Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Parking/traffic advisory for tomorrow (Thursday) at Midland College

Even with regular, day-to-day activities, the roads and parking lots around the Midland College campus will be busy ... with classes, visits by university rep's for transfer Q&A, Early College High School and more. Add a couple of special events such as the Midland ISD College Forum and the free "Jazz Under the Stars Concert", and things will be especially busy.

"Thursday at 1:00 p.m. the visitor and employee parking lot by the Scharbauer Student Center will become exit-only," Lt. Steven Bracken of the Midland College Police Department reports. "If you are already parked there, you DO NOT need to move your vehicle; however, no one will be allowed to pull back in. This is in preparation for the concert tomorrow. Thank you for your understanding."

The MC Police Department also advises, "due to parking concerns for the events on Thursday, the parking lot between Welding (the Technical Center) and the Helen L. Greathouse Childcare Center will be closed all day Thursday. It will be closed beginning Wednesday afternoon." They are referring to the small lot behind the HLGCC. The main parking lot in front of the center will still be open.

Visitors to the MC campus tomorrow/Thursday might give themselves a little extra time, just in case traffic/parking takes a little longer that usual. Also, there will be signs to help visitors find parking for tomorrow's special events.

For more information about traffic and parking at Your College, please contact the Midland College Police Department .

Richard McKee, Chief of Police
Midland College Police Department
(432) 685-6833

An accelerated pathway to a medical degree

• Midland College announces innovative partnership with Midland Memorial Hospital and the University of North Texas

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Friday, Midland College (MC), Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) and the University of North Texas (UNT) will officially announce an innovative accelerated education and training partnership entitled Primary Care Pathway that is designed to enable West Texas residents to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree (DO). The basic structure of the program is as follows:

Two years of full-time study at Midland College
One year of full-time study at the University of North Texas in Denton
Four years of study at UNT Health Science Center – Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

In addition to the academic curriculum, students will complete two summer experiences. The first summer will be a clinically oriented program at Midland Memorial Hospital. The second summer program will be a medical sciences-related program at UNT Health Science Center.

Students who successfully complete the DO degree and become licensed will be eligible for employment at major hospitals, including MMH. As MMH grows with the Midland community, these students will help fulfill a need for licensed medical professionals.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “This is a ‘win-win’ for everyone, especially for our students, who will accomplish the first two years of their education at Midland College, where the average class size is just 29; therefore, participants will be able to receive lots of personalized attention from accomplished faculty members. Program participants are eligible for various MC scholarships, and those who graduate from a Midland County high school and complete the required volunteer hours may take advantage of the Legacy Scholarship. In addition, throughout the program, participants will have opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and healthcare providers to understand the nature and complexities of modern medicine from both a scientific and patient care perspective.”

The public is invited to the Primary Care Pathway information session to be held on Friday, October 2, at 12:00 noon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room on the Midland College campus. A complimentary light lunch will be served. For more information, please contact Rebecca Bell in the MC Community Relations office at (432) 685-4556,

Getting ready for Thursday night

Early morning arrivals at Midland College were greeted today with the sight a road crew already hard at work on MC's quadrangle, with stage set-up well underway. That stage will be the setting Thursday night when Midland College "Jazz Under the Stars" presents The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Thursday, October 1, near Hodge Carillon Tower in the center of the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

The main performance is at 8:00 p.m. with a special opening act performed by Midland College alumni, students and area high school students, “Jazz for the Ages” at 7:00 p.m.

Midland College Students In Philanthropy (SIP) will be selling gourmet popcorn, pickles, soda and water at "Jazz Under the Stars," featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. All proceeds from these concession sales go to the SIP grant-making activities in the spring semester, benefiting local non-profit organizations.

This is a FREE event. Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy "Jazz Under the Stars."

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match in Odessa

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview capsule for today's Midland College vs. Odessa College match

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball looks to snap a three-match losing streak when it returns to WJCAC play ... The Lady Chaparrals dropped a league home match to Western Texas College a week ago and then lost to San Jacinto (3-0) and Lee College (3-1) over the weekend in Baytown ... MC coach Tammie Jimenez said despite the losses over the weekend, her team played better than it did a week ago. Still, the concern she has is taking that same confidence level her team has with non-conference opponents into WJCAC matches ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

From Forrest Allen, MC Athletic Director: Join the Midland College Volleyball team as we observe Breast Cancer Awareness Night on Wednesday, October 7, 2015. The annual observance will take place just prior to the start of the Midland College vs. Frank Phillips College volleyball match.

