Author: Carol Langston

Theatre department to stage ‘Jungalbook’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present “Jungalbook” on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The performances are free and open to the public.

In this dramatization by Edward Mast based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli, the rescued child, grows up in the concrete jungle, raised on the streets and learns the rules of society from Baloo. Sherakhan sees the outsider as a threat and has a vendetta against Mowgli, but Bagheera, his secret protector, won’t let any harm come to the boy.

Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he is just like everyone else and that the streets are his home. While he learns the laws of this modern jungle, Mowgli begins to understand his own identity and that he has no place in this society.

As tensions grow between Mowgli and Sherakhan, the boy must choose whether to disregard his society’s strict moral code or leave the only place he has called home.

Company members include Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Eddie Cobbs, Alyssa Gudz, Jade Killebrew, Daniel Maxey, Melina Moore, Andrea Parsons, Eric Scales and Wrath Sorrell.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. The running time for each performance is approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts, at (409) 944-1398 or

Galveston College announces tuition payment plan

Galveston College has announced a tuition payment plan available to students who enroll for the fall and spring semesters.

FACTS e-Cashier is a payment plan to help students budget the cost of their tuition into their monthly expenses. It is not a loan program. Students will incur no debt, there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to budget an interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester, per college non-refundable FACTS enrollment fee.

Students who enroll for the fall semester by July 24 will pay 25 percent down with three remaining payments of 25 percent each in August, September and October. Students who enroll in the payment plan from July 25-Aug. 23 will pay 50 percent down with two remaining payments of 25 percent each in October and November. Payments will be charged on the 5th of each month.

Registration for the fall 2019 semester is open now. Students are encouraged to enroll early for best class selection.

To take advantage of the payment plan, follow the these steps:

• Log in the Whitecaps portal at
• Click the quick link labeled “FACTS Payment Plan”
• Select proceed to processor
• Follow prompts to complete agreement

For more information, contact Galveston College Business Services at (409 ) 944-1362.

Galveston College Board of Regents appoints new regent, approves student services area design

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, April 10, appointed Mary R. Longoria of Galveston to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

Regent Longoria received the oath of office from Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the president, with a crowd of well-wishers in attendance, including family members, friends and her students from the Ser y Hacer adult education citizenship and English language program, which she co-founded.

In other action, the board approved final design concepts for renovation of the student services area on the first floor of historic Moody Hall.

Funded by a Title V grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the renovation of key student services spaces is part of a multi-year initiative designed to improve student success, retention, persistence to graduation and transfer among Galveston College’s student population.

Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, said the concept, presented by PBK Architects of The Woodlands, Texas, features an open and welcoming design that infuses current technology with spaces for student study.

“Technology has changed dramatically since the last renovation of Moody Hall in 1991,” Dr. Shelton said. “It’s important for colleges to have learning and student services spaces that address the ever-evolving needs of our students and communities.”

The project will go to bid in the coming weeks and construction will take place during the summer months. During construction, the offices of Admissions, Financial Aid and Continuing Education will relocate to the Cheney Student Center. The project is scheduled for completion by the beginning of the fall semester.

In other business, the board:

  • approved the reappointment of full-time faculty for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
  • accepted and approved final payment to J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC for the Mary Moody Northen Center window/curtain wall replacement project.
  • approved the 2020-2021 academic calendar.
  • nominated Regent Armin Cantini for service on the Community College Association of Texas Trustees Board of Directors for 2019-2021. Regent Raymond Lewis currently serves on the board as past president of the organization.
  • approved the purchase of computers for the testing center at a cost of $4,113.
  • accepted the resignation of Chase McGlinchey, instructor of Emergency Medical Services.

Above: Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the president, administers the oath of office to new Galveston College Regent Mary Longoria, as her husband, Dr. Abel Longoria, Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers and Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred Raschke look on.

2019 Health and Wellness Fair set for April 17

Galveston College will host its 2019 Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.
Sponsored by the Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Office of Student Activities, the Health and Wellness Fair is free and open to the public.
Highlights of the event will include the following:
  • blood pressure checks by Galveston College Nursing and Emergency Medical Services students and faculty;
  • immunizations for participants eight years of age and older by Walmart Pharmacy;
  • free flu shots donated by American National Insurance Co. and provided by Affinity Immediate Care;
  • HIV testing and information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT);
  • one free hour of yoga from 12-1 p.m. with Galveston College yoga instructor Jim Turner;
  • information and pre-registration packets by UTMB Health Radiography-Breast Imaging;
  • games and prizes by Anytime Fitness and
  • healthy snacks by Galveston College Culinary Arts.
Other participating exhibitors will include Alzheimer’s Association – Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, MD Anderson Cancer Center, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, the Galveston County Health District-Public Health, Ball High School Teen Health Center, Inc., Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County and Affinity Immediate Care.
“We are excited to once again host a Health and Wellness Fair for the students, faculty and staff of Galveston College,” said Joyce Landry, Human Resources payroll/benefits specialist. “This event is designed to help educate our community, students, faculty and staff about health services available in the community and to focus on issues related to health and wellness.”
For more information, contact Landry at (409) 944-1280 or

‘Financial Aid 101’ Success Seminar set for April 18

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present a “Financial Aid 101” Success Seminar on Thursday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. in Room 251 of Regents Hall at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.


Presenter will be Tyese Dunn, Galveston College financial aid coordinator.


“Participants of this workshop will learn the basics about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid awarding process and timeline, and the effect of scholarships and other outside assistance on financial aid funding,” said Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities at Galveston College. “


For more information, contact Parra at

Registration for the 2019 summer and fall to open April 15

Registration for the 2019 summer and fall semesters will open on Monday, April 15, at Galveston College.

