News Stories for the Week




Several members of the cast and crew of Island ETC's production of the musical AVENUE Q recently visited the Counseling Office at Galveston College located on Avenue Q in Galveston. Standing from left to right are Peggy Miranda, GC Administrative Assistant; Taylor Aiken, GC student; Zachary Salcich and Boy Bear; Patty Talley and Lucy; and Matthew Oliver and Girl Bear. Seated are Cameron Dunbar and Rod; and Diane Laine, GC Administrative Assistant.

Lecture Series March 6 at Galveston College

The first lecture series for the 2013 spring semester is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6 at  7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Center Wing. The lecture features Dr. Joan Bytheway of Sam Houston State University. Dr. Bytheway will give a presentation titled “Forensic Anthropology: From Grave to Prosecution”. From her first forensic anthropology case of animal bones to the collection of evidence used in the prosecution of Saddam Hussein, Dr. Bytheway, has had quite a journey! She will introduce the audience to forensic anthropology and discuss some of her most interesting cases.

Dr. Joan Bytheway, a Physical and Forensic Anthropologist, serves as the Director of the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science Facility at Sam Houston State University. Dr Bytheway is also an Associate Professor in the College of Criminal Justice, Forensic Science Department, at Sam Houston State University.

In January of 2005, as a member of an international forensic team in Baghdad, Iraq, she analyzed and documented hundreds of cases of genocide in mass graves against the Kurds of Northern Iraq. In 2008, under her directive, the Southeast Texas Applied Forensic Science (STAFS) Facility was opened at Sam Houston State University. STAFS a willed body donor facility that conducts research in human decomposition and forensic anthropology
Dr. Bytheway is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Society of Forensic Anthropology and the Texas Professional Forensic Anthropologists. She has published in the American Journal of Forensic Sciences and the Forensic Science International Journal and is a Peer Reviewer for the American Journal of Forensic Sciences. Dr. Bytheway consults on forensic anthropology cases for various counties in Texas.

Students and the general public are invited to attend.

Cosmetology Degree Begins Fall 2013

The Board of Regents of the Galveston Community College District approved an Associate of Applied Science degree in Cosmetology and a Certificate of Completion in Cosmetology program at their regular monthly meeting last night at Galveston College. The degree and certificate programs will begin at the Charlie Thomas Family Vocational Technical Training Center at 7626 Broadway during the 2013 fall semester.

Cosmetology is the art and science of beautifying hair skin and nails. The main goal of the Cosmetology program is to prepare students to pass the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Examination. The program prepares students to pass both the Texas written and practical examinations. Students receive this preparation through classes and also by actual salon experience. The former automobile new car showroom at 7626 Broadway is scheduled to be transformed into a cosmetology salon.

The Cosmetology Certificate program offers a total of 42 Semester Credit hours. The Associate in Applied Science Degree offers a total of 60-61 Semester Credit hours. For more information call Vera Lewis-Jasper at 409-944-1496.

Leadership Galveston Deadline February 27

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, March 8, March 22, April 5, April 19, May 3, May 17 and May 31.  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 February 27.

Acceptance to the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in community affairs and concern for the future of Galveston.  As civic, business and government leaders tackle current issues, a new generation of leadership is training to overcome the obstacles that will arise in the coming years.  Leadership Galveston is a training ground providing participants with the necessary skills to meet those challenges.

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.

Career and Transfer Fair - Wednesday, March 20

Galveston College and the Rotary Club of Galveston are sponsoring the 2013 Career Day and Transfer Fair in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Over 75 employers and exhibitors will be on the Galveston College campus and students as well as the general public are invited to attend and bring resumes and fill out applications for employment. For more information call 409- 944-1221.