College News

Published September 1, 2011 8:20 am


Southwestern Women’s Volleyball team opened up their season play Wednesday night against Southeast Nebraska Community College with a loss. The Spartans dropped the first and second games of the match 14-25, 23-25, but came back to win the third game 26-24.  The fourth game went to the Storm as they won 21-25.

The team was led in kills by Blake Sullivan and Josey Ellis with 12. 

Megan Simms and Amber Thomas both finished with five kills. Freshman Mariah Kruse led the team with 25 digs.  Ellis was second on the team with 16, and freshman Kaley Folkerts finished with 15 digs. Freshman Katelyn Coyle was leading assist maker for the Spartans finishing with 35. Simms led the team in aces for the evening with two.  Both Kruse and Thomas served 100 percent for the evening.  Kruse was 20 for 20 and Thomas was eight for eight.

Southwestern travels to Graceland Saturday for tournament play.  They will have their season opener on September 7 when they will play Ellsworth Community College.

Published August 28, 2011 9:25 pm


For the first time ever, the Spartan men and women gathered on their own turf to run the 2011 Region XI Cross Country Time Trials. More than 100 runners from eight Iowa college teams competed in the event Saturday morning on SWCC's Creston Campus.

The Spartan women showed up ready to run. Kelli McCann, freshman from Osceola, and Regina Hafner, freshman from Panora, were able to crack the top 20 for the women. McCann came in 11th place with a time of 21:37.1 while Hafner came in 14th place with a time of 22:48.6. Chelsi Palmer, the lone returning sophomore from Casey and team captain, ran a time of 26:34.3.

The Spartan men finished fourth with Dave Prchal, freshman from Omaha, NE, leading the team finishing 24th with a time of 18:20.1. Luke Hood, freshman from Marshalltown, followed with a time of 18:50.4 and Jason James was right behind him with a time of 19:21.7.

This meet was the first-ever cross country meet hosted by Southwestern. The Spartans will run at home again on October 29, when SWCC will host the Region XI Championship. The next cross country meet for the Spartans will be September 3, 9:30 a.m. at the Central College Invitational in Pella.

View results: Men's Women's

More photos posted on SWCC's Facebook page.

Published August 25, 2011 4:22 pm


There will be many fresh faces in Southwestern’s basketball program in the upcoming season. Ten freshmen join sophomores Keenan Joiner (Maryville, MO, pictured) and Andrew Pool (Orient, IA) to complete the squad.  While the incoming freshmen represent a good portion of the state of Iowa, there is also a national and international flair with players from Colorado, Minnesota, and Croatia.  See the link for a complete list of players for 2011-12.

Published August 24, 2011 10:55 am

Southwestern's women's basketball team will be holding walk-on tryouts on Wednesday, September 7 at 3:00pm in the Student Center gymnasium. Any and all female students currently enrolled at SWCC are invited to attend the tryout. Students must bring proof of a current physical. Any questions or concerns related to these tryouts can be directed towards Coaches This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. via email or their office phone, 641.782.1539.

Published August 24, 2011 9:27 am

folkerts_kaley_MG_1423Player Name: Kaley Folkerts
High School: Bedford High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist: Like her volleyball teammate Amber Thomas, Kaley Folkerts will be joining the Spartan Women’s Basketball program as a two-sport athlete this winter. Highly regarded as one of the best pure athletes in Iowa last season, the recommendations not only came from coaches but even parents in the local community. Coach Gilcrist had this to say about his latest commit, “Kaley will fit well into our up-tempo, aggressive system and we will look for her to provide much needed depth to our team. She one was of the first girls I tried to contact when I took this position and I feel blessed that she has decided to try to play multiple sports at SWCC.”

Published August 22, 2011 8:50 am


It was a great night, Saturday, at the Clarke County Speedway!  It was SWCC Night and the college had games, prizes, T-shirts, and temporary tattoos for the kids.  The weather was perfect and the crowd was large!  SWCC's HHR even led the main races as the pace car!

