Saturday, October 31, 2015

Lady Chap basketball opens season with win

JC BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps blow out opponent in season opener

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The No. 20-ranked Midland College women's basketball team got off to an impressive start this season with 113-24 blowout victory over Southwest Texas Junior College at the Odessa College Classic on Friday ...

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The Lady Chaps next play Connors State at 3:00 p.m. today (Saturday) at the Odessa College Sports Center in Odessa, Texas.

Newspaper previews this afternoon's Lady Chap Volleyball match

JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview capsule for today's MC match

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball will close out the regular season today with hopes of getting some momentum for next weekend’s Region V West Tournament in Odessa ...

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Friday, October 30, 2015

Midland College and Sul Ross State University to host bachelor’s degree information session

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, November 5, Midland College (MC) and Sul Ross State University (SRSU) will host an information session to let the community know about opportunities to obtain bachelors’ degrees from SRSU without leaving Midland. Faculty and advisors from SRSU will be on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield, in the Student Center hub area near the grill from 1:00-2:30 p.m. The event will provide an opportunity for one-on-one advising and to answer questions about admission and financial aid.

SRSU and MC have been partnering to offer bachelors’ degrees for approximately 13 years. Since the inception of the program, the program has grown to include degrees in Biology, Geology, Education, Mathematics, Kinesiology, Criminal Justice and English. Students complete the first two years of instruction through Midland College and then transfer to Sul Ross State University for upper-level courses. The SRSU courses are taught via Internet and video conference on the MC campus. Hands-on labs are taught by MC faculty. SRSU Coordinator of Transfer Services Lady Jena Carey said, “This program has been very successful. Many students have completed a bachelor’s degree and are now enjoying lucrative careers and/or continued their education in order to obtain graduate degrees. Students say that they like being able to stay on the MC campus because it is convenient to home and they feel comfortable here. This is a great opportunity for everyone, especially those people who have family and job commitments in Midland and aren’t able to leave the area to further their education.”

Courtesy Photo
A former MC/SRSU student is 46-year-old Ivan Grimmett who worked in the construction industry as a brick layer for 20 years. 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 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.

“Hyphomycetes are important to the ecosystem because they break down leaves that provide a carbon source for aquatic invertebrates,” explained Grimmett. “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.”

In 2011, Grimmett transferred to 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 and SRSU. Grimmett and Baerlocher’s research at Mount Allison University led the team to publish two papers co-authored by Grimmett.

Grimmett recently graduated from Mount Allison University with a Master’s degree in Microbiology. In addition, this past spring 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.

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 continuing 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.

Ivan Grimmett is just one of many students who have excelled in the MC/SRSU program. Current high school students as well as others who are interested in pursuing bachelors’ degrees are encouraged to attend the November 5 informal information session.

For more information, please contact:

Lady Jena Carey
SRSU@MC Distance Education Program
(432) 685-6454

Chemistry at the Mall

MC Photos by Pat Nandakumar/Chemistry Club
From Dr. Pat Nandakumar
Associate Professor in Chemistry, Midland College

In October, we celebrated National Chemistry Week by reaching out to the local community through performing demonstrations and hands on activities, at the Midland Park Mall. The hands-on activities were Shaving Cream Art, Color on the Mooove, and making gooey play-doh using household items.

CLICK HERE for a photo album from the mall

Various demos were performed including dry ice bubble, dry ice color change using Universal Indicator, and the effect of Bleach on food colors. We handed out Celebrating Chemistry: Chemistry Colors Our World newsletter (get YOUR copy, below) and various goodies such as rainbow goggles, NCW stickers and tattoos.

Two faculty and several chemistry club members participated in the event. The event was covered by two local television stations

From National Chemistry Week, I have attached the booklet from American Chemical Society for your reading. Please share it with your children /grandchildren/ friends to raise awareness. Enjoy!

Pat, Chemistry Ambassador

Get your copy
(Adobe .pdf file)

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: Tuesday, November 3, 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

ECHS @ MC students admitted into MC Honors Program

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• While working on high school diploma, college degree

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College is proud to announce that 39 students from Early College High School @ Midland College (ECHS @ MC) have been admitted into Midland College’s exclusive Honors Program. The Honors Program provides an enhanced creative and supportive learning environment and special recognition for talented students.

