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Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction at Seward County Community College/Area Technical, signed a guaranteed admission advantage agreement with Jim Cox, coordinator of partnerships and recruitment at Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas. Students who transfer from SCCC/ATS to Sterling have the option of either an on-campus program or an online program. This is the latest agreement between SCCC/ATS and four-year colleges and universities, which help ease the transfer process for our graduates.

First place went to Lester Withers, a Sublette High School junior, for his sonnet. Second prize went to Erin Linn, Sublette High School senior, for “Meet Me on the Moon.”  Winning third for her poem “Sunset, ” was Sublette senior Vanessa Berg.
Sublette students swept a high school poetry contest hosted by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, winning first, second, and third places. The winners, along with SCCC/ATS students and faulty, read their poems Thursday evening at the Poetry Coffee House at SCCC/ATS.
First place went to Lester Withers, a Sublette High School junior, for his sonnet. He was awarded a $100 SCCC/ATS scholarship, a $25 Spencer Browne’s gift card, $25 cash, “The Poet” Magnetic Poetry set, and other prizes.
Second prize went to Erin Linn, Sublette High School senior, for “Meet Me on the Moon.” Linn received a $100 SCCC/ATS scholarship, a $10 Spencer Browne’s gift card, $15 cash, “The Poet” Magnetic Poetry set, and other prizes.
Winning third for her poem “Sunset,” was Sublette senior Vanessa Berg, who received a $5 Spencer Browne’s gift card, $15 cash, “The Poet” Magnetic Poetry set, and other prizes.
The Coffee House also showcased ten SCCC/ATS students reading their original or favorite poetry, along with SCCC/ATS English instructors Bill McGlothing and Janice Northerns.
McGlothing pronounced the event a success. “We had a fine mix of poems, readers, and listeners,” he said. “It was an exceptional evening. I hope everyone who was there enjoyed it as much as I did.”
Readers from SCCC/ATS included Chris Bobeda, Tyrone, Okla.; Heidy Molina, Liberal; Kirsten Morris, Ulysses; Celestina Padilla, Liberal; R. E. Longoria, Liberal; Ananda Coleman, Liberal; Raul Lemus, Liberal; Liberty Brown, Liberal; Maverick Elam, Hardesty, Okla.; and Hope LaFreniere, Liberal. Bobeda also entertained the crowd with original songs, accompanying himself on acoustic guitar.
The evening also featured a crowd-sourced poem. Northerns invited audience members to jot down the most recent activity they had put off doing and incorporated some of those into her poem, “Crowd-Sourced Pain.” All who participated had their names entered in a drawing for a signed copy of B. H. Fairchild’s most recent poetry book, which was won by Heidy Molina.
This was the third year for the Poetry Coffee House, and organizers plan to continue it.
“April is National Poetry Month, and hosting a Coffee House is a great way to allow folks to enjoy listening to some of our local poets,” Northerns said.
Poems by several of the SCCC/ATS students who read at Thursday’s Coffee House will appear in the upcoming edition of Telolith, the school’s award-winning creative writing/art journal. The new issue will be out in early May, and a reception is planned for 12:30 p.m. May 11 in the lobby of the Shank Humanities Building at SCCC/ATS to celebrate its release and honor the contributors. The public in invited.

