News Stories for the Week


Galveston College hosted the Emotional Intelligence Institute at the Hilton Hotel February 8, 9, and 10 with seventy participants in attendance. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Darwin Nelson of Texas A & M Kingsville, Dr. Deeanna Antosh, Director of Institutional Effectiveness and Research and Conference Coordinator; Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, President of Galveston College, and Dr. Gary Low of Texas A&M Kingsville and co-author with Dr. Nelson for the book Emotional Intelligence: Achieving Academic and Career Excellence.

Galveston College Hosts Block Party for Beacon Square

The Galveston College Mardi Gras Block Party will celebrate the introduction of the Beacon Square project February 24 from 6 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The block party will feature Willis Prudhomme and the Zydeco Express band.

The event will give the community an opportunity to come together and support the new entrance of the college and possibly purchase a brick of the Beacon Square pavement.

The event will be located near the future site of the college’s new entrance in order to give the community a vision of the project. Beacon Square scale models will also be on display and the public will be able to contribute to the project by purchasing a brick that will be used in the creation of Beacon Square. During the viewing of the display, a prize will be presented to a lucky guest who finds the traditional baby baked into a piece of served king cake.

Live music will also be on hand as Willis Prudhomme and the Zydeco Express will perform in the new parking lot behind the gym of Galveston College from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This legendary zydeco band has performed around the country and overseas and will be the main event during the block party festivities. For more information call 944-1302.

Beacon Square Bricks Deadline June 1, 2006

Galveston College is selling bricks or pavers for the new Beacon Square Development. The deadline for brick purchases is June 1, 2006. The College’s Vision Statement-“Galveston College, a beacon of light guiding lifelong learning”-has inspired the development of Beacon Square. Beacon Square will provide a walkway entry featuring the South Jetty Lighthouse cupola at 39th Street and Avenue Q. You have an opportunity to be a lasting part of the front entrance of Galveston College, near an important piece of Galveston History. The South Jetty Lighthouse was located two miles from Galveston Island from 1916 to 2000 until a storm toppled it. Through a lease with the U.S. Coast Guard, the restored lighthouse cupola will soon be part of the Galveston College campus. As part of the College’s expansion project, bricks will be placed around the cupola and at the entrance of 39th Street and Avenue Q that will have names inscribed by laser. The bricks may also be used to honor or remember friends and family, businesses or other organizations. Walkway pavers are available for individual, organization or corporate sponsors from $100 to $800. For more information contact Joe Huff at (409) 944-1302 or

2006 Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair Saturday, February 11

The 2006 Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair, was held Saturday, February 11, at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, One Hope Boulevard in Galveston, Texas.

The exhibits were open to public viewing from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm and organizers had over 230 student participants from Galveston County high schools and middle schools.

The Galveston County Science Fair, now in its 24th year, is co-sponsored by the University of Texas Medical Branch, Texas A&M University at Galveston and Galveston College. Co-chairmen are: Dr. Clifford Houston, Associate Vice President of Education Outreach for UTMB; Dr. William Seitz, Head of the Department of Marine Sciences, Texas A&M University at Galveston and Dr. James Salazar, Associate Professor and Director of the Biotechnology program at Galveston College.

Students from all over Galveston County set up their exhibits in the Moody Gardens Convention Center and began presenting their exhibits at 8:15 a.m. Saturday morning. Over 90 area professionals in education, science and engineering judged the exhibits and provided results at the 2:15 p.m. Junior Division Award Ceremony and the 4:00 p.m. 9th grade and Senior Division Awards Ceremony.

Monetary awards, scholarships and gifts for the students were provided by the following: Shell Oil Company and Texas Regional Collaborative For Excellence in Science Teaching, Galveston Academic Excellence Booster Club, Gaido’s of Galveston, Inc., Texas A&M University at Galveston, Galveston College, University of Texas Medical Branch, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Alpha Phi Alpha, Moody National Bank, Mc Donald’s, Saltwater Grill, Rudy and Paco’s, Moody Gardens Convention Center, Department of the U.S. Navy, Fred Raschke and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

Students who won spots in the junior and senior division received trophies, cash prizes, dinner certificates, savings bonds and several special plaques from Shell Oil Company.

