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Leaders of the three Southwest Kansas community colleges shared ideas on cooperation and collaboration recently, and heard first-hand from a Thai refugee and a Dodge City paramedic who are benefiting from shared programs already under way.
Rob Boyd of Ford County Fire and EMS and Dwa Tho, Garden City, spoke to elected trustees and administrative personnel from Dodge City, Garden City and Seward County Community Colleges at GCCC’s Beth Tedrow Student Center.
Boyd focused on the GCCC-based Emergency Medical Services Technology Program, which allows students to advance from EMT-Basic and EMT-Intermediate status to full paramedic certification.
The partnership program lets men and women in Dodge City or Liberal complete a significant share of their class work through live, interactive television originating in Garden City. A related arrangement lets Dodge City and Garden City students take classes in a Respiratory Therapist career program taught at the Liberal college.

ACHIEVING GOALS
“Having this kind of partnership is the only way I could have done this,” said Boyd, who will soon add a GCCC associate degree to his previous DCCC degree. “It has been a huge, time-consuming class, but the school has done an excellent job.”
Boyd cited professional instruction and powerful experiences, including the opportunity to observe live heart surgery at the Kansas Heart Hospital in Wichita.
“You may not think so,” he said to the group of 30 at the meeting, “but to me, well, that was pretty cool.”
He added that completion of a paramedic program requires strong commitment, family support and a flexible employer. Gray County EMS, he noted, is paying his schooling in exchange for a work commitment.
Tho, using a language unfamiliar to him a year ago, told the group he achieved his goal of learning English quickly through the GCCC Adult Learning Center’s English as a Second Language Program.
“I am grateful to all my teachers,” he said, citing his desire to advance to a college degree and eventually become a doctor who serves other immigrants.
Accompanied by ESL Instructor Linda Miller, he outlined the process of learning English, completing a GED high school equivalency program and advancing to college classes.
Success, in Tho’s case, came through a determined effort in reading and writing, two days of weekly computer work and a campus program designed to help immigrants make the transition from adult education to college level learning.

COMMON ISSUES & IDEAS
The three-college meeting was originally scheduled to share higher education concerns with Southwest Kansas legislators, but none were able to attend, so board members used the time to discuss common issues. They also exchanged ideas with Janie Perkins, Garden City resident and member of the Kansas Board of Regents, which governs state universities and coordinates community colleges.
Issues included:
• Developmental or remedial classes all three schools must provide for high school graduates not ready for postsecondary English and math curriculum when they enroll in college.
• Courses that offer concurrent high school and college credit.
• The successful academic performance of community college transfer students at state universities.
• Technical and career education, including the fact that more than 70 percent of postsecondary technical education in Kansas is provided by the state’s 19 community colleges.
• Legislation that would allow community colleges to own property outside their home counties or taxing districts.
• New programs in social work and ESL-oriented elementary education provided through Access US, a consortium of Western Kansas community colleges with Emporia, Fort Hays and Kansas State Universities.
SOLUTIONS FOR STUDENT PREPARATION
Dr. Richard Burke, DCCC president, suggested regular contact between college and high school faculty to address the preparation of high school students for postsecondary curriculum.
“It’s important to build relationships and have open, honest conversations from the head and the heart,” Burke said.
Perkins said the Regents are also concerned about what Dr. Bill Clifford, GCCC Trustee, termed “the remediation burden.” In English and math combined, more than 60 percent of incoming freshmen must take one or more developmental courses.
“The community colleges are at the center of remedial education and it’s an issue of funding,” said DCCC Trustee Shane Bangerter. He pointed out that students from the region’s immigrant population enter public schooling at every grade level, often with limited language skills, creating difficult challenges for area school districts.
“We need the funding, and with it we could make a huge difference,” Bangerter said.
Concurrent college and high school enrollment can often help students see the need to better prepare themselves for college academics, according to Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.
SUCCESS AFTER TRANSFER TO UNIVERSITIES
Burke and Dunn shared reports from the state universities, showing that graduates from both of their schools earn higher grade point averages than their non-transfer classmates on the university campuses. Ballantyne cited reports showing the same results for GCCC.
“We need to sell that fact to the public,” Burke said.
“We need to sell it to the high schools too,” said GCCC Board Chairman Ron Schwartz.
The group touched on ways to share the value and successes of community colleges with the public, ranging from billboards and advertising to annual public reports. In addition, they discussed erroneous beliefs about community college credit transfer problems.
Before concluding, they got an update on progress in replacing Sheila Frahm, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
Frahm, a former lawmaker and Kansas lieutenant governor, is retiring after more than a decade of service. Board members learned that up to three applicants are being interviewed for the position in Topeka.
“This joint meeting provides an ideal opportunity for the trustees to discuss common challenges and strategies for system efficiencies,” said Dunn. “It certainly helps the administrators of the colleges develop methods of meeting the educational needs of southwest Kansas." SCCC/ATS will host the next joint meeting.
6:00 p.m. Dinner with Students in SW229D

BOARD OF TRUSTEES
SEWARD COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE/AREA TECHNICAL SCHOOL
Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.


