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Student Support Services holds
Fall classes officially began across SWTJC’s 11-county service area on Monday, Aug. 25.

In Uvalde, Student Support Services began the fall semester with their “Kick Off” event in the fountain area, which will run through Tuesday, Aug. 26.

Information booths are available in order to help students get acquainted with the different clubs and organizations on campus.

The admissions office is also on hand helping students with any scheduling issues and making student ids available.

Free hot dogs and drinks will be served to all students for lunch out in the courtyard. The kick off event is sponsored by First State Bank of Uvalde, The Gourmet Coffee Cup and Julio's Restaurant. 

According to Luis Fernandez, SWTJC Registrar, enrollment is at 5,708 as of 8 a.m. Monday morning. Students have until Tuesday to change their schedule.

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SWTJC board names division chair and schedules public hearings
The SWTJC board of trustees met in regular session on Thursday, Aug. 21 in the Bluebonnet Room located in the Mathews Student Center.

Highlighting the evening was the appointment of Abel Ortiz as the division chair for social and behavioral sciences.

In other business, the trustees tentatively approved the tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation. Board members scheduled two public hearings on the proposed tax rate, which is the same tax rate as last year.

Hearings will be held at noon on Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center.

Also in Thursday’s meeting, the board members approved to begin the process of adding an Associate of Science in Engineering program.

“This is part of the SWTJC strategic plan to help build our Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) majors,” said Dr. Mark Underwood, vice president of academic affairs.

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Faculty officially begin the fall semester
ConvocationThe 2014 fall semester officially began for SWTJC faculty with the start of fall convocation on Wednesday, Aug. 20.



In addition to the president's welcome and presentations by vice presidents, associate vice presidents and deans, Wednesday's agenda included division and department meetings.



Highlighting Wednesday's agenda was keynote speaker Isa Adney's presentation on student success for low-income students.

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FAN scholarships total $18,000 to graduating seniors across the area
The Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) at Southwest Texas Junior College has announced the awarding of $18,000 in scholarships to 25 recent high school graduates from across the region.



Individual scholarships for the 2014-15 school year were awarded to students from CC Winn, Crystal City, D'Hanis, Del Rio, Nueces Canyon, Pleasanton, Sabinal, Shoemaker, Utopia and Uvalde high schools.



“We are extremely pleased to be able to help these deserving students as they pursue their higher education at SWTJC,” said FAN treasurer Wade Carpenter.


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Enrollment continues to climb for fall semester
Fall registrationA total of 4,265 students have enrolled for fall 2014 classes going into the last few days of registration.

According to SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez, the last day to register for classes will be Wednesday, Aug. 20, with late registration scheduled for Thursday and Friday, Aug. 21-22.

“We expect our counselors to be busy these last few days as registration winds down,” Fernandez said.

The deadline for first time students to apply for admission is Wednesday, Aug. 20. “Unless a new student has already completed a financial aid application or can show means of payment, any applications after Aug. 20 will not be considered until the spring 2015 semester,” Fernandez said.

Any student coming in to register over the remaining registration period should have already applied for financial aid or have a payment option in mind.

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Fall registration slated for Wednesday at Uvalde Civic Center
Southwest Texas Junior College will host an on-site registration day in Uvalde at the SSGT. Willie De Leon Civic Center in the Cactus Room, on Wednesday, Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.


Admissions, counseling and financial aid representatives will be available to assist individuals through the registration process. For more information call 830.591.7255 

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Trustees appoint division chair during regular meeting
The SWTJC Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Mitchel Burchfield as division chair for developmental studies during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday, July 17 in Uvalde.

In other business at their regular monthly meeting, the board renewed its lease for one year for classroom and computer lab space at the South Texas Regional Training Center in Hondo and also extending the depository contract with First State Bank of Uvalde.

In the president’s report, SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales gave updates on the construction projects in Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Crystal City and Uvalde.

In Del Rio, the contractor has begun the final parking lot improvements, and is scheduled to finish by Sept. 5.

In Eagle Pass, SWTJC staff and architects continue to work on the details for their project, while in Crystal City architects, staff and civil engineers have been working with city staff to finalize the surveys and documents needed for the conveyance to occur and are moving forward with the design.

