Author: Carol Langston

Anne Powers

Lecture on internships to feature NASA aerospace engineer

Galveston College will present “Internships: The Power to Change Lives,” a lecture featuring aerospace engineer Anne Powers on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

Anne Powers was born near Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Scotts Valley, California. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego, California, with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Currently, she is employed as plug-in port utilization officer, flight controller, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she has worked in various capacities since 2004.

Powers will recount her journey from unpaid high school intern at NASA’s Ames Research Center near San Jose, California, to her current job as a flight controller in daily contact with the International Space Station. She will describe multiple NASA internship positions she has held along with other internship opportunities available now.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Galveston College Cosmetology

Cosmetology program sets spring Client Days

Are you ready to freshen up your spring look?

The Galveston College Cosmetology department will open for services on Fridays in February from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All services are offered at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway, Galveston.

The pricing schedule is as follows:

  • manicures – $10
  • shampoo and blowout – $10
  • shampoo and iron work (curling iron or flat iron) – $10
  • haircuts – $10

Cosmetology will host facial spa nights by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays after 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 27. Cost is $10.

Call (409) 944-1406 to book an appointment.

Galveston College Surgical Technology program receives CAAHEP accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), at its January meeting, awarded programmatic accreditation to Galveston College’s Surgical Technology program. The initial five-year accreditation followed a rigorous review process, including a self-study and two-day visit to the Galveston campus.

“Receiving this distinction means we meet or exceed the standards set forth by CAAHEP, the gold standard for accreditation in our field,” said program director Athena Sempe. “Earning CAAHEP accreditation also speaks to the high quality of our Galveston College Surgical Technology program and confirms that we are preparing our students well.”

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

With the addition of CAAHEP accreditation, Galveston College Surgical Technology students are now eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Upon passing the exam, graduates are considered Certified Surgical Technologists.

Galveston College had an accredited Surgical Technology program until 2012, when it was discontinued. The program was revived in 2016 at the request of the University of Texas Medical Branch due to a shortage of skilled surgical technicians. UTMB serves as a primary clinical site for students enrolled in the program.

“There is a high demand for certified surgical technologists in the Galveston and Houston areas,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “We are very proud that our Surgical Technology program has achieved CAAHEP accreditation. This demonstrates the quality of our program and the dedication of our faculty to ensure the program prepares students for success as surgical technologists.”

Sempe, former Surgical Technology program director and instructor at Montgomery College in Maryland and practicing surgical technologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, was brought on board to implement the program.

Students in the Galveston College Surgical Technology program benefit from a blend of rigorous classroom instruction and hands-on training—a combination that enables them to strengthen their newfound knowledge and skills.

“Our students are fortunate in that they receive an extra semester – or 300 hours – of clinical surgical experience that students in many surgical technology programs do not receive,” Sempe said. “They also benefit greatly from the experiences they receive at UTMB, which is a Level 1 trauma center.”

Sempe and the other Allied Health division instructors at Galveston College attend college and career nights at area high schools to promote their programs on a regular basis.

“We want students to know they have a number of career pathways with our Surgical Technology program,” Sempe said, explaining that students not only have opportunities as surgical technologists but in managing the sterile process, in oral-oral-maxillofacial dentistry, as vet techs and at medical examiner’s offices. After two years of experience in the field, students can qualify to enroll in a surgical first assistant program.

The Galveston College program accepts 10 students a year into the program, Sempe said, adding that accreditation will enable the college to grow the program with the addition of new clinical sites.

The application period is open from February 1 to April 1. For application information, contact Elizabeth Iles at or (409) 944-1490.

Pre-requisite courses for the program include Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Professions and Applied Anatomy and Physiology I.

Students at Ball High School, Hamshire-Fannett High School and High Island High School who take Medical Terminology and Introduction to Health Professionals as part of the dual-credit program will have met two of the pre-requisites.

Students enjoy the campus and community Involvement Fair Jan. 29 in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Students enjoy spring 2019 Involvement Fair

As part of the spring 2019 Week of Welcome (WOW!), the Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association sponsored a campus and community Involvement Fair Jan. 29 in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Student clubs, departments, programs and community organizations hosted informational tables, which were designed to encourage student involvement and engagement on campus and in the community.

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Galveston College celebrates Community College Day

Galveston College students, faculty, regents and staff joined other community colleges Wednesday, Jan. 30, at the Texas State Capitol for Community College Day.

There were 50 community colleges and hundreds of students — including Galveston College students — in attendance, advocating for their colleges’ needs.

