Friday, August 30, 2013

MC Closed for Labor Day Observance


Midland College will be closed Monday, September 2nd, in observance of Labor Day. Our offices will re-open and classes will resume Tuesday morning, September 3rd.

Have a good, safe holiday everyone!

learn more about the history of Labor Day from the United States Department of Labor

Reception to open McCormick Gallery's first exhibit for Fall 2013

Coming to the McCormick Gallery

Ritual Embodied:
Works of B. Colby Jennings and Ben Sandness

September 3 - October 3, 2013
"A product of long distance conceptual collaboration"

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and punch while
viewing the new exhibit.
The event is free and open to the public.

B. COLBY JENNINGS
"My work depicts direct and indirect confrontation with anxieties that are results of confusion and perplexity related to myth and ritual," Jennings writes. "The particular concepts I address are culled from personal memories and experiences. Some of them have their roots in societal expectation and cultural construct; others come from dialogue created in the space between people and presumption. These anxieties and their sources are experienced as boundaries between observation and understanding — boundaries not to be dismantled, but rather investigated, appreciated, and incorporated into the whole. As a process, I work to translate and reframe my experiences and anxieties in order to approach a deeper comprehension of them."

"I work primarily in the mediums of video, performance and installation along with interactivity, photography, and digital prints. Using these mediums allows me to collect specimens and continuously study those instances of my confrontation with uncertainty. I have used my work in attempts to demystify hegemonic masculinity and normative gender roles prescribed by the rural regional culture in which I was raised."

visit Jennings' website

BEN SANDNESS
"I am a self-taught amateur woodworker. I believe strongly in the tradition of craftsmanship. I work with a genuine care for the materials and tools at hand," Sandness writes. "I am seduced by a romanticized perception of woodworking; taking rough lumber through processes of cutting, shaping, smoothing, and joining to make an object. I revere my tools, most of which have been acquired second-hand. I admire them for the service that they have provided to another craftsperson and continue to give me. Restoring, maintaining, sharpening, and otherwise caring for these tools is a ritual that I treasure. This work is an homage to the tools, processes, and materials that I have and use. The images that I capture and create serve to document the tools that I cherish, while also chronicling my journey."

visit Sandness' website 



The McCormick Gallery is located in Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas.

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

Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public,
and the facility has barrier-free access
Barrier Free Access
 
For more information:
(432) 685-4765

Fall 2013 Club Fair at Midland College

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The Fall 2013 edition of the MC Club Fair was held this week on Beal Plaza, on the MC main campus.

Students had a chance to connect with a wide variety of campus and community organizations, representing a wide range of interests.

Students enjoyed an opportunity for fun, fellowship and free food (including hot dogs grilled by MCPD Chief Richard McKee.

They also enjoyed an opportunity to explore ways of connecting with their college, and their community.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Information Technology

Introducing the MC Ambassadors for 2013/2014

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

Students accepted into the Midland College Ambassador Program will receive a $500 scholarship toward MC tuition, fees, books, and/or housing.

 For more information about this program, contact:
Julia Vickery, Student Development Coordinator, Midland College
(432) 685-4704
jvickery@midland.edu

MC Lady Chaparral Volleyball Kicks-Off 2013 Season

Postscript from Forrest Allen, 10/29/13: I received a letter from Lee College, explaining they are forfeiting their two early season matches against MC (8/23 in Midland and 8/30 in Baytown) because they used an ineligible player in the two contests. The wins change Midland's record14-12 overall for the season.

CLICK HERE for a photo album
The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team kicked-off the 2013/2014 season of MC Athletics with the annual Midland College Kick-Off Classic, at the Al. G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Teams competing in this year's Kick-Off Classic were Midland College (Midland, Texas), Lee College (Baytown, Texas), Temple College (Temple, Texas) and Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).

CLICK HERE for a report from the Midland Reporter-Telegram's Jonathan Hull

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Midland College District to hold public hearings on tax increase


The Midland College District will hold two public hearings on a proposal to increase total tax revenues from properties on the tax roll in the preceding tax year by 1.65% percent. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The first public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Gibson Board Room, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX, 79705.

The second public hearing will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Gibson Board Room, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX, 79705.

