May 8, 2014
BENTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Preston Nickell of Benton Harbor has been named the Lake Michigan College TRiO Student Support Services Student of the Year. LMC faculty member Nick Brittin was awarded the program’s Outstanding Contributor Award. The awards were recently presented at the Student Support Services (SSS) Recognition Reception where the Alumni Speaker was Dr. Antoinette Marie Davis.
The Student of the Year award annually honors an LMC SSS student who has demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and active participation in the SSS program. Nickell, a pre-Radiologic Technology student, will receive a $500 LMC Foundation-sponsored scholarship to continue his educational pursuits.
An active member of the SSS program, Nickell has participated in the College’s holiday food basket drive, Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency food packing, and Relay for Life. He is a work study student for the LMC Financial Services office.
“Preston is known for his honesty, compassion, and commitment,” said SSS Director Nancy Johnson. “He was chosen for this award because of his determination to succeed academically and in life. As a young, single parent, he is often challenged with juggling his college coursework, care of his daughter, and job responsibilities. When faced with setbacks, he refocuses and continues to move forward.”
Brittin joined Lake Michigan College in 2007 as an adjunct faculty member of the English department. In 2010, he became a fulltime English instructor at LMC. According to Johnson, Brittin works closely with SSS staff and provides students of every level with exceptional guidance and support.
“SSS is important to me because I started college with little direction,” said Brittin. “I was a first generation student from a single parent home, and we were very low income. I got off track a few times, and struggled more than once, and I think that if I'd had access to something like SSS, my journey would have been smoother. Our Student Support Services offers students the guidance and support they need to take the lessons from the classroom, and apply them to a truly successful college experience.”
Davis was chosen as the 2014 SSS Alumni Speaker. Born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, she currently lives in Kentucky, and spoke to the audience via video conference. She attended Coloma High School, and then began her college career at LMC, where she benefitted from SSS and found her passion for mathematics. She also has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Oakwood University and a Master of Arts in Applied Mathematics from Wayne State University.
Davis will receive her doctorate in education from the University of Kentucky on May 10. She has taught mathematics at LMC, the Minnesota School of Business, and Kaplan University online. In the fall of 2014, she will begin her job as an Online Mathematics Lecturer at Eastern Kentucky University where she will teach online and traditional courses to university students.
Student Support Services is a federally funded program at LMC that offers additional support services to first generation college students to assist in the successful completion of their college programs. Individuals with low income and students with a disability are also served.
Participants receive intensive academic counseling, financial and literacy assistance, help with study skills development, and assistance in transferring to four-year colleges and universities. The TRIO Computer Lab, a laptop lending program, and a textbook lending library assist with participant's technology and academic support needs. The opportunity to mentor other students and engage in volunteer service in local communities broadens the collegiate experience of each student.
For further information about the TRiO Student Support Services program at Lake Michigan College contact Nancy Johnson at (269) 927-8648.