Author: Carol Langston

Island Potters Guild sets annual holiday sale

Just in time for the holidays, the Island Potters Guild at Galveston College will have its annual holiday sale on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 1-6 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q.

Students, faculty, staff and other guild members have been working diligently all semester to make some wonderful hand-crafted works of art, island treasures and gift items that will be included in the annual holiday fundraiser sale.

For more information, contact Amanda Barry Jones, instructor of fine arts, at abarry@gc.edu or (409) 944-1309.

Puppy cuddles, chair massages and finals survival kits to highlight Fall 2019 De-Stress Week

Final exams are Dec. 6-12 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities Dec. 2-5 to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Dec. 2
DIY Finals Survival Kit
Moody Lobby by Welcome Desk  – 5-7 p.m.
Come create a Finals Survival Kit. Snack foods, beverages and other surprises will be available.
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Puppies and Pastries
Behind the Cheney Student Center near the Food for Thought distribution – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cuddle with some adorable puppies. Pets provided by the Galveston Island Humane Society. Pastries and drinks will be provided.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Blood Drive – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Seibel Wing West – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Studies show that doing for others promotes psychological well-being. Save a life. Donate blood.
Grab and Go Nite Bites
Regents Hall Hallway by the Welcome Desk – 5-7 p.m.
Come mingle with Student Government Association officers. Light refreshments will be served.

Galveston College Community Chorale to bring ‘Tidings of Joy’ to community

“Tidings of Joy” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas. The free concert is open to the public.
Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, the chorale will feature a performance of “Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols” by English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) accompanied by a string ensemble and organ. Holst is best known for his masterpiece ”The Planets.”
While music director at Morley College, Holst dedicated “Christmas Day” to the music students. It was first performed on Jan. 28, 1911. The piece is composed of four familiar Christmas carols with “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “The First Noel” as the most prominent.
The chorale also will perform other holiday music, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Silent Night,” an early American hymn entitled “Brightest and Best,” along with such favorites as “Sleigh Ride” and Winter Wonderland.”
Internationally acclaimed organist, Ron Wyatt, the chorale’s accompanist, also will be featured in a special musical presentation on the pipe organ.
The chorale is composed of singers from the greater Galveston area and is open to individuals who are interested in singing and being a part of an outstanding choral organization.
For more information on joining the Galveston College Community Chorale, contact the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344.

Share Your Holidays food drive underway on campus

Galveston College is the newest community partner in the Share Your Holidays Food Drive benefiting the Galveston County Food Bank.

Coordinated by Ball High School students and faculty, the 39th annual ABC13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive will culminate this year on Friday, Dec. 6, at Ball High School, 41st Street and Avenue O.

Non-perishable food items or monetary contributions will be accepted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and other student organizations on the Galveston College campus from now until Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Collection boxes are located throughout the main campus and the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

The Galveston College SGA and other student organization leaders will travel to Ball High School at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, to appear on ABC13.

All contributions benefit the Galveston County Food Bank for distribution to those in need throughout Galveston County. Most-needed items include cereal, whole-grain pasta and rice, peanut butter, canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats, beans and soup, hygiene and household items, paper products, and kid-friendly snacks (e.g. fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars) and for seniors — nutritional shakes and drinks, as well as adult hygiene products.

Start a family holiday tradition with Making Gingerbread Houses

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like a festive gingerbread house. Learn how to make one of your own during a four-evening class this December at Galveston College.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts program will host Making Gingerbread Houses on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 2-5, from 6-8 p.m. Start a fun family holiday tradition with the skills you’ll learn.

Instructor Chef Mirta Salinas will offer tips and tricks on making a great gingerbread house from scratch, complete with all of the festive decorations and gingerbread people.

Each participant will make and decorate his or her own gingerbread house. The class is open to students of all ages. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The cost for the class is $29 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

To reserve a spot and for registration information, call Linda Jenko in Galveston College Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

Two Whitecaps baseball players sign National Letters of Intent

Two Galveston College baseball players on Nov. 13 signed National Letters of Intent to play with Texas universities.

