Mark Rohlf, new instructor at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School this fall poses with one of his photographs, at left, and his painting, right. Rohlf will teach Digital Photography I at 6:30 p.m., Thursdays beginning Aug. 15. Rohlf received his formal photographic and journalistic training while serving as a Photographer’s Mate with the U.S. Navy.  He has had his work featured in various publications and exhibitions. Digital Photography I is open to anyone with an interest in learning basic photography and digital editing skills. Students are required to have a digital camera. Students will learn how to capture the best possible image and then how to use digital editing to achieve their desired results. If you have a camera that you don‚t know how to use, this is the class for you.  Other SCCC/ATS evening classes offered by the Visual Arts Department this fall are Ceramics 1-4, Glassblowing 1 & 2, Art Appreciation, Graphic Design, and Interior Design 1, Jewelry Making.  For information, contact Susan Copas, Visual Arts Instructor, 620-417-1453 or

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, July 22, to approve officers and the publication of the 2013-14 budget.
Pam Perkins, administrative assistant to the president, swore in Sharon Hobble as a returning member of the SCCC/ATS Board of Trustees.
The board selected Ron Oliver as board chair; Marvin Chance Jr. as vice chair; Dr. Duane Dunn, board clerk/secretary; Tina Call, college treasurer; and Mike Brond, vice treasurer. Trustee John Engel was selected as the voting delegate of the Association of Community College Trustees and Dustin Ormiston as alternate.

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Local and area businesses and organizations are invited to participate in an activities fair for new students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, from 5:30-6:30, Monday, Aug. 12, in the college gym, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Businesses or organizations that would like to introduce their services to students who are new to the community are invited to participate in the Welcome Day activities.
To sign up, call 620-417-1064 or by Monday, Aug. 5.

Hobble Academic Building, Board Room
7:30 P.M.

I. Call to Order

II. Oath of Office

III. Approval of Minutes of June 24, 2013

IV. Visitor Reports:
Introduction of New Employees
B. Board of Trustee Comments

V. Old Business:

VI. Hearings/Petitions

VII. New Business
Personnel Report

B. Annual Organization of Board:
Election of Officers
2. Designation of Voting Delegate at ACCT Congress
3. Trustee Committees

C. Board Policy Manual: Annual Review of Board Policy Series #114, Policy on Nondiscrimination/Appointment of Compliance Officer

D. Adoption of FY2014 Institutional Goals

E. September Board Meeting Date

F. Agreement to Employ Board Attorney

G. Legal Publication of the College

Authorization to Publish FY2014 Budget

VIII. College Reports:
Dean Rapp
B. Dean Thatcher
C. Dean Donovan
D. Dean Sander
E. President Dunn

IX. Final June 2013 Bills

X. Bills Pending

XI. Other

XII. Adjourn

Children entering grades 1-6 are enjoying a wide variety of classes this week at Kids College on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus. Parents can still enroll their children in the July 22-25 session. Classes are 8-10 a.m. and 10:15-12:15 p.m. Classes include After School Snack Attack, Archery, Camping, Crime Scene Investigation, Swimming, Computer Creations, Cupcake Madness, Groovy Tie Die, Hair Braiding & Nail Art, Karate, Mad Science, News Hounds, Painting Party, Scrapbooking Explosion, Stormbreaker, Jewelry Making and Planes, Frogs and More. Call 620-417-1171.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School offers a wide variety of programs and courses. Students can enjoy classes in Music, Visual Arts, Journalism, Drama or education or take a wide variety of general education courses through the Behavioral Sciences, English, History, Philosophy Social Sciences or Speech or Visual Arts. Here are just a few of the options: join the Concert Band or Choir or as a music major take a Music Theory class. Join the Crusader Newspaper staff or take a news writing or creative writing class. Use your creative skills in a drawing or ceramics course. Try out for a play or work set design. Check out elementary school classes or children’s literature. Call 620-417-1100 or enroll online at

The Surgical Technology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, Liberal, Kansas, has admitted new students to the fall 2013 class in Liberal, Kansas.

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The Cosmetology students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School ended the year with a Masquerade show highlighting their work throughout the year. Sarahi Para models the work of stylist and student Danna Pulido, who will graduate from the Cosmetology program this summer. For more information about Cosmetology, call 620-417-1359.

Carlos Lara looks at a bacterial growth on a nutrient agar plate in microbiology. Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is beginning a new Food Science and Safety program. For information, call 620-417-1504.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is ready to introduce its newest program, Food Science and Safety, this fall.

Food Science and Safety is part of the $4.1 million, five-year, federal STEM (science, technology, Engineering and Math) grant for Hispanic-serving institutions awarded to SCCC/ATS in October 2011.
Chris Guyer, program specialist, is developing courses for the program such as Introduction to Food Science and Safety that will be offered in the spring and Introduction to Food Processing, Basic Food Microbiology, Food Sanitation, Food Packaging and Transportation, Food Chemistry and Research Practicum that will begin next fall.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is a recipient of the 2013 Lee Noel-Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award, one of three colleges and universities chosen to receive this award.
The award recognizes state-of-the-art programs and services that are improving retention by promoting student success and satisfaction through a comprehensive advising program, mandatory first-year seminar course, strong academic support, early alert and at-risk team intervention systems, Student Support Services through the TRiO program and opportunities for student engagement.
SCCC/ATS, which has been recognized as having one of the highest percentages of foreign-born residents of any city in the United States, has made great strides in increasing the retention rates of its Hispanic students. Over 70 percent of the SCCC/ATS students are first-generation students and the vast majority enroll in at least one developmental education course.

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Prospective students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School have an opportunity to begin a career in a wide variety of business areas. You can take Accounting, Agriculture, Business Administration, Business Administrative Technology, Business Management/Marketing, Computer Information Systems, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice or Health Information Management. Students can check out a one-year certificate program or a two-year career or transfer program. Call 620-417-1100 or go online to

Check out one of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s newer high-tech programs in Food Science and Safety, Process Technology, Sustainable Agriculture Resources, Corrosion Technology, pictured above, or Natural Gas Compression Technology. Students can check out a one-year certificate program or a two-year career or transfer program. Call 620-417-1100 or go online to

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is offering a number of summer enrichment courses for students entering grades 1-7. Session 1 is July 15-18 and session II is July 2-25. Classes are offered 8-10 a.m. or 10:15-12:15 p.m.
Classes from 8-10 a.m., July 15-18 include The Art of Making Jewelry, grades 4-6; Balloon Magic, grades 1-3; Clay Creations, grades 1-3; Carousel of Cookies, grades 1-3; Cheerleading, grades 4-6; Hair Braiding & Nail Art, grades 3-6; Karate, grades 1-3; Law & Order, grades 4-6; News Hounds, grades 1-3; Paper Mache Art, grades 4-6; Physics for Kids, grades 3-4; Stormbreaker–An Adventure Waiting to Happen, grades 5-6; and Volleyball Basics, grades 1-3.

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The Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday, June 24, following the swearing in of re-elected Trustee members Ron Oliver and Dustin Ormiston by Pam Perkins, administrative assistant to the president.
The board adopted a resolution to temporarily exempt the college from a Kansas Senate substitute bill that would allow concealed weapons in all college buildings. The bill requires municipalities, including community colleges, to allow individuals with concealed carry permits to bring a gun into a city or county office or into any building on a college campus. Community colleges can apply for an exemption for up to four years. During that time the college will develop a plan to meet the requirements of the statute.

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