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New student orientation
slated Saturday
A new student orientation session is scheduled Saturday, Aug. 27, on the Uvalde campus.

Attendance is mandatory for all students enrolled in ORIE 0100-AUV02. Students should report to the Tate Auditorium at 8:00 a.m.

College faculty and support staff will make presentations on a variety of topics including setting up a login and password to access the college computer network, as well as how to use The Portal and WebAdvisor.

Lunch will be served and the orientation will conclude by 1:30 p.m. More Info

Welcome back
event s
next week in Uvalde
The Student Activities Office will host its annual Welcome Back event next week on the Uvalde campus.

The "Welcome Back Fiesta and Club Social" will be held in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Free burritos, bean or beef, along with all the toppings will be served to all students. Drinks will also be served.

Along with lunch, students will have the opportunity to get information on various club activities available this fall. FLYER

Public hearings
slated on tax rate
At its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Aug. 18, the SWTJC Board of Trustees set public hearings on the 2011 tax rate.

The hearings are scheduled Sept. 1 and Sept. 8 at noon in the Bluebonnet Room of the Matthews Student Center in Uvalde.

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

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Warming up

Adrieana Martinez of Kyle makes a return
during a peppering drill prior to volleyball tryouts on Thursday, Aug. 25. Last day of tryouts is Friday, Aug. 26. The college will sponsor a team this fall in the inaugural season with South Texas Club Sports League. SWTJC will play its first game on Oct. 13 at home against Palo Alto College.

Nursing orientation

Students in the vocational nursing program were in Uvalde
on Tuesday, Aug. 23, for a daylong orientation session. A total of 90 students, in Uvalde, Del Rio and Eagle Pass, are admitted to the program each fall.

Fall classes underway

Students in Uvalde crowd the sidewalk in front of the Espinosa Building
on Monday, Aug. 22. Approximately 5,600 students had registered for classes as of Monday. The final day of late registration is Aug. 23. PHOTO GALLERY

Directions to class

Dean of Instructional Services Hector Gonzales (right) directs students to class on Monday, Aug. 22, the opening day of the fall semester at SWTJC. Late registration will be held Aug. 22 and 23 at sites across the college's 11-county service area.

Time is up;
make payment
arrangements now
SWTJC Dean of Admissions and Student Services Joe Barker reminds students that they must make payment arrangements as soon as possible or risk being dropped from fall classes.

"Students can sign up for a payment plan, but it is their responsibility to get that done," Barker said.

According to Barker, phone messages and e-mail will go out Wednesday, Aug. 23, to all students who have enrolled in fall classes but not made payment arrangements.

"The bottom line is that students need to make arrangements or they will be expected to pay in full or be dropped from classes," Barker said.

To set up a payment plan, or to pay in full, visit the Flores Student Services Building in Uvalde or the main administration building in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Crystal City.

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

Students begin a campus tour (above) following a welcome in the Tate Auditorium
on Friday, Aug. 12, during new student orientation held on the Uvalde campus. An additional new student orientation is set Aug. 27, in Uvalde. PHOTO GALLERY

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

Basketball, volleyball
open league play at home
SWTJC basketball teams and the new womenís volleyball team will all open league play at home, when play begins this October in the South Texas Club Sports League.

The SWTJC Cowboys and Cowgirls basketball teams will have their season openers on Oct. 12 against teams from St. Philipís College in San Antonio.

Volleyball action will begin on Oct. 13, when SWTJC takes on Palo Alto College.

All home basketball games and volleyball matches will be played in the La Forge Hall Gymnasium.
Basketball schedules
Volleyball schedule

Upward Bound
graduation held

Law enforcement
academy taken off
probationary status

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Behind the scenes
construction improves
college's infrastructure MORE
ommencement ceremonies hel May 14 in Uvalde  PHOTO GALLERY    STORY
Trustees give green light to 2011-12 budget MORE
Board approves leasing space at new Hondo facility
Lineman training program hosts graduation ceremony
Fall convocation starts on August 17
Advisor-assisted registration underway MORE
Order graduation photos
Nursing student, children killed in traffic accident  MORE  
Fall registration officially underway MORE
Act now in applying for college financial aid  MORE
GeoFORCE Texas group home from final field trip
SWTJC to play in volleyball league  MORE
Basketball league begins play in October MORE
Spring honor rolls announced for 2011  COMPLETE LIST
Top faculty honored at Deanís Breakfast   MORE   More photos
Lawrence honored for 50 years of service  MORE

SWTJC to continue recruiting efforts in Hondo   MORE
Whoís Who, Leadership awards announced for 2011 MORE

Large crowd attends annual awards program   MORE
Science fair winners announced May 7   MORE
Mr./Ms. SWTJC crowned for 2011

Southwest Texan final spring edition
Fitness challenge results posted  Complete results/photos  

Cosmetology students win state awards

Faculty, staff recognized at board meeting  Board Meeting Video   STORY
Board approves tuition increase
Board meeting video
Uvalde High School tops cj competition MORE

FASHION SHOW Photo Gallery
Valentine's Dance PHOTO GALLERY
Students attend Community College Day in Austin  Photo Gallery
SWTJC hosts Christian youth over spring break   MORE

Eta Beta Chapter has 42 new members 
group photo  STORY
SWTJC honor rolls announced for fall  COMPLETE LIST
Sosa honored at 2011 chamber banquet
ABE program wins top state awards   MORE
Creative Arts Contest
  MORE  Official entry/rules
Ceremony honors GED graduates MORE
Sosa asks for no extension of contract   MORE

Phi Theta Kappa honors seminar series begins on Feb. 10   MORE
Welcome back has full house  PHOTOS
English professor has work published  MORE

Welcome Back Fiesta
Academy recognizes fall 2010 graduates
Board meeting set Thursday     Complete agenda.
Sosa urges faculty to keep up good work    MORE
College gets top marks on annual audit



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