Friday, March 29, 2013

MC student poetry contest's submission deadline approaching

Only one week remains for MC student poets to submit their entries  for this year's edition of the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest. With more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets, it 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 • began@midland.edu
 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Taking a Break at Your College

Midland College is closed for Easter Holiday Break. Our campus will re-open and classes will resume Tuesday morning, April 2nd. Have a safe, happy and blessed holiday, everyone!


Enjoying the Three P's at Your College


An added note from MC Art Instructor Michael Hubbard ... "We can also add Art to the list in the subject line! If you haven't had a chance to check out the Out of Bounds Exhibition in the McCormick Gallery, you might want to come a bit early and take a look at the fantastically odd artworks before listening to some poetry."


"Pizza, Poetry & People"

Poetry reading by MC English Professor Dr. Glenda Lindsey-Hicks

Thursday, March 28
12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
McCormick Gallery • Allison Fine Arts Building • Midland College

Renew yourself with poetry and enjoy pizza, compliments of the MC English Department!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

MC Presents Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy Workshop

Integrative Neuromuscular Therapy Workshop, Module Two
For more information, contact MC Health Sciences Continuing Education
(432) 681-6303 or (432) 681-6354

On Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, Midland College will offer the second of three intensive weekend seminars focusing on neuromuscular therapy. The seminars are taught by nationally acclaimed author and instructor Peter Lane, LMT, CNMT. Mr. Lane has written several books on massage therapy techniques and taught numerous workshops and classes describing how to “stimulate the human body to do the work that it was intended to do.”

Lane, a former chairman of the New Mexico Massage Therapy Board, said, “This is learning that changes lives. Once students have completed all three modules, they are eligible to challenge a comprehensive written and practical exam to become certified neuromuscular therapists.”

This certification is available to massage therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, nurses and others who are licensed healthcare professionals. Current massage therapy students are also eligible to take the course.”

“These seminars are designed to teach students how to treat the cause of pain—not just the symptoms,” explained Lane. “Integrative neuromuscular therapy combines muscular therapy, energy and nutritional therapies to comprehensively treat a variety of pathologies such as acute to chronic pain, anxiety and depression, fibromyalgia, migraines temporomandibular joint disorder, neck pain, shoulder pain, hip pain and back pain. Many of these conditions are being treated with prescription medications, but oftentimes people are not responding to the medications as they should or have developed an over-reliance to the medication.”

Lane, who said that he comes from a long line of medical practitioners, stated that surgery should be the last option to overcoming pain. He said that he has always worked as a massage therapist in medical clinics. For the last three years, Lane has been employed in a dental surgery center working with patients who are suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder (jaw pain).

The seminar will be held at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. both days. Tuition is $350; however, there is a $50 discount for those who register by April 8. To register, contact the Midland College Health Sciences Continuing Education Department at (432) 681-6303 or (432) 681-6354.

Midland College Music Department receives prestigious Conn-Selmer designation

Midland College (MC) has joined a distinguished list of four-year universities to become the first community college in the world to be designated as a Conn-Selmer school.

Conn-Selmer is the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments and accessories and includes a portfolio of individual companies and brands that represent innovation, entrepreneurship and a focus on musical excellence.  With a complete selection of band, orchestra and percussion instruments, Conn-Selmer is already the choice of music educators around the world.  The honor of being designated as a Conn-Selmer school carries special benefits designed to strengthen the music program of Conn-Selmer’s partner institutions.

Through private grants from the Rea Charitable Trust and the FMH Foundation, Midland College has obtained a complete line of orchestra and band instruments manufactured by Conn-Selmer.  Grant funds were also used to purchase instrument storage cabinets.

Grant Johnston, program administrator in Conn-Selmer’s Division of Education, said, “We look forward to expanding our partnership with Midland College as we develop programs that impact the school’s students and the local music community at large.  By having access to consistently high-quality musical instruments, Midland College students will learn superior skills and be better prepared for success in their careers, ensuring the stability and growth of music education and a long-term legacy for the school.”

