The Galveston College Whitecaps softball team will host the 2019 Galveston College Island Invitational on Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, beginning at 9 a.m. each day at the Lassie League Complex, 2506 83rd St., Galveston, Texas.
The Whitecaps will take on Northwest Florida State College of Niceville at 9 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, at field 2 in the first round of the tournament, which will feature teams from throughout Texas and the southern U.S.
Teams in the round-robin tournament also include Alvin Community College; Blinn College, Brenham; Chipola College, Marianna, Florida; Lake Land College, Mattoon, Illinois; Louisiana State University Eunice; Navarro College, Corsicana; San Jacinto College, Pasadena; Snead State Community College, Boaz, Alabama; Temple College; and University of Houston-Victoria.
Admission is $10 for a tournament pass or $5 a day.
Christa Hartnett is entering her first season as head softball coach and director of athletics at Galveston College and second season on the Whitecaps coaching staff. She was promoted upon the retirement of Ken Delcambre, who spent 20 years at Galveston College.
During Coach Hartnett’s time as an assistant, she helped coach the Whitecaps to the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XIV Conference Championship in 2018 and a NJCAA National Tournament appearance in St. George, Utah, last May with an overall record of 35-11.
Prior to joining the Whitecaps coaching staff, Coach Hartnett served as an assistant softball coach at The University of Texas at Tyler. In two years at UT Tyler, she helped coach the Patriots to the program’s first NCAA Division III National Championship in 2016 and a third place finish in 2017.
Coach Hartnett helped coach three All-Conference players, two All-West Region award recipients, two All-Americans and a HERO Player of the Year. During her time as an assistant, the Patriots posted a combined record of 95-11.
As a collegiate player, Coach Hartnett split her career between Blinn College and UT Tyler. At Blinn College, she was named second team NFCA All-Midwest Region, second team All-Conference, NJCAA Academic All-American and NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete.
She went on to UT Tyler where she was named All-Conference Honorable Mention and to the NCAA DIII Championship All-Tournament Team. She finished as NCAA National Runner-Up with a record of 50-5 while making “The Catch” (#1 play on ESPN Top 10 and Best of the Best).
Coach Hartnett graduated from the UT Tyler in December 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in mathematics and a Master of Science in athletic administration in August 2018.
Assisting Coach Hartnett is Alexandra Holland, who joined the Whitecaps coaching staff as assistant coach after spending four years as an assistant coach for the Texas Glory fast-pitch organization.
Coach Holland is a 2016 graduate of the University of Houston-Victoria. In 2014, she was named NAIA Player of the Week and to the NAIA All-American second team and A.I.I. All-Conference first team. She played in 53 games and compiled a .377 batting average with 47 RBI, 29 runs, 12 doubles, two triples and six homes runs. She compiled a 9-3 record with a .295 ERA.
Coach Holland has a Bachelor of Science in psychology with a minor in communication. She is an Arp, Texas, native.
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The 36th Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair is set for Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Aggie Special Events Center on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston, 200 Seawolf Parkway.
All Galveston County students in grades 7-12 are encouraged to apply to present at the fair, which experienced a hiatus during the 2017-18 school year because of the impact of Hurricane Harvey.
is currently open at http://www.tamug.edu/scifair/registration.html. The deadline to register is Feb. 1. No
late registration, on-site registration and substitutions will be accepted.
Exhibit categories include behavioral/social science, biochemistry and microbiology, botany, environmental sciences, medicine and health, zoology, chemistry, computer science, space and earth sciences, engineering, mathematics and physics.
Student participants who win in their category will be awarded trophies, certificates, scholarships and/or cash awards.
Judging will begin at 8:30 a.m. The general public is invited to view the exhibits from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair is the result of a long-standing tradition of collaboration between the faculty and staff from Galveston College, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the University of Texas Medical Branch to encourage Galveston County students to engage in science, engineering, technology and mathematics through competitive projects and exhibitions.
Science fair co-chairs are Dr. James Salazar of Galveston College, Dr. David Baca of Texas A&M University at Galveston and Dr. Marguerite A. Sognier of the University of Texas Medical Branch. Committee members include Michael Sweeney, Texas A&M University at Galveston; Dr. Adrian Recinos, Dr. Cliff Houston and Alicia Simmons, University of Texas Medical Branch; and Dr. Dragoslava Zivadinovic, Dr. Tatyana Ivanova, Carol Langston, Cynthia Parra and Sandi Smith, Galveston College.
