All-American Ran for 1974-’75 SMC National Champions
Tom Ellspermann, an All-American with Southwestern Michigan College’s second and third NJCAA cross country national champions, ran for Michigan State University after SMC, but downplays his ability alongside his “truly gifted, like gazelles,” teammates. He joked he spent so much time trailing them “I’d recognize those guys from behind.” “I’m built like a little football player, short and stocky,” said Ellspermann, 64, who served in several senior leadership roles during 28 years with Whirlpool.
Student Speaker Sings the Praises of Science
The Granger home-schooler, 18, is graduating from high school at the same time as SMC’s Honors Program with a 4.0 grade-point average and her Associate in Science in General Studies degree. In the indomitable way she and others of the Class of 2020 have rolled with punches landed by a global pandemic, she’s planning another double at Ohio’s Oberlin College and Conservatory by becoming a doctor twice. She wants to become a pediatric neurologist, which requires a medical degree.
SMC Trustees Review 2020 Accomplishments
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees reviewed 2020 accomplishments Dec. 21 during its regular monthly meeting conducted remotely via Zoom.
SMC Graduates 17-Member Nursing Class
December’s Class of 2020 received associate degrees in nursing (ADN) in a masked, socially-distanced, walk-through afternoon ceremony in the lobby of the School of Nursing and Health Services building on SMC’s Dowagiac campus.
2012 SMC Graduate with Cleveland Clinic in Las Vegas
Despite a sparkling academic record, Joel Adu-Brimpong did not expect to attend college. He applied to Southwestern Michigan College as a favor to his high school guidance counselor. Not only did Adu-Brimpong earn an associate degree in 2012 in life and environmental sciences as a pre-med student, he went on to a bachelor’s degree in biopsychology and a master’s degree in health informatics from U of M. Today he is program manager at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
Foundation Board Stakes Annual Appeal to Strong Start
Southwestern Michigan College Foundation’s annual Campaign for Students raced off to a strong start thanks to its Board of Directors donating more than $30,000.
SMC Unveils Grady Scholars Initiative
Southwestern Michigan College is naming 20 new $1,000 minority student leadership-development scholarships for local trailblazer George Grady. Grady served as Michigan’s first African American police chief starting in 1965.
SMC Board of Trustees Updated on COVID-19
The Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees heard from President Odenwald about the steps being taken to comply with the latest state orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on Sunday that face-to-face instruction for the majority of college courses must be suspended effective Wednesday, Nov. 18.
SMC’s Esports Community Growing
Southwestern Michigan College’s esports team, which can thrive virtually despite the COVID-19 pandemic, has competitions versus Ferris State University Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. and Lake Michigan College Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.
SMC Rakes a Difference for United Way
Three Southwestern Michigan College teams totaling 12 people Nov. 12 joined hundreds of area volunteers helping seniors in Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties rake and bag leaves and clean gutters as part of United Way’s 10th annual “Rake A Difference.”