Thanks to previous gifts from the Rea Charitable Trust, F. Marie Hall and various other generous donors, MC was able to become an All Steinway School in 2010.  The Conn-Selmer designation further strengthens the college’s outstanding music program.  Midland College is one of only four institutions worldwide to be granted both an All-Steinway and Conn-Selmer School status.

“Our goal is to educate our students in the art of musical accomplishments,” said MC Assistant Professor of Music Rabon Bewley.  “We want our students to perform with confidence, sensitivity and authenticity, whether they aspire to make music a career goal or want to enjoy a life-long hobby of playing a musical instrument.  Partnering with Conn-Selmer will impact our students’ personal and professional lives.  Thanks to the magnanimous support of the Rea Charitable Trust and the FMH Foundation, Midland College is now able to put the best American-made instruments in the hands of our students.”

MC faculty and students receive grants/awards for scientific research

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Scientific research is usually regarded as a function of graduate institutions of higher education.  Occasionally major universities have research projects being performed by undergraduate students.  One certainly does not associate research projects with community colleges; however, faculty and students in the Midland College Math and Natural Science Division are conducting successful research that impacts life in the Midland community every day!

On March 22-23, MC students April Smith and Benjamyn Ortiz presented their undergraduate research projects at the Texas Tech Annual Biological Sciences Symposium in Lubbock.

April Smith
Smith was awarded second place in the undergraduate research poster category for her project entitled “An Accelerated PTC Fingerprint Protocol.”  Through her research — mentored by MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum—a procedure that previously could not be completed in less than 4 hours was shortened to 80 minutes!

PTC is a substance that tastes bitter to some people, while others do not taste it at all.  By using DNA fingerprinting to identify and evaluate the genetic information of a person’s cells, Smith was able to predict whether the test subject can or cannot taste PTC.  The project was funded through a grant from the Yarbrough Foundation, and thanks to Smith’s research, a traveling demonstration kit is now being developed for use in MC’s community outreach programs.

Benjamyn Ortiz
Benjamyn Ortiz’s research involved identifying alleles and the relative frequency of different alleles of the PMCT118 region of the human genome.

“My interests lie in population genetics and virology,” explained Ortiz.  “My Midland College research involves DNA testing of various people to explore similar genetic traits among several ethnicities.”

In addition to Mangum’s genetics project, the Yarbrough Foundation is also helping to fund MC research that will have a direct impact on the Permian Basin environment.  Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Miranda Poage and her research students are attempting to identify microbes capable of degrading hydrocarbons in soil found in the Permian Basin.  The genomes of these microbes will be analyzed in hopes that they can be used to remediate soil contaminated by petrochemical activity.

During an interview in October 2012 with the Midland Reporter-Telegram, MC Dean of Math and Natural Science Dr. Margaret Wade said, “[Research] is a fairly new emphasis for us, and I owe so much credit to the MC faculty.  They are solid in their teaching and then they research and serve as faculty mentors for the students.  They truly are phenomenal, and Midland College is so fortunate to have such dedicated and caring professionals!”

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Midland Pediatric Associates establishes scholarship to memorialize esteemed Midland pediatrician

Joann and John Foster, Sr., M.D.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

John W. Foster, Sr., M.D., attended to the health of children for 47 years. Shortly after establishing his practice in Midland, he was recruited as the “school district physician,” a position he held until 2000. Dr. Foster passed away on October 19, 2012, at the age of 84.

Because of Dr. Foster’s tireless commitment to children, Midland Pediatric Associates has established a scholarship — the John W. Foster, Sr., M. D. Memorial Endowed Scholarship — in his memory. The scholarship provides assistance to full-time students enrolled in one of MC’s various health sciences programs.

