College News

Published December 6, 2012 2:00 pm

ChamberSingers 2012

The Southwestern Community College Chamber Singers will perform Holiday Carols in Concert this Sunday, December 9, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the SWCC Performing Arts Center theater. Cost of admission is $10 a person and $5 for students and seniors.

The repertoire will include works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Shaw, Burt, and Mattson. It will be directed by conductor Ryan Howe, SWCC professional music instructor.

Published December 6, 2012 10:52 am

Wednesday night, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Council Bluffs to play DI fifth ranked Iowa Western Community College. The Spartans fell to the Reivers by a final score of 82-29.

After staying within single digits for most of the first half, the turnover bug bit the Spartans yet again this season as Iowa Western forced 21 first-half turnovers, eight of which led to 16 easy points in transition. The Reivers entered the break leading 35-14, although Southwestern felt good about holding them to just 34 percent shooting from the field, including 27 percent from the 3-point line. Unfortunately, SWCC had no response for a much more aggressive Iowa Western team in the second half as they committed nine more turnovers and allowed double-digit offensive rebounds after intermission. The Reivers took advantage of a fatigued and short-handed Southwestern squad (the Spartans had three players, two starters missing due to various causes). Great ball movement and an increased focus on offensive rebounding propelled Iowa Western to shoot better than 50 percent from the field in the second half. The Spartans, on the other hand, continued to struggle shooting the basketball as they were held to just 24 percent shooting for the night, including just 43 percent from the free-throw line.

Read more ...

Published December 6, 2012 10:45 am

With an accomplishment Head Coach Mike Holmes believes is as jaw-dropping as scoring 100+ points individually in a college basketball game, Southwestern played 40 minutes against Buena Vista Wednesday night and turned the ball over only twice.  The result was 74 shots for the Spartans, leading to an 83-60 win.

Holmes said, “You can manipulate scoring to a degree.  Give a guy 100 shots and he should score 100 points.  You can’t manipulate turnovers.  You will have the possessions in a game, and you will either be technically sound with the ball or you won’t.”  The multitude of shots on goal led to four Spartans in double figures for the night—Marquealis Edwards, Jack Harrison, Patrick Wright, and Marcus Littleton.  Edwards also led the Spartans in assists and rebounds for the evening.

Southwestern will want to carry their ball value over to Saturday night, when they go on the road to face the high pressure defense of Iowa Western, who is ranked in the top ten nationally for Division I teams currently.  Tip-off is 7 p.m

Published December 3, 2012 2:57 pm

SWCC students and faculty are hosting SWCC's first-ever Fall Poster Day, on Thursday, December 6, from noon-1 p.m. in room 180 of the Instructional Center.  During Poster Day, SWCC students will be sharing research projects they have been working on during the fall 2012 semester.  Topics will range from psychology to biology to environmental issues.  Posters will be on display and the presenters will be available for questions during this hour-long event.

Hope to see you there!

Published December 3, 2012 11:16 am

spaghettigraphicThe Southwestern Community College carpentry & building trades programs are hosting a spaghetti dinner this Thursday, December 6, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. at the Osceola Hy-Vee Cafeteria. The cost is $6 per person.

Funds raised during this event will assist with expenses incurred during the carpentry program's home rebuilding trips.

If questions, please contact Charlie Mundy, SWCC high school carpentry instructor, at 641.202.2233.

Published December 3, 2012 8:36 am

The Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Southern Missouri this past weekend for two games. Friday night the Spartans faced the JV team from Missouri Valley College before traveling to Nevada, MO Saturday afternoon to play Cottey College. SWCC dropped both games, losing to Missouri Valley 60-44 before dropping their game against Cottey 46-36.

Coach Gilcrist commented, “Both of these games are indicative of how are season has been played thus far. I felt like we beat ourselves in both games with unforced turnovers, poor free-throw shooting, and a general lack of consistency on both ends of the floor.”

