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.Read More
The Galveston College Student Government Association celebrated its incoming and outgoing officers at an induction ceremony April 11 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing.
David Gage was inducted 2019-2020 president. Also recognized were incoming officers Stephanie Sagastume, vice president; Graciela Salinas, secretary; Ivan Escalante, treasurer; and Shona Gastian, historian.
Outgoing officers recognized during the evening were Ivan Escalante, president; McKenzie Holmes, vice president; Maura Williams, treasurer; and Maurissa Pena, historian.
President Escalante noted a number of SGA accomplishments during the 2018-2019 academic year, including:
- the establishment of the Food for Thought mobile farmers market;
- attending Community College Day at the Texas State Capitol;
- monthly presentations at the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents meetings;
- participation in two Mardi Gras parades; and
- attending the Sam Houston State University Diversity Leadership Conference with other student organization leaders.
The students recognized a number of individuals, including Cynthia Parra, Student Activities coordinator and SGA adviser; Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services; Priselda Perez, director of Upward Bound; Rosie Rios, Upward Bound academic coordinator; Gabriela Zepeda, Upward Bound administrative assistant; Trish Szymanski, digital communications and web services manager; Sandi Smith, graphics specialist; and Carol Langston, director of public affairs and SGA co-adviser.
Above: The Galveston College Student Government Association recognized outgoing officers and inducted new officers for 2019-2020 on April 11. Pictured (front row from left) are McKenzie Holmes, 2018-19 vice president; Stephanie Sagastume, 2019-20 vice president; Maurissa Pena, 2018-19 historian; (back row from left) Carol Langston, SGA co-adviser; Cynthia Parra, SGA adviser; Ivan Escalante, 2018-19 president and 2019-20 treasurer; David Gage, 2019-20 president; Shona Gastian, 2019-20 historian; Graciela Salinas, 2019-20 secretary; ; Shona Gastian, 2019-20 historian; and Ron Crumedy, associate vice president for student services. Not pictured is Maura Williams, 2018-19 treasurer.Read More
The Galveston College Student Government Association and Office of Student Activities will host a voter registration drive throughout the fall 2018 semester. Dates are as follows:
- Monday, Sept. 17 (Constitution Day), 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
- Tuesday, Sept. 25, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Moody Hall Lobby
To be eligible to vote, an individual:
- must be a United States citizen;
- must be a resident of the county where he or she submits the application;
- must be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and must be 18 years of age on Election Day.
- must not be a convicted felon (may be eligible to vote if he/she completed sentence, probation, and parole); and
- must have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
To confirm voter registration status, an individual may select one of three methods to perform a search:
- Texas driver’s license number, if it was provided at the time of application for voter registration;
- Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on a voter registration certificate;
- first and last name.
Oct. 9 is the last date to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.Read More
The Galveston College Office of Student Activities and Student Government Association have planned a Week of Welcome (WOW) from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5 in celebration of the beginning of the fall 2018 semester.
On Monday, Aug. 27, join the Student Government Association for free breakfast and beverages from 8:30-10:30 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 2018-19 SGA officers.
On Tuesday, Aug. 28, there will be a Mix and Mingle with the SGA from 4-6 p.m. in the Mary Moody Northen Center Atrium. Students are invited to come enjoy free sandwiches, chips and beverages and to pick up a free copy of the Galveston College planner and meet the SGA officers.
From 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 29, there will be a blood drive hosted by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing – West.
There will be snacks and drinks in the Student Center on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Come make new friends and enjoy board games and conversation.
On Tuesday, Sept. 4, there will be board games and snacks in Student Center 110 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The Fall 2018 Involvement Fair is set for Wednesday, Sept. 5, 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 email@example.com, call (409) 944-1234 or visit Student Center 110.
See you at WOW!Read More
Galveston College Faculty Senate, SGA and Political Science Club to host GCCD Board of Regents Candidate Forum
The Galveston College Faculty Senate, Student Government Association and Political Science Club will host a forum featuring candidates for Position 7 on the Galveston Community College District Board of Regents on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Foundation Wing on the Galveston College campus, 4015 Avenue Q, Galveston, Texas.
The college will have a special election in May for the unexpired term for Position 7, which had been filled by George Black. The term for Position 7 expires in 2022.
Candidates include retiree Curtiss Brown, higher education administrator Dr. Richard A. Prets, Jr., UTMB executive director for community engagement Rebecca Trout Unbehagen, small business owner Marie Robb and attorney Keith McFatridge, all of Galveston.
The forum will be moderated by Don Davison, Galveston College Faculty Senate president and professor of business/accounting.
Citizens are invited to email questions for the candidates, in advance, to Davison at firstname.lastname@example.org. Audience members also will have an opportunity to submit questions to the candidates during the forum.
“Throughout its over 50-year history, Galveston College has been host to numerous political forums,” Davison said. “These forums have allowed candidates to express their platforms while at the same time giving the community the opportunity to meet and know the candidates better. As a community college, we believe forums are an essential part of the democratic process and as such are a key component of our mission to serve the community of Galveston.”
For more information, contact Don Davison at email@example.com or the Galveston College Public Affairs office at (409) 944-1302