The members of the governing body voted on the proposal to consider the tax increase as follows:

FOR: Stephen N. Castle, Linda C. Cowden, Neil M. Florer, Will R. Green, Steven C. Kiser, G. Larry Lawrence, Charlene R. McBride, Kenneth A. Peeler, Ralph L. Way

AGAINST: None

PRESENT and not voting: None

ABSENT: None

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Midland College District last year was $171,166. Based on last year’s tax rate of $0.14418 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed last year on the average home was $246.79.

The average taxable value of a residence homestead in Midland College District this year is $188,654. If the governing body adopts the effective tax rate for this year of $0.1330994 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $247.13.

If the governing body adopts the proposed tax rate of $0.133316 per $100 of taxable value, the amount of taxes imposed this year on the average home would be $251.21.

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the hearings and express their views.

Hero opportunities now open at Your College

Here's an opportunity for you to step-up and 'Be a Hero' ... and contribute to a valuable and badly-needed resource in our community.

Midland College and will be hosting two blood drives on campus during the first week of September.

Tuesday, September 3, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at O'Shaughnessy Residence Hall

Wednesday, September 4, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center

Walk-ins are welcome, or you can register in advance, by telephone at
(432) 520-4592, or by going online.

To register for a time on Tuesday, September 3 - https://www.bloodhero.com/index.cfm?group=op&step=2&opid=514152 

To register for a time on Wednesday, September 4 - https://www.bloodhero.com/index.cfm?group=op&expand=547967&zc=79705 

Staff at United Blood Services report that blood supplies are extremely low right now due to the area's population growth.

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

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


Your College Day @ MC, 2013

We got the spirit, yes we do ... we got the spirit, how about YOU?
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Hundreds of new students packed the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center for the 2013 edition of YCD@MC, an orientation event aimed at improving students' chances to succeed in school.

The day’s events included several activities to welcome first-time MC students, and introduce them to their school. Among other things, they had an opportunity to ...

• Navigate campus technology
• Access student email
• Locate class buildings
• Learn about MC’s numerous academic and career support services and
• Meet faculty and administrators.

MC Student Development Coordinator Julia Vickery said, “Statistics have shown that students who attend are more likely to succeed in college because they have a chance to ‘get to know’ the campus and MC services. The planning committee developed some fun ways to convey MC information. After the ‘prepared’ activities, students had an opportunity to have lunch and tour the campus on their own.”

Vickery explained that students could choose to have lunch in the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall or the Scharbauer Student Center grill, visit with advisors, take a guided campus tour, obtain a parking pass, and/or visit one of the MC computer labs where they could become familiar with MC’s online classroom management system and retrieve student email.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album

Students attending Your College Day @ MC also received a 10 percent discount at the MC Bookstore all that day, and were entered in a drawing for several prizes including an iPad, Kindlle Fire and more.

Finding the formula for success at Your College.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Science seminar series kicks-off September 6th at MC

From Tom Ready
MC Chemistry Department

Friday, September 6th, is the first talk of the academic year for the First Friday Science Seminar series.

Event: First Friday Science Seminar (September)
When: Friday, September 6th, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Where: Room 101, F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Midland College campus
Speakers: Midland College faculty research mentors
Topic: Midland College faculty research mentors will briefly describe their ongoing research projects. Anyone interested in learning about scientific research at Midland College should attend.

Feeding the mind AND the body ... pizza will be served to seminar attendees!


Here's an example of the kind of research going on now at Your College, thanks to the hard work of our students and their faculty mentors, and the generous support of our community ...

Yarborough Foundation funds undergraduate research
MC Biology Students
 By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Yarborough Foundation, MC will be able to extend its unique community college undergraduate research projects. This grant continues the Yarborough Foundation’s generosity of funding MC research.

Last year, MC’s Yarborough Student Researcher developed procedures that allow DNC fingerprinting to be completed in less than two hours. With this year’s grant, a traveling demonstration kit will be developed that can be used during MC’s community outreach events. MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum will continue to mentor two or three research students as they work on this project.

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Go fishin' ... with Your College

Announcing an addition to the schedule of courses at MC Continuing Education ... "All Things Fly Fishing"

According to the instructor ... "We will cover all things fly fishing beginning with equipment selection, and then move on to casting instruction, fly fishing knots, aquatic insects, trout feeding behaviors, reading, water, and fly tying. For those interested, we can also talk about custom rod-building!"

