Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Get your blues on with MC workshops at music festival


• Midland College partners with Tall City Blues Fest for educational workshops

From Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, MC Continuing Education

Live Life Good ... Listen to the Blues!

Tall City Blues Fest is the signature summer event in downtown Midland and the best blues fest in Texas. Tall City Blues Fest 2017, presented by Downtown Midland Management District, will be held in downtown Midland July 14-16.

We are partnering with Tall City Blues Fest this year to offer music workshops in conjunction with the festival. All of the workshops will be held on Saturday, July 15, at the Doubletree Hotel, next to the festival grounds. Proceeds from the workshop registration fees will go to fund 2018 Kids’ College scholarships.

To register, click on the link and add to cart. Early registration is $15 and $20 at the door except for:

MASTER CLASS: HARMONICA 12-BAR BLUES & LEE OSKAR QUICK GUIDE TIPS
$25 for early registration, and $30 at the door.

For questions regarding registration, please call (432) 685-4518.

Brenda Cordero
Associate Director, MC Continuing Education
432) 685-4724
bcordero@midland.edu


ABOUT TALL CITY BLUES FEST

Tall City Blues Fest is the signature summer event in downtown Midland, and the best blues fest in Texas. More than just a concert, Tall City Blues Fest is a bona-fide music festival complete with an entire weekend of indoor and outdoor performances, interactive workshops, vendors and more all nestled in the heart of downtown Midland.

Tall City Blues Fest 2017 is presented by Downtown Midland Management District, an organization created to support projects that promote, preserve, maintain and enhance economic health and vitality in downtown Midland.

For more information, visit www.tallcitybluesfest.com

Monday, June 26, 2017

Midland College announces 100% pass rate for registered nurse licensure exam


• All December Associate Degree Nursing graduates pass rigorous exam on the first attempt

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has notified Midland College (MC) that all of the college’s December 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) on their first attempt.

“We are extremely proud of these graduates,” said Dr. Carmen Edwards, MC dean of Health Sciences. “They will now be assuming careers as dedicated, intelligent and competent registered nurses. I join all our Associate Degree Nursing faculty and the MC Administration in congratulating these graduates on a job well done. Their hard work and dedication has certainly been rewarded.”

According to the Texas Board of Nursing, the average pass rate on the registered nurse licensure exam for Associate Degree Nursing programs is 82.40 percent, and the average pass rate for Bachelor of Science Nursing programs is 87.99 percent. Midland College December 2016 graduates surpassed both averages.

MC December 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates are AnnaMaria Almanza, Stephanie Amparan, Daniela Carmona, Candace Ellis, Brandy Gasch, Christopher Gaule, Nikki Lara, Vasti Loredo, Tara Mahan, Lisa Manning, Elizabeth Montes, Kaitlyn Moorhouse, Elizabeth Phillips, Vicki Perez, Michelle Ramirez, Jessica Welch and Mona Wilde.

The official NCLEX-RN 2017 pass rate will be announced in late October. This rate will include pass rates for December 2016 Associate Degree Nursing graduates as well as May 2017 graduates. Forty-four students graduated from MC’s registered nursing program in May. According to Dr. Edwards, the May class had the highest average exit exam scores that the college has ever seen, and May graduates are also doing extremely well in their first attempts at the registered nurse licensure exam.


Lady Chap Volleyball girls summer camps ...next month at MC

• July 24-26, 27-29 at MC Physical Education Building

From Holli Reyna
Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

The Midland College Lady Chaparrals will host two sets of Summer Volleyball Camps July 24th-26th and July 27th-29th, for girls in the 4th-12th grades, and with different levels of experience.

Beginners Camp
Grades 4-6 (entering)
July 24-26
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: $80.00

Fundamentals Camp
Grades 7-8 (entering)
July 24-26
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $80.00

Beginners Camp
Grades 9-12 (entering)
July 27-29
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Cost: $80.00

CLICK HERE for more information about the camp, and a link to an online registrqation form.

GO CHAPS!!!!!

Holli Reyna
MC Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach
(432) 685-6747
hreyna@midland.edu

Friday, June 23, 2017

MC programs holding summer community service project

MC Photo by Kimberly Daw
• Project will run through mid-August

Good morning!

The Midland College Health Science Continuing Education and Cosmetology programs, and the Area Health Education Center are collecting travel-size toiletries this summer to donate to a local community crisis center. These can be the cute, little shampoo bottles and soaps from hotels or any small sized hygiene or beauty product. Please donate:

     Toothbrush
     Toothpaste
     Mouthwash
     Q-Tips
     Manicure products
     Shampoo/conditioner
     Soap
     Lotion
     Deodorant
     Feminine hygiene products
     Diapers
     Wipes
     Band-Aids

Drop-off boxes are located in Cosmetology (room 161, Technical Center, main campus) or HSCE (room 138, Advanced Technology Center, 3200 W. Cuthbert Street).

