This Week on Campus

Movers 18-19 Option 2We need your perspective! Mover Teams and projects will be presented to the Board of Trustees at next Monday’s meeting, kicking off Year Two of these focused work teams that address college priorities. All five Mover teams encourage participation from the SCCC family. Roles and time commitments vary, but we can guarantee there is a spot that only you can fill, on your own terms, with your unique point of view, strengths, and energy. Look for posters and postings around campus to learn more in the coming month!

Week of Sept. 24, 2018

Lunch in the Library welcomes Phil Dixon to campus

Phil DixonJoin the Seward County Community College Library for Lunch in the Library with Phil Dixon and his presentation“The Kansas City Monarchs in Your Hometown” on Wednesday, September 26 at noon.

Formed in 1920, the Kansas City Monarchs revolutionized baseball: not only were they charter members of the Negro National League and the first professional team to use outdoor lighting, the Monarchs also sent more players to the major leagues than any other Negro League franchise. This presentation will explore the early barnstorming days of the Monarchs and highlight great players such as Wilbur “Bullet” Rogan, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson.

Dixon a co-founder of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City. He is the author of nine books about baseball, including biographies about Wilber “Bullet” Rogan and John “Buck” O’Neil. In the course of his research, he has interviewed over 500 former Negro League players and family members.

Sandwiches and refreshments will be available. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.

For more information, contact the SCCC Library at (620) 417-1160.

  • Monday, Sept. 24:  
    • The Greenhouse will host women’s volleyball match with Colby Community College at 6:30 p.m. Come on out to cheer on our Saints!
    • Ian Applegate, our Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications, sends a friendly reminder that we will need anyone parked by the loading docks on the east side of the Greenhouse to move their cars by 5 p.m. so we can start putting out cones and markers for the reserved parking spots.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25, & All Week!
    • Time is running out for schools to register for the 2018 CTE Expo, set for Oct. 11 in the Industrial Tech Division. If you know high school or even middle-school students or teachers who might benefit from this one-day tour of the division, and a career/industry fair with area employers, contact B&I at 620-417-1171.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26: So Many Things Happening Today
    • Learn all about the rich history of Negro League Baseball and enjoy a free meal at today’s Lunch in the Library event, starting at noon. Guest lecturer Phil Dixon will present information about the Kansas City Monarchs, including Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson. Thanks to Humanities Kansas for funding the program.
    • If you see unfamiliar faces on campus today, be sure to greet participants in the Math & Science Teacher workshop with a smile. This annual event sponsored by our own Math & Science Department offers tips and encouragement to instructors from area schools. The event runs from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Hobble Building.
    • Baseball will host Frank Phillips at 3 p.m. Enjoy the last days of mild weather and take in the game at Brett Gould Field.
    • HALO club will replace its usual meeting with a movie and pizza this evening, at 5:30 p.m. in SU 214 E/W. They’ll screen “Frida,” the biopic about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.
  • Thursday, Sept. 27: Meet with Us
    • The Inclusivity & Civility Mover team will meet at noon in the Boardroom. This committee is open to new members, and we welcome input and constructive energy that helps build bridges and better understanding on our SCCC team. If you would like to join, please call Rachel Coleman at 620-417-1125 or email
    • SCCC will be 50 years old in 2019, and the planning for the big celebration has already started. The committee will meet at 3 p.m. in the Boardroom. If you are interested in helping out with the 50th, contact Lois Magner at 620-417-1011 or Rachel Coleman (see above).

September specials!

This is the last week to take advantage of the Cosmetology Salon’s September specials.

— 20% off Highlight or Lowlight services

— 40% off Color Retail with purchase of an all over color service

The salon is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 620-417-1361 or go online to book an appointment at

Community Events

rubber-ducky11This weekend will be busy, with the popular Chamber of Commerce Duck Race and chili cook slated for Saturday. The fun starts at 9 a.m. in Light Park, just down the street from SCCC. Booths from area businesses and organizations will offer a variety of information and goods, the United Way will sponsor its Chili Soup Cookoff, and the Farmer’s Market will be in full swing. But it’s called a Duck Festival — so what about that? You can adopt a duck for the big race and maybe win some cash.

To buy “Six-Quacks” of rubber duck contestants, contact Celeste Donovan here on campus, or call the Chamber — 620-624-3855.

Student Life

Tuesday, Sept. 25: Student Life brings Bongo Ball to the SCCC center courtyard. Look out for colorful inflatables, giant nerf guns, and plenty of good-natured marksmanship from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the lawn outside the SCCC Library.

Wednesday, Sept. 26: HALO club will replace its usual meeting with a movie and pizza this evening, at 5:30 p.m. in SU 214 E/W. They’ll screen “Frida,” the biopic about Mexican artist Frida Kahlo.

All Week: Following weekend auditions for Novio Boy, the fall play, drama director Michele Van Hessen is on the lookout for two young male actors to take part in the show. Contact her at 417-1460 for more information.

Multicultural Fashion Show posters
Looking Ahead: 
Hispanic Heritage Month events are scheduled through mid-October. If you or someone you know is interested in taking part in the Multicultural Fashion Show Oct. 14 (a Sunday), contact Janeth Vasquez at 620-417-1066.


The Travels of Hamlet

This week’s honoree … Liz Hill, physical trainer and sports department mom-in-action

Softball coach Ryan Wondrasek wheeled Hamlet down to Liz Hill’s domain in the athletic division to pass the positivity forward.

Having a single physical trainer on staff for seven teams of athletes is “kind of crazy,” Wondrasek said, “and it’s amazing how much Liz does for the students.” With just one student intern this year, the work has been especially intense, but Liz keeps at it with a calm demeanor and no-nonsense attitude. She dispenses therapy and medical care, but also reassures injured athletes that life will return to normal, and encourages them to stay optimistic.

“She’s like a mom to them,” said Wondrasek. “We all really appreciate her.”

Hamlet Silhouette BadgeThe theme for employee affirmation in 2018-19 is “Work Happy with Hamlet.” We want to focus attention on the everyday grind that means so much in the long run — in other words, to remember that we all work too hard not to have some fun along the way.

Hamlet will be passed along from one team member to another this year, with the Marketing Office to serve as his publicist and booking agent. Here’s how it will work:

Each Friday, Hamlet arrives at his stop, at 9 a.m., in the office of someone who has worked especially hard, and been nominated by a coworker. Marketing will tag along to document the hand-off, and send out a news release to spread the word.