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English instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Laurie Eckhart, left, hands student Michele Antosh a carnation as she is inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Sigma Gamma chapter at Galveston College.  Phi Theta Kappa inductees and members must have a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average.

Galveston College Inducts 80 to Honor Society

Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society inducted eighty new members into the Sigma Gamma chapter last week.  Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton welcomed students and family members to the induction ceremony and chapter President Charles McVey presided over the event.  English instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Laurie Eckhart and Speech instructor and Phi Theta Kappa advisor Janene Davison conducted the induction ceremony, sign in and candle lighting ceremony.  Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members must have 15 college hours and must have achieved a 3.5 grade point average at least once with an overall 3.0 grade point average.

Diesel Engine Donated

Brian Smith of Briggs Equipment Company has donated a diesel engine to the Galveston College Diesel Engine Testing & Repair program.  The course is taught in the Ball High School automotive shop in the evening. 

Students in the current Galveston College Diesel Engine Testing & Repair program will now be able to dismantle and reassemble a diesel engine that has actually been in operation.  To date, they have torn down and reassembled an engine that had never been in service; a condition the students will not encounter in the field.  Student Michael Caracheo commented that now they will be able to deal with frozen bolts, inspect warn parts and see the effects that hours of operation have on an engine. 

Brian Smith, Shop Manager for Briggs Equipment Company of Houston, coordinated with Larry Charvoz, Galveston College diesel instructor on the delivery of the engine.  The engine was donated to the Galveston College Diesel Engine program by the Houston branch of Briggs Equipment Company. The Dallas based company provides service for pump installations, lift trucks and material handling; building a reputation of providing the best industrial equipment and services to many specialized industries throughout the southwest region.  The success of the company has resulted in it being one of North America's largest dealers of industrial and construction equipment.

The new addition to the class is a 4 cylinder, Deutz diesel engine that had been used in a large boom lift.  Brian spoke to members of the class including Michael Caracheo, Warren Compton, Shannon Jackson, Nathan Patton and Christopher Wyatt on the opportunities available to individuals trained in diesel technology. 

Universal Access, Dual Credit Assistance Available in Summer

The Galveston College Universal Access free tuition program for local graduates will be available during the summer semesters to all 2008 Ball High School and O’Connell Consolidated High School graduates as well as students returning home from major four year universities.  The Dual Credit Tuition Assistance Fund, a new project of the Galveston College Foundation, will also aid rising high school juniors and seniors who need tuition assistance to take one course for college/high school dual credit.  Summer session classes start June 2, 2008.  For more information call the Galveston College Foundation at 944-1303.