Thursday, April 27, 2017

Teaching is passion for MC alumna

• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“I didn’t think I wanted to go to college,” said Rachel Harris. “Now I’ll be starting a doctoral program at Texas Tech in the fall!”

Harris credits her mother for the encouragement she received to attend Midland College (MC) and now work toward a doctoral degree in Math. Harris is one of four siblings who have attended or are currently attending MC. She said that the three younger ones will probably begin their college careers at MC, also.

The daughter of army parents, Rachel was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts,   and then moved to Germany at a young age. In 2005, she eventually ended up in the Permian Basin with her mother and siblings so that the family could be near her great-grandmother, Chris Hamlin. In the fall of 2010, Rachel Harris was just 16 years old when she began taking Midland College courses as part of the college’s early enrollment program.

Harris’ education began as a homeschool student being taught by her mother.

“We would sit at the kitchen table, and my mother made sure we completed all of our assignments,” said Rachel. “At the time, I didn’t think much about the curriculum we were using, but I have come to realize that it was very thorough. It helped prepare me for college; in fact, when I first enrolled at MC, I placed immediately into Calculus I.”

Upon completing her studies at MC, Rachel Harris enrolled at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) and received baccalaureate degrees in Math and Mechanical Engineering.

“I like engineering,” exclaimed Harris. “However, I LOVE math! My doctorate will be in pure mathematics.”

Harris fondly recalls her math and science professors at Midland College and said that it was at MC where she decided she also had an affinity for teaching. As an MC student, Harris was employed as a tutor in the college’s Math Lab and has worked for the MC Math/Science Division ever since.

In addition to her employment at Midland College, Harris also created a new equation for fluid motion in a gas turbine under the mentorship of Dr. Essam Ibrahim at UTPB and took most higher-level math courses in self-study under Dr. Xinyun Zhu, also at UTPB.

After graduating from UTPB in May 2016, Harris became an adjunct math Instructor at Midland College. During the Spring 2017 semester, she continued to teach math courses and also taught a physical science lab—a course that relied upon her mechanical engineering skills. The next phase of Rachel Harris’ life includes the Texas Tech comprehensive master’s/doctoral program. Harris explained that she will complete her master’s degree in 2 ½ to 3 years and then finish her doctorate degree in an additional 2 to 3 years. She estimates that the total amount of time to complete the program will be 5 to 6 years.

Harris said that her mother and stepfather have encouraged her to continue with advanced degrees, even though it means she will have to move to Lubbock for a few years.

“Family is very important to me,” explained Harris. “When I applied for a doctoral program, it was Texas Tech or nothing because I wanted to go someplace that wasn’t too far from my family.”

Now, at the age of 23, Harris’ dream is to eventually come back to Midland College as a full-fledged professor with her doctorate. She has accepted a teaching assistant position at Texas Tech and will continue to pursue her passion of teaching while she is in Lubbock working on her advanced degrees and performing research in computational fluid dynamics. “I’m not sure where I want to pull in my mechanical engineering background,” noted Harris.

“Even though I’m a licensed Engineer in Training, I’m not really interested in engineering as a career. I love teaching!” Always relying on her love of family, math and reasoning, in her spare time, Rachel Harris enjoys playing Legos with her younger siblings—Tony (age 20), Ezra (age 16), Michelle (age 14) and Emily (age 6). In addition, she studies Hebrew with her stepfather, reads math books and works math problems—for fun!

“It’s hard to believe that just seven years ago, I didn’t think I wanted to pursue higher education,” said Harris with a laugh. “Now I find that I want it to be my career. I hope that everyone can find their passion and have the encouragement that I’ve had from my family and Midland College colleagues to pursue it.”

"Poetry, Art & All That Jazz" ... TODAY/TONIGHT at Your College


• An evening celebrating MC student achievement in the arts ... free and open to the public

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Works by Midland College (MC) students will be spotlighted on Thursday evening, April 27, as MC presents Poetry, Art & All That Jazz in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield. All activities are FREE, and the community is invited.

Poetry - Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Awards Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium

The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest—with more than $1,000 in prize money—has been called one of the most prestigious poetry contests in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, her love of poetry and her love for MC. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at MC in the last calendar year.

