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Sophomore Nick Burns scored a season-high 22 points and led Seward County Community College to a 75-66 victory over Highland Community College on Friday morning at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan., in Nellis Hall. Seward County overcame an eight point deficit early in the first half to win their 10th non-conference game of the season. Burns scored 11 points in each half and collected six rebounds, five assists and three steals, while tallying his second 20 plus scoring game of the season. The Saints won their sixth straight game and improved to 10-1 overall this season. The Highland Scotties drop to 3-7 overall this season.

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6:00 p.m. Board and Students have Dinner in
SU214 East/West prior to BOT meeting


Board of Trustees Meeting
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

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Following a weekend with back-to-back victories over two top 10 nationally ranked opponents, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team is back in the NJCAA Top 25 poll. The Lady Saints (6-2) have been tabbed No. 12 in the latest NJCAA poll, after last week falling out of the poll for the first time during the regular season since Jan. 25, 2006. Last weekend at the Garden City C.C. Classic, Seward County knocked off previous-No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. (63-55) and defeated then-No. 6 Midland College (73-65). Seward County is now 2-2 against top 25 opponents this season and will continue playing against nationally-ranked opponents this weekend with a match-up against No. 3 (NJCAA D-II) Johnson County Community College on Friday at 9 p.m. in Coffeyville, for the Jayhawk Shootout.

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Seward County Community College sophomore Tegan Cunningham has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Women’s Basketball Co-Player of the Week. Cunningham, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard led the No. 12 Lady Saints in two victories last week over No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. (63-55) and No. 6 Midland College (73-65), while earning her third career NJCAA Player of the Week award. The Oklahoma State University signee averaged 22 points and 10 rebounds per game, and shot 8-for-12 from the free throw line. Cunningham shared the honor with Danielle Adams, of Jefferson College, who averaged 25.3 points and 14.0 rebounds per game in three contests last week.

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The National Junior College Athletic Association announced today that Seward County Community College freshman volleyball player Dan Yang has been named a Second Team NJCAA All-American. Yang, a 6-foot-2-inch outside hitter from Beijing, China, is the first Lady Saint to be named an All-American since Luana Cavalcanti was awarded First Team honors in 2004. A total of 12 first team, 12 second team and six honorable mention selections were announced today by the NJCAA. Yang becomes the 10th Seward County player, and 11th NJCAA All-American selection in the SCCC program since 1996. Other Region VI selections to the NJCAA All-America team include, Ludmila Amaral (Hutchinson C.C.) and Alik Cardosa de Sa (Barton County C.C.) who earned First Team and Honorable Mention, respectively.

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The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team is preparing for the Jayhawk Shootout this weekend in Coffeyville, Kan. The No. 12 Lady Saints (6-2) will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. against No. 3 (D-II) Johnson County Community College (5-1) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. against Independence Community College (6-4). SCCC is coming off back-to-back victories over two top 10 nationally-ranked opponents, defeating previous No. 9 Northeastern Colorado (63-55) and previous No. 6 Midland College (73-65) last weekend at the Garden City Classic.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team will compete this weekend at the Jayhawk Shootout in Coffeyville, Kan. The Saints will play on Friday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. against Highland Community College (3-6) and on Saturday, Dec. 1 against Kansas City Kansas Community College (7-1) at 11 a.m. The Saints (9-1) are coming off three wins last week against Friends University J.V. (64-50), Neosho County Community College (83-64) and North Lake College (58-56). Seward is among five teams in the Region VI that have only one loss this season.

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Seward County Community College will host a come and go holiday brunch from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9, 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 hold two concerts this fall to close the fall 2007 semester.
The formal concert, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, will feature the Singing Saints Concert Choir, the SCCC Wind Ensemble and the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Choir.
The Pops Concert, featuring the Singing Saints Concert Choir and individual solos, will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3.
Due to limited seating, call 620-417-1451 for tickets. Tickets are $2.
With eight seconds on the clock and the score tied 56-56, Seward County Community College freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain drove the length of the floor and made a hanging jump shot in the lane as time expired to give the Saints their fifth win in seven days. Seward County knocked off North Lake College, 58-56, on Saturday afternoon in dramatic fashion when Chamberlain hit the game winner in SCCC’s final game at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic at the Beaver Dome in Pratt. It has been a busy slate for the Saints who last weekend posted two victories at the Pizza Hut Classic in Liberal, before traveling to Wichita on Tuesday to collect a non-conference win over Friends University J.V. (64-50), and then earned two victories against Neosho County (83-64) and North Lake at the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic. Seward County improves to 9-1 overall this season and North Lake falls to 3-5 overall.

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For the second consecutive day, the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team defeated a top 10 NJCAA nationally-ranked opponent by knocking off No. 6 Midland College, 73-65, on Saturday afternoon in the final day of the Garden City Community College Classic at the Perryman Center. On Friday afternoon, the Lady Saints defeated No. 9 Northeastern Colorado J.C. 63-55. SCCC sophomore Tegan Cunningham scored 27 points on 10-for-20 shooting from the field, and 6-of-8 at the free throw line and led all players with 12 rebounds to lead Seward County in the victory. The Lady Saints improve to 6-2 overall this season and the Midland Lady Chaps fall to 9-2 overall this season.

