Friday, May 6, 2016
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 hosts Youth Council, lawmakers
Cass County Youth Council welcomed U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, state Sen. John Proos and state Rep. Aaron Miller to Southwestern Michigan College April 22 for its seventh annual Child Abuse Prevention Luncheon.
SMC breezes through Campus Bash
It was windy for Campus Bash, but, offset by sunshine, not so chilly there couldn’t be ice cream eating competitions, slip-and slide or creaming Criminal Justice Club officers with pies.
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.
SMC students attending Van Gogh's Bedrooms in Chicago
Southwestern Michigan College sends 15 to the Art Institute of Chicago April 15 for “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms.”
Balance your bowling ball with ergonomics
“Four big problems are force you have to exert, repetition, contact stress and awkward posture,” Vennix said. “Let the tool work for you. Don’t bang away at the keyboard or click the mouse harder than needed.”
SMC hears immigration author
“Do we really want to be a country that turns away children who come to our borders looking for help?” she asked.
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.
John Low promotes new Chicago book at SMC
Low has served as tribal attorney, tribal council member, as a member of the committee that negotiated the gaming compact with Michigan and co-authored the tribal constitution.
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 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.
Local FBI agent returns from Oregon standoff
St. Joseph FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Brown’s work in undercover narcotics for the Phoenix Police Department provided the scariest moment of his law enforcement career.
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.
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.
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.
Kelly Rose to address 49th Commencement
Southwestern Michigan College hosts its 49th commencement Saturday (May 7) at 11 a.m. in the gymnasium of the Charles O. Zollar Building on the Dowagiac campus. SMC will confer 683 associate degrees and certificates on the 387-member Class of 2016. Five — Morgan Adams of Dowagiac, Dakotah Haas of Decatur, Camilla Perez of Dowagiac, Karissa Steffens of Stevensville and Kayla Villegas of Watervliet — graduate with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.
Spotlight on nursing
May 6-12 is National Nurses’ Week. National Nurses’ Day is May 6. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2018 the country needs nurses to fill 581,500 new positions and will have to replace hundreds of thousands in positions opening as experienced nurses leave the profession.
144 attend Health and Criminal Justice Day
Flight nurse Becky Lahti landed at Southwestern Michigan College aboard a MedFlight helicopter, capping a morning of workshops for 144 high school students from northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. It was homecoming for Lahti because a two-year SMC degree in 2000 launched her career.
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.
Miss Indiana USA 2014 redefining beauty and success
"I was never meant to be Miss USA. God had bigger plans for me."
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.
Housing manager serious about nerd culture
The first documented appearance of the word was a whimsical creature in Dr. Seuss’s 1950 book, If I Ran the Zoo.
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.