“This year’s entries are truly exceptional,” noted contest organizer MC Department Chair of Technical Writing and Philosophy Brendan Egan. “Some are inspirational, some poignant and others are humorous. Wining poems will be published in the fall 2017 issue of MC’s Tableau magazine.”

The celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium located in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Prize winners and finalists will read their award-winning poems. This year's judge, is Dr. Larry D. Griffin, former professor of English and chair of Fine Arts and Communications at Midland College. An Oklahoman, Griffin has one book of short stories, eleven books of poetry and more than four hundred poems, hundreds of essays and three dozen short stories in journals to his credit.

Art - Student Art Show and Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery

The MC Art Department and the MC Community Relations Office extend a warm invitation to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while viewing beautiful works of art created by MC students. The reception will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery.

Jazz – Midland College Jazz Band Performance, 7:30 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery

Wrap up the evening as the Midland College Jazz Band delights audiences of all ages with some great jazz music beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium.

All activities are FREE. For more information, contact the Midland College Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

LAST CALL ... "MC Students In Performance" ... TOMORROW

From Rabon Bewley
Department Chair, Drama & Music

On behalf of the Midland College Department of Music, We would very much enjoy your company at our last music student recital of the semester. We’ll kick things off at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, April 27th) at 12:30 p.m. in the Wagner and Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Our music students would enjoy and welcome your company. Please consider joining us!

Midland College student publications win 20 awards

(Left to right) MC Journalism staff and students — Mary-Margaret Peterson, Bob Templeton, Eloy Armendariz and Sharon Rodela — sort awards and certificates received at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association's annual convention.
• Presented by Texas Intercollegiate Press Association

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On April 1, Midland College (MC) Student Publications contributors won 20 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association at the organization’s convention in Dallas.

“Our students compete in very stressful, on-site live event contests against all Texas universities and two-year colleges,” said Bob Templeton, MC Allison Chair of Journalism.

Becka Lopez won the coveted first place news photo award in the live contest category for her photo of two firemen putting out a tanker truck blaze.

Staff of MC’s student newspaper Midland College Press won first-place for editorial page design in the previously published categories, and the newspaper won honorable mention for overall excellence.

MC student Lionel Reynosa won in newspaper categories as follows: cartoon second place for an equal use bathroom illustration, news photo honorable mention for an on-campus carry police training exercise and news story honorable mention for the same police training event.

Bert Garza won third place feature photo in the general magazine (Chaparral) category for his Stella Darling drag queen story, honorable mention feature story for the same Stella Darling package and newspaper editorial third place for his opinion piece entitled “Drama vexes clubs.”

Midland College Press also garnered awards for Kristen Geddes who won third place for a critical review entitled “P!ATD takes back crown” and Victoria Hernandez who won second place sports news story. Midland College Press staff won second place ad design, third place feature page design and third place page one design.

Staff of MC’s student-published magazine Chaparral received honorable mention for story package design of the Stella Darling feature, and Kacey Barton received honorable mention of her Great Wall of China picture story, also published in Chaparral.

The MC Tableau literary magazine winners were Sebastian Walter for a second place essay entitled “Rubic’s Cube,” Ashely Hearn for a third place essay about eating disorders, Janet Haney for her honorable mention illustration entitled “Skate” and staff for a third place cover design.

Attending the convention with Templeton were MC Publications Lab Instructor Mary-Margaret Peterson and students Eloy Armendariz, Sharon Rodela and Becka Lopez.

Midland College BEDC counseling services on main campus, TODAY

From Alfredo Chaparro
Director of Community Services

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) will provide one-on-one credit, homebuyer, and business counseling appointments on the MC main campus (3600 N. Garfield) this Wednesday, April 26 - TODAY! - from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Room 129 of the Scharbauer Student Center (SSC).

These will be the last appointments we take for the spring 2017 semester.

Please call 684-4309 to schedule an appointment. EMPLOYEES are welcome to make appointments.

The mission of the BEDC is to help people increase credit scores, purchase homes and start or expand businesses.

