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The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation is holding a bracelet drawing to raise money for scholarships. Staats Jewelers donated the diamond and sapphire bracelet was donated by.
The foundation is accepting $20 donations for a chance to win the bracelet. The drawing is Saturday, Dec. 5 during the downtown Christmas parade. Only 250 tickets are available.
Tickets are available at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation Office and Staats Jewelers or by calling 620-417-1131.

Students in Free Enterprise at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold a Community Canned Food Drive in conjunction with Campbell’s soup company. This “Let’s CAN Hunger will run Dec. 1-15.
Boxes are available on the main campus, 1801 N. Kansas; Area Technical School, 2215 N. Kansas; Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington; and the Colvin Adult Learning Center, 10th and Kansas. Boxes will also be at Best Market, Dillons, Northridge 6 Movie Theater, First Christian Church, First Southern Baptist Church, First Baptist Church, Fellowship Baptist Church, Emmanuel Southern Baptist, First United Methodist Church, All Nations and Church for All Nations.

Tickets are now on sale at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for the Winter Concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater.
Tickets are $2 and may be purchased in advance in the Humanities office of the Shank Humanities Building.
For information, call 620-417-1451. Proceeds will benefit students through the SCCC/ATS Foundation.
Members of the concert band are Haley Adkinson, Sharon Springs; Steffy Thottasseril, Liberal; Heather Vanley, Liberal; Chelsea Ghumm, Hugoton; Rachel Vangieson, Turpin, Okla.; Joshua Miller, Liberal; Alejandra Ornelas, Liberal; Joseph Harmon, Liberal; David Rohloff, Liberal; Diana Askew, Hugoton; Andrew Augerot, Scott City; Shawn McWhorter, Memphis, Texas; Ellissa Rivera, Turpin, Okla.; Luis Fuentes, Liberal; Christopher Perez, Liberal; John Gonzales, Liberal; Baba Fletcher, Liberal; Miranda Stevens, Colorado Springs, Colo; Mayme Bowen, Waxahachie, Texas; Frank Ruano II, Liberal; Lydia Augustine, Liberal; Trina Fosdick, Liberal; Victoria Lambert, Liberal; and Lacy Garcia, Lakin.
Members of the concert choir are Trina Fosdick, Liberal; Bailey Graves, Hugoton; Logan Green, Meade; Isaac Fuentes, Amarillo, Texas;
Heather Grant, Liberal; Tessie Huelskamp, Ingalls; Luis Pauyac, Lima, Peru ; David Linares, Chihuahua, Mexico; Kiara Lowery, Del City, Okla.; Kayla Knudsen, Liberal; Victor Rodriguez, Liberal; Tiffany Prater, Liberal; Gina Mangold, Liberal; Ashlee Sauer, Scott City; Cristian Torres, Liberal; Lilia Torres, Kismet; Thuy Truong, Liberal; Tuyet Truong, Liberal; and Angela Wesley, Turpin, Okla.
Show choir members are Heather Grant, Liberal; Trina Fosdick, Liberal; Logan Green, Meade; Isaac Fuentes, Amarillo, Texas;
Ashlee Sauer, Scott City; Angela Wesley, Turpin, Okla.; David Linares, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Roger Scheib, director of buildings and grounds, far left, shows members of the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees and administration some of the changes that have been made in the Diesel Technology classroom. The area technical school merged with the college July 1, 2008.