Washington, DC, April 22, 2012 –Highlighting the critical importance of improving student success in America’s community colleges, the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program today named Seward County Community College/Area Technical School as one the nation’s 120 top community colleges, challenging it to compete for the $1 million fund for the 2013 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute identified the 120 community colleges -- 10 percent of all institutions -- using a quantitative formula that assesses performance and improvement in four areas: graduation rates, degrees awarded, student retention rates, and equity in student outcomes. These colleges will now compete for the prestigious honor following a year-long research process into how well their students learn, complete degrees, and get jobs with competitive wages after graduating. A full list of the 120 community colleges is available at www.AspenCCPrize.org. Prize winners will be announced in March 2013.
The first inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence was awarded to the 70,000-student Valencia College (Orlando, Florida) in December 2011. It was the first broad national recognition of extraordinary accomplishments at individual community colleges.
Some seven million students – youth and adult learners – enroll in America’s nearly 1,200 public and private community colleges every year.
“The success of our nation’s community colleges is more important than ever before,” said Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Executive Director Josh Wyner, who today announced the names of the 120 top community colleges at the annual convention of the American Association of Community Colleges in Orlando, Florida. “At a time when a college degree is essential to entering the middle class, community colleges like SCCC/ATS offer the most promising path to education and employment for literally millions of Americans. This competition spotlights excellence and we encourage SCCC/ASTS to apply for the nation’s top community college prize to help raise the bar for all community colleges to improve student achievement and better prepare the next generation for the job market after college.”
“This is quite an honor for our college and recognition of the excellence we believe we provide to our students and community,” said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president. “We hope to be finalist in the selection process; however, being recognized by the Aspen Institute as among the top 10% of two year colleges in the nation is quite an honor in itself. The initial selection is based on national data and we don’t apply for that so I believe the recognition by the Aspen Institute as a first round finalist is credit to our faculty, staff, students, and community for the support of our college.”
SCCC/ATS and 119 other community colleges will be winnowed to eight-to-ten finalists in September based on how much students learn, how many complete their programs on time, and how well students do in the job market after graduating.
SCCC/ATS is now eligible to submit an application containing detailed data on these criteria. It must demonstrate that it delivers exceptional student results, uses data to drive decisions, and continually improves over time.
The Aspen Institute will conduct site visits to each of the finalists in the fall. A distinguished Prize Jury co-chaired by John Engler, president of Business Roundtable, former Michigan Governor, and former president of the National Association of Manufacturers and Richard Riley, former South Carolina Governor and U.S. Secretary of Education, will select a grand prize winner and four runners-up, to be announced in March 2013.
“American employers have jobs open right now but lack enough skilled, educated workers to fill them,” Engler said. “The job training programs at community colleges must play a central role in filling those gaps and preparing the American workforce. Community colleges’ success will help determine whether and in what sectors America will continue to lead in the global economy.”
While every community college faces challenges, particularly in today’s economic climate, Secretary Riley underscored the importance of improving outcomes for community college students, the majority of whom are underrepresented minorities, “Many community colleges across this country are doing an excellent job of boosting student success, but we need to encourage all community colleges achieve excellence. When students learn more, graduate or transfer to four-year institutions, and get competitive-wage jobs after college, it helps everyone - students, employers and our nation’s economy as a whole.”



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The Aspen Prize is funded by America Achieves, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Joyce Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Lumina Foundation for Education.

The Aspen College Excellence Program aims to identify and replicate campus-wide practices that significantly improve college student outcomes. Through the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the New College Leadership Project and other initiatives, the College Excellence Program works to improve colleges’ understanding and capacity to teach and graduate students, especially the growing population of low-income and minority students on American campuses. For more information, visit http://www.aspeninstitute.org/policy-work/aspen-prize.


The Aspen Institute mission is twofold: to foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and to provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues. The Aspen Institute does this primarily in four ways: seminars, young-leader fellowships around the globe, policy programs, and public conferences and events. The Institute is based in Washington, DC; Aspen, Colorado; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.


