Southwestern Michigan College's Anniversary Celebration

Southwestern Michigan College's 50th Anniversary Celebration

Since 1964, SMC has been honored to provide affordable, local access to high-quality education. Our graduates have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, mechanics, politicians and teachers. We are excited to mark 50 years of service to the community and hope for another 50 years as great as the last. Thank you for celebrating with us and enjoy the day.


Event Agenda

Guest Check-in
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. • In front of the Fred L. Mathews Library
Your first stop when arriving on campus should be at Guest Check-in. At the Check-in station you can buy a paver on Alumni Plaza and/or enter into a drawing for a Frigidaire Gallery 26 CU. Ft. Smudge Proof Stainless Steel Side-by-Side Refrigerator donated by Camdens Appliance. MSRP for the refrigerator is $1399. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the lobby of the Fred L. Mathews Library.

Prediction Run
The Prediction Run has been cancelled.

Coaches Corner Reunion
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. • Outside the Charles O. Zollar Building
Reminisce with past SMC coaches, athletes and extreme sports students. In the event of inclement weather this event will be moved inside the Charles O. Zollar Building (Student Activity Center).

Borgess Lee On-site Services
9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. • Outside the Charles O. Zollar Building
Stop by the Borgess booth and get at free blood pressure screen, stroke assessment and body composition.

Student Service Center
10 a.m.-5 p.m. • David C. Briegel Building
The Student Service Center is open for business. Learn about our degrees and programs and get all your questions answered.

Bookstore
10 a.m.-5 p.m. • SMC Bookstore
Come browse SMC apparel or new 50th Anniversary clothing at the bookstore.

Library Used Book Sale
10 a.m.-5 p.m. • Fred L. Mathews Library
Come browse used books for sale in the Mathews Library. Books will be $0.50 each and all proceeds support the Fred L. Mathews Library. Cash or checks only accepted.

Faculty Art Show
11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Art Gallery in the Dale A. Lyons Building
See new works by SMC’s talented fine arts faculty.

Open House
11 a.m.-1 p.m. • David C. Briegel Building
Interested in becoming a SMC student? Stop by the Student Service Center and learn all about our academic programs, campus services and more.

Art Fair
11 a.m.-3 p.m. • In front of the David C. Briegel Building
Browse art displayed and for sale by SMC alumni. Alumni who wish to participate may register online for this event. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the hallways of the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Pottery Wheel Demo
11 a.m.-3 p.m. • Near the Dale A. Lyons Building
Watch as an expert SMC instructor crafts a piece and learn about the ceramics-making process. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held in the Ceramics Lab on the first floor of the Dale A. Lyons Building (Room 126).

School of Business and Advanced Technology Car Show
11 a.m.-3 p.m. • In front of the Jan and A.C. Kairis Building
Take a look at cars refinished by SMC students and vintage cars owned by community members or preview new models for sale. Prizes will be awarded to the best in show. Have a vintage car? Sign up online to participate in the auto show. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the automotive lab (Room 540) in the Jan & A.C. Kairis Building.

History Gallery
11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Alumni Welcome Center near the SMC Bookstore
The new SMC History Gallery is a must-stop for any visitor on campus. The wide assortment of items found in the History Gallery depicts the history of the college from its conception to current day happenings.

Alumni Welcome Tent
11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Dale A. Lyons Building
Whether you took one class or finished your degree, we consider you a part of SMC! The first 250 SMC alumni to visit will receive a free gift. Bethel College and Ferris State University at SMC alumni are welcome too!

Disc Golf
11 a.m.-5 p.m. • Charles O. Zollar Building (Student Activity Center)
Grab a friend and enjoy a game of disc golf around our beautiful campus. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

SMC Theatre Group
Noon-12:30 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Watch talented SMC students perform excerpts of SMC’s past, present and future productions including Parade, Into the Woods, The Matchmaker and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Rock Climbing**
Noon-3 p.m. • Student Activity Center in the Charles O. Zollar Building
Ever wanted to try rock climbing? Now’s your chance! Stop in and scale our 35-foot rock wall.
**A waiver is required for participation. Stop by the Guest Check-in Tent in front of the Fred L. Mathews Library to fill out a waiver and get a wristband. Children must be 36 inches tall to participate. If you are 16 years old or younger, a parent or guardian must be present to sign a waiver.

Inflatables
Noon–4 p.m. • In front of the Foster W. Daugherty Building
Let your inner child come out on these fun inflatables brought to you by the Army National Guard. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Ferris Wheel
Noon-9 p.m. • Dailey Road Parking Lot
Come take a turn on the Ferris wheel brought to you by SMC’s educational partner Ferris State University. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Food Vendors
Noon–9 p.m. • Near the William P.D. O'Leary Building
Food from area vendors will be for sale throughout the day.