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.

Summer I classes begin Monday, June 10. Summer II classes begin Monday, July 15. The fall 2019 semester begins Monday, Aug. 26.

To search for summer and fall classes, visit

New students can apply for admission at or

Students registering from April 15-Aug. 30 for the fall 2019 semester 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

Spring Fling

Galveston College will celebrate Spring Fling 2019 on Wednesday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Seibel Wing Lawn on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q.

There will be free popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and chips, as well as a variety of booths, games and DIY crafts.

In the event of rain, Spring Fling will take place in the Hermes Fitness Center Gym and under the Hermes carport.

Food for Thought Opening Day

Galveston College serves more than 200 at opening of Food for Thought market

Galveston College volunteers served more than 200 students at the opening of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market food distribution program Wednesday, March 20, on the college’s main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through the Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

The Food for Thought market gives students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

“The food scholarship assists with lowering grocery expenses throughout the semester and allows students to stay fueled and healthy while pursuing their educational goals,” said Cynthia Parra, student activities coordinator and Food for Thought market coordinator at Galveston College.

The mobile market will be open on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus and the second and fourth Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center location at 7626 Broadway St.

Currently enrolled students can obtain client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or the administration office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website at

Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

The next distributions at Galveston College are set for Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center and April 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at or (409) 944-1234.


Above: Ron Crumedy (right), acting vice president for student services, weighs produce at the opening of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market March 20 at Galveston College. The college served more than 200 students the first day of the program. The next distributions are set for Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center and Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus. See full article below and click here for more photo highlights from opening day.

Galveston College Transfer Signing at UHD

Galveston College, UHD sign articulation agreement

The University of Houston-Downtown and Galveston College have pledged their support to students earning their associate degrees and ultimately Finishing UHD Strong.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD president, put their pens to paper on March 19 to sign an articulation agreement focused on student success. This pact commits both institutions to creating seamless pathways for Galveston College students seeking to transfer to UHD; providing resources such as degree maps and cooperative advising; offering joint admissions, and data sharing.

The signing was conducted at UHD. Arriving with Dr. Shelton was Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. In addition to President Muñoz, UHD representatives included Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost; Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar; and Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs.

“This signing is a first step. Both UHD and Galveston College will work together to support students and ensure they complete their degrees on time and without excess debt or credit hours,” Dr. Muñoz said.

“I look forward to working with UHD on this great partnership and helping our students succeed,” Dr. Shelton responded.

This agreement will support seamless transfers from Galveston College to UHD, as well as reverse transfers (transferring university credits back to a community college to earn associate degrees).

It also promotes data sharing between the institutions to provide students with information regarding transfer processes, financial aid, degree programs and degree completion.

And, to further ease the transition from an associate-degree program to bachelor’s track, both UHD and Galveston College will partner on joint admissions allowing students to co-enroll at both institutions. Likewise, students will benefit from cooperative advising in which students can receive specific guidance using degree maps to effectively direct them toward the right courses for selected degree programs.

The UHD-Galveston College partnership supports Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative and fulfills the goals of the 60x30TX plan of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, whose overall goal is to have at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 complete a technical certificate or degree by 2030.

Led by the University of Houston, Houston GPS includes Houston and Gulf Coast area institutions working together to create an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies designed to increase and accelerate student completion and a smooth two-year to four-year college transfer process while improving educational quality for Houston-area students, ultimately saving students time and money.


Above: Dr. W. Myles Shelton (right), Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, University of Houston-Downtown president, sign an articulation agreement March 19, along with (back row from left) Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar at UHD; Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs at UHD; Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost at UHD; and Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. Courtesy UHD

Mary Longoria

Galveston College Board of Regents accepts recommendation to appoint Mary Longoria to Position 1

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, March 20, accepted a nominating committee’s recommendation to appoint Mary R. Longoria of Galveston to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.

“We are excited that Mary will be joining our board, bringing to Galveston College her strong commitment to serving the community and our students, as well as her many connections in Galveston and in the region,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president.

An educator with more than 34 years of experience as a teacher and volunteer in public schools, Longoria served as parent liaison and taught science in the Galveston Independent School District and Galveston Catholic School. She also worked as a biology lab instructor at Central Texas College, a community college in Killeen, Texas, and in instructional services for the Hidalgo Independent School District.

Longoria volunteered as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative for the past four years and served on the GISD Bond Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Magnet Research Task Force, and Ball High School, Austin Middle School, Weis Middle School and Oppe Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organizations.

Longoria co-founded the Ser y Hacer adult education citizenship and English language program and served as a translator and parent advocate in the Teen Mental Health Clinic at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also served as a board member of the Galveston County Children’s Advocacy Center and member of the St. Anne Society and Space City Triplets.

“’Opening Doors and Changing Lives’ is more than a motto. It is a living promise that the college and its board put into practice every day,” said Longoria in a statement to the board. “An education can profoundly change lives not only for the graduates, but also for those around them. This change is often so deep and long lasting that it continues in perpetuity. I see this in practice not only in my own life, but also in my capacity as a teacher of citizenship and ESL classes. This is what drives me to continue helping young adults become self-sufficient, productive members of our community.”

Longoria received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1985 and completed continuing education in immigration law, citizenship education and teacher training.

She has extensive experience working with immigrants and refugees from various cultures and countries, including Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Syria, England, Germany, Russia and India.

Galveston Community College District Board of Regents nominating committee members included Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., chair, Regent Carl E. Kelly and Regent Carroll G. Sunseri.

The board will consider an official resolution of appointment and Longoria will take the oath of office at the April 10 meeting.