Friday, February 28, 2014

Helping students 'dress for success'

The Midland College Career Center is preparing a "professional clothing closet" for MC students who will be interviewing for jobs and may not have the funds to purchase professional interview clothes.

If you have "gently worn" professional attire that you would like to donate, please deliver it to Lupe Daniels or Louise Powell at the Career Center located in the Scharbauer Student Center (in the Advising area).

All sizes and all items are needed -- men's and women's clothing, shoes and accessories.

For more information, please contact:

Lupe Daniels, Job Placement Coordinator
Career Center, Midland College
(432) 685-4716

Reception opens new exhibit at MC's McCormick Gallery

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
A busy week at the Allison Fine Arts Building came to a festive end with an evening reception celebrating the opening a new exhibit in McCormick Gallery. “Out of Order” will hang now through March 28. The unique, interactive exhibit is funded through the generous donations of the Rea Charitable Trust and Stacy & Jim Geitgey. It features works by Paula Gaetano-Adi, Brian Hutchinson, Lily Kuonen and Squeak Meisel. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

From left, Squeak Meisel, McCormick Gallery Director Michel Hubbard,
Lily Kuonen, Brian Hutchinson and Paula Gaetano-Adi.
Those four artists were in Midland all this week to create cutting-edge, site-specific installations. Their projects incorporated a wide variety of media ... painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, performance and sound. In addition to bringing prepared pieces with them, each artist was also working directly with a small group of MC students to create new artworks for this exhibit. The students were creative collaborators, assisting the artists and gaining hands-on experience with innovative art professionals.

Attendees at the reception enjoyed a unique opportunity to tour the exhibit, guided by the artists themselves, and gaining first-hand insight into their work and their vision.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album

Midland College Softball Competes in NFCA Juco Lead-Off Classic in Georgia

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team will begin competition today in the 2014 edition of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Junior College Leadoff Classic, to be held February 28-March 2 at the South Commons Complex in Columbus, Georgia.

This year’s classic - featuring a 24-ream field - will be divided into pool and bracket play, with each team guaranteed a minimum of five games. Each team will begin the tournament by playing each of the other three schools in their pool. Once pool play is completed, the teams will be divided into three brackets (Gold, Silver & Bronze) of eight teams each. The Lady Chaps' first game will be at 1:30 pm (CT), when they take on the Raiders of Seminole State College.

tournament schedule for Friday and Saturday

Good Luck, Lady Chaps!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Coming to the Midland College stage ...

We've already advised uou ... get ready for Midland College Week during April 7-12. The week will provide lots of events and activities for the community to see what “your college has to offer.” That will include ...

“Fantasies & Illusions”
presented by Midland College Department of Music
Sunday, April 13
3:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Allison Fine Arts Building

On Sunday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m., Midland College (MC) will present 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. The performance will be held on the Midland College main campus in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. It is FREE and open to the public; tickets are not required.

MC Program Chair of Visual & Performing Arts Dr. Nicholas Elderkin explained, “I have been visiting with Eugenio Zapata for several months about the possibility of performing at MC. The Midland audience will absolutely love how this show integrates classical and jazz piano performances with dance and a beautiful visual arts interpretative program. The concert promises to be a wonderful way to relax and enjoy a Sunday afternoon.”

Fantasies & Illusions highlights works that show the trials and tribulations of our human conditions, as well those that make the audience want to tap their feet and smile. Music is at the foreground, while dance and images alternate to create a fantasy world. Audiences will experience a wide palette of sound, images and movements that will hopefully touch their hearts.

About Eugenio Zapata, pianist

Eugenio Zapata is a native of Colombia, South America. He completed undergraduate piano studies at the Andes University in Bogota. After performing and teaching for several years he traveled to the United States where he completed a master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance at Pennsylvania State University. He then traveled to Texas where he completed doctoral studies at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of Dr. William Westney, who has also performed at Midland College.

