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Texhoma students won the junior open class at the District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members are Layton Berry, Brandon Burdge, Randall Pugh and Patton Pugh.

Texhoma students won the senior open class at the District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members are Ashley Harrison, instructor; Nick James, Cody James, Brittany Beattie and Savannah Pugh.

The Satanta Future Farmers of America Team won the Southwest District FFA contest on the Seward County Community College campus recently. Team members were Kendal Clawson, Kurtis Clawson and Kyla Clawson. SCCC Block and Bridle students helped with the event.



The Saints Bookstore and Phi Theta Kappa have joined forces at Seward County Community College to bring more trees to the campus – and more money to students.
To celebrate the end of the 2008 academic year, the bookstore will add points to the Spring Celebration fund for every textbook that students sell back. At the close of the term, the bookstore will total these points and translate those points to dollars to purchase trees for campus.
“We recognize the commitment that students at Seward County Community College have to the environment,” said Jerri Lynn Lyddon, director. “With this event, we can help translate that commitment to actual plantings. Current students are paid for selling their books to the bookstore – and students next semester can save money buying these books for their classes.”
The Saints Bookstore plans to total the points and determine how many new trees the student book sales have generated on May 16. The college will then plant trees within a few weeks to welcome students back to campus.
“We are proud of our partnership with PTK and Seward County Community College,” Lyddon said. “We are excited to help bring more trees to the campus.”
The public is invited to a day of fun and food Sunday, April 27 when Seward County Community College celebrates the end of National Community College Month with a Spring Fiesta.
The day kicks off with a 1 p.m., Saints Baseball game at Brent Gould Field at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. Carnival games, food, music, campus tours and prizes will begin at 2 p.m. at the center of campus and it’s all free. The public can participate in the many activities from 2-5 p.m.
Students who are members of the Seward County Community College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise are, back row from left, Heather Zerr, Savannah Salley, Joe Walter, Collin Fisher, Olian Thompson, Derek Bennett, Alex Almanza, Billie Adkison, Quinton Bartel; and front row, Lisa Garcia, Amber Bond, Jazmin Hernandez, Clarissa Arteaga, Yessenia Pacheco, Ana Dominiguez and Vicky Galan.
Students who are members of the Seward County Community College chapter of Students in Free Enterprise are, back row from left, Heather Zerr, Savannah Salley, Joe Walter, Collin Fisher, Olian Thompson, Derek Bennett, Alex Almanza, Billie Adkison, Quinton Bartel; and front row, Lisa Garcia, Amber Bond, Jazmin Hernandez, Clarissa Arteaga, Yessenia Pacheco, Ana Dominiguez and Vicky Galan.)<%
)()%>The Seward County Community College Students in Free Enterprise team won the 2008 Regional Competition in Seattle, Washington, competing only against university teams. The team will compete at nationals in Chicago in May.
Team members included Joe Walter and Quinton Bartel, bothof Turpin, Okla.; Clarissa Arteaga of Tyrone, Okla.; Heather Zerr of Ulysses; and Johnette Schwab, Jazmin Hernandez, Olian Thompson, Collin Fisher, Amber Bond, Savannah Salley, Vicky Galan, Alex Almanza and Yessenia Pacheco, all of Liberal.
For the regional competition, the SCCC team presented both an oral PowerPoint presentation and a written annual report of its projects to 33 judges, who represented corporate officers and recruiters from many of the different SIFE corporate sponsors.
