College News

Published: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 8:37 am

liu ting MG 9155Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Ting Liu of Hutchinson, KS, will be the next head volleyball coach for the SWCC Spartans volleyball program.  Liu replaces Melissa Blessington, who recently resigned her position at SWCC to become head volleyball coach at Ottawa University in Ottawa, KS.

Read more: New Volleyball Coach Named

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 11:07 am

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Southwestern will attempt to pull off the same magic act it performed two years ago by upsetting a number-two seed in regional play. Tuesday, March 4, Southwestern will travel to Iowa Lakes for the first round of the tournament. The Spartans dropped a contest Saturday in the same locale, 64-41.  Coach Mike Holmes is hoping history does some repeating. “Two years ago,” Holmes said, “we had a similar circumstance to this year’s group. We were young, we were slowly getting better, and we had to play the two seed on their home floor. We walked away with a huge win and some great confidence. I would love to see these guys achieve the same thing.”

Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m. The game will be webcast at the Iowa Lakes Community College Web site.

Published: Monday, March 3, 2014 8:35 am


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Jackson, MS – Fifty-one community college students from the United States, Canada, and American Samoa have been named 2014 New Century Scholars – receiving a total of $100,000 in scholarships. Megan Doubleday, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sophomore from Mt. Ayr, is among the nationwide honorees.  The New Century Scholars Program is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation, Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, Phi Theta Kappa, and the American Association of Community Colleges.

Doubleday, who will graduate from SWCC with her associate of arts degree in May 2014, plans to attend Iowa State University in the fall.  She will major in elementary education with an endorsement in math.  While a student at SWCC, she has been active in Student Senate (president), Dazzlers dance team (co-captain), student ambassadors, Phi Theta Kappa (vice president of fellowship), work-study, and tutoring.  Doubleday is a May 2012 Mt. Ayr High School graduate.

Read more: Doubleday one of 51 New Century Scholars

Published: Friday, February 28, 2014 11:06 am

Phi Theta Kappa members--The Beta Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will be having general meetings next week.  All members are requested to attend one of the following meetings:

  • Monday, March 3, 2014, 12 p.m., Instructional Center, room 135
  • Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 8 a.m., Instructional Center, room 120

Read more: Phi Theta Kappa Meetings Next Week

Published: Thursday, February 27, 2014 4:53 pm

The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation scholarship application for 2014-15 is now available on the SWCC Web site at All new and returning students for fall 2014 semester are encouraged to apply! Applications are due to the SWCC Education Foundation office on or before March 17, 2014, at 5 p.m. CDT.

Read more: SWCC Scholarship Deadline is March 17

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 4:22 pm

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Transfer Day was held Wednesday, February 26 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center. Representatives from 16 colleges and universities were in attendance to provide SWCC students with information on transfer opportunities at their institutions. There were 91 SWCC students who attended Transfer Day, and a variety of door prizes from the various colleges and universities were awarded.

Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 12:00 pm


The SWCC Disc Golf Club is hosting an indoor tournament on Saturday, March 1, with registration starting at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Student Center Gym.  The tournament is free and open to the public. All ages and skill levels welcome. Participants are asked to wear gym-friendly, non-marking shoes.


Published: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 10:02 am

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Two more players have signed on to play for Southwestern this fall. Jake Chevalier (left) is a right handed pitcher and infielder from Van Meter. Chevalier will graduate from Van Meter High School in May. Drew Carlson (right) is a left handed pitcher and outfielder from Bussey. Carlson will graduate from Twin Cedars High School in May.

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 4:26 pm

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The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team took home all team awards and all but one individual honor during the Southwestern Chili Bowl Invitational on Sat., February 22, 2014, at the High Lakes Outdoor Alliance in Afton.  College teams participating in the shoot included Iowa State University, Simpson College, and Southwestern Community College.

In singles trap, Ethan Jolliff, SWCC freshman from Indianola, took first hitting 95 of 100 targets.  Leroy Hearn, Iowa State University, placed second at 90 of 100 and Heath Evans, SWCC freshman from Diagonal, took third at 87 of 100.  In doubles trap, Jolliff placed first hitting 86 of 100 targets.  Evans and Trenton Cheers, SWCC freshman from Indianola, tied for second at 84 of 100.  Cheers won a shoot off to receive second place honors.

Read more: Spartans Finish on Top at Home Sports Shooting Event

Published: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:50 am

On the road against top ranked NIACC, the Spartans had a difficult time with ball control. The Trojans forced 31 or the Spartan’s 39 turnovers in the first-half, taking a 56-11 lead into the locker room. The final score was NIACC 99, Spartans 42. Jill Vanderhoof scored a game high 10 points and pulled in five rebounds.