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Board members take oath of office, board keeps same officers for coming year

Email this article 05/27/2016

Watkins-RiveraIt was a busy night for SWTJC trustees during the board's regular monthly meeting on Thursday (May 19) in Uvalde.

Two members of the SWTJC Board of Trustees were sworn into office. Board president, Rodolfo R. Flores administered the oath of office to incumbents Harry O. Watkins, M.D., of Uvalde and Antonio H. Rivera, M.D., of Crystal City.

The two incumbent trustees were unopposed this year in races for their respective places on the board. SWTJC trustees reelected the same slate of officers for the coming year, during their regular monthly meeting.

During Thursday’s meeting, the board also approved granting tenure to Diane Underwood and Bonnie Clinebell.

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College closed in observance of Memorial Day

Email this article 05/27/2016

All SWTJC offices, at all sites, will be closed all day Monday (May 30) in observance of Memorial Day.

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SWTJC commencement recognizes 637 graduates

Email this article 05/25/2016

SWTJC recognized a total of 637 graduates who completed requirements for an Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Applied Sciences, Basic Certificates and Certificates of Completion at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony on May 14 in Uvalde.

Students graduating with a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA) in earning their degree include: Andrew Mason of Batesville; Robert Medina of Crystal City; Jesus Garcia and Joseph Strange Jr., both of Del Rio; Cynthia Crabtree, Walter Fritsche, Jose Lopez, Julio Montoya, Roque Pena all from Eagle Pass; Mark Guedea of Pearsall; Xavier Cantu, Elijah Evans, Christopher Martinez, Dane Stocks and Justin Sweet of Uvalde.

Certificate recipients recognized for a perfect 4.0 grade point average include: Cesar Castillo, Bernice Correa, Jorge Hernandez, Jose Torres, Kevin Van Hoozier of Del Rio; Eleazar Hernandez of Eagle Pass; Joseph Youngblood of Perasall; Mark Arizmendi, Jean-Luc Elrod and Johnathan Hernandez of Uvalde.

Summa cum laude (3.9 to 4.0 GPA) honor graduates include: Andrew Mason of Batesville; Robert Medina of Crystal City; Jesus Garcia and Joseph Strange Jr., of Del Rio; Walter Fritsche, Jose Lopez, Julio Montoya, Roque Pena of Eagle Pass; Mark Guedea of Pearsall; Xavier Cantu and Justin Sweet of Uvalde.

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SWTJC held groundbreaking for new library in Crystal City

Email this article 05/24/2016

GroundbreakingIt's official – ground has been broken for the new construction project on the SWTJC instructional facility in Crystal City. School officials hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony on May 18 for the $1.5 million project.

SWTJC Vice President of Construction Projects Joe Barker, welcomed SWTJC staff and other guests to the ceremony.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales thanked those in attendance for taking part in the ceremony; he went on to acknowledge the growth of the facility over the last 20 years.

“It is a much needed addition to this campus, over the last 20 years the campus has grown from virtually nothing to what we see today,” said Gonzales. “We have been able to expand our services to the residents of Crystal City; we have a full biology lab, computer labs and now it’s going to be a great addition to have this library here.”

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Top faculty honored during annual Dean’s Breakfast

Email this article 05/20/2016


Carlos Diaz and Bob Zaiglin were honored as top faculty members for the 2015-2016 school year during the annual SWTJC Dean's Breakfast held May 13 in Uvalde. PHOTOS

Diaz received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award presented annually by the SWTJC administration. He is an instructor of history in Uvalde. SWTJC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Underwood presented the award. Zaiglin received the SWTJC Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award. He is a wildlife management instructor on the Uvalde campus. Government instructor Xaviera Haynes made the presentation to Zaiglin.

Lorena Lopez, director of academic advising and counseling received the 2016 Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award. The award is given every year to a non-faculty member who exemplifies exceptional service to the students and the institution along with enthusiasm for the position, reliability and professional ethics. Lopez was nominated by her colleagues.

Eight SWTJC employees who are retiring this year were also recognized including Linda L. Brown, 15 years and Karen R. Baen, 15 years; James M. Williamson, 17 years; Albert T. Hernandez, 19 years; Elsa DeHoyos, 24 years; David D. Sprott, 29 years; Robert Koenig, 32 years; Joe C. Barker, 40 years and Agustin C. Alejandro, 41 years.

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Storms dampen college commencement ceremony 

Email this article 05/20/2016

GraduationCollege administration were forced to cut short the 69th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Commencement Ceremony due to heavy rains on Saturday (May 14) at the Uvalde Honey Bowl Stadium.

The rain began falling approximately 40 minutes after the ceremony began and sent the graduates and their families running for shelter. PHOTOS

“Unfortunately, we ended the ceremony due to safety concerns,” said SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales in a statement released on May 15. “The rain may have shortened our ceremonies, but it does not remove the true meaning to this memorable occasion.”

