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Published May 3, 2012 1:37 pm

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UPDATED 5/5/12 - Congratulations to the SWCC softball team for their victory vs DMACC today!!! The Spartans play tomorrow (Sunday) in the Regional Championship at 3 p.m. at Harlan Rogers Park in Fort Dodge. GO SPARTANS!!!!

With only two returning sophomores, the 2011-12 Spartan softball team made some waves. The team hit a number of milestones including setting a new school record for number of wins in a season, at 40. Also, three players bested the school’s previous single season hit record. Freshman Leah Kipfer crushed the old record of 60 hits, with 85 hits this season. Out of those hits, Kipfer had 10 home runs and 18 doubles.  Sophomore Londen Miller and freshman Danyielle Barger edged out the previous record as well, with 62 hits each.

The Spartans finished their regular season 40-19 overall and 16-12 in the conference. Some of the highlights on the season included starting their spring break trip to Florida with a record of 7-4. Their last two games in Florida started their longest winning streak of eight games. The Spartans traveled to a tournament in Columbus, NE, where they swept their competition six games to none. Four of those tournament games were against three Division I NJCAA teams. More recently, the Spartans beat the #9 nationally ranked Kirkwood Eagles at home, putting a strong exclamation point on the end of an already stellar season.

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Published May 3, 2012 8:21 am

Planning is underway for the Fri., May 11, 2012, Spring Commencement Ceremony.  The ceremony will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center on the Creston campus.

Graduates, if you haven't already received a letter in the mail related to the commencement ceremony, please read this important Graduation Information. 

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Published May 3, 2012 7:58 am

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Southwestern Community College learned yesterday, Molly Budach of Mt. Ayr, has qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Golf Tournament, May 14-17, 2012, at LPGA International Golf Club in Daytona Beach, FL.

The national tournament is a 72-hole, four-day golf tournament. To qualify, Budach placed 17th overall in the Regional Tournament, held April 27-28, at Otter Creek Golf Course in Ankeny. She qualified with a 36-hole total of 193. The regional tourney winner, Iowa Western, will take their five team members to nationals. The next 15 lowest individual scores qualified for the national tournament as well, and Budach was among them.

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Published May 2, 2012 4:15 pm

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CRESTON — Southwestern Community College collision repair/refinish student Sheldon Triggs of Mt. Ayr was named gold medalist in collision repair at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2012 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 25, 2012. He is now headed to the national competition, which will be held during the National Leadership and Skills Conference, in Kansas City, MO, June 23-27, 2012.

Triggs, a freshman, is a May 2011 graduate of Mt. Ayr high school. He will receive his diploma in collision repair/refinish at the end of June and then plans to return to SWCC in the fall to earn his associate of applied science degree from SWCC’s collision repair program. Triggs is maintaining a 4.0 cumulative grade point average.

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Published May 2, 2012 10:22 am

Southwestern Community College and 10 other Iowa community colleges that educate high school students through concurrent enrollment programs have earned accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). NACEP accreditation validates the quality of programs providing college courses to high school students.

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Published April 30, 2012 8:13 am

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On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28th, Molly Budach of Southwestern competed in the Iowa Community College women's regional golf tournament at Otter Creek golf course in Ankeny, Iowa.

On Friday, under deplorable conditions with wind gusting in access of 35 mph and sustained winds of 28 MPH Molly shot a 106. The entire field struggled with the adverse conditions with the majority of the scores in the mid 90s to as high as 114.

Saturday brought calmer conditions and Molly rebounded with a stellar performance shooting a blistering 87 (44-43). She improved 19 strokes from her Friday round. "Molly stayed out of trouble, drove the ball consistently in the fairway and was outstanding with her flat stick on Saturday," said coach Bill Krejci.

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Published April 27, 2012 11:23 am


The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the Bob Bauman Memorial Scholarship. Beginning fall 2012, one scholarship will be awarded annually to a second year student with a major in music.  The student must have compiled a 3.0 or above grade point average. The endowment was recently established by Bauman’s family.

Pictured above from left to right are Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president; Unity Bauman-Anderson, Chris Anderson, Adam Bauman, and Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC Education Foundation executive director.

Published April 26, 2012 7:56 am

theisJared Theis, who has been a red shirt at Division II Western State in Colorado, has signed a National Letter of Intent with Southwestern for the 2012-13 school year.  Theis is a 6’8 shooting forward, and will fill several needs for the Spartans.  Theis has good perimeter skills, can rebound, and has low-post moves to compliment his outside game.

“Like all of the guys we are trying to bring in,” said Head Coach Mike Holmes, “Jared is a character guy who really appreciates the team systems we are trying to execute.  He will really help us on both ends of the floor, and give us lineup flexibility to match up with some teams in our league who play two posts simultaneously.”

Theis is originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Published April 24, 2012 5:02 pm

PIF logo redBe sure to check out the Pay it Forward Week photos at SWCC Pay it Forward on Facebook!

Southwestern Community College’s Pay it Forward (PIF) Week is back on the calendar!  Activities begin Wednesday at the college and around the community.  During PIF Week, which will run April 25-May 2, SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved in encouraging positive behaviors and service to the community.   

Originally, SWCC’s PIF Week was scheduled for April 15-20, but events had to be re-scheduled due to the April 14 tornado that hit the college’s Creston campus.
This is the fourth year SWCC has held PIF Week.  For a complete list of PIF Week activities planned at SWCC, please visit

Published April 20, 2012 12:24 pm

jillbiden portrait full lowres WebCreston, IA--Southwestern Community College has confirmed Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, will be the guest speaker for the college’s spring 2012 Commencement Ceremony on Fri., May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. Southwestern is one of only two community college commencement addresses Dr. Biden will deliver this year. Dr. Biden’s first stop will be Broward College in Fort Lauderdale, FL, on Friday, May 4, 2012.

Dr. Biden works diligently to highlight the importance of community colleges to America’s future. According to her Web site, she has always said community colleges are “one of America’s best-kept secrets.” During fall 2010, Dr. Biden hosted the first-ever White House Summit on Community Colleges with President Obama, and she continues to work on this outreach on behalf of the Administration—frequently visiting campuses and meeting with students and teachers, as well as reaching out to industry representatives around the country.

Dr. Biden, an educator for more than 30 years, has taught English in community colleges for the past 18 years and continues to teach at a community college in Northern Virginia.