Friday, December 27, 2013

Sounds of the season, every season, throughout the year



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.

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





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

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Things to do at Your College during Winter Break ...#3

#3: Register your group for Club Fair


Table registration is now open for the Spring 2014 Club Fair!

CLICK HERE for rules and regulations (Adobe .pdf file)

CLICK HERE to register your organization (online form)

Registration deadline for your club or organization is Friday, January 10, 2014.


For more information, contact:

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

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays !!!

... from the kids at MC's Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center, and from the entire Midland College family!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Things to do at Your College during Winter Break ...#2

#2: Study at the Library


Whether you're working on Winter Interim courses or getting ready for the Spring Semester, the Murray L. Fasken Learning Resource Center at Midland College offers a good environment for studying.

The library is open Mondays-Fridays, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., 10:00 a.m. - noon on December 24 and 31, and closed on December 25 (Christmas), and January 1 (New Year).

Friday, December 20, 2013

Things to do at Your College during Winter Break ...#1

#1: Register Online for Spring Semester

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. Learn more about registration here .That includes dual (high school/college) credit registration ... high school students/parents, learn more about MC's Dual Credit Program here Walk-in registration will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. and continue through Friday, January 10.


 
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)

Friday, December 13, 2013

It's almost five ... almost time to wrap things up ...

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.”
― Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Hope
Smiles from the threshold of the year to come,
Whispering 'it will be happier'...”
― Alfred Tennyson

Midland College closes at five o'clock today for Winter Break. Our offices will re-open and operations resume Thursday morning, January 2.

Wherever this holiday finds you, wherever it takes you, whatever you're doing and whoever you're with ... have a safe and blessed holiday, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tech Advisory

UPDATE: The tech issue has been resolved and student access to Campus Connect is now open.

campusconnect

Student access to Campus Connect will be restricted until final grading is complete.

If you are trying to enroll in the Winter Interim 2013 session, please contact the Registrar's Office at (432) 685-4513 while online registration is down.

Access will resume upon completion of the grading process. Thank you for your patience during this time.

MC welcomes Matt Tarpley to the WRTTC

Midland College welcomes George Matt Tarpley
as director of the Williams Regional Technical
Training Center, Fort Stockton, Texas

For more information, contact:
MC Dean of Community Relations & Special Events Rebecca Bell
rbell@midland.edu / (432) 685-4556


George Matt Tarpley has been named as the new director of the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) located in Fort Stockton, Texas.

Tarpley brings with him 29 years of experience as a Texas A&M Agrilife Extension program specialist. He was employed by the Pecos County (Fort Stockton) Agrilife Extension agency for 20 years. Prior to his service in Pecos County, he served in Palo Pinto County (Mineral Wells, Texas) and Williamson County (Georgetown, Texas).

During his tenure with the Texas A&M Agrilife Extension program, Tarpley served as a faculty member in the 4-H and Youth Development Program Unit. He implemented several youth programs including robotics training, science camps and junior leadership activities. In addition, he was instrumental in coordinating sponsorships from corporate and foundation sources.

For the past three months, Tarpley has been employed by the Fort Stockton Independent School District as an Agriculture Science teacher.

Tarpley is an alumnus of Tarleton State University where he obtained a Master of Science degree in Teaching and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Education. Tarpley and his wife Toni have been married for 28 years and have one son Troy who is 23 and living in San Angelo. Toni is a PE teacher at Apache Elementary School in Fort Stockton.

“I’m looking forward to serving the people of Pecos County and continuing the cooperative efforts established between Midland College and Pecos County,” said Tarpley.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas noted, “We are delighted to have Matt join Midland College as the new director of the WRTTC. His background and talents will enable him to further develop the great programming that has already been established at the WRTTC. I know he will effectively coordinate and lead educational and workforce training programs that will continue to advance education and economic development in Pecos County.”

About the Williams Regional Technical Training Center

Midland College established the WRTTC in 1996, and two years later, the WRTTC was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as MC’s first branch campus. In 2011, Pecos County voters approved a branch maintenance tax for the WRTTC in order to provide funding for increased technology and campus infrastructure so that it can remain a state-of-the-art facility providing education and training that enhances quality of life and supports Pecos County’s economic development efforts.

The WRTTC serves its students through university parallel courses, career/technical associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education opportunities and workforce training. In addition, the campus offers a wide variety of programs in collaboration with the Fort Stockton Independent School District. WRTTC courses are supported by advanced instructional technology, interactive television and computerized distance learning technology, which link to the main Midland College campus.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Multi-vision ... multi-media ... multi-talented ...