Southwestern never led in the game against Missouri Valley, trailing 29-24 at the halftime break despite 13 first-half turnovers and an abysmal 5/14 (36 percent) shooting from the free-throw line. Unfortunately, the halftime break was not enough to reset the Lady Spartans as they shot just 30 percent from the field after intermission and struggled to adjust to how the referees started to call the game. On top of that, Missouri Valley got two shooters hot after the break that really started to hurt SWCC from three-point range.

Read more ...

Published December 3, 2012 8:26 am

swcc mbb vs central nebraska MG 8662

Southwestern executed its game-plan against a talented team from Central Nebraska Wednesday; however, as the result hung in the balance during the game’s final five minutes, it was the visitors who made the plays for the win.  Tied at 51-51, James Spencer of the Raiders hit a key three-point goal at the top of the key to push the lead to three.  Southwestern would answer on a put-back by Devin Kastrup, but then two scores by Central Nebraska made the advantage 58-53.  A key sequence then spelled the end for Southwestern when a Marquealis Edwards lay-up attempt was challenged at the rim, followed by a miss and offensive put-back by the Raiders.  Still breathing, Southwestern came up short in their next possession when another challenged lay-up, this one by Patrick Wright, missed the mark, and yet another offensive rebound and score finally did in the Spartans, 66-54.

Southwestern next plays on the road Wednesday at Buena Vista.  Tip-off is 7 p.m.


Published November 28, 2012 11:59 am

swcc mbb vs grand viewIMG 3718

Jack Harrison got Southwestern out of the gate quickly in Des Moines Monday, scoring the team’s first seven points and grabbing 3 of his team high 7 defensive rebounds to pace the Spartans to a 25-15 lead just past the midway point of the first half.  Grand View managed to hang around, and cut the deficit before two steals and run-out lay-ins by Marquealis Edwards gave the double-digit advantage back to Southwestern.

With a 39-31 halftime lead, the Spartans saw the margin cut by two early three-point goals from the Vikings, but Southwestern managed to run its spread offense efficiently enough to keep the margin throughout the game on their way to a 68-64 road win.  Coach Mike Holmes said, “Our passing detail was as good as it has been this year, which is why we were able to score.  It doesn’t do much good to put a good screen on a cutter and get him open if your passer doesn’t see him and get him the ball in a position to score.” 

Southwestern next plays Wednesday night at home against Central Nebraska.  Tip-off is 7 p.m.

Published November 26, 2012 10:28 am

SWCC ChamberChoir201112 ForHomepage
The Southwestern Community College Chamber Singers will be on tour this week presenting "Holiday Carols in Concert" in the Des Moines area.  ALL concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.  A free-will offering will be taken.  The concerts will feature works by Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Christiansen, Shaw, Burt and Mattson.   Pictured above:  2011-12 Concert Choir.

Students come to Creston from across the country and even outside of the United States to complete Southwestern’s professional music degree.  The talent of this group is incredible.  Ryan Howe, SWCC professional music instructor, will be the conductor.

Concert dates and locations follow:

Read more ...

Published November 26, 2012 10:09 am

The holiday weekend was a busy one for the Southwestern women’s basketball team. After a Tuesday night game at North Central, the team had a day to be with family before traveling back to Creston for a late night Thanksgiving Day practice. Friday morning the team then made the trek to southern Kansas to take part in the Barton Classic at Barton Community College. Friday night SWCC played the host Cougars before facing Brown Mackie College Saturday afternoon.

Friday night saw Southwestern fall to Barton Community College by a final score of 60-43. After jumping out to an early eight-point lead, Southwestern failed to care for the ball and take smart shots as they went into the halftime break down by a score of 32-25. After the break, the team stabilized itself despite seeing two starters sit on the bench for the start of the second half. With nine minutes go in the game, SWCC found itself down 42-35. After a defensive stop, the team missed two crucial free throws that translated into a transition three for Barton. Southwestern would crumble from there as they failed to keep the Cougars off the offensive glass and made too many mental mistakes on their own offensive end.

Read more ...