Thursday, May 25, 2017

In Observance, and In Memory ...

"Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country's armed forces. The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday of May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. By the 20th century, Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. It typically marks the start of the summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks its end.

Many people visit cemeteries and memorials, particularly to honor those who have died in military service. Many volunteers place an American flag on each grave in national cemeteries." ( from Wikipedia )

Whatever your plans for the long weekend ahead, we hope that it is a happy and safe time for you and yours ... see you on Tuesday!

Marking AMT Day at MC's Hangar "E"

MC Photos by Geneva Reno
From Geneva Reno
Clerk, MC Aviation Maintenance Technology Program

My daughter and her boss from ClackCo Concierge Consulting interviewed Tommy Brannon [yesterday] morning in regards to Aviation Maintenance Technician Day.

Thought I would share this with you. Here are photos and a link to the interview video.

Chap Baseball schedules Tryout Camp

• 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

MC Photo by Forrest Allen

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Coffee Shop at MC's Marie Hall Academic Building closed for summer ...

... but they ARE pouring Starbuck's Coffee Monday through Thursday at the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall, and at the Snack Bar in the Scharbauer Student Center!

Clearance Sale going on now at the MC Bookstore

MC Photos by Walter Waller
Hi, all,

We have added many items to our sale rack at the Midland College Bookstore, and cut the price even more on others.

Come by and get the deals while they last!

See you soon,

Walter Waller, Text Book Manager
Midland College Bookstore
(432) 685-6460

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Snack Bar at MC's Scharbauer Student Center now observing summer hours

MC Language Hub offers tutoring, testing services this summer

The The Language Hub at Midland College is the school's reading and writing center, where you can get help with any paper that you write for any class. You can also work on computer-based interactive tutorials in reading and writing.

From June 5 through August 17, our summer hours and services are:

Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Student use of lab and tutoring

Monday-Thursday, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
TSI Prep Student’s Testing

Monday-Thursday, 7:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
GED Testing

For more information, please contact:

Sara Peterson, Language Hub Coordinator
(432) 685-4718

Monday, May 22, 2017

MC's Jack E. Brown Dining Hall now observing summer hours

Chap Golf finishes in fourth-place at national tournament

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps finish 4th in Poss’ final national tourney

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

GARDEN CITY, KANSAS - The Midland College men's golf team was hoping to send longtime coach Delnor Poss out on a high note at the NJCAA National Golf Tournament but sometimes the challenges of the sport can be tough to overcome.

The Chaparrals couldn’t give Poss a national championship but they’ll send Poss out with a fourth-place finish with a four-round total of 1,183 after a tough final round. Rival Odessa College won the title as the Wranglers fired a 293 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course in the final round on Friday to finish with a 1,166 total, four shots ahead of Indian Hills Community College. Eastern Florida State was third with a 1,172 total ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Congratulations to the Chaparrals on a good run, and to Coach Poss on a GREAT career!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Chap Golf moving up in national tournament standings

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps in 3rd through 3 rounds at NJCAA nationals

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

GARDEN CITY, KANSAS - The Midland College men's golf team has put itself in contention heading into the final round of the NJCAA Men's National Tournament.

The Chaparrals shot a 4-over par 292 on Thursday at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course for a three-round total of 879 and are just seven shots back of leader Indian Hills Community College, which overtook Odessa College for the top spot with a 288 round. OC is just a shot back of Indian Hills at 873 ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MC student plans career to promote social change

• Midland College Student Success

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
“I want to promote change in the world,” said Ryan Adams, 19.

A 2016 graduate of Midland Christian School, Adams plans to accomplish this desire in a unique way—through the entertainment industry as a writer, director and/or producer.

He is well on his way to achieving that goal. In December, Adams will graduate from Midland College with an Associate of Arts degree focusing in English. This past spring semester, he wrote an auto-ethnography that dramatized communications theories as an honors project for his speech class. The work was so inspiring and well done that he was asked to present it in a Fine Arts & Communications Division faculty meeting.

