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Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 10:23 am
Southwestern battled to the finish line against resurgent Iowa Lakes last Saturday, but came up short in a 80-70 loss in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play. The game was close most of the way, with the Lakers taking a 28-27 lead into the half behind punishing work on the offensive boards. Playing four guards, the Spartans attempted to counter the attack in the second half, but Iowa Lakes was too quick to the rim off dribble penetration and too consistent with offensive putbacks to get turned away. After getting down 10 in the early parts of the second half, Southwestern was able to cut it to 55-50 with five minutes to play; however, a three-point goal from Mike Weems did in the comeback effort. Southwestern falls to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the league. They host Central College tonight at 7 p.m.
Published: Friday, January 28, 2011 11:11 am

Creston, IOWA—The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 14th Annual Vocal Jazz Fest concerts on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.

The New York Voices are renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing.  Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity.  The New York Voices has traveled the globe and appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Austria Opera House, and The Zurich Opera House.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.

For more information including the official ticket order form, please visit the “Registration” section of the SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest Web site at www.vocaljazzfest.com.  To pay for concert tickets by credit card, call 641.782.1448.

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 1:52 pm

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Recruit Kenny Blass of Guthrie Center High School Guthrie Center signed a letter of intent to run on the SWCC Cross Country Team this fall.

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:36 am

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A group made up of SWCC faculty, staff, and students visited the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 26, for the Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Forum.

The group met with state representatives including Representative Joel Fry, Representative Cecil Dolecheck, and Senator Joni Ernst, at 10:45 a.m.  The group also met with Governor Terry Branstad at 12:45 p.m., and then attended the IACCT legislative forum at 3:10 p.m.

NEW!  Senators Kibbie, Gronstal, and McKinley honored community colleges on their 45th anniversary by introducing SR1, a resolution recognizing community colleges.

Read more: SWCC Group Heads to Capitol for IACCT Student Legislative Forum

Published: Thursday, January 27, 2011 9:17 am

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Battling the top team in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference as well as the flu was too much for Southwestern to handle Wednesday as they dropped the key matchup, 65-46. Kirkwood stormed out of the gates behind three three-point goals from guard Michael Weber. The Spartans were ice cold in the first half from the floor, managing only 18% from the field. Keeping composure in the second half, the Spartans were more efficient on both ends of the floor, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Spartans remain in a tie for third in the league, and have a key conference battle with Iowa Lakes Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.

Published: Monday, January 24, 2011 12:58 pm

swcc_vs_niacc_MG_0615Southwestern took on a soaring North Iowa Area team Saturday in Creston and emerged with a satisfying 69-62 win. The victory moved Southwestern into 3rd alone in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, one game behind Kirkwood and Iowa Central. Both teams scored frequently in the game's first 10 minutes, and Southwestern took a 39-32 lead into half. NIACC continued to change defenses, and eventually took a 58-54 lead with five minutes to play. The Spartans answered back, keyed by a huge three-pointer from Austin Emerson at the end of the shot clock to put the Spartans up five with just under two minutes to play.

Read more: Spartans Move Into Third in Conference

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 11:14 am

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Approximately 150 people attended the Open Table meal Tuesday evening at the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in downtown Creston. The meal is open to the public and meant to assist individuals who are struggling financially and may not be able to feed their families a healthy meal. The meal is offered each Tuesday evening and is often served by community clubs, churches, or organizations.Tuesday, January 18, SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) group prepared and served a meal including chili, carrots and celery, and bars/cookies. Many other SWCC students volunteered to assist with the evening as well.

Following the meal, with the sale of leftover chili and vegetables, the PTK group was able to donate $140 to the Open Table for overhead expenses. Thanks to everyone who bought gallons of chili or came over to have a bowl fo chili.

Any funds that come in now will go to the next projects Phi Theta Kappa takes on (Coins for Cancer and/or military care packages) which they will decide on next week.

Read more: PTK and Student Volunteers Serve at Open Table

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:58 am

CRESTON, Iowa – Jan. 12, 2011–-Students at Southwestern Community College are already benefitting from a smart, energy-saving decision. With the start of the 2010-11 school year, students moved into the newly built, energy efficient Spartan Hall. Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, helped find the best ways to save money on energy with this new dorm.

The new on-campus housing holds 72 students, which was a much needed expansion for this growing school. "We needed more student housing, and in an effort to be mindful of their tuition, we took the extra steps to make this place efficient, and reduce its energy bill," said Tom Lesan, Vice President, Southwestern Community College.

Spartan Hall features a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, which takes advantage of the constant ground temperature just a few feet below the surface. In the winter, heat is taken out of the ground. In the summer, cold is taken from the ground. This project also featured enhanced insulation on the walls and roof.

Read more: Spartan Hall Features Geo-Thermal Technology to Reduce Energy Costs

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:13 am

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The Mixed Blood Theatre was on campus Tuesday afternoon to present Dr. King’s Dream, by Warren C. Bowles. This moving presentation was a celebration of the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King. It illuminated why King is considered one of America’s greatest leaders and is honored with a national holiday each January.This event was sponsored by TRiO-Student Support Services and student activities.

Published: Thursday, January 20, 2011 10:12 am
Down 17 points at one time in the second half, Southwestern rallied at Marshalltown to cut the lead to 5, but the furious comeback fell short when the Tigers made some key stops and grabbed a big offensive rebound off a missed free throw. The final margin resulted in a Marshalltown win, 76-62. The Tigers came out of the gates strong, connecting on their first 5 field goals, but Southwestern kept pace and led 22-20 at the halfway point of the first half.

Read more: Southwestern rally falls short