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Share Your Holidays food drive underway on campus

Galveston College is the newest community partner in the Share Your Holidays Food Drive benefiting the Galveston County Food Bank.

Coordinated by Ball High School students and faculty, the 39th annual ABC13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive will culminate this year on Friday, Dec. 6, at Ball High School, 41st Street and Avenue O.

Non-perishable food items or monetary contributions will be accepted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and other student organizations on the Galveston College campus from now until Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Collection boxes are located throughout the main campus and the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

The Galveston College SGA and other student organization leaders will travel to Ball High School at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, to appear on ABC13.

All contributions benefit the Galveston County Food Bank for distribution to those in need throughout Galveston County. Most-needed items include cereal, whole-grain pasta and rice, peanut butter, canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats, beans and soup, hygiene and household items, paper products, and kid-friendly snacks (e.g. fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars) and for seniors — nutritional shakes and drinks, as well as adult hygiene products.

Start a family holiday tradition with Making Gingerbread Houses

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like a festive gingerbread house. Learn how to make one of your own during a four-evening class this December at Galveston College.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts program will host Making Gingerbread Houses on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 2-5, from 6-8 p.m. Start a fun family holiday tradition with the skills you’ll learn.

Instructor Chef Mirta Salinas will offer tips and tricks on making a great gingerbread house from scratch, complete with all of the festive decorations and gingerbread people.

Each participant will make and decorate his or her own gingerbread house. The class is open to students of all ages. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The cost for the class is $29 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

To reserve a spot and for registration information, call Linda Jenko in Galveston College Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

Two Whitecaps baseball players sign National Letters of Intent

Two Galveston College baseball players on Nov. 13 signed National Letters of Intent to play with Texas universities.

“We are excited to be sending another two student-athletes to outstanding NCAA Division I programs in our region,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Kevin Lallmann. “Each of these students is a solid player with an excellent record. It’s another great day to be a Whitecap.”

Those signing letters of intent included

Jaycob Deese, a right-handed pitcher from Houston, University of Houston.

Roberto Gonzalez, an infielder from Katy, University of the Incarnate Word.

During Coach Lallmann’s four years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 28 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had two players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.

The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.

Nov. 13 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country signed their National Letters of Intent.

To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/4-year-college-transfer-achievements/.

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Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players signing NCAA National Letters of Intent include (front row from left) Roberto Gonzalez of Katy and Jaycob Deese of Houston. They are pictured with Whitecaps Director of Athletics Christa Wallace, Head Baseball Coach Kevin Lallmann and Assistant Baseball Coach Kyle Giusti. Nov. 13 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country signed their National Letters of Intent.

Theatre department to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present a gift to the community this month with a three-day run of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” a thrilling adaption of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic by Patrick Barlow.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

 This adaptation brings Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using five actors, mesmerizing props and the power of imagination. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future journey through time to remind an iron-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge what Christmas is truly about.

Audience members will witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long.

According to reviews, “Patrick Barlow’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a magnificent twist on this timeless story of redemption.  A true celebration of theatre and the holiday season. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave full of holiday cheer.”

Director is Liz Lacy, program coordinator for Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Maxey, Eric Scales, Wrath Sorrell and Brittney Somoza.

“A Christmas Carol” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy at 409-944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

Early priority registration for spring 2020 semester underway

Early priority registration for the spring 2020 semester is underway at Galveston College. Classes begin Jan. 21.

Registration hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.

To view the spring 2020 schedule of classes, visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/. To search for classes, visit https://gc.edu/search-for-classes.

New students can apply for admission at https://gc.edu/admissions/steps-to-enroll/ or https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX.

Financial aid is available for qualified students. Contact the Galveston College Financial Aid office for information.

Students registering now also have access to a new FACTS monthly payment plan option. Payments may be made via e-Cashier by automatic bank payment or credit card. Additional information is on the Whitecaps portal.

For more information, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-4242 or admissions@gc.edu.

DAR offers scholarships for students

The George Washington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) of Galveston, Texas, invites Galveston College students to apply for scholarships offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.

Applicants must be citizens of the United States to apply for a scholarship offered by the DAR Scholarship Committee.  Applicants must also attend or plan to attend an accredited college or university in the United States. DAR chapter sponsorship is not required; however, applicants may want to reach out to the George Washington Chapter for help with their applications.

For more information, contact Meghann Nash in the Galveston College Financial Aid office at mnash@gc.edu. Deadline for applications is midnight on February 15, 2020?

Visit the DAR website for a list of scholarships: https://www.dar.org/national-society/scholarships/general-info.

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Discovery of new dinosaur is topic of Galveston College lecture

Galveston College will present a lecture about the discovery of a new dinosaur species, “A new dinosaur relative from the beginning of the age of dinosaurs in northern Colorado,” on Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Speaker is Dr. Jeffrey W. Martz, assistant professor of geology at the University of Houston-Downtown, who recently helped discover a new species of dinosaur called Kwanasaurus williamparkeri, a dinosauromorph about as large as a medium-sized dog.

“This year the lecture series at Galveston College is focused on discoveries and to learn that new discoveries about dinosaurs can happen anytime is quite fascinating,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee, which organizes the lecture series.

