Friday, May 30, 2014

Update on Chaps' play in NJCAA national baseball tournament

JUCO WORLD SERIES: Iowa Western eliminates Chaps

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO - It took a good all-around team to end the great run by the Midland College baseball team this year.

No. 3-ranked Iowa Western used an aggressive offense and a great start from right-hander Kevin Elder to run-rule the Chaparrals, 11-1, in six innings during the JUCO World Series at Suplizio Field on Thursday night.

The loss ends the Chaps’ season at 42-25 and they finished in third place in only their second appearance in the tournament.

Iowa Western (55-11), making its 15th appearance in the World Series, advances to play Miami Dade in the championship at 8 p.m. CDT Friday. The Reivers are seeking their third national championship.


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Heads high, Chaps ... it was a good season!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Update on Chap Baseball's play in Juco World Series ...

Thompson-Williams scores on a wild pitch by Palacios. Iowa Western beats Midland 11-1 in 6 innings. Chaps end their season 42-25.

Great run by Midland College. The Chaps should be proud of a great season that ends in the final 3 at the JUCO World Series.

Chaps on the field giving each other hugs. This turned into a really special group for head coach David Coleman this year.



NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 





Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program announces 92.9 percent pass rate on Registered Nurse licensing exam

Midland College (MC) is pleased to announce that 92.9 percent of students who graduated with an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing in December 2013 passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). To ensure public protection, the Texas Board of Nursing requires all candidates for Registered Nurse licensure to pass the NCLEX-RN in order to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level nurse.

Before sitting for the exam, candidates must successfully complete a state-approved registered nursing degree program. This past December, 14 students graduated from MC’s program, and 13 of those graduates passed the licensing exam.

MC Associate Degree Nursing Program Chair Carmen Edwards said, “We are very proud of our December graduates, and I thank the nursing faculty for the excellent job they did in seeing that these students had the knowledge and skills needed not only to pass the exam, but also to become proficient, compassionate nurses. We put many strategies in place for student success, and the graduates worked very hard.”

Edwards explained that the December graduating class is traditionally smaller than the May graduating class. Earlier this month, 52 Associate Degree Nursing students graduated from MC. These students will be taking the NCLEX-RN exam during the summer.

Midland College offers both traditional and transition options to obtain the Associate Degree in Applied Science (A.A.S) for nursing. The traditional option is for students who are entering the field of nursing; whereas, the transition option is for Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVNs) who are seeking career mobility. For more information about nursing education at Midland College, visit www.midland.edu/nursing or call (432) 685-6462.

Lady Chap Basketball adds Team Camp to summer schedule

There's plenty of activity - and fun! - each summer for the Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team as Coach Ron Jones, his staff and some of his players host a series of basketball summer camps for girls.

This summer, in addition to the usual FUNdamental Camp for girls in grades 3rd-12th, and the Shooting Camp for grades 7th-12th ( both of which will take place July 17th - 19th), the Lady Chaps have introduced a Varsity Girls Team Camp which will take place July 14-16.

A maximum of 16 teams (up to 10 players and 1 coach) will be accepted for the camp, which will include instruction and a minimum of 7 games. Cost for the camp will vary ... Overnight Camp includes dorm rooms, meals and t-shirts, while Commuter Camp includes the t-shirts.

For more information about all three of the camps, click on the links below. You may also contact:
Ron Jones
Women's Basketball Coach
(432)685-4581
rjones@midland.edu
           Ginger Gatliff
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
(432)685-6469
ggatliff@midland.edu 
more information about FUNdamental and Shooting camps

brochure/registration form for FUNdamental and Shooting camps
  (Adobe .pdf file)

more information about Varsity Team Camp

Varsity Team Camp info sheet, registration form
  (Adobe .pdf file)


Chap Baseball returns to competition tonight

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral baseball team will be back on the diamond this evening in their quest for a national title.

