Wednesday, November 30, 2016

MC Engineering students to hold robotics demonstration


• Robots will perform penalty kicks, celebratory dances

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Students in the Midland College (MC) Introduction to Engineering class will demonstrate their semester robotics projects at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 1. The event will be held on the main MC campus at the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building in the courtyard or, in case of inclement weather, Room 164.

“The student teams have been working on the robots since late September,” explained Dr. Brian Flowers, MC Engineering instructor. “The robots will navigate an obstacle course, score a robot penalty kick by hitting a golf ball into a shoebox one meter away and then perform an autonomous dance celebration based on color input. The project will be scored on how well each robot performs the assigned tasks, and the ‘celebratory dances’ will be judged on creativity and execution.”

Flowers said that the students have designed, built and tested the robots based on engineering principles taught in class. A preliminary assignment consisted of each team presenting a design proposal. Four teams will be represented at Thursday’s demonstration. Team names are the Jelly Beans, Skillz that Killz, Ghostbusters and Sheen.

“Everything we do is to help students be successful and advance into their careers as quickly as possible,” stated Flowers. “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. The robot project is an example of how students were presented with a problem of designing and building a robot to perform specific tasks. They had to develop solutions for, not only building the robots, but also making them successfully execute the tasks.”

Flowers continued, “Engineering career opportunities are numerous throughout the world. 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. My goal at Midland College is to ensure students who are interested in pursuing engineering careers are prepared for their future classes and beyond.”

SHEEN
SKILLZ THAT KILLZ

Newspaper profiles Chap Basketball player, previews conference opener

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN'S BASKETBALL: Simmons’ experience key as MC opens WJCAC play

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - As a freshman on the Midland College men's basketball team last year, Jachai Simmons got a taste of what it was like to play in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

He admitted to thinking that it wasn’t going to be as tough as it actually was ...

Read the rest of this MRT report ...

A cold, colorful start to the day at Your College ...

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
"The air is dusty, it smells of dry pine needles; yet I sense imminent ice in the clear blue sky.... How I appreciate everything…fully! After all, tomorrow this reprieve will be buried by blizzards, crushed under slabs of doomsday ice. I cannot waste a minute indoors! I must take advantage of this gift, wedged so tentatively between summer’s hectic somnolence and winter’s harsh apogee.... Each perfect day, I know, is going to be the last beautiful day of autumn."

~ John Nichols

Newspaper profiles Lady Chap Basketball player, previews conference opener

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: MC transfer Bunn excited to start WJCAC play

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter Telegram


MIDLAND, TEXAS - Sitting out last year after transferring from Northeast (Nebraska) Community College was a new experience for Janea Bunn.

Now that she’s back on the court playing for the No. 11-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team, the 6-foot-3 sophomore post from Springfield, Massachusetts, is going to finally experience what it’s like competing in the very competitive Western Junior College Athletic Conference. Midland College (6-2) hosts South Plains College (8-1) at 5:45 p.m. today at Chaparral Center in the WJCAC opener ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A taste of the holiday season, Wednesday and Thursday at MC

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The Midland College Regents Club provides students the opportunity to develop leadership and communication skills through involvement in student recruitment and community outreach events for the college.

For more information about the MC Regents, contact:

Jeremy Martinez, Club Advisor
(432) 685-5523
jmartinez@midland.edu

Chap, Lady Chap basketball begin conference play Wednesday

From Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

The MC Lady Chap and Chaparral basketball teams will be playing in their 2016 conference openers on Wednesday, November 30th when they take on South Plains College.

Wednesday’s first game will be a 5:45 p.m. contest between the Lady Chaps and Lady Texans, followed by the SPC Texans and MC Chaps in a scheduled 7:45 p.m. tipoff.

Adult tickets are $5.00, non-MC students and senior citizens age 65 and older are $3.00. The games are free of charge with your MC student or employee ID card.

"Vet Packs" – helping those who served our country

• Plans to grow project, develop website, establish partnerships

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Moriyah Gutierrez was born less than a year after her father Michael returned home from his U.S. Army commitment. Within 28 days after her birth, her mother left the young family, leaving Michael to raise Moriyah on his own. The father and daughter formed a strong bond, and Michael instilled the ideals of patriotism and commitment to country in his daughter.

