Sunday, January 31, 2016

GREAT weekend on the road for Lady Chap softball

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

BEEVILLE, TEXAS - The No.15-ranked Midland College Lady Chap softball team capped off a perfect weekend at the Coastal Bend College Tournament with a 10-2 win over Angelina College and a 7-3 win over Laredo Community College ...

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Friday, January 29, 2016

CONTRA-TIEMPO to take the MC stage, next week


The public is cordially invited to come to the campus of Your College, and enjoy a FREE workshop presented by the urban dance troupe CONTRA-TIEMPO on Thursday, February 4, 12:00 noon, in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium of the Allison Fina Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

A complimentary light lunch will also be served, starting at 11:30 a.m. in the McCormick Gallery, AFA. The workshop is FREE and NO tickets are required.

The event is sponsored by Midland College and the Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council, Inc.

For more information, please contact:

Rebecca Bell
(432) 685-4556
rbell@midland.edu

From the CONTRA-TIEMPO website ...

"Founded and directed by Ana Maria Alvarez in 2005, our unique Urban Latin Dance Theater brings to life voices that are not traditionally heard on the concert stage."

"Our work is rooted in Salsa and Afro-Cuban and draws from Hip-Hop, urban and contemporary dance-theater. We create an invigorating blend of physically intense and socially astute performance that pushes the boundaries of Latin dance as an expressive cultural and contemporary form. We are taking Salsa back to its roots as a mode of expression for the struggles of the working class, and are therefore committed to making our high quality, professional performance work accessible for all, regardless of race or class. CONTRA-TIEMPO exists inside of and embodies the 'in between' space: leader/follower, immigrant/American, English/Spanish, performer/listener. We fully embrace that liminal experience as artists within communities, both on and off stage. CONTRA-TIEMPO is a rich tapestry of professional dancers and performers from varied styles, many of whom are immigrants or first generation North Americans, and exist within the varied and infinitely complex political and personal landscapes that we address in our work."

"Resident composer and co-founder, César Alvarez, approaches the music for the group as if it were a new genre. CONTRA-TIEMPO's movement narrative calls for a complete rebuilding of "dance music" using a sonic vocabulary as far-reaching and diverse as the company members' backgrounds. In the original music he composes for CONTRA-TIEMPO's performances, César deconstructs salsa, collaging Americana with hip-hop, poetry with clave, industrial and found sound with the powerful rhythmic traditions of the African Diaspora."

more about CONTRA-TIEMPO ...

Temeperatures warming-up, just in time for Walk with a Doc, TOMORROW at Your College


According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
Enhance mental well-being
Improve blood lipid profile
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise1! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

The Midland Walk with a Doc program is part of a nationwide initiative funded in Texas by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.

Join Dr. Manoher L. Gurru and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk With A Doc event.

More from Dr. Gurru on the benefits of this weekend's event

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Allison Fine Arts Building,
                 Midland College
                 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas
Who can attend: Anyone!

"First Friday" of the spring semester is NEXT Friday

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

Each month, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. This next Friday, February 5th, will be the first First Friday Science Seminar of the spring semester. Each seminar features a working scientist presenting aspects of what their career (and results) are all about, which that will be of particular interest to students.

Come and enjoy this lecture and encourage others to attend. Please feel free to bring your lunch, to enjoy during the presentation. We hope to see all of you there!

Event: First Friday Science Seminar (February)
Time: Friday, Bebruary 5th, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, MC main campus
Speaker: Joe Whitehead
Title: "The Importance of Playas and the Ogallala"

Joe Whitehead is a member of the I-20 Wildlife Preserve's Board of Directors, and Chairman of their Land Management Committee.


For more information about the "First Friday" Science Seminar Series at MC, please contact:

Tom Ready, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department, Midland College
(432) 685-6748
tready@midland.edu

Chap Basketball chalks-up another win

MC Photo by James Durbin
• JJC BASKETBALL: Chaps exact revenge, hold off SPC for big win

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team showed South Plains College that it was a much different team than it was on Dec. 2 when it visited Levelland.

