Monday, March 31, 2014

REMINDER ... MC Cheer Squad clinic, tryouts set for this week

From Ty Soliz
MC Intramural Sports, and Health & Wellness Coordinator

We are looking for well rounded individuals with enthusiasm, outgoing personalities, a love for sports and school spirit, to be a part of either our cheer or dance teams or be our mascot.

We will be having tryouts for the 2014-2015 school year on Saturday, April 5th, with a clinic being held on Tuesday, April 1st. We have several positions that need to be filled on both the cheer and dance teams. Our Cheer Squad is open to both male and female athletes, and dance is an all female squad. Upon making the team, each athlete will receive a $2,000.00 scholarship ($1,000 per Semester). Tryouts are open to all students who are interested, not just those who have previous experience.

If you are interested, please visit: for the Tryout Information Packet. This packet contains all the information about tryouts, the clinic date and location, and the forms and other necessary paperwork that is due at the clinic. Please read through the information carefully and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Ty Soliz @

Thank you so much for your time, and I hope to see you at tryouts!


(432) 685-6467 

Parking advisory for "Science Extravaganza!" at Midland College

Parking advisory ... Science Extravaganza will be this Friday, April 4th.

All of the Health Science parking lot (student and faculty) will be closed Friday until noon. Please find alternate parking for that day.

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department


Texas artifacts donated to MC Anthropology Department

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC Enrollment Specialist
Patricia Dziuk Wahne
In the 1960s, the Dziuk children played with it and used it to smash ants; however, many years earlier, the grinding stone found on property in southeast Bexar County near Elmendorf, Texas, may have been used by Native Americans for food preparation. When MC Enrollment Services Specialist Patricia (Pat) Wahne and her family decided to sell the property, they graciously donated the grinding stone and accompanying pestle to the MC Anthropology Department.

Wahne said, “I remember first noticing the stone when I was about 7- or 8-years-old. An old house stood on a portion of the property, and my father was clearing the area. There were four children in our family, and we loved playing with the grinding stone. It was a fixture on our small ranch the whole time I was a child. I recall my mother telling us to turn it over so that water wouldn’t collect in it and attract mosquitos after a rain.”

According to MC Anthropology and History Professor Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray, metates (grinding stones) were generally located near a constant source of water. Corn, nuts, mesquite beans and other plant foods would be placed on the metate and the hand-held mano (pestle) would be used to grind the plant foods. Sometimes a bit of water would be added to turn the ground up matter into a mushy consistency. Metates usually were not moved far from the stream, river or lake because they were so heavy and bulky. If a tribe left their site, heavy stone tools such as this would be buried at the site and dug up when the tribe returned the next season or year.

Wahne’s parents, Elizabeth Hons and George L. Dziuk, purchased the 23-acre property in 1960. Elizabeth continued to live on the property until recently when she moved to an assisted living facility in nearby San Antonio.

The acreage was originally inhabited by the Lipan Apache Indians who lived near the San Antonio River Valley. In 1731, Mission San Francisco de la Espada was established by Spain to gain Spanish control of Texas and convert the local Native Americans to Christianity. The land in southeast Bexar County was used to farm and raise livestock for the mission. The abundant water supply from nearby Calaveras Creek provided ample feeding ground for cattle and goats, and adobe huts were built in the area to house herdsmen. When mission land was secularized, the Spanish government gave the land to Simon and Juan de Arocha. One part of the Arocha land grant was acquired by the Flores family, one of the 16 families from the Canary Islands who founded San Antonio. The Flores family fell upon hard times in the 1920s, and their large land grant was divided into smaller plots of land and sold. One of these plots is where Elizabeth and Geroge Dziuk settled to raise their four children. Wahne said that unlike the other land plots, the one that her parents purchased contained an old house, which probably served as a stagecoach stop so that horses could be fed and watered from a nearby well.

