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Published: Monday, December 20, 2010 8:53 am

10Southwestern erased the memory of a challenging week with a conference road victory, 75-59, at Iowa Lakes Saturday. The Spartans, with smothering defense which included four charges taken, built a 40-26 halftime lead behind a spark from David Farmer, who drilled two big three-point goals. Iowa Lakes was far from out of it, however, as they stormed back at the beginning of the second half with aggressive offensive rebounding and frigid shooting from Southwestern.

Read more: Spartans capture league opener on the road

Published: Friday, December 17, 2010 8:26 am

Southwestern's contest with Central (Nebraska) was cancelled Wednesday night due to icy conditions in Nebraska. Central athletic director Jack Gutierrez contacted Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes via cell phone while the team was en route to the game. "Where we were on Highway 34 there was nothing happening, so we never gave the travel a second thought," Holmes said. "They called and said that ice was causing several accidents and very slow travel, recommending that we turn it around." Holmes indicated that finals week made the call even easier. He said, "We didn't want our kids on the road at 3 a.m. again with finals tomorrow, so it wasn't a tough decision to take their advice and return to Creston." The two schools will talk about a possible make-up date later in the season, but also entertained the idea of a cancellation.

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 4:08 pm

gradsurveyThe Career Services department recently asked for the assistance of recent SWCC graduates.  There were 77 out of 305 graduates who completed the college's graduate placement survey online, showing 25 percent participation.  The survey was open from November 22 through December 15.  The opportunity was given to all graduates from December 2009, May 2010, and June 2010, with the incentive of winning one of three gift certificates.  In the drawing held today, December 15, the first place prize, a $50 gift card from Wal-Mart, went to Tammy Herndon from Chariton; the second prize, a $25 gift card from Maurices, went to Kelly Stull from Claremore, OK; and the third prize, a $25 gift card from Casa De Oro, went to Wesley Rozenboom from Pella.

The remaining graduates (who have not yet completed the online survey) will be receiving surveys to be mailed next week in an effort to obtain the necessary information. These former students will have the option of completing the survey online or mailing the survey to the Career Services office.

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 11:06 am

Food LineSWCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter needs your help!  PTK is hosting the Open Table meal on Monday January 17, 2011, at 5 pm.  Items needed to provide the meal are listed below. Please contact Brittany Bakos, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for information or to donate a specific item.  PLEASE put your name on all items donated (for record keeping purposes).

Canned donations may be dropped off at the LRC (library) or Rm 815 (Jody Nedley-Newcomb’s office) in the Instructional Center.

Hamburger needs to be cooked and put into plastic freezer bags. Please contact Nedley-Newcomb, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to make arrangements to drop off the hamburger. Please mark your bag with how many pounds it contains.

Cash donations are accepted; please deliver to Jody Nedley-Newcomb.

Items still needed as of 1/17/11 include (we're updating this list as items come in):

  • Hamburger, cooked, 15 lbs still needed
  • Cookies/bars, 7 pans still needed
Published: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 3:05 pm

Loyal Winborn at IT OlympicsLoyal Winborn, SWCC business systems networking instructor, attended the 2010 IT Olympics competition in April 2010 at Hilton Coliseum

in Ames.  Throughout the competition, Winborn mentored high school teams and talked to prospective students from around the state.

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