Category: Featured Campus News

Financial Aid hosts FAFSA Fiesta

The Office of Financial Aid will host a FAFSA Fiesta Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing West on the Galveston College campus.

The FAFSA Fiesta is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process.

Current and prospective students can get help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to having other questions answered. Students who complete their FAFSAs that day will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The FAFSA application period for the 2019-20 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2017 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.

FAFSA Fest is open to the public. Students planning to attend Galveston College, as well as other colleges and universities, are welcome to attend.

Paul Cater Deaton

‘Finding Nemo’s Garden’ lecture to feature underwater cinematographer

Galveston College will present “Finding Nemo’s Garden: Sea and Science in the Land of the Renaissance,”  a lecture featuring writer, producer, director and cinematographer Paul Cater Deaton on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

The lecture is the fourth in the college’s 2018-19 lecture series, Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.

“We are very excited to have Paul Cater Deaton, a well-known underwater photographer, present at the second lecture in our series this spring at Galveston College,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the faculty professional development committee at Galveston College. “Mr. Deaton is well-known for his accomplishments in underwater photography and also his efforts to conserve ocean ecosystems. There are many ecosystems deep under the surface of our oceans’ waters and to learn about them from such an expert in underwater photography as Mr. Deaton will be an amazing experience.  We welcome everybody to attend this exciting and informative lecture.”

Deaton is an award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer who has filmed on six continents over a 40-year career. He is based in Galveston, Texas, and works all over the world.

As an undersea filmmaker, Deaton has spent more time underwater than most people spend in high school.

Recent credits include underwater cinematographer for “Wild Honduras” with Nigel Marven, field producer and director of photography with The Discovery Channel, director of photography with HBO Documentaries and principal underwater cinematographer for “The Amazing Race.” Deaton was one of the original three filmmakers selected to produce short documentaries for “Ocean in Google Earth.”

As a filmmaker and photojournalist, his work has been broadcast and published worldwide. He recently gave a highly-rated TEDx Talk on shark preservation, and was certified in Global Shark Biodiversity, Biology and Conservation through Cornell University and the University of Queensland, Australia.

Deaton is a National Fellow in The Explorers Club and a full member of the Television Academy. Other memberships include Boston Sea Rovers, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Historical Diving Society, Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East board of directors. A Rotarian since 1989, he was honored with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004.

Garde Manger Buffet at Galveston College

Tickets available for Culinary Arts spring scholarship luncheon

Chef Paul Mendoza and his Culinary Arts students at Galveston College invite faculty, staff and the general public to join them for the spring scholarship luncheon on Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Mary Moody Northen Center at Galveston College.

The students will present a garde manger buffet with a variety of appetizers and savory bites. The buffet project is the culmination of the students’ study of charcuterie products like sausages, pates and terrines, as well as smoking and curing of meats/fish, hors d’oeuvres, salads and condiments.

There will be sweet items for dessert, as well.

Tickets are $20, and reservations may be made by calling Mari Macias at (409) 944-1404 or

Proceeds help fund Culinary Arts scholarships for deserving students.

2018 Career Fair and Transfer Day

Rotary Club of Galveston and Galveston College to Host Career Fair and Transfer Day on March 20

The Rotary Club of Galveston and Galveston College have partnered to present the 2019 Career Fair and Transfer Day on Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Moody Hall, Regents Hall and the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College campus.

“Navigating Toward the Future” is the theme of this year’s event, which is open to students, alumni and the general public.

The Career Fair and Transfer Day allows candidates, employers and university representatives to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Career and Transfer Day participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

To date, the following employers, colleges and universities are scheduled participate in the fair:

  • AT&T
  • City of Galveston – Human Resources
  • City of Galveston – Lasker Pool
  • Comp-U-Dopt
  • County of Galveston – Human Resources
  • Gaido’s, Inc.
  • Moody Gardens
  • PeopleReady
  • Rainforest Café
  • Rosenberg Library
  • San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Lamar University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of Houston-Victoria
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

“This annual event is a great opportunity for Galveston College students to practice their soft skills as they enter into their respective career fields and learn about the various four year transfer institutions in the Gulf Coast area,” said Dr. LaToya Mills-Thomas with the Galveston College Career Services and Student Success Center. “In addition, every year there is always a handful of students who leave our intimate career fair with gainful employment. This is the icing on the cake.”

