Category: Student Activities

Puppy cuddles, chair massages and finals survival kits to highlight Fall 2019 De-Stress Week

Final exams are Dec. 6-12 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities Dec. 2-5 to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals.
Schedule of Events
Monday, Dec. 2
DIY Finals Survival Kit
Moody Lobby by Welcome Desk  – 5-7 p.m.
Come create a Finals Survival Kit. Snack foods, beverages and other surprises will be available.
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Free 15-Minute Chair Massages
Cheney Student Center Lounge (SW 110) – 1-5 p.m.
Unwind with a free chair massage. Massages will be provided by students from Galveston College Massage Therapy program. Healthy snacks and water will be provided.
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Puppies and Pastries
Behind the Cheney Student Center near the Food for Thought distribution – 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cuddle with some adorable puppies. Pets provided by the Galveston Island Humane Society. Pastries and drinks will be provided.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Blood Drive – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Seibel Wing West – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Studies show that doing for others promotes psychological well-being. Save a life. Donate blood.
Grab and Go Nite Bites
Regents Hall Hallway by the Welcome Desk – 5-7 p.m.
Come mingle with Student Government Association officers. Light refreshments will be served.

Share Your Holidays food drive underway on campus

Galveston College is the newest community partner in the Share Your Holidays Food Drive benefiting the Galveston County Food Bank.

Coordinated by Ball High School students and faculty, the 39th annual ABC13 Share Your Holidays Food Drive will culminate this year on Friday, Dec. 6, at Ball High School, 41st Street and Avenue O.

Non-perishable food items or monetary contributions will be accepted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and other student organizations on the Galveston College campus from now until Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Collection boxes are located throughout the main campus and the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center.

The Galveston College SGA and other student organization leaders will travel to Ball High School at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, to appear on ABC13.

All contributions benefit the Galveston County Food Bank for distribution to those in need throughout Galveston County. Most-needed items include cereal, whole-grain pasta and rice, peanut butter, canned fruits/vegetables, canned meats, beans and soup, hygiene and household items, paper products, and kid-friendly snacks (e.g. fruit cups, juice boxes, granola bars) and for seniors — nutritional shakes and drinks, as well as adult hygiene products.

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‘Money Management’ is focus of Success Seminar

Personal financial literacy is more than just being able to balance a checkbook, compare prices, or get a job. It also includes skills like long-term vision and planning for the future, and the discipline to use those skills every day.

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present “Money Management” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4-5 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing-West.

Presenter is Elizabeth Brantley Spiller, a personal financial representative with the University Federal Credit Union.

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu.

Galveston College sets 2019 Fall Festival and FAFSA Fest

Galveston College will host its 2019 Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing lawn of the main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The festival is open to the public. Children are welcome.

Now in its 12th year, the festival is hosted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities under the direction of Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities.

“Galveston College began the festival shortly after Hurricane Ike to bring the community together and to give the children of the island some consistency in the aftermath of tragedy,” said Parra. “The event has continued to grow over the years and has become a Galveston College tradition along with Spring Fling during the spring semester.”

Highlights of the festival will include music, games, inflatable bounce houses, activity booths, food and many more attractions that are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, student clubs and organizations.

In conjunction with the Fall Festival, the Office of Financial Aid will host its semiannual FAFSA Fest, featuring a Halloween theme, “Don’t Fear the FAFSA,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to having other questions answered. Students who complete their FAFSAs that day will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The FAFSA application period for the 2020-2021 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2018 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.

Activities and attractions sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, as well as FAFSA Fest, are free of charge. Student organizations may charge nominal fees for food items and other fundraisers in support of club activities such as attendance at professional conferences.

s, In the event of rain, the event will be located in the Hermes Fitness Center on campus.

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Food for Thought mobile farmers market Sept. 18 distribution canceled; next market date is Sept. 26

The Galveston College Food for Thought mobile farmers market food distribution, originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, has been canceled. The next distribution date will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center location at 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Below is a list of community food pantries for those in need of assistance. Many of these organizations have requirements that the client must meet to receive food. Please call ahead to determine if you qualify for assistance and to determine if the pantry is open during inclement weather.

Pantries in Galveston:

St. Vincent
2817 Post Office
(409) 763-8521

Salvation Army
601 51st St.
(409) 763-11691

Access Care of Coastal Texas
707 Tremont
(409) 763-2437

Catholic Charities
47001Broaddway, Suite F103
(409) 762-2062

The Galveston County Food Bank, located at 624 4th Avenue in Texas City, has walk-in hours:

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(409) 945-4232

Student Activities announces campus volunteer opportunities

The Galveston College Student Activities office has announced volunteer opportunities for the fall 2019 semester. Individual students, faculty and staff, as well as clubs and organizations, are invited to participate. A variety of on-campus and community events are included on the schedule.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Cynthia Parra in the Galveston College Student Activities office at cparra@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, Sept. 18 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Wednesday, Sept. 26 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Friday, Oct. 4 Walk a Mile in Their Shoes (Walk to End Domestic Violence)

Pleasure Pier, Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 6-7 p.m. – Walk

Walkers will receive a free wristband to the Pleasure Pier.

Saturday, Oct. 5 2019 EdFest for All (Education for All Festival)

McGuire-Dent Recreation Center, 2222  28th St. Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 9-10 a.m. – Set up
  • 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Assigned duties
  • 12-2 p.m. – Assigned duties
  • 2-3 p.m. – Cleanup

Wednesday, Oct. 10 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Saturday, Oct. 12 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Stewart Beach Pavilion, 201 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, Texas

Volunteers needed:

  • 7-8 a.m. – Set up
  • 8 a.m. – Check in
  • 8:30 a.m. – Ceremony
  • 9-11 a.m. – Walk
  • 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Clean up
  • Route Length: 3.1 miles

Wednesday, Oct. 23 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Thursday, Oct. 24 Fall Festival

Seibel Wing Lawn (Rain Contingency: Hermes Fitness Gym Gym and Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium)

Volunteers needed

  • 1-3 p.m. – Set up
  • 3-6 p.m. – Monitor Inflatables and Games
  • 6-7 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Thursday, Nov. 7 Food for Thought Farmers Market  

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Wednesday, Nov. 20 Food for Thought Mobile Farmers Market  

Galveston College Main Campus

Volunteered needed:

  • 9:30-10:45 a.m. – Set up
  • 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 12:30-2 p.m. – Check in or Check out
  • 10:30-11:30 a.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m. – Unload food from truck
  • 1:30-2:30 p.m. (until finished) – Clean up

Friday, Dec. 6 Share Your Holidays Food Drive

Galveston College Student Center to Ball High School

Volunteers needed:

  • 8:30-9 a.m. – Load canned goods into van
  • 9-10 a.m. – Deliver canned goods to Ball High School
Involvement Fair

Promote your department, organization at the Fall 2019 Involvement Fair

Looking for a way to promote your department, program, organization or service? Here’s your opportunity!

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will host a campus and community Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Organizations, departments and programs that are interested in participating in the Involvement Fair can contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu with the following information by noon on Friday, Sept. 6:

  • Club, organization or department name
  • Representative name (person that will be stationed at table)
  • Representative cell phone number
  • Representative office number
  • Representative email address

Tables and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to have sign-in sheets to capture contact information and to provide their own tablecloths and marketing materials. Giveaways and promotional items are highly recommended.

The Office of Student Activities and SGA will provide food and beverages.

Involvement Fair Itinerary

10-11 a.m.  – Set up

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Involvement Fair

1-2 p.m. – Tear down/clean up

SGA members with President of Galveston College

Galveston College sets Week of Welcome

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 26 to 29 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

On Monday, Aug. 26, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Later that day, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, there will be a Game Truck Video Game Party from 3-5 p.m. in the parking area at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street. The game truck is loaded with video consoles and a massive library of video games.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Student organizations, departments, programs and community organizations will host informational tables. Come to learn more about the many ways to get involved at Galveston College. Free pizza will be served.

For more information, email Cynthia Parra at activities@gc.edu, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

See you at WOW!

Above: Galveston College Student Government Association officers (from left) Graciela Salinas, secretary, Shona Gastian, historian, David Gage, president, Stephanie Sagastume, vice president, and Ivan Escalante, treasurer, visit with Dr. Myles Shelton, president, at the Week of Welcome (WOW!) breakfast today in the lobby of Moody Hall. The Office of Student Activities and SGA have planned a variety of activities this week in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester. Cynthia Parra (second from right), coordinator of student activities, is SGA advisor at Galveston College.

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Galveston College accepts applications for student ambassadors

Galveston College is accepting applications from now through Sept. 19 for student ambassadors for the 2019-2020 academic year.

The Galveston College Ambassadors program is a leadership opportunity for students who are dedicated to serving and representing Galveston College.

What is a Galveston College Ambassador?

Galveston College Ambassadors are a select a group of dedicated student leaders who give service in the fall and spring semesters to the college and surrounding communities. Ambassadors are also liaisons between faculty, staff, students and the community.

Galveston College Ambassadors support, promote and represent Galveston College through volunteerism at campus and community events, such as campus tours, student activities, recruiting events, banquets, galas and meetings. Galveston College Ambassadors may be asked to appear in college promotional materials, commercials and videos.

What does a student ambassador receive?

  • Stipend of $100 per month for the months of August, September, October, November, February, March, April and May
  • Official Galveston College attire to wear when representing Galveston College as an ambassador

The deadline to submit references and applications is Thursday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. in person to the Office of Student Activities, Cheney Student Center Room 110, or via email to cparra@gc.edu.

Required documents are as follows:

  • Student Ambassador application
  • Two references

To request an application and reference forms, email Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities, at cparra@gc.edu or come by the Office of Student Activities, Cheney Student Center Room 110.