Category: Galveston College

2020 Bromburg Trust

Emergency Student Scholarship Fund receives gift from Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust

The Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust recently awarded the Galveston College Emergency Student Scholarship Fund a gift of $3,000. The Bromberg is a mainstay within the Galveston philanthropic community and a long-time supporter of the college.

The Bromberg gift comes at a much-needed time for the scholarship designed to help students overcome unexpected financial emergencies. Of the $50,000 budgeted at the beginning of the year, less than $6,000 remains at the end of June. In May, as scholarship funds dwindled, the Bromberg board responded to an appeal brought on by COVID-19 and its effect on Galveston College students and their families.

The pandemic placed an enormous financial strain on many of the college’s students and the families they support.

“The Emergency Scholarship reduces these stresses,” said Meghann Nash, director of financial aid. “It allows the student with unexpected bills to stay in college and graduate.”

Seventy percent of Galveston College students attend part-time. They balance the needs of higher education or training with jobs and families. Approximately one in four students have children. They work in island industries that rely heavily on part-time workers, such as leisure, retail and hospitality.

As these industries scale back or shutter, students find themselves on reduced hours or unemployed facing unexpected financial emergencies that threaten their education. The Emergency Student Scholarship Fund helps students through these difficult times allowing them to stay in college without delaying their futures due to a financial crisis.

Oceans of Opportunities virtual job fair is July 9

Congressman Randy Weber, Workforce Solutions and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 14th Annual Oceans of Opportunities Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective employees interested in working in the Galveston area.

Galveston College students and the general public can register for the job fair at the following link:

https://wrksolutions.easyvirtualfair.com/prefair/#

For more information, contact Terri Barber at (281) 770-6768 or terri.barber@wrksolutions.com.

The job fair is free and open to the public.

Moody Hall

In-person registration for summer II and fall is July 6-9

Limited in-person registration for the summer II and fall 2020 semesters will open at Galveston College on Monday, July 6, in the one-stop student services center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the college’s main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Registration times will be 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, July 6-9. The last day for summer II general registration is Wednesday, July 8. Late registration for summer II is Thursday, July 9.

In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To view the summer and fall 2020 schedule of classes, visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/.

New students should apply for admission at applytexas.org. For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu.

Online registration is available to new and current students via their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu using their student ID number. For assistance, contact the Information Technology Service Desk at helpdesk@gc.edu.

All summer credit and noncredit classes will be delivered online, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction that cannot be delivered online but can be delivered face to face in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Examples of programs that may require hands-on or face-to-face instruction include shop, laboratory and clinical segments of courses and programs in health science, nursing, emergency medical services, law enforcement, welding and other applied technology areas.

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings as appropriate and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and city of Galveston guidelines.

“Our focus at Galveston College continues to be on the safety of our students, faculty, staff and community,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president. “We will continue to comply with all appropriate CDC guidelines, as well as the directives of state and local officials, as we prepare for a very gradual and systematic transition back to on-campus work.”

Registration for fall classes will continue online throughout the summer. College faculty and staff will work remotely through July 31.

Galveston College is here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

2020 Commencement Graphic

2020 Galveston College Commencement goes virtual

Galveston College officials have announced that the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, originally scheduled for Aug. 21 at Moody Gardens, will be conducted virtually because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in Galveston County.

“The college had postponed the ceremony, traditionally held in May, in hopes that health and safety conditions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic would improve,” said Scott Branum, director of admissions and college registrar.

“We understand that some students and family members will be disappointed with the cancellation of an in-person ceremony, and we share your disappointment,” Branum said. “We are working to make the best of an ever-changing situation, and we promise to make this year’s virtual ceremony an event to remember.”

The virtual ceremony will launch at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, and will include a brief program and a slideshow featuring individual graduates. A link will be made available to graduates, their family members and friends, and the general public.

Graduating students will receive an email from Galveston College in their Whitecaps email with specific instructions on where to send a photo and message for their individual graduate slides. If graduates have purchased a cap and gown, they should wear them in their photos.

Caps, gowns and tassels can be purchased at the Galveston College bookstore. Students who do not have a cap and gown may submit an appropriate self portrait of their choice.

The Galveston College website will contain additional information concerning the program and a link to the ceremony

Register now for summer and fall 2020

Registration underway for summer II and fall 2020

Registration for summer II and fall 2020 classes is underway at Galveston College. Summer II classes start on July 13. Fall 2020 classes begin Aug. 31.

