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Klaus Adam, Galveston College Professor of Chemistry, talks with 10th grader Kendra Brown of Friendswood High School about her project in the Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair. The 24th Annual Galveston County Science and Engineering Fair was held at  the Moody Gardens Convention Center with over 200 student participants from junior high and high school in Galveston County.

Galveston College Foundation Hosts Seminars on Scholarships and Universal Access

The Galveston College Foundation will hosts seminars on Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at 12:00 noon and 5:30 p.m. in Room M-220 on the 4015 Avenue Q campus to inform prospective and current students about the availability of scholarships through the named scholarship program and the Universal Access free tuition program.

For the 2006-2007 college year, the Galveston College Foundation will award nearly $60,000 in named scholarships and approximately $400,000 in Universal Access awards from the federally funded Pell grants or the Universal Access Endowment fund.

Galveston College’s named scholarships are the result of donations in the form of memorials or donations or the result of special event fundraising. Two such scholarships are the Marionette Beyah Memorial Scholarship that was set up to honor the memory of a former faculty member and the Jean Thompson and Dr. Barbara Thompson to benefit students taking Psychology classes. Each of these scholarships offer one scholarship of $500 for a year. The Rudy Tomjanovich Scholarship, raised by an annual golf tournament and celebrity events each fall, offer 10 annual scholarships at $1,100 each. Two new scholarships found in 2005 are the Janice Stanton Endowed Scholarship, offering one scholarship at $500 and honoring former Board of Regents member and civic leader Janice Stanton, and the Emergency Medical Services Scholarship offering seven scholarships at $1,700 each.

At the March 7 seminar, Galveston College Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation, Joe Huff, will pass out scholarship and universal access information and provide assistance to students with questions about the guidelines for the scholarship and Universal Access awards.

All students who graduate from Galveston high school, are home schooled or receive their GED and live on Galveston Island are eligible for Universal Access Endowment awards if they are first determined not eligible for federal Pell grants.

Graduating High School Seniors are urged to attend the March 7 seminars so that they can apply and use the Summer Sessions even if they plan to go to a major university in the Fall of 2006. For more information call Joe Huff at (409) 944-1302.

Fast Track Courses

            Galveston College is offering two fast track courses that begin February 28 and end May 10 of 2006. English Composition 1301 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 a.m. until 10:10 a.m. by Instructor Beverly Gammill. Texas Government 2306 will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:20 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. by Government Instructor Robert Turner. For more information call Joann Palomo at (409) 944-1317.

Gallery Hosts Photography Exhibition

            The Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery currently features the photography exhibition, Found, then Lost: Photographs of the Misplaced through March 31, 2006. The Fine Arts Gallery of Galveston College is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts building at the 4015 Avenue Q main campus. The Found, then Lost artists were selected for their use of found objects in the creation of their photographs for uncommon depictions of surreal, fantastic, and scientific narratives.

            The artists, who teach art in various Texas university art programs, include Robin Germany, Leighton McWilliams, Dick Lane and Irma Sizer. The Galveston College Fine Arts Gallery is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays.

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