First place winners in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category were Lucille Hatherill, Tad Oefelein and William Jinkins. First place winners in Biochemistry and Microbiology are Lindsey Graves, Nathan Niesel and Chris Shannon. Winning first place in the Botany category were Aproteem Choudhury, Brannan O’Neill and Jacob Hooter. First place winners in Environmental Science were Tyler Battenfield, Samantha Miller and Kaitlyn Gruener. First place was taken in Medicine and Health by Andrea Lloyd, Jens Jensen IV and Athena Metaxas. Zoology first place winners were Mark Steblein, Michael Brown and Erin Neves. Chemistry first place winners were Kendra Brown, Derek Schilling and David Alexander. Harrison Pharm won first prize in the Computer Science category. First place winners in Earth and Space Sciences were Sherry Firouzbakht and Bryan McCullough. In Engineering Ryann Rupp, Julie Rogers and Stephen McGarvey won first place. Winning the Mathematics category was Veronica Freed, Aly Robicheaux and Tim Burns. In Physics Saira Bhatti, Lisa Nguyen and Haley Ringer won first place.

Galveston College GED Testing Center

Galveston College has made a progressive move in continuing education by re-instating a General Educational Development (GED) Testing Center.

Since reopening the testing programs November 1, 2005, Galveston College has tested over 100 examinees, resulting in 630 administered batteries. Galveston College also entered a contract with Seaborne Challenge Corp. that will guarantee a supply of 200 students a year. There has also been a 75% increase in GED participation and a countless number of inquiries due to public awareness of Galveston College’s return to providing the GED testing services.

Galveston College is also promoting the Ability to Benefit (ATB) program that allows students to register for one semester of college before taking the GED test. “Providing developmental courses for students will help them prepare and succeed in the GED classes and tests, said Michelle Mackey,” assessment coordinator.

Twelve percent of former GED examinees are now enrolled at Galveston College.

“The GED Testing Center provides an alternative that helps bridge the gap of economic displacement due to juvenile decisions,” said Mackey. “The high school drop out rate in GISD was between five and six percent in 2003 and 2004 and only 55% of students passed the TAKS test in 2005. We offer new beginnings in an effort to help stabilize individuals who were unable to conform to regular school environments,” said Mackey.

GED testing is set at a minimum cost at Galveston College. The initial test fee is $60 and each retest fee is $10. GED preparation books are available at the campus bookstore for approximately $25.

Prior to receiving a test date, participants must attend an orientation. Orientations are held on Mondays at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 6 p.m...

All test dates are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to noon. Dates are set for March 3, 4 and 31; April 1, 21 and 22; May 5, 6 and 19, 20 and June 2 and 3.

For more information about GED testing, please contact Michelle Mackey at (409) 944-1397

Basic Internet Starts March 28

Introduction to the Internet including E-mail, home page, and how to perform basic research to address your needs. E-mail is a great way to keep in touch with everyone. Hours: 12; Cost: $ 60; Room: TBA; Dates: March 28-April 13; Tuesday and Thursday; 3:00-5:00 pm; Instructor: Gourley.

Country Western Dance Starts March 27

This is a beginning class for those who are new to dancing, have no experience with Country and Western dances or need a refresher. Student will learn the most popular Country & Western Dances: two-step and polka. The class will concentrate on the two-step and the basics of dance fundamentals. A variety of fun patterns will be taught, including couple and underarm turns, conversation, wraps and side by side. Ladies will learn how to spin. Hours: 10; Cost: $ 40; Room: TBA; Dates: March 27-April 24; Mondays; 7:00-9:00 pm; Instructor: Gilliam.

St: Conversational Spanish I Starts March 20

This course is designed to develop conversational skills in Spanish and will emphasize the active, practical use of Spanish through an interactive and personalized learning experience. Based on gradual acquisition of useful vocabulary and material related to everyday life, students will become familiar with the Spanish speaking world. Textbook is required. Hours: 24; Cost: $ 105; Room: TBA; Dates: March 20-April 26; Monday and Wednesday; 7:00-9:00 pm; Instructor: Staff. For more information on these courses call 944-1344.