Full Circle - October 7

Own a Piece of MC History

During the 2012-13 academic year, special 40th anniversary banners were hung on the light poles around the campus circle and on Foundation Blvd. to commemorate MC's 40th anniversary.  The banners have been removed and cleaned.  You can own one for a donation of $100 to to the MC Alumni Association.

Donations will be used for the creation of an MC Alumni Association Scholarship to be awarded to MC graduates who transfer to 4-year institutions.

The banners (Adobe .pdf file) are 30" x  60" and are double-sided.  They are made of top-quality vinyl, and all four corners have brass grommets for easy hanging.

MC Director of Alumni Relations J. Don Wallace said, "These banners certainly have some history to them, and they reflect how important Midland College has been to our community the last 40 years.  What a great way to show your support to the MC Alumni Association by purchasing one of these banners as a keepsake."

For more information, contact Wallace at (432) 685-4765, jwallace@midland.edu

Upcoming Events

Today!  MC Chaparral Baseball vs. Odessa College
Christensen Stadium
2:00 p.m.

More Chaparral baseball at Christensen Stadium on October 15 when MC vs. Howard College
MC Chaparral Baseball fall schedule

Tonight!  League of Women Voters Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum
Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room
7:00 p.m.

Canvas Review - for All Canvas Faculty & Staff Users
Tuesday, October 8, 2013, 3:00 p.m.
MHAB Lecture Hall (Room 101)
In implementing Canvas this semester, there have been a lot of similar questions asked by faculty.  Jennifer Goolsby will lead this session to discuss common questions.  This is an open session for any MC employee who wants to know more about Canvas.  Some of the topics are

  • Grade book & managing columns
  • Assignment groups
  • Assignment submissions
  • Multiple due dates
  • Inbox/Conversations
  • Help tickets
  • Modules

Open Forum with MC President
MC President Dr. Steve Thomas invites all MC employees to meet with him for informal discussions regarding MC and student success.
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

Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Arts Series presents Texas Jamm Band

Thursday, October 10 •
What began as a weekly local jam session for some of the Ace In The Hole band members has grown into a successful honky-tonking, hard-driving country band of seasoned musicians ... and they're coming to Midland!

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League of Women Voters Hosts City Council Candidate Forum
Monday, October 14
7:00 p.m.
Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room

MC Writers' Group Kickoff Meeting

The Midland College Department of English is happy to announce the formation of a Community Writers' Group, an informal group designed to encourage, critique, and support creative writing in all ages throughout the community.

The organizational meeting will be held Oct. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Herd Faculty Lounge in the Scharbauer Student Center (Beal Plaza side) and is opened to anyone who is interested in any genre of creative writing:  essay, short story, novel, play, poetry.
For additional information, contact Dr. Pamela Howell, 685-4628/ prhowell@midland.edu.

Permian Basin Homebuilders Association Hosts Mayoral Candidate Forum
Moderated by Jay Hendricks of CBS7
Tuesday, October 15
7:00 p.m.
Scharbauer Student Center Carrasco Room

Heartsaver Class
Wednesday, October 16, 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Advanced Technology Center (3200 W. Cuthbert), Room 135
Cost = $55
Course includes American Heart Association CPR, first aid and AED usage instruction.

Contact Wendy Wood-Collins, 685-6364, wwoodcollins@midland.edu

MC Volleyball
October 16, 7:00 p.m.
Lady Chaps take on Odessa College at the Al G. Langford Chaparral Cente
Lady Chaps Volleyball Schedule

Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series presents Ed Viesturs

Thursday, October 17 •
Ed Viesturs is widely regarded as this country's foremost high-altitude mountaineer. He has successfully reached the summits of all of the world's 14 8,000-meter peaks without supplemental oxygen, in an 18-year project he christened Endeavor 8,000.

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The MC Bookstore has just received a shipment of Mr. Viesturs' books.  Titles available at the Bookstore include No Shortcuts to the Top, K2:  LIfe and Death on the World's Most Dangerous Mountain and The Will to Climb:  Obsession and Commitment and the Quest to Climb Annapuran--the World's Deadliest Peak (available in paperback and hard cover).  Viesturs' latest book, The Mountain:  My Time on Everest, will be released tomorrow (October 8), and the Bookstore will have copies available at that time, "hot off the press."

Rockin' Out with Flash Cadillac
The Midland/Odessa Symphony & Chorale (MOSC) presents the first of its 2013 Pops and Family Series on Saturday, October 19, at 7:30 p.m.  Come early to enjoy the Free car show and sock hop!
More about this event (Adobe .pdf file)
Did you know that some of MC's adjunct music instructors are musicians and sing in the chorale with the MOSC.  Season tickets for all symphony concerts and/or just the Classical and Pops series are available at a 20 percent discount.  Contact the Wagner Noel Box Office for more information.

Kudos & Accomplishments

Congratulations to Vocational Nursing Insrtructor Jean Eaton who recently completed a master's degree in nursing education from Grand Canyon University.

Welcome to Patricia (Pat) McKiddy, a new database programmer in the Information Technology Department.  Pat worked in the Title V Office from 2001-2004 and decided to return to MC. 

