SHU Celebrating 25 Years at Lake Michigan College

Anniversary Event Scheduled for December 5 at Tosi’s Restaurant in Stevensville.

Anniversary Event Scheduled for Dec. 5 at Tosi’s Restaurant


Twenty-five years and nearly 1,000 graduates later, the partnership between Siena Heights University and Lake Michigan College continues to flourish. Siena Heights will celebrate its longtime partnership with LMC with a Dec. 5 anniversary event at Tosi’s Restaurant in Stevensville, Mich.


“We have enjoyed a great working relationship with Lake Michigan College,” said Siena Heights LMC Site Director Jennifer Walters. “We look forward to serving southwestern Michigan for many years to come.  Right now, we want to take the time to celebrate those first 25 years of service.”


Siena’s Lake Michigan Center offers bachelor’s degree completion for students with an associate degree or other prior learning.  Since its establishment, the Siena Heights program in Benton Harbor has graduated 943 students, and currently offers five bachelor’s degree programs as well as a graduate degree. Siena Heights University, with a main residential campus in Adrian, MI, also offers degree completion opportunities at several other locations across the state, as well as a totally on-line degree completion program. 


Deborah Carter, Dean of Siena’s College for Professional Studies, has been associated with the Lake Michigan program from the beginning.  She began her career at Siena 25 years ago as the founding director of the Benton Harbor center; she continued in that position until becoming Dean in charge of all Siena’s degree completion centers.


“We are proud of our 25-year partnership with Lake Michigan College, serving adult nontraditional students in Southwest Michigan,” Carter said. “This was Siena’s first community college partnership; LMC helped us establish the successful model we have followed at our other community college sites.


“Since we began welcoming students in southwest Michigan, nearly 1,000 students have completed baccalaureate degrees here,” Carter continued.  “We have expanded our offerings to include a specially designed bachelor’s degree program for workers in the nuclear power industry.  And now we’re pleased to offer a Master’s in Leadership as well.”


The anniversary event is scheduled from 5:30-8 p.m. at Tosi’s Restaurant in Stevensville.  Students, faculty, staff and alumni of Siena Heights will gather for the celebration, along with faculty and staff from Lake Michigan College. 


“This is our 10th annual alumni event,” Walters said.  “It’s always a good opportunity for us to gather together with our Lake Michigan College partners and kick off the holiday season; and this year, we are adding some special extras in celebration of this quarter-century milestone.


“We hope all our Siena Heights LMC alumni—and all other SHU alumni and friends in the area—can join us for the celebration,” Walters added. Both Siena Heights President Sister Peg Albert, OP, Ph.D. and LMC President Dr. Randall Miller plan to attend the event.


For more information or registration for the anniversary event, please call 269-927-6711 or email the Siena Heights Alumni Office (

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