Tami_RuderBy Tami Reuter, North Mankato Foundation Director

Spring is an exciting time of year… we hope to see you at some of the various Foundation events this spring – so please mark your calendars and save the date!

Online Auction: January 25-February 9

Our third online auction is underway! Bidding began January 29 and continues through February 7 at 8:00 p.m. Our auction sponsors include Jones Metal Products, Austin’s Auto Repair, Kato Engineering, Pioneer Bank and Schwickert’s. Numerous others have generously contributed items for the auction. From practical machinery (Toro snow blower) to unique experiential items that you won’t find anywhere else, there’s sure to be something that will catch your interest! Please go to www.biddingforgood.com/scc and view the wonderful assortment of packages. We still have time to add items to the auction. Please call 389-7342 if you are interested in making a contribution.

Ag Symposium: February 25

The 5th Annual New Tools for New Rules Ag Symposium will be held Monday, February 25 in SCC’s John Votca Conference Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CHS and CHS Foundation are our 2013 Presenting Sponsors. Numerous other agricultural businesses from throughout our region are sponsoring other portions of the event. Presenters include Dr. Michael Swanson, Dr. David Kohl, and others. The registration fee of $119 includes lunch (the fee is only $99 if you register by Feb. 15). Additional information is available at www.southcentral.edu/agsymposium.

Scholarship Deadline: March 8

All new and returning South Central College students are encouraged to apply online for the 2013-14 scholarships. The scholarship application is now open and can be found at www.southcentral.edu/scholarships. Please assist in the process by reminding current and prospective SCC students about this important date.

Golf Classic: May 20

Our longest-running annual event and a mainstay in our fundraising efforts, now in its 19th year, the SCC Foundation Golf Classic will be held Monday, May 20 at the Mankato Golf Club. The tournament is a favorite of many golfers in our area.

Retirement Celebration: June 25, 2013

After 14 school years as President of South Central College, Keith Stover will be retiring. More details will be coming about the celebration event, but please save the date as it is sure to be an event not to miss.

A new scholarship

I am honored to announce some exciting news for the future generations of students at SCC: Marilyn Swan and her family are establishing the Marilyn Swan Scholarship Endowment. The endowment principal will remain in perpetuity, and earnings will be distributed in the form of scholarships for SCC Nursing students in the years to come.

Marilyn Swan served as the Director of Nursing for South Central College from 2008-2012. As a registered nurse and educator, Marilyn continues to be very supportive of the student scholarship program. Her family shares in her passion to provide meaningful scholarships to SCC Nursing students.

The Marilyn Swan Scholarship Endowment is being established with personal gifts from Marilyn and Bill Swan, and from Marilyn’s Godparents, JoAnn and the late Glenn Hutchinson. They wish to build this fund to at least a $20,000 level that will permanently endow the scholarship, and make it available to a Practical or Professional Nursing student on the North Mankato Campus each year.

During Marilyn’s tenure at SCC, Marilyn secured the initial funds for the North Mankato Health Simulation Center from W. K. Kellogg of Chicago. Under her leadership, the professional nursing program underwent significant revision, resulting in licensure pass rates greater than 90%. Further, the practical nursing program now has an AAS degree option. Additionally, we are so appreciative for her leadership through our first NLNAC candidacy. While we miss her, Marilyn is very happy working directly with students in a faculty position at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and is continuing her doctoral studies.

If you see Marilyn or her family, please join me in saying “thank you” for their generous support of the students of South Central College.

For additional information on any of our spring events, please call the Foundation Office at 389-7342.

Thank you for your support!