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Library Services Online

Galveston College Hunt Memorial Library offers virtual services

Did you know the Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are accessible online?

Students, faculty and staff can access academic eBooks to support curriculum, reference eBooks, leisure eBooks, article databases, eJournals, eMagazines, research guides, video tutorials and eCourse reserves. The library also has a live chat service available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Students can schedule individual online reference appointments, as well. All virtual services are accessible in one place for students, faculty and staff.

The Distance Education Library Resources Online Guide is designed to help students at a distance or taking online courses locate and use Galveston College library’s online resources and research tools. Students can access the guide at

Library hours are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

For assistance, contact or view the library’s FAQ page

Be Storm Ready

Galveston College to go remote Tuesday, Aug. 25

Galveston College officials continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Laura and Hurricane Marco as they continue to develop in the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Although Hurricane Marco does not appear to be much of threat to Galveston at this time, Tropical Storm Laura is expected to strengthen to a hurricane and could impact the Texas Coast.

Therefore, today (Monday, Aug. 24) campus operations will continue as normal. And, out of an abundance of caution for our students, faculty and staff, all academic and campus operations will take place remotely beginning Tuesday, Aug. 25. On-campus operations will resume once it is determined safe to do so.

Students, faculty and staff should be prepared to evacuate should conditions warrant. As forecasted conditions are updated, information regarding the storm and campus operations will continue to be communicated via Galveston College email and Whitecaps email, the college’s website, Galveston College social media and the local news media.

Galveston College weather update

The National Hurricane Center is forecasting for two tropical depressions to possibly reach hurricane strength, with both sharing the Gulf of Mexico at the same time. If the forecast holds true, it would be the third time in recorded history there are two named tropical storms in the Gulf of Mexico concurrently.

Tropical Depression 14, which will become Tropical Storm Marcos if it develops as forecasters expect, will likely arrive first. It is predicted to become a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico, but the National Hurricane Center says it could weaken a bit before hitting the Texas coastline, possibly by Tuesday morning.

Please remain alert and check your Whitecaps email, the Galveston College website, social media and regional media for updates from the college and the community.

2020 Commencement Graphic

Watch 2020 Commencement Friday night or on demand

Galveston College will celebrate its 2020 Commencement and first-ever virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. A total of 522 students will receive 614 associate degrees and certificates during the online event.

Graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff, and the general public can view the commencement ceremony at or on Galveston College social media.

Students who wish to view the commencement ceremony at a later date or time may view it via the college website at

Speakers will include Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, and Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate.

The candidates for degrees and certificates will be announced and presented in a video slideshow.

The public is invited to view the ceremony.

The Beacon of Galveston College

Galveston College fall 2020 registration is Aug. 24-29

General registration for the fall 2020 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, Aug. 24-27, on the first floor of Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 31.

Students have five course-delivery options that fit their preferred learning style and comfort level:

• face-to-face instruction,
• hybrid synchronous (a combination of face-to-face and Zoom meetings),
• hybrid asynchronous (a combination of face-to-face and traditional online instruction),
• online synchronous via Zoom,
• traditional online asynchronous instruction, or
• a combination of the options.

Not all classes are offered in all five course-delivery methods.

Students can review lists of classes for each learning option at the “Your College, Your Way” site on the Galveston College website at

The fall course schedule includes classes in accounting, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computed tomography, cosmetology, computer and network administration, computer science, criminal justice, culinary arts, developmental studies, diagnostic medical sonography, drama, economics, education, electrical and electronics technology, emergency medical services, engineering, English, environmental science, government, health information and healthcare management.

Also, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), history, humanities, instrumentation technology, kinesiology/physical education, law enforcement, learning framework, magnetic resonance imaging, mathematics, medical administration, music, nuclear medicine, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, radiation therapy, radiography, sociology, Spanish, speech, surgical technology, vocational nursing and welding technology.

New students can apply for admission at

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, new and current students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at

All campus areas/offices have reopened to provide in-person services.

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 in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.

New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at with any questions concerning registration.

For a copy of Galveston College’s Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit

Walk on the Beach in Galveston

Galveston College Board of Regents hears report on student success

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Aug. 12 heard an update on student and graduate success data that will appear in the 2020 Texas Higher Education Almanac.

