Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Midland College announces highly anticipated professional development opportunities

• OSHA Construction Safety offered next week; Annual Caregiver Conference scheduled for September 16

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

As part of its ongoing continuing education efforts, Midland College (MC) offers professional development programs, classes, workshops and seminars. During the next two weeks, MC is offering two high-demand professional development opportunities.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires builders and construction crews to receive training on specific hazards associated with construction jobs. To meet the demand for this training, MC will offer the OSHA 10-Hour Construction Industry Outreach Training Program. The course provides construction workers with general awareness on recognizing and preventing hazards on a construction site. Upon successful completion of the course, participants will receive an OSHA 10-Hour Construction Outreach Department of Labor course completion card. Certification is lifelong.

MC has two sections of the OSHA class scheduled.

Section 1: Thursday, September 8, 12:00 noon-5:00 p.m.; Friday, September 9, 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Section 2: Friday, September 9, 1:00-5:00 p.m.; Saturday, September 10, 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

The class meets at the convenient location of the MC Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria. Registration is required; call (432) 681-6301.



On Friday, September 16, MC will partner with the Area Agency on Aging to present the 12th Annual Caregiver Conference. The five-hour seminar will be held from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on the main Midland College campus, 3600 N. Garfield, in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Featured speaker is Tam Cummings, Ph.D., gerontologist and author of Untangling Alzheimer’s: The Guide for Families and Professionals.

There is no fee for the conference; however, registration is required by Friday, September 2, in order to secure a lunch reservation. To register, contact Susan Frederickson at the Area Agency on Aging, (432) 262-4962, sfrederickson@aaapb.com MC will offer five Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to those whose professions require continuous education for maintaining certifications. There is a $30 fee for CEU registration, which will be available at the seminar beginning at 8:30 a.m. For CEU information, contact the MC Health Sciences Continuing Education department at (432) 681-6354.

Midland College offering FREE food handler certification classes


• ServSafe® Food Handler’s Certification is now mandatory for all Midland restaurants and food service personnel

Thanks to funding from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Midland College (MC) is offering FREE food handler certification classes.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has passed legislation requiring all food workers to have a valid food handler certificate by September 1, 2016. MC and Texas Mutual are partnering to meet the needs of local restaurants and food service personnel by offering the training on various dates throughout the summer and fall. The required 4-hour training includes the following:

Basic Food Safety
Good Personal Hygiene
Controlling Time and Temperature
Preventing Cross-Contamination
Cleaning and Sanitizing

All classes are held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the convenient location of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria on the corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert. Upcoming classes will be offered on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, September 6
Tuesday, September 27

Midland College is also offering the ServSafe® Manager’s Certification training. Course fee for this special managerial certification is $204, which includes book and exam fees.

For more information and a complete list of classes, visit ce.midland.edu/wf/courses/food-service or contact Elizabeth Wall, ewall@midland.edu , (432) 681-6301.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Meet the 2016 Lady Chaparral Volleyball program

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Number / Name / Height / Class / Position / Hometown

1   Gina Salgado - 5'7" FR Setter De Bilt, Utrecht, The Netherlands
2   Nela Grau - 5'6" FR Setter Valencia, Spain
3   Ashley Vanfleet - 5'9" FR OH Cedar City, UT
4   Cali Barger - 6'0" FR MB/RSH San Angelo, TX
5   Luisa Nieto - 5'8" FR MB/RSH Jalisco, Mexico (#9 in the photo)
6   Dana Lohrke - 6'0" SO MB/RSH Bandera, TX
7   Kristen Johnson - 5'9" FR OH/MB Midland, TX
8   Breann Schreiber - 5'9" FR OH Windthorst, TX
10 Bailey Wright - 5'7" SO Setter Midland, TX
11 Ryan Keithley - 5'11" FR DS/L Arlington, TX
12 Malu Dib - 5'11" FR OH Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
15 Ashley VanGieson - 5'10" FR Setter/RSH Waianae, HI
17 Lauren Hermes - 5'7" FR DS/L The Colony, TX

Head Coach: Tammie Jimenez
Assistant Coach: Holli Reyna
Athletic Trainer: Sonya Mikeska

CLICK HERE for the 2016 Volleyball schedule ...

