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SWTJC rodeo member finishes seventh in the nation
Reeves and CurrieSWTJC rodeo team members Rozlyn Reeves and Logan Currie ended their six-day run at the College National Finals Rodeo on Saturday (June 18) in Casper, Wyo.

Currie finished seventh overall in the team-roping event with a total of 100 points. He teamed up with Reno Gonzales of Hill College.



The average time for Currie was 20.7 with his best time being 5.2 in the first go round of the competition.

Reeves did not fare as well as her college teammate; in the first go round of barrel racing she tipped a barrel and later sprained her ankle in the goat-tying event, which resulted in her not able to finish the event.

While in Casper both Reeves and Currie took time from the busy schedule to spend the day with special needs children in an event named the “Exceptional Rodeo”.

“This shows them that sometimes tipping a barrel or missing a steer is not the worst thing in the world,” said Pam Angermiller, SWTJC Rodeo Coach. “I was very proud of our kids for volunteering and helping put a smile on those kids’ faces.”

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SWTJC faculty members recognized for excellence
Lira - RuhmannTwo Southwest Texas Junior College faculty members received National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Austin on May 28.

The recipients for the award were Rolando Lira, nursing instructor and April Ruhmann, economics instructor.

During an awards dinner each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion.

According to Professional Development Officer, Dr. Amy Garcia, SWTJC selects two people each year for the NISOD award, a membership organization created in 1978 to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

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SWTJC basketball player signs with Sul Ross State University
Brian DensonSouthwest Texas Junior College basketball player Brian Denson of San Antonio signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Sul Ross State University in Alpine for the 2016-2017 season.

Denson came to SWTJC in the spring of 2015. He graduated this spring with his Associates of Arts earning a 3.55 grad point average.

He plans on studying business administration at Sul Ross State University.

"I am very proud of this young man, from the first day he stepped on campus he showed great character and attitude,” said SWTJC Cowboys Head Coach Phillip Botello. “On top of a great academic career, he had an outstanding season helping our team reach the championship game by being a great team captain."

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Board of trustees adopt balanced budget
SWTJC trustees adopted a balanced operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday (June 16) in Uvalde.

Prior to the regular meeting, trustees met in a budget workshop to go over the proposed budget in more detail.

The fiscal year 2016-2017 budget is balanced at $43,443,722 in revenue and expenditures, up $758,598 from the 2015-2016 budget.

“As always we strive to deliver a balanced budget — we have a balanced budget to present; however, in order to balance the budget we had to make some cuts,” said SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales.

Margot Mata, vice president of student services reported on summer one enrollment.

According to Mata, summer one enrollment was down approximately eight percent from a year ago.

“Registration for the second summer session is steady and we are currently above the reported enrollment for last year,” said Mata.

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Law enforcement academy recognizes 19 new graduates
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A total of 19 cadets received certificates of completion in basic peace officer training during the spring 2016 graduation ceremony for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC.

The ceremony was held Friday, May 27, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Alpha Class 2016 graduates include Rocky Bustamante Jr., Lee Ann Cantú, Briana Yesenia Chavarria, Julio Cesar DeHoyos, Matthew R. Dietes, Gina Lynn Gonzales, Kevin Hernandez, Laurance A. Martinez, Juan Manuel Mata Jr., Erica P. Mendez, Justin Ross Mendiola, Eric Nathan Mendoza, Jonathon Ortiz, Mario A. Ramirez Jr., Jesus Antonio Rodriguez, John Anthony Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez, Brandon A. Saucedo Garcia and Raul Daniel Zapata.

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SWTJC honor student earns prestigious Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship
Elijah EvansSouthwest Texas Junior College proudly announces Elijah Evans as one of 75 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university of his choosing.

Evans was informed of the award during the SWTJC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 19. SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales made the announcement and called it “an amazing accomplishment.”

“When I first heard Dr. Gonzales say I was the recipient of the scholarship, I thought I was going to pass out,” said Evans. “I don't think I've ever been quite so surprised to hear something. It is truly some of the best news I have ever received.”

Elijah has been at SWTJC since the fall of 2013 and was a tutor for the Student Success Center. He served as the Parliamentarian for the Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. During the 2014-15 school year he served as president for the chapter.

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