Friday, January 31, 2014

Speaking of Homecoming ... you ready to roll?

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator
Hey everyone!

The Midland College Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting
their first-ever Car Show Fundraiser tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot just east of the Scharbauer Student Center!

The students have decided to sell hotdog plates for $5 each.

Anyone who would like to enter a vehicle can find the registration form and a map of campus located on our Web site at More information about the show is located there as well.

All proceeds will be used to send students to the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in April. More information about TJCSGA may be found at

We hope you will join us! Thank you in advance for your support!

P.S. Homecoming will be February 3 against Clarendon College! Bring your "throw-back" gear and come cheer on our Chaps!

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

For more information about, contact:

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator

(432) 685-4543

Midland College celebrates Homecoming this Monday

From Mary Lopez
Communications & Special Events Coordinator

 The MC Homecoming basketball games begin at 5:45 p.m. with the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team hosting Clarendon Junior College. The Midland College Chaparral men's basketball game begins at 7:45 p.m. 

The Homecoming King and Queen will be announced at halftime of the men's game. The following student clubs have nominated candidates from their clubs:

 Ambassadors - Mercedes Soliz and Rudy Lopez
Athletics - Gaby Nieto and David Wicks
Spirit Club - Henley Graves and Matt Flowers
Student Government Association - Stephanie Dresel and Daniel Wright
Students in Philanthropy - Perla Carreon and Raul Corrales.

For more information, please contact Student Activities Coordinator, Stephanie VanCuren at (432) 685-4543 or

Free "Confined Spaces" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"Confined Spaces" is one of the 'workplace safety' topics that will be covered this spring in FREE continuing education courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

Confined Spaces 
Wednesday, February 5th
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
more information

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

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Newspaper offers preview of Lady Chap Softball ...

MRT Photo by James Durbin

Gomez, Posada ready to lead MC back to WJCAC prominence

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

Naomi Posada and Kelcey Gomez are pumped up about the upcoming season for the Midland College softball team.
The reason the sophomores are fired up is because they hope to put injuries during their respective freshmen seasons in the rearview mirror to help the Lady Chaparrals return to prominence in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

Posada and Gomez will look to help the Lady Chaparrals bounce back from an up-and-down 2013 season with a team that players and head coach Tommy Ramos believes is more seasoned, more confident and faster than last year’s squad that finished 43-28 but made it to the championship game of the Region V West Tournament.

read the rest of this report ... 


The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team will have their 2014 season home opener Monday, February 3, when they host the Lady Wranglers of Cisco College at 1:00 p.m. in the Midland College Softball Field, on the MC main campus.

Midland College receives $100K from Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Midland College One of Four Colleges Statewide to
Provide Free Safety Courses Through Texas Mutual Grant

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to Midland College to fund the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, which provides free workplace safety courses for employers, employees and the general public.

“For nearly 10 years, Midland-area employers and employees have benefited greatly from these courses at Midland College, made possible through the ongoing partnership with Texas Mutual,” said MC President Dr. Steve Thomas. “We are proud to continue to offer workplace safety education opportunities and grateful for Texas Mutual’s continued support of the Risk Management Institute.”

This is the ninth consecutive year that Texas Mutual — the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance — has awarded the grant to the college to sustain the Risk Management Institute.

Midland College is one of four community colleges in Texas, in addition to Kilgore College, College of the Mainland and Del Mar College, that provides free safety classes via funding from Texas Mutual. Texas Mutual has awarded a combined $3.5 million in safety education grants since 1999.

Since the inception of the Risk Management Institute at Midland College in May 2006, nearly 2,800 people have participated in the program. A majority of participants are from the oil and gas industry, with the remaining participants from city government, health care and other industries.

“At Basic Energy Services, we must abide by OSHA regulations,” said Amanda Porras, a safety representative from Basic Energy Services and a participant at the Risk Management Institute. “The information I received from Midland College’s safety classes has greatly helped me perform my job better and safer. I use that information every day.”

