Full Circle - September 9


Open Forum with MC President Dr. Steve Thomas

Dr. Thomas invites MC employees to meet with him for informal discussions throughout the semester.  Please feel free to join him at one or more of the following times:

Wednesday, September 11
11:30 a.m.--Davidson Family Health Sciences Lecture Hall
4:00 p.m.--F. Marie Hall Academic Building Lecture Hall (Room 101)

Wednesday, October 9
8:30 a.m.--F. Marie Hall Academic Building Lecture Hall (Room 101)
3:00 p.m.--Davidson Family Health Sciences Lecture Hall

Wednesday, November 13
12:00 noon--F. Marie Hall Academic Building Lecture Hall (Room 101)
3:30 p.m.--F. Marie Hall Academic Building Lecture Hall (Room 101)

MC Baseball

The fall season for the MC Chaparral Baseball team is now underway.  The Chaps will play New Mexico Military Institute at 2:00 p.m. on September 11.  On September 17, the Chaps will play Howard College and on September 18, Western Texas College.  All games are at Christenson Stadium located on Lamesa Road, just south of Loop 250.  Chaparral Baseball web page

MC Volleyball First Responder Night

In remembrance of 09/11/2001
, MC will be honoring all First Responders and Active/Retired Military at the MC Volleyball Game against Frank Phillips College on Wednesday, September 11.  Pre-game festivities begin at 6:45 p.m. and include honor guard led by MHS Airforce Junior ROTC.  Game begins at 7:00 p.m.  More . . .
Lady Chaps Volleyball web page

MC Kicks Off Hispanic Heritage Month and National Hispanic Serving Institution Week with Screening of "Latino Americans"

Hispanic Heritage Month runs September 15-October 15, and National Hispanic Serving Institution Week is September 15-21.  To kick off those two events, MC will host a special screening of the PBS documentary "Latino Americans" on Thursday, September 12.  Employees, students and the community are invited to one or both of the 48-minute screenings at 11:30 a.m. or 6:30 p.m.  A complimentary light meal will be provided both times.  More . . .

Kids' Night Out

The MC basketball teams want your children!  For the next three Friday evenings (September 13, 20 and 27), your child can have fun at the MC PE Building (and you can get some much-deserved "quiet time.")  Cost is normally $50 per child; however, MC employees will be offered a $10 discount, so it's only $40 per child for MC employees.  More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

Runnin' Fur Rescues

The Lone Star Sanctuary for Animals is hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday, September 14, on the MC campus.  If you're driving on campus that morning, be aware that there will be people running and walking around the circle.  If you want to spend some quality time with your dog, enjoy the fresh air and get some exercise, you are welcome to join the fun.  More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

Kudos & Accomplishments

Dr. Mary Braselton, program chair - Education, has been named Interim Dean of Social/Behavioral Sciences and Business.  Dr. Braselton has been with MC since 2009.  She has experience as a faculty member and administrator of both two- and four-year institutions.  The Division Office is located in MHAB 176, ext. 6829. 

Congratulations to Dr. Nicholas Elderkin, who has been named Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts.  Dr. Elderkin has been MC's full-time piano teacher since August 2007 and has coordinated efforts for MC to become an All-Steinway School and an All Conn-Selmer School.  In addition, he has led the development of the Bryce and Isabel McClintic Rea Center for Music Technology and Creativity.

Congratulations to the Benefits Fair prize winners listed below:

Name Prize From
Fonda Bowen Kindle Valic
Alma Brannan Voyager Radio/Weather Alert  Jefferson National
Adelle Dowling Minnesota Life Picnic Bag Office Safety Session
Ken Riley Outdoor Folding Chair ING
Freddie Joe Ray Green Travel Bag & Water Bottle United Healthcare
Marjorie Fetters Wireless Security Camera Jefferson National
Evelyn Gordon $50 Saltgrass Gift Card AFLAC
Erika Mendoza ING Coffee Mug ING
Stan Middleton FitBit Zip MP3 Player United Healthcare Wellness

Happy Birthday
today to Bob Peetz, Sylvia Brown and
Gabriela Nava.  See all MC employee birthdays, September 9-23

Fitness Center News
*The FC will be closed daily from 8:00 am-12:00 noon for class use only.  We will be open from 5:30-8am, closed 8-12, then reopen at 12 until 10pm M-R, 8pm on Fridays, for Midland College patrons. 
*ID's are required by all patrons.  Students will get their ID's from Jeremy Martinez  and all MC employees, retired and present, along with their spouse/dependant age 16 up will need to get their IDs from Karime Molinar x4694 - by appointment only, for now. 
 *Heads up: We are soon to advance our system and once complete any current adult (non-student) cards will be obsolete.  We will give a grace period,to be determined later, that your current card will be accepted. HR is soon to possess the new ID machine and they will send out an email when the machine is up and running.  This should be very soon as the machine was ordered weeks ago. 
*IMPORTANT:  Please commit this to memory.  MC ID's are required every day you wish to use the FC.  If you forget it you will not be allowed access to the center.  There are no freebies, no "just this one timers", no "pretty please with sugar on tops".  And your drivers license will not work either.  (Can you tell we have just about heard it all by now)?
Funny note....the students are doing very well with this rule but the fac/staff are having a real hard time with it.  Please note, the FC worker's job is at stake should you try to persuade them to let you in.  Please do not jeopardize their job.  A simple ID is all we ask.