The Crusader student newspaper staff of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received a Silver Medalist Award for overall newspaper and won 31 individual awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention April 15-16 in Salina.
“This Crusader group placed in 19 of the 22 categories,” said Anita Reed, faculty adviser and journalism instructor. “That is quite an accomplishment and really shows the balanced talent and skills of these students.” 
The awards included six first-place awards, eight second-place awards, seven third-place awards and 10 honorable mentions.
Crusader editor-in-chief Heidy Molina, sports editor Levi Adams, news editor Celestina Padilla, and staff writers Matthew Adkins, Sandy Alfaro, Tonya Loewen and Jose Medrano, along with Reed, represented SCCC/ATS at the state KACP convention.
Twenty colleges from across Kansas and 191 students and advisers registered for the convention that had a total of 1,773 entries submitted to this year’s contests.
Of those, 516 entered contest pieces in the two-year college newspaper category.
The convention started Sunday afternoon with workshops, an AP Style copy-editing contest, publication critiques and an awards ceremony.
Crusader sports editor Levi Adams placed first in the AP Style contest.
“I was surprised to win, Adams said, first because there were a lot of people in the contest, and I have never been in an AP Style contest before.”  Adams also took second in series writing, and a third in sports column writing.
“Of the five winners in the AP Style copy-editing contest, three were from Seward,” Reed said. “It’s especially satisfying to me that our students did so well in the on-site contest.” Loewen placed third and Adkins won honorable mention.
On Monday morning, staff members attended workshops ranging from journalism job tips and writing tips to ideas for First Amendment food gatherings.
The convention ended with the final awards ceremony Monday, and the Crusader received its Silver Medalist Award during that ceremony. The keynote speaker was Larry Hatteberg of KAKE-TV, who spoke to students about interviewing ethics and the television industry. He discussed some of the pitfalls of social media and reminded journalists that they are “always 140 characters from getting fired.”
The Crusader staff collected the 31 awards over the two days of the convention.
Crusader staff writer Sandy Alfaro received first place in feature writing, second place in infographic design and an honorable mention in sports writing.   
CrusaderNews.com online editor Raul Lemus received five awards. A first place was awarded to Lemus in feature photography. Lemus received two second places, one in headline writing and another in front page design. Two honorable mentions were awarded to Lemus in feature writing and editorial writing.
In addition to her third-place copy-editing award, Crusader staff writer Tonya Loewen received another third-place award for interior page design. Loewen also received a honorable mention for sports feature writing.
Editor-in-chief Heidy Molina received a first place in news photography and a second place in editorial writing. She also shared honors in a photo essay award with Alfredo Anaya, Connie Whiteley and Lizuly Monarrez.
“The staff this year was very talented and passionate about the stories they wrote, and the awards helped prove it,” Molina said.
Crusader staff writer Jose Medrano received two awards, an honorable mention in sports writing and a honorable mention in sports photography. Crusader staff writer Morgan Wills received three awards, first place in sports feature writing, second place in sports feature writing and third place in feature photography.
Since the annual contest has entries from February of 2011 through February of 2012, previous members of the Crusader also won awards. Anaya, one of last year's co-editors, was awarded a third place for infographic design, Chandler Brockett received a second place for sports column writing and Whiteley was a awarded a first place for series writing.
Jose Rodriquez placed second in single ad design, and Miguel Campano received an honorable mention in sports photography.
Octavio Rodriguez received three awards, third place in cartoons, third place in review writing and a honorable mention in illustration.
 In addition to the state awards, the Crusader staff also won a national award this month. The American Scholastic Press Association presented the Crusader with a first-place award.

Crusader staff members won a Silver Medalist award for overall newspaper and 31 individual awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Salina. Shown above are Crusader staff members, front row, Celestina Padilla, Tyrone, Okla.; Heidy Molina, Liberal; Tonya Loewen, Meade. Back row, Sandy Alfaro, Liberal; Levi Adams, Liberal; Jose Medrano, Liberal; and Matthew Adkins, Liberal.

Crusader sports editor Levi Adams won first place in the on-site copy-editing contest at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Salina last week. Tonya Loewen won third and Matthew Adkins received an honorable mention. Seward students claimed three of the top five awards in the contest.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will honor Dale Reed, dean of outreach, from 4-5:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10 in SW229 C&D.
Reed is retiring from the college after 29 years of service. He was also a member of the first Saints Basketball Team when the college opened its doors in 1969 and the first graduating class in 1971. He also served as head coach of the Saints Basketball Team for 13 years, director of business and industry and associate dean of educational services.
The public is invited to the reception.


ollowing months of much anticipated waiting, the Saints Athletics Hall of Fame has inducted its inaugural class. Friday night at the Athletics/Hall of Fame Banquet, four individuals and one team became the first to be enshrined in the hall. Long time coaches Galen McSpadden and Jim Littell as well as former NJCAA Players of the Year Cory Patton and Kim Ortega joined the 2001-2002 Women’s Basketball team as the Class of 2012. Amidst the uncountable memories shared during the evening and the stories and laughs of times past, the one theme that seemed to come out the most was that the group of 21 were home once again as they were honored in the Greenhouse in front of a capacity crowd.

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After a banner season at Seward County, leading his team to a Jayhawk West Championship, a Region VI Championship, and a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, Saints sophomore Deverell Biggs will be headed back home next season after signing at the University of Nebraska. Biggs, an Omaha native, put up stellar numbers in his only season in green and white in 2011-2012. He averaged 14.6 points and over 3 steals and 3 assists per game for the Saints. Biggs finished the season with over 100 steals and 100 assists, making him one of just two players in school history to accomplish that feat.

