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Galveston College Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Daniel Gebreselasie and 8th grade student Taylor McDermand of McAdams Junior High in Texas City discuss her project titled “Does the Probability Game Support the Chaos Theory.” McDermand won second place in the category of Mathematics at the 30th Annual Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair. The 2012 fair was the largest in the history of the event with 317 entrants.

Galveston College Scholarships Available

The Galveston College Foundation has announced the availability of scholarships for the 2012 Fall and 2013 Spring Semesters. The Foundation plans to give away 90 scholarships worth over a total of $80,000.

Interested students and prospective students should apply with Galveston College’s Office of Financial Aid before April 16, 2012. Through a single application, individuals can be considered for a variety of scholarships. Some awards cover tuition and fees only. Others can be used for tuition, fees, and books.

Call 944-1236 for more information.

Universal Access Continues

As Galveston College celebrates its 45th anniversary year many of the milestones that have been achieved by the College’s service and its students’ success have been recognized. One of those milestones marks a decade for the Universal Access tuition assistance program.

Universal Access awards have been made since the Fall of 2001 and over $4.9 million has been awarded to over 4,000 local students. Awards have been made both from the Federal Pell Grant and the Universal Access Foundation Endowment. For more information about Universal Access call 944-1302.

Galveston College Lecture Series Continues

Galveston College’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series titled “Ten Years From Now” has announced the   speakers for the spring semester portion of the lecture series. The first speaker is Chef Charles Carroll, Executive Chef of River Oaks Country Club, in Houston Texas. Chef Carroll’s lecture topic is titled “Essence of Greatness.”  The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus.

An award winning author of Leadership Lessons From A Chef: Finding Time To Be Great and Tasting Success “Your Guide to Becoming a Professional Chef,”  Chef Carroll is currently the Executive Chef of River Oaks Country Club, in Houston Texas.  River Oaks Country Club enjoys the reputation of being ranked #4 of all country clubs in the United States.  The Club has 1500 members and 61 culinary team members. 

Chef Carroll was Executive Chef at Oak Hill Country Club from 1996-2000.  Oak Hill Country Club is ranked #17 of all country clubs in the United States and is home of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, and PGA Championship.

Chef Carroll was also Executive Chef, and employed at The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel for thirteen years. The Balsams is a four-star, four-diamond resort located in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire.  He also served as Apprenticeship Coordinator for one of the country’s leading apprenticeship programs.

The second speaker will be Dr. William J. Merrell of Texas A&M University at Galveston. Dr. Merrell will present “The Ike Dike: A Coastal Barrier Protecting the Houston/Galveston Region from Hurricane Storm Surge,” on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing.

Dr. Merrell currently holds the George P. Mitchell Professorship of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He has also served as president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of The Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and has held presidential appointments with the National Science Foundation. Among his awards are the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Geosciences and Earth Resources Council, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation for “his lasting impact on the course of American science.” Recently his interests have evolved to coastal sustainability and disaster mitigation and recovery.  In particular, he is investigating the possibility of a regional surge suppression barrier for the Houston/Galveston area, the Ike Dike.