For more information, contact:

Alfredo Chaparro
(432) 686-4910
achaparro@midland.edu

Chap Golf qualifies for national tournament

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC MEN’S GOLF: MC wins District 2 title, bound for nationals

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ABILENE, TEXAS - The Midland College men's golf team is looking to send coach Delnor Poss out on a high note as the Chaparrals won their second straight Region V/District 2 Championship on Tuesday at Diamondback Golf Course ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Monday: Chap Golf opens tournament with "very good round" ...

The Chaparrals will next play in the NJCAA National Championship Tournament, taking place May 16-19 in Garden City, Kansas.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Shhhhh!


Questions? Call 685-4560

Dodgeball Tournament, this week at MC!

• Kicking-off Thursday at 5:00 p.m.

From Colten Ryan
Intramural Coordinator/Spirit Squad Sponsor

Good morning, everyone,

Just a reminder we have a Dodgeball Tournament this Thursday starting at 5:00pm. If you will please pass this information along to your students it would be greatly appreciated! Also, faculty and staff are open to create teams and play as well, so come join in the fun!

If you’re interested in signing up, come by the Intramural Office, Scharbauer Student Center (SSC), Room 101.

Thank you and have a great day!

Colten Ryan
(432) 686-4828
cryan@midland.edu

"Poetry, Art & All That Jazz" at Your College

• An evening celebrating MC student achievement in the arts ... free and open to the public

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Works by Midland College (MC) students will be spotlighted on Thursday evening, April 27, as MC presents Poetry, Art & All That Jazz in the Allison Fine Arts Building on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield. All activities are FREE, and the community is invited.

Poetry - Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Awards Celebration, 5:30 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium

The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest—with more than $1,000 in prize money—has been called one of the most prestigious poetry contests in the state. It was established in 1988 by the late Stanley Levitt to honor his wife’s memory, her love of poetry and her love for MC. The contest is open to anyone who has taken an English course at MC in the last calendar year.

“This year’s entries are truly exceptional,” noted contest organizer MC Department Chair of Technical Writing and Philosophy Brendan Egan. “Some are inspirational, some poignant and others are humorous. Wining poems will be published in the fall 2017 issue of MC’s Tableau magazine.”

The celebration will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium located in the Allison Fine Arts Building. Prize winners and finalists will read their award-winning poems. This year's judge, is Dr. Larry D. Griffin, former professor of English and chair of Fine Arts and Communications at Midland College. An Oklahoman, Griffin has one book of short stories, eleven books of poetry and more than four hundred poems, hundreds of essays and three dozen short stories in journals to his credit.

Art - Student Art Show and Reception, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery

The MC Art Department and the MC Community Relations Office extend a warm invitation to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres while viewing beautiful works of art created by MC students. The reception will take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery.

Jazz – Midland College Jazz Band Performance, 7:30 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery

Wrap up the evening as the Midland College Jazz Band delights audiences of all ages with some great jazz music beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Wagner & Brown Auditorium.

All activities are FREE. For more information, contact the Midland College Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu


Chap Golf opens tournament with "very good round"

• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps lead NJCAA District 2 Championship

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

ABILENE, TEXAS - The Midland College men's golf team had a very good round on Monday afternoon to take a lead going into today’s final round of the NJCAA District 2 Championship at Diamondback Golf Course ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaparrals will continue play today in the final round of the NJCAA District II Championship - which also serves as part of national tournament qualifying - in Abilene, Texas.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Midland College to offer GIS classes

• FREE GIS Lunch & Learn, Wednesday, April 26

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Since 1969, ESRI has been leading the globe in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions, and now Midland College (MC) is able to partner with ESRI and TeachMeGis.com to offer GIS classes to the Midland community.

“ESRI generously allowed us to purchase $25,000 worth of ArcGIS training software for just $1,000,” stated Curtis Helms, director of the MC Petroleum Professional Development Center. “This is enabling us to contract with TeachMeGIS.com to offer hands-on classes at the MC Advanced Technology Center starting as early as this summer. We invite those interested in ArcGIS to join us on Wednesday to learn about new functionality in the ArcGIS platform, find out about GIS training courses available in Midland and discover tips and tricks for ArcGIS Desktop. We also want to find out from Midland GIS users what classes they would like us to offer in the future.”