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Jett Eder grew up in a family and community that placed tremendous value on higher education. Both parents have a Bachelor of Science degree and pushed their four children to pursue a college education. The Sharon Springs native is proud of the educational foundation he received at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
The animal science major graduated from SCCC/ATS in 2009. He credits having a close relationship with his academic advisor with his courses all transferring to Oklahoma State University. When asked what his favorite part of SCCC/ATS was, Eder quickly mentioned cohesion.

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Letter to the editor:
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is celebrating April as national community college month. The theme designated nationally for this celebration is “Caring for the community” and SCCC/ATS strives to carry this theme forward throughout the year. Community colleges are a unique model of higher education in the world and were established primarily to provide access and affordability to the public. We are proud that the vast majority of our students are from our region and nearly 80% of our students are Kansas residents. Additionally, we are proud that our students and employees have contributed an estimated $2 milion in volunteerism to our area communities. It is that connection to our role as a community college that provides an avenue for our students and employees to prove that we truly are “caring for our community”.

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The Seward County Lady Saints tennis team will be playing at the NJCAA National Tournament yet again this May after finishing in 3rd place at this weekend’s Region VI Tournament in Wichita. The Lady Saints finished with 15.5 points and got 2nd place finishes from Dariya Dashutina, Leticia Monteiro, and Kurstie Zepeda in singles and a 2nd place finish from Monteiro and Caitlin Workman in #3 doubles.

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For the third straight season the Seward County Saints Tennis team has earned a berth in the NJCAA National Tournament. The Saints finished in 3rd place at the Region VI Tournament over the weekend which qualifies them to head to the National Championships yet again. Seward managed 13 points on the weekend in Wichita, placing 3rd behind Cowley who swept all nine spots and finished with 27 points, and Johnson County who was 2nd with 18 points. Felipe Cruz was the Saints top individual performer, finishing 2nd in the tournament in #2 singles.

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Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, is currently accepting orders for floral bouquets to be given to the SCCC/ATS graduates.
Prepaid orders will be accepted through May 4, and the cost of the flowers is $20 for a half dozen and $25 for a full dozen. The bouquets will be available on May 12, prior to the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony.
The rose bouquets make lovely Mother’s Day gifts as well, so please consider purchasing one for the special person in your life!
Should you have any questions, call 620-417-1455 or email at debbie.stafford@sccc.edu.

Crusader staff members showcase their 31 individual awards by spelling out SCCC following the awards ceremony at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention in Salina. In addition to a strong showing in the individual awards, in which the staff placed in 19 of 22 total categories, the staff also won a Silver Medalist Award in the overall competition. Shown above are Crusader staff members Matthew Adkins, Liberal; Levi Adams, Liberal; Jose Medrano, Liberal; Heidy Molina, Liberal; Celestina Padilla, Tyrone, Okla.; Tonya Loewen, Meade; and Sandy Alfaro, Liberal.

The Crusader student newspaper staff of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received a Silver Medalist Award for overall newspaper and won 31 individual awards at the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention April 15-16 in Salina.
“This Crusader group placed in 19 of the 22 categories,” said Anita Reed, faculty adviser and journalism instructor. “That is quite an accomplishment and really shows the balanced talent and skills of these students.”
The awards included six first-place awards, eight second-place awards, seven third-place awards and 10 honorable mentions.
Crusader editor-in-chief Heidy Molina, sports editor Levi Adams, news editor Celestina Padilla, and staff writers Matthew Adkins, Sandy Alfaro, Tonya Loewen and Jose Medrano, along with Reed, represented SCCC/ATS at the state KACP convention.

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Kathy Williams Wyer, a graduate of the SCCC/ATS Nursing program, will be the speaker for the 41st annual graduation at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, 10 a.m., Saturday, May 12 in the SCCC/ATS gymnasium.
Wyer, who was originally from Rolla, graduated from the Licensed Practical Nursing program in 1998 and the Associate Degree Nursing program in 1999.
While at SCCC/ATS, Wyer was active in many student, music, academic, and nursing clubs and held offices in most of them. Wyer also represented SCCC and the state of Kansas as the Kansas Regional President of Phi Theta Kappa. She said she was the first person in the history of Kansas who was privileged to be re-elected to serve two consecutive terms for Phi Theta Kappa.
After graduating from SCCC/ATS, she married Paul Wyer, who graduated from the SCCC/ATS Respiratory Therapy program with a certificate in 1998 and an associate’s degree in 1999. Their three children are Tiffany 10, Ethan 7, and Eyan 3.

