Articles tagged with "alumni"
COM Fire Academy graduates 20, awards top students
After more than 600 hours of rappelling, studying and simulating rescues, 20 students are ready for emergencies after graduating from the College of the Mainland Fire Academy.
Zombies to prom queens: COM grad makes career of makeup
From dramatic smokey eyes to gruesome zombies, Amber Randall can deftly sweep makeup brush to transform a client into their dream look.
COM alumni win national honor society awards
For Kari Drake, joining the international community college honor society showed her children what she could accomplish. For Tige Cornelius, the organization helps him connect with students who want leadership development, teamwork and success.
From eviction to honors graduation
Nearly 10 years ago, Leslie Ornelas was let go from her job, evicted from her apartment and her car was repossessed.
Veteran to share story at COM graduation
Barry Elkins has a message for his classmates. “Even if you’re 54, you can do anything if you set your mind to it,” said Elkins.
World traveler graduates at 75
At 75, Madeline Adams, of Texas City, is about to be a college graduate for the first time.
“Arrested Momentum” highlights functional art
Artist Marcus Helton pours his morning cereal into a handcrafted, ash-blackened bowl.
From full-time mom to Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
Kaci Maris, of Dickinson, is used to competition for the highest grades.
High schooler exploring space at NASA
Maria Henriquez, College of the Mainland Collegiate High School student, is heading to NASA.
Scholarship recipient first in family to get degree
For Marcus Garcia, of Texas City, a scholarship made the difference between his staying in college or dropping out.
17-year-old earns degree, helps publish art magazine
At 17, Sky Mejias has completed an associate degree at College of the Mainland (one semester ahead of schedule) and recently added another accomplishment to her list – her first publication.
Caregiver, honors graduate, mom
In 2004 Jennifer Ausmus was expecting healthy twins and had a successful career in the aerospace industry.
Theatre majors nominated for regional award
College of the Mainland students Tyler Fayad and Mackenzie Land have been nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Irene Ryan Award for their performances in “C.O.M. Wasn’t Built in a Day.”
Students display ceramics and more at COM Art Gallery
Neon watercolors, shimmering ceramics, mixed media collages and more take center stage in the 2016 Student Art Exhibition on display now through Nov. 30 at the College of the Mainland Art Gallery.
Volunteer firefighter, mom, EMT
In April 2013 Esthela Ortiz, of San Leon, decided to fulfill her lifelong desire to be a firefighter by joining the San Leon Volunteer Fire Department.
From Galveston to outer space, artworks of alum on display
The faint light illuminating the night glints off the rocks guarding Galveston Bay in one of Kevin Flores’ photographs.
COM student named Coca-Cola scholar
College of the Mainland student Taylor Hollenshead has been selected as a 2016 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar for outstanding academic achievement and leadership potential.
Hitchcock student COM’s first honors scholar
Some students read science. Others live it.
81-year-old on a mission: college graduation
After graduating from high school in 1954, Carole Cowden is once again a full-time student.
Food trucks and more at 50th Birthday Bash
View classic cars through the decades while enjoying free birthday cake, live music and a kids’ zone at College of the Mainland’s 50th Birthday Bash: A Family Day Event Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
COM Names Five 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni at Gala
College of the Mainland celebrated its 50th anniversary in a big way on Thursday, Sept. 15, at the Doyle Center.
Alumnus displays ceramics at COM
Showing the stages of an emerging artist’s progress, a College of the Mainland alumnus’ ceramics are now on display in the Fine Arts Building.
Reserve your COM 50th anniversary gala tickets now
Celebrate 50 years with College of the Mainland Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Doyle Convention Center with an evening of music, honoring alumni and commemorating historic firsts.
18-year-old graduates with degree and internship
Juaquin Bautista, 18, remembers sitting in his first process technology class at College of the Mainland, as a student with average high school grades, and feeling lost.
Art to architecture
Painting was Shawn Cleveland’s respite in the military. He’s hoping to turn it into a career.
Distinguished alumni finalists announced
After receiving 53 nominations of outstanding alumni from staff, students and the community, College of the Mainland Foundation has named 12 finalists for its 50th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni Award.
Exchange student returns to say thanks
Three years after coming as a foreign exchange student to College of the Mainland, Omar Vela returned to say thank you.
Assistant registrar launches students on path to success
In her 30 years at the college, Laura Divine has watched – and helped – hundreds of students graduate.
Students quickly re-career with Medical Assistant Program
In 1990 Reshmi Dutt, originally of Fiji, turned to COM to earn her GED. In 2011 she returned to the classroom, this time to earn a college education.
GED graduate determined despite mental illness
For any student, walking across the stage to receive a diploma is a milestone. For William LaRue, 37, it was a triumph.
COM grad on air
The first in her family to earn a degree, College of the Mainland grad Jocelyn Saldierna is already making waves on the radio.
Outstanding nursing students awarded
On May 13, College of the Mainland Associate Degree Nursing Program faculty and staff honored 83 graduates. Four stood out for excellence.
Naval officer to COM students: “You define yourself”
Speaking to 100 high school and college students, U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Kenneth John Campbell offers his encouragement: “If you don’t define yourself, others will define you. You don't realize how much you can achieve. You don't realize how much you can achieve. Use your time wisely. Remember the world is getting smaller; global competition is real!”
