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SWTJC celebrates expansion with ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony in Crystal City

Uvalde, Texas, March 10 – A ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony will be held Friday (March 24) at 3 p.m. to officially dedicate the new library building at the Southwest Texas Junior College campus in Crystal City.

In honor of SWTJC board of trustee and Crystal City native, the new addition will be named after Victor Lopez. Additionally, the campus will be named in honor of Dr. Antonio and Gloria Rivera, also of Cyrstal City.

Rivera has served as secretary of the college board of trustees since May 1998, while his wife, Gloria worked for the college for sixteen years and retired in 2003 as dean of instructional services.

Lopez has served as a member of the college board of trustees since May 2006. He currently owns and operates Lopez Health Systems based in Crystal City.

The new 3,821 square foot library building includes 24 computer workstations and two seminar rooms.

Construction of the $1.5 million state-of-the-art facilities began in May of 2016 and was completed earlier this month.

Local and area dignitaries scheduled to take part in the ceremony include Frank Moreno, Mayor of Crystal City; Tracy King, State Representative District 80; Joel Luna, Zavala County Judge, and Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President along with other college administrators.

The community is cordially invited to attend the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the new library building.

Following the program, refreshments will be served, and guests will have the opportunity to tour the facilities.

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Uvalde Catholic club wins grand champion two years in a row
BBQ winnersUvalde, Texas, March 10 – The SWTJC Catholic Club in Uvalde, going by the team name of “Holy Smokes BBQ” were the named back-to-back Grand Champions at the 4th Annual “Grillin’ with the President” on Thursday (March 9) on the Uvalde campus.


The “The Shishkabobs,” representing the second year air conditioning and refrigeration students, were named the reserve grand champions.

Coming in third overall was Team The Leftovers, representing the law enforcement academy.

A total of 19 teams participated in the cooking contest, and all teams were required to cook and submit a half chicken, ribs, and fajitas.

Judges were selected from members of the SWTJC faculty, staff and administration.

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SWTJC rodeo teams hosts annual kids rodeo in Uvalde
RodeoUvalde, Texas, March 8 – The cheers were loud. The smiles were huge. The verdict was unanimous – everyone had a fantastic time at the 11th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Kid's Rodeo.

More than 500 students from pre-k and kindergarten attended the event hosted by the SWTJC Rodeo Team. Schools represented included Dalton Early Childhood Center, St. Philips Episcopal School and the Kirchner and Powers Child Development Center at SWTJC.

"My team members really did a good job this year," coach Roy Angermiller said. “It’s always good to see our rodeo kids interact with the young students.”

The event, held Tuesday afternoon, began with a prayer, followed by the playing of the National Anthem, as a rodeo team member paraded through the arena on horseback carrying the American Flag.

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SWTJC honor society inducts the largest group
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Uvalde, Texas, March 2. – A total of 63 new members were inducted into the Eta Beta Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa during ceremonies held on Thursday (March 2) in Uvalde. PHOTOS

New members include Angelie Alingod, Larry Allen, Taylor Autrey, Nayelli Avila, George Ayala, Camryn Beam, Rutu Bhakta, Allison Carrizales, Christian Cervantez, Jessica Cervantez, Kristen Contreras, Larissa De la Garza, Cheyenne De Luna, Priscella Dean, Caleb Drevlow, Maiya Esquivel, Brant Ferguson, Xavier Flores, Rianna Garcia, Dana Garza, and Erin Garza.

Also inducted were Michael Garza, Anthony Gaucin, Jackee Gonzales, Sergio Gonzales, Kathleen Guerrero, Abigail Haughey, Ruben Henricksen, Mason Johnson, Brandee Jones, Minda Kone, Jordan Lara, Miguel Luna, Cheyenne Martinez, Atlee McGuire, Alyssa Molina, Nadia Navarro, Daniel Naves, Sarah Newman, Jesus Olivarez, and Jacklyn Perez.

Other students inducted this spring include Mistica Perez, Vidal Perez, Fabian Plaza, Alan Ramirez, Tressa Reading, Cecilia Reavis, Scottie Reyes, Nadia Riojas, Anthony Rodriguez, Baylee Rubio, Jesenia Ruiz, Nathaniel Saldivar, Kaylee Samaniego, Alexa Smith, Marlowe Story, Tatum Story, Angelina Trevino, Alexzandra Urrabazo, Josie Velasquez, Andrew Walsh, Kaylyn Wesson, and Vicente Zavala.

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Deadline nears for entries to the creative arts contest
LogoUvalde, Texas, March 7 – Calling all artists! Southwest Texas Junior College continues seeking entries into its 36th Annual Creative Arts Contest.

Rules and entry form are available at The entry deadline for literary and visual arts is 5 p.m., Thursday, March 23.

Cash prizes, trophies, and medals will be awarded in the annual event, which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.

Age divisions will be the same as last year and will include: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, college and community.

The SWTJC Arts and Sciences Division and the SWTJC Public Information Office coordinate the annual event.

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Catholic club hosts Ash Wednesday service
ash wednesdayThe SWTJC Catholic Club sponsored an Ash Wednesday service on Tuesday (March 1) in the Mathew Student Center ballroom on the Uvalde campus.


Ken Dirksen, a deacon at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Uvalde, conducted the service which involves the imposition of ashes.

He also gave a brief explanation of the 40-day Lenten season that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter.

Approximately 150 students, faculty, and staff attended the service.

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