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From the President

Can you believe that Midland College is 35 years old? Yes, it was that long ago that the first Board of Trustees selected Dr. Al G. Langford to be president of this new college. He hired the first administrators and faculty to launch this bold venture. For a decade he saw it grow and prosper. Dr. Jess H. Parrish followed in his footsteps in providing the college with the expertise gained as president of a community college in Tennessee. Again, this president served for a decade, leading the college in pertinent areas that were common in those young institutions called community colleges. It was my good fortune to follow these educational giants and to have been a part of our continued growth and development during the past 16-plus years. The Board of Trustees of Midland College has always consisted of intelligent and dedicated men and women who have directed this community college into relevant areas of service. They are to be congratulated for their vision and constant support! So, here we are with 35 years of successful operation, continuing to grow and serve. Happy 35th Birthday, Midland College!!!

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Midland College’s Three Presidents (from left to right)

Dr. Al G. Langford served from September 1, 1969 to July 31, 1981

Dr. Jess H. Parrish served from August 1, 1981 to July 31, 1991

Dr. David E. Daniel served since August 1, 1991

Midland College now has a 605,000+ sq. ft. main campus and, with its eight other extensions, serves over 25,000 credit and continuing education students every year.

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35th Anniversary Commemorative Artwork What better way to acknowledge an anniversary than with art? That’s what Art Professor Warren Taylor thought. In his collaboration with Publications Lab Instructor Karen Lanier, they arrived together at an ingenious concept. What began as the design of two minds, ultimately became the united effort of over 25 MC art students. Karen Lanier first designed the artwork using Adobe Photoshop software. Then a grid was superimposed upon the image, increased in scale, and each student was given a 4 x 4 inch square to paint.

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The Chaparrals

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The students’ squares were then brought together to form what has ultimately become The Chaparrals. The cumulative effect is similar to that of a mosaic, of many smaller, discrete parts coming together to form a united whole; and students were able to experience the satisfaction of seeing how their individual squares fit into that gorgeous aggregate. The Chaparrals will hang on permanent display in the Scharbauer Student Center.

Our Midland College Ambassadors The Ambassadors are the faces of MC, serving as hosts and guides to visitors and new students. Whether ushering at a Phyllis & Bob Cowan Performing Art Series or Davidson Distinguished Lecture Series event, or assisting at an athletic event, the Ambassadors exemplify the best in hospitality and service that MC has to offer. This group of 30 MC students was founded in 2001 under the leadership of Student Life Director Julia Vickery. Ms. Vickery saw the need for assistance with campus events — there were plenty of activities, but few students available to help.

Julia Vickery (in black) with several of the Midland College Ambassadors

A scholarship program, funded by the Midland College Foundation, accompanies membership in the Ambassadors. The Ambassadors complete 40 hours of community service each semester and live in the MC residence halls, where their rent is paid because of their servic