The 2014 schedule at the Risk Management Institute includes courses on basic drilling and completion safety awareness, OSHA training, fire safety, drug and alcohol awareness for supervisors, and CPR training, among others.

“These grants, along with other Texas Mutual safety programs, exemplify the company’s ongoing commitment to workplace safety and the prevention of workplace accidents through education,” Woody Hill, vice president of safety services at Texas Mutual, said. “We recognize the value safety education provides to employers and employees—giving them tools to be successful in business, and more importantly, keeping employees safe. Because of this, workplace safety education is always a sound investment.”

For more information about the Risk Management Institute at Midland College and a schedule of classes, please visit or call (432) 681-6305.

Texas Mutual Insurance Company

Austin-based Texas Mutual Insurance Company is the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance, with approximately 38 percent of the market. Since 1991, the company has provided a stable, competitively priced source of workers’ comp insurance for Texas employers. Helping employers prevent workplace accidents is a major part of Texas Mutual’s mission. For more information, visit

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Scoreboard Help Needed for Midland College Softball Classic

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team will host their annual tournament February 14th and 15th at the Midland United Girls Softball facility (Ulmer Park/Freddie Ezell Complex) located at 2700 W Kentucky Ave, Midland, TX 79701.

The event brings to Midland 14 community college softball teams for the two-day round robin format tournament (a total of 35 games). As in years past, we are looking for individuals who are interested and available to help run scoreboards at the tournament.

The tournament will be played, simultaneously, on five different fields at MUGS with game times beginning at 9:00 a.m. on the 14th.

Current MC employees would need to sign a Personnel Status Form (PSF) for the HR Department. Anyone not currently employed at MC would need to go through the Midland College employee application process. All scoreboard operators would be paid $20.00 per game.

A basic understanding of baseball/softball is necessary (e.g., visiting team bats first, home team gets final at bat, runs, hits, errors). The scoreboards are what you typically see at a little league baseball field.

Tournament Schedule is as follows:

Friday, February 14th @ 9:00 a.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Friday, February 14th @ 11:30 a.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Friday, February 14th @ 2:00 p.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Friday, February 14th @ 4:30 p.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Friday, February 14th @ 11:30 a.m.
Field 7 only

Friday, February 14th @ 11:30 a.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Saturday, February 15th @ 9:00 a.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Saturday, February 15th @ 11:30 a.m.
Field 3, Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Saturday, February 15th @ 2:00 p.m.
Field 4, Field 5, Field 6, Field 7

Total: 35 games


Forrest Allen
(432) 685-6436 

Exhibit at MC gallery ties to world headlines

International news headlines this week include stories about the trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990’s. Karadzić has been charged with war crimes and crimes against humanity, which he denies.
Ratko Mladić (left) and Radovan Karadzić in the 1990s.
(Photo: Reuters)
"Ex-Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladić has refused to testify after former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzić called him as a defence witness at his war crimes trial at The Hague," writes correspondent Allan Little, in one of a series of reports from The Hague, this week on BBC News. "Denouncing the UN tribunal as 'satanic,' Mr Mladic said testifying could prejudice his own case. Both men deny charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity." read the complete BBC report

The charges against Karadzic, Mladic and others stem a violent period in the Balkans that saw a number of atrocities ... including one that is documented in a traveling exhibit on display at Midland College's McCormick Gallery, now through February 21.

The exhibit Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide tells the story of genocide in the Bosnian city of Prijedor between 1992 and 1995. Thirty-four display panels and a forty-minute video combine information from official sources, including the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, with original photographs and compelling testimony from genocide survivors now living in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission hopes to educate citizens about the circumstances that lead to the Bosnian Genocide through the thirty-four (34) panel, Prijedor: Lives From the Bosnian Genocide exhibit at eight Texas venues over the course of the next two years.