Employers, universities and colleges that would like to register to participate can contact Dr. Mills-Thomas at (409) 944-1221 or

Exhibition to feature recent works of ceramics artist Jeff Forster

Galveston College will feature an exhibition of recent ceramic art by visiting artist Jeff Forster Wednesday, March 6, through April 4 in the third floor gallery of the Fine Arts building at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas. The gallery is open during regular college hours.

In addition to the exhibit, the college will host a workshop with Forster from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the Ceramics Studio (Fine Arts-353). There also will be a closing reception that evening from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited.

Currently the ceramics chair at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Forster has participated in exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His work has won awards in a number of these exhibitions, including a Juror’s Choice Award in “Ceramic Object/Conceptual Material” and the Luis Jimenez Award for first place in the “Sculpture on Campus Exhibition” at Southern Illinois University. Additionally, Forster was awarded the Helen Drutt Studio Fellowship in conjunction with his residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Besides teaching and maintaining an active studio practice, Forster currently sits on the Artist in Residence Committee at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Artist Advisory Committee for Fresh Arts. From 2011 to 2013 he served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as the On‐Site Conference Liaison for the 47th annual conference in Houston.

Forster received a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Saint John’s University in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University in 2007.

For information on the workshop and exhibition, contact Amanda Barry Jones at

Rachel Pearson

Galveston Reads author visit to feature Dr. Rachel Pearson

Dr. Rachel Pearson, author of 2019 Galveston Reads book choice, “No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine,” will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Galveston Reads author visit Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Pearson is a physician and medical humanities researcher whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Texas Monthly, the Guardian, The Daily Beast and elsewhere.
As described by the publisher, W.W. Norton and Company, “No Apparent Distress” is a “brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a healthcare system that puts the poor at risk.” According to Norton:
“In medical charts, the term ‘N.A.D.’ (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas.
“Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is ‘All Are Welcome Here,’ she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white.
“‘No Apparent Distress’ is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.”
Dr. Pearson will speak, field questions and sign copies of her book, which will be on sale at the event.
Tino Gonzalez

Galveston College Board of Regents seeks candidates to fill unexpired term of longtime regent

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 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.

Nominating 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 today, 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.

In other business, Board of Regents Chair Karen F. Flowers appointed Regent Sunseri to fill the vacancy on the board facilities committee created by Regent Gonzalez’s passing.

The board also approved an associate of applied science in law enforcement to begin in fall 2019.

Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction, said the degree gives students who have graduated with their law enforcement certificate an opportunity to continue their education on to an associate degree.

“The associate degree leads to potential higher pay and better advancement opportunities for law enforcement professionals in the region,” she said.

In other action, the board

  • approved a resolution honoring the service of Regent Gonzalez to Galveston College.
  • approved a committee of the whole recommendation regarding architectural/engineer design services for renovations to the Student Services area of the main campus, authorizing President Dr. Myles Shelton to negotiate a contract with PBK Architects, Inc. of Houston.
  • approved a proposal from Ellucian Company, LP for a student services software system that will improve student advising and aid in retention.
  • approved a bid for generator and installation for the Information Technology server room from Crescent Electric Company of La Marque.
  • approved a bid from EMR Elevator Inc. of Arlington for elevator repairs.
  • approved primary annual service contracts with J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC of Galveston, Crescent Electric Company of La Marque and Wade Bailey Plumbing Co. Inc. of Galveston.
  • adopted a resolution regarding tax assessment and collection services provided by the Galveston County Tax Office.
  • engaged the auditing services of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, LLC of Houston.
  • conducted an annual review of investment firms, and reviewed and affirmed the college’s investment policy and strategy.
  • approved a maintenance uniform rental service agreement with Cintas Corporation.
Anne Powers

Lecture on internships to feature NASA aerospace engineer

Galveston College will present “Internships: The Power to Change Lives,” a lecture featuring aerospace engineer Anne Powers on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

Anne Powers was born near Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Scotts Valley, California. She graduated from the University of California at San Diego, California, with a degree in aerospace engineering.