The purpose of the Arts Department at Midland College is to meet the individual needs of those students pursuing professional art degrees and careers and of those students in the community who wish to explore their interests and talents for their own enjoyment and fulfillment. Here is just a small sampling of the works that were on display at McCormick Gallery as part of the recently concluded MC Student Art Show.



visit the Art Department's page on MC's online catalog

For more information, you may also contact:

Dagan Sherman, MC Art Faculty
(432) 685-4653
dsherman@midland.edu

MC Launches "On Track" program

Midland College launches “On Track”
for high school seniors

Today, Thursday, December 12
4:45 p.m.
F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101
Midland College Main Campus

For more information, contact:
MC Dean of Community Relations & Special Events Rebecca Bell
rbell@midland.edu / (432) 685-4556

Midland College announces the start of its “On Track” program, exclusively designed for Midland County high school seniors who are interested in attending MC after high school graduation.

MC Associate Director of the Cogdell Learning Center Liz Zenteno, who serves as program coordinator, said, “The new program is part of our student success initiative. We want students and their parents to be informed about basic requirements for college admissions as well as scholarship and other financial aid opportunities available at Midland College. In addition, monthly sessions will offer information about MC’s career training programs and core curriculum classes that transfer to four-year universities. The sessions will be conducted by MC employees and current MC students. We’ve designed the monthly activities to be fun—we promise no ‘stuffy talking heads.’ Our goal is to make the transition from high school to college easy and the college application and registration process stress-free and smooth for MC’s fall 2014 freshman class.”

Zenteno explained that the first session will focus on the Legacy Scholarship available to all Midland County high school seniors who attend Midland College. During additional sessions in the spring, students will have an opportunity to apply to Midland College and register for fall semester classes.

All high school seniors and their parents are welcome to today’s session, which will begin today at 4:45 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the MC campus.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Spread the word ... Get your club, organization ready for MC's Spring 2014 Club Fair



From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

Table registration is now open for the Spring 2014 Club Fair!

CLICK HERE for rules and regulations (Adobe .pdf file)

CLICK HERE to register your organization (online form)

Registration deadline for your club or organization is Friday, January 10, 2014.


For more information, contact:

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

MC Math & Science Division awards scholarships

Fall 2013 Math & Science Scholarship Recipients

Each semester the Midland College Math & Science Division awards scholarships to current MC students. On December 3, 2013, more than 20 scholarships were awarded at the fall Math & Science Awards Celebration held in the Fox Science Building on the MC campus. All scholarships are being used toward spring semester courses.

Among those scholarships presented at the luncheon were four $500 scholarships awarded to geology students from Compass Operating and three $500 scholarships awarded to science students by Deborah and Cynthia Wolfe in memory of their parents Norma and Joseph.

In her address to the scholarship recipients, MC Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade stated, “You make our life special, and thanks to the generosity of MC donors, we are able to award these scholarships and recognize the many outstanding math and science students at Midland College!”

Compass Operating Scholarship Winners
Pictured from left to right are MC Geology faculty member Dr. Keonho Kim, Austin Hafner, Solome Nakaweesa, Kelly Rains, Melissa Holder Vassilion and MC Geology faculty member Antony Giles.
Math Mentoring Scholarship Winners
Pictured on back row from left to right are Assistant Professor of Math Connie Sanchez, Zachary Dalton and Ryan Leak. Pictured on front row from left to right are Xuan Ding, Modupe Adesemoye and Clarissa Estrella.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Midland College Nursing students to be honored in pinning ceremony

Midland College will hold a pinning ceremony Thursday, December 12, at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the accomplishments of the 16 students who completed the college’s Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.

The ceremony will be held at the Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium. The ADN program is a two-year nursing program leading to the degree of Associate in Applied Science. The 16 students completing the program are prepared to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN-CAT) for licensure as a registered nurse.

ADN graduates are: Erick A. Baeza, Tracy L. Builta, Erica D. Cadena, Amanda L. Collier, Jessica I. Navarro Corchado, Hannah C. Corson, Amanda N. Daly, Joana Guerra, Jasmin Lacy, Halie C. McQuistion, Karimen Sanchez, Amanda N. Seidenberger, Brittany D. Soliz, Maida Terrazas, Alexandra M. Truswell and Brittaney A. Wilkerson.

The Associate Degree Nursing Program is one of MC’s most valuable programs for the community. Since its inception in 1982, over 1,500 students have graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing Program ready to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for licensure as a registered nurse.



The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded the Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Ms. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. In keeping with the tradition, nurses are now given a pin to wear on the left side of their uniform, over their heart, as a badge of honor.

