College News

Published January 27, 2011 9:36 am


A group made up of SWCC faculty, staff, and students visited the State Capitol in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 26, for the Iowa Association for Community College Trustees (IACCT) Student Legislative Forum.

The group met with state representatives including Representative Joel Fry, Representative Cecil Dolecheck, and Senator Joni Ernst, at 10:45 a.m.  The group also met with Governor Terry Branstad at 12:45 p.m., and then attended the IACCT legislative forum at 3:10 p.m.

NEW!  Senators Kibbie, Gronstal, and McKinley honored community colleges on their 45th anniversary by introducing SR1, a resolution recognizing community colleges.

Published January 27, 2011 9:17 am


Battling the top team in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference as well as the flu was too much for Southwestern to handle Wednesday as they dropped the key matchup, 65-46. Kirkwood stormed out of the gates behind three three-point goals from guard Michael Weber. The Spartans were ice cold in the first half from the floor, managing only 18% from the field. Keeping composure in the second half, the Spartans were more efficient on both ends of the floor, but the deficit was too great to overcome. The Spartans remain in a tie for third in the league, and have a key conference battle with Iowa Lakes Saturday at 4 p.m. in Creston.

Published January 24, 2011 12:58 pm

swcc_vs_niacc_MG_0615Southwestern took on a soaring North Iowa Area team Saturday in Creston and emerged with a satisfying 69-62 win. The victory moved Southwestern into 3rd alone in the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, one game behind Kirkwood and Iowa Central. Both teams scored frequently in the game's first 10 minutes, and Southwestern took a 39-32 lead into half. NIACC continued to change defenses, and eventually took a 58-54 lead with five minutes to play. The Spartans answered back, keyed by a huge three-pointer from Austin Emerson at the end of the shot clock to put the Spartans up five with just under two minutes to play.

Published January 20, 2011 11:14 am


Approximately 150 people attended the Open Table meal Tuesday evening at the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in downtown Creston. The meal is open to the public and meant to assist individuals who are struggling financially and may not be able to feed their families a healthy meal. The meal is offered each Tuesday evening and is often served by community clubs, churches, or organizations.Tuesday, January 18, SWCC's Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) group prepared and served a meal including chili, carrots and celery, and bars/cookies. Many other SWCC students volunteered to assist with the evening as well.

Following the meal, with the sale of leftover chili and vegetables, the PTK group was able to donate $140 to the Open Table for overhead expenses. Thanks to everyone who bought gallons of chili or came over to have a bowl fo chili.

Any funds that come in now will go to the next projects Phi Theta Kappa takes on (Coins for Cancer and/or military care packages) which they will decide on next week.

Published January 20, 2011 10:58 am

CRESTON, Iowa – Jan. 12, 2011–-Students at Southwestern Community College are already benefitting from a smart, energy-saving decision. With the start of the 2010-11 school year, students moved into the newly built, energy efficient Spartan Hall. Interstate Power and Light Company, an Alliant Energy company, helped find the best ways to save money on energy with this new dorm.

The new on-campus housing holds 72 students, which was a much needed expansion for this growing school. "We needed more student housing, and in an effort to be mindful of their tuition, we took the extra steps to make this place efficient, and reduce its energy bill," said Tom Lesan, Vice President, Southwestern Community College.

Spartan Hall features a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, which takes advantage of the constant ground temperature just a few feet below the surface. In the winter, heat is taken out of the ground. In the summer, cold is taken from the ground. This project also featured enhanced insulation on the walls and roof.

Published January 20, 2011 10:13 am


The Mixed Blood Theatre was on campus Tuesday afternoon to present Dr. King’s Dream, by Warren C. Bowles. This moving presentation was a celebration of the life and career of Dr. Martin Luther King. It illuminated why King is considered one of America’s greatest leaders and is honored with a national holiday each January.This event was sponsored by TRiO-Student Support Services and student activities.

Published January 20, 2011 10:12 am

Down 17 points at one time in the second half, Southwestern rallied at Marshalltown to cut the lead to 5, but the furious comeback fell short when the Tigers made some key stops and grabbed a big offensive rebound off a missed free throw. The final margin resulted in a Marshalltown win, 76-62. The Tigers came out of the gates strong, connecting on their first 5 field goals, but Southwestern kept pace and led 22-20 at the halfway point of the first half.

Published January 17, 2011 3:03 pm


Southwestern Community College's Head Softball Coach Lindsay Stumpff welcomed the college's largest recruiting class ever to campus on Saturday for SWCC's Softball Signing Day 2011. Fourteen recruits and their families were in attendance. The future students signed as a group and will all be joining the team in August 2011. Stumpff told the girls and their parents they were there not only because they are great athletes, but also because they are all strong in the classroom as well. Bill Krejci, SWCC's athletic director, reiterated the coach's point, stating, "What she (Lindsay Stumpff) is doing with the girls on and off the field is outstanding." Krejci continued, "We want academics to be number one for all of you."

Published January 17, 2011 10:01 am


Having won two conference games on the road so far, Southwestern got a much-needed home conference win against Clinton Saturday, 65-59. The win pushes the Spartans to 3-2 in Iowa Community College Athletic Conference play, with key battles against Kirkwood and North Iowa Area remaining. Southwestern ran its unique style well, freeing up shooters who were able to convert (Tyler Smith (pictured) 4-5 from behind the arc; Austin Emerson for 16 total points).

Published January 14, 2011 9:19 am


Pumped up and ready for the game against the No. 2 Bears, the Spartans came out of the gate with great intensity and defense. However, they found themselves unable to keep up with the scoring pace of the Bears team letting them slowly slip away. Read more about the game in "No. 2-rated Bears pull away, 61-41" on the Creston News Advertiser Web site or in the Jan. 13 edtion of the CNA.

The Spartan's next game will be at home Sat., Jan. 15 against Clinton CC. Game time is 3 pm.