Seward County Community College’s Colvin Adult Learning Center will recognize its Kansas State High School Diploma graduates with a special ceremony at 2 p.m., Sunday, May 6, in the Student Activities Center on the main campus, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal.
Keynote speaker will be Sheila Avers-Watson, former secretary of the Colvin Adult Learning Center. Avers-Watson began at SCCC as the secretary to the dean of educational services and continuing education and was the GED examiner. She continued her work with the opening of the Colvin Center. While working at SCCC, Sheila was able to realize her dream of returning to school and received an Associate in Applied Science Degree in 1995 and an Associate in Arts Degree in 1998.
In 1998, Avers-Watson moved to Greeley, Colo., to be closer to her children and grandchildren. She has worked for United Way of Weld County as the director of Community Impact and Children’s Programs for the last nine years. She is a regular at the Colorado State Capital presenting and providing testimony on children’s issues and is the co-author of H.B. 07-1062, which will expand the work that is being done for young children and their parents in Colorado.
Her two lifelong passions are Adult Basic Education and promoting positive parenting skills for quality early childhood experiences that help children succeed in school and life. Sheila and her husband Gene Watson have 6 grown children between them, 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The Colvin Adult Learning Center will host a reception immediately following the graduation.
Mark Vermillion, a graduate of Seward County Community College, will be the featured speaker for the 2007 graduation ceremony, at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12 in the college gym.
Vermillion, a graduate of Liberal High School, graduated from Seward County Community College in 1997, before receiving a bachelor’s of science in Social Sciences at Kansas State University and a master’s of arts in Sociology at Wichita State University. He received his doctorate in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. While at Oklahoma State Vermillion served as an adjunct lecturer in the Sports Administration program for three years, teaching sport sociology and sport finance, as well as teaching at OSU. He is now an assistant professor in the Sport Administration Program, College of Education, at Wichita State. He is the undergraduate coordinator and teaches courses in the socio-cultural component of sports administration.
While at SCCC he participated in Phi Theta Kappa as vice president, choir and show choir. His wife, Kimberly Howard, also graduated from SCCC in 1997.
He was the co-organizer of Sociology Graduate Student Association’s (SGSA) annual research symposium, while at Oklahoma State University and was a co-contributor to OSU’s “Introduction to Sociology Collected Readings.”
He has authored three journal articles: “Sport Participation and Adolescent Deviance: A Logistic Analysis,” “An Examination of the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale Using Collegiate Wheelchair Basketball Student Athletes” and “Hubris: Athletes, Perceptions of Authority, and Feelings of Invulnerability on a College Campus.” He recently had a book review accepted to be published in the Journal of Sport Management.

The public is invited to a farewell reception for Jon Armstrong, admissions director, at Seward County Community College.
The reception will be from 2-4 p.m., Wednesday, in SW214 EW conference rooms.

Seward County Community College Admissions has scheduled a number of orientation and enrollment clinics for students attending SCCC in the fall.
This is a student’s opportunity to schedule summer and fall classes, meet with an academic aadvisor, meet new classmates and receive information about financial aid, scholarshisp and housing.
The next enrollment clinics during the day are Tuesday, May 22; Thursday, June 14; Tuesday, July 10; and Wednesday, Aug. 8. Evening enrollment clinics are Tuesday, July 24 and Thursday, Aug. 25.
Students who have not taken the ACT or SAT must schedule the COMPASS assessment prior to enrollment. Original copies of ACT or SAT scores must be on file prior to enrollment.
To sign up for a clinic, call 620-629-2710 or go online to
Seward County Community College will host an open house Saturday, April 28 on the SCCC campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The event, from 12 noon-2 p.m., is free and will include a live concert, the Smokin’ No No’s; a live remote by KSLS/KYUU radio; hot dogs and refreshments, autograph signing by the men’s and women’s athletic teams, including the Lady Saints Basketball Team that placed third in the nation; special giveaway items and program information booths.
Special promotional items will be given to the first 25 children and adults who visit the booths.

