Jami Watts and Xaviera Haynes were honored as top faculty members for the 2014-2015 school year during the annual SWTJC Dean's Breakfast held May 15 in Uvalde.
Haynes received the SWTJC Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award. She is a Government instructor on the Uvalde campus. Air Conditioning and Refrigeration instructor Richard Flores made the presentation to Haynes, who was unable to attend due to road closures.
Watts received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award presented annually by the SWTJC administration. She is an English & Humanities instructor. SWTJC Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mark Underwood presented the award.
Eight SWTJC employees who are retiring this year were also recognized including Harold Sills, 11 years; Helen M. Strait, 13 years; Lynn E. Masterson, 17 years; Alexander B. Coronado, 21 years; Stephen M. Kerbow, 25 years; Rojelio Martinez, 35 years and Dr. Ronald P. Winn, 45 years.
Various SWTJC faculty and staff received service pins from their respective vice presidents and deans during the annual event.
Donald Merritt received a 45-year service pin and Agustin Alejandro was recognized for 40 years of service.
Roy Angermiller, Roy Martinez and Yvonne Martinez received 35-year pins, while Estela Luna was honored for 30 years of service.
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Twenty five-year pins were presented to Steven Kerbow and Denise Oden, while Arnulfo Alvarado, Romelia Aranda, Julio Castro, Oscar G. Garcia and Derek Sandoval received 20-year pins.