Events • See MC/Sí, MC • Presentations

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Presentations feature different speakers covering a variety of topics related to college experiences.

See MC/Sí, MC event attendees will be able to participate in presentations to learn more about college. Presentations will occur at 11:30, 12:30 and 1:00 pm at various locations around campus. In total, 22 presentations are planned, including four in Spanish. To complete the Grand Prize entry, attendees aged 10-and-over need to attend at least one presentation.


11:30 to 11:55 am

My College Story, Horace Brown

Summary: Horace grew up in a family of six kids, including five older sisters, and not one college graduate. His dad had a seventh grade education and was a World War II Veteran. His mom had a four year degree from Grambling University in education but did not even hang her diploma on the wall because she didn't want to embarrass his dad. His mom never pushed them to get a college degree. Basketball and some great art teachers helped him start his college career but his drive to get that all important education was a constant struggle.

Presenter: Horace Brown, Meteorologist, KMID-TV ABC 2


12:30 am to 12:55 pm

My First Generation to College Story - Dr. Michael Chavez

Summary: Dr. Chavez overcame poverty, gangs and drugs. Thanks to support of family, friends and educators, Dr. Chavez was the first in his family to complete a high school degree. However, he didn’t stop there - he now has a doctorate degree from New Mexico State University.

Presenter: Dr. Michael Chavez, Midland College Dean of Enrollment Management

Dual Credit (college credit during high school)

Summary: Do you want college credits while still in high school? Get information regarding dual credit through Midland College. Session includes processes of applying, registering and paying for dual credit classes. Find out more to see if dual credit is right for you!

Presenter: Angela Balch, Midland College Registrar

Early College High School at MC - Is It For You?

Summary: Current staff and students from Early College High School at Midland College (ECHS@MC) will discuss their innovative high school and how it is changing lives. Learn how to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time-for free!

Presenter: Students from ECHS@MC, facilitated by Dr. Laura Portillo, Early College High School Assistant Principal

Financial Aid, Making College Affordable

Summary: Attend this session to learn about all the types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, jobs on campus and others) that are available to help make college affordable. During this session, participants will learn how much it costs to attend college and will receive helpful hints like when is the best time to apply for financial aid.

Presenter: Adrianna Perez, Scholarship Specialist

Midland's Legacy Scholarship

Summary: Community leaders have ensured that all eligible graduates of high schools in Midland county are able to attend Midland College by greatly reducing the cost of their education. To be eligible for the Legacy Scholarship, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency and attend Legacy Scholarship orientation. This presentation will outline the steps required to receive and maintain this tremendous gift.

Presenter: Kristy Messmer, Legacy Advisor

My First Generation to College Story, Duberlinda Mauricio-Celi, IN SPANISH

Summary: Dube visited the United States in 2000 and decided to learn English. She attended ESL classes at Midland College and had a tutor from Midland Need to Read. A year later, she decided to enroll as a full-time student at Midland College. At the beginning of her journey, she faced many difficulties. However, after a lot of hard work, she received an associate degree at MC and then transferred to UTPB where she got her bachelor's and master's degree. After completing her master's degree, she began working at MC as a full-time Spanish instructor.

Presenter: Duberlinda Mauricio-Celi, Midland College Spanish Instructor

College Basics  IN SPANISH

Summary: "Where do I start?  Are there fees to pay when I apply? Does everyone need testing?  Can I make an appointment with an Advisor?  How much is this going to cost and how can I plan to pay for it? Come find out what are the first few steps to begin the process."

Presenter: Diana Ramos, Midland College Advisor

Tour of Campus

Summary: A half-hour tour of the Allison Fine-Arts Building, F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Physical Education Building and Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building. Points of interest during the tour will include the Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center, Scharbauer Student Center, and Early College High School.

Presenter: Midland College Regents (students)

Tour of the SimLife Center

Summary: Midland College has a state of the art simulated hospital on campus! Come see what it means to be the nurse, respiratory therapist, the sonographer, or the EMT/paramedic. At the SimLife Center, students feel like they are the real thing in this simulated environment. Come interact with our patients.

Presenter: Debra Kerr, Simulation Technician--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Kimberly Montalvo, Clerk--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Lea Keesee, Director--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center

Tour of Dining Hall and Dorm

Summary: Home away from home or mi casa es su casa. Come learn what it means to live on the Midland College campus. Receive a tour of a room in one of our residence halls.