“I acquired my affinity for writing when I was in the 4th grade at Midland Christian School,” explained Adams. “I will never forget my teacher Cheryl Gaddis. Even at that young age, she told us to write about things that we found worthy and inspirational. Then, I took dual credit English courses when I was in high school and that helped me to further cultivate my writing style. I also learned to appreciate literature in a personal way, which enabled me to expand my writing in a much more analytical sense.”

One of Adams’ favorite authors today is Bob Goff, who in 2012 wrote a Christian non-fiction book entitled Love Does. Goff donated all the profits from the sale of the book to help children around the world. Today, Love Does lives on as an organization dedicated to helping children in conflict areas.

“I want to use my writing and my love for public speaking in much the same way,” stated Adams. “Through film and entertainment, I hope to communicate basic ideas of love and compassion in a way that’s fresh and new—pointing to the common ground which we all inhabit.”

In addition to his writing passion, Adams is also very committed to fitness and healthy lifestyles. He teaches “GRIT” and “CXWORX” classes at the Midland YMCA, starting as early as 6:15 a.m. and also teaches at Midland’s new CycleBar® studio. In addition, he trains two times a week at a local gym when he isn’t teaching.

“I especially like our ‘Cycle Giving’ classes at CycleBar®,” said Adams. “These classes are held in order to give back to the community. All proceeds from fees for these particular classes go to a designated nonprofit organization in our community. Being a part of these classes is one way I’ve found that I can already use my talents to promote change in the world and help others in our community.”

In his spare time, Adams enjoys cooking and baking as he experiments with healthier options to classic dishes.

“I’m not a total ‘health nut’ when it comes to food,” laughed Adams. “While I aim to nourish my body in very healthy ways, I have been put onto the idea that nourishing the soul comes with enjoying good food, too. It makes life more fun. It’s all about maintaining a balance.”

Adams also maintains a balance in his studies and extracurricular activities at Midland College. He is a member of the Midland College Ambassadors, an Honors student, a member of Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society, and just this year was elected as president of the Midland College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

“Ryan impressed us with his campaign speech when he ran for president,” noted Dr. Terry Gilmour, MC Government professor and Phi Theta Kappa co-advisor. “It was obvious that he is a true leader. He hit the ground running and never stopped all semester! He is professional, yet friendly; intelligent, but not haughty; a leader, and also a team player.”

Dr. Lea Keesee, director of the F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College, is the other advisor of Phi Theta Kappa and said, “The chapter members unanimously selected him to fill the leadership position. Ryan brings levels of positive leadership that have continued the momentum for chapter growth and renewed enthusiasm for chapter fellowship and service.” In early May, under Adams’ leadership, MC Phi Theta Kappa members raised funds in less than two weeks to donate 51 suitcases to the children at High Sky Children’s Ranch.

“I love Midland College,” said Adams. “It has given me an opportunity to enhance not only my writing skills, but also my scholarship, and by being active in various organizations, I have dually expanded my leadership potential.”

Adams isn’t the only member of his family to attend Midland College. His older brother Chad, 24, also attended MC and is once again taking classes on the MC campus through the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center physician assistant program. Ryan Adams is researching various universities to attend after he graduates from MC in December. Those at the top of his list are Baylor, Texas A&M and the University of Texas. With a goal of getting into the entertainment industry, he is also looking at various institutions in New York and California.

Adams said that even though English, writing and the fine arts are his life’s callings, he has also enjoyed various other classes at Midland College, including chemistry taught by Dr. Pat Nandakumar and history taught by Dr. Todd Houck.