We're down to the final final four teams in the 2014 Alpine Bank JUCO World Series / NJCAA Division 1 Baseball Championships: #3 Iowa Western Community College (54-11, 3-0), #5 Spartanburg Methodist College (48-17, 2-1), #10 Miami-Dade Community College (37-16, 2-1) and #13 Midland College(42-24, 2-1).

Today's pairings @3:00 pm (MST)/4:00 pm (CDT) Spartanburg Methodist vs. Miami-Dade (elimination game), and in this evening's prime-time matchup, the Midland College Chaps will take on the unbeaten Iowa Western Reivers@ 7:30 pm (MST) / 8:30 pm (CDT). IWCC gave MC their only loss in the tournament on Monday night.

A loss by Spartanburg, Miami-Dade or Midland would result in their elimination from national championship contention. Unbeaten Iowa Western would need to be beaten twice.


Go, Chaps!

NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Great grandmother’s trunk inspires promising career

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Approximately seven years ago, Adrian “Nikki” Amiro was given a trunk that belonged to her great grandmother. Inside the trunk were some bags of broken vintage jewelry, which became the catalyst to an adventure and exciting career for 32-year-old Amiro. The vintage jewelry pieces were turned into beautiful, intricate earrings, necklaces and bracelets, and White started selling them on Ebay and Etsy. Today, she designs her custom jewelry under the label of Shalotlilly Jewelry and has attracted the attention of Hollywood celebrities and the global fashion industry.

“Two of my pieces were worn at last fall’s Emmy Awards,” explained Amiro. “My jewelry is owned by Sarah Jessica Parker, Juliette Lewis, Debra Messing, Jeri Ryan, Chloe Grace Moretz and Chrysta Bell, among others. I’m currently working on pieces for Brooke Shields, Noah Hathaway and the great Annie Lennox.” Amiro designs her jewelry under the Shalotlilly label. Her creations can be found online at her Internet Movie Database (IMDb) page, in exclusive boutiques in London, Paris and—where else—Midland, Texas.

Let’s Face It Makeup Studio, located in the Mission Square shopping center, at 4400 N. Big Spring carries Amiro’s jewelry. If one is looking for a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, Amiro’s collection is bound to have something that will add flair and sophistication to an outfit for a truly special occasion. Amiro, who graduated from Midland High School in 2001, said she always enjoyed art—mostly painting, both in watercolor and inks. She has been creating jewelry since her days at Midland College (MC). She credits the support and nurture she received while attending MC as the reason she is now pursuing her love of art and making it into a career.

“I loved my MC art classes,” said Amiro. “However, it wasn’t just the art instructors who gave me the confidence to turn my artistic passion into a career. All of the MC teachers were spectacular. I worked in the English and speech departments when I was at MC from 2001 to 2003, and Dr. Ty Tindall [retired speech professor] and Dr. Glenda Lindsey-Hicks [English professor] really encouraged me to pursue my dreams. After I graduated from MC, I transferred to UTPB [The University of Texas of the Permian Basin] and studied art.”

Today, Amiro’s home base is Austin, where she lives with her husband Taber White, who is a police officer. The couple has been married for three years and has a two-year-old daughter Morgan. Amiro’s studio is in her home, which she said at this time in her life is perfect because she can be home with her daughter and still be able to create her jewelry designs.

Amiro stated, “After my daughter was born, I started taking more risks with my creations. My designs became more elaborate. Having a child made me realize that I want to leave a legacy through my jewelry.”

Occasionally, Amiro’s business takes her out of Austin. In February 2013, Amiro was in New York during Fashion Week, where 25 models were adorned with her jewelry at various shows. This past winter, Amiro was in Los Angeles, and her jewelry was again part of an international fashion show. Early next year, she will participate in a show in London with the Cambridge Art Salon. Her pieces have also been featured in numerous fashion magazines including Forte Magazine, Kirameki Mag, SESSIONS Magazine, Auxiliary Magazine, GQ India and Vogue Italia, among others.