On Thursday, October 29, the ECHS @ MC students were honored with a pizza party hosted by the Midland College President’s Office and the Midland College Alumni Association.

CLICK HERE for a photo album from the party

Dr. Terry Gilmour, MC Government professor and Honors Program coordinator, said, “We are extremely proud of these students. They not only are completing their high school diploma, but also are working toward an associate’s degree. On top of the demands put upon them to achieve both a high school diploma and associate’s degree, these students have also assumed the additional responsibility of completing at least one special honors project.”

The following ECHS @ MC students have been admitted into the program this fall: Valery Aguirre, Alexis Andiola, Bernardo Chuecos, Ashley Crawford, Sierra Dominguez, Yessenia Duran, Nicolas Fonseca, Fabrice Fouonji, Gavin Garcia, Hector Garcia, Julissa Gonzalez, Marlen Guaderrama, Ashton Guenther, Amanda Halas, Alfredo Hernandez, Issac Hernandez, Nancy Hoang, Amarea Jones, Isaiah Jones, Veronica Juarez, Melissa Leyva, Lorena Lopez, Niomi Madrid, Misael Martinez, Diana Medrano, Eduardo Mendoza, Larissa Montez, Neyma Orozco, Robert Paiz, Roberto Pantoja, Mikayla Rascon, Celeste Rodriguez, Marissa Rodriguez, Yoselyn Rodriguez, Marisela Sauceda, Cheyenne Stewart, Sim Taing, Aaron Tejeda and Cody Vasquez.

Gilmour explained that students in the Midland College Honors Program have a contract with an instructor detailing a special project designed to go beyond normal class requirements. Twenty-one of the ECHS @ MC Honors Program students are already engaged in a total of 31 projects—some of them are working on two or three projects.

The extensive projects on which the students are working include those in various disciplines. A sampling is discussed below:

ECHS @ MC senior Eduardo Mendoza is working on honors projects in Geology, Business and Mathematics. For his Geology class, he is examining mineral content and composition in various rocks. His Business project consists of studying and then writing a paper based on Apple Inc co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs. For Mathematics, Mendoza will examine algebraic formula proofs.

Yesenia Duran, also an ECHS @ MC senior, wants to major in architecture. She is working on two honors projects—one in Physics and one in British Literature. For Physics, she is building a model bridge and calculating forces, tension and compression of its components. In British Literature, she will write an essay that explains six genres of the Victorian era.

Another ECHS @ MC senior Gavin Garcia is applying algebra to real-life situations for his Mathematics honors project, and in Anatomy & Physiology he is pursuing a special project that examines diseases of the eye.

ECHS @ MC senior Yoselyn Rodriguez wants to continue her educational pursuits at either Texas Tech University or the University of North Texas. In addition to an honors project for her Spanish class, Rodriguez is also working to raise awareness of human trafficking for another project.

Amanda Halas has chosen to complete an honors project in Philosophy during her senior year. She is studying and then will write a report on Greek philosophers Parmenides and Zeno.

Students who successfully complete the Midland College Honors Program receive Midland College Scholar designation on their Midland College associate degree diploma and will be able to transfer to an honors program at another college or university while they are pursuing a baccalaureate degree.

For more information about the Midland College Honors Program, contact Dr. Terry Gilmour at (432) 685-6816, or

Thursday, October 29, 2015

November personal enrichment courses from MC Community Programs CE

• Midland College's Community Programs Continuing Education offers personal enrichment courses

Part of the mission of Midland College (MC) is to promote “a life-long quest for knowledge” and to provide “educational enrichment activities to the West Texas region.” To that end, the MC department of Community Programs Continuing Education is providing several enrichment activities during the month of November that include the following:

Holiday Wreath Making
This hands-on workshop is being offered during the noon hour on Monday, November 9, to accommodate busy schedules. Participants will create an evergreen Christmas wreath of their choice. The wreaths can be elegant or whimsical fun with lights. Wreaths are provided; participants are responsible for ribbons and decorative items for the wreath. Monday, November 9, 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m., Cost = $20
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Easy Intermediate Bridge
Choose from a daytime or evening section of this fun hands-on class and improve your Bridge game. Tuesdays, November 10-December 15, 6:00-8:00 p.m. or Wednesdays, November 11-December 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m., Cost = $40
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register for the Tuesday classes
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register for the Wednesday classes

