Galveston College volunteers served more than 200 students at the opening of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market food distribution program Wednesday, March 20, on the college’s main campus at 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston.
Food for Thought is a partnership between Galveston College, the Galveston County Food Bank and the Houston Food Bank through the 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.
The mobile market will be open on the first and third Wednesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus and the second and fourth Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the college’s Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center location at 7626 Broadway St.
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 administration office at the Applied Technology Center and enroll online by visiting the Food for Change page on the Houston Food Bank website at https://www.tfaforms.com/4678096.
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.
The next distributions at Galveston College are set for Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Applied Technology Center and April 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus.
For more information and to volunteer, contact Cynthia Parra in the Office of Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org or (409) 944-1234.
Above: Ron Crumedy (right), acting vice president for student services, weighs produce at the opening of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market March 20 at Galveston College. The college served more than 200 students the first day of the program. The next distributions are set for Thursday, March 28, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Charlie Thomas Family Applied Technology Center and Wednesday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the main campus. See full article below and click here for more photo highlights from opening day.Read More
The University of Houston-Downtown and Galveston College have pledged their support to students earning their associate degrees and ultimately Finishing UHD Strong.
Dr. W. Myles Shelton, Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, UHD president, put their pens to paper on March 19 to sign an articulation agreement focused on student success. This pact commits both institutions to creating seamless pathways for Galveston College students seeking to transfer to UHD; providing resources such as degree maps and cooperative advising; offering joint admissions, and data sharing.
The signing was conducted at UHD. Arriving with Dr. Shelton was Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. In addition to President Muñoz, UHD representatives included Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost; Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar; and Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs.
“This signing is a first step. Both UHD and Galveston College will work together to support students and ensure they complete their degrees on time and without excess debt or credit hours,” Dr. Muñoz said.
“I look forward to working with UHD on this great partnership and helping our students succeed,” Dr. Shelton responded.
This agreement will support seamless transfers from Galveston College to UHD, as well as reverse transfers (transferring university credits back to a community college to earn associate degrees).
It also promotes data sharing between the institutions to provide students with information regarding transfer processes, financial aid, degree programs and degree completion.
And, to further ease the transition from an associate-degree program to bachelor’s track, both UHD and Galveston College will partner on joint admissions allowing students to co-enroll at both institutions. Likewise, students will benefit from cooperative advising in which students can receive specific guidance using degree maps to effectively direct them toward the right courses for selected degree programs.
The UHD-Galveston College partnership supports Houston Guided Pathways to Success (Houston GPS) initiative and fulfills the goals of the 60x30TX plan of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, whose overall goal is to have at least 60 percent of Texans ages 25-34 complete a technical certificate or degree by 2030.
Led by the University of Houston, Houston GPS includes Houston and Gulf Coast area institutions working together to create an integrated system of cohesive, interdependent strategies designed to increase and accelerate student completion and a smooth two-year to four-year college transfer process while improving educational quality for Houston-area students, ultimately saving students time and money.
Above: Dr. W. Myles Shelton (right), Galveston College president, and Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz, University of Houston-Downtown president, sign an articulation agreement March 19, along with (back row from left) Daniel Villanueva, assistant vice president for enrollment services and registrar at UHD; Dr. Faiza Khoja, associate vice president for academic affairs at UHD; Dr. Eric Carl Link, senior vice president for academic and student affairs and provost at UHD; and Dr. Cissy Mathews, vice president of instruction at Galveston College. Courtesy UHDRead More
The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, March 20, accepted a nominating committee’s recommendation to appoint Mary R. Longoria of Galveston to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
“We are excited that Mary will be joining our board, bringing to Galveston College her strong commitment to serving the community and our students, as well as her many connections in Galveston and in the region,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president.
An educator with more than 34 years of experience as a teacher and volunteer in public schools, Longoria served as parent liaison and taught science in the Galveston Independent School District and Galveston Catholic School. She also worked as a biology lab instructor at Central Texas College, a community college in Killeen, Texas, and in instructional services for the Hidalgo Independent School District.