“When we were children, my brothers, sister and I found all sorts of interesting artifacts on the property,” stated Wahne. “There were lots of arrowheads, and at the time, we didn’t give it a second thought. Looking back now, I wish we would have kept some of those arrowheads.”

Grinding stone (above) and pestle donated by the Dziuk Family to MC

As to the origins of the metate, Wahne and her mother believe that it could possibly have been used by the original Lipan Apaches, by the Spanish or Canary Island settlers, or even by a cook who prepared hot meals for the stagecoach travelers during the days Texas was an independent nation. The MC Anthropology Department is attempting to verify its date of origin.

Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray said, “The piece is made of limestone, which is native to the Edwards Plateau in which Bexar County sits. We are thrilled that Pat and her family have given us this Texas artifact. It will make a great visual aid to accompany anthropology and Texas history lectures. We plan to put the grinding stone and pestle in a prominent place in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

Friday, March 28, 2014

MC to host lecturer on handling suicides

Shelton Williams, author and experiential education expert,
to speak at Midland College

Topic: "Handling suicide in 1960s West Texas vs.
handling suicide in the 21st century"

Monday, March 31
7:00 p.m.
Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building, Room 164
Midland College Main Campus

The Midland College Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling program will host Dr. Shelton Williams as a special guest speaker on Monday, March 31, in Room 164 of the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building on the MC campus.

Williams is a 1962 graduate of Permian High School in Odessa and is currently employed at John Hopkins University, where he is president of the Osgood Center of International Studies. He has authored several books and is an expert in experiential education.

Williams is currently involved in producing a documentary regarding a 1961 suicide/murder that split the town of Odessa at the time of the incident. During Monday’s night lecture, he will be speaking about this event and contrasting its handling with how suicide incidences are handled today.

For more information, please contact MC Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling Program Chair Chesly Herd at (432) 685-4729, or

Midland College presents Science Extravaganza!

Science Extravaganza at Midland College

Friday, April 4, 2014
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Midland College Main Campus

The Midland College (MC) Math & Science Division will host its annual Science Extravaganza event on Friday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Activities will take place throughout the MC main campus located at 3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland.

Morning events include hands-on activities for local 6th grade students. In addition to rocket launches, exploding volcanoes and controlled chemical explosions coordinated by MC math and science faculty, community participants will also present various exhibits. The Midland Police Department will conduct demonstrations with their canine narcotic officers, and the National Weather Service will be on campus to present meteorology maps and experiments. A simulated fire will take place presented by the Midland Fire Marshal’s office. Other outside organizations participating in the event include the Petroleum Museum, Sibley Nature Center, Texas Tech School of Engineering and the Marian West and William Blanton Blakemore Planetarium. In addition, Lubbock’s Science Spectrum will be on campus with a variety of activities and live animals. High school physics students from both Trinity School and Early College High School will assist, and MC math and science faculty have exhibits planned that include dissected tissues, medical simulation practices and drunk driving simulations.

MC Math & Science Division Dean Dr. Margaret Wade said, “We always look forward to this event each year. The MC math and science faculty work hard to coordinate the event, and all of the math and science student organizations get involved. We have as much fun as the elementary and middle school students whom we host. This win-win activity stimulates the minds of elementary students, college students, community members and college faculty.” In 1992, the event, which had the name of Science Expo, was founded by the Midland Science Booster Club, and 50 students from local elementary schools participated. By 1994, the number of participants had tripled, and the event became too large for the small booster club to manage. So, under the direction of Dr. Wade, Science Extravaganza became a stand-alone MC event. This year, over 2,000 students from Midland County public, private and home schools will be participating!

Next Friday’s Science Extravaganza serves as the kick off to Midland College Week, which includes several events designed to encourage the Midland community to visit MC and discover the many programs, educational opportunities and cultural enrichment activities that Midland’s community college has to offer. For more information about Science Extravaganza and other MC events, please visit or call the MC Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556.

