Tuesday, June 30, 2015

MC Chaparral Basketball announces pair of signees

From Sam Waiewski
Assistant Coach, Midland College Men's Basketball

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Men’s Basketball is pleased to announce two signees to the program.

In this picture is James McPherson (left) and Jalen McGaughy (right). They are both from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and played last year at Southwest Tennessee. James is an explosive point guard, and Jalen is a high scoring post player. We are extremely excited about both players.

MC Music Workshops at Tall City Blues Fest: Noah Wotherspoon

Get your blues on with the help of some of the nation’s top blues artists, at a series of workshops offered by Tall City Blues Fest and MC Community Programs Continuing Education, with a variety of offerings for different interests and skill-levels.

All workshops are available to both Festival attendees as well as those not attending the Festival.They will be held inside designated rooms at the Doubletree hotel on Saturday, July 11. Registration is $20/workshop and is walk-up only. There is no pre-registration this year. 100% of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS’ College at Midland College.

Here is a look at one of the workshops being offered ...

Made possible by
Peyton’s Bikes

Instructor: Noah Wotherspoon (Cincinnati, OH)
Start Time: 10 AM (90 minutes)
Min Enrollment: 1
Max Enrollment: None
Location: Room 1117 (inside the Doubletree)

This workshop is an advanced A-Z workshop that will begin with demonstrating the basic blues feels on guitar including shuffles, slow blues, jump/boogie and various turnarounds, and then covering slide guitar techniques including playing slide in both standard and open tunings. General soloing techniques such as phrasing, using space while soloing, string bending and vibrato will also be covered.

What to Bring: An electric guitar and small amp, along with intermediate experience with electric guitar.

A GREAT mid-day break ...

... at McCormick Gallery
Texas Photographic Society International Competition Exhibition
May 18 - August 13, 2015

Currently on display at Midland College’s McCormick Gallery is the TPS (Texas Photographic Society) 23: International Competition 2014. The exhibit hangs through August 13 and includes entries accepted by TPS for their 23rd annual competition. The competition was juried by Susan Kae Grant, professor and head of Photography & Book Arts at Texas Woman’s University.

Grant explained, “As an artist and educator, I look for images that are evidence of the artist’s vision with the power of connecting real world observations with the imagination. I love it when an image shows me something I have never seen before and empowers me to see in an entirely new and profound way.”

The contest winners were:

     • First Place – Cheryl Medow (Santa Monica, CA) “Roseate Spoonbills”
     • Second Place – Dolores Smart (Santa Fe, NM) “Generations, Turkey”
     • Third Place – Diana Bloomfield (Raleigh, NC) “Girl in Mirror”

Founded in 1984, in Austin, Texas, the Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences. TPS supports its members and the community at large by offering exhibitions, publications, workshops and mentorship programs.

Michael Hubbard, McCormick Gallery director and member of Midland College’s Art faculty, stated, “We are very fortunate to be able to host the TPS exhibit this summer. The photographic pieces are phenomenal, and words cannot do them justice. We invite the community to view this spectacular show.”

McCormick Gallery is located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Admission is free.

Note: Midland College will be closed Friday, July 3, through Monday, July 6, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The gallery will re-open at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7. 

McCormick Gallery
Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield Street
Midland, Texas 79705
(432) 685-4651 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Midland College offers sports camps for children and youth

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

During July, the Midland College (MC) Athletics Department will host various camps for children and youth ages 5-18. The day camps include girls and boys basketball and girls volleyball as follows ...
Boys Basketball Camp
Grades K-8th
July 6-9, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
visit the Chap Boys Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Basketball Beginners FUNdamental
Grades K-4th

July 13-16, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Basketball FUNdamental and Competition Camp
Grades 5th-10th

July 13-16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Basketball Camp webpage

Boys Basketball Offensive Skills Camp
Grades K-8th

July 20-23, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
visit the Chap Boys Basketball Camp webpage

Girls Volleyball FUNdamental Camp
Grades 7th-8th

July 27-29, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon
visit the Lady Chap Girls Volleyball Camp webpage

Girls Volleyball Advanced Competition Camp
Grades 9th-12th

July 27-29, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
visit the Lady Chap Girls Volleyball Camp webpage

Camps will be led by Midland College coaching staff and assisted by MC athletic team members. Campers will receive individualized instruction, and all camps include skills competitions and drills.

