Southwestern Michigan College student selected as Chautauqua Summer Scholar

Tyhe Glenn

Will spend four weeks in New York

Southwestern Michigan College announced this week that Tyhe Glenn, a 19-year-old honor student from Benton Harbor, has been selected as a Summer Scholar for Chautauqua’s 150th season.

A soon-to-be graduate of SMC’s visual arts program, Glenn will receive his associate degree on May 4. He plans to continue his education in animation and game art at Western Michigan University.

“I want to meet new people. I want to explore what’s out there,” says Glenn, who will be making his first flight traveling from Chicago to Buffalo.

Glenn was selected from a national pool of applicants. He will be traveling from Chicago to Buffalo, New York, where he will stay in a large house with two to three roommates.

“Every morning we eat at the same table to talk and get to know each other,” Glenn says. “I was told most of them are college commuters and haven’t been in the dorm setting.”

Chautauqua is a four-week summer resort located in the western northern part of New York State. The Chautauqua Institution offers a combination of educational and cultural enrichment. It is located on 2,070 acres, 17 miles northwest of Jamestown.

Glenn said in addition to his time in New York, he’s secured two summer jobs in Michigan. One at Plank’s Tavern on the Water in St. Joseph, and another at Capozio’s pizza restaurant in Harbert, Michigan.

He is also planning to spend time at his family’s cabin in the Upper Peninsula, and possibly take a trip to Canada while he’s there.

“There’s a bear zoo. I want to feed the bears,” Glenn said. “I also might go to Canada for a couple of days.”

Ultimately, Glenn hopes to use the skills and life experience he’s obtained to pursue his creative goals, chief among them being in animation. “I want to create my own TV show along the lines of anime.”