Tuesday, March 31, 2015

No fooling ... online registration for Kids' College at MC begins April 1st

Online registration for the 2015 edition of Kids' College at MC begins tomorrow morning, Wednesday, April 1st. Courses are reserved on a first-registered, first-paid basis and all fees must be paid when registering.

More information about registration and payment, and a link for registration, can be found on the Kids’ College website, at www.midland.edu/kc

If you any questions, please give us a call.

Brenda Cordero, Associate Director
Ashley Garrett, Resource Specialist
(432) 685-4518 / Fax: (432) 685-6412

International Student Club fundraiser offers sweet taste of the world

Please join MC's International Student Club as they hold their 2015 Spring Dessert Fair. You will get to sample some homemade treats from some of our students' native countries.

The fair will be taking place Wednesday, April 8th, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in the Amistad Atrium, on the ground floor of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

Any donation (big or small) is appreciated. All proceeds go towards supporting the club's activities.

For more information, please contact ISC Sponsor/Advisor Amadomo Saye at (432) 685-4708 or asaye@midland.edu 

Last Call! ... Poetry contest entry deadline is this ...

... Friday, April 3, 2015 !

This is the 27th year of the contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards.


Contestants may enter a maximum of five poems written in any form and any length.


Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time in the past year is eligible to compete. Eligible students may submit as many as five entries, but no contestant will be awarded more than one prize. Prior Grand Award winners are not eligible.

Format Requirements

Your entry may be disqualified if you fail to follow format requirements listed below:

Each poem should be submitted on a separate page in a MSWord (.doc/.docx) document using the following guidelines:
     Use 1” margins on all sides.
     Center the title, capitalizing important letters (follow standard MLA guidelines for titles) one inch from the top of the first page. Do NOT include your name or any other identifying information.
     Double-space after the title and between stanzas. Otherwise, single-space throughout.
     Place the title and the page number in a header in the top right corner every page.
     Do not include your name anywhere in the entry.
     Your filename should be the title of the entry.

Submitting the Entry

Entries must be submitted online at https://www.midland.edu/forms/poetry


The deadline for entries is Friday, April 3, 2015.


This year's judge, Shannon Elizabeth Hardwick, received her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. She has been nominated for a Best New Poets and her manuscript was a finalist for the Levis Prize in Poetry. Hardwick’s chapbook, Hummingbird Mind, is available through Mouthfeel Press and another, Francine in the Garden, is forthcoming with Thrush Press. She is an associate poetry editor for The Boiler Journal. Her work has appeared in the following: 3:AM Magazine, Night Train, Versal, Sugar House Review and Four Way Review, among others.


Grand Award: $600 and Award Plaque
Second Place Award: $400 and Award Plaque
Third Place Award: $200 and Award Plaque
Fourth Place Award: $100 and Award Plaque

NOTE: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries are lacking in quality.

Awards Celebration

The Awards Celebration will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday April 16th, in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Winners will not be notified in advance and are expected to attend the awards ceremony. Failure to attend may result in loss of awards.


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


Browse previous Tableau magazines at the Midland College website and peruse previous winners.

Contact the Language Hub, 182 TC, 685-4561, or email began@midland.edu with questions or for examples of the correct manuscript format.

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


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

MC Chaparral Baseball introduces "Reel Recruits" camp

A special notice from the Midland College Baseball program ... 

Are you serious about playing baseball in college? Do you know how to get attention from college coaches? Do you have a professional recruiting video? If not, here is the perfect opportunity to get your skills on tape for college coaches to see! Join us for the first-ever Reel Recruits Camp hosted at Midland College!

CLICK here for more information

Monday, March 30, 2015

SRSU@MC ... April 14

From Jacqueline January,
MC Math & Science Division


Tuesday, April 14 • 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center

Meet & Greet and Question & Answer sessions for interested students. This is an informal event where area students can come and meet our staff and faculty members of the SRSU@MC Distance Education Program, along with Sul Ross State University Admissions and Financial Aid staff.