Midland College Athletic Director Forrest Allen said, “Our girls and boys basketball camps provide a great opportunity for younger children to learn the basics of the sport. The volleyball and basketball camps for older youth offer an opportunity to learn new techniques and refine existing skills before school starts. Participants will also enjoy getting some exercise and fun in an air conditioned gym out of the summer heat. We look forward to having young people in our facilities. Chaps and Lady Chaps camps are always one of the highlights of our summer season here at MC.”

Campers should pre-register for all camps. Registration fees include a free camp t-shirt. Visit www.gochaps.com for more information.

MC Music Workshops at Tall City Blues Fest: Lisa Mann

Get your blues on with the help of some of the nation’s top blues artists, at a series of workshops offered by Tall City Blues Fest and MC Community Programs Continuing Education, with a variety of offerings for different interests and skill-levels.

All workshops are available to both Festival attendees as well as those not attending the Festival.They will be held inside designated rooms at the Doubletree hotel on Saturday, July 11. Registration is $20/workshop and is walk-up only. There is no pre-registration this year. 100% of the registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS’ College at Midland College.

Here is a look at one of the workshops being offered ...

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(Sponsorship Available)

Instructor: Lisa Mann (Portland, OR)
Start Time: 10 AM (90 minutes)
Min Enrollment: 4
Max Enrollment: 20
Location: Room 1113 (inside the Doubletree)

If you’ve ever wanted to sing the blues or add a blues sound to your singing in other styles, this workshop will give you the tools you need. This workshop will cover many technical and melodic aspects that are rooted in the blues, but not exclusive to it. Topics covered include note-bending, singing minor-over-major, belting, and growling, as well as learning about basic blues song forms such as 12 bar, 8 bar, and 16 bar blues. We’ll listen to examples of these techniques from the very best in blues music and you’ll be singing the blues in no time. Handouts will be provided along with a suggested listening list.

What to Bring: An interest in singing the blues or adding the blues to your repertoire.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Prospective Students: Find YOUR Place at Your College with Chap OnBoard

Prospective students are invited to find their place at Midland College through Chap OnBoard.

Weekly Chap OnBoard sessions - Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. and Thursdays from 9:30-11:00 a.m. - are going on now and will continue through July 30th at the MC Welcome Center in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

If the student is unable to make these times, they can call and make an appointment that works with their schedule.

Session attendees will receive a checklist taking them through the admissions process at Midland College ... and guidance from MC staff to get them through each step of that process, helping them get ready for Fall 2015 at MC.

The last Chap OnBoard session will take place
Thursday, July 30

For more information about Chap OnBoard, please contact:

Amy Huff, MC Welcome Center Coordinator
(432) 686-4816

Midland College students receive honors in math and music

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This past May, two Midland College (MC) students were honored for excellence in their quests to fulfill educational goals.

Ben Ortiz was named the top math graduate at Sul Ross State University (SRSU). Ortiz participated in the MC/SRSU cooperative program, whereby he was able to remain on the MC campus and take SRSU courses via computer and video conferencing. His hands-on labs were led by MC faculty.

Ortiz not only prevailed in math, but also excelled as a participant in MC’s science research program. His MC research, which was mentored by MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum, involved population genetics and virology. Ortiz and Mangum conducted DNA testing of various people to explore similar genetic traits among several ethnicities.

Pictured from left to right are Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, MC department chair of Visual & Performing Arts; Lyssa Bell, Wallace Winberly Music Scholarship participant; and Ruth Griffin, scholarship chair of Midland Music Teachers Association.
Lyssa Bell is another MC student receiving honors. Bell, who is taking piano classes at MC, received the Midland Music Teachers Association (MMTA) Wallace Wimberly Music Scholarship. The scholarship was established in memory of Wallace Wimberly, who served as president of MMTA from 1961-1962. Bell is the first MC student to receive the scholarship. The scholarship was presented on Tuesday, May 19, during a luncheon at the Margaret Cowden Clubhouse at Manor Park.

