: Beau Hanson, OC, 76-72--148
4th: Zeb Littlefield, RC, 79-72-151
5th: Sean Nee, Midland, 79-73--152
T-8th: David Ryan, Midland, 80-74--154
T-30th: Blake Brorman, Midand, 83-77--160
T-30th: Stephen Gage, Midland, 82-78--160
T-43rd: Sean Lawrie, Midland, 88-77--165
T-47th: Tyler Brown, Midland, 86-81--167

For complete tournament information, click on this link .

Shaking the House of Chaps

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So, who was at MC's House of Chaps: Harlem Shake celebration? An easier question to answer would be, "Who WASN'T there?" The turnout was big, it was colorful, and it was in the mood to shake. This was the scene last night, as MC students and staff - and some special guests from the Midland community - gathered at the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

Attendees included the Teletubbies, Captain America, the Whoopie Cushion, Juice the Moose, V, Rocky Rockhound, Dave Lizewski, Ironman, a GB Packer Cheesehead, Darth Vader and many, MANY more.

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

MC Baseball Returns Home for Four Games This Weekend

Joel Atkinson
Blair Beck
By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral baseball team returns home for four games this weekend at Christensen Stadium. On Saturday, February 23rd @ 1:00 p.m. the Chaps will take on Colby County Community College (KS) in a double header. Then on Saturday the MC baseball team will square off versus Seward County Community College (KS) in a noon double dip. All four games will be played at Christensen Stadium in Midland.

The Chaparrals are currently 6-3 this season after taking three games from McLennan Community College (4-3, 11-1, 15-5) last weekend in Midland and defeating Cloud County Community College (KS) 12-5 on Monday in Hobbs, NM. The Chaps split a double header on Wednesday versus Hill College (in Abilene, TX) by scores of 3-4 and 14-3.

Jason Zgardowski

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Some serious shaking at Your College

From Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

We will have our regularly scheduled House of Chaps this Thursday evening, with a twist ... or a "Shake," as the case may be!

At about 9 p.m., we will film the Midland College version of the "Harlem Shake" - a viral video circulating the internet on YouTube. Pepe will begin the shake, followed by about 150-200 people. We are expecting some Jackelopes, Drillers, and Rocky & Juice from the Rockhounds.

House of Chaps will kick off at 8:30 p.m. in Student Center. Snacks will be provided. Students must have their Midland College ID, but anyone is welcome to attend!

School of the Art Institute of Chicago visiting Your College

From Michael Hubbard
Painting Instructor, Midland College

Hello all ... On Friday, February 22, Alex Herrera, a representative from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will be visiting our campus. He will offer a presentation discussing the school's undergraduate degree programs and scholarship opportunities.

This will be a great opportunity to review student work and answer any questions about their very interesting arts programs.

If you know any students interested in a degree in Fine Art, Creative Writing, Art History, Architecture or Art Education, please let them know.

The presentation will take place:
Friday, February 22, 1:00 pm
AFA 195

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Dual Enrollment Students Win Honors at District Competition

Midland College/MISD dual enrollment diesel technology students
win honors at district SKILLS USA competition

For more information, contact:
Pete Avalos, MC Associate Professor of Diesel Technology
(432) 620-0246,

On Friday and Saturday, February 16-17, Midland Independent School District (MISD) high school students in the dual enrollment diesel technology program at Midland College (MC) won several honors in the Diesel Equipment Technology District 2 SKILLS USA competition held in San Angelo.

The MC/MISD students took home 1st, 2nd and 3rd place wins in the hands-on competition. Winners were

1st place — Joshua Dean, Midland High School
2nd Place — Julian Oviedo, Midland High School
3rd Place — Heath Edgerton, Robert E. Lee High School

These students now advance to the state competition to be held in Corpus Christi on April 4-7.

Also advancing to the state competition is Ruben Rodriquez, Midland High School, who won a blue ribbon and Best of Show Award for his alternator project.

Other blue ribbon (Superior rating) individual project winners who will compete at the state competition are

Joshua Dean, Midland High School
Heath Edgerton, Robert E. Lee High School
Alonso Hernandez, Midland High School
Dante Lopez, Robert E. Lee High School
Stephen Mizzles, Robert E. Lee High School
Julian Oviedo, Midland High School
Yahvel Urias, Midland High School
Edgar Valdez, Robert E. Lee High School
Javier Vela, Robert E. Lee High School

Justin Oden, Robert E. Lee High School, won a red ribbon in the individual project category.

