Students in Art Appreciation classes at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School created their own action paintings that are now on display in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas. The exercise gives students first-hand experience with creating art and helps them understand how difficult this process can actually be.  The concept is based on the artwork of Jackson Pollock. Instructor Dustin Farmer said he wanted to educate his students in the process of creating and displaying the works that are created by an artist and help them understand that the final product isn’t the whole concept.

Three Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students were recently selected as state SkillsUSA officers.
David Winkler of Plains, Brandon Bruner of Hooker, Okla., and Caleb Crawford of Texhoma, Okla., are new state officers. Each will participate in a leadership conference to determine which offices they will hold.
Winkler is also the local and district vice president; Bruner is the local secretary and district historian; and Crawford is local and district reporter.
SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled work force. The organization helps each student excel.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students Corey Clark, Higgins, Texas, left; Janette Vargas, Liberal; and Enrique Rodriguez, Ulysses, placed second in the crime scene competition recently at the American Criminal Justice Association Region III Conference. Part-Time Instructor Zach Kean, placed third in physical agility; and Criminal Justice Instructor Cristy Mulanax placed first in physical agility. Region III consists of Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri.  There were approximately 160 participants this year, which was largest regional competition in several years.

The KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have teamed up to offer two new courses for age 50+ learners in Southwest Kansas.
These short, non-credit courses offer innovative learning opportunities for the sheer joy of learning.
“Old Soldiers Never Die: Civil War Veterans and the Settling of Kansas” will be offered 2-4 p.m., Nov. 1, 8 and 15 in AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
What is less often discussed is the tremendous influx of veterans in the years immediately following the Civil War. These veterans helped to create the state of Kansas and were an important reason it became known as "the Soldier State." This course will examine the immigration patterns of these soldiers as they came to Kansas and will chronicle their important achievements in helping to create the state we now call home.
The second course, “Globalization: America’s Evolving Role in the World of Today and Tomorrow,” will be offered from 7-9 p.m., Nov. 9, 16, and 23 in AA137 of the Hobble Academic Building, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The world's political and economic landscape is changing more rapidly today than at any point in history. The driving force behind these changes, through which world powers are made and broken, is globalization. This process has at once fueled the growth and wealth of the United States and presented it with a variety of new challenges. Explore with us what globalization holds for the future of the U.S., for our daily lives, and for nations and societies around the globe.
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.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library continues its “Lunch in the Library” series with living historian Marc Ferguson as famed buffalo hunter Billy Dixon at 12 noon, Wednesday, Nov. 3.
Dixon gained fame as a hunter and scout, but was probably best remembered for what happened in 1874 at the Battle of Adobe Walls. As part of a small trading community in the Texas panhandle, Dixon was one of 29 people who held off an attack of 700 Plains Indian warriors. Dixon was also one of only eight civilians in U.S. history to receive the Medal of Honor.
Bring your own lunch and the library will provide the drinks and cookies! Those in attendance will have a chance to win tickets to the Dalton Gang hideout in Meade.
For information, contact Matthew Pannkuk at 620- 417-1161.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical Schools students were recently initiated into Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s national honor society. From left, front row, are Kaisha Pittser, Liberal; Blake Bradley, Kismet; Adriana Vazquez, Liberal; Julia Burris, Perryton; Hannah Rotolo, Liberal; Liberty Feenstra, Liberal; Cassandra Quillen, Hugoton; Gwen Friesen, Moscow; and back row, Juraj Steponovich, Russia; Aaron Schaffer, Liberal; Joshua Towner, Liberal; Britny Butler, Plains; Obdulia Covarubias, Liberal Alexa Wentworth, Liberal; Luis Fuentes, Liberal; Luis Pauyac, Brazil; Barbara Hanna, Liberal; and Landon Harp, Liberal.
 Ricky Rodriguez of Ulysses, a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School works at a concession stand at the Air Show 2010 recently with other Phi Theta Kappa members.  Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society at SCCC/ATS, contributed 60 percent of their proceeds to the Mid America Air Museum.
Nancy Cardoza
The federal Student Support Services grant at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has been renewed for another five-year cycle.
The grant, according to Director Rhonda Kinser, will continue “to play a critical role for the college in supporting the persistence, graduation, transfer and ultimate academic success of our most at-risk students.”
The SSS eligible population at SCCC/ATS reflects the struggling economic, social and educational conditions prevalent in this rural four-state border region, Kinser said. These socio-economic circumstances result in an extremely high number of first-generation, low-income, and academically under prepared students. Thus, the need for such a grant as Student Support Service; since its inception in 2005 this successful SSS project has provided assistance to over 800 students.
SCCC/ATS graduate Nancy Cardoza was one of the students who took advantage of the SSS program. She said she came to SCCC/ATS because it was closer to home and really affordable. The scholarship opportunities through the SSS program really assisted with her education. Other benefits of this program included tutoring, laptops that could be check out, peer mentors, academic advisers and the opportunity to take university tours, she said.
“I personally took advantage of their tutoring services, especially in English since that was one of my weak areas,” Cardoza said. “I also took advantage of their university tours, which was one of the main reasons why I decided to further my education.” She clearly remembers wanting to tour the University of Kansas, but she didn’t have the money to do that on her own. The SSS program gave her the opportunity to tour KU for free, so she jumped on the opportunity.
After graduating from SCCC/ATS, Cardoza continued her education at the University of Kansas. She is currently studying law at Florida Coastal School of Law.
Each year 160 students participate in the SSS project and receive academic, transfer, and career advising as well as one-on-one tutoring from professional academic specialists who hold at least a bachelor’s degree, Kinser said.
“It is an awesome program,” Cardoza said. They will help you answer many of your academic questions and if they do not know the answer they will find someone who does.” This program is one of the best programs to be a part of when it comes to furthering your education and being able to network.
“I highly recommend students to get an education beyond high school, Cardoza said. “Everyone is capable of furthering his or her education. You just have to set your mind to it. For students debating whether or not they want to keep up their education after high school, I would say just do it. It will be a great experience, plus it will MAKE you grow up. You become an adult, but not just any adult, you become an educated, mature one.”

