The Seward County Community College Agriculture Department will sponsor its 10th annual Celebrity Livestock Judging Contest, Nov. 16-17 to raise money for the Agricultural program.
This isn’t just any judging contest. The college is looking for alumni, individuals and businesses to enter a team of three individuals who can judge livestock on Saturday, Nov. 17. No prior judging experience is required. The college will host a social and auction at 7 p.m., Friday, Nov. 16 at the Gateway Inn, to allow each team to purchase one additional member for their team—a "celebrity" judge who has previous judging experience.
During the judging contest that begins at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, the ag department will give prizes for high individuals and teams.
Each team needs to pre-register with a $50 registration fee, although a team does not have to have all of its members until the judging contest. Anyone who needs additional team members can call Agricultural Instructors Evan Winchester or Ryan Orrick, who will help find individuals to complete a team.
Proceeds from the contest and auction will benefit the agricultural scholarship fund through the SCCC Development Foundation.
Lunch will be provided by Seaboard Farms.
For more information, contact the Agriculture Department at 620-417-1353 or
Seward County Community College Business & Industry will host a customer service workshop entitled “The Customer is the Boss so give ‘em the pickle” from 8-11 a.m. or 2-4 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 in SW229D.
The cost is $10 per person and is sponsored by SCCC, City of Liberal—Department of Economic Development and Liberal Chamber of Commerce.
This workshop will show teams how to integrate the pickle-giving culture into the work place and teach four ways to help team members determine what the customer really wants.
To register, call 620-417-1170 or email
Seward County Community College Business & Industry will offer a mandatory eight-hour training for Kansans who desire to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The next class will be offered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3, in SW 214E/W for $100 per class. Class size is limited. All applicants must register for the class in advance by calling 620-417-1170 or 1-800-373-9951, ext. 1170. No walk-ins will be allowed. Business & Industry will offer these classes once a month.
The Conceal Carry bill, SB418, gives Kansans the right to join 46 other states in the nation in the right to seek a permit to carry concealed weapons.
The Seward County Community College Showcase Theater will present “The Ten Rules of Internet Dating” by authors Brian Mitchell and Brad Erickson as its fall 2007 production. SCCC will be among the first theatrical organizations to produce this almost newly released play.
One of the authors of the play wrote to SCCC Theater Director, Frank Challis, personally and wished him success on his production, and offered any input needed into the production of the play.
The story line features many of the complications and risks that one might face while dating using the internet. This comedy also features the antics of a 12-year-old boy, played by Andrew Knox, 11, of Liberal. His mother, Jennifer Knox, also of Liberal, plays the best friend of the younger bachelor brother Joe Wilson, played by Jacob Riggs, a freshman at SCCC from Liberal. Other cast members include Sergio Padilla, an SCCC freshman of Liberal, who plays Matt Wilson, the divorced brother; Derek Fuller of Turpin, Okla., as the WCW wrestler; Mayra Valdez, of Satanta, an SCCC freshman and cheerleader, who plays his girlfriend; Christina Canterbury, an SCCC freshman from Turpin, who plays a 75-year-old lady; and Gary Collins of Liberal, who will play duel comedy roles.
The play be presented at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 9 and 10 in the SCCC Showcase Theater.
Ticket prices are $3 with special rates for senior citizens and groups. SCCC Students with I.D. cards are admitted free. For ticket information, call, Terri Barnes at 620-417-1451.
The Seward County Community College chapter of Phi Theta Kappa will host a Breast Cancer Awareness Presentation from 12 noon-1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 24 in conference rooms east/west of the Student Activities Center.
Lisa Nelson, area representative from the American Cancer Society, will provide an educational presentation regarding prevention and awareness.
The public is invited to bring a sack lunch or buy lunch in the cafeteria for $4.15. If you are planning to attend, please contact, Debbie Stafford, PTK advisor, 620-417-1106 or
The place to be Halloween night is Seward County Community College when it sponsors its annual trick or treat street for children from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31.
A variety of clubs and organizations at Seward County Community College are sponsoring Trick or Treat Street from 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 31 in the Student Union and Student Living Center on the east side of campus.
Community children are invited to participate in this safe Halloween party and enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment and snacks.
Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes, carrying their Halloween sacks.
Trick or Treat Street is free and open to the public.
If you’ve been seeing a new look at Seward County Community College it may be the new logo that now represents the institution.
The SCCC marketing committee has been working for over a year on a new identity for the college. The design has now been incorporated into a number of elements at the college, including letterhead, folders, envelopes, business cards, note cards and more. You will see it in advertisements and on the web.
“We have been working hard to develop a uniform look across campus with consistency in letterhead, business cards and other printed items, said Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president. “To determine the right look and the right colors for the institution, the college worked with students, community patrons and staff. The college has also developed logo and usage guidelines for use of the logo and other elements on campus.”
