Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's almost noon, almost time to wrap things up ...


"There is one day that is ours," William Sydney Porter (O. Henry) once suggested. "Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American."

Midland College closes at noon today for Thanksgiving Break. Our offices re-open and classes resume on Monday, December 2.

Wherever this holiday finds you, wherever it takes you ... have a safe and happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

A suggestion for your post-Thanksgiving pantry

Come this Friday, don't be surprised if you find that you bought more cans and/or boxes of food than you needed for your holiday meal. It happens to lots of people ... it's no big problem ... and the Student Government Association at Midland College has a most-excellent solution! More on that, below ...

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

MC's Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting the annual canned food drive benefitting the Memorial Christian Church Food Pantry! You can find some boxes already located around campus, and more boxes will be coming.

We are accepting non-perishable foods until December 6. Preferable items are soups and items that can be made into meals.

Let's see who can bring in the most cans!

And always, THANK YOU so much for participating in Student Activities!

WALK-IN Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester begins Monday


WALK-IN Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester begins Monday, December 2, at 8:00 a.m. and will continue through Friday, December 13. After winter break, walk-in registration will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and continue through Friday, January 10.

ONLINE Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester (including dual-credit courses) has been underway since earlier this month, and will continue through Monday, January 12, 2014. High school students/parents, learn more about MC's Dual Credit Program here .

AND REMEMBER ... We're still accepting registration for the Winter Interim Semester, as well! ONLINE registration for that is going on now and will continue through Friday, December 13. WALK-IN registration for Winter Interim begins Monday, December 2, and will continue (Mondays-Fridays) through Friday, December 13.


  
So, what courses might you take this spring?

 • Course Schedule Interactive Online Listing and Availability (on Campus Connect)

 • Course Descriptions (on MC's Online Catalog)



On Tuesdays, we leave the lights on!

For your convenience, MC Admissions, Advising, Registrar and Financial Aid offices will remain open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings.

These offices are located in the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the MC Main Campus, at 3600 N. Garfield Street, in Midland.

MC Admissions
MC Advising
MC Financial Aid
MC Registrar

PLEASE NOTE: This does not include Tuesdays where the campus is closed during the day as part of holiday observances.

Step 1: Visit the Bank ...

... and Step 2: Pack the Chap ...


Pack the Chap Night 
MC Basketball vs. Howard College
Conference-opener games
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Women’s game at 5:45 p.m.
Men’s game at 7:45 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on the MC Campus

So, where does the bank come in?

Pick up FREE tickets at Community National Bank, Security National Bank and FirstCapital Bank. These tickets can then be redeemed at the door on the night of the game for just $1.00 ... a bargain for a full night of basketball action from two of the nation's highly-regarded junior college programs, as they begin their Western Junior College Athletic Conference play. MC students and employees get in free with ID.



Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ho, Ho ... oh, NO! Only one week left !!!

Filling Children's Hearts ...

The members of Midland College Students in Philanthropy will fill your child’s heart with the spirit of Christmas with a very special and personalized letter from Santa!  Your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others will enjoy receiving a letter from Santa as he tells them how very special they are!

Please fill out the attached form (Adobe .pdf file) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $5 per letter donation to Julia Vickery, 240 SSC, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Please call Julia at (432) 685-4704 or e-mail at jvickery@midland.edu if you need additional information!

The Students in Philanthropy program is sponsored by funding partners, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.  A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.  The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones.  Thank you!
... with the Spirit of Christmas!

"Holiday Shopping" Small Business Expo coming to Cogdell

From Betsy Fredericks
Associate Director, Midland College Business and Economic Development Center

Please join us for holiday shopping at the Small Business Expo from 9 a.m. to noon on December 3 at the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center. The event is FREE to the public! Vendors, please call or e-mail to reserve your free table. The event flyer is below.

I hope you can join in the fun!

Betsy Fredericks
Midland College Business and Economic Development Center
(432) 684-4309
bfredericks@midland.edu

MC Women's Basketball Game Time Change

From Ginger Gatliff
Midland College Athletic Director

Hello, everyone,

The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team's Friday, November 29, 2013 game time has been changed to 2:00 p.m., against Southwest Texas JC at Odessa College. Hope to see you all there and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Good morning, sunshine

After a few days of severe winter weather, it was nice to start the day with clear skies, milder temperatures, and the sun rising over the campus of Your College (taken from my office, looking southeast over the Technical Center and Chap Center).