Newspaper offers preview of MC softball, baseball this weekend

JC SOFTBALL: This weekend’s MC preview capsule

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

When/Where: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today, Midland College softball field; doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, Odessa College softball field.

The rivals square off this weekend as both the Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team and the Odessa College Lady Wranglers look to keep the momentum they got at the end of last weekend. ...MC is coming off a four-game series split with Western Texas College as the Lady Chaparrals dropped the first two games at home, only to bounce back and take two from WTC in Snyder the next day. ...Meanwhile, OC took three out of four against preseason favorite Howard College.

read the rest of this preview ... 

JC BASEBALL: This weekend’s MC preview capsule

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

When/Where: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today, Christensen Stadium; Doubleheader beginning at noon Saturday, Jack Barber Field, Big Spring

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral baseball teame looks to build on the momentum it gained last Saturday when it broke a 10-game WJCAC losing streak with a doubleheader sweep of El Paso Community College, winning 10-8 and 9-2. The Chaps are also coming off a 15-9 non-conference victory against New Mexico JC on Wednesday. “We have to build on that momentum,” MC coach David Coleman said. “Every season has its turning point and Saturday was definitely a defining moment for us. It just got to that point where we just had the right guys step up and persevere no matter what. The ability has never been the issue. It was about needing something good to happen and go make it happen.”

read the rest of this preview 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Friday only ... different location, same benefit

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

"Thank you," to all who have purchased a Discount Card for the MC Upward Bound student fundraiser.

The Upward Bound Office will be closed on Friday, 3-28-14, but Walter Waller will be selling them for us at the MC Bookstore on that day only. Thanks, Walter!

Next week, you can pick up cards at the Upward Bound Office, or let us know if you need them delivered. The fundraiser will continue through April 12, 2014.

~ UB Staff

The MC Upward Bound Students and Parents are selling discount cards for their big fundraiser this year. For only $10, you can receive varied discounts from the following local merchants:

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Papa Murphy's Pizza
Wing Stop
Jack in the Box
Logan's Roadhouse
AMF Midland Park Lanes
Sedona Mexican Grill and Cantina
Torino's Pizza
Bahama Bucks
Pizza Hut
Souper Salad
Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies
Smoothie King
Shogun Steak House

With rising costs, a discount here and there certainly helps, and with this card, you will save well over $10. Plus, you'll be supporting some really great students with their college prep activities. The attachments show you what the card looks like and the specific discounts you will receive.

Call or email Pervis Evans, Kim Ontiveros, or Lovelia Gomez if you'd like one, and we will arrange the exchange. The Upward Bound office is in Portable Building #5 (behind the PE Building), and our number is 686-4215.

Thank you!

Next truck driving course begins April 7 at MC

The Midland College Transportation Training Program provides individuals with the proper training in order to obtain a CDL License to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely within the rules and regulations set by the Department of Transportation. We offer a four-week program that is 160 hours and consists of instruction in the classroom. Training is provided in pre-trip, post-trip,and backing. The last 80 hours involve actual hands-on driving by the student.

Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Class A License with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples and Tankers.

Midland College's Professional Truck Driving program is an intensive four-week course scheduled from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The program is a total of 160 hours and is comprised of the following sections:

  • Orientation
  • CDL written test preparation
  • Control systems
  • Basic control
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Turning
  • Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Communications
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • H2S Certification
  • Hazard perception
  • Emergency maneuvers
  • Vehicle Systems
  • Diagnosing malfunctions
  • Cargo handling & documentation
  • Environmental issues
  • Accident procedures
  • Trip planning
  • Oilfield Preparation
  • Up to 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training
  • National Safety Council Defensive Driving 
The next course begins Monday, April 7, 2014.
 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, April 7 - May 2
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
more information

Class enrollment is limited!

Applications for admission are accepted on a first-come, first-served bases according to the date of application.

