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Welcome Back Celebration

Email this article 09/02/2015

Attention students!!! Come on out and join us for food, fun, and fellowship. SWTJC Del Rio Campus is hosting our Fall Welcome Back on Wednesday, Sept. 9th from 5 - 6 p.m. and 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10th.


Representatives from student organizations will also be available to answer your questions.

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Student Success and Writing Center Hours

Email this article 08/28/2015

Students looking for academic support should visit the Student Success Center or the Writing Center at Sul Ross University. Tutoring is free to currently enrolled students.

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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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SWTJC trustees set public hearings on tax rate during August meeting

Email this article 08/27/2015

The SWTJC Board of Trustees approved placing a proposal to adopt a tax rate of 13 cents per $100 valuation on the September board meeting agenda. Public hearings to discuss the proposed tax rate will be held at noon on Sept. 3 and Sept. 10. The proposed rate is the same as the current rate.

In other matters, trustees approved Eagle Pass construction project change orders. Change orders included additional electric boxes and wall blocking, electrical service lines, traffic rated ground mounted junction box and relocating refrigerant lines.

According to architect Tom Ferrell the contractor expects to turn over the Sulross/Rio Grande College addition known as Classroom Building D over three months ahead of schedule.

Ferrell also gave a brief update on the progress of the work being done to the Eagle Pass Technical Center, which is scheduled for completion in October.

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Classes begin for fall semester

Email this article 08/24/2015

BookstoreClasses are underway for the Fall 2015 semester. According to registrar Luis Fernandez, Tuesday, Aug. 25, is the last day to register or change classes.

Photo: Student buying books on first day of class.

"Tuesday is the last day to make schedule changes," Fernandez said. "Students also need to make payment arrangements by end of day Sept. 8, or they will be dropped from their classes.”

Fernandez said a total of 5,874 students had enrolled as of Aug. 24 "Our enrollment is good, but there is a good deal of students who haven't made payment arrangements and that's a problem," Fernandez said. "We want to work with those who are having problems, but it's up to the students to come see us."

Students should contact the financial aid or business office to find out about payment options available.

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President Gonzales welcomes faculty back for fall semester

Email this article 08/19/2015

Dr. GonzalesThe fall semester officially began Tuesday (Aug. 18) with the return of faculty members for the general faculty meeting on the Uvalde campus.

SWTJC President, Hector Gonzales, Ph.D. began his opening remarks with a request for a moment of silence in remembrance of administrative assistant, Josefina Verjan and groundsman, Natividad Gonzales, Sr. Both recently passed away.

Gonzales used his time to update faculty on the status and progress on a myriad of topics.

According to Gonzales the state legislature decided not to award community colleges with additional funds during this years legislative session in Austin.

“It was not a very positive session for community colleges, for the first time in many years the legislature had a lot of money to dole out, play with and allocate, however community colleges were not one of their chosen few to receive additional funds,” said Gonzales.

The legislature’s decision to cut additional funding to community colleges resulted in a $380,000 loss in state allocations for SWTJC.

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Cosmetology students and instructors stay busy during summer

Email this article 08/06/2015

Cosmetology winnersIt has been a busy summer thus far for SWTJC Cosmetology students and instructors. They recently discovered that being a partner school of CHI, which is a Houston based company that manufactures high quality professional hair care products, has its perks.

Rafael Jimenez, Farouk Systems educator provided a two-day training in July for SWTJC cosmetology instructors, Barbara Compton, Emma Martinez, and Cheryl Hammer.

Instructors were trained in procedures dealing with formulations for CHI permanent hair color, along with temporary Chroma Shine hair color and proper application of the Enviro hair relaxing and smoothing treatment.

According to Compton, the instructors will take what they learned and apply it in the classroom.

SWTJC cosmetology students also participated in a two-day workshop by put on by Angela Leschper, who is affiliated with the Miss Universe product line.

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Cosmetology students compete in campus contest

Email this article 08/06/2015

Cosmetology winnersCosmetology students recently participated in a "Build Your Own Salon" project on the Uvalde campus.

Winners of the competition were Maria Salazar, first place; Laura Arceo, second place; and Alyssa Martinez in the third place.

Students created a blueprint and model of their dream salon; the participants had to adhere by the rules and regulations of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulations.

The design was judged on workmanship, creativity, interior design, neatness and pleasing to the eye.

Judges were Desseray Martinez of Great Clips in Hondo, Sharon Hamilton and Charlene Pivoda of Smart Styles in Uvalde and Connie Buchanan, Division Chair of Business, Industrial and Technical Studies.

According to Barbara Compton, cosmetology director, “instructors were pleased with all the hard work that the students displayed with their salon models.”

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Meningitis Dates

Email this article 07/30/2015


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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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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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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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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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