MC Photo by Forrest Allen

MC's Primary Care Pathway program enrolls 14 students

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

In October 2015, Midland College (MC) joined the University of North Texas (UNT) and Midland Memorial Hospital (MMH) to announce an innovative accelerated education and training partnership entitled Primary Care Pathway. The program is designed to enable West Texas residents an opportunity to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Degree (DO).

The basic structure of the program is as follows:

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

Students who successfully complete the DO degree and residency training will become licensed physicians who can help alleviate the shortage of medical professionals in the Permian Basin.

“In recruiting physicians to Midland, we have always had the greatest likelihood of success with young people who have connections to our community,” said Russell Meyers, Midland Health CEO. “By creating a pathway for aspiring physicians who need to begin their education at Midland College, we increase our chances of bringing them home to practice in the future.”
Fourteen students are now enrolled in the program during its inaugural semester at Midland College. These students were guests of MMH on Friday, August 26, during a morning orientation and luncheon.

Brenda Villafranco, a 2016 Midland High School graduate, said, “This is an amazing opportunity. I first became interested in wanting to become a doctor while volunteering at Opportunity Camp through Unlock Ministries. I am so thankful to have this chance right here in Midland.”

Seventeen-year-old Sachie Kutu-Akoi is from the Bahamas and actually started taking classes at MC this past January. She said that her grandfather is her inspiration for pursuing a medical degree. She wants to be able to specialize in geriatrics.

Obadiah Pruitt is a 2016 graduate of Fort Stockton High School and has already completed several hours of college courses through the dual credit program while he was in high school. In fact, he holds two certifications from Midland College, which he obtained through MC’s satellite campus in Fort Stockton. Pruitt has received a certificate in Energy Technology and is a Certified Nurse Aide (CNA). During his senior year in high school and this past summer, Pruitt worked at Pecos County Memorial Hospital as a CNA where he discovered that he wanted to further his education in the healthcare profession.

The program has also attracted several non-traditional students, such as Clarence Sparks, who is a 33-year-old medical assistant.
Sparks said, “I’ve been a medical assistant for several years, and last year I began to think about continuing my studies. I researched the college’sRN program with the eventual goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. Then, I found out about the Primary Care Pathway program. This is a great opportunity for me to fulfill a lifelong goal of becoming a doctor.”

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “This is a ‘win-win’ for everyone, especially for our students. Throughout the program, students will have opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and healthcare providers in order to understand the nature and complexities of modern medicine from both a scientific and patient care perspective.”

Students currently enrolled in the program are Chris Amaya, Micah Bigby, Bre’a Brockington, Sihemi Esan, Diana Garcia, Allex Haywood, Cayden Martinez, Kyle McDuffey, Thalia De Hoyos Ramos, Taryn Shoemake and Clarence Sparks.

For more information about the Primary Care Pathways program, including scholarship opportunities, contact MC dean of Math, Science and Kinesiology Dr. Margaret Wade, 432/685-4615, mwade@midland.edu

MC Aviation Maintenance Tech students go old school

MC Photos by Geneva Romo
Among the attendees at this past weekend's Airsho 2016 were students from Midland College's Aviation Maintenance Technology program. Arriving before the start of flying activities allowed the students to examine vintage aircraft up-close, and gain a greater appreciation for their construction and maintenance.

Meanwhile, AMT program faculty and staff had a booth inside the CAF main hangar, meeting with prospective students and telling them more about the program's requirements and opportunities.


The Aviation Maintenance Technology at Midland College program prepares students for careers as aviation airframe technicians, or aviation powerplant technicians. Specific areas of training include aircraft structure inspection and testing; federal aviation regulations; aircraft and electronic flight instrument systems; aircraft auxiliary systems; aircraft welding; aircraft electrical systems; hydraulic, pneumatic, and fuel systems; and occupational safety and health codes.

