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Lindsey Wollard, a student in the Radiation Therapy Program at Galveston College, won first place in the Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists Technical Manuscript Writing Competition for students enrolled in radiological sciences programs in the State of Texas. The competition is open to approximately forty radiography programs and four radiation therapy programs. This is the fifth year that Galveston College students of the Radiation Therapy Program have entered the technical manuscript competition, and each year students have either won or placed in the competition.
Galveston College was named as one of ten recipients out of 1,050 schools to receive an Innovation Award along with a $1,000 check from the Texas Association of School Board’s Risk Management Fund. The monetary award may be used by institutions to offset the expense of risk management efforts. Other recipients were the independent school districts (ISDs) of Boerne, Brady, Falls City, Garrison, Mesquite, Texarkana, Winters, and Harlingen Consolidated. The Education Service Center Region XI of Fort Worth was the tenth recipient. Representatives of each institution were presented with the awards at the Fund Members’ Conference on April 20 in Austin. “Established by the TASB Risk Management Fund Board in 2004, this award is a special way of recognizing Fund member schools who have demonstrated innovation and success in risk management initiatives, products, or programs. Applications are rated on cost effectiveness, originality, transferability for use by other Fund members, and ability to address current needs at the overall member level. Recipients of the Innovation Award set an excellent example of timely, creative, and effective approaches to risk management that we hope other Fund members will emulate,” said Dubravka Romano, TASB associate executive director.
Among winning entries were Galveston College’s disaster recovery plan implemented through an agreement with Progressive Fire and Flood; Boerne’s information campaign to reduce a problem of cars running the school bus loading lights; Brady’s successful training of district bus drivers to deal with student discipline issues; Falls City’s nutrition awareness program that benefitted district employees, students, and the community; and the Garrison Safety Watch and Awareness Team that addressed truancy, underage drinking, and other risky student behaviors. Other innovative ideas were Mesquite’s safety audit tools for school campuses, kitchens, and district buildings; Texarkana’s online monthly crisis management plan drills to ensure proper protocols are followed; the wellness challenge held for six weeks in Winters ISD to encourage improved diet and exercise habits for district employees; the comprehensive employee wellness program in Harlingen, featuring seven activities organized by various teams throughout the year; and finally, the emergency response team organized in Region XI consisting of 10 employees all certified in CPR, first aid, and use of automated electronic defibrillators.
The TASB Risk Management Fund is the largest and premier provider of risk management coverage in the state of Texas. The Fund provides coverage through its unemployment compensation, workers’ compensation, and property/casualty programs. Services range from loss prevention and free member training events to online resources, grant programs, and claim forms. More than 1,100 school districts, education cooperatives, junior colleges, education service centers, and county appraisal districts participate in one or more of the Fund’s programs. TASB is a voluntary nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts represented serve more than 4.6 million public school students.
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.
The Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition opened on April 27 and began with a reception to recognize the student artists. The exhibition will run throughout August and all students, as well as the general public are encouraged to attend. The exhibition is being held in the Fine Arts Gallery on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building at 40th St. and Avenue R in Galveston. For more information call John Stovall at 944-1320
Galveston College registration for Summer classes is currently underway. Early registration for the Summer I session runs through May 28. General registration is June 1 through June 4. Summer I classes begin June 8. Classes conclude on or before July 14.
Early registration for the Summer II session runs through July 2. General registration is July 7 through July 9. Classes begin July 15 and conclude on or before August 19.
Early registration for the 2009 Fall Semester begins April 20 and runs through August 20. General registration is August 24 through 29. Classes begin August 31.
The Galveston College Whitecaps women’s softball team and the Galveston College Whitecaps men’s baseball team have qualified to advance to play in their respective Region XIV tournaments.
The Whitecaps softball team finished conference play with 21 wins and 11 losses. They had an overall record in 2009 of 37 wins and 21 losses.
The softball Region XIV Tournament will be held at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas beginning April 30. The winner of the regional tournament advances to the national tournament in St. George, Utah beginning May 14.
The Whitecaps baseball team finished conference play with 10 wins and 20 losses, and an overall 2009 record of 18 wins and 30 losses.
The baseball Region XXIV Tournament will be held in Brenham, Texas at Blinn College beginning May 9. The winner of the regional tournament advances to the national tournament in Grand Junction, Colorado beginning May 23.
The first of two summer sessions of KIDS’ COLLEGE at Galveston College begins on June 8. “Classes” are 2 hours in length and offered on Mondays and Wednesdays between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm. Classes include Fun Art, Computer Fun, PowerPoint w/Pizzazz, Kids in the Kitchen, Snack Shack, Math Mania, Math Games, “Can You Hear Me Now,” Ready to Read Everything, Reading, Word Rap, Creative Writing, Si Habla Español I, Exercise Made Fun, Hip Hop Dance, Kickboxing for Kids, Beginning Piano, Fashion Modeling, Mixtures Galore, Grossology for Kids, Chemistry for Kids, & Study Smart. Classes vary by age and tuition is $50 per course.
Kids’ College also offers two summer sessions of “camps” beginning June 9. Camps are 4 hours in length and held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm until 5:00 pm. Camps include Art, Theater, Soccer, Basketball, Bringing Reading to Life I & II and Weird Science. Camps vary by age and tuition $85 per course.
Classes and camps fill quickly, so if you have a child to register or need additional information, please contact the Continuing Education Department at 409-944-1344.