Bounce House
Noon–9 p.m. • Near the Foster W. Daugherty Building
Let kids get the wiggles out at the Bounce House! In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Criminal Justice Demonstrations
12:30-5 p.m. • Near the William P. D. O’Leary Building
See demonstrations by local law enforcement and the fire department. Learn how to escape a smoking building in a simulated smoke house or see a police dog in action. In the event of inclement weather this event will be moved to the lobby of the Barbara Wood Building.

School of Nursing and Health Services Demonstration
12:30-5 p.m. • Nursing and Health Services annex of the David C. Briegel Building
View demonstrations on a mannequin capable of simulating real-life medical emergencies.

SMC Select Voices
12:45-1:15 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Hear the harmonious talent of SMC choir students in this special concert. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Book Signing
1-4 p.m. • Fred L. Mathews Library
Dr. Fred L. Mathews, Chairman of the SMC Board of Trustees will be signing his book, which depicts the history of Southwestern Michigan College.

STEM Interactive Exhibit
1-4 p.m. • Foster W. Daugherty Building
Learn more about science, math, engineering and technology in this interactive experiment. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the hallways of the Foster W. Daugherty Building.

Twister Mike Balloons
1-5 p.m. • Picnic Area in front of the William P.D. O'Leary Building
Challenge Twister Mike to sculpt a balloon creation for you. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held in the Charles O. Zollar Building (Student Activity Center).

Face Painting
1–5 p.m. • Picnic Area in front of the William P.D. O'Leary Building
Face painters will turn your face into a masterpiece. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held in the Charles O. Zollar Building (Student Activity Center).

Campus Tours
1-5 p.m. • Student Service Center in the David C. Briegel Building
Experience our beautiful campus buildings and grounds. Tours begin every half hour. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Dancers
1:30-2:30 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Local dancers from the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians perform traditional tribal dances. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held in the Theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Alumni Photo Booth
2-4 p.m. • Alumni Welcome Center near the SMC Bookstore
Whether you have a group of two or ten, come get your photo taken with your fellow SMC alumni.

Student Housing Reunion
2-4 p.m. • The Backyard
Catch up with your old suitemates and reminisce about life in the dorms.

Local Marching Bands
2:30-3:30 p.m. • Near Steps in front of Fred L. Mathews Library
Bands from Cassopolis, Dowagiac, Marcellus, Niles and Edwardsburg march into the center of campus for your enjoyment. This event will be held in the event of light rain, but canceled if there is heavy rain or lightning.

Alumni Soccer Game
3-4 p.m. • Soccer Field
Former intramural soccer players reunite in a game of soccer. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Alumni Flag Football Game
3-4 p.m. • Football Field
Intramural flag football players relive the glory days in a game of flag football. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

SMC Bands
3:30-4:15 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Listen as music from SMC Bands fills the Plaza. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Dagorhir
4-5 p.m. • Next to the David C. Briegel Building
Observe or join in on this medieval war role-play game — one of the latest fads on campus. In the event of inclement weather this event will be held in the Gymnasium in the Charles O. Zollar Building (Student Activity Center).

Garcia & Scott Concert
4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. • Steps of the Fred L. Mathews Library
Country music artists Garcia & Scott perform live twice on the steps of the Fred L. Mathews Library. In the event of inclement weather these events will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Sky Diving Demonstration
4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. • Softball Field
Watch as professional skydivers descend on the SMC campus. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

President's Reception
5-6:30 p.m. • Mathews Conference Center East
The President’s Reception will honor former trustees, presidents and foundation board members and showcase alumni and current students. Tickets are required for this event and are $75 per person or $100 per couple, with proceeds going to fund scholarships. To purchase a ticket, call Eileen Toney, Director of Development, at 269.782.1301. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Withers Choo Choo Train Rides
5-7 p.m. • Next to the Foster W. Daugherty Building
Children of all ages can journey around campus on the train. In the event of inclement weather this event will be cancelled.

Paul Erdman Band
5:30-6:30 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Professional rockers from the Paul Erdman Band perform live on the plaza, brought to you by our educational partner Bethel College. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Arrival Concert
7:30-8:45 p.m. • Alumni Plaza Main Stage
Journey tribute band Arrival performs the legendary band’s greatest hits. In the event of inclement weather this event will be relocated to the Theatre in the Dale A. Lyons Building.

Fireworks
9 p.m. • Southeast Corner of Campus
Watch as fireworks light up the sky over the SMC campus. No rain date!


Underwritten by:

Bethel College C. Wimberly Automotive Group Cairn Stone Adventure Tours, LLC

Chemical Bank Ferris State University Camdens Appliance
 
J & H Oil Co.