Thursday, March 23, 2017

Midland College Health & Wellness Week, March 27-31

• Dr. Sanjay Gupta leads week of activities on the MC main campus

From Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

"Let’s get moving MC!” is the theme for this year’s Health & Wellness Week at Midland College (MC). Various activities are planned throughout the week of March 27-31, including a presentation by Emmy® award winning CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Dr. Gupta’s lecture is part of MC’s Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series and is scheduled for Tuesday, March 28, 7:30 p.m. at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. The public is invited to this FREE event; tickets are not required for general admission seating. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, March 29, at 11:30 a.m. the community is invited to attend a lunch/lecture—“Atoms to Earth: A Whole-Food Plant-Based Approach to Nutrition”—by Dr. Scott Stoll, a board-certified specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Dr. Stoll specializes in regenerative medicine using natural treatments, diet and lifestyle to aid the body in healing chronic disease and injuries. The cost of this continuing education lunch/lecture is $15. Registration is available online at www.midland.edu/drstoll or by contacting the Midland College Community Programs Continuing Education Office at (432) 685-4518.

Other activities planned during the week specifically for MC students and employees include ...

“Netflix and Chill” focusing on stress reduction techniques
       Monday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. , Scharbauer Student Center
Breast awareness seminar and lunch
       Tuesday, March 28, 12:00 noon, Physical Education Building, Room 114
“Nutrition for Health & Wellness” also presented by Dr. Scott Stoll
       Wednesday, March 29, 2:00 p.m., Davidson Family Health Sciences Center Lecture Hall
MC student Health & Wellness Fair
       Thursday, March 30, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Marie Hall Academic Building Amistad Atrium
Intramural Field Day
       Friday, March 31, 1:30 p.m.

In addition, the MC Fitness Center is hosting “Walk Your Way to Health” where MC employees will be competing against one another to see who can log the most “steps.”

“Our students lead busy lives,” explained MC Student Activities Coordinator Taneekwa Hurdle. “We are hoping that the various activities planned for next week will help them focus on ways to be in optimum health in order to better combat stress and other diseases. But the week isn’t just for students—we want employees to also have fun with us while we find ways to get moving and lead a healthy lifestyle. We hope all Midlanders will also join us for Dr. Gupta’s presentation and Dr. Stoll’s lunch/lecture. We are proud to partner with Midland Health to make Midland the healthiest community in Texas!”

For more information about Dr. Gupta’s and Dr. Stoll’s lectures, contact the MC Community Relations Office at (432) 685-4556 or email Rebecca Bell, rbell@midland.edu .

Chap baseball loses home match to Howard

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Grand slam in 5th rallies Howard past Chaps

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Howard College baseball team used a five-run fifth inning to rally past Midland College baseball, 9-6 in seven innings in a Western Junior College Athletic Conference game on Wednesday at Christensen Stadium ...

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MC’s weekend series against Luna College has been rescheduled for Saturday and Sunday with seven- and nine-inning doubleheaders starting at noon each day at Christensen Stadium. The series was originally slated for Friday and Saturday, but was pushed back due to heavy winds in the forecast

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Good time, GREAT opportunity to get ready for job fairs


Leadership of Midland has put this together and it is in perfect timing with our job fair. This seminar is scheduled for March 29 from 1:00-5:00. The presentation will start in Room #208 of the Marie Hall Academic Building (MHAB), and then they will break out into different rooms for the workshops.

They will provide bottled water and snacks. Participants can bring their resumes, if they have one prepared, to have them reviewed and get excellent tips on how to make them more noticeable to hiring managers.

For more information, please contact:

Lupe Daniels, Career Guidance and Job Placement Coordinator
Scharbauer Student Center, Room 246
Midland College Career Center
(432) 685-4716
LDaniels@midland.edu 


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, March 30

(1999, based on William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew)

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

"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, March 23rd 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!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MC Geology Club holding silent auction


From Antony Giles
Associate Professor of Geology, Midland College

Hi all,

Just wanted to do a shameless plug for the Geology Club @ MC silent auction. They have collected samples and have had a number of donations including amazonite, pyrite, amethyst, azurite, geodes, fossils, and even some jewelry, among many other things.