Wendy Wood-Collins, MBA, MSN, RN
Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education, Midland College
(432) 681-6364

Thursday, June 22, 2017

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to MC Telephone Operator Joanne Garcia and her family upon the passing of Joanne’s sister Rosemary Gonzales.

Ms. Gonzales passed away on Sunday, June 18, in Colorado. Services are pending.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Pair of Chaps named All-Americans

• JC BASEBALL: MC’s Senior, Rattai garner NJCAA All-American honors

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Former Midland College baseball player Eric Senior received another big honor on Monday when he was named as an NJCAA First-Team All-American ...
    

... Fellow former Chaparral Nolan Rattai was also honored by the NJCAA as he was named as an Honorable Mention All-American ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Midland College announces new travel course to Scotland


Castles and Holy Shrines of Scotland, May 29-June 6, 2018

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Dr. Margaret Wade, dean of Math, Science & Kinesiology at Midland College (MC), will once again lead an exciting travel course. The continuing education course, which will emphasize the archaeology and biology of Scotland, will be offered May 29-June 6, 2018.

In the past, Dr. Wade has coordinated various other MC travel courses, mostly to Central and South America. These courses have been very popular with the Midland community.

“I wanted to plan a trip that was a little different,” explained Dr. Wade. My husband and I were in Scotland not long ago; the country is absolutely breathtaking! While I was there, I kept thinking that it would be great to share the history and culture with other Midlanders. When I returned home, I contacted Dr. Edwin Barnhart with the Mayan Exploration Center, with whom I’ve partnered in the past on travel courses, and he was interested in working with me to plan the trip.”

Wade explained that the Scotland travel course will expose participants to the country’s rich biological and historical environment. It will also introduce them to the culture of the area.

The course is being offered as part of MC’s continuing education programming. Cost is $2,800 per person based on double occupancy. A $500 deposit is due upon registration. Fifty percent of the balance is due February 29, 2018, and the final balance is due April 29, 2018. Cost includes lodging, private ground transport, ferry tour, private tour leader for the duration of the trip, all entry fees, local tour guides and breakfasts. Participants will be responsible to arrange for their own air transportation.

Once in Scotland, the trip will include guided tours of Edinburgh Castle and Palace, Holyrood Palace or Rosalyn Chapel, Holy Island, Stirling Castle, William Wallace Monument, Helensburgh, the Isle of Iona, the Oban Whiskey Distillery and St. Andrews. Dr. Wade has also planned the trip so that there is some time for participants to explore various sites on their own. Lodging accommodations are covered in the course fee and will include hotels as well as bed and breakfast inns.

Wade emphasized that everyone in the community is welcome to participate. Since this is a continuing education course, there will be no papers to write, exams, etc. Participants are free to explore and enjoy!

For more information, contact Dr. Wade at (432) 685-4615, mwade@midland.edu


Monday, June 19, 2017

MC to host New Student Orientation sessions this summer

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
Student orientation is required for ALL NEW MC students! Students must be registered for classes to attend NSO and they must select a specific session when they register.

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and the dates are:

June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017
July 27, 2017
August 3, 2017
August 10, 2017
August 17, 2017

The sessions will be held in Room 101 (the Lecture Hall) of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB) on the MC main campus.

Students who attend are more likely to succeed! At New Student Orientation, you will learn how to ...

     • Navigate campus technology
     • Access your student email
     • Locate your courses
     • Utilize academic and career support services
     • and many other college survival skills!

This year we are incorporating a parent session as a part of New Student Orientation. Parents will receive information on navigating the first college year with their student through such topics as FERPA, Grade Notification Policy, Information Sharing, Billing, as well as a Q & A session with members of MC Student Services.

Here is the link for NSO 2017 registration

Questions? Contact us at orientation@midland.edu

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend New Student Orientation?"

The REAL question is ...

"Why WOULDN'T I attend?!?!?!"

Friday, June 16, 2017

Eclectic interests help guide career choice for MC student

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“Love what you do, and you’ll be doing what you love.” That is 20-year-old Tony Harris’ take on life.

So, what exactly does he enjoy?

“My interests are weird; I love using math to solve problems, but I also have hobbies in LEGO, fiction writing and the Second World War,” Harris answered. “God willing, I plan to use all of these things to make a career for myself in mechanical engineering.”

Harris and his siblings spent most of their school years as home school students. The family used curriculum from Texas Connections Academy at Houston, a tuition-free virtual school that gives students the flexibility to learn at home with online and video-synchronized instruction that meets rigorous state educational standards.

