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Campus Light Fellowship Event
Campus Light student club held a fellowship event from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. today. Students were treated to hot dogs, chips, a drink, and an inspirational quote.

Members will be serving up hot dogs to our evening students later this afternoon.

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SWTJC Announces Commitment to Expand College Access at White House Event
On Thursday, Dec. 4, Southwest Texas Junior College and Dr. Hector Gonzales joined President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with hundreds of college presidents and other higher education leaders to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college.

Gonzales was accompanied on the trip by wife, Jaclyn and daughter, Mia. They attended the National Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony in Washington D.C., which was hosted by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson.

The program included a Christmas message by President Obama and various performers such as Patti LaBelle, Steve Miller, The Tenors and others.

The White House College Opportunity Day of Action helps to support the President’s commitment to partner with colleges and universities, business leaders, and nonprofits to support students across the country to help our nation reach its goal of leading the world in college attainment.

SWTJC is committed to expanding college access and success for all of its students.  The college is focused on efforts that streamline degree and career pathways, enabling students to complete their educational goals at higher rates.  Dr. Gonzales stated, “we are proud to be recognized by the Whitehouse for our actions to improve student success”.

Participants were asked to commit to new action in one of four areas: building networks of colleges around promoting completion, creating K-16 partnerships around college readiness, investing in high school counselors as part of the First Lady’s Reach Higher initiative, and increasing the number of college graduates in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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Happy Holidays
christmas 2014  The administration, faculty and staff at Southwest Texas Junior College wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

College offices will be closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

Online registration for spring classes will be available throughout the holidays. Advisor-assisted (in person) registration will be available starting Jan. 5.

The first day of classes for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 19.

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Veteran's Day Celebration

SWTJC Del Rio honored veteran students and faculty with a luncheon on Tuesday, November 11th in remembrance of Veteran’s Day.


Prior to the luncheon, ROTC Color Guard from Del Rio High School posted the colors, SWTJC Uvalde student, Ruth Alcantar, sang the National Anthem, Catholic Club representative, Thelma Martinez, delivered the invocation and Associate Vice President, Derek Sandoval, said grace before the meal was served.

Retired Air Force and SWTJC Professor of Business Management, Dr. Wilfred W. Box, was the guest speaker. Dr. Box gave a speech reminding everyone that we should all put aside our prejudices and truly become a United States of America. He concluded his speech with Dr. Martin Luther King’s I have a Dream speech.


Special invited guests, Joanie Jordan, Ret. Air Force Pete L. Pierce, and Charles and Lydia Caldwell, parents of Judy Gayle Caldwell. Caldwell was recognized during the luncheon. Caldwell passed away on January 31, 2014.


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


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Winter Ball Dance 2014
Winter Ball Dance 2014


Approximately 50 students attended the First Winter Ball Dance held on Thursday Dec. 4, 2014, in Eagle Pass. Photos

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College to close for Christmas holidays, offices will reopen Jan. 5
The administration, faculty and staff at Southwest Texas Junior College wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

College offices will be closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

Online registration for spring classes will be available throughout the holidays. Advisor-assisted (in person) registration will be available starting Jan. 5.

The first day of classes for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 19.

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2014 Del Rio Campus Fall Fiesta

SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its first Fall Fiesta event on Thursday, October 23rd. The event was held in front of the Charles and Polly Chandler Student Services building. Fall Fiesta is a Student Involvement Fair devised to provide information on college resources available on campus. 


In addition to the educational activities, each department/organization booth provided goodies for each participant. The event ended with an Oreo eating contest. Contestants were challenged to eat as many cookies as possible in 3 minutes. First place, went to David Olivarez (20 cookies), 2nd place, Luis Vargas (17 cookies), and 3rd, Marco Salas (16 cookies).

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SWTJC Del Rio Part-time Librarian

SWTJC would like to welcome Edna Williams to the Del Rio Campus Library.

Mrs Williams is a Del Rio HS graduate, Angelo State graduate, and a holds a Masters degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

She has lived in Okinawa with her husband who was stationed there while serving with the US Air Force, and has spent time living in New York state, as well as Del Rio.

She brings 20 plus years of experience with the public school system and young students.

Mrs Williams enjoys reading, learning, and spending time with her grandchildren.


