SMC expanding club sports
In its continuing effort to engage students in activities they are passionate about, Southwestern Michigan College plans to expand club sports for Fall 2019 to encompass rock climbing, women’s volleyball, competitive cheerleading and archery.
SMC holding line on housing costs
Southwestern Michigan College is holding the line on housing costs to make college more affordable for students. There will be no rate increase for Fall 2019. “May 15-June 1 we let folks pick roommates or select a specific room,” Director of Residence Life Jeff Hooks said. “You have to have a complete application to do either of those. Hopefully, that encourages people to get their stuff in. They’re about 90-percent full for fall. We’re hoping for 100-percent.”
Freddie for a Day
For anyone who ever fantasized about being a rock star, swaggering across a stadium stage in front of a roaring crowd, there was Freddie for a Day. Participants impersonated the mustachioed Queen front man, Freddie Mercury.
English Club, Black Student Union sponsor Open Mic Night
A collaboration between English Club and Black Student Union expanded Open Mic Night April 15 in the Student Activity Center theatre.
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.
‘Whale Rider’ featured for Women's History Month discussion
Maria DeRose introduced “Whale Rider” and led a discussion with about 20 students for the Women’s History Month diversity event before spring break.