A tremendous success is the best way to describe the ninth annual Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest that raised money for agricultural scholarships and program activities at Seward County Community College. The Celebrity Auction set a record with gross receipts exceeding $10,000, according to Evan Winchester, agriculture coordinator at SCCC. The event has raised between $6,000 - $7,000 per year, with this year’s goal set at $10,000.
With that goal being met this year, a new goal will be set for the event in 2007.
One rivalry that has become a tradition with this contest is the “Darin and Tommy challenge trophy.” This award is given to the worst score in the sheep division between Darin Workman, SCCC instrumental music instructor, and Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services. This year’s winner was Williams, with Workman having the best score in the sheep division.
Seaboard Farms and Great Western Dining provided the noon meal. Jim Sarchet cooked pork loin for the main course with Great Western providing the rest of the meal. Their continued support of SCCC Agriculture is greatly appreciated, according to Winchester.
High team for the overall contest was the team sponsored by Byron Bird and Associates and the McCracken family, which included Renee McCracken, Kevin McCracken, Melissa Wilson and celebrity Jeff Wilson.
High individual for the event was Renee McCracken. The award was a pair of boots sponsored by the Crazy House. The high placing celebrity in the contest was Ashley Harrison, who received a plaque. Other celebrities included Todd Thrasher, second; Charliss Thrasher, third; Stacy King, Kent Williams and Frank Swan.
In the agriculture affiliate division, Ashley Harrison was high individual in cattle and sheep. There was a four-way tie for first in swine between Kris Zysset, Keith Bryant, Shawn Plunkett and Alan Imler. Trailing Harrison as high individual was Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, second; and Tom Nielsen, third. Dunn was also the top SCCC employee.
In the agriculture division, Rene McCracken was first overall, followed by Todd Thrasher, second and Melissa Wilson, third. Rene McCracken was first in cattle, Stacy King was first in sheep and Melissa Wilson was first in swine.
The team sponsored by the Sharp McQueen law firm and the Dorman family was first in the ag affiliate division followed by the teams sponsored by National Beef, second, and Supreme Feeders, third. Other team sponsors included KSCB, Mortgages Unlimited, First Security Bank of Beaver, Meade County Title Company, Fontanelle Hybrids, Western Plains Genetics, Syracuse Feeders, Winger Feed Yard, Texhoma Livestock, D/M Auctions, Ruff Cattle Co., Light Angus Ranch and First National Bank.
The team of Byron Bird and Associates and the McCracken family was first in the ag division, followed by the teams of King Farms and Hog Slat, second, and Plains State Bank, Wehmeier and Brown families, third. Other team sponsors were Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas, Western Feed Yard, Elkhart Coop, Double N, Swan Club Lambs and Baxter Commodities, Grant County Feeders, Sunset Disposal, High Plains Pizza and First National Bank.
Event sponsors were Brown Real Estate of Beaver, Coldwell Banker, Action Realty, Applebees and Heritage Feeders.
A portion of the proceeds will go to the Steve Williams Memorial Scholarship Fund through the SCCC Development Foundation to be used for ag judging scholarships.

Ashley Harrison of Karval, Colo., was high the high individual celebrity during the Seward County Community College Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest recently. Harrison judged at SCCC in 1998 and 1999.

Melissa King, center, president of the Seward County Community College Block and Bridle Club, presents the winning trophy to the team of Jeff Wilson, Melissa Wilson, Kevin McCracken and Renee McCracken. Renee was the high individual overall. This team sponsored by Byron Bird and Associates and the McCracken family, partipated in the SCCC Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest.
Seward County Community College will host a come and go holiday brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10, in the SCCC cafeteria. The cost is $6 and will include holiday music and an art display. The Saints Bookstore will open as well during that time.
Seward County Community College will honor the memory of Keisha Smith, a former employee, at 12 noon, Nov. 30, in the SCCC Showcase Theater, in the Shank Humanities Building.
Keisha died unexpectedly last week and most recently had worked in the financial aid office and taught classes at SCCC.
Students, employees and members of the community are invited to attend the service.

