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Board members receive updates on construction projects and information technology
The SWTJC Board of Trustees met in regular session on Thursday (April 21) at 7 p.m. in Uvalde.

Board members received an update on the ongoing construction projects in Eagle Pass and Crystal City from Joe Barker, vice president of construction projects.

According to Barker, the contractor completed the interior punch list for all three buildings on the Jack R. Chittim Technical Campus in Eagle Pass.

“The only thing lacking is the installation of the final cores,” said Barker. “The two new shop buildings received their final inspections today and a punch list will be provided to the contractor, both of those building are basically ready to be moved in.”

In Crystal City, city crews will begin to relocate water lines on Monday (April 25). The new library building project completion time is set for Sept. 1.

Trustees received an update on the current information technology project from chief information officer, Raul Reyes.

He said the first two phases of the technology plan have been completed, which include surveys and design plan.

“I’m happy to report we’ve done the first two sections; the survey and design the plan, and we are in execution as of May 1 of this year,” said Reyes.

During spring break Simple Network Solution of San Antonio evaluated the entire network and provided a combined re-engineered solution to the network system.

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Mr. and Ms. SWTJC crowned at 2016 Palm's Festival in Uvalde
Mr. & ms. SWTJCThe crowning of Mr. and Ms. SWTJC highlighted the 2016 SWTJC Palm's Festival held April 26 in Uvalde. PHOTOS

Selected by the students in Uvalde, Shareef Rahaman and Kiana Moctezuma, representing Student Ambassadors, were the winners.

Krystal Ballesteros, Palms Fest coordinator welcomed those attending this year’s festival and gave a brief history of the annual event, which has been held continuously since 1955.

Ballesteros introduced candidates for Mr. and Ms. SWTJC and announced the 2016 winners selected by the student body.

Additionally, a total of 15 students were honored by the faculty and staff with Who’s Who recognition, during the awards ceremony.

SWTJC Uvalde campus honorees include Claudia Davila, Matthew R. Dietes, LeeAnn D. Flores, Samantha E. Geller, Celestino Mendez, Kyndall C. Rodriguez, Laura R. Rodriguez, Diego A. Ruiz, Margarita Sandoval, Becky J. Santos, Jo Brandon Sepeda, Andres Villarreal, Preston Watters, Cynthia Webb and Kayla L. Wooldridge.

Ballesteros presented the certificates to all honorees during an awards presentation held in the courtyard by the fountain area.

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Eagle Pass South Border Patrol team places first place in criminal justice competition

The 11th Annual SWTJC Criminal Justice Competition was held Friday, April 22, on the Uvalde campus.

Eagle Pass South Border Patrol Explorer Post 925 took top honors in the team competition for the second year in a row, which included a total of 29 teams from across south and southwest Texas.

Lackland Security Forces Post 820 earned second place and Laredo United High School placed third.

More than 500 students took part in the event which featured competition in 13 events including fingerprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, patdown frisk search and arrest, crime scene, felony traffic team stop, domestic violence, shooting simulator, criminal justice quiz bowl, mile run and 100-meter run.

"I want thank everyone who volunteered to make this year's competition a success," said Director of Outreach, Michelle Torres.

SWTJC’s criminal justice department, along with the outreach department, coordinated the daylong event.


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Creative arts winners have been released
Entries to the 35th Annual Creative Arts Contest are in and have been judged. The winners list can be viewed on the college webpage. WINNERS

According to contest coordinator, Ismael Martinez, winners will not be notified by mail this year.

“This year we decided to not send out letters due to budget cuts,” said Martinez. “We posted the winners list on our website. In keeping with tradition, places will not be announced until the Annual Creative Arts Awards Ceremony.”

The ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m on Thursday April, 28 in the MSC Ballroom in Uvalde.

"We will start with our youngest age groups," Martinez said. "The entire program should be over by 8 p.m."

All visual arts entries received in this year's contest will be on display in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom beginning April 21.

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Uvalde campus catholic club named grand champion at college cook-off
Group winnersThe SWTJC Catholic Club in Uvalde, going by the team name of “Holy Smoke” were the Grand Champions of the 3rd Annual “Grillin’ with the President” on Thursday, April 14, at the Uvalde campus.

The “Grillin' Writers”, Eagle Pass Creative Writers Club, were named the reserved grand champions.

A total of 18 teams participated in the cooking contest, all teams were required to cook and submit a half chicken, ribs and fajitas.

Judges were selected from members of the SWTJC faculty, staff and administration.

For a complete list of winners click on the link. WINNERS PHOTOS

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Former dean receives award for dedication to higher education in Eagle Pass
Gilbert Bermea SrIt has been some ten odd years since former SWTJC Associate Dean of Eagle Pass, Gilbert C. Bermea retired from the college, where he worked for 35 years.

Last month Bermea found himself back on the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus, however this time as the recipient of the Founder's Award from Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa in Eagle Pass.

The award presented to him was for his longstanding dedication and involvement in the establishment of the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus.

Bermea was honored with the award during the chapter's spring induction ceremony in Eagle Pass.

Paul Kimble, SWTJC Math instructor and PTK advisor introduced Bermea by referring to him as a mentor.

"I — just like you step daily on the path that this man laid. To many of us, he is a great mentor,” said Kimble. “He is a champion of our age. He has always been a man of strength, resilience and persistence.”

Bermea modestly accepted the award, acknowledging his wife Irmgard for always supporting him throughout all the years he worked for SWTJC.

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