The exhibit honors both the memory of the lives lost in the Prijedor genocide and the experiences of the survivors whose stories are told within the exhibit. The exhibit’s targeted audience is Texas residents, particularly college students, middle and high school students, and educators.

The McCormick Gallery, located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus, is open Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 10 pm;  and Friday, 8 am - 5 pm. For more information, please call (432) 685-4651.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

"Robotic Assisted Surgery" next topic for seminar series

Brown Bag Lunch Seminar Series
“Robotic Assisted Surgery”
12:00 noon, Friday, February 7
Midland College Scharbauer Student Center
Carrasco Room

Midland College, in partnership with the Jenna Welch Women’s Center of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, will hold a First Friday Brown Bag Lunch Seminar on February 7 at 12:00 noon in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield in Midland.

Dr. Leslie Chupp
This month’s topic will be “Robotic Assisted Surgery” presented by Leslie Chupp, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., Regional Director of the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Midland College Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade said, “These First Friday seminars have been popular with students and the community over the past couple of years. We offer a variety of topics dealing with the sciences. The robotic-assisted presentation is back by popular demand. Dr. Chupp first lectured on this topic in November 2012. Her presentation was so well-received that we have asked her to come back for an ‘encore’ and to give updates on the latest trends in this fascinating technology, which is now available in Midland.”

The public is invited to bring lunch and
attend this FREE seminar.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Hands-On Training

AEDs ... you see more and more signs of them in buildings and public areas around town. But do we really know what they are? And if needed, could we use one?

According to the Journal of the American Heart Association, "an automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses the life threatening cardiac arrhythmias of ventricular fibrillation and ventricular tachycardia in a patient, and is able to treat them through defibrillation, the application of electrical therapy which stops the arrhythmia, allowing the heart to reestablish an effective rhythm.

With simple audio and visual commands, AEDs are designed to be simple to use for the layman, and the use of AEDs is taught in many first aid, first responder, and basic life support (BLS) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes."

One such class for MC employees took place last week, taught by athletic trainer Sonya Mikeska, a ten-year year veteran of the Midland College Athletic Department. In addition to her education and experience as a trainer, Mikeska also draws upon her education in emergency medical training, and her experience in teaching physical education courses, with an emphasis on athletic injury.
She also brought to last week's class a number of AEDs and practice pads, so that employees had a chance for hands-on training in operating the devices, and the CPR - assisted by messages from the AED - that would follow initial use of the device.

So, how cold WAS it this morning? ...

... go ahead and offer your own answer in the comment space below.

Here's my answer, taken earlier today ... the Marian Blakemore Memorial Fountain, outside the Scharbauer Student Center, on the MC main campus.

Tick ... tick ... tick ...

"But at my back I always hear
Time's winged chariot hurrying near ..."
Andrew Marvell

The English Department at Midland College wants to remind you that the entry deadline for the 2014 edition of the Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest is THIS WEEKEND.

The contest accepts entries in three categories: poetry, short fiction, and essay.

Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time since September 1, 2012 is eligible to compete.

Entry deadline is Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. Entries must be submitted online.

more information, contest rules, and link for online entry form

For more information, please contact:
Brendan Egan, Creative Writing Instructor
(432) 685-4638 

Midland College began its Creative Writing Contest 38 years ago. The contest was given a new name in honor of Professor Rebecca T. Watson, who retired from Midland College’s English Department last spring. Ms. Watson judged the first contest when she was an adjunct instructor, and then she guided the contest to maturity over many years of teaching creative writing classes and directing the contest. The English Department is grateful for her years of dedicated service.

Community screening of documentary series begins February 3 at MC

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Presents
"The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross"

Six-part, six-hour series takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through African-American history—from slavery to freedom, and from the plantation to the White House

Join Basin PBS, and sponsors as noted Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking new six-part series. The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. airing on Basin PBS Saturday, February 1 & 8, 9:00 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 & 22, 9:00 - 11:00 p.m.

