Sunday, May 26, 2019
Maintenance SMC ‘Team of the Year’
Southwestern Michigan College’s Maintenance Department, led by Director of Building and Grounds John Eberhart, won Team of the Year at the sixth annual Retirement and Recognition Program in Mathews Conference Center East on the Dowagiac campus. Team members include John Behnke, Eddy Fielder, Rich Hiler, Dave Dussel, Dave Laymon, AJ Most, Dave Phillips, Chris Pullins, Pat Robbins, Andrea Swartz, Ron Tyler, Tony Walker and Jack Wood.
SMC expanding student leadership development
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees heard a presentation on May 20 by Vice President of Student Services Dr. Joseph Odenwald about the many leadership-development avenues being offered at the College.
Benak, Spurlock win SMC faculty awards
Finalists for Southwestern Michigan College Faculty of the Year were announced in terms of core values they most embody. Vice President of Instruction Dr. David Fleming chose “being responsible managers of resources” for fulltime winner Jim Benak of the business faculty.
Katie Hannah named SMC Staffer of Year
Southwestern Michigan College revealed Katie Hannah, Office of First Year Experience manager, as Staff Member of the Year at SMC’s sixth annual Retirement and Recognition Program in Mathews Conference Center East on the Dowagiac campus. Finalists included Human Resources Generalist Becky Craft, Director of Building and Grounds John Eberhart, First Year Advisor Kris Lefor and Student Activity Center Assistant Manager Branden Pompey.
Phi Theta Kappa inductees hear Faculty of the Year
Instructor Jim Benak spoke April 26 at Mathews Conference West on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus at the induction of 17 students into Sigma Psi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for community colleges. His four pieces of wisdom for students developing themselves for the workforce are to be open-minded, flexible, resilient and mindful that “there’s only one of you.”
Niles’ Evan Robison wins top SMC art awards
Southwestern Michigan College’s annual juried student art exhibition closed April 24 with an awards ceremony in the Art Gallery of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. Painting I student Evan Robison of Niles won David Mathews’ President’s Choice and the $500 Best of Show scholarship.
SMC first two-year school with criminal justice honor society
After winning its fifth straight SkillsUSA state title over spring break, Southwestern Michigan College’s criminal justice program notched another notable achievement this month, becoming the first Michigan community college with an American Criminal Justice Association Lambda Alpha Epsilon chapter.
Surprise sendoff orchestrated for SMC band director
Retiring Southwestern Michigan College Director of Bands Dr. Jon Korzun lost complete control of his Jazz Band rehearsal April 23. First, Andrew Fisher appeared singing “Fly Me to the Moon.”
SMC student accepted for U-M summer research fellowship
After graduating from Southwestern Michigan College on May 4 with his associate in science degree, Abednego T. Saah heads for Ann Arbor. Saah, who wants to be a doctor, was accepted for the Community College Summer Research Fellowship Program sponsored by UROP, the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program at the University of Michigan.
SMC students extend learning to St. Louis, Land of Lincoln
Seven Southwestern Michigan College students — Macy Fitzgerald, Jonathan Griffee, Nick Jelsomeno, Brittany Lewis, Rachel Perez-West, Gwendolyn Summons and Reginla Turner-Jefferson — toured St. Louis and Springfield, Ill., March 29-April 1 with faculty members Dr. Jeff Dennis and Julie Zabriskie.
SMC chemistry students present research in Orlando
Four Southwestern Michigan College students presented research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Expo in Orlando over spring break. Chemistry instructor Dr. Douglas Schauer’s students Anaya Roschyk, 17, of Granger; Audrey Bakerson, 17, of Niles; Jacob Campbell, 20, of Edwardsburg; and Natalie Adams, 18, of Edwardsburg, participated in the undergraduate research poster session at Orange County Convention Center.
SMC helps build Pat Ham playground
A dozen Southwestern Michigan College volunteers got Patrick Hamilton Elementary School’s community build off to a swift start May 17. SMC unpacked new playground equipment, provided preliminary assembly and dug post holes so poured concrete footings could set before final installation May 18.
Celeste Mock SMC's top student worker
Southwestern Michigan College Chief of Staff Brent Brewer announced Celeste Mock as Student Worker of the Year at the sixth annual Retirement and Recognition Program at Mathews Conference Center East on the Dowagiac campus.
Craft, Roschyk win SMC math/science awards
During a week when Southwestern Michigan College is honoring its best students through numerous events, the Math/Science Department April 26 honored two of its finest students, Abigail Craft and Anaya Roschyk. Craft received the Darrin Williams Memorial Scholarship, the highest award the department bestows. Roschyk received the department's Appreciation Award, won by Craft in 2018, Chair Ria Thomas announced.
Outstanding graduates hear Dr. Schmidt
Southwestern Michigan College Foundation President Dr. Carole Schmidt drew on “Wizard of Oz” wisdom to address the Outstanding Graduate Reception April 18 in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus.
SMC expanding IUSB business pathways
Indiana University South Bend (IUSB) and Southwestern Michigan College (SMC) are expanding their partnership to add advertising, marketing, health services management, accounting, finance, human resource management and general business pathways to students interested in completing a four-year degree while staying in the area. In September 2017, IUSB and SMC unveiled an agreement to help nursing students chart a smooth route from an associate-level Registered Nurse to a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing.
SMC 3D design students create art from old computer parts
Southwestern Michigan College’s new Information Technology lab in the Barbara Wood Building will see double duty as an art gallery thanks to a creative recycling project. Kyle Kelly “commissioned” faculty colleague Shannon Eakins’ three-dimensional design students to create art from obsolete computer equipment.
‘Visionary’ sculpture dedicated to Dr. Fred L. Mathews
“Visionary,” the new Fritz Olsen sculpture in Southwestern Michigan College’s Fred L. Mathews Library, is a personal gift from the Sawyer artist and his wife, opera singer Martha Cares. Dedicated Oct. 25, the wall plate honors the library’s namesake, who chaired the SMC Board of Trustees for half a century before his March 19, 2017, death at 87. The plaque memorializes “a man with vision and foresight who persevered and prevailed with determination and love for his community.”
SMC celebrates $9.6-million nursing building
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.”
New SMC degree harnesses entrepreneurial spirit
On Feb. 4, Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees heard two business-oriented presentations — a new Associate in Arts in Entrepreneurship degree for Fall 2019 and paid Crowe accounting internships introduced on the Dowagiac campus. “These are two very exciting sets of opportunities for SMC students,” President Dr. David Mathews said.