I. Call to Order

II. Approval of Minutes of November 3, 2008

III. Visitor Reports:
A.
Board of Trustee Comments

IV. Old Business
A.
Automotive lift for automotive technology

V. Hearings/Petitions

VI. New Business
A.
Board Policy Manual:
1. Annual Review of Board Policy #606, Early Retirement Policy

B. Instructional Program Annual Update – Social Behavioral Science and Education Program

C. Potential use of Kansas Finance Authority Bonds for Physical Plant Improvements

D. Proposal for addition of athletic teams

E. Review of KACCT and Board of Regents legislative platform

F. Adoption of Resolution for the College’s 403b Plan


VII. College Reports:
A.
Director Poley
B. Associate Dean Reed
C. Dean Rapp
D. Dean Donovan
E. Dean Williams
F. Dr. Dunn

VIII. Bills Pending

IX. Other

X. Adjourn
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold two concerts this fall to close the fall 2008 semester. The Winter Concerts will feature the Wind Ensemble, The Singing Saints, The Gentlemen’s Club and the Concert Choir.
Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 4-5 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater.
Members of the Wind Ensemble are Lydia Augustine, Diana Askew, Carina Diaz de Leon, Luis Fuentes, Joseph Harmon, Okoya James and Christopher Perez, all of Liberal; Rachel Vangieson, Ellissa Rivera and Jacob Hampton, all of Turpin; Chelsea Ghumm of Hugoton; Lacy Garcia of Lakin; Elisa Labra of Plains; and Shawn McWhorter of Memphis, Texas.
Choir members are Benn Allen, Hillary Anderson, Jeff Binns, Carina Diaz De Leon, Randy Hawk, Adriana Juarez, Monica Kerbo, Mikayla Knudsen, Sergio Padilla, Ariana Parral, Jacob Riggs, Ellissa Rivera, Melissa Sabillon and Tuyet Trong, all of Liberal; Derek Bridenstine and Rachel McDonald, both of Turpin; Christina Canterbury of Tyrone; Logan Green of Meade; Victoria Jacob of Topeka, Jimmy Ortiz of Ulysses; Brent Ramey of Great Bend and Lillia Torres of Kismet.
Due to limited seating, call 620-417-1451 for tickets or go by the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas. Tickets are $2.

Saturday night in a big cross-division Jayhawk Conference matchup, the Seward County C.C. Saints proved that they can play whatever kind of basketball that you want them to in a defensive laden 64-53 win against Independence. The Saints, averaging 110 points a game through their first seven games of the season held a talented Independence team to just 32% shooting and a season low 53 points in the win. Just a week earlier the Saints and Pirates played to a 93-87 overtime game in Seward County’s Wendy’s Classic.
Saturday night the Saints got the services of point guard Tony Smith back after missing Friday night’s contest for precautionary measures with a nagging injury issue and Smith showed that he hadn’t missed a step scoring 13 points, dishing out 6 assists, picking up 5 steals, and grabbing 4 rebounds in 38 minutes of work on the evening. Latiq Agard continued to be a force for the Saints in the paint as he connected on 8 of 12 shooting to give himself a team high 21 points while blocking 3 shots and snatching down 4 rebounds. Thijin Moses had an uncharacteristically off shooting night but still managed to chip in 7 points to go along with a team high 5 rebounds and sent 2 Pirate shots back to their originator. Drew Jones gave coach Bryan Zollinger 26 quality minutes scoring 8 points on 3 of 6 shooting and picking up 3 steals on the defensive end. The Saints were outrebounded 45 to 27 on the evening but took advantage of 20 Pirate turnovers and 13 steals to secure the 11 point victory.
Friday night pitted Seward County against Jayhawk East foe Labette, a game in which the Saints controlled for the entire 40 minutes. Seward got off to a fast start and never trailed the Cardinals on the night as they took a 50-29 lead into the half before opening up a 81-43 game late in the game, and finally finishing off Labette 92-60 at the final horn. Latiq Agard scored 26 points and ripped down a team high 9 rebounds while Thijin Moses connected on 5 of 9 three point attempts and 6 of 11 overall to notch 19 points with 8 rebounds. Drew Jones scored 12 and hit both of his three points attempts and Thiago Oliveira and Jon Tassin grabbed six rebounds apiece to go along with their 9 and 8 points respectively.
The 8-0 Saints will now take Turkey week to prepare for the Garden City Thanksgiving Classic on Friday and Saturday where they will square off against 8-1 Frank Phillips on Friday and 10-0 New Mexico Junior College on Saturday, both at 4:00 p.m.
With the 2009 tennis season in the foreseeable future, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has released their season opening rankings that include nine individual Saints and Lady Saints players and four different Seward County teams in the nation’s top 100. Along with the individual honors, both the Men’s and Women’s teams were ranked in the top 12.

The Lady Saints will open their season as the #12 ranked team in the country after a 16th place finish last year in the National Tournament. The Lady Saints top ranked individual player is Mariana Matias who is currently slotted as the 37th best player in the nation. Fabiola Wisnesky checks in at #45 and Valerie Stevens ranks 64th after coming off of a fall in which she went 8-2. The doubles combination of Matias and Wisnesky have been tabbed as the #20 doubles team in the country while Stevens and Antigone Lowery have been placed 36th.