Sunday, November 24, 2013

... and a Weather Note for Monday ...

All Midland College campuses in Midland County will be closed all day on Monday, November 25, due to winter weather conditions. The college will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26.



Friday, November 22, 2013

Weather Note for Saturday ...

The Murray L. Fasken Learning Center (library), Computer Lab and Math Lab at Midland College will be closed Saturday, November 23, due to weather conditions. MC offices and facilities will be open Monday, November 25.



Santa's rep at MC sending you early CHRISTMAS greetings....

Filling Children's Hearts ...

The members of Midland College Students in Philanthropy will fill your child’s heart with the spirit of Christmas with a very special and personalized letter from Santa!  Your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and others will enjoy receiving a letter from Santa as he tells them how very special they are!

Please fill out the attached form (Adobe .pdf file) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $5 per letter donation to Julia Vickery, 240 SSC, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 by Monday, December 2, 2013.

Please call Julia at (432) 685-4704 or e-mail at jvickery@midland.edu if you need additional information!

The Students in Philanthropy program is sponsored by funding partners, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.  A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.  The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones.  Thank you!
... with the Spirit of Christmas!

My own weather advisory ... "Take Care Today"

There's a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until November 23, 06:00 PM CST for just about all of West Texas, including right here in the Tall City. If you're heading out today, please take care.

• Bundle Up: It's cold everywhere, of course. But those of you who have visited our campus know that the winds out here make it feel even colder.

• Take Time to Prep Your Vehicle: Especially, make sure your windows are clear of ice.

• Leave a Little Early: Give yourself extra time to get to school, to work, or whatever.

• Take It Easy: The roads may look clear, but there may also be spots that aren't. And "watch out for the other guy," as they used to tell us in driver ed. AND BE ESPECIALLY CAREFUL ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES.



Thursday, November 21, 2013

MC Student's EP Release Party is TONIGHT

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

Troy Lira will be releasing his EP tonight at his Project Choices release party at 7 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. He will be performing all 6 songs. The event is free and open to the public, and complimentary snacks will be provided. Troy has been performing at our House of Chaps since the we started having our open-mic nights last semester.

Please help us spread the word, and please join us tonight!

Midland College Set to Host 2013 WNIT

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team is poised to host the annual WNIT, beginning Thursday, November 21st at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on the Midland College campus. This year's event features four of the nation's top 20 women's basketball teams, in an eight team tournament field. Joining the #18 Midland College Lady Chaparrals are #1 ranked Trinity Valley Community College (Athen, TX), #2 Central Arizona College (Coolidge), #4 Chipola College (Marianna, FL) along with Angelina College (Lufkin, TX), Cloud County Community College (Concordia, KS), Odessa College (TX) and Salt Lake Community College (UT).

The WNIT has been called "the best junior college women's basketball event in the nation, outside of the national tournament itself". The tournament, which was the brainchild of MC head coach Ron Jones, is a prime recruiting stop for university coaches looking to enhance their programs.

Action begins on Thursday @ 2:00 p.m. with Angelina College vs. Cloud County Community College, followed by a 4:00 p.m. match up between Trinity Valley Community College vs. Central Arizona College.


At 6:00 p.m. the Odessa College Lady Wranglers will take on Chipola College and in the 8:00 p.m. contest the Midland College Lady Chaps led by returnees Gabriela Martins, Catherine Kruschke, Sabrina Ochoa and Diamalises Rivera, will host the Salt Lake Community College Bruins.

The tournament format is bracket play with each team playing three games; one each day. The tournament championship game will be played on Saturday, November 23 @ 6:00 p.m.

CLICK HERE for a complete tournament bracket (Adobe .pdf file)


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Getting ready for the 'holiday hustle?'

Maybe MC Basketball can help with that ...


