College News

Published December 3, 2012 11:16 am

spaghettigraphicThe Southwestern Community College carpentry & building trades programs are hosting a spaghetti dinner this Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. at the Osceola Hy-Vee Cafeteria. The cost is $6 per person.

Funds raised during this event will assist with expenses incurred during the carpentry program's home rebuilding trips.

Published November 26, 2012 10:28 am

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The Southwestern Community College Chamber Singers will be on tour this week presenting "Holiday Carols in Concert" in the Des Moines area.  ALL concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken.  The concerts will feature works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Shaw, Burt and Mattson.   Pictured above:  2011-12 Concert Choir.

Students come to Creston from across the country and even outside of the United States to complete Southwestern’s professional music degree.  The talent of this group is incredible.  Ryan Howe, SWCC professional music instructor, will be the conductor.

Concert dates and locations follow:

Read more: Chamber Choir on Holiday Tour in Des Moines

Published November 16, 2012 3:19 pm

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Published November 16, 2012 8:29 am

Fall 2012 InducteesBeta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, held a luncheon, informal induction ceremony, and general meeting on Thurs., November 15, 2012, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in room 150 of the Instructional Center.

Inductees for fall 2012 include (L to R):  Regina Hafner, Amanda Edwards, Miah Thatcher, Dakota Daniels, David Livingston, Megan Doubleday, and Asch-Lee Butts.

To qualify for Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework and have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.  Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at SWCC

Published November 15, 2012 9:20 am

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CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) admissions department recently announced the 2012-13 SWCC student ambassador team. The SWCC student ambassadors assist the admissions department by giving campus tours, meeting with prospective students and their families, performing telemarketing services, accompanying recruiters to college fairs and on high school visits, and participating in other public relations efforts.

Front row (L to R):  Leah Day, freshman, Creston, graphic design major; Tara Norman, freshman, Van Wert, elementary education major; Megan Doubleday, freshman, Mount Ayr, elementary education major; Hannah Clear; sophomore, Afton, liberal arts major; and Kaley Folkerts, sophomore, Bedford, nursing major.  Second row:  Michael Chachere, freshman, Omaha, NE, liberal arts major; Ben Burkhead, freshman, Afton, liberal arts & business systems networking double major;  Rayvonne Brown, freshman, Davenport, liberal arts major; Adam Pool, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; Nick Ray, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; and David Prchal, sophomore, Omaha, NE, business major.  Back row: Alex Duffy, freshman, Bondurant, communications major;  Caleigh Fowler, sophomore, Lagrange, GA, liberal arts major; Samantha Borland, freshman, Lenox, pre-nursing major; Madellyn Wagler, freshman, Panora, liberal arts major; and Alexandra Levetzow, freshman, Bettendorf, elementary education major.

Lisa Carstens, SWCC admissions coordinator, is the advisor for the student ambassador program.

Published November 15, 2012 9:10 am

MelaniePettyThe 2012 Education Foundation Donor Scholar Dinner was held Tues., November 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in room 180 of the Instructional Center. Almost 200 individuals were in attendance.  The evening provided a wonderful opportunity for Southwestern Community College Education Foundation donors to meet and visit with the students receiving the scholarships they funded.

Speakers for the evening included:

Melanie Petty (photo above right), donor - Petty is the mother of the late Trevor Frederickson, a former SWCC student-athlete and graduate of the automotive repair technology program. Frederickson played baseball for the Spartans during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. He graduated with his associate of applied science degree in June 2008. In 2009, he was killed in an apartment fire. Petty touched many hearts last evening with her kind words and the memories she shared about her son. She and her family strive to keep Trevor's legacy alive through efforts such as the scholarship's donated in his name.

Read more: Donors and Scholars Brought Together at Foundation Dinner

Published November 9, 2012 5:05 pm

Thanks to everyone for helping make SWCC Week a great one!  Be sure to go to SWCC's Facebook page to "Like" your favorite cookie (before 10 a.m. on Mon., November 12) from the SWCC Week Cookie Decorating Contest and be sure check out all the other photos from the week!

Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive - A SUCCESS!  Read on ...

Thanks to all the wonderful students, faculty and staff, the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive was very successful! Thirteen large boxes of food items were delivered to MATURA for use in the Creston area plus $18 donated by Student Activities from the Halloween Dance. Introduction to Sociology students, who were involved in a competition for total items donated, provided over 470 food items! Mr. Hughes’ two Western Civilization Ancient to Early Modern classes provided two large boxes of items!

Thank you for all your support!

Published November 8, 2012 10:31 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held electronically on Wed., November 7, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  

During the meeting, the board accepted an offer for the purchase of the college’s student-constructed home at 1305 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.  The home was constructed by SWCC’s carpentry and building trades program during the 2010-11 school year.  The bid of $200,000 was submitted by Gary and Sandra Krauth.

Published November 8, 2012 8:17 am

Don't wait to get involved. There are two more days to be a part of the SWCC Week fun and festivities. Check out what is scheduled for today, and plan to join in the fun!

Thursday, November 8

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Veteran’s Day Lunch, Spartan Café, Student Center

Student veterans, as well as faculty and staff who have served in the military, are invited to attend a Veteran’s Day lunch sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.  Veterans should check in at the east side of the Student Center in the reserved seating area.  Please RSVP to Matt Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  RSVPs are not required. 

6 p.m., Out on the Farm/Ag Olympics, Ag Site

Out on the Farm will be full of fun and crazy activities at SWCC’s ag site.  Come by yourself or come with a group, but be ready for a good time.  Contests will include a hay bale toss, greased pumpkin contest, tug of war, pennies in the straw, and calf bottle chugging.

Following the games, Cookout, Ag Site

Stick around after the games and contest for a good ‘ole fashioned cookout!

Entire SWCC Week Schedule

Published November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

SWCC Week Day 3 includes a Scavenger Hunt, men's and women's home basketball games, the debut of the 2012-13 Spartan Drill Team (during half-time of the women's and men's basketball games), and don't forget to donate to the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive.  And remember to head to the Creston Pizza Ranch for dinner, because the SWCC Art Club will be hosting a Pizza Ranch Tip Night.

Wednesday, November 7

Noon, Creston-Wide Scavenger Hunt, Student Center

Teams of three to five students will participate in a Scavenger Hunt across the city of Creston.  Meet at the Student Center at 11:45 a.m. for sign-in, rules, and instructions. Teams must complete the hunt and be back to the Student Center in a designated amount of time.  Student Ambassadors are the sponsors for this event. Details for this event will be available online during the next week. Sign up your team online today. Pizza will be available upon return to all participants while team scores are tabulated. Door prizes will be given away in addition to prizes for the winning team!

5:30 p.m., Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Student Center Gymnasium

Sparty wears blue, why don't YOU?  Dress in blue and paint your face for tonight's games.  Get in free with a donation of canned good items.  Canned goods and gate admissions from the game will be donated to a local food pantry.  Spartan Drill Team performs at half-times of women's and men's games.

Entire SWCC Week Schedule