All items are on display in the Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building (AHSF), outside Room 152. A bid book is available in AHSF 147. The auction closes March 31st so stop by, take a look, and place your bids!

For more information, contact:
Antony Giles
(432) 685-5580
agiles@midland.edu

How's it going?

Deadline to enter 2017 edition of the
Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest

is fast approaching!

The Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest — with more than $1,000 in prize money going to the winning poets — has been called one of the most prestigious in the state. The deadline for entries in this year's competition is Friday, March 31, 2017.


MC Mathematics leads the state for student success

EdReady study tool is offered to students at no charge

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) is a state leader in developing new community college mathematics curriculum. As one of nine partner community colleges in a project coordinated through The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas, MC designed a systemic approach to improving student success and completion in math courses. The resulting curriculum developed by MC math faculty supports student career goals by implementing processes, strategies and structures built around mathematics pathways. MC’s cutting-edge curriculum has laid the foundation for statewide implementation of the curriculum at other Texas community colleges, and is now providing a model for other states.

Mathematics Center Coordinator Alma Brannan has been working with the state of Virginia to align curriculum with career pathways. On March 3-4, Brannan along with Russell Self from Trinity Valley Community College and Stephanie Andrews from Lone Star Community College System led a workshop at Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, VA on incorporating active learning into math courses. Virginia is using the Texas model as a foundation for their new math curriculum.

As MC sees success with its Mathematics pathways curriculum, faculty are also investigating ways to assist students with Math placement tests. The MC Math department has implemented a study tool called EDReady for both the TSI and Accuplacer assessments.

“Students must take the TSI test in order to place into College Algebra or Statistics,” explained Lori Thomas, MC associate professor of mathematics. The Accuplacer test is used for placement into Calculus I. EdReady provides students with practice problems specific to the TSI and Accuplacer. To access the study aids on EdReady, students create a FREE account and then choose the appropriate assessment study aid. Creating an account enables students to save their progress. Once an account is created, students complete an assessment that then narrows the scope of practice to those topics and objectives on which students need the most help.”

The EdReady study tool is offered to students at no charge, thanks a grant received from the Midland College Foundation for a one-year institutional membership. Thomas said that although the grant is only for one year, additional sources of funding will be sought in hopes to continue the service. For more information about MC Math courses and EdReady, contact Sonia Ford, MC department chair of Mathematics, Engineering & Physics, (432) 685-4525, sford@midland.edu .

Chap golf finishes third at Thunderbird Invitational

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps finish 3rd at Thunderbird Invite

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - Playing a bit shorthanded, the Midland College men's golf team finished in third place at the Thunderbird Invitational at Rockwind Golf Course on Monday ...

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From Sunday: Chap golf on the road for Thunderbird Invitational ...

The Chaparrals will next play in the Southwest Junior College Championship, which also serves as the first part of national tournament qualifying, in Pottsboro, Texas on April 10-11.

The last colors of fall ...

... illuminated by the first light of spring, here on the campus of Your College ...
MC Photo by Jeff McDonald

Monday, March 20, 2017

Change for Wednesday's Chaparral Baseball game

From MCBaseball Twitter page‏ / @MCChapBaseball

Wednesday's game vs Howard College has been moved from Big Spring to Christensen Stadium in Midland. Game time 7:00 p.m.

NEXT week is Health & Wellness Week at MC


For more information, contact:
Taneekwa Hurdle
(432) 685-4543
thurdle@midland.edu

Chap golf on the road for Thunderbird Invitational

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC MEN’S GOLF: MC in second place in NMJC tournament

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

HOBBS, NEW MEXICO - The Midland College men's golf is in second place after the first two rounds of the Thunderbird Invitational.

