Tamara Seda of Mozambique stands beneath her national flag.

During its annual observation of International Student Day,  Seward County Community College/Area Technical School celebrated its out-of-country students, and all they bring to the community college.

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It’s a rare student who doesn’t like to shop, and business instructor Lisa Kennedy has found a way to leverage that recreational activity with educational goals and volunteer work. The results were unveiled to the public just in time for Christmas shopping when the Enactus club’s E-Boutique staged its grand opening in December. 

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PIE, Inc. the nonprofit group to advance Petroleum Industry Education, presents a a total of $110, 000 in funding to programs at SCCC/ATS, a gift that will impact the college for five full years.

PIE, Inc. the nonprofit group to advance Petroleum Industry Education, presented a a total of $110,000 in funding to programs at SCCC/ATS this fall. Here, Group representatives present a $10,000 donation to the SCCC/ATS Foundation for student scholarships. In addition, PIE gave $50,000 as matching funds for the college’s Title V Endowment Challenge Grant. The nonprofit will also provide $10,000 per year for five years to fund travel and living expenses for students completing summer internships in petroleum-related fields of study. Pictured, left to right, are Mike Riedel, Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co.; Norma Jean Dodge, SCCC/ATS Director of Business and Industry; Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS President;  Dave Miller, Great Plains Gas Compression, Inc.;  Chuck Lamberson, Stewart & Stevenson; Don Ukens, End 2 End Technologies; and Charles Cambern, Retired.
Students pause before the Top Hand Auction, which allowed agriculture program supporters to bid on farm and ranch help.

The farm and ranch way of life is alive and well, as demonstrated by 16 agriculture students from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School who went on the auction block to share their skills.

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College trustee Ron Oliver, left, visits with student Jose Martinez at a dinner before the final board meeting of the calendar year.

It wasn’t family dinner, but it was the next best thing. In what has become an annual tradition, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Trustees sat down for dinner with 30 students before the board’s final meeting of the year. With finals just around the corner, students enjoyed the relaxed, family-style event, and the chance to share their point of view about what the college does well, and what it could do better.

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Pianist Becky Robison joins in the merrymaking with vocal instructor Dr. Magda Silva at the December brunch.

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6:00 p.m. Dinner with Students in S214 East/West

AGENDA
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE/AREA TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room 7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2014
A. Correction to Approved Minutes from October 6, 2014


III. Visitor/Reports:
A. Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business
A. Personnel Report
B. Board Policy Manual: #606, Early Retirement Policy
C. Academic Calendar – AY2015-2016
D. Program Review Annual Update Allied Health Division
E. Accreditation Action Project Report
F. Bids: CNC Mill Equipment

VII. College Reports:
A. Dean Rapp
B. Dean Thatcher
C. Dean Donovan
D. Dean Sander
E. President Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Other

X. Executive Session

XI. Adjourn
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School
Special Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, December 1, 2014
6:00 p.m. Student Union Building, Board Room
Dodge City Community College
Dodge City, KS


I. Call to Order

II. Introductions

III. Discussion among the Boards of Trustees and Members of Administration from Garden City Community College, Dodge City Community College, and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. This is a non-action meeting.

IV. Adjourn
 Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia.  Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia. Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

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As twilight drew closer, a long line of fairy-tale characters, Superheroes and Halloween fans of all ages snaked down the sidewalk from the east entrance student union at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Once the doors opened, children and parents entered the college’s annual “Trick or Treat Street.” The event featured booths staffed by campus organizations, including students and staff. Some tables offered candy, others gave out prizes or challenged guests to play games. The second level of the student union featured a scary “haunted hallway” for the brave of heart.
Director of Student Life and Leadership Wade Lyon said the event was a huge success.
“Student Government Association counted 1,241 participants, and I’m not sure they got everyone counted,” he said. “That mark is up from 987 participants last year, and to my knowledge is an all-time high.”