MC Associate Professor of Diesel Technology Pete Avalos said, “These students have been working extremely hard this year and have gone above and beyond the regular curriculum to get projects done and fine-tune their skills. I look forward to working with them as we prepare for the state competition in April.”
CLICK HERE to learn more about Dual Credit Enrollment at MC

Monday, February 18, 2013

Search MC Library's catalog via your smart phone

From Cecilia Miranda
Automation/Technical Services Librarian

You can now search Midland College - Fasken LRC catalog via your smart phones (iPhone or Android) and a few other mobile devices.

You will need to download (from your regular App source) the FREE App: BookMyne in order to search our catalog and over one thousand other libraries' catalogs searchable through this tool. To find the Fasken LRC's catalog among all the libraries listed, either enable your smart phone's GPS or search for Name: Midland College then scroll until you locate our library.

Two caveats, though ...

We have BookMyne (the basic version) not BookMyne + (enhanced version) so not all functions are available in the basic version. And, if you use BookMyne's "Suggested Reading" or their NYT Bestseller lists, please be aware that these lists refer to a specific edition of a book. When using these lists, you might get the message: No copies found in library. However, we might have a different edition of the same title, which you can locate when you search BookMyne by Title or Author.

For more information ... and (both are Adobe .pdf files)

Let me know if you have any questions,

Cecilia Miranda
Automation/Technical Services Librarian
Fasken Learning Resource Center, Midland College

MC offers FREE college preparatory classes and scholarship opportunities

Midland College receives grant from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for FREE college preparatory classes and scholarship opportunities

College readiness classes begin March 18.

High school graduates and GED® Test completers have the opportunity to participate in a FREE college-readiness program and subsequently enroll in nine hours of FREE college credit. The college readiness courses will be held Monday-Thursday evenings, March 18-April 30, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. at the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center located at 201 W. Florida Street.

The Intensive College Readiness Program (ICRP) is being provided through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board with the purpose of providing intensive, accelerated instruction in reading, writing and math skills that will help students perform better on the THEA college entrance exam, place out of one or more developmental education classes and improve academic skills. During the seven-week ICRP class, reading, writing and math instruction will be integrated into all areas of study.

In addition to receiving scholarship dollars, students who pass the college readiness course will receive free pre- and post-THEA exams, career counseling and early advising for the fall 2013 semester. Former students who have completed the ICRP program said that the intensive, accelerated instruction helped them to be more successful and perform better in college than their friends and peers who did not participate.

To register and/or obtain more information, contact the Midland College Office of Adult Education at (432) 684-5323 or (432) 684-5021.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

REMINDER: Annual TRIO Day 5/10K Run and Health Walk set for February 23

From Pervis D. Evans
Upward Bound Director at Midland College

• Korey earned a Master of Science in Accounting
• Quianna, Benjamin, Jezabel, Hector and Arali all earned Bachelor of Business Administration degrees
• Pauline earned a Master of Business Adminstration degree
• Chris earned a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
• Isabel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication
• Keiundra earned a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies
• Deamber earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work
• Iskra and Dayami earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering
• Jeremias earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
• Laursha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
• Krystal earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
• Cynthia earned a Master of Edcuation in Counseling and Guidance
• William earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
• Jamee earned a Master's in Public Administration and a Doctor of Jurisprudence
• Omar earned a Master of Science in Software Engineering

Besides having earned these accomplishments, what else do the above individuals have in common? They were first-generation-to-college students who participated in the TRiO Upward Bound program at Midland College while in high school! They are only a few examples that TRiO works! Come show your support for TRiO programs like Upward Bound and Student Support Services by participating in our upcoming TRiO Day 5K/10K Run and Health Walk

Upward Bound TRiO Day
5K/10K Run and Health Walk

Saturday ~ February 23, 2013 ~ National TRiO Day
Midland College (Main Campus)
3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX
8:00 am: Registration ~ 9:00 am: Run/Walk

The Parent Coalition of the Midland College Upward Bound Program invites you to join us for a 5K/10K Run and Health Walk for National TRiO Day!

TRiO Day is a day of service and recognition of the federal TRiO Programs (such as Upward Bound and Student Support Services) that, since 1965, have helped over 10 million first-generation-to-college students obtain a college education.

Entry Fee
$15.00 (Early Registration) ~ $20.00 (On-site)
First 200 Entries Will Receive a FREE T-shirt!

