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Four Galveston College Whitecaps sign National Letters of Intent with NCAA Division I universities

Four Galveston College baseball players signed National Letters of Intent Nov. 14 to play with three universities in Texas and Louisiana.

“We are excited to be sending another four student-athletes to outstanding NCAA Division I programs in our region,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin. “Each of these students is a solid player with an excellent record. It’s another great day to be a Whitecap.”

Those signing letters of intent included

  • Jacob Jimenez, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio;
  • Corbin Vines, sophomore third baseman, Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University;
  • Erick Hernandez, sophomore catcher, Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; and
  • Jordan Lansford, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University.

During Coach Joblin’s six years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 35 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had seven players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.

The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.

Nov. 14 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.

To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit

Whitecaps sign letters of intent.

Above, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players signing NCAA National Letters of Intent today include (front row from left) Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; Jacob Jimenez of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio; Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University; and Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University. They are pictured with (back row from left) Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin and Assistant Coach Kevin Lallman.

At top, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players (from left) Jacob Jimenez of Houston, Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, and Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, sign NCAA National Letters of Intent today in the Hermes Fitness Center at Galveston College. Today marks the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.

Galveston Art League honors Galveston College Community Chorale

The Galveston Art League recently recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale as one of its 2018 honorees at “An Evening of Art and Music,” the league’s fifth annual gala.

“It is well recognized that the GCCC has made significant contributions to the arts in Galveston,” said 2018 Gala Chair Aubrey Garcia in honoring the choristers, who performed for the audience via video.

“I am very proud of both the present and past members of the Galveston College Community Chorale who have given of their time and energy in providing the best in choral music to our community,” said Michael Gilbert, who serves as director of the chorale.

Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt accompanies the group.

“It has been my pleasure to accompany the chorale under the leadership of five different conductors, each with their unique talents,” said Wyatt. “The music during this time has gone all the way from Bach to the Beatles and from Brahms to Broadway. What a dramatic musical experience. Who knows what’s next?”

The Galveston College Community Chorale was established in 1972 by Dr. Larry Patton who directed the chorale for 27 years. The chorale was part of the newly formed music department at Galveston College to allow interested individuals the opportunity to participate in a performing organization.

The first year of the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2017-18 academic year, the chorale averaged 65 singers.

“Our audiences are a representation of the city of Galveston,” said Gilbert. “Many family members and friends of the chorale attend our concerts as well as other choral music lovers from the community and surrounding area.”

The chorale performs all styles of music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance period of music, to Handle’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, American folk music, spirituals and the music of Broadway.

Music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Daniel Pinkham, Randall Thompson and Texas resident Dan Forrest have also been performed by the chorale.

The chorale is a non-auditioned organization supported by Galveston College and is part of the Continuing Education department’s curriculum. It is open to all individuals who enjoy singing and performing.

“Our goal is to offer to members of the chorale an educational opportunity to experience quality music and to perform music at the highest level,” Gilbert said.

Now in its 104th year, the Galveston Art League is dedicated to expanding opportunities to foster an understanding and love for art.

Funds raised from events such as the gala are earmarked to enrich the lives of children and adults by providing a gallery for the exhibition of artwork and conducting educational programs that promote art and its appreciation.

Grossman Family

Whitecaps softball signs Aspyn Grossman

Grossman Family

The Galveston College softball team welcomes outfielder Aspyn Grossman to the Whitecaps family.

Grossman, a standout senior at Bullard High School, signed with the Whitecaps on Nov. 5 at a ceremony at her high school in Bullard, Texas.

Bullard High Head Softball Coach Megan Dobrinski and the Grossman family joined Galveston College Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett for the signing ceremony.

As a sophomore, Grossman hit .414 with 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. As a junior, she hit .421 with 36 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.

Galveston College Theatre to present ‘No-Hole Holiday’

This holiday season, the Galveston College Theatre department will present the musical-comedy, “The No Hole Holiday,” with book and lyrics by Stan Gill and music by Cindy Bright and Stan Gill.

