Southwestern Michigan College alumnus Aaron Smith, one of the creative minds behind Niles Scream Park, July 15 opened Michiana Escapes at Tippecanoe Place in South Bend, Ind. The escape room set during the Great Depression is a timed group adventure for teams of six-12 solving puzzles to win their freedom by unlocking a door in an hour. Smith, of Niles, graduated from Niles Senior High School in 2008, then studied business at SMC’s Niles Campus until 2010.
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.
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.
When Southwestern Michigan College students move in Sept. 1, those inclined to rock climbing can look forward to new challenges from routes created by an almost 50-year veteran and world record holder. Frank Abissi of Higher Ground Rock Climbing Center, Grand Rapids, assisted by son Paulie and wife Lena, finished the 28th route July 22.
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.