Helms explained that geographic information systems lets users visualize, question, analyze and interpret data to understand relationships, patterns and trends. GIS benefits organizations of all sizes and in almost every industry. There is a growing interest in and awareness of the economic and strategic value of GIS, which is widely used to optimize maintenance schedules and daily fleet movements. Typical implementations can result in a savings of 10 to 30 percent in operational expenses through reduction in fuel use and staff time, improved customer service and more efficient scheduling. In addition, GIS is the go-to technology for making better decisions about location. Common examples include real estate site selection, route/corridor selection, evacuation planning, conservation, natural resource extraction, etc.

“We are delighted to be partnering with TeachMeGis.com for hands-on classes,” Helms said. “TeachMeGIS is a leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) training and consulting. Jennifer Harris, the company president, will be leading the Midland training classes. The classes will offer practical examples of real-world situations. We will limit the number of students in each class to provide a more guided and personalized training experience.”

The public is invited to a FREE GIS Lunch & Learn on Wednesday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield, in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room. Reservations are not required. For more information, contact the Midland College Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu.


UPDATE on honor society Suitcase Drive

Good morning,

The good news is that we have purchased 30 suitcases thanks to your donations. The goal is 45 so we are still accepting donations – please see the attached flyer created by one of our members. We will be delivering to High Sky what we have collected on Thursday of this week so if you still want to donate, we would appreciate any and all gifts! Thanks so much for helping with this very worthwhile project!

Lea Keesee and Terry Gilmour



• Effort to benefit High Sky Children's Ranch

From Terry Gilmour
Professor of Government, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor

We have an awesome opportunity to help children of our community in a very tangible way! For our  Phi Theta Kappa College Project, we have elected to host a suitcase drive benefiting the children of High Sky Children's Ranch.

High Sky Children's Ranch is dedicated to healing abused children and promoting family wholeness within the foster care system.

A need for suitcases arises when these children enter the ranch's care. The transitional phase is extremely difficult for the children, as many are often forced to transport their belongings in a single trash bag. This transportation method not only forces many of the children to leave behind treasured belongings, but also creates a very negative implication regarding the value of their belongings and the worth that they each hold.

Our goal: We will be collecting suitcases in new or slightly used condition to provide each foster child of High Sky Children's Ranch with a suitcase of their own. By doing so, we hope to promote a message: that they and their belongings have worth.

Please note: suitcases with hard outer shells are difficult to store within the foster homes. We graciously ask that you seek out collapsible bags, similar to what many of you would deem a carry on bag. Examples are provided below.
When: PTK will be holding our drive now through April 28th!
Where: PTK will have drop-off locations available at the:
     Welcome Center in the Scharbauer Student Center
     Office 160 in Marie Hall Academic Building
For more information: Terry Gilmour, (432) 685-6816, tgilmour@midland.edu

Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause!

From MC President Dr. Steve Thomas: This is a VERY worthwhile project for our PTK Chapter.  I encourage you to help the children at High Sky, who in most cases have very little and a suitcase will be a wonderful gift. Count me in for a donation.

Midland College BEDC offering economic counseling services on main campus, Wednesday

From Alfredo Chaparro
Director of Community Services

The Midland College Business and Economic Development Center (BEDC) will provide one-on-one credit, homebuyer, and business counseling appointments on the MC main campus (3600 N. Garfield) this Wednesday, April 26, from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Room 129 of the Scharbauer Student Center (SSC).

These will be the last appointments we take for the spring 2017 semester.

Please call 684-4309 to schedule an appointment. EMPLOYEES are welcome to make appointments.

The mission of the BEDC is to help people increase credit scores, purchase homes and start or expand businesses.

For more information, contact:

Alfredo Chaparro
(432) 686-4910
achaparro@midland.edu

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lady Chaps 1-3 in series with Howard

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps swept by Howard in doubleheader

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

BIG SPRING, TEXAS - No. 16 Howard College took advantage of mistakes by No. 11 Midland College to sweep a key Western Junior College Athletic Conference doubleheader on Saturday afternoon at Foundation Field.

