Virtual commencement celebrates SMC graduates
“From our infancy, we’ve been counted out and underestimated,” President Dr. Joe Odenwald said. “In 1963, a consultant told the late Dr. Fred Mathews that a Cass County community college just wasn’t feasible, but here we are. In the 1970s, under the leadership of Coach Ron Gunn, cross country national championships put us on the map. In the early 2000s, our rates of student success distinguished us. Many times we have been among the very best two-year colleges in the nation. A decade ago we carved out a new identity with the addition of residence halls, which extended the opportunity for students from within and without the district to have the full college experience.”
SMC Board of Trustees adopts 2020-21 budget
"Friday we held our first in-person orientation of the year following guidelines from several government entities and within the boundaries of the governor’s executive orders. We had 36 students here, carefully spaced apart in terms of time and distance. I can’t say enough about the efforts of so many people to get the campus ready to reopen safely,” President Dr. Joe Odenwald said.
SMC’s alma mater staging a comeback
The community can hear “Here’s To Thee, Our SMC” sung by a sextet of students and faculty during the virtual 53rd commencement at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 13.
SMC open by appointment starting June 15
The college has reconfigured some service areas to maximize safety. Visitors will need to maintain distancing and to wear a mask when in buildings to minimize risk to vulnerable populations.
Masks will be provided for those who might need one while on campus.
Student speaker sings praises of science
In the indomitable way she and others of the Class of 2020 have rolled with punches landed by a global pandemic, she’s planning another double at Ohio’s Oberlin College and Conservatory by becoming a doctor twice.
SMC graduating 21 nurses
“You are graduating in a way that no others have. You have been awarded temporary licenses and able to immediately practice as Registered Nurses."
SMC issuing housing refunds
The halls will be closed this summer, in preparation for what is hoped to be a limited re-opening this fall with additional safety precautions in place.