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16 Week Semester: August 28 - December 15, 2017

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News & Events

4DX Gold Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC-Del Rio Library team on their 4DX Gold Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sandy Colombo, Dora Padilla, Willie Braudaway and Del Rio Campus Vice President, Derek Sandoval.

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Eagle Pass Library celebrated Harry Potters Birthday





                On July 31, 2017 the Eagle Pass library celebrated Harry Potters Birthday. To support student engagement, the library invited all their students, staff and faculty to demonstrate their handcraft skills in creating wands. To make students aware of our new 3D printing services, everyone who attended was given the opportunity to enter a raffle of 3D printed items linked to the theme: necklace, wands, Harry Potter glasses, Harry Potter crest. The guests were treated with snacks and pastries. Over all students seem to have enjoyed the gathering of Harry Potter birthday. PICS

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Local youth attend first college science summer camp
STEM Boot CampOver 100 youth participated in the first SWTJC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Camp. Youth members from the surrounding communities were introduced to the importance of a STEM education and engaged in hands-on STEM activities.

Four camps were held between July 17 and July 27. Participants channeled their inner engineer to design, create, and improve upon their engineering constructs.

The summer camps were held on the Eagle Pass Campus on July 17 and 18; Del Rio Campus, July 19 and 20; Uvalde Campus, July 24 and 25, and on the Crystal City Campus on July 26 and 27.

Additional activities included learning the various states of matter and candy math, an after-lunch activity in which students determined the color distribution of a bag of M&M's.

Nora Padilla, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Park Ranger also spoke of the various wildlife flora and fauna found at the Devils River State Natural Area.

"I am thankful to the parents for enrolling their children and to all the volunteers for their time,” said STEM Outreach Coordinator and camp organizer Oscar Gaytan. “I am happy to see a continued increase of STEM awareness in our community and look forward to seeing more community members take advantage of our existing resources and STEM Career Pathways."

The college is currently hosting the STEM Boot Camp for students currently pursuing a STEM Career Pathway. For more information on STEM or digital media from past events, please visit or contact Oscar Gaytan, STEM Outreach Coordinator, at

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4DX Gold Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Financial Aid team on their 4DX Gold Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sonia Adan-Medina and Margarita Garcia.

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PTK Library Remodel project



Eagle Pass – Tuesday, June 27, 2017, SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus’s Phi Theta Kappa and SWTJC students completed their Glass Elementary Library Remodel project which is part of their PTK Reading B.O.O.K.S. (Books Offer Opportunities for Knowledge and Success) campaign. Over the course of three and a half weeks, PTK worked on making the library an engaging and friendly reading environment. More than thirty SWTJC and Back to Action Physical Therapy volunteers cleaned, sanded, primed, painted, and constructed furniture to make the project a success.

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College encourages civic engagement for students, faculty and staff
Service learning projectIf you frequently drive down Garner Field Road, on occasion, you may have seen some SWTJC students in bright orange vests picking up trash. At first glance, you may have thought these students were being punished for not turning in an assignment.

On the contrary, the students were taking part in a service learning project, which is a newly adopted method of instructing at SWTJC. Service learning projects have been trending in the world of higher education.

The individuals picking up trash are members of the two-year honor society, Phi Theta Kappa at SWTJC. The club’s adopt-a-highway program is only one of many service learning projects conducted at SWTJC.

Earlier this year the college administration launched the second part of the Quality Enhancement Plan, which focuses on the high impact practice of service learning.

The idea behind service learning is to combine community service with academic instruction while focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.

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Honors and Recognition Ceremony


SWTJC Del Rio held its annual Honors and Recognition Ceremony on April 27, 2017 at the Sul Ross Auditorium.  Several students were presented various awards including Who’s Who and the L Award.


Who’s Who honorees are selected by faculty and administrators based on leadership, scholarship, and character. Students must be in good standing and enrolled in an average of 14 semester hours in two semesters or at least 14 semester hours if attending only one semester.  Del Rio Who’s Who recipients:  Jorge I. Chavez, Cynthia G. Elguezabal, Amanda Guardiola, Thomas Levrie, Valeria Montoya, Daniel R. Perez, Victoria R. Trevino, and Valeria M. Vazquez.


The “L” Award is our symbol of leadership and excellence and is awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions through student organizations at Southwest Texas Junior College. L Award recipients: Luis “Rey” Colunga and Yvonne Alvarado- Campus Light, Jessica Carrillo and Aaron Lopez- Creative Arts Club, Karina Alcorta and Stephanie Nunez- Phi Theta Kappa, and Thomas Levrie and Mark Vasquez- S.T.E.M. Club. Photos

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Graduation reception 2017


Eagle Pass - May 19th- The Graduates of 2017 were treated to a small reception. The students were treated to sandwiches, sodas and a small gift . The students also had the opportunity to take a picture with the Vice President Mr. Bermea and family. Congratulations Class of 2017 from all of us at the Eagle Pass Campus. Pics

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SWTJC prepares for campus concealed carry
Uvalde, TX, – Come August 1, 2017, SWTJC will allow concealed handguns to be carried on any of the colleges’ sites with the exceptions of the Hondo, Medina Valley and Pearsall campuses.