In the summer of 2015, he began taking classes at Midland College.

“I was originally looking into a career in law enforcement,” Harris stated. “My family encouraged me to take an advanced math class – just to see if I liked it. The class was Calculus 1 and my instructor was Joseph Severino. He was so good that I gave him a nickname: The Mathemagician!

Harris cited his older sister Rachel as a tremendous source of help as he continued taking math and science classes on campus.

“I took a physics class last summer and really enjoyed it,” continued Harris. “It was then that I realized that I really ought to look into becoming an engineer.”

Harris credits his MC professors with teaching him how to solve a problem and also with explaining the reason for solving the problem. He said the small class sizes and one-on-one instruction enabled him to see how a problem in the classroom can relate to real-world situations. He feels confident about continuing his studies at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin because of the excellent background he received at MC. He has maintained a 4.0 grade point average at Midland College and takes 12 to 14 credit hours each semester.

“You may as well do your best, or don’t do them at all,” explained Harris with a laugh.

Not only is Harris an accomplished student, but also is a hard worker, who has managed to pay his entire tuition at MC over the past two years himself. He has earned a good bit of his money working in the college’s math lab.

“Working in the Math Lab is the best job I ever had,” said Harris.

His previous jobs included helping his grandfather with his side business of picking up brass casings and melting them down for scrap metal. During his high school years, he worked for his stepfather’s lawn business and did some janitorial work at a warehouse in Odessa.

Family is important to Harris, who has 6 siblings—3 older sisters, two younger sisters and one younger brother.

“The way we spend time together is entirely unique,” explained Harris. “My siblings and I used to play with LEGOs when we were young and we haven’t ever stopped. Of course, we’ve moved on from building forts and cars; now we play a kind of sit-com. One of us will start with a basic idea, and then everybody begins to add to it. We end up with these wild adventures that you’d have to hear to believe. Over the last ten years, we’ve come up with well over 500 characters and made a fairly continuous story out of all of it!”

Harris said that the LEGO stories serve as inspiration for one of his other hobbies – writing fiction. He has taken Creative Writing at MC, and last fall he won first place in the Rebecca Watson Creative Writing Contest.

His favorite pastime centers around World War II, a passion he inherited from his grandfather. He collects WWII memorabilia, including clothes, equipment and arms.

“I have always loved the 40s,” stated Harris. “It gives me a sense of reference for all the wonders of the modern world.” Harris listed It Happened One Night and Key Largo among his favorite movies.

“But more importantly, my interest in the past gives me a standard to for which to strive,” he explained. “I have read a lot about the Normandy campaign in 1944. The average soldier hitting the beach or dropping behind enemy lines was only 19 or 20 – guys my age. I think about all the terrors and grief they endured to win a foothold in fortress Europe, which led to the liberation of France and eventually victory on the Western Front. I know why they are called ‘the greatest generation,’ and this gives me the motivation to do whatever work God puts before me – academic or not – and do it well.”

Harris is certainly living proof of a young man destined to achieve great things.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Three Chaps drafted by Major League Baseball

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Senior leads 3 former Chaps drafted on final day

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team had three former players drafted during the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday.

Heading the list was outfielder Eric Senior, who was drafted in the 13th round (403 overall) by the Washington Nationals.

Former Chaparral catcher Bryndan Arredondo was a 23rd round selection (698 overall) by the Baltimore Orioles, while former MC outfielder Yahir Gurrola was a 27th round (803 overall) pick by the Philadelphia Phillies ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

An early, colorful start to the day ... at Your College

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."
Nelson Mandela

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Lady Chap Basketball girls summer camps ...next month at MC

• July 17-20 at MC Physical Education Building

From Ginger Gatliff
Assistant Women's Basketball Coach

Hello Everyone,

I hope this finds you all doing well. We are looking forward to our annual Women’s Basketball Summer FUNdamental Camps on July 17th-20th and would like to invite your children/grandchildren to attend.

Session I: Beginners FUNdamental Camp
Grades 1st-5th
9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost-$75.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

Session II: FUNdamental & Competition Camp
Grades 6th-11th
1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Cost-$125.00 (includes camp t-shirt)

If you would like to sign up for our camp please download and fill out this brochure and make checks payable to Ron Jones. Please feel free to contact us for any questions you may have in regards to our camp. We look forward to seeing you there.

GO CHAPS!!!!!

Ginger Gatliff
MC Assistant Women's Basketball Coach
(432) 685-6469
ggatliff@midland.edu

Midland College honors scholarship recipients

• Midland College recognizes recipients of the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Monday, June 12, Midland College (MC) hosted a “Recognition & Awards Ceremony” honoring recipients of the Bill Pace Cogdell Scholarship. The event was held in the Midland College Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Fifty-one students were honored for being on the Dean’s List or President’s List at Midland College or University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and graduating with baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees and/or technical certifications during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The scholarship funds tuition, fees and books for students at Midland College. Once a student has graduated from MC, the scholarship continues to provide funds for students who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree in organizational management at MC or for students who wish to transfer to UTPB.

