Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Midland College offers scholarships and an opportunity to get involved in campus life

Through the Midland College (MC) Student Ambassador program and the Students in Philanthropy organization, students have an opportunity to join a campus organization and earn scholarships.

MC Ambassadors are students actively involved in campus activities. Responsibilities include volunteering for campus events, participating in MC advertising campaigns, gaining leadership skills and having a great time while promoting Midland College. Students accepted into the Midland College Ambassador program will receive a $500/semester scholarship toward MC tuition, fees, books and/or housing. To obtain an application form, please visit www.midland.edu/ambassadors

Ambassadors with MC President Dr. Steve Thomas
Members of the Students in Philanthropy (SIP) club also earn $1,000 in scholarship funds per year. SIP is an in-depth leadership training scholarship program, which provides student members the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their community. Students learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations in the community.

Fundraising and grant making allow students not only to make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also to gain leadership and stewardship training in a structured program designed to educate, support and promote philanthropic leadership in the community. Up to 20 students are selected each year through an application and interview process. Application forms are available at www.midland.edu/sip

Working on a Midland College commercial shoot
MC Student Development Coordinator Julia Vickery said, “The Ambassador and SIP organizations provide a sense of companionship and an opportunity for students to get involved in campus life. Research shows that students who are engaged in campus activities tend to make better grades.”

Both the Ambassador and the SIP scholarship may be combined with other MC scholarships, such as the Legacy Scholarship, to provide students additional funds for MC tuition, fees, housing, books and supplies.

For more information, contact:

Julia Vickery
(432) 685-4704
jvickery@midland.edu

Homebuyer Education Course this Saturday

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

This Saturday, May 3rd, 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
bfredericks@midland.edu



MC Travel Course was an adventure in Ecuador

Ecuador — Volcanoes, the Amazon Basin
and Equinox at the Equator
Midland College, March 15-22, 2014

By Dr. Stan Jacobs

“Put your passport in a ziplock bag. We are going to Ecuador to the rain forest during the rainy season…” Leaving Midland in mid-March in a sand/dust storm where everything is brown, and coming to a country where everything is full of color—the food, clothing, buildings, and people, and the hills and valleys emerald and jade green, it was like the land of Oz. But unlike Oz, there were catacombs, waterfalls, volcanoes and jungles. There were shamans, caimans, and chicha.

Cotopaxi ... CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
“Bring your coat and gloves. We are going up to 15,000 feet elevation, to the base of an active volcano, Cotopaxi.” From there, we got several glimpses of its snowy mouth over 19,000 feet high, as the clouds danced by. We struggled to keep our footing on the volcanic gravel in the cold wind, and some of us suffered headaches and nausea. Further down, we saw wild horses, a black and white hummingbird, an Andean Lapwing by the lagoon, and exotic plants on the tundra. Cotopaxi, second highest active volcano in the world ... and no banos.

The “Avenue of the Volcanoes” is located between a double ridge of the Andes mountain chain that forms the spine of South America. This is where the Inca civilization flourished from Ecuador South to Peru and Chile, a distance of over 3,000 miles.

On the second day we traveled south to Banos then east to Puyo. We had our high boots and tent-like ponchos to protect us from the mud and incessant rain, from sprinkles to downpours. We were at the headwaters of the Amazon, and from the heights, through the cloudy mists and rain, we could see the streams as they became tributaries that join to form the mighty river that flows to the Atlantic. At our jungle accommodations, there was no hot water, but hey—bathing was optional anyway.

Ah, the village of the Quichua tribe, indigenous peoples of this part of the jungle. While the rest of the group went into the large hut of the trinkets, tattoos, and blow-pipes, I was attracted to the brightly colored parrot and the father painting the faces of his children as they prepared for the celebrations. What a surprise to have a monkey curl up and sit on our heads like a Donald Trump toupee (with a head and long tail)! And to have a “tattoo” painted on our bodies that lasts for six weeks (four weeks if you try to scrub it off). And to join in the dances and partake of “chicha”, the ceremonial drink made of fermented corn that is pre-masticated by only the most attractive young ladies. And the shaman with his smoke and incantations… That night, some of us intrepid souls went for a hike in the jungle with our little flashlights—looking for caiman lizards and frogs and other critters. Across the water, we could see our flashlights reflected in the eyes of the caimans, and when we turned off our lights we saw the glow worms along our muddy path.