Voiceover Live Web Seminar
Participants will learn how to begin using speaking voices for commercials, films and videos. This webinar demonstrates a unique, outside-of-the-box way to cash in on one of the most lucrative full- or part-time careers available that can be handled on one’s own terms and time with practically no overhead! NOW is the best time to make this happen as new companies are looking for new voices. The live webinar includes Q&A with the instructor. Participants will need a computer and phone to attend. Tuesday, November 10, 8:00-10:00 p.m., Cost = $25
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Brenda Cordero, associate director of Community Programs Continuing Education explained, “All of these classes are fun and a great way to learn or improve a hobby as well as meet new people. Our fall programming wraps up in November, but we will be offering many new courses in January that will include some fitness courses to help people keep those New Year’s resolutions.”

To register or obtain more information, contact:

Brenda Cordero
(432) 685-4518

Ashley Garrett
(432) 685-4518

Change in the air ...

Our part of West Texas may not be known for spectacular displays of autumn color ... but we are starting to see see SOME changes on the campus of Your College ...

ΦθΚ @ MC ... Phi Theta Kappa Profile Project

From Dora Carey
Treasurer, Phi Theta Kappa at Midland College

Here is the first installment of the Phi Theta Kappa Profile Project at Midland College. The first two people that Phi Theta Kappa would like to introduce to Midland College are the group sponsors: Lea Keesee and Duberlinda Mauricio ...

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

Membership in PTK is by invitation to qualified applicants. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa, you may visit their website at , or you may contact the Midland College sponsors listed below.

Ms. Lea Keesee
(432) 685-6440

Ms. Duberlinda Mauricio
(432) 685-4562

Lady Chap volleyball drops home match to OC

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: MC can't clean up mental lapses, falls to OC in four

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball coach Tammie Jimenez and her team have tried so many things to help them have a better mental approach in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play. But no matter what they’ve tried, it seems like the Lady Chaparrals are still struggling with the same mental lapses against league opponents.

On Wednesday night, the Lady Chaps couldn’t escape out of a 2-0 hole in the match as Odessa College won 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 at Chaparral Center to sweep the season series ...

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

MC Student Volunteers at "Garage Sale" Fundraiser

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Midland College Cogdell Center students were on hand to help at the Texas-Size Garage Sale, which was held October 16-18 at Meals on Wheels Warehouse, 407 E. Scharbauer Drive, in Midland, Texas.

CLICK HERE for a photo album from the reception

This is an annual fundraiser for Senior Link Midland, the organization that facilitates the Meals on Wheels program. The massive garage sale generates one-third of the organization’s annual budget.

More information about Senior Link Midland and it programs at

Donate blood ... tonight ... IF YOU DARE!

What do you want ... BLOOD? ... welllllll ... as a matter of fact ... YES!

At the time of donation you must take your driver’s license or state-issued ID card, and your Donor's Card if you have one

For more information, or to make an appointment for your donation, please contact:
Kim Daw
MC Health Sciences Continuing Education
(432) 681-6338 

All donors will receive points that can be redeemed for prizes like t-shirts and movie tickets at !

Learn more about blood donation from United Blood Services at

Midland College Art Department partnering with West Texas Food Bank, Jason’s Deli for “Empty Bowls” fundraiser

On Thursday, November 12, the Midland College Art Department will host “Empty Bowls” to raise funds for the West Texas Food Bank. Donations of $10 will entitle participants to purchase a handcrafted bowl and enjoy a light meal. The event will take place from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the McCormick Gallery section of the Allison Fine Arts Building on the MC main campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

“Empty Bowls” is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Its basic premise is simple: Potters, craftspeople, educators and others work with the community to create handcrafted bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal, and in exchange for a cash donation, they may keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Jason’s Deli in Midland is donating the soup, bread and drinks for Thursday’s event.

Michael Richardson, MC assistant professor of Art, is serving as event coordinator and said, “This is our second year to work with the West Texas Food Bank on this endeavor. It's a great way to get Midland College students involved in giving back to the community. The MC ceramic students have made most of the bowls here on campus this year ... probably close to 250. University of Texas-Permian Basin, Odessa College and the Boys & Girls Club have also donated bowls for the cause. You will see that they are quite beautiful, and they make great holiday gifts that are especially meaningful because the money used to purchase them will help those in need.”

