Fifth Third Bank donates $7,000 to SMC’s Steve’s Run
Southwestern Michigan College President Dr. Joe Odenwald accepts a $7,000 donation from Fifth Third Bank Financial Center Manager Jeremy Truitt. Fifth Third is sponsoring the July 25-Aug. 1 virtual Steve’s Run. “A virtual run this year support’s the race’s ultimate goal — raising funds for cancer research and the Steven Briegel scholarship — while practicing social distancing,” Odenwald said.
SMC awards 376 degrees to Class of 2020
Southwestern Michigan College awarded 376 degrees to the Class of 2020 at its virtual commencement June 13. SMC conferred 142 Associate in Arts (AA) degrees, 40 Associate in Science (AS) degrees, 161 Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degrees and 33 certificates.
Virtual Commencement Celebrates SMC Graduates
“This celebration we’re having today is a perfect example of the wonders that emerge through creative perseverance,” Roschyk said. “It would be incredibly easy for us to wallow in all that we lost. It is not a path any of us wanted to set foot on. However, much like Chem 100, no amount of begging, shouting or screaming will make this inevitability disappear."
Two SMC students selected for San Francisco conference
Two Southwestern Michigan College students, Rebecca Franklin and Abbey Churney, have been accepted for this summer’s American Sociological Association (ASA) Honors Program.
SMC Board of Trustees Adopts 2020-21 Budget
The balanced $21,452,000 general fund for July 1, 2020-June 30, 2021, anticipates $7,920,000 from tuition and fees, $6,203,000 from property taxes, a $6,086,000 state appropriation and $1,243,000 from other revenues.
SMC Holds May Public Board Meeting in Virtual Format
“Fortunately for all of us,” Dr. Joe continued, “SMC has been managed in a fiscally conservative manner for decades by administration and the Board of Trustees. This includes over 50 years of balanced budgets and constant vigilance to preserve and maximize the taxpayers’ investment in their college. We are in much better financial shape than many other colleges around the country. In particular, I’m grateful for the firewall that Dr. Mathews insisted we have during his recent tenure.”
SMC ETS/MSU Sponsor Virtual Entrepreneur Camp
A Southwestern Michigan College Educational Talent Search/Michigan State University Extension collaboration provided nine budding Dowagiac, Cassopolis, Niles and Edwardsburg entrepreneurs with a 15-hour virtual camp Aug. 10-14.
Virtual Steve’s Run Personal for SMC Accountant
“As my time at SMC has grown, my involvement in Steve’s Run has grown, too,” the former resident assistant and part-time Student Activity Center supervisor said. “Now every year I have the privilege of going to Steve’s grave site and decorating it with flowers, lanterns and a memorial sign as runners come past his grave. It’s humbling.” Her experience this year will be entirely different, and not just because COVID-19 transformed Steve’s Run into a virtual event running July 25-Aug. 1.
Sign Up for SMC’s Virtual Steve’s Run Starting Jun 1
“Making the race virtual allows the community and local families to continue to participate in this historic event while practicing social distancing,” Southwestern Michigan College President Dr. Joe Odenwald said. “A virtual run this year will support the race’s ultimate goal — raising funds for cancer research and the Steven Briegel scholarship.”
SMC Enrolls 1,800 Students for Fall 2020
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees heard Sept. 21 from President Dr. Joe Odenwald that fall enrollment finished at 1,800 students — 88 better than budgeted.