Toy designer speaking at SMC Thursday
As design manager for Mattel since December 2016, Vonner oversees development of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) action figures and frequently contributes to the Netflix series “The Toys That Made Us.”
Wallenda extols perseverance to SMC students
“The largest I’ve done was in Korea with cables 60 or 70 feet in the air stretched over the Han River in downtown Seoul,” he said. “It was a distance of one kilometer, 3,300 feet — 11 football fields end to end. The highest walk I’ve done was a mere 320 feet at a height of 179 feet, rivaling an 18-story building.”
Fricke finishing degree to celebrate turning 50
“The biggest obstacles were in my mind,” Fricke found. “Everybody’s so nice, including professors. They are willing to help and passionate about what they do, which gets me passionate. If I can do it, anybody can. I’m always up for an adventure.”
Wallenda focuses on SMC Wednesday
In a 2017 Washington Post profile Wallenda shrugged off the danger. “The casualty rate of driving cars is much greater than tightrope walkers,” Wallenda said. “You just have to be careful about what you do.”
SMC, IUSB tackle invasive species together
Joint service day participants split into three groups — counters, determining the number of species within a two-foot-square grid, moving around the habitat; pullers, removing the purplish invasive species spotted knapweed; and hackers armed with loppers and saws, cutting invasive woody species crowding out prairie species and increasing tick habitat.
SMC Fall Band Concert Friday
A highlight of the Fall Band Concert will be works of art created by SMC art students inspired by two selections performed by the Symphonic Band. It is the culmination of a collaborative project between visual arts and music where students listen to the selections, then under the guidance of SMC art instructors the students respond to these selections through their art.
‘Visionary’ sculpture dedicated to Dr. Fred L. Mathews
“My father’s vision from the very beginning was that this be much more than access to vocational education. Of course we offer auto mechanics, welding, construction and robotics, but he thought that to be a ‘real college,’ it had to be physically laid out like one and with a firm commitment to the arts, whether instrumental music, choral music or fine arts — which is remarkable because he was neither artistic or musical himself,” SMC President Dr. David Mathews said.