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Galveston College
Board of Regents
by Garrett Bryce
Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Galveston College Board of Regents on Wednesday voted unanimously to accept a $369,435 grant from the United States Department of Education to assist in recovery from Hurricane Ike.

The Higher Education Disaster Relief grant will provide assistance to students, defray loses of tuition and pay for some salaries, which helped reduce the number of layoffs at the college. The college had announced previously that it would lay off 30 employees due to the impact of Hurricane Ike. Instead, the college laid off 17 employees last week, which included eight faculty members and nine non-faculty personnel.

"Part of the reason we didn't have to go all the way with the 30 was the awarding of this grant," Spokesperson Joe Huff said.

The college board voted unanimously to confer tenure for five faculty members.

The newly tenured faculty are Associate Professor of Nursing, Deborah Bastien; Instructor of Physical Education, Conrad Breitbach; Instructor of Nursing, Patricia Perry; Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. James Salazar; and Instructor of Radiography, Ed Stout. Release

The college board voted unanimously to authorize President Dr. Myles Shelton to pursue a partnership with the City of Galveston to secure a baseball field for use by the college's baseball team.

According to Huff, Galveston College's Whitecaps had shared Whitecaps/Tor Field with Galveston Independent School District since 1992. The school district will be fully utilizing the field in the future, prompting the college to search for another field.

The college board voted unanimously to adopt a resolution supporting an allocation of Community Block Development Grant funds for a vocational-technical center at the college.

Huff said the city's Long-Term Disaster Recovery Committee is currently planning to recommend the college receive $1.5 million in disaster relief funds to build a vocational-technical center.

The college board voted unanimously to accept grant funds for the TRiO-Upward Bound Program. The program helps prepare 50 high school seniors for college.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Regents Ross Novelli, Jr. and Barbara Crews were absent. Agenda

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