Southwestern Michigan College Director of Human Resources Kate Thomas introduced 14 new employees during the Aug. 28 orientation program in the auditorium of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus:
Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the State of Michigan to prevent what President Dr. David Mathews described as “the most egregious over-reach of state government” that he has ever seen. SMC was informed recently by members of the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) that the college MUST enroll part-time students who are working on campus into the state teacher’s retirement system.
When President Dr. David M. Mathews joined Southwestern Michigan College in July 1997, “We had 45 faculty and a replacement value of SMC facilities of $26 million. “Today, we will have 60 fulltime faculty and a replacement value of $116 million,” Mathews said. “That $90-million increase in facilities is a 4 ½-times increase and includes, of course, on-campus housing for 400 students. “One of the things that is most striking is in the 1996-97 school year, SMC awarded 260 degrees and certificates,” Mathews said. “Last year we awarded 693 degrees and certificates. We are on-track for growth this next year and look forward to breaking more records for the number of degrees and certificates.”
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees accepted gifts at its Aug. 21 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
Dr. Maria DeRose of Niles, Humanities and Communications Department professor, earned a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University and master’s degrees in American cultural studies from Bowling Green State University and in English from Western Illinois University.