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Published May 2, 2011 8:36 am

mckinney_IMG_2565Two of SWCC's men's cross country runners earned top honors at the 2011 awards ceremony. Sam McKinney (at right, pictured with Coach Huntington) was named as the SWCC Male Athlete of the Year. McKinney ran for Coach Bill Huntington’s cross country team and plays baseball for SWCC’s Brian “Bull” Smith. McKinney is transferring to Chicago State University where he will run cross country and participate in their track and field program.  He graduated in May 2009 from Interstate 35 High School and is the son of Mark and Laurie McKinney.

Matt CarrMatt Carr (at left) was also honored, being named SWCC’s Male Athlete/Scholar of the Year. Carr was selected as an NJCAA Region XI Academic All-Region First Team and was an Academic All-American First Team Selection during the 2009-10 school year. He will receive his associate of arts degree with a major in criminal justice and will be pursuing a career in law enforcement.

For more information, check out SWCC Names Athletes of the Year.

Published April 27, 2011 2:49 pm


The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation will soon provide scholarship funding to students through the R & S Booth Family Endowment.  The endowment was established by Russ and Sharon Booth of Creston.

Beginning fall 2012, a scholarship will be awarded annually to a second-year SWCC student from Union County.  The Booths are excited about what these scholarships will mean to SWCC students.

“Russ and I feel it is important to provide this scholarship as an effort to enable more students to receive their education and contribute to our community,” Sharon commented.  “We are supporters of Southwestern and know this scholarship will help many students in the future.”

PHOTO (L to R):  Dr. Matt Thompson, executive director of SWCC Education Foundation; Sharon Booth; Russ Booth; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of SWCC

Published April 26, 2011 11:47 am


PHOTO (L to R):  Ron “Fox” Clinton, former longtime SWCC basketball and softball coach; Amber Brown, SWCC Female Athlete of the Year; Sam McKinney, SWCC Male Athlete of the Year; and Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director and longtime baseball coach.

CRESTON, Iowa—Amber Brown of Carlisle and Sam McKinney of St. Charles were respectively named as Southwestern Community College’s Female and Male Athletes of the Year during the 2011 Spring Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, April 21, 2011, in the Instructional Center on SWCC’s Creston campus.

Published April 25, 2011 1:33 pm


Michael Kaufman, a senior guard at Orient-Macksburg High School, won't have to travel far to move into his dorm room next year.  Orient-Macksburg High School is only ten miles north of Creston, so local basketball fans will be familiar with his exploits in high school.  Kaufman, a 6'0" guard, led the Bulldogs deep into the 1A district tournament this year before bowing out to Guthrie Center.  Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "I was really impressed with how Michael sees the floor, can pass off the urgent dribble, and can score in the lane while off balance.  I think his set of skills is a good match for the stuff we are running."  Assistant Coach Thad Tussey has ties to Orient-Macksburg, as his father, Steve, is the head coach for the Bulldogs.

Published April 22, 2011 10:34 am


New and returning student registration for fall 2011 semester is underway!  Returning students, if you are registered full-time for the fall semester by April 26, your name will be entered into a drawing for 4-$250 Early Bird Scholarships (2010 recipient shown in photo above).  These Early Bird Scholarships will be drawn for at the campus-wide picnic on Wed., April 27, at approximately 12 p.m.

Registration is also underway for summer 2011 fast track classes (May 16-27 or August 1-12) and regular summer session classes.

Remember, finals week is May 2-5.  Be sure to view the 2011 Spring Final Exam Schedule on the Web to determine when your exams take place.

Published April 20, 2011 11:26 am


It took a few years for Southwestern Head Coach Mike Holmes’ southeast Iowa connections to pay off, but the Spartans cashed in for the 2011-12 recruiting cycle by signing two prominent players from the region—Trevor Kayser of Cardinal and Kyle Graves of Davis County.  Holmes, who spent six seasons at Ottumwa High School, was familiar with both programs and was no stranger to basketball at either school.  Kayser, a 6-foot-6-inch smooth-shooting post player, who can play outside and inside, will be an effective tool in the Spartan’s high-post oriented attack.  The 6-foot-2-inch Graves, who as a younger player attended Holmes’ summer camps, is extremely familiar with the systems at Southwestern, and will bring an intelligence and understanding for the schemes that few incoming freshmen have.

