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Galveston College students recently celebrated U.S. Constitution Day. Pictured from left to right are students Christopher Jones, Yesenia Morales, Christy Callahan, Tyler Iguess, Ronnie Newell and Student Activities Coordinator Araceli Lopez.

Galveston College Offers Second Start Classes

Galveston College is offering eight second start classes in a variety of ways. Seven second start classes begin October 3 and go through December 9. Those classes include Introduction to Computing offered on the Internet with Assistant Professor Wayne Way; English 1301 Composition I on the Internet with English Instructor Leslie Braniger; English 2332 World Literature as a Hybrid course taught by Professor of English Dr. Dale Taylor; Government 2305 Federal Government on the Internet taught by Adjunct Government Instructor Sean Skipworth; History 1301 – United States History with Professor of History Emeritus John Clyburn; Philosophy 1301 – Introduction to Philosophy on the Internet offered by Rafael Aguirre and General Psychology 2301 on the Internet by Instructor Elizabeth Tapp.

Galveston College will also offer an Internet course in Essentials of Medical Terminology beginning October 24 and ending December 15, 2011. For more information, call (409) 944-1220.

Johnson Receives Certification

Sandra Johnson, Galveston College Instructor of Mathematics, was recently certified as a “Developmental Education Specialist” through the Kellogg Institute at Appalachian State University. Johnson was selected to attend the four-week training program consisting of seminars on topics such as Assessment and Placement for Developmental Educators, Designing Learning Environments, Student Support systems, and Outcomes Assessment and Program Evaluation.  Following the summer training program, participants returned to their home campuses to implement a program development project based upon information gained during the seminars.

Johnson’s report on her program was cited by her advisor as being an outstanding effort. Her practicum has been placed in the resource library at the Kellogg Institute for use by other participants. The Galveston College Title V grant provided support for Johnson’s accomplishments in Developmental Education.

Galveston College Announces New Lecture Series

Galveston College’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series titled “Ten Years From Now” has announced the guest speakers for the fall session. The first guest speaker is Robert J. Traylor, Geologist, from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Mr. Traylor's lecture topic is titled “’Fracking’ Technology - Exploiting a New Energy Source in Texas - Economic Potential and Environmental Risk.”  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on October 19, 2011 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus.

Robert J. “Bob” Traylor holds a BS in Geology from Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.  He has 40 years of combined experience in the petroleum industry as a petroleum geologist and in public service as a geological advisor.  He is a licensed geoscientist in geology with Texas, a certified petroleum geologist with the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, a certified professional geologist with the American Institute of Professional Geologists.  He is an active member in several other geological societies, including the Houston Geological Society and the Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists.

The second guest speaker is Dr. Stephen L. Klineberg, Co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, whose topic is “The Changing Face of the Houston Region: Tracking the Economic and Demographic Transformations Through 30 Years of Houston Surveys.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on November 15, 2011 in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus.

A graduate of Haverford College, with an M.A. from the University of Paris and a Ph.D. from Harvard, Dr. Klineberg is a Professor of Sociology at Rice University. In 1982, he and his students initiated the annual "Houston Area Survey,” now in its 30th year of tracking the remarkable changes in the demographic patterns, economic outlooks, experiences, and beliefs of Harris County residents. The recipient of twelve prestigious teaching awards, including the Lifetime Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Piper Professor Award, Klineberg is currently writing a major report on the Houston studies and serving as Co-director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University.

For more information contact Lecture Series Coordinator Klaus Adam at 409-944-1273.