1st & 2nd Prizes for best times in each age group (12 and up)

For Registration Forms:
Visit Midland College Upward Bound Office – 3600 N. Garfield, Portable Building #5 (Behind P. E. Building), OR ...
For more information, call (432) 686-4215

Thursday, February 14, 2013

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Lady Chap softball sweeps double-header in season home-opener

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By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral Softball team made their 2013 home opener a good one, taking on the Cisco Junior College Lady Wranglers at Lady Chap Field. Midland College, now 6-4 on the season, took both games of the double-header with scores of 7-1 and a thrilling 12-11 win in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Earnysha Scroggins. Scroggin's single down the third base line scored pinch runner Leanna Meyer.

In the first game, freshman pitcher Shelby Weissenbach recorded the win. Fellow freshmen Pililani Smith-Keopuhiwa and Taylor Daniels each had solid offensive performances going 2 of 2 and 2 of 4 respectively. Smith-Keopuhiwa recorded a solo HR in the contest.

In game two, Weissenbach came in to relieve starting pitcher Holly Herrington who went six complete innings. Weissenbach picked up the win in relief. Offensively, MC had several standouts including Daniels (4 of 5), Ka'iulani Kamai (3 of 5), Gaby Muniz (2 of 4), Smith-Keopuhiwa (2 of 4) and Weissenbach (2 of 4). Kamai slammed a solo home run in the contest for MC.

The Lady Chaps return to action on Thursday, February 14th, in a 1:00 p.m. double-header versus Trinidad State Junior College (CO) at the Lady Chap Field. MC also hosts the Midland College Spring Softball Classic on Friday and Saturday. They will be one of 17 college and university softball teams taking the field at Midland's Freddie Ezell/MUGS Complex at Ulmer Park for this annual tournament.
CLICK HERE for a tournament schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

The Ladies will conclude their long weekend of competition on Sunday with an 11:00 a.m. double dip versus Western Nebraska Community College at Lady Chap Field on the MC Main Campus.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lady Chaps to host Midland College Spring Softball Classic

This Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16, the MC Lady Chaparrals will be one of 17 college and university softball teams taking the field at Midland's MUGS Complex for this annual tournament. We hope you'll come out this weekend, enjoy some exciting college softball action, and cheer your Lady Chaps on to victory!

CLICK HERE for a tournament schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

Today is the last day to make your "Gloves for Troops" donation. CLICK HERE for more info. MC Chaparral Baseball is a partner in this drive benefitting U.S. Armed Forces personnel.

More schools signing-up for University Transfer Fair at MC

Midland College students will have an opportunity to obtain information from 4-year universities about transferring credits for baccalaureate degrees. Three more schools have been added to the list of those participating in next week's event.

Wednesday, February 20
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm
F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Breezeway and Amistad Atrium

There will be free pizza and drinks for students.

So far, the following schools are attending:

 Angelo State University
 • McMurry University
 • Sul Ross State University
 • Tarleton State University
 Texas State University
 • Texas Tech University
 • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
 • Texas Wesleyan University

 Western Governors University (online)

(more schools may be added in the days ahead)

For more information, contact:
Craig Balch, Academic Advisor
Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College
(432) 685-4695

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Coming this Friday to Your College ...

Valentine's plans? How about dinner and a show?

Good news ... it's not too late to take your sweetheart out for dinner and a show this Valentine's evening, thanks to a scheduling change by the Midland College Student Government Association , and a special offer from Midland Community Theatre .

"Because we would love to have you for dinner on Thursday evening before the showing of Shrek at MCT we have moved the starting time for our Valentine's Dinner Fundraiser to 6:30 p.m." Stephanie VanCuren, MC's Student Activities Coordinator, announced. "If you have already made a reservation, THANK YOU! You may change your time of arrival, if you choose to, by calling 432-685-4543 or emailing  If you have not made a reservation, please do so. We will gladly seat walk-ins, but would prefer reservations so that we know how much to prepare."

"Thank you, in advance, for your support of the Midland College Student Government Association!"

CLICK HERE for more about the MC-SGA Valentine's Dinner Fundraiser

So, how about the show portion of the evening? Tim Jebsen, MCT Executive Director and MC Drama Faculty, is inviting MC students to take advantage of a special offer to watch "Shrek the Musical" at MCT on Valentine's evening ... or other evenings during the show's run. All students with a valid MC student ID can get one free ticket to any MCT show at the Box Office. You do NOT need to be in a theatre class - this offer is good for all students. For more information about the offer, please contact the MCT Box Office at (432) 570-4111.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Home openers THIS WEEK for MC Softball, Baseball

This week, both the Midland College Lady Chaparral Softball and Chaparral Baseball teams will be taking to the home field  for the first time in their 2013 seasons.

