The Crusader student newspaper staff at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received an Online Pacemaker Finalist Award at the National Media Convention in Kansas City recently.
The Associated Collegiate Press Pacemaker is very prestigious in collegiate journalism, often compared to the Pulitzer Prize, so being a finalist for the award is an honor in and of itself.
At the conference, the staff also learned that the online was awarded fourth place for main page presentation in the 16th edition of “The Best of Collegiate Design.” Judging for this award included two- and four-year colleges. The online judging took place in the spring 2008, so former online editor Luke Wempe, Lawrence, takes much of the credit.
“Onlines are typically judged in the spring since so many schools use the fall as a teaching and developing time for Web sites,” said adviser Anita Reed. “We’re very proud of Luke and his work on the online and the plans this staff has to improve this spring.”
Editors Jessica Lulf and Morgan Allaman attended sessions on how to present photo sound slides and plan to implement those on starting in the spring of 2009.
“Sound slides will allow us to combine sound with our pictures online,” Lulf said. “We feel this will benefit viewers and make events have added life.”
On the newspaper side of the competition, transportation expenses may have cost the Crusader an award. Only about 2,000 attended the convention, compared to traditional numbers of 3,000 or more, so to keep categories extremely competitive, all colleges who publish less than weekly were thrown in to compete with larger schools that print weekly. Unfortunately, the Crusader did not come home with any awards for the newspaper, but the staff came home with fresh ideas on how to improve.
“We do feel really proud of what we have accomplished this semester,” said Lulf. “The staff consists of very talented individuals who strive to make every issue of the paper better than the last one.”
Since returning to the college from the convention, the staff started a redesign of the Crusader.
“So far we have received positive feedback on our new look,” Lulf said.

The Crusader staff shows off its Pacemaker Finalist Award before heading back to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School from the Associated Collegiate Press National Media Convention in Kansas City. Pictured, back row, adviser Daniel Hackett; Logan Green, Meade; Katelyn Karney, LaJunta, Colo.; Tyler Savely, Liberal; and adviser Anita Reed. Front, Morgan Allaman, Liberal; Jessica Lulf, Hugoton; Chelsi Valdez, Moscow; James McElvania, Liberal; and Jose Rodriquez, Liberal. (Photo by Richard Miller)

