Category: Campus News

Georgetown University professor to speak on ‘A World on the Move’

Galveston College will present “A World on the Move,” a lecture featuring Georgetown University professor Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Dr. Ferris is a research professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

Her presentation will feature a global overview of migration and refugees and is part of college’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.”

“It is very exciting to have Dr. Ferris to give a lecture at Galveston College about her extensive experience and first-hand knowledge about UN missions around the world,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “This is a unique opportunity for people in our community to learn about humanitarian issues that are of high importance in the world today.”

From January to September 2016, Dr. Ferris served as senior adviser to the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York. From 2006 to 2015, she was a senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings-London School of Economics Project on Internal Displacement where she worked to support understanding and protection of internally displaced persons.

Prior to joining Brookings, she spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland, at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and as a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México.

Dr. Ferris’ teaching experience has included positions at Lafayette College, Miami University and Pembroke State University. She has written extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues, including “The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action” (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and most recently, “Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect,” with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016).

She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Florida.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Galveston College sees 11.5 percent enrollment jump

Galveston College officials have announced a double-digit increase in student enrollment for the fall 2018 semester from this same time last year.

The college recorded a census-day credit headcount enrollment of 2,450 students, which represents an 11.5 percent increase from the 2,197 students who attended Galveston College during the fall semester of 2017.

“Our growth is a testament to the support of our community and to the great work of our faculty and staff,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “I cannot emphasize enough the teamwork and collaboration across the college community. Everyone contributed to this successful student recruitment effort that produced such positive results.”

The enrolled students generated 20,070 student semester credit hours, an increase of 15 percent from the previous fall semester.

The growth in enrollment can be attributed to a number of factors, Dr. Shelton said, including the addition of new programs in Computer and Network Administration, Instrumentation Technology and a daytime Law Enforcement Academy in partnership with area law enforcement agencies.

“We are excited to have 17 students enrolled in our daytime Law Enforcement Academy in addition to the students in our existing evening academy,” Dr. Shelton said, adding that the college has collaborated with the City of Galveston, the Galveston Police Department, Galveston County, the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and other local agencies to provide high-quality law-enforcement education to the region.

Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, said the number of Galveston high school students participating in dual-credit programs also has increased significantly.

“We have 588 dual-credit students who are enrolled in 32 different classes or programs,” Dr. Matthews said. “Some of the classes with the highest enrollment are English Composition I, Medical Terminology and U.S. History I.  On the workforce side, the Welding Technology program is popular with 64 students taking different levels of welding this year.  The Emergency Medical Services program also has been well-received, with 23 dual-credit students.”

In addition to students enrolled in credit academic-transfer and workforce programs, Galveston College serves more than 1,725 individuals through workforce training, continuing education for professional and personal development, and other non-credit programs.

For more information about Galveston College, visit or call (409) 944-4242.

Whitecaps Wednesday

Whitecaps Wednesdays fan days set

As part of Whitecaps Wednesday, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear Galveston College orange and royal blue in support of the Whitecaps baseball and softball teams every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters.

Each Wednesday in September, a different Whitecaps Wednesday promotion will be announced.

For more information, email Cynthia Parra at, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

Voter Registration

Voter registration drive underway on campus

The Galveston College Student Government Association and Office of Student Activities will host a voter registration drive throughout the fall 2018 semester. Dates are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby

To be eligible to vote, an individual:

  • must be a United States citizen;
  • must be a resident of the county where he or she submits the application;
  • must be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and must be 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • must not be a convicted felon (may be eligible to vote if he/she completed sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • must have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

To confirm voter registration status, an individual may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Texas driver’s license number, if it was provided at the time of application for voter registration;
  • Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on a voter registration certificate;
  • first and last name.

Oct. 9 is the last date to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Hamshire-Fannett dual-credit students visit campus

Some 65 dual-credit students from Hamshire-Fannett High School were on campus Friday, Sept. 7, to meet with faculty and staff and tour the college.

The day began with a pep rally, complete with the Whitecaps Wave, and group photo hosted by the Offices of Admissions, Student Activities and Public Affairs.

Students met with faculty members Dr. Shane Wallace and Shelly Downes, Dr. Larry Blomstedt, Theron Waddell, Jesse Warren, Elizabeth Tapp and Janene Davison and then toured the campus.

“It was a great success,” said Vice President of Instruction Dr. Cissy Matthews, who organized the visit. “We ended their visit with pizza, cookies and one more session of the Whitecaps Wave. I even asked facilities to turn on the disco ball in the ceiling. They loved it. Today was one of those great days when I can’t believe I get paid to have this much fun!”

Moody Hall at Galveston College

Galveston College announces new vice president for administration

Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College, announced today the appointment of Dr. Van Patterson of Longview, Texas, to the position of vice president for administration. He will succeed Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, who retired Aug. 31 after 50 years of service at Galveston College.

Dr. Patterson has been the director of the Longview University Center, a branch campus of the University of Texas at Tyler, since 2013, where his responsibilities include day-to-day operation of the campus, building enrollment, fundraising, increasing public awareness of the campus, and creating and overseeing an annual budget. He also works closely with the Longview University Center Development Council, community college and high school administrators, and local business, community and government leaders.

Prior to joining UT Tyler, Dr. Patterson served 17 years at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, where in various roles his responsibilities included fundraising, marketing and public relations, enrollment management, alumni affairs, academic advising and student activities.

As vice president for administration at Galveston College, Dr. Patterson will provide leadership in the areas of public affairs, development, physical facilities, grounds, security, information technology and auxiliary services, including intercollegiate athletics, the college bookstore, campus housing and food services.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Patterson joining the Galveston College family,” Dr. Shelton said in making the announcement. “We are confident that his knowledge and expertise in so many different areas will benefit our college, our students and our community.”