“For the last few legislative sessions, Galveston College has taken student leaders to Austin for Community College Day,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs.

“Many of our students have never been to the Capitol, and it’s also their first time to be in Austin. Many of them have never met their elected officials. So, we set up meetings with our elected representatives and their staff members.”

During the trip, the group met with Rep. Mayes Middleton, District 23; Sen. Brandon Creighton, District 4, chair of the Senate Committee on Higher Education; Sen. Larry Taylor, District 11; and Daniel Warner, senior policy analyst with the Texas Senate Higher Education Committee.

Rep. Middleton presented a proclamation honoring Andre Derouen, former Whitecaps baseball player who died in March 2018 while rescuing his younger brother from drowning in a neighborhood pond.

Cynthia Parra, director of student activities at Galveston College, said this is a once-in-a-life-time experience for students.

“Community College Day gives students the opportunity to meet their elected officials face-to-face and shake their hand and realize those are the people working for them and their benefit,” Parra said. “Not everyone can say that they had meetings with a senator and a representative.”

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Galveston College Whitecaps softball hosts Island Invitational tournament

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team hosted the 2019 Galveston College Island Invitational Jan. 25-26 at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

The Whitecaps took on Northwest Florida State College in the first round of the tournament, which featured teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S. After a late score, Northwest Florida State defeated the Whitecaps, 14-9.

The Whitecaps also fell to Chipola College of Marianna, Florida, 14-2, in round two; the University of Houston-Victoria, 7-3, in round three; and Snead State Community College of Boaz, Alabama, 9-6, after late scoring in the final round.

Teams in the round-robin tournament also included Alvin Community College; Blinn College, Brenham; Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois; Louisiana State University Eunice; Navarro College, Corsicana; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; and Temple College.

The Whitecaps softball team will make an appearance at the Cowtown Classic Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, at Gateway Park in Fort Worth. On Friday, the Whitecaps will take on Weatherford College at 3 p.m. and North Central Texas College at 5 p.m. On Saturday, the Whitecaps will play Crowley College at 9 a.m., Allen Community College at 11 a.m. and Northern Oklahoma College at 3 p.m. For more photos from the Island Invitational, click here.

Whitecaps Honor Andre Derouen, Jr. in opening day ceremony

The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team honored former player Andre Derouen Jr. in a ceremony Friday, Jan. 25, at Bernard Davis Field before winning the season opening game against Temple College by a score of 5-3.

Andre, who was a freshman outfielder on the Whitecaps roster, drowned in March 2018 while rescuing his younger brother from a neighborhood pond not far from their League City home.

Many family members, friends and teammates were in attendance, including Andre’s parents, Andre, Sr. and LaTashia Derouen, and brother, Desmond Derouen.

Long-time Houston Astros announcer and Galveston native Bob Ford emceed the day’s events.

During the ceremony, Galveston College paid its respects to Andre by retiring his No. 1 jersey. The jersey will be displayed, along with a special plaque presented by the Galveston Kiwanis Club, on the right field wall.

Andre was a standout baseball and football player at Hitchcock High School before playing for the Whitecaps.

In Friday’s second game, Temple split the series by a score of 15-4.

The Whitecaps (1-1) travel to Justin, Texas, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, to take on Seward County Community College of Liberal, Kansas, at Northwest High School. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more opening day photos, click here.

assistant softball coach

Kyle Giusti is new Galveston College assistant baseball coach

Galveston College baseball standout Kyle Giusti has returned to his alma mater to serve as assistant coach of the Whitecaps baseball team.

The Santa Fe, Texas, native spent the 2018 season at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he worked with the team’s hitters and served as bullpen coach. During his time at UA Little Rock, the Trojans experienced one of their best seasons in recent years and won their first postseason game since 2011.

Before UA Little Rock, Giusti served as a volunteer assistant coach at Galveston College. He was the team’s first base coach and helped the Whitecaps to a regional tournament appearance and an overall record of 35-22.

Prior to Galveston College, Giusti was the head coach at Rotan High School in Rotan, Texas. He led the team to its first playoff appearance in over 10 seasons after going 15-10, and secured District 6-2A Coach of the Year honors.

Giusti began his coaching career as a student assistant at Abilene Christian University in 2015 after a successful playing career. Giusti played at Abilene Christian for two seasons where he garnered First Team All-Southland honors, First Team ABCA All-South Central Region honors and status. He transferred to ACU from Galveston College where he was a 2012 Texas/New Mexico JUCO All-Star and a First Team All-Conference and All-Region selection as a sophomore.

