The Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, is scheduled for Nov. 21-22.
No livestock judging experience or knowledge is required. The only requirement is the desire to raise money for scholarships. The social begins at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 21 at the Gateway Inn where teams will buy a “celebrity” for Saturday’s competition. The judging contest begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 at the agriculture building on the SCCC/ATS campus.
A team consists of 2-3 members plus a celebrity. Businesses or individuals can sponsor a team for a minimum of $400 for a full team, sponsor a half team for $250 or become an event sponsor.
If an individual does not have a team, he or she can contact the agriculture department and the instructors will find a team for you. The highest four individual scores on each team will count toward the team total. The college will award prizes for teams and individuals.
Each team needs to pre-register by Nov. 14, although a team does not have to have all of its members until the judging contest.
Seaboard Farms and Great Western Dining will provide the lunch.
For information, contact Evan Winchester at 620-417-1353 or

Less than one week away from their October, 31 season opener, the Seward County Lady Saints have been picked #17 in the NJCAA pre-season poll.

With the pre-season honor, the Lady Saints have now been ranked in the NJCAA top 20 for 19 straight seasons.

Head Coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints will battle Friends University Friday at 6:00 in the Greenhouse to open the 2008-09 campaign.
With pink t-shirts and outfits filling the stands of the Greenhouse Wednesday night, the Seward County Lady Saints recorded two huge victories. Along with winning their match against Pratt and wrapping up 2nd place in the Jayhawk West Conference, Seward County and Pratt were able to raise $200 to go towards Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.

With posters of breast cancer survivors and victims lining the walls of the gym the Lady Saints jumped on top early winning the first game 25-17 but dropped the second game 15-25 in a set plagued by bad passing. With the score tied at 1-1, Seward County won the third set 25-18 and then finished the Beavers off in a marathon of a 4th set 35-33. The Lady Saints were led by Jelena Simic who smashed down 17 kills for Seward and also recorded a team high five aces. Chelsea Myers did a great job running the offense from the setter position for the Lady Saints dishing out 44 assists and helping on the defensive end with 11 digs and 3 blocks. Amanda Savage had a team high 17 digs in the four set affair while LaKendra Sanders added to her team leading block total with 5. Jenna Ginest might have had the best all around game for the Lady Saints recording a .400 hitting percentage on the night while putting down 9 kills along with her team high 6 blocks.

The win, Head Coach Bert Luallen’s 300th as a college coach, assures the Lady Saints of 2nd place in the Jayhawk Conference and will give them a home playoff date scheduled for November 4th. “ These girls really laid it all out in that fourth set, refusing to lose. It was my intention, going into tonight's match, to try to get everyone into the match. But that just wasn't the case. Pratt kept the pressure on us and we simply couldn't afford to let it slip away, as a loss would have moved them past us in the conference standings” Luallen said.

When asked about what it meant to get victory #300 Luallen said, “There have been many great players and fine young women who have played for me and who have contributed to this. I owe all of them my heartfelt thanks. I didn't win a single one of these matches, they did. I'm grateful to Coach McSpadden and Dr. Dunn for giving me the opportunity to have what I believe is one of the best coaching positions in the NJCAA. I deeply appreciate these past three seasons that I've had the privilege of working with Alana Rowland. She has worked tirelessly and is a huge part of the success we have had. She is the best!”

The Lady Saints next match will come next Wednesday the 29th in a contest with Barton County here in Liberal. The match will be Sophomore Recognition Night for the four Lady Saints sophomores who will be playing their last conference match at the Greenhouse.

Monday, November 3, 2008
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of office – Dustin Ormiston

III. Approval of Minutes of October 6 and October 20, 2008

IV. Visitor Reports:
Staff Introductions to the Board
B. Board of Trustee Comments

V. Old Business

VI. Hearings/Petitions

VII. New Business

A. PEA Recognition

B. Faculty Representation to Professional Welfare/Interim Faculty-Board Committee

C. Board Policy Manual:
1. Second reading of revisions to Policy 620 – Family and Medical Sickness/Leave of Absence

D. Instructional Program Annual Update - Cosmetology Program

E. AQIP Review of Annual Projects

F. Bids:
1. Micro-Computer and Laptop Replacements
2. Aerobic Flooring for SW001 and SW002
3. Campus Wireless Initiative

G. Quote:
1. Hunter Alignment Lift

VIII. College Reports:
Director Poley
B. Dale Reed, Associate Dean
C. Dean Rapp
D. Dean Donovan
E. Dean Williams
F. Dr. Dunn