The Seward County Community College Art Department and Kylix Art Club will hold their annual arts and crafts sale from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8 in the lobby of the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal.
Ceramics, silk scarves, hats, jewelry, prints, photographs and baked goods will be on sale.
For more information, call 620-629-2685 or email

The Western Kansas consortium, EduKan, that offers courses and degree programs online, is expanding its offerings beyond general education classes to meet the growing needs of the consortium students.
The new courses include Business & Economic Statistics, Business Law, Business Management, Introduction to Corrections, Introduction to Law Enforcement, Physical Science, Animal Science, Computers in Agriculture, Managerial Accounting, Sociology of Families, Introduction to Philosophy and Orientation.
In addition to the Associate of Arts, Associate of General Studies and Associate of Science degrees offered online, EduKan is considering the development of other degree options in business and agriculture, as well as additional science course certificate offerings for pre-requisites in the medical area and other medical-related programs, said Dennis Franz, EduKan executive director.
Member colleges of EduKan include Seward County, Pratt, Garden City, Dodge City, Colby and Barton community colleges.
For more information, go online to or contact a member college.

The Seward County Community College Music Department will present two concerts this holiday season.
The first concert at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 in the SCC Showcase Theater will feature a formal concert with the Singing Saints Concert Choir, Wind Ensemble, can select classical vocal solos and duets.
The concert choir will perform such selections as Let There Be Peace on Earth, Down Home Deck the Hall and Christmas Joy (Joy to the World.)
Featured soloists will include Norma Valles, Drew Pierce and Tammy Armendariz.
The Holiday POPS Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 in the theater featuring Sound Express Show Choir, select vocal solos and duets and select instrumental solos and duets.
Sound Express will perform such selections as Santa’s On His Way, Perfect Christmas Night and Getting’ in the Mood for Christmas.
Feature soloists will include Jimmy Ortiz, Hillary Brown, Cherie Carter and Becky Robison.
Choir members include Rosendo Armendariz, Aldo Beltran, Jeff Binns, Hillary Brown, Cherie Carter, Wesley Clark, Trina Fosdick, Monica Kerbo, Lyndsi Monthey, Dennis Owens, Lila Reyes, Andrew Shumate, Chace Tatum, Norma Valles, Marilyn Zamora, Sergio Padilla, Jimmy Ortiz, all of Liberal; Kayla Wright and Adam Semisch of Plains; Jacob Hampton, Rachel Hutton, Rachel McDonald, Tyler Robinson, Courtney Sander, Angela Wesley, all of Turpin, Okla.; Chad Cowan of Balko, Okla.; Isaac and Mandy Fuentes, both of Sublette; Pam Pierce, Satanta; Tammy Armendariz of Lubbock, Texas; Drew Pierce of Beaver, Okla.; Cherry Sanders, Pine Bluff, Texas; Drew Pierce of Beaver, Okla.; and Jennifer Widener of Rolla.
Wind Ensemble members are Faye Harper, Josh Miller, Elizabeth Brooks, Andrae Coleman, Matt Smith, Chris Ramirez, Trina Fosdick, Chelsie Metheny and Joey Miller, all of Liberal; Sasha Austin of Hooker, Okla.; Diana Askew of Hugoton; Mindy Garcia of Rolla; Kara Owens of Richfield; Wes Clark of Southwestern Heights; and Roberto Gomez of Comitan, Mexico.

Bank of America recently contributed $1,500 to the Seward County Community College Development Foundation. The funds are being used to help sponsor the 42" LCD television being given away March 3, 2007 during the SCCC basketball games. Pictured are Diane Pomeroy, Bank of America Assistant Manager; Karan Thomas-Richardson, Bank of America Market President; Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC President; and Tammy Doll, SCCC Director of Development. To make a donation for the drawing, contact the SCCC Development Foundation at 629-2664. The television will be on display during SCCC home basketball games. Proceeds from the drawing will be used to support student scholarships and program needs of Seward County Community College.