Hector Villareal with MC President
Dr. Steve Thomas
Keynote speaker was Hector Villareal, who first entered MC’s Cogdell Learning Center as a high school dropout taking classes in order to earn a GED equivalency diploma. After receiving his GED diploma, Villareal continued taking courses at MC and received an associate degree. In December 2016, he graduated from UTPB with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and is now working on a master’s degree. Villareal said he often had to walk to classes because he couldn’t afford a car. The Cogdell scholarship enabled him to obtain both associate and bachelor degrees. During his presentation, he also praised the encouragement and support he received from staff at the Cogdell Learning Center.

“For many of these students, the Cogdell Learning Center has been their first encounter with higher education,” explained Karely Noriega Villanueva, associate director of the Cogdell Learning Center.

“Some of them came to Cogdell to complete their GED; others first came here to brush up on computer skills in our free computer lab. Once they meet with an advisor and realize that a college certificate or degree is within their grasp, they are eager to begin to take classes, and we are so delighted that the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust believes in helping these students.”



About Bill Pace Cogdell

Bill Pace Cogdell didn’t have an opportunity to attend college until he was in his 70s. However, when he did, he took many courses at MC. In 1992 after his retirement, Cogdell helped fulfill MC’s dream of establishing a presence in South Midland by donating buildings on Florida Street to house what is known today as the Cogdell Learning Center. Mr. Cogdell passed away in 1994 at the age of 82. In 1999, the Bill Pace Cogdell Charitable Trust was established, making possible the dream of attaining a college education for many individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

Monday, June 12, 2017

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to the family of MC retiree Donna Hill. Donna passed away on Friday, June 9.

Donna retired from Midland College in 2007 as a secretary in the Continuing Education department. Her entire obituary is at www.legacy.com

A memorial service is scheduled for tomorrow (Tuesday, June 13) at 10:00 a.m. at Nalley-Pickle and Welch Chapel. The MC flag will fly at half-staff on June 13.

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

Midland College softball program information

• Athletic programs facilities, history, budgets

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is proud of all its athletics programs, of which there are six men’s and women’s teams. The men’s teams include basketball, baseball and golf. Women’s teams include basketball, softball and volleyball. Recent press regarding MC’s softball program has prompted college officials to release the following information.

The MC softball program began in 1999, and played its first game on February 2 of that year. On August 23, 1999, Tommy Ramos was promoted from his position as the college’s intramurals director to head softball coach and currently still holds that position.

Softball team home games were originally played at the Bill Williams softball complex at Hogan Park. In 2001, the team moved to Ulmer Field operated by the Midland United Girls Softball (MUGS) Association, which is located at 2900 W. Kentucky. In 2009, Midland College purchased a portable building and located it at the MUGS complex so that the team could have its own locker room facilities. The portable building with locker room facilities was then moved to the MC main campus in January 2011, and on February 16, 2011, the softball team played its first game on the new field located on the Midland College main campus next to the Leona G. and John E. Fox Science Building. The field is near the residence halls, where all team members live during the school year. In 2014, MC renovated the main campus softball field in order to add a press box and public restrooms. Total cost of the softball field, locker room facilities and renovations was $1,108,352 provided through the college’s annual operating budget.

In addition, the Midland College Foundation awarded the softball program two separate institutional grants –one in October 2014 for $20,000 to purchase a radar gun, helmet/bat rack for both dugouts and softball field flag poles and another one in October 2016 for $39,545 to purchase and install two double stall batting cages and cement border for practice/warmup use.

The softball field is the only MC sports area used solely by one Midland College sports team for practice and home games. All other college sports facilities are used by high school teams, tournaments, MC classes and community events. Personnel employed in the college’s Physical Plant department maintain the softball field, which includes mowing three times a week during season play and once a week during the off-season, replacing sprinkler heads and performing other necessary maintenance functions.

The MC baseball team played its first home game in fall 2000 at Christensen Stadium located on Lamesa Road. The stadium was previously used by Double-A affiliate teams--the Midland Cubs and Midland Angels. Midland College leases the Christensen facility from the City of Midland for $1 per year. MC has upgraded the facility to include major plumbing repairs, press box roof repairs and other necessary leasehold capital improvements at a cost of $632,967.

Midland Christian School baseball team plays all home games at Christensen Stadium, and the school provided new turf for the infield. Midland High School and Lee High School also use the field for tournaments. Recently, the MC baseball team began sharing Christensen facilities with the college’s Transportation Training instructional program. Truck driving classrooms and offices are located on the south side of the complex, and the parking lot is used for truck parking and for hands-on truck maneuver instruction.