The Saints Men’s team looks to return to the national tournament this season and will start the season as the #11 ranked team in all the land. The Saints will be led by Diego Abreu and Krittanu Puthong who have been chosen as the 31st and 34th top players respectively. Carlos Souza slides in at #48 while Ivan Michelli is ranked 60th. Fernando Soni and Christian Romanzini round out the ranked Saints this season in the singles division with Soni as #91 and Romanzini at #95. On the doubles side of things Puthong and Abreu cracked the top 30 at #29 while Michelli and Souza come in right behind them at #34.

“Our depth this season should be our strength” coach Darin Workman said. “You can see by the rankings that we are going to be pretty solid up and down this year and hopefully that will lead to success and our eventual goal of making it to the National Tournament from both the men’s and women’s side.”

The Saints and Lady Saints will officially open the 2009 spring season February 27th and 28th in the Santa Fe, New Mexico Tournament.
Both the Seward County Saints and Lady Saints Basketball Teams came away with perfect 2-0 records this weekend at the Wendy’s Classic held in the Greenhouse Friday and Saturday. The Women’s team defeated 5-1 Clarendon on Friday night 81-46 before the Men’s team easily handled Central Christian University JV team 123-47. Saturday brought a stiffer test for both teams as the Lady Saints squared off against 5-2 Frank Phillips and came away with a 78-57 victory followed by a much anticipated matchup between the Saints and Jayhawk East foe Independence. The game lived up to its billing as two Tony Smith free-throws sent the game to overtime with 1.7 seconds left where Seward County outscored the Pirates 9-3 and won the game 93-87.
The Lady Saints returned from their first road trip of the season Friday night and were ready to play, holding Clarendon to just 27% shooting in the first half taking a 38-28 advantage. In the second half the Lady Saints came out firing lighting up the scoreboard for 43 points and holding the Lady Bulldogs to just 5 second half field goals and blowing the game open to the tune of a 81-46 victory. LaNell Taylor sparked the Lady Saints off the bench connecting on five of eight three point shots and pouring in 17 points in her 24 minutes of play. Vanessa Simmons helped the Lady Saints dominate the glass during the game by pulling down a team high 10 rebounds and chipping in with seven points. Amanda Pierson came off the bench for the first time this season for the Lady Saints and provided an instant flicker for Seward on both ends of the court coming away with 14 points, seven rebounds, and six blocked shots on the contest. Rachel Barnes continued her hardnosed play for coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints by scoring 13 points and coming away with nine rebounds. Bailey Crandall helped Seward County extend their second half lead and pull away from Clarendon by nailing two three point shots and pulling down four rebounds in the second half. The Lady Saints outrebounded the Lady Bulldogs 61-44 on the evening while forcing 35 Clarendon turnovers to just their six assists.
Day two of the classic pitted the Lady Saints against a hungry Frank Phillips team coming off of a disappointing loss to Pratt on Friday. The Lady Saints would have none of the Lady Plainsmen upset bid however as they opened the game on a 20-2 run and thanks to a Karen Brown buzzer beater at halftime, took a 19 point lead into the locker room at the break. The Lady Saints defense continued its persistent play in the second half, holding Frank Phillips to just 9 of 34 shooting as they held onto their large lead and eventually dispatched of the Lady Plainsmen 78-57. Vanessa Simmons recorded a double-double on the night for the Lady Saints recording 14 points on 7 of 14 shooting and grabbing 10 rebounds for the second evening in a row. Raegan Broadie took advantage of her starting role scoring 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting and knocking down 3 of her 4 free-throw attempts. Nadia Rosario added eight points for the Lady Saints while ripping down a season high 11 rebounds, including five on the offensive end. The Lady Saints defensive attack again shined causing 31 Frank Phillips turnovers and holding the Lady Plainsmen to just 33% shooting on the night.
The 5-1 Lady Saints will now enjoy a 13 day layoff before returning to action at the Thanksgiving Classic in Garden City on Friday the 28th against Lamar and then Saturday against the 30th ranked Cowley Tiger women at 1:30.
The Saints Men’s Team also returned home Friday night after a short road trip to Eastern Kansas last week. Their first game matched them up with Central Christian University’s JV team, a team the Saints had thrashed by 70 points just a week earlier. The Saints scored 58 first half points which would be more than enough for the whole game as the Tigers managed just 47 in the 40 minutes of play, but Seward County added on a whopping 65 in the second half and came away with yet another lopsided 123-47 victory. Seward County dominated the glass Friday night, outrebounding the Tigers 55 to 24 led by Thijin Moses who grabbed 12 to go along with his 15 points and Latiq Agard who ripped down 10. Agard also paced the Saints offensive attack connecting on 14 of 16 shot attempts while racking up 32 points on the night. Tony Smith continued to run the show for the Saints at the point guard position scoring 20 points and handing out 10 assists to just his two turnovers. Drew Jones continued his consistent play for the Saints scoring 12 points and snatching down seven rebounds. Thaigo Oliviera sustained his relentless play for the Saints, doing all coach Bryan Zollinger could ask for from the 6’5 Brazilian forward, as he scored eight points and pulled down seven rebounds in the game.
Saturday night had the buildup of a heavyweight championship boxing match as Independence came to town to face the Saints led by twin stars Daniel and Donald Rowe and Preseason All-American Michael Craion. Seward County came out a little slow against an Indy team with something to prove after an upset loss to Lamar a night before. The Pirates held a 13-4 lead a few minutes into the game before the Saints started to click on both sides of the ball. Seward County dominated the rest of the first half and took a 35-26 advantage into the locker room at half. Independence opened the 2nd half at a furious pace and forced Seward County into numerous turnovers that turned into easy points on the other end of the floor for the Pirates. Seward County recovered however and fought back to tie the game with only a few minutes left. The see-saw battle continued right up to the end of the game where Independence held a 2 point lead with just 4.5 seconds to play in the game and the Saints inbounding the pass from the far baseline with 96 feet to go to the basket. The Saints threw a length of the court inbounds pass to Tony Smith who dribbled into the corner and attempted a three-point shot. The ball didn’t find its target, but, Smith was fouled on the play and was taken to the line to attempt three crucial free-throws with the game on the line. Smith missed the first to the dismay of the Saints largest crowd of the season, however, Smith stepped up and sank the following two free-throws with no margin for error to send the game to Seward County’s first overtime contest of the year at 84-84. The overtime period was dominated by the Saints who outscored the Pirates nine to three and took home the 93-87 win against the titans from the East. Five Saints scored 15 points or more on the evening including Drew Jones and Marquez Patterson (15), Latiq Agard (19), Thijin Moses (20), and Tony Smith who scored a team high 21. Smith had a team high eight assists on the night while 6’0 Jones led the Saints with seven rebounds including five on the offensive end to keep possessions alive. The Saints free-throw shooting which had been their only Achilles heel so far on the year was vastly improved against the Pirates Saturday night as Seward County knocked down 30 of 39 attempts including numerous clutch shots from the foul line.
6-0 Seward County will next play Friday the 21st against Labette in the Independence Classic before facing off against an Independence team surely looking for revenge on Saturday night in front of their home crowd.
Are you interested in attending college and need child care? Would you be interested in on-campus child-care facilities? Are you interested in an Early Childhood Development program?
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School I Liberal, Kansas would like to know your opinion in these two areas by conducting a survey. Go online to www.sccc.edu/go/kids and take our survey. Your responses will help us plan for the future.
For additional questions, contact Celeste Donovan, dean of student services, 620-417-1016.