Dugout canoe ... CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
The next morning, we paddled down the river in our wobbly dugout canoes, more or less like the indigenous peoples have done for centuries. Then up and down the rugged rocky muddy path through the jungle over a mile to the fabled waterfall. Although the water looked and felt very cold, a few of us decided that we had not come all this way not to swim under the waterfall, so in we went. Nothing else feels quite like being battered by the blast of frigid water from above. After that we gathered ourselves together, tried to dry off (sort of), and began the bus ride back to Banos. On the way, we stopped at a great gorge where we saw a double waterfall and the high wire with “the bucket” suspended from it.

Naturally, we had to take a ride—after all, it only cost one dollar (round trip). Some of us went twice. Some of us did not go at all.

Back to Banos for the night. In the morning we saw the raw sugar cane vendors and the taffy pullers. Some say that the Europeans prized the sugar cane more than gold or silver, and that it is more addictive that coffee, cacao, or even coca. I do believe that the sugar cane candy and the coca tea relieve altitude sickness. On the way to Quito, we stopped at the Indigenous Culture Museum in Pelileo and viewed handmade life-size sculptures and displays that were real enough to give me the creeps.

The next day on March 21, the vernal equinox, we visited the Equator museums and saw the zenith passage of the sun, directly overhead, which cast shadows directly beneath us. We also toured Old Quito and saw the Neo-Gothic cathedral, the presidential palace, the city square, and La Compania, Quito’s “Sistine Chapel” that has an interior covered in seven tons of gold leaf and beautiful paintings (no photos allowed). At the Equator museums we saw shrunken heads, giant spiders, a boa constrictor, and a very dangerous fish that is attracted to urine. This was the first day that our travelers experienced full sunshine—on the equator, with maximum tolerable UVI radiation levels—which naturally required maximum sunscreen.

Llamas ... CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
On to Otavalo and the mother of all market places. We stayed at a hacienda next to a monastery, built in 1602 as a sheep ranch. It was magnificent—old rooms with fireplaces and gardens all around with an incredible variety of flowers and pools. On my customary morning walk, I saw a man and his dog driving cattle down the city street, a rooster and chickens in the church yard, and while sitting on the curb, I found a four-leaf clover. Back on the grounds of the hacienda, I saw a baby llama, still walking with a wobble, that turned and headed straight for me, and to my surprise he/she licked my fingers and whimpered (as the mother llama watched). I recorded it all on video. After all that, the horses and the big gobbler turkey did not seem to be a big deal.

Caricatures ... CLICK HERE to enjoy a photo album
Now to what we had all been looking forward to: Shopping! We spent two and a half hours at the marketplace—the men buying mostly hats, and the women buying mostly large woven bags in which to keep all their “stuff.” I set up shop in a visible location and began to draw caricatures of the children. I had already drawn the indigenous Quichua children, then exchanged drawings with the artist in the plaza in Quito, and now I was at the great market in Otavalo, wondering if I could attract a crowd. I did, partly because the drawings were free of charge. I think people enjoy watching me draw more than posing for a drawing. The caricatures confirm a universal fascination with one’s own image—it is a cross-cultural phenomenon.

-- Stan Jacobs, Guatemala 2006, Peru 2007, Panama 2012, Ecuador 2014.



This Midland College Study Tour was organized by Dr. Margaret Wade, Dean of Math and Science, under the direction of Ed Barnhart, of Maya Exploration Center: Education through Exploration. Dr. Wade and Dr. Barnhart have offered tours of Mexico and Central and South America for the past ten years, offering their students a taste of everything from anthropology, archaeology, and art, to paleontology, theology, and zoology.

"Guitar Recital" set for Thursday evening

From Nick Elderkin
Music Instructor, Department Chair

Dear Friends,


MC Guitar Recital - Thursday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
The Midland College Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Student Guitar Recital. The concert will feature MC Department of Music student guitarists performing a variety of music from classical to folk. The concert is FREE and begins at 7:00pm in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts building.


