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Dr. Susan Schoelwer

Lecture series to feature Mount Vernon’s executive director on Tuesday

Executive Director of Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be the guest speaker for the third installment of the 2021 lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment at Galveston College.
The lecture titled “What Can We Learn from the Exhibit ‘Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon’?” will be presented virtually at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, via Zoom videoconference. It is free and open to the public.
Installation of the current, award-winning special exhibition “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” in 2016 marked a significant step in an ongoing process of recognizing and recovering the historical experiences of hundreds of enslaved people owned by George and Martha Washington in the 18th century.
In her presentation, Dr. Schoelwer will present an overview of the galleries and offer behind-the-scenes reflections on the development of the exhibition and related projects, lessons learned, and continuing efforts to offer a more inclusive interpretation of life on one of America’s best-known plantations and most-visited historic sites.
“The lecture by Dr. Schoelwer will provide a unique glimpse at less-known historical facts surrounding the first president of the United States George Washington with respect to slavery,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “The information presented in this lecture will be very valuable in providing a proper understanding of the early days of the history of the United States.”
Dr. Schoelwer directs the architectural preservation, furnishing, and interpretation of George and Martha Washington’s house and surrounding plantation buildings and landscape, as well as the creation of museum exhibitions, including “Lives Bound Together.”
Prior to coming to Mount Vernon as curator in 2010, Dr. Schoelwer served for more than a decade as head of museum collections at the Connecticut Historical Society, where she authored “Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art and Family, 1740-1840,” winner of the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Non-Fiction. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in American studies from Yale University, a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in the historic transition to coeducation.
“On a daily basis, Dr. Schoelwer has the opportunity to draw upon documents and artifacts that bring to life the relationships between George Washington and the slaves who served him and Martha,” said Michael Berberich with the Faculty Professional Development Committee. “The insights Dr. Schoelwer brings to the topic from putting together the award-winning exhibit will be a unique contribution to the depth of our students’ education and will add new knowledge to the Galveston community as a whole.”
In addition to Mount Vernon and the Washingtons, Dr. Schoelwer has written and lectured on a variety of topics, including American art and decorative arts, needlework and women’s history. She is currently researching a book examining the creation and continuing re-creation of George Washington portraits.
To access the March 9 lecture, visit the following Zoom link on the internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87079157421?pwd=QzhXR1E5UmR1Qlp3ZkR5MTZXYlF6dz09. The meeting ID is 870 7915 7421. The passcode is Galveston.
For more information, please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, Faculty Professional Development Committee chair, at lbytautas@gc.edu or (409) 944-1273.

Galveston College Theatre to bring back the Golden Age of Radio in ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’

The talented cast of the Galveston College Theatre Department will bring back some of the most popular radio programs of the 1940s for their upcoming virtual production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”
The virtual performances, originally set for Feb. 19-21, have been rescheduled because of power outages resulting in technical delays in production. New show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 28, at 2:30 p.m. There is no charge for access to the online events.
Please contact Galveston College Program Coordinator for Performing Arts Liz Lacy via email at LLacy@gc.edu for the link to listen to a performance.
“Before the era of computers and television, radio provided entertainment by presenting programs of mystery, intrigue, comedy and romance,” said Lacy, director of the show. “Please join us for ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’ and enjoy these nostalgic programs.”
Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Benji Shelton and Cricket Smith.
Galveston College’s award-winning Theatre department stages up to five productions each academic year. Its fall virtual production of “The Invisible Man” was one of only 11 productions from colleges and universities throughout a five-state region invited to be presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region VI Festival 53, which will be produced virtually this month.
For more information about the Galveston College Theatre department, please contact Lacy at LLacy@gc.edu.
Above: Galveston College Theatre company members (clockwise, from top left) Benjamin Shelton, Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Elijah Barrie rehearse for the upcoming production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”
The Vintage Radio Hour

Galveston College Theatre to present ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’

The talented cast of the Galveston College Theatre Department will bring back some of the most popular radio programs of the 1940s for its upcoming virtual production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”

“Before the era of computers and television, radio provided entertainment by presenting programs of mystery, intrigue, comedy and romance,” said Liz Lacy, Galveston College program coordinator for the performing arts and director of the show. “Please join us for ‘The Vintage Radio Hour’ and enjoy these nostalgic programs.”

Show dates and times are Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 p.m.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Benji Shelton and Cricket Smith.