"All the bowls are $10 apiece and all the proceeds go to the West Texas Food Bank. Also, we will be printing and selling t-shirts for the event. And there will be a silent auction at the event as well, where local artists donate their works to raise additional funds for the Food Bank!"

Richardson stressed that the community is invited to participate in the event. Reservations are not required.

For more information about this event, and how you can be part of it, please contact:

Michael Richardson
Assistant Art Professor, Midland College
(432) 685-4652

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview capsule for today's MC vs. Odessa College match

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Both Midland College and Odessa College volleyball are looking to snap losing streaks in WJCAC play. OC has lost three straight, while MC has dropped two in a row ...

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Chap Golf teams, individuals have good day in Waco

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC GOLF: Cronje leads Chaps to second place finish

Staff Report

Midland Reporter-Telegram

WACO, TEXAS - Stefan Cronje led Midland College men’s golf to a second-place finish at the Dr. Pepper Classic on Tuesday. Cronje won medalist honors with a 71-68--139 total and finished three shots ahead of McLennan Community College’s Ryan Scott and Tyler Junior College’s Oliver White ...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Newspaper profiles Chap Basketball player, previews 2015/16 season

• JC BASKETBALL: Inspired Ervin aims to lead Chaps

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - When things get tough on the court, all Midland College basketball’s Bryce Ervin has to do is think about his mother. Ervin’s mother, Cynthia, has had multiple sclerosis as long as he could remember.

The youngest of five children, Ervin recalls seeing other kids at the park playing with their moms. It hurt at first, but eventually he got used to it and they learned they could do other fun things.

“She can’t really walk that well and do the things she wants to do,” said Ervin, a 6-foot-2 sophomore point guard from Houston. “That just drives me to go work hard for her. If she had the ability to do things she would do it. I just can’t take anything for granted because I know it can be taken all away.”

When Midland College begins its season later this week, Ervin will use that drive to help the Chaparrals try to get back to the postseason for the first time in five years ...

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Opening reception for new exhibit at McCormick Gallery

MC Photo by Kent Moss
The Midland Arts Association Fall Juried Art Exhibition will hang October 22-November 13 at McCormick Gallery located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

An opening reception and awards ceremony was held Thursday evening, October 22.

Artists’ original entries include ceramics, sculpture, glass, drawing, graphics, painting, fiber, photography and mixed media from several regions of Texas. During Thursday evening’s reception, cash awards of approximately $4,000 will be presented at the juror’s designation. The program is partially funded by the Arts Council of Midland.

McCormick Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and on Fridays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

For more information, contact:
Michael Hubbard
MC Art Professor & McCormick Gallery Director
(432) 685-4651

Chap Golf in competition at Dr. Pepper Classic

• JC GOLF: Chaps in 3rd after 1st round of Dr. Pepper Classic

Staff Report

Midland Reporter-Telegram

WACO, TEXAS - Two Midland College men’s golf teams are in contention following the first round of Monday’s Dr. Pepper Classic at the par-72 Twin Rivers Golf Club ...

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Business Professionals ... Reinvigorate! Refresh! Retrain! ... at MC

• Midland College Workforce Continuing Education presents professional studies seminars for business

During the month of November, the Midland College (MC) Workforce Continuing Education department will present a series of seminars and workshops geared for business professionals to refresh managerial and leadership skills. Most of the seminars are offered in four-hour segments or during the noon hour to accommodate managers’ schedules.

MC Workforce Continuing Education Coordinator Elizabeth Wall said, “These short seminars are taught by seasoned managers and managerial professors who have had experience as business leaders. Registration fee for each seminar is less than $100. The seminars are offered in Midland, so there are no travel costs or travel time incurred. Each session includes practical applications for dealing with employees and improving leadership skills. Certificates for professional development hours are issued to all participants.”

