• June 17, 2019

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GOOD NEWS: Mission Patch Winners

Students Amaya Villanueva, 10th grader at Falcon Early College High School and Sofia Patino, fifth grader at Milam Elementary, were recognized at Ector County Independent School District’s board meeting for winning the Mission 13 Student Spaceflight Experiments Program Mission Patch Art and Design Competition. Their original artwork will fly to the International Space Station on the SpaceX CRS-18 on July 18 and return certified flown in space. Pictured are, from left to right: Stephanie Howard, Amaya, Sofia, Gabriela Granado and Tammy Hawkins.

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GOOD NEWS: Proclamation

On May 14, Mayor David Turner officially proclaimed Motorcycle Awareness month in the city of Odessa. There to receive the proclamation was Martin Munguia representing Los Carnales Motorcycle Club and Sarge from the Black Saints Motorcycle Club.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

Girl Scout Troop 27635 recently donated $1,000 and some much needed supplies to the Humane Society of Odessa. Accepting the check was Heather Silvia, shelter director.

GOOD NEWS: New officers

The Odessa Study Club installed new officers on May 14. Cheri Hensley performed the installation ceremony. Members and new officers are: Cheri Hensley, President Rhonda Gilliam, Vice President Phyllis George, Recording Secretary Carolyn Tripp, Corresponding Secretary Sheri Murray, Treasurer Sandra Blaydes, Pam Crutcher and Parliamentarian Susan Leathers.

GOOD NEWS: JCPenney receives company’s highest distinction

JCPenney general manager Richard Galan from Music City Mall was recently awarded the Company’s prestigious Founder’s Award for outstanding accomplishments in 2018.

GOOD NEWS: Teacher appreciation

Teachers from Alpine, Fort Davis, Marathon and Marfa Independent School Districts were feted at a May 9 reception for National Teacher Appreciation Week. The reception, hosted by the Sul Ross State University Education Department, included a welcome by Bill Kibler, Sul Ross President, refreshments and a panel discussion about character education programs in the respective districts. Panel members are, from left: Jeanne Qvarnstrom, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Assistant Professor of Education, panel moderator; Crystal Amara, Marfa ISD; Kelly Springfield, Marathon ISD; Shera Welch, Fort Davis ISD; and Zachary Wilkerson, Alpine ISD. Qvarnstrom, who organized the event, said the reception is intended to recognize the tremendous contributions of teachers in the communities and the importance of the partnerships among local school districts and the university.

GOOD NEWS: Britt Stone


GOOD NEWS: Midland College alum discovers IT niche

MIDLAND “When I started taking Information Technology classes at Midland College in the fall of 2016, it was divine intervention,” said Britt Stone.

GOOD NEWS: Names in the News - Airman Ricardo S. Cabeza


GOOD NEWS: Names in the news


GOOD NEWS: Certificate

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recently presented Terry Tyree with a certificate for his many contributions to the people of Texas for his 50 years service as a peace officer. The certificate states: “Across Texas, in our largest cities and most rural counties, law enforcement officers stand ready to serve and protect. On this occasion, I join my Fellow Texans in extending our appreciation to you, your dedication, diligence and devotion exemplify the Best of the Lone Star State.”


This year marks the second year that Midland College has graduates of its Primary Care Pathway program. The fast track to medical school is a partnership between Midland College, the University of North Texas, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and Midland Health. All of these students have already been accepted into medical school at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine and will graduate with a medical degree five years from now. Pictured is the MC Primary Care Pathway graduates with Midland College President Steve Thomas. From left: Mariah Herrera, Salman Mohiuddin, Natalie Adams, Steve Thomas, Manin Sehgal, Affan Ahmed and Lydia Padilla.


Solid Rock Fellowship Out West cowboy church pastor, from left, the Rev. Eddy Elliott, and Senior Associate Pastor Char Stuart stand in their Midland Church.


FPS 2007 Boys U12 Club Team are the Arlington Premier League Champions 2018-2019, ending with a 14-1 record. Team members are, back row: Coach Victor Munoz, Angel Heredia, Gabriel Munoz, Xian Christian, Enrique Cabello, Aiden Melendez, Sebastian Galindo and Coach Martin Rodriguez. Front row: Jaime Munoz, Mariano Franco, Matthew Gutierrez, Yahir Cortez, Connor Pickett and Aidan Rodriguez.

GOOD NEWS: Scholarships

Oxy Petroleum presented two $2,500 scholarships to Midland College to help students pursuing careers in Diesel and Energy Technology for the 2019-2020 academic year on May 8. The students who received the scholarships are Alex Elvira, Energy Technology and Dillon Kolp, Diesel Technology. “Scholarships like the one donated by Oxy Petroleum are life-changing to our students,” said Erin Casey-Richardson, associate director of scholarships. “Many of our students have a financial need and donations from companies like Oxy Petroleum make a real impact in their lives and in our community.” Thanks to the generosity of individual donors, private foundations and Permian Basin companies, Midland College awarded more than $1 million in scholarships. Pictured are: Pete Avalos, Mark Maroney, Alex Elvira, Dillon Kolp and Chad McGehee.