Presenter: Tana Baker, Student Life Director; John Oyerbides, Residence Hall Manager

1:00 to 1:25 pm

My First Generation to College Story, Morris Williams

Summary: Morris Williams Jr. credits Midland College as a huge reason for his success today. However, it would be safe to say that he took the road less traveled to get to his current position as the City of Midland's Director of Solid Waste. He was a high school dropout who is now a college graduate with a Master's of Business Administration. Mr. Williams' story is one of eventual triumph and it emphasizes the saying: It is not how you start, but how you finish.

Presenter: Morris Williams, Director of Solid Waste, City of Midland

My First Generation to College Story, Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray

Summary: Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray was raised in the oilfields of West Texas. She returned to school at the age of 40. After a lot of hard work, she completed advanced degrees at Texas Tech.

Presenter: Dr. Paula Marshall-Gray, History & Anthropology Professor

College Basics

Summary: "Where do I start?  Are there fees to pay when I apply? Does everyone need testing?  Can I make an appointment with an Advisor?  How much is this going to cost and how can I plan to pay for it? Come find out what are the first few steps to begin the process."

Presenter: Diana Ramos, Midland College Advisor

Dual Credit (college credit during high school)

Summary: Do you want college credits while still in high school? Get information regarding dual credit through Midland College. Session includes processes of applying, registering and paying for dual credit classes. Find out more to see if dual credit is right for you!

Presenter: Angela Balch, Midland College Registrar

Legacy Scholarship

Summary: Community leaders have ensured that all eligible graduates of high schools in Midland county are able to attend Midland College by greatly reducing the cost of their education. To be eligible for the Legacy Scholarship, students must graduate with a 2.75 GPA on a 4.0 scale, complete 40 hours of community service at an approved agency and attend the Legacy Scholar orientation. This presentation will outline the steps required to receive and maintain this tremendous gift.

Presenter: Kristy Messmer, Legacy Advisor

Early College High School at MC - Is It For You?

Summary: Current staff and students from Early College High School at Midland College (ECHS@MC) will discuss their innovative high school and how it is changing lives. Learn how to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree at the same time-for free!

Presenters: Students from ECHS@MC, facilitated by Dr. Laura Portillo, Early College High School Assistant Principal

Financial Aid - Making College Affordable, IN SPANISH

Summary: Attend this session to learn about all the types of financial aid (grants, scholarships, jobs on campus and others) that are available to help make college affordable.  During this session, participants will learn how much it costs to attend college and will receive helpful hints like when is the best time to apply for financial aid.

Presenter: Adrianna Perez, Scholarship Specialist

My First Generation to College Story, Pablo Salas, IN SPANISH 

Summary: Pablo was born on a ranch in Big Bend National Park to parents who did not believe in education. They thought school was for rich people and bosses. His parents were forced by the state of Texas to enroll their children in school. His brother mentored him and made sure he graduated from college.

Presenter: Pablo Salas, Midland College Math Instructor

Tour of Campus

Summary: A half-hour tour of the Allison Fine-Arts Building, F. Marie Hall Academic Building, Physical Education Building and Abell-Hanger Science Faculty Building. Points of interest during the tour will include the Helen L. Greathouse Children's Center, Scharbauer Student Center, and Early College High School.

Presenter: Midland College Regents (students)

Tour of the SimLife Center

Summary: Midland College has a state of the art simulated hospital on campus! Come see what it means to be the nurse, respiratory therapist, the sonographer, or the EMT/paramedic. At the SimLife Center, students feel like they are the real thing in this simulated environment. Come interact with our patients.

Presenter: Debra Kerr, Simulation Technician--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Kimberly Montalvo, Clerk--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center, Lea Keesee, Director--F. Marie Hall SimLife Center.

Tour of Dining Hall and Dorm

Summary: Home away from home or mi casa es su casa. Come learn what it means to live on the Midland College campus. Receive a tour of a room in one of our residence halls.

Presenter: Tana Baker, Student Life Director; John Oyerbides, Residence Hall Manager

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footer seemcMidland College is dedicated to encouraging higher education participation by first generation to college families through events such as See MC/Sí, MC.

For more event information, please contact:
Alfredo Chaparro
(432) 559-1372
achaparro@midland.edu