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Large crowd attends 2015 commencement ceremony in Uvalde

Email this article 05/21/2015

GraduationA total of 396 graduates participated in the 68th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Commencement Ceremony held May 16 before a standing-room-only crowd at the Uvalde Honey Bowl Stadium.

Taking part in the ceremony were December 2014 graduates, May 2015 graduates and August 2015 candidates for graduation.

“Our biggest concern was the threat of rain, luckily we avoided any bad weather,” said SWTJC Registrar, Luis Fernandez. “This years commencement ceremony went on without a hitch and I’d like to thank all the staff that worked hard to make this day a success.”

A total of 744 graduates were listed in this year’s commencement program, with 392 receiving the associate of arts degree in general studies and 18 awarded the associate of science degree. An additional 52 students earned the associate of applied science degree and 282 students received basic certificates and certificates of completion. PHOTOS

SWTJC Uvalde Catholic Club member Arianne C. Peñalosa of Uvalde delivered the invocation. SWTJC student ambassador 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, introduced college trustees and honored guests, and SWTJC Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Underwood, Ph.D., introduced keynote speaker Ramsey English Cantu, Mayor of the City of Eagle Pass.

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SWTJC End of year BBQ

Email this article 05/15/2015

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SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 14th at 5pm in C building.

Instructors, staff and faculty were treated to some good old fashion brisket, beans and potato to celebrate another successful year. We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible. More Photos

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SWTJC partners with the 47th Flying Training Wing at Del Rio air force base

Email this article 05/12/2015

Signing fo MoUSouthwest Texas Junior College officials attended a luncheon at Laughlin Air Force Base on May 7, where SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales signed a Memorandum of Understanding which has partnered SWTJC with the 47th Flying Training Wing (47 FTW) and San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated School District to participate in the Grow Your Own Program (GYOP).

Photo: SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales (right), along with Colonel Brian Hastings (middle), Commander of the 47 Flying Training Wing and San Felipe-Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent, Carlos Rios (left) sign a memorandum of understanding during a luncheon on May 7.

“Laughlin Air Force Base has had difficulties in filling aircraft maintenance positions at the 47 FTW,” said Johnny Guzman, dean of the college of applied sciences. “Our task now is to create a pool of qualified individuals from which the 47 FTW can potentially hire from.”

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Large crowd attends annual Creative Arts awards night in Uvalde

Email this article 05/04/2015

WinnerA standing-room only crowd of over 500 attended the awards program April 23 for the 34th Annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest.

SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed contest winners and guests in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

SWTJC speech instructor Rob Fowler was the master of ceremonies at the annual ceremony, which recognizes the artistic, and writing talents of students and community members from across the college’s 11-county service area.

Overall winners were: Pre-K & Kindergarten: Visual arts – Kyla Sanchez, Dalton ECC, Uvalde; Literary – Patton Osina, St. Philip’s Episcopal School, Uvalde.

Grades 1-2: Visual arts – Greer Kemmett, St. Philip's Episcopal, Uvalde; Literary – Elina De La Fuente, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Uvalde.

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SWTJC Eagle Pass Library Art Altered Book Contest

Email this article 05/01/2015

art The SWTJC Eagle Pass library held a  Art Altered Book Contest from April 1st ending April 30, five top winners would be choosen-art displayed at library, one grand prize winner $25 gift card Kimberly Hernandez. Judges were Mr. Kimble, Mrs. De La Gaza, Mrs. Gonzalez, Mrs. Esquivel and Mr. Ortiz. Congrats to the winner!

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

Email this article 04/30/2015

Palm's Fest  Mr. and Miss. SWTJC Eagle Pass were crowned April 17th during the SWTJC Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass. Photos

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Eagle Pass team places first place in annual criminal justice competition

Email this article 04/30/2015

WinnersThe 10th Annual SWTJC Criminal Justice Competition was held Friday, April 24, on the Uvalde campus.

Eagle Pass Border Patrol Explorer Post 925 took top honors in the team competition, which included a total of 24 teams from across south and southwest Texas. PHOTOS

Del Rio High School earned second place while Judson High School & Laredo United High School tied for third place.

More than 400 students took part in the event which featured competition in 12 events including fingerprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, patdown frisk search and arrest, crime scene, felony traffic team stop, domestic violence, criminal justice quiz bowl, mile run and 100-meter run.