Degrees offered:
Criminal Justice

Please RSVP that you would like to attend:

Lady Jena Carey
Coordinator of Transfer Services for SRSU@MC
(432) 685-6454

Dr. Margaret Wade
MC Dean of Math & Science
(432) 685-4615

Chap Golf competes at conference tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaps place fourth in Seminole

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

SEMINOLE, TEXAS - The Midland College golf team finished in fourth place at the Western Junior College Athletic Conference Invitational held Thursday at Gaines County Golf Course.

The Chaparrals shot 286-283--569 to finish nine strokes back of first place Odessa College. New Mexico Junior College was second with a 562 total, followed by Western Texas College with a 568 ...

read the rest of this report ...  

The Chaps are back on the road for their next match when they travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the Oral Roberts University Invitational Tournament, April 12-14.

MC, MCT join forces to bring acclaimed musical to the stage

Join Midland Community Theatre and Midland College as they present the musical classic, West Side Story. There are Midland College faculty and students involved in the cast, the choir and the band, along with other members of the community

This modern musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet set in an ethnically diverse neighborhood on the upper west side of NYC follows two rival gangs, The Jets and The Sharks. When Tony, a member of the Jets, falls for Maria, the sister of the Sharks’ leader, they must keep the love secret or face retribution.

PLEASE NOTE: This Yucca Theater Special is not an official part of MCT's 2015 Season. However, members do get discounted tickets and are not subject to ticketing fees.

CLICK HERE for more about the show, and to order tickets

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A wonderful evening at Your College ...

Chap Baseball wins on the road at Western Texas

JC BASEBALL: Chaps sweep Western Texas College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team swept a doubleheader at Western Texas College on Saturday, winning 9-7 in eight innings and then posting a 5-0 shutout ...

read the rest of this MRT report ... 

The Chaps are back on the road Wednesday, April 1, when they travel to Hobbs, New Mexico for a game with New Mexico Junior College, beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Lady Chap Softball drops doubleheader to Howard on the road

JC SOFTBALL: Howard takes series from No. 3 Lady Chaps

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

BIG SPRING, TEXAS - The Howard College softball team bested No. 3 Midland College in the team’s four-game series after sweeping Saturday’s doubleheader.

The Lady Hawks outslugged the Lady Chaps, 10-7, in game one and followed with an 8-0 win in six innings during the second contest ...

read the rest of this report ...

The Lady Chaps are back home Friday, April 1, as they host Luna College at 1:00 p.m. at the Lady Chaparral Softball Field, on the east side of the Midland College main campus in Midland, Texas.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Huh? What's that big bright thing up in the sky?

Chap Baseball splits doubleheader with Western Texas

MRT Photo by Tim Snyder
JC BASEBALL: Defensive errors plague Chaparrals

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College baseball coach David Coleman said his team has been defying the rules of baseball with the multitude of errors committed in the past few games.

Things didn’t get any cleaner in the fielding department during Friday’s doubleheader against Western Texas College at Christensen Stadium.

The Chaparrals had three errors in the first game, but the Westerners were sloppy themselves as MC pulled away for an 8-5 victory. Then, despite seven errors by the Westerners in the second game, the Chaps had five of their own, while also giving up three critical home runs in a 13-10 loss ...

read the rest of this MRT report ... 

The Chaps are on the road today, Saturday, as they travel to Snyder for another doubleheader with Western Texas College, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Lady Chap Softball splits doubleheader with Howard

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
JC SOFTBALL: Zuniga helps Lady Chaps split with Howard College

By Chris Hadorn, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - She is referrred to as Melissa Zuniga on the Midland College softball roster.

However, her teammates know Zuniga as “Chicken”.

Zuniga, a.k.a “Chicken”, went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles, propelling the Lady Chaparrals to an 11-3 thumping of Howard College in the second game of a doubleheader held at Midland College on Friday ...

read the rest of this report ...

The Lady Chaps are on the road today, March 28, as they again face Howard College at 1:00 p.m. in Big Spring, Texas.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Get your motor running ... head on to Your College ...

The Spring 2015 edition of the MC Student Government Association's Car Show takes place Friday, April 17, from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the parking lot of the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Admission to see the show is free and open to the public.

