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Welcome Back fall 2014

welcome back 2014 SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had a large crowd of students showing up for free hotdogs, chips and soda. Over 350 hotdogs were served by faculty, staff and Student Government Association.

We also had the clubs come out and recruit new members for 2014-2015. More pics


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Ms. SWTJC Del Rio
Miss SWTJC Del Rio Larisa Espinoza participated in the 16 de Septiembre parade. The parade kicked off the 16 de Septiembre festivities at Brown Plaza which ran from Sunday, Sept. 14th - 16th.

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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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Friends & Alumni SWTJC Scholarship Recipients 2013-2014
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      Southwest Texas Junior College awarded the 2013-2014 scholarship recipients for the Eagle Pass High School they  were Alejandra Adan, Juan Salinas, Karen Martinez and Lucy Chapa. CC Winn High School were Martin Gomez, Carlos Carbajal, Ana luisa Gonzalez, and Rodolfo Riza III also pictured Mrs. Delia Esquivel Ofice Manager at SWTJC and Mrs. Brenda Hoffman Counselor at SWTJC.

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Student Success Seminar
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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Student Appreciation Day
student appreciation Southwest Texas Junior College Eagle Pass Campus held Student Appreciation Day on April 1st, at 11:00am. More pics

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Mr./ Miss named for Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Uvalde Campuses
palms fest 2012 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. More Pics


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A Chat with President Gonzales

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales will be available to answer student questions and address student concerns during a Sept. 23 get together in the new SWTJC Library on the Del Rio campus.

Sponsored by the Student Activities Office "A Chat with the President" will be held on Tuesday (Sept. 23) from 11 a.m. until noon.

The new SWTJC Library is located in the B building across the from the student lounge. Free snacks will be provided.

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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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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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College Crossroads 2014
college crossroads 2014 The 2014 College Crossroads event was held on Thursday, March 27th, from 11a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Eagle Pass Campus. More Pics

There was booth activities, food, music and many games for the students. Booths offered activities promoting graduation, registering for summer and fall sessions, transfer assistance, degree completion, financial aid application and career interest inventory.

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Phi Theta Kappa holds Spring Induction in Eagle Pass
PTK Spring induction The Beta Lambda gamma Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 35 new members this spring at Southwest Texas Junior College, during ceremony March 28th in Eagle Pass. More Pics

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SWTJC participates in the Friendship Parade
Parade 2014 Southwest Texas Junior College Eagle Pass Campus participated in the annual International Friendship Parade which was held on Saturday, March 29 at 11:00am. 

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Blood drive has successful day on Eagle Pass Campus
ptk blood drive The annual spring blood drive on the Eagle Pass Campus was a big success.

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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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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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SWTJC Signs Articulation Agreement with Angelo State University for Engineering Degree
Angelo On Monday March 24, 2014, representatives from Angelo State University (ASU) visited Southwest Texas Junior College. Dr. Brian May, President of Angelo State University, and Dr. Javier Flores, Vice President of Student Affair and Enrollment Management visited the Del Rio and Eagle Pass campuses.

In Del Rio, Derek Sandoval, Associate Vice President of the Del Rio Campus conducted a tour of the recently opened administration building and soon-to-open student classroom building. Dr. May and Dr. Flores visited with students and discussed the potential to work together on Science, Technology, Engineering , and Math (STEM) degree programs with SWTJC faculty and administration, including Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC president. Also in attendance was Dr. Carlos Rios, Superintendent of San Felipe-Del Rio CISD, who expressed interest and support in a partnership between SWTJC and ASU.

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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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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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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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