Monday, July 25, 2016
SMC sends Fire Academy to Chicago
What do you get combining seven Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search participants, Dowagiac and Sister Lakes firefighters, a raging car blaze and a heat index headed for 100 steamy degrees? Intense, realistic career exploration, followed by waterball to cool down.
Pokemon GO craze sweeps campus
Pokemon GO, a wildly popular smart phone app combining 1990s nostalgia with augmented reality technology, almost overnight eclipsing Tinder, Twitter and Snapchat in downloads and active users. “Viral” seems inadequate to describe the spontaneous spread captivating Southwestern Michigan College students and staff alike. “If you see someone sheepishly looking at their phone, they’re probably playing,” Director of Student Housing Jason Wilt said
SMC expanding nursing building
SMC plans a $9.6 million expansion to its 12,047-square-foot 1970 Nursing and Health Education Wing, creating a 29,086-square-foot facility for fall 2018 classes. SMC expects to break ground in May concurrently with the Class of 2017 commencement for the 14-month construction.
SMC partners with Woodlands, United Way
A $10,000 United Way of Southwest Michigan grant to Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network enables Southwestern Michigan College to offer counseling services during the 2016-17 academic year. “Campus is a microcosm of society,” Director of Student Housing Jason Wilt said. “We’ll have 402 fall residents.”
Pfliger was serious about humor and his whimsical awards
Anyone attending Southwestern Michigan College Art Gallery receptions must have wondered about students winning toasters. In the Feb. 4, 2010, Southwester, Art Professor Emeritus Terry Lee Pfliger, 68, who died June 9 at Lakeland Medical Center, St. Joseph, divulged the Pfliger Foundation for the Arts story.
High-profile trials hasten journalist's departure
Southwestern Michigan College President Dr. David Mathews, Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Mathews and SMC criminal justice students Mark Lutz and Abbi Guyott welcome Niles native Jessica Olstad to her June 10 talk before the Cass County Bar Association about covering trials upon which the 10-part Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was based.
President Mathews skydiving into Relay for Life
Southwestern Michigan College President Dr. David Mathews will help Cass County Relay for Life feel like old times when he skydives into opening ceremonies at the Cassopolis fairgrounds Friday, June 17.
Virginia is for history lovers
Southwestern Michigan College students avidly learn about the presidency, but the trio they followed halfway across the country spring break was not named Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. SMC’s “extended learning experience” focused on the Piedmont Presidency, 1801-1825, of the third, fourth and fifth chief executives, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and James Monroe, last of the “Virginian dynasty” to occupy the White House.
It takes a special village to raise a child
On May 26, 2016, Cass County Youth Council President Sarah Mathews spoke to the Dowagiac Rotary Club about why Rotarians should be involved in helping promote the mission and goals of the Youth Council. Her message was simple — it takes a village to raise a child and the village needs to be connected and aware of all the services in the village to make the biggest impact possible for its children.
SMC recognizes retirees
Southwestern Michigan College paid tribute May 20 to eight retirees led by Dr. Stephen Jess, 39
Class of 2016 hears entrepreneur Kelly Rose
“Before people care how much you know, they want to know how much you care,” entrepreneur, philanthropist and alumnus Kelly L. Rose told the 49th annual Southwestern Michigan College Commencement May 7.
31 pinned in nursing ceremony
A pinning ceremony is special, Southwestern Michigan College Vice President of Instruction Dr. David Fleming said, for the opportunity to recognize recipients by name.
Employees of the Year announced
Southwestern Michigan College’s third Employee of the Year class consists of Dr. Anna Norris, fulltime faculty; Joe Coti, part-time faculty; Judy Mustak, staff; and Emily Schrock, student worker.
Business students teach Junior Achievement
Volunteering to teach Junior Achievement to elementary students, Jane Mitchell’s Southwestern Michigan College Principles of Management classes reinforced their lessons, provided personal satisfaction and exposed them to dead fish stories.
