The Seward County Community College/Area Technical Library will present a speaker program over a five-week period in November and December as part of the Kansas tour of the “Way We Worked” traveling exhibit.

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Alan Grajeda of Liberal and Cami Stahly of Forgan, Okla., both students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, recently signed a C4 pledge as their Commitment to Complete Community College.  Through this C4 commitment, Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges, is encouraging students to take the pledge to complete their certificate or degree program at a community college.  The SCCC/ATS chapter held the commitment signing twice for students on campus and once for seniors at Liberal High School.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is the recipient of a State Energy Sector Partnership and Training Project Operator Grant through the Kansas Department of Commerce to assist the Natural Gas Compressor Technology, Corrosion Technology and Process Technology programs.
The grant in the amount of $13,835.90 helps purchase tools and equipment for each of these programs. With the assistance of these tools and other equipment students are giving the opportunity to perform more hands-on activities in the shop.
In addition, the grant also awarded students all or part of their tuition in addition to some money for mileage to and from work. All of the Natural Gas Compressor students received full tuition.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students Blake Rogers, Tom Nelson, Tara Murray placed second in the Crime Scene Investigations team professional division at the  American Criminal Justice Association Region 3 Conference recently. This team competed at the professional level since Nelson is former military. The conference was hosted by the Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter and 140 members competed from nine chapters, primarily from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Cristy Mulanax, SCCC/ATS Criminal Justice instructor, placed first in physical agility in the professional division.<br />

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School students Angel Corral and Jose Pando of Liberal and Francisco Rendon of Hooker placed third in Crime Scene Investigations lower division at the at the American Criminal Justice Association Region 3 Conference recently. The conference was hosted by the Gamma Epsilon Delta Chapter and 140 members competed from nine chapters, primarily from Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri. Pando was also 3rd in physical agility.

Phi Theta Kappa students at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be collecting food for Thanksgiving food baskets beginning at 2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18.
Phi Theta Kappa, the college’s national honor society, will be delivering Thanksgiving dinners to residents of our community again this year.
For information about this project or to donate to the food basket, call 620-417-1455.

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Liberal High School Angry Red News adviser Eli Svaty looks at a Crusader newspaper while LHS students Micah Hasik, to his left; Tanner Urban; Efren Rivero; Alvaro Mendoza; Lyric Robinson; and Laura Ruiz wait for the start of the Publications Seminar recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The event, hosted by the Crusader student newspaper staff and the SCCC/ATS journalism department, included instruction in photography, news writing, and Photoshop ethics. Liberal, Moscow, Rolla, and Hugoton high schools participated in the Publications Seminar.  For more photos, go to
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has a new director of outreach who will be working with area communities to offer off-campus courses.
Sherry Farrell will oversee concurrent courses that are offered at 11 high schools within the SCCC/ATS service area. In addition, she will work with each academic program on campus to offer classes in the communities of Meade, Southwestern Heights, Sublette, Satanta, Johnson, Ulysses, Rolla, Moscow, Hugoton and Elkhart.

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The one-of-a-kind control panel, designed by Universal Rectifiers, regulates the electricity applied to the Corrosion Outdoor Pipeline Field at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. This unique control panel allows the instructor to prepare real world scenarios for students in Corrosion Technology to collect measurements from the pipelines, analyze, and trouble shoot the situation. Bob Speck of Universal Rectifiers works with the NACE Gas Capital to organize the NACE Rectifier School each semester on the SCCC/ATS campus and was instrumental in designing the panel.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in conjunction with the City of Liberal, Chesapeake Energy and Black Hills Energy will sponsor a comprehensive lunch ‘n’ learn on Natural Gas Vehicles, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 14, in room SW229 C&D at SCCC/ATS.
Participants will have the opportunity to learn about what the operators of natural gas vehicles already know, including benefits, vehicle conversion, infrastructure development and products.
Representatives from Black Hills, Chesapeake, Great Plains Gas Compression and CNG 4 Kansas will provide the featured speakers.
Lunch will be provided for this free workshop. However, registration is requested by Thursday, Nov. 8. Call 620-417-1170 or email b&