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KSCB will be broadcasting Saturday’s (Nov. 24) Seward County Community College women’s basketball game against No. 3 Midland College, with pre-game starting at 1:45 p.m.

You can listen to the game locally by tuning into 1270 AM. Or you can listen to the game live on the internet by going to www.kscb.net and clicking on KSCB LIVE.

Brock Kappelmann will be providing the play-by-play action.
For the fourth straight weekend, the No. 1 ranked Seward County Community College women’s basketball team will be taking on top notch competition with games against undefeated Northeastern Colorado Junior College (8-0) and No. 3 nationally-ranked Midland College (8-1) at the Garden City Classic, Nov. 23-24, at the Perryman Center in Garden City. Seward County (4-2) is coming off a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College last Saturday at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. In both games last weekend, SCCC continued their rebounding dominance over their opponents with a 95-74 advantage. The Lady Saints have out-rebounded their opponents every game this season, and are averaging 47 rebounds per game.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team has started the season 6-1 overall and begins a three-game week today traveling to play Friends University J.V. at 7 p.m. in Wichita. The Saints will also compete this weekend in the Pratt Thanksgiving Classic against non-conference opponents Neosho County Community College (3-2) and North Lake College (3-3) at the Beaver Dome in Pratt, Kan. Last weekend the Saints dominated in two non-conference victories at the Green House against Trinidad State J.C. (84-34) and Clarendon College (101-85). Seward County is outscoring their opponents by an average of 28.4 points per game and has posted an 89.3 scoring average this season.

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Seward County Community College will close at 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 for the Thanksgiving holiday. Campus will reopen at 7:45 a.m., Monday, Nov. 26.
Three Seward County Community College men’s basketball players are among the reasons why the Saints are now 6-1 overall this season, as all three players had career-nights on Saturday evening in SCCC’s victory over Clarendon College at the Wendy’s Classic. Sophomore post Darko Cohadarevic grabbed a career-high 24 rebounds, freshman point guard Reggie Chamberlain scored a career-best 25 points, and freshman Bruno Mendes scored a career-high 24 points in the Saints 101-85 victory against Clarendon at the Green House in Liberal. Seward County also shot a season-high 85 percent (39-for-46) from the charity stripe in their fifth straight home victory this season. The Saints handed Clarendon its first loss this season, as the Bulldogs are now 6-1 overall on the season.

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The Seward County Community College women’s basketball team jumped back into the win column on Saturday night with a 78-59 victory over Clarendon College, at the Green House in Liberal. In the final night of the Wendy’s Classic, Seward County held Clarendon to 25 percent shooting, while SCCC was led by four players who all scored in double-figures. The Lady Saints, who were defeated Friday night against No. 23 South Plains, never trailed in the contest and posted their largest lead, 64-36, midway through the second half. No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County improves to 4-2 overall and Clarendon falls to 4-3 this season.

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Seward County Community College men’s basketball head coach Bryan Zollinger is making a clear statement so far in his first year- the Saints are going to play pressure defense. Zollinger and the Saints cruised to an 84-34 victory on Friday night over Trinidad State Junior College on the opening night of the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. In the season opener, the Saints held Sterling College J.V. to 28 points, marking the lowest total ever for a Saints opponent. Tonight, Zollinger once again led the Saints while holding Trinidad State to the second lowest point total ever in the 39 year history of the SCCC men’s basketball program. Seward County improves to 5-1 overall this season and Trinidad State falls to 4-3 overall.

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In a match-up against two consistent junior college women’s basketball heavy weights, the No. 23 South Plains College Lady Texans knocked off No. 1 Seward County Community College, 69-54, Friday evening at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. South Plains also became the first non-conference opponent to defeat the Lady Saints in the Green House since 1991. SCCC sophomore Tegan Cunningham, and freshmen Kasia Gawor and Stephani Rhoten combined to score 47 of the Lady Saints’ 54 total points as the Lady Texans held Seward County to just 36 percent shooting (20-for-56) from the floor. Seward County falls to 3-2 overall this season and South Plains improves their season record to 4-2 overall.

