Full Circle - December 2

Upcoming Events

Pack The Chap Night
Wednesday, December 4
Conference Opener Basketball games
Women's game - 5:45 p.m.
Men's game - 7:45 p.m.
More about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

Holiday Evening at MC
Thursday, December 5
Midland College, in partnership with the Midland Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy a Holiday Evening filled with music and art, baked goodies and hot chocolate . . . and Santa! 
More about this event (Adobe .pdf file)

The Power of DNA:  What DNA can tell us about ourselves and the world around us
Free lecture presented as the December installment of the First Friday Seminar Series
Speaker:  MC Biology Professor Dr. Paul Mangum
Friday, December 6
12:00 noon
Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room

Jingle All the Way to the LRC

MC Employee Christmas party hosted by Vicki and Steve Thomas
Friday, December 6
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Fasken Learning Resource Center
Bring a silver ornament to decorate the tree
Spouses/significant others/dates are welcome

Chaps Christmas Basketball Camp
Saturday, December 14
9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
PE Building
Here's an opportunity to get some holiday shopping done without the kids.  The men's basketball team, coaches and trainers will take care of your kids.
Cost is $60/child (MC employees receive a $10 discount per child)
For more information, contact MC Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Bryan Hodgson (716) 499-2834

Welcome Back Lunch
Monday, January 6, 2014
12:00 noon
Jack E. Brown Dining Hall

MC Basketball vs. Frank Phillips College
Monday, January 6
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Women's game - 5:45 p.m.
Men's game - 7:45 p.m.

Teaching Excellence Awards Reception
Thursday, January 9, 2014
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room
Invitation (Adobe .pdf file)

Kudos & Accomplishments

Happy Birthday today to Claudia Hinds, Stacy Schroeder and Pat Nandakumar
MC Employee and Retiree Birthdays, December 2-January 5

Welcome, Kristy Messmer

Kristy Messmer has graciously accepted and been approved by the MC Board of Trustees to serve as the first ever Legacy Advisor.  Kristy has higher educaiton experience and is not only new to MC, but also new to Midland.  Her background in customer service and promotion will be a great asset to the College.  Kristy's office is in Room 242 of the Scharbauer Student Center.

Cindy Madewell's class awarded "Quality Matters Recognized" certification
Cindy Madewell's online course VNSG 1420:  Anatomy/Physiology for Allied Health has been reviewed by a Quality Matters Peer Review Team and awarded the certification of "Quality Matters Recognized."  To receive this certification, the course must meet all 21 essential QM standards and earn a total of 92/95 points.  The review team complimented Ms. Madewell on her course organization and course introduction stating, "Overall, a great job has been done in presenting the overall design of the course and setting the tone for students."  The review team also commented on Ms. Madewell's use of the initial course announcement and instructor introduction in the discussion board to "establish a sense of connection right from the start with the students."

Wanted--Kids' College Instructors & Runners
The following dates have been set for Kids’ College 2014:

Session I:  June 2-12
Session II:  June 16 – 26

Instructor information:  Deadline for submission of instructor applications is Monday, January 13, 2014.
Class times are as follows:
12:40 – 2:00 pm
2:10 – 3:30 pm
3:40 – 5:00 pm

Pay rates are as follows:
10 students = $20.60   7 students = $14.42
9 students = $18.54     6 students = $12.36
8 students = $16.48     5 students = $10.30

 Runner Information: Deadline for Runners is Monday, March 3 @ 5:00 pm.

General Information (Adobe .pdf file)
Instructor Application (Adobe .pdf file)
Runner application (Adobe .pdf file)

For more information, contact MC Associate Director of Community Programs Continuing Education Brenda Cordero at 685-4724, bcordero@midland.edu

Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Annual Convention
San Antonio, Texas, February 6-8, 2014

There will be seminars on retirement planning, Social Security, technology, and legislative and coordinating board updates, as well as the ever popular Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS) and over 150 speakers as the diverse as the TCCTA members themselves. This is a great way to learn from and network with your peers.

This year′s conference is again at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas; at $75, you can′t afford to miss it. Make your reservation today!