Dr. Foster was not only one of Midland’s most treasured pediatricians and respected physicians, but also was active in civic, nonprofit, medical and educational organizations. He served on the board of Centers for Children and Families’ predecessor, the Family Counseling Service. He also belonged to the Kiwanis Club; served as Chairman of the Administrative Board at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church; was on the board of his alma mater, Southwestern University; and served as Chief of Staff at Midland Memorial Hospital. For years, he was active in the Texas Pediatric Society, where he served as treasurer.

John’s wife Joann, who currently resides at The Village at Manor Park in Midland, is a former member of the Midland College Board of Trustees and the Midland College Foundation Board of Directors.

MC Dean of Health Sciences Dr. Bob Dent said, “We are so appreciative of this scholarship established in memory of Dr. Foster. His love and caring for children and his contributions to Midland’s medical society will not soon be forgotten. Thank you, Midland Pediatric Associates, for honoring one of Midland’s heroes who touched the lives of so many.”

schools.com's "10 awesome schools in the Lone Star State" includes Your College

By Aimee Hosler, Reporter
schools.com

Some say everything is bigger in Texas, and based on the size of its economy alone, that proverb is difficult to dispute: In 2011, The Economist reported that if Texas were its own nation, its GDP would rival all of Russia.

According to the Lumina Foundation, if the Lone Star state - which ranked 39th nationally in educational attainment in 2010 - wants to keep up with workforce demand (and maintain its economic prowess), it needs to turn out more college-educated workers by the year 2025. Texas community colleges and the practical, career-ready skills they can provide may be a help in the critical part of this equation.

These 10 notable Texas community colleges are doing their part ...

Read the rest of this story

MC Baseball, Softball this week

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Tuesday, March 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m. (single, nine inning game)
Citi Bank Ballpark (please note location; special entertainment during the game by Internet sensation, funny man Domingo Ayala)
New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds @ Midland College Chaparrals

Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 1:00 p.m. (double header)
Lady Chap Field (on the MC campus)
Odessa College Lady Wranglers @ Midland College Lady Chaps (double-header)

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Friday, March 29, 2013 @ 3:00 p.m. (double header)
Christensen Stadium
Howard College Hawks @ Midland College Chaparrals (double-header)
 
Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Saturday, March 30, 2013 @ 12:00 p.m. (double header)
Christensen Stadium
Howard College Hawks @ Midland College Chaparrals (double-header)

Beisbol funny-man Domingo Ayala, TONIGHT at CitiBank Ballpark


MC Chap baseball fans at Midland's CitiBank Ballpark (please note location) for tonight's game will get a double-treat when Domingo Alaya lends his humor and his ... uh ... expertise to the evening's action, as the Midland College Chaparral Baseball team hosts the Thunderbirds of New Mexico Junior College in a single, nine-inning game. The action - and the fun! - begins at 6:30 p.m.

Midland College PPDC to host short-course on petroleum properties

The Midland College Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) and the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers present

BASICS of PETROLEUM PRODUCING
PROPERTY EVALUATION

Register and pay by going to the PPDC website at www.midland.edu/ppdc or by calling (432) 683-2832

WHAT:
A two day short course in the evaluation of petroleum producing properties for reserve booking, capital budgets, project development, merger & acquisition, bank financing, and risk assessment.


WHEN:
April 8 & 9, 2013, Monday-Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


WHERE:
Midland College Advanced Technology Center, Blankinship Lecture Hall, 3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue, Midland, Texas


COST:
$800 for Texas residents
Out-of State, $825
(payable to Midland College)


TOPICS:
1)  Petroleum Economics and Reserve Estimations
2)  Petroleum Engineering Evaluation Software
3)  Risk Assessment and Classification of Reserves under the P.R.M.S.
4)  Merger & Acquisition Evaluations
4)  Evaluation for Project Development and Budgeting
5)  Evaluation for Financing
6)  Ethical Considerations of Property Evaluation

