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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 The password is GCFALL21.

For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts Liz Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or


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.

Eddie Filer

Eddie Filer to teach painting and drawing through Continuing Education

Nationally known artist Eddie Filer will teach a series of eight-week classes on the art of painting and drawing through the Galveston College Continuing Education department, beginning Aug. 30.

In Basic Portraiture 1 and 2, students will learn to recognize changes in the face from light to dark, variations of value changes in color, warm and cool temperature changes in paint, large to small comparisons of planes in the face, and building three-dimensional forms of the human head.

Filer will also teach his way of obtaining a likeness through seeing negative to positive spacing, by distance relating with a focus on the development of learning to see.

Basic Portraiture I runs on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Aug. 30 to Oct. 20. Basic Portraiture II is on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. from Oct. 25 to Dec. 15. Cost is $149 per course. A supplies list is available from the Continuing Education department.

To register, visit and select Beginning Portrait Painting I or Beginning Portrait Painting II from the Arts/Leisure/Music menu.

For more information, please contact or call (409) 944-1344.

Elvia Ortiz Segura is New Director of Educational Services at Galveston College

Elvia O. Segura has been named Director of Educational Services at Galveston College, Dr. Cissy Matthews, Vice President of Instruction announced this week. Previously, she served as a student success advisor in the Counseling and Advising Center.

As Director of Educational Services, Segura will be responsible for the development and administration of the dual-credit partnerships with high schools in the college’s service area, as well as the college’s distance-education program.

“We are excited to have Elvia leading our Educational Services programs at Galveston College,” said Dr. Matthews. “She brings a tremendous amount of experience in working with students, faculty and administrators, and will be a great asset to the college in networking with our school districts, students and families in promoting and expanding our Educational Services programs.”

Segura is the only one of five siblings who graduated from college. She gives credit to her father who chose to change his legacy when he decided to move from Mexico to provide a better life for a family he dreamed of having one day.

She was born and raised in south Texas, where she also received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management from the University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), now known as the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She went on to receive a Master of Science in Family Studies from Texas Woman’s University and just started her second year at Abilene Christian University in the Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership in Higher Education program.

Segura’s career in higher education began 15 years ago at her alma mater, UTPA, as a professional guidance counselor for the Academic Advisement Center. She moved back to the Gulf Coast area in 2009 and worked in the College of Business at the University of Houston-Clear Lake until late 2012 when she joined Galveston College under a Title V grant. In 2017, she joined the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center team.

Segura said she looks forward to her new journey and aspires to keep making a difference for students, faculty, and the Galveston College community.

“I am very excited to extend my services to the dual-credit and distance-learning students with this new role,” Segura said.

“I also look forward to helping student populations that may have not had the opportunity to take advantage of the dual-credit program or students who may not understand the flexibility online education allows. I am most hopeful to be a voice for racially minoritized students who feel out of the loop but want to get an education.”

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy accepts applications through July 21

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy will accept applications for admission for 2021-2022 through July 21.

The college’s seventh full-time day program will run Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for one semester. Classes begin July 26. Graduation will be in December 2021.

The academy’s 35th evening program will run Mondays through Fridays from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., beginning Aug. 2. The program runs for two semesters. Graduation is set for May 2022.

More than 450 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join county law enforcement agencies and police departments across Texas.

The 740-hour law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking certification as a Texas peace officer from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE.)

For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Crystal Robinson, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or or instructor Bart Stephenson at (409) 944-1263 or

Students also can visit the office in Room 323 of the Mary Moody Northen Center on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas, or online at

2021 LEA Graduation Class 6D

Graduates of Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 6D include (front row from left) Wesley Divine, Britnni Love, Meghan Bilbrey and Felicia Barrienties, (back row from left) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andy Duhon, Zachary Williams, Sam Kayal and Crystal Robinson, program director of the Law Enforcement Academy.