IX. Bills Pending

X. Other

XI. Adjourn
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gives you the opportunity to learn Spanish that will help you in your job.
The Business & Industry Office offers Command Spanish courses that you can schedule for your business or you can learn online on your own.
Online courses include Spanish for law enforcement, financial institutions, medial office nursing, hospital nursing, community, construction supervisors, library personnel, pharmacy personnel, physicians, real estate sales, school teachers or for the workplace.
If you want Command Spanish for your employees courses include Spanish for law enforcement officers, narcotics officers, highway drug interdiction officers, jail facilities staff, correctional staff, probation officers, paramedics and EMTs, firefighters, dental staff, nurses, physician’s office staff, banking personnel, office personnel, child-care staff, restaurants, hotel and motels, retail sales employees, business professionals, library staff, automobile sales and service, requesting personnel or data staff, respiratory therapy staff, custodian and maintenance supervisors, mission teams, cross cultural training staff, eye-care providers, mortgage loan officers, pharmacy staff, real estate agents/staff, , emergency personnel, tax preparers, chiropractic staff, safety supervisors, apartment management, school districts, industry and manufacturing, forest and parks personnel and landscaping and grounds keeping staff. There’s also basic French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish for travelers.
The cost for an online course is $99 per course. The cost for Command Spanish for the workplace is based on the number or participants and whether the course is credit or noncredit.
No prior knowledge of Spanish is required for these classes.
To find out more, call 620-417-1170.
Students from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently participated in SkillsUSA in Hesston. From left are Adam Froelich, Jorge Lopez, Crystal Castillo, Baldemar Enriquez, Joshua Pearson and Zane Golden.
Students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School who recently participated in SkillsUSA found success at the fall leadership conference in Hesston.
Adam Froelich of Sublette, who is in the college’s drafting program, won his stateman pin and took first in essay/speech.
Crystal Castillo of Liberal, who is in cosmetology, and Josh Pearson of Balko, Okla., Auto Body Collision Repair, took third in the poster contest.
Baldemar Enriquez of Denver, Colo., who is in Diesel Technology, was elected to state office that will be determined during training sessions in Wichita.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry, working together, to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