You are also invited to enjoy a community screening of the documentary. The first installment of the series will be shown on Monday, February 3, in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served at this screening.

Other installments will be shown on February 11, 13 and 27 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., also in the Carrasco Room, with a short Question & Answer session to follow each 1-hour episode.

Written and presented by Professor Gates, the six-hour series explores the evolution of the African-American people, as well as the multiplicity of cultural institutions, political strategies, and religious and social perspectives they developed — forging their own history, culture and society against unimaginable odds. Commencing with the origins of slavery in Africa, the series moves through five centuries of remarkable historic events right up to the present — when America is led by a black president, yet remains a nation deeply divided by race.

Professor Gates travels throughout the United States, taking viewers on an engaging journey through history. He visits key historical sites, partakes in lively debates with some of America’s top historians and interviews living eyewitnesses — including school integration pioneers Ruby Bridges and Charlayne Hunter-Gault, former Black Panther Kathleen Neal Cleaver, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and many more.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“The story of the African-American people is the story of the settlement and growth of America itself, a universal tale that all people should experience,” says Gates, director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and Alphonse Fletcher University professor at Harvard University. “Since my senior year in high school, when I watched Bill Cosby narrate a documentary about black history, I’ve longed to share those stories in great detail to the broadest audience possible, young and old, black and white, scholars and the general public. I believe that my colleagues and I have achieved this goal through The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

The series will take viewers across five hundred years and two continents to shed new light on the experience of being an African American. By highlighting the tragedies, triumphs and contradictions of the black experience, the series will reveal to viewers that the African- American community, which abolitionist Martin R. Delany famously described as “a nation within a nation,” has never been a uniform entity, and that its members have been actively debating their differences from their first days in this country.

Throughout the course of the series, viewers will see that the road to freedom for black people in America was not linear, but more like the course of a river, full of loops and eddies, slowing, and occasionally reversing the current of progress.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

MC offers FREE assistance for Texas success

Midland College offers FREE assistance
for college entrance and GED® exams

During the next few months, the Midland College Adult Education Department will be offering several opportunities for Midlanders to get extra help to prepare for college-level classes.

1. Every Monday through Thursday, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., free assistance is provided to those individuals who want to pass the GED® exam and to people who have not passed one or more parts of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) college assessment exam to determine basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. TSI is a state-legislated program designed to improve student success in college. For more information, call (432) 685-6819.

2. Midland College will also offer TSI preparation courses May through August. Each session meets for two weeks, Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon or 6:00-9:00 p.m. Call (432) 685-6819 to register.

3. The Intensive College Readiness Program (ICRP) offers students FREE TSI preparation and a scholarship for college credit courses. The program is provided through a grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board with the purpose of providing intensive, accelerated instruction in reading, writing and math skills that will help students perform better on college entrance exams, place out of one or more developmental education classes and improve academic skills. Two evening sessions are being offered this spring at the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center, 201 W. Florida, beginning March 17. Orientation for this program is March 3-7, and pre-registration is essential. Please call (432) 684-5323 to register.

MC Alumni Mixer set for February 4

MC Alumni ... you are cordially invited to an Alumni Mixer next month, hosted by the Midland College Alumni Association. It's a great opportunity to not only look back, but also to look ahead.

"We want to reconnect with MC alumni and build strong engaging relationships with former and current students, as well as with employees and retirees," said J. Don Wallace, Director of Alumni Relations at Midland College.

For more information ...

MC Alumni Relations Office
Rm. 139, Pevehouse Administration Bldg.
Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield
Midland, TX 79705-6329
(432) 685-4765


MC alum begins teaching career and discovers life’s calling

Saul Natividad
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

When Saul Natividad was a senior at Midland High School (MHS), he found himself in front of Judge David Cobos charged with excessive truancy. Now, just five years later, Natividad is a substitute teacher and plans to pursue a full-time teaching job in the fall.

