Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has entered into a cooperative agreement with National American University.
This agreement provides students the opportunity to transfer credits earned in Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s associate degree programs into bachelor’s degree programs offered through National American University’s Distance Learning campus.
“We are pleased to offer this transfer option to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s students,” said Dr. Bob Paxton, president of the NAU Distance Learning Campus. “It gives students the opportunity to easily continue their education and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Many students find the applied information technology and applied management bachelor’s degree programs offered at NAU most appealing.”
National American University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university has been providing quality career education since opening its first campus in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1941. Today, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at multiple locations throughout the central United States. In addition, the university’s Distance Learning campus provides students the flexibility and convenience to take online classes at times and places of their choice to fit their busy lifestyles.
For information, contact Mike Nelson, NAU admissions coordinator for distant learning, or go online to
The Crusader student newspaper staff from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received an overall Silver Medalist award and 24 individual awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press conference April19 in Hutchinson. Pictured with the awards are online editor Deisi Barboza, Liberal; entertainment editor Jose Rodriguez, Liberal; editor-in-chief Morgan Allaman, Liberal; sports writer Will Rector, Dodge City; staff reporter Alfredo Anaya, Liberal; Crusader adviser Anita Reed; and news editor Dana Loewen, Meade.
The Crusader newspaper staff won 24 individual awards and an overall Silver Medalist award for two-year newspapers at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Hutchinson April 18-19. The staff also won a Bronze Medalist award in online for the newly redesigned
The Crusader is the student newspaper at Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School in Liberal.
Compared to other two-year newspapers in the state, the Crusader was second only to Johnson County Community College, who had 40 individual awards and won the All-Kansas award.
According to information provided by KACP for two-year colleges, Garden City had nine individual awards, Hutchinson had seven, Butler also had seven, Cowley had five and Pratt had one.
In addition to the awards ceremonies, a keynote address was given by Ellyn Anglotti, the interactivity editor of Poynter Online.
Student journalists could also attend three sessions out of the eight choices Monday morning. Twenty-two colleges, including 217 students, registered for the conference. Two-year newspaper staffs submitted 504 entries in 23 categories for competition.
The awards were given for work completed between February 2009 and February 2010.
Crusader staff members who attended the conference included editor-in-chief Morgan Allaman, news editor Dana Loewen, staff reporter Alfredo Anaya, entertainment editor Jose Rodriguez, sports writer Will Rector and online editor Deisi Barboza. Crusader adviser Anita Reed accompanied the group.
Allaman and former staff member Taylor Hugg won first place in infographics and Allaman and Barboza won second. Allaman also won a third place in news writing and an honorable mention in headline writing.
The Crusader swept the photo essay category with Anaya, Allaman and Rodriguez in first, Allaman, former staff member Alma Hidalgo and former editors Jessica Lulf and Chelsi Valdez in second and Allaman and Lulf in third.
Barboza won first place in interior page design. She also won the second-place award and an honorable mention in review writing.
In sports photography, Rector won first place and sports editor Rustin Watt won second place.
Watt also won second in headline writing, an honorable mention in feature photography and two honorable mentions in sports features.
Rector won third in news photography and second in sports column writing.
In the copy-editing contest, Loewen earned third place and Rector received an honorable mention. This was an on-site contest with 48 students competing in the two-year and four-year categories.
Current staff member Miguel Campano won first in feature photography.
Valdez won third in front page design and an honorable mention in news photography.
Lulf and current staff member Zach Carpenter won third in series writing.
The winners for the category of special sections have yet to be announced by the judges.
The Crusader is the student-run newspaper of SCCC/ATS, with the student online at The paper prints bi-weekly, except during holidays and finals. Students on staff may be involved as club members or through journalism courses such as news writing and mass communications.
The current staff will host an end-of-year party for high school seniors or others who might be interested in being a part of the Crusader staff in the fall. The event will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 10, at the college. Those interested should contact Anita Reed at 620-417-1459, or the Crusader via Facebook.
Daniel L. Love, chief district judge for the 16th judicial district, Dodge City, will be the speaker for the 39th annual graduation at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 8 in the SCCC/ATS gymnasium.
Love attended Seward County Community College/Area Technical School when it first opened in 1969. He was a presidential scholar and was a member of the Saints Basketball Team under Coach Virgil Akins.
Love was born in Dodge City and graduated form Montezuma High School. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1973 from Kansas State University and his law degree from Washburn University in 1976.
He is past president of the Kansas County and District Attorneys Association, Kansas District Judges Executive Committees and the Ford-Gray County Bar Association. He is on the board of Governors for the Kansas Bar Association.
He received the Kansas Attorney General’s Crime Victim Service Award in 1999 and the Southwest Kansas Bar Association Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He served as Court of Appeals Judge for five sessions and on the Kansas Supreme Court for one session.
He is Past President of Dodge City Rotary Club, on the board of directors for the Boot Hill Museum and Dodge City Public Library and a director for Dodge City Round-Up.

