The Creston campus is currently experiencing difficulties with its on-campus television monitor message system. The television monitor system posts various campus-wide messages in the Instructional Center. At this time, the college is not planning to replace this system. Instead, faculty and staff will communicate more information to students through e-mail, the SWCC website, and beginning Spring 2009 semester, we plan to introduce the SWCC Weekly Student Edition, a weekly electronic communication to students featuring campus news, announcements, and events. These forms of communication will effectively replace the monitoring system and save the institution money during this difficult economic time.In addition to these forms of communication, we continue to promote the use of our campus-wide text messaging service. The text messaging service alerts students of instructor absences, school closings or delays, and on-campus emergencies. If you have not signed up for the text messaging services, you are encouraged to do so at this time. Please check your student e-mail for instructions on how to sign up for the text messaging service.
The holiday season is fast approaching. To add to the holiday spirits we will again be making trees available to the various departments and clubs to decorate in the Instructional Center hallway.
In the past we have decorated the trees to represent our departments or programs. It’s a creative way to market your area and have some fun. Some instructors have made it a class assignment.
The goal would be to have all the trees up by December 8th so that everyone will have time to enjoy them before the winter break.
If you would like to participate this year, let me know how big of a tree you’d like and we’ll try to have it available for you.
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Join in the fun this holiday season as the Employee Activities and Event Planning committee invite you to participate in . . .SWCC’s Secret Santa
What do I do to get involved?
- Stop by or call Jolene Griffith, ext. 456, by Tuesday, December 2nd to sign up.
- Names will be “drawn” by a third party and will be distributed to participants by Wednesday, December 3rd.
- You will purchase and secretively deliver 3 gifts (not to exceed $5 per gift item) to the co-worker whose name you drew. (One by Dec. 5th, the 2nd by Dec. 12th, and the 3rd by Dec. 18th)
- You may give clues with your gifts to see if your co-worker can guess who you are.
- With the third (and final) gift, reveal your name to the person you’ve been shopping for!
- Suggestions: the Bookstore has MANY assorted items $5 and under and can even assemble candy packages or similar items to make your shopping easier “and convenient!” (Just make sure to call in advance.)
- At the end of SWCC’s Secret Santa activity on December 18th . . . we may all join in on the annual “Goody Day” in the board room of the Administration Center. (You are still welcome to participate in “Goody Day” even if you choose not to participate in the secret gift exchange.)
A similar event will be planned for spring.
Student Support Services (SSS) staff members are diligently working on their Stars of Christmas program. According to Laurie Besco, SSS program director, this is the 11th year SSS has completed Stars of Christmas. This year, 42 children from 18 families will receive gifts through the program.
If you are a Secret Santa, today is the deadline for gifts to be returned to the SSS office. SSS mentors and mentees will be wrapping the gifts in the next few days and families will pick up the gifts on December 18 and 19.
Construction began Tuesday, November 19, 2008, on the new livestock lab facility at Southwestern's ag site north of the Creston campus. The new facility will be a 96' x 60' metal structure with a concrete floor.
The livestock lab building is being funded with Accelerated Career Education (ACE) funds. The ACE program assists Iowa's community colleges in establishing or expanding programs that train individuals in the occupations most needed by Iowa businesses.
Past ACE projects at SWCC have focused on nursing, business systems networking, and manufacturing technology.
For more information on SWCC's ag programs, contact Deron Shawley, ag instructor.
SWCC's Osceola High School Carpentry Class Plans Spring Habitat for Humanity Trip
Are you interested in participating in a 403b (tax deferred) plan in 2009?
It may be something you’ve thought about but maybe just aren’t sure the questions to ask?? Employees may participate in a 403b plan through the convenience of payroll deduction. It’s just another way to set aside money to supplement retirement in the future. Talk to your tax preparer to see if this program is right for you or click here to learn more . . .
Data shows students who go to SWCC and then transfer to Iowa State perform consistently against other transfer students from Iowa community colleges.
Recent statistics show:
Spring 2008 - During the spring 2008 term, Southwestern transfer students had a cumulative 2.93 grade point average at Iowa State. Overall, Iowa community college transfer students received a cumulative 2.71 grade point average. native ISU students (students who have only attended Iowa State) received a 2.96 cumulative grade point average.
Summer 2008 - During the summer 2008 term, Southwestern transfer students had a cumulative 3.13 grade point average at Iowa State. Overall, Iowa community college transfer students received a cumulative 2.68 grade point average. Native ISU students (students who have only attended Iowa State) received a 2.87 cumulative grade point average.
SWCC's office of instruction receives regular updates on transfer student performance. from Iowa State University.
The SWCC Men's Basketball Team is now on the charts in the National NJCAA Men's Basketball Division II rankings. The team was ranked #14 in the November 18, 2008, national poll.
SWCC's team has a record of 5-1 after falling 99-77 to a tough Iowa Western team at Council Bluffs Tuesday night. Iowa Western is ranked #13 nationally in the Division I poll.
See the Spartans' basketball teams in action at home next Tuesday night: women at 6 p.m. and men at 8 p.m.