Thursday, March 31, 2016

Expected rainy weather tomorrow (Friday) ... Schedule changes for MC baseball, softball and "Jackie Robinson" Baseball Camp

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The dates/times of Midland College Chaparral baseball series, the Midland College softball series and the Midland College/Basin PBS Jackie Robinson Baseball clinic have all been changed due to expected rainy, cold weather on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

In a preemptive move, the following game dates/times have been agreed to and are now scheduled for the aforementioned teams, events:

Schedule Changes

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Baseball
@ 1:00 p.m. Western Texas College Westerners @ Midland College Chaparrals (double-header)

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Softball
@ 1:00 p.m. Midland College Lady Chaps @ Howard College Lady Hawks (double-header)

Sunday, April 3, 2016
Baseball
@ 1:00 p.m. Midland College Chaparrals @ Western Texas College Westerners (double-header)

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Midland College / Basin PBS Jackie Robinson Baseball Clinic at Christensen Stadium has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Only the baseball clinic portion has been rescheduled.

The Hot Dog Cookout (for Little League baseball players, ages 5-12) and showing of Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson" documentary film will proceed as originally scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd @ 5:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center located at 2300 Butternut Lane in Midland.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Softball
@ 1:00 p.m. Howard College Lady Hawks @ Midland College Lady Chaps (double-header)

Midland College awards Department of English Scholarship

Anthony Harris receives 2016
Sylvia Krusekoph Scholarship in English

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The Midland College (MC) Department of English announced last week that Anthony Harris is the 2016 recipient of the Sylvia Krusekoph Scholarship in English.

Harris is a mechanical engineering major attending Midland College and employed part-time by the college as a Math Lab tutor.

MC English Program Chair Dr. Pamela Howell reported, “Anthony completed the 50,000-word 2015 National November Novel Writing Month challenge (as a challenge from me, who also met the 50,000-word challenge). He submitted a science fiction novel. He has also won writing awards from MC’s Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest, and he makes exemplary marks in composition classes. Anthony is an outstanding student, and we are proud and honored to be able to award this scholarship to him.”

Your College, connecting employers with job-seekers ... NEXT WEEK

• Expanded list of participating employers

The Job Placement Office (part of the Midland College Career Center) hosts an annual Job Fair each spring. This year's fair has been scheduled for Thursday, April 7, from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center, on the MC main campus.

Admission is FREE, and is open to the general public.

This event offers an avenue for employers to inform students about career opportunities within their organization. Employers can meet with graduates, first-year students and alumni to explore various career opportunities.

All students (and job-seekers from the community) are encouraged to bring resumés with them to the Job Fair, and to dress professionally. Job Fair is an event that benefits students, job-seekers and employers alike.

SPECIAL NOTE : The Midland College Career Center is standing-by to offer students FREE assistance in preparing their resumés for the Job Fair. 

List of Participating Employers/Agencies (so far)

Affordable Self Storage
Big Bend Regional Medical Center
Bobby Cox Companies
Cintas
City of Big Spring
Correct Care Solutions
Distribution NOW
Energi Personnel
Enterprise Holding's, Inc.
Hess Corporation
Homewood Suites by Hilton Midland
ICA Broadcasting
KMID-TV/KPEJ-TV
KOSA-TV/CBS 7
Lithia Motors
Magellan Midstream Partners
Massage Envy Midland
Midland College
NewsWest 9, Telemundo, La Ley, & West Texas CW
Olive Garden
Patterson UTI Drilling Company
Permian Basin Community Centers
Reagor Dykes Auto Group
Region 18 Education Service Center
Robert Half
Shopko
Stripes
Texas Department of Public Safety - State Trooper
Verizon Wireless
West Texas VA Health Care System
Workforce Solutions Permian Basin

For more information, please contact:

Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Job Placement Coordinator
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
Midland College Career Center
(432) 685-4716
LDaniels@midland.edu 

Schedule change for Chap Baseball's games with WTC

Due to weather predictions, the schedule for the upcoming Midland College baseball series with Western Texas College has been changed.

The first set of games will take place Saturday, April 2, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at MC's Christensen Stadium, at the intersection of Loop 250 and Lamesa Road, in northeast Midland.

The second set of games will take place Sunday, April 3, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in Snyder, Texas.

Chap Baseball defeats NMJC

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Beck, Rattai lift Chaps over NMJC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the bottom of the second inning and held on for a 12-7 win against visiting New Mexico Junior College, Wednesday at Christensen Stadium.

