The Seward County Community College nursing program has just received official notification from the Kansas State Board of Nursing (KSBN) of the licensure results for the 2006 graduates.
The SCCC Associate Degree Nursing program pass rate for first time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) was 100 percent, compared to the Kansas average pass rate of 86.02 percent and the national average pass rate was 88.11 percent. The SCCC Associate Degree Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1982 and there have been five graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-RN exam (1982, 1983, 1985, 1991, 2006)
For the second year in a row, the SCCC Practical Nursing program pass rate for first time candidates taking the National Council Licensure Examination for the Practical Nurse (NCLEX-PN) was 100 percent. The Kansas average pass rate was 93.34 percent and the national average pass rate was 87.87 percent. The SCCC Practical Nursing program had its first graduating class in 1979 and there have been 14 graduating classes with 100 percent pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam (1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2005, 2006).
“We are very proud of our graduates and the hard work necessary to achieve these results,” stated Steve Hecox, director of Nursing at SCCC. “This is only the second time in the history of the SCCC nursing programs that both the Practical Nursing and Associate Degree Nursing program have achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national exams during the same year. Our nursing faculty are very dedicated individuals who strive to provide the best learning experiences possible for the students. We certainly appreciate the support of the SCCC administration and Board of Trustees as well as the support provided by the employees of Southwest Medical Center, our medical community, and other clinical affiliates located in Liberal and in the surrounding communities.”
"Obtaining my nursing degree through SCCC and Epworth was the most rewarding and intense time of my life,” said Jessica Linaweaver, 2006 ADN graduate. “I jumped feet first into a pool of the most supportive people I had ever met. Everyone from the instructors to the janitors were there every step of the way with words of encouragement to keep my spirits high and my goal of becoming a RN right in front of me at all times. I never once felt like a number, and each instructor took the time to help me with any problem I may have had immediately. I have great pride and admiration for SCCC, Epworth, and each and every employee that I came in contact with over those wonderful three years. I take to work with me each and every one of them, and thank them everyday for what I have now as a career."
Full-time nursing faculty are Nancy Bansemer, Sandra Brisendine, Veda King, Susan Ingland, Tracey Stuckey-Gardner, and Steve Hecox.
For additional information regarding the nursing program at Seward County Community College, contact Steve Hecox at or call 620-626-3027.

The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees will meeting for a special work session at 7:30 a.m., Friday, March 16 in the Hobble Academic Building Board Room.

An SCCC faculty member recently had an article published in the December 2006 issue of “Women in Higher Education.” Dr. Suzanne Campbell, Medical Laboratory Technician coordinator, wrote “How to Move from Lab Bench to Administration,” a synopsis of a presentation that she gave at the Women in Educational Leadership Conference in October.
The overall theme of the data is related to skills and knowledge that women need to be successful in higher education administration, said Campbell, who said this was a part of her doctoral dissertation. The data was gleaned from doing interviews with eight women with academic backgrounds in medical technology, who now hold positions as higher education administrators.
The article covered getting to the right place at the right time, having the right navigational skills and paying the price that comes with being in the right place. Specific opportunities, skills, and knowledge are required for women to move into administrative positions.
“There are also challenges and barriers with members of the ‘old boys club’ and not being viewed as competent by your male peers,” she said. “The women discussed these challenges as well. Most of the participants in the study had a spouse and children so it was vital that they be able to balance their careers, family and personal time. Often times this balance was precarious.”
Campbell also presented this information at the Clinical Laboratory Educator’s Conference recently.

