March 25, 2013

Upcoming Events

Kids' College Registration for MC employees is TODAY from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Scharbauer Student Center, Room 214.

MC English Department presents
"Poetry, Pizza & People," Poetry reading by Dr. Glenda Lindsey-Hicks
March 28, 2013--12:00 noon-1:00 p.m.
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Free Lectures on "Oil Spills, Ethics and Society"

enews rieselectureMonday and Tuesday, April 2 and 3 €• Midland College is proud to offer, FREE of charge, a lecture by noted geoscientist Dr. Rusty Riese, who will speak on two occasions about “Oil Spills, Ethics and Society: How they intersect and where the responsibilities reside.” Dr. Riese brings to the podium 39 years' experience as a geologist, geochemist, manager, author and educator.

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Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents Dr. Jane Goodall

ddls goodallThursday, April 4 ۥ Jane Goodall, legendary environmentalist and chimpanzee researcher, knew at age eight that she wanted to go to Africa and live with wild animals when she grew up. After sixteen years, with a diploma from the Queen's Secretarial School in London and her love of animals, she went after her dream and sailed to Africa.

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West Texas Symposium of History

Saturday, April 13 ۥ A variety of topics addressing history in our part of the world, will be on tap for he first West Texas Symposium of History will be held in Room 101 of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building on the Midland College campus.


Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest Awards & Reading

enews quillTuesday, April 16 ۥ Texas poet and educator William Wenthe will give a reading along with the winners of this year's Hilda Simmons Levitt Poetry Contest at an awards celebration in the Carrasco Room of the Dorothy and Clarence Scharbauer, Jr. Student Center, on the Midland College campus.

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Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

cpas voodoodaddyWednesday, April 17 €• 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's remarkable arrival onto the music scene, when they secured their legendary residency at the Derby nightclub in Los Angeles and reminded the world — in the middle of the grunge era, no less — that it was still cool to swing, big band style.

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See MC/Sí, MC

enews seemcSaturday, April 20 €• Midland College is dedicated to encouraging higher education participation by first generation to college families. See MC/Sí, MC will consist of tours, college information sessions, and various Midland College student services and instructional program booths.

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Kudos & Accomplishments

Upward Bound TRIO Day 5K/10K Run and Health Walk
Thanks you to everyone who supported the TRIO Day 5K/10K Run and Health Walk on February 23!  Congratulations to the following MC employees who received a medal in their age/gender categories:
  • -Denise Beach (2nd Place)
  • -Linda Ramirez (1st Place)
  • -Aberto Garcia (1st Place)
  • -Alfredo Chaparro (2nd Place)
  • -Sammy Martinez (1st Place)

Sonia Ford Receives "Quality Matters Recognized" Certification
Sonia Ford’s online course, Math 1314 College Algebra, was reviewed by a Quality Matters Peer Review Team and has been awarded the “Quality Matters Recognized” certification. To receive this certification, the course met 21 essential QM standards and earned a total of 89/95 points.  The review team complimented Ms. Ford on her   “instructor presence” throughout the online course and on how she provides multiple opportunities for students to measure their own learning progress. One reviewer stated, “In addition to assessing math skills, the students are given information and self-assessment about study skills, test taking strategies, learning styles, etc., that will not only help them in the math class but throughout their lives.”

Katherine Allen Produces New MC Recycling Video

Thanks to Katherine Allen, a new MC recycling video has been produced.  Please take a look at the new video and learn more about MC's recycling efforts.

Biggest Loser Contest
Congratulations to Jeff McDonald and Lori Thomas for winning the Biggest Loser Contest!! Great job to both of you!! There was a total of 48.23% weight lost all together! We will be having another contest in the Fall. We will be starting at the beginning of the Fall semester!! So, start planning now for the great challenge!!

Dr. Pat Nandakumar featured in Annual Report
During the summer of 2012, MC Assistant Professor of Chemistry Dr. Pat Nandakumar received a grant to work at the Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  She was notified last week that a photo taken of her during her summer research was selected to be featured on page 9 of the Oak Ridge Associated Universities annual report (Adobe .pdf file).

Happy Birthday!--March 25-April 8 (Adobe.pdf file)


Inventory Deadline Reminder

Inventory audits are due in three weeks on Monday, April 15.  Everyone is doing a great job of following inventory procedures and filling out the property transaction forms!  If you have any questions about anything on your inventory or any of the inventory procedures, please contact Stacy Pickett, 685-4541, spickett 

Scheduling of Tests in MC Testing Center
Please remind your students that if they are needing to take proctored exams, whether for online classes, make-up exams, etc., that they need to schedule a day and time with the Testing Center.  The Center is usually able to accommodate walk-ins, but not always.  Scheduling exams will save students from having to come back.  Also, remind students of the time frame for the test; the student cannot come back another day to complete the exam.

Jefferson National Life Insurance Company on Campus
Jerry Myszka, Jefferson National Life Insurance Company representative, will be available for appointments in the Administrative Services Conference Room on Tuesday, 3/26/13 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jefferson National manages our 7% 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.

Should you need to contact Jerry at any time, his phone number is 800-788-8031 and his email is

Tracy Melder, FSL representative, will also be available to meet with employees. FSL is an approved company that offers a voluntary TDA and ORP account. If you would like to meet with Tracy, a separate appointment will need to be made.

Alumni T-shirts Have Arrived!  
The MC Bookstore has just received a shipment of alumni t-shirts (Adobe .pdf file).  They come in all sizes, and you may choose either green or gray.  These t-shirts are not to stay in stock long, so get yours today!