Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Call for Submissions ... 2014 West Texas Journal of History

The West Texas Journal of History is now taking submissions for its 2014 edition, volume 1, number 2. The papers are to be presented in the spring (March or April) of 2014 to a symposium on the Midland College (Midland, Texas) campus and to be published by mid-May of 2014 as the West Texas Journal of History.

Papers may cover any subject in a historical perspective – traditional history, political science, literature, philosophy, and the teaching of these areas. The West Texas Journal and Symposium of History is designed to showcase faculty at community colleges and lower division branches of universities in the Greater West Texas region. The Journal is refereed.

Submissions Form (Adobe .pdf file)

Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to William G. Morris, Henry Professor of History
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705
wmorris@midland.edu  
(432) 685-6810

Authors of the articles chosen for reading and publication will receive both their expenses and an honorarium.

Please pass this notice to anyone who you think may be interested.

The articles from this year's symposium were:
Paula Marshall-Gray – "The Saint of the Impossible Smiles on West Texas: Memory, Myth, and the Making of the Big Lake Oil Field"
William Morris – "Railroads and the Presidential Election of 1924"
Cecilia Miranda - "An Old, Grainy Photo: Alfredo Rueda Quijano and the Mexican Revolution of 1911"
Christopher Buck - "Before and Beyond Spindletop: The ‘Other’ Texas Economy"

More about the 2013 Symposium

Be a Hero ... and get free pizza ... Thursday at Your College

Here's an opportunity for you to step-up and 'Be a Hero!' ... and enjoy some free pizza in the process.

From Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports and Health & Wellness Coordinator

With summer approaching, the blood banks will be running low on their blood supply so we are helping out by having a blood drive on campus.

On Thursday, May 2nd, the UBS Bloodmobile will be parked in the O'Shaughnessy Hall parking lot from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m., we scheduled it later this time so everyone has the opportunity to donate after work. Anyone who donates can have FREE PIZZA!!!

If you would like to schedule an appointment, please let me know. Appointments are available in 20 minute time slots beginning at 4:00.

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thank You,
Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports and Health & Wellness Coordinator
(432) 685-6467
asoliz@midland.edu 




All donors will receive points that can be redemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at unitedbloodservices.org !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at unitedbloodservices.org/

And did we mention pizza ... hmmmm ???

Monday, April 29, 2013

MC takes its show on the road this summer

REMINDER: The deadline to sign-up for "Roots and Branches of
the United States" is Friday, May 10.



 Travel courses offer an exciting learning laboratory full of experiences, opportunities, and connections. They are also a great way to earn extra credits. Midland College has offered several exciting national and international travel courses across several disciplines. Most travel courses are offered in the spring and summer ... and the Midland community is invited to join us ... you don't have to be a student to hit the road with MC!



NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES
\Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston

The Social and Behavioral Sciences Division is pleased to announce the formation of the next East Coast Study/Travel Tour in June/July 2013. 

Details are as follows:
Title: Roots and Branches of the United States. Dates: 06-03-13 through 07-10-13.  
Places Visited: Washington DC, Philadelphia, New York, Boston. 
Comprehensive Cost: $1995.00 (The program price is per person and based on the stated minimum number of paying participants. Not included in the price: tuition, fees, texts, meals, gratitudes to guides and drivers, insurances and other personal expenses.

Students must enroll for credit in one or two of the following courses: Government 2301, 2302, 2304; History 1301, 1302.

Questions? Please contact Lee Almaguer ( ferleeal@midland.edu ) or Todd Houck ( thouck@midland.edu ), or call (432) 685-6823.


  
 For additional information on Travel Courses and other
Study Abroad Opportunities, write or call:

International Studies
Midland College – MHAB 174
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705

Telephone: (432) 685-6828
e-mail:
mmakowsky@midland.edu

Last chance to find out, "What's the buzz?" ... MC Music and Drama presents JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

From Tim Jebsen
MC Drama Faculty, and MCT Executive Director

This weekend (May 3/4) is the final weekend for the spring 2013 production of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, a joint production between the Midland College Music and Drama departments and Midland Community Theatre. There are still tickets available for these final two performances, and remember that Midland College faculty, staff and students can get one free ticket to the show - you need to speak to the Box Office via phone or in person to get the free ticket.