At Texas Tech Zapata was able to integrate his training in music, dance, theatre, and visual arts into the interdisciplinary fine arts doctoral program. His research brings findings in cross-modal theories of music perception into piano pedagogy. His creative work explores themes such as gender, race, religion, culture, war and social justice. These themes are integrated into the shows he designs that include dance, theatre, video, acting, photography, poetry and animation.

He has over 20 years of teaching experience with positions at Penn State University, Lubbock Christian University, Texas Tech University, Mount Marty College and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. In the summer of 2013 he joined the Piano Faculty at The Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, Texas. He has published several articles on piano pedagogy and recorded several CDs. He has performed throughout the United States, Europe and South America.

About Yelena Konetchy, dancer

Yelena Konetchy is a Russian born dancer who immigrated to the United States at an early age. Her dance studies include extensive training in The Vaganova Technique under Andrei Petrovitch Bossov (18-year soloist with the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre). In addition, she has worked and studied under Sally Bliss of the Tudor Trust, Monnette Garcia of The Alvin Ailey Dance Company, Grace Holmes from The San Francisco Ballet and Lori Belilove of The Isadora Duncan Dance Company in New York City.

Yelena's professional performance experience includes dancing in works from early modern and contemporary to ballet. She has performed with The Illinois Ballet, The Charleston Ballet Theatre and The Thel Dance Theatre (acting as company manager).

Ms. Konetchy is also a prolific choreographer who has created works for numerous shows in a broad range of dance styles including Contemporary, Ballet, Modern and Broadway. Some of her creative work includes choreographies for The Big Range Dance Festival 2012, Austin Shakespeare, Sea Born Cruises and Crank Collective’s musical ‘Cabeza De Vaca’ at the Long Center in Austin, Texas.

Currently residing and performing in Austin, Texas, she teaches ballet and modern dance at Tapestry Dance Studios.

House of Chaps ... TONIGHT!

From Stephanie VanCuren
Midland College Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone! MC's Student Government Association is hosting their next House of Chaps Open-Mic Night tonight at 8:00 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center!

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

Please help us spread the word! As always, you are welcome to perform! For more information, please email or call 432-685-4543!

*** All performances must be family friendly! **

Artists, students prep for new exhibit at MC

The public is invited to the opening reception on Thursday, February 27, (TONIGHT) from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in McCormick Gallery, located in the Allison Fine Arts Building, MC main campus.
CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
It's been a busy week at the Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus, as preparations continue for a new exhibit in McCormick Gallery. “Out of Order” will hang February 27-March 28. The unique, interactive exhibit is funded through the generous donations of the Rea Charitable Trust and Stacy & Jim Geitgey. It features works by Paula Gaetano-Adi, Brian Hutcheson, Lily Kuonen and Squeak Meisel.

The four artists have been in Midland this week to create cutting-edge, site-specific installations. Their projects will incorporate painting, sculpture, printmaking, video, performance and sound. Each artist has been working directly with a small group of MC students to create their proposed artworks. The students have been creative collaborators, assisting the artists and gaining hands-on experience with innovative art professionals.

CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

“Gifted for Life” ... MC to present 3rd Annual Women’s Conference

Approximately 80 women will participate in Midland College’s (MC) 3rd Annual Women’s Conference to be held on February 27 and 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the main MC campus.

MC Cogdell Learning Center Associate Director Liz Zenteno, who is the conference coordinator, explained, “Most of the conference participants are students from the MC Adult Education & Literacy Program’s ESL [English as a Second Language) and GED® classes held at Cogdell. The students helped raise money for the conference by picking up trash with Keep Midland Beautiful. This year’s conference theme is ‘Gifted for Life,’ and we anticipate that the participants will receive information and inspiration that will enable them to better identify, develop and use their natural gifts as they continue their education, raise families and pursue careers.”

The keynote speaker on February 27 will be Dolores Vick, Government and Public Affairs team leader for Chevron Mid-Continent Business Unit. Her presentation is entitled “Seeds for Growth.” The keynote speaker on February 28 will be Elsa Velasquez-Ward, cultural diversity coordinator at Midland Memorial Hospital. The title of her presentation is “The Journey.”

