Thursday, July 31, 2014

Exercise mind, body and spirit - FOR FREE - with MC Community Programs CE

Coming up next month from MC Community Programs Continuing Education ... "Tai Chi"

Tai Chi is an ancient practice proven to reduce pain and improve your mental and physical well-being. The Sun-style Tai Chi routines are safe, easy to learn and suitable for every fitness level. The benefits of Tai Chi include reduced stress, increase in balance and flexibility, helps you feel relaxed, and improves your overall mind, body and spirit. Medical studies confirm the Tai Chi program relieves pain, reduces falls and improves quality of life. This program is promoted by the Arthritis Foundation. Class will meet at COM Aquatics, 3003 N. ‘A’ Street (and activities are performed on land).

Tai Chi
9301134Q
FREE
Instructor: Bobby Raney
Mondays and Wednesdays, August 6 - December 31, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

For more information about this and other Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:


Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

We're ready ... how about you?


NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION!

A student orientation required for all NEW MC students!

Thursday, August 21, 9:30 a.m.
at Chap Center


register now

Students who attend are more likely to succeed!

At New Student Orientation, you will learn how to:
  • Navigate campus technology
  • Access your student email
  • Locate your courses
  • Utilize the many academic and career support services
  • ... and many other college survival skills!

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend orientation?"

... when the REAL question is ...

"Why WOULDN'T I attend?!?!"


Questions? Contact us at ...
orientation@midland.edu


Thanks for making New Student Orientation at Midland College a great success!
________________________________________

Online • In Person • Your College • www.midland.edu


The foundation to follow dreams

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Perla Carreon is about to embark on a new and exciting chapter of her life. Having lived in Midland since she was in the fourth grade, the 20-year-old Robert E. Lee High School graduate is now about to leave home for the first time as she pursues a baccalaureate degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders from the University of Texas (UT) at Austin.

“It’s a little scary, and I’m nervous; however, I know this is what I need to do in order to follow my dreams and my goal of becoming a speech pathologist,” said Carreon.

After graduating from high school in 2012, Carreon immediately enrolled at Midland College (MC). Now, having lived at home for two years and maintained a 4.0 GPA at MC, she is ready to venture to Austin where she will finish her undergraduate studies and then begin her master’s degree in speech pathology.

Carreon explained, “I’m the first in my family to attend college. My family has been very supportive, and there really was no question as to whether or not I would attend college. We all knew that college was definitely in my future, even though we weren’t sure how we could afford it.”

Thanks to the Legacy Scholarship and the Students in Philanthropy (SIP) Scholarship, higher education was made possible for Perla Carreon. The Legacy Scholarship pays up to $1,050 per semester for any Midland County high school graduate who maintains a 2.0 GPA and completes 40 volunteer hours at an approved nonprofit organization each year. The SIP scholarship provides $1,500 per academic year for students who are accepted to be members of MC’s Students in Philanthropy club. SIP students receive in-depth leadership training, and through activities involving volunteering, fundraising and grant making, the students contribute to nonprofit organizations.

The opportunities and requirements for both the Legacy and SIP scholarships have instilled in Carreon a sense of giving back to the community. In addition, her volunteer hours spent with special needs children have made her realize that a career as a speech pathologist is her life’s calling.

“Whether or not students are on the Legacy Scholarship and/or members of SIP, I would encourage them to volunteer,” stated Carreon. “I preferred to work with children, but all talents and skills are needed to help improve the lives of others. My volunteer work in high school and college gave me a good sense of ‘grounding.’ Volunteering shows people how to be more than just ‘you.’”

In addition to maintaining excellent grades and providing assistance at various local nonprofit agencies, Carreon also worked part-time while she was at MC and will continue to work part-time in Austin. Because of her superb academic standing and her leadership capabilities, Carreon received the Abell-Hanger Continuance Scholarship, which she said will cover tuition and fees for two years while she is completing her baccalaureate degree at The University of Texas. Carreon credits her current success to many MC employees who gave her support and encouragement. Foremost is Julia Vickery, Student Development coordinator and SIP advisor. Carreon also fondly recalled her classes with Dr. Damon Kennedy, history faculty; Lee Almaguer, government faculty; and David Edens, psychology faculty.

