News Stories for the Week


 Galveston College to present artist David M. Freeman, October 2

Internationally-recognized, award-winning contemporary artist, David McCall Freeman, will present a one-man show “David McCall Freeman: The Beauty of Vanity” at Galveston College. Opening October 2 in the College’s Fine Arts Gallery, Freeman will give a lecture presentation at 2pm and 7pm on Monday, October 2 and will be honored at a special reception from 5-7pm that evening.  Freeman holds multiple degrees including a MFA from the University of Texas. He is publisher and editor of Voices of Art Magazine, Director of the Art Gallery for the South Texas College Library, and founding member of the L.A. Heights Alternative Space Gallery in San Antonio.   His exhibition will continue through December 2.  For more information, contact Beth Thomas, Galveston College Art Galveston Coordinator at 409-944-1309, or email to   Gallery Hours are Monday- Thursday, 8a.m.-9p.m. and Friday until 5p.m.   The Art Gallery is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building, 4015 Avenue Q.

Galveston College showcases surgical technology program

In conjunction with the recent National Surgical Tech Week that just concluded on September 22, Galveston College is urging anyone interested in learning more about this exciting and challenging career path to contact staff at 409-944-1493, or visit online at The field of Surgical Technology – a part of the allied health profession- includes many career opportunities.  For example, a surgical technologist can work not only in the operating room but in such areas of employment as veterinary assistant, medical sales, research, product development, central supply, surgery scheduling,  laser coordinator, sterile supply, supervisor, educator, military field, technical writing, consultant, surgical assistant, private scrub, and medical legal auditing.  Training for this challenging and rewarding career ranges from nine months to two years with an Associate Degree in Surgical Technology.  Training includes classroom, lab, and clinical instruction – with a strong emphasis on on-job training. Average hourly pay for entry-level Surgical Technologists in Texas is $15.92.

Continuing Education and Culinary Arts staff members participating in the recent Galveston College LRC Open House include (from left) Gracie Otin, Paul Mendoza, Belinda Bales, Peter Mitchell (very back row), Robert Taylor, Wendy Allen, Chandra Matthews, Hazel Ellis, Jenni Willis-Opalenik, Samantha Jolly, Michelle Mackey, and Jeff Gordon.

Learning Resource Center open house big success

With the theme “Discover the Treasures of the LRC”, Galveston College’s Learning Resource Center (LRC) recently hosted an Open House/Expo to acquaint students with all the special services available at the LRC.  Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Phyllis Pepin, provided opening remarks and greeted the almost 200 GC students, faculty, staff, and community members who attended.  Special guests included the Honorable Jim Schweitzer and Regent Dr. Greg Roof.  Galveston College’s Culinary Arts Department provided refreshments throughout the day-long event; Eric Sharp, Music Director, performed at the piano; and Professor Erma Phillips, as well as several students, recited their original poetry.   The LRC showcases seven service areas: Library, Distance Learning, Media Center, Testing Center, Computer Lab, Tutoring Center, and the Cyber Café.   For more information about the Center and services available, call 409-944-1240, or online at