There is a $25 fee for each car entered in the show, and a $10 fee for each mortorcycle entered. Proceeds benefit the SGA and it's upcoming trip to a statewaide gathering of student government associations in Dallas, Texas.

For more information, and to register entry, you can call MC's Community Relations office at (432) 685-4556, or email the MC-SGA at sga@midland.edu

The Midland College's Student Government Association provides numerous leadership opportunities. The association organizes and assists with extracurricular activities including homecoming, speakers, mixers, fund raising, and community service. MCSGA is a member of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association.

Newspaper previews Chapararral Baseball games today, tomorrow

JC BASEBALL: Preview capsule for Midland College vs. Western Texas College series

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team is looking to elevate its play this weekend, especially defensively ... The Chaparrals are coming off a sloppy outing with eight errors in a 19-18 non-conference loss to Odessa College on Wednesday. That followed a five-error performance against Luna Community College in a doubleheader on Sunday. “We’ve played well on the weekends, but last weekend we were really bad defensively,” MC coach David Coleman said. “So my concern is our ability to defend. The pitching seems to be making a turn and getting better. We’ve got to be able to catch it when it’s thrown to us” ...

read the rest of this MRT preview 

The Chaps are at home for their next competition when they host Western Texas College in a conference doubleheader beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Christensen Stadium. On Saturday, they travel to Snyder for another doubleheader with Western Texas College, beginning at 12:00 noon.

Newspaper profiles Lady Chap softball player, previews 2-day, 4-game series with Howard

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC SOFTBALL: Viliamu a rock for No. 3 Lady Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - There has been a tried and true approach that the Midland College softball team has taken this season that has translated to much of its success.

MC coach Tommy Ramos said the goal in each game for his No. 3-ranked Lady Chaparrals this season has been to focus on being consistent, at the plate and on the field, and never get too high or too low.

If there is one player that embodies what the Lady Chaps have done this season is sophomore infielder Tammy Viliamu, who has been a solid contributor at the plate and in the field ...

read the rest of this profile and preview ...

The Lady Chaps are back on the field this Friday, March 27, when they host Howard College at 1:00 p.m. at the Lady Chaparral Softball Field, on the east side of the Midland College main campus in Midland, Texas. The next day, March 28, they are on the road, again facing Howard College at 1:00 p.m. in Big Spring, Texas.

Mmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

From Adelle Dowling
MC Social Behavioral Sciences & Business Studies

Student Nurses are having a Bake Sale NOW in the Amistad Atrium of the Marie Hall Academic Building!

Delicious !!!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lady Chap Softball moves up in national poll

The Midland College Lady Chaparral softball team has improved its standing in the NJCAA's national Women's Softball/Division 1 poll.

The Lady Chaps were unranked until they made their first appearance of the year last week, occupying the #4 position in the March 18 poll. They improved upon that in the March 25 edition of the poll, now occupying the #3 position.

The Lady Chaps are currently 32-1. They are back on the field this Friday, March 27, when they host Howard College at 1:00 p.m. at the Lady Chaparral Softball Field, on the east side of the Midland College main campus in Midland, Texas. The next day, March 28, they are on the road, again facing Howard College at 1:00 p.m. in Big Spring, Texas.

Chap Baseball falls to Odessa in extra innings

JC BASEBALL: Chaps lose wild, sloppy game to Wranglers

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team committed eight errors, and Odessa College scored a run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Wranglers defeated the Chaparrals 19-18 in a non-conference game at American Legion Field on Wednesday ...

read the rest of this MRT report 

The Chaps are at home for their next competition when they host Western Texas College in a conference game beginning at 3:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, at Christensen Stadium.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Warm reception for Blake Mycoskie

CLICK HERE for a photo album
Texas native Blake Mycoskie, Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement, was on the Midland College campus Tuesday for the latest installment of MC's Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series.

Mycoskie, whose One for One business model has provided more than 35 million shoes to children worldwide since the company’s founding in 2006, was the guest of honor at reception on MC's Beal Plaza. Attendees included members of MC's Students In Philanthropy (SIP) club, as well as students from SIP chapters in Midland and Odessa high schools.