Happy Birthday, today, to Patty Zeigler, Terry Joliffe and Jenny Garnica!
MC Employee and Retiree Birthdays, October 7-21 (Adobe .pdf file)

Student Activities - October 2013

(Adobe .pdf file) with information and activities scheduled for October

Dollye Neal Chapel Update

The Dollye Neal Chapel turns 10 years old in January.  MC Director of Alumni Relations J. Don Wallace reports that over the past 10 years, 76 weddings have been held at the chapel, many of them are current MC students and MC alums.

MC Spirit Squad Collecting Water Bottle Caps

The Spirit Squad has been practicing at Legacy Elite Gym for the past four years, and this summer one of the athletes in a different class was diagnosed with Leukemia. She is only 11 years old and her parents are stressed about finances and the all the other burdens that come with this. The doctors have a program that allows her to receive a free round of Chemotherapy for every 500 water bottle caps that she collects. The MC Spirit Squad will be collecting water bottle caps for her to help ease some of the financial stress from her parents.

MC employees are asked to help by collecting water bottle caps.  When you have several collected, please contact Ty Soliz, and he will get them. 

Reminder from the MC Mailroom

All pieces of mail requiring postage should have an account number on them so that the appropriate department can e charged. 

From the MC Professional Development Center

On Course is excited to announce our Fall 2013 and all 2014 public On Course workshops.  Here’s what one educator had to say after attending an On Course workshop:

“This has been, without a doubt, the best workshop I have attended during my 35 years of professional life. I wish I had discovered the On Course I Workshop years ago.”
— Jan Reed, Counselor, First Year Programs, Piedmont Virginia Community College, VA

Read about other educators' experiences at this innovative workshop.,

If you want your students to become better learners, to persist in reaching their academic and life goals, then consider trying some of the many On Course student success strategies. You can read more about these strategies by visiting the On Course website.

For faculty, counselors, administrators and program support staff, attending one of the public On Course workshops offers you an opportunity to acquire extensive training in student success strategies as well as network with educators from colleges across the country.   Find out about registration for the public workshops

To schedule any of our on-campus workshops — including our new Front Line Staff workshop — simply send an email to workshop@oncourseworkshop.com.

“The On Course I Workshop is an excellent workshop whether you come as a counselor, advisor, administrator, or faculty member. I am going home empowered. I am looking forward to attending the On Course II Workshop and the On Course National Conference next year and facilitating the use of this excellent retention/student success course at my college.” — Mary West, Associate Vice President of Instruction, Guilford Technical Community College, NC

Find out about registration information for the November, 2013 workshop near San Francisco.

Upcoming Workshop Dates and Locations

On Course I:  
  • October 3-6, 2013 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • November 7-10, 2013 near San Francisco with Jonathan
  • May 20-23, 2014 near San Francisco with Jonathan
  • May 27-30, 2014 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • June 14-17, 2014 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • June 24-27, 2014 near San Francisco with Jonathan
  • July 14-17, 2014 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • August 4-7, 2014 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • November 6-9, 2014 near San Francisco with Jonathan

On Course II:   
  • October 25-28, 2013 near San Francisco with Jonathan
  • June 26-29, 2014 near Baltimore/Washington, D.C. with Skip
  • October 17-20, 2014 near San Francisco with Jonathan
"This is the best workshop on teaching and learning I've ever attended." — Sarah Clemmons, Senior Vice-President of Instructional and Student Services, Chipola College, FL

Register and learn more about the April 2014 On Course National Conference in California.

Professional Development Opportunities from Starlink

Read Starlink's October newsletter.  For access to any of the online seminars/workshops, please contact Lesley Isaacs, 685-4553, lisaacs@midland.edu

College Classics Needs You!

College Classics is looking for a few good men or women interested in teaching for spring 2014.  Right now, the program needs a computer instructor. 

College Classics is a program that provides a low cost, non-credit, opportunity for citizens fifty and over to broaden their knowledge in areas of interest in an informal educational setting. Classes are offered on the Midland College campus and are taught by Midland College faculty and staff and members of our community who want to share their expertise in a variety of areas. 

If you know of anyone, please direct them to the Community Programs Continuing Education Department.

Remember, instructors for College Classics are volunteers.  The dates for the spring 2014 College Classics program are as follows:

Session I:          Jan 27 – Feb 21

Session II:        Feb 24 – Mar 28 (Spring Break March 10 - 14)

Session III:       Mar 31 – May 2 (Easter Break April 18 & 21)

 If you have any questions, please contact Brenda Corddero, 685-4724, bcordero@midland.edu

Flu shots—at no cost to you 

 If you’re a HealthSelect member, you can get your flu shot covered 100% with no cost sharing (copays, coinsurance, or deductibles) when you use a contracted network provider like a participating CVS® MinuteClinic®, Walgreens Pharmacy, or Target® Clinic.

With flu season just around the corner, be sure to get your flu shot this October—at no cost to you when you go to network providers: www.healthselectoftexas.com

Once you find a flu shot provider, please make sure to do the following:

  • Present your MEDICAL ID CARD for HealthSelect of Texas (United Healthcare)
  • Tell the provider to file the shot as a Medical Claim with United Healthcare
  • Double check to make sure the shot will be filed as a medical claim  

If you're insured with Healthselect of Texas, please read the flyer (Adobe .pdf file) regarding the flu shots.

For all other health plans, please contact your plan representative.

You may call Augie Velasquez in the MC Human Resources Department at 685-4725 if you have any questions.