"I will use a combination of 'show-and-tell' demonstrations, hands-on learning, great video presentations from the pros, personal experiences, Q&A and book learnin’. Once the course is completed, students will be familiar with many helpful resources to continue their fly fishing education."

Optional materials for class: “The Orvis Fly Fishing Guide” and a beginner fly-tying kit. Cost of materials to be paid directly to instructor: Book - $20, tying kit - $70.

All Things Fly Fishing
9191 131Q
$30
Instructor: Reggie Baker
Tuesdays, September 10 – October 8, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:


Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu  

MC English Department launching new writers' group this fall


The English Department at Midland College has announced the formation of a writers' group beginning this fall.  The group will meet to read, critique, and encourage creative writing of all genres ... fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The group plans  to host regional writers, as well, to speak on topics of interest.

The group will be open to MC faculty, staff, students, and to all members of the Permian Basin community who are interested, no matter their age or background. 

For more information and to get on an e-mail list, contact Dr. Pamela Howell, MC English faculty, at (432) 685-4628 or prhowell@midland.edu

Registered for MC Club Fair - Thus Far


The Fall 2013 Club Fair will be Wednesday, August 28, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Beal Plaza, right outside the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

Here are the organizations attending Club Fair. They are closing registration today.

MC Student Life
Midland Need to Read
MC International Student Club
Midland College Anime Club
Every Nation Campus Ministry
MC Student Support Services
MC Respiratory Care Club
Commemorative Air Force Airpower Museum
Casa de Amigos
Wells Fargo Bank
Midland College Alumni Association
Habitat for Humanity
United States Hispanic Leadership Institute -Collegiate Leadership Development Program
The Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
Young Life
First Convenience Bank
Midland Rape Crisis and Children's Advocacy Center
The Orchard Church
MC Engineering Club
United Way of Midland
Safe Place of the Permian Basin
Rock Solid
MC Chemistry Club
Sigma Kappa Delta
MC Gamers Club
Midland Memorial Hospital
Baptist Student Ministry
Meals on Wheels
MC Police Department
Amtgard

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College
3600 N. Garfield
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 

It's On ... Fall 2013 Semester at Your College Now Underway!


Big, busy day on the campus of Your College ... it's the first day of classes for the Fall 2013 Semester at MC! Please take your time and take care if you're in the campus neighborhood ...

... AND ... 

... the same is true around any of the Midland ISD campuses, which are also open today for the start of their fall semester. So please be careful ... watch for school zones, traffic signals, crossing guards and reduced speed limits.

Thanks!

And good luck to the students, faculty and staff at all the schools ... have a good day and a great year!

Friday, August 23, 2013

MC EMS Students Participate in Rural Rescue Day

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Students in the Midland College (MC) Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician programs participated in a “Rural Rescue Day.” The practice drills encompassed two emergency rescue scenarios. One involved an ATV accident with pediatric patients. The other featured a trauma accident involving 2-3 adults.

The event took place off Highway 349, just inside Martin County. The terrain is open and typical of what may be found by West Texas first-responders.

MC Emergency Medical Services Clinical Instructor Shirlinda Savahl said, “Our students get quite a bit of practice with rescue operations involving typical accidents that are likely to occur within city limits; however, they rarely get an opportunity to practice in rural settings. This drill will enable them to get hands-on first-responder experience like those which may be encountered in West Texas’ more remote locations.”



Emergency Medical Services is a Health Science profession recognized by the American Medical Association. A competent member of this profession will recognize, assess, and manage medical emergencies under the direction of a physician and primarily provide pre-hospital emergency care to acutely ill patients by ambulance service and secondarily in other appropriate settings (such as hospitals). Midland College offers an associate degree (2 years) or individualized courses preparing students to write the Texas Department of State Health Services examination for Basic Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) after the first eight (8) semester hours and the Texas Department of State Health Services exam for EMT-Paramedic after completion of EMT training and an additional 35 semester hours (12 months) of course work.

CLICK HERE for more information about the program

MC Lady Chaps kick-off volleyball season THIS AFTERNOON

The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team is kicking-off the 2013/2014 season of MC Athletics with the annual Midland College Kick-Off Classic, which is now underway at the Al. G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Teams competing in this year's Kick-Off Classic are Midland College (Midland, Texas), Lee College (Baytown, Texas), Temple College (Temple, Texas) and Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).