Unlike the softball field, which is maintained by the MC Physical Plant department, the baseball field is maintained by the college baseball coaching staff. Head coach and assistant coaches mow, replace sprinkler heads and perform all other routine maintenance functions for the actual playing field. Midland College physical plant personnel maintain the grounds outside of the field.

The MC volleyball team and men’s and women’s basketball teams use the gyms at the main campus Physical Education Building for off-season practices and use Chap Center for practices during the playing season. All home games for these sports are played at Chap Center. In addition to volleyball and basketball team use, the Physical Education Building gyms are used for instructional purposes by the MC Kinesiology and Continuing Education departments. Chap Center is used for Midland High School and Lee High School home basketball games, area sports tournaments, numerous community cultural events, college lectures, MISD and MC employee convocations and various college and high school commencement ceremonies.

The MC golf team uses the golf courses at Hogan Park, Ranchland Hills, Green Tree Country Club and occasionally Midland Country Club for its activities.

The annual operating budgets, excluding salaries and benefits, for all Midland College women’s athletic programs in 2016 was $928,094 and $844,946 for men’s programs. In 2017, the annual budget for women’s programs is $972,389 and $897,777 for men’s. The softball program comprises approximately 19 percent of the total athletic operating budget, and the baseball program comprises another 19 percent. This includes equipment and facility maintenance, medical expenses, uniforms, recruitment, advertising, all travel expenses and scholarships.

During the 2016-17 school year, full and partial scholarships total 49 for female athletes and 48 for male athletes. Twenty-three women athletes received softball scholarships, of which eighteen were full scholarships for tuition and room and board. Twenty-four baseball players received scholarships; however, only six of those were full scholarships.

MC athletic team travel is provided in Midland College vehicles with college personnel driving. Teams use charter bus transportation for long-distance travel to out-of-state tournaments, usually during playoff and/or national championship games. Normally, the MC coaching staff handle payment for meals, lodging and other travel-related expenses so that players do not incur any out-of-pocket expenses while traveling for college/team-related events.

During the past 20 years all MC athletic teams have placed in regional, state and national championship games and tournaments. The college looks forward to additional winning seasons in 2017-2018.

Keep Calm ... Fire panel testing begins tomorrow on MC campus

From April Kennedy
Assistant to the Physical Plant Director

Please be advised starting tomorrow (Tuesday), Black Watch Systems will be here to start inspecting all the fire panels in the buildings. This will cause the fire alarms to go off for a short period of time, so please do not be alarmed. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Chap Baseball Tryout Camp is TODAY

• Set for June 12 at Christensen Stadium

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Baseball will be hosting a pro-style walk-on tryout camp. For those graduating high school seniors that are interested in joining the MC Baseball team, this will be a great opportunity to be evaluated by the coaching staff.

For 2017 and 2018 grads only.

WHEN: Monday, June 12th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Midland College's Christensen Stadium, on N. Lamesa Road, near the intersection with Loop 250

COST: There is NO charge for the camp.

For more information, you contact:
Hector Rodriguez, MC Baseball Assistant Coach
(432) 685-5562
hrodriguez@midland.edu

MC Photo by Forrest Allen

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Midland College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society donates 51 pieces of luggage to High Sky Children’s Ranch

Courtesy Photo
• Donations received from MC employees, students, families and friends

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Before the end of Midland College’s (MC) spring semester, members of the Phi Theta Kappa wanted to do one last service project to benefit children in the Midland community. The MC students approached staff at High Sky Children's Ranch who told them that children in the program needed luggage. So, Phi Theta Kappa members discussed this need with MC President Dr. Steve Thomas, and he enthusiastically gave them the “thumbs up” to proceed.

Thanks to very generous donations from MC employees as well as fellow students, family members and friends, the group was able to secure donated suitcases and bags as well as funds to purchase additional luggage. Fifty-one items were then presented to High Sky Children’s Ranch.

Phi Theta Kappa advisors Dr. Terry Gilmour and Dr. Lea Keesee assisted the MC students with the project. Both said that they were amazed at the response to the request for donations. All the luggage and funds were collected within one week of the initial request.

“Many children at High Sky move from one place to another and don’t have anything to transport their belongings,” explained Gilmour. “We were told that a lot of them end up using trash bags or plastic bags. That can’t be good for anyone’s self-esteem, especially for a child who is having to face new surroundings because of unfortunate family and home circumstances. I’m not only proud of the Phi Theta Kappa members for taking the initiative on this worthwhile cause, but also proud of my MC colleagues who were so generous with donations.”

