College News

Published July 18, 2011 7:59 am


When Head Coach Mike Holmes spent time the previous summer coaching college graduates in a European exposure league, he never bargained he would get an assistant coach out of the deal.  Holmes coached Andy Peterson, a graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, in the league and quickly formed a bond with him.

Holmes said, "Andy is the type of guy you take to right away.  I was impressed with his tactical knowledge and work ethic, but mostly I could just tell he would relate to players in a substantial way, so I started the recruiting process to get him on staff."

Peterson joined the Spartan family last season, and brought a great deal to the table with his understanding of the style of play and teaching points in the program.  After a successful season helping to guide Southwestern to 14 wins, Peterson accepted an offer to join the staff at Northwest Missouri State.

"A few things played out in the decision," said Holmes.  "Andy got engaged over the year and he can now be closer to his fiancee, but also the fact that he can return to his alma mater makes it a great move for him.  We will miss him a great deal, but I am happy for him."

Peterson said, "I couldn't have asked for a better place to start my coaching career. Coach Holmes with basketball and Coach Krejci as an A.D. were tremendous in letting me grow and mature as a professional and as a coach. Holmes has a different philosophy than I have ever been around, so I was constantly learning new ideas and ways to get things done...and that's priceless for me as a coach. Everyone at Southwestern was just a treat to work with and I honestly don't have one negative thing to say about my year with the Spartans."

Published July 18, 2011 7:50 am


Player Name: Brittany Clark
High School: Omaha South High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist:  Brittany is the younger sister of SWCC alum Cara Clark. Brittany exhibits all of the qualities we were looking for in this year’s recruiting class; she is a respectful young woman with a competitive drive to succeed in all that she does. Brittany will bolster the paint for us, but also provides a 15-18 foot game that should allow her to be very successful. She comes from an athletic family as her father was a Division I football player, so the sky may definitely be the limit.

Published July 15, 2011 11:07 am


Player Name:  Alyssa Lockhart
High School: Omaha Roncalli High School
Comments from Coach Gilcrist:  Alyssa was the first girl to commit to the Spartans Women’s Basketball Program this spring. I cannot put into words the enthusiasm she showed throughout the recruiting process and since her LOI signing. She is planning to study Pre-Med during her time at SWCC, and I look forward to the challenge of helping her prepare for that next phase of her life. Academically, athletically, and in service, I am happy to have Alyssa represent this program and myself. An ambidextrous shooter, we will look for Alyssa to shoot the three and control the ball.

Published July 6, 2011 8:49 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 5:30 p.m. for their regular board meeting.

The board approved a proposal by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer, to raise in-state tuition for the 2011-12 school year by $7 per credit hour, approximately a 5 percent increase.  This increase raises tuition from the current $122 per credit hour to $129 per credit hour.  Krejci told the board state aid figures for fiscal year 2012 for community colleges are still unknown at this time, but proposals being considered at the state level could result in $125,600 less in state general aid than the college received during fiscal year 2011.  “At that level, our state general aid for fiscal year 2012 would be less than the amount received in fiscal year 2001 … 11 years ago,” Krejci stated.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, spoke with the board concerning the college’s 20 ¼ Facilities Levy.  The levy is on the ballot every 10 years in the college’s merged area.  The current Facilities Levy will expire in 2014.  According to Crittenden the levy would be on the ballot in 2012; however, due to changes in school board elections, the levy will not be on the ballot until the next school board election in 2013. 

Published July 6, 2011 8:45 am

CRESTON, IA—SWCC Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff has received word four of her players—Maegan Ellis, Amber Brown, Laura Ramsey, and Ashley West—have been selected by the Region VI Conference coaches to receive all-region honors.

•    Sophomore Maegan Ellis of Carlisle was selected as First Team All-Region.  Ellis was the starting outfielder for the Spartans and led the team with 60 hits, for a .438 batting average, and 16 RBIs (runs batted in).

