Monday, September 30, 2013

MC grad studies best practices and maintains guiding principle of nursing

Eunice Rosas at Iguazu Falls, Argentina. The river in the background
is on the border of Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Eunice Rosas, M.S.N., R.N., is a nurse whose philosophy to good healthcare is “keeping the patient and the patient’s family in the middle” while practicing in an ethical and professional manner. She firmly believes that all patient services should be grounded on that principle, and Rosas has dedicated her life to advancing healthcare based on her philosophy.

On September 11, 2001, Rosas had a successful career in retail management. For 27 years, she was employed by B. Dalton Bookseller, Hastings, and other retail companies and had worked her way up the career ladder in various locations in Texas and Oklahoma. The terrorist attacks on the U. S. on that fateful day that has become known simply as 9/11 affected Rosas deeply and was her call to action to do something more with her life.

Rosas grew up in San Angelo and attended Central High School. Her father came from a family of migrant farm workers and dropped out of school when he was in the fourth grade to help in the fields. Her mother is a Mexican immigrant with only a sixth-grade education. In 1982 at the age of 16, Eunice dropped out of high school. She obtained her GED®, and in 1984 when her father passed away, she ran his construction business for a while before obtaining employment with B. Dalton.

Rosas recalled, “When I was almost 40 years old and 09/11 happened, I knew that if I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, I needed an education. So, I enrolled in the sonography program at Midland College. One of the requirements for sonography at the time was that students had to be a certified nurse aide. Once I took those nurse aide classes and did the required clinical rotations, I found that I loved direct patient care. That’s when I decided that nursing—not sonography—was the direction my life needed to take.”

Rosas enrolled in the associate degree nursing program at Midland College, graduated in 2006 and started working as a registered nurse for Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH). During the time she was at MMH, she led an interdisciplinary team to study best practices of patient care at MMH. The information obtained was used to implement an interdisciplinary professional practice model at MMH. As a result, the hospital saw an increase in nurse and patient satisfaction. While she was employed by MMH, Rosas enrolled in Walden University’s online master of nursing program, and in 2011, she received her master’s degree. Through her graduate courses, she became interested in healthcare in other countries, especially South American countries.

Rosas explained, “Many South American countries have excellent universal healthcare, but there is nothing in place to produce health industry employees such as nurses and pharmacists. This causes a huge breakdown in administering effective healthcare. For example, in 1992, Venezuela experienced a cholera outbreak. The resources such as medicine and hospital rooms were available to combat the disease, but there were not enough professionals to administer care. The nurses in Argentina, on the other hand, have created resources to create training opportunities for healthcare workers. They also have public health centers that are led by nurses. The result is that infant mortality has improved drastically.”

Currently, Rosas is living and studying the healthcare system in Argentina while taking online courses from Walden University toward her doctorate degree in nursing care.

“I knew that Argentina would be a good country on which to base my dissertation regarding South American healthcare because it has only been a democracy for 30 years, but the healthcare initiatives have been in place for longer than that” said Rosas. “I have found that Latin American countries continuously evaluate much of the United States’ healthcare system—both the good and the bad. There is tremendous need for nurses in Argentina to have access to knowledge and resources that United States’ nurses have. A nurse in Argentina only earns the U.S. equivalent of $600 per month.”

Rosas continued, “What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with Argentina. It is absolutely beautiful. I live in Mendoza, Argentina, which is at the foothills of the Andes Mountains and is approximately 120 miles northeast of Santiago, Chile. The area is surrounded by lakes, rivers and beautiful vineyards that comprise the surrounding rural communities. The country is breathtaking; however, living here for almost nine months has increased my patriotism for the United States. It is a cliché saying, but not living in the U. S. makes one appreciate our way of life and the things we take for granted.”

Family is important to Rosas, and she said she misses her mother, sister, brother and her eight nieces and nephews. In the true caring spirit that all good nurses seem to possess, Rosas has adopted three dogs since she first moved to Argentina—Oprah, a Yorkie; Bianca, a poodle; and Lali, a Maltese. Rosas is on target to receive her doctorate in a little over a year. Her ultimate goal is to teach nursing theory in an online program while still continuing to travel and study.