Midland College Transportation Training
 Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue
Midland, Texas 79701
(432) 681-6318
(800) 474-7164 (toll-free)

Leticia Ramos, Data Specialist
(432) 681-6318

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Michio Kaku on the stage at Your College ... AND on YOUR shelf

Books by Dr. Michio Kaku, the April 8 Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series speaker, are now on sale at the MC Bookstore.  Several titles are available. In addition, Kaku's newest book, The Future of the Mind, will soon be on the shelves of the Fasken Learning Resource Center.

For more information about Dr. Michio Kaku and his April 8 engagement at MC, please refer to

From Walter Waller

Manager, Midland College Bookstore

Hi everyone

This is what we have on hand. Most are paperback, but The Future of the Mind is only in hardback.

Beyond Einstein (with Jennifer Thompson)
Hyperspace (1994)
Visions: How Science Will Revolutionize the
  21st Century
Einstein's Cosmos
Parallel Worlds
Physics of the Impossible (2008)
Physics of the Future (2011)
The Future of the Mind (2014)

Come and get your copy soon.

Thank you!

Discount card fundraiser for Midland College Upward Bound students

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

The MC Upward Bound Students and Parents are selling discount cards for their big fundraiser this year. For only $10, you can receive varied discounts from the following local merchants:

Dickey's Barbecue Pit
Papa Murphy's Pizza
Wing Stop
Jack in the Box
Logan's Roadhouse
AMF Midland Park Lanes
Sedona Mexican Grill and Cantina
Torino's Pizza
Bahama Bucks
Pizza Hut
Souper Salad
Burgers, Fries and Cherry Pies
Smoothie King
Shogun Steak House

With rising costs, a discount here and there certainly helps, and with this card, you will save well over $10. Plus, you'll be supporting some really great students with their college prep activities. The attachments show you what the card looks like and the specific discounts you will receive.

Call or email Pervis Evans, Kim Ontiveros, or Lovelia Gomez if you'd like one, and we will arrange the exchange. The Upward Bound office is in Portable Building #5 (behind the PE Building), and our number is 686-4215.

Thank you!

Lunch with BEDC, and learn about technology and financial capability

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

The Business and Economic Development Center at Midland College (BEDC) will celebrate Financial Literacy Month in April by hosting a weekly Lunch & Learn in the meeting room of the Jack Brown Dining Hall. The half-hour classes are free to the public. There is a $5.30 charge for lunch at the dining hall.

The series will continue Thursday, April 10th, at 12:00 noon, with "Using Technology to Enhance Your Financial Capability."

Betsy Fredericks
(432) 684-4309

Businesses: Manage workplace risks in April, with FREE help from Midland College

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

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

During the month of April, RMI will offer the following ...

Fall Protection & Ladder Safety, I044133Q
Tuesday, April 1, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

H2S Certification, I041133Q
Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Excavation-Competent Person, I043133Q
Tuesday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Electrical Safety, I042133Q
Thursday, April 24, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

HAZWOPER Refresher, I038133Q
April 28 - May 2, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Accident Investigation, I030133Q
Tuesday, April 29, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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

For more information about the Risk Management Institute at Midland College, please visit or call (432) 681-6318.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

REMINDER ... Annual poetry competition issues call for entries

quillThe Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets — has been called one of the most prestigious in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, and her love of poetry and Midland College. Hilda Simmons Levitt graduated with honors in journalism from Louisiana State University where she also studied under poet Robert Penn Warren. In 1979, at the age of 62, Mrs. Levitt decided to pursue writing again. For the next seven years, until her death in 1986, she studied creative writing at Midland College. The contest is now underwritten by Mrs. Levitt’s daughter Carol Schwartz, who lives in Washington, D.C.

This is the 26th year of the contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at Midland College in the last calendar year. Entrants may submit up to five poems of any length. All entries must be submitted online by April 14, 2014. The entry form is available through the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest link on the English Department Website.

