Friday, September 30, 2016

MC Invitational Volleyball Tournament ... but WAIT, you ALSO get ...

Video clip of the Midland College Lady Chaparrals vs the Lee College lady Rebels. The Lady Chaps return to the court tonight at 6:00 o'clock for match with Coastal Bend College.


Can't make it to Chap Center tonight? The match will be live-streaming on thecube.com. Click on 'Events' and look for 'Midland College' or 'Forrest Allen.'

Through October, get a touch of PINK at MC

MC File Photo
From Michael Fields 
Program Chair of Cosmetology

The MC Cosmetology Program will be offering pink temporary hair extensions, one per $5 donation, to support breast cancer awareness.

We will start on Monday, October 2nd and offer them through the month of October. You can contact Carolyn Sutton at csutton@midlad.edu or at 685-6721 or drop by, TC 159 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Exact Change is appreciated.

Thanks to everyone for their support in the past. Hope to see familiar faces and new ones this year.

The MC Cosmetology Program is located in Room 159 of the Technical Center (Adobe .pdf file), on the MC Main Campus (Adobe .pdf file).

NEXT Friday is First Friday at MC


Each month during the school year, on the first Friday of that 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 ... and to members of the Midland community. 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!

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

Midland College Volleyball Invitational Tournament kicks-off TODAY

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

Midland College is hosting the 2016 MC Lady Chap Volleyball Invitational September 30 and October 1 (today and tomorrow) at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center and the Physical Education Building. We are hosting seven teams to the campus of Midland College for the event, including Coastal Bend College, Lee College, Odessa College, Otero Junior College (CO), Ranger College, Trinidad State Junior College (CO), Western Texas College and our very own Midland College Lady Chaparrals.

The action begins this morning at 10:00 a.m. in the Chap Center with Western Texas College taking on Lee College. The Lady Chaps will begin play in a 2:00 p.m. match versus Lee College and we will also play at 6:00 p.m. versus Coastal Bend College (both matches in the Chap Center).

• CLICK HERE  for a complete tournament schedule ...

Good luck, Lady Chaps!

MC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter wraps-up voter registration drive today

From Dora Carey
Alpha Beta Phi Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa, Midland College

Friendly reminder ... Our Phi Theta Kappa "Voter Registration Drive," is wrapping-up today!

TODAY, Friday, September 30, 2016, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., we will be in the Amistad Atrium of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB).

Please come out and volunteer. And, register to vote, if you have not yet done so. We need people who can hand out questionnaires while those of us who are deputized can register people. This event is taking place to help our chapter with the international competition: Honors in Action.

Register to vote, you should, Young Chaparral!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Seasonal Wreath Making offered through MC Continuing Ed

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, MC Community Programs Continuing Education

Come and join the fun for this lunch time and low cost class! Please contact us at 432-685-4518 to register or go online to ce.midland.edu/cp

FALL WREATH MAKING
This course will teach you how to make a Grapevine wreath with pumpkins and cute fall décor for your home. Wreath, wire cutters and glue guns will be provided. Bring decorations for your wreath.

Fall Wreath Making
9202161Q
Monday, October 3rd, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Room 202, Marie Hall Academic Building

For more information or to register, please call (432) 685-4518 or visit ce.midland.edu/cp

Lady Chap Volleyball adds one to the 'win' column

JC VOLLEYBALL: Lady Chaps buckle down, earn critical WJCAC win

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College volleyball coach Tammie Jimenez said the Lady Chaparrals are a good team. They just have to believe it when they’re on the court.

On Wednesday, MC might have gotten the win they needed to get the confidence boost they needed ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

Flags at all MC Locations to Fly at Half-Staff

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

Flags at all MC locations will fly at half-staff through sunset on Friday, September 30, to commemorate the death of former President and Prime Minister of Israel Shimon Peres. See the U.S. Presidential proclamation below:


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

"As a mark of respect for the memory of Shimon Peres, former President and Prime Minister of Israel, I hereby order, by the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and on 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, on September 30, 2016. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same period 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-eighth day of September, in the year of our Lord two thousand sixteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first."

Trash, Twist and Trick-or-Treat with MC Alumni

• Midland College Alumni Association October Events

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

As temperatures become milder, many Midlanders claim that October is their favorite month. The Midland College (MC) Alumni Association has three additional reasons to make October a favorite month.

