The Beacon



JANUARY 7, 2013



Galveston College Radiography students recently held a Toy Drive and collected toys to distribute to Ronald McDonald House and the Shriner’s Burn Center. Pictured left to right: Instructor/Program Director of Radiography, Ed Stout, Daneyra Valderaz, Katherine Smith, James Bond, Tad Langley, Hans Berry, Catalina Tovar, Victoria Reckitt, and Ashley Sylvester. Not pictured, Instructor of Radiography Sandy Martinez. 



January 7-12 General Registration for Spring Classes
January 9 Board of Regents Facilities Committee Meeting, 4:30 p.m. in Room M-202
January 9 Board of Regents Regular Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in Room M-220

Coming Events

January 14  Spring Classes Begin
January 14-15 Late Registration for Spring Classes
January 21 College Closed for Martin Luther King Holiday
January 25 GC Whitecaps Spaghetti Dinner, 5:00 p.m. in the GC Gym


Whitecaps Spaghetti Dinner January 25

Announcing the 2013 Whitecaps Baseball and Softball Fundraiser- Longtime supporter Johnny Smecca from Mario's on Seawall is donating Spaghetti and all the trimmings for a Whitecaps Fundraiser Spaghetti Dinner on January 25 at 5:00 p.m. in the Galveston College Gym. Dinner tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the GC Athletic Office or at the door the evening of the event on January 25. Call 944-1202 for more information.


Galveston College President, Dr. Myles Shelton, challenged the employees of Galveston College to raise funds for community college students affected by Hurricane Sandy, in much the same way that Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College came to the aid of Galveston College students after Hurricane Ike.  Pictured left to right are Conrad Breitbach, President of the Faculty Senate; Linda Kelley, Chair of the Employee Wellness Committee; Michael Berberich, Chair of the Professional Development Committee and Galveston College President, Dr. Shelton as they present the check during the College holiday event audience. The College employees ultimately raised $1,625 to send to the Ocean County College Disaster Relief Fund in Toms River, New Jersey.



Galveston College Foundation recently received a $5,000 donation from the Galveston Kiwanis Club for the Universal Access Endowment Program. This program has funded tuition and fees for 4,300 students in the Galveston County area for the past eleven years. Pictured from left to right during the check presentation are: Kiwanis Board President Mike McNeely, President Elect John Stohlman, Harriet Dues, Abdul Amin, Dr. Gaynelle Hayes of Galveston College, Doug Rogers, Secretary Barbara Roberts, Treasurer Bruce Kufahl and Jeff Kilgore.


Galveston College Registration Underway

General Registration for the Spring Semester runs from January 7 to January 12. General Registration hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Spring semester classes begin January 14, 2013. The Spring Credit Class Schedule and the Continuing Education Guide is now available online and in printed versions throughout the campus. For more information, call 409-944-1220.

Community Choir

Imagine… a world in which every city, town, and neighborhood had a community choir, one where the music of many cultures and faiths was celebrated. Imagine… a non-auditioned choir in your community where all were welcome. Galveston College has such a choir. The Community Choir meets every Monday evening and is open
to adults of any age. The class will meet on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. January 14 through May 6. The cost is $35. For more information, contact Continuing Education at 409-944-1344.

Leadership Galveston Spring 2013

Galveston College, in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce, has set dates for the new Leadership Galveston course for the Spring 2013 semester. Sessions will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays, January 25, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 22 and April 12. The cost is $500 per registrant.  For information, contact Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation, at either 409-944-1302 or email at  The last day to register is January 11, 2013.

Prospective students must complete the College’s Leadership Galveston application and the Employer’s Certification forms found online at, under the Schedule of Classes subsection. Please mail forms to: Galveston College Leadership Institute, c/o Joe Huff, at 4015 Ave. Q, Galveston, TX 77550.

Introduction to Golf

Whether for pleasure or for business, golf is a game that everyone should learn to play. It can lead to business deals and to a life-long hobby. Although the rules of the
game themselves are rather simple, it's learning the fundamentals and skills that keep many people away. Going out onto the green and not knowing which club to
use or, even worse, not being able to make contact between the ball and the club can quickly become frustrating and even embarrassing. But with a little studying of the
fundamentals and a whole lot of practice, you'll soon be well on your way to learning how to play golf like a pro. This course introduces the basic skills and techniques of
golf. No senior discount. The Cost is as follows: Students In-District $342, Students Out of District $390. The class will meet on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. January 14 through May 8. For more information, contact Continuing Education at 409-944-1344.


Battle of Galveston Commemoration January 11-13

The Battle of Galveston, which took place during the early morning hours of January 1, 1863, is widely acknowledged as the most important military event in Galveston’s history. Commemorative events taking place include battle re-enactments, lectures, living history encampments, a wet-plate collodion photography demonstration and a variety of special tours and programming focusing on Galveston’s part in the 1863 battle. For more information visit

Galveston Island's Biggest Loser Challenge January 12- April 13

Galveston Island's Biggest Loser Challenge is a 4 month weight-loss challenge starting January 12 to April 13, 2013. All persons who live and/or work on Galveston Island are eligible to participate in the Challenge. Participation is free. Participants will be encouraged to improve their health by setting reasonable goals, such as eating more fruits and vegetables, and getting 30 minutes of moderate level activity at least 5 days a week. Free events for the entire Galveston community, such as education and fitness classes will be offered during the challenge to encourage active living and healthy eating. For more information visit or 


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