Admission will NOT be charged this weekend only, so bring your family and friends out for the action ... come out and support your Lady Chaps!

Friday, August 23, 2013
Chaparral Center

    1:00 pm, Wharton County Junior College vs. Lee College
    3:00 pm, Midland College vs. Temple College
    5:00 pm, Wharton County Junior College vs. Temple College
    7:00 pm, Midland College vs. Lee College

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Chaparral Center

    8:00 am, Lee College vs. Wharton County Junior College
    10:00 am, Temple College vs. Lee College
    12:00 noon, Midland College vs. Wharton County Junior College
    2:00 pm, Midland College vs. Temple College

All matches will be three-out-of-five sets. Play rally score to 25, with deciding set being played to 15.

Smith Aims to Walk Again


By Mark Janssen
kstatesports.com

Imagine, if you will, that one day you're a coach of your son's track and basketball teams, and a hunk enough of a man to be nicknamed 'Big Dog' by your fellow workers.

The next day, however, you're a wheelchair-bound 46-year-old paraplegic following a somewhat routine surgery to remove a herniated disc in your back.

"It's a tough deal, but I have the optimism and faith that I will walk again," said Billy Ray Smith. "I'm not the first one that this has happened to. There's a foundation in place with the rehabilitation people. There are steps you have to complete before you get to the next step, but I'm looking to complete the task."

WHO'S BILLY RAY SMITH?

If the name Billy Ray Smith sounds like "Texas" it's for good reason. He was an all-star prep basketball player in Garland where he averaged 25 points per game, and then attended Midland Community College where he was listed by Sports Illustrated as one of the Top 5 Junior College transfers in the country.

K-State's Lon Kruger was the one who won that recruiting battle signings Smith in 1988. He would end up with a career average of 5.3 points per game as he started 28 of the 62 games that he played.

"Good memories," Smith said of his days as a Wildcat, which included two NCAA Tournament appearances. "Coach Kruger gave me a chance and we had quality teams. I wouldn't trade those days for anything."

Completing his basketball career with the 1989-1990 season, Smith needed one more semester to complete his social science major.

Basketball teammate Reggie Britt talked his buddy into trying out for Bill Snyder's football Wildcats in the fall of 1990 despite the fact that he had never played high school football due to a dirt bike/car accident.

Britt ended up quitting his bid to become a tight end, which left Smith to battle it out alone as a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end/lineman.

Laughing, Smith said, "When Reggie quit I had to stick it out or people would have thought basketball players were too soft to play. I did all right. I started on most of the special teams and played a little defensive end behind Elijah Alexander and Reggie Blackwell. Those were two pretty good players."

HEALTHY TODAY, PARALYZED TOMORROW

After his KSU days, Smith worked at the Manhattan Flint Hills Job Corp as a recreation advisor before returning home to join good friend and former Wildcat basketball walk-on Reggie Carney with the Pepsi Cola Company as a production supervisor.

Fast-forward 20 years and Smith was starting to feel the aches and pains that many former athletes do. Not able to horse around with his kids, or navigate gymnasium bleachers, last August 1, Smith had his right knee scoped to repair the meniscus ligament. The expected routine recuperation didn't go as planned. It was anything but the norm.

"After eight weeks I was still on crutches," said Smith. "I had no feeling in my right leg and I couldn't place my foot where I wanted to. They called it 'club foot.' At 46, I eventually went to using a walker."

An MRI was performed that showed a herniated disc that was causing this numbness in the lower half of his body. Surgery was performed on April 3 in Dallas' UT Southwest Hospital.

The procedure was supposed to take four or five hours, but instead it lasted eight hours.

The procedure was supposed to return the feeling to Smith's legs, but instead it left him paralyzed. 

He was a paraplegic.

Out of the recovery room, Smith was asked if he could move his feet, "... and I couldn't do it." He was asked if he could feel hot and cold, "... and I couldn't do it."

Smith had never had surgery before, so "... I thought this might be normal and it would take time. I was hearing a lot of stuff that you don't want to hear, but never in my mind did I think I was paralyzed."

Smith returned home in three weeks, but still couldn't move. 

He was a paraplegic.

"Hearing that word, and later having to write it on medical forms, was very tough," said Smith, who has daughters that are 28 and 11, and a 14-year-old son. "Not until then did it really sink in. It wasn't real to me, but I had no movement, so that's the term I had to go by."

