College News

Published February 14, 2011 8:09 am

Stevens_ChristyBill Huntington, Southwestern Community College head cross country coach, recently announced the latest addition to the Spartan's cross country roster. Christy Stevens will be joining the Spartans cross country squad for the 2011-12 school year.

Stevens, now a senior at Atlantic High School, was a former student in the Creston Community School District. She moved to Atlantic during her sophomore year of high school. She lettered in track her freshman season and in cross country her freshman and sophomore years for Creston. She was a state cross country qualifier in 2010 for Atlantic High School.

Stevens is the daughter of Karen Stevens.

In photo: sitting, Christy Stevens; standing (L to R),  Karen Stevens, Christy’s mom; Bruce Henderson, Atlantic assistant cross country coach; Paul Iekel, Atlantic head cross country coach; and Cari Stalker, SWCC assistant cross country coach.

Published February 11, 2011 3:42 pm

The SWCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter is raising funds for Iowa's favorite summer camp--Children's Cancer Connections! Collection boxes may be found across the Creston campus (Spartan Cafe, LRC, business office, etc.) and at the Red Oak and Osceola Centers.

Please help PTK raise funds for a great cause!

Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC sociology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, at 641.782.1429.

Published February 10, 2011 8:43 am

After a first-half battle that was playing out just how the Spartans had planned, a quick spurt at the beginning of the second half propelled Des Moines Area to a 61-44 win over Southwestern.  The Spartans used long possessions and multiple screens to trail 24-23 at half; however, E.J. Hicks got loose for DMACC in the first possession of the second half and knocked in a three-point goal, which was followed by a Southwestern turnover and layup for the Bears.  In a flash, the one-point deficit became six.  Though field goals were close, DMACC was able to take advantage of 20 more free throw attempts (25 to 5) to distance themselves by the end of the contest.  Southwestern moves to 13-11 on the season and plays conference foe Clinton Sunday in Clinton at 1 p.m.

Published February 8, 2011 4:39 pm

During late December and the first half of January, SWCC held a contest in an effort to increase awareness to the new content on the Web site. Area students could sign up on the site using an entry code that they received in the mail for a chance to win an iPod Shuffle. The winner, drawn at random was Caroline King of Atlantic. Congratulations to Caroline. We hope she is enjoying her prize!

Published February 7, 2011 1:52 pm


In need of a conference win, Southwestern hosted Ellsworth Saturday hoping history would repeat. The Spartans were able to beat Ellsworth on the road earlier this season, but the Panthers proved too tough as they came away with a 76-65 win over Southwestern. Ellsworth grabbed an early 10-2 lead, but Southwestern stayed within striking distance, trailing 37-32 at half. Though the Panthers jumped out to an 11-point lead early in the second half, the Spartans were able to cut it to 3 on two different occasions before the clock began to be an enemy of Southwestern. The Spartans fall to 13-10 on the season, lose ground in the conference seeding, and now must play talented Des Moines Area Wednesday on the road.

Published February 7, 2011 1:37 pm

SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter and the SWCC Student Senate are collecting items to send to Iowa troops stationed abroad. The group is looking for items such as non-perishable food, candy, toiletry items, books, magazines, etc.  For specific ideas for donations, please view the attached pdf.

Phi Theta Kappa Regional Convention has volunteered to pay all shipping costs.  Collection boxes are located on the Creston campus in the LRC (library) or may be donated at the centers.  If you know of someone in the service who should receive a care package please submit the online Support the Troops form.

Please Help Us Take Advantage of This Great Opportunity!

Published February 4, 2011 3:53 pm


In a game which had momentum swinging back and forth like a pendulum, Iowa Central was able to hold off Southwestern in a key Iowa Community College Athletic Conference matchup Thursday in Fort Dodge, 67-62. The game was played after being postponed from the previous night. Southwestern set the early tone with connections from behind the arc from Luke Sealer, Austin Emerson, and Collin Artinger to take a 15-4 lead. Iowa Central chipped back with big offensive rebounds and some big 3s of their own to knot the score at 32-32 by intermission. It was the Tritons who got early control in the second half, connecting on their first five shots of the frame. Southwestern did not vanish, getting key rebounds and transition baskets from Dominique Outley. Down six with 1:10 to play, Southwestern got a stop and Tyler Smith hit a runner in the lane to cut the lead to four. After fouling, Iowa Central hit one free throw and the Spartans ran a set to try to get a 3. Smith misfired, and Emerson had another look off an inbound, but the Spartans could not get key bucket. The loss moves the Spartans to 13-9. They have yet another important conference battle at home Saturday against Ellsworth.

Published February 4, 2011 10:42 am


Bill Huntington, Southwestern Community College head cross country coach, announced two more Iowa runners who will be joining the Spartans cross country program for the 2011-12 school year.  Regina Hafner (front left) of Panora, and Delaney Turner (front right) of Panora have both signed on with the Spartans. Hafner and Turner are both seniors at Panorama High School and will graduate in May as well.

In photo: sitting (L to R) Regina Hafner and Delaney Turner; standing (L to R) Jeff Hafner and Shannon Hafner, Regina’s parents; Cari Stalker, SWCC assistant cross country coach; Greg Thompson, Panorama High School head cross country coach, and Chad and Michelle Redfern, Delaney’s parents

Published February 3, 2011 11:19 am

DES MOINES— Iowa Community College trustees, presidents, staff, and nearly 250 students,  as well as state legislators, agency staff and business leaders celebrated Iowa Community College Day, noting the 45th anniversary of Iowa’s community colleges.

Governor Terry Branstad spoke to students during the 23rd Annual Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Seminar, which was held on Wednesday, January 26, 2011.  Following a student and legislative breakfast at the State Capitol Rotunda, Senators Jack Kibbie, Mike Gronstal, and Paul McKinley recognized Iowa’s community colleges and their students with Senate Resolution No. 1.

Published January 31, 2011 10:23 am

Southwestern battled to the finish line against resurgent Iowa Lakes last Saturday, but came up short in a 80-70 loss in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play. The game was close most of the way, with the Lakers taking a 28-27 lead into the half behind punishing work on the offensive boards. Playing four guards, the Spartans attempted to counter the attack in the second half, but Iowa Lakes was too quick to the rim off dribble penetration and too consistent with offensive putbacks to get turned away. After getting down 10 in the early parts of the second half, Southwestern was able to cut it to 55-50 with five minutes to play; however, a three-point goal from Mike Weems did in the comeback effort. Southwestern falls to 13-8 overall and 4-4 in the league. They host Central College tonight at 7 p.m.