“Many of us might think that we know almost everything about these creatures that lived many millions of years ago just to find out that this is not exactly true. In fact, there are so many things we still do not know about these animals that became extinct a long time ago. This lecture is an exciting opportunity for everybody to learn about dinosaurs and their lives from a researcher who makes these discoveries. We welcome everybody to attend this exciting lecture.”

Dr. Martz was born in Denver, Colorado, and grew up primarily in the Denver and Salida regions of Colorado. He began his studies in paleontology as an intern at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science while still attending high school, and worked at Ashfall Fossil Beds in Nebraska in 1994 before attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

The lecture is the second in the college’s 2019-20 lecture series: Discovery: The Forefront of Knowledge. It is free and open to the public.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy will provide refreshments for the evening.

Galveston College graduate finds new code to success

Last August, Galveston College student Jason Nichols, of Galveston, set a goal to earn a Level One Medical Coding Certificate. He realized this would mean registering for 15 rigorous credit hours each semester and that those classes were only offered in the evening. He worked as an Office Depot sales consultant during the day and then transformed into a Galveston College student as the sun began to set. He attended class two to three nights weekly for two semesters.
Some nights Nichols took two consecutive classes, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and remained in the class until the second class ended after 9 p.m. Not only did he successfully earn 15 credit hours each semester, he did it with excellence and was placed on the Vice President’s List two consecutive semesters with a 3.6 grade-point average.
As Nichols worked to complete requirements for the second semester, he set a second goal to prepare and take the American Association of Professional Coders (AAPC) certification exam. He took the Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam and passed the challenging test in May 2019. With these two major accomplishments under his belt, he created a resume and applied for a medical coding position at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.
Nichols was selected for the position and is currently employed as a revenue cycle coder at UTMB. His professor, Donna Swartz, said Nichols made himself a very strong candidate by earning the certificate and coupling it with passing the AAPC CPC exam.
Nichols is currently coding for community-based family medicine and general practice outpatient clinics and has found the work extremely interesting and rewarding. He was recently elected secretary of the Galveston chapter of the AAPC.
Universal Access 2019

Galveston College Foundation lightens the load

Galveston College Foundation is privileged to continue working away at the tough barrier which is student debt through its Universal Access (UA) Community Endowment Scholarship program and the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Endowment Fund (UA Plus) in 2019. The changes will mean more dollars for UA-eligible students than ever before.

Galveston College UA scholar Priscila Becerril is in her fifth semester and studying to be a nurse. She will finish in 2021-2022. She plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree after graduation.

“I would love to continue,” she said. UA has been her primary source of funding her college education.

UA is a performance-driven scholarship program where eligible students receive up to $4,620. This pays for full tuition and fees for up to 60 credit hours at Galveston College. This is enough to complete an associate degree or certification program. Students must maintain a 2.0 grade-point average. Beginning in the fall 2019 semester, the Non-Tuition Educational Expenses Scholarship (also known as UA Plus) has added a $500 stipend to help students meet costs of books, digital access and other education information costs.

Jeri Kinnear became chair of the Galveston College Foundation Board of Directors this past August. Kinnear has seen first-hand the benefits the UA program creates.

“Galveston College, through the Universal Access and UA Plus scholarship programs, evens the playing field for those who graduate from high school in Galveston and want to go to college and cannot afford to do so. And, for those who can afford to go and want a head start, we will offer the same UA and UA Plus scholarships. What a great way to begin your next step in life,” Kinnear said.

The increased funding will be a big help to Becerril in completing her degree. A Ball High School graduate, she said a lot of her classmates are like her and not eligible for federal aid but can benefit from the additional assistance.

Over the last 18 years, the Galveston College Foundation’s Universal Access Community Endowment has supported over 1,700 Galveston high school graduates. These students were not eligible for federal or state funding—oftentimes because their income exceeded eligibility limits. However, they still needed financial assistance to attend college and graduate.

The Galveston College Foundation is an independent 501(c)3, founded to support Galveston College through fundraising locally, regionally and nationally. Its mission is to support Galveston high school graduates through an earned scholarship program as they strive to obtain their first two years of a baccalaureate degree or the foundation of a career through an associate degree or certificate debt free regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

Eligibility criteria for the UA scholarship program at Galveston College are available on the college’s website or by contacting the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation. 

Galveston College costs 7 percent less than its peers (in district) and 11 percent less (out of district). Students can save $14,000 by taking their first two years at Galveston College when compared to attending the University of Texas Medical Branch – Galveston’s School of Nursing and studies at Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in December 2018 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees. The college launched a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management program in fall 2019 with a full cohort of students, and plans to expand its applied baccalaureate offerings in the future.

In May, the Galveston College Foundation’s full board voted to extend UA Plus funds beyond the associate degree to its scholars that choose to continue at Galveston College for a baccalaureate program.

In sharp contrast to a low of 35 percent graduation rate of students receiving federal Pell grants, a full 88 percent of students receiving support from the Universal Access endowment either graduate or obtain sufficient academic credits to transfer to a four-year institution of their choosing.

Submitted by the Offices of Development and Galveston College Foundation