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Registration continues for Summer II and fall semesters
Registration for summer II classes will continue through July 9, with late registration slated July 10 and July 11.

 Classes for summer II will begin on July 14 and end on Aug. 19.



SWTJC registrar Luis Fernandez reminds students that registration is also underway for fall classes.


“We have already registered over 2,000 students for fall classes and will continue registering online and in person until the beginning of classes on Aug. 25.”


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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Board approves operating budget, appoints division chairs
SWTJC trustees adopted a balanced operating budget for the fiscal year 2015 during their regular monthly meeting on June 19.


The fiscal year 2014-2015 budget is balanced at $40,647,599 in revenue and expenditures, down $1,557,631 from the 2013-2014 budget.

During the budget workshop, which was held prior to the regular monthly meeting SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales commented on the staff’s meticulous work on the budget.

“The staff did an excellent job,” Gonzales said. “They really scrutinized the budget.”

Contributing to the decrease in the budget were the retirements of several faculty and staff.

“We also had a lot of retirements this year. Some positions haven’t been filled. Other positions are being combined,” said Gonzales.

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SWTJC to host District 12 4-H Leadership Camp and Election Convention
Southwest Texas Junior College will host the District 12 4-H Leadership Camp and Election Convention on the Uvalde campus beginning June 24-27.

Over 130 4-H youth, county extension agents, parents and volunteers are expected to attend this event representing 21 South Texas Counties. The District 12 4-H Leadership Lab is an overnight camping experience for youth ages 12-19 and the focus of the event is to provide 4-H members the opportunity to learn valuable leadership and life skills by participating in a variety of educational activities, team-building exercises, and learning sessions.

The annual event is rotated to a variety of locations around South Texas with most occurring on university campuses. Earlier this year the planning committee met with SWTJC representatives and selected SWTJC to host the event.

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Non-traditional student overcomes slew of obstacles to earn degree
Imagine coming to this country from Mexico with a 4-year-old child, no education and unable to speak a lick of English. Throw in the emotional distress of having recently separated from your spouse of 12 years and you get some sense of what Maria del Rosario Torres faced when she arrived in the U.S. over two decades ago.
 
In 1993, after her 12-year marriage ended, Torres made the difficult choice of uprooting herself and young daughter Celia Guadalupe Aboytia, from her hometown of Navojoa, Sonora, MX, to make the long journey to the United States.

“I went to Perry, Florida to live with my sister because I felt I needed to lean on family while going through such a rough time in my life,” Torres said. “My time there was short, a little over a month to be exact. I never felt comfortable there, so I decided to move to Dilley to live with my other sister.”

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Law enforcement academy recognizes spring 2014 graduates

(Bottom row L-R) Jonathan Saldana, Izanel De La Cruz, Gilberto Ibarra, Jose Pargas Sr., Daniel Harris, Victoria Lopez, Jesse D. Casillas, Yaneth Rivera, Johnny Hernandez. (Second Row L-R) Coordinator Mike Leavene, Academy Secretary Teresa H. Zamarripa, Rodolfo Ramirez, Leonardo Sada, Roberto Gutierrez, Jose Armando Reyes, Jesus Vasquez, Jesus Alejandro, Jeremy Ruiz, Richard C. Moore, Romaldo Ramirez, academy instructor Kara A. Lands. (Top Row L-R) Jose Gomez, Carlos Espinoza, Beco Diaz, Daniel Villarreal, Antonio Rios, Reyes Leal, Albert Salazar, David Castillo, Francisco Balvantin Jr.


A total of 27 cadets received certificates of completion during spring graduation ceremonies for the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC.


The ceremonies were held Friday, May 30, in the Matthew’s Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Alpha Class graduates include Jesus R. Alejandro, Francisco Balvantin, Jr., Jesse D. Casillas, David Castillo, III, Izanel De La Cruz, and Beco M. Diaz, Carlos M. Espinoza, Jose M. Gomez, Roberto R. Gutierrez, Jr., Daniel O. Harris, Juan J. Hernandez, Gilberto F. Ibarra, Reyes Leal, III, Victoria Ann Lopez and Richard C. Moore.

Also earning their certificate of completion are Joe M. Pargas, Sr., Rodolfo Ramirez, III, Romaldo Ramirez, Jose A. Reyes, Antonio Rios, III, Yaneth S. Rivera, Jeremy I. Ruiz, Leonardo J. Sada, Albert Salazar, Jonathan D. Saldana, Jesus A. Vasquez, III and Daniel Villarreal.

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TSUS Board of Regents Approves New Sul Ross Rio Grande College Offerings in Medina County
(AUSTIN) – The Board of Regents of the Texas State University System has authorized Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College (RGC) to offer classes in Medina County through a joint partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College (SWTJC) and the Medina Valley Independent School District. The board approved RGC’s involvement in the partnership during a special called meeting today.

RGC currently serves Medina County students at the college’s Uvalde campus, about 60 miles west of Castroville. But for many students, the hour-long drive can be an impediment to their educational success.

"This partnership in the Castro/Medina Valley area is a great opportunity to better meet the educational needs and aspirations of residents who can’t easily reach the Uvalde campus,” said associate provost Paul Sorrels. “Our close working partnership with Southwest Texas Junior College will certainly benefit Medina County residents. As a ‘community university’ Sul Ross Rio Grande College looks forward to many years of service and contribution to the community and the larger region."

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SWTJC presidentís, deanís list announced for Spring 2014 semester
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 238 students for academic excellence during the 2014 spring semester.

Full-time students, those enrolled in 12 or more hours, are eligible for academic honors. The President’s List recognizes those full-time students who maintained a 4.0 grade point average (GPA) throughout the semester. The Dean’s List recognizes those students who maintained at least a 3.6 GPA throughout the semester. A total of 108 students earned a spot on the President’s List and 130 students earned a spot on the Dean’s List.


"I commend the hard work of each of these students," President Gonzales said. "It is a pleasure to honor their dedication to excellence."

PRESIDENT'S LIST
DEAN'S LIST 

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