On Saturday, October 1, the MC Alumni Association will participate in Keep Midland Beautiful’s Adopt-a-Spot Program. MC alums will gather in the Pevehouse Administration Building parking lot on the main MC campus at 9:00 a.m. and enjoy the cool autumn morning cleaning up Garfield Street between Wadley and Loop 250. Coffee will be served, and the first 12 alumni to volunteer will receive a special t-shirt. Later, lunch and entertainment will be provided by Keep Midland Beautiful at Hogan Park.

On Tuesday, October 25, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., former MC students are invited to $2 Tuesday at Twist inside the Midland Four Points Sheraton Hotel, 5518 Starboard Drive, near Grande Stadium. The special MC Alumni mixer will feature $2 draft beer and house wine for two hours.

On Saturday, October 29, the Alumni Association will partner with the Lone Star Pet Sanctuary for the Halloween-themed “Runnin’ Fur Rescues Spooky 5K.” The race begins at 8:30 a.m. and will be held on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield. MC alumni will be able to enjoy the morning exercising with their four-legged family members. The event includes a raffle and costume contests.

Wendy Gilbert, MC director of Development & Alumni Relations, explained, “These activities are open to all former MC students—those who may have just taken one or two courses at MC and those who completed an associate or baccalaureate degree. The events will offer a great opportunity to meet new acquaintances, reconnect with old friends and network with fellow community members.”

For more information about these events and the MC Alumni Association, contact Gilbert at 432/685-4765 or email alumni@midland.edu

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Scaling up: Growing Midland College's Engineering Program

• Ways for MC students to apply engineering principles to the real world

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“Everything we do is to help students be successful and advance into their careers as quickly as possible,” said Brian Flowers, Midland College’s (MC) new Engineering and Physics instructor. “Engineers must be one-half scientist and one-half businessperson. A good engineer knows how to research and use science to find a solution to a problem, and then apply that solution to the real world. My goal at Midland College is to ensure students who are interested in pursuing engineering careers are prepared for their future classes and beyond.”

Flowers joined MC this past August after completing a bachelor’s, master’s and most of a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering at The University of Alabama. He is scheduled to defend his doctoral dissertation entitled, “Advanced Solvents for CO2 Separations” on October 14.

“I grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and spent most of my youth trying to get out of Tuscaloosa,” explained Flowers. “When I graduated from high school in 2006, I had several scholarships and opportunities to attend various universities, including Georgia Tech; however, after being given some fatherly advice, I chose to stay in Tuscaloosa.”

As it turned out, it was solid advice, as that’s where Flowers met his wife Emily who is also a chemical engineer. She works as a wireline perforation engineer at Halliburton. The couple have been married for about 18 months.

Flowers described their wedding ceremony as a “science nerd’s dream wedding” and said, “We were married at the Huntsville, Alabama, Space & Rocket Center under the Saturn V Rocket (used in the Apollo program to put man on the moon) on Pi Day—March 14, 2015.” [Pi Day is celebrated on March 14 (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter π) is the mathematical symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159.]

True to their profession, Flowers and his wife each have one-half of the Ideal Gas Law (PV=nRT) printed on the inside of their wedding bands. He said the idea behind this is to remind the couple that when one side changes, the other side has to also change in order to keep the equation balanced.

At MC, Flowers teaches Engineering and Physics courses. He will expand MC’s Engineering offerings in the spring semester to Engineering Graphics and Engineering Economics.

Flowers said, “When I heard about the Engineering program at Midland College, I was very impressed. Students have wonderful opportunities to matriculate through MC to major in Engineering at such schools as Texas Tech, The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Texas A&M, The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas at El Paso, just to name a few. Texas Tech School of Engineering works with us to offer wonderful scholarships in every field of Engineering.”

According to Flowers, the goal of MC’s Engineering program is to provide freshman- and sophomore-level courses in engineering and to allow students to take core courses in small class settings and at MC’s affordable tuition before transferring to a senior-level institution.

“Engineering career opportunities are numerous throughout the world,” stated Flowers. “Right here in Midland, there is a great demand for all types of engineers—not just petroleum engineers, as one might think. Midland companies also hire chemical engineers and mechanical engineers. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Midland has the highest ’annual mean wage’ for civil engineers. Number two on the list is Anchorage, Alaska; and Odessa ranks ninth.”