Not everyone will be locking-up, heading home this Friday

Winter Break at Midland College begins at 5:00 p.m. this Friday, December 13. But not everyone will be locking up and heading home at that time. The P.E. Building will be especially busy the following day ... AND providing some assistance for parents in the midst of the holiday hustle-and-bustle.


The Midland College basketball program will host the camp. The day will consist of supervised games, sports and a movie. Parents can bring their children to the MC Physical Education Building (located at the intersection of Circle Drive and S. Foundation Boulevard, on the MC Main Campus) at 9:00 a.m. or any time thereafter and pick them up by 3:00 p.m.

Bryan Hodgson, MC assistant men’s basketball coach, said, “This is a great opportunity for children to learn basketball techniques, get some exercise and socialize with one another. We are also hoping to give parents a break so that they can get errands run and do some holiday shopping without the kids. We’ll provide a fun, supervised day of activities.”

The cost is $60 per child, and a concession stand will be available for purchase of pizza, hot dogs, Gatorade and chips. Pre-registration is not necessary. Parents can complete the registration form and pay on Saturday morning. The registration form requires a phone number, medical insurance information (name of company and policy number) and parent or guardian signature.

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


Warmer later ... but for now?


A chilly start to the day, and some ice on the windshields. It's supposed to be warmer later today ... but for now, take care and take your time getting to class.



Monday, December 9, 2013

REMINDER ... extended SIP raffle wraps-up Tuesday


From Julia A. Vickery
Student Development & Students In Philanthropy Coordinator

So many of you are kind to support the raffle and you normally purchase tickets at the [canceled] Holiday Evening activities. Therefore, in order to give you time to purchase, we are extending the Raffle. Tickets will be available for purchase until Tuesday, December 10th.  SIP will draw winners at their final meeting of the fall semester on December 11th and we will notify all recipients by delivering (on campus) or making phone calls.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOUR AMAZING SUPPORT OF SIP!

Tickets can be purchased for $1 in room 244 of the SSC.



SO, WHAT'S ON YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH LIST?

Deer corn ... or new shoes, maybe?

Either could possibly be yours if you purchase a $1 raffle ticket from Midland College Students in Philanthropy.

Prizes available ...

Gift Card Tree (worth a minimum of $100)
5 Bags of Deer Corn
Gift Cards from Kohls and Cinergy
Christmas and Lottery Ticket Wreaths
Gift Baskets
IPOD Shuffle
Memberships at Gold's Gym and Fit Family Fitness
... other trinkets and goods

Tickets cost $1 and can be purchased in room 244 in the Scharbauer Student Center (SSC). You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.


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

Traffic advisory for MC main campus


Road construction begins TODAY [Monday, December 9]. Circle Drive will be closed from the north Foundation Boulevard entrance, east to the Fox Science Building (FSB). Please alter your travel plans to avoid the area.

Parking for Fox Science Building (FSB), and the Dorothy & Todd Aaron Medical Science Building (AMS) can use the parking lot north of the facility but must enter from the east side of campus.

We hope to have the project complete by early January, weather permitting.


Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Registration deadlines approaching THIS FRIDAY

This Friday, December 13, will be deadline day for some registration procedures at Midland College ... it will be the last day to register ( ONLINE or WALK-IN ) for the Winter Interim Semester at MC ... and it will be the last day to WALK-IN register for the Spring Semester before MC closes for Winter Break ... ONLINE registration for the Spring Semester will continue through the break, and WALK-IN will resume when MC reopens on January 2, 2014.

More details below ...

WALK-IN Registration for the Spring 2014 Semester is now underway, 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 is now underway, 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.

In Memory ...

Staff Report
Houston Chronicle

HOUSTON, TEXAS - Dr. Michael Economides, an energy expert, University of Houston professor and a contributor to the Houston Chronicle's FuelFix blog, died November 30 of a heart attack during an international flight to South America.

He was 64.

Economides made frequent trips to Midland, teaching courses at Midland College's Petroleum Professional Development Center and addressing local organizations.

An internationally known authority on petroleum engineering, Economides' research interests included offshore technology and techniques in oil and gas reservoir stimulation. He taught master's-level classes as an adjunct professor for the petroleum engineering program at the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering.

He was recognized as an opinionated, global expert on hydraulic fracturing, the oil and gas production technique that has fueled the United States' shale energy boom. He also focused on geopolitical concerns in oil and gas production and served as an adviser to companies with international operations, according to the University of Houston.

"He was a strong proponent of hydraulic fracturing. He put a lot of science behind it," said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at the University of Houston, in a written statement.

"He made you think," Krishnamoorti continued. "His emotions were on his sleeve. His students absolutely loved him."

