Full Circle - January 27, 2014

Upcoming Events

Car Show
MC Student Government Association Fundraiser
Saturday, February 1
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
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MC Softball vs. Cisco Junior College
Monday, February 3
1:00 p.m.
MC Softball Field

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."

This is a multi-part documentary.  The first installment will be shown on Monday, February 3, in the Carrasco Room from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Complimentary lunch will be served.

Other installments will be shown on February 11, 13, and 27 from 6:30-8:00 p.m., also in the Carrasco Room, with a short Question & Answer session to follow each one-hour episode.

MC employees and students are invited to one or more of the presentations.  They are also open to the public.

Press release from Basin PBS (Adobe.pdf file)

Flyer with details (Adobe .pdf file)

MC Homecoming

MC vs. Clarendon College
Monday, February 3
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
5:45 p.m. - Women's game

7:45 p.m. - Men's game

MC Alumni Association Mixer
@ Harvest CAFFE
Tuesday, February 4
5:30-7:30 p.m.
For more information, contact Director of Alumni Relations J. Don Wallace, jwallace@midland.edu, 685-4765.

MC Baseball vs. Weatherford College
Friday, February 7, 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 8, 1:00 p.m.
Christensen Stadium

Trout Fishing in America
Free Concert
Monday, February 10
2:30 p.m.
Allison Fine Arts Building
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
For the second year in a row, MC is fortunate enough to host this free concert, especially for MC students, employees and their families. 

Trout Fishing in America is the long-standing musical partnership of Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet.  Their infectious mix of flok/pop and family music is enriched by the diverse influences of reggae, Latin, blues, jazz and classical music.  TFIA recordings have garnered three National Indie Awards and multiple Parents Choice Gold and American Library Awards as well as four Grammy nominations.

Flyer with details (Adobe .pdf file)

"An Irish Lullaby:  The Historic, the Romantic & Magical Music of Ireland"
Free concert featuring Affiniti, Aveen McEntee with Howard Crosby (nephew of Bing Crosby) & Terry Browne
Presented by the Irish American Art and Music Foundation in association with MC Department of Music
Tuesday, February 11
7:00-8:30 p.m.
Allison Fine Arts Building
Wagner & Brown Auditorium
Reception to follow in McCormick Gallery
More information on the Irish American Art and Music Foundation and the performers (Adobe .pdf file)

MC Softball vs. Trinidad State
Thursday, February 13
1:00 p.m.
MC Softball Field


MC vs. Western Texas College
Thursday, February 13
Al G. Langford Chaparral Center
5:45 p.m. - Women's game
7:45 p.m. - Men's game

MC Hospitality Luncheon
"It's Frito Pie Time!"
Friday, February 14
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Fasken Learning Resource Center, 2nd Floor
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

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 Gettysburg.  More information on MC's Your College blog.

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 . . .

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).
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See MC

Saturday, April 12
11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
This community-wide event consists of music, fun and food for ALL AGES.  The event will be based outdoors in Beal Plaza on the main MC campus.
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Kudos & Accomplishments

Happy Birthday!
Employee birthdays, January 28-February 17 (Adobe .pdf file)

A poem writen by Karen Pape, Associate Professor of English, has been accepted by the online journal Red River Review for its February 2014 issue.  It is the 50th issue of the journal.  The title of Karen's poem is "Sonnet for Jasper, Texas."


Got Anything Interesting Happening in Your Life?
Do you or a fellow MC colleague have an interesting hobby or an unusual story to tell?  Have you traveled to an exotic location recently?  Does your pet do unusual tricks?  Info like this and more is needed for the new MC employee/retiree publication, Chaparral Connections.  Please contact Rebecca Bell, 685-4556, rbell@midland.edu.