Brian Flowers also serves as the advisor for the MC Engineering Club. This year, the club will be working with the MC Chemistry Department to design and build sensor systems for testing water chemistry around coral reefs. Chemistry students (and potentially engineering students) will use these systems in summer 2017 when they travel to Honduras for research. “The water sensor project is a perfect example of a real-world engineering problem,” explained Flowers. “Our task is to design and build a tangible product before the end of the spring semester. The device that we develop must be able to sit on the bottom of the sea floor for 24 hours and work properly. Students must be willing to devote time to the project, as all development work will be done outside of regular class times. It’s a great experience, and will be an impressive item to include on university admissions packets for baccalaureate and graduate degrees.”

Flowers is no stranger to traveling abroad for research and teaching. In connection with his graduate studies, he traveled to Beijing and Hawaii and has taught for two summers at the Technical University of Denmark in Kongens Lyngby, just north of Copenhagen. Closer to home, Flowers interned as an undergraduate student at the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Georgia.
During the next year, Flowers is looking forward to finding additional ways for MC students to apply engineering principles to the real world. Some of those plans include partnering on projects with the college’s Computer Graphics program housed at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center.

“I love Midland,” exclaimed Flowers. “I was very fortunate to land a teaching job at Midland College. Research and teaching are my passion, and I’m finding lots of opportunities for research that I can share with students. I want to boost Midland College’s presence nationally, and the best way to do that is to give students the knowledge and skills they need in order to excel in their future studies and to have successful, rewarding careers.”

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball match

JC VOLLEYBALL: Capsule for today's MC match vs. NMMI

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Lady Chaparrals look to get back in the win column after suffering a four-set loss at rival Odessa College a week ago ... MC coach Tammie Jimenez said her team was doing well up until that match ...

read the rest of this MRT preview

Let's get frenzied ... and boost Lady Chap Basketball


Dear Lady Chap Supporter –

The Midland College Lady Chaparral basketball team has once again hit the court running and preparing for the 2016-2017 season. The Lady Chaps look forward to the season and would like to ask for your support. Expectations are high and we are hoping that you will join us for the challenges and excitement that lie ahead.

While the Lady Chap Basketball Program has enjoyed great success, this annual fundraising effort helps to enhance our program. It is not only the players and the coaches on the court, but people like YOU that make a difference. The Lady Chaps will be hosting the 13th Annual Free Throw Frenzy on Sunday, October 30th at 2:00 p.m. in the PE building. Funds raised will help the Lady Chap basketball program with its many financial needs they encounter throughout the season and in the future. Please consider sponsoring a Lady Chap and thank you for your support in advance.

The Free Throw Frenzy will be held in the P.E. building at Midland College. Each individual Lady Chap player will be shooting a total of 100 free throws. Now here’s your challenge…you may make a pledge toward every made free throw that the player completes out of 100 attempts. Please complete and return this form right away (downloadable/printable Adobe .pdf file). If you happen to miss the date and/or cannot attend the Free Throw Frenzy, we welcome any donation you would like to offer!

Ginger Gatliff

Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach
(432) 685-6469 
ggatliff@midland.edu

MC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter continues voter registration drive

From Dora Carey
Alpha Beta Phi Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa, Midland College

Friendly reminder ... Our Phi Theta Kappa "Voter Registration Drive," is going on today and continues through Friday!

TODAY, Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., we will be at the Fox Science Building.

Please come out and volunteer. And, register to vote, if you have not yet done so. We need people who can hand out questionnaires while those of us who are deputized can register people. This event is taking place to help our chapter with the international competition: Honors in Action.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Determination key to MC alum attaining career goal

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Now a successful Physician’s Assistant in an orthopedic clinic

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

In 1992, Dawn Reeves was a pregnant teenager and high school dropout living in Andrews, Texas. Today, 41-year-old Reeves is assisting orthopedic surgeons with total joint replacement surgeries. During the past 24 years, she earned her GED, self-financed her way through an associate’s degree at Midland College (MC) and master’s degree at Texas Tech, and became a successful Physician’s Assistant (PA) working at West Texas Orthopedics in Midland.

“I started attending Midland College when I was 29,” explained Reeves. By then, I had been on my own for several years and had various responsibilities such as earning a living and paying bills. Education has always been important to my family, and I was determined to earn a degree.”