On that day, the Chaparrals got run out of the Texan Dome, 89-63.

The Chaps said they were never going to forget that day and that embarrassing performance, and they made up for it on Thursday ...

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Lady Chap basketball gets win at home over South Plains College

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Wright, Lady Chaps fight back, top SPC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Walnatia Wright said there was no way that her Midland College women’s basketball team was going to allow South Plains College to do what it wanted on the Lady Chaparrals' home court ...

read the rest of this MRT report

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Getting ready for Homecoming Week 2016, at Your College


From Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator

We are certainly excited about all things homecoming; and had a blast during the shoot! Many thanks to our sponsors MC SGA, Michael Fields and the Cosmetology Dept. for championing hair and make-up, Jeff Artwood and the Photography Dept. who were our photographers, Rick and Leslie Neeley for the use of their beautiful vehicles, La La’s Fashions and Katrina’s Boutique for outfitting the teams, and The Yucca Theater for the location.

This year’s Homecoming Festivities, The Roaring 20’s, will be one to remember! Mark your calendars and be sure to support and share the following dates:

CLICK HERE for a schedule

For more information about Homecoming 2016, contact:

Taneekwa Hurdle, MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Newspaper profiles Lady Chap softball player, previews 2016 season

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC SOFTBALL: Siataga settled in, ready to lead Lady Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A lot has changed in a year for Midland College softball player Cassie Siataga.

The sophomore shortstop from Christchurch, New Zealand, has gone from someone who was extremely homesick when she got to Midland to a player that the team is counting on to be a leader on and off the field.

There’s no question that Siataga can have an impact as the Lady Chaps begin their season this weekend at the Coastal Bend College Tournament in Beeville ...

read the rest of this profile and preview ...

Newspaper documents changes to WRTTC's appearance, technology

FSP Photo by Jeremy Gonzalez
• WRTTC evolves with modern upgrades

Jeremy Gonzalez, Staff Reporter
Fort Stockton Pioneer

The Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) has made some notable upgrades to its facility. The satellite college campus is on the IH-10 service road at Rio Street on the north side of Fort Stockton. The cosmetic renovations range from a new Keurig coffee brewing system in the student lounge to the complete overhaul and relocation of various office spaces. The refurbishment is aimed at making students and visitors feel valued ...

... In addition to the changes in appearance, WRTTC has also updated its technology assets and is working on its network system ...

read the rest of this FSP report

Newspaper previews today's basketball doubleheader at Chap Center

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC BASKETBALL: Preview capsules for today's MC games vs. South Plains

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball had the bye on Monday but is coming off a big road win at rival Odessa College as the Lady Chaparrals got a big game from Walnatia Wright, who had a game-high 28 points. ... Tonight’s game begins the second half of WJCAC play ...

Midland College men's basketball looks to extend its winning streak to three games tonight as it fights to stay in the top four of the crowded WJCAC standings ... The Chaps would like to forget the last time they played the Texans, as SPC ran away with an 89-63 win in the WJCAC opener in Levelland on December 2 ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Midland College conducts domestic terrorism drill, Thursday


ALL CLEAR. Campus to resume normal operations. Thank You for your cooperation, from the Midland College Police Department.



• Thursday, 01/28: get updates on the drill's progress on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

For more information, please contact:
MC Dean of Community Relations Rebecca Bell
(432) 685-4556 • rbell@midland.edu

Midland College (MC) strives to maintain the safest campus possible. Employees routinely participate in training on how to respond to active shooter incidents and natural disasters. On Thursday, January 28, the main MC campus (3600 N. Garfield) will undergo a domestic terrorism exercise between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

The MC Police Department will coordinate the exercise, and MC Police Chief Richard McKee said, “This activity will simulate a domestic terrorism event somewhere on the main campus. Everyone on campus—employees, students and others—will be provided the details of the event as if it were occurring in real time. Information will be given through the on-campus warning system, Chap Alert text message system and social media. The exercise will require those near the event to follow the shelter-in-place guidelines. People who are not near the simulated danger area will need to evacuate the campus. The decision to shelter in place or evacuate MUST be made by individuals based on their location. It will ultimately be up to each individual to decide the best action to take should a terrorist-type event occur.”