Rosas stated, “By learning about nursing best practices throughout the world, I’m hoping that I can apply and teach those ethical and professional practices that will continue to keep the patient and the patient’s family in the middle.”

Friday, September 27, 2013

AMT @ MC


The Aviation Maintenance Technology program prepares students for careers as aviation airframe technicians, or aviation powerplant technicians. Specific areas of training include aircraft structure inspection and testing; federal aviation regulations; aircraft and electronic flight instrument systems; aircraft auxiliary systems; aircraft welding; aircraft electrical systems; hydraulic, pneumatic, and fuel systems; and occupational safety and health codes.

More on Aviation Maintenance Technology in MC's Online Catalog

MAA invites entries for Fall Juried Exhibition at MC

The Midland Arts Association's annual Fall Juried Art Exhibition will be accepting entries Saturday, October 5th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at MC's McCormick Gallery, in the lobby of the Allison Fine Arts Building on the Midland College Campus.

You can enter 3 art pieces for $10 each for members, and $15 each for non members.  $4000 in prize money will be awarded.

CLICK HERE for more information, and an entry form (Adobe .pdf file)

The exhibit will hang in the the McCormick Gallery at Midland College from October 11 - November 15, 2013. October 11 is the opening reception and awards ceremony, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the gallery.

The juror for this year’s Fall Exhibition is Ryder Richards. Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico until the age of 16, Mr. Richards has lived in the southwest most of his life. He is currently gallery director and professor for Richland College in Dallas.

The public is cordially invited to attend a free Artist Talk with Ryder Richards on Saturday, October 5th,4:00 p.m in the MC Choir Hall, Room 138 in the Allison Fine Arts Building, Midland College main campus.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Nursing

"HELP WANTED" ... MC Peer Tutoring an opportunity to earn while helping others learn


For more information, contact
Jene' Brown at (432) 685-5538,



At Midland College, we offer our students a friendly atmosphere - one in which our diverse student population has the opportunity to know faculty, staff and classmates. Many students enroll immediately following high school, while others return to college after working, parenting, or managing other adult responsibilities. Some come to gain skills to enhance previous degrees or to receive new training for a changing job market.

The mission of the Student Services is to help students develop their potential. This is accomplished by providing information, counseling, and referral; student development, co-curricular, and academic support activities; and admission, assessment, and job placement services.

That includes tutoring ...the schedule of free tutoring services for the 2013 Fall Semester is now available online, in a downloadable/printable Adobe .pdf file.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Reminder: Taco Lunch - TOMORROW!

Hey everyone!

MC Student Government is hosting a taco lunch fundraiser this Thursday, Sept. 26 (TOMORROW) at 11 a.m. in the Amistad Atrium (MHAB). Each plate will be $5 for tacos, beans, chips, and salsa.

Funds raised will be used to attend the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in Austin, TX. Daniel Wright, our SGA president, is also the president of TJCSGA.

Sincerely,

Stephanie VanCuren
Student Activities Coordinator, Midland College
432-685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 


Last installment of "Kids' Night Out" is this Friday

This Friday will be the last Friday for a few weeks in which the Midland College basketball teams will be hosting Kids' Night Out. The evening will consist of supervised games, sports and a movie. Parents can drop their children off at the MC Physical Education Building at 6:00 or any time thereafter and pick them up by 9:30, or they can choose to stay and join in the activities.

The cost is $50 per evening, and a concession stand will be available for purchase of pizza, candy and drinks. Pre-registration is not necessary. Parents can complete the registration form and pay on Friday evening. The registration form requires a phone number, medical insurance information (name of company and policy number) and parent or guardian signature.