Texas Mutual awards $100K for new safety institute

Texas Mutual Insurance Company has awarded a $100,000 grant to Odessa College to fund workplace safety courses for employers, workers and the general public. Texas Mutual — the state’s leading provider of workers’ compensation insurance — began this commitment to safety education at state colleges 20 years ago and has since awarded $7.6 million in safety education grants.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross names ASC Newcomer of the Year

ALPINE Sul Ross State University sophomore first baseman Tim Johnson has been named American Southwest Conference Newcomer of the Year in an announcement on May 8.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

 Mulberry Café and Gerardo’s Casita generously donated 10% of a day’s proceeds to Dress for Success Permian Basin, a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the tools to help women thrive in work and in life. The proceeds support the services that DFS Permian Basin provides. Pictured are, from left to right: Lesley Owusu, DFS board Member; Tina Fields, DFS board member; Chris and Ashley Morales and their son, Mulberry Café’s Managers; Emily Weinberg, DFS executive director; and Lucy Sisniega, DFS board member.

GOOD NEWS: Click It or Ticket
GOOD NEWS: Click It or Ticket
GOOD NEWS: Click It or Ticket
GOOD NEWS: Click It or Ticket

The annual “Click it or Ticket” News Conference was held May 8 at the Odessa Police Department. According to TXDOT, last year 982 Texans died as a result of not wearing their seat belts. There were also 43 crashes in Ector County in which people not wearing seat belts sustained fatal or serious injuries. Between May 20 and June 2 of this year, OPD will increase seat belt enforcement. Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective step motorists can take to protect themselves in a crash as it significantly reduces the risk of dying.

GOOD NEWS: Winery Matters
GOOD NEWS: Celebration
GOOD NEWS: Clara Helen Edwards honored as 50-year banker

The Texas Bankers Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Texas Bankers Association, honored Clara Helen Edwards of West Texas State Bank in Monahans with the 50-Year Banker Award during TBA’s 135th Annual Convention on May 3 in Austin.

GOOD NEWS: Induction

Delta Mu Delta’s Zeta Upsilon Chapter at Sul Ross State University inducted 13 new members at the 27th induction ceremony April 29. Pictured are, from left, back row: Deborah Tout, chapter vice president; William Green, chapter advisor, and Adrian Norman, chapter secretary. Middle row: Martha Serrano, chapter president; Joseph Bennett, Geoffrey Calderon, Santiago Castillo, Abiola Orimolade, John Smithey, Holden Simpson and Loretta Garcia, chapter treasurer. Front row: Chase Horton, Elvira Garcia, Carolina Herrera, Griselda Munoz and Cristine Sanchez. Not pictured: Amy Hoover and Greg Roberts, inducted in absentia. Delta Mu Delta, founded in 1913, promotes higher scholarship in training for business while recognizing and rewarding scholastic attainment. Since the Zeta Upsilon Chapter was established at Sul Ross in 1993, more than 200 lifetime members and more than 20 honorary members have been inducted.

GOOD NEWS: Recognized

Sul Ross State University faculty and staff were recognized for longevity, accident-free work and outstanding service during the annual awards reception May 9 in the Pete P. Gallego Center. Recipients are, from left: Loretta Garcia, Small Business Development Center, 25 years’ service; Debbie Galvan, University Department of Public Safety, retiring May 31, 21 years’ service; Julie Vega, Academic Center for Excellence, 20 years’ service; Dona Roman, Fine Arts and Communication, 20 years’ service; Judith Loya, Student Support Services, 5-year safety award; Aaron Herrera, Student Support Services, Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence; Sylvia Fields, Accounting Services, 5-year safety award; Stephanie Bohanna, Talent Search Trio, 5-year safety award; Rockland Owens, Gear Up Grant, 5-year safety award and Bar-SR-Bar Award for Employee Excellence; Dr. Bill Kibler, Sul Ross President; Jessie Lara, Physical Plant, 20 years; Maria Miranda, Wildenthal Library, retired Dec. 31, 2018, 21 years’ service; Lizette Nava, Purchasing, 5-year safety award; John Howle, representing Aramark, Service Excellence Award; Kara O’Shaughnessy, Development and Alumni Relations, 5-year safety award; Danielle McAfee, Accounting Services, 5-year safety award; Rob Kinucan, Associate Provost, 30 years’ service; Oscar Jimenez, Accounting Services, 30 years’ service.


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