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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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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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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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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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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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History professors retire after a combined 96 years of service
Southwest Texas Junior College says goodbye to professors of history, Harry Lawrence, Jr. and Barbara Blair, who retired this summer.

Lawrence retired in May, ending a 53-year career at SWTJC, while Blair continued through the summer, giving SWTJC 43 years of service.

Blair, a Carrizo Springs native, earned her Associates of Arts from SWTJC in 1967 and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in history from Southwest Texas State University.

She began her career at SWTJC in 1970, and in 1976 she became the advisor of Eta Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, where she remained until her retirement.

“That’s what I’ve enjoyed so much, working with the honor students at SWTJC,” Blair said. “It has never been boring, it has always been a challenge.”

Blair has been highly involved with Phi Theta Kappa for over 30 years, winning numerous awards, but none more distinguished than the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Service to the Texas Region, which she was awarded earlier this year.

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Palomino Fest draws record crowd in Uvalde
PalominoFest 2014Organizers say upwards of 20,000 people attended the 2014 Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration held Aug. 28 – Aug 31 at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

"Our final number stands at approximately 20,000, which is an increase for last year's attendance," festival coordinator Wade Carpenter said. "This was our 18th annual event and it keeps getting bigger every year."

Carpenter expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers who helped with this year's festival. "Our volunteers are a major reason for the success we have had through out the years," Carpenter said. "I especially want to thank all the volunteers from SWTJC who put in long, hot hours at this year's event."

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