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Published October 3, 2011 8:30 am

From Coach Huntington:

We had a fantastic meet at the Grand View Viking Invitational. This was a very important meet for both the men's and women's teams here at Southwestern. We needed to see if we could come off of three weeks of increased mileage and a really fast course at Augustana and compete at the level we need to be at as the season crosses the half way mark. We have had some tremendous growth lately and this meet was a big test for us both physically and mentally. Ewing Park is a very tough course. There are several large hills with a lot of sharp turns over uneven ground. It is not a speed course and the competition was very good with a nationally ranked team in the field and several colleges who will contend for their conference championships.

Published October 3, 2011 8:26 am

A thirst for knowledge and an eagerness to learn are the reasons this October may be one of the best for Coach Gilcrist. “Oftentimes, I think coaches believe they have all the answers or know everything that they can do to make their program successful. Although I believe Coach Dahlseng and I have a clear direction we would like to take this program, I understand that there are millions of ways to do the same thing successfully. I want to learn from the success of other coaches in the basketball profession. Most importantly, I like attending clinics and realizing that many times, we are doing the same things other programs are doing.” Beginning with last week’s Nike Championship Basketball Clinic in Omaha, NE and this weekend’s South Dakota Basketball Coaches Clinic, Coach Gilcrist will attend four clinics before the end of October. Already having learned from coaches such as Jim Calhoun (Head Men’s Basketball Coach at UCONN), Matt Painter (Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Purdue), and Tara VanDerveer (Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Stanford), Coach Gilcrist also appreciated the instruction provided by less-known coaches Tim Miles (Head Men’s Coach at Colorado State), Rob Jeter (Head Men’s Coach at UW-Milwaukee), Ryun Williams (Head Women’s Coach at South Dakota), and Mike Neighbors (Assistant Women’s Coach at Washington). This week, Coach Gilcrist will head to the Missouri Basketball Coaches Clinic followed later in the month by a Halloween trip to Minneapolis for the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Clinic. Coach Gilcrist concluded, “Ultimately, it is my job to make sure that this program is a success. I have to be willing to understand that I may not have all the answers; I cannot be blind to other approaches that may be successful for us now or in the future. Finally, it is a great opportunity for me to connect with high school and college coaches all over the country. In order to grow this program, I have to make sure I am available to recruit all the best talent in the Midwest and have the connections to send them to the four-year level.”

Published September 30, 2011 10:48 am

The finishing touches have been placed on Southwestern Community College's most recent television advertisement. The advertisement is now available on YouTube.

This ad will air on television beginning in 2012.

Published September 29, 2011 8:22 am

Southwestern volleyball faced Southeastern Community College this evening on the road in Burlington. The Spartans lost the first game by a score of 18-25. They picked up play in the last two games but fell short with scores of 21-25 and 24-26. Leaders for the Spartans were sophomore Blake Sullivan in kills with five and sophomore Josey Ellis with four. Sullivan also led the team in blocks with four total.Sophomore Amber Thomas was second on the team with two blocks. The team was led in assists by freshman Katelyn Coyle with 10. Coyle and Ellis both had five aces to lead the team in serving. Freshman Mariah Kruse led the team in digs with eight followed by sophomore Megan Simms with seven.

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!