Galveston College

Pictured from left to right are Donna Swartz, Industrial and Applied Technology Division director and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor; Gabriela Zepeda, Coca-Cola Scholarship winner, and Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College. Zepeda was selected from a national pool of 1,800 applicants. She is active in Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the Galveston College Student Government Association.

Gabriela Zepeda, a student at Galveston College who is active in the Student Government Association, has been named a 2017 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program. Student scholars receive local, state and national recognition at Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, being held Thursday through Saturday, in Nashville.

High-achieving students are nominated for the award by campus administrators. An independent panel of judges considers academic achievement, leadership and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for recognizing these student leaders and for investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, president and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students. The Society is made up of more than 3.2 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.

Early registration

Galveston College will begin early registration for the 2017 summer sessions and the fall semester on April 17. Summer I Session classes begin June 5. Summer II Session classes start July 10. Fall classes begin Aug. 28. For more information, call the Counseling Center, 409-944-1220.

Blood drive

The Texas Student Nurses Association will host a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at 4015 Ave. Q in Galveston. The event, co-sponsored by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, will be held in the Abe and Annie Seibel Wing East. All students, staff, faculty and the general public are invited to donate blood.

Columbian culinary

Galveston College’s “Cooking With Friends” series offers its next class The Columbian Exchange: The American Roots of Modern Italian Cuisine from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 28. Chef Daisy Durham will discuss some of the most notable elements of New World food and their contributions to modern world cuisine. The class will prepare a delicious meal together. The cost of the course is $49. For information or to register, call 409-944-1344.

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