News Stories for the Week




Dr. William J Calhoun recently received the 2011 President’s Cabinet Award in support of a joint project between UTMB and Galveston College to train Clinical Trial Coordinators. Pictured are Dr. Calhoun, Henry Renfert, Jr. MD Professor in Internal Medicine and Vice Chair for Research; Lisa Nemeth Sweeney RN, and Manager of Clinical Trial Coordinators, Dr. Myles Shelton, Galveston College President; Vera Lewis-Jasper, Galveston College Dean of Technical & Professional Education; and Elaine Renola,  Galveston College Director of Nursing.

Galveston College Offers Conversational Spanish

This is a 32 hour course in advanced conversational Spanish. Prerequisite: Conversational Spanish I. A textbook is required. Cost: $225. Classes will be held on Mondays from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Sep 12 through Nov. 21.

Galveston College Announces New Criminal Justice Coordinator

Durrell Dickens
Law Enforcement Academy

Galveston, Texas – Galveston College welcomes its new staff member, Durrell Dickens. Mr. Dickens, a 44 year old retired Houston police officer, will be teaching Criminal Justice courses this year. Mr. Dickens received his Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas. He earned his M.A. in Sociology, from the University of Houston –Clear Lake, and his B.B.A. in Management from Baylor University, Waco, Texas.
Mr. Dickens, originally from Houston, transferred to Galveston College to coordinate the Law Enforcement Academy and to teach Criminal Justice courses. Before joining Galveston College  Mr. Dickens taught at Lee College in Baytown for nine years.
As an Adjunct Instructor for Lee College he taught Freshman and Sophomore level criminal justices classes including Deviance, Crime in America, Juvenile Justice, Juvenile Delinquency, and Criminal Investigations. He also designed a mock crime scene, taught Introductory Sociology, and developed an Introductory Sociology online course. When asked about the most important component to introduce to his students, Mr. Dickens replied, “I want to make sure that all of my students have all the resources needed to understand criminology”.
Mr. Dickens encourages his students to pursue a career in Criminal Justice. Dickens adds, “Criminal Justice is the academic study of police, criminal courts, correctional institutions such as prisons, juvenile justice agencies, as well as of the agents who operate within these institutions. It’s the system of law enforcement, involving police, lawyers, courts, and corrections, used for all stages of criminal proceedings and punishment. I encourage students to enroll in the Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement courses at Galveston College.”

Introduction to Computers

This includes an overview of computer information systems, and introduces computer hardware, software, procedures, and human resources. The components of a computer system are identified, as well as the use of common applications. The impact of computers on society are explained so that computer careers are identified, fundamental programming structures, the ethical use of computers, and the use of basic operating system functions. A textbook and flash drive are required. 48 hours of classes will be held on Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sep. 13 through Dec. 6. The cost is $299.

Ballroom Dance – Introductory

So you want to ballroom dance? You’re about to enter a world of class, tradition and loads of fun. You will learn basic Waltz, Fox Trot, Cha-Cha, Rhumba steps and patterns. Students must wear comfortable clothes and shoes (but no tennis shoes). Partners register for $100 per couple. No textbook is required. No Senior Discounts apply. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sep. 13 through Oct. 11. The cost is $50.


Yoga is a form of exercise that uses slow movements and stretching. It is good for increasing flexibility and balance. It is also good for relieving stress and relaxing. Yoga has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years. A supply list will be provided at registration. No textbook is required. Classes are on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sep. 12 through Oct. 5. The cost is $75.