International students who attend Seward County Community College/Area Technical School were recognized during a ceremony recently in the union where flags of their countries now hang. The college recognized thirty-four students from 20 countries outside of the United States. In addition, the college also recognized students who attend the Colvin Adult Learning Center.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School received notification from the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences that the Medical Laboratory Technician has been re-accredited for another seven years, which is the maximum length of time of an accreditation award. This re-accreditation will continue until 2016. This re-accreditation marks the third successful accreditation cycle under the guidance of Dr. Suzanne Campbell, MLT program coordinator/instructor.
Campbell, along with Jamie Titus, MLT adjunct instructor, and Steve Hecox, allied health division chair, began the re-accreditation process during the 2008-2009 academic year. The process involved submission of a self-study document, peer review of the self-study, a site visit on campus, review by the NAACLS Review Committee for Accredited Programs, and a final decision by the NAACLS Board of Directors. The self-study document was submitted to NAACLS in November 2008. This document was a detailed self evaluation of how the MLT program meets the accreditation Standards set forth by the NAACLS organization. The twenty-two Standards addressed the areas of: sponsorship, resources, curriculum, students, operational policies, and program evaluation.
The site visit was conducted in March 2009 with additional review of the program information by two NAACLS volunteers. The site visitors interviewed administrators, faculty, advisory board members, clinical instructors, graduates, and current students. The program strengths identified by the site visit team included: 1) a program director who is very knowledgeable in her professional area and educational methods as well as an expert in online course development, 2) a knowledgeable and dedicated adjunct faculty member, 3) a very supportive administration who are very aware of the unique needs and goals of the online program, 4) enthusiastic, strongly self-motivated online student body, and 5) a learning format that meets the needs of the students and the community.
The MLT program is offered in an online format that allows students across the United States to complete their associate of applied science in medical laboratory technology via SCCC/ATS. Currently, the program is supported by twenty- two clinical affiliate sites located in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, California, Arizona, and Colorado. Forty-five clinical instructors offer their professional expertise in training SCCC/ATS MLT students.
“Receiving re-accreditation from NAACLS is an external validation of the quality of the MLT program,” said Campbell. “I appreciate the support from administration and our partners in the clinical settings.”
Campbell has also co-authored a document in the Summer 2009 edition of “Clinical Laboratory Science” entitled “CLS Higher Education Administrator: The Right Place-Right Time.”

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a short course on How to Write Your Christmas Letter from 9 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, Dec. 12 in the Academic Achievement Center II, 1801 N. Kansas, in Liberal.
Students can also learn a little bit about Microsoft Word and the computer by instructor Jessica Murphy.
For information or to enroll in the class, call 620-417-1173 or joy.fosdick@sccc.edu.



Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will close for the Thanksgiving holiday, Nov. 25-29. Campus will reopen with classes, Monday, Nov. 30.

