Full Circle - August 19

Welcome to the Fall 2013 Semester
In-Service Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)
2013-2014 Academic Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)

MC helps student athlete overcome extreme obstacles
Former MC basketball player Dwayne Davis may soon find a home in the NBA.  MC Athletic Director Forrest Allen shares article and inspirational commentary.

Upcoming Events

Benefits Fair - FREE blood chemistry profiles, FREE flu vaccinations plus other safety, helath and retirement news.  Enter the raffle to win prizes.  More information

MC kickoffs Hispanic Heritage Month with screening of
"Latino Americans," the first major documentary series for television to chronicle the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos.  A 45-minute preview and screening of the 3-part (6-hour documentary) will be shown in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room on Thursday, September 12, at 11:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.  A light meail will be provided during both events.  More . . .

MC hosts volleyball tournament - Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
MC Volleyball Website
Volleyball Schedule for Fall 2013

Fall Baseball begins on September 4, first home game is September 6
MC Baseball Website
Baseball Schedule for Fall 2013

Other Events

Kudos & Accomplishments

Congratulations to the following employees who received recognition at the May 2 MC Employee Service Awards ceremony.

Teacher of the Year (as chosen by MC students)

Adult & Developmental Education Division – Connie Sanchez, assistant professor, Mathematics
Applied Technology Division – Doug Johnson, professor, Information Technology
Fine Arts & Communications Division – Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, assistant professor, Music
Health Sciences Division – Laurie Brannigan, associate professor, Associate Degree Nursing
Math & Science Division – Claudia Hinds, assistant professor, Biology
Social/Behavioral Sciences & Business Division – Dr. Andrea Zabel, professor, Psychology and Sociology

Employee Excellence Awards

Administrative Services
DiAnn Ervin
, secretary, Business Services

Information Technology & Facilities
Lorraine Franklin
, manager, Data Center
Greg Smith
, groundskeeper

Student Services
Elsa Barrandey
, secretary, Student Development
Brittney Schmidt
, secretary, Enrollment Management

Fonda Bowen
, secretary, Applied Technology
Cindy Madewell
, manager, F. Marie Hall SimLife Center at Midland College
Ema Rivera
, administrative assistant to the vice president of Instruction

Administrative and Institutional Services
Bahola Edwards
, assistant to the president

Institutional (Campus-Wide) Excellence
Rose Flores
, data specialist

Institutional Ambassador Award
Yolanda Ramos
, director, Financial Aid 

On June 7-9, MC Golf Coach Delnor Poss was a special guest of Arnold Palmer's at the 2013 Palmer Cup at the Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Delaware (more information on the Palmer Cup).  Coach Poss began his career at Midland College in January 1977 as the head basketball coach.  He later became the golf coach and has coached the MC Golf Team to over 20 NJCAA National Golf Tournaments (more information on MC Golf and Coach Delnor Poss).

MC Dean of Fine Arts & Communications Dr. William (Billy) Feeler had two poems published in the Spring 2013 CONCHO RIVER REVIEW (Adobe .pdf file).  Dr. Feeler's poems are on pages 109-112 and are entitled "Trout Fishing with Sons" and "Bike."

Cogdell Learning Center Liaison/Student Advisor Mary Gonzales recently represented the Mexican Consulate in Presidio during the 21st gathering of the Consejo Consultivo of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad (CCIME) in Puebla, Mexico.  During the four-day meeting, Mary presented a formal recvommendation for the consulate in Presidio to be relocated to Midland.  An article in DOS MUNDOS periodical contains further information regarding the push to relocate the consulate.

In June, MC English Professor Dr. Pamela Howell and recently retired MC Art Professor Carol Bailey coordinated an English/Art Study/Travel Community Tour to parts of Ireland, Wales, the Lake District of England and Scotland.  Other MC faculty and friends who attended are Dr. Will and Judy Morris, Karen Vest, Karen Pape, Dr. Jim Liggett and Terry Joliffe.  This photo is taken in front of Dove Cottage in the Lake District of England, home to Romantic poet William Wordsworth.

Special thanks to MC employees who were "stars" of new MC commercials:
Jordan Dreiling, men's basketball coach
Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, assistant professor of music
Lesley Isaacs, multimedia promotions coordinator
Hector Rodriguez, assistant baseball coach
Zaira Valeriano, director of Human Resources (and her daughter)
Dale Westfall, accounting professor
Both commercials can be seen on MC's YouTube channel.  The first video is targeted for students; the other is targeted for parents.

