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Published November 15, 2012 9:20 am

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CRESTON, IA—Southwestern Community College’s (SWCC) admissions department recently announced the 2012-13 SWCC student ambassador team. The SWCC student ambassadors assist the admissions department by giving campus tours, meeting with prospective students and their families, performing telemarketing services, accompanying recruiters to college fairs and on high school visits, and participating in other public relations efforts.

Front row (L to R):  Leah Day, freshman, Creston, graphic design major; Tara Norman, freshman, Van Wert, elementary education major; Megan Doubleday, freshman, Mount Ayr, elementary education major; Hannah Clear; sophomore, Afton, liberal arts major; and Kaley Folkerts, sophomore, Bedford, nursing major.  Second row:  Michael Chachere, freshman, Omaha, NE, liberal arts major; Ben Burkhead, freshman, Afton, liberal arts & business systems networking double major;  Rayvonne Brown, freshman, Davenport, liberal arts major; Adam Pool, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; Nick Ray, sophomore, Orient, liberal arts major; and David Prchal, sophomore, Omaha, NE, business major.  Back row: Alex Duffy, freshman, Bondurant, communications major;  Caleigh Fowler, sophomore, Lagrange, GA, liberal arts major; Samantha Borland, freshman, Lenox, pre-nursing major; Madellyn Wagler, freshman, Panora, liberal arts major; and Alexandra Levetzow, freshman, Bettendorf, elementary education major.

Lisa Carstens, SWCC admissions coordinator, is the advisor for the student ambassador program.

Published November 15, 2012 9:10 am

MelaniePettyThe 2012 Education Foundation Donor Scholar Dinner was held Tues., November 13, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in room 180 of the Instructional Center. Almost 200 individuals were in attendance.  The evening provided a wonderful opportunity for Southwestern Community College Education Foundation donors to meet and visit with the students receiving the scholarships they funded.

Speakers for the evening included:

Melanie Petty (photo above right), donor - Petty is the mother of the late Trevor Frederickson, a former SWCC student-athlete and graduate of the automotive repair technology program. Frederickson played baseball for the Spartans during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. He graduated with his associate of applied science degree in June 2008. In 2009, he was killed in an apartment fire. Petty touched many hearts last evening with her kind words and the memories she shared about her son. She and her family strive to keep Trevor's legacy alive through efforts such as the scholarship's donated in his name.

Read more: Donors and Scholars Brought Together at Foundation Dinner

Published November 9, 2012 5:05 pm

Thanks to everyone for helping make SWCC Week a great one!  Be sure to go to SWCC's Facebook page to "Like" your favorite cookie (before 10 a.m. on Mon., November 12) from the SWCC Week Cookie Decorating Contest and be sure check out all the other photos from the week!

Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive - A SUCCESS!  Read on ...

Thanks to all the wonderful students, faculty and staff, the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive was very successful! Thirteen large boxes of food items were delivered to MATURA for use in the Creston area plus $18 donated by Student Activities from the Halloween Dance. Introduction to Sociology students, who were involved in a competition for total items donated, provided over 470 food items! Mr. Hughes’ two Western Civilization Ancient to Early Modern classes provided two large boxes of items!

Thank you for all your support!

Published November 8, 2012 10:31 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held electronically on Wed., November 7, 2012, at 8:30 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  

During the meeting, the board accepted an offer for the purchase of the college’s student-constructed home at 1305 N. Mulberry Street in Creston.  The home was constructed by SWCC’s carpentry and building trades program during the 2010-11 school year.  The bid of $200,000 was submitted by Gary and Sandra Krauth.

Published November 8, 2012 8:17 am

Don't wait to get involved. There are two more days to be a part of the SWCC Week fun and festivities. Check out what is scheduled for today, and plan to join in the fun!

Thursday, November 8

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Veteran’s Day Lunch, Spartan Café, Student Center

Student veterans, as well as faculty and staff who have served in the military, are invited to attend a Veteran’s Day lunch sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa.  Veterans should check in at the east side of the Student Center in the reserved seating area.  Please RSVP to Matt Thompson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  RSVPs are not required. 

6 p.m., Out on the Farm/Ag Olympics, Ag Site

Out on the Farm will be full of fun and crazy activities at SWCC’s ag site.  Come by yourself or come with a group, but be ready for a good time.  Contests will include a hay bale toss, greased pumpkin contest, tug of war, pennies in the straw, and calf bottle chugging.