ECHS@MC Receives Texas Comptroller's 2013 Texas Honors Circle Award
The Texas Honors Circle Award recognizes campuses and districts that achieve academic success trhough cost-effective operations.  Award recipients achieve strong academic performance while spending relatively less in comparison with their fiscal peers.  Read more in press release from MISD.  (Adobe.pdf file)

Assistance with Fraud Alerts and Credit Reports

With the recent national fraud attempt at Target over the holidays, the MC Business & Economic Development Center (BEDC) is extending an offer to help put fraud alerts on credit accounts.  Any MC employee who suspects the security of credit information has been compromised is encouraged to contact the BEDC at 684-4309 for assistance.

A fraud alert can be initiated by contacting any one of the following companies:

If you initiate a fraud alert with any one of these three credit reporting agencies, your request will be forwarded to the other two agencies.

Counselors at the BEDC are also able to access a soft-pull, tri-merge credit report that will not lower your credit score like a "hard-pull" from a creditor.  The report has credit scores and account history from all three credit reporting agencies.  The fee for this report is $20.

Texas Community College Teachers Association (TCCTA) Convention

Texas Community College Teachers Association warmly invites you to the 67th Annual Convention, February 6-8, 2014 at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas! This event provides you with the most comprehensive, high-quality opportunities to network with colleagues and keep you abreast of developments in your discipline.

This year′s Featured Programs include:

  • Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm The opportunities for collaboration in community colleges are many and include collaborations between faculty within and across units, between faculty and administrators, between faculty and students, and between community colleges and the communities they serve. These and other collaborations hold significant potential benefits for all involved, but they also bring challenges. In her presentation, Dr. Lisa Ede will draw on thirty-plus years on research on and experience of collaboration to suggest concrete strategies that make for efficient, effective, productive, and satisfying collaborations. ()
    Lisa Ede, Professor of English at Oregon State University, for “On Collaboration, Harmony, and Disharmony”

    Tickets are required for the banquet. (Adoibe .pdf file)

  • Friday, February 7th at 8:00am
    Oscar Garcia, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration, for updates on Social Security or
    TCCTA′s most popular session: Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS)

    These brief programs offer specific ideas for teaching and are designed to be of practical use to educators in all disciplines. Each session will last approximately 10 minutes, allowing participants to sample a variety of useful teaching techniques.

  • Friday, February 7th at 1:00pm
    Davis Jenkins, Senior Research Associate at Columbia University, for “Start with the End in Mind: Building Guided Pathways to Student Success”

  • Friday, February 7th at 4:00pm
    Catherine Parsoneault, Associate Vice Provost for Planning and Assessment at Texas Tech University, for a discussion about issues involving the Academic Course Guide Manual and Workforce Education Course Manual,
    Beaman Floyd, TCCTA Lobbyist, for a discussion on community college legislative updates, or
    John Barclay, President & Chief Executive Officer at The John A. Barclay Agency, Inc., for a Question and Answer session regarding TCCTA′s Liability Insurance

  • Saturday, February 8th at 7:30am
    Stephen Scott, CFP, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley, for “Understanding Investment Risk”
    or TCCTA′s 2nd Annual Book Blitz
    As educators and life-long learners, reading is high on our list of priorities. Starting a faculty/staff book club can help form new bonds and renew old ones. In addition, a strategic selection of dates can help relieve stress from a busy week, month or semester. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite book that has influenced you personally or professionally. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to discuss a favorite book that has influenced you personally or professionally.

Enjoy over 150 programs related specifically to community college educators in the areas of pedagogy, technology, general interests, and discipline-specific topics.

Don′t wait; limited space is available at the Marriott Riverwalk overflow hotel just across the street from the host hotel. Make your reservation today, 210-224-4555.

Your 2014 Fitness Resolution--MC Has Help

Nooner Workouts

from Ann Leach, Kinesiology Program Chair

  Tue/Thurs. faculty/staff free workout

  PE 101 - Old Gym - Main campus


  sweat, sore muscles, but no money!

  low impact cardio warm up, head to toe stretch, resistance exercises (dumb bells, and other torture toys - just kidding folks), floor exercises, and a quick cool down stretch at the end.

