College News

Published October 28, 2010 9:15 am

Two SWCC Students Receive Drafting Scholarships

Drafting Scholarship WinnersSouthwestern Community College students Zach Lanier of Sulphur, LA, and Steven Epperson of Creston have each been selected to receive a $1000 scholarship from the Ginger Dager Living Memorial, given by Design Data in Lincoln, NE.

Published October 28, 2010 5:11 am

The Spartan men turned in not only some of the their best times of the year but some of the best times of their careers to win the Junior College Division of the Brissman Lundeen Invitational in Rock Island, Illinois. Walter Bolingo led the way with a 2nd place finish followed closely by Sam Mckinney, Clayton Fritz, DeAndre Ingram and Ethan Warrior who finished 5th,8th, 12th, and 19th respectively. The Spartans finished in a tie with 17th ranked Illinois Central but edged them in the tie breaker when Matt Carr finished in 23rd ahead of ICC’s 6th man who finished 32nd.

See the full race results here.

Published October 25, 2010 6:45 am

The Spartans Men’s Basketball team is trying to find out just what they will need to improve to be ready for their season opener November 4th. Enter Grand View, a four-year NAIA school who Southwestern has scrimmaged each of the past three seasons.

Head Coach Mike Holmes said, "Grand View is a well-coached, top-line NAIA school. If you want to find our your weaknesses, playing their varsity is a good way to do it."

Though Grand View controlled the game, Southwestern fought to remain close in the contest, using 13 offensive rebounds and 48 percent shooting from inside the arc.

In the closing moments, with the Vikings ahead 45-43, the Spartans got a breakaway chance, but could not convert a challenged lay-up. The final was Grand View 47, Southwestern 45.

"Obviously there are always so many details left to perfect at this stage," said Holmes, "but we can take some good things away from this scrimmage."

As a bonus for playing the game, the Spartans got to see former Southwestern standout Royce Phillips, who now plays in his senior season for the Vikings.

Southwestern finishes its exhibition season with a game at four-year Division III Crown College (St. Bonifacius, MN) Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Published October 25, 2010 3:44 am

NATEF certificationCRESTON —The automotive repair technology program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  SWCC’s automotive program has been certified in all eight areas required for ASE master certification, the highest level of achievement recognized by ASE.


Published October 25, 2010 3:14 am

Southwestern’s Automotive Program Receives National Certification

NATEF certificationCRESTON —The automotive repair technology program at Southwestern Community College (SWCC) has received certification by the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation, Inc. (NATEF) and The National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE).  SWCC’s automotive program has been certified in all eight areas required for ASE master certification, the highest level of achievement recognized by ASE.

Published October 21, 2010 3:58 am

Special Meeting of SWCC Board Held October 20

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held October 20, 2010, at 8:30 a.m. to discuss the student center renovation project. During the meeting, the board accepted a bid from Winterstien Construction for $301,000 to complete the student center project. Construction related to the project will begin approximately December 8 and be completed by the time students return from winter break in January. The project will include the renovation of the student center's upstairs restrooms.

The board also approved bids totaling approximately $105,000 for seating and furnishings for the student center project.  The bids came from three companies--Business Furnishings and Design, Pigott, Inc., and WorkSpace, Inc.  When finished there will be seating for 154 in the upstairs of the student center.

Published October 14, 2010 9:33 am

Alumni Softball PlayersThe weekend of October 8-9, 2010, Southwestern welcomed more than 50 former athletes back to campus for the First Annual Athletic Alumni and Family Weekend.

The weekend started off with a come-from-behind victory for the volleyball team on Friday.  The celebration continued at A&G Steakhouse where friends and families of Southwestern athletics met for a post-game gathering.

On Saturday, returning alumni were treated to a campus tour, lunch in the new Spartan Café, a preview of the women’s basketball team, an alumni softball game, & a baseball game at Spartan field.

The weekend of festivities concluded with an alumni social at the Creston Elk’s Lodge.  All in attendance had a wonderful experience and are all looking forward to next year’s event!

Published October 14, 2010 3:29 am

Southwestern’s Board of Trustees Holds October Meeting

Creston— The Southwestern Community College (SWCC) board of directors met Tuesday, October 12, 2010, in the administration center on the Creston campus.

Matt Thompson, SWCC’s dean of students, reported that fall enrollment numbers are at 1,753 students.  This is up from 1,680 students last year.  Thompson stated there are 903 full-time students compared to 839 last year.  Credit hours have increased 5.2 percent.

During the meeting, Ken Rech of Red Oak was re-elected as president of the board.  Dennis Davis of Greenfield was re-elected as the board’s vice president.  SWCC Assistant to the President Mary Jo Skarda was appointed as board secretary and SWCC Chief Financial Officer Teresa Krejci was appointed as board treasurer.

The board appointed members to the Education Foundation board for the 2010-11 year.  Education Foundation board members will include Randy Huewe of Creston, Karl Knock of Creston, Allen Pohren of Red Oak, Jim Schipper of Osceola, Alec Turner of Corning, Patti Bricker of Greenfield, Larry Preston of Mt. Ayr, Jerry Smith of Osceola, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC representative.

Published October 11, 2010 6:19 am

Spartans Complete First Exhibition

Tyler SmithSouthwestern men’s basketball saw its first action of the season Saturday, October 9, at the JUCO Jamboree on the campus of the University of Northern Iowa.  The format featured three running-clock games for the Spartans against junior-college opponents from three states and three divisions.  Southwestern played well in all three games, winning two.  Coach Mike Holmes comments specifically about the day in a new Coach’s Corner.

Photo at right:  Sophomore Tyler Smith and four returners from last season led the Spartans into exhibition action Saturday.

Published October 4, 2010 4:18 am

The Spartan Men and Women Cross Country teams got the weekend off to a great start by finishing 4th (women) and 5th (men) on Friday at the Viking Invitational held at Ewing Park in Des Moines.

The Spartan Women got the first crack at the hilly course at Ewing Park Friday night were they finished 4th as a team.  Pacing the women harriers was Chelsi Palmer of Adair, Iowa.  She ran the course in 23:24 to finish 20th overall.  Finishing in 23rd was Jess Lamb in a time of 24:13.  Coach Stalker of the Spartans was especially pleased with the performance of the women.   "The progress these women have made since the start of the season is incredible.  In every race we are seeing fantastic growth in them as runners.  Chelsi, Jess, Kelli, Kaylee and Amy are doing what it takes for us to be a good team.  That course on Friday was challenging and they hit it hard and ran well."  The women finished with 123 points edging out Buena Vista College for 4th place.

The Spartan Men Cross Country teamed continued their season's success by finishing 5th in a loaded field of teams at the Viking Invitational in Des Moines.  Sam McKinney of St Charles, Iowa led the Spartans by finishing 12th overall in a time of 28:06.  Coming in right behind him was Walter Bolingo in 14th in a time of 28:11.  Coach Bill Huntington was impressed with the men and their races.  "Coming into the meet we knew we were going to be short handed with DeAndre Ingram being out of the lineup with a foot injury.  For us to have success our 3,4 and 5 runners had to step up and take care of business and our runners did that.  Clayton Fritz, Ethan Warrior and Matt Carr finished 26th,33rd and 35th overall and we needed them to run well and they did."  The Spartans have an off weekend as they get ready for their next meet.  For Complete results: women, men.