Following the games, Cookout, Ag Site

Stick around after the games and contest for a good ‘ole fashioned cookout!

Entire SWCC Week Schedule

Published November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

SWCC Week Day 3 includes a Scavenger Hunt, men's and women's home basketball games, the debut of the 2012-13 Spartan Drill Team (during half-time of the women's and men's basketball games), and don't forget to donate to the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive.  And remember to head to the Creston Pizza Ranch for dinner, because the SWCC Art Club will be hosting a Pizza Ranch Tip Night.

Wednesday, November 7

Noon, Creston-Wide Scavenger Hunt, Student Center

Teams of three to five students will participate in a Scavenger Hunt across the city of Creston.  Meet at the Student Center at 11:45 a.m. for sign-in, rules, and instructions. Teams must complete the hunt and be back to the Student Center in a designated amount of time.  Student Ambassadors are the sponsors for this event. Details for this event will be available online during the next week. Sign up your team online today. Pizza will be available upon return to all participants while team scores are tabulated. Door prizes will be given away in addition to prizes for the winning team!

5:30 p.m., Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Student Center Gymnasium

Sparty wears blue, why don't YOU?  Dress in blue and paint your face for tonight's games.  Get in free with a donation of canned good items.  Canned goods and gate admissions from the game will be donated to a local food pantry.  Spartan Drill Team performs at half-times of women's and men's games.

Entire SWCC Week Schedule

Published November 5, 2012 8:47 am

Get involved!  SWCC Week starts today.  Reminder, please sign your team up by noon if you are participating in the dodge ball tourney tonight.  To register for dodge ball, contact Tracey Evans.  There's still time to register for Tuesday night's SWCC's Got Talent as well.  To register for SWCC's Got Talent, please contact Lisa Carstens.  Keep in mind the Phi Theta Kappa Food Drive takes place all week!  If you haven't already donated, you may bring your donation to Wednesday night's basketball games.

Monday activities include:

8:15-8:40 a.m., SWCC Greet

Get your agenda for SWCC Week.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., President’s Chili Cook-off, LRC, Instructional Center

Faculty and staff volunteers will test their chili-making skills by competing in a chili cook-off with a panel of judges.  Plan to come help eat their creations.

7 p.m., Dodge Ball, SWCC Gym

Co-ed teams of up to 10 individuals (must have at least three females and only six on court at one time) will compete in a dodge ball tournament.  Top three teams will receive awards and bragging rights for the rest of the year.  Register with student activities (Tracey Evan’s office in Student Center) or in the Spartan Suites office.  Please have teams there by 6:30 p.m. to go over rules.

8:30 p.m., Call of Duty Game Night, Student Center, upstairs

Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC Students.  The SWCC Student Ambassadors are the sponsor for this event. Sign up with Admissions in the Administration Center.

Complete SWCC Week Schedule

Published October 26, 2012 11:28 am

SWCCweek_logoThe college’s second annual SWCC Week will be held November 5-9, 2012!  Fun events are being planned for SWCC students throughout that week.  Some of the events will include a dodge ball tournament, Creston-wide scavenger hunt, and turkey bowling.  See the complete agenda below to plan your week of fun!

Read more: SWCC Week 2012

Published October 26, 2012 11:24 am

A special meeting of the Southwestern Community College board of trustees was held Fri., October 26, 2012, at 8 a.m. in the Administration Center on the college’s Creston campus.  During the meeting, the board held a public hearing for phase one of the Instructional Center improvement construction project.

The board of trustees reviewed bids from three contractors.  Ken Rech, SWCC board of trustees president from Red Oak, called for any oral or written objections or petitions.  No oral or written objections or petitions were heard or submitted.  The board approved the bid of $388,300 from Proctor Mechanical Corporation of West Des Moines.

Phase one of the Instructional Center project includes installation of a new boiler and sprinkler system.  Work on the project will begin this fall.


Published October 24, 2012 11:45 am

HolidayOpenHouse Bookstore2012 ForWebThe SWCC Bookstore has announced their Holiday Open House will be Tues., November 6, from 7:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Get a jump on your holiday shopping by stopping in.  There will be plenty of gift ideas and holiday decor.  Be sure to sign up for the door prizes while you're there. 

Get started on your holiday shopping early with a trip to the SWCC Bookstore!