Category: Faculty and Staff

2018 General Assembly

Fall 2019 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly is Aug. 16

The Fall 2019 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly is set for Friday, Aug. 16, beginning with a breakfast buffet at 8 a.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College. The college will be closed that day to allow maximum participation in the in-service activities.

At 8:30 a.m., Dr. Myles Shelton, president, will present a welcome, introductions and college updates, followed by a student services update featuring Ron Crumedy, associate vice president of student services and a presentation on the Pathways Project featuring Dr. Sandra Metoyer, director of the Title V Pathways Project.

Following a break, Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president of instruction, will present a session on “Monitoring What Matters.”

At 10:15 a.m., Dr. Shelton, Dr. Matthews, Dr. Van Patterson, vice president for administration, and Crumedy will present a strategic planning update. Dr. Shelton will follow with a legislative update at 11 a.m.

A buffet luncheon prepared by the culinary team of Mr. C’s Dugout will be served at 11:45 a.m.

A faculty professional development session will begin at 1 p.m. in Room FA-207 of the Fine Arts Building, with a bookstore update by Tina Sidelnik of Texas Book Store.

Joe Bernard, director of educational services, will present an online pedagogy professional development workshop at 1:15 p.m. There will be a break from 2:30-2:45 p.m.

At 2:45 p.m., Crumedy will present a student services update, followed by an instructional affairs update at 3 p.m.

A faculty assembly, chaired by Dr. Larry Blomstedt, president of the Faculty Senate, will convene at 3:15 p.m.

 

Above: Galveston College staff members listen to a speaker at the Fall 2018 Galveston College Faculty and Staff General Assembly.

2019 Health and Wellness Fair set for April 17

Galveston College will host its 2019 Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.
Sponsored by the Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Office of Student Activities, the Health and Wellness Fair is free and open to the public.
Highlights of the event will include the following:
  • blood pressure checks by Galveston College Nursing and Emergency Medical Services students and faculty;
  • immunizations for participants eight years of age and older by Walmart Pharmacy;
  • free flu shots donated by American National Insurance Co. and provided by Affinity Immediate Care;
  • HIV testing and information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT);
  • one free hour of yoga from 12-1 p.m. with Galveston College yoga instructor Jim Turner;
  • information and pre-registration packets by UTMB Health Radiography-Breast Imaging;
  • games and prizes by Anytime Fitness and
  • healthy snacks by Galveston College Culinary Arts.
Other participating exhibitors will include Alzheimer’s Association – Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, MD Anderson Cancer Center, BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, the Galveston County Health District-Public Health, Ball High School Teen Health Center, Inc., Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County and Affinity Immediate Care.
“We are excited to once again host a Health and Wellness Fair for the students, faculty and staff of Galveston College,” said Joyce Landry, Human Resources payroll/benefits specialist. “This event is designed to help educate our community, students, faculty and staff about health services available in the community and to focus on issues related to health and wellness.”
For more information, contact Landry at (409) 944-1280 or jlandry@gc.edu.
Brian Ayers

Ayers is Texas EMS Educator of the Year

Brian Ayers

Brian Ayers, Emergency Medical Services program director and instructor at Galveston College, was named EMS Educator of the Year by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the 2018 Texas EMS Conference.

“Brian is very deserving of this award for the great work he has done with the EMS program here at Galveston College,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “Brian and all the EMS faculty are dedicated to offering quality education that will prepare our graduates to be successful in the EMS profession.”

The Texas EMS Educator Award honors a state-certified EMS instructor or course coordinator who advances EMS education in Texas through innovation, collaboration and a commitment to students. The award is decided by officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services Office of EMS and Trauma System Coordination.

“I am humbled and encouraged in receiving the honor of being named the Texas EMS Educator of the year,” Ayers said. “I believe education is key to the advancement of the EMS profession, and I’m proud to be part of educating the next generation of EMS professionals.”

Ayers was nominated for the honor by his students in the program.

Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski

Galveston College wins marketing and PR awards

Sandi Smith and Trish Szymanski

The Galveston College Public Affairs team recently won two Medallion Awards from District IV of the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations for work to promote the college’s Continuing Education programs.

The college received the gold Medallion Award for best academic catalog/class schedule for the summer 2018 continuing education schedule and the bronze award for digital advertising for continuing education social media ads.

Sandi Smith, graphics specialist, and Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager, accepted the awards at the 2018 Medallion Awards ceremony at the NCMPR District IV conference in Denver, Colorado.

“This recognition comes at a time when amazing things are happening at Galveston College,” said Carol Langston, director of public affairs. “These awards are special acknowledgement of our efforts to promote the life-changing opportunities Galveston College offers to students and the community. I am so proud of our talented Public Affairs team members who work with our partners in the Continuing Education department to develop such creative schedules and advertising. It’s a great day to be a Whitecap.”

