College News

Published: Monday, October 25, 2010 3:14 am

Southwestern’s Automotive Program Receives National Certification

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.

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Published: Thursday, October 21, 2010 3:58 am

Special Meeting of SWCC Board Held October 20

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held October 20, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the student center renovation project. During the meeting, the board accepted a bid from Winterstien Construction for $301,000 to complete the student center project. Construction related to the project will begin approximately December 8 and be completed by the time students return from winter break in January. The project will include the renovation of the student center's upstairs restrooms.

The board also approved bids totaling approximately $105,000 for seating and furnishings for the student center project.  The bids came from three companies--Business Furnishings and Design, Pigott, Inc., and WorkSpace, Inc.  When finished there will be seating for 154 in the upstairs of the student center.

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:33 am

Alumni Softball PlayersThe weekend of October 8-9, 2010, Southwestern welcomed more than 50 former athletes back to campus for the First Annual Athletic Alumni and Family Weekend.

The weekend started off with a come-from-behind victory for the volleyball team on Friday.  The celebration continued at A&G Steakhouse where friends and families of Southwestern athletics met for a post-game gathering.

On Saturday, returning alumni were treated to a campus tour, lunch in the new Spartan Café, a preview of the women’s basketball team, an alumni softball game, & a baseball game at Spartan field.

The weekend of festivities concluded with an alumni social at the Creston Elk’s Lodge.  All in attendance had a wonderful experience and are all looking forward to next year’s event!

Published: Thursday, October 14, 2010 3:29 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 12, 2010, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that fall enrollment numbers are at 1,753 students.  This is up from 1,680 students last year.  Thompson stated there are 903 full-time students compared to 839 last year.  Credit hours have increased 5.2 percent.

During the meeting, Ken Rech of Red Oak was re-elected as president of the board.  Dennis Davis of Greenfield was re-elected as the board’s vice president.  SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Teresa Krejci was appointed as board treasurer.

The board appointed members to the Education Foundation board for the 2010-11 year.  Education Foundation board members will include Randy Huewe of Creston, Karl Knock of Creston, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jim Schipper of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, Patti Bricker of Greenfield, Larry Preston of Mt. Ayr, Jerry Smith of Osceola, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

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Published: Monday, October 11, 2010 6:19 am

Spartans Complete First Exhibition

Tyler SmithSouthwestern men’s basketball saw its first action of the season Saturday, October 9, at the JUCO Jamboree on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.  The format featured three running-clock games for the Spartans against junior-college opponents from three states and three divisions.  Southwestern played well in all three games, winning two.  Coach Mike Holmes comments specifically about the day in a new Coach’s Corner.

Photo at right:  Sophomore Tyler Smith and four returners from last season led the Spartans into exhibition action Saturday.

Published: Monday, October 4, 2010 4:18 am

The Spartan Men and Women Cross Country teams got the weekend off to a great start by finishing 4th (women) and 5th (men) on Friday at the Viking Invitational held at Ewing Park in Des Moines.

The Spartan Women got the first crack at the hilly course at Ewing Park Friday night were they finished 4th as a team.  Pacing the women harriers was Chelsi Palmer of Adair, Iowa.  She ran the course in 23:24 to finish 20th overall.  Finishing in 23rd was Jess Lamb in a time of 24:13.  Coach Stalker of the Spartans was especially pleased with the performance of the women.   "The progress these women have made since the start of the season is incredible.  In every race we are seeing fantastic growth in them as runners.  Chelsi, Jess, Kelli, Kaylee and Amy are doing what it takes for us to be a good team.  That course on Friday was challenging and they hit it hard and ran well."  The women finished with 123 points edging out Buena Vista College for 4th place.

The Spartan Men Cross Country teamed continued their season's success by finishing 5th in a loaded field of teams at the Viking Invitational in Des Moines.  Sam McKinney of St Charles, Iowa led the Spartans by finishing 12th overall in a time of 28:06.  Coming in right behind him was Walter Bolingo in 14th in a time of 28:11.  Coach Bill Huntington was impressed with the men and their races.  "Coming into the meet we knew we were going to be short handed with DeAndre Ingram being out of the lineup with a foot injury.  For us to have success our 3,4 and 5 runners had to step up and take care of business and our runners did that.  Clayton Fritz, Ethan Warrior and Matt Carr finished 26th,33rd and 35th overall and we needed them to run well and they did."  The Spartans have an off weekend as they get ready for their next meet.  For Complete results: women, men.

Published: Monday, September 27, 2010 6:04 am

SWCC Student Selected to Visit NASA This October

Creston, IA - Cynthia Miller of Southwestern Community College in Creston has been selected to travel to NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston October 20-22, 2010, to participate in a three-day on-site event.

She has been selected as one of 89 community and junior college students from across the nation to be part of the National Community College Aerospace Scholars program. Students completed four Web-based assignments during the school year, maintaining a 93 average to qualify for the experience.  They will apply what they have learned during the year to work with NASA engineers.

The program is a three-day, on-site event at Johnson and offers students from across the nation opportunities to interact with each other as they learn more about careers in science and engineering. While at Johnson, students form teams and establish fictional companies interested in Mars exploration. Each company is responsible for developing a prototype rover, designing a line drawing of the rover, and forming the company infrastructure including budget, communications, and presentations.

Miller learned of this opportunity through her membership in Phi Theta Kappa at Southwestern.

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Published: Thursday, September 9, 2010 4:21 am

The National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) released its Division I cross country polls for week one. The Spartan men's cross country team landed in 19th place. The Spartan women find themselves sitting in 23rd place. Both teams will be running for the third time this season on Saturday, when they head to Grinnell for the Les Duke Invitational. Go Spartans!

See the complete poll results here (PDF) (external link no longer available).

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3:09 am

bolingo-walter_mg_7824.jpgThe Spartan Men were on their game Saturday as they took on some tough competition at the Dutch Invite in Pella, Iowa. The Spartan Men finished 2nd among the Junior Colleges and 6th overall. Leading the Spartans was Walter Bolingo (pictured) finishing 27th in a solid time of 20:46. Close behind him were Sam Mckinney 29th and Clayton Fritz 35th. DeAndre Ingram, went 21:29 to finish 38th and Ethan Warrior finished 41st in 21:44 to round out the top 5. Caleb Allen, Matt Carr and Kevin Bailey finished 45,47 and 122. "Based on how hard the workouts were the week leading up to the meet, I was not sure how fresh we would be. But the men responded with some great times and placings. This was a big meet competition-wise and we were outstanding from top to bottom in our line up," commented Coach Huntington after the meet. The Spartan Men and Women are up again next Saturday as they head up to the Les Duke Invite at Grinnell College.

Published: Tuesday, September 7, 2010 3:06 am

palmer-chelsi_mg_7818.jpgThe Spartan Women attacked the course at the Central Dutch Invite with a passion on Saturday as every member of the newly formed Spartan Harriers established season personal records. Coach Cari Stalker was especially pleased with these performances. "To see the improvement these ladies have made over the last week is nothing short of incredible. Each runner improved 2-3 minutes over last week's time and that is fantastic. Coach Huntington and I were very encouraged on how much we improved on other Region XI schools," remarked Coach Stalker. Chelsi Palmer (pictured) of Casey, Iowa, led the Spartans with a 39th place finish at 23:00, Kellie DeJong 43rd at 23:54 in at 47th was Kaylee Tucker of Prescott Iowa at 24:38 rounding out the top five were Jess Lamb at 48th in 24:50 and Amy Waddingham at 50th in 27:15.