Reeves said she became interested in orthopedics while working as a physical therapy technician in a clinic in Santa Fe, New Mexico, for 6 ½ years. During that time, she also obtained a massage therapy license and supplemented her $14/hour wage working in the evenings as a bartender. She researched various healthcare professions, and when she moved back to West Texas, Reeves was ready to start working toward her goal of becoming a PA.

“I loaded up on as many courses as possible at Midland College,” stated Reeves. “I continued to work as a bartender during the evening so that I could take courses during the day. I managed to stay on the Dean’s List the entire time I was at MC and was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. I knew that if I wanted to get into a PA program, high grades would be important.”

Reeves graduated from Midland College with an associate’s degree in Kinesiology and was accepted into Texas Tech’s PA program, which is located on the Midland College campus. Her last year in the program, she lived in Lubbock while she was participating in clinical rotations at various locations in Lubbock and the surrounding communities.

In 2009, at the age of 34, just 5 years after entering Midland College, Dawn Reeves graduated from Texas Tech University with a Physician’s Assistant Master’s degree and accepted a position at West Texas Orthopedics, where she is currently under the direction of orthopedic surgeons Dr. John Dean and Dr. Daniel Nelson. As the only PA in the busy orthopedic clinic, Reeves assesses patients, administers injections, prescribes medications and assists Dr. Nelson with knee and joint replacement surgeries.

“I really love what I do,” said Reeves. “Once I decided to go back to school, I’m glad I chose Midland College to begin my higher education. My teachers knew that I was focused and determined to earn a degree, and they gave me the support I needed to stay on track toward my career goals.”

“Houston, we’ve had a problem”

Midland College Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents
Apollo 13 Astronaut Captain James Lovell
 

TONIGHT, 7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Courtesy Photo
Tonight, Midland College (MC) welcomes James Lovell, the legendary captain of the 1970 Apollo 13 space mission. Captain Lovell’s presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield in Midland. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Thanks to a generous endowment established by the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation, the event is FREE.

In an instant, the Apollo 13 spacecraft pivoted from a moon-bound landing unit to a crippled vessel. While the spaceflight stands today as a demonstration of NASA innovation saving lives on the fly, Apollo 13 vividly illustrated the dangers of people working in space.

At the time, Lovell, 42, was the world's most traveled astronaut. He had three missions and 572 spaceflight hours of experience. Lovell participated in Apollo 8, the first mission to circle the moon, and flew two Gemini missions — including a 14-day endurance run.

During the Apollo 13 mission, wires were exposed in the oxygen tank through a combination of manufacturing and testing errors before flight. On the evening of April 13, 1970, a spark from an exposed wire in the oxygen tank caused a fire, ripping apart one oxygen tank and damaging another inside the spacecraft. Although Apollo 13's design problems left a mark on NASA's reputation, today it also stands as a shining example of how NASA solved life threatening problems in space, thanks in large part to Lovell’s leadership.

In 1995, the Apollo 13 mission was chronicled in a Ron Howard movie starring Tom Hanks who portrayed Lovell. Lovell also appeared in several segments of Tom Hanks’ From the Earth to the Moon, the acclaimed HBO documentary miniseries that aired in the spring of 1998. In 2015, Lovell received the Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award from the National Aviation Hall of Fame.

Hearkening back to the incredible early days of space exploration and the Apollo program, Lovell applies the “time when we did bold things in space to achieve leadership,” proving that even during challenging times, innovation and new heights of leadership can be attained and “failure is not an option.”



Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Chap Golf finishes second at tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaps finish 2nd at High Country Shootout

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO - A few bogeys down the stretch cost the Midland College golf team at the High Country Shootout on Monday at The Links at Sierra Blanca ...

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The Chaparrals will next play in the NJCAA National Golf Preview October 10-11 in Garden City, Kansas.

MC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter holding voter registration drive

From Dora Carey
Alpha Beta Phi Chapter, Phi Theta Kappa, Midland College

Friendly reminder ... today is the start of our Phi Theta Kappa "Voter Registration Drive," which starts today and continues through Friday!

TODAY, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m., we will be by the Grill at the Student Center.

Please come out and volunteer. And, register to vote, if you have not yet done so. We only need people who can hand out questionnaires while those of us who are deputized can register people. This event is taking place to help our chapter with the international competition: Honors in Action.