New Writers' Group

The MC English Department announces the formation of a writers' group beginning in late September/early October.  The group will meet to read, critique and encourage creative writing of all genres--fiction, nonfiction and poetry.  Plans are to host regional writers and speakers.  Everyone is invited--MC employees, students, community members--no matter the age or background.  For more information or to get on an e-mail list, contact Dr. Pamela Howell at prhowell@midland.edu

Canvas User Group Conference

Call for Presenters!

 Over the past several months a number of folks have been organizing the new Texas Canvas User Group (TCUG). TCUG organizers are looking for speakers to present at the first conference in San Antonio, November 7 & 8 and hosted by Alamo College. Proposal deadline is Friday, September 13.

 Conference fee - FREE, but registration is required.
We aren't experts at MC yet, but we can contribute at this conference. The purpose of the user group is to get regional Canvas users together to share ideas regarding online learning, using a LMS as a supplemental learning platform, and Canvas.

If you are interested in presenting, please contact MC Webmaster Dan Buckley, dbuckley@midland.edu, (432) 686-4203.

Posters/Flyers on Campus

Do not distribute flyers on campus that have not been approved. ALL flyers are to be approved through the Student Activities Office prior to being posted or passed out on campus. If you see anyone posting materials that has not been date-stamped or if you see anyone handing flyers out to students, please let Stephanie VanCuren, Student Activities coordinator, know.

NO flyers are to be placed on vehicles at anytime on the Midland College campus. If you see anyone putting flyers on the vehicles in the parking lot, please report it.

The Community Relations Office is allowed to hang posters made from their office. Individual office doors and personal bulletin boards will not be touched by Student Life.

Please see the Posting Policy (Adobe .pdf) for more information. Also see Policy No. 03:07:01 (Adobe .pdf) in the Midland College Manual of Policies for further information.

Starlink Professional Development Opportunity

"What the Best Teachers Do" will be showing online October 21-November 4.  Find out more and get the latest Starlink news.

News from Student Life/Activities

September newsletter (Adobe .pdf file)

Educators Taking New Approach to College Readiness

A recent article in The Texas Tribune discusses college readiness among Texas college students.  The article includes information about the Mathways Project, of which MC is one of nine colleges participating, and includes a quote from MC Dean of Math and Science Dr. Margaret Wade.

Audio/Visual Requests

Don't forget to submit Audio/Visual Requests to Lesley Isaacs at least one week prior to your scheduled event/meeting.  Refer to the Audio/Visual Request link under the "Employees" tab on the MC website for further information.

The First Generation Student Experience - Implications for Campus Practice

Dr. Jeff Davis, the author The First-Generation Student Experience - Implications for Campus Practice and Strategies for Improving Persistence and Success, will be a guest speaker on Monday, September 30, as follows:

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Student Services Presentation
12:00 noon - 1:00 p.m. - General Presentation for Everyone (lunch included)
1:15 p.m.-2:15 p.m. - Faculty Presentation

Please RSVP by emailing Lisa EddinsAll presentations will be held in the Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room.

In his book, Dr. Davis states " . . . being a first-generation college student is not a small thing.  In fact, it is a very big thing . . . ." 

Important Notes
1.  Faculty can earn professional development units by attending
2.  A copy of Dr. Davis' book is available through  the Teaching and Learning Professional Development Center (contact James Fuller) and through the Fasken Learning Resource Center, including an e-book edition (contact John Deats).
3.  If you have questions about the presentation, please contact Alfredo Chaparro.

Leave Requests

It may be some time since you have submitted a leave form (Adobe .pdf file), but here is a reminder of the proper guidelines (Adobe .pdf file):

  • All leave for the week (Monday through Sunday) will be submitted on one leave form.  If leave is split between two weeks, submit two separate leave forms.
  • Make a copy for yourself!!!
  • Leave forms for expected leave for events such as scheduled vacations or business trips should be submitted as soon as possible.
  • Leave forms for other types of unexpected leave for events such as an illness or an emergency should be sent to the Human Resources office on the following Monday after the leave is used.
  • If you use leave for items 3-8, a reason must be given.
  • Do not retain the leave forms to turn in together with time sheets and transmittals.
***To cancel previously requested leave, mark the Copy of the original leave form with “CANCEL” in red ink.  To make changes, make the changes to the copy of the original leave form in red and mark “REVISED” at the top of the form in red ink also.

The following is a reminder regarding
Time Sheets.(Adobe .pdf file)


Please remember to always mark actual hours worked on time sheets and mark the time sheet with any time you were out.  Mark only actual hours worked under ATotal Hours Worked@ column.  These should be totaled and written in on ATotal hours per week@ for that week.  The number of hours of leave and reason for leave should be marked under the AOther Hours & Reason@ column.  The total number of hours of leave used on that time sheet should also be written at the bottom of the time sheet.

Time sheets and leave sheets are compared against each other.  Changes may sometimes be made to either leave forms or time sheets to correct them.  Because of time constraints and the number of changes that have to be made, the employee may not receive notification of the change.  Always check your balances and transactions on Payroll Advisor and call Human Resources if you have any questions.

Texas Community College Teachers Association:

... is the only organization exclusively dedicated to advancing the interests of faculty from Community Colleges across the state of Texas.

With over 6000 members state-wide, you will have enormous opportunities for networking with colleagues in your field. You can boost your Professional Development Credits by attending one of 4 Annual Events offered by TCCTA or by engaging in courses, presentations and web conferences at The Texas Network for Teaching Excellence.

Annual dues are just $45.  If you want to take advantage of payroll deduction, then join TCCTA before October 14th (let me know). Also, anyone who joins before October 14.  Those who join before then will be entered into a prize drawing for gift cards and book bags!  Contact the Midland College campus rep, Andrea Zabel (azabel@midland.edu), for more information.