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SWTJC end of the year BBQ
 

 

 

SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 12th at 5pm in F 120.

Instructors, staff and faculty were treated to some good old fashion brisket, beans and potato salad to celebrate another successful year. more pics

We also congratulated Mr. Robert Koening Biology Instructor on his retirement. We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible.

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2015-16 Graduates
SWTJC Del Rio held a small photo session for students that did not cross the graduation stage in Uvalde. The graduation ceremony was cancelled due to bad weather. Students are pictured with Del Rio Campus V.P. Derek Sandoval and their families. Photos

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SWTJC rodeo member finishes seventh in the nation
Reeves and CurrieSWTJC rodeo team members Rozlyn Reeves and Logan Currie ended their six-day run at the College National Finals Rodeo on Saturday (June 18) in Casper, Wyo.

Currie finished seventh overall in the team-roping event with a total of 100 points. He teamed up with Reno Gonzales of Hill College.



The average time for Currie was 20.7 with his best time being 5.2 in the first go round of the competition.

Reeves did not fare as well as her college teammate; in the first go round of barrel racing she tipped a barrel and later sprained her ankle in the goat-tying event, which resulted in her not able to finish the event.

While in Casper both Reeves and Currie took time from the busy schedule to spend the day with special needs children in an event named the “Exceptional Rodeo”.

“This shows them that sometimes tipping a barrel or missing a steer is not the worst thing in the world,” said Pam Angermiller, SWTJC Rodeo Coach. “I was very proud of our kids for volunteering and helping put a smile on those kids’ faces.”

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Mr. and Miss. SWTJC crowned at 2016 Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass
Mr. and Miss SWTJC Eagle Pass were crowned April 22nd during the SWTJC Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass. Photos

 

Claudia De La Garza, Activity Life coordinator welcomed those attending this year's fest, De La Garza introduced the candidates for the Mr. and Miss. SWTJC and announced the 2016 winners.

For the Eagle Pass campus, winners were Mr. Carlos De La Cerda and Miss. Amanda Martinez representing Phi Theta Kappa.

 

Additionally, a total of 10 students were honored by faculty and staff with Who's Who recognition, during the award Ceremony.

 

SWTJC Eagle Campus honorees include:Celestino Mendez, Cynthia J. Crabtree, Adela Esquivel, Rosa Flores, Damian Gutierrez, Darien K. Long, Bridgitte Y. Luna, Leslie T. Tamez, Michelle M. Trevino and Isha S Vasquez Candelario.

 

Vice- President Mr. Gilbert Bermea presented the awards to all honorees during an awards presentation.

 

Also recognized at the ceremony were Leadership award winners from the Eagle Pass Campus. Recipients of "L" awards are chosen by sponsors of various clubs and organizations at the college.

 

On the Eagle Pass Campus, winners include: Anacaren Fernandez, Sileny Rivera and Alex Rodriguez, Student Government Association; Cynthia Crabtree, Michelle M. Trevino and Roque Peña, Phi Theta Kappa;Lisa Reyez LVN.

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Creative Arts 5k Run
 

The SWTJC Del Rio Campus Creative Arts Club (CAC) will be hosting their first 5k walk/run/fly event, W.I.N.G.S (Women In Need Getting Support) on May 21, 2016. The event is to help raise money for the New Horizons Women’s Shelter. The event will start at Greenwood Park. Pre-Registration is $15, Registration the day of the event is $20 with a $5 credit for any approved donated items. This particular event is spearheaded by Elvira Ahkothe, aka Eevee and current club President Cynthia R. Garcia. “I initially thought of the 5k, but as a group we all agreed it was a good idea to help the Women's Shelter. As a Club it would be a good idea for us as a group to give back to the community and to give ourselves some exposure as well,” said Ahkothe. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be music, and entertainment. This event is opened to the public; we hope to see students, faculty and staff from SWTJC supporting this event. 

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Starburst Festival
 

 

SWTJC Del Rio held the Starburst Festival in honor and recognition of the 2015-16 graduates and award recipients. The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. followed by a reception and dance, in the Amistad Room (building A). Photos

 

 

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SWTJC faculty members recognized for excellence
Lira - RuhmannTwo Southwest Texas Junior College faculty members received National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Austin on May 28.