June newsletter from MC Fitness Center


Hot off the virtual presses ... the May edition of the MC Fitness Center Newsletter is now available. May is National Men's Health Month, and the newsletter has ideas for awareness, prevention, education and family for the the month and year-round.

June Newsletter (Adobe .pdf file)

The Midland College Fitness Center is located in the Physical Education (PE) Building, on the MC Main Campus. For more information about the center and its services, please contact:

Sarah Anderson
Midland College Fitness Center Attendant
(432) 685-6896
sanderson@midland.edu


Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Midland College Basketball Names Rafferty as Head Coach

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
"We welcome Coach Raff to the Midland College family”

By Forrest Allen
Midland College Athletic Director

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's basketball reached out to a very familiar person when they named their new head coach. Pat Rafferty, who served previously at MC from 1994-1999, was tabbed as the new head coach on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, replacing Jordan Dreiling at the helm of the Chaps. Dreiling resigned the position in late March. In Rafferty the Chaps have a veteran coach who has experience at every level from junior college to the professional ranks.

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
Rafferty is a native of Buffalo, Wyoming and was an all-state basketball player for his father Jack (Rafferty) who is a very well respected coach in his own right, with the elder Rafferty having been selected to the Wyoming Coaches Hall of Fame. Pat played collegiately at Northwest Community College in Powell, Wyoming (one season) and he subsequently transferred to Eastern Montana College (now, Montana State University-Billings) where he completed his college playing career and where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education.

Rafferty’s coaching career began in 1981 as an assistant coach at Eastern Montana College, his alma mater. Along the way Rafferty assumed various coaching roles, including NCAA Division I head coach (including two years under the legendary Denny Crum at Louisville), NCAA Division I assistant coach, NJCAA head coach, NBA scout (Minnesota Timberwolves) and up to his job preceding coming back to Midland College, assistant coach with the Long Island Nets of the NBADL. Rafferty is a combined 362-287 (.558) in his head coaching career (includes one year as an interim head coach at Eastern Montana College). In his previous stint with the Chaps, Rafferty went 97-51 (.665).

Midland College Director of Athletics, Forrest Allen says of Rafferty, “We are very pleased to have Coach Rafferty back with us. His resume speaks for itself, including working with Hall of Famers as well as within the highest levels of professional basketball in the world (NBA). His experience and connections made us feel extremely comfortable that he is the person we need to lead this program back to national prominence. We welcome Coach Raff and his wife, Toni to the Midland College family.”

FREE Alzheimer's Lunch & Learn Series wraps-up this week

• Thursday, June 8, at Midland College ATC

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 8), the Midland College (MC) Health Sciences Continuing Education department and the Alzheimer’s Association partner to offer the last session in a series of workshops regarding Alzheimer’s disease. The hour-long session will be held at 12:00 noon in Room 213 of the MC Advanced Technology Center, conveniently located at 3200 W. Cuthbert in Midland (corner of Cuthbert and Midkiff, next to Furr’s Cafeteria).

This particular session, Healthy Habits for a Healthier You, will focus on research dealing with how diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement affect people afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Presenters will demonstrate hands-on tools to help participants incorporate recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

“The session is free, and all are welcome,” said Kimberly Daw in the MC Health Sciences Continuing Education department. “The format is informal, and we encourage participants to bring a lunch, ask questions and join the discussion. It doesn’t matter whether or not participants have attended previous sessions; each is a ‘standalone’ session.”

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia and accounts for 60 to 80 percent of dementia cases. It is not a normal part of aging. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer's are 65 and older. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer's, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer's is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer's live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions. Recent research suggests that nutrition, physical and mental exercise and social engagement can help to lessen Alzheimer’s symptoms. Tomorrow’s seminar will focus on that research.

Daw explained that there is a $15 processing charge for those who want to receive Continuing Education credit to maintain professional licensure or certification.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Midland College Veterans Association receives gift commemorating Vietnam War

Front row from left to right are Wallace Craig and Kay Schipper, MC Veterans Administration Coordinator and U.S. Air Force Veteran. From left to right in the back row are Carrie Gutierrez, U. S. Army Veteran spouse; Michael Gutierrez, U.S. Army Veteran; Richard Rowland, U.S. Army Veteran; and Chase Phelps, U.S. Army Veteran.
• Wallace Craig donated framed photograph taken by Joe Galloway

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midlander Wallace Craig recently donated a framed photograph to be hung in the study lounge of the Midland College (MC) Veterans Association. The photo was taken by photojournalist Joe Galloway on Day 2 of the battle at LA Xray in the la Drang Valley of Vietnam.

