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President welcomes
faculty to fall convocation
President Ismael Sosa, Jr., kicked off fall convocation at Southwest Texas Junior College with his annual welcome to faculty and staff, on Wednesday, Aug. 17, in Uvalde.

Sosa thanked the group for their service to the students and the college. "It takes a team effort, but there is no doubt about it, you carry us," Sosa told faculty on their first day back. "I thank you for your service." MORE

Act now in applying
for college financial aid
The clock is ticking, but thereís still time to apply for financial aid to attend classes this fall at Southwest Texas Junior College.

"Iíve run across several prospective students recently who told me they thought it was too late to apply for financial aid," SWTJC Financial Aid Director Ana Almaraz said. "Truth is, itís never too late to apply, but if a student is planning on attending classes this fall they need to file their application soon."

According to Almaraz, it usually takes four to six weeks from the time a student files an application to find out if they qualify.

"Prospective students need to fill our their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online or come by our office and let us help them get started," Almaraz said. "Every year, students wait until the last minute and it creates problems for everyone. I canít emphasize enough how important it is for students to get their FAFSA filed, if at all possible, within the next couple of weeks." MORE

President Sosa welcomes
students back for spring

Southwest Texan
final spring edition

Creative Arts
winners listed

Summer II registration
runs through July 10
Registration for Summer Session II classes is in full swing at sites across the collegeís 11-county service area.

Qualified students may register online through July 10. Students who need advisor assistance have through July 8 to register.

The first day of classes for summer II classes is Monday, July 11.

Trustees give
green light to
2011-12 budget
SWTJC trustees adopted a $46.1 million budget for fiscal year 2011-2012, during their regular monthly meeting on June 30. MORE

Board to consider
new operating budget
Consideration of the fiscal year 2011-2012 operating budget will be the main order of business when SWTJC trustees meet Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m.

According to SWTJC Dean of Instructional Services and Chief Financial Officer Hector Gonzales, the meeting will begin an hour earlier than the boardís regular meeting time to allow additional time for budget discussions.

The meeting will be held in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center.
Complete agenda

Nursing student,
children killed
in traffic accident


Whoís Who,
Leadership awards announced for 2011

Board approves
tuition increase
Board meeting video





Student Success Center Hours

Fall 2011 Accuplacer& Quick Thea dates


Eagle Pass registration

Students go over schedules as they wait to register Tuesday, Aug. 9, in Eagle Pass. SWTJC staff will be in Pearsall on Wednesday and in Hondo on Thursday as registration continues for fall classes.

Paint the Town

SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus Kinesiology class participated in "Paint the Town project." Students got together to paint the Elm Creek park all supplies provided by students. Pictured above left Kinesiology Instructor Diane Hardt and right Commissioner Jose Luis Rosales with students.

Dance Time

SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus Ballet Folklorico danced on May 26th at the Maverick County Elderly Nutrition Center.


SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus SPS/SGA had their end of semester party on May 20th @ 6pm. Pictured above SPS members with advisor Claudia Valdez. Pictured below SGA members with advisor Claudia Rodriguez.


Graduates are congratulated by SWTJC faculty and staff as they march out following commencement ceremonies held May 14 in Uvalde. More

BBQ Time!

SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of the year BBQ for faculty and staff on May 12th at 5pm in C Building. Thank you for a wonderful year! More pics

Presidentís Welcome
On behalf of the faculty, administration and staff at Southwest Texas Junior college, I want to welcome you to the beginning of the fall 2011 semester.

Whether you are a returning student, or are enrolling with us for the first time, we are proud to have you as part of the SWTJC family.

As a new semester begins, let me offer you one piece of advice that I know will make your college experience more meaningful, enjoyable and, most importantly, successful. Get involved.

Get to know your instructors and make time to visit with them one-on-one during their office hours. Take advantage of the tutoring help available through student support services, the writing center and the student success center. Join a club, play intramural sports, visit the student activities center, play with our mariachi group, take part in a study group.

We have an outstanding faculty and staff at Southwest Texas Junior College and we are dedicated to helping each and every one of our students succeed. Help yourself succeed this fall by getting involved.

Letís have a great semester.

Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr.
SWTJC President

Fall testing
schedule listed
The Testing Center has announced its schedule for the fall semester.

For a complete schedule in Uvalde, as well as in Crystal City, Del Rio and Eagle Pass, please visit the links listed below.
Uvalde testing center
Other sites


SWTJC is ranked
among nationís best
community colleges

Southwest Texas Junior College has been ranked one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation by the nonprofit Aspen Institute. The announcement was made Monday, April 25.

A total of nine out of 50 Texas community colleges were listed in the top 120. Along with SWTJC, Texas schools making the list include Alvin Community College, Trinity Valley Community College, Lee College, Blinn College, Texas State Technical College-West Texas, Texarkana College, Victoria College and Wharton County Junior College.

To pick the winners, judges analyzed U.S. Department of Education data on the percentage of students who graduate with an associate's degree or successfully transfer from their community colleges into four-year institutions.

They also assessed the proportion of low-income and minority students who completed each program, and if completion rates improved over time at the particular schools. The 120 winners, representing the top 10 percent of the country's 1,200 community colleges, can now enter to win a $700,000 prize.

"I commend our students, faculty, administration and staff for this recognition," SWTJC President Dr. Ismael Sosa, Jr., said. "Working together we will continue to accomplish great things at SWTJC."

Spring honor rolls
announced for 2011
Southwest Texas Junior College President Ismael Sosa and Dean of Instructional Services Hector Gonzales have recognized 223 students for academic excellence during the 2011 spring semester.

A total of 99 students were honored by earning recognition on the Presidentís List. This academic honor is bestowed upon students who maintained a 4.0 Grade Point Average (GPA) in at least 12 hours.

An additional 124 students qualified for Deanís List honors. To make the Deanís List, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours and maintain at least a 3.6 GPA. COMPLETE LIST

Faculty association lists
scholarship recipients
The SWTJC Faculty Association has announced recipients of its scholarships for the 2011-12 school year.

Selected by the associationís scholarship committee were Kelvin Inocent, Amy Marie Keeney, Elizabeth Nintai and Dana Garza.

Top faculty honored
at Deanís Breakfast

Mary Beth Monroe and Rob Fowler were honored as top faculty members for the 2010-2011 school year during the annual SWTJC Deanís Breakfast held May 13 in Uvalde.

Monroe received the SWTJC Faculty Association Teaching Excellence Award. She is a physics professor on the Uvalde campus and a fellow of the American Physical Society. In addition, Monroe has held various national and state offices with the American Association of Physics Teachers. Psychology professor Jan Burchfield, a former recipient of the faculty association award, made the presentation to Monroe.

Fowler received the Outstanding Faculty Member Award presented annually by the SWTJC administration. He is an instructor of speech and kinesiology in Uvalde. SWTJC Dean of Instructional Services Hector Gonzales presented the award. MORE

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