The Chaparrals shot 283-294—577 on Sunday and are four shots back of host New Mexico Junior College (573) heading into today’s final round ...

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Midland College to host See MC/Sí MC press conference

• Scheduled for 11:30 a.m. today at Beal Plaza

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

Midland College (MC) will hold a press conference on Monday, March 20, at 11:30 to announce this year’s See MC/Sí MC event. During the press conference, the Midland Chamber of Commerce and the Midland Hispanic of Commerce will participate in a ribbon cutting. Chevron Corporation will be recognized for its sponsorship of the event.

See MC/Sí MC will take place on Saturday, April 8, in order to provide Permian Basin residents with an opportunity to visit the MC campus and talk with academic program personnel, financial aid advisors and college faculty. The free family event includes career presentations; college information booths; FREE hamburgers; outdoor activities for children and teens; presentations about first-generation-to-college experiences; tours of the MC campus; and presentations about scholarships, financial aid and the college application process.

During the press conference on March 20, college officials will announce the theme for this year’s event and discuss the importance of the event for enhancing a “college-going” culture in West Texas. The event is especially targeted to first-generation-to-college families. “We want to take the intimidation out of attending college,” said event coordinator Alfredo Chaparro, MC director of Community Services. “College is for everyone. We want families to explore the opportunities available at Midland College and discover the advantages that a college education provides.”

Complimentary yard signs and posters will be available at the press conference, and the MC Engineering department will provide complimentary ice cream made from liquid nitrogen.

This will be Midland College’s fifth year to host the popular See MC/Sí MC day. In addition to the Midland Chamber of Commerce, the Midland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Chevron, other community partners are the City of Midland and the Midland Independent School District (MISD). Within the next week, 30,000 fliers promoting the event will be distributed to all MISD students.

MC Language Hub hosting workshops this week

Greetings Everyone,

I wanted to send out a reminder that the The Language Hub is offering Audience Awareness workshops on Monday, March 20th ( TODAY! ) and Tuesday, March 21st from 1-2PM. This fun and interactive hour-long workshop will focus on writing for the academic audience and eliminating errors such as slang, conversational tone, contractions, idioms, redundancy, rhetorical fallacies, and use of first and second person. Both workshops have 25 spaces left, and students can sign up by visiting the Language Hub in person or by calling 432-685-4718.

Have a great week and a fabulous spring break!

Stacy Egan, Sara Peterson, and the Language Hub Team


For more information, contact:

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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

A strong finish to the weekend for Chap baseball

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Behind bats, arms, MC coasts to series sweep of NMMI

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - When the Midland College baseball offense is producing like it is, it makes a pitcher's job like that of Jonathan Nicholson's that much easier ...

read the rest of this MRT report, and enjoy a photo album

From Friday: A strong start to the weekend for Chap baseball

Midland College Baseball will be on the road for its next mach when the Chaps travel to Big Spring, Texas to play Howard College at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 22.

Lady Chap softball goes 4-0 in weekend series

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC SOFTBALL: Kistner throws no-hitter, MC sweeps FPC

Staff Report
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - A five-inning no-hit performance by Crystine Kistner highlighted the Midland College softball team's doubleheader sweep of Frank Phillips College in Western Junior College Athletic Conference play, Saturday at MC softball field ...

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From Friday: Lady Chap softball opens weekend series with pair of wins ...

Midland College Softball will be on the road for their next match when the Lady Chaps travel to Borger, Texas to play Frank Phillips College in a doubleheader beginning at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 24.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

A strong start to the weekend for Chap baseball

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Bullpen gets rest as Chaps roll to DH sweep of NMMI

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College baseball coach David Coleman wanted desperately to save his tired bullpen from having to do too much work in Friday’s doubleheader against New Mexico Military Institute.

As it turned out, the Chaparral relievers didn’t have to work at all thanks to the MC offense and solid starting pitching ...

