Friday, July 21, 2017

MC lecture series announces Fall 2017 event

An Evening with Elizabeth Smart

Join Midland College, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and Friends of the Series for this informative lecture presented by American child safety activist and contributor for ABC News Elizabeth Smart.

She first gained national attention at the age of 14 when she was abducted from her home in Salt Lake City, UT and rescued nine months later. Through this traumatic experience, Smart has become a leading advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs and national legislation. More on this story ...

Tuesday, September 19
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

General Admission seating is FREE, and tickets are NOT required.

For preferred seating information, contact the Midland College Foundation Office at 432/685-4526 or email Wendy Gilbert, director of Development & Alumni Relations, wgilbert@midland.edu



In May 1996, Steve Davidson and Susan Davidson McClenahan of the Davidson Family Charitable Foundation announced the endowment of the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series. Twice a year, the Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series, Midland College Foundation and Friends of the Series present speakers whose civic leadership, academic accomplishments and/or public achievements interest, enrich and enlighten Midland students and citizens. These lectures are FREE to the public.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Childhood interest + math = career for Midland College alum

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• Midland College Profile

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Arashi Shimizu has been interested in airplanes since he was a boy in Osaka, Japan. Now, the 22-year-old Midland College (MC) alumnus is pursuing that interest in Texas.

“At first I wanted to be a pilot,” explained Shimizu.

“Then, I found that I enjoy and had a skill in design. I figure that I can combine my love of airplanes and my affinity for design in a career as an aerospace engineer.”

A native of Japan, Shimizu arrived in Midland in 2013, after having obtained an F1 nonimmigrant student visa. He had just graduated from high school in Osaka and wanted to study at a U.S. college. Shimizu has an uncle living in Midland, so the Permian Basin seemed like a logical destination.

“I had visited the Los Angeles area when I was in junior high school, but had never been to Texas,” said Shimizu. “My parents were agreeable to my desire to study in the U.S. In fact, I continue to feel extremely fortunate and am very grateful for their continued support of my educational endeavors.”

After arriving in Midland, Shimizu took English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, and then in 2015 enrolled at Midland College.

“College Algebra was my very first class at Midland College,” stated Shimizu. “Throughout school in Japan, I was horrible in math. Math became more ‘friendly’ at Midland College. As a boy in Japan, I never dreamed I’d be doing something like aerospace engineering—a career that requires a LOT of math skill!”

During his two years at MC, Shimizu spent a considerable amount of time in the Math Lab. He said that when he first started taking courses, the Math Lab instructors and tutors not only assisted him with math, but also helped him improve his English

“The Math Lab has a friendly, inviting atmosphere; everyone in there is terrific,” said Shimizu. “I found it to be a place where I could ‘hangout’ and visit with teachers, peer tutors and other students. We would discuss math problems, talk about our day’s activities or plans for the weekend. In the course of those conversations, I gained confidence in my English. I can’t believe I’m saying this—the Math Lab is FUN!”

Eventually, Shimizu became one of MC’s top math students and started tutoring other students in the lab. This past May, he graduated from Midland College with an associate degree and is now in College Station at Texas A&M University getting ready for fall classes and meeting the requirements for a baccalaureate degree in Aerospace Engineering. Always wanting to excel in his studies, Shimizu has obtained permission this summer to observe a few classes at A&M so that he can be well prepared for the fall semester. He says that he should graduate in approximately two years.

He is adjusting to life at a large university quite well. Like many A&M students, Shimizu rides his bike from his apartment to the campus.

“When I’m riding my bike, I wish I was still in dry West Texas,” laughed Shimizu. “It’s really hot and humid in College Station, very much like it is in Osaka. I like the climate in Midland much better!”

Shimizu doesn’t stay at rest for long. When he isn’t studying, he enjoys experimenting with design. In Midland, he designed and built a 3D printer. The printer stands approximately 3 ½ feet high. Once the printer was built, he then used it to design and implement model airplanes and various parts for other 3D printers. When he moved to College Station, he donated the printer to Midland College, and it is now used in MC’s Idea Factory located at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center on Cuthbert Street.

One of the things on his “To Do” list for College Station: Build another 3D printer!

“I’m glad the old printer is being to put to good use at Midland College,” said Shimizu. “It’s the least I could do for the place that helped me to appreciate and love math. After all, I’m pursuing my childhood interests and using the skills I learned at Midland College to become an aerospace engineer!”

Midland College offers marketable skills training program

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• Training in workplace competencies will help meet local business/industry employment needs and provide career training for unemployed/underemployed Permian Basin residents

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is helping to meet employer demands for a skilled workforce by offering a “Bridge Academy” focusing on marketable skills training. The class begins August 28 runs through October 19. Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Midland College Advanced Technology Center (ATC) located at 3200 W. Cuthbert (corner of Midkiff and Cuthbert, next to Furr’s Cafeteria).