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Eagle Pass Award Ceremony

Email this article 04/30/2015

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 A total of 9 students were honored by the faculty and staff with Who's Who recognition, during the awards ceremony held April 17th with conjunction with SWTJC Palm's Fest.

SWTJC Eagle Pass campus honorees include Ashley G. Bass, ana G. Martinez, Lilian Rios Vara, aaron Ruiz, Juan A. Salina III, Adriana Torres, Michelle M. Trevino, Luis G. Vasquez and Jessica Zertuche. more photos

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Mr. and Ms. SWTJC crowned at 2015 Palm's Festival in Uvalde

Email this article 04/28/2015

Mr. & Ms. SWTJCMr. and Ms. SWTJC Uvalde were crowned April 21 during the 60th Annual SWTJC Palm’s Festival.

Krystal Ballesteros, Palms Fest coordinator welcomed those attending this year’s festival and gave a brief history of the annual event, which has been held continuously since 1955.

Ballesteros introduced candidates for Mr. and Ms. SWTJC and announced the 2015 winners selected by the student body. PHOTOS

For the Uvalde campus, winners were Shannon Gammill and Chris Martinez, representing Phi Theta Kappa.   Following the announcement of this year’s winners, Palm’s Festival attendees enjoyed an evening of food and music.

The annual Palm's Festival took place outdoors under the beautiful palms in the main courtyard.

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SWTJC Del Rio Spring Fling Award Ceremony and Dance

Email this article 04/27/2015


The SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its first annual Spring Fling Award Ceremony and Dance on Wednesday, April 22nd. The award ceremony was held at the Sul Ross Rio Grande College Auditorium.  Several students were presented various awards including Who’s Who and the L Award. Who’s Who honorees are selected by faculty and administrators based on leadership, scholarship, and character. Students must be in good standing and enrolled in an average of 14 semester hours in two semesters or at least 14 semester hours if attending only one semester.  Del Rio Who’s Who recipients:  Mariana Fernandez-Guerra, Diego Simon Mata, Lisa N. Lopez, Paul C. Markham, and Sergio E. Perez.


The “L” Award is our symbol of leadership and excellence and is awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions through student organizations at Southwest Texas Junior College. L Award recipients: Guadalupe Romero - Campus Light Club, Amy Reyes & Stephanie Alonso - Creative Arts Club, Gladys Kalinchuk - Cross Country, Mario Arreola & Joseph Strange - Phi Theta Kappa, and Cynthia Garcia & Claudia Maltos - Student Government Association.

The Spring Fling Dance was held in the Amistad Room. The crowning of Mr. & Ms. SWTJC Del Rio, highlighted the festivities. Mr. Eduardo Camacho & Brandice O’Quin, SGA members, will be representing SWTJC Del Rio for the upcoming school year. PHOTOS


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Mariana Fernandez-Guerra Receives Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship

Email this article 04/27/2015


Jackson, MS – Mariana Fernandez-Guerra, a student at Southwest Texas Junior College, is one of 8 students selected internationally as Oberndorf Scholars and awarded a total of $8,000 in scholarships. The scholars receive scholarships of $1,000 each to complete college.

Phi Theta Kappa's Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship helps Phi Theta Kappa members overcome unanticipated financial barriers preventing the completion of the first college credential, an associate degree or certificate, while enrolled in the two-year college. This scholarship was created through a collaborative effort between benefactors Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf, the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation and the Society’s 2011-2012 International Officers.  

Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf challenged the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation to raise $250,000 in order to receive a one-to-one challenge grant, resulting in a total $500,000 endowment for the Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarship.

Up to fifteen Oberndorf Lifeline to Completion Scholarships will be awarded annually, with scholars selected in April and October. Each recipient will receive a $1,000 scholarship once the student has submitted documentation of enrollment in a minimum of six semester hours and an official transcript showing a minimum 3.0 GPA has been maintained.

"We are very grateful to Rosemary and Lou Oberndorf and donors to the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation for reaching the goal of the first challenge grant and making these scholarships available to our members,” said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director and CEO Dr. Rod Risley. “Congratulations to our recipients. Without a doubt the Oberndorf Scholarships will make a tremendous impact on the lives of these hard-working, high-achieving students -- making it possible for them to complete their associate degrees."

“Every Phi Theta Kappa member, advisor, alumnus and administrator has the ability to make a difference for students struggling to complete,” said Phi Theta Kappa Foundation CEO Dr. Nancy Rieves. Gifts may be made online at the Foundation website.