Please contact director Liz Lacy via email at llacy@gc.edu for the link to listen to one of the performances. A link to the performances will automatically be sent to all Galveston College faculty and staff.

Above: Galveston College Theatre students (clockwise, from top left) Benjamin Shelton, Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz and Elijah Barrie rehearse for the upcoming production of “The Vintage Radio Hour.”

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 Library celebrates Black History Month with library guide, display and more

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Over the years timeless effort has gone into preserving Black history. There is an infinite number of resources and contributions that preserve and capture notable events and artifacts in Black history.

The Galveston College David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library Black History Month Library Guide captures some of the notable times in history through shared experiences, artifacts, primary sources and relentless work from Black revolutionaries who thrive to continue to educate society by continuing to keep the movement alive.

Join the library in celebrating Black History Month:

–Start Black History Month Research at GC Library–View the Black History Month Library Guide
–Stop by for a photo op with a life-size display featuring Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., the 44th–President Barack Obama and Vice President Kamala Harris
–Find print and eBooks
–Find streaming media and more…
–Take the Black History Month LibGuide Quiz to be entered into a drawing for a library swag item!

Stay tuned for additional announcements this month about Black History Month at the Galveston College Library.

Dr. Susan Schoelwer

Galveston College lecture series to feature Mount Vernon’s executive director and senior curator

Executive Director of Historic Preservation and Collections and Robert H. Smith Senior Curator Dr. Susan P. Schoelwer of George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be the guest speaker for the third installment of the 2021 lecture series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment at Galveston College.

The lecture titled “What Can We Learn from the Exhibit ‘Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon’?” will be presented virtually at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, via Zoom videoconference. It is free and open to the public.

Installation of the current, award-winning special exhibition “Lives Bound Together: Slavery at George Washington’s Mount Vernon” in 2016 marked a significant step in an ongoing process of recognizing and recovering the historical experiences of hundreds of enslaved people owned by George and Martha Washington in the 18th century.

In her presentation, Dr. Schoelwer will present an overview of the galleries and offer behind-the-scenes reflections on the development of the exhibition and related projects, lessons learned, and continuing efforts to offer a more inclusive interpretation of life on one of America’s best-known plantations and most-visited historic sites.

“The lecture by Dr. Schoelwer will provide a unique glimpse at less-known historical facts surrounding the first president of the United States George Washington with respect to slavery,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Faculty Professional Development Committee at Galveston College. “The information presented in this lecture will be very valuable in providing a proper understanding of the early days of the history of the United States.”

Dr. Schoelwer directs the architectural preservation, furnishing, and interpretation of George and Martha Washington’s house and surrounding plantation buildings and landscape, as well as the creation of museum exhibitions, including “Lives Bound Together.”

Prior to coming to Mount Vernon as curator in 2010, Dr. Schoelwer served for more than a decade as head of museum collections at the Connecticut Historical Society, where she authored “Connecticut Needlework: Women, Art and Family, 1740-1840,” winner of the 2011 Connecticut Book Award for Non-Fiction. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy in American studies from Yale University, a master’s degree from the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture at the University of Delaware and a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Notre Dame, where she participated in the historic transition to coeducation.

“On a daily basis, Dr. Schoelwer has the opportunity to draw upon documents and artifacts that bring to life the relationships between George Washington and the slaves who served him and Martha,” said Michael Berberich with the Faculty Professional Development Committee. “The insights Dr. Schoelwer brings to the topic from putting together the award-winning exhibit will be a unique contribution to the depth of our students’ education and will add new knowledge to the Galveston community as a whole.”

In addition to Mount Vernon and the Washingtons, Dr. Schoelwer has written and lectured on a variety of topics, including American art and decorative arts, needlework and women’s history. She is currently researching a book examining the creation and continuing re-creation of George Washington portraits.

To access the Feb. 16 lecture, visit the following Zoom link on the internet: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87079157421?pwd=QzhXR1E5UmR1Qlp3ZkR5MTZXYlF6dz09. The meeting ID is 870 7915 7421. The passcode is Galveston.

For more information, please contact Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, Faculty Professional Development Committee chair, at lbytautas@gc.edu or (409) 944-1273.

"Just in the nick of time" premiered at the Dallas Children's Theater. It is produced in special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Galveston College Theatre presents family holiday whodunit ‘Just in the Nick of Time’

In its second virtual production of the current season, the Galveston College Theatre department will present a family holiday whodunit “Just in the Nick of Time: A Detective Red Mistletoe Mystery” by Linda Daugherty as its 2020 gift to the community.

Show dates and times are Friday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 19, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 20, 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). Performances are free and open to the public.

A link to listen to the requested performance of this radio audio drama will be emailed before the first performance.

Company members include Dorion Alcantar, Eva Arita, Elijah Barrie, Daniel Bourque, Alyssa Gudz, Benji Shelton and Cricket Smith. 

“Just in the Nick of Time: A Detective Red Mistletoe Mystery” premiered at the Dallas Children’s Theater. It is produced in special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, Illinois.

Show Synopsis:

Ace detective Red Mistletoe is retained by the citizens of the North Pole to find Santa Claus, who disappeared at the height of the season. If losing Santa wasn’t enough, the heretofore colorful citizens are losing their Christmas spirit and their holiday hues. As Christmas draws near, the elves, rather than carefree in color, are glum in gray; Doctor Green, no longer sporting green, is bitten by a reindeer; and Purple Gumdrop’s not purple anymore. And the costumed children, rehearsing for Mrs. Claus’ annual “Santa Send-off Celebration,” begin to look like they’re in an old black and white movie.

It’s up to Detective Red Mistletoe, now in shades of gray, to get some answers in black and white. Could the three suspicious new arrivals, Bob Humbug, Fruitcake (Humbug’s sidekick) and Holly Wreath (Santa’s new red-headed secretary) know anything about Santa’s whereabouts? Do they really hail from the South Pole as they claim, or will their caper be uncovered by Red—helped by a now-repentant and soft-hearted Holly Wreath?

Can Red save Santa in time to bring a colorful Christmas to the children of the world and even find a little romance along the way? Of course he can—Just in the Nick of Time! A mystery to solve, a comedy with witty dialogue, plenty of holiday warmth—and Santa Claus to boot—this show is the perfect holiday fare for kids and families.

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

Above: Alyssa Gudz, Elijah Barrie and Eva Arita rehearse for Galveston College Theatre’s production of “Just in the Nick of Time.”

Lecture featuring Native American tribal leader available on-demand

The Galveston College Faculty Professional Development Committee hosted Joe Aragon of the Acoma Pueblo Nation for a virtual lecture titled “Bridging Two Worlds” Dec. 2 as part of its 2020-2021 series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment.

With a career in education spanning almost four decades, Aragon most recently served as first lieutenant governor of the Acoma Pueblo Nation, a traditionally appointed tribal administrator for the Pueblo, where he had oversight of the Pueblo of Acoma tribal governmental policies, laws and general operations. Click here for a comprehensive speaker bio.

To view the free Zoom lecture on-demand, click here.

2020 Signing Day

Two Whitecaps sign with Division 1 universities

Two Galveston College pitchers on Nov. 11 signed National Letters of Intent to play with universities in Texas and Louisiana.

Kurt Dillon of Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, has signed with Louisiana Tech University. His parents are Kathie and Mark Dillon. His sister is Meghan Dillon.

Travis Phelps, of Alvin, Texas, has signed with Texas State University. He is the son of Cassie and Todd Phelps. His siblings are Joseph and Andrew Butler and Kasey and Darby Phelps.

“We are proud of Kurt and Travis’ opportunity to go play Division 1 baseball. It is part of the reason student athletes continue to choose Galveston College as a springboard for their academic and athletic careers,” said Whitecaps head coach Kevin Lallmann. “We wish them the best as they move on, and we look forward to seeing them play at the next level.”

During Coach Lallmann’s five years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 30 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had three players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.

The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.

Nov. 11 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country signed their National Letters of Intent.  To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/4-year-college-transfer-achievements/.

Above: Galveston College Whitecaps pitchers Kurt Dillon (left) of Morrisburg, Ontario, Canada, and Travis Phelps of Alvin, Texas, sign their letters of intent to play baseball at Louisiana Tech University and Texas State University, respectively, as volunteer coach Kyle Thomason, head coach Kevin Lallmann and assistant coach Kyle Giusti look on.

Lecture on hip-hop and culture available on-demand

The Galveston College Faculty Professional Development Committee hosted Dr. Kourtney Moore for a virtual lecture titled “I Still Love H.E.R.: Hip-Hop and African-American Culture Concerning Systemic Racism and Oppression” Nov. 2 as part of its 2020-2021 series on Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment.

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, Texas.

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.

To view the free Zoom lecture on-demand, click here.