KIDS’ NIGHT OUT!
hosted by
MC’s basketball players and coaches

Friday, September 27th
6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Physical Education (PE) Building
Midland College

For boys and girls, grades K - 8th grade
Cost is $50 per child

Information for Parents:

Present completed registration form.
Payment of $50 for each child, checks or cash only, at the time of registration.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. in the MC Physical Education Building, 3600 N. Garfield.
Concession stand will be open so kids can buy pizza, candy and drinks.
Arrive by 9:30 p.m. to pick up your child. No child will be allowed to leave until picked up
by a parent/guardian!

For more information, please contact:
Bryan Hodgson
(716) 499-2834
bhodgson@midland.edu

CLICK HERE for a Registration Form (Adobe .pdf file)

Midland College Volleyball's Remaining Home Contests


By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

We only have four remaining home matches this season for the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team, Come on out and support the Lady Chaps as they attempt to defend the conference championship!!

• Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
New Mexico Military Institute @ Midland College

• Wednesday, October 16, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
Odessa College @ Midland College

• Wednesday, October 23, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.
Clarendon College @ Midland College

• Saturday, October 26, 2013 @ 2:00 p.m.
Western Texas College @ Midland College

Go Chaps!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

MC-SGA to hold Taco Lunch Fundraiser

Hey everyone!

MC Student Government is hosting a taco lunch fundraiser this Thursday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. in the Amistad Atrium (MHAB). Each plate will be $5 for tacos, beans, chips, and salsa.

Funds raised will be used to attend the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in Austin, TX. Daniel Wright, our SGA president, is also the president of TJCSGA.

Sincerely,

Stephanie VanCuren
Student Activities Coordinator, Midland College
432-685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 



Transfer Q&A: University of Texas - Permian Basin rep to visit MC campus

Do you have questions about transferring to University of Texas for the Permian Basin?
Want to know more about our programs?
Not sure what’s required for admission?

A representative of UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR THE PERMIAN BASIN will be visiting YOUR area!

Date: Monday, September 30, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to UTPB

For more information about transfer studies at Midland College, contact:

Diana Ramos, Advisor/Counseling
(432) 685-4506
dramos@midland.edu 

MAA/MC to host Artist Talk

Ryder Richards
“Drawing with Fire”
Saturday October 5, 4:00 pm
Midland College Choir Room (138)

Allison Fine Arts Building

From Midland Arts Association

Midland College and the Midland Arts Association will host a talk by the juror of this year’s Fall Juried Exhibition, Ryder Richards.

Mr. Richards, born and raised in Roswell, NM until the age of 16, has lived in the southwest most of his life. He is currently gallery director and professor for Richland College in Dallas.

In a dubious effort to culture himself, Richards has travelled to Europe several times studying classical architecture and the art of various “old masters”. While retaining his affinity for these influences, Richards has become increasingly interested in the “culture of honor” associated with violence and power found in the southwest. Burning gunpowder, which references his youth spent hunting, allows many of his drawings to explore socialized forms of violence, often reflection on the highly romanticized proving grounds of manhood.

Please join us for this fun and informative talk!

A work from Ryder Richards' "Conflicted" installation

Nursing is part of God’s plan for MC grad

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Suzanne Wilson Collins, R.N., was 18 years old when her first son was born with a bilateral cleft lip palate, which is a hole between the oral and nasal cavities. The young mother found herself in and out of hospitals and surgical units beginning when her son was just one month old. Twenty-four years and thirty-one surgeries later, Collins said that God definitely has a plan for everyone, and His plan for her centers around helping and caring for those in need.

As a young girl, Collins and her sister were removed from an extremely unstable family situation and placed in a foster home with an older couple, who eventually adopted them. Once she and her sister were in a loving environment, Collins said her childhood and teen years were normal. She participated in school sports (basketball, tennis and softball) and graduated from Odessa High School. Collins married, moved to Midland, had two more children. In 1997 she began working as an office manager for a home healthcare agency.

“Somehow my life just always has gone in the direction of healthcare,” said Collins. “Working in the healthcare field made me realize that I wanted to be a nurse, so when my youngest son was in kindergarten, I decided to enroll at Midland College and began taking prerequisites for the associate degree nursing program.”

