Category: Galveston College

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.

Volunteers Needed

College seeks volunteers for Food for Thought packing and distribution

Are you looking for a way to give back to the college and community? Does your club or organization need service hours?

Ten to 12 volunteers are needed to assist in packing, bagging and distributing food to Galveston College students at the Food for Thought drive-through mobile food distribution at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

Oct. 27 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Distribution
Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Distribution
Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Distribution
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Distribution

To volunteer to assist with the program, contact Randy Graves at rgraves@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234. Please send him the dates on which you would like to volunteer.

Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

cough
fever
tiredness
difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

About Food for Thought
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.

Food for Thought gives all Galveston College students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

The program will be operating on the regular scholarship program schedule this semester and will not be available to the general public. For a calendar listing of mobile food pantries in Galveston County open to the public, click here.

Here are the steps to receive food:

Bring a Food for Thought client ID card and current student ID for the fall 2021 semester.
Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
Drive off safely after receiving food.

Currently enrolled students can obtain Food for Thought client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at the office at the Applied Technology Center.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

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.

Congratulations

Galveston College professors earn doctoral degrees

Congratulations to Galveston College professors, Dr. Conrad Breitbach and Dr. Janene Amyx Davison, on the completion of their doctoral studies at Texas Tech University at Lubbock.

Dr. Conrad Breitbach

Dr. Breitbach has earned a doctorate from the College of Education at Texas Tech, where his dissertation focused on the “Exploration of Practices of Texas Public Community College Presidents for Working Effectively with Their Board of Trustees.” The specific foci of the study were the perceptions and experiences of presidents of how board composition, board member training, and perceptions of trust affect their working relationships with their board members.

Dr. Breitbach has worked in the field of kinesiology since 1998 and has taught in higher education since 2001. He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees in Sports Science from the University of Idaho, where he played collegiate rugby. While in graduate school at the University of Idaho Center for (Sports) ETHICS, he developed models of leadership studies/curricula that have been used by high school, college and professionals sports teams, including the Los Angeles Chargers and Atlanta Braves. He received an Inspirational Graduate Award upon completing his master’s degree from the University of Idaho. During and after graduate school, he worked as a strength and conditioning coach. He also played in the European Rugby Union for several years.

Dr. Breitbach is currently an associate professor and director of Arts and Humanities at Galveston College. He earned tenure in 2008 and served as faculty senate president from 2008 to 2011. During his tenure at Galveston College, he has assumed many leadership roles and has chaired and participated in various task forces, accreditations, certifications and committees.

Dr. Janene Davison

Dr. Davison has earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech. Her dissertation, titled “Vulnerable Entanglements: Self-Care as a Rhetorical Practice of Embodied Resistance,” examined the intersection of self-care, activism and vulnerability, considering how “non-normative” bodies could be used as tools to push back against discrimination while working toward individual flourishing. Her other research interests include material feminism and ethics.

Dr. Davison has worked in the field of communication since 1996 and has taught in higher education since 2004. After graduating from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication, Dr. Davison worked in medical marketing before going on to earn a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of Houston.

Dr. Davison is currently an assistant professor and coordinator of Speech Communication at Galveston College and has served as the faculty senate president since 2019. She was awarded tenure in 2012, and she has twice been recognized for her exceptional service. From 2012-2020, she served as the college’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Quality Enhancement Plan director where she worked with faculty across disciplines to improve students’ content-area reading skills.

Food for Thought

Food for Thought distribution is Wednesday

Galveston College has announced fall 2021 distribution dates for its free drive-through Food for Thought scholarship program for students.

The next distribution will be Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St. Future market dates are as follows:

– Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– Nov. 10 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
– Nov. 23 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
– Dec. 8 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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.

Food for Thought gives all Galveston College students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

The program will be operating on the regular scholarship program schedule this semester and will not be available to the general public. For a calendar listing of mobile food pantries in Galveston County open to the public, click here.

Here are the steps to receive food:

– Bring a Food for Thought client ID card and current student ID for the fall 2021 semester.
– Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
– Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
– Drive off safely after receiving food.

Currently enrolled students can obtain Food for Thought client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at the office at the Applied Technology Center.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

Volunteers Needed
Ten to 12 volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution at the Applied Technology Center. Trucks are scheduled to arrive at approximately 8 a.m. on the days with 10 a.m. distributions and 3 p.m. on the dates with 5 p.m. distributions. Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

– cough
– fever
– tiredness
– difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Randy Graves at rgraves@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Library News

Library offers virtual books display, new library guide and virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events

The David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library at Galveston College is offering a series of activities during the month of October, including a virtual books display, a new library guide on “plagiarism,” virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events, and ongoing webinars.