Come when you can, come late, leave early....no worries.  If not today, hope to see you Thurs.  Misery loves company so bring a friend!

Fitness Center Hours

Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Friday, 5:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Closed during team reservation times, as noted on Fitness Center doors.

For Your Benefit
From MC Human Resources
Nine ways to exercise ... when you don't have the time  

Think you have no time to exercise? These strategies will help you get fit in just minutes a day.  

We all know exercise can help us improve our health and lose weight. Yet, 25% of adults don't exercise at all, according to the U.S. Surgeon General.

Hectic schedules may be to blame. Who has the time to exercise when juggling work, school, family, and more? It's worth squeezing it in, though, because regular physical activity can relieve daily stress and lift your mood. At the same time, you can reduce your risks of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Aim to be active for at least 30 minutes most days, but it's okay to start slowly. Find activities that you enjoy. You need to find only a few minutes a day to start getting the health benefits. First, check with your doctor before you start or increase your activity level.

Tips for fitting in fitness  

  • Wake up a little earlier. Start by setting your alarm clock just five minutes earlier. Do stretches and jumping jacks before getting in the shower, or follow a short exercise DVD.
  • Find a workout buddy. Exercising with a friend is more fun than working out alone and a good motivator. Ask a coworker to go for a walk during lunch or see if a neighbor wants to shoot hoops.
  • Change into exercise clothes before leaving work. You'll be ready for a short walk as soon as you get home.
  • Schedule your fitness activities. If you put exercise on your calendar like other appointments, you're more likely to do it.
  • Acknowledge your successes. Keep a log of all the times you make a healthy choice to move more, such as by taking the stairs instead of an elevator. After the first week, reward yourself with a new pair of sneakers or a cool new water bottle.
  • Create a home (or desk) gym. If you have equipment always at the ready, it will be easy to steal five minutes to use it. A jump rope, a stability ball, exercise bands, and dumbbells don't cost much or take up much room.
  • Move while you watch TV. Don't sit idly--or worse, snack--while watching TV. Do sit-ups or jog in place instead, even if only during commercials.
  • Play games with your kids. Don't just keep an eye on your kids when they play outside--join in their fun! Play tag or Duck Duck Goose, or just toss a ball back and forth. If your kids love video games, think about swapping their current console for one that encourages movement, like Wii or Xbox One. The whole family will break a sweat using special controllers to compete at boxing, tennis, golf, and bowling.
  • Exercise while you work. Raise your activity level and productivity with neck rolls or arm raises (push hands out to the side and then up toward the ceiling). Or do a few modified push-ups on the edge of your desk.

Stepping it up 

After you've built short periods of activity into your day, think about times when you could lengthen each burst by a few minutes.

Even if you're worn out from a busy day, try to make time for fitness. Regular exercise actually boosts your energy level. Exercise, along with restricting calories, is also important for shedding pounds and maintaining a healthy weight.

Next time you look for an excuse to skip exercise, remind yourself of the benefits. You're helping yourself feel good, look better, and live longer. Who wouldn't want that?

Professional Development Opportunities

American Heart Association "Heartsaver" Class
This Valentine's Day "save a heart" when MC Health Sciences Continuing Education offers this class from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Class and registration information can be found on the Your College blog.

Student Success Initiative:  Legacy Scholarship--New Guidelines
Learn the basics of this tremendous MC resource
Thursday, February 20
2:00-2:50 p.m.
Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building, Room 159
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

Starlink presents:  "FYI, It's About FYE (First Year Experience)

According to American College Testing (ACT), one in every four college students leaves before ocmpleting their sophomore year, and nearly half of all freshmen will either drop out before obtaining a degree or complete their college education elsewhere.  This online video will discuss the development of a comprehensive agenda for the First Year Experience (FYE). 

The program will be available February 17-March 3 via the Starlink website.  Lesley Isaacs, (685-4553, lisaacs) is the MC campus rep for Starlink.  She is available to assist with program access.