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Tres Vidas

Student Life to present virtual performance of ‘Tres Vidas’

The Core Ensemble will perform the chamber music theatre work “Tres Vidas” at Galveston College on Wednesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m. virtually via Zoom videoconference.

The theatre piece is pre-recorded and is about 60 minutes in length. The show is hosted live via Zoom by our artistic director/producer and the actress featured in the show with an introduction and artist-led discussion following the performance.

Chamber music theatre is a unique performance format developed by the Core Ensemble featuring a marriage of theatrical narrative to chamber music performance.

Rosa Rodriguez portrays multiple characters while interacting with the onstage musical trio of cello piano and percussion.

“Tres Vidas” celebrates the life, times and work of three significant Latin and South American Women: painter Frida Kahlo of Mexico, peasant activist Rufina Amaya of El Salvador and poet Alfonsina Storni of Argentina.

With storylines including Kahlo’s dramatic and passionate relationship with painter Diego Rivera, Amaya’s astounding singular survival of the massacre at El Mozote and Storni’ lifelong challenges as Argentina’s first great feminist poet, “Tres Vidas” presents dramatic situations timeless in their emotional appeal and connection to audiences across all gender and ethnic spectrums.

With a script written by Chilean poet/writer Marjorie Agosin, “Tres Vidas” offers powerful portrayals of each woman and includes the singing of traditional Mexican folk songs as well as Argentinean popular and tango songs made famous by Mercedes Sosa and Carlos Gardel. Additional music by Astor Piazzolla, Orlando Garcia, Pablo Ortiz, Alice Gomez, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, Michael DeMurga and Osvaldo Golijov round out the musical score.

Since 1993, the Core Ensemble has toured nationally to every region of the United States and internationally to England, Russia, the Ukraine, Australia and the British Virgin Islands. The Ensemble was the recipient of the 2000 Eugene McDermott Award for Excellence in the Arts awarded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has received support from the State of Florida Department of Cultural Affairs, New England Foundation for the Arts, Palm Beach County Cultural Council, the Aaron Copland Fund for Music and the Virgil Thomson Foundation.

For a link to the performance, please contact Student Life Coordinator Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu.

Mae Francis

Student Success Seminar to focus on communication skills

Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will present the third workshop in its spring Student Success Seminars series on Thursday, March 26, at 9 a.m. titled “Communication Skills for Success in School and Workplace” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.

The seminar is free and open to all students, faculty, staff, and the general public. The Zoom link to the seminar is as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84721336473?pwd=bnQ2SjVlK0VqUmxLSCtVbUhpMjhNZz09

The meeting ID is 847 2133 6473. The passcode is 954608.

The seminar will focus on the importance of developing good listening skills and problem-solving strategies that lead to negotiating a solution.

Francis, known best for inspiring and transferring positivity to whomever she comes in contact with, is currently the president and owner of Lookin’ Up Consulting, a training and development company that builds interactive programs, speeches and mentorships that educate and inspire professionals, as well as programs that support the emotional and social development of youth.

With more than 25 years in the field of teaching and training, Francis believes that her purpose on earth is to enhance the lives of others. She spent 19 years in the chemical industry, including five years selling plasticizers for Sterling Chemicals and 14 years as the training and development leader for Ashland Chemicals.

Francis has been certified as a trainer and coach by the Association of Training and Development and is a United States Army veteran. She studied Bible and Theology, as well as Business Administration, at St. Leo University and College of the Mainland.

Francis is an active member of the Texas City/La Marque, League City and Galveston chambers of commerce, the Association for Talent Development, and the advisory board for the College of the Mainland Petrochemical Process Technology program. She also is an active big sister for Gulf Coast Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is the mother of one, Whitnie, and is married to Merlin.

For more information about the Student Success Seminars series, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at the Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, at mcrichlow@gc.edu.

Programs and Courses Conference at Galveston College

Galveston College sets 2021 Programs and Careers Conference

How will you choose a career that’s right for you?

Galveston College wants to help you answer that question at the 2021 Programs and Careers Conference on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:15 a.m. via Zoom webinar.

