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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.


Published March 28, 2011 2:26 pm

Gilcrist_BrettSouthwestern Community College’s athletic department didn’t have to look far to fill its head women’s basketball coaching position.  The college announced Brett Gilcrist, current assistant baseball coach and adjunct faculty member for the college, will step into the head coaching role, recently vacated by Secrett Stubblefield, who had been at the college since July 2010.

Gilcrist, originally from Omaha, NE, completed a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Creighton University and holds a master’s degree in counseling from Creighton University, as well as a master’s degree in organizational management/sports management from Wayne State College. He has been employed at SWCC this past year as an assistant baseball coach focusing on pitching and recruiting, and has served as an adjunct instructor teaching courses in psychology, physical education, and The College Experience (a course introducing students to college).


Published March 22, 2011 9:07 am


Photo L to R: Front row, Sam Weed and Kaley Folkerts. Back row, Shannon and Don Weed, Rita Schroeder, assistant SWCC volleyball coach, and Deb Bonde, Bedford High School volleyball coach.

Sam Weed
Bedford High School
2011 Graduate

Position: 5'10" middle hitter

Kaley Folkerts
Bedford High School
2011 Graduate

Position: 5'5" outside hitter

Published March 18, 2011 8:23 am


Friends and family members gathered on campus Wednesday afternoon to attend the SWCC Phi Theta Kappa chapter induction. After some brief announcements about upcoming events, the inductees joined in reciting the Phi Theta Kappa pledge, led by Chapter President, Brittney Bakos. They then signed their names to the membership roll. The ceremony concluded with a time of refreshments.

Pictured (left to right), front row, Candice Garey; Kasey Booth; Cabrielle Pettgrew; Hannah Finehout; Brandi Goodale; and Andrew Pool; back row, Steve Epperson; Erica Lensing; Megan Fooken; Jessica Fooken; Marie Wapelhorst; Brian Newcomb; and Donovan Richardson, not pictured, Zach Wignall.