If you have a chance, please welcome Mrs Williams to our campus.

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Phi Theta Kappa holds fall Induction in Eagle Pass
PTK fall ceremony 2014


The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 27 new members this fall at Southwest Texas Junior College, during ceremony November 7th in Eagle Pass. more pics

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SWTJC receives top marks on 2013-2014 audit
Southwest Texas Junior College and the SWTJC Foundation, Inc., both received unmodified audit opinions, the best opinion possible, for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2014.

Accountant Eric Ede of Ede & Company presented a report on the latest audit during the board of trustees regular monthly meeting on Nov. 20 in Uvalde.

According to Ede's report, the college's unrestricted net position at the end of the fiscal year was $7,848,366, an increase of $423,239 over last year.

In his president's report, SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales updated the board on the construction projects in Crystal City, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.

“We’ve had a busy month; and we’re coming along great with our construction projects.” Gonzales said. “In Crystal City, the transfer of property has been finalized, and it is officially ours.”

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Bracketville boys, Sabinal girls take tourney titles

It was a tough night for Knippa High School basketball teams last Saturday in the championship  round of the 55th-annual Southwest Texas Junior College Invitational high school basketball tournament.

Both the Knippa Lady Crushers and the Knippa Rockcrushers lost a one-point decision in their respective championship games played in SWTJC’s La Forge Hall Gym.

The Knippa girls lost a 49-48 decision to the Sabinal Lady Jackets, while the Knippa boys lost a 57-56 decision to the Brackettville Tigers.

In the girls championship game, the Lady Crushers held the scoring lead throughout most of the ball game.

They led 15-5 at the end of the first period, 27-24 at halftime, and 40-34 at the end of three periods.

But the Lady Jackets battled back to tie the game at 44-44 with less than two minutes left in the ball game.

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Del Rio Campus Welcome Back Celebration

A total of 400 SWTJC & Sul Ross students, faculty, and staff enjoyed free hotdogs, chips, and a drink at the Welcome Back Celebration held on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Special thanks to the faculty, staff, and students on hand volunteering their time to make this event a success.

In addition to a free meal, students who attended also had the opportunity to pick up information from the Student Success Center, EPOCA scholarship, Phi Theta Kappa, Sul Ross Student Support Services, and Workforce Solutions.

The Welcome Back event was sponsored by the SWTJC Student Activities and Sul Ross Student Support Services offices.

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9/11 Ceremony
The Del Rio Campus held a short ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Dr. Wilford W. Box, SWTJC Management Professor and coordinator, gave a speech reminding everyone that we should all put aside our prejudices and truly become a United States of America. He ended his speech with the touching poem, “We Shall Never Forget” by Alan W. Jankowski—a tribute to our heroic firefighters, police, EMT, and other service personnel who lost their lives that day attempting to save others.

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Chat with the President
chat with president 2014  SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales visited the Eagle Pass campus to address student concerns during a Oct 21st Q&A session in the room D113.

Several students were on hand to ask a variety of questions addressing issues concerning student safety, parking, new RN program requirements, as well inquiries on construction updates and space for students to enjoy.

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PTK Blood Drive
PTK Blood Drive 2014 

The annual fall blood drive on the Eagle Pass campus was a big success.

According to drive organizer Mr. Paul Kimble, a total of 32 units of blood were donated. In addition, 30 people signed up for the bone marrow registry.

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SWTJC Fall Festival total success
fall festival 2014


SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their annual Fall festival 2014 on October 23, 2014 from 6pm - 9pm in the court yard. Students were treated to some entertainment from the different schools of the community Pete Gallegos, Sam Houston, Benavides Heights , Perfecto Mancha, HB Gonzalez, Cerna Elem just to name a few. I would like to thank Mr. Bruno Reyes and Miss.Lety Villanueva for all their support in the fall festival, music by Rafael Herrera. More Pics

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Deans Forum
deans forum 2014 Southwest Texas Junior college Eagle Pass Campus held their Dean's Forum fall 2014 on Oct 28th at 11am in room D113 Sul Ross building.

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First ever college Christmas event attracts large crowd
Santa and Mrs. SantaApproximately 700 students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered in front of the Rodolfo R. & Dolores Flores Student Services Building to see the lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree along with other Christmas themed characters on Tuesday (Dec. 2).

The tree lighting ceremony was part of the first-ever “Christmas At The College” event, which is expected to kick-off the Christmas season every year on the Uvalde campus.

“We recognize our responsibility to help enhance education not only at the higher levels, but begin with pre-k. I want the word college to be a part of their vocabulary before they begin the elementary school,” said SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales. “Our goal is to make the college accessible to all, and this event brings the community to the campus.”

Highlighting the evening’s festivities was the arrival of Santa Claus on the Roadrunner Energy Train driven by Todd Dorris.

Santa was available throughout the evening for pictures; an estimated 500 people took pictures with Santa Claus. People who took pictures with Santa can go to to find the link to the photo gallery and download pictures at no cost. SANTA PHOTOS EVENT PHOTOS

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SWTJC partners with Texas State University on USDA grant
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI) has recently awarded Dr. P. Ryan Saucier (Assistant Professor; Project Director) and Dr. Douglas G. Morrish (Associate Professor; Co-Project Director) a four year grant worth $998, 856.00. Both professors are faculty members in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University.

Their grant entitled Southwest Agriculture And Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders For A Safe And Secure U.S. Food Supply System (SAFE), will fund 10 undergraduate student’s education from Austin Community College (ACC) and Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC). Upon completion of a two year degree at ACC and SWTJC, students will transfer to Texas State University and complete a bachelor degree in agriculture or a related science. Additionally, 11 graduate students education will be funded at Texas State University and/or New Mexico State University in agriculture or a related science.

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Mr. Joaquin L. Rodriguez Hispanic Heritage speaker of the month
Hispanic Hertiage speaker



Eagle Pass Campus ended the Hispanic Heritage month with speaker Mr. Joaquin L. Rodriguez Attorney at Law on Thursday Oct 9, 214. Mr. Joaquin L. Rodriguez, born Uvalde, Texas on Sept. 10, 1949; admitted to bar 1982, Texas. Preparatory education, Southwest Texas Junior College (1968-69); University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1972); legal education, University of Texas at Austin (J.D., 1981).

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Phi Theta Kappa holds fall induction at SWTJC Uvalde

GROUP PHOTO ID: New inductees into the Eta Beta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SWTJC Uvalde include: (front, l-r) Danielle Dicke, Eliana De La Fuente, Juanita Del Toro, Patricia Martinez, Jennavie Rios, Abbigail Garza, Ariana Moncada, Samantha Contreras, Ruth Alcantar, Sofia Hernandez. (middle) Thomasa Ventura Lopez, Christopher Martinez, Natassia Nevarez, Leslie Sanchez, Diana Garcia, Jemi Edwards, Shannon Gammill, Karmelina Compagnone, Brianna Sonnamaker, Mia Tapia, Betel Velasquez. (back) Jesse Adams, Lawrence Summers, Justin Mondrik, Diego Guerrero, Joseph Rose, Jesse Rodriguez, Oscar Ortiz, Ryan Alldritt.

The Eta Beta Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 40 new members this fall at Southwest Texas Junior College during ceremonies Nov. 13 in Uvalde.

New members inducted include Jesse Adams, Madison Ainsley, Ruth Alcantar, Ryan Alldritt, Karmelina Compagnone, Samantha Contreras, Eliana De La Fuente, Juanita Del Toro, Danielle Dicke, Natalya Doria, Jemi Edwards, Shannon Gammill, Diana Garcia, Abbigail Garza, Diego Guerrero, Sofia Hernandez, Christopher Martinez, Jerry Martinez, Patricia Martinez, Ariana Moncada and Justin Mondrik. PHOTOS

Also inducted were, Natassia Nevarez, Michael Owolabi, Oscar Ortiz, Jennavie Rios, Jesse Rodriguez, Beatrice Romero, Joseph Rose, Jacqueline Salas, Leslie Sanchez, Ryan Sellers, Brianna Sonnamaker, Lawrence Summers, Mia Tapia, Cody Thomas, Araceli Vega, Thomasa Ventura Lopez, Betel Velasquez and Kasandra Zapata.

