College News

Published: Wednesday, August 11, 2010 8:53 am

SWCC’s new disc golf course was installed on campus on Friday, August 6.  Volunteers assisting that day included Scott and Tyler Helm, Loyal Winborn, Mark and Tracey Evans, Mike Holmes, Matt Thompson, Micheal Mark, and Joel Wires.  Hole signs are being ordered for the course. 

A physical education class, taught by Holmes, is being added at SWCC for the fall semester.  Student activities will be purchasing equipment that may be used by students who wish to play. 

A grant of $3,600 from the Disc Golf Foundation matching basket program assisted in making this project a reality on campus.  Thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who donated to make this course possible!

Published: Monday, July 19, 2010 3:39 am

Spartans Announce Women’s Basketball Coach

Secrett StubblefieldCreston, IA—Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has announced Secrett Stubblefield of Fredericksburg, VA, will succeed Jeremiah “Buck” Scheel as the head women’s basketball coach for the SWCC Spartans.

Stubblefield comes to Southwestern from Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO, where she was the assistant women’s basketball coach for one year.  Prior to coaching at Central, she was the head varsity girl’s basketball coach and a teacher for Waynesboro High School in Waynesboro, VA.

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Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 9:39 am

Creston Rotary Scholarship Recipients Named for 2010

Creston Rotary Scholarship RecipientsCreston Rotary Scholarship Recipients for 2010-11 include Sean Snodgrass, Ashley McGehee, Spencer Bakerink, Donovan Richardson, Chris Helm, Bailey Oetken, Morgan Oetken, Payne Horning, and Hannah Finehout.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 8:50 am

Creston Fire Department Awards Scholarship 

Fire Department Scholarship RecipientCreston, IA—The Creston Volunteer Fire Department named Kilee Kralik as the recipient of the Creston Volunteer Fire Department Scholarship given through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation. Kralik will receive a $750 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Photo  (L to R) Matt Thompson, executive director, SWCC Education Foundation; Kilee Kralik, SWCC student; and James Viers, Creston firefighter.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 8:36 am

Pearson-Coen-Beaty Funeral Home Scholarship Awarded

Pearson-Coen-Beaty ScholarshipCreston, IA—The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation named Cynthia Miller as the recipient of the Pearson-Coen-Beaty Scholarship given through the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation.  Miller will receive a $500 scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.

Photo  (L to R) Matt Thompson, executive director, SWCC Education Foundation; Bruce Pearson, Pearson-Coen-Beaty Family Funeral Service; Cynthia Miller; SWCC student; and Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 6:56 am

Alliant Energy Scholarship Awarded for 2010

Alliant Scholarship RecipientsCreston, IA—Alliant Energy and the Southwestern Community College Education Foundation have awarded scholarships to three students for the 2010-2011 academic year.  The scholarships from Alliant Energy will provide $350 to each recipient.

Photo  (L to R) Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College (SWCC); Matt Higgins, Alliant Energy; Cynthia Miller, Erica Lensing, and Derek VerHelst, SWCC students; and Matt Thompson, executive director, SWCC Education Foundation.

Published: Monday, June 28, 2010 6:04 am

SWCC Reps with Tshirt cannonSWCC had a blast at the Adams County Speedway on June 26, 2010!  Representatives from the college were on-hand to give out freebies, register fans for a drawing, assist kids on the Wii, and meet and greet speedway spectators.  It was a great opportunity to educate race fans about all the college has to offer.

For more photos, visit SWCC's Facebook page at

Published: Sunday, June 27, 2010 6:59 am

Kiwanis Scholarships Awarded for 2010-11

Kiwanis Scholarship RecipientsCreston, IA--On Friday, May 7, 2010, Southwestern Community College students received scholarships from the Creston Kiwanis Club.  The club donates $1,000 annually in scholarships to students, with preference given to dependents or relatives of Kiwanis members. 

Photo  (L to R) Dr. Barb Crittenden, president of Southwestern Community College; SWCC student Kilee Kralik; Creston High School students Jennie Best, Ashley McGehee, and Stephanie Routh; and Korina Loudon, Kiwanis member.

Published: Friday, May 21, 2010 10:19 am

2010 All-Region Softball Selections Announced

The 2010 Spartan Softball Team had a record setting year with their spring 2010 season.  It was the first 20 win season in 20 years at SWCC. 

The effort was led by five Spartan players--Nikkie Vreeland, Katie Tew, Cassie Kadel, Amber Brown, and Becky Anderson--who recently received honors from the coaches in the region.  As a team, this year's squad had a record setting 445 hits, 71 doubles, 16 triples, 15 homeruns, and a .325 batting average, which was fourth in the region behind three nationally ranked opponents.  Nikkie Vreeland set two school records with 22 stolen bases and seven triples.  Katie Tew set a new record with the most hits, 59, in a season.

Stats for SWCC's All-Region Softball selections follow:

Nikkie Vreeland  Nikkie Vreeland, Centerfield,  Second Team All-Region
155 at bats, 54 hits, 43 runs, 6 doubles, 7 triples, 1 homerun, 30 RBI’s, 22 walks, .348 batting avg., and 22 stolen bases
Katie Tew

Katie Tew,  Designated Player, Second Team All-Region
149 at bats, 59 hits, 43 runs, 16 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homeruns, 39 RBI’s, .396 batting avg.

Cassie Kadel Cassie Kadel, Utility, Honorable Mention All-Region
132 at bats, 49 hits, 38 runs, 8 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homeruns, 31 RBI’s, .371 batting avg, and 12 stolen bases
Amber Brown Amber Brown, Third Base, Honorable Mention All-Region
155 at bats, 56 hits, 29 runs, 9 doubles, 5 homeruns, 30 RBI’s, and .361 batting avg.
Becky Anderson Becky Anderson, Shortstop, Honorable Mention All-Region
113 at bats, 37 hits, 19 runs, 10 doubles, 1 homerun, 24 RBI’s, and .327 batting avg.






Published: Monday, May 3, 2010 8:44 am

Volleyball Announcement

CRESTON--Rita Schroeder is stepping down from the head volleyball coaching position at Southwestern Community College.  Schroeder has been at the helm of the Spartans for the past 25 years, earning her 700th win during the 2009 volleyball season.  She will remain on staff as the assistant volleyball coach for the 2010 volleyball season.  The head coach position will be opened in advance of recruiting for the 2011 volleyball team.

Anna Waymaster will be serving as interim head coach for the Spartans volleyball team this fall.  Waymaster played for Schroeder during the 2006 and 2007 volleyball seasons and has been SWCC’s assistant volleyball coach during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.  Waymaster will complete her bachelor’s degree in psychology and human services with Buena Vista University in Creston this summer.