Other presentations will focus on women’s health and disease prevention, exercise and lifestyle choices, communication for healthy families, higher education and career opportunities. In addition, participants will receive information from the Midland County Public Library, Midland Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, MC KIDS’ COLLEGE and MC’s Continuing Education Personal Enrichment programs. Licensed Professional Counselor Jeri Kounce will address dealing with anxiety and depression, and Houston Elementary School Principal Dolores Cano will give presentations in both English and Spanish on how to be an engaged parent and school advocate. MC program directors and faculty members will also provide information on certificate and degree programs and related careers.

The impact of a legacy

Dorothy and Clarence
Scharbauer, Jr.
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The recent passing of Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. has caused the Midland College (MC) family to pause and reflect on the impact that the Scharbauer family has made on the Midland community. The Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center on the MC main campus will forever stand as a testimony to the generosity of this great family.

It’s not just buildings, however, that stand as Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.’s legacy—it is also people, particularly those who have been fortunate enough to reap the benefits of higher education, thanks to the Scharbauer family’s investment. The Scharbauer generosity has helped to fund Early College High School @ MC, and for the past two years, the Scharbauer Family Foundation has united with Abell-Hanger Foundation, the Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust and the Chaparral Foundation to fund Midland’s Legacy Scholarship.

The Legacy Scholarship covers tuition and fees up to $1,050 per semester for Midland County high school graduates to attend Midland College. The scholarship requires students to complete 40 hours of community service before entering Midland College. Students wanting to continue to receive the scholarship for their sophomore year must complete another 40 hours.

Michaela Grant
Of course, the Legacy Scholarship has helped to enhance quality of life for many MC students by providing assistance with college tuition; however, another important benefit of the scholarship is that it has also caused recipients to incorporate volunteerism as a commitment in life. Legacy scholarship student Michaela (Kayla) Grant fulfilled her volunteer hours at several local nonprofit agencies, including the Soup Kitchen, Christmas for Our Troops and Habitat for Humanity.

Grant said, “How often do you get to build a house? That was pretty awesome!”

“Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to attend college immediately after high school. This scholarship is allowing me to go to school full-time. I made all ‘A’s’ my first semester at Midland College, and I plan to keep it that way.”

Grant, who graduated from Midland High School last May, said that her main interest lies in science. She currently is participating in one of MC’s undergraduate research projects with Chemistry Instructor John Anderson. The research team is testing fluoride levels in drinking water, which is a constant source of concern to Midlanders because of the high mineral levels in West Texas water supplies.

Mara Bland
Another science-minded Legacy student is Mara Bland, who graduated last May from Midland Christian School. Mara plans to take the science knowledge she is learning at MC and apply it toward a teaching career. She is currently enrolled in MC’s Associate of Arts in Teaching program, and after graduation from MC plans to transfer to Sul Ross State University or The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to work toward a baccalaureate degree in education.

Bland stated, “I completed my community service hours at the Petroleum Museum assisting with their educational programs. After I finished my hours, I was offered a job as the education assistant at the museum. I’m still employed there, and I strongly believe that without this scholarship, I would have not been so blessed to obtain this job. It is truly amazing to have that opportunity presented to you initially because of the scholarship.”

James Avampato
Legacy scholarship recipient James Avampato said, “One of the big reasons I chose Midland College was the Legacy Scholarship. I am employed during the summer and do odd jobs during the school year, but school has kept me much too busy to focus on a job. With the Legacy Scholarship, I don’t have to worry about maintaining a job to pay for my education. The scholarship has helped me tremendously in achieving my goals, and I was able to finish the fall semester with a 4.0.”

