Tamara Seda of Mozambique stands beneath her national flag.

During its annual observation of International Student Day, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School celebrated its out-of-country students, and all they bring to the community college.

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It's a rare student who doesn't like to shop, and business instructor Lisa Kennedy has found a way to leverage that recreational
activity with educational goals and volunteer work. The results were unveiled to the public just in time for Christmas shopping when the Enactus club's E-Boutique staged its grand opening in December.

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PIE, Inc. the nonprofit group to advance Petroleum Industry Education, presents a a total of $110, 000 in funding to programs at SCCC/ATS, a gift that will impact the college for five full years.

PIE, Inc. the nonprofit group to advance Petroleum Industry Education, presented a a total of $110,000 in funding to programs at SCCC/ATS this fall.

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Students pause before the Top Hand Auction, which allowed agriculture program supporters to bid on farm and ranch help.

The farm and ranch way of life is alive and well, as demonstrated by 16 agriculture students from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School who went on the auction block to share their skills.

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College trustee Ron Oliver, left, visits with student Jose Martinez at a dinner before the final board meeting of the calendar year.

It wasn't family dinner, but it was the next best thing. In what has become an annual tradition, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Trustees sat down for dinner with 30 students before the board's final meeting of the year.

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Pianist Becky Robison joins in the merrymaking with vocal instructor Dr. Magda Silva at the December brunch.


Seward County Community College/Area Technical School invites the public to plan ahead now for the first "Sunday Brunch with the President" of 2015. The event is set for Feb. 8.

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 Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia.  Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

Journalism instructor Anita Reed, left, with Crusader staff members Daisy Torres, Makiah Adams, Efren Rivero, Mariana Pena, Diana Chavira and SCCC/ATS instructional designer and Crusader co-sponsor Jay Castor, right, during the group’s trip to Philadelphia. Not pictured: Christie Proctor, Maria Lara.

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As twilight drew closer, a long line of fairy-tale characters, Superheroes and Halloween fans of all ages snaked down the sidewalk from the east entrance student union at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Once the doors opened, children and parents entered the college’s annual “Trick or Treat Street.” The event featured booths staffed by campus organizations, including students and staff. Some tables offered candy, others gave out prizes or challenged guests to play games. The second level of the student union featured a scary “haunted hallway” for the brave of heart.
Director of Student Life and Leadership Wade Lyon said the event was a huge success.
“Student Government Association counted 1,241 participants, and I’m not sure they got everyone counted,” he said. “That mark is up from 987 participants last year, and to my knowledge is an all-time high.”
SCCC/ATS opts to focus on student success, fiscal discipline

"We need to make sure that if we add anything, we do it the Seward County Way, and that means we do it right.”

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Dr. Mirta Martin, who recently took the helm as president of Fort Hays Statue University, paid a visit to Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in September. Martin toured campus and met faculty, staff, and students, who she hopes might someday attend FHSU as transfer students, she said. During a lunch meeting with the SCCC/ATS board of trustees, Martin praised the college for following many of the best practices she observed and implemented during her years of involvement in the higher education system in Virginia, where two- and four-year institutions implemented economies of scale to lower tuition costs and ensure broad access to higher education. As Kansas institutions work to meet the goal set by the Kansas Board of Regents - that 60 percent of Kansans hold an industry-recognized technical certificate, an associate of arts degree or a bachelor's degree by 2020 - partnership between institutions is critical, Martin noted. In keeping with that goal, Martin and SCCC/ATS president Duane Dunn reviewed the articulation agreement between their two institutions and affirmed a desire to work together to strengthen collaboration and partnership.