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly said, “We are extremely proud of Ben and Lyssa. They, like many of our MC students, have worked hard to succeed. I’m sure they will continue to shine in their future educational pursuits and chosen careers.”

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

One week remaining in WRTTC's 2015 Scholars' Dollars campaign

The 2015 Campaign will continue through Wednesday, July 1st, though contributions are welcome throughout the year.

We are now entering the final week for the Scholars’ Dollars Scholarship Board's 2015 fundraising campaign benefiting students attending Midland College's Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) located in Fort Stockton, Texas.

The Midland College WRTTC Scholars’ Dollars Board is comprised of volunteers from the Fort Stockton community. The WRTTC director, chairman and board members raise funds yearly to meet the needs of students wanting to further their education in Fort Stockton and Pecos County. 

visit the Scholars' Dollars web page

It was developed to counter the lack of scholarship funding available to local students there. Scholars’ Dollars also reaches out to students in continuing education areas such as WRTTC's English as a Second Language program, the Certified Nurse Aide program, police academy and technical certificates. Scholars’ Dollars also extends special situation and emergency loans to students that are in need of short term funding due to special circumstance.

For more information, contact:
Matt Tarpley, Director, Midland College WRTTC
mtarpley@midland.edu / (432) 336-7882

About the Williams Regional Technical Training Center

Midland College established the WRTTC in 1996, and two years later, the WRTTC was approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as MC’s first branch campus. In 2011, Pecos County voters approved a branch maintenance tax for the WRTTC in order to provide funding for increased technology and campus infrastructure so that it can remain a state-of-the-art facility providing education and training that enhances quality of life and supports Pecos County’s economic development efforts.

The WRTTC serves its students through university parallel courses, career/technical associate degree and certificate programs, continuing education opportunities and workforce training. In addition, the campus offers a wide variety of programs in collaboration with the Fort Stockton Independent School District. WRTTC courses are supported by advanced instructional technology, interactive television and computerized distance learning technology, which link to the main Midland College campus.

Midland College partners with Tall City Blues Fest for educational workshops

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC), in partnership with Tall City Blues Fest (TCBF), presented by Mazda of Midland/Odessa, announces the line-up of educational workshops on Saturday, July 11. The educational workshops are being held in conjunction with the 2015 Festival scheduled for July 10-12. All workshops will be located inside designated rooms at the Doubletree Hotel, and 100 percent of the workshop registration proceeds are donated to provide scholarships for KIDS' College at MC.

“We are really thrilled to be able to offer these workshops to our community. All of the workshops are taught by performers on our line-up,” said Lisa Grissom, producer of Tall City Blues Fest. “The workshops are once-a-year opportunities for both kids and adults to learn from these performers and pick up something new that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to learn.”

Seven different workshops are included in this year’s lineup. They include such topics as “Sing the Blues,” “Advanced Electric Blues Guitar” and “The Business of Blues,” just to name a few. Most workshops are geared for adults and youth, ages 14+. One workshop, “Kids Dig the Blues: Songs and Fun for Kids,” is specifically targeted to children ages 6-12. Registration is available at the door, and cost for each workshop is $20. Visit www.midland.edu/blues for detailed information about all seven workshops. Questions about the workshops can be directed to the Midland College Community Relations Office, (432) 685-4556 or by emailing Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu .

“Tall City Blues Fest has been donating to our KIDS' College scholarship fund since the Fest began,” said Brenda Cordero, associate director of Community Programs Continuing Education at Midland College. “They help children who otherwise wouldn't be able to attend MC’s summer enrichment program.”


