Category: Public Event

Christmastime

‘Christmastime’ is Galveston College Theatre’s gift to the community

The Galveston College Theatre Department will ring in the holiday season with its festive production, “Christmastime,” streaming on-demand on Vimeo from Friday, Dec. 10, through Friday, Dec. 31.

“The family celebration spectacular features a variety of hilarious holiday skits and energetic musical numbers, including ‘Elves on Strike,’ a ‘Rudolph Rap,’ the ‘Fruitcake Game’ and a special guest appearance by the one and only Santa Claus,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the performing arts.

So, gather up the family, make some hot chocolate, and prepare for laughs, surprises and holiday cheer.

Company members include Walker Albert, Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Eric Scales, Benji Shelton and Anna Shepherd. Lacy is director.

To view the production, please use this link: https://vimeo.com/644038826. The password is GCFALL21. This production is recommended for all audiences, and there will be one five-minute intermission. Admission is free and open to the public.

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

Above: Cast members Elijah Barrie, Dorion Alcantar, Daniel Bourque and Benji Shelton rehearse for Galveston College Theatre’s upcoming virtual production of “Christmastime.” The family celebration spectacular will be streamed on-demand via Vimeo from Friday, Dec. 10, through Friday, Dec. 31. Admission is free and open to the public.

Mae Francis

Student success seminar on ‘Communicating with Tact and Diplomacy’ is Nov. 12

Galveston College Technical and Professional Education will continue its fall Student Success Seminars series on Friday, Nov. 12, at 12 p.m. with a presentation titled “Communicating with Tact and Diplomacy” featuring Mae Francis of Lookin’ Up Consulting.

The seminar will be located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the main campus and is free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public.

“At a recent event, Crystal Lovelady-Jackson, workforce development advisor for Royal Dutch Shell Company, explained the ability to communicate is the most critical skill when considering the success of Shell’s current and new employees,” said Sharon Pagan, Galveston College student success advisor. “Mae Francis will teach students the do’s and don’ts of professional communication essential in today’s world of work.”

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 Sharon Pagan at spagan@gc.edu.

Tim Cromie

Virtual lecture on ’19-Year-Old DNA and New Technology: The Jennifer Schuett Case’ to feature Nassau Bay police chief

Galveston College will offer the public a front-row seat at its first lecture of the 2021-2022 academic year as Nassau Bay Police Chief Tim Cromie takes the mic to present “19-Year-Old DNA and New Technology: The Jennifer Schuett Case” on Wednesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. via Zoom videoconference.

Jennifer Schuett was just eight years old when she was abducted through her bedroom window by an unknown man, strangled, slashed and left for dead in a field off a gravel road in Dickinson, Texas. Miraculously, she survived.

In this presentation, Chief Cromie will discuss how DNA and determination eventually helped to capture a suspect after 19 years.

Chief Cromie is a 36-year veteran of law enforcement, starting his law enforcement career in 1985. He joined the Nassau Bay Police Department as chief of police in 2018. He previously worked for the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office, Hitchcock Police Department, Santa Fe Police Department and Dickinson Police Department.

“It has been my honor to know Chief Cromie for the better part of 20 years. He’s a fantastic asset to the law enforcement community and a great presenter,” said Crystal Robinson, director of the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy. “The presentation of the Jennifer Schuett case offers a view into the advancing new world of DNA analysis technology and how it is utilized to bring life to old cases that would likely otherwise go unsolved. DNA, combined with the dogged determination of cold-case investigators, gives many families hope for closure in decades-old cases, and I’m thrilled to have Chief Cromie share his experience with everyone.”

Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College, said, “We are very excited to have Chief Cromie presenting the first lecture in our lecture series for the 2021-2022 academic year that has a theme New Worlds. Recent advances in science and technology have opened many new avenues in improving the well-being of our society and humankind in general. Advances in DNA sequencing technology have led to numerous practical applications. In particular, they helped in solving many crimes. This lecture by Chief Cromie will shed light on how new DNA technology helped in solving a 19-year-old case. We invite you to join us on Nov. 3 to learn about this remarkable investigation.”

During his career, Chief Cromie has worked assignments as patrol officer, patrol sergeant, dispatch/communications supervisor, community policing officer, DARE Instructor, school resource officer, detective, public information officer and detective sergeant. He currently holds a Master Peace Officer License and a Police Officer Instructor License from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement. He also holds a Basic Police Juvenile Officer Certification and a Crime Prevention Certification, both from Southwest Texas State University’s Institute of Criminal Justice. He has also completed training in Hate and Bias Crime Investigation from the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

Chief Cromie is active as a police instructor, presenting training classes and seminars across the United States and Canada on the topics of sexual assault and child abuse investigations. He has presented training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He has also worked with the U.S. Department of Justice and Fox Valley Technical College, assisting with writing a child abuse investigation curriculum to be used for FVTC’s distance learning program.

