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Dr. Susan Schoelwer

Mount Vernon historian to explore re-discoveries about George Washington

“A Historian’s Work is Never Done: Re-Discovering George Washington” is the focus of a lecture on Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Speaker is Dr. Susan Schoelwer, executive director of historic preservation and collections and Robert H. Smith senior curator at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, who will explore “re-discoveries” about George Washington and his life at Mount Vernon.

The lecture is the second in the college’s 2019-2020 lecture series: Discovery: The Forefront of Knowledge. It is free and open to the public.

“Despite Washington having been studied and written about for more than two centuries, there are still unanswered questions, which I find fascinating,” said Dr. Schoelwer during a recent interview. “History is dynamic, not static, with new questions and new evidence frequently leading to new insights.”

Dr. Schoelwer directs the architectural preservation, furnishings and interpretation of George and Martha Washington’s house and surrounding plantation buildings and landscape, as well as the creation of museum exhibitions, including the current, award-winning special exhibition, Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Schoelwer present a lecture focusing on George Washington, the first president of the United States, and shedding a new light on his remarkable life and his contributions to this great country,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College, sponsor of the lecture. “It has been nearly two and a half centuries since the presidency of George Washington, and having an opportunity to reflect on his life from a perspective of the 21st century is amazing.”

Growing up on a farm in Illinois, Dr. Schoelwer graduated with a high school class of 42, then went on to be among the first classes of women to graduate from the University of Notre Dame. She holds a master’s degree in American history and art history from the University of Delaware and Doctor of Philosophy in American studies from Yale. Prior to coming to Mount Vernon in 2010, she directed the museum collections at the Connecticut Historical Society and the special collections at the Chicago Public Library.

In addition to the Washingtons and Mount Vernon, her research projects have spanned a variety of topics, including Connecticut needlework, early American tavern signs, western American art, Chicago authors and the legacy of the Alamo for the exhibit, “Alamo Images: Changing Perspectives on a Texas Experience,” for the DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University and the Texas Humanities Council. She is currently researching a book re-examining the creation and continuing re-creation of George Washington portraits.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts Academy will provide refreshments for the evening.

Register now for 5th Annual Women in Industry Conference

More than 1,250 women are expected to fill Galveston’s Moody Gardens Convention Center from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, March 20, to learn about expanding opportunities for women in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries.
This marks the Women in Industry Conference’s fifth year, hosted by the Community College Petrochemical Industry (CCPI), a consortium of nine area community colleges.
The one-day event is designed to introduce women to the careers and opportunities available in the petrochemical and industrial skills industries, career fields long dominated by males but now open to women.
The conference is geared for all women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school or college students, veterans and women already in the field, looking to advance in their career paths.
Participants will hear from other women who work in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries and will have the opportunity to talk with college representatives about enrollment, financial aid and other training-related issues. Several major employers are also expected to be present.
To register for the conference, click here. Cost is $25, which includes a light breakfast and lunch.
To learn more about the Women in Industry conference or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Kelly Dando at (281) 425-6221 or kdando@lee.edu.
CCPI member colleges include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College and Wharton County Junior College.
10-Minute Play Festival Photo

Galveston College Theatre sets 10-Minute Play Festival

The Galveston College Theatre department will present its third 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in Room 207 of the Fine Arts building on the Galveston College campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The showcase will include staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students, faculty and community members.

“We hope you will join us for the premiere of these playwrights’ new works,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Playwrights include Stephany Blair, Shelly Downes, Alyssa Gudz, Destiny Montemayor, Christiana Rose-Eileen Rubio and Adi Teodoru.

Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

Company members include Galveston College students Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Eric Scales.

For more information, contact Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

Pictured: Elijah Barrie, Alyssa Gudz and Daniel Bourque rehearse a scene for the upcoming Galveston College 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in the Galveston College Fine Arts building.

 

 

 

Spring 2020 Food for Thought market dates set

Galveston College has announced spring 2020 distribution dates for the Food for Thought mobile food distribution on the college’s main campus at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street.
Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check-in, distribution and clean up.
Market dates and times are as follows:
Galveston College Main Campus
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 18 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15, 10 a.m.
  • Wednesday, May 6, 10 a.m.
Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center
  • Friday, Feb, 7, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, March 5, 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 2, 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 30, 10 a.m.
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 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.
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 the office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.
Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets 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 Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, at rcrumedy@gc.edu.