Crusader newspaper students won a fourth place Best of Show award recently at the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas. In an additional recognition, a Crusader student placed in the top 10 in an on-site photography contest.
Nine staff members of the Crusader, the student newspaper of Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School, represented the college at the Associated Collegiate Press event where the national award was presented.
“It is always so incredibly exciting to be sitting in that big convention hall with all of those competitors and hear my students win one of the top awards,” Crusader adviser Anita Reed said. “I’m thrilled for them. This is solid recognition of the talent this staff brings to the table, plus it’s a sweet payoff for the hard work and late nights they have dedicated to producing an outstanding newspaper.”
More than 2,800 college students from around the country gathered for the convention, which presented seminars, keynote speakers, critiques and teaching sessions for students and advisers.
The Crusader competed in its two-year broadsheet category. Only five newspapers in the category were recognized with a Best of Show award, with The Sentinel of North Idaho College in first, The Accent of Austin Community College second, Apache Pow Wow of Tyler Junior College third, the Crusader of SCCC/ATS fourth, and The Voice of Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, Mich., fifth.
The Crusader editor this year is Morgan Allaman, Liberal, Kansas.
“Winning makes me feel a lot better about staying to work until 6 a.m.,” Allaman said, referencing some of the production all-nighters the editors have experienced getting ready for a press run. “I can say it feels good to win.”
Allaman said arriving at the convention made her see differently the talent and willingness displayed by the Crusader staff of 18. “You get there and all the four-year schools talk about having 60 or more staff members, and they all specialize in one area, while, on our staff, our people do everything,” Allaman said. “We have a really talented staff, with great photographers, strong writers, and a staff that is willing to get to know the Seward County campus community to find out what their story is.”
Allaman also expressed her pride in working in a community college setting.
“People who think that community colleges aren’t worth it obviously haven’t been on the Crusader staff,” she said.
Crusader photographer Landry Mastellar and ad manager Chris Flowers, both of Liberal, Kansas, competed in an on-site photo competition, and one of Mastellar’s photos was voted into the top 10 finalists. Approximately 60 college competitors submitted two photos each in the contest.
“At first I was intimidated by the other photographers there,” Mastellar said, “because of their equipment and because it seemed like we were the only freshman there. Then, when we went to the critique, it seemed like we were on the same playing field with everybody.”
Mastellar had a good feeling that his entry was competitive, but he didn’t expect to make it to the top tier.
“I kind of expected it to make it through the first couple of rounds, but as it got farther and farther, I was very surprised,” he said. Mastellar said that, for him, the top 10 finish made for a perfect end to a good convention.
Crusader students who attended the convention included Allaman, Mastellar, Flowers, news editor Will Rector, Hugoton/Dodge City; sports editor Rustin Watt, Liberal, KS; Antigoné Lowery, Denton, TX; Dana Loewen, Meade, KS; Deisi Barboza, Liberal, KS and Logan Green, Meade, KS. Reed and co-adviser Daniel Hackett accompanied the students to the national convention.
Staff members unable to attend but who contributed to the award include entertainment editor Jose Rodriguez, Liberal, KS; Alfredo Anaya, Liberal, KS; Devon Box, Liberal, KS; online editor James McElvania, Liberal, KS; Dacee Kentner, Liberal, KS; Zach Carpenter, Liberal, KS; Devon Ponder, Liberal, KS; Cherisse Overton, Booker, TX and Taylor Hugg, Perryton, TX.
“The area was a little different from a normal convention city setting, so evening activities were kind of hard to schedule,” Reed said. “However students were able to absorb some of the Sixth Avenue district’s flavor as well as the Halloween madness of 60,000 people converging in the area. We saw the Congress Avenue urban bat colony take flight at sunset one night, took a quick tour of the University of Texas campus, and we were able to take in an NBA game and spend some time on the River Walk in nearby San Antonio one night.”
One highlight outside of the convention was attendance at the Halloween night Spurs basketball game to see firsthand the widely publicized incident in which Spurs player Manu Ginobili swatted a bat out of the air.
The Crusader student newspaper is produced by students of SCCC/ATS and has an online site at CrusaderNews.com. The publication prints every two weeks during the academic year and is distributed to 1,600 homes by direct mail, with free campus and satellite location distribution.
Since 2000 Associated Collegiate Press has recognized the Crusader with a total of seven Best of Show national awards for newspaper, three Best of Show awards for special sections, and a Pacemaker Finalist Award in 2003-2004. CrusaderNews.com online has shared in the national spotlight, with ACP Online Pacemaker Awards in 2002 and 2004, and an Online Pacemaker Finalist Award in 2008. The Crusader staff showcases its national Best of Show award in front of an Austin skyline. The Crusader placed fourth in the two-year college broadsheet category in the National College Media competition Nov. 1. Pictured, front row, from left, Crusader adviser Anita Reed, Antigoné Lowery, Deisi Barboza, editor Morgan Allaman with award, Dana Loewen and adviser Daniel Hackett. Back row, from left, Landry Mastellar, who had a photo place in the top 10 in an on-site competition, ad manager Chris Flowers, sports editor Rustin Watt, news editor Will Rector and Logan Green. To see additional photos from the convention trip, go to the multimedia tab at CrusaderNews.com.