Now in its fifth year, Tall City Blues Fest 2015, presented by Mazda Midland/Odessa, will be held July 10-12, 2015, in Centennial Plaza (downtown Midland, TX). The Fest is a multi-stage Blues music festival hosting award-winning performers across multiple stages. The Festival’s mission is to create irresistible fun in a family-friendly environment that contributes positively to the West Texas quality of life. For more information, visit www.tallcitybluesfest.com

Newspaper looks at MC Chaparral alums in 4-year school baseball programs

Former Chap Fagnan among key contributors at TCU from JUCO ranks

Photo by Richard W. Rodriguez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram
By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The TCU baseball team recently completed its run in the College World Series, and as I mentioned in a column over the weekend former Midland College standout Jeremie Fagnan played a big part in helping the Horned Frogs make it to Omaha for the second straight year ...
read the rest of this MRT report ... 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MC Chap, Lady Chap summer athletic camps through next week, next month

Summertime is here! Looking for something to keep the kiddos active, occupied and having fun?

Girls Volleyball

From the Midland College Volleyball program ... Let the summer fun begin! Campers may register up until the first day of the morning or afternoon camps. What to bring: Athletic clothing, kneepads, water, and a good attitude! Visit our web page (linked below) for more information, and an online registration form.
CLICK here for more information

Boys Basketball

From the Midland College Chaparral Basketball program ... Midland College Boys Basketball Camps are back! The first camp take place July 6th-9th, with and "Offensive Skills" camp set for July 20th-23rd.
CLICK HERE for more information ...

Girls Basketball

It is that time of year again for Lady Chaparral Basketball Camps. We will have 2 camp sessions on July 13th-16th. Session 1 will be our Beginners FUNdamental Camp for grades K-4th and Session 2 will be our FUNdamental & Competition Camp for grades 5th-10th. Please see this camp brochure for more information. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thank you and hope to see your kiddos there. GO CHAPS!!!

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of MC retiree, Dr. Richard (Dick) Ballard Lodewick. Dr. Lodewick passed away on April 14, 2015. He was Chairman of Math and Science Division from 1990 until his retirement in August 1998.

CLICK HERE for his full obituary ...

If you wish to contribute toward a brick in memory of Dr. Richard Ballard Lodewick, you may send your contribution to the MC Office of Institutional Advancement, Room 141, Pevehouse Administration Building, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705; or go online at midlandcollegefoundation.org/gift.

Kids helping kids through Kids’ College ...

Session II of Kids' College @ MC is now underway, and the Kids Helping Kids Book Drive is continuing!

From Ashley Garrett
Resource Specialist, Community Programs Continuing Education

Please bring a new or gently used book to help stock the new elementary schools in Midland. We will be accepting books during Session II of Kids’ College, June 22 – July 2. Drop off locations: Kids’ College carpool area (outside the Allison Fine Arts Building), and Room 214 of the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center.

For more information, contact:

Ashley Garrett
(432) 685-4744

Monday, June 22, 2015

Dog Days of Summer @ MC is THIS Saturday

One of the winners from 2014 "Dog Days"
From J. Don Wallace
Director of Alumni Relations

The Midland College Alumni Association is hosting the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ - a dog-walking tour of the MC campus on Saturday, June 27.

TIME:9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
PLACE: Beal Plaza (located near the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center)
COST: $5 fee for each canine

There will be contests for: Best costume, Prettiest, Friendliest, Dog/Owner look alike, and many more!

Also, there will be drawings for different PRIZES!

Upward Bound Fundraiser Discount Cards at Bookstore NOW!

From Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College

If you didn't get your MC Upward Bound Fundraiser Discount Card, you can still get one! The cards will be available again at the Midland College Bookstore for a donation of $10. With these savings, you'll get a return on your investment in no time, Plus, it's for a priceless cause! All proceeds will support activities of the Upward Bound Student Scholars.

This year's 18 participating vendors include following:
Dickey's Barbecue      IHOP
CiCi’s Pizza                 Wing Stop
Double Dave’s             Cinergy
Baskin Robbins           Sedona Grill
Arby’s                          Your Way Yogurt
Pizzeria Venti              Midas
Palio’s Pizza                Jack in the Box
TCBY                          Pizza Hut
Jersey Mike’s Subs     Smoothie King

Make checks payable to "Midland College Upward Bound Parent Coalition." For more details contact the Upward Bound office in Portable Building #6, on the MC main campus, open Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Or call us at 686-4215.