Amrio said that those bags of broken jewelry from her great grandmother were the source of her current motivation. Broken jewelry and other items she finds at estate sales, garage sales and antique malls are her favorite objects from which she composes her elegant designs.

“I have always admired costume jewelry from the 1940s and 1950s,” explained Amiro. “The colors were fabulous, and the jewelry made a statement. You can see that same look in most of my pieces. Recently, I purchased a box of used Christmas ornaments at a garage sale, and I created some of my favorite designs from the articles in that box. I use color, Victorian themes, dreams and anything that sparkles as my inspirations. I love giving old, broken things new life. It gives every piece a bit of history—a story.”

So what does the future hold for this talented artist and businesswoman? Amiro admits that her jewelry has a distinctive appeal. The unique style and elaborate components of her creations make each piece a work of art. She said that her ultimate goal is to design pieces for television, film and music videos. She is already on her way to seeing this dream become a reality. During next season, Amiro’s jewelry will appear on the hit Disney Channel show “Austin & Ally.”

Amiro said, “I feel when a person finds something that truly speaks to them, it belongs to them. People are unique; jewelry should be, too.”

Free "Forklift Safety" Class at MC Risk Management Institute


"Forklifts" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this summer in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.


Forklift Safety
(I060133Q)
Tuesday, June 10th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
more information



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

Update on Chaps' play in NJCAA national baseball tournament

Photo by Buddy Brown/Special to the MRT
JUCO WORLD SERIES: Shaw, pitchers help MC in 10-7 win to stay alive

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO - There’s something about being on the brink of elimination that excites but yet calms the Midland College Chaparral baseball team in pressure situations.

The Chaparrals have basically been close to being eliminated from the postseason for the past month, so facing No. 6-ranked Columbia State (Tenn.) in a JUCO World Series elimination game on Tuesday afternoon was nothing they haven’t faced before.

Behind a pair of two-run home runs by Chris Shaw (see photo above) and some gutsy pitching performances from Thomas McIlraith and Sebastian Palacios, the Chaps defeated the Chargers 10-7 in front of 2,082 fans at Suplizio Field to stay alive in the World Series.

Midland College (42-24) is one of five teams still remaining in the tournament and will next play at 8:30 p.m. CDT Thursday against an opponent to be determined.


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NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Update on Chap Baseball's play in Juco World Series ...

 Neiderland strikes out to end the game. Midland 10, Columbia State 7, Final. Chaps stay alive.


 Midland (42-24) will next play at 8 p.m. (CDT) Thursday against a TBD opponent in the winner's bracket.


  Midland College is one of five teams still left in the JUCO World Series.



NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 





Midland College receives grant for housing counseling services

The Midland College Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC) has received over $15,000 from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The purpose of the grant is to assist Midland families and individuals with counseling services in order to find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep current homes by avoiding foreclosures.

BEDC Associate Director Betsy Fredericks said that the funding will support a wide range of FREE services from assisting lower-income persons find an affordable apartment to helping first-time homebuyers avoid unsustainable mortgages.


According to a May 22 HUD press release, the Midland College BEDC is one of 232 local housing counseling agencies receiving a grant. The grant will cover 12 consecutive months of service and was awarded in response to a proposal submitted earlier this year.

Fredericks explained, “As long as the BEDC continues to provide housing counseling services, Midland College should receive an additional grant next year without submitting another proposal. Next year’s award will be based on our reports for the current year.”

In 2012, HUD released two reports on the impact of HUD-approved housing counseling for families who purchase their first homes and those struggling to prevent foreclosure. In both studies, HUD found housing counseling significantly improved the likelihood of homeowners remaining in their homes.

“At Midland College, we address the full range of families’ housing counseling needs,” stated Fredericks. “This includes helping homebuyers and homeowners realistically evaluate their readiness for a home purchase, understand their financing and down payment options and navigate what can be an extremely confusing and difficult process. We also assist households find affordable rental housing and offer financial literacy training to individuals and families struggling to repair credit problems that restrict their housing options.”