The home opener for Head Coach Tommy Ramos and the softball team will be Wednesday, February 13, beginning at 1:00 pm when the Lady Chaparrals host the Cisco College Wranglers in a double-header at Lady Chap Field, on the east side of the MC Main Campus.

The home opener for Head Coach David Coleman and the baseball team will be Friday, February 15, beginning at 3:00 pm when the Chaparrals host the McLennan College Highlanders in a single nine-inning game at MC's Christensen Stadium, on Lamesa Road (just south of Loop 250) in northeast Midland.

Admission to both matches is free and open to the public.

Your College Connection: "Gloves For Troops" Donations Needed

From CBS 7 News

The Midland Rockhounds , Extra Innings , Midland and Odessa College Baseball teams and CBS 7 are all teaming up to help bring the national pastime to servicemen and women overseas. The team announced a drive to collect baseball gloves and baseballs to be sent to the troops.

You can drop off new or used baseball gloves, and baseballs to the Midland Rockhounds, or to Extra Innings in Midland.

The gloves and balls will be sent to California, and then sent overseas.

Ray Fieldhouse with the Rockhounds talked with CBS 7 about how this all came about: “Spotted the story on a website about this minor leaguer, that he met some soldiers and just asked them point blank what they missed the most while overseas and one of them said we miss being able to just go and have a catch.”

Midland College Chaparral Baseball Coach David Coleman added: “It's really special that we've given our life to the game of baseball. Here's guys who are willing to give their life for us and all they want to do is play baseball.”

Odessa College Coach Brian Blessie also said that he told his guys at practice on Tuesday what they would be doing and that they were excited to help. He urged them to look around and see if they have an extra glove to donate.

The glove drive will end Wednesday, February 13th, the first day of Spring Training.

If you want to help, you can drop off gloves, or cash donations to the Midland Rockhounds, or Extra Innings.

Photo Album: Watson Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from the awards ceremony

Friday, February 8, 2013

Midland College SGA hosting Valentine's Day fundraiser

ADDED NOTE ... Hey everyone! Because we would love to have you for dinner on Thursday evening before the showing of "Shrek" at MCT, we have moved the starting time to 6:30 p.m.! If you have already made a reservation, THANK YOU! You may change your time of arrival if you chose to by emailing or calling 432-685-4543! We will gladly seat walk-ins, but would prefer reservations so that we know how much to prepare. Thank you, in advance, for your support of the Midland College Student Government Association!

By Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone! There's no need to wait in line at local restaurants to take your sweetie out to dinner for Valentine's Day!

MC's Student Government Association is hosting a Valentine's fundraiser at 7 p.m. in the Student Center! Dinner will include spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert, and drinks! Cost is only $10 per plate!

Make your reservation today by emailing  or calling 432-685-4543!

Proceeds will be used to travel to the TJCSGA State Conference in Houston.

Don't wait in line! Let us serve you this Valentine's Day!

Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch Series continues with presentation on Alcohol and Drug Addiction

Women's Health Brown Bag Lunch Series:
"Alcohol and Drug Addiction"

Midland College, in partnership with the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women's Health and Midland Memorial Hospital, presents the next installment in its 2012/2013 Brown Bag Lunch Series.

Friday, February 15, 2013, 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College

You are invited to bring a lunch and attend this FREE seminar focusing on women’s health. Iced tea, water, coffee and dessert will be provided by Midland Memorial Hospital.

The February 15 topic will be "Alcohol and Drug Addiction: Prevalence, Diagnosis, Treatment and Recovery" presented by Steven Hart, MHS/MSOD/MSTD, Director of Clinical Services at the Springboard Center.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Bell in the Midland College Community Relations Office, (432) 685-4556,

Thursday, February 7, 2013

MCT musical offers free tickets, extra-credit possibilities for MC students

From Tim Jebsen
MCT Executive Director and MC Drama Instructor

Opening Friday at the Cole Theatre, SHREK THE MUSICAL!

Based on the DreamWorks animated movie and the children's book, this musical is the opening of Midland Community Theatre's 2013 membership season. A musical for the whole family ... and like most modern animated stories, there's lots of stuff for the adults too!