All-Conference honors for Chap Baseball

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Senior, Nicholson lead MC's All-WJCAC honorees

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Two Midland College baseball players were honored with the top awards in the Western Junior College Athletic Conference All-Conference team just released ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Summer Theatre School Classes at MCT

From Tim Jebsen
MC Drama Instructor, MCT Executive Director

If you are still looking for options for your kids this summer, please consider MCT's summer theatre classes. These classes are in the morning, and are a perfect compliment to Kids' College in the afternoon. Here's more info:

Summer themed literature inspires our theatrics at Midland Community Theatre, 2000 W. Wadley Avenue in Midland. Each session includes entertaining classes in acting, art, and music & movement, all combined into wonderful, age appropriate theatrical projects performed by students for their classmates. Classes meet Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

You can register online at this web page

Some progress for Chap Golf in national tournament

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps trail by 11 shots after second round at nationals

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

GARDEN CITY, KANSAS - The Midland College men's golf team inched up to fifth place but still trails Odessa College by 11 shots after the second round of the NJCAA National Golf Tournament on Wednesday.

The Chaparrals shot 293 at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course for a two-round total of 587. Odessa College shot 292 for a 576 total to lead Eastern Florida State by seven strokes. Indian Hills Community College (584) is third and Dodge City Community College (586) is fourth ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Midland College Associate Degree Nursing program celebrates graduating class

• Pinning ceremony honors 44 nursing graduates

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Last Wednesday evening, May 10, during National Nurses Week, Midland College (MC) recognized 44 graduating Associate Degree Nursing students during a pinning and candle lighting ceremony at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center.

The graduating class included 27 students who were enrolled in MC’s traditional two-year registered nurse preparation program and 17 vocational nurses who were enrolled in the registered nurse transitional program. According to Dr. Carmen Edwards, MC dean of Health Sciences, students in this class had the highest average exit exam scores that the College has ever seen. Edwards said that the students are well prepared to pass the National Council Licensure Exam to become registered nurses.

Graduates of the traditional registered nursing program are Brittany Beattie, Kristina Beggs, Trista Diehl, Hannah Ezell, Emily Felts, Marilyn Flores, Lindsay Graves, Mercy Jama, Heidi Johnson, Skyler Lower, Kendra Martin, Desirae Melton, Juan Molinar, Rukia Musinde, Cynthia Natividad, Eke Ott, Mariah Owen, Sandra Reynosa, Amanda Richardson, Andrea Rios-Hernandez, Anna Roark, Kristyn Salazar, Raven Sanchez, Yara Torres, Samantha Ureste, Lauren Viscaino and Stephanie Yanez.

Graduates of the vocational nursing to registered nursing transitional program are Arturo Avila, Mary Brash, Victoria Busch, Leaanna Calzada, Abigael DeGuzman, Lydia Flores, Stacy Hernandez, Manka Kwayu, Crystal Monsevais, Claudia Ochoa, Heriberto Pina, Daenna Sanchez, Jessica Sotelo, Connie Sullivan, Danita Turner, Catalina Velasco and Graciela Villa.

During the ceremony, Highest GPA Awards were presented to Samantha Ureste (photo at left), who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.5 from the traditional registered nursing program, and Crystal Monsevais (photo at right), who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.4) from the vocational nursing to registered nursing transitional program.

U.S. military veteran Stacy Hernandez, who graduated from the transitional program, opened the ceremony by leading the The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States Flag. The evening concluded with a reception hosted by Midland Health.

All-Conference honors for Lady Chap Softball

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC SOFTBALL: Four Lady Chaps named to All-WJCAC team

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Four members of the Midland College softball team were named to the All-Western Junior College Athletic Conference Softball Team ...

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Emergency Response Training this summer at MC

• First exercise set for May 22

From Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

This summer, MCPD is going to conduct emergency response training at each building. The purpose is to see how effective the emergency response plan is and identify possible flaws or problems. This will NOT be a surprise exercise and the date and time will be announced prior to any training. This should cause minimal disruption since only the specified building will be involved. Prior to the training MCPD officers will be visiting buildings and providing additional information on the upcoming training.

