SMC celebrates Diversity Week
Southwestern Michigan College’s second annual Diversity Week celebrated Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanzaa and Mawlid un-Nabi Dec. 3-6 in the Dowagiac campus’ Student Activity Center. The emphasis of the week was to highlight other cultural observances that occur in November and December.
Staff defeats students in post-Campus Bash softball
SMC’s staff, including faculty and administrators, prevailed 16-4 over students in the biannual post-Campus Bash softball game Sept. 12.
Five read at Fall 2018 Open Mic Night
Fall 2018’s Open Mic Night Dec. 3 was sponsored by the English Club and the Communications Department.
United Way grant funds SMC counseling services
United Way of Southwest Michigan awarded Southwestern Michigan College a three-year, $25,000 per year grant to continue providing counseling services to students. Teens are more aware of issues with anxiety and depression and are seeking help — not just at SMC, but at colleges nationwide. SMC identified the need through a pilot program utilized 75 times during the 2016-2017 academic year and sought funding for expanding the services going forward. SMC tries to identify any factors that might interrupt a student’s successful path to graduation and intervene where possible. Early intervention is a priority because a mental health issue is one of the top reasons students leave college.