2021 LEA Graduation Class 34

Graduates of Class 34 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row from left) Benjamen Cohan, Keren Chapman, Reynol Lopez, Kevin Anderson, Shamael Ruiz, Law Enforcement Academy Program Director Crystal Robinson, (back row) instructor Bart Stephenson, Andrew Moffet, Alyssa Dale, Geria Brown, Johnathan Aucoin, John Perry, Wesley Hurt and instructor Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office.

Galveston College Logistics program information session is July 13

Are you interested in being part of one of the largest employment sectors in Texas? Is a career in logistics and supply chain management right for you? Would you like more information about the new associate degree and certificates in logistics at Galveston College?

Mark your calendar and make plans to attend an information session hosted by Galveston College Logistics Program Director John Rydlund on Tuesday, July 13, at 10 a.m. in the Galveston College Cheney Student Center Seibel Wing, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Rydland will discuss the job outlook for logistics careers, highlight the program offered at Galveston College and go over important steps to enroll. He also will discuss the dual-credit program offered at Ball High School, share information on important industry certifications and provide insight on career advancement opportunities for those already in the field.

Crucial to the supply chain of any business, logistics involves the timely delivery of freight and goods from one place to another, as well as the unloading and unpacking of this cargo. Whether by land, air or sea, Galveston, Houston and the Gulf Coast region offer an impressive array of logistical and distribution channels to move goods around the country and the world. Houston is also home to the No. 1 foreign trading port in the U.S. by tonnage and the largest container port on the Gulf Coast making this a capital of global trade.

The Galveston College Logistics program covers the foundational areas of logistics and supply chain and develops students’ abilities to think critically and solve real-world problems. Students learn negotiation tactics and receive exposure to supply chain analytics, both desirable skills for employers.

A two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and Basic, Intermediate and Advanced certificates are available.

For more information, contact Rydlund at (409) 944-1318 or

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

Galveston College ADN program celebrates National Nurses Month with research presentations

Since the founder of modern nursing and social reformer Florence Nightingale appeared in the spotlight, nurses have been celebrated in many different ways during the month of May.

First-year Associate Degree Nursing students at Galveston College once again excelled in the annual research presentation competition during National Nurses Month.

Groups were assigned a topic that allowed for the use of material from class lectures, labs, study resources and nursing research within the last five years.

The students studied evidence-based practice in regard to nutrition and patient-centered care, and they worked in teams to enhance specific skills. This included fostering oral and written communication skills that will be used upon completion of the program and in the real world of nursing.

Those placing in the research competition and their topics included the following:

First Place Winner - Nursing Research Competition

First Place​: “Electrolytes” by Brittany Moran, Jasmin Hernandez Garcia and Priscilla Becerril.

Research Presentation - Second Place

Second Place: “DASH-ing Your Way to a Healthy Heart” by Laura Guerrero and Sarah Cano.

Nursing Research Presentation - Third Place

Third Place: “Cancer Diet” by Preston Huff, Kristina Harclerode and Cheronda Freeman.

Honorable​ Mentions:

Honorable Mention 1

“Eating Disorders” by Margaret Bishop and Megan Minesinger.

Honorable Mention 2

“Tube Feeding” by Mariah Ruiz, Mikaela Vasquez and Imerie Kelley.

Honorable Mention 3

“American Diabetes Association” by Carmen Kiosk, Kinara Gibson Nunes, Brijha Gibson Nunes and Pamela Nigh.

Massage Therapy Program

Galveston College Massage Therapy program starts in August

Galveston College will begin the next class of its popular Massage Therapy program in August.

The courses, which are offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, begin Aug. 30 and continue through Dec. 16.

Classes are offered Mondays through Thursdays from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston, Texas.

Fall semester courses include Health and Hygiene, Massage Fundamentals I, Kinesiology, Pathology for Massage, and Reflexology and Chair Massage.

Spring semester courses include Massage Fundamentals II, Anatomy and Physiology for Massage, Therapeutic Modalities, and Business Practices and Ethics.

Students must also enroll in a summer internship program in June or July.

Upon completion of the three-semester program, students will be eligible to take the state board exam.