“The class is specifically designed for adults who have been out of school for a while or who do not have adequate computer, customer service or reading/communication skills to advance in the workplace,” explained Lynda Webb, dean of Adult and Developmental Education. “During the Bridge Academy program, we will not only train students in basic workplace skills, but also provide reading comprehension, vocabulary-building and applied math experiences. The curriculum is designed to teach participants customer service and computer skills so that they can obtain jobs with opportunity for growth. The academy will provide students the opportunity to earn a local Marketable Skills Certificate with continuing education credits that certify proficiency in basic computer skills, teamwork, problem solving and occupational math.”

Webb said that guest lecturers will include local human resources executives who will assist students with resume preparation and job interviewing skills, as well as discuss good work ethic and traits needed for promotion and career success. In addition, class participants will have the opportunity to explore various higher education opportunities that will lead to expanded career potential.

Thanks to special funding provided by the Texas Workforce Commission, the registration fee is only $30. Participants must complete an application; seating is limited. For more information, contact the Midland College Workforce Continuing Education department at (432) 681-6335 or stop by the Midland College ATC (3200 W. Cuthbert) to obtain an application.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Midland College Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society received accolades at state meeting

• Outstanding service project, Hall of Honor and Horizon Award are among the distinctions attributed to MC students and advisors

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On March 9-11, Midland College (MC) members and advisors of the Midland College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society traveled to Corpus Christi, TX, to attend the Texas Region meeting of Phi Theta Kappa International. During the conference, which was held at the American Bank Center/Omni, the MC chapter was recognized as a 5-Star Level Chapter, the highest level that can be achieved.

Other honors bestowed upon the Midland College group include Honors in Action and College Project Participation Award and the Most Improved Chapter Award.

The chapter was also awarded the coveted Icarus Award for Outstanding Service Project. Throughout the year, chapter members participated in various community events and international philanthropic projects including a clothing drive for Haitian citizens and a suitcase drive for residents of the local High Sky Children’s Ranch.

Clothing Drive for Haitian Mission
Suitcase Drive for High Sky Children's Ranch
At the state meeting, four of MC Phi Theta Kappa members were inducted into the Hall of Honor: Emily Cooley, Sarah Cooley, Heather Dudley and Jamie Parks. The state Horizon Award was given to Phi Theta Kappa Advisor and MC Government Professor Dr. Terry Gilmour. The award is given to an advisor who goes “above and beyond” for students.

In 2017, MC inducted 42 students into Phi Theta Kappa, which is the oldest, largest and most prestigious honor society servicing two-year colleges around the world. Membership is based on superior academic achievements and is conferred only by invitation to students who have a minimum 3.5 grade point average.

During the February ceremony, MC President Dr. Steve Thomas told the Phi Theta Kappa members, “It takes a tremendous amount of hard work to be successful in college. There’s no ‘magic bullet.’ One of the highlights in what I do is to work with successful students like you.”



Midland College Bookstore Price Match Guarantee on Textbooks

Price Match Guarantee Policy

If you find a lower price on a textbook, we'll match that price. The difference will be given to you on a bookstore gift certificate! The gift certificate can be spent on anything in the store.

If you have already purchased your books and then find a better price later, we'll price match through the first week of the semester. You must have a copy of your receipt and the book has to be in stock at the competition at the time of the price match.

We happily price match BN.com & books on Amazon noted as ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Online marketplaces such as Other Sellers on Amazon, Amazon's Warehouse Deals, fulfilled by Amazon, BN.com Marketplace, and peer-to-peer pricing are not eligible.

We will price match the exact textbook, in the same edition and format, including all accompanying materials, like workbooks and CDs.

A textbook is only eligible for price match if it is in stock on a competitor's website at time of the price match request. Additional membership discounts and offers cannot be applied to your refund.

Price matching is only available on in-store purchases. Digital books, access codes sold separately, rentals and special orders are not eligible. Only one price match per title per customer is allowed.

Remember, the price match program is only offered through the first week of the semester.

For more information, contact:

Walter Waller, Text Book Manager
Midland College Bookstore
(432) 685-6460
wwaller@midland.edu

Midland County Public Library, Midland Community Theatre to host "I, Barbara Jordan"

This is a public service announcement from the Midland County Public Library. The library is presenting a professional theater company from Houston at the Midland Community Theatre this Saturday for two shows that are free to the public. More information below ...

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I, BARBARA JORDAN
by Celeste Bedford-Walker
Directed by Eileen J. Morris

The Midland County Public Libraries present “I, Barbara Jordan” a professional theater show that celebrates the remarkable life and career of the eminent Texas orator, legislator, and teacher. Tracing Barbara Jordan’s journey from her childhood in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood through her election to the United State Congress, “I, Barbara Jordan” introduces audiences to a legendary Texas politician who was a model for the power of perseverance.