Upcoming courses include the following:

Improve Employee Performance
 One of the most difficult tasks of a manager is coaching an employee when a performance problem exists. Many managers put off this task altogether, or handle it ineffectively. As a result, the employee never gets the needed coaching, and performance does not improve. This class is designed to teach effective coaching strategies for improved employee performance. Nov 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Cost = $89
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

 This session provides a brief overview of how to stay motivated and keep employees motivated, even during the most mundane office activities. During this course, participants examine in detail the fundamentals of the core four known as good health, life-long learning, effective communication and good organization skills. Included in this short seminar will be a discussion of the motivation process and how to work toward reaching peak performance. Nov 4, 11:30-1:30, Cost = $33
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

EQ Emotional Intelligence
 Learn why Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ as a leader. Learn to identify with the attributes of great leaders and how to apply those attributes to leadership. Mastering EQ will increase influence levels with peers and others. Nov 5, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Cost = $89
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Quality Customer Service
A dissatisfied consumer will tell between 9 and 15 people about their experience. About 13 percent of dissatisfied customers tell more than 20 people. - Source: White House Office of Consumer Affairs, Washington, DC. Poor customer service can break an organization; however, excellent customer service can make an organization stand out from the crowd! The challenge arises when attempting to stress the importance of that message to employees. This workshop discusses ways to motivate employees who may not grasp the importance of excellent customer service and provides tips for ensuring a high level of customer service is practiced in all circumstances. Nov 9, 8:00-12:00 noon, Cost = $89
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Effective Presentations
In today’s multicultural business world, it is important to remember that each culture has different methods and styles of communication. This afternoon course introduces multicultural communication “do's and don’ts” and also discusses topics such as body language and communication etiquette. Nov 9, 1:00-5:00 p.m., Cost = $89
CLICK HERE for more information, and to register

Wall stated that in addition to the courses listed above, the Workforce Continuing Education department can also customize a topic to fit the needs of a specific company. All of the professional business studies continuing education programs are offered at the convenient location of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center located at 3200 W. Cuthbert (next to Furr’s Cafeteria).

To register or obtain more information, contact:

Elizabeth Wall
(432) 681-6301

Newspaper profiles MC alum who found her love for teaching as Math Lab tutor

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Trazi Wihebrink, Abell Junior High math teacher

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Respect is the core of everything Trazi Wihebrink teaches her seventh- grade math students at Abell Junior High.

“I have three classroom rules: respect yourself, respect others, respect the education environment,” Wihebrink said.

Self-classified as a ‘baby teacher,’ Wihebrink, a Midland native, began her teaching career in Midland ISD three years ago.

She believes she’s “providing a quality education to general education students who are non-special-education students (504, resource, GT, PreAP).”

After graduating from Midland High, Wihebrink attended Midland College and worked in the Math Lab and volunteered as an after-school tutor. It was there that Wihebrink fell in love with the art of teaching ...

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REMINDER ... Midland College accepting submissions for history symposium/publication

• Final date for paper submission is January 11, 2016

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The West Texas Journal of History is now accepting submissions for its 2016 edition, volume 1, number 4. Chosen papers will be presented April 2, 2016, at the West Texas Symposium of History on the main campus of Midland College. The journal subsequently will be published in May.

Papers may cover any subject in a historical perspective—traditional history, political science, literature, archaeology, philosophy and the teaching of these areas. The West Texas Journal of History and accompanying symposium are designed to showcase faculty at community colleges and lower-division branches of universities in Texas, as well as graduate students at universities. The journal is refereed.

The journal and symposium were established in 2011 through an endowed gift from Paula and Jim Henry. In addition, the Henry gift also established the Midland College Henry Chair of History—a position originally held by Dr. William Morris until his retirement this past spring.

In January 2011, Paula Henry stated, “The gift is our way of honoring Midland College and Dr. Morris for their tireless efforts to keep academic standards first rate.”

For the past three years, Midland College has published the West Texas Journal of History, and papers in the journal are presented at the West Texas Symposium of History. The new Henry Chair of History is Paula Marshall-Gray, Ph.D., who teaches history, anthropology and archaeology at Midland College.

Marshall-Gray said, “We plan to continue the tradition established by Dr. Morris so that community college faculty and staff from across Texas and New Mexico will have an opportunity to publish and present articles of historical significance.”

Inquiries and submissions should be addressed to Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray, or 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705. Authors of the articles chosen for presentation and publication will receive expenses and an honorarium. Final date for paper submission is January 11, 2016.