The Seward County Community College Livestock Judging Team traveled to Houston, Texas, recently where the team placed seventh overall at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest livestock show in the Untied States. The team was fifth in reasons, second in goats, fourth in hogs, fifth in cattle and five in reasons.
The team consisted of Trevor Winchester, Liberal; Zach McCraken, Syracuse; Sandi Cortez, Thibodaux, LA; and Sara McManus, Castle Rock, Colo.
Ninety-two individuals competed in the contest with Winchester placing third in cattle and ninth in reasons.
Seward County Community College recently held a livestock judging competition for 4-H and FFA members.
In the senior FFA division, Scott City was the high team followed by Hugoton, Garden City, Ness City and Southwestern Heights. The top five individuals for the senior division were Kassidy Sandoval, Hugoton, Keisha Scott, Scott City, J.P. Heitschmidt, Garden City, Heidi Yeager, Scott City, Weston Cossman, Jetmore.
In the senior open division Karval, Colo., took first, followed by Hooker, Okla. The top five individuals were Abigail Clark, Karval; Sara Clark, Karval; Tawny Mills, Hooker; Shelby Seymour, Scott City; and Weston Russell, Hooker.
In the Greenhand Division Garden City was the high team followed by Holcomb and Ulysses. The top three individuals were Brandy Roberts, Hugoton; Schoyler Hahn, Garden City; and Kashley Schweer, Garden.
In the Junior division Scott City swept the top three spots followed by the two teams from Morton County. The high individuals were Miles Pearson, Scott City; Kurtis Clawson, Satanta; Skyler Glenn, Scott City; Christopher Davis, Scott City; and Colborn Couchman, Scott City.
The Gas Compressor Institute is scheduled to begin Tuesday, April 24 in Liberal, Kansas. For 55 years the Gas Compressor Institute has provided unique educational opportunities for the petroleum and natural gas industry.
Keynote speaker is Major General Tod M. Bunting, who became the Adjutant General of Kansas in 2004. He will address what the natural gas compression industry and what workers can do to ready themselves in the event of a terrorist attack, a natural disaster or civil unrest.
Among the sessions are driving your team down the highway, trade show return on investment, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas air quality regulations, rotary screw operations and repairs, gas engine performance, oil analysis, cooling system maintenance,” “wireless communications, hot new products, and worn and damaged equipment.
Members of the Gas Compressor Planning Committee are Lyndy Affeld, Compressco, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Brett Banning, Anadarko Petroleum Corp., Hugoton; Liberal; Frank Chavez, Cameron Compression Systems, Littleton, Colo.; Ken Croy, Swagelok, Liberal; Ken Davis, Foley Equipment, Dodge City; Steve Duren, FW Murphy, Tulsa, Okla.; Charles Ferguson, Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co., Liberal; Alan Fletcher, The Hanover Company, Elk City, Okla.; Jon Galle, Great Plains Gas Compression, Hugoton; Jim Graves, ONEOK Field Services, Ulysses; Doug Groover, Disco, Inc., Liberal; Bret Hightower, Hoerbiger Services, Oklahoma City, Okla.; M.L. “Boots” Jung, Cook Compressor Group, Enid, Okla.; Tom Kitts, Rotary Compressor Systems, Inc., Amarillo, Texas; Chuck Lamberson, Stewart & Stevenson, Liberal; Dean Lewis, Enbridge, Canadian, Texas; Darrel Loghry, ANR Pipeline, Mooreland, Okla.; Jacob McCallie, Stewart & Stevenson, Great Bend; Mike McCoy, Altronic, Inc., Tulsa, Okla.; Randy Ogden, Simons Petroleum, Woodward, Okla.; Matthew Pitcock, Compressor Systems, Inc., Oklahoma City, Okla.; Alan Rose, Exline, Inc., Ellinwood; Dan Sattler, Stanion Wholesale Electric, Scott City; Don Ukens, Wireless Data Communications, Liberal; Walt Walicek, BP, Ulysses; Jim Wensauer, Reynolds-French, Tulsa, Okla.; and Doug Browne, Dale Reed, Reenie Jackson and Andy Yoxall, Seward County Community College, Liberal.
For additional information, contact Reenie Jackson, 620-629-2650 or
The Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Seward County Community College will host an on-campus Relay for Life from 6 p.m.-12 midnight, Friday, April 27. This event is open to the community and will include a mini relay for life with the American Cancer Society, concession stand, games, prizes, and entertainment, including a DJ.
T-Shirts will be sold the night of the Relay for $15 with the proceeds to be donated to the American Cancer Society. Phi Theta Kappans will also sell balloons in honor of survivors or in memory of deceased cancer patients. Balloons are $1, and all of the balloons will be released after a list of the names has been read. Each balloon will have a card attached. If someone finds a balloon, the card will have instructions for donating to the SCCC Fundraising effort on behalf of the American Cancer Society.
To purchase a T-shirt or balloon or for additional information, contact Adviser Debbie Stafford, 620-629-2714.

