Category: Student Activities

Whitecaps Wardrobe

SGA launches Whitecaps Wardrobe collection

The Galveston College Student Government Association will launch its new Whitecaps Wardrobe collection initiative this week to provide professional clothing and other items to students later this spring.

Jose Martinez, student life coordinator, said Whitecaps Wardrobe will be implemented in two phases: collection, which begins Wednesday, March 24, and distribution, which begins in April.

Collection dropboxes will be located behind the COVID-19 screening stations in the Mary Moody Northen Center atrium, the Moody Hall lobby and the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center lobby.

Drop-offs for special items that cannot be placed in a dropbox can be scheduled through Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu.

New and gently worn donations are requested. Please do not donate items that are dirty, wet, ripped, torn or stained.

The following items are needed:

  • Professional dress clothes — dress shirts, blouses, slacks, skirts, suit coats and jackets
  • Shoes, ties and belts
  • New undershirts and dress socks
  • Workforce clothing and materials such as scrubs and anything relevant to the programs at Galveston College
  • Grooming items and supplies
  • Simple accessories

 

Distribution will begin April 21. Students will be able to register for a time to visit the Whitecaps Wardrobe.

For more information, please contact Jose Martinez at jmartinez@gc.edu or any member of the Student Government Association.

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/

Kourtney Moore Lecture

Galveston College lecture to focus on hip-hop and African-American culture concerning systemic racism and oppression

Galveston College will offer the public a front-row seat at its first lecture of the 2020-2021 academic year as Dr. Kourtney Moore takes the mic to present “I Still Love H.E.R.: Hip-Hop and African-American Culture Concerning Systemic Racism and Oppression” on Monday, Nov. 2, at 6 p.m. via Zoom videoconference.

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.

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.

“Dr. Moore’s scholarship makes a unique contribution by demonstrating the teaching power of hip-hop music and culture as a means of educating marginalized people on how to confront oppressive situations,” said Janene Davison, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate.

“We are very excited to have Dr. Moore presenting at this year’s lecture series at Galveston College, which has the theme ‘Diversity, Inclusion and Empowerment,’” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the Galveston College Faculty Professional Development Committee. “We look forward to learning from Dr. Moore about a unique perspective that focuses on hip-hop and African-American culture in the quest of eliminating systemic racism.”

To access the event, visit https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89391851220?pwd=NzE2K0wzUDhjd2x0S2tJTXo4VkRjUT09. The meeting ID is 893 9185 1220. The password is Galveston.

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

SGA hosts Halloween decorating contest

The Galveston College Student Government Association is hosting a Halloween-themed decorating contest during the month of October.

To participate, students, faculty and staff should submit a photo of their door or lawn decorations to Jose Martinez, student life coordinator, at jmartinez@gc.edu. Winners will be selected through a vote by students, faculty and staff. A valid Galveston College ID will be required to submit a vote. The three categories include off off-campus resident, Student Housing, and faculty and staff.

Off-campus residents may submit a photo of lawn decorations and address to verify location. Submit entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Student Housing may submit photo of door decorations and may enter alone or with room/suitemate. Submit entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Faculty and staff should submit departmental/office entries to jmartinez@gc.edu.

Entries will be given an ID number. Public voting via a form will determine the winners. Deadline to submit an entry is Oct. 28 at 11:59 p.m. Voting will occur Oct. 29 to Oct. 31. Winner will be announced Nov. 2.

Prizes include a $40 gift card for the off-campus resident and Student Housing resident, which may be split into two $20 gift cards for roommates.

NJCAA Current Logo

NJCAA moves majority of sports to spring

Following the recommendations from the National Junior College Athletic Association Presidential Advisory Council and the NJCAA Board of Regents, the NJCAA has announced its adjusted plan of action for the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year.

Following the Board of Regents’ vote on July 13, a majority of competition will be moved to the spring semester.

“Our greatest focus is and always has been providing the best opportunities for our student-athletes,” stated Dr. Christopher Parker, NJCAA president and CEO. “Through a unified effort from our Presidential Advisory Council, the Board of Regents and leadership staff, our most recent plan of action provides a path that keeps our student-athletes competing at the highest level with proper safety measures in place. As we move forward as an association, we will continue to provide opportunities for our student-athletes, coaches, and all those involved with the NJCAA to be safe and successful.”

For spring sports, including baseball and softball, competition remains intact with minor adjustments to dates. The fall practice schedule will include a maximum of 60 consecutive calendar days for practice and scrimmages from Sept. 5 to Nov. 15. Baseball will be allowed a maximum of 15 fall scrimmages (not dates) against outside competition. Softball will be allowed a maximum of seven fall scrimmage dates against outside competition.

To view the updated NJCAA 2020-2021 plan of action, click here. To view all NJCAA COVID-19 updates, click here.

Food for Thought

Drive-through Food for Thought distribution is Thursday at ATC

There will be a drive-through Galveston College Food for Thought distribution for currently enrolled students on Thursday, April 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center (ATC), 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Here are the steps to receive food:

  •  Students must possess their current student ID for the spring 2020 semester.
  • Students must present their student ID through the window of their automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
  • Students must open the trunk of their automobile so that the volunteer may place box/bag of food inside.
  • Students drive off safely after receiving food.

Volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the ATC. Please do not volunteer if exhibiting any of the following symptoms:

  • cough
  • fever
  • tiredness
  • difficulty breathing

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations regarding social distancing, masks/face coverings, gloves, hand washing and sanitation will be followed.

For more information about the food distribution and to volunteer, please contact Vera Lewis-Jasper, dean of technical and professional education, at vlewis@gc.edu or Sharon Pagan, career navigator, at spagan@gc.edu.

For additional information about Food for Thought, please contact Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services, at rcrumedy@gc.edu.

Galveston Island Mardi Gras 2019

Galveston College readies for Mardi Gras

On Saturday, Feb. 15, Galveston College students, faculty and staff will participate in the 33rd Annual Mystic Krewe of Aquarius Mardi Gras parade, which begins at 12 p.m. and runs from 57th and Seawall to the Strand Historic District.

Also on Saturday, students, faculty and staff will participate in the Krewe of Gambrinus’ 31st Annual King Gambrinus Lights Up the Night parade, which starts at 6 p.m. at 4500 Seawall Blvd. and proceeds downtown through the Strand Historic District.

Click here to view the parade route.

According to the City of Galveston, the island’s 109th Mardi Gras celebration begins Friday, Feb. 14, and continues until Feb. 25, or Fat Tuesday. Both weekends are packed with parades, parties and, of course, beads.

The 10-day event is expected to draw more than 300,000 attendees for masked balls, balcony parties, parades and concerts.

This island-style Mardi Gras has plenty of personality. There’s the classic revelry found in the heart of Galveston’s historic downtown district, where the bulk of festivities takes place, and also family-friendly events and parades along the Seawall.

To view the concert schedule, confirm parade routes and times, purchase tickets for ticketed events and venues, or to become a vendor, please visit the official Mardi Gras! Galveston website at http://www.mardigrasgalveston.com/.

To view the complete list of Mardi Gras street closures, safety reminders and transportation information, visit the City of Galveston website here.

For more information on Galveston College’s participation in Mardi Gras activities, contact Associate Vice President for Student Services Ron Crumedy at rcrumedy@gc.edu.