Former South Bend Community School Corp. Superintendent Carole Schmidt, Ph.D., has been elected Southwestern Michigan College Foundation vice president effective July 1. Schmidt, of Magician Lake, retired in June 2016 after five years as South Bend superintendent and three years each in Benton Harbor and St. Joseph.
When organizers for Summer in the City reach for the stars and corporate and business underwriters follow suit, the results can be amazing for a community the size of Dowagiac. “Fundraising has gone extremely well for this year’s festival,” said Vickie Phillipson, program director for the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, who oversees fundraising and scheduling for Dowagiac’s oldest and largest summertime celebration. “Early on, when we met our goal of $8,700, which sufficiently funds entertainment and a new children’s carnival, we reached for the stars with the thought of bringing a zip line to Front Street, which is something this community has never experienced,” Phillipson said. “Once the decision was made, in less than 24 hours, the additional $2,000 was raised.”
Southwestern Michigan College welding students from St. Joseph County, Mich., provided Battle Creek VA Medical Center veterans with additional summer recreational opportunities thanks to a Michigan Elks Association grant.
Steve’s Run guest speaker Danny Sledge, who retired from a higher education career that included Kalamazoo College dean of students, knows it’s rare for a man to experience breast cancer. “It’s rare unless it’s you,” Sledge said of the 2,600 men it strikes, or 1.3 in 100,000. “Then it’s real.” Sledge shares his story at the 44th running of Steve’s Run on Saturday, July 28, on Southwestern Michigan College’s Dowagiac campus to benefit cancer research and the Steven Briegel Scholarship Fund.
Southwestern Michigan College Board of Trustees acknowledged gifts at its June 18 meeting on the Dowagiac campus.