SHREK THE MUSICAL, February 8 - March 9, 2013

Five weekends of Friday and Saturday and select Thursday and Sunday performances Performances take place at Midland Community Theatre, 2000 West Wadley Avenue

REMINDER: All MC students with a valid MC student ID can get one free ticket to any MCT show at the Box Office. You do NOT need to be in a theatre class - this offer is good for all students. You might consider an extra credit project related to this show.

Box Office: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The website has a calender with all dates and performance times.

Hope to see you at the theatre!

Watch me do this!

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Isabel Carrillo’s motto is “Watch me do this!” and people have been watching her do amazing things for the past 23 years. The Midland, Texas, native has been defying the odds and proving herself from the time she was at Bonham Elementary School until the present as she begins a master’s degree in communications at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Carrillo said, “My parents are Mexican immigrants, and I didn’t speak any English until I started the third grade. I was in bilingual classes during kindergarten, first and second grades. When I started the third grade, all the bilingual classes were full. I was put in an all-English-speaking class, and that made me learn English very quickly! It was either sink or swim.”

Carrillo didn’t “sink” at all. In fact, she graduated from Midland’s Robert E. Lee High School in 2007 with a 3.67 GPA and then entered Angelo State University where she completed a baccalaureate degree in only three years! It wasn’t easy for Carrillo during her school years. Carrillo is the youngest of three siblings, and her family lived in a rural community in southeast Midland. Carrillo had to be at the bus stop at 7:00 a.m. every school day, and didn’t get home until 4:30 p.m. Her father, who just has a sixth-grade education from Mexico, worked as a mechanic to support the family. When Isabel was in high school, her father was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. That’s when Isabel’s mother (who was a stay-at-home mom) had to start working for Girling Health Care.

Carrillo’s siblings include a brother who is 13 years older than she, and a sister who is 9 years older. Her brother graduated from high school; however, her sister dropped out just a few months before graduation. Carrillo explained that being a part of a stereotypical Mexican family, her parents didn’t expect much of the girls.

“I think my parents pretty much thought that I would follow in my sister’s footsteps and not complete high school,” noted Carrillo. “I remember when I wanted to join orchestra in elementary school, my parents said, ‘why do you want to do that—you’ll just quit.’ That’s when I first said, ‘Watch me do this!’”

“I couldn’t have done it without Midland College’s Upward Bound program,” continued Carrillo. “By the time I graduated from high school, I already had a year’s worth of college credit because the Upward Bound counselors encouraged me to enroll in dual credit courses while I was in high school, and then I took college courses as part of the ‘Bridge Program’ during the summer between my junior and senior years in high school. The Upward Bound tutoring helped me maintain good grades, and the activities that Upward Bound sponsored provided wonderful opportunities for cultural enrichment.”

Carrillo recalled that family vacations involved traveling to Mexico to visit with family, and she always wanted to go somewhere in the United States; however, her father was very adamant that his children know about their Mexican heritage.

Carrillo said, “When I was in high school, I was able to go to Hawaii and Washington, D.C., during the same summer! The Lee High School band and orchestras played at Pearl Harbor. Then the Midland College Upward Bound program went to Washington that year, and it was fabulous. I was able to experience U.S. history that summer.”

Those summer trips made Carrillo even more determined to travel. So far, she has visited fifteen states and four other countries including Ireland. During the summer after high school graduation, she studied abroad in Monterrey, Mexico. Carrillo said that eventually she plans to visit all 50 states and as many countries as she can.

Today, Carrillo is enjoying life as a graduate student at The University of Texas at Tyler. She proudly boasts having completed her undergraduate degree without any debt. She was able to obtain some private scholarships. Her brother, who is a truck driver, also helped with finances. In addition, while at Angelo State, Carrillo worked as a member of the production team at a local television station in San Angelo and as a reporter and editor at the college’s television station.

After graduating with her bachelor’s degree in May of 2010, Carrillo stayed in San Angelo and worked for Angelo State University as a Hispanic Serving Institution outreach coordinator. It was while she was employed for Angelo State that she met her boyfriend Modesto Rosales at a Texas Tech University alumni dinner in Midland at the Petroleum Club. (Angelo State is part of the Texas Tech University system.) Rosales is now working as an attorney in Tyler, and Carrillo works as a substitute teacher to help finance her graduate studies.

Carrillo explained that she isn’t quite sure what the future will hold; however, whatever she does, she will be exclaiming, “Watch me do this!” She will definitely get the job accomplished with that same determination and poise that has garnered success during her first 23 years.

"From Dublin, Ireland, one of the best places I have been," Carrillo writes. "I dream of living there, one day. East Texas weather is certainly helping me get accustomed to the similar climate in Ireland."

