Innovation defines Schoolcraft’s current decade
BY LAUREN LUKENS AND CASEY SAMYN
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AND CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
For fifty years, Schoolcraft has provided students with an unforgettable start to their education; however, this would not be possible without the strong roots formed in 1961, when Haggerty was full of fields and cell phones were not a priority. In 2011, Schoolcraft celebrated its 50th anniversary by commemorating many alumni and hardworking faculty members, and the 50th commencement ceremony will take place this May.
Since the year 2010, society has been changing more rapidly than ever before, and Schoolcraft has followed the trend.
“Schoolcraft College has kick-started my education by letting me take classes that I can transfer to Madonna University. It helped me explore what type of field I wanted to go into,” said Raya Laisewski, who first attended Schoolcraft at the Radcliff campus in 2012 and will be participating in this year’s commencement ceremony. “When I was a freshman at Schoolcraft, I didn’t really enjoy school until I decided to get involved in Student Activities. Schoolcraft College is an amazing school with amazing professors and counselors.”
The amount of clubs the Student Activities Office (SAO) has today has grown; club meetings range six days a week with varying hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. in different convenient locations. Clubs do not only appeal to honors students and those building a resume, but laid-back and enjoyable clubs, such as Project Playhem, offer a comfortable atmosphere to get involved outside of class.
“I was part of a lot of clubs in high school, and it’s so cool to see that all those clubs are at Schoolcraft too,” said Melissa McGreevy, a Stevenson High School student who will attend Schoolcraft in the fall 2015 semester. “There are a lot more there [at Schoolcraft] that really interest me.”
Some major construction has taken place between demolishing the old Continuing Education and Professional Development building and replacing it with an expanded bookstore parking lot, revamping the McDowell Center and expanding the campus even more with the purchase and renovation of the Jeffress Center. The miles of cornfield-lined roads that existed at Schoolcraft’s birth are now a distant memory held by Schoolcraft’s previous students and faculty.
“We don’t want people coming here and not having a place to park. We don’t want people coming here who can’t find the things that they want,” said President Conway A. Jeffress. “We want people to see the kinds of equipment available, talk to our faculty and enjoy themselves. This will serve Schoolcraft well into the future.”
The many programs that Schoolcraft offers students has expanded to include two universities, Wayne State University and the University of Toledo, thanks to the Schoolcraft to U program, a partnership between the three colleges that allows one to achieve a bachelor’s while simultaneously earning a Schoolcraft degree.
“What Schoolcraft is really good at is being proactive,” said Campus Police Authority Lieutenant Mark Engstrom.
The 2010s have been memorable so far, and advancements made on campus truly define the century. Today, people are quick-thinkers, innovative and tech-savvy, and Schoolcraft has adjusted to cater to students and the community. Much has changed in a mere 50 years at Schoolcraft, and one can only imagine what the future holds.