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Published April 9, 2012 1:37 pm

OsceolaCarpentryTableSWCC's Osceola high school carpentry class is selling 8' octagon picnic tables.  The cost for a table is $350. 

This fundraiser will assist students as they raise money for future Habitat for Humanity trips.  In recent years, the students have traveled to places such as Louisiana, South Dakota, Texas, and Missouri to assist with rebuilding projects following natural disasters such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

To order a table, please contact Charlie Mundy, SWCC Osceola carpentry instructor, at 641.202.2233. 

Published April 6, 2012 1:05 pm

ArtLogoThe Southwestern Community College art & design department will have a Student Art Exhibit on display at the Creston Restored Depot from April 2-28, 2012.  The exhibit will begin with an opening reception on Fri., April 6, 2012, from 6-8 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided and the public is invited to attend. 

The exhibit is being sponsored by Creston: Arts.  Go to for additional information.

Linda Dainty, is the art & design instructor for SWCC.

Published April 5, 2012 9:09 am

Phi Theta Kappa members, please RSVP as soon as possible for the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony.  RSVPs are due by noon this Friday, April 6. Students need to RSVP with Steve Epperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and staff members should RSVP with Jody Nedley-Newcomb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The formal induction of the 2011-2012 Phi Theta Kappa members is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Family and friends are invited.

Published April 3, 2012 10:58 am

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Congratulations to SWCC Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff for achieving her 100th career win yesterday, April 2, 2012, vs. Simpson!  With this win, the Spartans' softball team improves to a record of 20-9 on the season, 7-5 in the league.

“Coach Stumpff has taken the program to new heights since her arrival at Southwestern,” stated Bill Krejci, SWCC athletic director.  “She has shown continual growth with the program by increasing in wins every year since she’s been here.  She has a very talented group of athletes this year and they are a legitimate force in the league.”

The Spartans will be in home action today vs. Grand View at 3 p.m. and tomorrow vs. DMACC at 3 p.m.

Stumpff has been at the helm of the SWCC softball program since 2006.

Published April 2, 2012 4:14 pm

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Southwestern Community College’s automotive repair technology club presented a check for $125 to the Greater Regional Cancer Center on Friday, March 16, 2012.  The funds were raised during a recent T-shirt fundraiser by the organization.  Pictured are front row (L to R) - Donna Larkin, SWCC automotive club vice president; Javier Rubio, SWCC automotive club president; Jeni Thompson, director of medical oncology for Greater Regional Cancer Center; and Joan Weis, co-director of radiation oncology from Greater Regional Cancer Center and back row – Sue Claiser, SWCC automotive parts clerk; Jeff Sorensen, automotive repair technology instructor; Steve Schmalzried, automotive repair technology instructor; and Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students.

Published April 2, 2012 3:38 pm

Southwestern Community College is hosting a three-day volleyball camp, April 16-18, 2012, after school, for students in grades fourth through sixth.  The cost is $50. 

The camp will be directed by Southwestern Volleyball Coaches Melissa Blessington and Rita Schroeder, with the assistance of the Southwestern volleyball players.

For complete camp information, please visit the SWCC Volleyball Camp page

Published March 29, 2012 5:03 pm

PIF logo redSWCC’s 2012 Pay it Forward (PIF) Week will be held April 16-20, 2012. During PIF Week, SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved in encouraging positive behaviors and service to the community. Specific details about activities for the week will be available on the SWCC Web site next week.

PIF Week started in 2009 with 10 students and has spread across campus and the community. There are little things you can do--hold the door for someone, thank a mentor, write a note of encouragement to someone with an illness, pay for the next person’s coffee at the drive-up, or help an elderly member of the community with yard work. It is easy to have a positive impact on the community.

Published March 21, 2012 3:17 pm

JoanBecker PhotoJoan Becker will be at Southwestern Community College’s Creston campus presenting “A Mother’s Story” on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from 1-3 p.m. in room 220 of the Instructional Center. Joan is the mother of Mark Becker, who was convicted in 2010 of the murder of Ed Thomas, a well-known football coach from Aplington-Parkersburg High School.

Joan and her husband, Dave, have been compelled to share their family's story about Mark and the experience their family has had coping with a child having paranoid schizophrenia. Their hope is that the open communication will help other families in some way.

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Published March 21, 2012 3:00 pm

A workshop entitled “Stand out at a Job Fair,” will be offered at Southwestern Community College on Thurs., March 29, 2012, from noon until 2 p.m., in room 180 of the Instructional Center.

The first hour of the event will be spent watching a presentation focusing on the dos and don'ts of job fair participation, etiquette, and other job hunting tactics. From 1-2 p.m., the session will focus on role playing in job fair situations. The participants will receive instant feedback from employers on how they did with the role playing situations.

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Published March 19, 2012 1:43 pm

miner jamee IMG 4056Friday, March 9, Coach Brett Gilcrist and the other Division-II women’s basketball coaches in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference met to wrap up the conference’s season and prepare for the Regional Tournament Final Four. Part of this meeting included voting for the First-, Second-, and Third-Team All-Region Selections. Freshman Jamee Miner (Elkhorn, NE, pictured) was the lone nomination from Southwestern Community College, being named Second-Team All-Region.

Miner finished the year averaging 16.37 points per game which ranked her sixth in the conference. She averaged 5.63 rebounds per game which placed her 19th overall (behind teammates Heylee Horn and Amber Thomas; 16th and 18th respectively). She dished out 3.17 assists per game, finishing 9th in the conference. Perhaps most impressively, Miner finished second in the conference with 3.70 steals per game (the leader had 3.71 per game).

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