MC pounded out 15 hits in the victory and didn’t commit an error.

Connor Beck led the way for MC (17-11, 10-2 in Western Junior College Athletic Conference) by going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, five RBI and two runs scored. Nolan Rattai (pictured above) finished 3-for-3 with two RBI, two walks and three runs scored for the Chaps. Yahir Gurrola went 2-for-5 with a pair of scored runs ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaps are at home for their next game when they Western Texas College at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at MC's Christensen Stadium in Midland, Texas.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

U.S. Representative Conaway will be on the MC campus

From Sondra Richards
MC Program Chair of Government

Our Representative to the U.S. House -- Mike Conaway -- will be on campus Tuesday, April 5, at 9:30 a.m. in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building. Please think about attending and encouraging other students to attend. This is a great opportunity to listen to and ask questions of our Representative to the U.S. House.

Thank you,

Sondra Richards
(432) 685-6815
srichards@midland.edu

Courtesy Photo
Mike Conaway’s biography

(conaway.house.gov) - Serving his sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Mike Conaway represents 29 counties in Texas’ 11th congressional district, including the cities of Midland, Odessa and San Angelo.

A conservative Republican, Rep. Conaway believes in the principles of lower taxes, smaller government and a secure nation. His background as a CPA gives him a unique perspective on fiscal responsibility and ensuring every taxpayer dollar is being spent wisely.

In the House, Congressman Conaway is the chairman of the House Committee on Agriculture and also serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

He is a deputy Republican whip, a position he has held since the 112th Congress.

A native Texan, he grew up in Odessa and graduated from Odessa Permian High School in 1966 after playing on Permian’s first state championship football team. He earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1970.

After serving in the Army at Fort Hood, he returned to the Permian Basin with Price Waterhouse and settled in Midland, later working with George W. Bush as the chief financial officer for Bush Exploration. He developed a lasting friendship with President Bush as they learned together what it takes to run a business.

An ordained deacon in the Baptist church, Congressman Conaway and his wife, Suzanne, live in Midland and have four children and seven grandchildren.

Mike Conaway website ...

Midland College student selected for NASA Aerospace Scholars program

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
Francisco Estrella to visit NASA this May

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) student Francisco Estrella has been selected to travel to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in May to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars project (NCAS).

Estrella was selected as one of only 216 community college students from across the U.S. to be part of NCAS. The selection was based on his submission of a detailed design and plan for a rover mission trip to Mars in order to look for organic compounds inside the planet. In his submission, he outlined specifications for successful landing, drilling and analyses.

Estrella will participate in a five-week scholars program culminating with a four-day on-site event at Johnson Space Center where he will have an opportunity to tour facilities, attend briefings led by NASA subject-matter experts and interact with NASA engineers and others to learn more about careers in science and engineering.

While at NASA, Estrella will also join a team of other students to establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. The team will be responsible for developing and testing a prototype rover, forming a company infrastructure, managing a budget and developing communications and outreach.

Estrella explained, “My team’s work will be based on the proposal that I submitted to NASA. It included a design timeline for launch to surface operations. The design also contained a small analysis laboratory inside the rover. Team members will assume different roles to include an astrodynamics expert, computer science programmer, petroleum engineer, geologist and aerospace engineer. Because I am familiar with the oil and gas industry, my proposal is based on the same properties used in oil and gas exploration and drilling. My proposed rover mission will drill for organic compounds inside the planet. If organic compounds are found, then we will know that there is some type of life on Mars.”

A native of Chihuahua, Mexico, Estrella began attending MC in August 2015. During this school year, he is participating in an electron research project with MC Physics Instructor Jeremy Lusk.

Estrella plans to major in Physics and has submitted applications to several prestigious universities for the 2016-17 school year. Included among those universities are Rice University, MIT, Stanford, Cornell, The University of Texas at Austin and Dartmouth. Estrella is anxiously awaiting notification from these schools, which he said he should receive the first or second week in May — just prior to his trip to NASA.


About NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) is funded in part by the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, which is committed to the recruitment of underrepresented and underserved students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to sustain a diverse workforce.

With this project, NASA continues the agency’s tradition of investing in the nation’s educational programs. It is directly tied to the agency’s major education goal of attracting and retaining students in STEM disciplines critical to NASA’s future missions, which include missions to Mars and beyond.

