Press Releases

Four joining SMC Foundation board

New foundation members taking office July 1 through June 30, 2018, are Janet Hall of Cassopolis, Janie Reifenberg of Dowagiac, Julie Ruff of Dowagiac and George Wehrle of Niles.

Oklahoma! opens Thursday

Shirley Jones, matriarch of TV’s Partridge family and an Oscar-winning best supporting actress, played farm girl Laurey Williams in the 1955 film and graced SMC’s stage for the 2000 Dogwood Fine Arts Festival.

Olashuk earns five-year service pin

The Pennsylvania native has a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, both from West Virginia University.

Noakes receives five-year service pin

He started as a peer tutor in 2007 and was one of six tutors who helped start the Writing Center in 2008.

Fifth Third Bank donates $7,000 for Steve's Run

Steve’s Run returns with a new 10K, 5K and stroller-friendly one-mile fun run on SMC’s Dowagiac campus at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 25, starting in front of the David C. Briegel Building.

Southwestern Michigan College adopts budget

After holding a public budget hearing, the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Michigan College adopted the college’s 2015-2016 fiscal-year budget for the year beginning July 1. It is a balanced budget of $23,072,000.

Baker ‘Standing by the Water’ for new paintings

David Baker created these watercolors on location in Benton Harbor’s Jean Klock Park. The exhibition is open to the public on Friday, June 19, 5 to 9 p.m., and continues Saturday, June 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of Art Hop.

Karen Pugh leaves SMC $5,000

Pugh worked at SMC from Nov. 15, 1971, until July 1, 1998, mostly as an academic advisor. She returned in September 2001 with Educational Talent Search, finally retiring in July 2006.

Perseverance pays off

Despite a full ride saving Brooks, 18, of Niles, Stanford University’s $64,477-a-year sticker price, it proved a challenging decision because he applied to four others Harvard, Yale, Columbia and the University of Michigan also accepted him.