The performances will feature actor Troy Anthony Hogan who recently appeared on the second season of the OWN networks hit drama Queen Sugar, and played Principal Levi Burnwell on NBC’s Emmy-nominated television show Friday Night Lights. The cast also includes Estee Burks, in the title role, and veteran Houston actor Byron Jacquet.

All seats are general admission and will be distributed on the first come first serve basis. The theatre will open 30 minutes prior to each performance. This family friendly show has a run time of 70 minutes. The actors and actresses will take questions after the show.

SHOW TIMES:
Saturday July 22
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Midland Community Theatre
2000 W. Wadley Ave, Midland, Texas




For 40 years, the Ensemble Theatre has evolved from a touring company operating from the trunk of founder George Hawkins’ car to being one of Houston’s finest historical cultural institutions. The Ensemble is one of the only professional theatres in the region dedicated to the production of works portraying the African American experience; the oldest and largest professional African American theatre in the Southwest, and holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s largest African American theatres owning and operating its facility with a full season of main stage productions, touring and education shows, in-school residencies and a young performers training program.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Midland College professors and students conduct research on coral reefs in Central America

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• Students research the causes for dead coral and assist in coral re-seeding efforts

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On June 3-10, students participating in the Midland College (MC) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program traveled to Roatan, Honduras to study the chemistry of water near and at a distance from Roatan’s coral reef.


“Coral reefs throughout the world are dying at an alarming rate,” explained Dr. Tom Ready, MC Chemistry professor and leader of the MC coral research team. “One-quarter of the world’s reefs have already been lost, and those remaining are under stress due to warmer and more acidic oceans. Reefs have existed on Earth for millions of years; however, some estimates indicate that up to 70 percent of the world's shallow reefs could be gone in the next few decades. One theory is that they are being destroyed by titanium dioxide, a substance found in most sunscreens. We are hoping that our ongoing research helps to contribute to other findings regarding remedies for coral reef destruction.”

This is the second year of the Roatan research project. During this year’s expedition, MC Dean of Math, Science & Kinesiology Dr. Margaret Wade accompanied the team.

“This is a longitudinal study, so we will be comparing data collected over a period of years,” said Dr. Wade. “It is a multi-program project. Professors and students in both the MC Biology and Chemistry departments analyze the water samples. Engineering students, under the direction of our Engineering lead instructor Dr. Brian Flowers, built a prototype of a water analysis sensor and are comparing the data from the MC-designed instrument with a commercial sensor.”

While in Roatan, the MC team assisted the Roatan Institute of Marine Science (RIMS) in cleaning their coral nursery, an area that is being used to grow coral so that dead coral can be reseeded in the reef. Wade explained that this is a relatively new project for RIMS. Small pieces of healthy coral are attached to a PVC frame, called a Christmas tree. Once the small pieces of coral in the nursery have developed to a sustainable size, they will be transported from the nursery to the reef. MC students participating in last year’s Roatan research observed the nursery in 2016. Team members documented the size of the coral in 2016 and again during the most recent visit.

Besides Ready, Wade and Flowers, other Midland College participants in this year’s trip included Greg Larson, associate professor of Biology, and students Micah Bigby, Daniel Dalager, Megan Ennis and Nick Mastroanni. Midland College alumna and current UTPB student Melissa Wood accompanied the MC team, as did UT Arlington Professor Dr. Laura Midlarz and her graduate students Lauren Fess and Contessa Ricci.

MC retiree is one of newspaper's 52 Faces

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• 52 Faces: H.A. Tuck, First Christian Church Disciples Food Pantry, High Sky Wing

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Presented by Chevron, "52 Faces of the Community" is a feature of the Midland Reporter-Telegram that is recognizing the unsung heroes and volunteers of Midland, Texas. The latest installment in this series offers a question-and-answer session with H.A. Tuck, retired Midland College Public Relations Director ...

read the rest of this MRT report ...

Lady Chap Volleyball girls summer camps ...next week 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

Monday, July 17, 2017

Midland College receives Texas School Ready Grant

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• University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston awards grant to Midland College for assistance with West Texas pre-k programs, Head Start programs and private child care classrooms

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is proud to be the recipient of its second Texas School Ready grant from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. The two-year, $349,480 grant focuses on professional development, coaching and mentoring for pre-k, Head Start and private child care teachers throughout West Texas.

“Texas School Ready is a comprehensive preschool teacher training program combining a research-based, state-adopted curriculum with ongoing professional development and progress monitoring tools,” explained Denise McKown, MC department chair of Education and Child Care and Development. “The goal of this program is to help children be better prepared for school. Midland College received a similar grant in 2015, and we hire a coordinator to lead professional development activities for teachers in Midland, Odessa and rural West Texas communities. Our goal is to continue those efforts with this additional funding.”

