News Stories for the Week




The second annual Rob Brasier Memorial Award was recently presented to Tyler Magliolo for being the Galveston College Whitecaps baseball player with the highest grade point average.  Pictured left to right are Dr. Allan Brasier, Anne Brasier, Tyler Magliolo, Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton and Whitecaps Head Coach Javier Solis.  Allan and Anne Brasier, together with family and friends, created the Rob Brasier Memorial Award to honor their son’s memory and give a cash award to the player with the highest grade average.  Rob Brasier, who began college classes in tenth grade, was a baseball standout at Ball High and the University of Washington.

Mini-semester Offers Local and Returning Students Options

Registration for Galveston College’s pre-summer mini-semester began April 20.  All mini-semester courses are held weekdays or via internet beginning May 18 and ending Thursday, June 4, 2009.  Registration and payment deadline is May 15.  Courses offered include online classes in computer science, government, history, mathematics.  Day classes on campus include music and sociology.  For more information please call (409)944-1220.

Legal Update discusses Child Support

Galveston College continues its partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce and the Galveston Bar Association by hosting a discussion on “Child Support” this Wednesday, May 20th. The seminars are held from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Galveston College Cyber Café.  There is no charge to students or the general public but participants are asked to register by calling (409)944-1344 or email

Universal Access Program

The Universal Access program was implemented in the Fall semester of 2001 at Galveston College and remains available to all eligible students. Universal Access scholarships are provided to ensure that every eligible high school graduate, or equivalent who resides in the Galveston College taxing district, has the opportunity to attend college or receive technical training through a workforce development program.

The Galveston College taxing district, includes the City of Galveston, and communities of Port Bolivar and Crystal Beach. Applicants must have resided in the taxing district for a minimum of 12 months prior to graduation from high school (either Ball High School or O’Connell High School,) or the successful completion of a GED, or home schooling program. Recipients of Universal Access scholarships must also continue to reside within the Galveston College taxing district while enrolled at Galveston College.

The maximum Universal Access Scholarship grant is $2,400 for tuition and fees and must be used within a five year period.  A book stipend of $200 is also awarded to each eligible student.  Supplies and any other related educational expenses are not covered by Universal Access.

Since its inception in 2001 through the Spring semester of 2009, the Universal Access program has awarded over $4 million to over 2,700 deserving Galveston College students. 

For additional information regarding the Universal Access program please call (409)944-1302.

2009 Commencement Plans

Galveston College’s 2009 commencement will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center in Galveston.  Music will be provided by Bonnye Karger.  Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton will introduce platform guests and speakers.  Board of Regents Chairman Tino Gonzalez will also offer a greeting from the Board.

Commencement addresses will be offered by five graduates from the class of 2009.  Tammy Lynn Childress graduating with an Associates of Arts in General Studies will give the first address, followed by Radiation Therapy graduate Shelia Elliff and Radiography graduate Michael David Parks. Office Administration graduate Tina Marie Roberts and General Studies graduate (and former Student Government Association President) Charles David Slavin will offer closing addresses.