Admission is FREE and open to the public. I hope to see you there! 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Beauty and the businesswoman

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Jennifer Wells is on the brink of earning a certificate in Cosmetology from MC, and the 36-year-old Midland native plans to combine her new skills with her business savvy. Wells began taking cosmetology classes in January 2013 and soon after developed a business plan for her own salon. On April 4, 2014, Wells signed a lease to open her new 1,500-square-foot salon called String of Pearls at 2609 N. Midland Drive (corner of Midland Drive and Neely). During the past few weeks, she has been busy getting the salon ready to open on June 3.

“The hair and nail salon will encompass 1,000 square feet,” explained Wells. “The other part will be a boutique, which will open in July. The boutique will feature knick knacks, jewelry and refinished antique furniture.”

Refinishing furniture is one of Wells’ hobbies, as well as painting and drawing. Wells explained that while she has always enjoyed painting, she is now able to use her artistic talents to make money.


“Thanks to my Cosmetology training, I now do nail art,” said Wells. “The Midland College Cosmetology Program trains us to do both hair and nails. Most of the students prefer to do hair. I enjoy cutting, coloring and styling hair, but I really LOVE working with nails.”

At String of Pearls, Wells plans to provide both hair and nail services. She will lease five hair stations—four to fellow classmates and one to a seasoned hair stylist. Wells will occupy the sixth hair station and the nail tech station. She explained that her goal is to keep the rental cost low for the other stylists.

She said, “I’m not interested in making a profit off booth leases. I just want to cover expenses. Profits will be generated from my own client services and the boutique sales.”

Thanks to her business background and her budgeting skills, Wells will be opening her new salon completely debt free. She did not have to obtain any loans to get the business started, and she plans to apply the knowledge gained in her past experience of managing dental offices.

Wells, a 1996 Robert E. Lee High School graduate, was a registered dental assistant for 17 years. For 10 of those years, she also managed various existing dental offices and launched new ones.

Wells laughed and said, “I did a good job selling dentistry, a service nobody wants. People are excited to get their hair and nails done, so I should definitely excel in selling those services.”

She also has a keen understanding that running a successful business isn’t just about dollar signs. Wells recently purchased 20 prom dresses, and next year she plans to work with local high school counselors to donate the dresses to girls who cannot afford one of their own.

Wells said, “In addition to the dresses, I’d like to donate my time to do hair and makeup to these girls for their prom night. I got the idea from Michael Fields [MC Cosmetology program chair]. At the Midland College Cosmetology lab, he coordinates for students to give haircuts to clients of local nonprofit organizations, and it is so heartwarming to see the smiles on these people’s faces. A new hair cut can do wonders for someone who is having a hard time with life. Once my business gets started, I plan to continue Michael’s lead and will contact a charity to offer free haircuts. I’m glad that I now have a skill that enables me to be able to give back to the community.”

Wells stated that cosmetology is always something that she has longed to do. When she told her husband James about her dream, he was the one who encouraged her to take the risk of leaving her prosperous dental office management job and beginning cosmetology school. Wells said that going back to school as a wife and mother hasn’t been easy. In addition to being a full-time student, she is also “Mom” to 9-year-old Sara. James works for Schlumberger and his work schedule requires him to be on-the-job and away from home for 15 days at a time and then 6 days off-the-job at home. When James is away, the day-to-day household management falls on Jennifer’s shoulders.

However, Jennifer Wells has persevered to excel in her cosmetology classes and run her home while getting her new salon ready to open in early June.

Michael Fields said, “Jennifer enjoys making people look and feel good. The first day of class, I knew she was going to be a good cosmetologist. She had ambition and always wanted to learn a new technique. I have no doubt that she and her new business will be extremely successful.”

Be The Match Swab Event - TOMORROW

From Stephanie VanCuren
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Hey everyone!

Student Government is hosting a Be The Match swabbing event in the Amistad Atrium of Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, 4/30). We are asking that you and your students join the bone marrow transplant registry.

