The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Drama Department will hold open auditions for April’s production of Beauty and the Beast. All ages are welcome, including SCCC/ATS students, staff, faculty and community members are welcome to audition.
Auditions will take place at 7 p.m., Feb. 8-9 (please attend only one day) in the SCCC/ATS theater. Please prepare and memorize 16 measures of music and bring a copy for the accompanist. Keep in mind the style of the show and character you are auditioning for while choosing your musical selection. Selections from Beauty and the Beast are permitted.
A short dance combination will be taught, so please dress accordingly.
Excerpts from the script will be provided and read aloud.
Audition callbacks are by invitation only and will be held at 7 p.m., Feb. 11 in the SCCC/ATS theatre. If selected, you must attend this second round of auditions. All lead roles and supporting roles will be cast shortly thereafter.
Rehearsals will begin February 15.
Performances will be held April 22-24.
For more information, call Alison Bridget Chambers at 620-417-1460.

January 26, 2010 - Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will continue to expand its relationship with the University of Kansas’ Osher Lifelong Learning Institute by offering an excellent trio of classes for the Spring 2010 semester.

WWI-The Great War: Myths and Reality
February 4, 11 & 18 2010, 7-9 p.m.
SCCC/ATS Hobble Academic Building, Room AA137

This course will examine the war and some of the main topics of contention that emerge: the causes, the trenches, gas warfare, ignorant generals, pre-war thinking, and others. The course is offered by video conference through Nicholas Murray, D.Phil. Dr. Murray teaches in the Department of History at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College.
Cost is $35 for one course.
You may register by calling toll-free 877-404-5823 or by visiting the website. Select County Community College/Area Technical School Courses and complete the online form.
For directions or local information, contact Dale Reed, 620-417-1014 or by email email:

Shaley ThomasJordan Eder
Kansas will salute 49 top community college scholars for their academic accomplishments in an award ceremony Thursday, Feb. 18 in Topeka, including two from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas.
Representing the 19 Kansas Community Colleges, these scholars have been named to the 2010 All-Kansas Academic Team, sponsored by the international headquarters of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, the Kansas Association of Community College Trustees and the Kansas Council of Community College Presidents and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
Each is also a nominee for the 2009 All-USA Academic Team, sponsored by USA Today, Phi Theta Kappa and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Jordan Eder of Sharon Springs and Shaley Thomas of Tyrone, Okla., were selected to represent SCCC/ATS. The criteria used in making the decisions included academic rigor, grade point average, involvement in campus and community activities, and demonstration of outstanding moral character.
Eder is a sophomore majoring in Pre-Medicine. She is involved in PATHWAYS (science club), serves as Phi Theta Kappa Secretary, is a cheerleader, is active in the Agricultural program, and is involved in various other activities on campus. Eder is also extremely active with regard to community service projects and is employed in a work-study position in the Science Department.
Thomas is a sophomore majoring in Business. She performs with the SCCC/ATS Dance Team, serves as Students in Free Enterprise president, is a Big Sister/Mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Liberal, and is a member of the SCCC/ATS Tennis Team. Thomas is also actively involved in community service projects and works at Tan-It.
Phi Theta Kappa is the honor society for students attending community and two-year colleges. Membership is based on high grade point averages and other criteria, with members focusing on scholastic achievement and service to community and campus.
Since 1991, Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges have sponsored the national All-USA Academic Team program. The Kansas program is an affiliate, and the Kansas students are all nominees for the national honor.
Each student will receive a proclamation issued by Gov. Mark Parkinson, an educational stipend, and an academic medallion.
About 500 U.S. community college students will compete for places on the first, second and third national teams. First team members each receive $2,500 stipends, and will be featured in USA Today along with second and third team members. Team members are also presented with medallions
Among Kansans selected for national honors since the annual recognition program began are Donna Shank, SCCC/ATS first team, 1995 and Brandon Sutton, SCCC/ATS second team, 1996.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas will be in Hugoton Jan. 29 for the Hugoton High School basketball games.
The college will have drawings for a $100 scholarship and a number of door prizes. The HHS cheerleaders will throw out college T-shirts.
The public is invited to come by the SCCC/ATS table to find out more about the college.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas has partnered with Career Step, a leading healthcare education company, to offer training to individuals interested in pursuing careers in Medical Transcription.
SCCC/ATS will be holding an information session at 6 p.m., Thursday, January 21 in room SW229D in the Student Activities Building at 1801 N. Kansas Avenue in Liberal. This session will provide more information for those interested in learning more about the free laptop promotion, the advantages of training through Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s Career Step offerings and the attractive career opportunities in the field of medical transcription.
The new program will expand Seward County Community College/Area Technical School’s online offerings. Students who enroll in this online course will have the flexibility to train entirely on their own schedules, increasing the career training options of many, especially non-traditional, students.
For a limited time, SCCC/ATS is also offering a free laptop to each student who enrolls in the program.
“We’re excited about the career training opportunities our partnership will bring to the students of Seward County Community College,” said Career Step’s Vice President of Academic Partners, Justin Pettit. “Through our partnership with SCCC/ATS, students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the growing field of medical transcription.”
For more information on the information session, please visit or call Sherry Farrell, SCCC/ATS instructor, at 620-417-1364 or
Career Step, a leading online healthcare education company, enjoys a tremendous market advantage in the industry by virtue of its reputation as an innovative, competency-based training company. Career Step is committed to helping each enrolling student graduate and successfully transition to a rewarding career.
Cutline: Members of Phi Theta Kappa at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School organized food for food baskets. From left are Debbie Stafford, advisor; Patricia Stegman, Liberal;  Kristina Brisendine, Liberal; Kristen Walter, Liberal; Kelsey Cook, Ulysses; Stephanie Boaldin, Elkhart; Kekoa Mendenhall, Dodge City; Liz Ginther, Dodge City; and Andrea Hart, Liberal.