We invite everyone in attendance to wear pink to commemorate the event and to show your support for those affected by breast cancer as well as all forms of cancer.

Transfer Q&A: Texas Tech University rep to visit MC campus

Do you have questions about transferring to Texas Tech University?
Want to know more about our programs?
Not sure what’s required for admission?

A representative of TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY will be visiting YOUR area ... specifically, the campus of Your College!

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 p.m.
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to TTU

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

MC to observe National Student Day next Thursday

From Terry L. Gilmour
Professor of Government

October 8 is National Student Day, a day for students to give back to the community.

Midland College Student Government has chosen the Lone Star Sanctuary as the organization they would like to help. Between now and Thursday, October 8 they will be collecting blankets, collars, toys and food for dogs and cats. The drop off location is in the Marie Hall Atrium by room 101 – there is a huge poster, you can’t miss it!

On Thursday, Oct. 8 between 9:00-1:00, they will also be collecting cash donations and Lone Star should have some of their furry friends there between 9:00-11:00.

If you are an animal lover, we invite you to help in our collection/fundraising. If you would like to donate before next Thursday, you can drop off your check to Jan Johnston in the Student Center or give it to me here in MHAB #160 and the toys, etc. can be dropped off anytime. Last year we raised over $350, so we would like to break our record!


Terry L. Gilmour
Professor of Government / Honors Program - Director
(432) 685-6816

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra to present workshop for area music students

• Leading up to a free night of "Jazz Under the Stars"
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, Midland College (MC), will host a special concert featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. The special “Jazz Under the Stars” concert will be held outside in the Midland College quadrangle area near the Hodge Carillon Tower. The event is FREE; no tickets are required. As an added treat, the opening act will feature the Midland College Jazz for the Ages band composed of MC students and alumni, as well as area high school music students.
Ali Jackson
Daniel Israel, manager of programming and touring for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, said, “Education is a major part of our mission. We strive to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz not only through performance, but also through education and advocacy. To that end, we are happy to be able to coordinate a Q&A session and music workshop in conjunction with our October 1 performance in Midland.”
Marcus Printup
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) has graciously agreed to hold an open sound check at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday followed by a Q&A session led by drummer Ali Jackson. Then, from 5:00-6:00 p.m., JLCO trumpeter Marcus Printup will conduct a workshop in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. Midland College and JLCO invite area music students to both the sound check and the workshop.

Kathy Fletcher, executive director of the MC Foundation, stated, “We are delighted to be able to provide this wonderful opportunity to the Midland community. We hope that people will bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the autumn evening listening to some great jazz music. The JLCO performance begins at 8:00, and we invite you to come early at 7:00 to hear the special MC Jazz for the Ages band.”

Fletcher reminds the public that no alcoholic beverages will be permitted. The MC Students in Philanthropy organization will be selling gourmet popcorn, soft drinks, water and other snacks. Also Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis posters and other memorabilia will be available for purchase with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the MC Student Government Association. Special preferred seating and a reception will be available for MC Friends of the Series. For more information about this opportunity contact the MC Foundation Office at 432/685-4526.

Schedule of Thursday Events
4:00-5:00 p.m. — Open Sound Check with Q&A Session, MC quadrangle,

                             near Hodge Carillon Tower
5:00-6:00 p.m. — Music Workshop, Allison Fine Arts Building,

                             Wagner & Brown Auditorium
7:00 p.m. — Midland College Jazz for the Ages band performance, MC quadrangle
8:00 p.m. — Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

All events are FREE. For more information, contact Rebecca Bell in the Midland College Community Relations Office at 432/685-4556,

About Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra produces thousands of performance, education and broadcast events each season in its home in New York City (Frederick P. Rose Hall, “The House of Swing”) and around the world, for people of all ages. Jazz at Lincoln Center is led by Chairman Robert J. Appel, Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis and Executive Director Greg Scholl.

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) comprises 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players and has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988. Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, JLCO performs a vast repertoire, from rare historic compositions to Jazz at Lincoln Center-commissioned works, including compositions and arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Fletcher Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Mary Lou Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus and many others.

