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Published June 21, 2012 9:54 am

OdysseyDay ForWebSouthwestern Community College is hosting a National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey on October 18, 2012, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the automotive area of the Instructional Center on the Creston campus. The event will be focused on looking at the use of alternative fuels and learning about advanced technology vehicles.

In 2002, National Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) Day Odyssey was established as a biennial outreach and education event to promote the use of alternative fuel and advanced technology vehicles. It was conceptualized and continues to be coordinated by the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC), a program of West Virginia University headquartered in Morgantown, West Virginia. In 2002, the National Alternative Fuels Training Consortium (NAFTC) undertook the National AFV Day Odyssey project because of the critical need to support the AFV industry, including those manufacturers making AFVs a viable option for individuals everywhere.

Steve Schmalzried, SWCC automotive repair technology instructor, is the coordinator for this event. 

Published June 18, 2012 2:43 pm

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CRESTON — Following a field trip to an electrical supply distributor in Cedar Rapids, Southwestern Community College’s Electrical Technology Club, also known as “The Crew,” brainstormed an energy savings idea related to the vending machines on SWCC’s campus.  

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Published June 15, 2012 2:59 pm

Huntington ForWebCreston, IA—After an extensive external search, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) looked within to find the right person to lead the college’s new track and field program.  Bill Huntington, who has been the Spartans cross country coach for the past six years, was announced as the head coach for the college’s new track and field program that will begin this fall.  Huntington is wrapping up his duties as dean of students at Orient-Macksburg High School and will start full-time at Southwestern on July 9.

SWCC has had a cross country program in place since 2006.  The Spartans’ men’s and women’s cross country teams, under the direction of Huntington and Assistant Coach Cari Stalker, have been national contenders throughout the years.  They have led the Southwestern cross country team to a national ranking for the past six years. Read more: Spartans Look Within to Fill Track and Field Position

Published June 15, 2012 2:55 pm

Huntington ForWebCreston, IA—After an extensive external search, Southwestern Community College (SWCC) looked within to find the right person to lead the college’s new track and field program.  Bill Huntington, who has been the Spartans cross country coach for the past six years, was announced as the head coach for the college’s new track and field program that will begin this fall.  Huntington is wrapping up his duties as dean of students at Orient-Macksburg High School and will start full-time at Southwestern on July 9.

SWCC has had a cross country program in place since 2006.  The Spartans’ men’s and women’s cross country teams, under the direction of Huntington and Assistant Coach Cari Stalker, have been national contenders throughout the years.  They have led the Southwestern cross country team to a national ranking for the past six years.

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Published June 12, 2012 1:21 pm

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Creston, IA—Nine Southwestern Community College (SWCC) softball players were recently named to the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) academic teams.

The first team consisted of student-athletes earning a 3.5 or above grade point average.  SWCC athletes making first team included Carla Smith (pictured above left) of Greenfield, a 2011 Creston High School graduate, and Erin Budach (pictured above right) of Mt. Ayr, a 2010 Mt. Ayr High School graduate.  

For second team honors, the students must have earned a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.4.  Second team honors went to the SWCC Spartans’ Danyielle Barger of Centerville, Ashley Brandt of Haverhill, Haley Hammer of Lone Tree, Leah Kipfer of Albia, Devan Kline of Brooklyn, Sarah Meinecke of Jamaica, and Kelsey Moore of Centerville.

Published June 11, 2012 1:05 pm

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Courtney Hackett of Wayne High School in Corydon has signed a Letter of Intent to play golf at Southwestern next season.  In addition to being a four-year letter winner for the golf team at Wayne, Hackett was an active member of the student body, including National Honor Society.  Hackett was a medalist (7th and 2nd) in two different meets this year.  Hackett cites her long game as a strength, and chose to pursue her associate of arts degree at Southwestern because of the opportunity to golf, as well as the campus.  Hackett is active in 4-H and enjoys time with friends and family.

Hackett is shown above with Mike Holmes, who was recently named as Southwestern's head golf coach.

Published June 11, 2012 8:06 am

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Larry Mason is how Head Coach Mike Holmes defines a point guard.  Competitive, unselfish, and cautious with the basketball are all traits in the ideal Spartan point guard.  Mason demonstrated these traits as he helped guide his Des Moines Roosevelt team to the Sub-state Final before bowing out to #1 ranked Ankeny.  Mason managed a rare feat for point guards as he enjoyed a two-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio in his senior season—a benchmark to which all point guards aspire.  Holmes said, “What I liked most when I watched Larry was that he was always mentally in the game, whether the score was close or there was a double-digit difference.  I love his competitive drive.”  Mason completes a small incoming class of three for Southwestern, and will join nine returners for the 2012-13 campaign.

Published June 8, 2012 8:29 am

Yong Serena
Southwestern Community College has gained two more athletes for its 2012-13 Spartan volleyball roster.  Serena Yong (shown above signing with the Spartans) is SWCC's newest volleyball signee. 

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Published June 8, 2012 7:55 am

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During the past few weeks, Southwestern Community College has added a number of athletes to the 2012-13 track and field program.  Kasi Simpson (shown above at left) and Molly Schimp (shown above at right) from Hampton-Dumont are two of the recent recruits. 

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Published June 7, 2012 7:59 am

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Konnor Griffith, a smooth-swinging lefty from Cedar Rapids, will be joining the women's golf team at Southwestern for next season.  Griffith is a graduate of Prairie High School in Cedar Rapids, and brings some success on her golf resume.  Griffith was a honorable mention all-Metro performer as well as honorable mention in the Mississippi Valley conference.  Griffith continues to see huge improvements in her game, and was named her team's most improved golfer.  Southwestern was able to pluck Griffith from Kirkwood Eagles' territory because Griffith loved the Southwestern campus and wanted to continue her golf career as a Spartan.  She plans to pursue her Associate of Arts degree at Southwestern, and is undecided what she will pursue as a career.  Griffith will bring solid skill off the tee, as well as a soft touch on the greens to the golf team in 2012-13.