“Participation in a science and engineering fair can be a critical step,” said Dr. Sognier, a research scientist and inventor who holds five patents. “Students gain essential life skills such as critical/creative thinking, effective communication and perseverance, which will benefit them for the rest of their lives.”
For more information, contact Dr. David R. Baca at (409) 599-1441 or Michael Sweeney at (409) 740-4564.
More than 40 Galveston College Quickstart program students attended an orientation program today for the eight-week training programs in the fast-growing HVAC and electrical industries.
High demand exists for electrical and HVAC helpers. These professions rank among the fastest growing trades. They provide stable, long-term employment with excellent opportunities for salary growth. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has predicted 14% growth in the need for electricians and HVAC technicians between 2014 and 2024. Each industry is adding tens of thousands of jobs – much faster than the average for all industries.
Wages for skilled workers average between $45,000 and $50,000 per year. The most experienced and hardest working people can make more than $70,000 per year. Of course, beginners make less; helpers in these trades average about $30,000 per
For more information, contact Mary Powers at email@example.com.
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General registration for the spring 2019 semester at Galveston College will be from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 14-16, in Moody Hall on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
Late registration is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Jan. 17-18. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22.
The spring course listing includes classes in accounting, art, biology, business administration, chemistry, communication, computed tomography, cosmetology, computer and network administration, computer science, criminal justice, culinary arts, developmental studies, diagnostic medical sonography, drama, economics, education, electrical and electronics, emergency medical services, engineering, English, environmental science, government, health information, HVAC, history, humanities, instrumentation technology, kinesiology/physical education, law enforcement, learning framework, magnetic resonance imaging, mathematics, medical administration, music, nuclear medicine, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, radiation therapy, radiography, sociology, Spanish, speech, surgical technology, vocational nursing and welding technology.
To view the complete schedule of classes, visit https://gc.edu/admissions/course-schedule/.
New students can apply for admission at https://gc.edu/admissions/new-students/ or applytexas.org.
For more information, contact the Galveston College Admissions office at (409) 944-4242 or visit gc.edu.
Galveston College celebrated the graduation of its first full-time Law Enforcement Academy cadets Dec. 14 with a crowd of more than 250 family members, friends and law enforcement professionals from throughout the region.
In a processional led by a traditional police bagpiper, the 17 graduates of Class 1 filed into the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing at Galveston College to receive their certifications and to be administered the law enforcement oath of office.
Mary Pyle, director of the Law Enforcement Academy, served as master of ceremonies and introduced Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, who gave welcoming remarks to family and friends of the graduates. Dr. Shelton commended the work of the program instructors and the cadets and congratulated the graduates as they launched their careers.
Graduating cadet Matthew Cauley, who was the class valedictorian, spoke on behalf of the class and gave thanks to family members, instructors and Galveston College for the opportunity of attending the academy.
Guest speaker Chief LeeRoy Amador of the Galveston Independent School District Police Department encouraged the graduates to serve by the Golden Rule and to treat those whom they are called to assist the way they want their loved ones to be treated.
A presentation of special awards included the Top Gun award for the best marksmanship on the firing range by cadet Clayton Cole. The top academic achievement award went to cadet Matthew Cauley.
The graduates, all of whom serve with local law enforcement agencies, had a 100 percent pass rate on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensure exam and an overall class average of 95 on 16 examinations throughout the program.
Graduates included Tristen Allen, Kenneth Callister, Matthew Cauley, Clayton Cole, Zoie Delacerda, Jonathan Douglas, Enrique Garcia, Jr., Justin Gibbs, Trevor Hennington, Ethan Kahla, Jacob Lira, Martin Martinez, Larry Murph, Alberto Rodriguez, Tyler TenEyck, Jesus Juarez-Vasquez and Victoria Westbrook-Cauley.