This training requires no preparation from MC employees. The exercise will begin with a broadcast message over the emergency alert system in the specified building only. We will not be using the Chap Alert text message for this exercise. MC employees should know where their safe shelter location is and go to that location. This exercise should only last about 15 minutes and an ALL CLEAR message will be broadcast upon completion.

The first training will be this Monday, May 22, 2017 between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. in the SimLife Center and the Davidson Family Health Science buildings on the MC main campus.

Chief Richard McKee
Midland College Police Department

A rough start for Chap Golf in national tournament

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC MEN’S GOLF: MC facing setback after first round at nationals

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

GARDEN CITY, KANSAS - A tough first hole has the Midland College men's golf team 10 strokes back of the leader after the first round of the NJCAA Men's National Tournament.

The Chaparrals shot 294 during the first round at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course on Monday and are in a sixth place tie with Eastern Florida State. Odessa College leads the tournament after shooting a 284, while McLennan Community College is second with a 286 ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Midland College Williams Regional Technical Training Center partners with Fort Stockton ISD to save families almost $1 million

• Over 2,000 post-secondary academic and technical hours awarded to Pecos County high school seniors

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College’s branch campus in Fort Stockton, the Williams Regional Technical Training Center (WRTTC), is within easy walking distance from Fort Stockton High School. The close proximity and helpfulness of the WRTTC staff provides an excellent opportunity for high school students to take advantage of dual credit Midland College (MC) courses.

According to the Fort Stockton Independent School District, members of this year’s high school graduating class received 2,021 college hours, resulting in a college tuition savings of $962,997 for Pecos County families. This is a 45 percent increase in college dual credit hours from the previous school year.

Academic/Transfer dual credit hours totaled 1,454. Fort Stockton ISD staff compared average cost per college hour at the Midland College WRTTC to average cost per hour at Texas A&M University and found the savings to be $946,554. Technical college credit hours totaled 567, and cost of taking those hours at the WRTTC was compared to the same classes at Texas State Technical College in Waco. Staff calculated the savings to be $16,443.
“Our mission is to provide quality, affordable higher education opportunities to Pecos County residents,” said Matt Tarpley, director of the Midland College WRTTC. “We are delighted to be able to work with Fort Stockton ISD in order to allow high school students to take dual credit college courses. Not only does this save in tuition costs, it also allows students to gain experience in taking college courses before they graduate from high school. Many dual credit students take advantage of the Scholars’ Dollars scholarship, which is provided to Pecos County residents taking classes at the WRTTC. The scholarship is funded by donations from local businesses and residents.”
The WRTTC also offers workforce training in order to provide an available, skilled workforce for Permian Basin industry. The WRTTC provides college credit workforce programs, which correlate to high school career & technology courses. All Fort Stockton graduating seniors took at least one career & technology course while in high school. MC certificates were awarded to 11 graduating seniors who achieved the 18-credit-hour Level 1 Energy Technician Certificate.

In addition to those students taking college dual credit hours, a number of students were also enrolled in MC’s Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program. All graduating seniors taking the CNA course, received the 100-hour certification awarded by the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services.

For more information, contact Matt Tarpley, Director of MC’s Ft. Stockton branch campus, at (432) 336-2525,

Newspaper, Chap golfers preview national tournament

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC GOLF: Chaps hope to send Poss off on top as national champs

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College men's golf team has a little extra motivation heading into this year’s NJCAA National Golf Tournament in Garden City, Kansas.

The tournament, which will run today through Friday at Buffalo Dunes Golf Course, will be longtime coach Delnor Poss’ last as he is retiring at the completion of the tournament ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Good luck, Chaps!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Photo gallery from MC Commencement

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• Record number of MC graduates walk the stage

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College held its 44th annual commencement on Friday at Chaparral Center. More than 500 graduates participated in the ceremony, while 770 graduates received degrees and/or certificates this semester ...

read the rest of this MRT report, AND enjoy a photo album from the event ...

ALSO ... You may watch the ceremony through video stream via this Livestream page.

