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The No. 14 Seward County Community College volleyball team won the Midland College Tournament last weekend with a perfect 5-0 tournament record at Lady Chaps Center in Midland, Texas. The Lady Saints won three matches on Friday and two matches on Saturday. Seward County freshman outside hitter Dan Yang was named Tournament Most Valuable Player and freshman Jelena Simic was also named to the All-Tournament Team. The Lady Saints have now won 17 of their last 19 matches. Seward County improves to 22-5 overall this season.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced yesterday that Seward County Community College sophomore volleyball player Katy Troutman was named the NJCAA National Libero of the Week. Troutman, a 5-foot-4-inch libero from Broken Arrow, Okla., was named the nations top defensive player after averaging 3.4 digs per game last week. Troutman’s impressive week included breaking the SCCC all-time record for digs in a career, a record that stood for the past eight years. Troutman broke the all-time single-season record for digs this past season as a freshman (777). Troutman is the second player this season to earned National Player of the Week honors, after freshman Dan Yang received the honor on Sept. 12.

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Revenge was sweet for the Seward County Community College volleyball team on Wednesday night as they defeated Garden City Community College 30-23, 30-25, 30-18 in a Jayhawk West/NJCAA D-I Region VI match at the Green House in Liberal. After dropping a match earlier in the season at home to GCCC, the No. 14 nationally-ranked Lady Saints didn’t let the Lady Broncbusters escape with a victory this time with a dominating win. Seward County stays atop the Jayhawk West standings with a perfect 5-0 conference mark. SCCC improves to 19-5 overall this season and Garden City falls to 16-9 overall and to 2-2 in the Jayhawk West.

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Five Seward County Community College women’s tennis players posted victories and both doubles pairs collected wins as the Lady Saints recorded a 10-10 overall singles and doubles record last weekend at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional Tournament in Overland Park, Kan. The ITA Regional advances all tournament champions to the ITA National Tournament later this fall. SCCC freshman Fabiola Wisnesky led the Lady Saints with three victories in tournament competition. SCCC finished tournament play without advancing any players to the ITA National Tournament. The Lady Saints are now 32-22 overall this fall in singles and doubles match play.

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This past weekend the Seward County Community College tennis team competed at the International Tennis Association Regional Tournament where the champions advance to the ITA National Tournament later this fall. The Saints didn’t have any players qualify for nationals, but several players collected victories at the tournament in Overland Park, Kan. In singles play, sophomores Roberto Gomez, Victor Mesquita and Rogerio Yamamoto paced SCCC with two wins each. The Saints are now 49-42 overall this fall in singles and doubles match competition.

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Board of Trustees' Meeting
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
Monday, October 1, 2007
7:30 P.M.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team capped off a three day Wyo-Braska Shootout weekend with a victory against Sheridan Community College 30-14, 30-32, 30-27, 30-19, Saturday afternoon in Torrington, Wyo., on the campus of Eastern Wyoming College. Freshmen standouts Dan Yang and Jelena Simic led SCCC to the victory each recording 30 kills. The No. 14 ranked Lady Saints have now won 13 of their last 15 matches and improved to 8-2 against opponents on a neutral court. The Lady Saints are now 18-5 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team is finding out why Western Nebraska Community College is the No. 1 ranked team in the nation. Western Nebraska (27-1) defeated the Lady Saints at the Northeastern Colorado Tournament last weekend, snapping a three match winning streak. Then last night, Seward County fell to Western Nebraska 20-30, 17-30, 20-30, at the Wyo-Braska Shootout, snapping their nine match winning streak that started after their previous loss to the Lady Cougars. Seward County did post three victories on Friday defeating Casper College, Northwestern Wyoming and Miles Community College before falling to Western Nebraska. Seward County is now 17-5 overall this season.

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After sweeping their competition on Thursday at the Wyo-Braska Shootout, the No. 14 ranked Lady Saints kept their winning streak alive with a victory over Casper College (30-26, 23-30, 30-24, 30-28) in a non-conference match in Torrington, Wyo. Seward County has now won seven straight matches, tying the programs longest winning streak under third year head coach Bert Luallen. Seward County entered Friday after winning both matches on Thursday against Eastern Wyoming College and Laramie County Community College. Seward County improves to 15-4 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team opened play at the Wyo-Braska Shootout today with a non-conference victory on the home floor of Eastern Wyoming College (30-24, 30-19, 30-24) in Torrington, Wyo. The No. 14 ranked Lady Saints were led by freshman Dan Yang’s 20 kills, and the Region VI Player of the Week, Jelena Simic, who collected 10 kills, six digs and two blocks. Seward County improves their overall record to 13-4 this season.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association released their Top 20 volleyball poll today and Seward County Community College made it back into the national poll with a No. 14 ranking. Following a 5-1 week with victories over previous No. 10 ranked Northeastern Colorado J.C., and Casper College, McCook C.C., Colby C.C. and Lamar C.C. the Lady Saints pick up their second national ranking of the season. Seward County joins Jayhawk West opponents Barton County Community College (No. 10) and Hutchinson Community College (No. 15) in the Top 20 poll. Seward County’s only loss last week came against Western Nebraska Community College (24-1), who remains ranked the No. 1 ranked team in the nation.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team is beginning their sixth year of involvement with the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Seward, Haskell and Stevens Counties organization. The Saints have scheduled eight major events with BBBS for 2007-2008, which includes all 30 players on their current roster, with the little brothers and little sisters of the organization.

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Three Seward County Community College women’s tennis players posted perfect records and the Lady Saints finished with a 9-3 record last Friday at the Bethany College Tournament in Lindsborg, Kan. Tournament competition was ended Friday due to rain on Saturday. Sophomore Erica Herrera and freshmen Valerie Stevens and Alyssa Larson each went 2-0 on Friday afternoon. Seward County played against five four-year programs and one junior college. The Lady Saints improve their fall season record to 22-12 overall.

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The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team continued their fall season last week playing on Friday at the Bethany College Tournament in Lindsborg, Kan. The Saints played only one day of competition after play was cancelled on Saturday due to inclement weather. Seward County competed against four-year and junior college competition in the top two flights, while posting an 18-9 overall record in singles and doubles competition. The Saints had four singles players and one doubles team record perfect records on Friday afternoon. Seward County is now 41-22 overall, which including all singles and doubles competition this fall season.

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Student attitudes and habits relating to course materials will be the focus of a campus–wide survey conducted by the Saints Bookstore.

The survey is a part of Student Watch ™, a national research project sponsored by the NACS Foundation, a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores (NACS). Student Watch™ provides insight into college student consumer behaviors.

“We are very pleased to take part in this national research initiative,” said Jerri Lynn Lyddon, director. “On a local level, the results of the survey will help our store better meet the needs of our customers and evaluate the mix of products and services we offer.”

The survey will be conducted online through the bookstore via surveys beginning October 1, 2007. One student from Seward County Community College will win $100 for participating and one student from all entries will take home $500.

About the Saints Bookstore
The Saints Bookstore is a full service retail bookstore serving the students, faculty and staff of Seward County Community College. Located at 1801 N Kansas Avenue, the bookstore is open from 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday with a complete supply of course materials and merchandise. For more information, call 620-417-1150. The Saints Bookstore is also available online at www.saintsbookstore.com.

About NACS
Headquartered in Oberlin, Ohio, the National Association of College Stores (NACS) is the professional trade association representing the $11 billion collegiate retailing industry. NACS represents more than 3,100 collegiate retailers and approximately 1,000 associate members who supply books and other products to college stores. NACS member stores daily serve America’s college students while supporting the academic missions of higher education institutions everywhere. Additional information on NACS can be found online at www.nacs.org.
The Seward County Community College volleyball team won their fourth straight match on Monday evening with a road victory at Dodge City Community College 30-16, 30-23, 28-30, 30-14. The Lady Saints remain tied for first-place in the Jayhawk West Conference with a perfect 4-0 mark and improve to 12-4 overall. Seward County used Monday evening as an opportunity to play their entire roster, resting standout freshmen Dan Yang and Jelena Simic until the fourth game of the match. Ninth-place Dodge City falls to 2-10 overall and to 0-4 in Jayhawk West competition.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team defeated No. 10 Northeastern Colorado Junior College 30-23, 28-30, 30-25, 30-20 on Saturday afternoon at the Northeastern Colorado Tournament in Sterling, Colo. The SCCC victory marks the first defeat over a NJCAA Division I nationally ranked opponent since Nov. 14 2004 (No. 11 Barton County). Seward County went 3-1 overall at the Northeastern Colorado Tournament with victories over N.E. Colorado, Casper College, McCook Community College and a loss against No. 1 Western Nebraska Community College. Seward County improves to 11-4 overall and remains 3-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and 2-0 in the NJCAA D-I Region VI. Seward County has now won six of their last seven matches and nine of their last 11 overall.

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The SCCC Lady Saints won their first five-game match of the season on Saturday morning in a victory over Casper College at the Northeastern Colorado Tournament in Sterling, Colo. Seward County defeated Casper 29-31, 30-21, 27-30, 30-21, 15-5 to improve their record to 2-1 in tournament play. Seward County started the Northeastern Colorado Tournament on Friday against No. 1 Western Nebraska Community College (20-1) and McCook Community College (5-9). The Lady Saints led early against Western Nebraska (7-1 in game-one) but weren’t able to pull off the upset as the Lady Cougars defeated SCCC 30-25, 30-21, 30-20. Seward County won their second match Friday night defeating McCook C.C. 30-18, 30-22, 30-17.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team remained undefeated in Jayhawk West Conference play defeating Colby Community College 30-20, 24-30, 30-22, 30-26 on Wednesday night at the Green House in Liberal. The Lady Saints picked up their second win against Colby this season following a two-game match victory last weekend at the Colby Tournament. The victory places Seward County with the most wins in the conference (3-0) and improves their overall record to 8-3. Colby drops their first conference game of the season (1-1) and is now 8-4 overall.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association has named Seward County Community College freshman Dan Yang as the NJCAA D-I Volleyball Player of the Week, for the week ending Sept. 8. Yang, an outside hitter from Beijing, China, led Seward County to three victories last week with 72 kills, 17 digs, nine blocks, seven service aces and a .454 hitting percentage. Yang becomes the fourth player in the history of the SCCC volleyball program to be named NJCAA Player of the Week.

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The Seward County Community College men’s tennis team represented junior college tennis well last weekend at the Wichita Collegiate Tennis Tournament. Sophomore Luis Cabizuca and freshmen Ivan Michelli and Mauricio Ouriques all won their respective brackets, competing against both junior college and four-year players. The Saints tallied a 23-13 overall record with three players recording a perfect 4-0 record, and two other players winning three matches each. Seward County welcomes back six players from last season’s team that finished in 9th place at the NJCAA National Tournament.

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The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team competed at the Wichita Collegiate Tennis Tournament last weekend. The Lady Saints went a combined 9-9 in single-s and doubles competition. Freshman Valerie Stephens finished as a singles runner-up with a 3-1 overall record and sophomore Erica Herrera also tallied a 3-1 mark. The Wichita Collegiate Tournament is designed for junior college and four-year tennis programs to compete against each other in every flight category.

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Freshman Jelena Simic was nearly perfect in leading the Seward County Community College volleyball team to a three game match victory over Lamar Community College on Wednesday night at the Green House. Simic, a 5-foot-9-inch outside hitter led the No. 19 ranked Lady Saints with a .882 hitting percentage and five service aces in their 30-6, 30-22, 30-20 victory over the Lady Runnin’ Lopes. Seward County improves to 7-3 overall and remains 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and 1-0 in the NJCAA D-I Region VI. Lamar’s loss drops them to 2-14 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team went 2-1 at the Colby Community College Tournament on Saturday in Colby, Kan. The No. 19 ranked Lady Saints opened play with back-to-back three game matches, defeating Otero Junior College 30-28, 30-32, 15-6 and falling to No. 22 (D-II) North Platte Community College 30-23, 26-30, 13-15. SCCC completed the non-conference tournament action with a convincing two-game victory over host school Colby C.C., 30-17, 30-16. Seward County improves to 6-3 overall, and remains 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and 1-0 in the NJCAA D-I Region VI.