College officials said that Thursday’s exercise will cause some disruption of normal activities. For the past two months, employees and students have been told that the exercise will occur on the morning of January 28; however, no specific details have been relayed in order to make the simulation as real as possible.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas stated, “Unfortunately, recent events throughout the world, such as those in Paris and San Bernardino this past fall, have made us realize that it is necessary to evaluate Midland College’s level of preparedness and then take corrective actions that may be needed.”

College officials stressed that participation in this exercise is mandatory for everyone on the main MC campus. The entire drill will conclude at 12:00 noon, and the campus will resume normal activities.

Emergency response procedures may be reviewed at the MC Emergency Management web page ( www.midland.edu/emergency ).

A Weather Note / Update for Fort Stockton, Tonight/Tomorrow ...

From Matt Tarpley, WRTTC: The power was restored to the Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) around 4:15 this afternoon. However, TNMP Company is still working outages and the facility may continue to experience intermittent power outage until late tonight.

All classes are cancelled for this evening, but regular schedule will resume tomorrow (Thursday) beginning at 8 AM ...



Walk with a Doc, Saturday at Your College


According to the American Heart Association, walking has the lowest dropout rate of any physical activity. Think it doesn’t do any good? Think again. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day can have the following health benefits:

Reduce the risk of coronary heart disease
Improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels
Maintain body weight and lower the risk of obesity
Enhance mental well-being
Improve blood lipid profile
Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
Reduce the risk of breast and colon cancer
Reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes

Walking is low impact; easier on the joints than running. It is safe – with a doctor’s okay – for people with orthopedic ailments, heart conditions, and those who are more than 20% overweight. In addition, research has shown that you could gain two hours of life for each hour of regular exercise1! That quick stroll around the block seems a little more worthwhile now, doesn’t it?

The Midland Walk with a Doc program is part of a nationwide initiative funded in Texas by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation with major support from the Texas Medical Association Insurance Trust.

Join Dr. Manoher L. Gurru and other people looking to improve their health at the next Walk With A Doc event.

More from Dr. Gurru on the benefits of this weekend's event

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Allison Fine Arts Building,
                 Midland College
                 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas
Who can attend: Anyone!

A Weather Note for Fort Stockton, today ...

From Dennis Sever, MC: You may be aware of the blizzard that hit the Ft. Stockton area yesterday. This morning the Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) is without power, phone or data services. Contact with employees at the WRTTC is via cell phone only at this time. Midland College Facilities staff are headed there as soon as possible to assist.

From Matt Tarpley, WRTTC: The power lines feeding the WRTTC are down. TNMP will get to the downed lines as quickly as possible, but considering the residential outages, will be late today or tomorrow. The WRTTC will not be able to host classes today.





Lots of snow at the MC Williams Regional
Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Ft. Stockton!

REMINDER ... MC Student Club Fair is TODAY

From Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Student Life will be hosting our bi-annual Club Fair, Wednesday, January 27 - TODAY - from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., here in the Lounge of the Student Center. This event is a great opportunity to increase your awareness of campus/community clubs and organizations, philanthropic efforts, special-interest businesses, and their respective services and missions.

We'll also be serving a FREE lunch to MC students
during the Club Fair!

