News Stories for the Week


 Galveston College recently held its annual employee awards and recognition banquet at Fisherman’s Wharf.  Pictured between College President Dr. Elva Concha Leblanc at left and Board of Regents Chair Carl Kelly far right, are retirees Enrique Aguillon, Fred Henry and Lea Ellen Humphries.

Summer Session Starts May 30

Galveston College’s Summer Session I classes start Tuesday, May 30, 2006.  Open Registration will be held May 23, 24 and 25 from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Galveston College main campus at 4015 Avenue Q on Galveston Island.
Galveston College is introducing its new Campus Online registration system as part of a pilot program during the 2006 Summer Sessions.  The Campus Online system allows students to register for credit courses at the College’s website.  Campus Online will be fully operational for Fall 2006.

Galveston College Graduates Largest Class Ever

Galveston College will hold its annual commencement exercises on Thursday May 18, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moody Hall Convention Center Expo C with plans to have 290 students in the largest graduating class in the College’s 39 year history.
Students, Faculty, staff, family and public guests will be greeted with a welcome by Dr. Phyllis Pepin, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Services.  Galveston College President Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc will introduce platform guests and greetings will be made by Carl Kelly, Chairman of the Galveston College Board of Regents.
The 2006 Commencement speaker is the Honorable Kyle Janek, M. D., a Texas State Senator of District 17 made up of parts of Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Jefferson and Harris Counties.  Janek was born and raised on Galveston Island attending Ball High and Galveston College before going on the Texas A & M to study zoology and returning to UTMB to attend medical school.

Senator Janek to Speak at Graduation

Galveston College’s 39th  annual Commencement will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Moody Gardens Convention Center featuring the largest graduating class in the College’s  history.  Two hundred and ninety students will receive two year degrees or certificates and they will hear from former Galveston College student Texas State Senator Kyle Janek.
Kyle Janek was born and raised on Galveston Island. The class of ‘76 Galveston Ball High School salutatorian went on to college at Texas A&M University. After graduating magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1980, he returned to Galveston to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Janek spent the next six years getting his Doctor of Medicine degree and doing his residency in UTMB’s Department of Anesthesia. He spent his last year as chief resident before going into private practice in Houston with Greater Houston Anesthesiology (then Southwest Anesthesiology Associates) and joining the staff at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. A board certified anesthesiologist, Janek is also on the staffs of Memorial Hospital in The Woodlands, The Methodist Hospital, and The Methodist Hospital–Willowbrook.
In 1994 Janek was elected to the State House of Representatives from District 134. He served for eight years in the House, representing Bellaire, West University Place, and parts of southwest Houston. During the 74th and 75th sessions he served as a member of the Public Health Committee and the Business and Industry Committee.
In the 76th legislative session, Janek was assigned to the powerful House Appropriations Committee and as Vice Chair of the Civil Practices Committee. He served two terms in those roles, also serving as Chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee for Tobacco Receipts during the 77th session. During his eight years in the House he earned a reputation as an expert on health issues and as a fiscal conservative.
Janek was sworn in as a State Senator on November 19, 2002, prior to the 78th Legislative Session. During the legislative session, Janek spent countless hours working to balance the state budget, particularly in the area of Health and Human Services, as a member of the Senate Finance Committee.
He passed a total of 52 bills during the 78th legislative session. Highlights of his legislative package include legislation to bring accountability to the collection of dropout data in public schools, and a bill that addresses the nursing shortage in Texas. Janek also worked on many issues that are important to the Texas coastline, including legislation to fight coastal erosion and a bill that empowers counties to control the breeding areas for mosquitoes that carry the West Nile Virus.
After the 2003 session, Janek received the Texas Hospital Association Board of Trustees’ Texas Hospital Advocacy Tribute Award and made the Texas Realtor Honor Roll for his work on issues important to property owners in Texas. In addition, the Texas Association of Business designated him a Fighter For Free Enterprise.  He serves as a board member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, The University of Houston Law Center Health Law and Policy Institute, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, and on the American Legislative Exchange Council’s Health And Human Services Task Force. He was also invited by the Texas General Land Office Commissioner to serve on the Steering Committee of Coastal Texas 2020, a partnership of all coastal stakeholders to identify issues of importance along the Texas coast and to develop long-term, coast-wide strategies to address these issues. 
Janek and his wife Shannon have three sons, Ryan, Will and Luke. They live in West University Place and are active members of St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, where he serves on the Associate Vestry. Janek represents Senate District 17, which includes parts of Harris, Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, Chambers and Jefferson counties.

Galveston College Student Art Exhibit

The 26th Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition is currently on view in the third floor Fine Arts Gallery at 4105 Avenue Q.  Featured works will include Ceramics, Photography, Paintings, Drawings and Sculptures.  The Exhibition runs through July 7, 2006.

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