An upwardly mobile elf, frustrated Halloween goblins, industrious hole-making gnomes, schmoozy politicians and Santa populate this charming and zany modern fairy tale.

It is still a month before the holidays and preparations are gearing up. “The Holiday World”, Santa says, “is a strange and unusual place.” Axel the Elf has been promoted to Santa’s personal staff, however, instead of something glamourous like tinsel or music, he is put in charge of buying holes.

Santa sends Axel to see Mr. Pistachio, the Commissioner of Stuff, to make the deal, but sends him with a warning. There are two goblins called the Grump Sisters, who are jealous that their holiday, Halloween, lasts only a day, while Santa’s festivities are celebrated for a month.

Mr. Pistachio takes Axel to meet Rowley and Jinx, the two gnomes who run the Hole Factory, so he may see how important his new job is. Axel begins to get the idea and his attitude changes about the importance of his new job, just in time for the Grumps to attempt to sabotage the Hole Factory and ruin everyone’s holiday.

Will the Grump Sisters succeed or will Santa, Axel, Rowley, Jinx and Mr. Pistachio save the holidays?

Company members include Eva Arita, Alyssa Gudz, Jade Killebrew, Daniel Maxey, Andrea Parson, Kristopher Prodoehl, Eric Scales, Destiny Shute, Wrath Sorrell and Fallon Smith.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free. However, the GC Theatre department will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Galveston County Food Bank. Performances are located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston.

For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts, Liz Lacy, at (409) 944-1398 or

Galveston College to celebrate Veterans Day and 100th anniversary of lighting of the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse beacon

On Veterans Day, Nov. 12, Galveston College and Galveston Island will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the lamp at the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse at what was at the time the busiest port on the Gulf Coast and second busiest port in the country.

On Nov. 12, 1918, one day after the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, and after 14 years of on-and-off construction, the lamp was lit for the first time at the Galveston (South) Jetty Lighthouse with George W. Bardwell serving as the first head keeper.

A violent storm ravaged the lighthouse on May 2, 2000, and the iron pilings, weakened by years of rust, gave way, causing the lighthouse to fall into the water.

In 2001, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents met in a retreat and adopted the vision statement: “A Beacon of Light Guiding Lifelong Learning.”

Regent John L. Sullivan convinced the board that the college needed a symbol at the entrance of the college at 39th and Avenue Q. Regent Sullivan knew that the actual South Jetty Lighthouse cupola was rusting away in Sonny Broome’s welding yard, having been placed there after being salvaged by George P. Mitchell’s company.

In 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard granted a loan of the cupola to Galveston College, and John and Cindy Sullivan provided a donation of over $20,000 to have Sonny Broome restore it.

Architects were hired to design an area known as Beacon Square that would feature a replica of the South Jetty Lighthouse that used to stand on Galveston Island’s east end.

In November 2006, a public ceremony that included the U. S. Coast Guard color guard dedicated Beacon Square and the lighthouse replica, complete with the restored lighthouse cupola. Subsequent improvements allowed a fundraising engraved brick project to surround the lighthouse with nine oak trees available with naming rights.

The Beacon Square lighthouse now stands as a beautiful focal point at 39th Street and Avenue Q and a landmark for the Galveston College campus.

The college will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the beacon on Veterans Day, Nov. 12, with a community celebration and glow party titled “Light Up the Night.” The event will include a veterans’ resource fair, glow party fun and children’s crafts and games, music, food and talks on the history of the lighthouse and beacon.

