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Galveston College announces spring 2020 honor students

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for spring 2020 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 299 students.

The three lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade-point averages while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of study.

The President’s List includes students who have a 3.9 semester grade-point average or better. The Vice President’s List includes students who have a grade-point average of 3.6 but less than 3.9. The Dean’s List includes students who have a grade point average of 3.2 but less than 3.6.

Students are listed by designation, state and hometown.

President’s List

Texas
Rene Navarro, Alvin
Yeslin Rivas, Bacliff
Connor Rowe, Bayou Vista
Aleka Xayaseng, Call
Benjamin Soule, Dallas
Nicholas Cortinas, Dickinson
Abigail Forrest, Dickinson
Anthony Sanabria, Dickinson
Eric Hadley, Fort Worth
Natalie Aldous, Galveston
Jacob Allen, Galveston
Illeana Amaya, Galveston
Hemal Amin, Galveston
Chantelle Anderson, Galveston
Eden Atkinson, Galveston
Kelsey Barillas, Galveston
Eliana Barlow, Galveston
Lily Benavidez, Galveston
Charles Blacketer, Galveston
Aaron Bouwkamp, Galveston
Rosie Bui, Galveston
Kaylor Burton, Galveston
Annmarie Castro, Galveston
Samantha Coffey, Galveston
Isabella Corrales, Galveston
Kodiak Cox, Galveston
Richard Crawford, Galveston
Caryn Donihoo Lemons Galveston
Owen Earl, Galveston
Robert Ellis, Galveston
Britney Fletcher, Galveston
John Fowler, Galveston
Daniel Golan, Galveston
Denzel Gonzales, Galveston
Tavin Grey, Galveston
Luke Havard, Galveston
Reagen Isbell, Galveston
Brandon Jackson, Galveston
Ginger Jackson, Galveston
James Jobe, Galveston
Audrey Johnson, Galveston
Cody Jones, Galveston
Anupama Kandel, Galveston
William Kanost, Galveston
Roza Kastis, Galveston
Gagandeep Kaur, Galveston
Alexis Lapoint, Galveston
Abigail Larios, Galveston
Gabriella Lopez, Galveston
Andrea Lopez-Trejo, Galveston
Branden Medina, Galveston
Kaitlyn Mixon, Galveston
Ruben Morales, Galveston
Coby Moseley, Galveston
Ma Noviz Nevarez, Galveston
Patricia Phol, Galveston
Rodrick Piper, Galveston
Sophia Ramirez, Galveston
Jeremy Ross, Galveston
Valeria Salinas, Galveston
Cade Sattelmaier, Galveston
Marsha Scoggin, Galveston
Tiffany Sherman, Galveston
Elisabeth Smith, Galveston
Josalyn Malyce Taylor, Galveston
Abigail Teague, Galveston
Elizabath Thomas, Galveston
Jesus Torres, Galveston
Catalina Tovar, Galveston
Alexandra Vasut, Galveston
Gianna Viggiano, Galveston
Julianna Wagner, Galveston
Madison Westhause, Galveston
Roshawn Williams, Galveston
Justin Wood, Galveston
Kari Bey, Hitchcock
Brent Black, Houston
Roberto Garza, Houston
Cameron Alt, Humble
Maritchie Arriaga, La Marque
Jason Brown, La Marque
Brandon Freeman, La Marque
Michele Garza, La Marque
Liliana Oseguera, La Marque
Sylvia Perales-Lee, La Marque
Hunter Tauch, La Marque
Waylin Wells, La Marque
Daryll Young, La Marque
Kelsey Bollinger, Lake Jackson
Saylaion Dunlap, Lake Jackson
Cindy Bonilla Banegas, League City
Corey Lanier, League City
Dawn Marcantel, League City
Daniel Martinez, League City
Ricky Pierce, League City
T’yuana Sanders, League City
Sheldon Jones, Missouri City
Teena Mavumkal, Missouri City
Kayleigh Deakle, Mont Belvieu
Sarah Filip, Palacios
David Hardy, Pasadena
Amna Ahmed, Pearland
Dontae Bailey, Pearland
Jada Nolasco, Port Bolivar
Noble Castleman, Porter
Caitlin Emery, Porter
Jessica Good, San Angelo
Jared Dornak, Santa Fe
Marisa Rodriguez, Santa Fe
James Shaver, Santa Fe
Steven Sapio, Spring
Jenny Liu, Sugar Land
Samir Rene Capulong, Texas City
Jonathan Daniel, Texas City
Michelle De Salvo, Texas City
David Gage, Texas City
Shona Gastian, Texas City
Tyrone Melanson, Texas City
Angela Onofre, Texas City
Andres Ramos, Texas City
Avery Feagin, Tiki Island
Hunter Green, Vidor