The place to be Thursday, Oct. 28 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. 28 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.
Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes, carrying their Halloween sacks.
Trick or Treat Street is free and open to the public.

Hall of Terror, Creepy Crazy Doctor’s Office, Goblin Grave Yard, Wicked Psycho Clowns. These are just a few of the terrifying rooms that Students in a Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, will have as part of their Haunted House.
The Haunted House will be from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28; 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30; and 4-9 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31 in the Agriculture Building on the north side of the SCCC/ATS campus.
The cost is $5 per person and SIFE members will use the proceeds to help fund their spring competition.
For information, call 6200-417-1355.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, is offering a number of short courses this October and November.
Courses include”:
Commercial Driver License Seminar, Saturday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., TT101, $50
Defensive Driving Course Seminar, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6, TT101, $50
Certified Nurse Aide, 11/22-2/1, 4:30-8:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, T134, $425
Some courses require textbooks and supplies for an additional cost.
For additional information, call 620-417-1173 or email .

Learn to develop strategies for managing negative attitudes and behaviors in the workplace through the workshop “Pot Scrubbers vs. Pot Stirrers.”
The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26 in room SW229 C&D at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
The cost is $75 per person. Group rates are available.
For information or to enroll, call the SCCC/ATS office of business and industry, 620-417-1170

Participants could step back in time to Boeing’s 1945 wartime aircraft plant as Gladys Haines demonstrated how women worked on a B-29 and other airplanes in the 1940s. Gladys the Riveter put on her demonstration at the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School library recently.

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, Oct. 17, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.

The federal Student Support Services grant at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has been renewed for another five-year cycle.
The grant, according to Director Rhonda Kinser, will continue "to play a critical role for the college in supporting the persistence, graduation, transfer and ultimate academic success of our most at-risk students."

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Susan Copas, art instructor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is the Kansas 2010-11 Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator of the Year.
She will be presented her ward at this year’s Kansas ft Education Association’s Fall Conference Awards luncheon in Manhattan.
Most recently, Copas has had two paintings accepted in the annual juried show at CityArts in Wichita. The paintings are on display this month at 334 N. Meade in Wichita. She will have an opportunity to win prize money as well.
“Susan is a wonderful example of what it means to be an art educator and an artist in the world today., “ said Sue Atchison, KAEA representative. The Kansas Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization dedicated to the growth and development of art educators and the advancement of high quality art education.
Copas obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fine arts in Painting from the University of Kansas, where she was also later awarded a $1,000 undergraduate research grant. In the past, she has also taught children’s art classes through Baker Arts Center and the Garden City Recreation Commission.

Are you interested in becoming a teacher? Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Kansas State University have a great opportunity for you.
The SCCC/ATS Education program is hosting a meeting with Pedro Espinoza at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14, in Room H113 of the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
Individuals can start their education at SCCC/ATS and transfer to K-State as part of the Project ADVOCATE program (Adding Diverse Voices and Opening doors to Change: Advancing Teacher Education).
The goal is to recruit, prepare, mentor and graduate bilingual Elementary and Secondary education candidates who are highly skilled to serve English as a Second Language children.
To find out more about the program, attend the meeting or contact Debbie Stafford at 620-417-1106.

The Machine Tool program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has had a long-standing relationship with Experitec in Liberal but this year the relationship got even better. Students in Machine Tool Technology used the program’s new “water-jet” machine to cut 200 parts for a radio mounting bracket. In the past, each of these parts would have taken about 5 minutes a piece to create. This year with the new water-jet machine the parts each took about a minute. Above, Tho Vo and Lorenzo Rios, both of Liberal, are just two of the students who are developing the skills needed to run this and other CNC (Computer Numeric Control) devices. Students in the Drafting Technology and Welding Technology programs will also use this machine. All CNC controlled machines can operate with coordinates, which can be generated from computer drawings through Drafting and other programs.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library will present the traveling exhibit, “Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest” throughout October.
Throughout much of the 20th century, Kansas has produced more wheat than most other countries. It comes as little surprise that Kansas is known by the nicknames “Wheat State” and “breadbasket.” It is a matter of great pride to farmers in the state that claims to feed the world.
“Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest” looks at why harvest is so important. More than just economic survival for farmers, it is a part of our past and our tradition. From the Golden Age of threshing to computerized combines, harvest time holds memories for many Kansans.
This exhibit also explores how changes in technology have influenced Kansas farm families. From field equipment to how meals are prepared and served are featured. Other aspects such as nature, storage, and after-harvest festivals are examined within the exhibit.
“Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest” was produced by the Kansas State Historical Society and is part of the Kansas Interpretive Traveling Exhibits Service.
The exhibit is free. For more information, contact the SCCC/ATS Library at 620-417-1160.

SkillsUSA students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will host a chili supper fundraiser from 5-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 8, in the Liberal High School cafeteria prior to LHS Homecoming.
Tickets will be available at the door $7 adults and $5 children, 8 and under.