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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

Published April 4, 2011 10:58 am

The 2011 Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is NOW open for returning SWCC students.  The deadline for application is May 1.  The purpose of the Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship program is to provide new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in a two-year college in order to develop leadership potential through participation in Society programs.

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship is the Society's first scholarship program available to members to be used during the time they are enrolled in their community colleges. Up to 180 scholarships of $1,000 each will be awarded based on applications submitted by members. To be eligible to apply, a student must be a member of Phi Theta Kappa in good standing and currently enrolled in an associate degree program, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on all college-level coursework. Students who have completed no more than 36 semester hours (54 quarter hours) of coursework as of January 31, 2011, ARE eligible to apply. Students with previous degrees are NOT eligible to apply.  There is also an additional award of $500 for a student attending a southwest Iowa community college.  This will be awarded at the Fall Leadership Conference.  (Only four students TOTAL applied last year, so your chances are VERY, VERY good.)

This application is found at You must login and then click the "LEADERS OF PROMISE" link.

If you have questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC Phi Theta Kappa sponsor.

Published April 1, 2011 2:34 pm

Soles4SoulsPMSlogo_loresStarting April 1, the SWCC Student Senate is sponsoring a Soles4Souls shoe drive. Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based charity that collects shoes from the warehouses of footwear companies and the closets of people like you.

The Soles4Souls charity distributes shoes to people in need around the world. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has given away nearly 12 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes. The shoes have been distributed to people in more than 125 countries, including Kenya, Thailand, Nepal and the United States.

Watch for donation boxes on the Creston campus, and at the Red Oak and Osceola Centers. Shoes donated should be tied or rubber-banded together prior to being placed in the collection boxes. Shoes will be collected at SWCC until Friday, April 22, the final day of Pay it Forward (PIF) week.

Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Student Senate sponsor.

Published March 28, 2011 3:39 pm

The Southwestern Community College volleyball program has added three athletes to its roster for the 2011 season:  Chrystal Olerich from Lake View and Sam Weed and Keley Folkerts, both of Bedford.

Olerich_WebOlerich, a 5’8” setter, will graduate from East Sac High School in May.  She was named second team all-conference and set a school record with 73 aces.  This total also set the school’s record for ace percentage.  During Olerich’s senior year, her team was ranked fourth in the state and held the best passing percentage.  Her club team was the Raiders.  Olerich plans to major in pre-medicine at SWCC.