New and prospective students should complete the admissions application at applytexas.org.

In order to plan coursework for the summer and fall, current and new students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu or their designated program advisers by email.

The online registration system is open. To register, complete the following steps:

  • Log in to the Whitecaps portal by entering a Galveston College user ID and password. (Students who do not know their Galveston College ID should contact the Information Technology Service Desk at helpdesk@gc.edu.)
  • View Degree Audit.
  • Select Register for Classes.

Registration is not complete until payment arrangements are made.

Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students should contact the Financial Aid office at finaid@gc.edu to ensure their financial aid awards are in place. Students who have not completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) should do so here.

Tuition and Fees Payments
Students owing a balance can make full payments online with a credit card via their student portal or by sending a check or money order by mail to the Galveston College Business Office, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77550. (Please include a name and student ID number.) Those who have payment questions can email bo@gc.edu or leave a message at (409) 944-1362. (Please provide name, student ID number and contact information.)

Students who would like to set up a payment plan must sign up via their student portal using the FACTS payment plan system. For more information on payment plans, please visit the FACTS payment system information page here.

Payment questions may be directed to the Business Office at bo@gc.edu.

Need Help?
Students who have trouble with their Whitecaps portal should contact:

Information Technology Service Desk
helpdesk@gc.edu

For information regarding admissions, please contact:

Admissions and Registrar
admissions@gc.edu

For information and assistance with registering for classes, please contact:

Counseling and Advising Center
advising@gc.edu

For assistance with holds on accounts, please contact:

Business Office
bo@gc.edu

Financial Aid
finaid@gc.edu

Please contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.

Galveston College is here to help. Please do not hesitate to reach out.

Galveston College’s CARES HEERF Institutional and MSI Reports

Galveston College

 

Report on Expenditure of Funds from Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES) Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant

 

June 23, 2020

 

Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Portion: $76,698

No funds were expended to date.

 

Institutional Portion: $606,113

Funds were spent or encumbered for the following activities:

Expenses relating to screening (supplies, equipment and staffing) of faculty, staff, students and visitors to campus to ensure their safety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

$34,800

Purchase of laptops and associated technology to provide to eligible students for access to remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic.

35,000

Purchase of laptops to loan students for future access to remote instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic and to build institutional capacity for access to distance learning during potential future disruptions.

59,000

Expenses relating to moving instruction and support services (testing, registration, financial aid, etc.) online while services were disrupted due to COVID-19 and to build institutional capacity for access to distance learning during potential future disruptions.

346,072

Refunds of room, board and fees due to COVID-19 disruption of services.

40,500

Unallocated

90,741

Kyle Giusti, Assistant Baseball Coach

Galveston College Coach Kyle Giusti named to Abilene Christian Baseball All-Decade Team

Galveston College Assistant Baseball Coach Kyle Giusti has been named to the Abilene Christian University Baseball All-Decade Team.

As a third baseman, Coach Giusti played in the final Division II year for ACU in 2013 and was named to the All-Lone Star Conference First Team. He also played in ACU’s first year as a Division I school.

Coach Giusti hit .346 in two seasons, including a team-high .358 average in 2013. He drove in 59 runs in two years, including 40 as a junior. He also recorded a .931 fielding percentage at third base.

Twenty-eight of ACU’s best players from the past decade (2010-2019) were nominated for this prestigious group. Fans voted online to decide the top eight position players, including three position-less outfielders, designated hitter, utility player, the top two starting pitchers and top two relief pitchers to complete a 14-player All-Decade Team.

Coach Giusti is the son of Donna and Joe Giusti, Galveston County Precinct 2 County Commissioner. He is a graduate of Santa Fe High School and played two years for the Galveston College Whitecaps, where he was named 2012 Texas/New Mexico JUCO all-star, as well as all-conference and region as a sophomore.

For more information, visit https://acusports.com/news/2020/6/19/mens-golf-fans-select-baseballs-all-decade-team.aspx.

Board of Regents Raymond Lewis

Summer enrollment on the rise at Galveston College

Summer enrollment at Galveston College is on the rise, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents learned at the June 10 meeting.