At that time, Collins was almost 30 years old; however, never being one to just lightly enter into a new venture and do things half-heartedly, Collins managed to excel at college while working full-time and raising three children. She was soon accepted into MC’s associate degree nursing program to train to become a registered nurse.

Collins recalled, “On the first class day of nursing school, the instructors told us that it was nearly impossible to pass classes if we worked. I had to work to help support my family, so I didn’t tell anyone that I had a full-time job—I don’t think I told anyone until I graduated.”

Collins loved nursing school and made the President’s list (meaning that she maintained a 4.0 grade point average). The entire time she was enrolled in the nursing program, she only missed one day of classes when her son was having surgery in Dallas—part of the series of surgeries to correct his cleft palate.

Collins graduated with High Honors in December 2003 and two months later passed the NCLEX exam (state registered nurse licensing exam). Home healthcare has always been important to Collins—she believes in helping people to be comfortable in a familiar environment. So, she immediately began working for Home Hospice in Big Spring.

“I love hospice care,” stated Collins. “It’s true that usually once someone enters hospice care, it is nearing the end of life; however, hospice nurses not only make the patient comfortable, but also help with the journey. My sister passed away early in life; in 2004 my mother passed away and a year later, my father followed. That’s when it hit me that God put me in this place to help others as well as my own family.”

In 2008, Collins was offered the opportunity to start a home healthcare agency in Odessa, and she relished the challenge of starting on this new venture.

“My first day on the job, I realized that nothing had been done to get state approval and licensure documentation, so I learned really quickly about everything that had to do with home health agency accreditation. I was the only employee. Of course, I knew the nursing side of the business, but I also had to master client and insurance billing, human resources and everything else that goes along with managing a business. I also had to promote the agency because we didn’t have any patients.”

Through her usual “can-do” spirit, Collins successfully got Home Nursing off the ground. The company has now grown to cover over 20 counties, and presently the agency, which specializes in curative and rehabilitative care, has approximately 130 patients. Collins is now co-owner and CEO and supervises over 30 employees consisting of certified nurse aides, vocational nurses, registered nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and social workers.

Collins said she still tries to get out in the field often to see patients, and she also trains the nursing staff. In addition, Collins is constantly looking for ways to advance the company. She recently evaluated software for bedside patient charting, and now all charting is done electronically on iPads or smartphones.

The young mother, who 24 years ago was sitting outside surgical wards praying that her son would be alright and who managed to work full-time while attending nursing school and raising three small children, has blossomed into a competent nurse and business owner. Three years ago she married Michael Collins, but that didn’t stop her from expanding her horizons even more. Suzanne talked Michael into taking real estate classes, and now the two enjoy “flipping” houses.

Collins explained, “We love to buy houses that need some attention. Michael and I work together to get the house in good shape, and then we either sell the house or rent it. We also own a few properties that we rent at reduced prices to people who are struggling with finances.”

The couple’s blended family consists of six grown children, three grandchildren and one on the way.

“If I had my life to do all over again, I don’t think I would change a thing,” said Collins. “I love where God’s plan has taken me so far, and the journey is not over yet!”

Monday, September 23, 2013

Full schedule of computer, software courses at MC Workforce CE

Computer and software courses at Midland College Workforce Continuing Education are designed for the on-the-go professional seeking accelerated training opportunities.


Each course highlights the most commonly used functions and serves as a convenient starting point for individuals who enjoy a fast-paced and "hands-on" learning environment.

CLICK HERE for a schedule of courses


ALL courses are held at the Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W Cuthbert.
Materials and certificate included in course fee.
(Out-of-State Fees = Regular Course Fee + $5.00)

Please Note: In order to receive the most benefit from our Fast Track courses, students should possess basic computer/keyboarding skills and should be able to perform the following actions without instructor assistance:
  • minimize/maximize windows
  • use the mouse to point, click, and navigate throughout the Windows environment
  • save and retrieve files

Lady Chaps Top Brookhaven College

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

After playing with a bit of inconsistency in the first set, the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team took charge of games two and three to defeat Brookhaven College on Saturday afternoon.