For more information about the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, please visit

Chap golf finishes second in New Mexico tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaps, Cronje finish second in Ruidoso

Staff Report

Midland Reporter-Telegram

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO - The Midland College No. 1 men’s golf team placed second (275-275-277—827) out of 14 competing college squads following Monday’s conclusion of the three-round High Country Shootout, held at the Links at Sierra Blanca ...
read the rest of the MRT report ... 

STEM Conference announces dates, calls for submissions


CLICK HERE for more about this conference, and presenter instructions

West Texas STEM Undergraduate Research Conference
Saturday, November 7th
Midland College, Midland, Texas

The conference will showcase undergraduate research from all STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.

This event provides a venue for students to:

 Exhibit their scientific work to the community at large
 Develop professional communication skills
 Network with peers and experts in their field

The 2015 West Texas STEM Conference anticipates participation by a wide range of institutions from a broad region. Students presenting at the 2012 Conference represented many institutions from west Texas and eastern New Mexico. We anticipate more institutions from a wider geographical area to be represented at this year’s event!

stem footerWest Texas STEM Undergraduate Research Conference 
Saturday, November 7th, 2015
Midland College 3600 N. Garfield Street, Midland, Texas
Contact: Dr. Margaret Wade, Dean of Math and Science Division
Midland College (432) 685-4615

Monday, September 28, 2015

Your Opinion Matters, at Your College

Your Opinion Matters!
Student Satisfaction Inventory
October 1 -31, 2015
Confidential Survey / Mobile Friendly

We will be conducting the Student Satisfaction Survey during the month of October. MC students received an initial invitation on September 28 - TODAY! - and this will be followed by a reminder on October 12 and October 26.

Students, check your Inbox for invitation.

Complete Survey to be Eligible to Win

We will randomly select 50 names of students who have completed the survey that we will award prizes, including: an Apple TV, Wireless Portable Speaker, MC items (caps, binders, 8 GB media storage device, key rings, etc), Gift cards from Grub Burger, Swenson’s, Smiling Moose Deli, Your Way Yogurt and more!

For more information, contact:

Karen Waggoner
(432) 685-5540

Join us under the stars, WITH the stars?

I was listening to Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis on Sirius/XM's "Real Jazz" radio this past weekend ... Can't wait to hear them LIVE this Thursday evening at Midland College, in a FREE concert under the stars. More info at 

Reminder from the MCPD ...

From Midland College Police Chief Richard McKee ... “October 1, a new city ordinance goes into effect which prohibits drivers from viewing, sending or composing text messages while driving. This ordinance WILL apply to the Midland College campus since Midland College is within the City of Midland. Violations can result in a fine of up to $500.

Also the Midland College Police Department is available to assist with any issues on campus and can be reached 24/7 at (432) 685-4734.”

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

MRT Photo by James Durbin
Texting-while-driving ban comes into effect Thursday

Cassie Burton, Reporter
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The start of the fiscal year Thursday also heralds the first day of the city ordinance banning texting while driving. City Council passed the measure Aug. 11 after several public hearings.

A violation would occur when the driver of a vehicle uses “a wireless communication device (mobile phone, tablet, laptop computer, etc.) to view, send or compose an electronic message or using the device to interact with application software, commonly known as ‘apps,’ while operating a motor vehicle on public roadway,” as reported in previous Reporter-Telegram articles.

City Council members said the measure would not stop all cellphone-related accidents but would act as a deterrent to people who do not want to risk a fine ...

read the rest of this MRT report

Friday, September 25, 2015

Winter Interim a time of opportunity at MC

Don't let the mild temperatures fool you ... preparations for the Winter Interim Semester are well underway here, at Midland College. Interim semesters offer a great opportunity for students to cross one more course off their list ... and we're not just talking about MC students. Students from other schools, including four-year universities, fill part of their winter (and summer) break time with an interim semester class through MC.

From Jeremy Martinez
MC Director of Enrollment Services and Recruitment

Registration is currently under way for Winter Interim. Below you will be able to see the 2015 Winter Interim Schedule. I have also provided a list of the the classes that we are offering, along with information regarding the application through registration process.