Natividad explained, “Judge Cobos ordered me to go to Saturday school and spend my lunch hour in detention during the last three months of my senior year—not the best way to end high school. I was a 'B' student in high school, but I could have made 'A’s' if I had applied myself. I made a lot of stupid decisions during those days. I want to help today’s teens not make those same mistakes.”

When Natividad graduated from MHS in 2009, he discovered he was eligible for the Legacy Scholarship, and his cousin told him about another Midland College (MC) scholarship opportunity—the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship. He applied for and was awarded both scholarships, which provided enough tuition assistance for him to begin taking college classes.

“I also found out about MC’s Student Support Services, which offers advising and tutoring to first-generation-to-college students,” said Natividad. “The staff in that department, especially Judy Jordan and Isabel Jimenez, were a big help. They guided me every step of the way throughout the two years I attended Midland College. They even helped me apply to UTPB [The University of Texas of the Permian Basin] during my last semester at MC.”

Neither of Natividad’s parents attended college. His father graduated from MHS but didn’t go to college. His mother had no schooling past junior high school in Mexico. During college, Natividad lived with his grandparents, who also had no knowledge of college requirements. Natividad said that without the encouragement and advice from MC employees like Jordan, Jimenez, MC Math Professor Sonia Ford and Cogdell Learning Center Student Liaison Mary Martinez-Gonzalez, he isn’t sure if he would have had enough fortitude to persist throughout those first two years in college.

Natividad did remain at MC, however, and also credits his involvement in the Midland College Latin American Student (MCLAS) organization as helping him find friends and a group of fellow students with which he could identify. In fact, his advice to college freshmen is to get as involved as you can and become engaged in student organizations and activities. He said that when students have a sense of belonging, they acquire more self-esteem, which leads to the desire to achieve goals.

In addition to his classes and activities at MC, Natividad was also associated with Teen F.L.O.W. Youth Ministries, an organization that provides meals, Bible studies and activities for at-risk youth.

“I began participating in Teen F.L.O.W. when I was in high school,” stated Natividad. “Then while I was at MC, I started mentoring junior high and high school students through Teen F.L.O.W. That’s when I realized that my calling in life was to work with teens. I also built a lot of friendships through my involvement in the organization.”

Teen F.L.O.W. not only served as a place where Nativided found his life’s purpose, but also provided an income while he was at MC and later UTPB. He started working as a custodian at the organization’s building on Main Street in Midland and later was promoted to praise and worship leader.

Natividad earned an associate degree from MC in May of 2011 and transferred to UTPB, where he graduated in May of 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in multidisciplinary studies. He then immediately began taking courses to obtain teacher certification. In the summer of 2013, he worked as a resident assistant with MC’s Upward Bound Summer Academy program. In the fall of 2013, he fulfilled his student teaching requirement at Alamo Junior High School in algebra classes with William Cooke.

In order to make ends meet, Natividad has had to work at least part-time since he began taking classes at MC. While he was student teaching, he was employed at Bed Bath & Beyond in Midland and said that this summer he hopes to once again work with the Upward Bound students—just another way he is fulfilling his calling of mentoring and teaching at-risk youth. In his spare time, Natividad enjoys working out and playing Ultimate Frisbee and football with cousins and friends.

He also plays the piano. While he was working at Teen F.L.O.W., Natividad played during church services. Today, he only plays for pleasure because he wants to concentrate on his career. In fact, one of his recommendations for teens is to find one thing you do well and focus on doing the best you can.

“There are so many ways for kids to get on the ‘wrong track’ in life,” said Natividad. “I hope to be able to help them realize that if they stay in school and work hard, they can dream big and achieve those dreams. There are numerous resources and opportunities available for young people. I was fortunate enough to have Midland College faculty and advisors help me discover my potential and find a career where I can apply my talents and passion. Now I want to be able to help today’s youth realize their life’s calling.”