MC had six errors and Kaylynn Lopez had two home runs for Howard as the Hawks got a run-rule 10-2 win in the first game. The Lady Chaparrals then had five errors in the second game and Lopez homered again in an 8-4 win.

Howard (39-12, 22-2) took three out of four games from MC (31-14, 16-9) over the weekend ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Friday: Lady Chaps split DH with Howard College ...

The Lady Chaps' will be on the road for their next match when they take on the Luna College Roughriders in a doubleheader begining at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 28 in Las Vegas, New Mexico.

Chap Baseball 3-1 in weekend series at Clarendon

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: No. 15 Midland College sweeps Clarendon in DH

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

CLARENDON, TEXAS - The No. 15 Midland College baseball team got a key doubleheader sweep of Clarendon College on Saturday.

Jonathan Nicholson (pictured above) allowed just two hits in a 5-0 win in the first game, then the Chaparrals had to out-slug the Bulldogs in the second game for an 18-9 win.

With the sweep, the Chaps (36-12, 24-4 in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference) took three out of four games from Clarendon and are now three games ahead of second place Odessa College and four games ahead of Howard College after the Wranglers and Hawks split their four-game series this weekend ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Friday: Chaps rally to split DH with Clarendon ...

The Chaps will be on the road for their next match when they meet the Frank Phillips College Plainsmen in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 noon Friday, April 28, in Borger, Texas.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MC honor society holding Suitcase Drive

• Effort to benefit High Sky Children's Ranch

From Terry Gilmour
Professor of Government, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor

We have an awesome opportunity to help children of our community in a very tangible way! For our  Phi Theta Kappa College Project, we have elected to host a suitcase drive benefiting the children of High Sky Children's Ranch. High Sky Children's Ranch is dedicated to healing abused children and promoting family wholeness within the foster care system.

A need for suitcases arises when these children enter the ranch's care. The transitional phase is extremely difficult for the children, as many are often forced to transport their belongings in a single trash bag. This transportation method not only forces many of the children to leave behind treasured belongings, but also creates a very negative implication regarding the value of their belongings and the worth that they each hold.

Our goal: We will be collecting suitcases in new or slightly used condition to provide each foster child of High Sky Children's Ranch with a suitcase of their own. By doing so, we hope to promote a message: that they and their belongings have worth.

Please note: suitcases with hard outer shells are difficult to store within the foster homes. We graciously ask that you seek out collapsible bags, similar to what many of you would deem a carry on bag. Examples are provided below.
When: PTK will be holding our drive now through April 28th!
Where: PTK will have drop-off locations available at the:
     Welcome Center in the Scharbauer Student Center
     Office 160 in Marie Hall Academic Building
For more information: Terry Gilmour, (432) 685-6816, tgilmour@midland.edu

Please consider donating to this worthwhile cause!

From MC President Dr. Steve Thomas: This is a VERY worthwhile project for our PTK Chapter.  I encourage you to help the children at High Sky, who in most cases have very little and a suitcase will be a wonderful gift. Count me in for a donation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Chap golfer earns conference honor

NJCAA Region 5 Photo
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chap golfer honored by WJCAC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College men's golf sophomore Stefan Cronje was named the Western Junior College Athletic Conference for the week of April 9-15 ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

LitFlix Movie Nights series continues this Thursday

LitFlix
English Movie and Pizza Parties
Free Pizza, BYOB
Free to all MC students

MC students are invited to join the Midland College English Department for a movie night featuring a film inspired by literature ...

Thursday, April 20

Easy A
(2010, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter)

The party begins at 6:30 p.m.
in Room 138 (Choir Room)
of the Allison Fine Arts Bldg.

For more information, contact:
Allison Brown, MC English Instructor
(432) 685-4648

Monday, April 17, 2017

Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair ... This Saturday at Midland College

• College partners with the Midland Vet Center and Permian Basin Military Partners Coalition to host Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Saturday, April 22, Midland College (MC) will honor the men and women who currently serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Services.

