News Stories for the Week




Crystal Roque is shown being congratulated by Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton for receiving the John Parker Davie Trust Scholarship. Roque is a 2006 Ball High School graduate who is pursuing a degree in General Studies at Galveston College.

Galveston College Earns Achieving the Dream Honor

Achieving the Dream (AtD), a national non-profit organization that focuses on helping low-income community college students complete their degrees, recently announced that Galveston College has been given the prestigious Leader College Distinction.

Galveston College, along with 51 other institutions nationwide, have rolled out college readiness programs, mandatory new student orientation, student success courses, developmental course redesign, curriculum redesign, cooperative learning, learning communities, and intensive and individualized advising to increase completion rates.
“The work of improving student success is very difficult, critically important, and urgent,” said AtD President & CEO William Trueheart. “These… institutions have carefully analyzed student outcomes evidence and have implemented sustained positive student-centered changes. They deserve enormous recognition for their focus on equity and excellence and for their extraordinary contributions to their communities and our nation.”

In conjunction with announcing the new Leader Colleges, AtD is releasing a new resource called “Promising Practices: 2011 Leader Colleges”. This new resource is a succinct overview of fifty different examples of promising policies and practices across the AtD Leader College network.

To be eligible for Leader College distinction, colleges must demonstrate commitment to and progress on the four principles: committed leadership, use of evidence to improve programs and services, broad engagement, and systemic institutional improvement. They must also show three years of sustained improvement of student success on at least one of the following measures of performance: Completion of certificates or degrees; Term-to-term and year-to-year retention; Completion of college-level math and English courses; Advancement from developmental to credit-bearing courses; and Course completion.

Additionally, each Leader College has successfully implemented at least one student success intervention or initiative that is advancing student outcomes that are of sufficient scale to benefit a substantial proportion of students.

Galveston College increased Math 0303 (developmental math) success rates from 21% in fall 2006 to 58.6% in fall 2010. This remarkable improvement is associated with changes to the developmental math curriculum including increased contact hour and use of MyMathLab software. These interventions have been scaled to reach 100% of developmental math students and 18.8% of all students.

“We expect these exemplary colleges to serve as mentors within the AtD community of learners, as well as advocates for the values, principles, and mission of AtD,” Trueheart said. “Creating and implementing student success initiatives that have an enduring impact takes time and patience. It’s critical that we get it right and that we learn from institutions that have demonstrated success in key areas and have been able to sustain progress over time.”

Third Annual Athletics Fundraiser

Galveston College Whitecaps will hold their third Annual Athletics Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 8, 2010. The event will be held in the Galveston College Sarah Hermes Memorial Fitness Center and Gym located at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston.
Tickets are $10 per person and are available for purchase from any Whitecaps baseball or softball player, or by calling Regina Williams at 409-944-1202. All proceeds go to the Whitecaps Athletic Fund.

The Spaghetti Dinner event has been assisted by Johnny Smecca and his colleagues at Mario’s on Seawall Boulevard for the last three years.

Galveston College Lecture Series: “Fracking Technology”

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. 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.

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

Leadership Galveston 2012

Galveston College, in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, has set dates for the new Leadership Galveston 2012. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25, June 22, July 27,
and August 24. The cost is $500 per registrant.  For information, call Joe Huff, Director of Institutional Advancement and Galveston College Foundation, at 409-944-1302, or e-mail  The last day to register is January 13, 2012.

Prospective students must complete the College’s Leadership Galveston application and the Employer’s Certification forms, which are online at, and mail them to Galveston College Leadership Institute, c/o Joe Huff, at 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550.