“NCAS not only inspires community college students to advance in STEM fields, but also opens doors for future careers at NASA. NCAS has a legacy of alumni moving from NASA internships to ultimately entering the NASA workforce. It is rewarding to see the progression of a student from NCAS participant to NASA colleague,” said Tania B. David, MUREP manager.

For additional information, please contact National Community College Aerospace Scholars JSCNCAS@mail.nasa.gov , (281) 483-0493 or visit ncas.aerospacescholars.org

For more information on MUREP, visit www.nasa.gov/education/murep

For updates on social media follow #NCAS2016

… and speaking of language, reading and writing …

… how are your entries for MC's Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest coming along? The deadline for entries is just over a week away ... Saturday, April 9.

Announcing the 2016 edition of the Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest!

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

This is the 28th year of the contest. It honors student poets at Midland College with publication, recognition, and cash awards.

CLICK HERE for more about the contest, and submitting entries

Judging

This year's judge, will be Loretta Diane Walker. Ms. Walker is a two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize for poetry. She has published three collections of her work. Her poetry can also be found in the new anthology of 60 Texas women poets entitled Her Texas and within her manuscript In This House, soon to be published by Bluelight Press. In 2011 she won the Bluelight Press Book Award. Her work has been honored many times and has appeared in numerous publications.

Questions

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

MC Language Hub heading into home stretch with tutoring, workshops, late-night event

From Stacy Egan
English Faculty

A reminder from the Language Hub at Midland College ... the last Language Hub workshop of the semester is upon us! This workshop focuses on APA and MLA formatting and will be held next week: Monday, April 4, from 1:00 - 2:15 PM, and repeated on Tuesday, April 5, from 9:00 - 10:15 AM. Please note, these workshops will only teach the most current versions of MLA and APA formatting.

To foster more personal attention, each workshop is limited to 30 students. Students may sign up in advance at the Language Hub, or they may call Sara Peterson at 432 685 4718 to sign up. All workshops are FREE and open to any currently enrolled Midland College student. We will send a list of attendees for those of you that are offering extra credit.

As always, we are open for tutoring 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM Monday-Thursday, and 8:00 AM - 12:00 noon on Friday. The lab even opens before 8:00 AM for those before class printing needs!

Looking ahead, we are excited to be offering extended late night hours on Tuesday, April 19. On this date, we'll keep the Language Hub open for tutoring until 10:30 PM and start serving pizza after 8:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing students in the Language Hub! Please let me know if you have any questions.

Stacy Egan
(432) 685-6700
segan@midland.edu 

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Chap Baseball to host clinic, film screening for Little Leaguers

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The dates/times of Midland College Chaparral baseball series, the Midland College softball series and the Midland College/Basin PBS Jackie Robinson Baseball clinic have all been changed due to expected rainy, cold weather on Friday, April 1st, 2016.

Schedule Changes

Sunday, April 3, 2016

The Midland College / Basin PBS Jackie Robinson Baseball Clinic at Christensen Stadium has been rescheduled for Sunday, April 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Only the baseball clinic portion has been rescheduled.

The Hot Dog Cookout (for Little League baseball players, ages 5-12) and showing of Ken Burns' "Jackie Robinson" documentary film will proceed as originally scheduled for Sunday, April 3rd @ 5:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center located at 2300 Butternut Lane in Midland.



kenburns.com
From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Midland College Chap baseball team and Basin PBS are co-sponsoring a free three-hour baseball clinic for local Little League participants (ages 5-12) on Sunday, April 24th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Midland College coaches David Coleman and Hector Rodriguez
have graciously agreed to host the clinic at Christensen Stadium and the Chap baseball team will be working with the youngsters.

This event is being held in conjunction with the release of the new documentary film on Jackie Robinson (produced and directed by Ken Burns). Each participating Little Leaguer will receive a free commemorative t-shirt with Robinson’s No. 42 on the back.

on Sunday, April 3rd, at 5:30 p.m. , local Little League participants (ages 5-12) are invited to the Martin Luther King Center (2300 Butternut Lane) to view the 45-minute long Robinson documentary, and for free hotdogs and drinks.

PLEASE NOTE: These events are in addition to the event scheduled for Thursday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m., when Basin PBS and Midland College will host a 45-minute community screening of JACKIE ROBINSON, followed by a panel discussion, in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

... and while you're at the "First Friday" Science Seminar ...