Get your motor runnin' ... for SGA Car Show

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator
Hey everyone!

Midland College Student Government Association (SGA) is hosting a Car Show Fundraiser on February 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Pevehouse Administration Building parking lot.

Donations requested for entries:
$20 requested (more or less welcomed) per car or truck
$10 requested (more or less welcomed) per motorcycle
All donations are tax deductible and may be mailed or paid at registration.

Day of Show:

 We will begin registration and check-in at 9:30 a.m. and accept vehicles until about 10:45 a.m.

The event is open to the public and there is no admission for viewing entries.Trophies will be awarded for the top entry in each category. There also will be a Best in Show Award.

If you or someone you know would like to enter a car, truck, or motorcycle, please see the attached entry form. A poster also has been attached with contact information.

All proceeds will be used to send students to the Texas Junior College Student Government Association State Conference in April. We are the President and Advisor school for this organization.

P.S. Homecoming will be February 3 against Clarendon College! Bring your "throw-back" gear and come cheer on our Chaps!

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

For more information about, contact:

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator

(432) 685-4543

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Historic, romantic, magical music of Ireland coming to MC stage

Your Invitation

The Irish American Art and Music Foundation
in association with
Midland College Department of Music

“An Irish Lullaby”
The Historic, the Romantic & Magical Music of Ireland


Howard Crosby & Terry Browne

Tuesday 11th February, 2014
7.00 – 8.30 p.m. Performance
8.30 – 9.30 p.m. Reception

Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Allison Fine Arts Building
Midland College, Main Campus

The Foundation’s projects in hand include assisting the establishment of a retrospective exhibition based on the life and works of Irish-American artists John and Hazel Lavery as part of Limerick’s term as Ireland’s National City of Culture 2014. The Foundation has also established a retrospective on the Irish influences on Bing Crosby’s career with an exhibition drawn from the Bing Crosby collection at Gonzaga University, his Alma Mater in Spokane, Washington. The exhibition will be staged at Shannon International Airport as part of a collaboration between Gonzaga University and the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance.

The Foundation is in the course of appointing a new Director of Development and is pleased to announce that Mrs. Dolores McCall of Midland Texas has kindly accepted the position of Foundation Patron. A new board and management structure is currently being established. The Foundation is working with the Irish American Partnership to establish new music programs in Ireland including a new community performance project at Shannon Airport. The Foundation is also planning the installation of The Irish National Presidential Steinway Piano in Limerick to mark its year as National City of Culture in 2014.

You are cordially invited to register your support and participation by emailing:

Registration continues for 8-week, 12-week 'short sessions' at MC

Registration for the Spring 2014 'short sessions' at MC is now underway. Students who have not completed a Midland College application should do so prior to registering for classes. The MC application is available online at 

Registration and student advising for the 12-week session, and the second 8-week session is taking place at the Scharbauer Student Center located on the MC main campus. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, with extended hours until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Registration is also available online at

For more information about the short sessions at MC, please contact the MC Admissions Office at (432) 685-5523.

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.

MC Men's Basketball returns to home court February 3

Strong 2nd half propels OC past Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The Midland College men’s basketball team wanted to follow the same formula against No. 4 Odessa College that they had in the upset victory over New Mexico Junior College on Thursday night.

The problem for the Chaparrals is that the Wranglers were not going to back down. OC started the second half strong, Josh Gray had 18 of his game-high 29 points in that half and Midland College appeared worn down both physically and mentally in an 82-64 loss at the OC Sports Center on Monday night.

read the rest of this story

The Midland College Chaparral basketball team will return to their home court on Monday, February 3, when they host the Bulldogs of Clarendon College, 7:45 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Please join us for an exciting evening of basketball action, and support your Chaps!

This Valentine's Day, share love and save a heart

February is just around the corner ... that time of year when matters of the heart receive special attention. And that's exactly what's happening at Midland College's Health Science CE ... on Valentine's Day, no less.