2014 programs include:

  • with Professor of English, Oregon State University″Collaboration in Theory and Practice Lisa Ede
  • Teaching Students in the Age of Technology: How to Compete with Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and Win! with Wendy J. Schiller, Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, Brown University
  • Cuba: The Long-Run Consequences of Socialism with Brad Schiller, Emeritus Professor of Economics, American University
  • Do′s and Don′ts Regarding Recruiting and Retaining Women in STEM with George R. Stanley, Associate Professor of Astronomy, San Antonio College
  • Helping Students Connect Reading and Writing with Kathy Green, Associate Professor of English, Pasadena City College
  • The Founding and Federalism in Texaswith Edward J. Harpham, Associate Provost and Professor of Government and Political Economy, and Tony Champagne, Associate Provost and Professor of Government and Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas
  • Not Quite College Ready Options with Jan Case, Professor of Mathematics, Jacksonville State University
  • Promoting Increased Student Persistent and Success: Updates to TSI, DE, and ABE with Suzanne Morales-Vale, Director of Developmental Education and Adult Basic Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  • The Growing Human Trafficking Problem with Carla Clark, Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation - San Antonio Field Office
  • Gateway to Freedom: Rethinking the Underground Railroad with Eric Foner, DeWitt Clinton Professor of History, Columbia University
  • Dealing with Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom with Rita Hernandez, Counselor, Del Mar College
  • Blended Learning Strategies to Motivate Students and Improve Student Success with Cathy Scott, Associate Professor of Accounting and Accounting Program Coordinator, Navarro College
  • A guided tour of The San Antonio Zoo 
  • And that is just the beginning!

Interesting sessions happen all over Convention and new programs are being added daily! Make your plans now for the 67th Annual Convention.

Donor/Potential Donor Communications
From Kathy Fletcher, Executive Director, Institutional Advancement & MC Foundation

In order to maintain current effective lines of communications between our Donor Community and MC Foundation Office, please complete the MC Foundation Contact Report Form (Adobe .pdf file) and return to me after you have had any type of significant communication or meeting with a Donor or prospective Donor. My office maintains a current database of Donor information, and your contact information is key to our operations, as it benefits both Dr. Thomas and me to have the most updated communications when we meet with community members.

As we enter into the exciting expansion plans for our college, each and every ask will be strategically planned. Please remember: Before making any ask, the request must be cleared through my office.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions. I am here to assist you with all donor relations, as we build and steward these valuable friendships.

Kathy Fletcher, 685-4526, kfletcher@midland.edu

Talk Like the Pros
Professional Development Opportunity from the Midland Chamber of Commerce
MC retired speech instructor and now adjunct speech instructor Joe Willis will present a public speaking workshop on February 11.  Midland College is a platinum member of the Chamber, so fee for MC employees is just $25.
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

Canned Food Drive - Now Underway
MC Student Government Association is hosting the annual Canned Food Drive.  Non-perishable foods will be collected until Dec. 6. All donations will be given to the Memorial Christian Church Food Pantry.  The Food Pantry serves over 100 families each week, which amounts to approximately 600 people.

Some suggestions for items are soups or items that can be made into meals.

Faculty are encouraged  to offer extra credit (as many have in the past) or some incentive to encourage students to participate.

Boxes are located in most buildings. If you do not have a drop-off location and would like one, please contact Stephanie VanCuren (svancuren@midland.edu, 685-4543), and boxes will be provided.

For Your Benefit
News from MC Human Resources

Diabetes Awareness
It's easy to overlook something like diabetes, but paying attention to the signs and symptoms of the disease is most important this time of the year, when people tend to eat more and exercise less.
In the United States, about 24 million people in the U.S. have diabetes and 57 million more people have pre-diabetes. Many people are unaware diabetes is more than just having low or uncontrolled blood sugar levels. Without treatment, the eventual consequences of diabetes can be disabling or even life-threatening: including cardiovascular disease as well as nerve and kidney damage.

People are at an increased risk of diabetes if they are overweight, not physically active, and older than 45. They are also at risk if they are younger than 45, overweight, and/or have a family history of diabetes.
If someone you know has some of these conditions, please urge them to get tested.
Please view the Health & Safety Newsletter (Adobe .pdf file) regarding diabetes facts & prevention tips.

