Press Releases

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."

SMC 3D design students create art from old computer parts

“I’m proud of the creativity of our students,” SMC President Dr. David Mathews said, “and that the academic side is working with Computing Services to turn old parts into imaginative art instead of adding to a landfill.”

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.

Brandon Metheny named Student Employee of Year

He maintained a 3.84 grade-point average while carrying 21 credit hours.

Danielle Lucas wins Staff Member of Year

Dowagiac City Councilwoman Danielle Lucas was announced as Southwestern Michigan College’s Staff Member of the Year for her performance in the Financial Aid office.

Nursing's Rona Goodrich wins fulltime Faculty of Year

Honored as Adjunct Faculty of the Year was mathematics instructor Melinda Wall of Vandalia.