Tag: May 2017

Galveston College Police Academy Logo

Graduation Ceremony for 30th Law Enforcement Academy Class

Galveston College held graduation ceremonies for its thirtieth Law Enforcement Academy featuring 13 graduates that have all found placement in law enforcement agencies across the Houston-Galveston area. Among the many supporters, family members and friends in the audience was a very special lady that had been with Galveston College’s Law Enforcement Academy since the beginning. College officials, students and guests took time to honor Gladys Jones with the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy’s first ever “Legacy Award” recognizing Jones’ many years of service as an administrative assistant that helped to organize the Law Enforcement Academy classes that have produced thirty years of dedicated , quality law enforcement professionals. Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academy Director Mary Pyle said “No one but Gladys Jones could have made such a long term impact on the safety and protection of our area citizens by committing so many hours and so much energy to the Law Enforcement program at Galveston College.”

The Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy presented the “Legacy Award” to Gladys Jones for her long- term service to the Academy for thirty years of law enforcement classes.
Pictured, from left to right, are Galveston College Vice President of Instruction, Dr. Cissy Matthews; Port of Galveston Chief of Police Bob Pierce; honoree Gladys Jones; Galveston Chief of Police Rick Boyle; Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton; Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Academy Director Mary Pyle, and Galveston County Sheriff Henry Trochesset.

Pyle continued the program of commencement as the Master of Ceremonies by introducing Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers as Galveston College’s 50th anniversary celebration winds down.

Chief Brad Heiman of the Jamaica Beach Police Department spoke as a representative of the Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Board and told the audience that law enforcement service and first responder service was “a calling” rather than a career. He welcomed the thirteen graduates to the ranks of law enforcement service. Graduating cadet Aaron Jarma spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.

A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range by cadets Juan Moran and Benjamine White. The top academic achievement award went to Juan Moran. Galveston County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Mike Bell and William Kilburn, who served as instructors in the Law enforcement Academy program made the presentation of certificates to the graduates.

The Galveston College Law enforcement Academy Graduating Class Number 30 included Felix Cora, DeAnna Durrett, William Hardman, Aaron Jarma, Elric King, Nathan King, Mitchell Lewis, Juan Moran, Richard Palacios, Carlos Ramos, Martin Silvas, Erik Tucker, and Benjamine White.


TRio Upward Bound Scholarship Recipients

TRIO Upward Bound Participants Awarded Scholarships

Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound participants Alicea Rice, Makia Golliday, and Victoria Weade were recently recognized as scholarship recipients.

TRio Upward Bound Scholarship Recipients
Pictured from Left to Right: Andrea Wiste, TRIO Upward Bound Academic Coordinator; Alicea Rice, Makia Golliday, Victoria Weade, and Priselda Perez, TRIO Upward Bound Director.

Alicea Rice received the Ashlyn Shoemaker Scholarship. Makia Golliday received the Galveston County NAACP #6180 Scholarship, Ashlyn Leigh Shoemaker Memorial Scholarship, Ivy Isle Foundation of Texas Scholarship, Marcus Joseph Netherly Memorial Scholarship, Ball High Class of 1990 Scholarship, and the Ricky Roa Memorial Scholarship. Victoria Weade received the UT Dallas Academic Excellence Scholarship, Moody Foundation Scholarship, Nick Gary Foundation Scholarship, and the Ashlyn Shoemaker Scholarship.

Each of the students have been participants in the TRIO Upward Bound program since the summer before their 9th grade year at Ball High School. They are graduating this June and will be attending various universities this Fall. Each of the students have earned dual credit hours at Galveston College and will have the opportunity to reverse articulate the courses from the university and earn an Associate degree from Galveston College prior to earning their Bachelor’s degree from the University. Alicea will be attending University of Texas- San Antonio. Makia will be attending Texas State University, and Victoria will be attending University of Texas- Dallas.