Spring 2016 Club Fair at Midland College: Participant List

Amtgard
BB&T
BEDC
Catholic Students Association
Chemistry Club
Cogdell Hispanic Scholars and Leaders
Cheer/Dance Team
Education Society
Every Nation Campus
Geology
Gideons
Greater Ideal
International Student's Club
Intramurals
Kinesiology
LBGT+
Members Financial Credit Union
Phi Theta Kappa
Recording Library
Red Cross
Regents
Respiratory Care
SGA
Sigma Kappa Delta
Student Nurse Association
Student Publication
The Navigators
United Blood Services
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Veterans Club
Wells Fargo

We look forward to your participation!

Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of Latisha Williams. As most of you know, Latisha had suffered a serious illness due to complications from a recent surgery. She left MC approximately four years ago. Her most recent job at MC was director of Financial Aid.

UPDATE: Viewing will be on Friday, January 29, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home. Services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Fairmont Park Church of Christ with Bro. Rodney Taylor giving the eulogy.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Latisha Williams to the Midland College Foundation and directed to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund, c/o Deonne Presley, Room 141, Pevehouse Administration Building, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705; or online at midlandcollegefoundation.org/gift.

A Weather Note for Fort Stockton and Midland, today and tomorrow ...

The Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Fort Stockton closed at 2:00 p.m. today and will be observing a late start tomorrow (Wednesday, January 27) due to heavy snow. There will be no evening classes at the WRTTC.

At this time, the main campus and all Midland County facilities are scheduled to observe regular hours tonight and tomorrow.





Lots of snow at the MC Williams Regional
Technical Training Center (WRTTC) in Ft. Stockton!

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of Midland College Security Supervisor Don Lemmon. Don passed away Saturday morning, January 23, after a brief illness.

There will be a memorial service for Don this Friday January 29, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

The MC flag is flying at half-staff.

Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Don Lemmon to the Midland College Foundation and directed to the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund, c/o Deonne Presley, Room 141, Pevehouse Administration Building, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, TX 79705; or online at midlandcollegefoundation.org/gift.

TOMORROW ... MC students ... find YOUR place at Your College

From Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Student Life will be hosting our bi-annual Club Fair, Wednesday, January 27 - TOMORROW - from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., here in the Lounge of the Student Center. This event is a great opportunity to increase your awareness of campus/community clubs and organizations, philanthropic efforts, special-interest businesses, and their respective services and missions.

We'll also be serving a FREE lunch to MC students during the Club Fair!

Spring 2016 Club Fair at Midland College: Participant List

Amtgard
BB&T
BEDC
Catholic Students Association
Chemistry Club
Cogdell Hispanic Scholars and Leaders
Cheer/Dance Team
Education Society
Every Nation Campus
Geology
Gideons
Greater Ideal
International Student's Club
Intramurals
Kinesiology
LBGT+
Members Financial Credit Union
Phi Theta Kappa
Recording Library
Red Cross
Regents
Respiratory Care
SGA
Sigma Kappa Delta
Student Nurse Association
Student Publication
The Navigators
United Blood Services
United States Army
United States Marine Corps
Veterans Club
Wells Fargo

We look forward to your participation!

Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

A bon couer at Your College

Good Afternoon All,

“Laisses Le Bon Temps Rouler,” which translates to, let the good times roll, is indicative of the effervescent time of year where people, the world over, congregate in New Orleans for the biggest celebration the city hosts: Mardi Gras!

Mark your calendars and assemble your “Krewes” to rally behind you as you vie for the title, and ultimate bragging rights of Top Chef in our Mardi Gras cook-off! Awards will be given for top three finishers.

Cook-off information is as follows:

Event: Mardi Gras Gumbo Cook-Off
Date: Tuesday, February 9th (Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras Day)
Time: 11am-1pm
Location: Student Center Lounge
Entry Fee: $10

CLICK HERE for an entry form (Adobe .pdf file)

CLICK HERE for an cook-off rules(Adobe .pdf file)

Please contact me for more information!

In Service,

Taneekwa Hurdle, Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Chap Basketball treats hometown crowd to win

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Simmons’ shooting carries Chaps past NMMI

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Shots were not falling in the first half for the Midland College men's basketball team against New Mexico Military Institute on Monday night.

