Press Releases

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.

Niles’ Evan Robison wins top SMC art awards

Dombrosky announced that a Fall 2019 show will feature works by Bill Rothwell, who is retiring this May after 20 years as an SMC graphic design instructor.

Craft, Roschyk win SMC math/science awards

The Darrin Williams Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of a 1988 SMC graduate from Dowagiac.

SMC first two-year school with criminal justice honor society

The CJ society, which inducted its first members April 22 in a ceremony at the Foster W. Daugherty Building on the Dowagiac campus, is the college’s fifth honor avenue.

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.

Surprise sendoff orchestrated for SMC band director

Musicians on the stage, in on the surprise, suddenly fell quiet to witness the Korzuns dance as Fisher serenaded them with Frank Sinatra’s classic.

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.

SMC students extend learning to St. Louis, Land of Lincoln

The SMC group spent two nights in St. Louis at the downtown Hilton, within walking distance of the Gateway Arch.

Youth Council honors ‘Flame Keepers’ at SMC

The team of 2019 recipients includes Dr. James Henry, speaker at the first luncheon; Connie Black-Pond; Dr. Mark Sloane, who started as a pediatrician in Dowagiac; and Dr. Margaret Richardson of Dowagiac. Dr. Henry, Black-Pond and Dr. Sloane were three of the five founding members of the Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, or CTAC, which is part of the Western Michigan University Unified Clinics.