Midland College (8-8) recorded the victory in straight sets by a score of 25-23, 25-13, 25-12. MC sophomore middle Gaby Nieto led both teams with 11 kills (.409) and four solo blocks while classmate Kristina Gafford recorded 20 assists in the match. Midland's Marina Salazar, a fellow sophomore, led all players with 10 digs.

The Lady Chaps return to conference play on Wednesday, September 25th @ 7:00 p.m. versus New Mexico Military Institute.


ALERT: Schedule Change

The Midland College vs. Clarendon College, WJCAC home and home matches, have been switched.  Now MC will travel to Clarendon on October 2nd and Clarendon will travel to Midland on October 23rd.
Our reason for making the switch is due to there being a College Night activity scheduled at the Chaparral Center on the evening of October 2nd. 

Pair of info sessions for HITECH Workforce Program set for TOMORROW at MC

HITECH/HIM Info Sessions will be held in the Carrasco Room (in the north building of the Scharbauer Student Center) 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 

Midland College students participate in Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program

MC had higher participation in student research than any other participating community college

Staley Anderson
Vianney Flores
April Smith
Thomas Weathers
Eric Whitley

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On September 19-21, Midland College was one of several colleges participating in The University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s LSAMP Student Research and West Texas Regional STEM Conference. The conference’s theme, “Explore Possibilities” focused on the innovations and milestones that are/will be achieved by today’s young scientists.

For several years, MC has had student representation in the LSAMP program. MC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Thomas Ready coordinates MC’s participation in the program, which consists of a 10-week summer research academy and the annual conference. At the conference, MC students presented information about their research projects that are currently being conducted with MC faculty mentors.

MC Dean of Math and Science Dr. Margaret Wade said, “People usually don’t associate research with community colleges; however, faculty and students in the Midland College Math and Science Division are currently conducting successful research projects. [Research] is a fairly new emphasis for us, and I owe so much credit to the faculty. MC is definitely in the forefront of this national push to get students involved in research early in their college careers.”

At the recent Student Research and West Texas Regional STEM Conference, Midland College had more students participating than any other community college. Five MC students presented their research at the conference: Matthew Staley Anderson, Vianney Flores, April Smith, Thomas Weathers and Eric Whitley. In addition, this past summer Anderson and Weathers attended the summer research academy — Anderson participated at The University of Texas at El Paso, and Weathers participated at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Photo Album: "Night Out for Kids of All Ages"


The Midland College Chaparral Men's Basketball team offer an evening of entertainment for local children who have been in school all week and are ready to have some fun on Friday night

"Kids' Night Out" also gives parents an alternative to babysitters, and offers children exercise and socialization in a supervised atmosphere.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album 

The next "Kids’ Night Out" will take place Friday evening, September 27th. They are piloting the program for three Friday evenings in September, to see how the community responds. Depending upon that response, it may be offered on a more permanent basis.

CLICK HERE for more information about the event 

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Photo Album: "Cause to Celebrate"


On Tuesday, September 17, Midland College celebrated the signing of the U. S. Constitution in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building's Amistad Atrium.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album 

BIG day of volleyball, TODAY at MC

The Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team returns to action on Saturday, September 21st in a Tri-Match with Brookhaven College (NJCAA III) and Western Texas College. The action begins at 12:00 p.m. with Brookhaven vs. Western Texas College followed by a 2:00 p.m. match between Brookhaven and the Lady Chaparrals.

Also on Saturday, Midland College will host their annual Lady Chap Volleyball Alumnae Match at 6:00 p.m. 18 former members of the Lady Chap volleyball team are scheduled to participate in the match.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Real Estate Salesperson Program begins next week at MC Workforce CE

This 180-hour program meets the educational requirements established by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) for becoming a licensed real estate agent. Individuals who complete the program can apply to TREC for authorization to take the licensing exam. For more information, please visit the TREC website at: www.trec.state.tx.us or call (512) 936-3000.