The "Heartsaver" first-aid course (# HT01132Q) provides instruction in critical skills to respond and manage an emergency situation. Students learn first aid basics such as how to treat bleeding, broken bones, sprains, shock, and other medical and environmental emergencies including usage of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).

The course will be offered Friday, February 14 at the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street.

Upon completion, students will receive a Heartsaver First Aid Course Card (valid for two years) and a CPR Card (valid for two years) by American Heart Association.

Health Sciences Continuing Education is a multi-faceted program offering educational courses with clinical experiences for entry-level health careers such as certified nurses aide, phlebotomy, and other professional health careers such as certified massage therapy. Health Sciences CE also provides continuing education programs for others who have an interest in health related topics such as First Aid/CPR and HeartSaver courses.

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Wood-Collins, Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education
(432 ) 681-6303

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The 'club scene' at MC

CLICK HERE for a photo album from this event
Student activities during the first week of the semester at Midland College, include the Student Club Fair. The Spring 2014 edition of Club Fair connected students with a wide variety of activities ... clubs, campus ministries, community organizations and more.

The Student Activities Office at MC  provides non-academic activities and support to students as needed. Clubs, student government, and all other student-related activities operate through this office.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie VanCuren
Student Activities Coordinator
(432) 685-4543

Jan Johnston
Student Life Secretary
(432) 685-4544

Signal your intent

Each spring, Midland College holds commencement to recognize those students who have completed degree and certificate programs during the course of the year. All students who have completed graduation requirements are encouraged to participate in the commencement ceremony in May.

Students must file an application for graduation early in the semester in which they will complete their coursework. The application may only be filed by the student either in person at the MC Registrar’s Office in Scharbauer Student Center, or online.

The deadline for submitting your Intent to Graduate for Spring 2014, is Monday, March 3.

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MC Women's Basketball returns to Chap Center February 3

Lady Chaps miss on opportunities in loss to OC

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - idland College women’s basketball coach Ron Jones admitted his team may not be mature or mentally tough enough to close out tough games like the one against Odessa College on Monday night.

The No. 22-ranked Lady Chaparrals had their opportunities down the stretch but missed shots, turnovers and a 10-4 run by the Lady Wranglers cost them in a 74-69 loss in a key Western Junior College Athletic Conference game at the OC Sports Center.

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The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team return to their home court on Monday, February 3, when they host the Bulldogs of Clarendon College, 5:45 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Please come join us for an exciting evening of basketball, and support your Lady Chaps!

Keep Calm ... Fire alarm testing begins today on MC campus

From April Kennedy
Assistant to the Physical Plant Director

Good Morning! ABCO is here and will begin inspecting the fire sprinkler systems this morning. They will start with Child Care first. I am sorry for any inconvenience this will cause you. It will be for a very short period of time.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dr. Thomas visits Midland En Amie Club

En Amie President Lyn Fishman with MC President Dr. Steve Thomas
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

The Midland En Amie Club invited MC President Dr. Steve Thomas to be their guest speaker on January 8 at their monthly meeting, held at GreenTree Country Club.

The En Amie club, which has been in Midland since the 1950’s, invites authors and speakers to attend a meeting and review a book or play. Once a year, they invite a key person from the community to share goals and accomplishments of their institution.

The members of the club made a donation to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund in Dr. Thomas’ honor.

Tuesday evenings, MC Student Services leaves the light on for you

On Tuesdays, we leave the light 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.

Homebuyer Education Course this Saturday

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

This Saturday, January 18, the Midland College BEDC will host the Homebuyer Education Course. The class will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lecture Hall of the Midland College Cogdell learning Center. The cost of the class is $20 per family (sharing a textbook) and pizza lunch is provided. The event flyer is below.

Please call the BEDC to reserve your place!

Betsy Fredericks
Midland College Business and Economic Development Center
(432) 684-4309