For more information about program, please contact:

Tommy Branon, Program Director
Midland International Air/Spaceport, Hangar "E"
(432) 563-8952
tbranon@midland.edu

Labs a good resource for MC students

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The General Purpose Computer Lab, located in Room 213 of the Fasken Learning Resource Center, is available for student use at the following times:

Monday-Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Closed on holidays.

Access to the lab is available for all MC students and includes MS Office and Internet availability. Computer monitors with accessibility for visually impaired students are also available. Students may print documents in the lab not to exceed 20 pages per day. Color printing is not available. Lab telephone number is 432/685-6432.

Lab supervisor is Jennifer Harris, Public Services Librarian, jharris@midland.edu, (432) 685-4559.



The Language Hub provides MC students an opportunity for assistance in writing papers in any subject. Students may also take advantage of computer-based interactive tutorials in the lab.

The Language Hub is located in the Technology Center Annex, Room 182. Phone is 432/685-4718. Hours are 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m.-12:00 noon on Friday. Tutoring services begin at 7:30 a.m. each day; however, the lab opens at 7:00 to enable students the opportunity to make copies and fulfill lab requirements before 8:00 a.m. classes. A tutor is available from 7:30 a.m. until closing.

Sara Peterson is the Language Hub coordinator; Stacy Egan leads tutoring responsibilities.

Sara Peterson
(432) 685-4718
speterson@midland.edu 

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

Monday, August 29, 2016

Chaps offer helping hand during dorm move-in

MC Basketball is dedicated to making a difference in the community and volunteering is one way they are accomplishing that goal. Take a look at some of the things your Chaps have been doing lately.

Chaps offer helping hand during dorm move-in

MC Photo by Joshua Beardsley
CLICK HERE for a photo album ...

MC's McCormick Gallery to celebrate opening of 2016/2017 season with exhibit, reception

Invade
Work by Marilee Salvator

September 2-30, 2016

Opening Reception and
Gallery Talk - Friday, September 2, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.

The first exhibit of 2016 hanging in McCormick Gallery at Midland College (MC) will feature the works of artist and educator Marilee Salvator. The exhibit entitled “Invade” is made possible by the generous support of Doc and Virginia Hanley. It will be displayed September 2-30 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.

Marilee Salvator is currently an Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Design at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Her work has been exhibited in over 100 exhibitions throughout North America, South Korea, China, Japan, Portugal, Serbia, Ireland, Scotland, Poland, Italy, New Zealand and Romania. Her work is included in over 25 collections including JCI University, Jiangxi, China and Sakmi Art Museum, Okinawa Prefecture, Japan. She has served as a visiting artist at many universities throughout the United States including California State University at Long Beach, University of New Mexico, University of Nevada and University of Hawaii at Hilo.

"My work draws inspiration from repetitive mark making, biological forms, and plant life. It is a formal exploration of shape and pattern. I am fascinated by nature and biology. Cells are of particular interest to me. I am intrigued by their ability to reproduce, mutate and spread uncontrollably. To the untrained eye, cells can be seen as beautiful forms/shapes, interesting patterns. However, to a specialist these forms mean so much more including the spread of unwanted disease and death. I find it fascinating how something so detrimental as cancer, can look so beautiful under a microscope. In our world, things often appear one way, but upon closer examination, are completely different."

-- Marilee Salvator   • visit her website

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 Friday, September 2, from 6:00-8:30 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

Photo Album: MC New Student Orientation 2016

Last week, more than 500 new students got the 2016/2017 school year off to a good start at MC's annual New Student orientation. Event organizers were VERY happy with the results.

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
CLICK HERE for a photo album from the event

Launching "First Friday" Science Seminar series, this Friday is at MC

From Tom Ready
Chemistry Department, Midland College

This Friday, September 2nd, we will have the first installment of the First Friday Science Seminar Series. 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.