Cadet Class I instructors included. Barton Stephenson, Galveston College; Lt. Paul Adkins, Texas Department of Public Safety; Sgt. John Aucoin, Jamaica Beach Police Department; Weston Dancewicz, Texas Department of Public Safety; Geoffrey Gainer, Galveston Police Department; Det. Derek Gaspard, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Susan Gibbs, University of Texas Medical Branch Police Department; Brent Haynes, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Sgt. Billy Kilburn, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; Jacob Manuel, Galveston County Sheriff’s Office; and Cris Martinez, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Also, Sean Migues, Galveston Police Department; Wayne Moody, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Khristin New, JCMO; Sgt. Raymond Orozco, Texas A&M University; Kevin Petroff, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Ronny Phillips, Alvin Community College; William Reed, Galveston County District Attorney’s Office; Galveston County District Attorney Jack Roady; David Roark, Galveston Police Department; John Siverand, UTMB Police Department; Det. Michelle Sollenberger, Galveston Police Department; J.L. Sullivan, Galveston Police Department; Sgt. Rene Vela, Galveston Police Department; Juana (Jo) Villareal, Galveston Police Department; and Clint Weekly, Texas Department of Public Safety.
More than 400 cadets have graduated from Galveston College’s part-time Law Enforcement Academy since it began in 1987. Many of those graduates have gone on to join law enforcement agencies in Galveston County, throughout Texas and the Gulf Coast region.
The law enforcement academy is designed for those who are seeking their Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) basic peace officers certification. The 699-hour course of study includes, but is not limited to
- review of the Texas Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure,
- Texas traffic laws,
- firearms training
- physical training/defensive tactics,
- police vehicle operation,
- vice and narcotics investigation,
- criminal investigation and
- traffic accident investigation.
For more information on the Galveston College Law Enforcement Academy, contact Mary Pyle, Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Academy program director, at (409) 944-1331 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Galveston College received approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Dec. 11 to expand its traditional community-college mission to include the awarding of bachelor’s degrees.
Approval to advance from a Level I associate degree-granting college to a Level II bachelor’s degree-granting institution was the final step in Galveston College’s yearlong journey to offer its first bachelor’s degree in 51 years of service to Galveston Island, the state of Texas and the Gulf Coast region – a Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 2118 on June 12, 2017, which allowed the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to authorize certain public two-year colleges to offer baccalaureate degree programs in the fields of applied science, applied technology and nursing.
In November 2017, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents took a historic vote to create the opportunity for Galveston College to pursue offering the bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
The college will launch the Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management in fall 2019. The nursing degree is still in the planning stages.
“The bachelor’s degrees we will offer are designed to complement our two-year degree and certificate programs that prepare students for the workforce and to transfer to four-year universities,” said Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. “These are degrees when there is a local workforce need either for skills that need specific training and require a bachelor’s degree or for someone who has those skills and wants to advance into a management role.”
The Bachelor of Applied Science in Healthcare Management prepares graduates for entry- to mid-level management positions in planning, directing and coordinating medical and health services in hospitals, clinics, managed-care organizations, public health agencies or similar organizations.
“The state of Texas and the Galveston-Houston metro area are facing severe shortages of healthcare managers in a variety of areas,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction at Galveston College. “The new bachelor’s degree in Healthcare Management will offer students the opportunity to earn a four-year degree in an affordable, supportive environment that is close to home.”
Dr. Matthews said the college is excited to offer its first bachelor’s degree in support of the needs of the healthcare industry in the region.
“This is an outstanding opportunity to provide higher education for an industry that is critical to our island and region’s economic health,” Dr. Matthews said. “Local healthcare workers will now have access to a bachelor’s degree that brings with it opportunities for advancement and higher level skills development.”
Once students begin classes, the college will host an on-site visiting team from SACSCOC within six months of enrolling students. The purpose of this visiting team will be to review the Healthcare Management program and to make recommendations regarding the needs and priorities of the program.
Dr. Shelton said Galveston College will continue to add baccalaureate programs, while retaining the technical mission that is part of a community college’s job — that is, training workers for local industries.
“Our baccalaureate degrees are an affordable win-win for students, business and industry,” Shelton said. “I want to thank our local legislators, the governor, and our regents, faculty, staff and community as we begin this next chapter in the evolution of Galveston College.”
For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Management at Galveston College, visit GC.edu or call (409) 944-4242.Read More
More than 1,250 women are expected to fill Galveston’s Moody Gardens Convention Center from 7:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, to learn about expanding opportunities for women in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries.
This marks the Women in Industry Conference’s fourth year, hosted by the Community College Petrochemical Industry (CCPI), a consortium of nine area community colleges.
The one-day event is designed to introduce women to the careers and opportunities available in the petrochemical and industrial skills industries, career fields long dominated by males but now open to women.