But when the Chaparrals have a player like Jachai Simmons carrying a big load, there really wasn’t much to worry about.

Simmons, a 6-foot-7 freshman forward, paced the Chaps with 18 of his game-high 26 points in the first half before MC finally pulled away for an 88-60 Western Junior College Athletic Conference win at Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report

Monday, January 25, 2016

Midland College and Baylor University announce partnership

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
• New ‘Baylor Bound’ transfer agreement will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) and Baylor University today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas.

Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr and Steve Thomas, Ph.D., Midland College President signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room at Midland College.

As one of its goals under the Pro Futuris strategic initiative, Baylor intends to create 10 Baylor Bound partnerships during the next five years. The Baylor-Midland agreement is the seventh partnership, along with McLennan Community College in Waco, Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Blinn College in Brenham, Collin College in McKinney, Temple College in Temple, and Alamo Colleges in San Antonio.

The Baylor Bound program will serve highly motivated students from Midland College who, upon meeting the program’s criteria, will transfer to Baylor to complete their baccalaureate degrees.

Midland College President Steve Thomas, Ph.D., said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our students. The agreement with Baylor University adds to our extensive list of quality universities that enable Midland College students to seamlessly transfer in order to continue their studies. By beginning their college careers at Midland College, students can take advantage of the Legacy Scholarship and other opportunities while receiving the personal attention and specialized assistance for which Midland College is renowned. After completing an associate degree, students have the opportunity to transfer to esteemed higher education institutions such as Baylor.”

“We are so proud of our Baylor Bound program which provides an affordable avenue for community college students who wish to complete their studies at Baylor University,” President Starr said. “We are deeply grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with Midland College on this important partnership, which expands educational access for students in Texas. We look forward to welcoming more Midland College students who will begin their educational journey at Midland College, continue with the outstanding academic programs and transformative student experience that is the cornerstone of a Baylor education, and then graduate as proud Baylor Bears.”

Students may declare their intent to transfer to Baylor by submitting the Baylor Bound application prior to enrolling at Midland or while enrolled as a full-time student. Admission to the program will be determined by Baylor’s Office of Admission Services.

Students at Midland College who become part of the Baylor Bound program can choose a plan from 66 majors, all of which are articulated through specific MAPS – or Major Academic Planners – that will assist them as they move toward timely degree completion. More information about these majors and course transfer equivalency between Baylor and Midland College is available at www.baylor.edu/advising/bbmaps .

Students must be enrolled in an approved A.A. or A.S. academic program leading to an approved Baylor B.B.A., B.A., B.S.W. or B.S. degree and refer to Baylor’s Major Academic Planner when planning coursework.

Advisers from both institutions will help students select courses that satisfy program requirements to allow for a successful transition from Midland College to full-time status at Baylor. Midland College Baylor Bound students also will receive information about scholarships for transfer students and special transfer residential experiences. Also, students from Midland College will have access to Baylor’s libraries via the Interlibrary Loan Agreement as well as special opportunities to visit the Baylor campus and meet with Baylor representatives.

Baylor and Midland College officials, along with approximately 100 alumni, friends and special guests from across the region, including U. S. Representative Mike Conaway and Texas Representative Tom Craddick, gathered at a reception following the signing to celebrate the historic partnership between the two institutions. Speakers included Baylor alumna Lynda Webb, dean of adult & developmental education at Midland College, Starr and Thomas.

McCormick Gallery unveils first show of 2016

Strangely Familial
Work by Nathan Barnes

January 25 - February 26, 2016

Opening Reception and
Gallery Talk - February 4, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

The first exhibit of 2016 hanging in McCormick Gallery at Midland College (MC) will feature the works of artist and gallery curator Nathan Barnes. The exhibit entitled “Strangely Familial” is made possible by the generous support of the Rhea Charitable Trust. It will be displayed January 25-February 26 and is located in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

"My work articulates a slowly expanding cosmology, born of the work itself.