Carreon explained, “I wouldn’t be going to UT without MC. I am so thankful for the MC scholarships, and if I hadn’t attended MC, I wouldn’t be getting the Continuance Scholarship. Midland College has given me the background I need to succeed—both academically and personally. Now I’m equipped with the knowledge, skills and resources to follow my dreams!“

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Last Call! ... final week for "Energy Landscapes" exhibit at McCormick Gallery


"Energy Landscapes" will be on display through August 8, and the Midland community is invited to come and enjoy the exhibit. McCormick Gallery is located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main MC campus and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No appointment is necessary; admission is free.

Among those in attendance at the "Energy Landscapes" opening reception were two seasoned photography professionals ... H.A. Tuck (left), retired MC Public Information Officer and Athletic Director, and MC Photography Professor Kent Moss.

Register now for the Fall Semester at Midland College

Fall is just around the corner, and so are the Fall Semester sessions at Midland College. The time to register, to find YOUR place at Your College, is NOW ... with a variety of sessions that fit your calendar.

The first day of class for the Fall Semester's full 16-week session, and the first 8-week session, is Monday, August 25. The Fall Semester's 12-week session begins Monday, September 22. And the Fall Semester's second 8-week session begins Monday, October 20.
check out a complete 2014/2015 Academic Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)

Helpful links to get you started ...

 • Online Courses - Canvas
 • Campus Connect (Register for Classes)
 • MC Student Life


For more information about admissions at MC, contact:
(432) 685-4501
 enroll@midland.edu


Midland College now using reclaimed water for irrigation

In its ongoing efforts to be environmentally conscious, Midland College is now pumping approximately 150,000 - 200,000 gallons of reclaimed (non-potable) water per day for irrigation purposes on its 220+ acres. The water is delivered from the City of Midland’s new reclamation plant in Windlands Park.

MC Vice President of Information Technology & Facilities said, “We are irrigating daily using only reclaimed water. During the past two years, when the Permian Basin has been suffering the effects of an extreme drought, we have adhered to the City of Midland’s water restriction policies. Our main goal during this time has been to protect the precious trees and not worry about the grass. Now, because of the cool start of summer, the recent rains and a week’s worth of steady irrigation using the reclaimed water, the campus is turning green once again and the trees are looking healthy.”

Sever explained that it may take a year or two to get rid of the excessive weeds that have infested the campus lawn, and he encourages those who use the campus for jogging, walking and biking to stay on the sidewalks and roads during this time.

The joint project between MC and the City of Midland to build a reclaimed water plant has been in the works for several years, and Midland College thanks the City for their cooperation in helping to further MC’s goals of being an environmentally sound campus.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

MC employee releases debut music CD


Midland College (MC) Upward Bound Director Pervis Evans has always enjoyed music and has been singing in church since he was a teenager.  At the encouragement of family, friends and students, he has recorded and produced his first CD of gospel and worship music, entitled “Forever Worship.”  The CD contains 10 songs, all with Evans as lead vocal.  Most of the songs were written by Evans and arranged and produced by renowned, award-winning musicians such as Joseph Toliver and Tom Braxton. Braxton also plays saxophone on many of the arrangements.

Evans stated, “My wife Michelle and I served as executive producers, and I couldn’t believe all the artists who agreed to lend their talents to this project.  I hope that the CD inspires and entertains.”

Through Evans’ responsibilities as MC Upward Bound director, he works with at-risk high school youth.  The program, under Evans’ leadership, offers special tutoring, study skills sessions, cultural opportunities and leadership training to young people, most of whom are potential first-generation-to-college students.  Evans was the first person in his own family to graduate from college and relies on his own experiences when counseling with the students.

“I always tell my students to dream big and not to be afraid to venture into the unknown in order to achieve goals,” explained Evans.  “I decided it was time for me to heed my own advice.  So about a year ago, I took a leap of faith and started the CD project.”

An autographed copy of the CD is available at www.pervisevans.com for $15, plus shipping/handling.  It can also be purchased through various e-stores and streaming websites such as iTunes, Amazon, cdbaby and Google Play.