Australia
Joshua Meyer, Carnegie, Victoria

Vice President’s List

Texas
Chelsey Blackman, Anna
Lenora Amey, Bacliff
Karli Newton, Bayou Vista
Mikaela Clark, Beaumont
Caitlin Denison, Bridge City
Aspyn Grossman, Bullard
Jordan Rasmussen, Dayton
Zachary Young, Deer Park
Lindsay Castro, Dickinson
Christian Law, Dickinson
Brielle Mallet, Dickinson
Hannah Martin, Dickinson
Charles Peacock, Dickinson
Jayden Turner-Garner, Dickinson
Makinzie Tomascik, Franklin
Jennifer Alverdin, Galveston
Gabriela Bailon, Galveston
Bethany Boedicker, Galveston
Jamie Burns Johnson, Galveston
Carlos Chinchilla, Galveston
Brandon Cisneros, Galveston
Joy Cohen-Blake, Galveston
Kurt Dillon, Galveston
Connor Dykstra, Galveston
Jada Edwards, Galveston
Jolie Edwards, Galveston
Jennifer Escalante Prieto, Galveston
Breanna Fritzius, Galveston
Carrie Garcia, Galveston
Kayla Garcia, Galveston
Ana Gutierrez, Galveston
Macy Gutierrez, Galveston
Ronald Henriquez Mancia, Galveston
Adan Hernandez, Galveston
Anel Hernandez, Galveston
Gabrielle Hosler, Galveston
William Hosler, Galveston
Macey Impson, Galveston
Paula Jackson, Galveston
Noah Jansen, Galveston
Alejandro Lopez, Galveston
Alexis Makris, Galveston
Campbell Martin, Galveston
Ramon Martinez-Rodriguez, Galveston
Noemi Mata, Galveston
Cecille Maxey, Galveston
Nataly Mendieta Rosas, Galveston
Cristina Montez, Galveston
Alec Muniz, Galveston
Connor Murphy Mauldin, Galveston
Brandon Nicoll, Galveston
Zoe Oramous, Galveston
Brianna Reyes, Galveston
Graciela Salinas, Galveston
Ramius Sanchez, Galveston
Heather Seiler, Galveston
Dazjah Shannon, Galveston
Stephanie Simmons, Galveston
Nicholas Smecca, Galveston
Caleb Smith, Galveston
Joanna Strueby, Galveston
Amanda Thomas, Galveston
Patrick Unbehagen, Galveston
Alanicesia Vanhorne, Galveston
Alicia Vega, Galveston
Johnnette Lolley, Hitchcock
Leslie Simpton, Hitchcock
Robert Berger, Houston
Reah Kelly, Houston
Steven Yancey, Houston
Clayton Young, Humble
Nicole Farnham, Kemah
Yvonne Shaw, La Marque
Tiara Jones, League City
Ty Luper, League City
Celene Nunez, League City
Christina Trevino, League Ctiy
Odette Lopez, Lufkin
Mitchell Partlow, Pearland
Savannah Robisheaux, Pearland
Daisy Ortega, Plano
Jason Ortiz, Port Bolivar
Brittney Buchanan, Richardson
Mackenzie Dobbs, Santa Fe
Jean Sheppard, Santa Fe
Dylan Whitehurst, Santa Fe
Benjamin Edwards, Sherman
Sydnye Cromwell, Spring
Jeryn Baldwin, Texas City
Jeraud Samuels, Texas City
Iliana Pittman, Tomball
Tyler Warren, Tyler