Making the move to summer at Your College

From Steve Thomas
Midland College President

As a reminder, we begin the summer schedule today, Monday, May 15.

Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Chap Baseball season ends in regional tournament

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: OC eliminates Chaps from Region V tourney

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

LUBBOCK, TEXAS - Odessa College jumped out to a big lead and then held off Midland College baseball to end the Chaparrals’ season at the NJCAA Region V Baseball Tournament at Dan Law Field at Rip Griffin Park on Sunday.

The Wranglers (46-12) took a 9-0 lead en route to a 10-6 victory over Midland College (40-19), which ended its season after going a disappointing 1-2 at the tournament ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

From Saturday: MHS grad Barker keeps MC alive in Region V Tourney ...

From Friday: Weatherford rallies to beat Midland College ...

Heads high, Chaps ...
it was a good season!

In Memory, and In Honor ...

• Peace Officers Memorial Day

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

Flags at all MC locations will fly at half-staff in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day – May 15, 2017.

President John F. Kennedy declared the first Peace Officers Memorial Day on May 15, 1962, as a tribute to peace officers and in honor of peace officers who, through their courageous deeds, lost their lives or became disabled in the line of duty. This day has been observed in our country annually ever since.

On this day, and every day, it is fitting to honor those peace officers who gave their lives to protect ours, and to thank the law enforcement officers who serve for their dedication and service to our communities.

In accordance with Flag Code section 7(m), the United States flag is to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day in honor of Peace Officers Memorial Day, Monday, May 15, 2017. By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136-137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week."

See the U.S. Presidential proclamation below:

A Proclamation by Donald J. Trump
President of the United States of America

"During Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor the men and women of law enforcement who have been killed or disabled in the course of serving our communities. Police officers are the thin blue line whose sacrifices protect and serve us every day, and we pledge to support them as they risk their lives to safeguard ours.

Last year, 118 officers died in the line of duty, and of those, 66 were victims of malicious attacks. These attacks increased by nearly 40 percent from 2015. This must end. That is why one of my first actions was to direct the Department of Justice to develop a strategy to better prevent and prosecute crimes of violence against our Federal, State, tribal, and local law enforcement officers.

In addition, my Administration will continue to further the efforts of the Department of Justice to improve the lives of law enforcement officers and their families. This includes supporting the Officer Safety and Wellness Group, which improves officer safety on the job, and accelerating the processing of benefits through the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program, which provides vital resources to the families of fallen officers.

Our liberties depend on the rule of law, and that means supporting the incredible men and women of law enforcement. By a joint resolution approved October 1, 1962, as amended (76 Stat. 676), and by Public Law 103-322, as amended (36 U.S.C. 136 and 137), the President has been authorized and requested to designate May 15 of each year as "Peace Officers Memorial Day" and the week in which it falls as "Police Week."

NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim May 15, 2017, as Peace Officers Memorial Day and May 14 through May 20, 2017, as Police Week. In humble appreciation of our hard-working law enforcement officers, Melania and I will light the White House in blue on May 15. I call upon all Americans to observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week with appropriate ceremonies and activities. I also call on the Governors of the States and Territories and officials of other areas subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memorial Day. I further encourage all Americans to display the flag at half-staff from their homes and businesses on that day.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-first."


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Newspaper profiles Chap Golf coach on eve of national tournament, retirement

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC GOLF: MC’s Poss reflects on storied career, aims for 1 final run with Chaps

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - It was sometimes hard to put into words.

How can you summarize a lifetime of experiences and what it has meant to be at one place for 40 years in one sitting?

Longtime Midland College men's golf coach Delnor Poss tried to do just that earlier last week, prior to his team departing for the NJCAA National Tournament in Garden City, Kansas. It is the 30th straight year Poss has led the Chaparrals to the tournament.

The tournament, which takes place Tuesday through Friday, will also be Poss’ last with the Chaps as he is retiring ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...