Seward County Community College will hold two concerts this spring to close the spring 2007 semester.
The formal concert, at 7:30 p.m., May 3, will feature the Singing Saints Concert Choir and the Wind Ensemble.
The Pops Concert, at 7:30 p.m., May 5, will feature a ‘70s soul celebration.
Choir members are Hillary Brown, Kristen Hall, Lyndsi Monthey, Rosendo Armendariz, Monica Kerbo, Jeff Binns, Cherie Carter, Wesley Clark, Dennis Owens, Adam Semisch, Kayla Wright, Marilyn Zamora, Jimmy Ortiz, Tammy Armendariz, Vanessa Kerbo and Trina Fosdick, all of Liberal; Chad Cowan, Balko, Okla.; Isaac Fuentes, Sublette; Rachel McDonald, Tyler Robinson, Courtney Sander and Angela Wesley, all of Turpin, Okla.; Valeria Pando and Jennifer Widener, both of Rolla; Pam Pierce of Satanta; and Drew Pierce of Beaver, Okla.
Members of the Wind Ensemble are Faye Harper, Sasha Austin, Chelsie Metheny, Lydia Augustine, Josh Miller, Elizabeth Brooks, Trina Fosdick, Matthew Smith, Andrae Coleman, John Miller and Joey Miller, all of Liberal; Mindy Garcia and Kara Owens, both of Rolla; Wesley Clark of Kismet; and Roberto Gomez of Comitan, Mexico.
Members of the Pops Concert are Hillary Brown, Cherie Carter, Rosendo Armendariz, Tammy Armendariz, Monica Kerbo, Trina Fosdick, Vanessa Kerbo, Marilyn Zamora, Lyndsi Monthey, Kristen Hall, Taylor Harden, Jimmy Ortiz, Aldo Beltran, Wesley Clark, Mandy Fuentes, Isaac Fuentes, Drew Pierce and Tyler Robinson, all of Liberal.
Due to limited seating, call 629-2680 for tickets. Tickets are $2.

Former employee Doralia Reynolds received an Excellence in Online Teaching Award from eCollege recently for her innovation and development of online economics classes she teaches for Seward County Community College through EduKan.
Reynolds, former division chair and business instructor at SCCC, has continued to teach online courses through EduKan since her retirement.
“For the past 30 years, Doralia has continued to exemplify and demonstrate the highest level of educational innovation and student engagement via technology,” said Dennis Franz, executive director EduKan. “Beginning with extensive development in educational access television and continuing on through online internet instructional adaptations, she constantly refines the techniques of online teaching with innovative tools. Doralia continually applies technology to empower students to achieve the highest level of engagement and course satisfaction.”
She has served as a business department chair in which she had the opportunity to supervise and motive faculty. In addition, she has served as an innovator in the use and application of learning techniques and technologies while making time to mentor both faculty and students.
During her time at SCCC, Reynolds has been the recipient of several teaching awards including "Who's Who Among America's Teachers, NISOD Excellence Award, and the Seward County Trailblazer Award for Innovation and Creativity in Instructional Delivery.
Reynolds established the important emotional link with her online students by taking the initiative to call each and every student at the beginning of class to let them know she cares, Franz said. She continues communication with students using a variety of methods throughout her course. She is committed to the teaching philosophy that students don't care how much you know, until they know how much you care.
eCollege presents these awards to instructors who have used the eCollege solution for creating superior online content; developing highly engaging learning opportunities; forming outstanding mentoring relationships with students; promoting exceptional learner-learner collaboration; and leveraging first-rate approaches to assessment. eCollege is a leading provider of value-added information services to the post-secondary and K-12 education industries. The Company's eLearning Division designs, builds and supports some of the most successful, fully online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs in the country, including EduKan, a consortium of six community colleges in western Kansas.
Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kansas, is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 29, in the SCCC Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.
The Saints Bookstore will be open during the brunch.
Seward County Community College’s Surgical Technology program is now offering the lecture portion of its curriculum online. Students who are unable to come to campus five days a week but would like to train as a Surgical Technologist can now take the lecture portions of the core courses online beginning with the fall 2007 semester.
This 11-month career program educates surgical technologists to become an integral part of the surgical team with hands-on experience in both an on-campus laboratory and at area health-care facilities. Graduates are eligible to apply to take the Certification Exam for Surgical Technologists to receive the CST credential.
During the fall semester, students would come to campus for labs from 6:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday or Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. During the spring and summer 2008 semesters, clinicals will be held at Dodge City, Garden City and Liberal hospitals.
The curriculum also includes Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Medical Terminology and a communication elective, which can be taken in advance or during the program. These classes may be taken on campus or online through EduKan at
Students interested in this program must apply for special admission through the Surgical Technology program.
Information is available at or by contacting Carmen Sumner, coordinator, 1-800-373-9951 or 620-626-3078,
Seward County Community College has changed its an open house to Saturday, April 28 on the SCCC campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The event was postponed from Saturday, April 14 due to weather. The event, from 12 noon-2 p.m., is free and will include a live concert, the Smokin’ No No’s; a live remote by KSLS/KYUU radio; hot dogs and refreshments, autograph signing by the men’s and women’s athletic teams, including the Lady Saints Basketball Team that placed third in the nation; special giveaway items and program information booths.