Performances will take place at the Yucca Theatre, 208 N. Colorado, in downtown Midland at 8:00 p.m. on both nights - the Box Office will open at 7:00 p.m. downtown each night.

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are now available through the MCT Box Office - hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (432) 570-4111 or www.mctmidland.org

IMPORTANT - Midland College faculty, staff and students can all obtain one free ticket or this show. However, there is one thing you need to know - FREE MC tickets can NOT be obtained through the website - you will need to call during business hours or stop by the Box Office at 2000 West Wadley (you can also get them at the door one hour prior to curtain). However, tickets are already on sale, and we have already opened the balcony to several performances so you will want to get your tickets NOW in order to reserve the best seats for the show.



JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR - Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber with lyrics by Tim Rice. The musical started as a rock opera concept recording before its first staging on Broadway in 1971. The musical is based very loosely on the Gospels' accounts of the last week of Jesus' life, beginning with the preparation for the arrival of Jesus and his disciples in Jerusalem and ending with the crucifixion. It highlights political and interpersonal struggles between Judas Iscariot and Jesus. It follows the form of a traditional passion play.

Support your MC Music and Drama faculty and students and see a great show - we hope to see you at the Yucca Theatre!


Hands that know what to do ...

... and hearts big enough to do it.

Midland College offers a two-year nursing program leading to the degree of associate of applied science. A transition option for licensed vocational nurses is also available. Satisfactory completion of the program prepares the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.

 • CLICK HERE to learn more about Associate Degree Nursing at MC

 • CLICK HERE to visit Associate Degree Nursing's page on MC's online catalog

Henry gift helps to preserve stories from the past

Symposium lecturer Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray (left) discusses the culture of early
West Texas oil pioneers with Jim (center) and Paula Henry
“If we don’t relay stories about the past to our children, the stories will be lost forever. That’s what drew me to be a history major,” stated Paula Henry.

Paula and her husband Jim, who are benefactors of the MC Henry Chair of History, the West Texas Symposium of History and the West Texas Journal of History, were among the group of MC faculty, students and community members attending the April 13 West Texas Symposium of History.

Standing from left to right are Dr. Will Morris, Henry Chair of History; Christopher Buck, MC adjunct history instructor; Paula Henry; and Cecilia Miranda, MC technical services librarian.  Morris, Buck and Miranda were lecturers at the April 13 West Texas Symposium of History.
The day consisted of presentations ranging from the impact of the railroads on the presidential election of 1924 to memories and myths of the Big Lake Oil Field. The lectures presented at this first annual West Texas Symposium will be published in the West Texas Journal of History later this year.

MC Associate Professor of History and Anthropology Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray gives a presentation entitled “The Saint of the Impossible Smiles on West Texas:  Memory, Myth and the Making of the Big Lake Oil Field.”

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The word on the streets ...


Midland College's Student Government Association (SGA) provides numerous leadership opportunities. The association organizes and assists with extracurricular activities including homecoming, speakers, mixers, fund raising, and community service. MCSGA is a member of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association.

 • CLICK HERE for more information about MCSGA

Q&A, Pt. 4

QUESTION ...
What do Armstrong Backus & Company, Coca-Cola, FirstCapital Bank of Texas, KWES-TV/NewsWest 9/Telemundo, La Laey 104.7, Midland memorial Hospital, Suddenlink Communications and UMC Health System have in common?

ANSWER ...
They're among more than sixty employers and agencies that will be at Chap Center Thursday afternoon for the Midland College Job Fair.

SPECIAL NOTE ...
Adding more names to the list of businesses and agencies participating in the Midland College 2013 Job Fair. Check out the updated list at the link below

Thursday, April 25 ― Midland College, in conjunction with area businesses and media, is pleased to bring you the 2013 edition of the Midland College Job Fair, bringing employers and applicants together at Chap center. Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 •
learn more about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

 • get a list of participating employers and agencies (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, please contact:
   Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Placement Coordinator
   Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
   (432) 685-4716
  
ldaniels@midland.edu
   Fax: (432) 685-4774

A bricklayer’s legacy

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


In the early 1970s James R. South (Jim) laid the bricks on the first buildings at Midland College (MC). Forty years later the deceased bricklayer’s wife, daughter and son-in-law now claim MC as their alma mater.

