Category: student activities

Galveston College Student Activities Movie Night Venom

$3 Movie Night to feature “Venom”

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will host a $3 Movie Night featuring the 2018 American superhero film, “Venom,” on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the Premiere Cinema, 8902 Seawall Blvd., Galveston, Texas.

Presale tickets are $3 each for Galveston College students, faculty and staff with valid ID. Tickets, which are limited to four per person, must be purchased from the Student Activities office (SC-110) by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12.

For more information, contact

Whitecaps Wednesday

Whitecaps Wednesdays fan days set

As part of Whitecaps Wednesday, students, faculty and staff are encouraged to wear Galveston College orange and royal blue in support of the Whitecaps baseball and softball teams every Wednesday during the fall and spring semesters.

Each Wednesday in September, a different Whitecaps Wednesday promotion will be announced.

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

Voter Registration

Voter registration drive underway on campus

The Galveston College Student Government Association and Office of Student Activities will host a voter registration drive throughout the fall 2018 semester. Dates are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby

To be eligible to vote, an individual:

  • must be a United States citizen;
  • must be a resident of the county where he or she submits the application;
  • must be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and must be 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • must not be a convicted felon (may be eligible to vote if he/she completed sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • must have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

To confirm voter registration status, an individual may select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Texas driver’s license number, if it was provided at the time of application for voter registration;
  • Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on a voter registration certificate;
  • first and last name.

Oct. 9 is the last date to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

6 Whitecaps softball players named to 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone all-conference teams

Six Whitecaps softball players have been named to the 2018 NJCAA Region XIV South Zone first and second all-conference teams.

The Whitecaps landed five players on the first team and one player on the second team. Ashley Kriesel, a sophomore from Houston, was named Region XIV South Zone Pitcher of the Year.  First team selections included Kriesel; Alyssa Martinez, shortstop; Kirsten Shaw, first base; Alexandria Lewis, second base; and Kayla Kerr, DP/UT. Outfielder Anahi Hoover was named to the second team.

The Whitecaps softball coaches attended a coaches meeting at San Jacinto College on Tuesday, May 1, for the all-conference team selections.  The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team has qualified for the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament to be held at the Lamar State College Port Arthur field in Port Arthur, Texas. The Whitecaps secured the South Zone #1 seed with a conference record of 20 wins and only four losses. The team’s first game is Friday, May 4, against the East Zone #4 seed, Angelina College. Game time is set for 5:30 p.m. Live video broadcast will be aired at

Visit the tournament website or view the bracket.

SGA officers at Galveston College

SGA recognizes incoming, outgoing officers

The Galveston College Student Government Association celebrated its incoming and outgoing officers at an induction ceremony April 19 in the Fine Arts Building.

Samuel Uhlman of Galveston was inducted 2018-19 president. Also recognized were incoming officers Ivan Escalante of La Marque, vice president; McKenzie Holmes of Dallas, secretary; and Maura Williams of Galveston, treasurer.

Outgoing officers recognized during the evening were Crystal Cruz of Galveston, president; Benjamin Russell of Galveston, vice president; Jasmine Pizano of Galveston, secretary; Kayla DeLeon of Galveston, treasurer; and Maurissa Pena of La Marque, historian. Pena will continue her role as historian in 2018-19.

President Cruz noted a number of SGA accomplishments during the 2017-18 academic year, including:

  • hosting the Fall Festival and Spring Fling;
  • co-hosting the Texas House of Representatives District 23 Candidate Forum with the Faculty Senate and Political Science Club;
  • co-hosting the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents Position 7 Candidate Forum;
  • monthly presentations at the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents meetings;
  • participation with a specially designed float in two Mardi Gras parades; and
  • attending the Sam Houston State University Diversity Leadership Conference with other student organization leaders.

Guest speaker Priscilla Culver, dual credit adviser and adjunct faculty member in psychology, shared her inspirational story and encouraged the students to pursue and achieve their dreams, to continue building their networks and to take a genuine interest in mentoring others.

The students recognized a number of individuals, including Student Activities Coordinator and SGA Adviser Cynthia Parra, Acting Vice President for Student Affairs Ron Crumedy, Developmental Mathematics Instructor/Program Coordinator Rodrigo Santoya and Developmental Education Student Success Adviser Elvia Bytautas.

welding project at galveston college

Welding project showcases layout and fabrication skills

Galveston College Welding program director James Love has a challenging assignment for students enrolled in his second semester class, Introduction to Layout and Fabrication.

Students are required to construct a 4-inch by 4-inch carbon steel cube with a precise 2-inch cutout on all six sides.

Love explained this intricate project gives him the opportunity to teach students how to create a layout plan with detailed measurements on paper, followed by transferring the layout from paper to the actual material.