“Trevor and Kyle represent the solid work ethic and selflessness indicative in that part of the state,” Holmes said.  “They will be excellent teammates for us next year, and will be able to make contributions within their roles.  I am really excited about their addition to our program.”

Published April 19, 2011 6:27 pm


Published April 19, 2011 11:39 am

Uganda0001The SWCC nursing program is collecting school supplies for Uganda, East Africa.  Items to donate range from school supplies especially pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, coloring books, toys, balls, etc.  They also take clothes and shoes for children of all ages.  The group is very interested in reading books for ages two to 14 years.

Collection boxes are located in the Allied Health & Science Center.  This activity is conjunction with Southwestern Community College's Pay it Forward (PIF) Week.

Published April 15, 2011 5:41 pm

Wristbands will be available in the Instructional Center Main Hallway, the Student Center, the Osceola Center, and the Red Oak Center for those who participate in PIF Week activities. Wear your wristband all week to show your support. Be sure to go online at to report your PIF activities. Show your support for PIF by purchasing a PIF Week T-shirt. T-shirts will be on sale for $10 (larger sizes $12) in the Admissions Office or from any student ambassador. Wear your T-shirt WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY for sure, other days are optional.

Published April 14, 2011 10:54 am

Get Involved With Pay it Forward!

SWCC’s 2011 Pay it Forward (PIF) was April 18-22. The 2011 PIF theme was DREAM, an acronym for Donate, Reunite, Embrace, Appreciate, and Mother Nature (Earth Day). During PIF Week, the SWCC community gets involved in encouraging positive behaviors and helping others. 

The schedule for the week follows:

PIFclass_2011pageMonday - Donate

  • Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 180, Instructional Center
  • Free donuts and coffee in the Student Center (until gone)!
  • Coffee Stoppe random giveaways
  • Give to Japan earthquake victims
  • Donate your new or gently used shoes to Soles4Souls
  • Volunteer to tutor a classmate

Tuesday - Reunite

  • FREE ICE CREAM, noon-2 p.m., Student Center
  • Call or text an old friend
  • Facebook a friend
  • Forgive
  • Send a thank you note to someone who's touched your life
  • Tree Planting (Postponed until next week)
  • Hurley Creek Clean-Up, 9 a.m. - Weather :(
  • Animal Shelter Donations (dog food, cat food, treats, toys, etc.), look for boxes
  • Nursing Program Collecting Donations (school supplies for Uganda, East Africa) - Boxes in Allied Health Center
  • Recycling plastic bags (look for boxes on campus)

Wednesday - Embrace

  • Social hour with nursing home residents, 11 a.m., Crest Haven
  • PIF Egg Hunt, noon, Instructional Center courtyard
  • FREE MOVIE AND POPCORN, 1 p.m., Student Center
  • Smile
  • Easter Egg Hunt at nursing home, Creston Nursing and Rehab, 3:30 p.m.
  • Tell someone to have a nice day
  • Send a note to someone who is ill
  • Hold the door for someone

Thursday - Appreciate

  • Write a note to a favorite teacher
  • Give someone a pat on the back
  • Acknowledge the little things


Friday - Mother Earth Day

  • Pick up trash
  • Recycle
  • Take a shorter shower
  • Walk to class or work
  • Bring your plastic bags to SWCC and we will recycle them for you!

For a detailed schedule of events on the SWCC campus, please view the PIF – DREAM Week Activities Schedule.  Be sure to "Like" SWCC's Pay it Forward Facebook page too!

Remember, there are little things you can do too--hold the door for someone, write a note to a long-lost friend, pay for the next guy's coffee at the drive-up, or make cookies for a neighbor.  It's easy to make someone's day!!!

Be sure to report your involvement in any PIF activities on the PIF Activity Form.

Support the PIF Activities by purchasing a PIF T-Shirt for $10 ($12 for larger sizes) from the admissions office or from a SWCC student ambassador.