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Galveston College students enjoy games during the 2017 Fall Festival. The 2018 event is set for Oct. 24 from 3-6 p.m.

Galveston College sets 2018 Fall Festival

Galveston College students enjoy games during the 2017 Fall Festival. The 2018 event is set for Oct. 24 from 3-6 p.m.

Galveston College will host its 2018 Fall Festival on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 3 to 6 p.m. on lawn of the main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Now in its 11th year, the festival is hosted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities under the direction of Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities.

“Galveston College began the festival shortly after Hurricane Ike to bring the community together and to give the children of the island some consistency in the aftermath of tragedy,” said Parra. “The event has continued to grow over the years and has become a Galveston College tradition along with Spring Fling during the spring semester.”

Highlights of the festival will include music, games, inflatable bounce houses, activity booths, food and many more attractions that are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, student clubs and organizations.

A new Galveston College program starting this academic year is the addition of the first-ever FAFSA Fest in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process. Three sessions will be available in conjunction with the Fall Festival: 9-10:30 a.m., 12-2 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

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.

Activities and attractions sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, as well as FAFSA Fest, are free of charge. Student organizations may charge nominal fees for food items and other fundraisers in support of club activities such as attendance at professional conferences.

The festival is open to the public, and children are welcome.

In the event of rain, the event will be located in the Hermes Fitness Center on campus.

Male Success Initiative (MSI) volunteered at the Feed Galveston Packing event

Male Success Initiative volunteers at Feed Galveston

Ten students from the Galveston College Male Success Initiative volunteered at the Feed Galveston packing event on Saturday, Sept. 22, working with the First Lutheran Church of Galveston and the Galveston Food Bank to help pack 50,0000 meals for the homeless in Galveston County. This was the group’s first event of the year.

The Male Success Initiative is designed for students who wish to strengthen their leadership and professional development skills. Open to both male and female students, it helps members build character by identifying their purpose and serving others.

For more information and to join the Male Success Initiative at Galveston College, contact Pierre Banks at, Deon Botha at or Ron Crumedy at

Voter Registration

Voter registration drive underway on campus

The Galveston College Student Government Association and Office of Student Activities will host a voter registration drive throughout the fall 2018 semester. Dates are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby

To be eligible to vote, an individual:

  • must be a United States citizen;
  • must be a resident of the county where he or she submits the application;
  • must be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and must be 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • must not be a convicted felon (may be eligible to vote if he/she completed sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • must have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

To confirm voter registration status, an individual may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Texas driver’s license number, if it was provided at the time of application for voter registration;
  • Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on a voter registration certificate;
  • first and last name.

Oct. 9 is the last date to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player Andre Derouen, Jr

Houston Astros honor Whitecaps Andre Derouen

The Houston Astros on Wednesday, Sept. 5, honored Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player Andre Derouen, Jr., who drowned in March after rescuing his younger brother from a pond near their home.

Andre was a fantastic and beloved athlete, having played both football and baseball for Hitchcock High School. He was also named Hitchcock ISD’s most valuable defensive baseball player his senior year in 2017.

“Andre brought so much joy to everyone around him,” said Chris Joblin, head coach of the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team. “He is missed by everyone who knew him.”

Several dozen family members, friends and teammates were at the event to celebrate and honor Andre.  All of them wore custom-made T-shirts featuring Andre in his Whitecaps uniform and the Houston Astros’ classic orange star.

Galveston College Cosmetology Services Available June 26-July 24

Cosmetology department offers summer services

Are you ready to freshen up your summer look?

The Galveston College Cosmetology department will open on Tuesdays for services from June 26 to July 24. Hours are 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

All services are offered at the Galveston College Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway, Galveston.

The pricing schedule is as follows:

  • shampoo, haircut and blow out – $15
  • hair color – $15
  • spa manicure – $8
  • facial – $12
  • men’s cut – $8
  • lash tint – $8
  • gel polish – $12

Call (409) 944-1406 or (409) 944-1480 to book an appointment.

2018 Employee Awards at Galveston College

Galveston College faculty and staff celebrate milestones

Galveston College faculty and staff donned their best Roaring ‘20s party wear to celebrate student success and their colleagues’ achievements at the 2018 Employee Awards Banquet on May 4 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus.

With a theme of “Jazzed About Our Student Success,” featuring student success highlights from 2017-18, faculty and staff were honored with exceptional performance awards and milestones awards for years of service.

Exceptional Service Award recipients included Gloria Milton, administrative assistant II, Development and Galveston College Foundation, and Nick Saum, media specialist, Department of Information Technology, classified staff; Priscilla Culver, dual credit adviser and adjunct faculty member in psychology, professional-technical staff; Paul Mendoza, Culinary Arts, and Rebecca Montz, Nuclear Medicine Technology, faculty; and Mirta Salinas, Culinary Arts, adjunct faculty.

Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, vice president for administration, was recognized for 50 years of service to Galveston College. John Rimar was recognized for 40 years of service.

Those recognized for 30 years of service included Michael Berberich and Jose Ortiz.

Athletic Director and Head Softball Coach Ken Delcambre, Maria Garcia, Polly Martin and Regent Carl Kelly were recognized for 20 years of service.

Dr. Larry Blomstedt, Dr. LaToya Mills, Laura Clouser and Brenda Reeves received 10-year service awards.

Those recognized for five years of service were Deon Botha, Fred Khoury, Patty Reyes, Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, Jeffery Eubank, Rebecca Montz, Jason Smith, Maria Tripovich, Nick Saum, Arlinda Washington, Donna Swartz, Dr. Larry Root and Elvia Bytautas.

Retirees in 2017-18 who were honored at the event included Beth Thomas, Linda Kelley, Joe Huff, Mary Lee Guthier and David Bowers.

Above: Galveston College President Myles Shelton (left) and Board of Regents Chair Ray Lewis (second from right) recognize Employee Excellence Award winners Mirta Salinas, Rebecca Montz, Gloria Milton, Nick Saum, Priscilla Culver and Paul Mendoza.

Galveston College celebrates national nursing week

Nurses inspire, innovate and influence!

Celebrate the American Nursing Association’s National Nurses Week May 6-12 at Galveston College by joining the first-level nursing students as they share their poster presentations on a variety of nursing topics.

Posters will be displayed through Thursday, May 10, in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium and Moody Hall first floor lobby.

The public is invited to view the exhibits.