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Watch 2020 Commencement Friday night or on demand

Galveston College will celebrate its 2020 Commencement and first-ever virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 21, at 7:30 p.m. A total of 522 students will receive 614 associate degrees and certificates during the online event.

Graduates, family members, friends, faculty and staff, and the general public can view the commencement ceremony at
https://virtualgrad.marchingorder.com/gc/23/i/ or on Galveston College social media.

Students who wish to view the commencement ceremony at a later date or time may view it via the college website at https://gc.edu/graduation-info/.

Speakers will include Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, and Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate.

The candidates for degrees and certificates will be announced and presented in a video slideshow.

The public is invited to view the ceremony.

Oceans of Opportunities virtual job fair is July 9

Congressman Randy Weber, Workforce Solutions and the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the 14th Annual Oceans of Opportunities Virtual Job Fair on Thursday, July 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for prospective employees interested in working in the Galveston area.

Galveston College students and the general public can register for the job fair at the following link:

https://wrksolutions.easyvirtualfair.com/prefair/#

For more information, contact Terri Barber at (281) 770-6768 or terri.barber@wrksolutions.com.

The job fair is free and open to the public.

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.

10-Minute Play Festival Photo

Galveston College Theatre sets 10-Minute Play Festival

The Galveston College Theatre department will present its third 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in Room 207 of the Fine Arts building on the Galveston College campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The showcase will include staged readings of six original 10-minute plays written by Galveston College students, faculty and community members.

“We hope you will join us for the premiere of these playwrights’ new works,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts at Galveston College.

Playwrights include Stephany Blair, Shelly Downes, Alyssa Gudz, Destiny Montemayor, Christiana Rose-Eileen Rubio and Adi Teodoru.

Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 7, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free.

Company members include Galveston College students Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Eric Scales.

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

Pictured: Elijah Barrie, Alyssa Gudz and Daniel Bourque rehearse a scene for the upcoming Galveston College 10-Minute Play Festival Friday and Saturday, Feb. 7 and 8, in the Galveston College Fine Arts building.

 

 

 

College breaks ground for Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences

Galveston College broke ground Wednesday, June 12, for the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Student Residences, which include seven units designed to resemble the historical homes of Galveston. Prior to the groundbreaking ceremony, the Seibels were honored and remembered at a summer luncheon featuring family member Jean Rosenbaum.

The project is funded in large part with the generous support of the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation.

“This is the second significant capital expansion grant from the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation to Galveston College,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, college president. “Fewer than10 years ago, Galveston College was given the means to build the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing allowing students and the community to gather for events ranging from civic, collegiate and evenings of powerful educational enrichment. Now the Seibel Foundation has bestowed the financial support necessary to realize the college’s long-time dream of student housing. We are excited about bringing this project to the neighborhood and to our students.”

When completed, the buildings will house approximately 80 students. When coupled with existing housing, the college will be able to serve approximately 110 students with housing opportunities.

“I also want to express my heartfelt appreciation to the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation trustees for their generous support, which made these student residences a reality,” said Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents. “The Seibel Foundation’s lead gift on this project is a complete game-changer not only financially, but also in what it means for us going forward. It is truly transformational, and we look forward to celebrating the legacy of the Seibels with a grand opening event in 2020.”

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Creole Design LLC of Houston is architect.

Above: Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton, Regent Carl Kelly, Jean Rosenbaum, Barry Rosenbaum, Regent Armin Cantini, Lindsay Glover, Pam Kelley and Rabbi Jimmy Kessler break ground for the new Abe and Annie Seibel Student Residences at Galveston College. For more groundbreaking ceremony photos, click here.

Sharon Pagan and Joseph Terrell

Workforce Programs Career Fair is May 30

The Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair is set for Thursday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

To date, 22 employers from the region are scheduled to participate in the event, which focuses on career opportunities for students in career-technical programs. Employers include the following:

  • Action Personnel
  • UTMB Health
  • Moody Gardens
  • The San Luis Hotel, Spa and Conference Center
  • The Meridian Retirement Community
  • Orchard Park at Victory Lakes
  • Bayou Pines Care Center
  • Port of Galveston
  • TRC
  • PeopleReady
  • Turner Industries
  • Broome Welding
  • CBRE
  • Hotel Galvez and Spa
  • Advanced Refrigeration
  • Lulu’s
  • Industrial Material Corporation
  • South Coast Fabrication
  • Daikin
  • Galveston Electrical-Local Union 527

The career fair allows candidates and employers to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.

Participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.

Sharon Levy Pagan, Galveston College career navigator at the Applied Technology Center, is available to assist students in creating resumes by appointment.

For more information about the career fair or to schedule a resume review appointment,

call her at (409) 944-1410 or email spagan@gc.edu.

Massage Therapy program offers Swedish massages

The Galveston College Continuing Education Massage Therapy program will offer Swedish massages for $25 per one-hour session from May 6 to May 23 on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Payment is required at the Business Services window on the second floor of Moody Hall prior to scheduling an appointment.

For information, please call Linda Jenko in the Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1344 or email ljenko@gc.edu.

Whitecaps to honor 1994 NJCAA championship team at Turn Back the Clock Day

Twenty-five years ago, the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team ascended to the pinnacle of athletic success by winning the 1994 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I title in only its third year of intercollegiate athletic competition.

On Thursday, April 25, the current Whitecaps team, coaches and fans will honor the 1994 Junior College World Series champs at “Turn Back the Clock Day” prior to the 4 p.m. doubleheader with the San Jacinto College Gators at Bernard Davis Field, 81st Street and Frank Guisti Drive, Galveston

The Whitecaps will wear throwback uniforms, and there will be a bounce house for the kids, free popcorn, music and fun. The games are free and open to the public.

In June 1994, the Whitecaps took the field in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, determined to improve on their third-place finish of the previous year. The team responded remarkably to the pressures of the series competition, winning six of seven games to take the coveted crown and finish the season with 54 wins against only 14 defeats.

Although each team member made a significant contribution to the Whitecaps’ success, several players also earned individual honors. Jose Rosado, Roman Escamilla, Stephen Randolph, William Roland, Dominic Hernandez, Justin Bowles and Mark Cridland were named to the NJCAA World Series all-tournament team. Jose Rosado also was tabbed the series most valuable player and most valuable pitcher, and Justin Bowles was chosen NJCAA first team All-American and Baseball America junior college player of the year.

Other Whitecaps receiving recognition for their performance during conference and postseason regional tournament competition included Mark Manbeck, Chris Olson, Stephen Watson, Scott Morrison, Collin Wissen and Karl Chatman.

Inspiration and determined leadership were the hallmark of head Coach Dick Smith, who led his players in baseball fundamentals and ignited their desire to excel both individually and as a team. For his superior efforts, Coach Smith was honored as NJCAA and ABCA coach of the year in 1994.

Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, president of Galveston College in 1994 and founder of the Whitecaps baseball program, said at the time the team’s championship in only its third year of competition far exceeded his original expectations. He said his primary goal was to provide “an opportunity for 30 to 40 kids to compete in intercollegiate athletics and to receive a good education. The rest was gravy.”

This exemplary group of men and their coaches has been a tremendous source of pride for the Whitecaps athletic program, student-athletes, coaches, students, faculty and staff of Galveston College and their many fans in the community for a quarter of a century. Their exceptional accomplishments have rightfully earned them honors from the city of Galveston, Galveston County and the state of Texas.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Galveston College winning the national championship, the Whitecaps are proud to play Thursday in honor of the 1994 NJCAA World Series champions.

Theatre department to stage ‘Jungalbook’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present “Jungalbook” on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The performances are free and open to the public.

In this dramatization by Edward Mast based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli, the rescued child, grows up in the concrete jungle, raised on the streets and learns the rules of society from Baloo. Sherakhan sees the outsider as a threat and has a vendetta against Mowgli, but Bagheera, his secret protector, won’t let any harm come to the boy.

Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he is just like everyone else and that the streets are his home. While he learns the laws of this modern jungle, Mowgli begins to understand his own identity and that he has no place in this society.

As tensions grow between Mowgli and Sherakhan, the boy must choose whether to disregard his society’s strict moral code or leave the only place he has called home.

Company members include Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Eddie Cobbs, Alyssa Gudz, Jade Killebrew, Daniel Maxey, Melina Moore, Andrea Parsons, Eric Scales and Wrath Sorrell.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. The running time for each performance is approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts, at (409) 944-1398 or llacy@gc.edu.