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Published March 8, 2017 10:31 am

Men's bench celebrates good play during game

It's a great day to be a Spartan!  Following two impressive victories last night, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, the Southwestern men's and women's basketball teams continue their record-breaking seasons, as they are both headed to the Region XI semifinals tomorrow evening.

Last night, the men's team faced Little Priest Tribal College in a 7 p.m. match-up on the Spartans' home court at Southwestern.  The #1-ranked Spartans led the entire game and came away with a 137-85 win at the end of the night.  Next up, they will face Ellsworth on Thursday, March 9, at 7 p.m., again on the Spartans' home court in Creston.  This game will be a RED OUT, so wear your Spartan RED if you'll be in attendance!

The women's team took on Southeastern CC last night at 5:30 p.m., in a hard fought battle on the Blackhawks' home court in Keokuk.  The Spartans led at the end of every quarter; however, at the end of the third quarter, the Blackhawks had clawed their way back and were within one point, 40-39.  In the end, the Spartans pulled away and came home with a 61-52 victory.  The Spartan women will face #1 Kirkwood on the Eagles' home court in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.

Best of luck to both teams!



Published March 7, 2017 10:05 am

God's Favorite Play Graphic

The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Drama Club will perform Neil Simon's hilarious comedy, God's Favorite, on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2017, at 7 p.m. each evening at the SWCC Performing Arts Center in Creston.  Tickets, $5 for students and $7 for the general public, may be purchased at the door.

Read more: Drama Club Performing Neil Simon's God's Favorite

Published March 6, 2017 9:12 am

The Southwestern Spartan men's basketball team's 2016-17 regular season came to a close on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Mason City, with an 83-78 win over NIACC.  With an overall record of 29-1, the Spartan men set a new school record for the most regular season wins, as well as topped the national polls for five weeks.  Now the Spartans will turn their attention to the  2017 NJCAA Region XI Division II Men's Basketball Tournament.  The first-seeded Spartans will start tournament play at home, hosting eighth-seeded Little Priest Tribal College on Tuesday, March 7, at 7 p.m.

Read more: Men's Basketball Regional Tournament Preview 2016-2017

Published March 6, 2017 9:01 am

The Spartan women's basketball team finished the 2016-17 regular season on Saturday, March 4, with a 16-14 record overall and 5-9 record in conference play.  The team is ranked as a fifth seed going into the 2017 NJCAA Region XI DII Women's Basketball Tournament.  This marks the highest tournament seed the Spartans have received in many years.  The Spartans will start tournament play on the road at fourth-seed Southeastern Community College in Keokuk, on Tuesday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m.

View the full tournament bracket on the Iowa Community College Atheltic Conference Web site.


Published March 6, 2017 9:01 am

Brodric Thomas

The #1 ranked team in NJCAA DII proved resilient in an 83-78 win over NIACC on Saturday, March 4, 2017, in Mason City.  The win gave Southwestern an 11-1 ICCAC record and the first-ever outright title in program history; two times before they had earned a share of the title.  Along with making program history, it gives the Spartans the top seed in the Region XI tournament, as well as the home-court advantage throughout the tournament. 

Read more: Spartans Claim Outright Title

Published March 3, 2017 1:59 pm

SWCC staff members with SWCC All-Academic selections

Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Rebekah Kroese of Lenox, Selena Sampson of Creston, and Ana Vasquez of Osceola, were honored as members of the 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team during a recognition ceremony held Wed., March 1, 2017, at 6:30 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Des Moines.

Read more: Three SWCC Students Named to 2017 All-Iowa Academic Team

Published March 3, 2017 8:34 am

Representatives from Southwestern Community College made the trek to the state capitol in Des Moines yesterday, Feb. 28, for 2017 Community College Day on the Hill, from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

During this event, community college trustees, presidents, staff, and business partners showcased career and technical education programs from throughout the state.  At the SWCC table, the welding program was featured.  Ben Williamson, second year welding student from Winterset, accompanied the SWCC delegation to the event.  Williamson answered questions related to the welding program from elected officials, community college presidents, and other passers-by throughout the day.

Shown in photo above (L to R) is the group from SWCC:  Cait Maitlen, admissions director; Doug North, CTE recruiter, Ben Williamson, welding student; Dr. Barb Crittenden, college president; Terri Higgins, marketing and enrollment management director; and Tom Lesan, vice president of economic development.

In photo below:  Ben Williamson (at right), SWCC welding student, explains the SWCC welding program to State Representative Joel Fry (R-Osceola).

Student Ben Williamson with Representative Joel Fry

Published March 3, 2017 8:30 am

Beta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, brought home a number of awards from the Phi Theta Kappa Iowa Region Convention, held Feb. 24-25, at Des Moines Area Community College in Newton.  In attendance at the convention from SWCC were students, Gabe Esser, of Winterset, and Gabrielle Annonson, of Robbinsdale, MN, as well as Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu co-advisor. 

Individual and team awards earned by SWCC included:

  • Five Star Level (SWCC representatives pictured above receiving an award from Phi Theta Kappa regional officers) – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College.  Note:  Five star is the top award level chapters may receive.
  • Distinguished Theme Award – Honors in Action Project, Theme 3 – Rights and Responsibilities (Beta Eta Nu’s topic was “What is going on with mental health care in Iowa?”)
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Honorable Mention, Iowa Region Distinguished Honors in Action Project – Beta Eta Nu Chapter, Southwestern Community College
  • Horizon Award – Justin Mann, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor
  • Horizon Award – Jody Nedley-Newcomb, Beta Eta Nu chapter, co-advisor

Beta Eta Nu officers for 2016-17 include Valerie Hartman, Blythe Beck, Gabe Esser, Selena Sampson, and Tiffany Simmons-Larson.

Shown in the photo above:
Front row (L to R) - Elizabeth Wantland, Kevin Miller, Tom Hol, and Dakota McKune, 2016-2017 Iowa Regional Officers; Monika Byrd, Phi Theta Kappa International Associate VP of Leadership & International Education; Gabe Esser; Gabrielle Annonson; and Jody Nedley-Newcomb;
Back row - Rich Underwood, Iowa Region executive board president.

Published March 1, 2017 2:36 pm

Southwestern Men’s Basketball, Back at #1, NJCAA DII Poll for February 28, 2017, 27-1, #SpartanNation

It took a game winner with 2.1 seconds left to remove Southwestern from an undefeated season and the #1 ranking in NJCAA DII.  After the loss, Southwestern dropped to #3 nationally for one week and then bumped up to #2 the following week.  The Spartans have now returned to the top spot in the nation in the latest rankings released by the NJCAA.  The Spartans received 10 of a possible 12 first place votes.  It marks the fifth week this season Southwestern has been ranked #1 after spending four consecutive weeks in that spot earlier this year.

Read more: Spartans Back at #1 in the Nation

Published February 27, 2017 10:00 am

Southwestern won a key ICCAC matchup 86-68 over Iowa Lakes on Saturday, Feb. 27, as the team honored their sophomores who moved to 52-7 over the past two years, and 25-1 at home.  The win moved their overall record to 27-1 and their ICCAC record to 9-1. 

Read more: Spartan Men Win on Sophomore Day