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Dr. Michael G. Smith

Lecture to focus on patterns and symmetry in math and poetry

Galveston College will present “Confluence: Patterns and Symmetry in Mathematics and Poetry,” a lecture featuring chemist and poet Dr. Michael G. Smith on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

The lecture is the third in the college’s 2018-19 lecture series, Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.

“Nature provides templates to visual artists and writers alike,” said Dr. Smith in describing his presentation. “It is also a springboard full of questions for mathematicians. For example, using numbers, equations or models, how does mathematics visualize an ocean coastline, the human circulatory system, or a sunflower’s seed pattern? Often mathematical visualizations finds their way into art and poetry.”

In this presentation, Dr. Smith will explore some of the ways poets and artists use mathematics and share how Fibonacci, sestina and fractal poems have arisen.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Smith who is an accomplished chemist and a poet to present at our lecture series this year on such, at first glance, different topics as mathematics and poetry,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College.

“After a deeper look, surprisingly, the mathematical concept of symmetry that is frequently observed in nature and a concept of beauty found in arts and humanities are closely related. Dr. Smith is an excellent speaker to reveal the deep and mysterious link between symmetry and patterns in mathematics and poetry. We would like to welcome everybody to attend this exciting lecture.”

As a chemist, Dr. Smith has held research positions at the University of Texas at Austin, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Montana State University. He taught mathematics at Santa Fe Community College (New Mexico). His poetry, haiku, haibun and essays have been published in Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Cider Press Review, Crannóg, Nimrod, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Sin Fronteras, and other journals and anthologies. “No Small Things,” a volume of poetry, was published by Tres Chicas Books. “The Dippers Do Their Part,” a collaboration with visual artist Laura Young of haibun and katagami from their Shotpouch Cabin residency in the Coast Range of Oregon, was published by Miriam’s Well. “Flip Flop,” a collection of haiku co-written with Miriam Sagan, was also published by Miriam’s Well.

The Oregon Poetry Association selected his poem “Disturbance Theory” for its fall 2017 New Poets Award.

2019 Island Invitational

Galveston College Whitecaps softball to host Island Invitational

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2019 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.

The Whitecaps will take on Northwest Florida State College of Niceville at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at field 2 in the first round of the tournament, which will feature teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S.

Teams in the round-robin tournament also include Alvin Community College; Blinn College, Brenham; Chipola College, Marianna, Florida; Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois; Louisiana State University Eunice; Navarro College, Corsicana; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama; Temple College; and University of Houston-Victoria.

Admission is $10 for a tournament pass or $5 a day.

Christa Hartnett is entering her first season as head softball coach and director of athletics at Galveston College and second season on the Whitecaps coaching staff. She was promoted upon the retirement of Ken Delcambre, who spent 20 years at Galveston College.

During Coach Hartnett’s time as an assistant, she helped coach the Whitecaps to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Conference Championship in 2018 and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in St. George, Utah, last May with an overall record of 35-11.

Prior to joining the Whitecaps coaching staff, Coach Hartnett served as an assistant softball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler. In two years at UT Tyler, she helped coach the Patriots to the program’s first NCAA Division III National Championship in 2016 and a third place finish in 2017.

Coach Hartnett helped coach three All-Conference players, two All-West Region award recipients, two All-Americans and a HERO Player of the Year. During her time as an assistant, the Patriots posted a combined record of 95-11.

As a collegiate player, Coach Hartnett split her career between Blinn College and UT Tyler. At Blinn College, she was named second team NFCA All-Midwest Region, second team All-Conference, NJCAA Academic All-American and NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete.

She went on to UT Tyler where she was named All-Conference Honorable Mention and to the NCAA DIII Championship All-Tournament Team. She finished as NCAA National Runner-Up with a record of 50-5 while making “The Catch” (#1 play on ESPN Top 10 and Best of the Best).

Coach Hartnett graduated from the UT Tyler in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in athletic administration in August 2018.

Assisting Coach Hartnett is Alexandra Holland, who joined the Whitecaps coaching staff as assistant coach after spending four years as an assistant coach for the Texas Glory fast-pitch organization.

Coach Holland is a 2016 graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria. In 2014, she was named NAIA Player of the Week and to the NAIA All-American second team and A.I.I. All-Conference first team. She played in 53 games and compiled a .377 batting average with 47 RBI, 29 runs, 12 doubles, two triples and six homes runs. She compiled a 9-3 record with a .295 ERA.

Coach Holland has a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in communication. She is an Arp, Texas, native.

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