All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule follows:

Schedule of Events

11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Veterans Community Resource Fair, Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

2 p.m. – 100th Anniversary of the Lighting of the Beacon and Veterans Day Celebration, Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

  • Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony hosted by Student Veterans Association
  • History of Galveston Jetty Lighthouse featuring Kevin Kinney, Archivist, Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library
  • A Beacon of Light Guiding Lifelong Learning: Galveston College Beacon Square featuring Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs (Retired), Galveston College
  • A display featuring historical information on the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse, Seibel Wing Lobby

3-5 p.m. – Kids’ Zone – Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

  • Games
  • Bounce Houses
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Crafts with the Artis Crafting Club and Spark Poetry and Writing Club

5-7 p.m. – Light Up the Night Glow Party – Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

  • Music by DJ Roland Martinez
  • Refreshments
  • Glow Fun

In the event of inclement weather, outdoor events will be moved into the Hermes Fitness Center Gym.

For more information, contact Carol Langston in the Galveston College Public Affairs office at

James Morrison

FBI computer scientist to discuss staying safe on social media

James Morrison

Galveston College will present “Stay Safe on Social Media,” a lecture featuring FBI Computer Scientist James Morrison, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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 part of college’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.”

Assigned to the Houston Division of the FBI, Morrison serves as a local technical expert to the special agents and task force officers assigned to the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. He assists in computer intrusion investigations and reverse engineers software to determine the source and purpose of malignant code. He has worked in the IT field for more than 30 years, including 20 years with the FBI.

Prior to working with the FBI, Morrison was an engineer with Lockheed Martin at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and UNIX/database administrator with the U.S. Air Force at Falcon Air Force Base (now Shriver AFB), Colorado, and Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines.

Morrison holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Colorado Tech University, a Master of Arts in U.S. history from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as other professional certifications.

The event is free and open to the public.

‘Why Should I Hire You’ is focus of presentation


More than 230 technical and professional education students and faculty members at Galveston College attended a motivational presentation by career expert and speaker Brooks Harper, author of “Why Should We Hire You,” Oct. 26 on the Galveston College campus.

Made possible by funding from a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant, the presentation focused on interviewing and networking strategies and techniques.

First-ever FAFSA Fest draws crowd


The Galveston College Financial Aid office hosted its first-ever FAFSA Fest in conjunction with the 2018 Fall Festival on Oct. 24 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

More than 50 students and their family members attended the successful event.

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

Above, students and their families complete the FAFSA online. Below, Rachel Romero Leyva, financial aid specialist, and Jay Castillo, financial aid assistant, work with FAFSA Fest participants.

11th Annual Fall Festival is grand success


More than 1,000 students, faculty, staff and members of the community attended the 11th Annual Fall Festival hosted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities Oct. 24 in the Sarah Hermes Fitness Center and Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium at Galveston College.

Under the direction of Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities, the event featured games, student organization booths, food, fun and information on community resources.

The Food Bank of Galveston County distributed more than 350 bags of food at the event.

Above, students enjoy fun and games at the event. Below, Nikki Montoya, financial aid and veterans affairs assistant, helps out at the Student Veterans Association booth.

For more photo highlights of the 2018 Fall Festival, click here.

Robin Mack, Galveston College, Galveston, Galveston Island, The Gender Book

Galveston College to host ‘The ABC’s of LGBT+’

Robin Mack, Galveston College, Galveston, Galveston Island, The Gender Book

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities will host a lunch and learn on “The ABC’s of LGBT+” featuring Robin Mack, co-creator of “the Gender book,” on Monday, Oct. 29, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing-West on the campus of Galveston College, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

The workshop will cover basic, intermediate and common terminology, an introduction to pronouns and gender, and barriers for LGBTQ people. Becoming an effective ally also will be discussed.

After recognizing the need for more education surrounding gender and gender variance, and realizing that no such introductory book existed, the creators of “the Gender book” combined their talents and unique experiences to produce one themselves. Mack co-authored, drew all illustrations and infographics throughout the book, and spearheaded community relations.

Over 200 people were surveyed for the book. Countless interviews were conducted with community members, and additional input was included from poet Boston. Boston is the book’s main character.

Mack, who also serves as a community volunteer specialist at the Montrose Center in Houston, conducts Gender 101 talks and presentations on college and high school campuses throughout the United States.

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at