Download an application for the Massage Therapy program at //, or visit the Continuing Education department on the first floor of Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

For more information, call (409) 944-1344 or write to

QuickStart +

Registration open for free Quickstart+ training programs

Registration is open for Galveston College’s free Quickstart+ training programs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and electrical technology, beginning July 6.

Funded with a Foundational Skills for Construction Career Pathways Grant, the Quickstart+ programs are designed to help individuals find entry-level jobs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.

In the eight-week Quickstart+ HVAC Helper and Electrical Helper programs, students will be presented with the basics of a trade, including safety procedures, proper tool usage, regulations, codes and more. They also will receive career counseling and job placement assistance.

Tuition is free for those accepted into the programs. However, students must purchase their own steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment.

An individual applying to a Quickstart+ program must

-be age 18 or older. (Proof of age is required such as driver’s license or birth certificate.)
-be a United States citizen or certified to work in the United States. (A Social Security card or original I-9 documentation is required.)
-meet United States military Selective Service registration requirements, if male. (Student must present Registration Acknowledgment Card at the time of enrollment.)
-have access to a working computer and the internet.
-have steel-toed boots and personal protective equipment (mask or face covering).

Following acceptance into the program, the applicant must meet with the job placement navigator and bring required documents.

For more information, please visit and contact Sharon Pagan at (409) 944-1410 or

The Beacon of Galveston College

Galveston College announces spring 2021 honor students

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for spring 2021 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 282 students.

The three lists recognize students who achieved the highest grade-point averages while enrolled in at least 12 semester hours of study.

The President’s List includes students who have a 3.9 semester grade-point average or better. The Vice President’s List includes students who have a grade-point average of 3.6 but less than 3.9. The Dean’s List includes students who have a grade point average of 3.2 but less than 3.6.

Students are listed by designation, state and hometown.

President’s List

Teresa Wilmering, Anna
Morgan Ambler, Austin
Aspyn Grossman, Bullard
Josie Ashmore, Carrollton
Evan Cameron, Conroe
Nicholas Cortinas, Dickinson
Sarah Niccum, Dickinson
Baylee Adams, Flint
Makinzie Tomascik, Franklin
Michael Faber, Friendswood
Katherine Albares, Galveston
Rohan Balasubramanian, Galveston
Daniela Barragan, Galveston
Victor Benavides, Galveston
Oscar Carrillo, Galveston
Morgan Chaljub, Galveston
William Clore, Galveston
Sarina Contreras, Galveston
Stannesha Davis, Galveston
Grant Davison, Galveston
Ronaldo De la Garza, Galveston
Svitlana Domingo, Galveston
Creed Fisher, Galveston
Ethan Fox, Galveston
Oscar Fuentes, Galveston
Claira Garcia, Galveston
Maria Garcia, Galveston
Amber Garen, Galveston
Nicky Giron, Galveston
Daniel Golan, Galveston
William Golliday, Galveston
Trevor Grace, Galveston
Bailey Graham, Galveston
Eusebio Guerra, Galveston
Miguel Guzman, Galveston
Barbara Harbaugh, Galveston
Jillian Hester, Galveston
Leah Hewitt, Galveston
Mariella Huerta, Galveston
Sofia Ixcotoyac, Galveston
Anupama Kandel, Galveston
William Kanost, Galveston
Gagandeep Kaur, Galveston
Marcus Landers, Galveston
William Livanec, Galveston
Kaleyah Malveaux, Galveston
Mandy McDaniel, Galveston
Kelly Nicholas, Galveston
Reece Ogden, Galveston
Kiara Ortiz, Galveston
Michael Rabinowitz, Galveston
Laura Ramirez, Galveston
Lilia Ramirez, Galveston
Kate Ramos, Galveston
Kyra Ramos, Galveston
Yasmine Rawas, Galveston
Migdalia Rodriguez, Galveston
Christine Salinas, Galveston
Jesus Salinas-Garcia, Galveston
Jimena Sanchez, Galveston
Noa Seigel, Galveston
Taghrid Shreidi, Galveston
Renard Simmons, Galveston
Caleb Smith, Galveston
Elahe Tabibzadegan, Galveston
Kyle Tan, Galveston
Savannah Wilkinson, Galveston
Erica Williams, Galveston
Jaelyn Williams, Galveston
Angelina Woods, Galveston
Jayme Yeager, Galveston
John Yeager, Galveston
Isabella Botello, Itasca
Laura Perez, Jarrell
Antony Hernandez, La Marque
Holly Agee, La Vernia
Corey Lanier, League City
Santosh Soule, League City
Brittney Wingate, League City
Haley Henderson, Leander
Dana Holst, Liberty
Odette Lopez, Lufkin
Lauren Vacker, Lumberton
Itzel Espinoza, Mc Gregor
David Melendez, Mckinney
Kiana Kieffer, Needville
Madison Murdock, Orange
Jason Dyess, Paris
Keila Fuentes, Pasadena
Marisa Velasquez, Pearland
Kendall Florence, Port Bolivar
Everett Williams, Port Bolivar
Wendy Ormand, San Antonio
Robert Preshong, San Antonio
Angela Cantu, Texas City
Jodie Chapman, Texas City
Gerard Dorsey, Texas City
David Gage, Texas City
Matthew McDaniel, Texas City
Taylor McDaniel, Texas City
Kristi Montemayor, Texas City
Olena Reading, Texas City
Tracy Rios, Texas City
Hunter Green, Vidor
Tionna Gibson, Webster
Amber Alexander, Whitehouse

