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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.

Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy Class 2 (D)

2nd full-time Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 2 of its full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy May 30 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the nine graduates of Class 2 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College Vice President for Instruction, Cissy Matthews, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Matthews commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating Cadet Tait Cooper, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker District Attorney Jack Roady of Galveston County encouraged the graduates to be bold in their pursuits.

“We are the communities that you have pledged to serve and protect,” Roady said. “We are going to be looking to you on the worst days of our lives to be our strength … to be bold.”

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Sanjay Soodeen. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Tait Cooper

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Garrett Alby, Dakota Burrows, Elena Colon, Tait Cooper, Elizabeth Dobson, Mandy Hendrick, Brian Rawls, Sanjay Soodeen and Andrew Vences.

Cadet Class 2 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Sgt. Jeffrey Banks, Galveston Police Department; Dan Blackford, College of the Mainland; Patrick Broash, Galveston Police Department; Vancessa Cadena, Galveston Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Det. Derek Gaspark, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Susan Gibbs, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Brent Haynes, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, Jones Creek Marshal’s Office; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Kris Pompa, Galveston Police Department; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; Jackie Sanford, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; John Siverand, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villarreal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

Above: Nine cadets graduated May 30 from Class 2 of Galveston College’s full-time, daytime Law Enforcement Academy. The cadets had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam. For more Law Enforcement Academy graduation photos, click here.

32nd Law Enforcement Academy class graduates

Galveston College celebrated the graduation of Class 32 of Law Enforcement Academy cadets May 15 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the eight graduates of Class 32 marched into the auditorium to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.

Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.

Graduating cadet Erin Shaw, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

Guest speaker Chief Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department asked those in attendance to observe a moment of silent in observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day, which is celebrated throughout the nation on May 15, and encouraged the graduates to continue to serve with integrity in honor of those who gave their lives in service to their communities.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range to Cadet Calixto Lopez. The top academic achievement award went to Cadet Erin Shaw.

The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam.

Graduates included Luis Camino, Michael Gonzalez, Shane Hubbard, Lindsy Jackson, Calixto Lopez, Julia Pina, Mark Posey and Erin Shaw.

Cadet Class 32 instructors included Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Kara Harrison, City of Galveston; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission; Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Andre Mitchell, Galveston County Constables, Precinct 2; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; and Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College.

More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s part-time Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.

 

Above: Members and instructors of Class 32 of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy include (front row) Erin Shaw, (middle row) faculty member Bart Stephenson, Shane Hubbard, Mark Posey, Julia Pina, Lindsy Jackson and faculty member Sgt. Khristen New, (back row) faculty member Sgt. William Kilburn, Michael Gonzalez, Luis Camino and Calixto Lopez. For more photos from the ceremony, click here.

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.

‘Financial Aid 101’ Success Seminar set for April 18

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present a “Financial Aid 101” Success Seminar on Thursday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. in Room 251 of Regents Hall at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

 

Presenter will be Tyese Dunn, Galveston College financial aid coordinator.

 

“Participants of this workshop will learn the basics about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid awarding process and timeline, and the effect of scholarships and other outside assistance on financial aid funding,” said Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities at Galveston College. “

 

For more information, contact Parra 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.

Paul Cater Deaton

‘Finding Nemo’s Garden’ lecture to feature underwater cinematographer

Galveston College will present “Finding Nemo’s Garden: Sea and Science in the Land of the Renaissance,”  a lecture featuring writer, producer, director and cinematographer Paul Cater Deaton on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

The lecture is the fourth in the college’s 2018-19 lecture series, Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.

“We are very excited to have Paul Cater Deaton, a well-known underwater photographer, present at the second lecture in our series this spring at Galveston College,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the faculty professional development committee at Galveston College. “Mr. Deaton is well-known for his accomplishments in underwater photography and also his efforts to conserve ocean ecosystems. There are many ecosystems deep under the surface of our oceans’ waters and to learn about them from such an expert in underwater photography as Mr. Deaton will be an amazing experience.  We welcome everybody to attend this exciting and informative lecture.”

Deaton is an award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer who has filmed on six continents over a 40-year career. He is based in Galveston, Texas, and works all over the world.

As an undersea filmmaker, Deaton has spent more time underwater than most people spend in high school.

Recent credits include underwater cinematographer for “Wild Honduras” with Nigel Marven, field producer and director of photography with The Discovery Channel, director of photography with HBO Documentaries and principal underwater cinematographer for “The Amazing Race.” Deaton was one of the original three filmmakers selected to produce short documentaries for “Ocean in Google Earth.”

As a filmmaker and photojournalist, his work has been broadcast and published worldwide. He recently gave a highly-rated TEDx Talk on shark preservation, and was certified in Global Shark Biodiversity, Biology and Conservation through Cornell University and the University of Queensland, Australia.

Deaton is a National Fellow in The Explorers Club and a full member of the Television Academy. Other memberships include Boston Sea Rovers, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Historical Diving Society, Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East board of directors. A Rotarian since 1989, he was honored with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004.

2018 Career Fair and Transfer Day

Rotary Club of Galveston and Galveston College to Host Career Fair and Transfer Day on March 20

The Rotary Club of Galveston and Galveston College have partnered to present the 2019 Career Fair and Transfer Day on Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Moody Hall, Regents Hall and the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College campus.

“Navigating Toward the Future” is the theme of this year’s event, which is open to students, alumni and the general public.

The Career Fair and Transfer Day allows candidates, employers and university representatives to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Career and Transfer Day participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

To date, the following employers, colleges and universities are scheduled participate in the fair:

  • AT&T
  • City of Galveston – Human Resources
  • City of Galveston – Lasker Pool
  • Comp-U-Dopt
  • County of Galveston – Human Resources
  • Gaido’s, Inc.
  • Moody Gardens
  • PeopleReady
  • Rainforest Café
  • Rosenberg Library
  • San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Lamar University
  • Texas Southern University
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Women’s University
  • University of Houston
  • University of Houston-Clear Lake
  • University of Houston-Victoria
  • University of St. Thomas
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions
  • University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing

“This annual event is a great opportunity for Galveston College students to practice their soft skills as they enter into their respective career fields and learn about the various four year transfer institutions in the Gulf Coast area,” said Dr. LaToya Mills-Thomas with the Galveston College Career Services and Student Success Center. “In addition, every year there is always a handful of students who leave our intimate career fair with gainful employment. This is the icing on the cake.”

Employers, universities and colleges that would like to register to participate can contact Dr. Mills-Thomas at (409) 944-1221 or lmills@gc.edu.

Rachel Pearson

Galveston Reads author visit to feature Dr. Rachel Pearson

Dr. Rachel Pearson, author of 2019 Galveston Reads book choice, “No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine,” will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Galveston Reads author visit Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Pearson is a physician and medical humanities researcher whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Texas Monthly, the Guardian, The Daily Beast and elsewhere.
As described by the publisher, W.W. Norton and Company, “No Apparent Distress” is a “brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a healthcare system that puts the poor at risk.” According to Norton:
“In medical charts, the term ‘N.A.D.’ (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas.
“Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is ‘All Are Welcome Here,’ she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white.
“‘No Apparent Distress’ is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.”
Dr. Pearson will speak, field questions and sign copies of her book, which will be on sale at the event.

Galveston College Community Chorale sets holiday concert

” December Magic” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas.

Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of traditional carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by a brass choir.

Other holiday treasures include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and a special arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” There are other selections, as well as a soloist from the chorale.

The free concert is open to the public.