As cold weather approaches, the Student Nurses Association (SNA) at Seward County Community College/ Area Technical School will hold a coat drive.
SNA will collect winter clothes, new and gently used coats, gloves, hats, sweaters, and scarves now through Thursday, Nov. 15. Nursing students and faculty members will distribute the donated items before Thanksgiving to local schools, churches, homeless shelters, and to Project Hope in Hugoton.
The items can be dropped off at the SCCC/ATS main campus, 1801 N. Kansas, Area Technical School, 2215 N. Kansas, Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 520 N. Washington, the Colvin Adult Learning Center, 930 N. Kansas, all in Liberal.
SNA is a student nurse organization targeted to mentor the professional development of future registered nurses and to provide educational resources, leadership opportunities, and career guidance. For more than 15 years, SNA has been providing countless amount of warmth for people in need.
For more information about the SNA coat drive and/or drop-off sites, call 620- 417-1401.

Miranda Dutton, Ana Vega and Jesus Varela, all students at Southwestern Heights High School, recently attended a College Planning Conference on the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus. Representatives from community colleges, universities and armed forces visited with high school students are the area to help them make choices after high school.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Saturday, Nov. 3 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 a Kansas driver’s license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or

The place to be Wednesday, Oct. 31 is Seward County Community College/Area Technical School when it sponsors its annual Trick or Treat Street for children from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
A variety of clubs and organizations at SCCC/ATS are sponsoring Trick or Treat Street in the Student Union and Student Living Center on the east side of campus, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
Community children are invited to participate in this safe Halloween party and enjoy a variety of activities, entertainment, snacks and a hayride.
Children can come dressed in their Halloween costumes, carrying their Halloween sacks.
Trick or Treat Street is free and open to the public.

Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, recently initiated new students into the organization. Front row from left are Jade Helmle, Ulysses; Yolanda Garcia, Liberal; Vivian Warner, Elkhart; Ha Nguyen, Liberal; and back row, Laura Garcia, Liberal; Vanessa Saucedo, Garden City; Alyce Williams, Plains; Cornelius Tablate, Liberal; Wanda Ray, Elkhart; Robin Landureth, Liberal; Alexis Lavielle, Elkhart; and Michael Fisher, Satanta.

Freddi Flores, a student at Liberal High School, checks out a tire repair in progress during a presentation by Larry Tolston of Tech Supply. Tolston provided hands-on instruction on the correct way to patch a tire to students in Automotive Mechanics Technology I class at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.

Andrew Wolford, a graduate of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and Liberal High School, is the recipient of a $2, 500 Great Lakes Stem Scholarship for students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math.  Wolford is now an engineering major at Kansas State University but applied for the scholarship while attending SCCC/ATS.  The scholarship requires that the recipient major in one of the STEM areas; attend a public or private two–year or four–year college, university, or vocational–technical school; have a  minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75, be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and demonstrate financial need. Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates works with schools, lenders, and community organizations to change lives for the better through higher education across the United States.

The Drama Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold auditions for “A Christmas Carol” and “The Last Christmas” at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 23 in the SCCC/ATS Theater.
Show dates are Nov. 29-Dec. 1.
For information, contact Alison Bridget Chambers at 620-417-1460 or email

Would you like to have an opportunity to duct tape Dr. Duane Dunn, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School president, to the wall.
During Basketball Preview Night Tuesday, Oct. 23, individuals can purchase tickets for $1 for one ticket or $5 for six tickets. Two winners will be chosen to duct tape the president to the wall.
Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at SCCC/ATS, is using this as an opportunity to raise money for projects and conferences throughout the year.
For advanced tickets, call 620-417-1455 or 620-428-5656.
The Lady Saints and Saints Basketball Team will be featured during Preview Night at 6 p.m., Oct. 23. Preview Night is free.

