Category: Student Services

Volunteers Needed

College seeks volunteers for Food for Thought packing and distribution

Are you looking for a way to give back to the college and community? Does your club or organization need service hours?

Ten to 12 volunteers are needed to assist in packing, bagging and distributing food to Galveston College students at the Food for Thought drive-through mobile food distribution at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Volunteers are needed on the following dates:

Oct. 27 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Distribution
Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Distribution
Nov. 23 from 8 a.m.-10 a.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Distribution
Dec. 8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Food Packing/Bagging and 12 p.m.-2 p.m. – Distribution

To volunteer to assist with the program, contact Randy Graves at rgraves@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234. Please send him the dates on which you would like to volunteer.

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.

About Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

Food for Thought gives all Galveston College students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

The program will be operating on the regular scholarship program schedule this semester and will not be available to the general public. For a calendar listing of mobile food pantries in Galveston County open to the public, click here.

Here are the steps to receive food:

Bring a Food for Thought client ID card and current student ID for the fall 2021 semester.
Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
Drive off safely after receiving food.

Currently enrolled students can obtain Food for Thought client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at the office at the Applied Technology Center.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

Library News

Library offers virtual books display, new library guide and virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events

The David Glenn Hunt Memorial Library at Galveston College is offering a series of activities during the month of October, including a virtual books display, a new library guide on “plagiarism,” virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events, and ongoing webinars.

Visit the virtual displays of books to discover some interesting reads; each tab has its own unique collection of books: https://library.gc.edu/virtual

Check out the new library guide on plagiarism: https://library.gc.edu/plagiarism

Participate in upcoming virtual Hispanic Heritage Month events at the GC Library:

Live Stream via Zoom: Palante, Siempre Palante! The Young Lords. Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. Iris Morales’ award-winning documentary, which aired on PBS’s “POV,” depicts how Latinx communities fought for economic and social justice during the civil rights movement, Vietnam War protests, and the women’s equality movement. Registration is required to attend. Register here: https://gc.libcal.com/event/8314321

Bidi Bidi Bom Bom. Wednesday, Oct. 20, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. This event will be on Instragram Live, https://www.instagram.com/smithsoniannpg/. Join the National Portrait Gallery for a conversation about Tejana icon Selena and the power of representation, image and fashion. Learn to make an “Amor Prohibido” cocktail or mocktail and explore the ways Selena created an image that continues to inspire, empower and electrify her fans. Nos sentimos muy… excited! Register here: https://gc.libcal.com/event/8322557

A series of virtual library instruction webinars also have been created to ensure students, faculty and staff are given opportunities to develop strategies for uncovering accurate, relevant and quality information at Galveston College Library. Webinars require registration to attend

Information literacy sessions for fall 2021 are as follows:

APA Style Demystified
MLA Style Demystified
Plagiarism
Finding Primary Sources
Quick Orientation of Galveston College Library Online
Finding and Using eBooks
Introduction to Databases
All About Database Searching
Whitecaps OneSearch

For the schedule of the library instruction webinars and registration, click here.

Greater Texas Foundation Logo

Galveston College receives Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant

The Greater Texas Foundation recently awarded Galveston College a total of $122,500 over a three-year period to be given to students facing unexpected and untimely crises that may prevent them from completing their education.

The $1.5 million Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant program will help Galveston College and nine other community colleges across the state develop efficient, equitable, sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises.

“Galveston College was selected to participate in the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap for demonstrating a strong commitment to student success and a thoughtful approach to meeting students’ needs,” said Leslie Gurrola, director of programs and strategy for the Greater Texas Foundation. “We’re excited to extend the reach and impact of the good work that is already happening here.”

According to a 2020 study done by the Trellis Company, 61 percent of Texas public two-year college students said they would have trouble obtaining $500 in cash or credit to meet an unexpected need within the next month. Fifty-three percent worry about being able to pay their current monthly expenses, and 73 percent have run out of money at least once in the past year.

“Some crises affect entire communities; others are personal,” said Sue McMillin, president and CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation. “Either way, the effects on students can be devastating. The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap program is designed to help colleges be there for their students no matter what crisis they’re facing.”

In 2019, the Galveston College District Board of Regents and the Galveston College Foundation began working toward assisting students in emergency situations by establishing the Galveston College Emergency Scholarship to help students with unexpected circumstances that may significantly interfere with their ability to attend college.

Other efforts to assist Galveston College students include the Galveston College Food for Thought mobile food pantry, which provides food to students in partnership with the Houston Food Bank and the Galveston County Food Bank, and the Whitecaps Wardrobe clothing closet, which provides professional clothing to students to wear to interviews and on the job.

“We are grateful to the Greater Texas Foundation for its support of Galveston College and Texas community college students. Technical assistance from the Greater Texas Foundation will benefit our emergency aid program by helping us to streamline the process and make it more efficient – and thus more capable of delivering emergency assistance to students more quickly,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president.

“Galveston College is committed to supporting student success and knows students need a little additional support during times when challenges interfere with attendance, retention and completion. Students have expressed needs for emergency help with rent, utility bills, transportation, medical, home repair, childcare, food and more since the Emergency Scholarship program has been in operation,” said Kelly Merry, director of development and the Galveston College Foundation.

“Building up this scholarship program is important. In comparing total enrollees in the fall of 2020 with students who received Emergency Scholarships during the same time period, the pass rate and the success rate show significant improvement for those who received emergency funds. We’re grateful for this opportunity to partner with the Greater Texas Foundation.”

