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Seward County Community College has begun its summer hours. The main campus will open from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Thursday. Campus is closed Friday.
The Wellness Center will open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday. The center is closed Saturday and Sunday.
The Cosmetology Building will open from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday. Call 620-417-1361 for appointments or to inquire about the program.
The Colvin Adult Learning Center is open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.-12 noon, Friday. Call 620-0417-1310 for program information.
Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer Red Cross swim lessons this summer at the college pool, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

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Seward County Community College head baseball coach Galen McSpadden joined junior college baseball immortality on Friday, May 23, as he was inducted into the NJCAA Baseball Hall of Fame at the annual JUCO World Series banquet at the Two Rivers Convention Center in Grand Junction, Colo. McSpadden was joined in the 27th induction class by Don Brown (former head coach of Redlands C.C.) and Perry Keith (head coach of Connors State). The three coaching legends join 80 current members in the exclusive hall of fame membership. McSpadden is the first individual from Seward County Community College to be inducted into the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

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The Seward County Community College baseball program has announced that four sophomores have signed official NCAA Division I letters of intent for the 2008-2009 year. Sophomores Tomas Cruz (Clemson University), Christian Kowalchuk (University of Arkansas), David Masters (Kansas State University) and Austin Roff (Lamar University) have all inked LOIs after leading the Saints to a 42-19 overall record and to a Jayhawk West Conference championship this past season. There have now been 53 Seward County baseball players that have signed with a NCAA D-I program since 2001.

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The Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference announced its Jayhawk West and Jayhawk East All-Conference selections, and Seward County Community College was well represented with nine players and their head coach receiving recognition. Sophomore right-handed pitcher Tomas Cruz was named the Jayhawk West Most Valuable Player, and head coach Galen McSpadden was selected the Jayhawk West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Saints to a 42-19 overall record and to the program’s seventh conference title in the last eight years. Cruz and sophomore catcher David Masters were both selected First Team All-Conference and First Team All-Region VI while sophomore shortstop Erik Hansen was tabbed First Team All-Conference.

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AGENDA
Special Board of Trustees
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
8:00 A.M.

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SCCC students perform recently during the Pops Concerts.

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Special Meeting of Board of Trustees
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
1:00 P.M.

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Seward County Community College’s Colvin Adult Learning Center will recognize its Kansas State High School Diploma graduates with a special ceremony at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in the college theater at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team was eliminated from the Region VI Tournament losing 9-7 to Kansas City Kansas Community College on Monday evening at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The Saints scored six runs in the second inning, but were held to one run the rest of the game as KCK left-handed pitcher Tyler Link pitched the final 7 2/3 innings in relief for the victory. The No. 10 nationally-ranked Saints finish their season with a 42-19 overall record while KCK (34-18) advances to play Cowley College in the loser’s bracket final at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. Johnson County Community College will await the winner of the loser’s bracket final in the championship game tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

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The Seward County Community College Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the community college honor society, received a “five-star” designation recently, the hightest honor that a chapter can receive.
Five Star is basically interpreted as the peak of excellence---meeting higher standards of quality within the chapter, said Debbie Stafford, PTK advisor. Working towards the attainment of the five star status helps build a foundation for the chapter. The basic premise of the five-star award is that chapters employ strategies to gain positive visibility and create greater public awareness on campus and within the community. On a personal level, involvement in the five-star program educates chapter members on the importance of leadership, meeting deadlines, and organizational skills.
This past year, PTK members collected Halloween costumes to give to the Stepping Stone Shelter, participated in Trick or Treat Street and two highway 54 clean up projects, collected non-perishable food items for Family Food Feast, provided Thanksgiving meals to 15 families within the community, hosted a Christmas party for children in the Big Brothers and Sisters program, raised $1,4500 for the American Cancer Society, participated in Leadership/Goals Training Session facilitated by Leadership Liberal and assisted the City of Liberal Self-Help Housing Program by helping to build houses for community residents.
PTK is currently collaborating with the Saints Bookstore to collect used textbooks that will be sent to third-world countries.
Stafford also said that the chapter must meet once a month, submit an annual report, hold at least one induction ceremony per year and hold informational meetings.
The chapter also received a Pinnacle Award for increasing membership in 2007-2008.
Luis Cabizuca, Sanela Dejanovic, Erica Herrera and Charlie Salter were four of the over 270 students who graduated from Seward County Community College recently.

