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Galveston College Theatre Department recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Galveston College Theatre Department recognized at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

Eight students from the Galveston College Theatre Department recently attended the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

At the regional festival, the Galveston College students participated in the on-site devised initiative. This consisted of working with students from other colleges under the supervision of Alyssa Hughlett from the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre to create an original devised performance based on the prompt, “She/He/They Never Met a Stranger.” Eva Arita, Alyssa Gudz, Tyler Hanna, Gabrielle Hosler, Jade Killebrew and Eric Scales each received a KCACTF “Festival Developed Devised Performance Award” and Destiny Shute received the KCACTF “Devised Theatre Student Excellence Award.”

Students Melina Moore and Destiny Shute performed one scene and a monologue for the Irene Ryan acting competition. Moore was chosen as the Irene Ryan Acting Nominee Award Recipient from the GC Theatre Department’s fall production of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” She was also cast for a role in the play “15” by Claire Fountain and performed in the Ten-Minute Play Festival.

“It was truly an honor and privilege to be able to attend this prestigious collegiate theatre festival,” said Liz Lacy, Galveston College program coordinator for the performing arts. “While Galveston College is a small college theatre department compared to the other colleges and universities represented at the festival, the Galveston College students performed exceptionally well.”

In addition, the students attended six plays, musical theatre presentations, staged play readings and at least three workshops a day on various topics including acting, playwriting, directing and various technical topics. Galveston College also sponsored the Design and Technology Breakfast for all participants at the festival.
The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF) Region VI Theatre Festival includes colleges and universities within Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri. The KCACTF is a national organization that exists to celebrate the educational and creative process of university and college theatre. KCACTF promotes professional standards and provides students and faculty with opportunities to bridge the academic and professional worlds. KCACTF honors achievements in diversity and excellence and encourages experiences in all areas of theatre.

Galveston College students (from left) Jade Killebrew, Melina Moore, Destiny Shute, Alyssa Gudz, Eric Scales, Tyler Hanna, Eva Arita and Gabrielle Holster recently received awards at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas.

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Phi Theta Kappa participates in Trash Bash

Working with Scenic Galveston, Inc., Phi Theta Kappa students and advisors participated in Trash Bash®, which is the largest single day waterway clean-up event in the State of Texas, on March 24 at the John M. O’Quinn Estuarial Corridor Preserve.

Trash Bash® has experienced tremendous growth over 24 years. Since 1994, 105,800 volunteers have collected 2,189 tons of trash, 16 tons of recycling and 10,709 tires.

The group picked up approximately 25-35 30-gallon bags of trash, which included one cell phone, countless food and beverage containers, over one dozen single shoes, a ton of clothing, fishing line, plastic bags and other miscellaneous waste.

The group encourages everyone to dispose of waste and trash responsibly – Don’t Mess With Texas, and help keep the state’s waterways healthy.

Pictured (left to right) are advisor and Medical Administration faculty member Donna Swartz, Sigma Gamma chapter president Kenneth Rudd, advisor and nursing faculty member Jeffery Eubank and PTK members Mattie Strawn and Crystal Rendon.



Coastal Culinary Lecture Series to focus on tamales and family traditions

Galveston College will present the fourth talk in its Coastal Culinary Lecture Series: Exploring Food Narratives on Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

Guest speaker will be Dr. M. Dustin Knepp, director of interdisciplinary studies and chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at California State University, Bakersfield, who will discuss “Tamales: A Tradition of Food, Family and Culture in Texas.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Knepp to Galveston College for the next lecture in our Exploring Food Narratives series,” said Dr. Shane Wallace, associate professor of English and coordinator of English and Humanities at Galveston College. “Tamales are greatly associated with themes of unity, celebration, family and community. We look forward to Dr. Knepp’s presentation on tamales and the impact of Mexican and Mexican-American food on Texas culture.”

Dr. Knepp received his doctoral degree from the State University of New York at Albany with a concentration in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies. He is a Texas native and has degrees from Angelo State University and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

A member of the CSU Bakersfield faculty since 2015, Dr. Knepp has responsibility over various programs, including Ethnic Studies (Latino, Latin American, African American) and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, among others.

Previously, he served as director of Latin American and Latino Studies and assistant professor of Spanish in the Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Central Arkansas.

The free lecture is open to the public and is funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For more information about the lecture, contact Dr. Shane Wallace at (409) 944-1321 or swallace@gc.edu.