Want to try something different this semester? Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering two late-start short courses this semester.
Welding (Beginning and Advanced) will be offered from 7-10 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, beginning Nov. 17 in TA 115, 2215 N. Kansas. The cost is $80.
Certified Nurses Aide will be offered from 2-9 p.m., Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 8-Jan. 22, in T118, 2215 N. Kansas. The cost is $450.
For more information, call 620-624-1173, email joy.fosdick@sccc.edu or come by 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Friday night in Leavenworth, the Seward County Saints played in their 2nd closest game of the season in the early going. Unfortunately for the St. Mary’s University JV team, the Saints average margin of victory this season is over 63 points, so their 119-60 loss to Seward County came in just a little better than par for the course. Seward County again had numerous players in double figures, a true sign of the depth of coach Bryan Zollinger’s team this season. Six Saints put up 10 or more points on the night including a game high 20 from freshman Marquez Patterson. 12 of 13 players scored, had a rebound, dished out an assist, and notched a steal in the game. The Saints tenacious defense forced another 40 turnovers against the Spires and coupled with 63% shooting, buried St. Mary’s early in the game. The Saints are now averaging 115 points a game and are shooting 63% as a team while holding their opponents to 37% shooting and just 51 points a game. They have created an amazing 180 turnovers in just four games and have out assisted their opposition 101-30. So far this season the Saints have been led on the offensive end by Latiq Agard who behind a blistering 79% shooting from the field, has put up 19.5 points a game while managing to rip down over six boards a game. Tony Smith has done a wonderful job of taking over from Wichita State signee Reggie Chamberlain at the point guard spot this season averaging 13.5 points a game to go along with his 9 assists per contest. Seward County will host Central Christian University as well as Independence Community College this weekend in the Wendy’s Classic, both days at 8:00 p.m.
After rolling over their first two opponents with a combination of hardnosed defense and big time offense, the #17 Seward County Lady Saints found themselves shooting at a basket with a lid on it Saturday night at the Mineral Area Classic. Shooting just 29% from the field against the host school, Mineral Area College, the Lady Saints had two golden opportunities to tie the game with under a minute left but were unable to capitalize on either one and eventually came out on the bad end of a 56-50 decision. Seward had just one player in double figures, Megan Lassley, who had 15, and managed 18 field goals on the night. Amanda Pierson paced the Lady Saints with 14 rebounds while Lassley and LaNell Taylor led Seward with 3 assists each. The Lady Saints got back to their winning ways on Sunday afternoon in a more characteristic 89-50 win against Crowder College. Seward County came out ready to avenge the loss earlier in the weekend and put it to the Lady ‘Riders to the tune of a 49-22 halftime lead. LaNell Taylor drained five 3-point shots en route to a 19 point performance while Amanda Pierson recorded a double-double with 12 points on 6 of 9 shooting and 10 rebounds on the contest. Sundays affair was more typical of the Lady Saints defensive attack as the held Crowder to 32% shooting and just 1 of 14 from beyond the arc. Seward County notched 29 steals including 8 by Rachel Barnes and 6 by Shelia Washington, and forced Crowder into 44 turnovers in the game. Next up for the Lady Saints is the Wendy’s Classic where they will battle Clarendon College Friday night and Frank Phillips on Saturday, both games will begin at 6:00 p.m. Get your free tickets for the weekends tournament at the Wendy’s location in Liberal.
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Models for the Cosmetology Smart Style Competition were Tatiana Condo, Brazil; Blair Breuer, Guymon; Karime Olivas, Perryton; Mayra Frias, Perryton; Lili Acevedo, Beaver; and Tessa Thorton, Goodwell.


