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Published December 8, 2010 8:54 am

Southwestern knew it was in for a challenge on the road against Division I Iowa Western Tuesday, and they ran against a brick wall in a 70-50 loss. It was the first loss for Southwestern on the year, and Head Coach Mike Holmes attributes a large share to his team’s reaction to the athleticism and environment. “We looked a little wide-eyed,” Holmes said. “When you are up against that type of athleticism, you need to be more crisp and urgent than you typically are, or the defense is going to get on their toes and start to smell blood. We were just too passive.” Iowa Western forced 19 turnovers from the Spartans, well above their season average. Southwestern also was out-rebounded on the evening, 37-21. The loss moves the Spartans to 9-1. They next play Grand View at home Thursday night at 7 p.m.

Published November 9, 2010 5:55 am

Chili Cookoff WinnersOsceola—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC’s) high school carpentry class hosted a chili cook-off and baked goods auction on Saturday, October 16, 2010.  Individuals attending had opportunities to sample from the 15 pots of competing chili, vote for their favorite recipe, and then eat the remaining chili.  All of the chili was made by the SWCC carpentry students.  The baked goods auction followed the cook-off.

Published November 8, 2010 4:00 am


Southwestern extended their record to 2-0 on the young season with a tough win at North Central Missouri Saturday. The Spartans came firing out of the gates, jumping to a 19-6 lead, but then foul trouble put North Central Missouri at the line 17 times in the first half compared to 6 for the Spartans. By half, the Pirates had cut into the lead and trailed 39-33 at half. The beginning of the second half was see-saw at first, and North Central tied the contest at 45-45 with 14 minutes to play. From there, the Spartans took command with several back-door cuts and solid defense on the basket attack efforts by the Pirates. Southwestern came away with a 71-57 win. “To beat a quality team on the road,” said Head Coach Mike Holmes, “is a huge step for our program in the early going.” Though the Spartans put four players in double figures (Alec Hall, Tyler Smith, Jordan Hopkins, and Keenan Joiner), Holmes was most pleased with the execution details with the ball. Southwestern made only 9 ball mistakes despite heavy pressure from North Central, and Hall had 7 assists in an offense in which precision timing is paramount. Southwestern opens at home Tuesday against William Penn.

Published November 5, 2010 4:24 am

Southwestern opens on road with win


The Southwestern men’s basketball team traveled to Lamoni Thursday for their 2010-11 opener and came away with a 73-54 win. The Spartans sputtered early offensively, turning the ball over more than they characteristically do, but showed good energy on the defensive end to maintain a half-time advantage, 28-20. Southwestern built its lead to double digits after a three-point goal by David Farmer (So., Independence, MO). Graceland stayed within shouting distance, answering several Spartan baskets to keep the advantage at around 10. In the last five minutes of the game, Southwestern went into its spread game and hit Jordan Hopkins (Fr., Raytown, MO) on two different back-cuts to put the game out of reach for Graceland. Hopkins led scorers with 24. Farmer and Collin Artinger (So., Lee’s Summit, MO) controlled the inside with 12 rebounds each. Southwestern begins the season 1-0 and next travels to Trenton, Missouri, Saturday to face North Central Missouri.

Published November 4, 2010 5:58 am


Career Services on FacebookCareer Services is now on Facebook!!!!  All employment opportunities from the Career Services office will be available on this Facebook page.  Head to Facebook and search for “Southwestern Career Services” and you will find job information and other related topics from our area. 


We will update the job opportunities often so check back regularly!

Published November 2, 2010 4:00 am

SWCC vs. Crown Scrimmage

It was the final tune up for the Spartans before their season opener against Graceland Thursday, November 5.

The first half was closely-fought. Crown used perimeter shooting to keep the Spartans off balance, and Southwestern countered with good attacks into the gaps of the Storm defense.

In the second half, Southwestern began to pull out a margin due in part to better shot challenges and defensive rebounding, which led to some transition baskets.

NCAA rules do not allow a host school of a scrimmage to post the score, but Head Coach Mike Holmes felt good about his team’s ability to control the second half.

“We were much more active defensively,” Holmes said, “which allows us to get into a better flow on both ends of the floor.”

Holmes credited Jordan Hopkins (FR., Raytown, MO) and Austin Emerson (SO., Adel, IA) with defensive energy that turned the tide into the favor of the Spartans.  


Published November 1, 2010 4:22 am


Congratulations to the Spartan Cross Country team members who were named to the all-region team. (From left to right) Walter Bolingo was named 2nd Team All-Region, Chelsi Palmer, Sam McKinney Kaylee Tucker, and Clayton Fritz were all named to All-Region Honorable Mention.

Published November 1, 2010 3:22 am

On Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at 10 am, SWCC will test its emergency notification system by sending out a text message and e-mail as a drill on the Creston campus.  A pulsating alarm will sound in SWCC buildings alerting students to check their text messages.  This is only a drill and is not an emergency. 

To help SWCC students and staff recognize the sound of the alarm, please go to, highlight “Current Students,” and select “Emergency Notifications” from the drop down menu.  Select the link to “Emergency Alert Sound.”  Click on this link and you can hear the sound that will notify you to check your text messages.  This will allow you to become familiar with the sound before the drill.

During the drill, the alarm will be sounded for approximately one minute.  After the alarm has sounded, students and staff should check their cell phones for the “test” text message.  Following the drill, please notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SWCC chief financial officer, if you signed up to receive emergency text messages and did not receive the message or if you are on the Creston campus and are unable hear the pulsating alarm.

If you would like to sign up for our emergency text message system, log on to your SWCC Campus Connect account and look for this link, "CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP OR TO ACCESS TO YOUR ACCOUNT." 

Published October 28, 2010 9:26 am

Coulter Honored as Outstanding Trustee by State Library Association

Ann Coulter of Creston was recently selected for the Outstanding Trustee Award at the Iowa Library Association’s (ILA) annual conference.  Coulter is the vice-chair of the Southwest Iowa Library Service Area (SWILSA) Board, chair of the Creston Public Library board, and the director of the Learning Resource Center at Southwestern Community College.


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.