Erin Tanehill and Sarah Ford enjoy one of the many activities during Children's Art Day at Seward County Community College recently. Members of the Kylix Art Club offer Children's Art Day during the fall and spring semesters.
The Serbian flag hangs between Darko Cohadarevic of Belgrade, Serbia, and Sanela Dejanovic of Novi Sad, Serbia. Seward County Community College recently dedicated this and other flags during a dedication ceremony in the Student Union where different international flags are hung to represent the countries of our students. Cohadarevic plays basketball and Dejanovic plays tennis at SCCC and they are the college's first students from Serbia.
Alex Brooks as Charlie Bickle, Holly Little as the model Tina Winslow and Leo Hernandez as Jeremy will perform in Thursday's and Saturday's production of Here Lies Jeremy Troy at 7:30 p.m., in the Seward County Community College theater.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday to discuss equipment purchases, a new student debit/identification pilot program and the spring 2007 semester.
Jo Ann Sharp, board chair, presented information to the board concerning information she obtained from the recent Association of Community College Trustees meeting. One session emphasized putting classes on Ipods, increasing the use of blogging, online gaming courses and programs and the importance of such websites as MySpace to students. With the new generation of students growing up with more technology, community colleges need to take advantage of their students’ knowledge and use this technology to improve their campuses.
The board approved a pilot program with Sunflower Bank for a student debit/identification card. Sunflower Bank will provide each participating student a photo ID/debit card, which will be used as the student’s identification card and a Sunflower Bank debit card. The card will capture and track the student’s use of services and activities on campus and can be used as an ATM card or VISA debit card. In addition, the card includes a college rewards program for the user.
As the students use the card in the community, the card will generate a variety of reports, including debit usage by merchant, campus usage by student and reward points by student. This data can help determine the economic impact of SCCC students on the Liberal community. This data in no way presents personal information to campus employees.
The bank will begin a four-week pilot program this month, asking for students to voluntarily participate in this free program and earn $30 cash.
The board approved the purchase of equipment from Cytek Media Systems of Topeka in the amount of $33,372 to modernize the multimedia technology in four classrooms. Included in the bid are Eiki projectors and ceiling mounts, iPanel interactive LCD screens, Dalite screens and wall brackets, amp and speaker kits, cable and connectors, document cameras, carts and shelves, wireless mice, ventilation systems and installation. These units will improve the delivery of information in a number of classes.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, told the board the college is trying to increase its evening classes in its six-county outreach area, including Elkhart, Hugoton, Johnson, Meade, Moscow, Rolla, Sublette, Southwestern Heights, Ulysses and Satanta. These outreach areas have been offering a wide variety of concurrent classes for the high school students, but a limited number of evening courses for all students. Enrollment for the spring 2007 semester began this week. Part-time and full-time students who have a current application for admission on file can enroll online at or students can come to campus to enroll. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.
The college, through its Enrollment Management Committee, has developed recruiting teams that are designed to make better connections with prospective students as well as the community, Dr. Randy Smith, dean of student services, told the board. Each team is responsible for one community in either southwest Kansas or the Oklahoma Panhandle.
The college is also a recipient of a $1,188,195 grant that will help create a campus-wide intranet system. This grant will support all programs on campus giving instructors quick access to lecture notes and class resources and allow for such technology as streaming video and chat rooms. Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, said the target completion date is August 2007.
In other action, the board
1. approved changes to the Board policy regarding bidding procedures, providing the board authorization to exempt professional services from the bid requirement;
2. recognized the membership of the Professional Employees Association, which is the negotiating unit for “professional employees;”
3. approved Ed Anderson, Evan Winchester and Sandy Brisendine as the PEA representatives to the Professional Welfare Committee;
4. accepted the low bid from Thomas Landscape of Liberal in the amount of $9,504 for two softball batting cages;
5. approved the purchase of a Polaris Ranger 4x4 from Trailers and Trails of Liberal in the amount of $9,782; and
6. approved the purchase of three exercise bikes from Life Fitness of Louisburg, Kan., in the amount of $8,085.
The fall play is Nov. 9 and 11; the Celebrity Livestock Judging competition is Nov. 17-18; and two winter concerts are Dec. 1 and 4. A joint board meeting with Garden City and Dodge City community colleges trustees and area legislators is scheduled for Nov. 27 on the SCCC campus. The local legislative breakfast is scheduled for Nov. 30.
The next board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, Dec. 5 and the January board meeting has been moved to Tuesday, Jan. 9.
As the Cardinals claimed the World Series championship in St. Louis the last week of October, the Seward County Community College Crusader student newspaper staff was in St. Louis to claim some victories of its own.
The Crusader staff was awarded the second-place Best of Show award for two-year college special editions Oct. 29 at the National College Media Convention in St. Louis, as well as a Best of Show third-place award for the Crusader newspaper.
More than 2,500 college journalists attended the convention. The Best of Show special editions award recognized the TipOff 2006 basketball preview that Carissa Nelson, sports editor from Johnson, was in charge of producing. She set up photo shoots with both the Saints and Lady Saints basketball teams and worked through a weekend perfecting the design and content of the basketball preview. Many of her co-workers joined the effort to help with photography and page design. The Crusader student journalists devoted hours of work to what turned out to be a national award-winning publication.
“It was a very rewarding experience,” Nelson said. “I thought the special edition was really good, but I didn’t know what kind of competition was at the convention, so I didn’t know if we’d win, but we did. Everybody on staff put a lot of hard work into it.”
Nelson felt winning so impressively at the national convention brought added perks to being on the 2006 Crusader staff.
“It was exciting, and I was really happy,” she said.
The categories are limited to two entries for each newspaper in attendance, one in special editions and one in newspaper, so the Crusader placed in the top 3 in both categories it was eligible to enter.
Other winners at the national competition in the two-year college special edition category were, first, The Courier, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas; second, Crusader, SCCC, Liberal; third, The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.; and honorable mention, The Clarion, Madison Area Technical College, Madison, Wis.
Winners in the two-year non-weekly broadsheet division were, first, The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.; second, Silhouette, Garden City Community College, Garden City; third, Crusader, SCCC, Liberal; and honorable mentions to The Courier, Brookhaven College, Farmers Branch, Texas, and The Olympian, Olympic College, Bremerton, Wash. Winners may be viewed at
Nelson was pleasantly surprised at winning in such high level competition.
“It was really cool because I thought the bigger schools would have an advantage over us, but we were just as creative as they were,” she said.
Crusader editors for 2006-2007 include Kenneth Payne, Hugoton, editor; Nelson, Johnson, sports editor; Cayla Thomlinson, Rolla, advertising manager/designer; Jordan Beeson, Liberal, arts and entertainment editor; Chris Reyes, Hugoton, photo editor; Brendan Kachel, Hooker, Okla., online editor. Staff members include Davina Barr, Liberal; Jacob Hampton, Turpin, Okla.; Andrae Coleman, Liberal; Luke Wempe, Lawrence; Keeley Barnett, Kismet; Lydia Kautz, Ulysses; Roxanne Gonzales, Hugoton; Mark Bultman, Ulysses; and Brandon Jones, Tyrone, Okla.
The Crusader is a student-run newspaper serving the campus of SCCC in Liberal. The student staff also manages an online newspaper, Crusader advisers are Anita Reed and Daniel Hackett. Reed may be reached at (620) 629-2669 or by e-mail at