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College was an easy choice for former Lady Saint Amy (James) Felker. Her parents and friends were very supportive of her choice to attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  
The Dighton native said doors opened for her when she chose SCCC/ATS.  “A shy small-town girl was embraced and given a chance to figure out who I was and what I wanted to become.”
Amy also pointed out the importance of her booster club parents, the Colvins and the Duncans. “You can’t replace them because they were my family away from home.”
 Specialized attention was one of the great aspects of choosing a community college. Felker said she was someone at SCCC/ATS, not just a number.

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After leading his Saints to a 31-7 season and a 3rd place finish at the NJCAA National Tournament, Seward County Saints Head Coach has been named the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year.

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The Seward County Saints reminded the Pratt Beavers this weekend at Brent Gould Field that no matter how improved you are, the road to the top still goes through Liberal in the Jayhawk West Conference. The Saints took game one 7-4 and finished the day one sweep with a 6-4 game in the nightcap of the double header and followed that with a 2-0 win in game three and a come from behind 8-7 win in the series finale to finish the series sweep.

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Behind good pitching and timely hitting, the Seward County Lady Saints worked a perfect 3-0 Saturday at the Colby Tournament this weekend before day two of the classic was cancelled due to rain. In their first game the Lady Saints took down Jayhawk East foe Cloud County 2-1 thanks to a good pitching performance from Jill Dickson. Their second game pitted them against Luna and Seward shook off a scare from the Lady Roughriders with two runs in the 5th and another 2 in the 6th to come away with a 6-3 win. In their final game of the day they made things a little bit easier on themselves, winning 9-0 over Southeast in 5 innings thanks in part to a complete game shutout from Brittney Sharkey.

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Kristen Sadler of Liberal tells fifth graders about the nursing program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Sadler is completing the Licensed Practical Nursing program this spring. Each year Liberal fifth graders have the opportunity to tour the Epworth Allied Health Education Center and learn about Nursing, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Medical Assistant and Respiratory Therapy.

The Music Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present its spring concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater, featuring Concert Band and Singing Saints Concert Choir.
Tickets are $3 and are available by calling 620-417-1451 or coming by the office in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. Courtesy card holders and students are free with an ID.

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The students from the Personal Development for the Workplace class at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be hosting a car wash at the North Pizza Hut parking lot on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m.-12 noon. The class requires the students to select a service project as a group to give back to the community. After discussing the many opportunities and service organizations in the community of Liberal, the students decided on the car wash and will be donating the proceeds to the Stepping Stone Shelter.
Kelsey Wilson, a student in the class and member of the Lady Saints basketball team, will be talking with Joe Denoyer on 1270 AM on April 18 along with Susan Lukwago, board member for the Stepping Stones Shelter, to inform the community of the shelter's needs. The students would like to encourage everyone in the community to come out and get their car washed. The suggested donation for the car washing service is $10.
The Personal Development for the Workplace class is all about helping students evolve their characters as professional men and women by helping them focus on a career choice through determining their personal values, designing personal development plans for the next three years of their life with goals and strategies, choosing a service project to give back to their community, developing their resumés and cover letters for their first jobs, performing mock interviews with leaders in the community of Liberal in the area of interest they choose and learning to work with teams.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come-and-go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, April 29, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $6 per person and includes student entertainment.


Want to fulfill your dreams of becoming a truck driver?
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins its next six-week Truck Driving Course, May 21.
Sessions will also begin Aug. 13 and Oct. 9.
The course runs from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday, plus three Saturdays for CDL, DDC and CPR training.
The cost is $620 tuition, $859 applied course fee and $100 fuel surcharge fee, plus books and incidentals.
For information, call Michael McCarthy at 620-417-1696 or visit campus at 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal.
In the midst of a monster season, it was just a matter of time before Seward County right-hander Gavin Glanz was named the KJCCC Pitcher of the Week. After a complete game shutout against the Hutchinson Blue Dragons on Friday, Glanz has done just that as announced by the conference on Wednesday. Glanz continued his dominance of the league on Saturday at Hutchinson, throwing the shutout against the Dragons, striking out 8 without walking a batter. The complete game win was the second straight for Glanz and the sophomore has now left the Seward bullpen with just 2 innings to cover in his past 5 starts, including 3 nine inning complete game victories.

