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Spring Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 35 into Alpha Ometa Iota

Thirty-five Del Rio SWTJC students were inducted into the Alpha Omega Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for Spring 2017.  They responded to an invitation from Dr. Hector Gonzalez to join Phi Theta Kappa based on their academic achievement, good moral character, and recognized qualities of citizenship.


New members include Mariela Alcorta, Nadia Alvarado, Danielle Alejandra Arias, Giovanna Cardenas, Liliana Cardenas, Katrina Ann Carter, A J Cuellar, Todd David Cullinane, Analaura Davila, Alexis Ann Davis, Amanda Nicole Delgado, and Cynthia Elguezabal.


Also inducted were Kaitlyn Josephine Garcia, Carolynn Marie Garza, Yajaira Gomez, Amanda Lee Guardiola, Jacqueline Maria Kiniskey, Nicole M Liljequist, Naomi Guadalupe Martinez, Rosa Icela Martinez, and Marimar Meza.


Other students inducted include Adrana Salinas Montejano, Valeria Montoya, Dalila Abigail Morales, Elizabeth V Osorio, Esai Patiño, Iliana Reyes, Erin Celine Riley, Victoria Elizabeth Rios, Rocio Rodriguez, Serina Monique Rush, Eduardo Salazar, Ricardo Sandoval Jr., and Nicole Vasquez.


Dr. Gonzalez’ invitation said, “Membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges, is a highly coveted honor” among SWTJC students.  He also encouraged, “I believe the activities and fellowship you [will] enjoy as a member [will] be a valuable addition to your college experience.”


Family, friends, and SWTJC faculty and staff honored the Phi Theta Kappa inductees in the Sul Ross-Rio Grande College auditorium and enjoyed a reception across the hall afterward.


The Alpha Omega Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  Chapter advisors are Dr. Nancy Masterson and Mr. Doug Braudaway.

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Math Instructor gets recognized


The PHI Theta Kappa Headquarters awarded Math Instructor Mr. Paul Kimble for his years of service as a PTK Advisor.


Mr. Paul Kimble has been an advisor for PTK for the past 15years. Advisors are truly the life blood of the organization, Southwest Texas Junior College is delighted he is being recognized for his years of service. Pictured Vice President Mr. Gilbert Bermea awarding Mr. Paul Kimble with a pin for his years of service.

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Sandoval promoted to VP spot at SWTJC
Derek SandovalTHE FOLLOWING was taken from
a news story in the Uvalde Leader News.

Derek Sandoval was promoted to vice president of administrative services on April 20 by the Southwest Texas Junior College board of trustees.

Sandoval previously served as vice president in charge of the Del Rio campus. He started his SWTJC career as an instructor in 1995. In 2007 he became kinesiology department chair until his current Del Rio position in 2013.

He was selected SWTJC Outstanding Faculty Member in 2012.

Sandoval earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Education from Texas State University.

Sandoval’s new position will be based in Uvalde.

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PTK Dual Credit 2017 Sp Induction


Eagle Pass, Texas - The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 14 new members this spring at Southwest Texas Junior College during a ceremony held March 7th in Eagle Pass. MORE


New members inducted include Julia Escalante, Lesllie Garza, Antonio Gonzalez, Jacob Guerra, Magaly Hernandez, Clarissa Hernandez, Conrado Jimenez, Nojem Libson, Priscilla Orozco, Kassandra Ponce, Cosme A. Rodriguez, Abigail Ruiz, Jaqueline Sesatty and Julianna Vasquez.. Current Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter members participating in the ceremony were Amanda Martinez, Joanna Castro, Olga Flores, Azalia Martinez and Tristan Huerta. Guest Speaker was Paul Kimble- SWTJC Math Instructor.


To earn membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours with at least a 3.5 GPA. Students must also be currently enrolled in at least six hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain members in good standing

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Spring Break Safety Week 2017




SWTJC Eagle Pass promoted Spring Break Safety Week with a variety of activities. Starting Monday, March 6th "Know Your Limits" Banner Pledge  flyers, bracelets and  pamphlets on alcohol awareness were distributed in C building 11am - 1pm. As well as Drugged Driving Poster Contest that had over 30 entries winner Abraham Javalera pictured with Mrs. Sonia Alvarez Advisor. PICS


On Wednesday, March 7th Don't be a Sucker" students played games and Thursday, March 9th was BYOB party - "Bring your own Banana" students were treated to banana splits in F building.

