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Published: Friday, November 5, 2010 4:24 am

Southwestern opens on road with win


The Southwestern men’s basketball team traveled to Lamoni Thursday for their 2010-11 opener and came away with a 73-54 win. The Spartans sputtered early offensively, turning the ball over more than they characteristically do, but showed good energy on the defensive end to maintain a half-time advantage, 28-20. Southwestern built its lead to double digits after a three-point goal by David Farmer (So., Independence, MO). Graceland stayed within shouting distance, answering several Spartan baskets to keep the advantage at around 10. In the last five minutes of the game, Southwestern went into its spread game and hit Jordan Hopkins (Fr., Raytown, MO) on two different back-cuts to put the game out of reach for Graceland. Hopkins led scorers with 24. Farmer and Collin Artinger (So., Lee’s Summit, MO) controlled the inside with 12 rebounds each. Southwestern begins the season 1-0 and next travels to Trenton, Missouri, Saturday to face North Central Missouri.

Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010 5:58 am


Career Services on FacebookCareer Services is now on Facebook!!!!  All employment opportunities from the Career Services office will be available on this Facebook page.  Head to Facebook and search for “Southwestern Career Services” and you will find job information and other related topics from our area. 


We will update the job opportunities often so check back regularly!

Published: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 4:00 am

SWCC vs. Crown Scrimmage

It was the final tune up for the Spartans before their season opener against Graceland Thursday, November 5.

The first half was closely-fought. Crown used perimeter shooting to keep the Spartans off balance, and Southwestern countered with good attacks into the gaps of the Storm defense.

In the second half, Southwestern began to pull out a margin due in part to better shot challenges and defensive rebounding, which led to some transition baskets.

NCAA rules do not allow a host school of a scrimmage to post the score, but Head Coach Mike Holmes felt good about his team’s ability to control the second half.

“We were much more active defensively,” Holmes said, “which allows us to get into a better flow on both ends of the floor.”

Holmes credited Jordan Hopkins (FR., Raytown, MO) and Austin Emerson (SO., Adel, IA) with defensive energy that turned the tide into the favor of the Spartans.  


Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 4:22 am


Congratulations to the Spartan Cross Country team members who were named to the all-region team. (From left to right) Walter Bolingo was named 2nd Team All-Region, Chelsi Palmer, Sam McKinney Kaylee Tucker, and Clayton Fritz were all named to All-Region Honorable Mention.

Published: Monday, November 1, 2010 3:22 am
On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 10 am, SWCC will test its emergency notification system by sending out a text message and e-mail as a drill on the Creston campus.  A pulsating alarm will sound in SWCC buildings alerting students to check their text messages.  This is only a drill and is not an emergency. 

To help SWCC students and staff recognize the sound of the alarm, please go to, highlight “Current Students,” and select “Emergency Notifications” from the drop down menu.  Select the link to “Emergency Alert Sound.”  Click on this link and you can hear the sound that will notify you to check your text messages.  This will allow you to become familiar with the sound before the drill.

During the drill, the alarm will be sounded for approximately one minute.  After the alarm has sounded, students and staff should check their cell phones for the “test” text message.  Following the drill, please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC chief financial officer, if you signed up to receive emergency text messages and did not receive the message or if you are on the Creston campus and are unable hear the pulsating alarm.

If you would like to sign up for our emergency text message system, log on to your SWCC Campus Connect account and look for this link, "CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP OR TO ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT." 

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:26 am

Coulter Honored as Outstanding Trustee by State Library Association

Ann Coulter of Creston was recently selected for the Outstanding Trustee Award at the Iowa Library Association’s (ILA) annual conference.  Coulter is the vice-chair of the Southwest Iowa Library Service Area (SWILSA) Board, chair of the Creston Public Library board, and the director of the Learning Resource Center at Southwestern Community College.


Read more: Coulter Honored as Outstanding Trustee by State Library Association

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 9:15 am

Two SWCC Students Receive Drafting Scholarships

Drafting Scholarship WinnersSouthwestern Community College students Zach Lanier of Sulphur, LA, and Steven Epperson of Creston have each been selected to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Ginger Dager Living Memorial, given by Design Data in Lincoln, NE.

Read more: Two SWCC Students Receive Drafting Scholarships

Published: Thursday, October 28, 2010 5:11 am

The Spartan men turned in not only some of the their best times of the year but some of the best times of their careers to win the Junior College Division of the Brissman Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois. Walter Bolingo led the way with a 2nd place finish followed closely by Sam Mckinney, Clayton Fritz, DeAndre Ingram and Ethan Warrior who finished 5th,8th, 12th, and 19th respectively. The Spartans finished in a tie with 17th ranked Illinois Central but edged them in the tie breaker when Matt Carr finished in 23rd ahead of ICC’s 6th man who finished 32nd.

See the full race results here.

Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 6:45 am

The Spartans Men’s Basketball team is trying to find out just what they will need to improve to be ready for their season opener November 4th. Enter Grand View, a four-year NAIA school who Southwestern has scrimmaged each of the past three seasons.

Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "Grand View is a well-coached, top-line NAIA school. If you want to find our your weaknesses, playing their varsity is a good way to do it."

Though Grand View controlled the game, Southwestern fought to remain close in the contest, using 13 offensive rebounds and 48 percent shooting from inside the arc.

In the closing moments, with the Vikings ahead 45-43, the Spartans got a breakaway chance, but could not convert a challenged lay-up. The final was Grand View 47, Southwestern 45.

"Obviously there are always so many details left to perfect at this stage," said Holmes, "but we can take some good things away from this scrimmage."

As a bonus for playing the game, the Spartans got to see former Southwestern standout Royce Phillips, who now plays in his senior season for the Vikings.

Southwestern finishes its exhibition season with a game at four-year Division III Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN) Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 3:44 am

NATEF certificationCRESTON —The automotive repair technology program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  SWCC’s automotive program has been certified in all eight areas required for ASE master certification, the highest level of achievement recognized by ASE.