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Virtual camp immerses SMC ETS in community service

An exercise ranking 15 items in a stranded vehicle during a blizzard teaches more than problem-solving or wilderness survival. Its larger lesson is consensus-building through gradients of agreement. Better decisions result from group discussions, though it takes longer.

Roadrunners to run again

"Competing for your school and cheering for your teams is certainly part of the college-life experience. With SMC’s incredible legacy of excellence in running and beautiful trails still used every day by the local community, I can’t think of a better sport for Roadrunner athletics than cross country.”

SMC nursing endowment created

Neither of the Dowagiac men is a nurse, but both worked in health facilities and feel grateful for care nurses provide.

Virtual Steve’s Run personal for SMC accountant

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.

SMC confirms in-person courses, other details for Fall 2020

“The success of our students is our driving mission; we know that while online coursework provides valuable learning, the personal interaction between students, faculty and staff - and a total college life experience - is important to their personal growth and academic achievement.”

Fifth Third Bank donates $7,000 to SMC’s 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,” President Odenwald said.

Virtual commencement celebrates SMC graduates

“From our infancy, we’ve been counted out and underestimated,” President Dr. Joe Odenwald said. “In 1963, a consultant told the late Dr. Fred Mathews that a Cass County community college just wasn’t feasible, but here we are. In the 1970s, under the leadership of Coach Ron Gunn, cross country national championships put us on the map. In the early 2000s, our rates of student success distinguished us. Many times we have been among the very best two-year colleges in the nation. A decade ago we carved out a new identity with the addition of residence halls, which extended the opportunity for students from within and without the district to have the full college experience.”

SMC Board of Trustees adopts 2020-21 budget

"Friday we held our first in-person orientation of the year following guidelines from several government entities and within the boundaries of the governor’s executive orders. We had 36 students here, carefully spaced apart in terms of time and distance. I can’t say enough about the efforts of so many people to get the campus ready to reopen safely,” President Dr. Joe Odenwald said.

SMC’s alma mater staging a comeback

The community can hear “Here’s To Thee, Our SMC” sung by a sextet of students and faculty during the virtual 53rd commencement at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.