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Galveston College classes to continue online through end of spring semester

Galveston College officials announced today three major decisions in response to the continuing worldwide COVID-19 pandemic and out of ongoing concern for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Galveston College spring 2020 semester classes will be completed online. Although the college had originally indicated that it intended to resume face-to-face classes on Monday, April 6, that no longer appears to be a realistic expectation. Consequently, all spring semester classes are being scheduled to be completed strictly online. For students who do not currently have access to campus laboratories/facilities or access to their clinical sites, instructors will provide additional information and instructions, as appropriate.

Academic and student support services will continue to be available online. In addition, registration for summer and fall classes will open online on Monday, April 13. In order to plan coursework for the fall and spring, current students and prospective students should plan to contact their adviser by email or phone for instructions for registering online. As soon as the campus can be safely opened to students and the general public, the college will open for in-person registration.

As it is anticipated that students will not be able to come to campus at the end of this semester, online final exams and/or other mechanisms for the end-of-semester assessment of student learning will be announced by the faculty to their individual classes.

The May graduation/commencement ceremonies will be postponed. The degrees and/or certificates for students who are completing their degrees or certificates in May will be mailed at the end of the semester. However, all students graduating in May as well as those students completing their studies during the summer will be invited to participate in a summer commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21.

Galveston College’s emergency management team continues to work diligently on this unprecedented situation by closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), particularly information specific to institutions of higher education, state and local public health and emergency management authorities and the college’s own healthcare experts, as well as responses from other colleges and universities nationwide.

The college is working to make well-informed decisions to ensure that teaching and learning continue and college operations continue while protecting the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the community.

For additional information on this situation and Galveston College, follow the college on Facebook or check out the college’s website at www.gc.edu .

Galveston College library services available online

The Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are now accessible online.
Students, faculty and staff can access academic eBooks to support curriculum, reference eBooks, leisure eBooks, article databases, eJournals, eMagazines, research guides, video tutorials and eCourse reserves. The library also has a live chat service available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can schedule individual online reference appointments, as well. All virtual services are accessible in one place for students, faculty and staff.
The Distance Education Library Resources Online Guide is designed to help students at a distance or taking online courses locate and use Galveston College library’s online resources and research tools. Students can access the guide at https://library.gc.edu/distance-education-library-resources.
For assistance, contact gclibrary@gc.edu or view the library’s FAQ page https://gc.libanswers.com/.
Virtual Tutoring

Student Success Center offers virtual tutoring via Zoom

The Galveston College Student Success Center is now offering virtual tutoring sessions with its in-house tutors via Zoom!
Although NetTutor will continue to be the 24-hour online tutoring tool for students, the Student Success Center team realizes there is a group of students who have already built a rapport with the center’s in-house tutors.
In an effort to offer as many possibilities for student success, the Student Success Center will continue to offer personal support by placing in-house tutors in a virtual environment via Zoom. Zoom is a video conferencing service that can be used to virtually meet with others. The basic package is free and may be subscribed to here.
Students who are interested in this service can email Dr. LaToya Mills-Thomas at lmills@gc.edu. She will contact the students’ requested tutors or a tutor that best fits their needs. Students must initiate this service via their Whitecaps email account to verify they are a Galveston College student. Tutors will tutor in one-hour increments. Students can schedule as many sessions as needed, depending upon the availability of the designated tutor.
Please contact Dr. Mills-Thomas at lmills@gc.edu with questions or to schedule a virtual tutoring session via Zoom.
Galveston College News Update

Graffiti incident under investigation

On Wednesday, March 25, Galveston College received a report from the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office that the Galveston Island Beach Patrol found graffiti on a lifeguard stand containing threatening and racist statements.

The incident is under investigation.

Media inquiries should be addressed to Sgt. Xavier Hancock with the Galveston Police Department at (409) 497-6568 or Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset at (409) 766-2322.

