Friday, May 29, 2015
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.
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.”
Cabinet cooks breakfast for Financial Aid
Financial Aid was treated to breakfast prepared and served April 30 by SMC Cabinet members, Chief of Staff Tom Atkinson, Vice Presidents Susan Coulston, Eileen Crouse and Ron Young and President Dr. David Mathews.
Four criminal justice students qualify for nationals
SMC swept SkillsUSA’s State Leadership and Skills Conference April 17-19 in Grand Rapids.
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.
SMC unveils sports management degree
As hirers, they seek punctual, passionate self-starters with strong communication skills.
Renowned climber uses disappointment to chart new course
After numerous disillusionments, Arno Ilgner found a way to merge his natural talents for climbing that had earned him national renown with his intellectual interest in the roles that stress and fear play in undermining our maximal performance.
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.
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.
Miss Indiana USA 2014 redefining beauty and success
"I was never meant to be Miss USA. God had bigger plans for me."
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.”
Women sweep Employee of the Year awards
SMC’s second Employee of the Year class consists of Christi Young, fulltime faculty; Bonnie Roberts, part-time faculty; Director of Library Services Colleen Welsch, staff; and library clerk Cassiddy Kendall, student worker. A new team award went to Financial Aid Director Christine Passer and her staff of Carol Ostyn, Lori Collins, Danielle Lucas, Brandi Zoll, Lauren Klein, Amanda Bowyer and Erin Baumeister.
Youth Council focused on three initiatives
In Cass County from 2004-14, 14 sleep-related infant deaths occurred.
Niles mom, son graduating together from SMC
“I really have to admire her embracing technology. She really wanted to succeed. Sherry’s spirit is to keep going and persevere through adversity. I’m really proud of her," Niles Campus Academic Advisor Jane Comden said.
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.”
National recognition for Chairman Emeritus Mathews
The proclamation extols Mathews as an “exemplar of community college governance and a role model for community college trustees throughout the country.”
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.“
Save the date July 25 for Steve's Run
Southwestern Michigan College has decided to continue to hold Steve’s Run on the fourth Saturday of July (Saturday, July 25, 2015), and to relocate the start and finish of the race to the campus of Southwestern Michigan College.
SMC’s wireless world grew from five access points to 190
“I have found no other college that has every single building and every single room covered with wireless technology," Vice President and Chief Information Officer Ron Young said.