From Dr. Pat Nandakumar
Associate Professor in Chemistry, Midland College

I would like to invite you to the "Periodic Table of Cupcakes Bake Sale” hosted by Chemistry Club during the "First Friday" Science Seminar on April 1st, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Amistad Atrium, F. Marie Hall Academic Building. Please come and pick your favorite element cupcake before they are gone and show your support to Chemistry Club!

Thanks!

THIS Friday is "First Friday" at MC

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

Each month, Midland College hosts a lecture featuring current topics of interest in the science field. 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.

NOTE: The location this month is not the usual venue.

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 (April)
Time: Friday, April 1, 12:00 p.m. (noon)
Location: Room 101 (Lecture Hall)
                 F. Marie Hall Academic Building
                 MC main campus
Speaker: Dr. Olusegun Oyenuga,
                Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Title: "Heart Rhythm Management:
           An Electrician's Approach"


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

Schedule change for Chap Baseball's game with NMJC

The upcoming Midland College baseball game, with New Mexico Junior College, has been moved to Midland due to weather predictions for Hobbs, New Mexico. The game will take place Wednesday, March 30, 7:00 p.m. at MC's Christensen Stadium, at the intersection of Loop 250 and Lamesa Road, in northeast Midland.

MC Spirit Squad announces clinic, tryouts for 2016/2017

Tryouts for the 2016/2017 edition of the MC Spirit Squad are set for Saturday, April 30 ... but you must first attend the clinic.

CLICK HERE for more information, and forms (Adobe .pdf file)

The Midland College Spirit Squad consists of the cheerleaders, mascot and dance team. This is a group of selected individuals whose purposes are to promote and uphold school spirit, encourage crowd participation at athletic events, and develop a sense of good sportsmanship among students. The squad will be the foundation of athletic and academic spirit. The squad will represent Midland College in a positive light and perform and entertain audiences. The spirit of a Midland College Spirit Squad member is important in the promotion of sportsmanship, citizenship and school spirit. Each squad member must develop loyalty towards the team as well as the school and assume a leadership position. Hard work and dedication are a must both in and out of the classroom. It is an honor and a privilege to be a part of this organization.


For more information contact:

Leigh Ann Fierro
Intramural Sports Coordinator, and Spirit Squad Advisor/Coach
Scharbauer Student Center (SSC) Office #101
(432) 685-4828
lfierro@midland.edu

Monday, March 28, 2016

Series of FREE Alzheimer's workshops continuing at MC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is once again partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to host a series of workshops for people who work with Alzheimer patients and for family and friends of Alzheimer patients. The series of 10 workshops will be offered periodically January through June. Participants may register and attend each workshop separately. There is no charge; however, health and social work professionals may register for continuing education credit for $15 per workshop.

All workshops in the series will be held on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon on the following dates:

• March 31
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 12
June 16

For more information, contact the Midland College department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at kdaw@midland.edu

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Lady Chap Softball goes 1-1, on the road at Western Texas

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps split doubleheader vs. WTC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The Midland College softball team split its Western Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader against Western Texas College on Saturday, dropping the first game, 3-2 but taking the second game, 7-1.

Kaitlyn Durrett started the first game for MC (24-8, 4-2 in WJCAC) and took the loss over a complete game outing. The Lady Chaps grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Western Texas (14-20, 3-3) answered with two in the bottom half and then scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Lady Chaps are back at home for their next pair of games, Monday, when they host Western Texas College in a doubleheader at the Midland Softball Field, MC main campus.

Chap baseball continues weekend on the road with win ... and SNOW

MC Photo by Forrrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Murphy, Beam lead Chaps past Luna CC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

LAS VEGAS, NEW MEXICO - The Midland College baseball team had 10 hits and got a complete-game performance from Zach Murphy in a 9-1 victory over Luna Community College on Saturday.

The teams were supposed to have played a doubleheader but it the second game was postponed until noon (CDT) today because of snow ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaps are continue their road series of games today (Saturday), when they once again take on Luna College, in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Taking a break ...


For I remember it is Easter morn,
And life and love and peace are all new born.
~ Alice Freeman Palmer

“He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’”
~ Luke 24:6-7

Awake, thou wintry earth -
Fling off thy sadness!
Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth
Your ancient gladness!
~ Thomas Blackburn

Q: How do bunnies stay healthy?
A: Egg-xercise!
~ Unknown

I lied on my Weight Watchers list. I put down that I had 3 eggs... but they were Cadbury chocolate eggs.
~ Caroline Rhea

Schedule change for this weekend's Lady Chap softball games

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Due to expected very high winds on Friday, March 25th, the Midland College softball series versus Western Texas College, originally scheduled for Friday in Midland and Saturday in Snyder, has been changed to the following dates and times:

Saturday, March 26, 1:00 p.m. - Midland College at Western Texas (doubleheader).

