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Roadrunner says ‘I do’ in SMC's Alumni Plaza

As far as firsts, SMC mascot Ronnie Roadrunner escorted Ellard across stage at commencement in 2015 to accept her diploma from President Dr. David Mathews. Ellard, a 2013 Mendon High School graduate, requested the towering orange bird’s presence because she wore the costume during her two years on campus.

David Baltazar returns for Green Flag Day

“One of my favorite moments took place at Daytona International Speedway,” Baltazar said. “Ferrari brought the (2016) World Finals (for the first time in North America after Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and Italy). I was in the starter stand while the car went around under the lights. Hair-raising moments like that that I’ll remember forever. I can’t believe I was being paid.

Students studying for jobs yet to be invented

Wardlaw, a 1980 Union High School graduate whose “journey to creativity started here in Dowagiac,” the night before heard Round Oak Revisited’s ghost stories at Philo’s. “One was about the Dewey Lake monster,” he said. “We used to challenge everyone to walk alone down Swisher Street.”

Head Start center opens at SMC

Paw Paw-based Tri-County Head Start serves 34 students in morning (8-11:30) and afternoon (1-4:30) sessions previously housed in modular classrooms at 203 S. Paul St., Dowagiac, behind Second Baptist Church.

First lady's mentoring dinner hears author

“Emotional abuse, like a noxious gas, poisons insidiously, leaving victims unaware why they feel sick,” Leonard said. “All human beings have strengths and weaknesses. When someone in a relationship exploits their partner’s insecurities, aiming to humiliate them and fill them with shame, that is emotional abuse.”

SMC speaker series features Jim Wardlaw

From 1995 to 2007, he served as CEO/principal of Publicom Inc., a full-service marketing communications firm in East Lansing that specialized in service brand management for clients throughout the Midwest.

McLoughlin Family Foundation funds $50,000 nursing classroom

Earl Marhanka founded the family’s business, K&M Machine-Fabricating Inc., in 1951. Southwestern Gate, the Jon Rush sculpture welcoming visitors to the Dowagiac campus on Cherry Grove Road, was a gift from Earl and Helen Marhanka. Earl Marhanka was one of SMC Foundation’s first board members appointed Jan. 14, 1971, and served as its second president.

SMC open house Oct. 14

“Managing College Costs,” with tips for making the experience more affordable, takes place at 10:30 a.m.

Check out the library in the art gallery

“That makes libraries active spaces. Search and browsing are different activities. Browsing in a library is a tactile experience of touching something and an olfactory experience of smelling books. Whenever I take a book home, my dog smells it like she knows something I don’t.”