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Galveston College to celebrate 51st Commencement Ceremony

Galveston College will celebrate its 51st Commencement Ceremony Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center, 56th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston.

Scott Branum, director of admissions and registrar, said 562 students will receive 661 associate degrees and certificates.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, will offer a welcome and introduce platform guests.

Raymond Lewis, Jr., chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, will bring greetings from the board.

Speakers will include students Claire Rodriguez and Daniel Vela.

Don Davison, president of the Faculty Senate, will certify the graduates and Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, will introduce the candidates for degrees and certificates.

Music will be provided by the Galveston College Community Chorale Men’s Ensemble and TMH Company, featuring Katie Carrington, viola; Laura Cividino, violin; Annamarie Reader, cello; Hanna Watson, violin; and Theresa Hanebury, conductor.

National Nursing Week with poster displays is underway

Nurses inspire, innovate and influence! Galveston College celebrates National Nursing Week with poster displays

Celebrate the American Nursing Association’s National Nurses Week May 6-12 at Galveston College by joining the first-level nursing students as they share their poster presentations on a variety of nursing topics. 

Posters will be displayed today through Thursday, May 10, in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium and Moody Hall first floor lobby.

Whitecaps baseball team heading to NJCAA regional tournament

A hard-fought 7-6 walk-off victory over Wharton County Junior College on Friday, May 4, sent the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Baseball Tournament.

The Whitecaps (21-33) secured the South Zone #4 seed and will face off against the East Zone #1 seed, Navarro College (35-20), in game four of the tournament on Saturday, May 12, at 8 p.m. in Lufkin, Texas.

Games will be broadcast online at

 View the conference bracket here.

Whitecaps softball to compete in regional championship game

Galveston College clinched a trip to the NJCAA National Softball Tournament on Sunday afternoon by defeating No. 5 nationally ranked Tyler Junior College in day 3 of the Region XIV Softball Tournament hosted by Lamar State College Port Arthur.

Galveston and Tyler worked their way through the winner’s bracket of the four-day tourney, meeting Sunday afternoon to determine who would earn a trip to Utah and the national tournament later this month. Galveston came away with the 6-5 decision.

Bossier Parish Community College will play Tyler Junior College at 10 a.m. today to earn the right to face the undefeated Galveston College Whitecaps for a chance at the regional tournament title. That game will take place at 12:30 p.m.

6 Whitecaps softball players named to 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone all-conference teams

Six Whitecaps softball players have been named to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone first and second all-conference teams.

The Whitecaps landed five players on the first team and one player on the second team. Ashley Kriesel, a sophomore from Houston, was named Region XIV South Zone Pitcher of the Year.  First team selections included Kriesel; Alyssa Martinez, shortstop; Kirsten Shaw, first base; Alexandria Lewis, second base; and Kayla Kerr, DP/UT. Outfielder Anahi Hoover was named to the second team.

The Whitecaps softball coaches attended a coaches meeting at San Jacinto College on Tuesday, May 1, for the all-conference team selections.  The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur field in Port Arthur, Texas. The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Live video broadcast will be aired at

Visit the tournament website or view the bracket.

Whitecaps softball qualifies for 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Tournament

The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur’s Martin Field in Port Arthur, Texas.

The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

The tournament website is

Live video broadcast will be aired at 

Click here to view and download the bracket.

Guest speaker will be Vivian Cadbury

Galveston College Coastal Culinary Lecture to feature ‘The Art of Hunger’

Galveston College will present the last talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 207 of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Guest speaker will be Vivian Cadbury, associate professor of writing and communications at The Culinary Institute of America, who will discuss “The Art of Hunger.”

“Hunger is perhaps one of our most basic metaphors. Just as we hunger for food, we hunger for love, beauty, knowledge, freedom and justice,” said Cadbury in describing her presentation. “These hungers can drive us to extraordinary accomplishments or turn us towards madness and death. For example, physical and emotional hungers seem inevitable, and fictional characters struggle desperately to satisfy them. Hunger can also be a deliberate spiritual or political choice, however, as in a fast, hunger strike, or through merciless subjugation. We readers hunger, too, for words and images, stories and metaphors that help us make sense of our lives.”

Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College, said, “We are excited to bring Vivian to Galveston to hear her perspectives drawing from the language of food and cooking. We hope the community will join us as we wrap up this successful series of presentations.”

Cadbury received a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts with honors and highest distinction in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She also completed graduate research at the University of Oxford in Oxford, U.K.

Prior to joining The Culinary Institute of America, she served as an adjunct instructor at Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge, New York and Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. She also tutored students at Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie and was an educational writer for Queue, Inc. in Bridgeport, Connecticut, an English teacher at The Doane Stuart School in Albany, New York, and an English teacher in Hyde Park and Millbrook, New York, school districts.

She received the People’s Choice Award-Best Poster at A Taste for Writing, Food Service Educators Network International in 2008 and is the author of “A Taste for Writing: Composition for Culinarians.”

Cadbury is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Conference on College Composition and Communication and the National Association for Developmental Education.

The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or


Galveston College to offer Certified Nurse Aide, EKG Tech and Phlebotomy Tech courses this summer

Galveston College will be offering a Certified Nurse Aide course, an EKG Technician course and a Certified Phlebotomy Technician course this summer.

The Certified Nurse Aide course, which explores the key components set by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services, starts on June 4 and runs through Aug. 1. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. CNA clinicals are completed at area nursing homes. Cost of the course is $899.

The Certified EKG Technician course, which focuses on the heart’s anatomy, function, how it produces electricity and how to record the electricity with the EKG and telemetry monitor, will be offered from June 5 to Aug. 5. Classes meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cost of the course is $899.

The Certified Phlebotomy Technician program, which focuses on a variety of blood collection methods, will be offered June 4 to Aug. 8. Classes meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Clinicals are completed at UTMB Health. Cost of the course is $999.

To register, visit

The programs are eligible for a payment plan. For more information call (409) 944-1344 or email

2018 GC Art Show May 3

Galveston College student art show opens May 3

Galveston College student art show opens May 3


The Galveston College Art Department will host the 38th Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition from May 3 to Sept. 28 in the third floor Fine Arts Gallery on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.


There will be an opening reception on Thursday, May 3, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.  A variety of art, including ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media, will be on display.


For more information, contact John Stovall, associate professor of Fine Arts, at (409) 944-1320 or

Sigma Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa

Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members

The Sigma Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges at Galveston College, inducted 35 new members into the organization at an April 23 ceremony in the Fine Arts Building.

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate-degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree and have a grade-point of 3.5.
Students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa include Lakee Babineaux, Marshall Barta, Jennifer Camp, Johnathan Cardenas, Cori Darr, Jamie Evans, Karen Exley, Michele Fahringer-Baer, Kelli Fairchild, Tiffany Farris, Robert Fields, Enrique Garza, Jordan Gilson, Karina Guevara, Nicole Haas, Mackenzie Hartnett and Sherri Hildebrand.
Also, Iryna Lagrone, Adan Machuca, Paul McNatt, Karla Molina, Judy Newman, Brandi Painter, Yvette Payne, Brandi Reddin, Crystal Rendon, Claire Rodriguez, Aartie Singh, Rheana Solano, Christina Trevino, Gabriel Vega, Juan Vela, Judi Wardrup, Kevin Wei and Angela Zsembery.
Officers include Kenneth Rudd, president; Babineaux, vice president of leadership; and Oleksandra Petrenko, secretary. Advisors are Donna Swartz, program director of Medical Administration, and Nursing faculty member Jeffery Eubank.
The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The organization provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.
To view more PTK induction photos, visit the Galveston College Facebook page.