The SIFE team has embarked upon several new projects this year, said advisor Kim Thomas. Three of those projects were presented to our judges along with two continuing projects. The first of the three newly implemented projects included Entrepreneurship Workshops, which were conducted with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. The workshops included PowerPoint presentations on how to build a business plan, the first financial year and taxes and creating chatter in the area of marketing. Each of these workshops was offered in both English and Spanish. In the second project, the SIFE team joined forces with the fair board to implement changes to our Seward County Five State Free fair. Students helped review, revamp and reorganize the fair. In addition, they sold fair board ads and booths. The last new project was a market economic venture. The team helped teach a small village in Haiti the fundamental concepts of market economics. We introduced them to a new form of irrigation, which allowed the community to put a community garden into place.
Other projects for the year were projects with sustainability because they were continuing projects. For the past four years the team has presented success skill workshops to the college’s Colvin Adult Learning Center. The presentations were presented in both English and Spanish to help accomplish the goal of training the students’ fundamental workforce skills. The seminars included how to dress for success, how to build a resumé and how to interview effectively.
“We were pleased with the attendance and the positive feedback we received,” Thomas said. “Next, we presented to Southwestern Heights high school students for the third consecutive year. Our presentation was an interactive business ethics seminar. Our business advisory board provided us with positive feedback concerning these seminars, which inspired us to continue them and also encouraged us to expand our audience. We have plans of expanding into other high schools with the project.”
Finally, the SIFE team places a lot of emphasis on sustaining its own growth. Students are fortunate to have book scholarships provided through the SCCC Development Foundation, which helps in recruiting. In addition, students participate in numerous campus recruiting activities.
The public is invited to two spring concerts this month on the Seward County Community College campus.
The Formal Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., April 26 in the SCCC Theater, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Singing Saints Concert Choir and cameo performances.
The Pops Concert is at 7:30 p.m., April 28 in the SCCC Theater, featuring Sound Express Show Choir and cameo performances.
Members of the Wind Ensemble are Lydia Augustine, Okoya James, Trina Fosdick, Ty Pittser, Carina Diaz de Leona and Jacob Day, all of Liberal; Tiffany Bowen and Loren Dillon, both of Hooker, Okla.; Lacy Garcia, Lakin; Elisa Labra, Plains; Derek Bridenstine and Jacob Hampton, both of Turpin, Okla.; and Diana Askew, Hugoton.
Choir students include Ben Allen, Hillary Brown, Cherie Carter, Angie Chacon, Carina Diaz de Leon, Victoria Jacob, Sergio Padilla, Jacob Riggs, Melissa Sabillon, Olian Thompson, Kayla Wright, Dennis Owens, Adam Semisch, Rosendo Armendariz, Monica Kerbo, Wesley Clark, Virginia Grant, Trina Fosdick, Jennifer Hataway, all of Liberal; Christina Canterbury, Tyrone, Okla.; Marisa Chavez, Beaver, Okla.; Ciara Greenwood, Chelsea Lackey, both of Hugoton; Trisha Keahey of Meade; Rachel McDonald, Courtney Sander, Cara Wright, Derek Bridenstine, all of Turpin; Pam Pierce, Satanta; Rene Thomas of Bartlesville, Okla.; Jimmy Ortiz, Ulysses; Tammy Wardlaw, Lubbock, Texas; Jenica Moore of Moscow. Featured soloists will be Brown, Diaz de Leon, Wardlaw, Bridenstine, Ortiz, Kerbo, Thomas and Fosdick.
Tickets are $2 per performance and may be purchased in advance in the SCCC Humanities Office, 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417- 1451.
SCCC students and courtesy card holders are free with an ID.
Money raised will go to the SCCC Development Foundation.
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As part of National Community College Month, Seward County Community College sponsored a counselor appreciation day recently. High School counselors are those individuals who help encourage students to continue their education beyond high school. Above, SCCC student Audra Binford explained her experiences as a student at SCCC.

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MacKenzie Farmer and Ryan Doll participate in Children’s Art Day at Seward County Community College in Liberal. MacKenzie is the daughter of Dustin and Jennifer Farmer and Ryan is the son of Dale and Tammy Doll, both of Liberal. Children work on different design projects with members of the SCCC Kylix Art Club.

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The Seward County Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa collected $1,400 recently from a Krispy Kreme fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Phi Theta Kappans, who are members of SCCC’s honor society, present a check to Lisa Nelson, area representative for the American Cancer Society.

Seward County Community College is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 27, in the SCCC Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.
In recognition of Office Professionals, the public is invited pick up a free carnation for an office assistant at the Saints Bookstore on the Seward County Community College campus, from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 23. A limited number of carnations will be available.
April is national community college month.
The Crusader student newspaper staff from Seward County Community College earned awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Wichita April 6-7. Pictured, front row, from left, Chelsi Valdez, Luke
Wempe, who was named Collegiate Journalist of the Year for two-year newspapers, Dacee Kentner. Back row, from left, adviser Anita Reed, editor Cayla Thomlinson, Mayra Valdez, and Jessica Lulf.

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The public is invited to two spring concerts this April on the Seward County Community College campus.
The Formal Concert will be at 7:30 p.m., April 26 in the SCCC Theater, featuring the Wind Ensemble, Singing Saints Concert Choir and cameo performances.
The Pops Concert is at 7:30 p.m., April 28 in the SCCC Theater, featuring Sound Express Show Choir and cameo performances.
Tickets are $2 per performance and may be purchased in advance in the SCCC Humanities Office, 1801 N. Kansas or by calling 620-417-1451.
SCCC students and courtesy card holders are free with an ID.
Money raised will go to the SCCC Development Foundation.

The Seward County Community College Nursing program has received official notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing of the licensure results for the 2007 graduates.
The SCCC Associate Degree Nursing program pass rate for first-time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) was 95.24 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 81.57 percent, and the national average pass rate was 78.64 percent.
For the third year in a row, the SCCC Practical Nursing program pass rate for first-time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) was 100 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 92.06 percent, and the national average pass rate was 84.28 percent. The SCCC Practical Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1979 and there have been 15 graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam (1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006, 2007).
“I am very proud of our graduates and the hard work necessary to achieve these results,” said Steve Hecox, director of Nursing at SCCC. “Our nursing faculty are very dedicated individuals who strive to provide the best learning experiences possible for the students. We certainly appreciate the support of the SCCC administration and Board of Trustees as well as the support provided by the employees of Southwest Medical Center, our medical community, and other clinical affiliates located in Liberal and in the surrounding communities.”
Other full-time nursing faculty include Nancy Bansemer, Sandra Brisendine, Veda King, Susan Ingland and Tracey Stuckey-Gardner.
For additional information about the Nursing program, contact Steve Hecox at steve.hecox@sccc.edu or call 620-417-1400.
Tickets are now available for the musical, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” that will be presented by the Seward County Community College Drama and Music departments at 7:30 p.m., April 17-18 in the SCCC Showcase Theater, Shank Humanities Building.
Frank Challis, director of theater, and Lori Geis, vocal music instructor, will direct this revised production based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz. The musical features the antics of the Peanuts gang in their everyday situations, and Schulz often uses both child and adult humor to convey his wit and wisdom. Some of the most remembered songs include the title song “The Kite,” “Little Know Facts,” “The Book Report,” “Happiness,” and Snoopy’s big production number of “Suppertime.”
Reserve your seats by calling 620-417-1451 or pick up tickets at SCCC Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal.
April is National Community College Month.
In celebration of Community College Month, Seward County Community College Wellness Center will open for a free tryout the week of April 6-12. Individuals may come to the center one time that week to check out the weight machines or the walking track.
The hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; or 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.
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Seward County Community College Students Josiah Cervantes and Sean Williams work with the new equipment in Human Physiology lab that measures blood pressure and electrocardiograms.

The Seward County Community College Nursing Department will host a conference on “Medical Errors/Documentation & Assessment/Management of Respiratory Disease, April 23-24 in SW229 C/D of the Student Activities Center on the SCCC campus.
Speakers for the conference are Terry Siek, chief nursing officer, Hays Medical Center, Hays, and Karen Hawes, Internal Medicine Associates, Manhattan. The conference will cover clear and concise documentation; legal ramifications of documentation and medical errors; changes in antibiotic use; alternate treatments to antibiotics; symptoms of influenza and pneumonia; high-risk populations; relationships between Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and tobacco use; symptoms of out-of-control asthma; and vaccinations for high risk populations.
The cost is $95 if postmarked by April 16 and $105 after April 16.
For more information, call 620-417-1401 or go by SCCC’s Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington.
The public is invited to a Cowboy Poetry Shindig featuring Ron Wilson of the Lazy T Ranch from 12:10-12:50 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, in the library at Seward County Community College, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Latte & biscotti will be served to the first 30 people.
Wilson was officially proclaimed “poet lariat” not laureate by former Gov. Bill Graves. He has performed at the Kansas Family Festival and various national and international meetings and has won several awards.
The shindig is co-sponsored by the SCCC Library and Liberal Memorial Library.
April is National Community College Month.