In Uvalde, one wing of Hubbard Hall has been taken offline to begin the major remodel to the existing dorm rooms.

Gonzales reported Summer II enrollment totals were up ten percent in credit hours from last year, but expects those numbers to slightly decrease after nonpayment students are dropped from the official rolls.

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SWTJC adds men's and women's cross country to athletic program
Southwest Texas Junior College is adding men’s and women’s cross country to the athletic program and will begin competing in the 2014 - 2015 school year as part of the Texas Collegiate Club Sports League (TCCSL).

Kinesiology Department Coordinator, Landra Fowler has been appointed as head coach and will over see the day-to-day operation and training of the newly cross country program. Vicky Perez of Del Rio and Juan Gonzalez of Eagle Pass will also join the program as assistant coaches.

Perez will recruit and train athletes in Del Rio, while Gonzalez will do the same in Eagle Pass.

“Our objective is to build student leaders through sports,” said Fowler. “We are very excited about this addition.”

The men’s and women’s cross country programs were approved during the Board of Trustees regular meeting in May, 2014.

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Non-traditional student overcomes slew of obstacles to earn degree
Imagine coming to this country from Mexico with a 4-year-old child, no education and unable to speak a lick of English. Throw in the emotional distress of having recently separated from your spouse of 12 years and you get some sense of what Maria del Rosario Torres faced when she arrived in the U.S. over two decades ago.
 
In 1993, after her 12-year marriage ended, Torres made the difficult choice of uprooting herself and young daughter Celia Guadalupe Aboytia, from her hometown of Navojoa, Sonora, MX, to make the long journey to the United States.

“I went to Perry, Florida to live with my sister because I felt I needed to lean on family while going through such a rough time in my life,” Torres said. “My time there was short, a little over a month to be exact. I never felt comfortable there, so I decided to move to Dilley to live with my other sister.”

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TSUS Board of Regents Approves New Sul Ross Rio Grande College Offerings in Medina County
(AUSTIN) – The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System has authorized Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College (RGC) to offer classes in Medina County through a joint partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) and the Medina Valley Independent School District. The board approved RGC’s involvement in the partnership during a special called meeting today.

RGC currently serves Medina County students at the college’s Uvalde campus, about 60 miles west of Castroville. But for many students, the hour-long drive can be an impediment to their educational success.

"This partnership in the Castro/Medina Valley area is a great opportunity to better meet the educational needs and aspirations of residents who can’t easily reach the Uvalde campus,” said associate provost Paul Sorrels. “Our close working partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College will certainly benefit Medina County residents. As a ‘community university’ Sul Ross Rio Grande College looks forward to many years of service and contribution to the community and the larger region."

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Board approves operating budget, appoints division chairs
SWTJC trustees adopted a balanced operating budget for the fiscal year 2015 during their regular monthly meeting on June 19.


The fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is balanced at $40,647,599 in revenue and expenditures, down $1,557,631 from the 2013-2014 budget.

During the budget workshop, which was held prior to the regular monthly meeting SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales commented on the staff’s meticulous work on the budget.

“The staff did an excellent job,” Gonzales said. “They really scrutinized the budget.”

Contributing to the decrease in the budget were the retirements of several faculty and staff.

“We also had a lot of retirements this year. Some positions haven’t been filled. Other positions are being combined,” said Gonzales.

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SWTJC cosmetology student wins award in national competition
CosmetologyWinners

The members of the SWTJC Cosmetology team are: (left to right) Erika Saldivar, Angela Luna, Amanda Olivarez, Selina Tovar and Ursula De La O.
 

SWTJC student Amanda Olivarez was awarded the silver medal in nail care, while Selina Tovar of Crystal City was named a top ten finalists in Cosmetology and Erika Saldivar of Allende, Coahuila was also named a top ten finalist in esthetics at the SkillsUSA National Championships held June 23-27 in Kansas City, MO.



Olivarez was one of more than 6,000 top career and technical education students, all state winners, who competed hands-on in 99 different trade and technical leadership fields.

According to Barbara Compton, coordinator of the SWTJC Cosmetology Program, the nail care competition consisted of the students performing a nail wrap and sculpture nail application, a pedicure, a written exam and an oral presentation on the benefits of natural nail care and nail art design.

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