Monday, March 28, 1:00 p.m. - Western Texas at Midland College (doubleheader).

Tomorrow's/Friday's winds in Midland are expected to be 20-30 MPH, with gusts up to 45 MPH.

Series of FREE Alzheimer's workshops continuing at MC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is once again partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to host a series of workshops for people who work with Alzheimer patients and for family and friends of Alzheimer patients. The series of 10 workshops will be offered periodically January through June. Participants may register and attend each workshop separately. There is no charge; however, health and social work professionals may register for continuing education credit for $15 per workshop.

All workshops in the series will be held on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon on the following dates:

• March 31
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 12
June 16

For more information, contact the Midland College department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at kdaw@midland.edu

Chap baseball gets come-from-behind win in last inning

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: MC defeats Howard in wild non-conference game

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Two Midland College baseball base runners scored on an outfield error on a ball hit by Yahir Gurrola in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Chaparrals to a wild 13-12 non-conference win over Howard College on Wednesday night at Christensen Stadium ...

... Tony Beam was 2-for-4 with two home runs, two RBI and two runs scored ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaps are on the road for their next series of games, when they travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico on Friday to play Luna College.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Contiuning next week ... MC Financial Aid to host free FAFSA Clinics

FAFSA SESSIONS PROVIDED
THROUGHOUT THE SPRING

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

Parents should plan to have a completed 2015 tax return and W-2 forms, as well as students’ completed tax return and W-2 form (if applicable).

Parents and students may sign up for an FSA ID at fsaid.ed.gov

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

Tuesday, March 29
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Testing Center, Scharbauer Student Center, Midland College
3600 N. Garfield St.

Saturday, April 9
9:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Rm. 137, Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
3200 W. Cuthbert Ave.

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

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

Flags at Half-Staff

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events, Midland College

Flags on the MC main campus, branch campus in Ft. Stockton and all MC sites will fly at half-staff through sunset on Saturday, March 26, per decree by President Obama in honor of the victims of of the Brussels, Belgium attacks. . She was 94. Below is a proclamation from President Obama.


A Proclamation by Barrack Obama
President of the United States of America

"The American people stand with the people of Brussels. We will do whatever it takes, working with nations and peoples around the world, to bring the perpetrators of these attacks to justice, and to go after terrorists who threaten our people.

As a mark of respect for the victims of the senseless acts of violence perpetrated on March 22, 2016, in Brussels,Belgium, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, March 26, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this twenty-second day of March, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and fortieth."

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Mark your calendars ...


CINDERELLA is a full-length ballet in three acts, composed by Sergei Prokofiev to a scenario by Nikolai Volkov (which was inspired by a European folk tale that dates back to at least the 17th-century). It is one of his most popular and melodious compositions, and has inspired a great many choreographers since its inception. Cinderella is notable for its jubilant music, lush scenery and for the comic double-roles of the stepsisters, more mad than bad in this treatment. Choreography for this production is by Rostislav Zakharov, with sets and costumes by Elisaveta Dvorkina and lighting by Marina Borodina. The Moscow Festival Ballet's artistic director is Sergei Radchenko.

Production program notes
(Adobe .pdf file)



Twice each each year, the Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present FREE cultural and artistic performances of International interest and scope to stimulate and inspire the Midland arts community, which prides itself on a rich tradition of excellence in the performing arts.

MC announces Henry Chair of History and West Texas Symposium of History

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Marshall-Gray, Ph.D. as the new Henry Chair of History. Dr. Marshall-Gray is coordinating the fourth annual West Texas Symposium of History to be held on Saturday, April 2, from 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield.