Chief Cromie has been a guest presenter/instructor for the Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, the National District Attorneys Association, Canadian Centre for Child Protection’s Missing and Exploited Children Conference, Minnesota Sex Crimes Investigators Association, Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the Toronto Police Services 2012 International Sex Crimes Conference.

Chief Cromie has received numerous awards and recognitions over the years, including being named as Rookie of the Year and Officer of the Year during his career. He was also awarded Detective of the Year twice in 2006 and again in 2010. He was a co-recipient of the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault 2010 Champions for Social Change Award, and in 2013 TAASA recognized him with the Harold Cottle Justice Award for “outstanding dedication and contributions in the fight to eliminate sexual violence.” In 2020 he received the Supervisor of the Year award for the City of Nassau Bay.

To access the free event, visit https://zoom.us/. The meeting ID is 894 4873 8570. The password is Galveston.

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

Anna Shepherd (seated), Benji Shelton (standing) and Dorion Alcantar in Dracula

Halloween treat: Galveston College Theatre opens 2021-2022 season with ‘Dracula’

“I have long followed the trail of the vampire. It lives on…for centuries…draining the blood…the life…from its victims, causing them also to become vampires. And this is our story. The story of a small band of mortals who faced the most powerful vampire of them all.” – Abraham Van Helsing, “Dracula” – Abraham Van Helsing, “Dracula”

The Galveston College Theatre Department will kick off its 2021-2022 season with a virtual production of the chilling radio play, “Dracula,” adapted by Philip Grecian and based on the classic novel by Bram Stoker.

Show dates and times are Friday, Oct. 29, Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“Tune in for thrills, chills and intrigue as we venture into the dark, creepy tale of everyone’s favorite count,” said Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the performing arts. “Join us if you dare on Halloween weekend for this memorable, classic saga.”

Company members include Walker Albert as Jonathan Harker, Dorion Alcantar as R.M. Renfield, Eva Arita as Birdie, Elijah Barrie as Count Dracula, Daniel Bourque as Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, Alyssa Gudz as Lucy Westernra, Benji Shelton as Dr. Jack Seward and Anna Shepherd as Mina Harker.

“Dracula” will be available via streaming on Vimeo at https://vimeo.com/613178754. The password is GCFALL21.

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

Vaccination Clinic

Galveston College Vaccination Clinic is Sept. 15

The Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Walgreens will co-host a vaccination clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Seibel Wing.

A variety of vaccines will be available, including influenza, meningococcal meningitis, COVID-19, Shingrix and TPAD. Walgreens staff members will return on Thursday, Oct. 7, to administer the second COVID-19 vaccine and provide other vaccines.

Those who plan to participate in the vaccination clinic should email Joyce Landry at jlandry@gc.edu by Sept. 1. Please indicate vaccines needed. This will assist Walgreens in planning for the clinic.

Please email jlandry@gc.edu and visit https://www.walgreens.com/pharmacy/immunization/immunization_index.jsp for additional information.

Galveston College Community Chorale

Galveston College Community Chorale celebrates 50 years of musical memories, seeks new members

The Galveston College Community Chorale will celebrate 50 years of musical memories in 2021-2022 and is seeking new singers in all vocal parts.

After a pandemic-induced hiatus during the 2020-2021 academic year, the community chorale will begin its fall rehearsal schedule on Monday, Aug. 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Michael Gilbert, who served as choral director for the Galveston Independent School District for more than three decades, serves as director of the community chorale. Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt is accompanist.

The Galveston College Community Chorale was established in 1972 by Dr. Larry Patton, who directed the chorale for 27 years. The chorale was part of the newly formed music department at Galveston College to allow interested individuals the opportunity to participate in a performing organization.

The first year, the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2019-2020 academic year, the chorale averaged 65 singers.

“The chorale is a representative of the city of Galveston,” said Gilbert. “Many family members and friends of the chorale attend our concerts, as well as other choral music lovers from the community and surrounding area.”

The chorale performs all styles of music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance period of music, to Handel’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, patriotic music, American folk music, spirituals, the music of Broadway and popular music.

Music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Daniel Pinkham, Randall Thompson and Texas resident Dan Forrest has also been performed by the chorale.

The group has even performed at Carnegie Hall.

The chorale is a non-auditioned organization supported by Galveston College and is part of the Continuing Education department’s curriculum. It is open to all individuals who enjoy singing and performing.

“It’s a fun group of people to work with,” Gilbert said.

In 2018, the Galveston Art League recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale for making significant and valuable contributions to the arts in Galveston.

Gilbert said he welcomes back former members of the chorale and wants to attract new members who love to sing, are looking for a venue to sing with others, enjoy learning new musical arrangements, and want to entertain in public.

The chorale will prepare for its holiday concert of traditional carols scheduled for Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Moody Memorial United Methodist Church in Galveston.

The chorale also presents a spring concert and is often involved in other special events and/or fundraisers.

Membership tuition in the Galveston College Community Chorale is $40 each semester. To register, please contact the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344 or https://gc.edu/continuing-education/about-ce/register/Galveston College Community Chorale.

For additional information, please contact Galveston College Community Chorale Director Michael Gilbert at mgilbert@gc.edu or the Galveston College Continuing Education office at (409) 944-1344.

Kristin Holt

Galveston College to host virtual presentation on “Addressing Stigma Toward Mental Health”

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a virtual presentation titled “Addressing Stigma Toward Mental Health” on Monday, Aug. 2, at 1 p.m. via Zoom video conference. The speaker is Kristin M. Holt, a counselor with the Gulf Coast Center.

The presentation is free and open to the general public.

Individuals are often more comfortable talking about their physical health than their mental health. This discussion is intended for individuals who would like to learn more about how to talk with family members about mental health in a supportive and positive way.

Holt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of Galveston County, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Her professional experience includes working with adolescents, engaging special populations via outreach and education, and trauma-focused training to help those with complex grief and bereavement.

To join the presentation, visit https://zoom.us/join. Enter meeting ID 851 6323 0797 and passcode Whitecaps.

Self-Care Workshop

Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee to host virtual self-care and mental health workshops

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a series of virtual health and wellness workshops this summer via Zoom videoconference. The workshops are free and open to all students, faculty, staff and the general public.

July 28, 1 p.m.
“Self Care”
Presenter: Denysse Guzman, LPCA, VOCA Counselor, Gulf Coast Center
This presentation is designed for community members as an introduction to self-care planning. The objectives of this presentation are to explore self-care domains and begin to create a self-care plan.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83895942757?pwd=aUxFbXU1QStXTUg1aGZRM1lxZVBuQT09
Meeting ID: 838 9594 2757
Passcode: Whitecaps

Aug. 2, 1 p.m.
“Addressing Stigma toward Mental Health”
Presenter: Kristin M. Holt, LCSW, VOCA Counselor, Gulf Coast Center
Individuals are often more comfortable talking about their physical health than their mental health. This discussion is intended for individuals who would like to learn more about how to talk with family members about mental health in a supportive and positive way.
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85163230797?pwd=aDBoNHo5b1FpNFg0TDlrc3dMYkpMdz09
Meeting ID: 851 6323 0797
Passcode: Whitecaps
About the Presenters

Kristin Holt
Kristin Holt is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of Galveston County, she holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston-Downtown and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.

Her professional experience includes working with adolescents, engaging special populations via outreach and education, and trauma-focused training to help those with complex grief and bereavement.

Denysse Guzman
Denysse Guzman is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned an Associate of Science from Galveston College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from The University of Houston-Victoria.

Her experience includes working with individuals dealing with complex trauma in residential settings following abuse, assault or disaster. She uses a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in working with individuals and groups.

Denysse Guzman

Galveston College to host virtual presentation on self-care planning

The Galveston College Outreach and Retention Committee will host a virtual presentation on self-care planning on Wednesday, July 28, at 1 p.m. via Zoom video conference. The speaker is Denysse Guzman, a counselor with the Gulf Coast Center.

The presentation is free and open to the general public.

The presentation is designed for community members as an introduction to self-care planning. The objectives of the presentation are to explore self-care domains and to begin to create a self-care plan.

Guzman is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She earned an Associate of Science from Galveston College, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology from the University of Houston-Victoria.

Her experience includes working with individuals dealing with complex trauma in residential settings following abuse, assault or disaster. She uses a person-centered approach, motivational interviewing, and trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy in working with individuals and groups.

To join the presentation, visit https://zoom.us/join. Enter meeting ID 838 9594 2757 and passcode Whitecaps.

Galveston College workforce programs career fair postponed

Out of an abundance of caution and for the well-being of the campus community, a decision has been made to postpone the Galveston College Workforce Programs Career Fair originally scheduled for Thursday, July 22, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

College officials were notified today that a faculty member and a student at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center tested positive for COVID-19. The college is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for institutions of higher education, as well as state and local health and safety recommendations, in its decision making.

The career fair will be rescheduled for a date to be announced in the future.

For more information about the Workforce Programs Career Fair, please contact Martin Crichlow, student success advisor, at (409) 944-1401 or mchrichlow@gc.edu.