Visit the virtual displays of books to discover some interesting reads; each tab has its own unique collection of books: https://library.gc.edu/virtual

Check out the new library guide on plagiarism: https://library.gc.edu/plagiarism

Participate in upcoming virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events at the GC Library:

Live Stream via Zoom: Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords. Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Iris Morales’ award-winning documentary, which aired on PBS’s “POV,” depicts how Latinx communities fought for economic and social justice during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and the women’s equality movement. Registration is required to attend. Register here: https://gc.libcal.com/event/8314321

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event will be on Instragram Live, https://www.instagram.com/smithsoniannpg/. Join the National Portrait Gallery for a conversation about Tejana icon Selena and the power of representation, image and fashion. Learn to make an “Amor Prohibido” cocktail or mocktail and explore the ways Selena created an image that continues to inspire, empower and electrify her fans. Nos sentimos muy… excited! Register here: https://gc.libcal.com/event/8322557

A series of virtual library instruction webinars also have been created to ensure students, faculty and staff are given opportunities to develop strategies for uncovering accurate, relevant and quality information at Galveston College Library. Webinars require registration to attend

Information literacy sessions for fall 2021 are as follows:

APA Style Demystified
MLA Style Demystified
Plagiarism
Finding Primary Sources
Quick Orientation of Galveston College Library Online
Finding and Using eBooks
Introduction to Databases
All About Database Searching
Whitecaps OneSearch

For the schedule of the library instruction webinars and registration, click here.

Greater Texas Foundation Logo

Galveston College receives Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant

The Greater Texas Foundation recently awarded Galveston College a total of $122,500 over a three-year period to be given to students facing unexpected and untimely crises that may prevent them from completing their education.

The $1.5 million Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant program will help Galveston College and nine other community colleges across the state develop efficient, equitable, sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises.

“Galveston College was selected to participate in the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap for demonstrating a strong commitment to student success and a thoughtful approach to meeting students’ needs,” said Leslie Gurrola, director of programs and strategy for the Greater Texas Foundation. “We’re excited to extend the reach and impact of the good work that is already happening here.”

According to a 2020 study done by the Trellis Company, 61 percent of Texas public two-year college students said they would have trouble obtaining $500 in cash or credit to meet an unexpected need within the next month. Fifty-three percent worry about being able to pay their current monthly expenses, and 73 percent have run out of money at least once in the past year.

“Some crises affect entire communities; others are personal,” said Sue McMillin, president and CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation. “Either way, the effects on students can be devastating. The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap program is designed to help colleges be there for their students no matter what crisis they’re facing.”

In 2019, the Galveston College District Board of Regents and the Galveston College Foundation began working toward assisting students in emergency situations by establishing the Galveston College Emergency Scholarship to help students with unexpected circumstances that may significantly interfere with their ability to attend college.

Other efforts to assist Galveston College students include the Galveston College Food for Thought mobile food pantry, which provides food to students in partnership with the Houston Food Bank and the Galveston County Food Bank, and the Whitecaps Wardrobe clothing closet, which provides professional clothing to students to wear to interviews and on the job.

“We are grateful to the Greater Texas Foundation for its support of Galveston College and Texas community college students. Technical assistance from the Greater Texas Foundation will benefit our emergency aid program by helping us to streamline the process and make it more efficient – and thus more capable of delivering emergency assistance to students more quickly,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president.

“Galveston College is committed to supporting student success and knows students need a little additional support during times when challenges interfere with attendance, retention and completion. Students have expressed needs for emergency help with rent, utility bills, transportation, medical, home repair, childcare, food and more since the Emergency Scholarship program has been in operation,” said Kelly Merry, director of development and the Galveston College Foundation.

“Building up this scholarship program is important. In comparing total enrollees in the fall of 2020 with students who received Emergency Scholarships during the same time period, the pass rate and the success rate show significant improvement for those who received emergency funds. We’re grateful for this opportunity to partner with the Greater Texas Foundation.”

Participating colleges were selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP), which was open to all public Texas community colleges enrolling 10,000 students or fewer, along with their respective foundations. Collectively, the 10 Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap colleges enroll more than 53,000 students.

For more information, visit the Greater Texas Foundation website at greatertexasfoundation.org.

Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination clinic is Thursday

The Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Walgreens will co-host a vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 7, 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. COVID-19 second doses and COVID-19 boosters also will be available. For more information on COVID-19 boosters, click here.

Those who plan to participate in the vaccination clinic should email Joyce Landry today at jlandry@gc.edu. 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.

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

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration is Oct. 6

The Galveston College Office of Student Life and Student Government Association will partner with Mr. C’s Dugout to provide a Hispanic-themed menu and horchata drink in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, Oct. 6, during luncheon service in the Chaney Student Center.

Students are encouraged to view “Galveston’s Hispanic History” provided by the Galveston Historical Foundation online at Galveston’s Hispanic History – Galveston Historical Foundation (galvestonhistory.org).

A QR code with a link to the history also will be available on the monitors on campus and tables in the dining room.