The program consists of the following courses:
  • Real Estate Principles I & II
  • Real Estate Law of Agency
  • Real Estate Law of Contracts
  • Real Estate Promulgated Contracts
  • Real Estate Finance
CLICK HERE for more information at MC Workforce CE's website

MC presenting first of Student Employment Workshops

From Dale Williams
Counselor

The first EMPLOYMENT Workshop of the semesters will be Thursday, September 26. This workshop will focus on "Where to Find Employment" and "Resume' Development."

The workshop is being hosted by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services and Midland College - everyone can benefit, and everyone is welcome.

Plan to join us in the Carrasco Room, in the Scharbauer Student Center on Midland College campus, from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26.

Dale E. Williams, Counselor
(432) 685-5598
DeWilliams@midland.edu 

Getting ready for Election Day

The Constitution Day celebration at MC this week was just the first of a variety of activities taking place on the campuses of Your College - now and in the weeks ahead - to get the Midland community ready for Election Day ... Tuesday, November 5, 2013.

Members of the League of Women Voters were among the participants in the Constitution Day celebration, coordinating voter registration for students, and distributing copies of the U. S. Constitution.


And that's just for starters ...

On Monday, September 23, at 7:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters will presents the film, "Iron Jawed Angels" in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

"Iron Jawed Angels" is a 2004 American drama film focusing on the American women's suffrage movement during the 1910s. Directed by Katja von Garnier and starring Hilary Swank, Frances O'Connor, Julia Ormond, and Anjelica Huston.

The film follows political activists Alice Paul and Lucy Burns as they use peaceful and effective strategies, tactics, and dialogues to revolutionize the American feminist movement to grant women the right to vote.

Sources note that the film received acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. They also explain that the film derives its title from Massachusetts Representative Joseph Walsh, who in 1917 opposed the creation of a committee to deal with women's suffrage. Walsh thought the creation of a committee would be yielding to "the nagging of iron-jawed angels" and referred to the suffragettes as "bewildered, deluded creatures with short skirts and short hair."

On Monday, October 7, at 7:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters will present a Midland Mayoral Candidates Forum in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center.

On Monday, October 14, at 7:00 p.m., the League of Women Voters will present a Midland City Council Candidates Forum in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center.

On Tuesday, October 15, at 7:00 p.m., the Permian Basin Homebuilders Association will present a Midland City Council Candidates Forum in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center.

Then there's ELECTION DAY itself ... Tuesday, November 5, 2013, from 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. Midland County polling locations that day will include MC's south campus, the Cogdell Learning Center at 211 W. Florida Avenue.

CLICK HERE for more information about elections in Midland County

MC reaching new heights with lecture series


The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series at MC presents Ed Viesturs, veteran world-class climber and bestselling author, in a free lecture, October 17th, 7:30 p.m. at Chap Center.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Tickets are NOT required for general admission seating.

Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country's foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He has successfully reached the summits of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, an 18-year project he christened Endeavor 8,000. His goal was completed on May 12, 2005 with his ascent of Annapurna, one of the world's most treacherous peaks, for which he was awarded National Geographic's Adventurer of the Year. He is one of only a handful of climbers in history and the only American to accomplish this feat.

A professional mountaineer, Viesturs works as a design consultant for several prominent outdoor equipment manufacturers such as Eddie Bauer/First Ascent and Grandoe Gloves. He also represents companies such as Rolex and the Seattle Seahawks. Familiar to many from the 1996 IMAX Everest Expedition documentary, Viesturs is also powerful motivational speaker, covering subjects such as teamwork, overcoming major obstacles, and planning and preparation.

 He recounts his climb of Annapurna in his 2011 book, The Will to Climb: Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapurna -the World's Deadliest Peak, co-written with David Roberts. In his 2010 book, K2: Life and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain, he chronicles six historic expeditions on the world's second highest peak. He is also the best-selling author of his autobiography No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World's 14 Highest Peaks, published by Random House Books in 2007. Hitting the shelves THIS MONTH is his latest book, The Mountain - Epic Adventures on Everest, offering richly detailed accounts of expeditions that are by turns personal, harrowing, deadly, and inspiring.