While the final almanac has not yet been released, some of the almanac data is currently available on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Accountability System website.

Graduate success is measured as employment and/or enrollment in higher education in the fall semester following graduation. Both Galveston College academic and technical graduates exceed the state average in terms of graduate success, with 95.2 percent of academic graduates and 93.2 percent of technical graduates being deemed successful. Moreover, the college’s academic graduate success rate is higher than that of all local peer community colleges.

Between fall 2014 and fall 2019, Galveston College’s enrollment increased by 12.6 percent from 2,048 to 2,306. This outpaces statewide enrollment growth of 8 percent over the same period.

In fall 2019, 31.7 percent of Galveston College students were enrolled on a full-time basis, compared to 23.1 percent statewide. Likewise, 30.6 percent of Galveston College students were in a technical program; statewide that figure was 23.2 percent. Notably, Galveston College had the second-highest proportion of full-time students among local peer institutions.

Galveston College’s fall 2019 six-year graduation rate for first-time, full-time students was 48.6 percent, exceeding the state average by 9.5 percentage points.

On average, Galveston College students take longer than their statewide peers to complete an associate degree – 4.3 years compared to 3.9. Similarly, students graduate from Galveston College having attempted an average of 88 semester credit hours; the state average is 81.

In FY2019, 55.9 percent of Galveston College degrees were awarded to African American and Hispanic students. The college outperforms local peers and the state average on this measure.

Nearly one in four (23.8 percent) of the college’s fall 2013 first-time students transferred to a four-year institution within six years. While slightly below the state average, Galveston College’s performance on this measure is the second-best among local peers.

Un-expired Term of Regent Carl Kelly
Out of respect for Galveston College Regent Carl Kelly, who died on July 31, the board voted to wait until May 2021 to appoint a successor to fill the unexpired term.

Board Chair Karen Flowers said she plans to establish a nominating committee after the first of the year to accept nominations and to review and recommend a candidate to fill the unexpired term for position 8, which will run through May 2022.

Other Action
In other business, board members:

• approved revisions to the college’s Employees Standards of Conduct, including new sections on ethical standards, violations, electronic media, safety requirements, tobacco and e-cigarettes, alcohol and drugs, and arrests, indictments, convictions and other adjudications.
• approved revisions to the board’s Freedom from Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation: Sex and Sexual Violence and Student Discipline and Penalties policies.
• accepted U.S. Department of Education Title V grant award funding for year three of the “Pathway Model for Improved Teaching, Advising and Transfer at a Hispanic-Serving Community College” initiative in the amount of $549,995.
• accepted the resignation of Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, and the retirement of Patricia A. Perry, instructor in the Associate Degree Nursing program.
• approved salary schedules, adjunct faculty and overload pay schedules, and part-time classification and compensation schedule, effective Sept. 1.
• approved an annual contract for heating, ventilation and air conditioning service and repair with AMS of Houston of Stafford, Texas, as the primary vendor and Gowan, Inc. of Houston as the secondary vendor, effective Sept. 1.
• approved a $32,756.66 information technology purchase to convert two classrooms into video streaming studios.
• renewed workers’ compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $15,742, effective Sept. 1
• renewed unemployment compensation coverage through the Texas Association of School Boards at a cost of $32,500.
• approved the utilization of the following investment firms: Gilford Securities, Inc., Landenburg Thalmann & Company, LOGIC (Local Government Investment Cooperative), Lone Star Investment Pool, TexPool, TexTERM and Vanguard (Mutual Funds).
• adopted a resolution designating Galveston County Tax Assessor/Collector as the officer to calculate tax rate information required under Texas tax code.
• approved board meeting dates for 2020-2021.

Galveston College Bookstore announces modified operating procedures for fall 2020

The Galveston College Bookstore has announced modified operating procedures for the fall 2020 semester.

Appointments Required
Appointments will be required for admission into the bookstore. Between Aug. 12 and Sept. 4, students should call the bookstore at (409) 944-1260 to make an appointment prior to coming to campus.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, bookstore occupancy will be limited to five students. Setting an appointment will help with the processing of students’ purchases, returns and buybacks.