“We are excited to be sending another two student-athletes to outstanding NCAA Division I programs in our region,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Kevin Lallmann. “Each of these students is a solid player with an excellent record. It’s another great day to be a Whitecap.”

Those signing letters of intent included

Jaycob Deese, a right-handed pitcher from Houston, University of Houston.

Roberto Gonzalez, an infielder from Katy, University of the Incarnate Word.

During Coach Lallmann’s four years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 28 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had two players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.

The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.

Nov. 13 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country signed their National Letters of Intent.

To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/4-year-college-transfer-achievements/.

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Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players signing NCAA National Letters of Intent include (front row from left) Roberto Gonzalez of Katy and Jaycob Deese of Houston. They are pictured with Whitecaps Director of Athletics Christa Wallace, Head Baseball Coach Kevin Lallmann and Assistant Baseball Coach Kyle Giusti. Nov. 13 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country signed their National Letters of Intent.

Theatre department to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present a gift to the community this month with a three-day run of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” a thrilling adaption of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic by Patrick Barlow.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

 This adaptation brings Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using five actors, mesmerizing props and the power of imagination. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future journey through time to remind an iron-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge what Christmas is truly about.

Audience members will witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long.

According to reviews, “Patrick Barlow’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a magnificent twist on this timeless story of redemption.  A true celebration of theatre and the holiday season. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave full of holiday cheer.”

Director is Liz Lacy, program coordinator for Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Maxey, Eric Scales, Wrath Sorrell and Brittney Somoza.

“A Christmas Carol” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy at 409-944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

Early priority registration for spring 2020 semester underway

Early priority registration for the spring 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Jan. 21.

Registration hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

To view the spring 2020 schedule of classes, visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/. To search for classes, visit https://gc.edu/search-for-classes.

New students can apply for admission at https://gc.edu/admissions/steps-to-enroll/ or https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX.

Financial aid is available for qualified students. Contact the Galveston College Financial Aid office for information.

Students registering now also have access to a new FACTS monthly payment plan option. Payments may be made via e-Cashier by automatic bank payment or credit card. Additional information is on the Whitecaps portal.

For more information, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-4242 or admissions@gc.edu.

DAR offers scholarships for students

The George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Galveston, Texas, invites Galveston College students to apply for scholarships offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States to apply for a scholarship offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.  Applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, applicants may want to reach out to the George Washington Chapter for help with their applications.

For more information, contact Meghann Nash in the Galveston College Financial Aid office at mnash@gc.edu. Deadline for applications is midnight on February 15, 2020?

Visit the DAR website for a list of scholarships: https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info.

Discovery of new dinosaur is topic of Galveston College lecture

Galveston College will present a lecture about the discovery of a new dinosaur species, “A new dinosaur relative from the beginning of the age of dinosaurs in northern Colorado,” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Speaker is Dr. Jeffrey W. Martz, assistant professor of geology at the University of Houston-Downtown, who recently helped discover a new species of dinosaur called Kwanasaurus williamparkeri, a dinosauromorph about as large as a medium-sized dog.

“This year the lecture series at Galveston College is focused on discoveries and to learn that new discoveries about dinosaurs can happen anytime is quite fascinating,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee, which organizes the lecture series.

“Many of us might think that we know almost everything about these creatures that lived many millions of years ago just to find out that this is not exactly true. In fact, there are so many things we still do not know about these animals that became extinct a long time ago. This lecture is an exciting opportunity for everybody to learn about dinosaurs and their lives from a researcher who makes these discoveries. We welcome everybody to attend this exciting lecture.”

Dr. Martz was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up primarily in the Denver and Salida regions of Colorado. He began his studies in paleontology as an intern at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science while still attending high school, and worked at Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska in 1994 before attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The lecture is the second in the college’s 2019-20 lecture series: Discovery: The Forefront of Knowledge. It is free and open to the public.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy will provide refreshments for the evening.