Randy Flory awarded five-year service pin
Southwestern Michigan College Trustee Todd Obren, right, presented a five-year service pin to Information Technology Professor Randy Flory at the Sept. 18 Board of Trustees meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
Palsak awarded 15-year service pin
SMC Trustee Dr. Heidi Grabemeyer-Layman presented a 15-year service pin to Director of Student Support Services Angie Palsak of South Bend at the Aug. 21 Board of Trustees meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
Reynolds receives five-year service pin
Southwestern Michigan College Trustee Beth Cripe presented a five-year service pin at the Aug. 21 Board of Trustees meeting on the Dowagiac campus to Ritch Reynolds of Decatur, lead faculty for physical education.
DeRose presented five-year service pin
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.
August 2017 gifts
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees accepted gifts at its Aug. 21 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
Head Start center opens at SMC
Southwestern Michigan College welcomes a Head Start program to its Dowagiac campus, boosting internship and observation opportunities for early childhood education students. “It’s very unique. There’s nothing like it at the community-college level,” SMC Early Childhood Education Program Director Heather Zile said. “They’re going to get a great experience at the associate-degree level some are only lucky enough to have at a bachelor-degree level.” “Today was the first day of school,” Tri-County Head Start Director Ramona Borowicz announced to the SMC Board of Trustees Oct. 16 as she showed members through the new center. “We’re not just getting children ready for school, we’re getting families ready for school.”
President Mathews reflects on 20 years
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.”
Moores make $10,000 gift to nursing project
Certified Public Accountant Becky Moore’s Southwestern Michigan College roots run deeper than serving on the Board of Trustees since 2012. Becky and Jim, her husband of 34 years with Moore Brothers Buildings, gave $10,000 to advance the expansion of SMC’s 12,047-square-foot 1970 nursing and health education building to create a 29,086-square-foot facility.
Board of Trustees
|Thomas F. Jerdon
|Beth J. Cripe
|Dr. Heidi M.