Phi Theta Kappa at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has had an extremely busy fall semester.
Members of this honor society collected 487 children’s books during its recent book drive.
“We are extremely pleased with the results of this project, and we would like to acknowledge that your contributions were invaluable,” said Debbie Stafford, advisor.
Phi Theta Kappa also hosted the annual Holiday Party for Big Brothers and Big Sisters where many of the books were given out. In spite of the frigid temperatures, over 30 people attended enjoying food, fun, fellowship, prizes and gifts.
Phi Theta Kappa member Kristen Walter spent the better part of her Friday afternoon sorting and organizing the books according to age appropriate categories. She displayed many of the books under the Christmas Tree. At the end of the evening the children were invited to select as many books as they liked.
Given that Phi Theta Kappa believes strongly that literacy is the key to future success, it was gratifying to experience the children’s interest in reading.
The remainder of the books collected was delivered to Stepping Stone Shelter.
As another service-learning project, Phi Theta Kappa collected food and assembled 12 Thanksgiving dinners to students referred by the college administration, faculty and staff. Food was collected on campus as well as through a scavenger hunt. Teams discussed strategies, assigned territories, and identified each person’s role. Members collected every food item needed in just over one hour, Stafford said.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Conceal and Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 23 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Students must bring their driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or

The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Agricultural Department is hosting a rural issues conference on sustaining our rural communities, Feb. 18-19.
Keynote speaker will be Dr. Lowell Catlett, a regent’s professor/dean and chief administrative officer at New Mexico State University's College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
The conference will cover estate planning, retirement investment, being a successful landlord, career opportunities, alternative energy sources, commodity rends and outlook.
If you would like to help sponsor the conference or receive additional details about the conference, contact Evan Winchester, 620-417-1353 or
Ten individuals are on the Diesel Technology Advisory Board at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, supporting its programs and offering suggestions for improvement of the program to meet industry needs. From left are Arnold Rohloff, Central Power and Services, Liberal; Bobby Lockwood, Central Power and Services, Liberal; Harlin Mitchell, Central Power and Services, Liberal; Jeffrey Cramer, Instructor Diesel Tech. SCCC/ATS; Gerald Kail, Instructor Diesel Tech. SCCC/ATS; Jerry Bremenkamp, Keating Tractor, Liberal; Ron Miller, Unruh Foster, Sublette; Walt Ediger, Ediger Farms, Liberal; Robert Hart, First Vehicle Services, Rolla; Alex Rivera, Freightliner Liberal, Liberal; and Nathan Hartnett, Keating Tractor, Liberal. Not pictured is Maynard Richmeier of Berry Tractor & Equipment, Garden City.