The recipients for the award were Rolando Lira, nursing instructor and April Ruhmann, economics instructor.

During an awards dinner each Excellence Award recipient received a specially cast, pewter medallion.

According to Professional Development Officer, Dr. Amy Garcia, SWTJC selects two people each year for the NISOD award, a membership organization created in 1978 to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching, learning and leadership at community and technical colleges.

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Christmas at the College
 

SWTJC Del Rio held its first Annual Christmas at the College Tuesday, December 1st. Attendees were treated to Christmas carols from the Del Rio High School Choir, pan dulce and hot chocolate, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Children of all ages lined up to take pictures with Santa including parents, students, and staff. Visit our FaceBook page for more PHOTOS.

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Former dean receives award for dedication to higher education in Eagle Pass
  It has been some ten odd years since former SWTJC Associate Dean of Eagle Pass, Gilbert C. Bermea retired from the college, where he worked for 35 years.

Last month Bermea found himself back on the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus, however this time as the recipient of the Founder's Award from Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa in Eagle Pass.

The award presented to him was for his longstanding dedication and involvement in the establishment of the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus.

Bermea was honored with the award during the chapter's spring induction ceremony in Eagle Pass.

Paul Kimble, SWTJC Math instructor and PTK advisor introduced Bermea by referring to him as a mentor.

"I — just like you step daily on the path that this man laid. To many of us, he is a great mentor,” said Kimble. “He is a champion of our age. He has always been a man of strength, resilience and persistence.”

Bermea modestly accepted the award, acknowledging his wife Irmgard for always supporting him throughout all the years he worked for SWTJC.

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SWTJC basketball player signs with Sul Ross State University
Brian DensonSouthwest Texas Junior College basketball player Brian Denson of San Antonio signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Sul Ross State University in Alpine for the 2016-2017 season.

Denson came to SWTJC in the spring of 2015. He graduated this spring with his Associates of Arts earning a 3.55 grad point average.

He plans on studying business administration at Sul Ross State University.

"I am very proud of this young man, from the first day he stepped on campus he showed great character and attitude,” said SWTJC Cowboys Head Coach Phillip Botello. “On top of a great academic career, he had an outstanding season helping our team reach the championship game by being a great team captain."

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Honoring SWTJC Veterans

The SWTJC Veteran’s Affairs Office held its annual Veteran's Day Luncheon on the Del Rio campus Tuesday, Nov. 10th to honor veterans for their service. 

Local veterans from all branches of service were invited. Former SWTJC English instructor, Patrick Dugan, Retired USMC, was the guest speaker. Willie Braudaway, USAF veteran and SWTJC Del Rio librarian, sang the National Anthem.

 

Sponsors for the luncheon include the Veteran’s Affairs Office, Registrar’s Office, the Catholic Club, Vice President of Student Services, Margot Mata and the Outreach Department. PHOTOS

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Student receives All-State Academic Award
 

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  Roque Peña, a student at SWTJC in Eagle Pass, was awarded a medallion as a member of the Texas All-State Academic team. This award and selection is given to outstanding students on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, the Association of community college presidents and The University of Texas in honor of outstanding academic and civic performance. The award was given at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, March 25th. Congratulations to Roque for his high honor.

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Board of trustees adopt balanced budget
SWTJC trustees adopted a balanced operating budget for the 2016 fiscal year during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday (June 16) in Uvalde.

Prior to the regular meeting, trustees met in a budget workshop to go over the proposed budget in more detail.

The fiscal year 2016-2017 budget is balanced at $43,443,722 in revenue and expenditures, up $758,598 from the 2015-2016 budget.

“As always we strive to deliver a balanced budget — we have a balanced budget to present; however, in order to balance the budget we had to make some cuts,” said SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales.

Margot Mata, vice president of student services reported on summer one enrollment.

According to Mata, summer one enrollment was down approximately eight percent from a year ago.

“Registration for the second summer session is steady and we are currently above the reported enrollment for last year,” said Mata.