Participating colleges were selected through a competitive request for proposals (RFP), which was open to all public Texas community colleges enrolling 10,000 students or fewer, along with their respective foundations. Collectively, the 10 Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap colleges enroll more than 53,000 students.

For more information, visit the Greater Texas Foundation website at greatertexasfoundation.org.

Vaccination Clinic

Vaccination clinic is Thursday

The Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Walgreens will co-host a vaccination clinic on Thursday, Oct. 7, 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. COVID-19 second doses and COVID-19 boosters also will be available. For more information on COVID-19 boosters, click here.

Those who plan to participate in the vaccination clinic should email Joyce Landry today at jlandry@gc.edu. 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.

Vaccination Incentive Program

College offers vaccination opportunity and incentive program

Galveston College is offering a vaccination opportunity and incentive program through Nov. 1 for current students, faculty and staff. The program is being funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

“We know that vaccination is the best way each of us can protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community against the effects of COVID-19 and its Delta variant,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president. “We hope this incentive program will encourage students, faculty and staff who haven’t been vaccinated to avail themselves of the opportunity.”

The student/work-study student vaccination incentive program is open to full- and part-time credit and continuing education students who are enrolled at Galveston College for the fall 2021 semester. Students must receive the full COVID-19 vaccination series by Monday, Nov. 1, to participate.

Participating students will receive one $200 gift certificate to the Galveston College Bookstore. The gift certificate can be used to purchase items in the bookstore up to but not to exceed $200. Students will need to pay any amounts over $200.

To participate, students must present a copy of their Galveston College student ID, a copy of their class schedule and a copy of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued COVID-19 vaccination card demonstrating they have completed the vaccination regimen to the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus.

Once all of the information is received, students will be given a one-time-use gift certificate to present to the Galveston College Bookstore. Students who are unable to spend the entire $200 will forfeit any remaining balance. All unused gift certificates expire at the close of business on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

To further encourage vaccinations among faculty and staff, Galveston College will provide current full- and part-time employees as of Aug. 30 a one-time incentive of $300, which will be included on the November payroll.

Faculty and staff members must have received their full COVID-19 vaccination series by Oct. 31 and submit their certification application to Human Resources on or before noon Monday, Nov. 1.

Work-study students are not eligible for the faculty and staff program but rather should apply using the student/work-study student vaccination incentive program.

Information concerning the vaccination opportunity and incentive program is available here: https://gc.edu/vaccination-opportunity-and-incentive-program/.

College announces Food for Thought dates for fall 2021

Galveston College has announced fall 2021 distribution dates for its free drive-through Food for Thought scholarship program for students.

The first distribution will be Wednesday, Sept. 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway St. Future market dates are as follows:

Oct. 13 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Oct. 27 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 10 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Nov. 23 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 8 – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

Food for Thought gives all Galveston College students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

The program will be operating on the regular scholarship program schedule this semester and will not be available to the general public. For a calendar listing of mobile food pantries in Galveston County open to the public, click here.

Here are the steps to receive food:

Bring a Food for Thought client ID card and current student ID for the fall 2021 semester.
Present ID through the window of automobile to receive food. (Windows must remain closed for the safety of the students and volunteers.)
Open trunk of automobile so that volunteers may place box/bag of food inside.
Drive off safely after receiving food.

Currently enrolled students can obtain Food for Thought client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or at the office at the Applied Technology Center.

In addition to the distributions at Galveston College, students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets here or by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

Volunteers Needed
Ten to 12 volunteers are needed to assist in packing/bagging food for distribution at the Applied Technology Center. Trucks are scheduled to arrive at approximately 8 a.m. on the days with 10 a.m. distributions and 3 p.m. on the dates with 5 p.m. distributions. 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 and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Randy Graves at rgraves@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

Food for Thought

Vaccination Incentive Program

Galveston College board approves vaccination opportunity and incentive program

On Wednesday, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents approved a vaccination opportunity and incentive program for current students, faculty and staff at Galveston College. The program is being funded by the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund.

“We know that vaccination is the best way each of us can protect ourselves, our loved ones and our community against the effects of COVID-19 and its Delta variant,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president. “We hope this incentive program will encourage students, faculty and staff who haven’t been vaccinated to avail themselves of the opportunity.”

The student/work-study student vaccination incentive program is open to full- and part-time credit and continuing education students who are enrolled at Galveston College for the fall 2021 semester. Students must receive the full COVID-19 vaccination series by Monday, Nov. 1, to participate.

Participating students will receive one $200 gift certificate to the Galveston College Bookstore. The gift certificate can be used to purchase items in the bookstore up to but not to exceed $200. Students will need to pay any amounts over $200.

To participate, students must present a copy of their Galveston College student ID, a copy of their class schedule and a copy of their Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued COVID-19 vaccination card demonstrating they have completed the vaccination regimen to the Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus.

Once all of the information is received, students will be given a one-time-use gift certificate to present to the Galveston College Bookstore. Students who are unable to spend the entire $200 will forfeit any remaining balance. All unused gift certificates expire at the close of business on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022.

To further encourage vaccinations among faculty and staff, Galveston College will provide current full- and part-time employees as of Aug. 30 a one-time incentive of $300, which will be included on the November payroll.

Faculty and staff members must have received their full COVID-19 vaccination series by Oct. 31 and submit their certification application to Human Resources on or before noon Monday, Nov. 1.

Work-study students are not eligible for the faculty and staff program but rather should apply using the student/work-study student vaccination incentive program.

Information concerning the vaccination opportunity and incentive program is available here: https://gc.edu/vaccination-opportunity-and-incentive-program/.

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.