Tech Center 1 Construction UpdateProgress continues with the remodeling taking place at the college’s technical center.  While the rain has delayed the project to a certain extent, there are noticeable changes underway.  According to Tom Lesan, vice president for economic development, the footings are being poured and soon the crews will be ready to pour the wall and put the metal frame in place for the glass, which is planned for the south side of the building.  Lesan said the curb on the north side was completed last week.  Once the project is finished, the view should be much improved when entering the Creston campus’ east side.

Osceola Carpentry ClassSWCC's Osceola high school carpentry class headed for Texas Saturday morning to assist with the Habitat for Humanity home building project. The group, made up of nine students and instructor Charlie Mundy, arrived in Oklahoma at 4:00 p.m. Saturday and reached their destination in Texas by 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.

Monday was their “day off” when they drove down to Galveston, TX, and took a ferry to Galveston Island.  According to Mundy, the damage from hurricanes Rita and Ike was terrible and much of Galveston is still in ruins.  He could not believe the condition of the city.  When they rode over to the island, they saw wild dolphins following the ferry.  It was an amazing day, many of the students (if not all) had never seen the ocean, some had never been outside of Iowa.

Tuesday morning, there was a record low of 39 degrees.  They blamed the Iowa kids for bringing the cold weather down with them!  When they arrived at the work site, the walls of the new house had been framed and the carpentry students quickly went about stick framing the rafters which they nearly completed on Tuesday.  Charlie was proud of their hard work and how clean the job site was when they left for the day. 

Mundy will continue to keep us posted as their trip progesses.

Habitat for Humanity Trip

Damaged Home

Habitat for Humanity Class

SWCC Group with legislatorsA group of Southwestern Community College students, accompanied by SWCC student services staff members, traveled to Des Moines to the State Capitol on February 19, 2009.

Throughout the morning, the group met with state legislators, toured the Capitol, and sat in on the Joint Education Appropriations Sub-Committee meeting. 

Group members got to meet with Representative Clel Baudler (R-House District 58) from Greenfield, Representative Cecil Dolecheck (R-House District 96) from Mt. Ayr, Representative Mike Reasoner (D-House District 95) from Creston, and Senator Kim Reynolds (R-Senate District 48) from Osceola.

House photo, above (L to R): Lisa Carstens, Doug Greene, Erica Frey, Laurie Besco, Meghan Cavanaugh, Student Carla Willis, Student Caitlyn Lesan, Lindsay Stumpff, Student Jess Borton, Student Barb Curry, Deb Pantini, Representative Mike Reasoner, Student Mary Puderbaugh, Student Jamahl DePriest, Student Nikkie Vreeland, Representative Cecil Dolecheck, Sandy Webb, Student Tiffany Coon, Sarah Smith, Marilyn Werner, Jane Bradley, Pat Butcher, Matt Thompson, Terri Higgins, Mindy Oswald, and Stacy Gibbs

SWCC group with Kim ReynoldsSenate photo, at left (L to R):  Pat Butcher, Stacy Gibbs, Mindy Oswald, Student Tiffany Coon, Deb Pantini, Student Caitlyn Lesan, Terri Higgins, Marilyn Werner, Student Mary Puderbaugh, Erica Frey, Lindsay Stumpff, Student Carla Willis, Student Jess Borton, Meghan Cavanaugh, Lisa Carstens, Student Jamahl DePriest, Student Nikkie Vreeland, Student Barb Curry, Sandy Webb, Sarah Smith, Doug Greene, Senator Kim Reynolds, Jane Bradley, and Laurie Besco.


Pink Zone logoMark your calendars for SWCC's Pink Zone Event, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, starting at 6 p.m, as the Spartans basketball teams face Iowa Central in a night to raise funds and promote awareness of breast cancer.  Everyone attending the event is encouraged to wear pink!

Event T-shirts will be sold and 100 percent of gate admissions will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™.  Activities taking place throughout the night will include a raffle for a “basket of pink,” pink smoothie sales by SWCC student ambassadors and the Creston High School girl's basketball team, elementary girls basketball play featuring Creston 5th and 6th graders, a performance by the SWCC drill team, and T-shirt sales and giveaways.  Breast cancer awareness materials will be available throughout the night.

SWCC Pink Zone T-ShirtsThe event T-shirts, which are sponsored by Greater Regional Cancer Center in partnership with Mercy Medical Center and SWCC, will cost $10 each.  Individuals on-campus may order T-shirts at the receptionist desk in the administration center or at the library in the instructional center.  Individuals off-campus may order by e-mailing Head Women’s Basketball Coach Buck Scheel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All T-shirts may be paid for at the SWCC business office.  T-shirt orders are due by February 3.  A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the event.  All children's sizes and any shirts 3X or larger must be pre-ordered! 

The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities, and beyond.  For more information regarding Pink Zone™ initiatives, please visit the WBCA Web site.

Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women in the U.S. accounting for nearly one out of every three cancers diagnosed.

Winning carpentry studentThree SWCC carpentry students recently placed in the ABC of Iowa Craftsmanship Contest held at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Skylar Winterstien of Villisca placed second, Zack Springer of Afton placed third, and Edgar Sanchez of Osceola placed fourth.

During the contest, students were given a project and asked to build it from the ground up.  High school student participants built a lean-to-type structure and college students built a 4' x 4' base and framed up a hip roof.  Students worked from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to complete the project.

Students were accompanied by SWCC carpentry instructors Dick Downing, Kyle Harvey, and Charlie Mundy.

Watching the inaugurationMore than 50 students, faculty members, and staff members came together Tues., January 20, 2009, at SWCC's Student Center to watch history being made as Barack Obama was inaugurated as President of the United States.

All eyes were on the television screen as Obama took his oath of office at approximately 11:05 a.m. central time and spoke to Americans about the challenges ahead for our country.