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 (September)
Time: Friday, September 2nd, 12:00 noon
Location: Carrasco Room, Scharbauer Student Center, MC Main Campus
Speaker: Midland College students engaged in science research, (Moderated by Dr. Thomas Ready)
Title: "Research Opportunities at Midland College - Student experiences"

An overview of research opportunities for students will be presented by Dr. Ready, followed by student presentations describing their current/ongoing research projects.

In class this week, please encourage your students to attend this informative seminar that could affect their life/career. This will also be an opportunity for members of the community/Permian Basin to learn a little about what we are doing here at Midland College.

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

I forgot to mention that free pizza will be served at this seminar!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Midland College CE to offer conversational sign language

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is excited to announce a new continuing education program in conversational sign language. All courses will be taught by certified sign language instructors who are employed at the Highland Council for the Deaf. Classes will be taught at noon and in the evenings on the MC main campus.

Brenda Cordero, associate director of MC Community Programs Continuing Education, said, “We have received several inquiries regarding offering sign language courses, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Highland Council for the Deaf to meet the demand for these courses. Three courses will be offered this fall. The first course (“Foundations”) begins on Tuesday, September 6.”

Cordero explained that after students have completed the “Foundations” prerequisite course, they are then eligible to enroll in “Basic Signs 001” and “Basic Signs 201.” The cost of each course is $100.
To register or obtain more information, contact the MC Community Programs Continuing Education department at (432) 685-4518 or visit ce.midland.edu/cp

Thanks for making Orientation 2016 a success!

From Ty Soliz
MC Student Life Director

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! I cannot say it enough!

To all who helped in some way, shape or form with New Student Orientation - whether it was behind the scenes, during the main session, or during the tours - we greatly appreciate your support/assistance/help. As of 9:00 p.m. last night we had 416 registered online, and we had 122 walk in and register this morning. We could not have done it without all of you. Thank you all again for your help in making this a successful event, and we look forward to doing it again next year.

Thank You!

Snapshot of Ty celebrating a successful New Student Orientation ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Discover vintage aircraft - and a new career? - at weekend event

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Airsho16 will be held this weekend at Midland International Air & Space Port. Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 27, and Sunday, August 28. The MC Aviation Maintenance Technology department will have a booth in the main CAF Hangar.

Newspaper profiles Lady Chap Volleyball player, previews 2016 season

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC VOLLEYBALL: Lohrke will set the tone for MC in 2016
Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor

Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball coach Tammie Jimenez said with 11 freshmen on this year’s roster, the greatest challenge is for the young players to make the transition from high school to college.

Dana Lohrke knows very well what being a freshman was like.

The 6-foot middle blocker from Bandera, along with Midland Christian grad and setter Bailey Wright, were the only freshmen on last year’s team that was loaded with sophomores.

Lorhke said she leaned a lot on those sophomore because of their experience ...

read the rest of this MRT report

We're baaaa-aaack!

From Jeff McDonald
Website and Social Media Editor

The summer hiatus for eNews from Midland College is over, and the first issue for the 2015/2016 school year goes out today.

eNews offers a weekly review of the top news stories at MC, plus a look ahead at developing stories and coming attractions. Fast and efficient, timely and current, it's a great way to keep on top of the headlines, as well as a useful link to more detailed coverage of what's happening at Your College.

email me at the link below, if you would like your address added to our emailing list.

Thanks,

Jeff McDonald (432) 685-4540
jmcdonald@midland.edu

Earlier today ... final prep's ...

... for New Student Orientation, going on NOW at MC. Welcome, new students ... and thanks for making Midland College - Your College!

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Back by popular demand ...

One last stop on the "Flower Power Tour" here, on the campus of Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Special "Back to School" hours, this weekend at the MC Bookstore

For the convenience of students, the Midland College Bookstore will be open this coming Saturday and Sunday, August 27 and 28.

Hours are as follows:
Saturday, 08/27: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 08/28: 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

Regular hours for the fall semester will be the following:

Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

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

The Midland College Bookstore is operated by Texas Book Company

Website: www.midlandcollegebookstore.com
Telephone: (432) 685-4546

Cloudy with a (pretty good) chance of rain ...

