An eight-year effort to propel Southwestern Michigan College’s flagship program into a new era culminated Jan. 9. SMC celebrated completion of a $9.6-million expansion that more than doubles its Nursing and Health Education Building to 29,086 square feet. “The goal of this project was to create a facility matching the quality of the program we were already delivering,” President Dr. David Mathews said. “Although this is a beautiful building, what happens here happens because of the people delivering education. The next 50 years of nursing and health education at SMC is going to be even more exciting than the last 50.”
Southwestern Michigan College named 48 students to President’s List for the 2018 fall semester. Students honored on President’s List must earn a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale while carrying a full study load of at least 12 credits. The 179 students making Dean’s List earned at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale while carrying a full study load.
Southwestern Michigan College recognized 23 new nursing graduates during its Dec. 20 pinning ceremony in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. These students received associate degrees in nursing (ADN) and joined the ranks of 3,051 SMC nursing graduates since 1968.
Southwestern Michigan College launches 2019 with “Holding Space,” a dance film series in the Art Gallery Jan. 7-31, with its director, Hannah Fischer, lecturing for the Academic Speaker Series on entrepreneurship. Fischer’s free public talk takes place at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan 17, in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus. Her talk follows a morning student workshop and a 12:30 gallery reception. Fischer founded South Bend’s Fischer Dance, which produced the nine-part series featuring more than 30 community performers alongside her seven-member company.
Southwestern Michigan College’s new Auto Club has already exceeded Kyle Schrock’s expectations. At October’s inaugural meeting, “I thought we’d do a community service project. They were talking about raising money to give back to people who are less fortunate,” Schrock said.