Three students successfully completed the seven-week Truck Driving Course at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently.
Students included Tom Rotromel and Armando Hernandez, both of Liberal; and Sandra Herman, Dodge City.
The next Truck Driving Course will run Jan. 5-Feb. 20. This seven-week course will meet from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. In addition, students will complete one Saturday for a CDL Seminar, one Saturday for a DDC Seminar and one Saturday for a CPR/First Aid.
The cost is $480 tuition, $859 applied course fee, $100 fuel charge, plus books and incidentals.
For information, call Mike McClure, 620-417-1695 or email To enroll, visit the SCCC/ATS technical campus at 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has announced its fall 2008 people’s choice awards through the Art Department. Terri Barnes, Tyrone, Okla., won the photography division; Lewis Armstrong, Liberal, two-dimensional art; and Melissa Ford Dodge City, three-dimensional art.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a variety of computer short courses for the spring 2009 semester. If you would like to learn more about computers without taking a full class, check out these on-hour computer short courses, three of which are offered in Spanish.
Intro to Digital Photography will be offered Jan. 26-Feb. 16, 6-9:30 p.m., Mondays in AA112. Students must have a digital camera.
Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 will be offered Feb. 16-March 23, 6-9 p.m., Mondays, AS112.
Microsoft Excel 2007 will be offered Jan. 20-Feb. 17, from 6-9 p.m., Tuesdays in AA112.
PowerPoint 2007, Excel 2007 and Word 2007 are offered online as well.
Photoshop Basics will be offered Feb. 23-March 23, 6-9 p.m., Mondays in AA113.
Word 2007 will be offer Jan. 14-Feb. 12, 6-9 p.m., Thursdays, in AA112.
Three new courses will be offered in Spanish. Basic Computer Fundamentals, Microsoft Windows and Strategies in Internet Research will all be offered online and in Spanish.
For more information, contact Mindy Holder at 620-417-1356 or See a complete course schedule online at
Students in a Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently held a day campus for local and area students. The day included a variety of activities and gave parents an opportunity to do holiday shopping.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has a variety of services available to area residents through its technical programs.
Since SCCC/ATS is a learning institution, students perform services for the community under the direction of an instruction.
Many services are offered at a reduced rate.
Students in Auto Body Collision Repair paint and perform minor collision and frame repair. They do not do insurance work. For information, call 620-417-1661.
Services in Automotive Technology include brakes, suspension and steering, automatic transmission/trans axle, manual drive train and axles, electrical and electronic systems, preventive maintenance and diagnostic maintenance. For information, call 620-417-1665.
In Diesel Technology, students repair driveline, air conditioning, engine, starting/charging circuits and air brakes. For information, call 620-417-1685.
Services performed in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration include repairs to refrigerators, ice machine coolers, air conditioners, heaters, and humidifiers. For information, call 620-604-1679.
In Machine Tool Technology, students perform general machine work, including lathe, milling and drill press; CNC work, including turning center, vertical machining center; small production runs; custom work; and limited automatic machine work. For information, call 620-417-1681.
Students in Welding Technology perform general repair welding, new fabrication, aluminum steel and stainless steel. For information, call 620-417-1683.
Construction Trades Technology students do small carpentry and concrete projects on a time available basis. Call 417-1675.
All of these services are available at 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Eleven students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School were recently inducted into the Kappa Beta Delta Honor Society that recognizes scholarship and accomplishment among business students, including Accounting, Business and Computer Information Systems.
New members are Diego Abreu, Ro Grande do Sul, Brazil; Santos Ornelas, Hugoton; Ami Wang, Ziyang-Sichuan, China; Ethan Schiltz, Alexie Augerot, Martin Nevarez and Michael Hernandez, Liberal; Virginia Loewen, Suzie Boschman and Lisa Fehr, Sublette; and Jenna Ginest, Stafford.
Steve Spence, an SCCC alumnus, was inducted as an honorary member. Spence is the director of information systems at National Carriers and teaches evening classes at the college.
Faculty advisors are Mindy Holder Janice Williams and Tanya Dowell.
One of the KBD member projects for the year was serving the meal for the Baker Arts Festival of Lights in November.
Kappa Beta Delta inductees at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School include, front row from left, Accounting Instructor Tanya Dowell, Alexie Augerot, Lisa Fehr, Virginia Loewen, Santos Ornelas, KBD member Billie Adkison, and Computer Information System Instructor Mindy Holder and back row, CIS Instructor Janice Williams, Steve Spence, Martin Nevarez, Michael Hernandez, Emmanuel Lara, Ethan Schiltz and Diego Abreu. SCCC/ATS photo by Ivan Michelli

Students in a Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold a day camp for children in pre-kindergarten to fourth grade from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 6, in the SCCC/ATS gym. Children will be participate in fun projects and games with SIFE students.
For information, call 620-417-1355.

Five allied health programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are now accepting applications for the fall 2009 semester.

Individuals who consider the Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Nursing, Medical Assistant or Medical Laboratory Technician programs can find excellent employment opportunities with competitive salaries upon successful completion of these one- or two-year programs.

For more information about these programs, call 620-417-1401 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1401 or go online to Prospective students may also go by the SCCC/ATS Epworth Allied Health Education Center at 6th and Washington in Liberal.

Enrollment is now open at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for the spring 2009 semester that begins Monday, Jan. 12.
Students can look at a class schedule or enroll online at
Advisors also are available through the admissions office at 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
For information, call 620-417-1100.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, Dec 7, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.