For a fundraiser at $2 a launch, Business Club organized SMC’s own “Punkin Chunkin” on Halloween. Four catapults, no waiting!
Zackary Creager’s marriage proposal to Kayla Ellard might be a first for Southwestern Michigan College’s Alumni Plaza. The education majors met in an SMC mathematics class and they are alumni, so the circle of inscribed bricks festooned with flags seemed obvious to Creager, a 2012 Constantine High School graduate from Marcellus. As far as firsts, SMC mascot Ronnie Roadrunner escorted Ellard across stage at commencement in 2015 to accept her diploma from President Dr. David Mathews.
Buchanan’s David Baltazar attended Southwestern Michigan College from 2010-14 while completing a Ferris State University bachelor’s degree in technical communication, minoring in automotive technology. Despite long hours traveling for NASCAR from Daytona Beach, Fla., Baltazar, who now markets VIRginia International Raceway, doesn’t feel he’s worked a day since college thanks to passionately pursuing a path to his dream job. Baltazar returned to SMC Oct. 27 as keynote speaker for Green Flag Day, addressing some 270 Coloma, Brandywine, Lakeshore, Dowagiac, Niles and Buchanan high schoolers. “I can’t speak highly enough of SMC’s automotive technology program, which is why I was instantly willing to talk about it. It’s such a great program,” Baltazar said.
Students in school today can expect to change jobs 11 times between ages 18-42. Sixty-five percent will find themselves working at jobs which don’t yet exist, Jim Wardlaw, owner and chief change agent for Stitch Brand and Culture in Buffalo, N.Y., said Oct. 26 in “Creative Thinking: A Crucial 21st Century Workplace Skill” for Southwestern Michigan College’s Academic Speaker Series. Four trends drive emphasis on creativity — exponential, overwhelming speed of change; information overload; workplace demand; and new challenges.
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.