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Published October 17, 2012 8:39 am

Last night, October 16, the Spartans hosted the Southeast Community College Storm and lost a close see-saw match in five games, 25-14, 23-25, 25-19, 22-25, and 16-18. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington said, "We’re a little disappointed we didn’t get the win tonight.  Southeast was our first win of the season and it was a win that the team really wanted.  We had some people step in and play really well tonight.  Mariah Kruse came in during game 4 and gave us great serve receive.  We had another great night of defense with three players reaching in double digits.  We just missed some key opportunities to terminate the ball.  This group is a tough group and I fully expect them to bounce back after this loss and come out to fight against NIACC tomorrow night."

The Spartans will look to break their five-match skid tonight as they travel to Mason City tonight to play the NIACC Trojans.

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Published October 17, 2012 8:19 am

Kalli McCann

The Southwestern Spartan men and women runners had strong performances over the weekend as the men finished 4th/10 and the women 6th/10 at Sauk Valley Invitational.  The women were led by Kalli McCann (pictured) who finished 7th overall for the women.  The women's race was run in a torrential downpour but the rain and the slick course did not slow down the Spartans. Regina Hafner, Delaney TurnerCourtney Wagner and Kristin Klocksiem rounded out the top five scorers for the Spartans as they finished strong in preparation for the upcoming Regional Championships.

Auston Carter

The Spartan men got to run in the rain as well finishing fourth overall in what could be best described as tough conditions.  Auston Carter (13th, pictured) and Dave Prchal (17th) led the men in a strong field.  This was a very strong showing for the men as they were able to defeat a strong Illinois Central squad and a Prairie Valley State team that had beaten them earlier in the year.  Finishing out the top five for the Spartans were Gage BeersRayvonne Brown and Josh Cobb.

The Spartans are off for a week before the Regional Championships in Marshalltown.


Published October 15, 2012 4:48 pm

ArtKioskSouthwestern Community College's art & design department recently received notification they were the recipient of a grant from the Iowa Arts Council.  The grant funds were used to purchase a kiosk, which will be utilized as a virtual art gallery for the art & design department.  The kiosk in position (shown in photo at right) is located in the main entry of the Instructional Center.  Two additional kiosks will be located in the SWCC Student Center and in uptown Creston, possibly at the restored depot. 

Once the kiosks are fully functional, the kiosks will provide details about current art venues and events in and around the area; information regarding SWCC's art & design programs; biographical sketches of local artists and their work; display exhibit work of SWCC students, local artists, and other students in the college's region; and much more.  The kiosks feature a large monitor to display artwork, as well as a touch screen viewers will use to browse through the galleries.

Published October 15, 2012 8:52 am

Southwestern played two matches Friday, October 12, versus North Dakota School of Science and Colby Community College as part of the DMACC tournament in Boone. The Spartans lost both matches in four games each. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington said, "We had good fight in the North Dakota match after starting out slow. Serena Yong came in on the back row and did a great job. Lily Lower and Alex Duffy had a great match hitting. Mel Mangrum was great at the net blocking and Neill and Strong played great defense along with Molly Schimp. Schimp also did a great job delivering the ball to our hitters tonight. This tournament was a great place for our team to grow because every team we faced is very tough."

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Published October 12, 2012 8:41 am

Bouncing back from their previous night’s loss, the Spartans defeated the visiting Wentworth Red Dragons in three games, 25-17, 25-20, and 25-16. Head volleyball coach Melissa Blessington commented, "This match was a good one for us to come back from our loss last night against DMACC.  Wentworth is a very athletic team and we had to be ready for them to keep bringing the ball back.  We tried to concentrate tonight on minimizing our errors and focusing on every point.  We have a big weekend ahead of us and face some pretty hard competition.  So hopefully we are able to carry this win on through the weekend.  We will be facing the fourth and 11th ranked teams in the country.  If we pass the way we did tonight then we are going to do very well."

The Spartans will be traveling to Boone today to play in the DMACC Tournament where they will finish off one of their busiest weeks on their schedule playing four matches in the next two days.

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Published October 11, 2012 4:36 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 10, 2012, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

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

The board re-appointed members to the Education Foundation board for the 2012-13 year. Education Foundation board members re-appointed include Patti Bricker of Greenfield, Randy Huewe of Creston, Karl Knock of Creston, Rick Oshel of Osceola, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jerry Smith of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, Larry Giles of Mt. Ayr, Amy Hook of Creston, Connie Purdum of Creston, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

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Published October 11, 2012 3:07 pm

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Last night, October 10, the Spartans hosted the DMACC Bears and lost the match in three games, 15-25, 19-25, and 18-25. The Bears, ranked 12th, are one of three teams in Southwestern’s conference ranked nationally. Head coach Melissa Blessington said, "DMACC is a great team.  We struggled tonight on serve receive but did have some bright points with our hitting.  Hopefully we are going to bounce back because we have a tough weekend ahead of us."

Tonight, the Spartans will host Wentworth Community College at 6:30 p.m. They will then head to Boone tomorrow, October 12, to play four games in weekend tournament hosted by DMACC.

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Published October 10, 2012 5:42 pm

The SWCC Education Foundation hosted a breakfast for SWCC retirees on Wed., October 10, 2012, in the Student Center. Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and administrative cabinet members talked to the retirees about current happenings at the college, as well as offered them a summary of tornado recovery.  They dined on breakfast from the Spartan Cafe.

RetireePhoto 2012

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Published October 10, 2012 4:48 pm

schroeder rita ForWeb 0478The Southwestern Community College athletics department has announced the college's volleyball court will be named "Rita Schroeder Volleyball Court," in honor of the Spartans' long-time SWCC volleyball coach. The court insignia will be unveiled in a ceremony prior to the Spartans' Wed., October 24, 6:30 p.m. volleyball match against Grand View JV.  The game, which is the last home game of the season, is also Parents’ Night for the team.

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Published October 10, 2012 2:13 pm

schroeder rita ForWeb 0478OCTOBER 10, 2012—The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) athletics department has announced the college’s volleyball court will be named “Rita Schroeder Volleyball Court,” in honor of the Spartans’ long-time SWCC volleyball coach.  The court insignia will be unveiled in a ceremony prior to the Spartans’ Wed., October 24, 6:30 p.m. volleyball match against Grand View JV.  The game, which is the last home game of the season, is also Parents’ Night for the team.

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