College News

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.

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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.

Published January 28, 2011 11:11 am

Creston, IOWA—The New York Voices, a Grammy Award winning vocal ensemble, will headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 14th Annual Vocal Jazz Fest concerts on Friday, February 25, and Saturday, February 26, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center.  Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.

The New York Voices are renowned for their excellence in jazz and the art of group singing.  Their interests are rooted in jazz, but often Brazilian, R&B, classical, and pop influences are included with equal creativity and authenticity.  The New York Voices has traveled the globe and appeared on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, The Austria Opera House, and The Zurich Opera House.

The SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops.  High school and college ensembles from across the United States and Canada will participate in the festival.

For more information including the official ticket order form, please visit the “Registration” section of the SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest Web site at  To pay for concert tickets by credit card, call 641.782.1448.

Published January 27, 2011 1:52 pm


Recruit Kenny Blass of Guthrie Center High School Guthrie Center signed a letter of intent to run on the SWCC Cross Country Team this fall.

Published January 27, 2011 9:36 am


A group made up of SWCC faculty, staff, and students visited the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 26, for the Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Forum.

The group met with state representatives including Representative Joel Fry, Representative Cecil Dolecheck, and Senator Joni Ernst, at 10:45 a.m.  The group also met with Governor Terry Branstad at 12:45 p.m., and then attended the IACCT legislative forum at 3:10 p.m.

NEW!  Senators Kibbie, Gronstal, and McKinley honored community colleges on their 45th anniversary by introducing SR1, a resolution recognizing community colleges.