Jim’s wife Heidi took Powder Puff Mechanics during the early years of Midland College in the automotive department of the old Sears store on Cuthbert. Little did she know at the time, that in 2000, MC would purchase that old Sears store and transform it into the state-of-the-art Midland College Advanced Technology Center, and the facility is once again being used for automotive technology training.

Powder Puff Mechanics was just the start of Heidi’s experiences at Midland College. In the early 1980s, she took a computer course, which led to her enrolling in and graduating from the college’s legal assistant (now paralegal) program and eventually enjoying a successful 20-year career. Now that Heidi is retired, she still takes courses at MC through the College Classics program, which is designed for people 50 and over.

Heidi exclaimed, “College Classics is great because I learn new things, meet new people and have taken a couple of trips as part of the program. I loved working as a legal assistant but couldn’t wait to retire, just so I would have time to take the wonderful College Classics courses!”

Heidi’s daughter Joanie has her mother’s thirst for learning. In 1987 Joanie graduated from Midland College with an associate’s degree in general studies. However, she didn’t stop there. She later earned two bachelors’ degrees in history and anthropology and a master’s degree in history from the University of Houston. In addition, she also has a master’s degree in library and information science from the University of North Texas and has completed all of her coursework toward a doctoral degree. Currently Joanie works as librarian and archivist at St. Thomas High School in Houston.


Joanie South-Shelley, her daughter Claire and Heidi South
Joanie, who received tuition assistance at MC through the Abell Hanger scholarship (now entitled the Legacy Scholarship), fondly recalls how her love of learning first began at Midland College: “Attending MC made me get serious about higher education. I was editor of the student newspaper El Paisano during the 1986-1987 school year. My experiences as editor encouraged me to be organized about coursework and meeting deadlines. In the mid-1980s, computers weren’t yet being used for newspaper layout. It took a long time to get an edition ready for print. In fact, one time my mom had to help me type the stories. At other times, I would be at the college late at night in order to meet a deadline, and I would take my dog Jasper with me to keep me company.”

It wasn’t all late nights and publication deadlines for Joanie while she was attending MC—in the spring of 1985, she found love in, of all places, an algebra class. It was Joanie’s first year at the college; however, Curt Shelley had procrastinated taking algebra until his last semester as a respiratory care major.

Curt said, “I wouldn’t advise waiting until the last semester to take a required algebra class, but I guess fate intervened because had I taken algebra earlier, I wouldn’t have been in class with Joanie.”


Curt Shelley
After graduating from Midland College, Curt worked at Midland Memorial Hospital as a Registered Respiratory Therapist. Eventually Joanie and Curt married and moved to Houston where Curt continued his career in respiratory care. The couple has one daughter Claire, age 8, who is in the second grade at Red Elementary in Houston. In 2003, Curt received a bachelor’s degree through an online program at Thomas Edison State College in New Jersey, and in 2009, he received his master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Allied Health Education/Administration program.

For 20 years, Curt has been employed at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, and during the last 5 years, he has served as the ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) coordinator. In this capacity Curt oversees and trains ECMO specialists and physicians in cardiac and respiratory ECMO. In 2007, Curt was named Employee of the Year for the 6,000 employee hospital.

Even with his busy schedule, the 1982 Lee High School graduate still finds time each year to return to Midland and give a presentation on the latest trends in ECMO care to current MC respiratory care students.

Curt Shelley lecturing to current MC respiratory care students on April 3, 2013
“I believe in giving something back to the place where it all started,” explained Curt. “My successful career was based on the superb foundation I received at Midland College. In fact, if a graduate of MC’s respiratory care were to apply for a job in my department, I would give them consideration over other applicants because I know they received great training.”

Curt recalled the words of his mother who was a nurse at Midland Memorial Hospital for many years: “When I told my mother that I wanted to become a healthcare professional, she was so excited because she said that as a nurse she could only care for one person at a time. By having a son in the industry, she could now reach even more people through me. I guess I have that same feeling when I conduct training sessions and visit with students at Midland College. I am imparting my knowledge to them so that they can care for others, thereby affecting countless lives every day.”

Curt’s father-in-law Jim, the bricklayer who worked on construction of the first buildings at Midland College, has indeed left a legacy. Those early buildings were just a start to the education and personal enrichment that his family would receive at MC. More importantly, those buildings were the beginning of a rich tradition of training people whose lives will impact future generations.

Getting an early start ...

