Category: Events

Spring 2019 De-Stress Week is underway

Final exams are May 9-15 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals. 


Schedule of Events


Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 1

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cheney Student Center

Come enjoy a sweet treat!


15-Minute Chair Massages

Thursday, May 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Relax your muscles. Soothe your stress. Treat yourself to a free chair massage with Therapeutic HealthWorks!


$3 Movie Night: “Avengers: Endgame”

Friday, May 3

Arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Movie Starts at 4 p.m.

Premiere Cinemas, Galveston

The Avengers take a final stand against Thanos in Marvel Studios’ conclusion to 22 films, “Avengers: Endgame.” Pick up a $3 ticket in Student Activities in the Cheney Student Center to see the movie that has smashed every imaginable box-office record!


Snacks with Friends

Monday, May 6

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Come enjoy free snacks, board games, music and more!


Lawn Games

Tuesday, May 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

De-stress with a little friendly competition! Horseshoes, badminton, beanbag toss, soccer and football!


For more information, contact Cynthia Parra in Student Activities at

‘Financial Aid 101’ Success Seminar set for April 18

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present a “Financial Aid 101” Success Seminar on Thursday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. in Room 251 of Regents Hall at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.


Presenter will be Tyese Dunn, Galveston College financial aid coordinator.


“Participants of this workshop will learn the basics about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid awarding process and timeline, and the effect of scholarships and other outside assistance on financial aid funding,” said Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities at Galveston College. “


For more information, contact Parra at

Spring Fling

Galveston College will celebrate Spring Fling 2019 on Wednesday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Seibel Wing Lawn on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q.

There will be free popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and chips, as well as a variety of booths, games and DIY crafts.

In the event of rain, Spring Fling will take place in the Hermes Fitness Center Gym and under the Hermes carport.

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.

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

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.

Galveston College Community Chorale sets holiday concert

” December Magic” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas.

Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of traditional carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by a brass choir.

Other holiday treasures include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and a special arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” There are other selections, as well as a soloist from the chorale.

The free concert is open to the public.

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 glamorous 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

Beacon at Galveston College

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

‘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.