SCCC Crusader student newspaper staff members pose inside the top of the St. Louis arch during a recent trip to the National College Media convention, where the Crusader staff won two Best of Show national awards. Pictured from left, back row, Chris Reyes, Hugoton; Carissa Nelson, Johnson; Brendan Kachel, Hooker, Okla.; front row, from left, Cayla Thomlinson, Rolla; Jordan Beeson, Liberal, and Jacob Hampton, Turpin, Okla. The SCCC students also went to Busch Stadium during the post-game celebration of the World Series championship game won by the St. Louis Cardinals, attended a St. Louis Blues hockey game, toured the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, attended a Dale Chihuly glass art exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Gardens, and attended daytime seminars and keynote speeches at the convention.

The Seward County Community College Kylix Art Club will host a Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11 in the Shank Humanities Building on the SCCC campus.
Children grades 1-6 will participate in a variety of projects for $10. Children should bring a sack lunch; drinks will be provided.
To reserve a spot, call 620-629-2685 or email

The Seward County Community College Drama Department will present "Here Lies Jeremy Troy" at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 and 11 in the SCCC theater.
The cast includes SCCC students Leo Hernandez of Hooker as Jeremy Troy; Melissa Morales of Liberal as Kathyrn Troy; Alex Brooks of McPherson as Charlie Bickle; Holly Little of Balko, Okla., as Tina Winslow; and Karl Whitley of Tuscon, Ariz., as the boss.
Tickets at the door are $4 for adults and $3 for seniors.
Randy Vandervort, right, of Midwest Energy, Lakin, demonstrates how to troubleshoot and maintain a rectifier to students that attended the National Association of Cathodic Engineers Rectifier School on the Seward County Community College campus recently. The NACE rectifier school is taught twice a year through SCCC's Business and Industry Office.