Some employers and agencies participating in today's Midland College Job Fair, were already showing up at Chap Center yesterday afternoon/evening.


Thursday, April 25 ― Midland College, in conjunction with area businesses and media, is pleased to bring you the 2013 edition of the Midland College Job Fair, bringing employers and applicants together at Chap center. Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 •
learn more about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

 • get a list of participating employers and agencies (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, please contact:
   Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Placement Coordinator
   Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
   (432) 685-4716
  
ldaniels@midland.edu
   Fax: (432) 685-4774

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MC, first in Permian Basin to receive EMS accreditation

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


Midland College (MC) announces the recent accreditation of the Emergency Medical Services program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP). MC is the first college in the Permian Basin to receive this prestigious accreditation.

MC Emergency Medical Services Program Director Leland Hart explained, explained, “This accreditation allows our paramedic students who have successfully completed MC’s 47-hour paramedic program to take the national registry exam in order to be certified as a paramedic. All Texas paramedics must complete the exam before applying for a state license. MC began the accrediting process in late summer 2012. We first submitted a self-study to the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, and then the Commission sent a site visit team to review our facilities, equipment and faculty. In March 2013, we were notified that MC is now fully accredited for the standard five-year term through March 31, 2018, at which time we will need to reapply.”

MC’s Emergency Medical Services program is located in the Dorothy & Todd Aaron Medical Science Building on the main MC campus. Skills training and internships are conducted in the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, at Midland Memorial Hospital and also with the Midland Fire Department. Hart stated that graduates typically find jobs working with local fire departments, private ambulance services, hospitals and physicians’ offices. In fall 2012, MC reported a 100 percent pass rate on the paramedic certification/licensure exam.

Ambulance used for MC Emergency Medical Service training.
The ambulance was donated to MC by F. Marie Hall.


Q&A, Pt. 3

QUESTION ...
What do Apache Corporation, City of Midland, Fesco Ltd., KPEJ-TV/Fox 24, MC TYransportation Training/Truck Driving, Starbucks Coffee Company and Whataburger Restaurants have in common?

ANSWER ...
They're among more than sixty employers and agencies that will be at Chap Center Thursday afternoon for the Midland College Job Fair.

SPECIAL NOTE ...
Adding more names to the list of businesses and agencies participating in the Midland College 2013 Job Fair. Check out the updated list at the link below

Thursday, April 25 ― Midland College, in conjunction with area businesses and media, is pleased to bring you the 2013 edition of the Midland College Job Fair, bringing employers and applicants together at Chap center. Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 •
learn more about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

 • get a list of participating employers and agencies (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, please contact:
   Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Placement Coordinator
   Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
   (432) 685-4716
  
ldaniels@midland.edu
   Fax: (432) 685-4774

Midland College Softball Plays Final Home Games of Season, Honors Sophomores

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team will conclude the home portion of the 2013 schedule with a four-game set over the weekend at Lady Chap Field. The Lady Chaps will play a pair of double-headers versus Luna Community College of Las Vegas, NM. Luna is in their first year of competition in the conference.

The first double-header will be played on Friday, April 26th @ 1:00 p.m. at Lady Chap Field (on the MC campus), then on Saturday the Lady Chaps and Luna will play a second double dip beginning at 11:00 a.m. also at Midland College.

The Lady Chaps enters the final regular season series with a 36-26 overall record, which includes being 12-12 in conference (4th place). Luna is currently 18-29 this season and 9-15 in the WJCAC (6th place).

On Saturday, coaches Tommy Ramos and Mailei Henry will honor six departing members of the Lady Chap softball team. Those graduating sophomores are as follows:

Taylor Clancy, catcher (Los Banos, CA); Marlene Fields, outfielder (Stockton, CA); Holly Herrington, pitcher (Odessa, TX); Earnysha Scroggins, outfielder (Riverside, CA); Carly Wiedenback, infielder (North Bend, WA) and Kristine Vargas, pitcher (Jal, NM).


 • CLICK HERE for an MC Softball Sophomore photo album 

In the currently WJCAC standings, Midland College qualifies for the 2013 NJCAA Region 5 West Softball Tournament (May 2nd-4th) in Lubbock, TX at Texas Tech University. The tournament field will be comprised of the top six teams in the WJCAC with the winner advancing to the 2013 NJCAA Women's Division I Softball Championships in St. George, UT.

