College News

Published August 5, 2014 4:28 pm

Todd Lorensen

Todd Lorensen, originally from Monroe, has been announced as the next head coach for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) men’s basketball program. Lorensen will succeed Mike Holmes, who left SWCC this summer, after seven years at the helm of the Spartans, to become head coach at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.

Lorensen, a Prairie City-Monroe High School graduate, heads to SWCC from Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant, where he has been the head men’s basketball coach and assistant sports information director for the past year. Prior to coaching at Iowa Wesleyan, he spent two years as assistant men’s basketball coach at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, where he helped the team qualify for the MIAA conference tournament for the first time in six years. At Truman State, he also served as a health & exercise science instructor. Lorensen has coaching experience at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and Grand View University in Des Moines as well.

Published July 31, 2014 10:21 am


KimOaks IALLaward
During the Iowa Association for Lifelong Learning (IALL) Summer Conference, held July 16-17 in Ames, Kim Oaks, SWCC business coordinator, received the Distinguished Service Award.

Published July 29, 2014 4:23 pm

Bill Krejci

After 36 years in the athletic department at Southwestern Community College (SWCC), Bill Krejci will be stepping down from his position as director of athletics and athletic fundraising as of August 29, 2014. Krejci, originally from Chicago, will be moving to Des Moines with his wife, Teresa, also an employee at SWCC, who recently accepted a position at Drake University.

According to Krejci, the move is not an easy one for him. “I am headed to Des Moines with my wife,” Krejci explained. “For years, she has supported me in my career and I really appreciate that. Now it’s my turn to support her.”

Krejci’s name has been synonymous with SWCC baseball since 1978 when he started at the college as assistant director of student activities, physical education instructor, and head baseball coach. He came to SWCC from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO, where he played for the Bearcats from 1971-73. Krejci served as an assistant for the Bearcats baseball team while he completed his graduate studies, earning his master’s degree in education in 1976.

Published July 18, 2014 10:06 am

 Mullen Hogue

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive collision repair/refinish students Zach Mullen of New Market and Garrett Hogue of Lenox took home second and fifth place finishes respectively at the 2014 SkillsUSA Championships held June 25-26, 2014, in Kansas City, MO.

Published July 9, 2014 2:51 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at 8:30 a.m. in the president’s office of the Administration Center for their regular board meeting.

The board approved the annual dues of $3,288 to the Higher Learning Commission, Chicago, IL.

Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president for economic development, reported to the board regarding progress being made at Spartan Court, the new residence hall being constructed on campus.  Lesan said the concrete work is near completion and progress continues to take place on finishing the inside of the building.

Beth Kulow, SWCC dean of student services, reported the college’s summer 2014 enrollment is 517 students.  Kulow stated this was an increase of 35 students from summer 2013.

Lesan said an insurance adjustor was expected to be on campus later in the day July 8 to inspect the water damage in the Administration Center.  The damage happened on Sun., June 22, following a break in a water line leading into the Administration Center.

Published July 9, 2014 2:12 pm

Breese Austin

Austin Breese, a May 2014 graduate of Indianola High School has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2014-15 academic year.

During high school, Breese was a four-year varsity wrestler, three-year varsity football player, and a member of Future Farmers of America (FFA).

Breese is planning to major in criminal justice while a student at SWCC, with a goal of becoming a DNR officer. He is the son of Brenda McKay and David Breese.


Published July 9, 2014 1:47 pm

Edgington Cole

Another Indianola High School graduate—Cole Edgington—has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting program for the 2014-15 academic year. Edgington will be the sixth Indianola native to join SWCC’s sports shooting program in the last two years.

During high school, Edgington was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA) and a member of the trap shooting team. He is the son of Tawnya McNeeley and Gene Edgington.

Edgington joins Austin Breese, a 2014 Indianola High School graduate, as well as Jordan Brand, Ethan Jolliff, Matt Mitchell, and Trenton Cheers, all 2013 Indianola High School graduates, on the SWCC sports shooting team.

Published June 24, 2014 7:44 am

Johnson Reagan

Reagan Johnson, a May 2013 graduate of Clarinda High School, is the newest team member of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team.

Johnson will be a student at SWCC starting with the fall 2014 semester. He is majoring in carpentry and building trades and electrical technology, with a goal of becoming a contractor.

Published June 18, 2014 1:37 pm


Charlie Mundy, Southwestern Community College’s head sports shooting coach, has announced Kaleb Eighmy (left) and Connor Roach (right), both 2014 Winterset High School graduates, as his latest additions to the college’s sports shooting team.

Eighmy, the son of Kathy and Jeff Eighmy of Winterset, will be majoring in carpentry and building trades.

Roach, the son of Dee and David Roach of Cummings, will major in electrical technology.


Published June 17, 2014 8:29 am

Brandt Jennifer

Jennifer Brandt, a May 2013 graduate of Clarke High School in Osceola, will be a member of the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team starting with the fall 2014 semester.

Brandt is in SWCC’s arts and science transfer program with a major in education and a minor in agricultural business.

During her high school years, Brandt was involved in cheerleading, drill team, Future Farmers of America (FFA), track, band, drama, and 4-H. She was FFA president and captain of the cheerleading team.

She is the daughter of Mary McWilliams and Terry Brandt.