MC will partner with the Midland Vet Center and Permian Basin Military Partners Coalition to host a Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at the Scharbauer Student Center on the main MC campus, 3600 N. Garfield in Midland. Veterans and their families are invited to stop by during the day for information about services in the Midland community. Representatives from various organizations, including the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) and the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) will be present.

MC Vice President of Information Technology & Facilities Dennis Sever serves as an advisor to the MC veterans student organization and explained, “Midland College currently has approximately 300 students who are military veterans. Staff in our Veterans Assistance Office connect our students to organizations for assistance; however, we realize that there are many military veterans in our community who do not know where they can go for assistance. We also want to be able to share information with veterans about special educational opportunities and tuition assistance.”

• Special Seating for military veterans and active-duty military service personnel when Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents Drew Thomas Magic

On Saturday evening, April 22, military veterans, active duty military service personnel and their families will receive special reserved seating at the Phyllis and Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series feature performance of Drew Thomas Magic. FREE reserved tickets for military seating will be available at the Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair or at the door of the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

For more information about the Veterans Benefits & Resources Fair, contact the MC Veterans Assistance Office at (432) 685-4511, kschipper@midland.edu .

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, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (tutoring services begin at 7:30 a.m.); Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon (tutoring services begin at 7:30 a.m.). We are closed Saturday - Sunday.

And ... for those late-night writers, join us for "Late Night at the Language Hub." The Tuesday following the Easter Holiday (Tuesday, April 18) - TOMORROW - we will keep the Language Hub open until 10:00 p.m. and serve free pizza starting at 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for "night owls" and students working on end-of-semester papers, projects, and assignments.

For more information, contact:

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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Lady Chaps 3-1 in weekend home/road series

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC SOFTBALL: Lady Chaps split with Western Texas College

Christopher Hadorn, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The No. 12-ranked Midland College team was on both the winning and losing end of two run-rule games against Western Texas College in Saturday’s Western Athletic Junior College Conference doubleheader ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Friday: Lady Chaps' bats come alive in DH sweep of WTC ...

The Lady Chaps' ill be at home for their next match when they welcome the Howard College Lady Hawks in a doublegeader begining at 1:00 p.m. Friday, April 21 at the Softball Field on the MC main campus.

Chap Baseball goes 2-0 on weekend road trip

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Chaps win series against WTC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

SNYDER, TEXAS - The No. 12 Midland College baseball team swept Western Texas College in a doubleheader played on Saturday.

The Chaparrals held on for an 8-7 win in the first game, before rolling to a 9-3 win in the second game to take three out of four games in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference series ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Friday: Chaps split wild doubleheader with WTC ...

The Chaps will be on the road for their next match when they meet the Clarendon College Bulldogs in a doubleheader starting at 12:00 noon Friday, April 21, in Clarendon, Texas.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Chap Golf finishes third at SWJC Championship

• JC MEN’S GOLF: MC finishes 3rd at Southwest JC Championship

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

POTTSBOEO, TEXAS - The Midland College men's golf team finished in a tie for third place at the Southwest Junior College Championship at Tanglewood Resort on Tuesday ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

The Chaparrals will next play in the NJCAA District II Championship, which also serves as part of national tournament qualifying, in Abilene, Texas on April 24-25.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Have a safe, happy and blessed holiday, everyone!

LitFlix Movie Nights series continues next week

LitFlix
English Movie and Pizza Parties
Free Pizza, BYOB
Free to all MC students

MC students are invited to join the Midland College English Department for a movie night featuring a film inspired by literature ...

Thursday, April 20

Easy A
(2010, based on Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter)

The party begins at 6:30 p.m.
in Room 138 (Choir Room)
of the Allison Fine Arts Bldg.

For more information, contact:
Allison Brown, MC English Instructor
(432) 685-4648

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Lady Chap Volleyball scrimmages, THIS AFTERNOON at MC

From Holli Reyna
Assistant Coach, MC lady Chaparral Volleyball

We welcome you all to come support the Midland College Lady Chaparral volleyball team for multiple spring scrimmages next Wednesday, April 12th beginning at 2:00 p.m. All scrimmages will be located in the PE Building on campus.