CLICK HERE for more information and a registration form (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, you may also contact Bryan Hodgson
(716) 499-2834
bhodgson@midland.edu

MC Trustee honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Pictured from left to right are Kay Castle, Steve Castle and MC President Dr. Steve Thomas
at the October 14 Hearst Energy Awards reception.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC Board of Trustees member Steve Castle thanked God, his family and the people of the Permian Basin as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Hearst Energy Awards reception. The awards presentation was held on the evening of October 14 in conjunction with Midland’s Executive Oil Conference.

Steve Castle
In a recent interview with Mella McEwen of the Midland Reporter Telegram, Castle said, “I like working with people. It’s fun to take an idea, look at a record or a file and say, ‘Maybe there’s oil there’ and either put up my own money or raise the money and risk it. You go out, keep your fingers crossed and drill.”

Castle has been employed in the oil & gas industry since he was in junior high, when he pumped gas and fixed flat tires at a Humble gas station across from what is now the MISD administration building.

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Angelo State University, Castle was employed for Mobil and later TRW. While working for TRW, he was able to obtain a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Denver. He eventually came back to Midland and worked for Tom Brown, Inc. and later Hanley Petroleum until 1999 when he formed his own company, Cowboys Resources. He is also one of the founders and directors of First Capital Bank of Texas in Midland.

In addition to Castle’s service on the MC Board of Trustees, he also volunteers with Boy Scouts, the Petroleum Museum, the Chamber of Commerce, Drug Free Youth in Texas and the Multiple Sclerosis Society He is a Rotary Club member and a member of the Manor Park Board of Directors.

Steve and his wife Kay have two grown children.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Food + Philanthropy = Fundraiser

Here's how ... 
... join us?

MC presents “All I Want for Christmas is a Job”

Midland College presents
“All I Want for Christmas is a Job” Career Makeovers
Wednesday, November 20, 10:00 a.m.
Midland College Cosmetology Lab
Room 159, Technology Center

On Wednesday, November 20, the Midland College (MC) Business Systems and Cosmetology departments will partner to present career makeovers for graduating students. The students have been enrolled in business systems courses, of which part of the curriculum addresses professionalism in both demeanor and attire.

MC Business Systems Professor Sylvia Brown explained, “Many of our students have never worked in a professional business setting and are accustomed to wearing typical college clothes—jeans, t-shirts, sweaters, etc. We have stressed the importance of not only having professional skills, but also looking professional, and the MC Cosmetology students have offered to help our students with hair styles and makeup so that they can look the part of professionals when applying for jobs. There are lots of jobs available right now in the Permian Basin for office professionals. I want to make sure that MC students get those jobs that pay well and have a future for career advancement. Our students have superb office skills, and with these ‘career makeovers,’ they will be able to present themselves well.”

The students will be modeling hair styles and clothing at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday in Room 159 of the MC Technology Center on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

For more information, contact:
MC Business Systems Professor Sylvia Brown
(432) 685-4717
sbrown@midland.edu

Setting the Thanksgiving table, TODAY at Jack E. Brown

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether you are dining-in or taking-out, the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall offers hot and cold food and beverages for Midland College students, faculty, staff and visitors.

TODAY (Tuesday), they'll be serving their annual Thanksgiving Feast from 11:30 a.m. till 1:30 p.m., with plenty of seasonal favorites being offered. PLEASE NOTE: Cost for lunch today is $1 more per person.
MENU
Turkey, Ham
Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes & Turkey Gravy,
Candied Yams, Baked Sweet Potatoes
Green Bean Casserole, Broccoli Spears & Cheese Sauce
Salads & Salad Bar, Cranberry Sauce, Large Rolls
Pies/Pies/Pies, Cake, Cheesecake

For more information, contact:
Great Western Dining at MC
(432) 685-4263
gwestern@midland.edu

Monday, November 18, 2013

MC alum enjoys rewarding career as member of hospital administration team

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Dr. Adiel Alvarado graduated from Kermit High School in 1997 and had an opportunity to attend Midland College (MC) on the Fasken Foundation Scholarship, which awards tuition to graduating high school students who are in the top 10 percent of their class. Alvarado said he knew he wanted to attend college, but he had no idea what his major would be.

