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Life At The Lake

Locations

Benton Harbor Campus: Room A-200a, in the Hawk's Nest

Niles Campus: Room 101

South Haven Campus: Front Desk

Welcome!

The Student Life offers the opportunity for Lake Michigan College students to engage in activities outside the classroom. Students Life’s goal is to build community to support retention, expand students leadership skills, promote civic engagement through volunteering, build awareness around the human condition, and instill school spirit through social activities and athletic events on and off campus. A variety of clubs and organizations showcases  the diverse interests of the student body with academic, social, and athletic clubs.

 

Clubs and Organizations

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LMC has many academic, social and athletic organizations for you to join. You can meet new people with shared interests on campus, or travel the world! All students are welcome to join a club, or start one. Visit the club webpage or contact the student life office for more information.

 

Volunteer Opportunities

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Do you enjoy working with others while making a difference in your community? We have multiple options for students to volunteer. Signature service projects that happen annually include "Make a Difference Day," "Martin Luther King. Jr. Service Week" and "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day." Lake Michigan College's Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Day is one of the busiest volunteer days of the year. People from all over the area come to recycle used and broken electronics, paper, and more! Be part of the team that helps to make a difference in the area and the environment as a whole. Monthly volunteer opportunities involves a small group of students going out in the community to support organizations in the areas of homelessness, autism, the environment, schools, shelters, and more. Look for these events on the LMC calendar.

 

Student Programming Board

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The Student Programming Board (SPB) is comprised of student leaders dedicated to providing a collection of events that serve the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of all LMC students. Under the supervision of the Student Life Office, the board is responsible for planning, advertising, budgeting, and implementing campus-wide programs. If you like planning events or want to get involved on campus apply now! 

SPB Positions

The Marketing and Communications Chair is responsible for publicizing SPB events and overseeing the content development for each program. The chair may use a range of methods to advertise for events such as posters, social media, flyers, newsletters, email, etc.  

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Dependable in performing job-related tasks, finishing assigned projects, meeting deadlines and appointments
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrate commitment to valuing diversity and create marketing materials that contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Experience with Social Media Networks (Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) and regularly post to these platforms about upcoming events
  • Hang posters and distribute flyers in academic buildings and Beckwith Hall 
  • Collaborates with the Program Assessment Chair to better communicate and reach more students about upcoming events
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary

The Community Outreach Chair is responsible for educating LMC students on social responsibility by providing volunteer opportunities off-campus. The chair acts as a liaison between Lake Michigan College and the broader community.

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Strong writing and oral presentation skills
  • Maintain a calendar of outreach activities, including community events, workshops, appearances, and other communication opportunities
  • Organize and participate at community outreach programs 
  • Nurture new and old relationships with collaborative partners
  • Schedule regular outreach and volunteer opportunities for students in the community and educate students on social responsibility
  • Assist in the organization of special events, including fundraising initiatives (such as United Way’s Charity Kickball Game)
  • Ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are present in all programs sponsored by SPB 
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary

The Spirit and Traditions Chair is responsible for programming events on campus that build college spirit and tradition. The Chair has an expectation to do two events each semester (4 per academic year). 

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with others on campus and promote community events that cultivate Red Hawk spirit and tradition
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications Chair to determine how best to publicize events. 
  • Revive old LMC traditions and create new traditions for students to engage in 
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary

The Budgeting and Records Chair is responsible for managing board finances and taking notes during SPB weekly meetings. 

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Maintain and oversee SPB budget and prepare monthly statements
  • Maintain pro-card expenses and keep related receipts for review
  • Assist SPB advisor with any administrative purchases and receipt tracking
  • Facilitate check reimbursement/payment process
  • Provide the Board with updated budget information
  • Work with chairs as necessary to purchase give away items, promotional items, or purchasing needs for specific events
  • Take notes during weekly SPB meetings and provide copies to board members
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary

The Program Support Committee is comprised of at least 2 members who are responsible for designing, planning, and executing campus events. This committee works in tandem with the Student Life Office to put on events and programming. 