Each portrait in the Strangely Familial series is associated with a member of my family. They are a conflation of family history, biography, and my own passions and anxieties. They constitute something of a genealogy or collective memoir with the potential to extend deep into the past or far into the future. I also think of them as creatures, fauna that inhabit a world yet largely unexplored."

-- Nathan Barnes   • visit his website

Nathan Barnes earned a BFA in painting and drawing from the University of Utah, where he was a Carmen Christensen award recipient and Anne Cannon award finalist. He earned a MFA in studio art from Idaho State University while acting as the curator of exhibitions for the Willard Arts Center in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Nathan currently lives in Olympia, Washington with his wife and three children. He is the gallery coordinator at South Puget Sound Community College.

This exhibition was made possible by the generous support of the Rhea Charitable Trust.

MC Art Instructor and McCormick Gallery Director Michael Hubbard invites the public to view the exhibit and enjoy a complimentary reception and gallery talk on Thursday, February 4, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in McCormick Gallery.

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
mhubbard@midland.edu

Newspaper previews tonight's men's basketball home game

• JC BASKETBALL PREVIEW CAPSULE: MC men hosts NMMI

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team snapped a two-game losing streak with its upset road win against No. 10 Odessa College on Thursday ... MC coach Jordan Dreiling said the team has a renewed sense of focus after the win but added that there are things his team needs to improve on ...

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TODAY ... Midland College and Baylor University to Hold ‘Baylor Bound’ Signing Ceremony

• Event to mark MC/Baylor University articulation agreement

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) and Baylor University will sign a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions. All MC employees, students and the public are invited to attend.

The event will take place today, Monday, January 25, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the MC main campus.

Among those participating in today's signing is Baylor University president and chancellor Judge Ken Starr, and Midland College president Dr. Steve Thomas.

The Baylor Bound program allows MC students to have access to Baylor advisors, online degree requirement guides, special mailings and access to the Baylor Library System interlibrary loan system. After completing course work at Midland College, Baylor Bound students will be able to apply for scholarships available to transfer students.

MC and Baylor are planning a reception in early this afternoon to celebrate the Baylor Bound articulation agreement. All MC employees and students are invited, and we are looking for people who have a Baylor connection. If you are a Baylor alum or have a family member who is a Baylor alum or know of someone who graduated from Baylor, please let them know. We want to extend an invitation to all for this special event.

Rebecca C. Bell
Dean, Community Relations
Midland College
(432) 685-4556
rbell@midland.edu

Saturday, January 23, 2016

In Memory ...

Midland College security supervisor Don Lemmon passed away Saturday morning, January 23, after a brief illness. Funeral arrangements are pending.

The MC flag is flying at half-staff.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Cross-Community Wellness Events for January

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College is partnering with several other community entities to promote health and wellness in Midland. From Midland Memorial Hospital, here is information about upcoming community events/activities.

January 21 | Alzheimer’s Association Workshop
Midland College is partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to host workshops for people who work with Alzheimer patients and for family and friends of Alzheimer patients. Ten workshops will be offered periodically January through June. Today’s workshop will discuss ways to connect with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Participants will discover how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn how to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia and identify strategies for effective communication at each stage of the disease. Cost is free. The first workshop will be today from 10:30 a.m.—noon in Room 213 of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland. Seating is limited; interested participants are asked to call (800) 272-3900 to make a reserva-tion. To learn more, email kdaw@midland.edu.

January 26 – March 3, March 15—April 21 | Midland College aquatic classes
Classes will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at the Wellness Pool, located at 3003 N. A Street in Midland, TX.
          Arthritis Foundation aquatic classes: 10—11 a.m. - Classes are range-of-motion and stretching, strengthening, and balance and coordination activities. Participants are able to improve joint flexibility and reduce pain and stiffness while supported by the water’s buoyancy and resistance.
          Ai Chi classes: Noon - 1 p.m. - This water movement and relaxation program increases oxygen and caloric consumption by combining deep breathing and slow, broad movements. Ai Chi is successfully used with individuals with pain, arthritis, fibromyalgia, COPD, and neurological/orthopedic diagnosis.

