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Regent Armin Cantini

Galveston College Regent Armin Cantini elected to Community College Association of Texas Trustees Board of Directors

Armin Cantini was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Community College Association of Texas Trustees (CCATT) at its annual conference in Austin, Texas.

CCATT is a premier source of community college trustee development that provides professional education programs and governance training through regional meetings, webinars and an annual conference. The organization focuses on delivering the latest information and research on exemplary community college practices and programs.

Regent Cantini currently serves as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Community College Leadership Council. He is also a past chair of the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents where he is now serving a second six-year term.

He was a founding member of the Galveston College Foundation and its Universal Access Community Endowment almost two decades ago. In addition, Regent Cantini and his wife Gail have been ardent supporters of the Galveston College Nursing program and have endowed the Lynn Levin Cantini Nursing Assistance Fund.

In his remarks at the CCATT annual conference, Regent Cantini said he has followed the progression of the organization and is proud that working in concert with the Texas Association of Community Colleges, the Texas Community College Teachers Association, the Association of Community College Trustees and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board everyone has come together to speak with one voice regarding community college issues in Austin and in Washington.

Student Activities and SGA sponsor Juneteenth celebration

Galveston College recognized the oldest celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States with a Juneteenth luncheon on June 19 in the Cheney Student Center dining room.

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association partnered with Mr. C’s Dugout to provide a soul-food lunch menu, including smothered pork chops, white rice, cabbage, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, black-eyed peas and cornbread.

The SGA served up free peach cobbler and ice cream and shared a poster display with information on the history of Juneteenth in Galveston and in the USA.

Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the freedom of the slaves in the United States. The name Juneteenth is a combination of the words June and nineteenth. The day is also called Emancipation Day and Freedom Day.

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862. It went into effect on January 1, 1863. However, slaves were not set free in the Confederacy until the Union army was able to come in and take over. On June 18, 1865, the Union army arrived in Galveston, Texas. The next day, June 19, General Gordon Granger announced that the slaves in Texas were free by order of the president of the United States.

The former slaves in Galveston celebrated the day that they were set free. The first Juneteenth celebration took place the very next year. The annual celebration began to spread throughout Texas and surrounding states. In 1980 it became an official state holiday in Texas.


Above: Galveston College Nursing students enjoy soul food from Mr. C’s Dugout and peach cobbler and ice cream courtesy of the Student Activities office and Student Government Association during Galveston College’s Juneteenth celebration on June 19.

Galveston College Community Chorale Spring Concert

The Galveston College Community Chorale will present its annual Spring Concert at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd Street, Galveston on Sunday, May 19 beginning at 7 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of patriotic songs in a tribute to veterans.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Blood Drive

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities will sponsor a blood drive with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center on Monday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Hermes Fitness Center gym on the Galveston College campus.

For more information, contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu.

2019 Health and Wellness Fair

Galveston College will host its 2019 Health and Wellness Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Sponsored by the Galveston College Employee Relations and Wellness Committee and Office of Student Activities, the Health and Wellness Fair is free for Galveston College students and faculty, staff, their spouses and dependents.

Participants are asked to bring a valid Galveston College ID and their insurance card. Discounted fees for services may be available for those with no insurance.

Highlights of the event will include the following:

  • blood pressure checks by Galveston College Nursing and Emergency Medical Services students and faculty;
  • immunizations for participants eight years of age and older;
  • flu shots;
  • HIV testing and information on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP);
  • information and pre-registration packets by UTMB Health Radiography-Breast Imaging;
  • games and prizes; and
  • healthy snacks by Galveston College Culinary Arts.

“We are excited to once again host a Health and Wellness Fair for the students, faculty and staff of Galveston College,” said Joyce Landry, Human Resources payroll/benefits specialist. “This event is designed to help educate our students, faculty and staff about health services available in the community and to focus on issues related to health and wellness.”

For more information, contact Landry at (409) 944-1280 or jlandry@gc.edu.

SPARK Poetry and Writing Club Book Sale

The SPARK Poetry and Writing Club at Galveston College will host its second annual book sale on Wednesday, April 10, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the main campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.

Students will be selling donated books to raise funds for the club’s activities.

“Finding Nemo’s Garden: Sea and Science in the Land of the Renaissance” with Paul Cater Deaton

Paul Cater Deaton is an award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer who has filmed on six continents over a 40-year career. He is based in Galveston, Texas, and works all over the
world. As an undersea filmmaker, Deaton  has spent more time underwater than most people spend in high school.