The new logo can be used by any department on campus, including athletics. However, the Athletic Department has maintained its interlocking SC that it has used for several years.
SCCC also has a slogan and logo that it uses across campus as well. The slogan that was developed in the marketing committee in 2006 is “Success from every angle.”
For further details on use of the SCCC logos, contact the SCCC director of public information at 620-417-1125 or at
The Seward County Community College Library invites the public to view the latest traveling exhibit “From Far Away Russia: Russian-Germans in Kansas.”
The exhibit highlights the journey of Russian-Germans traveling to Kansas in the 1870 and documents their impact, both socially and economically, in America’s heartland. Through historic photographs, newspaper accounts and diary entries, the fascinating story and importance of these immigrants to Kansas is told.
The exhibit, which is produced by the Kansas State Historical Society, will be on display at the SCCC library now through Oct. 22. Library hours are Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday 7:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other exhibits will include “Arab Christians in the Heartland,” Nov. 7-21; “Continuing the Tradition: Mexican American Folk Art,” Feb. 11-24; “Those Who Came Before: Mexican Americans in Kansas 1900-1950,” March 10-23; “A Photographic Narrative: The Indians of Kansas,” April 14-27.
For more information, contact Jon Noland, library director, 620-417-1160 or
In celebration of the United States Constitution, Seward County Community College hosted an “Are you smarter than a fifth grader” competition where SCCC students competed against area fifth graders. The questions centered around U.S. History and the Constitution. Chris Perkins of Liberal High School led the questions as Ben Franklin. The fifth graders and their families were fed pizza prior to the event.

The Seward County Community College Board of Trustees met Monday, Oct. 1, and heard reports from the Student Government Association and a number of programs across campus, including the participation in a new grant program.
Courtney Sander, Student Government Association president, informed the board about the upcoming goals of the Student Government Association. The officers and members of SGA have a philosophy of open minds and open doors and they want to increase SGA’s visibility on campus and be available to all students at all times. Already this year the college has started an education club and plans are under way to add an International Student Club.
Dr. Steve Cauble, trustee, reported on a recent Association of Community College Trustees Leadership Congress. He praised Seward County Community College and the community for being a step ahead of the rest of the world when it comes to dealing with diversity. Cauble also emphasized the need for effective crisis communication. He reported that when major disasters have occurred in college communities, such as New Orleans, communication has fallen apart with personnel on campus.
Cauble also reported that Pam Perkins, SCCC administrative assistant to the president became the new president of the Professional Board Staff Network of ACCT.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC president, also reported from the meeting that over 50 percent of students attending institutes of higher learning in the United States are attending community colleges. This is a change from 10 years ago.
As part of the regular review of instructional area within the college, the board approved the Social Sciences, Behavioral Sciences and Education Program Review with the next formal review scheduled for five years.
Among the strengths of these programs are the faculty, the strong relationships between the part-time and full-time faculty and the use of the latest technology in classrooms. However, with several potential retirements coming in 2008 and 2009, the college will be looking for new personnel in, history, government and philosophy. In addition, two classrooms need to be retrofitted with the latest technological equipment to bring them up-to-date with the other classrooms in the Humanities Division.
Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction, also told the board that there has been great progress in developing core course outcomes and competencies in psychology, sociology and history among the community colleges and universities in Kansas. In addition, there has been increased communication between universities and four-year colleges and community colleges in terms of transfer issues and expectations of the elementary and secondary education programs. This has been accelerated through the Equity and Access Grant through Kansas State and the educational forums at Fort Hays State University.
The newest club on campus is the Students Promoting Education Club and Lee Courtney, co-advisor, indicated one of the main purposes of this club is to increase recruitment and retention of SCCC students who are interested in careers in education. In addition, the college is developing an education page on the SCCC website to help students understand the education program and financial aid issues. It will have links to transfer institutions and other information important to the student pursuing a career in education.
As part of the program review process, the board also approved reports on the Math and Health, Physical Education and Recreation departments. Rapp presented an update of both of these programs to the board.
The board also reviewed the final report that has been submitted to the Higher Learning Commission as part of the college’s ongoing Academic Quality Improvement Program. This report focuses on retention of SCCC students.
SCCC’s Colvin Adult Learning Center will participate in a $500,000 grant to the Kansas Board of Regents, along with six other community colleges, called Project Next Step. The funds will be used to enhance the adult secondary education curriculum by including higher level language arts and mathematics courses and to identify support services to facilitate a student’s transition into postsecondary education.
SCCC will host the deans and directors of continuing education across campus Thursday and Friday. Fall break is Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 8-9. Campus is closed on Monday, Oct. 8 with administrative offices open Tuesday. Trick or treat street for community children will be Wednesday, Oct. 31.
The next board meeting will be Monday, Nov. 5.