For more information, contact Mr. Evans, (432) 686-4221, pevans@midland.edu 


Friday, July 25, 2014

MC campus closed today for emergency drill






The Midland College (MC) Police Department, in conjunction with several local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting an emergency response drill on Friday, July 25, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The drill will take place on the MC main campus located at 3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland.

No live ammunition will be used during this event; however, law enforcement officials will be setting a perimeter around the school for the safety of all involved and ask that the public avoid the area during the drill. The City of Midland will notify residents in the area of the school prior to the drill.

“We engaged in a similar drill at Midland High School last summer,” explained MC Police Chief Richard McKee. “This year the participating law enforcement agencies decided to run the exercise on the MC campus, which encompasses more acreage and several buildings. Our goal is to run through simulated emergency response exercises. We will then immediately initiate our emergency alert system and shelter-in-place procedures throughout the campus. The drill will involve containment and apprehension, securing all buildings and tending to the injured as quickly as possible.”

Other local law enforcement agencies participating in the drill include the Midland Police Department, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Midland Independent School District Police Department, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department, the Midland Fire Department and the Midland County Emergency Management & Fire Marshall’s Office.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

REMINDER - Campus CLOSED Friday, July 25, for Emergency Response Drill

The Midland College main campus will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

The Midland College (MC) Police Department, in conjunction with several local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting an emergency response drill on Friday, July 25, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The drill will take place on the MC main campus located at 3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland.

No live ammunition will be used during this event; however, law enforcement officials will be setting a perimeter around the school for the safety of all involved and ask that the public avoid the area during the drill. The City of Midland will notify residents in the area of the school prior to the drill.

“We engaged in a similar drill at Midland High School last summer,” explained MC Police Chief Richard McKee. “This year the participating law enforcement agencies decided to run the exercise on the MC campus, which encompasses more acreage and several buildings. Our goal is to run through simulated emergency response exercises. We will then immediately initiate our emergency alert system and shelter-in-place procedures throughout the campus. The drill will involve containment and apprehension, securing all buildings and tending to the injured as quickly as possible.”

Other local law enforcement agencies participating in the drill include the Midland Police Department, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Midland Independent School District Police Department, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department, the Midland Fire Department and the Midland County Emergency Management & Fire Marshall’s Office.


"Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations" Course at MC Health Science CE

This course will prepare students to become entry-level nursing assistants to achieve a level of knowledge, skills, and abilities essential to provide basic care to residents through communication, observation, reporting and assisting residents in maintaining basic comfort and safety. The emphasis of this course is on effective interaction with members of the health care team.

CNA 1 - Nurse Aide for Health Care Organizations

HN18134Q
M/T/W/Th/F, August 11 - September 5
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
more information, and register online




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.

Gregg Wright to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Gregg Wright of California is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Wright in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf wrightXBLUES BY EAR: ADVANCED BLUES ROCK GUITAR
By Gregg Wright
Made possible by Touchwood Resources
2:15 - 3:30 PM, Ages: 14+
Min: 2 Max: 10
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Develop your ear for blues guitar in this intermediate to advanced workshop with former guitar player for Michael Jackson, Gregg Wright. Gregg plays upside-down and left-handed like Hendrix, so this is not a textbook classroom style workshop that will teach technique, but rather a workshop sharing guitar wisdom that can help you plug holes in your playing and take your game to the next level. A jam session is likely to break out!
Prerequisite: A basic to intermediate ability to play electric guitar.
What to Bring: An electric guitar and small amp.

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Plan ahead, register now for "Massage Therapy" courses, this fall at MC Health Science CE

Massage Therapy can be a rewarding career with flexibility to work in settings such as medical office, sports clinics, day spa, and resort spa or a home business. Our Massage Therapy Program provides classroom instruction, clinicals and internship. The program is two semesters, with classes held in the evenings (T/W/TH) and weekend days.

Massage Therapy Courses
September - December
Instructor: Doris "Dolly" Thompson
more information, and register online ...



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.