Dr. Myles Shelton, president, said the COVID-19 pandemic caused the college to shift its summer classes to an online format, with the exception of certain technical courses and programs that require hands-on instruction such as Emergency Medical Services, the Law Enforcement Academy, Welding Technology and other applied technology areas.

As of June 10, enrollment in the summer I 2020 term reached 894 students compared with 874 students in summer I 2019 and 802 students in summer I 2018.

Dr. Shelton said college officials are considering a variety of scenarios for the fall semester, ranging from on-campus classes with facilities modifications that allow for social distancing, to a hybrid model with a combination of virtual and in-person classes.

“Community college enrollments generally tend to increase when unemployment is high,” he said. “It’s hard to predict what the fall semester will look like. Students are taking a ‘wait and see’ attitude. They are waiting to see what college will look like this fall.”

In other business, Carmen Allen, director of institutional effectiveness and research, presented a report on spring 2020 course withdrawal, completion and success rates, which summarized the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on college retention after classes were moved to an all-online format on March 23.

Allen said the college’s overall completion rate in spring 2020 courses decreased 5.5 percent from the previous year – from 93 percent in 2019 to 87.5 percent in 2020.

Meanwhile, the college’s student success rate decreased only 1.7 percent from spring 2019 to spring 2020 – from 82.2 percent in 2019 to 80.5 percent in 2020.

The college experienced an 11.8 percentage of seats withdrawn in courses rate after the spring 2020 census date, as compared with 7 percent in spring 2019. She said the college experienced a 10.6 percentage of seats withdrawn after census in spring 2018, which was the semester following Hurricane Harvey.

A total of 19.9 percent of students withdrew from at least one class in spring 2020, compared to 13.1 percent in spring 2019.

In board action, members ratified the acceptance of a Texas Workforce Commission Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Initiative grant for $115,000 to provide training for business and industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Approximately $2,000 per participant will be available for training and retraining existing full-time employees, as well as furloughed and laid-off employees and new hires. Examples of training that can be provided to large and small businesses include digital marketing and web design, sales and marketing in a digital world, health and safety in the workplace, software skills for new technology, customized training to aid with job reassignments and more. The Galveston College Continuing Education department is coordinating this effort.

Board members granted tenure to four faculty members, including Clint A. Jones of the Developmental Mathematics department; Anna E. (Liz) Lacy of the Performing Arts department; Dr. David Shane Wallace of the English and Humanities department; and Dr. Arlinda B. Washington of the Nursing department.

Regents also approved updates and revisions to 26 Galveston College policies upon recommendation of the Policies Committee, which met prior to the board meeting. Click here to view the policies revisions.

In other action, board members:

• approved the purchase of DocuSign software in the amount of $61,750 to be funded with CARES Act funds that will enable the college to automate agreement preparation.

• approved the purchase of laptop computers to loan students for online courses in the amount of $59,000 to be funded with CARES Act funds.

• approved a proposal by Beach Town Lawn Service LLC of Galveston to provide annual landscaping maintenance services at $36,000 plus $1 per palm tree.

• approved the purchase of new tables and chairs for the Cheney Student Center at a cost of $21,935.

• approved the purchase of $12,353.56 in furnishings for the visual arts and ceramics classrooms.

• approved the purchase of $7,640.52 in audio/visual equipment for the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center to be purchased with Carl D. Perkins grant funding.

• approved the purchase of new chairs at a cost of $1,155.20 for the Welding Technology classroom.

• renewed National Flood Insurance Program and Texas Windstorm Insurance Association policies and purchased additional insurance coverage for property and contents.

• renewed Texas Association of School Boards Risk Management Fund insurance coverage for unemployment and workers’ compensation coverage.

• approved the 2020 budget and tax rate planning calendar.

• adopted a resolution granting residence homestead tax exemptions for the 2020 tax year.

Above: Carla Biggers, executive assistant to the president, administers the oath of office to Galveston College Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., who was recently re-elected to the board, as Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers looks on.

Galveston College announces tenure of four faculty members

Galveston College announced the tenure of four faculty members following completion of the tenure review process and conferment on June 10 by the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents.

Tenure has been awarded to the following faculty members:

Clint A. Jones
Developmental Mathematics

Anna E. (Liz) Lacy
Performing Arts

Dr. David Shane Wallace
English and Humanities

Arlinda Washington

Dr. Arlinda B. Washington
Nursing