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Alumni & Community

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Contact Information

Eileen M. Toney
Director of Development
Executive Director SMC Foundation
Phone: 800-456-8675, ext. 1301
Fax: 269-783-2198
Email: foundation@swmich.edu

Office Location

Bookstore Annex, Room 903
58900 Cherry Grove Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047
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Welcome to Southwestern Michigan College’s Alumni, Development and Community page! Our office proudly supports the academic excellence, best interests and traditions of our local community college and its more than 13,000 alumni and friends.

As Director of Development it is my privilege to work with SMC’s proud community and alumni on a variety of programs, events, and services. Our office oversees alumni relations, community/alumni giving, and our non-profit Foundation which raises money for student scholarships.

If this is your first time visiting our site, please take the opportunity to learn more about our office. We strive to help you stay connected with the College and hope you will continue to make the organization stronger through your participation and suggestions.

Whether you took one class or finished your degree, we consider you a part of SMC! We encourage you to click on the link “Share Your Story” to update us on where you are now and how SMC impacted your life. Also, check us out on Facebook! We hope to see you around campus!

Eileen M. Toney ‘86
Director of Development

Development at SMC

Development means friend raising, fundraising and community outreach to support the Foundation's goals. At SMC, development includes working with alumni and community members to secure major gifts, strengthen and engage alumni, and coordinate special events.

Southwestern Michigan College’s approach to fundraising is donor-centered through the SMC Foundation. Development staff and the Foundation Board work collaboratively across the community to build relationships with donors and advance SMC’s mission.

The Digital Southwester

SMC recently converted its campus newspaper to an electronic format. The new Southwester will be updated more frequently than the paper version, giving its audience fresher information. Click on the image to the right to view today's edition. Watch for upcoming stories on your fellow alumni.   The Digital Southwester

Welcome back, Roadrunner!

A lot has changed since you’ve been gone! The Student Activity Center has been revitalized; the bookstore has been relocated and expanded, a History Gallery has been added, and much more! Check out some of the changes below.

SMC History Gallery Alunmi Plaza Student Activity Center
Alumni Welcome Center
SMC History Gallery
Alumni Plaza Student Activity Center

The Alumni Welcome Center, home to the Development Office, was created in March of 2013. The Welcome Center was created to be a place where alumni, friends of the college, and community members can come together and find ways to reconnect, share their story, and be apprised of recent happenings on campus.

The Alumni Plaza, located in the center of SMC’s Dowagiac campus, is dedicated to past, present, and future friends of the college. This elevated circular plaza with surrounding seating is a gathering place for students and a site for outdoor performances.

If you are interested in leaving a legacy by purchasing an engraved clay paver or limestone band, please visit the Alumni Plaza page on our web site to place your order.

The Charles O. Zollar Building, also known as the Student Activity Center, includes a fitness center with all new hammer strength and cybex machines and cardio equipment, three resistance pools, a rock climbing wall, a game room, an 80-seat theater, classrooms, and a café.

Community memberships to the Student Activity Center are available for purchase online. Visit the Student Activity Center web page for details.

We encourage friends, community, and alumni to stop in and visit campus. While here, receive a campus tour, visit our new housing facilities, and shop in our expanded bookstore. The new SMC History Gallery is located behind the Alumni Welcome Center and is a must-stop for any visitor on campus. The wide assortment of Items found in the History Gallery depict the history of the college from its inception to current day happenings.

Pay it forward

Want to help future Roadrunners succeed? Donate to the Southwestern Michigan College Foundation to help fund scholarships. Visit the giving opportunities page for more information.