Dr. Patterson has a doctor of education in higher education administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master of business administration from East Texas Baptist University and a bachelor of business administration in marketing and management from Baylor University.  He has taught courses in research, curriculum and instruction, and physical education.

“I am honored and excited about this opportunity and will do everything I can to ensure that Galveston College continues to be an institution the community can be proud to be associated with and support,” Dr. Patterson said. “During my visit to Galveston College I observed a great sense of camaraderie among the faculty, staff and administration. This is wonderful working environment that I look forward to joining soon.”

Dr. Patterson and his wife, Marty, have been married 28 years and are the parents of two children, David and Holly. The Pattersons plan to make their home in Galveston.

Dr. Patterson’s first day at Galveston College will be Sept. 17.

Galveston College Whitecaps baseball opens fall play on Saturday at Wharton

Whitecaps Logo

The Galveston College baseball team will begin fall play  on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 2 p.m. when the Whitecaps take on the Wharton County Junior College Pioneers in Wharton, Texas.

Under the leadership of Coach Chris Joblin, the 2018 Whitecaps were very competitive, besting Wharton in the last game of the team’s final series to make it to the Region XIV Tournament, where the Whitecaps finished fourth overall.

During Coach Joblin’s six years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps have continued academic excellence with an impressive cumulative team GPA, over 3.0 every year. Over the course of the last six years, the Whitecaps have sent 31 players on to the NCAA Division 1 level and had seven players drafted in the MLB draft, and another player sign as a free agent.

Fall 2018 Whitecaps Baseball Schedule

Day/Date                             Opponent                                                           Location               Time

Saturday, Sept. 8              Wharton County Junior College                  Wharton, TX,      2 p.m.

Friday, Sept. 14                 Wharton County Junior College                  Houston, TX        12:30 p.m.

Blinn College                                                      Houston, TX        5:30 PM

Sunday, Sept. 16               Laredo Community College                          Houston, TX        1:30 p.m.

Alvin College                                                      Houston, TX        6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 18             Alvin College                                                      Galveston, TX    3 p.m.

Friday-Saturday, Sept. 21-Sept. 22, All-Star Weekend                      Brenham, TX      TBA

Tuesday, Sept. 25             Blinn College                                                      Galveston, TX    3 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 3          South Texas Scout Team                               Houston, TX        5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 5                      Wharton County Junior College                  Sulphur, LA         1:30 p.m.
Delgado Community College                       Sulphur, LA         4:30 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 6                Bossier Parish Community College            Sulphur, LA         10:30AM

LSU-Alexandria                                                 Sulphur, LA         4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9                  San Jacinto College                                          Houston, TX        4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 13              Coastal Bend College                                      Beeville, TX         2 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 19                   Blinn College                                                      Brenham, TX      3 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23               Alvin College                                                      Alvin, TX               1 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 27-Oct. 28, Texas Scout Association Tournament, Austin, TX, TBA

Saturday, Nov. 3               Coastal Bend College                                      Galveston, TX    2 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 San Jacinto College                                                          Galveston, TX    4 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 10             Wharton County Junior College                  Galveston, TX    2 p.m.



Houston Astros honor Whitecaps Andre Derouen

The Houston Astros on Wednesday, Sept. 5, honored Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player Andre Derouen, Jr., who drowned in March after rescuing his younger brother from a pond near their home.

Andre was a fantastic and beloved athlete, having played both football and baseball for Hitchcock High School. He was also named Hitchcock ISD’s most valuable defensive baseball player his senior year in 2017.

“Andre brought so much joy to everyone around him,” said Chris Joblin, head coach of the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team. “He is missed by everyone who knew him.”

Several dozen family members, friends and teammates were at the event to celebrate and honor Andre.  All of them wore custom-made T-shirts featuring Andre in his Whitecaps uniform and the Houston Astros’ classic orange star.

Coach Del retires after 20 years, 700+ wins

Friends, colleagues, student-athletes and family members gathered Tuesday, Aug. 28, to honor Coach Ken Delcambre, who retired Aug. 31 after 20 years and more than 700 wins as Whitecaps head softball coach and athletic director at Galveston College.

Coach Del, as he is known by players, friends and colleagues, spent a total of 35 years in coaching, including several years as assistant softball coach at Alvin Community College before joining Galveston College in 1998 to lead the school’s brand-new softball program.

Since that time, he has coached numerous National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV champions. His Whitecaps have had two National Junior College Athletic Association National Championship appearances, and he has coached 10 NJCAA All-Americans, four NJCAA All-Americans and three Olympians. His coaching staff also was named NFCA Regional Coaching Staff of the Year.

Above, Coach Delcambre is joined by coaches and umpires from the Region 14 of the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Below (left), Coach Delcambre and his wife, Barbara, visit with guests at the reception. Below (right), Coach Delcambre and Christa Hartnett, who assumed the position of head softball coach and athletic director on Sept. 1, take time for a photo.

For more highlights of the party, click here.


Galveston College celebrates Dr. Gaynelle Hayes

The Galveston College campus and community gathered Thursday, Aug. 30, to recognize and celebrate Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, vice president for administration, who retired after 50 years of service to Galveston College, the Galveston Island community and the state of Texas.

Above, Galveston Community College District Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers and Galveston College President Myles Shelton honor Dr. Hayes with a resolution from the board, a proclamation from the governor and a resolution from the Texas Senate during the ceremony.

Below (left), Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough proclaims Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, as Dr. Gaynelle Hayes Day in the city of Galveston. Below (right), Dr. Hayes and her daughter and son-in-law, Anne-Marie and Russell Laas, greet guests during the reception.

For more highlights of the reception, click here.