Monday, September 26, 2016

MC offers 8-week and winter interim sessions

• Most courses are online via MC’s Canvas classroom management system

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The fall semester at Midland College (MC) officially started on August 29; however, it’s not too late to enroll in courses and get credit by the end of the calendar year. For those who didn’t have an opportunity to apply and register for classes, or for those who may want to take an additional course or two, MC offers an 8-week accelerated session beginning October 24 and ending December 15.

Courses offered during this session include Art Appreciation, Business Principles, Communications, Economics, English (composition and literature courses), Information Technology, Music Appreciation and Spanish (all levels). Most of the courses are online, and class instruction is web-based via MC’s Canvas classroom management system.

“We realize that late summer and early fall are busy times for many people, and they may not have had an opportunity to apply to MC and register for courses,” explained Liz Zenteno, dean of Enrollment Management. “We are hoping that this 8-week session will give them the opportunity to start their college studies or continue toward their degree and career training goals.”

New students should stop by the MC Welcome Center located on the east side of the Scharbauer Student Center. Staff at the Center will assist with completing the ApplyTexas application and will provide information about financial aid, advising and other items needed to begin their studies. Those students who are already enrolled at MC and want to add an additional course can call (432) 685-4501 to schedule an appointment to visit with an advisor.”

In addition, MC offers a two-week winter interim session December 19-January 2. This session mainly consists of online courses. College officials reported that this session is popular among students classified as “transient”—those who are enrolled at another college or university and want to earn college credit while they are on break between semesters. For a complete list of courses available during the 8-week session and the winter interim session, visit www.midland.edu/schedules

Zenteno also said that it’s not too late to begin thinking about spring semester courses. MC’s spring semester begins January 17, and students can start registering for spring classes on October 17. Advisors are now accepting appointments for spring semester advising. All students should meet with an advisor before registering to discuss their career pathway and make sure they are enrolled in appropriate courses.

MC student "drops" art for others

MC Photos by Rebecca Bell
• "You just found my artwork! It’s now yours to keep!”

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

September 6, 2016 marked World Art Drop Day, and Midland College (MC) student Allison Smith commemorated the day by leaving an original sketch at the Fasken Learning Resource Center (LRC) on the main MC campus.

World Art Drop Day began several years ago as a way for artists to feel more connected to each other and to create a bond among random strangers through the act of creating and giving. The idea of the day was the inspiration of freelance illustrator Jake Parker and came from his own experience in a cross-country art drop where he left sketches around the U.S. He said that he received tons of positive responses from the finders, and he wanted the rest of the world to experience that kind of happiness. Parker is a prolific illustrator based in Utah who has worked on animated films, comics and books. His illustrations have been featured in films like Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Rio (2011) and Epic (2013).

Allison Smith said, “When I learned of Parker’s work and his idea for Art Drop Day, I couldn’t wait to participate. My career goal is to become a character concept artist for films. I mostly enjoy sketching people, but I also draw animals. When I draw people, I envision how they will look based on certain personality traits.”

The sketch Smith left at the LRC is about the size of a cell phone. It is a picture of a young woman with curly dark hair wearing a jacket and muffler looking into the distance with somewhat of a “Mona Lisa” smile and holding a cup. Looking at the sketch, one imagines the woman enjoying her cup of hot, soothing liquid on a crisp autumn day and being somewhat amused at something going on around her.


“It was a warm West Texas day in early September, and I was thinking about cooler weather and Starbucks pumpkin-spiced lattes,” explained Smith. “I began doodling with sharpies and markers and then decided to leave the piece to commemorate World Art Drop Day. I hid two other art pieces on campus, as well. I put one in Beal Plaza and the other one on a bench near the Abell-Hanger Science Building. Unfortunately, I never heard back from anyone on those two pieces.”


Josh Knight who works in the MC Learning Resource Center found the sketch when he was working late one evening. It was accompanied with a note that read “Happy World Art Drop Day! You just found my artwork! It’s now yours to keep!”

“I thought the sketch was quite good. I was intrigued about the concept of World Art Drop Day and impressed that Allison was interested in sharing her creativity with others,” said Knight.

Allison Smith is a 2015 graduate of Greenwood High School. She took several dual credit courses while in high school and then enrolled full-time at MC in fall 2015. Her art courses at MC include drawing and design classes with art instructor Dagan Sherman and ceramics classes with instructor Michael Richardson. Smith will graduate from MC this coming December and plans to transfer to Sul Ross State University where she will major in Fine Arts.