Avampato’s long-term goal is to obtain a degree in petroleum engineering. The 2013 Midland Classical Academy graduate loves being outdoors. He completed his community service hours volunteering at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve, Christmas in Action, Habitat for Humanity and the Sibley Nature Center. Avampato is also very much involved in student activities on the MC campus. He is a member of the Geology Club and the Engineering Club.

Countless other students have similar stories about how the Legacy Scholarship has shaped their lives. Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., and the other amazing men and women who helped build Midland into the great community it is today knew that it takes more than bricks and mortar to ensure a city’s success—it also takes people. What better way to invest in people than through education.

MC Biology Department records new genetic markers for grass species

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Under the direction of Midland College (MC) Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum, research students have recorded two new genetic markers for grass species that have subsequently been published on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website. The grass species were found at the I-20 Wildlife Preserve, where Mangum routinely takes his students for hands-on lab study and research.

Megan Dutton, a junior at Monahans High School, has been working with Dr. Mangum on research projects for several years. When Megan was in the eighth grade, she attempted to amplify, extend and locate a crossover gene in her family’s DNA segment. Under the guidance of Dr. Mangum, Dutton researched the TAS2R38 gene and became very proficient with all the tools needed for lab protocols during her work in the facilities provided by MC.

During the I-20 Wetlands Preserve grass project, Dutton collected and barcoded eight grass specimens. She used a LI-COR 4300 DNA analyzer, which was provided with a grant from the Midland College Foundation, to complete the sequences. During her investigations, Dutton found two species that did not have a published barcode. 

Working with Greg Huber, an agriculturalist from Monahans, the identification of the two species was confirmed. Then working with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories iPlant Collaborative, Dutton submitted the DNA Barcodes for the grasses to the NCBI database. The DNA Barcode for two of the grasses collected — Schoenoplectus acutus and Setaria pumila — are now published on the NCBI website .

Mangum explained, “I first heard about the barcode project while at a conference in Tulsa and decided that this was something that we could incorporate into our biology curriculum at Midland College. It’s fun and it’s outside!”

MC Dean of Math and Science Dr. Margaret Wade exclaimed, “It is so exciting for Midland College to be instrumental in the barcoding and publication of these grass species. I am so very proud of everything that Dr. Mangum does with students to further the interest in and study of science.”


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Homebuyer Education Course this Saturday

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

This Saturday, March 1st, 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

Field Trip

From Antony N. Giles
Assistant Professor of Geology, Midland College

The Geology Club at MC took a field trip Saturday through the Davis Mountains. Here is a photo from the trip.

Community screening of documentary series concludes Thursday evening at MC

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

The final installments of this series will be shown on Thursday, February 27, in the Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., with a short Question & Answer session to follow each 1-hour episode.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
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.

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.

Monday, February 24, 2014

Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center at the Permian Basin utilizes Midland College’s SimLife Center

Resident, nurse and respiratory therapist insert breathing tube.
By Lesley Isaacs
Multimedia Promotions Coordinator

The F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College is well known as an excellent training facility for medical professionals. Texas Tech Health University Sciences Center at the Permian Basin (TTUHSC-Permian Basin) is taking full advantage of the close proximity to the SimLife Center to continue the education and training process for their post-graduate residents.

Dr. Lavi Oud, TTUHSC-Permian Basin Associate Professor; Chief, Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine; Director of Research, Internal Medicine; Director, Simulation-based training, brings groups of residents to the SimLife Center every other week to participate in different simulation exercises. Following their exercise, they participate in a group debrief to allow the residents a chance to discuss their performance and get feedback. The purpose of these exercises is to give the residents an environment where it is okay to make a mistake and learn from it before they are put in a similar situation while at work. On February 20, Dr. Oud had the residents participate in a “Code Blue” event, which was a Cardiopulmonary Arrest.

Dr. Oud watching video feedback of the exercise
“Simulation involves recreating a particular environment. Like this morning, we are creating something that will really suspend your disbelief, that will be immersive, a high-fidelity experience,” said Dr. Oud.

