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Phi Theta Kappa members, please RSVP as soon as possible for the upcoming Phi Theta Kappa induction ceremony.  RSVPs are due by noon this Friday, April 6. Students need to RSVP with Steve Epperson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and staff members should RSVP with Jody Nedley-Newcomb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The formal induction of the 2011-2012 Phi Theta Kappa members is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Family and friends are invited.

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Published April 5, 2012 9:09 am

Southwestern Community College is hosting a three-day volleyball camp, April 16-18, 2012, after school, for students in grades fourth through sixth.  The cost is $50. 

The camp will be directed by Southwestern Volleyball Coaches Melissa Blessington and Rita Schroeder, with the assistance of the Southwestern volleyball players.

For complete camp information, please visit the SWCC Volleyball Camp page

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Published April 2, 2012 3:38 pm

PIF logo redSWCC’s 2012 Pay it Forward (PIF) Week will be held April 16-20, 2012. During PIF Week, SWCC students, faculty, and staff get involved in encouraging positive behaviors and service to the community. Specific details about activities for the week will be available on the SWCC website next week.

PIF Week started in 2009 with 10 students and has spread across campus and the community. There are little things you can do--hold the door for someone, thank a mentor, write a note of encouragement to someone with an illness, pay for the next person’s coffee at the drive-up, or help an elderly member of the community with yard work. It is easy to have a positive impact on the community.

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Published March 29, 2012 5:03 pm

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Two Southwestern Community College students, Danna Harlow of Corning and Marilyn Larson of Red Oak, have been named to the 2012 All-Iowa Academic Team.  The two students were honored at the downtown Marriott in Des Moines March 7, 2012, at 6 p.m., during the All-Iowa Academic Team Recognition Ceremony.  The event was hosted by the Iowa Valley Community College District.

Harlow is a December 2011 liberal arts graduate from Southwestern.  She transferred to Northwest Missouri State University where she is working toward her bachelor’s degree.
Marilyn Larson is a sophomore at SWCC’s Red Oak Center.  Larson, who is a business administration major, will graduate in July 2012.

PHOTO (L to R):

Sitting - Marilyn Larson and Danna Harlow
Standing - Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC sociology instructor and Phi Theta Kappa sponsor, and Dr. Barb Crittenden, SWCC president

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Published March 16, 2012 11:51 am

Louisiana 3-19  3-20 2011 037The Osceola high school carpentry class will be traveling to Joplin, MO, from March 11-17, 2012, to assist with rebuilding efforts following the Joplin tornados.  Charlie Mundy, SWCC carpentry instructor, organized the trips through the Fuller Center for Housing.  Fourteen students, two chaperones, and Mundy will be making the trip.  This story was recently featured on KCCI-TV, Des Moines. 

The president of the Fuller Center had heard about similar work the Osceola students completed for storm-ravaged homes in Louisiana a couple of years ago.  The Fuller Center is excited about the students’ skill sets and looking forward to putting them to work.  Many times volunteers travel to assist with projects such as this without any prior construction knowledge.  During their time in Joplin, the students will be working on miscellaneous construction projects including construction of bunk beds, tool storage units, and completing the stucco on the exterior of a house.  The group will be staying in a gymnasium at a local church in Joplin.

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Published March 9, 2012 5:19 pm

Be sure to check out the Art Quilt Display by the local Arts and Fibers Club in the Southwestern Community College LRC (library) in the Instructional Center on the SWCC Creston campus.  More than 30 quilt and craft items are on display throughout the library.  The items will be available for viewing at SWCC until Wednesday, February 29.  To view photos of all items in the show, please visit the "SWCC Library" page on Facebook.

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Published February 27, 2012 1:21 pm

Feb15 SWCCweeklyRead this week's SWCC Weekly online student newsletter!  Articles include Pink Zone Event information, transfer day prize winners, softball raffle wrap-up, auto club apparel on sale, National TRIO Day, and transfer opportunities to the University of Iowa.

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Published February 16, 2012 9:09 am

The Southwestern Community College Education Foundation scholarship application for 2012-13 is now available on the SWCC website. All new and returning students for fall 2012 semester are encouraged to apply! Applications are due to the SWCC Education Foundation office on or before March 15, 2012, at 5 p.m. CDT.