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Freshman Austin Terhune threw 8 2/3 innings to guide the Seward County Community College baseball team to a 4-3 victory over Fort Scott Community College in an elimination game Monday morning at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Terhune struck out 11 batters while eliminating the Greyhounds from the Region VI Tournament. The Saints (42-18) advance to play the winner of Hutchinson/Kansas City Kansas in a 7 p.m. loser’s bracket game tonight. Fort Scott ends its season with a 38-21 overall record.

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Former Seward County Community College men’s basketball player Adam Tanner has signed a two-year professional contract with the Brisbane Bullets of the National Basketball League in Australia. Tanner, a former Jayhawk West All-Conference selection in 2005-06, completed his collegiate career this season with the Denver University Pioneers, who compete in the NCAA Division I Sun Belt Conference. Tanner, a 6-foot-9 forward, was a two-year starter for the Saints helping lead SCCC to a 45-18 overall record from 2004-2006. Tanner becomes the 15th Seward County men’s basketball player to play professional basketball.

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The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees heard a variety of reports Monday at its regular board meeting, including information on the technical school merger, a new program and the addition of athletic programs.
Highlight of the meeting was when the board recognized the Saints Basketball Team that placed third in the nation this year under new coach Bryan Zollinger. The Board congratulated the team on its successful season, and Coach Zollinger provided information on the player’s plans for next year including returning players and those transferring to another college or university.
Marvin Chance Jr., representative to the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, reported that Sheila Frahm, KACCT executive director, submitted her resignation effective Jan. 1, 2009. The board briefly reviewed a succession plan for the KACCT.
The board also heard a report from the KACCT on a proposed new funding formula for Kansas Community Colleges. “The new proposal will not benefit us,” said Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, “but it also is not going to hurt or harm us because we are a small community college.” This distribution formula, if approved, would replace the present formula from SB345, which has never been totally funded, Williams said. “However, our ability to plan under the present formula is almost non-existent. Under the present formula, even if SCCC has enrollment growth, we still could receive less money from the state from one year to the next.”
Community colleges that are close to a large metropolitan area will benefit the most from this new formula.
The board will participate in commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m., Saturday, in the gym. Board member Marvin Chance Jr. will give the benediction. All board members present will present degrees. Regent Janie Perkins of the Kansas Board of Regents will be the commencement speaker.
The board heard updates on the merger between the college and Southwest Kansas Technical School. “Currently, enrollment at the technical school is low,” said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. The college is working closely with technical school personnel to find out what new students will be attending the technical school and the number of returning students.
The board approved aligning SWKTS personnel within the SCCC organizational chart. The director of the area technical school will fall under the president and the dean of instruction; technical division instructors will report to the technical school director.
By the end of this month, SCCC Academic Affairs will have approved all the technical programs with the technical school, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction.
The technical school is presently funded through state post-secondary aid, student tuition and state vocational capital outlay grant. Based on these three funding sources, the college is developing the FY09 operational budget for the area technical school division of SCCC/ATS. Tuition for the technical school programs will remain at $48 per credit hour.
Even with the merger, all unified school districts are required by state statute to pay the tuition for any high school student who wants to take a technical school course.
Sherry Farrell, part-time instructor in both the business division and allied health division, presented an overview of a new certificate program in Health Administrative Billing and Coding. Farrell will design the courses for this program, develop the application to submit to the Kansas Board of Regents, market the program, create a partnership with local medical facilities and teach the courses. This 36-credit hour program will prepare students with entry-level skills needed to code, classify and index diagnoses and procedures for reimbursement within an outpatient setting. Currently, there is a nationwide shortage for medical coders.