Two-plus months later, he says, "I was able to move my toes a little bit. That little bit made me excited for the therapist to come back the next day. It was progress on a tough journey."

Today four-plus months after the surgery, Smith can move his left foot, but can't control it. "It lands where it wants to and can't support any weight. I think of moving my right foot, but it won't pick up, and I still can't feel hot and cold on my legs."

While he lives by himself at his Garland home, Smith compares his status to being an infant.

"I'm trying to learn how to take care of myself. I'm a baby in a playpen who can't walk," said Smith. "Like a baby, I'm hoping I can walk in 9 to 12 months. But it may take 13, or more. I'm not going to put a time on it. I'm still young. I can bounce back. I know I can bounce back.

"God has the time table," said Smith. "I have to be realistic. I know it's not going to happen overnight."

WHAT AN ATTITUDE

Smith wants no pity. In fact, he's the one who feels the pain for friends who come by and don't know what to say.

"I can see the pain in their eyes. They want to see me as I was and not as I am," said Smith. "They don't want this to be real for me, but it is."

Carney continues to check in on Smith on more days than not and marvels at his friend's attitude. 

"He's the most positive person I've ever met," said Carney. "People come to see him to try to encourage him, but they leave having been encouraged by him. He knows he's not going to stay in that chair. He believes that one day he will walk again. He's working toward that vision every day. He's been an amazing role model for me."

Fans can send a message of encouragement to smith at:  billy.smith@att.net

We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact Kelly McHugh, Mark Janssen or K-State Assistant AD for Communications Kenny Lannou.

MC Health Sciences CE offers Pharmacy Technician Training

Health Sciences Continuing Education at Midland College is pleased to introduce ...

INTRODUCTION TO PHARMACY TECHNICIAN
(PHRA 1001)

pharmtechThis comprehensive 52 hour course will prepare students to enter the pharmacy field and take the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board’s PTCB exam. Technicians work in hospitals, home infusion pharmacies, community pharmacies and other health care settings working under the supervision of a registered pharmacist. Course content includes medical terminology specific to the pharmacy, reading and interpreting prescriptions and defining drugs by generic and brand names. Students will learn dosage calculations, I.V. flow rates, drug compounding, dose conversions, dispensing of prescriptions, inventory control and billing and reimbursement.

HD00131Q
5.25 CEU’s

CLASSROOM
October 7 - November 25 • Mondays and Wednesdays • 6:00 – 9:30 pm
Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC), Rm. 118

INSTRUCTOR:
Nick Villarreal

COST:
$999 ($1,004 out-of-state)
Textbooks are included in tuition


For more information, please contact:

Wendy Wood-Collins, Director Health Sciences Continue Education
(432 )681-6303
wwoodcollins@midland.edu

MC Health Sciences Continuing Education is located in the
Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, Midland, TX 79701
(432) 681-6354

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Fire Science Technology

MC Lady Chaps kick-off volleyball season this weekend with Kick-Off Classic

The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team kicks-off the 2013/2014 season of MC Athletics with the annual Midland College Kick-Off Classic, taking place this weekend at the Al. G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Teams competing in this year's Kick-Off Classic are Midland College (Midland, Texas), Lee College (Baytown, Texas), Temple College (Temple, Texas) and Wharton County Junior College (Wharton, Texas).

Admission will not be charged this weekend only (bring your families out for the action)! Come out and support the Lady Chaps!

Friday, August 23, 2013
Chaparral Center

    1:00 pm, Wharton County Junior College vs. Lee College
    3:00 pm, Midland College vs. Temple College
    5:00 pm, Wharton County Junior College vs. Temple College
    7:00 pm, Midland College vs. Lee College

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Chaparral Center

    8:00 am, Lee College vs. Wharton County Junior College
    10:00 am, Temple College vs. Lee College
    12:00 noon, Midland College vs. Wharton County Junior College
    2:00 pm, Midland College vs. Temple College

All matches will be three-out-of-five sets. Play rally score to 25, with deciding set being played to 15.

Full House

Part of the crowd on hand at Chap Center this morning for Your College Day at MC, orientation for new students at Midland College ... part of a busy week on the MC campus as we prepare for the start of the Fall 2013 semester, this Monday, August 26th.