The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 15, 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, Nov. 14 at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu.
After a very successful 35 win season thus far, the Seward County Lady Saints head to the Region VI Tournament with a conference high five players named to the Jayhawk West All-Conference Team. The highest honor for an individual player in the conference was also received by a Lady Saint as Jelena Simic was named the conference and the region’s most valuable player. Simic has blistered opponents with 660 kills this season, currently leading the nation by 27 over her next closest competitor. Her 442 digs also rank her in the top 30 in the nation. With Simic getting first team accolades, four other Lady Saints received second team honors. Setter and team captain Chelsea Myers, middle hitter LaKendra Sanders, outside hitter Lindsey Miller, and libero Amanda Savage all found their way onto the Jayhawk All-Conference second team. Myers, a sophomore from Salina currently has 1,079 assists for the Lady Saints and is third on the team in digs with 398. She has started and played in every single set for the Lady Saints this season and is most certainly the backbone of the Lady Saints attack. LaKendra Sanders finds her way onto the All-Conference team in her first season with the Lady Saints thanks to 343 kills and dominating play at the net with 173 blocks, good for 6th in the nation. Lindsey Miller has teamed up with Simic to be one of the best 1-2 outside hitter combos in the conference. Her well rounded play has landed her 3rd on the team in kills (327), 5th in aces (25), 1st in service percentage (.950), 2nd in serve/receive percentage (.937), and 3rd in digs/game (2.60). Freshman Amanda Savage was the only libero in the conference to get chosen to the All-Conference squad and it is well deserved. Savage leads the Lady Saints with 3.64 digs/game after missing the first 12 contests of the season due to injury. She has also been a viable asset for the Lady Saints in the passing department making just 36 errors in 572 chances over the course of the year.
Facing their first road game of the season, the Seward County Saints Basketball Team proved that it wasn’t just home court advantage that led them to two lopsided victories last weekend in the Pepsi Classic. Seward County continued to put away their opponents early in the game as they held the Central Christian JV team to just 23 first half points and only 16 in the second half. The Saints shot 66% as a team and held the Tigers to just 32% shooting en route to their 70 point 109-39 win. Saints scoring was dispersed Thursday night as five players cracked the 16 point mark. Tony Smith and Drew Jones were the scoring leaders for the Saints with 18 a piece. Latiq Agard continued to play well on the inside for the Saints grabbing a team high 10 rebounds. The Saints tenacious defense came up big as they have all season in the early going creating 40 Central Christian turnovers.
The Saints resume their short in-state road trip Friday with a match-up against the St. Mary’s University JV team in Leavenworth.
For the second time this season, Lady Saints outside hitter Jelena Simic has been named NJCAA Region VI Player of the Week for her dominating performances on the court. Simic led her Lady Saints to two wins last week and helped them secure the 2nd seed in the Region VI Tournament and then had her best match of the season in leading Seward to a win in the first round of the tournament. During the week Simic averaged 6.3 kills/game as well as 2.6 digs/game and recorded an overall .530 hitting percentage. Saturday Simic will lead her Lady Saints into battle in the Region VI Tournament with a bid to the National Championships on the line.
Hopefully if you were at the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball match yesterday evening against Garden City, you didn’t blink. Because if you did, the swift 61 minute match might have passed you by. In dominating form, the Lady Saints disposed of the Broncbusters and earned their way into the Final Four, double-elimination, Region VI Tournament in Hutchinson this weekend.

Things have really started to click as of late for the Lady Saints and nothing changed Tuesday night in the Greenhouse. Seward County had an amazing team kill efficiency of .507 and didn’t commit a serve receive error on the evening. Jelena Simic had arguably her best match in her storied career at Seward County putting away 23 kills without making an error and totaling up an unheard of .821 kill percentage. Jenna Ginest did the most of her 13 opportunities, registering 10 kills with just one error, good for a .692 clip. Ginest also recorded six points for the Lady Saints via service ace, a team high. Chelsea Myers continued her solid play for the Lady Saints in their newfound 5-1 system successfully converting 33 of 62 set attempts. Amanda Savage did her libero job perfectly Tuesday night, leading the team with 12 digs as well as notching a perfect 7 for 7 in the serve receive category. Tamren Hensley had one of her better nights of her freshman campaign tallying nine digs and serving a team high 18 times without an error. Lindsey Miller recorded a team high three blocks and chipped in with four kills on offense.

“Hopefully we are starting to click at the right time of the year right now” coach Bert Luallen said. “Whenever you can hit over .500 as a team for a match that is something special. Our beginning of the season goals are right at our fingertips now, all we have to do is play the way we are capable of and let the rest fall in place this weekend.”