“When I visited the MC campus for the first time, I immediately liked the environment and was sure that I wanted to go to college there. I had always thought I might like to be a school teacher/coach, but my mother told me I should pursue healthcare,” said Alvarado. “So, I began working on my basics and applied to the respiratory care program at Midland College.”

The choice to enter into respiratory care has proven to be very rewarding for the 34-year-old hospital administrator, who now has a doctorate degree in healthcare administration.

For the past nine years, Alvarado has been employed at Martin County Hospital in Stanton. His current title is Chief Information Operations Officer. He oversees all of the hospital’s ancillary departments as well as the information technology infrastructure. Recently, Alvarado and Martin County Hospital received the IT Award of Excellence by the Texas Organization of Rural and Community Hospitals. Martin County’s new hospital has Alvarado to thank for much of its state-of-the-art information technology.

Alvarado explained, “When the new hospital building was being planned, I was able to work with the architects and contractors in order to develop the most up to date technology infrastructure with the goal of building data redundancy and cost effectiveness. While I’ve never had any formal training in information technology, I have always been interested in electronics and machinery. I guess that’s why I enjoy respiratory therapy—it combines human skills with technology.”

On Friday, Alvarado will leave his position at Martin County Hospital, and on Monday,November 25, he begins his new responsibilities as Director of Operations for Medical Center Hospital Pro Care. This won’t be his first time at Medical Center in Odessa—he began working there in 1999 while he was still attending MC and was employed as a respiratory therapist until 2004.

During the time that he was previously at Medical Center, Alvarado continued his education, graduating in 2000 from MC with an Associate degree in respiratory care and then in 2004 from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin with a baccalaureate degree in kinesiology. However, he didn’t stop his education there. In 2007, he received a Master’s degree in healthcare administration from The University of Phoenix, and just this past May, he received his Doctorate of Healthcare Administration from Central Michigan University.

Alvarado said, “The discipline that I learned at Midland College in the respiratory care program helped me to continue my education. While I was working on my Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees, I was also working fulltime and had a family. It was during those early days at Midland College that I learned how to study and received a great educational foundation.”

Also while at Midland College,Alvarado began dating a fellow Kermit High School graduate Robin Trammel. The two married in June of 2000 and today have three children—two boys, ages 10 and 7, and a girl who is 3 years old.

Robin is a graduate of MC, too. She received an Associate degree in nursing in 2000, and like Adiel, continued her education and received a Bachelorof Science degree in Nursing and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Both Adiel and Robin are first generation-to-college graduates. They hope that they have set a culture of pursuing higher education for their children.


Robin also works at Martin County Hospital as a nurse practitioner. She oversees the hospital’s rural health clinic and serves as a hospitalist. Her prior jobs included various responsibilities as a women’s health nurse and most recently as a hospitalist at Midland Memorial Hospital. In their spare time Robin and Adiel enjoy playing golf and spending time with their family.

“All of my degrees have been worthwhile,” said Dr. Alvarado. “It’s because of my education that I’ve managed to advance my career to where I am today. It all started at Midland College, and I wouldn’t have done it any differently.”

Follow-up on Food Drive ... who we're helping


From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

MC's Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting the annual canned food drive benefitting the Memorial Christian Church Food Pantry! You can find some boxes already located around campus, and more boxes will be coming.

In case you are wondering how many families the Food Pantry serves, Mr. Tuck sent this to me ...
 

"Our pantry Wednesday, Nov. 13, had an all-time record of 131 families, which totaled 596 people. The previous week it was 102 families. Thank you so much for all your help and support!"

We are accepting non-perishable foods until December 6. Preferable items are soups and items that can be made into meals.

Let's see who can bring in the most cans!

And always, THANK YOU so much for participating in Student Activities!

Discover MUSIC @ Midland College

The Music Department has created a new promo video called "Discover MUSIC @ Midland College" ...



Since the founding of MC's Allison Fine Arts building in 1978, our music program has offered a full range of courses and performing opportunities for students with previous musical experience and for those coming to the study of music for the first time. So, whether you are considering our Music Major Transfer Program or just looking for opportunities to play music, we have a caring and dedicated family of music faculty ready to help you realize your musical ambitions.