In 2001, after being on his own as a single dad for about six years, Michael Gutierrez remarried. His new wife Carrie took over the role of mother to Moriyah effortlessly. Today, Michael and Carrie have two other children, Faith (age 9) and Tristan (age 8). Michael is quick to explain that the couple’s first commitment is to their children.

Today, Moriyah is a student at Early College High School at Midland College (ECHS@MC), and for the past two years, she has been working to collect backpacks and supplies for military veteran students at Midland College. She devotes approximately 150 hours each month to her “Vet Pack” project, and she says she enjoys every minute of it.

“My dad always taught me that one of the most precious things in life is our country and the freedoms we have as American citizens,” stated Moriyah. “He’s told me stories about his time in the Army, and I know that it was hard for him to transition back to civilian life. The vet packs are just a small way that I can say ‘thank you’ to the men and women who served our country in the military.”

Moriyah continued, “I know that finances can be strained for our veterans when they are starting to college, and backpacks and supplies can be expensive. As a dependent of a veteran, I am a member of the MC Veterans Association. Some of the veteran students have told me that they have to ask themselves the question, ‘Do I buy a backpack and school supplies for me, or food for my family.’ I hope that the vet packs will help to alleviate some of their financial burden.”

Moriyah is now in her junior year at ECHS@MC, and most of her classes are college courses. Like most ECHS@MC students, she will graduate from high school with both a high school diploma and an associate degree from Midland College. In addition to keeping up with her ECHS@MC studies and devoting time to Vet Packs, Moriyah Gutierrez also works part-time at Golf Course Road Church of Christ Children’s Center and volunteers at Casa de Amigos, Honor Flight and the SHARE program. Moriyah said that the SHARE program, which provides assistance to families with learning and physically disabled children, is very dear to her heart because her younger brother Tristan is autistic.

Michael beams when talking about his teenage daughter and stated, “I am so proud of Moriyah. Carrie and I believe that it is important to have a strong foundation with God, and we want our children to have that same foundation. With so much ugliness in the world now, we are very proud of the person Moriyah is and is growing into every day. We pray it is a constant reminder to her that amid all of the trouble in the world, there will always be light.”

”My dad always taught me to have a ‘game plan,’ so I do,” said Moriyah. “After I graduate from ECHS in May 2018, I want to go to West Point, major in obstetrics/gynecology and eventually be a part of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.”

As for the immediate future, Moriyah will continue to grow her Vet Pack project. She is developing a website and is working to partner with an office supply retailer like Staples or Office Depot. She orders the backpacks, valued at $20-$30 each, in bulk in order to save costs. For more information or to donate toward the project, contact Moriyah Guiterrez at (432) 894-4075, mgut600@gmail.com

THIS Friday is First Friday

The December edition of the First Friday Science Seminar Series - and MORE - takes place this week on Friday, December 2, at Midland College.

Midland College (MC) and Museum of the Southwest will once again partner to host two FREE lectures by Dr. Patrick Miller, professor of Mathematics at Hardin Simmons University and founder of the International Astronomical Search Collaboration. Both lectures are entitled “The Search for Asteroids.” The lectures are part of Museum of the Southwest’s Relativity Lecture Series made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation.

The lectures will be held on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street and will last approximately one hour. The community is invited to attend one or both.

The first lecture will be held at 12:00 noon in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Participants are encouraged to bring a lunch or purchase one in the Scharbauer Student Center grill. Iced tea, water and dessert will be provided.

Dr. Miller’s second lecture will occur in the F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 101, at 6:00 p.m.

Miller will be discussing solar system debris, known as asteroids. He states that this debris consists of rock and ice boulders ranging in size from inches to miles. On occasion, these boulders wander into near-Earth space—posing a very real risk to life. Miller’s lectures will focus on the origin of asteroids, their location, how they make their way to earth and how they are discovered.

“We are delighted to be able to partner with Museum of the Southwest to present these lectures to our students and the community,” said Dr. Tom Ready, MC professor of Chemistry. “We offer various lectures to our students as part of our ‘First Friday’ lecture series, and this lecture fits perfectly with our plans to close out the fall semester with a wonderful opportunity to learn more about our solar system from an expert in the field.”

Monday, November 28, 2016

Deadline for Letters to Santa fundraiser is THIS WEEK

Yes! It is that time of year!!!

Midland College Students in Philanthropy will again be assisting Santa with writing letters to the boys and girls of the world.

