Saturday, March 23, 2019
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.
Band Director Dr. Jonathan Korzun retiring
Southwestern Michigan College Director of Bands Dr. Jonathan Korzun will be retiring July 1. The New Jersey native started at SMC in August 1991. “It has been a pleasure and an honor to serve as Director of Bands at SMC these 28 years,” Korzun said. “To quote my colleague Bill Rothwell, SMC is a great place to work if you like to teach.”
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.”
SMC greenhouse MAEAP-verified
On Dec. 20, Southwestern Michigan College’s greenhouse completed the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verification process.
Bosch renews grant for 2019 SMC STEM camp
Bosch Community Fund’s board has awarded a $5,850 grant enabling Southwestern Michigan College to continue offering a STEM summer camp in early August 2019. Last summer’s camp consisted of four workshops — one each for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — for 230 students from across Michiana entering grades 4-6.
Fricke finishing degree to celebrate turning 50
Janelle Fricke feels elated pondering the third act of her life after Southwestern Michigan College. She’s waited so long. Her first act consisted of 15 years at Dowagiac’s Autocam factory and 12 years at WNDU-TV in South Bend, where she is currently the general manager’s executive administrative assistant and corporate human resources liaison. In the second act, Fricke returned to SMC after 30 years to complete four courses for a general Associate of Arts degree, confronting her lifelong nemesis, mathematics, and pulling a “strong B” to go with A’s in two science courses. One statistics class remains. “I turned 50 this year and one of my girlfriends was going to college for the first time, so I said, ‘If she can do it, I can finish,’” Fricke said.
SMC pins 23-member nursing class
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.
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.”