Throughout the school year, an MC coordinator and coach will provide tools to help pre-school teachers learn more about the specific instructional needs of the children in their classrooms and how to support children by using engaging lessons and activities. The new skills and techniques that teachers learn through the Texas School Ready program positively affect the classroom experience for children.

“The grant not only provides personnel to assist local teachers, but also provides curriculum materials and a laptop computer to the facilities for tracking the children’s progress,” said Lori Smith, MC associate professor of Child Development/Early Childhood. “Our child development instructional programming at Midland College is two-fold: We prepare students to be capable teachers, and we also provide professional development opportunities for teachers who are currently employed in the industry. We are so thankful for the grant funds that will allow us to offer the mentoring and continuing education services at no charge to the teachers.”

According to the Texas School Ready website, multiple research studies conducted by the Children’s Learning Institute at McGovern Medical School, UT Health, have confirmed that the program positively impacts teacher instructional practices in the classroom. Participating teachers are more responsive to the individual needs of the children in their classrooms. Research indicates increases in children’s use of language-building strategies and quality of book reading. Even greater gains have been found in emergent literacy instructional practices. Teachers also show better responsive teaching practices, organization of their centers and use of lesson plans.

MC hosting 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:

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?!?!?!"

Making good progress ...

... and I thought that would be the case. A couple weeks ago, I shared a photo of "A good start ..." along with the prediction that there would be more to come. Here's the latest from that spot where I took the first photo ..

MC Photo by Jeff McDonald
Speaking of 'a good start' and 'making good progress' ... registration for the Fall Semester at Midland College is going on NOW ... and now would be a good time to get started, get registered, plan to attend one of this summer's Orientation Sessions (if you're a new student), and beat the fall rush.

CLICK HERE to Get Started at MC ...

Friday, July 14, 2017

Sisters credit MC, family and faith for developing their interests into future professions

Sarah (left) and Emily Cooley
• Midland College Profile

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

They are talented, smart and want to pursue careers helping others. Emily and Sarah Cooley graduated from Midland College (MC) this past May and will now follow their dreams of becoming healthcare professionals while attending nursing school at Texas A&M University in College Station.

“God gave us individual interests and talents and then gave us our family and a specific education to develop those interests in choosing a profession,” said Emily.

For the past two years, the Cooley sisters could be seen around the MC Sarah (left) and Emily (right) Cooley campus participating in the college’s organizations as active members and officers in Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Students in Philanthropy, and Sigma Kappa Delta English Honor Society. Their research projects as part of the MC Honors Program also garnered them recognition throughout the college’s instructional programs. They both credit MC for a rich academic foundation through increased student-teacher interaction and advanced leadership opportunities to take on roles that challenge and interest them in the medical field.

Emily, 19, enjoys writing and playing the viola and harp, evidenced by the several harp CDs that she has recorded with her two older sisters. Apart from her academic interests, Emily also enjoys cooking.

“She makes great pizza!” exclaimed Sarah, who enjoys “testing” Emily’s cooking. On the other hand, Sarah, 18, is primarily science-oriented and was a presenter at MC’s Spring 2017 Research Colloquium. She enjoys running (which is how she stays in shape after eating Emily’s cooking) and displays musical talent in her pursuit of the violin.

Both sisters began playing the piano at a very young age and have been in the University of Texas of the Permian Basin’s orchestra for the past two years.

Emily and Sarah are part of a family of seven children, all equally as accomplished and talented. Their older sisters, Helen, 25, and Hannah, 23, are both nurses with degrees from Texas A&M and Baylor. Their older brother Daniel, 21, graduated with a major in Business Analytics at Patrick Henry College in Virginia. Their two younger siblings include Steven, 13, and Callie, 10. They have resided in Midland since 2012. Their parents, Herb and Susan Layton Cooley, lived in Midland throughout the eighties. The sisters agree that their family has played a pivotal role in developing their interests and dedication to working hard.

“Our Dad taught us to love beautiful music and respect heroes like Davy Crockett and William Wilberforce,” said Sarah. “Our Mom taught us to constantly work with our hands and to respect others. Both of our parents have invested an incredible amount of time, energy and love into each of us. Our siblings’ influence constantly reminded us to spend our time well with people who will challenge and encourage us. We would never be who we are without the influence of each member of our family.”

Emily and Sarah graduated from a home-school program before they were 18.

“Going to MC was a last-minute decision,” explained Emily. “I had enough credits to graduate early, and I wanted an environment that would ensure a necessary academic foundation for success at a future transfer college while giving me opportunities to step out of my comfort zone into leadership positions. MC was the embodiment of that goal. Sarah enrolled through MC’s early admission/dual enrollment program by taking college courses for high school and college credit.

