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Medina Valley school creates scholarship in honor of two college employees

Email this article 09/22/2016

Margot Mata and Michelle TorresUvalde, Texas, Sept. 22 – When you hear of a scholarship being named in honor of someone, usually that person has passed on. Not in this case, the honorees are very much alive.


PHOTO: Margot Mata (left) and Michelle Torres (right)

SWTJC recently received word that the Medina Valley Education Foundation will award a scholarship this May to a deserving dual credit student in honor of two members of the SWTJC family. 

The two individuals being recognized for their contributions towards Medina Valley’s Dual Credit program are Margot Mata, vice president of student services and Michelle Torres, director of outreach.


The Medina Valley High School dual credit program began during the 2009 - 2010 school year with approximately 150 students and has grown almost 67 percent since.

Mata, who was the outreach director at the time, worked diligently with Medina Valley High School staff and administration to get the program off the ground.

“It was an arduous task, nevertheless it couldn’t have been done without the collaboration between the college and the high school,” said Mata. “When I heard about the scholarship I was humbled and truly honored.”

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SWTJC to hold college and career day in Uvalde

Email this article 09/20/2016

Uvalde, Texas, Sept. 20 – Approximately 700 high school seniors from the region are expected to attend College and Career Day activities Tuesday (Sept. 27) on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.


This year marks the second year SWTJC has partnered with Middle Rio Grande Development Council and Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande to host this event.

“This is the second year we have teamed up with Middle Rio Grande Development Council and Workforce Solutions Middle Rio Grande to co-host this event,” said outreach director, Michelle Torres. “We are delighted to have partnered up with these two remarkable organizations.”

The day's activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. Students will have the opportunity to visit with college instructors from the various academic and technical programs and also with prospective employers, who will be set up outside La Forge Hall Gym.

College president, Dr. Hector Gonzales is scheduled to deliver a welcome address to students and other attendees.

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Kick-off the fall semester

Email this article 09/13/2016

fall kick off 2016SWTJC students, faculty and staff enjoyed free hotdogs, chips and sodas at the Kick-off for the fall semester on Sept. 8th. Special thanks to Mr. Bermea, faculty and staff who volunteered their time to make this event a success. Photos

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Palomino Fest draws record crowd, presents $25,000 check to SWTJC

Email this article 09/09/2016

Palomino FestOrganizers say upwards of 22,000 people attend the 2016 Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration held last weekend (Sept. 1 - Sept. 4) at the Uvalde County Fairplex.



Festival founders, the Arreola brothers presented a $25,000 check to college president Dr. Hector Gonzales to help fund the Los Palominos scholarship at SWTJC. WATCH VIDEO

Wade Carpenter, festival coordinator recognized the volunteers and partners who helped with this year's festival.

“It takes many volunteers and partnerships to produce an event of this magnitude,” said  Carpenter. “ It was a great weekend that ended with a surprise fireworks celebration on Sunday night to cap off the 20th anniversary of Palomino Fest. We are already working on plans for 2017.”

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Trustees hold second public hearing on proposed tax rate

Email this article 09/09/2016

The second meeting centered on a proposed three-cent tax rate increase from 13 cents to 16 cents per $100 valuation and offered the public at large an opportunity to weigh in on proposed measures.

Two Uvalde citizens did exactly that, offering positive comments regarding the proposed tax rate during the hearing.

Rene Nolasco, a local business owner, told the board his question was answered in a handout provided, which indicated the proposed three-cent tax rate increase from 13 cents to 16 cents per $100 valuation. Nolasco also said, "I strongly support this institution."

Don Laffere of Uvalde was on hand and informed the board he reviewed the college’s operating budget.

He commended the college on managing the institution’s funds. Laffere further added he did not think the three-cent increase was excessive and pointed out the amount of money the college receives from taxes is lower than the funds received from tuition and the state appropriations.

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Will Hurd visits Southwest Texas Junior College, meets with officials

Email this article 08/26/2016

U.S. Congressman Will Hurd met with college president Dr. Hector Gonzales and other SWTJC leadership members on Monday (Aug. 22) in Uvalde.



Hurd was at SWTJC to voice his support for a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant the college is applying for. 

The SWTJC STEMward Bound project is modeled after a study entitled: Doubling Graduation Rates: Three-year Effects of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Studies.

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Welcome message from the college president

Email this article 08/24/2016

PresidentWelcome students to Southwest Texas Junior College! I hope that each of you enjoyed a summer filled with relaxation, new experiences, family and friends.

There’s always a sense of excitement at the beginning of a new academic year. I personally am excited to get another semester started with you all.

Additionally, I want to welcome returning faculty, and staff. We are excited everyone has returned safely to another wonderful semester at SWTJC.

Those of you who are returning to campus may have noticed a few changes as well as many new faces.

Let’s take a moment to welcome the newest members of the Southwest Texas Junior College community, beginning with Amy Maldonado and Johnny Field, law enforcement academy instructors; Erick Navarro and Jose Zavala, Jr., Eagle Pass welding instructors; Janna E. Calk, Maria Elena Martinez and Jeanne Leake, associate degree nursing instructors.

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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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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

 

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  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 Fall 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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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 Summer 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!

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