January 6, 2014

Upcoming Events

Welcome Back Lunch
Monday, January 6, 2014
12:00 noon
Jack E. Brown Dining Hall
For a list of all meetings and professional development activities scheduled for this week, please refer to the Spring 2014 In-Service Calendar (Adobe .pdf file)

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.

Prijedor:  Lives from the Bosnia Genocide Panel Exhibit
Showing in McCormick Gallery
January 9-February 21
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

MC Women's Basketball vs. Ranger College
Thursday, January 9
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
5:00 p.m.

MC Men's Basketball vs. New Mexico Military Institute
Thursday, January 9
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
7:00 p.m.

MC Basketball vs. New Mexico Junior College
Thursday, January 16
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
Women's game - 5:45 p.m.
Men's game - 7:45 p.m.

Chap Singers join Midland-Odessa Symphony & Chorale for "Carmina Burana"
Saturday, January 18
7:30 p.m.
Wagner-Noel Performing Arts Center
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
MC Closed
Monday, January 20

Midland College Car Show sponsored by the Student Government Association
Saturday, February 1
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
More . . .

MC Celebrates African-American Hisotry Month
Monday, February 3
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Carrasco Room
Special viewing of "The African Americans:  Many Rivers to Cross" and complimentary lunch

Kudos & Accomplishments

Happy Birthday!
MC Employee Birthdays, January 7-26 (Adobe .pdf file)

Thank you, Vicki & Steve
First there was ice, and then it was Friday, the 13th, but despite being postponed a week and the date on the calendar, the reception hosted by Dr. Thomas and his wife Vicki was a huge SUCCESS.  See photos of the fun . . .  (Adobe .pdf file)

Dr. Pamela Howell, English professor, served in December as a judge for the Lt. William Brewer Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution in their American History essay contest.  She was also a creative writing judge for the Midland Independent School District PTA's "Reflections" contest.

On Tuesday, December 10, Ethel Matthews, biology instructor, gave a presentation at the 2013 Professional Applicator's Conference hosted by the Midland County AgriLife Extension Office.  The topic of Matthews' presentation was "Identification and Life Cycles of Some West Texas Parasites."

The Charles A. Dana Center's Mathways Project will be spotlighting the connectiion between MC's Student Success learning frameworks course and mathematics courses in the new version of the Implementation Guide.  Alma Brannan, associate professor of math, and Mindy Flowers, Student Success program chair,  were instrumental in developing these connections.

Ken Riley, physical plant director, and Dale Westfall, accounting professor, were recognized in the December 22 Midland Reporter-Telegram for the "holiday cheer" that they spread each year.  Read more . . .

Dr. Bob Dent, dean of Health Sciences, has been elected to the board of the American Organization of Nurse Executives.  More information on Dr. Dent's board election, his educaiton and professional accomplishments . . .

Dr. Diane Allen, English department program chair; Sylvia Brown, business systems professor;  Sonia Ford, math professor; Dr. Terry Gilmour, history professor; and Cindy Madewell, SimLife Center Manager, completed training requirements to become Quality Matters Certified Peer Reviewers. Requirements for the QM Peer Reviewer certification include successfully completing the Applying the QM Rubric Workshop and the Peer Reviewer Course and current experience in teaching online courses. QM Certified Peer Reviewers are eligible to serve on Quality Matters-managed course reviews. Sylvia Gray, instructional designer, successfully completed the Quality Matters Master Reviewer Certification process which involves successful completion of the Master Reviewer Course and serving on a minimum of two official Higher Education QM managed course reviews. Master Reviewers are eligible to serve as Team Chairs for official course reviews.  In addition, Dr. Diane Allen, Sylvia Brown, Sonia Ford, Dr. Terry Gilmour, Cindy Madewell, and Sylvia Gray attended the 5th Annual Quality Matters Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning which was held in October in Nashville, Tennessee. Sonia Ford, Dr. Diane Allen and Sylvia Gray facilitated “Challenges in Building Faculty Support for QM Implementation” a roundtable discussion as part of the conference program.


Carrasco Room/Meeting Room Furniture Setup
The Physical Plant Department is asking employees not to rearrange the set-ups that have already been done for an event.  Many times furniture is set up/arranged in rooms the night/day before an event depending on what time an event is and if there is an event scheduled later that day.  Several times in the past few months the Physical Plant Department has received calls that the set-up hasn't been completed and when staff double check the room, they find that tables or chairs have been moved. 
Please do not move tables and chairs in any of the rooms.  If you have a room reserved, please make sure you send a set-up request to Irene Alvarado as soon as possible.

Early College High School @ Midland College Begins Recruiting and Application Process for Class of 2018
The Midland Independent School District announces the start of the application process for 8th grade students who are interested in enrolling in Early College High School.  More information is contained in a press release  (Adobe .pdf file) from the MISD Communications Department.

For Your Benefit
News from MC Human Resources

HealthSelect of Texas adds Quest as contracted provider
If you are a HealthSelect of Texas participant, you have access to a large network of health care providers through the plan's third-party administrator, UnitedHealthcare (UHC).  ERS works with UHC to expand the network whenever it is beneficial and cost effective.

Effective September 1, 2013, Quest Diagnostic Laboratories (Quest) now participates in HealthSelect.  This means HealthSelect participants who receive covered services from Quest will receive the highest level of HealthSelect benefits available.

It is important to note that Quest is not part of the greater UnitedHealthcare network and, as a result, will not be shown on the network provider list or the online provider search tool.  If you have questions about HealthSelect providers or or benefiits, please contact Augustin Velasquez in the MC Human Resources Office,

Out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums start over January 1
Out-of-pocket coinsurance maximums start over January 1. 
This does not include prescription deductibles. 

Coinsurance is the amount you may pay a health care provider that doesn’t include copays, deductibles, or benefits that do not apply.  The HealthSelect of Texas out-of-pocket coinsurance maximum is $2,000 per year for in-network benefits.  For example, an in-patient hospital visit charge requires a $150 copay per day, plus 20% for coinsurance.  This means the provider will charge $150 plus 20% of the allowable amount billed by the provider.  Once you meet the coinsurance maximum, you would only be charged copays and deductibles (if applicable) from then on, until the new calendar year starts.

If you have questions, please contact Augustin Velasquez in the MC Human Resources Office.