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Galveston College 2019 Commencement Ceremony is May 17

Galveston College will celebrate its 52nd commencement ceremony Friday, May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center, 56th Street and Seawall Boulevard, Galveston.

Scott Branum, director of admissions and registrar, said 642students will receive 744 associate degrees and certificates. More than 2,000 family members and friends are expected to attend the event.

The grand marshals of the faculty, staff and student procession will be faculty exceptional service award winners.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, will offer a welcome and introduce platform guests.

Karen Flowers, chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents, will bring greetings from the board.

Speakers will include graduating students Olha Few and Kelly Simmons.

Theron Waddell, president of the Galveston College Faculty Senate, will certify the graduates, and Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction, will introduce the candidates for degrees and certificates.

Music will be provided by the Galveston College Community Chorale Ensemble and TMH Company, conducted by Theresa Hanebury.

Florence Nightingale Poster Presentation

Galveston College celebrates National Nurses Week 2019

Celebrate the American Nurses Association’s National Nurses Week May 6-12 at Galveston College by joining the first-year Associate Degree in Nursing students as they share their poster presentations on a variety of nursing topics.

National Nurses Week begins each year on May 6 and ends on May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

​As of 1998, May 8 was designated as National Student Nurses Day, to be celebrated annually. International Nurses Day is celebrated around the world on May 12 of each year.

The theme for National Nurses Week in 2019 is 4 Million Reasons to Celebrate.

Posters will be displayed this week in the Regents Hall lobby.

39th Annual Student Art Exhibition is May 7-Sept. 27

The Galveston College Art Department will host the 39th Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition from May 7 to Sept. 27 in the third floor Fine Arts Gallery on the Galveston College campus.

There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 7, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A variety of art, including ceramics, paintings, drawings, sculptures and mixed media, will be on display.

For more information contact John Stovall, associate professor of fine arts, at (409) 944-1320 or or Amanda Barry Jones, instructor of fine arts, at or (409) 944-1309.

Massage Therapy program offers Swedish massages

The Galveston College Continuing Education Massage Therapy program will offer Swedish massages for $25 per one-hour session from May 6 to May 23 on the main campus of Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Payment is required at the Business Services window on the second floor of Moody Hall prior to scheduling an appointment.

For information, please call Linda Jenko in the Continuing Education department at (409) 944-1344 or email

Spring 2019 De-Stress Week is underway

Final exams are May 9-15 at Galveston College. The Office of Student Activities, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, has planned a variety of activities to help students, faculty and staff decompress before finals. 


Schedule of Events


Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, May 1

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cheney Student Center

Come enjoy a sweet treat!


15-Minute Chair Massages

Thursday, May 2

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Relax your muscles. Soothe your stress. Treat yourself to a free chair massage with Therapeutic HealthWorks!


$3 Movie Night: “Avengers: Endgame”

Friday, May 3

Arrive by 3:30 p.m.

Movie Starts at 4 p.m.

Premiere Cinemas, Galveston

The Avengers take a final stand against Thanos in Marvel Studios’ conclusion to 22 films, “Avengers: Endgame.” Pick up a $3 ticket in Student Activities in the Cheney Student Center to see the movie that has smashed every imaginable box-office record!


Snacks with Friends

Monday, May 6

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium

Come enjoy free snacks, board games, music and more!


Lawn Games

Tuesday, May 7

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn

De-stress with a little friendly competition! Horseshoes, badminton, beanbag toss, soccer and football!


For more information, contact Cynthia Parra in Student Activities at

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony

Phi Theta Kappa inducts 28 new members

The Sigma Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society of two-year colleges at Galveston College, inducted 28 new members into the organization at an April 22 ceremony in Moody Hall.

To be eligible for membership, students must be enrolled in an accredited institution offering an associate-degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree and have a grade-point of 3.5.

Students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa include Illeana Amaya, Jhanna Antonio, Michael Brown, Ellie Byrom, Jesus Castillo, Katherine Cleveland, Thien Dang, Alexandra Demack, Elizabeth Donlon, Elicia Dunn, David Gage, Zoe George, Marisela Guillory, McKenzie (Raegan) Holmes, Ginger Jackson, Dillon Jones, Annalise Martinez, Alyssa Morales, Rachel Moulder, Ondrea Pasley, Erica Pidatella, Kendall Robinson, Venessa Rocha, Kathryn Rodriguez, Kelly Shepherd, Lauren Simpton, Enrique Villareal and Kara Wofford.

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. The organization provides opportunities for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

To view more photos from the ceremony, click here.

SGA celebrates induction ceremony

The Galveston College Student Government Association celebrated its incoming and outgoing officers at an induction ceremony April 11 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

David Gage was inducted 2019-2020 president. Also recognized were incoming officers Stephanie Sagastume, vice president; Graciela Salinas, secretary; Ivan Escalante, treasurer; and Shona Gastian, historian.

Outgoing officers recognized during the evening were Ivan Escalante, president; McKenzie Holmes, vice president; Maura Williams, treasurer; and Maurissa Pena, historian.

President Escalante noted a number of SGA accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic year, including:

  • the establishment of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market;
  • attending Community College Day at the Texas State Capitol;
  • monthly presentations at the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents meetings;
  • participation in two Mardi Gras parades; and
  • attending the Sam Houston State University Diversity Leadership Conference with other student organization leaders.

The students recognized a number of individuals, including Cynthia Parra, Student Activities coordinator and SGA adviser; Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services; Priselda Perez, director of Upward Bound; Rosie Rios, Upward Bound academic coordinator; Gabriela Zepeda, Upward Bound administrative assistant; Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager; Sandi Smith, graphics specialist; and Carol Langston, director of public affairs and SGA co-adviser.


