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Ribbon cutting opens new buildings on Del Rio campus
Southwest Texas Junior College will host a ribbon cutting and open house at its newly constructed, state-of-the-art buildings on Friday (Sept. 19) at 10 a.m. in Del Rio.

Scheduled to speak are SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales, Associate Vice President Derek Sandoval, State Representative Alfonso “Poncho” Nevarez, Del Rio Mayor Robert Garza along with Martin Thomas, which will be representing the Chandler family.

Other participants include, Father Clay Hunt, SFDRCISD Superintendent Dr. Carlos Rios, Del Rio Color Guard with the presentation of colors and Isaac Aldaco’s 2nd grade class from Lonnie Green Elementary, which will recite the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The new addition to the campus includes an administration building, which is named after Charles and Polly Chandler. The SWTJC Foundation, Inc. received a combined gift in the sum of $863,000 from the Polly Chandler Foundation and the Charles Chandler Foundation in 2012.

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SWTJC board to meet Sept. 18
The board of trustees of Southwest Texas Junior College will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Uvalde.

Trustees will meet at 7 p.m. in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center. AGENDA

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Students, faculty and staff remember 9/11
A short observance in remembrance of the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, was held Thursday (Sept. 11) on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. WATCH VIDEO VIEW PHOTOS

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Trustees hold second public hearing, authorize purchase of real estate
The Southwest Texas Junior College Board of Trustees met for a public hearing at noon on Sept. 11 for the second time in order to allow public comment on the proposed tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation.

Board members Maria Elena Lara, Dr. Antonio H. Rivera, Dr. Harry O. Watkins, Rodolfo R. Flores, and Victor Lopez were in attendance. Also present: Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President, and Anne Tarski, SWTJC Vice President of Finance.

No motion, opposition, or comment was presented regarding the proposed tax rate.

In other business, trustees met in closed session to discuss the purchase of real estate in Eagle Pass . After their closed session the board approved the purchase of real estate and authorized Gonzales to secure financing for the real estate purchase.

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Student Success holds "Kick Off" event
Fall classes officially began across SWTJC’s 11-county service area on Monday, Aug. 25.

In Uvalde, Student Success Depratment 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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History professors retire after a combined 96 years of service
Southwest Texas Junior College says goodbye to professors of history, Harry Lawrence, Jr. and Barbara Blair, who retired this summer.

Lawrence retired in May, ending a 53-year career at SWTJC, while Blair continued through the summer, giving SWTJC 43 years of service.

Blair, a Carrizo Springs native, earned her Associates of Arts from SWTJC in 1967 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in history from Southwest Texas State University.

She began her career at SWTJC in 1970, and in 1976 she became the advisor of Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, where she remained until her retirement.

“That’s what I’ve enjoyed so much, working with the honor students at SWTJC,” Blair said. “It has never been boring, it has always been a challenge.”

Blair has been highly involved with Phi Theta Kappa for over 30 years, winning numerous awards, but none more distinguished than the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to the Texas Region, which she was awarded earlier this year.

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Palomino Fest draws record crowd in Uvalde
PalominoFest 2014Organizers say upwards of 20,000 people attended the 2014 Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration held Aug. 28 – Aug 31 at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

"Our final number stands at approximately 20,000, which is an increase for last year's attendance," festival coordinator Wade Carpenter said. "This was our 18th annual event and it keeps getting bigger every year."

Carpenter expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers who helped with this year's festival. "Our volunteers are a major reason for the success we have had through out the years," Carpenter said. "I especially want to thank all the volunteers from SWTJC who put in long, hot hours at this year's event."

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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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