“If Midland College students dedicate themselves to fully taking advantage of their time at MC, they have countless opportunities in leadership, service and academics without financial debt. MC allows students to mature and refine their abilities in a small, caring environment.”

Sarah added, “Midland College gave us numerous opportunities to become involved through student government and various honors programs. Also, the professors are incredible. One of the most difficult things about finishing our degrees at Midland College is leaving teachers like Dr. Terry Gilmour, Dr. Todd Houck, Amelia Belizaire, Michael Dixon and Claudia Hinds. They were pivotal in supporting and teaching us while positively impacting hundreds of other students each semester. They made us love what we were learning through patient explanation and listening.”

Dr. Terry Gilmour, MC Government professor, said, “Emily and Sarah are two of the finest students with whom I have ever had the privilege of working in over 24 years of teaching. They are both at the top of their game academically, never settling for anything but the best they can do. I also worked with them in Student Government, Phi Theta Kappa and the Honors Program and they always give 110% to everything that they commit to in and outside of the classroom.”

While Emily and Sarah are in College Station, the Midland community will lose two ardent volunteers. The young women have participated with such nonprofit agencies as the Recording Library for the Blind, the Museum of the Southwest, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Keep Midland Beautiful, Midland Health, the Children’s Rehabilitation Center, HEB’s Feast of Sharing, Breaking Bread Kitchen and the Petroleum Museum.

“We enjoy a routine that allows us to have a direct impact in high-intensity situations with a strong foundation in service,” explained Sarah. “That reason influenced our choice of a service-oriented career in the medical field. There is a wealth of specialties and opportunities to serve within nursing. We can work in the mission field, in nonprofit agencies, in hospitals or in schools. I eventually want to pursue a master’s degree as a nurse anesthetist.”

Emily agreed and said, “Nursing is a career with a definite purpose that serves others and allows me to be in an environment where I am directly addressing problems. Nursing’s specialties and my enjoyment of the medical field promises to allow me hopefully to fulfill that purpose with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and, eventually, a Master of Science degree in Nursing as a surgical nurse practitioner.”

The sisters took one last class at MC this summer—Microbiology—and will now move to College Station where they will be roommates as they begin nursing school.

“Our mom also went to A&M,” said Emily. “So, she is really excited for us to become Aggies.”

Sarah laughed, “We are looking forward to A&M football season, except for having to stand up during the entire game!”

Chap Baseball releases 2017-2018 schedule

Games begin in September

The Midland College Chaparral Baseball program has announced its schedule for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 season.

Visit the Baseball/Schedule web page ...

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Refer students, friends and family to MC-BEDC Establishing Credit Workshop

• August 1 at Midland County's Centennial Library

From Alfredo Chaparro
Director, MC Business and Economic Development Center

What: Establishing Credit Workshop
   * Five reasons to establish credit
   * How to start credit successfully
   * Attendees will be provided copies of credit reports with real world examples
      (past due payments, collections, inquiries, etc.)
   * Using Credit Karma as a free resource
Who Should Attend: Anyone wishing/needing to establish credit. Those starting
      college are encouraged to attend. Parents are welcome to attend.
When: Tuesday August 1st, 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Where: Centennial Library at 2503 W. Loop 250 North
Sponsors: Midland Aggie Moms’ Club, Midland County Public Library and Wells Fargo.

For more information, contact:

Alfredo Chaparro
Director, MC Business and Economic Development Center
(432) 684-4309
achaparro@midland.edu


Lady Chap Volleyball releases fall schedule

• Season begins with scrimmages in August

The Midland College Lady Chaparral Volleyball program has announced its schedule for the Fall 2017 season.

Visit the Volleyball/Schedule web page ...

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Midland College Career Placement Office receives $1,000 donation from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation

From left to right: Wendy Gilbert, Director of Development and Alumni Relations; Heather Dudley, MC alumna; Ashley Hearn, MC alumna; and Tyler Carson, Business Rental Sales Executive with Enterprise.
• Enterprise Holdings Foundation helps fulfill resource needs for MC students searching for jobs

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Thursday, June 22, Tyler Carson with Enterprise presented a $1,000 check from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation to the Midland College (MC) Foundation in order to enhance the college’s career placement resource library.

MC’s Career Placement Office and accompanying career resource library are located in the Scharbauer Student Center on the main Midland College campus (3600 N. Garfield Street in Midland). The office offers assistance to MC students as they search for full- and part-time jobs while they are taking classes. As students near completion of coursework for bachelor degrees, associate degrees and workforce certificates, the office also provides assistance with resume preparation. In addition, staff in MC’s Career Placement Office conduct and coordinate workshops covering interview skills, business attire and other helpful topics for job attainment. MC alumni are also able to seek assistance in obtaining jobs in order to advance careers.

