The Chamber Ambassadors and Rep. Carl Holmes were on hand for a $25,000 grant presentation from Darin Miller of AT&T, formerly SBC. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, left and Justin Adcock, SCCC fiscal officer, who wrote the grant, hold the check with Miller.
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AT&T Excelerator Funding to Help Students and Faculty Through Enhanced Technology Resources

Liberal, KS Furthering its commitment to help strengthen nonprofits that serve people of all backgrounds and needs, the AT&T Foundation the philanthropic arm of the New AT&T today announced it has awarded $25,000 in AT&T Excelerator technology grant funding to Seward County Community College in Liberal, KS.

AT&T Excelerator is a major philanthropic initiative that connects the nation1s neediest residents, including at-risk youth and underserved families, to important community resources. The program also empowers nonprofits to use technology to expand the reach of services and to heighten the impact those services have on people in the community.

Seward County Community College is a two-year community institution of learning that has been serving the Southwest Kansas region since 1969. The AT&T Excelerator Grant will be used to help upgrade computer and network technology. The result will be better technology services for students and faculty including Internet access for minority and disadvantaged students; campus-wide connectivity; secure online communication between teachers and students; and functional student access to online coursework and study resources.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to utilize AT&T's assistance in our need to improve our technology infrastructure," said Duane M. Dunn, President of SCCC. "The grant will be helpful in providing student access to advising information, transcript information, financial aid status, etc. We will also be able to improve our delivery of Web-based instruction and access to online library databases. As internet information continues to expand, it is essential that we are able to utilize and access that information - this grant will be of great assistance in our efforts to provide high quality instruction and assistance to our students."

"Seward County Community College is an excellent educational resource for residents of this area," said State Representative Carl Holmes. "I'm pleased that administrators are keeping pace with the cutting edge of computer technology."

"Our students need to have access to the best technology we can provide if they are to be well prepared to meet the needs of an increasingly sophisticated workplace," said Senate President Steve Morris. "The grant received from the AT&T Foundation will allow Seward County Community College students greater access to a variety of resources and give them hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment. Our communities and our state stand to benefit from this significant grant program."

AT&T Excelerator technology grants are designed to address community needs by providing the funding needed for critical infrastructure, such as communications systems, computer networks, client management databases and Internet access.

"Students expect and demand the latest technology as part of their educational experience," said State Senator Tim Huelskamp. "This technology upgrade will benefit instructors, students and educational partners throughout the community."

"Technology provides a framework for every facet of higher education," said Darin Miller, External Affairs Director, AT&T Kansas. "We applaud Seward County Community College for continuing to expand and update their computer networks and Internet outreach."

The stability of a nonprofit1s technology infrastructure can make a dramatic difference in the quality of service they are able to provide, according to Scott Schaffer, executive director of NPower, a national network of nonprofit organizations that help other nonprofits use technology to better serve their communities.

"As nonprofits become more familiar with the possibilities that technology offers them, we are seeing more creative ways of using it as a service delivery tool across all sectors," Schaffer said. "One idea tends to lead to another."

The AT&T Foundation is the charitable giving arm of the NEW AT&T. The AT&T Foundation supports efforts that enrich and strengthen diverse communities nationwide, particularly those with an emphasis on education and technology and those that benefit underserved populations. AT&T Foundation-backed programs are designed to increase access to information technologies, broaden technology training and professional skills development, and effectively integrate new technologies to enhance education and economic development. The Foundation Center has consistently ranked the former SBC Foundation among the nation's top fifteen corporate foundations. In 2002, the former SBC Foundation launched Excelerator, a multimillion dollar competitive grants program that funds nonprofit organizations in their efforts to digitally connect communities.

About the New AT&T:
AT&T Inc. is one of the world1s largest telecommunications holding companies and is the largest in the United States. Operating globally under the AT&T brand, AT&T companies are recognized as the leading worldwide providers of IP-based communications services to business and as leading U.S. providers of high-speed DSL Internet, local and long distance voice, and directory publishing and advertising services. AT&T Inc. holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which is the No. 1 U.S. wireless services provider with more than 52 million wireless customers. Additional information about AT&T Inc. and AT&T products and services is available at
Seward County Community College will close for the holidays beginning at 12 noon, Wednesday, Dec. 21 and reopen at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Jan. 2, 2006.

The Wellness Center will close at 12 noon, Friday, Dec. 23 and reopen with holiday hours Monday, Dec. 26. The center will also close Dec. 31-Jan. 1.

Spring 2006 classes begin Monday, Jan. 9.
Beginning in January 2006, Seward County Community College is extending its courtesy card to residents 55 and older to individuals outside of Seward County.

Residents of Seward, Stevens, Grant, Hamilton, Stanton, Morton and Meade counties in Kansas, Cimarron, Texas and Beaver counties in Oklahoma, Dallam, Sherman, Hansford, Ochiltree, Lipscomb counties in Texas and Baca County in Colorado are now eligible to use the SCCC Courtesy Card if they are at least 55 years old.

The card entitles the holder:

  1. to have the in-state or border county tuition rate waived by the college-student fees and special course fees will still apply;

  2. to use the swimming pool free of charge during open swim hours;

  3. to attend SCCC fine arts performances at no charge;

  4. to attend SCCC athletic events at no charge; and

  5. to receive a discounted membership to the SCCC Wellness Center.

Previously the college only provided this service to individuals in Seward County.

To receive the card, individuals must complete an application, which is available at 1801 N. Kansas in the registrar's office, the business office, the Wellness Center, and the SCCC Development Foundation office. The individual must have proof of age (drivers license) and proof of residency address in one of the eligible counties. Upon receipt of the completed application the college will mail a personalized card to the individual.

Seward County residents who already have a card may receive a new card by contacting the SCCC Development Foundation office at 629-2664 or one can be picked up in the foundation office.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees conducted its December meeting recently, which was preceded by a dinner/meeting with a number of SCCC students. This semi-annual event provides the students an opportunity to discuss their educational and campus life experiences with the Trustees. Comments and suggestions from the students are then included in Board and college administrative planning and actions.

During the regular meeting policies were reviewed and a resolution regarding legislative funding initiatives was adopted. The Board reviewed the Early Retirement Policy and will bring the policy back to the January meeting for final action. The Board approved modifications to the Senior Citizen Courtesy Card policy. The policy was modified to provide the card to individuals above 55 years of age who are residents of the Kansas counties in the College service area and those who reside in the designated border counties in Oklahoma, Texas, and Colorado. The decision to extend the Courtesy Card to a larger area is designed to encourage residents to enjoy college events and services.

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"SCCC Night" at High School Basketball Games

Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kansas, will host an "SCCC Night" at high school basketball games in the college's service area to increase SCCC's visibility and to help make connections with alumni in those communities.

The next "SCCC Night" will be at Southwestern Heights High School basketball game Friday, Dec. 16 when the Mustangs play the Cimarron High School Bluejays. High school juniors and seniors and adults will have an opportunity to win a $100 scholarship. All spectators can be entered into a drawing for various SCCC clothing and gifts.

Prospective students may also pick up admission information during the "SCCC Night".