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Published May 10, 2012 2:38 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. in the SWCC Administration Center for their regular board meeting.
During the meeting, the board approved a bid of $215,000 from Bill Messerole and Devon Leith for the sale of the student-constructed carpentry house at 1301 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.

Uncollectible account write-offs were approved as presented by Teresa Krejci, SWCC chief financial officer.  Krejci said the accounts presented to the board, most of them from fiscal year 2009-10, had been at collections with little or no activity for 18 months or more.  Krejci explained although the account balances are written-off, students’ transcripts are held and students cannot register for additional classes until the balance is paid.

Bill Taylor, SWCC vice president of instruction, spoke to the board concerning negotiations underway with the Union County Development Association (UCDA) for construction of a home by the 2012-13 college carpentry program.  Taylor explained the property, which will be located in Creston, would be owned by UCDA.  Taylor said within 60 days of completion, the home would be purchased by UCDA if it was not already sold.  Taylor reminded the board that the college has three remaining lots in the College Park Subdivision as well.  Following Taylor’s summary, the board authorized the SWCC administration to enter into a Building Partnership Contract with UCDA for the construction of the home.

During the president’s report, Charlie Mundy, SWCC Osceola high school carpentry instructor, presented to the board concerning the many service projects his students have completed.  The group has traveled to locations affected by disaster to assist with rebuilding efforts.  Trips have included locations such as Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, and Joplin, MO.

Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president, and Tom Lesan, SWCC vice president of economic development, presented to the board regarding the recovery effort that has been underway on the Creston campus following the April 14 tornado.  Crittenden showed the board a presentation outlining the damage on campus and Lesan updated the board about progress-to-date, as well as upcoming reconstruction that will take place.  According to Lesan, reconstruction quotes are due from contractors by Friday and reconstruction could start as early as next week.

Crittenden reminded the board about Spring 2012 Commencement, which will take place Fri., May 11, 2012, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, will be the guest speaker.

Other upcoming events Crittenden mentioned included Summer 2012 Commencement, which is scheduled for Fri., June 29, at 7:30 p.m. and the 13th Annual Athletic Golf Tournament, scheduled for Sat., May 19, at Crestmoor Golf Club in Creston.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member and Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported the annual IACCT Retreat will be held at Okoboji from July 25-27.

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. 

Graduation Checklist

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.

Read more: Southwestern Collision Repair Student Headed to National Contest

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.

Read more: Southwestern Community College Earns Accreditation for Concurrent Enrollment Programs

Published April 27, 2012 11:23 am

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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 24, 2012 5:02 pm

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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 www.swcciowa.edu/pif.

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.

Published April 18, 2012 4:49 pm

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To say “thank you” for all of the help from employees, students, board members, and the people of Creston and the surrounding communities just doesn’t seem adequate.  I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support the college has received in the past few days.  It was simply amazing as we were beginning to clean-up debris Sunday morning how people and equipment just started showing up and people went to work.  We have had contacts from a number of other colleges offering assistance and many sent groups to assist with clean-up or donated items for students.

Read more: Tornado Wrap-Up - Thank You for Your Help

Published April 15, 2012 7:25 pm

The residence halls on campus have been evaluated by a structural engineer and deemed reasonably safe for removal of student items.  Students may come to campus to pick up their essential items from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.  If possible, please bring boxes with you when you come.

Details for the removal of items from the residence halls follow:

West and Wilson Halls - Students may enter to remove essential items from their rooms.

Spartan Suites - Due to safety concerns, second and third floors will be accessed by college personnel only.

Spartan Hall - Due to safety concerns, third floor will be accessed by college personnel only.

Keep in mind, the facilities are severely damaged with debris and broken glass, therefore you will be required to wear close-toed shoes, long sleeved shirts, jeans, gloves, etc.

A bank of rooms has been reserved at the Super 8 motel in Creston for students.  When you come to campus, you will be asked if you need to take advantage of these accommodations for the remainder of the school year.  The Spartan Cafe will be open for their regular hours.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this process.

Published April 15, 2012 8:39 am

Updates and Alerts

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 4:39 p.m.--The Spartan Cafe is open for dinner tonight and will resume its normal operating hours tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 2:04 p.m.--Classes at Southwestern Community College will resume on Wed., April 18, 2012.  Townline Street is now open!  Due to the cancellation of the High School Business Contest, business classes will meet as well. 

Monday, April 16, 2012, 2:02 p.m.--High school business contest is canceled.  It will not be re-scheduled.  It was originally scheduled for Wed., April 18, 2012.

Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:58 a.m.--Activities for this week that have been postponed include Pay it Forward Week, Junior Visit Day, Blood Drive, Student Awards Ceremony, and Youth Volleyball Camp.  Stay tuned for updates.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR RESIDENCE HALL STUDENTS!

Monday, April 16, 2012, 7:59 a.m.--Volunteers for today, please check in at the Student Center for instructions.  Thank you so much for your assistance!

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 3:36 p.m.--SWCC Youth Volleyball Camp, April 16-18, postponed.  New date to be determined.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 2:21 p.m.--Buena Vista University--Creston will not be holding classes on Monday evening, April 16.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 12:41 p.m.--The following announcement does include the Osceola and Red Oak Centers--Classes at Southwestern Community College, all locations, have been canceled for Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17. A decision about classes for Wednesday, April 18, will be made on Tuesday.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 9:53 a.m.--Employees who are able, please report to the Student Center tomorrow (Monday) to assist with debris clean-up.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 9:40 a.m.--Classes at Southwestern Community College have been canceled for Monday, April 16, and Tuesday, April 17. A decision about classes for Wednesday, April 18, will be made on Tuesday. Please watch Facebook for additional updates until the SWCC Web site is restored.

Sunday, April 15, 2012, 8:34 a.m.--Due to damage experienced on-campus during last night's severe weather, the college will be closed until further notice.  Please remain off-campus.  Fortunately, there were no serious injuries during the storm.  Watch the Web site for additional updates.