Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the suspension of all junior college athletic events for the remainder of the spring semester. This effectively ends the Galveston College 2020 spring baseball and softball seasons. In anticipation of next year’s season, student-athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding continued training and preparation for next year.
Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:45 p.m.
Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Although there are no cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Galveston College, there are a number of cases that have been reported in the greater Houston area and now one in Galveston County. Consequently, out of an abundance of concern for our students, faculty, staff, and our community, Galveston College has determined to extend the 2020 spring break for students for one week, March 16-20. (No online or in-person classes will be held during this week.) This time will allow faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester.
On Monday, March 23, Galveston College classes will resume, strictly in an online environment. It is hoped that face-to-face classes will resume on April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend online classes depending on the situation at that time. A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to continue face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester, hold final exams in person/on campus, and the ability to hold commencement as currently scheduled.
The Galveston College Board of Regents will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18.
Faculty and Staff
Although students will receive an additional week of spring break (March 16-20), all full-time faculty and staff should report to campus on Monday, March 16. The week of March 16-20 will be used for faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester. Galveston College leadership will advise faculty and staff on additional protocols via Galveston College email. Part-time employees are not to report to work unless contacted and instructed to do so by their supervisor.
Student workers are not expected to return to campus to work until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor this situation and confirm this date or extend the date depending on the situation.
Self-Monitoring / Self-Isolation / Self-Quarantine
If a student or an employee who has traveled outside of the U.S. during the last 14 days or who has traveled to an area in the U.S. that has had reported COVID-19 cases, this individual may need to self-isolate or self-quarantine and should follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Students who choose to self-isolate should notify their instructor. Employees electing to self-isolate should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.
Student Travel (including athletics) – All Galveston College sponsored student travel (including athletic travel) is suspended until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of travel depending on the situation at that time.
All travel for Galveston College employees is suspended until Monday, April 6, unless it is determined to be mission-critical or health-critical and has been approved by the College leadership.
Employees are responsible for canceling all travel plans and reservations. Please note that the College will work with faculty and staff regarding incurred expenses for conferences or events that have been canceled or for conferences or events where the College has suspended travel.
Precautions to Continue to Take
- Wash your hands for 20 seconds
- Use hand sanitizer
- Avoid shaking hands
- Maintain a good “social distance” between you and others
- Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
College leadership will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The College will issue additional updates as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to work with health and government officials to protect your safety and health.
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m.
Galveston College is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information and available resources, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.
There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County or the Galveston College community.
The safety of our Galveston College students, faculty, staff and community is paramount, and we realize that the situation can quickly change.
Galveston College officials will meet on Friday, March 13, to discuss strategic planning regarding the return of students after spring break. The college will make an informed decision based on recommendations from health officials, and we will provide another update.
A scene from Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Steven Dietz has advanced to Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.
Galveston College was one of only 14 colleges and universities in the five-state region to have Invited Scenes at the festival. Region 6 is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
In addition to the Invited Scene, Galveston College Theatre students Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Bourque and Eva Arita all received Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the state festival.
The KCACTF is a national theater program that works to improve the quality of college theater in the United States through a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The program honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing and design.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre. KCACTF promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds. KCACTF honors achievements in diversity and excellence and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.
Above: Galveston College Theatre students Daniel Bourque, Eva Arita and Alyssa Gudz have been recognized with Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The trio starred in Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Stephen Dietz. The production, under the direction of Liz Lacy, program coordinator of Performing Arts at Galveston College, advanced with an Invited Scene at Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.
Above: Sabrina Harrell (standing) and Sharon Winson (seated) of the U.S. Census 2020 recruiting team talk with Galveston College Welding Technology students Patrick Unbehagen (left) and John Fowler Feb. 17 at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center about the flexible work hours available to students, as well as the pay rate of $18 to $20 an hour in the area.
On Saturday, Feb. 15, Galveston College students, faculty and staff will participate in the 33rd Annual Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras parade, which begins at 12 p.m. and runs from 57th and Seawall to the Strand Historic District.
Also on Saturday, students, faculty and staff will participate in the Krewe of Gambrinus’ 31st Annual King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at 4500 Seawall Blvd. and proceeds downtown through the Strand Historic District.
Click here to view the parade route.
According to the City of Galveston, the island’s 109th Mardi Gras celebration begins Friday, Feb. 14, and continues until Feb. 25, or Fat Tuesday. Both weekends are packed with parades, parties and, of course, beads.
The 10-day event is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for masked balls, balcony parties, parades and concerts.
This island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. There’s the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district, where the bulk of festivities takes place, and also family-friendly events and parades along the Seawall.
To view the concert schedule, confirm parade routes and times, purchase tickets for ticketed events and venues, or to become a vendor, please visit the official Mardi Gras! Galveston website at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/.
To view the complete list of Mardi Gras street closures, safety reminders and transportation information, visit the City of Galveston website here.
For more information on Galveston College’s participation in Mardi Gras activities, contact Associate Vice President for Student Services Ron Crumedy at email@example.com.
The Galveston College Theatre department will present its third 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in Room 207 of the Fine Arts building on the Galveston College campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
The showcase will include staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students, faculty and community members.
“We hope you will join us for the premiere of these playwrights’ new works,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts at Galveston College.
Playwrights include Stephany Blair, Shelly Downes, Alyssa Gudz, Destiny Montemayor, Christiana Rose-Eileen Rubio and Adi Teodoru.
Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.
Company members include Galveston College students Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Eric Scales.
For more information, contact Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pictured: Elijah Barrie, Alyssa Gudz and Daniel Bourque rehearse a scene for the upcoming Galveston College 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in the Galveston College Fine Arts building.
- Wharton County Junior College, 7 – Howard College, 4
- Temple College, 3 – Alvin Community College, 2
- Galveston College, 3 – Howard College, 1
- Alvin Community College, 6 – Coastal Bend College, 1
- Temple College, 8 – Wharton County Junior College, 4
- Howard College, 7 – Alvin Community College, 2
- Alvin Community College, 6 – Coastal Bend College, 1
- Temple College, 8 – Wharton County Junior College, 4
- Howard College, 8 – Alvin Community College, 3
- Temple College, 12 – Galveston College, 4
- Coastal Bend College, 5 – Galveston College, 2
- Coastal Bend College, 9 – Wharton County Junior College, 6
The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team will host its inaugural Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, Jan. 31, and Saturday, Feb. 1, at Bernard Davis Stadium at 81st Street and Frank Giusti Drive and Tor Baseball Field at 83rd and Stewart Road.
The tournament will feature six community college teams from throughout the region.
First pitch is 1 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, play gets underway at 10 a.m.
The Whitecaps will take on Howard College at 8 p.m. on Friday. On Saturday, the Whitecaps will play Temple College at 4 p.m. and Coastal Bend College at 8 p.m.
Other teams featured in the tournament include Alvin Community College and Wharton County Junior College.
Admission is free, and the games are open to the public.
Kevin Lallmann is entering his second season as head baseball coach at Galveston College and his fifth season on the Whitecaps coaching staff. During Coach Lallmann’s tenure, the Whitecaps sent 28 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had two players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.
Assisting Coach Lallmann is former Whitecaps standout Kyle Giusti, who joined the Whitecaps coaching staff as assistant coach last season after spending the 2018 season at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he worked with the team’s hitters and served as bullpen coach.
“I think there’s a lot of excitement for this season,” Coach Lallmann said. “It doesn’t get any better than college baseball, and we are ready to put it out there and give it everything we have.”
For more information on Galveston College athletics and the complete Whitecaps baseball schedule, please visit https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/.