Food for the reception was provided by Cane d'Oro Pizza and Hercules Barbecue, with beverages and desserts provided by MC's own Great Western Dining.

Later that evening, Mycoskie's lecture at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center included the presentation of hundreds of shoes for the One For One program, made possible through fundraising by the SIP chapters ... and a gift bag for Mycoskie's newborn son, Summit.

Register now for iPad training at Midland College Workforce CE in April

The iPad offers a convenient way to work efficiently while "on the go". Health care professionals, insurance agents, real estate agents, mobile IT pros, remote and mobile workers, teachers, and students are just a few of the populations who are using the iPad to organize their business, scheduling, and online resources. Join us for this brand new class and discover how to make your iPad work for YOU!

iPad Introduction
Wednesday-Friday April 8-10
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
MC Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
Note: Please bring your iPad to class!

Continuing your education at Your College ...

Continuing Education is for non-traditional students who wish to further their education for personal or professional reasons. Whether you're looking to move up on the job ladder, delve into a new career path, or simply explore new ideas, each course will provide unique learning opportunities to help you achieve your goals.
With convenient class times, one-day live seminars, and a wide variety of online courses, students can tailor their educational experiences to accommodate their schedules.

Many courses offer the continued training and education you need to receive Continuing Education Units for your professional field

Workforce CE classes are always popping up so be sure to check out ce.midland.edu/wf/ for more details and information on Workforce CE classes.

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the families of Midland College students Cristina Mendoza and Juan Cortez. Cristina and Juan were killed in a recent automobile accident. The Midland College flag will fly at half-staff through Friday.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MC to host West Texas Symposium of History

Midland College will host the third annual West Texas Symposium of History on Saturday, March 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

Presentations will include the following:

William Morris – "Jacksonian Politics"
Frank DeLaO - "Merging of Fears: Communism, Immigration and Xenophobia"
Chris Buck - "The History of Fracking"

The planned schedule is:

8:00 a.m. to Noon - Registration
9:00 a.m. - Introduction and opening remarks
9:15 a.m. to Noon - Papers and questions from audience

The symposium and accompanying West Texas Journal of History are made possible by a generous gift from Paula and Jim Henry.

MC Henry Chair of History Dr. William Morris said, “The annual symposium offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase the research of community college faculty. Symposium participants will be able to ask questions and participate in discussion following each presentation.”

Pre-registration is not required. The symposium will take place on the main MC campus in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building. Participants may register at the door beginning at 8:00 a.m. The $5 registration fee includes a copy of the West Texas Journal of History, which will be mailed to participants in late spring/early summer.

For more information, please contact:

William G. Morris, Henry Professor of History
Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705
(432) 685-6810 • wmorris@midland.edu

Chaps' Stewart is the WJCAC Baseball Player of the Week

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
The Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) has announced the Baseball and Softball Players of the Week for the week of March 15-21.

"Midland College sophomore Brent Stewart is the WJCAC Baseball Player of the Week. The outfielder had a great week at the plate, capping his performance with a 3 for 4 game against Luna in which he hit three home runs and drove in four. During the week, he went 8 for 14 at the plate with 2 doubles, 3 home runs, 7 RBIs, 3 walks and 7 runs scored."

Upcoming Chap, Lady Chap Sports

Midland College Lady Chap Softball
Friday, March 27, 2015
Lady Chap Field
@ 1:00 p.m. Howard College Lady Hawks vs. Midland College Lady Chaps
@ 3:00 p.m. Howard College Lady Hawks vs. Midland College Lady Chaps

Midland College Chaparral Baseball
Friday, March 27, 2015
Christensen Stadium
@ 3:00 p.m. Western Texas College Westerners vs. Midland College Chaparrals
@ 5:00 p.m. Western Texas College Westerners vs. Midland College Chaparrals

Newspaper offers preview of tonight's presentation by Blake Mycoskie

Courtesy Photo
• TOMS founder credits success to curiosity, powerful story

By Steve Kuhlman, Reporter
Midland Reporter Telegram

Texas native and philanthropic entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie, founder of the highly successful TOMS brand, will be the next speaker featured in the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Midland College.