Galloway was a young, 24-year-old, correspondent for United Press International (UPI) when he was sent to Vietnam to cover the war. Within months he was in the Central Highlands working with the 1st Cavalry Division when he heard over the radio that they had come under attack in the Ia Drang Valley. Galloway volunteered to fly into the battle site, one of the most intense of the war, where he stayed for the next two days recording the action in words and photos for UPI.

This photo shows a Huey flown by Major Bruce Crandall landing to deliver ammo, food and water and then to take out the wounded and dead soldiers. Major Crandall and his wing man Captain Ed “Too Tall” Freeman each flew 10-12 missions under extremely hostile fire from the North Vietnamese Army. Both Crandall and Freeman were later awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Joe Galloway recorded the actions of the soldiers under fire. The U.S. Army awarded him the Bronze Star with Valor for his attempt to rescue a soldier wounded by a friendly Napalm attack. Galloway is the only civilian in the entire Vietnam War to be awarded the Bronze Star. He served several more tours in Vietnam, covering the troops. He later partnered with Colonel Hal Moore, the unit commander, to write the classic book We Were Soldiers Once, and Young. From this would come the film, We Were Soldiers starring Mel Gibson as Colonel. Moore and Barry Pepper as Galloway.

“We are so proud of this photograph,” said MC Veterans Coordinator Kay Schipper. “Most of our students are younger than Vietnam-era veterans and served stateside or in conflicts in the Middle East. However, this photo commemorates the courage that all military personal possess and the danger that is faced as these young men and women defend our country. We have several MC employees who served in the Vietnam War. This photo is dedicated to them and all others who served in that war.”

Chap Baseball schedules Tryout Camp ... NEXT WEEK

• Set for June 12 at Christensen Stadium

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College Baseball will be hosting a pro-style walk-on tryout camp. For those graduating high school seniors that are interested in joining the MC Baseball team, this will be a great opportunity to be evaluated by the coaching staff.

For 2017 and 2018 grads only.

WHEN: Monday, June 12th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (registration begins at 9:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Midland College's Christensen Stadium, on N. Lamesa Road, near the intersection with Loop 250

COST: There is NO charge for the camp.

For more information, you contact:
Hector Rodriguez, MC Baseball Assistant Coach
(432) 685-5562
hrodriguez@midland.edu

MC Photo by Forrest Allen

Friday, June 2, 2017

Nigerian immigrant looks forward to nursing career

• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
On March 27, 2013, Titilayo Olajide left her home in Lagos, Nigeria and immigrated to the U.S. Her first stop was New York, NY.

“I had a good life in Nigeria,” said Olajide. “The saddest days of my life were coming to the U.S.”

Olajide’s father had accepted a position with Sun Coast Resources, Inc. and moved to the U.S. several years earlier. Once he was settled in the U.S, Titilayo, her mother and her two younger brothers joined him. At the time, Titilayo Olajide was 23, and she said that it was hard leaving her boyfriend and her older sister in Nigeria.

Titilayo Olajide had taken some college courses in Nigeria; however, when she first moved to the United States, she didn’t feel she was quite ready to take on the challenges of higher education in the United States. She spoke English but said she was more comfortable speaking her native language which is Yoruba. She began working at Taco Villa and soon adjusted to life in Midland.

During the time she was becoming acclimated to the U.S., she kept in contact with her boyfriend, and in October 2013, she was able to travel back to Nigeria in order to marry. After waiting for two years, her husband joined her in Midland in November 2015, and he is now employed as a parole officer for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

In 2016, Titilayo decided it was time to resume college courses, and she enrolled in Midland College (MC) with the desire of becoming a registered nurse. She is currently taking general education courses in order to meet the prerequisites for admission into MC’s Associate Degree Nursing program.

Olajide said that there is a demand for nurses in this area, and she believes that a nursing career holds promise of advancement opportunities. She is looking forward to being able to begin taking nursing courses soon. In the meantime, she said that she is enjoying her prerequisite courses, particularly Statistics taught by Linda Penny and History taught by Dr. Frank DeLaO.

“I also loved taking English from Dr. Glenda Lindsey Hicks,” stated Olajide. “She encouraged me to ‘think outside the box’ and has really helped me improve my writing skills while at the same time giving me confidence to express my feelings through written word.”

Titilayo and her husband are looking forward to starting a family in the future. For now, they enjoy spending time together watching movies.

“We both really like American comedy and horror movies,” said Olajide. “Sometimes, my husband will compromise and watch a romance movie with me. Of course, there are other times, when I watch action movies with him.”

The couple now embrace their life in Midland and call it home. Titilayo is enthusiastic about starting a nursing career in the Permian Basin.

“I want to help people, and I like the idea of doing it through nursing,” explained Olajide. “I have come to love Midland, and my husband and I want to stay here. In a way Midland reminds me a lot of my home in Lagos. The terrain is much the same. The only difference is that Lagos tends to be cooler in the summer. My first summer in Midland was HOT!”

