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Ash Wednesday observed at SWTJC Del Rio Campus
The SWTJC Campus Light Club sponsored an Ash Wednesday service on February 18 in the B Building Atrium 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 60 students, faculty and staff attended the service. More photos

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Time permits available starting March 2nd for summer and fall
Registration will begin early this year for summer and fall classes at SWTJC. According to SWTJC Counselor Mrs. Brenda Hoffman, registration for both summer sessions, as well as fall 2015 classes, will begin March 30th.

 

"Advisor-assisted registration begins on Monday, March 30th, so we encourage students to get their time permits as soon as they can, registering early will give us more time to advise students and to help them work on securing financial aid to help defray cost, "Hoffman said.

 

Summer I classes will begin on June 1st and end on July 7th, while Summer II starts on July 13th and ends Aug. 18th. Fall classes are slated to begin on Aug 24th.

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A conversation with President Gonzales
 

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales visited the Del Rio campus to address student concerns during a Q&A session in the SWTJC Library on Thursday, February 12th.

Several students were on hand to ask a variety of questions addressing issues concerning internet accessibility, a cafeteria/snack bar, campus security, parking, replacing furniture/computers and including more sports activities.

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SWTJC visits EPISD
swtjc visits episd SWTJC Office Manager Mrs. Delia L. Esqivel and Financial Aid clerk Maria Villarreal attended the EPISD Parent & Community Education Center on Wednesday February 18th.

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SWTJC Faculty Association accepting applications for scholarships
Deadline for applying for the SWTJC Faculty Association Scholarship is April 24.

According to scholarship committee chairperson Bonny Herndon, a $500 scholarship will be awarded to four students.

“Scholarships will be awarded to two students enrolled in an academic field of study and two who have chosen a technical major, at each of our three main campuses,” administrative information technology instructor Bonny Herndon said.

Applications are available online at www.swtjc.edu. Additionally, students may obtain an application from any SWTJC Faculty Association member or by emailing Herndon at beherndon@swtjc.edu. Requirements are listed on the applications.DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

For more information on these scholarships contact Herndon at 591-7237.

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Vietnam veterans scheduled to ride through Uvalde campus
Approximately 100 motorcycle riders will be on the SWTJC Uvalde Campus Tuesday morning (March 10) as part of the 2015 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway Motorcycle Run.

The bikers are scheduled to arrive in Uvalde around 10 a.m. then travel to Southwest Texas Junior College where they will circle around the campus. Afterwards, a reception will be held at the Uvalde County Emergency Operating Center located in the airport hanger next to the college.

U.S. Highway 83 in Texas has been officially designated as the Texas Vietnam Veterans Highway.

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Del Rio Campus Welcome Back Celebration
 

 

SWTJC students, faculty, and staff enjoyed free hamburgers, chips, and a drink at the Welcome Back Celebration held on Thursday, February 5th. 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 various SWTJC clubs, Student Success Center, TRIO, and Sul Ross Student Support Services.

 

The Welcome Back event was sponsored by the SWTJC Student Activities. More Photos

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PTK Clean-up
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SWTJC PTK members volunteered their time on Feb. 13 picking up trash along Hwy 277.

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Dare to Care Toy Drive
toy drive  S.W.T.J.C. Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society organized a gift collection drive to donate to the Dare to Care Toy Drive 2014 with KINL KEPS Communicationsin Eagle Pass.

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Spring Break Safety Week campaign scheduled to begin next week
A variety of activities are scheduled next week (March 9-12) during the 2015 Spring Break Safety Week campaign.

Activities will kick off with "Know Your Limits" pledge on Monday beginning at 11 a.m. in the Matthews Student Center.

On Tuesday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to noon Phi Theta Kappa will host their "Conversation With the President" event in the Student Activities Lounge.

Also planned for Tuesday is the "Spring Break Safety Fair" in the fountain courtyard beginning at 11 a.m.

A blood drive is slated on Wednesday (March 11). Students and staff who wish to participate should report to the Bluebonnet Room in the student center between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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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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Welcome Back Hotdog Party!
Welcome Back sp 15  SWTJC students, faculty, and staff enjoyed free hotdogs, chips, and soda for the Welcome Back held on Thursday Feb.12th. Special thanks to Julie Monsivais, Blanca Herrera, Norma Diaz and Student Government Association for volunteering their time to make this event a success. Photos

The Welcome Back event was sponsored by the SWTJC Student Activities.

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Board extends administration contracts
The SWTJC Board of Trustees extended administration contracts during their regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Uvalde.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Underwood, Vice President of Finance Anne Tarski and Vice President of Student Affairs Margot Mata all had their contracts extended through August 2018.