The Midland College BEDC is located at the Midland College Cogdell Learning Center at 201 W. Florida in Midland. BEDC summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Those interested in receiving the FREE counseling services may contact the BEDC at (432) 684-4309.

Free "Accident Investigation" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"Accident Investigation" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this summer in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.


Accident Investigation
(I057133Q)
Monday, June 2nd
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon 
more information



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

Keep clicking it, this week at Your College

MCPD part of nationwide "Click it or Ticket" initiative;
will continue though Sunday, June 1st, 2014.

We're in the second week of the Midland College Police Department's participation in the nationwide "Click It ot Ticket" initiative, going on now through June 1st. MC Police will be out enforcing seat belt violations as well as all traffic laws on and around Midland College campuses.

A suggestion from the MCPD ... you can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seat belt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip.


Update on Chaps' play in NJCAA national baseball tournament

MRT Photo
JUCO WORLD SERIES: Iowa Western drops Chaps 9-0 in 7 innings

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO - The Midland College Chaparral baseball team got into a deep hole during its winner’s bracket second round game against No. 3-ranked Iowa Western Monday night at Suplizio Field and it cost the Chaparrals.

It also didn’t help the Chaps that Reivers’ starting pitcher Erik Swanson was keeping the potent MC offense quiet.

The Reivers jumped out to 6-0 lead after two innings and then Swanson scattered four hits and struck out nine in a 9-0 run-rule victory in seven innings over MC in front of 12,014 fans for the night game on Memorial Day.

Midland College (41-24) will look to stay alive at 4 p.m. (CDT) today against Columbia State (Tenn.), which stayed alive in the loser’s bracket with a thrilling 12-11 victory in 12 innings over Cochise (Ariz.) College.


  read the rest of this report
 



NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 


Monday, May 26, 2014

ONE WEEK LEFT to register for Session 1 of Kids' College at MC

Kids' College at MC is a summer enrichment program for students who will be completing the first through sixth grade this spring. The curriculum has been developed to offer courses for instruction and enhancement rather than for in-depth study. Every year, over 1,000 children participate in Kids' College. The Kids' College staff is looking forward to a very successful program of fun and enriching classes.

This year classes will also be offered off campus through COM Aquatics, Inc., and at Midland Community Theater.

At Midland College, three class periods are offered each afternoon, Monday through Thursday. Midland College is closed on Friday. Students can spend an hour and a half or the entire afternoon with us. Classes may be canceled due to lack of enrollment. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified so that you can either transfer into another class or be refunded 100%.

Online Registration for Session 1 of Kids' College will close Wednesday, May 28. Walk-in Registration for Session 1 of Kids' College will close Monday, June 2 at 5:00 p.m.

Kids' College registration will not be taken by phone. For registration questions, please contact the Community Programs Continuing Education Department at 685-4518.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Make fitness fun with hula hoops at MC Continuing Ed

Burn calories and add variety to your fitness routine with "Fitness Hula Hoops," one of the courses offered this summer by MC's Community Programs Continuing Education.


Fitness Hula Hoops
(9362134Q)
Thursdays, June 5th - July 31st
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 
more information




For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact Community Programs Continuing Education at Midland College, at ce.midland.edu/cp/ or (432) 685-4518.

Update on Chaps' play in NJCAA national baseball tournament

Photo by Buddy Brown/Special to the MRT
JUCO WORLD SERIES: Chaps start strong with 10-5 win

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

GRAND JUNCTION, COLORADO - The Midland College Chaparral baseball team came into the JUCO World Series with one of the best offenses in all of NJCAA, and the bats certainly showed up on Saturday afternoon.