Instructors:
Dr. Marshall Watson, PE, Professor of Petroleum Engineering - Texas Tech Univ.
Russell K. Hall, PE, President - Russell K. Hall and Associates
Robert Green, PE,  Reservoir and Special Projects Engineer - O’Ryan Oil & Gas
Karl E. Gulick, PE, MS- Finance,  VP - Pet. Engr. - Western National Bank
Mr. Neil Minocha - TRC Consultants
Sylvia K. Barnes - KeyBanc Capital Markets
Arlen L. Edgar


Sponsoring Companies:
RUSSELL K. HALL & ASSOCIATES
WESTERN NATIONAL BANK
TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY
TRC CONSULTANTS
O’RYAN O&G
KEYBANC CAPITAL MARKETS

Friday, March 22, 2013

Lady Chap Fastpitch to Play Westerners in WJCAC Series

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


Fresh off their annual Spring Break road series in Arizona, the Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team returns to conference action this weekend with a four-game series versus Western Texas College. Midland College 27-13 overall and 4-0 in the WJCAC will travel to Snyder (TX) for a Friday double-header at 1:00 p.m. against the Lady Westerners (16-18, 4-0).

The action moves to Midland on Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. double-header at Lady Chap Field, on the Midland College campus.

The Lady Chaps congratulate Taylor Clancy after a home run

MC Alumni t-shirts have arrived!

From J. Don Wallace
Director of Midland College Alumni Relations

The Midland College Bookstore (located in the newer, north portion of the Scharbauer Student Center) has just received a shipment of MC Alumni t-shirts. They come in all sorts of sizes, and you may chose either green or gray. These t-shirts are not to stay in-stock long, so get yours today!

Midland College Well Represented at NCAA Tournamen

By Forrrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College basketball program, or at least its products, will be involved in this year's NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championships. Several former Midland College coaches and players will be vying for a national title when the tournament which began on Thursday, March 21st.

Former Midland College coaches appearing in the NCAA Tournament includes former MC head coach Ross Hodge, now an assistant at Colorado State University. The #8 seeded Rams squared-off in a Midwest Region opening round game against Missouri on Thursday, deafeating them 84-72. The Rams will now face Loisville on Saturday, March 23rd @ 4:15 p.m.
Former Chap assistant coach Alvin Brooks, III (left), now an assistant at Kansas State University, will open tournament play with Lasalle University on Friday, March 22nd @ 4:10 p.m. on truTV from Kansas City  Lasalle reached this game by defeating another contender for the berth, Boise State University. Former MC assistant coach Jeff Linder (right), is currently an assistant coach for the BSU Broncos.

Gonzaga University, the #1 seed from the West, open the NCAA Tournament on Thursday with a 64-58 win over 16th seed Southern University. Former Chap Guy Landry-Edi is a senior on the Gonzaga squad. Gonzaga will now face Wichita State on Saturday, March 23rd @ 7:40 p.m.

Also in the West Region is #15 seed Iona College who is scheduled to take on the Ohio State University in a 2-15 matchup from Dayton, OH. The Iona versus Ohio State game will be broadcast on CBS on Friday, March 22nd @ 8:15 p.m. Former MC guard Trey Bowman is a key member for the Iona Gaels.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

"Out of Bounds" exhibition catalogs now available

From Michael Hubbard
Painting Instructor

Exhibition catalogs from the "Out of Bounds" art show are now available! If you're interested in learning a little bit more about the art and artists or if you'd just like to have a copy, please stop by the McCormicg Gallery. You'll find a stack of them on a pedestal. They are free and numbers are limited!
CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from the show's opening reception

MC Cogdell Center to host free FAFSA Clinic

From Liz Zenteno
Associate Director, Midland College - Cogdell Learning Center


PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD AMONG FAMILY AND FRIENDS

As part of MC/MISD's College Connection initiative, Cogdell will be hosting a free FAFSA Clinic for high school seniors (but welcomes any others needing to complete or renew the FAFSA for 2013-14):

Saturday March 23rd
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (the process only takes 20-30 minutes, so people may come and go; several staff will be assisting)
Cogdell Annex Building
201 W. Florida

A completed 2012 tax return for parents (and student, if student worked) is required to submit the FAFSA. Students should also know their parents' dates of birth and date of marriage.