 • Online contest entry form (secure online form)

Writers are asked to submit with their names entirely removed from the files and file names of all entries for the sake of fair, anonymous. Please name files with only the titles of each submission.


This year's judge is Michael Shewmaker. He is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in poetry at Stanford University. His poems appear or are forthcoming in Yale Review, Southwest Review, Sewanee Theological Review, New Criterion, Measure, American Arts Quarterly and other literary journals and anthologies. His work has been recently awarded a Gates Scholarship from Texas Tech University, the Morton Marr poetry prize and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship to attend the Sewanee Writers' Conference.

Shewmaker will give a reading along with the winners of this year's contest at an Awards Celebration to be held Thursday, April 24th in the McCormick Gallery on the Midland College campus.


Grand Award: $600 and Award Plaque
Second Place Award: $400 and Award Plaque
Third Place Award: $200 and Award Plaque
Fourth Place Award: $100 and Award Plaque
NOTE: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries are lacking in quality.


The Awards Celebration for the the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest will be held Thursday, April 24th, 5:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus. Winners will not be notified in advance, and are expected to attend the awards ceremony. Failure to attend may result in loss of awards.


Selected writings from the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest will be published in Tableau, an annual student publication produced through cooperation of the Departments of English and Journalism, and may also appear on the Midland College website. The material published will be selected by the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Committee, and approved by the president of Midland College.


Brendan Egan
Department of English, Midland College
(432) 685-4638

Presidents and assassins, architecture and a ranch

MC/Greenwood High School dual-credit history students at symposium
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“History is the study of written remains. It involves reading and researching records,” explained MC Henry Chair of History Dr. William Morris during his opening remarks at the Second Annual West Texas Symposium of History on Saturday, March 22.

Morris continued, “The Symposium gives Midlanders the opportunity to learn about some of that research. This is a wonderful way to showcase the works of community college faculty!”

Most of the presentations focused on Texas history, and two of the presentations featured West Texas, in particular. This year’s presentations included the following:

“Evaluating and Ranking U.S. Presidents” by Dr. William Morris
“Fifty Years after the Warren Commission: Re-examining the Evidence” by Sara Peterson
   and Katanna Zachary
“Frank Welch, Architect: His Legacy in Midland, Texas” by Dr. Terry Gilmour
   and J. Don Wallace
“Samuel Burk Burnett and the 6666 Ranch” by Dr. Damon Kennedy

Participants of the symposium included high school students, college students, community participants and senior citizens who are enrolled in Morris’ popular College Classics course. Following each presentation, attendees were able to ask questions and engage in discussion about the topic.

Greenwood High School 11th-grader and MC dual credit student Amanda Bell said, “When my teacher told us we could get extra credit by going to hear history lectures on a Saturday, I wasn’t exactly thrilled. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Dr. Morris explained that U.S. history could be organized by presidential administrations, and that ‘clicked’ with me. I really enjoyed learning about the Kennedy autopsy because I like science and want to be a doctor.”

All of the presentations will be compiled into the Second Edition of the West Texas Journal of History, which will be available in May. Both the symposium and journal are made possible by a generous gift from Paula and Jim Henry.

Symposium sponsors Paula and Jim Henry

Midland College instructor to host book signing, Saturday at Hastings

From Joe Willis
Adjunct Instructor of Speech

I am pleased to announce that "Teaching Lessons" is now available for purchase at The book answers the simple question,"What can we do to improve achievement in public schools?" I wrote the book through the perspective of the teacher. A point of view that is missing from the current discussion of improving schools.

I want to personally invite each one of you to my book signing for Teaching Lessons at Hastings in Midland on March 29th from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing you.

House of Chaps presents: "An Evening with Comedian Landry"

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Wednesday, April 16, 8:30 - 10:30 pm
Dorothry & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center

Landry has been seen on the Canadian Comedy Network, Season 3 of “Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes” and the latest season of “Off the Chain” on Bounce TV.

