Tag: Galveston Island

Mardi Gras Celebration

The Galveston College Student Government Association and Office of Student Activities will serve king cake in celebration of Mardi Gras on Feb. 28 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

All students are invited.

Galveston College Cosmetology

Cosmetology program sets spring Client Days

Are you ready to freshen up your spring look?

The Galveston College Cosmetology department will open for services on Fridays in February from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All services are offered at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway, Galveston.

The pricing schedule is as follows:

  • manicures – $10
  • shampoo and blowout – $10
  • shampoo and iron work (curling iron or flat iron) – $10
  • haircuts – $10

Cosmetology will host facial spa nights by appointment on Wednesdays and Thursdays after 6 p.m., beginning Feb. 27. Cost is $10.

Call (409) 944-1406 to book an appointment.

Students enjoy the campus and community Involvement Fair Jan. 29 in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Students enjoy spring 2019 Involvement Fair

As part of the spring 2019 Week of Welcome (WOW!), the Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association sponsored a campus and community Involvement Fair Jan. 29 in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Student clubs, departments, programs and community organizations hosted informational tables, which were designed to encourage student involvement and engagement on campus and in the community.

For more photo highlights, click here.

Pleasure Pier Job Fair

For decades, the historic Pleasure Pier served as a tourism catalyst for Galveston’s Seawall Boulevard and the Texas Gulf Coast. More than 40 years after the original Pleasure Pier was destroyed by Hurricane Carla, Landry’s has transformed the Pleasure Pier into a world-class amusement park for all ages.

Pleasure Pier will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 29-30 in the Moody Hall Lobby on the Galveston College campus. Learn about exciting career opportunities including:

  • Ride Operators
  • Game Attendants
  • Food and Beverage Staff
  • Security Personnel
  • Retail Associates
  • Grounds Crew
  • Mechanics
  • Facilities Personnel
  • Admissions Cashiers

Some positions require a valid driver’s license and/pre-employment background check and drug screening. Team members enjoy a fun, family-oriented environment, food and retail discounts and a great opportunity for career growth!

Come dressed to impress!

Galveston College receives go-ahead to offer bachelor’s degrees

Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Dec. 11 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees.

Approval to advance from a Level I associate degree-granting college to a Level II bachelor’s degree-granting institution was the final step in Galveston College’s yearlong journey to offer its first bachelor’s degree in 51 years of service to Galveston Island, the state of Texas and the Gulf Coast region – a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2118 on June 12, 2017, which allowed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to authorize certain public two-year colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs in the fields of applied science, applied technology and nursing.

In November 2017, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents took a historic vote to create the opportunity for Galveston College to pursue offering the bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The college will launch the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management in fall 2019. The nursing degree is still in the planning stages.

“The bachelor’s degrees we will offer are designed to complement our two-year degree and certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce and to transfer to four-year universities,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “These are degrees when there is a local workforce need either for skills that need specific training and require a bachelor’s degree or for someone who has those skills and wants to advance into a management role.”

The Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level management positions in planning, directing and coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed-care organizations, public health agencies or similar organizations.

“The state of Texas and the Galveston-Houston metro area are facing severe shortages of healthcare managers in a variety of areas,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction at Galveston College. “The new bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management will offer students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree in an affordable, supportive environment that is close to home.”

Dr. Matthews said the college is excited to offer its first bachelor’s degree in support of the needs of the healthcare industry in the region.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to provide higher education for an industry that is critical to our island and region’s economic health,” Dr. Matthews said. “Local healthcare workers will now have access to a bachelor’s degree that brings with it opportunities for advancement and higher level skills development.”

Once students begin classes, the college will host an on-site visiting team from SACSCOC within six months of enrolling students. The purpose of this visiting team will be to review the Healthcare Management program and to make recommendations regarding the needs and priorities of the program.

Dr. Shelton said Galveston College will continue to add baccalaureate programs, while retaining the technical mission that is part of a community college’s job — that is, training workers for local industries.

“Our baccalaureate degrees are an affordable win-win for students, business and industry,” Shelton said. “I want to thank our local legislators, the governor, and our regents, faculty, staff and community as we begin this next chapter in the evolution of Galveston College.”

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management at Galveston College, visit GC.edu or call (409) 944-4242.

Galveston College celebrates Veterans Day and 100th Anniversary of Galveston Jetty Lighthouse

On Veterans Day, Nov. 12, Galveston College and Galveston Island celebrated the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the lamp at the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse at what was at the time the busiest port on the Gulf Coast and second busiest port in the country.

A commemoration featuring a Veterans Day wreath ceremony with student speaker Stephany Sagastume and special music by Kay Reagan recognized veterans and active-duty military personnel.

The event also featured lectures on the history of the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse with Kevin Kinney of the Rosenberg Library and the Galveston College Beacon Square with Joe Huff, who served as director of public affairs at Galveston College from 1982 to 2017.

On Nov. 12, 1918, one day after the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, and after 14 years of on-and-off construction, the lamp was lit for the first time at the Galveston (South) Jetty Lighthouse with George W. Bardwell serving as the first head keeper.

