College News

Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 10:57 am
Name Position High School
Nate Clark SS Hoover High School, Des Moines
Montana Kiler RHP Mill Valley High School, Kansas City
Chris Fluharty LHP Marshall University, Huntington, WV
Jake Deffenbaugh INF Martensdale St Mary’s HS
Andy Kollbaum C Sgt Bluff Luton HS
Tyler Woolums RHP Chariton HS
Craig Chentfant RHP Sgt Bluff Luton HS
Nick Ferin C Martensdale St Mary’s HS
Quin Gooch OF Hoover High School, Des Moines
Ryan Harmsen RHP Clarke HS, Osceola
2009-10 Spartan Commitments
Name Position High School Home
Cal Dannenberg RHP Lincoln HS Sioux Falls, SD
Dillan Brady C/Util Lee’s Summitt West Lee’s Summitt, MO
Kenny Namanny LHP/OF Denison HS Schleswig, IA
Tyler Wertenberger IF/RHP Lee’s Summitt West Lee’s Summitt, MO
Ben Anderson IF Central Decatur Leon, IA
Dustin Guihan OF/LHP West Burlington Burlington, IA
Mike Wild IF Bellevue East Bellevue, NE
Jake Daniels IF I-35 High School Truro, IA
Cameron Rieks RHP Southeast Polk  Altoona, IA
Joey Mazzie RHP Dowling Catholic West Des Moines, IA
Tyler Gustafson RHP Burlington HS Burlington, IA
Brock Anderson IF Burlington HS Burlington, IA
Douglas Burwinkle UT/RHP Bettendorf HS Bettendorf, IA
Montana Deppe RHP Andrew HS Makoqueta, IA
Daniel Worb IF/RHP Vauxhall Academy Vauxhall, Alberta
Chris Dunn LHP/OF Tri-County HS Hancock, IA
Chris Nichols OF/RHP Rivercrest HS Bogata, TX
Ben George LHP Bondurant-Farrar Bondurant, IA
Nathan Sawatzky IF/RHP Bondurant-Farrar Bondurant, IA
Caleb Cline IF Southeast Polk Altoona, IA
CJ Schreiber RHP/IF Southeast Polk Altoona, IA
Published: Friday, February 20, 2009 3:32 am

SWCC Group with legislatorsA group of Southwestern Community College students, accompanied by SWCC student services staff members, traveled to Des Moines to the State Capitol on February 19, 2009.

Throughout the morning, the group met with state legislators, toured the Capitol, and sat in on the Joint Education Appropriations Sub-Committee meeting. 

Group members got to meet with Representative Clel Baudler (R-House District 58) from Greenfield, Representative Cecil Dolecheck (R-House District 96) from Mt. Ayr, Representative Mike Reasoner (D-House District 95) from Creston, and Senator Kim Reynolds (R-Senate District 48) from Osceola.

House photo, above (L to R): Lisa Carstens, Doug Greene, Erica Frey, Laurie Besco, Meghan Cavanaugh, Student Carla Willis, Student Caitlyn Lesan, Lindsay Stumpff, Student Jess Borton, Student Barb Curry, Deb Pantini, Representative Mike Reasoner, Student Mary Puderbaugh, Student Jamahl DePriest, Student Nikkie Vreeland, Representative Cecil Dolecheck, Sandy Webb, Student Tiffany Coon, Sarah Smith, Marilyn Werner, Jane Bradley, Pat Butcher, Matt Thompson, Terri Higgins, Mindy Oswald, and Stacy Gibbs

SWCC group with Kim ReynoldsSenate photo, at left (L to R):  Pat Butcher, Stacy Gibbs, Mindy Oswald, Student Tiffany Coon, Deb Pantini, Student Caitlyn Lesan, Terri Higgins, Marilyn Werner, Student Mary Puderbaugh, Erica Frey, Lindsay Stumpff, Student Carla Willis, Student Jess Borton, Meghan Cavanaugh, Lisa Carstens, Student Jamahl DePriest, Student Nikkie Vreeland, Student Barb Curry, Sandy Webb, Sarah Smith, Doug Greene, Senator Kim Reynolds, Jane Bradley, and Laurie Besco.