Landry has been making a name for himself in the comedy world since his arrival. He has performed in several festivals and competitions over the past few years. He was a finalist in the 2009 Great Canadian Laugh Off and in 2011 he took the win at the Boston Comedy Festival. In 2012 he won the World Series of Comedy and was a finalist in the Miller Lite Stands Up Competition, as well as the Seattle Comedy Competition. In the Spring of 2013, Landry was invited to perform at the opening gala for the prestigious Halifax Comedy Festival and later on that year, he was chosen to headline at the Laughyourashevilleoff Comedy Festival.

See more about Landry at

The show begins at 8:30 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center. The event is free and snacks will be provided.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator
(432) 685-4543 

Monday, March 24, 2014

Texas Tech University rep to visit MC campus THIS WEEK

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

A representative of TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY will be visiting YOUR area!

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to TTU

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

Diana Ramos, Advisor/Counseling
(432) 685-4506 

Friday, March 21, 2014

REMINDER ... Guest Artist Music Recital, Saturday evening at Your College

MC's Department of Music cordially invites you to attend a FREE piano concert by Gayle Spradley Bizzell.

Saturday March 22, 2014 ~ 7:00pm

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

Midland College (MC) is proud to announce that at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, Gayle Spradley Bizzell will present a FREE piano recital in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus.

Hailed in the press as “Warm and vital . . . Fiery . . . Rapturously buoyant in her evenhanded mix of skill and soul,” Bizzell’s performances around the country have included numerous engagements throughout the East Coast. In New York City, she has performed at Bruno Walter Hall of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, La Maison Francaise, Saint Peter’s Church/The Citicorp Center and the Brooklyn Museum.

Ms. Bizzell earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Texas State University and a Master of Arts degree from New York University in piano performance. Subsequently, she was first place winner at auditions held by Artists International, the organization that sponsored her New York Debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. She then earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance at Manhattan School of Music, where she joined the faculty teaching piano and theory in the Preparatory Department.

As a teacher, Ms. Bizzell has developed an innovative and successful approach to keyboard technique. She has given seminars, lectures and master classes around the country designed to help the pianist experience a natural fluency and ease at the keyboard, with unhindered musical expression and enjoyment of the activity being the ultimate goal. Ms. Bizzell currently holds an Assistant Professor of Music position at Odessa College (OC), where she chairs the Keyboard Department and collaborates with the OC choirs. She continues to perform regularly throughout the community.

Midland College Chair of Visual & Performing Arts Dr. Nicholas Elderkin stated, “We are thrilled that Gayle is available to present a piano recital at Midland College. Her Midland College performance promises to soothe and inspire as she performs pieces from Debussy, Chopin, Liszt and Ravel.”

Tickets are not required for this free performance.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Start getting ready NOW for April 16 job fair at MC

 The Job Placement Office (part of the Midland College Career Center) hosts an annual Job Fair each spring. This year's fair has been scheduled for Wednesday, April 16, from 12:00 - 4:00 pm in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

This event offers an avenue for employers to inform students about career opportunities within their organization. Employers can meet with graduates, first year students and alumni to explore various career opportunities. All students (and job-seekers from the community) are encouraged to bring resumés and dress professionally. Job Fair is an event that benefits students and employers alike.

Students are also encouraged to come by the Job Placement Office for tips on how to succeed at Job Fair, resumé assistance, and a list of companies participating in this year's event.

For more information, please contact:

Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Job Placement Coordinator
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
Midland College Career Center
(432) 685-4716

MCPD's Van Stavern now a Special Deputy US Marshal

From Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

Officer Michele Van Stavern was sworn-in on Wednesday, March 19, as a Special Deputy US Marshal. She is a member of the United States Marshal Service Violent Offender Task Force.

While she remains a full time Midland College Police Officer, Van Stavern now has the authority and opportunity to assist the Marshal Service with the apprehension of violent and high priority offenders.