The Phi Theta Kappa Foundation is focused on long-term financial stability for Phi Theta Kappa. It is dependent upon the generosity of individuals, organizations, foundations and corporations to ensure its future through the support of existing and the establishment of new endowment funds. For more information on how to contribute to scholarships for Phi Theta Kappa members through the Phi Theta Kappa Foundation, contact Dr. Rieves at 800.946.9995, ext. 3537.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on two-year and community college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually. Learn more at

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SWTJC participates in the Friendship Parade

Email this article 04/24/2015

friendship parade 2015 Southwest Texas Junior College Eagle Pass Campus participated in the annual International Friendship Parade which was held on Saturday, March 28 at 11:00am. more photos

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PTK attends Nerdnation 2015

Email this article 04/24/2015

Nerdnation 2015 Phi Theta Kappa attended Nerdnation Annual Convention in San Antonio. Pictured Cielo De La Cerda, Karla de la Cruz, Cynthia Crabtree, Jislem Monsivais, Ana Gaby Martinez, Michelle Trevino, Aaron Ruiz, Juan Salinas and Mr. Paul Kimble PTK Sponsor. more photos

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SGA fundraising on Main

Email this article 04/24/2015

sga botear SWTJC Student Government Association participated in a fundraiser on April 11th from 9am to 2pm. All donations were to support SGA Book Voucher Scholarship.


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Phi Theta Kappa holds Spring Induction in Eagle Pass

Email this article 04/13/2015

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 The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 20 new members this fall at Southwest Texas Junior College, during ceremony March 27th in Eagle Pass. more pics

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Arts 1301 Projects

Email this article 04/09/2015

arts 1301 project           The SWTJC Eagle Pass Arts 1301 Ms. G C Valdez classes had projects displayed in C building. Students were asked to do group presentations with visuals from different artist and topics. more pics

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College Crossroads 2015

Email this article 03/26/2015

Over 100 students turned out for the College Crossroads event held March 24th at the Del Rio campus.

The event, organized by the Del Rio Student Success Center, was designed to provide students with a variety of information concerning future educational opportunities, along with offering food, refreshments, and fun activities.

Several four-year universities had representatives at the event, providing students with information about transfer criteria.

The event was held in front of Charles and Polly Chandler Student Services Building from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more pictures of the event please visit our FaceBook page.

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Campus Tour

Email this article 03/26/2015

SWTJC Del Rio Campus hosted it's first campus tour to students from Premier High School on March 12th. Students visited the new Charles and Polly Chandler Student Services Building, library, nursing classrooms, biology labs located in the new Academic building, as well as our renovated Student Success Center and Art classroom.

Please visit our FaceBook page for more pictures.

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SWTJC Del Rio Part-time Librarian

Email this article 11/12/2014


SWTJC would like to welcome Edna Williams to the Del Rio Campus Library.

Mrs Williams is a Del Rio HS graduate, Angelo State graduate, and a holds a Masters degree from Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

She has lived in Okinawa with her husband who was stationed there while serving with the US Air Force, and has spent time living in New York state, as well as Del Rio.

She brings 20 plus years of experience with the public school system and young students.

Mrs Williams enjoys reading, learning, and spending time with her grandchildren.


If you have a chance, please welcome Mrs Williams to our campus.

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2014 Del Rio Campus Fall Fiesta

Email this article 10/29/2014


SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its first Fall Fiesta event on Thursday, October 23rd. The event was held in front of the Charles and Polly Chandler Student Services building. Fall Fiesta is a Student Involvement Fair devised to provide information on college resources available on campus. 


In addition to the educational activities, each department/organization booth provided goodies for each participant. The event ended with an Oreo eating contest. Contestants were challenged to eat as many cookies as possible in 3 minutes. First place, went to David Olivarez (20 cookies), 2nd place, Luis Vargas (17 cookies), and 3rd, Marco Salas (16 cookies).

For more photos of the event visit our FaceBook page.



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9/11 Ceremony

Email this article 09/12/2014

The Del Rio Campus held a short ceremony in memory of those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Dr. Wilford W. Box, SWTJC Management Professor and coordinator, gave a speech reminding everyone that we should all put aside our prejudices and truly become a United States of America. He ended his speech with the touching poem, “We Shall Never Forget” by Alan W. Jankowski—a tribute to our heroic firefighters, police, EMT, and other service personnel who lost their lives that day attempting to save others.

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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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Final Exam Spring 2015

Email this article 10/17/2012

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Eagle Pass TSI Exam Schedule

Email this article 02/27/2012

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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