ETS Presents ‘Romeo and Juliet’ at Beckwith June 23-24 for Two Free Shows
Southwestern Michigan College’s Educational Talent Search (ETS) and Dowagiac’s Beckwith Theatre teamed up to present a free two-week Summer Youth Theatre that attracted 23 participants from across the area. Camp culminates with free public performances June 23 at 7 p.m. and June 24 at 2 p.m. of Craig Mason’s adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.”
SMC Board of Trustees Adopts Budgets
Following a public hearing, the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees June 13 adopted balanced 2023-24 fiscal-year budgets. The $25,290,000 general fund for July 1, 2023-June 30, 2024, anticipates $9.6 million from tuition and fees, $7.26 million from property taxes on 2.3936 mills, $7.8 million in state appropriation and $630,000 from other revenue.
SMC Brass Band Leads Off Dowagiac Summer Concerts
Southwestern Michigan College Brass Band signaled a shift to summer June 8 with the first of 12 Thursday-evening “Music in the Park” concerts in the pavilion that replaced the Wolverine Building between Dowagiac District Library and the Main Street boulevard. Refreshing temperatures and a sun-dappled emerald expanse made it ideal for getting in the mood for summer. The series continues at 7:30 p.m. June 15 with Kalamazoo’s On the Lash, original Celtic folk.
Michigan Retools Approach to Teaching Teachers
At Southwestern Michigan College, “clinicals” historically refer to something nursing students experience. That’s changed with Michigan’s new approach to teaching early childhood and elementary education.
SMC Mourns Passing of President Bishop
Campus flags at Southwestern Michigan College will be flying at half staff in memory of sixth President Dr. Marshall E. Bishop, who died June 4. He was 80.
Former SMC Student Analyzes Middle East Policy for Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Callahan Stoub, 24, credits “a lot of prayer and good timing” for parlaying a January-May 2021 internship into last September’s promotion. Her advancement elevated her to a Middle East/North Africa policy analyst for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, surrounded by household names.
SMC Students Named to Honor Rolls
Southwestern Michigan College named 43 students to the President’s List for the Spring 2023 semester.
Mark McAfee Presenting to American Sociological Association in Philadelphia
It should be a spectacular summer for Benton Harbor’s Mark McAfee between graduating from Southwestern Michigan College and presenting to the American Sociological Association (ASA) conference in Philadelphia Aug. 17-21. McAfee, who has been accepted to Western Michigan University to start in January, was one of only 30 students invited to join the ASA Honors Program.
SMC Recognizes Dave Dilno's 20 Years of Service
At Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees meeting May 10, Treasurer Becky Moore awarded a 20-year service pin to David Dilno of Kalamazoo.
Skip Dyes Appointed to the SMC Board of Trustees
Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees May 10 filled the vacancy created by Keith McKenzie’s retirement by appointing lifelong Cass County resident Dwight “Skip” Dyes of Calvin Township.