Three Convenient Options
The Galveston College Bookstore is currently offering three options for students to order books and supplies:

  • Curbside pickup
  • In-store pickup
  • Online shipping

Curbside Pickup
Curbside pickup will be by appointment only and is located at the bookstore’s 41st Street/Jack Johnson Boulevard entrance, as well as three marked spaces in the Moody Hall parking lot. Students should call (409) 944-1260 to arrange a time for pick up.

In-store Pickup
In-store pickups will be by appointment only. Call (409) 944-1260 for an appointment.

Online Shipping
Online shopping is available at Shipping charges will be applied to all online orders. Financial aid students require a pre-approval letter before charging their accounts.

Financial Aid Bookstore Charges
Students who are paying with financial aid (grants, loans and scholarships) should contact the Financial Aid Office first at to determine eligibility. Financial Aid bookstore charges begin Aug. 17 and end Sept. 16. Financial Aid book voucher requests can be made via email. The request must come from a student’s Whitecaps email and must include the student ID number.

Students will order item(s) as usual through the website. In the notes section of the checkout screen, students should state one of the above delivery options and “financial aid” as a payment type before they finalize their transaction.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the bookstore at (409) 944-1260.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Thursday, Aug. 17-20, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 24-25, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Moonlight Madness Wednesday, Aug. 26, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 27, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 28, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Aug. 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 31-Thursday, Sept. 3, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Schedule an appointment by calling (409) 944-1259 or (409) 944-1260.

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Seibel Spring Flowers

Galveston College announces spring 2020 honor students

Students named to the President’s List, Vice President’s List and Dean’s List for spring 2020 at Galveston College have been announced. Combined, the group has 299 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

Rene Navarro, Alvin
Yeslin Rivas, Bacliff
Connor Rowe, Bayou Vista
Aleka Xayaseng, Call
Benjamin Soule, Dallas
Nicholas Cortinas, Dickinson
Abigail Forrest, Dickinson
Anthony Sanabria, Dickinson
Eric Hadley, Fort Worth
Natalie Aldous, Galveston
Jacob Allen, Galveston
Illeana Amaya, Galveston
Hemal Amin, Galveston
Chantelle Anderson, Galveston
Eden Atkinson, Galveston
Kelsey Barillas, Galveston
Eliana Barlow, Galveston
Lily Benavidez, Galveston
Charles Blacketer, Galveston
Aaron Bouwkamp, Galveston
Rosie Bui, Galveston
Kaylor Burton, Galveston
Annmarie Castro, Galveston
Samantha Coffey, Galveston
Isabella Corrales, Galveston
Kodiak Cox, Galveston
Richard Crawford, Galveston
Caryn Donihoo Lemons Galveston
Owen Earl, Galveston
Robert Ellis, Galveston
Britney Fletcher, Galveston
John Fowler, Galveston
Daniel Golan, Galveston
Denzel Gonzales, Galveston
Tavin Grey, Galveston
Luke Havard, Galveston
Reagen Isbell, Galveston
Brandon Jackson, Galveston
Ginger Jackson, Galveston
James Jobe, Galveston
Audrey Johnson, Galveston
Cody Jones, Galveston
Anupama Kandel, Galveston
William Kanost, Galveston
Roza Kastis, Galveston
Gagandeep Kaur, Galveston
Alexis Lapoint, Galveston
Abigail Larios, Galveston
Gabriella Lopez, Galveston
Andrea Lopez-Trejo, Galveston
Branden Medina, Galveston
Kaitlyn Mixon, Galveston
Ruben Morales, Galveston
Coby Moseley, Galveston
Ma Noviz Nevarez, Galveston
Patricia Phol, Galveston
Rodrick Piper, Galveston
Sophia Ramirez, Galveston
Jeremy Ross, Galveston
Valeria Salinas, Galveston
Cade Sattelmaier, Galveston
Marsha Scoggin, Galveston
Tiffany Sherman, Galveston
Elisabeth Smith, Galveston
Josalyn Malyce Taylor, Galveston
Abigail Teague, Galveston
Elizabath Thomas, Galveston
Jesus Torres, Galveston
Catalina Tovar, Galveston
Alexandra Vasut, Galveston
Gianna Viggiano, Galveston
Julianna Wagner, Galveston
Madison Westhause, Galveston
Roshawn Williams, Galveston
Justin Wood, Galveston
Kari Bey, Hitchcock
Brent Black, Houston
Roberto Garza, Houston
Cameron Alt, Humble
Maritchie Arriaga, La Marque
Jason Brown, La Marque
Brandon Freeman, La Marque
Michele Garza, La Marque
Liliana Oseguera, La Marque
Sylvia Perales-Lee, La Marque
Hunter Tauch, La Marque
Waylin Wells, La Marque
Daryll Young, La Marque
Kelsey Bollinger, Lake Jackson
Saylaion Dunlap, Lake Jackson
Cindy Bonilla Banegas, League City
Corey Lanier, League City
Dawn Marcantel, League City
Daniel Martinez, League City
Ricky Pierce, League City
T’yuana Sanders, League City
Sheldon Jones, Missouri City
Teena Mavumkal, Missouri City
Kayleigh Deakle, Mont Belvieu
Sarah Filip, Palacios
David Hardy, Pasadena
Amna Ahmed, Pearland
Dontae Bailey, Pearland
Jada Nolasco, Port Bolivar
Noble Castleman, Porter
Caitlin Emery, Porter
Jessica Good, San Angelo
Jared Dornak, Santa Fe
Marisa Rodriguez, Santa Fe
James Shaver, Santa Fe
Steven Sapio, Spring
Jenny Liu, Sugar Land
Samir Rene Capulong, Texas City
Jonathan Daniel, Texas City
Michelle De Salvo, Texas City
David Gage, Texas City
Shona Gastian, Texas City
Tyrone Melanson, Texas City
Angela Onofre, Texas City
Andres Ramos, Texas City
Avery Feagin, Tiki Island
Hunter Green, Vidor