Thanks to the SWCC volunteers Amanda and Rumy Kabir, Terri and Alyssa Higgins, Charlie Mundy, Jana Scott, Dana Seymour, Jeff and Nora Stuber, and Bill Taylor.

Check out the photos on SWCC's Facebook page

Published August 18, 2011 11:48 am

Estes_HandsFoldedSimon Estes Concert Information
October 23, 2011
2 p.m., SWCC Student Center Gymnasium (campus map)
Doors open at 1 p.m.

Concert Ticket Pricing
Premium seating on floor, $25
Adult general seating, $10
Student seating, $5

To purchase tickets, visit one of the following ticket locations (tickets will be on sale Monday, September 19, at most locations): 

  • Corning:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Creston:  Creston Chamber of Commerce, Iowa State Savings Bank (all locations), Southwestern Community College, and Tyler Insurance
  • Diagonal:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Lenox:  Iowa State Savings Bank branch office
  • Mt. Ayr:  Tyler Insurance
  • Osceola:  SWCC Osceola Center
  • Red Oak:  SWCC Red Oak Center

To purchase tickets by credit card, please contact the Southwestern Community College business office at 641.782.1448.

The concert will raise funds for the Simon Estes Iowa Educational Foundation and the SWCC Education Foundation.  If you are interested in a sponsorship opportunity, which includes tickets to a reception with Simon Estes following the concert, please contact Phil Tyler at 641.782.5503 or Bill Krejci at 641.782.1459.  Sponsorships may also be purchased at the ticket locations above (To be listed in the concert program, sponsorship must be purchased by Fri., October 14).

Simon Estes is an internationally renowned bass-baritone.  He enjoys the acclaim of audiences and critics around the globe.  Since his debut with the Deutsche Opera Berlin in 1965, Simon Estes has performed with major international opera companies including the Metropolitan Opera, New York; Lyric Opera, Chicago; San Francisco Opera; La Scala Milan; Deutsche Opera, Berlin; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Washington Opera; L'Opera de Paris; Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona; the States Opera of Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and Zurich and at the Bayreuth, Salzburg and Glyndebourne Festivals.

Published August 15, 2011 1:59 pm

CRESTON —Jeff Stuber, Southwestern Community College’s electrical technologies instructor, has hit the ground running since arriving in Creston last month.  He is working to build a brand-new electrical technologies program with the start of the fall 2011 semester.

Stuber has been a training director for an electrical trades center in Canton, OH, for the past nine years.  He comes to SWCC with a bachelor’s degree in labor education from National Labor College in Maryland and has a U.S. Department of Labor journey-level electrician certificate.  He is an authorized OSHA construction outreach trainer and was recently certified to teach the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Curriculum.


Published August 5, 2011 8:12 am

Sandquist_TimFollowing the departure of Assistant Coach Andy Peterson, Head Coach Mike Holmes was not sure if he would be replaced, or if all of the assistant coaching duties for the men's basketball program would fall to Assistant Coach Thad Tussey. Holmes then got a phone call from the University of Nebraska- Omaha's coaching staff.  Tim Sandquist, a graduate assistant last year at UNO, will serve as an assistant for Southwestern for the upcoming season.

Holmes said, "We have a special set of teaching principles here, so we can't just bring in anyone and expect them to contribute.  Coaches I trust at Nebraska- Omaha spoke very highly of Tim, and after speaking with him, I knew he would be a tremendous asset to what we are trying to accomplish."

Sandquist has been in the UNO program since 2006.  Prior to his time at Nebraska- Omaha, he was an assistant coach at Omaha Christian Academy.  Sandquist recently completed his master of arts at UNO, and received his bachelor of arts there as well.

Published August 2, 2011 4:39 pm

GoldStarSouthwestern Community College has been named the Creston Chamber of Commerce's August Gold Star Business.  Ellen Gerharz, Creston Chamber director, presented the college with a Gold Star Certificate and a sign that will be displayed at the college during the month of August.  The college will be recognized in the chamber's monthly newsletter, as well as in the Creston News Advertiser.

Each month the chamber honors a business or businesses in Creston that maintain their appearance both inside and out and keep their areas clean.