Thursday, November 26, 2015
Trustees review art, science events
STEMCon, for 50 area science, technology, engineering and mathematics students and 28 teachers at 14 schools from Michigan City to Marcellus was inspired by Artists’ Workshop to display the new William P.D. O’Leary Science Building.
SMC building a house
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.
Mrs. Mathews speaks to DUHS honor society induction
Never take a pen to the podium. It could fly out of your hand and strike a judge in the face.
Chamber Lifetime Achievement Award for Mathews
Four close calls almost kept Dr. Fred L. Mathews from his Dowagiac destiny.
SMC hosts Michigan Writing Centers
Southwestern Michigan College Oct. 17 hosted the Michigan Writing Centers Association’s 20th annual ideas exchange, “Blurred Lines — Focusing the Academic Kaleidoscope Through Collaboration and Creative Thinking.”
Women Who Care award $2,600 to Youth Council at SMC
In its first two years, Cass County 100 Women Who Care contributed more than $25,000 to charity. The organization celebrated its second anniversary at Southwestern Michigan College Mathews Conference Center West on the Dowagiac campus Oct. 14 by voting to award $2,600 to Cass County Youth Council, represented by President Sarah Mathews, Family Court prosecutor and SMC first lady.
Three ways to break domestic violence cycle
Stories are how we learn, define ourselves and identify with communities. Told incorrectly, stories linger negatively, such as 28-year-old Kitty Genovese’s brutal 30-minute rape and murder amid 38 witnesses accused of failing to help. “This sexual assault wasn’t told correctly and had a detrimental impact on our society across the nation for 51 years,” Cass County Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Mathews said Oct. 6 of the March 13, 1964, stabbing outside Genovese’s Queens, N.Y., apartment.
Father O'Leary’s family helps dedicate science building
His children and grandson helped Southwestern Michigan College rededicate the William P.D. O’Leary Building to science at a public unveiling Sept. 29. “On behalf of the family, I thank all of you for your efforts making my dad’s dream reality,” son Tim O’Leary said.
SMC sees ‘Amazon Gold’ rain forest destruction
Sarah duPont, founder and president of the Amazon Aid Foundation, Sept. 22 screened “Amazon Gold,” a disturbing film “nobody wants to see” to its first campus audience at Southwestern Michigan College. The next morning she flew to Washington, D.C., to share five minutes of material at an event for Pope Francis.
Speech may be free, but language carries a cost
Language means power and provides the basis for humor and for conveying emotion and ideas. Vice President of Instruction Dr. David Fleming led off Southwestern Michigan College’s fall academic speaker series on Constitution Day, Sept. 17.
Editors, publishers meet at SMC
Southwestern Michigan College Sept. 17 hosted Michigan Press Association’s regional meeting.
Students moved in for fall
Caitlyn Napier and Amanda Badner are Southwestern Michigan College business majors from Dowagiac.
21 new employees introduced
Director of Human Resources Kate Dorner introduced 21 employees who joined Southwestern Michigan College since January during the Aug. 31 State of the College program in Mathews Conference Center East on the Dowagiac campus:
Trustees tour renovated O'Leary
The former O’Leary Arts Building was one of SMC’s three original structures, and had been home to everything but science during the college’s first 50 years, from the president’s office to a venue for college plays presented in its tiered lecture hall prior to construction of a dedicated theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.
SMC couple receives national recognition
Jennifer Eby attended Southwestern Michigan College for nursing. Her husband, Matt, earned a business associate degree and sits on SMC’s agricultural advisory board. Growing up in Lombard, Ill., Jen never imagined making soap in her kitchen nestled in a forest, but Mother Earth News named them 2015 Homesteaders of the Year.
Proos presents catalpas planted on both campuses
“The original tree is on the grounds of the Capitol” in Lansing, state Sen. John Proos said. “The trunk is 20 feet in circumference, 87 feet in diameter at the crown and 120 feet tall. It’s right next to the Blair statue.” It was planted in 1879, making it 136 years old.
Survivor shares her story at Steve's Run
“I decided to face the entire thing with humor and determination. I wasn’t going to let it get me down.”
Perseverance pays off
Michael Brooks is going from dual enrolled at SMC and Edwardsburg High School to Stanford University.
SMC students explore Land of Lincoln
Lea Aurenz, Thomas Creameans, Lillian Haines, Abigail Harrison, Victoria Hughes, Joanne Phelps and Jay Roder joined the trip led by Professors Dr. Jeffrey and Tasha Dennis.
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.
Woodlands celebrates 50th anniversary at SMC
President Dr. David Mathews welcomed Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network to Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus Oct. 2 to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
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.
Criminal justice student fifth in nation
Most community college students qualifying for national competition would be ecstatic to finish fifth in the United States. Southwestern Michigan College’s Justin Desjardin, 26, of Dowagiac, is not most students.
SMC STEM Club lands $1,000 grant
MEEMIC’s commitment to the educational community extends beyond insurance. In 1992, the non-profit MEEMIC Foundation of Auburn Hills was established to offer financial assistance through grants to educational employees and institutions. MEEMIC Foundation, which furnishes grants to more than 100 educators annually for projects that enhance curriculums, has provided more than $1 million in support of innovative programs that impacted classroom experiences for more than 1.5 million students.
32 earn nursing pins
Rebecca Jellison, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Services, said, “Today you are all closing a chapter in your lives and looking forward to the next. There’s a good reason we call these ceremonies commencement exercises. Graduation is not the end, it’s just the beginning.”
Irrigation study proponents meet at SMC
The study’s two objectives are collecting sound hydrogeologic data and constructing groundwater flow models representing five Cass County watersheds.
MSU Ag Tech moves to SMC for fall
This partnership helps students earn an MSU certificate while working toward an associate degree. Students who choose to continue at MSU can transfer their courses and receive preferential admittance.
Thinkin’ about Lincoln
“He was known as Honest Abe. We don’t tag politicians with labels like that today. He was ambitious and an astute politician, but not devious. Honesty, his calling card, propelled him from the statehouse to the White House and into the hearts of the American people.”
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.
Climbing in high heels
SMC First Lady Sarah Mathews recounted for Sisterhood her own twists, turns and “stops” she surmounted to reach the summit she set for herself in eighth grade of being a Cass County prosecuting attorney.
Miss Indiana USA 2014 redefining beauty and success
"I was never meant to be Miss USA. God had bigger plans for me."
SMC unveils sports management degree
As hirers, they seek punctual, passionate self-starters with strong communication skills.
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.
Schuette shines shoes for SMC
“I’ve done a little homework about the Roadrunners,” Schuette said. “Not only do you have one of the best nursing programs in America, under David’s leadership, SMC is, year after year, in the top five to 10 percent nationally in student success. That’s an incredible accomplishment for everybody, and it’s a team effort.”