Thanks for your support!!!

Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director, Midland College
(432) 686-4221

MC student ponders career in real estate while enjoying life “playing in the plants”

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“I love playing in the plants,” said Leticia (Lety) Martinez who thoroughly enjoys her job in the garden center at the Midland Lowe’s Home Improvement store. However this past January the paralegal and mother of three decided to enroll in Midland College’s four-month Real Estate program. Today, Martinez is studying for the Texas Real Estate Commission exam to become a licensed realtor.

Martinez was one of 14 students who took real estate classes in January through April at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center. The program runs for four months and consists of five courses totaling 180 clock hours. Courses are taught in the evenings by three experienced realtors who bring with them a diverse perspective to the program, including home real estate, commercial real estate and ranching/farming real estate.

“The class discussions were my favorite part of the program,” stated Martinez. “It was so interesting to hear about what the instructors had encountered during their careers. All of the students had full-time jobs and were either interested in making a career change or just wanted to learn more about the real estate business. The instructors encouraged us to ask questions and think through solutions. When I was researching real estate training programs, I found several that were offered online; however, I’m so glad I decided to go with the traditional classroom approach because of the interaction with the teachers and other students. I’ve lived in this area for over 40 years, and I had no idea how diverse it was until I took this course!”

Martinez grew up in Andrews, TX, and graduated from Andrews High School. She moved to Midland with her husband Tony who is a chemical engineer, and the couple have three children and four grandchildren, all of whom live in the Midland/Odessa area. Their youngest child Julliana is a student at Midland High School.

Martinez has held various volunteer positions in numerous organizations, including PTA president. She said that she always enjoyed gardening, and so as her children got older, she decided to take her love of plants and go to work for Lowe’s. When she isn’t “playing in the plants,” Martinez teaches volleyball at the YMCA and is a volunteer volleyball referee for the Midland Boys & Girls Club.

Martinez explained, “I’m a paralegal and took the real estate courses because I wanted to know more about real estate law. Eventually, I’d like to use my legal background and real estate skills to volunteer to help people who are purchasing their first home. Of course, I want to keep ‘playing in the plants.’ In fact, I’m thinking about enrolling in some botany courses at Midland College. I’m not sure what my future holds as far as a career, but it’s amazing because I’ve already received job offers from real estate agencies!”

For more information about Midland College’s Real Estate program, visit the Midland College Workforce Continuing Education website, ce.midland.edu/wf or call (432) 697-5863.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Still time to be a part of Kids' College @ MC

Session 1 of Kids' College at MC wrapped-up this afternoon. There's still time
- though not much! -  
to register for Session 2, which kicks-off
Monday, June 22nd.

Online registration for Session 2 has closed, but walk-in registration is still open. You can register at the MC Continuing Education office, located in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, room 214. The Midland College campus is closed on Fridays during the summer, but you can walk-in register Monday, June 22nd, until 5:00 pm.

For more information, please contact:

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

MC and MISD discuss college options for Midland youth

At the June 12 meeting, Midland College presented a “Legacy Scholarship Quiz” to MISD counselors to highlight the opportunities of Midland’s Legacy Scholarship and requirements.
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Friday, June 12, Midland College (MC) and Midland Independent School District (MISD) staff met to discuss post-secondary pathways provided by MC. The meeting, which was held in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the MC campus from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., included presentations about dual credit, documentation needed for college admissions, testing requirements, Midland’s Legacy Scholarship, financial aid and MC’s high school senior On-Track program.

MC Dean of Enrollment Management Liz Zenteno said, “MISD does a wonderful job in helping to promote college for their students. When a student first starts to think about college, his or her first point of contact is often the school counselor. So, we planned the meeting so that Midland College staff could better inform MISD counselors about college opportunities and MC enrollment procedures. In the course of our presentations and discussions at the meeting, MC and MISD staff did some ‘brainstorming’ and ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking on ways to further encourage college participation among MISD students. After all, MC is Midland’s community college, and we want all MISD students to have some connection with Midland College, whether through high school dual credit courses, career and technology training at the MC Advanced Technology Center or enrollment at MC after high school graduation.”