Be The Match offers you the unique the opportunity to give the life-saving marrow transplant to someone in need. Thousands of patients with leukemia and other life-threatening diseases depend on the Be The Match registry, the largest and most diverse registry in the world, to find a life-saving donor.

The process for joining the registry is quick, easy, and painless. (I am in the registry, and I can attest to this.) All you have to do is complete an application and do four swabs in your mouth. To register you must be between the ages of 18 and 44, be willing to donate to any patient in need, and meet the health guidelines. More information about "Be The Match" and how the program works (Adobe .pdf file)


Midlander Susan Reeves was a recipient of the Be The Match donor program from a Marine. The transplant she received saved her life. Susan hopefully will be on campus tomorrow as well. The CBS7 story of Susan meeting her donor can be found here

Please help us spread the word!

Thank you so much!

Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator
(432) 685-4543
svancuren@midland.edu 

Lady Chap Softball headed for NJCAA regional tournament

The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team begins post-season play when they take on the of Frank Phillips College in the first round of the NJCAA Region V West Softball Tournament, this Friday, May 2 at 3:00 p.m. at Rocky Johnson Field, at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.



UPDATE ... Automotive/Diesel Fundraiser BBQ is THIS Thursday

From Fonda Bowen
MC Applied Technology Program

UPDATE .......... on the Auto/Diesel BBQ -Thursday, May 1, from 11:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m. in the Automotive Lab at the ATC. There is still time to purchase tickets to the BBQ and we still have Raffle tickets available!!! Don't miss this opportunity for some good food and camaraderie!!

And you might purchase the lucky raffle ticket(s) for one of the prizes on the list below Tickets available from Fonda Bowen or Helen Arrieta in room TC143, or Pete Avalos, Celeste Pinal, Erick Gutierrez or Lance Campbell at the ATC Automotive Lab.

Automotive/Diesel Technology
Annual Fundraiser

When: Thursday May 1, 2014
Where: ATC Automotive Shop
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
3200 W. Cuthbert Street, Midland, Texas

Directions, call Pete Avalos at (432) 681-6344


$10 for Brisket, Sausage, Potato Salad, Beans and Dessert

Donations are appreciated !!!

  $2 Raffle Tickets

Two $50 Gift Cards to Lowe’s
Two $25 Gift Cards to O'Reilly Auto Parts Store

$25 Gift Card to each of the following:

Rosa’s
Michael’s Grill
Starbuck’s
Chili’s
Texas Road House
Olive Garden
Johnny Carino’s
Genghis Grill
McAlister’s Deli
Bahama Buck's

Monday, April 28, 2014

In Memory ...

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

We extend our sympathy to the Midland Fire Department and the family of Trey Rodriquez. Trey was the Midland firefighter who was shot and killed last week on South Baird Street ( see report at this link ).

Trey was also a preceptor for the Emergency Medical Services Program at Midland College.

MC Student Music Ensembles take the stage Tuesday evening

From Nick Elderkin
Music Instructor, Department Chair

Dear Friends,


MC Ensembles Concert - Tuesday, April 29 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
The Midland College Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Ensembles Concert featuring the MC Jazz Ensemble, and Choir. The concert is free and begins at 7:00 p.m. in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts Building.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. I hope to see you there! 

MC Guitar Recital - Thursday, May 1 @ 7:00 p.m.
 
The Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Student Guitar Recital. The concert will feature MC Department of Music student guitarists performing a variety of music from classical to folk. The concert is FREE and begins at 7:00pm in Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts building.

 

Seven Lady Chaps, Chaps Sign with 4-Year Universities

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


A strong contingent of Midland College student-athletes signed National Letters of Intent with four year universities today in the MC Athletic Department. Seven Lady Chaps and Chaps will be moving on to various institutions to continue their academic and athletic careers at the next level.

Volleyball athletes Gaby Nieto and Marina Salazar signed NOIs with Jacksonville University (NCAA I) and the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (NCAA II) respectively.

