College News

Published April 22, 2011 10:34 am


New and returning student registration for fall 2011 semester is underway!  Returning students, if you are registered full-time for the fall semester by April 26, your name will be entered into a drawing for 4-$250 Early Bird Scholarships (2010 recipient shown in photo above).  These Early Bird Scholarships will be drawn for at the campus-wide picnic on Wed., April 27, at approximately 12 p.m.

Registration is also underway for summer 2011 fast track classes (May 16-27 or August 1-12) and regular summer session classes.

Remember, finals week is May 2-5.  Be sure to view the 2011 Spring Final Exam Schedule on the Web to determine when your exams take place.

Published April 20, 2011 11:26 am


It took a few years for Southwestern Head Coach Mike Holmes’ southeast Iowa connections to pay off, but the Spartans cashed in for the 2011-12 recruiting cycle by signing two prominent players from the region—Trevor Kayser of Cardinal and Kyle Graves of Davis County.  Holmes, who spent six seasons at Ottumwa High School, was familiar with both programs and was no stranger to basketball at either school.  Kayser, a 6-foot-6-inch smooth-shooting post player, who can play outside and inside, will be an effective tool in the Spartan’s high-post oriented attack.  The 6-foot-2-inch Graves, who as a younger player attended Holmes’ summer camps, is extremely familiar with the systems at Southwestern, and will bring an intelligence and understanding for the schemes that few incoming freshmen have.

“Trevor and Kyle represent the solid work ethic and selflessness indicative in that part of the state,” Holmes said.  “They will be excellent teammates for us next year, and will be able to make contributions within their roles.  I am really excited about their addition to our program.”

Published April 19, 2011 6:27 pm


Published April 19, 2011 11:39 am

Uganda0001The SWCC nursing program is collecting school supplies for Uganda, East Africa.  Items to donate range from school supplies especially pencils, pens, notebooks, crayons, coloring books, toys, balls, etc.  They also take clothes and shoes for children of all ages.  The group is very interested in reading books for ages two to 14 years.

Collection boxes are located in the Allied Health & Science Center.  This activity is conjunction with Southwestern Community College's Pay it Forward (PIF) Week.

Published April 15, 2011 5:41 pm

Wristbands will be available in the Instructional Center Main Hallway, the Student Center, the Osceola Center, and the Red Oak Center for those who participate in PIF Week activities. Wear your wristband all week to show your support. Be sure to go online at to report your PIF activities. Show your support for PIF by purchasing a PIF Week T-shirt. T-shirts will be on sale for $10 (larger sizes $12) in the Admissions Office or from any student ambassador. Wear your T-shirt WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY for sure, other days are optional.

Published April 14, 2011 10:54 am

Get Involved With Pay it Forward!

SWCC’s 2011 Pay it Forward (PIF) was April 18-22. The 2011 PIF theme was DREAM, an acronym for Donate, Reunite, Embrace, Appreciate, and Mother Nature (Earth Day). During PIF Week, the SWCC community gets involved in encouraging positive behaviors and helping others. 

The schedule for the week follows:

PIFclass_2011pageMonday - Donate

  • Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Room 180, Instructional Center
  • Free donuts and coffee in the Student Center (until gone)!
  • Coffee Stoppe random giveaways
  • Give to Japan earthquake victims
  • Donate your new or gently used shoes to Soles4Souls
  • Volunteer to tutor a classmate

Tuesday - Reunite

  • FREE ICE CREAM, noon-2 p.m., Student Center
  • Call or text an old friend
  • Facebook a friend
  • Forgive
  • Send a thank you note to someone who's touched your life
  • Tree Planting (Postponed until next week)
  • Hurley Creek Clean-Up, 9 a.m. - Weather :(
  • Animal Shelter Donations (dog food, cat food, treats, toys, etc.), look for boxes
  • Nursing Program Collecting Donations (school supplies for Uganda, East Africa) - Boxes in Allied Health Center
  • Recycling plastic bags (look for boxes on campus)

Wednesday - Embrace

  • Social hour with nursing home residents, 11 a.m., Crest Haven
  • PIF Egg Hunt, noon, Instructional Center courtyard
  • FREE MOVIE AND POPCORN, 1 p.m., Student Center
  • Smile
  • Easter Egg Hunt at nursing home, Creston Nursing and Rehab, 3:30 p.m.
  • Tell someone to have a nice day
  • Send a note to someone who is ill
  • Hold the door for someone

Thursday - Appreciate

  • Write a note to a favorite teacher
  • Give someone a pat on the back
  • Acknowledge the little things


Friday - Mother Earth Day

  • Pick up trash
  • Recycle
  • Take a shorter shower
  • Walk to class or work
  • Bring your plastic bags to SWCC and we will recycle them for you!

