April 29, 2013
Employee service awards will be presented on Thursday, May 2, at 2:00 p.m. in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. Recognition for 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years of service to MC will be given. Those employees who have retired in 2012-2013 or will be retiring by August 31 will also be presented with a gift of apprciation. In addition, the event will include employee excellence awards, teacher of the year awards and various other employee awards. Following the ceremony, employees of the Allison Fine Arts Building and Advanced Technology Center will join forces with the Hospitality Committee to host a reception in McCormick Gallery. All MC employees are invited to attend both the awards ceremony and the reception.
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)
List of service award recipients and 2012-2013 retirees (Adobe .pdf file)
The MC Chaparral Baseball team will play their its last home game on Friday, May 3, at 3:00 p.m. at Christensen Stadium.
Chaparral Baseball website
The MC/MCT production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" will be at the Yucca Theatre in downtown Midland one more weekend. May 3 and 4 will be your last opportunity to see this great production. Employees receive one free ticket. Tickets are available at the MCT Box Office.
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The employee hot dog luncheon will be held on Monday, May 6.
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MC's 40th Annual Commencement Ceremony will be held on May 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Al G. Langford Chaparral Center. MC employees participating in the ceremony should be there at 6:30 p.m. If you have not yet picked up your regalia from the MC Bookstore, please do so as soon as possible.
Commencement Ceremony Procedures (Adobe .pdf file)
The third annual "Technical Shoot Out" golf scramble will be held on Friday, June 7. Proceeds support high school dual enrollment students with scholarship money to help them transition to college and stay in school.
Information and sponsorship letter (Adobe .pdf file)
Registration form (Adobe .pdf file)
Kudos and Accomplishments
Congratulations to Dr. Julio Valladares who has been invited to lecture at the First Latin American Conference on Semiconductor Photocatalysts, Solar Energy Conversion and Advanced Oxidation Technologies Conference. Dr. Valladares' lecture is entitled "Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of TiO2 doped with Mo and F: Applications to Water Decontamination and Water Splitting."
Megan Dutton, a Monahans high school student, who has been mentored by Dr. Paul Mangum, won first place at the UTPB Science Fair. Every Thursday afternoon during the summer of 2010, Dutton worked with Dr. Mangum to try to amplify, extend and locate a crossover gene in Megan's family DNA segment.
Dr. Karen Waggoner's SoftChalk Lesson, Plate Tectronics, received honorable mention status in the 2013 SoftChalk Lesson Challenge. The Lesson Challenge runs from November through January. Entries are reviewed by a panel of leading online educators and scored using a subset of the Quality Matters rubric with specific categories including lesson creativity, professionalism, interactivity and how well the lesson reinforces student learning. A total of 79 entries were received for the 2013 Lesson Challenge. Dr. Waggoner's lesson can be viewed on the SoftChalk 2013 Lesson Challenge page.
See MC was a HUGE success again this year. Best estimates are that 2,500 people attended the April 20 event. Many thanks to Alfredo Chaparro, Liz Zenteno, Sylvia Sanchez and their team for a great community outreach event. Great job to Christy Garza for coordinating all those MC booths. To those MC employees who worked at a booth; served hot dogs, set up and took down the tables, tents and chairs; cleaned up before and after; helped with the children's activities; policed the area and/or performed on stage (The Know It Alls), thank you so much for your MC hospitality. Our MC student volunteers also did a wonderful job, thanks to Julia Vickery who can "herd" all those students and still have a smile on her face! Lots of great photos can be found on the MC Shared Drive in the Community Relations folder. Special thanks to Deana Savage's husband Glenn Brown and to MC Student Ambassadors Kelsei Yow and Kristen Mitchell for taking the pictures. Alfredo says to mark your calendars for April 12, 2014, for next year's event!
Happy Birthday! - April 29-August 19 (Adobe .pdf file)
Standing Committee News
Employee ID Cards
Karime Molinar in the MC Human Resources Office is now responsible for issuing employee ID cards. This includes cards for Fitness Center access for spouses, also. Cards will be issued during the following times; however, an appointment must be made in advance:
Monday and Tuesday--10:00-11:00 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursday--2:00-3:00 p.m.
Call Karime at 685-4694 to schedule an appointment. You will also need to have your employee ID number available.
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 must also be archived if you want them saved. More information on how to archive . . . (Adobe .pdf file)
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MC Health & Safety Newsletter (Adobe .pdf file)
MC English Department Announces "New Writers' Group" Starting This Fall
The English Department at Midland College announces the formation of a writers' group beginning this fall. The group will meet to read, critique and encourage creative writing of all genres--fiction, nonfiction and poetry. The group plans to host regional writers, as well, to speak on topics of interest. The group is open to MC faculty, staff, students and all Permian Basin community members interested, no matter the age or background. For more information and to get on an e-mail list, contact Dr. Pamela Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson National Representative on Campus
Jerry Myszka, Jefferson National Life Insurance representative, will be available for appointments in the Pevehouse Administration Building, Administrative Services Conference Room, on Monday, May 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jefferson National manages MC's 7 percent Tax Deferred Annuity (TDA) account. New employees are especially encouraged to meet with Jerry. Please call the Human Resources Office to schedule your appointment with Jerry (685-4532).
MC Foundation Grants
Thanks to all those who applied for an MCF grant this spring. The MC Institutional Advancement Office will let you know your award status in early May--the Foundation Board does not meet again until April 30, and grants receive final approval at all Foundation Board meetings.
Just as a reminder, if you are interested in applying for a Foundation grant, cycles occur in October and April. Therefore, grant request packets are due to the Institutional Advancement Office no later than October 1 and April 1. However, there are several approvals you must go through before they ever get to us, so you need to be sure to check with your supervisor and/or respective VP on when the grant is due to them. From there, it gets delivered to the Institutional Advancement Office and finally, receives preliminary approval/denial by the Administrative Council. Final approval/denial is determined by the Foundation Board.
If you do receive a grant, interim and final reports are mandatory. Those dates are given to you upon receipt of the grant award notification letter. If you do not use the awarded funds within your grant cycle, the funds must be returned in totality before the next cycle. If you happen to have money leftover, all leftover funds must also be returned to the Foundation.
Lastly, if you receive a grant that includes printing or publishing of any sort, you must have the item(s) proofed by the Foundation/IA Office AND the Media Department. If something is printed/published with Foundation dollars and was not proofed, we reserve the right to seize the item(s) and revoke the grant funds. It is imperative that we adhere to the highest of standards with regard to MC publications and printed materials--especially when they are distributed and/or broadcast to the community.