Tag: Student Activities

Seminar: “Active Shooter Response Training”

The Student Activities office at Galveston College will present “Active Shooter Response Training” on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from 3-4 p.m. in Room 321 of the Fine Arts Building on the main campus. Sergeant Marcus Alfred with the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office will provide information, resources and tools to assist students, faculty and staff in becoming better prepared for incidents such as an active shooter.

Galveston College sets 2019 Fall Festival and FAFSA Fest

Galveston College will host its 2019 Fall Festival on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing lawn of the main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The festival is open to the public. Children are welcome.

Now in its 12th year, the festival is hosted by the Galveston College Student Government Association and the Office of Student Activities under the direction of Cynthia Parra, coordinator of Student Activities.

“Galveston College began the festival shortly after Hurricane Ike to bring the community together and to give the children of the island some consistency in the aftermath of tragedy,” said Parra. “The event has continued to grow over the years and has become a Galveston College tradition along with Spring Fling during the spring semester.”

Highlights of the festival will include music, games, inflatable bounce houses, activity booths, food and many more attractions that are sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, student clubs and organizations.

In conjunction with the Fall Festival, the Office of Financial Aid will host its semiannual FAFSA Fest, featuring a Halloween theme, “Don’t Fear the FAFSA,” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.

FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes-challenging financial aid process. Current and prospective students can get help completing the online Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in addition to having other questions answered. Students who complete their FAFSAs that day will be entered into a drawing for prizes.

The FAFSA application period for the 2020-2021 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2018 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.

Activities and attractions sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, as well as FAFSA Fest, are free of charge. Student organizations may charge nominal fees for food items and other fundraisers in support of club activities such as attendance at professional conferences.

s, In the event of rain, the event will be located in the Hermes Fitness Center on campus.

Pre-register to Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

The Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County will be on-campus, in the dining hall on October 3rd from 11-1 to pre-register people for the walk. You must be pre-registered to get your Pleasure Pier free-entry armband.

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Food for Thought mobile farmers market Sept. 18 distribution canceled; next market date is Sept. 26

The Galveston College Food for Thought mobile farmers market food distribution, originally set for Wednesday, Sept. 18, has been canceled. The next distribution date will be Thursday, Sept. 26, at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center location at 7626 Broadway St., Galveston.

Below is a list of community food pantries for those in need of assistance. Many of these organizations have requirements that the client must meet to receive food. Please call ahead to determine if you qualify for assistance and to determine if the pantry is open during inclement weather.

Pantries in Galveston:

St. Vincent
2817 Post Office
(409) 763-8521

Salvation Army
601 51st St.
(409) 763-11691

Access Care of Coastal Texas
707 Tremont
(409) 763-2437

Catholic Charities
47001Broaddway, Suite F103
(409) 762-2062

The Galveston County Food Bank, located at 624 4th Avenue in Texas City, has walk-in hours:

Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(409) 945-4232

Involvement Fair

Promote your department, organization at the Fall 2019 Involvement Fair

Looking for a way to promote your department, program, organization or service? Here’s your opportunity!

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association will host a campus and community Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium.

Organizations, departments and programs that are interested in participating in the Involvement Fair can contact Cynthia Parra at cparra@gc.edu with the following information by noon on Friday, Sept. 6:

  • Club, organization or department name
  • Representative name (person that will be stationed at table)
  • Representative cell phone number
  • Representative office number
  • Representative email address

Tables and chairs will be provided. Participants are encouraged to have sign-in sheets to capture contact information and to provide their own tablecloths and marketing materials. Giveaways and promotional items are highly recommended.

The Office of Student Activities and SGA will provide food and beverages.

Involvement Fair Itinerary

10-11 a.m.  – Set up

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Involvement Fair

1-2 p.m. – Tear down/clean up

SGA members with President of Galveston College

Galveston College sets Week of Welcome

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 26 to 29 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

On Monday, Aug. 26, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Later that day, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, there will be a Game Truck Video Game Party from 3-5 p.m. in the parking area at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street. The game truck is loaded with video consoles and a massive library of video games.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Student organizations, departments, programs and community organizations will host informational tables. Come to learn more about the many ways to get involved at Galveston College. Free pizza will be served.

For more information, email Cynthia Parra at activities@gc.edu, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

See you at WOW!

Above: Galveston College Student Government Association officers (from left) Graciela Salinas, secretary, Shona Gastian, historian, David Gage, president, Stephanie Sagastume, vice president, and Ivan Escalante, treasurer, visit with Dr. Myles Shelton, president, at the Week of Welcome (WOW!) breakfast today in the lobby of Moody Hall. The Office of Student Activities and SGA have planned a variety of activities this week in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester. Cynthia Parra (second from right), coordinator of student activities, is SGA advisor at Galveston College.

Fall 2019 Week of Welcome

The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 26 to 29 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2019 semester.

On Monday, Aug. 26, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Later that day, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center atrium. Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

On Tuesday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 7:30-10 a.m. in the lobby of Moody Hall. Students will receive their official free Galveston College planner and will have an opportunity to meet the 2019-2020 SGA officers.

Also on Tuesday, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 5-7 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center atrium. . Students are invited to enjoy free snacks and beverages, to play board games, to network, to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and to meet the SGA officers.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 28, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.

On Thursday, Aug. 29, there will be a Game Truck Video Game Party from 3-5 p.m. in the parking area at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street. The game truck is loaded with video consoles and a massive library of video games.

The Fall 2019 Involvement Fair is set for Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Student organizations, departments, programs and community organizations will host informational tables. Come to learn more about the many ways to get involved at Galveston College. Free pizza will be served.

For more information, email activities@gc.edu, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.

See you at WOW!

Food For Thought at Galveston College

Galveston College announces fall 2019 Food for Thought market dates

Galveston College has announced fall 2019 distribution dates for the Food for Thought mobile farmers market on the college’s main campus at Avenue Q 1/2 and 39th Street and at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center, 7626 Broadway Street. Volunteers are needed to assist with set up, check in, distribution and clean up.

Market dates are as follows:

Galveston College Main Campus 

  • Wednesday, Sept. 18
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4

Galveston College Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center 

  • Thursday, Sept. 26
  • Thursday, Oct. 10
  • Thursday, Nov. 7
  • Thursday, Dec. 12

Market hours are 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through its Food for Change food scholarship initiative.

The Food for Thought market gives students access to fresh produce, meats and other groceries on the Galveston College campus, enabling them to save money for other necessities and to maintain their focus on school.

“The food scholarship assists with lowering grocery expenses throughout the semester and allows students to stay fueled and healthy while pursuing their educational goals,” said Cynthia Parra, student activities coordinator and Food for Thought market coordinator at Galveston College.

Currently enrolled students can obtain client ID cards in the Galveston College Counseling and Advising Center on the first floor of Moody Hall on the main campus or the office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website.

Students also can locate unrestricted Food for Change markets by using the Houston Food Bank Mobile App. Food for Change markets are labeled to help clients identify all markets available to all Food for Change recipients.

For more information and to volunteer to assist with the program, contact Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at cparra@gc.edu or (409) 944-1234.

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.