 • WJCAC Standings


 • Midland College Individual Statistics

MC Lady Chaps, Chap Athletes Moving On ...

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Several Midland College students will be signing national letters of intent with their next colleges. The signings will be held this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. in the MC Athletics Team Room located in the Physical Education Building. Students who have chosen their next destination include:

Dragana Cvoric (volleyball)
Darnetta Jackson (women's basketball)
Meghan Braeuer (women's basketball)
Achiri Ade (women's basketball)
Corey Hilliard (men's basketball)
Ede Egharevba (men's basketball)
Earnysha Scroggins (softball)
Taylor Clancy (softball)
Blake Brorman (golf)

Cry havoc, and let slip the jugs of water! *

The campus of Your College will once again be the site of an annual onslaught by tribes of smart, young Visigoths hoisting their home-made siege engines into place, and competing with one another in a contest of brains and brawn. It's nothing less than the West Texas Milk Jug Chuckin' Championship, featuring full-size trebuchets designed, built and operated by area high school and junior high school students.

This year's event takes place Saturday, April 27, from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. at the northeast corner of Garfield and Siesta streets, on the MC main campus. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Bring a towel ... just in case ...

And if you're wondering ... yes there IS method to the mayhem, and a purpose in the pounding.

"One of the ways that we try to make the learning more memorable and meaningful is through the use of projects," Midland High School physics teacher Cory Calloway once wrote in the Midland Reporter-Telegram. "In my classroom, these projects tend to take the role of being both formative and summative. Students use trial-and-error techniques and theoretical classroom knowledge through the scientific method to address some engineering or scientific problem. These projects require students to research a problem and then plan and test a solution. Throughout this process, they are trying new things and learning how to overcome obstacles to evaluate their progress. They submit pre-determined reports as they make adjustments and improve their solutions until the end of the year, and then they present a final product."


 • read the rest of Mr. Calloway's op-ed piece in the MRT

As for me, I'll be rooting for my son's former team ... San Jacinto Junior High School, led by Curt "Coach" Cowdrey.

Once more into the breach, dear Eagles, once more; or fill the wall with our English wet!
*


* ... with apologies to William Shakespeare

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Q&A, Pt. 2

QUESTION ...
What do Anadarko Petroleum, Cinergy Cinemas & Entertainment, Fastenal Company, KOSA-TV/ICA Broadcasting, MC Human Resources, Springboard Center and Workforce Solutions have in common?

ANSWER ...
They're among more than sixty employers and agencies that will be at Chap Center Thursday afternoon for the Midland College Job Fair.

SPECIAL NOTE ...
Adding more names to the list of businesses and agencies participating in the Midland College 2013 Job Fair. Check out the updated list at the link below

Thursday, April 25 ― Midland College, in conjunction with area businesses and media, is pleased to bring you the 2013 edition of the Midland College Job Fair, bringing employers and applicants together at Chap center. Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 •
learn more about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

 • get a list of participating employers and agencies (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, please contact:
   Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Placement Coordinator
   Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
   (432) 685-4716
  
ldaniels@midland.edu
   Fax: (432) 685-4774

MC students give $22,000 to local nonprofit agencies

2012-2103 MC Students in Philanthropy members with MC Student Development Coordinator Julia Vickery (pictured on far right).  Vickery serves as advisor/coordinator for the club.
 By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


When Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust board member Vicki Jay addressed the 2012-2013 MC Students in Philanthropy (SIP) club on Wednesday, April 17, she said, “You are part of the ‘kerplunk’ process. When someone throws a stone into a pond, the ‘kerplunk’ makes a ripple throughout a wide portion of the water. The funds that you are giving to these nonprofit agencies will have a similar effect on the lives of the people whom these agencies will help. Your initial ‘kerplunk’ will make a wide ripple to help many Midlanders.”

The April 17 event was part of the annual SIP grant awards ceremony. This year, 21 student members raised a total of $12,000 through six fundraising activities. When matched by the grant provided by the Abell-Hanger Foundation and the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, the students were able to award $22,000 in funds to numerous area nonprofit agencies. In addition to fundraising, the students also volunteered over 200 hours of community service!

SIP received and reviewed grant applications and funded several organizations, such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midland, Community and Senior Services of Midland, Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, Safe Place of the Permian Basin and the West Texas Food Bank, just to name a few. The culmination of the event was the awarding of the David E. Daniel Award for Agency Excellence, which went to Family Promise of Midland.