The Board of Trustees of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met in special session Monday evening, Oct. 20, to select an individual to fill the vacant trustee position previously held by Leo Riley. The Board met with two individuals who had applied to fill the vacancy, Rick Brenneman and Dustin Ormiston.
The Board interviewed both applicants and selected Dustin Ormiston to fill the vacant position on the Board. Dustin will be sworn in to the Board on Nov. 3, 2008 to serve the remaining term on the board through June 30, 2009.
“I have always been involved in the college and this is just another way to support the college and this community,” Ormiston said. “The college has an extremely good board and the longevity of its members demonstrates that. I look forward to continuing what is already a good institution.”
Dustin is a certified public accountant, a graduate of Fort Hays State University and a shareholder with Hay Rice & Associates accounting firm in Liberal. He is involved with many college activities, has been an adjunct instructor for the accounting classes at SCCC/ATS and he and his family serve as Booster Parents for the Saints athletic department. Dustin is a member of the executive board for the Liberal Chamber of Commerce and the Early Risers Kiwanis club. He is a member of the American institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Kansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and past president of the Southwest Kansas Chapter of Certified Public Accountants.
“We were pleased to have two very qualified individuals apply who are involved with our college and the community,” said Board Chair Jo Ann Sharp. “This was a difficult decision since both individuals serve our community and the college well. We are pleased that Dustin will be a trustee and look forward to his serving on the Board.”
“As an employer in this community, it is in the best interest of this community to support the college and help it grow,” Ormiston said.
The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has awarded a gold medalist certificate to Telolith, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s literary and art magazine.
Students in the college’s graphic design program design and lay out the publication that includes submissions from students in the areas of artwork, photography, poetry and essays.
Telolith met or exceeded standards in the areas of organization, content and design and received 936 points out of 1,000. Nine hundred twenty-five points are needed for gold medal status.
The publication is published each spring prior to the end of the semester and is distributed free.
Students who would like to work on the publication next semester or submit items to be published should contact Bill McGlothling, English instructor, 620-417-1457 or Susan Copas, art instructor, 620-417-1453.
After a week in which she posted 13 blocks, 9 of which were solo, and 19 kills in just two matches, Seward County Lady Saints middle hitter LaKendra Sanders has been named NJCAA Region VI Player of the Week.
Sanders, a freshman from Lewisville, Texas, helped lead the Lady Saints to two conference victories last week to help run their conference record to 6-1. Through Wednesday nights win against Garden City, Sanders currently has 47 solo blocks, and 118 blocks overall, good for 7th in the nation. Sanders has also stepped up her offensive play as of late and is currently third on the team in kills behind All-American Jelena Simic and fellow Texan outside hitter Lindsey Miller.
"Everything is starting to click with LaKendra" Head Coach Bert Luallen said. "This isn't the last time you are going to see her win this award in her career here."
After surviving an upset scare on Wednesday from Colby, the Seward County Lady Saints weren't going to let conference foe Garden City get close on Wednesday night at the Green House in a quick three set win.
The Lady Saints came out clicking on all cylinders, recording 12 of the first 13 points in the match and didn't look back as they won the first set 25-10, the second 25-21, and the third 25-12.
Jelena Simic, Jenna Ginest, and Lindsey Miller led the Lady Saints offensive attack combining for 20 kills while making just 2 errors in the match while Libero's Amanda Savage, Adriann D'Amico, and Tamren Hensley combined for 16 digs in the three games.
The Lady Saints now 28-6 and 7-1 in conference play, eagerly await the arrival of seven teams to the Green House for Friday and Saturday's Ozfest invitational. The Lady Saints will see their first action at 11:00 a.m. Friday against Redlands C.C.
The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to discuss successes and progress of the college and its programs.
Marvin Chance Jr. gave a report from the committee to hire a new executive director for the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. The committee has narrowed the applicants to nine.
Sharon Hobble reported that the SCCC Development Foundation Auction was a huge success, taking in over $42,000, for student scholarships. That is the highest amount in the 14-year history of the auction.
The board accepted a program review for the Business Marketing/Management program with the next reviewed scheduled for five years.
The strengths of the Marketing/Management program include sufficient funds for technology and methodology improvements, distance learning enhancements and a relevant curriculum that trains students for the work force. In addition, the program is accredited through Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, which is a challenge as well as a strength of the program.
Instructors need to continually evaluate lower written and oral communication scores of students and must keep up-to-date with technological advancements.
The Business and Industry component of the college gave an annual review of its program, which now includes reports of all non-credit offerings to the Kansas Board of Regents. In addition, Business & Industry continues to add new offerings, such as the Hunter Safety class that is now going on with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction reported that the college has submitted a report of its four action projects to the Academic Quality Improvement Program of the Higher Learning Commission, the agency that governs the accreditation for the college. The four action projects include Developing a Student Retention Plan, Developing and Implementing an Institutional Promotional Calendar, Compare and Realign Writing Skills and Transfer Composition Curricula and Mapping Conceptual and Skills Mastery in Developmental Mathematics. Feedback from AQIP will help these committees continue to move forward on their action projects. The Writing and the Math projects will be retire once the feedback is received and the college will begin work on new action projects.
“So far the reports have been very positive from AQIP,” said Rapp.
The board approved a timeline for appointing a new member to the board of trustees, to fill a vacancy following the resignation of Leo Riley from the board last month. This week Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, will begin sending letters to all individuals have inquired about the position. Application materials will be due in the president’s office by Oct. 16. The board will then conduct interviews prior to the Nov. 3 regular Board meeting and appoint the new trustee to begin effective Nov. 3, 2008.
The board approved the purchase of equipment from Cytek Media Systems, Inc. of Topeka in the about of $107,332.32 for technology upgrades in four classrooms, a video projection system with video conferencing for the theater and automated student response systems for an additional four classrooms. The money is part of an Equity and Access: Enhancing Teacher Quality through Multi-institutional Partnerships Grant with Kansas State University, a grant that is in its final year.
Due to low enrollment in a number of areas, Ed Poley, director of the tech school programs, told the board that the college is reassessing these programs to see how we can better serve the community by training students for jobs that needed in southwest Kansas and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles. Specific program reviews include construction trades and machine tool technology. The curriculum components of the programs are being reviewed in order to align with current and projected employment needs.
Enrollment in the Pipeline and Measurement Institute that is co-sponsored with the Petroleum Industry Education (PIE) committee and held in September declined this fall, said Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services. However, the committee continues to look at ways to improve the institute and boost enrollment. The college and PIE continue to look into establishing a Natural Gas Training Program. Reed said he didn’t see a problem with industry support for training equipment and curriculum development.
Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, told the board that Student Government Association is sponsoring a contest for students to develop a 1-2 minute video clip to promote the college.
Donovan also informed the Board about plans for the annual Trick or Treat Street event sponsored by the college.
Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, told the board that a representative of the Internal Revenue Service will be on campus Oct. 30-31 for an audit, primarily of employment records. All community colleges in Kansas are in the process of having the IRS audits performed.
This month the college paid off the bonds that were used to expand the Hobble Academic Building and the Student Activities Center, Williams said. Through effective fund management and the use of market fluctuations for refinancing of bonds, the college was able to pay off those bonds earlier than originally anticipated.
The board reviewed a proposal from the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees that will be presented to the Board of Regents as part of the platform during the 2009 legislative providing for property ownership outside local college taxing district, but within the assigned service area. The legislation would allow for colleges to establish educational or technical training sites without significant impact on the county since out-district tuition was phased out with SB 345.
Dunn reported on three issues that are being discussed through the Kansas Postsecondary Technical Education Authority. The issues include differences in residency requirements for students, payment for high school students taking technical education classes and technical college courses offered in community college districts.
In other action, the board
1. Hired Stephanie Christie as the new Adult Basic Education coordinator, and Maria “Angie” Lopez as the ABE assistant director;
2. Accepted the resignation of Joe Jacobson, electronics media manager, and Ara Jacobson, ABE instructor;
3. Approved changes to the Board Policy 607 regarding the Exposure Control Plan for Bloodborne Pathogens; and
4. Purchased 12 drafting tables with drawers and flat panel monitor arms from Kansas Contract Design of Wichita in the amount of $12,508.40.
Diesel Technology will sponsor a chili feed, 4:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10 at the Liberal High School cafeteria, prior to homecoming. NACE Rectifier School is scheduled for Oct. 28-30.
SCCC/ATS will broadcast the University of Kansas Dole Institute election series, including “One Month Out: Strategists Look at Obama and McCain,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 8, Hobble Academic Building, AA138; “The Final Debate: What do the Undecideds Think?” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in SW229 C/D and “Media Coverage of Campaign 2008: Magic or Misguided,” 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, SW229C/D.
The November board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 3 in the boardroom.
The place to be Thursday, Oct. 30 is Seward County Community College/Area Technical School when it sponsors its annual trick or treat street for children from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A variety of clubs and organizations at SCCC/ATS are sponsoring Trick or Treat Street from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Student Union and Student Living Center on the east side of campus, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Community children are invited to participate in this safe Halloween party and enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment, snacks and a hay ride.
Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes, carrying their Halloween sacks.
Trick or Treat Street is free and open to the public.

Special Meeting

Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 p.m.

I. Call to Order

II. Executive Session for Interview of Candidates for Trustee Vacancy

III. Appointment of New Trustee

IV. Adjourn
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will broadcast the University of Kansas Dole Institute election series at 1801 N. Kansas.
The Final Debate: What do the Undecideds Think? featuring Mary Banwart will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Student Activities Center, Room SW229C/D.
The Dole Institute will show the televised presidential debate. Mary Banwart, associate professor of communication studies, then will discuss key points and reactions to debate moments with the undecided focus group.
Media Coverage of Campaign 2008: Magic or Misguided, featuring Chuck DeFeo and Terry Michael , will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the Student Activities Center, W229C/D.
Guests include Chuck DeFeo and Terry Michael. DeFeo is the site manager for, a Web publication that publishes political opinion columns daily as well as Associated Press news stories. Michael is the executive director for the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism and formerly was press secretary for the Democratic National Committee.
All programs are free and open to the public.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, in the SCCC Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.
On paper, Saturday’s match against Colby should have been a walk in the park for the 26-6 Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball Team. It was anything but that as the Lady Trojans from Colby put up their second valiant battle against the Lady Saints this season. After losing the first set 25-27, winning the second set 25-13, and losing the third set 23-25, the now 27-6 Lady Saints found themselves down two games to one and on the brink of a major upset from the Lady Trojans who entered the match just 11-20. Seward County was not going to let that happen in the Green House however as the Lady Saints stormed back to take the fourth set convincingly 25-13 before being taken to the end of their rope in the fifth and deciding set, but hanging on to win 15-13.

Lindsey Miller led the offensive attack with 15 kills and just 2 errors in her first full match since a minor setback two weeks ago. The freshman from Dumas, Texas also stepped up big on the defensive side of the ball for the Lady Saints with 23 digs to pace the team along with libero Amanda Savage who also recorded 23. LaKendra Sanders continues to become a bigger and bigger force for the Lady Saints game by game as she finished off 13 kills and notched 8 blocks, 7 of which were solo blocks, to hold down the middle for the Lady Saints in the victory. Taryn Westerman recorded her second match of the week with over a .500 hitting percentage as she notched 8 kills to go along with her 25 assists and 12 digs. Jelena Simic had a season high 4 blocks to match her 14 kills while Jenna Ginest continued her solid play of late with 7 kills and 3 blocks for the Lady Saints.

