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Top faculty honored during annual Deanís Breakfast
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.

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.

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QEP logo contest winners announced
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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Large crowd attends 2015 commencement ceremony in Uvalde
GraduationA 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 partners with the 47th Flying Training Wing at Del Rio air force base
Signing fo MoUSouthwest Texas Junior College officials attended a luncheon at Laughlin Air Force Base on May 7, where SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales signed a Memorandum of Understanding which has partnered SWTJC with the 47th Flying Training Wing (47 FTW) and San Felipe Del Rio Consolidated School District to participate in the Grow Your Own Program (GYOP).

Photo: SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales (right), along with Colonel Brian Hastings (middle), Commander of the 47 Flying Training Wing and San Felipe-Del Rio Consolidated Independent School District Superintendent, Carlos Rios (left) sign a memorandum of understanding during a luncheon on May 7.

“Laughlin Air Force Base has had difficulties in filling aircraft maintenance positions at the 47 FTW,” said Johnny Guzman, dean of the college of applied sciences. “Our task now is to create a pool of qualified individuals from which the 47 FTW can potentially hire from.”

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Large crowd attends annual Creative Arts awards night in Uvalde
WinnerA standing-room only crowd of over 500 attended the awards program April 23 for the 34th Annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest.

SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed contest winners and guests in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom.

SWTJC speech instructor Rob Fowler was the master of ceremonies at the annual ceremony, which recognizes the artistic, and writing talents of students and community members from across the college’s 11-county service area.

Overall winners were: Pre-K & Kindergarten: Visual arts – Kyla Sanchez, Dalton ECC, Uvalde; Literary – Patton Osina, St. Philip’s Episcopal School, Uvalde.

Grades 1-2: Visual arts – Greer Kemmett, St. Philip's Episcopal, Uvalde; Literary – Elina De La Fuente, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Uvalde.

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Eagle Pass team places first place in annual criminal justice competition
WinnersThe 10th Annual SWTJC Criminal Justice Competition was held Friday, April 24, on the Uvalde campus.

Eagle Pass Border Patrol Explorer Post 925 took top honors in the team competition, which included a total of 24 teams from across south and southwest Texas. PHOTOS

Del Rio High School earned second place while Judson High School & Laredo United High School tied for third place.

More than 400 students took part in the event which featured competition in 12 events including fingerprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, patdown frisk search and arrest, crime scene, felony traffic team stop, domestic violence, criminal justice quiz bowl, mile run and 100-meter run.

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