High school and college students, as well as the general public, are invited to join Galveston College faculty, staff and administration for an informative free webinar on academic programs that can lead to rewarding careers.

Participants will gain insight on industry employment trends, choosing the right career and developing a career pathway. Galveston College staff also will present information on the STEM Honors Program, study-abroad opportunities, college admissions, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, as well as options for student housing.

Galveston College offers certificates, Associate of Applied Science degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and transfer degree options in high-demand fields.

For more information about the conference, please contact Priselda Perez at pperez@gc.edu.

Click here to register for the free webinar: https://gc.edu/conference/

Galveston College Theatre opens 2020-2021 season with H.G. Wells’ ‘The Invisible Man’

“And I beheld, unclouded by doubt, a magnificent vision of all that invisibility might mean to a man—the mystery, the power, the freedom. Drawbacks I saw none.” — H.G. Wells, “The Invisible Man”

The Galveston College Theatre Department will kick off its 2020-2021 season with the classic science fiction radio drama, “The Invisible Man,” by H.G. Wells and adapted by John de Lancie from the script by Nat Segaloff and John de Lancie.

Show dates and times are Friday, Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. 

Please contact director Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts, via email at llacy@gc.edu with preferred performance date(s). A link to listen to the requested performance of this radio audio drama will be emailed by Thursday, Nov. 12, at 10 p.m.

Described by H.G. Wells as “a grotesque romance,” “The Invisible Man” remains as remarkable and frightening today as it was upon its publication over a hundred years ago. This thrilling adaptation by John de Lancie brings one of H.G. Wells’ most terrifying characters to life with the power of imagination in the style of a classic radio drama.

The story begins on a bitter winter evening, when a mysterious stranger arrives in the remote English village of Iping in the dead of winter, his face swaddled in bandages. The stranger is Griffin, a scientist who has discovered the secret to invisibility but cannot find a way to reverse it. Freed from the constraints of physicality and rejected by a society that fears him, Griffin descends into madness, violence and brutality.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Benji Shelton. “The Invisible Man” is produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois. For additional information, please contact Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts Liz Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

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.

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.

Theatre department to stage ‘A Christmas Carol’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present a gift to the community this month with a three-day run of the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” a thrilling adaption of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic by Patrick Barlow.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 22, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

 This adaptation brings Dickens’ most beloved characters to life using five actors, mesmerizing props and the power of imagination. The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future journey through time to remind an iron-hearted Ebenezer Scrooge what Christmas is truly about.

Audience members will witness Scrooge’s transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long.

According to reviews, “Patrick Barlow’s ‘A Christmas Carol’ is a magnificent twist on this timeless story of redemption.  A true celebration of theatre and the holiday season. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll leave full of holiday cheer.”

Director is Liz Lacy, program coordinator for Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Daniel Maxey, Eric Scales, Wrath Sorrell and Brittney Somoza.

“A Christmas Carol” is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy at 409-944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

More Photo Than Bowling Publicity Photo

Galveston College Theatre to stage ‘More Fun than Bowling’

The Galveston College Theatre department will return to the stage this fall for a three-day run of “More Fun than Bowling,” a funny and eccentrically philosophical comedy by veteran playwright Steven Dietz.

Show dates and times are Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in Room 207 on the second floor of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

The story follows Jake Tomlinson as he relives moments of his life with his two dead wives, Lois and Loretta, both of whom died in freak bowling accidents.

Main character Jake owns the bowling alley in a small Midwestern town and passes the time ruminating about life while sitting on a hilltop where two of his three wives are buried. Lois was zapped by lightning while carrying a bowling trophy in a thunderstorm, and Loretta was killed by only the second bowling ball rack collapse in history. In his younger days Jake was a promising concert musician, but a foul tip baseball broke his fingers which subsequently healed into a perfect bowler’s grip. Jake replays the key frames of his life and, from time to time, is visited by his daughter Molly who has become adept at talking women into marrying her father for love and free lane time. But who is that nattily dressed man with dark glasses and a revolver lurking nearby?