January 29 and 30 | Permian Basin Mental Health Conference
Permian Basin Mental Health Conference will be held at the First Baptist Church of Midland. Registration and breakfast begins at 7 a.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. This conference will provide participants with tools to aid in the prevention of suicide and other mental health topics. For more information, call 432.240.1552 To register, visit: https://pbmhconference2016.eventbrite.com/.

Chap Basketball gets dramatic win on the road

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC MEN’S BASKETBALL: Chaps finish strong, upset No. 10 Odessa College

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team finally learned how to close out a tight game on Thursday.

And it came against the No. 10-ranked team in the nation.

Thanks to a game-high 25 points from Travaun Coad (pictured above), key plays down the stretch and a few defensive stops down the stretch, the Chaparrals held on for an 80-77 victory over rival Odessa College at the OC Sports Center ...

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Next Game: The MC Chaparrals will host South Plains College Thursday, January 28, 7:30 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Lady Chap Basketball back on winning track

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Wright drives MC past Odessa College

Will Korn, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - The Midland College women’s basketball team needed just about every one of Walnatia Wright’s game-high 28 points on Thursday.

Every time MC needed a clutch bucket, Wright delivered as the No. 10-ranked Lady Chaps escaped the Odessa College Sports Center with a grind-it-out, 59-57 Western Junior College Athletic Conference victory against No. 17-ranked Odessa College ...

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Next Game: The MC Lady Chaparrals will host South Plains College Thursday, January 28, 5:45 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Call for Participants ... MC Student Club Fair for Spring 2016

From Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator

Student Life will be hosting our bi-annual Club Fair, Wednesday, January 27 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., here in the Lounge of the Student Center. This event is a great opportunity to increase awareness about your club/organization, philanthropic efforts, as well as recruit/share the application process to prospective members to assist in your respective missions.

If you are a business or organization that may be of special interest to our MC student body (i.e. banking institutions, Legacy-approved agencies, etc.), we invite you to join us as well!

Please respond by noon, Friday, January 22 - TODAY - to reserve your table as space is limited.

We look forward to your participation!

Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Thursday, January 21, 2016

At Your College, 'it's good to be the king ... or the queen'

• Now accepting applications for 2016 MC Homecoming Royalty

From Taneekwa Hurdle
MC Student Activities Coordinator


Homecoming at Midland College is an annual celebratory tradition. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, friends and family gather to commemorate the outstanding achievements made by the Chaparrals. Through recognition of the Homecoming Court, MC honors those exceptional individuals who through exemplary performance have displayed an extraordinary commitment to leaving a legacy of pride.

For the first time, all current MC students may run for Homecoming Court in hopes of being crowned Homecoming King and Queen. You don’t want to miss out on this history-making election!

CLICK HERE for more information and application forms

But, wait ... you also get ... Introducing the 2016 Royal Court is only one of a variety of Homecoming-related activities going on at MC the week of February 15 ... including a parade, a casino night and an exciting juco basketball doubleheader at Chap Center.

CLICK HERE for a schedule

For more information about Homecoming 2016, contact:

Taneekwa Hurdle, MC Student Activities Coordinator
(432)685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Newspaper previews today's basketball doubleheader, on the road in Odessa

• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: MC looking to recover from tough loss

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball sophomore guard Sierra Dixon just wants her team to get over Monday’s 65-56 loss at No. 9 New Mexico Junior College.

The No. 10-ranked Lady Chaparrals haven’t tasted defeat much this season as they come into today’s rivalry game at No. 18 Odessa College with an 18-3 overall record and 5-1 mark in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play ...

