This Week on Campus

Crusader News wins national recognition

The Crusader News is top in the nation for two-year college websites. Journalism, photography, and mass communications instructor Sue Sprenkle got the news that her students’ work from 2018-19 won the Pinnacle Award at the National Collegiate Media convention. The award stacks atop the honor of Best in State for Kansas, in which the students beat out even the biggest four-year programs for news website.

This year’s students — Calen Moore, Annette Meza, Cheyenne Miller, Monica Gonzalez, William (Josh) Swanson, Preston Burrows, and Kris Liggett — and Sue attended the conference and managed to fit in some sightseeing as well. It was a great week to be in Washington, with a mixed bag of newsworthy events — the World Series parade and the impeachment hearing, which conference organizers acknowledged by loosening the schedule a bit to allow students to experience both of those historical events 

After a quick stop at the White House, a security guard encouraged the group to “stick around” a little longer in order to see the President’s helicopter take off. The group also visited the Newseum, a national archive for newspapers published all across the country, the Smithsonian Museums, Chinatown, and, in one memorable public transit mistake, the state of Maryland.

Enrollment open for Spring 2020

Spring is coming. Wait, what? We know winter lurks in the weeks ahead, but spring semester enrollment opens TODAY, and the class schedule is up on the website and available to students. A few reminders:

  • We now have a new, streamlined process to enroll online, and students need to be aware of that option. Need a refresher course?
  • Our pay-as-you go financial policy continues, which means that students who have a remaining balance on their accounts need to settle up. Some options for payment plans are available, but they are limited. To avoid delays or denied enrollment, send your students to the business office to get specific information from the friendly folks in the front.

Team is invited to Fall Harvest Celebration Nov. 9! 

Plan now to join us for pie. So much pie.

The 50th anniversary committee has continued to solicit nominations for the Hall of Saints, which will number 50 in all by the end of this academic year. And, we’re already planning for the next celebration, set for Saturday, Nov. 9.

We’ll be hosting our 15 honorees and their families at a pie-and-coffee reception from 2 to 4 in the Student Union. As with the kickoff festivities in September, ALL SCCC TEAM MEMBERS ARE INVITED to join us for homemade gourmet pies, a hot beverage bar (cider, coffee, hot cocoa, tea) and savory snacks.  Invitation art

Join us to honor their alumni who have made the most of their time at SCCC, and gone out to make the world a better place. Mark your calendar now!

This week and next …

It’s a crazy-busy week on campus. In a good way. Now that basketball season is off to a start, the Greenhouse is like a time share condo, with volleyball and hoops taking turns.

Reminder: If you purchased a smoked pork loin from our Saints Athletes, the pork has arrived and is ready for pick up. (Don’t tell Hamlet, as this is a need-to-know fundraiser). Stop by Brandie Winter’s desk in the Athletics office after 1 p.m. to pay ($30 each, if you haven’t pre-paid) and collect your delicious pork loin. 

Monday, Nov. 4:   The regular SCCC Board of Trustees meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. in the board room.

Tuesday, Nov. 5: It’s voting day. Be sure to stop by our community polling place at the Seward County Activity Center (on the county fairgrounds) to cast your vote in several important local elections. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Eager to see results? Use this link to the Seward County Clerk’s office for first-available postings.

• 6:30 p.m., in the Greenhouse, see the women’s volleyball team take on Pratt Community College in the first round regionals.

Wednesday, Nov. 6: Remind your students (and yourselves) that no daytime classes will take place tomorrow, as we conduct faculty assessment inservice sessions from 1-5 p.m.

• TRiO and Student Services will host a support group for students dealing with divorce in their families. If a student has confided to you that he or she has encountered divorce in their lives, feel free to suggest they give this group a try. We do not suggest unsolicited referrals. For more information, contact Joel Figgs (ext. 1605) or Stephanie Heger (ext. 1065).

Thursday, Nov. 7: No day classes today from 1-5 p.m.

• 7 p.m., in the Greenhouse, our Saints Basketball men play the Lamar Community College JV team.

Friday, Nov. 8:  6 p.m. in the Greenhouse, our Lady Saints take on Western Oklahoma State College.

Saturday, Nov. 9: We welcome former Saints, friends and family to campus for the next Hall of Saints Induction at a Harvest Celebration from 2 to 4 p.m. in SW229. There will be delicious homemade pies, a hot beverage bar, and savory snack. There will also be reminiscing, hugs, laughter, and time to reconnect. Stop by to say congratulations to these #SolidGoldSaints. You can read the list of names here.

• 6 p.m. in the Greenhouse, Lady Saints basketball hosts Friends University.

Sunday, Nov. 10: We fully expect our Saints Volleyball team to be on the schedule for the regionals, which start at noon in the Greenhouse and run all day. Be on the lookout for details as the week unfolds. 

On the horizon for us all to share with students … 

  • Telolith 2020 wants your writing!
    • Telolith is the annual literary arts magazine published each spring. Poetry and short pieces of fiction and non-fiction are welcome. This is a first call with submissions due by Dec. 11, 2019. For information about how to submit your writing, contact Lori Muntz at
  • Veterans Day is next week, on Monday, and the college will host a card campaign.
    • Card-writing stations with plenty of supplies and even a few templates for notes of appreciation will be set up in the Hobble Hallway and the Student Lounge at Louie’s Place. This is an opportunity to thank our veterans, and our goal is to generate at least 100 cards for distribution through the VA clinic here in Liberal. If your class meets between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., consider making this a quick service project or incorporate it into your teaching.

Hamlet in Neon

The Travels of Hamlet

Pig in costume … we’re waiting! PLUS … Hamlet goes on an adventure. 

Hamlet is awaiting his next posting, but in the meantime, rumor has it he plans to put on a costume for Halloween. What will our happiness pig choose for his foray into life in disguise? Stay posted.

The theme for employee affirmation in 2019-20 is “Shine” with our awesome pig, Hamlet. He doesn’t let gravity — or anything else — limit his activities, and that reminds us of the Saints family. Amid the challenges of daily life and the dark clouds that sometimes come, our team shines. Let’s aspire to tell each other when we see those moments of awesomeness. 

For those of you who haven’t met Hamlet, he travels the campus in search of excellence and hard work. Who better to ask than our own team members? Each week, Hamlet shows up in his green wagon, with a word of appreciation and a photo op for team members who merit a little extra recognition.