Thursday, October 17, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Tickets are not required for general admission seating

Preferred seating is available for Friends of the Series and MC Distinguished Donors. For more information about these opportunities, please contact the Midland College Foundation Office at (432) 685-4526, or www.midlandcollegefoundation.org 



In May 1996, Steve Davidson and Susan Davidson McClenahan of the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation announced the endowment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich, and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Get a "Texas Genuine" Education at MC: Networking and Security Technologies

Lady Chap Volleyball Suffers Setback at Odessa

Gaby Nieto splits the block
Marina Salazar with
one of her 25 digs

By Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

Despite a recent player defection, injuries, illness and a small number of available players, the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team appeared to be playing well of late, winning four of their last five matches including a three set sweep in their WJCAC opener versus Frank Phillips College. However the Ladies appeared a bit sluggish in last night's four set loss to Odessa College at the Odessa College Sports Center.

Naomi Posada digs
versus the Wranglers
MC, 7-8 overall and 1-1 in conference, lost by scores of 23-25, 25-19, 14-25, 16-25. Perhaps the sluggish nature of the team's performance is a result of a few players needing to play virtually every minute of every match during the season, thus far, a result of the challenges mentioned above. Two of the formerly injured (freshmen Shalie Case and Nuvia Hawthorne), returned to the line up but saw limited action last night.


Samantha Orta sets
Midland College was led by Larissa Gomes and Gaby Nieto with 12 and nine kills respectively. Naomi Posada also recorded eight kills in the contest. MC's dual setters Kristina Gafford and Samantha Orta had 18 and 16 assists to lead the Lady Chaps. Defensively Marina Salazar led MC with 25 digs followed by Gomes, Gafford and Orta with 12, 11 and 10 digs. Sophomore Megan Sanchez paced MC with three blocks, while Posada and Nieto each recorded 2 blocks in the contest.

NEXT MATCH: Midland College returns to action on Saturday, September 21st in a Tri-Match with Brookhaven College (NJCAA III) and Western Texas College. The action begins at 12:00 p.m. with Brookhaven vs. Western Texas College followed by a 2:00 p.m. match between Brookhaven and the Lady Chaparrals.

Also on Saturday, Midland College will host their annual Lady Chap Volleyball Alumnae Match at 6:00 p.m. 18 former members of the Lady Chap volleyball team are scheduled to participate in the match.

 
Kristina Gafford tips over OC

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Yesterday — high school dropout wannabe ...
Today — international business student

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

When Raul Dominguez was 16 years old, he had his mind made up that he was going to drop out of Midland High School.

“I was a terrible high school student,” said Dominguez. “I was never prepared—I was lucky if I had a pencil in my pocket, much less paper. I had no idea what my GPA was, and I didn’t care.”

Thankfully, his mother, who never completed high school herself, intervened. She wanted things to be better for her children than they were for her, so she spoke with a counselor at Midland High, and the two of them convinced Raul to stay in school. Dominguez persisted at Midland High and graduated (just barely) in May of 2009.

“I really didn’t want to go to college, but some of my friends were going, and we had heard that there were scholarships at Midland College, so I said to myself, ‘Why not? I’ll give it a shot.’ Of course my grades weren’t good enough to be eligible for a lot of those scholarships.”

Dominguez finally managed to receive the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship, which paid for his tuition, books and fees, and he enrolled at Midland College.

“Since I hadn’t applied myself during high school, I scored really low on my placement tests; therefore, most of my courses were developmental classes,” explained Dominguez.

One of those developmental courses may have just been his saving grace because thanks to caring instructors and the assistance of Student Support Services, Dominguez found out that he had a knack for math.

Dominguez recalled, “I couldn’t have gotten through that first semester without Student Support Services. The staff became my little family at Midland College. Everyone was so supportive, and if I needed anything at all, the doors were always open and someone was always there to help. I didn’t know anything about going to college, and while my parents encouraged me, they were both high school dropouts, so they knew very little about what was needed to succeed in higher education. The programs at Student Support Services taught me how to study, and I became aware of possible careers where I could apply my newly found math skills.”