So, as Olajide begins another summer in the heat of West Texas, she finds herself looking forward to the fall semester at MC, enjoying home life and preparing for a rewarding career in the healthcare field.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

MC Athletics preparing summer camps for kids

Chap Baseball to hold Tryout Camp

The Midland College Chaparrals will be hosting a pro-style walk-on tryout camp on Monday, June 12th. It's a great opportunity for graduating high school seniors interested in joining the MC Baseball team.
more on this camp ...

Lady Chap Basketball summer camps

We are looking forward to our annual Women’s Basketball Summer FUNdamental Camps on July 17th-20th and would like to invite your children/grandchildren to attend.
more on these camps ...

Lady Chap Volleyball summer camps

The Midland College Lady Chaparrals will host two sets of Summer Volleyball Camps July 24th-26th and July 27th-29th, for girls in the 4th-12th grades, and with different levels of experience.
more on these camps ...

From our friends just up the road at Midland County Public Libraries ...

Courtesy Photo
• Library director offers "ideas worth spreading"

From Edward McPherson
Education and Program Coordinator, MCPL

Recently appearing as a featured speaker at Abilene Christian University, Midland County Librarian John Trischitti (Mr. T) delivered a TEDTalk focusing on illiteracy as a solvable societal challenge. A recording of the groundbreaking presentation was released over the weekend on YouTube.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

In his talk, Mr. T shares the staggering magnitude of our global illiteracy problem and the potential an international focus on increasing literacy has for creating greater social and economic equality for the world’s next generation. As the Texas Library Association’s 2014 Librarian of the Year, a former member of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee, current Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Systems Act Board Member, and especially as a father of five, John Trischitti, “Mr. T,” understands the power of literacy, and frames it as epidemic that if viewed in the same lens as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, would receive far greater attention.

The TEDtalk can be found on YouTube at https://youtu.be/z-h-BhcV7DM

#LiteracyIsTheAnswer

MC to host New Student Orientation sessions this summer

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
Student orientation is required for ALL NEW MC students! Students must be registered for classes to attend NSO and they must select a specific session when they register.

Sessions are held on Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and the dates are:

June 15, 2017
June 29, 2017
July 13, 2017
July 27, 2017
August 3, 2017
August 10, 2017
August 17, 2017

The sessions will be held in Room 101 (the Lecture Hall) of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB) on the MC main campus.

Students who attend are more likely to succeed! At New Student Orientation, you will learn how to ...

     • Navigate campus technology
     • Access your student email
     • Locate your courses
     • Utilize academic and career support services
     • and many other college survival skills!

This year we are incorporating a parent session as a part of New Student Orientation. Parents will receive information on navigating the first college year with their student through such topics as FERPA, Grade Notification Policy, Information Sharing, Billing, as well as a Q & A session with members of MC Student Services.


Questions? Contact us at orientation@midland.edu

You may ask yourself ...

"WILL I attend New Student Orientation?"

The REAL question is ...

"Why WOULDN'T I attend?!?!?!"

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

MC Kids’ College begins Monday, June 5

MC Photo by Katherine Curry
• Approximately 600 children expected on the MC main campus for summer enrichment program

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

For more than 30 years, Midland College (MC) has been offering Kids’ College, a summer enrichment program for students who will be completing the 1st through 6th grades. On Monday, June 5, Session I of Kids’ College 2017 will begin, and approximately 600 children will be participating in the many activities, camps and classes on the MC main campus, Midland Community Theatre, Sibley Nature Center and/or COM Aquatics.

“The entire campus community looks forward to having these children in our classrooms and outside on our campus grounds,” said Brenda Cordero, associate director of Community Programs Continuing Education. “This morning, our Grounds Department has been busy getting the campus ready for the various sports classes. Large tents are being installed in the center of campus to accommodate snacks. During the last day of each session, we have special games and activities planned. Summer is always a fun time at MC!”

Session I of Kids’ College is June 5-15, and Session II runs June 19-29. Cordero explained that most classes are offered in three time slots—12:40-2:00 p.m., 2:10-3:30 p.m. and 3:40-5:00 p.m. A snack is served each day between 3:30 and 3:40 p.m.

Parents can drop off and pick up children at the Allison Fine Arts Building. Specific information is available at www.midland.edu/kc. Because of the West Texas summer heat, college personnel advise Kids’ College participants to bring water and wear sunscreen and a hat or cap marked with the child’s first and last name.

The Kids’ College Office is located in Portable Building 7A behind the Physical Education Building on the main MC campus. Kids’ College personnel can be contacted at (432) 685-4518 or (432) 686-4242.