The Galveston College Whitecaps baseball team honored former player Andre Derouen Jr. in a ceremony Friday, Jan. 25, at Bernard Davis Field before winning the season opening game against Temple College by a score of 5-3.
Andre, who was a freshman outfielder on the Whitecaps roster, drowned in March 2018 while rescuing his younger brother from a neighborhood pond not far from their League City home.
Many family members, friends and teammates were in attendance, including Andre’s parents, Andre, Sr. and LaTashia Derouen, and brother, Desmond Derouen.
Long-time Houston Astros announcer and Galveston native Bob Ford emceed the day’s events.
During the ceremony, Galveston College paid its respects to Andre by retiring his No. 1 jersey. The jersey will be displayed, along with a special plaque presented by the Galveston Kiwanis Club, on the right field wall.
Andre was a standout baseball and football player at Hitchcock High School before playing for the Whitecaps.
In Friday’s second game, Temple split the series by a score of 15-4.
The Whitecaps (1-1) travel to Justin, Texas, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 1-2, to take on Seward County Community College of Liberal, Kansas, at Northwest High School. Game times are 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more opening day photos, click here.Read More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Four Galveston College baseball players signed National Letters of Intent Nov. 14 to play with three universities in Texas and Louisiana.
“We are excited to be sending another four student-athletes to outstanding NCAA Division I programs in our region,” said Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin. “Each of these students is a solid player with an excellent record. It’s another great day to be a Whitecap.”
Those signing letters of intent included
- Jacob Jimenez, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio;
- Corbin Vines, sophomore third baseman, Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University;
- Erick Hernandez, sophomore catcher, Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; and
- Jordan Lansford, sophomore right-handed pitcher, Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University.
During Coach Joblin’s six years at Galveston College, the Whitecaps sent 35 players on to the NCAA Division I level, had seven players drafted in the MLB draft and had another player sign as a free agent.
The Whitecaps also have continued a tradition of academic excellence each year, with an impressive cumulative team grade-point average in excess of 3.0.
Nov. 14 marked the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.
To view a list of Galveston College transfer achievements since 2013, visit https://gc.edu/athletics/whitecaps-baseball/4-year-college-transfer-achievements/.
Above, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players signing NCAA National Letters of Intent today include (front row from left) Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Nicholls State University; Jacob Jimenez of Houston, University of Texas at San Antonio; Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, Sam Houston State University; and Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, Nicholls State University. They are pictured with (back row from left) Whitecaps Head Coach Chris Joblin and Assistant Coach Kevin Lallman.
At top, Galveston College Whitecaps baseball players (from left) Jacob Jimenez of Houston, Erick Hernandez of Orlando, Florida, Jordan Lansford of Wortham, Texas, and Corbin Vines of Hempstead, Texas, sign NCAA National Letters of Intent today in the Hermes Fitness Center at Galveston College. Today marks the first day of the early signing period as athletes across the country sign their National Letters of Intent.Read More
The Galveston College softball team welcomes outfielder Aspyn Grossman to the Whitecaps family.
Grossman, a standout senior at Bullard High School, signed with the Whitecaps on Nov. 5 at a ceremony at her high school in Bullard, Texas.
Bullard High Head Softball Coach Megan Dobrinski and the Grossman family joined Galveston College Head Softball Coach and Athletic Director Christa Hartnett for the signing ceremony.
As a sophomore, Grossman hit .414 with 40 runs scored and 15 stolen bases. As a junior, she hit .421 with 36 runs scored and 28 stolen bases.
This holiday season, the Galveston College Theatre department will present the musical-comedy, “The No Hole Holiday,” with book and lyrics by Stan Gill and music by Cindy Bright and Stan Gill.
An upwardly mobile elf, frustrated Halloween goblins, industrious hole-making gnomes, schmoozy politicians and Santa populate this charming and zany modern fairy tale.
It is still a month before the holidays and preparations are gearing up. “The Holiday World”, Santa says, “is a strange and unusual place.” Axel the Elf has been promoted to Santa’s personal staff, however, instead of something glamourous like tinsel or music, he is put in charge of buying holes.
Santa sends Axel to see Mr. Pistachio, the Commissioner of Stuff, to make the deal, but sends him with a warning. There are two goblins called the Grump Sisters, who are jealous that their holiday, Halloween, lasts only a day, while Santa’s festivities are celebrated for a month.
Mr. Pistachio takes Axel to meet Rowley and Jinx, the two gnomes who run the Hole Factory, so he may see how important his new job is. Axel begins to get the idea and his attitude changes about the importance of his new job, just in time for the Grumps to attempt to sabotage the Hole Factory and ruin everyone’s holiday.
Will the Grump Sisters succeed or will Santa, Axel, Rowley, Jinx and Mr. Pistachio save the holidays?
Company members include Eva Arita, Alyssa Gudz, Jade Killebrew, Daniel Maxey, Andrea Parson, Kristopher Prodoehl, Eric Scales, Destiny Shute, Wrath Sorrell and Fallon Smith.
Show dates and times are Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Doors open 30 minutes prior to curtain and admission is free. However, the GC Theatre department will be accepting donations of non-perishable food items for the Galveston County Food Bank. Performances are located in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston.