The training is for not only the critical care aspect but also the counseling experience that these residents will inevitably face. The hope is that the residents will learn how to respond to these situations, critical care and counseling, intellectually and emotionally.

“The reality is that physicians, most of the time, don’t operate in a vacuum. You interact with other people beyond the patient such as other medical professionals [nurses, respiratory therapists, etc.]. Each person has a different perspective…physicians are not always aware of these perspectives,” said Dr. Oud. “So a significant part of what is happening in those sessions, we sit down and talk about. We participate in the debrief and bring interprofessional input to the debrief.”

Jessica Luzadder, a graduate of the Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program, participates as a “confederate,” which is an individual scripted into a simulation to provide realism, in the exercises. Jessica plays a role specific to the situation but draws on her own background as a nurse to assist the residents.

Jessica says, “We’ve been doing this with Dr. Oud and the group of Internal Medicine residents for four years. So we have seen three groups of them go from their first year through their residency with the program. I can clearly see a difference in their practice from first year to third year after doing the simulation.”

The vision Marie Hall had when she helped get the SimLife Center started was to give students and healthcare professionals a place to enhance their knowledge and skills. Dr. Oud is bringing that vision to life.

One week left to '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.

get more information, and submit your Intent to Graduate online

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

... that's one week from today! 

Newspaper previews tonight's basketball games


By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team will look to snap a two-game losing streak and gain some momentum going into the NJCAA Region V Tournament in Lubbock in less than two weeks. ... MC is coming off a loss to rival Odessa College in which the Lady Chaparrals committed 30 turnovers, which left head coach Ron Jones dumfounded and disappointed. “I’ve never had a team commit 30 turnovers in February,” he said after the game. Take away those turnovers, the Lady Chaps’ didn’t play that bad as they shot 42.6 percent and held OC to 32.8 percent shooting. Cleaning up those turnovers will surely be a point of emphasis for Jones and his team in the final two games of the regular season ...

The Midland College Chaparral basketball team looks to shake off a disappointing loss to rival Odessa College on Thursday as MC jumped out to 12-0 and 18-3 leads, only to see it whittled away in the second half. MC coach Jordan Dreiling loved his team’s effort but added that his team missed too many shots. The Chaparrals were just 18 of 36 at the free-throw line and shot 34.6 percent from the field. LeBrent Walker led MC with 18 points, Kenan Guzonjic had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Domonique Bull added 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Herve Aholode chipped in with 11 rebounds and five points. ...The Chaps look to play spoiler again versus a South Plains team that is fighting for both the WJCAC title and a regional berth in a crowded five-team race at the top of the standings ...

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University of Texas-Austin rep to visit MC campus THIS WEEK

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

A representative of UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN  will be visiting YOUR area ... specifically, the campus of Your College!

Date: Tuesday, February 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 UT-Austin

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

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

Sunday, February 23, 2014

In Memory

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The MC flags will fly at half-staff through Tuesday, February 25, in memory of Midland leader and MC philanthropist Clarence Scharbauer, Jr.

Among the many contributions that the Scharbauer family has made to MC include a $1 million donation for the building of the Scharbauer Student Center and the Legacy Scholarship, which the Scharbauer family foundation helps to fund.

more on Mr. Scharbauer and his legacy on

Friday, February 21, 2014

Coming THIS season to YOUR college ...

Midland College spring season events include

Gladys Knight
Empress of Soul

and more . . .

Midland College (MC) is pleased to announce that Gladys Knight will be appearing in a special performance of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series on Friday, April 11 at 8:00 p.m. Knight’s performance is just one of the many FREE opportunities MC has planned for an exciting spring of cultural enrichment, entertainment and fun.

