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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.

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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.

Board of Regents Raymond Lewis

Summer enrollment on the rise at Galveston College

Summer enrollment at Galveston College is on the rise, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents learned at the June 10 meeting.

Dr. Myles Shelton, president, said the COVID-19 pandemic caused the college to shift its summer classes to an online format, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction such as Emergency Medical Services, the Law Enforcement Academy, Welding Technology and other applied technology areas.

As of June 10, enrollment in the summer I 2020 term reached 894 students compared with 874 students in summer I 2019 and 802 students in summer I 2018.

Dr. Shelton said college officials are considering a variety of scenarios for the fall semester, ranging from on-campus classes with facilities modifications that allow for social distancing, to a hybrid model with a combination of virtual and in-person classes.

“Community college enrollments generally tend to increase when unemployment is high,” he said. “It’s hard to predict what the fall semester will look like. Students are taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude. They are waiting to see what college will look like this fall.”

In other business, Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, presented a report on spring 2020 course withdrawal, completion and success rates, which summarized the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on college retention after classes were moved to an all-online format on March 23.

Allen said the college’s overall completion rate in spring 2020 courses decreased 5.5 percent from the previous year – from 93 percent in 2019 to 87.5 percent in 2020.

Meanwhile, the college’s student success rate decreased only 1.7 percent from spring 2019 to spring 2020 – from 82.2 percent in 2019 to 80.5 percent in 2020.

The college experienced an 11.8 percentage of seats withdrawn in courses rate after the spring 2020 census date, as compared with 7 percent in spring 2019. She said the college experienced a 10.6 percentage of seats withdrawn after census in spring 2018, which was the semester following Hurricane Harvey.

A total of 19.9 percent of students withdrew from at least one class in spring 2020, compared to 13.1 percent in spring 2019.

In board action, members ratified the acceptance of a Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Initiative grant for $115,000 to provide training for business and industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately $2,000 per participant will be available for training and retraining existing full-time employees, as well as furloughed and laid-off employees and new hires. Examples of training that can be provided to large and small businesses include digital marketing and web design, sales and marketing in a digital world, health and safety in the workplace, software skills for new technology, customized training to aid with job reassignments and more. The Galveston College Continuing Education department is coordinating this effort.

Board members granted tenure to four faculty members, including Clint A. Jones of the Developmental Mathematics department; Anna E. (Liz) Lacy of the Performing Arts department; Dr. David Shane Wallace of the English and Humanities department; and Dr. Arlinda B. Washington of the Nursing department.

Regents also approved updates and revisions to 26 Galveston College policies upon recommendation of the Policies Committee, which met prior to the board meeting. Click here to view the policies revisions.

In other action, board members:

• approved the purchase of DocuSign software in the amount of $61,750 to be funded with CARES Act funds that will enable the college to automate agreement preparation.

• approved the purchase of laptop computers to loan students for online courses in the amount of $59,000 to be funded with CARES Act funds.

• approved a proposal by Beach Town Lawn Service LLC of Galveston to provide annual landscaping maintenance services at $36,000 plus $1 per palm tree.

• approved the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Cheney Student Center at a cost of $21,935.

• approved the purchase of $12,353.56 in furnishings for the visual arts and ceramics classrooms.

• approved the purchase of $7,640.52 in audio/visual equipment for the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center to be purchased with Carl D. Perkins grant funding.

• approved the purchase of new chairs at a cost of $1,155.20 for the Welding Technology classroom.

• renewed National Flood Insurance Program and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association policies and purchased additional insurance coverage for property and contents.

• renewed Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund insurance coverage for unemployment and workers’ compensation coverage.

• approved the 2020 budget and tax rate planning calendar.

• adopted a resolution granting residence homestead tax exemptions for the 2020 tax year.

Above: Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the president, administers the oath of office to Galveston College Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., who was recently re-elected to the board, as Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers looks on.

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Galveston College sees increase in student success rates

Galveston College experienced a substantial increase in student success rates in the past three years, according to a report on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Success Points Model presented to the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

The Success Points Model was developed to measure the performance of institutions in a way that promotes their efforts to increase the rate of student progression and achievement.

In 2013, the 83rd Texas Legislature approved the use of a three-year rolling average of Success Points for determining a percentage of state funding that is allocated to community colleges. Overall, Galveston College experienced a 5 percent increase in its Success Points rolling average from 2017 to 2018.

Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, said Galveston College saw a 25 percent increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded in the past three years – from 658 awards in 2016 to 820 awards in 2018.

Over the past three years, the college experienced a 21 percent increase in degrees and certificates in critical fields identified by the Texas legislature, which included areas such as engineering, computer science, mathematics, allied health and nursing.

The college also experienced an 11 percent increase in students transferring to four-year institutions and a 19 percent increase in students completing 30 semester credit hours in one year.

The college experienced a 12 percent increase in college-level reading, a 5 percent increase in college-level math and a 44 percent increase in math readiness. The number of students requiring developmental coursework in reading and writing also dropped by 6 percent and 44 percent respectively.

In other business, the board approved a new level 1 professional certificate in Emergency Medical Services to complement the college’s existing Associate of Applied Science degree and certificate programs.

Beginning this summer, the three-semester program will start preparing paramedics for entry into management, education and supervisory positions.

The board also approved a recommendation from its Facilities Committee to enhance the Cheney Student Center dining area to serve the anticipated increase in students housed on campus with the opening of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences in fall 2020.

The $48,489 maintenance project will create additional dining space, a meeting/dining area and cold storage space for the kitchen.

Regents also heard a report from Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and humanities, regarding a service-learning initiative with Galveston’s Own Farmers Market and the Young Gardeners Program in Galveston schools.

Dr. Wallace said 78 students volunteered for the service-learning project during the 2019-20 academic year and that it benefitted the community, while also advancing the goals of the curriculum.

In other action, the board

  • approved a memorandum of understanding between college and the Galveston Independent School District through Aug. 31, 2023, for the Galveston Career Connect grant.
  • approved the purchase of $33,070.48 in computer equipment for the Drs. Charles Eric and Octavia Hall Center for Educational Technologies.
  • accepted an increase in funding from the U.S. Department of Education for the Perkins Career and Technical Education – Basic Grants.
  • approved a $20,931 change order for additional drywall replacement and refinishing for the Fine Arts building on the main campus.
  • approved a $7,500 change order for cabling and boring for the new student housing.
  • approved primary annual construction services job order contract with J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC of Galveston and secondary contracts with The Trevino Group of Houston and TUCON, LLC-Unbehagen Construction of Galveston.
  • approved an annual plumbing services contract with Wade Bailey Plumbing Co. Inc. of Galveston.
  • adopted a proposal to purchase $1,680.20 in classroom furniture for the Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program.
  • engaged the auditing services of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC of Houston.

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.

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.

Galveston College Board of Regents accepts letters of interest and nominations for Position 1

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents has formed a nominating committee to make recommendations to the board to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer. Committee members include Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., chair, Regent Carl E. Kelly and Regent Carroll G. Sunseri.

The college will accept letters of interest and nominations for Position 1 for two weeks, beginning Thursday, Feb. 21, and ending on Thursday, March 7. Letters of interest and nominations should be submitted to the Office of President prior to the deadline.

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

Please submit letters of interest and nominations to

Carla Biggers
Executive Assistant to the President
Galveston College
4015 Avenue Q
Galveston, TX  77550
cbiggers@gc.edu