100+ Women Who Care boost Roadrunner Kitchen
Cass County 100+ Women Who Care adopted Roadrunner Kitchen, Southwestern Michigan College’s new student food pantry, at a recent meeting at Bonine House near Vandalia. From an initial $2,400 donation delivered to the college by Trustee Becky Moore, other members’ checks continued to arrive as this gift keeps on giving. “So far we have received $3,565 in donations. Absolutely amazing!” Director of Library Services Colleen Welsch, PTK co-advisor, said.
Scholarship created in memory of 1998 SMC graduate
Future Southwestern Michigan College students will benefit from the generosity of a former graduate's family. The Brian Michael Blazek Memorial Scholarship established by his parents and sister creates a $40,336 Southwestern Michigan College endowment. The Blazeks also funded a $1,000 outside scholarship to be awarded for the fall 2018/spring 2019 semesters.
Cass County Bar Association honors SMC graduate
Cass District Library Director Jennifer Ray, a Southwestern Michigan College alumna, received a Liberty Bell Award from the local bar association for Law Day on May 1. The award is given to non-lawyers to honor outstanding local citizens who give of their time and energy to strengthen the effectiveness of the American system of freedom under law, keeping with the spirit of the Constitution.
Students invited to build scarecrows for Oct. 13 festival
Families, friends, students and co-workers, along with business owners, are invited to make whimsical scarecrows that will be placed on display in downtown Dowagiac. The Scarecrow Contest is being presented by Under the Harvest Moon on Saturday, Oct. 13, an event of the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce.
Landlords honor Lawson with $7,500 endowment
Niles-based Southwest Michigan Landlord Association April 18 created a $7,500 Southwestern Michigan College endowment honoring founder Phillip R. Lawson. Mr. Lawson, who earned an SMC associate degree in 1991, died Jan. 2, 2016. He was 71. The non-profit corporation formed to help landlords be more professional and to provide tenants quality housing.