The MC Students in Philanthropy club was established in 1997 by the Abell-Hanger Foundation to provide student leaders the opportunity to improve the quality of life in our community. In December of 2006, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust joined the Abell-Hanger Foundation in helping to fund the SIP club. Members learn the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations. Through the fund development and grant-making process, students not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership and stewardship training through a structured program designed to educate, support and promote philanthropic leadership. Since its inception the MC Students in Philanthropy program has reviewed a total of 423 grant applications, resulting in 257 grants funded for a total of $295,591.73 in monies raised and awarded to area nonprofits!


The MC Students in Philanthropy club awarded the David E. Daniel Award for Agency Excellence to Family Promise of Midland.  Pictured from left to right are Marlene Glover, Family Promise case manager; Jamie Rhoades, Family Promise board vice president; Tom Miller, Family Promise executive director; and Hannah Eaton and Justin Garrett, 2012-2013 SIP members.

Midland College Health Programs Preparing Students for 21st Century Careers

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


Midland College (MC) announces the recent accreditation of the Emergency Medical Service program from the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education (CAAHEP). MC is the first college in the Permian Basin to receive this prestigious accreditation.

MC Emergency Medical Services Program Director Leland Hart explained, “This accreditation allows our paramedic students who have successfully completed MC’s 47-hour paramedic program to take the national registry exam in order to be certified as a paramedic. All Texas paramedics must complete the exam before applying for a state license. MC began the accrediting process in late summer 2012. We first submitted a self-study to the Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions, and then the Commission sent a site visit team to review our facilities, equipment and faculty. In March 2013, we were notified that MC is now fully accredited for the standard five-year term through March 31, 2018, at which time we will need to reapply.”

MC’s Emergency Medical Services program is located in the Dorothy & Todd Aaron Medical Science Building on the main MC campus. Skills training and internships are conducted in the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, at Midland Memorial Hospital and also with the Midland Fire Department. Hart stated that graduates typically find jobs working with local fire departments, private ambulance services, hospitals and physicians’ offices. In fall 2012, MC reported a 100 percent pass rate on the paramedic certification/licensure exam.

Another national exam for graduates in MC’s health-related programs is the NCLEX-PN, offered to graduates of MC’s Vocational Nursing program. Until recently, MC had two LVN programs—one on the MC main campus, established in 1972, and one in Fort Stockton, established in 1980. At its April 18 meeting, the State Board of Nursing voted to have only one program under the Midland College LVN program umbrella. The LVN program at the Midland College Midland campus will now merge with the program at MC’s Williams Regional Technical Training Center in Fort Stockton.

Darla Poole, LVN program acting chair, said, “Students in Midland are still able to enroll and take classes at the main campus. We will continue to collaborate with the Fort Stockton program on curriculum and clinical learning experiences. In the past, both programs have used the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College for skills instruction, and that training process will continue. Students in Midland will perform clinical rotations at Midland Memorial Hospital and at local long-term care facilities, and students in Fort Stockton will perform clinical rotations at similar sites in Pecos County. Upon completion of the program, both sets of students will be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensing exam.”

Over 90 percent of MC students who pass the NCLEX-PN vocational nursing exam are placed in area long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, clinics and hospitals. MC has enjoyed a long tradition of excellence in its nursing program. In addition to the vocational nursing program, the college also has a two-year associate degree nursing program that leads to registered nurse (RN) licensure.

Health career students as well as students from MC’s other programs will have an opportunity to meet with area employers when the college hosts its annual job fair on Thursday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. This year, over 60 employers are participating in the event, which will be held on the MC campus at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Those employers participating include not only the health-related industry, but also retail, government, public service, customer service, entertainment, energy and broadcast media. For a complete list of employers, visit www.midland.edu/events

MC Job Placement Coordinator Lupe Daniels said, “Even if people currently have jobs, it never hurts to see what else is out there. Those attending should bring plenty of résumés and dress in appropriate business attire. In the past, some employers have hired people ‘right on the spot’ at this event. Others will invite participants for a more formal interview at the job location.”

Monday, April 22, 2013

Getting ready ...