SMC repeats as state champions
Four students, the Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) team of Nicole Brill of Niles, Dowagiac Union High School graduate Abbigale Guyott and Tyler Fye of Stevensville and the gold medalist from the criminal justice team, Joseph Herrera of Holland, advance to the 52nd annual National Leaderships and Skills Conference against other state champions June 20-24 in Louisville.
Small house doors installed
Small house. Big impact. Southwestern Michigan College’s new two-year initiative unites programs in a real-world way to build a “green” 504-square-foot residence. The collaborative effort across multiple departments encompasses construction trades, welding, arts and sciences, business and information technology.
Breast cancer survivor speaking at Steve's Run
Jamie Kastelic is proud of her scarred chest, proof “something tried to kill me and I won. I don’t see an ugly scar anymore. I look at my scars like a tattoo.” The St. Joseph breast cancer survivor speaks at Steve’s Run July 30 on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus.
SMC dean to lead Michigan nursing education
As president-elect of MCNEA, the Michigan Council of Nursing Education Administrators, Southwestern Michigan College’s Rebecca Jellison will soon lead deans and directors of associate-degree and practical-nursing schools across the state.
SMC student crowned Apple Festival queen
Southwestern Michigan College’s own Ellie Hurd will spend the next year juggling her reign as Miss Apple Festival with studying nursing.
Dr. Heidi Grabemeyer-Layman joins SMC Board
Dr. Grabemeyer-Layman earned her medical degree from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine and a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University in health fitness in preventive and rehabilitative programs.
Obren welcomed to SMC board
Obren remarked, "I am humbled and honored to be joining the SMC Board of Trustees. As a former SMC student and lifelong Cass County resident, I am very aware of SMC’s outstanding academic reputation and also how important SMC is to this region. SMC is one of Edwardsburg’s and Niles’ best community partners. I am very excited to be a trustee of such a great institution.“
Guse scholarships make college a reality for dozens of students
Michael Piedt of Eau Claire produces apples, summer squash, cucumbers and watermelons. Six generations of Piedts have farmed the family homestead. Their Centennial Farm was purchased directly from the government in 1835, when Michigan was still a territory.
College takes a team
Building her support system opened Adney’s eyes to opportunities and new friendships, making college so much fun she ditched her previous practice of going straight home after class.
193-vehicle I-94 pileup reviewed at SMC
A 193-vehicle I-94 pileup Jan. 9 made national news, sounding like July 4 thanks to a semi-truck hauling 44,000 pounds of fireworks.
Pop culture provides a cathartic release
“It’s interesting that a show about the collapse of civilization can bring us together in the real world,” Dr. Maria DeRose said.
Courthouse fate discussed at SMC
Six potential uses for Cass County’s empty 1899 courthouse are a museum or history center, a wedding or banquet facility, county offices, private businesses and shops, an education or community center or a facility to support poor community members, Board of Commissioners Chair Bernie Williamson said at Southwestern Michigan College.
Honors program aggregates excellence
“We both observed honors-worthy things going on across campus,” Gary Franchy said, such as Chemistry Professor Dr. Douglas Schauer’s Environmental Research Group, which presented in Denver; Dr. Jeff Dennis’s Land of Lincoln trip to Illinois; and Donald Ricker’s criminal justice students sweeping SkillsUSA’s State Leadership and Skills Conference enroute to eighth in the nation in Louisville, then joining “Seeking Justice,” the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan cold case pilot project addressing thousands of unsolved murder cases.
SMC ag students join CORE conservation conversation
Three Southwestern Michigan College agriculture students and two faculty members attended the inaugural meeting of CORE (Conserving Our Rural Environment), to join the conservation collaboration conversation organized by the Cass County Board of Commissioners and Pheasants Forever wildlife habitat restoration and preservation.
SMC staff trains to recognize drug overdoses
Drug overdoses are the leading accidental death cause of all Michiganians ages 21-65. Opioid/heroin use kills more people than car accidents. Nancy King, program manager of Families Against Narcotics (FAN) Southwest Michigan (Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties), met March 18 with 10 Southwestern Michigan College staffers to familiarize them with a simple yet effective antidote to opioid overdoses called naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan.