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SMC partnering with Ferris State University for bachelor's degree in elementary education

As a result, students can remain in Dowagiac housing, with access to all resources on SMC’s picturesque rural campus, with no need to move more than 140 miles north to Big Rapids. “My students just went from considering a transfer to being able to stay here, continue with elementary ed and start Ferris that third year at SMC prices,” Zile said.

Miss Blossomtime selects SMC to study nursing

The fact SMC has begun pouring the footings on its new $9.6-million nursing building that will double the size of the existing 1970 facility while adding four state-of-the-art simulation labs and a 16-bed skills lab “sealed the deal” for Chapin.

‘Choralbaret’ a triple threat Friday

Cabaret dance elements include choreography by Liz Coulston for “My Shot” from Hamilton and a small-group modern dance interpretation of a solo piano composition by SMC alumnus Nick Ferragut, who will be returning to play the piece live.

SMC students coaching in Five Star Life

Audrianna Leer of Edwardsburg, studying elementary education, participated in Five Star during grades 6-8 at Discovery Middle School in Granger, Ind.

Big C Lumber president addresses SMC ‘Saw Dust Day’

“I envy those of you who know what they want to be when they ‘grow up.’ I had absolutely no clue,” Wallace admitted. “In 1979 I was a high school senior in Hartford going to (Van Buren Vocational Technical Center in Lawrence).”

Fall band concert incorporates art

A highlight of the fall band concert will be works of art created by SMC art students inspired by two selections the Symphonic Band performs.

Roadrunner says ‘I do’ in SMC's Alumni Plaza

As far as firsts, SMC mascot Ronnie Roadrunner escorted Ellard across stage at commencement in 2015 to accept her diploma from President Dr. David Mathews. Ellard, a 2013 Mendon High School graduate, requested the towering orange bird’s presence because she wore the costume during her two years on campus.

David Baltazar returns for Green Flag Day

“One of my favorite moments took place at Daytona International Speedway,” Baltazar said. “Ferrari brought the (2016) World Finals (for the first time in North America after Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Italy). I was in the starter stand while the car went around under the lights. Hair-raising moments like that that I’ll remember forever. I can’t believe I was being paid.

Students studying for jobs yet to be invented

Wardlaw, a 1980 Union High School graduate whose “journey to creativity started here in Dowagiac,” the night before heard Round Oak Revisited’s ghost stories at Philo’s. “One was about the Dewey Lake monster,” he said. “We used to challenge everyone to walk alone down Swisher Street.”

Head Start center opens at SMC

Paw Paw-based Tri-County Head Start serves 34 students in morning (8-11:30) and afternoon (1-4:30) sessions previously housed in modular classrooms at 203 S. Paul St., Dowagiac, behind Second Baptist Church.