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At far right, Albert Shannon, Market President of Frost Bank in Galveston, receives his Beacon of Light tribute plaque from Galveston College Foundation Chairperson Roland Bassett in recognition of his serving two three year terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Galveston College Foundation. Looking on at left are Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton.

Lecture Series Features Water Issues April 17

The second lecture for the 2013 spring semester is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17 at       7:00 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Center Wing. The lecture features Dr. Andrew Sansom, Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University in San Marcos. Dr. Sansom will give a lecture titled “The Texas Water Crisis: We Can’t Build Our Way Out of It.”

Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy.  He has received numerous awards for his commitment to the management and protection of natural resources. His published works have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer, Houston City Magazine, Politics Today, Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Town and City. He is the author of five books, Texas Lost, Texas Past, Scout the Christmas Dog and Southern Plains Bison.

Andrew Sansom now serves as Executive Director of the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment where he is coordinates university policy and research related to freshwater resources, manages the headwaters of the San Marcos River which is the second largest artesian spring in the Western United States; administers the most extensive freshwater environmental education program in Texas; and supervises the training and coordination of more than 1000 volunteer water monitors in rivers and streams throughout the State.

2013 Commencement to be held May 10

Galveston College’s 46th annual commencement exercise is scheduled for Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:30 p.m. at the Galveston Island Convention Center on the San Luis resort at 5600 Seawall Boulevard.

A record 503 graduates are receiving some five hundred and thirty two Associate Degrees and Certificates. Families, friends and colleagues are invited to attend the event.

Scholarship Deadline is April 15

The Galveston College Foundation is offering scholarships to students in the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters. These scholarships can be applied for by using one application to apply for 53 different scholarship opportunities. Apply by filling out the general application and submitting it to the Financial Aid Office by the April 15 deadline.

Education FEST set for April 13

Galveston College, the City of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department, and the City of Galveston Families, Children & Youth Board will co-host “2013 EducationFEST - Education is a Family Affair” from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13 at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center located at 27th St. and Seawall Blvd.

EducationFEST offers creative and engaging educational activities from area schools, colleges and universities and a variety of games, food and fun for all ages. For more information contact LaToya Mills, Counselor, at 409-944-1221 or