Watkins, Rivera receive 15-year service pins at May board meeting

Email this article 05/17/2013

Two members of the SWTJC Board of Trustees received 15-year service pins during the board's regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 16.

Board president Rodolfo R. Flores made the presentation to Harry O. Watkins, M.D., of Uvalde and Antonio H. Rivera, M.D., of Crystal City.

At the May 16 meeting, the board also approved granting tenure to Christine Foley, Laura Gammill, Marsha Heaton, Evelyn Lastierre and Jeff Pomeroy.

Foley is a biology instructor in Del Rio, Gammill is a vocational nursing instructor in Del Rio, Heaton is an English instructor in Uvalde, Lastierre is a chemistry instructor in Eagle Pass and Pomeroy is a speech instructor in Del Rio.

In other personnel matters, the board approved the rank of professor for Laura Gammill and Cheryl Sanchez.

The board also approved a one-year extension with the SWTJC Foundation for the Eagle Pass campus and approved the submitting of proposed core curriculum changes to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Trustees also approved revised business office policies and exercising the option to extend the lease with the City of Uvalde for five years on the building that currently houses the college's wildlife management program.

Vocational nursing director Amanda Hadley made a presentation updating the board on the status of the vocational nursing program.

In his monthly report, president-elect Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., told the board that a draft budget for fiscal year 2013-14 will be presented at the June board meeting.

"The regular session of the legislature closes on May 27. If we get numbers from the state by then, we will have a draft budget for your consideration in June and then you can decide on when you want to schedule budget workshops," Gonzales said.

According to Gonzales, a bill to allow the carrying of guns on college campuses is proceeding through the legislature. The bill includes an opt out option for individual colleges.

Gonzales shared with the board the latest Up Front publication from the college's office of institutional effectiveness. The report shows that SWTJC ranks in the top 10, among the 50 community college districts in Texas, in terms of student time to completion.

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