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Published November 16, 2012 3:19 pm

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Published November 16, 2012 8:29 am

Fall 2012 InducteesBeta Eta Nu, Southwestern Community College's chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, held a luncheon, informal induction ceremony, and general meeting on Thurs., November 15, 2012, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in room 150 of the Instructional Center.

Inductees for fall 2012 include (L to R):  Regina Hafner, Amanda Edwards, Miah Thatcher, Dakota Daniels, David Livingston, Megan Doubleday, and Asch-Lee Butts.

To qualify for Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 hours of coursework and have a grade point average of 3.5 or above.  Learn more about Phi Theta Kappa at SWCC

Published November 15, 2012 10:44 am

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Southwestern knew in order to upset a Division-I opponent, ball possession and rebounding would be keys. Wednesday, November 14 in Marshalltown, the Spartans accomplished one half of the equation by competing with tenacity on the defensive glass; however, the Tigers forced Southwestern into key passing mistakes late in the game to stretch a 3-point margin all the way up to 20 in the final eight minutes. The final was a Marshalltown win, 66-45.

After a rocky start in which the Tigers had several offensive rebounds and put-back opportunities, the Spartans trailed 11-2; however, they began chipping away at the lead with smothering defensive possessions and some key baskets from Marcus Littleton and Jared Theis. As Southwestern drew close, trailing 35-30 with the ball near the end of the first half, a key momentum shift saw the Spartans miss a layup with enough time for the Tigers to rush down the floor and hit a three at the horn for the 38-30 lead at intermission. Again, the Spartans clawed back to within three at 42-39, but missed a key front end of a one-and-one, then allowed a three-point goal on the defensive end, forcing faster and desperate possessions.

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Published November 15, 2012 9:20 am

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CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) admissions department recently announced the 2012-13 SWCC student ambassador team. The SWCC student ambassadors assist the admissions department by giving campus tours, meeting with prospective students and their families, performing telemarketing services, accompanying recruiters to college fairs and on high school visits, and participating in other public relations efforts.

Front row (L to R):  Leah Day, freshman, Creston, graphic design major; Tara Norman, freshman, Van Wert, elementary education major; Megan Doubleday, freshman, Mount Ayr, elementary education major; Hannah Clear; sophomore, Afton, liberal arts major; and Kaley Folkerts, sophomore, Bedford, nursing major.  Second row:  Michael Chachere, freshman, Omaha, NE, liberal arts major; Ben Burkhead, freshman, Afton, liberal arts & business systems networking double major;  Rayvonne Brown, freshman, Davenport, liberal arts major; Adam Pool, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; Nick Ray, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; and David Prchal, sophomore, Omaha, NE, business major.  Back row: Alex Duffy, freshman, Bondurant, communications major;  Caleigh Fowler, sophomore, Lagrange, GA, liberal arts major; Samantha Borland, freshman, Lenox, pre-nursing major; Madellyn Wagler, freshman, Panora, liberal arts major; and Alexandra Levetzow, freshman, Bettendorf, elementary education major.

Lisa Carstens, SWCC admissions coordinator, is the advisor for the student ambassador program.

Published November 15, 2012 9:10 am

MelaniePettyThe 2012 Education Foundation Donor Scholar Dinner was held Tues., November 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in room 180 of the Instructional Center. Almost 200 individuals were in attendance.  The evening provided a wonderful opportunity for Southwestern Community College Education Foundation donors to meet and visit with the students receiving the scholarships they funded.

Speakers for the evening included:

Melanie Petty (photo above right), donor - Petty is the mother of the late Trevor Frederickson, a former SWCC student-athlete and graduate of the automotive repair technology program. Frederickson played baseball for the Spartans during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. He graduated with his associate of applied science degree in June 2008. In 2009, he was killed in an apartment fire. Petty touched many hearts last evening with her kind words and the memories she shared about her son. She and her family strive to keep Trevor's legacy alive through efforts such as the scholarship's donated in his name.

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Published November 14, 2012 9:19 am


Tonight the Spartan men's basketball team will be traveling to Marshalltown to take on the Division I Marshalltown Community College Tigers. If you are not planning to make the trip in person to cheer on the Spartans, you can still catch the game. Go to to watch live online. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.

Published November 13, 2012 9:28 am

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Trying to defend four perimeter shooters from Northwestern at all times during Monday night’s contest was nearly too much for host Southwestern; however, a defensive stop as time expired allowed the Spartans to escape with a 70-69 home win.

The first half pace favored Southwestern, as they slowly attempted to pick apart a 1-2-2 Red Raider zone. Three-point goals by Marquealis Edwards and interior connections from Jack Harrison helped the Spartans to a 34-25 halftime lead. Defense was a key, however, as Edwards, Delby Halcomb, and Marcus Littleton chased down three-point specialists for Northwestern throughout the night. As the Red Raiders were able to connect on some threes, the lead vanished, and Northwestern took a 67-66 lead with three minutes to play. Patrick Wright connected on two free throws to give the lead back to the Spartans.

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Published November 13, 2012 9:16 am

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The Spartan men and women ended a great 2012 cross country season at the NJCAA National Cross Country Championships in Rend Lake, IL. The women finished 31st in the nation and the men were 33rd.  The 2012 meet was the largest national championship meet held in the history of the NJCAA. There were more than 50 teams with 500+ runners competing. Spartan sophomore Kalli McCann made history herself by finishing 46th.  This is the highest placing by a female runner in Southwestern's cross country history. The Spartan men were led by freshman Gage Beers of Osceola.  Beers finished in 150th to pace the Spartans. 

When asked to sum up the season Head Coach Bill Huntington remarked, "This year's team was one of the hardest working teams we have ever had at Southwestern. Their performances at nationals and throughout the season were phenomenal. A lot of that had to do with Kenny Blass, Delaney Turner, Regina Hafner, Adam PoolDave Prchal, and Kalli McCann. Their leadership was invaluable to our team."

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Published November 12, 2012 9:05 am

This weekend, the Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team traveled to Kansas City to play two teams up for considered in the Preseason Top 20. On Friday night, the Spartans faced tournament host Kansas City Kansas Community College before matching up against #7 Johnson County for the second time in a week.

On Friday night, SWCC fell to KCK by a final score of 78-48. The final score, however, was not indicative of the type of game that was played. After a very sluggish start that saw the Spartans fall behind 11-0 three minutes into the game and by a deficit of 18 at the half, the Women actually played a very solid game after intermission. The Spartans shot 46 percent from the field in the second half and did a much better job of communicating in both their man and zone defenses. The issue, unfortunately, was that nothing Southwestern did could slow down the flaming hot shooting of KCK. The Blue Devils shot a blistering 43 percent from the field for the game, including 46 percent from the three-point line.

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Published November 12, 2012 8:45 am

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Southwestern used an efficient team defense to hinder Graceland in a non-conference win Saturday, 74-51.  Despite allowing an early 6-2 deficit, Southwestern began to lock down possessions on the defensive end, sparked by key defensive rebounds from Devin Kastrup and Patrick Wright.  The offense never really seemed to click into high gear, but was efficient enough to give the Spartans a 37-20 halftime advantage. Marquealis Edwards and Jack Harrison enjoyed efficient offensive performances for the Spartans, who had to solve different defenses from the Yellow Jackets to build on their halftime lead.

Southwestern will have another home contest tonight against Northwestern.  Tip-off is 7 p.m.