... this morning, on the campus of Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

MC Lady Chaps to host WTC, UTPB for volleyball scrimmages

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The Western texas College Westerners and the UTPB Lady Falcons will travel to Midland for volleyball scrimmages against the Midland College Lady Chaparrals. The scrimmages will be at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on Tuesday, August 23rd, 3:00 p.m. for the WTC match, and 6:00 p.m. for the UTPB match.

The public is welcome to attend and get a free preview of the 2016 Midland College volleyball team in action!

• CLICK HERE for a complete volleyball season schedule ...

Monday, August 22, 2016

MC Computer Graphics Video Library, #14

Here is "Mouse Trap" ... created by MC computer graphics student Steven Alexander


Need help with registration? Next Chap Call is TOMORROW

• MC Student Services open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Classes for the fall semester at Midland College (MC) begin on Monday, August 29, and college offer opportunities for West Texans to apply to Midland College, register for classes and visit with advisors in order to obtain a degree plan/career pathway.

Today at 5:30 p.m., the MC Office of Enrollment Services will host Chap Call in the Scharbauer Student Center's Carrasco Room.

MC Director of Enrollment Services Jeremy Martinez explained, “Chap Call is targeted to those individuals who have applied and been accepted to Midland College, but haven’t yet registered for fall semester classes. This is an opportunity for them to find out the next steps to take in order to register. We will give them a brief overview of our Campus Connect student portal and how to use it for various purposes such as registering for classes, obtaining a student ID card, printing course schedules, checking grades and tracking the status of transcripts being sent to MC from other institutions.”

For the convenience of students who cannot make it to campus between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., MC Student Services offices are open until 7:00 every Tuesday evening. Staff are available to assist with registering for classes, obtaining degree plans, acquiring financial aid/scholarship information and paying tuition/fees. The MC Bookstore is also open late on Tuesday evenings. All of these offices are located in the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus. During the weeks of August 22 and 29, Student Services offices will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 6:00 p.m. Friday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Liz Zenteno, dean of Enrollment Management, reported, “Our enrollment continues to rise. As of today, we have approximately 200 more students enrolled than we did at this same time last year.”

MC to host entrepeneurship discussion, September 12

Come learn what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur from Midland mayor and business owner Jerry Morales, in a free event, September 12 at Midland College.


For more information, contact:

Alfredo Chaparro
Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC)
(432) 686-4910
achaparro@midland.edu

tick, TICK, TICK ... MC Fall Semester begins in ONE week

You can register for fall classes NOW!



CLICK HERE to get started at
Midland College ... Your College!

Friday, August 19, 2016

In the News ... Hitchcock-Hall picked for Texas Women’s Hall of Fame

MRT Photo by Cindeka Nealy
• Community service includes term on MC performing arts series committee

By Stewart Doreen, Editor-in-Chief
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Governor’s Commission for Women on Thursday announced that Midland’s Susie Hitchcock-Hall will be part of the next induction class into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

The businesswoman, who has turned Susie’s South Forty Confections into a Midland institution, is one of five women slated for induction into the hall, which is located on the campus of Texas Woman’s University in Denton ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Midland College CE to host College Classics Meet-and-Greet

There was once a popular saying ... something about "you can't teach an old dog new tricks" ... at Midland College, WE BEG TO DIFFER ...

College Classics is perhaps the most interesting of all Midland College classes to area senior citizens. The program, which was initiated in the spring of 1989, includes a series of courses designed especially for local residents who are 50 and older.


Classes are offered through a registration fee of just $25.00 per semester. Payment of this fee entitles the student to enroll in as many classes as he or she chooses. As a special service to the students for which the program is designed, many of the classes are scheduled between 1:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. The spring semester consists of three sessions and the fall semester consists of two. Sessions are four weeks in length.

The instructors of College Classics are recruited from among the Midland College faculty, continuing education teachers and community volunteers. With their areas of expertise and years of experience, these teachers truly bring to life each course. The generosity of these instructors allows the college to offer this unique program to a special segment of the community.