“Qualified people are needed for outpatient coding and billing, which is the business-side of the health industry,” Farrell said. In addition to classroom instruction, the program will include clinicals.
Future plans include offering a two-year associate in applied science degree program online as well that would include inpatient billing and coding. Among the new classes are pathology/laboratory procedures for allied health, legal/ethical issues in healthcare; I-9 coding, CPT/HCPCS coding, classification systems and reimbursement, medical office procedures, advanced coding and clinical rotation.
Following further study of financial investment and potential student interest, the board directed the SCCC administration to report on the findings in the fall. Those sports under consideration include golf, track/cross country and soccer. In addition to funding through the general fund, the study will help both the SCCC Development Foundation and the Saints Booster Club plan for future programs.
The college is replacing the orange theater seats in the theater and selling rows of seats for $20 per seat. Individuals or groups interested in the seats are encouraged to contact the SCCC business office.
SCCC was notified that it will receive about 67 percent more in Perkins Grant funding, topping more than $89,000. The college will be putting together a plan for that grant money.
In other action, the board
1. approved Karen Cress as the new financial aid officer and Janice Northerns as English instructor;
2. adopted Board Policy 302 regarding student involvement in college operations;
3. adopted resolutions for seven bank accounts transferring funds from the Southwest Kansas Technical School to the college after July 1, 2008 when expenditures are complete;
4. approved new hardware and locks for the technical school in the amount of $17,285 for door hardware from Royal Architecture of Amarillo, Texas, and core and keys in the amount of $5,490 from Best Locking systems of Denver, Colo.;
5. approved interior building signage for the technical school in the amount of $12,000 from Innerface Signage of Denver, Colo., to correspond to new room numbers and building designations.
6. approved a new ADA accessible door from Southwest Glass and Door of Liberal in the amount of $12,597 for the north entrance of the technical school;
7. approved funding to bring the technical school campus onto the SCCC network and provide telephone services to the entire technical school campus and the manager’s unit of the Hale Court dorm;
8. accepted the bid from Advantage Courts Company of Amarillo, Texas in the amount of $24,600 to resurface the tennis courts; and
9. accepted the proposal from Time Warner Cable Systems of Liberal for television services in the dormitories, on the main SCCC campus and the technical school campus at $918.75 per month;
Upcoming events include a reception for the college’s literary magazine, “Telolith,” at 12:30 p.m., May 9, in the Shank Humanities Building; Nurses Capping and Pinning, 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 9, gymnasium; SCCC Commencement, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10, gymnasium; GED graduation, 2 p.m., Saturday, May 17, theater; Service Awards, 2 p.m., May 19, SW229 C&D. Student Art will be on display in the humanities building beginning Wednesday.
The next board meeting is Monday, June 23.


The Seward County Community College baseball team fell into the loser’s bracket in the NJCAA Region VI Tournament after suffering a 6-3 loss against Johnson County Community College (39-15) Sunday evening at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. Despite a 5-for-5 hitting effort from sophomore third baseman Austin Roff, the Saints had only two base runners reach scoring position in the final five innings. The Cavaliers, who have won 14 of their last 15 games, advance to the winner’s bracket final on Monday evening. The No. 10 nationally-ranked Saints (41-18) will play in an elimination game Monday morning at 10 a.m. against Fort Scott Community College (38-20), who defeated Allen County Community College 6-5 on Monday afternoon.

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Freshman David Cruz went 4-for-5 and second baseman Trent Martinez hit a three-run double to help give Seward County Community College a 10-3 victory over Kansas City Kansas Community College in the second round of the NJCAA Region VI Baseball Tournament at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita. The Saints advance to the winner’s bracket semifinals to face Johnson County Community College (38-15) on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. Seward County, the No. 10 ranked team in the nation, improves to 41-17 overall this season while KCK drops to 31-18. KCK will face Barton County Community College in a 10 a.m. elimination game on Sunday morning.