For $10, the children (of all ages) in your life can get a personalized letter from Santa.

All net profits from money raised, fund our grant project in the spring.Students will review grants from local non-profits and award the money raised, plus the matching grant from our sponsors, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.

Please fill out the attached form (below) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $10 per letter donation to Chelsea Burch, SSC 234, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 ...
by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Santa Letter Form (Adobe .pdf file)
Introduction to the Santa Letter Program (Adobe .pdf file)

Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!

Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
cburch@midland.edu


Midland College Students in Philanthropy (SIP) is a project of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Students are trained in non-profit board membership, fundraising, volunteering, and grant making. A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.

The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones. Santa Letters are one of many fundraisers that these students decide on, plan, and execute throughout the fall semester. All net proceeds are matched at $10,000 in the spring and granted back to our local non-profits.

For more information about this program, contact:
Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
cburch@midland.edu

Chap Basketball has long, winning weekend on the road

• JC MEN'S BASKETBALL: MC men go 3-0 over the weekend

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

POPLAR BLUFF, MISSOURI - The Midland College men's basketball team completed a 3-0 weekend at the Three Rivers Thanksgiving Classic by defeating the host team 65-63 on Saturday.

Jachai Simmons [in photo, above] led the Chaparrals (7-5) with 15 points, Jordan Jackson had 13, Devin Campbell added 12 and Grant Weatherford chipped in with 11 in the win ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaparrals will be at home for their next game when they begin Western Junior College Athletic Conference play with South Plains College, Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

Reminder ... Holiday Evening at Midland College is this week

Midland College, the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invite the community to a “Holiday Evening” on Thursday, December 1. Events begin at 5:15 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the Midland College main campus, 3600 N. Garfield Street.

MC President Dr. Steve Thomas said, “Holiday Evening is Midland College’s ‘gift’ to the community. In addition to the popular events from previous years, we have planned several new activities, including hayrides provided by our Students in Philanthropy club and a children’s craft corner courtesy of the MC Student Activities office. Most importantly, we have received word that Santa will be our honored guest at the evening’s festivities and will be available between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. to visit with children.”


THIS WEEK ... a special time and service for "Night Writers" at MC's Language Hub

The Language Hub is located in TC 182 and offers FREE tutoring in writing for all subjects by trained faculty, staff, and peer tutors. Bring your writing assignment, your research, and your draft to TC 182, and let our tutors help you to improve your writing.

We are open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (tutors available 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.); Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (tutors available 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon). We are closed Saturday - Sunday.

And ... for those late-night writers, join us for "Late Night at the Language Hub." We will be staying open until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29 - TOMORROW -  to assist students in need of end-of-semester writing help. We will provide pizza and drinks for all students attending, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

MC closing in observance of Thanksgiving

From Dr. Steve Thomas
President Midland College

From our home to yours, we wish you a very happy and peaceful Thanksgiving. Safe travels.

Vicki and Steve Thomas


Reminder ... Holiday Evening at Midland College is next week

The date has been set for Holiday Evening at Midland College, one of the Midland community's favorite holiday season events, with fun for all ages. Join us?


Deadline for Letters to Santa fundraiser is next week

Yes! It is that time of year!!!

Midland College Students in Philanthropy will again be assisting Santa with writing letters to the boys and girls of the world.

For $10, the children (of all ages) in your life can get a personalized letter from Santa.

All net profits from money raised, fund our grant project in the spring.Students will review grants from local non-profits and award the money raised, plus the matching grant from our sponsors, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.

Please fill out the attached form (below) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $10 per letter donation to Chelsea Burch, SSC 234, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 ...
by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Santa Letter Form (Adobe .pdf file)
Introduction to the Santa Letter Program (Adobe .pdf file)

Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!

Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
cburch@midland.edu


Midland College Students in Philanthropy (SIP) is a project of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Students are trained in non-profit board membership, fundraising, volunteering, and grant making. A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.

The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones. Santa Letters are one of many fundraisers that these students decide on, plan, and execute throughout the fall semester. All net proceeds are matched at $10,000 in the spring and granted back to our local non-profits.

For more information about this program, contact:
Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
web snowflake cburch@midland.edu

Autumn is in the air

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
CLICK HERE for a photo album ...

