Thursday, September 29, 2016
Kim Gravel speaks at SMC Oct. 4
Southwestern Michigan College students know Kim Gravel is visiting their campus Tuesday, Oct. 4. She already assigned them homework.
Fall Campus Bash embraces last gasp of summer
Virtual reality, a llama, root beer floats from the Roadrunner Café, water pong and slip-and-slide kickball were elements of fall Campus Bash Sept. 14.
SMC builds world's largest blanket fort
Southwestern Michigan College students succeeded Saturday in constructing what they believe will be confirmed in weeks to come as the world’s largest blanket fort.
SMC students move in for fall
Fifty falls after Southwestern Michigan College’s first 1966 classes, 402 housing students Sept. 1 moved into three residence halls opened since 2009. Classes start Sept. 6 with 1,017 new students attending campuses in Dowagiac and Niles. Friends Bret Stermer from Lawton and Cam Pincumbe from Schoolcraft room together while fulfilling prerequisites for SMC’s Michigan State University partnership.
SMC students building world's largest blanket fort
Southwestern Michigan College students attempt to set a world record for the largest blanket fort Saturday, Sept. 10, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. in the Student Activity Center on the Dowagiac campus.
New employees introduced
Southwestern Michigan College Director of Human Resources Kate Dorner introduced 28 new employees during the Aug. 29 State of the College program in Mathews Conference Center East on the Dowagiac campus:
Cancer survivor stories shared at 42nd Steve's Run
Breast cancer survivor Jamie Kastelic, a Ford Warriors in Pink Model of Courage, said after the 42nd Steve’s Run July 30 at Southwestern Michigan College, “At our house we say, ‘The bigger they are, the harder they fall.’ That pertains to cancer because it’s a beast. You really have to put your fighting gloves on. We fought this as hard as we could.”
Fifth Third Bank donates $7,000 to Steve's Run
Fifth Third Bank, premier sponsor of the 42nd Steve’s Run Saturday morning at Southwestern Michigan College, Tuesday presented Race Co-Directors Kate Dorner, SMC human relations director, and Tom Atkinson, SMC chief of staff, with a $7,000 donation.
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.
SMC's Guse Farm grows scholarships
Edward A. Guse, a self-described “city boy” from Benton Harbor, nurtured a hobby into a thriving Dowagiac farm business that 14 years after his death is still growing — cucumbers, squash, watermelon and $165,000 this year for Southwestern Michigan College scholarships. Mr. Guse bequeathed the farm south of Dowagiac on the west edge of LaGrange Township to SMC when he died at 80 on Jan. 16, 2002.
Mangus, Lyons win Employee Olympics
Congratulations to Christy Mangus and Stephanie Lyons on winning the second annual Employee Olympics Sept. 23.
250 attend opioid summit
Two hundred and 50 people from Michigan, Indiana and Illinois attended an opioid summit at Southwestern Michigan College Aug. 19 to learn about a prescription painkiller and heroin abuse epidemic killing 44 Americans daily.
CSI Academy explores tactical weapons
Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search’s 11th annual CSI Academy culminated July 27 at Dowagiac Conservation Club with the SWAT-like Cass County Warrant Service Team. Twenty middle/high schoolers watched shooting demonstrated with AR-15 rifles and Glock 22 pistols, explored the bullet-resistant, turreted Hummer, maneuvered “throbots,” tried on tactical gear and met Tole (toe-lee) the German Shepherd.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.