For more information, please call 684-4100.


FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid; the same electronic application may be used to apply for aid to attend ANY institution of higher ed.

Lady Chap's Title Hopes End Versus Gulf Coast, 1-1 at NJCAA Nationals

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team's chase for the 2013 NJCAA Women's Division I national championship came to an end in the second round of the National Tournament in Salina, Kansas.

The Lady Chaps entered the tournament as the #13 seed and opened play on Monday, March 18th in a 2:00 p.m. game against #20 seeded Volunteer State College (TN). The Lady Chaps defeated VSC 57-49, ending the season for the Lady Pioneers. MC was led by Meghan Braeuer who recorded 16 points, three assists and two steals. Achiri Ade recorded a double-double, scoring 12 points and pulling down 12 rebounds. Ade also had two steals in the contest. Freshman Catherine Kruschke chipped in with 11 points for the Lady Chaps.

The win advanced Midland College into a second round match up with #4 seeded Gulf Coast State College (FL) who had a first round bye in the tournament. In the Lady Chap's second round game against Gulf Coast, Midland College fought off as much as a 20 point deficit, and pulled to within three points with 2:00 left in the contest. However the taller, and very athletic, Commodores were able to hold off Midland College by a score of 62-57. The loss ended the Lady Chaps season with a record of 27-8.

Once again MC was led by Braeuer and Ade with 13 and 12 points respectively. Ade also recorded 11 rebounds. Midland's Kruschke also had 11 rebounds in the contest.


Chap Linksters win Third Tournament of Spring


Tournament champion, Midland College Chaparrals with coach Delnor Poss
CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from the tournament

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral golf team proved just what they are capable of, leading from Monday's opening tee shot to Tuesday's final putt in capturing the championship of the 2013 Midland College Green Tree Country Club Invitational (sponsored by Omega Treating Chemical, Inc.). The Green Tree title is the Chap's third tournament title of the spring semester and was the team's strongest performance of the year. The 54 hole event was played on the Green Tree Country Club's north and east courses (par 72, 6859 yards) and featured six teams.

#1 ranked Odessa College, #7 Hutchinson Community College (KS) and #16 Trinidad State Junior College (CO) as well as unranked New Mexico Military Institute and Garden City Community College (KS) comprised the tournament field. Midland College was the 17th ranked team in the most recent NJCAA poll.

In Monday's opening round of play the Chaps recorded a spectacular, 12 under par 276, led by sophomore Blake Brorman's 65 (-7). The Chap's 276 was the lowest team score of the three round event. Midland then followed the morning's opening round with a one over par 289, in the afternoon round, to lead second place Odessa College by 15 strokes after the first day of competition.

On Tuesday, the Chaps stumbled out of the gate only to quickly regroup and finished with a flourish, recording a third round score of seven under par 281. Midland College's three round score of 846 (-18) outpaced second place Odessa College who shot a 54 hole score of 868.

Midland College was led by the trio of David Ryan, Sean Nee and Brorman who shot 210, 213 and 214 respectively. Ryan's score of 210 was six under par and earned him medalist honors in the event.