Kenna Skepnek, Algonquin

New Hampshire
Lazer Axelman, Hooksett

New York
Jake Murciano, Roslyn

Vice President’s List

Shelli Darnell, Alvin
Travis Phelps, Alvin
Michael Lee, Beaumont
Hallie Gloor, Blanco
Caitlin Denison, Bridge City
Bryan Kuhn, Carrollton
Connor Kaiser, College Station
Cassie Sartain, Conroe
Anthony Gross, Cypress
Jordan Rasmussen, Dayton
Tammy Walker, Deer Park
Dora Martinez-Ruiz, Friendswood
Ashley Silvas, Fulshear
Jordan Alcala, Galveston
Dazlin Allen, Galveston
Gabriel Arroyo, Galveston
Samuel Bell, Galveston
Ameerah Ben-Aissa, Galveston
Basel Chreidi, Galveston
Adonia Collins, Galveston
Kodiak Cox, Galveston
Jennifer Escalante Prieto, Galveston
Britney Fletcher, Galveston
Arleth Flores, Galveston
Bennett Gonzales, Galveston
Michelle Gonzales, Galveston
Curtis Gundrum, Galveston
Madeline Haver, Galveston
Lindsey Hernandez, Galveston
Paula Jackson, Galveston
Audrey Johnson, Galveston
Victoria Johnson, Galveston
Alexis Labao, Galveston
William Leopold, Galveston
Corbin Linton, Galveston
Gabriela Lopez, Galveston
Diego Lopez-Fuentes, Galveston
Selso Loubet, Galveston
Mary Moore, Galveston
Cierra Nelson, Galveston
Sarah Nonmacher, Galveston
Rebecca O’Rourke, Galveston
Richard Perez, Galveston
Anna Richardson, Galveston
Katherine Rivera, Galveston
Jaime Saenz, Galveston
Mouhamadou Seye, Galveston
Benjamin Shelton, Galveston
Jully Singh, Galveston
Vividiana Solis, Galveston
Joseph Terrell, Galveston
Amanda Thomas, Galveston
Katherine Walker, Galveston
Valerie Wilmeth, Galveston
Kristin Thomason, Hitchcock
Bailey Groom, Hooks
Alyssa Castellano, Houston
Chasity Kambitsch, Houston
Madeline Knapp, Huntsville
Amanda Pyle, Huntsville
John Bissaillon, Katy
Lacey White, Kemah
Pablo Carcano Martinez, La Marque
Jessica Curtis, La Marque
Julianne Jones, La Marque
Mariah Leras, La Marque
Ingrid Senegal, La Marque
Kayla Kerr, League City
Ty Luper, League City
Javier Rodriguez, League City
Kristi Louvier, Lumberton
Britney Norman, Lumberton
Tyran Norris, Pearland
Jada Nolasco, Port Bolivar
Daishja Dorman, Rosenberg
Julian Bustillos, Round Rock
Joseph Barber, Sweeny
Trayvon Cotton, Texas City
Lauren Guillen, Texas City
Kyle Mathis, Texas City
Moneisha Williams, Texas City
Julian Montoya, Vidor