Praised by notable persons from former President Bill Clinton to Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Mycoskie’s One for One business model has provided more than 35 million shoes to children worldwide since the company’s founding in 2006, according to the company’s website.

The company has since expanded its business model beyond its now-iconic shoes to include eyewear and safe water and birth attendant training.

We caught up with Mycoskie via email to get his thoughts on philanthropy, socially conscious products and the company’s success ...

read the rest of this MRT report 

Mr. Mycoskie’s lecture will begin TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m.at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The event is FREE, and tickets are NOT required.

MC Financial Aid to host free FAFSA Clinics


As students and families prepare for post-secondary education, the completion of the FAFSA ( Free Application for Federal Student Aid ) is an important step in the process. The FAFSA application is required in the consideration of financial aid at higher education institutions.

Parents should plan to have a completed 2014 tax return and W-2 forms, as well as students’ completed tax return and W-2 form (if applicable).

Parents may sign up to receive a FAFSA Pin number at www.pin.ed.gov

Students and parents may attend these FAFSA Sessions for more information:
(no reservations required)

Tuesday, March 31
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rm. 104, Technology Center Building, Midland College
3600 N. Garfield St.

Saturday, April 18
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Rm. 137, Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
3200 W. Cuthbert Ave.

Tuesday, April 21
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Rm. 104, Technology Center Building, Midland College
3600 N. Garfield St.

The mission of the Financial Aid Office at Midland College is to eliminate the financial barriers to students seeking a degree at Midland College. For more information about financial aid at MC, please contact:

Financial Aid Main Number: (432) 685-5511
Email: finaid@midland.edu

Monday, March 23, 2015

MC to host FREE lecture by Blake Mycoskie

Midland College Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents Blake Mycoskie, Founder of TOMS
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MIDLAND, TEXAS — Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One, which has turned into a global movement. Since it began in 2006, TOMS has given ten million pairs of new shoes to children in need. The company also recently expanded its unique business model to include TOMS Eyewear, helping to save and restore sight to more than 150,000 people in need around the world.

TOMS' humble beginnings happened unintentionally. While traveling in Argentina in 2006, Blake witnessed the hardships faced by children growing up without shoes. His solution to the problem was simple, yet revolutionary: to create a for-profit business that was sustainable and not reliant on donations. Blake's vision soon turned into the simple business idea that provided the powerful foundation for TOMS.

In the fall of 2011, Blake released his first book, Start Something That Matters, offering his own amazing story of inspiration, and the power of incorporating giving in business. He references other companies and individuals who have been motivated and inspired to integrate philanthropy into their profession as well as their personal lives. The book became a New York Times best-seller. More importantly, it is Blake's hope that Start Something That Matters inspires others to turn their passion and dreams into a reality.

Before TOMS, Blake, a native of Texas who always had an entrepreneurial spirit, started five businesses. His first was a successful campus laundry service, which he later sold. Between business ventures, Blake competed in the CBS primetime series, The Amazing Race. With his sister, Paige, Blake traveled the world and came within minutes of winning the $1 million dollar grand prize.

Blake is an avid reader and traveler. He is passionate about inspiring young people to help make tomorrow better, encouraging them to include giving in everything they do. His hope is to see a future full of social-minded businesses and consumers.

Mr. Mycoskie’s lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.) The event is FREE, and tickets are NOT required.

Chap Baseball sweeps weather-hampered home series

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Stewart hits 3 homers as Chaparrals sweep Luna

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Considering that Brent Stewart missed much of the early part of the Midland College baseball season with a hamstring injury, he doesn’t seem to be showing much rust at the plate.

The Midland High grad and sophomore outfielder continued his recent tear at the plate when he connected for three home runs in an 11-9 victory over Luna Community College on Sunday afternoon at Christensen Stadium. Stewart then drove in his fifth run of the day with a sacrifice fly in a 10-6 victory in the second game of a doubleheader ...

read the rest of this MRT report 

The Chaparrals are on the road for their next match when thy face Odessa College at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, in Odessa, Texas.

