Public Affairs


No other institution is as vital to the educational success of Galveston Island than Galveston College. The Office of Public Affairs tells the story of Galveston College through a variety of channels, including advertising, media relations, publications production, website management, social networking, and other communications activities.

Director of Public Affairs
Name Carol Langston
Title Director of Public Affairs
Room M-208
Department Public Affairs
Phone 409-944-1302
Digital Communications / Web Services Manager
Name Trish Himebaugh
Title Digital Communications / Web Services Manager
Room M-231
Department Public Affairs
Phone 409-944-1313
Creative Services Manager
Name Sandi Smith
Title Creative Services Manager
Room M-207
Department Public Affairs
Phone 409-944-1301

The Public Affairs office works with academic and administrative departments to

  • coordinate communications strategies;
  • develop stories about our extraordinary faculty, students, alumni and staff;
  • produce a wide range of digital and printed materials; and
  • provide photography and videography.

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About Us

The Office of Public Affairs develops and implements strategic messaging to support the mission of the college. In order to ensure that the college brand and strategic messaging are consistent, clear, cost-effective and representative of quality education, Public Affairs is responsible for final review and approval of all marketing materials produced for all academic, administrative and student services divisions of the college.

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Name Carol Langston
Title Director of Public Affairs
Room M-208
Department Public Affairs
Phone 409-944-1302
Communication Services
Internal Communications
The Beacon Public Affairs produces The Beacon, Galveston College’s official news and information publication for faculty and staff. The Beacon, an electronic newsletter, is distributed each Monday. We welcome your story suggestions—click here to email us with an idea that you think may be of interest to our campus community.
Whitecaps Portal Public Affairs posts news and a calendar of events for students, faculty and staff on the Whitecaps portal. News items of interest to students, faculty and staff are shared here on a weekly basis. To submit news to the Whitecaps portal, click here.

Global Email Communications



Public Affairs provides broadcast electronic messaging support for the college. Global emails are approved based on three general categories:

  • Emergency – Highly important, time-sensitive messages including emergency notices such as security alerts or campus closings due to severe weather.
  • Official – Highly important, non-emergency messages such as government reporting requirements, policy changes, human resources information, etc.
  • Informational – Other non-emergency messages that are directly related to college business or academic operations.
External Communications

Public Affairs plays a key role in working with local, regional and national media, as well as administering Galveston College’s social media channels. In addition to producing news releases and promoting significant college achievements, the members of the Public Affairs team serve as consultants and advisers for faculty or staff members who may be contacted by external news organizations. Have an idea for a news or feature story, click here.



The Public Affairs office produces a monthly electronic newsletter, Currents, which is distributed to students, faculty, staff and friends of Galveston College. Story ideas and suggestions are welcomed here.

To subscribe, email


Members of the college community who need assistance in designing and developing college-related web pages may request assistance from Public Affairs by submitting a Public Affairs Project Request.

Each department, office or program is responsible for providing the content for its web pages. The content will be reviewed and edited for style and consistency by the Office of Public Affairs.

 Each department should review its pages periodically and submit a Public Affairs Project Request if changes are necessary.

Social Media

Public Affairs administers the college’s primary Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, Snapchat, Reddit, TikTok and Google Business accounts, connecting Galveston College with students, faculty, alumni and friends everywhere.

 Public Affairs can help other college departments launch their own social media sites and can provide consultation services on issues related to social media. The department also maintains the social media guidelines.

Public Affairs Release Form  

To find out more about social media at Galveston College, email

Emergency Communications


Public Affairs plays an important role in disseminating emergency announcements via messaging on the college’s home page at, social media and through global email emergency messages.

The Public Affairs team also alerts the media in the case of severe weather closings of both or either campus location. Public Affairs also administers the Blackboard Connect emergency alert notification system for students, faculty and staff. 

If you witness a campus emergency, please call 911 or contact the Galveston College Campus Security Department at

(409) 944-1361.

Marketing Services
Marketing Strategy We never think of projects as separate, disjointed entities. Whether we are producing a video, creating a website, designing a brochure or organizing an event, we start with a plan that is in tune with the communications and marketing strategy at Galveston College. The end result is a project that promotes a specific initiative, event or department within our institution, as well as the overall Galveston College brand, underscoring the quality of programs and opportunities available at our college.
Design Designers play a key role in developing the appearance of a project. They select and shape creative content, transforming it into dynamic projects that engage the interest of the audience. From posters and postcards promoting academic programs to annual programs for special events to designing the pages of the Galveston College website, Public Affairs’ design services encompass a variety of projects, produced in accordance with Galveston College’s brand standards.
Photography Click here to submit a Public Affairs Project Request for a print publication (brochure, booklet, postcard, poster, etc.) to promote your Galveston College program or service.
Video Production

Galveston College’s video production efforts include everything from student feedback on topics of interest to highlights from special events and academic programs. Our videos help to convey a message that stands out quickly in the fast-paced world of electronic news. You can see our work featured on Galveston College social media.

Click here to submit a Public Affairs Project Request for a video project.



For the Media
For the Media

The Public Affairs office serves as a source of information and news about Galveston College for journalists and media professionals. Public Affairs is responsible for distributing news to local media outlets through news releases, story pitches and face-to-face interviews.

One important role of Galveston College’s Public Affairs office is to serve as official spokesperson for the college and act as a liaison between Galveston College and the local and national media. Public Affairs works to secure media coverage for Galveston College events and accomplishments, help members of the campus community respond to media inquiries, and publicize Galveston College news by writing stories and submitting press releases on a daily and weekly basis.

If you have an event, accomplishment or potential story you would like to share with us, please contact the Director of Public Affairs at

Brand Guidelines
What is a Brand? A brand isn’t just a logo or a tagline. Branding refers to everything from logos, the website and other visual representations of the college, to print publications including fliers, brochures and advertising, to every interaction Galveston College has with students, parents, visitors or the public at large. Each individual in the Galveston College community is a brand ambassador for the college.
Download the Galveston College brand guidelines.
Why do we brand at Galveston College?

We brand at the college to create and maintain a consistent, professional image to both our internal and external communities.

This guide provides the basic elements of a visual and verbal language to express ourselves in a way that strengthens and consolidates the Galveston College brand.

The most important ways by which the college can brand itself are:
  • Consistency
  • Frequency
  • Repetition over time
  • Show school pride
A clear, consistent, strong brand makes end-users:
  • Recognize our high quality and value
  • Seek us out as a great place to study and work, and
  • Consider investing in our future

Consistent branding also enables the various departments and programs in the college community to take advantage of the reputation of Galveston College as a whole.

Contact: Carol Langston, Director of Public Affairs,

For review prior to the production of any promotional or marketing pieces, email samples to Sandi Smith at

Requests are handled promptly; please allow time for review in production timelines.

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