•    Sophomore Amber Brown of Carlisle was selected Honorable Mention All-Region.  Brown started in all but six games in her two years at SWCC.  She was the Spartan third baseman her freshman year and was the starting catcher her sophomore year.  Amber was third on the Spartan team in hits with 49, for a .360 batting average and 24 RBIs.

•    Sophomore Laura Ramsey of Des Moines was selected Honorable Mention All-Region by the coaches in the conference.  Offensively, Ramsey was second on the team in hits with 51, for a .342 batting average and led the team in RBIs with 39.  Defensively, Ramsey was third in the nation in innings pitched with 207.2.

•    Freshman Ashley West of Prescott was selected Honorable Mention All-Region by the coaches in the Region VI Conference.  West began the season at first base, but due to injuries was moved to second base half way through the year.  She started in all but one game in her rookie season and was fourth on the Spartan squad in hits with 47, for a .309 batting average, and second on the team in RBIs with 27.

Published July 5, 2011 10:34 am

NEW for FALL 2011!  Criminal justice classes!  Check out the fall 2011 schedule of classes for three criminal justice courses being offered at SWCC.  Also, take a look at the transfer plan for criminal justice majors.

  • Introduction to criminal justice (CRJ 100), taught by Sue Stearns, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays in Creston from 10:30-11:55 a.m. or at the Osceola Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Criminology (CRJ 200), taught by Laurie Besco, will be offered in Creston and at the Osceola Center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5-6:30 p.m.  This course will count as social sciences credit toward the associate of arts degree.
  • Juvenile delinquency (CRJ 201), taught by Sue Stearns, will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays in Creston from 12:30-1:55 p.m.

Published June 29, 2011 1:09 pm


There was a packed house last Friday, June 24, 2011, as graduates, family, friends, students, faculty, and staff gathered in the SWCC Student Center Gymnasium for summer commencement. The crowd heard from Sarah Goode, student speaker, and recently retired SWCC instructor Marsha Jones.  Jones encouraged the graduates to always strive for “A” grade work in their chosen profession.  Photos from before, during, and after the ceremony are available for viewing on the SWCC page on Facebook.

Congratulations to all of the 2011 SWCC graduates!

View Graduation Photos on Facebook

Published June 28, 2011 8:23 am


The Spartan coaching staff got a look at some promising high school players as it hosted the 2011 Southwestern Team Camp last weekend, June 25-26.  Participating teams included Creston, Nodaway Valley, Orient-Macksburg, Panorama, Adair-Casey, Saydel, and Mt. Ayr.  It is the third year Southwestern has run its team camp in attempts to revitalize efforts to bring high school players to campus over the summer.

Published June 21, 2011 8:59 am

The 2011 Creston Relay for Life event is just days away!!!  SWCC's Relay for Life team is sponsoring a can drive to raise additional funds for the team's Relay for Life effort.  From June 20 through July 6, a donation box will be available in front of the administration center for can drop off (in case of inclement weather, the donation box will be inside the west doors of the administration center). 

The Creston Relay for Life event is scheduled for Friday, July 8, 2011.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC director of marketing and enrollment management, for additional information.

Published June 20, 2011 2:07 pm


SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa organization recently made their donation of food items to the Children's Cancer Connections Summer Oncology Camps.  Phi Theta Kappa member Brenda Hair transported the food items to the camp and volunteered to work at the opening day carnival on Sunday, June 12, 2011. Hair volunteered as a day counselor for the oncology camp held June 12-18.  She will also be assisting with the siblings’ camp from August 14-20.

The donated food items were purchased with proceeds from the group's pizza lunch held on April 26, 2011, at SWCC. Pizza for the fundraiser was donated by Pizza Ranch and Breadeaux Pizza, both of Creston.  Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, donated the bottled water.

Thanks to everyone who was involved!

Pictured above (L to R):  Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, and Brenda Hair, SWCC student and Phi Theta Kappa member