Economides authored or co-authored 15 books, the university said, including "The Color of Oil: The History, the Money and the Politics of the World's Biggest Business."

He also was editor-in-chief of Energy Tribune.

Economides was born in Cyprus. He received a doctorate in petroleum engineering from Stanford University. He held bachelor's and master's degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Kansas.

... and one more Weather Note ... for Monday ❅❅❅

With the relaxing of winter weather conditions, all MC classes, locations and events scheduled for Monday, December 9 at Midland College are open.




Thursday, December 5, 2013

Weather Note for Friday ❅❅❅

... due to winter weather conditions, all MC classes, locations and events are canceled for Friday, December 6.



Info session for NASA program set for December 10 at MC


NASA MeatballThis is an opportunity for Texas community college students to learn more about what NASA does and how they can become a part of the exciting future of space exploration!


From Antony Giles
Assistant Professor of Geology

Hi all,

I will be holding an information session and attending an informational webinar related to the Texas Community College Aerospace Scholars (CAS) program on Tuesday December 10th at 1:45 p.m. in the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty (AHSF) Building, Room 142.

Students who may be interested in careers in STEM fields, please contact me at agiles@midland.edu to register for the session.

Thanks,

Tony

(432) 685-5580
agiles@midland.edu 

MC Student Art "Hallway Sale" will continue, with abbreviated hours


From Dagan Sherman
Assistant Professor of Art

Hello everyone,

Due to the holiday evening being canceled, the art sale will only run from 1 pm until 5 pm today (Thursday). It will also be open tomorrow 10 am until 12:30 pm, as long as we are in session.

We ask that you have exact change or your checkbook, as the weather along with our haste in trying to get everything together early has prevented us from going to get our usual amount of change.

Thanks,

Dagan Sherman
(432)-685-4653
dsherman@midland.edu


The 18th Annual Midland College Student Art Hallway Sale hosted by the Midland Art Guild, features paintings, watercolors, ceramics and photography - all of which make wonderful Christmas presents. This is a great opportunity to buy unique holiday gifts.


Have NO fear ... the Students In Philanthropy Raffle Fundraiser will STILL occur!

From Julia A. Vickery
Student Development & Students In Philanthropy Coordinator

We will certainly miss that tasty chili and seeing all of you supporting SIP and the College.  And while we are horribly disappointed by the weather, we completely support the decision to cancel Holiday Evening at MC so everyone stays safe.

NEW RAFFLE INFO ...


So many of you are kind to support the raffle and you normally purchase tickets at the evening activities, therefore, in order to give you time to purchase and to give the SIP kiddos time to make up the loss from chili sales, we are extending the Raffle.  Tickets will be available for purchase until Tuesday, December 10th.  SIP will draw winners at their final meeting of the fall semester on December 11th and we will notify all recipients by delivering (on campus) or making phone calls.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOU AMAZING SUPPORT OF SIP.  Tickets can be purchased for $1 in room 244 of the SSC.




So, what's on your Christmas wish list?

Deer corn ... or new shoes, maybe?

Either could possibly be yours if you purchase a $1 raffle ticket from Midland College Students in Philanthropy.

Prizes available ...

Gift Card Tree (worth a minimum of $100)
5 Bags of Deer Corn
Gift Cards from Kohls and Cinergy
Christmas and Lottery Ticket Wreaths
Gift Baskets
IPOD Shuffle
Memberships at Gold's Gym and Fit Family Fitness
... other trinkets and goods

Tickets cost $1 and can be purchased in room 244 in the SSC. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.


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

Holiday Evening at MC is CANCELED

There is a saying about 'the best-laid plans' ... and that has proven to be the case for tonight's activities. We regret that we have CANCELED Holiday Evening at Midland College, due to deteriorating winter weather conditions, and the safety hazards those conditions have created.

As you know, we had a full evening, with a wide variety of activities planned ... and I'll have some related posts here, shortly.


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

In Memory ...

From Mary Lopez
Communications and Special Events Coordinator

We extend our sympathy to the family of Fannie Reeves, Midland College retiree. She passed away on November 27. She was one of the four original instructors at Midland College and she worked here until her retirement 8 years later.

The MC flag will fly at half-staff today and tomorrow.

here is the link to her obituary on MRT.com

So ... what's on your Christmas wish List?

From Julia A. Vickery
Student Development & Students In Philanthropy Coordinator

We will certainly miss that tasty chili and seeing all of you supporting SIP and the College.  And while we are horribly disappointed by the weather, we completely support the decision to cancel Holiday Evening at MC so everyone stays safe.

NEW RAFFLE INFO ...