This is the feast-time of the year
When hearts grow warm and home more dear;
When Autumn's crimson torch expires
To flash again in winter fires;
And they who tracked October's flight
Through woods with gorgeous hues bedight,
In charm├Ęd circle sit and praise
The goodly log's triumphant blaze.

~ Harriet McEwen Kimball

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Not THIS Friday, but NEXT Friday is First Friday

The December edition of the First Friday Science Seminar Series - and MORE - takes place next week on Friday, December 2, at Midland College.

Next week ... a special time and service for "Night Writers" at MC's Language Hub

The Language Hub is located in TC 182 and offers FREE tutoring in writing for all subjects by trained faculty, staff, and peer tutors. Bring your writing assignment, your research, and your draft to TC 182, and let our tutors help you to improve your writing.

We are open Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (tutors available 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.); Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon (tutors available 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon). We are closed Saturday - Sunday.

And ... for those late-night writers, join us for "Late Night at the Language Hub." We will be staying open until 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29,  to assist students in need of end-of-semester writing help. We will provide pizza and drinks for all students attending, beginning at 8:00 p.m.

For more information, contact:

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

MC Chemistry Club receives Commendable rating

Celebrating National Chemistry Week 2016 at Midland Park Mall, one of the activities for which the Midland College Chemistry Club received a "Commendable" rating from the American Chemical Society.
• Students are enthusiastic and have a true passion for science

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The American Chemical Society (ACS) recently awarded the Midland College (MC) Chemistry Club a “Commendable” rating for the club’s various service and professional development activities. MC Chemistry faculty members John Anderson, Dr. Pat Nandakumar and Dr. Tom Ready advise the club, which is one of the most active clubs on the MC campus.

Activities for which the award was presented include the following:

Community Service
Hosting National Chemistry Week celebration at Midland Park Mall
Celebrating Earth Day at local elementary schools
Participating in Family Science Night at the Petroleum Museum
Judging science fairs at local schools
Participating in San Angelo's Eco Fair
Participating in MC Science Extravaganza

Professional Development
Hosting "Mini Friday" Lecture Series at club meetings
Participating and presenting research work and chapter activities at West Texas STEM Conference
Participating in Louis Stokes Alliance for MinorityParticipation Conference at the University of Texas at El Paso
Participating in the ACS National Coference in San Diego
Participating in MC Research Colloquium
Attending field trips to Cemex in Odessa, and Kel-Tech Inc. in Midland

In addition to the activities listed above, the MC Chemistry Club meets every-other Friday for regular meetings and routinely hosts campus bake sales and ACS Study Guide sales.

“I am so proud of our Chemistry Club’s work,” said Dr. Margaret Wade, MC dean of Math, Science & Kinesiology. “Our Chemistry faculty work very hard to promote chemistry and provide opportunities for our students. The students are enthusiastic and have a true passion for science!”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Turkey ... Trot ... TONIGHT ...

Think of it as earning 'calorie credit' BEFORE your Thanksgiving feast ...

The Midland community is invited to join us on the MC main campus for this early evening event for health and wellness, Fun and prizes, too ... so bring your family and friends!

MC receives donation for Idea Factory

Pictured from left to right are MC Chair of Manufacturing Services Derek Gasch and MC Director of Development and Donor Relations Wendy Gilbert with Grande Communications® employees.
• Providing opportunities to make, contribute - then share

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, November 17, Midland College (MC) received a $3,100 check from Grande Communications® Grande Cares Club. The donation was directed to be used for MC’s new “Idea Factory,” a makerspace area at the MC Advanced Technology Center.

“The Idea Factory has been in the works for about a year,” said Derek Gasch, MC department chair of Manufacturing Services. “For the past year, the Computer Graphics Technology department has been partnering with the Midland Barnes & Noble store for demonstrations of 3D modeling. We are excited to be able to start the MC Idea Factory, and the donation from Grande will enable us to purchase a vinyl cutter to enhance our 3D printing creations.” The donation from Grande Communications® Grande Cares Club comes entirely from employees of Grande Communications® who voluntarily contribute a portion of their earnings to the Grande Cares Club.

As stated in a letter to the MC Foundation from James Jordon, president of Grande Cares Club Board of Directors, “The employee board approved this grant because of the high value we place on your organization’s contribution to the communities Grande serves.”

