WSCC publishes 50th anniversary history book

SCOTTVILLE – As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, West Shore Community College has published the history book “West Shore Community College: The First Fifty Years.”

Those who served on the West Shore Community College history book committee include Renee Snodgrass (seated) and standing from left: Thom Hawley, Jim Jensen, Ned Nordine, Mike Nagle, and Marty Cupp. Missing from the photo are Tasha Dault and Dr. Rick Plummer.

Those who served on the West Shore Community College history book committee include Renee Snodgrass (seated) and standing from left: Thom Hawley, Jim Jensen, Ned Nordine, Mike Nagle, and Marty Cupp. Missing from the photo are Tasha Dault and Dr. Rick Plummer.

The 128-page hardcover book unravels the history of how the college came into being and has helped shape the educational, economic, social and cultural landscape of the area. It also chronicles key events and tells the story of the people who shaped and led the college since its beginnings in 1967.

“Building upon the history of the first 50 years, author and alumna Sarah Jensen has captured the special stories and events which reflect the college’s journey from providing access to higher education in our region to our unwavering focus on student success,” said trustee James Jensen, who chaired the committee which provided direction and oversight for the history book. “This book tells a unique story many people will enjoy because it is the story about all of us and the communities the college serves.”

Author Sarah Jensen spent more than two years on the project that included archival research and interviews with subjects around the country.

“I am fortunate to have grown up on the property which would later become the campus, and developing a theme for the book was not difficult,” Jensen said. “But telling the story through the voices of those who created and later transformed the college – and telling the story accurately – was my primary goal.”

Jensen earned her associate of arts degree from WSCC in 1975 and her bachelor’s degree in 1977 from Michigan State University. Her career has ranged from administrative work in law and real estate to copywriting and journalism. In 2016, her book, “A Perfect Union of Contrary Things,” debuted at No. 10 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Those who served on the history book committee include college volunteer Marty Cupp, administrative assistant Tasha Dault, executive director of College Relations Thomas Hawley, trustee James Jensen, professor of history Michael Nagle, community volunteer Ned Nordine, professor emeritus Rick Plummer and director of library services Renee Snodgrass.

Distribution of the limited edition book is underway and it may be purchased from the WSCC campus bookstore located in the Schoenherr Campus Center.

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