Scholarships awarded are to be used at Southwestern Community College during the 2012-13 academic year. Scholarships are awarded based on many criteria. Last year, approximately 100 scholarships were given to students. It is the goal of the Education Foundation to grow this number each year.

For further information, please contact Jana Scott, student services specialist, at 641.782.1455.

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Published January 19, 2012 9:35 am

CupcakeThere will be a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Bake Sale today (January 16) starting at 8:30 a.m. in the main hallway of the Instructional Center.  All monies raised will go to the Great American Bake Sale ( to help end childhood hunger.  Enjoy some yummy items to start your semester off doing something good for other people!

This event is being sponsored by the Beta Eta Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Published January 16, 2012 8:11 am

DECEMBER 22, 2011--Earlier today, Beta Eta Nu, SWCC's chapter of the International Honor Society of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK), and Creston Hy-Vee presented a $1,000 check to SWCC math instructor Tom Dunphy.  The check will go to help with health-related expenses for Tom's granddaughter Kara Dunphy, who is fighting leukemia.  Kara is the daughter of Sean and Deanne Dunphy.

During the fundraising drive, Hy-Vee coupon books were sold on campus and in the Creston area by PTK student members and sponsors.  Chuck Irelan, general manager of the Creston Hy-Vee, donated Hy-Vee’s portion of the sales to Kara’s fund drive. Cash donations were also given by community members. 

PTK would like to thank everyone who participated in this event! 

PHOTO (L to R):  Jody Nedley-Newcomb, SWCC PTK sponsor; Tom Dunphy, Kara's grandfather and SWCC math instructor; and Chuck Irelan, general manager for Creston Hy-Vee

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Published December 22, 2011 11:03 am

WbbApparel_PhotoThe Southwestern Community College women's basketball team is offering a second order on clothing items. The attached brochure/order form provides color photos of the merchandise, as well as the pricing. If anyone would like any additional clothing, please contact Spartan Head Coach Brett Gilcrist by phone at 402.953.6090 to place an order. Thank you for your support of the women's basketball program!  We hope this second order will allow everyone to have an opportunity to show their school pride.

NOTE:  Orders must be placed by December 22, 2011!

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Published December 13, 2011 8:55 am

2011danceTeamThe Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dance Team will be performing at the 2012 Iowa College Dance Competition at Wells Fargo Arena and Hy-Vee Hall on Friday, December 2.  SWCC performs in the hip hop division at 4:11 p.m.  The doors open to spectators at 7 a.m.  The competition runs from 8 a.m.-9 p.m.  All seats are general admission.  Ticket cost is $10 per day.

Team members include Erica Lensing, Jessica Fooken, Megan Fooken, Melissa Haveman, Cassandra Edwards, Danielle Shae, and Leah Robinson.

There will be 23 college teams in competition. 

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Published December 1, 2011 4:45 pm

MathScience_logoIf you have ever thought about teaching K-12 math or science, consider registering for "Exploring Math & Science Teaching" during the Spring 2012 semester. The class begins on January 31, 2012, and meets Tuesdays from 4-5 p.m. During the course, you will hear from outstanding teachers each week and will get the opportunity to observe and teach in a classroom.

The best part... if you successfully complete the course, your tuition for the class is reimbursed, completion of the course makes you eligible for scholarships at state universities, AND you will be eligible for paid internships.

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Published November 21, 2011 10:40 am

SWCC_Week_logoGet ready for a week of fun!  The agenda is complete and there is a ton planned for the college’s first-ever SWCC Week, November 7-11, 2011. Some activities do require pre-registration, so if you are interested in any of the following activities start planning now:

  • Game Night, Monday, 8:30 p.m. – Come play and compete in Call of Duty at Game Night for SWCC students. Sign up with Admissions in the Administration Center. Deadline for entry is Friday, November 4 by 4 p.m. Rules and other information can be found on the events page on Facebook.
  • President’s Chili Cook-off, Wednesday, 11 a.m. – If you’re interested in showing off your chili making skills, please contact Matt Thompson at 641.782.1413 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

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    Published November 4, 2011 9:39 am