 The Spring Break Safety Week event was sponsored by Student Activities Office.

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Career Crossroads
SWTJC Del Rio hosted their annual Career Crossroads Week that took place on Tuesday, February 28 thru March 2nd. The three day event was geared to provide students with information on majors, careers, and resources on our campus. Students had the opportunity to visit with prospective employers from our community to ask questions in their respective areas. Students who attended all three days of the event were entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet in appreciation for their attendance and participation. Tablet winner was Armando Garcia. Students that applied for graduation prior to the event were entered into a drawing for a cap and gown courtesy of the Student Activities office. The winner of the cap and gown was Roland Martinez. PHOTOS

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Judson High School team places first in criminal justice competition
Group winnersThe 12th Annual SWTJC Criminal Justice Competition was held Friday, (April 21) on the Uvalde campus.

Judson High School took top honors in the team competition, which included a total of 31 teams from across south and southwest Texas. PHOTOS

Eagle Pass Border Patrol Post 925 earned second place, and Stevens High School Post 521 placed third.

More than 500 students took part in the event which featured competition in 13 events including fingerprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, patdown frisk search and arrest, crime scene, felony traffic team stop, domestic violence, shooting simulator, criminal justice quiz bowl, mile run and 100-meter run.

"I want to thank everyone who volunteered to make this year's competition a success," said Director of Outreach, Michelle Torres.

SWTJC’s criminal justice department, along with the outreach department, coordinated the daylong event.

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Eagle Pass PTK Spring 2017 Induction


  Eagle Pass, Texas - The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 37 new members this spring at Southwest Texas Junior College during a ceremony held Feb. 24th in Eagle Pass. Photos


New members inducted include Joelly A Aguilar Infante, Amanda Appleton, Oro Almaguer, Juan Barrientos, Heber A. Carrillo, Lindsey Carrillo, Marlene Coronado, Geronimo De La Cruz, Diana Carolina De Luna, Jesus Esquivel, David Galan, Jorge Gleason, Denisse Gonzalez, Topacio Guevara, Roxana A. Hernandez, Lysette Huerta, Hilda M. Lopez, Wendy R. Lopez and Christina Martinez.

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4DX Silver Certificate

Southwest Texas Junior College Fiancial Aid Department Mrs. Janel Fernnadez and Mrs. Mari Villareal in Eagle Pass are recognized for achieving the 4DX Silver certificate. Pictured Mrs. Janell Fernandez, Mari Villareal and Vice-President Mr. Gilbert Bermea. The Team worked diligently to achieve the level. Congratulations on their achievement to the team.

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March Major Madness



     The March Major Madness event was held on Feb. 27th - March 2nd.  The event was especially designed to help students discover their interests, learn about majors, match careers to their major, and interact and network with professionals from multiple disciplines and professions on a personal level.  Choosing a major is one of the most important decisions students will ever make! And making the right one is the key to their success!  Many students are confused and unsure of what career path to follow. The resource fair was intended to make students aware of specific fields in the industry and possible career options.  Thank you all that participated. Pics

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Safety Week

SWTJC Del Rio Student Activities sponsored Spring Break Safety Week with a variety of activities starting Monday, March 6th through Thursday, March 9th. On Monday students signed the "These Hands Know Limits" Banner and were treated to snacks. Dr. Owen Simwale, Infectious Diseases Coordinator at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, gave a presentation on Tuesday in the Amistad room. The topic was Reproductive Health. Members from United Medical Center handed out information on the health services available.    

Thursday, March 9th was B.Y.O.B-S. "Build your own Banana-split". Students were treated to banana splits in Building B Atrium. Safety week culminated with the 1st Annual Grilling with the VP Student Cook off. Four teams participated: Campus Light, Phi Theta Kappa, The Psycho’s, and STEM Club. In the end, Campus Light was the victor. The club will be treated to a pizza party. Spring Break Safety Week event was sponsored by Student Activities Office. PHOTOS

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Creative arts winners 2017: the complete list
winnersThe award's ceremony for the 36th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

First through fourth places in various age groups and categories will be announced at the ceremony and winners will receive trophies and medals. A $20 cash prize will be presented an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group.