This is another example of how the Midland College Police Department works with other agencies to provide a secure environment to the campus, as well as the community we all live in.

Midland College Setter Gafford, Inks with TWU Lady Rams

Kristina Gafford signs her Letter of Intent to Texas Wesleyan University (standing l-r):  Paul and Toni Gafford (parents); (seated l-r):  MC coach Tammie Jimenez, Gafford and TWU coach Kimberly Boone-Weaver
From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The first of, what is expected to be, several members of the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball program to sign with four-year universities, Lady Chap sophomore setter, Kristina Gafford penned her National Letter of Intent with Texas Wesleyan University (NAIA, Sooner Athletic Conference). Gafford will be playing for former Midland College head coach Kimberly Boone-Weaver at Texas Wesleyan.

Gafford, a Wolfforth, TX native and graduate of Wolfforth Frenship High School, signed with the TWU Lady Rams in a Wednesday afternoon signing ceremony at Midland College. Gafford is a two-year starter for Midland College and head coach Tammie Jimenez.

In her two seasons at Midland College, Kristina Gafford and her Lady Chap teammates compiled a record of 37-20, including going 23-7 overall and 9-1 in 2012 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Gafford and the Lady Chaps earned their way to the NJCAA Region V West Tournament during her two seasons, advancing to the Region V West Finals in 2012.

Gafford led the Lady Chaps 535 assists in 2013 (used two setters) and 830 assists in 2012. She was also a two time All-WJCAC selection; first team in 2012 and Honorable Mention in 2013 and was named team captain.

Kristina Gafford talks with local sports reporter
Gafford with her parents Toni and Paul
#8 Kristina Gafford in action with the MC Lady Chaparrals

A celebration of teaching

2014 MC Teaching Excellence Award winners, pictured from left to right: Stan Middleton, clinical director of Respiratory Care, and David Edens, assistant professor of Psychology and Sociology
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“We are here today not only to honor outstanding teachers, but also to remind ourselves of who we are—an institution of teaching and learning.”

Those were the opening remarks from Midland College (MC) Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly as employees gathered to celebrate teaching at the annual Teaching Excellence Awards on Wednesday afternoon, March 19.

The Teaching Excellence Awards are the most prestigious awards MC gives its faculty. Winners receive a cash honorarium and their name on a permanent plaque housed in the Pevehouse Administration Building. Winners for 2014 are David Edens, assistant professor of Psychology and Sociology, and Stan Middleton, clinical director of MC’s Respiratory Care program.

MC Dean of Social/Behavioral Sciences & Business Dr. Mary Braselton said, “David Edens is accessible all the time to all students. He is a student advocate, an advisor, a problem solver and a team player.”

Professor Edens said that he views his role as teacher much as that of a fisher: “If I can just set that hook of discovery in the student, just maybe I can reel them in to a lifetime of learning.”

Stan Middleton claims to be a “hands off” teacher: “However, I’m trying to teach students with no experience in Respiratory Care. So naturally, I must have a ‘hands on’ approach with the understanding that by the time students get finished with my portion of the program, I am a ‘hands off’ teacher.”

Middleton is responsible not only for making sure that each MC Respiratory Care student has the best clinical experience possible, but also for introducing new students to the profession of respiratory care.

Dr. Jolly said, “Stan does both of these things by providing a depth and breadth of clinical experiences that integrate with classroom instruction. His class presentations are delivered to engage and challenge students. Randomly during class, Stan will have a slideshow set to music or a video that will enhance students’ learning or just provide a needed break.”

Both Edens and Middleton are seasoned instructors. Edens holds a Master of Arts degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Bachelor of Arts and Master of Science degrees from Abilene Christian University. He has been employed at MC since 2004. Middleton holds a Bachelor of Science degree from The University of Texas of the Permian Basin and an Associate of Applied Science degree from Midland College. He has been employed at MC since 1995.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas noted, “I began my community college career as an MC teacher, and I know the challenges that teachers face. However, I also know that instructors make a difference in students’ lives. MC teachers are one of our greatest assets, and the stellar reputation that MC has achieved over the years is due in large part to our excellent faculty.”