Longoria volunteered as a Board of Immigration Appeals accredited representative for the past four years and served on the GISD Bond Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Magnet Research Task Force, and Ball High School, Austin Middle School, Weis Middle School and Oppe Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organizations.
Longoria co-founded the Ser y Hacer adult education citizenship and English language program and served as a translator and parent advocate in the Teen Mental Health Clinic at the University of Texas Medical Branch. She also served as a board member of the Galveston County Children’s Advocacy Center and member of the St. Anne Society and Space City Triplets.
“’Opening Doors and Changing Lives’ is more than a motto. It is a living promise that the college and its board put into practice every day,” said Longoria in a statement to the board. “An education can profoundly change lives not only for the graduates, but also for those around them. This change is often so deep and long lasting that it continues in perpetuity. I see this in practice not only in my own life, but also in my capacity as a teacher of citizenship and ESL classes. This is what drives me to continue helping young adults become self-sufficient, productive members of our community.”
Longoria received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas-Pan American in 1985 and completed continuing education in immigration law, citizenship education and teacher training.
She has extensive experience working with immigrants and refugees from various cultures and countries, including Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Venezuela, Columbia, Peru, Philippines, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Syria, England, Germany, Russia and India.
Galveston Community College District Board of Regents nominating committee members included Regent Raymond Lewis, Jr., chair, Regent Carl E. Kelly and Regent Carroll G. Sunseri.
The board will consider an official resolution of appointment and Longoria will take the oath of office at the April 10 meeting.Read More
Galveston College Board of Regents approves final design concepts for Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development
The Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Wednesday, March 20, approved final design concepts for the Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development on the college’s main campus in Galveston.
Creole Design LLC of Houston developed the plans, which include seven units designed to architecturally resemble the historical homes of Galveston. The college anticipates being able to accommodate 60-80 students in the new development.
Sullivan Brothers Builders of Galveston is construction manager for the project. Following a bidding process for specialty work, the board is expected to consider a construction contract at its May or June meeting. Groundbreaking is expected this summer.
In other business, the board approved a contract with CCS Fundraising of Dallas to conduct a pre-campaign feasibility study to determine if the college should proceed with a capital campaign.
The contract, not to exceed $90,000, will include a four-month pre-campaign planning study. Components include an organization scan; collecting, processing and utilizing donor analytics; creating and testing a preliminary case for support; and engaging up to 75 key stakeholders in strategic conversations to test the fundraising capacity for new instructional facilities and expansion and renovation of existing instructional facilities.
In other business, the regents:
- appointed Mary R. Longoria of Galveston to fill the unexpired term of longtime Regent Florentino “Tino” Gonzalez, who died Jan. 22 following a courageous battle with brain cancer.
- approved a facilities committee recommendation regarding the PBK contract for $80,000 architectural/engineer design services for renovations to the student services area of the main campus with Title V funding.
- accepted a certificate of substantial completion from J.T. Vaughn Construction, LLC for the Mary Moody Northen Center window/curtain wall replacement project.
- approved changes to the core curriculum for fall 2019 as required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
- approved special course fees for the 2019-2020 academic year.
- ratified the employment of Tirizia York as director of the Healthcare Management program, beginning April 8.
- accepted the FY2019 second quarter investment report.
- approved a one-year contract with Cotton Commercial USA, Inc. of Katy, Texas, for on-call disaster recovery and restoration services.
Above: Architect’s rendering of the Abe and Annie Seibel student housing development at Galveston College.Read More
The Office of Financial Aid will host a FAFSA Fiesta Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing West on the Galveston College campus.
The FAFSA Fiesta 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 2019-20 academic year opened on Oct. 1. Students should bring their families’ 2017 income and tax information. Students under the age of 18 should bring a parent or guardian.
