News Stories for the Week


Galveston College's recent 40th Anniversary kickoff breakfast included  special recognition of former Regent and Foundation board member "Chick" Dibrell and presentation of a Galveston College afghan to Mrs. Frances Dibrell. Pictured from left to right are Judge "Trey" Dibrell, Frances Dibrell, Galveston College President Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, and Foundation Chairperson Susan Broll.

Galveston College’s 40th anniversary kicks off with special Foundation breakfast

Hosted by the Galveston College Board of Regents, a special fundraising breakfast was held recently at Moody Gardens to kick off the College’s 40th anniversary. The informative program included presentations by several students including Shannon McKinney, an Emergency Medical Services student and recipient of a GC Foundation scholarship designated for the EMS program. Other student speakers included Melonee Scurlock, Whitecaps volleyball player; Charles McVey, past president of Phi Theta Kappa honor society; and Thomas Leigh, Jr., president of the African-American Club at GC and a Universal Access recipient from the program’s inaugural year in 2001.  Each student reiterated the importance of an education and how grateful they were for the financial and personal support each had received from Galveston College.  Foundation president, Susan Broll, announced that since the inception of the Universal Access program in Fall 2001, almost 1,000 students had benefited from the program, with over $2.5 million awarded for student scholarships and financial aid. Vandy Anderson was Master of Ceremonies and Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc closed the program with a recap of recent accomplishments at the College. For more information about the Galveston College Foundation visit

Galveston College “Art and Ecology” kayak tour launches October 14

Under the direction of Galveston College art faculty Beth Thomas, John Stovall, and Carol Vuchetich, twenty-five selected art students will take part in a special Art/Eco Kayak Tour of Galveston Bay on Saturday, October 14. This unique four-hour field trip was made possible by a grant awarded under the official title of “Achieving the Dream Mini Grant –Instructional Innovation at Work.” A special highlight of the field trip will be presentations by three local artists and educators who specialize in painting from nature. Jane Young-French, Janet Hassinger, and Martha Terrill each will participate by giving lectures and exhibiting some of their work. In addition, the students participating will take photographs and create watercolors and continue working on their projects in the classroom throughout the semester. The students’ completed works of art will then be exhibited in a Spring Show in the Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery.   For additional information about this “Art and Ecology” kayak tour, contact Beth Thomas at 409-944-1309.

Recruitment underway for Galveston College TRIO – Upward Bound program

Recruitment is underway for 9th and 10th graders from Ball High School who are interested in participating in the Galveston College TRIO –Upward Bound program. The goal of this program is to prepare and motivate young students to go to college and to earn at least a Bachelors Degree.  Criteria for participating in the program requires that candidates must be potential first generation college students (i.e. parents do not have a Bachelor’s degree), student’s families must meet federal income guidelines, and the student applicants must demonstrate a need and desire for academic support.  To obtain an application and for more information, call the TRIO-Upward Bound office at Galveston College at 409-944-1254 or stop by Room R-286, 4015 Avenue Q. Deadline to apply is this Friday, October 13.