Seward County Community College is participating in a WaterLINK minigrant that will give the college the opportunity to incorporate service learning into an existing course.
All WaterLINK projects must be related to restoring and/or preserving water quality in a Kansas community, said Todd Carter, Natural Science and Mathematics Division chair and writer of the grant.
The Field Biology class will be collecting biological and chemical water quality data on the Cimarron River in Arkalon Park, Carter said. “Our community partner is the Arkalon Board and our state partner is the Geohydrology section of the Kansas Geological Survey. The Geohydrology lab will check our chemical measurements by testing water samples in their lab. They want to be able to use our data in future studies.”
The $5,000 grant must be completed by August 2007. Students enrolled in Field Biology and some students from SCCC’s Pathways student organization will work with Ty Hughbanks during the field study. Other instructors who will assist with the grant are Jared Haas, Dr. Cindy Handley and Todd Carter.
The Seward County Community College Chi Alpha Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community college students, recently inducted students into membership in an afternoon ceremony in the SCCC Theater.
New inititiates include Jose DonJuan, Gyavira Fossoh, Mark Grande, Holly Krause, Melissa Morales, Nancy Ortiz, Yonlada Piyaphan, Dorinda Rivera-Rose, Tyler Robinson, Michael Stegman, Stella Taylor, Gailyn Unruh, Sean Womble, all of Liberal; Flor Galindo and Heather Zerr, Ulysses; Calvin Wright, Elkhart; Nicole Gold and Arika Gustafson, Hugoton; Ashley Graham, Harper; Jennifer Hataway, Johnson; Alissa Imler, Satanta; Melissa St. Clair, Garden City; Jessica Swan and Paul Fisher, Johnson; Lucas Wempe, Lawrence; Tammie Clements, Kismet; Natalie Dobie, Moscow; Just Baldridge, Tyrone, Okla.; Jacob Elder and Leo Hernandez, Hooker, Okla.; Logan Grazier, Keyes, Okla.; Erica Herrera and Brent Hilliard, Lubbock, Texas; Blake Williams and Crystal Barrow, Perryton, Texas; and Nathaniel Weems, Centennial, Colo.
Phi Theta Kappa is an honor society committed to academic excellence, scholarship, leadership development, fellowship and service to community. Membership is based upon academic achievement with faculty members reviewing potential members to assess their character and citizenship before they are invited to join. Eligible students must have completed at least fifteen credit hours at SCCC and must have a grade point average of 3.5 or better in college-level courses.
The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday and addressed student tuition and fees for the 2007-08 school year, as well as heard reports from the Colvin Adult Learning Center and the Mathematics program.
Following a presentation from the administration, the board approved the same tuition and fees for the 2007-08 school year. Tuition and fees for an in-state student will remain at $62 per credit hour. Border county tuition and fees will remain $72 per credit hour, out-of-state and international, $85 per credit hour and Seward Online, $86 per credit hour. This will be the second year in a row in which SCCC has not increased the credit hour tuition/fee amount.
According to a recent study, there continues to be a great need for Adult Basic Education in Kansas especially in the areas of English as a Second Language and the program designed to seek the GED, and this is true in the Liberal area as well, according to Dr. Susan Lukawgo, director of the Colvin Adult Learning Center, who gave a report to the Board Monday. Student participation this year has exceeded participation in 2006, indicating a continual trend for individuals seeking to improve their English speaking and writing skills and seeking to complete their Kansas State High School diploma. The Colvin Center is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. As part of the year-long celebration, the students at the Colvin Center invite the public to enjoy foods from around the world from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. or 6-7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12, at the Colvin Center.
In the past year, the center has served 549 students in both Liberal and Hugoton in a variety of areas including ESL, GED, citizenship and children’s literacy and education.
The Colvin Center offers assistance to students who need to prepare to take the General Education Development Tests that lead to a Kansas State High School Diploma.
Lukwago said that the cost per student is $557.74 compared to the state average of $648.55.
Each May the center holds a graduation ceremony for those who have completed the requirements for the GED and have passed all five official tests. This year’s graduation is Sunday, May 6. Students from Hugoton will have an opportunity to participate in the graduation ceremony this year.
One of the greatest successes of the Colvin Center is that 100 percent of the students in the citizenship classes successfully complete their interview process in Wichita. Part of that success of citizenship is attributed to Elva Morales who works with these students, said Lukwago.
Following a presentation by Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, the board approved the Mathematics Program Review with the next formal review scheduled in five years.
In the future, the math department plans to identify and address curricular gaps in the current developmental curriculum, if they exist, and to improve the process for assessing program outcomes.
In addition, the program will evaluate the student waiver process to determine if students are enrolled in a class that they are not prepared to take. One way to address this is through improved advising processes and in-house assessment to see if the student is really ready a class.
Rapp also told the board that Doralia Reynolds, former SCCC Business Division Chair and EduKan online instructor, was selected by eCollege for the Outstanding Online Instructor Award. She was recognized for her innovation and development of the online marketing classes she teaches through EduKan.
Sixteen SCCC students who are members of SCCC’s Students in Free Enterprise placed first in regional competition in Miami and will move on to nationals in Dallas.
The green seats have been removed from the college gym with 52 of the original seats being sold. The floor is now being prepared for installation of the new seats. Expected completion date will be prior to graduation May 12.
Anyone who would like to purchase a brass plate for the back of one of the new seats, may make a donation to the SCCC Development Foundation for a minimum of $50 per plate. This is an opportunity to promote a business, show support of SCCC as an alumnus or friend or honor the memory of someone.
The board congratulated Coach Toby Wynn and the Lady Saints basketball team on their third-place finish in the national NJCAA women’s basketball tournament.
In other action, the board
1. accepted the resignation of Burke Ewing, Adult Basic Education examiner; Dave Brown, head men’s basketball coach; and Aaron Novack, director of student activities;
2. accepted the proposal from Byron Bird and Associates of Liberal in the amount of $26,000 to perform the fiscal 2007 independent audit; and
3. extended contracts for the FY08 year to faculty and professional exempt employees as recommended by the administration.
The public is invited to an open house, from 12 noon-2 p.m., Saturday, April 14 on the main campus. The open house will include a live band, a live broadcast, free hot dogs and a variety giveaway items. In addition, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will sign autographs. The Saints all-sports banquet is 6 p.m., Friday, April 20 in conference rooms A-D. The spring musical “Annie” will be performed at 7:30 p.m., April 26-27 in the theater. Reserved tickets are now on sale.
The next board meeting will be Monday, May 7 in the SCCC board room.