CLICK HERE for a downloadable/printable Rehearsal & Graduation Guide
(Adobe .pdf file)

Q&A, Pt. 1

QUESTION ...
What do Academy Sports & Outdoors, Chick-fil-A, Express Employment Professionals, Kelly Services, Meek Refrigeration, Snelling Staffing Services and Yellowhouse Machinery Company have in common?

ANSWER ...
They're among more than sixty employers and agencies that will be at Chap Center Thursday afternoon for the Midland College Job Fair.

SPECIAL NOTE ...
Adding more names to the list of businesses and agencies participating in the Midland College 2013 Job Fair. Check out the updated list at the link below

Thursday, April 25 ― Midland College, in conjunction with area businesses and media, is pleased to bring you the 2013 edition of the Midland College Job Fair, bringing employers and applicants together at Chap center. Admission is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

 •
learn more about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

 • get a list of participating employers and agencies (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, please contact:
   Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Placement Coordinator
   Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
   (432) 685-4716
  
ldaniels@midland.edu
   Fax: (432) 685-4774

ONLINE registration for Summer Semester at Your College underway NOW

Set your sights on summer!

Online registration for MC's Summer Semester NOW underway.
Walk-in begins April 29!

Here are some helpful links to help you get started and find YOUR place at Your College ...

Application & Registration Info

Summer Course Schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

Online Student Catalog

Register Online with Campus Connect

For more information about admissions and registration at MC, call (432) 685-6426, or go to ...

midland.edu/students/home_index

This Sunday ... Run/walk at MC to benefit military veterans in VA care



Medicine March
5K Run & 1-Mile Kids' Run (12 and under)

To benefit military veterans receiving treatment in the West Texas VA Hospital System

7 a.m., Sunday, April 28th, 2013
Midland College Campus, Midland, Texas

All in- and out-patients of the West Texas VA Hospital System depend on donation for calling cards, personal care services, socks, t-shirts, robes, slippers, current periodicals, books, and personal care items. These necessities and amenities might now otherwise be available to patients during their extensive stays.

Our goal is to raise $5000 to provide such basic necessities to these veterans who have so valiantly served our country.

Register online at ttuhsc.edu/studentservices/medicinemarch

Cost:
$30 Adult Participant
$15 Child Participant
$25 Individual Sponsor


There will be refreshments, race course entertainment, and age group awards.

The event is organized by the TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program Students.

For more information please contact:
Kirsten Krause
kirsten.krause@ttuhsc.edu

Friday, April 19, 2013

Chap, Lady Chap Basketball Teams Hear the Call

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From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Lady Chap and Chaparral Basketball
3rd Annual Regional Day School Program for the Deaf Basketball Camp
Monday, April 15, 2013
Odessa, Texas

The Midland College men's and women's basketball teams participated in the third annual basketball camp for the deaf and hard of hearing at Zavala Elementary School in Odessa. The camp, which is the brainchild of Ashley Braeuer a former ECISD speech pathologist, brought together the day school students and the MC basketball athletes for an afternoon of fun and personal growth.

Braeuer, who now resides in Wichita, KS, reached out to the Chap basketball team in 2011 with the idea of working with her ECISD students and despite moving to Maryland and now to Kansas, Braeuer has refused to allow the program to end.

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The day's activities began with the MC athletes introducing themselves to the students, while current staff members signed the athlete's names, hometowns, the position they play and their uniform number. Then the basketball players split up into groups and instructed the students in various basketball skills, including dribbling, shooting and passing as well as playing basketball games with the participants. The day concluded with a photo and autograph session.

The camp had approximately 50 participants, many of the students had their parents on hand to take part in the day's activities.

We extend out sincere thanks and appreciation to Ms. Braeuer, Rakia Musa, the teachers and parents of the RDSPD, the ECISD and Rogers Ford who sponsored camp t-shirts for the MC Athletes. We look forward to next year's camp with tremendous excitement!
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Sights & Sounds ... MC Fine Arts to host two events

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


The public is invited to attend two FREE events hosted by the Midland College Communications and Fine Arts Division.

The Department of Music will feature MC’s talented music students in a concert featuring favorite pop music songs throughout the years. All ages are sure to enjoy favorite tunes from yesterday and today. The concert will be held on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium.

On Thursday, April 25, the Department of Art and the MC Community Relations Office extend a warm invitation to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while viewing beautiful works of art produced by MC students. The reception will take place from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building, McCormick Gallery.


... and on a related note ...

