Danielle Lucas wins Staff Member of Year
Dowagiac City Councilwoman Danielle Lucas was announced as Southwestern Michigan College’s Staff Member of the Year for her performance in the Financial Aid office.
College complements community
SMC President Dr. David Mathews created the gospel service in 2003. Mathews’ weekly visits help him stay connected with nursing students and the Cass County community; he taught himself how to play the guitar with help from SMC instructor Mike Davis.
Art award winners announced
SMC alumna Jessika Clement, whose paintings were featured in a February solo exhibition and are part of the college’s permanent collection, helped to judge the work. She has lived in Grand Rapids since graduating from Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University. Clement, from Edwardsburg, graduated from SMC in 2014, and some of her work will debut this fall at ArtPrize.
SMC, IUSB tackle Earth Day together
SMC’s crew of 18, including Honors Program Co-Advisors Mark Pelfrey and Gary Franchy and science faculty presenters Deirdre Kurtis and Donna Courtney, enjoyed a beautiful sunny day. The idea for this collaborative celebration of the Earth and service came from conversations between Franchy and Pelfrey and IUSB Honors Program Director Dr. Neovi Karakatsanis, who welcomed participants along with IUSB Chancellor Terry Allison.
Trustee Beth Cripe gives SMC honor grads six pieces of advice
“We couldn’t be more proud of you,” Cripe said. “You are an example of how we hope all students perform. We are eager to see advancements you will make in the future because you are part of the legacy of Southwestern Michigan College. We look upon you as would any proud parents.”
Nursing project on target
“I am very excited SMC has chosen to place a high priority on supporting our health care training programs,” said Trustee Dr. Heidi Grabemeyer-Layman. “Simulation training in the new labs will help our students to be better equipped to provide safe and effective care. The construction of the new Nursing and Health Education building will help to ensure that our students continue to receive a high-quality education, preparing them to become integral parts of our local health care teams."
22 inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma
Using color-coded candles symbolizing the ideals of Alpha Beta Gamma, initiates Victoria Knight, Ileona Geroux and Sandy Hernandez spoke on the qualities of scholarship (gold), leadership (red) and cooperation (white) during the ceremony April 18 in Mathews Conference Center West on SMC’s Dowagiac campus.