FAFSA Fest is open to the public. Students planning to attend Galveston College, as well as other colleges and universities, are welcome to attend.Read More
Galveston College will present “Finding Nemo’s Garden: Sea and Science in the Land of the Renaissance,” a lecture featuring writer, producer, director and cinematographer Paul Cater Deaton on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, Texas.
The lecture is the fourth in the college’s 2018-19 lecture series, Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.
“We are very excited to have Paul Cater Deaton, a well-known underwater photographer, present at the second lecture in our series this spring at Galveston College,” said Dr. Laimutis Bytautas, chair of the faculty professional development committee at Galveston College. “Mr. Deaton is well-known for his accomplishments in underwater photography and also his efforts to conserve ocean ecosystems. There are many ecosystems deep under the surface of our oceans’ waters and to learn about them from such an expert in underwater photography as Mr. Deaton will be an amazing experience. We welcome everybody to attend this exciting and informative lecture.”
Deaton is an award-winning writer, producer, director and cinematographer who has filmed on six continents over a 40-year career. He is based in Galveston, Texas, and works all over the world.
As an undersea filmmaker, Deaton has spent more time underwater than most people spend in high school.
Recent credits include underwater cinematographer for “Wild Honduras” with Nigel Marven, field producer and director of photography with The Discovery Channel, director of photography with HBO Documentaries and principal underwater cinematographer for “The Amazing Race.” Deaton was one of the original three filmmakers selected to produce short documentaries for “Ocean in Google Earth.”
As a filmmaker and photojournalist, his work has been broadcast and published worldwide. He recently gave a highly-rated TEDx Talk on shark preservation, and was certified in Global Shark Biodiversity, Biology and Conservation through Cornell University and the University of Queensland, Australia.
Deaton is a National Fellow in The Explorers Club and a full member of the Television Academy. Other memberships include Boston Sea Rovers, National Association of Underwater Instructors, Historical Diving Society, Underwater Archaeological Society of Chicago and the Rotary Club of St. Thomas East board of directors. A Rotarian since 1989, he was honored with a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in 2004.Read More
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 email@example.com.
Proceeds help fund Culinary Arts scholarships for deserving students.Read More
The Rotary Club of Galveston and Galveston College have partnered to present the 2019 Career Fair and Transfer Day on Wednesday, March 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Moody Hall, Regents Hall and the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium on the Galveston College campus.
“Navigating Toward the Future” is the theme of this year’s event, which is open to students, alumni and the general public.
The Career Fair and Transfer Day allows candidates, employers and university representatives to communicate on a personal and face-to-face basis. It also provides opportunities for students to connect with potential employers and discover career information regarding summer or permanent, full-time positions.
Career and Transfer Day participants will have opportunities to complete applications for employment or admissions. Employers also welcome candidates with resumes.
To date, the following employers, colleges and universities are scheduled participate in the fair:
- City of Galveston – Human Resources
- City of Galveston – Lasker Pool
- County of Galveston – Human Resources
- Gaido’s, Inc.
- Moody Gardens
- Rainforest Café
- Rosenberg Library
- San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center
- Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
- Lamar University
- Texas Southern University
- Texas State University
- Texas Women’s University
- University of Houston
- University of Houston-Clear Lake
- University of Houston-Victoria
- University of St. Thomas
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Health Professions
- University of Texas Medical Branch School of Nursing
“This annual event is a great opportunity for Galveston College students to practice their soft skills as they enter into their respective career fields and learn about the various four year transfer institutions in the Gulf Coast area,” said Dr. LaToya Mills-Thomas with the Galveston College Career Services and Student Success Center. “In addition, every year there is always a handful of students who leave our intimate career fair with gainful employment. This is the icing on the cake.”
Employers, universities and colleges that would like to register to participate can contact Dr. Mills-Thomas at (409) 944-1221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
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 email@example.com.Read More