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly explained that Midland College will continue to host similar meetings with MISD staff. He also said that plans are underway to meet with staff of other school districts and Midland private and charter schools.

Chap Baseball alum gets the call

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• PRO BASEBALL: MHS grad, former Chap Beck signs with Rays

By Will Korn, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

Blair Beck was starting to worry as the third and final day of the 2015 Major League Baseball Draft was winding down. The possibility that baseball just wouldn’t be in his future became more likely with every name called that wasn’t his own.

“I knew I wasn’t going to go early,” Beck said. “Once it got the to the 35th (round), I said, ‘I’m going to have to go finish my degree and face the real world.’”

While he waited to see what his future might hold, Beck decided to go hit at the Midland College Baseball batting cages. And on the way, he got the most important phone call of his life ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

This summer: MC Cogdell Learning Center offers FREE assistance and classes

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College Cogdell Learning Center located at 201 W. Florida Street in Midland provides outreach activities for Midland residents throughout the year. This summer, the Center is open Monday through Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and is providing the following complimentary services:

     • The Cogdell Learning Center offers student advising including assistance with submitting the Midland College application, registering for classes and completing financial aid and scholarship documents. Call Anita Martinez at (432) 684-4100 or (432) 684-5021.

     • A self-paced computer lab is open to the community, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. The lab offers Internet access, Microsoft Office software and computerized keyboarding tutorials.

     • The Center hosts ESL (English as a Second Language) classes offered through Midland Need to Read. Classes run through July 2. Call 432/684-4100 for class times.

     • Throughout the summer, Midland College will hold FREE TSI (Texas Success Initiative, college placement exam) prep classes at the Cogdell Learning Center. Before enrolling into college-level courses leading to an associate degree, Texas law requires that students take a placement test. Midland College’s TSI prep course is specifically designed to help prepare students for the test. Students receive direct instruction as well as the opportunity to access self-paced online programs through the Aztec Learning System. Classes run for two weeks, Monday through Thursday. Students must pre-enroll. Two more sessions will be held this summer—July 13-23 and August 3-13. Call (432) 685-6819 or (432) 685-6817 for more information and/or to pre-enroll.

     • The Cogdell Learning Center also houses the Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC), which provides free counseling, technical assistance and training to small businesses, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. In addition, the BEDC provides business, credit, and certified housing counseling at no cost to Midland residents. Call (432) 684-4309 to schedule confidential one-on-one counseling. The BEDC is a HUD-Approved Housing Counseling Agency.

Monday, June 15, 2015

MC alum receives Canadian gold medal for academic excellence

Courtesy Photo
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Forty-six-year-old Ivan Grimmett worked in the construction industry as a brick layer for 20 years. In 2008, he decided that he wanted a career change, and what a career change he has made! Grimmett excelled in science courses at Midland College (MC) and recently graduated from Mount Allison University in Sackville, News Brunswick, Canada, with a Master’s degree in Microbiology. In addition, last month he received the prestigious Canadian Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal — an award recognizing academic excellence across Canada. These medals are the most prestigious award that students in Canadian schools can receive.

Between 2008 and 2011, Grimmett majored in biology at Midland College and Sul Ross State University (SRSU). As a participant in the MC-SRSU Cooperative Initiative, Grimmett was able to complete coursework toward his SRSU baccalaureate degree without leaving the Midland College campus. He found that he enjoyed the MC science classes and research program. He worked as a student instructor in labs and made many small improvements to streamline lab protocols and methods. As part of an international research project, Ivan — supervised by MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum — performed research to isolate DNA in aquatic hyphomycetes (freshwater fungi) from Portugal and France. Grimmett and Mangum amplified and sequenced this DNA in order to develop a phylogenetic tree to show the relationship among species of aquatic hyphomycetes.

Because of Grimmett’s research work at Midland College, he was accepted into Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada, where he received a scholarship to work on a master’s degree and continue his research under Dr. Felix Baerlocher. When he first arrived at Mount Allison in summer of 2011, Grimmett was assigned to supervise a lab, mainly due to the body of research he had conducted at MC. Grimmett and Baerlocher’s research at Mount Allison University led the team to publish two papers co-authored by Grimmett.