Oinline Learning

Classes resume online Monday, March 23

Beginning Monday, March 23, all Galveston College classes will be online. Galveston College academic and student support services will also be available online, by email and/or by teleconference. All campus facilities will be closed to students and the general public.
Online Instruction
Students should log into their Canvas learning management system daily to check their assignments, grades and communication from instructors. Those who are having trouble accessing Canvas or features within Canvas should reach out to the Distance Education department at DistanceEd@gc.edu for assistance. Please include the following information:
·        Name
·        Phone number
·        Galveston College ID number
·        Description of the issue in Canvas
Replies to questions sent to DistanceEd@gc.edu are sent to the students’ Whitecaps email address.
Students should communicate on a regular basis with their professors as much as needed to ensure that they are aware of any questions, concerns or issues.
Students new the online learning environment should take the Canvas New Student Orientation if they have not done so already. The orientation is a quick and easy way to get familiar with the functions of Canvas. The New Student Orientation is located at the top of the dashboard in the Whitecaps portal.
Whitecaps Email
Galveston College students should check their Whitecaps email several times daily. The College will make official announcements via Whitecaps email first. Students must use their Whitecaps email address to contact Galveston College advisers and staff. For help with email, contact helpdesk@gc.edu or visit https://gc.edu/student-services/access-your-student-email/.
Library and Learning Resources
Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library services are accessible online. Students, faculty and staff can access academic eBooks to support curriculum, reference eBooks, leisure eBooks, article databases, eJournals, eMagazines, research guides, video tutorials and eCourse reserves. The library also has a live chat service available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students can schedule individual online reference appointments, as well. All virtual services are accessible in one place for students, faculty and staff.
The Distance Education Library Resources Online Guide is designed to help students at a distance or taking online courses locate and use Galveston College library’s online resources and research tools. Students can access the guide at https://library.gc.edu/distance-education-library-resources. For assistance, contact gclibrary@gc.edu or view the library’s FAQ page https://gc.libanswers.com/.
Remote Student Services
The Galveston College Student Services team is here to help! All incoming calls and messages to Galveston College office numbers will be received via email. Student Services team members have been assigned schedules to monitor and return emails and phone calls.
Please use the following emails to contact campus offices:
Admissions/Registrar
Counseling and Advising Center
Financial Aid
Testing Center
Tutoring – Student Success Center
Accessibility/Special Needs
Upward Bound
Building Bridges to Success
Continuing Education
Academic Advising
The Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center will continue to offer academic advising services for students via telephone and email. To schedule an appointment, email advising@gc.edu . For questions related to a particular program, please reach out to the instructor or the department coordinator for more information.
Accessibility/Special Needs
Galveston College provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Upon presentation of appropriate documentation of a disability, students may be granted reasonable accommodations for their courses. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For questions related to accommodations, contact accessibility@gc.edu.
Admissions and Registrar
All Admissions office and Registrar’s office services will be offered remotely. This includes transcript requests, registration, transcript evaluations, admissions applications, name change forms, declarations of residency, changes of program, changes of address, degree and certificate applications, appeals, releases of information and enrollment verification requests. For assistance, contact admissions@gc.edu.
Building Bridges to Success
Building Bridges to Success team members will reach out to program participants with information on ways to access TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For more information, contact BBS@gc.edu.
Financial Aid
All aspects and functions of the Financial Aid Office will remain intact. Financial aid applications will continue to be processed in the same manner as any year. Students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov . For more information and assistance, contact finaid@gc.edu.
Student Activities
All student activities and special events have been postponed. Spring semester athletic events have been canceled.
Student Housing
Student housing applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply online, visit https://gc.edu/student-housing/ . Deposits may be mailed to Galveston College Business Services, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77554 or paid by credit card via telephone at (409) 944-1215. (Please leave a call-back number.)
Technology
Galveston College Student Services is working to help find solutions and to assist students who have needs related to computer hardware and internet access. wifi.xfinity.com hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, students should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. (It works best if students download the app.) Galveston has a number of hotspots: https://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/mobile/.
Please contact Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu with your questions if you have questions related to computer hardware and/or internet access needs.
Testing
Galveston College has secured a new test-proctoring platform called Respondus , which allows staff to lock down the students’ browsers as they are proctored in a virtual environment to help maintain test integrity. It also allows the College to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students with testing questions should contact gctesting@gc.edu.
Tutoring Services
Galveston College students will be able to receive tutoring through NetTutor, which is a 24-hour virtual tutoring service available to all students through their Canvas learning management system portals.
Upward Bound
Upward Bound team members will be reaching out to participants regarding remote access to TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For information, contact Priselda Perez at pperez@gc.edu.
Veterans Services
The Financial Aid office offers assistance with VA benefits. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods, such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For assistance, contact Nikki Montoya at nmontoya@gc.edu.
Galveston College will continue to monitor the rapidly changing situation and update the campus community as changes are made.