At Midland College, the study of music is vibrant. The Department of Music currently has more than 390 students participating in a variety of music ensemble, history, instrumental, theory and vocal music courses. With twelve professional music faculty members on staff, our students enjoy low student-to-faculty ratios. This is how we have developed a strong reputation for music education in West Texas: by providing students with much one-on-one personal attention.

Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, Department Chair
Visual and Performing Arts, Midland College
Allison Fine Arts Building, Rm. 147
(432) 685-4644
nelderkin@midland.edu

www.MidlandCollegeMusic.com
www.facebook.com/MidlandCollegeMusic

Midland College hosts “Pots and Prints” mobile workshop TODAY

Midland College will host the Pots and Prints mobile workshop on Monday, November 18 ( TODAY ), from 1:45-6:00 p.m. The mobile workshop is provided by the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and includes a raku kiln, potters wheels, printing press, glazes and printing ink.

MC Art Instructor Michael Richardson explained, “The UTPB mobile art workshop will provide a great way to demonstrate methods of developing contemporary art. The afternoon activities are open to all in the community and will offer hands-on approach instruction in both printmaking and ceramics.”

The mobile workshop will be parked on the west side of the Allison Fine Arts Building near the art wing. Participants are encouraged to bring completed clay pieces that will then be fired in the raku kiln provided by the workshop. The mobile workshop will also provide material for printmaking.

For more information, contact:
MC Art Instructor Michael Richardson
(432) 685-4652
mrichardson@midland.edu

Friday, November 15, 2013

Follow-Up on 'Green-and-Gold' polos

From Barbara Underwood
Midland College Bookstore Manager

Remember those 'green and gold polos' I said would be here in a week or two?

They have arrived! Please come early for best size selection. Many of you have been waiting for these!!!

The Midland College Bookstore is located in the north (new) portion of the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC main campus.

"First Friday" Science Seminar for December explores "power of DNA"

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

On the first Friday of each month, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. The December installment of this series will take place Friday, December 6, and will feature Dr. Paul Mangum, Professor and Program Chair for the Biology Department at Midland College.

Event: First Friday Science Seminar (December)
Time: Friday, December 6th, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College campus
Speaker: Paul Mangum; Ph.D. - Professor/Program Chair, Biology Department, Midland College
Title: "The Power of DNA: What DNA can tell us about ourselves and the world around us"

Dr. Mangum has B.S. in Biology from Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences, and an M.S. in Biology from Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences. He earned a Ph.D. from Texas Tech University in the College of Agriculture, studying the genetics and breeding of onions (2001). He came to Midland College in 1995. Awards he has received include the Exxon Education Foundation Innovation Award in 1996, the Midland College Outstanding Teaching Award in 1999, and the Kenan Fellow of the National Tropical Botanical Gardens in 2005.
Dr. Mangum (left) with MC students during a field trip to the I-20 Wildlife Preserve,
The free lecture will be held at 12:00 noon in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center. Guests are invited to bring their lunch.

For more information about the "First Friday" Science Seminar Series at MC, please contact:

Tom Ready, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department
Midland College
432-685-6748
tready@midland.edu

Thursday, November 14, 2013

REMINDER: Shopping, networking AND breakfast all-in-one, next week at MC

From Betsy Fredericks
Associate Director, Midland College Business and Economic Development Center

Take advantage of holiday shopping with networking opportunities AND a free full breakfast at the Small Business Expo on November 19 in the Midland College Carrasco Room. Call the BEDC to reserve a vendor table for only $10. A link to the event flyer/table reservation form is below.

I hope you can join in the fun!

Betsy


Join us for the

November Networking Breakfast

"Small Business Expo: Holiday Shopping"

8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Carrasco Room • Scharbauer Student Center • Midland College

Free Admission to the Public / A Fee for Business Display/Sale Tables

Tuesday, November 19 • "Holiday Shopping: Small Business Expo" will be the theme of this special, annual breakfast event hosted by MC's Business & Economic Development Center and its partners. Open to the public, the event will feature expanded hours, food and prizes, and great opportunities for holiday shopping and business networking.You'll want to reserve a table for your business right away!

registration form (Adobe .pdf file) 


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.