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Pianomania @ MC ... starting Friday

From Nick Elderkin
Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

Dear MC family & friends,

I want to share with you three exciting piano events that will take place at Midland College. I hope that you and your students can attend one or all three! All three events will take place in Wagner & Brown Auditorium in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Admission is FREE and open to the public. Here they are:

The Piano Music of Dianne Rahbee
Dr. Matthew Cash, piano
Friday, March 21, 2014 ~ 1:00pm

Dianne Rahbee
Dianne Rahbee (b. 1938) is an Armenian American composer, pianist, teacher and lecturer whose solo piano works have recently captured the attention of pianists and audiences around the world. I have personally heard Matthew perform many times and can't say enough about his pianism. You won't be disappointed! 

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Guest Artist Recital 

Gayle Spradley Bizzell, piano
Saturday, March 22, 2014 ~ 7:00pm

Gayle Spradley Bizzell
Hailed in the press as “Warm and vital . . . Fiery . . . Rapturously buoyant in her evenhanded mix of skill and soul”, pianist Gayle Spradley Bizzell’s performance engagements around the country have included the Astman International Concert Series at Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), the Sundays on Stage Series at Montgomery Auditorium (Philadelphia, PA), the City Lights and Stars Series (Huntsville, AL), the Promenade Series at Auburn University (Montgomery, AL), the Woodland Concert Series (Hartford, CT), Great Sunday Performances (Middletown, CT), the Northeast Performing Arts Conference (Washington, D.C.), as well as numerous engagements throughout New York City, including recitals at Bruno Walter Hall of Lincoln Center, the Museum of Modern Art, La Maison Francaise, Saint Peter’s Church/The Citicorp Center and the Brooklyn Museum. This will certainly be a wonderful night of piano music!

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Fantasies and Illusions: An Interdisciplinary Concert 

Dr. Eugenio Zapata, piano; Yelena Konetchy, dance
Sunday, April 13, 2014 ~ 3:00pm

Eugenio Zapata
This is an interdisciplinary show integrating visual art, dance and music starring pianist Eugenio Zapata and dancer Yelena Konetchy. This unique show features works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Chopin, Earl Wild, William Bolcom, Amy Beach and Clarence “Pine Top” Smith. The performance promises outstanding piano music, flowing dance movements, and a multimedia presentation.

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Best wishes,


MC Bookstore closed later this week for inventory

From Walter Waller
Textbook Manager, Midland College Bookstore

Hello, everyone.

The bookstore has inventory this Friday and will be closing at noon on Thursday and all day Friday. Please pass this on to everyone so they are aware of this.

Scantrons will be available at the Cashier's office [in MC Student Services] while we are closed.

Thank you.

MC Golf takes top team, individual honors in tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaps, Skillern win home tournament titles

Ryder Skillern
By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team admits it didn’t play its best during the Omega Treating Chemicals Invitational at Green Tree Country Club over the last two days, but the good news is that it still found a way to win.

Behind the strong play of sophomores Ryder Skillern and Russell Lara, the Chaparrals fired a 305 in Tuesday’s final round to finish four strokes ahead Ranger College with a 54-hole total of 892. New Mexico Junior College finished in third with a 899 total, while Odessa College’s B team was fourth with a 901.

Skillern won the medalist title by one shot over Ranger’s Luke Atack and Texas Tech’s Nathan Weant as he finished with a 69-75-72--216 total, while Lara finished in a tie for sixth individually with 73-74-74--221.

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Midland College's Russell Lara watches his shot Monday at the Omega Treating Chemicals Invitational Golf Tournament at Green Tree Country Club. Photo by Tim Fischer\Reporter-Telegram