A violent storm ravaged the lighthouse on May 2, 2000, and the iron pilings, weakened by years of rust, gave way, causing the lighthouse to fall into the water.

In 2001, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents met in a retreat and adopted the vision statement: “A Beacon of Light Guiding Lifelong Learning.” Regent John L. Sullivan convinced the board that the college needed a symbol at the entrance of the college at 39th and Avenue Q.

Regent Sullivan knew that the actual South Jetty Lighthouse cupola was rusting away in Sonny Broome’s welding yard, having been placed there after being salvaged by George P. Mitchell’s company. In 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard granted a loan of the cupola to Galveston College, and John and Cindy Sullivan provided a donation of over $20,000 to have Sonny Broome restore it. Architects were hired to design an area known as Beacon Square that would feature a replica of the South Jetty Lighthouse that used to stand on Galveston Island’s east end.

In November 2006, a public ceremony that included the U. S. Coast Guard color guard dedicated Beacon Square and the lighthouse replica, complete with the restored lighthouse cupola. Subsequent improvements allowed a fundraising engraved brick project to surround the lighthouse with nine oak trees available with naming rights.

The Beacon Square lighthouse now stands as a beautiful focal point at 39th Street and Avenue Q and a landmark for the Galveston College campus.


Above: Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton welcomes guests to the 2018 Veterans Day ceremony and commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the Galveston Jetty Beacon on Nov. 12. For more photo highlights of the event, click here.



Spark Movie Night and Costume Contest: “Little Shop of Horrors”

The Spark Poetry and Writing Club at Galveston College will host a costume contest and movie night featuring “Little Shop of Horrors” on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6-9 p.m. in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Building.

Concessions will be sold before the showing and during intermission.

Costumes can be all-inclusive but preferably a literary or movie character. All costumes must be safe and family friendly (PG-13).

The event is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Galveston Art League honors Galveston College Community Chorale

The Galveston Art League recently recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale as one of its 2018 honorees at “An Evening of Art and Music,” the league’s fifth annual gala.

“It is well recognized that the GCCC has made significant contributions to the arts in Galveston,” said 2018 Gala Chair Aubrey Garcia in honoring the choristers, who performed for the audience via video.

“I am very proud of both the present and past members of the Galveston College Community Chorale who have given of their time and energy in providing the best in choral music to our community,” said Michael Gilbert, who serves as director of the chorale.

Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt accompanies the group.

“It has been my pleasure to accompany the chorale under the leadership of five different conductors, each with their unique talents,” said Wyatt. “The music during this time has gone all the way from Bach to the Beatles and from Brahms to Broadway. What a dramatic musical experience. Who knows what’s next?”

The Galveston College Community Chorale was established in 1972 by Dr. Larry Patton who directed the chorale for 27 years. The chorale was part of the newly formed music department at Galveston College to allow interested individuals the opportunity to participate in a performing organization.

The first year of the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2017-18 academic year, the chorale averaged 65 singers.

“Our audiences are a representation of the city of Galveston,” said Gilbert. “Many family members and friends of the chorale attend our concerts as well as other choral music lovers from the community and surrounding area.”

The chorale performs all styles of music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance period of music, to Handle’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, American folk music, spirituals and the music of Broadway.

Music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Daniel Pinkham, Randall Thompson and Texas resident Dan Forrest have also been performed by the chorale.

The chorale is a non-auditioned organization supported by Galveston College and is part of the Continuing Education department’s curriculum. It is open to all individuals who enjoy singing and performing.

“Our goal is to offer to members of the chorale an educational opportunity to experience quality music and to perform music at the highest level,” Gilbert said.

Now in its 104th year, the Galveston Art League is dedicated to expanding opportunities to foster an understanding and love for art.

Funds raised from events such as the gala are earmarked to enrich the lives of children and adults by providing a gallery for the exhibition of artwork and conducting educational programs that promote art and its appreciation.

Veterans Community Resource Fair

In recognition of Veterans Day, Galveston College will host a Veterans Community Resource Fair on Monday, Nov. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.

Hosted by the Student Veterans Association and the Office of Student Activities, the event will bring together organizations and programs that serve veterans, active-duty military and their families. Come to find out about the many services available.

For more information contact:
Nikki Montoya
Student Veterans Association

Cynthia J. Parra
Office of Student Activities

Galveston College Study Abroad Information Session

There will be an information session on the 2019 Galveston College Study Abroad program to Ireland on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m. in Room 207 of the Fine Arts Building on the Galveston College campus.

In the Study Abroad program, students can explore the world with a  course that combines college credit for a core curriculum requirement with an international experience. Students earn college credit, experience new cultures, develop new skills and visit unforgettable places.

Students are encouraged to study abroad regardless of major, class standing, socioeconomic background or foreign language experience. The Ireland trip is set for June 16-18, 2019.

For more information, contact Liz Lacy at llacy@gc.edu or Dr. Shane Wallace at swallace@gc.edu.