Full Circle - February 17, 2014

Upcoming Events

Gettysburg:  One Woman's War
Tuesday, February 18
7:00 p.m.
Allison Fine Artrs Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Join the MC English Department for a live reading with actress Michele LaRue.  The performance includes three stories from Elsie Singmaster's classic GettysburgMore information on MC's Your College blog.

Blood Drive
Wednesday, February 19
4:00-7:00 p.m.
O'Shaughnessy Hall
Pizza served to all donors!
Online registration form (use Sponsor Code W1905).  Donors must present driver's license or state-issued ID when arriving at donation site.

Student Success Initiative:  Legacy Scholarship--New Guidelines
Learn the basics of this tremendous MC resource during this professional development opportunity.
Thursday, February 20
1:00-1:50 p.m.
Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building, Room 159
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file

More Professional Development--MC Professional Development Day
Thursday, February 20
In addition to the Legacy Scholarship session, other professional development workshops (Adobe .pdf file) will be held during MC's spring professional development day.  Register now, as space is limited for some sessions.  The registration form is a Google form and may work best if used in Firefox.

MC Basketball vs. Odessa College
Thursday, February 20
Women's Game at 5:45 p.m.

Men's Game at 7:45 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

MC Baseball vs. Colby College
Saturday, February 22, 1:00 p.m.
Christensen Stadium

MC Baseball vs. Seward College
Sunday, February 23, 12:00 noon
Christensen Stadium

MC Basketball vs. South Plains College
Monday, February 24
Women's Game at 5:45 p.m.
Men's Game at 7:45 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center

"Out of Order" Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Thursday, February 27
6:00-8:00 p.m.
Allison Fine Arts Building McCormick Gallery
Visit the McCormick Gallery web page for more information

African-American History Month
Midland College, in partnership with Basin PBS, the Midland African American Roots Historical/Cultural Arts Council, Inc. and Roy Nelson State Farm Insurance, will be presenting the documentary "The African-Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross."  Read more about the program on "Your College" blog.

The last installment will be shown at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 27 in the Carrasco Room.  It will be followed with a brief question & answer session.

Advancing Teaching & Learning Conference:  Engaging and Retaining Our Students
Friday, February 28
9:30 a.m.-3:05 p.m.
Overton Hotel, Lubbock
Texas Tech University is inviting MC employees to this professional development conference.  The keynote presentation will be given at lunch by Dr. George Kuh, Adjunct Professor of Education Policy at the University of Illinois, Chancellor’s Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington, and Founding director of the widely-used National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).

The conference is free; however, you are required to register.  MC Dean of Math & Science Dr. Margaret Wade has reserved a 15-passenger van.  If you would like to take advantage of the van, please contact Dr. Wade, mwade@midland.edu, 685-4615.

MC Baseball vs. Frank Phillips College
Saturday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 2, 12:00 noon
Christensen Stadium

Rebecca T. Watson Creative Writing Contest Awards Celebration
Wednesday, March 5
12:00 noon
Allison Fine Arts Building, McCormick Gallery

MC Baseball vs. New Mexico Junior College
Friday, March 7, 2:00 p.m.
Christensen Stadium

Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Tuesday, March 18
8:00 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Dance Theatre of Harlem is a leading dance institution of unparalleled global acclaim and committed to enriching the lives of young people and adults around the world through the arts.
More . . .

Teaching Excellence Awards
Wednesday, March 19
2:00-3:30 p.m.
Carrasco Room

Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents
Michio Kaku
Tuesday, April 8
7:30 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Esteemed physicist and professor Dr. Michio Kaku is one of the most widely recognized figures in science in the world today and an authority on Einstein's unified field theory (which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete).

Special Performance of Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series
Gladys Knight, the Empress of Soul
Friday, April 11
8:00 p.m.
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Look for more information in the coming weeks.

Kudos & Accomplishments

Happy Birthday!
MC Employees and Retirees birthdays, February 17-28 (Adobe .pdf file)
March birthdays will be sent in a separate document next week.

Student Government Association Car Show - a Huge Success!

From Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities Coordinator

Thank you so much to those who came out to support our Student Government Association on Saturday, February 1!
Thank you to Dr. Thomas, Pete Avalos, and Erick Gutierrez for being our judges. We were expecting about 40 entries, and we had 95. Our judges were so helpful in getting all of these vehicles judge on time.
Thank you to Sgt. Joshua Hernandez and the U.S. Army volunteers for helping us out! They did a tremendous job of assisting with set up, handling food and registration, and cleaning up.
Our total profit came to approximately $2,600!
If you missed the show, you can see pictures on the Midland College Student Activities Facebook page.

I have already had people asking about the next one. We will keep you posted!

Midland College Nice
MC Athletics Director Forrest Allen recognized the efforts of Maintenance Technician Glenn Blankenship and Athletic Trainer Sonya Mikeska during a recent basketball game.  Allen's tribute was posted to the Your College blog.