Next up for the Lady Saints is a trip eastward to Hutchinson this weekend where they will play in the Region VI Tournament with a bid to the National Tournament on the line for the winner. Seward County will match up against the winner of tonight’s Pratt/Colby match at 2:00 on Saturday afternoon. The winner of that game will go on to play the winner of the Hutchinson vs. Barton County/Dodge City match at 6:00 with the loser playing again at 4:00 against the loser of that match.

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Lupe Rosales of Perryton, Texas, and Megan Nickel of Turpin, Oklahoma work on model Mayra Frias of Perryton, all students in the Cosmetology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Smart Style Salons hosted a hairstyling competition between Seward County, Dodge City and Garden City community colleges. The theme was “Avant Garde.” SCCC/ATS Cosmetology took first and second. The first-place team of Modern Egyptian consisted of Crystal Zirkel, Luz Hernandez, Brenda Perlata and their model Tessa Thortan. The second-place team of Peacock Avant Garde included Crystal Castillo, Jeanette Sandoval, Ingrid Soto, Maggie Stavig and their model Karime Olivas.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in conjunction with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a workshop “Teaching the Skills Necessary for the Redesigned Naturalization Test.”
This free workshop for civics and citizenship teachers of adults and others interested in the testing process will be offered from 5-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17 in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, SW229 A-D in Liberal. The workshop will cover the redesigned naturalization test, the naturalization process and how to prepare students for the naturalization interview and test.
To obtain a registration form, contact the SCCC/ATS Colvin Adult Learning Center, 10th and Kansas, in Liberal or call 620-417-1313. Registration is open only in advance.
With Seven new faces on the 2008-09 Seward County Lady Saints Basketball roster, few knew what to expect from this year’s squad. All questions were answered quickly at the Greenhouse this weekend as the Lady Saints dominated the opposition outscoring them 200-77 in their two games with a combination of shut down defense and a potent inside-outside attack on the offensive end of the court.

In their season opener the Lady Saints matched up with the Friends University JV squad and left the Falcons in the dust early outscoring them 51-15 in the first half behind 58% shooting from three-point land and just five field goals allowed to Friends. The second half was much of the same at the Lady Saints came away with a 72 point victory 106-34. Seward’s tenacious defense held the Falcons to just 32% shooting and forcing 41 turnovers while they shot 51% on the evening including knocking down 10 of 20 three-point attempts.

The Lady Saints were led by a spectacular premier showing from freshman Megan Lassley who poured in 20 points on 9 of 12 shooting and also led the team with 6 assists. Rachel Barnes also showed Lady Saint fans what is to come in her Seward County debut tallying a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. LaNell Taylor connected from beyond the arc on four of her 5 chances and was second on the team with 14 points. The Lady Saints recorded 28 steals as a team including 5 from Raegan Broadie and 4 a piece from Lassley and Sheila Washington.

Saturday brought Colorado Northwestern the Lady Saints way and they picked up where they left off against the night before against the Lady Spartans. Despite an uncharacteristic 35% shooting game from the Lady Saints, they capitalized on 34 offensive rebounds and 51 Lady Spartan turnovers to come away with another lopsided 94-43 win.

Vanessa Simmons came up big for the Lady Saints filling up the stat sheet with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and 4 steals. Amanda Pierson was the second Lady Saint to record double digits in both points and rebounds as she scored 19 on 8 of 16 shooting and pulled down 10 boards in the win. LaNell Taylor matched her game one output with 14 points and also bringing in 7 rebounds, 5 on the offensive end. As a team the Lady Saints controlled the glass with 65 rebounds and found their way to the free-throw line 48 times during the contest.

The 2-0 Lady Saints will next travel to the Mineral Area Classic for contests with Mineral Area College as well as Crowder College before heading home for the Wendy’s Classic November 14-15 where they will face Frank Phillips and Clarendon.

With just over 4 points a game returning to the Seward County Men’s Basketball team this season coming off of last season’s National Tournament run, some of the Seward County faithful may have wondered what this year was going to be like. Much like the Lady Saints had done before them, the Saints silenced their critics with an eye-opening display in their two games of the 2008 Pepsi Classic.

Opening night at the Greenhouse brought the Sterling College JV team to battle the Saints. Seward County pounced all over the Warriors to a 25-2 lead with a mixture of swarming full court press defense and solid play inside and out on the offensive end and rapidly turned any doubters into believers. By halftime the Saints led by 46 and even after taking the pressure off to start the 2nd half, Seward went on to rout the Warriors by over 75 points 117-41.Latiq Agard paced the Seward County offense with 28 points on 12 of 16 shooting while also ripping down a team high 7 rebounds. Marquez Patterson gave Coach Bryan Zollinger instant energy off the bench and collected a team high 6 steals to go along with his 14 points. Jon Tassin and Thijin Moses made the most of their Greenhouse debuts combining for 23 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Drew Jones, the lone returner to get the starting nod for the Saints pitched in nicely with 12 points in just over 13 minutes of play. The Saints aggressive defense caused 55 turnovers for the Warriors to just 3 assists.