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Turkey Trot draws large crowds and runners on Nov. 22
Over 125 runners and walkers took place in the 30th Annual SWTJC Turkey Trot held Nov. 22 in Uvalde.

Marcos Munoz of San Antonio had the best time in the men's 5K competition with a 17:52. Tenley Ortiz of Uvalde ran a 21:44 to top the women's division.

Competition was also held in a one-mile kids run. Richard Moreno of Uvalde had the best time with a 8:06, while Brisa Rodriguez also of Uvalde ran a 7:15 to top the girl’s division.

“Overall it was a big success, considering there was rain in the forecast,” said Race coordinator Landra Fowler.

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Eagle Pass TSI Exam 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 Fall 2014
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!!/pages/SWTJC-Student-Life-Del-Rio-Campus/389408541167422

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Students pledge to return for spring classes
Organizers of the "See You in the Spring" event held on Thursday, December 5, were pleased with the results of the first time event.

"We had approximately 80 students sign a pledge to return to classes in the spring," said Eva De Anda. "I want to thank everyone who helped make this such a successful event."

SWTJC t-shirts and bracelets were handed out to all students who signed a pledge to return in the spring. A group shot of students participating in the event was taken following a pizza lunch.

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A chat with the president

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales visited the Del Rio campus to address student concerns during a Feb 4th Q&A session in the SWTJC Library.

Several students were on hand to ask a variety of questions addressing issues concerning student safety, parking, new RN program requirements, as well inquiries on construction updates and space for students to enjoy. 

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Ash Wednesday service observed on Del Rio campus

The SWTJC Campus Light Club sponsored an Ash Wednesday service on March 5 in the Academic Building on the Del Rio campus.

Father Clay from St. Joseph Catholic Church in Del Rio, conducted a brief prayer service which involves the imposition of ashes. He also gave a brief explanation of the 40-day Lenten season that begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Easter.

Approximately 45 students, faculty and staff attended the service.

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SWTJC Del Rio representatives attend Del Rio Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet

Del Rio Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, March 20th at the Del Rio Civic Center. Associate VP Derek Sandoval, Joshua Overfelt (faculty), and James Wilson (adjunct faculty) along with their wives, attended the event.

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Del Rio Karaoke Event

SWTJC Library and Student Activities hosted a karaoke event on Thursday, March 27th from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m in the campus Library. Several students were in attendance and showcased their vocal talent singing from an eclectic variety of music including 80's hits, current top 40, gospel hymns, and Mexican corridos.

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Mr./Ms. SWTJC named for Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Uvalde campuses

Mr and Ms SWTJC

The crowning of Mr. and Ms. SWTJC from Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde, highlighted the 2014 SWTJC Palm's Festival held April 9 in Uvalde.

Selected by the students in Del Rio were Marco A. Salas and Larisa Espinosa representing the Creative Arts Club.

Mr./Ms. SWTJC Eagle Pass were Roberto Gelacio and Ana Gaby Martinez.

In Uvalde, Pedro Navarro and Lorena Montes, representing Phi Theta Kappa, were the winners.

The annual Palm's Festival was moved outdoors under the beautiful palms in Uvalde


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Del Rio Campus Creative Arts Contest Winners

Congratulations to the following Del Rio students for their participation and awards in the 33rd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest: Danny S. DeHoyos, April Hurley, Atzimba Morales, Alex Morrison, Marco A. Olivarez Jr., Kayla Reifel, Sandra V. Rodriguez, Vanessa Silva, Christy Martinez, and Amber Pacheco.


The award ceremony for the 33rd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest was held on Thursday, April 24, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.


Trophies and medals were given for those placing in first through fourth places in various age groups and categories.


Pictured: Vanessa Silva - 1st place in Photography, Danny DeHoyos - 1st place in Painting, and Sandra Rodriguez - 1st place in Literary Division.



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SWTJC Del Rio Volleyball Championship Game
SWTJC Volleyball Championship game was held at the Del Rio Campus on Thursday, May 1st with Phi Theta Kappa taking on the Couples team. The Couples team won the first match 25 - 20. Second match went to Phi Theta Kappa with a score of 25 - 21. In the final round..., the Couples team came out on top with a vey close score of 10 - 9. Congratulations to all who participated in the first SWTJC volleyball tournament!

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