Michigan Gateway Community Foundation is contributing $10,000 toward Southwestern Michigan College’s nursing and health education expansion. Founded in Buchanan in July 1978, Gateway serves southern Berrien County and all of Cass County with a mission of “fostering a community of philanthropy, for good, forever.”
Vertical Edge Entertainment is coming to Dowagiac Summer in the City July 21 and 22, providing families with two new attractions, a climbing wall and the Dixie Twister swing ride. Families will also enjoy children’s games, a trackless train, inflatables, a dunk tank, pedal cars and a youth bags tournament. The 32nd annual festival, which also features merchant sidewalk sales, is presented by Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce.
After 25 years on the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation board, Signal Travel and Tours’ Michele Boyd decided to benefit its major gift initiative for the new nursing building with a Cuba educational tour. Cuba “is something people have been interested in. All the rules for Cuban travel have been developed by our country. They want everyone to come and are opening up to tourists. I’ve traveled a lot, but this was one of the highlights because of the people,” Boyd said during an informational meeting at SMC June 14 about two Havana-based trips planned Jan. 11-17 or Jan. 25-31, 2018.
Certified Public Accountant Becky Moore’s Southwestern Michigan College roots run deeper than serving on the Board of Trustees since 2012. Becky and Jim, her husband of 34 years with Moore Brothers Buildings, gave $10,000 to advance the expansion of SMC’s 12,047-square-foot 1970 nursing and health education building to create a 29,086-square-foot facility.
Kate Thomas joined Southwestern Michigan College more than four years ago in February 2013, but doesn’t usually teach. She makes an exception each May in a classroom at Dowagiac’s Justus Gage Elementary School. Thomas, SMC human resources director, just completed her third spring as a volunteer teaching Junior Achievement’s “JA Our Nation” to Diane Hartsig’s class.