House of Chaps ... TONIGHT!

By Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone! MC's Student Government Association is hosting their next House of Chaps tonight at 8:30 p.m. in the Student Center! (Or directly following the men's basketball game.)

Join us for free food, free coffee and great performances!

Please help us spread the word! As always, you are welcome to perform! To get your name on the list ahead of time or for more information, please email or call 432-685-4543! **All performances must be family friendly!**

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

"Out of Bounds" ... Getting Ready

Getting ready for the opening of Out of Bounds at MC's McCormick Gallery.
CLICK HERE for a photo album of the preparations
The McCormick Gallery at Midland College presents


featuring work by David Herbold, Hector Hernandez, Jieun Beth Kim & Molly Wicks
in collaboration with Midland College students

February 8 - March 29, 2013
Midland College • Allison Fine Arts Building • McCormick Gallery

Gallery Talk and Reception
Friday, February 8, 2013
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Gallery Hours:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call (432) 685-4651
or visit us at

2013 University Transfer Fair, this month at Your College

Midland College students will have an opportunity to obtain information from 4-year universities about transferring credits for baccalaureate degrees.

Wednesday, February 20
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 pm
F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Breezeway and Amistad Atrium

There will be free pizza and drinks for students.

So far, the following schools are attending:

 Angelo State University
 • McMurry University
 • Sul Ross State University
 • Tarleton State University
 • Texas Tech University
 • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
 • Texas Wesleyan University
(more schools will be added to this list in the weeks ahead)

For more information, contact:
Craig Balch, Academic Advisor
Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College
(432) 685-4695

MC honors student writers

Pictured from left to right are Amber Power, Corey Wood, Bethany Pitchford,
Ashley Cross and Kelsea Rice.

Congratulations to the 2013 Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest winners! This year's winners were honored at an awards ceremony held Tuesday in the McCormick Gallery, of the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC Main Campus. Awards were presented for outstanding selections in poetry, essays and short stories.

Midland College began its Creative Writing Contest in 1975. The contest was given a new name in honor of Professor Rebecca T. Watson, who retired from Midland College’s English Department last spring. Ms. Watson judged the first contest when she was an adjunct instructor, and then she guided the contest to maturity over many years of teaching creative writing classes and directing the contest. The English Department is grateful for her years of dedicated service.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Homecoming - A SUCCESS!

By Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

A huge THANK YOU! to everyone who helped with Homecoming the past two days! Here is a quick recap:

Approximately 60 students attended our pre-game party in the Student Center for messy twister, mocktails, four-square, and the premiere of MC Style! You can view MC Style by going to the Midland College Student Activities page on Facebook!

Homecoming: Congratulations to Tiegbe Bamba and Dragana Cvoric on taking the crown as Homecoming king and queen! After the game, approximately 75 students met out by the Craddick Hall for a bonfire and smores! One of our students created the attached photo!

This week will be House of Chaps! Please help us spread the word! You are always welcome to attend!

Added note from MC faculty member Mike Makowsky ... Dragana and Tiegbe represent the International Student Club. This is the first time in the club's 11 year history that the ISC has taken the crown as Homecoming king and queen!

MC family includes international community

Midland College has a number of international students from all parts of the world who have studied here and graduated or transferred to universities studying technical, pre-professional and academic areas.

According to Michael Makowsky, a professor of Geography and International Studies at MC, and one of the faculty advisors for MC's International Student Club, fifty-five international students representing 25 nations are currently enrolled at Midland College with student visas. Over the past 15 years, international students have come to MC from all over the globe, representing over 90 nations.

For more information on International Students at MC, read the Fact Sheet, recently updated to reflect the 2012/2013 school year.

CLICK HERE for more information about international student admissions at MC.

The International Student Club (ISC) at Midland College is dedicated to promoting the international spirit among our fellow students, the campus community and the local community at large, and to building a truly international community of students at Midland College. Membership is open to any Midland College student, staff, family member, or friend who has an interest in the student life issues of international students. The club is actively involved in campus activities and sponsors several club functions, including field trips to area points of interest, and International Food Fairs on the MC campus.

CLICK HERE for more information about the International Student Club at MC.

Monday, February 4, 2013

MC Music Department presents "Someone Like You"

The Midland College Chap Singers perform the song 'Someone Like You' by Adele and Dan Wilson.

For information on vocal and/or instrumental instruction at Midland College, please contact us at:

 • (432) 685-4624

Be inspired! Be Heard! Be Midland College ... Your College!