MC to host Community Band concert

Midland College hosts
Community Band concert

“Classics, Movies & Pop”

Friday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Allison Fine Arts building 
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Friday, October 30, Midland College (MC) will host the fall performance of the Midland Community Band. The performance will feature favorite band tunes with the theme of “Classics, Movies & Pop.” The performance is FREE and will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fine Arts Building located on the main MC campus.

Members of the Midland Community Band are all volunteers who enjoy getting together once a week and playing music. Band coordinator Mark McDonald said that Friday evening’s performance will include some great “toe-tapping” favorites as well as some beautiful classic pieces. No reservations or tickets are required.

For more information, contact:

Midland College Community Relations Office
(432) 685-4556

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Sul Ross State University @ MC


Thursday, November 5 • 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer Student Center

SRSU@MC Day is a time where MC students can come by and look into transferring to Sul Ross State University, as well as our distance education programs we offer on campus.

Obtain a four-year bachelor degree in Biology, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Geology, Kinesiology, Mathematics through Sul Ross State University, while staying full time on the Midland College Campus!

For more information, please contact:

Lady Jena Carey
SRSU@MC Distance Education Program
(432) 685-6454

"Lunchtime Learning" continues over next two weeks at MC Workforce CE

• Midland College offers “Lunchtime Learning” continuing education opportunities for business professionals

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This fall, the Midland College (MC) Workforce Continuing Education Department will host a series of short management seminars focusing on workplace communications, motivation and time management. They are being taught by Katherine Allen, MC department chair of Modern Languages and Communications.

MC Director of Workforce Continuing Education Lyndolyn Pervier said, “We know that time is valuable, so we're offering these workshops for busy business professionals. It’s an affordable and easy way to brush up on communication skills so that managers can better motivate employees and save time avoiding workplace issues caused from miscommunication.”

The last session will be presented in two parts on November 4 and 12 and is entitled “Motivation: Identifying, Planning and Implementing.” During this session, participants will discover ways to stay motivated—even during the most mundane office activities—and learn how to inspire motivation in subordinates and coworkers. Students will discuss the motivation process and how to achieve peak business performance.

Each session is two hours long (11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.) and will be held at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. The cost of each session is $33. To register and obtain more information, please contact the MC Workforce Continuing Education Department at (432) 681-6326, or visit

THIS week ... banish those bad grammar demons with help from MC Language Hub

I wanted to give you a heads up about an upcoming Language Hub programs for the semester. It's a new program that we haven’t tried before.

We’re calling it “Grammar Nightmares: Spooky Quick Fixes!” This will be a one-hour grammar workshop that will focus on the most common grammar errors in student writing (comma and semi-colon usage, pronoun/antecedent and subject/verb agreement errors, and apostrophes).

We are doing it the week of Halloween and giving out free candy to all students that attend. The workshop will be taught by me at 1:00 PM on Wednesday, October 28th in TC 180 (the room next to the Language Hub).

Have a spectacular week, and please, let me know if you need any more info.

Stacy Egan
MC English Department
(432) 685-6700

Friday, October 23, 2015

Chemistry at the Mall ... TOMORROW

Midland College Chemistry Club joins with American Chemical Society (Permian Basin section) to present ...
Chemistry at the Mall
Saturday, October 24, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Midland Park Mall, near Dillard’s

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College (MC) Chemistry Club and the Permian Basin section of the American Chemical Society will host Chemistry at the Mall on Saturday, October 24, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. MC faculty and students will be at Midland Park Mall near Dillard’s presenting demonstrations and hands-on activities to show how chemistry impacts everyday life.

MC Chemistry Professor Dr. Pat Nandakumar said, “The presentation is being coordinated in conjunction with National Chemistry Week. This year’s theme is ‘Chemistry Colors Our World.’ We invite the public to join us on Saturday to see how we ‘colorize’ Midland Park Mall with our experiments.”

Nandakumar explained that the MC Chemistry department has been participating in National Chemistry Week events at the Midland Park Mall for several years.

“This event always draws a crowd. It’s a great way for people to see how much fun chemistry can be,” stated Nandakumar.

For more information, contact Dr. Nandakumar at (432) 685-6738, .