L-R (seated): Gaby Nieto and Marina Salazar; (standing): Tammie Jimenez and the parents of Salazar
Herve Aholode and Ellyn Avery of men's and women's basketball signed with Gardner-Webb University (NCAA I) and Abilene Christian University (NCAA I). Abilene Christian will compete as an NCAA Division I university in 2014-15.

L-R: Ellyn Aver and Herve Aholode
Three members of the Midland College golf team have inked with four year colleges. Sophomores Russell Lara and Oswin Schlenkrick signed with Western New Mexico University (NCAA II) and Arkansas State University (NCAA I) respectively while freshman Trace Morrow will continue his playing career at the University of Texas at San Antonio (NCAA I).
L-R (seated): Morrow, Schlenkrich and Lara; (standing): the parents of Trace Morrow and Delnor Poss

MC Student Publications win 24 awards

Midland College Student Publications contributors won 24 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards, according to Bob Templeton, MC Allison Chair of Journalism. These were presented at the organization’s convention in San Antonio earlier this month.

The top awards in the previously-published or canned-entry contests were a 1st place to Corey Wood for his poem Grand Prize, 1st place to Richard Reese for his illustration Pool Ladies, 1st place to Alayne Armstrong for her news photo of Instructor Michael Fields, 1st place to newspaper staff for an ad designed for the farmers market and an honorable mention for Overall Excellence of El Paisano, the MC student newspaper. The newspaper is now titled Midland College Press.

Other winners competed through material published in the Tableau, MC’s literary magazine, and the Chaparral, MC’s news-feature magazine.

The Overall Excellence award represents the quality of three complete issues submitted during the 2013 calendar year.

“We take home certificates each year, but I especially savored this year’s wins because of the variety of competition of our students in the canned contests,” Templeton said. “It continues to speak well for Midland College’s student publications.”

Six awards were taken by former student Troy Pardue, topping his record five awards from Texas Community College Journalism Association last fall. He earned 3rd place for his newspaper twerking cartoon that raised controversy last fall; 3rd place for a general newspaper column about thin-skinned reactions to today’s raunchy culture; 3rd place for the newspaper news story about the state eliminating MC’s nursing program; honorable mention for a sports newspaper column about a former MC coach with strange behavior; honorable mention in the general magazine category of picture story about the Texas music scene; and 3rd place for his literary magazine feature photo of dog tags.

Other newspaper awards are: 2nd place, sports action photo of women’s Chaps basketball, newspaper staff; 2nd place, headline “State scrubs MC nursing program”, newspaper staff; 2nd place, feature photos of the Nutcracker ballet practice, Mary Margaret Peterson; 2nd place, ad design for Susie’s South Forty, newspaper staff; 3rd place, news photo of student involved in a color run, Becca Byrne; honorable mention, sports action photo of men’s Chaps basketball, Alayne Armstrong ; honorable mention, page one newspaper, newspaper staff; honorable mention, sports feature photo of men’s Chaps basketball, Alayne Armstrong; and honorable mention, editorial supporting gay Boy Scouts, Sarah Cotton.

The other literary magazine awards are: 2nd place for the essay titled My Scariest Moment by Ashley Pillado; 3rd place for the feature story titled Hollywood Story by Blake Rackley; honorable mention for the poem titled Drought by Kathryn Hedin; and honorable mention for the short story titled The Sound of Lungs Expanding by Corey Wood.

Attending the convention with Templeton were Student Publications/Art Lab Instructor Kristen Covington, and students Mary Margaret Peterson, Alana Edgin, Cole Hanson, Janeth Vega, Vanessa Alvarado and Tessa Atkins.

They competed in different categories among more than 30 live, on-site contests held simultaneously at the El Tropicano Hotel and in the Riverwalk area of San Antonio. Participants also attended a plethora of professional breakout sessions and the TIPA Hall of Fame luncheon that was keynoted by Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow, one of three inductees into the hall of fame. Coincidentally, Templeton’s grandfather David Henry Templeton was one of the nine founding student members of TIPA while he was studying at Trinity University. He is a member of the hall of fame.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Welcome to MC ...


Lunch with BEDC, and learn about home ownership

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 Monday, April 28th, at 12:00 noon, with "Preparing for Home Ownership."