Chap Golf has good first day at tournament

• JC GOLF: Chaparrals lead High Country Shootout

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

RUIDOSO, NEW MEXICO, TEXAS - The Midland College golf team is in first place after the first two rounds of the High Country Shootout at The Links at Sierra Blanca on Sunday ...

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The Chaparrals continue play today in the High Country Shootout at The Links Course in Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 25-26.

NASA legend touches down at Midland College ... TOMORROW

The Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents ...

An Evening with Captain James Lovell
NASA Legend and Apollo 13 Commander

Tuesday, September 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Midland College, Midland, Texas

Admission is FREE, and the public is invited.

Captain James Lovell ... A great American hero, astronaut Jim Lovell is most famous for his role in the American space age and for his calm and careful command of Apollo 13. Lovell stoically articulated the five-word message, “Houston, we have a problem,” which quickly became a part of the American lexicon. Through teamwork and decisive leadership, Lovell and his crew modified the lunar module into an effective lifeboat to safely return to Earth. As captain, he was instantly transformed into an inspiring national hero.

Captain Lovell is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, the University of Southern California’s Aviation Safety School, and the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. He has earned many awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, two Navy Distinguished Flying Crosses, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. Today, he is president of Lovell Communications, a business devoted to disseminating information about the U.S. space program.




Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lady Chap volleyball drops road match to OC

JC VOLLEYBALL: Odessa College tops Lady Chaps in 4

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

ODESSA, TEXAS - Odessa College topped visiting Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball 25-21, 25-27, 25-14, 25-18 in a Western Junior College Athletic Conference match, Wednesday at the OC Sports Center ...

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MC returns to MC's Al G. Langford Chaparral Center for their next match when they host New Mexico Military Institute at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28.

The first day of autumn

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
From Jeff McDonald
Website Editor, Midland College

Sure, I could go on and on about the first day of autumn, and the changes that season brings to the campus of Your College. But I will instead turn to the late Roger Ebert, who had a great influence upon me as a wordsmith and a film reviewer ...

There is a part of me that will forever want to be walking under autumn leaves, carrying a briefcase containing the works of Shakespeare and Yeats and a portable chess set. I will pass an old tree under which once on a summer night I lay on the grass with a fragrant young woman and we quoted e.e. cummings back and forth.
Roger Ebert (from brainyquotes.com)

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Newspaper previews tonight's Lady Chap Volleyball road match

JC VOLLEYBALL: Preview capsule for today’s MC match

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The biggest rivalry in the WJCAC resumes today when the Midland College Lady Chaparrals and the Odessa College Lady Wranglers meet in a key early conference match this evening ...

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Upcoming intramural events at MC

From Colten Ryan
Intramural Coordinator/Spirit Squad Sponsor

Good morning all,

Just wanted to fill everyone in on events coming up this semester in Intramurals. May add some things as well but this is what is planned so far.


Men’s and Coed Flag Football registration is open until Wednesday September 21st. There will be captains meetings on Thursday the 22nd and Friday the 23rd to hand out schedules and rules. Anyone interested in playing can come as well.

Indoor Coed volleyball registration is open until Wednesday, October 26th. Captains meetings will be Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th to hand out rules and schedule, and again anyone interested in playing is welcome to come.

There will also be Game Room Tournaments going on this semester, including a Ping Pong tournament Friday September 30th at 5:30 pm, a pool tournament Friday October 14th at 5:30 pm, and an air hockey tournament November 11th at 5:30 pm. All of these will be held in the Game Room in the Student Center.

To register for these events, come by my office in the Scharbauer Student Center, room 101.

Colten Ryan
Intramural Coordinator/Spirit Squad Sponsor, Midland College
(432) 686-4828
cryan@midland.edu

Craft classes through Community Programs Continuing Education

• Classes for beginners, advanced and the rusty

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, Continuing Education

Community Programs Continuing Education is pleased to offer a variety of craft courses in the weeks ahead.

BEGINNING CROCHET
Students will learn to basic crochet stitches and make a pot holder, a dish cloth, a hat and a scarf, if time permits. Students will need to provide yarn and crochet hooks. For the first night students need only bring a skein of Vanna's Choice (Lion Brand Yarn) and a size H crochet hook. Additional yarn will be purchased as needed.