Grimmett stated, “The experience I gained doing research at Midland College and the techniques I learned from Dr. Mangum provided me the opportunities to succeed at Mount Allison.”

Grimmett continues to apply his love of science at his current position as coordinator of science instruction for a non-profit school in Rome, Maine, which is approximately 40 miles northwest of Augusta. He also is maintaining his hyphomycetes research using many of the freshwater streams near Rome to obtain his specimens. Grimmett explained that he conducts science experiments with his students using a stream on the property of the school where he works.

“Hyphomycetes are important to the ecosystem because they break down leaves that provide a carbon source for aquatic invertebrates. The invertebrates, in turn, are a food source for fish. Introducing hyphomycetes in streams with a heavy metal content can help improve the health of the stream.” said Grimmett.

Having grown up in Connecticut, Grimmett said he enjoys the climate of the Northeast. He and his wife Trudie recently purchased a home, and in their spare time, the couple enjoys outdoor activities and working on their new house.

“I’ve come a long way from being a brick layer,” stated Grimmett. “Just think . . . this all started at Midland College!”

Newspaper looks at MC Chaparral alums in pro baseball draft

LEROY: Draft provides eventful week for local ballplayers

By Oscar LeRoy
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - After taking some much-needed vacation time, I got back into the swing of things with some baseball, courtesy of the Major League Baseball draft ...

... We also got to see a few former Midland College Chaparrals get drafted ...

read the rest of this MRT report ... 

News report includes encouragement for CPR training at MC

• Odessa Neighbor Helps to Save Toddler's Life

By Deann Lopez

ODESSA, TEXAS - CBS 7 News is happy to report that 15-month-old Ethan Berry returned home safe and sound Friday afternoon after a near drowning in Odessa ...

... At around 10 a.m. Thursday, Odessa Police were called out to the 2800 block of Wildwood for a possible drowning. But before paramedics arrived on scene, one neighbor took matters into her own hands, and is now being called a hero for helping save young Ethan Berry's life ...

... What makes this story even more incredible is that the neighbor, Suzanne Edwards, a former school nurse, was just recertified in CPR this past Tuesday.

read/watch the rest of this KOSA report

Lopez' report concludes with an encouragement for others in Odessa and Midland to consider CPR training, and notes that courses are available at Midland College. Here's some more info on CPR training opportunities at MC ...

CPR - American Heart Association Basic Life Support

from MC Health Sciences CE

American Heart Association affiliated Health Care Provider Course: adult, infant, and child/one rescuer; adult, infant, and child/foreign body airway obstruction; adult/two rescuer; mouth to mask ventilation. A completion card is issued to each student who obtains a minimum score of 80% on the written evaluation and successfully return-demonstrates the steps outlined on the skill performance sheets delineated in the instructor’s Manual for Basic Life Support. No prerequisites. Instructor is AHA qualified. Class meets at the Midland College ATC Building at 3200 W. Cuthbert Street.

Course # HC09144Q
Saturday, July 11, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Midland College ATC

Course # HC11144Q
Saturday, July 18, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Midland College ATC

Friday, June 12, 2015

Reminder ... Kids' College Session 1 continues next week

Session 1 of Kids' College at MC continues June 15–18, 12:40 – 5:00 p.m.

AND there's still time to register for Session 2!

Some children begin their day at Midland Community Theater and are bussed over to the Jack Brown Dining Hall. Afternoon classes are from 12:40 - 5:00 pm. There will be approximately 600+ children on campus. Kids' College staff consists of 45 instructors, 42 runners and two coordinators.

The Kids' College office is located at the Portable Building 7A and the phone number is 686-4242. The CE office is located in the Scharbauer Student Center, room 214 and the phone number is 685-4518.

Midland College Campus Map & Legend (Adobe .pdf file)

Carpool will once again be located in the parking lot of the Allison Fine Arts and will be blocked off in certain locations. There will be parking and traffic situations and your patience is appreciated.