Congratulations to the winners of the President's Annual Bowl Your Buns Off tournament, which was held on Thursday, July 18.
Team Scores
First Place:  Dunk and No Donut (Jordan Dreiling and Nick Shaw)
Last Place:  Ball Busters (Barbara Fennell, Sylvia Cevallos, Jenny Garnica and Irma Moreno)

Individual Scores
First Place:  Mike Makowsky
Last Place:  Holly Geerts

At its spring 2013 meeting, the  MC Foundation awarded $212.694.77 to MC programs for equipment, computer software and professional development.  Congratulations to the following employees who received MCF grants
Rebecca Bell
Christy Garza
J. Don Wallace
Sylvia Brown
Marty Villarreal
Mark Kuhn
Sylvia Gray
Johnnie Thomas
Lynda Webb
Ann Leach
Ken Riley
Terry Kirkland
Stephanie VanCuren
Stephanie Shelton
Shep Grinnan
Ron Jones
Tana Baker
Angela Balch
Lorraine Franklin

List of Spring 2013 MCF grant awards (Adobe .pdf file)

Kudos to the MC Police Department and the following employees who participated in the Active Shooter Drill held at Midland High School on July 31:
Tana Baker
Michael Bustamante
Katherine Curry
Lesley Isaacs
Tanya Primnera
Stephanie VanCuren
Mary Williams
Daniel Wright
The drill provided a great professional development opportunity for the MC Police Department to practice first responder responsibilities for MC employees to participate in a drill involving an emergency situation.

MC welcomes Wendy Wood-Collins as a returning employee.  Wendy began her employment as Director of Health Sciences Continuing Education (HSCE) in early summer (more information on Midland College HSCE)Wendy comes to us from Medical Center Hospital with a wealth of experience and expertise.  She earned her LVN and ADN from Odessa College, BSN from  University of Texas at Arlington and is currently pursuing a MBA/MSN at Grand Canyon University.  From 2002-2006, Wendy worked as an instructor in HSCE teaching CNA and Introduction to Health Profession classes.  Wendy will office at the ATC in Room 138A and her direct number is 432-681-6303.  If you are over at the ATC, please stop in and introduce yourself.  If you are entrenched on the main-campus, give her a call and let her know you are glad she found her way back to Midland College.

Happy Birthday! -- August 19-September 9 (Adobe .pdf file)

Professional Development Opportunity

StarLink Presents "Rethinking Practices to Increase Retention and Completion"
Showing online September 9-23


Workforce Solutions Permian Basin has relocated to the Midland College main campus. Due to the economy they have lost their lease and were in danger of losing a presence in Midland altogether. They will be able to maintain that presence in TC 138, 686-4879.

Results of the Spring 2013 MC Environmental Survey are now available (Adobe .pdf file).  Responses to address areas of concerns will be available in September Full Circle.

The American Heart Association will hold its 2013 Permian Basin Heart Walk on Saturday, November 9.  MC faculty and student teams are encouraged to participate (more information).

From MC Information Technology
Listed below is the contact information for Apple, Inc.  These representatives will be happy to assist you with quoting opportunities for your departments, as well as technical support issues that arise from time-to-time.
Apple, Inc.                                 (DIR-SDD-2068 ... Expires 02-08-17)
12545 Riata Vista Circle                    (Vendor ID #1942404110100)
MS 183-IES
Austin, TX  78727
(800) 800-2775  Toll Free
(800) 590-0325  FAX
MC Account Executives (Education):              Systems Engineers (Education):
Trece Witte (TWitte@Apple.com)  (512) 653-5757           Dreux Ste. Marie (SteMarie@Apple.com)
Laura Vencill (LVencill@Apple.com) Ext. 46569                Mike Marshall (MichaelM@Apple.com)
Other Apple, Inc. Contacts:
Shelley Stone-Corona                  Phyllis Benitez
(512) 674-6254  Office                 (512) 463-4854  Office
(800) 590-0325  FAX                    (512) 475-4759  FAX

If you have questions, please contact Pamela Saunders at ext. 4826 or 686-4826 (from an off-campus phone), psaunders@midland.edu

Keep Midland Beautiful (KMB) is looking for groups to volunteer for their annual "Make a Difference Day" on Saturday October 19.  If you are a member of a group or know of a group that would like to participate, please complete the registration form (Adobe .pdf file) and submit to KMB by October 7.

Students Sought for Leadership Program
Midland College students are sought to participate in a Collegiate Leadership Development Program (CLDP) this fall. The purpose of the program is to cultivate the next generation of Latino leaders through greater activism on campus. The program was developed by the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute based in Chicago Illinois. Students do NOT need to be Hispanic to participate in the program. The CLDP consists of students meeting with approximately 20 MC administrators. The CLDP will allow students and administrators to learn from each other.  An expected outcome of the CLDP is improved policies and procedures that better meet the needs of students. The program will occur on all Fridays between September 13th and November 15th. A core group of 20 to 30 students is sought. Please refer interested students to Mary Martinez-Gonzales, CLDP Advisor: mgonzales@midland.edu, 685-6023 (office), or 553-5269 (cell).