The irony of winning Michigan State University agricultural recognition is not lost on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dr. Scott A. Topping. SMC’s dean of arts and sciences March 26 received the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Institute of Agricultural Technology Honorary Certificate in agricultural operations, fruit and vegetable crop management, landscape management and viticulture. Not bad for a non-farmer who grew up next to Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital in Cass County’s sole city. He still lives in Dowagiac.
Southwestern Michigan College’s Business Department showed students Chicago March 24.
Sarah Bahr employed journalism to celebrate writing-center diversity at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Last fall the junior journalism major began interviewing IUPUI writers for Humans of New York-like profiles of people she comes across as a center consultant, sharing their stories on Facebook and Twitter.
Words aren’t enough for writing centers to build rapport and trust with clients. With 20 seconds to make a first impression, it helps to also know which body part is most honest. And to be fluent in non-verbal cues such as revealing “microexpressions,” posture and eye contact. “Fifty-five percent of your message’s meaning comes from body language. That’s a lot,” Laura Ullom of Cedarville (Ohio) University said at Southwestern Michigan College March 24 as a presenter to the 39th annual East Central Writing Centers Association conference.
Southwestern Michigan College’s Writing Center “blitzes” classrooms to meet students in their comfort zones. Professors Cody Miller and Stephanie Foreman and student tutor Lauren Mackey presented “Bring the Blintz: The Collaboration of Students, Writing Consultants and Instructors” for their March 24 presentation at the 39th annual Eastern Central Writers Center Association conference.