Coronavirus Update – Thursday, March 19, 2020

Remote Student Services
Out of an abundance of caution regarding Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Galveston College has shifted to providing remote student services.
All incoming calls and messages to Galveston College office numbers will be received via email. Student Services team members have been assigned schedules to monitor and return emails and phone calls.
Please use the following emails to contact campus offices:
Admissions/Registrar
Counseling and Advising Center
Financial Aid
Testing Center
Tutoring – Student Success Center
Accessibility/Special Needs
Upward Bound
Building Bridges to Success
Academic Advising
The Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center will continue to offer academic advising services for students via telephone and email. To schedule an appointment, email advising@gc.edu. For questions related to a particular program, please reach out to the instructor or the department coordinator for more information.
Accessibility/Special Needs
Galveston College provides accommodations for students with disabilities. Upon presentation of appropriate documentation of a disability, students may be granted reasonable accommodations for their courses. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For questions related to accommodations, contact accessibility@gc.edu.
Admissions and Registrar
All Admissions office and Registrar’s office services will be offered remotely. This includes transcript requests, registration, transcript evaluations, admissions applications, name change forms, declarations of residency, changes of program, changes of address, degree and certificate applications, appeals, releases of information and enrollment verification requests. For assistance, contact admissions@gc.edu.
Building Bridges to Success
Building Bridges to Success team members will reach out to program participants with information on ways to access TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For more information, contact BBS@gc.edu.
Financial Aid
All aspects and functions of the Financial Aid Office will remain intact. Financial aid applications will continue to be processed in the same manner as any year. Students should submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov. For more information and assistance, contact finaid@gc.edu.
Student Activities
All student activities and special events have been postponed. Spring semester athletic events have been canceled.
Student Housing
Student housing applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year. To apply online, visit https://gc.edu/student-housing/. Deposits may be mailed to Galveston College Business Services, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, TX 77554 or paid by credit card via telephone at (409) 944-1215. (Please leave a call-back number.)
Technology
Galveston College Student Services is working to find solutions to assist students who have needs related to computer hardware and internet access. wifi.xfinity.com hotspots across the country are available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity internet subscribers. Once at a hotspot, students should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser. (It works best if students download the app.) Galveston has a number of hotspots: https://hotspots.wifi.comcast.com/mobile/.
Please contact Financial Aid at finaid@gc.edu with technology needs questions.
Testing
Galveston College has secured a new test-proctoring platform called Respondus, which allows staff to lock down the students’ browsers as they are proctored in a virtual environment to help maintain test integrity. It also allows the College to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students with testing questions should contact gctesting@gc.edu.
Tutoring Services
Galveston College students will be able to receive tutoring through NetTutor, which is a 24-hour virtual tutoring service available to all students through their Canvas learning management system portals.
Upward Bound
Upward Bound team members will be reaching out to participants regarding remote access to TRIO program services (academic advising, tutoring, personal counseling, FAFSA assistance, financial literacy, etc.). For information, contact Priselda Perez at pperez@gc.edu.
Veterans Services
The Financial Aid office offers assistance with VA benefits. Students will continue to have support through a variety of communication methods, such as phone calls, emails and virtual appointments. For assistance, contact Nikki Montoya at nmontoya@gc.edu.
Whitecaps Email
Galveston College students should check their Whitecaps email several times daily. The College will make official announcements via Whitecaps email first. Students must use their Whitecaps email address to contact Galveston College advisers and staff. For help with email, contact helpdesk@gc.edu or visit https://gc.edu/student-services/access-your-student-email/.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Coronavirus Update: Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

The National Junior College Athletic Association has announced the suspension of all junior college athletic events for the remainder of the spring semester.  This effectively ends the Galveston College 2020 spring baseball and softball seasons.  In anticipation of next year’s season, student-athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding continued training and preparation for next year.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 3:45 p.m.

Galveston College Athletic Events
Based on guidance received from the National Junior College Athletic Association, all athletic events are postponed until after Friday, April 3. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of athletic events depending on the situation.
All NJCAA in-person official or unofficial recruitment activity (on or off-campus) is suspended through Friday, April 3.
Student-athletes should consult their coaching leadership regarding training and practice.
Campus Events
All campus or special events scheduled to be held at Galveston College with the exception of Galveston College Board of Regents meetings are postponed until Monday, April 6.

Coronavirus Update: Friday, March 13, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Although there are no cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) at Galveston College, there are a number of cases that have been reported in the greater Houston area and now one in Galveston County. Consequently, out of an abundance of concern for our students, faculty, staff, and our community, Galveston College has determined to extend the 2020 spring break for students for one week, March 16-20. (No online or in-person classes will be held during this week.) This time will allow faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester.

