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SWTJC trustees set public hearings on tax rate during August meeting
The SWTJC Board of Trustees approved placing a proposal to adopt a tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation on the September board meeting agenda. Public hearings to discuss the proposed tax rate will be held at noon on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. The proposed rate is the same as the current rate.

In other matters, trustees approved Eagle Pass construction project change orders. Change orders included additional electric boxes and wall blocking, electrical service lines, traffic rated ground mounted junction box and relocating refrigerant lines.

According to architect Tom Ferrell the contractor expects to turn over the Sulross/Rio Grande College addition known as Classroom Building D over three months ahead of schedule.

Ferrell also gave a brief update on the progress of the work being done to the Eagle Pass Technical Center, which is scheduled for completion in October.

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President Gonzales welcomes faculty back for fall semester
Dr. GonzalesThe fall semester officially began Tuesday (Aug. 18) with the return of faculty members for the general faculty meeting on the Uvalde campus.

SWTJC President, Hector Gonzales, Ph.D. began his opening remarks with a request for a moment of silence in remembrance of administrative assistant, Josefina Verjan and groundsman, Natividad Gonzales, Sr. Both recently passed away.

Gonzales used his time to update faculty on the status and progress on a myriad of topics.

According to Gonzales the state legislature decided not to award community colleges with additional funds during this years legislative session in Austin.

“It was not a very positive session for community colleges, for the first time in many years the legislature had a lot of money to dole out, play with and allocate, however community colleges were not one of their chosen few to receive additional funds,” said Gonzales.

The legislature’s decision to cut additional funding to community colleges resulted in a $380,000 loss in state allocations for SWTJC.

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Classes begin for fall semester
BookstoreClasses are underway for the Fall 2015 semester. According to registrar Luis Fernandez, Tuesday, Aug. 25, is the last day to register or change classes.

Photo: Student buying books on first day of class.

"Tuesday is the last day to make schedule changes," Fernandez said. "Students also need to make payment arrangements by end of day Sept. 8, or they will be dropped from their classes.”

Fernandez said a total of 5,874 students had enrolled as of Aug. 24 "Our enrollment is good, but there is a good deal of students who haven't made payment arrangements and that's a problem," Fernandez said. "We want to work with those who are having problems, but it's up to the students to come see us."

Students should contact the financial aid or business office to find out about payment options available.

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Cosmetology students and instructors stay busy during summer
Cosmetology winnersIt has been a busy summer thus far for SWTJC Cosmetology students and instructors. They recently discovered that being a partner school of CHI, which is a Houston based company that manufactures high quality professional hair care products, has its perks.

Rafael Jimenez, Farouk Systems educator provided a two-day training in July for SWTJC cosmetology instructors, Barbara Compton, Emma Martinez, and Cheryl Hammer.

Instructors were trained in procedures dealing with formulations for CHI permanent hair color, along with temporary Chroma Shine hair color and proper application of the Enviro hair relaxing and smoothing treatment.

According to Compton, the instructors will take what they learned and apply it in the classroom.

SWTJC cosmetology students also participated in a two-day workshop by put on by Angela Leschper, who is affiliated with the Miss Universe product line.

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Cosmetology students compete in campus contest
Cosmetology winnersCosmetology students recently participated in a "Build Your Own Salon" project on the Uvalde campus.

Winners of the competition were Maria Salazar, first place; Laura Arceo, second place; and Alyssa Martinez in the third place.

Students created a blueprint and model of their dream salon; the participants had to adhere by the rules and regulations of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

The design was judged on workmanship, creativity, interior design, neatness and pleasing to the eye.

Judges were Desseray Martinez of Great Clips in Hondo, Sharon Hamilton and Charlene Pivoda of Smart Styles in Uvalde and Connie Buchanan, Division Chair of Business, Industrial and Technical Studies.

According to Barbara Compton, cosmetology director, “instructors were pleased with all the hard work that the students displayed with their salon models.”

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Trustees approve distance-learning equipment
Southwest Texas Junior College Board of Trustees approved the Tax Exempt Lease/Purchase agreement with Key Government Finance, Inc. for the purchase of a video bridge to conduct distance-learning classes during a special meeting on June 30 in Uvalde.

“The total amount of the lease is $216,912.28, Cisco will make the first payment of $17,405.55 and the college will be responsible for $3,800 per month from September of 2015 through September of 2019, which at that time the college will own the equipment,” said Anne Tarski, vice president of finance. “This equipment is a step up from the video bridge we currently have with only a $200 step up in our monthly payment.”

Board Secretary, Antonio Rivera participated in the meeting via videoconference from the Crystal City Instructional Facility.

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