The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 during the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, which was signed into law in June of the same year by Governor Greg Abbott.


The Hondo, Medina Valley and Pearsall campuses are exempt due to those buildings being leased by entities which are not required to adhere to the new law. The building in Hondo is leased from the City of Hondo, while the Pearsall building is leased from the Pearsall Independent School District. In Castroville, SWTJC classes are housed in a building leased from the Medina Valley Independent School District.


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


The committee submitted a report containing implementation recommendations to President Gonzales.


Exclusionary Zones areas on campus where the concealed carry of a firearm is not permitted, which include child care facilities located on campus, nursing and radiology laboratories, testing rooms, libraries, cafeterias and snack bars. For a complete list of exclusionary zones visit for a frequently asked questions page has been published.

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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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The Diesel Grillin Outlawz win the Grand Champion


Eagle Pass, Texas May 18th- The "The Diesel Grillin Outlawz", representing the second year diesel students were named Grand Champions at the First Ever "Gilling with the Vice President" on Friday (May 5th) on the Eagle Pass Campus. Photos

The "Theta Apple Pie", representing the Phi Theta Kappa were named the reserve grand champions.

Coming in thrird overall was Team Grillin Writers, representing the Creative Writing Club.

A total of 7 teams participated in the cooking contest, and all teams were required to cook and submit a half chicken, ribs and fajitas.

Judges were selected from members of the SWTJC faculty, staff and administration.

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Enrollment continues to climb for fall semester
Stock photoUvalde, TX, – Registration, both online and in person, continues for fall semester classes at SWTJC.


SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez reminds students that time is running out to get applications for financial aid completed.


"Students who will be seeking financial aid and who haven't completed all their paperwork need to get busy," Fernandez said.


Registration for fall classes started in April and over 2,900 students have already registered.


Fernandez says the earlier students register the better their chances of getting the instructors they want, the classes they need and the times they need them.


"Registering early also gives students more time to arrange payment options," Fernandez said.

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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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SWTJC end of the year BBQ


SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 11th at 5pm in C building.

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

Various SWTJC staff received service pins from Vice President Mr. Bermea during the annual event

Mrs. Delia Esquivel received a 30 year service pin,  while Mrs. Claudia De La Garza received a 15year pin. Mr. Jaime Sierra also received a 15 year service pin.

Mrs. Sonia Alvarez and Mrs. Julie Monsivais both received their 10 years service pin.

We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible.

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Trustees approve balanced budget, appoint vice president of Del Rio campus
Uvalde, TX, – It was a busy night for SWTJC trustees during the board's regular monthly meeting on June 16 in Uvalde.


Highlighting the action taken, the board adopted an operating budget for the fiscal year 2018, appointed a vice president of the Del Rio campus and approved a salary increase.


The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget is balanced at $45.6 million, up $2.8 million from the 2016-2017 budget.


Increases in state support and tuition account for most of the rise. Hector Gonzales, college president, said, “We have realized about a $400,000 increase in state appropriations.”


The board of trustees approved a salary increase of two steps for all employees on a classified scale. Also, board members authorized one percent as an equivalent for one step for unclassified employees.


In other business, trustees appointed Connie Buchanan as the new vice president of the Del Rio campus, replacing Derek Sandoval who filled the vice president of administrative services earlier this year. Buchanan’s new role as vice president of Del Rio will take effect July 1.

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Final Exam Spring 2017
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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4DX Silver Certificate

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

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FAN scholarships total $19K for graduating seniors across the area
FAN logoUvalde, TX, – The Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) at Southwest Texas Junior College has announced the awarding of $19,000 in scholarships to 19 recent high school graduates from across the region.


Individual scholarships for the 2017-18 school year were awarded to students from Brackettville High School, Carrizo Springs High School, Crystal City High School, Del Rio High School, Pearsall High School, Sabinal High School, and Uvalde High School.


"We are extremely pleased to be able to help these deserving students as they pursue their higher education at SWTJC," said FAN treasurer Wade Carpenter.


Class of 2017 Uvalde High School recipients of $1,000 FAN scholarships includes Jose Luis Benavides, Jr., Lyndon B Diongzon, Alexsander Rodriguez, and Alondra Romo.


Brackettville High School graduate, Louisanna Rodriguez was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


Also, receiving $1,000 scholarships were Destiny Cantu of Pearsall High School and Gloria Delgado of Sabinal high School.


FAN scholarships were also awarded to graduates of Del Rio High School, with Leanne Delgadillo, Andrea Guerrero, Joshua Lopez, Christina Stovall, and Leslie Torres each receiving a $1,000 in scholarship money.


Crystal City High School 2017 graduates Sebastian Bonilla, Jose Cervera, Klaudia Contreras, Esther Loera, Rebecca Martinez, and Devin Trevino each received $1,000 scholarships.


Carrizo Springs High School graduate Yazmin Avila received a $1,000 scholarship.

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