cutline: Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, presents the president’s award to James Mongold and his granddaughter, Samantha Wallis, for his 1969 Camaro pace car at the SCCC/ATS-sponsored Car Show. In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the college, the Car Show featured a special 1969-70 car category.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has announced the winners of the 2010 Car Show that was held recently on campus.
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the college, the car show committee had a special class for 1969-70 cars. James Mongold won the president’s award with his 1969 Camaro pace car.
Arden Fowler won the People’s Choice award for his 1969 El Camino.
In the classic division, Arden Fowler was first with his 1969 El Camino, followed by Steve Chaloupek, 1957 Chevy Belair and Kimberly Chaloupek, 1957 Thunderbird.
Gabriel Herrera was first in the muscle division with a 1969 Camaro, followed by Ron Thompson, 1970 Dodge Charger and Mike Gaskill, 1964 Ford Falcon.
In the street rod division, James Beckwith was first with a 1926 Ford Roadster, followed by Rick Fitzgerald, 1927 Ford Roadster and Jon Nelson, 1946 Ford sedan.
In the import division, J.T. Beckwith was first with a 2007 Element, followed by Adrian Ward, 2008 Dodge Caliber and Tommy Ward, 1969 Volkswagen.
In the pickup division, Skilar Atwood was first with a 2003 Dodge Ram, followed by Beto Gonzalez, 1994 Dodge Ram and Kelly Campbell, 1948 Willys pickup.
Beto Rodriquez was first in the low rider division with a 1963 Chevy Impala.
Lester Glenn was first in the tractor division with a 1942 Ford 9-N, followed by Jim Rick, 1956 CASE and Larry Koochel, 1948 8-N. Koochel was also first in the motorcycle classes with a 1947 Cushman scooter.
In the custom motorcycle division, the SCCC/ATS motorcycle that was student built was first, followed by Rod Campos, 2001 Harley Heritage, and Frank Underhill, 2009 Harley Ultra.

The public is invited to the Nursing Capping and Pinning Ceremony at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 7 in the college gymnasium.
A reception will follow.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold its spring concert at 7 p.m., Thursday April 29 in the SCCC/ATS showcase theater.
Due to limited seating, call 620-417-1451 for tickets or go by the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas. Tickets are $2. Proceeds will benefit the SCCC/ATS Foundation.

Sheila Frahm, (insert) former executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees, was the keynote speaker for the Association of Kansas Community College Office Professionals annual meeting, which met on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus recently. Office professionals from the 19 Kansas Community Colleges attended the meeting.

The Seward County Community College Foundation recently hosted a Chamber After Hours. Sherry Farrell, instructor for the new Coding and Reimbursement Specialist program at the college, gave an overview of this program, that is delivered primarily online. Students in this program learn the proper techniques needed to code and bill procedures in a variety of health-care facilities.

As the 40th anniversary celebration comes to an end at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, alumni and friends are invited to an Evening Under the Stars dinner and dance, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 8 in the center of campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $20 per person and the dress is semi-formal.
Register and pay by April 30 online at or mail your check to the SCCC/ATS Development Office, PO Box 113, Liberal, KS, 67905-1137.
For information, call 620-417-1125.

Former Seward County Community College/Area Technical School student John McCluggage of Wichita will be a visiting artist in the Ceramics Department from 12 noon-9 p.m., Tuesday, April 20, in H121 of the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas. McCluggage is the head of Ceramics at the Wichita Center for the Arts and owns Shika Studios. This is your opportunity to see an artist create a pot using over 200 pounds of clay.
Admission is free.

The place to be Sunday, April 25 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus.
The college will hold its Spring Fiesta at 1801 N. Kansas and its car show and open house at 2215 N. Kansas.
Individuals will also have an opportunity to visit the various programs on campus.
The Spring Fiesta, beginning at 1 p.m., will include fun for the whole family, including games, music, food, face painting, art displays, and more.
Sloppy Joes, cinnamon rolls, burritos and other food will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Skills USA, Students in a Free Enterprise and the SCCC/ATS Foundation.
The custom car show begins at 1 p.m., at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal. The show will feature motorcycles, pickups, classic cars, muscle cars, street cars, imports, tractors and low riders. In recognition of the college’s 40th anniversary, the Car Show will also feature a 1969-70 class.
People who attend the car show will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite vehicle. There will also be a sound off for participants.
Individuals who would like to participate in the car show, which is $20 per vehicle, may call 620-417-1154 to register.
Families can also take in a Saints Softball game at 2 p.m.

Justin Roberts, Automotive Technology I instructor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, recently passed two of his National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation certifications (NATEF). He is now certified in Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Steering & Suspension, and Brakes and Engine Repair. NATEF evaluates the providers of in-service technician training programs under a program called Continuing Automotive Service Education.

The library at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal will host historian Marc Ferguson at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, April 22. Ferguson reenacts the infamous wild-west legend Doc Holliday.
Ferguson, curator of the Dalton Gang Hideout in Meade, was also appointed Assistant Marshal of Dodge City in 2003 and has won numerous awards for his reenactments of Holliday and buffalo hunter/scout Billy Dixon. Ferguson will portray Holliday more in line with historical fact rather than with creative license that most popular media outlets use concerning the infamous "sporting man."
This event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served or bring a sack lunch.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come and go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunday, April 18, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Drama Department has opened a fourth night for the production of “Beauty and the Beast.” The new production will be at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 21 in addition to 7:30 p.m., April 22-24. Limited tickets are available for April 22-24.
Tickets are $6, sides, and $8 center. If available, tickets will be $10 at the door.
For tickets, call 620-417-1451 or come by the Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
Tickets are also available for the April 29 concert, which are $2.

Students can now enroll for the summer and fall semesters at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal. The schedule is available online at
Students who have a current application for admission on file may enrollment online at
Students who will be new to campus in the fall, must sign up for an All Saints Day, with the first scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 24 in the Hobble Academic Building. Call 620-417-1100 to enroll or sign up for a clinic.

Adriann D’Amico, a volleyball player at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, participated in the SCCC/ATS Foundation Phon-a-thon to help raise money for scholarships. Students in activities and athletics are calling alumni, friends and family to raise money. The first night the students raised over $10, 000. To donate to the foundation and help raise money for the fall 2010 semester, call 620-417-1131 or go online to

Sybil Wagner, SkillsUSA advisor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, was selected as the Outstanding SkillsUSA advisor for Kansas. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. SkillsUSA helps college students who are preparing for careers in trade, technical and skilled service occupations, including health occupations.<br />

