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GOOD NEWS: Donation

The Complex Community Federal Credit Union recently donated West Texas Strong tumblers to Odessa Police Department officers.

GOOD NEWS: Back Up the Blue

The Hollingsworth Head Start Center presented a Christmas program on Dec. 20. They honored the Odessa Police Department officers and first responders with snacks and cards.

GOOD NEWS: Donation

The Greater Texas Ford Dealers recently donated $12,500 to the Odessa Police Department.

GOOD NEWS: In Appreciation

The Earl S. Bailey American Legion Post No. 430 and American Legion Auxiliary recently treated the Odessa Police Department to water and snacks.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Dean's List

ALPINE Sul Ross State University has announced its fall 2019 Dean’s List.

GOOD NEWS: Assistant Sul Ross VP earns Ed.D

ALPINE Graduating Sul Ross students were not the only ones to walk the stage this fall. One of the University’s executive administrators also achieved her goal of earning a doctorate degree.

GOOD NEWS: Christmas Caroling
GOOD NEWS: Names in the News


MC’s special advisor to the president receives prestigious leadership award

MIDLAND The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) presented Deana Savage, Midland College special advisor to the president, with the Demetria N. Gibbs Outstanding Chair Award on Dec. 9.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross supporter, community leader receives honorary degree

ALPINE Longtime friend of Sul Ross State University and Alpine community leader Elena Pena Gallego received an Honorary Bachelor of Arts Degree during the fall commencement Dec. 13.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Fall Graduates

Sul Ross State University Alpine and Middle Rio Grande Campuses held fall 2019 commencement Dec. 13-24.

GOOD NEWS: Department of Education inducts 2019 members

ALPINE The Sul Ross State University Department of Education welcomed ten students into the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society during a ceremony on Dec. 12.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross President Bill Kibler to retire

ALPINE Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler has recently announced his retirement.

GOOD NEWS: Pinning Ceremony

The Midland College Associate Degree Nursing students were pinned at a ceremony on Dec. 12 in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium. The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing schools, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice. The nursing pin has a long and honorable history. The tradition of pinning began in 1860 when Florence Nightingale was awarded The Red Cross of St. George by Queen Victoria for her service in the Crimean War. Nightingale shared this honor with her nursing school students by giving each graduate a badge. By 1916 the pinning ceremony became an established tradition of nursing schools. Nursing graduates are: Grace Adewoyin, Genessa Avara, Kellsie Beran, Maria Briceno, Falyn Chesnut, Haley Cleveland, Alexandria Corpus, Marisol Corral, Sophia Cuevas, Nicole Doelling, Alaina Granado, Austin Holloway, Victoria Leonard, Alexis Martinez, Madeleine Messer, Stella Odoyo, Karime Ortiz, Kyle Parker, Marlene Patton, Violet Paz, Francisca Rodriguez, Hissel Sotelo and Ericka Whittaker. Students who received special awards are: Falyn Chesnut, Academic Excellence Award; and Falyn Chesnut, Kyle Parker and Marlene Patton, all received the Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.

GOOD NEWS: MC recognizes faculty for teaching excellence

MIDLAND Midland College celebrated educators for their excellence in teaching at an awards luncheon held on Dec. 3.

GOOD NEWS: Coffee with a Cop
GOOD NEWS: Career Day
GOOD NEWS: Scholarship Endowment

TXCPA Permian Basin recently presented a $65,000 check to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin to increase the scholarship endowment for accounting students. This money is added to the $35,000 they donated in early February 2019, bringing the total scholarship endowment to $100,000. The money will be used to help the increasing number of accounting students at UTPB pay for their educational expenses. TXCPA Permian Basin’s goal is to continue adding money to the scholarship to help future accounting students pursue their career in accounting. TXCPA Permian Basin, the local chapter of the Texas Society of CPAs, maintains a strong relationship with UTPB, offering programs, networking opportunities and resources to students at the local college. “TXCPA Permian Basin is proud to present this scholarship money for accounting students at UTPB. They are our future workforce and leaders. They are the young men and women that we’ll be hiring in the near future and our chapter is proud to invest in their careers,” Chad Valentine, CPA, president of TXCPA Permian Basin, said. For more information about TXCPA, visit www.tscpa.org. Pictured are, from left: Wendell Snodgrass, vice president of Institutional Advancement; Steven Beach, dean of College of Business; Sandra Woodley, UTPB president; Chad Valentine, TXCPA Permian Basin president; and J.D. Faircloth, TXCPA Permian Basin president-elect.

GOOD NEWS: Affiliated Bank, SouthWest Bank to merge

On Dec. 8, 2019, BancAffiliated, Inc. (“BancAffiliated”), the sole shareholder of Affiliated Bank, National Association (“Affiliated Bank”), and Odessa SouthWest Bancshares, Inc. (“Odessa SouthWest”), the sole shareholder of SouthWest Bank, signed an Agreement and Plan of Merger pursuant to which BancAffiliated will acquire SouthWest Bank from Odessa SouthWest in a stock and cash transaction.

GOOD NEWS: Official Visit

U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) recently met with Permian Strategic Partnership Chairman Don Evans and Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Bruce Bugg to discuss energy production and transportation priorities for Texans in the Permian Basin. The Dec. 2 meeting in Washington follows Cornyn’s visit to the Permian Basin Petroleum Museum in Midland in August with Evans and Bugg to discuss West Texas infrastructure with local elected officials.

GOOD NEWS: Sul Ross Zeta Delta Chapter receives award

ALPINE The Sul Ross State University Zeta Delta Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi received the Celebration of Teaching Achievement Plaque and Cash Award from the international organization in an announcement Dec. 3.


The Hays Steam Magnet Academy Honor Choir recently visited the Odessa Police Department to sing Christmas carols to the officers.


 Odessa Study Club recently met for a meeting hosted by Debbie Morgan and Jeanette Hollmann, both pictured. Sandra Woodley spoke to members about the positive impact the University of the Permian Basin has on the community. We also learned about the many programs offered to students to transform lives and society.  

GOOD NEWS: gift of giving

 Marley Parrish, 11, of Gardendale collects items for Grand Companions Humane Society of Fort Davis at her birthday party. Her invited guests were asked to bring items for homeless pets instead of gifts. They could also bring warm clothing for the homeless if they preferred. What an amazing young lady to share with others. Grand Companions appreciates all the blankets, towels, toys and food that was delivered for the shelter.  

GOOD NEWS: Christmas Spirit
GOOD NEWS: MC inducts 27 new members into English Honor Society

MIDLAND Midland College inducted 27 new members into Sigma Kappa Delta (SKD), the English Honor Society on Nov. 14.


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