The Music Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present its spring concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 3 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater, featuring Concert Band and Singing Saints Concert Choir.
Tickets are $3 and are available by calling 620-417-1451 or coming by the office in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. Courtesy card holders and students are free with an ID.
Money raised will go the SCCC/ATS Foundation for scholarships.

Members of the Lady Saints volleyball team (pictured above) made calls during the Annual Phon-a-thon to raise money for student scholarships.  Students from campus clubs and teams as well as college employees made calls to alumni, family, and friends from March 26 through April 5.  Students and staff met this year’s phon-a-thon goal of $30, 000 in pledges.  Anyone who did not receive a call and would like to make a donation to the student scholarship fund may call the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School development office at 620-417-1131 or go online to alumni.sccc.edu/donations/ to donate by credit card
Seward County sophomore guard Deverell Biggs has brought home enough awards over the past few weeks to fill a small car, but Tuesday, he picked up one that is sure to top the list as the Saints star was named a 1st Team All-American by the NJCAA, becoming the first Seward player to be named a 1st Team All-American since Devonne Giles did so when Biggs was in just 5th grade in 2003.

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Seward County Lady Saint forward Ashlynn Knoll has been showered with awards during her two seasons with the green and white and Tuesday the awards hit a peak as the NJCAA announced that Knoll was named an Honorable Mention NJCAA All-American for her work on the court this season.

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The place to be Sunday, April 22 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal for the Spring Fiesta.
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.
Student clubs and organizations will be selling food to raise money for their many activities and trips.
April is National Community College Month.
Seward County Saints pitching held a hot hitting Hutchinson team to just 6 runs in 4 games this weekend, helping secure a series win and a move to the top of the Jayhawk West standings on Eastern weekend at Hobart-Detter Field in Hutchinson. The Saints won game one 3-1 behind a strong start from Keegan Hucul and finished the Friday sweep with a 7-0 win thanks in part to a complete game shutout from Gavin Glanz. In game three Seward had a golden opportunity to win the series as they were up 4-2 going into the 6th inning but Hutch came back to win 5-4 in walk off fashion in the 7th. In the series finale Seward rode the right arm of TJ Looney who allowed just 4 hits in a complete game win while striking out 9 as the Saints cruised to a 9-1 win to take the series.

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Do you know what it costs today for a student to attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School?
The SCCC/ATS Foundation has established a new campaign to help people better understand the cost of an education today.
Suggested giving levels for the FundOne campaign are:
Fund One Credit Hour, $50—Average price to enroll in one credit hour. Most classes are three credit hours.
Fund One Book, $100—Average textbook price.
Fund One Class, $250—Average cost of one three-credit hour class and one book.
Fund One Semester of Books, $500—Books for five classes, each with one $100 textbook.
Fund One Semester of Tuition, $750—15 credit hours @ $50 each--the equivalent of one full-time semester.
Fund One Year of Tuition, $1,500—One year (two semesters) of full-time enrollment.
Fund One Career Certificate, $2,000—Career and technical programs average 40 credit hours @ $50 each.
Fund One Degree, $5,000—Tuition and books for a two-year Associate's degree.
Fund One Endowment, $10,000—Start a new endowment fund, which provides a perpetual source of scholarship support from investment income.
For information, contact the development office at 620-417-1131 or make a secure donation online at alumni.sccc.edu/donations.

In celebration of National Poetry Month, a Poetry Coffee House is planned for 7 p.m. April 26 at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
The event will feature SCCC/ATS students reading their original poetry, live music, and readings by the winners of a high school poetry contest.
Hot coffee, iced coffee, and gourmet appetizers and sweets will be served up along with the poetry and music.
This is the third year for SCCC/ATS’s Humanities Division to host a Coffee House.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, April 14 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. Students must bring a Kansas driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or lori.clay@sccc.edu.