Students learn about tolerances, which are the amount of error permitted on a project. On the cube project, a one-eighth-inch tolerance is accepted.

Students also learn how to make allowances for kerf lines, which are the amount of material taken off during the cutting process.

Take-offs are another critical factor where students are expected to accurately deduct the thickness of the materials in their calculations.

Students learn three different types of cutting processes and are given the choice of what cutting process to use.

Grinding follows to ensure a smooth finish and then pieces are assembled.

Students weld up all seams of the cube using one of four processes: shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux cored arc welding or gas metal arc welding.

Financial-Aid-Basics at Galveston College

‘Financial Aid 101 Basics’ seminar set for Wednesday

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present “Financial Aid 101 Basics” on Wednesday, April 18, from 4-5 p.m. in Room 251 of Regents Hall at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Presenter will be Tyese Dunn, Galveston College financial aid coordinator.

“Participants of this workshop will learn the basics about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the financial aid awarding process and timeline, and the effect of scholarships and other outside assistance on financial aid funding,” said Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities at Galveston College. “

For more information, contact Parra at


Pell Grants at Galveston College

Pell Grant funding now available in the summer

Year-round Pell Grants are now available. This means eligible students can get funding to take summer classes and possibly graduate sooner.

To be eligible, students must

  • have completed or complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA,
  • be Pell Grant eligible,
  • register for at least six credit hours,
  • be enrolled in eligible courses that count toward a degree plan and
  • meet all satisfactory academic progress requirements and be in good academic standing

Summer and fall 2018 registration opened on Monday, April 16. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid office at (409) 944-1235 or


Student Government Association and Political Science Club will host a forum featuring candidates for Position 7 on the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Monday, April 9

Galveston College Faculty Senate, SGA and Political Science Club to host GCCD Board of Regents Candidate Forum

The Galveston College Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Political Science Club will host a forum featuring candidates for Position 7 on the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The college will have a special election in May for the unexpired term for Position 7, which had been filled by George Black. The term for Position 7 expires in 2022.

Candidates include retiree Curtiss Brown, higher education administrator Dr. Richard A. Prets, Jr., UTMB executive director for community engagement Rebecca Trout Unbehagen, small business owner Marie Robb and attorney Keith McFatridge, all of Galveston.

The forum will be moderated by Don Davison, Galveston College Faculty Senate president and professor of business/accounting.

Citizens are invited to email questions for the candidates, in advance, to Davison at Audience members also will have an opportunity to submit questions to the candidates during the forum.

“Throughout its over 50-year history, Galveston College has been host to numerous political forums,” Davison said. “These forums have allowed candidates to express their platforms while at the same time giving the community the opportunity to meet and know the candidates better. As a community college, we believe forums are an essential part of the democratic process and as such are a key component of our mission to serve the community of Galveston.”

For more information, contact Don Davison at or the Galveston College Public Affairs office at (409) 944-1302


Galveston College Theatre Department recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Galveston College Theatre Department recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Eight students from the Galveston College Theatre Department recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

At the regional festival, the Galveston College students participated in the on-site devised initiative. This consisted of working with students from other colleges under the supervision of Alyssa Hughlett from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre to create an original devised performance based on the prompt, “She/He/They Never Met a Stranger.” Eva Arita, Alyssa Gudz, Tyler Hanna, Gabrielle Hosler, Jade Killebrew and Eric Scales each received a KCACTF “Festival Developed Devised Performance Award” and Destiny Shute received the KCACTF “Devised Theatre Student Excellence Award.”

Students Melina Moore and Destiny Shute performed one scene and a monologue for the Irene Ryan acting competition. Moore was chosen as the Irene Ryan Acting Nominee Award Recipient from the GC Theatre Department’s fall production of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” She was also cast for a role in the play “15” by Claire Fountain and performed in the Ten-Minute Play Festival.

“It was truly an honor and privilege to be able to attend this prestigious collegiate theatre festival,” said Liz Lacy, Galveston College program coordinator for the performing arts. “While Galveston College is a small college theatre department compared to the other colleges and universities represented at the festival, the Galveston College students performed exceptionally well.”

In addition, the students attended six plays, musical theatre presentations, staged play readings and at least three workshops a day on various topics including acting, playwriting, directing and various technical topics. Galveston College also sponsored the Design and Technology Breakfast for all participants at the festival.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region VI Theatre Festival includes colleges and universities within Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. The KCACTF is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre. KCACTF promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds. KCACTF honors achievements in diversity and excellence and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.

Galveston College students (from left) Jade Killebrew, Melina Moore, Destiny Shute, Alyssa Gudz, Eric Scales, Tyler Hanna, Eva Arita and Gabrielle Holster recently received awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.