Currently, she is employed as plug-in port utilization officer, flight controller, Mission Control at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she has worked in various capacities since 2004.

Powers will recount her journey from unpaid high school intern at NASA’s Ames Research Center near San Jose, California, to her current job as a flight controller in daily contact with the International Space Station. She will describe multiple NASA internship positions she has held along with other internship opportunities available now.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Galveston College Cosmetology

Cosmetology program sets spring Client Days

Are you ready to freshen up your spring look?

The Galveston College Cosmetology department will open for services on Fridays in February from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All services are offered at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway, Galveston.

The pricing schedule is as follows:

  • manicures – $10
  • shampoo and blowout – $10
  • shampoo and iron work (curling iron or flat iron) – $10
  • haircuts – $10

Cosmetology will host facial spa nights by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays after 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 27. Cost is $10.

Call (409) 944-1406 to book an appointment.

Galveston College Surgical Technology program receives CAAHEP accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), at its January meeting, awarded programmatic accreditation to Galveston College’s Surgical Technology program. The initial five-year accreditation followed a rigorous review process, including a self-study and two-day visit to the Galveston campus.

“Receiving this distinction means we meet or exceed the standards set forth by CAAHEP, the gold standard for accreditation in our field,” said program director Athena Sempe. “Earning CAAHEP accreditation also speaks to the high quality of our Galveston College Surgical Technology program and confirms that we are preparing our students well.”

Surgical technologists are allied health professionals who provide surgical care to patients in a variety of settings. The surgical technologist works under the supervision of a surgeon to ensure that the operating room environment is safe, the equipment functions properly, and the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

With the addition of CAAHEP accreditation, Galveston College Surgical Technology students are now eligible to take the Certified Surgical Technologist (CST) exam offered by the National Board of Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting. Upon passing the exam, graduates are considered Certified Surgical Technologists.

Galveston College had an accredited Surgical Technology program until 2012, when it was discontinued. The program was revived in 2016 at the request of the University of Texas Medical Branch due to a shortage of skilled surgical technicians. UTMB serves as a primary clinical site for students enrolled in the program.

“There is a high demand for certified surgical technologists in the Galveston and Houston areas,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “We are very proud that our Surgical Technology program has achieved CAAHEP accreditation. This demonstrates the quality of our program and the dedication of our faculty to ensure the program prepares students for success as surgical technologists.”

Sempe, former Surgical Technology program director and instructor at Montgomery College in Maryland and practicing surgical technologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, was brought on board to implement the program.

Students in the Galveston College Surgical Technology program benefit from a blend of rigorous classroom instruction and hands-on training—a combination that enables them to strengthen their newfound knowledge and skills.

“Our students are fortunate in that they receive an extra semester – or 300 hours – of clinical surgical experience that students in many surgical technology programs do not receive,” Sempe said. “They also benefit greatly from the experiences they receive at UTMB, which is a Level 1 trauma center.”

Sempe and the other Allied Health division instructors at Galveston College attend college and career nights at area high schools to promote their programs on a regular basis.

“We want students to know they have a number of career pathways with our Surgical Technology program,” Sempe said, explaining that students not only have opportunities as surgical technologists but in managing the sterile process, in oral-oral-maxillofacial dentistry, as vet techs and at medical examiner’s offices. After two years of experience in the field, students can qualify to enroll in a surgical first assistant program.

The Galveston College program accepts 10 students a year into the program, Sempe said, adding that accreditation will enable the college to grow the program with the addition of new clinical sites.

The application period is open from February 1 to April 1. For application information, contact Elizabeth Iles at or (409) 944-1490.

Pre-requisite courses for the program include Medical Terminology, Introduction to Health Professions and Applied Anatomy and Physiology I.

Students at Ball High School, Hamshire-Fannett High School and High Island High School who take Medical Terminology and Introduction to Health Professionals as part of the dual-credit program will have met two of the pre-requisites.