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Board members receive a status update on Crystal City construction project
Uvalde, Texas, Oct. 24 – SWTJC Board of Trustees received an update on the Crystal City construction project from David Brown, architect of Ferrell/Brown and Associates of Corpus Christi.

According to Brown, the progress of the current construction project in Crystal City is going well.

Recent project activities include stucco finish on exterior walls is mostly complete; windows have been glazed and doors installed, walls have been taped, floated, textured and one-coated, delivery of carpet is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 4, and roofing is complete.

Additionally, work on the front parking lot has begun and is scheduled to be complete in time for the annual Crystal City Spinach Festival.

In other reports, financial advisor David Gonzales of Estrada Hinojosa, Co., Inc., informed the board on the refinancing of bonds used for recent construction projects. According to Gonzales’ report, the bonds were successfully refinanced, which will deliver a savings of $343,084 over the life of the bond.

In the president’s report, Dr. Hector Gonzales informed the board of his meeting with Medina Valley Independent School District to discuss long-term growth plans within the district.

In other business board of trustees approved to renew the contract with the Texas Book Company.

Board members also agreed to renew the roofing loan, which provided new roofs for the various buildings on different campuses.

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Police academy students organize first ever zombie run
Uvalde, Texas, Sept. 28 – Calling all zombies! If you love dressing up as a zombie and shuffling around, or would like to outrun the zombies, the SWTJC Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy wants you to join them for the first ever Zombie Fun Run in Uvalde on Oct. 29.

Registration is underway, and individuals interested in participating can either pick up a registration form from the academy office located on the Uvalde campus or download the form the college website.

Registration fees are $20 for runners and zombies, while kids only pay $10. First, second and third place awards will go to the top three runners. Zombies with the most flags will also receive medals.

Kids are encouraged to come dressed in their Halloween costume. They will run an obstacle course while retrieving candy and prizes along the way.

All proceeds benefit the law enforcement academy. For complete details, visit

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Staff members honored at breast cancer event
Cancer survivorsThe SWTJC Student Activities office hosted the first ever Kick Cancer to the Curb event on Wednesday (Oct. 19), in honor of breast cancer survivors.

Men’s head basketball coach, Phillip Botello began the event by recognizing three college staff members, who are breast cancer survivors.

Pictured on the left Joann Sanchez, along with Rachel Gonzales (middle) and Eloina Garza (right) were on hand to receive a pink rose from student ambassadors.

Others honored were Yvonne Hernandez, Diana Tafolla Peña, Amparo Villarreal and Delia De Leon. The event continued with students participating in a tournament of bubble soccer.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and SWTJC reminds women to get their yearly mammogram.

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City partners with SWTJC and school district to launch youth basketball league
Uvalde, Texas, Oct. 14 – The City of Uvalde parks and recreation department has partnered with Southwest Texas Junior College and the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District to launch the not-for-profit Tree City Youth Basketball League for boys and girls ranging from 5-years-old to 12-years-old.

The league will have their first registration on Nov. 5 at Tate Auditorium on the SWTJC Uvalde campus. Registration will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; additional registration dates are Nov. 8 and Nov. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Nov. 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Matthews Student Center Ballroom. All players must provide a birth certificate for registration.

League coordinators have scheduled a skills showcase on Nov. 19 at La Forge Hall Gym on the SWTJC campus. The exhibition will give players the opportunity to exhibit their basketball skills to the different coaches before the draft. Currently, league coordinators are finalizing a date, time and location for the player’s draft.

The Tree City Youth Basketball League is open to grades pre-K through grade 6. There will be four divisions this year; grades pre-K-K, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, and grades 5-6. The pre-K-K division will be co-ed, while all other divisions will carry boys and girls teams.

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College rodeo draws large crowds
Rodeo actionUvalde, Texas, Sept. 28 – The dust has settled at the Uvalde County Fairplex Rodeo Arena and the Texas A&M University women's team and the Hill College men's team finished in first place at the 54th Annual SWTJC Rodeo.PHOTOS

In the men's division, Austin Atkinson placed first in tie-down roping and steer wrestling, while Jontavian Douch placed second in tie-down roping and team roping.

In the women's division Katie Anne Whitaker placed seventh with a time of 39.82 in the barrel racing event, while Brooke Hester placed seventh with a score of 2.7 in the breakaway roping event.

SWTJC Rodeo Coach, Roy Angermiller thanked sponsors and volunteers of this year's event.

"I would like to thank all the volunteers that dedicated their weekend and more to help make this event the success it is," Angermiller said. "This event would not be possible without the support of staff, faculty and especially Dr. Hector Gonzales and the SWTJC board members."

After two events, the SWTJC men are eleventh overall with 39 points, and the women are in ninth place overall with 15 points.

The next competition on the schedule for the college rodeo team is Oct. 21-22, in Mt. Pleasant at the Northeast Texas Community College Rodeo.

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HACU seeks students for paid internships
Uvalde, Texas, Sept. 28 – The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) National Internship Program (HNIP) is currently seeking students interested in applying for a spring and summer 2017 internship. Students will receive valuable work experience through paid internships with federal agencies and private corporations nationwide.

Deadline for a spring 2017 internship is Oct. 21, while the deadline for the summer 2017 internships is Feb. 15.

Students will receive housing assistance, emergency medical insurance, a weekly stipend and paid round-trip airfare. Interns will participate in a wide range of professional development, networking, and cultural activities.

Students can apply online at For questions regarding HNIP, students can call 202-467-0893 or email at

HNIP has provided more than 11,000 internships since 1992.

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