MC students! TONIGHT! We provide the mic ... the rest is up to you

By Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator


Hey everyone! MC's Student Government Association is hosting their next House of Chaps TONIGHT, Thursday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. in the Student Center!

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

Please help us spread the word! As always, you are welcome to perform! To get your name on the list ahead of time or for more information, please email sga@midland.edu or call 432-685-4543!


** All performances must be family friendly! **


'Tis the season when MC-SGA's empty boxes need YOUR canned goods

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

MC's Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting the annual canned food drive benefitting the Memorial Christian Church Food Pantry! You can find some boxes already located around campus, and more boxes will be coming.

We are accepting non-perishable foods until December 6. Preferable items are soups and items that can be made into meals.

Let's see who can bring in the most cans!

And always, THANK YOU so much for participating in Student Activities!

MC plans $34.8 million Master Plan expansion

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Permian Basin is currently undergoing unprecedented growth because of its petroleum and natural gas resources. Seeing the need for increased facilities to accommodate the community’s growth, MC has planned a $34.8 million campus expansion project to be completed in the next 5 to 7 years without a bond issue. Financing will be provided from reserve funds and private donations.

The first phase of the project, which MC President Steve Thomas, Ph.D., projects will be completed by 2015, includes a $12.4 million building for MC’s highly successful early college high school. Over 400 students from the Midland Independent School District are attending Early College High School at Midland College, and the program has outgrown its current facilities, which are housed in a wing of the fine arts building. The planned expansion will allow for a dedicated early college high school building with 16 classrooms, including large labs for chemistry, biology and physics.

Also planned is a $7.8 million dining expansion at the Scharbauer Student Center. Currently the campus has three on-campus dining facilities, one of which is a crowded traditional dining hall. The two other facilities are coffee shops and grills.

“By moving the dining hall to the Scharbauer Student Center, MC will be able to create a true student hub with a real social synergy,” said Parkhill, Smith and Cooper Architect Dan Hart.

The existing dining facility will be renovated into a professional retreat complex, projected to cost $10.4 million In addition to high-tech meeting rooms and classrooms, the facility will feature a 400- to 500-seat auditorium that can be used for corporate events, continuing education training and college-hosted seminars.

The remaining $4.2 million will allow the Petroleum Professional Development Center, which is currently located in downtown Midland and offers exclusive continuing education opportunities for energy industry professionals, to be relocated to the main MC campus.

“The oil and gas industry is very vibrant and training is in high demand. It will be beneficial to bring the oil industry to our campus,” Thomas said.

“We like having the community on our campus. It sells Midland College to our community and so many different constituents.” Thomas continued, “Everything we’re planning is within the scope of our mission—providing university transfer courses, career and technical education programs, continuing education, workforce training and cultural enrichment opportunities. The planned master plan expansion will be able to serve the community in a number of ways.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Chap Baseball Teammates Sign with Sooners

BOOMER! Teammates and coaches, family and friends were on hand for the signings.
By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

To paraphrase an old sports adage, "Baseball is a lucky sport. The harder I work at it, the luckier I get." For two current members of the Midland College baseball team, their hard work has led them to a opportunity to play for the University of Oklahoma Sooners (NCAA Division I / Big 12), beginning in the 2014-15 school year.
Chris McIlraith

Chap pitcher Thomas McIlraith and catcher/infielder, Chris Shaw inked with the Sooners this afternoon in the Midland College Physical Education Building. The two players were joined by their MC teammates and coaches, as well as the parents and sister of McIlraith.

McIlraith, a 6'2" right-handed pitcher from Amarillo, TX (Tascosa), went 8-4 (12 starts) in 2013 with an ERA of 4.06 (77.2 IP) in his freshman season with the Chaparrals. Shaw, a multi-position player from Winnipeg, Manitoba, batted .380 with 68 hits, 22 doubles, three triples and 11 home runs, including 64 RBI for the 48-15 Chaparrals.

Chris Shaw

Both players are expected to lead a talented and athletic ball club in pursuit of back-to-back WJCAC and NJCAA Region V titles, and perhaps a return trip to the NJCAA Baseball JUCO World Series in 2014.

McIlraith and Shaw are the 10th and 11th members of the 2013 Midland College team to sign with an NCAA Division I university.