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Kourtney Moore Lecture

Galveston College lecture to focus on hip-hop and African-American culture concerning systemic racism and oppression

Galveston College will offer the public a front-row seat at its first lecture of the 2020-2021 academic year as Dr. Kourtney Moore takes the mic to present “I Still Love H.E.R.: Hip-Hop and African-American Culture Concerning Systemic Racism and Oppression” on Monday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. via Zoom videoconference.

Dr. Moore is currently a basic skills instructor for Cape Fear Community College (New Hanover Correctional Center) in Wilmington, North Carolina. She is also a technical writer for Solugen, a bio-based specialty chemicals company in Houston.

Dr. Moore received her Doctor of Philosophy in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, a Master of Arts in Technical and Professional Communication from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Her research interests include social justice, hip-hop rhetoric and pedagogy, technical communication, and visual rhetoric and communication. Aside from work and research, Dr. Moore enjoys spending time with her family, exploring new cuisines, and cheering for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers.

“Dr. Moore’s scholarship makes a unique contribution by demonstrating the teaching power of hip-hop music and culture as a means of educating marginalized people on how to confront oppressive situations,” said Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Moore presenting at this year’s lecture series at Galveston College, which has the theme ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment,’” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Galveston College Faculty Professional Development Committee. “We look forward to learning from Dr. Moore about a unique perspective that focuses on hip-hop and African-American culture in the quest of eliminating systemic racism.”

To access the event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89391851220?pwd=NzE2K0wzUDhjd2x0S2tJTXo4VkRjUT09. The meeting ID is 893 9185 1220. The password is Galveston.

For more information, please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas at lbytautas@gc.edu.

Spring 2021 Scholarships News Post

Spring 2021 scholarship application available

Need money for college? Now is the perfect time to complete an application for Galveston College scholarships for spring 2021!

Galveston College is committed to providing scholarship opportunities to deserving students by seeking funds from individuals, businesses, organizations and college resources. The criteria for eligibility and the award amount for these scholarships has been developed in cooperation with each scholarship sponsor.

The scholarship program at Galveston College encourages currently enrolled students, graduating high school seniors, transfer students, and other deserving individuals to apply for scholarship monies. Awards range from $500 to $2,500 per academic year. Academic excellence, financial need, displayed leadership abilities and participation in extracurricular activities are taken into consideration during the award process.

Visit https://gc.edu/galveston-college-scholarships/ and complete one application to be considered for the Galveston College scholarships. 

Follow the instructions and submit the application with attached short essay, copy(ies) of high school or college transcript, two letters of reference, and other supplemental information by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20.

Contact finaid@gc.edu with any questions.

MRI Tech Program Promotional Graphic

Galveston College accepts applications for MRI Technology certificate program

Galveston College is accepting applications from now through Oct. 30 for spring 2021 admission to the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technology program.

MRI technologists are allied health professionals who use magnetic resonance imaging to capture 3D images of the body to determine pathology versus normal tissue. The MRI technologist performs various diagnostic procedures under the supervision of a licensed radiologist and works closely with patients to provide instruction and quality care while producing quality images.

MRI is unique in the field of diagnostic imaging because of the manner in which images are obtained. MRI uses strong magnetic fields and radio frequencies to create images of the patient’s internal structures. This is accomplished without the use of ionizing radiation.

MRI Technology is a post-associate degree certificate program designed for cross-trained professionals such as radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists, ultrasound technologists and radiation therapy technologists.

Upon completion of the 31-credit-hour program and completion of all clinical requisites as mandated by American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT), the student will be eligible to sit for the ARRT MRI registry.

For more information about the MRI Technology program, contact Program Director Hong Mai at hmai@gc.edu and visit https://gc.edu/magnetic-resonance-imaging/.

SGA hosts Halloween decorating contest

The Galveston College Student Government Association is hosting a Halloween-themed decorating contest during the month of October.

To participate, students, faculty and staff should submit a photo of their door or lawn decorations to Jose Martinez, student life coordinator, at jmartinez@gc.edu. Winners will be selected through a vote by students, faculty and staff. A valid Galveston College ID will be required to submit a vote. The three categories include off off-campus resident, Student Housing, and faculty and staff.

Off-campus residents may submit a photo of lawn decorations and address to verify location. Submit entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Student Housing may submit photo of door decorations and may enter alone or with room/suitemate. Submit entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Faculty and staff should submit departmental/office entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Entries will be given an ID number. Public voting via a form will determine the winners. Deadline to submit an entry is Oct. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Voting will occur Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. Winner will be announced Nov. 2.

