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Rodeo action continues Friday and Saturday at Uvalde County Fairplex Arena
Girl on horseAction will continue Friday and Saturday in the 53rd annual Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo.

Rodeo performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. each night.

On Saturday night, the top eight qualifiers from the first two days of competition will be featured in all events.

Men's events include saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, team roping and bull riding. Women's events include barrel racing, breakaway roping and goat tying. Schedule of events.

Tickets for nightly performances are $8 pre-sale and $10 at the gate. Local ticket outlets include Texas Farm Store, Rockin' R Western Wear, WalMart, Hondo National Bank, Oasis Outback and SWTJC.

Children 12 and under, and SWTJC students who show a current student ID, will be admitted free of charge.

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Third annual college cross country meet slated for Saturday
The 3rd Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Collegiate/High School Invitational is scheduled for this Saturday at the City of Uvalde Sports Complex on Garner Field Rd.

SWTJC meet coordinator Landra Fowler said, "We are looking forward to offering a great meet. I encourage the community to come out and support Southwest Texas Junior College and our student athletes.

Collegiate teams competing include SWTJC, Texas A&M Kingsville, Texas-Permian Basin, Texas Lutheran University, and Texas A&M International.

High School teams scheduled to compete include Carrizo Springs, Castle Hills First Baptist, Charlotte, Comfort, Comstock, Del Rio, Eagle Pass, Knippa, La Pryor, Laredo Cigarroa, New Braunfels John Paul II, Nueces Canyon, Pearsall, San Antonio Brooks Academy, Somerset, and Uvalde.

Starting times for the different races are as follows: college men and open men’s division, 8 a.m.; college women and open women’s division: 8:30 a.m.; high school boys varsity division, 9 a.m.; high school girls varsity division, 9:30 a.m.; high school junior varsity boys, division, 10 a.m.; high school junior varsity girls division, 10:30 a.m.; and junior high school boys and girls divisions, 11 a.m.

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SWTJC continues to see upward trend in enrollment this fall
Fall enrollment at Southwest Texas Junior College was 5,567, a 2.5% increase over last fall.

In a report to the SWTJC board at its regular monthly meeting Thursday (Sept. 17), SWTJC Vice President of Student Services Margot Mata reported on the upward trend in enrollment over the last couple of years.

“We have started the school year on a good note, our numbers continue to move on a steady upward trend,” said Mata. “Dual credit enrollment continues to contribute to approximately a quarter of our student population.”

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SWTJC is second stop on fall rodeo circuit
RodeoTeamsThe SWTJC rodeo is the second competition event this fall in the Southern Region of the NIRA. Panola College is scheduled to kick-off this year’s rodeo competition the week prior to the SWTJC rodeo. Other fall rodeos are scheduled at Northeast Texas Community College, McNeese State University and Sam Houston State University.

Over 300 collegiate athletes, representing some 13 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.

Professional rodeo clown and barrelman Tim 'Wild Thang' Lepard , will also be a featured part of this year's event along with his band of “Ghost Riders”.

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Board member donates $5,300 to motherís scholarship fund
Lara donationSWTJC board member, Maria Elena Lara presented board president Rodolfo Flores and college president Hector Gonzales with a $5,300 check during this month’s regular board meeting on Sept. 17 in Uvalde.

Lara donated the money in honor of her mother Juanita B. San Miguel who was a staunch supporter of education.

“My mother was a great advocate for education and she always said ‘with your education you can be successful’,” said Lara.

The money was raised through the second annual crossfit competition, which was organized by Lara. The competition was held during Palomino Fest in Uvalde.

According to Lara, last year’s donation was $5,200, while this year’s contribution was $5,300.

This is the second year a donation has been made to the Juanita B. San Miguel Scholarship, which was created in 2014.

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SWTJC remembers 9/11
A short observance in remembrance of the Sept. 11 tragedy was held Friday (Sept. 11) on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. WATCH VIDEO PHOTOS

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