For more information about MC’s College Classics program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518. The next series of College Classics courses will begin in September. Email bcordero@midland.edu or agarrett@midland.edu to request to be added to the mailing list for fall classes.

MRT Editorial: Henry Foundation celebrates decade of Midland philanthropy

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• Midland College among many, MANY beneficiaries

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Henry Foundation marked its tenth anniversary after just contributing its 10 millionth dollar to the Bush Tennis Center in late July. The $30,000 grant will be use for program services to provide the sport to all. The foundation’s first contribution was made to Casa de Amigos. Over the years, the foundation has supported more than 120 nonprofit organizations with 256 grants. The largest was given to Midland Shared Spaces in the amount of $1,110,500. Jim and Paula Henry, who founded the foundation, have actively been involved with the nonprofit community as well. He is a a trustee for the Midland College Endowment Board and she serves on the board of governors for Midland Memorial Hospital ...

read the rest of this MRT editorial ...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Invitation to Accept PTK @ MC


Please help support Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) and their efforts to build membership. PTK is the international honor society for two year colleges. Typically, 300 Midland College students meet the eligibility requirements (3.5 GPA & minimum 12 hours towards an associate's degree) each semester.

Several people in highly visible areas will be wearing "Accept PTK" t-shirts during the next two weeks, on move-in days, at New Student Orientation, during Club Fair, and Fridays. Additionally, instructors of many of our core courses will be wearing the "Accept PTK" shirts and sharing information about PTK and reasons to accept membership during their classes.

Students are encouraged to accept invitation for membership ... a student who feels like he/she belongs stays long and is more likely to finish strong!

Lea Keesee RN, MSN, CHSE
Advisor to Phi Theta Kappa, the Alpha Beta Phi Chapter
(432) 685-6440
lkeesee@midland.edu

Homebuyer Education at the Midland College BEDC

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) provides free counseling to get you mortgage ready. Whether you want to improve your credit score or better understand the home buying process, we can help. You may reach the MC-BEDC at (432) 684-4309 or bedc@midland.edu .



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Community colleges spotlighted in Forbes.com article

Forbes.com Photo
• "Community College Graduates: Assets, Not Liabilities For Employers"

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

There is a great article on Forbes.com about community colleges. The article is written by Rufus Glasper, President and CEO of League for Innovation in the Community College and Chancellor Emeritus of Maricopa Community College.

CLICK HERE to read the article ...

MC honors Vocational Nursing grads tonight

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

Midland College (MC) 2015-16 Vocational Nursing students will receive their graduation pins at a ceremony tonight, August 17. The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing students, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice.

Wednesday, August 17, 6:00 p.m.
Wagner & Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, MC main campus

The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools.

MC 2016 Vocational Nursing graduates are Melissa Brito, Amanda Daly, Florencia Hernandez, Sierra Johnson, Sherri Kaufman, Anita Kavosi, Janet Kimuge, Yvonne Marquez, Monica Mendoza, Silhouette Olivier, Danielle Romero, Nichole Sweeney and Liza Valdez.

Director of the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College Lea Keesee said, “We are extremely proud of these graduates. Vocational nursing was one of the first career/technical programs implemented at Midland College, and like those who have graduated from the program in the past, these students have demonstrated academic excellence and skill proficiency. They will make wonderful professionals as they begin their careers in hospitals, long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices, home health agencies and other healthcare organizations.

Reminder from the Midland College PD ...


From Midland College Police Chief Richard McKee ... “Just a few reminders as we begin a new fall semester.

Please watch for pedestrians, especially in parking lots and crosswalks.
Speed limit on all MC roadways is 20 mph.
Parking lot speed limit is 10 mph.
Fire Lanes are now up to code. Fire lane violations are enforced through City of Midland Municipal Court and carry a minimum fine of $500.00. If a vehicle is in a fire lane it MUST have a licensed driver with the vehicle.
Handicap parking is also enforced through Municipal Court and has a minimum fine of $500.00. Vehicles must have a state issued handicap permit to park in a handicap space. AND handicap permits and license plated can only be used by the person the permit has been issued. Unauthorized use of handicap permits or plates can result in a citation as well as immediate seizure of the handicap permit.

