Niles STEM major Abigail Craft April 27 received Southwestern Michigan College’s 2018 Math/Science Department Appreciation Award at a reception in the David C. Briegel Building on the Dowagiac campus.
Brent Brewer, associate vice president for the Niles Campus, announced Brandon Metheny as the Student Employee of the Year winner at Southwestern Michigan College’s fifth annual Employee of the Year recognition breakfast April 27 at Mathews Conference Center West on the Dowagiac campus. Metheny, a desk employee in the Housing Department who is majoring in accounting maintained a 3.84 grade-point average while carrying 21 credit hours spring semester.
Dr. David Fleming, vice president of instruction, announced Faculty of Year and Adjunct Faculty of Year winners at SMC’s fifth annual Employee of the Year recognition breakfast April 27 at Mathews Conference Center West on the Dowagiac campus. “It’s amazing to win an award for doing something you love,” said nursing instructor Rona Goodrich, Southwestern Michigan College’s Faculty of the Year. “As a young girl, I would play school with my brother, but I would always have to be the teacher. When he tired of being the student, I improvised by using stuffed animals and dolls as my students. My mom is also a nurse. I would borrow her stethoscope and listen to family members’ heartbeats and breath sounds. I would also listen to the cat purr. Teaching and nursing have been in my heart since I was a child,” Goodrich, of Paw Paw, said.
Southwestern Michigan College honored retirees, acknowledged professional degrees and certifications by employees and revealed the Staff Member of the Year at SMC’s fifth annual Employee of the Year recognition breakfast April 27 at Mathews Conference Center West on the Dowagiac campus. Master of Ceremonies Dr. Joe Odenwald, SMC Vice President of Student Services, recognized retirees Sue Schmeichel, 22 years; Joanne Strebeck, 14 years; Dave Spurlock, 20 years; Mike McGowan, nine years; Char McGowan, 18 years; Bill Boeckmann, two years; and Karen Weber, 12 years.
The longstanding partnership between Southwestern Michigan College and Cass County Medical Care Facility is deeply rooted in community. “There’s a lot of history here,” CCMCF Administrator Merri Terborgh said. “The college has been a big part of it. A lot of these folks are from the community, coming to a community-run nursing home, maybe seeing folks they know. They’re always well-groomed, outgoing, professional young people. We established a dress code when I came because it sets a tone. Southwestern does the same. They’re always appropriately attired in green. They make us look good. It’s a good partnership because we need every nurse Southwestern can produce. There’s such a shortage of nurses and aides.” Terborgh guides a three-shift staff of 140, including 90 nurses and certified aides.