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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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College to close for Christmas holidays, offices will reopen Jan. 5
The administration, faculty and staff at Southwest Texas Junior College wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

College offices will be closed from Dec. 15 through Jan. 2. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 5.

Online registration for spring classes will be available throughout the holidays. Advisor-assisted (in person) registration will be available starting Jan. 5.

The first day of classes for the spring semester is Monday, Jan. 19.

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SWTJC receives top marks on 2013-2014 audit
Southwest Texas Junior College and the SWTJC Foundation, Inc., both received unmodified audit opinions, the best opinion possible, for the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2014.

Accountant Eric Ede of Ede & Company presented a report on the latest audit during the board of trustees regular monthly meeting on Nov. 20 in Uvalde.

According to Ede's report, the college's unrestricted net position at the end of the fiscal year was $7,848,366, an increase of $423,239 over last year.

In his president's report, SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales updated the board on the construction projects in Crystal City, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.

“We’ve had a busy month; and we’re coming along great with our construction projects.” Gonzales said. “In Crystal City, the transfer of property has been finalized, and it is officially ours.”

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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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First ever college Christmas event attracts large crowd
Santa and Mrs. SantaApproximately 700 students, faculty, staff and members of the community gathered in front of the Rodolfo R. & Dolores Flores Student Services Building to see the lighting of the 20-foot Christmas tree along with other Christmas themed characters on Tuesday (Dec. 2).

The tree lighting ceremony was part of the first-ever “Christmas At The College” event, which is expected to kick-off the Christmas season every year on the Uvalde campus.

“We recognize our responsibility to help enhance education not only at the higher levels, but begin with pre-k. I want the word college to be a part of their vocabulary before they begin the elementary school,” said SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales. “Our goal is to make the college accessible to all, and this event brings the community to the campus.”

Highlighting the evening’s festivities was the arrival of Santa Claus on the Roadrunner Energy Train driven by Todd Dorris.

Santa was available throughout the evening for pictures; an estimated 500 people took pictures with Santa Claus. People who took pictures with Santa can go to to find the link to the photo gallery and download pictures at no cost. SANTA PHOTOS EVENT PHOTOS

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Phi Theta Kappa holds fall induction at SWTJC Uvalde

GROUP PHOTO ID: New inductees into the Eta Beta Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society at SWTJC Uvalde include: (front, l-r) Danielle Dicke, Eliana De La Fuente, Juanita Del Toro, Patricia Martinez, Jennavie Rios, Abbigail Garza, Ariana Moncada, Samantha Contreras, Ruth Alcantar, Sofia Hernandez. (middle) Thomasa Ventura Lopez, Christopher Martinez, Natassia Nevarez, Leslie Sanchez, Diana Garcia, Jemi Edwards, Shannon Gammill, Karmelina Compagnone, Brianna Sonnamaker, Mia Tapia, Betel Velasquez. (back) Jesse Adams, Lawrence Summers, Justin Mondrik, Diego Guerrero, Joseph Rose, Jesse Rodriguez, Oscar Ortiz, Ryan Alldritt.

The Eta Beta Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 40 new members this fall at Southwest Texas Junior College during ceremonies Nov. 13 in Uvalde.

New members inducted include Jesse Adams, Madison Ainsley, Ruth Alcantar, Ryan Alldritt, Karmelina Compagnone, Samantha Contreras, Eliana De La Fuente, Juanita Del Toro, Danielle Dicke, Natalya Doria, Jemi Edwards, Shannon Gammill, Diana Garcia, Abbigail Garza, Diego Guerrero, Sofia Hernandez, Christopher Martinez, Jerry Martinez, Patricia Martinez, Ariana Moncada and Justin Mondrik. PHOTOS

Also inducted were, Natassia Nevarez, Michael Owolabi, Oscar Ortiz, Jennavie Rios, Jesse Rodriguez, Beatrice Romero, Joseph Rose, Jacqueline Salas, Leslie Sanchez, Ryan Sellers, Brianna Sonnamaker, Lawrence Summers, Mia Tapia, Cody Thomas, Araceli Vega, Thomasa Ventura Lopez, Betel Velasquez and Kasandra Zapata.

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Turkey Trot draws large crowds and runners on Nov. 22
Over 125 runners and walkers took place in the 30th Annual SWTJC Turkey Trot held Nov. 22 in Uvalde.

Marcos Munoz of San Antonio had the best time in the men's 5K competition with a 17:52. Tenley Ortiz of Uvalde ran a 21:44 to top the women's division.

Competition was also held in a one-mile kids run. Richard Moreno of Uvalde had the best time with a 8:06, while Brisa Rodriguez also of Uvalde ran a 7:15 to top the girl’s division.

“Overall it was a big success, considering there was rain in the forecast,” said Race coordinator Landra Fowler.

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