OlerichChrystalOctober 30, 2011--We, at Southwestern Community College, are trying to come to grips with the sudden and unexpected loss of Southwestern Community College student-athlete Chrystal Olerich (pictured at right).  Olerich, a freshman at Southwestern, and two other SWCC students—Samantha Weed and Kaley Folkerts—were involved in a one-vehicle accident early Saturday morning just outside of Hopkins, MO.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Chrystal’s family during this extremely difficult time.  Chrystal, who wore number nine for the Spartan volleyball team, had a passion for volleyball that runs deep from her family roots.  She had played the sport since she was a little girl.  Coaches say she was a great teammate, did her best every day, and always accepted the assignments she was given on the court.  She will be remembered by her teammates for her outgoing and friendly personality and her dedication to their sport.

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Published October 29, 2011 8:20 pm

SWCC Art Club canned food driveThe SWCC Art Club is sponsoring a canned food drive on campus from October 27-November 7, 2011. The donated goods will be given to local food pantries in time for the holidays.

Cans may be dropped off in boxes located outside the main door of the SWCC LRC and the main hallway of the Instructional Center. During SWCC Week, which is scheduled for November 7-11, the Art Club will make an art sculpture out of the donated cans in the Student Center.

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Published October 28, 2011 8:16 am

Estes_concert_MG_4130Approximately 600 people were on campus Sunday, October 23, 2011, for Simon Estes in Concert.  In addition to Estes, the SWCC Concert Choir, Creston High School choir, and East Union High School choir performed; as well as Mike Giles, saxophonist and formerly of Creston, Leah McIntire-Barnett, soprano and daughter-in-law of SWCC’s own Dale Barnett.  The concert finale featured all artists on stage singing a rendition of Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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Published October 27, 2011 2:36 pm

SWCCweek_logoThe college’s first annual SWCC Week will be held November 7-11, 2011!  Fun events are being planned for SWCC students throughout that week.  Some of the events will include a dodge ball tournament, a brain bowl, Creston-wide scavenger hunt, and construction of a canned goods sculpture.  See the complete agenda below to plan your week of fun!

SWCC Week Agenda

Monday, November 7

8:15-8:30 a.m.                    SWCC Greet                                                       Outside on campus

Faculty and staff welcome students to campus.  Get your agenda for the week.

Noon                                     Brain Bowl                                                          Student Center

Teams of three will challenge their knowledge during the SWCC Brain Bowl.  Students, faculty, and staff may participate.  Get your team together now or come that day and be teamed up with other individuals.  See Tracey Evans (office in the Student Center), at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 641.782.1437, to register.  Emcee will be Wade Sick, math instructor.

7 p.m.                                   Dodgeball                                                           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.  Plan your team ahead of time or come and be placed on a team at the event.  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.                             Game Night                                                       Student Center

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. Deadline for entry is Friday, November 4 by 4 p.m. Rules and other information can be found on the event's page on Facebook.

Tuesday, November 8

8:45-9 a.m.                          SWCC Greet                                                       Outside on campus

Faculty and staff welcome students to campus.  Get your agenda for the week.

Noon                                     Creston-Wide Scavenger Hunt                  Around town

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 Senate is the sponsor 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!

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Published October 20, 2011 10:45 am

PinkOut_TshirtTonight’s volleyball game will be a PINK OUT for breast cancer awareness.  Wear a pink shirt or be one of the first 130 spectators to get a FREE shirt at the door.  The game starts at 6:30 p.m. when the Spartans will take on Southeast NE.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  According to the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month website, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women in the United States, aside from skin cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), an estimated 192,370 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed among women in the United States this year. An estimated 40,170 women are expected to die from the disease in 2009 alone. Today, there are about 2.5 million breast cancer survivors living in the United States.

Thanks to the student housing office for organization of tonight’s Pink Out event!

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Published October 19, 2011 8:32 am

WinterCoatPhi Theta Kappa is organizing a winter clothing drive.  Donation boxes will be available on campus from Monday, October 17, through Friday, October 28, in the Student Center and the Instructional Center (LRC).

Please make sure all items are clean and usable for winter.  Coats, mittens, jeans, slacks, long-sleeved shirts, jackets, and sweatshirts are suggested items.

Be sure to check pockets for items before donating.  All sizes from children to adults, female and male, will be accepted!

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Published October 14, 2011 2:48 pm