Reminder: HealthSelect of Texas members save with Extended Days Supply program
If you are enrolled in HealthSelect of Texas, you probably know you have access to a large network of retail pharmacies through the prescription drug plan’s third-party administrator, Caremark. What you may not realize is that many retail pharmacies also offer the same discounts as mail service through HealthSelect’s Extended Days Supply (EDS) program. EDS participants can fill short- and long-term medications (from 31- to 90-days) at any network pharmacy location at the same co-pay as mail order.

Participating HealthSelect network retail pharmacies include HEB and Target, among others.

USAFIT Midland
When you cross the finish line, no matter how slow or fast, it will change your life forever.
Do you want to get in great shape, feel energized, get movitage and be part of a dynamic and fun social running club?
Whether you are a couch potato, walker or causal jogger, this training program is an enjoyable way to get in the best shape of your life.  You'll be fit, happy and mentally strong.

USAFIT Midland offers training for ALL ability levels, Saturdy group runs organized by pace, supportive and inspirational coaching and a non-intimidating environment. 

Meet the coaches and learn more on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. or on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. at the United Way of Midland Office, 1209 W. Wall, Midland, TX 79701.

Register online now or find out more.

Professional Development Opportunity from Starlink
Midland College is a member of the Starlink consortium, and all MC employees may take advantage of Starlink's online professional development opportunities at no cost. 
December Newsletter
For more information or Starlink access assistance, please contact Lesley Isaacs, lisaacs@midland.edu, 685-4553.

Professional Development from North American Society for Faculty Development
Midland College is a charter member of the North American Society for Faculty Development.  The following webinar and future webinars are offered at no charge to MC employees, courtesy of the Midland College Professional Development/Teaching Learning Center.

Incentives for Faculty Development Participation
with Kassia Dellabough
Thursday, December 5, 2013 (50 minutes)
1:00 p.m.

Entice your faculty to participate in training programs that will enrich and enhance their capacity to reach students.  Get successful and failing models for faculty development.  Take away the essential ingredients to help make your faculty development program work.  To register, email tammyp@lern.org

Kassia Dellabough, Ph.D., is Director, Office of Professional Outreach & Development for Students, School of Architecture & Allied Arts, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.  She presented this topic at last year's North American Conference on Faculty Development.

Oops!  My email has been deleted

Have you archived your important email, including sent messages, tasks and calendar entries?  If not, they will automatically be deleted from your GroupWise account after 90 days. 
Items moved to a folder in your Cabinet will also be deleted if they are not archived.
How do I archive?
  • To archive items in your Mailbox, right-click the item, then select Move to Archive. 
  • Calendar Entries, go to your calendar view, on the second icon from the right (under the tabs) in the "View by" drop down menu, select Details.  This changes the calendar entries into a list that you can select and archive.
  • Emails organized in folders, go to the email in the folder, right-click the item, then select Move to Archive. The folder structure will automatically be re-created when you archive an email in a folder.
Keep in mind...
  • To see your archived items, in the Main Window, click File > Open Archive 
    • To return, click on File > Open Archive (again) to unselect the archive view.
  • OR click on the "Online" icon (little man with red shirt) drop down menu (just above the folder list on the right side) and select Archive.  This will switch to your Archive view stored on your hard drive.
  • When you archive your GroupWise items, you are moving them from the GroupWise server to the hard drive on your computer. 
  • More than one email can be selected and archived at a time, but the more you select, the longer it will take. It is best to archive no more than 20 or so items at a time.
  • Only archive on your work computer.  If you archive on your home computer, the emails will be saved to your home computer and will not be accessible from campus.
  • Monitor your storage space on your hard drive to ensure you have room for all items you want to keep.
  • If you need to retrieve an archived email to forward or reply that is over 90 days old, be sure to move it back to the archive the SAME day or it will be deleted that evening. 
  • When getting a new computer, be sure to save/backup your GroupWise archive folder and restore on your new computer.

    Link to instructions with screen shots (Adobe .pdf file)