For additional information, please contact the Program Coordinator for the Performing Arts, Liz Lacy, at (409) 944-1398 or email@example.com.Read More
Galveston College to celebrate Veterans Day and 100th anniversary of lighting of the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse beacon
On Veterans Day, Nov. 12, Galveston College and Galveston Island will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the lamp at the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse at what was at the time the busiest port on the Gulf Coast and second busiest port in the country.
On Nov. 12, 1918, one day after the Armistice of Nov. 11, 1918, and after 14 years of on-and-off construction, the lamp was lit for the first time at the Galveston (South) Jetty Lighthouse with George W. Bardwell serving as the first head keeper.
A violent storm ravaged the lighthouse on May 2, 2000, and the iron pilings, weakened by years of rust, gave way, causing the lighthouse to fall into the water.
In 2001, the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents met in a retreat and adopted the vision statement: “A Beacon of Light Guiding Lifelong Learning.”
Regent John L. Sullivan convinced the board that the college needed a symbol at the entrance of the college at 39th and Avenue Q. Regent Sullivan knew that the actual South Jetty Lighthouse cupola was rusting away in Sonny Broome’s welding yard, having been placed there after being salvaged by George P. Mitchell’s company.
In 2003, the U.S. Coast Guard granted a loan of the cupola to Galveston College, and John and Cindy Sullivan provided a donation of over $20,000 to have Sonny Broome restore it.
Architects were hired to design an area known as Beacon Square that would feature a replica of the South Jetty Lighthouse that used to stand on Galveston Island’s east end.
In November 2006, a public ceremony that included the U. S. Coast Guard color guard dedicated Beacon Square and the lighthouse replica, complete with the restored lighthouse cupola. Subsequent improvements allowed a fundraising engraved brick project to surround the lighthouse with nine oak trees available with naming rights.
The Beacon Square lighthouse now stands as a beautiful focal point at 39th Street and Avenue Q and a landmark for the Galveston College campus.
The college will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the lighting of the beacon on Veterans Day, Nov. 12, with a community celebration and glow party titled “Light Up the Night.” The event will include a veterans’ resource fair, glow party fun and children’s crafts and games, music, food and talks on the history of the lighthouse and beacon.
All events are free and open to the public. A complete schedule follows:
Schedule of Events
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. – Veterans Community Resource Fair, Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium
2 p.m. – 100th Anniversary of the Lighting of the Beacon and Veterans Day Celebration, Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn
- Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony hosted by Student Veterans Association
- History of Galveston Jetty Lighthouse featuring Kevin Kinney, Archivist, Galveston and Texas History Center, Rosenberg Library
- A Beacon of Light Guiding Lifelong Learning: Galveston College Beacon Square featuring Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs (Retired), Galveston College
- A display featuring historical information on the Galveston Jetty Lighthouse, Seibel Wing Lobby
3-5 p.m. – Kids’ Zone – Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn
- Bounce Houses
- Glow-in-the-Dark Crafts with the Artis Crafting Club and Spark Poetry and Writing Club
5-7 p.m. – Light Up the Night Glow Party – Abe and Annie Seibel Wing Lawn
- Music by DJ Roland Martinez
- Glow Fun
In the event of inclement weather, outdoor events will be moved into the Hermes Fitness Center Gym.
For more information, contact Carol Langston in the Galveston College Public Affairs office at firstname.lastname@example.org.Read More
Galveston College will present “Stay Safe on Social Media,” a lecture featuring FBI Computer Scientist James Morrison, on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 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 part of college’s 2018-19 lecture series, “Our World and Beyond: The Integration of Modern Technology and the Humanities.”
Assigned to the Houston Division of the FBI, Morrison serves as a local technical expert to the special agents and task force officers assigned to the Houston Area Cyber Crimes Task Force. He assists in computer intrusion investigations and reverse engineers software to determine the source and purpose of malignant code. He has worked in the IT field for more than 30 years, including 20 years with the FBI.
Prior to working with the FBI, Morrison was an engineer with Lockheed Martin at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, and UNIX/database administrator with the U.S. Air Force at Falcon Air Force Base (now Shriver AFB), Colorado, and Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines.
Morrison holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from Colorado Tech University, a Master of Arts in U.S. history from the University of New Mexico and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, as well as other professional certifications.
The event is free and open to the public.Read More
More than 230 technical and professional education students and faculty members at Galveston College attended a motivational presentation by career expert and speaker Brooks Harper, author of “Why Should We Hire You,” Oct. 26 on the Galveston College campus.
Made possible by funding from a Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Grant, the presentation focused on interviewing and networking strategies and techniques.Read More
The Galveston College Financial Aid office hosted its first-ever FAFSA Fest in conjunction with the 2018 Fall Festival on Oct. 24 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.
More than 50 students and their family members attended the successful event.
FAFSA Fest is designed to help students and their families navigate the sometimes challenging financial aid process.
Above, students and their families complete the FAFSA online. Below, Rachel Romero Leyva, financial aid specialist, and Jay Castillo, financial aid assistant, work with FAFSA Fest participants.Read More