Category: Galveston College

Dr. Susan Schoelwer

Lecture series to feature Mount Vernon’s executive director on Tuesday

Executive Director of Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be the guest speaker for the third installment of the 2021 lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment at Galveston College.
The lecture titled “What Can We Learn from the Exhibit ‘Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon’?” will be presented virtually at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom videoconference. It is free and open to the public.
Installation of the current, award-winning special exhibition “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” in 2016 marked a significant step in an ongoing process of recognizing and recovering the historical experiences of hundreds of enslaved people owned by George and Martha Washington in the 18th century.
In her presentation, Dr. Schoelwer will present an overview of the galleries and offer behind-the-scenes reflections on the development of the exhibition and related projects, lessons learned, and continuing efforts to offer a more inclusive interpretation of life on one of America’s best-known plantations and most-visited historic sites.
“The lecture by Dr. Schoelwer will provide a unique glimpse at less-known historical facts surrounding the first president of the United States George Washington with respect to slavery,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “The information presented in this lecture will be very valuable in providing a proper understanding of the early days of the history of the United States.”
Dr. Schoelwer directs the architectural preservation, furnishing, and interpretation of George and Martha Washington’s house and surrounding plantation buildings and landscape, as well as the creation of museum exhibitions, including “Lives Bound Together.”
Prior to coming to Mount Vernon as curator in 2010, Dr. Schoelwer served for more than a decade as head of museum collections at the Connecticut Historical Society, where she authored “Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art and Family, 1740-1840,” winner of the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Non-Fiction. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in American studies from Yale University, a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in the historic transition to coeducation.
“On a daily basis, Dr. Schoelwer has the opportunity to draw upon documents and artifacts that bring to life the relationships between George Washington and the slaves who served him and Martha,” said Michael Berberich with the Faculty Professional Development Committee. “The insights Dr. Schoelwer brings to the topic from putting together the award-winning exhibit will be a unique contribution to the depth of our students’ education and will add new knowledge to the Galveston community as a whole.”
In addition to Mount Vernon and the Washingtons, Dr. Schoelwer has written and lectured on a variety of topics, including American art and decorative arts, needlework and women’s history. She is currently researching a book examining the creation and continuing re-creation of George Washington portraits.
To access the March 9 lecture, visit the following Zoom link on the internet: The meeting ID is 870 7915 7421. The passcode is Galveston.
For more information, please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, Faculty Professional Development Committee chair, at or (409) 944-1273.
Scholarships available at Galveston College

Galveston College opens scholarship application for 2021-22 academic year

The 2021-22 application for Galveston College scholarships is available online at The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, at 5 p.m.
Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships have been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.
The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages graduating high school seniors, transfer students, currently enrolled students, and other deserving individuals to apply for scholarship monies.
Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year. Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.
Visit and complete one application to be considered for Galveston College scholarships.
For more information about Galveston College scholarships, please contact the Financial Aid office at
Mae Francis

Virtual Student Success Seminar on ‘Progressing During Difficulty’ is Thursday

Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will kick off its spring Student Success Seminars series on Thursday, March 4, at 9 a.m. with a presentation titled “Progressing During Difficulty” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.
The seminar is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public. The Zoom link to the seminar is as follows:
The seminar will focus on three ideas to help students and other participants progress in troubled times:
1) Mindset about difficulty,
2) Making room for resilience and
3) Building a personal mission statement.
Francis, known best for inspiring and transferring positivity to whomever she comes in contact with, is currently the president and owner of Lookin’ Up Consulting, a training and development company that builds interactive programs, speeches and mentorships that educate and inspire professionals, as well as programs that support the emotional and social development of youth.
With more than 25 years in the field of teaching and training, Francis believes that her purpose on earth is to enhance the lives of others. She spent 19 years in the chemical industry, including five years selling plasticizers for Sterling Chemicals and 14 years as the training and development leader for Ashland Chemicals.
Francis has been certified as a trainer and coach by the Association of Training and Development and is a United States Army veteran. She studied Bible and Theology, as well as Business Administration, at St. Leo University and College of the Mainland.
Francis is an active member of the Texas City/La Marque, League City and Galveston chambers of commerce, the Association for Talent Development, and the advisory board for the College of the Mainland Petrochemical Process Technology program. She also is an active big sister for Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is the mother of one, Whitnie, and is married to Merlin.
For more information about the Student Success Seminars series, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at the Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, at
Galveston College New Slap Can Cooler

Galveston College launches new Whitecaps Athletics website

Galveston College has launched a new Whitecaps Athletics website:

The website contains up-to-date Whitecaps baseball and softball schedules and rosters.

