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Food for Thought mobile farmers market Sept. 18 distribution canceled; next market date is Sept. 26

The Galveston College Food for Thought mobile farmers market food distribution, originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, has been canceled. The next distribution date will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center location at 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Below is a list of community food pantries for those in need of assistance. Many of these organizations have requirements that the client must meet to receive food. Please call ahead to determine if you qualify for assistance and to determine if the pantry is open during inclement weather.

Pantries in Galveston:

St. Vincent
2817 Post Office
(409) 763-8521

Salvation Army
601 51st St.
(409) 763-11691

Access Care of Coastal Texas
707 Tremont
(409) 763-2437

Catholic Charities
47001Broaddway, Suite F103
(409) 762-2062

The Galveston County Food Bank, located at 624 4th Avenue in Texas City, has walk-in hours:

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(409) 945-4232

Galveston College closed Tuesday evening and all day Wednesday

Galveston College will close at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17,  due to the threat of heavy rain, flooding, and potential road closures. The college will be closed all day on Wednesday, Sept. 18. Day and evening classes have been canceled.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff and community is our primary concern. Additional communication will be shared via the Galveston College website – gc.edu – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and local media outlets.

For information on flood safety, visit the following websites:

https://www.weather.gov/safety/flood

https://www.redcross.org/get-help/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/flood.html

 

 

Upward Bound students hear presentation on cyber safety

FBI Computer Scientist James Morrison spoke to Galveston College Upward Bound students and their parents Sept. 14  about internet safety.

A popular speaker at the college, Morrison serves as a local technical expert to the special agents and task force officers assigned to the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. He assists in computer intrusion investigations and reverse engineers software to determine the source and purpose of the malignant code. He has worked in the IT field for more than 30 years, including 20 years with the FBI.

Upward Bound is designed to serve 60 9th- to 12th-grade students at Ball High School. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education by increasing the academic performance and motivation of participants.

Priselda Perez is program director.

Student Activities announces campus volunteer opportunities

The Galveston College Student Activities office has announced volunteer opportunities for the fall 2019 semester. Individual students, faculty and staff, as well as clubs and organizations, are invited to participate. A variety of on-campus and community events are included on the schedule.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Cynthia Parra in the Galveston College Student Activities office at cparra@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Sept. 18 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Friday, Oct. 4 Walk a Mile in Their Shoes (Walk to End Domestic Violence)

Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 6-7 p.m. – Walk

Walkers will receive a free wristband to the Pleasure Pier.

Saturday, Oct. 5 2019 EdFest for All (Education for All Festival)

McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222  28th St. Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 9-10 a.m. – Set up
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Assigned duties
  • 12-2 p.m. – Assigned duties
  • 2-3 p.m. – Cleanup

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Saturday, Oct. 12 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Stewart Beach Pavilion, 201 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 7-8 a.m. – Set up
  • 8 a.m. – Check in
  • 8:30 a.m. – Ceremony
  • 9-11 a.m. – Walk
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Clean up
  • Route Length: 3.1 miles

Wednesday, Oct. 23 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Thursday, Oct. 24 Fall Festival

Seibel Wing Lawn (Rain Contingency: Hermes Fitness Gym Gym and Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium)

Volunteers needed

  • 1-3 p.m. – Set up
  • 3-6 p.m. – Monitor Inflatables and Games
  • 6-7 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Thursday, Nov. 7 Food for Thought Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Friday, Dec. 6 Share Your Holidays Food Drive

Galveston College Student Center to Ball High School

Volunteers needed:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Load canned goods into van
  • 9-10 a.m. – Deliver canned goods to Ball High School
Involvement Fair

Promote your department, organization at the Fall 2019 Involvement Fair

Looking for a way to promote your department, program, organization or service? Here’s your opportunity!

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will host a campus and community Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Organizations, departments and programs that are interested in participating in the Involvement Fair can contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu with the following information by noon on Friday, Sept. 6:

  • Club, organization or department name
  • Representative name (person that will be stationed at table)
  • Representative cell phone number
  • Representative office number
  • Representative email address

Tables and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to have sign-in sheets to capture contact information and to provide their own tablecloths and marketing materials. Giveaways and promotional items are highly recommended.

The Office of Student Activities and SGA will provide food and beverages.