For a complete list of winners by community click here.

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4DX Silver Certificate


Southwest Texas Junior College Computer Informational Technology Department instructor Mr. Luis Perez in Eagle Pass is recognized for the 4DX Silver certificate.

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4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Advising team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Marilyn Casson and Advising Director, Stephanie Cerna.

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4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Student Success & Engagement team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Eva De Anda and Laura Gloria.

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New service learning scholarship now available
Uvalde, TX, March 10 – Applications from eligible students are now being accepted for the newly created SWTJC Service Learning Scholarship.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, service learning is combining community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.

The scholarship is designed to promote service learning by individually awarding four SWTJC students with a scholarship that can be used to attend SWTJC in the Fall 2017 semester.

The students eligible for the award must have completed a service learning or community-based learning project in the Fall or Spring semester of the current academic year.

Students should submit a scholarship application on the form provided online by the Southwest Texas Junior College Scholarship Committee.

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and disbursed in August of the next academic year.

Students are required to continue attending classes and maintain no lower than a 3.0 grade-point average.

Each scholarship awarded will be a minimum of $500 annually to be paid in one payment or credit.

The application deadline is April 30.

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Welcome Back Sp 2017


SWTJC students, faculty and staff enjoyed free hotdogs, chips and sodas at the Welcome Back for the spring semester on Feb. 2nd. Special thanks to Mr. Bermea, faculty and staff who volunteered their time to make this event a success. Pics

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4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Student Success & Engagement team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sonia Adan-Medina and Margarita Garcia.

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SWTJC partners with various region educators to address higher education needs
Gonzales speaks at forumMiddle Rio Grande Development Council’s Education Committee, Southwest Texas Junior College, and Sul Ross Rio Grande College, hosted the first ever regional educational forum named “Collaborative Approach to Education in the Middle Rio Grande Region” in Uvalde on Thursday (April 6).

The forum’s objective was to provide the first step in addressing as a collaborative effort the higher education needs of our region.

“Our goal is collaboration—partnerships are key not only to Southwest Texas Junior College but also to the advancement of our region,” said Dr. Hector Gonzales, college president. “It’s hard to advance higher-ed or advance anything in isolation.”

The focus of this forum centered on a discussion of the current certificate and degrees offered by both post-secondary institutions along with present and future trends in dual credit.

Other topics addressed were dual credit, early college high schools, career technology, current financial models, proposed state legislation, and pathways models.

The forum was led by Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President; Dr. Paul Sorrels, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College Vice President and Gilberto Gonzalez, Superintendent of Eagle Pass Independent School District and Chairman of the MRGDC Education Committee.

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Eagle Pass TSI Spring Schedule
The TSI will be offered at the Eagle Pass Campus on the following dates.

If you have any questions please stop by the office to schedule your exam date or pick up your schedule.
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Final Exam Spring 2017
Gala raises approximately $29,000 for scholarships to SWTJC
Gala nightApproximately 350 attended the 2017 President’s Gala on April 1 at the Uvalde County Fairplex Events Center.

According to Wade Carpenter, FAN secretary/treasurer, “$29,000 was raised for our scholarship fund this year". PHOTOS

"On behalf of the entire FAN organization and gala committee I want to thank everyone who made this year's event such a great success,” added Carpenter.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales expressed his gratitude to those who sponsored this year’s event and talked about the importance of partnerships between the college and area businesses and organizations.

Gonzales went on to speak on the impact that SWTJC has on the 11-counties in its service area.

“We did a statewide study back in 2014, and economic analyst found that the SWTJC engine generates $160 million annually in our 11 counties,” said Gonzales. “It’s important—what we do in training and educating our students is a valuable piece of our economy.”

This year’s gala was a “Mardi Gras” theme with casino entertainment and music provided by Full House Entertainment of Eagle Pass.

Founded in 2007, the SWTJC FAN has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to hundreds of students.

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