Betsy Fredericks
(432) 684-4309
bfredericks@midland.edu



Wednesday, April 23, 2014

$50,000 Runyan scholarship benefits single mothers

MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher (left) and Marilee Runyan
“It’s time to give back to the community and help young women achieve their dreams,” said Marilee Runyan. “My husband Ed and I recently celebrated our 57th wedding anniversary, and we have lived in Midland for 53 of those years. We raised our children in Midland, and we love this community.”

Their desire to help others and their love of community are what prompted Marilee and Edward (Ed) Runyan, Sr., to establish a $50,000 MC scholarship. The Marilee H. Runyan Endowed Scholarship will be awarded to deserving single mothers to help with tuition, books and supplies.

Marilee explained, “Ed and I have been very blessed. We have traveled all over the world—to New Zeland, Australia, Tokyo, Spain and Italy. However, it’s always nice to come back to our home in Midland.”

The Runyans moved to Midland in 1960 from Oklahoma. Their three children, Edward Runyan, Jr., Laurie Kidwell and Leigh Ann Runyan, attended Midland schools. The family continues to make Midland home. Today, Edward, Jr. and Laurie still reside in Midland and are now raising their families in the community. The Runyans have four grandchildren and an 18-month-old great grandchild also living in Midland.

Marilee said that their adventurous days of traveling overseas have ended. They now enjoy quiet days at home in Midland reading and spending time with one another. They also have a second home in Ruidoso, New Mexico.

MC Foundation Executive Director Kathy Fletcher said, “It is so heartwarming to know the Runyans and see their love for the Midland community. There are a great deal of single mothers attending Midland College trying to make a better life for themselves and their children. This generous scholarship will definitely be appreciated by those women who, like the Runyans, want to raise their children in this community.”

Midland College to host Texas Tribune, "Conversation with Mike Conaway"

The Texas Tribune invites the Midland community to attend "A Conversation with U. S. Rep. Mike Conaway" on Tuesday, May 13 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Carrasco Room.

Conaway, R-Midland, is serving his fifth term in the U.S. House of Representatives. He represents the 11th Congressional District, which consists of 29 counties in Central and West Texas and includes Midland, Odessa and San Angelo. He is a deputy Republican whip, the chairman of the House Ethics Committee and serves on the House Agriculture, Armed Services and Intelligence committees. Conaway also serves as chairman of the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management Subcommittee, and as chairman of the Terrorism, Human Intelligence, Analysis and Counterintelligence Subcommittee.

This event will be held in the Carrasco Room of the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the Midland College main campus. It is free and open to the public, and a complimentary lunch will be served.

The event begins at 11:30 a.m., with the Conversation beginning at noon. 


The Tribune's Conversation Series features in-depth discussions with prominent elected officials and newsmakers moderated by Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief, and other expert journalists from The Texas Tribune.

This series of conversations is generously sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and this event is co-presented with Midland College and supported by Texas Mutual Insurance, Permian Basin Petroleum Association, AT&T, BP, Christus Health and Texas A&M University.

Questions? 
Please email the Texas Tribune, or call them at (512) 716-8691

Chap Golf Earns Trip to 2014 NJCAA National Tournament

CLICK HERE for a photo album

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director


DENNIS, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team followed up their win at the NJCAA Southwest District Championship with a third place finish at this year's NJCAA District 2 Championship. Each of the District Championship tournaments (54 holes per event) qualified the top five finishing teams for the 2014 NJCAA Men's Division I National Championships at the Spirit Hollow Golf Course in Burlington, IA (May 11-16, 2014).

In the District 2 Championships, the Chaparrals recorded scores of 293-291-289--873 (+33) to finish in third behind tournament champions McLennan Community College who shot a team score of 848 (+8). Odessa College recorded a 54-hole team score of 870 (+30) to finish as the tournament runner-up. David Wicks was the Chaps top finisher, scoring a three round score of 219 (+9) good for 15th place at Sugar Tree.

