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

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.
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.
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.
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.