Tag: Galveston Island

Spring Break (College Closed)

Galveston College will be closed for spring break, March 11-17, and will reopen on Monday, March 18. Have a safe and happy spring break.

Food Scholarships Training

The Office of Student Activities is looking for faculty, staff and students who would like to give back to our campus community by dedicating time to assist with food distributions on the Galveston College campus.

All currently enrolled students will be eligible to receive free food twice a month. There is no financial requirement.

There will be a Food Scholarships Training event for volunteers on Friday, March 8, from 9:30-11 a.m. in Room 358 of Regents Hall. Training will include information on

  • the Link2Feed application process,
  • the food ordering process, and
  • setting, running and taking down the distribution site.

Training is limited to 36 spots. Please contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu to reserve a space.

Garde Manger Buffet at Galveston College

Tickets available for Culinary Arts spring scholarship luncheon

Chef Paul Mendoza and his Culinary Arts students at Galveston College invite faculty, staff and the general public to join them for the spring scholarship luncheon on Thursday, March 21, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Atrium of the Mary Moody Northen Center at Galveston College.

The students will present a garde manger buffet with a variety of appetizers and savory bites. The buffet project is the culmination of the students’ study of charcuterie products like sausages, pates and terrines, as well as smoking and curing of meats/fish, hors d’oeuvres, salads and condiments.

There will be sweet items for dessert, as well.

Tickets are $20, and reservations may be made by calling Mari Macias at (409) 944-1404 or mmacias@gc.edu.

Proceeds help fund Culinary Arts scholarships for deserving students.

Exhibition to feature recent works of ceramics artist Jeff Forster

Galveston College will feature an exhibition of recent ceramic art by visiting artist Jeff Forster Wednesday, March 6, through April 4 in the third floor gallery of the Fine Arts building at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas. The gallery is open during regular college hours.

In addition to the exhibit, the college will host a workshop with Forster from 1-4 p.m. on Thursday, April 4, in the Ceramics Studio (Fine Arts-353). There also will be a closing reception that evening from 6-8 p.m. in the gallery. The public is invited.

Currently the ceramics chair at the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Forster has participated in exhibitions both nationally and internationally. His work has won awards in a number of these exhibitions, including a Juror’s Choice Award in “Ceramic Object/Conceptual Material” and the Luis Jimenez Award for first place in the “Sculpture on Campus Exhibition” at Southern Illinois University. Additionally, Forster was awarded the Helen Drutt Studio Fellowship in conjunction with his residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Besides teaching and maintaining an active studio practice, Forster currently sits on the Artist in Residence Committee at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and the Artist Advisory Committee for Fresh Arts. From 2011 to 2013 he served on the board of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as the On‐Site Conference Liaison for the 47th annual conference in Houston.

Forster received a Bachelor of Arts in art education from Saint John’s University in 1998 and a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University in 2007.

For information on the workshop and exhibition, contact Amanda Barry Jones at abarry@gc.edu.

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.

Rachel Pearson

Galveston Reads author visit to feature Dr. Rachel Pearson

Dr. Rachel Pearson, author of 2019 Galveston Reads book choice, “No Apparent Distress: A Doctor’s Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine,” will be the featured speaker at the 2019 Galveston Reads author visit Monday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Dr. Pearson is a physician and medical humanities researcher whose writing has appeared in Scientific American, Texas Monthly, the Guardian, The Daily Beast and elsewhere.
As described by the publisher, W.W. Norton and Company, “No Apparent Distress” is a “brutally frank memoir about doctors and patients in a healthcare system that puts the poor at risk.” According to Norton:
“In medical charts, the term ‘N.A.D.’ (No Apparent Distress) is used for patients who appear stable. The phrase also aptly describes America’s medical system when it comes to treating the underprivileged. Medical students learn on the bodies of the poor—and the poor suffer from their mistakes. Pearson confronted these harsh realities when she started medical school in Galveston, Texas.
“Pearson, herself from a working-class background, remains haunted by the suicide of a close friend, experiences firsthand the heartbreak of her own errors in a patient’s care, and witnesses the ruinous effects of a hurricane on a Texas town’s medical system. In a free clinic where the motto is ‘All Are Welcome Here,’ she learns how to practice medicine with love and tenacity amidst the raging injustices of a system that favors the rich and the white.
“‘No Apparent Distress’ is at once an indictment of American health care and a deeply moving tale of one doctor’s coming-of-age.”
Dr. Pearson will speak, field questions and sign copies of her book, which will be on sale at the event.
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.