MC’s collaboration with Barnes & Noble and the formation of the Idea Factory allows students and community members an opportunity to receive hands-on experience in design, handcrafting and construction in the spirit of collaboration and teamwork.
Gasch explained, “The global ‘Maker’ movement is changing the way people learn, design, create and build. ‘Makers’ are ‘Do-It-Yourselfers’ (DIY-ers) with a tech twist. The MC Idea Factory allows participants opportunities to make and collaborate - then share. Thanks to the Grande employees, we are now able to add one more piece of technology to help keep our instruction and services state-of-the-art.”

For more information about MC’s Idea Factory and Computer Graphics Technology program, contact Derek Gasch at (432) 681-6314, dgasch@midland.edu.

MC Lady Chaparral basketball gets first loss of season in WNIT

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Lady Chaps fall in WNIT 3rd place game

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College women’s basketball coach Ron Jones believes his team can improve by playing the tough competition in its Women's National Invitational Tournament each year.

Playing three teams in the top 10 in three days probably took a toll on the No. 11 ranked Lady Chaparrals on Saturday as they were sluggish until late in the contest, before falling 67-60 to No. 6 Salt Lake Community College in the third place game at Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report and enjoy a photo album from the game ...

• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Trinity Valley frustrates Lady Chaps in WNIT semis

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The No. 2-ranked Trinity Valley Community College women’s basketball team has gotten used to playing on the road, in hostile environments and against tough competition.

That’s why on Friday night, the Lady Cardinals were able to force turnovers and frustrate host No. 11 Midland College women’s basketball team for a 67-52 win in a semifinal game of the Midland College Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report and enjoy a photo album from the game ...

• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: MC hangs on, advances to WNIT semis

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - It was an off night shooting the ball and head coach Ron Jones wasn’t that pleased with his defense, but the only thing that mattered for the No. 11-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team was that it found a way to win on Thursday.

No. 8 College of Southern Idaho turned the ball over twice and missed a 3-pointer as the Lady Chaparrals hung on for a 60-57 victory in first round action of the Midland College Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report and enjoy a photo album from the game ...

MC-SGA's holiday canned goods drive will run through DECEMBER 5

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
From Taneekwa Hurdle
Advisor, MC Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Midland College is holding its annual Canned Food drive, a community service project benefiting the food pantry at First Christian Church in Midland. This year's drive is now underway and will continue through Monday, December 5.

If you notice some good sales on canned goods, please pick up a few and bring them to MC. There will be boxes in the Amistad Atrium of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), the Leona G. and John E. Fox Science Building (FSB), the Allison Fine Arts Building (AFA) and the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center (SSC).

The drive will continue through Monday, December 5, and then the proceeds will be picked-up during the week of finals and delivered to the food pantry, with help from the Midland College athletic programs.

"For several years we have done this successfully for Memorial Christian Church which has now merged with First Christian Church," said MC Chaparral golf coach Delnor Poss. "We weekly provide food for approximately 125 families that represent about 400 to 500 of the needy in Midland each week."

Friday, November 18, 2016

Deadline extended for MC travel course to Costa Rica

• Trip has 'made,' but there are still a couple of openings

Our next Midland College travel experience for community members will be to Costa Rica from March 4 – 10, 2017. You and your friends are invited to join me and my co-leader, Dr. Ed Barnhart of the Maya Exploration Center to explore the biology and archaeology of Costa Rica.

We will travel from the heights of the Irazu Volcano to Uvita where the jungle meets the sea. Included will be whale watching, culture and the mysterious stone balls found in Guayabo National Monument. As always, Dr. Barnhart will be our main leader and the archaeology expert. As always, the trip is limited to 20 participants.

Registration deadline is Thursday, December 1, 2016.

This week-long educational adventure will take its participants to Costa Rica in order to learn about its flora, fauna, ancient culture and modern people. Flying in and out of San Jose, the course will explore the eastern part of the country and the Pacific coast, visiting volcanoes, archaeological sites and nature preserves.

From the Pacific coast, a day in the middle of the week will take to the ocean and witness the whale migrations taking place in March. Moving on to Golfito, the final day will be spent exploring the Piedras Blancas National Park on a wildlife trek. A flight from Golfito back to San Jose will return the group to the Alajuela area where they will explore local craft villages and catch early morning flights back to the USA.

Evening lectures during the week by Drs. Barnhart and Wade will further explain the archaeology, ecology, and geography of Costa Rica.

