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Published January 9, 2012 1:11 pm

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After a tremendous start for Southwestern on the road in Mason City, playing conference foe North Iowa Area, the Spartans began getting careless with the ball and allowed the Trojans to overtake them by halftime.  Leading 17-7, Marquealis Edwards picked up a third foul in the first half, putting one of the Spartan's best ball-handlers on the bench for the remainder of the half.  Southwestern had trouble connecting on field goals, shooting 24 percent in the first half.

Published January 9, 2012 8:23 am

The Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball team traveled to Mason City this Saturday to face the Trojans of North Iowa Area Community College. At 10-5 entering the contest, the Trojans posed an interesting matchup for the Spartans in their first taste of conference action on the road. Determined to play with much more consistency on both ends of the floor, the Spartan Women came out with tons of energy and explosiveness. Jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes of action, the Spartans failed to capitalize of several more scoring opportunities that might have widened that gap and dampened the NIACC spirits. Instead, with 14:58 left in the first half, NIACC seized control of the game and never looked back. With pressure defense and sharp shooting, the Trojans went on a 15-0 run at one point, forcing five straight turnovers on their defensive end of the floor. They took a commanding 38-19 lead into the halftime break.

Published January 5, 2012 8:23 am

Last night marked the first conference game for Coach Gilcrist and the 2011-2012 Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team. Facing 14th-ranked Kirkwood Community College, the Spartans were outgunned from the tip. After trading three point baskets to open the game, the Eagles from Kirkwood continued to have great success from beyond the arc while Southwestern struggled to find any easy shots. Kirkwood used a 2-2-1 three-quarter court press to stymie the Spartan transition game and jumped out to a quick 24-3 lead with almost 15 minutes still left in the first half.

Published December 22, 2011 11:03 am

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DECEMBER 22, 2011--Earlier today, Beta Eta Nu, SWCC's chapter of the International Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and Creston Hy-Vee presented a $1,000 check to SWCC math instructor Tom Dunphy.  The check will go to help with health-related expenses for Tom's granddaughter Kara Dunphy, who is fighting leukemia.  Kara is the daughter of Sean and Deanne Dunphy.

During the fundraising drive, Hy-Vee coupon books were sold on campus and in the Creston area by PTK student members and sponsors.  Chuck Irelan, general manager of the Creston Hy-Vee, donated Hy-Vee’s portion of the sales to Kara’s fund drive. Cash donations were also given by community members. 

PTK would like to thank everyone who participated in this event! 

PHOTO (L to R):  Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC PTK sponsor; Tom Dunphy, Kara's grandfather and SWCC math instructor; and Chuck Irelan, general manager for Creston Hy-Vee

Published December 15, 2011 8:26 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board voted to reinstate the college’s early retirement policy for employees.  The policy has an April 1, 2012, application deadline for employees.  The expiration date for this plan is June 30, 2012.  This is the same early retirement plan that the board approved in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, presented the annual student demographic report to the board.  Thompson stated that SWCC’s final fall 2011 enrollment was 1,762 students.  This is up from last year’s enrollment of 1,753 students.  According to Thompson, 22.3 percent of 2011 high school graduates in the college’s region are enrolled at SWCC, compared to 20.5 percent last year.  Thompson noted for fall 2011, SWCC has 876 students enrolled full-time and 886 students enrolled on a part-time basis.  The demographic information was compiled by Marilyn Werner and Lisa Shawler in the SWCC assessment center.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported to the board concerning the IACCT meeting he attended on behalf of SWCC last week.

Published December 13, 2011 8:55 am

WbbApparel_PhotoThe Southwestern Community College women's basketball team is offering a second order on clothing items. The attached brochure/order form provides color photos of the merchandise, as well as the pricing. If anyone would like any additional clothing, please contact Spartan Head Coach Brett Gilcrist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 402.953.6090 to place an order. Thank you for your support of the women's basketball program!  We hope this second order will allow everyone to have an opportunity to show their school pride.

NOTE:  Orders must be placed by December 22, 2011!

Published December 8, 2011 11:10 am

AlzheimersTshirtCRESTON, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) women’s basketball team is hosting an Alzheimer’s Awareness Game on Thursday, December 15, at 6 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium.  During the game, the Spartans will face Iowa Western Community College of Council Bluffs.

Everyone attending the game is encouraged to wear purple.  Prior to the game, purple SWCC Alzheimer’s T-shirts will be on sale for $10 (see photo at right).  All proceeds from the gate admissions, concessions, and T-shirt sales will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Iowa Chapter.  Representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association will be present before and during the game to answer questions and sell Alzheimer’s awareness wristbands.

Published December 1, 2011 4:45 pm

2011danceTeamThe Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dance Team will be performing at the 2012 Iowa College Dance Competition at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall on Friday, December 2.  SWCC performs in the hip hop division at 4:11 p.m.  The doors open to spectators at 7 a.m.  The competition runs from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.  All seats are general admission.  Ticket cost is $10 per day.

Team members include Erica Lensing, Jessica Fooken, Megan Fooken, Melissa Haveman, Cassandra Edwards, Danielle Shae, and Leah Robinson.

There will be 23 college teams in competition. 

Published December 1, 2011 8:20 am

CRESTON — The TRiO Educational Talent Search (ETS) program at Southwestern Community College is offering free ACT Test prep courses for all ETS high school participants the morning of Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Two options are available for students who attend: 

•    Option 1 – 8 a.m. to noon.  Students who choose Option 1 will be participating in a mock exam consisting of the same conditions as the official ACT exam. 
•    Option 2 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Students who choose Option 2 will attend three break-out sessions (math, English/reading, and science).

Published November 23, 2011 10:08 am

CRESTON, IA—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Concert Choir will be performing “Holiday Carols in Concert” on Sunday, December 11, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center on the SWCC Creston campus.  Tickets for this event are $10 per person, $5 for students and seniors, and may be purchased at the door.

The choir performed in the Des Moines area the week of November 28.  The concerts featured favorite carols and masterworks by Christiansen, Mattson, The King’s Singers, Felciano, and Schreck.

The concert schedule follows:
•    Mon., November 28, First United Methodist Church, 309 E. Jefferson Street, Winterset
•    Tues., November 29, St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 5720 Urbandale Ave., Des Moines
•    Wed., November 30, Zion Lutheran Church, 4300 Beaver Ave., Des Moines
•    Thurs., December 1, Central Presbyterian Church, 3829 Grand Ave., Des Moines
•    Fri., December 2, Grace Lutheran Church, 3010 52nd Street, Des Moines