SMC Board of Trustees Adjusts Spring 2021 Academic Calendar
The masked, socially-distanced board, meeting in Mathews Conference Center East on SMC’s Dowagiac campus, revised spring semester to start Jan. 25 and conclude on May 14, with an anticipated commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 15, outdoors in Alumni Plaza. The revised calendar will provide more time for faculty to prepare for additional online courses that may be needed in spring, will avoid potential snow days in early January and positions Spring Break Week in the middle of the semester.
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.
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 Supports Mich. Free-Tuition Program for Front-Line Workers
Futures for Frontliners offers Michiganders who worked in essential industries during the April 1-June 30 period but do not have a college degree free tuition to their local community college to pursue an associate degree or a skills certificate on a fulltime or part-time basis while they continue to work.
Tracy Hertsel Named to SMC Board of Trustees
Hertsel worked in Cassopolis Public Schools for 29 years, initially teaching middle school for six years, then working in various levels of administration, serving his final five years as Superintendent. Hertsel is currently employed at Niles Community Schools as Director of Student Support Services.
SMC Confirms In-Person Courses, Other Details for Fall 2020
“Rest assured that we will approach Fall as thoughtfully as we can, with safety and student success as our top priorities. We plan to operate within a ‘Safety Means Compassion’ framework as a way to encourage all of the SMC community to come together for the common goal of student learning.”
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.”
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.