Details are:

• Course # 9060 161Q
• September 27 – November 7
• Tuesdays/Thursdays, 5:20 – 6:20 p.m.
• Cost is $40

SEWING FOR BEGINNERS
Sewing for beginners or for folks who have become “rusty”, including instruction fitting a basic pattern using the Palmer and Pletsch method. Purchase the pattern directly from the instructor. Items needed for class: Sewing machine, sewing kit (purchase after first class). This class is located in Marie Hall Academic Bldg, room 201.

Details are:

• Course # 9200 161Q
• September 26 – November 2
• Mondays/Wednesdays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Cost is $80

ECONOMICALLY SEWING KNITS THAT FIT WITH PDF PATTERNS
Students will learn to measure & customize PDF patterns to make a tunic and leggings that fit for $35 or less. Students need to bring a sewing machine with a stretch or zig/zag stitch, scissors or a rotary cutter and a tape measure. Students will purchase their fabric and patterns after the first class. Nothing is needed for the first night except for the tape measure and a pen. Instructor has 3 loaners.

Details are:

• Course # 9061 161Q
• September 27 – November 3
• Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
• Cost is $40

If you or anyone you know is interested, please come see us in the CPCE office located at SSC 214 or go online at https://ce.midland.edu/cp/index.php?option=com_cexpress&view=courses&category=16&Itemid=349.

For more information about MC’s CPCE program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office ...
(432) 685-4518
bcordero@midland.edu
agarrett@midland.edu

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Celebrating 20 Years at Midland College WRTTC

MC Photo by Andres Madrid
This fall marks 20 years of operation of Midland College’s branch campus, the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), located in Fort Stockton, Texas. Several 20th-year anniversary events were held this past weekend to celebrate the successful educational partnership between Midland College and Pecos County and to thank those who have made the WRTTC a success — students, alumni, Pecos County residents and Scholars’ Dollars Scholarship Fund donors.

CLICK HERE for a photo album of the celebration

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 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.

Constitution Day a celebration for all ages at MC

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
CLICK HERE for a photo album

This year's Constitution Day celebration at Midland College was held Friday, September 16, in the Amistad Atrium of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building.

There was free coffee and donuts - and more! - for students who stopped in on their way to and from classes.


Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. The day also serves to recognize all who - by birth in the U.S. or by naturalization - have become citizens. Learn more about this day and what it commemorates at constitutionday.com

MC Chaparral Golf announces Fall 2016 Schedule

• Fall season has begun for the Chaps

Staff Report
Midland College

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College Chaparral golf program has announced its Fall 2016 schedule. That schedule got underway this past weekend, and will continue through the fall

visit the MC Golf/Schedule web page...

get a downloadable/printable .Adobe .pdf file of the schedule ...

Next for the Chaparrals: the High Country Shootout at The Links Course in Ruidoso, New Mexico, September 25-26.

New Culinary Foundations CE course ... register now!

• Class is limited to first 10 registrants

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, Continuing Education

Community Programs Continuing Education is pleased to offer ‘Culinary Foundations’ with Chef Timm of Lori’s Café! The course begins Monday September 26 and ends on Tuesday, November 1. CPCE has received numerous calls to offer cooking classes, and without a location on campus I approached Timothy Rogers with Lori’s Café. Both Chef Timm and I are extremely excited about this partnership!

Details are:

• Chef Timm will teach students how to apply basic culinary skills at home to create appetizers, main meals and desserts. This class will be held at Lori’s Café at 210 W. Longview, in Midland.
• Course # 9240 161Q
• September 26 – November 1
• Mondays/Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
• Cost is $100
• Class is limited to 10

If you or anyone you know is interested, please come see us in the CPCE office located at SSC 214 or go online at https://ce.midland.edu/cp/index.php?option=com_cexpress&view=course&id=276&Itemid=230.

For more information about MC’s CPCE program, contact Brenda Cordero or Ashley Garrett in the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office ...
(432) 685-4518
bcordero@midland.edu
agarrett@midland.edu

Monday, September 19, 2016

Grammar workshops kick-off this week at The MC Language Hub

From Stacy Egan
English Faculty

The The Language Hub at Midland College is proud to announce an expansion of our workshops for this semester. Workshops will all be held in TC182 (the Language Hub). To foster more personal attention, each workshop will now be 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.



The The Language Hub at Midland College is the school's reading and writing center, where you can get help with any paper that you write for any class. You can also work on computer-based interactive tutorials in reading and writing. The Hub staff look forward to meeting students this week, and to working with them throughout this semester.