Benak, Spurlock win SMC faculty awards
Finalists also included Director of Choral Activities David Carew (core value knowledge for all); Social Science instructors Christy Tidd and Dr. Barbara Karwacinski (core value excellence with a personal touch), both repeat nominees; and Communications Department Chair Hailey Sheets (core value “learner centeredness”).
Phi Theta Kappa inductees hear Faculty of the Year
President Kathy Smiley-Strouse graduated in nursing. “She has also been monumental in strengthening our Roadrunner Kitchen food pantry,” said Director of Library Services Colleen Welsch, PTK co-advisor with Kristen Lownds, Testing Center manager.
Dr. Hamel inspires SMC's 52nd Commencement
President Dr. David Mathews recognized four faculty members retiring with 75 years total service: Randy Flory, information technology; music instructor Fredrick Patrick, 20 years; graphic design instructor Bill Rothwell, 20 years; and Director of Bands Dr. Jon Korzun, 28 years. Flory’s seven years teaching IT at SMC followed 20 years serving in the U.S. Navy, from Virginia to Iceland, Spain and Scotland.
SMC student accepted for U-M summer research fellowship
Saah, from the West African nation of Liberia, will work 30-36 hours per week on a biomedical research project, attending professional educational workshops every Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and presenting at UROP’s July 31 Summer Research Symposium.
Outstanding graduates hear Dr. Schmidt
Schmidt, a retired school superintendent, interrupted her remarks to take a selfie with some students seated onstage. “When I was your age, we had rotary phones,” she noted.