“A win is a win” coach Bert Luallen emphasized. “Although I wasn’t overly impressed with the way we played, the girls found a way to win, and in the end that is all that matters. If we can start to eliminate unneeded errors and continue to build on the positives that we have establish as the season has gone on, I will feel very comfortable with where we will be when we head into postseason play.”

The Lady Saints have one more conference match Wednesday against Garden City at the Green House at 6:30 pm before hosting the Ozfest Invitational this Friday and Saturday, when seven of the top teams in the country will converge on the campus of SCCC/ATS for 24 games in two days of high paced action in the Green House.
The Seward County Lady Saints moved to 5-1 in conference play last night while recording their 4th straight conference win against Dodge City. The Lady Saints got ahead early and never looked back as they won the first set 25-11 before going on to win the 2nd set 25-18 and pulling out the 3rd set 25-23.

All 13 Lady Saints played in the match, marking only the 3rd time all season thaT has happened. "I like to get everyone involved in a big team win like this" Head Coach Bert Luallen said. "It gives everyone that good feeling and when everyone is contributing like they did last night, it makes my job easy."

Five Lady Saints recorded at least five kills, four Lady Saints notched assists, every Lady Saint had a dig, and seven Lady Saints had a block in the contest.

Seward County now sets their sights on a home match-up with Colby at the Green House in Liberal on Saturday afternoon at 2:00.

The Diesel Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a chili supper fundraiser from 4:30-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 10, in the Liberal High School cafeteria prior to LHS Homecoming.
Tickets will be available at the door for $6 adults and $3 children, 8 and under.
LHS plays Great Bend High School.
The Library at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will have a new display in October and will host a guest speaker.
As part of celebrating Kansas in the library series, the SCCC/ATS Library will have “Kansas and the Home Front” on display throughout October that tells the story of Kansas during World War II and following. More than 200,000 young men and women from Kansas enlisted in the armed forces. Kansans who remained at home also helped the war efforts. World War II brought about many changes in America, including the breaking down of resistance for women in the work place. The War ended the Great Depression by stimulating the economy, spurring technological advances in industry and agriculture, and mobilizing the entire country.
This exhibit was produced by Emporia State University with funding provided by the Kansas Humanities Council.
Hugoton resident Randal Greenwood, an independent movie director, will discuss the making of the movie “Lost Treasure Trail.” Some of the scenes were shot on the SCCC/ATS campus. This free program will be from at 12:10-12:50 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 22. Refreshments will be served.
For information, contact Jon Noland, Library director, 620-417-1161 or
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Presidential Scholar Stephanie Boaldin of Elkhart displays the SCCC neon sign that was donated by Luminous Neon at the 14th annual SCCC Development Foundation Auction. Also pictured are Mike Gatlin, auctioneer, and Presidential Scholar Shaley Thomas of Tyrone. This year’s auction was a huge success with record-breaking attendance and auction sales, netting over $40,000 for student scholarships.

The 14th annual Seward County Community College Development Foundation Auction was a huge success with record-breaking attendance and auction sales.
The event raised over $40,000 that will be used for scholarships to benefit students who attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Prior to this year, the most raised in the auction was in 2005 when the foundation netted just over $30,000. Over the past 14 years the auction has provided over $365,000 in scholarship support.
Almost 500 guests participated in the live and silent auctions as well as the 50/50 drawing and lucky draw and enjoyed student entertainment. In 2001, 350 guests attended the auction, which had been the highest participation to date.
The 50/50 drawing raised a record $882 for the foundation. The same amount went to the winning ticket holder, Janea Mettlen, who will use the money for her honeymoon.
Auction participants had an opportunity to bid on over 450 items, including trips, services, hand-crafted items, homemade food, sporting event tickets, home décor and artwork. The highest selling item was a quilt made by Ruth McBryde, which sold for $1,150.
The Auction Committee made changes to the layout of the silent auction and location of the food stations. The silent auction items were located in four separate areas of the main room of the Seward County Event Center that gave bidders easy access to the items. In addition, different food items were grouped among the silent auction areas. Seaboard Foods donated the pork and National Beef donated the beef brisket, which was prepared by Great Western Dining.
This year’s theme was “Ride the wave of Success” and featured a beach theme. Next year, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be celebrating its 40th anniversary during the auction.