By virtue of Midland College's three round score of 880 (+16) at the Southwest District tournament (April 7-8th, at the Tanglewood Resort in Pottsboro, TX), Midland College qualified for the National Tournament. The top five teams in the two tournaments advance to the National Championships in Iowa.

Top Five Team Finishers at Sugar Tree:

1st: McLennan Community College, 278-284-286--848
2nd: Odessa College, 291-289-290--870
3rd: Midland College, 293-291-289--873
4th: Western Texas College, 289-288-299--876
5th: Paris Junior College, 289-299-297--885

Top Five Individual Finishers (and Midland College):

1st: Chris Low, McLennan Community College, 69-71-71--211 (+1)
T-2nd: Zach Oliver, Paris Junior College, 71-74-67--212
T-2nd: Hunter Shattuck, McLennan Community College, 70-69-73--212
T-2nd: Ryan Beatty, McLennan Community College, 70-69-73--212
6th: Andrew Hans, McLennan Community College, 71-72-71--214
15th: David Wicks, Midland College, 71-77-71--219
T-18th: Oswin Schlenkrich, Midland College, 78-72-72--222
T-18th: Ryder Skillern, Midland College, 72-73-77-222
T-18th: Russell Lara, Midland College, 72-74-76--222
T-22nd: Trace Morrow, Midland College, 81-72-70--223

Teams Qualifying for the 2014 NJCAA National Championships:

Team Name / NJCAA S’West Scores / NJCAA District 2 Scores / Total

1st: McLennan Community College / 303-296-297—896 / 278-284-286--848 / 1744
2nd: Midland College / 291-293-296—880 / 293-291-289—873 / 1753
3rd: Odessa College / 295-290-299—884 / 291-289-290—870 / 1754
4th: Paris Junior College / 302-301-305—908 / 289-299-297—885 / 1793
5th: Western Texas College / 303-306-309—918 / 289-288-299—876 / 1794




TODAY ... Midland College ONCE AGAIN conducting lock down/shelter-in-place drill

By Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

Just a reminder that on Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m., we will conduct a lock down/shelter in place drill at the Midland College main campus of the college. The drill is designed to familiarize the MC community in what to do in the event of an emergency. Advanced notice is being given to minimize disruption to classes.

The purpose of this drill is to test the college ability to lock down quickly and effectively if faced with a potential dangerous situation, such as a person with a gun on campus.

The drill will begin with a text message notification along with an audible message over the emergency notification system. The messages will state: "This is a shelter in place drill for Midland College Main Campus. Please shelter in place at this time, THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. All persons on campus should immediately seek shelter in the nearest location, lock doors, windows, etc. and wait for further instructions."

The main goal of this drill is to see how quick the campus can be locked down.  What that means is that everyone on campus needs to be behind a locked door as quickly as possible.  Faculty and staff are urged to take lead roles and get people out of hallways and common areas and into rooms that can be locked.  We will have some visitors on campus, please direct these individuals to a safe location.  We will have evaluators stationed throughout campus to assess the drill.  We will be utilizing the on campus emergency alert system to activate the drill as well as the  text message alert.  There will be an all clear message broadcast at the conclusion of the drill.

This event should be short and last 5-10 minutes.  Once you are in a secure location I urge you to take a moment and consider what else you would do in the event of an actual active shooter situation.  How could you further secure your location.  What additional means are available to defend your location should you come face to face with a shooter.

I anticipate there will be some issues.  After the drill I would appreciate your feedback on what went well, what problems you may have encountered, and any suggestions you may have to make the campus safer.

If there are any questions about this exercise or what should be done feel free to contact me.

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department
(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Next truck driving course begins May 5 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, May 5, 2014.
 
(TT19133Q)
 Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, May 5 - 29
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
lramos@midland.edu

Lunch with BEDC, and learn about insurance

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 Friday, April 25th, at 12:00 noon, with "All About Insurance."

Betsy Fredericks
(432) 684-4309
bfredericks@midland.edu



Update/preview of Chaps' play in NJCAA district golf championship

                                                                               Ryan Skillern                                         MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC GOLF: Chaps move one step closer to national berth

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

DENNIS, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf team shot a two-round total of 584 on Monday at Sugar Tree Golf Club during the first day of the NJCAA District 2 Golf Championships.

