Category: Community

Ron Miller

Galveston College presents comedy hypnotist Ron Miller on Monday

Just in time for Halloween, the Galveston College Office of Student Life will present comedy hypnotist, Ron Miller, in two performances on Monday, Oct. 25, at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Seibel Wing on the college’s main campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Miller weaves his hypnotic spellbinding performance into a hilarious interactive event using volunteers from the audience. His fast-paced show has delighted people all across the South since 1998. He performs at corporate and organizational events, as well as for colleges, schools, fairs and churches.

Appropriate for all age groups, Miller’s hypnotic skills have participants sleeping one second and dancing the next.

For more information, please contact Randy Graves, Student Life coordinator, at rgraves@gc.edu.

Anna Shepherd (seated), Benji Shelton (standing) and Dorion Alcantar in Dracula

Halloween treat: Galveston College Theatre opens 2021-2022 season with ‘Dracula’

“I have long followed the trail of the vampire. “It lives on…for centuries…draining the blood…the life…from its victims, causing them also to become vampires. And this is our story. The story of a small band or mortals who faced the most powerful vampire of them all.” – Abraham Van Helsing, “Dracula”

The Galveston College Theatre Department will kick off its 2021-2022 season with a virtual production of the chilling radio play, “Dracula,” adapted by Philip Grecian and based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker.

Show dates and times are Friday, Oct. 29, Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Tune in for thrills, chills and intrigue as we venture into the dark, creepy tale of everyone’s favorite count,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the performing arts. “Join us if you dare on Halloween weekend for this memorable, classic saga.”

Company members include Walker Albert as Jonathan Harker, Dorion Alcantar as R.M. Renfield, Eva Arita as Birdie, Elijah Barrie as Count Dracula, Daniel Bourque as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Alyssa Gudz as Lucy Westernra, Benji Shelton as Dr. Jack Seward and Anna Shepherd as Mina Harker.

“Dracula” will be available via streaming on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/613178754. The password is GCFALL21.

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

Dr. Myles Shelton

Galveston College announces return to campus

The following message was sent today via email from President Myles Shelton to Galveston College students, faculty and staff:

Campus Community:

As you are aware, Galveston College shifted to remote instruction for the first six weeks of classes of the fall 2021 semester because of the number of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County, in the City of Galveston, and on the Galveston College campus. Since that time, the number of newly identified COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Galveston County has decreased significantly. Consequently, on-campus/face-to-face classes will resume as originally scheduled with students, faculty, and staff reporting to campus, beginning Monday, Oct. 11.

Vaccinations and Vaccination Opportunity and Incentive Program
With the full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine by the FDA, we strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone in our campus community.

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents recently approved a vaccination opportunity and incentive program for current students, faculty, and staff at Galveston College. The program is being funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Participating students will receive a $200 gift certificate to the Galveston College Bookstore. Current full- and part-time employees as of August 30 will receive a one-time incentive of $300, which will be included on the November payroll. Information concerning the vaccination opportunity and incentive program is available at https://gc.edu/vaccination-opportunity-and-incentive-program/.

We know that vaccination is the best way each of us can protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our community against the effects of COVID-19 and its Delta variant. We hope this incentive program will encourage students, faculty, and staff who haven’t been vaccinated to avail themselves of the opportunity.

Facial Coverings/Face Masks
For students, faculty, staff, and visitors coming to campus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued guidance and safety protocols to help us protect each other from COVID-19. The latest information from the CDC essentially states that due to the Delta variant of COVID-19, fully vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals alike should wear facial coverings/face masks indoors in high-transmission areas. All of Galveston County has been determined to be a high-transmission area. These recommendations are in addition to the recommendations concerning social distancing, hand washing, and other healthy hygiene habits.

Based on the Governor of Texas’s most recent Executive Order concerning COVID-19, we cannot currently require the wearing of masks on campus; however, we strongly encourage all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to accept personal responsibility and commit to wearing a mask or facial covering while on campus. In doing so, you are protecting yourself and others.

COVID-19 Reporting
As in previous months, students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19, who have been exposed to an individual who has tested positive, or who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 are required to self-report. Additional information concerning COVID-19 and the form to self-report can be found at https://gc.edu/coronavirus-report/.

Thank you for your continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 within our campus community. We appreciate your support, encouragement, flexibility, and resilience, as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and to fulfill the mission of Galveston College.

Sincerely,

W. Myles Shelton
President

Severe Weather Update

Galveston College to close at noon Monday through Tuesday

Tropical Storm Nicholas is moving closer to the Texas Gulf Coast and is expected to make landfall this evening between Corpus Christi and Matagorda Bay.

In the interest of the safety of students, faculty and staff, Galveston College will be closed and classes will be canceled from 12 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13, through Tuesday, Sept. 14.

A shelter-in-place notification is in effect for all on-campus students. On-campus food services will remain open with modified operations.

Students, faculty and staff should closely monitor Galveston College alerts, Whitecaps email, campus social media and the Galveston College website for continued updates in the coming days.

Decisions impacting campus operations, including facilities, classes, remote expectations, etc., will be communicated on a regular basis.

The National Weather Service is forecasting heavy rainfall (as much as 15-20 inches) caused by the system, and the region is under a flash flood watch until at least Tuesday evening.

The city of Galveston also anticipates higher than normal tides, which could cause coastal flooding. The weather service predicts two to four feet of storm surge for the Galveston area and gusty winds.

Scattered power and communication outages are anticipated.

In the event of street flooding, please avoid driving through standing water.

Galveston College Foundation Logo

Fall brings changes to Galveston College Foundation logo

Fall brings changes. With the start of a new academic year, the Galveston College Foundation is sporting a new look.

