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March 20, 2006

Galveston College Phi Theta Kappa President Charles McVey, at podium, leads the induction of 83 new members into the international honor society of two-year colleges. Students invited to join Phi Theta Kappa must have an overall grade point average of 3.5 on a 4 point scale.

Galveston College Honor Society Inducts Eighty-three

Galveston College honor society President Charles McVey and his officers looked over a packed house of family and friends of 83 students recently inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Gamma Chapter of Galveston College. The well wishers numbered over 250 in the audience as they listened to keynote speaker Michael Weir, Deputy Director of the Seaborne Challenge Corps and himself an alumnus of Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Gamma sponsors Kelly Arnemann and Elizabeth Revilla helped the proceedings as the traditional blue candles of 83 inductees were lit signifying the societies united propose of leadership, services and excellence. The eighty-two new Phi Theta Kappa inductees are as follows: Lacey Arms, Sumiko Ashton, Michael E. Ayres, Danny Benavidez, Jeffrey Benedict, Kelly Jo Bennett, Connie Bienvenue, Lorenza J. Bowie, Kelly M. Bradberry, Brenna K. Brown, Melvin R. Campbell, Gala Santillan, Amy D. Cash, Cheri Lynn Chambers, Steven W. Childs, Kelvin K. Chiu, Betzabeth J. Covarrubias, Joyce Curtis, Kevin R. Davis, Lisa D. Davis, Regina C. Davis, Sabrina M. Dean, Bonnie G. DeBorde, Tracy J. Dunaway, Quinton Allen Dunbar, Anju M. Eapen, Stephen R. Flora, Joan Flores, Valeria Flores, Pauline Fox, Jian Wei Fu, Jimmie Fudge, Elizabeth J. Garcia, Calva A. Garza, Adriana Gonzalez, Elane Greer, Melissa J. Guzman, Leah M. Hembd, Katie N. Henson, Philomina Ibe, Deborah Karpf, Elizabeth Kyle, Thirty H. Lacy, Howard LeBouef, Geoff Lingard, Michael Love, Sobia Malik, Connie L. Marshall, Walter M. Mayorga, Michael McCarty, Cindy M. McKenzie, Venkata-Usha L. Mokkapati, Jessica Molina, Heather Montoya, Chris Ann Mureno,  Joan E. Ndoke, Vantha Oeur, Patricia Leann O'Neill, Oscar O. Osundwa, Ceena Owens, Lalit Pant, Purvi, Patel, Katie R. Phillips, Veronica R. Quijano, Randall Roberts, Jessica D. Rubin, Ana N. Sanchez, Carolina Santos, Laura M. Schultz, Martrena J. Sonnier, Sidney S. Stafford, Chris Stonedale, Colleen R. Tennyson, Jade Truong, Sherry D. Vincent, Charles Welch, Kevin W. Wilcox, Eric F. Willmore, Melissa Wisenbaker, Angela Wren, Ashley Zamani, and Sara Zendehdel.

Galveston College Students Visit NASA Johnson Space Center

Eight students from Galveston College will join students from community and junior colleges across Texas at NASA’s Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston April 6 – 8, 2006 as part of the Community College Aerospace Scholars.

The program, which is a three-day on-site event at JSC, offers over 300 students from across Texas the opportunity to interact with each other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at JSC, students from the colleges will form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company is responsible for developing a prototype Rover, designing a line drawing of the Rover and forming the company infrastructure including budget, communications and presentations.

Community College Aerospace Scholars is part of the Texas Aerospace Scholars and was created by the state of Texas, in partnership with JSC and the Texas educational community, to encourage community and junior college students to enter careers in science and engineering.

The Galveston College students selected to participate in the program are: Amy Cash, Creola Frye, Ard John, Heather Passons, Cristal Rodriguez, Mirzza Salinas, Alex Torres and Ashley Zamani.

For more information, contact Klaus Adam, Professor of Chemistry, at (409) 944-1273.

Galveston College to Host Career Fair 2006

Galveston College, in partnership with The WorkSource and the Rotary Club of Galveston, will present “Career Fair 2006” on Wednesday, April 19 in the Galveston College Gym from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Galveston College Gym is located at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston.

The “Career Fair 2006” event is open to the general public and area students. Fifty employers are expected to be in attendance to talk with students and community residents about potential employment with their respective organizations or to provide information on student’s fields of study. Coordinators of the event are Galveston College Counselor Jason Wilson and WorkSource representative Terri Simpton.

 Regents Appoint New Staff

The Galveston College Board of Regents ratified the appointment of three new staff at their regular board meeting on March 8.

Named were Timothy Setzer, Director of Facilities and Security; Cynthia Alcala, Grants Manager/Title V Coordinator and Dana Gazda, Nursing Advisor.

Setzer, who attended Brazosport College and was licensed as a Peace Officer by Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education has had years of professional experience in project coordination, planning and law enforcement. Setzer has served as deputy sheriff of the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department in Angleton and was most recently a scheduler/planner with the University of Texas Houston Health Science Center.

Alcala received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Behavioral Science from the University of HoustonClear Lake. Alcala has served as the Grant and Strategic Planning Administrator for the City of Pearland and she was also the Training and Developmental Specialist at University of HoustonClear Lake.

Gazda has had experience in academic advising from the University of Houston, and case managing from Iowa Comprehensive Human Services in Des Moines, Iowa. Gazda received a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies at Iowa State University. 

Dog Obedience - Basic

This course includes an overview of basic obedience (on lead), basic obedience commands, canine psychology, socialization, and solving behavior problems. The class will offer an  individual approach to each dog/owner partnership, allowing participation of puppies (12 weeks+) to dogs of any age. Dogs must have all of their vaccinations and the vaccination record is required the first day of class. Only one dog per student is allowed. Dogs will not attend the first day of class. Course number: 3072; Hours: 9; Cost: $ 35; Room: TBA;  April 22-May 27; Saturdays; 9:00-10:30 am; Olsen.

 Watercolor Painting

Each class session will focus on specific techniques to help participants develop both technical skills and an understanding of the medium. The aim of the class is to explore the unique qualities of this medium: transparency, speed and spontaneity. For the beginner and the more experienced student. Supplies are needed for this class. Course number: 3043; Hours: 18; Cost: $ 60; Room: TBA; April 22-May 27; Saturday; 10:00 am-1:00 pm; Gariby.

 Country Western Dance - Introductory

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. Course number: 3044; Hours: 10 Cost: $ 40 Room: TBA; March 27-April 24; Monday; 7:00-9:00 pm; Gilliam.

Cheesecake 101

Learn the art of making these favorite creamy desserts, and serve them with style. Course number: 3047; Hours: 3; Cost: $ 40; Room: N-117; March 25; Saturday; 10:00 am-1:00 pm; Rodriquez.

 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