College News

Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 2:32 pm

AAA Auto Skills Contest WinnersCRESTON — Southwestern Community College (SWCC) students Johnny Mordock of Creston and Logan Jenkins of Prescott placed second overall in the 2010 Iowa Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills Competition on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 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 a couple of months ago.  Mordock and Jenkins placed first in the written portion of the competition.  The top scoring teams were then invited to Ankeny to participate in the hands-on competition.


Read more: SWCC Automotive Students Place Second at Iowa Auto Skills Contest

Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:48 am
Southwestern fought two opponents Saturday: Southeast (Nebraska) and the weather. With the snow and wind moving through Iowa, Southeast and the Spartans battled to a 60-60 tie at the end of regulation. Southwestern had the ball and a chance to win at the end of the 2nd half, but Jordan Hopkins' shot was off the mark. In overtime, the lead changed several times, but again Southwestern had the last shot—this time down two with 0.9 seconds to play. Again the ball went into Hopkins, but his quick release went long, handing the Spartans the 66-64 loss. As a team, Southwestern was 2-13 behind the arc, which was the second straight game featuring cold shooting. After the contest, the Spartans faced the challenge of getting home. With slow going, the team stopped in Bedford to let visibility clear. After four hours in the shelter of Bedford High School, the bus was finally able to proceed—the team arrived home at 3 a.m. The Spartans next hit the road to Nebraska again Wednesday to face Central (Nebraska). The Spartans are 9-3 on the season.
Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:45 am
Coming off their first loss of the season, Southwestern was hoping to right the ship Thursday against Grand View; however, frigid shooting left the Spartans on the wrong side of a 55-49 final. Southwestern connected on just 17 of 56 attempts on the night, and got beaten in the rebounding category as well, 40-35. Though Southwestern led 26-25 at half, the game was a grind all of the way, as the lead changed hands several times. The loss moved Southwestern to 9-2 on the season. They next play at Southeast (Nebraska) Saturday. 
Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 10:00 am

Southwestern Community College’s spring schedule of classes will offer unique opportunities to learn from area artists during two of the college’s studio art courses.

Joseph Lauer, an artist in residence at the Corning Center for the Fine Arts in Corning, will be teaching SWCC’s introduction to painting course Tuesday’s and Thursday’s from 1:30-2:55 p.m. for the spring 2011 semester.  Lauer recently moved back from New York City where he received his master of fine arts degree in painting from The New York Academy of Art. 

In New York, Lauer studied drawing, painting, and sculpture with some very well-known names in the art world including Steven Assael, Vincent Desiderio, and Alyssa Monks. While living in New York City, he also completed a year of national service with AmeriCorps.


Read more: Local Artists Teaching Studio Art Classes at SWCC

Published: Monday, December 13, 2010 9:47 am

ACRES Students

CRESTON — High school students interested in agricultural careers have invaluable opportunities to explore the ag field thanks to a new program implemented at Southwestern Community College this fall.  The Agricultural Careers Reach and Educate Students (ACRES) program was established to strengthen relationships between secondary agriculture programs and SWCC, as well as develop relationships with the regional ag business community.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president, is excited about where the initiative is headed.  “ACRES was the brain child of Lindsay Stoaks, SWCC’s coordinator of secondary programs,” Taylor explained.  “Initial response from students has been extremely positive and already the program is benefitting area high school students.”

Although the program is in its infancy, area students have already had opportunities to see the ag field first-hand.  In early November, approximately 40 juniors and seniors from southwest and south central Iowa boarded charter buses and toured John Deere Des Moines Works in Ankeny and ChannelBio, a Monsanto seed subsidiary, near Huxley.


Read more: Ag Exploration Program Kicks Off at SWCC

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 2:25 pm

Winter CoatPhi Theta Kappa is wrapping up their coat drive on Monday, December 13, 2010. Please check your closet for gently used children's and adult's coats (please wash before donating).

Donations may be dropped off in the donation boxes located in the LRC (library), at Sociology Instructor Jody Nedley-Newcomb's office (#815), or at the Osceola or Red Oak Centers.

Distribution will start Wednesday December 15. If someone is in need of a coat, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank" title="Jody Nedley-Newcomb Email" mce_' + path + '\'' + prefix + ':' + addy17741 + '\'>'+addy_text17741+'<\/a>'; //--> at 641.782.7081, ext. 429. Further distributions will include sending the left over coats to a juvenile detention center (adolescent and adult sizes) and sharing the children’s coats as needed in our communities (if someone knows of a need-Osceola, Red Oak or Creston, please contact me).

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 2:14 pm

Donor Scholar ReceptionCreston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Education Foundation hosted its fourth annual Donor Scholar Reception on November 16, 2010, at 5:30 p.m., in room 180 of the college’s instructional center.

This event allows scholarship donors and student scholarship recipients to meet and hear from others who are involved with the foundation.  Following hors d’oeuvres and introductions, a brief program was led by Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students and executive director of the SWCC Education Foundation.

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:52 pm

mbb_swcc_vs_graceland_img_1964.jpg Looking to end a seven-game home stand on a positive note, Southwestern downed Graceland University Friday night, 76-59, to move to 9-0 on the season. Graceland came out of the gates firing, taking an early 6-3 lead; however, the multiple bodies of the Spartans kept pounding away and eventually built a 41-26 halftime lead behind four three-point goal by David Farmer, crisp passing from point guard Dominique Outley, and the defensive presence of Austin Emerson. In the second half, the Spartans maintained their advantage with some key second-chance putbacks from Collin Artinger, who grabbed ten rebounds on the night. The win not only sets up the Spartans with a start that is raising eyebrows around the conference, but sets up an opportunity to knock off Division I opponent Iowa Western, where the Spartans travel Tuesday. The last time Southwestern upset a DI opponent was in the 2008-09 season, when they edged State Fair (Missouri), 70-69.

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:51 pm

33.jpgIn their second meeting of the season, Southwestern overcame a four-point first-half deficit to pull away from North Central (Missouri) Tuesday night in Creston, 67-44. Trailing 17-13, Southwestern rallied with key free throws from David Farmer (photo) and two steals from Tyler Smith. With a 29-21 lead at half, Southwestern hit two three-point shots by Luke Sealer and Collin Artinger to increase the margin to 14, and never looked back. Alec Hall led Southwestern with 6 assists, and Farmer collected 6 defensive rebounds, as the Spartans again rode their defense to a win. The victory moves Southwestern to 8-0. They next play Graceland at home Friday night.

Published: Thursday, December 9, 2010 1:50 pm


The Spartans Men’s Basketball team used a balance of their protection-based defense and spread offense to earn a key non-conference victory against Southeast (Nebraska) Saturday. Southwestern built a 42-20 halftime lead behind the point guard play of both Alec Hall and Dominique Outley. Hall had five assists in the game, and Outley had a stellar night from the field, including 2-2 from behind the arc and 5-6 from the free-throw line. Southeast kept fighting after the half, switching to a half-court trapping zone. They were able to cut the lead to 17 before a key pass from Jordan Hopkins to Sam Duggins got the Spartans a much-needed basket. In all, Southwestern connected on 10 of 20 from the three-point line on their way to the 77-47 win. The Spartans are now 6-0 on the season and will play talented Central (Nebraska) Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Creston.