Saturday the Saints used white hot shooting to take down Colorado Northwestern in another big blowout win. Led by 73% shooting from their starters, Seward County again cashed in on 45 turnovers from the Spartans to put up a staggering 116 on the scoreboard including 69 second half points. Five Saints players scored in double figures on the evening including Marquez Patterson (19), Tony Smith (18), Drew Jones and Thijin Moses (16), and Latiq Agard (15). For the second consecutive night, every Saints player on the roster found their way into the scoring column showing the depth that coach Bryan Zollinger has brought in to this year’s squad. Along with his 18 points on 7 of 10 shooting, Tony Smith dished out 10 assists and collected 6 steals, both leading the team.

Next up on the task list for the 2-0 Saints will be non-conference action against Central Christian College and the University of St Mary’s on Thursday and Friday in McPherson and Leavenworth respectively. After their week on the road, Seward County will head home to prepare for the Wendy’s classic in which they will lock up with Central Christian again before a non-conference Region VI tilt with Independence C.C. on November 14-15.
Playing against Dodge City for the fifth time this season, the Seward County Lady Saints Volleyball team really had nothing at stake except for pride. If they lost they would still be in 2nd place in the Jayhawk West and if they won they would be in the same position. That feeling was not what was showed on Saturday afternoon at Dodge City however. The Lady Saints continued their best play of the year winning the first set 25-20 on a .485 hitting percentage and just one error. The second set was more of the same as the Lady Saints connected on 16 of their 32 attacks with just three errors winning easily 25-16. After losing a close third set 25-22, the Lady Saints rebounded and won the 4th set 25-17 to take the match.

Seward County was led by Jelena Simic with 22 kills while Ami Wang chipped in with 7 without committing an error. Chelsea Myers ran the offense from the setter position and logged 40 assists and 8 digs while LaKendra Sanders was a dominate force at the net as we have come accustom to with 6 blocks and 7 kills. Libero Amanda Savage had one of her best matches of the season recording 24 digs in the win.

The Lady Saints now set their sights on the Region VI Tournament which will start with a play-in match Tuesday the 4th at home against Garden City at 6:30 p.m. Coach Bert Luallen is urging everyone in attendance on Tuesday to make the Greenhouse a black out by wearing black attire to the match and creating spirit for the Lady Saints. If the 34-14 Lady Saints can get by the Broncbusters, they will head to Hutchinson on Friday and prepare for double elimination bracket play starting Saturday against the winner of the Pratt/Dodge City match.

Facing their last ever Jayhawk West Conference match in their home away from home, the Greenhouse, five Lady Saint Volleyball sophomores put on t heir best performance of the year in a three set sweep of Barton County on Wednesday night. Seward County came out fired up and jumped to an early lead on way to a 25-17 opening set win followed by another relatively easy 25-16 win in the second set. The third set the Lady Saints found themselves in a 24-21 hole before fighting off three straight game points and ending up coming back to win 29-27 on Jelena Simic’s 18th kill and Chelsea Myers 47th assist of the evening.

Simic, SCCC’s All-Time leader in career kills had her sharpest match of the year recording a hitting percentage of .556 on her 18 kills while also chipping in on defense with 11 digs. Fellow sophomore Chelsea Myers also saw one of her finest matches to date converting on 47 of 93 set attempts to record a season high .505 set conversion percentage. Myers also led the Lady Saints defensive attack recording 14 digs. Jenna Ginest continued her quality play in the middle for the Lady Saints finishing off eight kills and tallying two blocks. Ami Wang recorded four kills without making an error and also picked up four digs defensively in the process. Haley Crosier gave the Lady Saints an extra look on defense and recorded a key dig in the third set. Freshman Lindsey Miller and LaKendra Sanders showed they are ready to take the reins next year when this year’s 2009 class leaves, as Miller turned in her best performance as a collegiate with 16 kills and a .364 hitting percentage while continuing to be a force on the defensive side of the ball with eight digs. Sanders slammed down eight kills and recorded two solo blocks at the net. Libero Amanda Savage sustained her consistent play for the Lady Saints notching 10 digs and going a perfect 16 for 16 on serve-receive passing.

The Lady Saints as well as the rest of the Jayhawk Conference have locked themselves into playoff positioning with one game to go as Seward County will head into the Region VI Playoffs as the #2 seed and will face #7 Garden City in a play-in match on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:30 in the Greenhouse. The Lady Saints playoff match will be a “black out” match in which all fans in attendance are asked to wear black to support their Lady Saints run to the Region VI crown.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Conceal and Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Business & Industry will host a customer service workshop entitled “The Customer is the Boss so give ‘em the pickle” from 8-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 20 in SW214 E/W.
The cost is $10 per person and is sponsored by SCCC/ATS, City of Liberal—Department of Economic Development and Liberal Chamber of Commerce.
This workshop will show teams how to integrate the pickle-giving culture into the work place and teach four ways to help team members determine what the customer really wants.
To register, call 620-417-1170 or email reenie.jackson@sccc.edu.