The Student Nurse Association at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is asking you to clean out your closets for their annual drive to obtain winter clothing items, including coats, sweaters, sweatshirts, gloves, hats, boots, and blankets.) The association will donate these items to those in need. There will be collection boxes at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center at 6th and Washington, on the main campus at 1801 N. Kansas and at the technical school at 2215 N. Kansas.
Items are due by Dec. 9.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold a College 101 information session for high school juniors and seniors and their parents from 7-8 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 in the Liberal High School cafeteria.
Representatives will explain why it is important to attend college and how much more a student can plan to make in his or her lifetime by obtaining an associate’s or bachelor’s degree.
Seward County residents may also qualify for free tuition by attending SCCC/ATS. Some students may also take college courses while still in high school.
The college’s Hispanic American Leadership Organization will be available to translate for non-English speaking parents.
For more information, contact the admissions office at 620-417-1100. The session is free.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and the University of Kansas Osher Lifelong Learning Institute have teamed up to offer a second class this fall, “Understanding Your Rights: The Supreme Court in American History.”
“Understanding Your Rights: The Supreme Court in American History” will be offered from 2-4 p.m., Nov. 17, 24 and Dec. 1 in AA137, Hobble Academic Building. Through America’s history, the Chief Justices of the U.S. Supreme Court have played a central role in the struggle to understand the meaning of freedom. This class will examine the role of the Court in American history and explain the significance of its most important decisions. The first class explains the Court’s organization by exploring the differing theories justices have used to interpret the Constitution. The second class investigates the history of the Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of speech and of religion. The third class discusses the history of the Court’s recent rulings on the rights of women and minorities.
Although this class is intended for 50+ learners in Southwest Kansas, anyone is welcome to register. This class requires no homework, out-of-class preparation or testing. The cost is $35. Enroll online at http://www.osher.ku.edu/seward.php or call toll-free 877-404-5823.
The Saints Basketball Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently participated in activities on the college’s challenge course. The course is available for use by the public and teaches leadership and team building schools and both low and high elements.

Participants recently participated in the Gas Capital Section of the NACE (National Association of Corrosion Engineers) Rectifier School on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal.  The college hosts the school in the spring and fall.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students recently participated in a service learning project in Greensburg, Kansas, which included building a stone path, painting, planting trees, moving sheetrock, pulling weeds and moving items for individuals. From left, back row, are Jordan Eder, Sharon Springs; Kiara Lowery, Del City, Okla.; Jonathan Yowell, Hugoton; Antigone Lowery, Denton, Texas; Brandon Bruner, Hooker, Okla.; Addison Ley, Forgan, Okla.; William Norberg, Tulsa, Okla.; Lacy Garcia, Lakin; Celeste Donovan, dean of student services; and front row, Josie Avalos, Guymon, Okla.; Nancy Arredondo, Sublette; Katie Hart, Hugoton; and Morgan Skomal, Langdon.

Trustees from the three Southwest Kansas community colleges gathered Wednesday night in Liberal to focus on partnership efforts and regional education needs, but their discussion also turned to the value, authority and effectiveness of the Kansas Technical Education Authority.
Hosted at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, the gathering included elected leaders of SCCC/ATS, Dodge City and Garden City Community Colleges, as well as Donna Shank, Liberal, of the Kansas Board of Regents; Sally Cauble, Liberal, of the Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas Senator Steve Morris, R-Hugoton; and Linda Fund, Topeka, executive director of the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees.
The group shared views and details on cooperative programs to train Southwest Kansas health care workers, services provided in partnership to assist the region’s small businesses, and ways to deal with reduced revenues through collaboration.

