The Library at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School library host a “Latte in the Library” at 12 noon, Monday, Nov. 9, featuring the Beer City Gals group. Refreshments will be provided and individuals are welcome bring their lunch.
Beer City was the most notorious of the early day towns in Beaver County. The Beer City Gals will perform their Reader’s Theatre production as individuals in a real-life town just south of Liberal: Pussycat Nell, a madam who ran the Yellow Snake saloon; Brushy Bush, the self-appointed sheriff in an area without any laws or order of any kind; and Mrs. Charles Summers and Mrs. Burris Wright, who come to the town as members of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union. Their performance is based on court records from Paris, Texas, the nearest place for a trial, as well as on newspaper accounts from two different Liberal newspapers in 1888, the time of the incidents portrayed in the performance.
For more information, contact Matthew Pannkuk, director of the library, 620-417-1161.

“Kansas Homes Through the Years” will be on display in the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School library now through Nov. 30. This exhibit was produced by the Kansas State Historical Society with funding from the Topeka Home Builders Association.
People build houses according to tradition. When people move to a new place, they take along a lifetime of ideas about how their new world should look. Culture dictates shape, materials, tools, placement, size, and meaning. Houses built by Kansans throughout many centuries highlight the process of people creating structures within a specific physical setting, guided by the technical idea of “house” and the cultural blueprint of “home.”
This exhibit takes a look at homes through the years in Kansas. From the Native American tipis to sod houses, Victorian houses, bungalows, and ranches, this exhibit explores what motivated the change in house styles.
Kansas Homes Through the Years illustrates the changing house styles through historic photographs and other primary sources, such as diary entries, building records and catalog advertisements.
For more information, contact Matthew Pannkuk, director of the library, 620-417-1161.

The Student Nurse Association at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is asking you to clean out your closets for their annual drive to obtain winter clothing items, including coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, boots, and blankets.) The association will donate these items to those in need. There will be collection boxes at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at 6th and Washington, on the main campus at 1801 N. Kansas and at the technical school at 2215 N. Kansas.
Items are due by Dec. 9.

SkillsUSA officers from Seward County Community College/Area School recently attended classes in Hesston.
Jonathan Yowell of Hugoton was selected as a state officer. After officer training, he will be selected for a specific office.
Cory Bransgrove of Beaver, Okla. And Alisha Starkey of Liberal won a blue ribbon for their bulletin board.
Matthew Olson of Liberal won a blue ribbon on his speech on the American Way of Life. Jasmin Mitchell of Liberal won a white ribbon for twittering. Brandon Bruner of Hooker, Okla., and Yowell participated in the salute to he nation’s soldiers, posting colors and offering a verbal tribute.

Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, is conducting a book drive through November 30. Members will be collecting new and gently used children’s books, which will then be donated to local shelters and the Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization here in Liberal.
Collection boxes are available on campus at 1801 N. Kansas on campus and at each of the elementary and intermediate schools.
If you have any questions, call Debbie Stafford at 620-417-1106 or via email at

The Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest, sponsored by the Agriculture Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, is scheduled for Nov. 20-21.
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. 20 at the Holiday Inn Express where teams will buy a “celebrity” for Saturday’s competition. The judging contest begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21 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.
For information, contact Evan Winchester at 620-417-1353 or

I am excited to announce a new program to provide programs to residents in our area. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has established a partnership with the University of Kansas’ Osher Institute to offer a few short term programs to interested individuals in the Liberal area. This fall we will host two programs offered at the SCCC/ATS campus with enrollment open to anyone regardless of whether you have a connection with KU or with SCCC/ATS.

The first series is entitled “The Dust Bowl Revisited” and is taught by Ulysses native and current KU staff member Ms. Elizabeth Black. Ms. Black is the author of Buffalo Spirits, which won the 2003 Three Oaks Prize in Fiction and will provide films, personal experience, and discussion topics related to the dust bowl and the “dirty 30’s”. The first session of this 3-session series will begin on November 5.

The second series is entitled “Understanding your rights: The supreme court in American history.” This series will be taught by Dr. John Mack, professor of history and political science at Labette Community College. Dr. Mack’s discussions will be very appropriate with the recent appointment of a new United States Supreme Court justice. This is a 3-session series beginning November 17.

These series are provided to allow people in our area the opportunity to participate in discussions and presentations without having to travel a long distance. There are no grades, no assignments, or homework – they are designed for pleasure and thought provoking discussion. The series are designed for adults, require a small registration fee, and will meet at the SCCC/ATS campus from 2:00-4:00 p.m. For more information call the KU Osher Institute at 877-404-5823 or 785-864-5823.

We hope this partnership between SCCC/ATS and the University of Kansas provides you with an opportunity to participate in discussions with people in other communities and experts in various topics. We hope to expand the number of series offered next spring and continue this aspect of our college mission and purpose in serving southwest Kansas and our regional communities in Oklahoma and Texas. I encourage you to take a few hours of your time this fall and participate in either of these programs.

Duane M. Dunn, Ed.D.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins its next seven-week Truck Driving Course, Oct. 26.
The course runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, plus three Saturdays for CDL, DDC and CPR training.
Other seven-week courses include Jan. 4-Feb. 19, March 1-April 16, and April 26-June 11.
For information, call Mike McClure at 620-417-1695 or visit campus at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

Want to try something different this semester? Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a variety of short courses to the public.
Welding/ Beginning & Advanced will be offered 10/29-12/14, Monday and Thursday, 7-10 p.m., TA115. The cost is $80.
A Commercial Driver License Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, TT101. The cost is $50.00. A Defensive Driving Course Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21, TT101. The cost is $50.00.
A Certified Medication Aide Up-Date will be offered Tuesday, Dec. 15, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., in T134. The cost is $70.00.
For more information, call 620-624-1173, email or come by 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.

The place to be Thursday, Oct. 29 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. 29 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 hayride. Liberal Parks and Recreation assists with the festivities.
Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes, carrying their Halloween sacks.
Trick or Treat Street is free and open to the public.

The KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have teamed up to offer two exciting new courses for age 50+ learners in Southwest Kansas.
These short, non-credit courses offer innovative learning opportunities for the sheer joy of learning.
The Dust Bowl Revisited will be offered 2-4 p.m., Nov. 5, 12 and 19 in the Hobble Academic Building, AA137. Stunning film footage along with eyewitness accounts will document the Dust Bowl of the 1930s that devastated areas of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado. The course will examine economic and land use mistakes that created the greatest man-made ecological disaster in our history. Students will discuss the FDR government’s actions to reclaim the land and restore the livelihood of the people of the Dust Bowl.
The second class, “Understanding Your Rights: The Supreme Court in American History,” will be offered from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 in AA137, Hobble Academic Building. Through America’s history, the Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have played a central role in the struggle to understand the meaning of freedom. This class will examine the role of the Court in American history and explain the significance of its most important decisions. The first class explains the Court’s organization by exploring the differing theories justices have used to interpret the Constitution. The second class investigates the history of the Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of speech and of religion. The third class discusses the history of the Court’s recent rulings on the rights of women and minorities.
These classes require no homework, out-of-class preparation or testing. Each class is $35. Both classes are $55. Enroll online at or call toll-free 877-404-5823.

Members of the Rotary Group Study Exchange program from Germany spent the morning on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus touring the college facilities and learning more about community colleges. Mark Merrihew, director of information technology, center, explains the equipment it takes to run the college computers, servers and other technology on campus. From left are, Sven Sternberg Andreas Meiners, and Gerd Gossier, team leader. The group was especially impressed with the amount of technology available on campus.