The season begins next Thursday, February 27, with the “Out of Order” art exhibit in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery. The public is invited to a reception from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday to get a first glimpse of this unique exhibit.
more about the exhibit and reception

Then, on Tuesday, March 18, the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series and the Friends of the Series present the Dance Theatre of Harlem at 8:00 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. General admission tickets are not required; doors open at 7:00 p.m.
more about this performance

On Saturday, March 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., MC will host the 2014 West Texas Symposium of History. This year’s symposium includes presentations on the 6666 Ranch by Dr. Damon Kennedy, Midland architecture by Dr. Terry Gilmour and J. Don Wallace, the assassination of JFK by Sara Peterson and Katrina Zachery and evaluating and ranking U. S. presidents by Dr. William Morris. The symposium fee is just $5, which includes lunch. MC students will receive a half-price discount with valid MC student ID.
more about the symposium

Get ready for Midland College Week during April 7-12. The week will provide lots of events and activities for the community to see what “your college has to offer.”

On Tuesday, April 8, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and Friends of the Series present a lecture by world-renowned physicist and author Michio Kaku at 7:30 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.
more about the lecture

On Friday, April 11, the Midland College Foundation will host a special evening of the Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series featuring Gladys Knight. General Admission tickets are not required; doors will open at 7:00 p.m., first come, first seated.
more about this performance

Individuals who have donated $1,000 during 2014 to the Midland College Friends of the Series will receive VIP tickets to Gladys Knight’s performance. Friends of the Series VIP tickets include table seating on the floor with hors d’oeuvres and drinks. Please contact the Midland College Foundation at (432) 685-4526 to request Friends of the Series tickets (limit 2) or to find out more about this special opportunity.

Midland College Week continues into the weekend with the third annual See MC event from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 .This fun-filled family event is an opportunity for Permian Basin residents to visit the MC campus and talk with academic program personnel, financial aid advisors and college admissions staff. The day includes children activities with a rock climbing wall, face painting, jumpers and sack racing, just to name a few. Free hot dogs will be provided to the first 2,000 individuals.
more about this event

A very FULL week at Your College wraps-up on Sunday, April 13, when the Midland College Department of Music presents a free Multimedia Piano Concert performed by Eugenio Zapata, an Austin, Texas based music performer, educator and innovator, at 3:00 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building.
more about this performance

Inquiries about MC special activities can be directed to the Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, . Visit to get updates on additional spring events hosted by Midland College. The community is also invited to like MC on Facebook and follow MC on Twitter .

MC "On Track" ... new information session

Midland College “On Track”
Information Session
Thursday, February 27, 4:45-5:45 p.m.
F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101

Midland College (MC) will hold its next session of “On Track” for high school seniors on Thursday, February 27, from 4:45-5:45 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the main MC campus.

During this session, students will be able to obtain information about the many scholarships available at MC and other financial assistance offered. Specific topics include the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), MC’s Ambassador Scholarship, the Legacy Scholarship, Pell grants, Work-Study jobs on campus and more.

“On Track” is a new MC program designed especially for high school seniors to help them make the transition from high school to college. Each month, MC staff lead discussions addressing topics that help students enroll and succeed in college. Participants have the opportunity to ask questions and visit one-on-one with MC staff. During the final monthly session later this spring, students will be able to participate in priority registration for the fall 2014 semester.

Jeremy Martinez, MC director of admissions and one of the program coordinators, explained, “We started ‘On Track’ this year because we realize that for some students, especially those who are first-generation-to-college, the college application and enrollment process can be overwhelming. Even if a student’s parents attended college, he or she may not be aware of new processes. There’s a lot of information to absorb, and as participants will find out on Thursday, there are also many tuition assistance programs available; however, you have to know how to get the information and apply. We hope that these monthly sessions will help potential college students get ‘on track’ for this important next step in their education.”

There is no charge for participating in “On Track,” and program registration is not required. Thursday’s session is open to all high school seniors, whether or not they attended the first two sessions. To see a list of helpful websites and questions addressed during the previous two sessions, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Liz Zenteno
(432) 684-4518

Jeremy Martinez
(432) 685-4501 .