We are also looking for volunteers to line judge. Don’t know how? No worries ... we will teach you! If you’re interested, please let us know. If not, please come out and witness how hard the Lady Chaps have been working this spring!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"MC Students In Performance" ... THURSDAY

From Rabon Bewley
Department Chair, Drama & Music

On behalf of the Midland College Department of Music, please accept this invitation to join us for our next student recital of the semester on Thursday, April 13th at 12:30 p.m. in the Wagner and Brown Auditorium, Allison Fine Arts Building, on the MC main campus.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. Our music students would enjoy and welcome your company. Please consider joining us!

Midland College represented at Texas Academy of Science meeting

Pictured from left to right, MC Chemistry Professor Dr. Thomas Ready, MC alumna/UTPB student Melissa Wood and MC student David Prieto-Uzcategu
• MC presents coral reef water chemistry project; MC alumna receives award

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On March 3-5, Midland College (MC) faculty and students participated in the 2017 Texas Academy of Science (TAS) meeting held in Belton, TX at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. During the three-day event, David Prieto-Uzcategui, MC student, and Melissa Wood, MC alumna and current student at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB), gave presentations on research related to coral reef water chemistry derived from the Midland College/University of Texas at El Paso marine science effort in Roatan, Honduras, last July.

On July 3-9, 2016, the marine research team studied several aspects of the coral reef habitat in Roatan. The student team was under the leadership of Midland College Biology Professor Greg Larson and Chemistry Professor Dr. Tom Ready.

Aspects that were studied during the research trip to Central America included:

   Water quality parameters associated with healthy vs. diseased coral. The students performed research on temperature, pH, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, reduction/oxidation potential, turbidity and water flow rate (current strength).
   • Fish populations associated with healthy vs. diseased coral.
   • Phosphate, nitrate and nitrite nutrient concentrations associated with healthy vs. diseased coral.
   • Organic metabolites associated with healthy vs. diseased coral.

Dr. Ready will lead another team to Roatan this coming summer to continue the research.

At the recent TAS meeting in March, Prieto-Uzcategui presented a paper on nitrate concentrations above the Roatan coral reef, and Wood presented a paper on phosphate concentrations above the reef. Wood won 3rd place for oral presentations in marine science.

David Preito-Uzcategui plans to transfer from MC to Texas Tech in the fall and major in Chemical Engineering. Melissa Wood is majoring in Biology at UTPB.


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, 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (tutoring services begin at 7:30 a.m.); Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon (tutoring services begin at 7:30 a.m.). We are closed Saturday - Sunday.

And ... for those late-night writers, join us for "Late Night at the Language Hub." The Tuesday following the Easter Holiday (Tuesday, April 18), we will keep the Language Hub open until 10:00 p.m. and serve free pizza starting at 8:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity for "night owls" and students working on end-of-semester papers, projects, and assignments.

For more information, contact:

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

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to Joe Bontke on the death of his brother Lance Bontke. Lance was a former MC student. He studied Building Sciences.

Lance passed away on Friday morning, April 7.

A memorial service will be held at Thomas Funeral Home (1502 N. Lamesa Road) on Wednesday, April 12, at 5:00 p.m.

Joe is an instructor for the Information Technology program.

A GoFundMe account has been established to help the family with expenses. Visit the account page for more information, and to make a contribution.

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.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Winning weekend for Chap baseball, and its head coach

MC Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Coleman reaches milestone, Chaps sweep EPCC

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College baseball coach David Coleman picked up his 400th win at MC when his team run-ruled El Paso Community College in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.

But you have to forgive Coleman if he wasn’t celebrating right away as his team was locked in a fight with the Tejanos in the second game and the No. 18-ranked Chaparrals were scuffling on the mound.

So after a close play at first base in the third inning, Coleman went out to give the umpire crew an earful, not enough to get thrown out, but enough to light a fire in his team ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Friday: Chaps roll past EPCC in doubleheader ...

The Chaps will be on the road for their next match when they meet the New Mexico Junior College Thunderbirds in a game starting at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, in Hobbs, New Mexico.