Kids’ College runs smoothly every year with the assistance of everyone, through your patience and understanding, and we Thank You!!!

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

MCPD: Add ICE (In Case of Emergency) to your cell phones

How to Add ICE to Your Cell Phone

From the Midland College Police Department ... Adding an ICE ("In Case of Emergency") contact to your phone can help emergency personnel can locate a friend or family member who can speak on your behalf if you become unconscious or incapacitated. This simple idea was developed by a British paramedic, Bob Brotchie, who recognized the need for speed when emergency personnel need to get information about a patient or contact next of kin. For people with preexisting medical conditions and allergies, in particular, keeping your emergency contact information close at hand could help save your life!

Part 1: Adding ICE to Your Cell Phone
Think about who your emergency contact should be. You should choose emergency contacts who know about any allergies or medical conditions that you may have, and who know how to contact your family. You should also notify anyone that you designate as an emergency contact that you have done so, and make sure they are clear on what information they might need to share to help you in an emergency.

Add an ICE contact to your address book. Open the address book or contacts section on your cell phone and create a new entry with the name ICE. Then add the contact information for your chosen emergency contact. It is also a good idea to enter additional information about the contact, including his or her name and relationship to you under "Notes" or in another unused field.

      Some people add a dash or a space after the word "ICE" followed by the person's first name, so that emergency personnel know who they are calling. For instance, you might call the entry "ICE – Sarah" or "ICE – Mr. Smith."

Add additional ICE contacts to your address book. Having more than one emergency contact is a good idea, in case the first person called is not immediately available. You can prioritize these contacts by naming the entries "ICE 1," ICE 2" and so forth.

Add an ICE app to a password protected phone. If your phone is password protected and you are incapacitated, an ICE contact won't do any good. Fortunately there are now apps available for Android, Windows, and iPhones that can add emergency contact information to your lock screen.

      Search for "ICE" or "ICE lock screen" in your appropriate app store to find one that works on your phone.
      Install the app and input the relevant information. An emergency responder can then pick up your phone and access your emergency contact information, even if you are unable to supply the password.

Add an ICE sticker to the back of your phone. ICE stickers with blanks for contact names and numbers are a great way to clearly label your phone, bike helmet, or laptop with important emergency contact information. These stickers can be found at many pharmacies and doctor's offices, or purchased online.

      Be sure to complete the contact information clearly, preferably using waterproof ink.
      Don't forget to replace and update the sticker as needed to keep the information current.

2. Create your own ICE label for the back of your phone. You can create an ICE label using computer label paper or decal paper available at any office supply store, or even using waterproof tape and a permanent marker. Creating your own label will allow you to add as much information as you would like about allergies and medications.

      Remember to replace your label if the text becomes worn off or illegible.

Part 2: Getting an ICE Card for Your Wallet or Purse

Obtain a blank ICE card. These are often available for free at doctor's offices, hospitals and pharmacies, but you can also download a free emergency contact or ICE card blank. These are available on many different websites, including the American Red Cross[5]. There are even ICE cards that can be completed using online forms so you don't have to worry about less-than-perfect handwriting.[6] Include important health information on your ICE card. If you have allergies, prescriptions, or medical conditions, include that information on the card along with your blood type and emergency contact information.

      Carrying an ICE card is important, even if you wear medic alert jewelry, in case your medic alert is missing or damaged at the time of an emergency.

1. Complete the card, and put a copy in your wallet or purse. You should also consider keeping a copy in the glove compartment of your car, or in your gym bag.

      Runners and others who exercise outdoors can get identity tags to affix to their running shoes. These can be found at most sporting goods stores, or online by searching for "shoe ID" or "shoe tag."
      Shoe tags are also a great option for children who might not carry a bag or phone.
      Remember to replace or update your ICE card if any changes occur.

2. Create ICE cards for all of your family members and encourage them to use them. You can place an ICE card inside your child's backpack or school bag. Be sure to add one to Grandma's purse or Grandpa's wallet, as well.

      Many parents also add emergency contact stickers to children's car seats. You can create your own custom labels, or order them online through agencies such as the W.H.A.L.E program.