Aug  3 - Registration starts at 8:00 am ( 
                  (Payment due by December 2)
Dec   3 - Non-Payment Drop at 8:00 am
Dec 11 - Last Day to Register; Last day to Drop and 
                   Obtain 100% of Refundable Fees; Non-Payment Drop
Dec 14 - First Class Day; Add/Drop for enrolled students – partial refund
                    (Classes Monday - Thursday)
Dec 15 - Census Day
Dec 24 - Last Day to Withdraw
Dec 25 - Christmas Holiday
Dec 30 - Final Exams; Grades Due; Session Ends


Early Morning, Late September, Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
"Ah, September! You are the doorway to the season that awakens my soul ... but I must confess that I love you only because you are a prelude to my beloved October."

Peggy Toney Horton

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Correct commas, proper periods and more ...

National Punctuation Day is a celebration of punctuation that occurs each year on September 24th in the United States of America.Founded by Jeff Rubin in 2004, National Punctuation Day simply promotes the correct usage of punctuation. Rubin encourages appreciators of correct punctuation and spelling to send in pictures of errors spotted in everyday life.

In a webinar earlier today, Jerry Swiatek - Instructional Technology Specialist at Citrus County School Board, Tampa/St. Petersburg, Florida area - reminded us that good punctuation could make a HUGE difference

"Throwback Thursday‬" ...

March 6, 1997 ...
The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series was inaugurated when biographer, historian, lecturer, and teacher David McCullough spoke at the Chaparral Center.

Over the past 18 years, Midland College has hosted an unmatched series of lecturers, from a wide variety of fields. That tradition continues when the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents Stephen J. Dubner - bestselling Freakonomics author, blogger and radio host - in a free lecture on Thursday, September 24 - TONIGHT! - at 7:30 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. Admission is FREE, and the public is cordially invited.

Transfer Q&A: University of Texas - Permian Basin rep to visit MC campus

Do you have questions about transferring to University of Texas for the Permian Basin?
Want to know more about our programs?
Not sure what’s required for admission?

A representative of UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS FOR THE PERMIAN BASIN will be visiting Your College!

Date: Monday, September 28, 2013
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
Location: Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building

CLICK HERE for more about transferring to UTPB

Stephen J. Dubner books still in stock at the Midland College Bookstore

ADDED NOTE ... Books will also be on sale
tonight, at the lecture.

From Walter Waller
Textbook Manager, Midland College Bookstore

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents Stephen J. Dubner - bestselling Freakonomics author, blogger and radio host - in a free lecture on Thursday, September 24 - TONIGHT! - at 7:30 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

We still have his books in stock at the bookstore ...

Freakonomics in hardback is $29.95
Freakonomics in paperback is $16.99
Think Like a Freak in paperback is $16.99

They will be gone soon, so get your copy before tonight.

Thank you.

The Midland College Bookstore is located in the north section of the Dorothy & Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, in the northwest quarter of the MC Main campus.

Lady Chap Volleyball drops home match to Western Texas

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps fold under pressure in loss to WTC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball coach Tammie Jimenez probably thought she was watching a rerun of last year’s team at Chaparral Center on Wednesday night.

Just like last year, Jimenez said her Lady Chaparrals lacked killer instinct, did not have the excitement and fire needed to play and win a conference match and did not have drive and determination to come back from adversity.

It all amounted to Western Texas College beating MC on its home court 26-24, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22 in an early Western Junior College Athletic Conference match ...

read the rest of this MRT report

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

REMINDER ... MC to present best-selling Freakonomist ... THIS THURSDAY NIGHT

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents

Stephen J. Dubner 
Bestselling Freakonomics Author, Blogger, Radio Host

Thursday, September 24, 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

Admission is FREE, and NO tickets are required!

An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is co-author of the international bestsellers Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, which have sold more than 5 million copies in 35 languages. Their third book, Think Like a Freak, released in May 2014, became an instant New York Times bestseller as well.

Freakonomics, published in April 2005, was an instant international best-seller and cultural phenomenon. It made numerous "books of the year" lists, a few "books of the decade" lists, and won a variety of awards, including the inaugural Quill Award, a BookSense Book of the Year Award, and a Visionary Award from the National Council on Economic Education. It was also named a Notable Book by the New York Times. SuperFreakonomics, published in 2009, was published to similar acclaim, and also became an international best-seller.

The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts. He has also appeared widely on television, including a three-year stint on ABC News as a Freakonomics contributor.