Free "First Aid, CPR & BBP" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"First Aid, CPR &BBP" is one of the topics that will be covered during the month of August in free courses offered by MC.

A schedule of free courses being offered this summer by the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, is now available online.

 • CLICK HERE for your copy of the schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

First Aid, CPR & BBP 
(I050 124Q)
Thursday, August 29th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, at midland.edu/continuing_education/rmi or (432) 681-6303.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sign of the times


As you drive around the campus of Your College, you may need to go a little slower than you're used to in some cases ... and FASTER in other cases ... but it WILL be easier for all involved.

During their Tuesday evening meeting, the Midland College Board of Trustees approved a proposal to have a single speed limit on campus roads. Prior to this decision, some parts of the campus' main road, Circle Drive, had a 25 mph speed limit, while other parts had a 15 mph limit. Now, all of the roads will be 20 mph. Meanwhile, the speed limit for MC campus parking lots will remain 10 mph.

Midland College BEDC offering Homebuyer Education Class this month

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) will once again be offering its Homebuyer Education class, Saturday, August 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The class is taught at the  Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, 201 W. Florida Street.

This course is recommended by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and taught by certified trainers.

Topics Include:
Are Ready to Buy a Home?
Managing Your Money
Understanding Credit
Obtaining a Mortgage Loan
Shipping for a Home
Protecting Your Investment


Cost: $20 Per Household

A lunch is provided for the eight-hour course.

For more information, future dates, classes in Spanish, or to register, contact Sylvia at (432) 684-4309 or ssanchez@midland.edu

First info sessions for HITECH Workforce Program is tomorrow at MC

HITECH/HIM Info Sessions will be held in the Carrasco Room (in the north building of the Scharbauer Student Center) on Thursday, August 22, 2013 from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.; and on Tuesday, September 24 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. (morning session) and 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. (evening session)

For more information, contact:
Sonya Laster
(432) 685-6891
slaster@midland.edu 


The HITECH Workforce Program is designed to cross train professionals with two years of experience or two years of education in either healthcare or Information Technology. Training will provide the individuals with  knowledge, skills, and aptitudes necessary to implement and maintain electronic health records system in hospitals, physician's offices and clinics. 
 
more information about the program 

Counting down the days ... "Your College Day" is TOMORROW

Students are more likely to succeed in school and MUCH more likely to win prizes when they attend "Your College Day @ MC," an orientation event REQUIRED for all new MC students. Mark your calendars for Thursday, August 22 ... that's tomorrow!

The day’s events will include several activities to welcome first-time MC students. Students will have an opportunity to ...

Navigate campus technology
Access student email
Locate class buildings
Learn about MC’s numerous academic and career support services and
Meet faculty and administrators.

MC Student Development Coordinator Julia Vickery said, “This will be our third year to host Your College Day. Statistics have shown that students who attend are more likely to succeed in college because they have a chance to ‘get to know’ the campus and MC services. The planning committee has developed some fun ways to convey MC information. After the ‘prepared’ activities, which will last until about 11:00, students will have an opportunity to have lunch and tour the campus on their own.”

Vickery explained that students may choose to have lunch in the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall or the Scharbauer Student Center grill, visit with advisors, take a guided campus tour, obtain a parking pass, and/or visit one of the MC computer labs where they can become familiar with MC’s online classroom management system and retrieve student email.

Students attending Your College Day @ MC will also receive a 10 percent discount at the MC Bookstore all day on Thursday and will be entered in a drawing for several prizes including an iPad, Kindlle Fire and more.

CLICK HERE to register online for YCD@MC 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Manage workplace risks this fall, with FREE help from Midland College

A schedule of free courses being offered this fall by the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, is now available online.

 • CLICK HERE for your copy of RMI's fall schedule (Adobe .pdf file)

Since the inception of the Risk Management Institute at Midland College in May 2006, more than 2,300 people have participated in the program. Approximately 70 percent of participants are from the oil and gas industry, with the remaining participants from city government, health care and other industries.

The seminars include a wide variety of risk management/safety topics. These courses range from general safety topics, such as back safety, ergonomics, fall protection and OSHA standards, to specific topics such as Introduction to Safety Management, Confined Spaces, HAZCOM, Forklift Safety, Drug and Alcohol Awareness for Supervisors, H2S Certification, CPR/First Aid & Blood-Borne Pathogens, and a variety of courses designed for fieldwork in the energy industry.