Matt Isbell to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Matt Isbell of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Isbell in performance, on a cigar box guitar ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf isbellXMAKE & PLAY: CIGAR-BOX GUITAR BUILDING
Made Possible by Wolf Energy
By Matt Isbell
2:30-3:30 PM, Ages: 8+
Doubletree Parlor 1109
Min: 1 Max: 6
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will assemble an acoustic cigar-box guitar from pre-prepped components the first half of the workshop and be led in a group jam the last half with furnished bottleneck slides. Attendees will keep both the guitar and the bottleneck slides, hand-built by Memphis-based slide and cigar-box guitar maker, Matt Isbell. No heavy or electric equipment will be used during the construction phase of the workshop.
What to Bring: An interest in handmade, simple instruments

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

REMINDER ... MC Offering Summer 2015 Travel Course to France


Midland College is pleased to announce another travel/study course scheduled for June 2015. The 9-day Humanities Trip, led by MC English Professor Dr. Pamela Howell, will include a tour of France with stops in Paris, Provence and Nice (Coté d’Azur region).

"Just a reminder that the June 2015 Trip to France is still open for you and friends," said Dr. Howell. "The prices listed on the website are good until August 1, 2014, and are billed. Friends from other cities can join ... they will just have a different departure point and adjusted fees to that departure city if they don't fly out of Midland."

The all-inclusive journey includes daily breakfast and dinner, Paris Metro Round-Trip Ticket, a French cooking lesson, a Seine dinner cruise and a Pétanque lesson.  In addition, the trip will encompass guided tours of Paris, the Louvre, Versailles chateau and gardens, the Eiffel Tower, Pont du Gard, Nimes Roman Arena and the Aigues-Mortes Ramparts.


Participants will depart Midland on June 1.  June 2-4 will be spent in Paris, June 5 in Provence and June 7-8 in Nice.  The trip concludes on June 9 with a flight back to Midland.

The tour cost is $4,629 per traveler. This rate includes airfare, hotel, breakfast and dinner, and all cultural activities and tours listed above; an automatic payment plan of $514 per month is offered. Optional extensions and extra nights are also available.

Optional college credit with some additional coursework is offered for English 2332 (World Literature I) and English 2333 (World Literature II).

Dr. Howell has been leading successful travel/study trips every-other summer for several years.  Her most recent trip included the British Isles in summer 2013.

Howell explained, “The trips are a fabulous way to experience the culture, literature, art and history of other countries.  While this trip does include many guided tours, there will also be ample free time for participants to enjoy the sights and sounds of France on their own.”

Those interested may contact Dr. Howell at (432) 685-4628 or prhowell@midland.edu

Merci!

Pamela R. Howell, Ph.D.
Professor of English
Midland College
Midland, TX  79701
(432) 685.4628

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Learn more about the Railroad Commission ... with help from the Midland College PPDC

From MC's Petroleum Professional Development Center (PPDC) ... an opportunity to learn more about the Railroad Commission of Texas, the state agency that regulates the oil and gas industry.

Understanding and Filing of Railroad Commission Forms and Procedures
G193134Q
Instructor: Linda Derryberry
Tuesday, July 29
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


This class is designed for the student whose business requires a working knowledge of the Railroad Commission of Texas forms and filing procedures. The class will cover an overview of the basic forms required for compliance with the Railroad Commission of Texas and will afford each participant opportunities to ask questions

Railroad Commission Gas Well Regulation
G196134Q
Instructor: Dorsey Tidwell
Wednesday, July 30
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Primary objectives of the course are to provide an overall understanding of the Commission's regulatory scheme related to gas wells while providing everyday examples of filing requirements. Providing practical applications of increased knowledge of gas proration requirements is the primary focus of the class. Online filing of completion forms and production reports will not be covered.



For more information about these and other
Continuing Education courses at MC, please contact:

Brenda Cordero (432) 685-4724 bcordero@midland.edu 

Tas Cru to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Tas Cru of New York is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Cru in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf cruXWRITE YOUR BEST SONG SONGWRITING WORKSHOP
By Tas Cru
Made possible by Roger & Lynne Clark
1-2 PM, Ages: 10+
Min: 2 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will learn about developing meaningful song topics, utilizing traditional and non-traditional blues song structures and making words work with rhythm and rhyme. Performance and song content are only part of what makes a good song, so 2014 Keeping the Blues Alive recipient, Tas Cru, will help songwriters craft lyrics that make their songs engaging and memorable in this interactive workshop. Participants will leave with a solid working draft of their own blues song.
What to Bring: Song ideas and drafts of working lyrics. Participants that also play guitar or use a guitar as a songwriting tool are welcome to bring their guitar, but not required

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

What a difference a week can make ...