Charles Jenness, Brookline

Dean’s List

Savana Pendergast, Bayou Vista
Sarah Davis, Baytown
Sarah Wingate, Baytown
Hunter Zaragoza, Bryan
Joseph George, Carrollton
Matthew Perez, Channelview
Mariluz McGrath, Clute
Tyler McClosky, Cypress
Olivia Yargo, Cypress
Andres Perez, Dallas
Zachary Young, Deer Park
Kayla Clark, Dickinson
Charles Peacock, Dickinson
Brandon Quinonez, Dickinson
Avorie Williams, Dickinson
Wendy Jardine, Freeport
Joseph Alexander, Galveston
Sabrina Allen, Galveston
Oswaldo Alonso, Galveston
Giuliana Araujo, Galveston
Jocelyn Avila, Galveston
Alexandra Benitez Briseno, Galveston
Mary Breitbach, Galveston
Jamari Crooks, Galveston
Bailey Daniel, Galveston
Zachary Dean, Galveston
Alyssa Dill, Galveston
Kurt Dillon, Galveston
Connor Dykstra, Galveston
Xavier Esquivel Arevalo, Galveston
Derrick Forsythe, Galveston
Lukas Frers, Galveston
Eyleen Fuentes, Galveston
David Garcia, Galveston
Brijha Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Kinara Cali Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Braden Hebert, Galveston
Chet Henry, Galveston
Gustavo Hernandez, Galveston
Rory Hinton, Galveston
Tobi Holthusen, Galveston
Leah Johnson, Galveston
Kristin Kaufman, Galveston
Michael Keltz, Galveston
Rachel Leyva, Galveston
Yariza Lopez, Galveston
Bruno Martinez, Galveston
Kamille Martinez, Galveston
Natalia Martinez, Galveston
Shannon Mathers, Galveston
Ma Noviz Nevarez, Galveston
Cayleigh Reznikoff, Galveston
Erick Rodriguez, Galveston
Andre Sellers, Galveston
Hannah Sendejas, Galveston
Dazjah Shannon, Galveston
Raoul Simmons, Galveston
Grace Smith, Galveston
Kahley Smith, Galveston
Anakin Thacker, Galveston
Bryanna Tovar, Galveston
Aliyah Vidales, Galveston
Ter’nique Wells-Webb, Galveston
Bailey Westhause, Galveston
Taylor Westmoreland, Galveston
Brianna White, Galveston
Jolie Edwards, Gonzales
Sarah Reyna, Hitchcock
Leslie Simpton, Hitchcock
Steven Bowman, Houston
Amalie Coker, La Marque
Michaela Helms, La Marque
Soledad Juarez, La Marque
Victoria Saunders, La Marque
Jeeshia Bacarinas Selerio, League City
Clay Erwin, League City
Blake Garrison, League City
Robert Reeves, League City
John Hamilton, Liberty Hill
Kennedy Onuoha, Missouri City
Abby Anderson, Orange
Blake Martin, Pasadena
Adam Jacobsen, Richmond
Marcus Arce, San Antonio
Chelsea Burnett, Santa Fe
Amanda Rodriguez, South Houston
Arce Cisneros, Texas City
Jacqueline Lawrence, Texas City
Frederick Spradley, Texas City
Latoishia Smith, Woodway