News Stories for the week



Galveston College’s Beacon Square development at 39th and Avenue Q features nine new oak trees that are available for sale with honorary or memorial markers that can give permanent recognition to your family, friends or business.  Oak tree cost with a substantial marker is $3000 per tree project.  Contact Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation at 409-944-1302.

Galveston College Foundation Launches Pilot Program for Dual Credit Assistance

Many parents and former high school students are aware of the lucrative advantages of
Galveston College’s dual credit program.  Hundreds of Ball High and O’Connell graduates have enrolled in the dual credit program to earn high school and college credit simultaneously.  The results have saved local parents thousands of dollars as their high school graduates have gone off to universities sometimes ranked as sophomores.

On Thursday, September 27, 2007, the Galveston College Foundation board members, representing a separate non profit fundraising arm of the college, voted to launch a three year pilot program to provide financial assistance to local high school juniors and seniors who may be capable of the dual credit curriculum but whose family’s income cannot afford the college tuition and fees.

The Galveston College Foundation, created in 1996, launched its Universal Access program in the Fall of 2001 and gained national acclaim for providing free tuition and fees for all local high school, home schooled and GED graduates.  The Universal Access program covers all eligible students regardless of family income.

The new dual credit assistance program will rely on recommendations for eligible students from high school counselors and Upward Bound college staff.  The program is expected to offer fifty or sixty students per semester the opportunity for dual credit classes.  Galveston College Foundation staff will raise funds to cover costs of the pilot program.  For information call Joe Huff at 409-944-1302.

Galveston College Launches United Way Campaign

Galveston College launched its annual United Way campaign with a burrito breakfast for its 165 full time employees on Friday, September 28, 2007.  This years fundraising goal through the State Employees Charitable Campaign is $11,000 with the additional challenge to beat Texas A&M Galveston Employees campaign total so Dr. Bowen Loftin will wear a Galveston College Whitecaps cap on a day following the campaign completion on November 2, 2007.

The Galveston College Foundation is one of twenty nonprofit organizations that receive funds from the State Employees Charitable Campaign through United Way.  The Foundation uses contributions to provide funds for staff development, scholarships, Universal Access free tuition and books program, faculty endowments and other education and diversity initiatives.

Galveston College Art Gallery Features Phyllis Evans

The Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery is currently featuring the mixed media painting of artist Phyllis Evans in a show titles “The Subjective Hand”.  The show opened in the gallery on September 12th and runs through November 15, 2007.

A special artist reception is planned in the Art Gallery for November 8, 2007 from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m.  The artist will give a slide presentation of her work that evening beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Fridays from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  For more information contact Beth Thomas at 944-1309.