Here's what I saw this morning, walking past the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building on the way to my office. It's the same spot I photographed and shared with you seven days ago. What a difference seven days can make ... I think that rain we had last week really helped things along ...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Ted Drozdowski to perform - AND TEACH - slide guitar at Tall City Blues Fest

Ted Drozdowski of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Drozdowski in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf drozdowskiXSLIDE GUITAR BASICS
By Ted Drozdowski
Made possible by Peyton's Bikes
11:15 AM -12:15 PM, Ages: 14+
Min: 2 Max: 20
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Ever wonder how Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Son House and other greats make their guitars whinny like horses on the Brazos or cry like a lost calf in the back 40? Learn how to play slide guitar in a few easy steps. This workshop will cover slide selection and materials, the two traditional styles of open tuning and essential tips for using a slide along with basic finger picking. Designed for beginning slide players and fans who want to know more about the magical sound of slide. A handout on basic open tunings will be provided.
What to Bring: An electric or acoustic guitar and a slide

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops
CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)


Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Free "HAZWOPER" Class at MC Risk Management Institute

"HAZWOPER 40-Hour" is one of the workplace safety topics that will be covered this summer in FREE courses offered by MC's Risk Management Institute.

HAZWOPER 40-Hour
I069134Q
July 28 - August 1
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
more information, and register online

This course provides a basis for understanding the nature of occupational hazard recognition, accident prevention, loss reduction, inspection techniques and accident investigation analysis.



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.

Take a closer look at Your College, tomorrow night

Midland College offers open house for Biology and Health Sciences

Tuesday, July 22
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Midland College Campus
Davidson Lecture Hall, Davidson Family Health Sciences Building
(enter near the ambulance)

Midland College (MC) is hosting a special night to showcase biology and health sciences programs. Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 22, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. the public is invited to visit MC and learn more about the exciting careers available in both biological sciences and health sciences. The evening will begin with a brief presentation in the Davidson Family Health Sciences Building Lecture Hall (building closest to the tennis courts), and then participants will have an opportunity to meet the instructors, tour the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center and visit the state-of-the-art MC anatomy and physiology lab and microbiology lab.

MC Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade explained, “We are doing so many exciting things in our sciences programs. For example, we are one of only a handful of community colleges in the nation who allow students to participate in faculty-led research projects. We also have articulation agreements with major Texas universities, and through the generosity of the Midland community, there are wonderful Midland College scholarships available for students pursuing careers in biology and health-related fields.”

Those attending the event will get to see demonstrations in MC’s high-tech medical simulation center. The center has the look and feel of a hospital and allows students who are enrolled in nursing, respiratory care, sonography and emergency medicine programs to perform real-life clinical situations on highly sophisticated manikins that breathe, talk and even give birth!

High school students, incoming Midland College students and family members are welcome.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Margaret Wade, Dean of Mathematics and Science
(432) 685-4615
mwade@midland.edu

Carmen Edwards, Associate Degree Nursing Director
(432) 686-4822
cedwards@midland.edu

Notice on MC food services for July 21

From Jennie Fuls
Food Services Director

The Snack Bar in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center will be opened today, Monday, July 21st!.

Thanks, Jennie

SUMMER HOURS at the Snack Bar:

Monday - Thursday
7:30 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
 
For additional information contact:

Great Western Dining
(432) 685-4263

gwestern@midland.edu

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Castro Coleman to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Castro Coleman (aka: Mr. Sipp) of Mississippi is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Mr. Sipp in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf colemanXFINDING JOY IN THE BLUES
Made possible by D.L. Taylor's Consulting
By Castro Coleman, aka: Mr. Sipp
11:30 AM -12:30 PM, Ages: 6-12
Min: 2 Max: 24
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants in this workshop will learn the fun, happy side of the blues, how it has come full circle, including how it started and where it is today. Taught by the 2014 International Blues Challenge Winner, Castro Coleman, he will also show participants how the music of today has evolved from the blues. This workshop will include both a presentation, as well as an interactive follow-along jam.
What to Bring: A curiosity about the blues