Dubner's first book, Turbulent Souls, was also named a Notable Book, and was a finalist for the Koret National Jewish Book Award. It was republished in 2006 under a new title, Choosing My Religion, and is currently being developed as a film. He is also the author of Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper, and the children's book The Boy With Two Belly Buttons. His journalism has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, TIME, and elsewhere, and has been anthologized in The Best American Sports Writing, The Best American Crime Writing, and others.

He has been writing since he was a child; his first published work appeared in Highlights magazine. During college, he started a rock band that was signed to Arista Records. But he quit playing music to attend graduate school at Columbia University, where he also taught in the English Department. He was an editor and writer at New York magazine and The New York Times before writing books full time. He still lives in New York with his wife, the documentary photographer Ellen Binder, and their two children.

Admission to Dubner's lecture is FREE, and NO tickets are required. Preferred seating is available for MC Friends of the Series and Distinguished Chaparral Circle Donors. Friends and donor tickets may be obtained by contacting the Midland College Foundation Office at (432) 685-4526 or email Deonne Presley,

For more information about the lecture, please contact the Midland College Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or visit

In May 1996, Steve Davidson and Susan Davidson McClenahan of the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation announced the endowment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Jazz - and munchies! - under the stars, next week at MC

Midland College Students In Philanthropy (SIP) will be selling gourmet popcorn, pickles, soda and water at "Jazz Under the Stars," featuring the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

All proceeds from these concession sales go to the SIP grant-making activities in the spring semester, benefiting local non-profit organizations.

"Jazz Under the Stars" is set for Thursday, October 1. Main performance is at 8:00 p.m. at the MC main campus, near Hodge Carillon Tower in center of campus. A special opening act performed by Midland College alumni and students, “Jazz for the Ages,” will begin at 7:00 p.m.

This is a FREE event! Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy "Jazz Under the Stars."

more about the event

The Midland College Students In Philanthropy (SIP) Scholarship Program is an in-depth leadership training scholarship program which provides student members the opportunity to improve the quality of life in their community.

Students learn about the importance of philanthropy and the role of nonprofit organizations in the community. Through the fundraising and grant-making process, students not only make needed contributions to nonprofit organizations, but also gain leadership and stewardship training through a structured program designed to educate, support and promote philanthropic leadership in the community.

For more information about the organization, and their fundraiser, please contact:

Julia Vickery
(432) 685-4704

Chaparral Connections ...

Chaparral Connections
September 23, 2015

For the third year in a row, the MC Chemistry Club has received Honorable Mention by the American Chemical Society for club activities. The annual chapter report was reviewed by three reviewers, and the award was based on the club’s excellent outreach, community activities and student leadership activities. MC Chemistry Club Advisor Dr. Pat Nandakumar reports that the club is planning exciting activities again for the 2015-16 academic year.

Dr. William Feeler, dean of Fine Arts and Communication, will have two poems published in the fall 2015 edition of the poetry journal The Lost Country. Dr. Feeler’s poems are entitled, “On the Black” and “Beyond Baseball.”

MC Government Professor Dr. Terry Gilmour, professor of Government, was elected to the executive council of the Political Science Education Section of the American Political Science Association at its annual meeting earlier this month.

Terry Joliffe, instructor of English, has been appointed to the Arts Council of Midland as a board member.

Karen Pape, assistant professor of English, has been notified that her poem “Grief at Sixty” will be published in the online journal Red River Review in November.

This past summer (July 27-30) MC Director of Financial Aid Yolanda Ramos and VA Coordinator Kay Schipper attended the WAVES (Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists) conference in Anaheim, CA.

News from Institutional Planning, Effectiveness and Research (IPER) Department

Dr. Karen Waggoner now holds the position of director of Institutional Effectiveness. Her office is AMS 07, and her phone number is 685-5540.
Sarah Hagelstein has joined the department as secretary for Institutional Effectiveness and Research. Sarah will be working with Dr. Waggoner and MC Research Associate Crystal Velasquez. Sarah is also located in AMS 07, and her phone number is 685-5592
The IPER Department has led the development of new institutional goals and objectives and is working with the major areas of the college to develop plans for implementation. Strategic Goals include increasing enrollment; implementing a guided pathways approach; engaging all members of the college community in the mission; and acquiring physical, fiscal, human and technological resources.

