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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

Spring 2020 general registration is Jan. 13-15

General registration for the spring 2020 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 13-15, 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 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 21.

The spring 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 or To view the complete schedule of classes, visit

For more information, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at or (409) 944-1230.

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.

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 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 or Dr. Ana Sanchez at

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.

Island Potters Guild sets annual holiday sale

Just in time for the holidays, the Island Potters Guild at Galveston College will have its annual holiday sale on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 1-6 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College main campus, 4015 Avenue Q.

Students, faculty, staff and other guild members have been working diligently all semester to make some wonderful hand-crafted works of art, island treasures and gift items that will be included in the annual holiday fundraiser sale.

For more information, contact Amanda Barry Jones, instructor of fine arts, at or (409) 944-1309.

Puppy cuddles, chair massages and finals survival kits to highlight Fall 2019 De-Stress Week

Final exams are Dec. 6-12 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities Dec. 2-5 to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Dec. 2
DIY Finals Survival Kit
Moody Lobby by Welcome Desk  – 5-7 p.m.
Come create a Finals Survival Kit. Snack foods, beverages and other surprises will be available.
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Puppies and Pastries
Behind the Cheney Student Center near the Food for Thought distribution – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cuddle with some adorable puppies. Pets provided by the Galveston Island Humane Society. Pastries and drinks will be provided.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Blood Drive – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Seibel Wing West – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Studies show that doing for others promotes psychological well-being. Save a life. Donate blood.
Grab and Go Nite Bites
Regents Hall Hallway by the Welcome Desk – 5-7 p.m.
Come mingle with Student Government Association officers. Light refreshments will be served.

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.