Blaine Prescott led a 14-hit attack by the Chaparrals by going 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored, while pitcher Brandon Courville gave MC a quality start in a 10-5 victory over No. 4-ranked Johnson County (Kan.) Community College in front of 5,603 fans at Suplizio Field.

For the second straight year, the Chaps (41-23) advance to play the big night game on Memorial Day when they face No. 3 Iowa Western at 8:30 p.m. (CDT). Iowa Western defeated No. 6 Columbia State (Tenn), 6-5, in come-from-behind fashion earlier in the day.


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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Update on Chap Baseball's play in Juco World Series ...

 
Landuyt flies out to center to end the game. Midland beats No. 4 Johnson County 10-5 to advance in winner's bracket.


 
The Chaps will play Iowa Western at 8:30 p.m. (CDT) Monday. Last year's night game for Memorial Day drew more than 11,000.



NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 





It begins TODAY


From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chaparral baseball team will open play at the "JUCO" on Saturday, May 24th @ 1:00 p.m. (CDT) / 12:00 p.m. (MST) versus Johnson County Community College (KS). Johnson County, ranked #5 in the latest NJCAA poll, is 50-12 this season, while the Chaps are 40-23. The Chaps are have won an impressive 27 of their last 32 games, since May 1st.
NJCAA JUCO World Series Tournament Information:
http://jucogj.org/

Tournament Bracket:
http://jucogj.org/documents/2014/3/13/JUCO_Bracket_2014.pdf

Live Video Streaming:
http://www.njcaatv.com/baseballchamp/ 




"Baseball is the hurrah game of the republic! That's beautiful: the hurrah game! well—it's our game: that's the chief fact in connection with it: America's game: has the snap, go, fling, of the American atmosphere—belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly, as our constitutions, laws: is just as important in the sum total of our historic life."

Attributed to Walt Whitman by by Horace Traubel

Friday, May 23, 2014

"CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support" Course at MC Health Science CE

"CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support" is and American Heart Association affiliated Health Care Provider Course, taught by an AHA-certified instructor, and available through MC's Health Science Continuing Education program.


CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support

(HC09134Q)
Saturday, June 7th
9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
more information



For more information about these courses, and to register, please contact Health Science Continuing Education at Midland College, at ce.midland.edu/hs/ or (432) 681-6303.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

In observance of Memorial Day ...


From Jeff McDonald
Web Editor, MC Public Information & Media

So much going through my head at this time ... how to express it? ... maybe I shouldn't try ...it's been said before, and said with words far, FAR better than anything I could compose ...

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

"Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this."

"But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."

President Abraham Lincoln
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
November 19, 1863

Free "Drug & Alcohol Awareness" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"Drug & Alcohol Awareness" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this summer in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.


Drug & Alcohol Awareness
(I059133Q)
Tuesday, June 3rd
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
more information



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

MC's Steve Thomas to be part of seminar on education success

Dr. Steve Thomas
"Achieving Education Success Together - A Community Approach," a seminar hosted by the UTPB John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, will focus on the following topics:

1) Closing the achievement gap among all students
2) Strengthening relationships between families and schools
3) Achieving smooth student transitions between the institutional components of grades P-16
4) Exploring innovations in teacher education
5) Reviewing learning initiatives, such as "Acclaim"

The seminar will be held on Thursday, May 29, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library & Lecture Center on the UTPB campus in Odessa.  It is free and open to the public.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas is one of the panel presenters, along with other area educational leaders.

Let's get clicking at Your College

MCPD joining nationwide "Click it or Ticket" initiative,
May 19th - June 1st, 2014.

We're in the first week of the Midland College Police Department's participation in the nationwide "Click It ot Ticket" initiative, going on now through June 1st. MC Police will be out enforcing seat belt violations as well as all traffic laws on and around Midland College campuses.

You can help protect your friends and family when you lead by example and remind others to buckle up. It turns out 9 out of 10 people fasten their seat belt when asked to do so. So speak up and buckle up, every time on every trip.