“The gift from the Enterprise Holdings Foundation will allow us to purchase books, DVDs, computer tutorials and other instructional materials for students to use as they prepare resumes and enter the job search process,” said Lupe Daniels, MC’s Career Placement Office coordinator. “In the spring of each year, we host a job fair, in which area employers come to campus to visit with students and graduates. Thanks to the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, we will be able to provide some excellent material to use in preparation for the 2018 event.”

The Enterprise Holdings Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Enterprise Holdings, which, through its independent regional subsidiaries, operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands.


"A Community of Values" event set for Saturday at MC

• Living a more enlightened and purposeful life

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland Health and Midland Independent School District invite all Midlanders to this FREE presentation featuring guest speaker Joe Tye on Saturday.

To register, visit www.midlandhealth.org/communityvalues


Midland College partners with Tall City Blues Fest to host educational workshops during Blues Fest Weekend


• Workshops taught by Blues Fest performers

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Saturday, July 15, Midland College (MC) will partner with Tall City Blues Fest to offer 10 educational workshops taught by artists performing during the Blues Fest summer signature weekend event in downtown Midland. All workshops will be held inside the Doubletree by Hilton hotel located on Wall Street in downtown Midland.

“The workshops are very popular, but they are also small and intimate, so participants can get hands-on learning and attention,” said Fest Producer Lisa Grissom.

“We have been partnering with Tall City Blues Fest to host these workshops for several years,” stated Brenda Cordero, MC associate director of Community Programs Continuing Education. “Past workshop participants have told us that the workshops are fun, informative and a great way to participate in the Blues Fest weekend. We are so grateful to Tall City Blues Fest for donating proceeds from the workshops to support scholarships for Kids’ College. Funds raised from this year’s workshops will be directed to scholarships for our summer 2018 Kids’ College program. The scholarships are awarded to foster children and others who might not otherwise be able to participate in MC’s summer enrichment program.”

Cordero explained that most of the Blues Fest workshops are scheduled to last one hour and will be held at various times throughout the day on Saturday, July 15. The fee for most is $15 per workshop if registered in advance or $20 at the door. A special offering is a back-to-back harmonica master class which will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fee for this workshop is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. For a complete list of workshops and registration information, visit www.midland.edu/blues or call the MC Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.



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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Midland College hosting annual Summer Science Academy


• Participants enjoy relaxed atmosphere, fun experiments

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This week (July 10-13), Midland College (MC) is hosting its annual Summer Science Academy for high school students. Eighteen Lee High School and Midland Classical School students, ranging from 9th through 12th grade, are participating in the 2017 academy taught by faculty of the MC Math, Science & Kinesiology division.

“This is a highlight of our summer,” said Dr. Miranda Poage, MC Biology department chair. “We always look forward to working with the high school students in a relaxed atmosphere that allows them to participate in hands-on experiments and learn about various fields in the sciences. Each year the instructors come up with innovative, fun experiments.”

Program areas that are featured during the week include kinesiology, chemistry, mathematics, geology, forensic entomology, genetics, molecular biology and microscopy. Dr. Poage is coordinating the academy and teaching some of the sessions. Other participating faculty include Jamie Kneisley, Math instructor; Dr. Paul Mangum, Biology professor; Marlana Mertens, Biology professor; Benjamin Ortiz, Math instructor; Dr. Pat Nandakumar, Chemistry professor; Joseph Schenkman, Biology instructor; Melissa Schenkman, Biology instructor; and Sheena Thompson, Kinesiology department chair.

Poage explained that a highlight of the week’s activities will be a “lava race” coordinated by Dr. Karen Waggoner, MC director of Institutional Effectiveness and adjunct Geology instructor. The lava races will take place today at 1:15 p.m. in Room 153 of the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building. Media teams are invited to the class.

The academy runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday. Lunch is provided to participants at no cost.

MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

Band Business: How to Run Your Band Like a Business and Actually Make Money with Jeff Jensen

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.



Band Business: How to Run Your Band Like a Business and Actually Make Money

Workshop Leader: Jeff Jensen

This workshop is designed for every musician; from the band that is already touring to the musician that hopes to achieve world domination one day. This workshop will cover the different aspects of business and tasks that must be kept up with such as accounting, merchandise inventory, vehicle maintenance, recording funds, promotion and more.

Also included is an in depth talk about tour budgeting, hiring musicians, fair compensation, building a ‘brand’ and most importantly: goal setting. This is a great workshop for teens or adults that are either are already playing music professionally and touring or are considering touring.

What to Bring: Pen and notepad for notetaking or iPad.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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, July 10, 2017

Lady Chap Basketball girls summer camps ...next week 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

This week's menu at MC's Brown Dining Hall

• Open Monday-Thursday during summer

For breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether you are dining-in or taking-out, the Jack E. Brown Dining Hall offers hot and cold food and beverages at reasonable prices for Midland College students, faculty and staff ... and for all of the Midland community.