Students who are members of Seward County Community College’s Students in Free Enterprise recently place first in regional competition in Miami, Fl.
The SIFE presentation team included Quinton Bartel and Joe Walter, Turpin, Okla.; and Jazmin Hernandez, Triana Ramirez and Melissa Arellano, Liberal. The audio/video team included Gerald Gomez and Fabi Estrada, Liberal.
SIFE teams are invited to showcase the effect of their outreach projects at annual competitions judged by panels of business leaders. Teams share the impact made in their communities along five educational topics: market economics, success skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and business ethics. Our SIFE teams projects include Colvin Adult Learning Center, teen pregnancy, FAFSA, real estate, micro loan program, entrepreneurship and business ethics, said Kim Thomas, SIFE sponsor.
The competitive format consists of a written annual report and a live audio-visual presentation. This year because of smaller numbers, SCCC students competed against two-year and four-year institutions.
The SIFE team will advance to the USA National Exposition hosted by the Dallas, Texas, Business Community, May 6-8.
Other SIFE students that attended the competition were Juliana Moreno, Omar Olivas, Laura Enriquez, Aldo Beltran, Valeria and Sandra Sanchez, all of Liberal; Alexander Olinger, Hugoton; Christina Roy, Kismet; and Cristian Chavez, Beaver, Okla.
Seward County Community College Board of Trustees will hold a special board meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 12 in the SCCC board room. The agenda will include planning for the Southwest Kansas Technical School consolidation.
Students in the Field Biology class recently took water and plant samples from the ponds along the Cimarron River. This is part of a $5,000 grant from Kansas State University’s WaterLink project. The grant provided equipment, measuring devices and gear for student use. The project is designed to teach students about water quality and measure such things as algae content in fresh water areas.
Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer a mandatory eight-hour training for Kansans who desire to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The next class will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 21, in SW 214E/W for $100 per class. Class size is limited. All applicants must register for the class in advance by calling 620-629-2650 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 650. No walk-ins will be allowed. Business & Industry will offer these classes once a month.
The Conceal Carry bill, SB418, gives Kansans the right to join 46 other states in the nation in the right to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 14 for children in grades 1-6.
The cost is $10 and includes all supplies and drinks. Children are asked to bring a sack lunch.
Please reserve a space by contacting Art Instructor Susan Copas by April 13 at 620-629-2685 or
Seward County Community College will host an open house from 12 noon-2 p.m., Saturday, April 14 on the SCCC campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The event is free and will include a live concert, the Smokin’ No No’s; a live remote by KSLS/KYUU radio; hot dogs and refreshments, autograph signing by the men’s and women’s athletic teams, including the Lady Saints Basketball Team that placed third in the nation; special giveaway items and program information booths.

For the first time since 1974, Seward County Community College is replacing the green seats in the college gymnasium. In addition to new seats, the college is giving alumni and friends the opportunity to purchase a brass plate that will be permanently placed on the back of each seat.
This is your opportunity to promote your business, show your support of SCCC as an alumnus or friend or honor the memory of someone.
Individuals or companies can purchase unlimited plates at a minimum $50 donation for each plate.
The tax deductible contribution can be made to the SCCC Development Foundation. All proceeds will be used for future maintenance and improvements of the SCCC gym and its programs.
Send your contribution to the SCCC Development Foundation, PO Box 1137, Liberal, KS 67905-1137. As an alum or friend of SCCC you can join SCCC’s alumni and friends community at and make your donation by credit card. Please include the information you would like on the plate.
For additional information, contact Tammy Doll, director of development, at 620-629-2664.
Tickets for the musical Annie are now on sale went on sale in the Seward County Community College Shank Humanities Building. For reserved tickets, call 620-629-2680 or come by SCCC, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal. tickets. The performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., April 26-27 in the SCCC Showcase Theater.