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The Seward County Community College women’s tennis team finished in 16th place at the NJCAA Tournament in Tucson, Ariz. Sophomore Erica Herrera and freshman Valerie Stevens placed in the round of eight, and freshman Alyssa Larson won the consolation bracket to highlight the top performances for the Lady Saints at the national tournament. It is the third straight year that SCCC has finished in the Top 20 at nationals, after finishing 14th in 2007 and in 10th in 2006. Hillsborough Community College won the NJCAA national championship with 45 points, followed by Tyler Junior College (44 points), Lee College (43 points), Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (42 points) and Collin County Community College (39.5 points) to round out the top five.

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The NJCAA Division I All-Region VI softball team selections were recently announced, and the Seward County Community College Lady Saints were well represented with six players receiving recognition. Jennifer Collins (First Base), Alicia Gonzales (Outfield), Melissa St. Clair (Catcher) and Courtney Auger (Pitcher) were all named to the first team while Lindsay Garchinski (Third Base) and Jamie Gilbert (Outfield) were selected to the second team. The Lady Saints were the only team with two First Team selections. Seward County has now had 49 All-Region VI picks in the program’s 10-year history.

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Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer a mandatory eight-hour training for Kansans who desire to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The next class will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 17, in SW 214E/W for $100 per class. Class size is limited. All applicants must register for the class in advance by calling 620-417-1170 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1170. No walk-ins will be allowed. Lunch is not included.
The Conceal Carry bill, SB418, gives Kansans the right to join 46 other states in the nation in the right to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
Summer classes at Seward County Community College will begin Monday, June 2. All summer classes are Monday through Thursday. The first session is June 2-July 10, the second session is June 2-26 and the third session is July 9-Aug. 2.
If you have a current application for admission on file, enroll online at www.sccc.edu or come to campus at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal, to enroll. For information, call 417-1100.
The public is invited to view student art in the Shank Humanities Building from 7:45 a.m.-4:45 p.m., through May 12 on the Seward County Community College campus. Both three-dimensional and two-dimensional art is now on display.
Freshman pitcher Austin Terhune pitched a nine-inning complete game to lift the Seward County Community College baseball team into the eight-team Region VI Tournament in Wichita next weekend with an 8-2 victory over Neosho County Community College on Sunday. The Saints and Panthers split on Saturday to set up the deciding game three at Brent Gould Field as the Jayhawk West champion Saints took the best-of-three series over the Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Panthers. Seward County (40-17), the No. 10 ranked team in the NJCAA, also collects its 40th win of the season, marking the eighth 40-win campaign in the program’s history. Neosho County ends its season with a 24-30 overall record.

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The Seward County Community College softball team finished its season on Saturday with a 10-3 loss to Barton County Community College in the NJCAA D-I Region VI Tournament loser’s bracket at the Two Rivers Sports Complex in Wichita. It is the first time since 2004 that Seward County hasn’t advanced to the Region VI Tournament championship game as Barton County picked up its first win over SCCC this season. Seward County ends its season with a 39-19 overall record, while Barton County (25-36) advanced to the Region VI championship game where they were defeated 18-3 (five innings) by tournament champion Butler Community College (48-6). Butler will represent the Region VI in the NJCAA National Tournament in Plant City, Fla.

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Jayhawk East No. 8 seed Neosho County Community College was one out away from marking the biggest upset in NJCAA Region VI Baseball Tournament history, but a two-out error by the Neosho second baseman and back-to-back RBI singles from David Cruz and Kade Kauk prevented the first-round sweep. Jayhawk West No. 1 seed Seward County Community College was able to hold off elimination with an 8-7 win in game two to force a deciding game three on Sunday afternoon. Neosho County won the opener 9-5 as the two teams split the opening day of the Region VI Tournament First-Round Playoff Series at Brent Gould Field in Liberal. Seward County (39-17) and Neosho County (24-29) will play the deciding game of the best two-of-three series on Sunday afternoon with a first pitch scheduled for 1 p.m. The game-three winner will advance to the eight-team Region VI Tournament, May 10-14, at Lawrence Dumont Stadium in Wichita.

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The road to a Region VI championship for the Seward County Community College softball team will be a long journey on Saturday after going 1-1 in tournament action on Friday afternoon at the Two Rivers Sports Complex in Wichita. Seward County blew out Cloud County Community College 18-0 in five innings in its opening game, before losing 6-5 against Garden City Community College. The double-elimination format still allows SCCC an opportunity to advance to the title game scheduled for 4:15 p.m. today. But it will take three victories in the loser’s bracket for the Lady Saints to make a fourth straight appearance in the championship game.

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Janie Perkins, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, will be the 2008 graduation speaker at Seward County Community College.
The public is invited to graduation at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 10 in the SCCC gymnasium.
Perkins is currently a supplemental programs coordinator with Garden City Public Schools. Her appointment to the Kansas Board of Regents was made possible at the request of Governor Sebelius in 2005. She is a former mayor of Garden City.
Perkins holds a certificate in elementary education K-9th grade., English as a Second Language endorsement K-12th grade and a master’s of science in Education degree. She serves and stays involved with many local and state organizations. She has dedicated much of her time to inspire others to pursue their dreams as well. She knows it takes a lot of hard work, dedication and perseverance, but the outcome is most rewarding!
Janie and her family moved to Garden City in the early seventies from Mexico. Due to her limited academic education, non-English speaking background, and unfamiliarity with her new surroundings, she had many challenges to overcome. She said she was grateful for and gives credit to her faith, family, teachers and community members for her positive successes in life.
Janie and her husband, Harold Perkins, a family physician, have been married for 25 years and have five children.
The Seward County Community College softball team will open play at the Region VI Tournament on Friday afternoon against Cloud County Community College at 3 p.m. in Wichita at the Two Rivers Sports Complex. The Lady Saints will be pursuing the program’s third Region VI title, after winning back-to-back championships in 2005 and 2006. Seward enters post-season play after winning its last eight games, including seven in run-rule fashion. Freshman ace pitcher Courtney Auger was recently named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year by Kansas Jayhawk Community College. A total of seven SCCC players received All-Conference recognition, including Auger and sophomore catcher Melissa St. Clair, who were named to the first team.

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The Seward County Community College baseball team won its 12th Jayhawk West Conference championship last weekend with a four-game sweep over Pratt Community College in the final regular season conference series. The Saints are entering the post-season with a 38-16 overall record, which includes their final tune-up last week defeating Dodge City 21-9, hitting six home runs in nine innings of play. Seward County will look to reach the Region VI Tournament in Wichita for the fourth time in the last five seasons. Last year the Saints were co-conference champions, but were ousted in the first round by Independence C.C. who swept the Saints 12-7 and 20-14 on their home field.

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6:00 p.m. Board/Student Dinner in SU214 East/West
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

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Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference officials announced its Jayhawk West and Jayhawk East softball All-Conference selections on Thursday morning. Seward County Community College freshman Courtney Auger was named the Jayhawk West Conference Most Valuable Player and Freshman of the Year. Auger and Melissa St. Clair were both selected First Team All-Conference, and Jennifer Collins, Katelyn Glenn and Jamie Gilbert were selected to the second team. A total of seven SCCC players received recognition as Lindsay Garchinski and Alicia Gonzales were named honorable mention. It is the second straight season that Seward County has claimed the M.V.P. and Freshman of the Year awards. In 2007, sophomore Meisha Patterson was named M.V.P. and Jena Rue was the freshman of the year.

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