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Research potential entertainment acts to bring to campus (comedians, bounce house, etc.)
  • Brainstorm and implement active, creative programming that serves the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of all LMC students
  • Plan and attend one event per month
  • Schedule dates, times, and reserve locations for events. Report to the Graduate Assistant for Student Life to put on student life calendar
  • Assist the Office of Student Life with events the college is hosting
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications Chair to determine how best to publicize events
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary
  • Recruit volunteers to assist in event prep and tear down

The Program Assessment Chair is responsible for gathering and analyzing feedback from each program the SPB puts on. The primary purpose of the chair is to strengthen the quality of educational programs by identifying what is and is not working well. 

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Conducts and sends out qualitative and quantitative evaluations for participants to answer basic questions about a program/event
  • Collaborates with the Marketing and Communications chair to enhance advertising strategies based on evaluation results
  • Records data and shares results with SPB to enhance program effectiveness
  • Is proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Forms 
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary

The Weekend Life Chair is responsible for designing, planning, and executing events on campus over the weekend.

Qualifications and Responsibilities

  • Research potential entertainment acts to bring to campus (comedians, bounce house, etc.)
  • Brainstorm and implement active, creative programming that serves the cultural, educational, recreational, and social interests of all LMC students
  • Plan and attend one event per month
  • Schedule dates, times, and reserve locations for events. Report to the Graduate Assistant for Student Life to put on campus and student life calendar
  • Assist the Office of Student Life with events the college is hosting
  • Coordinate with Marketing and Communications Chair to determine how best to publicize events
  • Delegate planning tasks to other Board members when necessary
  • Recruit volunteers to assist in event prep and tear down.

Estimated time commitment and meeting format

  • Attend weekly meetings held in the Hawk’s Nest 
  • Participate in SPB events, taking part in at least one event per month
  • Estimated time commitment: 5-10 hours/month depending upon needs

All SPB committee chairs are expected to:

  • Maintain academics as a priority
  • Participate in bi-semester self-evaluation in conjunction with the Graduate Assistant for Student Life
  • Mandatory attendance at weekly business meetings and SPB events
  • Abides by LMC Student Code of Conduct
  • Provide a diverse array of programming to appeal to LMC’s diverse student body
  • Serve as a leader and a positive role model for fellow board members and the LMC community
  • Meet on a biweekly basis with the Graduate Assistant for Student Life for 30 minutes to talk through personal projects and receive support
  • Support fellow SPB members

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Leadership Events

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Through Student Life, you have the opportunity to engage with leadership through monthly workshops, retreats, and attend leadership summits. The monthly leadership workshops are designed to work with your busy schedule. Each month a new topic will be introduced over lunch and you will be exposed to theories, best practices, and successful techniques - with only an hour of your time.

The LMC leadership retreat takes place in early fall. Spend a day exploring leadership through multiple lenses, engaging with current students, and applying new knowledge to your life, clubs, careers, and classes.

Lastly, the Grand Valley State University leadership summit takes place in the spring, where you can meet students from colleges and universities all over the state. The summit includes workshops, keynotes speakers, case study competition, and networking revolving around leadership. Keep an eye out for these events on the LMC calendar!

 

Student Life Anywhere

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Access Student Life anywhere using Microsoft Teams. This is found in your 365 account. Inside you will find information on clubs, events, promotions, meetings, and more! This is where clubs host meetings, student groups plan events, and student life shares information. Join today!

 

Life in Southwest Michigan

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LMC students are so lucky to be at a college so conveniently located along the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. There is so much for LMC students on and off campus! Find out more at the southwest Michigan webpage.

 

Student Handbook

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Find more information and resources in the Student Handbook.

 

Reserving Facilities

To make reservations for classroom spaces, contact Facilities at 269-927-8135 or email scheduling@lakemichigancollege.edu.

To reserve spaces in the Hawk's Nest, email studentlife@lakemichigancollege.edu.

 

Events

Sign up for LMC student events!

 

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Do you have an event/club meeting coming up that you would like placed on the calendar? Use the form to submit your event:

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