The Chaps shot 293and 291 in the two rounds on Monday and are now tied for second overall in the District 2 Championship and are six strokes behind McLennan Community College. McLennan shot a 278-284--562 on Monday to take the overall lead in the six-round tournament.

The three rounds from this week’s tournament will be combined with the NJCAA Southwest Championships two weeks ago to determine qualifiers for the NJCAA National Tournament. The top five teams in the district tournament earn berths in the national tournamente.

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THIS MORNING ... Midland College to conduct lock down/shelter-in-place drill

By Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department

Just a reminder that on Tuesday April 22, at 10:00 a.m. and Wednesday, April 23 at 9:30 a.m., we will conduct a lock down/shelter in place drill at the Midland College main campus of the college. The drill is designed to familiarize the MC community in what to do in the event of an emergency. Advanced notice is being given to minimize disruption to classes.

The purpose of this drill is to test the college ability to lock down quickly and effectively if faced with a potential dangerous situation, such as a person with a gun on campus.

The drill will begin with a text message notification along with an audible message over the emergency notification system. The messages will state: "This is a shelter in place drill for Midland College Main Campus. Please shelter in place at this time, THIS IS ONLY A DRILL. All persons on campus should immediately seek shelter in the nearest location, lock doors, windows, etc. and wait for further instructions."

The main goal of this drill is to see how quick the campus can be locked down.  What that means is that everyone on campus needs to be behind a locked door as quickly as possible.  Faculty and staff are urged to take lead roles and get people out of hallways and common areas and into rooms that can be locked.  We will have some visitors on campus, please direct these individuals to a safe location.  We will have evaluators stationed throughout campus to assess the drill.  We will be utilizing the on campus emergency alert system to activate the drill as well as the  text message alert.  There will be an all clear message broadcast at the conclusion of the drill.

This event should be short and last 5-10 minutes.  Once you are in a secure location I urge you to take a moment and consider what else you would do in the event of an actual active shooter situation.  How could you further secure your location.  What additional means are available to defend your location should you come face to face with a shooter.

I anticipate there will be some issues.  After the drill I would appreciate your feedback on what went well, what problems you may have encountered, and any suggestions you may have to make the campus safer.

If there are any questions about this exercise or what should be done feel free to contact me.

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department
(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Monday, April 21, 2014

This week at Your College ... an annual celebration of the written and spoken word


Online registration for MC Summer Sessions begins today

• Will continue through May 29 for Session 1,
July 9 for Session 2

ONLINE registration for the Summer Sessions at MC begins today. Students who have not completed a Midland College application should do so prior to registering for classes. The MC application is available online at www.applytexas.org

• what you need to get started 

Advising and other student services for the Summer Sessions 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.

PLEASE NOTE: The MC campus is closed today, Monday, April 21, for Easter break.

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


So, what courses might you take?

 • 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.




Friday, April 18, 2014

A memorable evening at Your College ...


Newspaper offers preview of MC softball this weekend

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC SOFTBALL: MC healthier as it takes on rival Howard

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram


MIDLAND COLLEGE vs HOWARD COLLEGE
When/Where: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today, Foundation Field, Big Spring; doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Midland College softball field.

As a sophomore on the Midland College Lady Chaparral softball teamShelby Weissenbach knows the importance of being that motivator for the younger players, especially when things get tough.

Without a doubt, Weissenbach and the Lady Chaparrals have had their share of tough moments this season with injuries and some sloppy fielding at times contributing to some tough losses.

But even with those bumps this season, the Lady Chaps (25-18 overall) find themselves in third place in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference with a 12-8 record and are playing some good softball, thanks to a seven-game winning streak, heading into this weekend’s series against Howard College (36-10, 17-3).

read the rest of this preview ... 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And that's a wrap!

All Midland College campuses close Thursday, April 17 at 5:00 p.m.
for the Easter Holiday. We will re-open and classes resume
Tuesday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m.
 
Have a happy, safe and
blessed holiday, everyone!

Just another Tuesday at Your College ...