Area high school juniors and seniors are invited to enter a poetry contest sponsored by the English Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Total prizes to be awarded are valued at more than $300, and the contest is open to any junior or senior student enrolled in a public or private high school in Kansas or a bordering state.
First, second, and third-place winners will be special guests at a Poetry Coffee House on April 26 at SCCC/ATS, where they will read their poems aloud.
First place will receive a $100 scholarship to SCCC/ATS, $25 in cash, and other prizes. Second place will be awarded a $100 scholarship, $15 in cash, and other prizes. Third prize is $15 in cash, plus other prizes.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the Pipeline Institute for Education will hold its 60th annual Gas Compressor Institute April 17-18 at the Seward County Event Center.
Tuesday, April 17 participants can learn about High Speed Recip Maintenance and Repair; Emission Requirements and Standards, CAT, Basic Electronics, and Trouble-Shooting Compressor Systems. Workshops for Wednesday, April 18 are Rotary Screw Maintenance and Repair, Proper Installation and Maintenance for Catalytic Converters, CAT and Altronic.
The cost is $85 for the institute.
For information, contact 620-417-1170 or email b&i@sccc.edu. For complete information, go online to www.gascompressor.info.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will close at 6 p.m., Thursday for the Easter holiday.
Administrative offices will reopen at 7:45 a.m., Monday, April 9. Classes will resume Tuesday, April 10.

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday evening, April 2, and accepted an early retirement request from Mr. Dale Reed, dean of outreach. Dale has a long history with SCCC/ATS as he was a member of the first graduating class, played basketball for the Saints, returned as a coach and later served as business and industry coordinator and associate dean of educational services. The Board expressed appreciation to Dale for his nearly 30 years of service to SCCC/ATS and wished him well in his retirement.
The Board discussed a review of instructional programs, institutional goals and academic advising.


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When you win 31 games in a college basketball season, people are going to notice and the voting parties picked to select the NJCAA All-Region VI Team did just that as Seward County sophomores Daveon Boardingham, Deverell Biggs, and Irvin Hollinger have all been named to the All-Region Team. Biggs and Boardingham were named to the 1st Team, marking the first time since the Saints last run at the National Tournament that two Seward players were named to the top squad, while Hollinger was chosen as an Honorable Mention selection. It is the first time in school history that the Saints had two 1st Team picks and another player selected to one of the other All-Region teams.

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After a sophomore season in which she led her Seward County Lady Saints to yet another 20 win season, Seward County forward Ashlynn Knoll has been named 1st Team All-Region. Knoll led the Lady Saints in both scoring and rebounding for the second straight season this year, averaging 13.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per contest despite being slowed by injuries. It is the second straight season that Knoll was honored by the region after she was a 2nd team selection as a freshman a year ago. She joins a pair of Hutchinson Lady Blue Dragons and Tamara Jones of Garden City as the West members on the 1st Team while Diara Moore of Independence was the only Jayhawk East representative on the regions elite squad.
The Seward County Saints got a much needed Jayhawk West Conference series win against the rival Garden City Broncbusters this weekend at Brent Gould Field in Liberal, taking 3 out of 4 from the Busters to take over first place in the Region VI standings. On Saturday the Saints used a pair of spectacular pitching performances from sophomores Keegan Hucul and Gavin Glanz to lead them to 2-1 and 4-3 and on Sunday the Busters took game three of the series 6-2 before Seward came back to take the series finale 12-7 behind a 4 hit game from Jake Barrios to claim the series.

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Young scientists from across the state gathered at Century II in Wichita for the 5th Annual Kansas Science and Engineering Fair. A total of 154 projects were entered in 22 categories with 34 from southwest Kansas. Top scoring teams would also compete for multiple special awards and the honor of one of the top three overall in two divisions.


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Students in Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School taught children about recycling, life and money management, health and nutrition, and homelessness awareness during a recent lock-in.  Above are winners of the best cardboard box home. Each child on the team won a savings account that will be opened by members of SIFE.

Jessica Ugarte, daughter of Celerino and Racheal Ugarte, is the winner of the Miss Congeniality award at the Miss Hooker Scholarship Pageant recently.  Presenting the award to her is Kylee Harrison, Admissions Coordinator at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  The junior won a $200 scholarship to SCCC/ATS.
Seward County Farm Bureau board president, Billie Proctor, presents a check for $500 to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation president, George Roldan.  The donation will benefit the SCCC/ATS agriculture department.  Pictured are Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development; Roldan; Proctor; Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president; Brett Crow, Teddi Winslow, and Don Thompson, SCCC/ATS agriculture instructors; and SCCC/ATS agriculture students.