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Honor society members organize to battle student hunger
Food PantryUvalde, Texas, Nov. 22 – A small, unremarkable closet in the Student Activities Lounge holds a wealth of goods for many students at Southwest Texas Junior College.

Inside, shelves are stocked with items such as pasta, canned goods, soups, water, peanut butter, chips, oatmeal and other similar items.

What is it? It is a food pantry for hungry students.

Eta Beta Chapter members of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa recently devised a plan to launch what is now the SWTJC Student Food Pantry.

The food pantry project helps fulfill the chapter’s requirement to maintain the 5-Star Chapter Status, which the Eta Beta Chapter has maintained for 39 years under the leadership of longtime advisor Barbra Blair and recently Randa Schell.

Each year, the Eta Beta Chapter works with SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales to develop a project that will benefit the campus community. Chapter officers and members recognized obtaining food is an enormous dilemma for many students, in particular for students with no transportation who remain on campus in the dorms.

Gonzales agreed to match donated funds up to $1,000. The first donation came from Wal-Mart in Uvalde in the form of $300 in non-perishable food items.

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Turkey Trot draws big crowd of runners, spectators
Rob FowlerUvalde TX, Nov. 22 - Approximately 100 runners and walkers participated in the 32nd Annual SWTJC Turkey Trot held Nov. 19 in Uvalde.

Esai Torres of San Marcos had the best time in the men's 5K competition with a 17:38. Mable Fowler of Uvalde ran a 19:24 to top the women's division.

Competition was also held in a one-mile kids run. Jack Brock of Uvalde had the best time with a 6:57, while Jenalyn Contreras also of Uvalde ran a 7:42 to top the girl’s division.

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College prepares for campus carry
Uvalde, Texas, Nov. 14 – Texas became the eighth state to require state colleges and universities to allow civilians with permits to carry concealed guns in public places during the 84th Texas legislative session last year.

Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) will allow license holders to carry a concealed handgun in campus buildings of two-year public community colleges beginning on September 1, 2017.

In accordance with the statute, SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales has formed the Campus Concealed Carry Committee to obtain input and feedback from the SWTJC community regarding the implementation of the new law.

The committee will submit a report containing implementation recommendations to President Gonzales by January 31, 2017. Committee members consist of students, faculty, and staff from the Crystal City, Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses.

The college has released a survey for members of the SWTJC community, to obtain input and feedback. The survey is accessible through the institution's website.

To help disseminate general information about campus carry, a frequently asked questions page has been published at

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Ribbon cutting officially opens new campus in Eagle Pass
Ribbon CuttingUvalde, Texas, Nov. 21 – Local dignitaries and education advocates joined college administrators as Southwest Texas Junior College Chittim Technical Campus hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at its newly constructed, state-of-the-art buildings on Friday, Nov. 19. PHOTOS

Honored guest speakers included SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales, State Representative Tracy King, Eagle Pass Independent School District Superintendent Gilberto Gonzalez, Eagle Pass Mayor Ramsey English Cantu, Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, and Mary Jane Flecther, representing the Chandler family.

President Gonzales spoke of the commitment the college has to Maverick County and the people of Eagle Pass.

“This campus is an amazing addition to the community, it is our commitment to Maverick County and Eagle Pass,” said Gonzales. “In the past year and a half we have invested an additional $10 million here is this community for the purpose of enhancing education for your students.”

Technical programs housed at the new campus include Diesel Technology, Welding Technology, Law Enforcement Academy, and numerous Workforce Training and Development programs.    

Dean if workforce education, Romelia Aranda served as master of ceremonies. The ceremony concluded with a tour of the facilities. 

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Veterans honored with luncheon on Uvalde campus
Julio SolisVeterans working at SWTJC, as well as veterans enrolled in classes, were honored Nov. 8 on the Uvalde campus with a luncheon in remembrance of Veteran's Day.

Prior to the luncheon, an NJROTC Color Guard from Uvalde High School posted the colors and SWTJC student Ruth Alcantar sang The National Anthem. SWTJC staff member Rosie Arellano played Taps and Catholic Club representative Thelma Martinez delivered the invocation.

Vietnam veteran, Julio Solis was the guest speaker. Solis thanked the veterans in attendance and veterans everywhere for the great sacrifice to  their country by serving in the armed services.

SWTJC coordinator of Veteran's Affairs Steve Martinez was the master of ceremonies for the ceremony and luncheon.

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