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News Update

Galveston College announces new mask guidelines

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week revised its mask guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

After reviewing the CDC’s guidelines and consulting with local health authorities, Galveston College officials have determined that those who are fully vaccinated will no longer be required to wear masks on campus. However, the college fully supports anyone who chooses to wear a mask due to personal preference. For health and safety reasons, those who have not been vaccinated should continue wear appropriate masks or facial coverings. Proof of having a COVID-19 vaccination will not be required.

In addition to facial coverings, students, faculty and staff are also asked to monitor themselves for any COVID-19 symptoms and stay home if they are sick. Students, faculty, staff and campus visitors should continue to remain vigilant with hand-washing, cleaning and sanitizing, and avoid close contact with those who are sick.

Students, faculty and staff who have not been vaccinated against COVID-19 and who need additional information about the vaccine and where to be vaccinated should contact the Galveston County Health District at or their local healthcare provider.

College officials will continue to monitor local COVID-19 information, and will reserve the right to again require masks if an increase in cases should warrant it.

Thank you for your attention to this important announcement.

2021 Employee Awards Celebration

Galveston College recognizes excellence at 2021 Employee Awards Celebration

It was a virtual celebration of excellence on Friday, as the Galveston College campus community joined together via Zoom videoconference to applaud their peers’ outstanding achievements and highlight college programs at the annual Employee Awards Celebration.

With a theme of “Years of Wonderful Programs Creating a Brighter Future,” the event featured last year’s honorees in zany video clips that showcased the college — from the Allied Health programs to the Whitecaps softball team.

Twenty faculty and staff members were honored with exceptional performance awards and milestones awards for years of service at the college.

Regent Carroll Sunseri with the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents received an award for 30 years of volunteer service to the college. Regent Armin Cantini and Regent Ray Lewis received awards for 10 years of volunteer service to the college.

Exceptional Service Award recipients included Jay Castillo, Financial Aid, and Maria Garcia, Office of the Vice President of Instruction, classified staff recipients; Kara Fahringer-Baer, Testing Center, professional-technical staff recipient; Dr. Larry Blomstedt, History and Government, and Don Davison, Business Administration and Management, faculty recipients; and Brandi Castillo, Developmental Mathematics, adjunct faculty recipient.

Mari Macias and Wayne Way were honored for 20 years of service to the college. Tia Campbell-Benson, Nikki Montoya, Pat Perry, Dr. James Salazar and Jonathan Walker were recognized for 15 years of service.

Cordetta Knatt, Amy Leuchtag and Eugene Walker received awards for 10 years of service. Kris Blackmon, James Love, Elizabeth Quilantan and Athena Sempe were recognized for five years of service.

Retirees in 2020-21 who were honored at the event included Valencia Allen, Jose Garcia, Pat Perry, Erma Phillips, Dr. James Salazar and Tim Setzer.

Congratulations to all the honorees!

Dr. Larry Blomstedt
2021 Exceptional Service Award Faculty Recipient

Don Davison
2021 Exceptional Service Award Faculty Recipient

Brandi Castillo
2021 Exceptional Service Award Adunct Faculty Recipient

Jay Castillo
2021 Exceptional Service Award Classified Staff Recipient

Maria Garcia
2021 Exceptional Service Award Classifid Staff Recipient

Kara Fahringer-Baer
2021 Exceptional Service Award Professional-Technical Staff Recipient

Whitecaps Wardrobe

Whitecaps Wardrobe appointments available

Are you looking for clothes for work or a job interview?

The Galveston College Student Government Association is accepting appointments to shop its new Whitecaps Wardrobe professional clothing closet. The closet is located on the second floor of the Hermes Fitness Center.

A variety of free business and business casual attire is available, including dress shirts and slacks, jackets, dresses, pants, blouses and career-specific attire.

To schedule a confidential appointment, please contact Jose Martinez at to arrange a date and time.

Donations also may be dropped off near the screening stations in the Moody Hall lobby and the Mary Moody Northen Center atrium and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

Whitecaps Wardrobe is made possible thanks to generous donations from faculty, staff, students and friends of Galveston College.

Galveston College library website is featured as model site

The Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library website has been featured on Springshare Buzz as one of the academic examples by Simplified Design without a lot of coding requirements.

Springshare is the vendor for the Galveston College library’s libguides, room reservations, chat, event registrations and many other services. As stated on the page, the website is built from a LibGuide using LibGuides CMS (content management system).

The library website was designed, created and is maintained by Telishia “Tee” Mickens, director of library and learning resources. The website build started in summer 2019 and the site went live in fall 2019.

“Libraries are hubs for knowledge, research and so much more,” Mickens said. “The library website gives users an online experience to access library resources with the same value as they would find walking through the doors.”