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Annika Chambers to perform - AND TEACH - at Tall City Blues Fest

Annika Chambers of Houston is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Chambers in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf chambersXUNLEASHING THE POWER OF STAGE PRESENCE
By Annika Chambers
Made possible by Printer Solutions
12:45-1:45 PM, Ages: 10+
Min: 4 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

This workshop is not theory, chock-full with silly tips and tricks, but rather an interactive workshop where you will learn simple changes that can bolster your confidence while performing and help you better understand how to engage your audiences. Designed for those that are already performing and would like to hone their stage presence skills or for those contemplating performing and need some basic pointers.
What to Bring: Enthusiasm and an open mind

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Thursday, July 17, 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

(HC11134Q)
Saturday, August 2nd
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.

Ted Drozdowski to perform - AND TEACH - the diddly bow at Tall City Blues Fest

Ted Drozdowski of Tennessee is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Drozdowski in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf drozdowskiXMAKE & PLAY: DIDDLEY BOW BUILDING
By Ted Drozdowski
Made possible by Midland Root Beer
10-11 AM, Ages: 8+
Min: 1 Max: 6
Doubletree Parlor 1117
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

Participants will assemble a primitive one-string diddley bow made from a can, a piece of wood, nails and a wire. Muddy Waters, Jessie Mae Hemphill and countless other blues greats learned to play on an instrument like this. After constructing the instrument, which participants will keep, they will get a lesson in playing one-string Mississippi twang with slides provided by Rocky Mountain Slides. Strings are furnished courtesy of GHS Strings.
What to Bring: An interest in roots instruments

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

YOU can be an important part of the 2014 MC Volleyball season

From Forrest Allen
MC Athletic Director

The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball season is approaching and as usual I am always looking for individuals who can help with our home events. The first event of the year is the Midland College Kickoff Classic [August 22-23] and we'd like to start getting people in place to help out. Anyone who has knowledge of volleyball is highly valued as we are looking for people who can work as linesmen, scorers, libero trackers and statisticians for this season.

These are paid positions which are primarily on weekends (two tournaments) and a few week nights.

Forrest Allen, MC Athletic Director
(432) 685-6436
fallen@midland.edu

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

REMINDER - Campus CLOSED Friday, July 25, for Emergency Response Drill

The Midland College main campus will be closed from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25.

The Midland College (MC) Police Department, in conjunction with several local law enforcement agencies, will be conducting an emergency response drill on Friday, July 25, beginning at 8:00 a.m. The drill will take place on the MC main campus located at 3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland.

No live ammunition will be used during this event; however, law enforcement officials will be setting a perimeter around the school for the safety of all involved and ask that the public avoid the area during the drill. The City of Midland will notify residents in the area of the school prior to the drill.

“We engaged in a similar drill at Midland High School last summer,” explained MC Police Chief Richard McKee. “This year the participating law enforcement agencies decided to run the exercise on the MC campus, which encompasses more acreage and several buildings. Our goal is to run through simulated emergency response exercises. We will then immediately initiate our emergency alert system and shelter-in-place procedures throughout the campus. The drill will involve containment and apprehension, securing all buildings and tending to the injured as quickly as possible.”

Other local law enforcement agencies participating in the drill include the Midland Police Department, the Midland County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Department of Public Safety, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Midland Independent School District Police Department, University of Texas of the Permian Basin Police Department, the Midland Fire Department and the Midland County Emergency Management & Fire Marshall’s Office.


Adam Gussow to perform - AND TEACH - blues harmonica at Tall City Blues Fest

Adam Gussow of Mississippi is among the artists coming to Midland later this month to perform - AND to teach an MC music workshop - at this year's Tall City Blues Fest. Here's a sample of Gussow in performance ...