For a detailed itinerary and more information about expenses, accommodations and travel arrangements, CLICK HERE

Total cost will be approximately $2,950, which includes Maya Exploration Center fees, a Midland College fee and and round-trip airfare between Midland to San Jose, Costa Rica. Travelers can pay out the trip fees through the website and directly through ACIS once a deposit and registration fee have been made. Costs include all lodging, private transportation, domestic flight from Golfito to San Jose, breakfasts and lunches, archaeologist and naturalist guides, evening lectures and entry fees.

I hope you can join us for our next adventure in Costa Rica!

Margaret Wade
Dean of Math and Natural Science, MNS
(432) -685-4615
mwade@midland.edu

Chap Basketball wins opening round of Arizona tournament

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• Campbell, Chaps outlast Glendale College

Staff Report
Midland Reporter Telegram

TUCSON, ARIZONA - The Midland College men's basketball team defeated Glendale College, 78-72, to open the Native American Classic on Thursday ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaparrals will continue play in the next round of the Native American Classic, when they face Tohono O’ohdam College, tonight in Tucson, Arizona.

MC-SGA's holiday canned goods drive will continue through December 5

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
From Taneekwa Hurdle
Advisor, MC Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) at Midland College is holding its annual Canned Food drive, a community service project benefiting the food pantry at First Christian Church in Midland. This year's drive is now underway and will continue through Monday, December 5.

If you notice some good sales on canned goods, please pick up a few and bring them to MC. There will be boxes in the Amistad Atrium of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), the Leona G. and John E. Fox Science Building (FSB), the Allison Fine Arts Building (AFA) and the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center (SSC).

The drive will continue through Monday, December 5, and then the proceeds will be picked-up during the week of finals and delivered to the food pantry, with help from the Midland College athletic programs.

"For several years we have done this successfully for Memorial Christian Church which has now merged with First Christian Church," said MC Chaparral golf coach Delnor Poss. "We weekly provide food for approximately 125 families that represent about 400 to 500 of the needy in Midland each week."

Lady Chaps win opening round of WNIT

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: MC hangs on, advances to WNIT semis

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - It was an off night shooting the ball and head coach Ron Jones wasn’t that pleased with his defense, but the only thing that mattered for the No. 11-ranked Midland College women’s basketball team was that it found a way to win on Thursday.

No. 8 College of Southern Idaho turned the ball over twice and missed a 3-pointer as the Lady Chaparrals hung on for a 60-57 victory in first round action of the Midland College Women’s National Invitational Tournament at Chaparral Center ...

read the rest of this MRT report and enjoy a photo album from the game ...



Admission (Day Pass, Four Games Per Day): $8.00 Adults, $5.00 Non-Midland College Students and Senior Citizens, FREE for MC Students/Employees with current school ID.

CLICK HERE for a tournament bracket (Adobe .pdf file)

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
Good luck, Lady Chaps!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

MC Students In Philanthropy sharpening their quills for annual fundraiser

Yes! It is that time of year!!!

Midland College Students in Philanthropy will again be assisting Santa with writing letters to the boys and girls of the world.

For $10, the children (of all ages) in your life can get a personalized letter from Santa.

All net profits from money raised, fund our grant project in the spring.Students will review grants from local non-profits and award the money raised, plus the matching grant from our sponsors, Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust.

Please fill out the attached form (below) for each individual child and send your completed “Santa” form, and $10 per letter donation to Chelsea Burch, SSC 234, Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland, Texas 79705 ...
by Friday, December 2, 2016.

Santa Letter Form (Adobe .pdf file)
Introduction to the Santa Letter Program (Adobe .pdf file)

Ho! Ho! Ho! and Merry Christmas!

Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
cburch@midland.edu


Midland College Students in Philanthropy (SIP) is a project of the Abell-Hanger Foundation and Helen Greathouse Charitable Trust. Students are trained in non-profit board membership, fundraising, volunteering, and grant making. A key goal of SIP is to raise funds and then re-distribute them to deserving non-profit organizations in Midland.

The students learn about “sharing and caring” for others by personally creating each “Santa Letter” for your loved ones. Santa Letters are one of many fundraisers that these students decide on, plan, and execute throughout the fall semester. All net proceeds are matched at $10,000 in the spring and granted back to our local non-profits.

For more information about this program, contact:
Chelsea Burch
Midland College
(432) 685-4528
web snowflake cburch@midland.edu