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The Seward County Community College Development Foundation is planning its 13th annual party auction at 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Seward County Event Center on the fairgrounds. The Silent Auction begins at 6 p.m., followed by the live auction at 8:30 p.m.
This year’s theme is Malt Shop Memories, but participants are not required to come in costume, said Tammy Doll, director of development.
The cost is $20 per person and tickets will only be available in advance until Sept. 20. Individuals must present their ticket at the door. The price of the ticket includes food, beverages, participation in the silent and live auctions and entertainment.
This year’s food will be catered by Moffet Catering of Ulysses and will include pork tenderloin, donated by Seaboard Foods and smoked brisket, sponsored by First National Bank and cheesy potatoes, green beans, salad, dinner rolls, dessert bar and chocolate fountain.
Tickets are available by credit card by calling the SCCC Development Office at 620-417-1131 or by visiting one of these participating businesses: The Community Bank; Sunflower Bank; Bank of America; Byron Bird & Associates; Scantlin’s Furniture; Al Shank Insurance; Yoxall, Antrim, Yoxall, Fitzgerald & McCaffrey; The Liberal Light; Mortgages Unlimited; New York Life; Crown Consulting; Conestoga; First National Bank of Liberal; Southwest Agri Center (Kismet); and Bank of Beaver City, Seward County Community College; or from SCCC Development Foundation board members and auction committee members.
Volunteers have been contacting local and area businesses for donations. However, if you would like to donate an item or assist with the auction, call 620-417-1131.
The past two seasons, five Seward County Community College softball players helped lead the Lady Saints’ program to the most victories ever in a two year span. Former SCCC Lady Saints Haley Martin, Dana McLaren, Stephanie McCarthy, Meisha Patterson and Diana Sanchez are moving on to play at the NCAA and NAIA level after helping the Lady Saints to an 86-35 overall record during the past two years. This record breaking sophomore class also guided Seward County to a 25-5 Jayhawk West record and to the 2006 NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament Championship.

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As part of their regular meeting Tuesday, members of the Seward County Community College Board of Trustees reviewed the compensation review project as well as projects connected to the Academic Quality Improvement Program.
The board reviewed the ongoing Compease compensation review project. In the first stage of the process, the supervisor evaluates each employee position according to eight criteria. The Compease project allows for improved budget projections, clarification of employee expectations, and alignment of position descriptions with actual job expectations. The review also allows supervisors to more effectively provide employee performance reviews and align performance with position expectations.
The board reviewed two of three AQIP projects that have been submitted to the Higher Learning Commission. The college has completed Developmental Education and the Marketing and Recruiting projects. The AQIP Steering Committee is finalizing the final project, the Student Success Plan, that will be submitted prior to Sept. 14.
As a result of the action taken so far, the Developmental Education project will now be split into two separate projects, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction. The math department will work separately from the English/Writing/Reading part of the project. English, Writing and Reading Skills instructors will narrow their focus and address new action projects.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, told the board of the upcoming Gas Measurement and Pipeline Institute. He also told the board of the potential to add a Gas Compressor Mechanics program. In addition, SCCC is working with Pratt Community College and the Kansas Department of Commerce to develop training for the ethanol plants, both short-term and long-term training.
Rapp told the board that two representatives from the Kansas Board of Regents will be on campus to meet with representatives of the college and the Southwest Kansas Technical School to discuss instructional issues that need to be addressed in light of a potential merger between the college and the technical school.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, told the board that he is still working with USD 480 on the final language of an agreement to merge the technical school with the college.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, presented a potential project list to the board, a list that will be presented to the board of regents. The list of projects cover such areas as resurfacing of parking lots and sidewalks; building additions; replacement of boilers and chillers and other operational equipment; and improvements to buildings, including the technical school.
In other action, the board
1. purchased a variety of audio-visual and multimedia equipment from Cytek Media Systems of Topeka in the amount of $51,123.50 to outfit and upgrade seven multimedia classrooms, including six in the Hobble Academic Building and one in the Colvin Adult Learning Center, and
2. approved Dr. Steve Cauble as the voting delegate for SCCC at the upcoming Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress this month.
Plans for the SCCC Development Foundation Party Auction are under way with the auction scheduled for 6 p.m., Saturday, Sept.22 at the Seward County Event Center on the Fairgrounds. The theme is Malt Shop Memories. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance. This event raises money for scholarships and special projects.
The next board meeting is at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 1, in the board room.
Seward County Community College, Liberal, Kansas, is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16, 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.
The No. 19 ranked Seward County Community College volleyball team defeated Cloud County Community College 31-29, 30-19, 27-30 and 30-19 in a Jayhawk West Conference match Wednesday night at Arley Bryant Gymnasium in Concordia, Kan. Seward County tallied a .331 hitting percentage and tied a season-high eight team blocks in their conference road victory. The Lady Saints improve to 4-2 overall, 2-0 in the Jayhawk West Conference and to 1-0 in NJCAA D-I Region VI competition. Cloud County falls to 2-7 overall, 0-2 in conference and to 0-1 in NJCAA D-I Region VI competition.

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The Seward County Community College Drama Department will hold auditions for the fall play from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sept. 11-13 in the Showcase Theater.
Production dates for this comedy, “The Ten Rules of Internet Dating,” will be Nov. 9-10.
For more information, contact Frank Challis, drama instructor, 620-417-1460 or frank.challis@sccc.edu.