For a detailed schedule of events on the SWCC campus, please view the PIF – DREAM Week Activities Schedule.  Be sure to "Like" SWCC's Pay it Forward Facebook page too!

Remember, there are little things you can do too--hold the door for someone, write a note to a long-lost friend, pay for the next guy's coffee at the drive-up, or make cookies for a neighbor.  It's easy to make someone's day!!!

Be sure to report your involvement in any PIF activities on the PIF Activity Form.

Support the PIF Activities by purchasing a PIF T-Shirt for $10 ($12 for larger sizes) from the admissions office or from a SWCC student ambassador.

Published April 13, 2011 8:26 am


Pianist Nicholas Roth will present a solo concert and masterclass for Southwestern Community College's professional music students on Wed., April 27, 2011, starting at 10:45 a.m. 

Roth began formal studies at age 12, receiving critical acclaim for his appearances by the age of 18. He appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony and the Indianapolis Symphony under Raymond Leppard, among others. Roth is featured in recitals and festivals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Serbia and Spain. Roth is a Yamaha Artist in Education, a Beethoven Fellow of the American Pianists Association, won first prizes in the chamber music competitions of Tortona and Pietra Ligure, Italy, and received a DAAD grant to further his studies in Germany.

Published April 12, 2011 4:54 pm


Marcus Littleton of Norwalk has become the first signee for Southwestern’s class of 2011-12.  Littleton, a hot-shooting guard, helped lead his team to the Class 3A Final Four this season.  He will bring a valid scoring threat to the Spartan’s backcourt, and fundamentally has many skills to execute the complex Spartan offense.

"Marcus was a key guy in our recruiting efforts," Spartan Head Coach Mike Holmes said. "We need someone who can replace our scoring guards and who is ready to make contributions right away." Holmes is confident about his selection in Littleton. "Knowing Chris Larson (Littleton's high-school coach) like I do, I know Marcus will be sound mentally and physically," Holmes explained.  "I like Marcus as much as a person as I do a player. This signing immediately makes us better."

Photo (L to R):  Sitting – Marcus Littleton, Sr., Marcus' dad; Marcus Littleton, Jr.; Mike Holmes, SWCC head men's basketball coach; Nancy Pattee, Marcus' mom; and Steve Pattee, Marcus' stepdad.  Standing – Chris Larson, Norwalk High School head boys basketball coach.

Published April 11, 2011 1:27 pm

Pettit_Alex_SWCCAlex Pettit, a sophomore at Southwestern Community College in Creston, has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Silver Scholar.  Pettit, from Afton, is a 2009 graduate of East Union High School. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars, and providing nearly $187,500 in stipends annually.

Pettit, as well as the other Silver Scholars, will each receive a $1,250 stipend and a special medallion. All Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Scholars will be listed in an April 11 issue of the USA TODAY newspaper.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 37 states.  Student scholars also receive local recognition during ceremonies held on campus.

Published April 11, 2011 1:21 pm

AutoOpenHouseWinners_2011CRESTON, IA, April 7, 2011--Students from 23 high schools were on Southwestern Community College's campus on Friday, April 1, 2011, for the 2011 Automotive Open House.  As a part of the event, many of the visiting and current SWCC automotive students competed in contests and activities.

High School Collision/Welding Contest Winners
•    Logan Taylor, junior from Villisca High School, first place
•    Bryce Arganbright, junior from Panorama High School, second place
•    Garrett Chase, senior from Panorama High School, third place 

Tire Changing Contest - High School Division
•    Michael Avilia, Corning, first place
•    Justin Madison, East Union, second place

Tire Changing Contest - College Division
•    Matt Owens, Afton, first place, SWCC student, second-year automotive repair technology
•    Kadin Miller, Osceola, second place, SWCC student, second-year automotive repair technology

Photos from the events are available on SWCC’s Facebook page at