News Stories for the Week




The Rob Brasier Memorial Award was presented to Ryan Ewald before the April 24th Galveston College / Laredo Community College baseball game. The award is made annually to the baseball player with the highest grade point average.  Pictured are Rob Brasier’s parents Dr. Allan Brasier and Ann Brasier, recipient Ryan Ewald, Galveston College President Dr. Myles Shelton and Whitecaps’ head coach Gary Key.  Ryan Ewald, a Santa Fe High School graduate, is a Galveston College freshman who is a pitcher and also plays 2nd base for the Galveston College Whitecaps and maintains a 4.0 grade point average.

Galveston College Choir Offers Two Performances

The Galveston College Choir, once again under the direction of Dr. Larry Patton, will offer back to back performances on the evenings of May 3 and May 4.  Dr. Patton and Choir Accompanist Ronald Wyatt will direct a performance by the Galveston College Choir on May 3 at 7:00pm in the Fine Arts Room 207 on the Galveston College campus at 4015 Ave Q.  Then, on Tuesday May 4 at 7:00pm, the 34 member choir will perform at Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church located at 2803 53rd Street in Galveston.

The Choir’s performances will include selections from Handel, Poulenc, Britten, Brahms, Beethoven, Mozart, Hayden, Duruflé, Offenbach, Dawson and Gilbert and Sullivan.

The Galveston College Choir, in addition to Patton and Wyatt, includes Bets Anderson, Madeleine Baker, Pat Bumpus, Margaret Canavan, Spencer Dean, Roy De Gesero, Mildred Dunn, Heidi Ferenz, Linda J. Foreman, Andy Grant, Eleanor Grant, Jerry Gray, Mary Lee Guthier, John G. Hayes, Donna Heinrich, John E. Hunger, Ruben Infante, Beverly Jackson-Brown, Laurel Johnson, Patricia Kovacevich-Allen, Jack Lane, Linda Muehlberger, Leticia Prusmack, Charlotte Ray, Kay Reagan, Alison Rutledge, Iza Salinas, Jack Sheaffer, Janice Sheaffer, Mark Tillotson, Jo Wier, Carla Woodmansee, Mickey June Wright, and Jane Yates.

Dr. Larry Patton organized and directed this community-wide group from 1972 until his retirement as Professor of Music at Galveston College in 1998. He has been the Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Galveston since 1978. He holds degrees from Trinity University, Texas Christian University and Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Patton was a Texas high school choir director for six years prior to his Galveston College career. He also organized and directed an employee choruses at American National Insurance Company and the University of Texas Medical Branch.
Ronald Wyatt, internationally acclaimed concert organist, holds degrees from University of Texas and Trinity University, where he was awarded the Master of Arts degree in organ. He spent a year in Europe as a student of the celebrated Marie-Claire Alain, with whom he performed on network television. He was also a student of Marie-Madeleine Duruflé, the noted concert organist and wife of one of the twentieth century’s greatest composers, Maurice Duruflé.
For more information about joining the choir or about other musical offerings at Galveston College, contact Dr. Patton at (409) 744-6122 or at

Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition

The Annual Galveston College Student Art Exhibition will open 5-7 pm. Wednesday May 5th in the third floor Fine Arts Gallery with a reception for the student artists. Stop by and see the drawings, paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photographs through July 8th. Gallery Hours are M-Th 8 am to 9 pm, Friday 8 am to 5pm. For more information contact John Stovall 944-4242 ext. 320 or Beth Thomas 944-4242 ext. 309.

Register for Mini Semester, Summer Classes Starting on April 19

Galveston College will begin early registration on April 19 for the 2010 Mini Semester and the Summer I and Summer II sessions.
All mini-semester courses are held weekdays starting May 17 and end on Thursday June 3, 2010.  Mini semester internet classes are English 1302, Federal Government, History 1301, Mathematics 1314 College Algebra, Philosophy, and Introduction to Ethics.  Day classes include History 1302, U.S. History, Music Appreciation and Sociology 1306.  Physics 1401 will be taught as a hybrid course, where part is held in a classroom and part on the internet.

Summer Session I and II courses include Accounting, Art, Associate Degree Nursing, Biological Sciences, Biotechnology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Computers in Healthcare, Computerized Tomography and Culinary Arts.  Other courses are offered in Hospitality Management, Developmental Studies, Economics, Emergency Medical Services, English, Environmental  Science, Government, History, Humanities, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Mathematics, Medical Terminology, Medical Office, Music, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Office Administration, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Radiation Therapy, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Sociology, Speech, Surgical Technology and Vocational Nursing.

Mini Semester classes start May 17. Summer I session classes start June 7 and Summer II session classes start July 12.  Call 409-944-GCGC for more information.

Experienced Motorcycle Rider Course

Galveston College is offering an experienced motorcycle course. Even if you’ve been riding for some time, there’s always something new to learn.  Increasing numbers of seasoned riders are flocking to the half-day Experienced Rider Course to hone their skills and fine-tune the mental dexterity needed for survival in traffic.

You’ll discuss with your peers how to balance the mental and physical aspects of safe riding, manage risk, increase visibility and optimize your lane position.  The Experienced Rider Course also covers protective gear, rider responsibility, motorcycle inspection and care, the effects of alcohol and other drugs on riding, and includes an optional skill evaluation and knowledge test.

Using your own motorcycle, you’ll put into practice the techniques of managing traction, stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.  No senior discounts are offered.  No textbook is required.  No mopeds are allowed.  Tuition cost is $70.  Classes will meet Saturday, May 22nd, from 8am until 1pm on the Ball High School parking lot. Call 409-944-1344 for more information.