The library website allows users to easily locate resources, find the newest resources and services offered, participate in virtual events and displays, virtually connect with the library team through Chat Reference and more.

The library website has had 38,094 views since 2019, with an average of 1,800 views a month.

April 2021 Quickstart+ Graduates

All 10 Spring Grads of Quickstart+ HVAC Helper Program Pass EPA Section 608 Universal Exam

Under the instructional leadership of Karen Alsept, all 10 graduates of the Galveston College Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Quickstart+ Helper program passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9.

Those receiving their certifications include Andrew Quintana, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Sharon Pagan, grant manager, said graduate Ronald Cokins was employed by SCR Services, and Flores Demetrio was hired by Miles Cooling and Heating of Pasadena. Efrain Garza is currently completing a five-week paid internship with Waffle House Restaurants, and Andre Perry was employed by R and L Remodeling in La Marque.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant. the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart program must

• be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
• be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
• meet United States Military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
• have a working computer and internet access.
• have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit and contact Sharon Pagan at

Above: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) instructor Karen Alsept stands proudly with her 10 Quickstart+ HVAC Helper students who all passed their EPA Section 608 Universal certification exam at the completion of their training on April 9. Pictured left to right are Andrew Quintana, instructor Karen Alsept, Alex Neal, Efrain Garza, Yulianna Perez, Ramses Flores Demetrio, Andre Perry, Joshua Marshall, Ronald Cokins, Zachary Folse and Leonardo Morales.

Dr. Kimberly Fain

Speaker to discuss ‘Black Hollywood: How African Americans Gain Agency and Empowerment in the Movie Industry’

The audience will have a front-row seat as Galveston College continues its 2021 virtual lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment with “Black Hollywood: How African Americans Gain Agency and Empowerment in the Movie Industry” featuring Dr. Kimberly Fain on Tuesday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom video conference.

Dr. Fain is a visiting professor at Texas Southern University, an author and a licensed attorney. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, a Juris Doctor from Thurgood Marshall School of Law, a Master of Arts from Texas Southern University and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University at College Station.

A featured speaker on national radio shows and podcasts, Dr. Fain’s publications include books, reviews, essays, and chapters in various journals and presses, such as Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy, JSTOR Daily, McFarland, Modern Fiction Studies, National Book Review, Ploughshares, Scarecrow and Southern Studies.

She has served as associate editor of World Literary Review and has published three books: “African American Literature Anthology: Slavery, Liberation and Resistance,” “Black Hollywood: From Butlers to Superheroes, the Changing Role of African American Men in the Movies” and “Colson Whitehead: The Postracial Voice of Contemporary Literature.”

For her 2017 blog series in Ploughshares, “The Black Aesthetic,” she published essays on the musical revolution and the cultural rhetoric of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Prince and SZA. Her series claims, “When poetry is set to music, harmonious beats relay liberating feelings that transcend history and culture.”

“We are very excited to have Dr. Fain present at our lecture series. The presentation will surely enrich our view on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment in American culture and the movie industry in the United States,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “We would like to invite all of you to this exciting lecture and to share this invitation with your family and friends.”

To access the April 27 lecture, visit the following Zoom link on the internet:

Meeting ID is 841 3687 0565. Passcode is Galveston.

For more information about the Galveston College lecture series, please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee, at

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Galveston College Board of Regents hears report on CARES Act funding and financial needs of students

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on April 14 learned that Galveston College had distributed $1.07 million in direct federal financial aid to Galveston College students through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) and the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA): Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II).

Dr. Myles Shelton, college president, said emergency grants were provided to students whose lives were disrupted because of COVID-19 and who faced financial challenges due to job loss and unemployment, healthcare, childcare and other unexpected expenses.

Dr. Shelton said the American Rescue Plan, which Congress signed into law in March, includes provisions for Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III).

In other business, Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, presented a student success report on the results from the Trellis Student Financial Wellness Survey (SFWS).

The SFWS is a national, online survey used to document the financial health and student success indicators of students in higher education. In addition to financial wellness, data from the survey provide critical insights into topics such as basic needs security and student perceptions of institutional support.

Findings from the fall 2020 survey administration show that many Galveston College students have anxiety about paying for school: 73 percent agree or strongly agree that they worry about having enough money to pay for school, and 67 percent have run out of money three or more times in the past year.

Additionally, 74 percent of students said their family’s finances have worsened since before the COVID-19 pandemic. However, more than two-thirds (68 percent) of students agree or strongly agree Galveston College has the support services to help them address their financial situations.

“By utilizing the data and research-based suggestions presented in the survey report, the college can continue to structure programs and initiatives to bolster students’ success in the face of financial challenges,” Allen said.