Midland College's Ramos Approaches 700th Career Victory

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Midland College Lady Chaparral softball coach Tommy Ramos, the only head coach in the program's history, entered the 2014 season with a record of 688-227-3. Ramos and the Lady Chaps are currently 9-4 this season bringing him to within three wins of 700 in his coaching career (697-231-3).

2014 is Ramos' 16th at the helm of the Midland College softball program, which includes nine Western Junior College Athletic Conference champions, 13 NJCAA Region V Tournament Appearances, four Region V Championships (four appearances in the NJCAA Women's Division I Softball Tournament). He has also coached six NJCAA All-American student-athletes and several NFCA Two-Year College All-Americans.

The Lady Chaps were in action Thursday when they traveled to Cisco Junior College for a double-header, which they split. Next, Midland College will participate in the 2014 NFCA Junior College Lead-Off Classic in Columbus, GA (February 28-March 2).

CLICK HERE for the NFCA tournament schedule

Music performer, educator, innovator coming to MC stage

Midland College Department of Music presents
Multimedia Piano Concert
performed by Eugenio Zapata
Sunday, April 13, 3:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building

Eugenio Zapata is a native of Colombia, South America. He completed undergraduate piano studies at the Andes University in Bogota under the guidance of Karol Bermudez (former student of Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli).

After performing and teaching for several years he began graduate studies at Penn State University under the guidance of French pianist Marylene Dosse (former student of Paul Badura-Skoda and Alfred Brendel). He then traveled to Texas and obtained a Doctorate in Fine Arts at Texas Tech University under the tutelage of American pianist William Westney (winner of the Geneva International Piano Competition).

He is currently on the Piano Faculty at The Orpheus Academy of Music in Austin, Texas where he teaches piano and chamber music. His publications include three articles on piano pedagogy in the Australian magazine Music Teacher and three recordings of solo piano music.

For the past fourteen years he has been exploring interdisciplinarity of the arts in teaching and performance which have led to presentations in Pennsylvania, Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and throughout the state of South Dakota.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Newspaper previews tonight's men's basketball game, profiles Chap player

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JC MEN’S BASKETBALL: MC’s Bull uses trying season as learning experience

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - This is not the kind of season Domonique Bull or any of his Midland College Chaparral basketball teammates envisioned.

The Chaparrals are in the middle of a struggling season, sitting at 11-16 overall and 3-11 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference heading into tonight’s home game against rival Odessa College (21-6, 9-5).

While it may be easy for players to put their heads down, Bull is taking this trying season as a learning experience ...

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Newspaper previews tonight's women's basketball game, profiles Lady Chap player

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JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Boston native Veiga finds home with Lady Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Tajanay Veiga had no doubts that she wanted to play college basketball, but also wanted to have new experiences.

With that in mind, when the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team
wanted her to become a Lady Chaparral, she didn’t hesitate about leaving her home in Boston.

“I know my dad was telling me about it and I wanted to be far, so Texas was a pretty far place” said Veiga, the 5-foot-6 freshman guard. “I just wanted to go somewhere different. I’ve never been to Texas before, so why not try it out.”

So far it’s worked out pretty well for Veiga as the Lady Chaparrals (17-10, 7-5 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference) have locked up a spot in next month’s Region V Tournament and are now looking to gain some momentum in the postseason. Veiga and the Lady Chaps host rival Odessa College (20-6, 10-2) at 5:45 p.m. today in what should be another entertaining game between the teams ...

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Local leaders speak to MC English classes

Fred Newman
Midland College English Professor Dr. Pamela Howell believes that good composition stems from synthesis of information and critical thinking about evidence. To that end, Dr. Howell invites community members to speak to her Composition II classes.

On February 4, Mr. Fred Newman, local physicist and oil exploration executive, spoke on the relevance of science in the modern world. Then, on February 11, Reverend David Huxley, rector at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church in Midland, spoke on the relevance of mystery and faith in the modern world.

This is the fifth year that Dr. Howell has invited writers as well as community and MC leaders to speak to her classes on issues about which the students will be writing and applying research skills.

Rev. David Huxley