Recent credits include underwater cinematographer for Wild Honduras with Nigel Marven, field producer and director of photography with The Discovery Channel, director of photography with HBO Documentaries and principal underwater cinematographer for The Amazing Race. Deaton was one of the original three filmmakers selected to produce short documentaries for Ocean in Google Earth.

As a filmmaker and photojournalist, his work has been broadcast and published worldwide. He recently gave a highly-rated TEDx Talk on Shark Preservation, and was certified in Global Shark Biodiversity, Biology and Conservation through Cornell University and the University of Queensland, Australia.

Deaton is a National Fellow in The Explorers Club, and a full member of the Television Academy. Other memberships include Boston Sea Rovers, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Historical Diving Society, Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East (Board of Directors). A Rotarian since 1989, he was honored with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004.

Galveston College Transfer Signing at UHD

Galveston College, UHD sign articulation agreement

The University of Houston-Downtown and Galveston College have pledged their support to students earning their associate degrees and ultimately Finishing UHD Strong.

Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD president, put their pens to paper on March 19 to sign an articulation agreement focused on student success. This pact commits both institutions to creating seamless pathways for Galveston College students seeking to transfer to UHD; providing resources such as degree maps and cooperative advising; offering joint admissions, and data sharing.

The signing was conducted at UHD. Arriving with Dr. Shelton was Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. In addition to President Muñoz, UHD representatives included Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost; Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar; and Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs.

“This signing is a first step. Both UHD and Galveston College will work together to support students and ensure they complete their degrees on time and without excess debt or credit hours,” Dr. Muñoz said.

“I look forward to working with UHD on this great partnership and helping our students succeed,” Dr. Shelton responded.

This agreement will support seamless transfers from Galveston College to UHD, as well as reverse transfers (transferring university credits back to a community college to earn associate degrees).

It also promotes data sharing between the institutions to provide students with information regarding transfer processes, financial aid, degree programs and degree completion.

And, to further ease the transition from an associate-degree program to bachelor’s track, both UHD and Galveston College will partner on joint admissions allowing students to co-enroll at both institutions. Likewise, students will benefit from cooperative advising in which students can receive specific guidance using degree maps to effectively direct them toward the right courses for selected degree programs.

The UHD-Galveston College partnership supports Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative and fulfills the goals of the 60x30TX plan of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, whose overall goal is to have at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 complete a technical certificate or degree by 2030.

Led by the University of Houston, Houston GPS includes Houston and Gulf Coast area institutions working together to create an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies designed to increase and accelerate student completion and a smooth two-year to four-year college transfer process while improving educational quality for Houston-area students, ultimately saving students time and money.


Above: Dr. W. Myles Shelton (right), Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, University of Houston-Downtown president, sign an articulation agreement March 19, along with (back row from left) Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar at UHD; Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs at UHD; Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost at UHD; and Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. Courtesy UHD

Galveston College Student Housing Rendering

Galveston College Board of Regents approves final design concepts for Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development

The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, March 20, approved final design concepts for the Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development on the college’s main campus in Galveston.

Creole Design LLC of Houston developed the plans, which include seven units designed to architecturally resemble the historical homes of Galveston. The college anticipates being able to accommodate 60-80 students in the new development.

Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Following a bidding process for specialty work, the board is expected to consider a construction contract at its May or June meeting. Groundbreaking is expected this summer.

In other business, the board approved a contract with CCS Fundraising of Dallas to conduct a pre-campaign feasibility study to determine if the college should proceed with a capital campaign.

The contract, not to exceed $90,000, will include a four-month pre-campaign planning study. Components include an organization scan; collecting, processing and utilizing donor analytics; creating and testing a preliminary case for support; and engaging up to 75 key stakeholders in strategic conversations to test the fundraising capacity for new instructional facilities and expansion and renovation of existing instructional facilities.

In other business, the regents:

  • appointed Mary R. Longoria of Galveston to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
  • approved a facilities committee recommendation regarding the PBK contract for $80,000 architectural/engineer design services for renovations to the student services area of the main campus with Title V funding.
  • accepted a certificate of substantial completion from J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC for the Mary Moody Northen Center window/curtain wall replacement project.
  • approved changes to the core curriculum for fall 2019 as required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
  • approved special course fees for the 2019-2020 academic year.
  • ratified the employment of Tirizia York as director of the Healthcare Management program, beginning April 8.
  • accepted the FY2019 second quarter investment report.
  • approved a one-year contract with Cotton Commercial USA, Inc. of Katy, Texas, for on-call disaster recovery and restoration services.

Above: Architect’s rendering of the Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development at Galveston College.