About TRiO Upward Bound Program

The Galveston College TRIO Upward Bound program is a federally funded college preparation program serving 59 first generation college students per year. It provides students with the opportunity to receive supplemental instruction, tutoring, academic, and personal advising. Students are challenged by enrolling in rigorous courses that will prepare them for college. They visit university campuses, participate in educational, cultural, social enrichment activities, and are exposed to various career opportunities.


Building Bridges to Success Luncheon Celebration

Galveston College’s Student Support TRIO program known as “Building Bridges to Success” recently held their end-of–the–year celebration luncheon on May 11 at Mario’s on 61st. The Building Bridges to Success program is a federally funded effort that supports first- generation college students who may be economically challenged to pursue their higher education.

Pictured in back row from left to right are Janeshia Warner, Martha Vernon, Tonya Allen, Dorlana Burke, Brandi Clark, Iveth Munoz, Jasmine Guillory, Molecia Hunter, Meghan Knight, Linda Miranda, Dorian Thomas, Erika Sanchez, Francisco Sanchez, Linda Jackson, Elroy Stinson.

In front, left to right are Sophia King, Mary Salazar, Kiara Sanchez, Yesenia Ayala, Marisol Salinas, Briana Barger-Pena, Kelly Taylor, Gabriela Zapeda, Anna Leigh Sargent, Xiaomin Barnes, Jordan Isbell Rochkind.

2017 Whitecpas Baseball Team

Whitecaps Baseball Honored Leading up to NJCAA Region XIV Tournament

The conference coaches voted on the All-Conference selections, and the members of our conference who will be nominated for All-Region yesterday. Galveston College Baseball had 8 players named All-Conference, and 4 players who have been nominated for All-Region (if they make the All-Region team they are automatically nominated for NJCAA All-American Honors), they are:

1st Team All-Conference: Carson Maxwell (SOPH, 3B), Bernabe Camargo (SOPH, SS), Mason Leeming (SOPH, RHP)

2nd Team All-Conference: Elvin Alamo (SOPH, 2B), Davis Jenks (FRESH, OF), Blake Pflughaupt (SOPH, LHP), Kristjan Storrie (SOPH, RHP), Kyle Ros (FRESH, LHP)

Whitecaps being nominated for All-Region: Carson Maxwell (SOPH, 3B), Bernabe Camargo (SOPH, SS), Elvin Alamo (SOPH, 2B), Jonel Ozuna (SOPH, 1B)

The Whitecaps finished 2nd in the conference, with an overall record of 34-20, and 21-14 in conference play. GC will play Angelina College in the first round of the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament on Saturday May 13th at 10:00AM at AirHogs Stadium in Grand Prairie, TX. All of the tournament games will be broadcast live on the internet through TSRN.

2017 Whitecaps Softball Team

GC Softball Concludes Another Successful Season

The Galveston College softball team concluded their 2017 season this past Monday while participating in the Region XIV Softball Tournament, Monday, May 6th thru Tuesday, May 9th, hosted by Angelina College in Lufkin, TX.  In the 1st day of play on Saturday,  Galveston defeated Tyler, on the 2nd day of play on Sunday, Blinn defeated Galveston College, and on the 3rd day of play on Monday, Angelina eliminated Galveston from the tournament with a 6-5 loss.

P-Ashley Kriesel (left) IF-Brianna Nunn (right)
P-Ashley Kriesel (left), IF-Brianna Nunn (right)

The Whitecaps overall record for the season was 28 wins and 24 losses, their conference record was 14 wins and 10 losses. Additional highlights for the year was; the Whitecaps completed their 18th consecutive winning season, this years team surpassed the 700 career win plateau, and their 15th consecutive season to make the Regional XIV Tournament.  Pitcher Ashley Kriesel (left) and infielder Brianna Nunn (right) also made 2nd-Team All-Conference for Region XIV South Zone.  Kudos to you Whitecaps on another great season!