Students in Seward County Community College1s Cosmetology program in Liberal recently participated in the Students of Cosmetology Organization1s competition that was held at Sidney1s Hairdressing College in Hutchinson.

Gustavo Serna of Liberal placed first in the nail competition and Tina Ward-Martinez of Liberal placed second in long hair design and make-up.

Other participants were Rachel Hinshaw, Perryton, Texas, who participated in long hair design and make-up, and Ally Shephard, Hugoton, who participated in long hair design and make-up and cut, color and style. Each competitor received products and supplies for their participation in the contest.

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Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer basic computer courses for individuals with limited knowledge of the computer.

Beginning computer:using a computer will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 19 in A136 and 10 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 23 in AA101.

Beginning computer:understanding the internet will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26 in A136 and 10 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 30 in AA101.

Beginning Word will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17 in A136 and 10 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Oct. 21 in AA101.

Beginning Excel will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 24 in A136 and 10 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 28 in AA101.

Beginning Access will be offered from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Nov. in AA101.

These noncredit classes are $25 per two- or three-hour course.

To sign up for either course, call 620-629-2650 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 650 or email
A number of cosmetology students at Seward County Community College recently graduated from the program.

Receiving an associate in applied science degree was Rachel Hinshaw of Perryton, Texas. Receiving certificates of completion were Samantha Fuller, Turpin, Okla.; Osmaide Garcia and Gustavo Serna, both of Liberal; Magadalena

(Mesta) Marquez, Guymon, Okla.; Maria (Soledad) Rodriguez, Ulysses; Daila Siemens, Meade; and Billie Robertson, Elkhart.

In addition Garcia, Hinshaw and Siemens were all named to the president's honor roll for completing at least 15 credit hours in courses numbered 100 and above and maintaining a grade point average of 4.0.
Seward County Community College's Colvin Adult Learning Center, 10th and Kansas in Liberal, offers a variety of English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education class for individuals in southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles.

Different levels of English as a Second Language, 0-4, are all offered from 9-11 a.m. or 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at the Colvin Center. ESL Level-multi is offered from 11:30-1:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

In addition, the Colvin Center also offers ESL classes from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday at both Cottonwood Intermediate School and Washington Elementary School. ESL classes are offered in Hugoton from 1:15-3:15 p.m. and 5:30-7:30 p.m. and Adult Basic Education classes are offered in Hugoton 5:30-7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Adult Basic Education classes are also offered from 9-11 a.m., 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., and 5:30-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Citizenship classes are offered from 1-5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

For information about any of these classes, call or come by the Colvin Adult Learning Center, 620-626-3131 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 131.
The work of William F. McKeen III, better known as Willy to his friends and family, lives on through his poetry.

Willy, a Liberal High School graduate, was hiking with his cousin in 2000 when he became rim-rocked and fell to his death. He was a student, an adventurer, a writer and more. Above all, he loved and believed in education.

His published work that includes the following poem is available through his family or at the Seward County Community College Library, LHS library or Liberal Memorial Library. The book includes poetry, journals and recipes by Willy as well as remembrances from friends and family.

When I have fallen,
I see myself,
Pick myself up
With the dust,
The dredge of life

I can still walk
It will weigh me down.
Without it though
There is no sign I had ever fallen.
-Wm F McKeen III

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Suzanne Campbell, Medical Laboratory Technician program coordinator/instructor at Seward County Community College, was recently recognized for her work in the Kansas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (KSCLS). She is the recipient of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Omicron Sigma award.

First awarded in 1977, Omicron Sigma is the ASCLS PresidentA1s honor roll for outstanding service. The American Society for Clinical Laboratory Scientists annually recognizes members for outstanding service at the state, regional, and national level. This is the second year that Campbell has been recognized for her efforts. For the last two years, she has served as a board member of KSCLS. During the upcoming year, Campbell will serve as president-elect. Campbell has been an active member of the society since 1996.

She has also served as the southwest Kansas district representative and the program committee chair for the annual state continuing education meeting. "It is an honor to be selected by one's peers for this distinction," said Campbell, who has also been the past recipient of the Key to the Future award from KSCLS. This award is given to those individuals demonstrating increased involvement and leadership capabilities in the society.
Lindy Ray, second year medical laboratory technician student at Seward County Community College, is the recipient of the Outstanding Student Award for the Kansas Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Ray lives in Ohio but is enrolled in SCCC's online MLT program. Three years ago, laboratory personnel from Fremont Memorial Hospital, Fremont, Ohio, contacted Suzanne Campbell, MLT program coordinator about forming a partnership to train current phlebotomists to become medical laboratory technicians. Ray was admitted to the second year curriculum of the MLT program in August 2005.

Ray received the outstanding student award after being nominated by her advisor and instructor, Suzanne Campbell. "Lindy is the top of her class", Campbell said. "She works very hard and demonstrates superior academic performance. Even though Lindy is a non-traditional student, she has done an excellent job of balancing her priorities between work, school and family. I am pleased that my state professional organization recognizes outstanding laboratory professionals of the future."

Ray will complete her advanced clinical practicum in September. Upon earning her associate1s degree, she will be employed at Fremont Memorial Hospital as a medical laboratory technician. She plans to pursue her bachelor1s of science degree in clinical laboratory science.