Team Scores:
1st: Midland College, 276-289-281--846 (-18)
2nd: Odessa College, 289-291-288--868
3rd: Hutchinson Community College, 302-301-295--898
4th: Garden City Community College, 307-311-286--904
5th: New Mexico Military Institute, 313-298-303--914
6th: Trinidad State Junior College, 323-310-309--942

Individual Scores (Top Six and Midland College):
1st: David Ryan, Midland College, 71-71-68--210 (-6)
2nd: Sean Nee, Midland College, 67-72-74--213
T-3rd: Blake Brorman, Midland College, 65-76-73--214
T-3rd: Cody Taylor, Odessa College, 70-71-73--214
5th: Kyle Gertner, Odessa College, 71-75-69--215
T-6th: Michael O'Connor, Hutchinson Community College, 72-72-72--216
T-6th: Sean Lawrie, Midland College, 75-72-69--216
T-8th: Russell Lara, Midland College, 73-74-71--218.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Forty years of service and success at Your College

By Dr. Steve Thomas
Midland College President

Forty years! That is how long Midland College has been serving Midland and the region. Midland College has made an indelible mark on our community by developing strong partnerships with the Midland Independent School District and other public schools in our service area, business and industry, and the communities we serve. The foundation for excellence that was laid in 1972 continues today, and this would not be possible without the trust, confidence and support of our students, partners and friends.

We have been celebrating 40 years of service this year with a variety of events and recognitions, and it has given me pause to reflect on our past, present and future. In the beginning, when the Midland Junior College Taxing District was formed, the compact with the state of Texas was that the District would generate local revenue through bonds and ad valorem taxes to build and maintain the physical plant. The state, in turn, would pay for administrative and instructional costs. These revenue sources, combined with student tuition and fees, would constitute the major sources of revenue for the college to operate. This is true of all 50 community college districts in the state.

Since that time, Midland College has grown from 688 students to over 6,000 students. Our facilities have also grown from the original campus of four buildings to today’s main campus of 27 buildings, plus the Advanced Technology Center, Cogdell Learning Center, Petroleum Professional Development Center and the Williams Regional Technical Training Center in Fort Stockton. Along with the growth of facilities and students, MC has also added 24 career and technical training programs to support business and industry, including a Bachelor of Applied Technology degree. In addition, Midland College offers customized workforce training, continuing education in a variety of professional fields and cultural enrichment opportunities with music, performing arts and drama. All of this is made possible because of the generosity and support of Midlanders.

The future for Midland College looks very bright, indeed, but we do have issues and challenges ahead. The first, and perhaps foremost, challenge is ensuring that our programs of study are relevant and that we are preparing students for occupations and professions for the 21st Century. Because of the rapid changes in technology and corresponding required skill sets, we must prepare students for jobs tomorrow that don’t even exist today. Technology is expensive, and MC must provide state-of-the-art hardware, software and technical expertise to meet the needs of our students if we are to remain competitive.

Another perennial challenge is funding. State support for community colleges has diminished over the years; however, local support through ad valorem taxes and private gifts and contributions continues to be a major strength for Midland College. As an example, the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund has now reached over $12.6 million. Since 1996, interest from the endowment has financed over $7 million toward programs and services for our students. Since completion of the 2005 Bond projects, we have been planning for the next phase of our Facilities Master Plan, and we will share those plans with the community in the near future. One highlight includes a building for Early College High School (ECHS) at Midland College. Currently, ECHS@MC is located in a wing of the Allison Fine Arts Building, but has outgrown that space. This has been a very successful partnership with MISD, and the students have exceeded our expectations.

We are also planning a new multi-purpose instructional building, which will enable us to move existing programs from portable buildings, as well as add new programs. In addition, a mid-size auditorium that will seat 500-600 people will give us flexibility to host a variety of college and community events, and a fourth residence hall will allow us to accommodate growth and demand.

These are exciting times for all of us in the Permian Basin, and one constant has been the vitality of Midland College in serving our community. Thanks to you, the next forty years will be even better.


Midland College and Midland ISD celebrate Early College High School Week

2013 Early College High School Week
March 25-30

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Early College High School (ECHS) at Midland College is a joint educational commitment by MC and the MISD. The majority of students attending the high school located on the MC campus include underserved minority, low-income and potential firstgeneration college students who often lack family resources and experiences with higher education.