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Seward County Community College will hold two concerts this fall to close the fall 2007 semester.
The formal concert, at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30, will feature the Singing Saints Concert Choir, the SCCC Wind Ensemble and the Oklahoma Panhandle State University Choir. Some of the vocal songs will include “Glory to God” from The Messiah, “Oh Holy Night,” “Russian Dance,” and “Jesus, Jesus Rest Your Head.” The concert choir from OPSU will make a cameo appearance and perform “Mary Did You Know, “ “Betelehemu” and “Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy” with the SCCC choir.
The Pops Concert, featuring the Singing Saints Concert Choir and individual solos, will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 3. Selections include “Rockin’ On a Christmas Eve, “ “Yule Be Rockin’,” “Santa’s Getting’ Sued,” “Run Rudy Run,” “An Old Fashioned Christmas” and “The Gift.”
Members of the Wind Ensemble who will be performing are “Bashana Haba” “‘Ah, Carol of the Bells/Greensleeves,” “The Child and the Kings,” “Rise Up Shepherd” and “Angels From the Realms of Glory” are Tiffany Bowen and Loren Dillon, Hooker, Okla.; Lacy Garcia, Lakin; Diana Askew and Ciara Greenwood, Hugoton; Jacob Hampton and Derek Bridenstine, Turpin, Okla.; Okoya James, Jacob Day, Trina Fosdick, Ty Pittser, Lydia Augustine, all of Liberal; Elisa Labra, Plains; and Carina Diaz de Leon, Hayne.
Choir members are Ben Allen, Cherie Carter, Angie Chacon, Carina Diaz de Leon, Jimmy Ortiz, Cara Wright, Dennis Owens, Sergio Padilla, Jasmin Ramirez, Jacob Riggs, Adam Semisch, Kayla Wright, Rosendo Armendariz, Monica Kerbo, Marilyn Zamora, Wesley Clark, Virginia Grant , Trina Fosdick, Melissa Sabillon, Sandra Nash, all of Liberal; Rachel McDonald, Tyler Robinson, Courtney Sander, Angela Wesley, Cara Wright and Derek Bridenstine, all of Turpin, Okla.; Ciara Greenwood, Chelsea Lackey and Olian Thompson, all of Hugoton; Christina Canterbury, Tyrone, Okla.; Marisa Chavez, Beaver, Okla.; Isaac Fuentes, Sublette; Trisha Keahey, Meade; Pam Pierce, Satanta; Rene Thomas, Bartlesville, Okla.; Jennifer Widener, Rolla; Tammy Armendariz, Lubbock, Texas; Jenica Moore, Moscow; Victoria Jacob, Topeka.
Due to limited seating, call 620-417-1451 for tickets. Tickets are $2.
The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team will welcome Trinidad State College and Clarendon College to the Green House for competition this weekend at the Wendy’s Classic in Liberal. The Saints will play host to Trinidad State on Friday night and Clarendon College on Saturday, with both games starting at 8 p.m. Seward is coming off a 1-1 performance last weekend at the Hutchinson Classic, where they picked up a win against Northern Oklahoma College- Enid (77-71) and were defeated by Seminole State College (60-70) in their only loss this season. SCCC first year head coach Bryan Zollinger’s squad is out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 10 boards per game, and the Saints are averaging just 14.8 turnovers per contest, compared to their opponents 24 turnovers per game.

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Seward County Community College sophomore All-American Tegan Cunningham signed an official National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) letter of intent on Wednesday with Oklahoma State University for the 2008-2009 year. Cunningham held a press conference in the All-American room on the campus of SCCC to announce her official decision where she would continue her academic and basketball career. Cunningham signs with the Cowgirls who are located in Stillwater, Okla., and competes in the Big 12 Conference.

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By Lacy Adams, SCCC student
With her obvious Minne-soh-ta accent drifting down the hall, it’s not hard to spot a fresh face working as the new dean at Seward County Community College this year: Celeste Donovan. With her kind eyes and warm smile one can sense that she will bring positive vibes to the college and work to do what is best in the interest of the college.
She said she is excited about her new position because “I get to hang out with the students and help them figure out what they want to do with their lives. I wake up feeling lucky that I enjoy going to work and feeling great about my job. The best feeling you can have is rising from your comfortable, warm bed and feeling genuinely good about your day’s work ahead of you.”
As dean of student services, Donovan will oversee student housing, admissions, financial aid, counseling, student records and registration and student activities.
All activities within those divisions are her primary responsibilities and she assists with all aspects of SCCC operations as a member of the administrative team, said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president. She provides reports to the Board of Trustees, assists with various committees, provides recommendations for policy and procedures, and represents SCCC to the public and serves on professional committees. She is accessible to students for discussion of issues related to any of the divisions within her supervision as well as providing assistance in the absence of another administrator.
Donovan grew up in a smaller community so she understands what it means to be successful and productive. She believes in the mission of community colleges. She relates to and is more familiar with an enclosed, smaller setting. By the end of the year, what she wants from the students is for them to feel comfortable enough with her to drop by her office and see her about anything they feel they need to discuss. That’s what she hopes for and hopefully what she’ll receive.
She grew up in Menno, SD, in a community of 800 people. She was involved in track and basketball. She attended South Dakota University, which was a large school for her; she really had wanted a smaller community and atmosphere similar to a high school-like experience. She was on the Ladies Field Hockey Team and received her Bachelor’s of Science Degree. She also went to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she earned her Master’s of Science in 1986. In college her favorite courses were Psychology, Genetics, Abnormal Psychology, Team Building and Student Leadership activities.
Her father has always been a strong role model for her because he gave her many of her strong traits. He also gave her a love for music since he was a band director. She says that “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” sung by Judy Garland is one of her favorites. She lived on an Indian Reservation with her father and he also taught her how to acknowledge people’s strengths not their weaknesses.
Throughout college she worked at the Jefferson County Community Center as a Job Placement and Transitional Employment Specialist where she taught people with learning disabilities about how to find the right job and develop the right skills. She worked as a Career Vocational Placement Specialist at the Community College of Denver as well. She began a program that helped students with learning disabilities with their career choices and educated the others in her work force about the mentally disabled so that they could help as well.
Before coming to Seward County Community College she was the Dean of Students at Mesabi Range Community and Technical College in Minnesota. She worked with financial aid, athletics, student support services, counseling, disability services, student senate and housing.
Outside of SCCC she enjoys playing the guitar, Dixie Chicks songs mostly, hanging out in the backyard with her husband, taking relaxing walks and occasionally jogging and camping. She met her husband, Kevin Donovan, while she was working as a director in counseling and career services at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Rangely, Colo. She worked with students on team building, ethical decision-making and was the supervisor of 29 academic advisors.
Donovan said she doesn’t tend to jog as much as she used to but did finish in the top 100 women in the Pittsburgh Marathon.
Donovan thinks of herself as a “crazy” and a compassionate person and Seward County Community College should be proud to have her. She wants nothing more than for the students to feel at home, to feel comfortable and to develop a passion to succeed.
The college will benefit through her enthusiasm about student success, her experience at community colleges, her desire to have open communication with her staff, her creativity and ideas of how to continue to improve our college, and her genuine positive attitude about education and students, Dunn said.
“I knew from our first telephone conversation that I wanted to have her visit SCCC for an interview, and that was based on her positive outlook about the importance of strong student support services. After the interview I was sure that she would bring strong leadership, open communication, and creative ideas to help students.”
USD 480 has notified Seward County Community College of its intent to create an independent technical college. The two institutions have held discussions for over a year to consider merging Southwest Kansas Technical School, which is presently governed by USD 480, with the college.
Most recently, USD 480 declined SCCC’s offer to have a meeting with both boards to discuss the merger.
Legislation from the 2007 legislative session required technical schools to merge with another institution, become independent technical colleges or discontinue adult education programs. At the time, USD 480 and the college had agreed that a merger was the best option for the college and the community; however, a merger agreement was not finalized.
Trustees from the three community colleges of Southwest Kansas gathered Monday night in Dodge City to focus on issues ranging from state governance for technical education to shared programs and the potential for greater cooperation.
Their discussion also addressed funding for deferred campus maintenance, reductions in out-of-district tuition and fair distribution of state funds for higher education.
The gathering took place on the Dodge City Community College campus, drawing presidents and other administrative personnel from the host institution, as well as Liberal-based Seward County Community College and Garden City Community College.
Dr. Richard Burke, DCCC president, opened the session with a reference to the Dodge City-Garden City-Liberal area as the “golden triangle.”

DEFERRED MAINTENANCE
The discussion on deferred maintenance centered on recent state legislation that allows 60 percent tax credits designed to spur private donors to contribute funds to any of the 19 Kansas community colleges. Donated funds, Burke explained, may be used to upgrade and repair most campus facilities, with the exception of housing and athletic structures.
Parallel legislation also gives community colleges the option of taking out interest-free loans, over periods of up to eight years, to address deferred maintenance.
In addition, donations received under the tax credit option may be used for loan repayment, Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, pointed out.
Kansas Senator Tim Huelskamp, also attending, advised the colleges to act quickly, saying the state’s universities, which have a different tax credit program, may take a different approach during the first two years it operates. The initial year will start July 1, 2008, and actually run just six months, with credits of up to $79,000 available. Larger amounts will be offered in future full-length years.
Dr. Carol Ballantyne, GCCC president, said she was pleased to learn that earlier restrictions had been eased on the use of the donation and loan funds, apparently making street and parking lot repairs eligible.
Jo Ann Sharp, who chairs the SCCC board, asked whether the credits are available to individuals only, or also to financial and other institutions. While learning that any such donors may contribute, she suggested focusing on individual donors, noting that they may be more likely to take ownership in the welfare of their local colleges.

TECHNICAL EDUCATION GOVERNANCE
Turning to governance of technical education, the three elected boards noted that Kansas had recently created the Technical Education Authority to guide the state’s five technical colleges and five vocational-technical schools. The authority, Burke noted, grew out of an initially formed technical education commission.
Creation of the commission came in response to requests by the technical colleges and schools, even though the 10 combined institutions provide only 23 to 25 percent of the technical education in the state. The other 75 to 77 percent is provided by the community colleges, including SCCC, DCCC and GCCC.
The Technical Education Authority now reports through a vice president to the executive director of the Kansas Board of Regents, and Burke credited the authority’s creation and growing status to political pressure from the Wichita area.
College personnel expressed concern about the organization, and Dunn said the community college presidents share the challenge of defining technical education at the state level, as well as educating and informing the commission and authority about the scope and breadth of technical education. He stressed that the heading covers an extensive series of learning services, ranging from welding to nursing and beyond, and noted that the definition should not be limited to industrial-related training.
Others in the group suggested part of that mission might be accomplished by getting authority and commission members onto the community college campuses to see programs first-hand.

OUT-OF-DISTRICT TUITION
Though not a new challenge, the group reviewed the status of out-of-district tuition too.
Out-of-district tuition, originally pegged at $24 per college credit hour, was once paid to each community college by the home county of any student who attended one of the 19 schools.
When the community colleges, which are primarily funded by property taxes in the counties where they’re located, became part of the Kansas Board of Regents under Senate Bill 345, the state began to gradually ratchet down the financial responsibility of the non-community college counties. Today, rather than $24 per credit hour paid by individual counties for non-resident students, the community colleges receive just $6 per credit hour, as part of state aid appropriations rather than from each county.
While no legislative remedies appear likely, Ballantyne asked whether DCCC, SCCC and GCCC should consider charging higher tuition for students from outside the home counties of the three schools. Neither GCCC nor SCCC is presently doing so, though DCCC has initiated such a policy.
The focus on the tuition issue led into consideration of ideas for revising the state formula for general budget aid to the 19 institutions.
Presently, state allocations are based on enrollment, and Dunn asked whether that arrangement is fair to community colleges serving areas with declining populations.
Burke, turning to Huleskamp, said additional funding would help address the disparity and asked whether a statewide sales tax could be instituted to provide community college dollars. Floris Jean Hampton, a DCCC trustee and former Regent, said the sales tax concept had been suggested years ago but never gained political momentum.

