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Meningitis Dates

Email this article 07/30/2015


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In Memory of Dr. George Ellis

Email this article 07/29/2015

Dr Ellis

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Board renews lease in Hondo, extends contract with First State Bank

Email this article 07/21/2015

Trustees met in regular session in Uvalde, on July 16, where they renewed its lease for one year for classroom and computer lab space at the South Texas Regional Training Center in Hondo and also extended the depository contract with First State Bank of Uvalde.

In other business at their regular monthly meeting, the board approved the student handbook, faculty handbook and 2015 - 2016 course catalog.

Board members were updated on the progress of the Eagle Pass construction projects by architect Tom Ferrell.

“D.L. Bandy Constructors continues to do an excellent job on this project as they are now over four weeks ahead of schedule,” said Ferrell. “The addition to the Sul Ross/Rio Grande College classroom building is about 80 percent complete and the contractor is still targeting to turn over this building in August.”

Dr. Mark Underwood, vice president of academic affairs gave the trustees an enrollment report for the second summer session.

According to Underwood, enrollment numbers went up for Summer II with an increase of 16.3 percent in contact hours and 29.8 percent compared to Summer II of 2014.

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Summer II classes begin, fall registration continues

Email this article 07/14/2015

First day of summer 2Classes began at 8 a.m. on Monday, July 13, for the second summer session.

Students who have not made payment arrangements must do so now or risk being dropped from classes.

The second summer session will end on Tuesday, August 18.

Registration, both online and in person, continues for fall semester classes at SWTJC.

SWTJC registrar Luis Fernandez reminds students that time is running out to get applications for financial aid completed.

"Students who will be seeking financial aid and who haven't completed all their paperwork need to get busy," Fernandez said.

Registration for fall classes started in April and over 2,500 students have already registered.

Fernandez says the earlier students register the better their chances of getting the instructors they want, the classes they need and the times they need them.

"Registering early also gives students more time to arrange payment options," Fernandez said.

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Trustees approve distance-learning equipment

Email this article 07/06/2015

Southwest Texas Junior College Board of Trustees approved the Tax Exempt Lease/Purchase agreement with Key Government Finance, Inc. for the purchase of a video bridge to conduct distance-learning classes during a special meeting on June 30 in Uvalde.

“The total amount of the lease is $216,912.28, Cisco will make the first payment of $17,405.55 and the college will be responsible for $3,800 per month from September of 2015 through September of 2019, which at that time the college will own the equipment,” said Anne Tarski, vice president of finance. “This equipment is a step up from the video bridge we currently have with only a $200 step up in our monthly payment.”

Board Secretary, Antonio Rivera participated in the meeting via videoconference from the Crystal City Instructional Facility.

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Service pins awarded

Email this article 06/29/2015

Eagle Pass faculty and staff received service pins. Photos

Mr. Gilbert Bermea Vice-President presented the 5yr service pins to Mr. Manuel Ortiz History Instructor, Mrs. Blanca Herrera Administrative Assistant, Student Success Center, Mr. Adrian De Anda Information Technology Services Supervisor, Ms. Deanna J. Allen Reading Instructor and Mr.Gregorio Parra Maintenance.


Also receiving a 10yr service pin Mrs.Ana Oca Administrative Assistant for the Eagle Pass Campus. Congratulations to all of you for your service.

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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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SWTJC president’s, dean’s list announced for Spring 2015 semester

Email this article 06/11/2015

Southwest Texas Junior College President, Dr. Hector Gonzales; Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Cheryl Sanchez; and Dean of the College of Applied Sciences, Juan Guzman have recognized 253 students for academic excellence during the 2015 spring semester.  PRESIDENT’S LIST DEAN’S LIST

A total of 124 students were honored by earning recognition on the President's List. This academic honor is bestowed upon students who maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in at least 12 hours.

An additional 129 students qualified for Dean's List honors. To make the Dean's List, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours and maintain at least a 3.6 GPA.

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Law enforcement academy recognizes spring 2015 graduates

Email this article 06/05/2015

Alpha Class 2015A total of 15 cadets received certificates of completion in basic peace officer training during the spring 2015 graduation ceremony for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC. PHOTOS

The ceremony was held Friday, May 29, in the Tate Auditorium on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Alpha Class 2015 graduates included Manuel E. Avalos, Denise Cantu, Maria Carmona, Herlinda Nicole Castillo, Paul N. Escamilla, III, Daniela Marie Flores, Eric M. Gonzales, Ryan Gonzalez, Emilio Baltazar Gutierrez, Randy Hill, Danny Moyeda, Pedro Julian Sanchez, Rebeca Vasquez, David Valdez and Zasha Galindo Velez.

Academy instructor Andy Davila was master of ceremonies, while SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed guests and commended this spring's graduating class and advised them to rely on their training.

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Large crowd attends 2015 commencement ceremony un Uvalde

Email this article 06/03/2015



A 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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QEP logo contest winners announced

Email this article 05/28/2015

QEP LogosSouthwest Texas Junior College students Brian Kimble of Uvalde and Rolando Delgado of Eagle Pass were recently announced as the co-winners of the Quality Enhancement Plan Logo Contest.

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is a component of the reaffirmation process for accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The QEP is intended to enhance the quality of education in the region and focus attention on student learning.

SWTJC’s QEP is designed to provide students a clear vision and pathway for successful completion in college.

Earlier this year SWTJC faculty and staff were polled with a list of names, which would be used for the QEP acronym.

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SWTJC End of year BBQ

Email this article 05/15/2015

end of year BBQ


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 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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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.

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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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