College News

Published November 9, 2011 5:24 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College board of trustees met on Tues., November 8, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. in the board room of the Administration Center.

A public hearing was held for renewal of a tower land lease with Electronic Engineering. The tower is located on SWCC’s Creston campus. The current land lease expired spring 2011. No written or oral objections or petitions were heard or submitted. The board voted to approve the new lease as presented. The land lease will run June 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, and is for $500 per month.

Published November 7, 2011 8:22 am

The Spartan Women’s Basketball Team began the season this weekend with two contests. Friday night, the squad faced off against Fort Scott Community College in game two of the inaugural Gladbach Greyhound Classic (named for Jim Gladbach, longtime supporter of women’s basketball). The contest between the two teams was close throughout, although Fort Scott pulled away late in the second half for a 56-45 victory. Both teams struggled offensively to find their shots and take care of the ball (both shot less than 40 percent from the floor and turned the ball over a combined 45 times), but neither group ever stopped competing. Down four at halftime, the Spartans knew Fort Scott would make a run to begin the second half. They were initially able to stay in the game, but increased defensive pressure from the Greyhounds forced the Spartans out of their offensive rhythm. Southwestern was able to get back within five points with about six minutes remaining but Fort Scott took control from there. Southwestern was led for the night by freshman Jamee Miner who scored a team-high 14 points, grabbed a team-high seven rebounds, had a team-high four assists and finished second on the team with three steals. Sophomore transfer Kristine Smith did her part to help the Spartans' cause by chipping in 12 points and snatching a team-high four steals.

Published November 4, 2011 9:47 am


The Spartans got off to a great start for their 2011-2012 men's basketball season, pulling off a win against Grand View University's junior varsity team, 61-59. Grand View kept the game close.  Going into half time the score was 32-30 with the Spartans in the lead. The last minute of the game was full of intensity, with the Vikings battling to play catch up with the Spartans. Freshman Devin Kastrup had this to say about the game, "As a unit we played pretty well, the first half we kind of struggled on defense but the second half things came together. We had a scare there at the end but ended up getting the win. We just plan on improving from here." The Spartans will play William Penn JV, Wed. Nov. 9, in Creston at 7:30 p.m.

Published November 4, 2011 9:39 am

SWCC_Week_logoGet ready for a week of fun!  The agenda is complete and there is a ton planned for the college’s first-ever SWCC Week, November 7-11, 2011. Some activities do require pre-registration, so if you are interested in any of the following activities start planning now:

  • Game Night, Monday, 8:30 p.m. – Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC students. 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 events page on Facebook.
  • President’s Chili Cook-off, Wednesday, 11 a.m. – If you’re interested in showing off your chili making skills, please contact Matt Thompson at 641.782.1413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Published November 2, 2011 4:35 pm


Attention all basketball fans!  The 2011-12 Spartans’ basketball seasons will soon be underway!  The men’s basketball team will begin play with their home opener this Thursday, Nov. 3, at 7 p.m.  They will face Grand View University’s JV team.

The Spartan women start their season on the road this Friday, Nov. 4, vs. Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, KS.

Good luck to both teams and be sure to come support your Spartans Thursday night!

For more information, please view SWCC's athletic pages.

Published October 29, 2011 8:20 pm

OlerichChrystalOctober 30, 2011--We, at Southwestern Community College, are trying to come to grips with the sudden and unexpected loss of Southwestern Community College student-athlete Chrystal Olerich (pictured at right).  Olerich, a freshman at Southwestern, and two other SWCC students—Samantha Weed and Kaley Folkerts—were involved in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning just outside of Hopkins, MO.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Chrystal’s family during this extremely difficult time.  Chrystal, who wore number nine for the Spartan volleyball team, had a passion for volleyball that runs deep from her family roots.  She had played the sport since she was a little girl.  Coaches say she was a great teammate, did her best every day, and always accepted the assignments she was given on the court.  She will be remembered by her teammates for her outgoing and friendly personality and her dedication to their sport.

Published October 28, 2011 8:23 am


The Spartans finished their season with a win against Grand View University JV, sweeping them three games to zero.  The Spartans were more than focused. The first game was a close one, ending 26-24 with the Spartans making a comeback. As the girls gained momentum, they took the next two games winning 25-19 and 25-14. Josey Ellis led the Spartans with 12 kills for the night, closely followed by Samantha Weed and Blake Sullivan who both had eight. Mariah Kruse was a force in the back row, finishing out the night with 20 digs. Katelyn Coyle finished the night with 25 assists. Megan Simms and Amber Thomas both wrapped up the night with two aces.

Head coach Melissa Blessington said, “Our team played very well tonight. It was nice to see all of the sophomores have great games to finish out their careers at Southwestern. Each one of them has done a great job for the team and they will be missed."

Published October 28, 2011 8:16 am

SWCC Art Club canned food driveThe SWCC Art Club is sponsoring a canned food drive on campus from October 27-November 7, 2011. The donated goods will be given to local food pantries in time for the holidays.

Cans may be dropped off in boxes located outside the main door of the SWCC LRC and the main hallway of the Instructional Center. During SWCC Week, which is scheduled for November 7-11, the Art Club will make an art sculpture out of the donated cans in the Student Center.

Published October 27, 2011 2:36 pm

Estes_concert_MG_4130Approximately 600 people were on campus Sunday, October 23, 2011, for Simon Estes in Concert.  In addition to Estes, the SWCC Concert Choir, Creston High School choir, and East Union High School choir performed; as well as Mike Giles, saxophonist and formerly of Creston, Leah McIntire-Barnett, soprano and daughter-in-law of SWCC’s own Dale Barnett.  The concert finale featured all artists on stage singing a rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Published October 26, 2011 8:28 am

The Spartans Women’s Basketball Program played its final exhibition game before the start of the regular season last night against Graceland University. Southwestern fell behind quickly at the start of the game behind full-court pressure from Graceland and some hot early shooting. A timeout with 15 minutes left in the half calmed the ladies down as they quickly cut into the deficit and spent the rest of the half battling from behind. Coach Gilcrist commented, “I realize we were down 15 at halftime, but I could not have been happier with how we competed in the first half. We staked them to an early lead with our lack of execution and inability to handle pressure. We fought back and we did a great job of running our offense and playing team defense. We had seven straight stops on the defensive end in the first half, a team high for us this season!” Much like the second-halves in their previous games, this one found Southwestern slow of foot and unable to provide any sort of threat on either end of the floor early on. However, the ladies overcame the adversity and really started to find a rhythm again in the second half. Graceland got their post players more involved early on, but Southwestern slowly forced them to work the ball back outside the three-point line. In the end, the Spartans did not have the depth or fire-power to keep up with Graceland. Coach Gilcrist added, “We did not execute perfectly, handing the ball over 21 times while only forcing seven steals, but we rebounded better (26 on the night) and really showed that we could play man-to-man defense for 40 minutes. Our offensive execution was not perfect, but we finally becoming more consistent in our looks. Overall, Coach Dahlseng and I were very pleased with our effort and continued improvement.” The Spartans were led offensively by freshman Jamee Miner (of Omaha, NE) and sophomore Kristine Smith (of Webster City, IA) who scored 16 points apiece. Sophomore Heylee Horn led Southwestern with seven rebounds while Miner chipped in with three steals. The Spartans will now break until opening up the regular season on Tuesday, November 1, at home against Kansas City Kansas Community College.