Changing of the guard at SMC

Visitors tour the renovation and expansion of the Nursing and Health Education Building at Southwestern Michigan College in Dowagiac in January.

DOWAGIAC — This past year was an eventful year for Southwestern Michigan College. The college began the year by dedicating the new $9.6 million nursing building expansion, then ended the year by saying farewell to longtime President David Mathews.

In between, the college’s achievements included academic honors for students, the signing of the first contract with the full-time faculty union, plus the official end of the college’s lawsuit against the state Office of Auditor General over student worker payments into the state retirement system.