SMC Foundation Board Sets the Pace on Campaign for Students

Proving that the best example is the one you exhibit yourself, members of the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation have clearly set the pace for the organization’s annual Campaign for Students launching the effort by donating more than $30,000 to the campaign themselves.

Foundation members include President Dr. Carole Schmidt, Vice President Tom Carlson, Treasurer Susan Coulston, Secretary Dr. Joe Odenwald, Directors Jan Barkell, Michele Boyd, Ginny Crawford, Sue Dobrich, Julie Dye, Priscilla Gatties, Terry Groth, Ron Gunn, Deborah Hackworth, Tom Jerdon, Duke Jones, Dick Judd, Krin Jurgensen, Ann McCuistion, Becky Moore, Patty Patano, Kim Scarpone, George Wehrle and Development Director Nate Swords.

Board President Dr. Schmidt says, “As a board, our belief is that if we are asking others to give, we must set an example,” and adds, “Our board is very generous and giving, which makes them such an effective group.”

SMC President Dr. Joe Odenwald says, “I am grateful for the great example set by our foundation board, and all those individuals and entities that contribute to the worthy cause of student scholarships.”

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Swords says, “I’m very proud of this group of voluntary board directors for their continual support of our students,” adding, “Over half of our students are considered financially at-need by federal guidelines, so efforts like these go a long way in opening doors and providing students access to higher education and vocational training.”

Swords went on to say, “Our Board of Directors understands both the value of education in our community and the impact that paying it forward can have on an individual’s life.”

The campaign kicks off in conjunction with the tomorrow’s observance of the National Day of Giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, December 1st, with 100-percent of money raised allocated to student scholarships. You can learn more at this link: