Skip Dyes Appointed to the SMC Board of Trustees
Southwestern Michigan College’s Board of Trustees May 10 filled the vacancy created by Keith McKenzie’s retirement by appointing lifelong Cass County resident Dwight “Skip” Dyes of Calvin Township.
2017 Graduate A Nurse Who Works From Home
Even though she’s a nurse, BaiLee Pastol works primarily from home. Pastol, a spring 2017 Southwestern Michigan College graduate, graduated from Lawton High School in 2014.
SMC’s Magical History Tour Takes in Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia
This year’s Southwestern Michigan College extended learning experience exposed history students to Ohio, West Virginia and Virginia. Eve Astacio, Ashaun Buckner, Kaleigh Conroy, Allison Delaney, Shane Edwards, Sydney Franks, Juan Garcia, Mikaylah Gardner, Caston Kusarawana, Nik Mccllen, Eli O’Keefe, Gavin Smith and Nick Weston participated.
Ryan Peterson First SMC Criminal Justice Double Gold Medalist
Southwestern Michigan College’s Ryan Peterson repeated as a gold medal winner in the criminal justice contest at the SkillsUSA-Michigan Skills and Leadership Conference in Grand Rapids April 14-16.
SMC Recognizes Retirees, Employees
Jeanne Richmond’s 28 years with Southwestern Michigan College were celebrated April 28 at the Employment Retirement and Recognition Breakfast honoring 21 employees in Mathews Conference Center East.
Southwestern Michigan College Announces $2 Million Nursing Grant
Southwestern Michigan College has been awarded a $2 million grant from the State of Michigan’s Office of Sixty by Thirty, part of the recently-established Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement and Potential, or MiLEAP. The grant is intended to help increase the number of bachelor-prepared nurses in the state.
SMC Jazz Ensemble, Select Voices Take Break From High School Tour to Benefit Beckwith Theatre
Southwestern Michigan College’s Roadrunners played their benefit concert for Beckwith Theatre May 6.
Former Dowagiac Mayor Burke Honors SMC with Bequest
Dr. James Burke, former long-term Dowagiac mayor who helped initiate a series of redevelopment projects to rebuild the city’s central business district, made a large bequest to benefit future Southwestern Michigan College students. Burke, who passed away Nov. 4, 2022, in Spring Hill, Fla., at the age of 95, made a generous gift of $100,000 to help fund SMC scholarships. Born and raised in Dowagiac, Burke graduated from Dowagiac Union High School in 1945 and the University of Notre Dame in 1949.
SMC Graduates 21-Member Nursing Class
Southwestern Michigan College April 29 welcomed 21 new nurses to America’s largest health care profession with almost 4.2 million registered nurses (RNs) nationwide. The federal government projects that more than 203,000 new positions will be created each year through 2031. The spring class received associate degrees in nursing (ADN) in a pinning ceremony in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus.
‘Remember Your Crew,’ Ensign Reminds SMC Honor Graduates
Gage Ensign was reminded of standing in front of a throng at Parris Island, S.C., graduating from Marine Corps recruit training — boot camp. Beautiful sun. Palm trees. Perfect breeze. “Parris Island feels like a vacation until you’re a recruit,” Ensign told Southwestern Michigan College’s Outstanding Graduate Reception April 27 in the theatre of the Dale A. Lyons Building on the Dowagiac campus.