39th Annual Share Your Holidays is huge success

The 39th Annual ABC13 Share Your Holidays food drive at Ball High School on Friday, Dec. 6, was a huge success.

Members of the Ball High School band, cheerleaders, Tornettes, Ballet Folklorico, as well as the Parker Elementary School Elite students, entertained the public and Share Your Holidays community partners as they dropped off nonperishable food and monetary donations that benefited the Galveston County Food Bank.

A total of 25,603 pounds of food and more than $1,000 in monetary contributions were collected by the end of the day.

Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services at Galveston College, Shelia Fields, second year coordinator for the Galveston College Nursing program, and Galveston College students Kyle Hendrix, Justin Clary, Anastasia Venegas, Eva Rios and Iraida Tzoy joined community members, Ball High School students and students from throughout Galveston in volunteering at the event.

The food will be distributed by the Galveston County Food Bank to local families in need during the holiday season.

Mike Dudas, media arts coach at Ball High School, is the coordinator for Share Your Holidays-Galveston. Robyn R. Bushong serves as community partners/publicity coordinator.

Above: Shelia Fields, second year coordinator for the Galveston College Nursing program, and Galveston College students Kyle Hendrix, Justin Clary, Anastasia Venegas and Eva Rios volunteer at the 39th Annual Share Your Holidays food drive Friday, Dec. 6, at Ball High School.

Start a family holiday tradition with Making Gingerbread Houses

Nothing announces the beginning of the holiday season like a festive gingerbread house. Learn how to make one of your own during a four-evening class this December at Galveston College.

The Galveston College Culinary Arts program will host Making Gingerbread Houses on Monday through Thursday, Dec. 2-5, from 6-8 p.m. Start a fun family holiday tradition with the skills you’ll learn.

Instructor Chef Mirta Salinas will offer tips and tricks on making a great gingerbread house from scratch, complete with all of the festive decorations and gingerbread people.

Each participant will make and decorate his or her own gingerbread house. The class is open to students of all ages. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The cost for the class is $29 per person. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

To reserve a spot and for registration information, call Linda Jenko in Galveston College Continuing Education at (409) 944-1344.

More Photo Than Bowling Publicity Photo

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.

Food For Thought at Galveston College

Galveston College announces fall 2019 Food for Thought market dates

Galveston College has announced fall 2019 distribution dates for the Food for Thought mobile farmers market on the college’s main campus at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check in, distribution and clean up.

Market dates are as follows:

Galveston College Main Campus 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center 

  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Thursday, Dec. 12

Market hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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 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.

“The food scholarship assists with lowering grocery expenses throughout the semester and allows students to stay fueled and healthy while pursuing their educational goals,” said Cynthia Parra, student activities coordinator and Food for Thought market coordinator at Galveston College.

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 the office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.

Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets 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 Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at cparra@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Spring 2019 De-Stress Week is underway

Final exams are May 9-15 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals. 

 

Schedule of Events

 

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 1

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cheney Student Center

Come enjoy a sweet treat!

 

15-Minute Chair Massages

Thursday, May 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Relax your muscles. Soothe your stress. Treat yourself to a free chair massage with Therapeutic HealthWorks!

 

$3 Movie Night: “Avengers: Endgame”

Friday, May 3

Arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Movie Starts at 4 p.m.

Premiere Cinemas, Galveston

The Avengers take a final stand against Thanos in Marvel Studios’ conclusion to 22 films, “Avengers: Endgame.” Pick up a $3 ticket in Student Activities in the Cheney Student Center to see the movie that has smashed every imaginable box-office record!

 

Snacks with Friends

Monday, May 6

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Come enjoy free snacks, board games, music and more!

 

Lawn Games

Tuesday, May 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

De-stress with a little friendly competition! Horseshoes, badminton, beanbag toss, soccer and football!

  

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

Spring Fling

Galveston College will celebrate Spring Fling 2019 on Wednesday, April 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Seibel Wing Lawn on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q.

There will be free popcorn, hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks and chips, as well as a variety of booths, games and DIY crafts.

In the event of rain, Spring Fling will take place in the Hermes Fitness Center Gym and under the Hermes carport.