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Higher Education
Miss Galveston 2014
Galveston College
News Release
Thursday, February 09, 2012

Galveston College Lecture Series Continues

Galveston College’s 2011-2012 Lecture Series titled “Ten Years From Now” has announced the speakers for the spring semester portion of the lecture series. The first speaker is Chef Charles Carroll, Executive Chef of River Oaks Country Club, in Houston Texas. Chef Carroll’s lecture topic is titled “Essence of Greatness.” The lecture begins at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing located at 4015 Avenue Q of the Galveston College campus.

An award winning author of Leadership Lessons From A Chef: Finding Time To Be Great and Tasting Success “Your Guide to Becoming a Professional Chef,” Chef Carroll is currently the Executive Chef of River Oaks Country Club, in Houston Texas. River Oaks Country Club enjoys the reputation of being ranked #4 of all country clubs in the United States. The Club has 1500 members and 61 culinary team members.

Chef Carroll was Executive Chef at Oak Hill Country Club from 1996-2000. Oak Hill Country Club is ranked #17 of all country clubs in the United States and is home of the Ryder Cup, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, U.S. Senior Open, and PGA Championship.

Chef Carroll was also Executive Chef, and employed at The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel for thirteen years. The Balsams is a four-star, four-diamond resort located in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire. He also served as Apprenticeship Coordinator for one of the country’s leading apprenticeship programs.

The second speaker will be Dr. William J. Merrell of Texas A&M University at Galveston. Dr. Merrell will present “The Ike Dike: A Coastal Barrier Protecting the Houston/Galveston Region from Hurricane Storm Surge,” on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing.

Dr. Merrell currently holds the George P. Mitchell Professorship of Marine Sciences at Texas A&M University at Galveston. He has also served as president of the H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, and the Environment, vice chancellor for Strategic Programs of The Texas A&M University System, vice president for Research Policy of Texas A&M University, president of Texas A&M University at Galveston, and has held presidential appointments with the National Science Foundation. Among his awards are the Distinguished Achievement Medal from the Geosciences and Earth Resources Council, and the Distinguished Service Award of the National Science Foundation for “his lasting impact on the course of American science.” Recently his interests have evolved to coastal sustainability and disaster mitigation and recovery. In particular, he is investigating the possibility of a regional surge suppression barrier for the Houston/Galveston area, the Ike Dike.




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