Dean’s List

Texas
Alejandra Barragan, Bacliff
Michael Lee, Beaumont
Hallie Gloor, Blanco
Mirye An, Carrollton
Yanet Vargas-Rojas, Dallas
Sarah Jones, De Berry
Joseph Vasquez, Deer Park
James Atchley, Dickinson
Theresa Stanford, Dickinson
Adamari Vela, Galveston
Alanis Briseno, Galveston
Alexandria Carattini, Galveston
Alexis Labao, Galveston
Allie Massicott, Galveston
Andrea Trevino, Galveston
Anthony Sorenson, Galveston
Azucena Gonzalez Garcia, Galveston
Bernardino Hernandez Estrada, Galveston
Brianna Patterson, Galveston
Brijha Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Brittany Diaz, Galveston
Chana Baggett, Galveston
Cindy Rodriguez, Galveston
Devlyn Mahanay, Galveston
Devonte Moffett, Galveston
Emily Drake, Galveston
Ennid Dulaney, Galveston
Isabel Peralta, Galveston
Jaelyn Williams, Galveston
Jamie Comer, Galveston
Jay Balasubramanian, Galveston
Joel Hernandez, Galveston
Jose Becerril, Galveston
Joshua Bailey, Galveston
Julie Butler, Galveston
Karalynn Salva, Galveston
Kayla Jones, Galveston
Kayla Olguin, Galveston
Kelly Heiberger, Galveston
Kenneth Simpson, Galveston
Kevin Dodge, Galveston
Kinara Cali Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Lanetra Woods, Galveston
Luis Garrido, Galveston
Madalyn Whatley, Galveston
Maia Adolphs, Galveston
Maribel Marin Miguel, Galveston
Mary Lopez, Galveston
Melody Benavides Carreon, Galveston
Melody Rumion, Galveston
Michael Brown, Galveston
Michael Rabinowitz, Galveston
Natalia Martinez, Galveston
Oscar Alberdin Jr., Galveston
Roxana Arrazola, Galveston
Roxana Martinez, Galveston
Skyler Botello, Galveston
Taylor Daniel, Galveston
Tyszhe Herron, Galveston
Ulises Garcia, Galveston
Vividiana Solis, Galveston
Wyatt Bomberger, Galveston
Marterell Benamon, Garland
Destiny Barrientos, Hitchcock
Cori Icenhower, Houston
Jaycob Deese, Houston
John Erfe, Katy
Tanner Evans, Kingwood
Kaitlyn Carman-Salazar, La Marque
Alyssa Toler, League City
Garrett Marcantel, League City
Makinzie Romrell, League City
Bradley Ely, Little Elm
Brandon Andrews, New Braunfels
April Reyes, Santa Fe
Hailey Bowie, Seabrook
Ryan Fullerton, South Padre Island
Janet Edwards, Texas City
Jordan Filer, Texas City
Ronald Rivas, Texas City
Gary Koehler, The Colony
Alysia Little, Wylie

Louisiana
Chesni Jones, Sulphur

Puerto Rico
Gabriel Arroyo, Arecibo

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Massage Therapy program to begin this month

Galveston College will begin another class of its popular Massage Therapy program this month.

The program, which is offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, starts Aug. 31 and continues through Dec. 17.

Classes will be offered in a hybrid online and face-to-face format to allow for practical/laboratory education.

Fall semester courses include Health and Hygiene, Massage Fundamentals I, Kinesiology, Pathology for Massage, and Reflexology and Chair Massage.

Spring semester courses include Massage Fundamentals II, Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, Therapeutic Modalities, and Business Practices and Ethics.

Students must also enroll in a summer internship program in June or July.

Financial aid in the form of Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) grant funds may be available for those who qualify.

To apply for the Massage Therapy program, visit https://gc.edu/massage/.

For more information, contact the Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1344 or write to CE@gc.edu.

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It’s time to meet with an advisor and register for fall classes

Early registration for the fall 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Aug. 31.

The fall 2020 schedule of classes went online last week and reflects necessary changes in course delivery based on the college’s Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations.

Students have five options that fit their preferred learning style and comfort level:

• face-to-face instruction,
• hybrid synchronous (a combination of face-to-face and Zoom meetings),
• hybrid asynchronous (a combination of face-to-face and traditional online instruction),
• online synchronous via Zoom,
• traditional online asynchronous instruction, or
• a combination of the options.

NOTE: Not all classes are offered in all five course delivery methods.

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To search for fall classes, go directly to the search tool here. For more information about the learning options, visit https://gc.edu/yourcollegeyourway.

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

Current and new students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number.

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city of Galveston guidelines.

“Our focus at Galveston College continues to be on the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We will continue to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials, as we prepare for a very gradual and systematic transition back to on-campus work.”

Registration for fall 2020 classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31. All campus areas/offices will begin providing limited in-person services on Aug. 3.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

Quickstart plus program starts in Sept at Galveston College

New Quickstart+ programs set to launch this fall

Galveston College has received a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission to offer new Quickstart+ training programs in Electrical Technology and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC). The first cohort of the Electrical Helper program will begin Sept. 21.

Career Navigator Sharon Levy Pagan will be moving to the Continuing Education department to coordinate and serve as job placement navigator for the program. Her office will remain at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit https://gc.edu/continuing-education/quickstartplus/ and contact Job Placement Navigator Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or spagan@gc.edu.
Sharon Pagan

Dr. John P. McGovern

McGovern Foundation donates $40,000 to Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Scholarship programs

The John P. McGovern Foundation recently donated $40,000 to the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Scholarship Endowment and Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Fund programs. The contribution continues the McGovern Foundation’s long history of support for Galveston College students. John P. McGovern Foundation contributions since 1996 total almost $900,000 toward Universal Access Scholarship funding and health programs at Galveston College.

The generosity of the McGovern Foundation mirrors that of the man who started it. He was a co-founder of the American Osler Society and founder of the McGovern Allergy Clinic in Houston. He established his foundation in 1961 and focused his philanthropy on the Texas Medical Center and programs benefiting families and children.

The Universal Access and Universal Access Plus scholarships will continue to help eligible Galveston students into the future and arrive at their educational goals sooner. Universal Access fully funds tuition and fees for a 60-hour degree program at Galveston College. Universal Access Plus in 2019-2020 provided $500 towards textbooks, digital tools, access fees and laptops.

In spring 2020, 74 percent of Galveston College’s students attended college on a part-time basis. Twenty-four percent had dependent children at home. Seventy-six percent juggled the demands of working and higher education. It takes Galveston College students an average of 3.7 years to graduate without public or private financial assistance. Universal Access students graduate on average in 2.7 years.

The McGovern Foundation also benefits students in the health sciences through another scholarship program.

The John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences is a separate example of the impact the McGovern Foundation has had on the fabric of Galveston College. The McGovern Scholars are health sciences students with a 3.0 or better GPA and receive an $800 scholarship.

For the Galveston College community, the focus of McGovern Foundation’s generosity is helping its students pay for tuition, fees, books and digital resources. This allows them to focus on their studies, stay in college and graduate.


John P. McGovern 21st Century Memorial Scholarship in Nursing and Health Sciences recipients Joshua Bland (left) and Ashlay Lewis-Helton attend President’s Evening 2020, Galveston College’s donor recognition event.


Dr. John P. McGovern gets a hug at the Children’s Zoo that bears his name. The John P. McGovern Foundation has donated almost $900,000 since 1996 to Galveston College Universal Access, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Photo courtesy Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle

Updated fall 2020 class schedule goes online to reflect Your College, Your Way learning options

Early registration for the fall 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Aug. 31.

The updated fall 2020 schedule of classes went online July 20 and reflects necessary changes in course delivery based on the college’s Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations.

Students have five options that fit their preferred learning style and comfort level:

• face-to-face instruction,
• hybrid synchronous (a combination of face-to-face and Zoom meetings),
• hybrid asynchronous (a combination of face-to-face and traditional online instruction),
• online synchronous via Zoom,
• traditional online asynchronous instruction, or
• a combination of the options.

Some technical and professional programs, such as Nursing, have a prescribed course delivery system.

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To search for fall classes, go directly to the search tool here. For more information about the learning options, visit https://gc.edu/yourcollegeyourway.

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

Current and new students can register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number.

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city of Galveston guidelines.

“Our focus at Galveston College continues to be on the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We will continue to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials, as we prepare for a very gradual and systematic transition back to on-campus work.”

Registration for fall 2020 classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31. All campus areas/offices will begin providing limited in-person services on Aug. 3.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing gift $5,000 to Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund


Vandy Anderson, beloved donor to Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy
Photo courtesy Galveston County Daily News

Earlier this spring, the Del Papa family and Del Papa Distributing made a contribution of $5,000 to the Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund supports students attending the Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy. Del Papa Distributing and the Del Papa family are stalwart supporters of Galveston College and determined to help students in the hospitality and culinary professions.

