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SWTJC held groundbreaking for new library in Crystal City
GroundbreakingIt's official – ground has been broken for the new construction project on the SWTJC instructional facility in Crystal City. School officials hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony on May 18 for the $1.5 million project.

SWTJC Vice President of Construction Projects Joe Barker, welcomed SWTJC staff and other guests to the ceremony.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales thanked those in attendance for taking part in the ceremony; he went on to acknowledge the growth of the facility over the last 20 years.

“It is a much needed addition to this campus, over the last 20 years the campus has grown from virtually nothing to what we see today,” said Gonzales. “We have been able to expand our services to the residents of Crystal City; we have a full biology lab, computer labs and now it’s going to be a great addition to have this library here.”

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Storms dampen college commencement ceremony 

GraduationCollege administration were forced to cut short the 69th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Commencement Ceremony due to heavy rains on Saturday (May 14) at the Uvalde Honey Bowl Stadium.

The rain began falling approximately 40 minutes after the ceremony began and sent the graduates and their families running for shelter. PHOTOS

“Unfortunately, we ended the ceremony due to safety concerns,” said SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales in a statement released on May 15. “The rain may have shortened our ceremonies, but it does not remove the true meaning to this memorable occasion.”

A total of 460 graduates participated in the 68th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Commencement Ceremony held before a standing-room-only crowd.

SWTJC Uvalde Catholic Club member Felicia Padilla of Uvalde delivered the invocation. SWTJC student 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, welcomed the guests and delivered a short address, while SWTJC Vice President for Academic Affairs Mark Underwood, Ph.D., introduced keynote speaker Carlos Uresti, Texas State Senator.

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Top faculty honored during annual Deanís Breakfast
CARLOS DIAZBob Zaiglin

Carlos Diaz and Bob Zaiglin were honored as top faculty members for the 2015-2016 school year during the annual SWTJC Dean's Breakfast held May 13 in Uvalde. PHOTOS

Diaz received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award presented annually by the SWTJC administration. He is an instructor of history in Uvalde. SWTJC Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Underwood presented the award. Zaiglin received the SWTJC Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award. He is a wildlife management instructor on the Uvalde campus. Government instructor Xaviera Haynes made the presentation to Zaiglin.

Lorena Lopez, director of academic advising and counseling received the 2016 Outstanding Professional Staff Member Award. The award is given every year to a non-faculty member who exemplifies exceptional service to the students and the institution along with enthusiasm for the position, reliability and professional ethics. Lopez was nominated by her colleagues.

Eight SWTJC employees who are retiring this year were also recognized including Linda L. Brown, 15 years and Karen R. Baen, 15 years; James M. Williamson, 17 years; Albert T. Hernandez, 19 years; Elsa DeHoyos, 24 years; David D. Sprott, 29 years; Robert Koenig, 32 years; Joe C. Barker, 40 years and Agustin C. Alejandro, 41 years.

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Statement by college president on the cancellation of commencement ceremony
Graduates, families and friends,

I want to personally congratulate all the graduates and thank the families who braved the rain today as we did our best to get as many graduates across the stage. Unfortunately, we ended the ceremony due to safety concerns.

We are extremely proud of our graduates. The rain may have shortened our ceremonies but, it does not remove the true meaning to this memorable occasion. Today, rain or no rain, from hence forth, you are a graduate and have opened the doors to more lifelong potentials and growth.

Finally, be blessed and rejoice in knowing you have done very well in this great accomplishment.

Thank You,
Dr Hector Gonzales
SWTJC President

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SWTJC students, faculty and staff wrap up the semester with a game of softball
Softball groupAs the spring semester winds down students, faculty and staff competed in a friendly game of softball on Tuesday (May 10) in Uvalde, which was billed as the SWTJC All-Star Softball game. PHOTOS

The student’s team was able to sneak in a win over the faculty and staff team with the final score of 8 to 7.

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SWTJC offers free summer engineering camp
Southwest Texas Junior College will host a free summer engineering camp for incoming Associate of Science in Engineering Science (ASES) students, which will run from June 6 to July 7 on the Uvalde campus.

The college began offering an ASES degree during the fall 2015 semester, which articulates fully with engineering programs at major universities across the state.

The most notable pathway is with Angelo State University’s civil engineering program, however the college is anticipating similar pathways for other engineering disciplines with Texas A&M Kingsville and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Graduates will be on par with native university junior students and can potentially graduate in four years time.

In addition to savings in time, the ASES degree has the potential of achieving a substantial savings in cost. In completing the pre-engineering courses at SWTJC, students can save upwards of  $40,000 when compared to the cost of attendance at a public university.

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