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Moreno named employee of the year
Tony MorenoSouthwest Texas Junior College Trustee, Tony T. Moreno was awarded the 2015 Employee of the Year Award for his outstanding work with Vida Y Salud Health Systems on Jan. 26 in Crystal City.

According to the criteria set by the organization’s board, an employee must have rated excellent regarding his/her job performance for the past three years and their record for the current year must be free of any memos of reprimand regarding his/her performance at work or on the job.

Moreno is a Pediatrician Assistant Certified (PA-C) and has been on the Vida Y Salud Health Systems medical staff since 1997.

On behalf of SWTJC we extend our most sincere congratulations to Mr. Moreno for his accomplishment.

Nora Tellez, Chief Executive Officer of Vida y Salud Health Systems presented the award to Moreno during their annual meeting.

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Gonzales receives contract extension, college focused on campus security
College president, Dr. Hector Gonzales received a one-year contract extension after being evaluated during the executive session at the board of trustees regular meeting on Jan. 21 in Uvalde.

According to board president Rodolfo Flores, Gonzales received an “excellent” evaluation. Trustees voted unanimously to extend the president’s contract.

In other matters, trustees were updated on the current emergency response and security measures plan, which is being implemented across the SWTJC campuses this year.

Derek Sandoval, vice president of the Del Rio campus, updated board members on several safety improvements including surveillance cameras, security guards and purchasing an emergency alert software.

Beginning this year security guards will be on campus during day and night classes in both Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

“The Del Rio and Eagle Pass campuses did not have security and now we do,” said Sandoval. “The other thing we’re looking at is placing security cameras on the Uvalde, Eagle Pass and Del Rio campuses, it’s a good plan and we’re going forward with that.”

President Gonzales weighed in on the safety measures issue during his report to the board, noting he wants to see the college be “proactive as opposed to being reactive” in regards to campus security.

In other business, Margot Mata, vice president of student services reported on spring enrollment.

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Rio Grande College Grows in Eagle Pass
By Laura Nelson|Rio Grande College

GonzalesWarm and breezy weather welcomed local, state, and federal officials as they joined Sul Ross State University administrators to celebrate the dedication of the expansion of Rio Grande College’s site in Eagle Pass on Friday, Jan. 29.

Sul Ross State University President, Dr. Bill Kibler, offered opening remarks that were followed by a lovely rendition of the “Star-Spangled Banner” thanks to Rita Ortiz, the Coordinator of Rio Grande College’s Graduate Student Support Center. Ramsey English Cantú, 2015 RGC graduate and Mayor of Eagle Pass, welcomed everyone and Dr. Hector Gonzales, President of Southwest Texas Junior College, spoke of the importance of SWTJC’s and RGC’s partnership to area students.

The Chancellor of the Texas State University System, Dr. Brian McCall, introduced Carlos Uresti, the Texas Senator from District 19, Poncho Nevárez, the Texas Representative from District 74, and Will Hurd, the U.S. Representative from District 23. Each spoke of the importance of higher education in the region and Nevárez gave a moving account of his sister’s journey to earn a bachelor’s degree from Rio Grande College.

Dr. Claudia Wright, Vice President of the Eagle Pass Chamber of Commerce and RGC’s Director of Admissions, Records, and Student Services recognized local dignitaries and led the ribbon cutting.

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Rivera, Watkins file for re-election to SWTJC board
Dr. Harry O. Watkins of Uvalde has filed for re-election to place six on the SWTJC Board of Trustees. Watkins was first elected in 1998 and in 2005 he was elected to serve as board vice president by his fellow trustees.

In place seven, the other trustee spot up for election this spring, incumbent Dr. Antonio H. Rivera of Crystal City has also filed for re-election. Rivera was first elected to the board in 1998 and was elected as board secretary the same year.

Filing for the May 7 election began on Jan. 20. Individuals wanting to be on the ballot must file before the Feb. 19 deadline, while Feb. 23 is the deadline for write-in candidates. Prospective candidates can file in the Administration Building on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

Trustees to the SWTJC Board are elected to six-year terms.

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Entries being sought for annual SWTJC Creative Arts Contest
Plans are underway and entry deadlines have been announced for the 35th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.

Literary entries should be submitted no later than March 3, while March 10 is the deadline for visual arts entries. DOWNLOAD ENTRY

Cash prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded in the annual event, which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.

Age divisions will be the same as last year and will include: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, college and community.

The SWTJC Arts and Sciences Division and the SWTJC Public Information Office coordinate the annual event.

“The college has a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the creative arts and we look forward to another year of outstanding entries,” said Cheryl Sanchez, dean of the college of liberal arts.

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SWTJC sets high standard
By Kim Eagle|Uvalde Leader News

Southwest Texas Junior College is setting the standard when it comes to post-secondary education in the southern United States – evidenced on Oct. 21 when the college was found in compliance with every category during a Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation of accreditation visit.

“We are over-the-moon about this,” said Anne Tarski, vice president of finance, of the process that started over two years ago and involved every single department. “It’s very rare for a college to have a perfect score.”

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SWTJC presidentís, deanís list announced for fall 2015 semester
Southwest Texas Junior College President Dr. Hector Gonzales, Dr. Cheryl Sanchez dean of the SWTJC College of Liberal Arts, and Juan Guzman dean of the SWTJC College of Applied Sciences have recognized 259 students for academic excellence during the 2015 fall 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 113 students earned a spot on the President’s List and 146 students earned a spot on the dean’s list.

"I congratulate all the students on the president’s list, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to reach that level of achievement,” President Gonzales said. " We encourage each and everyone of them to continue on the path of excellence."

Fall enrollment at various sites across SWTJC’s 11-county service area totaled 5,245 students.

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