“Vandy Anderson served his community in numerous ways as a broadcaster, trustee, chair or adviser for organizations across Galveston until his passing in 2016,” said Paulie Gaido, a Galveston College Foundation director, restaurateur and author of “Entertaining at Home with Fresh American Seafood and Exceptional American Wine.” “He was a lover of local seafood made by local chefs; he is as synonymous with Galveston Island as oleanders, boat shoes and the first crisp chill that heralds the season’s oysters.”

The scholarship honors Anderson’s love of the Galveston gastronomic community. Gaido’s book helped raise $75,000 locally to honor the much-beloved man known as the “Voice of Galveston” during his long tenure at KGBC radio.

“The Del Papa donation is wonderful,” said the program director, Chef Paul Mendoza. “The Vandy Anderson Culinary Arts Scholarship has taken off in the last couple of years thanks to the good works of people like Del Papa and Mr. Paulie Gaido.”

“Scholarships give people a chance who may not otherwise be able to afford culinary school,” said Mendoza. “I always encourage my new and returning students to apply. Scholarships pay for attendance costs when other sources of financial aid are not enough or unavailable. ”

Currently, the culinary program has four or more different scholarships available. Application information is available on the college website at https://gc.edu/financial-aid/available-aid/scholarships/ and from the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu.


Former Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy students (left to right) Ebony Smith, Justin Cahill, Wayman Crawford, Stephanie Bass, Pauline Browning, Francesca Romero, Angelica Ellsworth, Julie Ellis, Carltel Williams, Cheryl Washington, Whitney Ermis, Jennifer Lopez, Angela Lopez and Allyson Johnson

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NJCAA moves majority of sports to spring

Following the recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Following the Board of Regents’ vote on July 13, a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester.

“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA president and CEO. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”

For spring sports, including baseball and softball, competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. The fall practice schedule will include a maximum of 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages from Sept. 5 to Nov. 15. Baseball will be allowed a maximum of 15 fall scrimmages (not dates) against outside competition. Softball will be allowed a maximum of seven fall scrimmage dates against outside competition.

To view the updated NJCAA 2020-2021 plan of action, click here. To view all NJCAA COVID-19 updates, click here.

Galveston College VP graduates from Leadership Galveston

Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for administration and student services at Galveston College, recently graduated from the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Galveston Class of 2020.

Dr. Charles P. Mouton of UTMB Health, Leadership Galveston class president, gave an inspiring message to the graduates as they recounted their journeys through the program and explained how UTMB is working to treat and contain COVID-19.

“Leadership Galveston is an essential experience for anyone who is or could be a potential leader,” said Dr. Mouton. “It provides you with the skills and insight to make a meaningful contribution to the greater Galveston community. It also gives you the connections and relationships to ensure that the work you do builds a bright future for our beloved island.”

Founded in 1984, Leadership Galveston is a dynamic and interactive eight-month experience designed to provide the community with an enduring source of leaders who are prepared and committed to serving their region.

In 2018, the Chamber’s Leadership Advisory Board, comprised of the program’s pivotal partner, the Moody Foundation, as well as, representatives from UTMB Health, Galveston College and other consultants, worked diligently to structure the class curriculum to include an in-depth look at the critical issues and opportunities within the community. The program is overseen by Lorraine Grubbs, director of membership of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce and Carrie Davis, stage manager of The Grand 1894 Opera House.

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Mary Moody Northen Endowment gifts $5,000 to Radiography Degree Stipend program

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment recently announced a $5,000 gift to the newly established Galveston College Radiography Degree Stipend. The program is for graduating Radiography students and provides $250 to help pay the costs of national and state testing and licensure.

The Galveston College Office of Development received the endowment’s unanimous decision of support of the stipend appeal in a June 24 letter.

The Radiography Degree Stipend allows returning Radiography students to focus on graduating not struggling to come up with the fees needed to enable them to work.

Over 70 percent of Galveston College students juggle work and college. Twenty-four percent have dependent children at home. They work in industries that rely heavily on part-time labor, such as leisure, retail and hospitality. These island industries are hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn.

In the spring, the Radiography Club raised funds to support May graduates of the program, as they faced $350 in bills for testing and fees. At the same time, the COVID-19 pandemic was causing disruptions in students’ finances as jobs were lost and family incomes cut.

In 2020-2021, graduating Radiography students will see that stress reduced. The $250 stipend will defray two-thirds of the testing and licensure costs for 20 students. The balance is the responsibility of the student.

The Mary Moody Northen Endowment is a Galveston philanthropy supporting community development efforts throughout the city since 1964.