In board action, the board approved instructional agreements for dual-credit and early-admissions enrollment classes for the 2021-22 academic year with the Galveston Independent School District, O’Connell College Preparatory School, Odyssey Academy and Upward Hope Academy.

In other action, board members:

–approved the reappointment of full-time faculty for the 2021-22 fiscal year.
–accepted the retirement of Kathleen Hutchins-Otero, Associate Degree Nursing instructor, effective Aug. 31.
–reviewed the first and second quarter reports on incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking under Section 51.253(c) of the Texas Education Code as amended during the 86th Legislative Session.
–approved an agreement between The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and Galveston College to provide student health and counseling services for the 2021-22 academic year.
–heard an update on the 2020-21 Galveston College lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment from Janene Davison, president of the Faculty Senate.
–heard a Student Government Association update from SGA President Maia Adolphs, who said the SGA had begun a Whitecaps Wardrobe professional clothing closet for students. The SGA also will be recognizing seven dual-credit students from Ball High School who will receive their associate degrees in May and will host officer elections and a virtual escape room this spring.
–reviewed the monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Upon request by college officials, the board removed from the agenda a proposal to supply and install a needlepoint ionization system at the main campus and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center to allow further study and review.

Sandi Smith

Galveston College Whitecaps logo wins national Paragon Award

Galveston College has been awarded a 2020 Bronze Paragon Award from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR) for its new Whitecaps athletics logo. The Public Affairs team celebrated the win virtually during the recent 2021 NCMPR National Conference.

NCMPR’s prestigious Paragon Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communication and design at community colleges. It is the only national competition of its kind that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and public relations professionals at two-year colleges. NCMPR has more than 1,700 members from nearly 650 colleges across the United States and Canada. This year’s competition had more than 1,800 entries.

The new Whitecaps logo was developed in-house under the art direction of Galveston College Creative Services Manager Sandi Smith. It was part of a comprehensive Whitecaps rebranding initiative conducted by the college’s Public Affairs department and the college’s Communication, Marketing and Advertising Committee comprised of faculty, staff and students.

Since the college launched the logo in spring 2020, it has been featured on a new Galveston College athletics website,, and on merchandise, signage, advertising, apparel, and digital and print publications.

“The design features a blue wave with a foamy crest and a friendly but fierce expression,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs.

“The logo is fresh and fun. It’s been well-received by our students, faculty, staff and the community. I want to commend Sandi for her design excellence and art direction on the project. I also want to thank the members of our Communication, Marketing and Advertising Committee for their willingness to sift through many designs. It’s always a great day to be a Whitecap.”

Martin Crichlow

Galveston College student success advisor to be featured on national podcast

Galveston College Student Success Advisor Martin Crichlow will be featured this week on the national podcast “Careers in Higher Education,” discussing what it’s like to work as an academic advisor at a community college.

“Careers in Higher Education” (CHE) is a weekly podcast exploring pathways and functional areas for those interested in pursuing a career working at colleges and universities.

Each week features a different higher education professional in a specific area of higher education who shares stories and advice from their professional journeys.

The podcast is scheduled to be released Friday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and can be accessed at

Crichlow, originally from Columbus, Ohio, and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, serves as the student success advisor for the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center at Galveston College.

A lifelong college administrator, he began his student affairs career in residential life as a resident director at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. He has served in a variety of student affairs positions within diverse institutions of higher learning (community colleges and universities).

Crichlow’s professional skill set focuses on project management, program development, training, advising, recruitment and retention. He possesses more than 22 years of leadership and management experience, in which he has supervised the performance of team members, interceded to resolve problems, and delivered training on improving efficiencies and client services. He is often instrumental in establishing department infrastructure, job descriptions, office policies and cost-saving practices. In addition, he has served in a leadership capacity on regional and national committees for his professional associations.

Crichlow holds a bachelor’s degree in Middle Eastern History from Oral Roberts University, where he graduated cum laude, and a Master of Science in Student Affairs in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University. In addition, he studied abroad at Institute of Touraine (France) and University of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in West Africa.

Crichlow is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He enjoys spending quality time with his 16-year-old son Reece. His hobbies include travel, spending time at the beach and the search for the perfect steak and barbecue ribs.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought distribution is open to the general public

Galveston College’s free Food for Thought drive-through food distribution is now open to the general public in addition to Galveston College students.

The next drive-through distribution will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (while supplies last) on Wednesday, April 21, at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

The final distribution date for the spring 2021 semester will be Wednesday, May 5.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

The Food for Thought distribution gives Galveston College students and the general public access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities.

Here are the steps to receive food:

–Bring ID card, client card or current student ID for the spring 2021 semester.
–Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
–Drive off safely after receiving food.

Galveston College adheres to the wearing of facial coverings/masks and COVID-19 protocols.

For more information, please contact Jose Martinez at or (409) 944-1234.