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Published January 16, 2012 8:11 am

CupcakeThere will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bake Sale today (January 16) starting at 8:30 a.m. in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  All monies raised will go to the Great American Bake Sale ( to help end childhood hunger.  Enjoy some yummy items to start your semester off doing something good for other people!

This event is being sponsored by the Beta Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Published January 12, 2012 9:28 am


Facing a team receiving votes in the Top 25, the Southwestern Spartans failed to keep the game within reach Wednesday night against the DMACC Bears. For the second straight game, the Spartans opened the game with a lead through the first five minutes. Unlike their previous contest, this game proved to be a back-and-forth battle for much of the first half. With their best defensive effort of the year, both from a man-to-man and zone perspective, the Spartans forced the Bears to settle for contested jump shots and single-chance possessions. Unfortunately, the winds came out of the Spartan sails late in the half as three straight turnovers turned into six easy points for the DMACC. The teams entered the break with DMACC leading 29-19.

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Published January 10, 2012 4:24 pm

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the Creston campus.  The meeting was held electronically due to a brief agenda.

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Published January 10, 2012 9:51 am


Coming off a tough conference road loss Saturday, Southwestern bounced back for a home non-conference win against Buena Vista Monday, 80-61.The Spartans shot out of the gate, scoring the game's first 9 points, which included one of Marcus Littleton's three three-point goals on the game.  Buena Vista settled in and began to try to chip into the lead, but the Spartans were stingy on the defensive boards, allowing the Beavers only six offensive rebounds in the contest.

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Published January 9, 2012 3:38 pm


Southwestern Community College Head Volleyball Coach Melissa Blessington spent her winter break putting the finishing touches on the 2012 Spartan volleyball team.  Blessington signed two athletes from Hampton-Dumont High School and one athlete from LeMars High School.  With the addition of these three athletes, Blessington has a total of eight new recruits and is nearing the end of her recruiting campaign for the 2012 volleyball season.

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Published January 9, 2012 1:11 pm


After a tremendous start for Southwestern on the road in Mason City, playing conference foe North Iowa Area, the Spartans began getting careless with the ball and allowed the Trojans to overtake them by halftime.  Leading 17-7, Marquealis Edwards picked up a third foul in the first half, putting one of the Spartan's best ball-handlers on the bench for the remainder of the half.  Southwestern had trouble connecting on field goals, shooting 24 percent in the first half.

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Published January 9, 2012 8:23 am

The Southwestern Community College Women’s Basketball team traveled to Mason City this Saturday to face the Trojans of North Iowa Area Community College. At 10-5 entering the contest, the Trojans posed an interesting matchup for the Spartans in their first taste of conference action on the road. Determined to play with much more consistency on both ends of the floor, the Spartan Women came out with tons of energy and explosiveness. Jumping out to a 9-2 lead in the first five minutes of action, the Spartans failed to capitalize of several more scoring opportunities that might have widened that gap and dampened the NIACC spirits. Instead, with 14:58 left in the first half, NIACC seized control of the game and never looked back. With pressure defense and sharp shooting, the Trojans went on a 15-0 run at one point, forcing five straight turnovers on their defensive end of the floor. They took a commanding 38-19 lead into the halftime break.

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Published January 5, 2012 8:23 am

Last night marked the first conference game for Coach Gilcrist and the 2011-2012 Southwestern Women’s Basketball Team. Facing 14th-ranked Kirkwood Community College, the Spartans were outgunned from the tip. After trading three point baskets to open the game, the Eagles from Kirkwood continued to have great success from beyond the arc while Southwestern struggled to find any easy shots. Kirkwood used a 2-2-1 three-quarter court press to stymie the Spartan transition game and jumped out to a quick 24-3 lead with almost 15 minutes still left in the first half.

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Published December 22, 2011 11:03 am

DECEMBER 22, 2011--Earlier today, Beta Eta Nu, SWCC's chapter of the International Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and Creston Hy-Vee presented a $1,000 check to SWCC math instructor Tom Dunphy.  The check will go to help with health-related expenses for Tom's granddaughter Kara Dunphy, who is fighting leukemia.  Kara is the daughter of Sean and Deanne Dunphy.

During the fundraising drive, Hy-Vee coupon books were sold on campus and in the Creston area by PTK student members and sponsors.  Chuck Irelan, general manager of the Creston Hy-Vee, donated Hy-Vee’s portion of the sales to Kara’s fund drive. Cash donations were also given by community members. 

PTK would like to thank everyone who participated in this event! 

PHOTO (L to R):  Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC PTK sponsor; Tom Dunphy, Kara's grandfather and SWCC math instructor; and Chuck Irelan, general manager for Creston Hy-Vee

Published December 15, 2011 8:26 am

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at the Administration Center on the Creston campus.

The board voted to reinstate the college’s early retirement policy for employees.  The policy has an April 1, 2012, application deadline for employees.  The expiration date for this plan is June 30, 2012.  This is the same early retirement plan that the board approved in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Matt Thompson, SWCC dean of students, presented the annual student demographic report to the board.  Thompson stated that SWCC’s final fall 2011 enrollment was 1,762 students.  This is up from last year’s enrollment of 1,753 students.  According to Thompson, 22.3 percent of 2011 high school graduates in the college’s region are enrolled at SWCC, compared to 20.5 percent last year.  Thompson noted for fall 2011, SWCC has 876 students enrolled full-time and 886 students enrolled on a part-time basis.  The demographic information was compiled by Marilyn Werner and Lisa Shawler in the SWCC assessment center.

Jerry Smith, SWCC board member and Iowa Association of Community College Trustees (IACCT) representative, reported to the board concerning the IACCT meeting he attended on behalf of SWCC last week.