Neppach, Ardon win science awards
The third Constantine High School graduate to win in four years, Neppach started at SMC in fall 2010, left after three semesters for a two-year mission trip in Colorado for his church, then returned to SMC in the summer of 2014 to finish his associate degree. He is transferring to Western Michigan University for electrical engineering.
Elkhart students check out Notre Dame, SMC
Elkhart PEP students visit the University of Notre Dame to introduce the college experience. They also called on SMC so students could see how a community college can be part of the path to a four-year degree at a large university.
Women sweep Employee of the Year awards
SMC’s second Employee of the Year class consists of Christi Young, fulltime faculty; Bonnie Roberts, part-time faculty; Director of Library Services Colleen Welsch, staff; and library clerk Cassiddy Kendall, student worker. A new team award went to Financial Aid Director Christine Passer and her all-female staff of Carol Ostyn, Lori Collins, Danielle Lucas, Brandi Zoll, Lauren Klein, Amanda Bowyer and Erin Baumeister.
Collage Concert Thursday
Featured soloists include: Jacob Blaylock, Lakeshore High School, Stevensville; Bradley Coleman, Berrien Springs; Emily Clark, Dowagiac; Adam Dubs, Berrien Springs; Ruth Hendrick, Edwardsburg; Stephen Lundquist, Battle Creek; Hunter Schuur, Dowagiac; and Anthony Tibbitts, Three Rivers.
Oldenburg addresses honors reception
“SMC shaped my life,” she said. “I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Southwestern,” including dance and art showcases and studying history, political science and English in addition to her passions, mathematics and science — chemistry with Jackie Perry, physics with Andrew Dohm and mathematics with Chairman Dr. Keith Howell.