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Published September 28, 2011 4:47 pm


The Southwestern Spartans hosted the Marshalltown Tigers in a three game match. Spartans forfeited the first game. The second game was a close one, with a final score of 23-25 and the third game ended 12-25, both in the Tiger's favor.

Kills for the night were led by sophomore Megan Simms with five, while sophomore Josey Ellis followed with four and sophomore Blake Sullivan three. Freshman libero Mariah Kruse ended the night with ten digs, with freshman Kaley Folkerts right behind with eight and Simms with seven. Freshman Katelyn Coyle was the go-to-girl for assists finishing with 13. Finally, sophomore Amber Thomas ended the night with two aces.

The Spartans will continue their week playing at Burlington, Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m.

Scores: SWCC 0 - MCC 3
0-25 L, 23-25 L, 12-25 L

Simms 5,  Ellis 4,  Sullivan 3,  Weed 3,  Kruse 1

Kruse 10,  Folkerts 8,  Simms 7,  Ellis 5,  Coyle 3,  Thomas 3 , Sullivan 2,  Weed 2

Coyle 13

Thomas 2

Published September 28, 2011 4:30 pm

If you received an invitation in the mail this fall from SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter (and approximately 150 SWCC students did!), apply now for membership! New member applications are due Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011.

Phi Theta Kappa is an international honor society for students at two-year colleges. Beta Eta Nu is the name of SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter. Students applying for membership must have completed at least 12 credits of associate degree work at SWCC with a grade point average of 3.5 or better.

Applications should be submitted to Justin Mann, mathematics instructor, or Jody Nedley-Newcomb, sociology instructor. Please contact Mann or Nedley-Newcomb for more information.

Published September 27, 2011 11:06 am

SmartStart1_IMG_3302Southwestern Community College hosted 133 high school students from 10 high schools on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, for the SmartStart Kickoff.  Future SWCC students spent the morning touring campus, sitting in on college classes, visiting the residence halls, meeting SWCC students and instructors, and just having fun.

The afternoon was full as well, with the Iowa Association for College Admissions Counseling (IACAC) college fair from 1-2:30 p.m.  Approximately 185 high school students from 14 high schools and college students from SWCC attended the fair.  During the college fair, students were able to visit with representatives from 56 colleges, universities, and military branches.

For photos from the events, please visit SWCC's Facebook page.

Thanks to everyone who made it a fun and exciting day at SWCC!

Published September 27, 2011 9:42 am


The SWCC women finished first in the junior college division at the Brissman Lundeen Invitational at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, on Friday, Sept. 23, 2011. More than 700 runners from 35 colleges participated in the meet. Runners for the Spartans' team included Kalli McCann, freshman from Osceola who set a school record in the 6K; Christy Stevens, freshman from Atlantic; Sarah Sneed, freshman from Malvern; Regina Hafner, freshman from Panora; and Delaney Turner, freshman from Panora. They finished second, fifth, eighth, ninth and 10th respectively to secure the victory. Every Spartan runner set a personal record in the 6K race.

The team placed 19th overall at the invitational.

To view online race results, please visit

Published September 23, 2011 8:23 am


The Spartans ended their three-game week at home against the Graceland University JV. The Spartans lost the first game 15-25, but came back in the second with a 25-20 win. Although the Spartans kept a close fight up, the last two games ended in Graceland’s favor, 22-25 and 17-25.

Published September 22, 2011 8:56 am

SWCC's Education Foundation and the administrative cabinet had a great time welcoming 25 of SWCC's retirees back to campus on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011. The group had breakfast together and then heard from Dr. Barb Crittenden and cabinet members about the changes that have taken place at the college in recent years. Following the breakfast and sharing session, a portion of the group toured campus.  Be sure to check out additional photos from this event on SWCC's Facebook page!!

Thanks to all these great lifetime SWCC supporters for all they've done and for returning to campus to visit!!

Published September 22, 2011 8:10 am

The Spartans traveled to Fort Dodge on Wednesday, Sept. 21, to play Iowa Central Community College. The Spartans lost the match in three games. The scores were 16-25, 10-25, and 15-25.  Leaders for the team were freshman Samantha Weed with seven kills, followed by Amber Thomas, Josey Ellis, and Kaley Folkerts each with three kills.  Freshman Katelyn Coyle led the team in assists with 15.  Mariah Kruse led the team in digs with 10 followed by Folkerts with eight.  Southwestern plays host to Graceland JV on Thursday,  Sept. 22.

Published September 21, 2011 5:08 pm

Adams_street_espresso_color_logo_02Students from the SWCC professional music department will perform next Wed., Sept. 28, 7-8:30 p.m. at the Adams Street Espresso, 213 W. Adams Street. These performances, labeled the SWCC Music Cafe, will take place every other Wednesday for the coming months, so upcoming dates will be October 12, October 26, and November 9.

If questions, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC professional music instructor.

Published September 21, 2011 4:16 pm

With the Spartan Women's basketball preseason less than a month away, coaches and players are getting anxious for action. This week, the team roster saw a different type of action, losing a key inside player, as well as gaining a familiar face to possibly fill that spot.

Shannon Smith, a freshman from East Union High School in Afton, was notified last week that doctors are asking her to sit out the upcoming basketball season due to complications from off-season surgery. Shannon was expected to provide an inside threat and rebounding presence for the Spartan Women this season and will be sorely missed by her coaches. Coach Gilcrist said, "I know Shannon is really hurting right now. This was not an easy decision for her to make but ultimately, she has to focus on her health. Shannon will always be welcome in this program and I look forward to the day when she is once again healthy! I still want to see her wearing a Spartan uniform and representing the local area in one of the best conferences in the nation." It is unclear when Shannon will be cleared to return but she will continue studying at SWCC until further notice.

When Blake Sullivan first mentioned playing basketball last spring, Coach Gilcrist knew he may be adding a very tenacious inside threat to his team. Blake knows how to use her size and strength in the paint, but more importantly, she just refuses to give up the ball to her opponent. First noticed during last year's intramural basketball, Coach Gilcrist had this to say about Blake, "She is going to really improve our depth (especially after the absence of Shannon Smith) and her athleticism will allow Coach Dahlseng and I to really have 10 girls on this team that can run the floor non-stop!" Like her volleyball teammates (Amber Thomas and Kaley Folkerts), Blake will not join the team until volleyball season is over but she is expected to make contributions as soon as she is able to focus on her game again.

Published September 20, 2011 8:56 am


The Spartans started off the week with a tough game against Simpson College. While the score bounced back and forth multiple times, it slipped a little further out of the Spartans reach each time. After a tough first game that ended 18-25, the next two followed 17-25 and 16-25.