MC students, employees invited to "show up and have fun" at MC Fitness Center

Hey Everyone

Our Fire Science Academy Program will be putting on BOOTCAMP workouts starting this Tuesday on March 24th from 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. All Bootcamps will be on Tuesdays in Gym 2 at 6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. for all employees and students who would be interested. There is no cost or sign up. Just show up and have fun. Below are the dates for Bootcamp.


March 24th
March 31st
April 7th
April 14th

There will also be several upcoming Intramural Sports Tournaments for you. Please contact Ty Soliz at 432-685-6467 to register. The tournaments will be on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

March 30th - Basketball
April 13th - Dodgeball
April 20th - Indoor Soccer
April 27th - Volleyball

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.


Ginger Gatliff
Fitness Center Director
(432) 685-6469

MC offering FREE Summer Science Academy

Midland College offers
FREE Summer Science Academy
for high school students
June 15-25, 2015

This summer, Midland-area high school students are invited to join the Midland College (MC) Science Department to enjoy hands-on science lab experiments. Students who have completed the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades will be able to participate in biology, chemistry, computer programming and geology experiments that will include the following:


      TOPIC 1: Benthic Science

Session I: Identify benthic (bottom-dwelling) invertebrates and assign pollution tolerance values to the various taxa from samples obtained at two different Pecos River sites.
Session II: Based on the taxonomic evaluation of the benthic community encountered in Session I, conduct an Index of Biotic Integrity (IBI) evaluation to determine the biological community that indicates the best water quality. Actual water quality data will be available to reinforce the IBI determinations.

      TOPIC 2: Outbreak

DNA will be extracted from simulated contaminated food and environmental samples then use Real Time PCR to identify the contaminating bacterium. Students will learn a very simple DNA extraction method and about real time PCR using a JBAIDs (Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System) instrument pack. The JBAIDS used will be the same instrument pack that has been used by the Department of Defense and other first responder groups in the U.S. to identify potential biothreat events.


Water is a critical resource in West Texas. Understanding the types of ions that are dissolved in our local water and what that means to health and well-being is important. Sessions I & II will demonstrate the theory and practice of detecting ions in water.

Session I: Lambert Equation
Session II: Determination of Flouride in H2O
Session III: The Reaction to Make Soap (Theory)
Session IV: The Reaction to Make Soap (Practice)

Computer Programming

Session I: Python programming. In these sessions the computer programming language PYTHON will be taught. Simple programming will be taught with progressively more complex programming as the sessions continue.

Session I: Impact Cratering. This course will look at how impact craters form, their structure and occurrence. The course will include an afternoon field trip to the Odessa Meteorite crater to look at the structure of an actual impact crater as well as looking at actual meteorites.

The Summer Science Academy will be held on June 15-25 (Monday-Thursday) from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge, and a box lunch will be provided each day for all participants.

Those interested should contact:

Dr. Paul Mangum, Midland College
(432) 685-6731

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lady Chap Softball gets right back on the win track

Desiree Hagberg                                                MC Photo
JC SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps crush Frank Phillips, now 32-1

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

BORGER, TEXAS - The Midland College softball team put on an impressive display of consistency on Saturday, as the Lady Chaps picked up a pair of wins against conference foe Frank Phillips College.

With the two wins, the Lady Chaps improved to 32-1 on the season and 7-1 in Western Junior Athletic Conference play ...

read the rest of this report ...

Saturday, March 21, 2015

2-day, 4-game series starts well for Chap Baseball

The Luna College @ Midland College doubleheader scheduled for Saturday at 12:00 noon has been moved to Sunday, March 22, 12:00 noon at Christensen Stadium.

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Hurlers make strides in Chaps’ doubleheader sweep

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College’s pitching has been a work in progress this season, but it might be turning a corner after Friday’s doubleheader against Luna Community College.

The Chaparrals not only got solid starting pitching from Shane Browning and Brett Hinson, but the bullpen did not allow a run and scattered three hits in 5-3 and 8-0 victories on a wet and chilly day at Christensen Stadium ...

read the rest of this MRT report