A total of 460 graduates participated in the 68th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Commencement Ceremony held before a standing-room-only crowd.

SWTJC Uvalde Catholic Club member Felicia Padilla of Uvalde delivered the invocation. SWTJC student Ruth Alcantar led the singing of The National Anthem. SWTJC Del Rio Campus Vice President Derek Sandoval was master of ceremonies.

Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., SWTJC President, welcomed the guests and delivered a short address, while SWTJC Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Underwood, Ph.D., introduced keynote speaker Carlos Uresti, Texas State Senator.

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2015-16 Graduates

Email this article 05/19/2016

SWTJC Del Rio held a small photo session for students that did not cross the graduation stage in Uvalde. The graduation ceremony was cancelled due to bad weather. Students are pictured with Del Rio Campus V.P. Derek Sandoval and their families. Photos

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Starburst Festival

Email this article 05/19/2016



SWTJC Del Rio held the Starburst Festival in honor and recognition of the 2015-16 graduates and award recipients. The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. followed by a reception and dance, in the Amistad Room (building A). Photos



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Statement by college president on the cancellation of commencement ceremony

Email this article 05/14/2016

Graduates, families and friends,

I want to personally congratulate all the graduates and thank the families who braved the rain today as we did our best to get as many graduates across the stage. Unfortunately, we ended the ceremony due to safety concerns.

We are extremely proud of our graduates. The rain may have shortened our ceremonies but, it does not remove the true meaning to this memorable occasion. Today, rain or no rain, from hence forth, you are a graduate and have opened the doors to more lifelong potentials and growth.

Finally, be blessed and rejoice in knowing you have done very well in this great accomplishment.

Thank You,
Dr Hector Gonzales
SWTJC President

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SWTJC end of the year BBQ

Email this article 05/13/2016




SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 12th at 5pm in F 120.

Instructors, staff and faculty were treated to some good old fashion brisket, beans and potato salad to celebrate another successful year. more pics

We also congratulated Mr. Robert Koening Biology Instructor on his retirement. We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible.

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Creative Arts 5k Run

Email this article 05/06/2016


The SWTJC Del Rio Campus Creative Arts Club (CAC) will be hosting their first 5k walk/run/fly event, W.I.N.G.S (Women In Need Getting Support) on May 21, 2016. The event is to help raise money for the New Horizons Women’s Shelter. The event will start at Greenwood Park. Pre-Registration is $15, Registration the day of the event is $20 with a $5 credit for any approved donated items. This particular event is spearheaded by Elvira Ahkothe, aka Eevee and current club President Cynthia R. Garcia. “I initially thought of the 5k, but as a group we all agreed it was a good idea to help the Women's Shelter. As a Club it would be a good idea for us as a group to give back to the community and to give ourselves some exposure as well,” said Ahkothe. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be music, and entertainment. This event is opened to the public; we hope to see students, faculty and staff from SWTJC supporting this event. 

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Mr. and Miss. SWTJC crowned at 2016 Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass

Email this article 05/05/2016

Mr. and Miss SWTJC Eagle Pass were crowned April 22nd during the SWTJC Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass. Photos


Claudia De La Garza, Activity Life coordinator welcomed those attending this year's fest, De La Garza introduced the candidates for the Mr. and Miss. SWTJC and announced the 2016 winners.

For the Eagle Pass campus, winners were Mr. Carlos De La Cerda and Miss. Amanda Martinez representing Phi Theta Kappa.


Additionally, a total of 10 students were honored by faculty and staff with Who's Who recognition, during the award Ceremony.


SWTJC Eagle Campus honorees include:Celestino Mendez, Cynthia J. Crabtree, Adela Esquivel, Rosa Flores, Damian Gutierrez, Darien K. Long, Bridgitte Y. Luna, Leslie T. Tamez, Michelle M. Trevino and Isha S Vasquez Candelario.


Vice- President Mr. Gilbert Bermea presented the awards to all honorees during an awards presentation.


Also recognized at the ceremony were Leadership award winners from the Eagle Pass Campus. Recipients of "L" awards are chosen by sponsors of various clubs and organizations at the college.


On the Eagle Pass Campus, winners include: Anacaren Fernandez, Sileny Rivera and Alex Rodriguez, Student Government Association; Cynthia Crabtree, Michelle M. Trevino and Roque Peña, Phi Theta Kappa;Lisa Reyez LVN.

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Former dean receives award for dedication to higher education in Eagle Pass

Email this article 04/12/2016

  It has been some ten odd years since former SWTJC Associate Dean of Eagle Pass, Gilbert C. Bermea retired from the college, where he worked for 35 years.

Last month Bermea found himself back on the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus, however this time as the recipient of the Founder's Award from Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa in Eagle Pass.

The award presented to him was for his longstanding dedication and involvement in the establishment of the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus.

Bermea was honored with the award during the chapter's spring induction ceremony in Eagle Pass.

Paul Kimble, SWTJC Math instructor and PTK advisor introduced Bermea by referring to him as a mentor.