Prizes include a $40 gift card for the off-campus resident and Student Housing resident, which may be split into two $20 gift cards for roommates.

Presentation to Regent Kelly's Family

Galveston College board honors Regent Carl Kelly

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Regent Kelly died unexpectedly on July 31.

In presenting a framed copy of the resolution to Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, Regent Kelly’s family representatives, Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, shared special memories of the former chair, vice chair and secretary of the board and his service on numerous board committees, including athletic, diversity committee (chair), policies and planning (chair), facilities and most recently finance and policies committees.

In addition to serving Galveston College, Regent Kelly served at the national level as an assistant teller for the Western Regional Caucus and Meeting of the Association of Community College Trustees. He also served on the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees (former chair), Texas State Bar Grievance Board, Galveston Historical Foundation Board of Directors, the City of Galveston Charter Review Committee, the BPA Housing Development Corporation Board and the 1894 Grand Opera House.

“Regent Kelly’s commitment to public service and volunteerism is evident in the seemingly endless list of altruistic activities to which he devoted his time and energy,” Dr. Shelton said.

In other business, the board heard a report from Amy Leuchtag, director of the Building Bridges to Success (BBS) program, which recently celebrated its 23rd year at Galveston College.

Leuchtag said BBS is part of the nationwide TRIO Student Support Services program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide academic and student support services for approximately 200 first-generation, low-income students.

The goals of BBS are to increase student retention in classes, completion of certificates and degrees, graduation from college and transfer to universities. Services include academic advising and degree planning, course selection and registration, academic tutoring, personal and career guidance, financial aid and scholarship information, economic and financial literacy education and resources and transfer assistance.

“Despite the challenges faced as a result of Covid-19, for the 2019-2020 academic year, BBS achieved 59 graduates,” Leuchtag said.

In the most recent annual performance report for the Department of Education, BBS attained an 88 percent persistence rate. This means that 88 percent of the program participants were retained from one fall semester to the next, graduated and/or transferred.

Ninety-eight percent of BBS program participants were in good academic standing with a GPA greater than or equal to 2.0. Sixty-eight percent of BBS students earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry, and 31 percent of participants earned an associate degree or certificate within four years of program entry and transferred to a four-year university. In August, the college was notified that it had received funding for the TRIO program for another five years. The college will receive $283,895 for the 2020-2021 program year. 

In other business, board members

  • heard an update on college events and activities from Dr. Shelton. Dr. Shelton said the college is fast-approaching mid-term for fall 2020, which is Oct. 23. He also reported on a fall 2020 second-start session enrollment of 468 compared to fall 2019 second-start enrollment of 259. The fall 2020 lecture series will be conducted virtually.
  • heard updates from Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, and technical program faculty members James Love, Welding Technology, and Patrick Lantz, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology.
  • heard a Student Government Association update from Maia Adolphs, president, and Benjamin Shelton, vice president.
  • approved a proposal with Ferrilli to provide Ellucian Colleague consultant services at a total cost of $318,000 annually for two years.
  • approved a proposal to purchase equipment to convert two combined classrooms in the Fine Arts Building into a video streaming lecture studio at a cost of $31,739.80.
  • amended the interlocal agreement between the college district and Galveston County to provide campus law enforcement services.
  • accepted a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration Susan Harwood Training Grants Program award in the amount of $49,765 to provide a new Electrical Safety on the Job training program for small businesses.
  • heard an update on the college’s identity theft program by Dr. Mary Jan Lantz, director of human resources and risk management.
  • reviewed the unaudited year-end financial statements for fiscal year 2019-20 and monthly financial reports presented by Jeff Engbrock, chief financial officer/comptroller.

Pictured: The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Oct. 14 honored and remembered Regent Carl E. Kelly with a resolution recognizing his 22 years of service to the students, faculty, staff and community as a member of the board. Pictured are Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Board of Regents Chair Karen Flowers, Kelly family representatives Sue Banerji and Annie Scott, and Regent Ray Lewis, Jr.

Galveston College sets fall 2020 Food for Thought distribution dates

Galveston College has announced fall 2020 distribution dates for its free drive-through Food for Thought mobile food markets for students.

The first distribution will be Thursday, Oct. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street.
Future market dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20
  • Thursday, Nov.5
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17

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 all Galveston College 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.

Here are the steps to receive food:

  • Bring a client ID card and current student ID for the fall 2020 semester.
  • Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
  • Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
  • Drive off safely after receiving food.

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 at the office at the Applied Technology Center. Students enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website here.
Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution at the ATC. Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or 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 Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.eduor (409) 944-1234.