The National Council for Marketing and Public Relations is the leading professional development association exclusively serving those working in communication at two-year community and technical colleges.

The NCMPR Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in design and communication at community and technical colleges in each of NCMPR’s seven districts. District IV includes colleges in Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming.

 

Above: Galveston College Public Affairs team members Sandi Smith (left), graphics specialist, and Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager, and accept two Medallion Awards from District IV of the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations.

Moody Hall at Galveston College

Galveston College announces new vice president for administration

Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College, announced today the appointment of Dr. Van Patterson of Longview, Texas, to the position of vice president for administration. He will succeed Dr. Gaynelle Hayes, who retired Aug. 31 after 50 years of service at Galveston College.

Dr. Patterson has been the director of the Longview University Center, a branch campus of the University of Texas at Tyler, since 2013, where his responsibilities include day-to-day operation of the campus, building enrollment, fundraising, increasing public awareness of the campus, and creating and overseeing an annual budget. He also works closely with the Longview University Center Development Council, community college and high school administrators, and local business, community and government leaders.

Prior to joining UT Tyler, Dr. Patterson served 17 years at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, where in various roles his responsibilities included fundraising, marketing and public relations, enrollment management, alumni affairs, academic advising and student activities.

As vice president for administration at Galveston College, Dr. Patterson will provide leadership in the areas of public affairs, development, physical facilities, grounds, security, information technology and auxiliary services, including intercollegiate athletics, the college bookstore, campus housing and food services.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Patterson joining the Galveston College family,” Dr. Shelton said in making the announcement. “We are confident that his knowledge and expertise in so many different areas will benefit our college, our students and our community.”

Dr. Patterson has a doctor of education in higher education administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce, a master of business administration from East Texas Baptist University and a bachelor of business administration in marketing and management from Baylor University.  He has taught courses in research, curriculum and instruction, and physical education.

“I am honored and excited about this opportunity and will do everything I can to ensure that Galveston College continues to be an institution the community can be proud to be associated with and support,” Dr. Patterson said. “During my visit to Galveston College I observed a great sense of camaraderie among the faculty, staff and administration. This is wonderful working environment that I look forward to joining soon.”

Dr. Patterson and his wife, Marty, have been married 28 years and are the parents of two children, David and Holly. The Pattersons plan to make their home in Galveston.

Dr. Patterson’s first day at Galveston College will be Sept. 17.

Galveston College sets 2018 Health and Wellness Fair on April 6

Galveston College will host its 2018 Health and Wellness Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing-West at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Sponsored by the Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Office of Student Activities, the Health and Wellness Fair is free for Galveston College students and faculty, staff, their spouses and dependents.

Participants are asked to bring a valid Galveston College ID and their insurance card. Discounted fees for services may be available for those with no insurance.

Highlights of the event will include the following:

  • blood pressure checks by Galveston College Nursing and Emergency Medical Services students and faculty;
  • immunizations for participants eight years of age and older by Walmart Pharmacy;
  • free flu shots donated by American National Insurance Co. and provided by Affinity Immediate Care;
  • HIV testing and information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) by Access Care of Coastal Texas (ACCT);
  • one free hour of yoga from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with Galveston College yoga instructor Jim Turner;
  • information and pre-registration packets by UTMB Health Radiography-Breast Imaging;
  • games and prizes by Anytime Fitness and
  • healthy snacks by Galveston College Culinary Arts.

Other participating exhibitors will include Alzheimer’s Association – Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, MD Anderson Cancer Center, the Galveston County Health District-Public Health, UTMB Health Transplant Center, Ball High School Teen Health Center, Inc., VALIC-Mike Brown and Voya-Jeremy Joaquin.

“We are excited to once again host a Health and Wellness Fair for the students, faculty and staff of Galveston College,” said Joyce Landry, Human Resources payroll/benefits specialist. “This event is designed to help educate our students, faculty and staff about health services available in the community and to focus on issues related to health and wellness.”

For more information, contact Landry at (409) 944-1280 or jlandry@gc.edu.

 

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Coastal Culinary Lecture Series to focus on tamales and family traditions

Galveston College will present the fourth talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Guest speaker will be Dr. M. Dustin Knepp, director of interdisciplinary studies and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Bakersfield, who will discuss “Tamales: A Tradition of Food, Family and Culture in Texas.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Knepp to Galveston College for the next lecture in our Exploring Food Narratives series,” said Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College. “Tamales are greatly associated with themes of unity, celebration, family and community. We look forward to Dr. Knepp’s presentation on tamales and the impact of Mexican and Mexican-American food on Texas culture.”

Dr. Knepp received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies. He is a Texas native and has degrees from Angelo State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A member of the CSU Bakersfield faculty since 2015, Dr. Knepp has responsibility over various programs, including Ethnic Studies (Latino, Latin American, African American) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, among others.

Previously, he served as director of Latin American and Latino Studies and assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Central Arkansas.

The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or swallace@gc.edu.