News Stories for the Week


Galveston College President, Dr. Elva LeBlanc, seated third from left, joined University of Houston and area community college leaders recently to sign a joint agreement that will facilitate admission of students who complete an academic associate degree into University of Houston schools.  Standing in the back row from left to right are Bill Lindemann, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Bill Staples, President, University of Houston-Clear Lake; Tim Hudson, President, University of Houston-Victoria; Jay Gogue, Chancellor, University of Houston-System; John Pickelman, Chancellor, North Harris Montgomery Community College District; Jimmy Goodson, President, Victoria College; Max Castillo, President, University of Houston-Downtown; Don Foss, Provost, University of Houston.  Sitting in the front row from left to right are Martha Ellis, President, Lee College; Butch Hayes, President, College of the Mainland; Elva LeBlanc, President, Galveston College; Millicent Vallicek, President, Brazosport College; Charles Cook , Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Houston Community College; and Rodney Allbright, President, Alvin Community College.

Registration Continues, Jazz Concert Planned

Summer Registration Continues

Registration for Galveston College’s Summer I and Summer II sessions will continue Tuesday, May 30 and Wednesday, May 31 from 8:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Galveston College main campus at 4015 Avenue Q.  Classes for Summer Session I start on May 30.
The Credit Class Schedule and Continuing Education Guides are available online at or hard copies can be obtained by visiting the campus or calling 409-944-1302 or at local area business locations.

Jazz Tunes at Noon

The Galveston College Student Activities Council is sponsoring Tunes at Noon, Tuesday, May 30, 2006 from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the atrium.  Jazz musician Marcus Davis will be featured.  Students and the general public are invited to bring their lunch and enjoy the performance.

Phi Theta Kappa Holds Garage Sale

The honor society at Galveston College, Phi Theta Kappa Sigma Gamma Chapter will hold a garage sale on Saturday, June 3, 2006 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon in the Moody Hall Parking Lot at 4015 Avenue Q in Galveston.  All proceeds from the Garage Sale will go to the Galveston College Foundation Student Leadership Fund account.  For more information contact Elizabeth Revilla at 409-944-1328.

Last Chance to Buy a Brick

Beacon Square Bricks Deadline is 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

Leadership Galveston Fall 2006

The Leadership Galveston program was revived during 1995 as a project of Galveston College's Leadership Institute in partnership with the Galveston Chamber of Commerce. The Leadership Galveston members now boast over 300 former graduates of diverse backgrounds and experi¬ences that studied the social and economic aspects of Galveston in previous leadership classes between 1984-1990 and 1995 - 2005.
The purpose of Leadership Galveston is to develop leaders by providing an educational pro¬gram on the needs, challenges, and service learning opportunities in the City of Galveston and to provide motivation for the leadership candidates to become involved in Galveston's future.
 Its objectives are to: (1) acquaint participants with Galveston's history, government, economy and resources along with the problems and challenges facing the City; (2) offer participants the opportunity to meet and develop working relationships with current leaders and decision makers; and (3) encourage program participants to actively become involved in community leadership roles.
Acceptance in the program is based upon potential leadership skills, involvement in commu¬nity affairs and concern for the future of Galveston. As civic, business and government leaders tackle current issues, a new generation of leadership is training to overcome the obstacles that face Galveston and those that will arise in the coming years. Leadership Galveston is a training ground, providing participants with the necessary skills to meet the challenges.

The Leadership Galveston Fall 2006
Dates are Fridays,
September 8, September 22,
October 6, October 20,
November 3, November 17
The cost is $325.00 per registrant.

For more information call Joe Huff, Director of Public Affairs and Galveston College Foundation at (409) 944-1302
or email

Kid’s College at Galveston College

Galveston College is offering Kid’s College Camps and Classes during two sessions in June and July of 2006.  Session I is from June 5 through June 22.  Session II is July 10 through July 27.  Classes meet on Monday and Wednesday at a cost of $45.00 per class.  Camps meet on Tuesday and Thursday at a cost of $165.00 per camp.  Registration is encouraged by June 3, 2006.
 Camps run from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.  Camps are being offered for Soccer, Basketball, Art, Weird Science and Cheerleading.  Classes include Fun Art, Kids and Computers, Scrapbook Memories, Art Under Construction, Invisible Science, Creative Writing, Si Habla Esponol I and II, Beginning Piano, Lyrical Ballet, Dance jazz and Ballet, Chess Champs, Fashion Modeling, First Aid for Kids, Horticulture, Kickboxing and more.  For information or a printed schedule call 409-944-1344.

Employees Recognition Banquet

Galveston College recently held its annual Employees Recognition Banquet at Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant.  Galveston College President, Dr. Elva Concha LeBlanc, opened the proceedings with an address to attendees that thanked employees for their hard work in transforming Galveston College into a learning college and also announcing that the 2006 commencement would recognize 290 graduates, the largest in the College’s history.
 Employees were given recognition awards for years of service.  Five year employees included Valencia Allen, Pamela Britton, Cathy Cartwright, Dale Harville, Dionicia Macias, Wayne Way and Larry Williams.  Richard Ramos was recognized with fifteen years of service.  Maria Eliaz and Robert Taylor received twenty five years service pins.  Joe Conti was recognized with thirty years of services and John Clyburn was applauded for thirty five years of service.  Accepting retirement awards were Enrique Aguillon, Fred Henry and Lea Ellen Humphries.
 The climax of the evening was the announcement of the 2005-2006 Exceptional Performance Awards.  Classified staff exceptional service awards were given to Polly Martin, Dawn Uyehara and Angel Jolly.  Jameeka Grogan received the Professional Staff Exceptional Performance Award and two full-time faculty, Juanita Oppermann and Erma Phillips were named as Outstanding Faculty Of The Year.

Galveston College Hosts Employee Retirement Seminar

Galveston College will host the Employee Retirement System Summer Benefits Enrollment Session for all regional ERS members and retirees on August 2, 2006 from 10:00 a.m. until 3 p.m. in room FA-207 on Galveston College’s main campus. For more information call 409-944-1281.