Above: The Galveston College Student Government Association recognized outgoing officers and inducted new officers for 2019-2020 on April 11. Pictured (front row from left) are McKenzie Holmes, 2018-19 vice president; Stephanie Sagastume, 2019-20 vice president; Maurissa Pena, 2018-19 historian; (back row from left) Carol Langston, SGA co-adviser; Cynthia Parra, SGA adviser; Ivan Escalante, 2018-19 president and 2019-20 treasurer; David Gage, 2019-20 president; Shona Gastian, 2019-20 historian; Graciela Salinas, 2019-20 secretary; ; Shona Gastian, 2019-20 historian; and Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services. Not pictured is Maura Williams, 2018-19 treasurer.

Whitecaps to honor 1994 NJCAA championship team at Turn Back the Clock Day

Twenty-five years ago, the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team ascended to the pinnacle of athletic success by winning the 1994 National Junior College Athletic Association Division I title in only its third year of intercollegiate athletic competition.

On Thursday, April 25, the current Whitecaps team, coaches and fans will honor the 1994 Junior College World Series champs at “Turn Back the Clock Day” prior to the 4 p.m. doubleheader with the San Jacinto College Gators at Bernard Davis Field, 81st Street and Frank Guisti Drive, Galveston

The Whitecaps will wear throwback uniforms, and there will be a bounce house for the kids, free popcorn, music and fun. The games are free and open to the public.

In June 1994, the Whitecaps took the field in the NJCAA World Series in Grand Junction, Colorado, determined to improve on their third-place finish of the previous year. The team responded remarkably to the pressures of the series competition, winning six of seven games to take the coveted crown and finish the season with 54 wins against only 14 defeats.

Although each team member made a significant contribution to the Whitecaps’ success, several players also earned individual honors. Jose Rosado, Roman Escamilla, Stephen Randolph, William Roland, Dominic Hernandez, Justin Bowles and Mark Cridland were named to the NJCAA World Series all-tournament team. Jose Rosado also was tabbed the series most valuable player and most valuable pitcher, and Justin Bowles was chosen NJCAA first team All-American and Baseball America junior college player of the year.

Other Whitecaps receiving recognition for their performance during conference and postseason regional tournament competition included Mark Manbeck, Chris Olson, Stephen Watson, Scott Morrison, Collin Wissen and Karl Chatman.

Inspiration and determined leadership were the hallmark of head Coach Dick Smith, who led his players in baseball fundamentals and ignited their desire to excel both individually and as a team. For his superior efforts, Coach Smith was honored as NJCAA and ABCA coach of the year in 1994.

Dr. Marc Nigliazzo, president of Galveston College in 1994 and founder of the Whitecaps baseball program, said at the time the team’s championship in only its third year of competition far exceeded his original expectations. He said his primary goal was to provide “an opportunity for 30 to 40 kids to compete in intercollegiate athletics and to receive a good education. The rest was gravy.”

This exemplary group of men and their coaches has been a tremendous source of pride for the Whitecaps athletic program, student-athletes, coaches, students, faculty and staff of Galveston College and their many fans in the community for a quarter of a century. Their exceptional accomplishments have rightfully earned them honors from the city of Galveston, Galveston County and the state of Texas.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of Galveston College winning the national championship, the Whitecaps are proud to play Thursday in honor of the 1994 NJCAA World Series champions.

Theatre department to stage ‘Jungalbook’

The Galveston College Theatre department will present “Jungalbook” on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 26, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 27, at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The performances are free and open to the public.

In this dramatization by Edward Mast based on the stories of Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli, the rescued child, grows up in the concrete jungle, raised on the streets and learns the rules of society from Baloo. Sherakhan sees the outsider as a threat and has a vendetta against Mowgli, but Bagheera, his secret protector, won’t let any harm come to the boy.

Mowgli grows up wild and unconcerned, believing he is just like everyone else and that the streets are his home. While he learns the laws of this modern jungle, Mowgli begins to understand his own identity and that he has no place in this society.

As tensions grow between Mowgli and Sherakhan, the boy must choose whether to disregard his society’s strict moral code or leave the only place he has called home.

Company members include Eva Arita, Daniel Bourque, Eddie Cobbs, Alyssa Gudz, Jade Killebrew, Daniel Maxey, Melina Moore, Andrea Parsons, Eric Scales and Wrath Sorrell.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain. The running time for each performance is approximately two hours with one 15-minute intermission.

For additional information, please contact Liz Lacy, program coordinator for the Performing Arts, at (409) 944-1398 or

Galveston College announces tuition payment plan

Galveston College has announced a tuition payment plan available to students who enroll for the fall and spring semesters.

FACTS e-Cashier is a payment plan to help students budget the cost of their tuition into their monthly expenses. It is not a loan program. Students will incur no debt, there are no interest or finance charges assessed, and there is no credit check. The cost to budget an interest-free monthly payment plan is a $25 per semester, per college non-refundable FACTS enrollment fee.

Students who enroll for the fall semester by July 24 will pay 25 percent down with three remaining payments of 25 percent each in August, September and October. Students who enroll in the payment plan from July 25-Aug. 23 will pay 50 percent down with two remaining payments of 25 percent each in October and November. Payments will be charged on the 5th of each month.

Registration for the fall 2019 semester is open now. Students are encouraged to enroll early for best class selection.

To take advantage of the payment plan, follow the these steps:

• Log in the Whitecaps portal at
• Click the quick link labeled “FACTS Payment Plan”
• Select proceed to processor
• Follow prompts to complete agreement

For more information, contact Galveston College Business Services at (409 ) 944-1362.