STUDENT SUPPORT & SUCCESS
Trustees also heard from two SCCC/ATS students, who explained how community college support helped them succeed.
“When I arrived in Southwest Kansas, I was completely lost,” said Carlos Souza, a native of Brazil. ‘”I came to play tennis and study business, but it was hard in the beginning because I didn’t understand English.” He added that life in Liberal required major adjustments after growing up in a different culture and a city of three million.
“For me, the people have made the difference,” Sosa said. “My coach and every teacher gave me the support I needed, and the small size of the college helped me achieve my goals.” Sosa now has a 3.92 grade point average while studying finance and economics, belongs to Students in Free Enterprise and the school’s Phi Theta Kappa academic honor society chapter, leads the tennis team and writes a newspaper column about economics in the student newspaper, The Crusader.
“Today,” Sosa said, “I feel secure about my future.”
Edgar Rosales, originally from Mexico, said he first didn’t plan to attend college, but was encouraged by his teachers and now has a GPA of 3.8 as he studies engineering, with an emphasis on environmental issues.
“My parents had only a sixth grade education,” Rosales explained, “and I want to thank everyone for pushing me to get my education.” A U.S. resident since 2002, he is a presidential scholar taking classes via polycom distance learning technology in Liberal, with classmates from DCCC and GCCC.
“Now that I’m in college,” Rosales told the group, “it is all up to me.”
The experiences shared by Rosales and Sosa paralleled a series of success stories presented by Todd Carter, SCCC/ATS, about the Bridges to the Future Program, which operates in partnership with Kansas State University. The program provides tuition, fees, mentoring, research jobs and other assistance to talented students in biomedical or bio-behavioral sciences.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Bridges has helped 50 students from GCCC, DCCC and SCCC/ATS transfer to KSU and participate in significant research projects as they advance toward bachelor’s degrees.

PARTNERSHIP ENDEAVORS
During the discussion on partnership endeavors, Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, explained that students in Liberal and Dodge City are taking courses in their home communities from GCCC’s Paramedic Program, while those based at DCCC and GCCC are able to enroll in Respiratory Therapy from SCCC/ATS.
Dr. Carol Ballantyne, GCCC president, noted that the GCCC-based Kansas Small Business Development Center is providing services through a three-person staff based on the Garden City campus, a new outreach center at the Liberal college with a one-person staff, and an office in Greensburg that has played a major role in that community’s dramatic tornado recovery.
Dr. Richard Burke, DCCC president, told the group that tight economic times have tempered the competitiveness between the three institutions.
As the state has ratcheted down support for community colleges, due to revenue shortfalls, Burke noted that all three institutions have logged large increases in enrollment as Southwest Kansans turn to them for economically vital education and career learning.
“When you start to see the kind of cuts we’re seeing,” Shank echoed, “there’s no way that’s not going to impact the mission of higher education.”
“When times are hard,” she told Morris, “that’s when you need higher education more than ever.”

TIGHT TIMES & TECHNICAL EDUCATION AUTHORITY
Morris, saying he wished he had brighter news, noted that the state will get the second of two annual fiscal estimates today, and he anticipates Kansas revenues may be short by as much as $200 million.
“I appreciate the collaboration that you’ve been talking about this evening, and I appreciate the way you’re doing more with less,” he said. “That’s good public policy.” He added that much of the state’s economic challenge comes from difficulties in the aviation industry, and said budget committee members should hear from students like Rosales, Souza Sosa and those in the Bridges Program.
Cauble also noted cooperation between higher education and the K-12 school network her board oversees. In addition, she asked whether the Kansas Technical Education Authority is helping higher education, or “has run its course.”
The KTEA, created by legislation and operates under the Kansas State Board of Regents, exercises extensive authority over postsecondary technical education funding and curriculum across the state, including programs provided by community colleges. Though the authority is scheduled to sunset in 2014, the board’s recommendations now take effect automatically, if not denied by the Regents within 45 days.
Marvin Chance, SCCC/ATS trustee, noted that while the KTEA was created to advocate for the state’s area technical schools, over 80 percent of postsecondary education in Kansas is actually provided by the 19 community colleges.
Ballantyne questioned whether the KTEA’s standards have real-world relevance in Southwest Kansas, and Burke asked whether the board’s emphasis on technical programs and the aircraft industry has short-changed college transfer programs, and programs in the arts and sciences.
“The authority was created to streamline technical curriculum and make sure that the technical colleges are doing the right thing,” Morris said, “but you all are providing the lion’s share of technical education.”
Cauble raised the idea that as the state makes deeper cuts in education funding, it could consider whether to retain financial support for the KTEA.
During the evening, the three boards also touched on other topics, ranging from past and possible future efforts in shared marketing and advertising, to the need to encourage greater minority student participation by boosting minority representation among faculty, staff, administration and board makeup.
Cosmetology students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently hosted a Glamour Girl party for Morgan Carson’s birthday. The girls wore their princess outfits and received hairstyles and makeup from the cosmetology students. The party also included refreshments and a gift bag. Glamour girls were, back row, from left, Maria Hernandez, Abigail Dowell, Morgan Carson, Victoria Maisonnave, Kambry Hintergardt and front row, Audra Strickland and Lydia Strickland. For a list of salon services go to www.sccc.edu/go/cos.

Following a tour of the area technical school, the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday, November 2, for its regular board meeting to discuss the college’s 2010-2017 strategic plan as well as other plans for the college.
During the tour of the technical school, the board was able to see a variety of changes in the facilities, as well as new tile, painted walls, new doors and walls, and new tables and chairs in classrooms. In addition, the board was informed that the restrooms will be made ADA accessible and the air conditioning and heating units are being moved to the roof of each building to eliminate the loud noise that each unit made.
Several of the board members commented on the recent meetings they attended.
Dustin Ormiston, the newest member to the board, said he was especially please with the good showing by the Liberal community that were represented at the recent Kansas Board of Regents meeting on campus. The group that attended represented the diversity in our community as well. The Regent representatives met with local business and industry representatives regarding the role of higher education in supporting economic development.
Dr. Steve Cauble said he came away more impressed with our institution than ever before after attending the Association of Community College Trustees meeting recently. Among the areas that were covered at the meeting included transition of adult learners, educating global citizens, effective media contacts, educating single parents and the H1N1flu. In many ways SCCC/ATS is ahead of the curve when it comes to some of these areas, Cauble said.
Board members were presented with a draft of the 2010-17 strategic plan for their review.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, gave an overview of the plan and outlined the process that was used to develop the plan. The administration will take the ideas that were presented and establish some priorities and determine what we want to get done or address each year of the seven-year plan.
The different aspects of the Strategic Plan include Creating Awareness, Workforce Development, Student Learning, Employee Development, Diversity and Technology.
Annually, the administration will review what was accomplished as well as what will continue to be a priority in the following year. In addition, they will look at new ideas that will be important for the following year.
Dale Reed, associate dean of educational services, told the board that the Respiratory Therapy and Nursing programs are the recipients of state reserve grant fund money through federal Carl Perkins legislation in the amount of $50,400. Those funds will be used to enhance the cooperative distance delivered courses with Dodge City and Garden City community colleges as well as to expand health career awareness with local high school students.
Reed also provided an update on the upcoming Osher Institute programs offered in cooperation with the University of Kansas. The first session “The Dust Bowl Revisited” will begin November 5 and will include three sessions.
The college is also the recipient of additional state funds for adult basic education for English Literacy and Civics classes, said Cynthia Rapp, dean of instruction.
In other action, the board
1. Recognized members of the SCCC/ATS Professional Employee Association;
2. Accepted the bid from JAG Construction of Dodge City in the amount of $353,282.35 to resurface the technical school parking lot with six-inch concrete; and
3. Accepted the bid from Oklahoma City Freightliner of Oklahoma City in the amount of $33,440 for a used “on the road” truck tractor for the truck driving program.
The college will hold a flag ceremony at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 17 to recognize the college’s 34 international students who represent 18 countries.
The board will host Garden City and Dodge City community college trustees at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4. This is an annual joint meeting of the three colleges.
The December meeting will be Tuesday, Dec. 8, which includes a student/board dinner at 6 p.m., prior to the 7:30 p.m. meeting.

The Kylix Art Club at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is sponsoring its Children’s Art Day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14 in the art room of the Shank Humanities Building for children in grades 1-6.
The cost is $15 and includes all supplies and drinks. Children are asked to bring a sack lunch.
Students will use the proceed to a Kylix art trip in the spring.
Please reserve a space by contacting Art Instructor Susan Copas by Friday, Nov. 13 at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu.