College News

Published March 21, 2012 3:17 pm

JoanBecker PhotoJoan Becker will be at Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus presenting “A Mother’s Story” on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in room 220 of the Instructional Center. Joan is the mother of Mark Becker, who was convicted in 2010 of the murder of Ed Thomas, a well-known football coach from Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

Joan and her husband, Dave, have been compelled to share their family's story about Mark and the experience their family has had coping with a child having paranoid schizophrenia. Their hope is that the open communication will help other families in some way.

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Published March 21, 2012 3:00 pm

A workshop entitled “Stand out at a Job Fair,” will be offered at Southwestern Community College on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from noon until 2 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center.

The first hour of the event will be spent watching a presentation focusing on the dos and don'ts of job fair participation, etiquette, and other job hunting tactics. From 1-2 p.m., the session will focus on role playing in job fair situations. The participants will receive instant feedback from employers on how they did with the role playing situations.

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Published March 19, 2012 1:43 pm

miner jamee IMG 4056Friday, March 9, Coach Brett Gilcrist and the other Division-II women’s basketball coaches in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference met to wrap up the conference’s season and prepare for the Regional Tournament Final Four. Part of this meeting included voting for the First-, Second-, and Third-Team All-Region Selections. Freshman Jamee Miner (Elkhorn, NE, pictured) was the lone nomination from Southwestern Community College, being named Second-Team All-Region.

Miner finished the year averaging 16.37 points per game which ranked her sixth in the conference. She averaged 5.63 rebounds per game which placed her 19th overall (behind teammates Heylee Horn and Amber Thomas; 16th and 18th respectively). She dished out 3.17 assists per game, finishing 9th in the conference. Perhaps most impressively, Miner finished second in the conference with 3.70 steals per game (the leader had 3.71 per game).

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Published March 19, 2012 12:07 pm

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Southwestern Community College’s automotive repair technology club presented a check for $125 to the Greater Regional Cancer Center on Friday, March 16, 2012.  The funds were raised during a recent T-shirt fundraiser by the organization.  Pictured are front row (L to R) - Donna Larkin, SWCC automotive club vice president; Javier Rubio, SWCC automotive club president; Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology for Greater Regional Cancer Center; and Joan Weis, do-director of radiation oncology from Greater Regional Cancer Center and back row – Sue Claiser, SWCC automotive parts clerk; Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology instructor; Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor; and Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students.

Published March 19, 2012 10:44 am

Greater Regional Check Presentation

On Mon., Mar. 12, 2012, the Southwestern Community College women’s basketball team made perhaps its greatest play of the season. The Spartan women dished out two assists Coach Brett Gilcrist knew could not be stolen.

A game last December was used to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association and the regular season finale was played as a Pink Zone event, raising money for breast cancer.  Representatives from the two organizations were present to receive the checks.  

Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter employees Cena Danielson, program and service coordinator, and Erica Lensing, administrative assistant, accepted a $530 check as a result of the Alzheimer’s game.  Greater Regional Hospital employees Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology, and Katy Wiley, co-director of radiation oncology, accepted a check in the amount of $2294.37 for the Greater Regional Cancer Center as a result of the Pink Zone event. 

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Published March 16, 2012 11:51 am

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Two Southwestern Community College students, Danna Harlow of Corning and Marilyn Larson of Red Oak, have been named to the 2012 All-Iowa Academic Team.  The two students were honored at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines March 7, 2012, at 6 p.m., during the All-Iowa Academic Team Recognition Ceremony.  The event was hosted by the Iowa Valley Community College District.

Harlow is a December 2011 liberal arts graduate from Southwestern.  She transferred to Northwest Missouri State University where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree.
Marilyn Larson is a sophomore at SWCC’s Red Oak Center.  Larson, who is a business administration major, will graduate in July 2012.

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Sitting - Marilyn Larson and Danna Harlow
Standing - Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC sociology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president

Published March 16, 2012 11:37 am

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Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Cody Bristow of Creston High School and Robby Campbell of Orient-Macksburg High School placed first on the hands-on portion of the 2012 DMACC/IADA High School Automotive Skills Contest on Friday, March 2, 2012 at Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny. This competition recognizes some of the best high school auto technicians in the state.
The two SWCC students qualified for the statewide competition following a written exam administered in December 2011. The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.

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Published March 13, 2012 11:47 am

ihireSouthwestern Community College's annual iHire Employment Fair is scheduled for Wed., April 4, 2012, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., in the Student Center gymnasium on SWCC’s Creston campus.  More than 40 employers are expected, representing business and industry, education, and the military.

During the employment fair, individuals will have opportunities for one-on-one contact with human resources professionals, on-site interviews, career exploration, and possible employment offers.  The services of a sign language interpreter will be available at the fair courtesy of Vocational Rehabilitation.

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Published March 9, 2012 5:19 pm

Louisiana 3-19  3-20 2011 037The Osceola high school carpentry class will be traveling to Joplin, MO, from March 11-17, 2012, to assist with rebuilding efforts following the Joplin tornados.  Charlie Mundy, SWCC carpentry instructor, organized the trips through the Fuller Center for Housing.  Fourteen students, two chaperones, and Mundy will be making the trip.  This story was recently featured on KCCI-TV, Des Moines.  To watch the story, visit

The president of the Fuller Center had heard about similar work the Osceola students completed for storm-ravaged homes in Louisiana a couple of years ago.  The Fuller Center is excited about the students’ skill sets and looking forward to putting them to work.  Many times volunteers travel to assist with projects such as this without any prior construction knowledge.  During their time in Joplin, the students will be working on miscellaneous construction projects including construction of bunk beds, tool storage units, and completing the stucco on the exterior of a house.  The group will be staying in a gymnasium at a local church in Joplin.

Published March 9, 2012 3:09 pm

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Riding high off an upset of Ellsworth in regional tournament play on Tuesday, Southwestern tried to keep the magic rolling against #3 seed Iowa Central on Thursday.  For a while, it looked like the ride might continue.  In a slow-paced and methodical game, Iowa Central shooters could not get on track early.  For the Spartans' part, they too had trouble finding offensive conversions early, but with 12 minutes left in the first half had built a 12-7 lead. The Tritons kept attacking, but could not get a good flow going until just before the half when they grabbed a 17-16 lead going into intermission. 

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