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SWTJC presidentís, deanís list announced for Fall 2014 semester
Southwest Texas Junior College President Dr. Hector Gonzales, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts Dr. Cheryl Sanchez, and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences Juan Guzman have recognized 262 students for academic excellence during the 2014 fall semester.

Full-time students, those enrolled in 12 or more hours, are eligible for academic honors. The President’s List recognizes those full-time students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout the semester. The Dean’s List recognizes those students who maintained at least a 3.6 GPA throughout the semester. A total of 136 students earned a spot on the President’s List and 126 students earned a spot on the Dean’s List.

"I commend the hard work of each of these students," President Gonzales said. "It is a pleasure to honor their dedication to excellence."

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Trustees extend president's contract
SWTJC president, Dr. Hector Gonzales received a one-year contract extension during the board meeting on Thursday (Jan. 15).

According to Board of Trustees President, Rodolfo Flores, Gonzales received an excellent evaluation during the executive session.

In a report to the SWTJC board at its regular monthly meeting, SWTJC Vice President of Student Services Margot Mata informed trustees on spring enrollment.

“We are currently sitting at 5,199 students registered, which indicates a one-percent increase from a year ago,” said Mata. “In regards to contact and credit hours, we continue to see a more substantial increase and that has been the trend for the last several semesters.”

According to Mata approximately 936 students were at risk of being dropped for non-payment.

“We are working diligently to bring this list down; students have and opportunity to come in throughout the next couple of weeks to pay their total balance or setup a payment plan,” said Mata.

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Classes begin for spring semester
StudentsClasses are underway for the spring 2015 semester. According to registrar Luis Fernandez, Wednesday, Jan. 21, is the last day to  change classes.

"Tuesday is the last day to make schedule changes," Fernandez said. "Students also need to make payment arrangements by the end of the week."

Fernandez said a total of 5,447 students had enrolled as of Jan. 19. "Our enrollment is good, but we still have approximately 400 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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Entries being sought for annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest
Plans are underway and entry deadlines have been announced for the 34th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.

Literary entries should be submitted no later than Feb. 26, while Mar. 5 is the deadline for visual arts entries.

Cash prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded in the annual event, which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.

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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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Law enforcement academy graduates 32 in Uvalde
Academy group photoA total of 32 cadets received certificates of completion during spring graduation ceremonies for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC.

The ceremonies were held Friday, Dec. 5, in the Matthew’s Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Charlie Class graduates include Rosemary Ballesteros, Charles Brown, Crystal Lee Cardona, Jessica Carmona, Luis Carmona, Christa Castellanos, John Cervantes, Manuel Cervantes, Daniel Garcia, Juan Garcia, Steve Garcia, Vincent Garcia, Viviana Gonzales, Luis Guevara and Jesse Gutierrez.

Also earning their certificate of completion are Alysa Freier, Juan Hernandez, Eddie Martinez, Sarita Martinez, Gustavo Pargas, Glen Poole, Aaron Ramirez, Jayson Salazar, Tom Schmerber, David Schmidt, Garrett Speed, Jamie Taylor, Anna Victorino, Johnny Longoria, Jacob Sinor, Domingo Hill and Jessica Montes.

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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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