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Quick Takes August 2019

South Texas College kicks off fall 2019

The fall semester at South Texas College is underway. Classes officially began Aug. 26. New for the fall, STC added at least 15 courses for students in Culinary Arts, Criminology, Drama, and a brand new personal trainer certificate within the college’s Kinesiology Department.

August marks retirements for key staff at South Texas College


Paul Varville















South Texas College police chief Paul Varville announced his retirement on Aug. 22. Varville utilized his extensive experience in law enforcement, serving as a Special Agent in Charge of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service as well as Federal Security Director with the Department of Homeland Security prior to his position as Chief Administrator of the STC Department of Public Safety.


Jessie Luna














Family, staff, and faculty gathered to say farewell to coordinator of veteran recruitment and engagement Jessie Luna on Aug. 22. For over six years, Luna worked to certify educational benefits for veterans seeking to return to college. He also served as an advisor to STC’s Student Veteran Association and performed outreach to the various fraternal organizations for veterans including Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans.


Daphine Mora














Daphine Mora started at South Texas College in 1996 and taught in the Vocational Nursing Program for 23 years. Faculty and staff gathered on Aug. 29 to offer their well wishes on her retirement. From 2000 to 2007 Daphine served as program chair for the Vocational Nursing Program at the Mid-Valley Campus. In 2007, she started overseeing the program at the NAH and Starr County Campuses.