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Phi Theta Kappa hosts monthly event with president
Phi Theta Kappa chapter Eta Beta will host their monthly event of “Conversation with the President” on Tuesday (Nov. 4) at 11 a.m. in the Student Activities Lounge on the Uvalde campus

(Photo: Dr. Hector Gonzales (right) addresses several issues during October's "Conversation With The President" meeting.)

This is an opportunity for students to visit with Southwest Texas Junior College president, Dr. Hector Gonzales about ideas and concerns pertaining to all aspects of college life.

Students and faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

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Online registration begins Monday (Oct. 27) for spring semester
Spring Schedule 2015Online registration begins Monday (Oct. 27) for spring classes at SWTJC.

"There will be a week of online registration before regular registration begins on Nov. 3," said SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez. "Students should remember that the earlier they get registered the better class and instructor selection they have, but they also need to make payment arrangements early as well."

Fernandez said failure to make payment arrangements can offset advantages of registering early. CLASS SCHEDULE

Students who are forced to re-register or wait until after Nov. 24 will have until Jan. 16 to make payment arrangements or be dropped from classes.

According to Fernandez, once a student gets registered for classes and knows what their bill will be, they should contact the financial aid office to make sure their file has been updated and there are no discrepancies in their file.

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Open house slated for Higher Learning Center in Castroville
Southwest Texas Junior College officials will be taking part in an open house at the newly constructed Higher Learning Center in Castroville on Thursday (Oct. 30).

The education center is a result of a joint effort between SWTJC, Medina Valley ISD and Rio Grande College.

SWTJC will offer academic classes in Castroville beginning in spring of 2015.

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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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Bids on Eagle Pass construction project due by November 18
The SWTJC Board of Trustees gave the green light on Thursday (Oct. 16) to advertise for bids on the construction project at the Eagle Pass campus.



Contractors interested in bidding on the project should contact architect Tom Ferrell at (361) 854-1967.



Ferrell, a partner in the architectural firm of Ferrell/Brown and Associates in Corpus Christi, presented construction documents for the project, which includes the addition of a new 34,000 square-foot classroom building and a new 4,600 square-foot addition to the Sul Ross Rio Grande College building.



Ferrell told the board the projects cost estimates are $6,791,000 for the classroom building and $906,000 for the Sul Ross Rio Grande building addition, slightly higher than when he first presented his site plan in April.



The increase comes with the addition of two alternate bid items, which include a covered and fenced exterior dining court and parking improvements to the downtown complex.


Next step in the process will be to send out an invitation to submit proposals. Deadline for submitting proposals will be Nov. 18.


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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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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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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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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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