Press Releases

Legislature confirms part-time students NOT to be part of MPSERS

The bill now heads to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.

100+ Women Who Care boost Roadrunner Kitchen

“Many of our students deal with the same things financially disadvantaged students are nationally, such as food insecurity. The difference here is that we are blessed to live in a caring community where people step up and help others in need,” SMC President Dr. David Mathews said.

SMC Trustees review academic enhancements

In his President’s Report, Mathews announced that the rededication of the $9.6-million Nursing and Health Education Building is planned for 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019, in conjunction with a Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours.

SMC Trustees receive legal update from attorney

At the conclusion of his presentation, Board Chairman Thomas F. Jerdon asked the attorney to address citizen comments seeking an open forum with trustees on this issue.

United Way grant funds SMC counseling services

“Younger people are more apt to seek help,” Buysse said. “They’re more open to talking about their problems. My parents’ generation was like, ‘That’s life, deal with it and push through.’ But teens and twentysomethings deal with different problems than they had. In all fairness, we went to school without having to go through metal detectors. Kids now, that has been part of their daily lives.”

SMC pins 28-member nursing class

Dean Rebecca Jellison of the School of Nursing and Health Services presented Lauren Westcomb of Three Rivers with the Florence Nightingale Award,

14 from SMC volunteer for Elkhart County Habitat ‘Women Build’

Knight is succeeding the retiring Molly Prime as volunteer coordinator. Ironically, “I interviewed her at a job site for my business class about her background, what she does and how she got this position,” Knight said. “Never did I think, ‘Hey, I want to take your spot one day.’”

Cass County pays tribute to Barbara Wood Cook

Under Cook's leadership, the Planning Commission​ in 2014 joined with six municipalities — Pokagon, Volinia, Wayne and Silver Creek townships and Edwardsburg and Vandalia villages — on a master plan that won the 2015 Graham Woodhouse Intergovernmental Cooperation Award. “That’s my proudest accomplishment,” Cook said. 

Nursing benefactor named ‘Flame Keeper’

The foundation’s charitable acts also benefit older students with $50,000 to Southwestern Michigan College’s new Nursing and Health Education Building — enough to fund an entire classroom.

Illinois orchard manager makes the cut

Kuipers is orchard manager for Kuipers Family Farm, which he describes as “agritainment,” including 35 acres of apples, pumpkins, hay rides, cider and doughnuts, a tractor train, racing pigs, a petting zoo, Christmas trees and an orchard wedding venue.