Career Paths Can Take Twists and Turns
Southwestern Michigan College’s Futures Fair Sept. 27 borrowed from the fantasy game Dungeons and Dragons its writing-your-own-story theme of epic journeys and becoming characters you create to uncover secrets and find treasure.
SMC's "Connections" alumni musical showcase Sept. 30
Southwestern Michigan College’s inaugural “Connections,” an alumni musical showcase, takes place Saturday, Sept. 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus. The performance is open to the public at no charge.
Roadrunner Bass Anglers Pitch In to Clean Up St. Joseph River
Southwestern Michigan College’s bass fishing team hit Lake Michigan’s Silver Beach’s Friday, cleaning up the mouth of the St. Joseph River as a community-service project. Though the anglers are often on the road, fishing in eight states during their first season, when the Roadrunners are home they want to contribute to their community.
SMC Enrollment Increases 8 Percent
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reviewed fall enrollment numbers at its Sept. 13 meeting. The 1,989 students represent 147 more than last fall, an 8-percent increase, with a 9.1-percent increase in contact hours. (An additional press release with further information on the fall enrollment will follow next week.)
A Picture’s Worth 1,000 Memories
Photographs of Feb. 9’s President’s Ball transported Margaret Heyde back from Amarillo, Texas, to another formal dance in her hometown, Dowagiac. “I met my husband at our Dec. 16, 1967, formal! We’ve been together since,” the former Margaret Miller, Dowagiac Union High School Class of 1965, commented on SMC’s Facebook page. While that’s true, a few more twists to the tale of that pivotal night make their improbable meeting all the more remarkable.
President Bishop Memorial Scholarships Established
The Dr. Marshall Bishop Memorial Scholarship for Southwestern Michigan College’s sixth president has been established with a $10,000 endowment. Scholarships will be awarded to math/science degree-seeking students. President Bishop, who lived in Portage, passed away June 4, 2023, at 80.
Dowagiac Dedicates Police Station to George Grady
Dowagiac dedicated the George L. Grady Police Station in City Hall Aug. 24 to Southwestern Michigan College’s 2021 inspiration for its Grady Scholar leadership-development program. Grady is believed to have been the first Black police chief in the United States 58 years ago on Aug. 16, 1965 — 102 years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation.
Grady Scholars Program Mentors Tomorrow's Leaders
Southwestern Michigan College’s leadership-development scholarship program was introduced in 2021. Named for local trailblazer George Grady, Dowagiac resident and Michigan’s first African American police chief, the goal of the program is to build student leaders among underrepresented groups and provide them with a jumpstart on their academic and extracurricular goals.
Kelsey Barton Named Academic Advisor/Athletic Coordinator
Growing up, Kelsey Barton’s life revolved around sports, playing volleyball, softball, basketball or watching her siblings’ games. As an adult, Southwestern Michigan College’s new Academic Advisor/Athletics Coordinator still coaches volleyball. The past two years she taught mathematics at Niles High School, from geometry to personal finance, and to seventh graders at Ring Lardner Middle School.
SMC's Summer Honor Rolls Announced
Southwestern Michigan College named 17 students to the President’s and Dean’s lists for Summer Semester 2023. The two students honored on the President’s List earned perfect 4.0 grade-point averages while carrying a full course load of at least 12 credits. Fifteen students appearing on the Dean’s List compiled at least a 3.5 GPA while carrying a full course load.