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Midland College Baseball's weekend series continues today when the Chaps once again host New Mexico Military Institute in a doubleheader beginning at 12:00 noon at Christensen Stadium, on N. Lamesa Road, just south of Loop 250.

Lady Chap softball opens weekend series with pair of wins

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC SOFTBALL: Kistner helps No. 9 Lady Chaps sweep Clarendon

By Will Korn, Sports Reporter
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College softball pitcher Crystine “Noah” Kistner said she relishes the adrenaline rush that a high-pressure situation brings.

On Friday in the second game of the Lady Chaparrals’ Western Junior College Athletic Conference opening doubleheader against Clarendon College, she found herself right in the middle of one ...

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Newspaper previews weekend series for Chap baseball

MRT Photo by James Durbin
JC BASEBALL: Preview capsule for MC vs. NMMI series

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - This weekend’s series for Midland College baseball will feature the teams that are tied for second in the WJCAC standings ...

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Newspaper profiles Lady Chap softball player, previews start of conference play

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC SOFTBALL: Simms’ infectious energy leads MC into WJCAC play

Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Shaye Simms doesn’t mind being referred to as the “Energizer bunny” on the Midland College softball team.

The freshman outfielder from Kapolei, Hawaii, said she loves to talk, loves to dance and loves to be goofy.

That kind of energy helps the team get pumped up for its games and it helps considering that she is the leadoff hitter for the No. 9-ranked Lady Chaparrals, who begin Western Junior College Athletic Conference play at home this weekend. MC (15-6) hosts Clarendon College (19-10) in a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. today and then host Frank Phillips College (3-23) in a doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday ...

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Chaps finish strong, win home tournament

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC GOLF: Chaps win big in Poss’ final home tournament

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College golf coach Delnor Poss called out for scorecards and wrote the scores down with his different colored pens to mark down whether they were under par, par or over par.

It’s hard to believe that after 40 years as the Chaparrals’ coach, this week’s Omega Treating Chemicals College Invitational at Green Tree Country Club would be his last home tournament before retiring at the end of the season.

The Chaparrals made sure Poss is going out on a good note a ...

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Chap golf in the lead after tournament's first day

MRT Photo by Tim Fischer
• JC GOLF: Chaps start strong, lead host tourney

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College golf team was hoping to take advantage of its familiarity of the Green Tree Country Club golf course during the Omega Treating Chemicals College Invitational.

The Chaparrals most certainly did during Monday’s play ...

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Monday, March 13, 2017

Chap golf to host Omega Treating Chemicals Collegiate Invitational this week

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
• JC MEN’S GOLF: Chaps look to stay hot at host tournament

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Writer
Midland Reporter-Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Having won the first two tournaments of the spring semester, the Midland College golf team looks to stay perfect by defending its home course at Green Tree Country Club ...

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Sunday, March 12, 2017

On the road at and home, Chaps open conference play 3-1

MRT Photo by James Durbin
• JC BASEBALL: Chaps brave elements, win series vs. Howard

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - The Midland College baseball team might have had a season-defining series against Howard College this weekend.

The Chaparrals not only battled an always-tough opponent in the Hawks, but on Saturday they had to endure a long day and go against the elements, which made for some tough playing conditions ...

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... and from earlier this weekend ...,

Saturday: Chaps win WJCAC opener, 2nd game suspended

Friday, March 10, 2017

And we are outta here!


Midland College will be closed for Spring Break March 13-17. You have a week to catch up on that hour or sleep you will lose on Saturday evening! Classes resume Monday morning, March 20.

Have a good break, everyone!

MC students volunteer at area MATHCOUNTS competition

• Competition designed to improve math skills among U.S. students

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

On Saturday, February 11, Midland College (MC) Engineering students joined forces with Engineering students from the University of Texas of the Permian Basin (UTPB) to assist the Texas Society of Professional Engineers with the area MATHCOUNTS® competition.