Thanks for your cooperation and have a great semester.”

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department
(432)685-6833
rmckee@midland.edu

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fungus Amongus?

Mushrooms making a brief appearance on the Midland College campus. Well, there WAS a lot of rain this past week ... and more may be on the way THIS week ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Midland College offering FREE food handler certification classes


• ServSafe® Food Handler’s Certification is now mandatory for all Midland restaurants and food service personnel

Thanks to funding from Texas Mutual Insurance Company, Midland College (MC) is offering FREE food handler certification classes.

The Texas Department of State Health Services has passed legislation requiring all food workers to have a valid food handler certificate by September 1, 2016. MC and Texas Mutual are partnering to meet the needs of local restaurants and food service personnel by offering the training on various dates throughout the summer and fall. The required 4-hour training includes the following:

Basic Food Safety
Good Personal Hygiene
Controlling Time and Temperature
Preventing Cross-Contamination
Cleaning and Sanitizing

All classes are held from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the convenient location of the Midland College Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert, next to Furr’s cafeteria on the corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert. Upcoming classes will be offered on the dates listed below:

Tuesday, August 23
Tuesday, September 6
Tuesday, September 27

Midland College is also offering the ServSafe® Manager’s Certification training. Course fee for this special managerial certification is $204, which includes book and exam fees.

For more information and a complete list of classes, visit ce.midland.edu/wf/courses/food-service or contact Elizabeth Wall, ewall@midland.edu , (432) 681-6301.

Need after-hours help with registration? Next Chap Call is TONIGHT

• MC Student Services open until 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Classes for the fall semester at Midland College (MC) begin on Monday, August 29, and college offer opportunities for West Texans to apply to Midland College, register for classes and visit with advisors in order to obtain a degree plan/career pathway.

Today at 5:30 p.m., the MC Office of Enrollment Services will host Chap Call in the Scharbauer Student Center's Carrasco Room.

MC Director of Enrollment Services Jeremy Martinez explained, “Chap Call is targeted to those individuals who have applied and been accepted to Midland College, but haven’t yet registered for fall semester classes. This is an opportunity for them to find out the next steps to take in order to register. We will give them a brief overview of our Campus Connect student portal and how to use it for various purposes such as registering for classes, obtaining a student ID card, printing course schedules, checking grades and tracking the status of transcripts being sent to MC from other institutions.”

Chap Call sessions will also be held on August 23 at 5:30 p.m.

For the convenience of students who cannot make it to campus between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., MC Student Services offices are open until 7:00 every Tuesday evening. Staff are available to assist with registering for classes, obtaining degree plans, acquiring financial aid/scholarship information and paying tuition/fees. The MC Bookstore is also open late on Tuesday evenings. All of these offices are located in the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus. During the weeks of August 22 and 29, Student Services offices will be open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings until 6:00 p.m. Friday hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Liz Zenteno, dean of Enrollment Management, reported, “Our enrollment continues to rise. As of today, we have approximately 200 more students enrolled than we did at this same time last year.”

Invitation to join the 2016 Allegro Choral Festival

August 22-27, 2016

What?
The Allegro Chorale is pleased to announce its 10th annual Choral Festival, which will take place on August 22-27. This unique experience allows singers at all levels to come together in the evenings for one week and rehearse two standards of the choral repertoire and perform them with orchestra at the end of the week!

This year we will be performing Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, KV 339 by Mozart and Dark Night of the Soul by modern-day composer Ola Gjeilo. We are excited to announce that our Featured Conductor is Mr. Michael D Matlock who is the Head Choir Director at Andrews High School.

Where?
We will rehearse Monday, August 22, through Friday, August 26, from 7:00-9:30 PM in Mason Hall in the choir room at Permian High School.

When?
The festival will culminate in a concert event in Rea-Greathouse Recital Hall at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center on Saturday, August 27th at 7:00 PM.

RSVP
Just CLICK HERE in order to get more information and register for the festival.