Associate vice presidents Derek Sandoval and Gilbert Bermea were retitled to vice presidents and their contracts were extended through August 2018.

Vice President of Administrative Services Joe Barker had his contract extended through August of 2016.

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Students attended Community College Day in Austin
Community College Day  A group of over 50 SWTJC students, administration, faculty and staff attended Community College Day on Feb. 3 at the state capitol in Austin.

Dual credit students from Uvalde High School, as well as SWTJC students from Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses joined over 1,500 at the rally outside the capitol. PHOTOS

The event was sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Speakers from TACC, as well as various state legislators and the president of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association all spoke at the opening of the day's activities.

Following the opening speeches, student representatives in attendance were encouraged to visit with their respective legislators concerning various issues facing the 50 community college districts across the state.

The SWTJC group visited with District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King of Uvalde and District 74 State Representative Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass.

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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).

For more photos of the event visit our FaceBook page.

 

 

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Good crowd attends Eagle Pass ground breaking
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It's official – ground has been broken for the new construction project on the SWTJC campus in Eagle Pass. School officials hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 23 for the $6.9 million project.


Joe Barker vice president of administrative services, welcomed SWTJC faculty, staff and members of the community including city mayor Ramsey Cantu, city council members Luis Sifuentes, Gloria Hernandez, Rudy Villapondo, and William Davis. Other local dignitaries in attendance included Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, Eagle Pass Independent School District Superintendent Gilbert Gonzalez, Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler, Rio Grande College Associate Provost Dr. Paul Sorrels and numerous other guests. Victor Lopez was also recognized; he was representing the SWTJC Foundation, Inc. board.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed guests to the ceremony and shared his long-term vision for the college in Eagle Pass. VIDEO PHOTOS

"Earlier this year we bought ten acres on Veterans Boulevard to create a technical campus for the community and over a year ago we purchased 18 acres on the other side of the hospital to secure the future growth for this institution and this community," Gonzales said. "We are doing everything we can to plan for the future and to accommodate the growth we see here."

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Police academy debuts iPads in classroom
Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy added a new tool to their classroom; iPads were issued to every cadet at the beginning of the spring academy in January.

“Having the iPads has made a world of difference for our cadets, it has streamlined our entire classroom learning materials and testing,” said Andrew Davila, Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy instructor. “Cadets now have all their notes and any other information they need for the academy all in one location as opposed to having numerous documents either in some type of notebook or electronic files on a USB drive.”

A total of 35 iPads were purchased through the Carl Perkins grant, which is a grant used to provide materials for vocational-technical programs.


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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 Spring 2015
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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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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Good crowd attends Eagle Pass ground breaking
Eagle PassIt's official – ground has been broken for the new construction project on the SWTJC campus in Eagle Pass. School officials hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 23 for the $6.9 million project.

Joe Barker vice president of administrative services, welcomed SWTJC faculty, staff and members of the community including city mayor Ramsey Cantu, city council members Luis Sifuentes, Gloria Hernandez, Rudy Villapondo, and William Davis. Other local dignitaries in attendance included Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, Eagle Pass Independent School District Superintendent Gilbert Gonzalez, Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler, Rio Grande College Associate Provost Dr. Paul Sorrels and numerous other guests. Victor Lopez was also recognized; he was representing the SWTJC Foundation, Inc. board.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed guests to the ceremony and shared his long-term vision for the college in Eagle Pass. VIDEO PHOTOS

"Earlier this year we bought ten acres on Veterans Boulevard to create a technical campus for the community and over a year ago we purchased 18 acres on the other side of the hospital to secure the future growth for this institution and this community," Gonzales said. "We are doing everything we can to plan for the future and to accommodate the growth we see here."

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SWTJC pumping $156.9 million into economy
By Kim Eagle
Uvalde Leader News Staff Writer

Southwest Texas Junior College not only gives students an opportunity to earn a degree close to home, but it has a total yearly economic impact of $156.9 million in the college’s service area.
This area includes Uvalde and towns west to Del Rio and Eagle Pass, south to Crystal City and east to Hondo and Castroville. COMPLETE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

The $156.9 million in added income was equal to approximately 2.6 percent of the region’s Gross Regional Product in 2012-2013, according to an economic impact study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International, authorized by Texas Association of Community Colleges.

“The college spent $24.3 million in operations in the region; students spent $193,500; alumni – these are former students of ours – in a one-year period, contributed $132.3 million... for a yearly impact of $156.9 million,” Gonzales said.

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