SUMMER HOURS:
Monday - Thursday
Breakfast, 7:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Lunch, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Dinner, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays
CLOSED

Brown Dining Hall Menu for July 10-13, 2017 (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information about dining services on the Midland College campus, please contact:

Alvin Carter, Director of Dining Services
(432) 686-4267
acarter@midland.edu

MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

Record & Go: Drum Workshop with Billy Dean

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.



Record & Go: Drum Workshop

Workshop Leader: Billy Dean (Drummer for Victor Wainright)

In this performance/lecture style workshop, leaders will facilitate a creative discussion by example showing drummers and those interested in playing drums how to contribute more to the dynamics of the band, create excitement and be more than just “in the background”.

What to Bring: A small recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad, along with a basic working knowledge of drumming.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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

Friday, July 7, 2017

July newsletter from MC Fitness Center


Hot off the virtual presses ... the July edition of the MC Fitness Center Newsletter is now available. This is a summer edition focusing on staying cool, comfortable and safe, Quick tips to help avoid heat-related illness.

July 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


MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

Master Class: From Delta to Electric Blues Guitar with Guy King

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.



Master Class: From Delta to Electric Blues Guitar

Workshop Leader: Guy King

This interactive workshop will be conducted in a call-and-response format where participants will have the opportunity to learn techniques and styles that demonstrate the evolution of blues guitar over the last century as the guitar evolved from being primarily an accompaniment of rhythm to being a lead instrument in a band environment.

This hands-on workshop will start out by covering bass lines, chords and single note embellishments in the styles of Robert Johnson, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Elmore Jones, and progress through to making the guitar a lead instrument, bending notes, vibrato and emulating the human voice starting with T. Bone Walker and then hailing to Kings: B.B. & Albert.

What to Bring: An acoustic or electric guitar and small amp, along with intermediate to advanced experience. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Native Midlander attends MC for over 20 years

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Midland College Profile

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

“I would have had a 4.0 grade point average during my undergraduate coursework at Midland College and Texas A&M had it not been for that chemistry course at Midland College!” exclaimed Amy Stretcher Burkes.

“February 2007 was a busy month for me. I was Vice President of the Student Government Association on campus and was in charge of coordinating all of the homecoming events. I was also nominated and crowned the Homecoming Queen during the halftime of the basketball game. I had a big chemistry test the next day and I fell short of getting that A. However, I have no regrets. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I’d do the same thing!”

Burkes said that she loved attending Midland College (MC) and being active in the college’s vibrant student life activities. In addition to being vice president of the Student Government Association, she was co-president of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and a member of Students in Philanthropy. She graduated with an Associate of Science degree in May 2007, and during the commencement ceremony, she was recognized as one of only two Honors Program graduates.

“One of the advantages of attending Midland College is there are lots of opportunities to get involved and be active while receiving a great education from professors who really care about their students,” stated Burkes. “When I graduated from Midland Christian School in 2005, I wanted to attend Midland College because of the scholarship opportunities and its reputation for quality education.

“Of course, I was no stranger to Midland College. The college has been an integral part of my life since I was a little girl—for over 20 years! I attended Kids’ College in the summers when I was in grade school. Then, when I was in high school I was employed as a Kids’ College runner. I was on the tennis team at Midland Christian, and we used Midland College’s tennis courts for our games and practices. I also helped with summer tennis camps at Midland College while I was in high school, and then during the summer of 2006, I taught basketball at Kids’ College. So, I’ve spent a LOT of time at Midland College!”

When Burkes graduated from Midland College, she received the Abell-Hanger Continuance Scholarship, which is specifically awarded to a Midland College graduate who is transferring to a university. She enrolled in Texas A&M University in fall 2007 and during her time there she maintained a 4.0 grade point average while majoring in Human Resources and minoring in Business.

“I enjoyed A&M, but unlike being at Midland College, at A&M I was just a number,” stated Burkes. “When I was at Midland College, all my professors knew my name and they were available to speak with me at any time. I will always be grateful to Linda Penny, Joseph Severino and Michael Dixon for taking the time to explain math to me in a way that actually made sense. (Math has never been my strong suit.)”

Burkes also cited Dr. Todd Houck, Dr. Damon Kennedy and David Edens as being professors who made a lasting impression on her by their willingness to take time to explain things and their genuine desire to help students succeed.

After graduating from Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree, Burkes returned to Midland and worked for the Midland Independent School District’s AVID program. She was also busy volunteering in various Midland civic and nonprofit organizations and was back at MC once again—this time taking prerequisite courses for pharmacy school.

The year 2012 was a banner year. She started dating her long-time friend from Midland Christian School Jonathan Burkes who had also found his way back to the Permian Basin as a 4th-year medical school student attending Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Odessa.