Last year’s Women in Industry Conference, the third hosted by CCPI, drew more than 500 interested women.
”This conference is geared for all women—the unemployed or underemployed, high school or college students, veterans—who desire a stable, well-paying career,” said Dr. Sarah Janes, who helps plan the conference.
“Because of an aging workforce, plant expansions, and new construction starts in a growing economy, there are plenty of challenging, well-paying career positions available in the Gulf Coast region—and refineries and contractors are looking for trained women to hire,” Dr. Janes said.
Last year’s attendees also included women already in the field, looking to advance in their career paths.
Participants will hear from other women who work in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries and will have the opportunity to talk with college representatives about enrollment, financial aid, and other training-related issues. Several major employers are also expected to be present.
Corporate sponsors for the event include ExxonMobil, S&B Engineers, BASF, Chevron Phillips, Dow, Freeport LNG, INEOS, Jacobs, LyondellBasell, NolTex, and Shell.
To learn more about attending the Women in Industry conference, or to become a corporate sponsor, contact Kelly Dando, CCPI grant coordinator, at (281) 425-6221 or email@example.com and visit CCPI website at EnergizeHouston.org.
CCPI-member colleges include Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Wharton County Junior College.
” December Magic” is the theme of the Galveston College Community Chorale’s annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. at Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston, Texas.
Under the direction of Michael Gilbert, with accompaniment by Ron Wyatt, the choir will perform a variety of traditional carols, including “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” accompanied by a brass choir.
Other holiday treasures include “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” “Away in a Manger,” “We Need a Little Christmas” and a special arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” There are other selections, as well as a soloist from the chorale.
The free concert is open to the public.Read More
Kevin Lallmann has been promoted to head baseball coach at Galveston College.
Lallmann succeeds Chris Joblin, who last week accepted a position as the south Texas regional scout for the Miami Marlins.
“Kevin has been a tremendous asset to the Galveston College baseball program for the past four seasons,” said Galveston College President Myles Shelton. “He is a respected member of the baseball community and will give us the opportunity to make the transition in this position as smooth as possible for our student-athletes and program. His dedication to our students’ success – both on and off the field — is commendable. We are thrilled to have him in this leadership role.”
Lallmann grew up in Carlsbad, New Mexico, where he played for the two-time state champion Carlsbad Cavemen. After high school, he played for New Mexico Junior College and Oklahoma Baptist University.
Prior to coming to Galveston, he was the head coach at Vernon College in Vernon, Texas. He also served as an assistant coach and kinesiology professor at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, New Mexico, and began his coaching career at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma.
An associate scout for many organizations, including the Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, Chicago Cubs and, currently, the New York Yankees, Lallmann has worked with Baseball USA and has spoken at many camps and clinics throughout the southwest United States.
Throughout his three seasons as the Whitecaps pitching coach, Lallmann sent 14 pitchers on to play at the university level and had one selected in the 2017 Major League Baseball draft.
“I am excited to take over a program with such a rich history and to continue to build on the success we have had in the classroom, in the community and on the baseball field,” Lallmann said. “My goal is to keep the program moving forward, to strive for championships and to ultimately win a national championship. We want to help our student-athletes reach their fullest potential and to succeed in their programs of study and after graduation.”
Lallmann and his wife, Stacy, have three daughters, Katelyn, Taylor and Tanner.Read More
Brian Ayers, Emergency Medical Services program director and instructor at Galveston College, was named EMS Educator of the Year by the Texas Department of State Health Services at the 2018 Texas EMS Conference.
“Brian is very deserving of this award for the great work he has done with the EMS program here at Galveston College,” said Dr. Cissy Matthews, vice president for instruction. “Brian and all the EMS faculty are dedicated to offering quality education that will prepare our graduates to be successful in the EMS profession.”
The Texas EMS Educator Award honors a state-certified EMS instructor or course coordinator who advances EMS education in Texas through innovation, collaboration and a commitment to students. The award is decided by officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services Office of EMS and Trauma System Coordination.
“I am humbled and encouraged in receiving the honor of being named the Texas EMS Educator of the year,” Ayers said. “I believe education is key to the advancement of the EMS profession, and I’m proud to be part of educating the next generation of EMS professionals.”
Ayers was nominated for the honor by his students in the program.Read More