On Monday, March 23, Galveston College classes will resume, strictly in an online environment. It is hoped that face-to-face classes will resume on April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend online classes depending on the situation at that time. A determination will be made in the coming weeks about the ability to continue face-to-face classes for the remainder of the semester, hold final exams in person/on campus, and the ability to hold commencement as currently scheduled.

The Galveston College Board of Regents will meet as scheduled on Wednesday, March 18.

Faculty and Staff

Although students will receive an additional week of spring break (March 16-20), all full-time faculty and staff should report to campus on Monday, March 16. The week of March 16-20 will be used for faculty and staff to prepare and coordinate planning for the remainder of the semester. Galveston College leadership will advise faculty and staff on additional protocols via Galveston College email. Part-time employees are not to report to work unless contacted and instructed to do so by their supervisor.

Student Workers

Student workers are not expected to return to campus to work until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor this situation and confirm this date or extend the date depending on the situation.

Self-Monitoring / Self-Isolation / Self-Quarantine

If a student or an employee who has traveled outside of the U.S. during the last 14 days or who has traveled to an area in the U.S. that has had reported COVID-19 cases, this individual may need to self-isolate or self-quarantine and should follow all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations. Students who choose to self-isolate should notify their instructor. Employees electing to self-isolate should notify their supervisor and Human Resources.

Student Travel

Student Travel (including athletics) – All Galveston College sponsored student travel (including athletic travel) is suspended until Monday, April 6. The College will continue to monitor the situation and confirm this date or extend the suspension of travel depending on the situation at that time.

Employee Travel

All travel for Galveston College employees is suspended until Monday, April 6, unless it is determined to be mission-critical or health-critical and has been approved by the College leadership.

Employees are responsible for canceling all travel plans and reservations. Please note that the College will work with faculty and staff regarding incurred expenses for conferences or events that have been canceled or for conferences or events where the College has suspended travel.

Precautions to Continue to Take

  •  Wash your hands for 20 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Maintain a good “social distance” between you and others
  • Disinfect frequently touched objects using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid close contact with those who are sick
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

College leadership will continue to monitor this rapidly changing situation. The College will issue additional updates as the situation evolves. We greatly appreciate your support as we continue to work with health and government officials to protect your safety and health.

Thursday, March 12, 2020, 1:30 p.m.

Galveston College is working with local, state and federal partners to closely monitor Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), formerly known as 2019 Novel Coronavirus. This is a rapidly evolving situation. For up-to-date information and available resources, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

 

There are currently no cases of COVID-19 in Galveston County or the Galveston College community.

 

The safety of our Galveston College students, faculty, staff and community is paramount, and we realize that the situation can quickly change.

 

Galveston College officials will meet on Friday, March 13, to discuss strategic planning regarding the return of students after spring break. The college will make an informed decision based on recommendations from health officials, and we will provide another update.

CCPI cancels Women in Industry Conference

Given the risk of spread of the respiratory ailment now known as COVID-19, the Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) has made the decision to cancel the Women In Industry Conference, scheduled for March 20, 2020, at Moody Gardens Conference Center.  While this decision comes at a time of uncertainty, we take the safety and health of our conference-goers, staff and community very seriously.  We are now working through the ramifications of this unprecedented situation.

Conference attendees and sponsors will be notified via email about the refund process in the coming weeks.  We are also exploring options to potentially reschedule the event, and will provide any updates as soon as possible.

Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you at the next Woman In Industry Conference.

Sincerely,

Kelly Dando, CCPI

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.

Galveston College Theatre to showcase Invited Scene at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival regionals

A scene from Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Steven Dietz has advanced to Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.

Galveston College was one of only 14 colleges and universities in the five-state region to have Invited Scenes at the festival. Region 6 is comprised of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

In addition to the Invited Scene, Galveston College Theatre students Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Bourque and Eva Arita all received Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the state festival.

The KCACTF is a national theater program that works to improve the quality of college theater in the United States through a network of more than 700 academic institutions throughout the country. The program honors excellence of overall production and offers student artists individual recognition through awards and scholarships in playwriting, acting, dramatic criticism, directing and design.

The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre.  KCACTF promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds.  KCACTF honors achievements in diversity and excellence and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.

Above: Galveston College Theatre students Daniel Bourque, Eva Arita and Alyssa Gudz have been recognized with Irene Ryan Acting Awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. The trio starred in Galveston College’s production of “More Fun than Bowling” by playwright Stephen Dietz. The production, under the direction of Liz Lacy, program coordinator of Performing Arts at Galveston College, advanced with an Invited Scene at Region 6 Festival 52 of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Feb. 24-27 in Abilene, Texas.