During the competition, 6th, 7th and 8th grade Mathletes® from Permian Basin area schools competed individually and as teams in written and fast-paced oral matches. Subjects included algebra, probability, statistics and geometry. Students from Trinity School of Midland won the coveted trophies and will advance to the state competition to be held on March 25 in Austin at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel.


The Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) – Permian Basin Chapter sponsored the local competition, which is affiliated with the national MATHCOUNTS® program.

“MATHCOUNTS® is designed to improve math skills among U.S. students,” explained Dr. Sonia Ford, MC department chair of Mathematics, Engineering and Physics. “The program focuses on middle school students who are at a crucial stage in developing and sustaining math interest and ability. Students who do not begin developing strong problem-solving, logical thinking and analytical abilities in middle school will face an uphill battle later in life, especially if they wish to pursue a medical, scientific, mathematical, engineering or technical career.”

MATHCOUNTS® was founded by the National Society of Professional Engineers, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and CNA Foundation. The Midland College Engineering Club is a Texas Society of Professional Engineers student chapter—one of the few community college chapters in the nation. Dr. Brian Flowers, MC Engineering instructor, is the club’s advisor. For more information about Engineering courses at MC, contact Flowers at (432) 685-4586, bflowers@midland.edu .

In Memory ...

We extend our sympathy to Michael Dixon and his family on the death of his mother Velma Dixon. Mrs. Dixon passed away yesterday, March 9.

Michael is the dean of Instructional Support Services.

Services for Velma Dixon will be held at Second Baptist Church in Midland, 3125 Travis Avenue, on Monday, March 13, at 10:00 a.m.

A viewing will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 12, at Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home, 3800 N. Big Spring Street.

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.

Deadline extended for MC travel/study course in Washington, DC

In order to give more students an opportunity to sign up for the Washington, D.C. travel course, we have extended the registration deadline to April 10, 2017.


 • Hands-on experience at sites associated with U.S. government and development

By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events

This summer, Midland College (MC) students will have an opportunity to earn six hours of college credit while studying history, government and/or geography in the Washington, DC area. From July 10-15, MC will provide students with an opportunity to tour sites in and near the nation’s capital such as The Pentagon, the U.S. Capitol and Supreme Court Buildings, the White House, Mount Vernon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Smithsonian and other areas of interest.

Students may enroll in one or two of the following courses for this unique hands-on travel/study opportunity:
GEOG 1303: World Regional Geography (7020613F)
GOVT 2305: Federal Government (7044163F)
HIST 1301: United States History I (7030163F)
HIST 1302: United States History II (7035163F)

In addition to the travel component, students will also be required to participate in online instruction and complete online assignments, quizzes and exams. The online classes run June 5-July 27.

“In previous summers, we have offered similar travel/study courses, and we are happy that we are able to provide this experience once again,” explained Mike Makowsky, MC department chair of Social Sciences. “The purpose of the Geography/Government/History travel course is to provide students with hands-on experiences at some of the principal sites associated with U.S. development and government.”

Trip cost is $1,500, which includes airfare, lodging and museum/exhibit entry fees. A $500 deposit is required by April 10, with full payment for the trip payable by April 23. Students will also need to be responsible for meals, ground transportation, insurance and other personal expenses, plus applicable Midland College tuition, fees and textbooks.

For more information, contact Mr. Makowsky at (432) 685-6828, mmakowsky@midland.edu.

Newspaper profiles Chap Baseball player, previews start of conference play

MC Photo by Forrest Allen
JC BASEBALL: Salcido overcomes injury to be reliable bat for MC

By Oscar LeRoy, Sports Editor
Midland Reporter Telegram

MIDLAND, TEXAS - Midland College baseball coach David Coleman said his team’s offense has spit and sputtered some over the last couple of weeks.

Heading into the Western Junior College Athletic Conference opening series against Howard College this weekend, Coleman would love to see some more consistency out of his bats.

However, one player who has been real consistent at the plate is catcher Alex Salcido ...

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