The seminars are four (4) to thirty (30) hours in duration and are offered at no cost to the student. Texas Mutual Insurance Company’s generous contributions to the program allows students to receive, at no cost, CEU’s for completing the seminars.

For more information about the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, please visit midland.edu/continuing_education/rmi or call (432) 681-6303.

Latina student becomes one of MC’s most popular professors

By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

Duberlinda Mauricio was born and raised in Peru and moved to the United States in 2000 speaking very little English. After a lot of hard work and a commitment to getting her education, Duberlinda now teaches full time at Midland College.

Duberlinda was raised in Las Lomas, Peru and moved to Piura, Peru at a young age where she attended Catholic school. Duberlinda, who was raised by her mother after her father left their family when she was young, was the sixth of seven girls. “We didn’t have a lot but we had enough. We never went to bed hungry,” said Duberlinda.

After graduating high school, Duberlinda moved to Lima to take some classes at a college located there. “It was hard because I was moving away from my family but it was what I wanted to do.” At the college in Lima, Duberlinda took English classes because she knew someday she wanted to move to the United States.


One of Duberlinda’s sisters lives in Midland with her husband, so Duberlinda decided to make a trip to visit her sister and see Texas. During her visit, she fell in love with Midland and decided to stay. She started taking ESL classes at MC and in 2000 officially moved to the U.S.

After moving, Duberlinda decided it was time to get her degree so she enrolled at Midland College full time. During the registration process, Duberlinda met Shep Grinnan, the International Admissions Advisor, who helped her figure out everything she needed to do to get her degree.

“He, [Shep] was my angel at Midland College. I don’t know how he understood my English! He guided me through everything I needed to know and I started taking regular classes,” said Duberlinda.

Duberlinda also praised MC instructors, “The professors were really nice. Whenever I needed help I went to the professors and they were always willing to help me.”

After receiving an associate degree at MC, she transferred to UTPB where she completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at the same time. While she was studying, Duberlinda started working at MC as a work study in the Spanish language lab with Dr. Jones and Ms. Patterson and then worked at the reading lab as a part-time student. After receiving her Master’s degree she started working at MC full time teaching Spanish. “I love teaching!” exclaimed Duberlinda.

Duberlinda may love teaching but her students also love having her as their teacher. She is one of the most popular professors at MC and her online classes fill up quickly!

Having accomplished her goal of getting an education, her advice for anyone with similar aspirations is that “it’s hard but everybody can do it. This is a new world for people coming from Latin America because we have against us the language. It’s challenging but it’s not impossible. Anyone who wants to work can do it.”

Some could say that Duberlinda is living the dream. She has a supportive family, friends and a job she loves. However, the memory that stands out as one of the most exciting moments in her life happened in August 2009. “I became an American citizen!”

Duberlinda expressed, “I am very grateful to God, He put me in the right place. I am also very grateful to my family for its unconditional support, my Midland College family, especially my professors, and to my friends, all of them are part of my journey."

Midland Map Company donates educational geological map for MC students

Pictured from left to right are MC President Steve Thomas, MC Dean of Math and Science Margaret Wade, Midland Map Company Head Draftsman Issac Sosa, Jean Rinehart of Geological Research Centers and Midland Map Company Operations Manager Tom Neubert
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

On August 14, Midland Map Company donated a copy of its new 2012 Permian Basin Producing Zone Map to the Midland College geology department.

A Producing Zone map shows the oil and gas fields in color by geological age. It includes sections, blocks, surveys, geological basin outlines, field names, towns and highways. The map, which hangs permanently in the hallway outside MC geology classrooms and labs, allows geology students to be able to view actual producing fields and obtain practical experience working with geological maps.

Tom Neubert, operations manager of Midland Map, said, “The map was donated for use in the college’s geology program. Midland Map Company has produced maps of the Permian Basin for over 63 years and has employed many folks with Midland College educational backgrounds. This map was a good way for us to give something back to MC and expose the company to current students. It’s nice to have some of our products referred to in the program.”

Over a year of research and drafting went into organizing the map, and then it was sent to the graphic artist who digitally produced the product. The two members of the team who primarily completed the map were Issac Sosa, head draftsman, and Connie Rendon, graphic artist, both of Midland Map Company. Also helping with research was Jean Rinehart, who works at the Midland Geological Research Center, an affiliate of Midland Map Company.

