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Elizabeth Ferris

“A World on the Move” featuring Dr. Elizabeth Ferris

Galveston College will present “A World on the Move,” a lecture featuring Georgetown University professor Dr. Elizabeth Ferris, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing at Galveston College, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.

The presentation will feature a global overview of migration and refugees and is part of college’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.”

Dr. Ferris is a research professor with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. She is also a non-resident senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

From January-September 2016, she also served as senior adviser to the UN General Assembly’s Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York.

From 2006-2015, she was a senior fellow and co-director of the Brookings-LSE Project on Internal Displacement where she worked to support understanding and protection of internally displaced persons.

Prior to joining Brookings, she spent 20 years working in the field of humanitarian assistance, most recently in Geneva, Switzerland at the World Council of Churches. She has also served as the director of the Church World Service’s Immigration and Refugee Program, as research director for the Life & Peace Institute in Uppsala, Sweden, and as a Fulbright professor at the Universidad Autónoma de México.

Dr. Ferris’ teaching experience has included positions at Lafayette College, Miami University and Pembroke State University. She has written extensively on refugee, migration and humanitarian issues, including The Politics of Protection: The Limits of Humanitarian Action  (Brookings Institution Press, 2011) and most recently, Consequences of Chaos: Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis and the Failure to Protect, with Kemal Kirsici (Brookings Institution Press, 2016). She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Duke University and her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from the University of Florida.

The lecture is free and open to the public.

GC Students Visit ExxonMobil Chemical Company

GC Students Visit ExxonMobil Chemical Company

Galveston College Electrical/Electronics, Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) and Welding students visited the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Baytown, Texas, on June 5.


Students were welcomed with a light breakfast, while receiving an overview of the facility by Chemical Engineer Bradley Chandler.


Students learned the Baytown Plant is the second largest refinery in the United States and its main products include gasoline, diesel fuel and jet fuel. After Chandler concluded his presentation, students were taken on a bus tour of the ExxonMobil facility guided by retired ExxonMobil employee, Ray Mullins. Mullins pointed out numerous working units in the refinery and chemical divisions.



EXXONMOBIL TOUR: Those touring the ExxonMobil Chemical Company in Baytown included (front row from left) Hilda Chavez Morales, Career Navigator Sharon Pagan and Julissa Salinas; (second row from left) Mahdi Pourhanifeh Doust, Albert Blake, Jose Almanza, Jr., Welding Program Director James Love, Andre Crockett, James Morris, Jared Krahl, Moises Martinez and Joseph Mobley, Jr.; (third row from left) Chris Gonzales, Adan Machuca, Electrical/Electronics Program Director Tyree Bearden, Victhor Resendiz, Danny Vasquez, Phillip Green, Sr., Elio Torres Aguilar and  Kenneth Caddell; (fourth row from left) Aldo Flores, HVAC Program Director, Ronald Foster, Karlos Molina and Emmanuel Jackson.

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.