So many of you are kind to support the raffle and you normally purchase tickets at the evening activities, therefore, in order to give you time to purchase and to give the SIP kiddos time to make up the loss from chili sales, we are extending the Raffle.  Tickets will be available for purchase until Tuesday, December 10th.  SIP will draw winners at their final meeting of the fall semester on December 11th and we will notify all recipients by delivering (on campus) or making phone calls.

THANKS AGAIN FOR YOU AMAZING SUPPORT OF SIP.  Tickets can be purchased for $1 in room 244 of the SSC.




So, what's on your Christmas wish list?

Deer corn ... or new shoes, maybe?

Either could possibly be yours if you purchase a $1 raffle ticket from Midland College Students in Philanthropy.

Prizes available ...

Gift Card Tree (worth a minimum of $100)
5 Bags of Deer Corn
Gift Cards from Kohls and Cinergy
Christmas and Lottery Ticket Wreaths
Gift Baskets
IPOD Shuffle
Memberships at Gold's Gym and Fit Family Fitness
... other trinkets and goods

Tickets cost $1 and can be purchased in room 244 in the SSC. You do not need to be present at the drawing to win.


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

Thursday evening is "Holiday Evening," and you're invited!

There is a saying about 'the best-laid plans' ... and that has proven to be the case for tonight's activities. We regret that we have CANCELED Holiday Evening at Midland College, due to deteriorating winter weather conditions, and the safety hazards those conditions have created.



As you know, we had a full evening, with a wide variety of activities planned ... and I'll have some related posts here, shortly.
Midland College, in
partnership with the Midland Chamber of Commerce,
invites you to enjoy a Holiday Evening!

A fun-filled event for the entire family!
Thursday, December 5
Events begin at 5:30 p.m. in the McCormick Gallery of the
Allison Fine Arts Building and
MC President Dr. Steve Thomas will lead the
annual "Lighting of the Carillon Tower" at 6:30 p.m.

Everyone is invited to a Frito Pie Chili Supper, the opening of the Fall Student Art Show, a Hallway Art Sale and concerts by the Chap Singers and the MC Music Department Student Ensembles at Midland College's annual Holiday Evening on Thursday, December 5. The "Holiday Evening" tradition - a time when community members can join the Midland College family on campus - began at Midland College 24 years ago. The Evening has expanded to include the following family events:

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Frito Pie Chili Supper sponsored by Students in Philanthropy (SIP) in the McCormick Gallery, Allison Fine Arts Building. Cost is $5 per bowl (includes tea and dessert). Proceeds from the Chili Supper will go to the SIP grants program which will benefit non-profit agencies next spring.

6:30 p.m. - MC President Dr. Steve Thomas will lead the annual "Lighting of the Carillon Tower" Caroling will be led by the MC Chap Singers.

6:45 p.m. - Opening reception of the Fall Student Art Show, McCormick Gallery in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Holiday treats, hot chocolate and hot cider will be served. Bring the children for a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

7:00 p.m. - "Sounds of Christmas" featuring MC Music Department Student Ensembles in concert in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building.

During the celebration, a vintage Model T truck will be parked outside the Allison Fine Arts Building for anyone who wishes to donate a new unwrapped toy to the Annual Toy Drive to benefit Casa de Amigos.

Also, the 18th Annual Midland College Student Art Hallway Sale hosted by the Midland Art Guild will be held from 6:45-8:30 p.m., Thursday, December 5 and 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 6. The art sale features paintings, watercolors, ceramics and photography - all of which make wonderful Christmas presents. This is a great opportunity to buy unique holiday gifts.

Preview of tonight's basketball action at Chap Center

The community is invited to “Pack the Chap” Center for the MC basketball season conference opener against Howard College on Wednesday, December 4.Pick up FREE tickets at any location of  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.

The Midland Reporter-Telegram's Oscar LeRoy offers the following previews of tonight's action.

Rivera likes Lady Chaps' potential this season
MRT Photo by Tim Fischer

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS (MRT) - Diamalises Rivera is excited about the potential of this year’s Midland College women’s basketball team as the Lady Chaparrals head into their Western Junior College Athletic Conference opener tonight.

If Rivera and the Lady Chaps continue their improvement, they could once again lay claim to the WJCAC crown this season.


Read the rest of LeRoy's report

Williams embracing role as leader for Chaps
MRT Photo by James Durbin
By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer

MIDLAND, TEXAS (MRT) - Darren Williams is not one to back down from a challenge or a leadership role. That’s the way he was taught, growing up in Chester, South Carolina.

So when first-year Midland College men’s basketball coach Jordan Dreiling told the 5-foot-10 freshman that he was going to be the team’s starting point guard, Williams embraced that role.html.