Visiting Belize in December impressed upon SMC student McKenna Bowdish what she learned fall semester in Deirdre Kurtis’s Southwestern Michigan College environmental science class. “Belize was an amazing place with fantastic people,” Bowdish said. “While I was there I thought about our environmental science class many times.”
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees acknowledged gifts at its Jan. 22 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees Monday night heard about a bumper crop of $277,200 in scholarships SMC students will reap over the next three years from its farm. In his President’s report, Dr. David Mathews highlighted the Jan. 8 auction at Mathews Conference Center West on the Dowagiac campus which saw a $92,400 winning bid to benefit students across multiple disciplines in addition to agriculture.
Conservation planning was the focus of discussion at SMC's January Agriculture Club meeting. Sherman Reed, a U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) representative, gave students in Southwestern Michigan College's and Michigan State University's shared agricultural programs insights into soil conservation, as well as careers within that field.
An internship steered Sherman Reed into his 23-year career as a conservationist. As the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) representative told Southwestern Michigan College’s Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter Jan. 18, the North Carolina native earned his 1995 master’s degree in agricultural mechanization from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “Soil conservation was the furthest thing from my mind,” Reed said.