Cayla Thomlinson, former Crusader editor, will be a part of the upcoming Publications Seminar

The Journalism Department Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is sponsoring a Publications Seminar Wednesday, Oct. 17 for high school students and their advisers.
The seminar will include round-table discussions, lead writing and cutlines, photography, Photoshop and new media.
One of the speakers will be Cayla Thomlinson, former yearbook editor at Rolla High School, former award-winning newspaper editor with the Crusader at SCCC/ATS and editor of the nationally recognized Kanza yearbook at Pittsburg State University.
Photography students will be able to visit with videographer Dawn Shouse of Amarillo, who now lives in Liberal, photographer Jordan Long of Optima, Okla.; and Czech Republic Liberal Arts school graduate and photographer Jakub Stepanovic.
Crusader editors will lead additional table discussions. Jose Medrano of Liberal and Tonya Loewen of Meade will lead sessions on developing stories and using the maestro system for design. Those interested in advertising can chat with Sandy Alfaro of Liberal and Celestina Padilla of Tyrone, Okla., and those wanting online input can visit with Matthew Adkins of Liberal and Cinthia Serna of Kismet.
Anita Reed, SCCC/ATS Crusader adviser, will share helpful hands-on tips for students and skills advisers need to survive the pressures of projects and deadlines. Last year, College Media Advisers recognized Reed as the national Distinguished Adviser for two-year newspapers.

Class representatives for the two nursing programs at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School this year are from left, Heather McElroy of Liberal, Licensed Practical Nursing class representative;  Juan Mercado of Tyrone, Okla., Associate Degree Nursing class representative; Alicia Moreno of Perryton, Texas, LPN; and Carla DeVellen of Liberal, ADN. These students attend all nursing faculty meetings and bring any concerns or questions that their classmates may have. They also convey information from the faculty to their class.

Phi Theta Kappa, the national honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, will be selling Krispy Kreme doughnuts for $7 a dozen that will be delivered Oct. 27.
To reserve your box and have it delivered to you, please call by Oct. 17, 620-417-1455 or 620-428-5656.

ExxonMobil Production Company recently presented a $2, 000 check to the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Foundation for the benefit of the Natural Gas Compression Technology Program at SCCC/ATS.  Pictured are Tammy Doll, SCCC/ATS director of development; Duane Bozarth, SCCC/ATS Foundation vice-president; Jeff Parker, ExxonMobil Production Company senior field supervisor; and Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president.  For information about giving to an SCCC/ATS program, contact Doll at 620-417-1131.

Gregory Leung, Hong Kong, president; Anete Kirsteine, Latvia, vice president; and Lago Goncalves, Brazil, secretary/treasurer, are the new officers for the International Student Organization at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The club represents 38 international students from 19 countries.

At the 2012 annual meeting of the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), Dr. Suzanne Campbell was elected as the Region VI Director and will serve a three year term. Campbell is a Medical Laboratory Technician instructor/coordinator at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.
Delegates from across the US vote for candidates for elected positions within the organization. She will represent Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois on the national board of directors.

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Members of the Livestock Judging Team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are, front row, left to right, Kayley Pelfrey, Texico, N.M.; Ashley Fischer, Dodge City; Chantel Campbell, Durango, Colo; Lacy Bookstore, Elkhart; Brooke Roberts, Holly Pond, AL; Lindsay Bulk, Riley; and back row, Brett Crow, coach; D.J. Etzler, Durango, Colo.; Donovan Torres, Rolla; Aaron Richie, Flagler, Colo.; and Marty Gurnee, Adairsville, GA.

The livestock judging team at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas and its members had a successful day at the Tri-state Fair in Amarillo, Texas recently. The team was 5th in cattle and 6th overall.
Individuals who performed well include D.J. Etzler, Durango, Colo., sixth in hogs and 10th high individual overall; Ashley Fischer, Cimarron, eighth in reasons; Lindsay Bulk, Riley, seventh in cattle; and Lacy Bookstore, Elkhart, 10th in sheep/goat division.

The Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday to hear program reports and approve purchases.
John Engel reported that the Foundation Auction raised over $50,000 this year, the best year yet in its 18-year history.
Marvin Chance Jr. reported that the KACCT has new lobbyists this year that will represent the 19 Kansas Community Colleges during the 2013 Legislative session. He said the lobbyists may be contacting college personnel and board members to discuss issues with area legislators.
The board approved the annual review of the English/Developmental Writing program that is a part of the Humanities, Social Sciences and Education Division, and also approved the annual review of the Math and Science programs that are a part of the Natural Science, Mathematics and Physical Education Division.
Three goals for the English/Developmental Writing program including revising the course placement process, bringing adjunct and outreach instructors into the English program assessment process and developing a common process for assessing the English program.
Changes to the Math program include determining the effectiveness of the placement test, improving success in all math programs, redesigning math courses that would be tailored to individual learning styles and using the new math lab to help improve the success of each student who takes a math class.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is looking for additional “Green Wednesdays” sponsors.
Sponsors will receive a “Green Wednesday” flag, along with an apparel discount at the Saints Bookstore. Employees may use this discount for the purchase of saints apparel to wear on “Green Wednesdays.”
Show your “Saints Spirit” each Wednesday by flying your Saints flag and encouraging your employees to wear green.
The college will recognize Green Wednesday sponsors at the Saints Preview Night, Wednesday, Oct. 23 in the SCCC/ATS gym. In addition, your business will also be featured on the SCCC/ATS website.
Get your flag today by calling 620-417-1101.
Doralia Reynolds was surprised recently during an onsite consortium conference in Liberal with a plaque recognizing her accomplishments for over 50 years of service to education. Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan CEO presented the plaque. Reynolds is the chief learning officer for the EduKan Online Consortium and former Seward County Community College/Area Technical School instructor and division chair.

Doralia Reynolds, chief learning officer for the EduKan Online Consortium and former Seward County Community College/Area Technical School instructor and division chair, was honored recently for over 50 years of service to education.
Reynolds, who began as an economics instructor in 1970 at SCCC, retired in 2004. She was one of the first instructors for EduKan when it formed in 1998 as a western Kansas community college consortium serving SCCC/ATS in addition to Barton County, Colby, Dodge City, Garden City and Pratt community colleges.
Following retirement from SCCC, Reynolds was still involved with EduKan and in 2007 was recognized for Excellence in Teaching. She has been with EduKan since its inception in 1998, helping to foster the development of online education and in 2008 was named chief learning office where she plays an active role in the day-to-day operations of the distance education program. Reynolds’s also received a NISOD Excellence award and the Seward Country Trailblazer Award for Innovation and Creativity in Instructional Delivery.
Reynolds proves age has no limit to being one of the most innovative academic administrators in the country. At a recent higher education conference she was overheard saying, “. . . they aren’t doing half the things we are doing. . . I’m bored.” Yes, that’s what happens when this tech-savvy 72-year-old teaching veteran looks out and sees the change she is affecting at EduKan and wants the ripple effect to happen for the better for all students.
 “Doralia has been a boss, a friend, and a colleague of mine for 25 years,” said Marcia Hatcher, SCCC/ATS Business Division chair. “ We’ve shared a few laughs, a few tears, and a few stress-filled moments. Doralia is a brilliant woman and even though she has been in education 50 years she hasn’t lost any of her enthusiasm for learning more. She eagerly plunges through professional development days, soaking up and retaining more knowledge than most people 50 years younger.”
Donna Fisher, SCCC/ATS Financial Aid director, said she wouldn’t be where she is today if it were not for Reynolds. As her secretary in the Business Division in 1994, she said Reynolds encouraged her to finish her associate’s degree in secretary science, which also gave her the “confidence
to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management.”
SCCC/ATS Baseball Coach and Athletic Director Galen McSpadden not only worked with Reynolds for many years but said both of his children had her in several classes and spoke highly of the manner in which she would instruct and handle her students. Their comments about Reynolds were that they, as her students, knew where she was coming from, knew where she was headed, and knew just where she wanted them to get to.
“She always would give me the time needed when I would discuss class performance of any of my student-athletes,” McSpadden said.
Reynolds’ hobbies include participating in a shooting club where she is known to compete in period costumes, collecting purses (which she has over 100), knitting and taking care of her dog Susie. Doralia also loves buffaloes and has a wall in her house dedicated to them with paintings and other forms of art.
“She is absolutely amazing and I told her she could never retire and if she does, I am resigning,” said Dr. Mark Sarver, EduKan’s chief executive officer.