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Published October 20, 2011 1:39 pm

harmsen_ryan_IMG_4089Coach Gilcrist announced the addition of his team manager Tuesday night during the season's opening press day. Ryan Harmsen, a sophomore from Osceola, will join Gilcrist and Dahlseng on the bench throughout this season. Harmsen will not only be responsible for video-taping and stat-keeping, but he will also be asked to assist with practice organization and other administrative duties necessary for the program to succeed. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about the addition, "Ryan is one of the most genuine people I know at SWCC. Having coached him last year in baseball, I know the enthusiasm and energy Ryan exhibits every single day. He will work hard for us no matter what is asked of him, and he will set that example for our girls while still having fun." Harmsen began his duties with the team a few weeks ago and will continue with the program throughout the season.

Published October 20, 2011 10:45 am


SWCCweek_logoThe college’s first annual SWCC Week will be held November 7-11, 2011!  Fun events are being planned for SWCC students throughout that week.  Some of the events will include a dodge ball tournament, a brain bowl, Creston-wide scavenger hunt, and construction of a canned goods sculpture.  See the complete agenda below to plan your week of fun!

SWCC Week Agenda

Monday, November 7

8:15-8:30 a.m.                    SWCC Greet                                                       Outside on campus

Faculty and staff welcome students to campus.  Get your agenda for the week.

Noon                                     Brain Bowl                                                          Student Center

Teams of three will challenge their knowledge during the SWCC Brain Bowl.  Students, faculty, and staff may participate.  Get your team together now or come that day and be teamed up with other individuals.  See Tracey Evans (office in the Student Center), at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1437, to register.  Emcee will be Wade Sick, math instructor.

7 p.m.                                   Dodgeball                                                           SWCC Gym

Co-ed teams of up to 10 individuals (must have at least three females and only six on court at one time) will compete in a dodge ball tournament.  Plan your team ahead of time or come and be placed on a team at the event.  Top three teams will receive awards and bragging rights for the rest of the year.  Register with student activities (Tracey Evan’s office in Student Center) or in the Spartan Suites office.  Please have teams there by 6:30 p.m. to go over rules.  Dodge ball rules!

8:30 p.m.                             Game Night                                                       Student Center

Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC Students.  The SWCC Student Ambassadors are the sponsor for this event. Sign up with Admissions in the Administration Center. Deadline for entry is Friday, November 4 by 4 p.m. Rules and other information can be found on the event's page on facebook.

Tuesday, November 8

8:45-9 a.m.                          SWCC Greet                                                       Outside on campus

Faculty and staff welcome students to campus.  Get your agenda for the week.

Noon                                     Creston-Wide Scavenger Hunt                  Around town

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 Senate is the sponsor for this event. Details for this event will be available online during the next week. Signup 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!

Published October 19, 2011 8:32 am

PinkOut_TshirtTonight’s volleyball game will be a PINK OUT for breast cancer awareness.  Wear a pink shirt or be one of the first 130 spectators to get a FREE shirt at the door.  The game starts at 6:30 p.m. when the Spartans will take on Southeast NE.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month Web site, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.


Thanks to the student housing office for organization of tonight’s Pink Out event!!

Published October 17, 2011 8:16 am


On Saturday, October 15, the Spartan Men and Women Cross Country Teams traveled to Dixon, IL, and competed in the Sauk Valley Invitational hosted by Sauk Valley Community College. It was another stellar day for both teams as the women captured their second invitational crown of the season while the men finished fifth, placing two runners in the top 15.

Published October 17, 2011 12:00 am

SWCC volleyball went 2-2 this weekend at the Iowa Central Invitational.  The Spartans faced Grand View JV first off and won with scores of 25-23, 27-25, 25-23. Katelyn Coyle led the team in assists with 24 and also finished with four aces. Josey Ellis lead the team in kills with nine. Blake Sullivan and Megan Simms each had eight. Mariah Kruse had 20 digs to lead the way followed by Simms with 16.

Published October 14, 2011 2:48 pm

WinterCoatPhi Theta Kappa is organizing a winter clothing drive.  Donation boxes will be available on campus from Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 28, in the Student Center and the Instructional Center (LRC).

Please make sure all items are clean and usable for winter.  Coats, mittens, jeans, slacks, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts are suggested items.

Be sure to check pockets for items before donating.  All sizes from children to adults, female and male, will be accepted!

Published October 14, 2011 12:27 pm

Southern Iowa Resource Conservation and Development (SIRC&D) and Southwestern Community College (SWCC) have launched a collaborative effort—the Smart Business Resource Program—to provide workshops, on-site consultation, and online learning opportunities for area business people and entrepreneurs.  The program was partially funded by SIRC&D and a USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant.

The Smart Business Resource Program, which will be facilitated through SWCC’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC), will promote rural entrepreneurship and job creation throughout its south central Iowa service area.  SWCC business and technology instructors and professional staff, who have extensive teaching and business consulting experience, will be utilized to provide individualized technical assistance through online training, face-to-face workshops, and on-site consultation.  Initial topics will include business planning, basic small business accounting, basic and advanced QuickBooks, QuickBooks for farmers, reading and understanding financial statements, and marketing.

Published October 12, 2011 4:44 pm

Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a book reading. Head to the SWCC LRC to check out your copy of George Orwell’s 1984. Because there are a limited number of copies (18 total), when you are done with your copy, please return it to the LRC so someone else will have a chance to read it.

The group discussion for this book will occur on two dates:

Mon., October 31, 12-1 p.m., LRC  
Tues., November 1, 12-1 p.m., LRC

Select which date works best for you and feel free to bring your lunch! Please be sure to have your copy of the book back to the LRC by Nov 1, 2011, as they have to be returned to the originating library by November 3.

If questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, at 641.782.1429 or Donovan Richardson, SWCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member.

Published October 12, 2011 4:20 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 11, 2011, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that fall SWCC enrollment is at 1,762 students.  This is up from 1,753 students last year.  Thompson stated during the past three years enrollment has increased 19.8 percent.  Credit hours have decreased slightly from 17,797 credits in the fall of 2010 to 17,709 credits in the fall of 2011.

Mary Jo Skarda, Southwestern’s board secretary, noted Dr. Tony Cass of Creston, Cindy Cox of Bedford, Susan Lane of Leon, and Fred Shearer of Corning were re-elected for four-year terms to the board during the recent elections.  The board members’ four-year terms began on October 1, 2011.

Published October 12, 2011 10:57 am

Due to a scheduling conflict, the Spartans first exhibition game originally scheduled for this Friday (Oct. 14) has been moved. The Women's Basketball Program will now open up play on October 19 at the Midland University Jamboree. The game versus Doane College has been moved from this Friday to Friday, October 21. The game will be played at 5 p.m. on Doane's campus. Coach Gilcrist added, "Although this change means our girls will play many games in very few days, we are excited for the opportunity to have an overnight trip so early in the season. Team chemistry is very important to any team, but we feel it is especially important for us given the strength of our schedule and the grind this season will have on us. We need to be connected as a family and this trip will help us progress towards that state."