The Board of Trustees for Seward County Community College/Area Technical School met Monday to welcome a new trustee and say goodbye to a former trustee.
Dustin Ormiston was sworn in as a new trustee of the college and began his duties Monday.
Jo Ann Sharp presented a plaque to Leo Riley, outgoing trustee, in grateful appreciation of his 12 years of service to the college and the board of trustees.
One of the most rewarding experiences, said Riley, was having the opportunity to be on the stage during the graduation ceremonies each May. He said he enjoyed handing out diplomas as SCCC students begin the next step in their lives. That’s what the college is all about.
Board Member Marvin Chance Jr. told the board that he will be in Topeka this week interviewing the three finalists for the executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees. Chance is the president of KACCT.
A number of board members and SCCC/ATS employees recently returned from the Association of Community College Trustees annual meeting, including Board members Sharon Hobble and Jo Ann Sharp, Administrative Assistant Pam Perkins Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, and Susan Lukwago, director of the Colvin Adult Learning Center. They reported on some of the sessions they attended including a session on servicing diverse populations, improving media relations, implementing a strategic plan, and gauging returns on investments.
Perkins ended her time in office as national president of the Professional Board Staff Network. The board commended her for her dedication to the national organization. Perkins said one accomplishments of her time in office included the development of a brochure on PBSN that helps educate new trustees and presidents.
Trustee Sharp, Dr. Lukwago, and Dr. Dunn presented a session at the ACCT meeting related to adult education programs offered at SCCC/ATS. Trustee Sharp commented on the attendance and feedback received from those who attended the session.
Internal Revenue Service was on campus last week to audit all documents regarding employees including travel reimbursements, leave requests, use of public funds, and compliance with Board policies. It was an informative visit, said Tommy Williams, dean of administrative services, and he doesn’t expect any substantive problems when the final report is submitted. The auditors complimented Williams and the staff in the business and human resources offices on their attention to detail and documentation.
Cynthia Rapp presented an update on the Cosmetology program. The new computerized state testing program has allowed SCCC/ATS students who complete the program to take the written test locally and find out their results immediately.
Dunn presented an overview of the Kansas Board of Regents 2009 legislative initiatives including community college property ownership, Kan-Ed funding and Technical Education Authority Amendments.
Students in the Construction Trades program are working with the City of Liberal’s self-help housing program as part of their training, said Ed Poley, director of the technical school.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, presented the board with information on the college’s concurrent enrollment program with area high schools. Students in 11 high schools have the opportunity to take college courses that are taught in their high schools by their high school teachers using the SCCC/ATS curriculum, assessment, and common course outcomes. In 2008, 244 high school students took concurrent college courses while they were in high school. Fifty-two of those students attended as degree or certificate award students at SCCC/ATS this fall, said Reed.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, told the board that the Wichita Area Technical College is now working with the SCCC/ATS Medical Laboratory Technology program to use its online curriculum in the future. Students in Wichita’s program would then do the laboratory work in a Wichita or area hospital. Wichita has had the same challenges as other institutions finding qualified instructors.
The college is visiting Kansas’s colleges and universities to meet with SCCC/ATS graduates who are currently continuing their education at other institutions, said Celeste Donovan, dean of student services. She invited board members to participate if they graduate from a Kansas college or university.
In other action, the board
1. Accepted the resignation of Ryan Orrick, agriculture instructor/livestock judging coach, effective May 20, 2009;
2. Recognized the Professional Employees Association as the exclusive negotiating unit of the professional employees for the 2008-09 school year;
3. Recognized Cristy Mulanax and Evan Winchester as representatives on the Professional Welfare/Interim Faculty-Board Committee;
4. Approved modifications to policy 620 regarding Family and Medical Sickness/Leave of Absence;
5. Approved the purchase of 109 desktop minitower computers, 25 notebooks and ancillary items from Dell Computer Corporation of Round Rock, Texas, in the amount of $138,887 through the state technology grant and institutional technology fund;
6. Approved the purchase of 2,400 square feet of Boflex aerobic flooring from BR Wood Floors of Lexington, N.C., in the amount of $29,993 to replace flooring in SW001 and SW002;
7. Approved the purchase of a wireless network system from Presidio Networked Solutions of Oklahoma City, Okla., in the amount of $66,465.20 to expand and replace the current wireless network systems with a Cisco Wireless LAN System, which will provide wireless access throughout the main campus, allied health buildings and the Colvin adult learning center; and
8. Tabled the purchase of a Hunter RX Scissor Lift from Stafford Automotive Service Equipment of Newton, pending further evaluation of other options.
Spring enrollment is now under way. Students who have a current application for admission on file can enroll online at www.sccc.edu. Students can also enroll at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal. The college will recognize its international students at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 18 in the student union as part of International Week. Career Day is Tuesday, Nov. 11 in conjunction with the Liberal Chamber of Commerce. Area high school students will have the opportunity to check out future careers. The fall play “Fools” will be Nov. 21 and 22 in the Showcase Theater.
The December board meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 1 in the board room. Prior to the regular business meeting a Board/Student dinner will be held during which a cross section sample of SCCC/ATS students will meet with the Trustees and share information, ideas, and concepts to improve the College.

Individuals from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas attended the NACE Rectifier School (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) recently on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus. Twice a year individuals come to campus for training.


The Taste of China recently donated $3,000 to the Seward County Community College Development Foundation for the Saints basketball program. Zhen Yu, owner of the Taste of China, presents the check to Brian Zollinger, Saints basketball coach. Also pictured are the Saints basketball team members, assistant coach Ryan Stock, and SCCC Development Foundation Trustee Jim Scantlin. For more information about supporting Seward County Community College/Area Technical School programs and students, contact the SCCC Development Foundation, 620-417-1131.