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Fall Fiesta scheduled for Thursday
The SWTJC Student Success Center will be hosting their annual “Fall Fiesta” on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Student Success Center Courtyard.


Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend and take part in the activities.

The event will offer degree information, matching interest to career activities, and information on careers specifically available to math, science, and engineering programs.

In addition there will be food, music and games.

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Deadline to apply for December graduation approaches
The deadline to apply for December graduation is Friday, Oct. 31.

According to registrar Luis Fernandez, students who have questions about their eligibility to apply should contact an advisor on their respective campus. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

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Hill College, SHSU take rodeo team honors
Bullrider at SWTJC RodeoHill College took the men’s team title, while Sam Houston State University won the women’s division in the 52nd Annual SWTJC College Rodeo held Oct. 2-4 in Uvalde.

No SWTJC athletes finished in the top ten in individual events. Though disappointed by his team’s performance, SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller was pleased with the overall results of this year’s event.

“I wish our athletes would have had a little more luck,” Angermiller said, “we had an off night but I’m sure we’ll bounce back and compete hard next week.”

Angermiller also thanked sponsors of this year’s event. “The Uvalde and area business community were once again outstanding in supporting our annual rodeo,” Angermiller said. “I just can’t thank them enough for their generous support.”

SWTJC rodeo team members will compete this weekend (Oct. 9-11), in Mt. Pleasant at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo.

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Palomino Fest donates $25,000 to SWTJC scholarship fund
The Southwest Texas Junior College scholarship fund is $25,000 richer following the most successful Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration in history.

Johnny and Jorge Arreola of Los Palominos presented a $25,000 check to SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales on Sept. 25.

“Los Palominos are very pleased to make this contribution to the college scholarship fund,” Arreola said. “We thank our sponsors, volunteers, and the college staff for working hand-in-hand to make this year’s event the best Palomino Fest to date.”

Arreola said the event continues to grow every year largely due to the support of the community. “The county of Uvalde has been one of the festival’s biggest supporters, and we are very thankful for all that they’ve done for this event,” Arreola said. “We’ve been doing this for eighteen years now and I hope we can continue for many years to come.”

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Law enforcement academy partners with Continental Tire
The Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at Southwest Texas Junior College has entered into an agreement with Continental Tire to make use of their 5000-acre Uvalde Proving Grounds facility, which is located approximately seven miles south of Uvalde on Batesville Road (FM 117).

According to Law Enforcement Academy Coordinator, Robert Armstrong the Uvalde academy will be the only class to use the Uvalde Proving Grounds in the fall, however he expects the Eagle Pass academy to train at the proving grounds along with the Uvalde class in the spring.

“We are excited to partner up with SWTJC and look forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the law enforcement academy,” said Christian Brielmaier, Uvalde Proving Grounds Test Engineer.

Cadets are scheduled to train at the Uvalde Proving Grounds on Nov. 15, 16, and Nov. 22-24. They will be learning and performing different maneuvers as part of the Professional Police Driving course.

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SWTJC partners with Texas State University on USDA grant
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Hispanic Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI) has recently awarded Dr. P. Ryan Saucier (Assistant Professor; Project Director) and Dr. Douglas G. Morrish (Associate Professor; Co-Project Director) a four year grant worth $998, 856.00. Both professors are faculty members in the Department of Agriculture at Texas State University.

Their grant entitled Southwest Agriculture And Food Security Education: Preparing Future Leaders For A Safe And Secure U.S. Food Supply System (SAFE), will fund 10 undergraduate student’s education from Austin Community College (ACC) and Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC). Upon completion of a two year degree at ACC and SWTJC, students will transfer to Texas State University and complete a bachelor degree in agriculture or a related science. Additionally, 11 graduate students education will be funded at Texas State University and/or New Mexico State University in agriculture or a related science.

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Renovations to dorms continues at Uvalde campus
ConstructionSouthwest Texas Junior College is in the midst of updating and renovating residential facilities in Hubbard Hall on the Uvalde campus.

The project consists of remodeling student rooms that were constructed in 1972. These renovations will improve the living environment of over 188 students and are part of an ongoing initiative to renovate nearly 96 rooms.

“The rooms are being completely redone from top to bottom,” said Joe Barker, SWTJC vice president of administrative services. “The renovation project, which began this summer, is expected to carry on for an indefinite amount of time.”

Work includes removing the existing furniture; new walls and ceilings; replacing all lights with modern, energy-efficient fixtures; and installing new, moveable room furnishings. Electrical systems and bathrooms are being replaced along with improving Wi-Fi coverage in the dorms.

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Enrollment increases this fall
Official fall enrollment is up nearly three percent this year, according to Margot Mata, SWTJC vice president of student services.

In her report at the monthly meeting of the SWTJC Board of Trustees, Mata said students are taking more classes, which translates into more credit hours.

“I think the increase in credit hours is due to better student planning and also a result of better advising,” Mata said. “Advisors are working very hard on getting our students on a career path early on.”

The official headcount this fall is 5,592 compared to 5,449 a year ago, a 2.6% increase. Total credit hours are also up approximately 10%, Mata told the board.

Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President commented on the difference between head count versus credit hours.

“Head count is a barometer, contact hours are state dollars and credit hours are tuition dollars,” Gonzales said. “I like to look at credit hours which reflects actual monies coming in and we are up in credit hours from where we were two years ago.”

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Ribbon cutting officially opens new buildings in Del Rio
Southwest Texas Junior College hosted a ribbon cutting and open house at its newly constructed, state-of-the-art buildings on Friday (Sept. 19) in Del Rio. WATCH VIDEO

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Rodeo team kicks off season in Carthage, TX
The Southwest Texas Junior College rodeo team will kick-off the 2014-2015 rodeo season by competing at the first Southern region rodeo in Carthage, TX hosted by Panola College on Sept. 26-27.

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SWTJC will host the second National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA) rodeo of the season on Oct. 2-4 at the Uvalde County Fair Plex Rodeo Arena. Evening performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

Over 350 collegiate athletes, representing some 15 colleges and universities in the Southern Region are expected to compete in Uvalde. Nationally renowned rodeo stock contractor Terry Walls will once again provide stock for this year's event.

Rozlyn Reeves, last year’s southern region barrel champion along with sophomore Crystal Wetz will lead the women’s team into competition along with several freshmen.

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