Press Releases

Beckwith youth play staged June 21-22

Their free 45-minute performance will be presented to the community Friday, June 21, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, at 2 p.m. at the Beckwith, 100 New York Ave., Dowagiac. Cast members range in age from middle school to the just-graduated Dowagiac Union High School Class of 2019.

SMC adopts 2019-2020 balanced budget

The trustees also heard an update on the status of negotiations of an initial contract with the SMC Faculty Union. Over the past 12 months, there has been a total of 24 bargaining sessions with the result of 27 tentative agreements between the College and the Union that will be incorporated into the final contract.

SMC expanding club sports

Club sports represent a “step above intramurals” because they involve some weekend travel to compete with other colleges.

Renovated SMC Fitness Center reopens

The fitness center is part of the renovated and expanded Student Activity Center (SAC) which was re-dedicated Aug. 16, 2009, along with Keith H. McKenzie Hall, the first of three student residences.

Lyons Industries boosts college tuition assistance benefit

Fewer births coupled with an aging workforce has led to the dearth of available labor Lyons is trying to counter.

SMC graduated 403

Grace Burpee, Abigail Craft, Shelbey Guarino and Rebecca Mahlmeister graduated with perfect 4.0 grade-point averages.

Dowagiac graduates first Early Middle College class

“The program has been a great success,” Superintendent Paul Hartsig said. “We have about 40 students in total enrolled. We look at it as dual enrollment with a focus.”

SMC pins 18-member nursing class

This is the first class to experience the expanded Nursing and Health Services Building that opened in January and to train in its new simulation labs.

SMC holding line on housing costs

“I was a commuter student my first two years,” he said. “National statistics show you do better if you live in housing. You’re much more connected when you live on campus. You go to programs, get to know people and have a bigger support system.”