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Galveston College Board of Regents hears report on CARES Act funding and financial needs of students

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on April 14 learned that Galveston College had distributed $1.07 million in direct federal financial aid to Galveston College students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).

Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, said emergency grants were provided to students whose lives were disrupted because of COVID-19 and who faced financial challenges due to job loss and unemployment, healthcare, childcare and other unexpected expenses.

Dr. Shelton said the American Rescue Plan, which Congress signed into law in March, includes provisions for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).

In other business, Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, presented a student success report on the results from the Trellis Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS).

The SFWS is a national, online survey used to document the financial health and student success indicators of students in higher education. In addition to financial wellness, data from the survey provide critical insights into topics such as basic needs security and student perceptions of institutional support.

Findings from the fall 2020 survey administration show that many Galveston College students have anxiety about paying for school: 73 percent agree or strongly agree that they worry about having enough money to pay for school, and 67 percent have run out of money three or more times in the past year.

Additionally, 74 percent of students said their family’s finances have worsened since before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of students agree or strongly agree Galveston College has the support services to help them address their financial situations.

“By utilizing the data and research-based suggestions presented in the survey report, the college can continue to structure programs and initiatives to bolster students’ success in the face of financial challenges,” Allen said.

In board action, the board approved instructional agreements for dual-credit and early-admissions enrollment classes for the 2021-22 academic year with the Galveston Independent School District, O’Connell College Preparatory School, Odyssey Academy and Upward Hope Academy.

In other action, board members:

–approved the reappointment of full-time faculty for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
–accepted the retirement of Kathleen Hutchins-Otero, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, effective Aug. 31.
–reviewed the first and second quarter reports on incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking under Section 51.253(c) of the Texas Education Code as amended during the 86th Legislative Session.
–approved an agreement between The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Galveston College to provide student health and counseling services for the 2021-22 academic year.
–heard an update on the 2020-21 Galveston College lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment from Janene Davison, president of the Faculty Senate.
–heard a Student Government Association update from SGA President Maia Adolphs, who said the SGA had begun a Whitecaps Wardrobe professional clothing closet for students. The SGA also will be recognizing seven dual-credit students from Ball High School who will receive their associate degrees in May and will host officer elections and a virtual escape room this spring.
–reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Upon request by college officials, the board removed from the agenda a proposal to supply and install a needlepoint ionization system at the main campus and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center to allow further study and review.

Regent Carroll Sunseri

Galveston College board moves forward with PBK Architects for Nursing and Health Sciences Education building project

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, in a special session on April 7, authorized Dr. Myles Shelton, president, to negotiate a contract with PBK Architects, Inc., of Houston for architectural and engineering services for the construction of a new nursing and health sciences education building on the main campus.

The college received 13 responses to its request for qualifications for architectural and engineering services. Of those 13, the five firms scoring the highest were invited to make presentations for review.

In addition, the board approved proposals for landscape and architecture planning and design services for the main campus and for the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center from Elizabeth Austin Associates of The Woodlands. The proposals will take the projects from schematic design and construction documentation to oversight of installation.

Dr. Shelton said campus landscaping at both locations sustained considerable damage as a result of the February winter storm, and college staff will not know the exact extent of the damage for another month or so until the plants break their winter dormancy and begin to grow – or in some cases, not grow.

The board also decided to meet on April 27 at 4:30 p.m. to review and discuss proposals for bond financial adviser services.

Above: Galveston College Regent Carroll Sunseri looks at a virtual rendering of a nursing and health sciences building at another institution at the April 7 special board meeting.

Associate Degree Nursing student Carmen Kosinski

Board of Regents hears report on Nursing program involvement in Galveston County mass vaccination clinic

The Galveston College Community College District Board of Regents on March 10 heard a report from Associate Degree Nursing instructor Jeff Eubank on the Nursing program’s involvement in the Galveston County COVID-19 mass vaccination clinic at Walter Hall Park in League City.