Presentations will include the following:

• 8:45 a.m. - “Roots of the Korean War: Independence in Due Course” by Will Morris, Ph.D., retired Henry Chair of History, Midland College
• 9:30 a.m. - “Residues of the Spanish Presence in Lampasas County, Texas: 1721-1830” by Judd Burton, Ph.D., Professor of History, South Texas Community College
• 10:15 a.m. – “Indeislun Nakah – People Getting Together Where They Are: The Role of Ethnography in the Mescalero Apache Land Claims Case (1966)” by Paula Marshall-Gray, Ph.D., Henry Chair of History, Professor of History and Anthropology, Midland College
• 11:00 a.m. - “Encounters: The Freedman’s Bureau and Displaced Whites in the Trans-Mississippi West, 1865-1866” by David Hopkins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History, Midland College
• 11:45 a.m. – Buffet Lunch with MC Honors Students’ presentations directed by Terry Gilmour, Ph.D., Professor of Government, Midland College
• 1:00 p.m. – “Uneasy Lie the Heads of State: Profiles of Presidential Assassins” by Katanna Zachry, MA, Adjunct Instructor of English, Midland College
• 1:45 p.m. – “Unearthing Evidence in Pursuit of the Truth” by Sara Peterson, Language Hub Coordinator, Midland College
• 2:30 p.m. – “What’s Love Got To Do With It? Race, marriage and the 14th Amendment” by Mary Martinez Gonzales, MA, Associate Director of the Cogdell Learning Center at Midland College

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

Marshall-Gray said, “The annual symposium offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase the research of community college faculty. We are excited about the agenda for this year’s symposium, as the topics are diverse and cover aspects of history that may not be familiar to many. Symposium participants will be able to ask questions and participate in discussion following each presentation.”

Pre-registration is not required. Participants may register at the door beginning at 8:00 a.m. The $10 registration fee includes a continental breakfast, buffet lunch and a copy of the West Texas Journal of History, which will be mailed to participants in late spring/early summer. Admission is free for students with a valid MC Student ID card.

Chaps take top team, individual honors at tournament

• JC MEN'S GOLF: McCubbin, Chaps win Thunderbird Invite

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Led by sophomore Lucas McCubbin, the Midland College men’s golf team won the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbird Invitational on Monday ...

... It is the seventh consecutive tournament win for the Chaparrals, dating back to last fall ...

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Monday, March 21, 2016

Series of FREE Alzheimer's workshops continuing at MC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is once again partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to host a series of workshops for people who work with Alzheimer patients and for family and friends of Alzheimer patients. The series of 10 workshops will be offered periodically January through June. Participants may register and attend each workshop separately. There is no charge; however, health and social work professionals may register for continuing education credit for $15 per workshop.

All workshops in the series will be held on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 noon on the following dates:

• March 24
March 31
April 14
April 21
April 28
May 12
June 16

For more information, contact the Midland College department of Health Sciences Continuing Education at (432) 681-6354, or email Kimberly Daw at kdaw@midland.edu

Midland College to host hands-on sonography workshop

“The Fetal Heart: More than Four Chambers”
Saturday, April 16, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Lecture Hall, Davidson Family Health Sciences Center
Midland College

Includes training with hands-on scanning led by
James E. Maher, M.D., Texas Tech Health Sciences Center

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Saturday, April 16, Midland College (MC) will partner with Permian Basin Area Health Education Center to host an in-depth workshop focusing on sonography techniques relating to fetal circulation. The training entitled “The Fetal Heart: More than Four Chambers” will be led by James E. Maher, M.D. of the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Odessa .

Midland College Clinical Director of Sonography Laurie Fitzgerald explained, “This seven-hour seminar will focus on training in fetal heart views and fetal Doppler, including hands-on scanning. Intended audience are those people who currently are employed in the sonography profession, as well as obstetrics and gynecology medical practitioners.”

The workshop runs from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Davidson Family Health Sciences Center Lecture Hall on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield. The $25 registration fee includes lunch and 5.5 Continuing Medical Education (CME) units provided by Midland College Health Sciences Continuing Education. To register, visit www.midland.edu/hsce or call (432) 681-6305.

Chap Golf off to good start at tournament

• JC MEN'S GOLF: Chaps lead after 2 rounds at Thunderbird Invitational

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - The Midland College men’s golf team leads the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbird Invitational after the first two rounds played on a windy and chilly Sunday at the Rockwind Community Links.

MC shot a 291-286-577 total to lead McLennan Community College by 18 strokes. Odessa College is in third with a 601, while MC’s second team is fourth with a 603 ...

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Chap Baseball goes 2-2 in weekend series

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Chaps split doubleheader again with Howard

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team ended with a another doubleheader split on Saturday against Western Junior College Athletic Conference rival Howard College ...

... Yahir Gurrola was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBI to lead MC ...

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The Chaps are on the road for their next series of games, when they travel to Las Vegas, New Mexico on Friday to play Luna College.