Midland College, in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest, presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops scheduled for Saturday, July 26. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2014 Festival, which will be held July 25-27. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

tcbf gussowXBEGINNER BLUES HARMONICA
By Adam Gussow
Made possible by Susan, Bill & Pancho Blair Armstrong
10-11 AM, Ages: 14+
Min: 2 Max: 12
Doubletree Parlor 1109
$15/pre-registration | $20/walk-up registration

If you've always wanted to learn how to play blues harmonica, commonly referred to as a “harp” for its reference to being a mouth harp, this workshop will open the door and walk you through. You'll learn how to hold the harp, how to make single notes and chords, how to play a basic train rhythm and how to bend and warble. Handouts will be provided. Beginner harmonicas in the key of C provided courtesy of Hohner Harmonicas. Participants are also welcome to bring their own harmonicas, as long as they are in the key of C.
What to Bring: An interest in playing harmonica.

Eight different workshops are included in this year’s offerings and are available to everyone - not just to Festival attendees. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth.

CLICK HERE to register online for the workshops (secure site)

CLICK HERE for detailed information about all workshops

Pre-registration fee for each workshop is $15; registration fee at the door is $25. Registration is available through the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Standing tall ...

Sunflowers under "The Learning Tree" ... another spot of summer color on my walk across the MC campus each morning, passing the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building on the way to my office ...


“Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows. It's what the sunflowers do.”

― Helen Keller
 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

So, what was it like ...

... a bid for the national junior college baseball championship? Here is how it looked and sounded to Midland College Chaparral Baseball players and coaches as they arrived in Grand Junction, Colorado, for the the 2014 JUCO World Series.

MC grad among top 0.1 percent of IBM employees

MC Alum Donald “Chuck” Laing with patents and awards received from IBM
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

He has four patents, has co-authored numerous IBM technical field manuals, travels the globe lecturing on success and, twice during the past 9 years, he has been named among IBM’s best employees—an honor given to only 0.1 percent of IBM’s 430,000 employees throughout the world. Donald “Chuck” Laing credits a great deal of his accomplishments to Midland College (MC).

Laing confesses to being a terrible student in high school. He grew up in Kitimat, British Columbia, just south of Juneau, Alaska. Laing describes it as a company town, where everyone, including his father, worked for Alcan, a Canadian mining company.

Laing explained, “I worked at Alcan for two summers. It was dangerous work, but it did give me the desire to do something with my life. So, I started thinking about college, but I didn’t pass the entrance exams. I did, however, attend Utah Technical College and found that I had an aptitude for electronics. To my amazement, I made straight A’s and received a certificate in electronics!”

After technical school, Laing lived in various U.S. cities repairing UNIX computer hardware for an automobile dealer support company. It was during this time that he met his wife Holly in Lubbock at a church event. Chuck and Holly claim that landing in Midland was a wonderful blessing, and although Chuck has had numerous job offers to move, he and Holly have chosen to remain in Midland because of its quality of life and family-friendly atmosphere. Laing took his first class at MC when he was 34, and in 1997, after 2 ½ years, he graduated with high honors and received an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer Science. However, it wasn’t without a major obstacle.

“I discovered that I still lacked one class to graduate, but I was determined to finish that semester,” explained Laing. So, I went to the division dean, who at the time was Nancy Hart. We discussed my options, and I offered a solution. I told her I would conduct a research project in order to fulfill the additional credits that I needed to graduate. I researched computer science curriculum at every college and university in Texas and compared MC’s curriculum to other schools. There were various standards that were being evaluated, and MC ranked #3!”

Ever since then, Laing’s career has been marked with vision and resourcefulness. After graduating from MC, he obtained employment with a company that outsourced to IBM for contracted computer services for Texaco. After 9 months, he was hired by IBM as a UNIX System Administrator. During this time he also taught part-time at MC for 6 ½ years. When IBM closed their Midland office in 2001, Laing was offered a position in another city, but he told them that he preferred to stay in Midland. IBM didn’t get to be the stellar company that they are by overlooking talented, skilled employees, so they agreed to let Laing remain in Midland, but he would have to work out of his home.

“Working from home was an adjustment,” said Laing. “My first office was in my kitchen, and I probably gained 40 pounds! Thankfully, I overcame that adjustment period, and now my office is a decommissioned wet bar right next to the living room. Sometimes, when I’m on a conference call, I have to tell the kids to be quiet, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I love having the opportunity to be at home with my family, and when I’m not traveling, it’s great to have the flexibility to participate in day-to-day family activities.”

