Art, Music Intersect at ’Pictures’
Southwestern Michigan College’s fall band concert “Pictures” Oct. 27 featured the SMC Jazz Ensemble, the SMC Jazz Combo and the SMC Symphonic Band conducted by Director of Bands Mark Hollandsworth.
Summery sunshine for Jazz on the Lawn
“Jazz on the Lawn” is a way to preview and promote Southwestern Michigan College’s fall band concert. This year, the weather cooperated. Last October it spit snow.
BetterMynd a New Approach to Mental Health
Southwestern Michigan College this fall partnered with a teletherapy platform that offers three 50-minute online sessions to students. Cody Semrau founded BetterMynd in 2017 because of mental health challenges he experienced himself as a college student. BetterMynd serves 75 colleges and universities.
Art History a Tactile Topic for SMC Students
Southwestern Michigan College’s Art History I (Art 203) class is more tactile than you might imagine. When Sherrie Styx’s students learn about marble sculpture, they carve soapstone and alabaster stones using small files.
‘Tremendous Interest’ Shown in SMC
“There’s tremendous interest in the college right now,” President Dr. Joseph Odenwald reported to the Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees Oct. 11. “Last week we received the highest number of applications in a single week since we began keeping records.”
SMC Hosts First Roadrunner Classic Nov. 3-4
Southwestern Michigan College’s inaugural Roadrunner Classic features a total of eight men’s and women’s college basketball games on Friday, Nov. 3, and Saturday, Nov. 4. This will be the second season for both Roadrunner teams since SMC re-entered intercollegiate athletics after a 25-year absence. The weekend will be an opportunity to reinforce and refine what the college built in its first season back.
Founding SMC Trustee Barbara Wood Cook Dies
Southwestern Michigan College founding trustee Barbara Wood Cook, for whom the building housing business, accounting, information technology and the Midwest Energy and Communications Esports Arena, is named, has died. She was 85.
SMC Hosts 202 for Automotive Day
Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus hosted 202 Michiana high school students Oct. 6 for Automotive Day. Participants included Dowagiac, Cassopolis, Lakeshore, Niles, Coloma, Covert, Elkhart Area Career Center and A.K. Smith Career Center, Michigan City. The event aims to show students the latest in auto technology.
Member of SMC's First Nursing Class Makes Patriotic Pillows for Veterans
As a member of Southwestern Michigan College’s first nursing class in 1967, Mary B. (Eis) Moore can testify to what a difference 56 years of growth makes. There was no nursing building when she came to campus from Buchanan, neither the current one nor the smaller one replaced in the $9.6-million expansion in 2019.
SMC Alumni ‘Connections’ a Full-Circle Moment for Carew
“Connections,” Southwestern Michigan College’s new alumni musical showcase, could have been subtitled “Mr. Carew’s Opus,” because it coincides with Director of Choral Activities David Carew’s 25th teaching anniversary. While Carew didn’t have any terrible clarinet players return as governor like in the 1995 film, “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” about a frustrated composer who finds fulfillment teaching high-school music, movie-worthy moments unfolded at this family reunion featuring a dozen alumni.