IPER Major Fall Activities 

The 2015-16 academic year is the first year of a two-year assessment cycle for educational programs and general education. Faculty will be collecting data and artifacts to provide information on attainment of program level student learning outcomes and general education competencies. This is the first time that assessment of the core curriculum will be included in the process.
MC’s 5th Year Interim Report to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, (SACSCOC) will be due in September 2016. Development of this report has begun and will involve individuals from across the campus.

Did you know that MC offers an online “First Look” at MC and its services. Midland College First Look can be accessed via the MC website home page ( under the “Quick Links” section.

Welcome New Employees

Corey Allison, Multimedia Promotions Coordinator, 685-4708
Melissa Boyce, English Instructor, 685-4599
Lauren Callo, Director of Accounting, 685-4571
Engenio Dominguez, Maintenance Technician, 685-4570
Leigh Ann Fierro, Intramural Sports Coordinator/Spirit Squad Advisor, 685-4828
Jacqueline Garcia, Benefits Coordinator, 685-4532
Veronnica Hilliard, Student Success Instructor, 685-6801
Nereida Huffman, Division Advisor, 685-4679
Andres Madrid, Student Recruiter/Academic Advisor at WRTTC, (432) 336-7882
Haley McNerlin, Math/Science Division Clerk, 685-6413
Cheryl Peckham, Texas School Ready Project Coordinator
Whitney Rakich, Online Spanish Instructor, 231-5616
Jessica Saenz, English Instructor, 685-4692
Ginger Schantz, Temporary Government Instructor, 685-5563
Kendra Stephens, Temporary Government Instructor, 685-6821
Jarrod Trevethan, Coordinator of Operations of Chap Center, 685-4702
Isabel Valenzuela, Helen L. Greathouse Children’s Center Teacher, 685-4574

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview of today's Midland College match vs. Western Texas

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball returns to action after having a week off to rest up and concentrate on academics ... The Lady Chaparrals look to stay unbeaten in WJCAC play by hosting WTC, which comes in winless in the WJCAC but is capable of playing well ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

An invitation to join Toastmasters

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Our membership is more than 332,000 members. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,400 clubs in 135 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

That includes clubs here, in Midland, that are inviting members of the MC family to join ...

From Jaime Gándara, Jr.
Permian Basin Toastmasters

We would like to invite Midland College students, staff and faculty to join the Permian Basin Toastmasters Club 1509. By joining Toastmasters this will improve their skills to build confidence in public speaking, practice for speeches while attending classes and develop personal growth.

Please check the website for more information If you have any questions please contact me at (432) 978-5768.

From Doug Johnson
Pop Up Toasters, Toastmasters

The Pop Up Toasters TM club meets each Tuesday from 6:30 until 7:30 AM on the second floor overlook the gym of First Presbyterian Church, corner of Illinois/Texas and “A” Street. This might be a better time for some students, especially those working full or part-time and with families.

I speak from experience that this organization can make a difference in a person’s professional career by preparing them for oral technical and written presentations. Visit their website for more information.

Looking ahead ... to summer?

... YES ... SUMMER!

We are now accepting applications for Runners and Instructors for the 2016 edition of Kids' College at MC, which will take place in two sessions during the month of June, 2016, on the Midland College campus.

All RUNNERS must be at least 14 years of age by May 15, 2016 (proof of age will be required). You must be able to work both sessions and must be available each day from 12:15 until 5:30 pm. The first day of Kids’ College will require time beginning from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. On occasion, some Runners may be asked to come in earlier or stay later.

A list of duties can include filling water balloons, assisting with the car pool, giving directions and answering questions, assisting teachers in specific classes, preparing refreshments for the snack break, running errands for the teachers and the coordinators, keeping litter picked up and lots more.

Application deadline for RUNNERS is Monday, February 22, 2016.

For INSTRUCTORS, classes are held Monday through Thursday, as the college is closed on Friday in the summer. Classes begin at 12:40 p.m. and end at 5:00 p.m., and the kids have an opportunity to take as many as three classes per day. Each class lasts for one hour and twenty minutes. The age groups are usually divided into two sections, one for 1st-3rd graders and one for 4th-6th graders.

Application deadline for INSTRUCTORS is Monday, January 11, 2016.

CLICK HERE for more information about these Kids' College job opportunities, and links to the forms you will need to complete for your application.

