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Rick Brenneman, member of the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees, visits wit Rep. Steve Alford of Ulysses recently. Kansas legislators were campus to discuss the upcoming legislative session and issues that pertain to education.

Maria Ortiz of Liberal, a student in the Cosmetology program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, won a recent competition that included a haircut, color, style and makeup. Here, see the before and after picture of Tina Ortiz of Turpin, Okla., as styled by Maria. Karessa Schwindt of Hugoton won second and Andrea Pedroza of Liberal won third. Schwindt styled Jamie Mason of Rolla and Pedroza styled Carolina Alvarez of Liberal.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball nights.
College representatives will be at Beaver High School, Friday, Dec. 14 for the high school basketball game.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball nights.
College representatives will be at Stanton County High School, Tuesday, Dec. 11 for the high school basketball game.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Thayna Silva and Fabiana Monte, both of Brazil, were just two of the international students recognized recently at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. Flags representing the countries of students who have attended SCCC/ATS in the past eight years hang in the Student Union.  Silva plays volleyball and Monte plays basketball for the Lady Saints. The college recognized both its full-time students and its students who attend the Colvin Adult Learning Center.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Library's "The Way We Worked" speaker series concludes at 12 noon, Wednesday, Dec. 5 in the Cooper Clark Room of the Liberal Memorial Library.
This week's panel of speakers will include Liberal Fire Chief Kelly Kirk and local historian Lidia Hook Gray, who will share memories and discuss their career fields.

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The Music Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will present its winter concert at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7 in the SCCC/ATS Showcase Theater, featuring Concert Band, Sound Express Show Choir and Singing Saints Concert Choir.
Tickets are $3 and are available by calling 620-417-1451 or coming by the office in the Shank Humanities Building, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal. Courtesy card holders and students are free with a ID. However, due to limited seating, tickets must be picked up in advance.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come-and-go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $7 per person and includes student entertainment.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball nights.
College representatives will be at Forgan High School, Tuesday, Dec. 4 for the high school basketball game.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.

Crusader staff members gather in front of “The Bean” reflective sculpture in Millennium Park in Chicago Oct. 31. Photographer Jakub Stepanovic set up the delayed timer on the camera, then hurried to join the group. From left, Jeremiah Wilson, Jose Medrano, and adviser Anita Reed. Back row, Jordan Long, Martin Pinon, Jakub Stepanovic, Dawn Shouse, Matthew Adkins and Dylan Sandell. Front row, Tonya Loewen, Fabi Pena, Cinthia Serna, Sandy Alfaro and Celestina Padilla. The SCCC/ATS journalism students were in Chicago for the National College Media Convention, where they won two national awards, fourth place in special sections and sixth place in two-year broadsheet newspaper.  Crusader photo/Jakub Stepanovic

The Crusader student newspaper staff won two Best of Show awards at the National College Media Convention in Chicago last week. The students from Seward County Community College/Area Technical School brought home both a fourth place award in the special edition category and a sixth place award in the two-year broadsheet newspaper category.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will be at a number of high schools for SCCC/ATS basketball nights.
College representatives will be at Southwestern Heights Friday, Nov. 30 for the high school basketball game.
College representatives will be on hand to talk about the college. High school juniors and seniors will have the opportunity to win a scholarship.
For information, contact the Admissions office at 620-417-1100.
Black Hills Energy continues to drive home the fact that clean, abundant, reliable natural gas is the greener, cost-cutting alternative to gasoline and diesel fuel for operating commercial fleet vehicles, from school buses to sanitation trucks.
The success of a recent natural gas vehicle workshop hosted by Black Hills, Chesapeake Energy, Great Plains Gas Compression, Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, and the City of Liberal confirms growing interest in this proven technology from municipal and private fleet operators. The workshop highlighted the many benefits of natural gas vehicles, vehicle conversions and NGV fueling station development.

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Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal, Kansas, will close at 10 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 20 for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Wellness Center will close Nov. 22-23, but will open Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 6 a.m.-7 p.m. and 1-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 24-25.
Offices will reopen Monday, Nov. 26 and classes will resume.

The Kansas Higher Education Tax Credit is available to individuals and businesses as a means of benefiting Seward County Community College/Area Technical School for facility improvements and deferred maintenance.

