Turn of the millennium

The age of media and continued progression

BY CASEY SAMYN AND LAUREN LUKENS
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR AND EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SCHOOLCRAFT ARCHIVES The bell tower is a symbol of Schoolcraft that is as equally important as the Ocelot. It is one of the few original assets of the campus left today.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE SCHOOLCRAFT ARCHIVES
The bell tower is a symbol of Schoolcraft that is as equally important as the Ocelot. It is one of the few original assets of the campus left today.

Wikipedia, Myspace, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube were some of the billions of websites that existed in the 2000s. The world was catching up to present day standards, and so was Schoolcraft College.

Dr. Richard McDowell retired in 2001, and Schoolcraft’s current president, Dr. Conway Jeffress, replaced him. His goal as a new college president was to transform the college to better serve the students, and he has done just that.

Schoolcraft’s major addition this decade was the Biomedical Technology Center (BTC).

“The BTC building, planned and constructed under Dr. Jeffress’ administration, opened in the fall of 2008,” said Bonnita Taylor, Schoolcraft professor. “Classroom facilities include the SimLab for health care professionals, a cellular/ molecular microbiology lab, a Scanning Electron Miscroscope lab and an anatomy and physiology lab with instructional resources.”

The nursing program took off with top-notch medical equipment provided in the building. Student study areas, full-time faculty offices and computer labs are also highlights of this establishment.

School craft’s current president, Dr. Conway Jeffress, assumed the position in 2001. He has held the office for the second longest period of time out of all four presidents, with McDowell holding the record for 20 years.

School craft’s current president, Dr. Conway Jeffress, assumed the position in 2001. He has held the office for the second longest period of time out of all four presidents, with McDowell holding the record for 20 years.

“The psychology classes I had there were the starting point of a real interest in psychology. I really liked the professors I had, as well as the subject. I went for my preliminary classes and realized how much I loved psychology at the same time,” said Susanna Taylor, who first attended Schoolcraft in 2008 and currently lives in Pontiac, MI. “I will never forget dissecting a pig in my bio class.”

Along with various academic improvements, sports teams and clubs gained further support. The first of Schoolcraft iconic Ocelot statue, located between the library and Forum, was donated in 2004, and the second, located in front of the Physical Education building, was donated in 2008. The second ocelot is named Owen, which means “young fighter” in Celtic, and the name was chosen by Tyler Lidemier, who won an ocelot naming competition.

“My favorite memories are of the time spent with the Schoolcraft Bowling team and Phi Theta Kappa members,” said Tayler Seroke, a Schoolcraft alumnus who first attended Schoolcraft in 2008. “I encourage Schoolcraft students to get involved in everything they possibly can while at Schoolcraft. It will help you prosper throughout the future and you will make some great lifelong friends in the process.”

While sports and extracurricular activities continued to gain interest throughout the years, academic programs were rigorous. Schoolcraft was used as a stepping stone to a university, much like students did in the 1960s and still do today.

In 2002, Phi Theta Kappa was made up of (left to right back) Anna Morgan, Stacey Whipple, unknown and advisor Sherry Springer. (left to right front) Josie Boore, Carolyn Verla and unknown.

In 2002, Phi Theta Kappa was made up of (left to right back) Anna Morgan, Stacey Whipple, unknown and advisor Sherry Springer. (left to right front) Josie Boore, Carolyn Verla and unknown.

“Schoolcraft helped me realize what direction I wanted to go in, which led me to pursue a degree in business,” said Seroke. “Professor Susan Ontko’s classes really helped guide in drawing up a plan to start my own business someday.”

The millennial age was only beginning, but this was a crucial decade for the transition into a technological era. While this is recent history, the advancements in the 2010s would not be possible without the foundation that continued to strengthen in the 2000s.