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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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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 cosmetology student wins award in national competition

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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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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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 to host District 12 4-H Leadership Camp and Election Convention
Southwest Texas Junior College will host the District 12 4-H Leadership Camp and Election Convention on the Uvalde campus beginning June 24-27.

Over 130 4-H youth, county extension agents, parents and volunteers are expected to attend this event representing 21 South Texas Counties. The District 12 4-H Leadership Lab is an overnight camping experience for youth ages 12-19 and the focus of the event is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and life skills by participating in a variety of educational activities, team-building exercises, and learning sessions.

The annual event is rotated to a variety of locations around South Texas with most occurring on university campuses. Earlier this year the planning committee met with SWTJC representatives and selected SWTJC to host the event.

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SWTJC presidentís, deanís list announced for Spring 2014 semester
Southwest Texas Junior College President Dr. Hector Gonzales, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Dr. Cheryl Sanchez, and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences Juan Guzman have recognized 238 students for academic excellence during the 2014 spring semester.

Full-time students, those enrolled in 12 or more hours, are eligible for academic honors. The President’s List recognizes those full-time students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout the semester. The Dean’s List recognizes those students who maintained at least a 3.6 GPA throughout the semester. A total of 108 students earned a spot on the President’s List and 130 students earned a spot on the Dean’s List.

"I commend the hard work of each of these students," President Gonzales said. "It is a pleasure to honor their dedication to excellence."


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Law enforcement academy recognizes spring 2014 graduates

(Bottom row L-R) Jonathan Saldana, Izanel De La Cruz, Gilberto Ibarra, Jose Pargas Sr., Daniel Harris, Victoria Lopez, Jesse D. Casillas, Yaneth Rivera, Johnny Hernandez. (Second Row L-R) Coordinator Mike Leavene, Academy Secretary Teresa H. Zamarripa, Rodolfo Ramirez, Leonardo Sada, Roberto Gutierrez, Jose Armando Reyes, Jesus Vasquez, Jesus Alejandro, Jeremy Ruiz, Richard C. Moore, Romaldo Ramirez, academy instructor Kara A. Lands. (Top Row L-R) Jose Gomez, Carlos Espinoza, Beco Diaz, Daniel Villarreal, Antonio Rios, Reyes Leal, Albert Salazar, David Castillo, Francisco Balvantin Jr.

A total of 27 cadets received certificates of completion during spring graduation ceremonies for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC.

The ceremonies were held Friday, May 30, in the Matthew’s Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Alpha Class graduates include Jesus R. Alejandro, Francisco Balvantin, Jr., Jesse D. Casillas, David Castillo, III, Izanel De La Cruz, and Beco M. Diaz, Carlos M. Espinoza, Jose M. Gomez, Roberto R. Gutierrez, Jr., Daniel O. Harris, Juan J. Hernandez, Gilberto F. Ibarra, Reyes Leal, III, Victoria Ann Lopez and Richard C. Moore.

Also earning their certificate of completion are Joe M. Pargas, Sr., Rodolfo Ramirez, III, Romaldo Ramirez, Jose A. Reyes, Antonio Rios, III, Yaneth S. Rivera, Jeremy I. Ruiz, Leonardo J. Sada, Albert Salazar, Jonathan D. Saldana, Jesus A. Vasquez, III and Daniel Villarreal.

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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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