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• JC BASKETBALL: Chaps focusing on protecting leads against OC

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College men's basketball team knows that in order to win games in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference, it must defend and rebound.

The Chaparrals also need to learn how to close out games in the ultra competitive conference where every night could be a dogfight.

MC (15-5, 3-3 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference) has lost its last two games in which it had opportunities to win with late leads.

It won’t get any easier tonight as the Chaps head to Odessa College to face the WJCAC-leading and No. 10-ranked Wranglers (17-2, 6-0) ...

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MC community invited to reception closing exhibit at Centennial Library

• Library Reception to Recognize Ancient Art and Generous Partner

From Edward McPherson, Education and Program Coordinator
Midland County Public Libraries

The Centennial Library’s display of ancient ivory is set to close this Friday Jan 22, however before the display returns to Post, TX the library will host a reception in thanks of the OS Ranch Museum’s generosity in loaning the exhibit to the library. The reception is a chance for the public to join a special guided tour of the exhibit given by the staff of the OS Ranch Museum. The public reception - set for Thursday, January 21, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - will include hors d'oeuvres and an opportunity for the public to meet the experts, view beautiful ancient ivory, mix and mingle, and enjoy the award winning Centennial Library - cocktail casual attire is suggested.

While unknown to many residents of the Permian Basin, the OS Ranch Museum is located in the city of Post, TX just 120 miles from Midland. Much of the museums unique collections were developed and acquired by its founder Giles Connell McCrary (1919-2011) a rancher and oilman who also served as the mayor of Post from 1969 to 1991. The McCrary family originally purchased their ranching land from the local Scharbauer family.

Since the Ancient Ivory Exhibit opened on November 23, 2015 the Centennial Library has welcomed over 20,000 visitors. The Ancient Ivory Exhibit has been made available free to the public through the generosity of the OS Ranch Museum, and the exhibit reception has been made possible by the Midland County Public Library Foundation.

For more information, please contact:

Edward McPherson, Education and Program Coordinator
(432) 742-7438
libadm02@co.midland.tx.us

Courtesy Photo

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Paul L. Morris appointed to Midland College Board of Trustees

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Sworn in as newest trustee to fill unexpired term of Neil Florer

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College Board of Trustees has appointed Midland energy executive Paul L. Morris to fill the unexpired term of Neil Florer who passed away this past August. Midland County Judge Mike Bradford administered the oath of office to Mr. Morris during the regular monthly MC Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, January 19, in the Gibson Board Room of the Pevehouse Administration Building on the Midland College main campus.

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Morris is currently the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Elk River Resources, LLC. Prior to founding Elk River Resources in 2013, Morris was employed at Midland-based Wagner & Brown, Ltd., where he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President. He has also been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Banner Energy, Inc. Previous responsibilities include director of GulfSlope Energy, Inc., Axtive Corporation, Basic Energy Services Inc. and Southwest Royalties, Inc.

Throughout the years, Morris has served the Midland community in a number of ways. He is currently a member of the Board of Governors of Midland Memorial Hospital. Previous community organization board participation consists of the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Midland. In addition, Morris is a past-president of The Petroleum Museum and of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association. His prior responsibilities in the education arena include his service on the board of the Rawls College of Business at Texas Tech University.

Mr. Morris graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1964. He is also a graduate of the Executive Management Program in the College of Business Administration of Penn State University.

MC Board of Trustee President Steve Castle said, “Paul is a wonderful guy and will be a fantastic addition to the Midland College Board. He brings with him some great experience as a community leader and business executive. I look forward to working with him in our capacity of service to Midland College.”

Mr. Morris will serve on the MC Board of Trustees through 2016. Morris’ At-Large Place 4 position will be on the November 2016 ballot, along with the Place 1 At-Large position currently occupied by Steve Kiser, the Place 2 At-Large position occupied by Linda Cowden and the Place 3 At-Large position occupied by Larry Lawrence. MC Board of Trustees members are elected for six-year terms,