Category: GC News

Galveston College Quickstart program ignites student’s passion for electrical engineering

Before signing up for Galveston College’s Quickstart program in January 2018, Alexandria Reese had a high school diploma and had taken a few Galveston College courses, but was uncertain as to her career direction. Her two children were toddlers, and she was barely making it with minimum wage jobs.

Then she heard about Continuing Education’s Quickstart Electrical Helper classes, enrolled, and was accepted. Until the last two weeks of class, she had no car. She walked or took the bus from 53rd Street and Avenue S to class at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center four times each week and walked home each night.

Leaving class at 10:30 p.m. and walking home in January and February was really cold, she recalls, but even after the first night, “I had something to hope for, something I could use the next day. It was hard, but it was my piece of peace.”

Within about six weeks she developed enough electrical skills to get a part-time job at a hotel, bought a $500 car and finished the eight-week program. It also gave her direction in life. She realized that she wanted to work in the electrical field and eventually she decided on her career goal: to become an electrical engineer.

“Electricity is like me,” she says. “You look at a wire or a switch and think you know what it is, but you don’t really understand it until you sit down and really study it. People think they understand me by looking at me, but until they see what’s inside and analyze what they learn about me, they don’t really know me.”

She continued to work at the hotel and got promoted to head of maintenance, but she wasn’t quite ready mentally or financially to continue her studies in the Electrical and Electronics Technology degree program following a violent assault.

Now, stabilized at the Resource and Crisis Shelter of Galveston County, she finds that she cannot wallow in pain and is now completing the enrollment process.

“I had to get going to school. I need to support my children’s stability, no matter how down I am. If I give up, I provide ammunition to the children to give up. I can never give up. School is my safe haven. You can turn lemons into lemonade.”

Alexandria hopes to finish her Associate of Applied Science degree within a year and transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, where she will finish her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering by 2022.

Study Abroad in Costa Rica

Study abroad in Costa Rica and stay in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Galveston College will sponsor a study-abroad trip to Costa Rica from Sunday, June 7, to Friday, June 19, at the Soltis Center for Research and Education in San Isidro.

Cost of the trip is $2,250, which includes a round-trip flight, in-country travel, planned excursions, room and most meals, and travel insurance. Travel cost does not include tuition and fees, which are estimated at $362 in district. Scholarships are available for Galveston College STEM Honors students.

To reserve a spot, submit the study abroad reservation form here and pay a deposit of $250 by March 30.

Once a spot is reserved, participants must register for Galveston College Environmental Science summer 2020 course ENVI 1301 or 1101 and/or Federal Government course GOVT 2305. Registration opens April 13.

Payment in full for the trip is due by April 30.

For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Metoyer at smetoyer@gc.edu or Dr. Ana Sanchez at asanchez@gc.edu.

This opportunity is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1565155.

Galveston College Community Chorale to bring ‘Tidings of Joy’ to community

“Tidings of Joy” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas. The free concert is open to the public.
Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, the chorale will feature a performance of “Christmas Day: Choral Fantasy on Old Carols” by English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934) accompanied by a string ensemble and organ. Holst is best known for his masterpiece ”The Planets.”
While music director at Morley College, Holst dedicated “Christmas Day” to the music students. It was first performed on Jan. 28, 1911. The piece is composed of four familiar Christmas carols with “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” and “The First Noel” as the most prominent.
The chorale also will perform other holiday music, including “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Silent Night,” an early American hymn entitled “Brightest and Best,” along with such favorites as “Sleigh Ride” and Winter Wonderland.”
Internationally acclaimed organist, Ron Wyatt, the chorale’s accompanist, also will be featured in a special musical presentation on the pipe organ.
The chorale is composed of singers from the greater Galveston area and is open to individuals who are interested in singing and being a part of an outstanding choral organization.
For more information on joining the Galveston College Community Chorale, contact the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344.

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

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.

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‘Money Management’ is focus of Success Seminar

Personal financial literacy is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, compare prices, or get a job. It also includes skills like long-term vision and planning for the future, and the discipline to use those skills every day.

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present “Money Management” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4-5 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing-West.

Presenter is Elizabeth Brantley Spiller, a personal financial representative with the University Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu.

Galveston College sets 2019 Fall Festival and FAFSA Fest

Galveston College will host its 2019 Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing lawn of the main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The festival is open to the public. Children are welcome.

Now in its 12th year, the festival is hosted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities under the direction of Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities.

“Galveston College began the festival shortly after Hurricane Ike to bring the community together and to give the children of the island some consistency in the aftermath of tragedy,” said Parra. “The event has continued to grow over the years and has become a Galveston College tradition along with Spring Fling during the spring semester.”

Highlights of the festival will include music, games, inflatable bounce houses, activity booths, food and many more attractions that are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, student clubs and organizations.

In conjunction with the Fall Festival, the Office of Financial Aid will host its semiannual FAFSA Fest, featuring a Halloween theme, “Don’t Fear the FAFSA,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to having other questions answered. Students who complete their FAFSAs that day will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The FAFSA application period for the 2020-2021 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2018 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.

Activities and attractions sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, as well as FAFSA Fest, are free of charge. Student organizations may charge nominal fees for food items and other fundraisers in support of club activities such as attendance at professional conferences.

s, In the event of rain, the event will be located in the Hermes Fitness Center on campus.

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Galveston College Theatre to stage ‘More Fun than Bowling’

The Galveston College Theatre department will return to the stage this fall for a three-day run of “More Fun than Bowling,” a funny and eccentrically philosophical comedy by veteran playwright Steven Dietz.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in Room 207 on the second floor of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building.

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

The story follows Jake Tomlinson as he relives moments of his life with his two dead wives, Lois and Loretta, both of whom died in freak bowling accidents.

Main character Jake owns the bowling alley in a small Midwestern town and passes the time ruminating about life while sitting on a hilltop where two of his three wives are buried. Lois was zapped by lightning while carrying a bowling trophy in a thunderstorm, and Loretta was killed by only the second bowling ball rack collapse in history. In his younger days Jake was a promising concert musician, but a foul tip baseball broke his fingers which subsequently healed into a perfect bowler’s grip. Jake replays the key frames of his life and, from time to time, is visited by his daughter Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that nattily dressed man with dark glasses and a revolver lurking nearby?

The Washington Times describes “More Fun than Bowling” as “a very funny and eccentrically philosophical comedy. Mr. Dietz is a…writer with a distinct comic voice. He shows us that life and certainly death is a lot like bowling. For every experience, there seems to be an appropriate bowling expression just waiting to be applied. And for those who thought that bowling was merely a matter of rolling a ball and knocking down some pins, there is an Act II description of the Zen of bowling that will change your thinking forever…. In addition to inventing vivid cartoonish characters and giving them wacky tragic actions, Mr. Dietz is a master of the comic monologue.”

Director is Liz Lacy, program coordinator for Performing Arts at Galveston College. Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Christiana-Rose LaCross, Eric Scales and Brittney Somoza.

This production of “More Fun than Bowling” is entered as a participating production in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. It 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.

 

Daniel Bourque, Eva Arita and Alyssa Gudz rehearse for the upcoming Galveston College Theatre production of “More Fun than Bowling” by Steven Dietz. Show dates and times are Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in Room 207 on the second floor of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.