Hello Everyone,

From National Chemistry Week, I have attached the booklet from American Chemical Society for your reading. Please share it with your children /grandchildren/ friends to raise awareness. Enjoy!

Pat, Chemistry Ambassador

Get your copy
(Adobe .pdf file)

Tick, tick, tick ... Writing contest entry deadline is THIS Sunday

Entries for the 2015 Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest are now being accepted.

Entry deadline:
Sunday, November 1, 2015, 11:59 p.m.

Awards ceremony: Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12:00 noon, McCormick Gallery, Allison Fine Arts Building.

Midland College began its Creative Writing Contest in 1975. The contest was given a new name in honor of Professor Rebecca T. Watson, who retired from Midland College’s English Department last spring. Ms. Watson judged the first contest when she was an adjunct instructor, and then she guided the contest to maturity over many years of teaching creative writing classes and directing the contest. The English Department is grateful for her years of dedicated service.

Download a copy of the following information
    (Adobe.pdf file)

Online contest entry form
    (secure online form)

The contest accepts entries in three categories: poetry, short fiction, and essay. Contestants may submit a maximum of 3 fiction pieces, 3 essays, and/or 3 poems (three of each category).

Any full-time or part-time student registered in English classes at Midland College at any time since September 1, 2014 is eligible to compete. Any past first-place winner is eligible only in a category in which that student has not previously won.

The deadline is Sunday, November 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.

All the judges are published writers FROM THE COMMUNITY, STATE AND/OR REGION, and/or teachers of writing from colleges or universities other than Midland College.

First place: $150 and Certificate of Award
Second Place: $100 and Certificate of Award
Third Place: $75 and Certificate of Award
Honorable Mention: Certificate of Award
Note: Midland College reserves the right to withhold awards if entries in a category are lacking in sufficient quality.

Awards Celebration
The REBECCA T. WATSON CREATIVE WRITING CONTEST Awards Celebration will be held Thursday, November 19, 2015, at noon in the McCORMICK GALLERY at the Allison Fine Arts Building. Winners will not be notified in advance. Contestants are asked to attend the awards ceremony, TO PRESENT THEIR WORKS AND RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS AND PRIZES, except in extenuating circumstances.

Selected writings from the contest will be published in Tableau, an annual student publication produced cooperatively through the Departments of Communication and English. They may also appear on the college website. The writings published will be selected by the contest committee and approved by the president of Midland College. Visit the Student Publications Office, AFA 185, to look at previous copies of Tableau.

Submitting Your Entry
You will submit your entry online. To do this, go to the Midland College English Department webpage at . Click on the Creative Writing Contest link. You will be able to fill out a submission form and upload your file containing your entry.

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

Department of English | Allison Fine Arts Building
3600 N. Garfield • Midland, TX • 79705
Phone: (432) 685-4624
E-mail: Fine Arts & Communications Division

Thursday, October 22, 2015

LOTS to do at MC tomorrow afternoon/evening

College basketball, fall fun and games, and a glowing run around campus ... or, as we call it at Midland College ... Friday ... won't you join us?

The community is invited to Midland College’s (MC) “Kinesiology Karnival and Glow Run” on Friday, October 23. The event is being coordinated by the MC Kinesiology Club and will include booths with family activities and trick-or-treat candy. Members of the various MC student organizations will sell t-shirts, baked goods and chances to win prizes. All proceeds will be used to support approved student trips and philanthropic activities.

MC Director of Kinesiology Sheena Thompson explained, “Each booth will have a fun theme, and we plan to wear costumes to coordinate with the themes. We hope our visitors will also come in costume. People can participate in any of the day’s activities or come early and stay late in order to enjoy all the fun!”

The festivities begin at 3:00 p.m. with the MC Chaparral men’s basketball team scrimmaging the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) Falcons at the Physical Education (P.E.) Building, which is just across the campus loop road from the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. 

The carnival takes place immediately after the game in the parking lot of Chap Center from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Members of the MC Kinesiology Club will sell glow sticks, and from 8:00-9:00 p.m., the community is invited to participate in the “Glow Run” to be held on the MC campus Circle Drive. Entry fee for the “Glow Run” is $5.

For more information, on either of these events, please contact:

Sheena Thompson, Director of Kinesiology
Midland College
(432) 685-4579