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,
Congressman Upton tours SMC nursing project
“It’s awesome, really exciting,” Upton said, removing a hard hat, reflective vest and safety goggles donned for a personal tour with SMC President Dr. David Mathews. “It will really fill a need. (Nursing graduates) will have good jobs on day one.”
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.
Holcomb addresses SMC's 51st Commencement
Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas F. Jerdon introduced Holcomb by saying, “SMC has had a great partnership with K-12 education. The central figure connecting SMC to these programs is the Lewis Cass ISD headed by Brent."
Holcomb to address 423-member SMC Class of 2018
Five — Kayla Cromer of Dowagiac, Sydney Harmon of White Pigeon, Carlyn McClelland of Elkhart, Ind., Ethan Pawelski of Cassopolis and Allison Richcreek of South Bend, Ind. — are anticipated to graduate with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.