“Jonathan and I had been friends since 7th grade, and we were varsity tennis teammates throughout high school,” said Amy. “Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from A&M and was there at the same time I was. Our paths would cross from time to time, but we never dated each other during those years at College Station. I can’t believe it took us so long to figure out we were right for one another.”

Burkes said that one hiccup in the relationship was her acceptance into Texas Tech Pharmacy School in Abilene in fall 2012. She spent a year in Abilene, and was vice president of her class, but the attraction to Jonathan was too strong, and she decided to put a career in the health industry on hold.

In May 2015, Amy and Jonathan were married. They currently live in Kansas City, KS, where Jonathan is working on his residency in orthopedics at the University of Kansas Hospital. After their marriage, Amy, who still maintains her dream of working in healthcare, enrolled in nursing school at Avila University in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I was only able to attend nursing school for a year,” explained Amy. “Our daughter Betsy was born on November 19, 2016, and it is important to us that I be at home with her right now. Our long-range plan is to move back to Midland. When Jonathan completes his residency, he plans to join West Texas Orthopedics.”

The couple have already started business ties in Midland. They are partners with Jonathan’s brother and his wife in West Texas Yard Cards. The business, which specializes in yard art celebrating weddings, graduations, birthdays and other special events, has only been operating since April 2017; however, it is already proving to be a success. Through her computer, Amy is able to take care of scheduling and inventory control while in Kansas. Jonathan’s brother and sister-in-law, who live in Odessa, do the actual physical work involved in placing and removing the yard art.

“Depending on whether or not Jonathan accepts a fellowship, we plan to move back to Midland in either 2019 or 2020,” said Amy. “Midland is home, and Jonathan and I are looking forward to being closer to our families. At that time, Betsy will be older, and I will be able to complete nursing school—hopefully at Midland College. It looks like I will be back at Midland College once again, and that’s a good thing. After all, I’ve been attending Midland College for over 20 years!”

MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

Slide Guitar Tips & Tricks with Voo Davis

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.



Slide Guitar Tips & Tricks

Workshop Leader: Voo Davis

This quick tips and tricks workshop takes the intimidation factor out of learning to play slide guitar and will give participants at any level of playing a quick path to getting the tones associated with slide guitar. For beginners, this workshop will breakdown the fretboard and teach participants to play slide by using open tuning chord structures and more advanced players will also pick up some tips with single note phrasing techniques.

What to Bring: An acoustic or electric guitar. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

MC hosting 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:

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?!?!?!"

MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

Improvisation Melody Workshop with Jim Trimmier

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.



Improvisation Melody Workshop

Workshop Leader: Jim Trimmier (Sax Player for Rochelle & the Sidewinders)

Led by professional musician of 50+years, this sax player for Rochelle & the Sidewinders has a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies and will teach participants, whether they play guitar, keys or a horn, how to get inside the melody and find the “pretty notes” to play with forward motion. Improvisation is often seen as mysterious, when in fact it is a very natural way of making music. With the use of some music theory as a foundation, Trimmier will teach participants how to listen for and “pull the melodies out of thin air”.

What to Bring: An instrument/small amp (if necessary) and an ability to play a major scale. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Midland College congratulates new U.S. citizens

MC Photo by Rebecca Bell
• Six students graduate from MC’s Citizenship class

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On this Independence Day, Midland College (MC) celebrates six new naturalized citizens who recently graduated from the college’s 10-week citizenship class: Paola Castro, Antonio Eloy Jimenez, Julia Gabriela Gabino Martinez, Jorge Meza, Rachel Neikap and Feliciano Zuniga.

The students successfully completed MC’s course focusing on English as a second language, history and government, and then met all requirements for citizenship including a test of English and civics.

The course is held during the school year at the MC Cogdell Learning Center located at 201 W Florida Street in Midland. The program is coordinated by Luisa Nail. For more information about the program and MC’s English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, call the Cogdell Learning Center at (432) 684-5323.

MC music workshops at Tall City Blues Fest

One-Man Band Techniques with Ben Prestage

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.



One-Man Band Techniques

Workshop Leader: Rob Prestage

Learn the secret to playing three instruments at once without the use of loop pedals, drum triggers or other electronics. Whether you are a non-musician who is simply curious about one-man-bands or a seasoned professional musician, you will walk away from this workshop with new knowledge and a better understanding of both the simplicity and complexity of making music as a one-man-band.

The workshop will start with a basic introduction to blues with live performance examples of the different playing styles then break down each instrument's role in the song. Piece by piece, the individual parts will get put back together to ultimately see how it is possible for one person to sound like three!

What to Bring: No instruments needed, but guitars, harmonicas, foot-drums, diddley bows and cigar-box guitars are welcome. Participants are also welcome to bring a recording device, such as an iPhone or iPad to record for later review.

CLICK HERE for more information, and to register



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