Bad Weather Procedures
At the January 27 Administrative Council meeting, updated Bad Weather Procedures were approved.
The main change to the procedures is that MC will no longer strictly follow MISD's decision about school closures/delays.  While MISD's decision on closure or delay will be taken into consideration, MC's decision may not necessarily coincide with the decision made by the Midland Independent School District.
MC's decision on school cancellations/delays will be relayed via the Emergency Text Notification System and messages will be posted on the MC website, MC social media sites and the main MC switchboard answering system.  Announcements will also be sent to the MRT and local television stations.
In the case that MC is open and employees feel that weather conditions are unsafe for travel, they should contact their immediate supervisor to notify them of their absence.  Employees will not be penalized for absences in such circumstances.

See MC Booth Registration
The 3rd annual See MC Event is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014.

The departmental and community booths/tables are a big part of this event.  If your department/program would like to participate, please register your booth/tables by Friday, February 28, 2014.

This is a great way to spread the news about your department to the local community and enjoy some great food, fun and music.

if you have any questions please contact one of the following:

Resource Fair for Children with Special Needs and Genetic Conference
Public Service Announcement from Baylor College of Medicine

Saturday, March 1, 2014
10:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Midland Shared Spaces, 3500 N. A Street
Flyer with details (Adobe .pdf file)

Upgrade to the Registration/Student System--Week of March 24, 2014
A planned upgrade of the POISE registration/student system will occur the week of March 24.

For the first four days of the week, starting Monday, March 24, the Mama/POSE/Skylite system will be unaccessible.  This includes the following

  • Credit and Continuing Education registration/add/drop/cancellation processes
  • Campus Connect Student Access
  • Campus Connect Faculty Access
  • Transcript Processing
  • Schedules/Bills
  • Rosters (any and all types)
  • Any/all reports that access the student-related files

Mama/POSE/Skylite-related available functions:

  • Payroll/Personnel System
  • Accounting Office
  • DPS - Purchase Requisition/Purchase Order system

MC's Disability Services recently received an MC Foundation grant for a new ACCESS Lab, located in Room 235 of the Scharbauer Student Center.  The funding provided funds to purchase new technology and upgrade existing technology.  A memo from Dale Williams (Adobe .pdf file) describes the equipment and services available in the lab.

For Your Benefit
From MC Human Resources

How to eat healthy without relying on expensive health food stores
You know you should improve your diet, but "health foods" always seem to cost more. It is possible to have a nutritious diet on a reasonable budget? Must you shop at expensive health food stores to eat well?

Certainly not! Follow these simple tips below, and your budget-conscious ways may also lead to fewer medical bills and prescriptions. A healthy body is the best bargain of all. 

Buy in bulk.

  • Buy large portions, divide into individual servings and freeze. This works well for lean meats and poultry.
  • Buy in bulk at chains like Sam's Club or Costco. They have whole-grain cereals, soups, sauces, pasta, meats, fruits and vegetables at much lower cost than regular markets.
  • Many health food stores/co-ops have bulk sections where you can buy rice, beans, oatmeal, nuts and other grains for much less than prepackaged products.
  • When available, buy bags of fruit instead of individual pieces by the pound.
  • Avoid snack traps like 100-calorie packs. Make your own single-serving portions with mini snack bags.

Cook and store in bulk.

  • Make dishes on the weekends that you can eat during the week, or freeze and use at a later date. A big bowl of bean soup or chili can be dinner as well as lunch for the next day or two.
  • This saves on expensive frozen dinners or take-out food, trips to the cafeteria and last-minute detours to the drive-through window.

Manage the meat.

  • Look for lean meat, poultry and fish on sale, and freeze for later use.
  • Trade lean meats for other protein sources sometimes.
  • Beans, tofu and eggs are excellent protein choices and good alternatives to pricier animal protein.

Be season-savvy.

  • Seasonal fruits and vegetables taste best and are often much less pricey than imported out-of-season varieties.
  • Look for reduced produce in the supermarket. It is usually only a day or two old, but much less expensive.
  • Visit local farmers and ethnic markets, where produce is often cheap and fresh.
  • Go generic. Generic or store brands offer great savings and typically, are just as nutritious as their costlier counterparts.

Convenience counts.

  • If you find your produce often goes bad, try frozen options. Look for products packed in their own juice, or made without salt or sugar.
  • Stock up on low-cost staples, such as brown rice, barley, dried or canned beans and whole-wheat pasta. These are great for stretching meals at little cost. Add brown rice to a canned vegetable soup, or mix lean ground beef with rinsed canned beans and whole-wheat elbow noodles.

Plan ahead.

  • Menu planning will help you reduce any waste of produce and other fresh foods.
  • Research shows that shoppers without a list tend to buy more food, especially of the snacking variety!
  • Don't go to the store hungry. Being hungry will weaken your resolve. You'll be more tempted to indulge in items that are unhealthy and more costly.

Limit junk food.

  • Ice cream, chips, cookies and prepared frozen foods can add up to be the most expensive things in your cart.
Trade the money you spend on junk for fresh avocados, luscious grape tomatoes and crunchy apples. All are delicious and totally natural.
Please visit the following website for more health & Wellness tips: www.healthselectoftexas.com