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The Medical Laboratory Technician program at Seward County Community College/Area Technical is offering three different phlebotomy courses this spring for individuals who would like to learn to draw blood. Each class is two-credit hours and students will obtain basic skills for blood collection.

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Bob Speck of Universal Rectifiers presents Zach Arnold of Hugoton with the R. M. Speck Scholarship recently during the NACE Gas Capital Rectifier School at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.  The NACE Gas Capital Chapter made a donation to the SCCC/ATS Foundation which was used to fund scholarships for eight students in the corrosion technology program.  The R. M. Speck Scholarships were presented to Joey Aranda, Zach Arnold, Eduardo Campos, Daniel Garcia, Jesus Garcia, Jim Kirkland, BrookLynn Oxford, and Chris Stegman.  For more information about the NACE Gas Capital Rectifier School, contact the Business & Industry Office at 620-417-1170 or email b&i@sccc.edu .


Sixty-six individuals in the corrosion field successfully completed state-of-the-art training at the annual fall Rectifier School, conducted at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Liberal, Kansas.
Participants devoted two and one-half days to the hands-on training, hosted in partnership by the Southwest Kansas NACE Chapter, the Gas Capital Rectifier School Committee and SCCC/ATS.

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The Drama Department at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School has announced the cast for the upcoming performances of “A Christmas Carol” and “The Last Christmas.”

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The Seward County Community College/Board of Trustees met Monday Nov. 5, to hear program reports and approve purchases.
Dr. Duane Dunn, SCCC/ATS president, reported that the college had an exceptional review from the Quality Checkup site visit conducted recently by the Higher Learning Commission’s Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP), which accredits SCCC/ATS. The institution’s approach to the issue, documentation and performance were acceptable and comply with expectations by both the Commission and AQIP.
The board accepted the program review for the Alumni and Public Relations Department, the first program review for a non-instructional program. Andrea Yoxall, director of public and alumni relations, addressed the changes in her department including a renewed interest campus-wide in promoting alumni relations. She also highlighted changes that will affect bulk-mailing procedures and associated increased costs beginning in January 2013.

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Local SkillsUSA officers at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are, from left, Wesley Passmore, Hugoton; Thomas Cunha, Liberal; Nikolas Mihelic, Goodwell, Okla.; Adrian Amado, Liberal; Nolan Lobley, Liberal; Dario Salcedo, Hugoton; and Jeremy Mendenhall Turpin, Okla. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

District SkillsUSA officers at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School are, from left, Jeremy Mendenhall, Turpin, Okla.; Nikolas Mihelic, Goodwell, Okla.; Dakota Arnold, Tyrone, Okla.; Thomas Cunha, Liberal; Dario Salcedo, Hugoton, Nolan Lobley, Liberal; and Leroy Loewen, Sublette. SkillsUSA is a partnership of students, teachers and industry working together to ensure America has a skilled workforce.

Stephanie Weeast and Westin Weeast, both of Edward Jones, hold a mock interview with  Gloria Fisher of Moscow, a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School and a member of Kappa Beta Delta, the honor society for Business majors. Tanya Dowell, accounting instructor, is the sponsor of Kappa Beta Delta.

Ashley Fischer of Dodge City was  fourth in the hog division and eighth overall at the Southern Stockman Contest in Lubbock, Texas, recently. She is a student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal and a member of the Livestock Judging Team.

The Wellness Center at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School invites the public to a lunch & learn at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in SU229D.

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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. 17 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.
Due to limited space, pre-register your child by Friday, Nov. 16 by contacting Art Instructor Susan Copas at 620-417-1453 or susan.copas@sccc.edu. The fee is due on Saturday when children arrive.


National University Technology Network (NUTN) honored EduKan, an online consortium of community colleges in Kansas, with the 2012 Achievement award at the 30th anniversary national conference.
EduKan includes Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, in addition to Colby, Pratt, Dodge City, Garden City and Barton community colleges.
The NUTN Institution Achievement award recognizes an institutional member of the NUTN for effective use of technology in teaching and learning and/or organizational administration (or administrative operations) that is exemplary, demonstrates leadership and commitment, and advances the field as an institutional model.
This year, EduKan was the honored recipient of the 2012 NUTN Institution Achievement Award with Honorable Mention going to Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI and Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta, GA. Past winners include Dallas County Community College District, Dallas, TX, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and Washington State University.

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