SHARING EFFORTS IN HEALTH CARE
Ballantyne opened discussion on the topic of shared programs, classes and instructors, citing the need for more learning opportunities in heath care fields -- a need that Hampton echoed as critical.
The GCCC president noted that her college already offers paramedic training on the other campuses, while SCCC provides instruction in respiratory technology for students in Garden City and Dodge City. However, she stressed, the colleges should try to address other medical training needs and possibly involve Colby Community College and Barton County Community College of Great Bend in the process.
“We all have a need for allied health care education at every level,” Ballantyne said.
One suggestion emerging from the discussion was to share instructors for the didactic portion of each college’s nursing program, since all three face difficulties finding enough master’s degree registered nurses to teach. While national nursing accreditation standards require a 10-1 student teacher ratio for clinical learning, the ratio is less stringent for classroom instructional components.
Dunn said the three Southwest Kansas schools and their partners in the EduKan online associate degree consortium already serve as a national model in sharing faculty personnel, and suggested similar principles might be applied in health care education. The other partners are CCC, BCCC and Pratt Community College.
He added, however, that national nursing accrediting agencies might balk at the sharing of nursing faculty personnel through a consortium arrangement.

SERVING THOSE IN NEED
The session opened with testimonials from two DCCC students about the value of their community college experiences, and closed with an unscheduled discussion about education for low-income, immigrant and Hispanic students.
“We need to work together in addressing poverty and the needs of these students,” Ballantyne said. Dunn agreed, noting that the number of first-generation students – those with no family experience in higher education – is rising across Southwest Kansas.
The Garden City president suggested all three colleges work more closely with the region’s high schools to help Hispanic and other immigrant families attain educational success. She added that the Kansas law allowing immigrant students to pay in-state college tuition serves as a powerful benefit, but still excludes some. Students quality if they show intention to gain citizenship, attend a Kansas high school at least three years, and earn a diploma or GED.
One challenge, Dunn noted, is that some students qualify for in-state tuition under the law, but still can’t receive federal financial aid.
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By Lacy Adams, SCCC Student
Dorothy, who is a well-known celebrity in Liberal, Kansas, continues to get the attention she deserves in a poem written by Bill McGlothing, a creative writing instructor at Seward County Community College. McGlothing’s poem, “The House of Twenty Dorothys” was recently published in Pittsburg State University’s the Midwest Quarterly, Summer 2007 Kansas Poetry Issue.
McGlothing, who has taught at SCCC for 10 years, said the motivation and inspiration for this poem was simply the pressure of feeling like a student in his own creative writing class.
Every year he has an exercise for the students in which he asks the students to write down random verbs, adjectives and nouns. These words are the only materials they must use to write a poem. This time, he chose to act as the student and asked his students to create a list of words for him to use in a poem. He became the student in his own class with pressure to meet the deadline for the assignment. Since he has lived in Liberal he has learned a lot about Dorothy’s House so he said the ideas began to flow from there. He thought that it was so interesting that the Dorothys working at the popular tourist site were required to pass tests and make their own outfits. They have 20 Dorothys at any given time. He used his knowledge of Dorothy’s House to write his poem.
Part of the poem reads:

The world comes to Dorothy’s House in Liberal, Kansas,
where twenty Dorothys vie to welcome all
to Oz. They stand tall, trained and tested, combat-ready,
each checkered dress inspection-crisp,
their ruby slippers, made themselves, click nervously,
await the day’s release, the squeal of squirmy children
from the lots, the coming of the pilgrims to the shrine.

“I’m a writing teacher,” he said. “That’s my job. Writing poetry has taken a backseat.” He said he focuses on teaching students more about creative writing and enjoys watching them grow and learn. Occasionally he brings his creative side out of the closet. Two summers ago at the Baker Arts Center he recited some of his poetry. Any kind of music gives McGlothing the ideas and inspiration he needs to be creative. He really writes only for himself and does not crave the spotlight or publicity for his poems.
His love of poetry and reading began at a young age. At 9, he started with Ray Bradbury stories and has continued to have his nose in a book ever since. He hardly ever saw his father read a book when he was young and his mother did not have the time until she was older. She was constantly asking her son for more recommendations of books. His initially inspiration for writing poetry came in high school when his best friend, who just happened to be a “jock,” wrote a few poems. “I said to myself well, if he can do it than I can do it. It was honestly pure, juvenile male motivation that started it.”
McGlothing received a Bachelor’s degree from Luther College, Decorah, Iowa, majoring in English and German. He has master’s degree from the University of Oregon where he majored in English. He has taught for a total of 31 years and began as a graduate student at the University of New Mexico on a Navaho Reservation. While he was busy building adobe walls in Albuquerque he was asked to teach an English composition class to students of all ages and by the time he was done, had taught at every reservation in the state.
It was at a convention where he met fellow Seward County Community College English instructors, Dale Doll and Ann Judd, who told him of the opening at SCCC.
McGlothing met his wife, Janice, while she was a nontraditional student in his English class at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas. He credits her for being a better writer than he is.
McGlothing said he loves to ride the country roads on his mountain bike. “I like to ride my butt off on my bike on the country roads and go 15-20 miles in a trip. I’ve composed poems, figured out problems with students and unwound after a long week while riding on my bike.” He enjoys clearing his mind and riding by himself but has occasionally gone on trips with Dr. John Loucks, Humanities Division chair at SCCC. He also spent seven weeks in Israel on an archaeological dig and is astounding at the change that has taken place since he was there in 1970. At the time, he felt so safe there before the suicide bombers. He could safely hike or walk wherever he wanted. Photography is also something that gives him pleasure and helps develop ideas for his poetry.
McGlothing has lived in larger cities throughout his life including Albuquerque and Denver, but now prefers only to visit them. He enjoys teaching students at SCCC and enjoys the peace of Liberal. The hometown of Dorothy’s House with its twenty Dorothys is where he’s happy to be.
Seward County Community College women’s basketball players Tegan Cunningham and Kasia Gawor are expected to sign National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) letters of intent on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 11 a.m. in the SCCC All-American Room. Cunningham is expected to sign with NCAA Division I Oklahoma State University and Gawor is expected to sign with NCAA D-I University of Texas El-Paso. Wednesday is the first official day that NCAA four-year programs can have potential student-athletes sign a letter of intent. The SCCC women’s basketball program will hold a press conference for all media, SCCC fans and Boosters to attend.
Seward County Community College head baseball coach Galen McSpadden has announced the Saints’ 2008 spring baseball schedule. Seward County’s schedule is highlighted by 15 home dates, which includes 30 games that will be played at Brent Gould Field on the campus of SCCC. The Saints will open their season on Friday, Feb. 15 at home against Western Nebraska Community College for a doubleheader. SCCC will continue the opening weekend home-stand with a four-game series against Northeastern Colorado Junior College on Feb. 16-17. McSpadden, the 27th year head coach of the Saints, led Seward County to their 11th Jayhawk West Conference title under his direction last season with a 23-9 conference mark and 36-22 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team lost its first game of the 2007-2008 regular season on Saturday with a 70-60 loss against Seminole State College, who last season finished fifth at the NJCAA Tournament, on the final day at the Grand Prairie Classic in Hutchinson, Kan. The Saints never led during the game and allowed the Trojans to shoot 48 percent (26-for-54) from the field. Seminole (3-1 overall), picked up its first victory of the weekend after falling 81-59 against host school Hutchinson Community College on Friday night. Seward County drops to 4-1 overall, despite out-rebounding Seminole State 40-33.

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A day after the Seward County Community College women’s basketball team had their 45 game non-conference winning streak snapped, the Lady Saints picked up a 59-56 victory over Eastern Oklahoma State College in the final day at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. Seward County was given a scare after trailing by eight points (32-40) with 11:35 left to play. The game was tied (53-53) at the 1:26 mark when freshman Bailey Crandall hit a 3-point basket, the final field goal for Seward County, to put the Lady Saints ahead for good. The victory improves No. 1 Seward County to 3-1 overall and Eastern Oklahoma falls to 2-3 overall this season.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team defeated Northern Oklahoma College-Enid, 77-71, on Friday afternoon on the first day at the Grand Prairie Classic in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. Seward County trailed the opening 29 minutes of the game, and started the contest down 0-9, before outscoring Northern Oklahoma-Enid 43-33 in the second-half. It was the first time this season that Seward County had trailed into the second period, and were down by as many as 10 points on two occasions. The Saints’ comeback on Friday improves their overall record to a perfect 4-0 this season. Northern Oklahoma-Enid, who defeated Dodge City C.C. last weekend, is now 3-1 overall this season.

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The No. 1 nationally-ranked Seward County Community College women’s basketball team was defeated 71-68 by No. 22 Coffeyville Community College on Friday afternoon at the Barton County Classic in Great Bend, Kan. It was a rematch of the Region VI Tournament championship game a year ago, but this time it was the Lady Red Ravens who claimed the victory. The loss snaps Seward County’s 45 game non-conference winning streak. The last non-conference loss for the Lady Saints’ program came against College of Eastern Utah, 79-71, on December 29, 2003 in Las Vegas. Seward County falls to 2-1 overall this season and Coffeyville improves to 2-1 overall.

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For the eighth consecutive year, the Seward County Community College women’s tennis team has received a Top 20 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) pre-season ranking. The Lady Saints have been picked No. 17 by the ITA in the pre-season poll, following a 14th place finish at the 2007 NJCAA National Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Seward County also had a doubles pair ranked in the Top 65 as sophomore Erica Herrera and Sanela Dejanovic were tabbed No. 43 in the nation. Lady Saints head coach Darin Workman has guided Seward County to back-to-back appearances at the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time in the program’s history.

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The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17 in the art room of the Shank Humanities Building 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 Friday, No. 16 at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu.
After placing 10th at the National Junior College Athletic Association National Tennis Tournament last spring, the Saints men’s tennis team has once again been ranked among the best junior college tennis programs in the nation. The Saints are ranked No. 8 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association pre-season poll that was released last week. In 2007, the Saints made their second ever appearance at the national tournament with all six players returning to the program for the 2007-2008 season. The pre-season poll also ranked four Saints’ singles players in the Top 75 players in the nation.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference and NJCAA officials have announced the Division I All-Region VI volleyball team. Seward County Community College was represented with three players being named to the All-Region VI first and second team. Freshmen outside hitters Dan Yang and Jelena Simic were both named First Team All-Region VI and sophomore setter Alex Droogsma is a two-time selection on the Second Team. Seward County, Hutchinson C.C. and Barton County C.C. dominated the All-Region VI selections with 12 of the 14 selections coming from within their programs. The Lady Saints’ program has now had 33 All-Region VI selections since 1987, including 19 First Team picks.

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NEWS RELEASE
Seward County Community College
PO Box 1137 Liberal, KS 67905-1137 620-629-2687
DATE: Nov. 5, 2007
For more information, contact Andy Yoxall, andrea.yoxall@sccc.edu

The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard reports on a variety of programs including journalism, agriculture, business & industry and EduKan.
Anita Reed, journalism instructor, introduced the Crusader newspaper staff who had just returned from the National Collegiate Media Convention in Washington DC. The Crusader placed second for overall newspaper and second in special addition for the “Survival guide,” which they published at the beginning of the year.
The board accepted a review update for both the agricultural program and Business & Industry.
Two of the main goals of the agricultural program are enrollment increase and student retention. In addition, the department continues to build relationships with emerging area agribusinesses, including the areas of dairy, cotton, ethanol and biodiesel, said Evan Winchester, coordinator.
The newest change to the program is the addition of online classes.
Through Business & Industry the college is currently working with Pratt Community College on a Department of Labor grant proposal that includes a Gas Compressor Mechanic/Technician and Process Technology Technician program.
In addition, B&I is using a mobile computer lab for area training, and continues to offer a variety of short courses including a concealed carry course, a ropes course for Kids College, an allied health job fair and a WorkKeys assessment testing program.
EduKan, SCCC’s online consortium with five other western Kansas community colleges, continues to grow, most recently by 15 percent. Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, told the board that EduKan’s tuition will increase to $125 per credit hour beginning with the spring 2008 semester. Each year, SCCC along with the other member colleges, receives a dividend from the continued growth of the consortium.
Despite the overall increase, issues regarding Barton County Community College’s participation in EduKan are being evaluated by the other member colleges including Pratt, Colby, Garden City and Dodge City.
Although EduKan offices have been on the Barton County campus since the inception of EduKan, the offices will be removed by the end of this year. EduKan has created a special committee, including Tom Williams, SCCC dean of administrative services, to evaluate the current consortium agreement and recommend modifications to the operation of EduKan.
Dunn also told the board that the college can participate in a state bond program beginning in 2008 for facility improvements. Although the bonds will not be available until July 2008, the college can submit an application for those funds beginning in December, and use its general operational budget to cover the cost of the project until the bond money is released. The college can reapply each year with a new series of projects.
These bonds are interest-free and will allow the college to proceed on a variety of projects. The administration presented the board with a number of projects that each member is to prioritize and submit to Dunn this week.
Presently, the cap per institution over the next six years is $15 million, with an eight-year pay back.
The college received peer feedback on its AQIP accreditation projects. The IMPACT committee, which oversees the marketing portion of the AQIP projects, was recognized for the techniques it has used to collect information across campus.
The college received a safety group dividend from EMC in the amount of $16,578, said Williams. He also told the board the college is now using a check-scanning device that will immediately make a copy of the check and return the original check to the individual as part of the Check 21 compliance.
The Board approved a proposed agreement for consolidation of Southwest Kansas Technical School and directed President Dunn to provide that agreement to USD 480 Superintendent Vernon Welch. Additionally, Dunn was asked to request a meeting with the USD 480 Board of Education to review the proposed agreement.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, said the college welcomed over 1,200 students who participated in Trick or Treat Street and the haunted hay ride this year.
In other action, the board
1. recognized members of the Professional Employees Association and recognized Evan Winchester and Dale Doll as representatives to the PEA Professional Welfare Committee;
2. established section 800 on Education Requirements to the Board of Trustees Policy Manual, adopted 801 regarding Degree Requirements;
3. deleted Board Policy 421 regarding College Orientation and added this portion to Policy 801 in the Education Requirements section;
4. approved changes to board policy 604 regarding Compensation Policies for Continuing Education.
This Friday and Saturday, drama students will present the play “The Ten Rules of Internet Dating” at 7:30 p.m., in the college theater.
International student recognition will be at 12:15 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the student union. The college will recognize international students on campus and those from the Colvin Adult Learning Center. The college will also participate in the countywide International Fair at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17.
The college will host a web cast from 8-9:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the SCCC Theater showing “One Survivor Remembers, an evening with Gerda Weissmann Klein,” detailing her life surviving the Holocaust.
The Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest is Nov. 16-17, and Winchester invited the board to participate.
The formal concert will be at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 30 and the pops concert at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 3.
The next board meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 4


Seward County Community College will present “One Survivor Remembers: An Evening with Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein” at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the showcase theater. This will be a live web broadcast presentation of Klein as she discusses information related to her experience as a survivor of the Nazi holocaust. The presentation, hosted by MAGPI K20, is free to the public. Klien received an Oscar award from the Academy of Motion Pictures for a documentary based on her life,.
MAGPI K20 describes Klein’s life as one of bravery, determination, and strength. “In 1939, 15-year-old Gerda Weissmann Klein’s life would change forever as German troops invaded her home in Beilsko, Poland. This day would be forever ingrained in her memory, as it was the last time she would ever see her family. Never losing hope, Klein would spend the next three years in a succession of slave-labor camps, until she was forced to walk in a 350-mile death march in which 2,000 women were subjected to exposure, starvation, and arbitrary execution. Despite such atrocities, Klein never lost the will to survive. Klein’s account of living through the Holocaust is documented in her classic autobiography, All But My Life, in print for 46 years in 57 editions. It was the foundation for the Oscar Winning HBO Documentary One Survivor Remembers.”
SCCC is pleased to make this program available to the public as part of the International Education Week activities. Program participants may have the ability to submit questions to Klein during the presentation. For additional information, visit the MAGP K20 website at http://www.magpi.net/programs/.
The No. 3 seeded Seward County Community College volleyball team finished their season on Monday with a four game match loss to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 30-27, 18-30, 17-30, 17-30 in the losers brackets final at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament in Hutchinson, Kan., at the Sports Arena. The Lady Saints started the match winning the first game, but were dominated in the following three games in their fourth loss to the Lady Blue Dragons this season. Hutchinson (26-15), the defending three-time Region VI champion, advanced to the Region VI Championship match and lost to No. 1 seed Barton County C.C. on Monday evening. Barton County will represent the Region VI at the NJCAA National Tournament, Nov. 15-17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The Lady Saints finish their season with a 30-15 overall record. Seward County’s 30 victories rank 10th all-time in Seward County history for most wins in a single-season.

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The Seward County Community College volleyball team went 1-1 on Sunday and advanced to the final day of competition at the NJCAA Division I Region VI Tournament at the Hutchinson Sports Arena in Hutchinson, Kan. The No. 3 tournament seeded Lady Saints fell in their first match to No. 2 seed Hutchinson Community College 23-30, 28-30, 28-30, before fighting off elimination against No. 4 seed Garden City, with a come-from-behind victory 30-19, 28-30, 19-30, 30-25, 15-6. The Lady Saints (30-14) will again take on Hutchinson (25-16), who later lost to Barton County, on Monday afternoon at 3 p.m., with the winner facing No. 1 seed Barton County (36-7) in the Region VI Tournament championship match at 5 p.m. If the loser’s bracket winner (Hutchinson/Seward County) defeats Barton County in the first championship match, an “if needed” match will immediately follow.

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In only her second game played at the junior college level, Seward County Community College freshman Stephani Rhoten put her name amongst some of the best players to ever play women’s basketball at Seward County. Rhoten led the Lady Saints with 38 points in an 89-68 victory over Carl Albert State College on Saturday night, during Seward County’s final game at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. Rhoten’s 38 points rank her second all-time in Lady Saints’ history for most points scored in a single-game, and she also tied the all-time Seward County record for most 3-pointers in a game with eight. The No. 1 NJCAA nationally-ranked Lady Saints improve to 2-0 this overall this season, and the win gives the Seward County program its 45 consecutive non-conference victory.

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The match-up had many thinking it was the middle of the Jayhawk West regular season, but the calendar reminded us it was just the first weekend of the basketball season. The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team knocked off Garden City Community College 77-63, in a non-conference match-up at the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. Seward County led the Broncbusters for the final 33 minutes of the game and were ahead by as many as 21 points in the second-half (64-43). The Saints earned their third straight victory to open the season under first year head coach Bryan Zollinger, while Garden City drops to 2-1 with the non-conference loss at the Green House.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team improved to 2-0 overall this season with a 111-75 victory over Carl Albert State College on Friday night at the Green House, in non-conference Pepsi Classic competition. Last night, it was the Saints’ defense that made headlines holding Sterling College J.V. to a SCCC all-time opponents scoring low of 28 total points. Tonight, it was the Saints’ offense that couldn’t be contained as they shot 56 percent from the field (41-for-73), 43 percent from 3-point range (12-for-28) and 74 percent from the free throw line (17-for-23). Seward County has now scored over 110 points in both games this season and has forced a total of 66 turnovers.

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As soon as the Seward County Community College women’s basketball 2007-2008 schedule was announced, one specific date stood out more than any other- November 2 vs. Odessa College. It was the date the Lady Saints opened their season and it was against the team that Seward County faced in the NJCAA National Tournament semifinals last season. This time around it was the No. 1 nationally-ranked Lady Saints who came out on top with a convincing 76-64 victory over the defending national champion Odessa Lady Wranglers (0-1). Seward County (1-0) opened its season playing in front of a packed Green House during the Friday edition of the Pepsi Classic in Liberal. The victory also improves Seward County’s non-conference winning streak to 44 games, dating back to 2003.

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The Seward County Community College men’s basketball team played its 1,126th game in its 39th season on Thursday night. And what a night it was as Bryan Zollinger coached his first game as head coach for the Saints defeating Sterling College J.V. 115-28 at the Green House, breaking the all-time Seward County record for lowest point total for an opposing team in single-game history. The Saints opened their season breaking a record that was previously set when Seward County opened the 1997-1998 season with a 123-35 victory over Wayland Baptist J.V. in Liberal. Tonight’s contest ranks second all-time in SCCC history, just behind the win over Wayland Baptist, for the largest margin of victory with the 87 point differential.

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