Joshua Meyer, Carnegie, Victoria

Vice President’s List

Chelsey Blackman, Anna
Lenora Amey, Bacliff
Karli Newton, Bayou Vista
Mikaela Clark, Beaumont
Caitlin Denison, Bridge City
Aspyn Grossman, Bullard
Jordan Rasmussen, Dayton
Zachary Young, Deer Park
Lindsay Castro, Dickinson
Christian Law, Dickinson
Brielle Mallet, Dickinson
Hannah Martin, Dickinson
Charles Peacock, Dickinson
Jayden Turner-Garner, Dickinson
Makinzie Tomascik, Franklin
Jennifer Alverdin, Galveston
Gabriela Bailon, Galveston
Bethany Boedicker, Galveston
Jamie Burns Johnson, Galveston
Carlos Chinchilla, Galveston
Brandon Cisneros, Galveston
Joy Cohen-Blake, Galveston
Kurt Dillon, Galveston
Connor Dykstra, Galveston
Jada Edwards, Galveston
Jolie Edwards, Galveston
Jennifer Escalante Prieto, Galveston
Breanna Fritzius, Galveston
Carrie Garcia, Galveston
Kayla Garcia, Galveston
Ana Gutierrez, Galveston
Macy Gutierrez, Galveston
Ronald Henriquez Mancia, Galveston
Adan Hernandez, Galveston
Anel Hernandez, Galveston
Gabrielle Hosler, Galveston
William Hosler, Galveston
Macey Impson, Galveston
Paula Jackson, Galveston
Noah Jansen, Galveston
Alejandro Lopez, Galveston
Alexis Makris, Galveston
Campbell Martin, Galveston
Ramon Martinez-Rodriguez, Galveston
Noemi Mata, Galveston
Cecille Maxey, Galveston
Nataly Mendieta Rosas, Galveston
Cristina Montez, Galveston
Alec Muniz, Galveston
Connor Murphy Mauldin, Galveston
Brandon Nicoll, Galveston
Zoe Oramous, Galveston
Brianna Reyes, Galveston
Graciela Salinas, Galveston
Ramius Sanchez, Galveston
Heather Seiler, Galveston
Dazjah Shannon, Galveston
Stephanie Simmons, Galveston
Nicholas Smecca, Galveston
Caleb Smith, Galveston
Joanna Strueby, Galveston
Amanda Thomas, Galveston
Patrick Unbehagen, Galveston
Alanicesia Vanhorne, Galveston
Alicia Vega, Galveston
Johnnette Lolley, Hitchcock
Leslie Simpton, Hitchcock
Robert Berger, Houston
Reah Kelly, Houston
Steven Yancey, Houston
Clayton Young, Humble
Nicole Farnham, Kemah
Yvonne Shaw, La Marque
Tiara Jones, League City
Ty Luper, League City
Celene Nunez, League City
Christina Trevino, League Ctiy
Odette Lopez, Lufkin
Mitchell Partlow, Pearland
Savannah Robisheaux, Pearland
Daisy Ortega, Plano
Jason Ortiz, Port Bolivar
Brittney Buchanan, Richardson
Mackenzie Dobbs, Santa Fe
Jean Sheppard, Santa Fe
Dylan Whitehurst, Santa Fe
Benjamin Edwards, Sherman
Sydnye Cromwell, Spring
Jeryn Baldwin, Texas City
Jeraud Samuels, Texas City
Iliana Pittman, Tomball
Tyler Warren, Tyler