“After more years than anyone can remember, the Galveston College Foundation has a new logo that is indicative of what we are: A beacon of light for the future of our students on Galveston Island,” said Jeri Kinnear, Galveston College Foundation board chair.

In 2018, Galveston College modernized the college’s logo as part of its public relations and marketing program. It was the first change to the logo in more than 35 years. The college refreshed the logo with bright orange and royal blue colors and also updated the font style.

“The college logo represents the high-quality learning experience students have here on the island,” said Carol Langston, director of Public Affairs at Galveston College.

The influence of a logo is important.

“A logo is undoubtedly one of the single most important elements of a college’s marketing and communications program. It’s an integral part of a college’s brand, perhaps the most impactful means of recognition that is used in all types of materials, from billboards and brochures to apparel and commercials,” said Langston.

The foundation logo builds off that aesthetic.

“It’s important to have college and foundation logos that are complementary to each other so that our brand stays strong and recognizable,” Langston said. “We are excited that the foundation board of directors has selected the jetty lighthouse image, as well as the college’s official royal blue color and a warm yellow from the college’s secondary color palette, as part of the new foundation logo design.”

The new foundation logo shows beams of light radiating from the lighthouse, and seabirds have been added to emphasize the island community the Galveston College Foundation serves.

The design by Galveston College’s own creative services manager, Sandi Smith, shows an “emphasis of the foundation’s commitment to the students at Galveston College while maintaining our commitment to its legacy,” said Carol Hodges, Galveston College Foundation board secretary.

Hurricane Relief Flyer

Donate now to Hurricane Ida relief

Galveston College is accepting donations of food and personal supplies from now through Sept. 11 to help families in Louisiana affected by Hurricane Ida.

Meghann Nash, director of Financial Aid, and her family will be transporting the donations to Houma, Louisiana, on Sept. 12.

Donation boxes are located in the Moody Hall lobby on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway.

Hurricane Relief Flyer

Vaccination Clinic

Galveston College Vaccination Clinic is Sept. 15

The Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Walgreens will co-host a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Seibel Wing.

A variety of vaccines will be available, including influenza, meningococcal meningitis, COVID-19, Shingrix and TPAD. Walgreens staff members will return on Thursday, Oct. 7, to administer the second COVID-19 vaccine and provide other vaccines.

Those who plan to participate in the vaccination clinic should email Joyce Landry at jlandry@gc.edu by Sept. 1. Please indicate vaccines needed. This will assist Walgreens in planning for the clinic.

Please email jlandry@gc.edu and visit https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/immunization_index.jsp for additional information.

Eddie Filer

Eddie Filer to teach painting and drawing through Continuing Education

Nationally known artist Eddie Filer will teach a series of eight-week classes on the art of painting and drawing through the Galveston College Continuing Education department, beginning Aug. 30.

In Basic Portraiture 1 and 2, students will learn to recognize changes in the face from light to dark, variations of value changes in color, warm and cool temperature changes in paint, large to small comparisons of planes in the face, and building three-dimensional forms of the human head.

Filer will also teach his way of obtaining a likeness through seeing negative to positive spacing, by distance relating with a focus on the development of learning to see.

Basic Portraiture I runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Aug. 30 to Oct. 20. Basic Portraiture II is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Oct. 25 to Dec. 15. Cost is $149 per course. A supplies list is available from the Continuing Education department.

To register, visit https://www.gc.edu/continuing-education/about-ce/register/ and select Beginning Portrait Painting I or Beginning Portrait Painting II from the Arts/Leisure/Music menu.

For more information, please contact ce@gc.edu or call (409) 944-1344.

Galveston College Community Chorale

Galveston College Community Chorale celebrates 50 years of musical memories, seeks new members

The Galveston College Community Chorale will celebrate 50 years of musical memories in 2021-2022 and is seeking new singers in all vocal parts.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus during the 2020-2021 academic year, the community chorale will begin its fall rehearsal schedule on Monday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Michael Gilbert, who served as choral director for the Galveston Independent School District for more than three decades, serves as director of the community chorale. Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt is accompanist.

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, the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the chorale averaged 65 singers.

“The chorale is a representative 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 Handel’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, patriotic music, American folk music, spirituals, the music of Broadway and popular music.

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

The group has even performed at Carnegie Hall.

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.

“It’s a fun group of people to work with,” Gilbert said.

In 2018, the Galveston Art League recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale for making significant and valuable contributions to the arts in Galveston.

Gilbert said he welcomes back former members of the chorale and wants to attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The chorale will prepare for its holiday concert of traditional carols scheduled for Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Moody Memorial United Methodist Church in Galveston.

The chorale also presents a spring concert and is often involved in other special events and/or fundraisers.

Membership tuition in the Galveston College Community Chorale is $40 each semester. To register, please contact the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344 or https://gc.edu/continuing-education/about-ce/register/Galveston College Community Chorale.

For additional information, please contact Galveston College Community Chorale Director Michael Gilbert at mgilbert@gc.edu or the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344.

Kristin Holt

Galveston College to host virtual presentation on “Addressing Stigma Toward Mental Health”

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a virtual presentation titled “Addressing Stigma Toward Mental Health” on Monday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. via Zoom video conference. The speaker is Kristin M. Holt, a counselor with the Gulf Coast Center.

The presentation is free and open to the general public.

Individuals are often more comfortable talking about their physical health than their mental health. This discussion is intended for individuals who would like to learn more about how to talk with family members about mental health in a supportive and positive way.

Holt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of Galveston County, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Her professional experience includes working with adolescents, engaging special populations via outreach and education, and trauma-focused training to help those with complex grief and bereavement.

To join the presentation, visit https://zoom.us/join. Enter meeting ID 851 6323 0797 and passcode Whitecaps.