Full Circle - November 11, 2013

Happy Veterans Day
To all MC employees who served in the armed services, THANK YOU for your service!

Upcoming Events

Happy Birthday, November 11-December 2 (Adobe .pdf file)

MC International Student Club Fair
Wednesday, November 13
, 11:30 a.m., F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Amistad Atrium
Please join MC's International Student Club as they hold their 2013 Annual Food Fair.  You will get to sample some h
omemade dishes from some of our students' native countries.
More about this event

Open Forum with MC President

Dr. Steve Thomas invites MC employees to meet with him at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, to discuss MC and student success.  This informal discussion will be conducted in the Lecture Hall of the F. Marie Hall Academic Building (Room 101)

MC Music Students Guitar Recital
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m., Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner & Brown Auditorium
The Midland College Department of Music cordially invites you to attend its Student Guitar Recital, with student guitarists performing a wide variety of music from classical to folk.

Lady Chaps Basketball
November 21-23 - Women's National Invitaional Tournament
Lady Chaps Basketball season schedule

Chaparral Basketball
Chap Basketball season schedule

Holiday Evening
Get in the holiday mood with MC's annual Holiday Evening, Thursday, December 5.  Festivities begin at 5:30 with a chili supper hosted by the Students in Philanthropy club.  Don't miss the lighting of the Hodge Carillon Tower, the student art show and performances by MC music ensembles.  Also, remember, MC has the BEST Santa (some of us know him as Ken Riley, but that's just an alias). Bring your family and invite friends. The entire community is welcome.
More . . . (Adobe .pdf file)

Kudos & Accomplishments

Congratulations to MC Associate Professor of Chemistry Dr. Pat Nandakumar who was recently recognized as a Chemistry Ambassador by the American Chemical Society (ACS) for her outreach efforts during National Chemistry Week and throughout the year. Nancy McCromick-Pickett with the Office of Public Affairs at ACS wrote the following in an e-mail to Dr. Nandakumar:  "You are helping to improve the public's understanding of the importance of chemists and chemistry and how chemistry improves peoples' lives."

MC Dean of Enrollment Dr. Michael Chavez serves as an instructor in the online HEAL program at Adams State University in Colorado.  The program recently national honors for increasing Latino student success in college.  A press release (Adobe .pdf file) from Adams State University describes the program.

Congratulations to the following employees who were awarded MC Foundation grants through the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund:
Lisa Eddins
Rebecca Bell
David Hayes
Annie Moretz-Stanger
Kimberly Cowan
Wendy Wood-Collins
Mark Kuhn
Leland Hart
Rabon Bewley
Bert Bostic
Dr. NIck Elderkin
Dr. Michael Jordan
Dr. Diane Allen
Lynda Webb
Ken Riley
Richard McKee
Dale Williams
Justin Beach
Shep Grinnan
More information and description of grants (Adobe .pdf file)
The MC Foundation has awarded over $7.5 million through the Chaparral Circle Endowment Fund, since the fund was established in 1996.  Grants are used by MC programs for equipment, technology and professional development.  See pie chart depicting total grant fund allocation by category (Adobe .pdf file)

STARLINK Presents "Connections:  Keeping the Classroom Relevant"
Showing November 25-December 16
More . . .
If you have questions regarding STARLINK presentations, please contact Lesley Isaacs, 685-4553, lisaacs@midland.edu

Volunteers Needed for Texas Recycles Day

Keep Midland Beautiful needs volunteers age 14 and up to help at Texas Recycles Day on Saturday, November 16th at Midland College Chaparral parking lot from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Gloves will be provided plus lunch and drinks.

Please call Keep Midland Beautiful at 687-7400.

Texas Scholar, Legacy, etc. hours and community service hours given for this event.  Church, athletic and businesses groups encouraged to participate. 
Please sign up today and help Midland’s recycling program continue to grow!

Opportunity to Host International Students
The American Councils for International Education is looking for people to host international students who spend a year in the United States.  To obtain more information, please contact Blas Zenteno, blas.zenteno@gmail.com

Student Life
November newsletter (Adobe .pdf file)
exFlex money: use it or l

Tex Flex Money--Use It or Lose It

If you still have funds left in your TexFlex account from Plan Year 2013, (September 1, 2012-August 31, 2013), you have until November 15, 2013, to spend it on eligible expenses.  File your claims by December 31, 2013, for TexFlex purchases made from September 1, 2012 to November 15, 2013.

Options for submitting a claim:

  • Fill out an Express Claim on the Tex Flex website and upload your documentation, or you can fax or mail the Express Claim to PayFlex.
  • Print a paper claim form and mail it to PayFlex, along with your documentation.

You can check your account balance anytime on the TexFlex website. You may also call their customer service number:  1-866-353-9839

Health/Day Care Flexible Spending Accounts Claim Form (Adobe .pdf file)

Should you have any questions, please contact MC Human Resources Coordinator Augie Velasquez, 685-4725.

Accessing New Version of eHelpdesk
First:  You must have the newest version of Internet Explorer.  You can get the new version on this Microsoft page.

Second:  Please make sure you are not in Compatibility mode.  To do this, locate the following button  , which is located next to the Refresh, and Stop buttons  on the address bar near the top of Internet Explorer.  Make sure it is gray not blue.  Gray means it is turned off, and Blue means it is turned on.

Third:  It will probably take you a few times to get logged in your first time.  If it doesn't, that is great.  It may have something to do with synchronization between eHelpdesk and LDAP.  Nevertheless, you should only have this problem the first time you login.

Fourth:  If all of the above does not help you get in to eHelpdesk, call Help Desk Manager Ann Mays at 685-4746 and she will work with you to get you into eHelpdesk and/or getting your work tickets issued.

Fire Safety Training
We have all heard about fire safety, but have you actually used a fire extinguisher? The Midland Fire Department will be  providing training on fire safety, which will include hands-on use of a fire extinguisher.
You are invited to attend one of the two sessions:
11/12/2013 - Tuesday Fire Safety 2:00 PM 3:00 PM F. Marie Hall - Room 101
11/14/2013 - Thursday Fire Safety 10:00 AM 11:00 AM F. Marie Hall - Room 101

Professional development credit will be given for attendance. Please communicate with your supervisors regarding your attendance to one of the available training sessions.

Health Tip from ERS Wellness

Watch your diet to help maintain your health

How much does your daily eating habits affect your daily health? Probably more than you think. Along with quitting smoking and exercising regularly, the best way to improve your overall health is to eat well and watch your weight. Your lifestyle habits, including how you choose to eat, are under your control.

Here are some eating tips to help maintain a balanced diet: 

  • choose whole foods over supplements; 
  • increase servings of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole gains; 
  • keep fat intake to less than 30% of total calories; and 
  • limit your alcohol intake.

Whole, plant-based foods provide a wide array of fiber, minerals, and vitamins that help fight disease. However, diets high in fat tend to be high in calories and excess alcohol raises the risk of many types of serious illness, including cancer.

So on your next trip to the market, linger in the produce section. Eating balanced meals goes hand in hand with other disease prevention habits, as well. Good nutrition can go a long way toward lowering your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other serious diseases.

More health and safety tips from MC Human Resources (Adobe .pdf file)