"I — just like you step daily on the path that this man laid. To many of us, he is a great mentor,” said Kimble. “He is a champion of our age. He has always been a man of strength, resilience and persistence.”

Bermea modestly accepted the award, acknowledging his wife Irmgard for always supporting him throughout all the years he worked for SWTJC.

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Student receives All-State Academic Award

Email this article 03/28/2016














  Roque Peña, a student at SWTJC in Eagle Pass, was awarded a medallion as a member of the Texas All-State Academic team. This award and selection is given to outstanding students on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, the Association of community college presidents and The University of Texas in honor of outstanding academic and civic performance. The award was given at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, March 25th. Congratulations to Roque for his high honor.

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Final Exam Spring 2016

Email this article 03/28/2016

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College Crossroads 2016

Email this article 03/22/2016

College Crossroads 2016


              The Student Success Center hosted its annual College Crossroads on March 22nd in F 120. where students had the opportunity to visit with advisors, financial aid and several other departments as we kick-off summer and fall registration. More Pics

  "We want students to be ready for the upcoming semesters and be aware of all the services and resources available to ensure success on their academic journey," said Miss. Claudia Valdez Student Success Coordinator." Plus, various universities were invited to come and talk to students to share about the different programs offered once they graduate and transfer." During this time, we also had student organizations share with students on campus the various things they are doing and what their organization represents.

The event was successfully attended by students, faculty and staff. Thanks to all who participated and continued to support all events hosted by the Student Success Center.

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Safe N' Sober Week

Email this article 03/10/2016

safe n sober 2016

SWTJC Eagle Pass promoted Safe N' Sober Week with a variety of activities. Starting Monday, March 7th "Know Your Limits" Banner Pledge  flyers, bracelets and  pamphlets on alcohol awareness were distributed in C building 11am - 1pm.  More Pics

On Tuesday, March 8th students were treated to Mock-tail drinks and a Contest get involved with sprit with non- alcoholics drinks.

On Wednesday, March 9th PTK had their Blood Drive and Thursday, March 10th was BYOB party - "Bring your own Banana" students were treated to banana splits in F building.

The Safe N' Sober event was sponsored by Student Activities Office.



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Christmas at the College

Email this article 12/02/2015


SWTJC Del Rio held its first Annual Christmas at the College Tuesday, December 1st. Attendees were treated to Christmas carols from the Del Rio High School Choir, pan dulce and hot chocolate, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Children of all ages lined up to take pictures with Santa including parents, students, and staff. Visit our FaceBook page for more PHOTOS.

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Honoring SWTJC Veterans

Email this article 11/11/2015

The SWTJC Veteran’s Affairs Office held its annual Veteran's Day Luncheon on the Del Rio campus Tuesday, Nov. 10th to honor veterans for their service. 

Local veterans from all branches of service were invited. Former SWTJC English instructor, Patrick Dugan, Retired USMC, was the guest speaker. Willie Braudaway, USAF veteran and SWTJC Del Rio librarian, sang the National Anthem.


Sponsors for the luncheon include the Veteran’s Affairs Office, Registrar’s Office, the Catholic Club, Vice President of Student Services, Margot Mata and the Outreach Department. PHOTOS

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Celebrating 'No Recommendations

Email this article 10/30/2015

SWTJC Del Rio faculty and staff were treated to a hamburger lunch for their efforts in assisting with achieving a 'No Recommendations' status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation visit.

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Homecoming Parade

Email this article 10/30/2015

Students from SWTJC Early College High School took part in Wednesday's Homecoming parade.

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2015 Fall Fiesta

Email this article 10/23/2015


SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its 2nd Annual Fall Fiesta event on Thursday, October 22nd. This year’s event was held inside the Academic B Building due to inclement weather. Fall Fiesta is a Student Involvement Fair devised to provide information on college resources available on campus. Recruiters from TAMU-SA, TAMIU-Laredo, Our Lady of the Lake University, Park University, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection were available to answer students questions.


In addition to the educational activities, each department/organization booth provided games and goodies for each participant. The event ended with pizza and door prizes.


For more photos of the event visit our FaceBook page.

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Feeling hungry?

Email this article 08/27/2015

Students on the Del Rio campus have a new place to hang out or grab a bite to eat. The new snack bar, located in the J Building, will have a variety of goodies available for breakfast and lunch.

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Eagle Pass TSI Spring Schedule

Email this article 06/12/2015

The TSI will be offered at the Eagle Pass Campus on the following dates.

If you have any questions please stop by the office to schedule your exam date or pick up your schedule.
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Del Rio Student Activities is now on facebook…

Email this article 04/12/2013


Want to get the latest information on events, clubs, and much, much more… click on the link below to visit and like our facebook page, then be sure to check in with us often to get the latest information on what is happening at the Del Rio campus!!/pages/SWTJC-Student-Life-Del-Rio-Campus/389408541167422

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