Dean’s List

Alejandra Barragan, Bacliff
Michael Lee, Beaumont
Hallie Gloor, Blanco
Mirye An, Carrollton
Yanet Vargas-Rojas, Dallas
Sarah Jones, De Berry
Joseph Vasquez, Deer Park
James Atchley, Dickinson
Theresa Stanford, Dickinson
Adamari Vela, Galveston
Alanis Briseno, Galveston
Alexandria Carattini, Galveston
Alexis Labao, Galveston
Allie Massicott, Galveston
Andrea Trevino, Galveston
Anthony Sorenson, Galveston
Azucena Gonzalez Garcia, Galveston
Bernardino Hernandez Estrada, Galveston
Brianna Patterson, Galveston
Brijha Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Brittany Diaz, Galveston
Chana Baggett, Galveston
Cindy Rodriguez, Galveston
Devlyn Mahanay, Galveston
Devonte Moffett, Galveston
Emily Drake, Galveston
Ennid Dulaney, Galveston
Isabel Peralta, Galveston
Jaelyn Williams, Galveston
Jamie Comer, Galveston
Jay Balasubramanian, Galveston
Joel Hernandez, Galveston
Jose Becerril, Galveston
Joshua Bailey, Galveston
Julie Butler, Galveston
Karalynn Salva, Galveston
Kayla Jones, Galveston
Kayla Olguin, Galveston
Kelly Heiberger, Galveston
Kenneth Simpson, Galveston
Kevin Dodge, Galveston
Kinara Cali Gibson Nunes, Galveston
Lanetra Woods, Galveston
Luis Garrido, Galveston
Madalyn Whatley, Galveston
Maia Adolphs, Galveston
Maribel Marin Miguel, Galveston
Mary Lopez, Galveston
Melody Benavides Carreon, Galveston
Melody Rumion, Galveston
Michael Brown, Galveston
Michael Rabinowitz, Galveston
Natalia Martinez, Galveston
Oscar Alberdin Jr., Galveston
Roxana Arrazola, Galveston
Roxana Martinez, Galveston
Skyler Botello, Galveston
Taylor Daniel, Galveston
Tyszhe Herron, Galveston
Ulises Garcia, Galveston
Vividiana Solis, Galveston
Wyatt Bomberger, Galveston
Marterell Benamon, Garland
Destiny Barrientos, Hitchcock
Cori Icenhower, Houston
Jaycob Deese, Houston
John Erfe, Katy
Tanner Evans, Kingwood
Kaitlyn Carman-Salazar, La Marque
Alyssa Toler, League City
Garrett Marcantel, League City
Makinzie Romrell, League City
Bradley Ely, Little Elm
Brandon Andrews, New Braunfels
April Reyes, Santa Fe
Hailey Bowie, Seabrook
Ryan Fullerton, South Padre Island
Janet Edwards, Texas City
Jordan Filer, Texas City
Ronald Rivas, Texas City
Gary Koehler, The Colony
Alysia Little, Wylie

Chesni Jones, Sulphur

Puerto Rico
Gabriel Arroyo, Arecibo

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Massage Therapy program to begin this month

Galveston College will begin another class of its popular Massage Therapy program this month.

The program, which is offered through the college’s Continuing Education department, starts Aug. 31 and continues through Dec. 17.

Classes will be offered in a hybrid online and face-to-face format to allow for practical/laboratory education.

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.

Financial aid in the form of Texas Public Educational Grant (TPEG) grant funds may be available for those who qualify.

To apply for the Massage Therapy program, visit

For more information, contact the Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1344 or write to