Why wait for spring? Register now for fall 2020

Registration underway for fall 2020 second eight weeks classes

Why wait for spring? It’s not too late to register for the fall 2020 semester at Galveston College.

Registration is open for the fall 2020 second eight weeks session, which starts Oct. 26.
General education course offerings include the following:


ARTS-1301-3700 – Art Appreciation – Stovall – Main Campus
PSYC-2301-3100 – General Psychology – Culver – Main Campus
SPCH-1315-3710 – Public Speaking – J. Davison – Main Campus

REGISTERING FOR CLASSES

In order to plan coursework, new and current students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu. Students may also visit the Counseling and Advising Center located on the first floor of Moody Hall. New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

FINANCIAL AID

Students who have not applied for financial aid for 2020-2021 should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa.
Assistance in completing the FAFSA is available at finaid@gc.edu or at the one-stop Student Services center on the first floor of Moody Hall.

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature. Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.


For a copy of Galveston College’s “Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit gc.edu/coronavirus.

Make a move to get real money for college. Apply for financial aid

2021-2022 FAFSA application opens Oct. 1

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application for the 2021-2022 academic year is now available on the Federal Student Aid website.

FAFSA is a free application for federal student aid, such as grants, work-study and loans. The application is also used by many states, such as Texas, and colleges to determine a student’s eligibility for state and college aid.

The FAFSA application can be filled out online or with the mobile app myStudentAid. The Financial Aid office at Galveston College recommends that current and new students file the application as soon as possible because some financial aid opportunities, such as scholarships and grants, may have individual deadlines.

According to the Federal Student Aid website, students who supply the FAFSA early have a better chance to be awarded Federal Work-Study because funds are limited.

Students looking to file their FAFSA are required to submit their federal income tax returns, W-2s and other records of income. The IRS Data Retrieval Tool can be used to transfer income and tax information to the FAFSA application, rather than entering it by hand.

Students will also need their Social Security number, and alien registration number (if they are not U.S. citizens). FAFSA now requires an FSA ID and password that can be created on the FAFSA website. If a student is a dependent, the parent or legal guardian must also have an FSA ID and password. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online FAFSA by contacting the Galveston College Financial Aid office on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at finaid@gc.edu. Students should bring their families’ 2019 income and tax information.

Healthcare Management

Apply now for Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management

Galveston College will accept applications from Oct. 1 to Jan. 13 for spring 2021 admission to its new Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management (BAS-HCM) degree program.

Dr. Tirizia York, director of the program, said the purpose of the BAS-HCM program is to prepare students who already possess associate degrees in allied health fields for entry- to mid-level management positions in hospitals, clinics, managed care organizations, emergency medical services, public health agencies or similar organizations. The upper-level courses in the program will be delivered primarily via distance education with some face-to-face meetings each semester.

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, there will be an average of 275 openings each year in the Gulf Coast Workforce Area for healthcare managers. This represents a 32 percent increase from 2014 to 2024.

Statewide predictions indicate there will be 1,070 annual job openings in this career field, which is a 29 percent increase from 2014 to 2024. All of these healthcare management positions will require a minimum of a bachelor’s degree.

The admissions criteria and program application are available on the Galveston College website at https://gc.edu/healthcare-management/.

Register for Fall 2020 Second Start Classes

Registration underway for fall 2020 second start classes

It’s not too late to begin classes this fall at Galveston College. Registration is open for the fall 2020 second start session. Classes begin Monday, Oct. 5.

Galveston College will host Facebook Live information sessions about fall 2020 second start classes on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. Visit the Galveston College Facebook page to view a session.

Admission and Registration

New students can apply for admission at applytexas.org.

In order to plan coursework for the fall semester, new and current students should contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu.

To search for classes, click here and select Fall 2020 and FL 2nd Start: 10/5-12/17 in the top menus.

New and current students can also register on their Whitecaps portal at whitecaps.gc.edu with their student ID number. A student ID number is assigned at the time of admission.

All individuals entering campus buildings are expected to use a facial mask or face covering. In addition, those entering campus buildings will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and temperature.

Once inside campus facilities, faculty, staff, students and visitors are expected to maintain an appropriate social distance, as well as to continue to use facial masks or face coverings in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, city of Galveston and state of Texas guidelines.

For more information on admission to the college, contact the Galveston College Office of Admissions at (409) 944-1230 or admissions@gc.edu. Contact the Counseling and Advising Center at advising@gc.edu with any questions concerning registration.  For a copy of Galveston College’s “Making It Real for Fall 2020: A Framework for Fall Classes and Campus Operations,” visit gc.edu/coronavirus.