Published: Thursday, February 12, 2009 7:42 am
Southwestern Board Holds February Meeting

Creston, IA-- Southwestern Community College’s board of directors met in regular session on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration Center on SWCC’s campus. 

During the meeting, the SWCC board approved the appointment of Tony Cass of Creston to fill the college’s open District 8 board member position.  A committee had been established at the January board meeting for the purpose of interviewing candidates to fill the open position.  Cass is the assistant director of pharmacy services at Greater Regional Medical Center in Creston.  He was a student at Southwestern from 1975-77.  He will serve in this position until the next regular school board election in September.  This position was vacated in December with the resignation of Larry Mark, who had been a long-time board member for the college. 

Read more: SWCC Board Holds February Meeting

Published: Friday, February 6, 2009 3:32 am
SWCC Basketball Teams Sponsoring Pink Zone Event
to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

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Published: Wednesday, February 4, 2009 2:18 pm

Spartan 1 Cyber Defense TeamA team of five SWCC business systems networking students placed third over the weekend in the Community College Cyber Defense Competition held at Iowa State University in Ames.

Team members included (L to R):  Elliot VeVerka, sophomore from Montezuma; Zach Feldhacker, sophomore from Creston; Joshua Bix, freshman from Hopkins, MO; Ray Chenoweth, sophomore from Afton; and Evan Musfeldt, freshman from Lacona.

Published: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 4:55 am
Pink Zone logoMark your calendars for SWCC's Pink Zone Event, Wednesday, February 18, 2009, starting at 6 p.m, as the Spartans basketball teams face Iowa Central in a night to raise funds and promote awareness of breast cancer.  Everyone attending the event is encouraged to wear pink!

Event T-shirts will be sold and 100 percent of gate admissions will be donated to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund™.  Activities taking place throughout the night will include a raffle for a “basket of pink,” pink smoothie sales by SWCC student ambassadors and the Creston High School girl's basketball team, elementary girls basketball play featuring Creston 5th and 6th graders, a performance by the SWCC drill team, and T-shirt sales and giveaways.  Breast cancer awareness materials will be available throughout the night.

SWCC Pink Zone T-ShirtsThe event T-shirts, which are sponsored by Greater Regional Cancer Center in partnership with Mercy Medical Center and SWCC, will cost $10 each.  Individuals on-campus may order T-shirts at the receptionist desk in the administration center or at the library in the instructional center.  Individuals off-campus may order by e-mailing Head Women’s Basketball Coach Buck Scheel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All T-shirts may be paid for at the SWCC business office.  T-shirt orders are due by February 3.  A limited number of shirts will be available for purchase at the event.  All children's sizes and any shirts 3X or larger must be pre-ordered! 

The WBCA Pink Zone™ initiative is a global, unified effort for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s (WBCA) nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities, and beyond.  For more information regarding Pink Zone™ initiatives, please visit the WBCA Web site.

Breast cancer is the most common invasive cancer among women in the U.S. accounting for nearly one out of every three cancers diagnosed.

Published: Tuesday, January 27, 2009 3:01 pm

Winning carpentry studentThree SWCC carpentry students recently placed in the ABC of Iowa Craftsmanship Contest held at the Varied Industries Building at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines.

Skylar Winterstien of Villisca placed second, Zack Springer of Afton placed third, and Edgar Sanchez of Osceola placed fourth.

During the contest, students were given a project and asked to build it from the ground up.  High school student participants built a lean-to-type structure and college students built a 4' x 4' base and framed up a hip roof.  Students worked from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. to complete the project.

Students were accompanied by SWCC carpentry instructors Dick Downing, Kyle Harvey, and Charlie Mundy.

Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 5:15 am

SWCC Automotive Programs to Host Open House in March 2009

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Published: Friday, January 23, 2009 4:10 am

Automotive Open House PosterSWCC Automotive Programs to Host Open House in March

Southwestern Community College's automotive programs will be hosting an Open House for students considering a career in the automotive field on Friday, March 27, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on SWCC's Creston campus.

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Published: Thursday, January 22, 2009 10:27 am

Morgan Evans with family and friendsSpartans Sign Creston’s Morgan Evans

Southwestern Community College Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff recently announced the addition of Creston High School softball standout Morgan Evans to the Spartans roster for the 2009-10 academic year . . . 

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