In the fall of 2009, the first cohort of more than 100 ninth-grade students were admitted into ECHS @ MC. These students are now enrolled in their senior year of high school, and in May the majority will be graduating with a high school diploma and a Midland College associate degree! Seventy-three percent of ECHS at MC graduating seniors have been accepted to four-year universities.

In the fall of 2010, 2011 and 2012, ECHS at MC accepted three additional groups of 85 students each into the program. Each cohort will complete four years of high school and several college courses exclusively on the MC campus. Since its opening in 2009, ECHS @ MC has always had the highest state test scores in MISD, as well as the best discipline and attendance reports.

MISD Superintendent Dr. Ryder Warren said, “One of the shining examples of success from the partnership between Midland ISD and Midland College is Early College High School at Midland College. Through the support of our two organizations, charitable foundations, business leaders, and our community as a whole, we have developed a culture of excellence at ECHS @ MC in which hundreds of young men and women will not only earn their high school diplomas from MISD, but many will also earn an associate's degree from Midland College. Their success is a true testament to the nature of giving and support that Midland gives its children.”

Early college high school is a bold approach, based on the principle that academic rigor, combined with the opportunity to save time and money, is a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges. Early college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous, yet supportive program, compressing the time it takes to complete a high school diploma and the first two years of college.

“Early College High School at Midland College is closing the achievement gaps among different demographic groups,” stated MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “Because of this successful partnership between MC and MISD and the support that both entities are able to give these students, they are successful in their high school classes as well as their college courses. We set the standards high, and ECHS @ MC students have not disappointed us.”

The goal of the nationwide early college high school (ECHS) week-long celebration is to bring attention to the successful ECHS initiatives in the United States. There are now 240 early college high schools throughout the U.S. with 75,000 students enrolled.



For more information, contact:

Rebecca Bell, Midland College Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
(rbell@midland.edu , 432-685-4556)

Dr. Ryder Warren, Midland Independent School District Superintendent (432-689-1002)

Jeanette LaBouff-McNeely, ECHS@MC Principal (432-685-4641)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Chap Baseball Returns to Christensen with Five Games Over the Next Five Days

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


The Midland College Chaparral baseball team returns to their first action, since the spring semester break, tonight @ 6:30 p.m. versus Western Texas College. The game will be a single, nine-inning contest and will not count in the conference standings.

Following tonight's game, the Chaparrals return to WJCAC play with a four game set versus El Paso Community College.

The MC vs. EPCC series opens with a 3:00 p.m. double-header on Friday, March 22nd and concludes with a second double-header on Saturday, March 23rd @ 12:00 p.m. EPCC is currently 6-21 this season and 2-6 in conference. Midland College currently sits at 15-7 overall and 5-3 in the WJCAC.

All five contests will be played at Christensen Stadium in Midland.

Midland College's Nee and Brorman Pace Chaps on Tournament's First Day

Sean Nee
From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral golf team received outstanding play from the trio of Sean Nee, Blake Brorman and David Ryan, helping the Chaps to the lead in the 2013 Midland College - Green Tree Country Club Invitational (sponsored by Omega Treating Chemicals, Inc.). Nee, a freshman from Atlantic City (NJ) recorded scores of 67-72--139 (-5) to take the lead in the individual medalist race.


Blake Brorman
Brorman, a sophomore from Big Spring (TX) recorded the tournament's lowest score of the day, shooting a sizzling 65 in the morning's first round. Brorman shot 76 over the second 18 holes to post scores of 65-76--141 (-3), while sophomore David Ryan (London, England) shot 71-71--142 (-2).

After the first 36 holes, the Chaparrals led the field with a two-round total 276-289--565 (-11), 15 strokes ahead of second place Odessa College (289-291--580). The tournament's final round will be played on Tuesday at the Green Tree Country Club in Midland.
David Ryan