Not long after Laing set up his home office, IBM sent him to San Jose, California, to assist as a writer on a technical manual, one of IBM’s Redbooks. This was the first of many such projects in which Laing would serve on teams with global experts from around the world developing instructions for laymen to implement IBM-operated computer systems.

Laing explained, “The first time I was asked to work on a book was right after 9/11, and it was difficult for some people to travel to the United States, so I think that’s why I was chosen. The manual received a 5-star rating, and IBM kept inviting me back to work on additional manuals.”

Since October 2012, Laing has been a senior technical staff member for IBM, and his responsibilities are primarily consulting. During his tenure at IBM, he has developed four patents, including one tool patent and three process patents for developing new methods of streamlining work. Twice he has received the “Best of IBM” award, once in 2005 and again this past May. The award includes an all-expense-paid trip for the employee and spouse. In 2005, Holly and Chuck traveled to San Francisco, and this past May, they were IBM’s guests on the resort island of Mauritius off the southeast coast of Africa.

Laing recalled, “Right before the 2005 award, I accidentally deleted 2 terabytes of data while performing migration from an old, failing computer to a new one. I was working for one of IBM’s major clients, and it was in the evening. I immediately called the client and confessed. Needless to say, I was really surprised when I won the award that year, but IBM upholds the values of integrity and honesty. I actually learned from that mistake and have put that experience to good use when working for other clients.”

Another attribute that IBM holds high is family, and Chuck Laing believes that family always comes first. Laing stated that IBM has asked him to move at least three times and offered him lucrative positions with each move, but he has always turned down the offers.

“My life is in Midland, and it means a lot to Holly and me to be able to raise our children here,” said Laing.

Holly and Chuck have been married for 22 years and have seven children (five girls and two boys) ranging in age from 10 to 31. They also have four grandchildren, and one on the way. Three of the Laing children were special needs adoptions, and thanks to the loving environment provided by Holly and Chuck, all three children are now doing quite well.

Laing proudly points to a luggage tag handmade by his youngest daughter Sydney and said, “This means more to me than any award or patent.” In his spare time, Laing enjoys working on home improvement projects and said that his latest project was remodeling a bathroom, in which he installed tile and a jet tub. Three or four nights a week, Laing leads a volunteer group with his church performing services for the elderly, and he enjoys Boy Scout activities with his 17-year-old son, Cedar. Laing has served as an assistant scout master for several years and has served on many Eagle Scout Review Boards. When giving motivational speeches at IBM conferences, Laing is quick to point out the importance of family. He also credits the secret of his success to education.

“I squeezed every last ounce out of my MC associate degree,” stated Laing. “We are definitely an MC family, and I’m a strong advocate for MC. My son Scott attended MC and is now employed in the oil industry. My daughter Ashley is currently attending MC, and my son-in-law Brian Adams works for MC as an Assistant PC/Network technician. My daughter Emery just finished her first year at Early College High School at Midland College.”

Laing continued, “MC gave me the fundamental knowledge that has driven my career. When someone tells me they’ve run into a brick wall, my response is ‘brick walls are meant to keep away mediocrity.’ College helped me find innovative, creative ways to overcome those walls.”

MC alum part of winning duo at golf tournament

MRT Photo by James Durbin. CLICK HERE for an MRT photo album from the tournament.
• JAMBOREE: Christensen-Shivers clinch crown with final round 61

By Len Hayward
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Nine days ago, Brady Shivers didn’t have a partner for the Jamboree and found one in Will Christensen.Now, the duo are Jamboree champions.

Christensen sank about an 80-foot putt for eagle on the 18th hole to clinch a two-stroke victory in the annual partnership tournament at Green Tree Country Club against defending champions Michael Pruitt and Zach Atkinson.

A pairing that didn’t even exist 10 days ago, now has claimed one of the most coveted trophies in local golf as they shot a final round 10-under 61 to finish at 188 for the three-day tournament.

“To be playing in this tournament, the competitiveness is awesome,” said Shivers, a Seminole native who also played at Midland College and the University of Houston. “There are so many good players in this field, it’s pretty cool to be on top ...”

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