As Galveston College coaches update statistics and schedules in the National Junior College Athletic Association system, fans are able to view the updates on the site.

When fully developed, the website will contain additional news and information on Whitecaps baseball and softball, player spotlights, a photo gallery and more.

For more information and to suggest content, please contact Carol Langston, director of public affairs, at

Food for Change free drive-through distribution is Wednesday

Galveston College has announced spring 2021 distribution dates for its free drive-through Food for Thought mobile food markets for students.
Upcoming market dates are as follows:
  • Wednesday, Feb. 24 (new date)
  • Wednesday, March 3
  • Wednesday, March 24
  • Wednesday, April 7
  • Wednesday, April 21
  • Wednesday, May 5
All food distributions will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street.
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 market 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.
Here are the steps to receive food:
  • Bring client ID card or current student ID for the spring 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 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. Students enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website Food for Change.
Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution at the ATC. 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.
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.
For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Jose Martinez at or (409) 944-1234.

Galveston College Theatre to bring back the Golden Age of Radio in ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’

The talented cast of the Galveston College Theatre Department will bring back some of the most popular radio programs of the 1940s for their upcoming virtual production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”
The virtual performances, originally set for Feb. 19-21, have been rescheduled because of power outages resulting in technical delays in production. New show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for access to the online events.
Please contact Galveston College Program Coordinator for Performing Arts Liz Lacy via email at for the link to listen to a performance.
“Before the era of computers and television, radio provided entertainment by presenting programs of mystery, intrigue, comedy and romance,” said Lacy, director of the show. “Please join us for ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’ and enjoy these nostalgic programs.”
Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Benji Shelton and Cricket Smith.
Galveston College’s award-winning Theatre department stages up to five productions each academic year. Its fall virtual production of “The Invisible Man” was one of only 11 productions from colleges and universities throughout a five-state region invited to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI Festival 53, which will be produced virtually this month.
For more information about the Galveston College Theatre department, please contact Lacy at
Above: Galveston College Theatre company members (clockwise, from top left) Benjamin Shelton, Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Elijah Barrie rehearse for the upcoming production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”

Galveston College to reopen Monday, Feb. 22

Galveston College will be open and will resume online and on-campus classes on Monday, Feb. 22.

The City of Galveston continues to operate under a boil water order. Students, faculty and staff should bring their own bottled water and food to campus.

Mr. C’s Deli and Bistro will continue to provide dining services for Student Housing residents.

Galveston College officials express appreciation to the community, faculty, staff and students for their support, patience and understanding as the college has addressed the challenges of the past week.

The Galveston College Public Affairs department will continue to provide updates as they become available.

Please contact Carol Langston, director of public affairs, for additional information.


Galveston College closes through Saturday, Feb. 20

Due to ongoing efforts to restore infrastructure affected by this week’s unprecedented winter storm, Galveston College will be closed through Saturday, Feb. 20. All online and on-campus classes and events are canceled. All Whitecaps baseball and softball games scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19,  through Monday, Feb. 21, will be rescheduled.

Galveston College’s David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are available online at

Campus dining services remains open for Student Housing residents at Mr. C’s Deli and Bistro.

On-campus instruction and operations are expected to resume as normal on Monday, Feb. 22.

Galveston College closes through Friday, Feb. 19

Due to the continued winter weather resulting in numerous power outages in our region, Galveston College will be closed through Friday, Feb. 19.

All online and face-to-face classes, labs, clinicals, exams, events and student activities are canceled through Friday, Feb. 19.

On-campus instruction and operations are expected to resume as normal on Monday, Feb. 22.

Campus dining services remains open for Student Housing residents at Mr. C’s Deli and Bistro.

Galveston College will provide daily updates via official college communication channels throughout the entirety of this event. Please monitor college email, social media, and Galveston College alerts.