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Join in the fun this holiday season as the Employee Activities and Event Planning committee invite you to participate in . . .SWCC’s Secret Santa

What do I do to get involved?

  1. Stop by or call Jolene Griffith, ext. 456, by Tuesday, December 2nd to sign up.
  2. Names will be “drawn” by a third party and will be distributed to participants by Wednesday, December 3rd.
  3. You will purchase and secretively deliver 3 gifts (not to exceed $5 per gift item) to the co-worker whose name you drew. (One by Dec. 5th, the 2nd by Dec. 12th, and the 3rd by Dec. 18th)
  4. You may give clues with your gifts to see if your co-worker can guess who you are.
  5. With the third (and final) gift, reveal your name to the person you’ve been shopping for!
  6. Suggestions: the Bookstore has MANY assorted items $5 and under and can even assemble candy packages or similar items to make your shopping easier “and convenient!” (Just make sure to call in advance.)
  7. At the end of SWCC’s Secret Santa activity on December 18th . . . we may all join in on the annual “Goody Day” in the board room of the Administration Center. (You are still welcome to participate in “Goody Day” even if you choose not to participate in the secret gift exchange.)


Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Last Wednesday night, 30 faculty members, staff members, and student ambassadors came together for a telemarketing recruitment night.  Throughout the evening, approximately 532 calls were made to prospective students and applicants.  Of the calls that were made, 211 calls were successful, meaning the staff member spoke directly to the student or potential student.  When the students were not available, callers either left a message on an answering machine or with a family member.  Admissions did receive some calls back during the days following the event and there are employees and instructors who have returned calls to students who had questions.

A similar event will be planned for spring.

Child with giftStudent Support Services (SSS) staff members are diligently working on their Stars of Christmas program.  According to Laurie Besco, SSS program director, this is the 11th year SSS has completed Stars of Christmas.  This year, 42 children from 18 families will receive gifts through the program.

If you are a Secret Santa, today is the deadline for gifts to be returned to the SSS office.  SSS mentors and mentees will be wrapping the gifts in the next few days and families will pick up the gifts on December 18 and 19.  

SWCC Ag SiteConstruction began Tuesday, November 19, 2008, on the new livestock lab facility at Southwestern's ag site north of the Creston campus.  The new facility will be a 96' x 60' metal structure with a concrete floor. 

The livestock lab building is being funded with Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funds.  The ACE program assists Iowa's community colleges in establishing or expanding programs that train individuals in the occupations most needed by Iowa businesses. 

Past ACE projects at SWCC have focused on nursing, business systems networking, and manufacturing technology.

For more information on SWCC's ag programs, contact Deron Shawley, ag instructor.

Are you interested in participating in a 403b (tax deferred) plan in 2009?

It may be something you’ve thought about but maybe just aren’t sure the questions to ask?? Employees may participate in a 403b plan through the convenience of payroll deduction. It’s just another way to set aside money to supplement retirement in the future. Talk to your tax preparer to see if this program is right for you or click here to learn more . . . 

Data shows students who go to SWCC and then transfer to Iowa State perform consistently against other transfer students from Iowa community colleges.

Recent statistics show:

Spring 2008 -  During the spring 2008 term, Southwestern transfer students had a cumulative 2.93 grade point average at Iowa State.  Overall, Iowa community college transfer students received a cumulative 2.71 grade point average.  native ISU students (students who have only attended Iowa State) received a 2.96 cumulative grade point average.

Summer 2008 - During the summer 2008 term, Southwestern transfer students had a cumulative 3.13 grade point average at Iowa State.  Overall, Iowa community college transfer students received a cumulative 2.68 grade point average.  Native ISU students (students who have only attended Iowa State) received a 2.87 cumulative grade point average.

SWCC's office of instruction receives regular updates on transfer student performance. from Iowa State University.