Eubank said Nursing students are receiving required clinical experience at the vaccination hub, which is inoculating up to 3,000 individuals a day using mostly volunteer labor.

The Galveston County Office of Emergency Management, Office of Galveston County Judge Mark Henry, the Galveston County Health District and the University of Texas Medical Branch have partnered to coordinate the effort.

“Our students love it,” Eubank said. “They are receiving a lot of great experience working with the patients and the professionals from UTMB the health district and other organizations. It’s been a wonderful opportunity.”

Eubank said the Galveston County vaccination effort is outpacing efforts in many other regions in the state. The waiting list for COVID-19 vaccinations in Galveston County is now open to all people, regardless of their age or health status.

Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, expressed appreciation to UTMB, the health district and the county for their efforts to provide vaccinations in Galveston County and to provide educators with access to vaccines.

“We appreciate UTMB including our faculty and staff along with teachers and others who work in our local schools,” Dr. Shelton said. “We just have to get more people vaccinated now.”

In other business, regents heard a student success report from Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, on the Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).

Galveston College periodically administers the SSI and uses the results to target areas most in need of improvement to retain students and help them be successful. The data collected are analyzed in terms of strengths and challenges that can be used for action planning, 12 composite scales that provide an overview of what matters most to the college’s students, and more than 70 individual items that provide insight on specific student experiences.

The fall 2020 survey administration revealed that Galveston College students’ satisfaction levels on composite scales have increased over time; recent scores exceed 2015 scores on each scale by anywhere from 4 percent to 12 percent.

“While the college is on par with national peers for scores on individual items, there were discrepancies between what our students expect and their levels of satisfaction in some areas,” Allen said. “However, in spite of those discrepancies, Galveston College students indicated a slightly greater likelihood of re-enrollment if they had to do it all over again compared to the previous administration of the survey in 2017 – a pattern that aligns with recent research suggesting the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the student experience in 2020 and beyond.”

In board action, the regents accepted the board nominating committee’s decision not to recommend a candidate to fill the unexpired term of Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31. There will be an election for position 8 in May 2022.

In other board action, the regents:

  • accepted the retirement of Hubert D. Callahan, Radiation Therapy program director, effective Aug. 20.
  • approved student housing room and board fees for 2021-2022, including $1,500 per semester room fees for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, Whitecaps Apartments and a house at 3815 Ave. Q1/2; $1,350 per semester room fees for houses and garage apartments at 2223 41st St. and 3802 Ave. R.; and $1,812 per semester for the board fee, which includes 14 meals and snacks.
  • approved six changes to academic course fees for 2021-2022, including new course fees for professional assessment and/or preparation in Surgical Technology, Radiography and Nuclear Medicine Technology.
  • accepted a U.S. Department of Education Higher Education Emergency Education Relief Fund Minority Serving Institutions grant award in the amount of $147,790 for the budget period of June 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021.
  • approved a proposal from American Mechanical Services (AMS) to retrofit the air handler unit in the Mary Moody Northen Center central plant. Cost is $145,080.64.
  • approved a proposal to purchase portable programmable logic controller training equipment and installation services from Technical Laboratory Systems for the Electrical/Electronics Technology program. Cost is $56,485.
  • accepted an audit services engagement letter from Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Benjamin Shelton, vice president.
  • accepted the fiscal year 2020-2021 second-quarter investment report.
  • reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

 

Above: Associate Degree Nursing student Carmen Kosinski administers a COVID-19 vaccine at the Galveston County mass vaccination clinic at Walter Hall Park in League City. Jeff Eubank, Nursing instructor, recently visited with the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents about how students in the Nursing program are gaining valuable clinical experience this spring as volunteers at the vaccination hub.

Galveston College Board of Regents accepting letters of interest and résumés for Position 8

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents nominating committee is accepting letters of interest and résumés to fill the unexpired term of Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31.

Nominating committee members include Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred D. Raschke, chair, past Board of Regents Chair Raymond Lewis, Jr. and Regent Mary R. Longoria.