NASA program selects COM student
The seeming magic of flight fascinated Javier Duran as a child.
Not giving up: Stroke survivor excels at COM
Drew Rogers still bears the scar – a semicircle on the left side of his scalp where doctors removed part of his brain after his stroke at age seven.
Undercover Boss films COM alum
It was an exciting call. Roberto Sierra, general manager of the Nestle Toll House franchise at Baybrook Mall, was told a finalist in a reality show who planned to open a bakery wanted to come with a camera crew to shadow him on the job.
Nominate a distinguished COM alum
For half a century, College of the Mainland has launched careers and encouraged students to serve their neighbors. In commemoration of its 50th anniversary, the college will honor distinguished alumni who have made a difference in all aspects of the community.
COM student one of two in nation to win Geico scholarship
College of the Mainland student Cody Kelemen, 17, of Texas City, is one of two students selected across the country for the 2016 GEICO Pathway to Completion Bachelor’s Degree Scholarship.
Student finds birth mother after 30 years
For 33 years, Rose Pipkin, a College of the Mainland student from La Marque, searched for her biological mother. She didn’t know that for 33 years her mother sought her.
COM student doubles Mardi Gras poster win
For the second year in a row, College of the Mainland student Chandler Milillo’s dramatic design has won the Galveston Mardi Gras poster contest.
COM advisor encourages students with her story
Helping students get on the right track with a degree plan, recommending campus workshops and giving presentations in classrooms, Kristen Hatfield wears many hats.
COM grad at 18 wins regional TRiO scholarship
Earning two associate degrees from College of the Mainland at 18, Elyssa Davila was recently awarded the Southwest Association of Student Assistance Program Scholarship, a regional TRiO scholarship.
Entrepreneur and high school dropout graduates with highest honors
A first-generation college student, Will Manes had the drive to succeed as a full-time college student and business owner.
From China to clinicals, COM student pursues nursing dream
Traveling from China to the U.S. for college, Chang Wang, of Katy, remembers her first day in nursing class.
Veteran to graduate at 73, despite tumor
Graduating from the COM Basic Peace Officer Academy at age 64, Elmer Venzke, now 73, is again beating the odds.
COM graduate behind the scenes at Channel 8
Broadcasting Big Bird and big news, Houston Public Media manages 91.7 FM, 88.7 FM and TV channel 8 (PBS).
Galveston artist unveils gold leaf sculptures at COM
Gold leaf glints off free-form porcelain sculptures in a Galveston artist’s exhibit in the College of the Mainland Enrollment Center.
COM grad at 16 among youngest at UTMB
Ruby Martin, 16, has accomplished much – beginning college at 14, joining the debate team and earning an associate degree from College of the Mainland this spring.
COM student named top speaker at debate tournament
Debating the virtues of apple vs. cherry pie and whether Congress should enact a law making voting mandatory, College of the Mainland student Aaron Maxwell triumphed as the top speaker at a recent debate tournament at Lee College.
COM student receives President’s Service Award
Already a full-time employee, high school student and college student at 17, Cody Kelemen recently claimed another accomplishment – recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Independence Village resident earns COM certificates, spot in honor society
Brian Karacostas remembers the day he almost quit.
Despite loss, COM graduate excels in intermediate care
Vanessa Godfrey remembers the moment she knew she was supposed to be a nurse.
BP scholarship helps fund mom’s dream
Italian translator, nighttime stocker, waitress, cashier and security officer - Christina Tobias filled varied positions before she became a fire watch at a plant.
More than a cup: COM grad crosses Asia for best coffee
What goes into a cup of coffee? College of the Mainland graduate Will Frith has been involved in nearly every aspect from seed to sip: growing, processing, roasting and serving.
Future engineer and COM graduate wins $58K scholarship
The first in her family to earn an associate degree, Raquel Balderas isn’t stopping there.
COM grad at 19 creates apps, websites
At age 8 Preston Temple began tinkering with computers, creating simple programs on a clunky Apple II.
Cosmetologist-turned-pharmacy technician hired before graduation
Wanting a career change, Nicole Loukanis decided to take the people skills she employed and apply them to another service-oriented profession – health care.
No-cost safety classes unlock new career for technician
Working as a hydroblast technician, Shawn King sought a new goal.
COM mechanical students will graduate with certificates, jobs
For Caleb Mauer and Velvet Hill classes at College of the Mainland have paid off before graduation.
A long jump to success: Junior Olympian graduates with associate degree at 18
Nikes crunch on gravel as Asa Garcia’s muscles tighten, ready to spring into action. Rising and sprinting down the track, she leaps three times.
Homecoming to launch COM alumni association
All former students, retirees and community members are invited to College of the Mainlandâ€™s second annual homecoming April 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
COM creates Distinguished Alumni Award
College of the Mainland created the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor its remarkable alumni and their achievements. At spring commencement, Dr. Larry Durrence, interim president, announced the first recipients of the award: Julie Dues Masters, mayor of Dickinson; Mark E. Ciavaglia, Texas City attorney; and Troy E. Sybert, M.D.
COM graduates largest class in its history
A record number of students received diplomas and certificates at College of the Mainland’s spring commencement exercises last week.