You may also contact:

Ashley Garrett, Resource Specialist
(432) 685-4744

Brenda Cordero, Associate Director
(432) 685-4724

Tom Craddick to be honored by MC and the Petroleum Museum

• Opportunities for joint educational ventures

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Wednesday, Midland College (MC) and the Petroleum Museum will host a special reception for invited guests to honor Texas State Representative Tom Craddick. Mr. Craddick was instrumental in overseeing the annual disbursement of over $300,000 in funds to go to MC and be directed to the Petroleum Museum for educational programming.

The special legislative appropriation of $355,325 replaces the line item that had been designated to the American Airpower Heritage Museum. This past February the MC Board of Trustees voted to withhold the funding for the American Airpower Heritage Museum because the Commemorative Air Force had moved its headquarters to south Dallas and took prominent exhibits--including the famed nose art exhibit—with it to the Metroplex. Subsequently, in May, Craddick announced that language had been added to House Bill 2, the supplemental appropriations bill, to include that appropriations now be distributed through Midland College to the Petroleum Museum.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “The legislative line-item appropriation was originally intended to assist in providing educational value to Midland College’s service area. Thanks to Mr. Craddick’s efforts, the appropriation has been redirected to pass through Midland College toward educational ventures at the Petroleum Museum. These funds will remain in the College’s service area and benefit the Midland community.”

“I am elated that the House supported my efforts to keep this funding in Midland,” Craddick said in a May 2015 press release. “I am confident that the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum will use this money in a responsible and accountable manner that will enhance education efforts in our area.”

Kathy Shannon, executive director of the Petroleum Museum, reported that the funding will enable the museum to enhance science and history education throughout the Permian Basin.

“We look forward to working with Midland College to bring exciting new educational opportunities to our community,” Shannon said.

MC Executive Vice President Dr. Richard Jolly explained that MC instructional leaders and museum staff are planning joint educational ventures, including speakers, special exhibits and other community events.

Get ready NOW for next month's truck driving course at MC

The Midland College Transportation Training Program provides individuals with the proper training in order to obtain a CDL License to operate a commercial motor vehicle safely within the rules and regulations set by the Department of Transportation.

We offer a four-week program that is 160 hours and consists of instruction in the classroom. Training is provided in pre-trip, post-trip,and backing. The last 80 hours involve actual hands-on driving by the student. Upon completion of the class, the student will receive a Class A License with the ability of obtaining endorsements in Hazmat, Doubles and Triples and Tankers.

Midland College's Professional Truck Driving program is an intensive four-week course scheduled from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, Monday - Friday. The program is a total of 160 hours and is comprised of the following sections:

  • Orientation
  • CDL written test preparation
  • Control systems
  • Basic control
  • Shifting
  • Backing
  • Turning
  • Coupling and Uncoupling
  • Communications
  • Speed Management
  • Space Management
  • Cargo handling & documentation
  • Environmental issues
  • Accident procedures
  • Up to 40 hours of behind-the-wheel training
The next course begins Monday, October 26, 2015.
T004151Q, Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri, October 26 - November 20, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

more information

Class enrollment is limited!

Applications for admission are accepted on a first-come, first-served bases according to the date of application.

Midland College Transportation Training
 Advanced Technology Center
3200 W. Cuthbert Avenue
Midland, Texas 79701
(432) 681-6318
(800) 474-7164 (toll-free)

Leticia Ramos, Data Specialist
(432) 681-6318

Monday, September 21, 2015

mmmmmmmmm ... doooooonutssssss

By Pervis Evans
Upward Bound Director

You know you deserve a "back-to-school" treat! Purchase some fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts, and help Upward Bound raise some dough, at the same time!

Once again, it’s time for the Upward Bound Krispy Kremes FUNdraiser! We are taking orders from now until noon Monday, 10/5/2015. You may order boxes of either glazed or chocolate (no mixed) for a donation of only $8 per dozen.

For pre-orders, please bring or securely send your funds to the Upward Bound Office at 3600 N. Garfield, Portable Building #6 (next to tennis courts). Make checks or money orders payable to "Midland College Upward Bound Parent Coalition."

Your donuts will be ready for pick-up in the Student Lounge area of the Scharbauer Student Center between 8:30-10:00 am on Monday, 10/12/15, and if you need delivery on campus, please let us know in advance.

For more information, contact us at (432) 686-4215, or ... and as always, THANKS for supporting the BEST pre-college program around ... Upward Bound!