From Tim Jebsen
MC Drama Faculty, MCT Executive Director


MC Music and Drama along with Midland Community Theatre present the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, opening tonight at the Yucca Theatre. There are numerous MC faculty members (cast, band, crew) and MC students (cast, choir, band, crew) performing in the show. In addition, there are six opportunities for you to attend. Finally, if you are a Midland College staff, faculty or student, you get one free ticket to the show!

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Your College joins nationwide "Run for Boston" event

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From Ty Soliz
Intramural Sports and Health & Wellness Coordinator

Midland College Student Life joined other organizations throughout the country in a show of solidarity and support for the people of Boston and the Boston Marathon runners.

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In such short notice, we had over 60 participants and raised over $700 dollars for the American Red Cross.

Thank you again to those who participated and help recruit and spread the word.

Thanks,
The Student Life Department

MC students honored for community service

Midland's Legacy Essay Awards Luncheon
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 • 12:00 noon
Carrasco Room • Scharbauer Student Center • MC
For more information, contact Rebecca Bell, (432) 685-4540, • rbell@midland.edu

Each semester students attend Midland College on Legacy Scholarships sponsored by Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, the Chaparral Foundation and the Scharbauer Foundation. In return for the scholarship, which pays their tuition and fees, students contribute 40 hours of community service.

This community service is the basis for the Legacy Essay Contest, sponsored by the Abell-Hanger Foundation. The purpose of the contest is to honor students’ community service and to let the students tell their stories of how community service has enriched their lives.

Each year, ten of those students receive additional $500 scholarships for essays written about that community service. Spring 2013 semester winners are Jessica Aquino, Emily Felts, Ashley Hearn, Ashley Luna and Bethany Pitchford.

On Tuesday, April 23, these five students — along with the fall 2012 semester winners (Jo’Maka McLaughlin, Paul Peterson, Jonathan Ross, Sierra Salazar and Brady Suggs) — will be honored at a luncheon. Guests at the luncheon will include representatives from Abell-Hanger Foundation, Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust, Chaparral Foundation, Scharbauer Foundation, Midland College Foundation, and family and friends of the honored students. MC Associate Professor of Speech Katherine Allen will read excerpts from the ten winning essays.

Spring essay winner Ashley Hearn summarized the feelings of many of the student volunteers when she wrote, ”Volunteering ultimately opened up the door to my future . . . Words cannot even begin to express how unbelievably thankful and lucky I am because of it. . . . when someone tells you that volunteer work is good for your soul, believe them. There is no telling where it will take you and the amazing opportunities and joy it can bring.”

The winning essays can be found at www.midland.edu/legacyessays  

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Something they can sink their teeth into

A mother’s memory honored with poetry contest

Pictured from left to right are Amber Power, Honorable Mention; Kathryn Hedin, 1st Place; Eniola Olowookere, 4th Place; Carol Schwartz, Contest Benefactor; Michael Guiterrez, Honorable Mention; Victoria Orona, Honorable Mention; and Blake Rackey, 3rd Place. Not shown is John Bosworth who won 2nd Place.

By Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations & Special Events


Each year MC hosts the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest funded by Carol Schwartz, the daughter of the late Hilda Simmons Levitt. The contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money — has been called one of the most prestigious poetry contests in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, her love of poetry and her love for MC.

This year over 60 MC students entered poems for the contest. On Tuesday evening, April 16, ten of those students were recognized with awards, and their beautiful expressions of poetry were read to the audience.

In his opening remarks MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “We appreciate our students’ commitment to their writing. We are delighted to be able to showcase the wonderful talent we have among MC students, and we thank Ms. Schwartz for her continued dedication of underwriting this event. She is indeed a great friend to Midland College.”

Carol Schwartz (left) and MC English
instructor and contest coordinator
Brendan Egan
Schwartz’s mother Hilda Simmons Levitt graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University and studied under poet Robert Penn Warren. The Levitts moved to Midland in the early 1950s and lived modestly in South Midland. 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 MC.

Carol Schwartz now resides in Washington, DC, where she has served on the City Council and ran for mayor several years ago.

She gave words of encouragement to MC students: “I grew up on Midland’s south side. My parents were proprietors of a small store. I attended South Elementary School and graduated in 1961 from Midland High School. I am here to tell you that if you work hard and dream large, you can do anything.”