The Washington Times describes “More Fun than Bowling” as “a very funny and eccentrically philosophical comedy. Mr. Dietz is a…writer with a distinct comic voice. He shows us that life and certainly death is a lot like bowling. For every experience, there seems to be an appropriate bowling expression just waiting to be applied. And for those who thought that bowling was merely a matter of rolling a ball and knocking down some pins, there is an Act II description of the Zen of bowling that will change your thinking forever…. In addition to inventing vivid cartoonish characters and giving them wacky tragic actions, Mr. Dietz is a master of the comic monologue.”

Director is Liz Lacy, program coordinator for Performing Arts at Galveston College. Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Christiana-Rose LaCross, Eric Scales and Brittney Somoza.

This production of “More Fun than Bowling” is entered as a participating production in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, a national theater program involving 20,000 students from colleges and universities nationwide annually. It is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc., a Concord Theatricals Company.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy at (409) 944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.

 

Daniel Bourque, Eva Arita and Alyssa Gudz rehearse for the upcoming Galveston College Theatre production of “More Fun than Bowling” by Steven Dietz. Show dates and times are Thursday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. Performances are located in Room 207 on the second floor of the Galveston College Fine Arts Building. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

Distinguished Texas historian to speak at Galveston College on ‘Texas and Texans During World War II’

Galveston College will present “Texas and Texans During World War II,” a lecture featuring distinguished Texas historian Bill O’Neal on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The lecture is the first in the college’s 2019-20 lecture series. It is free and open to the public.

A longtime professor at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, O’Neal recently concluded six years of service as State Historian of Texas, traveling tens of thousands of miles across the Lone Star State as an ambassador for Texas history. He is a past president and fellow of both the East Texas Historical Association and the West Texas Historical Association.

“We are very excited to have such an outstanding speaker as Bill O’Neal present at our lecture series this year,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “The theme for this year is ‘Discovery: The Forefront of Knowledge.’ We hope that anyone attending this lecture will discover something new about Texas history.”

Committee co-chair Michael Berberich agreed. “Like documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, Bill O’Neal is that kind of scholar who readily connects with broad popular audiences. His years of teaching, his more than 40 books and his many honors have done community colleges proud.”

“Texas made a remarkable contribution to the American war effort during World War II,” said O’Neal in describing his presentation. “Almost 830,000 Texans, including 12,000 women, donned uniforms, and more than 23,000 Texas fighting men died for their country. America’s most decorated soldier, Lt. Audie Murphy, and most decorated sailor, submarine commander Sam Dealey, both were Texans.

“Texas A&M, an all-male military college, placed over 20,000 men in the armed forces, of which 14,000 were officers – more than any other school in the nation. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, the supreme commander of Allied forces in Europe, was born in Denison in northeast Texas. Adm. Chester Nimitz, commander in chief of the Pacific Fleet, was born and raised in the Texas Hill Country. With more than 80 military bases of every type, Texas was the largest training field in the nation. Texas oil fueled the Allied war effort, while Texas shipyards and defense plants provided a flood of war machines and munitions.”

O’Neal’s father was a veteran of World War II. Through his college students, he has collected several hundred interviews from WW II veterans, and two of his books have been about Texans in the Second World War.

In addition to more than 40 books, O’Neal has written over 300 articles and book reviews. His most recent writing award, the A.C. Greene Literary Award, was presented at the 2015 West Texas Book Festival in Abilene. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Wild West Historical Association, and in 2007 he was named True West Magazine’s Best Living Non-Fiction Writer.

O’Neal has appeared on TV documentaries on TBS, The History Channel, CMT, The Learning Channel, A&E and the American Heroes Channel.

During a long career on the faculty at Panola College at Carthage, Texas, his most prestigious teaching award was a Piper Professorship, presented in 2000. In 2013 Panola’s new dormitory was named “Bill O’Neal Hall,” and in that same year he received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce.

O’Neal’s four daughters all have entered the field of education, and he is the proud grandfather of seven grandchildren.