Involvement Fair Itinerary

10-11 a.m.  – Set up

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Involvement Fair

1-2 p.m. – Tear down/clean up

Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences at Galveston College

Construction well under way on Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Construction work is well under way on the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, which will include seven units designed to resemble the historical homes of Galveston.

The buildings will house approximately 80 students and, when coupled with existing housing, will enable Galveston College to serve about 120 students with residence life opportunities.

The project is funded with the generous support of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation, which also provided a significant capital expansion grant for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing, allowing students and the community to gather for events ranging from civic, collegiate and evenings of powerful educational enrichment.

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Creole Design LLC of Houston is architect.

Galveston College sees tremendous growth in graduation rate

Galveston College saw a significant increase in its three-year graduation rate from 2017 to 2019, according to data from the 2019 Texas Public Higher Education Almanac presented recently to the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents.

“Galveston College’s 2019 graduation rate, at 44 percent, is the fifth highest among the state’s two-year colleges,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “It also represents an overall increase of 10 percent from the 2017 graduation rate of 34 percent.”

Only three technical colleges and one community college, Texas State Technical College-West Texas, Texas State Technical College-Waco, Texas State Technical College-Marshall and Texarkana College, outpaced Galveston College in terms of their three-year graduation rates.

In addition to significant growth in its graduation percentage, Galveston College saw great gains in its developmental (or remedial) education success rates.

“In particular, the percentage of developmental education mathematics students completing a college-level course within two years has skyrocketed,” Dr. Matthews said. “Those gains are mirrored in the developmental education graduation rates, which far exceed the state average.”

Galveston College also experienced significantly more growth in enrollment, on average, than other Texas two-year colleges in the past three years.

“Galveston College had a five-year enrollment growth rate of 13.8 percent between 2013 and 2018 compared to a statewide rate of 5.3 percent,” said Dr. Matthews. “This increase can be attributed to a number of factors, including new programs in healthcare, computer networking and administration, and other technical areas, as well as growth in our dual-credit program with area high schools.”

Dual credit is a process through which students may earn high school credit for successfully completing college courses that provide advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth than, the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for a corresponding high school course.

“One in five of our students, or 21 percent, is dual credit,” Dr. Matthews said. “This percentage remained fairly steady over the past three years, although it is now slightly below the statewide two-year college average of 23 percent.”

At 29 percent, Galveston College also surpassed the statewide average of 23 percent in the number of students enrolled on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours per semester).

Dr. Matthews concluded, “Galveston College, at 31 percent, exceeded the statewide average of 25 percent in the number of students enrolled in technical programs versus academic programs, and the proportion of Galveston College students graduating with debt has decreased from 2017 to 2019 and is on par with the state average.”

To view the almanac, click here: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/12371.PDF.

Hamshire-Fannet Dual-Credit Students

Hamshire-Fannett dual-credit students visit Galveston College

Dual-credit students from Hamshire-Fannett High School visited the Galveston College campus Friday, Aug. 23, to meet with faculty and staff and to tour the college.

The day began with a pep rally hosted by Educational Services, Admissions, Student Activities and Public Affairs. The students received goodie bags, did the Whitecaps Wave and took group photos in Seibel Wing and at the beacon.

Students met with Joseph Bernard, director of educational services, and faculty members Elizabeth Tapp, Shelly Downes, Dr. Regina Durante, Janene Davison and Dr. Larry Blomstedt for general information sessions and programs on “Turnitin and Plagiarism” and “Professional Communication.”

Dr. LaToya Mills, Priscilla Culver and Diego Turrubiartes provided tours of the campus. Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski provided media support.

Library Website Screenshot

New library website offers easy access to resources and information

The David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library at Galveston College recently launched an exciting new website that offers streamlined access to content and an improved user experience for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Telishia “Tee” Mickens, director of library and learning resources, worked during the summer to completely redesign the site with a fresh look and easy access to library resources such as databases, help and research guides, and library services, including online study room reservations and chat-with-a-librarian and text-a-librarian features.

The faculty page includes information on library instruction, information literacy, LibGuides, embedding library resources, course reserves, a book purchase request form, interlibrary loans (ILLs), library spaces for instruction, copyright, open educational resources (OERS) and more.

The site also includes a list of frequently asked questions that is updated on a regular basis.

“I know this will be such a great tool for our students to help them be successful in finding library resources and learning more about the library and the valuable resources available to them,” Mickens said.

The new website can be located at https://library.gc.edu/. For more information, contact Tee Mickens at tmickens@gc.edu.