Once he mastered math, Dominguez became a math tutor so that he could help others who were struggling through the dreaded four-letter word. That young man who never took a book home in high school started helping others understand their homework! Today, Dominguez is a 2011 Midland College graduate and has taken his passion for math and applied it to a major in International Business at Texas Tech University (TTU). He plans to graduate with his baccalaureate degree in May 2014, after studying abroad for at least one semester.

Once he receives his degree from TTU, Dominguez said that he will return to Midland and expand his father’s oilfield pipe distribution company. His ultimate goal is to take the family business from a local transportation company to an international pipe purchaser, transporter and distributor.

Dominguez said, “That may sound like an impossible goal for someone who almost dropped out of high school, but I plan to tackle my career aspirations just like I did math: I’ll take it one step at a time and put a lot of hard work and time into it. Math turned out to be fun—I plan for my career to go the same way!”

Take your pick ... Pair of info sessions for HITECH Workforce Program set for next week at MC

HITECH/HIM Info Sessions will be held in the Carrasco Room (in the north building of the Scharbauer Student Center) 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 

MC Celebrates the U. S. Constitution

What was our country’s first constitution called?

Who makes laws for the United States?

Those were just two of the ten questions on this year’s Constitution Day Quiz.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album from this event

On Tuesday, September 17, Midland College celebrated the signing of the U. S. Constitution in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building's Amistad Atrium.

In addition to winning prizes for answering all ten Constitution Quiz questions correctly, students were able to enjoy complimentary cake served by members of the Dr. John Woodson Chapter Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century.

Members of the League of Women Voters were on hand to coordinate voter registration for students, and copies of the U. S. Constitution were distributed.


Event organizer, MC Government Professor Dr. Terry Gilmour, said, “Many times Americans take our Constitution for granted. We hope that this event helped MC students appreciate our democracy and become a little more aware of the anniversary of when one of the most important documents in world history was sent to Congress and the states for ratification. It is indeed a day of celebration!”

Grand prize winners of the quiz designed by Gilmour were MC students Shaunecy Gumm, Malerie Rodriguez and Brandon Powell. Each received a $10 Sonic gift card.


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Flags at MC set to half-staff for victims of Washington Navy Yard tragedy


By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The flags at all MC locations will be flown at half-staff through sunset on Friday, September 20, to show respect for the victims of the Washington Navy Yard shootings that occurred on Monday, September 16. 

CLICK HERE for the Presidential Proclamation - Honoring the Victims of the Tragedy at the Washington Navy Yard

Session 1 of "College Classics" kicks-off next week


COLLEGE CLASSICS is perhaps the most interesting of all Midland College classes to area senior citizens. The program, which was initiated in the spring of 1989, includes a series of courses designed especially for local residents who are 50 and older.

Registration/Cancellation Procedures

Courses

Instructors

Classes are offered through a registration fee of just $25.00 per semester. Payment of this fee entitles the student to enroll in as many classes as he or she chooses. As a special service to the students for which the program is designed, many of the classes are scheduled between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. The spring semester consists of three sessions and the fall semester consists of two. Sessions are four weeks in length.

SESSION 1 is September 23 - October 18, 2013

SESSION 2 is October 21 - November 15, 2013

The instructors of COLLEGE CLASSICS are recruited from among the Midland College faculty, continuing education teachers and community volunteers. With their areas of expertise and years of experience, these teachers truly bring to life such subjects as Political Geography where students have an opportunity to learn about the culture, history, and politics of others countries; Movies in Review where the class will view segments of various films and discuss the director's techniques and intentions; United States Presidents and their impact on our heritage; and virtual tours of foreign lands to name a few. The generosity of these instructors allows the college to offer this unique program to a special segment of the community.



COLLEGE CLASSICS are designed especially for local residents who are 50 and older for more information, please contact:

Brenda Cordero, Associate Director
(432) 685-4518
fax: (432) 685-6412
bcordero@midland.edu
agarrett@midland.edu