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2015 Fall Fiesta
 

SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its 2nd Annual Fall Fiesta event on Thursday, October 22nd. This year’s event was held inside the Academic B Building due to inclement weather. Fall Fiesta is a Student Involvement Fair devised to provide information on college resources available on campus. Recruiters from TAMU-SA, TAMIU-Laredo, Our Lady of the Lake University, Park University, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection were available to answer students questions.

 

In addition to the educational activities, each department/organization booth provided games and goodies for each participant. The event ended with pizza and door prizes.

 

For more photos of the event visit our FaceBook page.

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Celebrating 'No Recommendations
SWTJC Del Rio faculty and staff were treated to a hamburger lunch for their efforts in assisting with achieving a 'No Recommendations' status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation visit.

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Homecoming Parade
Students from SWTJC Early College High School took part in Wednesday's Homecoming parade.

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Safe N' Sober Week
safe n sober 2016

SWTJC Eagle Pass promoted Safe N' Sober Week with a variety of activities. Starting Monday, March 7th "Know Your Limits" Banner Pledge  flyers, bracelets and  pamphlets on alcohol awareness were distributed in C building 11am - 1pm.  More Pics

On Tuesday, March 8th students were treated to Mock-tail drinks and a Contest get involved with sprit with non- alcoholics drinks.

On Wednesday, March 9th PTK had their Blood Drive and Thursday, March 10th was BYOB party - "Bring your own Banana" students were treated to banana splits in F building.

The Safe N' Sober event was sponsored by Student Activities Office.

 

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College Crossroads 2016
College Crossroads 2016

 

              The Student Success Center hosted its annual College Crossroads on March 22nd in F 120. where students had the opportunity to visit with advisors, financial aid and several other departments as we kick-off summer and fall registration. More Pics

  "We want students to be ready for the upcoming semesters and be aware of all the services and resources available to ensure success on their academic journey," said Miss. Claudia Valdez Student Success Coordinator." Plus, various universities were invited to come and talk to students to share about the different programs offered once they graduate and transfer." During this time, we also had student organizations share with students on campus the various things they are doing and what their organization represents.

The event was successfully attended by students, faculty and staff. Thanks to all who participated and continued to support all events hosted by the Student Success Center.

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Law enforcement academy recognizes 19 new graduates
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A total of 19 cadets received certificates of completion in basic peace officer training during the spring 2016 graduation ceremony for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC.

The ceremony was held Friday, May 27, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Alpha Class 2016 graduates include Rocky Bustamante Jr., Lee Ann Cantú, Briana Yesenia Chavarria, Julio Cesar DeHoyos, Matthew R. Dietes, Gina Lynn Gonzales, Kevin Hernandez, Laurance A. Martinez, Juan Manuel Mata Jr., Erica P. Mendez, Justin Ross Mendiola, Eric Nathan Mendoza, Jonathon Ortiz, Mario A. Ramirez Jr., Jesus Antonio Rodriguez, John Anthony Rodriguez, Miguel Rodriguez, Brandon A. Saucedo Garcia and Raul Daniel Zapata.

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Del Rio Student Activities is now on facebook…
 

Want to get the latest information on events, clubs, and much, much more… click on the link below to visit and like our facebook page, then be sure to check in with us often to get the latest information on what is happening at the Del Rio campus!

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Eagle Pass TSI Summer 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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Feeling hungry?
Students on the Del Rio campus have a new place to hang out or grab a bite to eat. The new snack bar, located in the J Building, will have a variety of goodies available for breakfast and lunch.

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Final Exam Spring 2016
SWTJC honor student earns prestigious Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship
Elijah EvansSouthwest Texas Junior College proudly announces Elijah Evans as one of 75 recipients of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship worth up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university of his choosing.

Evans was informed of the award during the SWTJC Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting on Thursday, May 19. SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales made the announcement and called it “an amazing accomplishment.”

“When I first heard Dr. Gonzales say I was the recipient of the scholarship, I thought I was going to pass out,” said Evans. “I don't think I've ever been quite so surprised to hear something. It is truly some of the best news I have ever received.”

Elijah has been at SWTJC since the fall of 2013 and was a tutor for the Student Success Center. He served as the Parliamentarian for the Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. During the 2014-15 school year he served as president for the chapter.

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