Press Releases

High-profile trials hasten journalist's departure

Southwestern Michigan College President Dr. David Mathews, Assistant Prosecutor Sarah Mathews and SMC criminal justice students Mark Lutz and Abbi Guyott welcome Niles native Jessica Olstad to her June 10 talk before the Cass County Bar Association about covering trials upon which the 10-part Netflix series “Making a Murderer” was based.

Reneberg teaching preschool for Cassopolis

Her grandparents operated a hardware store in Cassopolis.

Newton transferring to Western for teaching

Jesse plans to attend Western Michigan University for his bachelor’s degree in elementary education.

Gabrielson working as nurse for Bronson LakeView

Her family adores Disney, celebrating her graduation with a Disney World vacation. She wore Minnie Mouse ears on her mortarboard.

Craft awarded Janet Mathews scholarship

Her goal is to write for National Geographic magazine.

Spring 2016 President's, Dean's lists

Fifty-five students on Southwestern Michigan College’s spring 2016 President’s List earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages while carrying full studies loads (at least 12 credits). One hundred and 65 students made Dean’s List with at least a 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

David Baker's year at Shoreham Village

Baker lived in Dowagiac before relocating to Shoreham.

President Mathews skydiving into Relay for Life

With 14 teams and 97 participants, the June 17-18 Relay passed $18,000 by June 1. Additional teams can sign up online at

It takes a special village to raise a child

Mathews, who is also the Cass County Assistant Prosecutor covering Family Court, stated that from October 2014 to April 2015, 21 children came under Cass County Family Court jurisdiction. Just a year later, from October 2015 to April 2016, 71 children came under Family Court jurisdiction.

SMC retirees recognized

“After 7,000 students, Steve Jess has had a tremendous amount of impact. One I know about by accident.”