SMC Honors Program showcases projects
Southwestern Michigan College’s finest students put their finest work on display during the college’s second Honors Showcase Dec. 12 in the art gallery of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. Fourteen students enrolled in SMC’s Honors Program presented posters and answered questions, simulating a professional conference experience unheard of for most college freshmen and sophomores.
SMC students attending national psychology conference
What a difference a year makes. Three SMC students, two barely out of high school, the third still in high school, are getting chances to attend a higher education national conference. Kristen Arnold, a Southwestern Michigan College elementary education major from Oklahoma; Sydney Harmon, a White Pigeon psychology major; and Justine Grisham, a dual-enrolled Edwardsburg student, can attend the Midwestern Psychological Association's annual meeting next spring with SMC faculty.
SMC sociologists research Generation Z
Two Southwestern Michigan College students and Professor Dr. Barbara Karwacinski presented research on “Educational Expectations and School Experiences: What Makes Generation Z Students Happy” at the Michigan Sociological Association’s annual conference at Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids. SMC sent the only undergraduate presenters for the second year in a row. Kaitlynn Kendall, from Edwardsburg, returned joined by Olivia Ziemer, from Hartford.
Social work students tutoring at Stepping Stone
Every Monday afternoon Dr. Donald Ludman’s social work students tutor for Ester Stanley’s free after-school program at The Stepping Stone, 214 Miller St., Dowagiac. Stanley, a Dowagiac teacher for 32 years, visited Ludman’s Introduction to Social Work class in October. After her presentation, several students asked to visit and are now engaged in tutoring elementary-age students in reading, mathematics and social studies homework.
Tech truck visits Niles Campus
Turbine Technologies’ Mobile Engineering and Technology Training Center’s “maiden voyage” brought the climate-controlled semi to Southwestern Michigan College’s Niles Campus Sept. 6. Faculty, including Robotics Professor Michael McGowan and Physics Professor Andrew Dohm, and students, toured the trailer, headed to Western Michigan University from Niles.
Marketing technologist speaks at SMC
Modern digital marketing careers combine creativity, technology and analytics, Elmer Boutin told Southwestern Michigan College business students Oct. 2. “Don’t get me wrong,” Boutin said. “There’s still a need for creative writers and artists, but it’s amazing how much data is generated.” Boutin, who knows SMC Dean of Arts and Sciences Dr. Scott Topping from the Army, directs organic search for GTB.
Nursing students present poster projects
Seventeen cultural-sensitivity projects by 39 Southwestern Michigan College nursing students — 36 women and three men — were displayed Oct. 18 in the Dale A. Lyons Building lobby.