The college will accept letters of interest for Position 8 for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, and ending on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. Letters of interest should be submitted to the Office of the President in person or at GCBoardElections@gc.edu.

Following a review of the letters of interest, the nominating committee will select a small group of candidates for interviews and further consideration by the full board.

Please submit letters of interest and nominations to

Dr. W. Myles Shelton

Office of the President

Galveston College

4015 Avenue Q

Galveston, TX 77550

GCBoardElections@gc.edu

Galveston College Beacon at Sunset

Galveston College Board of Regents forms nominating committee for Position 8, hears report on technology survey

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday formed a nominating committee to make recommendations to the board to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Carl Kelly, who died unexpectedly July 31.

Board of Regents Chair Karen F. Flowers appointed a nominating committee comprised of Board of Regents Vice Chair Fred D. Raschke, who will chair the committee, past Board of Regents Chair Raymond Lewis, Jr. and Regent Mary R. Longoria.

The term, which expires in May 2022, is Position 8 on the board.

The college will accept letters of interest for two weeks, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, and ending on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. Letters of interest should be submitted to the Office of the President in person or at GCBoardElections@gc.edu.

Following a review of the letters of interest on Feb. 17, the nominating committee will select a small group of candidates for interviews on Feb. 24 and further consideration by the full board. It is anticipated that a decision will be made at the March 10 board meeting.

In other business at the meeting, board members heard a report on a student technology survey from Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research Carmen Allen.

During the fall 2020 semester, Galveston College conducted an online survey to gather information about students’ ownership, use patterns and expectations as they relate to technology and the academic experience.

“Eighty-eight percent of the students who responded to the survey reported having access to the internet five or more days a week, on average,” Allen said. “Ninety-four percent were able to access the internet from home. More than 90 percent of students with home internet access described it as being at least moderately strong and reliable. Ninety percent of students used a laptop for at least one class in fall 2020.”

When asked to rank various learning environments in order of preference, Allen said 60 percent of students preferred either totally or mostly face-to-face classes.

The survey also addressed issues related to technology challenges during the fall semester.

“Seventy percent of students experienced at least one technological issue that presented a challenge to their online learning experience in fall 2020, and 40 percent experienced multiple issues,” Allen said.

In other business, board members

  • approved the promotion of Dr. Arlinda Washington from associate professor to professor of Nursing.
  • ratified the appointment of full-time faculty members Melissa Gauna, instructor of Healthcare Management, Dr. Alex-Giovanny Peniche-Trujillo, instructor of Biology, and John Ryland, instructor/program director of Logistics.
  • heard a legislative update and college calendar report from President Myles Shelton. The spring 2021 lecture series will be conducted virtually.
  • heard updates from Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, and Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the performing arts.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Maia Adolphs, SGA president.
  • approved a proposal to offer Continuing Education Level 1 certificates in Automotive Diesel Technology and Massage Therapy.
  • ratified acceptance of a $750,000 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Texas Reskilling Support Fund grant award from the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief Fund.
  • approved a proposal for a website content management system from OmniUpdate.
  • accepted the fiscal year 2020-21 first quarter investment report.
  • reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller. 
Presentation to Regent Kelly's Family

Galveston College board honors Regent Carl Kelly

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Regent Kelly died unexpectedly on July 31.

In presenting a framed copy of the resolution to Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, Regent Kelly’s family representatives, Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, shared special memories of the former chair, vice chair and secretary of the board and his service on numerous board committees, including athletic, diversity committee (chair), policies and planning (chair), facilities and most recently finance and policies committees.

In addition to serving Galveston College, Regent Kelly served at the national level as an assistant teller for the Western Regional Caucus and Meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees. He also served on the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees (former chair), Texas State Bar Grievance Board, Galveston Historical Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Galveston Charter Review Committee, the BPA Housing Development Corporation Board and the 1894 Grand Opera House.

“Regent Kelly’s commitment to public service and volunteerism is evident in the seemingly endless list of altruistic activities to which he devoted his time and energy,” Dr. Shelton said.

In other business, the board heard a report from Amy Leuchtag, director of the Building Bridges to Success (BBS) program, which recently celebrated its 23rd year at Galveston College.

Leuchtag said BBS is part of the nationwide TRIO Student Support Services program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide academic and student support services for approximately 200 first-generation, low-income students.

The goals of BBS are to increase student retention in classes, completion of certificates and degrees, graduation from college and transfer to universities. Services include academic advising and degree planning, course selection and registration, academic tutoring, personal and career guidance, financial aid and scholarship information, economic and financial literacy education and resources and transfer assistance.

“Despite the challenges faced as a result of Covid-19, for the 2019-2020 academic year, BBS achieved 59 graduates,” Leuchtag said.

In the most recent annual performance report for the Department of Education, BBS attained an 88 percent persistence rate. This means that 88 percent of the program participants were retained from one fall semester to the next, graduated and/or transferred.

Ninety-eight percent of BBS program participants were in good academic standing with a GPA greater than or equal to 2.0. Sixty-eight percent of BBS students earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry, and 31 percent of participants earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry and transferred to a four-year university. In August, the college was notified that it had received funding for the TRIO program for another five years. The college will receive $283,895 for the 2020-2021 program year. 

In other business, board members

  • heard an update on college events and activities from Dr. Shelton. Dr. Shelton said the college is fast-approaching mid-term for fall 2020, which is Oct. 23. He also reported on a fall 2020 second-start session enrollment of 468 compared to fall 2019 second-start enrollment of 259. The fall 2020 lecture series will be conducted virtually.
  • heard updates from Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, and technical program faculty members James Love, Welding Technology, and Patrick Lantz, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Maia Adolphs, president, and Benjamin Shelton, vice president.
  • approved a proposal with Ferrilli to provide Ellucian Colleague consultant services at a total cost of $318,000 annually for two years.
  • approved a proposal to purchase equipment to convert two combined classrooms in the Fine Arts Building into a video streaming lecture studio at a cost of $31,739.80.
  • amended the interlocal agreement between the college district and Galveston County to provide campus law enforcement services.
  • accepted a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Training Grants Program award in the amount of $49,765 to provide a new Electrical Safety on the Job training program for small businesses.
  • heard an update on the college’s identity theft program by Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management.
  • reviewed the unaudited year-end financial statements for fiscal year 2019-20 and monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Pictured: The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Pictured are Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers, Kelly family representatives Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, and Regent Ray Lewis, Jr.

Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Galveston College Board of Regents reduces tax rate, trims budget

Galveston Community College District homeowners will see a significant decrease in property taxes paid to Galveston College in 2020.

Following an Aug. 17 public hearing, the board adopted a no-new-revenue tax rate of $.159188/$100 for the 2020 tax year, which reflects a 7 percent decrease from the 2019 rate of $0.171188/$100 and remains under the voter-approved rate of $0.172680/$100.

The no-new-revenue tax rate evaluates the relationship between taxes for the prior year and for the current year based on a tax rate that would produce the same amount of taxes (no new taxes), if applied to the same properties that are taxed in both years.

This is the second year in a row the Galveston College board has reduced the district’s tax rate. In 2018, the tax rate was .176188/100.

In addition to the tax rate, board members approved a 2020-2021 college budget of $23,366,745, which reflects a reduction of $275,250 – or 1.2 percent – compared to the 2019-2020 budget of $23,641,995.

Walk on the Beach in Galveston

Galveston College Board of Regents hears report on student success

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Aug. 12 heard an update on student and graduate success data that will appear in the 2020 Texas Higher Education Almanac.

While the final almanac has not yet been released, some of the almanac data is currently available on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Accountability System website.

Graduate success is measured as employment and/or enrollment in higher education in the fall semester following graduation. Both Galveston College academic and technical graduates exceed the state average in terms of graduate success, with 95.2 percent of academic graduates and 93.2 percent of technical graduates being deemed successful. Moreover, the college’s academic graduate success rate is higher than that of all local peer community colleges.

Between fall 2014 and fall 2019, Galveston College’s enrollment increased by 12.6 percent from 2,048 to 2,306. This outpaces statewide enrollment growth of 8 percent over the same period.

In fall 2019, 31.7 percent of Galveston College students were enrolled on a full-time basis, compared to 23.1 percent statewide. Likewise, 30.6 percent of Galveston College students were in a technical program; statewide that figure was 23.2 percent. Notably, Galveston College had the second-highest proportion of full-time students among local peer institutions.

Galveston College’s fall 2019 six-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time students was 48.6 percent, exceeding the state average by 9.5 percentage points.

On average, Galveston College students take longer than their statewide peers to complete an associate degree – 4.3 years compared to 3.9. Similarly, students graduate from Galveston College having attempted an average of 88 semester credit hours; the state average is 81.

In FY2019, 55.9 percent of Galveston College degrees were awarded to African American and Hispanic students. The college outperforms local peers and the state average on this measure.

Nearly one in four (23.8 percent) of the college’s fall 2013 first-time students transferred to a four-year institution within six years. While slightly below the state average, Galveston College’s performance on this measure is the second-best among local peers.

Un-expired Term of Regent Carl Kelly
Out of respect for Galveston College Regent Carl Kelly, who died on July 31, the board voted to wait until May 2021 to appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.

Board Chair Karen Flowers said she plans to establish a nominating committee after the first of the year to accept nominations and to review and recommend a candidate to fill the unexpired term for position 8, which will run through May 2022.

Other Action
In other business, board members:

• approved revisions to the college’s Employees Standards of Conduct, including new sections on ethical standards, violations, electronic media, safety requirements, tobacco and e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, and arrests, indictments, convictions and other adjudications.
• approved revisions to the board’s Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation: Sex and Sexual Violence and Student Discipline and Penalties policies.
• accepted U.S. Department of Education Title V grant award funding for year three of the “Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising and Transfer at a Hispanic-Serving Community College” initiative in the amount of $549,995.
• accepted the resignation of Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, and the retirement of Patricia A. Perry, instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program.
• approved salary schedules, adjunct faculty and overload pay schedules, and part-time classification and compensation schedule, effective Sept. 1.
• approved an annual contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning service and repair with AMS of Houston of Stafford, Texas, as the primary vendor and Gowan, Inc. of Houston as the secondary vendor, effective Sept. 1.
• approved a $32,756.66 information technology purchase to convert two classrooms into video streaming studios.
• renewed workers’ compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $15,742, effective Sept. 1
• renewed unemployment compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $32,500.
• approved the utilization of the following investment firms: Gilford Securities, Inc., Landenburg Thalmann & Company, LOGIC (Local Government Investment Cooperative), Lone Star Investment Pool, TexPool, TexTERM and Vanguard (Mutual Funds).
• adopted a resolution designating Galveston County Tax Assessor/Collector as the officer to calculate tax rate information required under Texas tax code.
• approved board meeting dates for 2020-2021.

Carl E. Kelly

College mourns passing of Regent Carl E. Kelly

It is with great sadness and profound respect that Galveston College announces the passing of longtime community leader and Galveston College Regent Carl E. Kelly, 84, of an apparent heart attack on Friday, July 31. Arrangements are pending.

A former chairman, Regent Kelly was appointed to the board in January 1998 and then elected the following May. He has served on the board for 22 years and is a current member of the Policies Committee and Finance Committee. A longtime resident of Galveston, Regent Kelly was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a former chair of the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees. He also served on the State Bar Grievance Board, D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc. Propriety and Advisory Board, Galveston Historical Foundation Board of Directors, City of Galveston Charter Review Committee, BPA Housing Development Corporation Board and the 1894 Grand Opera House Board of Directors.

In recognition of his contributions to Galveston College, anonymous donors established an endowed scholarship with the Galveston College Foundation to honor Regent Kelly. The Carl Kelly Scholarship is awarded to a deserving Galveston College student each year.