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, is offering a number of short courses in April and May. Forklift Training will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, April 23 in TB140 for $70.
Commercial Driver’s License Seminar will be offered 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 1 in TT101 for $50.
Beginning Cake Decorating will be offered from 7-10 p.m., Monday, May 3-July 15 in AA154 for $80.00
Defensive Driving Seminar will be offered from 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, May 15 in TT101 for $50.
Certified Medication Aide will be offered from 4:30-8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday June 7-July 12 in T134. The cost is $80.
For information or to enroll in the course, call 620-624-1173 or email

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the Petroleum Industry Education Committee has scheduled the 58th Gs Compressor Institute, April 19-21, at the Seward County Event Center in Liberal, Kansas.
Keynote speaker is Marita Noon, executive director of CARE (Citizens’ Alliance for Responsible Energy). Noon has quickly become known in the energy industry as a powerful voice advocating for the industry and citizens’ right to energy that is abundant, available and affordable. CARE is associated with the New Mexico Oil & Gas Industry and its platform is the general statement: Energy Makes America Great! Marita’s pro-energy commentaries have been published in newspapers and industry publications from coast-to-coast and online commentary sites world-wide. Marita is a published author and has served as the president of a communications company.
This year’s conference offers a unique opportunity for technicians to participate in the following classes: CATERPILLAR Gas Engine Technology; ARIEL Factory Training; Hands-On training in Basic Electronics and Compressor Panel Repair; Drive Selection and Maintenance; Laser Alignment; Air Fuel Ratio; and Reading and Understanding Engineering Drawings. The Caterpillar and Ariel classes will begin at 1 p.m., Monday, April 19 through 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 21. Pre-registration is required for the Caterpillar class; seating is limited for both classes.
Tuesday lunch sponsors are Great Plains Gas Compression and Foley Equipment Company. The Wednesday lunch sponsors are Disco, Inc. and Stewart and Stevenson.
“We know everyone in our industry is busy and fewer people are expected to do more work, many times with fewer resources,” said GCI Chairman Ken Croy. “We think this slate of courses and Liberal’s location provides a win/win for users in our 5-State Region. Some of these courses would normally require a lengthy and expensive trip to a factory somewhere. Having these sessions right here in Southwest Kansas makes optimum use of your training dollar.”
An integral part of the Institute is the 7th Annual Breeze Masters Golf Tournament. This is a four-person scramble format and an opportunity to enjoy yourself on Monday the 19th. This will be held a Liberal’s premier Willow Tree Golf Course, with lunch provided by Cameron Compression Services and Reynolds-French & Company. For more information on Breeze Masters or hole sponsorships, contact Cody Long at 806-595-0622.
Funds generated by sponsorships and attendance at the Institute provide scholarships at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for students who are interested in the oil and gas industry.
For more information or to register for the Institute and/or golf tournament, go online at
For Further information contact: Chair Ken Croy, Swagelok, Liberal; 620-624-7670; First Vice-Chair, Don Ukens, Wireless Data Communications, Liberal 620-626-6800; Second Vice Chair, Cody Long, Cameron Compressor Systems, Amarillo TX, 806-595-0622; Reenie Jackson, SCCC/ATS Business and Industry Director, 620-417-1171; or Dave Miller, PIE Board President, Great Plains Gas Compression, Hugoton, 620-544-3440.

Students Mateus Cabizuca-Garcia, Sao Lourenco, Brazil, and Lindy Kowalchuk, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, entertained guests recently at the annual Board of Governors meeting of the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation. The college is beginning a scholarship drive as well as a phon-a-thon to raise money for scholarships. To donate to the foundation, call 620-417-1131 or go online to

For more information, contact Andy Yoxall,
Students in activities and athletics at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be conducting a phon-a-thon to raise money for scholarships through the SCCC/ATS Foundation.
Students will be calling alumni and friends from 5-8 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, 12-7 p.m., Saturday, and 3-7 p.m., Sunday.
If you would like to make a donation to the foundation, call 620-417-1131 or go online to