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PIF logo redDuring Southwestern Community College’s annual Pay it Forward (PIF) Week, Monday through Thursday, April 22-25, 2013, one of the main events will be a Mobile Hunger Fight event through Meals From the Heartland.  The Mobile Hunger Fight will provide the opportunity for SWCC to sponsor a meal packaging event at the SWCC Student Center on Wed., April 24, 2013.  Currently, funds are being raised for the Mobile Hunger Fight.  The more funds we raise, the more meals we package.  Every donation counts!  Currently, through Meals From the Heartland, it costs $.20 per meal.  Blue plastic donation boxes are located around campus or your donation may be given directly to SWCC’s business office, located in the Administration Center.  If your donation is $25 or more, it will be considered tax deductible.  

Through Meals From the Heartland’s partnerships, their meals have fed more than 22 million hungry people in central Iowa, New Mexico, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Dominican Republic, Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Tanzania.  If you have questions about SWCC’s Mobile Hunger Event, please contact Meghan Kalvig, SWCC admissions representative.
Meals from the Heartland Pizza Ranch Tip Night
On Thurs., April 4, SWCC is hosting a Pizza Ranch Tip Night at the Creston Pizza Ranch.  Funds raised during tip night will go toward SWCC’s Meals From the Heartland Mobile Hunger Fight event to be held at SWCC on April 24.  Please bring your family to enjoy the pizza buffet on the evening of April 4 and help us raise funds for a great cause!  Also, if you would like to volunteer to assist SWCC at the Pizza Ranch tip night, please contact Meghan Kalvig.  There will be two shifts of volunteers:  4:45–7 pm will be first shift and 7–9 pm will be the second shift. Volunteers will be making pizza boxes, waiting/bussing tables, vacuuming, and cleaning up at end of night.

More information about SWCC's PIF Week!

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The SWCC carpentry and building trades programs (Osceola high school program, Creston high school program, and SWCC college program) are in Joplin, MO, this week to assist with continued tornado rebuilding efforts. Three instructors, three chaperones, and 15 students left for Joplin on Sunday morning.

According to Charlie Mundy, Osceola high school carpentry instructor, the students have made great progress and the project coordinators “can’t get us materials fast enough.”

Joplin continues to recover from the EF5 multiple-vortex tornado that ravaged their city on May 22, 2011. For additional photos, please visit the SWCC page on Facebook,

Daniels DakotaDakota Daniels, a freshman at SWCC, has been elected as the southwest district vice president of the Iowa region for Phi Theta Kappa.  The induction was held Fri., March 1, 2013, at the Iowa Regional Conference at the FFA Center at DMACC in Ankeny. 


Read more: Daniels Named PTK SW District Vice President

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Southwestern Community College student Samantha Takes, a sophomore music major and Phi Theta Kappa member, is organizing a community event, Join 1 Billion Rising, which will be held on Thurs., February 14, in two time frames, 11:30 am-1 pm and 6:30-8 pm, in Room 180, of the Instructional Center.

The event will be a part of the international social movement, 1 Billion Rising. The event recognizes and protests the violence against one in three women (more than one billion globally) who are raped and beaten during their lifetimes.  Come support these 1 billion women and those who love them by joining in poetry, live music, a short video, and dancing.  You are welcome to learn "Break the Chain"—a dance millions of others across the world will be doing at the same time. Leslie Tyler of Leslie’s Dance Emporium and Jen Frakes, Zumba instructor, will be teaching the dance portion of the event.

Southwestern’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter and the Rural Iowa Crisis Center are sponsors for the event.

Join one billion women rising with us in a global strike this Valentine's Day at SWCC!

MLKdayToday, January 21, from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., come to room 220 of the Instructional Center to view videos documenting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his service and dedication to equality, social justice, economic advancement, and opportunity for all. He taught us that everyone has a role to play in making America what it ought to be and with his leadership our nation made great strides toward increased civil rights.

King believed we should all serve each other, not making this holiday a “day off, but as a day on” of serving others.

Volunteer to go with a group of SWCC students from 1-3 p.m. Monday to Crest Haven nursing home to visit with the residents, maybe read to them, paint their nails, or just give them someone to talk with. Transportation will be provided to nursing home.

Questions may be directed to Tracey Evans, student activities coordinator.

There's still time to register for online classes at SWCC!  Spring online courses begin Tues., January 22. Take one courses or start working on an entire degree program.

For more information and to view Spring 2013 online offerings, please visit the SWCC distance education/online department.