“I think it is a fabulous teaching tool. It brings the real life into our classrooms,” said Margaret Wade, dean of mathematics and natural science. MC President Dr. Steve Thomas agreed with Wade stating, “On behalf of all of us, we appreciate the donation. It will be a tremendous contribution to our geology department."


2012 Producing Zone Map donated to MC by Midland Map Company

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Students at MC ... Do YOU Qualify for Express Orientation?


The Midland College Student Services department will be hosting an informative Express Orientation for students new to Midland College. If you feel that you qualify for Express Orientation, join us on Tuesday, August 20th, at 6:00 p.m., in the Carrasco Room, in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the MC main campus.

Qualifications for Express Orientation (must meet at least one):

attending part time (less than 10 hours)
returning to Midland College after a year off
veteran
planning to work full time (40+ hours/week) while attending Midland College
have a dependent or spouse

Written verification may be required.

For more information, please contact:
MC Admissions Office
(432) 685-4501
admission@midland.edu

Yarborough Foundation funds undergraduate research

MC Biology Students
 By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Yarborough Foundation, MC will be able to extend its unique community college undergraduate research projects. This grant continues the Yarborough Foundation’s generosity of funding MC research.

Last year, MC’s Yarborough Student Researcher developed procedures that allow DNC fingerprinting to be completed in less than two hours. With this year’s grant, a traveling demonstration kit will be developed that can be used during MC’s community outreach events. MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum will continue to mentor two or three research students as they work on this project.

Yarborough Foundation funding will also be used for another of Dr. Mangum’s projects — mapping the Fast Plant Chloroplast Genome.

Mangum explained, “We are living in the age of biotechnology, and graduates of biology programs will need to have technical skills in order to thrive in the field. Acquiring these skills requires opportunities to practice. The Yarborough Foundation’s benevolence will enable us to purchase equipment so that MC students can extract DNA from a small, fast-growing Fast Plant and perform research. Because it is small and grows so rapidly, the Fast Plant is used extensively in research and educational labs. Our goal is to successfully map the location of genetic markers and genes on the DNA from an organelle in the plant called the chloroplast. To date, no map or sequence of the Fast Plant chloroplast has been published—we are hoping to be the first to do so!”

Tick ... tick ... tick ... counting-down to Fall 2013 at MC Student Services

Online and walk-in registration for the Fall Semester is going on NOW at Midland College. The first day of classes is Monday, August 26th.

Here are some helpful links to help you get started and find YOUR place at Your College ... 
 
Application & Registration Info
Interactive Summer Course Schedule
Online Student Catalog
Register Online with Campus Connect 

For more information about admissions and registration at Midland College, call (432) 685-6426, or go to midland.edu/students/home_index

One of the busiest places on the Midland College campus has been our Student Services area, in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the MC Main Campus. That busy pace is expected to continue this week, as more and more students respond to our invitation to 'find your place at Your College.'

Coming in during your lunch hour? After you finish with registration, you might head over to The Snack Bar, located next to the student lounge and games area in the Scharbauer Student Center. It features a grill, pizza, grab & go items, specialty sandwiches & paninis, desserts and assorted beverages.

Can't come in during the daytime? For your convenience, MC Admissions, Advising, Registrar and Financial Aid offices, and the Testing Center, will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar
MC Testing Center

Friday, August 16, 2013

MC Computer Graphics Video Library, #3

Here is "City of Coruscant," created by MC computer graphics student Sean Chaney, using 3dsmax ...



"Business Mistakes" the topic for August BEDC Networking Breakfast

“Top 10 Business Mistakes to Avoid”
Presenter: Marc Garcia, Accountant
Marc Garcia & Associates

 WHEN: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

TIME: 7:30 a.m. — 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:
Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, MC Main Campus

COST: $5 at the door

To request a free table top for display or for more information, call Midland College BEDC at (432) 684-4309.



What is YOUR Goal ...

     Business Ownership?
     Home Ownership?
     Improve Your Credit Score?

The Midland College Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC) would like to help you meet your goal. The BEDC provides Business, Credit, and Certified Housing Counseling at no cost to you. Call 432-684-4309 to schedule your confidential one-on-one counseling.

The BEDC is certified as a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.